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Looking Back at the Attack on the Capitol

With the anniversary of the attack on the Capitol Building nearing, I thought it might be useful to look back at the astrology of that day and see what we can learn. I don’t know of any astrologer who actually predicted this event and I think it’s important to look back and see what we (and particularly I) missed.


The Jan. 6 attack occurred toward the end of a lunation cycle that began with the Full Moon and Dec. 29. 2020. In my assessment of that Full Moon (click on Dec. 29 to see the article) I was focused on the placement of Neptune in the Descendant and its square to Venus on the IC. I thought this described a period of deception and confusion. However, I didn’t see this configuration as a threat to the democratic process.


The one thing that alarmed me about this Full Moon chart was the square between Mars and Pluto. This is definitely an aspect that describes violence but in my discussion of the chart I focused more on the “lone-gunman” type of violence. I didn’t make the connection between Neptunian confusion and mass psychosis, so I failed to see how the anger and belligerence of Mars square Pluto could manifest as a wild-eyed mob charging the U.S. Capitol.


I was concerned about an eruption of violence during that period but I was looking at the chart for the inauguration of Joe Biden as President on Jan. 20. That chart featured a square between the conjunction of Mars and Uranus in Taurus and and the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius. I saw this as a major red flag. Perhaps the one good thing that came out of the tragic events of Jan. 6 was the hugely increased security we saw on inauguration day. That increased security may have prevented an even greater tragedy.


Of course, the chart for Jan. 6 (click on Jan. 6 to see the horoscope) also features Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus. Mars is nearby, though its involvement in this square is wide. The most important aspect Mars makes is a square to Mercury. This is appropriate since the mob was spurred into action by inflammatory speeches at the Trump rally. Mars is also square Pluto. In fact, these six planets, Pluto, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Uranus, form one big 90 degree aspect. There was a lot of tension in the air that day.


But what caused that tension to erupt? At the time that the mob was marching from the Trump rally and beginning their assault on the Capitol, Jupiter was directly on the Midheaven. Jupiter expands and increases. More important, it gives us permission to “go big,” to express ourselves in the most dramatic way possible. Yes, Jupiter is generally seen as a benefic, but it is closely followed in this conjunction to the MC by Saturn and Uranus is square. The people who invaded the U.S. Capitol were both perpetuating a Uranian rebellion and acting at the behest of a figure of authority (the President of the United States).


Had I been really looking at the chart for Jan. 6, 2021 prior to that day I might have seen these aspects. But I wasn’t. I was focused on the inauguration and I didn’t see the Trump rally on Jan. 9 as a big deal. That was a massive oversight on my part and it points out why astrologers so often get things wrong. We are so busy looking at the sky that we miss important details about the
things that are happening here on earth.
 

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