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Uncle Joe in the Hot Seat

Back in January I predicted that June 2021 would be a difficult time for the Joe Biden administration and, in a sense it was, with the Senate playing political football with his infrastructure bill. However, the first really significant stumble of his presidency came in the month of August with the disastrous withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

I have to admit that this caught me by surprise. I could attribute it all to Neptune crawling slowly retrograde toward Biden’s I.C. (Click here to see a horoscope for Joe Biden.) Also, we have transiting Pluto opposed to Biden’s natal Jupiter (in the Eighth House of inherited problems.) And, at least for the last couple of days, Mars has been transiting Biden’s Midheaven. This is often a passage that brings us more than our fair share of abuse. Still, I’m a bit mystified with how these transits worked out.

One possibility is that, despite all the furor and finger-pointing this is currently dominating the news, this seemingly disastrous event will not “stick” to Biden the way some political analysis say that it will. The fact is that most people in this country were in favor of our withdrawal of Afghanistan, When the dust settles, which I’m sure will take a while, relief that we are no longer fighting in Afghanistan will outweigh the ugliness that characterized our withdrawal.

Neptune and the Sibly Horoscope for the United StatesNeptune Symbol

Much has and will be said about the upcoming conjunction of transiting Pluto with the natal placement of Pluto in the horoscope for the United States that is coming up next year. (Click here to see the Sibly chart.) However, that is not the only “big” aspect impacting the US chart during that period. Around the same time that the US gets its momentous Pluto Return, transiting Neptune will be opposed to the Sibly natal Neptune.

Neptune in the Sibly chart is placed in the Ninth House which has to do with the ideals and ideologies that motivate a nation. Having Neptune in this sector emphasizes religion and, from the very first, religion has always played a major role in our thinking as a country. We began with the Puritans and today contend with the Evangelicals. Though church attendance has been declining in the western world since the 1960s, it is still more prevalent in the US than in Europe.

The other thing we associate with Neptune in the Ninth is muddled thinking and misplaced beliefs. This side of Neptune has frequently shown itself in the history of this country. During the McCarthy era we persecuted anyone with the flimsiest association with socialism. During prohibition we actually thought that making alcohol illegal would stop people from drinking it.

Following the Moon: Aug. 22, 2021

I had predicted that the New Moon for Aug. 8 would bring us shocking events or a surprising death. In a way, we got both with the sudden demise of the US backed, secular government of Afghanistan. (Click here to see that article and the chart.) I also said that, because of the placement of the Sun and Moon in the chart done for Washington D.C. this event would not directly impact the US. (Click here to see what the New Moon chart for Kabul was like.)

This New Moon chart also promised that the resurgence of the pandemic would continue to grow. That has certainly happened with hospitals in many states reporting an overflow of desperate patients. I noted that it would be an emotional lunation and the images of those sick people and the frantic crowds in Afghanistan chasing after planes have certainly pulled at our collective heart strings.

Following the Moon in KabulAfghan Flag 1

When I do my analysis of the Full and New Moon charts I set the chart for Washington D.C. The idea is that a chart for a nation’s capital will reflect changes that will impact that nations during the two week period after the lunation. When I did the chart for the New Moon on Aug. 8, I predicted that there would be dramatic changes but that the position of the Sun and Moon in the chart set for Washington indicated that it would not have a drastic effect on the United States.

Of course, we have seen some drastic changes during the past two weeks and, though the United States was very much involved in the events, the country itself was not particularly bothered. Those changes were taking place in Afghanistan where the withdrawal of US troops opened the way for the Taliban to take over the country. That take over, which US intelligence thought would take at least 30 days, has happened in a little over one week.

This is obviously a great tragedy for freedom in Afghanistan. It is fearful to think about what life is going to be like in that country, particularly for women and the generation that has grown up under the US occupation. I don’t want to, in anyway, make light of that. Still, I couldn’t help thinking about what the New Moon chart for Aug. 8 would look like if I set it for Kabul. (Click on Kabul New Moon to see the horoscope.)