Athena's Web Weekly Column

Week of January 16th - January 22nd,  2004

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  At the end of January, this country will experience the first of three powerful alignments this year. On Jan. 27th, May 24th, and Nov. 25th, Pluto will oppose the US Mars. Since Pluto has a 248 year cycle, and since this country is only 228 years old, this alignment has never occurred before in our history, but we can look to other alignments to squeeze the 'flavor' out of this combination, to better understand its nature. Early in this nation's history, Pluto contraparalleled the US Mars. By studying the threads of time, watching as the country responds to heavenly influence, we can pick up the clues of what may happen throughout 2004.

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  Naturally, these combinations can manifest as specific events occurring either right on the days in question, or immediately leading into these dates; generally within 72 hours. However, they also produce a general theme of events which has a much wider range of influence, and it will be this larger trend which we will examine this week.

  Generically, Pluto rules sex, death and taxes, and it is this last issue on which we will focus- specifically credit buying, and what is owed to others. Pluto tends to concentrate power, but at the cost of, or as a result of, devastating others.

  Pluto contraparalleled Mars twice in 1777, and then held off for eleven years until 1788 when it began a series of a dozen alignments between then and 1793, at the rate of two a year.

A British Warship

A British Warship

  During the war, the economy was devastated. With the British navy controlling and patrolling the waters off our eastern shore, both imports and exports totally dried up. Huge areas of the economy were wiped out. This country had already developed a lucrative overseas trade as a colony, but with this alignment, American commerce went into a tailspin from which it did not recover for nearly 20 years. Shipbuilding virtually ceased, affecting sailmakers, shipwrights and blacksmiths. Taxation, one of the principal causes of the war, escalated as state governments struggled to cope. Price and wage inflation, mushrooming private and public debt, all demanded attention and often set people against each other. As the cost of the war mounted, so did the increasing tax burden.

  This alignment divided the people. During the war, it was between Tory supporters, people of means who looked to stability to preserve the status quo, and those who espoused freedom for the Republic. After the war, from 1788 to 1793, this emphasis shifted to the divisions perhaps best represented by Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists, who looked to central authority and the power to tax and develop trade, especially for the industrialized north, and the Jeffersonian Republicians, who favored states and individual rights. In effect, this was a division between rich and poor, where the rich got richer, and the poor, common people of this nation were left to fend for themselves, eventually leading to Daniel Shay's and the Whiskey Rebellions of those early years. Patrick Henry warned that a monied aristocracy was taking control of the government, that agriculture was being subordinated to commerce, and that the government's powers were expanding dangerously.

  What parallels do we see taking place in government today bringing these issues to a head?


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