I like to think the site is a haven from the stresses of politics but the current situation is serious enough to make my thoughts public. I have never had and probably will never have a dangerous encounter with a police officer.
I am so sorry to anyone who does not feel safe to call the cops when they are in danger. Or who knows that any encounter with the police/justice system is automatically far more dangerous for them because of their racial background. It is uncomfortable to say this but in the past, I shied away from thinking about my white privilege. It was partly as I felt that to acknowledge it would somehow negate the trauma and abuse I had endured.
But I was also defensive in an “I had an Aboriginal boyfriend!” style. Or aware as in “I was furious that the movie adaptation of Cold Mountain removed the ‘ramifications of slavery’ scene and cast Renee Zellwegger as a character who was meant to be African-American.” Now I can see that’s like someone who is overlooking a domestic violence situation talking about how they met Gloria Steinem or think it’s great that Wonder Woman was helmed by a woman.
The American Pluto Meets Contemporary Hekate
I just did not want to see it. I have had police-people being extraordinarily pleasant and supportive to me in the wake of a serious assault, after burglaries, during an investigation into a potentially predatory children’s swimming school teacher and even when a family member was arrested for a serious drug offense.
I hate thinking that this is not just ‘how it is.’ But if I was non-white looking, every one of those intersections with police could have been drastically different. The stress of whatever the event was would have been compounded.
Life serves up all sorts of s**t and yes, people of any ethnic background can experience trauma. But trusting that the cops will give you the benefit of the doubt is an undeniable advantage. The assumption that police are there to save or protect you and that everyone suspected of committing a crime will get their ‘day in court’ is a white assumption. It is not only inaccurate for a significant sector of American society – it is unsafe for them to believe that.
Institutionalized Abuse Turns To Tyranny
The homicide of George Floyd was particularly horrifying because there were literally no extenuating circumstances: it wasn’t a shoot-out, terror raid, night-time, minors at risk, imminent threat or any sort of a chaotic situation unfolding. It was more like a scene from a documentary about the Nazis than a 21st Century, first world justice system at work.
Of course, there has been a legion of horrifying murders and deaths in custody, with skin color as the factor most likely to imperil people. The unprecedented response to this specific atrocity is in part because of the era: Saturn conjunct Pluto forced a socio-cultural and geopolitical paradigm, one that will take a while to propagate through our system.*
And, as if this needed an accelerant, Pluto is square Eris until 2021. I see Eris as less ‘wedding gatecrasher of the Gods’ and more Persephone, Underworld Queen. Or even Hekate. (I will explain another time.) Regardless, she is an insurgent and a chthonic deity like Pluto. Nothing stays hidden. Everything erupts. Just look at what’s gone down since this square began in early 2019.
A Plutonic Prologue
The U.S.A. was founded* with the Sun conjunct Jupiter and Venus, opposite Eris. It’s a flashpoint. Pluto spent 2012/2013 conjunct the American Eris and opposite the triple power of Sun, Jupiter, and Venus.
2012 was Benghazi, Xi Jinping becoming president of China and the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. 2013 saw his killer acquitted and the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement. It was also the year that former CIA employee Edward Snowdon revealed the extent to which Americans are under surveillance. It was a Plutonic prologue.
2020 develops these themes with Pluto and Eris both in aspect to the U.S.A. Mercury. If you were a person having this transit, you’d be compelled into telling the truth and confronting hazardous materials. It would be the only way for you to retain your power. And not only that, the reconciliation would make you stronger.
Dark Pluto themes include abuse and the shame that abusers project onto their victims. Anything to ensure the perp is flatteringly lit in a halo of justification. If it is institutionalized, the abuse and the blame becomes tyranny.
There is another astrological echo here: Pluto and Eris are respectively opposite and square the Uranus of August 1619. America’s natal Mercury is conjunct this turning point. In August 1619, a ship called The White Lion bought the first “cargo” of African slaves to America. Fun fact: The ship was owned and captained by a Calvinist minister, a John Colyn Jope of Cornwall.
The Slave Ship Captained By A Reverend And…
We must do better to stand up for the rights and equality of those who are discriminated against and treated unjustly. I know a lot of Australians think this is an American problem, but it is widespread and the Indigenous Australian community is sadly affected too. Australia has its own astrological watershed coming up – it was formed with Sun, Saturn and Pluto in Aquarius.* More on that another time.
For those of us with white privilege, we must listen, support, and share Indigenous voices. Don’t let the people close to you get away with casually racist comments or brushing off the pain that Indigenous Australians are feeling. I have been guilty of looking the other way, with a ‘well, what can I do?’ sort of an attitude.
It’s true that I don’t legislate and have become cynical about the ability of politicians to drive meaningful change. Nonetheless, that’s not good enough and I’m giving this some high-level thought.
For anyone who is out protesting or swept up in the chaos, please stay safe!
Some problems we share as women, some we do not. You fear your children will grow up to join the patriarchy and testify against you; we fear our children will be dragged from a car and shot down in the street, and you will turn your backs on the reasons they are dying.”
October 1924, Chicago – I cannot find a single other detail about this man. The hokey reportage style of this piece – like they’re talking about someone ripping off a garden plant – accentuates the evil of it.
*For simplicity, country charts are done off the moment they were legally ratified. Clearly, there were nations, cultures, and people pre-dating that moment. Similarly, I have a birth chart for when my company was legally registered, although the concept and sensibility existed long before that.
**A lot of people are talking about how it is America’s Pluto Return – as in Pluto is nearing the same degree of Capricorn it was in when the country was founded in 1776. But I see Neptune in Pisces opposite the natal Neptune as more significant. Can the country live up to its Neptunian ideals and grand visions? How can it sustain its incredible cultural and performance output without a spiritual reckoning? Or, conserving the old wisdom of the first nation people and (Neptune!) its ground-waters?