There is a lot of symbolism that can be attached to the Deepwater Oil Spill. For myself, I was listening the other day to someone who was in some form of breakdown. He was talking relentlessly, and had kept it up for hours, and it was all symbolic, archetypal, but with no processing or guiding by the ordinary mind. It was therefore incoherent. And the Deepwater Oil Spill sprang forcefully into my mind, where you see crude oil gushing unstoppably from the depths because the normal containing crust of the earth has been broken, broken somewhat recklessly by all accounts.
The symbolism works both ways. Could it be that the Oil Spill symbolises a collective madness on our part? Saturn, in a way, represents our sanity.He represents the order and containment that our fragile consciousness needs if it is not to be swept away by chaotic, instinctual forces. Saturn helps us process those forces, integrate them. But what if Saturn goes too far in the other direction, where order and containment and dominance is all? Sooner or later the unconscious, or life if you like, will break through uncontrollably. Too much Saturn is a form of madness (though not usually recognised as such) as much as too little can be. In neither case is there an ability to apprehend what is real.
At present there is a Saturn-Pluto square, which we can see as raw life (Pluto) breaking through human order (Saturn). Oil from the depths (Pluto) breaking through the earth’s crust (Saturn). The reckless exploitation of the earth and its resources that we see today is Saturn gone too far, and the Deepwater Oil Spill is literally, symbolically and astrologically a reminder of that.
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In the case of the US, where the spill has occurred, we have the country that more than any other symbolises the world’s malaise. And the IC of the US chart – the bottom of the chart, the ground beneath our feet – is being opposed by Saturn (the attempt to plug the well!) – having been punctured by Uranus (currently conjunct the IC) and is also being squared by Pluto: the unwelcome and uncontrollable flow of crude oil, raw life, from the depths.
At the time of the initial explosion, the Moon in Cancer was in the US 8th House, Pluto's realm, activating it; and Mars at 8 Leo was conjunct the US North Node which is also in the 8th House: so the explosion (Mars) took place in Pluto's realm and is of deep significance (North Node) for the US.