April 24, 2002—Ground
Zero Plus 225
The Saturn-Pluto Enigma, Or...
"Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem...
Your Snipers Shoot To Kill ..."
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, April 24-- The enigma of
Saturn and Pluto coming into alignment is evident in Bethlehem,
at the Vatican, and in the streets of Brooklyn. Perhaps
it is everywhere.
At the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, Israeli snipers wait for
anyone to leave the alleged birthplace of Jesus where they have
Palestinian enemies trapped in its sanctuary. If the foes
run or have weapons they are shot.
In another sector,
the aging, frail Pope sits bent over, hands and legs shaking
from a diseased 81-year-old body, gathering around him a flock
of Cardinals from America
whose conduct in sweeping issues under the rug about the sexual
Terrorizing of children has tainted the Church and produced
a pall that may take forever to cleanse.
And, here in New York City's
Brooklyn, a rash of murders have gripped the headlines, reminding
people that Terrorism is but a knifepoint away on a dark street.
In California a commuter
train is rammed by a freight train, spewing twisted metal and
human beings on the screen of every television set with National
officials scratching their heads telling the cameras they
don't know why two trains were on the same track at the same
In a peculiar way, it may all
have something to do with the alignment of Saturn and Pluto.
A few weeks ago my
wife and I went to a lecture at New York City's Theosophical
Society at 240 East 53rd Street. Founded in 1842, the
Society explores all aspects of religion and spirituality.
At this meeting, Time Out, New York's magazine of local
events, billed the talk as "Rebuilding Your Inner Towers."
We had been to many lectures
and symposiums ranging from our highest national leaders in
charge of Home Security, to actors like Alan Alda giving his
take on the impact of Nine Eleven. Astrology, we
agreed, would be another angle+ on the impact of Terrorism,
however fringe such a viewpoint might be. Neither my wife
nor I have any knowledge on the subject of astrology except
that we have gleaned from reading our horoscopes and generally
laughing at the information.
However, of all the
lectures we had been to on Terrorism and how to fight it, this
one ranked the highest. It gave some hard facts
to justify the current madness in the world.
According to the
noted guest lecturer, Alan Oken who was dressed in black with
amulets hanging from his neck, the problem is Saturn and Pluto.
Apparently, they are in exact opposition to each other.
And, when this happens, all hell breaks loose.
Oken informed the
audience of apprentice astrologers and my wife and me that three
things occur: one, an increase in power struggles; two,
a raft of religious and doctrinal conflicts arise and three,
secular issues explode.
He used descriptions such
as "in this situation we have to move outside the collective
biological self into the particular self."
"We are moving into ages so that we are not planets but
stars moving through a galactic center." "We
have to break free of the pain of constraint."
told us we cannot solve the problem by being in it, but must
rise above it, and used the example of Alexander the Great when
challenged to untie the Gordian Knot refused to participate
in unraveling the puzzle and instead swung his sword down and
cut it in half.
The elements of conflict between
the two astrological planets are summed up in the following
Saturn in Gemini and Pluto
in Sagittarius have been playing their part in this global and
personal drama, and over the next week, this influence will
intensifying until it reaches a peak in the first day or two
of November. This means that these planets will be making an
exact opposition (180 degrees) angle to each other in the zodiac
and in astrological understanding, the energies of Saturn (structure,
limits, boundaries, rules, law and order) will be opposing the
energies of Pluto (pressure, intensity, one-sided fanaticism,
death, transformation, re-birth). Saturn and Pluto combined
brings discipline into our lives, intensifies our focus, compels
us to be serious, and in extreme situations can lead to martyrdom
I've usually scoffed at astrology. But after
hearing how the two dark sides of both planets were clashing
negative energies and creating havoc, I was somewhat relieved.
At least I had something tangible to think about.
History was repeating itself.
The last time the two planets were in opposition was in 1965
and 1966 at the cusp of the Vietnam War's birth.
Prior to that the planets faced off in 1931 and 1932, an era
of the Great Depression. Of course these events
give astrologers credibility in what they say.
And, just the other evening on
the television show, Crossing Jordan, the sub-plot throughout
the show was all about strange events happening, "the Saturn
effect," as the cast called it which brought to the surface
unexplainable oddities in almost everyone's life.
So I thought about the snipers sitting on the rooftops overlooking
the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem They were waiting
for any of the 200 Palestinians who have been holed up there
since April 2 to show their faces, or backs, or starving stomachs.
If they carry weapons or run they will be shot instantly.
Some have been already. The Israeli's claim they are Terrorists
and want to prosecute them.
The irony of the Saturn-Pluto
opposition is that the worst imaginable scenario is occurring
at the birthplace of Jesus, who many call the Prince of Peace.
Catholics are under fire
from the Saturn-Pluto opposition also, if one is inclined to
give credit to the position of the planets as having some negative
force on the institutions of mankind, and believe they help
trigger catastrophic events. Old, crusty men
sit around in red caps denying women access to the pulpit, defending
their secret society's right to keep the abuse of children from
their flock and civil authorities, clinging to an ancient belief
that celibacy is more spiritual than marriage for its preachers
of the faith, while at home hundreds of people rush forward
with accusations that celibacy was nothing more than a shroud
to hide the actions of sexually twisted preachers.
The war against
Terrorism rages with a bitter sense of futility. America
is hunting the "needle in the haystack," spending
billions of dollars to lop off one man's head as though by crushing
it, the world would change.
the events of Nine Eleven are directly related to the violence
and hatred unleashed by Saturn's and Pluto's opposition as mankind's
struggle for power of one nation over another, or one religion
over another, festers.
I found myself
not surprised that all these events could be attributed to the
alignment of Saturn and Pluto as opposites of one another.
When the dark side of one person meets the dark side of another,
it represents two negative poles. The result is repulsion
As an architect
of Vigilance, I see the first step in reconstructing our society
as facing our dark sides together. It is kind of
like all of us agreeing we have a common problem with no common
solution--at least, one we are employing currently.
Religion and politics,
the two glue sticks which were designed to hold civilization
together in some sense of order and humanity to one another,
are failing us. The idea we can look to others for "leadership,"
is ebbing. The cornerstones of authority are cracking
before our very eyes, leaving the average citizen to "rise
above" his or her own Complacency and take charge of the
As Oken said, the human being tends to want to be a planet flying
around a star, held in check by the gravity of the sun's orbit,
being directed rather than directing its own individual destiny.
That's why we have rules and laws and try to follow them, and
why we build institutions such as government or religion and
elect or surrender to these leaders' will and authority.
Such subjugation makes our lives easier. We become nations
of co-dependents, sheep following the shepherd.
But, if you look at the Pope
shaking, or look at President Bush's lack of finding and killing
or capturing Osama bin Laden, or look at what's happening in
the Middle East, or in Brooklyn or Placentia, California, you
see the authorities of the world scratching their heads without
solutions in sight. You see authority emasculated.
Now, if that is the purpose of
Saturn and Pluto's opposition, all well and good. It has
stripped us of confidence in "others" to protect us
Instead of throwing up our hands,
however, and crying out like lost sheep without a shepherd,
we can rise above the mass of planets and become stars.
We can control our own destiny.
That's what the Pledge
of Vigilance is all about.
It's about reclaiming the
responsibility for one's personal physical and emotional security
in a world of Terrorism that threatens its elimination.
If we take the lessons
of Nine Eleven, and the litany of ills being suffered by humanity
worldwide, and examine them closely, we see that the sinew necessary
to weave back the strength and power of any state of people
requires a universal agreement that our children are more important
How do we protect them?
No longer can we count
on government or religion to be the final force of protection.
We must return to our original roots, to our fundamentalism
of duty to become Sentinels of Vigilance, in harmony with other
Sentinels of Vigilance regardless of race, color, creed or religious
What is right for the children
must be our standard, and not just our own children, but all
children of all times.
The Pledge of Vigilance
is all about that one, clear, concise point of view.
It puts our first priority
on ourselves, as Parents of Vigilance, Grandparents of Vigilance,
Brothers and Sisters of Vigilance, Cousins, Uncles, Aunts of
Vigilance, Citizens of Vigilance and Loved Ones of Vigilance.
For every person in the world
there is at least one category of Vigilance into which one can
We can all work toward a common
goal in this world--and that is unity through our children.
We, as adults, may have evolved certain beliefs and prejudices,
but the innocence of our children should be exempt from our
own particular points of view on what they should believe and
how they should believe it. Were we right in our
thinking and acting, our world wouldn't be gripped by the Terrorisms
it currently radiates.
There is hope. There is
a solution. It is called Vigilance.
It begins with each individual
rising above the planets and becoming his or her own "star
in the sky."
It is cemented by taking the Pledge
of Vigilance and employing its power in daily life; teaching
a child how to blossom through fighting Fear with Courage, Intimidation
with Conviction, and Complacency with Action.
To effect the Pledge of Vigilance does
not require a Supreme Court ruling or a Papal Encyclical.
Instead, it involves a highly personal commitment by a parent
or loved one to "take charge" of a child's future.
When we care more about the children of the world, we'll see
Pluto and Saturn turn the light on the dark side of humanity.
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