According to the on-line Oxford English Dictionary a migrant is
“A worker who moves from place to place to do seasonal work.”
A refugee is
It’s a disgrace that the BBC and The Guardian are still calling the people pouring out of Syria and Iraq migrants. Words matter. These people are refugees.
There’s a holocaust on Europe’s doorstep. We have seen this insanity before: in Rwanda, in Congo, in Cambodia, in Germany. The behaviour of ISIS or Daesh or whatever you choose to call them is familiar — and it has not come out of nowhere: we’ve been witnessing the ravaging of the Middle East for years. Because of a chain of bad choices, in the past few years there’s been a horrible sense of the last inevitable slide to chaos. Back in 2012, before anyone had heard of ISIS, I wrote, “If the international community does not contain Syria, the blood-dimmed tide could roll over the whole region.”
This is not to mention those escaping Afghanistan, Eritrea and Sudan.
The current opposition between the mighty rulers of Pisces, Neptune and Jupiter is pulling old rules apart and changing the shape of long-established borders. The sheer weight of human misery bursting out of the Middle East is challenging compassion and dissolving old boundaries. Both these planets tend to magnify events and when they work together we can expect mass experiences. Virgo-Pisces is the axis of healing, of course, but also of service, suffering and sacrifice. Right now they are at their maximum distance, embracing the whole Zodiac.
When Saturn moves into Sagittarius, the sign of international law, in September, this will only become more acute and perhaps more practical solutions will start to be implemented. One possibility is that Saturn may become a brutal enforcer of borders, but a certainty is that international agreements will be rewritten or strengthened.
The Schengen Agreement, signed in 1985, which created open borders within the European Union had its Saturn Return last year (24° Scorpio). No one considered then that the outer borders of Europe would be under so much pressure 30 years on. Whose responsibility is it to look after the people washing up on the shores of Lampedusa and Lesbos? Surely, if this were a real Union, then all member states would have to help. Why are the countries so keen to make Greece pay its debts failing to help with the refugees on Kos?
Saturn in Sagittarius will demand that this becomes organised. Maybe Europe needs an Ellis Island. At the moment, the process is random, chaotic and partially in the hands of criminal gangs.
Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune will be in a wide mutable T-square for much of this winter. Compassion, organisation and attention to detail will need to work together.
But the international agreement that is most clearly activated astrologically at the moment is the 1951 Refugee Convention, — and this may explain the BBC’s mealy-mouthing. Maybe if we don’t call them refugees, we don’t have to do our duty and look after them.
“No Contracting State shall expel or return (‘refouler’) a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social or political opinion” (Article 33(1)).
Here is the chart for the Convention — and it is remarkable. Look what bounces out of it — an opposition between Neptune and Jupiter just as we are experiencing this month. Just to put that in perspective, it’s about a once-a-decade phenomenon.
This Convention came about to legalise the situation of the millions of people across the globe displaced by WW2 — and protect their human rights. This attempt at rebalancing a situation using the law is Libran, and of course, Jupiter is the planet of long journeys, and foreigners. Aries is the sign of new beginnings, so we have foreigners getting new, legal starts in this chart.
The chart for the 1951 Convention is being massively activated.
Tr Saturn is making an exact sextile to the natal Saturn, tr Jupiter is right on the Mercury and about to oppose trNeptune over the Nodal axis. Meanwhile, trPluto opposes the midpoint of Mars-Uranus, and trUranus opposes Neptune. trMars went over the Sun a few days ago and trVenusRx is on the Pluto today.
You can see what a dynamic chart this is anyway, with that active Cardinal T-square, currently so alive. The Uranus-Pluto square whammed into this, and Pluto is still hammering away from the “empty leg” of the T-square, creating a Grand Cross. It’s never been under so much pressure. The Convention is being tested.
Astrology really works though: Jupiter and Neptune will reach an exact (partile) opposition on September 17 at 8°, nearly on the Nodal axis of the convention chart. Then Jupiter will cross the South Node. Words are important with all that Virgo emphasis, and we could immediately give these people the dignity and protection of being called refugees.
Neptune and Jupiter face off against each other once a century in Virgo-Pisces. In 1849, it was the same configuration we have now – Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter in Virgo. In 1939, it was reversed. At the moment these two opposed, Hitler was planning his invasion of Poland — busting borders.
We don’t need more incidents like this one.
June 4, 1939 – The St. Louis, a ship carrying a cargo of 907 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida after already having been turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, many of its passengers later die in Nazi death camps during The Holocaust. — Wikipedia
Instead we should remember the Kindertransport which took place in that same year. Ten thousand Jewish children were rescued from the Nazis and found foster homes in this country between November 1938 and 1940.
This is a time for maximum compassion — Jupiter and Neptune are telling us so.