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by Gary Brand - written May 17, 2002,
published in the June 2002 edition of Echo* newspaper
 don't usually talk about myself in my column but I had to make an exception this time.  Right now, Saturn and Pluto are squaring my Mercury and writing this article felt analogous to pulling my own teeth (my chart is left)!  Mercury represents writing, communicating and organizing and with this dynamic duo squaring my poor Mercury, I have to really watch what I say, how I say it and to whom I say it.  If I don't abide by these Saturn rules, I will be presented with some distasteful Saturn lesson, usually involving some regret (another Saturn word) on my part:  oh why didn't I think about the consequences of this earlier?  These transits remind me of those few clients who want what I call the "Polly Anna" forecast.  They say, "I only want to hear the good news."  When I have, on extremely rare occasion, reluctantly and under protest, agreed to give these people what they think they want, with all kinds of disclaimers up front, I never hear from them again.  After all, when was the last time you lived through a six month or one year period without a single bad day?  And who do they blame when those difficult times role around that I didn't tell them about?  Guess what - "woe is me" is also part of Saturn square Mercury.

So what does all this have to do with this column, anyway?  Maybe, it has to do with my role as "bearer of bad tidings" when challenging times come, as they inevitably do.  I'm no "spin doctor" who can take some wretched Saturn or Pluto aspect and turn it into something all shinny, golden, lovely, happy, spiritually correct, etcetera, etcetera.  I am too much of a realist for that.  On the other hand, I don't want to be some drag-your-butt through the mud pessimist or doom-and-gloom, end-of-the-world fatalist either.  There must be some middle ground on this tightrope I walk!  One of the bright notes in this minor-keyed symphony I'm orchestrating is that I realize (with my back against the wall) that I have a choice about how I think, what I think about and when I think about it.  I can let my worst fears tromp through and trash my weary brain (Saturn square my Mercury) or I can transform these fears into powerful allies - and here's where Pluto square my Mercury enters the equation.  Pluto says to me: change or I'll role right over you!  In this case, it's time to change my thinking, my mind, and maybe some of my long-cherished opinions.  This Pluto square breaks down all the convolutions in my brain (and thinking) into a simple soup: the realization that I have only questions, no answers.  Yet, I'm asking really penetrating (a Pluto word) questions which empower (also Pluto) others to really re-evaluate (and possibly change) their lives.

All of this brings me to the change of mind I had about the subject of this column.  It was going to be about the possibility of another war with Iraq based on the karmic contacts between the planets in the charts of George W. Bush, his father and Saddam Hussein.  Despite the change of topic, I would be derelict in my duty as columnist if I didn't address the June 10 solar eclipse. Like the eclipse under which the first George Bush started the Gulf War, this eclipse is conjunct that old bug-a-boo, Saturn. Guess what - I'm not the only one who will be re-evaluating.  The after-effects of this eclipse will linger through November so we all have plenty of time to make some major decisions about our lives - like where we're going, with whom and why.  Take a good, long look at yourself in the mirror.  Do you love who you see or do you dwell on your imperfections?  Do you look happy and content?  Do you see smile wrinkles or frown wrinkles?

*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

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