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Iran – moving towards boiling point

    

 

Rhetoric is heating up as the May 12th nuclear deal deadline approaches with Trump deciding whether to restore U.S. economic sanctions on Tehran, which would be a severe blow to the 2015 pact between Iran and six major powers, including France. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslim nations to unite against the U.S. saying: “The Iranian nation has successfully resisted bullying attempts by America and other arrogant powers and we will continue to resist… All Muslim nations should stand united against America and other enemies.”  In turn the Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened Iran during an interview saying that if the Islamic regime attacks Tel Aviv, Israel “will strike Tehran and destroy every Iranian military site that threatens Israel in Syria, whatever the price.”  Putin has announced he is sending long-range surface-to-air missiles to provide effective defence for the Russian military in Syria and has already supplied them to Iran in 2015. So it’s moving towards danger point with the Trump/Pompeo/Bolton hawks keen to upset the applecart. Though to what end isn’t obvious since their options are limited.

What is clear is that Ayatollah Khamenei’s life and leadership is moving into an unstable time. He’s been in poor health in recent years and may be about to exit one way or another. His personal chart, 17 July 1939, has a formidable Fixed T Square of Pluto opposition Mars in Aquarius square Saturn in Taurus which from mid May is picking up jolting tr Uranus hard aspects, first square to Pluto and conjunct Saturn, then square Mars in June, repeating late summer and into 2019. His leadership chart, 4 June 1989 is wilting under tr Neptune square Sun, Sun/Jupiter and next year Jupiter. The risk is if the USA tries to exert muscle it’ll harden attitudes and an equally conservative leader will be appointed to replace him.

Both the Iran 1906 and 1 February 1979 charts are labouring under swampy Neptunian influences this year. Though bouncing back with vigour in 2019/2020.

Russia, Iran, Syria versus USA, Saudi Arabia, Israel – not a good prospect.

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