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By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot  Reader

Author of:
     The Astrological Karma of the USA
     Charles & Diana: The Inside Story: An Astrological-Karmic View

Now on YouTube:
     The Astrological Karma of the USA and The New Presidency
     Bridging Heaven & Earth Show #238

Difficult Aspects: Snowden & The East

One of the most useful insights I received from Astrologer, Author and Jungian Analyst, Liz Greene, was that, until you heal and integrate both ends of a difficult aspect (square or opposition) the tendency is to project one end or another on somebody else.

I always say that this will explain all of those relationships that afterwards you look back on and say, “Why did I ever get with somebody like that!”

Now these days some Astrologers downplay difficult aspects, whereas Ascended Master Hilarion, whom I tend to trust, places great significance as to whether a planet is positively or difficultly aspected in your chart.

I tend to start with the difficult aspects in an Astrological Reading because those are the real ‘flash points’ and until you have healed and integrated them you will have less access to the positive aspects in your chart.

Another useful metaphor I use from Liz Greene is her saying that, after an Astrology Chart Reading, you need to go home and have a ‘board meeting’ to get your planets to hash out ‘deals’ with each other.

I add to this my own additional sense of the experience of these tensions, that being that it is the difficult aspects in our charts that force us to go to our Higher Selves, because it is only from that transpersonal level of consciousness that we can accept, embrace, heal and integrated the tensions and dichotomies between those two planets.

Those of you who are fans of the psychology of Carl Jung know that Jung wrote extensively about the integration of the opposites as a crucial part of the process of individuation and becoming the Self with a capital S.

This does bring me to a discussion of the ways in which the current, overall, several year, collectively experienced Astrological tension has been manifesting.

When one is Astrologically attuned it is difficult to listen to the news without perceiving it through the lens of the Astrological archetypes currently at play. Witnessing the Astrological themes being played out, however, will bring a deeper understanding and feeling for the Astrological lessons being taught.

So, the big Astrological tension in this time period is the Pluto in Capricorn square to Uranus in Aries.

Pluto in Capricorn can create fears at the deepest levels of concrete, material, structure, and controlled reality. It can also spur intensive investigations into the threatening, dangerous secret powers and controls behind concrete, material, structure and controlled reality.

Uranus in Aries can inspire courageous willful action in the cause of freedom from old patterns that have outlived their purpose. It can also inspire erratic, impulsive, aggression and violence.

The revelation of the secret surveillance by the U.S. Government by Edward Snowden obviously has all of the hallmarks of these tensions. Whether you believe that he was a hero, heroically, courageously using Uranus in Aries to inspire his “courageous willful action in the cause of freedom” to reveal the ‘threatening, dangerous secret powers and controls behind concrete, material, structure and controlled reality.’

Or, if he was using Uranus in Aries to ‘inspire erratic, impulsive, aggression and violence,’ threatening the legitimate need for government to secretly operate to deal with and protect us from the deep, hidden dangers that threaten our concrete, material, structure and reality depends on whether you are John Boehner of the Republican Party calling him a traitor, along with the likes of Democrat Diane Feinstein, or characters at the Libertarian end of the Republican Party, or the Progressive end of the Democratic party calling him a hero.

Now I find it quite enjoyable to observe the rigid structures of the Democratic and Republican parties being thrown this Uranian ‘curve ball’ and losing some of their rigid oppositional polarity.

Although I am essentially on the Progressive Left end of the political spectrum in general, and have the ingrained fear of ‘1984: Big Brother’ type manifestations, I am also the sign of the penultimate diplomat, i.e. Libra, and I think that both views have their validity. And what we need to do here is to move to that Higher, transpersonal Self to integrate this tension, instead of overly polarized reactions into one camp or the other, as we mortals are prone to do.

Later I will share a few comments re: Edward Snowden’s chart.

First I want to mention the movie I saw last night here at the Maui Film Festival, a film I found to be a cinematic portrayal of this same Astrological theme.

Spoiler Alert: I may share too many details for those who don’t want to see a movie when they already know too much about it.

The movie is called the East, the name of an eco-terrorist group which gets infiltrated by a young female agent from an independent security firm which operates in league with the FBI.

The loyalties of the agent become compromised by her sympathy and experience of both the liberated progressive quality of the human interaction and lifestyle of the group, and the horrific ecological and pharmacological terrors they are trying to confront.

Are they courageous liberating ‘heroes,’ or are they potentially impulsive, needlessly violent and dangerous ‘loose cannons.’ It is essentially the same debate as I described above.

Our heroine finds herself in the crosshairs between Pluto and Uranus. She does seek a way of resolving this conflict in the end.

I was recently in Japan and before going I watched an old Japanese film about students and faculty at the University in Kyoto who, in the 1930’s actually protested against the rise of fascism and militarism in Japan at that time. Personally, I did not realize there was that kind of resistance in Japan at that time.

The 1930’s were the last time that Pluto and Uranus were square to each other.

Today there is a new surge in nationalism in Japan, along with the notorious Mayor of Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, saying that ‘comfort women’ (women from countries like Korea and China who were forced to serve as sex workers for the Japanese Military) were necessary to help Japanese troops deal with the stresses of war.

At the same time, I saw a huge ‘anti-nuclear’ march in downtown Tokyo on my last day there.

The tensions in Syria and recently in Turkey are the same thing. Liberation or unnecessary violence? Security vs. Freedom.

Even the recent UN conference about the rise of drug resistant bacteria due to the over-use of antibiotics and how to deal with that fits this theme.

In earlier newsletters I witnessed these Pluto/Uranus squares as pulling the rug out from any illusionary Capricornian earth-related securities so that we will seek the only true security. That is likely to continue, but we could all do well to have a celestial ‘board meeting’ and visualize Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries reaching some mutual respect, harmony and co-operation, May the whole planet be lifted to the Higher consciousness that could facilitate that.

Edward Snowden

Ironically, Edward Snowden was being hit more by Neptune in Pisces than by the Pluto/Uranus Square at this time.

Natally he has two, possibly three planets in Gemini. (His Sun is on the Gemini/Cancer cusp and we have no birth time for him)

Gemini is known for a high intellect and a tendency to be critical.

These Gemini planets are all opposite three other planets in Sagittarius. Sagittarius being known for a high moral nature and righteousness, but also for ‘foot in mouth disease’ i.e. over-honesty and fanaticism.

Neptune in Pisces has been squaring his Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Sagittarius. I would say that Neptunian vulnerability, sensitivity and compassion for those he saw as vulnerable victims dissolved any restraints that may have existed on his enthusiastic Jupiterian, revolutionary liberating Uranian, Sagittarian honesty.

His Gemini nature is very intelligent and eloquent at explaining exactly why he did what he did and his sense of the possible consequences. In the next years Neptune will start to square those Gemini planets and that is where his thinking may get blurred and undergo a ‘test of faith’ and a need to surrender in some way.

Blessings,
Steffan Vanel

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— Steffan Vanel Archive —

January 13, 2015 The Astrology of 2015
January 10, 2015 I am Charlie & I am the Kouachi Brothers
September 12, 2014 ISIS, Obama and The Problem with Hawks vs Doves
August 13, 2014 Robin Williams: His Astrological Drama
August 4, 2014 Nightmare in Gaza
July 26, 2014 Freedom on the Brakes & Security on the Gas
March 16, 2014 IAD, Donations & Malaysian Flight 370
March 6, 2014 Ukraine, Russia, Putin: On the Cross
February 13, 2014 Philip Seymour Hoffman: On the Cusp
January 28, 2014 John of God - Nelson Mandela
December 31, 2013 The Grand Cross of 2014
October 30, 2013 Lou Reed: Walking on the Wild Side
October 14, 2013 America's Shutdown on Columbus Day
September 15, 2013 Symbols Publication
August 27, 2013 Martin Luther King & Syria
June 14, 2013 Difficult Aspects: Snowden & The East
May 25, 2013 The Nature of Reality Announcement
April 21, 2013 Boston, Bombs, Bullets and Blasts
April 6, 2013 North Korea and Kim Jong Un
March 17, 2013 SPD, IAD, and SPD
March 11, 2013 The Enigma of Hugo Chavez
January 27, 2013 Astrology Plus by Hilarion Now Available
January 19, 2013 Lance Armstrong & American Exceptionalism
January 16, 2013 Winter Readings
January 10, 2013 Predictions for 2013
January 3, 2013 Mother India
December 17, 2012 Sandy Hook, Mayan Calendar & Beyond
November 11, 2012 The Election, Fox, Petraeus, & Scorpio
October 16, 2012 Mitt Romney: The View from the Sky
October 10, 2012 The Biden/Ryan Debate
August 20, 2012 Legitimate Rape? - The Karma of Abortion
July 23, 2012 Pluto/Uranus/Mars & Dark Knights
July 4, 2012 A Birthday Reading for the USA - 2012
June 4, 2012 The Venus Transit of 2012
May 23, 2012 Home at Last...until Thursday
March 25, 2012 Pune, Osho & Dark Robes
February 28, 2012 Goa & Confessions of a 60's Chauvinist
January 30, 2012 Threshold, The Dalai Lama, and Buddha
January 3, 2012 Predictions for 2012
December 31, 2011 Impressions of Varanasi
December 21, 2011 Nepal, Tibet & Vaclav Havel
November 21, 2011 Dublin, Dubai, and Delhi
November 11, 2011 11-11-11- and The Nations by Hilarion
October 7, 2011 Steve Jobs: An Astrological Commentary
October 1, 2011 My Travle Blog: 1st Stop
September 10, 2011 A 9/11 Update Reading for the USA
August 4, 2011 Norway and Anders Breivlk
July 22, 2011 Rupert Murdoch: A Capricorn/Pisces Morality Play
May 2, 2011 Osama bin Laden: An Astrological View
April 25, 2011 The Royal Marriage & Marriage in General
April 9, 2011 Neptune into Pisces
March 18, 2011 Japan, Nuclear Energy & the SPD
January 31, 2011 A Reading for the Egyptian Crisis
January 24, 2011 The Recent Astrological Controversy
January 10, 2011 The Face of Hope
December 25, 2010 Looking at 2011
December 6, 2010 The Allegory of the Celtic Tiger
November 22, 2010 Parental Betrayal and Bloody Sundays in Ireland
October 14, 2010 The Allegory of the Chilean Mine Disaster
August 4, 2010 Final Saturn/Uranus Opposition
June 7, 2010 BP & AP: Before and After Petroleum
April 29, 2010 Volcanoes, Poland, Israel & Aries Activity
April 13, 2010 Some Thoughts on Poland
April 8, 2010 Dear Tiger Woods or...Capricorns Beware
January 27, 2010 Massachusetts Boy Misses Teddy
January 5, 2010 Predictions for 2010
September 21, 2009 The Astrological Karma of Ireland
September 14, 2009 Stressful Saturn/Uranus Times
August 4, 2009 The Original Moonwalk
July 20, 2009 The Astrological Karma of Michael Jackson (2nd Edition)
June 23, 2009 A Reading for Iran
June 9, 2009 The USA & the New Presidency (incl. a Reading for Obama)
January 6, 2009 Predictions for 2009
September 11, 2008 The Astrological Sarah Palin - An American Idol
August 17, 2008 The Astrological Barack Obama - The Dark Knight
April 20, 2008 The Astrological Hillary Clinton - A Plea to American Women
March 22, 2008 The Astrological Eliot Spitzer
Febuary 12, 2008 The Astrological John McCain
January 3, 2008 Astrological Trends for 2008 and Beyond
September 15, 2007 The Blame Game or The Hippie Temptation
May 15, 2007 Seung-Hui Cho
May 4, 2007 Demagogues and Reptilians
March 25, 2007 George W. Bush - Astrological Squeeze
January 2007 Rainbow Family Thailand Reading
December 2006 Vietnam 2.0
September 20, 2006 Saturn vs Neptune
May, 2006 Saturn/Neptune Opposition
September 20, 2005 In the Katrina Aftermath
July 12, 2005 The London Bombings
July 7, 2005 Tree of Life Reading for George W. Bush
December 31, 2004 The December 26 Tsunami
November 24, 2004 Reflections on the Election
September 9, 2004 George W. Bush And Religion
August 1, 2004 George W. Bush As President
July 16, 2004 George W. Bush's Relationship with his Parents
June 8, 2004 George W. Bush's Saturn and Neptune
May 3, 2004 George W. Bush's Cancer Sun Square Libra Moon
April 4, 2004 The Astrological Karma of George W. Bush
March 1, 2004 The Fog of War
February 4, 2004 Conspiracy Theories and the Problem of Evil
January 5, 2004 Tarot Reading for the World - New Year of 2004
November 30, 2003 Year End Eulogy
November 8, 2003 A Tarot Reading for the US in Iraq
October 14, 2003 George W. Bush's Leo Ascendant
September 1, 2003 The US-Canadian Electrical Blackout: Mars and Uranus in the USA Chart
August 1, 2003 Grand Cross in the USA Chart: A Pluto, Mars, and Neptune Wrap-Up
July 1, 2003 Mars Turning Up the Heat?
June 1, 2003 Upcoming Intensity in the U.S.A. Chart?
May 1, 2003 Pluto and the Self-Image of the U.S.A.

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