At the time of this writing, the world is watching in horror at the unfolding events in and around Paris. The grim reality of a metastasizing and vicious jihadist movement surreptitiously seeping into Western Europe and beyond, as well as the uncontainable danger it represents, is painfully evident.
The news this morning was about terrorists associated with al Qaida in Yemen holding people hostage in two separate locations. One situation was perpetrated by the same brothers who were responsible for the multiple murders at Charlie Hebdo a mere two days ago. The other standoff, at a kosher market, was instigated by the man and his female accomplice responsible for the murder of a Paris policewoman yesterday. By a little after 11 AM this morning, EST, (5 PM in Paris) the three male terrorists had been killed by police.
As predicted in Explosive January , the two-week period from January 6 through January 20, during which the Moon’s Node is triggering the enormous tension in the Uranus/Pluto square, is a dangerous one. This is particularly true while transiting Mars (27-28 Aquarius) makes a semisquare to Uranus (12Aries) and then Pluto (13Capricorn), largely from early January 8 through around 7 AM (EST) on January 10 (around 1 PM January 10 in Paris). The events at Charlie Hebdo on January 7 were triggered by the Moon from 12 Leo, with Mars moving very close to a one-degree orb of the semisquare with Uranus. As the Mars transit built in strength in its semisquare with Uranus, the manhunt for the terrorists, the shooting of the French policewoman, the two hostage situations, and the bloody conclusion of these devastating and horrific days unfolded. With the transiting Node conjunct transiting Uranus and square transiting Pluto, combined with the brutality and aggression of the Mars transit semisquare to transiting Uranus, we had a rapidly evolving, violent, and explosive situation that has also radically transformed our awareness and intent going forward.
The transit of Mars semisquare to Pluto began during the final hours of the hostage siege on January 9 and will culminate early on January 10 (around 7 AM EST; 1 PM in Paris). This shift from Mars/Uranus to Mars/Pluto has slightly altered the tone of events from sudden and unpredictable violence (Mars/Uranus) to a more pervasive sense of anxiety, a need for vigilance, and determined power struggle with a vicious and cunning foe (Pluto/Mars). It may well be that the escaped fourth terrorist, the girlfriend of one of those killed today, will be apprehended during these final hours of this complex configuration.
Unfortunately, the agitating transit of the Node opposite Uranus and square to Pluto will continue after this immediate situation in France is resolved, lasting until January 20. The next significant activation is likely to be between 4 and 9 AM, on the morning of January 12, EST, when the Moon (12-13 Libra) crosses the North Node, opposes Uranus, and squares Pluto. On January 13, transiting Venus will be sextile Uranus until mid-day on the 14th, followed by the Moon again acting as a trigger in the evening of the 14th. Thus, the period from January 12 through January 14 may again bring rapidly unfolding and dangerous events. Of additional concern is the transit of Mars square to Saturn from January 13 through January 15 which suggests violence or dramatic and difficult events.
It should also be pointed out that any treacherous situation sparked in mid-January is likely to have a more direct impact on the US than the recent Parisian events. As of January 13 and continuing through January 26, transiting Saturn will be quincunx US Venus (3Cancer06), almost simultaneous with Saturn transiting opposite President Obama’s Moon (3Gemini21). These parallel Saturn transits imply a time of grief, upset, and anxiety in the US. The strong triggering of the Node/Uranus/Pluto configuration on January 12 to 14, as well as the Saturn/Mars square of January 13 through January 15, may precipitate the difficult situation indicated for the second half of January in the US. A treacherous weather event is always a possibility, as is a random, but newsworthy and disturbing act of violence somewhere. But given recent history, some kind of terrorist strike(s) should not be ruled out.