Further, in the mundane world, Uranus represents freedom from restraint, the necessity for change, even rebellion against the status quo. And certainly in the sign of Aries, the need for energy independence, the need for reforming our way of doing things. As we approach the Station, the need for these things will become intensified and reach a climax... and then due to some shocking revelation, the reality of a situation comes home to roost. It’s no longer a matter of stuff happening to them, it’s happening to us as well.
Saturn/Uranus aspects also often coincide with periods of economic instability.
As Uranus stations, Saturn is still in the sign of Virgo, the sign of the worker. Saturn is where we need to be putting our attention. Paul Krugman stated clearly in his New York Times article, “The 3rd Depression”, that we are stuck in the mind set that it’s the deficit that is bringing the economy down, when in fact it is long term unemployment that is undermining the economy. He writes:
It’s almost as if the financial markets understand what policy makers seemingly don’t: that while long-term fiscal responsibility is important, slashing spending in the midst of a depression, which deepens that depression and paves the way for deflation, is actually self-defeating.
So I don’t think this is really about Greece, or indeed about any realistic appreciation of the tradeoffs between deficits and jobs. It is, instead, the victory of an orthodoxy that has little to do with rational analysis, whose main tenet is that imposing suffering on other people is how you show leadership in tough times.
And who will pay the price for this triumph of orthodoxy? The answer is, tens of millions of unemployed workers, many of whom will go jobless for years, and some of whom will never work again.
We voted for a President with a platform for change. Unfortunately it is assumed that the President has as much power as say, Prime Ministers do in European nations. He doesn’t. This makes the legislative process in the US look like something of an awkward uncoordinated dance. Hendrik Hertzberg recently pointed out in his (June 28th) article in the New Yorker that a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill was passed by the House a year ago. However, Hertzberg writes:
“That bill languishes in the Senate, where its weaker counterpart is on life support, with the filibuster poised to cut it off.”
Much like the greatly watered down health care bill, Obama realizes that a perfect bill cannot get through the Senate, and that its all he can do to get a tepid bill passed through. A ghost of its former self. Uranus, the planet for reform is retrograde and weakened. But there are other groups of people who see their ‘way of life’ threatened (Saturn) who are calling for a different type of reform (Uranus).
There are things that we need to live without, fossil fuels for one. However, avoiding jobs programs, not extending unemployment, cutting social security, raising the retirement age to 70, in order to solve the deficit? All of these radical ideas are being bandied about as well by the tea bag groupies. Changes are going to begin to take form and materialize over the next few weeks. But what sorts of changes are these going to be? Saturn, although repressive and orthodox on the one hand, is also reminding us that we need a certain amount of stability from which to orchestrate well thought out changes. And we must be able to discriminate between those things which are valuable and need to be protected (such as the environment, social security and our fragile work force), and those things which really are stifling and smothering us as a humanity (such as toxic methane gases). We need change. But we need to make sure it’s the right change.