NewsScope for October 16, 2001
Directs War on Terrorism
22 Mercury turns direct. Ordinarily, astrologers could hail this celestial
event as a return to clear communications and an end to traffic delays
and snafus. However, this Mercury station happens to take place on a critical
degree (14 degrees Libra), one that is inextricably linked to the War
pre-eminent value in the War on Terrorism can be seen in the event chart
for the first terrorist hit on the World Trade Center (8:46 am; September
11). Mercury dominates by being conjunct the Ascendant here, and is the
same degree as where Mercury turns direct on October 22. The symbolic
power of this event on the collective psyche establishes this horoscope
as the beginning of the War on Terrorism.
horoscope features Saturn at 14 Libra, the same critical degree. In political
astrology Saturn represents the institutional structures that preserve
a nation's traditions and power base. The attack targeted U.S. economic
institutions, as well as its corporate and governmental relationships
with the rest of the world. On October 8 President Bush initiated the
counter-attack on Afghanistan within hours of when the transiting Sun was conjunct the U.S. Saturn, and Mercury in the War on Terrorism chart.
(Editor's Note: WolfStar uses a Scorpio
rising U.S. chart.)
turns direct on October 22 we can expect a major turning point in the
War on Terrorism. Perhaps Osama Bin Laden will be killed or captured.
Perhaps the terrorists will find a way to attack again. Or perhaps the
military campaign will expand to other countries. Whatever is manifested,
we can be sure that it will mark another high-voltage event in the War
week the FBI issued a general alert for a possible terrorist attack. Within
the days bracketed for trouble, anthrax scares hit several news media
offices, including the Florida headquarters for the National Enquirer,
NBC's office in New York City, and with suspicious envelopes arriving
in Nevada and California as well.
the red-flagged days are connected to the square between the transiting
Sun and Mars. The Sun-Mars duo is a highly aggressive vibration that naturally
suits the motives of attack-oriented factions. What makes this particular
case of Sun square Mars especially potent during the War on Terrorism
is that it aligns with a major planetary axis within the U.S. horoscope,
the Mercury-Pluto opposition.
In the Scorpio Rising chart Mercury and Pluto are found in the Third and Ninth Houses
of the media, and include news gathering and publishing. These are the
areas where the anthrax letters were sent, probably to ensure their prompt
publicity. The downside of Mercury-Pluto is that it can quickly turn obsessively
paranoid and lead to panic.
the Sun passes through the U.S. Twelfth House during October and forms
a square to this Mercury-Pluto axis. Investors know this time as being
extremely vulnerable to financial panics, and usually some event concurrent
with this annual passage becomes known as the October Surprise. This coming
week the Sun is accompanied by Mars as the two align with the U.S. Mercury-Pluto
axis, so the October Surprise is likely to be less financial, and more
militant than a few anthrax-laden letters.
Blair, Global Citizen
popularity has soared over the last month to 88 percent, the highest approval
rating for a British leader since Winston Churchill during World War II.
Blair's soothing lucidity and vision for the future has made him Bush's
best ally in the campaign against terrorism, as the Prime Minister delivered
the evidence against Osama Bin Laden, and criss-crossed the globe to build
international support for the alliance.
Blair was born a determined Taurus (May 6, 1953; 6:10 am; Edinburgh, UK),
and like George W. Bush, has his Sun in the Twelfth House. For a politician,
a Twelfth House Sun is not necessarily a disadvantage. The Twelfth House
is where the individual connects to the collective unconscious, and a
politician with his Sun here has the unique opportunity of identifying
with the collective's unrecognized desires and fears.
forms a square with Pluto, a difficult combination that finds intense
struggles with enemies as a way of building personal ego strength. Blair's
enemies are no longer his domestic political foes, but have transformed
into international terrorists. With Mars and Jupiter found clustered around
his Gemini Ascendant, Blair is a natural promoter (Mars) for a cause (Jupiter).
skills are enhanced by Uranus in the Third House of communications, which
forms a harmonious sextile to his Sun. Uranus here channels the intuitive
grasp of the collective's concerns over terrorism. Jupiter comes to a
full stop right on this key planet, ensuring that he will remain a celebrated
politician over the next month.