Friday, 13 January 2017

Israel and Palestinians squabble over Paris conference

A forthcoming conference (Jan. 15) in Paris aiming to explore ways to restart long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts has placed leaders from the two sides at odds. At least 72 countries are due to attend the conference on Sunday in the French capital in an effort to lay an international framework for a two-state solution between the Palestinians and Israel. But while the Palestinian side has welcomed the French initiative, the Israelis rejected it and refused to play any role in the meeting.

The Paris conference takes place just after the Jan. 12 Full Moon. A chart for the Full Moon at Paris has the luminaries aligned with the meridian and forming a Grand Cross with Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto. Evolutionary astrologer Rose Marcus’ explanation of the Uranus-Pluto dynamics is relevant in our present context.

Just as the rock that forms over great lengths of time, by the time the evolutionary journey has advanced to Capricorn’s third quarter position around the zodiacal wheel, the conditioning patterns and the realities it has created have crystallized to such a degree that consciousness is primarily resistant and largely impenetrable. At this latter stage of the twelve-fold cycle, preservation is paramount for the Capricorn archetype. Considering that which has been established has required great labor over a great length of time, Capricorn will place substantial value (angularity to Libra) onto what it has built, and therefore it is heavily invested in maintaining itself.

When the cardinal Capricorn archetype is animated by transit, a new level of preservation is ignited, which results in intensified action directed to re-secure control. Capricorn’s first impulse is to resist, mistrust, or reject anything new. New initiatives (instigated by the angularity of Aries creative impulse) can be initially assessed as confronting, threatening, and even hostile to the structures and status quo that have been previously established.

The natural friction between Pluto’s transformative process and Capricorn’s barricading impulse facilitates an energy exchange between the two. When that which Capricorn has held in check, (i.e. that which it has regulated, contained, guarded, inhibited, suppressed, or resisted) is released, it is done with great force. It can be radically so when extreme Uranus in Aries squares destructive Pluto in Capricorn. This duo is most formidable, eruptive, disruptive, and explosive of all planetary combinations.

Marking an essential restructuring phase for the collective soul and for individual evolution too, Pluto’s transit through Capricorn brings the conditioned consciousness and all of its manifestations to a maturation peak. Pluto’s transformative mandate will serve to create a progressively reordered state of existence itself. Countries, borders, and geography will be significantly and forever altered; so too, the political, economic, cultural, and societal standards that regulate common everyday life.
How an individual or a collective will respond to its evolution is in direct correlation to its state of consciousness and the workings of its free will. When consciousness is fearfully anchored, (Capricorn resisting Aries) the foundation is fragile and insecure, therefore the new is met with struggle. When consciousness is securely anchored, (Aries resourcing from Capricorn) the past becomes a solid foundation to build from and the new becomes the supportive and revitalizing tool of progress and positive evolutionary advance.

With Jupiter-Uranus, the resonances of expansive and mobilizing Jupiter and those of forward-orientated Uranus can synthesize quite well and produce a fulfilling and beneficent outcome. They stimulate optimism and faith in the future and opportunity for development and expansion. It is therefore likely that we may see a breakthrough in the long running Israel-Palestine problem.

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