by Maya del Mar
People are saying, “Why doesn’t Bush
'do something' about the obscene horror in Lebanon?” The answer
is simple: It doesn’t have political payoff, while backing
Israel in its wars and in arming its arsenal provides much political
capital. Here are at least four benefits to Bush. I’m sure
there are many more.
1. Bush has a golden opportunity to express
his macho image, in which he feels secure, and which has
wide popularity in the U.S. Vesta is where we feel secure. Bush
has his Vesta in Aries, a fighting sign, in the ninth house of foreign
relations and expansion. He is propping up his public image shortly
before election time.
2. Because of Bush’s backing of Israel,
what was the growing neocon criticism suddenly ceased, and
he has his fanatic neocon team back again rooting for him. Bush’s
actions are indeed an expression of the American psyche, for Bush’s
Vesta is conjunct the U.S. natal nadir in Aries, that place which
is the U.S. psychological base.
3. The failing financial numbers pick up,
as weapons makers and war-supporting corporations increase their
business. This helps Bush in two ways—averting financial
catastrophe, and giving his party’s major campaign donors
a payoff. (Remember, the U.S. is a major financial supporter and
weapons supplier to Israel.)
4. The American public is distracted from
domestic issues, some of which are very pressing, just
prior to election time.
This is a brilliant move, probably designed by that
master strategist, Karl Rove. (His Sun is in Capricorn, where “General”
Pallas Athena has been traveling since last winter. See article.)
There are memos, in fact, dating from a year ago, between the U.S.
and Israel detailing the Lebanon operation.
Israel’s attack on Lebanon began just as the
U.S. progressed Mars turned retrograde to begin an 80-year retrograde
Mars is The God of War, the ruler of Aries. Retrograde
planets take us back into the past. The very day that the U.S. progressed
Saturn turned retrograde was election day in November 1994, when
Republicans made a huge sweep of election wins. Immediately Gingrich
touted his Contract on America. Now we see what Mars retrograde
means for the U.S. In 1994, Scorpio Saturn was in the 11th house
of Congress. Now Libra Mars is in the 10th house of how we meet
Martin Schulman says that Libra is the most difficult
sign for Mars retrograde. Mars retrograde brings us back to a time
in the past when we had to deal with a force. Now we unconsciously
vibrate to that same force. It is very difficult to match our energies
(Mars) with present circumstances and needs.
The U.S. progressed Mars, as it is turning retrograde
at 19 Libra, conjoins George W. Bush’s natal Jupiter at 19
Libra. Jupiter is a significator of politics, and GW is very energized
now (and for months to come) to be very expansive politically. Remember
that on July 6,
Jupiter in the heavens turned direct, and sprang into action. This
was on Bush’s birthday, and thus sets the tone for his whole
solar cycle, lasting until his next birthday.
The U.S. currently has five of the ten major planets
progressed into retrograde phase. It is as though we have moved
backwards instead of forwards during the last several years. We
vibrate to past experience.
In addition, the natal U.S. Mercury is retrograde in Cancer, a sign
which never forgets. Because of this, the U.S. already has a tendency
to live more in the past than in the present.
Added to Neptune’s strong influence, this
preponderance of retrogrades makes dealing with current reality
very difficult for the U.S. Progressed Mercury only has a decade
to go in retrograde, but natal Mercury will always have that placement.
The rest of the planets are very slow and will be retrograde for
anywhere from Mars’ 80 years to many scores of years.
Saturn, we need you!