The Capitol Riot
On January 6, the seat of American democracy, the Capitol, was invaded by a mob. Lawmakers were hustled into hiding, while the place was overrun by a motley crew of mostly white men, some dressed for combat, some for the pantomime, and some for a corporate awayday.
It was shocking — but not surprising. Strangely, these images were familiar from other televised insurrections — Libya, Iraq, Syria, Russia, Ukraine, Rumania, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Indonesia, Chile, Columbia, Venezuela. The ‘forever war’ that burns like a bushfire around the globe, blowing destruction and chaos from one country to the next, had come to America.
The warrior planet Mars has spent six long, incendiary months in his home sign Aries. He’s been stirring up anger and discontent. This is Mars in the sign of individual action. Trump supporters have been champing at the bit, straining at the leash, wanting to take action as they saw their man losing the election. In chatrooms across the web, they have been stoking group paranoia, exchanging strange dark fables, embroidering myths of Donald Trump as a godlike hero fighting a cabal of evil-doers who have stolen the election and planning for this day. Sounds a lot like the Marvel universe…
January 6th’s riot was the physical manifestation of that paranoia — and as you can see, Neptune, the Great Illusionist, was on the bendings (the halfway point between the North and South Node that day). Indeed, Donald Trump has just had a nodal return (1 19-year cycle), so Neptune is squaring his natal Nodes too, plus his Sun-Moon opposition.
The rally he called was based on a very big lie: that the election was fraudulent. That is also Neptune in Pisces, a humungous fabrication, a giant illusion.
It began as Mars used his last few minutes in Aries to set the riot in motion. At mid-day, President Trump addressed a rally of his supporters, telling them to march on the Capitol. Mercury, the planet of words, was exactly on the USA’s natal Pluto on the day in a sign of manifestation, Capricorn. Mercury has been moving from a transiting Pluto conjunction towards making the square with Mars.
So Trump’s followers did as they were told. Much has been written about this, and there are some excellent eyewitness reports online. Here’s one from Robert Moore at ITV in the UK, and another from Insider News.
The astrology is fascinating.
Mars is, of course, the trigger here — in those very last minutes of fiery Aries as the marchers heard the speech, marched to the Capitol and broke in. Then as Mars moved into Taurus (5.36pm), law enforcers regained control of the building.
By the moment of the breach, around 2.15pm EST, the Moon (emotion) was beginning to oppose that Mars — and it’s obvious from the footage that the crowd had become a mob, whipped up into a frenzy of anger. The Moon continues to close in on that opposition but Mars slips into Taurus before it can happen. In fact, in some ways, despite the drama, the riot was a damp squib, since the participants seem to have been expecting a violent revolution and all they got were some selfies and stationery. Their leader was nowhere to be seen.
One of the reasons this Mars in Aries has been so worrying for the last six months is that it has been at a combative square aspect to the dark lord Pluto, expansive Jupiter and orderly Saturn in Capricorn for most of that time. This has always looked dangerous, especially since November. It was a relief when the latter two switched signs in December, slightly easing that tension.
Saturn in Aquarius is also about manifesting ideas, making ideas real — so you get QAnon made flesh. However, unfortunately for the rioters, Saturn likes law and order, rules and regulations, and Mars, the spirit of anger and rebellion will be stuck squaring a very strong Saturn for the next few weeks.
Nevertheless, the trouble is certainly not over just yet, Mars will make a conjunction with the planet of revolution itself on the day of the inauguration. That is fascinating. It looks like a moment when old rules are overturned. However, this may not be in quite the way that Trump and his followers would like. After all, a president has never been impeached twice before.
Much has been made of the police failure to stop the riot. But iIt could have been so much worse. There could have been much more bloodshed in those few hours.
Having said that, of course, this is not over yet. This week is dangerous. Mars will be “translating the light” from squares to Jupiter and Saturn, and on to a conjunction with Uranus. The latter is accident-prone, explosive and unpredictable.
Saturn in Aquarius needs to keep the ship of state steady, and one of the dangers the Democrats could make would be going back to business as usual. Watching the senators return to the floor was heartening — until about the fifth self-serving speech from an extremely old person. That did seem like Saturn as stuck in the old ways.
I note that the very Uranian Aries, Nancy Pelosi, had Mars activate her Saturn at 0° Taurus yesterday. It is she, as leader of the Democrats in Congress, who will have to push through an impeachment. She’s not going to let this one go: it’s been too scary. Furthermore, the revolutionary conjunction of Mars and Uranus is very close to her MC. She’s likely to do something radical that will go down in history right now…