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The Quincuncial President (part ii)

The Madness of George W. Bush

{via American Samizdat}

At the root of Bush's pathology is a deep dissociation. Like the terrorists, he has split-off from his own darker half, projecting the shadow ‘out there,’ and then tries to destroy this dis-owned shadow. By projecting the shadow onto each other, Bush and the terrorists are each seeing their own shadow reflected in the other. They see each other as criminals, as the incarnation of evil. By projecting the shadow like this, they locate the evil ‘out there,’ which insures that they don't have to recognize the evil within themselves. It's interesting to note that the inner meaning of the word 'mirror' is ’shadow holder.’ Ironically, by fighting against their own shadow in this way, they become possessed by the very thing they are trying to destroy, thereby perpetuating a never-ending cycle of violence. To quote Jung, "The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided [not in touch with both the light AND dark parts of themselves] and does not become conscious of his inner opposite, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposing halves."

Jung simply refers to projecting the shadow as “the lie." It’s interesting to note that one of the inner meanings of the word Devil is ‘the liar.’ Projecting the shadow, to quote Jung, "deprives us of the capacity to deal with evil." Jung stresses the importance of consciously developing what he calls our "imagination for evil," which is to consciously recognize our potential for evil. This recognition means embracing and integrating our dark side into our wholeness, which is made up of both light and dark. If we have no imagination for evil, to quote Jung, "evil has us in its grip.......for only the fool can permanently disregard the conditions of his own nature. In fact, this negligence is the best means of making him an instrument of evil."

The Myth of the Last Day: C.G. Jung's Apocalyptic Visions

By the time World War I had broken out in earnest, in August of 1914, Jung was convinced that his own Apocalyptic visions coincided with the European collective nightmare that had become the First World War. Yet in 1913 and the first few months of 1914, it did not take any great prophet to predict the outbreak of hostility. Worse omens than Jung’s dreams were heralded in daily headlines. What is significant, however, is that Jung himself--who was to become the father of the concept that the unconscious mind contained universal archetypes common to all humanity--experienced archetypal Apocalyptic visions that resounded, he was convinced, with both cultural and historical significance. This suggested that civilizations, like individuals, must undergo psychic development if they were to progress and mature.

National Chart of the United States

In the horoscope of the United States, Pluto, as it moves through Sagittarius, is crossing the Ascendant of the chart, reflecting a profound transformation on many levels. This aspect has never occurred before in America's history, and therefore it is of the greatest importance. Most likely to be affected is the country's own image of itself, reflected not only in how America presents itself to other nations, but in the myths, dreams, ideals and social expectations which are expressed at home.

The independent, freedom-loving, expansive, truth-seeking qualities of Sagittarius are evident in the American myth, style, and self-image, and it is this particular image which is likely to be transformed over the time of the Millennium and afterward. There may be some loss of naivety, and some serious questioning of previously held moral and religious assumptions; but at the same time there is also likely to be an increased desire to understand human motivation, and a strong wish to eradicate all those negative internal influences which thwart human rights and dampen hope. This could mean an increase of religious intensity in some quarters. Religious, legal and moral issues are likely to be the source of many conflicts and many creative resolutions over this time.

 • {Astrology of America's Destiny see America at the Crossroads section}
 • {A Call to Transformation see NEPTUNE-PLUTO Septile section}

Some Notes on Alterity

How does the construction of Alterity relate to our theme of order and chaos? "Alterity" means "Otherness," from the German "alter", "other," not as a description of simple individual differences but as the systematized construction of classes of people ... Here are 6 points and a conclusion.

{1} Self-Other distinction primary tool to make order out of the chaos of our daily perceptions; {2} Alterity a tool for constructing classes, categories & sub-categories - constructing entire categories of individuals as other than people, other than human, it proposes that other than ourselves = less than ourselves; {3} Alterity is not prejudice or any ism, although it leads to them; Other => Project => Qualify => Prejudice; {4} Institutionalize Constructed Alterity: prejudices = truths; extrapolating => junk info; false order leads not to greater order but to chaos; false science, false order; {5} We fail to take into account, and therefore distort or ignore, information from outside our own cultural assumptions; {6} The Double & Divided Consciousness; {Conclusions} There are other forms of order & more fruitful forms of chaos; We need to be able to do the things that ... [are] excluded.

The Jacksonian Tradition

It is a tribute to the general historical amnesia about American politics between the War of 1812 and the Civil War that Andrew Jackson is not more widely counted among the greatest of American presidents. Victor in the Battle of New Orleans—perhaps the most decisive battle in the shaping of the modern world between Trafalgar and Stalingrad—Andrew Jackson laid the foundation of American politics for most of the nineteenth century, and his influence is still felt today. With the ever ready help of the brilliant Martin Van Buren, he took American politics from the era of silk stockings into the smoke-filled room. Every political party since his presidency has drawn on the symbolism, the institutions and the instruments of power that Jackson pioneered.
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His political movement—or, more accurately, the community of political feeling that he wielded into an instrument of power—remains in many ways the most important in American politics. Solidly Democratic through the Truman administration (a tradition commemorated in the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners that are still the high points on Democratic Party calendars in many cities and states), Jacksonian America shifted toward the Republican Party under Richard Nixon—the most important political change in American life since the Second World War. The future of Jacksonian political allegiance will be one of the keys to the politics of the twenty-first century.
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One way to grasp the difference between the two schools is to see that both Jeffersonians and Jacksonians are civil libertarians, passionately attached to the Constitution and especially to the Bill of Rights, and deeply concerned to preserve the liberties of ordinary Americans. But while the Jeffersonians are most profoundly devoted to the First Amendment, protecting the freedom of speech and prohibiting a federal establishment of religion, Jacksonians see the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, as the citadel of liberty. Jeffersonians join the American Civil Liberties Union; Jacksonians join the National Rifle Association. In so doing, both are convinced that they are standing at the barricades of freedom.
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A principal explanation of why Jacksonian politics are so poorly understood is that Jacksonianism is less an intellectual or political movement than an expression of the social, cultural and religious values of a large portion of the American public. And it is doubly obscure because it happens to be rooted in one of the portions of the public least represented in the media and the professoriat. Jacksonian America is a folk community with a strong sense of common values and common destiny; though periodically led by intellectually brilliant men—like Andrew Jackson himself—it is neither an ideology nor a self-conscious movement with a clear historical direction or political table of organization. Nevertheless, Jacksonian America has produced—and looks set to continue to produce—one political leader and movement after another, and it is likely to continue to enjoy major influence over both foreign and domestic policy in the United States for the foreseeable future.

note: Mead is referring to Bush, Sr. — life can be karmically ironic.

Through the long sweep of American history, there have been many occasions when public opinion, or at least an important part of it, got ahead of politicians in demanding war ... Once wars begin, a significant element of American public opinion supports waging them at the highest possible level of intensity ... The most costly decision George Bush took in the Gulf War was not to send ground forces into Iraq, but to stop short of the occupation of Baghdad and the capture and trial of Saddam Hussein.


several years ago, when i lived in Nashville, i attended a convention at the New Orleans Superdome. one activity was in Chalmette where the Battle of New Orleans took place. Andrew Jackson was one of the founders of the Democratic Party, 7th president, rabidly anglophobic (the only president a POW, captured by the british) & the commander of the american forces in the final battle of the War of 1812. the war ended in a stalement; mostly forgotten by the british & the united states. however, it's remembered in canada because they were able to stop american northern expansionism (the indians weren't so lucky). the war inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner & the term hawk appeared for the first time (War Hawks of 1812, coined by John Randolph, a descendant of Pocahontas).

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