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Barack Obama Vs ISIS (Daesh)


D.W. Sutton

February 11, 2015: Nearly five months after launching the war against Islamic State on September 22, 2014 President Barack Obama officially asks Congress to authorize a three-year limited war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Mars (the planet of war) is conjunction Sun (planet of world leaders) in the Mars cycle.

February 15, 2015: Islamic State releases a video purportedly showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian in Darna, Libya. Jupiter (the planet of religions) is opposition Mars (planet of savagery) in the Jupiter cycle.

Egyptian warplanes bomb Islamic State targets in Libya; the Libyan government condemns the attack; and on February 16 Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi calls on the international community to intervene against Islamic State militants in Libya claiming what is happening there is a threat to world peace and security.

February 18: The White House hosts an international Anti-Terror Summit in Washington.


The history of the group known as Islamic State, ISIS and ISIL can be traced back to 1999. Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq it took part in the Iraqi insurgency against American-led forces and their Iraqi allies, but the groups progress was limited until April 2013 when it changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham. Under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, its influence grew significantly gaining support in Iraq as a result of alleged economic and political discrimination against Iraqi Sunnis.

In June 2014, ISIL has at least 4,000 fighters and in August 2014, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that the number of fighters has increased to 50,000 in Syria and 30,000 in Iraq. CIA estimates in September 2014 put the numbers between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters.

An Islamic state in the Sunni-majority regions of Iraq is established and declared on June 29, 2014 and timed to coincide with the start of Ramadan 2014. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—now known as Amir al-Mu'minin Caliph Ibrahim—was named as its caliph. The group then renamed itself the Islamic State. The group is notorious for its brutality and has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations. The group’s stone-age propaganda on YouTube regularly leads the headlines.

Islamic State


Chart data is: June 28, 2014 at 8.05pm DST Ar-Raqqah, Syria 35N56; 39N01 from Geoffrey Cornelius. But caution is required. The founding of Islamic State was timed to coincide with the beginning of Ramadan. And according to the official Saudi Arabian declaration Ramadan began on June 29, 2014. The holy month actually starts at sunset, or when the new crescent Moon is first sighted in the sky by the Islamic authorities, and this chart is timed for that event on June 28.

The data of countries and states is notoriously unreliable but . . . Islamic State was born under the recent (2014) Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square in the sky and there’s a high discord grand square involving Moon, Mars, Uranus and Pluto in the chart. And Pluto in house 12 (secret enemies and astral entities) exactly conjunction the ascendant is pulling all the strings. The group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a Lower-Pluto dupe who’s in it for the coercive power. The group’s destructive potential has no limit.

The Moon in house 7 (opposition and enemies) dominates the chart with Neptune (oil) in house 2 (finances) providing the group with oil revenue that it uses to finance its activities. The Neptune-Sun-MC grand trine maps unlimited financial resources. Saturn – the planet of fear and terror – in house 10 (reputation and business) provides the group with a frightening reputation and public image. And Saturn, ruler of house 1, describes the misguided selfish, sadistic souls the group is inclined to attract as members.

Mars – planet of harshness and brutality – in house 9 (religion and internet) maps the group’s harsh iron-age religious beliefs and the theme of its internet propaganda. And Mars and Saturn are elevated for all the world to see. Uranus in house 3 maps Islamic state’s relations with its neighbors and Uranus is extreme and unpredictable. But the big problem for Islamic state is its enemies mapped by Moon and Jupiter in house 7. They represent the entire international community and it will do a lot of damage.

US air strikes on Islamic State in Syria commenced September 22, 2014 – the day that progressed Venus (cusp ruler of house 9 – planes) moved to form an obstacle (square) aspect with birthchart Neptune (oil fields.) This aspect reaches its peak power in July 2015. Progressed Sun in house 6 trine (luck) birthchart Neptune in house 1 reaches its peak power and harmony in January 2015 and will attract money and supporters to the IS cause. Progressed Neptune trine birthchart Sun has a similar influence and a much longer time-frame.


US troops and forces have been active in Iraq since June 2014 and on August 7 President Obama announces US military intervention in Iraq for humanitarian and protection reasons in the region. On August 13 the US deploys 130 more military advisers to Northern Iraq. On August 16 Obama notifies Congress that he would now be using American power to protect Iraqi infrastructure and to pursue ISIS. And on August 19 ISIS releases a video showing the beheading of American hostage James Foley. On August 26 the US begins reconnaissance flights over Syria to track ISIS forces.

On September 2 ISIS releases a video showing the beheading of another American hostage, Steven Sotloff. On September 3 the US announces 350 servicemen will be sent to Baghdad; and on September 10 President Obama announces that about 500 more troops will be sent to Iraq to help train Iraqi forces. He again reiterates that he does not intend to engage in ground combat. On September 22 with Mars square Neptune in the sky ISIL’s war goes global when it releases a speech encouraging Muslims around the world to kill non-Muslims. And on September 23 the US with Arab allies launch air strikes (Neptune) against ISIS militants in Syria.

On February 11, 2015 President Obama officially asks Congress to authorize a three-year limited was against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Barack Obama progressed to February 11, 2015


Chart data is available on Astro Databank

Barack Obama has Mars, Uranus and Pluto in house 7 (war) of his birthchart so surviving his presidency without a skirmish or two was nigh on impossible. Progressed aspects involving these planets have come and gone, but in October 2013 progressed Mars – planet of war – moved to form an obstacle (square) aspect with progressed Jupiter – planet of religion in house 12 (secret enemies); and in January 2014 progressed ascendant moved to form a luck (trine) aspect with Uranus in house 7 and the astrological pressure in favor of conflict increased significantly.

Progressed Mars square progressed Jupiter inclines towards hasty impulsive actions and misguided over-optimistic thinking, but with birthchart Mars trine (luck) progressed Saturn Obama takes war matters very seriously and he’s not inclined to rush his decision-making. Uranus is the unpredictable planet. It brings sudden developments that mark for change and the beheading of American hostages by ISIL was the game-changer that forced Obama’s hand. And under these seventh house progressions on September 23, with progressed Moon parallel progressed Mars stimulating the Mars-Jupiter progression, Obama with Arab support launches airstrikes on ISIS militants in Syria.

Then, on February 11, 2015, with progressed Mars square birthchart Jupiter close to perfect and progressed Moon parallel progressed Uranus adding stimulation to house 7 (war) Barack Obama officially asks Congress (house 11 and Jupiter, with Jupiter in house 12 his secret enemies) to authorize a three-year limited war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The fight against ISIS which started in September 2014 won’t be easy and with progressed Mars square progressed Jupiter there are obstacles thwarting victory (Congress) that are not immediately obvious. The aspect reaches its peak power in April 2015 and stays around to October 2016. Progressed ascendant trine progressed Uranus is a wild card. Uranus – the rugged individualist – is not good at unity and cooperation – and with Uranus conjunction the ascendant in the US chart the world’s most powerful country isn’t good at it either. But with Pluto, the planet of cooperation, forming a sextile (opportunity) aspect with birthchart Neptune in house 9 the president secured the cooperation of Arab allies in the air strikes (Neptune) in Syria.

During 2013-2014 with progressed Sun forming a luck (trine) aspect with birthchart Moon in the president’s chart the US economy and employment improved greatly. Sun rules house 6 – labor and employment – and Moon is cusp ruler, but this very fortunate aspect ends in February 2015. And during 2015 there’s more discord as progressed Mercury moved to form an obstacle (square) aspect with birthchart Jupiter on September 29, 2014. But in July 2015 progressed Mars, planet of war, moves to form a sextile (opportunity) aspect with progressed Uranus, the planet of extremists, and this supportive aspect will be a game-changer for Barack Obama in his fight against ISIL.

Progressed Venus – the planet of peace – has moved to house 7 and in September, 2015 progressed Mercury moves to form a luck (trine) aspect with birthchart Venus. And on December 9, 2015 progressed Venus moves to form a prominence (conjunction) aspect with birthchart Pluto. Pluto is the planet of cooperation and unity and under this progression during 2016 Barack Obama could unite the world community in an international effort to defeat its major threat to world peace and security. The aspect reaches its peak power on October 4, 2016. During 2016 more support is coming from progressed MC trine (luck) birthchart Mars although the aspect’s start and peak dates are uncertain. 2016 is shaping up as a year of triumph for Barack Obama.

The US has Mars in house 1 of its Gemini Rising chart and back in the 1940s astrologers noted that this predisposed the people to fight each other and engage in incessant bickering. And with Sun square Saturn in the chart much of the bickering and criticism is driven by a national self-esteem disorder and you can expect the non-stop political squabbling to continue unabated into the foreseeable future.

Copyright DW Sutton, 2015. All rights reserved.

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