Dear Friend and Reader:
In the Sixties there was a phrase, the war comes home. It referred to the battles in the streets and between the generations about the Vietnam War, which was coming home to roost. Now the United States is involved in another war 6,000 miles away, and people are wondering how it’s possible that an officer in the United States Army could murder 11 of his colleagues and a civilian and injure 30 others.
The answer is so obvious that many will miss it: this is a direct consequence of militarism. Even if the shooter in this incident acted alone, with his own internal motives, he was part of something larger than himself; and he chose as his targets members of the United States military of which he was part.
Probably the most disturbing, if not surprising, thing in this chart is that the planet representing the nature and cause of the killings is Mercury, and we find it conjunct the Sun in the 9th house of religion. That would appear to be the primary motivation. Then in our era, we have once again conflated religion with militarism.
Our society is organized around war, and we attempt to train men to be killing machines. The excuse changes from generation to generation. Yet whatever the rationale, It follows logically that they would, indeed, kill. We don’t question the impact of their training, or the psychological stress of taking the lives of others or of seeing so much loss, pain and death. Then we usually look away from the results. That is no longer possible; this cannot be kept out of the news, and thankfully so.
The chart for this event has the four-part conjunction in the ascendant — Nessus, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune. When a major outer planet event turns up in one of the immediately personal angles of the chart, in this case the eastern horizon or ascendant (on the left side of the figure), we know that what happened is representative of the times in which we’re living. [Chiron and Neptune recently returned to direct motion in the past few days.]
We have Aries Point involvement on several levels. First, Saturn is applying to an exact square with Pluto in the first degrees of the cardinal signs. Second, the midpoints of the fixed signs — such as Scorpio and Aquarius — vibrate with the Aries Point because they are on a 90-degree harmonic to the point. The aspect is called a sesquiquadrate or sesquisquare, or 135 degrees; it’s comprised of a square and a semi-square. When we have activity on near the midpoints of the fixed cross, we can have a direct Aries Point effect.
Mercury and the Sun are in an exact conjunction less than two degrees from the Scorpio midpoint, and they are about to square Nessus, which is a degree from the Aquarius midpoint. Nessus in Aquarius gives us all kinds of imagery related to psychological abuse, and collective psychological abuse inflicted by groups and organizations. When we think of the Army we usually feel patriotic about the guys defending our nation, or who were told that’s what they were going to be doing. We don’t usually think about the organizational psychology that compels people to give up their individual ethics, feelings and intentions and kill others on behalf of a group entity.
The conjunction of Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius is about clearing the fog of mass delusion that we have lived with for a decade, most of which the United States has been in a constant state of war, digging itself deeper into a quagmire that it cannot afford on any level, be it spiritual, human or economic.
I would propose from this chart that today’s incident will be seen as a turning point in the history of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This, as President Obama considers the advice of his joint chiefs to send 40,000 more soldiers and Marines into Afghanistan. The effects of yesterday’s events will be profound; I think that the minds of many will be opened by what has happened, and that is a good time for a conversation about our national priorities, which we can now see are indeed killing us.
Yours & truly,