So many people get very upset and angry about current events and the state of the world in general. These days, Capricorn Research tends not to worry, having reached a 2nd Saturn Return, despite having had serious fears about whether the world would survive his first one. The only thing that really gets his goat is other people in his own so called discipline, who make absurd prognostications based solely on a person’s Sun sign.
Sun sign astrology has basically brought the whole subject into disrepute. Over simplification doesn’t even begin to describe it, to call it one dimensional would be an undeserving compliment. You don’t agree ? Well ask yourself this simple question. If you could choose the Sun sign of the ruler of the largest country in the world, one that had been a sworn enemy of your own for 40 years and had access to the biggest nuclear arsenal other than your own, which sign would you pick ?
Some time ago a journalist wrote an article knocking astrology and the main evidence used was that Margaret Thatcher was a Libra, so how could anyone possibly believe in it. There are no doubt many others who have said the same about Vladimir Putin.
Putin has the Sun in peace loving Libra, the sign of diplomacy, cooperation and fairness that most wants to live in harmony with everyone else. What’s not to like.
Perhaps its unfair to put all horoscope columnists in the same bucket, some of the more adept ones use Moon signs too. Which is a great relief for the world as Putin has the Moon in friendly Gemini.
In truth, Vladimir Putin’s chart makes him about as much of a typical Libra as that of Thatcher and there are a number of things that these two iron leaders have in common.
They both have the extremely tough and intense Scorpio rising. They also have very prominent Saturns, Thatcher had it conjunct the Ascendant and Putin conjunct his Sun.
But the most worrying thing is the enormous power of Pluto. Thatcher had it in a powerful T Square with Jupiter, Mars and her Sun. Putin’s is exactly conjunct his midheaven and its also the apex of a T square based on an opposition between his Venus in Scorpio and Jupiter. Some astrologers might feel the Venus / Pluto square is a bit wide at 11 degrees but the involvement of the Midheaven and Jupiter, together with the fact that Venus is in Pluto’s sign, makes this T Square happen.
And whilst we might be ok with a Russian leader with the Sun in Libra and Moon in Gemini, we need to be very concerned about one with an apex Pluto lording it over the whole world on the Midheaven.
A planet that is at the apex of a T square has a powerful compulsion about it. Whilst the Sun, Moon and Ascendant can give a good insight into a person’s character, the focal planet of a T Square shows where this person has to go in their life.
Pluto, as anyone who has read these pages will know is the most explosive, ruthless, domineering and frequently destructive energy. It’s true that the purpose is to sweep the ground clear of all past behaviour in order for a completely new start to occur, and no doubt that is Vladimir Putin’s plan for Ukraine, but perhaps this is one time where Capricorn Research would like foreign affairs to be run on a purely Sun sign basis.
Pluto’s dominance in a chart like this would show a powerful dominating political figure but the real threat would inevitably come when the planet was in transit to his Sun.
Uranus is square Putin’s Sun an indicator of a radical political viewpoint but also extreme wilfulness as well as a tendency to act suddenly and disruptively.
So if a Grand Cross of transiting Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars occurred somewhere around 13. 56 of the Cardinal signs, the astrological advice for the rest of the world might be to get your tin hats out.
And as we all know on April 23rd 2014, this occurred with the 4 heavyweights lined up between 13.34 and 13.50 of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
In the month before as they’d all been within orbs but not quite exact, Russian troops had moved into the Crimea. On that very day, Moscow warned that it would retaliate if it judged that the interests of Russian people were being threatened in Ukraine and Russian troops began military exercises close to the border while Nato forces were conducting exercises in Poland.
The weeks that followed showed reports of continued tensions along with sanctions being placed on prominent Russians by Western governments.
Inevitably the media’s capacity to hold any one story at the forefront of public consciousness waned as it always does but this was all to change after the Full Moon of July 12th occurring at 20 degrees Cancer / Capricorn which was also in hard aspect to Mars, Uranus and Pluto.
Within a few days as the Sun closed on its square to Mars, a Malaysian airlines passenger jet was shot down over a part of Ukraine that was occupied by Russian separatists, 298 civilian passengers were killed.