March 17, 2012

With speakers Don Cerow, Rob Hand, Rio Olesky,
Angel Thompson and Laura Nalbandian

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Athena's Web Weekly Column

  Week of March 9th - March 15th,  2012

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Eisenhower's natal chart

        We've been examining the US Moon in Aquarius, a Moon that defines much of the soul of this country. As a people, we are a cosmopolitan mix, a rainbow coalition of various nationalities, religions and ethnic types. We've been examining two different segments of the population. First there is the Aquarian Moon type, a free-spirited, inventive and educated population, compared to our Neptune in Virgo trine to Pluto in Capricorn side, of what many presidents called 'the secret government' and its more conservative, corporate nature. Individual presidents have split their allegiance between the rich and the people.

        Our time machine is now set for the 1950's, and Dwight D. Eisenhower is president. He is a Libra (Mercury, Vesta, Sun, Moon and Uranus in Libra), with his Jupiter in Aquarius as part of a Grand Air Trine. Off the top, this is a fair man who tries to look at both sides of a situation. With his Sun in Libra, one of the central foci of his life is the scales, and their innate function of attempting to keep things in balance.


Vote for me
and I'll vote for you

        What follows serves our purpose in two distinct ways. First, as you read this, notice how the entire speech is an attempt to put things in balance. To find the equilibrium between two opposing extremes, and to derive peace and harmony from having done so. Even as a general, this is a peacemaker.

        Excerpts from his final speech to the American people as president.

        "I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace. . ."

        ". . . American's leadership and prestige depend . . . on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment."

        "Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations."

        ". . . with liberty the stake."

        "But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs -- balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage -- balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration."


A final good-bye
and a final warning

        ". . . we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions."

        "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

        "We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

        ""It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society."

        "Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."

        "Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect."

        Naturally, the military-industrial complex is what he was talking about, witnessing first hand its unprecedented growth on his watch, as both commander and commander-in-chief. This industry was born of a need for security, but became a path to profit. If security and patriotism could be turned to lining the pockets of the fiscal elite, so much the better.

        For the fiscal elite.

        President Eisenhower's Sun, Moon, Uranus conjunction, as well as his Jupiter in Aquarius, saw the path ahead born of a technological revolution. This was his attempt to educate the American people, with their Moon in Aquarius, about the pitfalls that lay ahead, without fully understanding all that he had witnessed. Perhaps now we can better comprehend just what it was he was talking about after more than fifty years have elasped and his words- of balance, of cooperation, and of peace- ring true.


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