Attack on the WTC --
Building the Perfect Beast

In an attempt to shed some light which could reveal the sources for the terrorist attack on Sept. 11th at the WTC in NYC, I would look at the following charts and their associated ACG maps for some crucial insights into the event itself and the larger social/political processes which contributed to this monumental disaster.

1st - The chart and ACG map for the first strike event: Sept. 11, 2001 at 8:48am EDT in NY, NY.

2nd - Bush's natal, transiting, SA directions, secondary progression charts and the associated ACG maps for each chart.

3rd - The Inauguration chart and its associated ACG map.

4th - The transiting, SA directions, and secondary progression charts for the U.S. (I prefer the Sibley chart for this event) and again these charts associated ACG maps.

These charts and their associated maps provide a huge amount of information to wade through completely and I will not attempt to cover all of it in this article but will rather attempt to address some of the major themes which run through most or all of these astrological profiles. There are no doubt more still.

The event chart reveals the Sun in the 12th house at the release point of a T-square with Pluto in Sagittarius opposing Saturn in Gemini and immediately suggests a hidden source (12th house) for the event as well as the possibility of this events karmic nature. The Sun, as a primary focal point of this configuration, reveals a direct connection to this event and the larger societal and transformational issues indicated by the Saturn-Pluto opposition. This 12th house Sun, aside from indicating this obviously as a secret attack, may also be suggesting at some level our own nations unconscious role in this process of 'self undoing' which has traditionally been related to this most mysterious house. The Sun rules the 11th house of group activities and shared goals in this chart suggesting further the impact this event had on the western nations with whom the US often collaborates in a great many areas of common interest and concern from mutual defense to the world economy.

The ASC. in the event chart has Mercury in near exact conjunct. Mercury has the traditional symbolic connections to transportation, travel and communication. The fact that we find both the ASC. and Mercury in Libra, an air sign, is additionally descriptive of this tragic event. The Mercury ASC line in this charts ACG map is amazingly near exact over NYC. Turning to the chart for the event we see that Mercury and the ASC were also in flowing aspects to the Pluto (in Sag. and on the cusp of the 2nd-3rd using Koch houses, which relate to values, resources, money, travel, communication) - Saturn(in Gem., 9th house, relates this to foreign countries, codified thought forms such as religion, and philosophies) opposition as well which would suggest the events connection to the larger issues and processes related to the Pluto-Saturn opposition. Interestingly, the signs Saturn and Pluto are in also reflect this same 3rd-9th house theme which is again revealed and emphasized in the event chart in which Mercury has (suggesting again the 3rd house theme revealed by Saturn in Gem in its opposition to Pluto) acted as the 'trigger' for this monumental tragedy as suggested by its placement directly on the Ascendant of the event chart.

The event map reveals the Pluto MC line and the Saturn IC line near Kabul, Afghanistan which would indicate profound fundamental transformation about to sweep this region as a direct result of this event. In addition the Pluto IC and Chiron IC lines from the Inauguration map shows these lines creating a powerful midfield (refer to Couteau on Midfields in his work with the LAP) between them over this (Afghanistan) same region. The Uranus Dec. line passes over Egypt near Cairo and over other African gulf states as well suggesting this area may hold some disruption (considering the aspects in the chart to Uranus) and sudden unexpected developments originating from this area.

Additionally the Inauguration chart suggest the current hostility we are experiencing in relation to open enemies (the 7th house placement) with its square to the Uranus-Mercury. conjunction in the 10th (sudden, explosive events...consider Uranus and its association with the 'Lightning Struck Tower' of tarot) and Mercury’s further association with travel and transportation (the 'twins' theme emerges as well through Mercury’s conjunction to Uranus and Mercury’s natural Gemini rulership). This square could actually be considered a part of a larger T-square involving Saturn in Taurus in the 1st house due to its angular nature in the chart which would even further increase the scope of this already troubling aspect configuration.

*Neptune (see the "Mystery Play" below)is the 'least aspected planet' ('LAP' as defined in the work of Robert Couteau) in this profile and occupies the 4th house. As the LAP it would be indicative of an underlying Neptunian process driving the general tone of the chart, a most telling orientation when considering these were secret (Neptune) acts initiated by terrorists from within our own country (4th house).

On that note I would like to point out that Bush's natal chart had me wondering at the time of the election about possible secret agenda(s) when considering his 12th house Sun and Saturn placements. The Sun in the 12th house (Karma/self-undoing, secret agendas, the collective unconscious and the long stream of family and national heritage over many generations) is in a stressful natal square to Neptune in the 3rd which seems to accent his delusional, idealistic, and possibly underhanded, (deluded or just plain confused?) secretive pre-disposition which has been very apparent in his actions (Sun), his thinking (3rd house, and his style of communication as well indicated here) since he has taken office. This rather pronounced 'behind the scenes' or 'secrets' theme suggests some possible hidden agenda(s) in relation to his life/presidency. Bush attended Yale U. and was a member of 'Skull and Bones' as was his father (also a former president and head of the CIA). This secretive 'club' is a highly elite plutocratic brotherhood whose members have been traditionally placed in positions of power in both industry and government over the years and whose members are bent on advancing a Long-standing corrupt collaboration between these two power driven factions.

We may have already born witness to some aspect of this 'secret agenda(s)' in the recent energy debacle in California which began tellingly close to his 'appointment' (the election was to say the least, a controversial process in itself and has led to Bush being characterized as the first 'Grey' president in US history) to the office of the president. Could a 'secret agenda' have been at play in his unpresidented ('scuse the pun) appointment by the Supreme Court as well (secrets within secrets...)?

We see a strong Neptune-12th house theme under considerable stress (the square from Sun to Neptune) suggesting unrealistic or delusional actions/agendas which are highly idealized and often even spiritual in nature. This same potentially delusional and highly secretive theme is also suggested by his Mercury-Pluto conjunction on the ASC. Secrets(Neptune sq. Sun) within secrets(12 house Sun) related to power (Pluto on the Ascendant.) issues. This could be suggesting his attempts to lead this country in the direction of some highly idealized (Neptune - consider his 'faith based initiative') and even delusional moral ground. You know... like a crusade.

The Good Book says:
"It's gotta be that way!"
But their books says:
With whips 'n chains
'N hand grenades..."
Have another and another
Our God says:
Our God says
"It's all okay!"
Our God says
"This is the way!"
It says in the book:
"Burn 'n destroy...
'N repent, 'n redeem
'N revenge, 'n deploy
'N rumble thee forth
To the land of the unbelieving scum
on the other side
'Cause they don't go for what's in the book
'N that makes 'em BAD
So verily we must choppeth them up
And stompeth them down
Or rent a nice French bomb
To poof them out of existence
While leaving their real estate
just where we need it
To use again
For temples in which to praise
("Cause he can really take care of business!")
And when his humble TV servant
With humble white hair
And humble glasses
And a nice brown suit
And maybe a blonde wife who takes phone calls
Tells us our God says
It's okay to do this stuff
Then we gotta do it,
'Cause if we don't do it,
We ain't gwine up to hebbin!
Depending on which book you're using at the time...
Can't use don't work's all lies...Gotta use mine...
Ain't that right?
That's what they say
Every night...
Every day...
Hey, we can't really be dumb
If we're just following God's Orders
Hey, let's get serious...
God knows what he's doin'
He wrote this book here
An' the book says:
He made us all to be just like Him,"
If we're dumb
Then God is dumb...
(An' maybe even a little ugly on the side)
Dumb all over...
A little ugly on the side
Frank Zappa - "Dumb All Over"

A God of love who stands in support of violence and intolerance, what could be more deluded? I do not think Zappa's lyrics are really suggesting that God is dumb, but rather, our concept of God is dumb and with this realization we find the source of so much conflict. Pluto in Sagittarius is currently bringing a dangerous obsessive fervor of polarization to our limited perspective in regard to religion (and other forms of codified thought) as evidenced in the complete lack of tolerance and rigid myopic views found in the beliefs of fundamentalist Muslims, Jews and Christians today. In that light it is important to note that many of the strongest backers in Bush’s campaign were fundamentalist Christians. The good, the bad, and the ugly(dumb)... that’s us.

The current transits to Bush's natal chart has Neptune near the cusp of the 7th house of relationships and open enemies. Further, Neptune is currently forming an opposition to his natal Mercury which rules his 11th house representing those groups (or leaders of nations) with which he associates, his friends and their shared long-term goals. This may be indicating a possible deception or miscommunication on his part or on the part of some of those he collaborates with through Mercury’s rulership of Gemini which rules the 11th house. Could it be that Bush or some members of his coalition are not what they seem? In this context Saudi Arabia comes to mind but this could also suggest something amiss in the western coalition itself, not to mention political adversaries in his own and other political parties. This potentially deceptive theme may find some collaboration in the LAP (Neptune) of the WTC event chart which I will examine further later in this article.

The "big oil", power connections suggested by the Neptune, Pluto aspects in Bush's natal chart no doubt have a play in his secret corporate/political agenda as well. These are the same self-serving corporate entities (plutocrats, note Bush's prominent natal Pluto directly on the Ascendant) which backed his election and have over the years shown our nation in a power mad, self-serving light overseas. Over the years this has lead, of course, to the great animosity we are now facing in so many places internationally, most particularly at the current time in the Middle East (consider his 12th house Sun/Saturn and this houses association with the father, family and cultural heritage).

Our government has too often opted to protect ill considered, shortsighted political agendas, and economic interests/corporate profits over more essential humanitarian concerns which more closely reflect our great nation's founding principles and values. No real mystery here when one considers that these corporations have essentially owned our government for a long time (consider the 911 event charts 12th house Sun. Heritage, Karma?) with the most telling examples coming after World War II. I fear these plutocratic, self-serving international corporations now hold too much sway within our government, most importantly in regard to the critical issues we now face at home and internationally (don't forget our nations current Pluto transit over the Ascendant. This is a transit which naturally pulls these elements to the fore most emphatically and at this most critical time we also have a 'president select' who shares this potentially manipulative power signature natally... I don't think this is just coincidence).

While we are dreaming
This little island disappears
While you are looking the other way
They'll take your right to own your own ideas

And it's an inside job
Favors collected
Your trusted servants
Have left you unprotected

It was an inside job
Like it always is
Just chalk it up
To business as usual

And they'll keep doin' it and doin' it
And doin' it and doin' it
And doin' it and doin' it
And doin' it and doin' it
Until we wake up
Wake up, wake up,
wake up, wake up

Don Henley - "Inside Job"

Something more is perhaps suggested within our own homeland by Neptune's placement in the 4th house of the personal unconscious as revealed in the 911-event chart. Our sense of security as an unreal illusion (Neptune in the 4th) is perhaps revealed by this signature as well. Self-delusion and self-undoing seem married in this Neptunian symbolism. A highly idealized or deluded sense of the home perhaps or were we just dreaming before the 911 event awoke us to a collective nightmare at home and abroad which was long in the making as suggested by the supporting karmic theme found in the 12th house Sun in this event chart?

We must be especially vigilant (that's the role of a real patriot) of what we support in terms of government action both at home and abroad at this most critical time in our world history. Government has shown itself to serve corporate interests (because of their blatant money driven contributions/manipulation of the election process and which of course effects later governmental policies) while too often ignoring the subsequent plight of the less fortunate in so many foreign countries (in large part a direct result of their profit driven domestic and foreign policies/actions). An example which serves in this context is the support we provided the Shah of Iran while he operated as dictator/king, ignoring the plight of his own people. This regime was surely not in accord with our own democratic ideals but support him we did, in order to serve other corporate/political interests we deemed more important than equality and personal freedoms. These ideals, which were the very founding tenants of our own nation, (once upon a time in America) have too often been cast asunder in our dealings with others. I feel the message within the following quote cannot be overstated at this very dangerous time.

"The age of leaders has come and gone. Every man must be his own leader now. You must remove your PROJECTION (my caps; db), and contain the spirit of our time in your own life and your own nature, because to go the old way and follow your leaders is a form of psychological imprisonment. We want to be emancipated from that age, and the answer is to profoundly reappraise our systems of government and everything else. It'll take a long time. But FIRST OF ALL WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE DANGER OF PROJECTION WHICH STARTS IN OURSELVES (my caps; db). It doesn't come from the devil; (or bin Laden: db) it doesn't come from outside. It resides in our own natures. And we must really explore, as we've never explored before, what human nature is like." Sir Laurens van der Post - Cultural Anthropologist .

This great cultural scientist was speaking directly to the demands of our current world and national dilemma as emphasized by the astrological symbolism related in the Pluto-Saturn opposition we are experiencing. The darkness we rail against does not reside solely outside ourselves but within our own personal and collective shadow. We, in fact, attract and empower (though we do not create them... they have issues of their own apart from us) these zealot radicals through our own negative projections. This is now being violently acted out by our current collective shadow figure in the form of Muslim radicals and vice versa (Pluto opposing Saturn).

The Islamic culture (and other large portions of the third world) is being traumatically birthed into the modern free world of the 21st century after being so long closed off by their own culture. How have we and how will we assist in the process of midwifing them into the collective democratic world culture... or for that matter how will we deal with the intolerance fostered by our own extremists such as the Christian fundamentalists and their increasingly animate attempts to shape government policy? In many respects it seems we are dealing with a kind of culture shock in much of the 3rd world (and at home) which has greatly accelerated with the onset of radical new forms of mass communication (Saturn in Gem.) and which has/is threatening their traditional values. Evolution demands change but it must be approached with understanding and not from the vantage of government and plutocratic opportunists.


There are crucial decisions placed before us now in our own country that are reflected in the US transiting chart. Pluto (power) and Saturn (systems of government, both ours and others) are now demanding major transformation of ourselves, our nation and the whole global community. The entire world is feeling this opposition of Pluto and Saturn but it speaks very directly to us in the US through its current transit of our national Des.-Des. axis (Sibley chart).

For thousands of years we have fought amongst ourselves but now the human race has the power for total destruction in just a few days, if not hours and which now can be achieved by a relative few (consider what a small handful of terrorists have just done and in fact continue to do). We may no longer look to force as a viable option for settling disagreements, our power is now too great and far too dangerous for such a dysfunctional indulgence. Pluto now demands that we reach a new psychological/sociological/spiritual maturity (Pluto in Sag.) or suffer an ultimate disaster (the opposition to Saturn). Ill advised political agendas and economic considerations now must take a back seat to more profound evolutionary concerns.

We in the US too often have nothing to base our views of the world and ourselves on but the spin (when others do this we call it propaganda which of course it is) we have been fed by an industry owned, government regulated media which is spouted as the unbiased truth. Some of us have had the chance to travel more widely than others and are not so easily led by the blinding enculturation that this one-sided media 'spin' (you know... propaganda) fosters. The media (Saturn in Gem.) has become a tool (not just in the US but for government controlled medias all over the world to serve whatever one-sided agenda they espouse) for positing a too often one-sided view of the world, which in our case supports maintaining our consumer mad conditioning in the US and which is raping our planet both environmentally and socially. We must find a way to check progress against blind opportunism and rampant pollution.

"Give us twenty minutes and we'll give you the world
We bring good things to life
The news you need from people you can count on
Doing what we do best

The heartbeat of America
Your true voice
You're in good hands
Now more than ever before

And in the flickering light and the comforting glow
You get the world every night as a TV show
The latest spin on the shit we're in, blow by blow
And the more you watch the less you know.
Beyond the hundred million darkened living rooms
Out where the human ocean roars
Into the failing light the generations go
Heading for the information wars

Do people really spend millions upon millions
To make us think we care about the planet
At the same time polluting and looting the only world we've got
So they can maximize their profit?
People do.

The heartbeat of America
Your true voice
For the life of your business
It's everywhere you want to be" Jackson Browne - "Information Wars"

We have become materialistic (everyone get out and shop till ya' drop.. that's the common wisdom being spouted as the solution for our current dilemma) in the extreme while sorely lacking more meaningful spiritual (and I ain't talkin' religion) values. This has been maintained at the expense of the less privileged in our own society and in third world countries around the world. How can we wonder why so many dislike us? "The Ugly American"... remember? Pluto demands we address this ever-widening disparity NOW or suffer the inevitable consequences. We must return control of our government to the people by enacting political reforms which would remove the undue influence these power mad corporate plutocrats hold over government policies both at home and abroad. It's not just about the cost of your prescription drugs, medical services, and electricity...the impact of rampant greed today is global, affecting every man, woman, bird, and tree.

We've got a whole new class of opiates
To blunt the stench of discontent
In these corporation nation-states
Where the loudest live to trample
on the least
They say it's just the predatory
nature of the beast
Workin' it
Workin' it

Well, you don't know
who the enemy is
You don't know
You don't know
who the enemy is...
Ah, company man

"Eight for me, one for you"
(Workin' it)
"Very fair"
Business as usual
Business as usual
Workin' it
Workin' it
Don Henley - "Workin' it"
Pluto, when transiting the Ascendant. over a personal natal chart, empowers the native, but usually in a fashion which leads to confrontations over abuse of that same power and the resulting domination which it encourages in relation to others. In a sense it gives one enough rope to hang oneself. The lesson being, might does not make right. Being more forceful in expressing our will to dominate only intensifies the problem and further empowers the collective shadow we must now encounter. Currently we are meeting our own collective shadow in the form of Muslim extremists. In the US chart we see Saturn in direct opposition to Pluto from the house of relationships and open enemies suggesting that the shadow as represented by Saturn is now demanding that we stop using our power (Pluto) in such a self-serving manner and recognize the fundamental rights of others (7th house) and to further recognize that power should always serve the best interests of all involved.

We must begin to ask what has fostered all this resentment (deserved or not) which is being vented in a progressively accelerating fashion against the US and the West generally. This reflective process is the astrological demand of the moment in relation to our countries international role (Pluto over the US Ascendant and Saturn in the 7th house). The leadership we have long assumed over the rest of the world holds a great responsibility toward others and as a leader we must strive to serve not just ourselves but all involved. A true leader serves those he leads and does not take unfair advantage for profit and power.

In terms of the 911 terrorist attack and our current actions, one can only say that a sense of justice and our very survival does make certain demands. A cancer must sometimes be cut away and removed if one is to live. Some hold a gun to our heads and will not respond to honest dialogue. At the same time we must bear in mind that ultimately violence always breeds more hatred and violence. We cannot expect to eliminate the root causes of this dilemma with violence though some elements now insist on forcing our hand to action just to allow our survival. Once justice in the eyes of the world (and not just by our own measure) has been served, we must at some point very soon find another way to deal with the existing rift in the collective/world psyche. A new way of being must now emerge, one which better fits the image of a true leader. If we attempt to maintain our position of authority and leadership by force it is wise to note the astrological symbolism which now informs and confronts us as a nation.

Pluto on the Ascendant. of the national chart (Sibley) reminds us that Pluto does not pull punches... it promises to take those forces down which resist its transformational demands and revert to force rather than eventually realizing the need for self-examination, dialogue and fundamental change. Not a call to arms but a call to change is the road to real empowerment in our and the World’s current Pluto-Saturn dilemma. The opposition aspect requires assuming a central position in order to address the issues presented by these opposing polarities. Astrological wisdom informs us that those elements which have polarized to the most extreme degree at both ends will be eliminated (The terrorists on one end and the plutocrats of the west on the other) while those less crystallized and rigid in their posturing may opt for a new understanding if some flexibility is maintained by both sides.

At this most critical time I have often considered Jung's view of the individual psyche and the analogy he drew to the collective world psyche. Consider Jun's words in the quote below in terms of the collective psyche of our world.

"The psychological rule says that when an inner situation (a conflict in this case; db) is not made conscious, it happens outside as FATE (my caps; db). That is to say, when the individual (or society; db) remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner contradiction, the world must perforce act out the conflict..." -- C. G. Jung

Jung is suggesting we become conscious of the source of our current world dilemma or suffer the fate which will surely accompany a lack of reflection in relation to the cause of our current world crisis. If we would consider the radical acts (radical in its statement because we have long disregarded them) of disenfranchised people and countries as analogous to the disenfranchised portions of an individuals psyche, might we take a different course of action other than retaliation? Often, when dealing with disruptive energies within the psyche, it is best to personify them, to bring in a degree of humanization, thereby making it easier to relate (thru dialogue) with a certain humane commonality. On the personal level, an attempt to resolve the issues with disruptive inner shadow figures could involve a symbolic exchange of gifts and gestures of good will in an effort to appease these repressed aspects of the Self and additionally grant, through negotiation based on self-reflection and dialogue, some form of valid statement which this aspect of the Self (the world soul) may have been long denied. Coming to terms consciously through dialogue and self-reflection in terms of ones own actions allows for a more cooperative and less disruptive statement in one's life for this important, yet disenfranchised, (hence disruptive) aspect of the Self. Just as the individual psyche is empowered and enriched through this assimilation, so too is the psyche (soul) of the world when we recognize the value and worth of the disenfranchised and through a process of recognition and validation we find the means to strip the fanatical zealots of our world of their power.

"The essential thing is to differentiate oneself from these unconscious contents (contents in this instance as the disenfranchised in our own nation and the world generally, not just the radical Muslims; db) by personifying them, and at the same time to bring them into relationship with consciousness. That is the technique for stripping them (the worlds terrorists; db) of their power." -- C. G. Jung - "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"

A caring response rather than a violent act of revenge or overt repression might just be the start of a new attitude toward the West which pulls the moderates in disenfranchised societies toward the center, toward negotiation rather than violent acts. This is just the type of transformation which Pluto now DEMANDS (exactly on the national Ascendant. and in opposition to Saturn as well... this is a demand, not a request) and we may use the Plutonian power now provided us to this end in the US, IF we use it wisely. We now call for justice in response to these violent acts but it should be tempered with wisdom and a new understanding of our role in this madness as well as a new consideration of the valid needs of others. Pluto is demanding we change the way we use our power as a nation in a way which empowers others as well.

Perhaps this could lead to the same type of healing and cooperation of these disenfranchised elements of the world's collective psyche much as it does on the individual psyche. The eventual outcome could be a reversal of harsh feelings leading towards an eventual resolution of the conflict and a sense of common unity, founded in our common humanity. We, as a world, become stronger and more whole through this type of assimilation.

I know this sounds idealistic in the extreme but Pluto and Saturn are extreme in their demands when in opposition. They call on us to transform (Pluto) our use of power (Pluto) in all our relationships (Saturn's association through its exaltation in Libra with 7th house issues, which is even reflected in Saturn’s current transit of the 7th house in the Sibley chart of the US) with the other countries of the world (Saturn's associative symbolism with both 7th and 10th house issues).

If we include in our efforts to pinpoint where the blame falls, our own countries role in this massive disenfranchisement of so many in our own country and around the world, might we gain the support and respect of all concerned by rising beyond our own personal and collective pain and by honestly considering the pain we too have caused? Surely this is the type of true leadership which could lead the way to wholeness and healing in our world.

Conversely, can we risk the consequences which remaining blind to our own darkness entails in today’s extremely dangerous world? Pluto is at our very doorstep (Sibley chart) demanding we acknowledge our own darkness. A new way of being is called for, a transformation of our relationship to the others in our world. Or will we remain unchanged, refusing to reflect on our own role and resort to pure power tactics and invite the deaths of millions including many of our own?

I was floored by a scene the very week of the attack which showed a wife with her baby after she had just lost her husband to this monumental disaster (and the hundreds of others who had gathered with her in NYC in support of her enlightened plea) pleading for tolerance in our response in an effort not to fuel this escalating madness. Can we individually and as a nation be as selfless as this brave woman? Would we truly wish to inflict the same horror and suffering she and so many experienced on innocent others in an attempt to exact an overly aggressive act of vengeance? Her willingness to move past her own personal loss and pain to consider the welfare of others is just what is so essential for our global survival at this most important time.

As a great nation we have so often shown mercy and compassion for our enemies after the fact and this is in our credit. We can be a great people. But now we should consider this type of caring action before the escalation of violence goes too far. Are we big enough to see past our collective pain and consider our role in the pain of others? Virtue is that which defines us in times of great crisis. As leaders in this global society, what virtues will we now show the world?


Sheik Yerbouti

Have you seen this man?

The LAP (least aspected planet) for the 911 attack event chart reveals Neptune in the 4th house (terrorists/zealots 'hidden' in the homeland) as the Primary focal point. If we consider this as the sole(soul) intent which drives the chart or, as the focal point through which everything else in this chart should be considered, and we then look to the ACG (astro-cartography) map for this chart, I think we have found the location and source/faction(s) which lie behind the WTC attack.

The map for this chart reveals the (LAP) Neptune ASC line running very near Tehran, Iran and also Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It has been reported that a meeting of fundamentalist leaders was held in Tehran just a few months prior to the attack. I believe from this information that a major unseen role has been played by another terrorist faction(s) (Aquarius would suggest a group or group’s involvement) headquartered at this location.

This profile is further illuminated by the Sabian symbol for (LAP) Neptune (which was retrograde at the time of the event and Jones suggested reading the degree symbols which are both before and after the degree) that is 6 degrees Aquarius.

"A Performer of a Mystery Play. This is a symbol of the mediating function of the mind as it is called on to interpret the individual and his world to each other, and as the everyday values of experience thereby are heightened in personality on the one side and in life itself on the other. The conventional aspect of reality is found to be a convenient backdrop for man's self-realization, and his particular characteristics are exalted as variant and ever stimulating potentialities of living relationship in general. The keyword is SUBTELTY. When positive, the degree is a gift for dramatizing the deeper or real opportunities of a human society, and when negative, consistent self-mystification and marked impracticability." "The Sabian Symbols" - Mark Edmond Jones

"A PERFORMER OF A MYSTERY PLAY" both Tehran (Iran) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). And... "when negative, consistent self-mystification and marked impracticability." If Iran’s Islamic fundamentalist leadership is encouraging and financing fringe Palestinian terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Shi’ite-Lebanese Hizbullah and Osama bin Laden, then they could achieve two goals at once by focusing the wrath of the US and the West on bin Laden and the Taliban which leads to their elimination and also hurts their shared US enemy. Two birds with one stone so to speak. This would place them in the sole leadership role of the Muslim extremists which would rally to the martyrs (bin Laden) cause.

Now consider this as well: The September 22, 2001 issue of the British weekly magazine The Spectator had this cover story; "Ground Zero and the Saudi Connection" by Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz writes,

"For Westerners, it seems natural to look for answers in the distant past, beginning with the Crusades. But if you ask educated, pious, traditional but forward-looking Muslims what has driven their umma, or global community, in this direction, many of them will answer you with one word: Wahhabism."

This sect emerged two centuries ago out of Arabia. Schwartz relates it to be violent, intolerant and fanatical. It is also the official theology of the Gulf States. The vast majority of the Saudi population (and a huge part of this entire region...including bin Laden) also belong to this violent sect. Our supposed allies, the Saudis fund schools in their own country and throughout much of the Middle East which indoctrinate even the youngest children into their radical and intolerant religious/political teachings.

Ibn Abdul Wahhab, who founded this sect, was located near where Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia is today. The Islamic prophet Mohammed actually predicted that heresy and violence would come to the world from this specific area. A history of intolerance and extreme violence and even mass murder is condoned for any who might oppose Wahhabism.

Schwartz says, "bin Laden is a Wahhabi. So are the suicide bombers in Israel. So are his Egyptian allies, who exulted as they stabbed foreign tourists to death at Luxor not many years ago, bathing in blood up to their elbows and emitting blasphemous cries of ecstasy. So are the Algerian Islamist terrorists whose contribution to the purification of the world consisted of murdering people for such sins as running a movie projector or reading secular newspapers. So are the Taliban-style guerrillas in Kashmir who murder Hindus" A Sufi scholar, Schwartz relates, says that about 80% of mosques in the US are under the control this Muslim cult. The Saudis are their primary supporters and pay for the spreading of the radical Wahhabi ideology. (for the whole article check -

This chart, its associated map and the Sabian symbolism confirm this event as primarily an act of deception (The Sun in the 12th and Neptune in the 4th, i.e., terrorists/zealots in the homeland) targeted at the US and the West. The Sabian symbol further suggests (or confirms) that it is a spiritually (though fanactically/delusionally/idealistic, i.e., fundamentalist Muslims, ala Neptune) motivated 'play/plot' AND that the event was actually generated out of some secret (Neptune) plan or agenda ("A man performing a mystery play") on the part of someone/or group located in Tehran with assistance/collaboration (consider the radical/Wahhabi schools for children which the Saudis fund all over the Muslim world) from the Saudis. All this reveals what is essentially a TRAP! (Mystery Play) which has been played in 'secret' by religious (Neptune) parties in both Tehran and Riyadh for bin Laden (who is essentially a martyr, be it voluntary or not, also consider Neptune's association with "The Hanged Man" in Tarot) the out of control (by Iran's measure) Taliban, Bush and the western world.

Bush and bin Laden are in fact performing their own shadow driven 'mystery play' with each other in order to achieve their own secret agenda(s). One extreme polarity in the plutocrats which Bush represents and the other extreme polarization found in the Muslim fundamentalists (Pluto opposing Saturn). The unseen (Neptune) KEY player(s) and the real agenda(s) are actually hidden in Iran and Saudi Arabia (as suggest by LAP Neptune ASC line in the map which crosses both countries and very near Tehran, Riyadh and Mecca which further emphasizes the religious zealot as identified by Neptune’s signature as the LAP).

This "Mystery play"-plot could be an attempt to ignite a (un)holy (Neptune) jyhad ignited with bin Laden’s death (martyrdom) which the Tehran/Riyadh group/person would then lead. They get rid of bin Laden (they are in competition for leadership in the extremist movements) and then become the sole controlling group in the holy jyhad (Neptune) they have so longed for. A Muslim jihad could effectively trash several middle eastern regimes which could then allow this group (the new sole leaders of the Wahhabi Muslim sect) to assume control in those countries. They want a war. They wish to set the world right by their own deluded zealot ideals and lust for power through their secret manipulation of competing members of their own sect and of Bush and the West ("A PERFORMER OF A MYSTERY PLAY"). They then become Bush's new shadow (mystery) dance partner(s). One group of deluded (power mad) idealists stands in opposition to another, astrologically, Pluto in opposition to Saturn.

"...what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"

What could make for a more 'perfect beast' than one's own (a collective shadow of course in this case)shadow?...a perfect custom made fit for whatever delusion ails ya'!

All of this lends one to ponder Yeats...

-The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

by William Butler Yeats.

Yet, I am forever the optimist or put another way...with all this crap there has got to be a pony somewhere!
Now consider in light of Neptune as the LAP, the other Sabian symbol involved in this signature which is 7 degrees Aquarius. M E Jones relates this symbol to be "A CHILD BORN OF AN EGGSHELL." Dane Rudhyar on this degree:
"The emergence of new mutations according to the great rhythms of the cosmos. The ancient symbolism of the Cosmic Egg (Hiranyagharba in Sanskrit) out of which a new universe is born can be interpreted at several levels. Here we see the appearance of a new type of human being who is not born from "Ancestors" and who therefore is free from the inertia of mankind's past. He is a new product of evolution, a mutant. He constitutes a fresh projection of the creative Spirit that emanates from the cosmic or planetary Whole, and not from any local culture and racial tradition. [This symbol] can be said to announce the EMERGENCE OF GLOBAL MAN for the New Age. The power of the whole is focused within him in perfect freedom from ancient standards of value based on local conditions."

Hopeful... something new.

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