Syria: The Blood-Dimmed Tide
|A member of the Free Syrian Army, an avatar of Pluto wearing his helmet of invisibility.|
This was written by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats in the 1919 in the aftermath of World War 1 and the Easter Rising in Ireland. As well as being a poet, Yeats was a visionary and a mystic. Read this piece carefully, because it could not be more appropriate to the current situation in Syria.
The news from Syria is horrible, and seemingly relentless. And the possible future scenarios are all pretty mind-bogglingly awful. Will Turkey have to invade? What will happen to the Kurds in that case? Will the minorities be safe if and when Assad is ousted? Quite simply, will the blood bath continue, get worse, get better?
I have two charts for Syria: one for independence from France in 1944 and one for this regime, which came to power under Hafiz al Assad, the current leader’s father, in 1970 after years of political turmoil. It’s clear at a glance that the 1944 chart is accurate. Syria’s Sun is at 9° Capricorn, the very degree at which Pluto has been sitting for so long.
|January 1, 1944, 12;01 AM. Syrian Indpendence from France|
To be exact Pluto reached 9° on February 24 and has been there ever since. Today Pluto turned retrograde and so the heavy planet will continue to press down directly on Syria’s Sun until May 30. And that does not signify an ending, since Pluto is due to return to 9° in December. And then again in the summer and autumn of 2013. In all there will be five passes of Pluto over this point – which is a lot.
When a heavy planet stations retrograde on any point in a chart it brings intensity and focus to the issues related to the planet or angle. When the heavy planet happens to be Pluto, which is naturally concentrating and intense, the pressure is enormous. The core identity of the whole country is being put under pressure.
The only sliver of good news in this is that this indicates that the people in power, the Assads, are feeling the pressure too.
|Assad’s Coup, Nov 13, 1970. 6:08 AM|
Bashar al-Assad was born in 1965, so he has the very tight generational Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo natally. What is more that powerful pair conjuncts his Sun. He may well have internalised Pluto-Uranus, which can be a very cruel combination, and in Virgo it has special vicious efficiency. He was never going to roll over and let the rebels win. He will fight ferociously, ruthlessly to stay in power.
Mars has been transiting through Virgo since the end of 2011, turning retrograde in mid-January just before things started to get really nasty. As I’ve said before here, the attacks on the Syrian population by the government are a Mars in Virgo style “clean up”.
What makes Assad a particularly ruthless opponent is the fact that he feels himself to be the victim in all this (Chiron in Pisces, and possibly the Moon), and this is fuelling his fear, Saturn also in Pisces and directly opposed by the Sun-Uranus-Pluto. He has seen and learned from what happened to Saddam Hussein and Gaddaffi. This is already a fight to the death unless he can find a safe haven. There is some potential for this as Saturn crosses his natal Venus (last week retrograde and again in September).
|Time is unknown.|
Right now, Jupiter is opposing Assad’s potentially fanatical Neptune-Mars and unrealistic conjunction in intense and militaristic Scorpio. And in the regime’s chart, Jupiter will be opposing all those planets on the Scorpio ascendant and conjunct the Saturn-Moon. This means that Syria’s enemies are likely to be strengthened.
Let us pray for as many ceasefires as possible, because this is a long, drawn-out struggle. I really hate to be pessimistic, but it seems to me there is a strong potential for civil war, whether Assad himself stays or goes. If the international community does not contain Syria, the blood-dimmed tide could roll over the whole region.