Although the conflict between Jews and Palestinians in Israel has been mostly about territory and nationality over the years, it is rapidly being aggravated and intensified by religious extremists on both sides. The upsurge in November of violent attacks by Palestinians, fueled by fury and powerlessness over the status quo, has alarmed many. A few weeks ago, there was a series of lethal stabbings, and, more recently, an assault on a synagogue which resulted in four fatalities, including the deaths of three rabbis. Many fear a third intifada is imminent or possibly even a religious war. Tensions are mounting, with no one clear how to de-escalate the situation.
A look at Israel’s chart shows us that this is indeed a time of great turmoil and potential for violence, upset, and agitation. From late October 2014 through early February 2015, there are a series of progressions and transits that point to a high level of disruption, unexpected attacks, and aggressive response. Solar arc Uranus is currently conjunct Israel’s natal Mars (28Leo19) through February 2015, triggered by the transit of Uranus (13Aries) sesquiquadrate natal Mars, stationary from mid-October 2014 through early February 2015. To further accentuate the anger and aggressiveness of Mars, the progressed Midheaven is currently semisquare natal Mars from May 2014 to May 2015, with the same Uranus station conjunct the progressed IC from late October through January. Any transit to this configuration is likely to activate its potential for sudden, fierce, and violent events (Mars/Uranus) that deeply disturb and agitate the entire nation (IC/Uranus). Recent circumstances bear this out, with transiting Mars (12 – 13 Capricorn) crossing square transiting Uranus during the series of stabbings in early November, and the transiting Sun (27 – 28 Scorpio) moving into a square to natal Mars, with the transiting Moon nearing a square to transiting Uranus, during the synagogue attack and its aftermath.
The upcoming days and weeks are likely to provide further agitation to these sensitive degrees in Israel’s chart, possibly indicating more disturbing and dark events. Transiting Mercury will square natal Mars on November 25- 26. Likely to be even more inflammatory, transiting Saturn will square natal Mars from November 30 through December 8, further exacerbated by transiting Mars quincunx natal Mars from November 30 to December 2. In addition, transiting Pluto will move into a sesquiquadrate with natal Mars from December 6 through January 5. It is hard to see this period, from November 25 through January 6, as not containing significant upheaval, aggression, and unexpected violence, with Israel largely on the offense in response.
Of great concern is the Saturn station from February 6 through March 27 quincunx Israel’s Venus (4Cancer49) which points to some grief and upset among the population, perhaps as an aftermath to the events of December and January. The Saturn/Venus combination suggests some sadness and difficulties. The final 10 days of March should also be watched for increasing tension and volatility, when transiting Uranus crosses the IC of the 2015 Spring Equinox chart drawn for Jerusalem (16Aries09).