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September 2, 20165 Comments

 by Deborah Smith Parker

This post gives the astrological explanation of why we no longer have “real” news! Updated from first published date of  7/1/2011.

Remember when there was actual news? Remember when those multitudes of independently owned and operated newspapers and TV stations reported stories supported by–you know, facts and evidence—and there were opinion pieces clearly stated as opinion, reported as editorials or commentaries which was the fair thing to do?  And do you also remember when these news venues committed significant resources to investigative reporting?

walter_cronkiteRemember when Walter Cronkite signed off with his signature, “And that’s the way it was.” Can we trust today that what is reported to us is the way a situation really was?

To recap from Part I [Click here]: Sagittarius and the zodiacal 9th house it represents rule our need to connect with higher consciousness, to search for expanded wisdom and meaning. That’s why this sign represents philosophy, education, religious thought, foreign countries, and writing and publishing–the backbone of mass communications. Sagittarius is on a quest, eager to share its bright dreams which are—key point here—free from the factual analysis demanded in the Virgo archetype.

Pluto is power, both for intent that is beneficent (good for the masses) and malicious (benefits only a few). From 1996 through October 2008, Pluto was in Sagittarius. Here’s what happened in the US.

Prior to that time government policy protected an independent media, but in 1996 policy changed due to skillful behind the scenes manipulation of power governing media and money. Media outlets could now be consolidated and—a big “and” here—could be owned by corporations. This is fascinating because Sagittarius rules the 9th house and the USA chart has Pluto in Capricorn in that house: corporate and political behind the scenes control. See the inherent conflict?

Like flood waters silently rising in the night we awoke to find submerged the independence of news. Furthermore, news is now subject to the filters of corporate agendas which have rarely and especially not now been supportive of what is actually good for the average citizen.

Also in 1996, faux news took center stage. Blogging continued to replace reporting. It started with Fox News broadcasting its bias on a large scale, then other cable and Internet outlets followed suit with their own biases and intolerance of others’ views. News reporting, with few exceptions, was no longer fair or balanced. Reporting was thickly cloaked in ideology, damning all who disagreed. Facts morphed into opinions and it became quite difficult to see what really was going on. Furthermore, the “straight” networks like the Big 3, now corporate owned, were limited in reporting news that put their owners in a bad light.

Polarization has not been so evident in this nation since the Civil War. What has resulted is a lack of common ground on which ideas and possibilities can truly be discussed and debated by different ideological groups. Never did this appear more evident than following the 2008 elections when Pluto left Sagittarius and entered Capricorn which unveiled corporate power plays and their failures for the average citizen, which put them center stage. What was produced with Pluto in Sagittarius was a patchwork of walled citadels of ideology, each trying to convince and convert with no means of exchanging ideas to move us forward.

Make no mistake.With Pluto it’s always about being or feeling in control no matter how it may be rationalized as something else. Under these circumstances the search for control is often sought in spiritual or political salve. The fact that it might not be a well thought out doctrine is secondary. That can come later but it isn’t the most immediate need or outcome. The fact that such doctrine is often manipulated to control for corporate interests rather than benefit to the average citizen is lost.

Like a pulpit pounding preacher, Pluto in this sign provides an environment in which ideology concretizes into rigid dogma and is promulgated as the overriding belief everyone has to subscribe to. Woe to the person who disagrees. And it isn’t just one group doing it. Everyone gets into the act firing salvos at one another from their camps.

Fairness and justice are put at great risk and often lost.

We will not be able to move together and forward until corporations are dethroned from their extraordinary power and influence over public dialogue. This will be one of the functions of Pluto in Capricorn. Stay tuned.

Deborah Smith Parker, astrologer and writer, is the author of “Humanus Astrologicus” and “The Horse that Haunts My Heart” available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. 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. Teri Rider says:

    Gosh I love this article! What great insight and thanks for shedding light on what is in front of our eyes daily with regards to the news media. You’re correct. A lot has changed. Sadly. Can’t wait to read about Pluto in Capricorn.

  2. Thanks, Deb!
    Brilliant article, and a pleasure to read it and think about how this has come to pass! One doesn’t really notice the changes as they are happening, but when we think back and compare now to decades past, the differences in news reporting (not to mention news reporters) are shocking. Thanks for making the process so clear.

  3. Jill Estensen says:

    Awesome article. I love how you synthesize the planetary cycles. You are amazing & so is the information you share!

  4. Nancy Maples says:

    Loved this, Deb. Such a timely reminder of what we see/hear as reporting today. Should make all of us take a step back before reacting to the “news”.

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