Forty years ago, on April 5, 1968, President Johnson met with civil rights leaders to discuss the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Rioting in response to the King assassination broke out in a number of cities including, Washington, D.C. The same day, at City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio, Senator Robert Kennedy gave the following speech:

"Mr. Chairmen, Ladies and Gentlemen.

This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity, my only event of today, to speak briefly to you about the mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives. It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one -no matter where he lives or what he does- can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on and on in this country of ours. Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of reason. Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily -whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence- whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.
“Among free men,” said Abraham Lincoln, “there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and those who take such appeal are sure to lost their cause and pay the costs.” Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far-off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment. We make it easy for men of all shades of sanity to acquire whatever weapons and ammunition they desire.
Too often we honor swagger and bluster and wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others. Some Americans who preach non-violence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them. Some look for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul. For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is the slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter. This is the breaking of a man's spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all.
I have not come here to propose a set of specific remedies nor is there a single set. For a broad and adequate outline we know what must be done. When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies, to be met not with cooperation but with conquest; to be subjugated and mastered.
We learn, at the last, to look at our brothers as aliens, men with whom we share a city, but not a community; men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. We learn to share only a common fear, only a common desire to retreat from each other, only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force. For all this, there are no final answers. Yet we know what we must do. It is to achieve true justice among our fellow citizens. The question is not what programs we should seek to enactThe question is whether we can find in our own midst and in our own hearts that leadership of humane purpose that will recognize the terrible truths of our existence. We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of others. We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge. Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanquish it with a program, nor with a resolution.
But we can perhaps remember, if only for a time, that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek, as do we, nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can. Surely, this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something. Surely, we can learn, at least, to look at those around us as fellow men, and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our own hearts brothers and countrymen once again."

Two month later on 5th June 1968, 12.15am, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was making his way from the ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, to give a press conference, after winning the California Primary. The prearranged route went through a food service pantry. While making his way through this area, a Palastinian Arab, Sirhan Sirhan, stepped forward and fired a revolver at the Senator. Although Sirhan was quickly subdued, Kennedy and five others were wounded, although only Kennedy was fatally wounded.

It is rare to find politicians with visions that go beyond the usual lib-service of national security and economical growth. His brother John F. Kennedy -who gave hope to many, not only Americans, that mankind has a chance to evolve into something more humane- also got killed as President of the USA. Nelson Mandela comes to mind, and he is still alive but not in office anymore. But who else? Al Gore? I don’t know. What politics does -and this goes for the pope too- is usually too little too late. Scientists, more than 30 years ago, were warning about the effects of our short-sighted economical greed that not only polluts the air but is also very damaging to our atmosphere. Suddenly, when facts speak louder: the ice-poles melt, hurricans get bigger and more often, floods and droughts are more common than ever, suddenly some polititians and the pope take on the heroric role to remind us of our human responsibility to rescue our globe and to pay for it –now or never, otherwise it’s too late.  
If you saw the film “Undercover in Tibet” showing the Tibetan refugee Tash Despa secretly interviewing Tibetans living in appalling circumstances under Chinese rule would you still go to China and participate at the Olympics? Even the ‘news’ show more often how brutal the Chinese regime treats their fellow citizens to present a nice image to the world. What is so nice about this smoky Beijing anyway?

Political short-sightedness is responsible that we value the numerical gains of gold-medals much higher than our human ideals of global equality, simply forgetting our duty to support human dignity, not to speak of our political "human rights" that are trampled on by the Chinese government.
Political short-sightedness world-wide loves to avoid this cynical genocide of Tibetan culture which is imposed by the Chinese government through forceful sterilisation, brutal oppression, and deliberate alienation of the Tibetans. This avoidance simply prolongs the Tibetan plight until this disturbing story of "ethnic cleansing" disappears by itself and with it the whole Tibetan culture.
Political short-sightedness or shall I say narrow-mindedness is actually a kind of global-suicide, leading humanity to behave like a cancer-cell to life, deliberately destroying it out of personal greed. Political short-sightedness has presented us with food-shortages world-wide, favouring and subsidising bio-fuel-crops. No politician wants to be responsible; business as usual. Now political short-sightedness, especially from the IOC, tries to make us believe that we shouldn’t say anything about the appalling military-force the Chinese regime is using, that we should turn a blind eye towards the Tibetan plight as well as towards Chinese disrespect of human rights, in particular the universal right of free speech. We have nothing to do with it, as it is a political internal affair of the Chinese, so shut up and get on with the Olympics. These Games are not political, so we hear; the athletes just want to have some fun.

Human morals have been continually reduced to mental concepts and ideas, merely empty words. I find it frightening that there are no politicians that have the guts to tell their fellow citizens to forget about their gold-medal ambitions and not to go to the Beijing Olympics, and rather to start thinking humanely. I find it frightening that everyone seems simply to shrug it all off, excusing oneself with helpless impotence or whatever, and thus letting it run the way it does, leaving it to politicians to do something about it, knowing very well that they mostly do nothing. I find it frightening that most of us are just like spectators that have nothing to do with what is happening, without taking charge, without taken on the human responsibility to educate and inform all our fellow men of this inhuman situation and the need to change it. I admire the guts of Tash Despa who risked his life to help his countrymen by informing the world about their plight. It’s now up to us to respond humanely... before it's too late.

Beijing 2008

Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, is very soon entering the sign Capricorn! Just a reminder what this kind of aspect can do: The events of 11th September 2001, when passengers jets were hijacked and transformed into missiles that were destroying the World Trade Centre –the symbol of economical domination- and damaging the Pentagon -the symbol of American military power- thereby killing over six thousand people, are the very expression of the Pluto/Saturn opposition at the time. Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, which means Pluto’s entry into this sign may make the reasons of this senseless attack more obvious. As this opposition happened in New York in the 3rd/9th house axis alongside the Moon opposition to Mars and Chiron in the same house axis it seems to suggest that the conflict was rooted in an ideological conflict and expressed with blind religious emotionality opposing an aggressive and self-righteous intellect. Naturally, in hindsight it’s always easy to point the finger what aspect may have been involved. In an article for the Byron Bay ‘Here and Now’ magazine for the new millennium 2000–when everybody was afraid of the computer glitch- I wrote about this aspect in sight and expected some big destructive events that will change our global perception of ideological and economical power with the underlying issue of our irresponsible attitude towards all. I had no idea that Sagittarius associations –to put it simply- with long journey (the passenger jets) in association with Saturn’s hierarchy  and authority and Pluto’s destruction and tyranny may combine to such an event; I don’t foster such brute fantasies. However, 9/11 had a big impact on all our lives; not just on Americans. To travel abroad isn’t easy anymore; the fear of terror attacks is world-wide supported by the facts of the terror attacks in England and Spain, as well as in Germany. Pluto’s natural recourses, in particular the ‘black’ oil, are getting very expensive, the conflict between rich and poor widens, inflation and depression are global events, but most of all political leadership world-wide is under scrutiny; first Bush now China. But nothing is done! From a human point of view I find it irresponsible that the world is sending its athletes to China, knowing very well that all their promises to set their bad 'human rights' record straight are just empty words. They maybe manage to clean up their air for the Olympics –even though that alone is doubtful- but what about cleaning their terrorising attitude towards their own citizens? Going there and keeping our eyes, ears and noses shut, and not only because of the bad air, is like applauding them and their awful methods.
Humanity still has a long way to go, but we won’t get anywhere if we all don’t get up and do it, learn to be humane. To me, astrology is a very good tool to learn exactly that. And I am very willing to share it.

Sieghart Rohr


further articles from Sieghart:

Imagine you know nothing

A view from beyond the stars

My astrological overview

The astrological language

Responsibility, the ability to will

The hymn of love

The global finance crisis

The creation of humanity