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Helicopter Crash Kills Iranian President Raisi

On 19 May 2024, Ebrahim Raisi, president of Iran since 2021, was killed when his helicopter crashed in a remote region of the country, near the village of Uzi.  Dense forests and thick fog impeded rescue efforts for up to twelve hours; by the time the wreckage was reached, there were no survivors.  Also among the eight who died was Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.  A former cleric and Muslim jurist, Raisi had been nicknamed the “Butcher of Tehran” for the part he played as deputy prosecutor general during the infamous 1988 “death commissions” and executions of Iranian political prisoners; for this and other offenses United Nations special rapporteurs accused him of crimes against humanity.

Finding asteroid matches for non-Western places or persons can be a difficult task, and often compromises need to be made with the cosmos to effect meaningful referents for these.  In this case, no exact matches exist, but with Ebrahim being a regional variation on “Abraham,” we can look to asteroids Abramov 3409 and Abramson 24520; asteroid Raissa 1137 is closest to Raisi; asteroid Irani 18987 will suffice for Iran; and asteroid Uzan 35391 stands in for Uzi, the closest populated location to the crash site.  Sometimes these sideways matches work, sometimes they don’t.

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Ebrahim Raisi greets Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev; Raisi’s final flight was a return from a diplomatic mission to smooth relations between the two nations, and the crash occurred with the Sun conjunct Uranus (accidents), Venus (diplomacy), Jupiter (foreign relations), asteroid Lachesis (determiner of lifespans) and asteroid Raissa (our cosmic marker for Raisi)

This time we got lucky, and in very emphatic terms.  On the 19th, when the crash occurred, we saw a remarkable quadruple conjunction of the Sun with Jupiter, asteroid Lachesis 120 and asteroid Raissa, all at 28 Taurus.  The Sun brings focus, for good or ill; Jupiter rules politicians, clerics and jurists (all of which Raisi was); Lachesis is named for the mythic Greek Fate who determines the span of life; and Raissa represents Raisi.  Also within orb of this cluster are Uranus at 23 Taurus (ruling accidents), Venus at 24 Taurus (Raisi was returning from a diplomatic meeting with Azerbaijan’s president), and asteroid Karma 3811, suggesting a fated circumstance.

More, these points combine with two others in a T-Square, comprised of an opposition to asteroid Rip 7711 at 27 Scorpio (which acts as a death indicator in the form of the acronym “RIP”, “Rest In Peace,” a common tombstone inscription) and asteroid Anubis 1912, named for the ancient Egyptian deity ruling funerary rites.  Having three death indicators linked to an energy known for accidents while spotlighted by solar intensity surely commends asteroid Raissa as a cosmic equivalent for Raisi.  Mars at 14 Aries in semisquare to the Solar stellium suggests a violent death.

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The crash occurred in a remote area of Iran, near the town of Uzi; natal asteroid Uzan conjoins asteroid Lachesis (lifespans), squared an exact conjunction of asteroid Raissa (Raisi) with Uranus (accidents); transit asteroid Uzan conjoins asteroid Atropos (death) opposed Raisi’s natal Sun

The T-Square becomes a synastric Grand Cross when key natal placements for Raisi are factored into the equation.  Born 14 December 1960 (no time available), Raisi sports an exact conjunction of Uranus with asteroid Raissa, filling in the transit pattern.  This pairing strongly associates Raisi personally (Raissa) with a life-affecting accident, as well as extreme radicalism (both Uranian traits).  Raissa in trine to the 22 Sagittarius Sun also confirms its validity as a celestial moniker for Raisi, as one’s own PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) typically interact with the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or Mercury in the birth chart, a placement pattern to which Raissa conforms.  As well, asteroid Abramov at 4 Scorpio is semisquare the Sun, also fitting the rule.

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A memorial to those killed in the infamous 1988 “death commission” executions overseen by Raisi, earning him the moniker “the Butcher of Tehran;” natal Mars opposed a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction shows Raisi’s leadership (Mars) role in a militaristic (Mars), repressive (Saturn), theocratic (Jupiter) state

A second major pattern in effect the day of the accident is a Grand Cross which incorporates both asteroids Abramov at 9 Sagittarius and Abramson at 6 Virgo (tying Raisi personally to the pattern) with asteroid Irani at 7 Gemini (identifying Raisi as somehow emblematic of the country, as its president) and Damocles 5335 at 5 Pisces, representing the threat or doom hanging unseen overhead, about to descend at any moment.  With this pattern overlaying a natal polarity from a conjunction of asteroid Requiem 2254 (named for the funeral mass for the dead) and Pluto (modern lord of death) at 2 and 8 Virgo opposed asteroid Irani at 6 Pisces, that moment had come.  Natal Mercury feeding into the Cross from 10 Sagittarius affirms that the crash and Raisi’s death would be a newsworthy event.

An additional aspect symbolizing the story is found in a conjunction of asteroids Atropos 273 and Uzan 35391 at 22 and 18 Gemini, squared both Saturn and Neptune at 18 and 29 Pisces (though these are too wide to be considered conjunct each other).  Atropos is named for the Fate who severs the thread of life at death; Uzan is our cosmic referent for Uzi, the nearest town to the crash; Neptune represents the foggy conditions which contributed to it; and Saturn is both the ancient lord of death and indicates the isolation of the crash site. This pattern becomes a T-Square with the inclusion of Raisi’s natal Sun at 22 Sagittarius.

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Raisi’s August 2021 inauguration came during the COVID-19 pandemic; a powerful role for Raisi in Iran’s government is foreshadowed by natal Pluto (power) opposed asteroid Irani (Iran)

Uzan plays a prominent role in Raisi’s nativity as well, appearing at 20 Scorpio conjoined asteroid Lachesis at 27 Scorpio.  This conjunction lies at the fulcrum of a T-Square with the Uranus/Raissa exact conjunction at 25 Leo opposed asteroid Abramson at 28 Aquarius.  Together, it spells a deadly (Lachesis) accident (Uranus) for Ebrahim (Abramson) Raisi (Raissa) in Uzi (Uzan).  Again we have confirmation of Uzan’s utility as a marker for Uzi:  even when the cosmos is restricted by man’s nomenclature inadequacies, it always finds a way to express itself.

Ebrahim Raisi’s eventual status as a leader of Iran’s militant quasi-religious state is foreshadowed by an “off-kilter” Grand Trine Kite pattern in the birth chart.  This is comprised of asteroid Irani at 6 Pisces trine to asteroid Abramov conjunct Neptune at 4 and 10 Scorpio, with Mars at 14 Cancer forming a loose Grand Trine.  The String of the Kite, guiding its manifestation, is a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction at 10 and 17 Capricorn.  Mars opposed Jupiter and Saturn indicates a leader (Mars) of a militaristic (also Mars) theocratic (Jupiter) state (Saturn) known for its repression (Saturn again), of which he is President (Saturn also); Neptune provides the fanatic religious element, while asteroids Abramov and Irani identify the specifics of Raisi and Iran.

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Raisi was buried in his hometown of Mashhad, attended by thousands of mourners; asteroids Lachesis, Anubis and Rip, all death indicators, participated in a T-Square with asteroid Raissa when he died, forming a Grand Cross with an exact natal conjunction of asteroid Raissa with Uranus (accidents)

Activations from the transit sky to pertinent natal factors resonating to the theme of death include natal asteroid Lachesis at 27 Scorpio, exactly conjoined by transit asteroid Rip, and squared by transit asteroid Anubis at 25 Aquarius, opposed by transit asteroid Lachesis at 28 Taurus (all these points also interact with natal asteroids Abramson at 28 Aquarius and Raisi at 25 Leo); natal asteroid Requiem at 2 Virgo conjoined by transit asteroid Abramson at 6 Virgo and opposed by transit Damocles at 5 Pisces; and natal asteroid Anubis at 25 Pisces conjoined by transit Saturn at 18 Pisces and transit Neptune at 29 Pisces, also squared by transit asteroid Atropos at 22 Gemini.  Transit Mars at 14 Aries, ruler of violent death, was exactly squared its natal degree of 14 Cancer.

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Raisi (right) was seen as a probable successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei (left), twenty years his senior; transit asteroid Irani (Iran) squared Damocles (impending doom) hints at a possible succession crisis in the offing for the Islamic state, in the aftermath of his death

Ebrahim Raisi was widely viewed as a frontrunner for successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, now 85.  But there are other contenders, and no significant changes in Iranian domestic or foreign policies are foreseen.

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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Fascinating! We live in a weird and wonderful universe where everything is interdependent and reflects everything else. And maybe, just maybe karma eventually catches up to everyone, no matter how powerful. Thanks Alex!


The star Regulus is quite close to several points in the sky too. Some astrologers allow a very wide orb for Regulus. Perhaps the star was tied into Raisi’s high office – but Regulus only looks after you if you behave honourably.
Isn’t Raissa quite close to Algol? Perhaps a neck injury finished the man off!
Ok, I know this post is about asteroids. But I always seem to have an eye out for the Watcher / Royal stars and Algol, perhape because everyone close to me seems to have placements on one or more of them.


What I find interesting too, is the presence of Uzi, invented in Israel…

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