On Saturday, at 19.26 in Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius brought down his gavel. Delegates from 196 countries, crammed into a debating chamber, erupted into applause. A global agreement had been reached on tackling climate change.
The UN’s climate change agreement is not perfect, but it is a huge breakthrough. Getting 196 countries to agree on anything is almost impossible — as was shown at previous climate summits which ended in disarray. This summit was run with French organisation and diplomatic chutzpah. And it’s clear that predictions made 40 years ago that the ice caps would melt and that weather would become unstable and extreme are coming true. The situation has become obviously more urgent since Copenhagen five years ago.
The need to do something seems to have galvanised the governments of the world into action at last — and remarkably, every single country in the world has had a say. Compare that to, say, G8 summits or Davos, where rich and powerful countries get into huddles and do deals. For an excellent summary of the process, click here.
This deal was sealed a day after the New Moon, which is a good omen in itself. This may truly be a fresh start. The Moon is this chart’s ruler, since Cancer is rising, and she is in a dynamic yet harmonious aspect to both Neptune and Venus in water signs. She is also applying to this aspect. Emotions certainly seem to have been flowing at the summit, and so were good feelings. According to reports, there was a general will to make this work and find compromises. Venus is, of course, the planet of diplomacy, and Neptune is her higher octave. When Neptune and Venus work together we get sweet music. Normally badly placed in Scorpio, this time Venus had the support of Mars in Libra — her own diplomatic sign. A lot of red-tape and to be cut through in order to reach agreement.
But there are two other fascinating points on this chart, which may indicate that the Paris Agreement really is a turning point.
First of all, the asteroid Hygeia was conjunct the North Node — the destiny point — on the day. Hygeia is the goddess of clean living — go figure — and she’s currently in the sign of Virgo, the sign of hygiene, good husbandry, taking care, detail and getting things done. The North Node will be travelling through Virgo for the next 16 months or so, so this is an area of change.
Virgo is often symbolised by a woman carrying a sheaf of wheat, so this sign is about agriculture and how we manage the land. This year, the god of luck and expansion is in also Virgo. This may help matters, but Jupiter can also bring excess.
Secondly, Pallas Athena, the goddess of wisdom, was exactly conjoining Pluto, the god of transformation in Capricorn, another earth sign, and the one we associate with supra-national government. Pallas Athena rules strategic accords, negotiated settlements and winged victory. Pluto is power, money and change.
If the time is correct, which it certainly is within minutes, the Midheaven of the chart shows us that this deal comes at the 11th hour. The MC is in the last minutes of Pisces, the final sign of the Zodiac.
This is a tough and dynamic chart with the powerful T-square between Mars, Uranus and Pluto in action. This does suggest smashing through something, and with that strong 6th house of work, duty and practicality, this took a lot of detailed, intensive, daily work.
Life is short; history is long. We may not be able to judge how important this agreement was for a long time, and it will certainly have holes. But I think this is truly a breakthrough.