Zimbabwe's military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare, South African President Jacob Zuma says. Mr Mugabe told Mr Zuma in a phone call that he was fine, the South African leader's office said. Troops are patrolling the capital, Harare, after they seized state TV and said they were targeting "criminals". Heavy gun and artillery fire could be heard in northern parts of Harare early on Wednesday. Nov.15 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41997982
Yesterday's coup in Zimbabwe is of global interest. The country is one of the few that have long resisted the colonial "western" attempts to control its mineral and agricultural riches. Such coups are often driven by the CIA or other "services". But there is no evidence yet that this is the case here. Local rivalry is for now the more plausible explanation. Since 1980, when Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain, the country is ruled by Robert Mugabe. He has run an anti-colonial and socialist policy. Unfortunately his economic policies, together with "western" sanctions and currency manipulations, have devastated the country's economy. http://www.moonofalabama.org/
"Zimbabwe received its independence from Great Britain at 00.00 hrs. on 18 April 1980 ..." Campion, "The Book of World Horoscopes," (Second Edition, 1996), p. 448, citing the Times, 18 and 19 April 1980.
This data is the basis for Zimbabwe’s horoscope  reproduced here. Our attention is immediately drawn to Sun [28ar] in the 4th house (which rules the opposition in a national chart) over which Uranus is currently transiting. Pluto [20li] is close enough to the MC for us to consider the radix Sun  opposite Pluto [20li]. Moreover transit Pluto[17cp] is within three degrees of a square to radix Pluto so that the upcoming Mars transit to Pluto (exact Nov.19) is triggering the upheaval with the military also involved.
According to reports at 4am this morning (Nov.15) Major-General Sibusiso Moyo appeared on TV and announced that the military has taken control. A chart for the announcement has the transit Moon conjunct Mars and TNP Zeus (military) on the eastern horizon completing a T-square with Uranus-Pluto aligned with the meridian. This confirms the role of Mars as the trigger for the takeover.
Mugabe is a respected figure in Zimbabwe. It appears that the military is trying to stop Grace Mugabe who is perceived as corrupt from taking over. The assumption is the military will keep Robert Mugabe safe and purge those around him. The eventual aim is to bring back ex-VP Emmerson Mnangagwa from South Africa.
In mundane astrology, cardinal ingresses of the Sun are considered extremely important. Since we are in the Libra quarter, shown below is the Libra ingress chart progressed to November 14, the date of the coup. Notice the perfect alignment of the progressed meridian with the Jupiter-Uranus opposition – a combination that is normally interpreted as a revolution that leads to reform.