The Challenge of Democracy
What prospects are there for change in government in Burma? This month (November 1999), Saturn and Uranus make their second of three squares at 13º Taurus and Aquarius. This degree is very near Burma's Pluto, located at 14º Leo. Throughout 1999 Burma's Pluto has been under siege from the outer planets Saturn and Uranus, showing the urgent demand for radical change in the status quo. In a fascinating manifestation of Burma's natal potential, the challenge to the junta comes in the form of a woman. Pluto is opposed in this horoscope by Venus in the equal-rights sign of Aquarius. Aquarius more than any other sign promotes democracy movements, and transiting Uranus on Burma's Venus is the activation of this impulse.
Since 1988 the leader of the pro-democracy movement has been Aung San Suu Kyi, herself the daughter of a General who was assassinated on July 19, 1947. Ms Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945 in Rangoon, Burma (time unknown, set for 12 Noon). With her Sun in Gemini, she is a natural writer and communicator, and since she has Uranus at 14º Gemini, opposite the Burma Ascendant and Jupiter, her speeches and writings have naturally focused on democracy and human rights.
Suu Kyi's chart shows her intensely ambitious drive for power, undoubtedly inherited from her father's military background: she has Mars square Pluto in fixed signs giving her tremendous perseverance and willpower. Mars-Pluto aspects aren't inherently ruthless or mean-spirited, but they do bring tremendous resourcefulness and drive to win, no matter what the costs. Nelson Mandela has a Mars-Pluto square, and Mohandas Gandhi had Mars opposite Pluto. Mars-Pluto people are the doers, the shakers, and the indomitable troublemakers. As we shall see, Burma's de facto chieftain, General Khin Nyunt, has Mars opposite Pluto, so these two Burmese leaders are deeply committed foes.
Suu Kyi's Venus at 12º Taurus resonates strongly with Burma's Venus at 12º Aquarius. In other words, when Burma's Venus archetype awakens, Suu Kyi is there to fill the bill as a national woman leader opposing the dictatorship. Burma's Venus opposes Pluto; Suu Kyi's Venus squares Pluto. Suu Kyi's personal authority and earthly power is symbolized by her Saturn in Cancer. This Saturn is exactly opposite Burma's Sun in Capricorn, so again she naturally opposes the standing regime.
Burma's national politics took a sudden turn on July 23, 1988 when the acting dictator General Ne Win stepped down, triggering a widespread pro-democracy movement. At the time Saturn and Uranus were conjunct at 27º Sagittarius, exactly opposing Suu Kyi's Sun. The Saturn-Uranus conjunction triggered revolutionary democracy movements around the globe, most notably in apartheid South Africa, the Eastern European communist bloc, Beijing's Tiananmen Square, and the Soviet Union.
In Burma tremendous rallies were held on August 8, 1988 (selected for the numerologically favorable combination of 8-8-88). Suu Kyi reached national prominence on August 26, 1988 when she addressed half a million people during a mass rally for democracy. On September 18, 1988 the military cracked down, re-establishing itself as the sole authority. The National League for Democracy was founded six days later (September 24, 1988) with Aung Sang See Kyi as the General Secretary.