Yesterday, as-yet-unknown parties reportedly using Russian-made missiles shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Eastern Ukraine, killing all 295 aboard (note 8/1/14: later reports indicate bullets fired from Ukrainian jets, not missiles). Finger-pointing immediately commenced. The US-backed Ukrainian junta blames Russia: other sources pinpoint a spectacularly botched Ukrainian attempt to assassinate Putin. Whomever is to blame in the end will suffer a major setback in world public relations. Israel has, with frightening speed, used the resulting media firestorm to step up its military attacks on Gaza. More on Israel in the near future.
The chart for the event sports a Bloodbath Formula. Due to the enormity of the event and the coincident Israeli military incursion, we might expect the formula to be fairly strong.
1. Pallas weakly trine Pluto, which opposes Pallas' ruler Mercury.
2. Venus trine Neptune.
3. Pluto on the Second House cusp, opposite Venus' ruler Mercury.
4. Moon square Pluto.
5. Sun ruled by Moon which is square Pluto.
Note that the relevant aspects are all of the major Ptolemaic variety. Also note Pallas, representing both ethics and weapons, at the MC.
A Sun-Jupiter conjunction, representing travel, sits in the Eighth House of death and receives an aggressive square from warlike Mars.
The tight Saturn-Uranus quincunx suggests a disruption (Uranus) of existing power structures (Saturn).
I can't help but wonder if Vesta, conjunct Mars, imbues the planet of action with some kind of additional significance.