Like an unleashed tornado ravishing the geopolitical landscape of the world, the final waxing square between Uranus and Pluto is uprooting governments, rousing nations to war, and laying waste to the established balance of power in many places. In just a few weeks, Yemen’s Western-supported government has been ousted, while a burgeoning civil war ravishes the landscape; Jordon and Egypt have begun bombing ISIS strongholds in Syria and Libya, respectively, in response to vicious acts of terrorism recently committed against their citizens; and the Ukrainian ceasefire has all but collapsed amidst a new wave of violence.
As ISIS unfurls its flag in parts of Syria, Iraq, and Libya, while AQAP increasingly flexes its muscle in Yemen, and Boko Haram spreads its deranged violence beyond Nigeria’s borders, ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks are increasingly erupting throughout the Middle East, into Western Europe, and beyond. In reaction to all of this provocation, many in the family of nations have begun to put aside their differences and push back hard. The overwhelming onslaught of criminal barbarity from these radical extremists, loosely garbed in megalomaniacal religious jargon, has become so unhinged that the civilized world is moving towards a new unity of response.
The final protracted thrust of the Uranus/Pluto square will continue to build through March 16, 2015, the last of seven exact aspects over three years. These last weeks of the transit, moreover, will include stimulation from other planets and are therefore likely to contain some very dramatic and potentially violent events. Transiting Jupiter will be trine to Uranus and quincunx to Pluto from February 20 through February 28, suggesting an intensification of the outrageous and unexpected events (Uranus) that have become the hallmark of ISIS, as well as an intensification of the fierce power struggle (Pluto) unfolding between the criminality of the extremists and those who stand for the protection of civilization. In addition, Mars will enter its natural sign of Aries on February 20, enabling it to more fully express its aggression than in the previous water sign of Pisces. Moreover, from roughly March 8 through March 12, Mars will move into a conjunction with Uranus and a square to Pluto, exacerbating the already overwhelming tensions of the exact Uranus/Pluto square of the first half of March. These are likely to be days of extraordinary confrontations and violence, as well as potentially very extreme and dangerous weather events.
The intensity of the profound power struggles that are the signature of the Uranus/Pluto square will begin to dissipate after March 2015, with a brief, final flare-up in January and February 2016 when the these two planets move close to a one-degree orbed square for the final time. Nonetheless, by far the greatest impact of this historical aspect is being felt in the present, through mid-March.
Of interest in the US chart is that both Uranus and Pluto are presently in hard aspect to the US Saturn (14Libra48). The Pluto square to US Saturn will be exact on February 22, while the Uranus opposition will continue to increase in strength through March 8, suggesting unexpected, upsetting, and transformative events over the next 17 days. The Pluto transit will return from mid-April through mid-June and late November through late December 2015.
This Pluto transit to the US 10th house Saturn intensifies the US drive to decisively impact the world, while at the same time highlighting the clear limitations of US power to affect change. It is a frustrating, humbling, and disturbing transit, as the US chafes to shape events that are overwhelmingly uncontrollable. As MSNBC host Chris Hayes pointed out recently: we tried air power and then retreat in Libya; we tried staying out of the conflict in Syria; and we tried invading and nation-building in Iraq, and none of these had a successful outcome. The underlying reality, he suggested, is that we just don’t have the power to fully shape events to our liking, no matter what we do. The stark awareness of this humbling truth is a manifestation of transiting Pluto square US Saturn, and it will be coming back with greater strength during the Pluto station from mid-April to mid-June, when it will be joined by Saturn quincunx US Venus (April 16 to May 2) and by Saturn semisquare US Saturn (June 3 to June 18). This springtime period seems likely to be a very difficult time in the ongoing war with ISIS when our limitations in waging this conflict become painfully apparent.
In the near term, the Jupiter station from mid-March through April 11 will be conjunct President Obama’s Sun (12Leo33), suggesting a period of great success which follows the very violent period of the first half of March. We may see some significant victories during this nearly four-week timeframe, both politically and in the war against ISIS. With transiting Pluto in aspect to the US Saturn and the US Sun (13Cancer19) through most of 2015, however, the beginning of any real release from the fierceness of this historical confrontation seems likely not to come until early in 2016.