Mars/Uranus/Pluto – beyond the riots and looting

As Mars finishes opposition to Pluto, the violent activity has dimished across the UK, unfortunately with some deaths resulting. Violence is never good, especially when it harms others in my view, we do have a choice in how we react, however, looking deeper here are some quotes from the looters, one wearing a pair of Nike trainers that he had stolen, said: “Right now it looks like there isn’t a future for young people, that’s how I see it.” He added: “We are not doing it for the fun of it, we are doing it for money to survive.” ‘

It looks like the people who have been hit by the various cuts, joblessness are the ones doing the looting, amongst them are what could be considered ‘normal’ or ‘average’ citizens who saw an opportunity to grab things they could not afford either for personal use or to sell.

Some say its the lack of family values in this modern society. Family is the roots, the 4th house, Nadir. Our intsinctual base, deeply held habits, our inheritance from parents and home. The actions of Mars/Pluto/Uranus are very much instinctual and reactive to an inner urge. An anger was stirring in the collective, like a mass hysteria and spread like wild fire across various parts of the country.

We also live in a materialistic society, or at least it has been up to now. Advertising and media use various hypnotic methods to make sure we buy their products, otherwise we will feel a bit less valuable unless we have that lipstick, Manolo shoes, latest model mobile phone and accompanying Ap, the newest super duper plasma hi-tech wall mounting TV. This is the crazyness that leads to a deep dissatisfaction that has been fed to us for years. We have been sold and now think these things are essential. In a recession, there are some people who now cannot afford this and that, but have no idea how to quell the dissatisfaction of not having the necessary resources. The need to ‘buy, buy, buy’ cannot be satisfied, but what replaces it? Various charities are also being cut and closed that helps the poorer members of society, and where do they turn? Sure we do need various technologies such as mobiles and internet to keep in touch, and even to help us learn and grow through the endless source of information out there, but keeping these wants in balance is vitally important to our soul’s well-being. Internet withdrawal symptons have been identified including,

“…feelings of anger, tension and/or depression when the computer is inaccessible;

· The need for better computers, more software, or more hours of use;

· Negative repercussions, including arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation and fatigue”

Can the Uranian realisation be that we are perfect just the way we are? We don’t need all the consumer extras to make us feel truly whole inside and out? They are useful in their place but we have to remember who we really are and where our true home is, within. Can we start to percieve that our world (inner and outer) is absolutely fine just the way it is? And can we find the way to our hearts and start to love and value ourselves in our most natural and real state, without the need for an Ap?


‘the most beautiful music coming from the saxophonist as he becomes one with his music on a hazy summer evening’


August UK riots 2011

The August London riots, said to be similar to the violence of the 1980’s riots in London, was triggered by the fatal and unfortunate shooting by police of a passenger in a cab on 4th August. On 6th August, about 300 people were gathering outside Tottenham police station demonstrating for justice. The demonstration that started peacefully ended in violence. Looking at the July ingress chart for London, a few things leap out that immediately describes the violence that has suddenly erputed. Scorpio rising, that is intense in itself. Mars is just near the descendant, at 0 degrees Gemini also still very near the prominent Algol. Algol is the fixed star with a terrible reputation, representing the severed head of Medusa. Amongst other things, Algol represents mob violence. This could have been, beneath the surface, an expression of the people rising up against the thing they fear and fighting for justice. Also symbolic maybe of the underlying tensions building up in society in general. Mars is also in square with Neptune (could that be representative of the petrol bombs that were used…?) and heading to a square with Chiron, maybe bringing out the collective wounding into the open though the violence in order for long term healing to happen.

Mars square the Neptune maybe be influencing the misinformation reported by BBC news: “Rachel Cerfontyne, commissioner with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which is investigating Mr Duggan’s death, said the 29-year-old had not been “assassinated in an execution style” and that there was “misinformation” about the death on Thursday”. Certainly, with Mercury now retrograde and opposing Neptune, the issue may well have been unclear.

The ingress chart has a cardinal grand cross – Sun opposing Pluto, square to Uranus and square to Saturn, and right now transiting Mars is rossing that same Sun degree, triggering that grand cross. Sudden, explosive changes as the collective anger is expressed. Pluto is also opposite the Sun/Mercury midpoint and Mars is now conjuncting that midpoint – angry voices seeking outlet, use of power, power struggles, expression of ego and a deeply held need for catharsis and change.

Saturn is also conjunct fixed star Vindemiatrix, ‘The Widow Maker’, and when tied up with Saturn, is associated with ‘depressive moods, skepticism a distrustful nature’. When tied up with Mercury as here Mercury is in tight square to Saturn/Vindemiatrix, ‘tied up with Mercury, this star, if otherwise badly place, will lead to nervous irritability’.* Depressed and irritable, possibly weary of the constant news informing us of various limitations due to funding and lack of money, while gas/electric companies and banks keep reporting their massive profits, the anger and frustration bubbling below the surface in society just needed a catalyst to trigger it’s expression – and along comes an ecplise and Mars.

In mundane charts, the Moon represents the people, crowds, women, the public. Venus is peacfeul resolutions. Moon is however square to Venus, the people are not easily going to remain peaceful when demonstrating and expressing their points. Mars also represents the police, and here conjunct Algol is significant of their misfortune.

Mercury and Lilith are also part of the grand cross – Saturn is opposing Lilith, this could show an attempt at repressing wild instinctual feminine energies. But Lilith is a rebel, and along with Uranus there seems to be the power and urge to break free and express what is deep within. Mercury joins them forming t-square to both – the expression of the repression perhaps, channelled by trine through communications (Moon in 3rd house) of the people/Moon. Mercury also represents young people, and it seems the crowd is made up of a large number of young people.

There has since been further violence in another part of London, Enfield, with raids, looting and fires. Transiting Mars is now squaring Uranus and opposing the Pluto in the ingress chart, hopefully the flare ups of anger will not last much longer as the Mars influence fades. This is an unfortunate expression of very angry energies, with one fatality and many injuries. Thankfully also the Saturn/Vindemiatrix is not prominent on an angle, otherwise there may have been more deaths. On the surface, it does look like world war III, but beneath it may be showing the start of long term changes coming about in society. People are frustrated and angry and directing their anger at the front line of authority, the police, in this case.

*Vindemiatrix –

*Algol –

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