The Patterns Are Becoming Clear…

I’ve been thinking obsessively the past month about the economy and the danger signs I saw back in the spring about another economic meltdown. Because I’m not an economist I wasn’t exactly sure how or why this would occur. A feeling and some astrological back-up to that intuition was all I had to go on. But patterns I’ve been seeing have started to become clearer about how and why the breakdown will occur. The pieces: 1. Because the US (and the world) has been so divided – left and right – the 2008 meltdown was only given a band-aid remedy. After the crash of 1929, and the subsequent Great Depression that ensued, massive sweeping changes were made to protect the US from another financial meltdown. These measures where based on a relatively simple principle most kids learn subconsciously from the game of Monopoly. Money could not be coagulated into the hands of a very few or it would choke the entire economy. This idea was worn down over time by the false equivalency to communism. Communism of course was equated with the enemy and everything evil. Generations of Americans grew up under the shadow of nuclear annihilation under the threat of the Communists. While the enmity was real the understanding of their alternate system was flawed for a number of reasons. The first being the faultiness of the Soviet’s governance of that system. Allowing a few people to control all the resources (in their case the government – in our case corporations and wealthy plutocrats) led to exactly what one would expect a corruption of power. I don’t need to repeat the adage we all know so I won’t. During most of the mid-century however we did not have “pure capitalism” in fact we had a system much closer to Europe’s because FDR played a huge hand in resetting up these countries constitutions after WWII. For all intents and purposes we had a socialist democracy where their was a social net set-up for the poorest people. The wealthy paid 90% tax, unions were strong and protected the rights of workers and college was close to free (and for many Pluto in Leo’s their college loans were never repaid – making their education a gift from the US government.) The economy from the end of WWII until the 1970s was stable and incredibly strong. And then the unraveling began. Greed. The wealthy got tired of being merely wealthy among the throngs of upstart middle-classers. That wasn’t a high enough place to be I guess just wealthy – not enough one has to not just have most of the nuts but all the nuts – mad squirrel disease as I like to call it – the pathological need to acquire everything. It simply wouldn’t do to live in a society where everyone was doing really well and perhaps your osn or daughter would go to harvard next to a factory workers son and then fall in love. Dear me the entire social fabric was falling apart due to those scary middle-class hippie kids who had no regard for the social order. Conservatives decided to fight back. It was a double edge insult to their lifestyle and threatened everything they valued. Hence the fight to come after the glow of the 1960s. But back to… The failure of both systems – Communism and Capitalism – greed. Neither take this fundamental human pathology into account. And although the 80s tried to sell us on the idea of greed being good and a pure marketplace where corporations would magically police themselves – anyone who has even the tiniest bit of street smarts and/or understanding of human psychology knows that a fox should never be guarding a hen house as the old saying goes. We can’t expect to put a freshly baked box of cookies next to a hungry toddler – leave him to guard it indefinitely and expect to come back to find none missing. Especially if we continue to do this and there are no repercussions when the toddler starts taking them. Eventually the kid doesn’t think about it anymore and it just becomes a given that stealing from the pile is part of what you do. Taking regulations away and dismantling unions allows corporations and wall street to go unchecked. Just like our Democracy has been set-up to have checks and balances (which we are now seeing needs some modern adjustments) so power was never put entirely in one individual or groups hands for fear of corruption – the same holds even more true for the resources of the earth. Historically those who control the resources control the power. We saw the end of soviet communism and thought we had “won.” But in reality the very thing that crushed their system will crush ours but it will come from the private side rather than the government side since our government has become a side show to the real power allowed to run amok via the Supreme Court’s rulings on everything from not counting votes to Citizens United to their ruling on the most recent Hobby Lobby case allowing corporation shareholders’ religious preferences to trump everyone else in the corporation – whereby creating a surf-like relationship between corporate heads and their employees. (If you look at it ideologically without the divisive sunglasses of pro-life vs. pro-choice – one can clearly see it as a crack in the protection of the individual’s rights vs. corporate rights – there are more cases than this which I could point to having to do with intellectual property that also give more latitude to corporations and less to private individuals so it’s not just this case I’m going on here but that’s a whole other post.) I used to refer to the pathological sort of greed (found in the one percent of the human population) as “mad squirrel disease.” But I’ve come to realize it’s actually more sinister than that just look at the Koch Brothers. Now let me break it down in real time rather than history: 1. We have a low wage service based economy. Since Nixon opened trade relations with China the lions share of jobs shifted from factories to service as China took on manufacturing. With the advent of the Internet the 1990s economy had the advantage of a strong intellectual property economy fortifying the service economy. Things like Napster started a trend toward an everything-is-free trend which eroded intellectual property for everyone except large corporations and eventually led the feed cycle to an almost exclusive service based economy. Other than construction, the small manufacturing sector, small percentages of actual farmers (2%), nearly all jobs are related to serving whether that is being a doctor, teacher, law enforcer, IT specialist, waiter, clerk, accountant, real estate agent or financial broker – these jobs only exist to serve. The safest jobs during a major downturn are those connected to the community like police officer and perhaps even doctor due to need. But a serious downturn or depression would ELIMINATE the need for nearly ALL OTHER JOBS. Food, shelter and basic needs are all people spend money on in a major downturn or depression. This would choke people’s ability to spend on anything except the necessities which we are seeing in slow motion right now despite all the BS about the stock market. The reason the low wage part is such an aggregant (CEOs and wealthy 1 percenters take notice) is the inability for people (which is a huge percentage of people) to buy goods and services and the inevitability of that huge percentage of people to slip into abject poverty and out of the economy completely if a major downturn/depression were to occur. Now that the social net is broken the devastation of economic free fall would be truly horrifying. 2. We thought we solved the problem. The 2008 meltdown was an opportunity to right the boat but we didn’t take it. We put up a slipshod band-aid that will eventually bleed out and slip off. The bail out was the right thing to do at the time BUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOLLOWED UP BY REAL REFORM! The banks should have had to pay back the money with interest and they should have reinstated old monopoly regulations and broken them apart. In fact all the mergers and acquisitions and centralizing of corporate power should be reversed if we are to survive a global financial meltdown. The reason being if all the dinosaurs are roped together and one falls down – they all fall down. If one dinosaur falls down and dies, well it just goes back into the life cycle. An economy can happily recover after the death of one giant. It can even thrive as its broken apart into smaller pieces and redistributed but if the thing is so massive as to encompass the earth and all its people, well, then it’s not survivable. Instead of diversifying everything and locking down the hatches by cracking down on criminal behavior and kicking Wall Street out of the country’s financial governance, we gave the dinosaur a big meal, slapped a bandage on him and ignored the whole thing. In the mean time the country became extremely divided and entropy set into politics. Anything that could or should have done couldn’t be done. Alas we have a serious problem about to unfold. 3. Global connectivity: that which has been sown must be reaped… We have a global economy. Corporations are making record profits connecting to markets everywhere. Yeay! If your a shareholder or CEO of one of those corporations. Well, at least that has been the case. All those new people around the world mean new costumers right? Right? Yeah and new liabilities. Just as we tanked the world economy with our housing bubble, guess what can happen if theirs a bubble in say China? Hmm… coincidentally their is a bubble in China a HUGE BUBBLE. Two words. Ghost Cities. Heard of them? This bubble will make our bubble look like we did it with a piece of chewing gum. Terrifying when it bursts and it will. The epicenter of this seems extremely volatile when I tap into this I get very scared. It feels like intense chaos, violence and its tentacles are everywhere. The growing middle-class in China had no other thing to invest their newly won money in except real estate so… they built whole cities, infrastructures, shopping malls, parks, malls where no human (other than the builders) ever set foot and still haven’t set foot. They have a unique conundrum. Those who can afford to live in these new cities live elsewhere thereby displacing the poor villagers who had lived on that land and since these cities have no industry (although their are buildings there to house industry) no humans come to live in them. They are like bodies without souls. Dead. Still born without hope of life. The final component: 4) War All the conflicts going on around the world are heating up in key places. More than just losing the war in Iraq and Afghanistan – both unwinnable from the get go – we’ve shown the world we no longer have any moral authority (think torture and blowing off the geneva convention rules without any public prosecutions.) We also have a broken military unable to take on anything else after a decade of war. We have been left weak, morally, physically, economically and spiritually. Our own land torn apart by the left – right divide which has only served to hand over more power to the few leaving the masses poorer and fighting one another for scraps without a real understanding of how we’ve all been hornswaggled. So what does this mean for us? It means a real correction. We didn’t head our chance at a warning. The 2008 warning shot was forgotten as soon as the ringing in our ears wore off. It’s unfortunate that we have to learn the hard way but I’m very afraid we will have to learn the hard way. While I don’t think what hits us will look exactly like the last Great Depression it will be close. This will be the second dip we’ve all been waiting for. And it will require REAL CHANGES. Let’s hope that the next president has the ovaries to get something done. Many blessings, Denise

 

*Update I just saw a comment from Marie about a Forbes article related to this topic. I didn’t include the issues they address in it in my assessment but everything stated there is definitely another factor that I hadn’t thought about except for its relation to consumer debt. The stock market, in my opinion, has been running on the fuel of its own farts for as long as I can remember. It’s a closed loop that has taken off from any grounding it once had in reality. Check out the link she posted.

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The Patterns Are Becoming Clear…

Everything Is Free – At What Price?

About 1993, just out of art school, I stared into the abyss of the Internet. I had worked in a form of computer animation as a “colorist.” At the time Disney was still trying to hide its use of computer animation as was everyone else in the industry. I guess it somehow took the magic out of movie magic. A friend of mine who, unlike me, continued on into website development. She wanted to develop a computer game for her portfolio and felt that it could be a good tool to let people know about my band.

Reluctantly I agreed. My day job was being a psychic at that time. I knew the tarot very well and the principle behind them which is simple: human intent + a symbolic language that takes into account every human experience (either spiritually or on a mundane level) + random chance = a divination system.

As long as she could make a program to randomly generate a set of at least three combinations the divination system I came up with could accurately answer at least a yes/ no question and also give some insight into a problem. I wrote out my interpretations of all the tarot cards. The focus was for the average person, so I stuck to the mundane interpretations of the cards.

She programmed the “game” with all the interpretations I wrote and put the description on how to use the oracle. It was very accurate. All the art was mine, she put it together. It didn’t do anything to help me but she landed an excellent job because of it which was fine by me. I hadn’t expected anything and was happy to help.

I bring up this story because she was very keen on the Internet and the new wave of economic promise she believed it would deliver. I however would go on and feel an uncomfortable chaos lurking in that computer abyss. I saw a dark side that no one seemed to notice. It felt like a Trojan Horse or a mass delusion. Stocks for anything internet started going through the roof. My friend started a business designing websites for corporations. Everybody was becoming “millionaires” and no one was watching as factories closed and people lost their jobs to Asia.

I however sat on the sidelines asking the un-askable question: how is this going to make people money? I don’t understand why everyone is getting rich. My friend neatly explained, “this is a new platform for businesses to sell their products.”

“So, it’s basically a giant mall? Or no, catalogue?”

She nodded but I could tell she wasn’t sure what other possibilities existed. No one was.

When The MP3 format came out I asked executives in the music business why they didn’t adopt it and just charge .99 a song. They calmly explained to me that, “People want the real thing. They want to hold something in their hands, look at pictured of the artist, read lyrics.” After I heard that excuse a dozen times and artists started making their own websites with pictures and lyrics, I pointed this out to them. They shrugged. They honestly believed it was all going to go away, as if convience and free where ridiculous fads. You see they lived in a bubble where they felt safe, protected, special – untouchable. Turned out this was the thing that brought them down just as it brings down every empire. And in the 1990s they were a big empire, making more money than they ever had before.

Untouchable, in a bubble, “it could never happen here”; these are the hallmarks of a downfall.

“It could never happen here,” was a sentiment I heard a lot in high school when I debated kids about the evils of deregulation. The mess we are in now harkens back to the Reagan administration ie. the 1980s. It’s time to rectify the dismantling of the economic protections put into place during the depression.

The reason we have the “worst recovery in history” is because too much economic power is concentrated in so few corporations and too few people. One company that creates, not only gains a monopoly capable of reaming consumers, it also becomes the sole provider. So if that company, say a bank, loses your money by way of crappy investments – well, in that case the Feds have to bail them out so they don’t go under. All their clients are protected by federal insurance so if banks act irresponsibly (which they’ve done many times now – but the first site of this was the onset of the Great Depression) then you still go to the bank and get your cash out. If our ancestors hadn’t had that terrifying experience and then demanded the government do something to protect consumers there would be no FDIC. If it didn’t exist the 2008 “Great Recession” would have been another “Great Depression.”

But take too much concentrated power in a media companies? You get companies that can dictate their corporate culture to a mass audience. Do it long enough, say it enough times and people start to believe – especially young people. That’s why the Nazis reached out to the young – why every cult reaches out to young people. They are very impressionable. It may take them a lifetime or generations to untangle a lie if they ever do.

So back to my point about everything being free now. The 1990s business model appeared to be: America/Americans/Europeans poised to be innovators – developing new technologies for the internet age, and exporting culture – all things related to intellectual property – sort of like the head part of a body. The developing world would be the muscles and body – building and carrying out the production of these new products. Factories were moved to Asia – no one made a fuss, too many people were getting paper rich on bubbilicious tech stocks.

But inevitably reality set in. Not everyone is made to be a creator of intellectual property even if they were born on US soil and more importantly not everyone cares to create such content. Just like everyone isn’t a tightrope walker neither is everyone an inventor, writer, software engineer. This new economy appeared to favor the intellectual property side – if not that then what else? But as the digital age exploded, it became socially acceptable and easy to steal intellectual property. Providers in many cases went along with the theft because it seemed so uncool not to – for example when Radio Head put out a record and asked fans to, “just pay what you think it’s worth.” Record companies went the opposite direction trying to sue fans for downloads. Neither addressed the bigger issues at hand. If we are going to have an economy run on the engine of intellectual property then someone was going to have set guidelines to protect both producers of content and consumers, but no hero ever emerged, no answer ever came, only the small pittance of Apple doing the very first stage idea I had, ten years after the problem was completely out of control.

Now corporations have figured out how to use this to their advantage. Most producers of content don’t or can’t make a living at it. There is no central information stream to sell products through so instead they do what Hollywood has always done – exploit the narcissism of young people. They find kids who have millions of “likes” and give them garbage to wear in their utube videos. The kids feel they are special because they are getting special compensation – of course not enough to live on in most cases – but these kids have no idea how they are being exploited for the good of the corporate culture.

My generation was leery of advertising and resisted being marketed to. The “Millenials” think they are famous because they get lots of traffic on their utube channel and calls from product lines whose sole intention is to use them for cheap advertising. What those young adults don’t realize is “fame” is fleeting and spending your young adult life retweeting about some Hollywood film or talking about ingrown hairs online, not only doesn’t get you much “fame” it also doesn’t move you anywhere except into your parents basement when you are 40, assuming your parents are lucky enough to have a job or career or both in most cases.

So where do these young adults get the idea that corporations are their friends?

The last thirty years has seen the rise in a multinational corporateracy. Big business has figured out how to control the only super-power standing – money. It helps to own media corporations to spread ones message of a benevolent and loving corporate culture. Republicans are always on message telling the public to, “let the market sort itself out.” Whining about how CEOs don’t make enough money or how shareholders need to see bigger profits. How it’s unfair to make businesses pay their workers a living wage – heck, as it turns out their finding all sorts of ways to get free or very low cost labor like exploiting the psychology of young people or forcing interstate truckers into an impossible pay structure of mileage, ensuring they will be forced to break the law and if they get fined – well, they are personally liable for the $5000.00 fine. My brother did that job for a few months until he realized he was never going to make more than a couple hundred bucks a week for the eighty or more hours he was putting in, not to mention having to be on the road for weeks at a time sleeping in the cab of a truck. The only way he could make a living wage was to speed and drive more than was allowed by law. And if he got caught – he was alone with the fine.

This is our America.

A place where upward mobility means going from rich to super rich on the backs of the workers. And for those who supply 99% of the intellectual property it means a consistent trend of downward payments and no protection for content makers.

Companies like Spotify get money from subscribers. Those subscribers get an unlimited library of music for that price. What do the musicians and songwriters get? Not much. It takes millions of plays to get a couple hundred bucks and takes the incentive away to listen to the radio or buy that artists work. Eventually musical artists will be put out of business and only those people who can afford to do it will play relegating the art form to hobbyists.

Unless you can develop a popular app or get rich people to help you with your business, moving up is nearly impossible. Even the “go to professions” becoming a doctor or lawyer are no guarantee of financial anything. Most people with law degrees can’t get jobs as lawyers and doctors in many places make barely enough to pay their student loans back.

So what’s my point?

Simple. Imagine our economy as a giant game of poker. One guy wins every hand until there’s nothing left to play the game. This is the reality of our economy. Corporatism doesn’t work, not only for the obvious reasons but for economic reasons. We have given China tremendous power by developing and exploiting them – so now they feel I powered to take on our ally the Phillipiens.

We are creating an obororus. Only that snake is us eating our own tail. The market we have is in a feedback loop. Anyone investing in it is diving into a snake pit full of lies, deception and gaming the system. The stock market may look good right now but it is being held together with hope and a glue gun. I am genuinely afraid that the stagnation we have in government, the lack of effort to create a real context for this new economy will plunge us into an entirely new form of depression and a host of other unholy things.

Peace and love,

Denise

Everything Is Free – At What Price?

Dreams and Zoma Speaks

This was the first session I did a few days ago after having a lot of uneasiness about the economy and other issues. One being a series of dreams I had in the late 1980s and early 1990s about a nuclear bomb being dropped on Los Angeles. These dreams were hyper real and really scared me. As predictive dreams generally are multi-layered so were these dreams. There were things that came to pass in these dreams that were exact matches with the period of time of the riots and subsequent fires here during the early 1990s. I had hoped that was all it was and many psychics I talked to told me that my dreams were just exaggerated “mind blowing” predictions about the riots as there were a lot of cross over – even the names of streets and specific details however I was uneasy about this and talked to one of my spiritual teachers. He felt, at the time, it was probably metaphorical however a few years ago just before he died he looked at me and said, “Denise, I’ve been thinking a lot about those dreams that a nuclear weapon hit Los Angeles. I have a feeling they may not have just been metaphorical.” I nodded but put it out of my head at the time. Of course I really wanted them to be metaphorical and interestingly his words began to haunt me in the past couple of years. I mean really haunt me however I haven’t had anymore dreams but I did have a very disturbing event happen.

My father who had been coming round (in spirit – he’s been dead since I was 10) suddenly stopped. Before he did however he left me with the image of him on my sofa crying inconsolably. To say this was disturbing is an understatement. I have struggled and begged and prayed to understand why he left me only with this last message. It was as if something in the world had turned and it could no longer be undone – whatever it was, was too big for me alone to fix it.

Soon after December 21, 2012 when the new Aeon began and I could finally feel the truth of what the future was rather than all the anxiety clogging it, I started feeling that indeed a great darkness was upon us. The novel I had written back in 1999-2000 and that I finally got round to taking to a conference in 2007 (when it won an award) seemed to be as true as ever. I had set the time frame for the 2030s (a guess a psychic metaphor) after a world war and many economic and natural disasters. In chapter 3 New York is hit by a major hurricane that all but destroys the city. In it the plutocratic (false theocracy) is actively engaged in doing nothing to prevent the destruction of the masses. Yes, they are evil, but I never go so far as to say they are actively involved in murdering humanity although it seems there are current conspiracy theorists who would do so. I will actually be doing another edit of this book and make it available soon. Agents I talked to told me to mollify the book, make it less dark, etc. But I couldn’t or the whole point of the book would be missed. I was given the information and crafted into a story to effect readers in order to change the future events I saw unfolding. When I wrote it I knew it was too far in the future for people to get and now I hope it is not too late. So I will hurry and when I finish I will let everyone know where to get it.

Now, I was freaking out about my weird feelings and the very horrible aspects I saw coming for the US so I talked to Zoma about it. Here’s the transcript:

3-12–2013:

Q:  ZOMA what will become of this economy?

A: It will take a long time to recover, much longer than anyone realizes. Somewhere around twenty to thirty years and even then it will be a very different economy one rooted in different values and currency. A currency of bartering, one less abstract to the average person only the wealthy will maintain the abstract systems such as the stock market and corporate finances. For the average person these abstractions will become more and more distant and the amount of money needed to become involved in these systems will become prohibitive to what once was the middle class.

———————— End Zoma

I want to say I have been actively working on trying to change my life to fit what I see coming. I advise those of you who also have odd feelings to do the same. Follow your gut and of course if your question can help all of us please ask Zoma. My husband, after hearing me rail on about all this stuff, started doing a bunch of research. Unfortunately for both of us what he has found only seems to support the information I have gotten through second sight.

Many blessings to you and pray for yourself and all the good people and beings of this world,

Denise

Dreams and Zoma Speaks

Our Collective Future

In the heavens there are some gnarly aspects. I won’t get too astrological. But suffice it to say it brought on the Arab Spring, the crash of Wall Street and the world wide economic downturn on its first past. Uranus in Aries gives periods of intense violence (Sandyhook) and of course as I have said in the past would usher in a new age of revolutions across the globe. I have examined many charts for the US. No one really has an exact time so being psychic I decided to tune into what Washington had to say about the actual date when the idea-logical motion of our country was truly set on its course. According to him it was at around 8:30 PM on July the 3rd. Being old timey folk they saw sunset as the beginning of the next day and that is why we celebrate it on the 4th. I went ahead and did a chart for this time. I will also provide you all with the charts other astrologers have worked painstakingly over the years to come up with. Mine will have the transits happening toward the end of May this year. While we will feel these effects starting earlier this will be the period when the people/government and laws will actually push us to deal with the situation.

What we are facing here is a fundamental change in the way our country has functioned. It will mean the degradation of major institutions, the collapse of many institutional systems and that includes many multi-national or giant corporations. The hit will very likely also play out in the stock market – so beware. I’d pull my money out starting now. There are two ways this can be dealt with either Obama fundamentally shifts the system to go around the crisis in which case, he will alter the power or at least take liberty with what power he has been given to change the course, or if the Congress can’t do their job we will see a country we never saw before. One that may resemble in some ways the end of the Soviet Union. With Saturn in Libra in the natal chart being involved of this upcoming Grand Square I think we will also see some major changes in the justice system.

For those 1 per-centers and “corporate citizens” out there all I have to say is I blame you.  If you hadn’t been engineering a plan to take over this country this shift would have been an adjustment not a collapse. But it is also you who will suffer just as much as the rest of us – if not more.

During the 1950s when the wealthiest 1 percent paid 90% tax we were the richest most vibarant economy in the world. It may sound unfair to take home only 10 percent of what you gross. Anyone would agree with that which is how this has changed. However it’s better to get 10 percent of 10,000,000 than to get 85-90% of 100,000. When you take money out of the economy by holding it (those few wealthy one percenters) it can’t circulate and it stays in pocket. But funny thing is when you circulate that money it not only gathers like a snowball going down a giant mountain to return bigger and healthier than before, it allows the entire world to be more productive, creative and forward thinking. We could be using our energy to solve the REAL problems that face our world like GLOBAL WARMING and HUNGER instead of putting 75% of the people into a position where they are just surviving and unable to thrive.

So here is my chart with the natal transits toward the end of the month:

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As you can see our country has been blessed with a grand trine (kind of two. Our strength and identity have been in intellectual innovators. This has been the primrose path that has lead us to all the goodies our country has shared with the world. And with Ceres at the top of that trine in the 8th many Wall Street types and investors have made their fortunes off of the innovation and new ideas that the American People have had to offer the world.

With Pluto in the 12th house there has always been a shadow side to our country – a ruling class that has been hidden from obvious view. Later this shadow aristocracy would grow and without our noticing it, become a devouring power. This next square will be the hammer that breaks apart any illusion we have about the realities of our “Republic/Democracy.” We will see the break down of major institutions and unfortunately this will be particularly bad for education on every level which was the fundamental place many of our dreams and imaginings were cultivated for the greater good.

This Pluto in in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries makes a GRAND SQUARE to the natal US SUN in Cancer and NATAL SATURN in libra. What does this mean? It means our paradigm is about to shift radically and we can expect the second major economic down turn – the one I thought would happen in two years. I heard two – I guess it meant second term. It means hold onto your hats. Unless our President can be strong enough in the way Roosevelt was, to push through a real plan and get rid of the idea of these “austerity measures,” it will mean some very rough road ahead for all of us. That means you, too, Donald Trump.

A part of me wonders if there isn’t a secret agenda here to destroy the broken system first so a new one can take its place? That is about as positive of a take I can put on this. This could be the real beginning of the end of our Empire. Either we shift and become part of the world at large and stop being bullies and police dogs, well, then we’ll go down with the ship.

THINGS ARE GOING TO BE FORCED TO CHANGE – RADICALLY. By the time Pluto hits Pluto post-Obama our country will have undergone a major structural change whether we like it or not. My advice to government officials is to make this as painless as possible and take your cues from the Great Depression – the lessons of history. Follow the measures of Roosevelt not Reagan. Unless you want to govern a dead empire.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it will be up to us to force this change to be for the better and not for the worse. Expect the possibility of things getting crazy enough to cause violence.

Here are other charts of the US for you to look at and the ephemeris of May. It’s not going to be a fun month. Expect a lot of job losses especially during this period and major corporations falling as the economy down-slides if austerity measures are put into place – which it seems is the likely scenario right now.

There is always hope for the future if the right people take action. I pray – as should you starting now – that the needs of the people are put over the needs of the wealthiest few.

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People may have to not just tighten their belt but consider lifestyle changes – downsizing and even group living situations and pooling of resources to get through this if our government continues down this road.

There is always hope. I suggest we all call our congressmen, senators and the white house as much as possible – e-mail do whatever it takes to let it be known that we have to solve this a different way. There will still be major changes and the ship will have to be righted but it can be done in a much more gentle fashion then where we are headed. And believe me – it will be much more radical and harsh than you can imagine if things continue on this course.

Blessings,

Denise

Our Collective Future

The Job Creator Argument

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Frankly the state of the world is a bit much for me to handle without having a neurological meltdown.

But I have to address the “Job Creator” mythology.

It is absolutely true that when people have money they create jobs. They hire accountants, gardeners, child care providers, employees to help with their companies. In the late 1980s after the Reagan years (the man who perpetuated the myth of the ubber rich as “job creators”) one percent of the population controlled 90% of the world’s wealth.

After the 1990s, more specifically by 2001 (before George Jr could completely unleash his plan to  finish off the American Dream)  10% of the population in the US controlled 71% of the wealth here. Now that’s still not that awesome, but as we all know during the 1990s there were more millionaires in the US than ever before and chains that started during this period (like Starbucks) were forced to give employees a living wage and excellent benefits to entice people to work for them. The economy was healthy and the US debt was set to not only be paid off but there was to be a surplus which would have gone a long way to save Social Security and other much-needed social programs – that is before George Jr. decided to murder hundreds of thousands of Iraqis (both civilians and soldiers but we’d prefer not to think about all the innocents who died so they aren’t even counted in our stats) and thousands of American soldiers, for what amounts to some personal vendetta against Saddam Hussain under the cover of fear that 9/11 provided. And of course his half-hearted attempt to find Osama Bin Laden which he later said after thousands died, he didn’t spend much time thinking about.

We are in this financial mess because of these horrendous wars as well as deregulation of multinational corporations. We can put some blame on Clinton for deciding the US was going to become the brains of the world and the rest of the world would be our manufacturing plant. This certainly cut off options for a great many Americans and dramatically changed corporate culture – impacting it in a very negative way.

The myth of the “Job Creators” broken down in the most base terms: You have 10 millionaires – they employe 1,000 people. You have 100,000,000 millionaires – they employee 10,000,000,000 people. It is sort of akin to a body in motion stays in motion – meaning more money circulating, enables more products to be made giving people more jobs and the opposite is also true – less money circulating through the economy makes new products harder to buy, get off the ground and become successful and therefore fewer jobs are created. The best metaphor was something I heard on NPR from an economist. He said (I’m paraphrasing here): It’s like a poker game. If all the players keep winning in equal measure then the game can be played infinitely. But if one guy keeps winning hand after hand, eventually all the players go broke and the game collapses.

This is in essence what happened to our economy.

After a certain amount of wealth money just ends up out of the circulation in the economy – take for example a guy who has 10,000,000,000.  Most of that money will inevitably sit in a bank, or in bonds or in investments because he is not able to utilize all those resources. His money will just make more passive income for him, accumulating residuals on work he is not doing. And control of this much of the world’s resources creates an imbalance that is antithetical to the tenets of DEMOCRACY. There’s a reason Republicans aren’t called Democrats. They are not of the people for the people. At this point I’m not sure anyone in our government is. It seems money, privilege and lobbyists have poisoned our system from the inside out.

The argument that the “working poor” are “lazy” and that the wealthy are productive is ass backwards. I have met innummerable people who work 16-20 hours a day seven days a week doing multiple jobs just to make ends meet for their family. Unless you count the amount of time Donald Trump talks about how awesome he is to the media, then he couldn’t possibly be working as much as those he deems”lazy.”

Check out the outrageously sociopathic and offensive interview Trump did with Piers Morgan where he states the Chinese “just work harder” (oh, yeah and they have no child labor laws or protection for workers – think Dickinson’s England) and he pines away for the Chinese ability to “not have to get permits” for anything. He is a disgusting man and about as sick as it gets considering Climate Change, and the fact that more than half the US population lives in poverty despite the fact that many of these people have two people both working full time and often more than 40 hours a week. Trump also endorsed Michelle Bachman who I actually was working on a post about. I’m going to deconstruct her chart. I think someone must have put LSD in Trump’s hair spray. He’s beyond out of touch with reality.

Pray that the meek truly do inherit the earth because the wicked are fighting for control right now. May those without conscious live in the hell they are creating for the rest of us who care about our fellow beings and have empathy for others.

Many blessings to the good people of this world,

Denise

The Job Creator Argument

War is here… now

Here’s my answer to a reader about Donald Trump and all that he represents:

Besides Donald Trump being a dangerous horrible idiot he’s also a narcissistic egomaniac. I think he really believes he could win the presidency because he’s a dangerously delusion person. Of course he would completely ruin this country if he were elected into office because he is about as diplomatic as a live grenade. Do I think he could win? Well all I have to say is Arnold Schwarzenegger. People seem to be in love with celebrity – we have replaced the pantheon of Gods and Goddesses with morons, narcissists and idiots. Perhaps we need the old religion which had more examples and pathways to the Great Spirit. Perhaps we yearn for connection through those who mirror us. Unfortunately if this is true we are in a very sad state.

We are currently in a class war – one that dates back to the blowing open of the gates – the Watergate era, followed by the first truly corporate president Ronald Reagan. I’m not sure Reagan knew the damage he was doing. I like to believe that he was hoodwinked by the right to be the spokesman of their (internal in terms of doing it inside the government) coo without really knowing he was. His son, whom I greatly respect, is primarily the reason I believe Ronald senior was most likely a descent man used (as so many middle and lower-income people are being used now) by the wealthy to advance a truly amoral agenda.

I always scoffed at the notion of “trickle down economics” firstly because I grew up in a very affluent neighborhood (that we didn’t belong in – we lived in a townhouse on social security checks and life insurance my father had bought years before his passing when I was 10). I knew the hearts and minds of the very wealthy in ways very few are privileged to know. I knew their children who espoused their values without the crust of age and experience to keep their real feelings and philosophies covered. I heard some of the most unimaginably amoral, immoral and hideous things said as common truths – social Darwinism was a given in the most extreme sense of that statement. There was no empathy for the underprivileged, only a social club that went into the ghetto to teach illiterate children as a sort of bait and switch to their true value system which was the belief that the wealthy are better – they deserve more, they are supreme and the poor are lazy, stupid and deserve what they get even if that means suffering and death. Hideous but absolutely true – many probably won’t believe me. In fact I know people won’t believe me because I’ve been telling people, friends, descent human beings this since I was entrenched in this bizarre world where people went to church on Sunday and then sucked the earth dry of every resource in order to hoard it for themselves. Yes, it is easier to fit a camel through the eye of a needle than a wealthy man into heaven. I saw this first hand.

The first stage of the war against the poor and middle class was to dismantle the unions. Sure some were bloated, some were corrupt but lest we forget what life was like before they existed – just pick up a book by Dickens and you’ll see clearly the way the rich like it. The civil war – a rich man’s war to keep their slaves, using the poor southerners via their racism and pride as a tool against their interest (living) to fight a war that only the wealthy truly had a stake in and only the wealthy benefited from – this is a perfect example of the way many of the wealthiest one percent would like to see our country go – if they could have slaves again, they’d do it in a heartbeat, hence the dismantling of the minimum wage, next it will be age restrictions for working if they get momentum on the wage issue.

There are two kinds of rich – old money or the idle rich as I like to call them, who do nothing but live off the achievement of some great, great, great, great, grandparent who actually contributed something to the world during their time and then invested the family money for generations to inherit. These idle rich hate the “Nuevo riche” the people who newly acquire money – meaning the people who actually earned the money they became wealthy from, the Bill Gates and the Steve Jobs of this world. You know the people who actually really produce jobs for regular folks, not the people who live off the fat left over from their (once common low to middle-class) ancestors. Those “old money” people spend their days taking care of themselves and their money, buying influence, protecting their interests and making sure they can make more money in the market. It’s interesting that they are usually the very same people who accuse poor people of being lazy when truly they have no purpose on this planet and are more akin to tics than human beings. They live off all of us who actually work and keep their world moving forward. The biggest way they contribute to the economy is through buying things, fancy furniture, fine art, clothing, etc.

Now here’s the thing. The 1960s was a very scary time for them, coming off the heels of the most financial growth of anytime during American history. The middle class grew to enormous proportions, the rich got richer as did everyone. You’d think that the wealthy would look upon the economy booming and love it because it means more money in their coffers. But with more money, more education came and people started asking questions. Why do we have to fight the communists in Vietnam? Isn’t that a sovereign nation with the right to decide its own fate? Riots took place, the left became extremely radicalized and the wealthy started to become the target of the growing understanding that a capitalist culture is antithetical to democracy as it stood. Money buys influence and effects legislation. The tying together of corporate interests with the government is fascism and as we all know corporate interests are generally not in line with what’s good for the average person, such as toxic dumping, air pollution, and endless problems associated with industry. Not to mention the corporate bottom line is biggest when they have low overhead, cheap labor and don’t have to pay taxes. Break up the unions, you break up people’s collective bargaining power, work on the congress – lobby for tax breaks for corporations and pay less taxes you get the idea.

All of this has been going on – this war began after FDR put in place regulations to control monopolies (the original source of the world financial crisis that plunged us into the Great Depression as well as Europe, especially Germany). It was those regulations or laws, which were based on the same sort of laws we as ordinary citizens would have to follow (in principle) that kept capitalism on a relatively even playing field. The breakdown of which over the past 30 years we are now seeing the results of.

Forget the history lesson above, here’s the point I want to make invention, intellectual leaps, progress and solutions don’t come from the rich, even jobs don’t, only a very small minority of jobs come directly from those newly rich people who actually are contributing members of society. Invention and intellectual leaps come from the middle-class, the class of people educated enough to want to reach upward and grab the golden ring not people sipping Manhattans while tanning themselves in Tahiti. The wealthiest one percent don’t have an incentive to solve anything, for them everything is solved, they are taken care of. Sure there are those rare individuals who want to contribute and who I salute like the young documentary film maker who exposed his world in “The One Percent,” an excellent entrance into the way people are indoctrinated into this bizarre entitled ideology and also a revelation on many other fronts.

If we lose the middle-class we become a third world country. And we also lose any chance we have of solving Global Warming, of advancing civilization or developing space travel. The rich will own us (as they wish to) and we will eventually be pushed into fighting or dying or both. They have successfully used racism/sexism/homophobia and fear to divide us. They have so confused the average person that he/she often votes against their own interest.

It is not a coincidence that the world is literally being flooded, deluged with tornadoes, earthquakes and soon hurricanes at unprecedented levels. It’s a wake up call: we must come together and fix what is broken.

I ask those who have the power and money to actually make a difference in this world these simple questions: What will it be worth when you have everything and there is nothing and no one left to lord it over or give it to? Are you that insecure you need to feel better than other people, is that what blinds you to the suffering and pain surrounding you? Do you love your family? If you answered yes to that, then what the hell are you doing to preserve this world for them?

Many blessings to the good and may the greedy find the world as wicked as they are,

Denise

War is here… now

Answering Curious

Here’s a post from Curious 123…

Dear Denise
I hope all is well. I know you probably don’t feel like talking politics but it has been along time and I haven’t really seen postings from you lately about what’s been going on in the political world.
My mind has been sooo uneasy that I’m afraid to watch the news. The negativity is so mind blowing that it is truly unreal. I feel like I’m on a sinking ship and there’s no lifesavers around! I was wondering if you have any political insight… what about this “Tea party movement” or what has happened in Delaware recently… Will Palin please go away!

Do you still to readings or email readings? if so, what do you charge?
….I hope you do answer my post

Hi there,

Believe me there is no one in this world who is more sickened by the state of things than I am. It makes me literally sick.  However I do believe the Tea Party’s “victories” will end up back firing on the lot of the Republican party because they are a re-dressed modern (so far, non-violent) version of the KKK. They try to mask their racism with… really nothing, it’s just not being called out. What are they “taking back the country” from? A black man, is the answer in case you wondered. Pure and simple. They are a bunch of scared, irrational people who are very marginal. There are 2 types of Tea Baggers (I refuse their new less stupid name because they called themselves tea baggers first showing their abundant lack of smarts).

1) The extremely wealthy or those who think they are wealthy or will soon become wealthy – thereby fitting under the heading delusional; they are taking advantage of the 2nd type… 2)The Leave It To Beaver white people who woke up one day in an America which was fully integrated. And they realized they had to compete with everyone for top billing. They couldn’t claim the birthright of being number one simply because of the lack of melanin in their skin. They now have to earn their right to advantage and they don’t like it. I’m not saying all these people are bad, just ignorant, often they live in entirely white communities or have no real contact with anyone outside their tiny myopic world.

But here’s the thing, most people are not that isolated. And with each generation past Pluto in Leo (the me generation), there has been more and more integration and less and less tolerance for prejudice. I believe that integration of schools and the subsequent integration of all things has shown the majority of people all human beings are of one family. We all want the same things, to be loved, connected and appreciated.

Here’s an example. When I was a kid I used to hear people whisper behind my back, “She’s from a mixed marriage!” My father was Jewish and my mother Catholic. This was the early to mid 1970s. Even into the 1980s when I was in junior high school, the Italian Catholic boy who took me ice skating told me his parents would no longer allow it since I was Jewish. Of course, I actually had been baptized and confirmed Catholic myself by that point since my father had been dead for a couple of years and I needed something to make sense of the loss. The Rabbi had told my mother to raise us in her religion since she didn’t know the Jewish culture.  I was also regularly called a kike when I lived in a non-Jewish neighborhood after my father died. And forget about black and white people marrying back then or even being friends. One couldn’t even show that in an advertisement or a TV show or film. There were some kids on my block (who I related to because we had this same issues only their situation was more extreme) their mother was Philippino and their father was from Santa Domingo (the other side of Haiti – he was of African descent). They were treated like crap at school. Compared to what they had to go through, I felt lucky. Of course, the 2 girls and the young boy became my closest friends. They were Catholic and when my father died and I went through the process of becoming a Catholic I picked their parents to be my Godparents. They took me to church regularly. And I loved this family very much. And once I started standing up for them in school, the racist slurs lost their luster and kids left them alone for the most part.

I believe it’s important to realize there is sexism and racism in our culture. I also believe that one should not allow other people’s BS define them. If someone doesn’t like you because your Jewish, black, Asian, white, Muslim or whatever than it’s their loss not yours. This being said what is happening now is the exposure of the dark underbelly of institutional racism rearing its ugly head – hopefully for its final annihilation.

Change takes time, often generations worth of time. The Me generation who pushed forward the progress of Civil Rights impatiently complained that nothing happened (back in the 1980s) that things were still the same. They were wrong, very wrong – things did change – we have the first African-American president in our history due to this change. What didn’t change was them. Ironically, the same generation that fought for the rights of African-Americans is now the main thrust behind the Tea Party. What they are responding to is themselves or the liberal side of their generation 30 years later. This is actually a backlash against their own progress and if we see how silly and small and pathetic they are (the Tea Baggers that is), we can see that it will only backfire on them. David Duke (for those who don’t remember, was a KKK leader who ran for governor in the south) could only hide his hate and stupidity for so long, eventually with enough rope he hung himself. If the Republicans keep losing to the Tea Party, great, they’ll lose the general election and it will be good news for the broader world at large. Let’s not forget that a huge percentage of Republicans are from Latin countries (they are often in agreement with the family values side of the party or pretended values they supposedly “support”) but with the Tea Party targeting them as the enemy, how many people from that community will support someone who wants to throw out their friends or Abuelitos?

Slow and steady wins the race. As frustrating as it is that change doesn’t happen faster, Obama is making great strides in putting our economy back on track and as this information trickles out and the Tea Party exposes its grossness I believe things will right themselves. I will look into it on a psychic and astrological level though as we get closer to the elections.

Make sure to vote!

Oh, and Palin is a Narcissist with a capital N. I actually dissected her chart when she first came on the scene if you read it now (it’s still on the blog) you’d swear I wrote it after all the craziness came out about her. Just use the search box for the article. I don’t think Palin will go away anytime soon – she’s the voice of sheer stupidity and it seems that America always needs one of those. If it’s not her it will be someone else, so at least she’s easy to make fun of.

I want to take this opportunity to talk of the evil side of the Aquarius. I’m an Aquarian so I can speak of it freely. There is nothing worse than a bad Aquarian, let’s name some – Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Dan Quail, Ronald Reagan. This is because they often appear so friendly and nice. However Aquarians can be very manipulative, narcissistic, self-centered and petty (their shadow side is Leo where the Earth sits when the Sun is in Aquarius – so it’s all the dark side of the sign of Leo, not that Leos are bad. The negative side of Leos is Aquarius – every sign’s opposite applies to this theory). I have to say I’ve had more negative experiences with bad Aquarians than with any other sign other than Sagittarius. Often these 2 signs seem to get a free pass in astrology as if they don’t have dark sides. However there are statistically more Sagittarians in jail than any other sign and they are also the luckiest, which means they are doing lots of bad stuff for a long time before they get caught. And of course Sags and Aquarians are not either bad or good (like all signs) there are negative and positive people of all signs, we all manifest our dark sides differently. It’s my opinion we should never look at the winter signs as somehow more evolved than any other sign. We go around the wheel many times and there are highly evolved people about to jump off the wheel of Samsara in all signs and there are low dark energy people of each sign as well. Ghandi was a Scorpio, Mother Teresa a Virgo, Einstein was a Pisces, Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler were born just 4 days apart the same year – both Aries. It’s all how we decide to manifest our charts. We have free will and we are part of God. How we use our divinity is up to us.

Best wishes and many blessings,

Denise

Answering Curious