Artwork: Laurie Raskin
The friction of today’s Mercury-Pluto conjunction at 19 degrees Capricorn challenges the USA to have a long overdue, deep conversation about the meaning and relevance of its American Dream. The issue of government policy towards its illegal immigrant population is in the news every day. Ironic that a country built on the backs of immigrant dreams and immigrant labor would find it so hard to get its Act together. Dream on.
The Sabian Symbol for 19 degrees Capricorn: A CHILD CARRYING A HUGE BAG FILLED WITH GROCERIES, is interpreted by Lynda Hill as “the ability or need to carry heavy loads, shoulder responsibilities and do jobs often because there’s no one else who can or will do them,” a reminder that enormous wealth made is possible by those who do the heavy lifting but receive few of the rewards.
A bit of history…
On August 1, 2001, during an exact (by degree) Saturn-Pluto opposition (Gemini-Sagittarius) and a chameleon Sun-Neptune (Leo-Aquarius) opposition, Senator Orrin Hatch, Rep-Utah introduced a watered-down piece of legislation, S. 1291: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act or “DREAM Act,” outlining a multi-stage process to allow qualified alien minors conditional residency and eventually permanent residency. Looking at that day’s planetary aspects and its proximity to 9/11, it’s not hard to guess that the Dream Act never passed GO. In fact, numerous iterations proposed in the Senate over the next decade went absolutely nowhere slowly. How does the government’s legislative branch look after immigrant minors? With a shameful lack of political will.
Fast forward to June 15, 2012, when, during an exact (by degree) Uranus-Pluto square, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA) was introduced by the Obama administration to redress Congressional inaction and temporarily shield immigrants brought to the US illegally as children from being deported. DACA recipients are popularly referred to as Dreamers, after the failed 2001 Dream Act. The idea that there should be a path to citizenship for immigrant minors brought to the US illegally gained wide popular support and birthed much of the activism that surrounds today’s debate.
Fast forward again to September 5, 2017, and a new Republican administration. Under another one of those chameleon-like Sun-Neptune oppositions, President Trump ended DACA, caving in to legal pressure from nine conservative state attorneys general who said the policy was presidential overreach. [How can DACA be Presidential overreach when Congress fails to act?] Trump promptly threw the political football back to Congress for their deliberation and action. Historically, we know the legislative branch’s poor track record on deliberation and action especially when the issues are hot potatoes.
The calendar turns to January 9, 2018, and a rare Sun-Venus-Pluto conjunction at 19 degrees Capricorn, the very same degree of today’s Mercury-Pluto conjunction. A federal judge ordered the President to re-instate DACA.
On January 12, the President’s Moon in Sagittarius (open mouth, insert foot) comment: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries coming here?” sparked international outrage.
On January 16, with Uranus in Aries squaring a massive stellium in Capricorn, Trump’s team said it would appeal the DACA decision to the Supreme Court.
On January 20, with the Sun and Venus in humanitarian rebel, Aquarius, the federal government entered a shutdown after a House measure excluding a provision for the Dreamers was rejected.
On January 22, Lawmakers voted to reopen government. DACA is the major issue between now and February 8, the self-imposed deadline for political agreement.
A variety of solutions for Dreamers are being bandied about in Congress right now, in keeping with the theme of the Mercury-Pluto conjunction, ranging from a Clean Dream Act with a clear path to citizenship, to a Dirty Dream Act with attached provisions to fund a border wall, increase law enforcement, etc.
Looking forward to February 8’s Sun-Jupiter square, we can’t help but wonder whether Congress can learn from the past or will it continue to repeat the same mistakes? Will three forward-thinking Aquarian planets, including communicator Mercury, help to foster a healthy debate and philosophical discussion about the state of the American Dream? Will Mars in Sagittarius enlighten or cause our lawmakers to stoop to ugly aggression?
We can’t afford this exhaustive and time-consuming exercise to be another example of legislative much ado about nothing. Running the government while asleep at the wheel should be against the law, don’t you think?
By the way, what kind of mattress do your elected officials dream on?