In recent months, at least until the overwhelming magic of the Pope’s visit this past week swept away everything else in our thoughts, the nation has been consumed with the 2016 presidential election. Most other stories have disappeared amidst the cacophonous bluster and outrageous bombast of the GOP presidential wannabes, and, in particular, the din created by the most brazen of the lot, Donald Trump. But for all who have forgotten, Barack Obama is still the president, and the country continues to push forward along its often bumpy path of destiny.
As we enter October 2015, there are some astrological configurations that point to significant stress during the course of the month, both for the president and for the nation. The larger context is the final phase of the Pluto transit opposite the US Sun (13Cancer19) through early November. This transit began with a long station of Pluto in the early months of 2014, largely coinciding with Russia’s unexpected military push into Ukraine and the resulting destabilization and violence in that nation, as well as a buildup of tensions between the US and a newly combative post-Soviet Russia. This final phase is coinciding with Russia’s new and unexpected push into Syria where it will be aiding President Assad against the rebels, including ISIS. Once again, the US is in a quandary over how aggressively to respond and how to evaluate the newly emerging threat to its policies and its standing.
The transit of Pluto opposite the Sun essentially describes the sense of a dangerous threat of some kind, with the caveat that reacting with too much or too little force can be hazardous. Part of the struggle is calibrating the appropriate rejoinder without causing an increase in harm. This transit creates a great deal of tension and anxiety, while forcing a strong, focused, but careful response. For the US, it will not only include an increase in tensions with Russia (and Putin is currently under a Pluto transit square to his Sun, and thus also struggling with his own sense of perceived threat), but also other challenges to present policy that create deep anxiety while demanding both action and caution.
In addition, there is a grouping of configurations in mid to late October that suggest some random act of violence leading to a national story of upset and loss. In the US chart, progressed retrograde Mars (18Libra11) is currently opposite the 4th house progressed Chiron (17Aries15). This combination will be transited by Uranus from September 22 through November 8, with both simultaneously being impacted by Uranus from October 9 through October 17. In the US chart, both natal and progressed Chiron in the 4th house in Aries point to the penchant of Americans to be angry at and attack one another. The multi-year addition of progressed Mars here highlights this tendency, while the transit of Uranus to this configuration greatly increases the likelihood of sudden and violent events. The last crossing of Uranus to progressed Chiron opposite progressed Mars came in April 2015 at the time of the death of Freddie Grey, due to the malfeasance of police in Baltimore, and the angry and violent aftermath of that event. This was a national story of police misconduct that generated both anger and feelings of deep sorrow among many.
The final three weeks of April 2015 also brought the transit of Saturn opposite Obama’s Moon (3 Gemini21) and quincunx the US Venus (3Cancer06), indicative of the subsequent sorrow and grief surrounding the Freddie Grey circumstances. While the Uranus/Chiron/Mars combination suggested sudden, fierce and potent violence, it is the Saturn transit impacting US Venus that indicated a national story of upset and sorrow.
From October 13 through October 25, 2015, we will again have the sorrow of a Saturn transit impacting US Venus and Obama’s Moon, which seems likely to again be sparked by the sudden and violent events indicated by a Uranus transit to the US progressed Mars/progressed Chiron combination, most likely at some point between October 9 and October 17. Indeed, the Sun/Uranus opposition active from October 10 through October 12 offers a dangerous platform for some sudden, roiling circumstances.
One can hope that eventually the many examples of pointless and seemingly unrestrained gun violence, as well as tensions between police and the community will lead to more thoughtful and comprehensive laws and policies. However, the slow-moving retrograde of progressed Mars opposite progressed Chiron in Aries in the US 4th house will be with us through the spring of 2019. Exact at 17Aries/Libra 41, it will be crossed again by Uranus in February 2016 and squared by Pluto multiple times in 2017. These configurations seem likely to bring some painful and repeated violent experiences that will ultimately, after much sorrow, lead to a muting of some of the more dangerous and aggressive impulses in our national character. Let us hope that our tendency to be angry and aggressive toward one another is in the midst of a profound multi-year transformation going forward, though it may be awhile before we see the improvement.