(This is one of many articles on the major planetary cycle occurring now between Uranus and Pluto. For more information about this phenomenon please review the short article in the sidebar and browse older articles on this site. )
The entry of Jupiter into Aries back in 2011 led to a string of rebellious acts around the world, not the least of which was the Arab Spring. Jupiter represents confidence and our ability to make grand gestures, and Aries is the sign of individuality, assertiveness, adventure, and courage (Aries, remember, was the god of war). Uranus, planet of revolution, entered Aries in the Spring of 2011. the image of joyful revolution in Egypt and elsewhere led to the overthrow of the Egyptian president and uprisings in Tunisia, Libya, Syria, and numerous other smaller skirmishes across the Middle East.
Two years later, several of these uprisings have turned into full scale civil wars as it becomes evident that the repressive dictatorships in these countries since the fall of the Ottoman Empire may have been the only thing keeping ethnic and religious factions from continual sectarian violence. We saw this in Iraq where the removal of Saddam Hussein left a vacuum of control, the result of which has been continuous civil war between the Sunni and Shiite sects in Iraq.
This eruption of long simmering resentments into open violence has spread into Syria and Lebanon and recent clashes in Nigeria and Egypt have resulted in fears of a major meltdown throughout the middle East.
Uranus in Aries is the independent force rebelling against the control of authority as represented by Pluto in Capricorn. With this cycle continuing into 2015 we are not likely to see a cessation of the violence any time soon.