Within a week of President Anwar Sadat's assassination, his vice president, Hosni Mubarak became the new president of Egypt. But even though the transition of power was swift and peaceful (within two days he was nominated by his party and elected to the office with 95 percent of the popular vote), and even though President Mubarak repeatedly stated that he intends to follow all the policies of his predecessor, there has been much speculation as to whether Hosni Mubarak will be able to do so.

Many people have been wondering whether Egypt, under the new leadership, will remain our strong ally, whether it will continue to seek peace with Israel, and whether its relationships with other Arab countries will change.

The astrological chart of President Mubarak enables me to answer some of those questions.

He was born on May 4, 1928, and has his sun in Taurus. His chart cast for Cairo indicates two powerful configurations (grand trine in water and in fire), with one configuration controlling his vice presidency, while the other (water trine) controls his presidency. Therefore, I believe that Mubarak will show himself to be quite a different man as president than he was as vice president. Since his sun and Mercury (both in Taurus) are better aligned and more supportive of his powerful presidential configuration, I feel that Mubarak will surprise many people by becoming a very strong ruler.

One of the most striking things on his chart is the extremely close and karmic linkage to the late president's chart. The aspects indicative of the ascendancy to power, through Anwar Sadat's chart, are clearly delineated and have been activated at this time. The chart of Hosni Mubarak indicates a total devotion and loyalty to the fallen president, even though it appears that Mubarak did not always agree with Sadat on issues, but his Mercury in Taurus "held its own counsel."

The way his fire configuration influences the area of partnerships (marriage, business, vice presidency) makes Mubarak a wonderful partner to have. He will always try to lighten the burden of the other person; he will be accommodating, supportive, considerate, cheerful; he will try to amuse, entertain, and "dispel the clouds." He will do his best to make his partner as comfortable as possible. He will try to carry more than his share by readily accepting boring or unpleasant tasks.

This cheerful, pliable, accomodating and supportive man changes considerably, however, when he is the one to carry the load of responsibility. At that time, his grand trine in water, plus his sun and Mercury in Taurus (including his moon in Scorpio), take over, and make Mubarak, as president, a much more introverted, stubborn, and determined man who keeps his own counsel. He will not be as accomodating, or cheerful; his personality becomes much more somber.

Mubarak's chart indicates he is very intelligent and learns quickly. Moreover, he retains all he has learned. He is also very perceptive and intuitive about people, and a good judge of character. As president, he will be very practical and will be more interested in a steady, cumulative progress than in flashy success. He will not be a man to make rash decisions; every problem will though out very carefully. Once he makes up his mind, however, it will be very difficult for anyone to change it.

His chart indicates he will focus on the development of all the resources of his country. The sign of Cancer rules his presidency and his attitudes toward it. Cancer stands for home, family, roots, traditions and domestic tranquility. It also stands for frugality and good fiscal management. These attitudes will give him a tendency to respect fundamentalist religion, if this is in the tradition of his country. He can also be ruthless (and there is capacity for ruthlessness in this chart) in squashing anything threatening the tranquility and stability of his home, the domestic tranquility of his country.

This aspect of fundamentalism is very interesting on his chart, for it rules both his supporters and his enemies. Therefore, I think, he might be able to integrate much of his fundamentalism into his domestic policies, while the hard core will remain his implacable enemies.