Widespread and often dramatic protests were precipitated by the refusal to indict Officer Darren Wilson over the killing of Michael Brown in a grand jury decision made known on November 24, following weeks of anxious expectation. With the meandering and self-justifying announcement of the non-indictment by a biased prosecutor, always intent on not prosecuting, simmering racial tensions burst past the boiling point into days of determined confrontation. An angry reaction erupted across the nation in widespread solidarity with the unavenged victim, the despairing community of Ferguson, and, perhaps most significantly, the uncounted and seemingly endless stream of other fatalities perpetrated by a large number of overzealous and unaccountable cops.
Incredibly, as the echoes of fury and despair following Ferguson had barely dimmed, it was announced on December 3 in New York City that another indictment was refused, for another murder, of another black man, by another police officer, this time with a crystal clear video documenting the entire sordid episode. Once again, widespread anger and protests erupted in response. The fetid reality of these manifold killings of young black men by out-of-control, unrestrained, and apparently unaccountable police, as well as the rationalizations, manipulations, and propaganda used to cover up these crimes and soothe the public, are a dark stain on the tattered remains of the national honor.
As mentioned in several recent posts on this site, the period from November 20 through November 29 was likely to include a particularly dramatic story of tremendous upset and grief dominating the headlines in the country. The US Moon (27Aquarius12) represents the citizenry, and, in the sign of Aquarius, includes their strong sense of justice, equality, and freedom. The Saturn square to this position during the last 10 days of November, therefore, brought a period of sorrow, frustration, and loss to a certain segment of the population (the Moon), especially with respect to these Aquarian ideals.
In addition, the longer lasting Pluto semisquare to the US Moon, which continued to build in strength through December 3, overlapped this Saturn transit and infused it with an underlying feeling of deep resentment and a sense of a power struggle against overwhelming odds. It is clear that the grotesque failure of the justice system in Ferguson, and subsequently in New York, as well as the intense emotions and protests that followed these events, have been a manifestation of this Saturn/Pluto/Moon configuration.
In addition, as of November 22, the Uranus/Pluto square of 2011 to 2015 has once again gone into high gear, reaching the sixth of its seven exact aspects on December 15, and vastly intensifying a multitude of high-stakes power struggles across the globe. This build-up in pressure is likely to continue through mid-March 2015, as the square between these two behemoths remains within a one-degree orb, culminating for a final time on March 17. The war against ISIL, the building tension between Israelis and Palestinians, the growing conflict with Russia’s newly aggressive foreign policy, as well as the intensifying and brutal partisan war in Washington and the heightened racial tensions across the land, may all be seen as representative of the inherent conflicts of the Uranus/Pluto square and are likely to be exacerbated in the coming four months. It is noteworthy that the transiting Sun (11-12 Sagittarius) has been triggering the Uranus/Pluto square on December 3 and 4, and will be followed by transiting Mercury crossing the same degrees on December 5, essentially at the time of the announcement of no indictment in New York and the subsequent city-wide protests in response.
Moreover, Pluto’s action over the entire next year, well past the last of the Uranus/Pluto square in March, is noteworthy as it will likely extend the underlying and potent power struggles of today through most of 2015, due to its prolonged opposition to the US Sun (13Cancer19), semisquare Israel’s Mars (28Leo19), and square Putin’s Sun (13Libra56). Pluto’s presence suggests a feeling of dire, existential threat that must be opposed with great vigilance and at all cost. Its action can be both aggressive and covert, using not only military force but also manipulation, propaganda, and subterfuge. At its worst, it can point to paranoia, obsessiveness, and extremism.
In the near-term, December will bring a return of Pluto to its opposition to the US Sun from December 7 through January 6. It seems likely that partisan rancor will be quite strong as the Lame Duck Congress grapples with fiscal and other issues, tensions over a corrupted justice system will remain high, and Republicans will relentlessly strive to punish and control their straw-man-Obama nemesis. This Pluto transit to the US Sun is also likely to deepen the sense of threat from and struggle with ISIL.
Of particular concern, however, is Vladimir Putin, whose Sun at 13Libra56 will be be opposed by Uranus from December 21 through February 15, as well as squared by transiting Pluto from December 26 through January 24. The Uranus transit suggests the possibility of unilateral and unexpected action by Putin, as well as unanticipated and transformative events impacting him and his country. The Pluto transit describes an underlying sense in Putin of an existential threat that can precipitate bold, aggressive action attempting to regain control of the situation.
It seems very likely that Russian actions will again be front page news from late December through mid-February. Moreover, the US is likely to be involved in the unfolding drama. This is because the US Sun (13Cancer19) will also be impacted by both Uranus and Pluto during much of the same time frame. The Uranus station will be square to the US Sun from late December through early February, overlapped by the Pluto opposition for most of December into the first week of January. Thus, the experience of a profound threat combined with unexpected and transformative events will be impacting both Putin and the US at the same time, suggesting that these experiences will be tied together in some way.