Athena's Web Weekly Column

  Week of September 7th - September 13th,  2001

Good Neighbor Policy

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   Last week we were examining a set of celestial configurations relating to the future of the United States.
The US Flag

As Uranus passed through Aquarius from 1913 to 1920, humanitarian visions of the future captured the social vision of a generation.
USAEagle and Athena Owl

Their idea was to build a world with better child labor laws, better housing and working conditions for the people. While passing through the US 3rd house, this planet also stimulated trade with our neighbors (3rd), but in ways exclusive to our national interests (Moon in the 3rd). Under Woodrow Wilson, Indians (our neighbors in 1835 under the previous pass of Uranus through Aquarius) were no longer the issue. In 1912, our national borders had become those of today, and our neighbors were Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean nations. Jackson treated Indians in a similar manner to the way Wilson treated the nations just south of our border. The government's attitude in each case was: "We know what's good for you."
USAEagle and Athena Owl

An English view
of Wilson and Mexico

The keywords of Aquarius are "I know." It was evident that by this time in our history the experiment in Democracy had been a success, and we were willing to preach our philosophical wisdom to the uninitiated. As Uranus moved through Aquarius from 1913 to 1920 these were some examples of our "Good Neighbor" policy.

   In June, 1912, the US sent troops into Cuba to protect American interests. After a disastrous civil war in the Dominican Republic, the US offered to take over the country's finances and police force in 1915. When leaders refused, Wilson sent in the marines anyway. Even though these Aquarian stimulated ideals built roads, schools and hospitals, they were resented by the Dominican people.
John J "Blackjack" Pershing

Blackjack Pershing

Marines were sent to Haiti the same year. In Nicaragua, the Wilson administration left in place the marines that had been sent there by Taft in 1912, but it was in Mexico that events grew most heated.

   From 1913 until January 1917, the US and Mexico vied for political advantage. In 1914, Wilson asked Congress for authorization to use force in Mexico, "to obtain the fullest recognition of the rights and dignity of the United States." Mexico severed diplomatic relations the same day. This political posturing had been precipitated by the Marines, who had seized a custom house and occupied Vera Cruz the day before, remaining from April until November. In 1916, a Mexican detachment crossed the border and killed people in Columbus, New Mexico. Wilson appointed Brigadier General John J. Pershing to track down General Francisco "Pancho" Villa and his men.
Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa

Pershing penetrated 300 miles into Mexico in a fruitless effort to find Villa, an action which outraged the Mexicans. Tensions rose, and an American patrol attacked a Mexican garrison with loss of life on both sides. But as political events heated up in Europe in 1917, Wilson withdrew the troops and provocations on both sides were, for the moment, forgotten.

   Idealistically, Wilson had wanted the best for the people of Central America and Mexico (Aquarius on the 3rd), but had intervened too often and too blatantly to protect the strategic and economic interests of the United States. In the process, his policy alienated onetime friends (Aquarius) under the singular focus of our national interests (Uranus conjuncting our Moon in the 3rd).

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