Our Man Musharraf

“I appreciate our relationship with Pakistan and his vision for democracy in Pakistan. I believe he’s committed to free and open elections.” – President Bush speaking to Pakistani journalists at the White House on February 22, 2006.

Last Saturday, Pakistan’s president and army chief Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency. Musharraf in a television broadcast said that this was necessary as “political interference” has led to the rise in Islamic extremism. All media outlets have been shut down. The country’s chief justice was placed under house arrest, and the army has arrested hundreds of lawyers throughout Pakistan.

Since 2001, the U.S. has given $11B in aid (60% through a Pentagon slush fund). So far it appears that the U.S. will not withdraw aid for fear it will diminish the U.S. efforts against terrorism.

On November 15, 2007, Mars in Cancer will be stationary and move retrograde.* Mars rules the military and military action. Mars will align with Pakistan’s progressed** horoscope Ascendant (nation’s identity). This is the day that Musharraf had said he would resign as head of the military. Around December 19, Saturn (limitations/loss) will station retrograde on his Mercury (thought process/news). At the same time, Jupiter (rules the lawyers) will challenge his Neptune (beliefs/illusions). Pluto (death/ transformation) will add further stress early next year. Ultimately, his power is rapidly eroding. At the same time in December, Jupiter will oppose Pakistan’s Mars. Here is a literal manifestation of the lawyers (Jupiter) battling the army (Mars).

What’s fascinating is that both Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto’s progressed Suns (self-identity) are aligned to either Pakistan’s natal Leo Sun (Bhutto) or the country’s progressed Libra Sun (Musharraf). Pakistan’s current leader and its former leader have many other ties to Pakistan’s chart. Reflecting the dualistic nature of her Gemini Sun, Bhutto represents the opposition Peoples Party and also made a preliminary power sharing agreement with Musharraf last month. As Neptune approaches opposing Pakistan’s Sun in mid January (the deadline for elections), a change in leadership may temporarily propel the country into a state of confusion. At the same time, Pluto (nuclear weapons) opposing Pakistan’s Mars could mean it’s not known exactly who has the warheads and where.

Pakistan is another country where the U.S. and especially this administration, claim to espouse freedom and democracy for all nations, yet actively support repressive regimes. The U.S. and President Bush will face Mars retrograde head on as Mars will station on our nation’s and Bush’s Cancer Suns. November 15, 2007 – January 30, 2008 is a time for a major review regarding the role of our military and our military actions abroad.

NOTE: Pakistan and India achieved independence from Great Britain at midnight on August 15, 1947. Geographic differences give the countries slightly different horoscopes. Mercury (communications) is India’s chart ruler. This reflect’s India’s prominence in the outsourcing business of call centers and information technology work.

* Planets don’t really move backwards, but appear to from our vantage point on Earth.
** A mathematical method of prediction that calculates the birth planets movement ahead in time.
Pervez Musharraf: August 11, 1943 time unknown New Delhi, India
Benazir Bhutto: June 21, 1953 time unknown Karachi

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