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Week of August 10th, - August 16th, 2007

Pluto Peaking

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  Pluto is a potent puppy. Three-headed as it turns out.

A Herculean labor-<br> overpowering Cerberus

A Herculean labor overpowering Cerberus

  Pluto is secretive. As a water sign, it draws its power from an emotional intensity, such as fear, intimidation or uncertainty. This is what gives people power or makes them helpless. If others knew what really lay inside, they would be exposed, so working behind the veil beneath a cloak of secrecy is what they learn to do, away from the piercing gaze of the Sun.

  We've been watching Pluto's path in US history. When this nation was born on July 4th, 1776, Pluto was in Capricorn. Our national secrets are buried behind the governing class under which we operate. Pluto in Cap is in our second house, indicating money or values. This Plutonic thread is woven into our pockets and checkbooks. Typical to Pluto's personality, this is not an openly broadcast fact; it is carefully hidden behind the episodes of everyday life.

  We're not meant to know.

  But if we watch history and the times when Pluto's themes have been triggered by astronomical alignment, we can catch glimpses of the thread as it bobs to the surface of public awareness. When the Sun, the 'planet' of light and truth opposed the US Pluto, John Adams wrote his "Discourse of Davila". Conservative by nature, Adams feared oppression by a "democratic majority and wanted checks to ensure rule of the rich and the well-born."

  Pluto.

  When the US progressed Ascendant (a position of public visibility) conjuncted Pluto, Andy Jackson wrestled with the owners of the Second Bank of the United States, some of whom were foreign nationals manipulating political affairs through our banks. Nathan Rothschild, working with the Bank of England, issued the following ultimatum: "Either the application for the renewal of the charter is granted, or the United States will find itself involved in a most disastrous war."

  "You are a den of thieves- vipers," Jackson is said to have replied. "I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out!"

  More Pluto.

Bust Andrew Jackson

Andy Jackson

  But these were events from the early years. Pluto's power matured over time and grew. The banking forces expanded exponentially. Our many natural resources were developed and cultivated. There was a need for new markets to export the cornucopic abundance being produced at home. Congressman Jerry Simpson of Kansas told Congress in 1892 that with a huge agricultural surplus, farmers "must of necessity" seek foreign markets. "They were seen as important to prosperity, expansionist policies, even war, might have wide appeal." (People's History -Zinn, p. 294)

  Imperialism and capitalism need raw resources and safe trade routes to strengthen the entire system. At the turn of the century, in 1901 and 1902, the US progressed Midheaven conjuncted Pluto. The industrial weight of the administration was in lock step with this expansionist foreign policy as the War with Spain produced one of this country's ugliest chapters. As the US reached out to claim its new found colonial 'prize' in the delightful pearls of the Philippines, it had to deal with the indigenous people who already lived there, whom already had a history of trying to throw off their colonial forebearers, and whom we had helped in their fight against Spain. The indigenous numbers were not to be counted in the coming coffers for profit.

  The Anti-Imperialist League published letters of soldiers doing duty in the Philippines. A captain from Kansas wrote: "Caloocan was supposed to contain 17,000 inhabitants. The Twentieth Kansas swept through it, and now Caloocan contains not one living native."

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

  (There was) ...a movement of prominent American businessmen, politicians, and intellectuals who formed the Anti-Imperialist League in 1898 and carried on a long campaign to educate the American public about the horrors of the Philippine war and the evils of imperialism. It was an odd group (Andrew Carnegie belonged), including antilabor aristocrats and scholars, united in a common moral outrage at what was being done to the Filipinos in the name of freedom. Whatever their differences on other matters, they would all agree with William Janes's angry statement:

  "God damn the U.S. for its vile conduct in the Philippine Isles."

  Mark Twain reflected on events there:

  "We have pacified some thousands of the islanders and buried them; destroyed their fields; burned their villages, and turned their widows and orphans out-of-doors; furnished heartbreak by exile to some dozens of disagreeable patriots; subjugated the remaining ten millions by Benevolent Assimilation, which is the pious new name of the musket; we have acquired property in the three hundred concubines and other slaves of our business partner the Sultan of Sulu, and hoisted our protecting flag over that swag."

  "And so, by these Providences of God- and the phrase is the government's, not mine- we are a World Power."

  You haven't heard of the US takeover of the Philippines, gateway to China?

  Now isn't that a surprise?

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