A New Chapter in US History: Mass Murder in South Carolina, Part 5

Please note: In 2015, long after I wrote this article, my understandings of the quindecile, a 24° aspect, were born out of the new–mathematically accurate–name for the 165° aspect, now called undecaquartisextile. Please read about the Undecaquartisextile as its related aspect patterns which can be found in the Pluto – Full On series. You’ll find the Pluto – Full On series under the subcategory of Undecaquartisextile, located in the Feature Articles tab. Thanks for your patience with the modification of the name.

UPDATE AS OF 6:30 PM EDT! JULY 10, 2015: CBS TV has just announced that the FBI dropped the ball on the background check for the gun Dylann Storm Roof bought, or he would not have been able to purchase the gun!

Several years ago, as we all do, I lost touch with a friend I’d known since the late 90s simply because we lost touch, not because there’d been harsh words. We reconnected, thanks to her finding her way to my KISS (Keep It Simply Serious) Astrology group on Facebook.

It seems Facebook has become something of an online institution by now, doesn’t it? Well, despite my reluctance to depend on any sites where CEOs are behind their billion-dollar industries, it would seem there was a blessing in my having reconnected with this friend beyond the obvious joy of doing so: Her timeline offers delightful humor and wonderful quotes. I found one that fits this article today:

Dont run away from grief , o soul
Look for the remedy inside the pain.
because the rose came from the thorn
and the ruby came from a stone.” — Rumi

Back on June 22, a somber Governor Nikki Haley faced her constituents and the rest of the nation and said, in part, “We have stared evil in the eye and watched good prayerful people killed in one of the most sacred of places. We were hurt and broken and we needed to heal. We were able to start that process, not by talking about issues that divide us, but by holding vigils, by hugging neighbors, by honoring those we lost and by falling to our knees in prayer. Our state’s grieving, but we are also coming together.

“But this is a moment in which we can say that that flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state. The murderer now locked up in Charleston said he hoped his actions would start a race war. We have an opportunity to show that not only was he wrong, but that just the opposite is happening.

“My hope is that by removing a symbol that divides us, we can move forward as a state in harmony.”

And from those days following the massacre of the Charleston 9 until now, this moment truly does seem like a lifetime ago.

The majority of this article comes from my own observations last night and today, so there will be few external links.

At 4:11:28 PM EDT, July 9, 2015, Gov. Haley entered a large room where a crowd of “cameramen,” photographers, members of the SC State Legislature, several former governors and family members of what has now become known as the Charleston 9 were waiting. According to WYFF4 TV, the SC House of Representatives first approved the Senate bill 93-27 at 11:58 p.m. on July 8, and a second vote not long after, on July 9 at 1:11 a.m. when the House then soundly passed the bill 94-20.

Twenty-one seconds later yesterday afternoon, at 4:11:49 PM EDT, Gov. Haley began to speak.

“Look at everybody around us, she said, leading into the announcement everyone was waiting to hear: “Tomorrow morning at 10 AM, that flag will be brought down” She was speaking about the Confederate flag flying from a flagpole on South Carolina Statehouse grounds for the last five decades.

“We will bring it down with dignity, and we will put it in its rightful place,” she said. “May we never forget the actions that those people took to get us to [this point] today.”

“Those people” have become known as the Charleston 9, including South Carolina State Representative Pastor Clementa Pinckney who lost his life along with eight other members of his Bible Study Group at the Emanuel AME Church [Mass Murder in South Carolina] on June 17.

When Gov. Haley was done speaking, she moved to a desk where a large stack of papers had been placed, sat and turned to the appropriate page waiting for her signature. She grabbed the first pen and began to sign. Nine pens later, at 4:19:08 pm, her signature made the bill to remove the flag into law.
SC - Removal of Confederate flag becomes lawFor anyone who doubts the timing of these charts, please note that I actually sat here and watched, second by second, as these events took place. The timing is that accurate. I was intrigued to note the Midheaven at 29 Leo 08–in true public form. The Sabian Symbol for Leo 30 says AN UNSEALED LETTER HAS VITAL AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. If we just look at the line itself, the context of the message may elude us: We still need to open the missive to get the full value of what’s inside. There is no value in hidden knowledge. The value comes in its having been disseminated.

First house Saturn squared the MC from another interesting point at Scorpio 29, AN INDIAN WOMAN PLEADING TO THE CHIEF FOR THE LIVES OF HER CHILDREN. The line is more than stunning: South Carolina-born Gov. Nimrata “Nikki” Randhawa Haley is the daughter of Sikh immigrants.

Flag Removal Law inside, Solstice Points outsideThe 6th house Moon in Taurus presents an amazing 39-minute conjunction to the MC’s Solstice Point at 00 Taurus 56. It’s amazing, not because of its conjunction by Solstice Point. Obviously, every planetary body we’re considering has a Solstice Point (Antiscia). But the Moon represents the woman in the role, as does Saturn’s placement in square to the MC, perhaps challenging old traditions in the state where Gov. Haley not only became the first woman governor, but the youngest governor in US history.

As she prepared to sign the bill to remove the flag yesterday, Gov. Haley said, “Nine people took in someone who did not look like them or act like them, and with true love and true faith and true acceptance, they sat and prayed with him for an hour. That love and faith was so strong that it brought grace to their families.  It showed them how to forgive. So then we saw the action of forgiveness.

“We saw the families show the world what true forgiveness and grace looks like. That forgiveness and grace led to another action. An action of compassion, by people all across South Carolina and all across this country. They stopped looking at each other’s differences. They started looking at each other’s similarities because we were all experiencing the same pain.  So then you take that compassion, and that compassion motivated action.

“That compassion motivated people wanting to do something about it. So the action was taken by the General Assembly. And what we saw in that swift action by both the House and Senate. So we saw members start to see what it was like to be in each others shoes – start to see what it felt like. We heard about the true honor of heritage and tradition. We heard about the true pain that many had felt, and we took the time to understand it. I saw passions get high. I saw passions get low. But I saw commitment never ending.  And so what we saw what another action. And that action is that the Confederate flag is coming off the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.”

Saturn squares the 9th house Venus-Jupiter conjunction to the MC, offering an understandably solemn approach to the event. She was aware that many would want to resist the act of bringing down the flag this morning while many others would cheer. In this way, she exercised good judgment and a gentler approach in her effort to bring everyone together.

One cannot miss the context of the moment in the Cardinal T-square that was still present yesterday with the Sun-Mars conjunction in the 8th house, accompanied by Mercury and even the Vertex. But the Sun-Mars conjunction also opposed Pluto and continued to square Uranus, thanks to the Sun’s serving as the bridge. What makes this especially powerful is in the recognition of the values about which Gov. Haley spoke, referring to “true love and true faith and true acceptance,” “bringing grace,” forgiveness and compassion to the families of the Charleston 9.

Lynda Hill offers some marvelous quotes in her 360 Degrees of Wisdom: The Sabian Oracle (©2004 Lynda Hill), including a particularly appropriate quote describing Gov. Haley’s inspiration she seems to have gained from that dreadful day in June: “Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” — Rabindranath Tagore

And at 10:09:02 am EDT this morning, under high security, the Confederate Flag was removed and folded as many in the large gathering cheered in witnessing this historic event. I’m using, however, the time the flag was presented to Leroy Smith, an African American who is director of South Carolina’s Department of Public Safety.

SC - Confederate Flag Handed to Leroy SmithOne couldn’t help but be moved by the reverence and dignity with which the flag was removed. In contrast to the chart with the anaretic degree of Leo on the MC–the signing of the bill to remove the flag becoming law–the actual removal of the flag moved to earlier degrees of the MC and ASC in Mercury-ruled signs, where the new beginnings and flexibility can be seen through now mutable signs on all of the angles.

While the Eastern 4th quadrant above-the-horizon dominance stands out so easily for one to see, the Sun-Mars conjunction now presents its midpoint at 14 Cancer 22, a mere 12-minute partile opposition to 5th house Pluto in square to 8th house Uranus. After the angles, however, the first thing that strikes me is the lovely Jupiter-Venus conjunction in the 12th house, offering not only a protective edge but one based in perhaps spiritual and unified thought. Third house Saturn and the 9th house Moon move into more pronounced positions that can draw attention to more than the responsibility although responsibility certainly plays a part. It calls attention to the next steps for communication in creating a better environment for all.

The heartbeat of the chart falls in a complex fabric created between the mutual reception of 3rd house Saturn and 5th house Pluto–the serious conversation and perhaps the protection of the children, the future–and a Sun-Moon-Venus interweaving that addresses a sense perhaps of agape, the spiritual bonds between us all, as Gov. Haley had noted in her speech about values. With Neptune in its own sign, the heart of the matter sees the effort to add glue now to words of love and caring. The Sabian Symbol for the Virgo 5 ASC points to a validation of this kind of fabric with A MAN BECOMING AWARE OF NATURE SPIRITS AND NORMALLY UNSEEN SPIRITUAL ENERGIES. Lynda Hill suggests in her analysis of this Sabian Symbol, “Indeed, there can be the revelation of being close to God. Your senses can come alive on many levels, with things revealed that you may have only imagined before.” I have to agree.

Even though yesterday’s Moon-Pluto undecaquartisextile is no longer relevant, the Moon has already made ingress to Taurus where it was making a undecaquartisextile to Saturn this morning, perhaps in perfect timing for those who were struggling with the lowering of the flag to come to grips with the purpose for the ceremony.  The Mercury-Pluto, Venus/Jupiter-Neptune and Uranus-North Node undecaquartisextiles are still in place. Meanwhile, the Sun has stepped in to create the T-square bridge, reinforcing the energies growing over the last three weeks. Responsibility continues to offer the focus of what comes next, there is a sense of the positive encouraged through active family involvement; but family can be in the sense of the community. Ultimately the need to recognize the responsibility and awareness of what needs to be done will benefit everyone in the state and offer stepping stones to the future of the nation.

You Gotta Have Heart

At the heart of this move is Nikki Haley, quite a remarkable Republican governor born to Sikh parents. For me, normally staunch in my opposing political beliefs, find her someone of whom we can all be proud for her stance and determination to unite the often disparate groups in her state. I’m keeping my eye on her now. And after all this, I certainly understand just why I posted the Hindi song “Behne de” “Let it Flow”) yesterday and again repeat the Sanskrit words, “Vasudhaiva kutumbakam,” the whole world is a family. Nikki Haley obviously gets it.

Mississippi, I’m waiting for you next for part 6. There will be a part 6. I have no doubt.

Mass Murder in South Carolina

From Bullets and a Flag to Federal Charges: Mass Murder in South Carolina, Part 2

South Carolina and the Confederate Flag: Mass Murder in South Carolina, Part 3

South Carolina Vote in, Flag Down–and Out: Mass Murder in South Carolina, Part 4

Namaste, I love you.

©2015 Michelle Young