Today’s Wall Street Journal features a front page story reporting that “Obama Pastors’ Sermons May Violate Tax Laws.” According to IRS rules, “churches are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”
The Journal reports that “Since Congress amended the tax law in 1954 to restrict campaign activity by nonprofits, only two churches have had their tax-exemptions revoked, according to the IRS.” Why such a low amount in the face of blatant politicking by both political parties? Because Jupiter, the planetary energy that rules political propaganda rules religion as well.
With Sagittarius rising,* the USA is a Jupiter-ruled nation. This is why religion plays a greater role in American life and politics than it does for its European allies. Further reinforcing the prominence of religion in America is the fact that the Sun, the nation’s self-identity, rules the ninth of house of religion in the USA horoscope. The USA’s Sun in Cancer conjoins with Jupiter and Venus. Americans get very emotionally charged about politics and religion, to the point of a fevered frenzy. Venus, the planet of financial and ethical values, shows houses of worship to be valuable sources of money and influence for politicians and political parties. Mercury, the planet of communication, co-rules the ninth house, and Neptune in Virgo is the only planet occupying this house. Neptune rules beliefs, hope and idealism, and dreams. This is why all politicians use the phrase, “the American dream” to stir the public. The phrase is most used in reference to home ownership, as Cancer rules real estate. With Neptune challenging the USA Mars, beliefs have become a battle cry to rally the faithful. Cancer rules the Moon, and the USA’s Moon is in independent, free to believe what you want, Aquarius, found in the third house of communications.
Taxes and the IRS are ruled by Pluto. The transit of Pluto in the religious sign of Sagittarius (1995-2008), saw the rise of political issues interjected into worship services, along with the rise of the IRS reviewing violation complaints. This period saw the rise of the mega churches with their for profit offshoots that have occasionally been found to be entwined with the congregation’s religious activities.
*The rising sign is the sign on the first house cusp (ascendant) of the horoscope. In a nation’s chart, the first house represents the people of a nation, the nation’s physical appearance, and the initial impression the nation presents to the world.
USA: July 4, 1776 5:10 PM LMT Philadelphia, Pennsylvania