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The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) came about to assist indigenous peoples in their adjustment to the white population explosion and the pioneer invasion of their open lands. Now, it finds itself apologizing for its policies and actions.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs received ratification by Congress on June 30, 1834. Charged with the Cancerian task of securing the domestic adjustments of the Native People, the BIA set out on its fateful course. But the natal Sun in Cancer squares stern Saturn in Libra in the organization’s chart. As history reveals, destructive relocation marches (Saturn square Sun in Cancer can symbolize loss of homeland) to inhospitable conditions (Saturn, especially in the aesthetic Libra), a black market for food staples (Cancer) and the erosion of a once-proud culture all resulted from BIA efforts.

Proud Mercury and Venus in Leo oppose Neptune in Aquarius in the BIA chart. While Neptune in Aquarius brings visions of social perfection and racial melding, it can also inadvertently polarize into views of social or cultural superiority. Neptune can also go off on fearful, paranoid tangents (Indians scared whites with their indigenous nature, ceremonies and culture).

Opposing Neptune, the pride of the natal Leo planets (dramatically demonstrated by both white and red people), magnified the self-righteous views and social crises. Mercury represents learning, children and native tongues. Venus refers to the women and female side of culture—ceremony and ritual. Children (Mercury) were stripped from the women (Venus) and placed in Indian schools (Mercury). If they spoke their language, they were beaten. Their hair (Venus being appearance) was cut, which in some cultures prevents ceremonial participation (Venus). Because of this, many tribal ways died in the process of federal indoctrination.

The BIA Apologizes

In September of 2000, the head of the BIA, Kevin Gover (himself a Pawnee) apologized to all indigenous peoples, proclaiming in an impassioned statement that the BIA would never again interfere with tribal culture, religion, language or pride in heritage. He apologized for the massacres, intentionally-spread diseases and the introduction of alcohol. At the time of Gover’s speech, transiting Saturn stood guard over natal Jupiter in Gemini in the BIA ratification chart.  Saturn’s movement prompted the acknowledgment of the organization’s culpability for its shameful history. Natal Jupiter refers to the mission statement, purpose and policy of an organization. The transit offered the undeniable realization that the BIA’s original aspirations missed their mark. Further, Gemini (sign of the twins and siblings) contributed its view that white and native culture ought to stand side by side without rivalry.

Over the next months, both transiting Saturn and Jupiter (stationing at about a degree away from the BIA Jupiter) will refresh their relationship with the BIA’s birth Jupiter.  Adding the influence of natal Chiron (the wounded healer) in Taurus (more strongly stimulated by Saturn’s transit), we see the deep need for healing. Somehow, saying “We’re sorry,” does not reverse the abuses or resurrect the dead. Although it makes sense to the Mars in Taurus of the BIA chart, economic compensation cannot even begin to offset the wrongs.

Another thing to note is that Gover apologized only for the BIA. The words did not come from the White House.  However, President Clinton’s advisor on Indian issues did not object to the speech. Still, even with efforts for reconciliation, the BIA’s Saturn square the Sun prevails—it’s just not enough. With Saturn in Libra, the peace-making efforts lack the full sanction of the highest governmental offices. Native leaders want a complete federal apology, sanction and sovereignty.

Both Jupiter and Saturn are currently transiting the BIA’s natal Jupiter, bringing to the surface issues of philosophy, religion, belief, purpose and unbiased considerations. Now the BIA needs to take the lead. Use the momentum and lobby with the White House.

Kevin Gover’s message encourages all of us not to repeat the past (Saturn), but to learn from it (Jupiter). Knowing the bias (a low-end Jupiter quality) demonstrated by this arm of the United States government, let us ensure that such ideas never again poison the planet, bringing cultures to the brink of extinction. It is a Jupiterian prayer cast to the four winds for all governments (Saturn) of the planet to hear. Maybe such an offering is what the ancestors (Saturn) need to hear to find lasting peace.

*Two previous attempts to form the BIA occurred under Secretaries of War Henry Knox, August 7, 1786, and John C Calhoun, March 11, 1824.




Philip Sedgwick began his study of astrology in 1969. He is the author of Astrology of Deep Space, Astrology of Transcendence, The Sun at the Center: A Primer of Heliocentric Astrology, The Galactic Ephemeris (a compilation of over 8,300 points in deep space).

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