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M A Y A ' S   M O O N   R E P O R T ,   A P R I L   2 0 0 3

Pisces Moon Cycle

by Maya del Mar

Pisces New Moon in March propelled the U.S. and Britain into invading Iraq. They went to war on Iraq without UN approval, and contrary to international laws.

The U.S. worked mightily to get Security Council approval, but was unable to do so. The Council debate and discussion was broadcast worldwide, and it was fascinating to listen to the representatives of many nations speaking. KPFA, perhaps the only station in the nation to do so, broadcast the session in its entirety. (KPFA is available live on the net at

The people of the world, including many in the United States, protested this invasion beforehand, and have continued to protest it since. There are daily demonstrations, protests, direct actions, civil disobedience, boycotts, and sit-ins in almost every country of the world. Polls in various countries show from 80-97% of the population in continuing opposition to the invasion, including the British. The inclusivity of the resistance is very much a Uranus in Pisces phenomenon.

The spontaneous rising of a world peace and justice movement is as much of a historical first as is the U.S. war of "pre-emption." Both of these movements have set in motion chains of events which will build and have broad consequences for many many years. These are the main events catalyzing the action of Uranus squaring the Moon’s Nodes for the two months of March and April, which I mention in this month’s General Influences. This is a historical occurrence, with wide-ranging consequences.

Another historical first at this time is the U.S. occupation of a Middle Eastern city.

At the very same time as the U.S. was dropping 2000-ton (that’s 4 million pounds) bombs over Baghdad, Congress cut health care for veterans, and that same day allocated $9 billion to Israel (who had asked for $8 billion).

A couple of more days into the invasion, Bush brought in his budget: $75 billion for war, $726 billion in tax cuts, and $475 billion in cuts in social programs, such as medical care and education.

The U.S. debt has grown to anywhere from $2.5 trillion to $6 trillion, according to various estimates. (That is a minimum of $10,000 for every man, woman, child, and baby in the U.S.) (When Bush came into office, there was a big surplus, and no debt.) At the same time, as the bombing of Iraq began, pollution controls in every area—including air, land, and water—were dropped.

Yvonne Taylor sent me some newspaper coverage from Cape Town, South Africa. There were pictures and stories of marches and pickets of the U.S. Embassy (which is happening worldwide) with a very serious looking young woman holding a hand drawn poster which said, "Open your eyes to the tragedy of war."

A headline said, "Two of the oldest democracies are gambling with the world’s respect." Some quotes:

"What is worrying to weak nations are perceived threats to sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and security. There is a real fear, on a continent where the great powers have always run rampant, of who will be next."

Chaos trails along with Uranus in Pisces.

"South Africa should oppose aggression in Iraq, because this country, with its mineral wealth, could be next on Washington’s list." (Don’t worry, South Africa, Bush has already announced that Syria, North Korea, and Iran are next.)

"It is almost inexplicable that two of the world’s oldest and most admired democracies are gambling with the world’s respect on a conflict that could, with some patience and respect for the international institutions that they founded, be resolved."

Pluto in Sagittarius promotes gambling on a large scale. Sag is the gambling sign, and Pluto intensifies whatever it touches. The U.S. has a Sagittarius Ascendant, which is one’s presentation. It is now being transited by aggrandizing Pluto. The current degree of Pluto happens to be both a Black Hole degree (discussed elsewhere and in other issues of Daykeeper) and the degree of Bush’s South Node, which is generally called "the point of undoing."

The Cape Town Argus further says that "the war, as the eminent U.S. political scientist Immanuel Wallerstein put it at a conference held last week in Holland on "American Hegemony or Multipolarity" is a "great gamble" for a country he argues is in "structural decline."

Other economists argue similarly. A major reason for this Bush misadventure is to control the oil companies and so keep the dollar afloat, and thus dominant. However, in the long run, there is now so much antagonism throughout the world towards the U.S., that people will not want to support the dollar. Even though governments may feel that they are forced to dollar-trade, as the price of maintaining trade ties with the U.S., in many countries their citizens are rebelling against that idea. Already there are boycotts throughout the world against U.S. companies and U.S. goods, strictly from the grass-roots level. Even economists at the World Bank and the IMF are talking about "payback time" for the U.S. dollar.

The costs of occupying Iraq, and waging endless wars against endless enemies, as Bush has said he intends to do, will mount. U.S. foreign debt, already huge enough to topple, will get larger. "And," writes William Greider in The Nation, "you can’t sustain an empire from a debtor’s weakening position—sooner or later the creditors pull the plug."

This is Vesta speaking. I’ve said that she’s important now in the mundane charts, and also that she’s nearly stationary (thus more powerful) across the top of the U.S. chart. The U.S. financial situation is certainly on the rulers’ minds.

Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Master Sergeant Stan Goff puts it this way (in the March issue of From the Wilderness), "The Bush Administration seems to have a clear understanding of what desperate straits they were in well before 9-11. The empire is in decline, and this means Americans will have to reconcile themselves to a new world in which their profligate lifestyle becomes a thing of the past. Americans do not understand that this is an irremediable situation. That is why we are witnessing the beginning of what is possibly the most dangerous period in human history."

And further, "The real bet that Bush & Co. makes on this war is that it can secure oil at $15 a barrel, rescue dollar hegemony, gain the ability to wage its economic war on China and Europe, and inaugurate a fresh upwave of real profit. This will not happen."

Stan Goff says that Bush will go down, Tony Blair and Jose Aznar will go down, and it will be a long time before anyone can align themselves with the U.S. as an ally.

"We are in the stream of history," says Goff, and he is referring to the peace movement, "and we have been given a grave and momentous responsibility."

As he says, there is a long struggle ahead. But others have fought oppression, and so will we.

This leads right into "Amandla!", which takes us back to South Africa. "Amandla!" Is a documentary film about events leading up to the end of apartheid in South Africa. It focuses on the struggle of the blacks for respect, which ended in a new nation of black and white. The core of the film was music, beautiful and inspiring music, and an intrinsic part of the road towards freedom. I left feeling that the black people of South Africa had literally sung their way to freedom. How could Lady Justice resist their magical call?

See this film. It will warm your heart. This is another example of Uranus—revolution—in Pisces—sign of the arts.