by Zip Dobyns
Past issues of our Mutable Dilemma and/or Asteroid-World have included articles on the state of Israel, using
a chart drawn for the end of the British Mandate when it became an independent
country. Though some astrologers
use a chart for the time Israel officially declared their independence, the
chart for the start of legal independence has worked very well in the past
events in the country. It is set
for 0 A.M. on May 15, 1948 when the British fleet set sail out of the harbor in
Tel Aviv. GMT is two hours
earlier. A local chart calculated
for Jerusalem should also be considered, even though the angles vary by less
than one degree. This article is
the first of my political series to go on our web site that deals with the
dangerous situation in the Near East.
During the year 2000, I used what time I had to focus on the U.S.
elections. Though the situation in
the U.S. will continue to be a major focus, it is time to look beyond our
The basic chart for Israel as a legally independent country
includes two grand crosses in fixed signs, partly in cardinal and partly in
mutable houses. The conflict
aspects involving cardinal and fixed factors show the potential for power
struggles. The mutables bring in
issues of beliefs, plus the values, goals, and ethics that are based on
beliefs. The three monotheistic
religions all consider the country of Israel/Palestine, and especially its main
city, Jerusalem, to be sacred.
Religious beliefs claim to possess the final Truth as revealed by God,
so they tend to reject compromises.
Their followers are often willing to die defending their beliefs,
believing that they will be rewarded in the next life for their devotion. Obviously, the most insoluble wars
usually involve such religious extremism, especially if the opponents have extreme
fanatics on both sides as is the case in Israel.
The horoscope of the country of Israel shows adequate
intelligence to find a reasonable solution if it were not for the religious
extremists. Both the Ascendant and
the East Point are in Aquarius. The
Jupiter-Uranus opposition in Gemini-Sagittarius marks a potential student,
teacher, writer, and inventor.
Plus, the aspect has been sustained in Secondary Progressions for most
of the country’s short life, at times by both P Jupiter opposite N Uranus
and by P Uranus opposite N Jupiter.
The lunar nodes in the 3rd and 9th houses repeat
the intellectual potential, along with the Sun in the house of Gemini and Ceres
and Mercury in the sign of Gemini. Vesta in its own Virgo house is closely
trine the MC, which is equivalent to Saturn, and the Moon-Pluto conjunction is
also in the Virgo house, octile/trioctile Uranus and Jupiter. Factors associated with earth show the
capacity to apply the intellect in practical accomplishments IF the emotions
that are symbolized by fire and water do not block the air ability to be
objective and logical and the earth ability to be realistic. Jupiter is a fire planet in a fire
sign. Uranus is in a fire
house. Moon and Pluto are water
planets in a fire sign.
Combinations of fire and water intensify the emotions.
Israel has been highly successful in innovative technology
in a variety of fields. But the
Orthodox extremists have blocked a reasonable settlement and the economic
condition of the Palestinians has continued to deteriorate. Even under the control of more liberal
political parties, the building of Jewish settlements in Palestinian areas has
been continued and even expanded.
Palestinians have remained in separated pockets of land with Israeli
control over roads and checkpoints that protect their own settlements. The roads can be closed at any time,
preventing Palestinians from traveling to other villages, to jobs in Israel,
from leaving the country, and even from getting needed supplies. When a few fanatical individuals can
plant a bomb and have their whole country shut down in reprisals, hope dies and
a quick martyrdom seems preferable to slow suicide for everyone.
I have watched the progressions in Israel’s chart for
years, very concerned about the years of 2000 and beyond. I believe that astrology shows
one’s psychological state, and that many life details are possible with
each of our 12 psychological drives.
Israel’s chart shows the country’s state of war that existed
from its beginning, with the lasting progressed squares in fixed signs. The Moon-Pluto-Saturn conjunction
opposes the Ascendant and squares the lunar nodes. A second fixed cross includes the Sun-Chiron opposition
square the East Point and opposite Mars and the West Point. The square between Chiron and Saturn is
close enough to tie the fixed conflict patterns into a massive conflict
network. P Chiron retrograded to
square P Saturn, and then P Saturn and P Vesta moved forward to square N Chiron
for years. P Vesta signifies the
ultimate Virgo with the danger of being totally dedicated to one’s
immediate work-goal so nothing else seems important. The combination of Vesta and Saturn can mark incredible
tunnel vision, resulting in a ruthless commitment that appears almost
fanatical. The P lunar nodes
squared the Ascendant axis for years, and are still square Pluto. Pluto moved into the opposition to the
Ascendant which it will hold until 2050, after which it will still oppose the
country’s local Ascendant in Jerusalem until 2078. The P mean lunar nodes will reach the
squares to the Moon before the P true lunar nodes leave the squares to Pluto,
so the aspects persist to about 2054.
Does this mean that conflict cannot be resolved? No, but the integration of conflicting
desires requires compromises, and that is not easy for the fixed sides of
life. The fixed quality signifies
enduring self-will. When an
irresistible force confronts an immovable object, there is an impasse. If one or both are unwilling to
compromise, eventually the pressure will build to an explosion, but when the
dust has cleared, the same impasse is still there. When each side believes that their God is the Real God of
infinite power, that He is on their side and will give them their promised land
if they stay committed to Him, and that He will take them into His heaven if
they die while true to that commitment, there is no room for compromise.
President Clinton proposed what seemed to be a reasonable
compromise to objective non-believers in either of the tribal gods, Allah or
Jahweh. To have a viable homeland,
the Palestinians would have to have all of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, so
they would have free access between all parts of their country. This would mean removal of the Jewish
settlements in those areas, and loss to Israel of important water
resources. The “right of
return” of the Palestinians who lost their homes in other parts of Israel
would be given up. Thousands
of displaced families have lived for over 50 years in refugee camps in Jordan
and Lebanon. A financial
compensation for lost homes and land could be worked out. If all of the displaced refugees were
to return to Israel, the Jewish state would be overwhelmed. The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem could
be under international control so all religions would have access to it.
Will a compromise along those lines ever be accepted? At this point in time, neither side is
ready to consider it. Arafat is
being encouraged by his fellow Arabs to hold out for the “right of
return,” for connections between Palestinian areas so they can’t be
shut off from each other by Israeli blockades, and for control of part of East
Jerusalem, including their special holy sites. Israel cannot accept the return of thousands of Palestinians,
and the settlers in the areas that would be ceded to the Palestinians are often
the most orthodox Jews who prefer perpetual war to surrender of what they
believe was land given to them by God.
There is no doubt that Israel is militarily totally dominant, and both
the orthodox Jews and the Palestinians are capable of producing large families
to continue the blood feud. The
Palestinians are more willing to commit suicide, seeing no hope of a better
life unless they gain more independence, and they continue to hope for
increased support from their richer Arab neighbors. Their leaders may also hope that president-elect Bush with
his oil background will tilt a little more in their direction.
Even before we look at the asteroids, the progressions and
transits for these critical years of 2000 and 2001 provide a stark warning that
this is a period of ripe destiny, of karmic consequences. Transiting Saturn has been aspecting
the conflicted factors in the fixed signs as it moved through Taurus. It squared P Saturn and P Vesta, opposed Chiron, and then moved over
the Sun in the spring of 2000 when Barak pulled the Israeli forces out of
southern Lebanon. In the fall of
2000, when Sharon made his fateful trip to the Temple Mount, setting off the
“intifada” or holy war, transiting Saturn stationed and turned
retrograde opposite the country’s MC. Through the winter of 2000 to 2001, Saturn stationed again
and turned direct on the natal Sun.
It squares Mars and crosses the IC again in the spring of 2001.
Saturn is our key to the LAW, to people who enforce the law, to our inner
law – our conscience, and to the consequences of how we have handled
the law in the past. In contrast, and always in potential conflict,
Mars signifies our personal will and our desire for personal power.
The midpoint of Mars/Saturn shows a point where we have to integrate our
personal will and power with the limits of our personal power –
with the law. When an asteroid was finally discovered and named Israel,
it was on the country’s Mars/Saturn midpoint within one degree!
Natal Israel was in 21 Leo 54, and the midpoint was in 22 Leo 26 when
the country was born. Moreover, the speed of the progressed planets
and the asteroid keep the latter on that midpoint within one degree until
about March 2055! The lesson of handling power is clearly mutual,
faced jointly by Israelis and Palestinians, but the odds are not very
encouraging that it will be learned quickly.
The spring of 2001 has dramatic progressed aspects, with a
New Moon in 14 Cancer 40 that will be exact on May 1. The conjunction of P Moon and P Sun lasts for close to a
month on either side of the exact aspect, but it starts a 30-year cycle. To further emphasize the importance of
a possible new beginning, the Sun-Moon will be quincunx the natal Ascendant,
trioctile the natal MC, and sextile-trine the true lunar nodes. The node aspects could mean finding a
way toward security for both sides.
The nodes are like two more Moons in a chart, looking for emotional
security for home and family. A
quincunx typically marks letting go some of the past and moving in new
directions. The MC aspect points
to the need to find a compromise involving laws and power, since the MC carries
the same meaning as Saturn. As
this article is written, the P Sun is still octile natal Mars. It will leave that two year aspect in
February 2001, but it will still be trioctile natal Urania, which is in 0
Sagittarius 3 conjunct the MC. If
we assume that Urania has some similarity to Uranus, the aspects could signify
major changes, but no matter what happens, the changes will be both positive
and painful. If compromises are
worked out to bring peace, most people will be relieved but both sides will
have to give up major goals, so they will also be frustrated. If the situation settles into a
long-term war of periodic terrorism, the extremists will be pleased that they
were not forced to compromise on their principles, but the current fear, anger,
and periodic violence will persist and might even escalate at times.
In charts dealing with world affairs, whether of individuals
or institutions, there are usually a large number of relevant asteroids. The chart of Israel is a good
example. There are far too many to
list, but I will include some. One
of many reasons I had focused on these years was due to the P MC reaching natal
Hel (a death goddess) and P Hiroshima, named for the first city in Japan an
atom bomb was dropped on. A number
of psychics have warned of the danger of either an atomic war starting in the
Near East, or of a terrorist act setting off an atomic bomb in the area. Though the asteroid could signify that
danger, I suspect its meaning is not that specific; that it describes the
psychological state of fear and anger associated with such action. The natal and local MCs are just 27
minutes apart. Hel is in 19
Capricorn 14, and P Hiroshima is retrograding in 20 Capricorn 21 on January 20,
2001. The conjunctions of the
angles with the asteroids therefore last from late 1998 to early 2003. However, after a short period, the P
angles will reach natal Hiroshima at 25 Capricorn 42, so the danger period will
last several years longer.
The danger seems especially strong at the present time,
since the P angles are also quincunx P Saturn and P Vesta, square George and
Andree (Andrew) in 20 Aries 13, and octile Nemesis and Hela in 5 to 6
Sagittarius. Hela was named for
the same death goddess as Hel, and Nemesis was the god who punished you if you
flouted Themis, divine justice.
George W. Bush has chosen Andrew Card to manage the White House during
his time in office. The current aspects fit their involvement with the
traumatic events in Israel. It is
intriguing that P George and P Libitina (a death goddess) are in 20 Taurus plus
or minus a few minutes of longitude, where they trine the Israel P angles and P
Hiroshima. Could this mean that
George will successfully handle the Near East crisis? Unfortunately, when factors move from squares to trines, it
does not guarantee a desirable outcome.
The current aspect may show the timing of events while the natal aspect
shows the nature of the events – UNLESS the individual has changed his
habits in the interval between the dates of the natal and progressed charts!
If I had worked more with this chart for Israel before the
election last November, I would have been more confident that Bush would be
elected president. His personal
name asteroid, George, was featured and associated with the need to deal with
death. The other asteroid named
for a George, but feminized to Georgia, was retrograding in 1 Sagittarius 2,
coming to the Israel natal MC in early 2001 and connected to it since it had
started a conjunction with Urania before the inauguration. To hammer in the message, P Busch in 6
Gemini 33 opposed Hela while the Israel P MCs will move into a trioctile to
it. P Busch is also quincunx the
country’s Ascendant/MC midpoint to form the equivalent of a current
aspect to both of the Israel major angles. Will Bush impact the country or vice versa or both? P Busch is also octile Ra-Shalom, an
asteroid named in honor of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, the first
Arab country to make peace. P Ra-Shalom is just past P Busch, ending an octile
to its natal position. P Busch is
also square P Israel in 6 Virgo and natal Chaldaea in 5 Virgo 53. The latter asteroid was named for the
ancient Near East region that is now part of Iraq and Iran. The patterns certainly fit a karmic
connection between George W Bush and the country of Israel.
After noting the prominence of Bush’s name asteroids
in the chart for Israel, I decided to check the asteroids for Bush’s main
advisors for foreign affairs.
Colin Powell was picked to be Secretary of State, and Condoleezza Rice
to be Security Advisor. The
asteroid named for a man called Rice was feminized to Riceia, and we have an
asteroid named Powell. In the
chart for Israel, natal Powell in 3 Leo 0 squares natal Libitina in 2 Taurus 29
and octiles natal Arabia and P Sumeria in 17 to 18 Gemini. P Powell in 27 Leo 8 will
conjunct natal Mars in time. Natal
Riceia in 7 Taurus 9 is trine P Israel.
P Riceia in 4 Gemini is conjunct P Phaethon for an overreach danger,
trioctile natal Hel and P Hiroshima, octile natal George and Andree, and
quincunx P Karma and P United Nations to form a yod from Gemini to Capricorn
and Scorpio. There may be
additional asteroids with aspects when I have time to check further. So far, the aspects imply that Rice
might be more immediately involved in the problems with Israel and Powell more
immediately concerned with the Arabs.
Like Chaldaea, Sumeria is related to modern Iraq and Iran, so we could
anticipate his concern, in light of Powell’s position as Commander in
Chief of U.S. forces during the Gulf War against Iraq. Rice’s stated position is focused
on security. The latest
information from Israel indicates that both the Palestinians and Israel have
given up on any hope of an immediate peace settlement and they are focused on
security, on just reducing the violence.
Powell, on the other hand, has been watching Saddam Hussein escape the
embargo placed on Iraq, and warning that the U.S. needs to strengthen it.
One of the suggestions for dealing with the Israel crisis
has been to bring in the United Nations, but Israel may only be willing to
consider that if the U.S. provides the peace keepers. Israel is afraid of condemnation by the rest of the world
for their use of deadly force against rock throwing kids. In the Israel chart, natal U.N. is in
11 Scorpio 11, with the P south lunar node holding a very long conjunction to
it. I interpret the south node as
a lesson, the 9th house as a key to beliefs and ethics, and Scorpio
as the need to learn to share power and possessions for mutual pleasure.
Israel’s natal Sun in 23 Taurus is conjunct
Winchester, the asteroid of guns, and square Icarus in 23 Aquarius as
additional keys to the country’s power struggles from its beginning. The midpoint of Mars/Saturn opposes
Icarus within one degree. Natal
Sumeria is on Winchester within one degree, and Hephaistos, who made weapons
for the gods of Olympus, is on Sumeria, again within one degree. The three factors in late Taurus are
therefore connected, and they form squares to the East Point axis and
trioctiles to Neptune. At Bush’s
inauguration, the Israel P Moon in 10 Cancer will be square Neptune, octile the
Taurus trio, and trioctile the East Point/West Point axis. P Hela in 24 Scorpio opposes the Sun
and squares Icarus and the East Point axis.
Many other aspects could be mentioned, including aspects
involving the traditional planets.
A collection of factors in 26 to 28 Gemini includes P Winchester (guns),
P Venus, P Wright (planes), P Uranus, and P Mercury, with the group opposing
Jupiter and quincunx P Nemesis in 26 Scorpio. The picture is not encouraging. Major compromises are required from both sides for a resolution,
and sometimes it takes a lot of pain before people are willing to face the
possibility that their beliefs are destructive.
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