Egypt Under Cosmic Fire: Part I of III (Updated Feb. 6)
Dateline: Friday February 4, 2011 and Updated Feb. 6, 2011
“The awakening of the Islamic Egyptian people is an Islamic liberation movement, and I, in the name of the Iranian government, salute the Egyptian people and the Tunisian people.”
-- Friday February 4, 2011, the day of a Sun-Mars union in the sky in mid-Aquarius, a key “Gate of the Avatar” from Esoteric Astrology, spoken by the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader
Like so many of us, I have been watching the unfolding events in Egypt since demonstrations demanding the ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak erupted 11 days ago (January 25).
Ironically and yet also sychronistically – as you will see when reading through this feature – it was back on Monday Jan. 24 and Tuesday Jan. 25 that the Moon in Libra united with Saturn in this sign of striving for social balance while Saturn itself made a station in Libra – stopping its motion and beginning several months of retrograde motion.
Celestially speaking, a major reason for the current uprising of passionate energies against Mubarak and for Mubarak has much to do with Saturn returning to Libra now as it did in 1981, 1953 and 1922 (key turning points in the evolutionary growth and/or stagnation of modern Egypt as a nation-state in the world).
Ordinarily, I like to write about global crises quickly – the same hour, the same day or within 24 hours. However, in this situation – with all the confusing events, rhetoric, statements by various American politicians, police and military action in Egypt, as well as the omnipresence of U.S. and Western journalists in the thick of the speeches, confrontations and fighting – this has given me an unusual position to see all of this from a longer-term perspective, historically and politically.
Here are some key points that I will be making in this article and – keep in mind – the following two parts (which will connect the dots from Egypt to Israel and Iran):
(A) We are witnessing something more historical and almost psychically archeological in the events taking place from January 25 to February 4 and beyond.
(B) This is the third revolution of and in an ancient empire since 1979 – first the Iranian Revolution of 1979 (relating to ancient Persia), then the two Persian Gulf Wars relating to the Iraqi Revolution (relating to ancient Babylonia), and now – what may be the linchpin to all three – the Egyptian Revolution (pulling us all the way back to ancient Egypt, the Land of the Pharaohs, and a direct connection to both the lost continent of Atlantis and the esoteric purpose of America). Think here about the back of the dollar bill (Pyramid and All-Seeing Eye where the capstone should be, and our founders as Freemasons).
(C) What our President, Secretary of State and other leaders say in public may not have anything to do with behind-the-scenes diplomacy, and secretive maneuvers in which we are actually fearful of a full-blown democracy flowering in Egypt in the near future – let alone other democracies blossoming in King-ruled Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
(D) The eruption of deep-rooted and repressed forces in Egypt is making liberals in America sound like hawks, and hawks in America sound like liberals (as I witnessed on television this morning during a reasonably, light-hearted “argument” between Conservative Pat Buchanan and more Liberal-Moderate Chris Matthews). In this remarkably straight-forward disagreement, Pat Buchanan spoke of America needing to pull back completely from all of these nations in North Africa and the Middle East that could explode with violence while Chris Matthews articulated the view that America needed to be much more directly involved to “protect our interests.”
(E) As an adjunct to point (D) above, there has been and still is a vast colonial and imperialist group of forces behind what we are witnessing since Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal and – most recently – America all took turns in subjugating the native people of the Middle East, Africa and Asia for many decades – and taking back to the West products from the land, oil, fragrances, tea, seasonings, slaves, art objects, jewelry, precious monuments, and so on.
(F) I am going to present several Relocation type Maps that reveal Mundane Astrology at its finest in this feature – showing how the New Moon of January 4 (also a Partial Solar Eclipse), the Full Moon of January 19 (also the day of a station by the asteroid Juno), and the most recent New Moon of February 2 (with Mars so close to the Sun and Moon) have all conspired to set aflame the peoples of Tunisia, Egypt as well as Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and who knows the next country to be affected?
(G) There will also be the two main charts for modern Egypt at the close of this feature for you to reflect on and explore. The first is for the creation of the Republic of Egypt on June 18 – 19, 1953 and its Secondary Progressed chart for the current crisis and revolution. When I work on Parts II and III, I will focus attention on the Israeli and Iranian national charts as well as to bring America’s chart from July 4, 1776 (our Declaration of Independence) into the picture.
(H) The key Egyptian protagonists – thus far – are Hosni Mubarak (born May 4, 1928), his recent Vice Presidential choice Omar Suleiman (born July 2, 1936), and Mohammed ElBaradei (born June 17, 1942, and the 2005 winner of the Noble Peace Prize along with the group he headed, the International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA). I will not be presenting their charts and part of the reason is that their birth times are unknown as of now. However, I may refer to some of the celestial placements at their births in this Part I or in future parts to this ongoing story.
(I) Last – but certainly not least – there is a very fascinating 3+ decade cycle that many professional astrologers are not necessarily aware of in which Venus and Mars (simultaneously) come back very closely to their zodiacal placements every 32 years. Therefore, during this Egyptian series of upheavals (late January/early February 2011), Venus has been in late Sagittarius while Mars has been in the middle of Aquarius. 32 years ago – February 1979, when the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from his exile in France – Venus and Mars were almost precisely where they both are now!
Note: Now, please re-examine the quotation from the start of this article. And realize that Mohammed ElBaradei just came back to Egypt from living abroad to help rally the demonstrators in Tahrir Square in the magical city of Cairo, where The Great Pyramid stands silently in the distance. Realize that it is exactly 32 years – and one important Venus-Mars Return cycle – between the 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution and whatever kind of Revolution results in 2011 in Egypt. History is on the verge of “repeating itself” via the power of Venus in Sagittarius (ideals-philosophical beliefs-urge to freedom) and Mars in Aquarius (fighting for a new system of laws, governmental order and representation of the people within the leadership of the nation).
Below are some Astro-Relocation type maps that reveal key celestial bodies Rising, Setting, Above or Below in Tunisia (where the latest radical change started happening earlier in January) as well as Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt. You will be able to see various symbols of the celestial bodies with lines or arcs showing where those celestial bodies were crossing terrestrial longitudes and latitudes. After each map, I will mention which celestial bodies were striking those population areas.
After you see graphically how Mundane Astrology in Action clearly works, you should consider that in the hands of, say, an expert professional astrologer, working at the NSA or CIA, and utilizing Astro-Relocation software programs, such an individual could predict ahead of time places on the globe about to explode in crisis, geo-political upheavals or even weather anomalies.
And just to prove the point of the weather anomalies – being pinpointed ahead of time via Astro-Relocation software maps – I am also going to present a map of North East Australia which precisely shows Cairns – a key city in N.E. Australia – receiving a precise Sun-Moon-Mars triple conjunction overhead right at this most recent New Moon in Aquarius – exactly as that city was devastated by a massive cyclone! This map – along with the other maps, covering Tunisia and Egypt for the lunations of January 4, 2011, January 19, 2011 and February 2, 2011 – should create a mind-boggling revolution in your own consciousness about how effective astrology has become in understanding what is happening all around the world every week, month and year.
[New Moon of Jan. 4, 2011 in Tunisia -- Below]
[Neptune and Chiron Rising Lines going through Tunisia reveal liberation movement, and dissolution of government.]
[Full Moon of January 19, 2011 in Egypt - Below]
[Saturn in Libra is super-strong in Cairo.]
[New Moon of Aquarius -- Feb. 2, 2011 in Egypt -- below]
[Pluto in Capricorn is Rising in Cairo.]
[Aquarius New Moon of Feb. 2, 2011 in Cairns, Northeast Australia -- below]
[The Sun, Moon and Mars (volatility – violence) are all overhead in Cairns, Australia at the Aquarius New Moon on February 2, 2011 when a devastating cyclone hits that area (said to be the biggest storm to strike in a century) – forcing at least 170,000 to evacuate.]
Conclusions for Now
(1) The recent revolutionary urge toward democratic-liberation uprisings in North Africa and some of the Middle Eastern states is related to the three Jupiter-Uranus unions in 2010 – 2011 (ending, in spectacular fashion, on January 4, 2011, on the day of a New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse).
Jupiter and Uranus unite approximately every 14 years and often bring expansion of consciousness in a big way (Jupiter as the largest planet in the solar system) combined with revolution activity, inventions and radical change (Uranus). For example, their union in 1914 brought aviation and radio use into military conflict with the First World War. When Jupiter-Uranus again united in 1927, Charles Lindbergh made the first, solo, non-stop flight over the Atlantic. 13 to 14 years later – at the next Jupiter-Uranus union – the Royal Air Force (RAF) of Britain, utilizing radar and other new inventions – saved that island nation from destruction coming from the Nazi Luftwaffe. And then exactly when Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the Moon (July 20, 1969), Jupiter united with Uranus at 0+ Libra (a sacred turning point in the zodiac).
Therefore, we often find that the Jupiter-Uranus combined energy-field brings spectacular earthly and human revolutions that alter the status-quo, radically shake up the playing field, and open our minds to the extraordinary potentials of the future.
In addition, Esoteric Astrology – which is associated with the concept of the 7 Rays that permeate all of life (7 colors; 7 notes of the musical scale; 7 days of the week; 7 “Days of Creation”; etc) – gives us clear celestial bodies connected to each of these rays. For instance, the Sun and Jupiter are said to channel Ray 2 – often called the Love-Wisdom ray – while Uranus is said channel Ray 7 – linked to ceremonial order and, importantly, synthesis or the anchoring of all the other 6 rays into the physical realm.
Thus, watching Jupiter and Uranus is essential for understanding how Love-Wisdom (Jupiter) is merged with Synthesis (Uranus) to bring about a dynamic liberation or “freeing up of consciousness” on Earth.
(2) Speaking of the 7 Rays, one of the most difficult reasons that humanity appears to be stuck between the old 2,160-year Age of Pisces and the rapidly ascending 2,160-year Age of Aquarius has to do with the “old religions” and their fanatical idealism very much associated with Ray 6 (channeled on a low level by Mars and on a higher level by Neptune) becoming so entrenched in humanity during the last two two thousand years and thereby blocking the necessary dispensation of Ray 7 vibrations of liberation -- breaking through into the material-physical realm.
Therefore, it was totally expected and disappointing as well (astrologically via the 7 Rays) that the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his speech – trying to interject the power of Islam into the current Egyptian popular liberation movement (connected to the 7th Ray) – on Friday February 4 just as the Sun united with Mars (the key, lower-level channel for the 6th Ray).
In many ways, the fight now between America and Europe (the West) and Islamic Fundamentalism (the East) is both the rekindling of the Crusades as well as the 7th Ray battling the 6th Ray for modern supremacy, just as the Aquarian Age is trying to supplant the status-quo power of the Piscean Age that is waning.
(3) Hosni Mubarak (born on the day of a Full Moon in Taurus and Scorpio, and with Mercury very close to his Sun) is not at all the unintelligent dictator that he often seems to be portrayed as in our media and via the anger directed at him by the Egyptian people. Like the modern rulers of China, Mubarak has 5000+ years of savvy knowledge-wisdom concerning governmental authority. Compare that to America’s existence going back to 1776 – a mere 234+ years of life.
The way Mubarak has “played us,” used our own journalists against us, extended the demonstrations to the point where people desperately need to get back to work, get money for food, etc., is classic.
Even if he agrees to leave sooner than later – rather than in September, when new Egyptian elections will probably be held – he will be set up lavishly, somewhere, for the rest of his life, with billions of dollars at his disposal, unless someone tries to take him out.
(4) When you look at the second chart at the end of this article – the Secondary Progressed map for now based on the Egyptian Republic chart of June 18, 1953 – you will see the Sun and Pluto united. This confirms the original power of the 1953 chart as being valid, and it also reveals the extreme-underworld-secretive-mysterious nature (Pluto) of the current revolution taking place. The Sun and Pluto can only merge by progression in a Secondary Progressed map once in approximately 360+ years. Many students of astrology don’t realize that a whole amazing world of psychic energy is going on in their Progressed charts.
Be aware that it is at the time of this most recent New Moon in Aquarius on February 2, 2011 that Pluto was on the Ascendant going through Cairo as the demonstrations temporarily turned more deadly and violent, and as we are watching to see what the Mubarak Government will do. Pluto – in the 7 Rays system – is said to channel Ray 1 on a lower-level (and Ray 1 is the ray of Government, Leadership, Will-Purpose-Power). Misuse of that Will-Purpose-Power often happens on Earth and within humanity when Pluto wreaks havoc in certain towns, cities and nations during each New Moon, Full Moon, Eclipse, Equinox, Solstice and special Celestial Alignment – bringing the cosmic fire principle down to terrestrial assimilation.
At the next Full Moon (see third chart wheel at the end of this article) – February 18, 2011 at 29+ degrees of Aquarius and Leo – if you set up the chart for Cairo, transiting Pluto will be in the 8th house (traditionally associated with death, regeneration and rebirth). In addition, Pluto will be precisely (no orb) 135-degrees to the Ascendant – with the 135-degree aspect related to willpower and its low, middle or higher utilization.
[Note: This upcoming Full Moon also connects closely to the first-magnitude major star – Regulus, the so-called “Little King” in the constellation of Leo, but activating 29+ degrees of Leo in our zodiac. Regulus is highly significant – astrologically and astronomically – as it lies very close to the Ecliptic (the apparent Sun’s path in the heavens) and it is said that Sirius (the brightest star in the sky and the esoteric “Higher Self” to our own Sun) uses Regulus to “step down” energies to our solar system and to Earth. Sirius was the most important star to the ancient Egyptians who utilized its first visible rising before the Sun during the summer as a marker for the annual overflow of the Nile River (connected to its life-giving properties).]
(5) For our media-driven society right now to think that America has always been behaving above-board, honestly, openly and democratically in North Africa and the Middle East is to be fooling ourselves to the extreme. Our CIA orchestrated the fall (via a coup) of the Mohammad Mossadegh democratically elected government of Iran back in August 1953 – leading to the strong-arm and tyrannical leadership of the Shah of Iran for 26 years, eventually producing the horror-filled backlash of the Islamic Fundamentalist movement in that nation in 1979. And since 1979 – by the way when Pluto moved inside of Neptune’s orbit for 20 years (as it does every 248 years) – we have been battling Islamic Fundamentalism in one form or another. And Egypt, its dictator, its military power (supported enormously by us), its Suez Canal and air-naval bases (giving us important access to Middle East and Persian Gulf nations) are a giant bulwark set in place by our Pentagon to continue the global war against Islamic Fundamentalism and terrorism.
(6) October 16 – 17, 2011, the Republic of Egypt (formed on June 18, 1953) will experience its second Saturn Return “Identity Crisis” as transiting Saturn reaches 20+ Libra. Hopefully, before this time, democratically sanctioned elections will have already taken place for the installment of a new government and true, parliamentary representation for the Egyptian people.
When Britain gave Independence to Egypt in 1922, transiting Saturn was in Libra. When Mubarak took power in early October 1981 – following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat – not only was transiting Saturn again in Libra, but the Sun and Saturn were making their annual union in the sky.
So, Saturn is now again in Libra while Egypt tries to determine its new and next “Identity” for another 29+ year cycle of evolutionary growth and – ironically – America (born on July 4, 1776 with Saturn in Libra) is simultaneously in the throes of its own Saturn Return cycle, our 8th since we declared independence from England.
My main mentor – the eminent astrologer Dane Rudhyar – always associated 29+ degrees of Leo/0+ degrees of Virgo with the Sphinx of Egypt (body of a Lion and the head of a woman) while he associated 0 degrees of Libra (the Fall Equinox sacred turning point of the year – symbolizing the individual moving into society and the greater collectivity of humanity) with The Great Pyramid.
Saturn in Libra is now a grand teacher of humanity – as it watches this modern liberation struggle in Egypt. Saturn is said to be exalted in Libra and we need to honor and understand the higher essence of this sacred planet as the future geo-political-societal fortunes of America and Egypt in the world are held in the balance.
Important Update on Sunday Night Feb. 6, 2011 with the Moon uniting with Jupiter in Aries in the sky: I didn't want to bring the following into this discussion yet, but it is rather crucial. In Earth Aquarius News over the last two years, I have been discussing the 13 critical oppositions by transiting Pluto in Capricorn to America's natal Venus, Jupiter and Sun in Cancer -- during the time-period from 2008 to 2015.
We have already completed the first five Pluto oppositions to the USA Venus during 2008 to 2010, and we have seen the devastating results on the economic, political and social landscapes.
There are three Pluto oppositions to the USA Jupiter -- all during 2011. The first one struck on January 17, 2011, and the next two will occur on July 8 and November 20, 2011. Eventually, Pluto moves on to oppose our national Sun five times from March 2014 to October 2015. These 13 Pluto oppositions or polarities to our national Venus, Jupiter and Sun have never occurred before during our 234+ year history starting on July 4, 1776.
Why bring this up now? Because January 2011 has happened -- along with the profoundly cathartic, revelatory and disturbing Egyptian uprising and crisis -- while Pluto in the sky is opposing America's Jupiter.
In ancient Roman and Greek mythology, Pluto was the God of the Underworld while Jupiter was the King of the Gods and Ruler of the Sky. They were brothers -- along with Neptune, God of the Seas.
Pluto rules dictators, stored and hidden wealth, militaristic-terrorist crackdowns on freedom -- particularly when negative and misused. Jupiter -- when in its shadow mode -- rules pride, arrogance, greed, a know-it-all awareness, and a breezy optimism that often belies a tendency to throw thunderbolts when the highest power is questioned.
In the expose that is coming out with each passing day about how tied together America is with Egypt -- via military prowess, corruption, huge amounts of $$$ to keep Israel safe and to provide offensive-defensive strategies against Al Qaeda and Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, secret negotiations behind the scenes between our governments and military forces -- we see how the ongoing transit of Pluto opposite our Jupiter is revealing the deeper truths of what is happening behind-the-scenes, a territory that normally never sees the light of day.
Wikileaks started the ball rolling in this regard in the last few months (via its leader Julian Assange) and now transiting Pluto is becoming a major cosmic player in what will unfold during the course of 2011.
Jupiter also relates to our highly sophisticated jets, stealth aircraft, missile systems, helicopters, etc., because it is a God of the sky. Neptune -- the third brother -- is very involved in anything naval (aircraft carriers; submarines; blockades; canals a la the Suez Canal; and especially transport of oil over waterways). And Egypt has extensive air and naval bases around Alexandria and Cairo that America uses to help us sustain a deeper presence around the Persian Gulf -- in case we need to act quickly to contain an Iranian nuclear threat or react to militaristic actions by Iran in the Gulf region. Egypt appears to definitely be playing the role of Pluto (underworld; earth energy) to the American role of Jupiter (rulership of the skies) while Neptune (Mediterranean Sea, Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf) represents the interaction zone in which a future war might be played out.
Keep in mind that Uranus (revolutionary themes) and Pluto (extremist, underworld themes) will clash via a 90-degrees square pattern in the sky seven times (!) from June 2012 to March 20115 -- activating 9 - 16 degrees of Aries & Capricorn. Thus, Uranus in the sky will be making its own multi-series of squares to America's natal Sun especially in 2014 - 2015.
Uranus and Pluto were also square during the early years of The Great Depression (1930s) and they united three times in the mid-1960s. Their potent connections often equate with massive, shocking and discordant upheavals throughout societies, cultures and around the globe.
Stay tuned to this web channel as events in Egypt, the Middle East and throughout humanity require a far deeper astrological interpretation than what you see in superficial daily newspaper features concerning Sun-sign forecasts.
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