Adding to the recent turmoil in financial markets was North Korea’s artillery attack on South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island last Tuesday which killed two civilians, two soldiers, and injured at least 18 people.
South Korea responded by halting humanitarian aid and prohibiting its citizens from visiting the Kaseong industrial complex it shares with the North. The next day, South Korea and the U.S. announced they would conduct joint military exercises in the Yellow Sea November 28 to December 1. Friday’s visit by the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea to Yeonpyeong Island was followed by rounds of artillery fire from North Korea that was contained within its border. North Korea has threatened the joint military exercises could propel the Korean peninsula to the “brink of war.” And China has expressed its opposition to any military actions that come within its “exclusive economic zone.”
Since the combined economies of South Korea, China, and Japan are substantial, these countries should be most concerned if a conflict on the Korean peninsula impedes their ability to export. This could have major implications for U.S. companies who have made substantial investments in the region.
This post will describe the current and upcoming planetary influences that increase the potential that the 1953 Armistice Agreement that brokered a ceasefire in the Korean War could unravel within the next year.
Each month the light of the Full Moon shines a spotlight on existing matters that have reached a culmination point. The November 21 Full Moon in the final degree of Taurus (1) represented a long standing and stagnant situation that is about to shift. Venus-ruled Taurus desires financial and physical comfort which has gotten harder to come by for North Korea’s leadership after the Obama Administration imposed sanctions earlier this year on the import of luxury goods.
As the Moon opposed the Sun in Scorpio (nuclear secrets) and squared deceptive Neptune in Uranus-ruled Aquarius, The New York Times reported a U.S. nuclear scientist’s visit to a new and secret nuclear facility in North Korea with an “ultra modern control room” containing “hundreds and hundreds” of centrifuges for Uranus-ruled uranium enrichment. This unexpected development followed evidence that North Korea violated an international agreement to end its nuclear weapons program by building a light water reactor at the site of a facility it had dismantled to comply with the agreement.
Old and instinctual behavior patterns can become intense in the light of the Full Moon which squared North Korea’s natal Saturn in Leo and Kim Jong-il’s Sun in Aquarius. It appears the “dear leader” wanted to exert the nation’s authority by showcasing its nuclear developments front and center on the global stage. Neptune squaring the Full Moon opposed North Korea’s Saturn in Leo (exact February 17, 2011) and conjoining Kim Jong-il’s natal Sun (exact January 9, 2011) indicates that the leader of the North Korean government has yet to make clear what their motivations are.
Past threats and aggressive actions have rewarded North Korea with aid (Neptune) from its neighbors and the West in an attempt to pacify its desire to become a nuclear nation. Thus, North Korea has been conditioned to believe that cooperation does not yield the rewards that bad behavior brings.
Oppositions between planets represent opposing forces. The Full Moon opposing South Korea’s progressed (2) Mars in Scorpio indicated the nation was vulnerable to being attacked and the actions taken by the government in response. It also reflects the nation’s anger and brought to the surface a deep seated desire for some kind of retaliatory response after tolerating many years of aggressive behavior.
The November 23 attack marked the first time since the Armistice Agreement that North Korea attacked South Korea on land. Whereas Mars represents aggressive acts that can lead to war, Venus acts to bring opposing factions together to reach agreement. The Full Moon squaring the Armistice chart’s progressed Venus in Leo (which conjoins North Korea’s natal Saturn) reflects the North Korean government breached the agreement by firing shots that struck beyond its boundaries. As I wrote back in March, Mercury retrograde at the time of the Armistice Agreement indicates the military ceasefire left unfinished business that has yet to be resolved.
North Korea’s artillery bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island occurred as the Sun moved into Sagittarius, following Mercury and Mars which conjoined in Sagittarius November 20. Sagittarius is symbolized by the archer who shoots his arrows over the horizon. The Moon in Mercury-ruled Gemini opposing Mercury and Mars represents those arrows coming in the form of artillery shells attacking its southern neighbor. Sagittarius and its planetary ruler Jupiter represent global issues; Jupiter conjoining Uranus in Pisces squaring the Moon, Mercury and Mars reflects the bold and unexpected hour long attack.
Jupiter and Uranus square North Korea’s progressed Jupiter in Sagittarius which conjoins Kim Jong-il’s natal Mars and squares his natal Neptune in Virgo; he is overly optimistic if he believes that once again the North’s aggressive behavior will be rewarded with aid. The attack on South Korea in broad daylight was caught on video; proof that North Korea can no longer portray itself being “victimized” by South Korea and its allies.
Mars is the planetary ruler of the chart of the attack, suggesting there is likely to be more aggressive actions and unexpected and rapidly unfolding developments over the next several weeks that could escalate into a global crisis.
This is the second time that Saturn (government; structures; boundaries) in Libra (relationships) will conjoin the Korean War outbreak chart’s natal Neptune (illusions). Modern North and South Korea, China, and Japan all came into being when Neptune was in Libra. But when Saturn in Libra conjoined these countries natal Neptune for the first time in the early 1980s, they were not the economic powerhouses that they are now. Saturn conjoining natal Neptune indicates conditions are likely to cool (Saturn) the hot Chinese and South Korean economies as the underlying fundamentals of their economies are not as robust as they appear to be (Neptune).
With its Sun in Cancer squaring Saturn in Libra and Jupiter ruling the chart of the USA, America has a reputation for acting as the world’s policeman. The U.S. played a starring role on the Korean Peninsula following World War II. These countries’ natal Neptune conjoins the USA Saturn in Libra, reflecting the U.S. has responsibility or obligations in one form or another to them. Saturn needs to exert control and structure the roles each is to play, while Neptune erodes it. Saturn together with the USA’s Mars in Gemini squaring Neptune in Virgo reflects the USA’s past preoccupation with controlling the spread of communism (Neptune). Saturn/Neptune relationships can be confusing and murky as neither side can easily distinguish reality from what each would like to believe is true.
There are no easy short term solutions when Saturn comes to call. The USA’s Saturn return (3) indicates the nation’s global reach has limits and must now decide what its top priorities are on the global stage. Pluto in Saturn-ruled Capricorn opposing the USA’s natal Jupiter and Uranus in Mars-ruled Aries squaring the USA Venus at the same time indicates military budgets will have to be cut and resources reallocated to more pressing global developments. Since President Obama’s Sun in Leo conjoins North Korea’s natal Pluto and with his progressed Sun now in diplomatic Libra, the responsibility of taking a leadership role in resolving North Korea’s nuclear issue falls on his shoulders.
The situation with North Korea is likely to intensify approaching the New Year as the December 21, 2010 Gemini Lunar Eclipse and the January 4, 2011 Solar Eclipse affect North Korea and Kim Jong-il’s chart. Mars in Capricorn at the Solar Eclipse squares Saturn and Neptune in the Armistice Agreement chart; events that occur now could come to fruition in October. Regardless of what year his son and appointed successor Kim Jong-un was born,(4) Saturn will square his Sun for his birthday on January 8 until March and again during September. This can coincide with taking on increased responsibility (such as a full leadership role) or facing increased hardship.
Saturn in Libra will turn retrograde (5) January 26 on South Korea’s natal Mars which could indicate the military is actively defending its border. Things heat up again in March as Jupiter opposes Saturn for the final time as Saturn retrograde in Libra returns again to its natal position in the USA chart. It was in this post written back in May that I described how the influences in March 2011 would transform North Korea, Iran, China, and Iraq.
Saturn turning direct on June 12 will conjoin South Korea’s natal Neptune, recreating the energies of Saturn exactly conjoining Neptune in Libra in the chart of the Armistice Agreement. Like Germany in 1989 when Saturn and Neptune last conjoined in the sky (in Capricorn), the border between North and South Korea might dissolve when Saturn returns to its natal position in the Armistice Agreement chart on October 24, 2011. Saturn in Libra will conjoin South Korea’s progressed Sun then, reflecting the nation’s economy could be under pressure from the burdens of unification. It took a decade to successfully integrate East and West Germany, reflecting that Saturn’s restructuring takes time but ultimately succeeds.
(1) The November 21 Full Moon was the second of six consecutive Full Moons that will occur at the end of the zodiac signs that began with Aries (the first sign of the zodiac) and conclude with the March 19, 2011 Full Moon in Virgo. The December 21 Full Moon in Gemini marks the midpoint of this pattern, and wields the strongest influence since it is a Total Lunar Eclipse that incorporates all of the planetary influences described above.
(2) A mathematical calculation that moves the planets forward in time as a method of prediction.
(3) While the exact dates are December 3, 2010, March 22, 2011, and August 27, 2011, Saturn’s influence will be strong November 2010-September 2011.
(4) North Korean officials claim he was born in 1982; intel experts think he was either born in 1983 or 1984.
(5) Planets do not really move backward, but appear to from Earth’s vantage point. A planet’s energies are more pronounced at the time a planet appears to change direction.
Armistice Agreement Enforced: July 27, 1953 10:00 PM JST Panmunjom
D.P.R.K.: September 9, 1948 time unknown Pyongyang
Kim Jong-il: February 16, 1941 time unknown Vyatskoye, Russia
Korean War Begins: June 25, 1950 4:00 AM at the Ongjin Peninsula (38th Parallel)
(Time cited on page 61 of “Rethinking the Korean War” by William Whitney Stueck.)
South Korea: August 15, 1948 time unknown Seoul
North Korea Attacks Yeonpyeong Island: November 23, 2010 2:34 PM KST
China: October 1, 1949 3:15 PM Peking
Japan: May 3, 1947 Midnight Tokyo
USA: July 4, 1776 5:10 PM Philadelphia
Barack Obama: August 4, 1961 7:24 PM AHST Honolulu, HI