Friday, January 11, 2008
Will the Great Writer's Strike of 2007-8 End by Jan. 21st 2008?
After watching the Bill Maher Show sans his famous "New Rules" and seeing Bill (objective Aquarian 1-20-1956) and an emotional plea for writers to return to the show, I was moved to write this article. I had been wondering if the upcoming Jan. 21 structural transit - an easy but powerful Jupiter Trine to Saturn would bring an end to this strike? I also know that astrological interpretations/predictions are not wrapped up in some hip-cool script and in this article I don't pretend to examine all the elements that will be needed to resolve ferocious stalemate for the entertainment world. Golden Globes Cancelled - this is a crisis.
Even Bill's typically sardonic style mixed with a a sometimes unabashed almost electrical delieverydidn't obscure the powerful Saturnine air of tonight's show. Some crisp, edgy writing would have added even more to the normally zany Pisces moon. Maher's first of a new season show brought former Faux-Fox news anchor Tony Snow who is also a Cancer survivor, Retired White House Press Secretary and guest-host for The Rush Limbaugh Show to sedate even hushed liberal audience. So Tony Snow (June 1, 19550) kept talking about how the Surge is cutting down violence in Iraq and how happy Americans are... Snow whose Mercury-South Node was receiving a potent transit from Mars-Gemini Retrograde and has definitely drank the "Neo-con Kool Aid using a pugnacious Mars-Cancer tenacity... Maybe if Bill's writers had been there armed with John Stewart quips, he would have shut the freak up. Where are the writers now that Mercury is applying to an imaginative to say the least meeting with artistic and highly deceptive Neptune on Jan. 22, 2008?
Back to the Strike and how it began:
The statement or is it the press release tells the background behind this strike
which began slightly after Midnight Monday- 11-5-2007 after negotiations between the Writers Guild in their contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 — A strike by Hollywood writers began just after midnight Monday, as last-minute negotiations between screenwriters and producers to avert a walkout failed.
The last strikes were 30 years ago: A Saturn Period?
1988: Writers strike, five months.
1987: Directors strike, three hours and five minutes.
Demands included: increase in pay for movies and television shows released on DVD, and for a bigger share of the revenue from such work delivered over the Internet.
Where was Mercury when the strike began?
The planet most associated with the act of authoring, Mercury was @ 24 Libra a symbol of justice and righting wrongs with ruler Venus in Virgo near the Moon and closely SQ Pluto. A Venus-Pluto SQ speaks of an emotional crisis and obsession about financial security from one's artistic creativity, risk taking with Lord of Transformation still near the critical Galactic Center on cusp of the 5th house.
Getting ahead of ourselves on Jan. 21 when those two pillars of business Jupiter-Saturn are positively aligned: Venus is closely applying to a conjunction with obsessive Pluto. This fiery Sagittarian meeting is more about a recurring crisis meeting an emotional solution involving crisis. Yet we are seeing Venus translate the former SQ into a conjunction with Venus changing signs into Capricorn on Thursday Jan. 24th - a great opportunity to end this milieu of who is really valued in the Hollywood mega-empire and their power brokers.
DIGGING DEEPER WITH THE ASTEROID GODDESSES
Mars in Cancer Opposing Vesta - a trigger along with Pallas opp. Saturn
We always seem to hear the word "acrimonious" in relationship to the negotiations that broke down. The Merriam-Webster definition for acrimonious is "caustic, biting, or rancorous especially in feeling, language, or manner" This seems to fit one arm of the mutable cross with Mars-Cancer which represents the Writer's Guild placed in 11th house of associations, organizations, hopes and wishes (stationed and went retro on 11-15-07 on the US Sun @ 12 Cancer) opposing Vesta in rigid Capricorn dedicated to hard work. In the fifth house of creative expression, Vesta is dedicated to artistic form of writing in painstaking fashion even though it can lead to the bright lights. Here we have Mars in competitive fashion needing to align the energies of the authors, creators and ghostwriters. Focus and alignment of energies is the resolution to this part of the crisis.
Another arm with wide opposition from Saturn to Pallas - known to indicate a conflict between practical goals and artistic freedom. IN the 7th, Pallas signifies a strong ability to negotiate and provide mediation even in mystical Pisces. The remedy or resolution for this stressful transit is the structural foundation of Saturn. Saturn stationed retrograde on 12-19-07...
Ceres in fixed Taurus Rx on the MC closely opposing Juno-Scorpio on the IC Ceres in Taurus especially on the MC of career is about having some stability, nurturing and literal values-worth out of their profession. Ceres-Juno are about integrating nurturance with relationships and only thru new role models and supportive actions can this strike be resolved. With both Taurus and Scorpio involved this has been a long strike which can continue past the time that Mars moves direct on Jan. 30th.
My gut reaction is even though Mercury won't enter the first retrograde loop of 2008 till 1-28-08 @ 23 Aquarius opposing the Writer Strike Chart 11-5-07 could mean even more prolonged strike, if they don't take advantage of this window on 1-21-08!
The real wild card in this scenarios is transiting Pallas close to Uranus which could indicate even more erratic and revolutionary-rebellion or a possible social reform. My guess is here again the sudden event of ending the conflict may mean that the whole process is unresolved after initial agreements on jan. 21st break down again - I hope not!
(Of course I should add the the 11-5-07 chart had the wounded healer Chiron in the 6th putting the pain in the area of service, trade unions, working class being writers that earn less then 50K when they work. Son on Jan. 21 right before Pluto moves into Caporicorn, we see a surprising notably unexpected Stellium of Saturn-Uranian planets: Sun-Chiron-Vesta-Mercury-Neptune all in the sign of the Internet and the drive for freedom of all kinds.
Is this the weight that will bring a universal agreement not just the few isolated cases like the CBS News and Writers End Dispute After 2 Year on Jan. 10th. Yes even though t Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert along with Guild members Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien who will be supporting the WGA
No it appears that even with a great chance for an agreement to be reached with this trine that favors business moving forward, this srike is not reaching a conclusion none too soon. - You decide...
BiWheel Comparison of Ju-Sat. Trine to Strike Chart
Posted by Art Gianfermo at 10:02 PM