I asked Diotima about the recent focus on race relations. This is an old problem for the United States and it certainly goes beyond the South. Diatoma responded:
The sudden, infuriating, heart-wrenching tragedy in Charleston that spurred the most recent objections to the display of the confederate flag, and the resulting national conversation on race relations is not something *I* would have predicted — at least, not that specifically — but I have not made an astrological study of the Civil War or the history of race relations in the US. Astrologer Nick Dagan Best has, and come up with a very interesting correlation between certain cycles of Venus, particularly as it moves into Virgo then retrogrades through Leo, and key moments in race relations in the US. Venus is now in Leo, within the shadow period of its upcoming retrograde in Virgo. Best wrote:
“Drawing from these two parallel groups of five points, this one pair appears to have a profound connection with a historical chronology of race relations in the U.S., going back at least to the Nat Turner slave rebellion of 1831. The retrograde that currently stations in Virgo, then goes direct in Leo (during the 19th century it was stationing retrograde in Libra and direct in Virgo), and its counterpart superior conjunction, which now occurs in the late degrees of Leo every other four years, has a peculiar prominence in the timeline of tensions between races in U.S. history, largely black-white tensions” http://exotericastrology.blogspot.com/2007/08/venus-retrograde-cycles-of-injustice.html
Now that I am familiar with Best’s work (which I just recently discovered) I’ll be looking for this correlation again in the summer of 2023, when Venus again goes retrograde in Leo. And now that you have mentioned it, I’m looking at the chart of the Civil War, and noting some interesting transits to that chart.
As I write this, I am looking at notes I made on the Summer Solstice chart ( I used when preparing to write my blog post on that chart http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/diotima-mantineia/summer-school-lessons-of-the-solstice.html These notes were made prior to the Charleston murders. Here are a few of the ones that pertain to the national reaction to the murders (somewhat expanded for clarity)
· Gemini Mars-Cancer Sun conjuct at Gemini Midheaven suggests possible violence around communication, ideas, and/or home and tradition. Declaration of some sort of war? Communications war? Or simply a lot of “patriotic” bloviating?
· Tight Moon-Saturn square Leo to Scorpio, anaretic degree, 12th to 3rd houses — crises of tradition, lessons of trust and generosity, deep shadow work on a societal level.
· Powerful Mercury-Neptune square, 9th to 6th, brings deep, divisive, emotional discussions around religion, philosophy, big ideas, and the law. Also deception, illusion and disillusionment, issues around mental illness, possibly police? Military?
· Jupiter-Venus trine Uranus in Fire signs might save the day here. Generosity, open-heartedness, willingness to change, intuitive and creative connections.
I titled my post on the Gemini New Moon — the chart that sets the stage for this month — “Speak Truth to Power” and wrote:
“We have our work cut out for us — how do we communicate clearly, speak forcefully enough to initiate change without driving others back into the defensive emotional postures of Saturn in Scorpio or into Neptune’s realm of escapist fantasy? We will likely be faced with powerful, repressed ideas and emotions that get blurted out in often painful ways. We’ll see this in ourselves, in our relationships, and in the world around us. Reacting with compassion to social blunders, verbal faux pas, and unintentional insults will be a challenging but necessary response to Mercury and Saturn’s game of truth and consequences.” http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/diotima-mantineia/speak-truth-to-power-new-moon-in-gemini.html
And we also can see similar indications of violence and passionately-held opinions in the fiery charts of the two recent eclipses, which I wrote about here
http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/diotima-mantineia/balancing-change-new-moon-eclipse-and-spring-equinox.html and here http://witchesandpagans.com/pagan-culture-blogs/diotima-mantineia/playing-with-fire-lunar-eclipse-in-libra.html . All of these charts are still influential — still breaking on the shore.
I spent the weekend with my great-nephew, a six-year-old black male who, at one point when we were coloring, smiled at me and said, “Aunt Hecate, I want a hug.” I hugged him and poured protection onto him. He’s such a sweet little guy. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to hurt him and yet. . . . Sad times.