For a longtime, I have not been able to see clearly what is going on in our country and the media reports of international affairs. Paul’s article had gave me much clarity and comfort to know there are people we can trust for insights and guidance. Paul Craig Robert had received many recognitions, awards, and high honors, including the French Legion of Honor, the US Treasury’s Silver Medal, the International Journalism Award from the Press Club of Mexico, and Who’s Who in the World’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is voted as one of the 2018-man-of-the-year American dissidents. His courageous and outspoken has greatly inspired me. Here I am using several of his articles as reality check of my astrological reading of United States progressed chart.
In a period when United States is having a Pluto return, a time to eradicate whatever is outdated and dysfunctional, a time serve as reflection point to revisit our vision of a harmonious society, let’s see where we can change from inside out from a cosmic point of view. In any planet configuration, there can be a wide range of psychological and spiritual expression. The ultimate expression comes from our own awareness and our choice. An older teacher used to say that in order to fundamentally change psychology, it is important to practice spirituality. But first start with some self understanding.
First of all, this is a very confusing time, our attention get distracted all over the place, and there are so many diverse viewpoints. This is indicated from the mutable cross between Transit Jupiter in Sagittarius opposing Natal Mars in Gemini, and transit Neptune in Pisces opposing Natal Neptune in Virgo. Neptune is our dream, our eternal yearnings. When transit Neptune is opposing our natal one, we come to the awareness of the obsession. It is like standing between two mirrors, we suddenly see a different profile of us, which we normally do not see. We notice how lopsided we are.
We can easily see the manifestation of this signature from many areas: the public debates on climate changes, health insurance, gun right, abortion issues, immigration law, the teachers’ strikes and education reform. We also observed the hysteria drama taking on spotlight on national news between Democratic Party and Republican Party in regards to Supreme Court judge appointment in the case of Kavanagh, the argument as to the conceptual versus textual interpretation of Constitution, the investigation on Russian Gate and Mullers reports. There are disagreements on the religious end: Catholic church’s sex scandal, controversy on scientology, the conflict with Muslims. Debates on the international policies are highlighted as well: the non-stopped war in the Middle East, North Korean neclear negotiation, economic sanction on several countries, trade war with China. There are controversy to tax cut and huge disproportional income/wealth gaps. Facing an economic system that never truly recovered since its collapsed on 2008, the criticism of financial system chaos led to contention on pro and cons of social system, more comparison on culture, philosophy, and civilization. To solve the problems we are in, people are proposing many better functional economic system/models. These dissents covered a wide range of public arenas in politics, economy, law, education, media, and welfare programs, religon and international relations. Digital age with its bombarding contents exacerbate all the mental disorientation.
So many voices/opinion; it is so hard to distinguish what is right and what is wrong. These turbulence also reflect the confusion of our identity as a nation, of who we are, what we value and what we stand for. Disagreements on many social issues across the board triggers our intense quest regarding truth and meaning of life. Among the conversations, Astrology and other cosmology science are getting wider and wider acceptance and popularity. People start to notice the importance of spirituality and other dimensions of life.
On the other hand, we also get more delusional and discontented by the true reality we are in. What turned out is honest reporting and free speech are jeopardized. The print and TV media and NPR serve as the Ministry of Propaganda to mislead people. Truth can not prevail over material agenda. The prosecution and Fake Charge of Julian Assange is a prosecution of truth. No One Trusts the US Government, Not Even the American People. There is not an ounce of integrity anywhere in the Western print and TV media. The media has proved to be propagandist for war criminals. When the lies form our consciousness and false historical awareness, we have lost our sense of reality. In the case of lying on WWII, as truth is politicized, all is lost. What is important is not what political party or candidate that we support, but that we support truth wherever we find it. Government has destroyed western liberty and democracy became a tip service. What we see is anti-democratic in control of our government, is a government that serves those who pay, just like another privatized sector.
The other cross is between the Natal Saturn/progressed Mars opposing natal/progressed Chiron/progressed Venus, and progressed Jupiter opposing transit Saturn/Pluto, which indicate action and crash in impact. Our optimism and expansive view (Progressed Jupiter in Cancer) is slammed by reality and consequence . This pain of contraction is felt deep at core in the area of relationship and finance (Chiron and Progressed Venus in Aries in 7th house). Somehow things fall short of our expectation. We felt painfully delusion by our own limited understanding of life and blind spots that our combativeness and overbearing gesture put people off and arose retaliation from others. Our self-righteous entitlement and misusage of power undoubtedly challenged by others whose path we came across. Underneath our combative attitude, deep down we feel inadequate. This insecurity is caused by our overestimation of our power, a insensible understanding of consequence of manipulation, a lack of conviction about where the inner security come from. Our very desire to dominance is causing long term harm to a proper equal partnership and others’ trust in us. In our precondition, we are so used to the privilege of divine blessing of abundance and self-righteous entitlement to American Exceptions (natal Venus, Jupiter and Sun all in 9th house), that the elites get used to adopting a patronizing attitude towards other nations, and do not bother to interact with nations on equal terms. With the transit Pluto and Saturn all opposing the progressed Jupiter, there is urgent need to overhaul old believe system and dysfunctional worldview, so that we can psychologically more balanced in self-evaluation.
We are all divine’s children; each is blessed with different quality and strength, alas, truly equal in spirit. Our forefathers had laid great foundation for us to pursuit freedom, liberty and happiness. That vision takes hard work and continuous effort to pass on the torch. Our current good fortune came from good deeds in the past. There is nothing to take granted about. With this renewed self-understanding, we then can relate to others in a way that support of mutual benefits and win-win. In doing so we can foster a revival of healthy growth. The lessons here is that we are all interdependent, do not do to others what we do not want ourselves. Otherwise the harder we assert things the old way, the harder we are making things to ourselves. It is a gridlock that takes a lot of self-awareness and resolution to change things in proper way. Otherwise under this signature, abusing of the power can easily get us spiral into muddy trap of chain reactions. It is urgent to change perspective and heal our wound.
There are multi-dimensional manifestations on this cardinal cross. We are not on good terms with many countries in the world. In fact, some call us Americans as terrorists. Probably this nickname came from our prolonged involvement in wars of Middle East, several attempts to subvert Latin American governments and many other instances of abusing of powers. Such as in the case of recent Venezuela upheaval. Washington is once again openly violating international law. Our power driven officials in government run overboard to such extent that some of our the conducts are in serious violation of our Constitution. More and more carefully presented 911 evidences by scientists never get serious exam by government or media except they name-calling those as conspircy theory. Now finally the truth of 911 is coming out. The national security agency is proving to be a criminal organization. Warmongers have get away with it this far, but the evolutionary journey at this point is confronting us with either an awakening or cataclysm.
Both Transit and Progressed Pluto in opposition to progressed Jupiter and square to Progressed Venus is a signature of bankruptcy and irony in the notion of “American First”. The military budget cost $1Trillion every year from tax payer’s money. We spent between $4-$6 Trillion in Middle East War. Obviously the money spent has not brought peace to the region, instead, it has fanned hatred and vows of revenge. Nor have the war made the United States safer. Those dollars spent on the war could have been used to provide a higher quality of life for people at home and abroad, have done little more than incite more violence around the globe. The government is controlled by neoconservatives who are committed to US hegemony over the world at the expenses of Americans and world peace.
All these craziness and manipulation has drove our national debt sky rocked, many welfare program being cut, education system underfunded. Even the status of U.S. Dollar as international currency is being threatened by our very own indiscreet conducts. Our lassie faire mismanagement of financial matters and government affairs is coming home to roost. Because of our irresponsibility and arrogant, we are foolishly making so many enemies that we are putting ourselves in a self-defeating position. The question now is, do we have enough self-awareness of our own foolishness and crazy, how much more tuition we need to pay for our mistakes?
Based on above observation, with tariff retaliation escalation and worsening situation between US. and China, I do not feel US should continue requesting the policy of zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies as condition of a trade agreement. The structure of modern international trade is comprise of 60-70% of the components manufactured all over the world, with roughly 30% only finished product, thus increase in tariff is eventually primarily passed on to the consumers, rendering it ineffective for the long run. Tariff is not a solution to our problem. Tariff can not bring back jobs. China is being blamed not because its industry produces cheaper than our industry, but as a scapegoat to hide from view the fact that US global corporations alone are the cause of the lost American jobs.