Libya which has been torn by violence and political instability since Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011 is winding up for yet more trouble with foreign troops and peacekeepers exiting because of the danger. There are dozens of militias operating in the country and this present confrontation was precipitated by rebel forces under Egypt and UAE-backed Gen Khalifa Haftar who have been advancing from the east with the aim of taking the capital, Tripoli. The UN-backed prime minister has accused him of attempting a coup. A unity government has been in place since 2015 but has struggled to assert national control.
Libyan gained independence on 24 December 1951 at midnight presumably. It’s a highly Cardinal chart with a Capricorn Sun, Jupiter in Aries, Uranus in Cancer and four planets in Libra. When the long term dictator Gaddafi was killed in late 2011 tr Pluto was square the Jupiter and tr Uranus was square the Sun. That started a long and troubled phase of the tr Uranus square tr Pluto bouncing off Saturn, Mars and Neptune which is still ongoing with tr Pluto trailing behind, still square the Neptune for confusion and devastation this year until this December. Tr Neptune is also in a directionless, swampy square to the Libya midheaven till January 2020 which doesn’t look like a resolution anytime soon. And the Solar Arc Neptune is conjunct the Sun for an undermining late 2020/21; followed by an emotionally intense and blocked tr Pluto square the Moon in 2023/24, with muddle and mayhem as it moves across various midpoints before then.
General Haftar, 7 November 1943, is a stubbornly determined Sun Mercury in Scorpio square Pluto; with a hard-edged Mars Saturn in Gemini. He’s got some real highs and some real downers ahead. On the upside his Solar Arc Uranus is conjunct his Jupiter for a lucky break around this year; with a confident Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct Mercury in 2020 and conjunct his Sun in 2022. But he’s also got tr Neptune squaring his Mars in 2021 for a sense of panicky failure and square his Saturn in 2023 for teeth-gritting worries.
In the aftermath of Gaddafi’s death and the descent of Libya into chaos, there was heavy criticism of David Cameron and Nicholas Sarkozy for the failure to develop a coherent strategy to fill the gap left by Gaddafi’s departure.