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An Astrological Look at 9/11

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NYC at 8:46 AM, 9/11/2001 (When the First Plane Hit the Towers)

Just like every person has his or her own birth chart, each event also has its own chart. The 9/11 chart paints a very specific portrait of what happened that morning.

Ketu and Mars are within a single degree of each other in Sagittarius, located in the 4th house, which is the portion of the zodiac that represents one’s innermost feelings and sense of home or belonging.

Every planet has the potential for a positive, life-affirming representation or a challenging, dark representation, and Mars directly connects to action, whether in the form of an athlete winning a gold medal, somebody committing a murder, or just a working man finding the energy to get through the day. Notably, Mars also represents soldiers, who at their best exemplify bravery and heroism, yet at their worst may follow destructive orders without questioning them.

Ketu, which is depicted without a head in Vedic mythology, represents the part of us that is pre-critical thought. That’s a beautiful thing when it relates to meditative states and the sort of spiritual understanding that goes beyond words, but not so great when it relates to primitive feelings and habits that remain unexamined. Ketu also specifically represents traditional cultures.

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Ben Affleck & Rahu’s Rollercoaster

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At first glance, Ben Affleck’s chart looks like a dream come true. Venus is right on the ascendant in the intelligent, creative sign of Gemini, opposite Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius and trining a 5th-house Moon in Venus’s own sign of Libra (in the nakshatra of Svati, which is often associated with the wealthy and socially adept). Mars is located in his 3rd house, which has a strong connection to the arts, and is in the sign of its great friend, Leo (which, once again, represents the arts). In other words, it’s a fitting chart for a multimillionaire movie star who is also sharp enough to become an elite screenwriter and film director.

Most movie fans are familiar with “Good Will Hunting,” which Affleck and Matt Damon famously wrote together and starred in, jumpstarting their careers. However, in my view, Affleck’s career artistic peak and one of the best movies of the new millennium is “Gone Baby Gone,” which was co-written (adapted from a novel by Dennis Lehane) and directed by Affleck. I can’t remember a movie in the past few years that likely resulted in more couples arguing as they left the theater… and that’s a compliment, if it wasn’t clear 🙂

Then there’s Affleck’s substantial humanitarian efforts, which he’s kept rather low-key compared to the amount of effort and attention he gives them. Considering the lifestyles of some movie stars, it’s a bit ironic that a clearly talented artist who invests much of his time on charity work to help the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (which constitutes way more personal attention than writing some checks or showing up at a few banquets), seems to trigger intuitive suspicion and negativity among much of the general public. Affleck clearly understands how he’s often seen and even incorporated this view of himself into his art when he starred as a philandering husband framed for murder in the recent blockbuster “Gone Girl.”

He’s also had one of the most unlikely career trajectories in film history. He was celebrated as a screenwriter in his 20s, unfairly mocked as a tabloid headline for years, reemerged as one of the world’s top directors (and, suddenly, a respected actor), won an Oscar and now his pending divorce is all over the news, with most accounts essentially blaming him for drinking and gambling away his marriage. Of course, who knows if that’s true? However, the point is that it’s on every supermarket shelf, and while it’s likely especially personally painful for Affleck, it’s really just a dip on the Rahu-driven rollercoaster he’s been riding for a long time.

Rahu is the north node of the Moon and considered especially troublesome in Vedic Astrology. It represents our insatiable desires – the areas of life we are relentlessly compelled to experience but must eventually realize are maya (illusion) to continue on our spiritual path. Rahu is specifically responsible for all forms of mass hysteria, which include both fame and public derision. So far, I’ve done celebrity profiles on Woody Allen, Taylor Swift and Affleck and I’ve ended up writing about Rahu extensively in each one. None of these people were originally chosen to profile with the idea of focusing on Rahu, but it turned out to play a huge role in all of their lives.

Affleck’s Moon nakshatra of Svati and his Ascendant and Venus nakshatra of Ardra are all ruled by Rahu, so it’s bound to be a substantial influence throughout his entire life. As it’s placed in his 8th house, it represents sudden ups and downs, secrets and the esoteric or occult. Since the Moon nakshatra determines which mahadasha (major period) one experiences first in life, Affleck grew up during a Rahu mahadasha; then he initially became famous during the mahadasha of his strong 7th-house Jupiter in Sagittarius and antardasha (sub-period) of Rahu. In this instance, Jupiter, which is generally considered the planet best able to work with Rahu’s energy, was able to channel the more positive elements of Rahu into a sudden rise.

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Nakshatras Beyond the Moon

One of my favorite parts of Vedic astrology is the nakshatras, a series of 27 fixed stars. They’re most commonly utilized in reference to the Moon, but they also relate to the other planets. After all, in the same manner that the Moon is located in a specific nakshatra at any given time, so are all the other planets. Nakshatras are just like the normal zodiac signs in this way.

In fact, I wonder if the emphasis on the Moon nakshatra is mostly just because Vedic astrology is an ancient system and people didn’t tend to have precise birth times until recently. If somebody isn’t sure about his or her birth time, the ascendant changes too often (about every two hours) to conclusively determine it. When this happens, astrologers will generally make a “Chandra Lagna” (Moon Ascendant) chart, placing the Moon in the first house and positioning the other planets accordingly. Even when the ascendant is known, looking at the chart from the Moon, as well, remains a valuable technique. Continue reading

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Taylor Swift and Ardra Nakshatra

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I find the most interesting feature in Taylor Swift’s horoscope to be her Moon (and Jupiter) in the nakshatra of Ardra. This is notable because Ardra is about creating something beautiful out of destruction. It literally translates to “the moist one” – (although probably not in the way you’re thinking) – as it represents storms that can result in a harvest. It’s often considered one of the most challenging nakshatras, because the person has to go through so many emotional “storms.” However, if the metaphorical rain is utilized properly, the result can be a great bounty.

Sometimes an astrological indication is such a literal fit that it almost makes me start laughing. I think we can expect the metaphysical to speak to us in symbols and riddles to such an extent that it seems surprising when it gives us a straight answer. However, as I continue to study astrology, I’m noticing clear, straightforward indications more and more frequently. In this case, Swift is a musician who is famous for writing hit songs about her break-ups. So, she’s creating something beautiful – or certainly a bounty, even if you’re not a big fan of her music – out of her emotional storms. Of course, she writes songs about plenty of other topics, too, but she’s probably better known for “break-up songs” than any other musician, which is an obvious interpretation of Ardra. Continue reading

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