At 10:30 PM in Mumbai, India, terrorists armed with AK-47's and hand grenades staged an attack in southern Mumbai, targeting 2 5-star hotels, the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi, one of the busiest transit stations in the world, the Chhatrapati Shivagi Terminus, and the renowned Leopold's Restaurant. Westerners were reported to be singled out, primarily British and American nationals. Hundreds of people were injured, with at least 87 people killed at the latest report. An unknown group called the Deccan Mujahideen has claimed responsibility, but nothing is definitive at this time.
Looking at the chart for the event, it looks like the responsible individuals are either foreigners living for some time in Mumbai, or more likely, religious or political ideologues who are Indian nationals. Leo was rising at 10:30 PM, with the Sun in the 4th House, meaning nationals, but in the sign of Sagittarius (foreigners, religious or political). The Moon is void of course in Scorpio, the sign of death and falls in the 8th house of death, revolution, and passion in the chart for the Republic of India (January 26, 1950). It always strikes me as intriguing that terrorists choose void of course moon's to stage their attacks. Though very likely the Moon/Neptune square at 6 PM India Standard Time, was influential. The Moon is weak in Scorpio. Feelings of patriotism are inherent in the Moon, however in Scorpio there are feelings of not being taken care of, of being disenfranchised, punished or harmed. Scorpio, negatively, can become obsessed with revenge, hostility, death and violence, bred by considerable mistrust. Obsession surrounds needing to take control, be powerful, but doing so in a secretive, vengeful manner. The square to Neptune, throws a veil of shadowy secrecy, misleading ideology, confusion and martyrdom. The fact that they believed that their cause was greater than any individual's life, even their own, is implied in this Neptune square. The void of course Moon at the time that they initiated their actions, only indicates that, ultimately, they would not be able to achieve their intended aims, which leads one to assume that their aim was not just to randomly kill people without any sort of rhyme or reason. There was more to their twisted agenda than simply killing and terrorizing Westerners, and bystanders in Mumbai.
On the 27th, Uranus will station Direct. As it does so, it will be exactly opposite India's Saturn in Virgo. The first Saturn/Uranus opposition of change, and rebellion, and resistance, was exactly on this Saturn, coinciding with the 2nd Saturn Return for the country. Transiting Uranus is hidden away in the 12th house of secret, or hidden enemies. By opposing Saturn, apparently problems that may have been ignored up until this point, can no longer be neglected. Uranus is turning and demanding that India pay attention to dissension closeted within its own walls, rebellion growing like some sort of cancer, that now needs to be cut out. When Saturn/Uranus issues are ignored, great explosions, rebellions or catastrophes occur. But because Uranus was hidden, behind the scenes, this was a problem that the government either wasn't paying enough attention to, or was not aware of at all. The one thing they would need to address is why people are willing to put their lives on the line for what they perceive, albeit ill-founded, to be a cause greater than themselves. The Saturn Return in Virgo implies a need to address issues regarding hunger, health care and unemployment. If people feel that their needs are being taken care of, they would be less vulnerable to being recruited by charismatic ideologues.
And then there's Pluto. Now at the very top of India's chart. Pluto at the very last minute, of the last degree of Sagittarius, ready to kill or be killed, maim, terrorize, control, torture, all in the name of some sort of religious or ideological cult. My God is bigger than your God. Fundamentalist, obsessive, manipulative, controlling religion. Sounds like an oxymoron, but that's what Pluto does for religion when worming through the sign of Sagittarius. Pluto is power, and control. Combined with religion, and religious leaders, or political ideology, the combination can be lethal. People pack on the human bomb gear, or join a religious army, or shoot up innocent people with AK-47's. Or invade countries. Because they've been led to believe that death is the doorway to freedom. They're willing to die and kill for a cause that they perceive to be greater than themselves. Well, these people in Mumbai may or may not have been religious ideologues. Whether it's religious or political, they've been led to drink the koolaid, and wreaked so much senseless damage in their wake, as a result.
As Pluto enters Capricorn it will oppose India's Uranus. Rebelliousness and independence are key issues that India will be dealing with over the next several years. Whatever authority that is viewed as repressive or autocratic, will incite riots and rebellion in the people. People will not react well to being controlled, manipulated or used by authoritarian governments. Sudden events will change the whole structure of how India is going to be operating over the next several years. This event, may unfortunately just be a prelude for more unrest in the future. It is said that the time for the establishment of the Republic of India in 1950 may have been chosen specifically for its astrological propitiousness. Perhaps the Vedic Astrologers were not using the outer planets. For with Uranus so close to the IC of the chart there is an inherent disconnect, and unrest, between the people and the government. And a feeling that at any given moment, all hell could break loose. That the people would rise up in rebellion once again. And with Pluto aggravating Uranus right now, there could be all sorts of home grown reactions. Progressed Sun is strong right now in the India chart, exactly conjunct the Ascendant in Aries. This will give strength to the government, and direction for now. But it will be interesting to see what Pluto will have in store for India, as it transforms and revolutionizes the sign of government and leadership, the sign of Capricorn.