According to news reports, Mark Duggan, 29, a father of four, was in a car that was being followed by police during a covert operation on Thursday, Aug 4, in Tottenham. At about 6:15 pm he was shot dead by police. A peaceful protest march against the killing of Mark Duggan on Saturday, Aug. 6, ended in riots that continued into the following week.
Many astrologers use the Jan 1, 1801 chart for the birth of the modern UK since it became an entity on that date. Below is the 1801 UK chart with the chart for the police killing of Mark Duggan superimposed. For the UK chart I used the time that the Sun crossed the meridian axis. Some astrologers use a time of exact midnight, which was 3:34 minutes earlier than the time I used.
A few things stand out. Transiting Uranus is currently opposing natal Uranus. In individual charts this is the classic mid-life crisis when a person begins to question what he has been doing with his life and where he wants to go with it. For a country, this would equate to the populace questioning the direction the country is going in.
Transiting Saturn is square (90 degrees from) the natal Sun of the UK. This is a stressful transit which traditionally signifies a period of limitations, difficulty, insecurity, and problems maintaining control of one’s life. In popular vernacular it is a time when “the shit hits the fan” and you must clean up the mess.
The immediate astrological trigger of the riots appears to be transiting Mars square natal Uranus. This is an explosive combination which typically symbolizes a time of anger, disputes, frustrations, and outbursts. Solar Fire defines it as “an enormous amount of energy with no outlet.” The amount of energy is enhanced by transiting Jupiter conjunct natal Mars. The riots began on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, the day that the transiting Mars square natal Uranus became exact.
It is noteworthy that Mars occupies the UK’s 9th house of foreigners and those of a different culture. From what I see on the news, many of the rioters are disaffected youths of foreign birth or non-mainstream cultural backgrounds. From a distance the riots appear to be a classic clash between have’s and have-not’s. The wealthy British aristocracy views them as simple hoodlums and misses the point that the social injustice of modern society fuels this type of anger (though it does not excuse it).
I recently read this quote attributed to Martin Luther King, and it may apply to the current situation: “When you cut facilities, slash jobs, abuse power, discriminate, drive people into deeper poverty and shoot people dead whilst refusing to provide answers or justice, the people will rise up and express their anger and frustration if you refuse to hear their cries. A riot is the language of the unheard.”