Sunday, 21 August 2016

Olympic swimmers bring disgrace to US

US swimmer Ryan Lochte told NBC's Matt Lauer it was his fault that a fabricated story about a robbery caused an international Olympics scandal."I over-exaggerated that story and if I had never done that we wouldn't be in this mess," he said in a snippet of the interview aired on NBC on Saturday evening.
"None of this would have happened," he added about the aftermath in which three of his fellow swimmers were questioned by Brazilian police and one was ordered to donate nearly $11,000 to a Brazilian charity. Aug.21

The news from CNN comes just as the Moon moves into its waning Gibbous phase. A chart for the Moon phase at Washington, DC has Mars-Saturn-Neptune-Nodes T-square straddling the horizon axis.

Mars and Saturn on the Ascendant are conjunct the royal star Antares, alpha Scorpii – the heart of the Scorpion. Antares was the Sumero-Akkadian Dar-lugal, “The Great One, The King,” reputed to confer high position, honor and riches but as with the other royal stars, there is danger of fall from high position. In India, it was part of the lunar mansion Jyeshta. Jyeshta symbolizes that which has seniority in many ways, the oldest, the most powerful, the most praiseworthy. In our news story here, this star would therefore refer to the  winner or champion. Stars of Hercules connect this area to sportsmen and since the Dragon also dwells here, there is potential for greed and selfish and destructive malevolence. A few here become “representatives” of their nation and/or culture. But overconfidence and arrogance can get them into trouble for they may go overboard and come to believe themselves infallible. In their anxiety to be noticed, admired and promoted, they may become hypocritical and/or make wrongful accusations [1].

Mars-Saturn make a square to Neptune on the nodal axis. If as we saw above, Mars-Saturn with Antares and Jyestha is referring to a champion, Neptune in Pisces adds the element of water so we have a swimming champion. But Neptune in Pisces is also associated with deceit, lies and treachery so that the news is about a fabricated story!

Can it be a coincidence that as the news story on the disgraceful behavior of American swimming champions appears in the news, columnist Martin Berger’s  article entitled Modern America: The Empire of Lies appears in the press?

[1] Secrets of the Ancient Skies; Diana K. Rosenberg (v.2, p.321-23)

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