Columbus Day 2017, Ashland Oregon
Today October 12th is the original celebration of the Founding of America, but an act of Congress changed it to one of the Monday Holidays and now it is celebrated, at least on the calendars, on October 9th. The New York Times mentioned it, but only to tell us, that no one ever liked it, citing some obscure Baptist Minister, R. S. MacArthur for support.
The New York Post reported that Los Angeles last month became the largest city nationwide to remove Columbus Day as an official city holiday after a 14-1 vote by the Los Angeles City Council. The switch has also been made in states like Alaska and Vermont, as well as in cities like Seattle, Albuquerque, San Francisco, Denver and most recently Portland Maine. They have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day.
Columbus, it seems, is going the way of General Robert E. Lee and the Dodo.
Vesta is in the Tenth House of the President and the Country and the US President, Donald J. Trump, Sr — but I don’t think he uses that — is definitely on fire with his Culture War against the Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the National Anthem at football venues. Things are changing as I write. Last week Commissioner Goodall said it was up to the players, and this week is changing his tune to say that “all should stand” at the anthem or be penalized. With Vesta conjunct the Sun next to Mercury, Trump’s message is winning despite his advisor H. R. McMaster, telling him to stand down.
Representative Gaetz of FLA has taken things a bit further and asked in Congress for the NFL to no longer be a tax-exempt entity — the teams are taxed as regular corporate entities but every NFL team pays a tribute to the NFL, as well as the franchising fee that the entity gets. Last year alone, the NFL received 15 BILLION dollars in tax free money.
Uranus is still alone down in the Fourth House at 27 Aries. It is conjunct the Fixed Star, Al Pherg that is part of the constellation of Pisces and is associated with the Tarot Trump (for Triumph) number 17 The Star. This has the meaning of great hope and aspiration. The late astrologer, Mr. Vivian Robson, wrote that Al-Pherg was of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter bestowing preparedness, steadiness, determination and final success.
The Fourth House in Mundane Astrology is all about the will of the people, but in our chart is part of a Grand Square showing how that will is being pulled every which way depending upon the latest horrific newscast (Moon in her natural home Cancer at the Eighth House). It is a lot of emotional turmoil, as everything is coming up for re-appraisal (Saturn (Tradition), Ceres (Hearth) and Vesta (Religion) in the First House of the Country as a whole).
On the personal front, there could be some fallout as people take a hard look at where they financially stand (Moon square Mercury square Ceres) or wonder what their responsibilities are and whether they can measure up. Thankfully Venus and Mars is in the Ninth, and the cooler weather in the Northern part of the country will bring some extra snuggling. As for Columbus? Baby it’s cold outside.