“Under The Watchful And Kind Eye Of A Chinese Servant, A Girl Fondles A Little White Lamb”
Moon – 4 Tau 43 (the moon moves into Taurus on the 11th)
The Iraq and Afghan Wars still go on, and every day more and more Americans are affected by the ravages of war. Hundreds and thousands more in both countries suffer injury, dismemberment, or even death every day. The American people are against the war, but the Bush Administration does not hear their calls for removing troops from the areas of conflict.
It seems that Hillary is little more than Bush lite on areas of the ongoing wars, military policy and international laws. To learn more about each of these areas, visit:
- Iraq War: http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/4802
- Military Policy: http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/4811
- International Law: http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/4803
These facts are disturbing when you consider that most Americans favor a change in both Domestic and Foreign Social Policy – and that Hillary seems to support Republican causes and issues more than Democratic causes in these areas. I feel this Sabian Symbol being where Selene located for tomorrow’s primary is very significant; ONLY a leader whose inner motivations and emotions are in sync with those of the nation as a whole as well as Selene should be chosen by the American people. To go against this will only cause more pain and suffering for the peoples of the US, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Mercury – 24 Aqu 46
“A Butterfly With The Right Wing More Perfectly Formed”
This is an interesting Sabian Symbol, in that it symbolizes the changes that are occurring in the political landscape, as well as the current primary season. Butterflies symbolize change and transformation – many religious and spiritual groups use them as a symbol of enlightenment and re-birth. The American political system is undergoing a birth right now – both parties want to distance themselves (at least in appearance) from the Bush Administration and the corruption that has been endemic in Washington for the past eight years.
The Republican party has already chosen a candidate – John McCain, while the Democratic party is still in the throes of struggle to choose a candidate. This Sabian Symbol shows that McCain is resting right now, hoping that Hillary will win - as her receiving the nomination will make his race in November easier, and make his job of generating mud and smear simple. Hillary is trying to tear apart Obama, and thinks SHE should get to be the President on the ticket – even though she is in 2nd place… this is due to her hubris (hint: the Gods don’t appreciate hubris very much ). If Obama continues with equanimity, he will win the nomination. The strength that he will gain from battling Clinton during the Primary season will put him in top form to campaign and win the Presidency.
The Republican party is well formed at the moment, but the moment that Obama can stop worrying about attacks from Hillary and get to debating McCain, it will fall apart due to the Karmic debt of the party’s actions for the past eight years. McCain has not repudiated Bush’s endorsement – which will prove fatal in November.Venus – 27 Aqu 35
“A Tree Felled And Sawed To Ensure A Supply Of Wood For The Winter”
People are looking to save and conserve resources at this time - not just because we are currently in a recession (that may be possibly heading towards a depression) but also from a growing concern to do more with less. This new philosophy is in response to the rampant materialism that has taken hold of the US during the past eight years. It is my belief that the Bush Administration will be seen as a decadent era of "feel-good", evangelical, prosperity-gospel mega-churches, Hummers/SUVs, materialism, Republican/Libertarian egotistical selfishness, and pollution when historians and archaeologists of the future look back at this time; those of us who have remained stead-fast and true to our principles can make a difference now.
People who looked to Bush and the Republicans are now cynical and disillusioned, as all that they worked so hard for: a McMansion in the white suburbs, two or three SUVs in the driveway, the pool in the back yard, and everything else that helped them to "keep up with the Joneses" - is now lost due to morgage scandals, credit failures and the failing economy. These people need comforting and to be taught a better way. Those of us who heed the Gods, who live in harmony with Nature and live simply can lead by example.
Venus wants us to give love and spread beauty now more than ever! Love is not a limited resource like oil... it is the most unlimited of resources... we just have to be willing to share from the store that we have within us.
Mars – 2 Can 13
“ A Man Bundled In Fur Leads A Shaggy Deer”
Jupiter – 17 Cap 16
“The Union Jack Flag Files From A British Warship”
This Sabian Symbol says that we should remember what our country was founded on. It has taken the continued sacrifice of men and women throughout the history of our nation to ensure the freedom, justice, liberty, and equality of all. Today, we have lost a sense of this equality and egalitarianism - instead conservatives’ re-written history of bigotry and hate fills blogs and news radio; people like Rush Limbaugh and Anne Coulter spend all of their time saying that the US is only inclusive for straight, white, Protestant Christians. It is time for us to put the pundits' ideology of hate behind us and to begin a revolution of love for our fellow man, including the poor, the oppressed, the victimised, the addicted, the forgotten, the lonely, and all of those embodied in the following photo and poem:
"The New Colossus"
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
--Emma Lazarus, 1883
We were a great nation once, and we can become great again. All we have to do is love one another, heed the Gods, and march forward together, free from fear and shame. It is time once again for us to become strong, united, and a people of the Gods.
Saturn – 3 Vir 56
“Black And White Children Play Together Happily”
This Sabian Symbol is Kronos’ way of telling us that we have the ability to begin walking towards the future that MLK envisioned in his “I Have a Dream” speech. Racism is still a problem in the US - as it is throughout the world - but having a Black President of the United States will show that finally, in 2008, a child of any ethnic group can truly say "someday, I'm going to be President of the United States".
This Sabian Symbol also shows us that most of our divisions and hatreds are learned - not inherent. We have to decide to define people as "the other" before we can hate them or fear them. It is time for us to look past our differences and to work together as a nation; the age of division and fear is ending. Let us accept a future of love and peace with our fellow men and women.
Uranus – 18 Pis 46
“A Master Instructing His Disciple”
One of the best known teachers and mystics in the west is Jesus of Nazareth - now I am not advocating a Christian view, but this particular Sabian Symbol brings to mind images of Jesus feeding the crowds and teaching them. Too often today, those who claim to follow Christ really follow greed, fame, popularity or power - not the simple teacher and wonder-worker who was the "Jewish son of Zeus" and taught his followers "love one another".
Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are practicing Chrisitans; it will be interesting to see how each of them follows their Master's teachings.
Neptune – 22 Aqu 47
“A Big Bear Sitting Down And Waving All Its Paws”
At first I didn't know what this Sabian Symbol was doing... "What is Poseidon trying to tell us?!?!" I asked myself several times... then I heard my husband mumbling and his company's stocks "going all bear-ish". I think that Poseidon is trying to tell us that the economy isn't going anywhere for a while... we are looking at a BIG, HAIRY, BEAR market that is just sitting there waving his paws around - and if we try to make him move before he is ready, we will get mauled.
Pluto – 1 Cap 1
“Three Rose Windows In A Gothic Church, One Damaged By War”
American leaders who claim to conduct a just war in the name of their God, as George W. Bush has done, will only anger their God and lead to the death of people; this is especially true when the leaders lie to lead the nation into war.
The Christian Bible, in the Book of the Wisdom of Solomon states the following, "Do not bring on your own death by sinful actions. God did not invent death, and when living creatures die, it gives him no pleasure. He created everything so that it might continue to exist, and everything he created is wholesome and good. No, death does not rule this world, for God's justice does not die."
While we as Classical Pagans have a different concept of good and evil that does not contain the Christian concept of "sin", we can identify with this passages' statement that all created things are good in and of themselves, and that death is a part of life, not a punishment from the Gods. Because all things are good, and are from the Gods, to declare war on another people or nation is to take sides against them and their Gods. To claim that one has declared war because "God told me to" is one of the greatest acts of hubris possible. The killing of both combatants and innocents does not please the Gods, therefore we the people must stop the unjust wars in Iraq and Afghanistan before they lead to the downfall of the US.