“I Can’t Breathe”
When George Floyd was murdered on May 25 by a police officer in Minneapolis kneeling on his windpipe, his final words were: “I can’t breathe.”
Somehow, this statement resonates powerfully with our time, and it was taken up by demonstrators across the US. “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”
He was not the first African American to die from a broken windpipe. That’s how lynching works too. And in 2014, when Eric Garner died in a police chokehold, his last words were also, “I can’t breathe.”
I’ve written on this blog before about how African independence movements and the US Civil Rights movement were connected to the conjunction of Pluto and Uranus in the mid-60s. That was the inception of a major cycle. Those Civil Right degrees in mid-Virgo are currently opposed by Neptune in Pisces (sacrifice) and squared by Venus retrograde in Gemini (a loss of civility).
When #BlackLivesMatter got going in the mid-teens, we were at the opening square of that cycle with Uranus (rebellion) in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. While Uranus was in Aries, we saw protests around the world, where people were wearing different kinds of masks, and protesting for the rights of the individual (Aries) against governments or the “establishment”. Now, Uranus is in Taurus — and we’ll be getting to the opening trine of the Uranus-Pluto cycle, which is an “easy” aspect.
Protesters are chanting, “I can’t breathe.” Taurus rules the throat. Uranus is currently at 90° to Saturn in Aquarius — restriction (Saturn) in the fixed air sign. Authority (Saturn) in the sign of organisation squaring revolution (Uranus) in the sign of the voice.
This hard aspect will stop in early July but come back again in December, and repeat in 2021. Venus turns direct on June 25 and will go back through Gemini in July, Neptune is stationing now to turn retrograde in June 23. I hope the latter does not imply more sacrifice and instead suggests peaceful change.
There’s much more astrology to look at with this wave of protests across the United States, including the US Pluto Return in the 1776 chart…. but that is for another post.