Mars Conjunct Saturn in Scorpio (New Moon in Virgo)
The 30 Year Cycle Relative to the Middle East
"While I was looking at these destroyed towers in Lebanon, it sparked in my mind that the tyrant should be punished with the same and that we should destroy towers in America, so that it tastes what we taste and would be deterred from killing our children and women. God knows that it had not occurred to our mind to attack the towers, but after our patience ran out and we saw the injustice and inflexibility of the American-Israeli alliance toward our people in Palestine and Lebanon, this came to my mind.”
-Osama Bin Laden explaining the genesis of his desire to attack the United States
When looking for patterns of cyclical history relative to astrology the two clearest examples are the Grand Conjunction (Jupiter and Saturn, the two slowest moving visible planets, which happens once every twenty years) and the conjunction of Saturn and Mars by sign (Saturn and Mars- the greater and lesser malefic, meet every two years, progressing through the twelve signs). Today Saturn and Mars meet in the sign of Scorpio for the first time since February 14, 1984, and it seems like a good time to compare the two events in light of the two civil wars that were occurring while each of them took place. But in order to do this we need to go back to the previous conjunction of Saturn and Mars in Libra.
In June of 1982 a Fatah splinter group had attempted to assassinate the Israeli ambassador to England. Up until this point, Lebanon was more or less divided equally between Syrian Shi’as, Maronite Christians, and Palestinian Sunnis. After the assassination attempt in London, Israel retaliated with airstrikes on PLO targets in Beirut, which triggered a rocket response from Palestinian guerrillas in Lebanon, which led to an Israeli ground invasion into Lebanon with the implicit approval of Maronite groups in Lebanon. All this happened leading up to the conjunction of Saturn and Mars in Libra on July 7 of 1982.
By August, U.S. Marines were on the ground, the Maronites were on their way to massacring 3,500 Arabs, and Lebanon was burning hot center of what journalists call “Middle East Tensions”.
In April, as Mars is now in Taurus, opposing Saturn as it enters Scorpio, a group called Islamic Jihad (later to evolve into Hezbollah with the support of Iran) bombs the U.S. embassy in Beirut.
It was not until February of 1984, when Mars finally catch up to Saturn in Scorpio, that U.S. forces are withdrawn from the conflict, although U.S. assets continue to be targeted throughout the world as a result of their participation. The fighting in Lebanon continued with various other countries supporting different factions, including Iran and Iraq who were having their own war at the time—Saddam Hussein then back by the United States ad first accused of using chemical weapons by Iran. Israel did not withdraw from the conflict until June of 1985, and even then it remained in control of the “Security Zone” along the southern border of Lebanon until May 2000 (following an incredibly rare conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus in Taurus).
It was during this time that Osama Bin Laden claims to have first thought about attacking the United States after seeing the devastation wrought by the U.S. and Israeli military on Lebanon.
Jumping ahead to August 15, 2012 when Saturn and Mars meet again in Libra we have the Battles of Damascus and Aleppo, which make it unmistakable that a civil war has begun in Syria. By April of 2013, when Mars is now opposing Saturn in Scorpio, the Syrian government, along with support from Hezbollah, launches the al-Qusayr offensive—it is during this time that the Syrian government is first believed to have used chemical weapons against insurgents, drawing international attention.
In August of 2013, as Mars in Leo is square to Saturn in Scorpio, the Ghouta chemical attack is confirmed and the U.S. prepares to attack Syria. Ultimately the problem of Syrian chemical weapons is resolved diplomatically in September as Venus conjuncts Saturn and the Moon’s North Node in Scorpio, but it is also on this exact date (September 18, 2013) that Islamic State (ISIS) wins its first victory fighting against other Syrian insurgents. Although there is an initial ceasefire, the conflict between Islamic State and other rebel groups in Syria reignite as Mars begins an eight month retrograde cycle through Libra.
By the time Mars is out of Libra and into Scorpio (July 25, 2014), Islamic State has become the primary insurgent group in Iraq as well as Syria, and the United States is sending soldiers back into Iraq, leading up to the airstrikes against Islamic State this past month.
And today, Saturn and Mars are again conjunct in Scorpio. I don’t know what happens next, I’m just looking for a pattern.
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And now I’m sobbing. fuck, I’m literally sobbing right now.