April 30, 2016: Additional thoughts on the chart then–and now.
Nicholas Campion in his Book of World Horoscopes, pages 230-232, quotes Salman Rushdie from Step Across the Line (London: Vintage 2003, p. 429). “Citing an uncle who was ASDC to Field Marshall Claude Auchinlech, Rushdie wrote:
“‘Midnight 13-14 August 1947: the partition of the Indian subcontinent, and the creation of the new state of Pakistan, took place exactly twenty-four hours before the independence of the rest of the former British colony. India’s moment of freedom was delayed on the advice of astrologers, who told Jawarhalal Nehru [the future Indian prime minister] that the earlier date was star-crossed, and delay would allow the birth to take place under a more auspicious midnight sky. Astrology has its limitations, however, and the creation of the new frontier ensure that the birth of both was hard and bloody.’
“The story, though, appears to be apocryphal. All contemporary accounts place Pakistani independence at the same moment as Indian, 00.01 hrs on 15 August, and, according to Indian astrologers, Nehru, being a moderniser and westerniser, disapproved of astrology.”
Although the story, he says, “appears” to be apocryphal, a Pakistani friend some years ago–born, raised and schooled in Pakistan–pointed me to a YouTube that was subsequently removed sometime after that. I can’t prove it was there, but I heard it and listened carefully several times to the time indicated in a radio broadcast of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan and first governor-general of the new nation, speaking to the people already celebrating at the announced time of 11:30 PM. The date was August 13, 1947. While I have not missed the following sentence, “The independent state of Pakistan that Jinnah had envisioned came to be on August 14, 1947,” and in fact I’m well aware that this is the date in which independence is celebrated there, even with that YouTube no longer within my reach to prove it, I cannot and will not ignore the 11:30 PM time especially when it has worked so accurately for me all these years.
Revisiting the Wee Hours of May 2, 2011, Abbottabad, Pakistan
In light of my work on the Undecaquartisextile (UQSXT) series, I’m doing a quick revisit to tie this together as a type of confirmation of the rest of the story. Details like these are also important.
The natal Mercury-Ascendant conjunction forms an UQSXT to Solar Return Neptune, but the natal Moon semisextile to the 1st house natal Venus-Saturn-Pluto stellium forms a Blooming UQSXT to the natal Midheaven, offering a glimpse into the dynamics of the nation itself. While here, it points to this angular tension, there’s angular tension with these same points in the natal chart.
Because of the length of this article, I’m not going to go back to insert partile notes into the original text in part 1. For students, anything 59 minutes of orb or less in an aspect is considered partile.
According to Astrodatabank, “Bin Laden was killed in the early morning hours of May 2, 2011 (local time) in a targeted military assault by US forces on a compound in which he had been living in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The BBC reported “It happened at some time between 0000 and 0130 local time on Monday morning (Sunday 1900-2030 GMT)” and the New York Times gave an estimated time of death of 4-4:30 PM EDT on May 1, 2011 (1:00 – 1:30 AM on May 2).” As a result, I’ve taken the midpoint for the range of time to see what aspects were in play. Astrodatabank also used 1:15 AM in Abbottabad, Pakistan as the approximate time of the assassination.
I actually wasn’t surprised to note the Undecaquartisextile (165°) between the Sun and the Midheaven, but then things began to get extremely complex.