9/11 Astrological Anniversary

The first minor though significant astrological anniversary of the 9/11 attacks upon America was in May 2015 (plus or minus a month).  The 9/11 terrorist attack occurred towards the end of a five month Capricorn nano-age decan (May – October 2001) within a Taurus nano-age (May 2001 – August 2002). For the first time since 2001, in 2014 the world again has experienced a Capricorn nano-age decan (Dec 2015 – May 2015) within a Taurus nano-age (Dec 2014 – March 2016).


“Firstplane” by The documentary film 9/11.

Table 1 displays all quasi-periods from 5 month nano-age decans to almost 60 years quasi sub-age decan associated with the 9/11 attack (see Age of Aquarius for Dummies for background information on quasi periods etc.):

Period Timeframe
Capricorn quasi nano age-decan Jul – Dec 2001
Gemini quasi nano-age Sep 2000 – Dec 2001
Leo quasi micro-age decan Aug 1997 – Aug 2002
Gemini quasi sub-age decan 2000 – 2059

Table 1 – quasi periods of 9/11

Quasi sub-age decans

A forensic review of the 9/11 attacks indicates that the most important element in Table 1 is the last item – the Gemini quasi sub-age decan (2000 -2059), because at the beginning of the previous quasi sub-age decan, Japan attacked the USA in the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.  The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred at the beginning of the Scorpio quasi sub-age decan (August 1940 – February 2000).  Not only did both surprise attacks occur close to the beginning of these two quasi sub-age decans, they both started in a nano-age overflow of the same sign as the incoming quasi sub-age decan.

The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred in a Scorpio nano-age overflow (November 1941 – February 1942) at the beginning of the Scorpio quasi sub-age decan (1940 – 2000) while 9/11 occurred in the Gemini nano-age overflow (May 2001 – Aug 2002) of the Gemini quasi sub-age decan (2000 – 2059).[i]  In both cases, the surprise attack on the USA occurred in the more powerful nano-age overflow period (which technically is in the second 15 month period of the respective quasi sub-age decans). The 9/11 attack was the first major astrological anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Nothing of a similar stature occurred at the beginning of the previous quasi sub-age decan which was the very beginning of the Pisces quasi sub-age decan in the period June 1882 to August 1883 in the Pisces nano-age overflow.  However, the USA was not THE international superpower in 1883.  In both 9/11 and the attack on Pearl Harbor, the USA was asleep at the wheel.  If this pattern persists, the next rude awakening for the USA will be at the beginning of the Aquarius quasi sub-age decan (2059 – 2118) with the comparable Aquarius nano-age overflow around 2060 to 2061. Will America be caught with its pants down three attacks in a row?

The next relevant pieces of information obtained from the 9/11 tack is displayed in Table 2.

Period Timeframe Overflow
Capricorn nano-age decan May – Oct 2001 Gemini
Taurus nano-age May 2001 – Aug 2002 Gemini
Pisces micro-age decan Feb 2000 – Jan 2005 Leo
Cancer micro-age Feb 2000 – Dec 2014 Leo
Gemini sub-age decan 1970 – 2029 Scorpio

Table 2 – 9/11 standard periods

Cancer micro-age (Feb 2000 – Dec 2014)

The first two items in Table 2 also occur in 2015, but the forth item, the Cancer micro-age (Feb 2000 – Dec 2014) deserves further attention.  The 9/11 attack was by disgruntled Islamists, and Cancer is the specific sign that differentiates the two main Pisces religions – Christianity[ii] and Islam.  The Cancer micro-age (Feb 2000 – Dec 2014) may have ended, but it has now moved into its more powerful phase – the Cancer micro-age decan overflow (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029).  The combined Cancer micro-age and overflow (Feb 2000 – Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) indicates Cancer’s period of power, and consequently everything associated with Cancer which includes Muslims, the Middle East, China etc.  Furthermore, the momentum created in this 29 year period will carry on past 2029 but will commence to be firmly opposed by the Capricorn micro-age decan overflow (2034 – 2039).  It is extremely unlikely that the Middle East and Islamic terrorism will settle down before 2034.

Based on the Cancer micro-age overflow (Dec 2014 – Nov 2029) alone suggests that Islam, and disenchanted Muslims, are currently at their peak power in this Cancer cycle.  One way this has manifested is via ISIS[iii] who have carved out a fundamentalist Muslim ‘homeland’ in territories formerly controlled by Syria and Iraq.  The futility of trying to control this Cancer inspired Islamic force is even more futile now compared to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.  History clearly indicates that in early revolutions against despotic powers and interests, revolutionaries often resort to fundamentalist religious policies but this does not last long.  For example, when Britain first experimented with democracy it had the equivalent of the Taliban take control under Oliver Cromwell.

“Cromwell is one of the most controversial figures in the history of the British Isles, considered a regicidal dictator by historians such as David Sharp, a military dictator by Winston Churchill, but a hero of liberty by John Milton, Thomas Carlyle and Samuel Rawson Gardiner, and a class revolutionary by Leon Trotsky.”[iv]

In the same way that the Middle East is a battle ground between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, Oliver Cromwell virtually declared war upon Catholics as his measures against Catholics in Scotland and Ireland were genocidal (or near-genocidal).  Is there anything occurring in the Middle East and Muslims nations that has not previously occurred in western nations when western nations were passing through the same socio-political evolutionary phase?

Pisces micro-age decan (Feb 2000 – Jan 2005)

This Pisces micro-age decan is a critical element in the forensic investigation of 9/11 as Pisces is at the top of USA’s totem pole.  It puts the USA in the astrological cross hairs.  It also provided the Republican administration the ability to deceive the public in linking the patriotic angst following the 9/11 attack into invading Iraq based on nothing other than entrenched insinuation for their own purposes (oil).  Pisces is the defining sign for the USA and the key element with Pisces is that it is symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions.  This means that the USA is a combination of inspiration, idealism, Christianity, corporations (fake bodies) and theatrical antics (including Hollywood and Disneyland), but the other fish rules smoke and mirrors, deceit and deception, mob behavior and lack of clarity. Pisces’ compassion however is truncated by Capricorn sitting at third place on the totem pole.  Capricorn brings to the USA the conservative harsh unyielding attitudes strongly evident in about half of the states and overly represented in US policies.

With Pisces strong, and the conservative political elements stoking the fires of mob patriotism, the US administration was able to sway public opinion towards invading Iraq.  There was political justification for invading Afghanistan as that was the base for al Quada who planned and launched 9/11. The 2003 invasion of Iraq lasted from 19 March to 1 May 2003 and occurred in the more powerful Pisces quasi micro-age decan (Aug 2002 – July 2007) indicating that Pisces had increased in strength compared to its strength at the 9/11 attack.  Unfortunately for protagonists, it has been centuries since an invader has won a war, and the Iraq invasion has followed this pattern with a sizable portion of Iraq already fallen to ISIS – which almost makes al-Qaeda seem middle class in comparison.

Gemini nano-age decan overflow (May 2001 – August 2002)

Gemini also plays an important role in the 9/11 attack, as the main target was the Twin Towers. Secondly, the attackers had two key targets – the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and two passenger jets were aimed at both.  Thirdly, Gemini is in the 12th house position to Cancer – the sign of Islam and the Middle East.  The 9/11 attack set in place much of the death and destruction that has subsequently occurred in the Middle East since 9/11.  The more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed since the invasion of Iraq have experienced this 12th house phenomenon. The collapse and destruction of peace and security in the Middle East just seems to be growing by the year.

Gemini also sits at the 10th house position to America’s Pisces.  Therefore issues of America’s stature, prestige and position are the focus under Gemini.  The 9/11 attack was a strike at America’s pride and Gemini ensured that Pisces America was not going to turn the other cheek following 9/11, and following this event, it did whatever was necessary to show who was boss.

This Gemini nano-age decan overflow resonated with the powerful Gemini sub-age decan (1970 – 2029) giving this Gemini nano-age decan overflow much power compared to run-of-the-mill nano-ages.

Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (May – October 2001 – March 2002)

The Capricorn nano-age decan (May – October 2001) is another key to the astrological understanding of 9/11 for a number of reasons.  Capricorn his high up on the total pole of the USA’s astrological signature – sitting at third place after Pisces and Aquarius.  Capricorn therefore also places a focus upon the USA.  However, Capricorn is opposite Cancer and so ‘stresses’ Cancer.  In the case of 9/11, this Cancer stress manifested itself by a group of disenchanted Muslims attacking America.  Anything associated with Cancer will be in attack or compromise mode due to the 7th house relationship between Capricorn and Cancer.

One to two months after the 9/11 attack, the Capricorn nano-age decan moved into its overflow mode for five months.  Capricorn demands respect, and this is what the USA demanded in this period when it attacked Afghanistan in response.

Virgo nano-age decan (Oct 2001 – Mar 2002)

Somewhere one or two months after 9/11 the Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Oct 2001 – Mar 2002 – August 2002) also arrived (overlapping with the Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (May – October 2001 – March 2002).  With the arrival of Virgo, opposite to the USA’s Pisces, the USA was also in 7th house fighting mode and consequently on the 7 October 2001 the USA and UK invaded Afghanistan to destroy al-Qaeda.  The USA achieved its objective, or enough of their objective for their satisfaction.  This was a ‘war’ the USA did not start and so they had the good fortune of winning it.

Other aspects of Virgo’s 7th house roles to Pisces America plus some other related issues are worth noting in this Virgo period.  In the first such act since World War II, in November 2001, President George W. Bush signed an executive order authorizing military tribunals against any foreigners suspected of having connections to terrorist acts or planned acts against the USA. In May 2002 the US State Department released a report naming Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria as the seven state sponsors of terrorism and thus highlighting its ‘enemies’. However on the other side of the coin, in December 2001 the People’s Republic of China was granted permanent normal trade status with the USA and also on the side of compromise, in May 2002 the USA and Russia sign the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty to replace the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972 and the START II Treaty of 1993.

Virgo is the sign of the police force.  In October 2001 the Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commenced disarmament after peace talks and in the following month the Police Service of Northern Ireland was established, replacing the controversial Royal Ulster Constabulary.  As an island nation and a divided country, Pisces has strong links to Ireland, and under Virgo it is either fight or compromise. In August 2002 European floods ravage Central Europe – with Europe strongly associated with Pisces and thus in ‘detriment’ in a Virgo period.  Under the Cancer micro-age and overflow (2000-2014-2029) fresh water floods are promoted.  During economic crisis in Argentina, its government effectively froze all bank accounts for twelve months which led to riots.  Argentina is provisionally associated with Leo and Aquarius with Virgo activating the 2nd house of money to Leo and the 8th house of loss and financial instability to Aquarius.

A common range of themes occurs in Virgo periods, and I will be examining each small Virgo period up to the present to demonstrate this diachronic effect.

Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (Apr 2006 – Sep 2006 –Feb 2007)

In June 2006, the US Armed Forces withdrew from Iceland, thereby disbanding the Iceland Defense Force and indicating a kind of retreat when in its opposite sign of Virgo.  The first case Avian Flu in the United Kingdom occurred in April 2006, a Virgo health issue. Virgo demotes Gemini leaders and in November 2006 the former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging. Virgo is opposite Pisces drugs so it is appropriate that in December 2006 the Mexican military was sent in to the state of Michoacán to combat the drug cartels initiating the Mexican Drug War.

Virgo nano-age and overflow (April 2011 – July 2012 – October 2013)

The declaration by the USA of the end to the Iraq War in December 2011 is not only appropriate in a Virgo period, indicating a theoretical end to the conflict, but Virgo also ‘demotes’ anything associated with Gemini – the sign of Iraq.  In September 2012 a series of terrorist attacks were directed against US diplomatic missions worldwide. In the US, opinions were divided over whether the attacks were a reaction to a YouTube trailer for the provocative film Innocence of Muslims.  The death of the US ambassador to Libya created political tension in Washington DC heightening the conflict between Republicans and Democrats.  Assaults upon (Pisces) USA also occurred within its borders with the two bombs at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, in April 2013.  Finally the USA was undermined from within when in June 2013 Edward Snowden disclosed operations engaged in by a US government mass surveillance program to news publications and then he fled the country finding refuge in America’s arch foe – Russia.

In March 2011 the Syrian Civil War began with Syria believed associated with Gemini – Virgo ‘demotes’ anything associated with Gemini – especially the status and strength of their government and leader.  France also has a strong connection to Pisces and possibly Virgo and therefore on cue, in January 2013, the French military began a five-month intervention into the Northern Mali conflict, targeting a militant Islamist group.  Pisces is strongly related to both Islam and Christianity, and so it is appropriate that for the first time since 1415, a reigning pope resigned in February 2013.

Virgo is the sign of workers and in January 2013, 39 international workers and a security guard died in a hostage crisis at a natural gas facility in Algeria.  Again multiple archetypal connections coincide as gas is also Pisces.  Workers again were experiencing the brunt of Virgo in April 2013 when an eight-story commercial building collapsed near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, leaving 1,129 dead and 2,500 injured. The accident is the deadliest non-terrorist structural collapse in modern times and the third-worst industrial disaster in history.  Virgo is associated with workplace health and safety.

Virgo nano-age decan and overflow (May 2015 – October 2015 – March 2016)

The world is again in a Virgo nano-age decan and the influence of Virgo has already seen its first appearance.  On 18 May 2015, President Obama announced that the US Federal government will no longer automatically provide certain military equipment such as tracked armored vehicles, grenade launchers and bayonets to (Virgo) police departments.  Earlier this month the Justice Department announced a $20 million grant program for increasing the use of body cameras by police to make law enforcement more accountable.  Obama stated that “We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people the feeling like there’s an occupying force as opposed to a force that’s part of the community,” he said to applause. “We’re going to prohibit some equipment made for the battlefield that is not appropriate for local police departments.”  The president’s action is part of a broader effort to relieve tensions between law enforcement and minority communities after the deaths of several black men at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore; and other cities.[v]

We can expect more focus on police forces around the world over the next 10 months, especially from October 2015 onwards.  Currently, reactionary forces (i.e. including conservative police departments, President Putin, UK government, Tea Party Republicans etc) are in a temporary short period of strength due to the overlapping Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow (Dec 2014 – May 2015 – Oct 2015).  Nevertheless the public perception is that the some US police recently have been shooting from the hip with little regard to the consequences.

The world is in the potent Cancer micro-age decan overflow (Dec 2014 – Dec 2019) suggesting that it is community expectations and the rights of the common person that are strongly favored in this 5 year period – not reactionary forces aligned to Capricorn, but Capricorn can be in an aggressive mode in a Cancer period.  Interestingly, the news media seemed to have been caught off-guard with this new move by Obama who has stated that he intends focusing upon this issue for the rest of his term.  Words such as “unexpected” have been applied to this presidential move.  Anything sudden or unexpected is in a growth stage and favored from late 2014 until 2020 aligned to the Aquarius micro-age decan of the Gemini micro-age (2014 – 2029).

The Virgo-Pisces polarity was also demonstrated on Friday 29 May 2015 when Ross Ulbricht, the Silk Road creator, was sentenced to life in prison.  The judge called Ulbricht “Dread Pirate Roberts”.  In addition to his prison sentence, Ulbricht was also ordered to pay a massive restitution of more than $183 million, what the prosecution had estimated to be the total sales of illegal drugs and counterfeit IDs through the Silk Road.  In a twist on Virgo-police connection Ulbricht’s defense team has already said it will seek an appeal in his case based in part on recent revelations that two Secret Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents involved in the investigation of the Silk Road allegedly stole millions of dollars of bitcoin from the site.[v-b]  The heavy hand of Capricorn is also in play here and any retrial outside of the soon to end Capricorn nano-age decan overflow period as bound to produce a less draconian result.

In Australia, this Virgo period has already had an effect with Johnny Depp’s illegal entry of his two pet dogs[vi] into Australia while making the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.  Multiple Virgo archetypes are involved – pets and biosecurity are Virgo.  Australia has a reputation for high biosecurity measures as many diseases around the world are not yet evident in Australia.  It is also worth noting that movie stars are ruled by Pisces, and in a Virgo period, Pisces movies stars (and movies) are in “detriment”.  It is very common near the beginning of any period in macro-astrology, that some notable event with archetypal relationship to the new period, no matter how frivolous, will make the headlines.


The world may be at the first minor astrological anniversary of the 9/11 attack in 2015 (and will repeat approximately every 14 years thereafter), but no major attack can be expected as this anniversary does not have the beginning of a quasi sub-age decan to propel it into a highly significant event as was the case in 2001.  The Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in France in January 2015 was an anniversary echo of 9/11 brought forward to this anniversary year. Until the current Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow completes its cycle around October 2015, the world remains prone to a significant terrorist attacks, but not of the caliber of 9/11.

The Virgo nano-age decan and overflow, especially in its overflow period (October 2015 – March 2016), is likely to see the USA in an increasingly aggressive mode, most likely against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.  The police will come under increasing focus if they do not respect the (Cancer) common people.  A minor public health threat could raise its head.  This is now the peak time for an economic slump, particularly August to October 2015 due to the final stage of the Capricorn nano-age decan and overflow.  Finally, an economic bubble or two are bound to be pricked, especially in the January to March 2016 period, most likely involving real estate and China. The Chinese real estate buying frenzy in Sydney, Australia is highly likely to burst.  Some monopolies and oligopolies are bound to be unmasked.  More economic insights into this Virgo period will be available at my other blog – Aquarian Age Economics.

External References

Photo – “Firstplane” by The documentary film 9/11. Via Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Firstplane.jpg#/media/File:Firstplane.jpg

[i] This is the first time I discovered (yet again) another important element in the mechanics of the ages.  All quasi sub-age decans (of approx. 59 years) commence with a (15 month) nano-age of the same sign giving the arrival of every quasi sub-age decan a special punch very close to its beginning.  This will echo through all quasi decans (e.g. quasi age-decans, quasi micro-age decans, quasi nano-age decans etc).  What this means is that quasi periods display an eccentric nature compared to standard periods in macro-astrology.  All standard periods in macro-astrology are weakest at their beginnings and strongest at their ends.  Quasi-periods buck this trend and have a punch at their beginning.  This will become important for rectification purposes (i.e. fine tuning the beginning of 5 month quasi nano-age decans which should ultimately enable further fine tuning of the beginning of the Age of Aquarius).

[ii] Christianity is also Pisces but sub-ruled by Scorpio.

[iii] Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

[iv] Oliver Cromwell. (2015, May 19). In Wikipedia, Retrieved 08:46, May 28, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Oliver_Cromwell&oldid=663064616

[v] Jennifer Bendery, “President Barack Obama Bans Some Military-Style Equipment Provided To Police”, The Huffington Post, Politics, Posted: 05/18/2015 6:56 am EDT, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/18/obama-military-equipment-police_n_7304504.html

[v-b]  ANDY GREENBERG, “SILK ROAD CREATOR ROSS ULBRICHT SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON”, Wired, 05.29.15, http://www.wired.com/2015/05/silk-road-creator-ross-ulbricht-sentenced-life-prison/

[vi] “Barnaby Joyce blushes on The Project as Johnny Depp dog death threat goes global”, The Sydney Morning Herald, Entertainment, May 15, 2015 – 10:16AM, http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/barnaby-joyce-blushes-on-the-project-as-johnny-depp-dog-death-threat-goes-global-20150515-gh23um.html

Further resources from Terry MacKinnell

The Future of Capitalism in the Age of Aquarius

The Dark Cold Hand of Capricorn


www.macro-astrology.com – details of purchasing the book available

Demystifying the Aquarian Age – General introduction to the astrological ages

Aquarian Age Economics  – Financial astrology based on macro-astrologyng edge research into the astrological ages for astrologers

FaceBook – keep up to date with what is happening

Online Institute of Macro-Astrology – details on how to learn macro-astrology

About Terry MacKinnell

Terry MacKinnell has been studying astrology since 1971 and has been focussed upon the precessional ages such as the Age of Aquarius since 1987. He is also a Vedic-Western fusion astrologer. www.macro-astrology.com
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