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WXYC Friday, September 26, 2008 7-9pm

Really quick, for once, cuz I wanna go catch the debate on PBS at 10pm:

26/9/8 19:00-21:00

I’ll be back later this weekend and put all the rest of the stuff here! I promise!

(Monday, September 29, 2008 17:41)

…like if it’s a three day weekend…

…and by now, I don’t remember a whole lot about this show. Like, was there a sold-out show at the Cradle?  Or was that last week?  eh, no matter.  There was that set after 7:30 which took the stunningly dark turn that even Bongos, Bass, and Bob couldn’t lighten, although I’d say they provided the center jewel of that tenebrific, sonic bijouterie.

Really.  Those really *are* the very best words to describe what I intended to convey.  At least in the available English lexicon.

I should really write these things after the radio show.

Anyways, the real reason I came back here, to this entry, was to provide the write-up for the astrology report.

The astrological “weather” report:

The big news, of course, is that Mercury has turned retrograde.  It went retrograde at 3:16am Wednesday, so no matter where anyone may live in the U.S., Mercury was already retrograde by sunrise.  Interestingly enough, Wednesday is also when McCain announced he was suspending his campaign.  Astrologically speaking, that was a smart move. Why? Well, lemme quote another source:

In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce, education and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially people who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, teachers, travellers, tricksters and thieves.

Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray or awry.

It is therefore not wise to make important decisions while Mercury is retrograde, since it is very likely that these decisions will be clouded by misinformation, poor communication and careless thinking. Mercury is all about mental clarity and the power of the mind, so when Mercury is retrograde these intellectual characteristics tend to be less acute than usual, as the critical faculties are dimmed. Make sure you pay attention to the small print!

Taken from the astrologycom.com site (note, astrologycom.com is *not* a typo)

…and click this here for a handy “survival guide” to Mercury retrograde, that covers all the bases pretty well…

…so that explains why suspending the campaign was a smart move.

Now, I can NOT imagine that McCain’s gonna be able to avoid campaigning through till October 15, which is when Mercury resumes direct motion, but I’ll bet Obama supporters might hope that he *does* try something like that.

As for tonight’s debate, the moon is applying a trine to Jupiter that lasts overnight, until after 9am tomorrow morning, so as far as astrological weather, tonight should go as well as could be expected for both candidates during a Mercury retrograde.

Getting back to tonight in Chapel Hill, NC (…and I don’t remember the exact time, nevertheless, at 20:00 EDT Friday, September 26, 2008) here’s where the bodies of interest are located on the ecliptic

 Sun: 4° Libra
Moon: 5° 41′ Virgo
Mercury: retrograde, as we already know, at 22° Libra, and if you’re wondering how far back it’s gonna go before it starts moving forward again, it resumes direct motion on October 15, when it is at 7°34 Libra, so it’s gonna back up another 15° before it moves forward, and it stays in Libra during the entire retrograde period.
Venus: 3° Scorpio
Mars: 25° Libra
Jupiter: 13° Capricorn
Saturn: 14° Virgo
Uranus: 20° Pisces, like Mercury, also retrograde, but since the end of June
Neptune: 21° Aquarius and it’s retrograde, too, since the end of May, and finally,
Pluto: 28°35′ Sagittarius

Applying Sun Square Jupiter   Monday, October 6, 2008 12:51
This is a time for moral and legal debate, a time when legal battles and important court cases may make news and leaders may struggle with approval issues. Negatively, this transit inclines toward over-growth, distortions of the truth, and indulgence.
“Applying” aspect text taken from alabe.com

Applying Moon Trine Jupiter   Saturday, September 27, 2008 09:22
Demonstrations of generosity, benevolence, successful actions, and even luck are associated with this transit. Good attitudes make for successful collaborations and social situations now.
“Applying” aspect text taken from alabe.com

…and to this, I’ll add that the moon in Virgo trine Jupiter in Capricorn makes for a more grounded, stable feel. This aspect lasting overnight means tonight should be rewarding for big-hearted actions. Rather than bringing regrets, generous acts this evening will bring genuine satisfaction and may even prove profitable in the long run. It’s a “pay-it-forward” kind of thing. For the debate, it will come as close as possible to negating any Mercury retrograde events that would otherwise occur. It’s a good night to debate. For all parties.

Applying Mercury Trine Neptune   Sunday, September 28, 2008 08:24
This is a time for imaginative conversations, future planning, and vision questing.  Conditions are favorable for retreat, closure, spirituality and inspiration.
“Applying” aspect text taken from alabe.com

Applying Mercury Square Jupiter   Monday, October 6, 2008 19:45
Important communications on matters of concern for many are at issue now. Moral, philosophical, or religious issues may be raised and debated. International meetings make news.
“Applying” aspect text taken from alabe.com

…so after Sunday, that’s when we’ll all start to experience the more problematic facets of the Mercury retrograde period, as will the candidates. Unfortunately for them, they’ll be in front of the camera being recorded! Better them than me.

Applying Venus Sextile Jupiter   Sunday, October 5, 2008 08:22
Celebrations, meetings and weddings are successful. Confidence and feelings of prosperity move events along now.
“Applying” aspect text taken from alabe.com

Applying Venus Trine Uranus   Friday, October 10, 2008 01:47
Unusual events and “firsts” occur under this interesting transit.  Protests could begin or end abruptly, and group activities may appear to be erratic and unstable, but may prove productive.
“Applying” aspect text taken from alabe.com

Applying Mars Sextile Pluto   Thursday, October 2, 2008 00:01
Passions are high and daring actions are often a response. Situations intensify, bringing out the extremists and power-players. Takeovers are often successful under this transit.
“Applying” aspect text taken from alabe.com

     Mars enters Scorpio Saturday, October 4, 2008 00:33

And these are long-term conditions; you can kinda think of them in terms of “summer is hot,” but you know how some days may be rainy, and others may be sunny, and of course some are hotter than others…
Applying Jupiter Sextile Uranus   Thursday, November 13, 2008 01:39
This is a time when mostly positive developments, changes, and innovations are happening in many fields, including religion, law, and transportation.
“Applying” aspect text taken from alabe.com

Applying Saturn Opposite Uranus   Tuesday, November 4, 2008 09:35
This transit emphasizes inequalities in society, the conflicts between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” This may also be a time of severe socio-economic stress and even financial recession. Changes of rule and authority in many fields leave people feeling unstable and insecure. It is a time of frustration, accidents, rigid resistance to change, and attacks on authorities.
“Applying” aspect text taken from alabe.com

…and I’ve briefly mentioned this over the weeks. It’s been applying since August 2007, although there was a period in May where Saturn came within a few minutes of a trine with Pluto, that kind deflected the energy… anyways… I haven’t been saying much about it, although usually I’d be making more noise, because it is a rather powerful negative aspect. So let me, a day late and a dollar short, give this aspect more attention.

Saturn rules investments and career, and also things like death from old age, endings and closures.
In Virgo, it’s more analytical and careful than Scrooge-like. (The unenlightened Scrooge represents negative qualities of Capricorn and Saturn.)

Uranus represents revolution, the unconventional, disruption, and upheaval.
In Pisces, Uranus can be creative and selflessly humanitarian. 

Saturn making this opposition to Uranus is no doubt the key player in this week’s economic shakedown. Saturn finally applies the opposition to Uranus on… Election day!

(and this I’ve had to edit/alter, because I had my dates wrong during the show)
…but because of retrograde motion between both Saturn and Uranus, it continues to affect us until July 27, 2010.

…actually, since Friday night, I checked the dates and the math, and the exact Saturn opposite Uranus aspect takes place 5 times. November 4 is the first pass. February 5, September 15, 2009, and April 27, 2010 are all Virgo/Pisces oppositions. The last one, on July 27, 2010, Saturn and Uranus have moved into the next sign: 0° Libra/0° Aries.

This is a rather rare aspect, and the last two times it’s taken place, each time it has made five passes before it’s completed.
The last time it took place was between April 1, 1965 and January 7, 1967. At that time, *Saturn* was in Pisces, and Uranus was in Virgo, the mirror image of this one.
Before then, we have to go back to October 1, 1918 – June 6, 1920. This one started out with Saturn in Leo/Uranus in Aquarius, but the 3rd-5th passes between August 15, 1919 and June 6, 1920, Saturn was in Virgo, Uranus was in Pisces, like now (though not the same degrees)

I know the 1918-20 event included protests eventually bringing U.S. women the right to vote. It also immediately preceded the cease-fire/end of WWI, that some consider the onset of the “German revolution.” I hate to fall back on Wikipedia, because it’s often a source for disinformation, but a quick check shows 1919 was a turbulent era around the globe. Of course, we all know the 1960’s were turbulent, period.

I’m not an historian, nor an economist, so I’m not sure exactly what all else may have been happening, either 1918-1920 or 1965-67 that would have been specifically related to this aspect—it would require several hours of research—but I do know big, bad stuff was going on, some of which brought about positive, much needed change. Anyways, Saturn opposition Uranus is a motherfucker, and I’d say this economic collapse heralds its onset. Hopefully, we’ll end up with something more like women’s sufferage over the outcome of the German revolution. Our current economic picture, however, has more in common with elements of the German revolution.

/astrological “weather” report

And not really about astrology at all—except for those who might be thinking this indicates that one should vote for candidate A or candidate B—it has been pointed out in other professional, objective media sources, neither Obama nor McCain have taken a stance that will help get us out of this mess.

They’re both spewing similar versions of the same old soup. So Obama offers zucchini, while McCain offers yellow squash. Whoa, man, *that*’s really gonna make it taste different.

There are no FDRs, presently, on *either* big party ticket, and that’s more and more looking like what we need.

I haven’t heard Nader’s plan, and while I realize it’s highly unlikely he would win, if people were honestly paying attention to what’s going on, what’s actually being said by the big two… well, there certainly wouldn’t be crowds chanting the name of either of them. Neither candidate is presenting policies that offer meaningful change.

I am somewhat stunned at how successfully, effortlessly the youth of America have been herded down from the crags into the pasture. Those are *some* border collies working the flock. Surely *some* of you goats have grown some horns that can disentangle you from the layer upon layer of mesh, and the rather disturbing branding that’s a significant part of the Obama cult.

With all that merch, it’s like a fucking Deadhead gathering.

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