If you are interested in my broader perspective on the astrology of the bushfires and the latest Middle East/Caligula crisis, here it is! If you are not an astro-fiend and just want to know if it will be okay or if this is the start of some end times fuqery: yes it will be and no it is not.
And as always, please note that this is not a newspaper or even a political blog. My opinions are about the astrological themes surrounding these events, not an in-depth take on situations that are complex and emotionally loaded.
Beginning the new decade with World War III trending on social media and apocalyptic bushfires is not ideal. The fires are in Australia, but this is as global as the Middle East/U.S.A. flashpoint. Both these events occur with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that I’ve done several posts on over the last year. We always knew it would be cathartic and a flashpoint for brewing geopolitical storms. Dissatisfaction with inadequate leadership is now palpable and for obvious reasons. On both the personal and the collective level, it is an alignment that supercharges practical challenges with spiritual resonance.
2020 features two epochal alignments that traditionally signal new rulers and styles of governance, economy and belief system: Saturn conjunct Pluto in January and Jupiter conjunct Saturn in December. The first is approx every 35 years and the other every 19 years. I don’t think we have had a year with both conjunctions occurring at the same time before. If we have, it was centuries ago. Uranus in Taurus is also a player, particularly in the astrology of the bushfires.
The Astrology Of The Bushfires
Sure, the situation comes under Saturn-Pluto because it is a crisis of leadership. Or more correctly, no leadership. I need not reiterate how sad, destructive, infuriating, stressful and avoidable the fires engulfing huge tracts of Australian farms, forests, and towns are. We know it is a clusterfuq. For years, Australians have been told by the mainstream political parties that thorough ecological policies weren’t sensible; they would threaten the economy. Left and right-wing parties sell land, mining rights, water rights and more to foreign companies with zero interest in the health of the Australian people, plants and animals. We began 2019 with a million fish dying in what was once a pristine river; It because of the drought, cotton farming and also because their water is apparently now not so much a resource as an asset to sell off.
Our leaders have portrayed the health of the actual planet as a lunatic fringe issue. They’ve insisted that blowing money on Draconian old technologies and business models was the only ‘sensible’ thing to do for prosperity. Well, their way of doing it has irrevocably crashed the economy. So even if they are correct that being green would blow the budget, we would at least have clean air and water plus politicians who didn’t hate any citizen who wasn’t a corporate donor or a photo opportunity.
This is not just a matter of dealing with the emergency and then mounting a clean-up/compensation operation. The country has to make over its business model. They’ve taken tourism out of the equation for the near future (even the Prime Minister, an ex marketing man, should grasp how profoundly the fires have trashed the ‘brand’) and most people don’t want more mining/big agriculture or water rights sold while we’re in a drought. Australia becomes a leading ecological light, or it declines into a special economic zone that multi-nationals exploit till its dead, the unique beauties of its land a history taught to our grandchildren.
Saturn, Pluto And Uranus Are All Players Here
Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn is the start of a new cycle. The economic rationalism, ‘user pays’ neo-feudalism and privatizing of everything belongs to the old cycle. It happens in our personal sphere as well. Have you noticed how since April 2019, when this alignment began to form, the omens around what you need to quit or change have become ridiculously lurid? In times like this, doubling down on clearly old-era interests and thought styles is not only foolish, it is dangerous.
But Uranus in Taurus was always going to be about trees, nature, and Gaia. Thoreau’s Walden – a prototypal ecological awareness raiser of a book – came out in 1854, when Uranus was at the same point it is at now. It changed everything. Talking about reverence for wildness, voluntary simplicity and living in harmony with nature, it was incredibly influential. In 1935, also with Uranus in Taurus, Sun-Saturn conjunct Capricorn Bob Marshall founded the Wilderness Society. Sadly, in Australia then, the last thylacine died, driven to extinction by hunting and loss of habitat. People called them the “Tasmanian Tiger.” In the 1960s, Uranus met Pluto in Virgo and both trined the Uranus in Taurus point of 1854. Gemini visionary Rachel Carson (born with Saturn square Pluto) wrote Silent Spring, warning of the damage caused by pesticides, the USA government passed legislation protecting the environment and national parks became a thing.
Historically, Uranus in Taurus triggers environmental consciousness raising, and this is a particularly potent Uranus in Taurus, as it’s backed by the Saturn Pluto conjunction. If anything good comes of this cataclysm, it has to be a profound shift to an environment-first style of management.
The Middle East Astrology
The Saturn Pluto cycle is synonymous with the story of the Middle East, United States, big oil and well, even the Crusades. Officially launching in 1095, the Crusades originated around 1091, with a Saturn Pluto square. The Ottoman Empire: A Saturn-Pluto Opposition. Saudi Arabia also began on a Saturn Pluto opposition and Israel on the conjunction. The Saturn Pluto conjunctions of October 1914 and May 1915 are on the World War 1 timeline, but that was also when oil became strategically important.
The September 11 attacks occurred on a Saturn Pluto opposition. The Saturn Pluto square in late 2009/early 2010 occurred with Iranian democracy protests, also known as the Persian Spring. I could go on but you get the point. Saturn, Pluto and these themes go together.
It is unnerving to have such weighty astrology in effect as China, Iran and Russia conduct military exercises. Not to mention strikes from the current USA President that do not seem to be part of a deliberate, thought-out or bipartisan strategy. And there are eerie parallels involving Saturn and the Nodes from 1914 to 1915: The North Node in March is on the Saturn from then. Mars, Jupiter and Pluto will align at the same time, adding extra potency to whatever forms. But the underlying theme is this: if you think outside countries are not so much in the Middle East to ‘help out’ or ‘bring peace’ but for the oil, then maybe that jig is up?
Fuel Independence Is A Good Tactic For Saturn-Pluto And Uranus In Taurus
People have been talking about fuel independence since the mid-70s – when Saturn squared Pluto – and even more so after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. During astro like this, events trigger you into bringing forward major long-term big-scale projects. That ‘someday’ you have been crapping on about forever is suddenly upon you. You’re bringing it forward, whether or not you feel ready.
If you put together the fires and Trump’s Iran fuqery, it is time to abandon the old ways. Not with a conference scheduled for sometime whenever but with legislation. Climate and environment first leaders/politicians would not be running counter to the ‘jobs and growth’ mantra; We can’t secure energy independence without gigantic and sped up investment in innovation. Not only do the old ways risk burning countries down and poisoning all the water, people and animals – they leave us insecure. In atmospheres like this, it is all too easy to feel scared and imagine the worst-case scenario. It’s harder – but very much in the style of Saturn conjunct Pluto – to visualize the better outcome.
As the most recent Saturn Pluto cycle – the one that began in late 1982 ends, we have reached the limits of neo-liberalism and whatever you call it when you make terrible compromises to ensure something you need for survival. Uranus in Taurus is friendly with Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. That is rare. It certainly wasn’t in 1914 and 1915. It was in Aquarius and opposite Neptune in Leo. How’s that for noble ideals turned into grand scale delusional destruction? This current Uranus set-up is fantastic. It’s not just power to the people; It is power to the animals and the land spirits, power to the countless innovators and small to medium businesses paying more tax than the multi-nationals.
Saturn conjunct Pluto could optimally be a new order that secured energy independence, rebooted the economy from this ghastly designed stagnation of low interest rates and saved the planet. It’s not hippie or a niche inner city lunatic thing. It makes military, economic and ecological sense.
If you are in Australia, I say contact your local government member; they count letters and phone calls far more than they do likes on social media. The more people taking the trouble to tell them to get their s***t together, the better. And if you are elsewhere and want to help, there are multiple good charities but this is the link to contribute to the rural fire service. Yes, because it’s been considered more important to have, you know, money making public-private partnerships. That’s when the public pays and the private corporation (plus their political advisors) benefit.
Image: Behjat Sadr