I want to speak a little bit about the very significant events occurring in Egypt right now. Very little can be known, as events are changing on the ground every hour, but the stakes are clearly very high as the possibility now exists for the most populous nation in the Arab world (Egypt has 84 million people) to become a democracy. Despite the fact that the U.S. is a democracy and has stated for decades that it wants to see democracies around the world, it is also just as true that it has supported autocrats and dictators so that we can count on some degree of stability in the region. The good side of this has been the fact that Egypt and Jordan have peace agreements with Israel avoiding war between the two countries. But right now, it seems increasingly obvious that there is a cry for democracy that is rising in the citizens of our world. The events in Tunisia have not quickly triggered events in Egypt. What I see is that we may have now reached the inevitable moment in history where the U.S. will have to decide whether it is permissible to invest in dictators while mouthing support for democracy or is this the time to commit to the values we say we have. The Arab world is watching closely at what President Obama and his administration do next.
I do not have the chart for Egypt yet but should have it soon. What I do know is that due to the present velocity of Mars, the Sun and Mars have been dancing together in a conjunction for many weeks. It began in mid-January when they were only 5° apart and increased in intensity when both entered Aquarius on January 20, 2011. Right now, they are less than 1° apart and will conjunct at 15° of Aquarius on February 3, 2011. Even if we don’t know how this affects the chart of Egypt itself, we do know that any prolonged Sun-Mars conjunction will bring any long-standing frustrations and desire for change to a boiling point.
It is always interesting to note that when a country ruled by an autocrat begins to succeed economically and bring about a strong middle-class, expectations, hopes and dreams will increase exponentially, which directly leads to a demand for democracy. A wise dictator sees this and begins to reform the political system to create an orderly transfer of power. Most history tells us that often autocrats refuse to do this and at some point, the demand for revolution outweighs everything else and that is where Egypt finds itself right now. From an astrological viewpoint, the dance of the Sun and Mars is creating that trigger. So far, Mubarak is resisting change, but it seems inevitable that he will be forced to resign. If he doesn’t the chance for tremendous violence becomes likely with possible tragic results. The question for the U.S. is what position to take now. Is it best to ‘support our ally’ and potentially be seen as an enemy to the rising democratic forces in Egypt or will we take a position that supports the new emerging forces that we say we want for the entire world. It’s complicated. We may not know what is being said behind the scenes right now, but I imagine the U.S. administration is doing all it can to resolve this without having to take a public stance against its ‘ally.’
Let’s hear your thoughts on this.