Every man who set foot on Omaha Beach that day was a hero. (General Omar Bradley)
It’s a mystery who and what becomes legendary. It doesn’t seem that history picks our legendary figures, something within the life of the person or event embeds within us and that person or thing is forever woven through our human story, and no matter what is unearthed, what mistakes, corruption or good deeds surface in years to come, the legend’s reputation doesn’t waiver from our imagination. As young as our country is we have our share of legends. John Wayne, Martin Luther King, Lincoln, FDR, JFK, our founding fathers, all fire our imagination of greatness.
WWII was such an event to forever spark legendary status. Churchill, FDR, DeGaulle, Stalin, Hitler, Rommel, Bradley, Montgomery, Eisenhower, Patton, McArthur, Mussolini, Pearl Harbor, and D-Day, names and events that have been etched in our psyche for over 60 years, generations that weren’t born know of these people and events. We measured our leaders by their performance in WWII. For good or for ill, these men were giants and remained giants as long as they lived. Their legends were not forged by their death but by their life.
I felt sorry for the News Programs who have spent at least a year preparing for this D-Day Return and they had to find a way at the last minute to interject Ronald Reagan’s life and death into their programs. That is a true crisis in the media. Similar to when Princess Diana and Mother Teresa died the same week. Where do you go? Who do you honor? Mother Teresa got short shifted. Ronald Reagan will get short-shifted this weekend.
As FDR is credited with being the ‘father of liberalism,’ Ronald Reagan is credited with being the ‘father of conservatism.’ But it isn’t the labels imposed by political parties that ensure legendary status it is the ability to rise to the task of life’s imposed calamities in such a manner that brings honor to you and your country.
Ronald Reagan (06.05.2004, 1:09pm, Los Angles) died when Venus was almost, but not quite at the mid-heaven, he will be ‘almost but not quite’ honored, it will be nearly 50 years before his accomplishments or lack of them will be evaluated. He will never reach the stature of Lincoln, FDR, JFK. John Kennedy’s South Node was conjunct the US Sun when he was born, and the North Node was conjunct the US Sun when he died. JFK will forever be the romantic figure cut down in his prime as one of the stories we carry forward in this country. JFK represents the last of the great legends in the 20th Century and there will not be another that reaches that kind of historical fame and glamour for some time to come.
The most telling example of how Ronald Reagan will be remembered was an article I read whose headlines gallantly blared “Goodby to the Gipper.” Ronald Reagan was not ‘the Gipper’ he only played the part. Historians will view us and thereby Mr. Reagan as unable to separate reality from fantasy in picking our leaders.
Ronald Reagan was a fantasy, the narrator of the 20 Mule Team Borax Theater, he was a fantasy to his children. I've heard people say some really nice things about him and tip toe around his policies that hurt so many people, I will let history continuing recording those policies, including the Iran/Contra Affair, but he was a fantasy and over the next few days the 'fantasy' will grow beyond what was real when he was alive. It is our tendency to glorify the dead.
When Pearl Harbor was bombed Pluto had just barely moved into Leo and now Pluto is on the waning side of the trine to Leo, we are seeing the end of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation,” their children, my generation, has yet to distinguish themselves in such a manner. We are looking back onto what we believe to be the last honorable war; and on June 30th when Venus turns stationary direct where she was on D-Day, we will be finished with those intense memories.
There has not been a war with honor since then and our reluctance to let go of WWII is representative of our sense of lost glory. We’ve tried to make the end of the Cold War, Iraq War I and II, certainly not Granada, (we don’t even try with Vietnam) as glorified, but we know they are not. Even the war on “tera” seems small and petty by comparison. We’ve become what we fought against in WWII, the aggressor, the occupier, the enforced way of life on other countries, while letting our own infrastructure fall into disrepair.
It is now up to us, the children of the hero’s of WWII, to bring the dream of honor, integrity, and true democracy back to the America for which they died. Saturn on the US Sun can be a new beginning for this country. Saturn squaring Saturn indicates we have some struggles ahead.
This has been more editorial than astrology, but the editorial comments are based on what has and is happening in this country and honoring those who went before us.
Neptune opposing Leo is pointing out our dangerous attachment to celluloid instead of what’s real. Even those ridiculous reality shows are indicative of the nation’s need for authenticity, and that is the Neptune illusion in Aquarius making us believe reality shows are giving us authenticity. Uranus in Pisces hasn’t yet shown his hand as to whether he will take the Pisces high road for the betterment of all, or the Pisces low road to depravity. Abu Ghraib has thus far shown our depravity and our willingness to let it go, or our feeling of helplessness. And we have been receiving a good dose of Pluto unearthing our ugly spots.
Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces are universal signs and they are about ‘us,’ all of us, the global us and how are we going to get along and work together. America wants it to be the American model, but that may not be the case or possible. These signs and planets fall on the entire world not just America.
The progressed US Sun will ingress into Pisces on October 29, 2004, just before the elections, we will be looking for a new US model. The progressed Sun from January 1st 2000 is at 14 Capricorn opposing the US Saturn, all this adds up to a ‘shift’ year for this country, one of many from now until 2011.
I am sorry this last sentence is not clear. I took the chart of January 1, 2000 and progress it, I do this for the start of the new century, it's not the USA chart, it's the chart from the New Year 2000