See below the corrected date for the full Moon Friday morning.
Here's the Lunar Nakshatra (Moon's house) for the full Moon, which will be celebrated Thursday evening. The symbolism promotes achievement and teaches patience. The marine quality to this Nakshatra may be seen on the world scene in the Mideast or elsewhere. The mental intensity discussed yesterday will amplify this Nakshatra's influences.
The Moon will be full on Friday, July 2, just before dawn. Full Moon celebrations on Thursday evening will bring comfort, for the mind will be exceptionally active then. Here's why.
The full Moon signifies expansion of lunar perception and emotional fullness. As the full Moon approaches, Mercury will be changing signs -- leaving the focus and constriction of Saturn's influence in Gemini for Mars' quick and heated energy in Cancer. Mercury's intellect and communications will be temporarily lulled during this sign change, but by the full Moon, Mercury will have regained strength at two degrees. Mars' influence brings quickness and cleverness to Mercury. However, as Mars cares only about the ends and not the means, it also influences for a shrewd expediency, competitiveness, even aggression for gain. Lawyers often have Mercury/Mars combinations in their charts.
Take advantage of this mental elevation for insight and problem solving. Yet, it will also be wise to monitor your thoughts on Wednesday and Thursday to avoid self-serving actions that may not be in your best interests and could short-change others.
Certainly, the Mideast will be churned up then. Expect an elevation of rhetoric and aggressive, even punitive actions by politicians.
The two-day early turnover
to the Iraq provisional government reflects a decision made through
intense mental focus (Mercury/Saturn) to minimize disruption by the
insurgency. However, this choice was also fueled by the Moon
being conjunct Ketu (the otherworldly tail of the dragon), which
disturbs the emotions and influences for over-sensitivity to the
environment. Gunfire made them nervous. An aspect to the
Moon by fallen Mars suggests desperation. This choice, then, was
an emotionally driven overreaction. From the U.S. side,
panicking to scandals issuing from every quarter (which they can only
perceive as threats), this early disengagement attempts to reduce the
administration's stress. For an example of worrisome
scandal Bush and company must respond to, see today's Washington Post
Combatants Can Challenge Detentions
-- Supreme Court Limits Scope of Presidential Wartime Powers http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11657-2004Jun28.html
The early turnover is also, and perhaps primarily, a transparent ploy
encouraging NATO support in today's summit, for NATO is now faced with
an already independent
Iraq. However, NATO is like a suspicious poker player who
doesn't want to disengage completely because it knows there is a huge
pot of gold (oil) in the game. There's not much on the table for
today's poker hand, and NATO is therefore happy to let Bush win.
For NATO, this is a waiting game, and it will truly engage in Iraq
only after the U.S. loses control of the
spoils of oil.
Bush will likely come away with some positive sounding promises from
NATO, but these will be of minor importance and can be delayed or even
withdrawn as Iraq inevitably destabilizes.
Taking the early turnover together with the added restrictions upon
Iraq's sovereignty as reported in yesterday's log entries, the U.S.
appears to be using a quick cut-and-run tactic to save a losing
strategy. From the Iraqi view, the early turnover
prevents the U.S. from further shackling a government already subject
to control by puppeteer Bush. Discussion on Iraq's new national
chart will be published tomorrow, June 29, in the Subscriber-only
Part II The Timeless Mideast
Bottleneck -- Ancient Karmas.
To see how desperate the administration has become about Iraq, the Washington Post today publishes an article entitled, U.S. Edicts Curb Power Of Iraq's Leadership, http://www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A8665-2004Jun26.html This backtracking upon the often repeated pledge to full Iraqi sovereignty on June 30 is both another act of desperation and more neoconservative manipulation. Of course, these sovereignty restrictions are completely legal. Visit The Coalition Provisional Authority website page entitled, Long Live The New Iraq. There you'll see the, LAW OF ADMINISTRATION FOR THE STATE OF IRAQ FOR THE TRANSIT- IONAL PERIOD 8 March 2004. http://www.cpa-iraq.org/government/TAL.html (I searched that website to pin down the new Iraqi national chart, analyzed in the upcoming second part of my in-depth Mideast Forecast.) This law appears to transfer complete sovereignty to Iraq, but in Article II, (B) (2) is a caveat allowing the administration to insert any restrictions it chooses but which neither Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice or even Powell bothered to mention when promising everyone time and time again full Iraq sovereignty. Here's the damning passage,
I hope the press reports this monstrous contradiction, but in case no one does, I ask readers forward today's Celestial Wheel to anyone you know. This information is of fundamental importance, for the public has a right to know they've been misled yet again. Further, these sovereignty restrictions can only doom the new government, for this shackling reveals it to truly be a puppet for the U.S. On the other hand, as difficult as the Iraq situation has become, it is Bush's unalterable karma for his rise to the presidency to be followed by a fall to disgrace. I have repeatedly predicted that invading Iraq would be Bush's great misadventure. While no one can save the Iraq debacle, we can at least we can save ourselves more quickly, and save lives in Iraq as well, by seeing the truth to enable holding the administration accountable for its lies. Then and only then can the global community unite to rescue Iraq. Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass was perhaps writing about Iraq, or Bush, or both, when Alice said,
Dumpty sat on a wall:
The connection between the June 23 log entry promoting cooperation (as taught on Sesame Street to small children ) and yesterday's about Dick Cheney's cursing Senator Leahy is hard to miss. Cheney then being unrepentant, indeed self-righteous about his obscenity on the floor of the always gentlemanly Senate, confirms how thin the veneer of civilization is for these neo-conservatives. These glimpses of Cheney's veiled paranoia and accompany autocracy are unsettling but signal again how panicked the administration has become. Mercury' transit across blocking Saturn in the eleventh house of friends and groups was the catalyst for Cheney's outburst and attempt to justify himself. Saturn's eleventh house transit also costs Cheney friends and brings failures with groups. This is an ongoing influence that strengthens through the summer, particularly in late August and early September. Essentially, Cheney's friends and groups become his enemies, which only broadens his autocratic paranoia. Cheney's popularity must wane during the summer and through the fall. His cardiac system will be again at risk.
Since Bush himself is in a power vacuum, and because Condoleeza Rice has become invisible due to her Sadi Sati, Bush must fall back on Cheney and Rumsfeld to promote the neoconservative agenda and his bid for reelection. Unfortunately for Bush, both the Vice President and the Secretary of Defense are losing ground as their lies and manipulations are being repeatedly challenged. Autocratic stonewalling only harms their reputations further. Rumsfeld continuously loses power to influence, and his cardiac system too is increasingly sensitive. Watch Cheney after July 5, however, for then he changes planetary cycles to Venus/Mercury, when he will transform his persona from the grumpy troll under the bridge (the original undisclosed location) to a conniving charmer. Overall, planetary cycles and transits for these three fellows are really quite bizarre individually, and as a group, they constitute an impotent rage.
On Monday, June 21, I discussed the mental focus brought by mental Mercury's approaching conjunct- ion with restrictive Saturn. This week has indeed been productive for many in getting caught up and reorganized. This planetary configuration is also favorable for investigative efforts, getting to the bottom of things, and this applies individuals and world events alike. Mercury/Saturn, however, is an exhausting combination, suggesting rest and relaxation over the weekend. Further, as Mercury approaches exact conjunction tomorrow, Saturn's blocking effect on Mercury's mind will make concentration difficult and clarity elusive. Headaches and arthritis are physical concerns. Expect the Iraq situation to become even more confused and worrisome. In fact, you may find increasing difficulty today in completing tasks -- so don't push yourself too hard, and start the weekend early if you can.
With aggressive Mars unhappy in its fallen sign of Cancer, it's useful to use up your Mars energies in positive ways. Exercise, sports, gardening and yoga are all good choices. This dovetails nicely with the benefits of relaxation to counteract the Mercury/Saturn conjunction. After the weekend, you'll then be mentally recharged and physically relaxed -- better prepared for the upcoming week.
Over the past year and a half since initiating Subscriber-only Forecasts, a core group of aware and sophisticated Subscribers has emerged. Below are two comments, which I share for today's Celestial Wheel log entries. (After the past few days of intense Mercury/Saturn focus, I've written myself out - pun intended.)
Since last August, when Jupiter transited into Leo, both Jupiter and Saturn have been aspecting Sagit- tarius, which is the ninth house of higher knowledge, religion and philosophy. Jupiter is wisdom and expansion. Saturn is the opposite in its detachment and contraction. The electric motor is a good analogy here -- magnets with opposing poles push against each other to turn a shaft, converting stasis to movement, inaction to action.
When Jupiter and Saturn, the planetary polar opposites, combine to influence the ninth house, a focus on ethical humanism, concern about law and order for the common man, naturally results. Thus, we have seen since last summer an endless parade of ethical issues. Some are oriented to religion -- gay marriage, abor- tion, polygamy, the Ten Commandments on the courthouse steps.... One, pedophilia, truly amazes in being revealed in the polar opposites of religion -- the bureaucratic Catholic Church and the the Indian God-man Sai Baba. Others are more generally societal -- health care, fair pay to workers, social services, separation of government powers, imperialism, global warming, energy supplies... This is a difficult but necessary and rewarding process, putting under the philosophical microscope society's moral and ethical infections and then disinfecting through public debate.
One area is particularly fascinating, that of political polarization, in which, continuing the electric motor analogy, the opposing magnets freeze motion, not produce it. I recall well encouraging my always head- strong older daughter to abide by Big Bird's axiom on Sesame Street -- cooperation. How the world would be different if today's politicians had sat with their children and paid attention to Big Bird's basic wisdom in 1975. It cannot be an accident that these past few weeks have seen intense examinations of two former Presidents, Reagan and Clinton. Their achievements rested in cooperation, which by definition is optimism, but both are maliciously castigated by opposing political partisans. What these criticisms miss is that, if we take a longer view, encompassing Reagan's eight years in the eighties and Clinton's eight years in the nineties (with only the interlude of the first Bush Presidency), the period from 1982 to 2000 brought tremendous and unprecedented economic, social and political progress. Rather than attempt to list, or otherwise describe, these advances, I leave it to readers to consider how society has progressed during that era.
If we can discard our own divisive beliefs to objectively appreciate how far we traveled from 1982 to 2000, then society can reject disunity and embrace unity. The reign of the neoconservative's extreme partisanship is literally finished. They know they have failed, for their increasingly strident denials of misdoing reveal themselves to the public. We can choose their partisan to the victor belongs the spoils selfishness or pick instead the selflessness of a cooperative and optimistic bipartisanship that turns the shaft of humanity's motor. Look again at Reagan and Clinton and see beyond their all-to-human frailties (and their positions with which you disagree) to understand how these political polar opposites cooperatively worked in sequence to advance humanity.
Jupiter will leave Leo on August 23, giving an end date for reconciling our positions and restarting the process of reconciliation and resume humanity's march forward. It would be sad if Reagan's and Clinton's affirmative legacies were lost to small-minded bickering. Big Bird would not approve. Ask any five year old.
Here's another acute insight from a Subscriber. K.Z. in Illinois wrote this about the June 17 Forecast #53 Part I The Timeless Mideast Bottleneck -- Ancient Karmas,
Yesterday, I suggested in Mercury's current placement that, Investigative efforts for accountability and serious mental pursuits are productive avenues for personal endeavors. Clearly, K.Z. was influenced here. Also, I initially resisted including Iran's national chart in the upcoming, Part II The Timeless Mideast Bottleneck -- Iraq, Israel & Saudi Arabia. But as the day went by, the idea sunk in. Saturn's profound depth on Mercury's flighty nature brings slowly-gained but penetrating thought.
The planetary alignments seem to be relatively benign this week, and with the Moon now waxing in Cancer, there's some perceptional relief as well. Mercury is strong in its own sign of Gemini, its intellectual significations stimulated by the Sun's illumination and organized by Saturn's focus. This is a good interlude for putting our individual lives and world events into perspective.
Use the workweek for getting caught up and reorganized -- both at work and at home. Investigative efforts for accountability and serious mental pursuits are productive avenues for personal endeavors. These qualities will also be evident in media reporting, -- getting to the bottom of things. Technical issues, business transactions and money management are responsible Saturn dictates, calling for conservative action. I'm personally committed to getting to the bottom of my in-basket and resolving lingering computer problems. As the week progresses, and Mercury closes in on Saturn (they will be conjunct Saturday), use care, for clear focus will be compromised by deception, even self deception. Governments will be particularly prey to offering ruses and misdirection to refute investigative results.
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