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On February 4, 2019 we will enter a New Moon phase in the zodiac sign of Aquarius. This moon follows the powerful Full Moon Lunar Eclipse that occurred at the end of January in Aquarius’ opposite sign, Leo.

Aquarius is an air sign. They tend to be a little rebellious and like to go against the accepted norm. She is very caring and humanitarian. Aquas also tend to be drawn to the mystical and esoteric. She likes attention and the spotlight, much like their opposite, Leo. She also can be bored easily and tends to be a little restless.

Leo is a sign about the individual. Aquarius is a sign about community, society, and the collective. There will be a focus on who we surround ourselves with, how we connect to others, what community looks like to us and how we can connect with our community.

There will also be an aspect to Mercury in this moon, who rules communication.  Communications will be another theme of this moon. You may want to consider your communication style and how this is hindering or assisting you towards your goals.

Mercury will have a sextile to Jupiter during this moon phase creating fertile ground for important conversations and positivity. It may feel easier to express yourself and have a sense of being understood. This may be a good time to speak out on a topic or issue that concerns you or ways to better your community.

Saturn will create a sextile to Neptune bringing a focus on hard work towards material gain and deepening spirituality.  This could be a time of a renewed mediation practice or starting one. Maybe you feel a pull towards joining a specific faith or life philosophy.

New Moons represent beginnings and planting new seeds. During this moon, it is a good time to enter new partnerships and begin a new phase of deepening budding connections. This moon phase may be a time you make important decisions about who you surround yourself with and whether those connections are in alignment with your future and values as an individual.

 

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January 25th marks the 35th day the federal government has been “shut down.” The reasons behind the shutdown and why it happened in the first place –The SAGA to MAGA.

This is the longest government shutdown in history, aside from the 1995 shutdown of 21 days.  The effects of a government shutdown are immediate, but as more and more time passes, the effects are more and more noticeable to all Americans, not just federal employees missing their paychecks.

As if putting any working American in a position of involuntary servitude is not bad enough (800,000 being effected) a slew of government agencies and programs have had to scale back employees or close up shop due to the shutdown.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has stopped most of its operations, affecting all forms of broadcasting. The Securities and Exchange Commission is currently running on a skeleton crew.  This affects the stock market, which is a major part of our economy.  Investigations into securities violations are being impeded due to short staffing, leaving the door open for predatory practices.

The Environmental Protection Agency, who is tasked with governing the air we breath, is only open to address major health threats and disasters.  The Department of Agriculture has had to close agencies across the country tasked with helping America’s farmers at the county level. America’s farmers are already feeling squeezed due to Chinese tariffs. There are many other government agencies that have had to scale back workers or close due to the shutdown.  Also, many museums and federally funded art galleries have had to close-including the Smithsonian.

Airports around the country have had to limit service due to TSA workers opting out of working for free. If the shutdown continues, Federal Courts may lose funding and will have to postpone adjudication of part of their caseload.  Immigration hearings have been cancelled in mass since the shutdown began-upwards of 42,000.

A government without funding, cannot continue to function. 38 million people are looking at losing food stamps if the shutdown continues into February. Many rental assistance programs expire in February-over 2 million low-income families will cease to get rental assistance for March and beyond. WIC, a federally funded food assistance program, is only funded through January-affecting as many as 7 million low-income pregnant women if the shutdown continues.

Until the federal government agrees on a budget, the situation will continue to worsen. Shutdowns often cost the government heavily-not just in closing agencies and services. The 16 day shutdown of 2013 cost the federal government over $2 billion in lowered gross domestic product (GDP) and less productivity. Not to mention, lowered confidence by Americans in the federal government is often a direct result of shutdowns- less spending and investments.

The shutdown would have to continue to September to have more severe effects, as many government agencies are funded until then, but let’s hope Congress can agree before it gets even close to that benchmark.

Coming through on an outrageous campaign promise seems way more important to MAGA followers than millions’ ability to eat and have a place to sleep. President Trump has promised to make sure we all get our tax refunds even without a funded government- so there’s that. Too bad the IRS isn’t going to be staffed well enough to be able to field consumer questions or issues.