U.S. special envoy Philip Habib, who has been negotiating a peaceful evacuation of the PLO from Lebanon, was born on Feb. 25, 1920, and has his Sun in Pisces. A recent Washington Post editorial described him as a "selfless and brilliant man." His astrological chart not only supports those two attributes, but endows him further with a multitude of laudable traits.
Habib's chart indicates a totally integrated, noble and human man. Despite his taciturn appearance and seemingly unflappable demeanor he is an intensely emotional, empathetic and compassionate person. He has a rare quality of being able to identify himself with both the victim and the victor, thus he is extremely well-suited for any kind of negotiations between the conqueror and the vanquished.
And yet, despite his strong empathy, Habib does not permit himself the luxury of lengthy commiserations, and redirects that energy into finding practical solutions to the problem.
His chart also indicates an incredibly strong sense of duty and responsibility, with a certain degree of sheer "doggedness." He will never abandon a task, as long as there is a shred of hope. In addition, he is fair. This sense of fairness, justice and balance is very prominent on his chart, and he will not permit anyone to sway him. He will hold the middle ground, and be "an honest broker." This latter quality might be very aggravating to people who would like to have him "in their corner," but Habib will not budge from the position he considers just and fair. This does not mean he is inflexible; it only means that both sides will have to make concessions.
And so, his compassion, empathy, and ability to assess any given situation, his persistence, inner fortitude, combined with his innate wish to hold relationships together, make him a superb negotiator. His chart towers above the charts of either Henry Kissinger or Robert Strauss.
Since Habib is involved in the negotiations, it is quite natural (from an astrological point of view) that his chart is strongly tied to the charts of Israel, Menachem Begin, Yasser Arafat and to the chart cast for the invasion of Lebanon (June 6, 1982, 11 a.m., at Jerusalem). Unfortunately, his chart repeats and underlines the negative aspects on those charts, especially the negative aspects of the Lebanon invasion chart, an invasion that began "with a bang and will end with a whimper."
And so, whether or not Habib succeeds in achieving a peaceful evacuation of the PLO, the story is far from over. There is another crisis that will erupt (between Sept. 20 and Oct. 10).
A few months ago, when I still hoped that this Middle East crisis could be avoided (even though it was looming on the horizon for the past eight months), I said that we will be facing a major confrontation at the end of 1983-1984, even though the first ominous passage of Uranus over the United States' chart was going to occur at the end of 1982-1983. But now, since the Middle East crisis has occurred, and the charts of the United States and of the Lebanon invasion are tied (and we did not disengage ourselves in time), we are following a Pied Piper into the quagmire.
Habib probably will be involved in some new crisis from about Sept. 22. This will be a dangerous time for him personally, as well as a time that will mark some drastic change. It could be some uprising, revolutionary in nature, and affect Israel, Lebanon and the Palestinians. I fervently hope I am wrong, but the charts do not substantiate at all the wishful thinking either of this administration, or on the part of Begin about "free Lebanon." I do not see any peace for either Israel or Lebanon, whether the PLO is removed from Lebanon or not.
The crucial days to watch are:
In August: from 15 through the end.
In September: from 10 through 12, and from 20 through 30.
In October: the entire month, getting progressively more difficult toward the end of the year, with special emphasis on the period between 16-23 of November.