for October 9, 2000
181: The Israeli-Palestinian Interface
serious international attempt to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
was debated by the fledgling United Nations General Assembly on November
29, 1947. UN Resolution 181 to Partition Palestine recognized the political
and religious rights of both groups, and after a long debate was passed
by a majority that evening, or midnight in Jerusalem.
A horoscope drawn for this moment (November 30, 1947; Jerusalem; 12:00
am*) reflects the inherent, crisis-oriented division in the homeland with
the Moon-Uranus conjunction in Gemini. When the Sun passed over the fateful
North Node on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion unilaterally declared Israel's
Arafat did the same for the Palestinians on November 15,
1988 (12:40 am, Algiers), and the geopolitical astrologer will note key
transits to the Resolution 181 chart, especially transiting Uranus exactly,
to-the-minute, conjunct the Fourth House Venus.
At the moment,
the Palestinian-Israeli interface is under extreme astrological pressure.
Mars, in the isolated, repressed Twelfth House shows the underlying resentment
and righteous anger (in Leo) that characterizes both sides. Mars here
can act out through terrorism or explosive rage. Since July, transiting
Saturn has been squaring this Mars, testing, challenging whether the seething
bitterness can be subdued diplomatically.
At the same
time, transiting Uranus is squaring Chiron, the planet associated with
national feelings of woundedness. Chiron's extreme alienation and hurt
is hyper-inflated, perhaps extending through many generations, as shown
by the square to Pluto. Throughout October, transiting Uranus remains
in extremely close range, trying to break free from this Chiron wound.
Watch around October 25 when Uranus turns direct for the most significant
actions toward liberation.
Retrograde Targets Border Areas
18, at 9:41 am EDT, Mercury turns retrograde. Mercury's retrograde phase
happens three times a year and lasts for about three weeks. Generally
this interval doesn't bring alarming changes other than the usual misquotes,
missed travel connections and lost memos. However, this time Mercury's
retrograde point is exactly square the U.S. Midheaven, indicating important
changes in the most significant political processes. (Editor’s Note: There
is much disagreement as to the Ascendant of the U.S. chart. WolfStar uses
a chart with Scorpio
pausing for an extended linking to the Midheaven (the nation's destiny
and point of honor), we can expect that the presidential campaign season
will be entering a frenzied pace of advertising and disseminating information.
Mercury turning retrograde infers a change of attitude and opinion. This
could mean that advertising strategies become meaner, more attack-oriented
and extra deceptive. Opinion polls should show a noticeable shift.
Midheaven is in Leo, the sign associated with Hollywood and the entertainment
industry. The first major film studio, MGM, used the lion as its company
logo and established Hollywood (and the U.S.) as an international image
factory. Mercury turning retrograde in Scorpio, the sign often associated
with sex and violence, points to lurid movies as a pivotal issue around
day of Mercury's station, Venus enters Sagittarius and within three days
Saturn returns to Taurus. These simultaneous symbolic crossings have physical
and political translations. Watch for stories about people crossing borders,
perhaps in the sense of "crossing over to the other side." Tensions
around border areas should increase, such as around Southern Lebanon or
the Rio Grande. Important people change parties, take charge, resign,
retire, get fired or denied entry.
Kostunica, Redeeming Hero
Vojislav Kostunica, the newly-elected president of Yugoslavia, addressed
the jubilant crowd in Belgrade, "What we are doing today is history,
created by the people alone, without anyone's help." Slobodan Milosevic
had just conceded defeat, and was convinced by mass rallies and visiting
Russian diplomats to step aside.
Kostunica was born a defiant Aries (March 24, 1944; Belgrade; time unknown**)
with several planets in intellectual Gemini. The Sun is in an out-of-sign
square to Mars, augmenting the independent, fiery Aries energy. His anti-communist stance led to his dismissal from Belgrade
Law School, and alone among the eighteen opposition candidates, Kostunica
could not be bought off, nor would he compromise his principles for democratic
reform. The heavy dose of Aries-Mars energy is subdued by a square to
Ceres in Cancer, giving him the kind demeanor of a paternalistic headmaster.
(born August 29, 1941, in Pozarevac, Yugoslavia), he does not have the
instinctive drive for absolute, dictatorial power, a characteristic often
associated with the Sun in hard aspect (conjunct, square or opposed) to
Uranus. Kostunica is what astrologer Donna Cunningham refers to as an
OPP, or an outer-planet-person. His Sun is closely aspecting all three
of the outer planets, with a soft sextile to Uranus, an empowering
trine to Pluto and a self-sacrificing, idealistic opposition to Neptune.
Each of these
three slow-moving outer planets tunes the individual toward a generational
theme. The individual hears the collective call to fulfill an archetypal,
heroic role of redemption. When transiting Uranus opposed Kostunica’s
Jupiter, sudden victory and fame arrived, all according to the will of
in Michael Baigent's The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered.
for birth date is from the Serbian Unity Congress website.
Some astrologers have reported a speculative, unverifiable birth time
of 1:55 pm.
WolfStar is a professional
astrologer and writer living in Oregon. He writes regularly for
Dell Horoscope and American Astrology.