Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Long Hot Summer in Politics

For this particular year, the mundane prediction for the area should be made in 4 quarterly steps, the first at the Spring Equinox, the second at the Summer Solstice, the third at Autumn Equinox, and the fourth at the Winter Solstice.

This is the Summer Solstice quarter of that cycle, and this assessment of the chart is good until the Autumn Equinox on September 23rd.

Like the lunar chart, this is a general prediction for the district.

It sets the general trend for the area in terms of reputation and leadership.

This chart has “scandal exposed” written all over it. If ever there was a time to haul elected officials over the coals, this is it. It’s going to be a long hot summer in Washtenaw county.

Leadership is going to be lacking for the most part for the quarter. In spite of cries from the grass roots for a new plan and a new way of doing things, leaders are going to be reworking old plans, and staying with the tried and true. Ducking for cover and staying out of sight will be the wise leaders default position this quarter.

Depending on your standpoint, this could be a good or bad thing.

The truly wise will be calculating the cost of previous mistakes, reviewing the things that have actually worked well, and weighing them carefully in the balance. The truly wise will appoint someone (but please spare us from more “experts”) to assess the feelings of the grass roots and quietly work on implementing grass-roots reform to foster good relations and long-term gains. They will resist the temptation of the spotlight and endless rhetorical bloviation.

But how many of our leaders are truly wise?

A wise opposition movement might have its mouthpieces articulating grass roots concerns (while its leader practices the restraint above). A wise opposition movement will give a loud voice to the need for reform, and show a determined strategy for action. A wise opposition will haul elected officials over the coals.

But how many of our opposition movements are truly wise?

All leaders in the district are going to come under fire from strong, open opponents. When weighed in the balance, the strength of the quarterly chart lies with the opponents. All administrations can expect more confusion than usual in their chain of command. The grass roots is going to feel un-heard. The greater population will remain largely clueless, however if they are spurred into action, it will be by a well-organized opposition.

The force for change and lady luck abide with the disgruntled grass roots and its voice in opposition this summer.

Leaders in the spotlight will suffer from foot-in-mouth disease. For those leaders who can get off their podium, adopt a careful, minimalist approach to public announcements, and work at hearing the grass roots out, there is some hope that they can deflect the heat back to the opposition, but they have their work cut out for them.

Police forces throughout the district will face a larger-than-usual quantity of difficult crimes and elusive criminals. They may be called upon to take un-popular action against regular citizens. Disputes between law enforcement operatives and administors that have not been resolved prior to the solstice will remain unresolved for the quarter.

The judiciary is going to have a rough time as well, lots of adjournments, indecision, and mixed messages sent to the public.

The school district are on the opposite end of the same scandal pattern as the elected officials. The upheaval that has already beset out schools will continue. Obfuscation will cease, heads will roll, and painful decisions will be made.

The astro-analysis

The “scandal” is the loose conjunction between Saturn and Venus in the 11th opposed by Neptune and Chiron, loosely conjunct in the 5th . By the old methods, only the Saturn/Venus conjunction would be seen, and that is pretty telling on its own. The added influence of a couple of modern chart objects adds to the intensity, the pain, and the mystery.

The Sun is in Cancer in the 9th house, and while its position looks strong at a glance, its ruler, the Moon, is in the 12th. The Moon’s ruler is Mercury which is retrograde in the 10th.

This is a whole lot of “no fun” for the people or for the reputation of the district. The district may try to pull off a facsimile of great ideals and unlimited opportunity, but it won’t wash this quarter.

The MC is also in Cancer, facing the same issues as the Sun with the same net result. There is no joy in this quarter for leaders or their administrations. A low profile is the best remedy, but that’s going to be hard to pull off.

Mercury retrograde in 10 means that when leaders open their mouths, they’ll put their foot in them. When administrations try to go public, they will make mistakes. More telling though, is that if administrations are brought into the public arena, any malfeasance will be exposed.

Mars in Aries in 7th house is strengthened by Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 3rd and Saturn in Leo in the 11th . While Saturn is typically weak in Leo, its signification of “personal responsibility” is very telling when it is in the house of elected officials, especially when Mars and Jupiter are both in positions of great strength, Mars in the house of open enemies, and the Jupiter in the house of the grass roots supporters.

This gives a strong, well-organized opposition the opportunity of a lifetime to expose the weakness of any administration in the district.

Police are the 6th house (in service to the administration and the community), the Pisces cusp and Uranus present make for a difficult quarter for law enforcement with nothing being concrete and lots of surprises. Uranus’ opposition to the Moon suggests unpopular and unprecedented action against citizens.

Judiciary, 9th house, ruled by Mercury which is retrograde in the 10th. Ick!!

The school district is the 5th house, opposite elected officials. Chiron and Neptune, both retrograde, suggest a painful end to the troubles that have beset the district.

All up, the only winners this quarter are the opposition parties. Lets hope they don’t squander it with irrelevancies, infighting, and red herrings.

Take Care


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