In this article I’m going to walk you through the current planetary configurations that are underpinning the social unrest in America. If you haven’t been following these events I suggest you read the article linked below. It outlines the rise of social tensions following the murder of a black civilian, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer that took place on Monday, 25th May 2020.
I will discuss Mars in Pisces in terms of being both our saviour and our noose. The loss of individuality that this entails, as the self merges with the collective, can signify both the unsung hero or faceless aggressor .
Now for the really ugly part – Nessus. If any asteroid is going to lower the tone it’s this one. Nessus forces us to look at the most despicable aspects of nature and challenges us to make a choice; perpetuate the pain or break the cycle. There’s no easy way out with Nessus, but there is a right way out. More on that to come!
Human Rights Warriors – Mars in Pisces
Let’s quickly recap on Mars in terms of its place in the astrological cycle. So here’s the deal, Mars is ruled by Aries which follows Pisces on the wheel right? But why? Because in Pisces there is no self, this sign is concerned with collective identity and universal principles. In terms of evolution Aries, or Mars, thought ‘To hell with this!’ and developed through a primal drive to individuate, to separate from the crowd and follow their own path and be free to express themselves.
So when Mars transits through Pisces it’s pulled back into the collective pool that it was hell bent on escaping. It’s primal needs are denied and it’s made to feel powerless, weak and ineffectual.
The positive manifestation of this transit can be understood as an opportuity for the individual to learn to direct personal energy towards collective good. It recognises that what hurts one of us hurts all of us. It is compassionate and driven to unite people.
On the other hand, what do you think Mars does when it’s threatened and it’s back is against the wall like this? it does one of three things.
- It adapts – the individual learns to direct their personal energy towards a collective good. Here we have the peaceful protester.
- The life forces gives up, it disassociates from the self and withers. It drowns in the metaphorical Pisces ocean. This can lead to severe depression.
- The life force fights back whatever the odds! Though understand if Mars fights back under these circumstances what you see is a fight to the death type mentality. To the individual it’s a matter of drown, die for the freedom you stand for, or just go down swinging! This can be understood as the martyr.
Sound extreme? It’s not. I know Mars transits Pisces every two years or so, and it’s true we don’t always see headlines like we’re currently seeing. The difference is the other two bodies in the astrological mix – Neptune and Nessus. Both of these exaggerate the narrative of:
- The dissolution of individual rights – tyranny and martyrdom
- Feeling powerless against collective force – the faceless enemy
- Assertive action without forethought or consideration of consequence – recklessness
Before we move on, if the primal drive of the Aries/Mars archetype interests you, or if you know that it’s a key player in your chart, you may be interested in reading:
Introducing Nessus – abuse and history repeating itself
I want to introduce you to Nessus. Some of you may have come across this asteroid, some of you purposefully may have given it a wide berth. I can understand why! It’s dark and at it’s lowest polarity full of spite and cruelty.
Let me give you a brief overview of the astrological themes underpinning this asteroid.
- Physical and psychological abuse
Seeing any cross-over between this and the uprising in America? Exactly!
Boil all of these keywords down and you get an over-riding theme:
The misuse of power
So, with Nessus the role of the abuser and the abused, the oppressor and victim, come to the fore. In order for these terms to exist at all you need to understand that they are mutually dependent on one another.
Nessus stirs up deep karmic physical and psychological wounds, not unlike his fellow mythological centaur (and asteroid) Chiron. History is made present again through Nessus, if it’s deemed that evolutionary lessons are still to be learnt. In this situation we can see the fires of the American Civil Right Movement of the 1950’s/60s being stoked and brought into the limelight of the present day. This is made more prevelant by the current transit of Saturn through Aquarius and the themes of social justice and social responsibility that this carries.
Nessus is a controlling force. It embodies the dynamic of the bully and the bullied. By this I mean the abuser who in an effort to disguise his own powerlessness violates another, and in doing so creates the illusion of power. It’s clear to see how this role was enacted by the police officer that killed George Floyd.
Here’s the thing though, we all know how the abused child, if support and intervention isn’t put in place, is at a greater risk of growing up to repeat the same pattern of behaviour. Not so sure?
This study by the CDC on adverse childhood experiences outlines the correlation between historic trauma and social emotional and cognitive impairment.
Also, this study by the World Heath Organisation “The cycles of violence – The relationship between childhood maltreatment and the risk of later becoming a victim or perpetrator of violence” shows how patterns of abuse are perpetuated through generations.
Why am I telling you this?
Rioting and revenge
We cannot think of Nessus as a static set of traits, it’s part of a process. We are not formed from nothing, our behaviour does not manifest in isolation. In the situation of George Floyd we are seeing historic trauma being channelled at the individual level. The situation has touched so many people because it is iconic, exemplary or you could even say archetypal.
The cyclical element of Nessus explains this asteroid’s correlation with revenge. One ill turn deserves another your could say, and this was evident in the riots, you could say that people were fighting fire with fire. To master Nessus and turn it into a strength (this can be done and I promise to address this in another article,) you need to break the vengeful cycle of the aggressor and the victim. Else we will be subject to escalating feelings of enmity, fuelled by power and hate for a long time to come.
Turning pain into a strength
The bottom line with Nessus is that it is indeed a dark and unpleasant influence, but if developed into a strength it would grant a force capable of shattering mountains. You’ve never met anyone as strong as the one who has been to the depths of hell and returned. Who has confronted and overthrown all of the demons lurking in the shadows.
This is what Carl Jung spoke of when he referred to the importance of integrating the shadow. It is about acknowledging the connection between one’s personal proclivity for evil and the collective proclivity for evil. What one person does we are all capable of doing. We are all united in our capacity for both good and evil. What differentiates a bad person from a good person is their ability to control and master it.
Neptune and the strength of the collective
Wow! As if the Pisces influence alone wasn’t enough, we have weight of an olympic god firmly nestled in the mix at the moment. This serves to enhance the themes of:
- Group idenitifcation
- Alignment of the self with universal principles
- Collective pain and collective hope
I want to illustrate the collective mentality and the common drive towards an identified goal through a selection of quotes taken from recent press articles. Please pay careful attention to the language.
“It falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”Barak Obama, 44th President of the USA (CBS Minnesota)
“As leaders, we must encourage people who are frightened and frustrated. We must stand in solidarity and unity as one human race. We must reject the socially engineered concept that our skin colors and ethnicities divide us into racial groups.”Alveda Kin, evangelist and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King (Fox News)
“Our country has a sickness. We have to be out here. This is the only way we’re going to be heard.”Brianna Petrisko, demonstrator (The Telegraph)
Neptune rules Pisces and, as discussed earlier, this archetype dissolves the concept of the individual and considers one’s purpose and meaning only in as far as it contributes to the bigger picture. If and when a leadership figure arises under a strong Neptune influence, they don’t use their voice for themselves, but rather they channel the voice of the people!
This is why Neptune, ruler of the ocean, can be considered a wave of considerable magnitude. We can hold back individuals, we can’t hold back the force of an ocean.
To offer a word of caution concerning Neptune. It is incredibly difficult to channel Neptune energy, the currents are strong and we struggle to see clearly underwater. Intent can lack focus and beware of misinformation through media sources (Gemini square Pisces). Neptune rules illusion, and it may well take a collective effort to see through smoke and mirrors to expose the truth of the matter.
Though remember, when the wave is aligned with the greater good incredible things can come to be.
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If you enjoyed this you may be interested in the article “Karen: Mercury and Humour” written a few days prior. Together they serve to show how the present astrological patterns are tending to manifest in acts of collective stereotyping and discrimination across different contexts