December 11, 20114 Comments

“Astrology for the Astrologically Challenged” by Deborah Smith Parker
In spite of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s steady decline in the polls, the increase in political action to remove him from office, and his getting “pantsed” by Pluto in early 2011 revealing his true agenda, I cannot yet put a solid slam dunk in the win column for the drive to recall him.

The reason? Neptune. Neptune’s clouds and mists provided the cover that enabled him to outsmart everyone, making key moves while he obscured his true intentions. Here’s how that went down and the astrological markers.

But first a brief definition of Neptune, a difficult task since defining Neptune is a lot like trying to catch fog with a butterfly net. Neptune rules vision, inspiration, illumination and healing. Unfortunately it also rules delusion, illusion, deceit and poison.

All shimmer enticingly behind Neptune’s misty veils. How can we see clearly to tell which it is? Will close examination reveal building plans that will produce a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece or an M.C. Escher optical illusion?

Well, that’s the trick. Close examination and proper discernment are not at all Neptunian concepts. Unfortunately with Neptune it’s easy to get seduced, fooled. Neptune’s lessons are learned through experience—painful experience until the person can process Neptune’s influence (if we ever can really do that) through tested filtering systems, and not just jump off the cliff with it.

For most of us our first lessons with Neptune are learned in our falls from the cliff. Here are a few astrological sign posts for Walker’s leap:

• Neptune was the most prominent planet in his chart during all of 2009, the year he mapped out both his campaigns for governor and for rapid ascension as a golden boy in the national GOP. At this time transiting Neptune in Aquarius (ideology-future) squared (conflicts to be resolved) his natal Neptune, bringing a challenge as to how he will express his ideology—high intentions or artful spinning?
• His natal Neptune in Scorpio along with three other planets in that sign intensified his need to operate in veiled secrecy, intensified by the Neptune aspect.
• At the same time Neptune sextiled (aspect of opportunity) his natal Pluto (power) giving him an opening to make his move for power. No doubt he felt a high calling—often painfully inflated when occurring under Neptune aspects—which was what I think led to an overwhelming urge, like Icarus, to fly too close to the Sun on wings that could not support such flight: Specifically, as Wisconsin voters soon discovered, he chose to deceive the public. In a state known for its strong support of unions, its top notch public education system, and public services, he never campaigned on the union busting services cutting legislative platform he lead out with as soon as he was elected.
• However, his Neptune Pluto aspects alone weren’t sufficient to mount such a power grab. Already present was his intense ambition indicated by his Saturn/Mars placements when transiting Pluto unmasked in late January early February when the covers were ripped off his union busting public services cutting policies through the legislative process. Remember that Pluto reveals to the masses what the masses need to know about how power is or is not working in their interests.
• Also at that time the Neptune trickery he used on the public was used on him when his faux Koch brother conversation was made public, generating both local and national outrage against him as well as causing him deep humiliation.

OK, so it looks as if Scott Walker has been pretty much unmasked? So why don’t I still think his recall is a given?

• Because he moved so quickly and skillfully before being fully unmasked that he was able to get into law the bulk of his legislative agenda attacking union and public servants.
• Because earlier in the year he was able to pass a new voter ID bill which will potentially prevent a significant percentage of voters from voting—voters who by political leanings would vote for the recall and against him.
• During the likely time of the recall campaign and election, projected for March or April of 2012, transiting Neptune will be opposing his Jupiter. This means whoever can project the best illusion to the public that the public will buy will probably win:

We’re all susceptible to Neptune’s illusions. How we handle Neptune’s influence in our lives is a test of character. How do we respond when confronted with the consequences of our actions? Typical of what we hear from people of good character who have just awakened from a Neptune dream to find it was a nightmare: “What was I thinking?” “Why didn’t I see what would happen?” “How could I have been so deluded, so misguided?”

We haven’t heard that kind of rhetoric from Scott Walker yet, but Pluto won’t be finished with him until October of 2012. In the meantime it will be the Wisconsin voters who will weigh in on that score in the next few months.

  (Deborah Smith Parker is the author of “Humanus Astrologicus” available in soft cover on this site and now in ebook formats—for a ridiculously low price. To sign up to receive her blog or follow her on Twitter @astro_logicus and Facebook click to the right of this post.)

About author:

Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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  1. Alice says:

    This is so sad. Wisconsin has suffered enough already, and you are suggesting the suffering might well continue for another three years.

  2. Jill Estensen says:

    Great article Deborah! I am sending it to a client in Wisconsin, she’ll appreciate this information.

    Perhaps the strength of the people in Wisconsin will inspire them to deeper commitments and outweigh their so called suffering!

    • Thanks, Jill. Thankfully a reader contacted me last night to ask if I meant to say transiting Neptune was in Pisces in 2009 and I said NO! Mistake. I meant to say Aquarius which is now corrected in the on-line version but not any e-mail hard copy that went out. Sorry about that. Glad you’re sending it to Wisconsin people. Wisconsin is my home state and I am passionate on this issue–can’t you tell?

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