It’s always easier to look backwards and find astrological correlations to major events than it is to predict specific events using astrology. Only astrologer Lynne Palmer predicted the attacks of September 11, although other astrologers did note that this period would be a stressful time for the US.
On the day of the attacks, transiting Pluto was within seventeen minutes of an exact conjunction to the US ascendant at 12 degrees Sagittarius. Astrologers had worried for months about the opposition of Saturn to Pluto that was in effect at that time, and Pluto, which had been traveling retrograde, turned direct on August 25th within 11 minutes of the US ascendant. When planets change direction in a close aspect to one of our planets, the effect is extremely intense.
Saturn and Pluto are both Lords of Death with Saturn having played that role in the early days of astrology before Pluto was discovered. Modern astrologers don’t find Saturn as evil as the more traditional astrologers do, but the stress between the restriction of Saturn and the transformative power of Pluto can be difficult at best. With these two facing off and Pluto sitting right on the ascendant, the face of American life and politics (ascendant) were irrevocably changed (Pluto) that day.
But this Pluto cycle actually began on November 25, 2000 when Pluto first crossed the US ascendant – the week of September 11 was the second phase of this cycle. During that week in November 2000, the Florida recount began that would be the first phase of the lawsuits that resulted in George Bush being appointed President.
It seems likely to me that the events surrounding the 2000 election in the first phase of Pluto crossing the US ascendant undermined the structures that formed the very fabric of the country to the point where it was vulnerable to attack when Pluto came around the second time and sat right on the US ascendant for a month or more. .
Since that time Mars in the US chart has turned retrograde (back in 2007), signifying for many astrologers a weakening in the formerly powerful military might of the country. Transiting Pluto last spring began a square to the Midheaven (the government) of the US chart that will return in early 2009 when Pluto returns to Capricorn.
Mark Lerner points out that Mercury was sitting right on the ascendant of the chart of the first World Trade Center attack in NYC, exactly conjunct the US Saturn. Mark writes, “And when this first plane hit — remember Mercury had winged sandals and was the “Messenger of the Gods,” symbolizing this jet in the sky — it would set off a chain reaction that would throw our entire nation into extreme fear (Saturn). In fact, for the first time in American history, this event, followed by the other plane hijackings and crashes, would close all American airports.”
Hindsight is the clearest vision we possess. But on this day when we honor those who gave their life on the day that transformed American politics forever, I believe it is our duty to stay informed and work like hell in our communities to bring American life back into balance.