Boko Haram and the Nigerian Schoolgirls

Sunday May 11th 2014
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On the night of the full moon of April 14/15, armed men broke into a school in the Nigerian town of Chibok and abducted almost 300 schoolgirls. The girls were forced into lorries at gunpoint and driven deep into the forests of northern Nigeria. They have been swallowed by darkness.

We recognise this story. It is the tale of grown men abducting young girls, and it has every mother in the world enraged and saddened. We are looking at the archetypes of Persephone, Hades and Demeter.

Ceres (Roman Demeter), the asteroid of motherhood, was exactly conjunct the Moon at 25° Libra on the fateful night. Pluto (Hades) was exactly squaring Uranus (freedom) and Mercury (flight and children) at 13° Capricorn-Aries.

We have seen Ceres and Pluto — planets of equal heft – duking it out before in these abduction stories, and also in the tale of the Chilean miners lost underground (the Cardinal Cross was part of that story too). Pluto swallows, Ceres rebirths.

Today, American Mother’s Day, Ceres quincunxes the Sun in Taurus. But she is still retrograde, as she was at the time of the abduction. She will not move forward until June 1.

I hope the girls are liberated before then. They are represented astrologically by the planets Venus (young women) and Mercury (children). When the abduction took place, Venus was transiting between the arms of the Pluto-Uranus square at 10° Pisces. At the next full Moon on May 15 in Scorpio, Venus will conjunct Uranus and the following day exit the square, which may bring freedom. But not until May 30, does Mercury move into Cancer, the arms of the mother.

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  1. mm says:

    As you indicate, early June does seem the more likely – there is a New Moon in Gemini (Mercury’s sign) on 29 May as well, which may indicate that a new phase in this story is opening around that time. But that’s an awfully long way off for those girls and their parents ….. like you I hope that it’s much sooner.

  2. P says:

    I don’t know if you can access the link, but I tried guess-timating the time that the kidnappings took place, and this chart was the result:
    http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?cid=7b8fileBrvHjM-u1148096015&lang=e&gm=a1&nhor=6477608&nho2=432454&btyp=2&mth=gw&sday=11&smon=5&syr=2014&hsy=-1&zod=&orbp=&rs=0&add=12&asp=1&ast=

    Actually, if you plug the date in as 13th of April, the chart’s even more interesting.

    Anyway, the oppositions between Jupiter & Pluto, as well as the Sun and Ceres, are pretty striking in the chart.

    The mothers (Moon & Ceres) are the most public face of this, of course.

    Then there’s the bottom of the chart: Mercury, Uranus and the Sun all in Aries. It’s so sad and chaotic. It’s Aries run amok, with hurting the nurturers as the main aim.

    There’s also no communication – even from Mercury. Only Boko Haram, at least at the time of the kidnapping, has had a real voice (Mercury conjunct Uranus). Apparently, some victims have been too scared to even speak about their ordeal.

    • Christina says:

      Thanks for this P.

      There’s certainly a lot more action astrologically. It’s interesting that slavery has come up as a theme. I associate Pluto with enslavement & Uranus with freedom but also with rebels. Plus I agree with you about Uranus representing Boko Haram in this.

  3. Anonymous says:

    For the time being they seem not able to locate these girls – it’s beginning to look like the missing airplane from Malaysia. Could Neptune have anything to do with this ?

    mimi

    • Anonymous says:

      He is a misty guy, Neptune, isn’t he ???
      I wish he showed his other side a bit more, compassion with those girls and give them back.

      Maybe Saturn, Jupiter and Chiron can help ?? they’re making a trine coming week !

      mimi

    • Christina says:

      I have started with P’s excellent chart for 11.10pm which puts Uranus on the IC, but does not show much Neptune action. However, by 3.30 am Neptune was on the ASC. I fear we won’t really be able to call Neptune (typical) without an accurate time, but I suspect you are right.

    • Christina says:

      Further to the Neptune theme – there are conflicting reports over exactly which night the abduction took place 14 or 15 April and was it around midnight or just before dawn?

    • Christina says:

      Wow – very good point mimi. It is the same vanishing is it not. I will post the chart which is a guesstimate.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I surely hope they find them soon and teach those bastards a painful lesson !!

    mimi

  5. Do you have Persephone or Proserpina in these charts?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Christina, I tried the chart for 14/4/2014 at 3.30 am.

    Persephone was at 8 Aquarius opposite Lilith in Leo.
    Nessus was at the Ascendant and the Moon was at 8 Libra.
    Hekate was conjuncting Ceres.

    On May 20 Mars will go direct at 9 Libra where the Moon was (8 Libra).

    The Moon will be in Aquarius and transit Persephone.

    Maybe by then Mars will talk to the Moon and decides he has had enough and will take some action towards freeing these unfortunate girls.

    I sincerely hope we don’t have to wait that long !

    mimi

    • Christina says:

      Very odd that. It has also been incredibly badly reported — and frankly Africa is always treated thus by the media.

      I note that further to the Neptune point that mimi was making, today there has been footage of a lot of the girls reciting Quran and claiming to have converted to Islam….

    • Thanks for these posts, and the article… This is the only astro piece I’ve seen on the event, which seems strange. A consistently excellent blog; appreciate your work! <3

    • Christina says:

      Better than waiting until the beginning of June though…

  7. Tracy says:

    I’m praying to the Goddesses to save the girls. Perhaps Diana will save them.

    Interesting how Ceres and her daughter and Mars are on the MC in RX in San Diego chart. I read they are about destruction and regeneration. I won’t ever forget the effect of them being conjunct and in RX that’s for sure.