War is Bad, War is a Fact

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Our world is at war again. It seems like the whole world is in turmoil. Since the Arab Spring, even before the Arab Spring, the world has been at war in one corner of the world or the other.

Since 9/11 America has been at war with terrorists. Fighting terrorists is harder than fighting a state-sponsored army because they are hard to find, they plot sneak attacks, they hide with civilians. There was intelligence that Al Qaeda was planning to attack western countries by flying planes into buildings, but no one knew it would be in the United States. Since then, we watch. We have given up some freedoms in order to keep the bulk of us safe. These freedoms we no longer have include being searched at airports, NSA collecting meta-data on phone calls, more guards in public places. Let’s face it, the guards are there to protect Americans from Americans too.

We’re still fighting in Afghanistan. Iraq has fallen to an extremely weird terrorist group who delights in destroying thousand-year old religious relics (remember the statues in Afghanistan the Taliban blew up), Syria is in the middle of a civil war, Hamas continues to send missiles into Israel even though they know that if  the Israelis wanted to they could glass them over in a heartbeat. Abbas calls the defense of Israel genocide, some people call Israelis Nazis. It goes downhill from there.

Obama says this is the most tranquil time in our history and that it is the best time to be alive. He is either on crack or a complete buffoon, probably the latter. It is not a tranquil time to be alive.

This is a time in our history when the planets are definitely bringing about major change. The changes we’re going to see will be cataclysmic. A quote from http://www.astro.com/nat/natus2_e.htm on the chart of the United States:

In the horoscope of the United States, Pluto, as it moves through Capricorn, is opposing the Sun in the natal chart, reflecting major and irrevocable changes on many levels. This aspect has occurred only once before in American history, during the period of the Revolutionary War. Although it is not intrinsically an aspect of war, it challenges the deepest definitions of what constitutes nationhood, and raises many issues of autonomy and the way in which the government is structured and how much authority it may or may not exercise.The deeper issues underlying the Revolutionary War concerned not only human rights, but also the autonomy of the individual states comprising the nation, and these issues may once again rise to the surface as new ways of defining the national identity are proposed.

The national Sun in the 7th house also places great emphasis on the nature of the bonds America forms with other nations, and here too Pluto’s transformative energy may require many changes and a re-evaluation of the ways and reasons why particular nations are sought as partners and others are excluded. This could potentially be a time of great renewal and a re-establishment of those high ideals on which the structure of the nation is based.

Pluto, as it completes its transit through Capricorn, will also return to its own natal place: in other words, the United States is experiencing its Pluto return. This suggests the completion of a great cycle, and a cementing of the fundamental values on which the Constitution is built. There may also be a serious reappraisal of issues concerned with the environment, as Capricorn is an earthy sign, and the use or abuse of natural resources may become a cause for not only profound concern but also profound change and a more enlightened attitude. The enormous resources available to the United States are reflected by Pluto in the 2nd house of the national chart, and it is possible that these will be approached with greater respect and care than ever before.

Whether or not you favour these changes personally, it would seem that a time has arrived when there is a great new opportunity to affirm the values and ideals of the original founding of the nation, applicable not only to government and to foreign relations, but also to the land itself and the resources inherent in it.

Pluto is the Roto-Rooter planet of the Universe. Transits of Pluto bring up all the filth, corruption, crime and evil that has for so long been hidden. It brings it to the light of day so that it can be recognized and done away with. Whatever trauma Pluto has in store for the country and for individuals, it is necessary to face the shadow in order to grow.

And so there are wars. There are those who say that there should not be wars. Agreed. I think everyone dislikes war except for maybe ISIS or other super strange entities who relish a fight. The only problem is, how do you stop war when you have foes like terrorists, the Iranian government, Hamas, Al Qaeda, North Korea? In order to forge peace you do need to have people on the other side to negotiate with also. It is not enough to just declare there should be no more war and then stop it at that. If other countries, groups and terrorists persist in making war, how do you stop it? Can you convince them to stop it or do you just ignore the war they are fighting if it doesn’t involve you? Do we, as a country, set back and watch other countries destroyed or do we help? We tried sitting out WWII until Japan insisted we join in. We try to assume that since we are protected by oceans we don’t need to fight or be part of a war not our own choosing. Will that work? Time will tell.

In Iraq, with members of ISIS now infiltrating the Iraqi army, it maybe weeks before Bagdad falls. In Syria, Assad will probably survive this civil war since he doesn’t mind using chemical weapons on his people. In North Korea, Kim Jung Un will probably continue to slaughter anyone that gets in his way, like he did his uncle. And in Israel, the Israelis will again triumph over Hamas and fail to totally destroy them. Not much will change. Putin may decide to take more territory and the US will do nothing. So the wars will continue ………… even if we refuse to accept it.

And so, those of you who think war is pointless, I agree. Unfortunately, war is a fact.

 

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