Mars Turns Retrograde In The Nation’s Birth Chart

Francis Donald Grabau

"Democracy in America was never the same as Liberty in Europe. In Europe Liberty was a great life-throb. But in America Democracy was always something anti-life. The greatest democrats, like Abraham Lincoln, had always a sacrificial, self-murdering note in their voices. American Democracy was a form of self-murder, always. Or of murder-ing somebody else."    D.H.Lawrence; The Spirit Of Place.                                                           

    On July 19th, 2006 the MARS function of the USA came to a standstill as it turned RETROGRADE by Progression at 18 degrees and 42 minutes of Libra in America’s 10th house. This area of America’s chart symbolizes both the Office of the President and all those public figures upon whom the reputation, honor, and international standing of America rests. It’s the area of America’s birth chart signifying the Nation’s power, culture, ideals and achievements. Mars, of course, is the Nation’s energy, it’s power, force, and ability to take action. So, what is symbolized by this event is a critical shift of gears as the force of American power turns inward upon itself.

Never before in the Nation’s short life has its power ever been in such a Retrograde situation, a situation which will last until March 27, 2086. America is due for an 80 year period of self-examination regarding the nature of Mars, its power, force, and potential aggression. Since this event is focused in the Nation’s 10th House the Whole World will stand witness, will watch as America undergoes this process. In a very real sense, America’s Mars function is and will continue to be turned against itself. Hence, the title of this essay: America Attacks Itself, for Mars is the great astrological symbol of War and America is in the midst of such a war which it’s 10th House President has labeled the “War On Terror”. It would be hard to find a better phrase than the “War On Terror” to describe the Mars War Function when it turns against itself unless we called it the “War On War”. That’s exactly what it is, a violent American oxymoron!

When Americans signed their official “Declaration Of Independence” the planet Mars was occupying the sign of Gemini  -symbol of words, letters, and documents. America, as a Nation, expresses its Mars force largely in terms of dualistic Gemini talk, it’s a Nation marked by aggressive thought and speech. America’s elder statesman, Gore Vidal, has quipped that only Americans could be tricked into thinking they can declare War on a Noun, a part of speech –and an abstract one at that: ‘Terror’. The phony American ‘War On Terror’ is really a War Of Words, a violently aggressive attack against peoples’ minds leading them into a fear based realm of mutual distrust, dishonesty, and paranoia.

America declared a “War On Poverty” and a “War On Drugs” before it reached its most recent Declaration of a “War On Terror”. Mars in Gemini thus declares itself, and so does America. Forceful Gemini jingoism. Americans love ‘sound bites’ and ‘word capsules’. Our Media is almost exclusively concerned with such tricks and ‘spins’ of language to the exclusion of any thoughtful content. American jargon has been seeded all around the globe by us ‘Yankees’ who, in World War I, described ourselves with lip smacking self-satisfaction as “Yankee Doodle Dandies”. We continue to speak of ourselves as “A-okay” and gifted with the “Right Stuff”.  It’s just a bit delusional. Think of Pat Tillman killed by “friendly fire” in Afghanistan. America attacks itself.

We love ‘tough talk’ -invaded both Afghanistan and Iraq so we could “Kick Some Ass”. It would seem, however, that we are being forced to realize the ass we’re kicking is our own. It’s the force of our Mars in Gemini language suddenly turned retrograde and bouncing back upon us. We are a People inclined to aggressive speech and thought, to verbal and mental Gemini abuse. To yank is to jerk is to be a  Yankee.

Hey, buddy, “F-you! Kiss my ass! Jerk off! Shut the F-up! I could give a shit! Mission Accomplished.”  Are we Yankees really just Jerks? That’s one of the pivotal questions the Nation’s Mars turning retrograde in Libra asks. Have we had enough of our own self-abusive, self-destructive talk? Do we recognize our war-like thought and speech? When is enough, enough? Certainly with our Mars gone retrograde in our Nation’s 10th House all the rest of the world hears us, hears our war-like babble and our violent slang thinly disguised as the mocking ‘diplomacy’ of the Empire of the Dark Force.

Hey, ass-hole, make your point. Cut the shit. Stop trashing the home of the brave and the Land of the free. You’re either with us or against us, what’s your pick? You must be one of those ‘terrorists’! Somebody, quick, call Homeland Security! Taser this guy, lock him up and throw away the key! God Bless America!

America Mars

                                                                        WAR ON TERROR

Guantanamo, Bagram, Abu Ghraib. America’s crude, sadistic, and violent bigotry arrogantly foisted upon the world. Mars, turned Retrograde in the Nation’s 10th House demands that we vigorously reexamine our country’s ideals and its Culture of War. We live in a Nation with no guaranteed health care system but with a full time, year round, perpetual Military Economy. While the US dollar has lost 33% of its value in the last 5 years alone, public figures reveal that we continue to maintain 714 military bases in 130 of the 192 countries in the world. Far too much of the Nation’s spirit and income is spent on war.

But War is only one aspect of the power of Mars, another is the power of honest Work. How are honest American workers doing these days?  With Mars turning retrograde American blue collar workers are losing their jobs, their pensions, their hard won workers’ rights and their unions. Mars in Gemini favors white collar workers over physical laborers, paper pushers over miners, talkers over doers. In fact, in the USA the talkers actually believe they are the doers! Farmers, mechanics, carpenters, bakers and all folks who work with their hands, feet and backs are viewed in American Society as less ‘intelligent’ than Gemini talkers, salesmen, and ‘entrepreneurs’. Paper pushing ‘nerds’, bureaucrats and computer clicking investors, -all those people who ‘work’ exclusively on the verbal-mental level making money from their fast talk and their ‘big ideas’ are distinctly favored by Mars in Gemini.

They tune in to the power of Mars through aggressive, pushy, thought and speech. In America, negative Gemini Double-Talk is preferred over honest labor, everybody is encouraged to display talents for making money by slight-of-hand tricks. It’s the American “get rich quick” syndrome. It’s pragmatic like Gemini and focused upon immediate results with very little consideration given to the long term. Unlike the honest work of the physical laborer, the farmer and craftsman, the “work” of bureaucratic paper pushers, (bankers, accountants and fast talking entrepreneurs) produces lots of needless trash. Psychic and physical. America’s trash is, in fact, choking the world’s oceans, landfills, and air. The whole world is watching this and pointing to us as the number one polluter on Earth! We still adamantly refuse to sign the Kyoto protocols.

America’s Mars turning retrograde in 10th House Libra symbolizes ‘blowback’ from all the crap the USA has dumped on the world. Our trash as well as our aggression are coming back to confront us. We are the World’s main supplier of toxic war weapons and toxic trash. We export little else, other than Hollywood propaganda or fast food franchises, and now we have entered our time of payback. Our weapons and trash are coming home to roost. Several thousand pounds of it, in the form of the most minute nano-particles of depleted uranium, are circling the Earth. We led the world into the ‘Atomic Age’ with nuclear bombs, radar, satellites, and a million throw-away appliances. Mars rules magnetic iron and by turning retrograde it will attract all this nuclear-metallic garbage back to our shores like filings to a magnet. No, that's not just a metaphor or a simile!

In fact, Mars is the primary force of Aries and in America’s chart that sign of Aries is focused upon the 4th House Land base of the Nation as well as the 5th House of our gambling streak and the legislative personnel of our US Senate. Enormous shakes-ups and energetic changes are due on both these fronts. Mars turning retrograde favors a more introverted force, a ‘Homeland Security’ policing force in America. It suggests hesitant use of power and halting work on the part of our legislators. Witness how, despite the November 2006 elections, Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers both argue that “impeachment is off the table” where international criminals like Bush and Cheney are concerned.

A Retrograde Mars lack of positive, energetic force is, in fact, indicative of the kind of widespread Apathy which seems to stalk the Land. Is America turning its fighting force against itself? Let’s hope not, because Mars force is a Nation’s military and police force, and this could be an indicator of a Nation about to blatantly militarize its police and ‘guard’ its citizenry. Events in the 1990’s such as Ruby Ridge, Waco, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and the 2001 Pentagon/World Trade Center attacks reveal that there is, indeed, a rogue Mars force within American Government aimed at its own People. America’s “War On Terror” is an oppressive military-intelligence campaign eroding the civil rights and liberties of all Americans. Murder and mayhem in New York and Washington, and then the Anthrax! Mailed to 5th House Senators and the Gemini newsman, Tom Brokaw.

Bio-terrorism is a US specialty. Despite Nixon’s statements to the contrary, the USA has continuously engineered and stockpiled lethal pathogens for killing purposes. Anthrax, ebola, aids, engineered viruses, toxic pathogens and neurologically impairing gases are just a sampling from our National Repository of ‘chemical’ warfare weapons. Then there are our celebrated “non-lethal” weapons like tasers, lasers, elf weapons. The litany is too long to recount, but these weapons reach their culmination, perhaps, in the HAARP project and our space wars programs. All our mysteriously hidden weapons of War are the direct result of the fact that at the signing of America’s Declaration the planet of War, Mars, was in tight square aspect to the planet Neptune which ‘rules’ oil, and all sorts of invisible things like mists, plagues, intrigues, lies and deceptions. ( )

A few years after the events of 9/11 the Mars function in America’s birth chart was stimulated by a thrice repeated opposition aspect from the planet Pluto. This is the planet that set off the events of that day as throughout 2001-2002 Pluto repeatedly crossed over America’s Ascendant and opposed the planet Saturn in Gemini. America’s “shadow function” was thereby activated as it has never been before during our entire history. That shadow function is largely described by America’s natal Pluto found in the business and government sign of Capricorn (and in the 2nd House of Money) at the Nation’s birth. It signifies an unconscious agenda operating in America that equates Corporate Business with Government.

Pluto’s opposition to Saturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn (which was in focus on 9/11) was an objective exposition of the Pluto Power of Saturn ruled (Capricorn) business and government. When we consider the astrological dictum which declares Pluto to be the ‘higher octave’ of Mars we can understand that the ensuing oppositions Pluto made to America’s Mars throughout 2004-2005 found us at war in both Afghanistan and Iraq not because the people wanted war but because the Pluto shadow government found it profitable for business. The propaganda machine of America’s Corporate Government ground out daily heaps of deceitful  propaganda persuading the People that war was essential. Weapons of Mass Destruction, indeed!

Endless scandals emerged throughout those years revealing how Halliburton, Bechtel, Blackwater and other Corporations spectacularly over-charged for their services which were, nevertheless, quite shoddy. This did not prevent these Corporations from obtaining renewed and lucrative contracts from the Military-Industrial-Complex. In fact, just as transiting Pluto in the sky began its series of three repeated oppositions to America’s natal Mars the scandals of Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and Bagram began to slowly leak out into the American media, -though the depth and extent of sadistic American torture was immediately suppressed by its Corporate Media, and is still not fully known. Once again, the infamous Mars to Neptune cover up!

The lies told us by our Government, the illegal-immoral torture of prisoners and innocent detainees points unmistakably to America’s Mars function in Gemini found in square aspect to Neptune in Virgo. It reveals a predisposition in the National Psyche which inclines us American’s to mask (Neptune) the motives and force of our actions (Mars). It requires greater understanding on our part if we are to successfully handle as a Nation and a People the implications of our collective Mars function turning Retrograde and remaining so for the next 80 years.

While Mars, in a Nation’s chart, is symbolic of its army, police, and athletes it is a Greco-Roman kind of War that Mars embodies. It refers to individual force exerted in an Aries fashion, hence is associated with implements such as javelins, swords, catapults and finally individual guns and rifles. Pluto, its higher octave, is the real ruler of modern wars wherein vastly more devastating and “impersonal” forces are at work: nuclear bombs, missiles, weapons of mass destruction. Mars is the force that can cut, amputate or even kill but it refers to killing one-on-one, to hand-to-hand combat, and when combined with Jupiter it can signify collective groups of individuals practicing such war techniques –the Spartan and Roman group tactics employed in war.  

But Pluto deals with Absolutes, with extreme force, with all that brings radical decomposition and mass death. Pluto, as the classical Lord of Wealth refers to the Plutocracy, to the absolute rule of absolute wealth and absolute power. Mars is no match for Pluto, in any contest between the two Pluto wins because it summons far greater resources than Mars alone can muster. Mars, therefore, is seen as referring primarily to individual prowess, to personal aggression, to War as a classical battle between individual soldiers or knights jousting. Pluto, on the other hand, summons all the wealth and power required for the construction and use of Hydrogen & Atomic bombs such as America dropped on the People of Japan. The “shock and awe” bombardment of Baghdad was a Pluto War action while the “friendly fire” that killed Pat Tillman was an example of Mars War action.

America’s natal Mars in square aspect to its natal Neptune refers directly to the evasive cover-up of the details and facts of Tillman’s murder by the US Marine Corps. It reveals the shadow aspect of the “semper fi” slogan cultivated among marines. Always faithful to the slogan, often traitorous to the individual. Our own troops killed Tillman for motives less than sterling. That much is evident.

Throughout 2004-2006 Pluto transiting in the sky through Sagittarius has opposed the US Mars and squared the US Neptune creating a highly volatile (if only temporary) T-Square configuration among these three planets. It’s effect has been to expose modern American warfare as the tool of Corporate Government and the profit making device that brings untold riches to the Plutocracy by means of wide spread death and suffering to individuals. Americans, subject to our Nation’s essential Mars to Neptune challenge, are finally beginning to awaken en masse to the official lies of its un-elected leaders.


Mars Tensely Prominent In Natal USA Chart
Semi-square Lunar North Node
Sesqui-square Lunar South Node
Square Neptune

Mars square Neptune symbolizes lying in action, masked actions of an often war-like nature. But because both these planets are found in the mental, intellectual, communication oriented signs of Gemini and Virgo as well as in America’s 9th and 7th Houses, the lying and deceit in this country expresses itself most vividly in 9th house legislation and court arrangements which serve to confuse, undermine, and overwhelm the thinking and efforts of its individual citizens. Devious bureaucracy plagues the American system of government and courts, and erodes the civil liberties of citizens. Witness the rigged elections taking place in America, the illegal appointment by the United States Supreme Court of the dysfunctional personality, George W. Bush, to the Office of the President! This is blunt Plutocracy and Fascism in action.

Legal “tax shelters” and endless loopholes in confused American jurisprudence allow the wealthy among us not only to cheat, but to actually murder and get away with it. Nowhere is this more evident than in our legislation which feloniously grants to Corporations the status of Personhood.The fabled “West” is a colonizing, thieving, Corporate machine exploiting the entire Peoples and Lands of the Earth through its International Monetary Fund, its World Bank, its promotion of psychotic euphemisms such as “free trade” and “privatization”. It’s blatantly absurd to grant Corporations the rights due to Individual Persons, but all modern Western Governments follow this procedure and have increasingly become nothing more than Global Corporate Governments.

The “shadow government” of America is found in the placement of Pluto in Capricorn in America’s birth chart, and Mars is the planet which astrologers claim is “exalted” in Capricorn.  For the next 80 years as the Nation’s Mars function remains Retrograde it is of urgent importance that we Americans confront our violent shadow. It is virtually assured that we will, one way or another, and that our Mars to Neptune penchant for avoiding the meaning and results of our actions has come to an end.

I don’t say this out of purely philosophical beliefs I may hold, but because Mars, Pluto, and Neptune are the key players in America’s economic life and our economy is in deep trouble. In fact, America is all but bankrupt. Stocks and bonds may be doing well, and the Federal Government may issue as many distorted, Enron-like reports on the marvelous statistics of the Nation’s growth as it wishes to, but the typical worker in America is in debt up to his ears and going broke. Mr. And Mrs. America know that the cost of food, rent, gas, and every other needed consumer-worker item is climbing steadily. It’s called inflation, and the Government’s attempt to lie about this reality is part and parcel of the Mars to Neptune square I’m discussing here at some length. It continues throughout the year of 2007 and promises to go ‘critical’ as transiting Pluto engages America’s Progressed Neptune on these dates:

1)     December 14, 2006
2)     August 24, 2007
3)     September 20, 2007

At the ‘same time’ (relatively speaking) transiting Saturn is opposing transiting Neptune in the sky (from Leo to Aquarius) giving us all lots of intuitive premonitions as to what is coming our way. It calls for a sober and rational (Saturn) examination of our collective beliefs and faiths (Neptune) and demands accountability rather than continuing obfuscation of the economic facts currently being hidden from us. Reality versus mystery in a very focused way throughout the time period encapsulated within these dates (following) of the Saturn to Neptune opposition so closely paralleling those already given above:

1)     August 31, 2006
2)     February 28, 2007
3)     June 25, 2007

I suspect that the most ‘critical moment’ –the moment when the proverbial ‘cat’ is let out of the bag is the 3 month period on either side of August 13, 2007 when transiting Saturn, ruler of America’s 2nd House of earnings and the treasury, reaches exact alignment with America’s Progressed Ascendant at 27 degrees and 32 minutes of Leo directly opposite the 27 degree Aquarius Moon of the People.

Only two days before that, on August 11, 2007 transiting Saturn will have exactly opposed America’s natal Moon of the People in a kind of astrological ‘double whammy’ which brings both the Nation’s Destiny and the Nation’s People under the direct impact of restricting Saturn. That’s when the People face an objective show-down with the Saturn constraints of Leo Authority, a show-down directly impacting our 2nd House issues of money and earnings. Not to mention mortgages and the housing industry.

While this speaks of seriously troubling financial issues faced by each and every American, it may be the fuse that ignites our shared Retrograde Mars function inclining us to overcome our collective Apathy and finally unite en masse to take some Action. Money, as Americans love to say, talks! What it’s saying isn’t happy news for most of us.

The USA Dollar is being "allowed" to slide further & further -actually, it's being forcefully shoved downward by the Nation's exorbitant WAR costs and the cutting of Taxes on the very USA Pluto Corporations that profit from and have literally created the War(s)! The mask of Neptune which has until now largely disguised the Mars ambitions of our Federal Reserve System and its collusion with International (American) Corporations is about to be taken off. Raw Corporate Power will reveal itself more and more bluntly and it will increasingly do so through the Policing arm of the Corporate US Government. Even if we manage to get past the August 13, 2007 date given above without facing dire economic hardships, these hardships are definitely coming our way.

It’s very important that we Americans begin to realize exactly what happened in the November, 2004 Presidential election (this is a LINK, click here to see). Just around that time, in fact on Halloween Day, America became a Pisces Nation as our Spirit and Core Identity symbolized by the Nation’s Progressed SUN entered the Neptune ruled sign of Pisces. This had the immediate result of confronting America with its primal Mars to Neptune square inherent in its very foundation. The fruits of our personal Mars actions were masked from us and the officially announced election results were a lie. Those elections were rigged. Furthermore, right on cue, the Democratic runner, John Kerry, conceded the results of the rigged election by proclaiming in a cowardly manner: ‘nolo contendere’!

Pisces, as every astrologer knows, can be the foremost sign of the Victim who is incapacitated by his own self-undoing often as a result of an apathetic failure to defend himself. Negative Pisces and negative Neptune frequently take refuge in escapism, and America with its natal Mars to Neptune square, tends to lead its citizens toward such escapist avoidance through its 7th House Mars in Gemini Media and its 9th House Neptune in Virgo muddled analysis of fact.

So, if we Americans manage to bluff our way through all the challenges coming our way from Saturn’s movement through Leo outlined above, we cannot side-step the next phase of our economic woes when Saturn enters the sign Virgo on September 2, 2007 and our Nation’s Progressed Moon follows into Virgo the following August 21st of 2008. Virgo calls for efficient functioning with minimal means. Saturn in Virgo will further constrain those minimal means, and the Progressed Moon therein will carry the common People of the Nation into a mood of strict austerity and possible fault finding with each other and with their Nation’s treasury, courts, and military-police.

Transiting Saturn in Virgo will oppose America’s Progressed Sun in Pisces from (roughly) 3 degrees and 24 minutes of each sign on the following dates:

1)     September 26, 2007
2)     March 18, 2008
3)     June 20, 2008

And at that time we will be sober, objective witnesses to the actual state of our Treasury, the value of our dollar, and the reality that America is a private bankers’ Corporation run by a de facto Corporate Government.

If, as the portent of the rigged 2004 elections suggested, our Progressed National Sun in Pisces has led us to be victims complicit in our own National undoing through apathetic reality avoidance, we will know it in no uncertain terms. Large numbers of us may find ourselves cashless and rounded up into detention ‘worker camps’ built by Halliburton subsidiary, Kellogg-Brown-Root. Such camps have been commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security as of January 24, 2006 at the cost of 385 million dollars as the esteemed scholar, Peter Dale Scott, has reported.

Should events in America follow this sad course it will be because Americans, in the grip of our Nation’s Progressed Mars turned Retrograde ‘moving against itself’ have failed to awaken themselves to the real meaning of their President’s cherished “War On Terror”.

We will have succumbed to the lassitude and apathy such a Retrograde Mars can bring instead of employing it in a constructive manner. Such a constructive manner would best be executed by Americans if we carefully examine our priorities and use our limited personal energies in a most circumspect way. In a way that demands we reexamine our essential, constitutionally guaranteed values declared to be “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  These values are thought to be the quintessential values of our original “Declaration of Independence” and yet, again for the First Time in our National History since that Declaration was proclaimed, we face another Crisis.

On January 3, 2006 –for the first time in American History- the Nation’s Progressed Venus in Aries (representing Values) opposed the natal position of its Saturn in Libra (representing the Rule of Law and the Office of the President) in the 10th House of America’s declared birth chart.

Just six months later, on July 19th 2006 our Progressed Mars (ruler of Aries, hence of our Progressed Venus) turned Retrograde in Libra. This opposition discloses that our individual desires for personal freedom, Venus in Aries, are facing a stand off with our sense of obligation to the Law, Saturn in Libra. Of course, it also symbolizes each Aries-Individual American in a ‘face-off’ with the 10th House Executive Office of the President. It’s time for us to ask ourselves whether or not George W. Bush is really a legally elected President, and whether or not he is following the Nation’s laws as outlined in our Constitution.


We already know the answers to these questions since our Supreme Court illegally appointed him President, the 2004 elections were fraudulently rigged, and he lied us into the phony “War On Terror”. Impeachment is due for this law breaking criminal, his equally lying Vice President, and dismissal and imprisonment for all their willing accomplices. They have not only broken US Law but International Law as well through their blatant disregard for our treaty binding adherence to the Geneva Conventions. Our inhuman, cruel, and sexually sadistic treatment of ‘detainees’ at Guantanamo, Bagram, and Abu Ghraib can be directly traced back to these people and occurred as “orders” issued from the Top on down. If these various individuals are not tried, impeached, punished and imprisoned the individual freedoms of ALL Americans are extremely at risk and the Constitution will have been thrown out as “just a piece of paper”  as our smug “Decider” has decided.

But, with the Nation’s Progressed Venus already in opposition to its natal Saturn, and with Mars turned Retrograde and due to oppose that Progressed Venus on May 29, 2009 it’s clear that such judgments must be made on an Individual-Aries basis by each and every citizen of America. These are wrenching times, for Venus (values) in opposition to Mars (actions) symbolizes a situation in which individuals may feel literally torn between these two diametrically opposed poles.

The force of Mars opposing the desires of Venus can lead people into a standstill, into a ‘fence-sitting’ apathy wherein –like the deer caught in the lights of the on-coming car- they can lock-up and freeze. The ‘political correctness’ symbolized by Saturn in Libra versus the “independent freedom” of Venus in Aries. Does your government give you your rights or are they truly yours and yours alone regardless of what your government says? Inalienable rights are the natural rights inherent within you, rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The abstraction known as “America” has no rights and can give you none. If you are a citizen of America you are at a crossroads and must decide which course of action you will follow.

What course will America as a People choose, or has that choice already been made through unconscious default, through the mood of policed apathy that Bushco has forced on Americans through their endless onslaught of spying and lawlessness inducing fear and paranoia among us all by way of their personally obscene “War On Terror”.       

We stand warned that before we realize what’s actually happening to us here in America we might ‘wake up’ to find ourselves victims within a virtual Corporate Prison State. That’s what it means to be a citizen in the New Pisces America when that America was not at it’s founding and birth (and still is not 231 years later) positively attuned to Neptune, the force that gives life to Pisces. However much we might like to think differently, America simply cannot be considered a compassionate and loving place. It had its birth in genocide and thievery, and genocide and thievery are the very themes it’s pursuing in the world today in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

But what is different now, and has been different since Halloween Day of 2004 when the Nation’s Progressed Sun entered Pisces for a 30 year stay is that we are forced to face, as Americans, the summing up of our National history and to give an account of that ‘laundry list’ both to ourselves and to the world. Not to clean our dirty laundry, not to inspect ourselves as a People and a Nation is to attempt, in the negative Neptune fashion to which we are addicted, to hide from and escape the truth of facts. When Pisces, led by a negative Neptune function, attempts such avoidance it automatically undermines itself and becomes its own worse enemy. It sinks into the masochistic role of the whining victim. Think of those Halliburton ‘Detention Camps’.

As America’s Progressed Moon and the World’s transiting Saturn both enter Virgo, the energy field directly opposite from and complimentary to Pisces late this year and all of next (and lasting for a full 2 + ½ years 2009-2010)- we will be confronting our escapism and cleaning our dirty laundry. We will be forced to account to ourselves and to all the world for our cherished lies and deceptions. And if we don’t, those lies and deceptions will rebound with all the force of Retrograde Mars upon us.

America is turning against itself and its own People, it has become a spiritless Corporate War Machine running in overdrive, a runaway car without breaks careening recklessly in the wrong direction down a freeway flattening everything in its path. We the People, through our collective apathy and frustrated fears are fueling and driving this Killer Machine called America and if it ends up creating mass destruction around the Globe and slaughtering millions of creatures WE will be among those creatures. We shall then have cast ourselves as Negative Pisces Victims wasting away in a Land that imprisons us.

If we do not take things into our own hands this year and next, if we do not actively protest and put the breaks on our Rogue Empire by August 27, 2009 when transiting Saturn conjoins our Nation’s natal Neptune in Virgo we will find that the chance to do so has escaped us, that we have lost our freedoms and money and are prisoners caught within the Corporate Fascist Empire from which there will then be no easy escape.

Should this be the case, as our Nation’s Progressed Moon aligns with that same natal Neptune in Virgo on June 26, 2010 we are likely to be drugged, genetically altered, and otherwise rendered docile and harmless captives of the Machine living under Martial Law. That’s what those ‘Detention Centers’ are threatening. Remember Hurricane Katrina, and the Federal Government’s despicable and ongoing mistreatment of the people of New Orleans. Is America a Living People, or merely a Corporate Empire? Do Americans really love the Land of their birth?

Personally, I’m inclined to see things from the Native American point of view. That view feels the Earth to be our Sacred Mother, insists the Land cannot be sold, and urges us as a People to bring our hearts into harmony with all other Nations in order to live in balance with Land and Life. It’s a view found in America’s birth chart through the activities of the asteroid Chiron located, appropriately enough, in the 4th House of the Nation’s Land base and in the blood Red sign of Aries, ruled by Mars. Chiron symbolizes the way of the ancient Shamanic Healers and their healing arts, which are always found to reside within their wounds. It’s the process whereby wounds are changed into healing gifts by humbly acknowledging and caringly using them in service to the Earth.

The America proclaimed by us White Men through our “Declaration of Independence” speaks to us from the 4th House of the Land telling us that our wound resides in our own Aries nature. It’s a Mars ruled, aggressive nature, and we White Folks must never forget that, must never forget how we ‘conquered’ this Land we live on through an often unconscious but historically factual practice of genocide aimed against our Red brothers and sisters. We must always remember this is plain fact, not a guilty ‘blame game’ and certainly not a romanticism.

If we are engaged now in a “War On Terror” against the People of Afghanistan and Iraq it is rooted in the endless war we have waged against the Native People and Land of America. Chiron serves to remind us that Aries war and Mars violence are endemic to the America of the “Declaration of Independence” because that “independence” was achieved by systematically slaughtering and enslaving Red Men.

As we bear witness to our own destruction of ‘our’ Land, to our slowly dawning realization that we have desecrated our forests, poisoned our rivers, and created 10,500 radioactively contaminated sites all across America we must humbly acknowledge our National Chiron Wound in the 4th House of the Land. We have inherited the burden of our fathers’ ‘sins’ even as our children shall inherit ours. Our collective wound calls out to us from the deep red pools of Aries blood upon which the USA is founded. We must right our wrongs if we want to heal ourselves, if we want to live in balance with Land and Life, with all other Peoples on Mother Earth.

If our Mars Retrograde ‘blowback’ does not find us poisoned, enslaved, and slaughtered by the Corporate Government of our own making we will find ourselves inevitably approaching the year 2019. In that year, on April 7th in the month of Aries our Nation’s Progressed Retrograde Mars will oppose its Progressed Retrograde Chiron in Aries and, if we’re lucky, we shall have replaced our Corporate Government so tragically wasteful of Land and Life with a new and Greening America. But for now, I give you the words spoken by Black Elk, the Oglala Holy Man reflecting upon the aftermath of the Massacre at Wounded Knee:

"The Nation's hoop is broken and scattered.
There is no Center any longer,
      and the Sacred Tree is dead.”

Mother Earth


Break the Karmic pattern!


Progression: refers to the gradual flowering of a planet’s expression in a person or entities’ birth chart as that planet moves incrementally onward with the passing of time and forms new angular relationships with other planets, points, and elements within any given entities’ natal, or founding chart. The degree, sign, and house in which a planet turns retrograde by progression is considered of great significance in astrological practice.

The exact degree upon which Mars turned retrograde in 2006 in America’s founding chart is 42 minutes into the 19th degree of Libra in America’s 10th house. Each degree of each sign is given special symbolical meaning by astrologers. In his seminal book, An Astrological Mandala, the late Dane Rudhyar gives the following meaning to the symbolism of the precise degree upon which America’s Mars has just turned retrograde:

 "A Gang Of Robbers In Hiding” and he says it refers to “Protest against disharmonic social privilege.”

Squares: these are 90 degree angular relations between planets of a challenging and friction/energy generating nature. They are of two similar but distinctly different kinds: waxing & waning. The square found in the USA Chart between Mars & Neptune is of the waning variety demanding that Mars submit its verbal Gemini force to the compassion of Neptune.

Retrograde: literally walking backwards, refers to the apparent motion of planets in the sky from the human perspective on earth. Astrologers interpret such planetary movement  to signify that the planet is ‘reconsidering’ (refining or changing) its usual expression of energy emission in favor of a more ‘self-questioning’ expression of that energy. Scientists call this practice anthropomorphism, but what do they know!

As the Progressed USA Mars function turned Retrograde on July 19, 2006 the USA Congress joined Israel in its shocking, immoral bombing of the People of Lebanon and destroyed much of that Nation's infrastructure: roads, water system, bridges. The USA immediately shipped to Israel a special quick delivery of war weapons. Needless to say multitudes of innocent Lebanese were slaughtered as well. Then the USA vetoed the UN resolution condemning Israel and demanding cessation of its war activities. This does not bode well for the next 80 years of Mars Retrograde in America.

America, sometimes by means of Israel, Attacks Itself!  Two International Terrorist States operating in collusion.

"A Gang Of Robbers In Hiding”

For clarification of the expression "Corporate Government" employed throughout this essay the excellent documentary on google video: Iron Triangle: Carlyle Group Exposed is a great source of clarification and learning.  It is produced by VPRO TV in the Netherlands and is 46 minutes and 1 second in duration. You can connect to it here:

"A Gang Of Robbers In Hiding”

For a more complete version, including full credits and a snappier intro this version lasting 48 minutes and 4 seconds (Note; google video frequently changes the addresses of features, if that happens just go to google video and type the title in their search window):