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AMERICA, INC.

by Gary Brand - written July 17, 2002,
published in the August 2002 edition of Echo* newspaper

Jupiter and the four moons first seen by Galileo, in a collage
of separate images
A collage of separate images (not to scale) of Jupiter and the four moons first seen by Galileo in 1610 were photographed in March 1979 by Voyager 1.  Reddish Io is upper left, Europa is center, Ganymede is lower left, and Callisto is lower right.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
One big news item this month is Jupiter (the great benefic) entering the sign of Leo and it will remain there through August next year.  Those born July 22 - 31 are in for a special treat this summer and those born August 1 - 11 will feel the benefits of Jupiter on your Sun this fall, winter, and next spring.  Lucky, enthusiastic, optimistic, exuberant you!  Jupiter in Leo will bring an abundance of creativity to us all and enthusiasm and self-confidence to our adventures.  Well-deserved admiration and prestige will follow benevolent sharing.  Politicians, government officials, news commentators and corporate executives, who collectively comprise America, Inc., will be full of bombastic, pompous platitudes and an exaggerated need to deflect criticism and project responsibility for mistakes or inadequacies onto others.  Watch for inflated ego or excessive pride in yourself as well as in the power brokers.  Those who are strictly self-serving or who are all talk with no substance will be seen as such and must learn that greatness comes from service to humanity, not from self-aggrandizement and avarice.

Another big news item is Saturn in Gemini trine Uranus in Aquarius.  This aspect will affect us August through mid-January, is at a maximum August 21, 2002, and will return briefly next summer but in different signs.  This is a period to bring creative, new ideas into manifestation and it's a great time to make permanent changes.  A good time to impress authority figures with your innovative ideas.  Greater understanding of universal principles can lead to recognition of karmic situations and result in restructuring of our lives.  This is also the ability to create structure out of chaos.  This influence provides an opportunity to recognize attempts by the government and news media to put a positive spin on a declining economy and stock market.  Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossings, Arthur Anderson (examples of America, Inc.) and more scandalous debacles in the future are symptoms of a decaying and eventually collapsing corporate and stock market system based on individual greed and power.  But out of the remains of this corrupt and selfish system will grow a new order born of Aquarian principles of cooperation instead of competition, mutual assistance that creates "win-win" instead of "win-lose" situations, and humanitarian concern for others that enrich everyone.

One early manifestation of the coming Saturn trine Uranus evolution is the increase in the number of us who are self-employed or who have multiple sources of income and are, therefore, no longer income-dependent on big corporations based in America (America, Inc.).  The gap between the rich of America, Inc. and all the rest of us continues to grow rapidly as does the amount of suffering and anxiety experienced by those at the bottom of the pyramid of greed and lust for power.  But our most powerful voice is not our votes - it is where we choose to spend or not spend our money.  Through making more enlightened spending choices based on who we want to benefit, we can make a difference.  We can also choose to lead more simple and satisfying lives by not buying the latest style clothing, the latest technological gadgets, the newest cars, or the latest fast-food "specials."  The way to shift the focus of America, Inc. is through a change in our spending habits.  We can buy more from locally owned businesses and restaurants and small companies - the smaller the better!  Start asking where your money goes when you buy a product.  You have a right to know, it's your money!  With Saturn trine Uranus, our salvation is in our unity - not in protectionism and fear of terrorism - but in a commitment to a better, more compassionate life for us all.
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*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida
850-656-5758


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