On Mon 21st September, Iran let on to the IAEA about its secret uranium enrichment plant. It came as a surprise to most of us, but no doubt western intelligence services had known about it for a long time, and Iran jumped before it was pushed.
America is using the incident to further its aim of building an international consensus against Iran's nuclear ambitions. The US has recently completed a square of Saturn to its natal Mars, describing the more considered, less unilateral approach it is taking to conflict. Russia is now on board the consensus as a result of the news of Iran's secret second plant. However, a week before this the US dropped its plans for a missile shield in eastern Europe, to Russia's gratification. A country does not do this without expecting something in return, and now we know what the deal was.
Iran has 2 charts. One is for the February revolution of 1979, which expresses the will of the people, and which is therefore relevant to this year’s election protests. With Angles and Moon between 2 and 7 degrees of the Cardinal signs, which Pluto will continue to transit for 2 more years, and with Uranus soon to join in, these protests seem likely to be the start of a much bigger process of change in Iran, guided by the will of the people.
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The other chart is for April 1979, when the Islamic state was formed, and being a state secret, this chart is more relevant when considering the second Uranium enrichment plant.
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Iran’s natal Mars-Mercury conjunction in 8th House Pisces is central to the issue, as it always seems to be when considering the country’s nuclear programme. As a state, Iran communicates (Mercury) about military matters (Mars) in a manner that is secretive (8th House, Mercury retrograde) and deceptive (Pisces, square to Neptune).
On Monday, this Mercury-Mars was being opposed by Sun-Saturn-Mercury Retro, and conjoined by Uranus. The previous evening at 9.30, Mercury retrograde had exactly opposed Iran’s natal Mercury Retro. So the astrological timing was perfect for surprising (Uranus) military secrets (8th House natal Mars-Mercury) to be revealed (Mercury Retro).
Mars was unaspected, but making a square to Iran’s natal Sun-Pluto opposition, suggesting that this revelation was felt as a threat (Mars) to the power (Pluto) of the leader (Sun). It was also an assertion (Mars) of that power at the same time: we are more powerful than the world thought.
Pluto at 1 Capricorn was widely making a t-square with the Sun-Saturn-Mercury to Uranus opposition, and this is also an important part of the picture, particularly as the Saturn-Pluto square is applying (gaining in strength), and will be exact in mid November. Saturn-Pluto is known as the heaviest and darkest of configurations (9/11 occurred under the opposition, lying along the US Asc/Desc axis). And things don’t get much darker than nuclear weapons, particularly in the hands of someone like Ahmadinejad. This square will last until next September, suggesting that things are likely to get worse before they get better, at least as regards conflict in the Middle East, Afghanistan etc.
Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President, has a Sun-Neptune conjunction at 0 – 5 Scorpio. The Moon passed over these 2 points on Monday, activating them; in this case, activating his leadership qualities (Sun), which are tied up with secrecy (Scorpio), deception (Neptune) and the assertion of power (Scorpio). Ahmadinejad also has Moon in Leo conjunct Pluto, emphasising his Scorpionic/Plutonic nature.
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It is interesting to bring in Jung’s analysis of Hitler, which was that you couldn’t trust him to keep a promise, because there was no-one in to keep it; he was subsumed by the German unconscious, of which he was the mouthpiece. In Hitler’s case, this has been attributed to his unaspected Neptune-Pluto conjunction taking over his personality. In Ahmadinejad’s case, Neptune and Pluto are conjoining his Sun and Moon respectively (Obama has them square respectively, an interesting resonance for these 2 opponents.) There is no doubt that Ahmadinejad is the mouthpiece for a certain aspect of the Iranian psyche, because of the primitive form in which it comes out: the denial of the Holocaust, with its appeal to tribal hatreds, and the disregard for the facts, is a sure pointer to this. The Sun and/or Moon in aspect to the outer planets doesn’t have to mean that one is taken over by these planets – in fact, it can mean one works very well with them, that we can tap their archetypal richness. But I think in Ahmadinejad’s case it means that he is influenced by them in a largely unconscious way, and this would be ongoing, unlike in the case of Hitler, where there was a marked personality change, like a medicine man (to which Jung compared him) going into a trance.
With Ahmadinejad, I think we see Sun-Neptune in Scorpio at its worst: a power seeking snake, no doubt very charming, who cannot be trusted. While it gives him the instinct and charisma to lead a people, it also sets him up for demonization by his enemies, and the degree to which this occurs will be a measure of the new America (his main opponent) under Obama.