NewsScope for June 21, 2004
Questioning the Iraq-9/11 Connection
Last week a respected group of 26 leading diplomats and military commanders issued an important, widely-publicized letter to the nation calling for a major change in direction in foreign policy. The letter said that America's entire diplomatic and military structure is "crumbling under an administration blinded by ideology and a callous indifference to the realities of the world around it."
Astrologically, this provocative statement was only the latest reality check brought on by Saturn's critical position in the U.S. horoscope and Bush's own chart. As described last week, transiting Saturn is forming a square to the U.S. Saturn, which has brought him some successes, but also some major challenges. Saturn represents the nation's structural systems that are now undergoing critical re-evaluation.
Also last week, the 9-11 commission stated unequivocally that there was no collaboration between Saddam and Al Qaeda. Astrology can play an interesting role here by cross-checking the timing with Iraq's national horoscope (August 23, 1921; 6:00 am; Baghdad). Iraq's Twelfth House Mars is located at twelve degrees Leo (12Leo38), and describes the potential for secret military operations.
On September 11, 2001 transiting Pluto was at twelve degrees Sagittarius (12SAG38) where it formed a precise, exact-to-the minute trine to the Twelfth House Mars. The nature of this Mars-Pluto contact is the perfect planetary signature* for such a devastating attack. However, no credible evidence has been made public that would support this link. Is the precise Mars-Pluto aspect proof of collaboration? At the very least, it shows that the War on Terror is a Global War, and 9-11 was only the opening salvo.
The House of Saud Under Siege
Shortly after an Al Qaeda cell operatives beheaded an American engineer in Riyadh last Friday, Saudi security forces gunned down the leader. Terrorist activity in Saudi Arabia has increased dramatically over the last two months, prompting U.S. officials to advise all Americans to leave the oil-rich kingdom. Meanwhile, Pentagon analysts dusted off invasion plans in case the House of Saud collapses.
The House of Saud has held control of Islam's holiest sites and one quarter of the world's oil supply since its geopolitical foundation on January 15, 1902 (3:45 am GMT; Riyadh, see May 20, 2003 NewsScope). This horoscope features Venus in the Second House of money. Venus is exalted by being in Neptune's sign Pisces, and describes the nation's fabulous wealth as derived from its oil resources.
Neptune itself is located in the Sixth House of workers. Last week the New Moon in Gemini took place exactly on the Saudi Neptune, highlighting the grisly terrorist incident that captured news headlines across the world. At the same time, militant Mars had entered the Seventh House of open enemies and opposed the Saudi Sun, reflecting how the attack on the foreign workers was an indirect attack on the House of Saud.
At the moment, transiting Chiron is conjunct the Saudi Sun, giving the impression of a "wounded" leadership. King Fahd himself is incapacitated, and the Kingdom is run by family members. Over the next two months transiting Saturn enters this planetary complex by opposing the Saudi Sun. The Saturn-Chiron polarity on the Saudi Sun represents a severe testing period. Can the current leadership maintain control over the insurgency, and win the bigger battle for the hearts and minds of its Islamic population?
The Jewish Madonna Known as Esther
The artist formerly known as Madonna has reinvented herself again. Early in her career Madonna morphed into the Material Girl, which soon gave way to an erotic icon. Most recently she has been busy as a supermom and writing children books. Last week in the middle of her summer tour "Reinvention" she broke the news that she now wants to be called Esther.
Esther was born a limelight-loving Leo (August 16, 1958; 7:05 am; Bay City, MI*) with her Sun favorably trine to Saturn in Sagittarius. The generation born with Saturn in Sagittarius is naturally drawn to religious and moral issues, and often fancy themselves as righteous or moral authorities. With Saturn located in the Fourth House of her home, her Catholic roots became a source for her name Madonna, and a primary target for her rebellious youth.
Transiting Pluto is in a long term conjunction with her Saturn. This influence led Esther to became a primary benefactor of The Kabbalah Centre, which is often referred to as the cult for celebrities, and is loosely affiliated with a mystic Jewish tradition. A little over a year ago, when benevolent, opulent Jupiter was right in her Ascendant, Esther (Madonna) bought a $5 million London mansion for her Kabbalah friends.
Transiting Uranus just turned retrograde while opposing her Mercury, the ruler of her horoscope. Pluto, the planet of reinvention, is conjunct her Mercury, so that any major activation of this combination can herald another reinvention. After Uranus completes its retrograde phase, Uranus will be heading toward her Seventh House, where it's likely to create some unrest between her and fellow Kabbalist, husband** Guy Ritchie.
*In addition, Iraq's progressed Jupiter was precisely square natal Pluto, representing the possibility of an extremist religious element. Progressed Mars trine the MC is further evidence of military action, which may have been outside Saddam's control or even his awareness.
**For more on Madonna, especially her rebellious side and her relationship with Guy Ritchie, see NewsScope April 22, 2003.
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