Egypt Stuck On The Axis Of Change
|The petition that started this wave of revolution was sponsored by a group calling|
itself Rebel. Uranus, the rebel planet, is currently trining
Egypt’s Moon which represents the people.
Egypt, or the Egyptian people, have caught, amplified and expressed the planetary energy of now. What happens in Egypt has something to tell all of us about where we are in the big human story.
This on-going Egyptian revolution – taken from 2011 to now – is a key chapter in history, as important as the fall of the Berlin Wall. One thing is clear: it is massive people power, maybe the biggest in history. But we make a mistake if we believe people power is always good — or bad. It simply is – a massive outpouring of energy like the Sun or a tidal wave. And it is just as dangerous.
But Egyptian revolution is also an unfolding process. In the age of 24-hour news, the media prefers to feed us neat storylines with a beginning, a middle and an end. We are not close to the end. Revolutions take time, of course. It took the French nearly a century to work things out, and they had to have Napoleon in the mix too. The French may have liked him, but their neighbours did not.
In particular, this Arab Spring is the story of the Uranus-Pluto square that is the dominant astrological feature of this decade. This is the clash between individual freedom (Uranus in Aries) and corporate power (Pluto in Capricorn).
This summer however, another major astrological pattern comes into play. The Grand Trine in water that now dominates the sky favours us as individuals, but it is dangerous for the collective. To say emotions run high under these aspects is an understatement. Right now, the planetary line up is profoundly irrational and the dangers are mass hysteria and mob violence. This irrationalism is due to Mercury, the planet of mind, retrograde plus Jupiter and the Sun in emotional Cancer, the least rational sign in the Zodiac. Jupiter is part of the Grand Trine connecting Saturn in Scorpio (the military) and Neptune in Pisces (lies, rumours, and idealism).
Egypt’s natal Mars in Scorpio is about to be drawn into this trine.
|This chart is drawn for the 1952|
coup that brought Gamal Abdel
Nasser to power.
The Egyptian natal chart is being powerfully hit by the Uranus-Pluto square.
The country has a natal T-square with Chiron, the wound, receiving tough squares from rational Pallas in martial Aries and Saturn (authority) in Libra. Pallas and Saturn face off against each other. Pallas in the sign of war and Saturn in the sign of peace, or at least negotiation. This Saturn in Libra is under assault from the Uranus-Pluto square.
Uranus and Pluto – revolution and transformation, but also erratic behaviour and cruelty – are currently conjuncting the Pallas and Chiron respectively. Pallas in Aries is a good symbol for the extremely strategically-minded Egyptian army, which has, over the past decades, built up a state within a state. But with a Uranus transit, the army could well hit out unexpectedly harshly, especially with that square from Pluto, which is transiting Chiron.
Saturn – authority and the government itself – is at 9° Libra and under pressure from all sides. I wrote previously that Libra is the sign under most pressure this summer, because it is the empty leg of the Cancer-Capricorn-Aries t-square. This revolutionary process started with a Saturn Return for Egypt a couple of years ago. It’s part of pattern for the country – every Saturn Return since 1952 has seen a change of leader.
|Sagittarian poliical activist Doria Shafik won|
the argument for women’s suffrage in 1951. Despite her
fighting for Egyptian independence,
her under house arrest for 17 years. She killed
herself in 1975. Egypt has form.
The natal Moon in the 12th house represents the people. This is a warm, generous, dramatic Leo Moon conjunct Venus. The women of Egypt are here, hidden in the 12th house, but occupying a position of power, and at the emotional heart of the country — except that the Moon is separating from Venus, so the movement is away from women, leaving them behind. The 12th house belongs to Pisces. The Arab Spring started as Neptune, Pisces ruler, was in the final degrees of Aquarius. This exactly paralleled the Year of Revolutions of 1848, as I pointed out in a previous piece, in the short term.
So this Moon is dominated by the Leo Sun – the country’s rulers usually (and in this case a regal sun is a Egypt must be awash with conspiracy theories.
fair representation of the pharaoh-style leadership since the 1950s) – but also it has a distinctly Piscean flavour. Pisces has become super-powered in the last few years as Neptune dignifies the sign, and we’ve seen this reflected in the Egyptian people. Pisces is also about mass unconsciousness, it’s about what drives us beneath the surface. It’s about gossip and rumour, too.
Pisces is the sign of spirituality in the widest sense and also sacrifice. Currently, there seems to be a lot of extremely worrying talk of self-sacrifice from both sides of the divide in Egypt. This would match the full 12th house.
I have to admit, I’m not too happy about the current transits to Egypt. There’s the North Node in Scorpio, a sign which takes no prisoners and does not negotiate. It’s backing into Egypt’s natal Mars, the army, and also just plain violence, which is opposed by Jupiter, the expander. So this is a pivotal moment for the army.
Then there’s the water Grand Trine, which could easily be a sanguinary flow, especially once Mars conjuncts Jupiter in mid-month. Then there’s the partile aspect from Chiron, the wound, to the natal Moon. Are the people about to get shot in the foot?
I don’t like to predict bad things here. It’s been hard watching Syria’s chart work out so horribly accurately in the past year. There is no inevitability about fate. There is always choice. But it’s difficult for Egyptian to know what the truth is under these watery skies. Neptune, the planet of illusion, is in the 7th house – who is lying most?
The full 12th house, with the Sun on the cusp, is striking in the Egyptian chart. This speaks of the so-called “deep state”, the state within a state which is run by the junta. Again it makes it hard for people to know what is really going on. Pluto is there too, which is where you look for real power in a mundane chart. It makes an exact angle to Neptune in the money house. Where Neptune is, there is something invisible. Who really holds the purse strings?
|Soldiers pray on a bridge over the Nile.|
The real power in Egypt is hidden in the 12th, but it is also connected to the mob, the Moon. Uranus, the planet of revolution is currently stationing at a close angle to that Moon from Aries, the sign of the individual. So we have personal freedom, leading to group action. But Uranus will turn retrograde on the 13th of July. Is that a step backwards for freedom?
These massive demonstrations have invited the military back in. There are precedents for military coups turning out all right in the end. Turkey has had a few that re-established democracy. But not many.