Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
The powerful 7.3 earthquake which shook Iran yesterday almost pales in comparison to recent seismic happenings shaking neighboring Saudi Arabia’s political landscape. These two arch-rivals are jostling for power and influence in the volatile, oil-rich Mideast, with Yemen and Lebanon currently bearing the brunt of their “attentions.”
Today as love and money planet Venus meets up with heavyweight Jupiter at 7 degrees Scorpio, all is perhaps not “a calm lake bathed in moonlight.” We’d love to dive below the surface to get to the bottom of political events suggesting secret alliances involving wealth and power.
Rewind to October 30. Trump administration officials return from an “unpublicized trip” to Saudi Arabia (while Venus and Mars were in relational Libra, and the Sun-Mercury-Jupiter were in secretive Scorpio). Jared Kushner, deputy national security advisor Dina Powell, and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt travelled separately from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who led a delegation to Riyadh focused on “combatting terrorist financing.” The White House wouldn’t say whom Kushner met with, but young Jared’s been cozy with the Saudi heir apparent, 31-year-old Mohammed Bin Salman who’s led his country’s military assault on Yemen for the past two years, throwing that country into a dire humanitarian crisis.
Fast forward to November 3. Timing is everything. President Trump escaped Washington for an extended dog and pony show in Asia. Did Kushner warn his father-in-law about what was about to unfold in Saudi Arabia? Did the Trump Administration use the Asia tour to divert media attention from the Middle East?
Fast forward to November 4. One of the most volatile days in Saudi Arabian history will long be remembered. Visiting Lebanese President Hariri was forced to publicly read a letter of resignation and then disappeared from view. Saudi heir apparent, Mohammed Bin Salman, then directed police to round up his opposition. Eleven princes and dozens of ministers and businessmen were arrested, purportedly as part of an anti-corruption campaign, but more likely to consolidate power in the monarchy.
Fast forward to November 5. A helicopter crashed near the Saudi-Yemeni border killing a senior Saudi prince and seven officials returning from an “inspection” of coastal projects.
Fast forward to November 9. French President Macron made an unscheduled visit to Saudi Arabia precipitated by rising Iran-Saudi tensions over Lebanon and Yemen. Macron supports the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, brokered during Obama’s last term as President, which Trump has challenged. [Do remember that the current sitting President is advised by Rick Perry, his man in charge of the nuclear arsenal and the nation’s first Energy Secretary who knows zilch about science or nukes.] Macron has urged all actors in the region to have “truthful dialogue,” a noble thought reflecting Mercury in Sagittarius. More likely, in this case we can expect a flurry of international intelligence through January 10, the end of Mercury’s transit through Sagittarius.
Back to the Future: Trump concludes his Asia Tour and will soon return to Washington. When he’s briefed about the Middle East, will he declare the Saudi Prince a political liability? Or will he publicly justify friendly relations with Mohammed Bin Salman by casting him as a reformer, though many Saudis portray him as an “incompetent and corrupt ruler who hides behind liberalism, tolerance and anti-corruption rhetoric…for the sake of massive personal enrichment?” Either way Mr. Trump will be navigating the dark shadow of Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio.
As for that massive personal enrichment and Mohammed Bin Salman’s “efforts” to consolidate power… Concurrent with the Saudi internal political purge and its external military reach, a huge financial deal looms. Ah, there is the issue of hidden financial benefit with Venus-Jupiter in Scorpio! The world’s largest oil company, Aramco, formerly the Arabian American Oil Company and now exclusively owned by the Saudi government, is preparing for a 2018 IPO, earmarking approximately 5% ($2 Trillion) of its total valuation. International political wrangling is attempting to delay or shelve the IPO in favor of selling shares to sovereign wealth funds.
Will we ever learn what links the above events? In this Venus-Jupiter in Scorpio story nothing is as it appears. When in doubt, we must FOLLOW THE MONEY.
This post is dedicated to two humans who pay attention to their worlds. Thank you, Judy from Denver and her Lyft driver. You give me hope.