War with Iran: Recreating the Gulf of Tonkin Incident
Once again, here is a new, shocking Dateline: January 9, 2008 and just below is a true story of an event that has just occurred on Sunday January 6, 2008. I originally wrote this special feature in late February 2007 (you will see that article down below -- beneath two other updates in October 2007 and August 2008). Now here is the shocking, first few paragraphs of an international news story From The New York Times online:
WASHINGTON — President Bush chastised Iran on Tuesday for committing a “provocative act” by confronting United States Navy warships in the Persian Gulf over the weekend. The Pentagon released video showing Iranian speedboats maneuvering around the American convoy.
“We viewed it as a provocative act,” Mr. Bush told reporters in the Rose Garden, just hours before he left for a weeklong trip to the Middle East. “It is a dangerous situation, and they should not have done it, pure and simple.”
The episode took place Sunday in the strategic Strait of Hormuz and was initially described by American officials on Monday. They said five armed Iranian speedboats approached three United States Navy warships in international waters, then maneuvered aggressively as radio threats were issued that the American ships would be blown up.
The confrontation ended without shots fired or injuries.
When you are done reading everything else in this article, come back to the top and re-read what just happened on January 6, 2008 in the Persian Gulf so you know that our Administration in Washington, D.C. may still want to "create" an incident leading to war against Iran.
Another New Dateline: October 12, 2007: While today's news may be usurped by the announcement of Al Gore receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, there are new and ominous rumblings -- from many sources -- about a potential U.S. attack on Iran. I have seen reports on MS-NBC by their main military correspondent (a former Army Major who is rather reliable) and throughout the press that something big and provocative is in the works.
Since Mars -- the traditional planet of war, bloodshed and volatility -- is about to make its first station and turn retrograde in 2+ years on November 15, 2007 within 1 degree of the U.S.A. Sun in Cancer (and within 1 degree of President George W. Bush's Sun as well), we may be on the verge of something quite catastrophic regarding our armed forces and the delicate balance of global power in the Middle East.
This cannot be taken lightly since it was only last summer that our national PROGRESSED MARS STOPPED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN LIBRA (turning retrograde for over 7 decades!), and we are now in a no-win, horrible, military (Mars) quagmire in Iraq that has little support from the American people.
Stay tuned to our astrological web-channel here for late-breaking news on this crucial subject and SEE BELOW my extended feature on a possible War with Iran.
New Dateline: August 15, 2007: New, front page reports in today's major newspapers are indicating that we may be ratcheting up our "war game" scenario against Iran -- as our government is considering branding Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a "foreign terrorist organization." They are really the main branch of Iran's armed forces, but by switching our approach and definition of what they are, this could give the current Bush-Cheney administration the ability to start a war against Iran -- possibly via "Executive Order," bypassing the asking of Congress for a formal Declaration of War.
Amazingly, these serious stories today are appearing EXACTLY on the day of a Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury at 22+ degrees of Leo. When Revolutionary Iran was born -- Sunday February 11, 1979 -- there was a Full Moon PRECISELY at this same degree area -- 22+ degrees of Leo for the Moon and 22+ degrees of Aquarius for the Sun. In addition, Revolutionary Iran came into being just 48 hours after a similar Superior Conjunction of Sun and Mercury. At a Superior Conjunction of Sun and Mercury, Mercury is on the far side of the Sun, moving at a fast, daily pace, and the Earth is also in the line-up, so that it is really an Earth-Sun-Mercury solar systemic line-up. Only three of these types of line-ups occur in a 12-month time-period.
Transiting Neptune -- as I warn in the feature I wrote in February 2007 (that article is down below) -- is crisscrossing the Sun for Revolutionary Iran this year and throughout 2008 several times. This has never happened before, and will not happen again for 165 years! One of the three outer planets crossing over the Sun for any nation represents a time of tremendous upheaval and Neptune is the main planet -- when negative -- associated with massive confusion.
We are opening the door to a highly deceptive, illusory, and chaotic castastrophe (shadow side of Neptune) IF we start going down a military-political road like this with virtually NO national debate, and with the Congress on vacation and possibly giving a green light to the president anyway, once they return to Washington, D.C. in the fall. And by then, it could be too late for them to reverse an Executive Order.
As I wrote in my article called End Game a couple of months ago, the president needs to make all his Iraq, Middle East and terror-fighting efforts seem to be perfectly correct before he leaves office -- to validate his presidency and claim that he was right all along while the bulk of the nation and the Democratic Party (in particular) were wrong. He also has to "save the face" of his illustrious family and the Bush name. Therefore, be afraid, be very afraid of what the Lame Duck George W. Bush leadership -- now minus Karl Rove, often known as "Bush's Brain" -- may pull as a pre-election, rabbit out of hat in order to destroy the presidential hopes of Hillary Clinton and/or Barack Obama and tilt the electoral scales toward Guliani, Romney or McCain in order to keep the opposition out of power for another four years.
SEE BELOW -- for my original and important article from earlier this year, now even more important for your study and review. Sincerely, Mark Lerner
Dateline: Tuesday February 20 to Saturday February 24, 2007 Eugene, Oregon People have been predicting the end of the world for thousands of years. Now we appear to be nearing another episode in this global soap opera of human self-destruction as an Armageddon in the Middle East may be at hand.
As explained in my End Game article from January 2007 in our Top Story section, Presidents George W. Bush and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are both believers that “God” is directing their fates and, thereby, putting them into these political power positions for a destined purpose. Their radical fundamentalism – through Christianity and Islam – is leading humanity toward another “leap off the insanity cliff” into a world war.
On Valentine’s Day, President Bush declared that Shiite saboteurs coming from Iran (code name Quds Force) had infiltrated Iraq and that their horrific weapons (E.F.P’s) were ripping through the armor protecting American soldiers. This was just the latest in a series of revelations that Iran is provoking us in Iraq while, of course, our flotilla of ships in the Persian Gulf – with a second U.S. aircraft carrier steaming to that part of the world as an extra show of strength on our part – is so clearly not provocative to Iran. Question: How would we react if Russian, Chinese or Iranian aircraft carriers were close by our borders and patrolling the Gulf of Mexico in order to make that body of water safe for the international flow of oil?
As our leadership in the executive branch of government prepares for a new war – this time against Iran rather than Afghanistan and Iraq – the democratically controlled Congress is coasting along in la-la land, completely oblivious to the darker shenanigans that Karl Rove & Company may be preparing in the weeks and months ahead.
Two years ago – after President George W. Bush’s re-election – he gave a State of the Union address where he proposed sweeping changes in Social Security. He did this (a) hoping to go down as one of the great presidents of all time and (b) to let loose a Trojan Horse into the Congress. This Trojan Horse was going to mesmerize our representatives in Washington, D.C. and citizenry across the nation – so that we would all become involved in debate after debate about the various merits of this and that part of a new Social Security program.
However, this Trojan Horse was meant to be a giant red herring, a vast magician’s illusion – to keep us all focused on the looming economic disaster within the time-bomb of future Social Security payments while the president, vice president, and their circle of neo-conservatives did whatever they wanted to do in the Middle East and on the world stage. But we didn’t buy the ruse, and instead stayed focused on the increasing deaths and injuries of American soldiers, and the people voted out the Republican leadership in the Senate and House in November 2006.
The 2007 version of the Trojan Horse – sent out by the president and vice president – seems to be real, but it isn’t. This is the beginning of a debate on whether the president has the right to send our troops into a war against Iran. While many Democratic candidates running for president in 2008 are fuming over this possibility and other legislators are also alarmed concerning the same subject, top-secret military preparations may already be afoot to create an immense smoking gun event (possibly a sequel to the infamous “Gulf of Tonkin Incident” that galvanized the Vietnam War), somewhere in the greater Persian Gulf, that will literally push us over the edge into a new “shock and awe,” blitzkrieg lightning-war against Tehran and the nuclear-power-energy centers within Iran.
On the astrological front, it is important to prepare for what could become some very dangerous and lethal happenings in the Middle East in the next few weeks and months. The cosmic handwriting may already be on the wall of the future since there is a Total Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon on March 3 (that almost exactly ignites Pluto from the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of August 7, 1964), the Partial Solar Eclipse/New Moon of March 18 re-activates the Sun placement for the start of the Iraq War (March 20, 2003), and a Partial Solar Eclipse/New Moon occurs on September 11, 2007 (precisely six years to the day from the terrorism of 9/11/2001).
If war comes, it may very well be that this was the original plan of the current Bush Administration in the first place. After all, our ideological enemy over the last 28 years (particularly from 1979 to 1989) shifted from Communism to Islamic Fundamentalism. I wrote a series of articles in Welcome to Planet Earth -- our printed astrology journal 1981-2000 – concerning Pluto moving inside of Neptune’s orbit for 20-year cycles every 248 years. This just happened from early 1979 to early 1999.
In those articles, I pointed out that fanatical religious beliefs (extreme shadow side of Neptune) became intermeshed with fanatical political beliefs (extra shadow side of Pluto) and, through an amazing alchemy and mirror-reflection process, Islamic Fundamentalism became the scourge of global terrorism as we came out of the Pluto Inside Neptune’s Orbit 20-year cycle in 1999 – leading to 9/11/2001, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the larger, amorphous and potentially never-ending “War on Terror,” and the likely war in Iran.
In a future series of addenda to this feature, I plan to elaborate on the entire story and comment more on the six charts being presented below. Right now I will offer you some insights and hints. Then we will hope that cooler heads prevail and that the madmen of our time wake up to their folly before the sands in the hour glass reach rock bottom.
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, and the Key Chart of August 1964
History’s jury is still out about how devious and manipulative the Gulf of Tonkin Incident was – an event approximately 30 miles off the Eastern Coast of North Vietnam starting on August 2, 1964 and lasting for a couple of days. The North Vietnamese allegedly fired torpedoes at a U.S. destroyer and we used that action to give President Johnson extra leverage in widening the war in Vietnam – eventually leading to over 500,000 troops going to that part of the world over the next few years.
The powers-that-be in the executive branch of the U.S. government at that time felt that we needed an “incident,” a seemingly unprovoked military aggression against one of our “innocent ships,” a vessel that was actually involved in the usual espionage against our enemy, the North Vietnamese.
With virtually no investigation at the time – concerning what really happened – the U.S. Congress voted on Friday August 7, 1964 (416 – 0 in the House, and 88 – 2 in the Senate, only Wayne Morse of Oregon and Ernest Gruening of Alaska registering “nay” votes) to give President Johnson the ability to “take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression.”
The U.S. Congress resolved a few years ago to allow President George W. Bush to act in a similar fashion as we “rushed to judgment” following the terrorism of September 11, 2001. However, now – as the president, vice president and their inner circle prepare for an all-out war against Iran – many members of Congress (Democrat and Republican) are becoming worried that (a) President George W. Bush – who has already labeled himself as “The Decider” – will attack Iran without prior consent by Congress OR (b) that the Congress will be presented with a Gulf of Tonkin like incident – forcing it (the Congress) to give the president the power to wage war against Iran without first verifying the truth, accuracy and originating cause of a highly inflammatory event somewhere in the Persian Gulf.
You can see President George W. Bush clearly laying the groundwork for a titanic event to come in the near future with his recent statements – and some by Secretary of State Rice as well – concerning Iranian agents entering Iraq, and killing or injuring our soldiers. Yet in order to attack Iran and annihilate its fanatical religious leaders and destroy its nuclear-bomb making potential, you cannot invade another nation in the same kind of pre-emptive war that succeeded against the evil dictator Saddam Hussein. Perhaps one of our ships or even an aircraft carrier itself will be “hit” by some kind of rogue missile – with the loss of dozens or hundreds of American sailors. Fox News will just happen to have a couple of camera crews in the area and, lo and behold, fragments of the missile will have clearly marked Iranian/Persian lettering on it. Then we will amazingly come across the actual perpetrators – Iranian black-ops undercover troops who finally admit to their dastardly deed.
If our media can play up that fictitious story line for maybe 72 hours, the U.S. Congress (with an outraged public behind it and with Democrats not wanting to appear unpatriotic) will be forced to give President Bush the authority to wage war against the wicked Iranians. The question will be whether (a) we staged the entire incident – as conspiracy believers will quickly assert – OR (b) that more freedom-loving, mysterious figures within Iran itself conspired with our own military to pull off a new Gulf of Tonkin Incident that rivets our nation and demands that we go to war so that our sailors didn’t die in vain.
Perhaps this time around – as opposed to what happened in August 1964 – we won’t need to manufacture an “incident” in the Persian Gulf. Maybe these increasing incursions by the Quds Force from Iran into Iraq will become so numerous that we will throw down the gauntlet to President Ahmadinejad, and demand an end to those incursions and their ceasing nuclear technological research and explorations – otherwise expect an American shock and awe demonstration within so many hours or days.
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, Leo New Moon Chart
It just so happens that during the afternoon of Friday August 7, 1964 – the same day that the U.S. Congress passed its Gulf of Tonkin Resolution – there was an extremely powerful New Moon in Leo. Why do I say “extremely powerful” as every New Moon is strong? This one was located at 15 degrees and 17 minutes of Leo.
In the research of eminent astrologers Dane Rudhyar and Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, the middle degrees of the fixed, power signs are probably the most potent in the entire zodiac. This is because energy is released at the Equinoxes and Solstices (spring, summer, fall and winter source points in the zodiac) and then fixed or consolidated 45 degrees later – the middle degree placements of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Rudhyar called these areas of 15 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius Gates of the Avatar.
What is astounding is that in the Leo New Moon chart on August 7, 1964 (calculated for Washington, D.C.), the Sun-Moon union occurred in the ninth house (ruling overseas adventures or long-distance journeys) exactly square to Neptune (planet of the seas and oceans) at 15 degrees and 6 minutes of Scorpio (secrets and mysteries) in the twelfth house (hidden agendas). Therefore, as the Gulf of Tonkin crisis week (Aug. 2 – 7, 1964) was ending in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Congress gave President Johnson the power he needed to expand the war in Vietnam, the heavens were declaring the deception-illusion that had just occurred (Sun and Moon precisely at right angles to Neptune – within 11 minutes of arc).
To make matters more obtuse, severe and dangerous, another celestial body was in the mix – amplifying the precise square of Sun/Moon to Neptune and turning it into a far more mystifying and complex Pythagorean Triangle formation in the skies. This other celestial body was Vesta – located at 15 degrees and 13 minutes of Pisces – and virtually conjunct the root point of the chart, the I.C. or fourth house cusp, signifying what’s at the “bottom” of everything and perhaps the “root cause” as well.
By adding on Vesta, there is an EXACT Pythagorean Triangle* whose lowest point in the chart is the asteroid that we now know is strongly connected to (a) national safety and security; (b) investments of time, energy, money, power and military personnel, if necessary; (c) covert organizations, i.e. CIA, FBI, NSA. Vesta is also the “eternal flame,” the torch of freedom or the blazing fires of fascism and absolutism from which the books of learning, knowledge and wisdom were burned.
*Pythagorean Triangles are highly mysterious, so there is no catch-all interpretation except that they are incredibly powerful, particularly when incredibly exact! Be aware that in March, October and December 2007 transiting Uranus (shock; surprises; revolution; unpredictability; radioactivity) will cross the Vesta placement for the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution New Moon for the first time ever. This – by extension – ignites the entire Pythagorean Triangle, a rare situation which might be why the current Bush Administration decides that there is no other alternative than to provoke a war with Iran via a staged incident in the Persian Gulf.
In this birthmap, you also find Pluto as the most elevated planet – something that you will see in several of the charts presented below. Pluto equates with extremism of any kind, underworld influences, nuclear-atomic energy, bombs, mass terrorism, irrational fears, death-rebirth, secrets and mysteries. In addition, notice Mars (traditional ruler of war) at 5+ degrees of Cancer.
Over the years, I have found that 5+ degrees of Cancer is a dangerous place in the zodiac regarding war and Mundane Astrology in general. When the European Civilization was born – December 25, 800, Noon, Rome – at the crowning of Charlemagne as the first Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope, the South Node of the Moon (ruling fate/destiny and the karma of the past) was located at 5+ Cancer. When the unsinkable Titanic was pierced by an iceberg and fell to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage (April 14 – 15, 1912), Mars was at 5+ Cancer. When the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated in Sarajevo on the morning of June 28, 1914 – the key event leading to the start of World War I – the Sun was at 5+ Cancer. Now we see that at the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution by the U.S. Congress – leading to innumerable American and Vietnamese deaths in the years to follow – Mars was located at 5+ degrees of Cancer. By the way, America’s natal Jupiter – from our birth as a nation on July 4, 1776 – is located at 5+ Cancer! And the shadow side of Jupiter is the arrogance of worldly power.
Note: It is scary to cross-reference the Leo New Moon placement for the Gulf of Tonkin Incident with the Progressed New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse that has just occurred on January 2, 2007 within the chart for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction (Dec. 2, 1942) – last chart presented in this article. Something very provocative and yet significant has just happened in the evolutionary pattern for Nuclear Energy on Planet Earth – a new, revolutionary beginning this past January 2 where the Progressed Sun and Moon lined up at 15 degrees and 17 minutes of Aquarius. This coincides with an actual Total Solar Eclipse and New Moon that happened on February 4, 1943 – during the height of the fighting in World War II. Therefore, in a bizarre collage of astrological events, the First Nuclear Chain Reaction (Dec. 2, 1942), World War II, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (amplifying the Vietnam War), and January 2007 (a Progressed Total Solar Eclipse and New Moon at the Aquarius power point in the zodiac) are all related and maybe pushing the world into a new world war that is ignited in the Middle East in the near future UNLESS we put our collective heads together to end the madness of our times.
The Two Charts of Iran
Iran – formally the ancient empire of Persia – has had various “incarnations” over the centuries and other charts were in play earlier in the 20th century. The most notable and commonly accepted “new birthmap” corresponds to the birthing of the Islamic Republic of Iran on April 1, 1979 at 3PM in Tehran. This is one of the charts presented below.
However, the chart that strikes me as the key map for the “Revolutionary Nation” of Iran itself is one calculated for approximately 2PM on February 11, 1979. On this day and at that time, Iran radio broadcast a message that the army was staying neutral in the battle between the old Shah’s regime and the incoming revolutionary presence of the Ayatollah Khomeini and his supporters. It was on this date that the Shah’s prime minister resigned and left his office – in effect giving the Ayatollah control of the reins of government. To this day, February 11 every year in Iran is celebrated for its revolutionary birthing force.
What’s most striking in this chart are (a) the Sun in Aquarius and in the eighth house of secrets, mysteries and death-rebirth themes; (b) the Sun and Mars in a fairly close union (remember that Iran and Iraq fought a grisly 8-year war starting in the fall of 1980); (c) the Moon in Leo – revealing the approaching Full Moon, crescendo of the monthly Sun-Moon cycle that month; (d) the fact that Uranus in Scorpio forms a close square to the Sun-Mars union in Aquarius and the Moon in Leo – creating a T-Square triangle that has revolutionary, radical and unpredictable Uranus at the fulcrum; (e) Mercury involved in a T-Square formation, too, since it is so close to the Sun – their Superior Conjunction having just occurred within the prior 48 hours; (f) Neptune – main planet of religious fanaticism on a collective scale – at 20 degrees of Sagittarius, forming a supportive and constructive sextile alignment of 60 degrees to the Mars-Sun-Mercury conjunction in Aquarius (this arrangement consolidating the power of the ayatollahs during the last 28 years).
All of the above is not to negate the power of the April 1, 1979 Iran Republic birthmap. Nevertheless, I have found – in researching the tenets of Mundane Astrology for over 34 years – that several charts are important when analyzing the life force of a nation. For example, when attempting to analyze and understand America you often need to study and intermingle the following: America’s main birthchart for July 4, 1776, the adoption of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and the first presidential Oath of Office (what I call Presidential Power by George Washington on April 30, 1789). Some astrological researchers may also utilize the Articles of Confederation chart from November 15, 1777 and the beginning point of the U.S. Federal Government (March 4, 1789). If you really need more charts, there are the birthmaps for the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown on October 19, 1781 and the signing of the Treaty of Paris (September 3, 1783) – effectively ending the American Revolution and when England recognized American independence. A final powerhouse date in American history preceded all of these and that was the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” at the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts on April 19, 1775.
April 19 is such a powerful anniversary date that it was utilized by Timothy McVeigh to destroy the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 – 220 years to the day from the battles in Massachusetts that triggered the military side of the American Revolution. And many people believe that he also deliberately utilized that date because exactly two years earlier on April 19, 1993, the standoff between the ATF (Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and the Branch Davidian religious sect, led by David Koresh, ended in a fiery catastrophe and the deaths of dozens of innocent church members, women and children.
I bring all of this up concerning significant dates in American history so that we do not ignore this second (February 11, 1979) – and I think primary – date for Revolutionary Iran. Here’s another reason why we should not ignore the February 11, 1979 date: transiting Neptune in May 2007 will make a station and turn retrograde at 22 degrees and 3 minutes of Aquarius. This potent stopping – by the main celestial body of religious fanaticism – will occur within 3 minutes of arc (that is one-twentieth of a degree!) to the Revolutionary Iran Sun placement. Furthermore, another shadow side of Neptune is dissolution or disintegration – particularly by a nebulous, amorphous enemy (America?) who has extraordinary sea and espionage power. The USA has just brought a second aircraft carrier naval force into the Persian Gulf to “protect” its oil interests. And our ability to keep secrets – even from our own people – is certainly up there with the Russians, Chinese, British and Israelis.
Transiting Neptune will be almost precisely on the Sun (life-force; core power; heart center) of Revolutionary Iran during May-June 2007, February-March 2008, September 2008 and December 2008/January 2009. And let’s not forget that transiting Neptune is currently squaring (a sign of extreme friction, erosion and abrasion) the Revolutionary Uranus at 20 degrees Scorpio. And what are we railing against that Iran is doing? Enriching Uranium (translation? Uranus at 20 Scorpio) in nuclear facilities (more Uranus) against the sanctions voted by the United Nations (certainly an emissary of Neptune, since it is a collective world body that is often considered almost invisible and filled with confusion, glamour and chaos).
You may also recall that the Moon placement (14+ Leo) for Revolutionary Iran is within less than one-half degree of the New Moon (15+ Leo) for the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution back on August 7, 1964. Therefore, if America creates a New Gulf of Tonkin Incident, the astrology of such an event will install a time bridge connecting August 7, 1964 (New Moon at 15+ Leo) with the birthing of Revolutionary on February 11, 1979 (Moon at 14+ Leo). And it would be highly likely that any new Gulf of Tonkin “staged incident” will somehow have a celestial body that triggers the zodiacal region of 15 Leo – one of the four main power points in the greater zodiacal circle.
One more point in all this is that Revolutionary Iran’s Sun at 22+ Aquarius is within 1 degree of squaring the 23+ Taurus Sun of Israel (born on May 14, 1948). This reveals the clashing destiny patterns of these two great nations during their present incarnations on the globe. Furthermore, both countries have proud and stubborn Leo Moons, and the Revolutionary Iran Moon is wedged in between an extreme and stormy Saturn-Pluto union in Leo at the birth of Israel. All of this contributes to the enormous fear that an atomic Israel might eventually choose to war against Iran if Iran gets too close to having nuclear bomb-making potential, facilities and equipment. And that process appears to be getting closer to reality as even now – February 22, 2007 – the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) has reported that Iran is expanding its Uranium enrichment work in Natanz rather than slowing it down as demanded by the United Nations several months ago.
Transiting Saturn is also playing a big role in putting Iran, America and many of the world powers into a restrictive vice over Uranium enrichment in Iran since Saturn recently returned in Israel’s birthchart and then opposed Revolutionary Iran’s Sun twice (last October and just recently in late January/early February 2007). Saturn will make a final polarity to Revolutionary Iran’s Sun during the last week of June and the first week of July 2007. The combination of Neptune crossing Revolutionary Iran’s Sun and Saturn opposing it is a main reason that the eyes of the world are on this turbulent nation right now. To add insult to injury – and more worry for all of us – note that the station of Saturn in April 2007 (18+ Leo) – exactly ignites the Sun/Moon midpoint (18+ Taurus-Scorpio) in the chart for Revolutionary Iran. In effect, from mid-March to mid-May of this year, Saturn is on the warpath when it comes to the life energy of Iran.
The main trouble spots when looking at the Iran chart from April 1, 1979 concern the Sun in Aries within 2 degrees of squaring America’s Sun in Cancer from July 4, 1776, the Iran Mars at 26 Pisces not far from squaring the USA Mars at 22 Gemini and opposing the USA Neptune at 23 Virgo, plus the Iran Saturn at 9 Virgo square the USA Uranus (and conjunct Mars for President George W. Bush). Transiting Pluto has been squaring Iran’s Mars and has now moved on to squaring its Mercury in late Pisces. The fact that America and Iran both have retrograde Mercury placements probably contributes greatly to our lack of clear communication during the last 28 years.
America’s Chart Relocated to Tehran and the Persian Gulf
When you examine America’s relocation birthmap for Tehran, you clearly see Pluto elevated and almost overhead. The same condition exists when you view our chart for almost any part of the Persian Gulf and some areas north and south – that include the regions around the Caspian Sea, a new and developing area for vast amounts of still untapped oil reserves.
Every time America becomes engaged in a Middle East war scenario – around the Persian Gulf – we are in a (a) blind spot (a shadow nature of having distant and invisible Pluto overhead and controlling our international diplomacy and behavior); (b) wind up spending gargantuan amounts of money (Pluto rules underworld riches) for political purposes (Pluto is a ruler of the First Ray in esoteric astrology that equates with governments, leadership and politics); (c) become manipulated by a Plutocracy composed of hidden “power figures” who are infinitely wealthy, extremely mysterious and capable of almost any devious act – even if it means the demise of thousands of innocent civilians and the potential for never-ending warfare.
Just look at the exactly timed chart for when the Iraq War began. Remember Shock and Awe over Baghdad as President George W. Bush announced the start of the military attack against Saddam Hussein on March 20, 2003? At that precise moment, transiting Pluto just happened to be exactly above Baghdad. When the first President Bush began the initial Persian Gulf War against Saddam Hussein and Baghdad, it was January 17, 1991 and the Tertiary Progressed Pluto for America was stationary – a very rare event in the unfoldment of our national destiny. In addition, January 17 - 18 is the one time of the year when the transiting Sun crosses the USA natal Pluto at 27+ degrees of Capricorn.
Earlier in this feature, we discovered that Pluto was the most elevated planet when the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution New Moon occurred during the afternoon of August 7, 1964. Our nation still has a blind spot when it comes to understanding what happened in the Gulf of Tonkin in the five days leading up to the congressional resolution that gave President Johnson the power to escalate the undeclared war against the North Vietnamese and Vietcong. Notice the nearly exact Mercury-Pluto union in the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution New Moon chart. Now realize that America was born with Mercury retrograde in Cancer closely opposite Pluto retrograde in Capricorn and that our current president was born on July 6, 1946 with an exact Mercury-Pluto union in Leo almost exactly rising!
Therefore, President George W. Bush has the same archetypal celestial signature (Mercury united with Pluto*) that existed when the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed by the U.S. Congress. And only a couple of U.S. Presidents have had Mercury near Pluto – the closest union before President George W. Bush being held by President Harry Truman, who wound up being president when we dropped the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9, 1945). It is only logical to ask whether there may be a fateful-destiny connection between the presidencies of Harry Truman and George W. Bush via their Mercury-Pluto connections AND the use of atomic devices to punish an enemy in order to try and end a war? Let us hope there is no parallel and that history does not repeat itself in the near future in the Middle East.
*President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is born on October 28, 1956 with Mercury approaching a conjunction to Neptune within 5 degrees. While this is not nearly as close as President George W. Bush’s Mercury-Pluto almost exact union, it reveals that these two world leaders are not thinking and communicating on the same wavelength. One is thinking along Plutonic lines while the other is thinking along Neptune lines. Amazingly this fits into what I said about Pluto moving inside Neptune’s orbit 1979 – 1999 and the resulting political-religious interchange between these two outer planets!
An intriguing connection between the recent revelations of Iranian influence in Iraq via the Quds Force is that both Iranian charts (February 11 and April 1, 1979) have Neptune located at 20 degrees of Sagittarius. This is where Pluto and the Midheaven are located in the Iraq War chart calculated for Baghdad. This reveals Iran’s ability to influence the war in Iraq via religious Shia fanaticism (Neptune) and the mysterious weaponry (Neptune) they are using to kill and injure our soldiers.
The First Nuclear Chain Reaction Chart
One of my most ambitious research projects -- that began around 1981 and the start of publishing Welcome to Planet Earth -- was to study the entire history and evolution of atomic-nuclear energy. I wrote many articles on this subject and this is not the place to repeat all those extensive investigations. What is crucial is to present the chart again so that you can realize what is at stake as we move through 2007 and into the future regarding the potential for nuclear war or rogue atomic weapons be used in battle.
My main discovery in this field is what I called The Nuclear Axis. This is a zone between approximately 7 and 11 degrees of Gemini and Sagittarius. Along this axis, you will see Saturn in Gemini and the Sun in Sagittarius on December 2, 1942 when Enrico Fermi and his team of physicists succeeded in creating the first nuclear chain reaction in Chicago, Illinois. The reason this Gemini-Sagittarian interchange is so potent is that beyond the Sun-Saturn polarity that existed when the Nuclear Age was born, we have the following: America’s Uranus at 9 Gemini; the last Neptune-Pluto conjunctions of 1891-1892 at 9 Gemini – that began a 492-year cycle of humanity’s higher evolution on Planet Earth; and a Battle of the Red Giants, two enormous red giant stars – Aldebaran at 10 Gemini and Antares at 10 Sagittarius – that are in a tug of war across The Nuclear Axis.
When I conducted my research, I found that transiting planets were either (a) in The Nuclear Axis or (b) squaring it when significant nuclear events happened – events like Trinity or the first nuclear explosion (July 16, 1945), atomic bombs being dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, various SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) agreements over the years, the near catastrophe at Three Mile Island and the disaster at Chernobyl in the Ukraine, and many more.
Currently, Jupiter – ruling planet of Sagittarius – is back in its home sign till December and is making numerous conjunctions to the First Nuclear Chain Reaction Sun, Mercury, Juno and Venus while it also opposes the First Nuclear Chain Reaction Saturn. Ironically and perhaps ominously, Jupiter stops its retrograde motion and turns direct at 9 degrees of Sagittarius on August 6, 2007 – the 62nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. When Jupiter makes this dynamic station in early August, it will be triggering the Sun/Saturn midpoint in the First Nuclear Chain Reaction chart and just 9 minutes from the Sun at 10+ degrees in the same chart. The months of July and August this year are crucial for a global peace initiative regarding a potential Armageddon – involving nuclear weapons and radioactivity – in the Middle East.
What will also reveal alarm and danger for any entity – person, organization, group, nation or, in this case, the birthchart for Nuclear Energy – is if one or more planets via Secondary Progression (where each day after birth is equal to a year of life) stop their motion. This is about to happen regarding the Secondary Progressions for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction as Mercury ceases its retrograde motion and turns direct (August 22, 2007), Saturn ceases its retrograde motion and turns direct (April 23, 2008), and Uranus ceases its retrograde motion and turns direct (December 9, 2009). This is not only deeply worrisome and potentially explosive concerning the world situation regarding Nuclear Energy and Weapons, but it strangely parallels what happened during 1994, 1997 and 1999 in the Secondary Progressions for America when Mercury, Saturn and Uranus (the same planets mentioned above) also made stations! Progressed stations of these planets can equate with communication breakdowns (Mercury), fateful frustrations-delays-fears and karmic happenings (Saturn), and shocking, revolutionary and lightning-like surprises associated with nuclear power and radioactivity (Uranus).
On a hopefully more positive note – as I reported earlier in this feature – there has just been a Progressed New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse at 15 degrees and 17 minutes of Aquarius (on January 2, 2007) in the First Nuclear Chain Reaction chart. And this is the precise natal placement for Pallas – Goddess of Wisdom, Mental Brilliance, and Strategy – in that same birthchart! There is literally no orb involved – not even one minute of one degree of the zodiac – this alignment is so precise. Therefore, Pallas holds the key to the future – and certainly the next 29.5 year Progressed Solar-Lunar cycle for Nuclear Energy, Power and Weaponry on our planet. The shadow side of Pallas is that she also stands for mastery of the art of war. Luckily, she also represents victory rather than defeat. The question here is whether we can all declare victory WITHOUT devolving into a civilization-threatening nuclear meltdown of biblical proportions.
As confirmation of the power of this Progressed New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse in the chart for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction, an article by Doug Struck of The Washington Post that was entitled “Nations reconsider energy benefits of nuclear power” appeared during the first week of 2007 -- exactly synchronized with the Progressed New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse. This article examined the new reactors being built in India and China, and the potential for dozens of nuclear reactors coming into manifestation in America and all over the world during the next few decades.
Right now the alarm bells regarding a potential nuclear exchange in the Persian Gulf and Middle East regions are ringing in 2007 because – from an astrological perspective – the New Moon at the time of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (15 degrees and 17 minutes of Leo) and the Progressed New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction (15 degrees and 17 minutes of Aquarius) are exactly opposite one another. IF -- and this is really the big question -- are current Bush Administration takes the insidious and extreme step of staging a new Gulf of Tonkin incident (this time in the Persian Gulf), in order to start a war against Iran, then such a battle could eventuate in some kind of nuclear battle in that part of the world OR against us in America via retaliation by extremists who have access to rogue nuclear weapons.
Pallas – the Goddess of Wisdom – may be holding the keys to our collective future. All prayers, requests and thoughtful inquiries should probably be directed to her.
Closing Notes – for Now
Keep your eyes on the new Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (birthday: September 25, 1943). As I reported in the End Game article in January 2007, he is born with an exact Sun-Neptune conjunction at 1+ Libra – the same placement as a giant Black Hole in the cosmos and also the confusing Moon-Neptune union at 1+ Libra in the First Nuclear Chain Reaction chart! This is extremely unsettling; he should not be in this position – from an astrological viewpoint – as his energy field ratchets up the chaos potential for nuclear issues worldwide. In addition, his Neptune is conjunct the First Nuclear Chain Reaction Neptune to within 1 minute of arc – due to retrograde motion of Neptune following December 2, 1942 and the birth of the Nuclear Age. The only positive possibility here is that the Defense Secretary’s Sun in Libra might shed light on conspiracies by terrorists and enemies of our country who would resort to nuclear blackmail and threats against us. I hope this is the real reason he has been placed into this important role within our government during a time of potential, nuclear-triggered Armageddon.
There is also a chart for the birth of Islam – from July 16, 622 A.D. This birthchart is very fascinating to examine (its Sun at 25 Cancer is conjunct Jupiter in the birthmap for the First Nuclear Chain Reaction) and I may present it at a future time if events in the Middle East or elsewhere warrant its deeper study. The chart for the birth of the United Nations (October 24, 1945) fits in here – unfortunately – as this rather disturbing-looking horoscope contains a frustrating Mars-Saturn exact union at 24+ degrees of Cancer that exactly unites with Islam’s Sun, the First Nuclear Chain Reaction Jupiter and America’s Mercury from July 4, 1776.
Just as there is an exact and mysterious Pythagorean Triangle at the time of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution New Moon on August 7, 1964, the Sun for Revolutionary Iran (22+ Aquarius) forms an exact Pythagorean Triangle by adding on America’s Mars (22 Gemini) and Neptune (23 Virgo). If you factor in the reality that Revolutionary Iran (Iran’s chart from February 11, 1979) has the Sun, Mercury, Ceres and Vesta in late Aquarius conjunct the USA Moon-Pallas conjunction in late Aquarius, then it is always possible for a breakthrough in diplomacy and negotiation to occur between these two nations. However, when you have our present American government refusing to discuss anything with Iranian leaders unless they first completely stop Uranium enrichment – when our nation has led the world in developing nuclear weapons and technology since World War II – you don’t hold out much hope that cooler heads will prevail. The main worry is that – before you know it – transiting Neptune (carrying much confusion, chaos, illusion, deception, dissolution, suspicion, espionage) will move through the end of Aquarius (2007 – 2010) and be amplified by giant Jupiter in 2009 and the wounded healer comet-like body Chiron (2009 – 2010).
The powerful Full Moon of May 31 – June 1, 2007 is almost precisely igniting the Sun (10+ Sagittarius) in the First Nuclear Chain Reaction chart. This precise activation of the solar life force in this important birthchart doesn’t happen every year and, if it coincides with other important cycles, can act as an illuminator and revealer of coming nuclear-related events. Since Jupiter this year is cross-crossing the First Nuclear Chain Reaction Sun – for the first time in 12 years – this coming lunation (also known esoterically as The Festival of Humanity) in late May is looking like a giant searchlight into a crisis period connected to nuclear energy on Planet Earth.
In the field of Mundane Astrology, it is extremely helpful to analyze the potency of Equinox and Solstice charts – calculated for the capital cities of the nations being researched. In this case, these four seasonal inaugural charts – starting with the Winter Solstice in December 2006 and ending with the Fall Equinox 2007 – reveal serious planetary tensions striking the angles (Ascendant; Descendant; Midheaven; Fourth House Cusp) over Tehran and other parts of Iran and the Persian Gulf. The most alarming of these four charts is probably the Fall Equinox of September 23, 2007 when Pluto rises and Mars sets through Iraq and Northern Iran while Uranus exactly sets in Washington, D.C. and Jupiter is below. This is the same month during which Pluto (underworld; extremes; terrorism) and Venus (peace; victory in war) make direct stations within 24 hours (September 7 & 8, 2007), and there is a Partial Solar Eclipse/New Moon on the sixth anniversary of the terrorist events of 9/11/2001 (September 11, 2007).
For even greater precision – when attempting to make predictions – every New Moon, First Quarter Moon, Full Moon, Last Quarter Moon and major planetary alignment (i.e. Saturn trine Pluto, Jupiter square Uranus) – requires analysis relative to the country being investigated. Obviously, this eventually becomes quite laborious and complicated if you are also going to compare all these charts and perhaps be dealing with alignments over both Washington, D.C. and Tehran, Iran.
Here is a final question to ponder: If America goes to war against Iran and there is severe rioting in U.S. cities and on American college campuses, will our government (a) declare Martial Law in many localities and (b) use the recently enacted Patriot Act and other extremist measures (passed to protect us against “terrorists”) to round up our own citizens and keep them incommunicado and bereft of constitutional rights as if they are terrorists because they are not supporting a new and highly questionable war in the Middle East?
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