11th May, 2011

The New Boss

Although it is unclear as yet who will lead al Qaida following the demise of Evil-Doer-in-Chief Osama bin Laden, many are expecting the Egyptian-born Ayman al Zawahiri to take up the reins.  Zawahiri is known to be somewhat disliked within the organization and lacks bin Laden’s financial resources and charisma, but he has been al Qaida’s second-in-command and its primary spokesman for years.

As the many-tiered repercussions of the recent strike on bin Laden’s compound sort themselves out, it is useful to look at any clues we can derive from Zawahiri’s birth chart for suggestions about his future role. Although we have no birth time, we do have a birth date – June 19, 1951, in Cairo – with which to work. Should Zawahiri indeed become the new boss and should he remain alive and active for the next few years, there are some very significant indications for what might be expected.

Most notably, Zawahiri’s chart lights up like a Christmas tree from late 2012 through mid- 2014. If he is leading al Qaida at that time, this period seems likely to be when the greatest danger lurks. In his natal chart, Zawahiri has a Jupiter/Uranus/Neptune t-square. Jupiter in this configuration is at 10Aries56, and Uranus is at 8Cancer54. In late 2012 through early 2014, the very potent and explosive transiting Uranus/Pluto square will be crossing from 8 to 11 Aries and from 9 to 12 Capricorn, respectively, and activate the daring and inventive natal Jupiter/Uranus combination in Zawahiri’s chart, creating a truly incendiary mix.

Moreover, transiting Jupiter will square natal Jupiter (10Aries56) and conjunct natal Uranus (8Cancer54) in August 2013 and, for an extended period simultaneous to the Uranus conjunction of natal Jupiter, in February and March of 2014, adding a strong impulse toward recklessness and grandiosity. Furthermore, a stationary Mars transit will also trigger this configuration from late April through early June 2014.  If Zawahiri is still among the living in 2013 and 2014, it will prove to be a very expansive, daring, rash, and high-profile period in his life, when he ignites unexpected and potentially transformative events.

Of greatest significance in this picture of Zawahiri ramped into overdrive with his reckless and megalomaniacal ambitions – essentially his Jupiter/Uranus square on steroids – is that very dramatic and significant events are indicated in the charts of the United States and Great Britain during the same time period due to the impact of the hugely powerful Uranus/Pluto square.

In the US chart (click picture to enlarge), late September 2012 through October 2015, and most especially 2013 and 2014, will be highly charged with many fast-paced and compelling circumstances.

Likewise in Britain, from mid-2012 through mid-2015, and particularly 2013, the profound impact of both Uranus and Pluto on the British natal chart suggests a great deal of turmoil and unexpected, stressful events.

From January through May 2011, the US has been experiencing the impact of progressed Sun (7 Pisces) square to progressed Uranus (7 Gemini) and triggered by transiting Pluto (7 Capricorn).

This combination has intensified the rebelliousness of the population and the willingness of various politicians to precipitously overthrow the status quo, most notably in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and in the US House of Representatives.

It has also brought the first attempted assassination of a US congressperson, the Arab Spring, the unexpected war on Libya, and the remarkable and unanticipated demise of the notorious Osama bin Laden. Although the progression will continue to build through early October 2011, it has been particularly enhanced by the transit from Pluto during the first five months of the year.

From late September 2012 through mid-September 2013, the progressed US Sun will move into a square with natal Uranus (8Gemini55). This indicates another period of enormous turbulence, transformation, and the willingness of many to buck the restrictions of the status quo.

Numerous activations of this progression will come from several significant transits: two Pluto (8Capricorn) quincunxes to natal Uranus; three Jupiter (8 Gemini)) conjunctions to natal Uranus; and a Uranus (8 Aries) sextile to natal Uranus.

When combined, the strong planetary triggering of the Sun/Uranus progression will cover much of that year. The final sextile of Uranus to US natal Uranus will occur from mid-October through mid-November 2013, in essence extending the impact of the progressed Sun square. With the progressed US Moon conjunction to progressed Saturn at the same time, late October and November 2013 could be a very stressful time for US citizens (the Moon), possibly due to an upset or surprise event triggered by Uranus.

The year 2014, most notably January through June, will see historic, transformative, and enormous circumstances take hold in the US.  Both Uranus (13 Aries) and Pluto (13 Capricorn) will be in a hard aspect to the US Sun (13Cancer19), joined by the conjunction of transiting Jupiter (13 Cancer), as well as three squares from a long-acting Mars station (13 Libra).

Jupiter transits to the US Sun usually bring periods of intense patriotism, often linked to some kind of “righteous” military attack or victory. Jupiter was last conjunct the US Sun, while Pluto was in a quincunx aspect (13 Sagittarius), shortly after the attack on 9/11 and as the US was revving up to go into Afghanistan in retaliation. That was the era when many started wearing American flag pins.

Recently, in the hours following the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden, while celebrating crowds spontaneously gathered in New York, Washington, and military bases across the land, transiting Venus, another uplifting, though usually shorter-acting planet, was in an exact square to the US Sun. As for the coming explosive and tumultuous events predicted for 2014, whether or not they will connect to actions from Zawahiri acting as the leader of al Qaida is unknown. But he will also be under the extraordinary combination of the Uranus/Pluto square, augmented by the inflammatory Jupiter and Mars transits, during the same period, and this seems unlikely to be merely a coincidence.

The chart for Great Britain (January 1, 1801, London, midnight) will also be hit hard by the momentous Uranus/Pluto square, but the most notable activity will be in late 2012 and 2013. The two powerhouse planets will simultaneously be in hard aspect to the Ascendant (7Libra10) from July through September 2012, with Pluto moving to conjunct the IC (9Capricorn20) and the Sun (10Capricorn11), and Uranus (9 – 10 Aries) in square to these two points, during much of 2013.   The dramatic aspects to Zawahiri’s Jupiter (10Aries56) and Uranus (8Cancer54) run close to parallel.

Again, it seems likely that transformative, unexpected, and volatile circumstances will cause unrest and upset in Britain in late 2012 and 2013, and, if Zawahiri is leading al Qaida at the same time, his crazed band of terrorists may account for some of the action.


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