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The mirror date in the calendar to September 11 is March 11. It's 7:39 am. Peak hour rush in central Madrid. At Atocha station terrorist bombs planted on packed carriages explode. In the horror that follows, three other trains are blown apart taking over 200 lives and injuring 1,500 others.

The coincidences to the World Trade Towers disaster are chilling. But instead of four planes, it's four trains. It even occurred 911 days after September 11 2001. Why Spain? Can astrology provide any clues to the undercurrents of the Madrid massacre?

Spain's National Horoscope

Spain has a long and colorful history dating from the Paleolithic cave art of Altamira . The horoscope of modern Spain starts with the marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella (the Catholic) of Castile on October 19, 1469. The kingdom began on January 19, 1479 when Ferdinand inherited the crown upon the death of Juan II. The current successor to the throne Prince Felipe (born Jan. 30, 1968) has an amazing tie-in with this original birth chart of Spain.

The horoscope is symbolically set for noon, with the sign of the Bull rising. However research from the late Charles Harvey suggests a 7 am time for the passing of the king. Even this chart rests on Taurus (on the Fourth House cusp, the bottom of the chart).

Historically this works well. For example, during the Spanish/American war, begun on April 25 1898, the progressed Sun (monarchy, leadership) moved to oppose powerful Pluto (irresistible force). This conflict was a disaster for Spain which lost colonies and trade, not to mention the human carnage of war. From July 17, 1936 Spain was torn asunder by a civil war, which lasted until April 3, 1939. During this period progressed Mars (planet of war) was exactly square the birth Mars. Again, from March 11 to 17 this year, the progressed Moon came exactly to a conjunction with Mars.

The Uranus-Neptune Connection

There is an outstanding feature of the Spanish chart. The combination of Uranus and Neptune are in the opening degrees of Sagittarius. This union conjures up visions of Don Quixote fighting windmills. Uranus represents rebellion and revolution. Neptune can signify misplaced idealism. Progressed Mars (aggression) has now reached an exact conjunction to Uranus/Neptune activating their negative potential.

You can look at Uranus/Neptune as the religious fanatic, or you could look at it as the technology of a cell phone (Uranus) igniting a chemical agent (Neptune). The Mars spark is "how" the energy is conveyed. This is the spiritual warrior.

Traditionally, the conjunctions of Uranus and Neptune tie in with new (Uranus) social ( Neptune ) orders. The union of 623 AD (in early Virgo) was concurrent with the birth of Islam. Ironically this occurred opposite Pisces, the sign mostly tagged to Christianity. Less than a century after this, by 711 AD as Uranus and Neptune reached their opposition point, Spain fell to Moslem rule.

The conjunction in the beginning degrees of Sagittarius of 1479 squared the original Virgo placement of Islam's birth, and prefaced the resurgence of Catholic dominance. It was less than a year before, November 1, 1478, that Pope Sixtus IV signed the papal bull instigating the Spanish Inquisition. Therefore, today as progressed Mars ignites this same area the implication is that religious differences will again erupt. Astrologers reading this article will find no surprise th99at the birth of Islam and the Inquisition featured Uranus/Neptune conjunctions in exact oppositions to Jupiter (belief systems, religious law).

Currently, transiting Uranus is squaring the Mars/Uranus/Neptune combination. The sociological correspondences for this are violent people, freedom fighters and revolutionaries. Similar trends are additionally reflected in the current monarchy chart. They are potentially active around late April and September 2004.

This chart reverberates the anger and agitation of the people, along with sudden crackdowns by government. It's consistent with confusion and also of forces challenging the leadership. Within a week of the bombing the election featured a turn-around as the government, ahead in the polls originally, were voted out of office. The second half of 2005 sees further administrative shake-ups. Interestingly, at this time the reign of King Juan Carlos (Nov. 22, 1975, 12:45 pm, Madrid) will also be experiencing its Saturn return. Spain faces another period of challenging change ahead, possibly marred by violence. We can only hope there is no repeat of what happened on March 11—a day when a stunned Spain was left counting the toll of terrorism.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ed Tamplin is a consultant, writer and researcher of astrology specializing in mundane. He is a regular lecturer on the Australian circuit and co-hosts an astrology talkback show on Sydney radio 2GB-AM every Saturday night. With partner and fellow astrologer Sherrynne Dalby he teaches at the Sirius School of Astrology and maintains an active personal practice.

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Other StarIQ articles by Ed Tamplin:

  • Saturn in Libra   10/30/2009
  • Saturn in Virgo   8/31/2007
  • Jupiter in Sagittarius: Nothing Exceeds Like Excess   12/8/2006
  • Mars and the Commonwealth Games   3/17/2006
  • Grand Cross or Southern Cross   11/11/2005
  • Gods or Monsters: Jupiter in Scorpio   10/25/2005
  • USA, Uranus & Iraq   9/5/2005
  • Saturn in Leo   7/8/2005
  • Presidents and Neptune   2/11/2005
  • Election 2004   10/29/2004
  • Election in Oz 2004   10/1/2004
  • Jupiter in Libra   9/24/2004
  • Jupiter in Virgo   6/18/2004
  • Australia: Birth of a Nation   5/14/2004
  • Pluto and Mars - Fiery Encounters   1/22/2004

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