Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.
August 16th through the 21st is framed by two heavy aspects: Jupiter will oppose Saturn on the 16th, followed by Saturn’s square to Pluto on the 21st.
Pluto in Capricorn, who stands in the middle of the Jupiter/Saturn opposition, is about breaking down the infrastructure, and the ingrained institutions that have become out-moded, decayed and repressive; in order to rebuild more solid and dependable structures that we can rely on. But initially what we have been witnessing is this apparent collapse. And when Saturn comes to meet Pluto, that whole process meets with resistance, denial, selfishness and withdrawal.
Saturn/Pluto indicates that resources are not going to be available, because those that have the resources are holding on to them, refusing to let go. Jupiter/Pluto is big money, those that have the keys to the locked box, the vault, and want to fill it up with more. Saturn/Pluto is resistant to change, even when change is necessary, even when the circumstances that exist are obviously working against the common good, or not working at all. Throw Jupiter in there, and we have a recipe for corruption, and a belief that the ends justify the means. We also have a resulting moral crisis, where both optimism and hope are locked between a rock and a hard place.
Unemployment? All well and good for the corporations. It keeps the minimum wage down, since people are too scared to risk asking for raises.
Education? So long as people learn to follow orders and regurgitate memorized sound bites, that’s what the slave-wage economy relies on in order to supply enough drones. Keep the workers intellectually incurious and uninformed.
Health care? If they can’t afford it, they don’t “deserve” it.
Housing? Same as above.
In an article by Paul Krugman in the New York Times (8/9/10 editorial), Mr. Krugman discusses the current erosion of the infrastructure in the US.
“In effect, a large part of our political class is showing its priorities: given the choice between asking the richest 2 percent or so of Americans to go back to paying the tax rates they paid during the Clinton-era boom, or allowing the nation’s foundations to crumble — literally in the case of roads, figuratively in the case of education — they’re choosing the latter.”The argument is about making government “smaller”, which really reads: don’t provide services, even those services that nobody else will provide if the government doesn’t. Such as street lights, paved roads, health care and a decent education. But in doing so, as Mr. Krugman points out, we go backwards, instead of forwards. The government is just not spending, at least not on the infrastructure. And certainly not enough in a way that will promote growth and prosperity. Preserving the tax cuts for millionaires, keeps money out of the system. They don’t spend it. People in the middle and lower brackets have to spend their money. They do spend it. They just don’t have it. What we really need is a New Deal type plan, to really put America back to work. It’s not happening.
The result? Righteous indignation. We see a lot of this on the right, with the tea party, the militias, the birthers, and right-wing activists, with their call to bring the government down to its knees, but with no real plan for rebuilding or reconstruction, leaving things to "alter for the worse spontaneously.."
We don’t see enough indignation on the left. These aspects are not meant to lull us into a state of comatose demoralization. It is a call to action. The resources are being withheld, therefore we need to depend on our own ingenuity, and initiative. It is, indeed, a time to create a plan to rebuild America. But it is a time to initiate a long-term plan and goal to restore our country and put it back on its feet, not just tear it down, and leave it to its own inevitable demise. And as Mercury idles, and stations Retrograde on the 20th, let’s use this time to reevaluate, reconsider, research, and reorganize. This is what these aspects are good for. Long term, reliable, equitable and fair plans for restoration, and rebuilding. Some Grand Reconstruction. It is time.