In the astrological chart of the U.S.A., the visionary, spiritual planet Neptune stands high in the sky at 22° Virgo — sign of hard work and analytic capacity — only 10° from the 2° Libra Midheaven — sign of diplomacy and cooperation. As the planet closest to the Midheaven, Neptune signifies the spiritual path of this nation. For all of its still short life, the U.S. has interpreted that visionary energy mostly materialistically, via individaul “hard work” to achieve what we’ve called “The American Dream.”
Historian James Truslow Adams popularized the phrase “American Dream” in his 1931 book Epic of America:
But there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.
And later he wrote:
The American dream, that has lured tens of millions of all nations to our shores in the past century has not been a dream of merely material plenty, though that has doubtlessly counted heavily. It has been much more than that. It has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as man and woman, unhampered by the barriers which had slowly been erected in the older civilizations, unrepressed by social orders which had developed for the benefit of classes rather than for the simple human being of any and every class.
And in the 21st century? Let’s take another gander at the American Dream, and I’d say let’s find someone who can make sure Robert David Steele gets the ear of Donald Trump, whose outside personality has not yet locked into the vision needed to help shift the suicidal course of this nation.
I watched a video last night of a Norweigan interview with Steele and another interesting man, Frederik Heffermehl. They were discussing the possibility of Putin and Trump going for the Nobel Peace Prize together, as the fruit of their cooperation at the end of Trump’s first term, thus returning that prize to its original peaceful intention after 50 years of being corrupted into the war prize. Steele says that Putin has asked for a personal meeting with Trump in July. And, he says, if they do meet, and if Trump will agree to do two things: 1) leave NATO, and 2) close the 1000 U.S. bases abroad (which function, remember Steele says, not for military use, but to smuggle drugs, gold cash, children and organs for the CIA), then these two decisive actions would signal the intent of the U.S. to completely change course. Unfortunately, when I attempted to load the video here, I discovered that it’s now labeled “private.”
In any case, you can watch any number of interviews with Steele on-line. He may truly be the visionary we need to shift the meaning of The American Dream in a time when “material prosperity” is proving to be not nearly enough to hold our attention, not just because it’s fading from view for the 99,99%, but especially because more and more of us are beginning to realize that our Mother Earth is being eviscerated by our continuous extraction of her blood and bones.