Saturn Returns to Iran

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Saturn Returns to Iran In Kabbalah, Saturn is associated with the Sphere of Understanding. Unlike traditional astrology which labels the planet the grand malevolent, Kabbalah views the energies contained by Saturn to be connected to the feminine aspect of God, the Shekinah. As Saturn transits through our chart, it infuses us with Understanding and helps us deal with processes that otherwise we would have probably chosen to avoid. Saturn takes about 30 years to travel around the Sun and complete an orbit around our chart. Saturn Return affords us a chance to better Understand and fix what we got wrong 30 years ago. It is most evident when we are between the ages of 28-31 and 58-62. In these ages we have two Saturn sitting one on top of the other which affords us an opportunity to be born again.

This is true not only to individuals, businesses, and countries but also to revolutions. In January 16, 1979, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi was overthrown and on February 1, 1979 Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 15 years of exile in France and became, at least for the Iranians, the representative of God on earth as well as the supreme leader of the country. In April 1st 1979 he declared Iran an Islamic Republic. The Islamic revolution and the birth of the Islamic Republic happened precisely 30 years ago when Saturn was in the same position it is located right now. In other world, the Islamic Republic is going through its Saturn Return and it looks like this:

I just finished reading an article written by Henry Newman for Slate.com entitled: Decoding the Iranian Demonstrations: How today's protesters are co-opting the symbols and slogans of the 1979 revolution. Even though I am pretty sure Henry Newman does not practice Astrology, his article suggests that indeed what has happened 30 years ago is happening again. This is why this astrological phenomena is called Saturn Return. He writes:

“[the protesters] marched from Revolution Square to Freedom Square—both focal points of the revolutionary protests that toppled the Pahlavi monarchy of Muhammad Reza Shah in 1979.”

Saturn forces us to repeat a lesson if it has not been mastered fully. Saturn represents patterns that must be broken in order to move forward and grow. Including patterns of oppression, inequality, and injustice that the Iranian experienced both at the hand of the Shah before and now under Ahmadinejad. The crowds deliberately used slogans and symbols from the 1979 revolution. They chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and as Henry Newman writes, they also used the highest testament chanted five times daily by every Moslem:

“there is no God but God. This phrase is a subtle jab at the authority of the supreme leader and head of state, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In Iran, the supreme leader has enormous power—he even has authority to overrule Sharia law.”

Another interesting parallel between the 1979 and the 2009 demonstrations can be found at the end of the article:

“During the time of the anti-shah protests, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was exiled near Paris. His speeches were transmitted by telephone into Iran, recorded onto cassette, and then thousands of dubbed copies were distributed to his followers. Today, opposition figures in Iran and abroad are using social-networking technology to publicize their protests. Both then and now, international media—above all, diaspora Persian-language news broadcasts—play a critical role in expanding the opposition forces.”

These connections suggest that if the demonstration could spread into other cities and continue for a few more weeks, they will bring a new regime to the Iranian people. Saturn Return assures them that if they have done it once they can do it again.

To understand the roots of your own revolution, your own personal legend, please go back to 1978-1980. Whatever were your lessons back then, they are returning now. You have a second chance, almost as if you are born again and have the ability to fix (Tikun in Kabbalah) what went wrong back then…

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