Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Uranus-Pluto and the Arab World (Part II)
The extraordinary unrest and revolution we have been seeing in the Middle East has its immediate explanation in the movements of Mars, a planet of conflict, protest and action. Mars, however, has had the function of a trigger for longer standing undercurrents coming to a head as Saturn opposes Jupiter and as Uranus moves into an almost exact square to Pluto later this year.
From 23rd Feb, however, the Sun and Mars will both be in Pisces. They will remain conjunct for another couple of weeks, so we can expect the protest (Mars) against leaders (Sun) to continue, but with a different flavour. It may be, for example, that the ideological basis (Aquarius) becomes less clear, and the remarkable restraint that the armies have shown will break down (Pisces can be a lot messier, even savage, and lacking in boundaries.) We have perhaps seen the start of this in the recent deaths of hundreds of protesters in both Bahrain and Libya.
Moving to another level, Jupiter entered Aries in late January. Jupiter is faith and belief and optimism, and Aries is the New. So it’s all there, the movement of belief from fatalistic, downtrodden Pisces to bold Aries. In the context of the Middle East, democracy is a new belief. Mars is action, but it has to be fuelled by something, and in this case it has been the new beliefs of Jupiter.
Jupiter is most of the way through a 10 month opposition to Saturn, which occurs every 20 years or so. These 2 used to be the outermost planets, and still are if you confine astrology to that which can be seen with the naked eye – for which I think there is a good argument if you want to take astrology out of the computer, where it has been headed for the last 2 thousand years, and back to a relationship with the sky.
Both planets concern worldly rulership, Saturn representing stability and the past, Jupiter representing progress, expansion and the future. If you give Uranus, Neptune and Pluto collective functions, then Saturn and Jupiter come to represent those parts of collective affairs which can be consciously influenced and understood. The Saturn-Jupiter Opposition, representing conflict between the old and the new, is almost too obvious to be worth mentioning in the case of the Middle East. The Opposition has been going on, however, for nearly a year, so the seeds of the current conflict could probably be traced back to that time by close observers of the Middle East. The opposition will be formally over at the end of March and well out of range by the end of April as Jupiter moves towards Taurus. So I would expect the current phase of protest and revolution to be over by then.
Humans can control and plan events up to a point, and we need to be able to do that to live and to build and to progress. But if it were just that, life would end up samey and unchallenging. We need something outside of our control that upends things in ways we could not have imagined, and which demands creative responses, that necessitates us thinking and acting in ways that we have never done before. This is the function of the outer planets. The inner planets are gods with whom we can to some extent dialogue. The outer planets – well, we just need to have altars to them and hope we’re staying onside.
So the new faith and belief that Jupiter in Aries has brought to the Middle East will be twisted and turned in ways we cannot foresee as Uranus enters Aries (like Jupiter, for the second time in the last year, showing, like the Saturn-Jupiter Opposition, that these revolutions have been coming for a while.)
So Uranus coming into Aries makes any sort of prediction foolish at this stage. Uranus will be within a degree of a square to Pluto this summer, and Pluto is in Capricorn, the sign of government. So this is the biggest picture of all. Revolutions in Government. But when and where we do not know, and this is just one meaning of the square. What we do know is that Uranus-Pluto is in its early stages, so that the Middle East revolutions are the start of something bigger that will be happening over the next few years.
The Uranus-Pluto square powerfully aspects the charts of all the major powers. The Middle East is crucial to the world’s energy supplies, and it is in political ferment. This is big, very very big, as big as you’d expect from Uranus square to Pluto (I’d started wondering what had happened to Uranus-Pluto!) Because we are at the start of Uranus-Pluto, though the current ferment may be over in a few months, we will not be returning to stability and normality. A bit like the Great Recession: we are still waiting for the economy to return to normal, but because of Uranus-Pluto, that is not what is happening – the economy is incrementally becoming something else, and there will probably also be drama to come before the new paradigm emerges. The same applies to the Middle East, and the geo-political consequences are likely to escalate rather than settle down. These revolutions are kicking off something much bigger.
It’s a bit like the last Uranus square to Pluto, in the late 1920s/early 1930s. Fascist/military regimes arose that led to war some years later. I’m not at all saying we are going to have a world war, just that these revolutions are leading to a much bigger change that we cannot currently foresee.