If you’re following the situation in Ukraine, you may be wondering about the astrology that led to the rapid turn of events that started this past Friday afternoon. Ukraine always seems to be an important place in my life — one of my closest friends, our webmaster Anatoly is there, close to Kiev. As a kid, my best friend Eric Olynik’s family came from what was then called The Ukraine, and I am still not fully comfortable dropping the ‘the’ but Amanda in her capacity as copy editor has suggested that I catch up with the moment.
Anatoly says things have quieted down considerably since president Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, abandoning the presidential palace to demonstrators. He reportedly fled to pro-Moscow eastern Ukraine but press reports say his plane was not allowed to take off.
Scenes of protesters lounging around his opulent residence were reminiscent of that infamous 1968 photo of student leader Mark Rudd with his feet on the desk of the president of Columbia University. This was more than symbolic, however. Yanukovych had “privatized” the presidential mansion, meaning that he made it his own private property. This was a taking back of collective property by the people.
What happened, in effect, was that demonstrators pushed the corrupt president out of power. Though this is an old struggle, it has been heating up since late 2013 and came to a head the past two weeks. The protests were a kind of tug of war between Moscow and the European Union with Ukraine in the middle. Some factions in Ukraine want a greater connection to western Europe; others don’t want to westernize and want to keep their main connection to Moscow.
Big Boss Putin had been treating Ukraine like we were all back in the USSR days, encouraging Yanukovych to crack down, and bribing him with huge loans that Ukraine is likely to default on. Then last week Yanukovych’s special forces started firing on protesters, killing about 80 of them. Here in the States that would have been more than enough to make everyone flee for cover. The protesters fought back against an army of paramilitary police using sticks, rocks and fireworks — and beat them back, and kicked out the president.
Americans concerned about the corruption of the government and the banks, who are concerned that they are losing half their money and more than half of their rights to these institutions, might want to study this as an example.
That the escalation happened during the Winter Olympics did not help Putin. It meant that the eyes of the world were on Russia and its neighbors. While that did not stop Yanukovych and Putin from using deadly force on the protesters, they looked like serious assholes for doing so. They killed a bunch of people and that did nothing for them.
Anyway, we have a chart for when Yanukovich split town. It is quite a chart — note that it’s exactly at sunset, with the Sun conjunct Neptune. Pallas Athene is rising. The Moon is about to square the Sun and Neptune. We know this is a loaded, energized chart because there are angular planets and the Moon is about to knock some sense into them.
My favorite bit about this chart is the degree of the 10th house cusp — 24+ Taurus. There’s this set of symbols for each degree of the zodiac that turns astrology into a 360-card tarot deck. The 10th house cusp is the line that indicates the top executive power in any situation. In this case, the chart involves the actual president, who had taken public property as his own.
The symbol for this degree (one of my favorites in the whole set) is “A Vast Public Park.” The people took back their own property.
Here were my first impressions of the chart when I saw it Friday:
— This is part of a larger strategy that is under wraps; hidden but not quite secret. Strategy is indicated by Pallas rising, who I think might represent Yulia V. Tymoshenko, the former prime minister who was released from jail that same day.
— Chart suggests that ‘big lie’ is happening at same time as spiritual awakening. These are indicated by the prominence of Sun-Neptune. There is an actual populist element about this, indicated by Pisces. His leaving could be very good for the country.
— Now is time for bold speech, communication with neighbors, total devotion to the cause. This is potentially a positive, creative moment of spiritual awakening. For more information about that, look at the 3rd house — Mars and Vesta there, among other things.
— As everywhere, much growth needed in areas of intimacy and sexuality among wide public. Chart indicates that ideas and values are changing, evolving. A conservatism is breaking down. That is shown by Pluto and Venus in the 5th house.
This part about conservatism breaking down will really start to reveal itself as Mars moves into a square with Pluto and opposition to Uranus over the next six weeks. We are about to see what the Uranus-Pluto square can really do — thanks to Mars.
Would love to hear your comments about this chart. Thanks to Amanda Painter and Elizabeth Michaud for taking hours and hours last week to help sort out this situation.
It is however the desk of Dr. Kirk, the university president — not the dean.