Athena's Web Weekly Column
Week of Dec 16th - Dec 22nd, 2005
"As we stand on December's door, the darkening skies forecast some turbulent weather ahead over the next two moons... This is the first wave.."
"On Dec. 6th, progressed Mercury will inconjunct progressed Neptune. Something's not right about what's being said. Deception is high. With Neptune conjunct the natal MC, it's the president's image and belief systems that are the focus. Neptune is faith, and under this hard aspect, faith is lost."
"The MC is our reputation and national image. It's not only our leader, but how the world looks at us. Mercury is messenger. What we say. What the government says right now doesn't hold water. The oceanic pounding the administration took over Katrina was a turning point, and its psychological wake has caught the president in its turbulence. These are Neptunian themes. With his media numbers low, the president is soaked, cold and numb."
This was written a month ago here in the Web. What has this first wave, progressed Mercury inconjuncting Neptune, produced? Here are some of the stories in the news as this alignment built to its crescendo. The following appeared in the NY Times.
On November 16th, parallels were being drawn between Vietnam and Iraq. At the end of the month, a Republican member of Congress resigned hours after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million dollars in bribes for military contracts. Randy "Duke" Cunningham had been a Republican Representative from California as America's first pilot ace of the Vietnam War. Then, reports came out that the US was 'buying' the Iraqi press.
"Western press and frequently those self-styled 'objective' observers of Iraq are often critics of how we, the people of Iraq, are proceeding down the path in determining what is best for our nation..."
"But far from being the heartfelt opinion of an Iraqi writer, as its language impled, the article was prepared by the United States military as part of a multimillion-dollar covert campaign to plant paid propaganda in the Iraqi news media and pay friendly Iraqi journalists monthly stipends, military contractors and officials said."
At the beginning of December news stories were coming out about the continued wait survivors in New Orleans were having to endure.
"Young, middle-aged and old, these citizens of New Orleans, wiped out by Hurricane Katrina and now urgently seeking government assistance, spoke Friday of sleeping in a truck and on a floor, living out of a car and waiting for the help that never seems to come."
On the 5th, Rumsfeld was lamenting about the negative media focus. Then, our European allies were outraged and vented on our Secretary of State.
BUCHAREST, Romania, Dec. 6 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was pelted with questions on Tuesday about covert prisons and a mistaken, secret arrest, as she grappled with what has become an incendiary issue in Europe. She declined to answer most of them in two European capitals.
Europe has been roiled by reports that the United States maintained secret jails for terror suspects in Europe, and by... anger over the American practice of rendition, or secretly transferring terrorism suspects to the custody of third countries, including some outside Europe that routinely use torture.
This aspect culminated on December 6th. On December 8th appeared a story that the President's popularity had picked up with a rise in the economy.