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Above & Below: The Health Care Debate Seen from Above

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"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Sun"

---Ecclesiastes 3:1

Hippocrates, a.k.a. the father of western medicine and the originator of the doctors' oath, declared, "A doctor who does not understand astrology is a fool!"

The fact that Hippocrates, Kepler, Newton, and Jung were all avid practitioners of astrology seems to be an embarrassment to many scientists, doctors, and psychologists. Despite the fact that astrology has been marginalized by the onset of the Age of Reason, her flame is still burning, waiting for humanity to eventually wean itself off the intoxicating prospects of the Industrial and Digital Revolutions. Astrology is patiently anticipating the smog and pollution to clear so that once again humanity can see the wisdom and glory of the stars.

Health care reform has been in the limelight for a while. It started gaining momentum in the Democratic Primaries at the end of 2007. Both leading nominees made health care a pillar of their campaigns, arguing that it is time for a major reform. The debate regarding health care issues corresponds to the astrological transit of Saturn in Virgo, which began in September 2007 and will continue until November 2009. We can expect the debate to continue as long as Saturn is transiting in Virgo. In November 2009 Saturn transits into Libra, the sign of lawyers, contracts, and justice. This should the time when the health care bill will become a fair, just, and applicable plan.

Kabbalah is an ancient mystical and philosophical system designed to understand the workings of the universe. It dubs Saturn the planet of Tikun, a Hebrew word meaning to mend or fix. Viewed in this manner, Saturn transiting in Virgo means that we are now experiencing the "fixing" of the Virgo archetype. Virgo is not only the sign associated with care, health, herbs, remedies, service, work, but also accounting. It is no wonder that the debate surrounds both the quality and affordability of health care.

Virgo is the most humble of all archetypes, which means that the big, profit-ridden insurance companies will have to undergo a makeover designed to get them realigned with their true purpose: to serve and heal. Mother Teresa, born August 26, the epitome of Virgo, diligently and humbly created a health care system for the poor in Calcutta. Why can't we, the richest most powerful nation in history do the same?

Another way of looking at Saturn is as a contractor. Like contractors, Saturn breaks walls, overcharges (Saturn is the Lord of time and we all know that time is money), runs past deadlines, and makes our lives challenging. Saturn is currently helping us remodel our health care system. Hopefully, when we are finished renovating, our nation will be better, healthier and happier.

Saturn is not the only planet asking us to make changes. Pluto, recently demoted to a dwarf planet, moved into Capricorn in the fall of 2008. This is precisely when the market crashed. If you have not guessed, Pluto is associated with finance, death and transformation. Capricorn on the other hand, is the sign of structure, corporations, establishments, and institutions. It is no wonder that when Pluto (death and transformation) transited into Capricorn (tradition and conservatives), Republicans lost their grip over power. Last time Pluto was in Capricorn, the British lost their grip on the 13 colonies and America was born. We traded an oppressive monarchy for an enlightened democracy. If the last Plutonian transit gave birth to the Constitution, which promised equality for every American, perchance this current transit will provide health care for all.

According to astrology, which was developed as a tool to understand the cycles of the seasons, now is the best time in 250 years to transform the health care institutions. On September 9th, as the Sun transited Virgo, President Obama gave his health care speech:

Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do. Now is the time to deliver on health care.


View a slide show I created that deals with the economic crisis.

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