Syrian Migrant Crisis

Posted by Jill Shearer on Friday, September 4, 2015 Under: Mundane Astrology
Lunations often echo the themes of our world powerfully. The unfolding human tragedy of the exodus from war-torn Syria was encapsulated this week in the heartbreaking image of the tiny body of a three-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach. He was discovered by a fisherman in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after the inflatable boat packed with refugees bound for the Greek island of Kos that he was in capsized. The themes of this tragedy are echoed in the symbolism of the recent Pisces Full Moon – just a couple of days before.


The Moon's proximity to Neptune in watery Pisces suggests themes of the sea and sacrifice – adrift in the unfortunate 12th, at the mercy of hidden enemies – the traffickers whose profits are more important to them than the human lives they trade in.  Lord of the chart, malefic Mars, afflicts the 5th, House of Children, with an uncanny Inconjunct (quincunx) to Pluto on the Midheaven at Bodrum. 
The lunation's dispositor, Jupiter, is entangled with the lunation itself, conjunct the Sun – in detriment and combust; restricted in what he is able (or perhaps willing?) to do in the face of what is happening. 

Jupiter, in his role as Xenos, represents the the ancient Greek imperative of hospitality towards strangers, a spirit that sometimes seems sadly lacking in our comfortable Western world. Coincidentally, in the 1066 chart for England, Jupiter is close to the degree of the Sun in this Full Moon; perhaps this poignant image will enable David Cameron to get in touch with the country's inner Xenos and offer some help?

The particular distructive role of the sea in this crisis is striking, and this has grim echoes in the Banksy's 'Mediterranean Boat Ride' at the Weston Super Mare 'bemusement' park, Dismal Land. Here, members of the public can navigate remote-controlled boats filled with migrants between floating bodies in a lake where there is nowhere to land. The very name 'Weston Super Mare' evokes the sea – literally 'a western settlement upon the sea'. We need this stuff.  

In : Mundane Astrology 

Tags: "migrant crisis" syria banksy "dismal land" pisces "full moon" 
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