Myanmar has returned to its dark days of military oppression with the army seizing power, claiming that recent elections giving an 83% victory to Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and trouncing their own party were fraudulent. They have installed their commander-in-chief as leader and detained senior politicians. The country was ruled by the military from 1962 to 2011, and the transition to democracy thereafter still guaranteed three important ministries and 25 per cent of parliament for army appointees.
Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of the Father of the nation, became a heroine in the west during her 15 years of house arrest, showered with the Nobel and other medals. But her reputation was irreparably tarnished when she gradually returned to power as the de facto leader, by her unwillingness to condemn the atrocities and genocide waged by the army against the Rohingya minority in the country’s west. Her submission to the military in other areas as well brought concerns that she was legitimising their control.
Myanmar was founded as Burma at a time set by astrologers as propitious, on 4 January 1948 at 4.20am Rangoon. The unyielding Saturn Pluto in Leo was in place with Saturn square a Taurus North Node; and a Capricorn Sun trine Mars and in a vague square to Neptune Moon. It’s difficult to see what the astrologers thought they were picking apart from Jupiter on the Ascendant.
The country chart has a deadlocked and possibly violent Solar Arc Mars square Saturn this year; a disruptive and shocking Solar Arc Uranus conjunct Mars as well; and an undermining tr Neptune square its 7th house Uranus. Co-operation with the international community has never been the country’s strong point with Uranus in the 7th, and there is already condemnation from the White House and the EU about the coup. There’s also a tr Uranus square the Myanmar Pluto from mid this year which could point to a rebellious backlash as the younger generation react against oppression. Tr Uranus also squares and tr Saturn is conjunct the country’s financial Venus so there may be sanctions and shortages as a result.
Aung San Suu Kyi, 19 June 1945, is yet another Sun Gemini with Uranus close by and both square Jupiter in Virgo. She’s also got an intense, stubborn and not-exactly-compassionate Venus Mars in Taurus square Pluto.
At the moment she has her Progressed Mars conjunct her Sun for a distinct shock and it stays in effect for months to come. This year also the tr Uranus in Taurus square tr Saturn in Aquarius is rattling her Pluto and Venus for a major and scary upheaval over coming months; with a run of disastrous and undermining Neptune transits in hard aspect to her Jupiter now, then her Sun/Uranus and Mars/Pluto, moving on to square her Sun in 2023. Then she has a downbeat and stuck Solar Arc Saturn square her Sun in 2024. Nothing that looks too cheerful ahead.