Athena's Web Weekly Column
Week of January 30th - February 5th, 2009
America the Beautiful
Astrologically Venus is the planet that deals with love and beauty. At its best, it is harmonic, rhythmic, pleasant, enjoyable, tasteful, cute and fun. It is the money we earn and put in our pocket every week, which makes us happy. It is what we own, our material possessions. Venus also represents the balance of the scales of justice and the peace and satisfaction that comes from an even-handed distribution on a level playing field.
When hard aspects apply to Venus, these same areas can become problematic or difficult. For instance, Saturn squaring Venus can indicate that one's love is blocked, limited or frustrated. Schedules may conflict (Saturn = time) so that loved ones work while we have time off, and vice versa. Jupiter, the planet of abundance, squaring Venus may indicate one spends too much time in pleasurable pursuits, indulges to excess, or makes garish clothing statements, pushing the fashion plate beyond what most folk would find comfortable.
Over the next two years, transiting Pluto will be opposing the US Venus five times. In 2009 these two planets will align three times, and twice more in 2010. These alignments are exact on March 7th, May 3rd and December 25th, 2009, and on August 10th and October 17th, 2010. During this period, Pluto's pivots (April 4 and September 11th, 2009 and April 6th and September 13th, 2010) will also be part of the unfolding pattern.
In the US chart, Venus is located at 3 degrees and 5 minutes of the sign Cancer. Because it is within three degrees of Jupiter (5 Cancer 55), this is an excellent combination wherein the land and country have always been a part of the real wealth of our nation, just like the song says.
O beautiful for spacious skies
Cancer represents the country itself, but it is also the food and resources the land provides, the 'fruited plain' referenced in the song. The conjunction to Jupiter gives us an abundance of these resources, not to mention our 'spacious skies'.
It is this combination that makes us rich.
But with Pluto opposing Venus over the next few years, what normally gives us pleasure is being taken away and retooled. Our finances are being depleted in order that the entire system might be 'reborn'. As Lord of the Underworld, Pluto deals with death and rebirth.
Obviously, as Pluto opposes Venus we are going to lose much of what we enjoy, what we think of as the 'good things' in life. This opposition is a strong one and reflects the push-pull of finances. Resources will cost more for instance.
While Venus represents 'our' money, Pluto represents 'others' money. It's taxes, inheritance, credit, mortgages and the like. These are monies where there is joint ownership, between you and your parents, you and the state, or you and the bank. "Whose money is it?" is the essential question, and the see-saw energy of this polarity will rock back and forth over the next couple of years, with fiscal peaks spiking around these dates.
If you wanted to make-over an economy celestially, this is exactly the kind of alignment one would look for, but with all these resources at stake, it will be important that honesty and oversight committees be put into place to make sure individuals don't acquire personal gain at the public's expense. Pluto represents what is done under the cover of darkness, in the secret places of the night.
America is indeed a beautiful nation. Perhaps one day we can truly attain the sentiment expressed in the final lines of the second verse.
Pluto opposing Venus will represent a time during which our justice system is being deeply revamped. Both individuals and social ideals will spike under the same alignments and dates. Because Pluto is the planet of passion, focus and intensity, legal battles will be fought 'tooth and nail'. Right or wrong, innocent or guilty, Pluto is tenacious, determined and willful.
In spite of the wistful aspirations of the song, will we continue to be a nation with two different sets of legals standards, one for the rich and powerful and one for everybody else, or will we indeed begin to live up to the aspirations of our founding forefathers?
Only time will tell.