The brilliant Joe Gerstandt recently tweeted: “‘We are called to be the architects of our future, not its victims.’ -B. Fuller. Take up all your space friends, stay messy.” I love that notion; it resonates, for me, with something that Byron Ballard is always saying: “Fear not. Fear not. These are the times we are made for.” I may have to live in Tower Time. I may even have chosen, in some way, to live in Tower Time. But if I can’t dance through your Tower Time . . . .
These past few weeks have certainly felt as if they were hurling us — will we or (for some of us) nil we — head-long into the future, head-long into where we should have been a long time ago. For legal nerds, the end of June is often a BIG TIME; that’s when SCOTUS usually issues its most newsworthy opinions of the year. And this June, with important decisions on the Taking Clause, the Health Care Act, and same-sex marriage, it’s certainly felt that way. Throw in this Spring’s emphasis on racial police brutality and the terrorist attack on an African American church in Charleston, and, well, you don’t need to be a weather-person to know that the winds of change are blowing. Don’t stand in the doorway don’t block up the hall.
I turned to my friend, Diotima, to see if astrology predicted any of these recent developments. I’ll be reprinting her detailed response over the next few days, concluding with a look at what astrology may tell us about what a number of us see as our NEXT BIG PUSH — passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
First, I asked: “Dio, this week was historic in several ways. Let’s start with the Supreme Court’s ratification of the ACA. Was there anything in the stars that predicted this?”
She replied: “Before I get into specifics, let’s look at some of the longer-term outer planet influences that are currently affecting all of these events. The Uranus-Pluto square is separating, but still in effect, and the core meaning of this long-term aspect is the breakdown of fossilized, restrictive authority in the face of demands for freedom and change. We also have Neptune moving powerfully through its own sign of Pisces, bringing profound spiritual awareness, artistic inspiration, deception, or disillusionment to the zeitgeist, depending on individual factors. Saturn has been in Scorpio for the past 2 1/2 years, moved into Sagittarius for a few months early this year, and recently moved back into Scorpio, where it will remain through September. The move into Sagittarius brought issues of social justice to the forefront — its retrograde back into Scorpio gives us another chance to comb our personal and cultural subconscious for lingering shreds of whatever hatreds we are struggling with, be it racism, misogyny, or homophobia.
So with that background, we can look at the ACA, which was signed into law on March 23, 2010 at 11:00 am. This gives us the act’s “birth” chart. It’s a chart full of arguments and challenges, unsurprisingly, but when you look at the aspects between this chart and the chart of the USA, there were strong indicators from the first that the law would prevail. Last week, as SCOTUS was deciding its fate, Uranus (oh, I do want to rename this planet Urania — it would be so much more appropriate. But I digress) was directly conjunct Venus in the ACA chart, and Venus rules the 12th house of public health matters in that chart. Transiting Venus and Jupiter trine the natal Venus, bringing a bit of luck and compassion. There’s more, of course, including transiting Saturn in Scorpio square the Aquarian Midheaven, Chiron, and Neptune in the chart (a shit or get off the pot aspect). I note that the chart reveals the deep flaws in this “better than nothing but far from perfect” law and the confusion that has surrounded it from the beginning. (I can pretty much assure you no astrologer was consulted about the time of the signing.)I don’t think the challenges are over, and I predict another major assault against it in 2017, that may well be based on serious problems within the health care and health insurance systems, both of which will undergo profound changes over the next decade.”
Check back here, tomorrow, for Diotima’s take on SCOTUS’s affirmation of same-sex marriage. And if you’re interested in learning more about astrology, check out her upcoming on-line class called Chart and Soul: Astrology for Yourself, which will give a very basic grounding in astrology, with a focus on personal spiritual development. You can sign up for her mailing list on the home page of her website: http://www.uraniaswell.com
Full disclosure: As noted, I consider Diotima a friend. I regularly check her blog for advice.
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