A standoff between the United States and Turkey, two largest NATO powers, over extradition of Pennsylvania-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen to his homeland, could shake to the ground the military alliance, experts suggest. Despite the United States denying all allegations of being involved in the Turkish coup, the Gulen issue keeps the relations between Washington and Ankara extremely tense.
The US has expressed displeasure regarding the Turkish allegations of an American hand in the failed coup. Indeed, Turkish allegation has no precedent in NATO’s 67-year old history – of one member plotting regime change in another member country through violent means. Clearly, US and Turkey are on a collision course. It would be interesting to see whether we can spot this trouble in the charts of the two countries. The US Sibly Sun [13cn19] is conjunct Turkey’s radix Pluto [12cn20] on the Ascendant.
The chart of the current New Moon [12cn53] of July 4 drawn for Washington,DC formed a Grand Cross with the meridian and the explosive Pluto-Zeus combination. Additionally, it activated the Sibly Sun to Turkey’s Pluto conjunction. This on its own would not have been so earth shattering were it not for the fact that Turkey’s progressed solar arc Ascendant [12li] is square radix Pluto [12cn]. To understand what this means, given below is an extract from astrologer Hiroki .
Pluto is the god of underworld. As the governor of hidden depth in all things, Pluto represents hidden potentials, extreme passions (which are often repressed by society), and a perception that penetrates the darkness in all things – solving mysteries and unlocking new powers (think psychology and molecular physics). Ascendant is your persona – the mask your wear and show to the world. Your name and all that it represents to you. Because it always opposes the Descendant (the 7th house cusp), Ascendant represents what others (your partner, friends, the public) will see and identify as your unique personality.
Transit or Natal Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Ascendant can suggest the need for the mask to break at one point, so that a different identity can emerge, perhaps one that reflects more of your inner truth.
Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Ascendant: Emergence of the Hidden Self
Natal Pluto in aspect with Ascendant can suggest hidden depth within your personality. At a certain point in life, you might startle everyone by going against the flow to become someone almost unrecognizable from your former self. In relation to the Pluto archetype, such change is often called transformation or empowerment of the personality.
To this if we add, the asteroids Kassandra [11cp] and Hebe [26aq] in Turkey’s radix chart which make hard aspects to its Pluto, the reason why Turkey is responding the way it is becomes clear.
Hebe-Pluto-Kassandra: personal control (Pluto) needs now prevent one from enabling others(Hebe) or listening to their advice (Kassandra) but this occurs only after one recognizes how controlled they have been in a co-dependent role.
To wrap things up, let us go back to the New Moon chart at Washington, DC and note the Sabian symbol  for the MC [12ar03] which incidentally is also the apex of the New Moon T-square:
Phase 13 (Aries 13): An unexploded bomb reveals an unsuccessful social protest.
A perfect symbol for a failed coup undertaken by the US!