This Mercury retrograde is taking place in Capricorn. The attitude of this Mercury is, as Friedrich Schiller said, "Against fools, even the gods war in vain". With typical Cap elegance of insults--it's a waste of time, whatever you try. We are a waste of time, our risks, investments, hopes--all our foolish desires--are wasted. Instead, it's time to size everything up in our lives as if we were a struggling business. Are we making a profit? Are we bankrupt? Maybe it's time for a new CEO to come in and trim the fat.
The classic wrong move in a Mercury retrograde situation is what Microsoft is doing -- launching its new Windows 10. Obviously, there are no astrologers on board over there! This software is destined for failure, and Microsoft with it. Boeing launched the Dreamliner during a Mercury retrograde, and the 787 has been plagued with problems ever since.
What should be done during Mercury retrograde? Jettison the garbage. If nothing else, this Mercury is good at triage--or in the corporate application--good at firing people. He has no care for your plight, your complaints, your mistakes. You are dead to Capricorn. He is moving on without you.
This harsh assessment has already started, as Mercury is already in the shadow--actually going back, starting the 21st. The effects of this retrograde period are going to be widespread and comprehensive. February is fucked. Don't bother--don't even open the package, it's a bomb. There is no reason to begin anything that involves forward motion--it just makes you a target. Go back. What have you done? Are you really secure? If you are one paycheck from disaster, you're in danger. Take care of your biz, at least. Everyone has to repair the damage they have done; redo, reform, reboot, restore and recreate. Especially restore the broken family, Make a core, a coven, a corporation of your own, but to reach out to the hopeless and helpless. Share what you have and ask for nothing new. Any idea or impulse to jump to the next level--you must wait until March 2. Those who push forward as if the shitstorm is NOT upon us is a fool and will tumble under Capricorn's Scythe.
The deadwood has already been stacked--now it's just a question of getting rid of it. This may be one of those times when as soon as Mercury entered the 17 degree of Capricorn--it knew it was doomed. That's the day the Belgians declared Martial law and began a military clampdown on Muslims and door-to-door searches for extremists. What a way to usher the Capricorn Mercury going back to eliminate their problems. Usually, during Mercury's retrograde, it's the quality of trickery, or misinformation that can be the greatest threat to us. For this twist of our reality Mercury is handcuffing us for 'enhanced interrogation". Torture is NO PROBLEM for the Capricorn, as we know from Capricorn ass-wipe Dick's Cheney's affection for waterboarding and any other illegal or immoral practice necessary to reach the goal. Which is measured in money and executive power.
We have to "repair what has been spoiled" as Confucius said. Don't buy something new, find someone new, as if it would solve your problems. That would work, your bridges will fall, disappointment follows. Go back to fix what you have broken. Get ready to be ready. In times of collapse and peril, people have to squash beef--end petty arguments--and work together to resist oppression and depression.
New Moon in Capricorn
2015 will usher in the worst possible scenario for world peace, prosperity and stability. The falling oil prices portend a collapse of all the industrial economies. Like crabs in a bucket, the selfishness of nations will insure that they all perish together.
The above chart simplifies a complex reality: in capitalism, even a hiccup can be fatal. When there is no growth, there is death. The index of Leading Economic Indicators has dropped unexpectedly--by 0.3%, and deflation (see below) is the cause, the deadly disease that consumes the capitalist host. Whatever indexes, markets that exist will crash. The is no reliable point of sale; determination of value is as distorted on the way down as it was on the way up. Real value is buried in the crapulence of short term growth. Growth was leveraged up, up and up; now contraction will leverage us down--down to the depths. However, due to corruption and manipulation, the capitalists will hold on to their delusions until it is too late to avert economic global depression. As we learn from history, economic depression causes wars and revolution. War is the solution for the Capitalist, his ace in the hole. The only way to counter this is revolution and his overthrow.
The Capricorn Solar influence, which starts on January 20th, PST, will do nothing to mitigate the situation. Capricorn represents the powers of repression. Capricorn represents a correction to the norm, squeezing all the fat from the bone. Although a economic crash may be horrible for us, for Capricorn, it is a fresh reminder that the glum, prudent view of the world is the right view; that our silly expectations are rubbish and flotsam. Capricorn will show us the truth by crushing our dreams. Saturn will pressure plummeting world markets, and bind the desperate corporations together in a death spiral.
Which companies will die? Amazon is about to be carved up like a dead cat. Retail has been dead for five years. The auto industry is a joke, and they may all go belly-up, starting with a total loss from their electric and hybrid models. The oil companies and their peripheral suppliers will deflate like popped balloons, their tangled web of leveraged debt has come unraveled, and mass unemployment is the certain result. The redundant corporations that have been making paper profits off the fiat printing of dollars will end up in the toilet. The loss of jobs will follow the loss of profits as night follows day. Banks are doomed.
Can you find a business that is financially sound? How would you know, when due diligence is at an all time low? They are ALL propped up by phony numbers and their profits are a fable. How long will a company produce goods or services and lose money? Not long.
States and governments that depend on oil revenue will languish on their own petard, the unpayable debt they owe to the rich. Value will vaporize.
And what of them, the rich bloodsuckers, who make our daily lives into a living hell? They will also perish in the flames of their own making. Their wealth will shrink in value, and those hanging on by a thread to the Fed teat, will dry up and blow away like dead leaves. Capricorn strips off the grinning face of capitalism to reveal its cruelty and insanity.
The above chart, drawn for the 23rd of January, shows the predicament: Saturn, newly reformed into a heady brew of irrefutable fact and cold retribution in Scorpio, is in a long term square with Neptune in Aquarius. The battle of these titans can make our ideals of an equitable society and reform seem like childhood fantasies. Saturn in Scorpio means responsibility and restriction involving payment of debts, the BIG reckoning. "The intensity associated with Scorpio and the rigidity of Saturn indicate confrontation with limitations that are imposed by the presence of too much control in some area of their lives, or manipulation in order to gain control." (Undunne)
Capricorn is a mean sign to have in three luminaries, the Sun, Venus and Mercury. Like a blast of winter chilling us to the bone, our lives can be crushed into a pulp if we refuse to accept the sad, depressing truth: our world is in deep, deep trouble. Alone, our natural state according to Capricorn, we can do nothing.
Mercury is also stuck in a daze, before going retrograde, and making any or all of our new projects, ideas, and plans reckless and foolhardy. Any investments of money or time are throw-aways. This actually will mean that everything begun before March 2, 2015, when Mercury returns to its most forward position, will probably come to nothing, or worse, be a ruinous gamble.
We can also see a one-day Yod forming with Pluto, Mars and Chiron on the 23rd. This is the deadliest kind of energy, and it is directed at Lilith the black Moon, as if this jackknife of an aspect will release her, like a miasma, a dread curse from Pandora's box. The rich font of Feminine energy which was taken for granted, will dry up, leaving only a staring skull. Lilith is already emotionally dead; she wants an ever-recurring revenge on her killers, tormentors.
Sagittarius Pluto is also in what seems to be a permanent square with Uranus in Pisces. This is hardly a war of equals: Pluto in Sagittarius can smote the ethereal Uranus at will. This transit is forcing you to choose which side you're on. It could be that either way, you'll be forced to do things you will hate yourself for afterward. Of course, we know in theory that the Age of Aquarius will rescue us from the wretched excesses of polarization, gridlock--but when?
These two planets have been eying each other like worst enemies; there's blood in the streets, a hopeless impasse, and everyday, a new gruesome parade of victims marches before us.
Capricorn will also mock our deepest yearnings: "The spiritual path is overgrown with the weeds of bad Karma. All your rituals, sacrifices, meditations, and "revelations" are infused with nonspiritual desires and materialistic ideals.
If you move or act you will fail, and become prey to the forces that threaten to overwhelm you. Even if you take no action, you are still defenseless. You are damned if you do, and damned if you don't." (Sam Reifler, "The Collapse")
If you think that you can remain on this path, you are wrong. Only a revolution can save the situation, and this will not occur before many many more have suffered under this bad combination of social and cosmic influences.
THE DEATH OF CAPITALISM
No regime or government has ever survived defeat in war and deflation of the currency
For the past 50 years, Americans have been living the Capitalist dream, inflation. His wealth, goods and power is increased--exaggerated, leveraged, as he artificially jacks up the market value. This causes a trickle down effect, not of wealth, but of delusion. Workers accept the roller coaster ride and scramble for more money, more liquidity, more credit.
Inflation has worked (for us) for 75 years, as long as you worked yourself to death, the government printed more money, war burned up surplus capital, and we impoverished the rest of the world. The true costs of capitalism were deferred, as long as they could inflate the value of everything they owned, which they did by leverage--betting on inflation lasting forever.
That is no longer possible. The corporations have reached the end of their tether. The capitalists have turned abundance and concentration of capital into a nightmare for all humanity, and a threat to our very existence. Once deflation--the underestimation of previously overestimated wealth--kicks in, profits are impossible.
The last Great Depression of 1929-39 was "solved" with government debt, war, taxation, and the creation of the military-industrial complex.
The crash of 2008 was smoothed over with a burst of $1.8 trillion "fictitious" money. The cost was financed by Japan, China and our other trading partners. The crash of 2015 will cost 10 trillion, or more.
And what about the hollow specter of American imperialism, the shower of blood and bullets we spread over everything we touch? Obama's war-mongering days are over. The US military faces imminent and certain defeat in Afghanistan. Iraq is a lost cause. The ISIS forces cannot be stopped, and nor should they be. ISIS and the new caliphate is the future of Arab unity. US designs on the Middle East are stymied, and Israel is facing economic collapse.
Between the humiliation and economic catastrophe of losing the war(s) that several US administrations have nurtured for so long, members of the American military are committing suicide in record numbers, and demoralized beyond the point of no return.
War+inflation has been GREAT for capitalism. Defeat+deflation is its doom.
The showdown between the illusion Americans have all been living and the reality of world wide economics is about to collide. Who do Americans blame for poorly handled but great catastrophes? The president. Obama is deflating like a withered balloon before our eyes.
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