Georgia – protests as the young look west

Tens of thousands of Georgians have demonstrated in Tbilisi to protest a controversial “foreign influence” bill backed by the government which is seen as a move towards authoritarianism and restriction of free speech. A commentator said: “What’s happening here right now is an absolute face-off between people who want Georgia to have a European future and the person who does not.” A similar law in Russia since 2012 has been used to marginalise voices challenging the Kremlin.

 This is also a clash between the young Georgians and an older generation with a predominantly conservative Orthodox Christian background who dislike imported western ideas such as the promotion of equality for LGBT+ minorities.

  In the middle of it stands Bidzina Ivanishvili, a multi-billionaire with a personal fortune estimated to be equal to a third of the country’s GDP, ‘much of it made in the shady and shambolic Russia of the 1990s.’ He has no formal government role on paper but his influence is vast.

Since the 1990s Georgia has cracked down on corruption and worked towards gaining membership to the EU, a step supported by 89 per cent of the population, according to one poll last year. But there has also been recent democratic backsliding, with the EU making recommendations for political reform, including “de-oligarchisation”, a direct reference to Ivanishvili.

  Georgia declared independence around 12.30 pm on 9 April 1991, Tbilisi, Georgia and has a 10th house Aries Sun which was buffeted by last month’s Solar Eclipse as the country faces the worst unrest since 1991. Tr Uranus will conjunct the Venus for emotional reactions in June and again in November (after the October election) and again in early 2025. So the ramped-up mood won’t subside anytime soon.

  The Aries sun is inconjunct Pluto and Pluto is opposition Venus and square Moon – so the national temperament will always be super-intense. It was in a state of high tension over the Russia Ukraine invasion in early 2022 when the Solar Arc Sun was opposition the Pluto.  There is also an up-and-down Jupiter opposition Saturn for mood swings; and the inventive but nervy and can-be-fanatical Uranus Neptune conjunction in Capricorn of the time. That Uranus Neptune is moving by Solar Arc to square the Pluto later this year into next with a devastating SA Neptune square the Pluto, followed in 2027 by what could be a rebellion or revolution as SA Uranus squares the Pluto.

 The relationship chart between Georgia 1991 and Russia, 8 December 1991, has a tussle-for-the-upper-hand built in with a composite Jupiter opposition Mercury Sun square Pluto. When the Ukraine invasion took place tr Saturn in Aquarius and tr Uranus in Taurus were both shaking up that T square by hard aspect. Tr Uranus is in its final assault this month and again late December to mid March 2025 – so protests against the Russian-isation of the country will continue.

 Ivanishvili, 18 February 1956, certainly has a chart for a mega-billionaire with an Aquarius Sun opposition a super-lucky and determined Jupiter Pluto in Leo; with his Mars in Sagittarius trine Pluto Jupiter and sextile his Sun. Not short on chutzpah.

 He’s in a couple of years of significant upheaval with tr Pluto opposition his Uranus, finishing late this year; and tr Uranus square his Jupiter Pluto from this July into 2025 when it squares his Sun. He’ll lose as much as he wins. Tr Pluto is also square his Neptune and conjunct his Mercury through this year and next so muddles, evasions and worries.

 His relationship chart with Georgia 1991 is sagging badly at the moment through till early 2025 – with the April and October solar eclipses rattling up the connection between them.   

5 thoughts on “Georgia – protests as the young look west

  1. Thanks Marjorie. More rumblings of upset and trouble. Looking at 8 August 2008, when Russia invaded Georgia briefly – the date has Mars 22 Virgo opposing Uranus 22 Pisces. Pluto is 28 Sagittarius. That mutable energy then appears again:
    Ivanishvili’s Mars, 23 Sagittarius
    Georgia/Russia composite Mars 20 Virgo
    Georgia/Ivanishvili composite Sun, 23 Pisces
    Georgia Solar Arc Pluto 22 Sagittarius

    The September Lunar Eclipse 25 Pisces may stir things up further amongst the citizens of Georgia. Also the March 2025 Lunar, 23 Virgo, which opposes tr Saturn in Pisces, triggers the 22 degrees Mars/Uranus opposition of 2008.

    There are a number of charts for Russian history that have planets around this 22 degrees Virgo/Pisces axis including the Romanoff dynasty’s Jupiter, 22 Virgo, and the abdication of the Czar, Mars 21 Pisces.
    Mars was in Virgo in August 1991 as the USSR was ending – giving, for example, Latvia and Estonia Mars at 22 Virgo. An abdication of today’s symbolic Russian ‘Czar’ may be too much to hope for, but it does look unsettled…..

    • And also – looking at Putin’s Presidency, 1999, chart Marjorie posted recently – the Solar Arc Mars is 21 Pisces! Hmmn….

      • Finally (!) worth, perhaps, throwing in a fixed star. Markab, alpha star of Pegasus, is currently at 23 Pisces, so it is involved with transiting Saturn, and both those Lunar Eclipses in September and next Spring. Here’s what Elsbeth Ebertin writes about it:

        “It has a Mercury-Mars nature. Tradition has it that, in conjunction with Mars, Uranus or Saturn, this will bring dangers from fire, weapons or explosions. Tied up with propitious stellar bodies, Markeb is said to influence above all the spiritual and mental nature, to give a good head for figures, intellectual alertness, mental powers in general and last but not least, the ability to further propaganda activity, if at the same time relevant aspects are also present. [Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.81.]” Constellations of Words

  2. Fascinating and disturbing. I wonder, is there any comparison between Georgia’s upcoming transits and those of Hungary ’56, Czechoslovakia ’68? When Georgia was still part of the USSR, the default Soviet reaction to displays of independance was to send the tanks in. If the war in Ukraine goes well for Putin, he may feel empowered to act against countries of the former USSR that show signs of moving towards membership of the EU or NATO. Russia invaded Georgia in August 2008 on similar pretexts to those used to justify the invasion of Ukraine. It’s not at all beyond the bounds of imagination that Putin might try to annex Georgia again.

  3. Thank you for writing about this, Marjorie.

    I feel encouraged by this reading; I’m glad to know that the Georgian People are unlikely to capitulate to this mess.

    I have a friend from Georgia – she was a foreign exchange student when we were in high school back in the late-1990s. She still keeps up with me and other alumni via Facebook and we participate in group Zoom chats once in awhile. She is now now a wife, mother, and dentist living in Tbilisi.

    I’ve been meaning to ask her how she and her husband feel about everything that’s been going on in Georgia lately and how they feel about the future

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