September 11, 2001: Horrific terror, like never before

Hermetic astrology teaches that the events people experience are the off-spring of their not-conscious desires exerting psychokinetic power in an environmental setting.

In accordance with their vibratory quality not-conscious thoughts and feelings, which commonly express as conscious thoughts and behavior, attract fortunate and unfortunate events. The event that occurs always matches the quality or functional status of its not-conscious thought parent.

On the world stage any organization of people functioning under a common governing authority constitutes an entity. And the collective quality of the organization’s not-conscious thoughts and feelings exerts psychokinetic power to attract fortunate or unfortunate events that affect the whole organization.

In natal astrology the application of Hermetic astrology to an almost accurate birth chart is the only way to reliably determine the functional status of the not-conscious thinking. And in global astrology the application of Hermetic astrology to in-sky and other chart data is the only way to reliably determine the functional status of an entity’s not-conscious collective thinking. 

Major international events occur when the inner-astral-plane weather mapped by the planets in the sky, global charts and key individual birth charts and the outer- plane physical circumstances synchronize.

September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001 America was attacked by Al-Qaeda operatives who flew planes into the World Trade Center in New York and Pentagon near Washington, DC. It was a dark day of unimaginable horror that shocked America and the world.

The exact number of victims is not definitely known however the official death toll is now set at 2,977 people. At the World Trade Center 2,753 people died, of whom 343 were firefighters. The death toll at the Pentagon was 184, and 40 individuals died outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The entity behind the attacks was al-Qaeda a broad-based militant Islamist organization founded in the late 1980s by Osama bin Laden. It recruited Muslim fighters through the Islamic world and dispersed in 1989, but its leaders continued to oppose what they considered corrupt Islamic regimes and the foreign presence (the US) in Islamic lands. In around 1996 the group reestablished its headquarters in Afghanistan under the patronage of the Taliban militia. On several occasions its leaders declared holy war against the United States.

The September 11 attacks were masterminded by Osama bin Laden. Their operational planner was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mohammad Atta was selected to head the operation. He and 18 other terrorists, most of whom were from Saudi Arabia, established themselves in the US, where some received commercial flight training. All died in the attacks.

Within weeks of 9/11 the US government – the other entity involved – responded by attacking Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan. Thousands of militants were killed or captured, among them several key members including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The remaining leaders were driven into hiding. Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 by US military forces 

Chances are you have vivid memories of the destruction of the Twin Towers. Since then the 9/11 terror attacks have been over analyzed, documented and summarized by historians and commentators. Here’s how Hermetic astrology, by referencing in-sky and other key chart data, explains the terror event that America experienced on September 11, 2001.


Pluto – or rather Lower-Pluto – has its fingerprints all over 9/11.

The discovery of Pluto on February 18, 1930 heralded the start of the Pluto Period of the Aquarian Age and a mighty battle between the freedom-fighters, progressive libertarians and forces of light and the authoritarian tyrants, academic dictators and forces of darkness. Through terror, fear, dread, coercive control, repression of rights, misinformation, suppression of facts and atheistic materialism Lower-Pluto is intent on stifling spiritual progress.

On 9/11 Pluto in the sky – the planet of division, inversion and drastic events – was in Sagittarius – the sign ruling religion. It signed for a morally challenging time and from November 1995 to November 2008 made it easy for Lower-Pluto’s cohorts here on Earth to attain its ends through religious sanctioned hate and terror, the inversion of religious teachings, divisions within the Church and the glorification of DNA and gene worship.

On 9/11 Saturn in the sky was opposition Pluto in Sagittarius.

This high-discord energy-event started in May 2001 and reached peak power August 5, 2001, November 2, 2001 and May 26, 2002 but peak power times from the ephemeris makers vary widely so charts are uncertain. The Complete Ephemeris gives 6.04am GMT for the November 2 Saturn-Pluto opposition – The American Ephemeris gives 5.51am GMT – and the 6.04am computer calculated chart has Saturn and Pluto a minute from perfect. Yet the chart for Washington does provide reliable event data in more ways than one.

Saturn opposition Pluto November 2, 2001 – Washington

Chart data is November 2, 2001 at 6.04am EST (Washington – 38N53; 77W01)

Saturn – planet of buildings, loss, grief and suffering – the cusp ruler of house 4 (buildings) is in house 8 (death) and Pluto – planet of coercive terror and drastic events – is in house 2 (US finances and economy) and their in-sky opposition placed its signature on the 9/11 terror attack.

Then on November 27 the US economy was officially declared to be in recession (Saturn); and on November 30 Enron collapsed. It was the biggest corporate collapse in history. At the time revelations of government involvement, improper dealings, shredded papers, hidden liabilities, corrupt accounting practices, debts of $16 billion and suicides revealed the extent of Lower-Pluto’s involvement.

The 1988 Washington Pluto cycle chart progressed to 9/11

Chart data is February 26, 1988 at 6.24.23pm EST (Washington – 38N53; 77W01)

Pluto in house 3 (transportation, roads, communications and press) is exactly square Mercury in house 5 (entertainment, leisure, games, children and stock market). House 4 (the homeland, housing, buildings and farming) is conspicuous. On 9/11 Pluto had progressed to house 4 (buildings – the World Trade Center and Pentagon) and was sextile Mercury, sesquisquare Jupiter in house 8 (death) and semisextile Pluto.  

Other key charts

Y2000 Washington Mars cycle chart progressed to 9/11

Chart data is February 13, 2000 at 9.04am EST (Washington – 38N53; 77W01)

Mars – planet of violent attacks, fire and firefighters – is in house 12 (clandestine, secret activity) and is cusp ruler of house 8 (death). Al-Qaeda was not a secret enemy of America. It was open about its enmity but its terror attack was planned in secret. On 9/11 progressed Mars in house 9 was square Mars. It played a key role in timing the violent terror attack.

Y2001 Washington Sun cycle chart

Chart data is March 20, 2001 at 8.32am EST (Washington – 38N53; 77W01)

Sun, the key marker, is in house 11 (Congress). Saturn – planet of grief, suffering and loss – is in the house 1 (the people) and conjunction the ascendant. Mars and Pluto – planets of violent terror – are conjunction in house 7 (attacks by enemies and war). On 9/11 progressed Sun at 19 Virgo formed no aspect.

George W Bush’s chart progressed to September 11, 2001

Birth data is July 6 1946 at 7.26am 72W56; 41N18 (New Haven, CT)

Sun is in house 12 (secret enemies, self-undoing and disappointment). Pluto – coercion – is in house 1 conjunction Mercury. Uranus – planet of extremists – in house 11 (Congress) is the cusp ruler of house 7 (enemies and war). Both Pluto and Uranus have above average astrodyne power. Mars (war) in house 2 is sextile Sun. Sun and Mars have below average astrodyne power.

As president of the United States of America the 9/11 attack was scripted by the dominant progressions in his progressed chart.

On 9/11 progressed Mars at 13 Libra 27 in house 3 – the cusp ruler of house 10 (his reputation and legacy) – was square birth chart Sun at 13 Cancer 47 in house 12.

Progressed ascendant at 18 Virgo 57 in house 2 (finances) was semisquare progressed Saturn – planet of loss – at 3 Leo 27 in house 12 and cusp ruler of house 7 (enemies) and house 8 (death) and square birth chart Uranus – planet of sudden, unexpected events and radical change – at 19 Gemini 09 in house 11 (Congress) and cusp ruler of house 7 and house 8.

Progressed Mercury at 22 Leo 35 in house 1 was sextile progressed Venus at 22 Libra 39 in house 3 and progressed Moon at 22 Libra 47 and 5S04 was conjunction progressed Venus, sextile progressed Mercury and parallel progressed Mars at 5S02 stimulating the major Mars-Sun square aspect.

America’s chart progressed to September 11, 2001

Chart data is July 4, 1776 at 2.14.35am LMT, Philadelphia, Pa (39N57: 75W09)

America was the entity involved in the al-Qaeda attack so the event was mapped by the dominant progressions in its progressed chart.

On 9/11 progressed ascendant at 9 Sagittarius 36 in house 7 (the enemy) was opposition birth chart Uranus – planet of sudden, unexpected events and big shocks – at 8 Gemini 53 in house 1 (the American people) and sesquisquare (agitation) birth chart Mercury at 24 Cancer 28R in house 3 (local plane traffic); and progressed Mercury at 1 Pisces 36R in house 10 (the president) was sesquisquare progressed Jupiter – planet of finances and religion – at 16 Cancer 08R in house 2 (finances) and cusp ruler of house 7 (war).

Progressed Mars – planet of violent attacks – at 18 Libra 31 in house 5 was trine (luck) birth chart Moon at 18 Aquarius 08 in house 10; and progressed Venus at 3N46 in house 11 (Congress) was parallel progressed Mars at 4S28 and parallel birth chart Saturn – planet of loss – at 3S30 in house 5 (Wall Street) and cusp ruler of house 8 (death).

Progressed Midheaven – the event amplifier – at 27 Virgo 25 in house 5 was trine birth chart Pluto – planet of drastic events – at 28 Capricorn19R in house 9 (television); and progressed Sun – planet of status symbols – at 26 Aquarius 12 in house 10 and cusp ruler of house 4 (buildings) – was inconjunct progressed Neptune – planet of planes – at 26 Virgo 30R in house 5.

And progressed Moon at 21 Taurus 26 in house 12 was semisquare birth chart Jupiter at 5 Cancer 47 stimulating the major Mercury-Jupiter progressed sesquisquare aspect.  

The 9/11 terror-attack bore the signatures of Mars, Uranus and Pluto.

On January 1, 1999 when progressed ascendant in America’s chart moved to house 7 a never before witnessed astro-event occurred and since then the evidence reveals that the ascendants progression through house 7 indicates that the people of a nation can become their own enemy.

9/11: The aftermath

Mars conjunction Neptune in the sky – November 5, 2001

Shortly after the 9/11 terror attack President Bush declared War on Terror and on October 7, 2001 at 9.20pm Kabul time the US attacked the base of the al-Qaeda terrorist network and its Taliban supporters in Afghanistan. Mar was conjunction Neptune in the sky.

The Mars-Neptune conjunction chart for Washington

Chart data is November 5, 2001 at 7.44am GMT (Washington – 38N53; 77W01)

Mars was conjunction Neptune in house 3 (the press, postal service and letters) and soon after this major in-sky event began the press began to speculate on a biochemical attack (Neptune-Mars). Time magazine responded with ‘‘Experts agree we don’t need to worry about an anthrax attack yet’ but on October 22 a postal worker (house 3) died of anthrax poisoning and more anthrax deaths followed. Confusion and anxiety were terrorizing the American people.

And on the international stage the aviation sector experienced big strife. On November 8 and 9 Belgium’s Sibena Airlines and Canada 3000 Airlines declared bankruptcy; and on November 12 American Airbus Flight 587 crashed in New York killing 260 passengers and five people on the ground. The Mars-Neptune discord was unrelenting.

Mars conjunction Uranus in the sky – November 26, 2001

The Mars-Neptune conjunction fuelled the fury unleashed by the 9/11 terror attacks and when Mars moved into orb of a conjunction aspect with Uranus on November 8, 2001 the aggression and fury escalated big time.

The Mars-Uranus conjunction chart for Washington

Chart data is November 26, 2001 at 2.07pm EST (Washington – 38N53; 77W01)

Mars was conjunction Uranus in house 11 and the US Congress was marching to the beat of war drums.

The US war machine with its high-tech weapons, abetted by the Northern Alliance, began to get the upper hand in Afghanistan and on November 13 Kabul fell and the Taliban were on the run.

On November 26 US troops landed near Kandahar and hundreds of Taliban fighters were reported dead in a massacre-rebellion in Mazer-i-sharif, Afghanistan’s fourth largest city. Taliban resistance was crumbling and by December 1 the endgame was in sight.  

Ten years later on March 2, 2011 Osama bin Laden was killed at his compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad by an elite group of US Navy Seals.

In America’s chart progressed Sun was trine birth chart Jupiter, progressed Midheaven was trine progressed Uranus and progressed Saturn – the cusp ruler of house 8 – was trine birth chart Venus. And in Barrack Obama’s chart progressed Sun in house 8 was trine birth chart Jupiter and progressed Mars in house 8 was square birth chart Saturn and sextile birth chart Uranus.

Author: DW Sutton

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