An Astrological Take on 2009’s Craziest Political Stories
2009 was a pretty interesting year in politics, and a lot of important and serious stuff happened (new president, economy pulled back from the brink of collapse), but that’s not what this article is about. We decided to focus on a specific theme in this year’s overview of events – wacky, nutty, zany, unbelievable craziness.
It was hard whittling down the craziest stories in politics from this past year down to five – there was all kinds of crazy going on – but somehow we managed to narrow things down to the following short list.
5. White House Party Crashers
The shameless and relentless pursuit of celebrity has been elevated to an art form by the resume-fluffing faux-socialite Salahi’s. On November 24th 2009, Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed a White House State Dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. With an impressive display of cunning and gall – armed with their own camera and makeup crew – the couple schmoozed with Washington’s elite, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, V.P. Joe Biden, and even President Obama himself.
On the night of the party, Michaele Salahi was experiencing her Venus return in Scorpio, reflecting her role as a glamorous intruder at the swanky affair. Tareq Salahi was having a recurrence of his natal Venus in Taurus square Jupiter in Leo, with transiting Venus in Scorpio square transiting Jupiter in Aquarius, signifying his role as both accomplice and mastermind to the bold and scandalous con.
4. Joe “You Lie!” Wilson
On September 9th 2009, just 3 days after transiting Mercury stationed retrograde, President Obama made a speech to a joint session of Congress about health care reform. At 8:37 pm, Obama was refuting the claim that health care reform would mean insurance for illegal immigrants. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina blurted out a loud and angry “YOU LIE!” A collective gasp of shock and disbelief was followed by a mixed chorus of boos and cheers. As Obama paused in disbelief, Nancy Pelosi cast a glare that could freeze fire.
In typical 2009 fashion, the speech itself was overshadowed by the outburst in media coverage. Despite Wilson’s newfound celebrity, he was formally chastised by a “resolution of disapproval” by Congress.
At the time of his outburst, the transiting Sun was applying to a conjunction with Saturn in Virgo, making a recurrence of Wilson’s natal Sun-Saturn conjunction in Leo, a reflection both of Wilson’s dramatic grandstanding interruption, and the nature of his accusation.
3. Healthcare Town Hall Protests
Who could forget August? Congress had adjourned for the August recess after missing a deadline for instituting health care reform. Around the country politicians held town hall meetings where they were confronted by extremely angry citizens, in the process creating YouTube gold.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin fanned the flames with her Facebook statement that the Democrats’ health care plans involved the institution of sinister “death panels” that would render dispassionate “yea” or “nay” verdicts on whether elderly or disabled people were deserving of medical care at all. Despite being a wildly inaccurate claim, it was a notion that struck a chord with her supporters and soon took hold.
Palin was born with the Sun conjunct Mars and Saturn in Aquarius, and was therefore in sync with the hostile transit of Mars in Gemini square Saturn in Virgo that month. She has quite a history with Mars-Saturn transits, but that is for another post.
Fifteen years earlier, the Clintons embarked on their “Health Security Express” bus tour to promote their health care reform plans and were met with virulent protests wherever they went. Transiting Mars was in Gemini again, having completed one full turn of its 15-year synodic cycle, this time square Saturn in Pisces, signifying forceful clashes with authority and marking the 2009 town hall phenomenon as a recurrence of the protests against the Clinton bus tour of 1994.
2. Iran Election Protests
On June 12th 2009, Iran held its presidential election between the traditionalist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the reform-oriented Mir-Hussein Mousavi. Against charges of voting irregularities, Ahmadinejad was declared the winner. The world stood in awe as hell broke loose on the streets of Iran in protest of was widely believed to have been a stolen election. When the government shut down the media in Iran, thousands of Iranians turned to using Twitter to broadcast what was happening. That’s right. Twitter nearly brought down the theocracy.
The protests have continued to rock Iran to its very core, with many commentators seemingly convinced of the imminent end to the Islamic Republic as we know it. An interesting thought, considering that the Iranian Revolution erupted thirty years earlier, in 1979, making one full Saturn return in Virgo and measuring one full cycle of beginning and endings in personal and political eras.
1. Obama “Birther” Controversy
The question of Obama’s eligibility to be President first came up during the 2008 campaign. To satisfy the nay-sayers, Obama produced his birth certificate (to the absolute delight of astrologers everywhere).
Some, however, were not satisfied. Even when the physical document had been independently investigated and deemed authentic by FactCheck.org, they were not convinced. They said they wanted a long form birth certificate. The state of Hawaii doesn’t issue them. They claimed that Hawaii issues certificates for births abroad, which is true except that if Obama had one it would be makred with the phrase “Certificate of Birth Abroad”. The local newspaper reported his birth. Still, they do not believe. They are the Birthers.
CNN anchor Lou Dobbs raised eyebrows in July when he attempted to legitimize debate on the “Birther” issue on his nightly cable TV broadcasts. Dobbs persisted in discussing it, even after rival network Fox had stopped, and in July he was sent a memo from CNN president Jon Klein insisting he desist.
At the height of Dobbs’ entertainment of the conspiracy theory, transiting Jupiter was conjunct Neptune in Aquarius, while Dobbs himself was born with natal Jupiter conjunct Neptune in Libra, making this period a recurrence transit for him, one that only occurs every twelve-to-thirteen years and signifies widescale delusions and disengagements from reality.
Dobbs chafed at the directives, and in November, he and CNN “parted ways”, as transiting Saturn was making a conjunction to his natal Sun in Libra, a reflection of the ending of a nearly thirty-year era, dating back to when he began working for the network when it first started in 1980, just a few months prior to the last time transiting Saturn went into Libra and made a conjunction to his natal Sun.
Could things get any crazier? Here’s to 2010!