NewsScope for April 13, 2004
Brings Insurgency to Iraq
signs that Iraq's Sunni insurgents are joining forces with radical
Shiites, the U.S. military is finding itself with more enemies and
fewer effective allies than anticipated. The Bush administration's
original agenda focused on creating a democratic government as a model
for Middle East nation-building, but currently there's no government
in place, and growing dissatisfaction with the occupation forces.
's horoscope (August 23, 1921; 6:00 am; Baghdad) accurately reflects
the sudden uprising since transiting Uranus, the planet of rebellion,
has just entered the Seventh House of open enemies. And as previously
described in NewsScope (February
timing and rationale for the revolt coincide with transiting Pluto's
square to Jupiter, which fosters religious extremism, and an uncompromising
attitude toward the occupation forces.
The radical cleric Muktada Al-Sadr
and his so-called Mahdi Army can be symbolized by Pluto in Iraq 's
natal chart. Pluto represents the powerful faction that demands fundamental
shifts in the geopolitical process, and the leader at the head of
this faction. Pluto can also represent the CPA (Coalition Provisional
Authority) and its American administrator Paul Bremer. He ordered Al-Sadr's
newspaper shut down when transiting Sun squared this Pluto, as the two
vied for control.
Saturn is heading for a conjunction with Iraq's Pluto. Saturn, representing
the authority of the occupational forces, aims to create a viable structure
around a make-shift Iraqi government. The conjunction becomes exact
on May 9, by which time the tension between the revolutionary forces
and the CPA reaches for ultimate resolution. On the deadline date of
June 30, when the U.S. has promised to turn over control, the Sun will
be conjunct Iraq's Pluto.
Coming of the Mahdi
the end of time a man from the family of the Prophet will without fail
make his appearance, strengthen Islam and make justice triumph. Muslims
will follow him, and he will gain domination over the Muslim realm.
He will be called the Mahdi.".* Across the
Arab world Islamic opinion is uniting against the American Crusaders,
with the boldest heading for Iraq to fight at the Final Battleground.
in Pisces has awakened the most radical elements of the world's three
Piscean religions. As Mel Gibson's ultimate Piscean martyr movie passed
the $500 million mark last week, zealous televangelists enthusiastically
predicted the imminent arrival of the Second Coming. Meanwhile, in
Gaza and the West Bank Jewish settlers claim land promised to them
by God's prophets thousands of years ago, all under the leadership
of Pisces native Ariel Sharon.
believers everywhere are further empowered by Pluto
Sagittarius and Pisces are the two signs that foster religious perspectives
on global events. Religious, geopolitical tension can be expected to
grow as Uranus and Pluto edge toward their exact square, which doesn't
actually happen until 2011 and 2012 after they've entered Aries and
the Mayan and Aztec sacred
calendars, which began on August 11, 3114
BC, are scheduled to come to conclusion on December 21, 2012. Around
this time we can expect the return of Quetzalcoatl, the Meso-American
equivalent of the Mahdi and the Second Coming. In the near future,
the rare Venus occultation of the Sun on June 8, 2004 is a Mayan astrological
milestone, said to be a harbinger of the End Times.
Bob Thornton and Davy Crockett, Kindred Spirits
After director Ron Howard bowed out of the Alamo project
due to a predicted R rating, the movie ended up being made without talent,
script, and content, according to many critics. The one bright spot was
Billy Bob Thornton's portrayal of Davy Crockett, which has been called
a "wonderfully charismatic performance."
Perhaps one of the reasons
Billy Bob (August 4, 1955) nailed his portrayal is that he and Davy (August
17, 1786) are both Leos. They both have an exuberant, outgoing, optimistic
side, depicted astrologically by Billy Bob's Sun-Jupiter conjunction,
and Davy's Sun-Jupiter square. And they both have a driving ambition
to make a name for themselves, fueled by their Leo Suns' challenging
aspects to Saturn.
Their adventurous, fighting spirit is shown by mutual
Mars-Jupiter aspects. Billy Bob has Mars conjunct Jupiter, while Davy
has Mars exactly trine Jupiter. Another curiosity is that Davy's Pluto
opposes Billy Bob's Sun, while Billy Bob's Pluto is conjunct Davy's
Sun. This shared Sun-Pluto interchange offers a deep metaphysical identification
with each other, so that Billy Bob publicizes Davy's historical role,
and Davy gives psychological depth to Billy Bob's acting career.
these two frontiersmen were born nearly three centuries apart, they
both have Uranus in Cancer and Neptune in Libra, a generational aspect
that yearns for the perfect homeland and ideal partnership. The Alamo
's heroes were martyred in 1836 just after Uranus entered Pisces, and
this revisionist film version opened last Friday just after Uranus entered
in-depth discussion of the
readings are available from Michael WolfStar.