Today is the 12th anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks which killed 2,977 people. Many astrologers have studied this tragic event and there is much written about it. This article is another view of the events of 2001 by studying the Aries Ingress. Looking back at the Aries Ingress of 2001, astrology showed that something horrible would happen that year with secret enemies or secret attacks.
The first thing that stands out in this chart is Saturn conjunct the Ascendant on malefic fixed star Algol, also known as Caput Algol or Caput Medusae. Vivian Robson writes about this star, "Algol is Ra's al Ghul, the Demon's Head . . . it causes misfortune, violence, decapitation . . . causes death . . .It is the most evil star in the heavens."
Ptolemy would consider a fixed star on the Ascendant to be in the most powerful position in the chart that it could possibly be in. On pg 22 in Tetrabiblos he writes that the eastern angle is the most hot and dry and the fixed stars are a more powerful influence in hot & dry places in the chart. Added to this, Algol is the most malefic fixed star and conjunct the greatest malefic - Saturn. Saturn indicates the death rate of a nation and public sorrow. To say that misfortune was in store for the U.S. people in the 2001 Aries Ingress would be an understatement.
Ptolemy writes in Tetrabiblos on pg 154 of his Aphorisms, "XV. Signs cadent from the Ascendant of any kingdom are the ascendants of that kingdom's enemies. But the angles and succedent houses are the ascendants of its friends." In the Gemini rising chart for the U.S. the enemy signs are Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus. Taurus is on the 12th house cusp of secret enemies in the U.S. chart and here in the 2001 Aries Ingress, Taurus in on the Ascendant. This strengthens the malevolence of Saturn and Algol on the Ascendant and alludes to a secret attack or secret enemy being the cause of violence and death in 2001.
The Sun which rules the 4th house of public land/buildings as well as authority figures is conjunct the fixed star Scheat, another malefic fixed star which Robson writes," It causes extreme misfortune, murder, suicide, and drowning." Although strong by exaltation, the Sun is weakly placed on the cusp of the cadent and unfortunate 12th house, showing leaders inability to act in time.
The malefic influences would come from foreign people/places, governments, and groups like Al-Quada as shown by Saturn ruling the 9th, 10th, and 11th houses of the ingress chart.
The Ascendant in a mundane chart signifies the people of the country and the general conditions in the country. It was not the leader (Sun) or military (mars, 6th house) who bore the brunt of this terrorist attack but the common people. Venus in detriment in Aries rules the rising sign and is placed in the 12th house, again showing calamity.
The Moon co-rules the common people and is placed in the Saturn ruled sign of Aquarius. Aquarius is a sign of friendship, and taking care of people who are just acquaintances or friends. People came together after this attack and many of the nations friends offered their assistance and support during this time.
Mars is powerful in honor of triplicity, ruling the 12th and 7th houses of secret enemies who become open enemies. Mars has accidental dignity in the 7th house in the sign of foreign peoples/places but also of religion/fanaticism = Sagittarius. Mars conjunct Pluto in Scorpio shows the powerful, secretive attack. Mars/Pluto also conjunct the US chart descendant/ opposing US Ascendant.
Great benefic Jupiter is strongly placed in the first house but lacks essential dignity in Gemini. Jupiter is also not in the same sign as the Ascendant so it did not show any protection for the people. However, it did signify the generosity and outpouring of support from friendly nations (Jupiter ruling 11th) but also showed a large number of deaths Jupiter in detriment, ruling 8th.
Jupiter in detriment also shows that foreign travel, planes (Jupiter) was disrupted on 911 and the after effects included cracking down on what people could take on planes along with closer inspections by security which would cause more problems for the people.
The last total solar eclipse before 911 was at zero degrees of Cancer on 6/21/2001. Zero degrees is a "world point" portending to something happening that would be known around the world. This solar eclipse squares the Aries ingress Sun and falls on Venus in the US chart, Venus which rules the 12th house of secret enemies in the U.S. chart.
The air signs and Virgo are considered 'humane' signs. Aries, Taurus, Leo, Sagittarius, and Capricorn are bestial. Humane signs are considered more pleasant and peaceful. All of the rulers of the angles in the ingress chart are in bestial signs.
Ptolemy writes in aphorism XLV. If the ascendant, or principal significators, be not in humane signs, the native himself will be also estranged from human nature.