In the past few days, the governments of both Russia and Japan have made sudden moves to control the flow of information within their borders. Astrology shows us this is no accident.
Other factors apply, of course, but I'd like to point out that Pallas (ethics, non-aggression) is currently trine Pluto (power, corruption) in the tropical sky. Pallas sits at 10 degrees Virgo: Pluto is at 10 degrees Capricorn. Readers of this blog will know that when these two bodies form aspects, power often triumphs over reason. In the American alternative press, stories about the "knockout game" and Barack Obama's expanding powers abound, accompanying the stories from Russia and Japan.
This current Pallas-Pluto trine hits Mercury (information, communication) on the national charts of both nations. On Russia's Christmas 1991 chart, Mercury is at 11 Sagittarius. On Japan's April 28 1952 chart, Mercury is at 12 degrees Aries. Both these Mercury placements, representing the flow of information in their respective nations, are within the orb of effect of the Pallas-Pluto trine.
As always, when the peace and ethics of Pallas are compromised by Pluto, the South Node, and/or discordant aspects from Jupiter... evil spreads unchecked. We may explore the charts of Russia and Japan in future posts.