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THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Posted on February 4th, 2019 by Don Cerow

  

In our last Moon Mail we suggested that the final week of January would be particularly potent for the US, celestially speaking. On January 23rd, transiting Pluto would inconjunct the US natal Mars. On January 28th, transiting Neptune would inconjunct the US natal Saturn, and on January 30th, transiting Saturn would square the US natal Saturn.

That’s the skinny. Here’s what some of it means.

First, the Pluto Mars inconjunct. This manifested itself principally as the government shutdown. The common man (and woman) had their resources compromised. 800,000 federal workers and an unknown number of additional support staff who live from paycheck to paycheck were hit with a devastating blow. This alignment will occur twice more, on August 5th, 2019 and on November 27th, 2019.

From the New York Times:

Friday January 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Trump agreed on Friday to reopen the federal government for three weeks while negotiations continued over how to secure the nation’s southwestern border, backing down after a monthlong standoff failed to force Democrats to give him billions of dollars for his long-promised wall.

The president’s concession paved the way for the House and the Senate to both pass a stopgap spending bill by voice vote. Mr. Trump signed it on Friday night, restoring normal operations at a series of federal agencies until Feb. 15 and opening the way to paying the 800,000 federal workers who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay for 35 days.

The plan includes none of the money for the wall that Mr. Trump had demanded and was essentially the same approach that he rejected at the end of December and that Democrats have advocated since, meaning he won nothing concrete during the impasse.

Mr. Trump presented the agreement with congressional leaders as a victory anyway, and indicated in a speech in the Rose Garden that his cease-fire may only be temporary: If Republicans and Democrats cannot reach agreement on wall money by the February deadline, he said that he was ready to renew the confrontation or declare a national emergency to bypass Congress altogether.

The progressed Venus will be squaring the US progressed Pluto on February 15. Things do not look good for a smooth transition at that time (he said diplomatically).

The second alignment, of Neptune inconjuncting Saturn, witnessed the government (Saturn) undermining and losing faith (Neptune) in itself. The Intel Chiefs were all hand picked by Trump, but he is not happy with what they had to say.

On North Korea and Iran, 
Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Trump

The New York Times
By David E. Sanger and Julian E. Barnes 
Jan. 29, 2019
Dan Coats, the national intelligence director, told lawmakers that the Islamic State would continue “to stoke violence” in Syria. He was backed up by the written review, which said there were thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria and a dozen Islamic State networks around the world.

Just last month, Mr. Trump said that “we have won against ISIS; we’ve beaten them, and we’ve beaten them badly” in announcing the of American troops from Syria. The starkest contradiction drawn by the intelligence chiefs was their assessment of North Korea.

Mr. Trump is expected to meet next month with Kim Jong-un the North Korean leader, in a second round of direct negotiations aimed at ridding Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons. After his last meeting, in Singapore, Mr. Trump tweeted that “there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”

Mr. Coats described his concerns in opposite terms.

He cited “some activity that is inconsistent with full denuclearization,” adding that most of what North Korea has dismantled is reversible. He said the North’s “leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival.”

Similarly, the threat review declared that “we currently assess North Korea will seek to retain its W.M.D. capability and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capability.”

WASHINGTON — A new American intelligence assessment of global threats has concluded that North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear stockpiles and that Iran is not, for now, taking steps necessary to make a bomb, directly contradicting the rationale of two of President Trump’s foreign policy initiatives.

Those conclusions are part of an annual “Worldwide Threat Assessment” released on Tuesday that also stressed the growing cyberthreat from Russia and China, which it said were now “more aligned than at any point since the mid-1950s.”

The 42-page threat report found that American trade policies and “unilateralism” — central themes of Mr. Trump’s “America First” approach — have strained traditional alliances and prompted foreign partners to seek new relationships.

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee linked to the release of the report, the nation’s intelligence chiefs tried to avoid directly questioning administration policies. Yet they detailed a different ranking of the threats facing the United States, starting with cyberattacks and moving on to the endurance of the Islamic State and the capabilities of both North Korea and Iran.

The final alignment, of Saturn squaring the US Saturn, represented a low ebb for the president and some bone-chilling cold.

Numbing cold hit parts of the United States as wildfires raged in Australia’s record-breaking heat.

As the WEB has been maintaining all along, these are simply a few of the ways in which the old way of doing things is giving way to a new vibration. Politically, economically, educationally, financially and spiritually the old ways are crumbling as we prepare for the new. What we are seeing here are simply a few of the details that are falling into place.

Honor the old ways and you will be disappointed.

Honor the new ways and watch your garden grow.

These were a few of the stories that were in the news as we took a look at the week in review.



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