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Inaugural Issues

Every four years, Americans hold a presidential election. The swearing-in for the new term takes place on the following January 20, at noon, by Constitutional decree. It is the chart drawn for this moment that then becomes the astrological imprint for the next presidential term.

If Mars, the planet of aggressive action, confrontation, and war is particularly potent in the Inaugural chart, it will most often be the case that military action becomes a prominent theme during the following four years. This is especially true when we find a tight configuration of several planets that includes Mars.

In the current Inaugural chart, Mars (20Aquarius13) is in an extremely close square with the Moon (19Taurus36), an exact semisquare with Uranus (5Aries14), and a square with the North Node (23Scorpio44). In addition, Mars is in a wide square with the Ascendant (12Tauurs43) and a wider square with Saturn (10Scorpio48). It is this powerful mix that points to aggressive confrontations, violence, and anger (Mars/Moon), often sparked by sudden and transformative events (Uranus), and involving partnerships, as well as open enemies (7th house North Node) during this presidential term. Following the transits and progressions to these points in the Inaugural chart can therefore help us to understand the ebb and flow of the Obama administration’s evolving confrontation with ISIS in the Middle East, the primary manifestation of this forceful Moon, Mars, Uranus, Node combination.inaugural13

During the past year through September 2014, transiting Saturn was crossing the opposition to the Moon and the square to Mars, for the most part bringing restraint, caution, and focus, as well as a great deal of criticism to the administration. These limiting and difficult energies are the signature of a Saturn transit. Added to the mix in August 2014, however, was the tertiary progressed Sun conjunction to Inaugural Mars and semisquare Inaugural Uranus. This ignited the latent impulse to confrontation contained in the Inaugural chart, sparked by swift-moving and transformational events that clearly signaled a new and dangerous situation. President Obama at this time declared his intention to build a strong coalition to go after ISIS and thwart their violent and extremist agenda.

October is now bringing complications and hindrances in implementing this war effectively. Again Saturn is becoming prominent and, with it, renewed criticism of administration policy, significant military setbacks, and a very problematic and uncooperative ally, Turkey. Not only is transiting Saturn moving into a conjunction with natal Node from October 18 through October 23, but Inaugural progressed Moon is now quincunx natal Saturn and progressed Saturn from October 8 through November 10, and tertiary Inaugural Venus is square to natal and tertiary Saturn from September 25 through November 8. The strain and hindrance implied by this combination of aspects may also point to some disappointments in the coming election, but that is very difficult to determine.

What is particularly interesting in the Inaugural chart is how much the Node square to Mars comes into full fruition for the next two years. From November 2014 through November 2015, the tertiary progressed Node will move into a square with natal Mars and semisquare natal Uranus. This will be significantly activated by the transit of Uranus (20 Aries), from June through August 2015.  By 2016, and continuing until the next presidential term begins, progressed Inaugural Mars will move into an exact square with natal and progressed Node, again triggered by transiting Uranus (now at 23 Aries), covering from mid-May through mid-September 2016, and further intensified by a Mars station at 23 Scorpio from mid-June to mid-July 2016.

It seems, therefore, very likely that the administration will be actively and aggressively engaged in its war on ISIS during these two years. After ironing out a lot of the difficulties and hesitations during the 2014 Saturn transits and progressions through early November, the administration’s focus and energy seems likely to sharpen and become more effective from mid-November 2014 onward. As mentioned in previous articles, there will be some very stressful periods within the larger frame of this war, especially from April to August 2015, but the administration nonetheless seems to find its stride in this confrontation after some initial stumbles.

The Burden of Leadership

One element found in the multiple crises of 2014 is the increased focus on American leadership in the world. With the Russian incursion into Ukraine in the winter and spring, it is the US that has pushed for and organized increasingly stringent sanctions against Putin to pressure him to cease and desist. With the sudden and swift sweep of the terrorist group ISIS across Iraq in the spring and summer, it is again the US that is organizing and leading the global coalition to resist this increasingly dangerous foe. And finally, with the alarming spread of Ebola in Africa in the spring and summer, and now in the fall tricking into other nations including the US, it is the US that is sending troops to upgrade the medical infrastructure in Africa to help stem the frightening tide. One can argue as to whether or not any of these activities has been sufficient, soon enough, or ultimately effective, but the point here is simply that it keeps being the US role to take up the reins and lead the fight.

There have been times when this “leadership” role has seemed arrogant and even reckless, and the country has heedlessly overextended itself, stirring up extraordinary difficulties and tremendous losses. Certainly, the wars in Vietnam and Iraq are prime examples of this unfortunate tendency. There are other times when the burdens of leadership are shouldered to aid in a time of trouble, such as a natural disaster or during extreme violence or oppression. The aid offered to rescue the Yazidis under siege on the mountaintop in Iraq is a recent example.

At its best, the US has been known to offer some of its prodigious resources, including its powerful military, to those in great need who cannot manage by themselves. “To whom much is given, much is expected.” At its worst, the US has been known to be bossy and arrogant when it tries to impose its will on the world.

Although there is disagreement in the astrological world about the birth time for the US chart, many use a version with Sagittarius rising and Saturn in the 10th house, myself among them. I feel that a 10th house Saturn in Libra very aptly describes America’s struggle to manage its global footprint. A 10th house Saturn demands humility, USchartcooperation, and service to the greater good for it to manifest at its best. It may be experienced at times as a drive to take on heavy and burdensome responsibilities. In the sign of Libra, the idea of partnerships and coalitions becomes an added part of the equation.

But a 10th house Saturn can also describe the tendency to become too dominating and too proud, inevitably leading to overreach and painful lessons in the limitations of power (e.g., Vietnam and Iraq). Isabel Hickey described this position as “a rise to the top followed by a fall.”

Additionally found in the US chart is a tight square between the Sun (13Cancer19) and Saturn (14Libra48). The Sun is widely conjunct both Venus (3Cancer06) and Jupiter (5Cancer56), indicative of great wealth and success. With these three positions, as well as Mercury (24Cancer12), in the sign of the Crab, however, there is the tendency to emotionalism and self-protection during times of trouble. The square between the Sun and Saturn points to the difficulty in balancing these self-protective Cancer traits with the burdens of leadership and the importance of a global role inherent in the 10th house Saturn.

In the years 2014 and 2015, as the three crises of ISIS, Ebola, and a newly expansive and aggressive Putin coalesce on the world stage, we find the transiting Uranus/Pluto square in multiple hard aspects to the US Sun/Saturn square. Not only are the US President and the goals of the nation as a whole (the Sun) fully engaged as these situations unfold, but the push for US leadership of a coalition and the struggle to find a carefully-honed balance of effort (10th house Saturn in Libra) are also a central themes.

Transiting Uranus crossed in exact opposition to US Saturn (14Libra48) in late April, the first half of May, and during all of September 2014, and will return for the final crossing from mid-February to early March 2015. Interestingly, these periods closely coincide with transiting Uranus also crossing in a square to the Ascendant of the 2014 Spring Equinox chart (14Cancer07) drawn for Washington, DC. This combination points to the unfolding of swiftly moving, transformative events that demand increased US responsibility, determination, discipline, and leadership. The April/May 2014 period was mostly focused on Russian aggression in Ukraine and the pulling together of punitive sanctions. The September period brought serious and intense effort towards the building of a strong coalition against ISIS, as well as an aggressive bombing campaign against these brutal terrorists in Iraq and later in Syria. It remains to be seen what the final chapter of this transit will bring during the second half of February and the first week of March 2015, but we can again expect fast-paced, problematic, and transformative events that demand attention and disciplined effort by the US and its allies, with the US more than likely steering the coalition.

While the US leadership role is being highlighted during this 2014-2015 period due to a historically potent activation of the 10th house Saturn, it is likely that the most stressful times will come while Pluto transits in square to US Saturn (14Libra48) and opposite US Sun (13Cancer19), taken together covering much of 2015. Pluto inevitably brings with it a feeling of an angst-filled battle against a powerful foe, with the need to stay intensely vigilant to prevent overwhelming and destructive defeat. There is always the need to find that razor’s edge between the danger of pushing too hard, and creating additional problems, and the danger of not pushing hard enough to thwart a very real danger.

Every Pluto crossing in square to US Saturn points to an increase in anxiety, as well as a need for sacrifice and vigilance. The first crossing comes from January 20 through February 22, 2015, and to some degree coincides with the transit of Uranus opposite US Saturn and square the Equinox Ascendant. This combination points to a whirlwind of dangerous events from mid-January through February as the Uranus/Pluto square reaches its final climax.

The second crossing will come from mid-April to mid-June 2015 and will immediately precede the protracted Saturn station sesquiquadrate US Sun (June 27 to August 10) and the Pluto station opposite US Sun (July 7 through November 2, 2015). Although it is very possible that the battle against ISIS may become painful and especially difficult during this period, I am also very concerned that the battle against the spreading Ebola virus in the US may reach its peak in the spring and summer of 2015.

However these potent and challenging planetary combinations manifest, and there is no way at this time to be sure how they will unfold, there will be the need for sacrifice, caution, and intense effort to fully engage against some kind of threatening circumstance. As I have said repeatedly, the year 2016 seems likely to be much less stressful. In the meantime, the country will pull together and handle what Life brings, and grow stronger and more disciplined for the effort.

Commander-in-Chief

On September 22, the US, with the assistance of several Arab allies, began conducting air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria. And, as is the usual response to President Obama’s leadership, there has been a barrage of second guessing and complaints that he should have done much more, much sooner. We saw this oft-repeated pattern during the 2008 campaign, when people wanted him to be more aggressive with Hillary and then with McCain. He won that election. We saw this in his refusal to do a much-demanded executive order to overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, while he insisted on legislation that would make the change permanent. Again, he was ultimately successful. We see this in his waiting until after the election before signing an executive order on immigration, with the final, slim hope that the Congress might pass something more permanent once political considerations are past, as well as with the legitimate attempt to protect Democrats running in red states, given the subsequent impact their loss would have on a number of issues. And we see the same pattern now, as the war against ISIS unfolds.

While many had been chafing at the bit for the bombing inside Iraq to begin, the president waited until a more inclusive and hopefully more effective government was chosen before proceeding. Subsequently, as the clamoring to bomb inside Syria reached a fevered pitch, the president waited until the strong participation of moderate Sunni nations in the coalition was assured before he began. His timing, almost always, is more measured and his consideration of the consequences of his actions more comprehensive than is the general mood of the politicians and the public. Although his success rate tends to be quite good, the somewhat unhinged second guessing almost always continues unabated, at least until success is assured. With the current war, it could take a while before the jury is in.

In the president’s chart, we find Mars (22Virgo34) trine Saturn (25Capricorn20), describing a thoughtful, meticulous, slow, steady, and effective approach to obamaaccomplishing goals. Interestingly, Obama’s Virgo Mars is in a tight square with the US Gemini Mars (21Gemini33), which indicates that the collective US impulse is generally to move at a faster and less considered pace than this president is likely to move. In addition, Obama’s Saturn (25Capricorn20) is in a close conjunction with the US Pluto (27Capricorn33). Thus, he tends to slow down, discipline, and focus (Saturn) the US projection of power (Pluto) in the world. Although, this can ultimately lead to a more permanent and comprehensive result, it may tend to frustrate many during the implementation.

It seems useful at this point to take a closer look at the president’s chart with regard to what indications may be found that help us understand the trajectory of the current conflict. The big caveat is, of course, that other significant developments, especially the coming election, will be difficult to tease out from the indicators of the ongoing confrontation with ISIS.

The good news is that the long and difficult period from late May through about September 1, 2014, during which the president was heavily criticized for just about everything and already being talked about as a lame duck, is now behind us. As this relentless and stressful Saturn station in a sesquiquadrate to his Venus (1Cancer47) and square to his Ascendant (18Aquarius03) waned, the president moved into the first crossing of Jupiter to his Sun (12Leo33) in mid-September. This Jupiter transit to Obama’s Sun in September, following immediately after the August tertiary Sun conjunction to Mars (20Aquarius13) in the Inaugural chart are the indicators of the president’s shift from cautious thoughtfulness to an active war footing. In other words, he moved from the inhibiting and stressful aura of Saturn to the more expansive and effective experience of Jupiter combined with the forceful assertiveness of Mars.

Not only will Jupiter be crossing the president’s Sun again next spring during a month-long station from March 15 to April 11, but it will soon be opposed to his Ascendant (18Aquarius03) and semisquare to his Venus (1Cancer47), as well as opposed to the Ascendant of his solar return (20Leo57). These combine to intermittently cover the period from September 25 to November 5, 2014, and again in parts of January and early February 2015, and finally from late May through June 2015. These will be followed by its crossing of his Uranus (25Leo16) and Node (27Leo18) in the second half of July 2015. These multiple Jupiter transits, taken together, point to several periods of success, expansion of effort, and optimism over the coming year.

In addition, we can see the Commander-in-chief role taking a firmer hold on the president as his tertiary progressed Mars moves to oppose his natal Ascendant (18Aquarius03) from late October 2014 through early January 2015, followed by his tertiary Sun conjunct tertiary Mars (exact around 18Leo53) from mid-January through mid-March 2015. These two tertiary progressions in the president’s chart involving the warrior planet Mars are almost exactly simultaneous to the final protracted chapter of the Uranus/Pluto square from November 2014 to mid-March 2015. Moreover, this inaugural13increase in the more aggressive role of the military commander is also paralleled in the Inaugural chart with the tertiary progressed Node moving into a square with natal Mars (20Aquarius13) from November 2014 to early November 2015. These multiple tertiary Mars progressions are the clearest signifiers of a more military posture of President Obama and his administration over the coming months.

In the more immediate future, the final three months of 2014 seem likely to be filled with drama, some of which will be political confrontations and election issues, some will relate to the war against ISIS, and some seems likely to be some kind of random act of violence or weather/natural event. Given the overlapping situations, it is difficult to predict the coming elections. There are a few aspects, however, that point to some significant strain for the president and his administration right around the election that lead me to see a strong chance of a loss of the Senate. Transiting Saturn will be sextile Obama’s natal Saturn (25Capricorn20) from November 4 through 13, triggering the year-long solar arc Moon opposition to his natal Saturn that will culminate in April 2015. This suggests some sadness and frustration for him during those days. Moreover, transiting Saturn will also be square to his natal Uranus (25Leo16) from November 2 to November 13, pointing to some limitations on his ability to act as freely as he would like.

Transiting Pluto on November 9 through mid-December 2014 will be moving into its final quincunx with President Obama’s Sun (12Leo33), pointing to some very stressful power struggles during that month, which seem likely to be both with the Congress as well as with our foreign terrorist foe. That will no doubt be the period when Congress finally votes on the war. In addition, if Congress continues to refuse to act on immigration after the election, the president will sign an executive order on the issue, potentially lighting up another firestorm. The powerful Mars translation of the Uranus/Pluto square from November 10 to November 13 could indicate some severe political confrontations in the aftermath of the election, as well as the usual increase in storms, accidents, aggressive confrontations, and random violence.

It should be noted that in addition to Pluto quincunx the president’s Sun in November and December, transiting Uranus will be in a station in a trine to his Sun at the same time. This Uranus/Pluto combination in the president’s chart points to him being at the epicenter of the transformation presently taking hold of the world in the form of the historical Uranus/Pluto square. Clearly, he is central to the push for a grand coalition to confront and degrade the extremists, as well as assuming leadership of the form of the confrontation itself. Both planets were also aspecting his Sun when he worked to build a coalition of sanctions against Russia last spring over its interference and aggression in Ukraine. USchart

Needless to say, this magnified role on the world stage for both the president and the nation does not come without a cost, not only to America but to all who have joined her. Already, the terrorists have responded with several choreographed videos of beheadings, as well as sent instructions worldwide to their cohorts to attack Westerners and kill them. Any who oppose these deranged criminals are in the line of fire. It may be that the most likely times when these acts of retaliation harm Americans directly will come when Saturn adversely impacts both the president’s chart and the US chart. Again, this is always with the caveat that these indicators may point to a more random stressful event, such as a major storm or significant accident, which is upsetting and takes over the news cycle for a few days.

As was mentioned in my previous article, one such period of heightened strain or upset in the US is likely during the last 10 days of November when Saturn makes a square to the US Moon (27Aquarius12), coincidental with Pluto in a semisquare to the same degree. These same two planets will also be in aspect to President Obama’s North Node (27Leo18) pointing to the added level of stress and responsibility that he will feel during the events signified.

Beginning in the second half of January 2015, transiting Saturn will move to oppose the president’s Moon (3Gemini21), nearly simultaneous to its quincunx to the US Venus (3Cancer06). This double transit will come again during the second half of April and the second half of October 2015. The first of these two crossing are somewhat coincidental with transiting Pluto square to the US Saturn (14Libra48), while the third comes during the anxiety and stress indicated by the final crossing of Pluto opposite the US Sun. These three periods seem to me to be the most likely times when painful events, potentially but not exclusively, stemming from this war may erupt into the national awareness. By 2016, the issue seems greatly reduced.

The Obama administration has warned repeatedly that the newly unleashed war against the extremist group ISIS will take some time, clearly contrasting itself with the Bush administration’s glib promise of victory within a few easy weeks. Unfortunately, the painful memory of the past twelve years of devastating cost in lives and treasure continues to haunt Americans, and many fear that the current situation will become an endless quagmire. Astrologically, the most dramatic period of this conflict seems likely to extend from the present through March 2015, with a continuing confrontation extending through most of 2015. After that, the key indications in the US chart that point to a heightened power struggle and a magnified role of the US on the world stage – the transiting Uranus/Pluto square in hard aspect to the US Sun and the US Saturn – will be behind us, suggesting calmer waters ultimately will prevail.

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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