This week the radical-islamist Taliban seized power again in Afghanistan, power they lost twenty years ago in the aftermath of 9/11, when a Western alliance led by the US occupied the country. Despite the fact that this seizure of power could be seen coming for months, several countries among which The Netherlands had not evacuated their local staff. The consequence was a chaotic dangerous situation at the airport, reminding very much of the notorious panic-stricken evacuation of Saigon at the end of the war in Vietnam.

It is an understatement that the history of Afghanistan is quite “eventful” and that this chaos at the airport fits in very well with this history. It is a not a country of strong central government and a whole series of wars were fought in this region. That is why it is not easy to find an effective chart, but what seems to work quite well is the chart of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter (GC)  in October 1861 before emir Dost Mohammed brought the country under one government just before his death. This produces the mundane radix below (click on the link to view the chart).

Lord 1, one of the most important house rulers, is malefic Mars in its detriment is the sixth house of misfortune near Vindemiatrix, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice on which things tend to get out of hand enormously. This is not very nice of course and this Mars is also by antiscion in opposition with the degree of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter itself! The GC is of course a central point in this chart and this opposition with nasty Mars emphasizes the fighter planet very strongly.The GC is on Denebola, the Lion’s Tail associated with the provocation of authorities, on the MC is Vega the Vulture coming down because there is something to eat.


So the stars in this chart look quite dramatic and the Moon is also on Alcyone the main star in the Pleiads, associated with struggles, blindness and discord. The other Luminary the Sun has a lot of influence because it is in the seventh house of others near the Descendant.The Sun is the symbol of power, it is essentially weak in its fall and in opposition with the country itself in the first house.The seventh house of others containing the Sun in its fall points to the many foreign interventions which have caused so many struggles and discord harming the country so much.

Lord 7 of the others intervening in the country, is on Antares the martial Death Star in the eighth house of death. After 20 years of Western occupation, it had become a complete cul-de-sac. The Taliban had never really been beaten. The whole illusory project of “nation-building” has cost more than 800 billion dollars and many thousands of military and civilian casualties. It was a grotesque overestimation of power. Afghanistan’s radix breathes a sphere of anarchy, division, violence, a lack of central authority and prospectless interventions.

In next week’s post the progressions will be discussed which will show clearly why governments need competent mundane astrologers. Maybe this could help to prevent failures so that governments will not endanger the lives of their citizens and allies again and again.     

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