From Russia, with Arms

Yesterday’s arrest at the Sofitel hotel in Bangkok of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout by Thai authorities on behalf of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Authority (DEA), was a manifestation of the current planetary influences of Mars (weapons) opposing Pluto (secret deals).

The transit of Pluto in Capricorn will expose government and business leaders who are operating for their own personal power and profit, rather than in the best interests of humanity. Mars in Cancer is rapidly exposing what’s really going on in the world to the public. This is a wake up call to the world that none of the players in this game are clean.

Viktor Bout describes himself as a “businessman.” Bout was born with the Sun (self-identity) and Mercury (communications) in Capricorn, the sign of the executive. People with Capricorn energies are usually highly ambitious, sometimes to the point of being willing to break the law to succeed. (Bout is described as a “rogue arms dealer”. The other Capricorn in the news, Jerome Kerviel is the “rogue trader.”) With his Sun conjoining Mercury, Bout is fluent in six languages and carries a plethora of passports under multiple identities.

Bout began his career in the Soviet military. After the USSR’s breakup, he began purchasing Soviet cargo planes to buy gladiolas in South Africa and sell them in Saudi Arabia. This fits with Bout’s Mars in Libra, a sign ruled by Venus (beauty). Bout has Venus in Aquarius, which rules airplanes. (At one time, Bout controlled the largest private fleet of Soviet-era cargo planes in the world.)

With his Sun and Mercury challenging his Mars and harmonizing with his Pluto, Bout was motivated to make more money by entering the arms bazaar. The planetary relationship between Bout’s Sun to Saturn in Pisces and Neptune in Scorpio also assisted him to assume other identities and arrange secret deals. With his Sun opposing Jupiter in Leo, it was a global enterprise that eventually made Bout king of the arms dealers. Bout got the star treatment in the 2005 movie, “Lord of War” starring Nicholas Cage. (Despite Cage and Bout sharing the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and the generational planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in the same signs, Bout told a Russian TV channel that it was “a bad movie.” “I’m sorry for Nicholas Cage.”)

Having his Mars in Libra, the sign of balance and fairness, made Bout an equal opportunity arms dealer. He didn’t discriminate who he sold weapons to, as long as he was making lots of money. His deals ranged from carrying humanitarian aid for the U.N. in Africa to funneling arms for former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor.

In July 2004, The U.S. Treasury froze all of Bout’s assets that were under their jurisdiction, followed by companies associated with him. Saturn in Cancer was opposing Bout’s Capricorn Sun/Mercury, representing a limitation imposed on the fruits of his career. Pluto in Sagittarius was squaring his natal Pluto, representing a powerful entity challenging his global reach. The U.N. followed with sanctions on Bout in 2007.

The sanctions relegated Bout to living in Russia where he would be protected from extradition. Bout’s progressed* Venus and Saturn now conjoined in Pisces, a planetary manifestation of the fact that an estimated $6 billion of his assets were now frozen, dissolved from his hands. In November 2007, Bout succumbed to an offer to travel to Thailand to sell a hundred surface-to-air missiles, armor-piercing rocket launchers, and combat helicopters to the rebel group FARC.** Yesterday at the hotel, Bout and his associate, Andrew Smulian, found themselves sitting face to face with DEA agents posing as FARC buyers. Transiting Uranus (shocks/surprises) in Pisces (deception) is conjoining Bout’s progressed Mercury. The Pisces New Moon today is also aligned with his Mercury. Jupiter in Capricorn is aligning with Bout’s Sun/Mercury, making him feel optimistically emboldened that he could pull off the deal and make it back to Russia without being caught.

Capricorn is all about law and order, and the moral of the story is that in the end, crime doesn’t pay. Pluto in Capricorn will show that things are not what they appear to be. Despite knowing Bout was supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11, the U.S. military used Bout’s services to ship materials for the military and their contractors to Iraq after the 2003 invasion. In their book, “The Merchant of Death”, Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun say they have proof that Bout came to the U.S. on a couple of occasions after 9/11 to make a sales pitch for services to help the U.S. fight the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

The DEA order for his arrest on conspiracy charges was issued on February 27, possibly under a Void-of-Course*** Moon in secretive Scorpio; it may be awhile before Bout arrives in the U.S. The government is eager to prosecute, but if he continues to be confined, Bout may be just as eager to reveal all of the government’s dirty dealings to the public.

*A mathematical method of prediction that calculates the birth planets forward in time.
**FARC (Revolutionary Forces of Colombia), are a rebel group that seeks to overthrow the Colombian government. Cocaine sales help to fund their arms purchases.
***When the Moon (our emotional barometer) does not form any relationship to a planet before entering a new zodiacal sign. Actions taken during this time may not turn out as planned.

Viktor Bout: January 13, 1967 time unknown Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Nicholas Cage: January 7, 1964 5:35 AM Harbor City, California

Referenced Articles:
Global Policy Forum: “Viktor Bout: From International Outlaw to Valued Partner”
The New York Times: “Russian Charged With Trying to Sell Arms”
The Wall Street Journal: “Alleged Arms Dealer Arrested” (online for subscribers only)

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