President Abol Hassan Bani-Sadr, stripped from his role as commander-in-chief by the ayatollah and besieged by the mullahs (the "Moral Majority" of Iran who accuse him of violating the constitution), his assistants arrested, his house bombed, his voice silenced by the closing of his newspaper, has gone into hiding with the parliament considering impeachment proceedings against him.
Bani-Sadr was elected to the presidency with 75 percent of the vote on Feb. 4, 1981. In my column on Feb. 20, 1980, I wrote:
"Abol Hassan Bani-Sadr was born on March 22, 1933, and has his Sun in Aries. Last week he became the president of Iran not so much because he was elected to that office, but because the ayatollah said the fateful 'aye.' Had he say 'nay," both the will of the people and Bani-Sadr would have gone 'that-a-way.' So much for democracy in Iran . . .
"Bani-Sadr was elected for a four-year term, but this term is subject to the internal musings of the ayatollah. Since Khomeini reserved for himself the right to change his mind and since a little 'nay' from him can terminate the Bani-Sadr presidency at any time, this possibility hangs over the head of the new president and will govern all his actions . . . His chart indicates a man with a good mind, very bright, someone who quickly perceives not only the problem, but also a solution for it. Unfortunately, the afflictions on the chart undermine this quick and correct perception by making him doubt his own clarity.
"Bani-Sadr undermines himself by too much self-criticism. He can get mired in details and lose sight of his objective. There is a danger that his presidency might get bogged down in bureaucracy.
"His chart indicates that he is a man who is not very sure of himself, and who is continuously assailed from within by self-recrimination for not being able to reach the impossibly high standards he sets for himself.
"He is not a man who can defy very strongly the powers that he (even though, from time to time, he wants to do so and will try), and thus he will be subject to the will of the ayatollah simply because his chart is much weaker, even if so much more sane than that of the ayatollah. He is a decent and kind man who will try to do his best. His concern for human welfare is genuine and not just a political grandstand.
"His chart indicates that he is not a man who chooses and makes his own destiny, but rather destiny chooses him.
"As a president, most of his energy will be spent on trying to normalize everyday living. His first priorities will probably be full employment, health care and improved living conditions.
"If he is given a chance he will be a good administrator and will leave the speeches and exhortations to others. He has the temperament and ability to put his country back on the track and he may achieve it, external and internal situations permitting. With the chart of Khomeini still so badly afflicted, Bani-Sadr, chosen by destiny, may emerge as the sole captain of that ship of state."
The last sentence still remains true, and while the chart of Bani-Sadr currently is very badly afflicted, indicating a danger of imprisonment (or hiding), and even mortal danger, nevertheless, the ayatollah's chart is in much worse shape. Moreover, during the next three months, from the end of June through September, the aspects are crucial, subjecting the nation to the possibility of another total upheaval and impending dissolution. The Uranus station on the fateful degree of a violent fixed star Algol directly opposes ayatollah's Sun and puts his life in jeopardy; if he survives those three months, his chart is "in extremis" next year and he will have to take extraordinary precautions to save himself.
At the same time next year, the same aspects activate very strongly the chart of Bani-Sadr, bringing about another readjustment, and possibly reemergence. If I had his chart, I would try to evaporate during this current time of stress, and prepare myself for the next year's development, because the chart cast for the moment of Khomeini's arrival in Tehran indicates that his regime will fall, and the time for it is very close.
The ayatollah must be feeling the Uranium pressure because his exhortations are becoming more outlandish. He said on June 2 that he will hound the U.S. until its interests are destroyed. His son read the statement: "The United States must know that the deal nation and Khomeini will not let it [the U.S.] free until total destruction of its interests, and will continue the struggle against it, until both of its hands are chopped off."