Uranus in Pisces Square Mars in Gemini
The United States has Mars (war) in Gemini (the mind), and battles of ideas are natural to her character. Transiting Uranus, the planet of independence and rebellion, is now squaring this Mars for two weeks, and as you've noticed, quarreling has broken out at normally peaceful (:o) Raging Universe. Just as it should be. Sometimes with Mars and Uranus, forceful breakthrough is required to accomplish what needs to be done. Barriers have to be shattered and some semblance of freedom of thought established, especially with the Saturn-Uranus opposition just ending. Authority questions are arising. Who's right? Who's wrong? And what does it have to do with me? Independence of thought seems to be one of the most elusive entities known to humans. No wonder a struggle is often involved. We want so much to belong, but at what price?
Uranus governs collective behavior and often with these two planets, the individuality of Mars butts up against groupthink. As you can see, some of the unity previously established is showing signs of dissolving while fierce Mars goes his own way half-cocked as he is known to do, with puffs of smoke among the fuming words, muscling his way through and offending at will. All people have Mars with his aggression in their pantheon of behaviors for good reason. We spend a lifetime battling with our urge to battle. How does warfare fit into the picture? It's difficult to do it well, especially when Uranus with its unpredictability and sudden impulse prevails.
Complicating matters is the US natal square to Neptune, so some of the devotees of divinity and worship are being rudely awakened as their hero is doing not-so-good on the political front. This creature has Mars square US Mars to complicate matters even more, and the planet of shock and upheaval is throwing some surprises in his direction. Bi-partisanship was not exactly the technique called for under the circumstances. Some Neptune clouding could be partly responsible. So Uranus is wreaking a little bit of havoc -- tempers are flaring, words are being thrust about in weaponly fashion, and ideas are showing signs of change. All of these battles are necessary to move past impediments that would otherwise remain as obstacles. The obstructions are not where you think they are.
I once saw a movie where a little child locked himself in the bathroom and the only thing the parents could do was to violently break open the door. Sometimes there is no choice. I think when we resign ourselves to the needed force, it perhaps can be less violent and unsettling than if we resist too much. So needless to say I joined in the fussing and fighting, knowing it's bound to be short-lived. For now.
The larger issue has been the awakening of some opposition to the new government, a trend that might continue. In the beginning, people had extremely high hopes, and there is enthusiastic support at present, but the continuing Saturn-Uranus oppositions leading to Uranus in Aries indicate that society might have to bust through the barrier and move past the authorities in some way when the time comes. The battle of ideas is certain to be a part of the Uranian rebellion percolating and gathering steam in the American body politic. This Uranus square to Mars is a good chance to develop some chops and possibly ways to do this with minimal harm, at least in the personal realms.
Anger is one of the primary emotions all humans experience and I can only assume it serves a highly important function. Arousal is produced by Uranus and motivation to proceed sometimes requires this unpleasant feeling heightened more than usual. Some will grasp peacefulness in the face of conflict and remove themselves from participation, others join the fray with no hesitation. Learning how to use the energy of rage is ideal since it's unavoidable. Stuffing it because someone else tells you to is probably unwise. Even for the spiritually advanced who realize that the authority is within, anger is still part of the process of separation. Often the collective waits until the lynch mob mentality takes over and mass violence results. The body politic like any human feels anger on and off, so I've been thinking of how to release the energy of this volatile state in ways that prevent violence, considering the Uranus in Aries transit coming up, similar to the square now, only much more furious. Denying the attempt to establish independence from authority is the least likely to work, but constructive use of the battle is ideal. We have time to mull it over. Plenty of food for thought.