Beggars and Heroes
The people begging, crying, and pleading with Mr. Obama to save their country is indicative of the humiliation and relinquishing of dignity sometimes associated with Pluto in Capricorn. Saturn rules the knees and often the lessons of the planetary entity are concerned with humility and pride. Being down on one's knees can work both ways. The true beggar has ultimate pride, but most don't achieve that. The country is used to the high life, dominating on top of the world, and now she's falling and experiencing economic decline. People are afraid, being so deep in debt and rapidly losing their jobs. But as always, Americans will pull through, although not without some hard knocks and tough lessons. Falling on their knees before Obama was the first step. Getting back up is the goal. Obama has Saturn retrograde in Capricorn so he has especially important lessons to learn about pride and humility. It will be awhile since Pluto has yet to get to his Saturn by transit, a major turning point, and there will be the customary hard knocks along the way. Some significant failure is required. This is the beginning of the long Pluto transit opposite our country's Cancer planets embodying the hopes that Daddy will make it all better. He won't and he can't. It's time for us to learn how to care for ourselves. At first it might look like he will, Neptune will be in and out, but when reality really gets a toehold it could be quite disappointing. Even if the man wanted to help the commoners, he couldn't because the lessons of survival (Pluto) demand that we the people mature and stop pretending that we live in a mythical magic kingdom free from want, all desires immediately gratified. The need for a hero is written in USA Neptune square Mars, and the new guy fits the image -- a handsome knight come to the rescue, his Mars plunging into Neptune with precision. But in the chart of the next administration, Saturn is exactly quincunx the midpoint between Neptune and Chiron. Inaugural Saturn also conjuncts USA natal Neptune. Thus the illusions and deceptions around the dashing new leader are due to be realized. Chiron points to an eventual healing if the lessons are absorbed, wounds notwithstanding. The swoon effect, the mesmerization, and the religious imagery placed around the man are part and parcel of the hero worship suggested by Mars-Neptune. The narcosis of delusion producing sleep and escape. I think there are good reasons for the lapse into the rapture as the people of the country try to balance the hate of the previous evil monster with adoration of the new prophet. The lead-up was a joyous last minute Sagittarius ride to be remembered and cherished. It should equalize in time. I also see the elevation to orgiastic heights as a precursor to the downswing indicated by Pluto in Capricorn, and down we must come to face some rather harsh realities on the ground. So maybe this was the only way the excitable nation could accomplish this hard task. Stark reality is not her forte, unless it's on a Hollywood sound stage with the appropriate menacing music, or something like a Great Depression.
So what will it take? Will our hero have to fall? Or will he gracefully step down from the pedestal while the people claim their senses? Not without their encouragement for the latter to take place. With the aspect so tight, I would imagine that the dilemma will get a lot of attention over the next four years, while the people learn to stop cowering, to stand up erect, and to start relating to these elected officials as equals. Saturn in Libra in the 10th house portends such a healthy relationship. Some get knocked down and some get promoted on high, until the balance of Libra is created. After the initial supplication and worship of the new president as savior the long difficult road to adulthood could theoretically be traveled. The habit of obsessing about him, clinging to every word and move, watching every twitch of his visage, would only re-create the experience of the last icon, and I know most would prefer to avoid that. It's like having a brand new glittering possession, and of course, the people are fascinated, but I don't think we're cut out for the beggar's role in this high and mighty nation, no matter how far we've come down from the mountaintop. Beggars can't be choosers, they say, and we still seem to favor free choice.