Listening to the broadcasts about the latest Israeli/Palestinian conflict (July 2014), I feel I have to write about this from a cosmic perspective. It is so difficult to understand the reasons why two peoples who have been “without a country” would continue to beat each other up, like the Montagues and Capulets or the Hatfields and the McCoys.
Astrologically, I have said before that they are siblings, Palestine born slightly after the creation of Israel, and so they are twins, born together in battle. The Israeli chart is stubborn Taurus, with a North Node in Taurus, doubly indicating a need to establish security in one’s life as a nation. Four planets in Leo create an obstinate fixed square to North Node/Sun. This is indicative that these are a people that feel they deserve to rule, especially after having experienced the horrors of Mother/Destroyer Kali—being separated from the Mother (Moon/Pluto conjunction). Saturn conjunct Pluto in Leo can create one of two scenarios: Pluto exaggerates, or Pluto separates. Saturn disciplines or oppresses. All in Leo, the King/Queen, who wants control and yet wants to be loved and adored. This reminds me of Israel’s relationship with many countries: “If you adore me and defer to me, I will reward you. If you don’t, off with your heads!” In a much smaller way, Palestine is this, too. But Palestine doesn’t get billions from the United States or anyone else. Remember Leo can be a lovable leader, but Leo can also be a despot or tyrant. No wonder the twins are fighting!
The pain point (Chiron) of both countries is about getting control—of the physical, of the spiritual, of the water, oil, and blood beneath the surface. This is a blood feud. And it’s Scorpionic, so we know what that means…Scorpions sting themselves to death. This is the crux of the issue. Years of self-hate and fear have created jealousy, envy, resentment, and angry passions that these folks just can’t seem to let go of: those Scorpion pincers hold on to the thing that is killing them. And then, to make matters worse, they sting themselves to death. When will they learn?
Yes, it is also true that foreign countries fund the problem. (Jupiter in Sag and Uranus in Gemini) Because of the combination of Jupiter (enlargement) and Uranus (rebellion), that makes me believe that foreign countries want the Hatfields and the McCoys situation. Maybe they are hoping that they will wipe each other out. Are you listening, guys?
In the traditional Israeli chart, Neptune is on the horizon, making it a spiritual state—a country based more on religion than anything else, which is true, (although it doesn’t seem like they are practicing). In Libra, they are to be open to other’s ideas, opinions, and religion—or be confused by it. Guess they have chosen the latter. Palestine, whose birthday is technically the following day, has Aquarius on the horizon, an outcast, the “different one”. All of the Leonine stuff is in partnership areas: having an oppressive partner. You can’t get more oppressed than being forced onto the Gaza Strip!
The pain point moves to the Midheaven, making it the number one focal point, and the Taurus stuff ends up in the third house of communication, making them speak strong, if nothing else. Both countries have indicators that they need to take their causes to the world and the internet.
Unlike Israel, Palestine can use several other birthdays for contemplation. The United Nations partition of 1947 caused over 700,000 Palestinians to flee the lands that became Israel’s homeland. This chart shows a Sagittarian people, having to expand or grow or release themselves to the world. Jupiter in Sagittarius is conjunct the Sun, the sun being the people’s identity. They were flung out into the world. Jupiter, although often seen as an expansive planet, is also the planet of divorce, so here a people became divorced (by a UN “court”) from their homeland. Isn’t this what happened to the Jews? Are we seeing the larger picture here? Could there be a larger lesson (Sagittarius) than the one we are being shown?
What I can also say is this, anywhere Jupiter is, there is opportunity. I am always reminding people who just got fired from their jobs or divorced from spouses that there is a bigger and better world out there for them. In some ways, right there, Palestinians not only became a homeless people, but they became a “people of the world”, and as a marketer, Jupiter in Sag says, “get the word out.” This chart indicates that their destiny, which is to be secure, to find their ground (North Node in Taurus) will always be a pain point they must talk about (Mercury conjunct Chiron in Scorpio), and they may have to do it in underhanded ways. After all, Scorpio is a sign of secrets, propaganda, the hidden, and depths within. The Pisces rising in this chart also indicates a spiritual people, lost and confused, and, again, dominated by larger forces (Saturn/Pluto/Mars in Leo), making them feel powerless. The Cancer Moon makes them want to hold on with those big ole’ crab’s claws and indicates their sensitivities yet need for protection. But, sadly, their shell is easily cracked, and it’s difficult to move forward.
The third birth chart of Palestine relates to when its borders were created in 1922. The North Node is only 1 minute (not 1 degree—1 minute!) away from a cooperative Libra North Node. Instead, the destiny resides in earthy, picky, negative Virgo, a sign of servants—or service. Again, Saturn in Libra is conjunct that Virgoan destiny—the oppressive, disciplinarian partner. The pain point (Chiron) is in Aries, meaning, “I don’t want to do it alone.” This pain is opposed by Jupiter and Mercury in Libra (growth through negotiation and partnership) and, of course, our karmic teacher Saturn. Pluto and the Moon are conjunct in the partnership house, once again the Kali-esque Mother/Devourer as a partner, in Cancer…a relationship that never ends…
Rising sign is Sag, country of the world, maybe created by the U.N.—or the world—not self-created. Uranus the rebel is in Pisces (weak), Neptune in Leo (strong faith).
These two countries have karma together, but, in my personal view, that is no excuse for the genocides. And past genocides are no excuse for present ones.
Remember that there are positive traits to the planets too. If they became truly spiritual countries, and if they chose to become lovable, generous leader-countries, instead of locked in violence and persecution, they could set an example for the world. As Dr. Phil would say, “who wants to be a hero?” Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. would say, “don’t resist, lay down your arms”. Is that possible to do? It seems that the people of Gaza have tried that, and they keep getting pushed. Instead of “an eye for an eye” or “brother for brother”, it’s “one eye for thousands” and “one brother for a city-full of people”. How can that be fair? Well, it’s ridiculous to speak of “fairness”. It has been been said in metaphysical circles that as Israel goes, so goes the world. So if Israel would only lay down its arms and become a truly spiritual leader…?
Astrologically, I think that Israel won’t stop, so Hamas won’t stop. The desperate are compelled to suicide. This has happened before, and it will happen again. Israel will be stopped, but not until September, and they won’t like it. Why do I say that? Because in September, it shows Jupiter hitting Pluto, and Pluto intensifies or separates. In this case, I hope it will take the wind out of the sails on Israel’s warship. Of course, this happens to both nations. While Israel is annoyed; Palestine will be angry, but they will both be removed of their power. Wow. Ceasefire or something more drastic, whatever is in store, I think the cavalry comes…I hope it is a spiritual one. Well, maybe it’s Dr. Phil!