|Poster for the 2004 Korean
blockbuster, The Brotherhood of War.
So South Korea is a successful, entrepreneurial (if rather corrupt) Leo Sun and North Korea is an angst-ridden, self-hating Virgo. Sibling rivalry is rarely this toxic.
The two countries were born just a few weeks apart on the 15 August and 9 September respectively in 1948. That gives them similar charts but with significant differences.
South Korea has a powerful stellium in Leo supporting the Sun, which also receives decent help from Jupiter and Mars. It also has a highly stabilising (though depressed) Moon in Capricorn supported by the Saturn-Sun conjunction. Meanwhile, the North’s Sun sits, rather wistfully, alone in Virgo with all the other planets scattered in a wide, unintegrated arc.
There’s something about North Korea’s chart that fills me with gloom. I think it’s the fact that there are so few close major aspects, which gives it a sort of weak emptiness. It’s fragmented, disconnected. And we all know how a weak character can lash out and hurt people. North Korea’s behaviour is attention-seeking and potentially disastrous.
|The government of North Korea is fond of big
show – Neptune conjunct Mercury.
|Saturn eating his own baby.|
Is healing possible?
Cast for midday, Chiron, the wounded healer, is rising in both charts. In personal charts, Chiron often shows where and how we experience grief and loss – especially in transits. Here, it shows two countries whose identities are forged by loss. They cry out to be healed.
North Korea is a suppurating wound, but a weirdly optimistic one. With that Moon in Sagittarius alongside, although not properly aspecting, Jupiter, the country’s people must believe the government’s propaganda. When the two halves of Korea are rejoined – which they will be at some point – it’s not going to be a neat stitch together like the two Germanies. On the contrary, a whole belief system will be destroyed.
Despite North Korea’s military strength and belligerence, South Korea has by far the stronger and more stable chart with that stoical Capricorn Moon representing the people. Changing North Korea will be a matter of tearing the Neptunian veil of illusion just a little – and then the whole cloud palace will vanish, leaving behind a miserable and bewildered nation.
|North Korea – click on the chart to enlarge.|
If you’re interested in looking at more stuff about the astrology of belligerence, look at James MacPhail’s website.