But is Australia such a 'safe place'? Indeed, if you are a refugee at present held on Manus Island, Christmas Island, or Nauru, Australia is country where the authorities have handed over their responsibilities to private contractors (Pluto in Capricorn) and where individuals such as the Darwin-based hunger striker (Uranus in Aries) are so desperate as to risk their life for their freedom because they feel they have no other option. So how is this relevant to today's crisis - where surely, innocent people are being put at the mercy of this armed hostage taker?
It's relevant in the context of the discussion of Team Australia versus Others. This is potentially a much more complex and nuanced one than the powers-that-be would have us believe. And sure, today may not be the right moment - but today will not be the last in the series of violent astrological clashes between Uranus and Pluto.
This astrological configuration is exact for the sixth time over the last few years. Other examples of the clash have played out via incidents between police/authorities and young black men, in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York, which have led to public protests aimed at changing the social inequity between blacks and whites.
The configuration will arise again in this exact aspect on March 16-17 next year. This will be the seventh and final time over the last several years but the fallout will be ongoing. The tense square between these outer planets Uranus and Pluto serves to highlight the clash between the state and the individual, and could be seen as the continuation of events beginning in the 1960s which were often played out as rebellious struggles by those who were being marginalised.
2015 is seen by astrologers as a transition year - perhaps not as dramatic as the Chinese Year of the Fire Horse, but one where the effects of globalised, corporatised power versus the frustrations of 'others' will certainly keep unsettling the perceived status quo. Perhaps it's best not too identify too strongly with the grand narratives of the majority, and not be afraid to speak one's own truth at a time when the pressure to conform to particular ideas of nationhood is bound to become more visible as we move closer to the centenary of Gallipoli.