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  Week of December 30th, 2011 - January 5th,  2012

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US Mars Neptune square

Our Neptune Pluto trine in the US chart
can indicate creative arrangements (trine) between
administration ((Neptune/MC) and financial resources (Pluto)

        Over the last few weeks, we've been looking at the Neptune Mars square in the US natal map and what it means for the 'personality' of this country.


War Art

        Neptune is on the Midheaven squaring Mars in the 7th house. It is these archetypes that we have been examining over the last three weeks, of Mars in the 7th house; the house of war and peace, culture and refinement, the lower courts, and justice. With Mars in the 7th house (think of it as Mars in Libra), we have a tendency to see war (Mars) as an art form (Libra), capturing heroic moments of splendor in photography, sculpture, and even painting. There are books filled with images of colorful patriotic valor, from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 (from which comes our Star-spangled Banner. The bombs bursting in air woven into the fiber of our national anthem), Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, etc.

        But Mars in 7th is also our court and legal system. As we determined last week, Mars in Gemini in the 7th house can indicate legal duplicity (one set of laws for me, another for you). In our early history, the Neptune end of this square manifested as the Native American, whose land (Neptune rules the 4th house of the US chart, the house of real estate) was coveted by his new white neighbors. The legal system was used as a social tool to strip the Indian of their most valuable resource, their bond to the Earth.

        Government and industry worked together to hone their legal edge on the wheel of time.

        They got better at it over the years.

        Now that the Indian 'threat' had been removed, the system looked for another weak link in the economic chain to exploit.


The 10th house and the 2nd house-
a natural relationship

        "By the middle of the nineteenth century the legal system had been reshaped to the advantage of men of commerce and industry at the expense of farmers, workers, consumers, and other less powerful groups within the society . . . it actively promoted a legal redistribution of wealth against the weakest groups . . ."

                Zinn. p. 235.

        There was now a new way to make money off the land and the worker. Once again they turned to the legal fiction of the justice system.

        "The pretense of the law was that a worker and a railroad made a contract with equal bargaining power..."

        "The law had come simply to ratify those forms of inequality that the market system produced..."

        "It was a time when the law did not even pretend to protect the working people..."

                Zinn, p. 234.

        Mars in the 7th house can be a champion of justice, of one who springs to the trumpet call of truth to right what has been wronged, to defend liberty and actively 'fight' for peace.

        But Mars in the 7th house can also be someone who pushes their own subjective (Mars) viewpoint, who thrusts (Mars) their sense of justice (7th house) on others. With Neptune natally squaring the US Mars, the insinuation is that the more problematic themes, the gnarlier side of the equation, is involved here. The muse of history tells a story about how these themes have manifested in the past.

        We're looking for the patterns here.

        "In the thirty years leading up to the Civil War, the law was increasingly interpreted in the courts to suit the capitalistic development of the country. Studying this, Morton Horwitz ("The Transformation of American Law") points out that the English common law was no longer holy when it stood in the way of business growth. Mill owners were given the legal right (7th house) to destroy other people's property by flood (square Neptune) to carry on their business. The law of "eminent domain" was used to take farmers' land and give it to canal companies or railroad companies as subsidies. Judgments for damages against businessmen were taken out of the hands of juries, which were unpredictable, and given to judges. Private settlement of disputes by arbitration was replaced by court settlements, creating more dependence on lawyers, and the legal profession gained in importance. The ancient idea of a fair price for goods gave way in the courts to the idea of "caveat emptor" (let the buyer beware), thus throwing generations of consumers from that time on to the mercy of businessmen."

                Zinn, ibid.


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