Afghanistan and 2012
The 2012 chart for Afghanistan* tells us many unflattering things we already know about Afghanistan. True or not, they are all things that Afghans and those who support Afghanistan are probably very tired of hearing:
The Afghan state is very jealous of its power. It is hostile to political opponents. It is a little too quick on its feet politically. It is somewhat charismatic. It profits from war and the drug trade. It benefits from the political passivity of its people. It is corrupt and unscrupulous. The Afghan government condones the oppression and exploitation of women and generally suffers from the alienation of the feminine principle in all matters. It cannot control the violence in Afghanistan. It can do little to uplift its own people. It is ineffective in all the ways one would normally want a government to be effective. Afghanis are locked into an ancient, primitive and self-defeating world view. And so on.
The 2012 chart for Afghanistan also suggests that the turmoil and violence in Afghanistan will continue for some time. No surprise there, either.
The Good News
However, the 2012 chart for Afghanistan reveals things not generally known about Afghanistan and which offer significant hope.
Most would not approve of what the Karzai government stands for. But in specialized, meaningful sense, it is a representative government. It is representative of its people.
There is a kind of unity, of social and cultural coherence, among Afghans - government and people - that could form the basis of a successful nation state. It is, in a meaningful sense, the raw material of a legitimate and effective Afghanistan government.
The chart also suggests that Afghanistan will respond in a surprisingly robust and constructive way to the 2012 energies.
Alongside the inevitable violence and unrest will spring up a robust political dialogue about the future of Afghanistan. The dialogue is likely to be contentions and to spur violence. But it is also likely to be be inclusive, substantive and meaningful. And it will have real, positive consequences for the future of Afghanistan.
Doubtless, news of the violence will overshadow this national political debate. However, the chart indicates that this national political dialogue is more important than the violence and, long-term, will have a more profound and lasting effect.
In my mind, the strengths of this aspect outweighs the negatives in the chart. They promise an eventual, political solution to all the familiar negatives.
The fact that the Afghan government is so representative of the Afghan people suggests that changes in and by the Afghan government will constitute real and lasting changes in the Afghan nation. The aspect suggests that conflicts that have divided the nation and destroyed previous Afghan governments will be finally resolved.
In sum, Afghanistan might experience a good deal of violence in the years just ahead, but it is also likely to benefit from vigorous, transformative political dialogue.
The Astrological Details
The Afghan government is represented by a stellium on the midheaven. The stellium includes Pluto, Sun, Mars, Quaoar, Mercury, Ixion, Pholus, and Venus. This, stellium, dominating the chart from the midheaven is a strong indications that the Karzai government is, in its way, a genuinely representative government.
The Pluto/Sun/Mars combination suggests that the Afghan government has dictatorial inclinations, that it is jealous of its power and hostile toward its opponents. However, Pluto is not that close to the Sun, weakening its effects significantly. Mars is too close to the Sun, weakening its effects, also. This suggests that the Afghan government, despite its love of power, is comparatively weak.
Ixion and Pholus form part of the midheaven stellium. They add a tendency to corruption, to betray the public trust and to compromise important principles for the benefit of cronies.
Political Skill and Charisma
The Mercury/Quaoar conjunction is exact and very close to the midheaven. This suggests that the Karzai government's greatest strength is its political skill and political 'creativity.' Venus is nearby, adding charm. But combined with the power of the other bodies on the midheaven, helping to generate charisma.
Oppression of Women
Lilith is opposing this strongly placed stellium from the fourth house - a strong position. This indicates that the power of the feminine is deeply alienated. This seriously undermines the power of the Afghan government.
Defective World View
There is another significant stellium in the 12th house. It includes Neptune, Chiron, the north node and Nessus. Briefly, this stellium suggests that Afghanis share a defective world view. It disempowers them. It distances them from political realities. Perhaps most significantly, it suppresses any sense of social and political responsibility.
The involvement of the north node suggests that Afghanis should be developing a more wholesome world view. However, the presence of the other planets in the stellium frustrates the emergence of a truly transformative world view.
This stellium is in positive, supportive relationship to the stellium on the midheaven, indicating that the Afghan government benefits from all this dysfunction.
The Drug Trade
The 12th house stellium just discussed is in opposition to Jupiter in the 6th, near the south node. This indicates a country mired in ancient and unproductive approaches to work, or production.
The Jupiter/Neptune opposition, especially with Neptune in the 12th house and Jupiter near the south node, is strongly suggestive of involvement in and economic reliance on the drug trade.
This aspect is also positively related to the midheaven stellium representing the Afghan government. This suggests that the Afghan government profits from the drug trade.
Eris is on the cusp of the 2nd house, trining the midheaven stellium. Eris represents the brutality, rancor and irrationality at the heart of the spirit of war. The fact that Eris is trining the midheaven indicates that the Afghan government profits financially from warfare.
In brief, the present Afghan government benefits strongly from everything that is wrong with Afghanistan.
Hope for Political Solutions
However, the Afghanistan/2012 chart includes an exact and potent t-square between Uranus in the 1st house, Saturn in the 7nth and the midheaven. This t-square is angular in the chart, magnifying its likely effects.
The t-square suggests a vigorous, contentious and most likely violent interaction between the forces of reform and renewal, the Karzai government and reactionary, backward looking forces like the Taliban.
As I said, the t-square is likely to cause violence. However, the t-square offers strong hope for a political solution. Indeed, its primary and most lasting effect is likely to be political.
The t-square involves all the planets in the midheaven stellium that represents the Afghan government. But the most exact t-square relationship is between Uranus, Mercury, Quaoar and Saturn. This combination is highly suggestive of transformative, innovative, and contentious, political dialogue
Furthermore, the conjunction of Mercury, Quaoar and the midheaven is, itself, the most potent in the midheaven stellium. It is primarily political in nature.
So the most potent effect of the generally very potent t-square is likely to be political dialogue - contentious political dialogue, but dialogue nonetheless.
Hence, my conclusion that, though likely to cause violence, the most important, pervasive and lasting effects of the t-square will almost certainly be political.
*I used the date for the swearing in of Hamid Karzai in 2004. This seemed justified on the history of Afghanistan, which has seen frequent changes in their form of government and on my experience with previous analyses.