This article was written on Octobre 2001, less than a month after the terrorist attack. Initially intended for the book l'Encyclopédie de l'Astrologie, it was withdrawn by the editor for obscure reasons and false premises. Here is the article as it was written at that moment.
It is impossible not to write about the events of September 11, 2001. They have dramatically changed the face of the world. Within weeks, world politics has changed. While each country was managing its own "internal cooking" to fight against external dangers this fateful day obliged industrialized countries to unite against those who use mass poverty for purposes of power. But as long as the honour of the Arabs will not be better perceived by the West and the poverty in these areas will not be contained, dictator-terrorists will take advantage of the situation. The United States is in a phase of profound change. Pluto is at work, because it is conjoined in 2001, to the Ascendant of the chart of the Constitution of the United States. Do they come out winners? Nothing is certain, because it is very difficult to interpret the chart of the drama. At first glance, the chart of the impact of the first aircraft on the North Tower of the WTC (World Trade Center) is not significant.
First terrorist attack on 11 September 2001. 8 h 56. New York. USA. Tropical chart.
Mercury conjuncts the Ascendant, is uniquely positioned. Saturn is in the variation the natal Part of Fortune. The Moon is conjunct to the North Node, as opposed to Mars is in in conjunction to the South Node. Wasat, Castor's right arm is a fixed star that evokes the war, destruction, violence and unrest. During the first attack, this star was highest in the sky. Mars is in conjunction to the tight South Node is the master of the day. The latter is very dangerous. The master of the month is Saturn. This planet is opposed to two degrees, Pluto. The master of the hour is Mercury. We can therefore conclude that tension, but we can not say it absolutely using this simple card. There are indeed much more violent patterns that have lesser effects.
To understand what happened, one must use the techniques of synastry. For a single card has virtually nothing to say. It is much less significant if we do not compare it with another card. Just compare the chart of September 11, 2001 to that of the United States and the Middle East to identify the issues, here is the chart of the United States:
Constitution of the USA. 4 July 1776, 17 h 40. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Tropical chart.
The chart shows a weak Mercury that is particularly bad. This country has a reputation for not listening to others, which is precisely one of the roles attributed to Mercury. The Sun, ruler of the sidereal House 10, the professional situation, is conjoined with the cusp of the House 8, the business world. Saturn is strong and positive for this economic power. Mars is the weakest planet. Luminaries are positive in nature.
Here are the charts of synastry:
That which the USA brings to 11 September 2001.
That which 11 September 2001 brings to the USA.
On the map of the first chart of synastry, Pluto is conjoined with the South Node. This process is particularly destructive. Mars, the god of war, is exactly conjoined to the Mid-heaven. With such a combination, war is declared. The planet Neptune is conjoined to the Sun, the objective may be religious, fanatical and/or unreal. Nodes are conjoined to the cusps of the House 8 and 2 indicate the victims of the attacks. On the second chart, the Moon is conjoined to Pluto, in quincunx to the North Node. American habits and lifestyle are deeply upset forever. The United States has indirectly provoked the attacks, because they failed to listen to minorities (Mercury), and they have acted irresponsibly in their foreign policy (Jupiter). The Taliban have sponsored the attacks on this dark day that led to, remember, nearly 3,000 deaths. But how did this happen? A comparison to the theme of the Middle East allows a response. The country charts are from the extraordinary work of Charles Harvey, Nicholas Campion and Michael Baigent, World, Astrology, a book published by the group Rocher.
Mandate on the Near East. 25 April 1920, 11 h 22, San Remo. Italy.
On April 25, 1920, a conference in Italy divided the Turkish Empire. Following the defeat of the Turks against the forces of the Allies, they dismantled all the Arab lands, which were under the control of Ottoman Empire since 1510. One decided to share the land according to mandates directed by the West. The opinion of the Emir Feisal, who asked to listen to the wishes of local people, was not followed, and since then the region is highly unstable, to which was then added in 1949, the insult of establishment of the State of Israel at the expense of the Palestinians. The division of this land is still felt today as a great injustice by the local populations and many Arabs dream of a great empire under the languor experienced during the Ottoman Empire.
The theme of the mandate is fragile. Mercury, ruler of the sidereal Ascendant is in fall in Pisces the constellation of religion. The Moon, ruler of the tropical Ascendant, is in conjunction with Jupiter and Neptune, religious fervour. Problems listening are present (Mercury), the chart has a tone that is rather problematic as a whole. Saturn, the planet ruler of the sidereal House 8 draws a trine to the Sun and, thus, makes it bad. The Sun could cope if it were not also in opposition to Mars, ruler of the sidereal House 6. The Sun and Mars prey on the moon by a square in T. The Sun is said to be in fall in the D16, chart of division which means internal affairs and the environment, in mundane astrology.
That which 11 September 2001 brings to the mandate of 1920.
That which the mandate on the Near East brings to the 11 September
The comparison to the charts derived derivatives between the chart of the 1920 mandate and that of New York, clearly shows the involvement of Arab countries. September 11 brings very strong tensions in the Middle East populations, because Pluto is conjoined with the Moon, the square of the nodes. This means a manipulation of the Arab populations. The opposition of the Sun to Neptune expresses the religious issues at stake. Neptune always evokes an attempt to control complex structures, which is the case. The Arabs also bring death and tensions in New York. The terrorist action is clearly signified by Pluto, the square of the Ascendant, with 57% efficiency, despite the small orb used in the charts of synastry. Mars, ruler of both tropical and sidereal the Ascendant also aspects the Ascendant at 88%, and the South Node aspects with a tight quincunx. This is a war on! The great trine of the North Node to Saturn and Lilith shows a very dark plot, the Moon conjoined to Jupiter marks a net benefit for the Arabs. In the long run they will win, regardless of their misfortunes. Perhaps one will begin to listen to them? But that depends on the position of Saturn conjoined to the cusp of House 8, troubled by the nodes.
Sidereal solar return, 5 July 2001, 9 h 58, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Real sidereal and topocentric positions
The period is not euphoric. The sidereal Ascendant is Leo its diurnal ruler of return is Jupiter. This planet is conjoined to the North Node, which represents problems. However, Jupiter limits them, since it is well positioned in the D30, the chart of trouble. The nation will come out bruised, but also strengthened. It is as if the U.S. had gone to the brink of a far worse catastrophe. Mars retrograde is conjoined with Pluto on the natal Ascendant. Agreements with partner countries (Mars exalted in the D9) will be facilitated, but problems concerning the quality of life will be present too (Mars in fall in the D16). This last point also relates to the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. This conjunction with Pluto is not a good sign; it is a declaration of war. Uranus draws a trine to Mercury of return, which is itself in tight conjunction to natal Mars. Natal Uranus is in conjunction with Saturn of return. Foreign policy must be changed. With Jupiter, ruler of this return, there has, once assists again, with the mythological story of Saturn (the Taliban, an austere regime crystallized on the search for a paradise lost) at war against Jupiter. From mythology, through the myth of Saturn, we learn that we can not win against freedom. By not listening to others (natal Mercury is the black planet of the chart), the United States paid the weight of their arrogance (Jupiter), Mars, god of war, made sure of it.
Sidereal solar return 8 July 2002. 16 h 11, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Real sidereal and topocentric positions
The following year, 2002, was particularly difficult. The master of the solar sidereal return is Mercury, the black planet. Mars of return is in conjunction with natal Mercury and the South Node is in conjunction with Pluto on the natal Ascendant. New attacks will take place during this year and more victims are expected. President Bush will be hard pressed to contain the discontent of the people. The war in Afghanistan risks to become bogged down. The terrorists might want to use nuclear weapons in one way or another (attack against a nuclear power plant, dirty bombs, for example). If this is not the case, Pluto will act differently, for example by manipulating public opinion. Nevertheless, the American people and its leaders will experience a very high pressure and safety is unlikely to improve in 2002. The nation will not be smart, because Mercury is in fall in the D5 of return. This is a serious danger to be watched. The South Node is in weak conjunction (3%) to the Ascendant. Pluto is at 80% declination with Uranus. These last two points can evoke serious violence. The United States suffered a total change, pressure and power complex, due to Pluto. Some noble gestures could possibly augment the prestige of the country, as Regulus rises. Things will get better as of July 2003.
As long as problems related to the mandate of 1920 are not resolved, the pressure will continue. It will take several years to fix this. The problem is global and it is not connected only to Afghanistan, Palestine or Iraq. The Palestinians must have a country and a land of their own, which is only fair. Otherwise, it will serve as a pretext for terrorists to continue their suicidal actions (Pluto, the complex of power, is opposed to Saturn, the totalitarian power) in the name of a God who is becoming incomprehensible and one wonders why he would wait that of man ... The weight of the mistakes of the past still hangs over the United States.
The ruler of the day is an old notion. Unfortunately they are almost extinct today. For the ancient astrologers, every day of the week submits to one of the visible planets.
There is a planet leading the month, another leading the year. Tight aspects intervene when a reigning planet guides the day. Thus, Mars in conjunction with the South Node is
an aspect that is tight only on Tuesday. It is very rare that the tight conjunctions of Mars with the South Node occur on a Tuesday.
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