A HUGE hint regarding the present times was given to us
prior to the turn of the century and millennium.
Technologists and bureaucrats were worrying mightily and working feverishly
to prevent major glitches due to the Millennium Bug
from happening in computer programs around the world
when January 1, 2000 came.
Well, the moment came and passed with little problem and big relief.
Instead, the real Y2K is just now beginning
to happen gradually
with financial and economic, political and social changes
occurring faster and faster in recent years.
• George W. Bush Elected (?) President of the USA •
The 2000 election of George W. Bush was muddled by chads and miscounts.
He gained the Presidency by a hairsbreadth in the Electoral College, 271 to 266.
Al Gore had won the popular vote.
For a month, the nation wondered and worried about the outcome of the election.
Many citizens of the USA and the world have continued to wonder and worry for 8 years.
Still, it seems clear that GWB was ordained to be America's 43rd President.
He is the product of a “dynasty” going back centuries, in some ways to George III.
Mr. Bush was “the RIGHT man for the time”
to bring America into the present pivotal period in history.
His Sun is in 12 degrees of Cancer, less than a degree from that of the USA.
America's natal Sun is placed in Bush's secretive,
dark 12th house in a comparison chart.
What do we and the new president have to look forward to?
Is this the darkness before the dawn?
• World Trade Center Attacked •
The 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center was
a major catastrophe for the USA and the world.
Structurally, financially and in fundamental human terms.
However behind the obvious pain and suffering lies
the symbol of FALLING TRADE AND COMMERCE.
Preceding Wall Street, banking and credit and mortgage calamities of 2008-09,
the attack and destruction of the towers and associated structures
portrayed in horrific images coming times
when rampant aggrandizing materialistic capitalism will tumble to the ground.
It already is.
• The Space Shuttle Columbia Explodes •
Coming shortly before the onset of the Iraq War in 2003,
the explosion of Space Shuttle Columbia on re-entry from a mission
was saddening as well as spooky.
Seven brave and talented Americans lost their lives
endeavoring to further scientific explorations.
But, the Columbia Disaster was, again, more than an isolated, passing trauma.
Columbia is another name for America.
It might well have rightly been named so officially,
as we claim Columbus discovered the New World.
So, another picture of America is exposed as
the Shuttle Columbia explodes and falls from the sky.
A pattern may be emerging here.
• World Bank(er) Full of Holes •
Mother-in-law used to say, “Dress for success.”
Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank, should have listened to Mom.
But, it takes more than a suit and a pair of socks to hold up appearances.
Wolfowitz was caught on camera with holey socks at a mosque in Turkey in 2007.
Paul may just be careless about his own clothes and finances,
but he was The President of the World Bank.
As the head of such a major financial institution and appointed
such by American President Bush,
Wolfowitz might have had the resources to
stop at Walmart for some extra socks for such occasions.
But, one has to wonder if there isn't more to this picture than meets the naked eye.
Maybe Paul was sending us hints about the state of world finance.
• US Airways Flight 1529 Goes to the Birds •
There are no accidents.
A large and wide flight of geese got in the way of US Airways Flight 1529
as it took off from LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009.
Within seconds, the plane's engines quit.
Within minutes, Captain Sullenberger ditched the aircraft safely in the Hudson River.
No major harm came to the passengers,
but the “ship” may take a long time to get back in the air.
The incident occurred just days before the inauguration of the 44th President of the USA.
• Barack Obama Stumbles at the Gate •
Whatever the cause, the new President misspoke his inaugural oath on January 20, 2009.
Concern arose such that Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts
made a special trip to the White House the following day
to take Mr. Obama through the process again.
So, was President Obama's administration birthed on the 20th or 21st of January?
Looking at the two inaugural charts and knowing the environment in which he begins,
we can expect Mr. Obama has his work cut out for him.
The opening miscue portends difficult days ahead, to be sure.
Our prayers and support are needed.