Like most astrologers, at times of momentous
world events, I rush to my charts and my sources to see what astrology
has to say about it, and I find plenty.
While other people struggle to understand
the root of evil intentions, look for explanation in politics and seek
spiritual solace in the idea of a merciful God, we, astrologers, are
confronted with both similar and yet, very different view of historic
events. And this view is
not making it any easier to bear.
At times like these, the universal and timeless
question of the connection between the fate of the individual and the
collective comes back to mind in the most powerful and vivid way.
In our century, we have struggled to understand it with regard to
World War II, the Holocaust, the A-bomb, the on-going conflict in the
Middle East, and the list goes on and on. The questions are not new, and
astrologers have tried to answer them in various ways. The purpose of
this article is not to debate these metaphysical, philosophical or
technical dilemmas. My own thoughts and views are not always in
agreement with what most people believe in, so I will limit this to the
technical astrological aspects of these horrific events. Astrology is
best at describing ‘how’ but not ‘why’ or ‘for what
purpose’, so this is what I will do here.
In 1999 I gave a lecture titled “Mundane is
Personal”, in which I laid out the principles and techniques of
Mundane Astrology. Most students of astrology do not have much interest
in this field and think of it as boring and irrelevant to their own
lives. My purpose was to
arouse people’s interest and show how mundane astrology is relevant to
our lives just as the personal one, and this is even more true at this
So here are my technical comments. They are not
supposed to cover every possible explanation, but only point to the most
obvious and strong ones, in a brief overview manner.
When a negative event occurs, most astrologers
look for the explanation in the chart of the moment, usually expecting
to find an obvious adverse planetary picture affecting the Angles, or
some other very exact difficult aspect, but experience shows that this
is not always the case. The moment of the bombing of the World Trade
Center is a good example of that. My approach has always been: ‘Who
did it happen to?’ In other words, look for a natal, or inception chart for the
entity that was directly affected by the event. I find that this is where the explanation lies, and the chart
of the moment just ties into it.
Another important question that comes up
when dealing with historic charts is the issue of the Precession of the
Equinoxes in the Tropical Zodiac. As you know, this amounts to 1 degree
in about 71 years, which is added to all the points in the original
chart. The practice is to
use transits to these precessed new points. My findings are that
transits affect both the original degrees, as well as the precessed
ones, as you can see in some of the charts for this event.
The inception charts that I look at for
the current events are (see charts below):
1) USA, Declaration of Independence, July 4th,
1776 (NS), 5:10 pm LMT,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 75W10, 39N57.
2) NYC - New York City, Consolidation of the 5
Boroughs, January 1, 1898, 0:01 am.
3) Manhattan Island, First Distinct Form of
Government in New Amsterdam, February 12th, 1653 (New Style),
New York City (73W59, 40N45). No time - noon used.
4) Opening of the World Trade Center, April 4th,
1973, New York City.
(Sue Simmons posted on the Astrolife internet
list a time of 3 pm, from the New York Times archives)
The most obvious astrological factors in the
current events are the Saturn-Pluto cycle and transits, the Jupiter and
the Mars transits, the Gemini-Sagittarius axis and the 2001 June and
To begin with, the mid Gemini-Sagittarius
degrees are prevalent in all the above charts.
The USA ASC of 12 Sagittarius (+3 degrees of precession which gives about 15 Sag) is now
getting the full impact of the Transits and Stations of Saturn and
NYC has Pluto in Gemini in the 9th
house opposite Saturn, Mars and Venus in Sag in the 3rd
house, and the Precession adds about 1 degree to all the chart points.
These house positions provide the meaning of international foreign
secretive terrorism related to means of transportation.
I have watched this chart before, and every time this third house
was affected there were serious events in NYC related to
More recently transiting Mars made his station in those
Sagittarius degrees and I expected to here something, and when Mars
moved into Capricorn I was a bit surprised that nothing significant had
happened. Now it looks like Mars just “waited” another degree or so
to trigger the total eclipse in Cancer on June 21, 2001. That eclipse
fell close to the 8th house Sun and Jupiter of the USA, as
well as the Sun of G. W. Bush. In the event chart, the Moon is at 28
Gemini, opposite the Mars in the NYC chart.
The “Manhattan Island” chart has ASC 15
Gemini, Pluto at 12 Gemini, and MC 21 Aquarius. Precession adds almost 5
degrees to that. The original degrees are now getting the transits of
Saturn, Pluto and Uranus. The symbolism is obvious here too, and does
not require any explanation. It is interesting to note that the WTC was
built in the area that was New Amsterdam.
The Opening of the WTC chart has Saturn at 16
Gemini, and a 3 pm time has it angular in the 10th house.
Every astrologer will see the symbolism immediately: First, now
is the “Saturn Return” for that foundation. Second, the powerful
symbolism of the “Gemini Twins”, and as we all know, the buildings
were called the Twin Towers. In the ancient myth of Castor and Pollux,
the brothers were inseparable from each other, and when Castor died and
Pollux was inconsolable, he was allowed by Zeus to share his life with
his brother by being half the time above the earth and the other half
beneath it, and so did these two towers. They lived and fell and died
together. Another ‘brotherly’ symbolism is found in the fact that
two brothers, David and Nelson Rockefeller were behind the building of
these towers, as part of a plan to rebuild lower Manhattan into a
financial district and raise the real-estate value of the area. At the
time the towers were nicknamed ‘David’ and ‘Nelson’.
David was the head of Chase Manhattan Bank which had just build
its headquarters there, and Nelson was the governor of New York State,
who helped by getting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as
an investor. The WTC has
been owned and operated by the Port Authority ever since, and this is
another Gemini symbolism of transportation and communication.
The towers were also a hub for trains as well as television and
radio transmitters, and the phone company.
1) The USA chart has controversy surrounding it,
as some astrologers use a Gemini rising chart for that date, and other
variations exist too. Campion’s Book
of World Horoscopes has ample documentation and rationale for all of
them. I use the one known as the Sibly chart, with 12 Sagittarius
rising, for 5:10 pm LMT.
2) Pluto was in Gemini roughly between 1882 to
1914. That was the era when motorized transportation developed, fueled
by the oil found in the Middle East.
3) Pluto-Saturn cycles, such as the current one,
are usually connected with very hard times for many people during war
4) A few yeas ago I gave a lecture called “The
Seamy Side of Sagittarius”, in which I made the point that Sagittarius
also has a dark side that has to do with ethnic and race issues.
Sagittarius is known for its symbolism of freedom, religion, morality
and interest in foreign cultures. On the dark side these become
intolerance, bigotry, xenophobia, and racism of all sorts. The USA with
its Sagittarius ASC has definitely had its share of wrestling with these
demons throughout its history. At the same time, the USA has become the
beacon of freedom for the world, as in a process of personal growth,
from the moment of its birth, expressed in its Declaration of
Independence. The astrological truth that in this life on earth we are
supposed to learn how to ‘do our chart’ the right way is certainly
true for nations as it is for individuals. Pluto in Sagittarius is
definitely driving this point home for the whole world. Other Pluto
manifestations are terrorism, malice, the invisible dark side and loss
of innocence, and we have now seen all that in the plotting by secret
international terrorist groups to kill thousands of people, and the loss
of innocence of the American people who are waking up to a new reality
on their own soil. The time
for Transformation has come.
5) George W. Bush: July 6, 1946, 7:26 AM EDT
(+4), New Haven, Connecticut, 72W55' 43", 41N18' 29"
In Bush's astro-cartography map his Mars-MC line
goes directly through Kabul and Karachi (Afghanistan & Pakistan) !
This natal Mars at 9 Virgo makes an exact Octile (45 degree
aspect) to his MC at 24 Libra, and is currently getting the square from
Looking back at the inauguration chart for
Bush reveals Mars conjunct the 7th House of ‘open
enemies’. What an ominous sign of things to come!
(Chart data: Taking the oath on January 1, 2001, 12:04 PM EST +5,
Washington DC. Source:
media at time of event)
Copyright Meira B.
Epstein, All Rights Reserved.
Campion, The Book of World
Horoscopes. Revised 2nd edition, 1995, published by Cinnabar Books, P.O.
Box 1071, Bristol BS99 1HE,
R. Dodson, Horoscopes of The U.S.
States & Cities, 4th printing in 1980 by ACS, PO Box
16297, San Diego, CA 92116, USA. First
published by AFA, 1975.
For the WTC:
For G.W. Bush: