The explosive events that transpired in Paris earlier this month have brought us to the next iteration of the global confrontation with violent extremism. It is no longer about fearing what will happen when seasoned jihadi fighters come home to Western Europe and the US. They have already arrived and are wreaking havoc.
We are now in the final, protracted phase of the Uranus/Pluto square, which has been impacting the world since 2011 and will strengthen through mid-March 2015, while continuing to be felt through much of the year. During this multi-year period, historical power struggles are shaping and transforming world history. In the US, various civil rights issues have intensified into sharp confrontations, including immigration, police overreach against minorities, voting rights, and gay rights. The dangerously accelerating reality of Climate Change is another manifestation of this momentous transit and portends a massive, multi-tiered effort that will have to be faced if we wish to save our civilization. And, perhaps above all, the war against violent extremism has taken a new and ominous turn: in Iraq, in Syria, among our allies in Europe, and at home.
Some of the most noteworthy expressions of this highly consequential Uranus/Pluto configuration may be seen in the unfolding events in the Arab world. Initially, the hope and optimism of the revolutionary wave of protest from late 2010 through 2012, known as the Arab Spring, toppled multiple governments across Northern Africa and the Middle East. Unfortunately, this created a great deal of instability and some festering power struggles in several countries, as the hated tyrannies collapsed but more progressive institutions were not yet formed to take their places.
One thread that grew out of this massive wave of rebellion led to the protracted and devastating Syrian civil war. This, in turn, evolved from an anti-Assad rebellion to the drive for a Muslim Caliphate and a frightening invigoration of violent extremism, setting in motion the conquering of large swaths of Syria and Iraq by the savage and barbaric ISIS. Now, we are witnessing the further metastases of this virulent strain of soulless brutality turning up in pockets throughout Europe and America. The call to arms has gone out to any disaffected and angry loner, as well as to the seasoned soldiers returning from a cruel and merciless war of conquest. It is a call for sociopaths of the world to unite, thinly cloaked in a perverted and grossly distorted version of Islam. And Western nations, after Paris, can no longer avoid facing it full on, both at home and in Syria, Iraq, and probably Yemen.
January has brought an extended amplification of the Uranus/Pluto square due to the transiting Node (12-13 Libra) opposite Uranus (12 Aries) and square to Pluto (13Capricorn) from January 6 through January 20. This configuration was set off by transiting Mars (28 Aquarius), from January 7 to January 10, in semisquare to both Uranus and Pluto, and largely coincidental with much of the violence in Paris. Since then and likely continuing through January 20, this transit of the Node to the Uranus/Pluto square is bringing a fast-paced and agitated focus on the threat of terrorism emanating out of the ISIS/Al Qaida nexus in the Middle East. Subsequent to the dramatic events in Paris, multiple terrorist cells have been broken up and numerous arrests have been made by stepped-up raids in Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Greece, and France. Further action may come early on the 19th when the Moon activates a nearly exact Uranus/South Node conjunction.
As of February 1, the Uranus/Pluto square will build in intensity through March 17. Even minor activations, such as from the transiting Moon, may be enough to incite minor but noteworthy events. The next strong activation will come in late February when Jupiter (14 Leo) quincunxes Pluto (14 Capricorn) and trines Uranus (14 Aries) from February 21 through March 3. This will be followed by the exceptionally dangerous and violent crossing of Mars (15Aries) to Uranus (15Aries) and square Pluto (15Capricorn) felt from March 8 to March 12, while the Uranus/Pluto square nears its last exact crossing on March 17. Thus, the last week of February and the first half of March will again see rapidly unfolding and transformative events, many which will include significant violence, especially when Mars is involved during the second week of March. Any of the various struggles that have developed during the Uranus/Pluto square of the last few years may be highlighted during this time, including Climate Change, civil rights, and the waxing conflict in Iraq and Syria, as well as the parallel battle against terrorism at home among the Western alliance.
It should be noted that the US chart indicates some stressful situations during the second half of January through February 22. In particular, the second half of January includes the Saturn transit quincunx the US Venus (3Cancer06) and opposite President Obama’s Moon (3Gemini21), pointing to some kind of financial contraction or other sense of loss or upset during this time. The first crossing of Pluto square US Saturn (14Libra48), from January 20 to February 22, will also come during this period. This aspect points to an intensification of the US sense of responsibility in the world, as well as an anxiety-provoking feeling of power struggle against a potent and dangerous foe. Under these combined configurations, the confrontation with violent extremism is likely to be slippery, difficult, and dangerous.