Building Conflict

Spring arrived last week with the President of the United States in Israel. His goal was to bring a warm flush of renewal into this historical alliance, repairing any recent stresses to forge a seamless melding of strategic purpose. To that end, Obama’s speeches were inspiring and visionary, and the consensus is that Israel and America comfortably stand shoulder to shoulder, with barely a breath of air between them, in their opposition to Iran’s nuclear program and their plan of how to deal with it.

Although this seems to be good news in the short run, it nonetheless feels like one more step forward in the path to an impending, wider war in the Middle East. With the increasing difficulty of keeping Syria’s civil war from spilling over its borders, with Hezbollah’s growing grip on Lebanon while that nation’s more moderate Prime Minister resigns, and with Iran edging ever closer to a nuclear weapon despite the world’s opposition and the tightening sanctions, it is hard not to worry about the escalating danger of a regional conflagration in the months or years ahead. Even the success of President Obama’s push to reunite Turkey and Israel after a recent breach in their relationship, can be seen as a lining up of global alliances on a path towards a far bigger breach.

As an astrologer, I am especially concerned, given that we continue to be in the midst of the waxing Uranus/Pluto square over the next two years.  This aspect describes growing world-wide tensions, with the potential for massive upheavals against a confining status quo and intense, explosive power struggles. We have already seen the Arab Spring and its rather tumultuous aftermath in several countries, the ongoing and fierce civil war in Syria, the swelling conflict between Iran and Israel, and the growing unrest in several other African nations. This swirling, wild energy will continue to build through March 2015, with maximum impact, when exact, in May and October 2013, in April 2014, and from November 2014 through February 2015. Moreover, transiting Jupiter, acting to exaggerate the already potent impact of these two planetary behemoths, will be in opposition to Pluto and square to Uranus during late July and August 2013, in January and February 2014, and, aspecting both Uranus and Pluto simultaneously, in April 2014.

As noted, it is in April 2014 when these aspects come together, with an exact Uranus/Pluto square magnified by a hard aspect from Jupiter. A slow-moving retrograde Mars will also be in the mix at that time. Moreover, this combustible, highly agitated configuration will directly impact the charts of Israel, the US, and Iran.

The most commonly used chart for Iran derives from the 1979 revolution, with the Sun at iran11Aries06. In this chart, transiting Pluto is currently in a long square to the natal Sun, from late January through May 2013, returning in December 2013, and again from July through October 2014. This aspect implies a sense of intense power struggle within the government and between the government and outside forces. The global alliance against Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the crippling economic sanctions aimed to thwart it are certainly manifestations of this ongoing confrontation.

Moreover, transiting Uranus will conjunct the Iranian Sun from late April through May 18, 2013, and from mid-July through mid-September 2013, as well as in February and March 2014, pointing to times of potentially precipitous action and sudden unpredictable and transformative events. The addition of a long, slow Jupiter station very close to a square to Iran’s Sun in February and March 2014 suggests a time of enormous confidence and success, possibly pointing to a culmination of nuclear ambitions.

It should also be noted that the present parliamentary regime in Iran was founded in Iran19061906 and is still functioning, despite the collapse of the monarchy in 1979. It is this chart, assuming it is still relevant, that most strikingly points to the potential of a confrontation in the spring of 2014. The Sun here is 13Libra10, with solar arc Pluto conjunct the natal Sun from March 2014 through March 2015. The natal Sun is square to natal Neptune (12Cancer36) and semisquare to natal Venus (28Sorpio19). Moreover, these planets in the Iran 1906 chart are in tight hard aspect to the US Sun (13Cancer19) and the Israeli Mars (28Leo18), which itself will be under a solar arc progressed Uranus conjunct natal Mars from February 2014 through February 2015. And quite dramatically, hitting all of these combustible combinations multiple times in 2014 through early 2015 – in Iran, Israel, and the US – will be transiting Uranus (13 Aries), transiting Pluto (13 Capricorn), transiting Jupiter (13 Cancer), and transiting retrograde Mars 13 Libra, with all of them coalescing in April 2014.

With astrology, we can never predict precisely how things will unfold. What is possible is a description of the quality of energy that will surround events during a particular time frame. There is currently a strong build-up of tension in the world that is likely to flare up each time the Uranus/Pluto square becomes exact and most intensely when it is further strengthened by other transits such as from Jupiter and Mars. With several national charts drawn into the turmoil in 2013 and more profoundly in 2014 due to the impact of these inflammatory configurations, we can predict the likelihood for some very tumultuous, explosive, and transformative events erupting. How these will play out is unknown, but today’s situation certainly points to the potential for a huge geopolitical conflict quite possibly sparked in the spring of 2014, one year from now.

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