Category: Adrian’s Articles 2001

The Art of Losing an Election

The art of electing a time to do anything is the most challenging task for any astrologer. Over the centuries rules have been written down, but times change, new planets are discovered, and no astrological configuration precisely repeats itself, making these rules limited in value. For many dedicated astrologers today – especially those interested in horary – planning actions according to chosen horoscopes becomes second nature. In this way it is possible to use daily life as a great teacher, and every day brings successes and failures which can be learned from.Organising through Astrology

When there is any meeting of importance, an elected horoscope is a useful tool. There are those who may say that life should not be ruled by astrological beliefs, but if horoscopes are used in the spirit of investigation rather than fear, then there are advantages to be gained. For many people, visiting the bank manager, or other authorities in society, can be a worrying experience. In this case the most important astrological configuration is to have the 1st and 7th house rulers in good aspect to each other. They have to relate, and relate well. If you are asking for money, it’s good to have the 8th house ruler making a good aspect to the 1st house ruler too. These aspect must of course be applying. Aspects that have taken place show events from the past, and aspects that have not yet taken place show events that will take place in the future.

Getting the Atmosphere

The moon also plays a crucial role, and apart from harmony between the Ascendant ruler and the desired house ruler, the Moon must also be triggering something good, if you want something good to happen. Once I casually wandered into my bank with Moon square Pluto and caught the female manager on a bad hair day. It took six months for me to repair the damage done that day. Another time I had a meeting with the tax authorities when the Moon was triggering a square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Pisces. They found an error in my figures, and I was presented with an enormous bill. Fortunately the Moon was void of course at the time, and I extricated myself from the situation. If you don’t want something to happen, then it’s good if the Moon is void. When property is concerned, the state of the Moon completely describes the property. If you visit a house with Moon in Taurus, it is going to be great quality, but expensive. If you visit a house with Moon in Scorpio, it will be a wreck and need restoration work. In this period (around 2001) the Moon in Scorpio squares Neptune, and there will be damp problems. When the Moon goes on to square Uranus in Aquarius, there will be disastrous news, like a planned motorway going through the house. It is almost never worth buying property viewed when the Moon is in Scorpio.

A Chart that fits

Basically doing elections just require a very good knowledge of astrology, and common sense. If you are planning something, then the chart should really reflect it. It’s no use planning a hot-air balloon expedition with an Ascendant ruler Saturn in Taurus. (You’d never get off the ground). Or a new building business with Moon/Venus in Gemini square Saturn in Pisces. (Castles in the air, creditors on the ground.) For the elected chart to be meaningful it should also make strong contacts to your birth chart, and preferably to relevant planets. If you are marrying, then make sure the chart harmoniously activates your 7th house ruler, or Venus.

An Election in Denmark

For Governments, it’s a different story. Every few years democracies must actually call an election, and great agonising is done by the ministers concerned to maximise their chances of re-election. In places like the USA the day is fixed, removing the unlikely chance of the president manipulating the day astrologically. This is however not the case in European democracies, who can call an election at any time during their rule. Denmark is a case in point. The Social Democratic government of Paul Nyrup Rasmussen had had a great run of 8 years, and things were going well for them when they – early in November – called an election for the 20th November 2001. I immediately knew they would lose the election, and for a number of reasons. I had already pinpointed the period around the 20th November as an extremely dangerous time, because Mars in Aquarius was approaching Uranus, and was triggered by a square from Venus in Scorpio on the 23rd. Squares from Scorpio to Aquarius tend to be traumatic, and with Venus in exile in Scorpio, she would suffer from brutal treatment from Mars.

Aquarius in Politics

Many people see the sign of Aquarius as an enlightened and humanitarian, and it can be, but is also far more connected with the right-wing than the left. Mars in Aquarius is especially extreme, mostly to the Right, so the Mars/Uranus conjunction was undoubtedly going to show a dramatic swing in this direction. The split between left and right in democracies tends to be almost exactly 50/50 … it’s the whole principle of democracy. Aquarius shows a spirit in people which hates government interference. No-one is going to tell an Aquarian which school their kinds should go to, or which hospital. Venus or Moon in Aquarius might just lean towards socialism because of caring idealism, but Mars will certainly not. On the other hand, planets in Pisces are generally very socialistic in spirit. They ask why should the elite prosper, when there are so many others in need. Indian astrologers often take a different approach, associating Saturn with Socialism, and Jupiter (free enterprise) with Conservatism. This is however modified by sign position. Jupiter in Pisces inclines towards socialism, for example.

The Election Chart

See the election chart

When watching an election astrologically I prefer the dynamic approach. What is the chart for the start, what is the chart for the close… and how have the planets moved in the meantime. The first rule Paul Nyrup Rasmussen the sitting Prime Minister broke was holding an election just before the Sun changes sign. Generally the Prime Minister will have an affinity with the Sun, and if it changes sign, then there is a likelihood that the country changes Prime Minister. With the Sun at 28 Scorpio at election start, there is a picture of a man exhausted by the task and soon to be replaced. Being in the 12th house does not help. Ideally an election should be called with the Sun strong and getting stronger, and at a time of the year when it will be in the 11th house if possible.

The Moon in Elections

Neither is it a very good idea to have the Moon changing sign during the course of the election, if you want to hang on to your job. This shows a swing in the population from one feeling to another. With the Moon changing from Capricorn to Aquarius, the people wanted to exchange depression for experimentation. Those boring old socialists needed to be replaced by a completely new government promising a new atmosphere of change. The government that won most votes – Venstre – were more successful than they had been for 80 years. For them it was a revolution, and as the results came in they celebrated in style on an old passenger liner in Copenhagen harbour. Actually, just knowing that the Venstre party had planned to sit out the election on a ship was an astrological clue. With the horoscope for the close of polls showing the Moon entering Aquarius and conjoining Neptune, it was clear that the winner should be on the sea. Taking the symbolism even further, the prediction is that this government will be at sea , and that they will be mired in problems and misunderstandings that will undermine their ability to actually get anything done.

The Ascendancy of the Extreme Right

The particular dilemma of the new Prime Minister – another Rasmussen by the name of Anders Fogh Rasmussen – is that he needs an extreme right wing partner, the Danish People’s party, to get his policies enacted. Predictably, this party – whose acclaimed policies are to keep Denmark pure and untainted by especially Muslims – struck a chord in the hearts of supposedly enlightened Danes, who bought the idea that a Denmark without foreigners would be a nice place to live. Which means meatballs instead of shawarmas, and wrinkled vegetables in supermarkets.

Parliamentary Signatures

It is generally possible to identify each individual party in an election horoscope by an astrological signature. The extraordinary expansion of the Danish People’s party – about 20% of the population voted for it – is shown by the Mars/Uranus in Aquarius. With Mars approaching Uranus, we can expect to see this party going to truly unusual extremes, and creating a very unstable element in the government. It shows a wildly unpredictable party which will probably ultimately bring the new government down. The planets in Scorpio show the socialist forces arrayed against the conservative forces. The leader of the Social Democrats – Poul Nyrup Rasmussen – is the fading Sun. Next to him is Mercury, possibly the leader of the Social People’s party Holger K Nielsen, who had worked closely with the Rasmussen. I had the great honour of sitting next to him in the steam bath at Frederiksberg swimming pool on the very day of the election. (Such is the relaxed nature of the Danish political scene. Politicians are just people). Without his glasses he felt his way around, seemingly resigned to the steamy soup of his own fate, with the polls showing serious losses.

Mercury and Mars and poor Venus

Mercury may also have represented another government alliance party – the Radicals – under the leadership of the plain speaking Marianne Jelved. Certainly Mercury square Mars would indicate the rather fiery dragon she sometimes can be. Next to Mercury was that other faithful supporter of the Social Democrat government, the Central Democratic leader, Mimi Stilling Jacobsen, who was Venus. And what a disaster it was for her and her party, who lost all their seats in Parliament. It’s not good to be Venus, when you are in Scorpio. Jupiter is probably also the actual Conservative party. Its position in Cancer shows their traditional values. For the first time for many years they won fewer seats than Venstre, and now have to face the ignominy of seeing the right wing People’s party have more seats than themselves. Maybe the Jupiter/Venus trine shows the Christian Democrats shifting there loyalty to the Conservatives now.

The Predictive Method

So this is one method for working out the results of elections. Instead of sticking to a set of rules regarding Ascendant and Midheaven rulers, and whether they represent to government, opposition and their respective leaders, the astrology student can actually identify the main actors and what they are doing, by associating them with planets. Traditional rules simply do not work in this case, for the ruler of the Ascendant (Jupiter) is exalted, whilst the ruler of the Descendant, traditionally the Opposition, is not particularly strong, and more to the point, Saturn is retrograde conjoining the Descendant – hardly a good sign for the opposing coalition of right wing parties. The horoscope for the close of polls is favourable for the Opposition, though, because the Ascendant ruler has moved into the 7th house, showing the people throwing their support behind the Opposition.

Horoscopes for Leader

See chart of Anders F. Rasmussen

Generally it is a risky business trying to predict an election result from the poll horoscopes. It is also a good idea to look at the charts for the protagonists. Looking at the horoscope for the winner, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Venstre), it can be immediately seen that he has a classic “conservative” horoscope, with his Sun in Aquarius squaring Jupiter on the Descendant in Taurus. This shows a concern about state control of personal resources, and early on his career he wrote a book about the “minimalist” state, because he is completely convinced that people and businesses function best without interference. With Neptune transiting this Sun/Jupiter square until 2003, his theories will be put to the test. The affect on his Jupiter in Taurus could be similar to the Dot Com bubble of May 2000. Many of his financial ideals will pop, but in the early euphoria, a lot of yuppies will make a lot of money.

Time and Place
Happily for Fogh Rasmussen, his opponent called the election when there was a stellium in Scorpio square a stellium in Aquarius, and this clearly favoured his own Scorpio rising and Aquarius sun. Indeed the close of poll Moon was only one degree from his own Sun. And Jupiter was exactly on his Uranus. As an astrologer one can only throw one’s hands up in the air at the bad astrological planning of the Social Democrats!

It may be some consolation for the fallen government that the new Venstre government will run into serious problems. With their leader’s progressed Mercury retrograding into 29.59 Pisces as he takes the reins of power, he is going to get very confused. As he strives to master the details of a move towards the right, he will become overwhelmed by his own idealism and perfectionism, symbolised by his ruler Mars in Pisces, conjoining Venus and squaring the Moon in the 8th. Apart from a series of financial scandals evoked by the Neptune transit (watch his finance minister!), the eclipse cycle of 2002 will join the Saturn/Pluto opposition to throw his government in crisis already by June 2002. It’s his desire to handle all the details himself that will be his downfall. Saturn will fire the warning shots as it conjoins his Moon next July, then Pluto will finish things off by the end of 2004. One can theorise a lot about what the Mars/Venus conjunction means in Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s horoscope – and in many ways it shows a soft, idealistic and, dare it be said, socialistic side – but whatever secrets he may have are sure to surface at this time. He is almost certainly a man with the very best of intentions, but some of these intentions will be identified as weaknesses. It will be difficult for him to take the pressure in 2004. Assuming private matters do not threaten his position, then problems could arise with accounting details or something connected with housing policy. The Pisces influence in the 4th is a reminder of his penchant for water events – he was acclaimed leader on the passenger liner Sj√¶lland . With a new policy to create a houseboat culture over the next few years in Copenhagen, perhaps his government will come unstuck because of a scandal or bad planning in this area?

Adrian Ross Duncan: December 2001

Osama bin Laden

In May 1970 I crossed the border from a grey and oppressive Iran and entered the magical land of Afghanistan. Fellow wanderers from that period will be able to confirm that the atmosphere was liberated, happy and very welcoming indeed. There was no obvious sign of religious fundamentalism at that time, just a colourful country with colourful people, although a fair number did like to carry rifles. Just three years later a palace coup deposed the monarchy, and the subsequent destabilisation process provided fertile ground for the catastrophe of the Soviet invasion, and the subsequent Jihad against the Soviets, who finally withdrew in February 1989. The Taleban themselves took Kabul on April 25th 1992 at the time of the Uranus/Neptune conjunction at 18 Capricorn, which is an indication of revolutionary Islam, and which resonates with the Uranus/Neptune conjunction which marked the start of the Muslim Era in the year 622. At this time Mars was at 21 Pisces activating the US Mars/Neptune square, and therefore linking the country to the US war potential. The Taleban take-over was 18 years after the original coup, which means that the position of the Moon’s nodes in Capricorn/Cancer is repeated.

See chart of Afghanistan

An Unconquered People

The chart for the coup does give some indication of the nature of Afghanistan, but the country itself has a long and fierce history and no one chart can be used. It has been conquered periodically but never subdued. Alexander the Great conquered it in 329 BCE but ultimately had to withdraw because of constant revolts. The British in their turn tried repeatedly in a series of wars in the 19th century. In the first Anglo-Afghani war, the British invaded in January 1842, and out of 16,500 soldiers (and 12,000 dependants) only one survivor returned to the fort in Jalalabad. I suppose they left one to tell the tale. The 1973 chart is very telling, showing as it does the Jupiter/Moon conjunction in the (solar) 8th house, which is currently receiving a long-term conjunction from Neptune. Afghanistan may be a warrior country, but for the young, the women and the older men, the current bombing campaign is a disaster on top of years of suffering culminating in the current oppression by the mediaeval Taleban fundamentalist government. The Mars in Aries shows the country’s warrior culture, its opposition to Uranus emphasising the extreme independence and tendency to be both a victim of high-tech warfare, and to adapt to it. Venus at 19 Leo was struck by the August 1999 eclipse, which also cast its shadow through Afghanistan. At the World Trade Centre attack, Venus was again at 19 Leo.

Afghanistan and the US

The nodal axis falls on the US Venus/Jupiter conjunction, and the position of these nodes was exactly reversed at the time of the terror attack on September 11th, 2001. It is also interesting to see that the 1973 Afghan chart has the Sun at 24 and Mercury at 29 Cancer which strongly activates the secretive US Mercury/Pluto opposition from 24 Cancer to 27 Capricorn. This is a strong indication both that Afghanistan houses spies and terrorists that have a secret connection to the US and also that the CIA has made an extensive use of spies and terrorists in Afghanistan, especially during the eighties. Indeed it was at this time that America recruited and trained Osama bin Laden and financed the infiltration of Saudi militants to fight the Soviet Union there. In the light of the fact that Afghanistan has assumed great strategic importance as an oil pipeline route from ex-Soviet states, there could be some truth in the suggestion that the US has a secret agenda in attempting to subdue Afghanistan. One should not forget that Bill Cheney and a large number of Bush’s entourage, including Bush himself have their roots in oil.

The Muslim Calendar

See chart for the beginning of Muslim Era

Since the New York attack, there have been many attempts to pin down the birth date of Osama bin Laden, but it has proved difficult. Interpol have a birth date of the 10th March 1957, whilst the US State Department has a date of 30th July 1957. There are many conflicting dates. Here I have chosen the July date for a specific reason. The traditional date of Mohammed’s arrival in Medina is 16th July 622 AD, and the Muslim Era is dated from sunset of that date. (Note 1.) This date is the first day of the first of the year of the Hijrah, which is Anno Hegirae MuHarram 1 , or 1 A.H. The Muslim calendar dates not from the birth or death of Mohammed, or from the celebration of any mundane event. According to the Islamic sage Muhammad Ilyes, its religious significance is to teach man that struggle between Truth and Evil is eternal, and to remind Muslims every year not of the pomp and glory of Islam but of its sacrifice.

It’s an extremely unusual chart with all the planets grouped on the Western horizon (except for Jupiter and Pluto) between the Sun at 25 Cancer and Mars at 20 Virgo. There are 4 planets and the North Node (Rahu) in Leo, and 3 planets in Virgo. Saturn and Rahu are in conjunction, which does seem to indicate a rather heavy fate for Islam. Traditionally things do not go well for Muslims at the repeat of this pattern every 22/23 years. The 1967 six-day war led to the loss of vast tracts of land to Israel, and the Gulf War in 1991 humiliated Iraq. Similar setbacks for Islam can be expected in 2002, when the North Node conjoins Saturn and opposes Pluto. The position of the Sun in the Muslim Era chart is almost opposite the Sun in the chart for Saudi Arabia (15.01.1902 Riyadh: Ascendant 24.27 Capricorn), as well as that of Afghanistan. As guardian of the holy shrines of Islam, particular in Mecca, the Saudi chart, with its Sun/Saturn/Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn strong reflects the severity and deep traditions of a nation rooted in the past.

The Terrorist bin Laden

See chart of Osama bin Laden

Having studied the Muslim Era chart, it’s interesting to look at the proposed chart for bin Laden, which I have cheekily also calculated for sunset. After all the man has taken on the mantle of leader of an Islamic revolution which will reverse the domination of the West, and get rid of the “evils” of capitalism, democracy and women’s liberation. To me at least it seems fitting that he should be a Leo, as his poster has pride of place in many young Islamic bedrooms, much as Che Guevara did amongst Western youth in the sixties. It can thus be seen that bin Laden has 4 planets in Leo and 4 planets in Virgo, with only Saturn and Neptune outside of the planetary bunch. More Muslim than the Islam itself? There are extraordinary parallels with the Muslim Era chart. He has his Sun/Uranus conjunction on the Era’s nodal axis and close to its Saturn. His Mars/Pluto conjoin the Era’s Mercury and Moon, whilst his Mercury/Venus in Virgo are exactly on Uranus/Neptune. This is a man completely possessed by Islam, a messenger for Islam, and a revolutionary for Islam.

bin Laden and the USA

This chart has a number of extremely dangerous signatures, which key directly in to the US Independence chart. The main danger is from the Sun/Uranus conjunction at 7 Leo which is exactly on the US North Node, and semisquare both Mars and Neptune. This aspect corresponds rather well with the fact that his father died in a plane crash. Note that transit Neptune is currently transiting this point, and that the biological terrorism taking place with anthrax right now is a manifestation of this, indicated both by the US chart and also by this proposed chart for bin Laden. Although there are suggestions that the anthrax spores originate from America’s right wing, the synastry seems to show a link to bin Laden.

The Weakness of bin Laden

Without wishing to offend anyone dealing with the difficult energies of a Mars/Pluto conjunction, for a terrorist like bin Laden, this shows a ruthless implacability, and the close conjunction between Pluto and Mercury could show the use of transport and the post as a means of destruction. With the US Moon at 27 Aquarius, the Mars/Pluto conjunction in this bin Laden chart constitutes a deadly threat to the American people. In the progressed chart Mars is at 22.44 Virgo, exactly activating the US Mars/Neptune and pointing clearly at bin Laden as a perpetrator. There can be no doubt that this is the horoscope of a fanatic, and with the many planets in Virgo, this is a person who also plans fanatically, which is probably also its weakness. Obsessed with detail, it’s likely that the Saturn square Venus/Mercury demands an elegance in the execution of plans which cannot be achieved when the pressure is on. This is a person who gets flustered, although there is a well-documented example of him surviving a missile attack just yards away from where he was standing. He enjoys risks and extreme conditions, but his standards of perfection must be a pain to satisfy.

Man with a Mission

Early in bin Laden’s life, the two outer planets Pluto and Neptune made the transition from Leo and Libra to Virgo and Scorpio respectively. Born at a time of enormous collective change, he probably sees himself as the man to effect this change. He declared war on the USA and the West in a fatwah from Afghanistan in 1998, and he has a wide-ranging organisation that recruits young Muslims for the cause. Comparing his chart with the Muslim Era, it is doubtful that the Prophet would approve. The ideological rigidity of Saturn in Sagittarius is exactly square the Era’s Jupiter in Pisces… the Prophet would no doubt prefer more compassionate methods.

The Future

Right now, life cannot be comfortable. His Sun/Uranus is opposite the Afghanistan Moon/Jupiter in Aquarius, and is receiving the same Neptune transit. This is hardly the time for executive action, and he will have to lie low for a year. If he makes a move, then he is also likely to make a mistake. He may be tempted to do so when Mars joins Neptune in early November. Of course, if the chosen means of attack is chemical or bacteriological, then this could conceivably be successful, although it is in the nature of Neptune for it not to be. As far as the current campaign in Afghanistan is concerned, America cannot win. You don’t have to be an astrologer to work that one out. It is also unlikely that Osama bin Laden will be localised, let alone captured. Perhaps justice will be done – he is a brutal murderer after all – when Saturn conjoins his Sun in 2005, disposed of by the Afghanis themselves.

Adrian Ross Duncan 29.10.2001

Note 1. Book of World Horoscopes , Nick Campion



The Two Towers

When the first airliner flew into the first tower, things looked bad in Manhattan. Finally, it seemed, the many flights in the vicinity of New York had led to a terrible accident. When the second airliner flew in to the second tower, 15 minutes later – plenty of time for the TV cameras to be in position as was undoubtedly intended – then it dawned simultaneously for many millions that unnatural and evil forces were at play. Red flames, black smoke, spewed out from the stricken building, and the full horror of the situation was apparent. Some kind of war had been declared. That these buildings – these proud symbols of the Masters of the Universe in concrete, glass and steel – subsequently crumbled into dust, seemed an impossibility. Such an event could not happen. But it did. The founding stone had been laid with an exact Uranus/Pluto conjunction on August 5th 1966, and when the progressed Sun reached this point 35 years later – at the repeat of the Saturn/Pluto opposition – the building was engulfed in flames and turned to dust.

The Innocent

The hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people taking the long journey down in the stairwells did not panic. In a country which loves a winner, the crowds parted in the packed stairs to let the badly burned be carried past, and closed again. As people moved down, urging each other not to panic, firemen and policemen moved up. They already knew their fate. One eyewitness leaving the building recalls how a fireman on the way up pointed to his badge and said “Remember that name, and tell my wife what I did”. So about 5000 people in the World Trade Centre met their end on September 11, 2001, some in the initial impact, others on the top floors in the ensuing conflagration, some holding hands and flying through the air, and most in the sudden crash of concrete and steel. May they have a special place in heaven.

That is how the holy war began.

The Oppressed

You have to ask “Why”As the film cameras cut to Palestine – or the remains of what was Palestine – children, women and men were waving their hands in happiness and shouting with joy. And you have to ask the question, how could that be? How could the perception be so different? Perhaps W.H. Auden got it right when he penned the following verse whilst sitting in a New York dive on September 1st 1939:

Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse:
But who can live for long In an euphoric dream;
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism’s face
And the international wrong.

Image of America

See chart for USA

For reasons which can be quite difficult to understand Americans and the USA are both loved and hated, often by the same people. It’s the wealth that does it. Even in the 2nd world war the British rather resented the Americans. They were “Over-fed, over-sex, and over-here”. Visitors to the US are astonished by the gas-guzzling cars, the enormous refrigerators, the huge portions of food in restaurants in what appears to be an extraordinary over-consumption. They are also struck by the smiling openness, politeness and friendliness of the general population. These sides of the American character are probably best reflected by the Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Cancer in the chart, which shows generosity of spirit on the one hand, and a penchant for comfort and luxury on the other. America conquers the world with this energy, in the embodiment of the US dollar. Not through overt military force or dictatorial behaviour. America does push other countries around, but it rarely goes to war, often being dragged unwillingly into conflict. Of course, there is a shadow side, and the Mercury/Pluto opposition from the 8th to the 2nd clearly shows the manipulative powers of US corporations, amongst other things.

The People Unite

But Americans themselves are reflected by the multinational and multicultural Aquarian Moon in the 3rd house – a melting pot of people, cultures and nationalities. Historically, these people arrived in the New World with very little, fought to create a life, and grew to passionately love the freedom embodied in the US constitution. And as the United States progressed Sun moves to conjoin the US Moon for the first time since Independence – an aspect that will be exact during the 2nd week of January 2002 – these people are galvanised. They have found their collective soul again, and they are rallying to proclaim their identification with their country. The September 11th attack has not overpowered but empowered the American people, and in hindsight this may be one of its most important results… the American government and its people are now One.

Astrological Portents

Anyone familiar with the US (Sibley) horoscope has been expecting trouble. The most significant astrological event of 2001/2002 is the Saturn/Pluto opposition, which takes place every 35 years, and was present when the WTC was founded. Three oppositions now take place, the first one being in August, one month before the attack, with Pluto reaching its retrograde station at 12.32 Sagittarius, 11 minutes of arc from the US Ascendant. Simultaneously then, Saturn conjoins the US Descendant in one of the most powerful astrological configurations possible, and one never to happen again for America. Except for the two remaining oppositions which take place:
1. November 2nd 2001 at 13.49 Gemini/Sagittarius
2. May 26 2002 at 16.35 Gemini/Sagittarius
There can be no clearer symbol than the Twin Towers of Saturn in Gemini , utterly destroyed by Pluto, and in hindsight it seems almost obvious how grave the danger was to the World Trade Centre from Pluto terror.

The Eclipse of June 2002

See chart of the eclipse

The first conclusion to draw from this is that the consequences of the terrorist action will last well beyond May 2002. But the situation is even more complex, because the eclipse cycle also passes this point in 2002, in what seems like a cosmic exclamation mark. The eclipse of the 10th June 2002 falls at 19.54 Gemini, exactly on Saturn, and close to the US Mars at 21.23 Gemini. Be prepared for a surprise: this eclipse, calculated for New York, has absolutely exactly the same position as the US Ascendant, within 3 minutes of arc. In other words, as the Moon moves over the sphere of the Sun during the eclipse, the structure of the US independence chart is exactly replicated. Furthermore, the position of Uranus at the June 2002 eclipse is 28.49 Aquarius – it has just conjoined the US Moon (and progressed Sun) on March 28th, and will do so again on August 12th and January 19th 2003 – implying drastic changes in the way of life of the American people. Transportation – by air, train and sea – will be completely disrupted. All these indications indicate that America is at war, and will remain at war for at least a year. America eyes will be directed into the air, from which danger can be expected again. Almost certainly American air power will be completely mobilised throughout this period. The media will radically change and become a very ever-present and dominating influence, as the immediacy of Uranus impacts the Moon.

See the map of the eclipse

Looking at the path of the eclipse, it starts in Indonesia, and curves up over Hawaii and down into the Gulf of California. Therefore it is crucial to harvest intelligence in the hotchpotch of islands comprising The Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, and take action to protect Hawaii and the West Coast of the US.

Bush = USA

See chart of G.W.Bush

Another clear indication of conflict is the progression of Mars in Bush’s horoscope in square to his Sun, which will be exact in March 2002. This is obviously a time when he will be tested as a leader, and with this Mars influence he will have no trouble finding the necessary war fever. As his Sun at 13 Cancer is at exactly the same place as the US Sun, he will become a potent symbol for America, and will simply channel the wishes and feelings of its government and people. Furthermore, the threat to the USA is a threat to Bush himself. One should not forget Tecumseh’s Curse, spoken by an Indian Chief predicting the death in office of every President elected every 20th year, (when there is a Saturn/Jupiter conjunction). Bush has Uranus at 19 Gemini conjoining his nodal axis at 20 Gemini, so the Saturn/Pluto eclipse combination activates a latent destiny in his life to lead a coalition of nations – the trine to Moon/Jupiter in Libra – into a 21st century highly technological fight for justice. With transit Neptune hovering over his Descendant, he will find his open enemies almost impossible to catch hold of, whilst partners will let him down at crucial moments. His main partner is the vice-president, whose health is hardly robust enough to handle the coming struggles.

The Course of the War

This new war against an invisible enemy will escalate, and reach great intensity in the summer of 2002, when the American people will be in action and in danger. The May 2002 eclipse indicates just the start of a period of intense struggle, which cannot culminate before transiting Saturn has made its station at 22.08 Gemini on February 22, 2003, very close to US Mars and square Neptune. The activation of the Mars/Neptune squared by Saturn at this time indicates that the US must be vigilant in protecting themselves against actions at sea, and more ominously anything to do with biological and chemical warfare. Airborne diseases are a very strong possibility. There is a definite danger in this area. Saturn/Pluto aspects have no respect for human principles. An end to this war against terrorism can be predicted some time up to the final opposition from Pluto to US Mars in September 2005. At this time a vast demobilisation process will be underway, with radical cuts in military forces, and a complete reassessment of defence, with many projects getting axed.

But who is America, and their allies, Europe, at war with?

The Initial Act of War

See chart of the attack

The nature of a war can often be seen by the horoscope for its start, and this time and date is imprinted in the memory of us all, and will be so in future history. At first glance this horoscope seems innocent enough. Mercury has just reached the trine to Saturn, and was rising at impact, obviously a testimony to the astonishing precision of the planning that went in to the action. Mercury in Libra shows humans trading together, as well as the nature of the projectile, which was a bomb filled with human beings. More about this Mercury later. The Ascendant and emphasis in air shows the meeting of the airliner and skyscraper – and the connection to the Saturn/Pluto opposition exactly on the 3rd/9th axis shows the cynical use of this impact for communication purposes, as well as the inhuman use of commercial transport with a deadly message. This was a strike at the structure of America itself, particularly its business structure. The Ascendant degree of the attack is on the US 10th house Saturn, with no orb. It is exact. And Saturn itself is trine the US Saturn within 3 minutes of arc. The North Node – Rahu – is at 3.06 Cancer, on the US Venus with no orb. It is exact. This activation of US Venus by the nodal axis reinforces the theme of the US economy, and particularly its surfeit. The symbolism of Rahu on the US Venus is the judgement of Islamic extremists on American values. Rahu will hit US Mars around 24th March 2002, and at this time it is the US military establishment which is under threat.

World Trade Beheaded

The World Trade Centre is a place where fortunes have been made and lost via speculation. Militants and fanatics the world over see the two towers as the ultimate symbol of US greed and economic dominance. In myth Rahu was a demon who was beheaded by Vishnu’s discus for drinking the nectar of the gods and becoming immortal. Rahu is precisely semi-square Venus, and furthermore Venus at 18.24 Leo is exactly on the August 1999 eclipse point, within 4 minutes of arc, tying in the whole event to the cataclysmic “Nostradamus” eclipse with its dire warning:

L’an mil neuf nonante neuf sept mois
The year one thousand nine hundred ninety nine seven months
Du ciel viendra
From the heavens will come
un grand Roy deffraieur
a great King of fear
Resusciter le grand Royd’Angolmois
to revive the great King of Angolmois*
Avant apres Mars regner par bon heur
Before (&) after Mars to reign fortunately

(Angolmois has traditionally been interpreted as a reference to Mongolia. Note 1.)

On the other side of the nodal axis, Mars has just entered Capricorn, and activates the South Node, Ketu, which is traditionally associated with Islam in Vedic astrology. Mars shows the military precision of the pilots of the planes, and the conjunction with Ketu shows their willingness to give their lives for the cause of the Jihad.
There are many extraordinary contacts to the US chart. Uranus is about to station exactly trine the US Mars – we’ll certainly be seeing some demonstrations of US air power. More extraordinarily, Jupiter conjoins the US (and Bush’s) Sun, making its station at 15 Cancer, and therefore giving an incredible boost to US influence well into May 2002, although it also shows the ideological nature of the conflict with two strong and implacable forces, Mars and Jupiter, opposing each other. It’s certainly not all bad for America, and the nation will undoubtedly emerge strengthened from this crisis.

Identifying the Enemy

It should be possible to identify the enemy from the astrological signatures of this event. First of all there is no doubt that the Saturn/Pluto opposition shows political and religious extremists, evoking the full destructive potential of the long Pluto transit through Sagittarius. Foreign religious fanatics are the enemy, and with this opposition placed on the 3rd/9th house axis of the impact chart, this enemy is placed both locally (3rd) and internationally (9th). The Moon’s position in Gemini emphasises the Twin Tower theme, especially as it conjoined Saturn/Pluto the day before. As the Moon moves towards the Node/Mars combination, so are these towers destroyed, by the aforementioned militants who sacrifice themselves for the spiritual cause.

The Mastermind

It seems to me that the evil mastermind in a foreign location is shown by (Pluto-opposed) Saturn in Gemini in the 9th. Saturn “disposes” of the suicide-pilots Mars, frighteningly strong (exalted) in Capricorn. They are sure they will go to heaven. Mercury disposes of Saturn, but is in mutual reception with it by the exaltation of Saturn in Libra. One technique when working with receptions is for the planets to swap places, which would place Saturn exactly on the Ascendant. From the mastermind’s point of view, justice has been done, and the scales of balance evened out. For 50 years of American support for Israel, for atom bombs over Japan, for bombing in Libya, Sudan, and Afghanistan, and for the systematic destruction of Iraq’s infrastructure since the Gulf War. This is why the people in Palestine celebrated. Decades of humiliation for Islamic aspirations have been avenged. And indeed, Usama Bin Ladin enumerated exactly these points when he called for a Jihad again all Americans and Jews from his base in Afghanistan in 1998. In the same declaration he talked of the inevitability of terrorist actions taking place on American soil. However it seems to me that the horoscope shows a disparate network of self-contained groups working for a common goal, although their identification is with bin Ladin. A further point of interest which points the finger at Islamic extremism and Afghanistan is the shadow of the 1999 eclipse which passes from the Boston/New York area through Europe, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

See the path of the eclipse

The Mercury Loop

The role of Mercury in this event is quite extraordinary. Its position at 14.17 Libra is exactly at the point to which it returns to go direct in the current retrograde cycle. And for some extraordinary reason it makes its retrograde station at 29.41 Libra on October 2nd, which is exactly where it went stationary direct (29.56 Libra) on the day of the US election last November. We can all remember how this put the election in the balance, and somehow this retrograde cycle keys in with this. So Mercury will return to station at 14.12 Libra on October 23rd , and this will be a significant date in the follow up to the September 11 atrocity. Mercury will only leave its “loop” when it passes 29.41 Libra for a second time on November 7th, another significant date. What seems likely is that there is a risk of a repeat terrorist action on October 23rd. Something repeats, and it may actually be possible to apprehend a key figure at this time. The other conclusion to be drawn from the Mercury loop is that everything contained within the loop will be in a time dimension all for itself. It’s like an aberration – a self-contained epoch of history, which could symbolically last as many months as there are days in the loop from September 11 to October 23… 42 days/months, putting the end of the terrorist war at around March 2005. This may seem like odd reasoning, but the same loop last year enabled me to very accurately predict the outcome of the US election before it took place. (Note 2)

The Outcome

The direct Mercury station on the 23rd will also signal the end of a period of investigation and analysis. If action has not been taken by then, then it will immediately follow, possibly as Venus passes the same degree on the 27th (demanding justice and victory) with Mars entering Aquarius on the same day. The Moon’s nodes and eclipses are going to play a significant role in the ensuing conflict. The South Node in Capricorn (in the attack) shows the traditional and rigid values of the Jihad terrorists, and the North Node the “soft” values of the USA. The battle will be between rational Saturn/Rahu and suicidal Pluto/Ketu. If anyone is concerned about the outcome, they need not be. It’s a repeat of the Gulf war Saturn/Rahu conjunction of 1991, and everyone knows that that was a bad experience for Iraq. Saturn really destroys Rahu. This is going to be another humiliating experience for Islam. Therefore, let us urge our leaders to show restraint, as revenge exacted on innocent people will only create more terrorists. Perhaps I could leave readers with the words of the Dalai Lama:

Dear friends around the world,
There are two possible responses to what has occurred today. The first comes from love, the second from fear. If we come from fear we may panic and do things… that could only cause further damage… Unless we take this time to look at the cause of our experience, we will never remove ourselves from the experiences it creates. Instead, we will forever live in fear of retribution from those within the human family who feel aggrieved, and, likewise, seek retribution from them.

The title of this article is inspired by Tolkeins 2nd book in the Lord of the Rings series, in which Frodo the hobbit saves the world from evil Sauron. The first film of the first book will be released this December, and the second and third books will follow in the subsequent two years. We will all be following Frodo’s seemingly hopeless yet ultimately successful battle against Evil Incarnate. Welcome to 21st century reality.

Adrian Ross Duncan

Note 1. “Nostradamus for the Slow-Witted” at
Note 2. See article Mercury, the Euro and the US election

The China Olympics

On Friday 13th July the Olympic committee, assembled in Moscow, chose Beijing as the venue for the 2008 Olympic Games. This announcement came just hours after Jupiter – the largest planet in the solar system – moved into Cancer, so perhaps it is fitting that that the most populous country in the world was chosen. It seems that when a planet makes its entry into a new sign, it likes to make an introductory flourish as it were. In this case Mercury joined Jupiter and they crossed the border from Gemini to Cancer hand in hand. Millions celebrated the news in China. They flocked onto the streets of the major cities, and police gave up trying to control them. Great joy was brought to the largest population on Earth.Human Rights Issues

Human Rights groups – especially supporters of the exiled government of Tibet – were less than enthusiastic. They believe that the choice of China as venue legitimises a regime which overwhelmed Tibet by force in the Fifties, and is now well into the process of wiping out the ancient culture. There was extremely strong lobbying to exclude China for human rights abuses – they had already lost one bid in 1993 – but in the end sheer persistence paid off for China. One could argue that with one quarter of the world’s population within their borders, it is simply unwise to ostracise them. When living in the West, it’s always difficult to discern how far opinions are orchestrated by the cultural model of the USA and Western Powers, who have little understanding of the culture of other countries. After all, many of China’s opponents in the US have a political agenda, which has nothing to do with the rights of oppressed peoples.

The Origins

In connection with the Olympics there are those who argue against the politicisation of sport, and those who say it is unavoidable. In actual fact, the Olympics have always been politicised. Even at their very formation in 776 BC, the Games were seen as a way of cementing peace. The tradition was that there should be no fighting as long as the Games were on. The chart for the initial Olympics would appear to have taken place at the time of an eclipse in Leo opposing Neptune in Aquarius, so the ideals of the merging of states into a giant melting pot through games was firmly integrated into the opening chart. However, the same chart shows a retrograde Mars conjoining Uranus and opposing Pluto, so the competition was no doubt extremely fierce. War by other means. The institution of the Olympics actually lasted for 12 centuries (!) without a break, and they were only abolished in 393 AD – the 293rd Olympiad.

Olympic Revival

After a break of 1500 years the Olympics were recreated and the first Games in modern time took place on the 6th April 1896 in its ancient cradle of Athens. The old traditions were revived, including the lighting of the Olympic flame at the temple of Hera whilst a hymn was, and is still, sung to Apollo. This revival took place with a wonderful grand trine involving Venus exalted in Pisces, Jupiter exalted in Cancer, and Uranus/Saturn in Scorpio. The position of Venus in Pisces is very significant for Greece, as it was in this sign at the time of its revolution in 1821, and the establishment of a kingdom in 1830. It’s a very suitable position for a nation founded on the gods and goddesses of Olympia.


See chart for Berlin Olympics

The grossest example of the appropriation of the Olympics for political purposes was at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hitler seized the opportunity to demonstrate the supposed superiority of the Arian race. The opening chart of August 1st shows Mercury conjoining Venus at 18 Leo exactly squaring the Pluto position for the birth of the German Empire (Jan 1st, 1871 at 0.00 Local Time in Berlin). At the same time transiting Pluto conjoining Mars is exactly on the IC position of the horoscope for the 3rd Reich. (Jan 30th, 1933 11.15 CET, Berlin). Obviously these Pluto combinations were rather good for concealing the ugly facts of the Nazi administration. All evidence of the persecution of the Jews was hidden, and the opening ceremony was characterised by the release of thousands of doves. However Hitler could not resist promoting himself and Nazi ideology, and there were rather more Nazi flags and photos of himself, than other flags. Germany won more medals than any other country at this Olympics, although there was a slight hitch, because black Americans won a large proportion of the athletic events. Hitler couldn’t quite bring himself to place awards around their necks, and absented himself from the prizegiving ceremony.


See chart for the Munich Olympics

In the latter part of the 20th century, the enormous focus of world attention on the Olympics has made them even more vulnerable to political statements. It was ironically in Germany again that the most catastrophic games in history played themselves out. It was at this time that Pluto had slipped into Libra after 15 years in Virgo. The Olympics in Munich proved the ideal place to demonstrate Pluto’s effect, namely that a small terrorist group could seriously change the balance of power. The Palestinian Black September group took the Israeli Olympic team hostage, and in a bungled operation 11 Israelis, 5 Palestinians , and one policeman died. With Mercury moving into Virgo at the time of the catastrophe and squaring Neptune, bad light and mist confused German sharpshooters at the airport where the terrorists were making their escape, enabling a surviving terrorist to execute the Israelis. At this time the Sun had moved from 3 Virgo to the Mars position at 7 Virgo, which just happened to be the exact North Node position in the horoscope for the 3rd Reich. Interestingly the North Node of the Munich Games was at 25 Cancer, the exact position of the 3rd Reich’s IC and Pluto, and Israel’s MC. The Games were suspended for one day, but continued in an atmosphere of sorrow and shame, aptly illustrated by the opening chart’s Moon in Pisces square Saturn, and the Sun/Mars square Neptune.


See chart for the Moscow Olympics

Subsequent to this Olympics, the 1980 Games in Moscow became the next victim of a political statement. The USA and some Western allies refused to take part because of the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1979. On the one hand it’s easy to see that US participation would have seemed like an endorsement of Soviet policy, but the argument can also be made that the USA suffered no similar retribution when they were bombing Vietnam and Cambodia. It’s interesting to see how there was an exact Saturn/Neptune square at this time. In fact Saturn at 22 Virgo was exactly on the US Neptune, and Neptune opposite the US Mars – a combination which suggests frustration and sacrifice on the American side, especially as regards their athletes, who had trained for so many years. Saturn/Neptune combinations are always significant for developments in the socialist world, and these games were a celebration of Eastern Bloc power, although the Saturn/Neptune square could also symbolise the morass of Afghanistan, which ultimately drained the Soviet Union of its ability to maintain structure. There are many who argue that the power of the world’s media in itself is enough to expose human rights abuse and force change in autocratic countries, but there was no apparent softening of Soviet control over the communication apparatus at this Olympics. The retrograde Mercury in a water sign squaring Pluto was perhaps sufficient to maintain secrecy and manipulate news stories, but it did not help that 62 nations boycotted the Games, including the USA, West Germany and Japan.

Changes in China

See the chart of China

The 2008 Olympics in Beijing will have enormous significance for China. This huge country has had many vast upheavals in its long history, and is well aware of the fragile nature of its national identity, seen from a historical point of view. Anything that threatens the cohesion of China is stamped out by its leaders at an early stage, as was the uprising in Tiananmen Square on June 4th 1989 when the Saturn/Neptune/Uranus conjunction was squaring China’s stellium in Libra. Similarly China has not been slow to crack down on the group Falun Gong over the last few years (with Neptune transiting their Moon and Ascendant in Aquarius). The 2008 Olympics will take place in Beijing in July/August around the time of a total eclipse in Leo opposing Neptune in Aquarius, rather like the original Olympics of 776 BC.

See map of the eclipse

The path of the eclipse goes through Siberia ending almost exactly at Beijing, which in itself should have been enough to predict that the 2008 Olympics would be awarded to China. With Jupiter at 14.41 Capricorn rising over Beijing at the time of the eclipse, exactly squaring China’s Neptune at 14.39 Libra, there will be tremendous media attention, but it is also likely that religious groups which use the opportunity to broadcast their views. This is a Jupiter return for China, which already has a natal Jupiter/Neptune square. The nodal axis of the eclipse, conjoining Chiron, falls exactly on China’s Pluto, activating the Mars/Pluto square Venus of the revolution horoscope, and therefore also revealing the massive autocratic power of the Chinese military underlying the government elite. But the eclipse itself in Leo together with Mercury and a glittering Venus/Neptune opposition speaks of happiness and joy. These Games are going to be one big media party. No one should expect the official media to reveal anything that compromises the integrity of China here.

The Effect of the 2008 Eclipse

See chart of the eclipse

In itself this horoscope is peaceful and happy, especially when compared to the 1936 Olympics with its Sun/Uranus square and Mars/Pluto conjunction. But then, the whole idea is for international sport to spread openness and peace, and therefore these Olympics should serve a good purpose. It’s what happens after the Olympics that is more important, because the event inevitably opens up the country to mass tourism, and this will bring the ordinary Chinese citizen more and more in contact with Western values. Like thunderclouds on the horizon, the 2008-eclipse chart shows a Pluto/Uranus square growing stronger and stronger. As Saturn travels through Virgo entering Libra in 2010, Pluto will have made its way into Capricorn, and Uranus into Aries. By June 2011 there will be a particularly virulent T-square between these three planets strongly activating China’s Sun at 7 Libra. The Chinese will try to resolve a crisis at this time through the heavy hand of authoritarianism. Over the course of the next three years, the square of Uranus and Pluto will evoke dramatic and transformative change in the Chinese leadership – and also for many governments whose formation was on the 1st of January of any particular year. (And therefore have the Sun at 10 Capricorn, like the United Kingdom). It is in these chaotic years that opponents of China will see a scenario developing which could mean their dreams, and the dream of a free Tibet, come true.

Adrian Ross Duncan


Memento – A Retrograde Feast

Memory is a fragile thing, but we are totally reliant on it to relate to our individual world. There are many who through disease, accident or old age actually lose their capacity to retain events in memory, and though they can recall old long-term memories, they are unable to remember what happened just a few minutes previously.Which means, if you had no short-term memory, you would now be wondering what you are reading.

You would go back over the last paragraph, just to get it to stick in your mind, and you would reach here again, but it will not have stuck. If you think you could seek solace in television, books or film, this would not be the case, because you would not have the ability to follow the plot. But you would really like TV adverts, which just lasted a minute or so. You would remember those with whom you had had a long term relationship, but new people coming into your life would be forgotten minutes later, and each time you met, the meeting would have all the freshness of the first meeting. You would have to be told when it was time to wash, brush your teeth, eat, otherwise you might simply repeat these actions after a few minutes had elapsed.

Loss of Short-term Memory

How then, would you be able to live a productive life? This is the subject of the extraordinary film Memento , in which the last memory of the main character, Leonard, was the discovery of his wife on the bathroom floor, murdered and raped. The shock of seeing this took away his short-term memory, and the film starts with him trying to unravel the mystery of who killed his wife, so that he can exact bloody revenge. The problem is that he cannot remember people he has talked to in the process of his investigation, what they have said, or when they said it. He cannot remember where he is staying, or what car he is driving. But he has a system, which consists of writing notes and taking polaroid pictures of his car, people and places and annotating the pictures. When he comes across an extremely important fact, he has it tattooed on his skin, engraved in body memory for all time.

A Film that goes Backwards

Memento starts where it ends, and ends where it starts, because the delight of the plot is that it goes backwards. It opens violently with a polaroid picture of a dead man. The picture fades, gets sucked back into the camera, then the man’s death is enacted backwards, and this reverse scenario sets the scene for a film portrayed in short clips, each subsequent clip preceding the one before in time. This is a retrograde feast. By the end of the film we see just how great the consequences of short-term memory loss can be. For in this film, nothing is certain, except that Leonard’s condition is being exploited by certain unscrupulous people.

The Influence of Retrograde Planets

See chart for viewing Memento

As an astrologer, reality seemed even more distorted, for the horoscope for my own personal viewing of the film perfectly reflected the nature of its plot. The late Scorpio ascendant clearly illustrates what this film is about: revenge. The originality of the film unfolding backwards is shown by the ruler Mars, retrograde in the first house, and opposing Mercury, retrograde in the 7th. Leonard is Mars, and note how Mars has conjoined Chiron, where it stationed before going retrograde. This man carried the wound of the trauma of his wife’s death, and his wounded mind led him on an odyssey of blind and hopeless revenge, for, even if he succeeded in finding the murderer, and killed him, how would he remember the accomplishment? Mars has already conjoined Pluto, and will return to 15.06 Sagittarius to almost make the conjunction with Pluto again. Almost, because Pluto is also retrograde and has by this time slipped back from 15 to 13 degrees Sagittarius. There is no final solution.

Sorrow and Revenge

During the film, his wife is a shadowy figure whom he revisits in flashbacks, sometimes alarmingly changing the details supposedly engraved in his memory. He is driven by the tragedy of loss, and the longing for a supposed ideal marriage, and this is shown by the Venus/Neptune square. It is interesting to see how Neptune and Venus configure with the Mercury/Sun/Jupiter stellium opposing Mars by semi- and sesquisquare, connecting the theme of lost love with revenge. In actual fact at the moment the film started all these planets configured with the MC/IC axis with squares and half-squares. Retrograde Mercury (exactly opposite Chiron – how about that for a damaged mind?) is about to conjoin the Sun, with both sesquiquadrate Neptune.

The Stellium in Gemini

The movie is punctuated by the flash of the polaroid camera “capturing” reality, the flash of the Sun, and the subsequent etching of the words of Mercury on the photograph. All this in the pursuit of a supposed justice, for Jupiter is also in the picture, still touched by its previous opposition to Pluto. Leonard is the judge and executioner, but his mind is flawed, just as Jupiter’s capacity is flawed in Gemini, where it is in exile. What Leonard simply cannot do is create an overall picture – his world is circumscribed by his scribblings and his pictures but he cannot make a connection between them or gain any kind of time perspective. A nice detail is the tattoos, which ultimately cover his body, as he frantically adds new “facts” to his most trusted memory bank – his skin. What better expression for Saturn in Gemini?

Astrological Timing

But wait! The film had been showing in Copenhagen for some time, and had been seen at European film festivals last year. For what possible reason can the horoscope for my viewing the film with a fellow astrologer be so apt and accurate? What if we had gone to see the film a couple of months later with a completely different set of aspects? Of course, a film like Memento has its own astrological dynamics and, as might be expected, its release in America fully accorded with appropriate astrological patterns. The first public showing in America (Note 1.) was on March 16th 2001 when it was released simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles to rave reviews. This was the day when a retrograde Venus was returning to activate the Mars/Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius, triggered by the Moon, so the theme of love, justice, murder and revenge was equally powerful. It is interesting to note that Mercury had at this time almost returned to the point at which it went retrograde in February at zero degrees Pisces square Jupiter in Gemini, a pattern which also reflects the ambiguity and confusion which characterises the film.

Astrological Reality

The amazing congruence between the film and the astrology of the moment, reminds me of other episodes when I have watched a TV film, and the film has been so perfectly in tune with the planetary positions of the time. In a way it’s very understandable when a broadcast reflects astrological events so well, because it is a collective event. It’s a bit more worrying, when my partner rents a video, and that also encapsulates the astrology of the moment. That is simply a personal event. As an avid follower of planetary movement, I enjoy seeing the changes in my environment as a planet changes sign. On one occasion, as Mars moved into Gemini, I left my house, caught the morning train, and found myself sitting next to a man in jogging trousers, who was opposite another man in identical jogging trousers, identical T-shirt, identical faces… they were twins.

Your World and Your Beliefs

And I couldn’t help asking myself if the show was put on for my benefit, for I was the one looking for a sign from the heavens about Mars in Gemini, and twins were provided. There are not enough twins around to put this show on for everyone, but then not everyone’s chosen belief is astrology. In India there is an astrological tradition in which horoscopes are inscribed on palm leaves. Analyses and predictions were written – thousands of years ago – describing the life and karma of every seeker who visits the astrologer. A common question the astonished visitor poses to the astrologer is, “How can the lives of everyone on Earth be contained on these palm leaves”, and this prompts the answer from the astrologer: “Goodness gracious, not everyone… we only have the horoscopes for the people who come to ask”.

The Power of Belief
It seems that an intelligent universe proactively mirrors the mind of the consciousness which interacts with it. Whatever you choose to believe in will create a reality around you, which fully accords with your beliefs – unless some enormous change confronts you with another reality. It was a shock for many Western communists when the Berlin Wall dissolved in 1989, and tens of thousands of Eastern Block citizens joyfully streamed in the West. The evidence for their suffering and the indignities they had undergone at the hands of an autocratic and secretive state could not be denied. With these citizens casting away their communist past with such enthusiasm, how could hard core believers in the West continue to hold onto dogma which had previously defined their identity? It was a real crisis for many. But most of us have the luxury of sticking to our beliefs from the cradle to the grave, without them every being challenged.

Using Astrology

For Leonard the defining belief was revenge, but without memory he could not enjoy it. Driving along in a stolen Jaguar sports car, which he had come to decide was his at some point during the film, he desperately asks himself, “The world doesn’t suddenly disappear when you close your eyes, does it?” Well, no it doesn’t, but it’s something you can never be sure of. Astrologers who would like to feel most attuned to their beliefs and to the universe, could perhaps enrich their lives by choosing to do things which best reflect the astrological influences of the time. If Mercury squares Saturn, then applying oneself to serious study for the day would be effective. If the Moon in Virgo squares Pluto, then an hour’s radical clean out would be just the job. Make that bank appointment to get a mortgage when the Moon in Cancer sextiles Venus in Taurus … the bank manager is just waiting to lend money, so you may as well be the lucky one! You have to take your beliefs very seriously indeed, because the universe does.

Adrian Ross Duncan
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Timothy Mcveigh and Collateral Damage

When the US ambassador to France arrived in Europe 4 years ago, he was an avid supporter of the death penalty. Today he is urging the US government to reconsider. He points out that capital punishment, along with universal access to guns, completely undermines America’s claim to world moral leadership and their policy of using human rights as a political tool. The European Convention on Human rights, signed by 39 countries, bans execution, comparing it to torture and genocide. This is in embarrassing contrast to an America which appears to embrace this form of punishment, led by a president who as state governor for Texas has presided over more executions than any other man in the US. The execution of McVeigh is a federal act – not the act of a single state – and the US federal government has not in fact executed anyone for over 30 years. Statistics show that one in three of those executed are black, many are mentally retarded, most are poor, some committed the crime as juveniles, and few receive adequate legal help. More than two out of three cases reviewed by the courts have been overturned on appeal. (Note 1)Closure

However, there are no doubts as to the guilt of Timothy McVeigh, who has freely admitted that he planted and detonated the Oklahoma bomb on April 19, 1995. This was the worst act of terrorist violence in the USA and left 168 people, including 19 children, dead. For the 30 relatives invited to watch through a glass window, when McVeigh receives his lethal injection, and the 270 in a nearby room watching on closed-circuit TV, the moral niceties of Europeans have little importance. They are seeking “closure” for the emotional suffering they have gone through. The execution was to have taken place on May 16th, close to the third and final opposition between Jupiter and Pluto, which is an aspect which has focused attention on the ethics of taking life like never before. Because of a serious error in the FBI’s handling of the case however, the execution has been postponed until the 11th June (This article was written on May 30th – McVeigh was executed on the 11th). With a retrograde Mars returning to oppose Jupiter at this time, the likelihood that McVeigh will die is strong. The 1600 journalists who left Terre Haute federal prison in Indiana disappointed in May, will soon be able to deliver their first-hand interviews with the bereaved and thereby satisfy the global thirst for news events, even if they are of questionable taste.

The Man and his Chart

See chart of Timothy McVeigh

McVeigh himself was born with a “mystic rectangle” pattern in his chart, involving a Mars/Neptune opposition, and the Moon in Pisces opposing Pluto and Uranus in the 4th house. In 1988, when his progressed IC was at 20 Virgo conjoining his Pluto and in trine to his Mars, he joined the army, and actually received a military decoration for his actions in the Gulf War. When he left the army, life went downhill, and he earned money travelling to gun fairs selling weapons. It is probably during this period that he developed his hatred of the federal government and attraction to US militia movements and conspiracy theories. There are many indications of McVeigh’s right-wing beliefs, but one influence which seems to stand out is the extraordinary close conjunction of Venus and Saturn in Aries on the nodal axis. The 11th house emphasis shows both his affiliations with groups, and his attitude to government. Perhaps, with both these planets being badly placed in Aries, the lack of any ability to empathise with others is very strong. When interviewed for the recent book “American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing” he referred to the children who died as “collateral” damage, and even made disparaging comments about the grieving relatives. There seems to be at best a total numbness, and at worst a cold rage at the “other people’s children” symbolised by the 11th house. With Venus ruling the 5th house of children, and Saturn the 8th of death, the murder of innocents is graphically expressed.

The Moon, Mom and Mother Country

The Oklahoma bombing is shown in another way too. The Uranus/Pluto conjunction in the 4th could be seen to symbolise the truck bomb, primed and ready at the foot of the State building, with the Moon representing the children and people above. As this opposition also correlates to early experiences with the mother, it is interesting to observe that when his parents separated when McVeigh was 10, his mother left the family home with his sister and married a coastguard in Florida. This reflects the Moon in Pisces and its connection to the sea. Although there are claims that McVeigh’s childhood was normal and happy, he obviously experienced this family break-up really strongly, and was traumatised by his mother’s abandonment. This aspect explains the rootless existence he led after leaving the army. It is also worth noting that the opposition falls on the US Neptune/Mars square so often associated with violence in American history.

Seeds of Violence

According to journalists, McVeigh formed a warm bond to his father. Though this may conceivably be so, it is interesting to see that his Sun is placed on the exact Mars/Saturn midpoint, which could indicate severe discipline, and certainly shows the violence which later became a part of his life. In later years he never went out without his pistol tucked in to the back of his trousers. This midpoint sheds extra light on McVeigh’s Moon in Pisces, which is in exact semisquare to the Sun, and therefore carries some of the murderous Mars/Saturn energy, as well as dragging the Sun into the Pluto opposition by sesquisquare. It becomes much easier to see how his fascination with America’s military subcultures developed with the linkup of the Sun and Moon. He saw the American people and himself as victims of a conspiratorial government, whose avowed aim was to take away the right of its citizens to bear weapons, and which in the last analysis was part of a global conspiracy of power.

Ruby Ridge

His avowed aim became one of striking against a government, which was the enemy of the people. He was profoundly affected by the outrageous killings of members of the Weaver family by federal agents on August 21, 1992 at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, at the time of a Mars/Venus square, and with the Sun exactly sesquiquadrate Uranus activating the US Moon at 27 Aquarius. This was a lamentable event. Weaver was another disillusioned right wing conspiracy theorist, who settled on a remote 20-acre mountain site to get away from the influence of the federal powers. As if to confirm his conspiracy theories, federal agents tried to enrol him to spy on a local militia, and when he refused, an agent entrapped him into selling him two shotguns, which was a criminal offence. When he refused to appear in court, agents surrounded his mountain home and with silenced automatic weapons shot his dog, and then his 12 year old son (in the back). When his wife appeared at the door holding her child, she was shot through the head. During the next few days there was a stand-off, in which assault vehicles and 400 agents surrounded Weaver and his remaining family, in a classic American scenario of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Weaver was later found innocent of all charges.

Planning Vengeance

McVeigh spent the years prior to the Oklahoma bombing travelling across America, and he made a pilgrimage to Ruby Ridge. He also visited Waco at the time of an even more disastrous siege, in which members of the Branch Davidians led by David Koresh perished when their compound went up in flames. This confirmed for him the evil of government federal forces. The siege lasted four months, whilst Mars went retrograde and then direct in Cancer opposing the Uranus/Neptune conjunction three times. Just after the third and final opposition, on April 19, 1993 in Waco, Texas, with the Sun in Aries squaring Mars, and the Moon, Venus and Mercury also in fiery Aries federal agents went in with tanks and tear gas at dawn. Trapped in the upper stories of the compound for four hours until fire broke out, 80 men, women and children died. It was in the Oklahoma City Federal building that these very same agents had their base.

The Oklahoma Bombing

See chart of the Oklahoma Bombing

Two years of planning went into the Oklahoma bombing, which took place as Uranus was at zero Aquarius. Pluto was at zero Sagittarius, now squaring McVeigh’s MC/IC axis. Obviously these two planets had a point to make in their new abodes, concerned with explosive ideologies and their manifestation. The Uranus/Pluto conjunction of 1965 – 8, under which McVeigh was born, was now being manifested in the first sextile of the cycle, but not very harmoniously seen from a human viewpoint. In actual fact this was McVeigh’s way of commemorating Waco, which also took place on April 19th, and just happens to be Hitler’s birthday. The Sun at 29 Aries in the bombing chart is square to Uranus and quincunx Pluto. It’s interesting to see how the Venus/Saturn conjunction repeats, this time in Pisces, with Saturn conjoining McVeigh’s Moon, emphasising the sadness and tragedy of loss and bereavement. Curiously, the bomb chart is quite similar to McVeigh’s, as far as the planetary alignments are concerned. This was his moment of fame. The Ascendant of the Oklahoma explosion at 8.24 Gemini is exactly on the USA’s Uranus at 8.55 Gemini, shocking the American people into a new consciousness of the internal terrorist threat. Interestingly membership of right wing groups soared after the explosion, in the belief that the government itself was responsible, and was using it as an excuse for cracking down on the militias. When McVeigh’s obvious guilt became apparent however, membership fell rapidly, and today right wing militias have lost a large proportion of their followers.

Trigger Mechanisms

At the moment the Oklahoma State building was destroyed, Mars was almost exactly on the IC, trining an explosive retrograde Jupiter in Sagittarius, which activated the extremist Sun/Uranus square by semi- and sesquisquare. The Moon at 25 Sagittarius, and Neptune at 25 Capricorn, activated McVeigh’s Uranus at 25 Virgo, Jupiter at 25 Leo, and Neptune at 25 Scorpio. These planets at 25 degrees were just waiting to be triggered by transits. It is the natal Neptune/Jupiter square which enabled McVeigh to entertain such wild fantasies about government conspiracies. There was no way he could get a reality check on his powerful fantasy life. He was simply attracted to very big lies. Dr. John Smith, McVeigh’s psychiatrist, explained that McVeigh was committed to the ideal that he must object to a federal government that had become excessively oppressive and deceitful, and the bomb was his way of doing this. Smith termed the bombing as McVeigh’s “antidepressant”.

Marked by Progressions

But it is the secondary progressions that tell the full story. At this time his IC progressed at 26 Virgo was just past the conjunction with his natal Uranus. Mars progressed was at 8.25 Gemini, on the USA’s Uranus and the Oklahoma bombing’s Ascendant, marking him as the assassin. His progressed Ascendant was at 18 Cancer, squaring the Venus/Node/Saturn conjunction. He exacted his revenge on the society he hated with his heart and soul. His progressed Mercury was at 21.49 Gemini, exactly on the USA’s Mars… an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. This was indeed McVeigh’s moment in the history of America, and with his progressed Moon having returned to its natal position, he entered the hated womb of his mother country, and detonated his bomb. His progressed Sun was at 29 Taurus, which will be where his progressed Moon will conjoin his progressed Venus on the date of his proposed execution in June 2001. On this degree lies the belt of stars known as the Weeping Sisters .
If McVeigh departs from this world in June, it will be the most witnessed execution since America’s last public execution in 1935. Whilst his exit by lethal injection will be outwardly undramatic, its effect on world opinion will not. The bomb he detonated in 1995 with progressed Sun at 29 Taurus was a moment of anger and rage, but the progressed Venus/Moon conjunction at the same point on his execution shows softness and grief. The relatives will weep at closure, and the world will weep at the spiral of violence, perpetrated both by government, and by individuals.

(C) Adrian Ross Duncan May 30, 2001

Note 1 According to a detailed study by academics at Columbia University. (Newsweek May12 2001)

Source Notes: Prime Time television show with Diane Sawyer on ABC, 3/29/2001, actually flashed Timothy McVeigh’s birth time as written in his baby book on the screen and it is 8:19AM.

Adrian Ross Duncan