I want to pay attention. I want to keep up. I want to be able to contribute intelligent conversation at dinner. I want to participate in the process. But oh, brother. A bottle full of diet pills can't keep me awake when I try to listen to the yowling TV politicians and pundits, kicking each other's head around like a football. Anybody's opinion is certainly as valid as anybody else's, but they all appear as knowledgeable and iffy as weather people predicting the path of a hurricane.
Astrologers are no better at figuring out who will end up in the White House, but at least astrology provides a sense of greater perspective on the turmoil that is facing not only Washington D.C., but the entire planet.
As far as the United States is concerned, so many people are struggling to perpetuate an image of past glory as embarrassing as Mae West's at the end.
Who the hell is Mae West?
A great and sexy movie star from the old days who was a bold and iconoclastic image for women in her younger days. Then she turned eighty and pretended she wasn't.
America is smack in the middle of a double planetary return: Saturn and Pluto. When planets come back to the places they occupied back at their "birth" (this goes for people, corporations and countries), you get reminded of who you are and who you are not. You get another chance to do it over. Do it better. Act with greater consciousness based on the experiences you've gained and the lessons you've learned up to the present moment. If you get the joke, understand the message, grow up and move forward with greater wisdom, prudence and openness, the path to the future is clearer. Not always easier. But clearer.
The United States is having a Saturn return right now. In the sign of Libra. People (or countries) born with Saturn in Libra want relationships. They need relationships. They are not supposed to try to go it all alone. Their lesson is cooperation and partnerships. Only problem is, they can't stand being controlled by their own need for relationships. So they do everything they can to control the other person (or nation or leader), maintain the upper hand in the relationship. They often try to get close to people who are not available and are sometimes more responsive when they are at a disadvantage and attempting to win over the other person's love.
The United States is now seeing once again that it doesn't have all the aces in the global poker game. It never will. That's the secret to Saturn in Libra. No matter what you do to gain control, you still have to acknowledge that to function best, like it or not, you have to share resources.
No matter what sort of four alarm chili sauce rhetoric they are spooning out to their constituents, all the Republican wannabees know they will have to make giant concession to the Democrats once they get into power. And all those poor once starry-eyed but disillusioned Democrats who now vomit every time Obama opens his mouth, have come to see that the Republicans had a helluva lot more to do with Obama's election than they ever dreamed.
Saturn in Libra is the inexorable demand to share control. We see it in Washington. We see it in the oil rich lands around the world. We hate our dependence. But we can't get away from it. We see it in our own lives.
Anybody born with Saturn in Libra (1923-24, 51-53, 81-83/4) knows that.
There is also the Pluto return to contend with. Already wrote about that in Vanity Fair back in 2006 (see VF.com SPECIAL ALERT HOROSCOPE USA).
That happens once every two hundred and fifty years. When did it begin? It all started when the colonists hassled the Indians and didn't want to pay for the land. They found themselves in the middle of a political battle for control between themselves, the Natives and the British Parliament. It was all about who was going to run things in the New World. The life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness thing was also involved, but America is a Sun, Venus, Jupiter country. It was also about money and land.
And it still is.
Just consider the banks and foreclosures.
Where it is all heading? To a complete transformation (revolution), changes in the Constitution, and a complete overhaul of the System. When is it going to happen?
It IS already happening, but will go into high gear toward the end of the two thousand teens.
So don't get naked and run screaming through the streets ringing doorbells. It's the Pluto return. Go with it.
Michael Lutin www.michaellutin.com