Boko Haram and the Nigerian Schoolgirls
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.