Dangerous Times
Attack on Capitol January 2021

I start with a quote from Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism, which is only too appropriate at this time.   The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.”

Many believed that when Mars turned Direct and moved forward that the violence and destruction would cease and that Jupiter and Saturn entering Aquarius would lead to more civil times.  I never thought that to be true for many planetary reasons.

First, Eris, the planet associated with discord, in Aries and Pluto, the planet associated with death, in Capricorn, have been in square aspect to one another since the spring of 2019.  While Eris and Pluto both have other connotations, this particular one is fitting for this time.  This square continues throughout this year.  So based on this alone, conflict with unlikely to end.

Second, Aquarius is the sign of groups and organizations.  It is a fixed sign, with fixed beliefs.  While this might promote harmony within a group, it does nothing for harmony between groups.  This can easily manifest as “my group is better than your group” or “my beliefs are the truth.”  Aquarius is a fixed sign, with rigid beliefs.  Normally I use the modern planets as rulers for the signs, but I have to make an exception with Aquarius, which is seen to be co-ruled by Saturn and Uranus.  Saturn rules tradition and conservatism; Uranus, free thinking and revolution. 

Jupiter is the planet of expansion and belief systems.  Saturn represents contraction and the status quo.  Jupiter wants to move forward.  Saturn looks to the past. This brings up the question of what changes must be made to move into the future and what must be preserved from the past.  And which past should be preserved.

On January 6, 2021, rioters attacked the US Capitol.  USA Today gives the time that rioters began grappling with police on Capitol steps as 1:10 pm.  Transiting Mars was at the Anaretic degree of 29 Aries.  Twenty-nine degrees of a sign is considered a critical degree.  It is associated with a sense of urgency.  Mars is the god of war.  And Aries can represent the first soldier over the hill.

In addition, transiting Pluto and Mercury in Capricorn (in the 9th house) straddled the Midheaven of the chart along Saturn and Jupiter in the 10th house.  The 10th house represents authority, i.e. the President encouraging his followers to commit acts of violence.  

Sadly, the other planetary positions clearly demonstrate this.  Mars was still within orb of a square aspect to Pluto and Mercury and applying to the exact square of Saturn and Jupiter and to the conjunction of Uranus in Taurus. 

Mars was in the 12th house of hidden enemies, along with Eris and Uranus.  The Moon at that precise time was in Libra having moved past the square to the Sun in Capricorn and applying to the oppositions of Eris and Mars in Eris and squares of Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn.

At the time of this writing, the FBI has warned of possible armed militia protests in all 50 states.  The Capitol police have warned of three more plots to attack the Capitol with the largest armed protest in American history.

 Sad to say, that the Inauguration chart for noon, January 20, 2021, in Washington DC has similar planetary positions to the time of the Capitol attack.  It clearly shows the possibility of an armed uprising and life and death danger to the President elect and those attending. 

While this is the immediate scenario, the conflict is not likely to abate after the inauguration.  Saturn in Aquarius’ upcoming square to Uranus in Taurus continues to pit the status quo against change.  And with both Aquarius and Taurus as fixed signs, neither side is likely to give in.






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