February 28 , 2007
Culmination In The Mideast
(Note: This forecast has been updated with the
August 18, 2008, The Challenging Summer Of 2008)
In June, 2004, the Celestial Wheel published an In-depth five part forecasting series entitled, The Timeless Mideast Bottleneck -- Ancient Karmas: Forecast_Archives_53 Ancient_Karmas. The logic was twofold.
First, anthropologists now generally agree humanity spread over the globe through successive migration waves out of Africa through the Mideast, over as long as 200,000 years. The route was primarily through the the Isthmus of Suez, a mere 70 mile wide bottleneck, after which these tribes spread out through the Mideast and then later into Europe, the great Asian continent, Australia and the Americas.
(* isthmus, narrow neck of land connecting two larger land areas. Since it commands the only land route between two large areas and is on two seas, an isthmus has great strategic and commercial importance and is a favorable situation for a city. In modern times many isthmuses have been cut through by canals to eliminate the necessity of land transport. The most important isthmuses are the Isthmus of Panama, connecting Central and South America, and the Isthmus of Suez, joining Asia and Africa. Canals were dug through both of these. . )
Image from Solar Maps astrology program
Forecast_Archives_53_Ancient_Karmas explains how tremendous karma has thus been accumulated in the Mideast:
Image from Google Earth
Second, the eclipse points Rahu and Ketu, in representing the past and the future, are integral to this culmination. Head-of-the-dragon Rahu seeks to engulf everything. It is a planetary symbol for aggression, and also thereby the future and destiny. Tail-of-the-dragon Ketu is the past, and also gas and oil. Rahu/Ketu figure prominently in G.W. Bush's chart (an oil man), where they signify his rise but also indicate his inevitable fall caused by invading Iraq, his great misadventure.
Last fall, Rahu and Ketu, plus Jupiter and Saturn (together the four planetary heavyweights), all changed signs literally simultaneously to bring a culmination of karma. This was a uniquely powerful and historically unprecedented energetic shift. In the U.S., that planetary karma quickly actualized in the Midterm elections overthrowing the Republicans in Congress and chastising G.W. Bush for the failed Iraq war. Of course, that election was just the opening salvo in the effort to disengage from failed Iraq war. In the Mideast, this culmination did not have an immediate initial event, but is rather unfolding over time as the Arabs and Persians (Iran) push back against this modern western oil colonialism. That is the subject of this Celestial Wheel.
Omitted from the Forecast_Archives_53_Ancient_Karmas was any mention of Islam. While this religion obviously plays a key role in current Mideast politics, because it was founded in fairly recent historical times (seventh century AD), Islam rests upon an underlying tribal structure that has for hundreds of millennia defined the Mideast. Even today, peoples throughout the Mideast identify first with their tribe and second with the Islam. Further, while Islam may be a common denominator for the Mideast, it too is fractured into competing sects -- Shiites and Sunnis.
Finally, how the Mideast will be reshaped by this culmination of karma is not predicted, though a hope was expressed in Forecast_Archives_53_Ancient_Karmas:
Examining Four Key Nation Charts
Forecast_Archives_53_Ancient_Karmas examined the charts of four key Mideast nations: Israel, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. These charts were determined by reviewing Mundane Horoscopes of Nations, which information is available on line at http://www. dominantstar.com/tra_nationspage.htm The quality of the birth data and multiple birth data possibilities made it necessary to verify the charts by matching their significations with historical data. This was an exhausting process, but the resulting charts are reliable for that empirical effort. Charts of other Mideast countries have not yet been subjected to this testing process, and it is hoped these four nation charts are sufficient for the task at hand.
Each listed chart includes this verified birth data, as well as current Dasas -- planetary cycles -- and influences from Rahu/Ketu, including any eclipses.
Israel changed Dasa planets to Moon/Rahu in early January of this year. With birth chart Rahu in the seventh house of relationships in Mars' sign of Scorpio, this toxic head-of-the-dragon stimulates antagonism and direct or indirect hostility -- but also outward courage and inner fear -- paranoia. Rahu's current transit position in the fifth house of creative intelligence, which is also influenced by an aspect from Mars, doubles this dangerous karma, suggesting an unexpected attack on a feared enemy.
Note Rahu's prominence.
was attacked by Iraq in a very bloody seven year war of attrition. Iraq's Saturn is exactly eclipsed in the upcoming March 3 total lunar eclipse -- and this is a Ketu eclipse. As Saturn rules the first house of the self and the twelfth house of final liberation, and Saturn itself is the planet of death, this eclipse could bring another attack against Iran. This would likely be by air, for Rahu is conjunct Saturn, and Rahu indicates flying machines -- airplanes and missiles.
Again note the prominence of Moon's nodes -- Rahu and Ketu -- in both the Dasas and in the eclipse.
Note that both Iran and Iraq are hit by the lunar eclipse.
Again, for now the third time, see the prominence of Rahu and Ketu -- in both the Dasas and the eclipse.
There doesn't appear to be a link between the difficult karmas that Israel, Iraq and Iran share. However, as Jupiter is children, Jupiter rules the fifth house of children, and the Moon is eclipsed in that house, these planetary karmas suggest Saudi Arabia's children (young people) will be the cause of the country's economic loss. Too, as the fifth house is government, the ruling royal family could lose control.
Again, for the fourth time in four Mideast nation charts, Rahu/Ketu, the eclipse points, are determinative.
With these four major Mideast nations charts all afflicted by Rahu/Ketu in one way or the other, and three out of four hit directly by this March's eclipses, these destructive planetary karmas are so strong and entrenched that March must begin the culmination of karma that was discussed above.
While Dasas and transits of Rahu and Ketu are naturally important, it is the upcoming eclipses of three out of four of these nation charts that will stimulate this culmination: Israel's attacking Iran by air, Iraq's government falling and Saudi Arabia's young people rising up against the government. This would be the shape of the regional war experts are concerned about. However, as likely as this scenario may be, karma is an enduring mystery that can not be totally understood and thereby predicted with precision.
Eclipse effects begin about a week before the astronomical eclipse and continue for several days following the blocking of the Sun and Moon. Thereby, there is no prediction for Saturday, March 3 being the critical date. (Note that China's Saturn is also eclipsed by the total lunar eclipse this coming Saturday, and it was China's stock market plunge that initiated the huge drop in securities markets globally yesterday, February 27.)
These eclipse effects, however, will bring events this month that will be seen as the beginning of the culmination of karma in the Mideast. Not mentioned above is communicative Mercury being retrograde until March 8 and also conjunct Rahu. The resulting toxic thinking will escalate even petty issues and disallow effective diplomacy.
April 22 (give or take a couple of days), when violent Mars conjoins toxic Rahu in Aquarius to stimulate a major violence, can only further actualize the instability G.W. Bush initiated by invading Iraq.
(Note: This forecast has been updated with the August 18, 2008, The Challenging Summer Of 2008)