The US military will hand over 9,909 acres (4,000 hectares) of Okinawan land to Japan on Thursday in what's been lauded as the largest return of US-occupied land since 1972. But there's a catch.
As part of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the two countries, the United States is granted the right to certain defense facilities. In exchange for the land, the Japanese government built several new helipads for the US military to use on its southernmost island of Okinawa.
Yet the handover has done little to assuage the ire of activists, who've campaigned for decades, to remove US bases altogether from Okinawa. Dec.22
The September 1 solar eclipse fell in the 7th house at the US military facility Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa. In mundane astrology the 7th house rules the following.
7th House - foreign relations, treaties and/or disputes, business relationships, agreements. This house rules our relations with other societies or nations or organizations. http://www.aquasoul.com/Mundane_Astrology.html
The following is an edited summary of Nick Fiorenza’s blog post on the solar eclipse entitled New Directions which sums up the energy of this eclipse.
This New Moon eclipse lies in the midst of the stars of Leo and under the auspices of Thuban of Draco and Alioth of the Great Bear. Thuban of Draco refers to tyrannical leaders. Alignments with Alioth teach us that responsible use of free will can alter our destiny. Alioth stimulates the use of personal will and our need to initiate personal action to free ourselves from authoritarian rulers. This area is about the separation between those choosing to fight for a greater evolutionary vision and those wanting to maintain totalitarian control of the Earth.
And about the star Antares, which conjoins Mars-Saturn on the MC, Nick Fiorenza writes that this star is about “taking a stand against the established conditions of our personal lives and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions or that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment”.
In order to compare how this eclipse energy has been working in world events, readers may like to refer to two previous posts  to see the essential similarity.
If we now progress the eclipse chart to Dec.22, the date of the handover, the progressed MC conjoins Uranus triggering the eclipse to which it is anchored. Uranus at 24 Aries is in area where chained Andromeda’s patience help her triumph over her adversities.