Back in the real world away from the infants’ playground of domestic elections, Brit and US, and the snake pit of EU apparatchiks, there are a war-like noises coming from China over the disputed South China Sea. Beijing and Washington are on a collision course over this shipping lane for 60pc of global trade.
What is ominous is the build-up of global armaments which commentators say echoes the late 1930s. China spent $215bn on defence last year, a fivefold increase since 2000, and more than the whole of the European Union combined. Japan has been increasing military spending for the last four years, more so under its nationalist leader Shinzo Abe, who has just been re-elected.
Europe has also seen defence spending escalate after the Russian invasion of Crimea. The worry being that if the US was focussed on the Far East, Putin would take the opportunity with Russia’s beefed-up capability to test Nato solidarity in the Baltics.
NATO, 24 Aug 1949 11.42am Washington, DC, does look very tense in Nov and Feb 2017 with tr Uranus square its Mars; with tr Pluto moving to oppose its Mars in 2018/19 which will be a time of acute pressure, risky and trapped. [The NATO Kosovan intervention came when tr Uranus Neptune in Capricorn were opposing that Mars.]
The USA/China relationship chart is also heavily stressed through 2017/2018 with tr Pluto opposition the composite Mars; and an undermining and increasingly chilly tr Neptune square tr Saturn hitting on the Venus on and off from now till late 2017.
Pin-pointing wars between nations is more difficult astrologically than it sounds. The composite Venus is often involved and even soft transits seem to act like hard. But there isn’t the headline horror you would expect to see.
The China/Japan diplomatic interface looks at breaking point in 2018 with tr Uranus square the composite Venus; and trine the composite Saturn Uranus.
2019/2020 occurs on several of the charts including the USA as a game-changer.
The USA 1776 has a North Node at 6 Leo. At 9/11 tr Neptune was opposition the Node. At Pearl Harbour tr Pluto was conjunct the North Node. In 2019/2020 tr Uranus is square the Node. The Korean, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars didn’t – they were all much more Mutable, hitting on the USA’s 9th house Mars Uranus in Gemini.
Still, all worrisome, since it could indicate the approaching Saturn Pluto in Capricorn inevitable-war-someplace, might well not be in the Middle East after all.