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.
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 Sjælland . 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
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.
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
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 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.
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
But who can live for long In an euphoric dream;
Out of the mirror they stare,
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.
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.
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 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 http://members.netscapeonline.co.uk/antibetdesign/nostlinx.htm
Note 2. See article Mercury, the Euro and the US election