Italy: Waking Up With A Hangover
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Pluto squares Italy’s Neptune.
Some Italians will tell you that their country has essentially been run by a bunch of criminals since World War 2. Some astrologers might agree with that assessment.
The Italian natal chart shows the country’s charm (Libra rising, Gemini sun). Its passion (Moon in Scorpio) and its artistic genius (Jupiter and Neptune in Libra). This is a nation that produces beauty (Saturn-Venus). Textiles, fashion, shoes, ceramics, furniture – you name it, Italian design is still the best.
But it’s also a place where ideas about beauty and good manners are rigidly enforced (also Saturn-Venus in Cancer, which is a conservative sign). Try walking down the street in Milan in anything other than this year’s fashion appropriately adapted for your age and figure. The Italian concept of “bella figura” (good form) is a social straightjacket. This has its ups: no public drunkeness – and downs: oppressive conformity.
What’s interesting is that eccentric, wild, dynamic, delightful Sun-Uranus conjunction in Gemini. That’s where the endless inventiveness of Italy comes from. And also explains (somewhat) her love affair with the clownish Berlusconi.
The tension between the desire to break free and the rigid rules of decorum in Italy is extreme. Cancer, where Saturn and Venus are, follows Gemini, where Sun-Uranus dance. Signs that follow each other, contradict each other. So Cancer naturally rejects the frivolity, hilarity, anarchism of Gemini anyway. And with combination of planets the contrast is powerful.
Where is the tension defused? In art, cinema, literature, works of the imagination – the 12th house.
But with so much energy going into bella figura, who is actually running the place? The Midheaven (leaders) is closest to Saturn, the planet of rules and duty, but it is in fact moving away from Saturn and towards Pluto, the planet of criminality and subterfuge. Pluto is the lord of the underworld, quite literally.
What’s more that Pluto squares and rules the Scorpio Moon in the first house. The Moon is the people. Scorpio is again associated with the underworld, secrets, corruption.
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“Better to destroy than create something meaningless.”
Everyone in Italy is forced into illegality. Famously, the grey economy is bigger than the real one because no one pays taxes. This is a systemic failure. You’re a mug to pay taxes if no one else does. And you’re a mug to pay taxes if you believe the money goes into the hands of a bunch of thieves. This makes it very hard to reform (which Italian law-makers keep on trying to do) without a revolution. You need to tear the whole thing down and start again, including everyone in the process.
Everything is above the horizon in the Italian chart – except the Moon. Everything is perfectly obvious, in other words, only the people themselves turn a blind eye, perhaps because it is too ugly.
But what of the transits?
Italy in crisis as cabinet resigns
The Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet have resigned following a scandal over membership of a Masonic lodge.
It follows a police raid on the Arezzo home of financier Lucio Gelli in March that uncovered a list of hundreds of members of the P2 (Propaganda Two) Masonic lodge.”
Pluto is going through the third house in Italy’s chart: unpleasant truths are going to be exposed. The shite is coming to the surface and every time it seems like it’s been flushed away, it’ll just come right back up.
“…Berlusconi, as prime minister, controls the three public television networks and, as the force behind the $8.6 billion conglomerate Fininvest, owns the three largest of the country’s four private networks, the largest publishing house, and around 40 magazines—not to mention dozens of other companies ranging from advertising to bookstores, to interactive media, to the soccer team A.C. Milan. He also owns film and TV production and distribution companies, insurance companies and mutual funds, banks, radio stations, and his own corporate university. Imagine a President Donald Trump with the media holdings of Rupert Murdoch…”
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It’s about due for a bit of a Plutonian clear out then.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens around 2018 when Pluto opposes Italy’s natal Venus and Saturn – that may prove to be the year of total transformation. I wonder if some Italy’s women might finally decide they’ve had enough of the men who run the country.