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Inauguration Day: New age, or more of the same?
by Barbara Anderson

The Salem News
Saturday, January 17, 2009

"When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars...
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius..."

The Fifth Dimension

Though I didn't vote for Barack Obama, and am too politically cynical to get caught up in the national euphoria, I still found myself checking to see where the moon, Jupiter and Mars will be astrologically situated on Inauguration Day. If this really is the dawning of a new age, I want to notice when it happens.

The sun enters the sign of Aquarius the day before, at 5:40 p.m, and will stay there approximately a month. This happens every year at this time and is not politically significant, though one wonders why some national schedulers decided to have all Inauguration days occur in late January, under the astrological sign of "change." Serendipity?

The moon is in the eighth house, Scorpio, as the swearing-in ceremony begins, moving into the ninth house, Sagittarius, at 12:30 p.m. Because any moon transition period does not bode well for successful enterprise, we should hope that something delays the actual swearing-in until half past twelve. Someone should ask Joe Biden to "say a few words" around noon.

Aside from this, the moon doesn't matter, since the song writers picked "seventh" house only because the two-syllable word fit the rhyme better than singing "when the moon is in the eighth (eight-eth?) house."

Jupiter and Mars align fairly often, and this year they will align not on Inauguration Day, but on my birthday, Feb. 17. Close enough, though, if you are looking for a sign, or signs, of the coming of a Messianic leader on Jan. 20.

Within a month of the Obama inauguration, the sun, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune will all be in Aquarius: i.e, the powerful sun, along with the planets of, respectively, war, luck and moonbat self-delusion, will be hanging out together in the zodiac and working for "change."

The next four years, at the very least, have got to be interesting.

Let me join in the hopeful national celebration, interpreting the astrological data in the most positive way possible.

Though astrologers differ on the actual date of the beginning of the Age of Aquarius (with opinions ranging from 1844 to 2600 and beyond), I have always considered the late '60s to have started the final drug-addled surge out of the Age of Pisces into the age of science, communication, and personal revolution.

As an Aquarian myself, I prefer to disregard the negative tendencies of the sign (extremism and chaos) and focus on its positive possibilities: A world that is more friendly, honest, inventive, and humanitarian in a detached sort of way. I agree with "Megatrends" author John Naisbitt, who wrote in his forward to Marilyn Ferguson's 1980 book "The Aquarian Conspiracy" that "optimism is the necessary condition to get through life. Pessimism is no help at all."

I read in one of those end-of-year lists that Ferguson died last April, without ever renouncing her belief in the power of the individual to effect change. Though her book was called the Bible of the New Age, she didn't call herself a New Ager its title came from the Fifth Dimension song that promises "personal and social transformation in our time" led by "ordinary" people.

I discovered Ferguson during the Proposition 2 campaign and related especially to her chapter on "Right Power" in which she advocates leadership from the bottom up, decentralization, and "small focused central government" controlled by voters from the "Radical Center a synthesis of conservative and liberal traditions in place of Left vs. Right and political parties." I figured that the initiative petition process fit her new paradigm well.

Many years of bottom-up activism later, I struggle to cling to what she called "our 'foolish illusion' that we can effect change (which) fosters in us the capacity to act." Her new paradigm requires voters who are really paying attention, and media feeding a voracious appetite for valid information.

"Hope" for "change, whatever" is not a great reason to vote for anyone.

Still, I'll admit that while I think Sarah Palin would have been an excellent vice president, a McCain presidency wouldn't have brought the change that I'm sure everyone knows is necessary, though we may disagree about how it should look.

I like the theme of the Inauguration: "Renewing America's Promise." I suspect we all know that we've been squandering it, and saying that isn't being unpatriotic, just honest.

It really is time to set aside Left, Right, and political parties, and wish our new president well. Let's not jump on him, the way very partisan Republicans and Democrats jumped on Clinton and Bush, from Day One, without giving them a chance.

So until we have good reason to be disappointed or horrified, I think we should all celebrate, for at least one Inauguration Day, the possibility of:

"Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding;
No more falsehoods or derisions, golden living dreams of visions;
Mystic crystal revelation, and the mind's true liberation...

The comments made and opinions expressed in her columns are those of Barbara Anderson
and do not necessarily reflect those of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. Her column appears weekly in the Salem News and other Eagle Tribune newspapers; bi-weekly in the Tinytown Gazette; and occasionally in the Lowell Sun, Providence (RI) Journal and other newspapers.