Saturday Extra: The Cardinal T-Square and Immigration Law

Riot police at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. Photo by Ross D. Franklin for The Associated Press.

Arizona’s new illegal-immigration law and the protests it unleashed stand out as an early indicator of how events will unfold during the cardinal T-square of 2010 and 2011.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law on April 23, just as Saturn and Uranus were approaching exact opposition in Virgo and Pisces, the fourth contact since November 2008. It is scheduled to go into effect in late July or early August, right around the fifth and last opposition of Saturn and Uranus on July 26.

By that time, both planets will be in early cardinal signs, in a tight square with Pluto. We can expect more protests, possibly more violent, and the federal government likely will intervene as well.

Of course, Mercury also was retrograde at the signing, and that makes it more likely that there will be changes, if the law isn’t repealed altogether. But even if it is, powerful forces have been set in motion that will continue to play out until 2012 and beyond.

The new law makes it a punishable crime to be in the United States illegally and gives police in Arizona the power to stop and question people they suspect of being illegal immigrants. The backlash was swift and severe. According to news reports, protestors stormed the state capitol and drew comparisons with Nazi Germany.

Gov. Brewer, a Republican in a historically conservative state, said the law was needed because the federal government wasn’t doing enough to fight illegal immigration and lawlessness along the border with Mexico. Other states are considering similar measures.

The Obama administration reportedly is considering a legal challenge. Many civil rights groups also are threatening to sue, saying that the law will lead to racial profiling and harassment of Hispanics and anyone who looks like one. From there, it’s only one step to legal authority to stop anyone, for any reason or no reason at all. If it seems like we’re on a slippery slope toward a police state (many people argue that we’re already there), it’s not just paranoia.

Once Saturn and Uranus move into action-oriented cardinal signs this summer and form a close square with Pluto, the playing field will expand. It’s likely that the federal government will intervene at that time. In a T-square, the planet at the apex takes the “heat.” Pluto will be squared not just by Saturn and Uranus, but simultaneously by Jupiter, Mars, and Venus. Immigration and legal issues fall under the provenance of Jupiter, which was approaching conjunction with Uranus when the law was signed.

But what does Pluto in Capricorn represent? The “conventional” interpretation is that it’s about Big Government and Big Business. If so, the situation in Arizona — as well as other protests breaking out around the world — may be an early test of this power.

That said, we must take care in connecting the various astrological players in this unfolding celestial drama to earthly counterparts. For example, it’s tempting to assign Uranus to the Democrats and Saturn to the Republicans, but that would be an error in our thinking. The planets in signs represent forces of nature, which express themselves through humans and through the Earth herself.

Here’s something else to think about: As long as Pluto is checked by Saturn in Libra and Uranus in Aries, we may be under surveillance but not under totalitarian control. That could well change in 2012, when Saturn enters Scorpio and begins to “cooperate” with Pluto, through both a friendly sextile and mutual reception.

At that point, the people may be on their own to battle the combined forces of business and government, and our definitions of “conservative” and “liberal” may become totally meaningless.

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

1 thought on “Saturday Extra: The Cardinal T-Square and Immigration Law

  1. Rossa

    This is a BIG issue in the UK since a freedom of information request uncovered that the current Labour (Democrat) govt decided on a deliberate policy of unfettered immigration legal or otherwise into the UK. It is also one of the “elephants” in the room as none of the 3 parties in our election this coming Thursday 6 May will talk about the subject openly. Anyone questioning the policy is labelled a bigot and racist to close down any debate.

    The documents that were uncovered clearly showed that the Labour Govt thought that bringing in loads of cheap labour would mean the corporations/big business would support them (which succeeded until recently) and as the immigrants are more likely to vote for a left wing party it would help shore up their voting base which has collapsed over the last 20-30 years.

    As part of the EU the UK is subject to an open borders policy that allows other EU citizens the right to come and live and work here. However they account for only 20-25% of immigrants over the last 10 years. Once they have been here a year they are entitled to all benefits that a UK born citizen gets including free healthcare, housing and welfare benefits if they lose their job. They can also claim child benefits for children living in their own home country rather than here. So a lot of taxpayers money is spent on families living elsewhere in the EU. This is because our welfare payments are considerably higher than in the eastern european countries where most EU migrants come from.

    Healthcare is another big issue with immigrants allowed to bring family members into the UK for treatment. We now have a booming health tourism industry with people flying in for free treatment often on a visitors visa and then flying home again when they are better or between treatments. Needless to say this is seen as very unfair when these people have made no contribution to the cost and particularly for things like organ transplants which are scarce anyway but are being given to foreign nationals over UK people.

    Of the 2 million jobs created over the last 10 years 80% have gone to foreign workers which has created a huge increase in unemployment in the UK and needless to say massive resentment in the British workforce. Not helped by employers deliberately employing foreign workers as they are cheaper and less likely to join a union or expect the same level of benefits such as a pension etc.

    The main areas that have seen the largest influx of workers are in the traditional white working class neighbourhoods. And tensions are very high particularly when the incomers get housing and benefits often denied to local people. Housing is a very sore point as govt policy is to give priority to larger families with more children which most immigrants have compared to a UK born family. With social housing number reducing and immigrants increasing there is far more demand than supply.

    Even expatriates of British origin are finding that they can’t get priority over immigrants from other countries even if they have paid UK taxes or are in receipt of a UK pension or other UK income.

    So tensions are on the rise and with no politician seeming to be able to stem the tide and reports of more border officials losing their jobs it seems our “leaders” have given up on the issue which they may regret if this boils over into riots again.

    And we now have an increasing number of armed police on our streets which means “they” are expecting trouble.


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