Back on 22nd March I looked at Syria and I predicted that the end of this particular saga would come in December this year. Right on cue the Arab league, Jordan’s King Abdullah, the European Union in the form of sanctions and harsh criticism from Turkey are all tightening the noose around the neck of President Assad of Syria. Violence has escalated in the past couple of weeks and finally there may be a resolution to the situation before too long. I am reposting what I wrote back in March and afterwards I will look in a bit more detail how the end may come.
****Posted 22nd March 2011****
Oh my here we go again. Over the past few weeks the temperature has been rising in Syria. Yet another Arab country with this time the ruling Assad dynasty under pressure. President Bashar Al-Assad has been in power since 2000, when he succeeded his father who had been in charge for the previous 30 years. Seeing what has been going on in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, it seems the people are in a mood for change, however they have a huge obstacle to overcome in the name of President Assad and the Ba’ath party.
The Syrian chart based around the country’s accession from France shows a very dominant and brutal mini grand trine with Pluto being at the point of the formation completed by Neptune in trine to a very disruptive Mars/Uranus conjunction. Often easy going aspects (trines and sextiles) with malefic planets can precipitate violence easier than stressful aspects. The quindecile between Mercury and the 10th house Pluto which is secretive and controlling shows that much of this brutal control goes under the radar than most people see.
The transit charts for Syria are looking quite fraught. Transiting Pluto is approaching the Syrian Sun and is quindecile to natal Saturn, so change of the Assad regime does look a potential on the horizon. Transiting Saturn which has just crossed into the Syrian first house is now square to the Midheaven so pressure will now be brought to bare on President Assad. transiting Uranus is trine to the second house Venus, so there is potential social unrest in the air and it is also opposing the 12th house Neptune, so mobs of groups may now be forming in response to the unrest, however this also may precipitate some suffering too. I suspect the Syrian leader may be readying his forces and the police in response as transiting Mars is now trine to the Moon representing the general public.
President Assad has a brutal chart. Born on 11 Sept 1965 in Damascus (no birth-time), he has a Sun, Pluto and Uranus conjunction in nervous critical Virgo opposite harsh Saturn in deceptive Pisces and maybe Moon forming a wedge pattern with Mars and Neptune in deep dark Scorpio at the point. Here is a man who is sly, sneaky, able to adapt to situations as he has 7 planets in mutable signs, and has no scruples in using brute force (Mars), torture (Pluto), unusual underhand (Neptune) or shock tactics (Uranus) to keep his hand on the levers of power (Saturn). By the astrology, this is someone not to be messed with, and a man who will cling onto power by his fingernails if possible. The transits on his personal chart favour him for the minute. He has a constructive sextile between transiting Saturn and natal Jupiter and a trine between that Saturn and natal Jupiter. It would be nice to see how his Ascendant and Midheaven is affected but unfortunately with no birth-time it isn’t possible. I have to rely on the national chart and it’s aspects to see how the head of State may be affected.
In my view, Assad will see out this wave of protests, however his power and standing will be weakened, and when Uranus comes round at the end of the year to complete it’s retrograde cycle finally stationing on Syria’s Midheaven in December, then it will be crunch time. It is going a lot of force and sacrifices by the people to get the change in power that they so desire.
****Update 16th Nov 2011****
On every chart I have looked at in the past day on Syria, things look as if they will eventually come to a conclusion. On the transit chart, transiting Mars is now trine exactly to the natal Uranus Mars conjunction. This looks particularly nasty and there could be a lot of blood spilled in the next couple of weeks. We also have transiting trine to natal Saturn which shows Assad stamping down his authority in a violent way. The transiting Nodes are square to the natal Moon which is not nice for the general population. Protesting they may be but a square from the nodes does suggest that there will be some suffering and the general mood may well be quite pessimistic. However in the longer term, change will be coming. When the Sun finally reaches the Syrian Sun at 9 degrees 26 Libra, the change the Syrian people are demanding may come. Pluto hits this degree point in mid-March 2012.
As for President Assad, the transits hitting his chart are very so fraught, I cannot see him surviving much longer than Spring 2012 either. Look at the transits chart above and you can see the transiting Nodes (blue diamond feature) square to Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. Here is extreme pressure on him weakening his grip on power. This as I see it is a degrading process and by the time the transiting Nodes square hit his natal nodal axis in late March 2012 it may be time for him to go. When this connection is made, often circumstances mean that events out of your control force you to change tack; the Nodes throw problems and you must adjust. What is worse for Assad is that the Nodes will also at the same time be square to natal Saturn. At that point is is my opinion that time may well be up for him. These will be dangerous days for Assad, and it may signify the beginning of the end of the road for the Assad dynasty.