On the current show, the former special forces guy mentioned situational awareness -- the perception of environmental elements with respect to time and/or space. He teaches the lesson this to be of utmost importance to surviving in the world. Well, that sure is useful when riding my scooter, even on good roads, for I have to pay attention to my surroundings at all times. Pot holes may seem to be of greatest danger, but truly, road kill and retreads are far worse.
Situational awareness is also what The Celestial Wheel offers readers in planning their lives. If you don't know what's going on in the world, what upcoming trends may be, then you are like a pilot flying blind without both seeing ahead or navigational instruments.
Second Progressive Age -- Issues
Situational awareness of the Second Progressive Age, as defined by it's battles, is absolutely necessary for you to effectively transform your life -- to fit into a world in which change is the norm, not the exception. Not only are the rules of the game of life changing, the game itself is in a state of continuous and accelerating flux.
The following excerpts from the December 19, 2012 Has The Second Progressive Age Begun?, get you back up to speed on this era's beginning (emphasis added),
This graph shows the root of the issue.
Second Progressive Age Battles
We can pin this down further by considering the U.S. chart's Dasas (planetary cycles) to three levels. The US. is currently running Mars/Mercury/Rahu 12//19/2102 to 2/9/2013. There's anger, mystical paranoia, secrets revealed, all stirred into the pot of a very spicy witch's brew!
This first February VedicLeaks entry reflects my situational awareness that a lot of stuff is going on right now. The news is chocked full with battles in the war to regain shared democratic values. If you are not affected by some, others must change in your life. However, while these statements are convincing, they are vague.
Also, just the sheer number and importance of the joined battles alerts to accelerated change. Of course, that can result in truly important issues not be resolved, or nothing getting done at all! Of practical use here is the January 31 VedicLeaks, in which I explained the four big planets are shifting into more favorable transit positions. These bring fair winds, empowering us this winter and spring to respond better to change. It's always good when riding a bicycle, and a thunderstorm is approaching, to have the wind at your back. This fair wind won't blow all the time for everyone, of course, but if you use your own personal situational awareness in your daily life, you'll sense when it comes, enabling you to use it to advantage.
I've divided the numerous Second Progressive Age battles into two groups. First are those which result because President Obama failed to address them in his first term -- misjudgments. Now in his second term, they are coming back to haunt him and the rest of us. The second group is new battles Obama is fighting, although they naturally tend to be older issues that have festered like sores now requiring attention. Let's hope he's learned some situational awareness himself!
Obama's First Term Misjudgments
Obama Failed to Prosecute The Bankers See the January 27, 2013, Arrest The Wall Street Bankers This is the issue the Justice Department failing to prosecute any Wall Street banker for their massive frauds that ruined the economy, and which continue to haunt us. This was a huge Obama mistake, for it establishes a special class immune to the rule of law. That was a fatale flaw in his response to economic recover, which is why the economy didn't truly recover and is slipping back again into recession.
The Credit Ratings Companies Cooperated In The Fraud This February 4 article, S&P expects U.S. lawsuit over pre-crisis credit ratings explains the credit ratings companies also participated in the mortgage fraud. Obama failed to take action on this too in his first term. Finally, four years later, the Justice Department will prosecute, but only civilly. There's no criminal action against executives for their purposeful fraud that would put them in prison.
Obama Didn't Prosecute War Crimes And Continues Them Himself. See, Brennan nomination exposes criticism on targeted killings and secret Saudi base. Obama failed to take any action against G.W. Bush administration officials for the lies they told to mislead Congress into allowing the Iraq invasion. He also failed to prosecute anyone for torturing prisoners in Iraq and use of torture at Gauntanamo and other U.S. facilities, some secret CIA jails. See, The White House is “Judge, Jury and Executioner” of Both Drone and Cyber-Attacks -- Bush and Obama Have Set Us Back 800 Years. Further, I emailed my editor on one obvious ramification of having a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia,
ObamaCare Was Mistimed And Fails To Control Costs When Obama was inaugurated late January, 2009, the nation's economy was in free fall. Within months, the DOW Jones hit a bottom of under 6500. Instead of focusing only upon pulling the economic boat off the rocks, Obama did a weak stimulus plan and put most of his effort into the Affordable Health Care Plan. That plan itself was flawed because it failed to address the underlying problem of health care in the U.S. -- that we spend 17% of GDP on health care, and the other first world countries spend 1/2 to 2/3 that. Our neighbor Canada spends $3000 per year per person, the U.S. $4000, a full third more, and in Canada, everyone has full health insurance. Meanwhile, at least this large section of the population's health is falling behind, Boomers aging worse than past generation, report suggests.
The Fiscal Cliff Obama blinked on this in the summer of 2011, when the Republicans in the House threatened to not raise the debt ceiling. Now, even as he won a the tax increases on the rich at the turn of the new year, the mandated huge cuts in defense and domestic spending must be dealt with. As these will serve to nosedive the economy, Obama's being weak in his first term can have terrible consequences early in his second term.
New Second Progressive Age Battles
But What About The Black People? Scholars sketch bleak economic picture for black Americans
It is more than sad that America's first black president hasn't done anything to help his downtrodden race during this downturn -- when they needed some federal muscle more than ever. Perhaps he's decided that he's not half black but rather half white?
And what about the yellow people? They are doing just fine, better than the white people, in fact. Thank you, Conny Chung. You took a real leadership roll here. And the red people? Oh, the Native Americans, or perhaps rather the Forgotten Americans? Nobody worries about them at all anymore, even as they suffer the most of any minority.
Under Attack, U.S. Postal Service Ends Saturday Delivery Yesterday was a sad day for a great American institution that is woven into the fabric of our culture in every city, town and burg in the country. The Postal Service is so important, it's even mandated in the Constitution, via the Postal Clause. See, U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday delivery The main reason for the revenue shortfall is this, which the article lamely includes on the second page, ...the postal service continues to hemorrhage money, much of it because of a 2006 law requiring the agency to set aside $5.5 billion a year for health benefits for future retirees. It fails to explain that the lame duck Congress that year passed a law insanely requiring the Post Office to fund health benefits for 75 years out. See, Shock Doctrine at the Post Office: How the GOP Manufactured a Crisis and Too Many Dems Went Along. 75 years out! Most Postal Service Employees covered by this haven't even been hired yet! The reason for this is the typical one -- Republicans are trying to starve the Postal Service to either privatize it or shut it down, allowing Federal Express and UPS to take over all mail and package deliveries.
Filibuster Reform There were great hopes Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, would grab the reins on this in January, when he had the opportunity to change the Senate rules. Changing silent filibuster into a talking filibuster would have halted this egregious abuse of minority power. See, Real Filibuster Reform Appears to Be Dead in the Senate,
This would have made CSPAN the top ranked channel on TV! As real, reality TV, it would have displaced all the made up reality TV. The filibuster without talking is like ordering a steak, and the waiter bringing a tray with a plate covered with one of those cute covers that keep the food warm. The waiter then puts the covered plate on the table, pulls off the cover and voila, an empty plate! We can't fault Obama here, for this is a legislative issue, but we can and should lay it on Harry Reid for not serving the public need.
Gun Control Legislation Everyone knows about this topic. If you don't, you have zero situational awareness. Whether any meaningful new control measures will be passed is not yet known.
The Feds May Actually Decriminalize Marijuana For 75 years, the Federal Law has outlawed marijuana, considering it a class A narcotic, Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act. Despite several states passing laws permitting marijuana use, and public opinion against it being illegal, Congress has not budged, until now. Faced with the imperative of raising revenue to reduce the deficit, there is suddenly a move afoot to legalize weed. Politics is such a despicable game, based really on money. But hey, this could actually happen! See,Effort building to change US pot laws Of course, Bill Clinton puffed but didn't inhale, and Obama actually inhaled -- so we have some presidential leadership here.
Gay Rights This is an area of long struggles with small steps ahead. But it seems to be heating up again. see, Boy Scouts of America delay vote on ending ban on gays and Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses.
Predicting Major Global Shifts
Saturn, the planet of suffering, loss and oppression, conjoining Rahu*, the head-of-the-dragon eclipse point, is the worst such combination. Rahu intensifies Saturn's harms. Using just conjunctions of Saturn and Rahu, which occur about once a decade, the past is illuminated, and we can anticipate the next major global shift. Keywords for this combination are: victimizing, relentlessness, ruthless, remorseless, violent people, foreign matters and misery on both objective and subjective levels. But keep in mind always, Only through turmoil comes change.
And guess what? Saturn and Rahu are both in Libra now and heading for conjunction in mid September of this year -- 2013.
(*The Celestial Wheel editor, Pipe-smoking Yoda, doesn't understand Rahu. Well, nobody in the West can really grasp what this bogymen of the East is like -- even as the word bogyman brings an intense response from the bowels of our culture. We all know what bogyman are like! But Rahu is an Eastern symbol, the closest to which we can ascribe is maybe bogyman. But Rahu is a serpent's head, not a bogyman. Perhaps we could compare him to an alligator? No, Rahu isn't an alligator either. I finally told Pipe-smoking Yoda that Rahu is like the giant squid, the secretive monster from the deep that rips flesh, to shreds with his crushing tentacles, armed with suction cups rimmed with sharp claws -- bringing the disabled prey to the huge beak, which then chops it up like a Cuisinart does a carrot. He said, he got that pretty well. Yes, Rahu - giant squid. Yet, the Eastern Rahu symbol of the serpent's bite, which can either heal or harm. Rahu can bring great worldly benefits, although one must naturally be on the alert for his bite. Botox treatments do wear off, and sometimes the face has aged.)
Previous Saturn/Rahu Conjunctions
(Notes. Planets impact each other if they are anywhere in the same sign. Because Saturn and Rahu both move slowly, they can be in sign conjunction for many months, even over a year. When planets exactly conjoin, they're energies converge most intensely. Because Rahu moves backwards and Saturn forwards, they conjoin with tremendous energy. For the purposes of this analysis, charts for the exact conjunctions are shown.)
Iran was the first Mideast nation in which an Islamic revolution threw out its autocratic leader Also, on July 16, 1979, Saddam Hussein became President of Iraq.
The U.S. stationing its troops in Islam's holy land of Saudi Arabia instigated the Islamic reaction against the U.S. That movement has resulted in Islamic militants terrorizing the West via Al Qaeda and then Islamic revolutions throughout the Mideast.
This was also the interval initiating and justifying torture. See, Torture Timeline. The Afghanistan war was the U.S.'s initial reaction to Al Qaeda's 9-11attacks. The Iraq war came next. The U.S. remains to this day mired in the Mideast.
The January 31, VedicLeaks discussed the Arab Spring briefly, in a section titled Arab Spring. The February 2007 In-depth Forecast, Culmination In The Mideast, was referenced. Take a look to gain further historical perspective.
Two Favorable Planetary Influences
First, the January 31, 2012 VedicLeaks entry ended with the section, Some Good News Too! This explained that the four planetary heavyweights were becoming better disposed:
I described the energetic total of these shifts as, Going to the planetary weather analogy, its like driving your car with pleasant weather, or being on the sea with sunny skies and a gentle following wind. What has been hard or a struggle becomes easier, smoother. Effort yields more and better results.
Second, the above February 17 VedicLeaks explained the conjunction of Saturn and Rahu in Libra, from January 14, 2013 to July 6, 2014 -- 18 months -- signals unrest, particularly in the Mideast, but also globally, and affecting us individually as well. This is a long and often painful conjunction, but with Saturn now retrograde, he is moving away from Rahu. When planets are conjoined in a sign, they influence each other strongly when they are approaching each other. It's like two armies on a field -- they clash when approaching each other, but the violence dies down when one army turns away. Thereby, we get a respite until July 6 from Saturn/Rahu harms -- to some extent.
Mercury Turns Retrograde Tomorrow
Think of this like a team of three horses pulling a wagon. One horse is the heavyweights, another is Saturn/Rahu and the third Mercury retrograde. The first horse is pulling well and strongly. The second horse is a little uncooperative but still in his traces. Only the third horse is causing problems. The wagon continues to make progress, and when the third horse settles down after three weeks, the wagon can recoup and make up lost time.
Thereby, as difficult as this Mercury retrograde may be, the affects can be both short term and then remedied --when he turns forward again March 17.
Plus, Mercury retrograde isn't bad for everything. The retrograde motion gives an introspective and back-in-time mental focus. I have a client who will be cleaning out an old storage garage far from her current home during this Mercury retrograde. She'll finally dispose of boxes and boxes of old papers from an earlier period of conflict she is truly done with. She'll also rescue a beautiful car she had kept there for years, shipping it to her home, where she can enjoy it once again. In other words, the past-looking Mercury retrograde will serve to free her from the past.
Still, Mercury retrograde is negative for all communications, and also Mercury's nervous system. It's negative for starting business transactions, including partnerships, and both money matters and the equipment we use for those. Computers can act goofy. Bank transactions may get fouled up. Or, we could just forget some financial obligations... Mental confusion can result, in which case, it's best to take a break and attend to the matter later. You can't push a string characterizes Mercury retrograde.
This last happened in April, 2011, which was a peak for the Arab Spring -- but also the Tea Party craziness. See the March 29, 2011 VedicLeaks.
The next previous Mercury retrograde when Mars was with the Sun/Mercury/Venus trio was late January, 2009. Then, just after Obama first took office, the economy was in a tailspin. See the January 22, 2009 In-depth Forecast, More On The Big Blizzard Of 2009, which noted the challenging upcoming Sun/Mars/Mercury conjunction. Yes, there were other difficult planetary dispositions then, but the Mercury retrograde afflicted by Mars was a potent karma for disruption.
There's lots going on in the world this winter. Notable in the U.S. is the Fiscal Cliff beginning March 1. With the Mars' afflicted Mercury retrograde running February 23 to March 17, don't expect this to be resolved. In fact, already the Republicans are a study in nuttiness. They insist upon cutting spending, but then at the same time, they admit this will truly harm the economy, continuing the trend from expansion to contraction.
I'll write more on this and other issues in upcoming entries. For now, just cool your jets.
PS One notable event Tuesday was The Berlusconi Effect: Political Gridlock Wins Italian Elections. First, there was Mercury-retograde confusion about election results, The first exit polls from the election in Italy were greeted with relief... Silvio Berlusconi had fallen short of his goal. His opposite, it seemed, had won the election, the center-left candidate Pier Luigi Bersan. Next, New forecasts showed that Berlusconi had won a majority in the Senate, the second house of parliament in Rome. Three parties with adverse interests splitting the vote resulted in Italy not being able to form a government, The results from the election on Sunday and Monday present perhaps the worst scenario possible, short of a Berlusconi victory. Europe is bound to suffer. An ailing Italy -- the third largest economy in the euro zone -- with a weak government is bound to once again become a plaything of the financial markets. Rome's massive, €2 trillion mountain of debt will continue to grow, as will risk premiums on Italian bonds, tearing new holes in the country's budget. And a wobbly Italy presents an acute danger to all of Europe.