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Times of upheaval

Posted by William Fennie at Jul 10, 2016 06:35 PM |
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Uranus-Pluto square gets very serious indeed

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Here is an approximation of astrological dynamics taking place on the morning of July 7, 2016. It is the morning after Philando Castile was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and about 36 hours after Alton Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, both at the hands of law enforcement; both demonstrably unjust. In about 15 hours a sniper will kill five Dallas police officers and injure many others during a peaceful protest.

Like so many people, I'm trying to understand why we are seeing such a constellation of violence over such a short period of time. William Saletan, writing in Slate, clarifies the issues well - pointing out that choosing sides in the apparent conflict, and for conflicts in far-flung parts of the world, comes down to a choice not between races or ideologies but between believers in war and believers in dialogue.

Experienced astrologers will take the opportunity to explore these dynamics much more thoroughly than I can, or care to. I've chosen Washington DC as the locale because I view these as trends for the USA as a nation, not as specifically local events. Of course, they are both. I've chosen a time very close to sunrise.

I note the presence of Chiron at the top of the chart, near the mid-heaven. It is involved in an opposition to Jupiter and a Grand Trine in water involving Mars, and a Sun-Mercury conjuction. It's taken me some time to appreciate Chiron; it wasn't even known when I first began my studies of astrology in the early 70s. But I think the "wound that doesn't heal" stories around the object (not a planet) certainly seem relevant to the USA's persistent agony over race. The Grand Trine, in this instance, enables free, easy amplication of the Mars aggression tied to personal identity and fueled by an unyielding sense of injury. Both sides see each other as a threat, and this has grown up and persisted over decades.

There are two oppositions in this chart : Jupiter in Virgo to Neptune (and Chiron) in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn to the stellium of Sun-Mercury-Venus in Cancer. Each of these oppositions is involved in a T-square with Saturn (in Sagittarius) and Uranus (in Aries), respectively. Both of the T-square "modifiers" are in Fire signs. There are enormous energies at work here - in one instance the collective energy of the Pluto-Uranus square we've been documenting for years focused on the personal identity of the USA. (All of this is happening within a week of the nation's birthday, July 4.)

In the other instance a reckoning is being forced between the country's illusions (being amplified over several months by the Jupiter opposition) and the hard realities of the nation's challenges. These oppositions are joined, interestingly, by a series of trines and sextiles that the astrological literature calls a "mystic rectangle". There is actually promise here, but it will require genuine creative thinking to strike through to the heart of the issues and de-mystify them. (It's worth remembering that the same dynamics underlay the "Brexit" vote as well.)

The question is where such creative thinking will come from. The prescription from this chart is for genuine innovation, not a piling on of conventional ideas dressed up as something different.



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