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Texas Drowning Sparks Outrage

The plight of Central American immigrants was spotlighted again the week of June 23rd, 2019, as horrific conditions for some 300 migrant children at a Texas detention camp were exposed, followed by the intense, heart-wrenching images of a young father and his 23-month-old daughter, both drowned while attempting to swim the Rio Grande, their bodies still clinging to one another.


The week before, a team of lawyers and doctors visiting the Border Control facility in Clint, Texas, reported appalling conditions for the children detained there, separated from family members, including untreated outbreaks of flu and lice. Inadequate sanitation was a major issue, with children going without showers for weeks, a lack of soap and toothbrushes, living in soiled or filthy garments, toddlers without diapers, cared for by older children. Following the public outcry, the administration moved the children from the facility temporarily on Monday, but was forced to return more than 100 a few days later, citing lack of space elsewhere.


While the Vice President blamed congressional Democrats for not supplying funding for toothbrushes, the President blamed (who else?) his predecessor for building “the cages” (at least he acknowledged that’s what they are) and separating families, claiming he was the one who rectified the situation. He probably believes that.

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The detention center in Clint, Texas, where hundreds of migrant children separated from their families were kept in appalling conditions

On Tuesday June 25th, acting US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders abruptly resigned his post; although no reason was given for his departure, Sanders reportedly had difficulty managing the constant personnel changes in the agency and the evolving and contradictory administration border policies. He tendered his resignation in the wake of news reports of the squalid conditions being maintained for children in facilities under his charge.


But the capper of the week was the release on Wednesday of photos of the drowned bodies of Oscar and Valeria Martinez, who died while attempting the cross the Rio Grande, perhaps to avoid the separation and privations that would be imposed upon them if they sought asylum legally. Face down in the water, the 23-month-old girl’s arm is still wrapped around her father’s neck, their bodies tangled in reeds.


The drowning actually occurred on Sunday the 23rd, and a chart cast for that day vividly portrays the circumstance. Asteroid Oskar (for father Oscar Martinez) at 24 Cancer combines exactly with Mars, ruling violent deaths and accidents, paired with asteroid Nemesis at 21 Cancer, a point denoting self-undoing, and Mercury at 26 Cancer, which rules children and the news. Asteroid Child with Requiem, named for the funeral mass for the dead, is square from 15 and 20 Libra, alluding to the passing of a juvenile; and a T-Square is formed with TNO Eris and asteroid Atlantis, both at 24 Aries, and asteroid Texas at 25 Aries, with Eris representing marginalized, disadvantaged populations, Atlantis named for the civilization which drowned beneath the waves, and Texas their destination; while Saturn and Pluto, respectively the ancient and modern lords of death, opposed from 18 and 22 Capricorn to create a Grand Cross.

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The drowned bodies of Oscar Martinez and his daughter Valeria washed up on the banks of the Rio Grande on Sunday the 23rd, after a failed river crossing

Asteroid Valeria, for his daughter, appears at 7 Aries, conjoined asteroid Ophelia at 9 Aries, named for the Shakespeare character from “Hamlet” who drowns in a river, as well as asteroid Atropos at 12 Aries, named for the mythic Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death; squared a Sun/Lachesis conjunction at 2 and 3 Cancer, with the Sun illuminating and pulling focus to the tragedy, and Lachesis named for the mythic Greek Fate who determines the span of life. These also oppose asteroid Child and centaur Hylonome, which resonates to issues of public grief, at 12 Capricorn, forming a T-Square.


Asteroid Martinez at 25 Taurus is exactly squared to asteroid Anubis, named for the Egyptian deity ruling funerary rites, which turned retrograde that very day at 25 Aquarius, for a death which reverberated internationally. Martinez is also exactly semisextile Texas, sextile Oskar, semisquare Ophelia/Valeria and trine Pluto.


Neptune is the planetary body ruling drowning; at 18 Pisces, this forms a T-Square with asteroids Osiris and America at 12 and 16 Virgo and Jupiter with asteroid Rip at 17 and 12 Sagittarius. Osiris is named for the Egyptian god of the dead, America represents the US, Rip is another death indicator (as the acronym “RIP”, “Rest In Peace”, a common tombstone inscription), with Jupiter bringing widespread publicity to the death.

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Proud father Oscar Martinez with his lovely daughter Valeria, some weeks before the tragedy

Asteroid Photographica at 27 Pisces, the image itself, pairs with asteroid Karma exactly, broadly conjunct Valeria, sextile Martinez, trine Oskar/Mars/Nemesis/Mercury, and exactly squared the Galactic Center at 27 Sag, conveying universal notice or attention for the photograph.


It was just a year ago this same week that the original family separation crisis was exposed, with First Lady Melania Trump traveling to the border to inspect conditions in her “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” jacket. Has anything changed?


Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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What can one say as the sadness of such images give one a sense of helplessness as to how to get the message across to not only the USA leadership but also the same here in Australia where our head of state – not a leader- as the same mindset as DJT but refuse to accept responsibility and another ‘blamer’. I can only pray silently that this world will wake up to this madness and take physical action as well as written. We are heading down a more slippery slope by the day atke such and one cannot imagine what desperation a father must be in to take such a risk to both lives. May they be at peace.

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