Middle East tensions threatening to escalate

A bomb attack in Iran at a ceremony to mark the death of former Revolutionary Guards leader Qassem Soleimani, assassinated by the US in 2020, has left 103 dead and many injured. To date no one has claimed responsibility. It is thought Islamic State (ISIS) are likely to have been behind it. The group claimed the 2022 attack on a Shia shrine in which 13 worshippers were shot dead. Before that a simultaneous attack on the Iranian parliament and the shrine of the late leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, killed 17 people in 2017.

  Following from the Iran post below 31 December 2023, the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei in power since 1989 is the most powerful political authority, head of state, commander-in-chief of its armed forces, and makes the final decisions on the main policies of the government in many fields such as economy, the environment, foreign policy, and national planning. He controls the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, as well as the military and media.

 His birthdate is questionable perhaps because of calendar issues. I have always worked on 17 July 1939 which has a fearsome Mars at zero Aquarius opposition Pluto (Moon) at zero Leo square Saturn at zero Taurus opposition North Node in Scorpio.  If accurate then it is under poleaxing pressure from tr Pluto hard aspects last year and through 2024 – he is known to have health issues so it may not all be external threats which are putting him under pressure.

  An alternative date offered is 19 April 1939 which has a late Aries Sun square Pluto and Mars in Capricorn in an Earth Grand Trine to Uranus and Neptune. It equally is under challenging influences from tr Pluto opposition Pluto and SA Saturn conjunct the Sun in 2025.

 He took over on 6 August 1989 during the triple conjunction in Capricorn with a Leo Sun square Pluto in Scorpio. That chart is under duress from an undermining SA Neptune opposition the Sun now, SA Saturn square the Pluto in 2025 and SA Saturn opposition the Sun in 2026.

 Ebrahim Raisi, the president in place till 2025, is seen as a possible successor to the Ayatollah when he finally goes. His Term chart looks rattled this coming May by a high-risk situation. And his personal chart, 14 December 1960, has a panicky, undermining SA Neptune opposition his Mars at the moment with an up down few months ahead with luck breaks and upsets.

 Hassan Nasrullah, 31 August 1960, leader of Hezbollah since around 16 February 1992 when the previous chief was killed, is a Sun, Mercury, Pluto in Virgo trine Saturn in Capricorn sextile Neptune.  He looks fairly hemmed in through this year and frustrated, with possibilities of violence from April onward extending through 2025. 2026/27 look his most testing times.

  His leadership chart, assuming 16 February 1992, is showing high tension now to mid March with some lucky breaks and more disruptions from May peaking in July 2024 and on at which point tr Uranus will square the 26 Aquarius Sun. That July period is also when Nasrallah’s relationship chart with Netanyahu is severely rattled.

  All  manner of ifs and buts and iffy data but does back up other hints from elsewhere.

2 thoughts on “Middle East tensions threatening to escalate

  1. Thanks Marjorie. How those late fixed degrees just keep on showing up for the region as a whole. And the presence of fixed star Algol also seems significant. A Lunar Eclipse fell on Algol in November, 2002, square Uranus at 25 Aquarius. In March 2003 the disastrous Iraq War began. That war changed things for Iran, which had been held in check by Iraq, and also arguably opened the door for ISIS.

    Another Lunar Eclipse at 25 Taurus in November 1956 could also be relevant. The Suez Crisis had been brewing since July that year. We have another kind of Suez Crisis now, as Yemen’s Houthi Rebels disrupt and attack trade ships that use the Suez Canal. This, from the Imperial War Museum is interesting:

    “Who: Egypt and Britain with France and Israel
    What: Britain, France and Israel respond to the nationalisation of the Suez Canal Company by Egyptian President Nasser with a combined military operation.
    Where: The Suez Canal in Egypt
    When: November 1956
    Result: The landings receive international condemnation. Under intense pressure, particularly from the US, troops were rapidly withdrawn and replaced by a UN force. Britain’s declining status was highlighted and its Prime Minister – Anthony Eden – resigned. Egypt was granted ownership and sovereignty of the Suez Canal and it was re-opened in April 1957.”

    This summer’s Mars/Uranus/Algol line-up, plus the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction this Spring, seems increasingly significant.

  2. from THE HILL -USA
    Jerusalem is coming for Sinwar and Hamas. Channeling former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and her “Wrath of God” operation that targeted the Palestinian perpetrators of the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, Shin Bet and Mossad in late October established a new unit named Nili, a Hebrew acronym for “The Eternity of Israel Will Not Lie.”

    “Nili,” as a kinetic task force, is committed to “hunting down and eliminating every individual who played a role in the massacre” of Oct. 7. Nili is already having an immediate effect. There are reports that key Hamas political and military leaders are fleeing “their luxury safe haven in Doha, the Qatari capital.”

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