On August 9, 2014 , Micheal Brown, an eighteen year old attending high school was shot by a police officer, Darren Wilson who claimed that Micheal Brown tried to attack him and he was just trying to defend himself. On November 24th, 2014 in response to the decision made by grand jury to not indict Darren Wilson, there were protests held in many places of the US. with some of them turning very destructive. This is not the first time that this has occurred in the United States and brings up the historical issue of distrust between colored communities and the law enforcement people.
Although the shooting occurred in Ferguson, its no longer an event that is related to just this city. It has become a nationwide issue with protests occurring at many major cities and spurring debates of race relations in the United States. When President Obama addressed the nation right after the incident, he mentioned “We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is an issue for America.”
There are 2 charts given below. The first one is just the transit chart at the time of announcement in Ferguson, Missouri, The second chart shows a 90 degree dial with US Sibley chart in the inner ring and the transit chart of the grand jury announcement in the outer ring. The 90 degree dial is a great way to understand these events since all the hard aspects in the same degree (conjunction, opposition and square) are clustered together. The important aspects between the transit and US natal chart are marked in yellow in the 90 deg dial and are as follows:
Uranus Pluto Square : Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, both in the mid cardinal degrees, have been squaring each other since 2012. They were set to make 7 exact squares from June 2012 to March 2015 and each time they get closer together, there are issues that crop up in the United States. The last time they got exact in May 2014, Putin and Ukraine was the main issue. Currently they are getting closer to exact on December 14, 2014, and its not surprising that another historical issue of race has cropped up through the Ferguson incident.
As seen in the chart above, when the announcement was made the midheaven was conjunct Uranus Pluto square and this shows the significance of this aspect (square) in this event. In The bi-wheel chart below, the transiting Mideaven with Uranus and Pluto is conjunct the natal Sun Saturn square of the United States at 13 degree Cancer and 14 degree Libra respectively, and so it is not surprising that the nation is feeling the pain and separation. Sun Saturn squares usually signifies rebellion against authority, ego clash, separation and suppression. The good news is that the Uranus Pluto square although intense is really about creating long term changes that are positive and functional. The goal of this square is to bring up issues that are long due for re-evaluation and transformation.
Asteroid Astrea: Astrea is about the legal system, judgment and seeking fairness and it shows up in cases where any of the these factors play an important role. In the 90 degree dial the Transiting Astrea on the Aries point is symbolic of the big exposure in a legal case, and transiting Neptune on the Natal Astrae of the US shows confusion and doubt regarding the legal system in US. The words “reform of the criminal justice system”, “pain of unfair judgment” etc, are words that seem to float around this event and are all symbolic of asteroid Astrea.
In March 2014, Ray Rice, a professional football player for the NFL was indicted for aggravated assault of his wife, Janay Palmer. Ray Rice’s had his Natal Mars-Saturn midpoint = Astraea . So the chart show potential for legal involvement due to a negative or cruel action on his part (if he used the energy in a negative way).
Midpoint Pictures: These are great in getting additional details about the event. The transiting Midheaven (what is seen by public at the moment) = Uranus/Pluto (big changes and transformation) = Mars/Astrea (agression due to legal issue) and this is = US Sun/Saturn (clash with authority) and natal Mars/Pluto (intense anger and violence). The picture is very accurate as to what may happen in US with this announcement.
Other important Aspects: Other aspects that are meaningful are the Transiting Chiron square US ascendant, reflective of the historical wounding and pain, and Saturn squaring US natal Moon and Black Moon Lilith show the potential sadness and negative mood in the following days.
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