The endlessly painful, ever-festering wound in the American psyche is racism. At times, it recedes somewhat from view, and, at other times, it is thrust out into the cold, cruel light of day where it cannot be ignored. It has been with us since the founding of the Republic, brought to a full boil during the Civil War, metastasizing into chronic abuse until another full scale battle emerged in the violence and assassinations that accompanied the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. What has continued to be the reality in minority and, particularly, in African American communities was well-documented in the movie Straight out of Compton and has been increasingly on the national radar since the shooting of Michael Brown on September 5, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. The often grotesquely disparate, abusive, and violent treatment of minority youth by police has now become common knowledge, thanks in large part to widespread protests after each violent incident, with repeated, horrifying examples of murdered African American youth splashed across the national media ever since events in Ferguson forced an awakening.
With the attacks of September 11, 2001, Muslim Americans also became increasingly and overtly exposed to this toxic undercurrent. And more recently, with the growing list of terror attacks attributed to or inspired by the new national nemesis ISIS, yet another vein of racism has bubbled blatantly to the surface. Needless to say, it is Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the leading presidential candidates of the Republican Party, who are at the tip of this plague-ridden spear. And not only Muslims, but also Hispanic immigrants have been defined by leading Republicans as the Enemy, with suggestions of nuclear weapons unleashed in the Middle East, any form of torture tactics acceptable, and expelling millions of people from the country proposed by these two Neanderthals as simplistic and offensive solutions to complicated and difficult problems.
In particular, Donald Trump’s campaign has become the latest iteration of the White Supremacy Movement in America. Everything he says leads back to re-empowering the White Christians who feel aggrieved and marginalized in the globalized and diverse reality of the modern world. Just blame the Mexicans, the Muslims, the immigrants, the protesters, and the Chinese for all our problems, and seal us off from the invading hordes and rotten trade deals of the 21st Century. Make America Great Again is the slogan of a demagogue who calls for erasing decades of progress from the evolution of the American consciousness.
In the US chart, we find Chiron in Aries in the 4th house. Chiron describes a wound that never heals but that has the potential to inspire enormous creativity and growth. The fourth house here describes the emotional underpinnings and the family relationships within the national family. In Aries, these relationships can become very combative and angry. To my mind, the 4th house Chiron in Aries in the US chart describes the endless battles that Americans seem to have with each other, including the hyper partisanship, and most especially, the frequent eruptions of racism amongst members of the national community.
Of particular significance today is that we are in the midst of transiting Uranus crossing the US Chiron (20Aries08) which, astrologically speaking, is unleashing the vicious and unrepentant racism manifesting in the Trump campaign. The first crossing was a prolonged station from late May through August 2015, which was fully launched with Trump’s “Mexicans are rapists and criminals” speech on June 15, as Jupiter (20 Leo) moved into a trine with transiting Uranus. After the San Bernadino attack in early December, Trump pushed to ban all Muslims coming into the country. Uranus, by this time, had moved back to station at 16 Aries.
Now that Uranus has again moved into a one-degree orb with US natal Chiron, we have witnessed the Brussels terror attack and, with it, a resurgence of the vile racism infecting the Republican electorate that we saw emerging last spring and summer. Cruz and Trump are calling for patrols in all Muslim neighborhoods, cavalierly assuming that all Muslims are potential terrorists. The current transit began in mid-March and will wax until April 4th and then dissipate, so we may see yet further race-baiting pronunciations, unhinged bigotry, and possibly violence before it is through.
Interestingly, transiting Jupiter will be quincunx US natal Chiron during the Republican Convention in July, suggesting these same ugly themes will be rampant at the GOP nominating circus. And in December 2016, Uranus will retrograde back to 20Aries33, not quite as far as Chiron, but during a Jupiter transit in opposition to natal Chiron (exact 12/23) and opposite transiting Uranus (exact 12/26) in late December. One can only guess what might be unleashed at that time.