The US has scheduled joint military exercises with South Korea on the 25th July. The show of force, touted as a deterrent against any ambitions of North Korea, is scheduled to involve 21 ships, 100 aircraft and 8,000 personnel. As an attempt to strong arm the North, it is quite possible that it could have the opposite effect. Kim Jong Il is ailing and is in a push to pave the way for his successor. In so doing, it could very well be that these joint military exercises would be used as an excuse for an attack by the North.
The two Koreas have technically been at war since 1950, when the Korean War began. This war ended only in an armistice. There are still mines near the border.
Astrologically speaking, what makes the increase of tension so meaningful? It is coinciding with a square between retrograde Jupiter in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, which becomes exact in degree on the same day. Aries is the sign associated with aggression and military action. Capricorn is connected to authority.
The following day we experience the last in a series of Saturn Uranus oppositions which occurs along with a tense aspect between Mars and Neptune. Also transpiring on the 26th July is a Full Moon in the sign of Aquarius, the sign of rebellion.
Just as the Moon very strongly affects the earth’s tides during its cycles of lunation, it also impacts very heavily upon the causal waters of humanity, causing them to increase in propensity during the time of a Full Moon. A Full Moon coinciding with powerful astrological occurrences has the tendency to make something powerful, and potentially explosive.
Jupiter, the planet of expansion, is especially strong in its aspect with Pluto. It will become retrograde only a couple of days before, on the 23rd July. When a planet is moving slowly, after it changes direction, it exudes its influence more strongly.
With Jupiter in the lunar mansion of Uttara Bhadrapada and influenced also by an approaching aspect with Saturn in Libra, there is the concept of rebalancing in the equation. Pluto is in the lunar mansion of Mula, associated with painful recognition and powerful realisation promulgated by destruction and dissolution.
The original Korean crisis resulted from a jostling for power in Asia after World War II. Russia had instated a communist dictatorship in the North, whilst the US had held elections in the South. As the Korean peninsula is practically on their back doorstep, China also had interests in the area and entered the conflict on the side of the North. North Korea and China have since been allies.
The US presence in Asia is continually increasing. Troops are in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the escalation of tensions with Iran. All three of these countries border each other and are close in proximity with Russia and China.
The American economy is weakened and the States is faced with a huge ecological crisis. It is not in a strong position to carry out war on yet another front. I am certain that the powers that would like to see the West’s ego weakened are aware of this. The US has a tendency to think that the rest of the world should see things just as they do and that global capitalism with the US at the helm should be the protocol. But much of the world has had enough of this egotistical stance, and it is beginning to become widely recognised that mass consumption fuelled by capitalism run rampant is creating more of the world’s problems and less of its solutions.
Returning to the astrology, Saturn also intensifying in aspect to both Pluto and Jupiter, forms an exact opposition to Uranus in Aries on the 26th July. Saturn in Uttara Phalguni brings reform. Uranus in Uttara Bhadrapada has the energy of refreshing change brought about in an unexpected and perhaps rebellious manner. Saturn opposing Uranus whilst aspecting Pluto relates to power and authority being brought to justice.
Saturn is fuelled by the passion of Mars, also in the lunar mansion of Uttara Phalguni, supporting Saturn’s reform. It should be noted that Uttara Phalguni also relates to agreements. Uranus’ influence is bolstered by Neptune’s presence in Aquarius, along with the Full Moon in that same sign. Neptune rules oceans and waters. It is in the lunar mansion of Dhanishtha, where the desire for recognition can result.
Kim Jong Il obviously has megalomaniacal tendencies. That being the case, he has no fear in standing up to the West. I have no doubt that he could find support in that endeavour. Many of the aspects listed above set off points in the chart of the original invasion of South Korea by the North on 25th June, 1950.
Whatever ensues, the current astrological energy in relation to the astrology at that time exudes the energy of reshaping the destiny of the Korean regions, and potentially many more countries.