First let me start off with an apology for Monday’s note. It was gibberish but I have since rewritten it. Now onto today which I had lots of problems sending in. Thanks for your patience. Our featured image is of Des Moines from the River.
See you on Friday in the Capitol for the Solstice. It was a short but pleasant stay in Iowa! Thanks for all the cotton candy.
Pisces 13 degrees: A ceremonial sword from the Metropolitan Museum.
The symbol for today September 20, 2017 is A sword in a museum, the thirteenth degree of Pisces. It is conjunct currently to Neptune in our Des Moines chart in the fourth house. Ongoing concern remains with the natural disasters of the hurricane season with now three, Harvey, Irma and Maria. Neptune and the symbol’s conjunction form a T-square with an opposition to Mercury in Tenth house thereby creating a point focus at Saturn in the First house.
This gives great importance to Saturn’s becomes the focal determinator of the chart and indicative of the President’s speech to the UN General Assembly (residing in the Tenth house) yesterday and a continuance of his ongoing message about America’s role to both its people, and the World.
“I am a President who is entrusted with the security and well-being of America first and foremost and all the leaders present yesterday in New York should hold the same belief for their own countries.
The sword in a museum echoes a past of craftsmanship wedded to manufacturing — an era that many consider bygone in America as we have left that behind and turned to a Fast Food Service economy. The sword reminds us the importance of vigilance “en garde” and the American Steel that made it.
It is also a call for leadership, something greatly missing both at the UN and the US Congress. President Trump draws upon this historical metaphor to clarify that despite all the brouhaha about, that he is nonetheless standing firm on his resolve that American goodies are for Americans and its supporters, not for world largesse.
That is hard for many to take, but with approval soaring afterwards for his speech, it is one like the famous Circus sword swallower, that they have to accept, because the vote is mightier than sword….
Stay tuned, this is just the bottom of the first of the Ultimate Fall Classic.
Joel Anthony……reporting from the Nickel City
The History of Des Moines from the Encyclopaedia Britannica 1911
At the e confluence of the Raccoon & Des Moines river lies Iowa’s capital, Des Moines. Pop. (1890) 50,093; (1900) 62,139, of whom 7946 were foreign-born, including 1907 from Sweden and 1432 from Germany; (1910 census) 86,368. In 2010 the city’s population was 205,000 according to the Census.
Des Moines is served by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, the Chicago & North-Western, the Chicago Great Western, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul, the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific, the Wabash, the Minneapolis & St Louis, and the Des Moines, Iowa Falls & Northern railways; also by several interurban electric lines.
The name of the city was taken from that of the river, which in turn is a corruption by the French of the original Indian name, Moingona, which the French thought that “moin,” was river as in their native “des mains.” So they made the name of the town “la riviere des mains ” and then, the name having become associated with the Trappist monks, changing it into “la rivitre des moines.”
The chief building in Des Moines is the State Capitol, erected at a cost of about $3,000,000.
Among the leading products are those of the furnaces, foundries and machine shops, flour and grist mills, planing mills, creameries, bridge and iron works, publishing houses and a packing house; and brick, tile, pottery, patent medicines, furniture, caskets, tombstones, carriages, farm machinery, Portland cement, glue, gloves and’hosiery.
The value of the factory product in 1905 was $15,084,958, an increase of 79-7 %in five years. The city is in one of the most productive coal regions of the state, has a large jobbing trade, and is an important centre for the insurance business. The Iowa state fair –– typically runs the summer month of August — is held here annually and one of the biggest in the nation.. In 1908 this city had a park system of 750 acres.
Des Moines is the seat of Des Moines College, a Baptist institution, co-educational, founded in 1865 (enrolment, 1907-1908, 214); of Drake University (co-educational; founded in 1881 by the Disciples of Christ; now non-sectarian), with colleges of liberal arts, law, medicine, dental surgery and of the Bible, a conservatory of music, and a normal school, in which are departments of oratory and commercial training, and having in 1907-1908 1764 students, of whom 1/3rd were in the summer school only; of the Highland Park College, founded in 1890; of Grand View College (Danish Lutheran), founded in 1895; and of the Capital City commercial college (founded 1884).
A new city charter, embodying what has become known as the “Des Moines Plan ” of municipal government, was adopted in 1907. It centralizes power in a council of five (mayor and four council- men), nominated at a non-partisan primary and voted for on a non-partisan ticket by the electors of the entire city, ward divisions having been abolished. Elections are biennial.
Other city officers are chosen by the council, and city employees are selected by a civil service commission of three members, appointed by the council. The mayor is superintendent of the department of public affairs, and each of the other administrative departments (accounts and finances, public safety, streets and public improvements, and parks and public property) is under the charge of one of the councilmen. After petition signed by a number of voters not less than 25%of the number voting at the preceding municipal election, any member of the council may be removed by popular vote, to which all public franchises must be submitted, and by which the council may be compelled to pass any law or ordinance.
Fort Des Moines was established on the site of the city in 1843 to protect the rights of the Sacs and Foxes. In 1843 the site was opened to settlement by the whites; in 1851 Des Moines was incorporated as a town; in 1857 it was first chartered as a city, and, for the purpose of a more central location, the seat of government was removed hither from Iowa City.