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    Future Trends: part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4 | part 5American Catastrophe

    Unfolding Astrological Themes

    Leading astrologer Ian Thurnwald continues his examination of the trends flowing out of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

    Inauguration of President G W Bush Last time I indicated that the period from Oct 1st to 3rd is a powerful one when a number of astrological processes culminate. The most important of these involve Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. This also happens to be a full moon in Aries, the sign Mars rules. Mars is currently in Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation. It is the confluence of these factors, rather than just the fact that it's a full moon, which makes this period so significant. It also suggests that events will proceed very quickly then.

    Now, I'm in no doubt that something highly significant will occur, but this may not be the obvious thing we were all expecting. Previously, my hasty guess was that this would manifest as the military campaign getting into full swing. My more considered opinion, both of the astrology and of the reality of the situation, is that this will manifest as the legitimation of the use of force against Osama bin Laden and the final shoring up of the diplomatic foundations of the anti-terrorist coalition -- which then means that military operations can get underway sooner rather than later. Compare the chart of the first strike on Afghanistan, with the Kabul Full Moon chart.

    First, I'll outline the background astrological themes which are informing all this. Then I'll consider the reality of the situation as I see it. Finally I'll look at the (foreground) aspects of this period to give a fuller explanation of my interpretation/prediction.
    General Astrological Themes
    I mentioned before that Saturn/Pluto (180°) energy is a strong general influence at the moment and in the longer term. We are certainly seeing profound cultural changes in America and most Western nations in the wake of the events of September 11th. The other indications of this aspect are strong too -- the urge to purge, polarised views, the ordered use of collective power.

    We also know that the American people, and also people from many other nations, want to see evidence of justice (Jupiter) being done (Mars). Meanwhile, some other nations and religious factions are demanding proof that this is a just cause before they will support it. This is also an extremely tense time (Mars/Saturn) when the desire for revenge has been stymied. A justified anger over a wrong that has been done is held in and cannot be expressed, because, for a number of reasons (see below), the coalition forces are unable to hit back.
    The Real World Situation
    Now to the reality of the situation, which is a tricky one indeed.

    Osama bin Laden's whereabouts are unknown, and unless there is some lucky break, it seems it will take some time to find him. As such, the likely aim of any US-led action will be to secure the area of the country where he might be, so that smaller forces can root him out. This will be a long term operation. With winter coming on, there is a pressing need to act quickly.

    Of course, before achieving any of this 'key targets' must be 'hit' both to show intent and to 'soften up' the Taliban, and hope the Taliban fall or fold to the 'northern alliance' (the ex bad guys we used to call the Mujaheddin - now supplied and supported by Russia!). A 'result' like this would be acceptable to the Afghan people, whereas a US-led victory would not.

    However, while the Taliban don't pose a serious military threat, the political/religious situation in the region is extremely volatile. The problem here is that any military action (such as initial air strikes) against the Taliban (and/or Osama bin Laden) will outrage the Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan (not to mention those in the rest of the world). If these people then take up the fight as they say they will, it will seriously destabilise the region. It's also doubtful that the production of convincing evidence linking the al-Qa'ida network to the recent terror attacks, will make any difference to the fundamentalist response. Indeed, it looks increasingly likely that the risk of inflaming the fundamentalists is being classed as an 'acceptable risk' in this situation.

    Finally, we know that after 5 years of drought, there is an humanitarian crisis of truly staggering proportions in the central Asian region, which is being exacerbated by this whole situation. And, with winter coming on, there is a pressing need to act quickly. So a huge humanitarian aid campaign is also required in the region. This is both a moral and political necessity, because it would be criminal to do nothing, and the Western powers must show that this is not a campaign against the Afghan people in particular or Muslims in general.

    This article goes on to consider the effects of some specific astrological themes which are about to unfold.

    Read more about the Astrological Themes

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