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Week of July 20th, - July 26th, 2007

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  Pluto is strong. Pluto is potent. Pluto is powerful. And you'll never even know what hit you.

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Pluto and his dog

Pluto is a planet of passion and intensity. It focuses and concentrates its resources in an effort to reach a singleness of purpose. People feel strongly about it one way or the other, but its force exudes so powerfully that people are very secretive about the manner in which it impacts them personally. We can feel a sense of this potency by examining the body. Each of the signs of the zodiac rule over different parts of the body. Aries rules the head, Taurus the neck, Gemini the hands, arms and lungs, etc. Scorpio and its ruler Pluto rule our genitalia. Pro or con, we feel more intensely about this part of our body. It remains under wraps, hidden from view. It's revelation can either produce great excitement and fascination, or abject horror and fear. Showing someone your genitalia is in a league all by itself, and doesn't begin to compare with showing someone your knee, foot or elbow. You either love it or hate it. That is what is meant by the term 'passion.'


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  But Pluto has a similar emotional association with finances, especially when they are shared. Money-lenders come under Pluto's domain, and the sentiments are the same.

  The United States of America has a Mercury Pluto opposition in its natal chart (born July 4th, 1776). With Pluto in Capricorn, the Dark Lord has extensive dealings with our nation's government. Sometimes this force is supported by the executive branch, sometimes it is vehemently opposed by the sitting president. When progressed Mercury in the US chart moved to square Pluto, economic conditions were pushed to an extreme and the Civil War was the result. One president who actively opposed the money-lenders was Abraham Lincoln.

  As the war commenced, the federal government turned to the money-lenders to help fund the effort. The bankers were happy to do so, but at an interest rate of 24% to 36%. Since the Constitution empowered Congress to make money, Lincoln was able to pass a bill giving the nation the ability to print interest free money, which he used to fund the war. As these new notes were printed in green ink to help distinguish them from other notes, they were called 'Greenbacks'. Lincoln later wrote,


Lincoln, a free-spirited, independent-minded Aquarian

  "...(we) gave the people of this Republic the greatest blessing they have ever had- their own paper money to pay their own debts..."

  This effectively cut out the money-lenders. Following its enactment, this is what the London Times had to say.

  "...if that mischievous financial policy, which had its origin in the North American Republic (should become a reality), then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without a debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous beyond precedent in the history of the civilized governments of the world. The brains and the wealth of all countries will go to North America. That government must be destroyed, or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe."

  In his re-election campaign, Lincoln made no bones about his wish to continue with this 'Greenback' program 'for the people.' Four days after the war ended, Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed and his fiscal policies were abandoned by Congress.


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