June 10, 2003
Karl Rove Feedback
Starcats isn't for the faint hearted!
[Starcats' original Karl Rove Article below. Also see Starcats' Blog: In Defense of Mundane Astrology]
I read your Karl Rove report and think it's very sharp; the Saturn connections you point out between Rove's chart and the charts of Bush and the US are scary and your mode of explaining them is clear, intense, and might serve to wake up those astrologers and others who don't realize what the next 2 1/2 years of Saturn in Cancer will likely mean for our Nation.
I had no idea he (Rove) was behind the smear-whispers campaign against former Governor Richards..."lesbians taking over Texas"...just about did me in! I might add that GW Bush is publicly rumored to have a male lover himself. But the way you put it, the "closeted Victorian" style of repressed homosexuality seems more likely.
Most astrologers comment that Uranus is often involved in homosexuality -especially if it makes 'hard' or 'stressful' aspects to other planets...particularly Venus and Mars the traditional sexual dyad in astrology. Rove's Venus is separating from an opposition to his Uranus by 6 degrees, and applying to a waxing square with Neptune by 6 degrees as well. Venus stressfully related to both Uranus and Neptune certainly should cause one to pause and consider how clear or forthright he is when explaing his Venus Value System!
His Mars function -the man's 'manly prowess', and ruler of his Aries Ascendant is itself in Aquarius the very sign ruled by Uranus. This makes Uranus assume great importance in his life since it disposes of the Ruler of his Ascendant. Saturn, we see, is applying to a waxing square relationship to his Uranus function by 5 degrees indicating the likelihood that he MASKS (via Saturn in Libra) his unusual/eccentric Uranus Feelings (stemming from Uranus in Cancer) with the Mask of Libran Social Form. Tendency to be "politically correct" in appearance while having personally 'odd' or Uranian feeling needs. This dovetails with your assessment of "closeted" Victorian repression of homosexual feeling needs. The Rebel (Uranus) and the Conservative (Saturn) are in mutually challenging relationship within his psyche for sure.
But the thing that overwhelms me when viewing his chart is the 10th House Retrograde Mercury in Capricorn dancing in opposition to his Cancer Moon while both square his Neptune in Libra!!! The usual see-saw, tug-of-war "thinking" that goes on between his conscious, rational brain (Mercury) and his instinctive, animal brain (Moon) is exacerbated and confused by Neptune's position off to the side and involved in squares to both of them.
Wow! Here is a potential Machiavelli in SPADES!!!
I mean, pragmatic and political use (Mercury in Capricorn) of his own innate confusion (Mercury square Neptune) causing him to say or do whatever is politically expedient. Very likely to be a chronic liar, the sort who doesn't even know when he's lying because one word/thought/idea is just as good as any other while he see-saws back and forth from Mercury to Moon with glamorous, veiling, Neptune wrapping all his thought and speech in a cloaking device just like those Klingon ships from StarTrek!!!
Add to all this, the fact that his Chiron (Wounded-Healer) function is not only in the 9th House of Morals, Ethics, Courts but that it's in the very sign of all such things, Saggittarius, and is SQUARING both his Lunar Nodes (Pisces-Virgo) INTERCEPTED in the 6th and 12th Houses ...and you see a Soul who incarnated in this life with a CRITICAL need to overcome paranoia, fear, and distrust by developing a moral-ethical code free from EQUIVOCATION!
This man's personal, astrological profile certainly suits the Bush Administration; never have we seen such large-scale dissemination of fear and paranoia in this Nation's history! Nor such confused and devious "communicators". Actually, objectively, they've all repeatedly and very publicly been caught telling overt LIES to the Nation and the World! Bravo, for your work! The repressed homoerotic element within our Nation's Government, the Christian Right-Wing homophobia is totally off-the-scale and when men hide behind this kind of thing it easily leads to exaggeration of the kind of lying that feeds FASCISM...think of J. Edgar Hoover and the double-standards of hidden homosexuality in Hitler's Reich. Of course, paranoid and sneaky guys who are married and have children mask their homoerotic feelings or their practicing (but publicly hidden) homosexual activities behind the facade of "manly" warriorhood and hide behind "Skull & Bones" Secrecy and high-brow Elitism! (You common folk could never understand our unique ways!)
American men are notorious to European men as acting INSECURE about their sexuality, which certainly fits the fact that the birth chart for the US shows Mars (Warrior-Macho-Masculine) in stressfull SQUARE to Neptune (Relax, let down your barriers!) Homoeroticism is fundamental to Warriors and their mutual bonding as we saw historically in Sparta where the whole thing was quite out in the open, publicly accepted, and even praised. American men are generally fearful and distrusting of their same-sex-feelings: Mars square Neptune!
Keep up your great work, you fabulous Freedom Fighter!
Donald Francis, Starpath Visions [link corrected 6/11/03]
June 9, 2003
Planting Weapons of Mass Destruction, Karl Rove, And "Sympathy for the Devil" Buzzflash
"So you just got to figure that any day now, Karl Rove is going to roll out some grand distraction. As BuzzFlash has predicted many a time, the Bush Cartel will plant WMD's in Iraq if they can be assured that they will get away with it. So that's the first thing to watch out for. ..."
Karl Rove's ambitious (December 25, 1950; Denver, CO; time unknown) has been responsible for getting Bush elected as the Texas Governor and the President of the United States. His in Cancer makes him totally receptive to Bush's Cancer Sun. He once said that George W. Bush "was the kind of candidate and officeholder that political hacks like me wait a lifetime to be associated with."
Rove's Mars is placed in the teamwork sign of, and happens to be placed exactly on Bush's Descendant. This shared astrological point makes him Bush's ideal promoter, but is now under duress from transiting Neptune. His Machiavellian plots have been widely reported, and fit his several Capricorn planets, including the political strategy. ..." Wolfstar's Newscope
Ambitious and authoritarian Rove is a conservative reformer and iconoclast with Sun opposite Uranus in T-square to "master of the universe" Saturn.
Sun square Saturn shows the high possibility of estrangement in his relationship with his father; hypersensitivity to real or imagined slights; and a tendency towards being a loner. In "Bush's Brain" (see link to Amazon.com below), Rove demonstrates a devotion to George Bush that borders on a victorian style closeted homosexual brand of hero worship.
I feel perfectly justified stating the foregoing in relation to Rove. After all, one of his chief political strategies is the famous "whisper campaign." So turn-about is fair play. And I'm not the first to come up with this idea. Knowing how homophobic the right wing tends to be, I must confess to a rather perverse enjoyment of casting Rove's Sun square Saturn in this light. As you will note further on in today's Newsmakers, Rove's chart is inextricably bound up with Bush's and the USA's. There is some substance to the claim.
When Rove worked to elect Bush govenor of Texas, he organized an extensive telephone rumor mill to spread unfounded gossip about then Gov. Ann Richards. The slurs alleged were that a majority of Gov. Richards' female appointees were "lesbians who wanted to take over the state of Texas." This, naturally, terrified the dueling banjo and trailer trash types in the Lonestar State, hence, discrediting Ann Richards and setting the stage for a George W. Bush roll-back of social progress Gov. Richards had spent her political career developing.
The destructive rumor campaign is a Karl Rove signature ploy. It was the brain-child of Machiavellian GOP campaigner Lee Atwater (now deceased), a drunkard and madman who trained Rove in Nazi-esque brownshirt election tactics. Machiavelli is often mentioned in the same sentence as the name Karl Rove for this reason: "The Prince" is his favorite book. Rove himself states that he rereads it at least once every year.
With Sun square Saturn, Rove reveals a grave insecurity and thin-skinned knee jerk reactions when it comes to the fact that he did not graduate from college. In "Bush's Brain," there are several references throughout which call attention to Rove's deep-seated sense of inferority in regards to his lack of an ivy-league pedigree, something he often overcompensates for by declaring war on his neighbors for such infractions as leaves from a leaf blower accidently winding up on his front lawn. In fact, he and a neighbor nearly came to blows over where property lines ended. Rove ripped out flowers his neighbor had planted!
Rove is Bush's gray eminence, the shadow Bush can't shake. Because Rove's Moon is tightly knit with Bush's Sun and Saturn, the USA's Sun and Saturn Square, and the USA's Mercury and Pluto, we have an enmeshment, or forging of bonds (Saturn) that are long in duration and highly difficult to sever. When Saturn is involved, one or both people carry each other's shadow characteristics and share a common "karma," or double payback loop where one's fate is continuously linked to the other's.
Bush has often chastized Rove for overstepping bounds. Since Rove's dream was the be the power behind the scenes in the White House (he stated this dream in his early adolescence) the most perfect match for this shy, retiring, yet overly ambitious and nonprincipled man could be no other than an equally nonprincipled man, George W. Bush.
The proximity of the Moon to Bush's wide Sun-Saturn conjunction in 12th house is the theme song: "Me and my shadow,"
Rove has low fire in his chart. Only Chiron associated with spoilage, wounds, damage and life's unfairness sits in mutable Sagittarius, the sign associated with politics, law, religion, higher education and expansion of the spirit.
Rove's Neptune in Libra in square to Venus and Mercury shows a strong penchant towards spin and deception. Neptune in Libra for Rove's is the blindness of "the ends justify the means." Rove "believes" (Neptune) that his exalted Saturn-in-Libra connection annoints him as arbiter of universal Justice, and Justice is one-world remade through the reforms (Uranus square Saturn opposite Sun) he envisions through his universalist Neptune.
Saturn in Cancer
September 19, 2003, Saturn 12-13 Cancer, conjunct Bush's Sun, USA's Sun and square to USA Saturn. It will have crossed over Rove's natal Uranus at 5 Cancer, in conjunction with the USA's Venus-Jupiter conjunction, crushing any further hope of boosting the economy and remaining unkind to Rove-Bush vis a vis public popularity. If Rove was born around midnight on December 25th, his natal Moon would be at 12 Cancer, thus, by this September, his Moon becomes "depressed" under Saturn's crushing weight. Since Bush and Rove are karmically tied via Saturn, Sun and Moon, this may begin to spell the end of Karl Rove's luck.
If Rove was born as late as 11:59 pm December 25th, then his natal Moon is at 24 Cancer, which is clearly in conjunction with Bush's natal Saturn, conjunct USA Mercury and in opposition to USA Pluto. T-Saturn will hit the aforementioned points starting September 7, 2004, and last through Election 2004, amidst Bush's second Saturn Return. Because an encounter with Saturn to critical points such as one's Sun, Moon, or at the juncture of a Saturn Return means reaping the harvest, we can expect that even if Bush were elected in 2004 (he wasn't elected in 2000, according to my understanding of the issue), the Saturn-Bush-Rove connection spells a dark, gloomy outcome for all the hype, lies and Machiavellian manipulations.
Weapons of Mass Distraction
This summer's soap operas: Martha Stewart. Scott Peterson. Hillary Clinton but only briefly for the New York State Senator and wife of former President Bill Clinton. Anything. annnyyyyttthhhiiing to distract American's from the most egregious story of at least a generation: George Bush (Karl Rove), Tony Blair and Colin Powell's cynical and diabolical manipulation of the American people for mid-term election votes by parading the need to invade Iraq.
Iraq was also a tip of the hat to the Pentagon Neocons such as Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz who have been trying to sell a second Iraq war wholesale to the U.S. government. Now that the Bush administration has control over all three branches of government, there are no longer any checks and balances upon the most fanatic holding public office. It's Jesus meets Mohammed with an "assist" from Ariel Sharon and Yahweh. Not to forget that, as Wolfowitz says, Iraq is "swimming in a sea of oil."
What troubles me is Bush's August 2003 retreat to the Crawford Ranch. What happens to the American people (who don't seem to give a fig) after one of Bush's "vacations" is so disturbing and so diastrous that I am cringing at the thought of what he and Rove might cook up for September 2003.
Since rumor has it that Chief Justice Rehnquist might retire from the U.S. Supreme Court, the bait and switch planning behind the scenes towards securing the highest court in the land as a right wing conservative bastion alongside additional conservative federal court judgeships has me contemplating throwing myself on the mercy of Vicente Fox in hopes of political asylum and better job prospects in fucking Mexico. Hordes of us may have to crash the borders in hopes of economic relief, because it is growing clearer by the day that the upper 1% of the American population and the U.S. military is now in possession of the nation's wealth. The rest of us are forced to pay for this horrifying redistribution/social welfare to the rich via our income taxes and grave reductions in our medical, pension, and social security options.
What does this have to do with Karl Rove? The closer transiting Saturn comes to his Moon, Bush's Sun, the USA's blah, blah, blah, the more dry, brittle, cold, cheap, thin-skinned, and emotionally childish both Rove and Bush and the administration will become.
Saturn and Moon are about structuring reactions; emotional content; emotional empathy. Saturn and Sun-Moon is about emotional maturity. The fact is, neither Bush nor Rove are emotionally mature and their conduct so often proves it. This is not to say that millions of Americans can't be described as emotionally immature in some manner or other. But the unwashed masses aren't in high governmental office where cooler, more objective and rational appraisals of what will benefit the commonweal are expected. And since the Republican Party's Sun is at 14 Cancer (!!!), (and squares the USA's Saturn!!!) and will shortly receive the conjunction from T-Saturn, I expect an escalation in whining, pissing and moaning out of conservatives.
Rove's progressed Venus at 19 Pisces is conjunct his progressed North Node and Progressed Mars. The aforementioned makes a double quincunx to Rove's natal and progressed Neptune and Pluto. This configuration is known as a YOD, or finger of God or finger of Fate which flows out Venus, North Node and Mars. This squares Bush's Inauguration Moon at 19 Sagittarius. Rove's progressed Jupiter at 14 Pisces squares Bush's Inauguration Pluto. The Universalist Piscean themes for Rove, or his utopia, is a right wing world attached to a savage Plutonic manipulation and management of images not unlike Leni Reifenstahl's "Triump of the Will," the famous Nazi Germany propaganda film. (See 14 Characteristics of Fascism in footnotes below).
The Universalist and utopian themes are under dynamic pressure for expression, management and control where the press is concerned through Rove's progressed Gemini (the sign of Media) Moon. Whereas we don't know what degree his progressed Moon is currently transiting, we do know that it has an easy trine-to-the-lie Neptune in his natal Chart; is square to the Pisces progressed planets/nodes set up, which, at some point along the way, connects his popularity contest (polls and polling) progressed Moon to the YOD or finger of God double quincunx. It also opposes his natal Chiron of wounds (and Bush Inauguration Chiron is 24 Sagittarius, signaling Rove's Chiron Return at age 50) and was linked up to the three Saturn-Pluto oppositions connected to September 11th, the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq.
Rove's progressed Sun is 26 Aquarius, conjunct the USA's Moon and its progressed Sun. Uranus will retrograde back to 28 Aquarius and will make one more connecting point to a core position in the USA's chart -- the people (Moon) and the Press (3rd house issue). Since Uranus is the most important of the planets in mundane astrology signaling reform (whether we like who or what the reform is all about) and iconoclasm, we might want to go back to 2002 and have a look at the issues left undone in lieu of an invasion of Iraq.
Uranus' last bite at the USA's Moon (the people) could well signal (along with Rehnquist's retirement from the Supreme Court and appointment of another right wing justice) the death nell for the last 30 to 40 years of progressive in-roads into racial and sex equality; a reversion back to 19th century draconic governance of the workplace thus a loss of rights for workers nationwide; a loss of medicare rights; a further drain on social security and unwanted privitization; unforeseen cataclysmic changes in airlines and transportation security issues; a railroading of Michael Powell's FCC rulings allowing Rupert Murdock to own every media outlet and turn it into Fox News; another shake-up in the Democratic Party, as Uranus at 28 Aquarius squares the Democratic Party Mercury on Caput Algol (who gets axed out of 2004's race? -- Probably Lieberman. His Uranus is 26 Taurus).
Along with death to the environment, an issue that Ann Coulter calls a "Druid religion" (frankly, I'm up for that. Meet me at Stonehenge. I'd love it), Saturn and Uranus in 2003 don't make Bush nor Rove any kinder, gentler, and certainly no more honest. As the U.S. media continues to dance around the most egregious of High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Bush's lies in connection to Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, faithful Starcats readers call their own sanity into question.
You really do see what you see. You really do know what you know.
14 Characteristics of Fascism:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make
constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs and other
paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing
and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies
and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that
human rights can be ignored in certain cases of "need." The people tend to
look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions,
assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people
are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a
perceived common threat foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities;
liberals; communists; socialists; terrorists; etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic
problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of funding, and
the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are
5. Rampant Sexism - The government of fascist nations tend to be almost
exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles
are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and
anti-gay legislation and policy.
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes the media are directly controlled by
the government, but in other cases, the media are indirectly controlled by
government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives.
Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool
by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments is fascist nations
tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate
public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from
government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are
diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy
of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into
power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship with
the power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is
the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either
eliminated, or they are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to
promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It
is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even
arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked and governments
often refuse to fund the arts.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police
are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often
willing to overlook police abuses, and even forego civil liberties int he
name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually
unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are
governed by groups of friends and associated who appoint each other to
government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect
their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes
for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even
outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a
complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns
against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation
to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation
of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to
manipulate or control elections.
[from the June 2003 issue of Der Arbeter Briv, the newsletter from the Los
Angeles Chapter of the Workman's Circle.]
Fascism, Anyone? - 14 Characteristics of Fascism by Lawrence Britt, from Secular Humanism, Spring 2003 (Submitted by Marsha Epstein)
Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini
(Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and Pinochet (Chile). He found
the regimes all had 14 things in common, and he calls these the identifying
characteristics of fascism.
Bill Moyers on Karl Rove
"This is what's hard to believe - hardly a century had passed since 1776 before the still-young revolution was being strangled in the hard grip of a merciless ruling class. The large corporations that were called into being by modern industrialism after 1865 - the end of the Civil War - had combined into trusts capable of making minions of both politics and government. What Henry George called "an immense wedge" was being forced through American society by "the maldistribution of wealth, status, and opportunity."
"We should pause here to consider that this is Karl Rove's cherished period of American history; it was, as I read him, the seminal influence on the man who is said to be George W.'s brain. From his own public comments and my reading of the record, it is apparent that Karl Rove has modeled the Bush presidency on that of William McKinley, who was in the White House from 1897 to 1901, and modeled himself on Mark Hanna, the man who virtually manufactured McKinley. Hanna had one consummate passion - to serve corporate and imperial power. It was said that he believed "without compunction, that the state of Ohio existed for property. It had no other function...Great wealth was to be gained through monopoly, through using the State for private ends; it was axiomatic therefore that businessmen should run the government and run it for personal profit."
"Mark Hanna - Karl Rove's hero - made William McKinley governor of Ohio by shaking down the corporate interests of the day. Fortunately, McKinley had the invaluable gift of emitting sonorous platitudes as though they were recently discovered truth. Behind his benign gaze the wily intrigues of Mark Hanna saw to it that first Ohio and then Washington were "ruled by business...by bankers, railroads and public utility corporations." Any who opposed the oligarchy were smeared as disturbers of the peace, socialists, anarchists, "or worse." Back then they didn't bother with hollow euphemisms like "compassionate conservatism" to disguise the raw reactionary politics that produced government "of, by, and for" the ruling corporate class. They just saw the loot and went for it."
"The historian Clinton Rossiter describes this as the period of "the great train robbery of American intellectual history." Conservatives - or better, pro-corporate apologists - hijacked the vocabulary of Jeffersonian liberalism and turned words like "progress", "opportunity", and "individualism" into tools for making the plunder of America sound like divine right. Charles Darwin's theory of evolution was hijacked, too, so that conservative politicians, judges, and publicists promoted, as if it were, the natural order of things, the notion that progress resulted from the elimination of the weak and the "survival of the fittest."
"This "degenerate and unlovely age," as one historian calls it, exists in the mind of Karl Rove - the reputed brain of George W. Bush - as the seminal age of inspiration for the politics and governance of America today. "
This is Your Story - The Progressive Story of America. Pass It On. By Bill Moyers
Text of speech to the Take Back America conference sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future, June 4, 2003, Washington, DC
Get the inside Skinny on Rove:
How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential"
Biography of Karl Rove
The Associated Press
NAME -- Karl Rove.
AGE-BIRTH DATE -- 50. Born Dec. 25, 1950.
EDUCATION -- Rove attended the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University. He has taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in the Journalism Department at the University of Texas at Austin
EXPERIENCE -- Rove previously served as chief strategist for President-elect Bush's presidential campaign. Prior to his work with the campaign, he was president of Karl Rove Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for candidates, nonpartisan causes and nonprofit groups, 1981-1999; deputy chief of staff to Gov. William Clements, 1981; executive director of the Fund for Limited Government, 1977-78; special assistant to Republican National Committee Chairman George H.W. Bush, 1973-74.
FAMILY -- Wife, Darby, one son.
QUOTE -- George W. Bush "was the kind of candidate and officeholder political hacks like me wait a lifetime to be associated with."