Osama bin Laden is long dead, the remains of his corpse little more than a degraded mass of organic matter at the bottom of the sea. But the jihadist fanatical vision he set in motion, although dimmed by his demise, has clearly metastasized into numerous clusters of malignant cells causing havoc in many parts of the globe.
With the death of bin Laden, leadership of his terrorist organization, al Qaida, passed to Ayman al Zawahiri, bin Laden’s former lieutenant. A look at Zawahiri’s astrological chart suggests why the threat level is now up and why we should continue to be concerned for the several more months.
Zawahiri was born on June 19, 1951, in Cairo, no time given. In his chart, we find a Jupiter/Uranus/Neptune T-square that is being greatly strengthened in 2013 and 2014 by the transiting Uranus/Pluto square and further amplified by the transit of Jupiter. In Zawahiri’s chart, natal Jupiter (10Aries56) is tightly square to Uranus (8Cancer54), which tends to magnify the creative, revolutionary ingenuity of Uranus. The natal Neptune opposition (16Libra46) to Jupiter adds an ideological, unrealistic, and somewhat grandiose quality, especially when it is activated. The current threat level and closing of US embassies and consulates in many countries was marked in Zawahiri’s chart by the transit of Jupiter conjunct his Uranus and then square to his Jupiter, from August 1 through August 16. Clearly, he was very optimistic about the likelihood of a successful attack and remains satisfied by the strong protective reaction from the Western alliance due to the perceived threat.
Using activation of this T-square as a marker, it seems likely that September may also bring a highly successful and energetic period for Zawahiri and therefore a possible threat for the rest of us. Transiting Pluto continues its opposition to his natal Uranus through September, while transiting Uranus will conjunct Zawahiri’s Jupiter from August 27 through September 24. The third corner of the T-square will be activated when transiting Jupiter makes a square to his natal Neptune from September 12 through September 18. These configurations point to Zawahirir feeling satisfied and successful, spiced with some delusions of grandeur, during this time, especially between the 12th and the 18th. The fact that this comes immediately upon the heels of the 12th anniversary of the attack on 9/11, as well as during the very troubling and potentially dangerous period for the US previously discussed on this site, between September 8 and September 18, is quite significant. It suggests at least the possibility of a significant al Qaida attack on US interests either at home or abroad during that time frame.
It is of some consolation that October 2013 is likely to be very stressful for Zawahiri. Whereas the strong Jupiter influence in September points to an expansion of his nefarious activities, the multiple Saturn transits in October point to a forced contraction of his footprint, as well as many frustrations and difficulties. Saturn will be semisquare his Saturn, quincunx his Jupiter, sesquiquadrate his Sun and square to his Venus during that month.
Beyond the setbacks of this Saturn interlude in October, however, there is a long Uranus station that will remain in a square with Zawahiri’s natal Uranus from mid-October 2013 through mid-January 2014. This points to sudden upsets, as well as creative and unpredictable actions, and it will be exacerbated by the transit of Pluto square to natal Jupiter from November 22 through December 25. The transit of Mars triggering these two positions between December 23 and December 30 indicates a week of potentially very destructive activity initiated by Zawahiri.
Another period when Zawahiri is likely to be more expansive and successful in developing contacts and planning attacks is February and March 2014, when Jupiter will make a two-month station square his Jupiter, further activated by Uranus conjunct his Jupiter from February 1 through March 7. In addition, the transiting Mars station will be in a trine to his Sun (27Gemini19) from mid-February through March 8.
The concern in all of this is that Zawahiri, due to the intensified Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter activity in his chart, will be at his most creative and energetic over the next 8 months, venturing into unexpected territory in his terrorist plotting. Moreover, there are likely to be times of success and an expanded reach in his endeavors. This heightened activity runs roughly from August 2013 through March 2014 and clearly necessitates an increased vigilance, as we have seen in the past two weeks. Nonetheless, it is not inconceivable that he will at some point be able to penetrate the vast net of protection that has been constructed during this time of heightened danger.