Fall IngressSeptember 22, 2010; 11:09 PM EDT; Washington DC
With the Fall Ingress on Wednesday evening, swiftly followed by a Full Moon in Aries, we bring in a new quarter. The dregs of the Cardinal squares that brought in the Summer Ingress in June, has shifted, and is separating. But there are still conflicts and stressors, lingering like a bad hangover. Jupiter and Uranus are no longer in Aries, but have shifted back to Pisces, and Saturn is slowly leaving the scene. Nonetheless, with the influence of the contentious Aries Moon hot on the heels of this Ingress, this should be an interesting quarter.
Placing the Ingress chart in Washington, DC for the US, the Moon in (democratic, socially responsible) Pisces places prominently in the house of leadership and government, closely conjunct to Jupiter/Uranus. On its own this would strengthen the party in power, and bring strong support and success. It certainly would seem that some sort of legislative changes whose time is well overdue will be implemented or applied. Case in point, some of the first provisions of the recently passed Health Care Reform bills, will become effective this quarter, beginning September 23rd.
- Health coverage cannot be arbitrarily canceled when people become sick just because they made unintentional mistakes on their paperwork.
- Children can no longer be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
- Health plans can no longer put a lifetime limit on health coverage.
- Annual limits on coverage will be phased out over three years. In 2014, all annual limits are prohibited.
- Insurers must cover recommended preventive services, such as mammograms and flu shots, with no co-pay.
These are good provisions. Not perhaps as radical as some people would have wanted.. but important provisions. However there is already a deal of rumbling in Congress by conservatives who, if they can’t repeal these bills, will try to roll back health care reform, by trying to withhold money. At this point they are not very likely to be successful. However Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee... referring to mid-term elections coming up in November, stated wistfully “The more Republicans we have here, the more changes we can make.” In other words, they’re just getting started.
The latest polls, as of today, project that Democrats will lose 7 Senate seats and 37 House seats. Jupiter/Uranus can also bring unexpected changes, upsets, or surprises. Now, if Republicans do take these seats, it would bring a definite, and unfortunate change to the balance of the congressional seats. However, this would not be terribly unexpected, or much of a surprise, as this is often business as usual in mid-term elections.
If you look at the aspects on the day of the general election, once again there are indications of unexpected results in the elections as Moon comes to oppose Uranus that evening. Surprise! But what sort of surprise will this be? Will more seats fall to Republicans than anticipated? Will less? We could only hope. But there definitely appears to be some sort of upset or change.
Some key seats are also being threatened, not just by Republicans, but by teabagger Republicans! Sharron Angle took down conservative Sue Lowden who would have been a shoe-in over incumbent Harry Reid in financially strapped Nevada. At this point Angle is neck and neck with Reid, at least giving him a fighting chance, but also threatening to have wingnut Angle threatening to destroy Social Security and Medicaid, while packing heat.
ANGLE: You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves (with guns) against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years.Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Christine O’Donnell (who at this point doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance... but then, who knows?!)
I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies (the right to keep and bear arms) and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.
Some well ensconced incumbents are having their seats threatened. O’Donnell already unseated conservative Mike Castle in Delaware... probably the only Republican who considered that we should take some responsibility for global warming, or that global warming exists. Could she actually beat Democrat Chris Coons in an unexpected upset? Not very likely, but Mike Castle was an established pol in Washington. Harry Reid has a weak hold over his seat against teabagger Sharron Angle; Barbara Boxer has an equally weak hold over her Senate seat in CA, against corporate CEO Carly Fiorina. Progressive sweetheart Alan Grayson is trailing to home boy Dan Webster in his district in Florida. And blue dog Blanche Lincoln is slated to lose in Arkansas.
With Retrograde Venus in Scorpio (bleeding tax dollars and subsidies; Bush tax cuts?) sextile Pluto (power/big money), and Pluto conjunct the North Node on the day of the election... who will be the big winners here? How about BIG money: the banks, big business and corporations.
Well, no surprise there.