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Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker, on Thursday, lifted his stay on the same-sex marriages ban, paving the way for gay couples in California to marry in that state. Walker delayed, however, implementation of his order to lift the ban until August 18th.

Walker’s ruling a week ago, that a voter-approved ban on same sex marriage (Proposition Eight) was unconstitutional, was rendered with pioneering Mars in Matrimonial Libra exactly squaring off with transformational Pluto in Capricorn, the sign of government. Mars, the energy planet, symbolizes “bold action.”

Libra not only rules marriage it also presides over the courts and judicial system, so the federal judge would be symbolized here by Mars in judicial Libra. Mars and Pluto are both often involved with “historic firsts.” Pluto also represents “the masses” and matters that impact the collective.

Mars-Pluto can be indicative of someone “seizing power” or taking “forceful, transforming action.” It’s also a classic “war aspect” replete with power clashes and clashes of will. There is strong opposition to Judge Walker’s ruling. President Obama reportedly supports civil unions between gay and lesbian couples, but is against gay marriages.

Also, “Karma Lord” Saturn in Nuptials Libra was opposite Uranus in Aries when Walker ruled last week.  Uranus is associated with equality and gay rights issues and also represents change. With the Saturn and Uranus opposition, once again, we had the pitting of the old, signified by Saturn, versus the new, with the new winning out this time, perhaps due again to the simultaneously strong Mars-Pluto aspect which tends to bulldoze or reconfigure existing structures and protocol. Mars-Pluto is, unquestionably, one of the most transforming and powerful energy aspects in astrology.

On August 18th, Saturn in relationship Libra will be exactly squaring controlling, transforming Pluto to a tee. It ought to be interesting to see how this aspect plays out. Saturn-Pluto can represent “death to the past,” but often not without a bitter fight and, of course, same-sex marriage remains a controversial and polarizing issue.

Libra is also the sign of the scales and balance, and it seems Serious Saturn here is putting the discussion of this weighty matter back on the table for further examination, now that it is in the matrimonial sign.  Saturn will be in Libra through October of 2012.

Patrice Thompson

Copyright 2010

Source Notes:

President Obama on same sex marriage: http://lesbianlife.about.com/od/lesbianactivism/p/BarackObama.htm

Sunflower photo: http://www.sxc.hu

leaf and heart picture: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1253868

NYT.com for information on Judge Walker ruling Thursday

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