by Boots Hart, CAP

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Astrology, Modern Media and Events Which Change Our World

Blog reader Maggie dropped a comment in the blog box  to say that Mubarak's resignation happened on February 11, 2011 at 5:05am (EET/-2) in Cairo.

And though I haven't been able to come up with this time myself, it does point out one of the difficulties of doing stories like this. The time used for pulling the chart used in the previous post (6:02am, same day, same zone) is when the news actually hit international media wires, cable news and all that tribe. That's when the news was heard here in my digs (yes, I leave the TV on while I work) and if you go search out some web streams on the event (there are a bunch of them) the little clocks are there to be seen on various screens.

But there are various stoppages in this process, so let's go with Maggie's time as if nothing else, it says a lot about how our world works.

So here's the chart you saw in the original 'Bye, bye Mubarak' post...

 February 11, 2011 6:02pm (EET/-2) - Cairo, Egypt

And here's the chart for 5:05 in the morning, same date.

 February 11, 2011 - 5:05am (EET/-2) - Cairo, Egypt

The first thing which seems interesting to point out about the second chart is that Aquarius is intercepted. With Aquarius being the sign of the society, economy and the media, this suggests that a resignation tendered at 5:05 in the morning might well have actually been in favor of the betterment of the Egyptian economy and its people.

At the same time, seeing that interceptions indicate things functioning behind the scene (or which are hidden in some way) this is also a way of saying that the media, particularly the global media, would not have gotten an instantaneous notification. And there is of course, that need on the media's part to do enough fact checking that they don't find themselves with a severe case of foot-in-mouth (or in this case, microphone in mouth).

This is exactly why astrologers tend to be behind the time curve with regards to reporting on news. Frankly - it's just hard to get the facts. Especially the time data. Sometimes you get to watch something in progress - some of you may have read articles I wrote about the President Obama's inauguration. The event was scheduled for noon. Officially, that's the time when governmental power in the US shifts from one administration to the next. Thus that chart represents what the country (i.e., it's people) expect to see from this new administration.

What they get will be slightly different (isn't it always in the wild and woolly world of politics and governance?). President Obama took his oath only a few minutes after twelve, but that did shift the chart. Yes, such small time increments can matter, which is why twins born a couple of minutes apart can have totally different charts and thus very different lives/experiences of life.

Okay to Maggie's question about what this 5:05 am chart says. (And next time, Maggie, can you tell me your source?) (Thanks!)

This chart's focal Ascendant/operational point is 23 Capricorn, a degree which being in Capricorn's 3rd decanate, automatically means this is a position of response or reaction to external provocation, opinion, judgment, etc. The notes on 23 Capricorn refer to an 'excess of passion' and overoptimism and/or expectations on the part of others, particularly when those others are considered 'youthful,' which fits. That Icarus is at 25 Capricorn (just inside the 1st house) probably gives us a clue that to the last, Mubarak thought everything was moving too fast.

 Sakkara - Step Pyramid in background
photo credit: Daniel Csorfoly (February 2007)

On the other hand, with the ruler of Capricorn (Saturn) positioned here in the 9th house, what may account for a deal of the difference in chart times is that it took a while for Mubarak to leave. I don't speak Arabic (alas...I wish I could speak every language!) but the announcements which did go out - as translated - said Mubarak has left - which would imply a period of time. So maybe it worked like this...first he agrees to go, then everything gets gathered together and packed while aides et al figure out where he's going to go and how they're going to get him there...then finally Mubarak actually leaves, and then the announcement gets made.

The whole Sun-Mars-Nessus-Damocles-Ceres-Sappho conglomeration in Aquarius which in the afternoon-evening chart becomes the work needing yet to be done and the military inheriting civil power...and that is here intercepted in the first house. Anyone want to bet that Mubarak was not just not jumping for joy but was blaming the media for his ousting?

It would seem likely, especially Mercury/Hel intercepted in the first conjunct universalist Sappho conjunct Ceres. This would easily fit the attitude of someone who thinks the people have been led by the media - an accusation which has been floated over these past days.

Would this indicate it was Mubarak's personal opinion or that of his 'team'? It could go either way. But like as not, it was there.

Considering that apart from the wheel of the chart the fastest moving body in horoscope terms is the Moon, let's also look there. The Moon of the afternoon-evening chart is at 26 Taurus, where the Moon of this morning chart is at 20 Taurus.

With Medusa (frightening/fearful truths) at 15 Taurus - the Taurus cross-quarter point - there is an indication that some 'reality' regarding Mubarak's relationship with the Egyptian people (or who Mubarak really is) had really hit home. Considering the Moon moves a degree every two hours or so, this puts the conjunction to Medusa at about mid-evening on the 10th. That would have been after a certain amount of power had already been ceded to the Vice President with the Egyptian people basically saying 'no, that's not enough.'

Just as an outsider's note...this is also but a couple of hours after the US news media really began discussing Mubarak's worth. And I'd quote the old saying oh what a tangled web we weave except Arachne the spider (signifying entanglement) is at 22 Taurus, with Sedna at 21 Taurus.

Moon, Sedna, Arachne, Medusa and fixed stars Capulus (passionate assertions) and Algol (passionate reactivity) all in the 4th house of this chart.

The 4th house is home, homeland and populace. We can be pretty sure that part of this is the Egyptian people showing their tenacity. They wanted Mubarak OUT.

But with Moon and Sedna here, part of the issue would also seem to be all about opulence and money. If someday we hear that President Mubarak was upset at the thought he or his family would have to 'downsize their lifestyle,' don't be surprised.

Another note here would concern Switzerland - which as you recall, ordered its bankers to do a search for (and freeze) assets connected to Mubarak throughout the Swiss banking system.

The chart for the Swiss Confederation (Switzerland):

August 1, 1291 - noon - Bern, Switzerland

See that 20 Libra 12th house Moon? That's part of Switzerland as the great world banking power it is. One of these days I'm going to do a blog on's a place I love (having lived there for a couple of years as a teenager) and it's just an interesting country.

Oh yes - and it's really, really pretty, but that's sort of besides the point.

 Schwarzsee, in the Fribourg Alps
photo credit: Earth Explorer (2007)

Anyway...that Swiss 20 Libra Moon would be in an exact 6th house inconjunct to the 20 Taurus Moon of the 5:05am resignation chart. And since Moon means (among other thing) resources (i.e., money), this inconjunct of the 6th harmonic kind may well have been some sort of we have to do this connection between Mubarak and Switzerland regarding freezing monetary assets.

Who initiated it? Well...let's just say this about that: I'm obviously not a Swiss official. Nor am I (alas...) living in Switzerland. (Yes, I could live there - happily!) But when I consider what Swiss banking rules have tended to be over the years, I'd have to say there's something in this which if we put it in the parlance of Alice in Wonderland would come out as 'curiouser and curiouser.' The Swiss don't just bail on people - it's not who they are. When emotions hit rules in America, emotionalism often wins. That's just not as true (if ever true?) with the Swiss.

So what happened? Maybe we will yet find out.

But to the point of this resignation chart, that this Taurus Moon in the 4th house rules the Descendant may well be a sign of some 'deal' made behind the scenes. Maybe allowing Swiss assets to be frozen being put out to the people (the 7th house being Cancer, Moon ruled sign of the people) is a trade-off?

We may never know. But with Regulus and Photographica (the 'look of the thing' or one's image) being in Leo and thus intercepted in the 7th house of the resignation, it may well be that Mubarak - or those crafting his resignation (we don't know how it happened, after all) - wanted to give an impression of Mubarak backing down or making a gesture of support.
If so, do we really think what the Swiss will find in their vaults anywhere near to the amounts newscasters have been tossing around as Mubarak's worth?

This is one of those stories which will like as not be unraveled only in years to come. I know astrologers who won't do news stories precisely because of these issues. But to me, part of the fun is keeping up on the moment, the event, the news of it all.

That's actually why I started this blog - little do you know, right? I've written for monthly websites and publications for years. But nobody was ever willing to post something just because I got all excited about it. (And obviously in the world of magazines and hard-copy publishing, that was impossible!)

So there's your answer, Maggie - you wanted to know what I thought of this chart (which I delineate without knowing where the time came from?)...and that would be my basic, perhaps slightly meandering answer.

Where Egypt goes from here, we just don't know. If they actually rewrite the constitution ("reinventing" the country), we get a whole new national chart. Egypt will always be the land of the Pharaohs, but apparently it's people would like to find a whole new modern voice. Will that be based on the model first designed in the 1950's or something more modern and - as we've started to discuss - more 'Aquarian Age'?

 Sunrise in Luxor, Egypt
Rania Helmy (January 7, 2010)

That, we don't know yet. But what Egypt is already teaching us is how astrologically, there are steps to any process. Just as having a Constitution which sets a time for power to change in Washington DC is not the moment when President Obama took his Oath of Office, so the resignation of Mubarak is a different thing than the media letting the world know things have changed in Egypt.

And this isn't the end of the process. That much we know!

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