In light of the chemical weapons atrocity near Damascus allegedly committed by the Assad regime this past Wednesday morning, President Obama has repositioned US naval forces in the Mediterranean and convened his advisors to discuss possible military action against the Syrian dictator. When exactly the president might intervene in the burgeoning Syrian civil war is unclear, but it seems likely that the US is fully on the path to increased engagement in the near future.
The last crossing of the Saturn transit square to the US Node is now dissipating, as of August 24. This transit has been active since late November 2012, and has brought with it inhibitions and caution in US foreign policy. Under the most recent aspect, Obama cancelled a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, cancelled a war game with Egypt, and postponed an arms shipments to the new military regime in that nation. In addition, he has held back from any intervention in Syria.
But as the contraction implied in this Saturn transit wanes, a very different series of transits is beginning. At present, Jupiter (13Cancer) has begun the first of three crossings of the US Sun (13Cancer19), and it will soon be joined by Uranus (13Aries) and Pluto (13Capricorn) during the course of 2014 and 2015. Together, these imply a much stronger impetus for active US intervention and an expansion of the US role in the world.
The current situation was sparked by the increased and sudden aggression triggered by the first Jupiter/Uranus square which was active earlier this month. On August 21, the day this aspect was exact, the recent atrocity in Syria took place, forcing the world out of its somnolence and into action (Uranus). The extremely volatile and destabilizing Jupiter/Uranus square will return for a long station from February 14 through April 20, likely kindling an unknown number of sudden, dramatic crises, based on wild, rash actions similar in scope to the use of chemical weapons that we saw last week.
At present, transiting Jupiter is conjunct the US Sun, from August 23 through August 29. Venus will square the US Sun on August 26 and August 27. Any short-term surgical strike at this time would be highly successful. There is, in any event, likely to be some sharp burst of patriotic fervor and optimism from this brief combination of Jupiter and Venus impacting the US Sun in the next few days.
If, however, something military is attempted by the US to quell the Syrian government in September, and, in particular, from September 8 through 20, the results could be disastrous. The combination of the transiting Saturn/Node conjunction conjunct Obama’s Neptune (8Scorpio36) and the combined Saturn and Pluto transits quincunx US Uranus (8Gemini55), triggering the exact progressed Sun square to natal Uranus, is likely to bring an extremely stressful few weeks to the country, and any attempt at expanding our military activities during the middle two weeks of September will not go well at all.
It should also be noted that in President Obama’s chart, the tertiary progressed Mars is now conjunct his Sun (12Leo33), from August 1 through November 1, 2013. This suggests a more aggressive stance on a number of issues. In addition, the current week-long Jupiter transit conjunct the US Sun (13Cancer19), is coincidentally in a semisquare with Israel’s Mars (28Leo19), pointing to increased military aggression from that nation, possibly in concert with the US. Moreover, the long Saturn conjunction to Hassan Nasrallah’s Neptune (6Scorpio52), from August 12 through August 29, suggests some serious problems for Hezbollah during the same period.
More significantly, however, combined military action seems especially possible in April 2014, when Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto, and Mars will potently coalesce in a grand cross to overwhelmingly strengthen the US Sun and Israel’s Mars, likely impelling some significant and dramatic military action at that time. Today’s Jupiter transit is only the barest beginning of this next two-year phase, at times expansive, at times in the midst of upheaval , and at time caught up in huge power struggles, as the US redefines its goals and its role in the world.