Athena's Web Weekly Column
Week of Nov 3rd - Nov 9th, 2006
Watching Pluto Work
Pluto has been closing on the final square to the US Midheaven and like successive waves on the shore, some of the themes orchestrated by this celestial tide are in the process of unfolding.
The last set of passes with the Midheaven were a series of five hits which occurred from 1968 to 1970. It marked a time when the government lost control of the media battle over the Vietnam War and public support solidified against it. What the US is going through now is similar to what was happening at that time. The government's political vision is currently being re-chiseled in the court of popular opinion. Pluto is forceful and strong. When the end comes knocking, it's hard to say no. Pluto squaring the US Midheaven is the death (Pluto) of governments (Midheaven) authority, power or control. Nixon's inauguration was within a few days of one of these exact alignments, setting the political stage for his eventual termination as this country's president. As November dawns with it's mid-term elections, the thread is continuing to unravel.
Pluto is usually associated with the Underworld. When Pluto squares the Midheaven, we can anticipate that corruption and secrets in government will come to light. As Pluto made its first pass in this series at the start of the year, Jack Abramoff made a plea and the roots of Washington's political establishment shook. With Pluto's last pass, the realization of the court's efforts has finally been set in motion.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27- "A former White House budget official who became entangled in the criminal investigation of the lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison for lying about his relationship to Mr. Abramoff."
"The former official, David H. Safavian, wept as he pleaded for leniency from Judge Paul L. Friedman in Federal District Court here. The judge used the sentencing hearing to speak out against what he said was a growing culture of corruption in Washington encouraged by high-priced lobbyists."
"He came to work in an environment that has become, quite frankly, more and more... corrupted by money," Judge Friedman said. "You've literally got lobbyists sitting in Congressional offices writing legislation. That's what's going on."
And while the Republicans are split over whether to back the president and the war effort, even the Iraqi administration was letting its irritation show.
"BAGHDAD, Oct. 28 - President Bush stepped into an increasingly fractious relationship with the Iraqi government in a video conference with Baghdad on Saturday after days of angry comments by Iraqi leaders about what they see as American meddling..."
"The sharp remarks appear to be part of a growing schism between the Shiite-led Iraqi government and its American supporters, a division building for months that burst into full public view last week."
There are news reports about a Halliburton subsidiary using the system to impede federal investigations into misuse of funds involving contracts totaling about $20 billion. As we go to press, the story about the American military not properly tracking hundreds of thousands of weapons intended for Iraqi security forces has just come to light.
Now, when all is said and done, do you feel safer with this administration in charge?