September Astromusings – Saturn square Neptune, Jupiter in Libra

Saturn Neptune Square 
On Saturday 10 September the square between serious Saturn and nebulous Neptune will be exact. Saturnian energy brings a sense of duty and responsibility, stability and security. It is about structure, practicality, foundations, the status quo, tradition. It sometimes has a bad press referred to as the ‘killjoy’ or the ‘Grim Reaper’ Saturn is about containment, confinement, boundaries, rules and regulations while Neptune is amorphous, porous and limitless, just going with the flow. Neptunian energy is concerned with compassion, empathy and sensitivity. How will these diametrically opposite energies resolve the tension between them? We only have to look at the refugee issue to see how these energies are being expressed globally. We have the flood of refugees (Neptune) pouring out of conflict riven countries of Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa etc. with a push back from countries concerned about their border security (Saturn).

nauru_daily_protestIn Australia’s case the refugees are kept indefinitely in detention offshore out of sight. Saturn is the archetype of the stern father meting out punishment for transgressions with both our major parties, Liberal and Labor, feeling justified in keeping the asylum seekers in detention on Manus Island and Nauru as a deterrent to people smugglers no matter what the emotional, physical and mental cost to its inmates.

australia-swearing-in-chartAustralia’s natal chart, the swearing in chart – 1 Jan 1901, 1.35.42 pm Sydney, Australia, has Saturn prominent with Saturn conjunct the Sun in Capricorn in the 10th house which would explain the more conservative attitude of Australians despite the stellium, (cluster of planets) in freedom loving Sagittarius.

Angela Merkel with refugees

Angela Merkel welcomes migrants in 2015

At first we had the outpouring of compassion from the German chancellor Angela Merkel who opened her country to thousands of refugees in 2015 but a year on her Christian Democratic Party is under threat of electoral losses as momentum gathers to limit its intake of refugees.

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Protests against the building of the ‘Great Wall of Calais’

The British authorities have just confirmed construction will begin this month on a concrete wall in Calais intended to keep migrants and refugees from the city’s port where they frequently attempt to stow away on British-bound trucks and ferries. A counterbalancing decision by the city of Paris will be the first densely populated European city to create a space within city limits to welcome and house migrants.

Investors in front of screen outside the BSE

brexit-cartoonAnother backlash against immigration occurred with the Brexit vote in the UK whose citizens voted across party lines in defiance of the political class for independence from the EU to stem the flow of migration.

donald-trump-cartoon-re-wallIn the US Donald Trump, the Republican Party presidential candidate, has the building of a wall between Mexico and America to prevent Mexican migration across the border as one of his major platforms.

Collective Response to the Drowning of Aylan Kurdi

Policeman with Aylan Kurdi This week marked the anniversary of the tragic death of Aylan Kurdi whose tiny body washed up on the shores of Turkey.The photo of the lifeless body of little Aylan Kurdi, aged 3, washed up on a beach in Turkey went viral causing shock waves around the world. It was so in your face that people could no longer ignore the plight of the refugees. Successive Australian governments have preferred to see the refugee problem as someone else’s problem with Howard’s now infamous xenophobic pre-election catch cry, “We will decide who comes to our country and the circumstances with which they will come.” We then had a race to the bottom with Abbott’s wedge politics pushing Labor into following the LNP callous policies.

Candle Light Vigils in Memory of Aylan Kurdi throughout Australia
Father Rod's sign for AylanIn September 2015 there were tens of thousands who attended candle light vigils in memory of Aylan Kurdi around the country. In Sydney’s Hyde Park there were over 10,000 with speakers advocating that Australia dramatically increase its refugee intake. Nobody put it more eloquently than Father Rod Bower of the Anglican Parish in Gosford, epitomsing the compassion of Neptune, “Without warning little Aylan has become every Ron Tandberg's cartoon re compassionrefugee, an archetype, an “anointed one” calling us to full humanity. …
Mr Abbott we will not allow you to destroy our national soul, we will not allow you to diminish us further, we will hear the cries of broken humanity, we will see the pain of lives torn apart, we will arise and reclaim our decency and we will have a government that is worthy of the Australian people.

One of the responses by the then Abbott Liberal government was to promise asylum to 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Fast forward a year later and humanitarian groups have criticised the slow progress of the Australian  government to fulfil its promise claiming that lives are on the line because of the government’s tardiness. Only 3,100 refugees have arrived in Australia as part of the one-off commitment. In a statement released by Tim Costello the World Vision chief executive, he said it was incomprehensible that Australia has settled a limited number of refugees. Australia is lagging behind Canada which has already fulfilled a promise to resettle 30,000 refugees and the United States has resettled 10,000.

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Omran Daqneesh

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 Omran as real representative of the Syrian people

Collateral Damage of Syrian Conflict

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Omran – the collateral damage of the Syrian conflict

Interesting synchronicity that the picture recently went viral of another little boy called Omran injured in the conflict in Syria whose brother tragically was killed.  In the images, he sits alone, a small boy coated with dust and encrusted blood. His little feet barely extend beyond his seat. He stares, bewildered, shocked and, above all, weary, as if channeling the mood of Syria.

13687290_1783172891920650_1340112912_nThe boy, identified by medical workers as Omran Daqneesh, 5, was pulled from a damaged building after a Syrian government or Russian airstrike in the northern city of Aleppo. Unwittingly, Omran — like Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who drowned last September and whose body washed up on a Turkish beach — is bringing new attention to the thousands upon thousands of children killed and injured during five years of war and the inability or unwillingness of global powers to stop the carnage. By Thursday morning, Omran’s image had been broadcast and published around the world, and Syrians were sharing mock-ups of his photograph in memes that both cried for help and darkly mocked the futile repetitiveness of such pleas. One, riffing on Omran’s office-like chair, showed him at a desk as if representing his country to the world. Another pasted him like a silent accusation between President Obama and his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir V. Putin.

World Vision Statistics on Syria

  • 4.8 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.5 million are displaced within Syria; half of those affected are children.
    Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school.
    Most Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt; slightly more than 10 percent have fled to Europe
  • Why Syrians are leaving their homes
    • Violence: Since the Syrian civil war began, as many as 386,000 people have been killed, including nearly 14,000 children, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The war has become more deadly since foreign powers joined the conflict.
    • Collapsed infrastructure: Within Syria, healthcare, education systems, and other infrastructure have been destroyed; the economy is shattered.
    • Children’s safety: Syrian children — the nation’s hope for a better future — have lost loved ones, suffered injuries, missed years of schooling, and witnessed unspeakable violence and brutality. Warring parties forcibly recruit children to serve as fighters, human shields, and in support roles, according to the U.S. State Department.

Jupiter in Libra

7 Libra Card

Jupiter moves out of Virgo and into Libra on Friday 9 September. Venus, the ruler of Libra, is also in its own sign. Esoterically Libra is concerned with Right Human Relations. Esoterically there are six laws and principles of which The Law of Right Human Relations is the first. This law encompasses both our personal relationships and major alliances between nations. Jupiter represents justice and the law as does Libra with the scales of justice. Jupiter is synonomous with good fortune, optimism and expansion magnifying anything it touches. This brings hope and positivity for establishing peace, harmony and cooperation in our relationships on both a personal and collective level.

Kerry announces US Russian deal on Syrian Ceasefire
Just as I am writing this post there was breaking news of an agreement between the US and Russia on a ceasefire in Syria. Appearing alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, John Kerry said the pact calls for the Syrian government and the opposition to respect a nationwide ceasefire scheduled to take effect at sundown on Monday.

He added that the accord will also prevent the air forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from flying combat missions anywhere that the opposition is present, calling this provision the “bedrock of the agreement,” labeling Assad’s air force the “main driver of civilian casualties” and migrant flows.”That should put an end to the barrel bombs, an end to the indiscriminate bombing of civilian neighborhoods,” Kerry said.

Kerry said this cooperation would entail “some sharing of information,” with Russia pertaining to the delineation of the various groups on the battlefield. After the seven-day cessation of hostilities and delivery of aid, “US and Russian experts will work together to defeat Daesh and Nusra,” Kerry added.
Lavrov said that the Syrian regime had been informed of the terms of the arrangement and was prepared to adhere to them.
Kerry also said that the accord would allow for humanitarian access to the besieged areas of Syria, such as Aleppo, and provide for the creation of a demilitarized areas around that city.
john-lennon-give-peace-a-chanceWe can only live in hope and in the words of Libran the late John Lennon, “All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

 

 

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