Mississippi has dropped the Confederate battle flag symbol from the state flag, the last remaining state to do so. A statewide referendum in 2001 voted overwhelmingly to preserve it despite 4 in 10 residents being black but opinion shifted after a white supremacist’s massacre of nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, S.C. His manifesto was riddled with images of the Confederate battle flag. The recent killing of George Floyd pushed the issue to the top of the agenda.
Background for non-Americans (wiki) – the Confederacy existing between 1861 to 1865, was formed by secession of seven slave-holding states—South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas whose economy was heavily dependent upon agriculture, particularly cotton, and a plantation system that relied upon the labour of African-American slaves. Convinced that white supremacy and slavery were threatened by the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency the Confederate states rebelled which led to the American Civil War. In a speech known today as the Cornerstone Address, Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens described its ideology as being centrally based “upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition”. Lincoln was assassinated by a Confederate sympathizer in 1865.
Mississippi, 10 December 1817, has a stellium of Uranus, Sun, Jupiter, Neptune and Mercury in Sagittarius. With all these planets being opposition Mars in Gemini square Pluto in Pisces, with Saturn also in Pisces. Highly-strung, self-righteous, opinionated, controlling, a malcontent prone to anger and hostility. Although heavily Mutable, it’s not an adaptable temperament with such an afflicted Pluto.
The American Civil War started with the North Node retrograding through Capricorn and was fought mainly under transiting North Node in Sagittarius. That keyed in with the chart of Robert E Lee, Commander of the Confederate Army, 19 January 1807 11.45pm Stratford Hall, VA, a Sun Jupiter in Capricorn whose Node was in Sagittarius at the same degree as the Mississippi Sun. His Sun Jupiter was conjunct the USA 1776 Pluto in Capricorn opposition Mercury in Cancer – so hooking into that fanatical streak in the USA temperament.
Moving ahead, Mississippi has a surfeit of Neptune transits to slog through in square to the Sun, then a financial-bubble-bursting square to Jupiter in 2021 and a devastating conjunction to the Pluto running into 2022 which will be a deflating time. With the additional woe of a confidence-denting Solar Arc Saturn square Jupiter, then a panicky square to Neptune, Mercury and a blocked opposition to Pluto between 2021 and 2023 – perhaps more economic than anything else.