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The Meaning of the Moon

Previous Moon Reports:
Feb 2002
Jan 2002

Moon Report
by Maya del Mar

Full Moon in Virgo and Last Quarter Moon in Sag. It’s been a long stretch since I’ve written a Moon Report. Life has been full everywhere, and when I look back at the moons, it’s no wonder. The Aquarius New Moon on February 12 featured reformer Uranus to start us off on a grand cycle of independence. The culmination, the Full Moon in Virgo on February 27, was total Saturn—let’s get down to business. Last Quarter Moon on March 5, where we glean the learnings of this cycle, was cathartic Pluto all the way. The heavens have been pouring it on!

Warrior Mars has been in Taurus this month, and there he is determined to hang onto his territory, whatever he considers it to be. Conflict levels have increased in Israel-Palestine, Afghanistan, and Colombia, as well as Hindu-Moslem conflict in India.

Expansive Jupiter, ever the optimistic gambler, ups the ante now. Jupiter turned direct March 1, ready to spread his influence around the world. This is a U.S. imperative, for Jupiter is the ruling planet in the Sag-rising U.S. chart. Jupiter has certain privileges, but perhaps because of that he can be arrogant and careless. It was, after all, Jupiter who slept around and thus damaged his marriage to Juno. Consequences are not Jupiter’s long suit.

During March and April, Jupiter is checked by Churn in Capricorn. Churn was, in fact, Jupiter’s brother, and was said to be a wise teacher. This is Churn’s golden opportunity to use business and government to come through with curbs for Jupiter’s excesses. The Enron debacle is, in fact, a typical Churn healing situation—wounding in order to realign and heal.

At the Saturnian Full Moon, GW described the "shadow" government scattered along the East Coast to provide security backup. Saturn, planet of government, is now in Gemini, sign of duality. Saturn now conjoins Vesta, concerned with security. This takes care of the executive branch, but is that all we protect? What about a shadow Congress?

On March 1, as Jupiter turned direct, the U.S. dropped two BLU-118b "experimental" bombs in Afghanistan. These are 2000 lb. weapons of mass destruction. These are called thermobaric bombs, go deep into the ground, and explode in two stages. The second stage dissolves bodies by taking the oxygen out of its very large area of impact. Indeed, Jupiter is getting carried away with his power down here in the old U.S. of A. Taking oxygen from life is definitely pushing the universe.

At the Plutonic Fourth Quarter we learned that PG&E, the energy utility involved in California’s high rate scams, who filed for bankruptcy last year, at the same time earned $1.1 billion IN 2001. We learned that in 2001 they also doubled their cash on hand to $5.4 billion, among the highest cash levels of all U.S. corporations. All year we ratepayers have said, "Poor PG&E, crying all the way to the bank." (Actually, several banks.)

At the same time, Bush made a huge step towards increased consolidation of media, and putting it closer to the Executive center. Traditionally, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) reviews all business mergers. Bush shifted review of content, media, entertainment, and communication from the FTC to the Justice Department, now headed by John Ashcroft, the Attorney General who has already revoked four of the Bill of Rights Amendments.

This is the essence of Moon in Sag conjoined Pluto. Sagittarius is the great propaganda sign. Pluto is compelling, forceful, lawless, stopping at nothing. Moon is connecting with the people. The holding of the American public in a compelling grip of state propaganda takes another leap forward. An old German commented the other day that Goebbels (head of Nazi propaganda) was a baby compared to the sophistication of U.S. mind control through the media.

Fourth Quarter Moon also ushered in the "economic stimulus" bill, which is mostly a long-promised tax cut for corporations.

The Nuclear Posture Review was leaked in Fourth Quarter. The NPR says that the U.S. will resume testing and development of nuclear weapons. Further, seven countries were named as potential targets of nuclear weapons—Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.

A couple of days later, GW gave a speech preparing the U.S. for a sustained war. Truly, madness reigns in the halls of power.

But there is, at the same time, stirring in the grass roots, particularly in the world outside of the U.S. There was a huge peace rally in Trafalger Square in London, and half a million marching at the Barcelona EU meeting against further privatization. One overseas reporter says that an economic boycott against the U.S. is being whispered around the world.

The Last Quarter Moon, suffused with Pluto, was at the same time as elections, March 5. Pluto can also mean disruption of the status quo—and we did it here in Sausalito with our little grass roots movement! The huge, Roman Imperium-like public safety building which would close our neighborhood thoroughfare, was defeated by the voters, 2 to 1! The voter turnout here was double the average in surrounding towns. It was a hard-fought issue, with the city using sleazy tactics—which seemed to turn voters against them.

This result has already brought businesspeople in the two sections of Sausalito together, and we are thrilled by what grass roots organization and work was able to accomplish against a city political machine. Hope for democracy is renewed throughout Sausalito.

San Francisco voted for instant run-off elections, which will change electoral politics greatly, and give more voice to candidates not backed by huge funds. Instant run-off has been used all over the world for years, especially in Europe, but San Francisco is the first city in the U.S. to institute it.

Also in San Francisco, a venerable old party machine, the Democratic Burton machine, received an unexpected comeuppance. Experienced and eminently qualified Jeff Adachi won by a landslide over inexperienced Kim Burton for Public Defender, even though Kim outspent him by many times.

At Last Quarter, just after our victory party, I flew to Mexico City to join Crystal, Fernando, and their remarkable baby Christopher, now an irresistible 11 months old. This was Pluto-Moon for me, very regenerative. It even included a visit to their naturopath doctor, an M.D. who combines many forms of diagnosis and healing to do integrative, non-invasive, and amazingly effective work—a modern shaman.

This Moon-Pluto was exactly on my own Saturn in Sagittarius, and began what will be a two-year process of regeneration for me. It’s certainly off to an exciting start!



First Quarter Moon in Gemini occurred on February 20. Check Daily Success Guide for that day to get the tone of the energy. Vesta, who is concerned about security, was the primary planetary energy. First Quarter is when we move from our personal preparation to making a new move into the social milieu.

I reorganized my finances, and applied for a new credit card, very Vesta. Interesting. At New Moon I was shopping, something I rarely do—and now I apply for another credit card at this First Quarter! Guess I’m being patriotic.

Gemini information was featured in a few ways:
  • The Pentagon opened the Office of Strategic Influence, designed to influence worldwide opinion to support the "war on terrorism." When they announced that they would provide disinformation (which they’ve in fact been doing for many years), a swell of protest caused them to eliminate this particular office within a few days.
  • A U.S. Court of Appeals allowed cable channels to buy and combine with TV stations.
  • GW on his trip to the Orient tells the Chinese they should have democracy and freedom.
  • The U.S. General Accounting Office sued the White House to provide to Congress information on the making of national energy policy. This suit is a historic first. However, the White House bullied the GAO into asking only for the NAMES of people involved, not for memoranda, papers, etc. as they originally intended."

The New Moon, featuring Uranus, was disruptive.

First Quarter, action time, shows conflict increasing in Israel-Palestine, Colombia, and Afghanistan. Also, in Korea there were huge demonstrations against Bush, both for his "axis of evil" characterization and for his lack of support for increasing peaceful relations between North and South, which the South wants intensely. Families grieve because they are split by the division.

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March 2002
Table of Contents
March 2002 Home
What Can Ralph Nader Do for the U.S.?
Crystal's New Moon Meditation: Awaken the Visionary Within
Daily Success Guide
March 1 through 31
General Astrological Influences for March
General Sun Signs,
March 2002
Moon Report
Retrograde Watch—Pluto and Juno
Sissy Blue: A Day in the Life of an Amateur Astrologer
March Skywatch
Health Through the Seasons: Spring
Goddess of the Month: Artemis
Book Review: Visionseeker
Maya's Astrology Favorites: Ebertin
Sign of the Month: Pisces. Learn about your sign in Maya's Sun Sign Archives

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