I was doing some research for my new book (non-astrology-related) and it took me in a round about way to the Wikipedia entry on Franklin D Roosevelt’s Inaugural Speech of 1933.*
On the day, Uranus in Aries was exactly square Pluto in Cancer at 21 degrees. Today, Uranus has returned to Aries and once again is in the midst of a series of game-changing squares with Pluto (now in Capricorn). The same astrological cycle is repeating itself.These astrological parallels between now and the 30’s (the Great Depression era) are also clearly reflected in the startling similarities between the state of the world as it was then and the world as it is now.
Here’s an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry quoting Roosevelt’s speech. Perhaps his sentiments need to be revived his modern day counterparts:Addressing himself to the causes of the economic crisis and its moral dimensions, Roosevelt placed blame squarely on the greed and shortsightedness of bankers and businessmen…
“...rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods have failed through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and have abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.
Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing.Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation asks for action, and action now.”
Roosevelt then turned, in the following excerpts, to the daunting issue of unemployment, which had reached a staggering 25 percent when he assumed office:
“...the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.
More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously.
There are many ways in which it can be helped, but it can never be helped merely by talking about it. We must act and act quickly.”Proof if ever we needed it the world turns in cycles and what goes around comes around.
Roosevelt's speech also coined the famous phrase, still so relevant today:“The only thing we have to fear is...fear itself.”
Perhaps we should all take a moment to ponder on what that means.
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For this year’s planetary retrogrades, see HERE~ Saturn in Scorpio turns retrograde on February 19th and Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces on February 24th.
*Date: 4 March 1933, Washington D.C. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_D._C.
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