Police clashed with protesters outside the Turkish consulate in the Dutch city of Rotterdam early Sunday, as a diplomatic spat suddenly pushed relations between the two countries to a historic low. The dispute arose after Turkish ministers were barred from speaking at rallies in Holland. Dutch authorities expressed unease at Ankara campaigning among the country's Turkish population, as ministers seek support for a referendum which could grant sweeping new powers to Turkey's president. March 12
As we head towards the most important mundane event of March – the Sun’s entry into Aries – it is already beginning to manifest in world events like the one in the news above. Shown here is the Aries ingress chart at Ankara and another one at the midpoint between Amsterdam and Ankara. Notice that both have the Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter T-square straddling the horizon axis. Let us remember that the essential principle driving this formation is still the slow moving Uranus-Pluto square. So how is this square manifesting here.
Pluto dredges the depths, brings to the surface what is hidden, dying, sick, or festering, and transforms or transfigures. And Uranus ensures that the unexpected breaks through into sudden manifestation.
Pluto in Capricorn smells the churning threats to its commanding authority… and, if he hopes to hold on to his power as a successful resource-manager, must either transform his management contract, to address changing circumstances and ongoing problems which have worsened, or tighten the grip of his iron fist. (Recall that the background to the spat is Erdogan seeking a referendum that will give him more power.)
So essentially the Turkish referendum highlights the collision between individual rights to self-determination (Uranus in Aries) and existing or proposed structures which may inhibit, prevent, or outlaw the expression of these rights, to preserve or strengthen the status-quo for those in power (Pluto in Capricorn). In some cases, the people's push for freedom has yielded notable successes. In others, the traditionalists and plutocrats have doubled-down on asserting their authority. We can never predict the outcome.