Today’s Virgo Moon continues its quest for perfection relatively unimpeded all day — great for sorting, organizing and hammering out details. Try not to overthink it around 7PM ET, when the Moon is challenged by Mercury. Should you find yourself tempted to engage in a verbal spat, consider that ruthless Pluto will oppose the sensitive Cancer Sun at 4AM on Friday. Do you really want to pull a power play?
Power plays are all over the headlines — as expected — all over the globe. In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe circumvented Parliament by simply reinterpreting Japan’s pacifist Constitution, so that its military may play a more assertive role. This was not done without dramatic protest; a few days ago a Tokyo man set himself on fire. In Hong Kong, huge crowds gathered to support democracy, defying Beijing — with plans for another protest brewing. In Israel, after three abducted teens were found murdered, reports of a suspected revenge killing of a Palestinian boy made headlines.
I’m glad I waited until this morning to post so I could discover another power play happening in India. The new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has issued a directive ordering government employees to clean up their offices — which apparently have been accumulating clutter for the past 67 years. So there’s huge purge (Pluto) going on, as The Guardian reports:
…with his obsession for order and cleanliness, he has been able to energise bureaucrats to take ownership of their working space to make it more presentable – and potentially more productive.
Of course the minute I read that, I’m thinking, “wow — there must be some hyper-Virgo stuff in his horoscope” — and sure enough, in his Western chart, Mr. Modi has Sun in Virgo in a tight conjunction with Saturn (discipline) and Mercury (mindset). Isn’t that cool? His Venus (social expression) is also in Virgo, though not tied in to the Mercury-Sun-Saturn configuration. His Scorpio Ascendant suggests a need to present an image of power and control. Pluto sitting right at his Midheaven (top of the chart) supports that need for power in his career. And with his Moon in Sagittarius, we would expect him not to be shy about letting workers know they need to clean up their act:
Clean, well-ordered offices is not the only thing Modi is demanding from Delhi’s bureaucrats. He also wants them to come to work on time at 9am sharp, rely more on computers, abjure extended lunch and tea breaks to play cards in nearby parks (the junior ones) or golf at the club (an elite bunch of 200), say no to foreign junkets, be more responsive to the public and resist political interference by ministers and MPs.
The last instruction could be a potential gamechanger. The new prime minister has made it clear to the top bureaucrats in government that if they have a good proposal that is blocked by their own minister, they can pitch it directly to him (but only in a PowerPoint format please, since Modi hates reading long files and documents).
Modi’s approach may seem to undermine the cabinet system of shared ministerial authority, but it has made top civil servants enthusiastic about work after a demoralising phase under the previous regime.
“The top, secretary-level officers are feeling empowered for the first time and are hoping Modi succeeds in putting the new system in place,” said Soma Chakravarthy, deputy editor of Bureaucracy Today.
I’ve italicized words in the article that reflect the empowering, purgative energy of Pluto squared by the rebellious, autonomous energy of Uranus in Aries. The whole article has other tidbits. In other news, it was fun to discover that the New York Times ran a piece on what astrologers in India were predicting about Mr. Modi years before the election. The astrologers got it right — as indicated in this 2011 report that the Times may not have seen.
To be continued…
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