War: The More Things Change…

I was reading Ray Merriman’s always excellent MarketWeek column (http://www.stariq.com/MarketWeek.HTM) yesterday where he mentions that the last time we had a Saturn/Uranus opposition was in 1965-66.

A bell went off in my head when I saw those dates. That was the first time my Dad went to Vietnam. A career military officer, my father was a 12 degree Pisces who died Aug. 10, 2001, as the Saturn/Pluto opposition in Gemini/Sagittarius was squaring his Sun.

When he first was sent to Vietnam in September, 1965, Saturn was opposing Uranus almost exactly at 14 degrees of Pisces/Virgo, just a couple of degrees past his Sun.

This November, as Saturn opposes Uranus again for the first time in more than 40 years, the U.S. is mired in another seemingly endless conflict far from home, and my nephew will be going to war. My nephew is a Libra Sun in the sixth house of duty and service.

When he leaves for Iraq, Saturn will be exactly opposite Uranus at close to 19 degrees of Virgo/Pisces. (Astrologers and civilians alike may note that this opposition is essentially a flip-flop of the one in the Sixties.)

I’m hoping that since my Dad made it home from Vietnam in one piece that my nephew will return home safely from his tour of duty in Iraq. I’m going to take my niece and nephew to visit him in Fort Hood, Tex., next week.

I wonder if 40 years or so from now during the next Saturn/Uranus opposition, my nephew’s yet-to-be-born grandson will be heading off to some foreign land where the U.S. will be spending billions of dollars in the name of democracy but essentially will be caught in the middle of a civil war.

I thought we were supposed to be a species that evolved.