TERRORISM THREAT AND WORLD TRANSITS
This is the first major aspect between these two planets since the three oppositions of 2001-02, the debut of which perfected on 5 August 2001. The very next day, the President’s Daily Brief of August 6th was entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.” As Richard Clarke has testified before the 9/11 Commission, this now infamous PDB did not get the attention it should have by the Bush administration. More anxious to begin his month long vacation at the ranch in Crawford, Texas than in protecting U.S. national security, the president was asleep at the wheel. The redaction performed on this document to 'declassify' it has been hotly debated, with some insiders accusing the Bush administration of reducing an incriminating multi-page document down to a more innocent page and a half.
Why is this Saturn-Pluto cycle so relevant to Islamic terrorism? Saturn symbolizes societal law and order, whereas Pluto rules terrorism, thus the cycle of these planets governs counter-terrorism. At the conjunction of the two bodies in November 1982, chart in the 28th degree of Libra, the UN General Assembly passed United Nations Resolution 37/37 which stated that all Soviet military forces should withdraw from Afghanistan (having been there since the December 1979 invasion). The CIA, at the time, was investing more than $2 billion over a 10-year period to fund an anti-Soviet resistance, arming the Islamic Mujahadeen freedom fighters who later evolved into the Taliban and al-Qaeda. If the astrologer contemplates the following symbol for the 28th degree of Libra from Sepharial's translation of La Volasfera, he gets insight into the deeper nature of this cycle, revealing as it does the narrow perspective of U.S. intelligence agencies in the 1980's, who, in their Cold War efforts to destabilize the Soviets, were simultaneously creating a new enemy:
An ass tethered to the shaft of a grinding mill.
A man walking blindfold towards the opening of a deep pit.
For those esoteric astrologers who would consider the metaphysical speculation that dark forces of evil are behind this violent Islamic terrorism, Charubel's degree symbol for Aquarius 26 substantiates this point of view:
There is no symbol to this degree.
At the waxing inconjunct between Saturn and Pluto in May 1999, chart Saturn was in the 10th degree of Taurus, and the United States was fully absorbed at home in dot-com mania and over-hyped, overpriced IPO's. Even ordinary Americans became infatuated by the bull market, chasing risky stock profits, and they were absolutely unconcerned about any increasing threat of Islamic terrorism domestically. That very month, the Pentagon planned to use the port of Aden, in Yemen, to bunker 600,000 barrels of marine diesel and aviation fuel to service its naval operations in the Gulf against Saddam Hussein; the first U.S. warship under this secret deal docked in May 1999. This ship, the USS Cole, was then attacked by terrorists in October 2000. The La Volasfera degree symbol for Taurus 10 is prescient in its lampooning portrayal of the drunken financial orgy which had besieged the U.S., and of what was to come:
An ox, lying upon the ground asleep, in the sunshine. Upon its back two birds are perched.
At the Saturn-Pluto opposition of August 2001, which fell exactly on the USA Sibly chart horizon, and which occurred the day before that fatally ignored PDB, Saturn was in the 13th degree of Gemini. chart Islamic terrorists were now in the country, and were preparing to execute, in the coming month, the most murderous attack ever on American soil. The degree symbol for Gemini 13 from La Volasfera is brutally chilling in its caricature of these Islamic terrorists:
Two wolves are devouring a carcass in the moonlight.
Now, we have come to the waning inconjunct in this counter-terrorism cycle of Saturn and Pluto, which perfected on July 31st with Saturn in the 20th degree of Cancer. chart Sepharial's translation in La Volasfera of the degree symbol for Cancer 20 is, in the mind of this writer, an oblique reference to presidential candidate John Kerry:
A man dressed as a groom, riding upon a spirited horse.
Senator Kerry, a Sagittarian, is perhaps this man of quick perception on the spirited horse who will serve the cause of truth. Accused as he is by the Bush campaign for having no 'signature achievements' in his 20-year Senate career, one sees this reference to obscurity in the symbolism. Regarding being dressed as a groom, my readers may recall that, during the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, many Democrats said, 'dated Dean, married Kerry.' It will be highly instructive for the political prophets, who wish to predict the 2004 Election, to know that the rising degree in Washington D.C. of the first Saturn-Pluto inconjunct is 05 Libra 43, precisely conjunct Mr Kerry's MC.
As is seen in the nature of the inconjunct aspect, conflict is present, equal to that of an opposition, but it cannot be confronted openly, and must be dealt with by making an internal adjustment. With the 9/11 Commission Report now before the public's eye, and its recommendations being debated by lawmakers in Washington, by the time of the third waning Saturn-Pluto inconjunct on 23 May 2005 its proposed adjustments to the intelligence community will have been implemented. It is no small coincidence that, on that day, Venus, ruling planet of Islam, is in 16 Gemini, and precisely conjunct the Descendant of Mr Kerry, and that Pluto, in 23 Sagittarius, is exactly opposite his Saturn. chart
Many readers of this newsletter have written to me asking for my thoughts on the future of America as regards the ongoing threat of catastrophic Islamic terrorism in our country. It will be of value for astrologers to scrutinize the chart for the first waning square of Saturn and Pluto in November 2009, when Saturn will be in the 2nd degree of Libra, and exactly conjunct the USA Sibly Midheaven. chart Sepharial's translation in La Volasfera for Libra 2 is most revealing:
A man in the garb of a doctor of the monastic order (misericordia).
One sees that the Sun is exactly square to Neptune at this Saturn-Pluto square in 2009, and it would be reasonable to forecast that a dreaded chemical or biological attack could be perpetrated against the USA at that time. It does one no good now, some five years before the fact, to conjure up scenarios of what may transpire in the future, but the simple fact remains that this is a violent planetary cycle, lasting until January 2020, when the next conjunction occurs. This cycle began in 1982, at the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, with Mars conjunct the South Node, and this dreaded aspect to the Dragon's Tail was again in place on 11 September 2001. The one ray of hope which I can offer my readers is that in 2020, at the next Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn 23, Jupiter will be conjunct the South Node. chart One may travel into that future cycle on the wings of symbolism from Sepharial for this 23rd degree of Capricorn:
A wineglass overturned.
This country, in its current form, came into existence on 1 February 1979 when exiled religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from France to direct a revolution resulting in a new, theocratic republic guided by Islamic principles. Coming back to Iran after 15 years in exile in Turkey, Iraq, and France, he then became Iran's national religious leader. Iran has a violent Sun-Mercury-Mars triple conjunction in Aquarius which is exactly on the USA South Node, and is one of three countries, along with Syria and Sudan, who are leading state sponsors of Islamic terrorism. Their progressed Mars now synastrically conjoins the USA progressed Sun, both bodies in the fated anaretic degree of 30 Aquarius. The USA progressed Mars will station retrograde in July 2006, for the first time in American history, in the 19th degree of Libra, exactly conjunct the Iranian progressed Pluto.
U.S. intelligence agencies have estimated that Iran could develop a nuclear weapon within three to five years, but Iran could actually be much closer than that to its goal. Next year, transit Uranus will form three conjunctions to the Iranian progressed Sun, perfecting on 22 March 2005, 5 September 2005, and 30 January 2006. Neither the West, nor the IAEA, should expect any cooperation from this country regarding nuclear inspections. It is more likely that Iran will now become increasingly defiant and belligerent, refusing to cooperate with diplomatic attempts by the EU to get it to rein in its nuclear program. With the Uranus transits, either an internal rebellion by the Iranian people against the conservative mullahs who run the country, or defiant threats by Iran against the West, are possible.
The progressed Mercury of Iran, ruling its 7th house of open enemies, has just left its 12th house, crossing the Ascendant yesterday, August 5th. The world, through the mouthpiece of the UN Security Council, will shortly read Iran the riot act, and become much more aggressive in confronting this member nation of the Axis of Evil. Pluto is moving ever closer to the Iranian MC, with the first exact conjunction occurring on 9 January 2006. This country is completely unpredictable; its progressed Uranus is currently stationary, having turned retrograde on 10 May 2002.
Since the hostage taking crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Teheran in 1979, the United States has had no diplomatic relations with Iran. All contacts go through the Swiss; and, here in the USA, any contact goes through the Pakistani Embassy. What is most troubling about 1979 is that, besides being the year that Pluto penetrated the orbit of Neptune and Islamic regimes began to more aggressively confront the Christian West, it was also when the USA progressed Mars first conjoined Saturn. With the U.S. progressed Mars about to turn retrograde for 80 years starting in 2006, the two malefics will conjoin again in May 2031, precisely a Saturn cycle after 9/11. One can reasonably argue that the War on Islamic Terror will realistically continue until that time.
Many in America now think that the Bush administration has been like the gang who couldn't shoot straight, going after Saddam Hussein in Iraq to avenge the assassination plot to kill the elder George Bush in Kuwait after the first Gulf War, while meanwhile Iran is sponsoring violent terrorism all over the Middle East, and is more likely than Iraq to be the second Islamic nation, after Pakistan, to develop nuclear weapons. With Israel and Europe within ballistic missile range from Iran, and Iranian complicity with many regional terrorist groups, and now we have the strained relations with the IAEA, World War III is looking more probable all the time. Israel, which destroyed the Osirak nuclear facility in Iraq on 7 June 1981 in a pre-emptive aerial bombing, is no doubt closely watching Iran's nuclear progress. If there were to be a world showdown with Iran, it is reasonable to presume that it would occur when the Iranian progressed Sun opposes their Saturn in September 2009. Coming as this does just two months before the first violent square of Saturn to Pluto, one can connect the dots and see the likely global chaos just a few years from now.
The progressed New Moon Solar Eclipse for Iran occurred on July 21st, right as the 9/11 Commission Report was detailing how several of the Saudi hijackers were allowed to transit Iran without passport stamps, on their way to and from the terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. This progressed solar eclipse highlights the 8th degree of Pisces, into which it fell. Being that it is in the Iranian 12th house, the hidden secrets of that theocratic regime go much deeper than we can presently imagine, and it will be instructive to contemplate the degree symbolism for Pisces 8. From Sepharial's translation of La Volasfera, we find that Iran is now about to attempt swimming in waters way over its head:
A man with upraised arms submerged in the water, over which a heavy rain is falling.
John Edwards, who exudes optimism and hope, has the 12th degree of Cancer rising, with his ruler, the Moon, conjunct Jupiter. His five planets in the 12th house, including Jupiter, the ruler of his Pisces Midheaven, are a clear indication of his career as a trial lawyer, sticking up for the little guy by suing HMO's and big corporations who were guilty of medical malpractice, or product-related injuries and deaths. His rising degree is in both the Scorpio decan and dwad, and his underlying intensity can be perceived through that, plus a Sun in sextile to Pluto. On Election Day, his progressed Part of Fortune will be exactly conjunct his natal Venus at 4 degrees of Taurus, which in turn squares his nodal axis. chart
What has brought these two men together to contest for the leadership of the free world is a remarkable progressed synastry conjunction - Senator Edwards' secondary progressed Sun is presently at 7 degrees Leo, exactly conjunct Senator Kerry's natal North Node. What is even more fascinating is that this is the degree of George Bush's Ascendant. On Election Day, the progressed Sun of Edwards has moved to 8 degrees Leo, exactly conjunct Kerry's natal Pluto. The Ascendant of Edwards is also the Equinox Point (Contra-Antiscion) of Kerry's Sun. And, unbelievably, the natal Sun of George W. Bush is the Equinox Point of Senator Kerry's Ascendant. As you can see, the astrologer will have a veritable field day sifting through all of the connections between these three men's charts. From La Volasfera, Leo 8:
aureole of clouds, in the midst of which appears a triangle of flame,
There is even an additional connection between these two men and the chart for the United Sates. If one calculates the Davison Time-Space chart for Kerry and Edwards, chart the Descendant, symbolizing a political partnership, is exactly conjunct the USA Sibly MC. If one accepts the presumption that they will be victorious come Election Day, and looks ahead to forecast what will be the defining issue of their administration, one sees that the Davison Sun is in 17 Virgo, exactly conjunct the North Node of Iran. The Davison Jupiter is in 20 Sagittarius, the degree of George W. Bush's South Node, and the exact degree of Iran's progressed Neptune. The astrologer, without too much of a stretch, can tie this whole planetary package together and see that President Bush's ultimate undoing would have come by being deceived by the Iranian regime, but that Providential forces intervened, and changed the U.S. Presidency to be safer. For my readers who are ever hopeful for a change in administrations, the Kerry-Edwards Davison Sun is in the same degree as Teresa Heinz Kerry's natal Mars, and her Sun is in the same degree as their Davison Neptune. chart Astute astrologers will also have observed that the nodal axis during the Democratic Convention was in 6 degrees Taurus-Scorpio, the precise degrees of the Kerry-Edwards Davison nodal axis. From Sepharial's translation of La Volasfera, Virgo 18:
An old white-headed man surrounded by happy children.
From August 29th until September 20th, Saturn will square George W. Bush's natal Midheaven, chart and increasing criticism of his leadership as president will become relentless. Pluto turns direct on August 30th at 19 Sagittarius 32, in a stationary opposition to his progressed MC, and the collective forces that wish to see him defeated will grow stronger. During the month of October, a tour is planned through crucial swing states by prominent musicians such as Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne, and the message to their fans will be to vote Mr Bush out of office. By November 2nd, Pluto returns to 20 Sagittarius 35, in a partile conjunction with his South Node, and he will lose his re-election bid.
During this time period, and starting just three days after the Saturn square to his MC leaves the one degree separating orb, President Bush will undergo a stationary second Saturn return, within a one degree orb from September 23rd until December 24th. This three month window of time will be the hardest for Mr Bush psychologically and spiritually, as the pressure within his own soul and conscience will build to a sharp point of personal reckoning. Between October 18th and 27th, while Jupiter conjoins his Neptune, he will have to dig deep into his religious faith to accept his coming fate.
intellectual Americans came to the conclusion some time ago about George W.
Bush that he goes too far with his zealous beliefs, and his personal world
view, of moral rightness and wrongness. This conclusion about him can be
clearly seen in his natal Sun-Jupiter square. It will be instructive to
listen to what the eminent British astrologer, C.E.O. Carter, wrote about
the squares and oppositions of Sun to Jupiter, and how these affect one's
prudence and character:
The president's progressed Mercury has been in 27-28 Leo since late February, the degree of Senator Kerry's Jupiter. The challenger has been quite civil in his references to Mr Bush, focusing more on their policy differences and styles of leadership. On September 1st, however, this progressed Mercury of Mr Bush's advances to 28-29 Leo, the degree of the Kerry-Edwards Davison Saturn, ruler of that chart's MC. One would presume that the Democratic Ticket will become harsher in their criticism of the incumbent once his progressed Mercury aligns with their Davison Saturn, especially if the Republican campaign ads cross a certain line, one where the spin transmutes into bald-faced lies. If astrologers will recall that the political map of the USA divides the country, and its electoral votes, into red states for Republicans, and into blue states for Democrats, those praying for a Kerry-Edwards victory will delight in the degree symbol for Leo 29:
Two golden circles joined by a blue ribbon tied in a double bow.
A strong man mailed and plumed, with couched lance, ready for attack; a knight of the field.
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