Athena's Web Weekly Column

Week of January 9th - January 15th,  2004

The USA in 2004

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  We're approaching an aspect this month which will be quite dramatic for the country. On Jan. 27, Pluto will oppose the US Mars in the first of three alignments (May 24 and Nov. 25) of these two planets this year. The basic thrust of this combination is that our martial energy is undergoing a make-over. One of the most obvious manifestations is that this is a time during which international tensions will be substantially increased. The US has entrenched itself in an ideological mindset, and this will be challenged by those who do not hold to the same point of view. Here's a definition of Pluto opposing Mars from 'Solar Fire', a popular astrological software program. Naturally, it describes the alignment in an individual's chart, not a nation's, but the essential themes remain the same.

Pluto opposing Mars

Pluto opposing Mars

  "It seems that someone else, or an insurmountable obstacle, is standing in your path right now and you are in danger of losing your temper. You are determined to continue with your goals and ambitions, but may have to clash with someone close to you in order to get what you want. You are forceful and determined. You may indeed find yourself doing battle with loved ones or taking inappropriate risks. You need to be aware of hurting those that you love."

  In the 72 hour period leading up to Jan. 27 there is a considerable escalation of celestial activity in the US chart which may indicate either the US striking out at an adversary, or, conversely, an adversary striking at the US. This is a flash point, and will play out through this and the other two alignments which will occur this year.

  With Pluto transiting the 1st house, the US is attempting to implement its will on the international community. Pluto is very focused in nature, with will power and determination two of its more positive qualities. They keep their eye on the prize. The problem is this same quality can become obsessive, and circumstances can push well beyond the confines of reason in order to achieve their end. This obsession can lead to huge costs, not only in psychological, emotional and diplomatic relations, but literally in fiscal terms as well. Pluto deals with credit borrowing. As Pluto opposes Mars each of these issues may come to a climax.

George Washington

George Washington

  The US Mars is in the 7th house, which deals with both partners and open enemies. Relations with each will be strained at these times, but this house also deals with our political and legal arenas. This country provides a forum wherein opposing ideas can be played out. We fight it out in Congress.

  As Pluto contraparalleled Mars at the beginning of this nation's history, our legislative process was just getting under way. In March, 1789, the first session of the US Congress convened. As retrograde motion brought Pluto back to this same alignment in June, President George Washington signed into law this country's first legislation. Having just moved out from under a highly centralized authority under the king of England, the mood of the country was to proceed cautiously. The future governmental power structure of this country was being hotly debated. States' rights, as opposed to a centralized Federal government, was the issue. We had fought a costly war to be free, and were determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past. (to be con't)






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