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This Means War

The great planetary behemoth that has been stirring up massive upheaval across the globe for the past few years is now winding up for a final, protracted, and potent punch. The Uranus/Pluto square, which will be exact an unparalleled seven times from 2012 through early 2015, will move into a five-month one-degree orb during its last two crossings, from November 2014 through early March 2015. This period may prove to be a watershed moment in several of the building crises in many parts of the world.

This configuration highlights a dramatic and aggressive push to break with the constraints of the past (Uranus), as well as brutal repression, manipulation, fierce power struggles, and fanaticism (Pluto).  In essence, the qualities of both Uranus and Pluto are being intensified during this period, sometimes clashing with one another and sometimes manifesting together.

The transformative combination of Uranus and Pluto began its impact in December 2010 and early 2011. Although the square itself was not yet exact, the energy of these powerful planets was strongly stimulated when transiting Jupiter moved to conjunct transiting Uranus (27 Pisces), followed almost immediately by a square to transiting Pluto (7 Capricorn), sparking massive uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Oman, Syria, and Morocco and launching the Arab Spring.  The brutal dictatorships of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya were overthrown.  The Uranian imperative for freedom from repression swept across the land.

But the push back from deeply entrenched and powerful forces (Pluto) was not long in coming. In Egypt, a military dictatorship has once-again emerged after overthrowing a largely ineffectual elected government.  In Syria, the battle between the multi-faceted rebel faction (Uranus) continues its violent struggle against the repressive and brutal (Pluto) Assad regime.  Ironically, the extremist Sunni faction ISIS now embodies not only the Uranian imperative for freedom from the Shiite oppression in both Syria and Iraq, but also the daunting Plutonian signature of manipulation, brutality, fanaticism, obsession, control, and, ultimately, a lust for global domination. In short, ISIS has become a manifestation of the darkest elements of the most historical planetary configuration of our time.

While it was a Jupiter/Uranus conjunction that marked the initial uprising of the Arab Spring in early 2011, it was an unusually protracted Jupiter/Uranus square  (10–13 Cancer/Aries) in early 2014 that stimulated the uprising in Ukraine against the government of President Victor Yanukovych, resulting in his overthrow. But as the Jupiter/Uranus square moved into a grand cross including Pluto and Mars, Russia became increasingly involved in a dramatic and far-reaching power struggle (Pluto) with Ukraine, annexing Crimea and invading the eastern part of the country. Manipulation, subterfuge, and brute force (Pluto) by Russia have pushed hard against the initial thrust of Kiev to break free of Russian domination and its puppet Yanukovych regime. Moreover, the US and its Western allies have also become involved in this Plutonian power struggle by implementing increasingly punishing sanctions designed to coerce Russia to back off.

On the global front, we have seen an increase over the past months in shocking brutality from various terrorist groups in both Africa and the Middle East, marked by a profound intensification of the most extraordinarily vicious and violent impulses. We have, moreover, seen an increase in dramatic power struggles that threaten to transform our world. As we move toward the final stage of the Uranus/Pluto square from November 2014 through mid-March 2015, we should expect many of these situations to ramp up, potentially exploding into some very dramatic, dangerous, and vicious confrontations.

Focusing more specifically on the US during this period, the latent aggression and tension in the 2013 Obama Inaugural chart is now coming into focus.  In that chart, we find the inaugural13Moon (19Taurus36) square to Mars (20Aquarius13), with each of these in a semisquare to Uranus (5Aries14), which also stands at their midpoint.  Moreover, the North Node (23Scorpio44) is in a square to Mars, with the South Node conjunct the Moon. This configuration points to extreme aggression, anger, and sudden incidents of violence or disruption that entangle the administration throughout its four years.

When the tertiary progressed Sun (one day equals one month progression) moved into a conjunction with natal Inaugural  Mars and semisquare Inaugural Uranus from late July through August 2014, it lit up the swift moving and potent aggression of this configuration and put the US firmly on the path to war. It was at this time that the administration began its air strikes against ISIS and assisted in the rescue of the Yazidis from the mountain-top siege perpetrated by the terrorists. During the last few days of this progression, on August 19, the video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley was released, sparking the final push toward full engagement to destroy ISIS.

The most significant trigger of this combative and potentially militaristic planetary combination will come with the tertiary progressed North Node moving into an exact square with natal Mars and semisquare natal Uranus from November 2014 through early November 2015. This period coincides with the remainder of the Uranus/Pluto square through mid-March 2015, as well as the ongoing transit of Pluto opposite the US Sun USchart(13Cancer19), which will continue through the first days of November 2015. This latter transit signifies that the US will be in an ongoing power struggle with a fierce foe, feeling impelled to be extremely vigilant and aggressive, but also careful of not pushing too far in a way that could sabotage its gains. The coincidence of the Pluto transit opposite the US Sun with the tertiary progressed Node square to Inaugural Mars, from November 2014 through early November 2015, suggests that this period will be the most significant in the war against ISIS. It is also noteworthy that the Saturn transit opposite to President Obama’s Moon (3Gemini21), which indicates a high degree of intermittent stress from late January through October 2015, ends at close to the same time. obama

The final protracted Uranus/Pluto square from late November 2014 through mid-March 2015 will also include a prolonged station of Uranus square to the US Sun (10/14/14 to 2/3/15), Pluto opposite the US Sun (12/7/14 to 1/8/15), Pluto conjunct the Descendant in the Spring Equinox chart (1/1 to 1/29/15), Uranus square the Ascendant (14Cancer07) of the Spring chart (1/26 to 2/22/15), as well as both Uranus and Pluto aspecting Inaugural Venus (14Capricorn29) and US Saturn (14Libra48) during January, February, and early March 2015. There can be no doubt that this will be a tumultuous and volatile period, with many sudden events, shifting and dangerous situations, and extraordinary drama. Clearly, at least a part, and perhaps most, of the focus at this time will be on the war with ISIS, but other unanticipated events are also likely to intrude.

There are two specific time frames over the coming months that seem likely to bring particular difficulty, upset, and significant stress to the US or at least one segment of its population. Whether these have to do with the ongoing confrontation with the terrorists or are indicative of some kind of random violent or geophysical event is unknown.

The first of these is from November 17 through December 9, 2014, with the most difficult period from November 20 through November 29. Initially, the Pluto transit semisquare to US Moon (27Aquarius12) from October 22 through December 3 suggests some measure of tension among the US public. This agitation will get ramped up into extreme upset and grief, however, when transiting Saturn joins the impact of the Pluto transit and moves into a square with the US Moon from November 20 through November 29. This Saturn/Pluto combination in hard aspect to the US Moon will also adversely impact the President’s North Node (27Leo18), further indicating this as a very high stress time for the country. It should also be noted that these combined Saturn and Pluto transits occur during the larger framework of the Uranus station square to US Sun (10/14/14 to 2/3/15) which will be triggered by transiting Saturn sesquiquadrate both Uranus and the US Sun from November 26 to December 9. This is yet another indication of an extremely challenging time, as well as introducing the potential for unexpected and transformative events.

The second period comes when both Saturn and Pluto are stationary and again in aspect to each other and the US Sun. Saturn will make a sesquiquadrate to the US Sun from June 27 through August 10, 2015, while Pluto will make its final station opposite the US Sun from July 7 through November 2, 2015. There is also a station of Uranus at this time conjunct US Chiron (20Aries08). These planets may indicate a long, slow slog through something stressful and anxiety provoking that demands belt-tightening, discipline, and perseverance. There may be some frustrations and significant setbacks in the war against ISIS or in some other ongoing confrontation, especially during July and early August 2015.

For years, astrologers have been talking about the historical Uranus/Pluto square of 2012- 2015. The transformational potency of this configuration is already very apparent. We are seeing unexpected new leadership emerge in several countries, several shifting alliances and geopolitical realignments, and even some redrawn national boundaries.  Moreover, with the heightened intensification of Pluto during these years, fundamentalist factions have moved towards increasingly extremist and draconian agendas.  This, in turn, has finally roused the somewhat languid moderates of the world into a forceful push back. In this regard, a “coalition of the sane” has begun to coalesce in the fight against the rabid ISIS fighters who have swept across Iraq and Syria like a plague, attempting to exterminate all who stand in the path of their grandiose and megalomaniacal plan for a global Caliphate.

It may be, however, that there is a hidden nugget to be found in the cacophony of craziness in today’s world. If former adversaries are able to look past their differences to come together against a far more dangerous foe, and  Sunni, Shiite, Christian, and Jewish moderates can find it in themselves to work together on a united task, we may have found the ultimate transformation of the Uranus/Pluto era.

 

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