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Week of Aug 16th - Aug 22nd,  2002

Corrupt Bargain

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Pres JQ Adams

   We have once again begun our investigation of the future of this country by scrutinizing its past. Next year, on November 10th, 2003, Pluto will parallel the US Moon in Aquarius in the 3rd house. Lunar themes deal with our agrarian interests, women and their role in society, and the mood of the public. The 3rd house concerns itself with trade, communications, and issues of personal choice. It is both interstate commerce and the two party system.

Pres Jackson

Pres Jackson

   Pluto is the planet that rules Scorpio, which has dominion over coercion and secret issues. He is Lord of the Underworld and shady dealings. As a mythological character, Pluto is most remembered for his rape of Proserpina (Persephone). Naturally, this is also the archetype that deals with death.

Henry Clay

Henry Clay

   When Pluto parallels the Moon, we might anticipate the manipulation of the public mood. Bitter roots and corrupt bargains would fall in line with this sentiment. There is an old Scorpio adage which states, 'Don't get mad; get even.' These folks are big on revenge. Scorpio's can be very spiteful. As Pluto parallels the Moon, it is a time when old habits can die and new ones take their place.

William Crawford

William Crawford

   In the electorial process, bitter rivalries were starting to emerge in 1824. There was also a new mood gripping the nation. Presidential candidates had, until this time, been chosen by congressional caucus. But in a fledgling democracy, this did not seem to represent the choice of the people, and garnered the ill will of many. William Crawford had served as a US senator, a minister to France, and was the Secretary of the Treasury for both presidents Jefferson and Monroe, but his selection by the congressional congress as a presidential nominee for the 1824 election severely hurt his chances in the popular vote. This was the year the two party system collapsed as the Federalists disappeared from the political scene. All four candidates (Adams, Clay, Crawford, and Jackson), were from the Republican party. It was a nasty campaign, as supporters of each candidate focused less on issues and more on the character traits of their opponents. These are emotional issues and personal habits; ruled by the Moon. Adams was mocked for his slipshod appearance. Jackson was accused of being a murderer during his military campaigns. Crawford was charged with misconduct in his official duties, while Clay was said to be a drunk. When all was said and done and the voting was over, Jackson had won both the majority of votes in the electoral college and among the populace, but had failed to reach the 131 electoral votes needed to secure the election. As a result the contest went to Congress, as defined by the Constitution. In this favorable political climate, John Quincy Adams had greater leverage and was able to secure the nomination, and three days later named Henry Clay as his Secretary of State, then considered to be the most important post to hold prior to becoming president. Jackson screamed 'foul' and declared that a secret 'corrupt bargain' had been arranged between Clay and Adams, which Clay of course flatly denied.

   Pluto paralleled the Moon on February 10th, 1825. Twenty four hours prior to this alignment, on February 9th, 1825, John Quincy Adams was elected the 6th president of the United States by the House of Representatives. What do you think?

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