The astrogeographical position of Bagdad

The astrogeographical position of Bagdad and the astrology of Iraq. Transits of the outer planets in relation to the capital and government of Iraq.

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Astrogeography of Iraq: Libra and Gemini – The Ishtar Gate at Babylon,

Bagdad replaced Ctesiphon

The choice of the site of Bagdad for the new seat of government of Iraq transfered the long-time political center of the region only 30 km to the north-west of the Sasanide capital Ctesiphon which had served as the royal capital of the Persian Empire in the Parthian and Sasanian eras for over eight hundred years. After the fall of the Sasanide capital in 651 AD the cities of of Anbar (651-750 – 65 km west of Bagdad) and Kufa (750-752 – 140 km south of Bagdad) had been used as the capital.

  The Tāq Kasrā building was once the White Palace at Ctesiphon (30 km south of Bagdad built between 4th and 6th century A.D, with the famous Arch of Ctesiphon. The picture was taken in 1864. For field level 4 (exact position of the building) the palace is located in the combination of highly defensive, solid water sign Scorpio sign of sculpting, imaging, visualization with creative innovative air sign Aquarius sign of the sky, heaven, paradise and indicator for the height of the structure.

The astrogeographical position of Bagdad

The Astrogeographical position of Bagdad for morphogenetic field level 1 which defines the supraregional, international situation and role of the capital and government of Iraq: the capital of Iraq is located at 10° in solid, conservative, exclusive, strict earth sign Capricorn the sign of stability, history, administration, governments, rules and regulations, control, efficiency and 22° in self-protective emotional water sign Cancer the sign of the moon, river beds, springs, motherhood, fertility, pregnancy, conception, emotional identity and independence, ancestors and of feeling at home,

Astrology and astrogeography of Iraq, Bagdad and Babylon
Tigris River in Baghdad. The astrogeographical position of Bagdad is 10°Capricorn and 22°Cancer

The transits of the planets in relation to Bagdad`s astrogeographical coordinates from the time of the development that led to the 2nd  Gulf War between 2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991 deliver a full astrological proof for these astrogeographical correspondences in relation to the government of Iraq.

The Foundation chart for Bagdad

Todays Iraq is considered as the motherland of modern astrology and the zodiac signs at the banks of Euphrat and Tigris rivers. And for a region that with 3000 years of history of court astrologers it is no wonder that the foundation of the new capital wasn`t done without consultation of astroloogy.

Astrology and Astrogeographical position of Bagdad
The Round Palace City of Bagdad was the center of the new capital of the Abassid Empire from 762 A.D. The astrogeographical resonance coordinates for morphogenetic field level 3 (surrounding area) of the round city are in the two “Venus signs”: Libra and Taurus

The origin of the City of Bagdad was founded under the name of the palace city of “Madinat as-Salam” (the city of peace) by the 2nd Abassid Caliph Al-Mansur in 762. The position of the area of the round city in the 2 Venus signs Taurus and Libra for morphogenetic field level 3 (surrounding area) relates to the choice of a site that to som,e extent supports a peaceful energy. The peaceful aspect lies in a relatively undisturbed situation which is marked by being self-centered in the soil, roots and local ground (Taurus) and with an appeal to harmony, balance and openness to relationships (Libra).

The date of the foundation was chosen through astrological election by the court astrologer Nawbakht the Persian (679-777) with the help of the young Mâshâ’allâh (740-815) and other experienced astrologers of their time. The history was reported by the great 11th century scholar-astrologer-astronomer Al-Biruni.

The chart is can be examined as an archetypal example for astrological election. Therefore its main features can be studied as part of an overall concept for the establisment of what was considered as an ideal successful city. Of course astrological interpretation and speculation has to be aware of the possibility of imprecision of calculations. One question to be asked is wether the tropical void of course position of the Moon at 27° Libra had been correctly foreseen by the astronomers calculation. This is because of its void of course position and because of the square to Mercury and the two lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu.

The astrogeographical position of Bagdad
Foundation chart for Bagdad calculated for 31 Jul 762 (jul. date) at 14:40.

The royalty topic

The foundation chart was selected for a moment in time when Jupiter the planet of expansion, shamanism, priests, style, design, fashion, ornamentation, arcs and bows, round-forms in general, cycles, time-measurement, philosophy, thinking, scientific research and harem culture at 8° in his own sign Sagittarius was rising exactly conjunct the eastern horizon. A day was chosen when the Sun at 10° in its own sign Leo was in an exact highly harmonious trine position to Jupiter. An aspect in which both planets supported each other. Jupiter supported expansion, victory, glory and understanding of the topics of the Sun as the astrological resonator of royalty, self-centering, absolutism, magnetism, light, heart, power stations and magnificence. At the same time the Sun supported the topics of Jupiter through providing a fixed, stable center for the development of culture, knowledge, experience and success. The emphasis on the harmonious combination of Sun and Jupiter resonates with the function as a palace city.

The City of Peace topic

The new city was named as Madinat as-Salam (the city of peace). The Moon position in Libra the sign of peace and angels, aristocracy, love, relationship, harmony, balance, beauty, justice, symmetry and an indicator for the ideal of higher culture relates to the ideal of a “city of peace”.

The choice of a moment of an opposition of Mars to Jupiter and with Mars only one degree below the horizon (vanishing Mars position) reflects the aim of controling attacking enemies. It may be speculated that Jupiter the planetary indicator of aiming and shooting was placed on the ascendant and in its own sign Sagittarius to support the defense through the bowmen, catapults and shooting. The Mars – Jupiter opposition therefore suggests the ideal of vigilance and of a wise and successful handling of warfare. Jupiter`s opposition to Mars suggests that despite all the vigilance war (Mars) wass not seen as the first and best option as for example in the inauguration of Hitler under a war mongering Mars-Jupiter conjunction. In the whole system of aspects some tension from the Jupiter-Mars opposition was relieved by the sextile position of the Sun which as the fastest moving planet of the three had moved beyond the exact sextile and trine in relation to Mars and Jupiter respectively.

The fertility and economical growth concept behind Saturn and Venus positions

The positions of Saturn the planet of stability, hierarchy and Venus the planet of wealth, income, relationship and females is chosen in the early (initial) phase of the signs they are in, indicating the starting phase of something new. Their relation is positive as they are in a stimulative, respectful, expansive sextile to each other. Venus the sign ruler of Saturn´s position in Taurus the sign of possession of territory, market places, food, agriculture, wealth, cattle and stability is in Cancer the sign of fertility, pregnancy, conception, water supply and of arriving and feeling at home.

Iraqi independence with Pluto conjunct and Uranus square to Bagdad

The independence of Iraq became effective with Pluto at 23°Cancer exactly conjunct one of the two astrogeographical coordinates of Baghdad, Pluto stood for the process of transformation, restructuring and redefinition of the society and national identity.

Astrological chart for the independence of Iraq calculated for October 3 1932 at 13:30 at Baghdad. The event that led to the final independence of Iraq was the Union of Nations vote over the country`s admission at 11:30 at Geneva (Switzerland). Data source: Nicholas Campion.

At the same time Uranus in exact square from 21°Aries exerted the strongest demand for social and political change onto the society. The Sun at 10°Libra was in exact square revealing the intense challenge to the government. The chart already contained the position of Mars at 7°Leo in House 7 a constellation of hostility on the astrogeographical resonance degree of Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh Iraq´s most important and most powerful enemy.

Uranus and Neptune conjunct Bagdad during the Gulf War of August, 2 1990 – February, 28 1991

Map of ground operations of Operation Desert Storm starting invasion February 24-28th 1991. Shows allied and Iraqi forces. map: Jeff Dahl, GFDL

The Saturn – Neptune conjuction at 10°Capricorn and conjunct Bagdad during the Fall of the Berlin Wall on November, 9 1989 brought a major depression for the Iraqi capital and government because the support from its major ally Russia broke down through the Russian peace politics under Gorbachev that ended the First Cold War.

Neptune was still conjunct the 10°Capricorn astrogeographical resonance coordinate of Bagdad when Saddam Hussein´s armies invaded Kuwait on August, 2 1990. The self-destructive effects of starting a war under a Neptune transit of a national capital can be studied with the archetypal examples of the german and japanese attacks on Russia and the USA in 1941 under Neptune´s transit conjunct the two national capitals both located at 29°Virgo.

Uranus the god and planet of the sky, flying and airplanes, followed Neptune to conjunct Bagdad during the air strikes on the city by the international alliance from January 17 1991.

The Neptune conjunction during that attack strongly resembled the attacks of fascist Germany on Russia in June 1941 (Operation Barbarossa) and of Japan on the USA in December 1941 (Pearl Harbour). Neptune stood for the illusion of winning a war against a superior enemy, the paralysis of the population and opposition under an extremely strong dictatorship, the blindness of the government and the self-destruction of the attacking country as a consequence of the invasion under a Neptune conjunction with its capital.

Iraqi attack on Kuwait – start of the 2nd Gulf War calculated for August, 2 1990 at sunrise

Uranus went conjunct Baghdad`s 10°  Capricorn coordinate between April 1990 and January 1991 explaining the war as a projection of the country`s interior problems and the governments fear to be overturned onto other countries.  Neptune at 11° Capricorn was conjunct Baghdad´s position for 8 weeks in September and October 1990 in a typical constellation of paralysis of the population and a constellation before defeat.


Gulf War Air War Start of Aerial attacks by USA and allies, 17 January 1991, 2:38, Baghdad with Uranus & Neptune conjunct Baghdad

During the foundation of the international alliance in early December 1990 Saturn was at 22° Capricorn in exact transit over the opposition degree of the astrogeographical position of Bagdad at 22° Cancer . Saturns typical role was to stop the unhindered expansion of Iraq that had been begun through the invasion of Kuwait of August 1990.

No direct transits of the outer planets during the US attack on Bagdad in 2003

The 2003 US invasion of Iraq was propagated and started on the pretense of accusations that had been proven as wrong long before the start of the campaign. The actual effective US aim was to overturn the government and completely destroy Iraqi administrative, political, police and military structures and thus destabilize the whole of the Middle East for the next decades.

Map of major operations and battles of the Iraq War as of 2007 map: ADuran, GFDL

The aerial attacks were started with Mars at 10° Capricorn the sign of governments, administration and stability in exact transit of the  astrogeographical position of Bagdad on March, 20 2003. Pluto the planet of trauma, pain, fortresses, ideology, dominance and hierarchy occupied 20°Sagittarius and a hidden conjunction with both the position of Mars and the resonance coordinate of Bagdad explaining the hidden agenda behind the US invasion as a campaign aimed at the expansion of the US sphere of interest.

Jupiter the planet of victory, success and profit orientation was at 8°Leo exactly conjunct the astrogeographical position of the Saudi Arabian government at Riyadh. The capture of Bagdad effectively began a period of global strategical US politics that made Saudi – Arabia the No 1 strategical US ally worldwide with the creation of the Saudi backed pseudo-islamic ISIL armies founded and financed in order to conquer Iraq and Syria after 2010. 

Iraq War Start, 20 March 2003, 2:30, Baghdad with only fast moving planets aspecting Baghdad`s positions: Moon in a square & Mars conjunct

Interestingly none of the outer planets was in a direct transit (cj, sq, tr, sext) of the astrogeographical resonance coordinates of Bagdad at the time of the beginning  of the illegitimate attack on Iraq by the Bush administration in March 2003. This can be judged as an indication that the cause for this war did not lie in Iraq itself. The country was rather a victim of the US – Saudi alliance`s strategical policies aimed at destroying the stability of the regime, its administration and splitting the country into several single states.  The aim of destabilization of territorial rule can be judged from the conjunction of Venus with Neptune the constellation of territorial destabilization in house 1 and the position of Uranus the planet of globalization at 0°Pisces in a constellation of factual chaos in house 2 the house of possession of territory.

Pluto over Bagdad between 2012 and 2015: the attack of the neo-fascist ISIL on Iraq 

Astrology and astrogeography of Iraq and Bagdad
Islamic State Militant Activity In Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

The invasion of Mossul through ISIL fighters on 4 June 2014 marked the climax of the Saudi-Arabian attack on Iraq. The  attack was started at 2:30 in the early morning with the Moon at 22°Leo conjunct the astrogeographical position of Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh (21°Leo-7°Leo).

Astrological chart for the invasion of ISIL into Mosul on 4 June 2014 calculated for 2:30 with Pluto still conjunct Baghdad and Mars square from 10° Libra and Jupiter conjunct Baghdad at 21°Cancer

The transit of  Pluto conjunct the astrogeographical position of Baghdad at 10° Capricorn between January 2012 and january 2015 accompanied a period of heaviest and traumatic threats to the independence of Iraq and the Iraqi government. The climax of this process was reached in early 2014 during ISIL`s Western Iraq offensive  that led to devastating military losses of  Iraqi government forces as they were driven out of key cities in Western Iraq.  Pluto`s astrological definition as the planet of trauma, pain, self defense, death, the underworld and the battle for hierarchy and power under the disguise of  pseudo-religious ideology, fascistoid dogma, patterns of role conduct and the destruction of religion was definitely fulfilled during the spreading of ISIL terror over a destabilized Iraq.

The  conjunction of Jupiter at 21° Cancer the sign of feeling at home, personal and national identity with Baghdad during the capture of Mossul may indicate that the loss of Mossul had a highly supportive and long term positive and stabilizing effect on the acceptance of the new central government as the only institution that could fight back the pseudo-islamic neo-fascist terror regime installed in Mossul by the Saudi-US coalition.

Uranus` square transit between May 2015 and April 2017

Uranus`  transit over the 22°Aries square position to Bagdad took place between May 2015 and April 2017.  It brought the heaviest threats to the authority of Iraqi government through the rise of ISIL and later finally also through the victories of the Kurdish armies and their claim for autonomy.

Pluto`s opposition to Bagdad between 2018 and 2021

Astrological chart for the Saturn – Pluto conjunction of 12 January 2020 at 22°46 calculated for Baghdad. The conjunction will take place exactly opposite the capital of Iraq

The climax of Pluto`s transit  in opposition to Baghdad between March 2018 and January 2021 will be reached through the Saturn-Pluto-Sun-Mercury conjunction of 12 january 2020 around 22°Capricorn.

As Jupiter will be conjunct the 10°Capricorn position of Bagdad at the same time the extreme challenge exerted by this super opposition can be expected to have a long term stabilizing effect on the Iraqi government and the reconstruction of the country´s infrastructure and the autonomy of its government. There are several reasons for this conclusion.

A   Jupiter as the planet of victory will transit Capricorn the sign of governments, administration, stability and hierarchy indicating a period of stabilization of the country and government..

B   as the planet of healing Jupiter will contact and help in solving the topics of the Saturn -Neptune conjunction of 13 November 1989 which through the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the loss of Iraqs most important ally had triggered the Iraqi depression and the loss of the country`s autonomy in 1991.

Iraq`s history in astrogeography

The astrogeographical coordinates for Bagdad represent important resonators for the unity of Iraqian territory and for Iraq as a nation. Aspects of the transits of the outer planets can therefore be applied for interpretation of historical events as part of long term processes of the development of the Iraqi nation and national autonomy.

The mongolian sack of Bagdad under a Neptune conjunction

The Siege of Baghdad, which lasted from January 29 until February 10, 1258, entailed the investment, capture, and sack of Baghdad, the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate, by Ilkhanate Mongol forces and allied troops. 

Astrology and astrogeography of Iraq and Bagdad
Mongols besieging Bagdad in 1258

The Mongols are reported to have “thrashed Baghdad in 10 days of unremitting violence and destruction, Baghdad and its inhabitants were completely, and utterly vanquished. Almost without exception, the population was either put to the sword or sold into slavery. The River Tigris ran red—to cite one of the most over-quoted, and overwrought phrases in history—with the blood of slaughtered men, women and children. Every building of note in Baghdad including mosques, palaces, and markets was utterly destroyed, among them the world-famous House of Wisdom. After this, every building of note in Baghdad including mosques, palaces, and markets was utterly destroyed, among them the world-famous House of Wisdom. Hundreds of thousands of priceless manuscripts and books were tossed into the river, (source)

Astrology and astrogeography of Iraq and Bagdad
Astrological midday chart for the sack of Bagdad on 29 January 1258 (jul.) calculated for 12:00 noon.

The Sack of Bagdad by the Mongolian Ilkhanate in 1258 occurred with Neptune at 23°Cancer exactly conjunct the 22°Cancer astrogeographical resonance degree of Bagdad indicating the weakness of its fortifications, corruption of its government institutions, paralysis and indoctrination of its population and the loss of its status. (Compare: Neptune conjunct Berlin and Tokyo at the end of WW2).

The Arab contest of Mesopotamia in 637 AD with Neptune square to Bagdad

The Battle of al-Qadisiyyah fought in 636, 637 or early 638, was a decisive battle between the Arab Muslim army and the army of the Sasanian Empire during the first period of Muslim conquests. The Arab victory was key to the conquest of Asorestan (Iraq). 

Astrology and astrogeography of Iraq, Bagdad
Astrological chart for the Battle of Al-Qadisiyah calculated for 16 Nov 636 AD – the exact date is unknown- the Battle took place in 636 and end of 637 or according to some sources even in Jan 638

The Battle of al-Qadisiyyah occurred during a square transit of Neptune over 9°Libra exactly square to the 10°Capricorn astrogeographical resonance coordinate of Bagdad explaining the event as a moment in time that revealed the weakness and defeat of the area near the Sassanide capital Ctesiphon (30 km south of Bagdad) in competition and its openness to “uncontrollable influences” (Neptune). As the planet of spirituality Neptune stood for the loss of the spiritual autonomy of the region to the invaders from the south of the Arabian peninsula.

The Neo Assyrian Empire founded with neptune square to Bagdad

The astrogeographical resonance degrees of Aššur the original capital of the assyrian Empire are 10°Cancer and 19°Scorpio.

Astrology and astrogeography of Iraq, Assyria, Bagdad, Mesopotamia
Map of the Assyrian Empire

The Neo-Assyrian Empire was an Iron Age Mesopotamian empire, in existence between 911 BC and 609 BC and became the largest empire of the world up until that time.The Assyrians perfected early techniques of imperial rule, many of which became standard in later empires, The Assyrians were the first to be armed with iron weapons, and their troops employed advanced, effective military tactics.

Astrological chart for the foundation of the Neo Assyrian Empire calculated for the spring equinox of 911 BC

The foundation of the Neo Assyrian Empire under a return transit of Neptune to 25°Aries the exact coordinate from the foundation of the Old Babylonian Empire 900 years before seems a spectacular coincidence.

The first Babylonian Empire founded with a Pluto-Saturn conjunction over Babylon and a Neptune square

The astrogeographical position of Bagdad is in close resonance with the astrogeographical resonance coordinates of Babylon the capital of the largest and most important ancient Empire of Iraq. Babylon is located at 23°in water sign Cancer explaining its position in the Euphrate and Tigris river system. The 2nd coordinate is at 29° in earth sign Capricorn explaining Babylon as a place of resonance of topics of a multi-ethnic, multicultural capital of globalization due to the position near 30°Capricorn (resonance degree of the world government). See also my speculations on the topics of London as a potential site for a world government because of its position at 28°Capricorn.

A locator map of Hammurabi’s Babylonia, showing the Babylonian territory upon his ascension in 1792 BC and upon his death in 1750 BC map: MapMaster, GFDL

The transits of the outer planets during the spring equinox of 1894 B.C. can be read as a hint at the specific topics of the year of the foundation of the first Babylonian Empire thhrough the first babylonian dynasty by Sumu-abum.

The fact that Neptune at 25°Aries had just passed the exact square position to the 23°Cancer coordinate of Babylon and was about to move near the square to the 29°Capricorn coordinate clearly suggests that the establishment of the first dynasty came in a period of extreme threat to the city through floods, weakness and instability of the city fortress, conflicts with neighbors and other threatening factors.

Astrology and astrogeography of Bagdad, Iraq and Babylon
Foundation chart for the first Babylonian Empire calculated as a spring equinox chart for March 22 in 1894 B.C.

At the same time the Saturn – Pluto conjunction between 29° and 30°Capricorn/0°Aquarius) exactly conjunct the 29°Capricorn resonance degree of Babylon explains the establishment of a strong and highly alert defense system (Pluto) against enemies as well as floods, of an efficient state cult, government and administration (Saturn) and of an irrigation system (Pluto) as the solid basis of the establishment of the rule of the first dynasty over the City of Babylon.

The position of Neptune at 25°Aries was square to the 22°cancer resonance coordinate of Bagdad explaining the Babylonian Empire as an event that appears to have destabilized the unity of Iraq.

The Akkadian Empire

Astrology and astrogeography of Iraq, Bagdad, Babylon
 Map showing the approximate extension of the Akkad empire during the reign of Narâm-Sîn (2254-2218 B.C. in the short chronology map: Sémhur, ccbysa3.0 

Founded by Sargon in 2334 BC the Akkadian Empire was the first ancient empire of Mesopotamia, centered in the city of Akkad (site unknown)and its surrounding region. The empire united Akkadian and Sumerian speakers under one rule. It exercised influence across Mesopotamia, the Levant, and Anatolia, sending military expeditions as far south as modern Bahrain  and Oman in the Arabian Peninsula.

Astrological chart for the foundation of the Akkadian Empire in 2334 BC calculated for the spring equinox of that year.

The chart for the year of the foundation of the Akkadian Empire shows no direct resonance of the transits of the outer planets with the astrogeographical resonance degrees of Bagdad (22°CAN-10°CAP) and Damascus (16°AR-5°CAP).

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