New Moon in Pisces
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Washington, District of Columbia
This New Moon in Pisces is breaking down old barriers. Pisces compels us to realize our interconnectedness with all of our brothers and sisters, all of humanity as well as all of life. Everyone has rights. Everyone is a spiritual being in essence. Pluto, now in Capricorn is about reconstruction, rebuilding more reliable structures, policies and laws that benefit all of our citizens, including the disenfranchised, the neglected, the invisible, and the forgotten (Pisces).
The New Moon falls in the 5th House of the Washington Lunar chart, which is the house of entertainment, among other things. This New Moon falls on the heels of the Academy Awards, where we saw multiple awards go to "Slumdog Millionaire" the story of a teenager growing up in the slums of Mumbai, who then becomes a millionaire. Other winners: Dustin Lance Black for best screenplay, and Sean Penn for best actor in "Milk". Both movies focus on the disenfranchised, the forgotten, or the maligned. As Oscar attendees walked down the red carpet, there were those demonstrating against gay marriage on the sidelines outside. Mr. Black and Mr. Penn both referred to the issue of Proposition 8, banning gay marriage in California, in their acceptance speeches. Libra, the sign of marriage, is rising in the Washington Lunar chart. This issue is not going to go away. This New Moon is encouraging us to consider the rights of all people, where no one is to be left out. Equal rights, equal protection for all. Hawaii is going to be voting on a gay marriage bill, and Rhode Island brings up the issue every year. Many will agree that statements made at the Oscars, helped to bring attention to an important civil (Pisces/Libra) rights issue.
The day following the New Moon, February 25th, will see the States starting to receive stimulus money to help cover costs of Medicaid and Unemployment benefits. Uranus, the planet of change and reform, falls in the house of health care and the work force. The only aspect this Uranus receives is an opposition from Saturn (conservative restraint) in the house of self-undoing and hidden enemies. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and a few other Republican, particularly conservative Governors, have said that they will refuse the stimulus funds. Jindal states that he doesn't want the assistance because it would result in having to raise taxes on employers when the stimulus runs out...but the rationale, nonetheless smacks of political partisanship. Saturn, Retrograde and veiled in strength in the 12th House lacks support and will lose both popularity and prestige. In other words, those siding with that weak Saturn in the 12th House could very well be burying their reputations.
Bipartisan Libra is rising, with Venus in the 7th House of "others": other parties, other points of view, other countries. There were also many Republican governors who practically realize the necessity of stimulating the economy, and that their constituents need all the help that they can get. Venus in Aries doesn't usually like to cooperate. But there is an implication of agreements being made, especially if there is something for them, and everyone can get a piece of the pie. A lot of people will be standing on line with hands extended on both sides of the aisle, as well as across the seas. President Obama has admitted that although foreign aid in the light of our present economic situation is not the most popular idea, he does remain committed to extending foreign support. His rationale, is that it will gain support abroad, and make us safer.
This Venus in Aries is favorably aspecting the Aquarian stellium at the time of the New Moon, instilling an element of humanitarian concern and idealistic optimism. That perhaps a detente, and mutual support is and can be possible? That avenues of cooperation and good will are being paved along with the infrastructure, that will ultimately benefit trade and commerce at home and abroad. It certainly seems that opportunities for progressive and enlightening changes are incipient in the stimulus package. Mercury, the planet of commerce, in progressive and enlightened Aquarius, is exactly conjunct Jupiter, the planet of abundance. Perhaps it may just translate as abundant spending, but the close proximity to the North Node, implies that this is what we need to do, what we are supposed to be doing: recognizing, and sacrificing for the benefit of the whole, rather than benefiting a small elite financial hierarchy at the top. How brilliant is that?
Whatever career you may choose for yourself-Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher - let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it. Become a dedicated fighter for Civil Rights. Make it a central part of your life.It will make you a better Doctor, a better Lawyer, a Better Teacher.It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man. Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.Martin Luther King, Jr.