Thanks to Joe for the heads up on JM’s analysis of the situation in Pakistan. I have left her a comment to see where she obtained the data for the partition chart is midnight of August 15, 1947. The chart usually used (and the one I have used for my analyses) is for August 14, 1947 at 9:30 am when the republic of Pakistan was declared, and some astrologers use the 1956 birth of the Islamic Republic.
At any rate, JM as always has a very interesting take on the situation:
The departure of Benazir Bhutto is an auspicious event metaphysically. And she was fully prepared. It occurred with Mars retrograde in Cancer indicating that Pakistan cannot go back to the past and that the Islamic worldwide revolution can proceed. People think the religious struggle on the planet now is primarily among Christians, Jews, and Moslems, but this is not the case. The conflict among Moslems, Hindus, and Buddhists is a basic part of the situation and the separation of Pakistan from India is intrinsic to the story. The partition was a terrible event in Asia’s history and is still causing problems, symbolic of the global separations people are dealing with now as Pluto slowly leaves Sagittarius.
The partition of Pakistan and India along religious lines resulted in the largest migration in human history, with 17 million people fleeing across the borders in both directions to escape the accompanying sectarian violence.
Civil division has caused some of the worst difficulties known to humanity. If you want to see some amazing astrology take a look at this chart. The birth of Pakistan as a republic was later in 1956, but that’s not the important chart. The partition tells the tale, in terms of the Pluto exit and the ethnic wars.
The partition was officially put into motion at midnight, August 15, 1947. One of the most outstanding factors in the chart of the occasion is the beginning planet, Uranus, at 25 Gemini, near Pluto’s degree in Sagittarius yesterday in opposition. Brother against brother. Religious and ethnic differences. Bhutto’s Sun at 29 Gemini combines to show the world that this division doesn’t work. The Moon was in Cancer at the partition and Mars at 0 Cancer correlates with today’s Mars retrograde and Bhutto’s natal Mars as she returned to her homeland to die on her Mars return. Twice returned that is, stressing that tribal barrier is a large part of the story. Her own sectarian origins were kept hidden. Look at the Leo 4th house stellium in the ptn.chart and you can see the energy focused on excessive pride and claim to territory, very similar to the situation in Israel, whose creation was soon after this event. Substantial connection here.
Bhutto’s Pluto exactly conjuncts the Sun at 21 Leo in the ptn.chart and the Moon yesterday, one of the most important lessons being absorbed. The South node is in Leo after the transit of Saturn started diminishing the power of the omnipotent ego driven leaders of the world. The meeting of all the 21* Leo points is quite an event. She was one of them.
And this leads to the most fascinating part of the configuration. The midheaven of the ptn.chart almost exactly conjuncts Bhutto’s North Node in Aquarius. What is this saying? The brotherhood of man is the way people can free themselves from the religious separations and violence, in conjunction with the familial expansion of Cancer-Sagittarius. It looks very much like the partition of Pakistan and Bhutto’s death have paved the way for a recognition of this simple fact. Although many, many hardships are ahead for Pakistan, the transit of Aquarius, along with Neptune in Aquarius and Uranus in Pisces, as well as the upcoming Uranian transits, point to some resolution of the religious tribal violence, however small. Or at least an increased understanding. Her legacy might be just that. In order for mankind to progress, the influential Moslem religion must evolve and now is the moment. It couldn’t have happened with her return to power. It’s time to move on. . . .
Unfortunately, I disagree with her conclusions that the Uranian transits will lead to resolution of Pakistan’s tribal conflicts. We’ve got transiting Pluto squaring and opposing the angles and then Mars and transiting Neptune opposing the Sun. I hope I’m wrong, but it looks to me like continued and increased conflict resulting over the next year (Pluto) and a continued erosion (Neptune) of the national identity (Sun).