The Ayatollah Khomeini, born on May 17, 1900, has the sun in Taurus. Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, the deposed shah of Iran, born October 26, 1919, has the sun in Scorpio. Their suns, in the opposite signs of the zodiac, and configurated with other planets in their charts, reveal their inner dynamics and unfold a most fascinating story.
It is a story of two men inexorably bound to each other by destiny, as a jailer is bound to his prisoner, a murderer to his victim. Their fateful and fatal Karmic link falls on the fixed star Algol, which brings about violent death by causing injuries to the neck - e.g. Jack Kennedy, Isadora Duncan, Jane Mansfield.
There is a great deal of similarity between these two men, and in some respects one could almost call them Mr. Tweedledee and Mr. Tweedledum. Theoretically they might have been able to communicate with each other had they really tried, but instead they engaged in a personal vendetta, each cashing in on the other's weaknesses, bring out the worst in each other, the personal hatred in Mr. Tweedledee (Khomeini) evoking hatred in Mr. Tweedledum (the shah.)
And thus Iran became simply an arena for two combatants engaged in a mortal personal struggle. Their political ideologies, which were natural extensions of their personalities, were used merely as the weapons against each other. Anger against anger, hatred against hatred, and the one who hated less, was the one who fell.
I must admit that any personal feeling I might have had about these two men, I had to revise after seeing their charts, simply because the chart of the shah makes him a veritable angel by comparison to the other.
But since the "veritable angel" is out of power and it is now "the other" who rules Iran, and since Khomeini and his government happen to be in the most immediate dangers of various kinds, I may as well give him my forewarnings.
Khomeini arrived at Tehran airport on Feb. 1, 1979. The chart cast for the moment of his arrival indicates not only the fall of the then existing government, but also the subsequent fall of his own government, possibly within a year of its existence. The ending is violent, forecasting strong possibility of a sudden death to the ayatollah himself.
After six months of initial euphoria, which brings us to July 1979, the people begin to manifest the frustrations and disappointments, these becoming quite visible around July 13 and becoming stronger from Sept. 7 to Sept. 16. Forceful measures might be used to quash the unrest, but progressively the labor force in the oil fields becomes hard to handle, possibly erupting in violence around Sept. 20. As we move into October, his government may begin to shake, with some internal shake-down possible in the middle of October.
The month of November carries a strong threat on the life of the Ayatollah Khomeini, this aspect beginning on Oct. 25 and carrying through Nov. 8, with a real threat of death beginning January 25, 1980, and lasting through May 1, 1980.
My advice to the Khomeini: None. Are you kidding? Since this man truly believes that what only he believes in is truly right and truly holy, and all things that he does not believe in are of evil, and since I am an American, and thus a foreigner, of different religion, and to top it all, oh, horror, I am a woman who does not wear a veil and who speaks her mind, I am already a quintuple evil and anything that I may say would be promptly dismissed with a flip of a caftan....
So I may as well talk now about the shah.
The shah's chart is so much more benign than the ayatollah's because this man is not a fanatic. And while he may just as stubbornly hold on to something he believes in, his mind is open to new ideas, can play around with several options and thus innovate. This open mind automatically precludes the possibility of total ruthlessness in the pursuit of a goal, and thus, paradoxically, this absence of total ruthlessness brought about his downfall.
Another weakness of the shah lies in his over-idealism and over-optimism - like an ostrich who hides his head in the sand and says, "All is well in my world, and if not, tomorrow for sure will be better. Something will bail me out."
But this is certainly not a chart of a man who is weak. There is certain grandeur in this chart, which of course, would make him love the splendor.
The shah has a sculptural degree in his chart, and thus, by nature, he is a builder. He might have wanted to be an architect at one time, or maybe could be a sculptor himself.
He could write, and write well, an epic, maybe, or a historical novel.
The shah, like the ayatollah, is in danger, but not as immediate. The time he really should watch himself is from October 9th to October 25th and then again from January 25, 1980 through May 1, 1980, exactly as Khomeini.
My advice to the shah - try to sculpt or write. Be on guard for your life during the aforementioned periods, and please do not trust anyone and do not give anyone even the slightest benefit of doubt during these times.
And just remember, that even though you may never return to your country, in times long past, the age of Renaissance was also temporarily darkened by the medieval aspects of Reformation, only to emerge again into the age of Enlightenment. You had left an indelible mark on your country and, in the final analysis, who should judge whether a Venetian doge is better or worse than a medieval monk? CAPTION: Picture 1, Ayatollah Khomeini; Picure 2, Muhammad Rezi Pahlavi