The New Moon on Wednesday, November 11 activated the Venus Star Point of November 12, 1962 in Scorpio. Freud (Scorpio rising/approach to life) theorized that we have two urges: Eros (love/merging) and Thanatos (death). As an archetype (pattern of energy), Scorpio exemplifies these two drives, in the extreme.
The world was on the brink of destruction a mere month before. Venus represents all the relationships we choose outside of our bloodlines. In political realms and world affairs she governs how sovereign nations use diplomats and ambassadors to wage 'soft' or 'cold' war.
At least 53 years ago there was a sovereign nation with which to negotiate. This Thanatos boogy man exists in the form of ISIS, but how to fight a caliphate? How does the American imperialism (and way of life) ignite the fires of the radical individuals? At what point do we examine how we have conducted ourselves as the world's de facto police (Saturn in Libra in tenth house of legislation/status in our 7.4.1776 natal chart)? What happens when groups of people have nothing left lose?
In law school I took a course entitled Self-Determination in International Law. At what point does ISIS become recognized as a 'country'? Can it be so? Do we alter our rhetoric? Have we already gone too far as a nation in interfering in Middle Eastern affairs?
In 1962, collective power Pluto was in Virgo. In 2015, Pluto is in Capricorn. Both of these are earth signs. A basic difference is that Virgo has humility as its guiding light out of cynical darkness. Capricorn has integrity. However, Capricorn seeks control and is willing to live an 'end justifies the means' life. Pluto sees through hypocrisy and calls any and all bluffs. No institutions are beyond Pluto's transformative mandate. And, in Capricorn this tiny planet carries a stick that beats all who are out of integrity. Regenerate power, status and authority or die.
Besides who'd want to have an erotic coupling with someone whom you have not been open hearted and transparent? This is true of nations and ideologies. At some point (and in order for those who have died in Paris, on 9/11/01, in Iraq and elsewhere to not have died in vain), the sovereign nations must begin to see all humans as equals. This is not to excuse their heinous acts. Yet, there are lessons that Thanatos has to teach us.
The Cuban Missile Crisis and Scorpio Morning Star at that time was fed by an Evening Star in Aquarius. Earlier that year there were seven planetary teachers in Aquarius, idealistic, lofty and communal. Today, we are under a Leo Morning Star. Our diplomatic energies through dignified and royal Leo must be respected. Ignore Leo at your own risk. Scorpio Evening Star (behind the scenes power brokering) feeds this current Leo Morning Star (joy and pride of human existence). When Leo feels or sees that there is no pleasure to be had, it becomes the wounded lion that will take everyone down.
How do we learn what this battle is all about from the historical implications of Sunni and Shia people to the daily survival challenges of the Syrian refugees and those left behind? On a much smaller scale, but analogous, it took nine souls to be sacrificed in Charleston early this year to get the South Carolina legislature to take down the Confederate flag on its capitol grounds. Still some Americans balked at the idea. Compare nearly 250 years of America's bigoted history and domestic terrorism to centuries...
Once the Sun moves into fiery Sagittarius on November 22, expect the flames of extremism to be fanned even more (yes, that is possible). Hopefully, benevolent Jupiter in humble Virgo may show us by the next new Moon (December 11) how we can more efficiently share resources and beliefs, so that we may learn to co-exist without more lives having to be sacrificed.