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Today’s astrological “Venus and Uranus conjunction” fittingly coincided with the introduction of Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Bill” on Capitol Hill.

“The Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010” would do away with DADT, which barred lesbian, gay, and bisexual soldiers from serving openly in the military. According to the Huffington Post, Joe Lieberman told The Advocate that the proposed new policy “would ban discrimination against service members on the basis of their sexual orientation.”

The Venus-Uranus conjunction taking place today in the sign of Pisces is signifcant in relationship to this repeal bill because these two planets, when in aspect together, often signifies the formation of  romantic relationships that are characterized as “out of the mainstream” or “unconventional.”

In astrology, Venus rules our “power of attraction.”  It governs our romantic attachments, represents our “love urge.” While Uranus represents our “urge for individuality” and the quest for “personal freedom of expression” within the collective. Uranus is billed, in astrology, as the ‘rebel planet,’ as it perennially breaks the rules and mores of a society in an effort to usher in  a more “individually liberating” philosophy. The sign of Pisces, meanwhile,  represents disenfranchised groups or those who may not fit easily into the homogenized fabric of a society.

While Venus-Uranus often results in generating  relationships that are often characterized as being “out of the norm,” often just the pairing up of these two planets seems to foster, within the collective itself, a greater tolerance and or acceptance of  more non-traditional unions.

The DADT policy was enacted on December 21, 1993.  The Defense Department Directive 1304.26, issued by the Clinton administration then, followed Congress’s restrictions however, it simultaneously was an attempt to “mute them” by focusing on “homosexual conduct” rather than sexual orientation. The policy states that military applicants are not to be asked what their sexual orientation is.

Going back astrologically to when DADT was enacted, December 21, 1993, we find that rebel Uranus was exactly conjunct illusionary Neptune in Capricorn, the sign of the zodiac that rules government.  While Uranus did usher in a change of sort, it was more illusionary than any real thing of substance and also simultaneously very ego-denying to gays.  Neptune rules illusion and fantasy, it represents our “urge for escape.”   It also rules “denial” which perfectly describes the foundation upon which the whole DADT fantasy was created.

Written by Patricia Thompson, Astrologer

Copyright 2010

Source Notes:

Huffington Post:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/03/dont-ask-dont-tell-repeal_n_484611.html

DADT Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_ask,_don%27t_tell#History

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