Athena's Web Weekly Column
Week of Nov 12th - Nov 18th, 2004
The US at War
There are a series of alignments coming up for the US in 2005 which are quite dramatic. Born on July 4th, 1776, the US has its Sun in Cancer, a Moon in Aquarius and Sagittarius rising. Those are the big three, and in the past we've explored each in turn. But we also have a natal Mars Neptune square, with Mars at 21 degrees Gemini in the 7th, and Neptune at 22 degrees Virgo in the 9th. On Friday, when this article comes out, transiting Pluto will be at 21 degrees of Sagittarius, just getting ready to oppose the US Mars on Thanksgiving day. Later in the year it squares Neptune, and it will also make some hard aspects to the US Midheaven and Mercury in 2005. For now, we'll focus on the Pluto trigger to Mars and try to make some historical sense out of it.
During the 1905 pass of Pluto to Mars, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt sent a note to Russia and Japan and offered to mediate a peace deal between the two waring nations, for which he was later received the Nobel Peace prize. The 7th house, where both our natal Mars and transiting Pluto were at that time, was used in this instance as an instrument of peace. Other powerful legal matters over which there was intense debate, high finance, and personal passion (all Plutonic themes) were the dissolution of the Northern Securities Company in 1904 and a complete legislative program to reform the life insurance business which was implimented at this time. Pres Roosevelt made his reputation as a trust-buster in the former instance based mainly on the angry feedback from JP Morgan, who controlled the railroad holding company. During the 1814-1815 Pluto passes, we concluded the Creek War, had our capitol burned by the British, and dispatched Algeria, Tunis and Tripoli in the war with the Barbary pirates.
That's a very brief sketch of the passion of the God of War once it's been triggered. We can expect some new manifestation of this combination as the War on Terrorism continues to unfold.