Ebrahim Raisi has won a skewed election in Iran in which all prominent reformist candidates were disqualified from the ballot. His victory means all the arms of government, elected and unelected, are now in the grip of hardliners. He is head of Iran’s judiciary, an ultraconservative cleric, who claims a lineage tracing back to the prophet Muhammad, which enables him to wear a black turban. He is associated with a bloody series of political trials and executions in 1988 around the conclusion of the Iran-Iraq war. Human rights groups say he was involved in the deaths of thousands of people. He is considered a possible contender to replace the Ayatollah Khamenei whose favoured candidate he was.
Paradoxically his election is likely to unlock talks in Vienna on the terms for Washington’s return to the nuclear deal and Iran’s return to full compliance. Though he won’t take over until next month.
He was born 14 December 1960 (wiki) which makes him a Sun Sagittarius which despite its adventurous and sporty reputation can also be a know-it-all, self-righteous pedant. More significantly he’s got a talented though can-be-cruel Half Grand Sextile from a hard-edged Saturn Jupiter in Capricorn opposition Mars, sextile Neptune, trine Pluto conjunct a Virgo North Node.
Tr Neptune is squaring his Sun through this year and on and off till January 2023 so he’ll have a lacklustre start to his administration. He does fit the Revolutionary Iran 1 February 1979 9am chart well with his Sun on the RIran midheaven conjunct the Venus Neptune and his Venus in Aquarius conjunct the RIran Aquarius Sun, Mars, Mercury. Nor surprisingly he’s more at odds with the Iran 7 October 1906, first parliamentary democracy chart.
Though the relationship charts with both are under stress ahead for several years. He won’t be a happy mix.
He and Joe Biden have an argumentative and competitive chemistry with a composite Sun square Mars. The USA/Iran 1979 relationship chart will be challenged through 2022/23 with pressure to change the nature of the relationship as tr Pluto squares the composite Sun; with considerable uncertainties in 2024 which last flags up on the Biden/Raisi relationship chart as well.