|Stamps depicting traditional Ukrainian headresses.
Every woman is a queen. Ukraine has Venus in Leo/Moon in Aquarius.
Is Ukraine destined to be a free democracy and part of Europe or a Russian vassal state?
That is what people are protesting about on the streets of the capital Kiev this winter.
Ten years ago, street protests in Kiev blossomed into the peaceful Orange Revolution. It seemed to be successful at the time since the corrupt leadership was replaced. However, today, the very president ousted during the Orange Revolution is back in power and Yulia Tymoshenko, one of the most high profile leaders of the opposition, is in jail. And hundreds of thousands of people have been protesting in the streets and squares since the end of November. This week three protesters died, and unrest spread to other parts of the country. Reconciliation talks with protesters broke down.
|Ukraine is in such flux; this chart*
will doubtless change.
Ukrainian Independence Day is celebrated on August 24, the day in 1991 that the parliament declared independence from the Soviet Union. Despite the name, this was a conservative move. Ukrainian politicos were worried about the dangerously liberal direction Boris Yeltsin was taking Russia and they wanted to conserve communism.
You can see in the chart that conservative Capricorn rises. This is the sign of the establishment. In fact what happened on that day in 1991 is that the people who already held power in Ukraine ensured that they held on to it. Saturn, the planet of rules and tradition, also rises here but it is in Aquarius.
Now it’s important to remember that Saturn is traditionally Aquarius’ ruler. The modern ruler is revolutionary Uranus. Aquarius as a sign is both conservative and revolutionary, a rule-maker and a rule-breaker. Aquarius is about establishing systems. So Saturn Rising in Aquarius is a perfect expression of a conservative revolution.
The Ukrainian Sun is on an awkward degree, at a tricky angle to that Saturn and in an awkward house. But it is part of a nice stellium. Break the Sun’s placement down like this:
• It’s within the first degree of Virgo, the sign of service. This degree in any sign is often extreme. This would fit with being a vassal state.
• Quincunx Saturn, difficult adjustments need to be made to reconcile national identity with power.
• Seventh house. Sun in the 7th house in a mundane chart can mean that the real power is held by someone else, even by a foreign power or by an enemy. In other words, real power over Ukraine may actually be in neighbouring Russia.
• Mercury, Venus and Jupiter conjunct in Leo. This is very creative, expressive and flamboyant, and indeed the Ukrainians as a whole seem to have responded to their situation with vibrant artistic flair and theatricality. Their demonstrations have not been boring. They include dancing, art installations, poetry, and, of course, the feminist group Femen which gained worldwide attention last year.
|Talks have started this week as tr Merc
approaches the Moon, but we have a Rx
coming up and already we’re in the shadow.
This stellium in the 7th is opposed by the Moon, that is the people, in community-minded Aquarius. This is tension between self-expression and group expression, between the lions in power and the people, between Leo hierarchy and Aquarian equality. No wonder they’ve been having a rolling revolution since 1991 that erupts every few years.
The leader on the barricades who’s attracting the most media attention right now is ex-boxer Vitali Klitschko, whose chart slots right into this Leo-Aquarius axis. His dynamic, intelligent Mars is at 21° Aquarius, conjuncting Ukraine’s Moon, firing up and energising the people. And his Mercury is at 20° Leo, speaking a language the powerful understand.
The astrological signature of the peaceful revolutions that took place between 1989 and 1991 across Eastern Europe was the conjunction of revolutionary Uranus with idealistic Neptune in the sign of government Capricorn. In 1989 this was conjoined by Saturn and in 1991-2 by the North Node.
Saturn is important for Ukraine. It’s rising and it’s the chart ruler. The Orange Revolution broke out on November 22, 2004. The Sun was on Ukraine’s MC, the highest point in the chart and square natal Saturn — and Saturn was on the Descendant. Today Saturn is in Scorpio, in the 9th house, approaching the MC. So both popular protests have taken place when Saturn was in an emotional water sign, and near the angles of the chart.
|Yulia Tymonshenko in happier days
picture courtesy premier.gov.ru
But these protests kicked off on November 21, 2013. Obviously the Sun was in the same spot as last time – right at the top of the chart and square natal Saturn. But transiting Saturn itself was on natal Pluto in Scorpio. Pluto is the highest planet in the chart, which makes you wonder if the jackboots are in charge. It’s not inevitable but you see this in a state run by the military or the police.