The dilemna of Iran supporting Palestinians through arms and social services when they are under extreme sanctions

Iran has a land surface seventy nine times that of Israel’s.  Its Revolutionary Guard is larger than Israeli’s Defense Force.  Although most Irani people support the Shiites (followers of Ali), they continue to support the Palestinians, eighty-five percent are Sunni Muslims.  During the Pahlavi dynasty, Iran recognized Israel but through the 1979 Revolution, they became militant Islamic supporters.  In Yemen, the Houthis are Shiite Muslims and Iran has a proxy war there aginst Saudi Arabia and the United States.

On July 26, 2019 Iran tested a mid range Shahab-3 missle capable of a nuclear bomb payload with a range of 1000 kilometers in defiance of US’s extreme pressure campaign to force them to the negociating table.  In spite of crippling sanctions by the US, Iran continues to fund military arms through Hamas and Hezbollah against Israel.  This policy is unpopular with its own citizens who feel the economic burden of sanctions and see money wasted on this Palestinian cause.  How are the Islamic Revolutionary leaders allowing this pattern of support to continue?  One can see that hatred toward the US and Israel is the cause.  Below I will give some context to this assertion.

Astrologically, the transit of Uranus in Taurus  occured and was conjunct with the New Moon on the 13 th of May, 2018.  This meant a new cycle of manifestation (Sun) and emotional support (Moon) had begun to  occur as the Moon/Sun relationship hit a square, and then an opposition on the Full Moon on 28 of May 2018 crytallized this relationship. Also coinciding with the New Moon and crescent of the Moon was the holy month of Ramadan in 2018.  This is a time in the Islamic lunar calendar in which there is fasting during the day and feasts and devotions during the night.  Ramadan month focuses the believer on the meaning of being a Muslim  by adhering to the 5 pillars of Islam.  The Hajj or pilgrimage to a holy site such as Jerulsalem is one of the 5 pillars of Islam.  In Jerusalem is one of the holiest Mosques called Dome of the Rock in which  it is believed that the prophet Mohamed ascended into heaven.  It is the 3rd holiest shrine in the Muslim faith.  The manifestation of the month of sacrifices to Islam during the month of Ramadan coincided with the May 14, 2018  dedication to move of the US embassy to Jerusalem and was bound to sew more extreme reactions from the Palestinians…and other Muslim countries including Iran which had a recent history of hatred of the US and Israel.

During the celebration of the dedication  on the part to the United States to move its embassy in Jerulsalem from Tel Aviv on May 14,2018, there was a uprising among the Palestinians who live in the Gaza strip. That is because it was 70 years since Israel was founded but also 70 years since the cleansing of the Palestinian villages that occurred the same time Israel was founded.  Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian negociator was saying the move of the embassy without any reciprical move for establishing a Palestinian state only demonstrates America’s resolve to violate international law in the following:
“The US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and now to move its embassy on the eve of marking 70 years since the Nakba (the ethnic cleansing of at least 418 Palestinian villages) and the forcible displacement of two-thirds of our people, shows the determination of the US administration to violate international law, destroy the two-state solution and provoke the feelings of the Palestinian people, as well as of all Arabs, Muslims and Christians around the globe,” Erekat said in a statement.

Many events started by the USA beginning on May 14, 2018 were an ominous foreboding of more conflict to come:  the start of Ramadan; the celebration of the move of the US embassy; and the anniversary of Nakba, the catastrophe, in which 700,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes in 1948.  Palestinians have been longing for a two state solution and the right of return to their homeland since the Nakba. In the bold face of this wish, White House Innovation Director Jared Kushner had come up with a plan, Peace for Prosperity economic workshop in June 2019 in Bahrain which advocated not for a Palestinian state but to “broker” a deal to end the conflict.  “The goal was to shore up Palestinian and Arab support for  for a political plan which aims to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by promising billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure, education and tourism in the Palestinian terrorities, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon.” (Foreigh Policy Reseach Institute)  Still unsetteled, are the chronic housing issues for Palestinians.  Israel had uprooted housing of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem again on Monday, July 22,2019.  Then the  US blocked a UN rebuke of Israeli demolition of these Palestinian homes with the promise that the Peace for Prosperity Plan,  a 60 page report, will be released soon by Donald Trump.  Palestinian parties were requested to have patience.  This Peace for Prosperity plan by United States provoked the Palestinians because it did not include any of their representatives mainly due to their boycott of the Trump administration since the the December 2017 decsion to move th US Embassy to Jerusalem; in addition the plan omits a 2 state solution which breaks with decades of US policy and international consensus and omits Palesinian self-detrmination and the right of return that had been US foreign policy .  No Israeli diplomats attended this meeting either.

This Palestinian cause for right of return had been historically funded and social services delivered to Palestinians as well as war with Israel by Hamas,  seen as a terrorist organization by the US and most of its allies.  Hamas is Iran funded and is considered to use violent means to establish a two state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.  Hamas was considered by the US to be behind the protests on Gaza on May 14,2018 in which 55 Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers.  But the Palestinian authority denied that Hamas was responsible for the uprising because  it was the Palestinians alone who demonstrated, desperate to bring international attention to the fact that their right of return would never happen. Support from  Hezbollah provides weapons for Islamic Jihad through ports of entry in Lebanon; funding comes from Iran.  The (UNRWA) United Nations Relief and Works Agency donors on June 26, 2019 raised 110 million USD at a conference for Palestnian refugees to cover costs for the coming months and avoid a budget crisis.  These meetings coincided with the Peace for Prosperity economic conference.  Rebuffed and slashed of US funding, the UNRWA relies on about 40 countries to help the Palestinians as refugees.  Thus competing efforts to resolve the Palestinian crisis has resulted in the US and Israel wanting to dismantle the UNRWA.  Meanwhile under the cover of secret deals, Iran is sponsoring efforts to enrich Uraniam once more if they cannot broker a deal to relieve crippeling sanctions. The Trump administraton is not positioning themselves to actively negociate with Iran just as no one really feels that a two state solutions of Israel and Palestine could occur.

In the study of astrology, countries of the world are symbolized by certain signs.  February 11,1979 is celebrated as Iran Revolution day when the Shah of Iran’s reign collapsed. Iran has historically been symbolized by Aquarius.   Its has a Leo Ascendant and Taurus Midheaven (MC).  If one goes to Persopolis as I did in 1974, one sees the bas- relief of a lion slaying a bull on the invocational temple of Persepolis built by Darius I in 500 BC.  It has 500 stone columns and 2500 years ago it was a priestly temple where the significance is explained by the following:

” the symbol of the sun slaying the bull, besides representing the two essentials in agriculture , sun and rain, is one of the earliest  astronomical myths and pershaps the most important… the fusion of the animal forms into a unified symbol, a symplegma, is found on seals.  It represents the moment when the constellations Leo and Taurus are at their Zenith, conincident with the Sun at the same point, conincides with the spring equinox, March 21 or Naw Ruz, the signal for spring plowing” (Arthur Upham Pope, p. 24 Persian Architecture. 1969, The Asia Institute, p. 24).

In a nutshell we can see  how the constellations and zodiac signs functioned for the ancients in that they were significators by the priestly class to determine the division of time.  Even as far back as 530 BCE , the ancients were using atrological data as a biological time clock to determine their activities in agricultural settings (i.e. planting and reaping).

Islamic revolt

Countries of the world have sign rulers and Iran’s sign ruler is the Aquarius, ruled by Uranus.  Uranus transited the Taurus constellation  (MC of Iran) at this time 2/11/1979@ 5:25pm in Tehran after the sun set and the last salah or night prayer could begin. The archetype of Uranus is symbolized by the “principle of change, rebellion, freedom, liberation, reform, revolution, and the unexpected break up of structures; with sudden surprises, revelations and awakenings, lightening-like flashes of insight, the acceleration of thoughts and events, Uranus transits are linked to unpredictable  and disruptive changes; “(Cosmos and Psyche.2007,  Richard Tarnas, p. 92).  I could not predict events but would correlate the country of Iran as escalating the Arab- Israeli conflict in Jerusalem on into the whole transit cycle of Uranus in Taurus which will end in  July 2025 .

Perhaps Iran will continue to be a major player heating up sympathy for the Palestinian cause throughout the Muslim world.  With the moon cycle as it became full by May 28, 2018 it symbolized the ongoing ego-based emtional needs for sympathy and caring linked to the Palestinian peoples’ plight.  The Moon and the star are signals on the flags of many Muslim countries and is the symbol of Islam.  Sky Gods are represented by a star.  I look for possible rebellion as Uranus continues its transit in Taurus, among Islamic states, in response to the plight of the Palestinians- led mostly by Iran.

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John D Grove

I am a psychotherapist and astrological psychology practitioner. I do dream interpretation as it relates to developmental life issue. I have had published two books: one on Dreams and Astrological Psychology and one on Life Passages, how dreams and Age Point Progression work together to illuminate the Life journey. I do consultations.

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