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A Death in Baghdad: Soleimani’s Assassination

If you recall, it was an assassination that began World War I. Is history about to repeat itself, in the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, killed by a US drone as his convoy exited Baghdad International Airport on 3 January 2020? Soleimani was head of Iran’s elite Quds force, a division of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, primarily involved with extraterritorial military and clandestine operations. Soleimani had coordinated with proxy and client terrorist groups in anti-US actions outside Iran, across the Mid-East, had pioneered the IED attacks, and was responsible, directly or indirectly, for the deaths of countless Americans and local civilians.


He was killed on the direct orders of US President Donald Trump, who opted for this disproportionate response to recent Iranian provocation in the region. Trump made this choice, the most extreme option available to him, despite the fact that two prior administrations had avoided Soleimani’s assassination due to the escalation it might create in the antagonism between the two nations, and the possible dire ramifications of the act, including war. The administration’s justification for taking Soleimani out at this time was the “imminent” threat posed by operations he was directing, but it’s obvious that the credibility of any statement from the administration isn’t worth the breath it takes to utter, or the page it is printed on, or the bytes it occupies in cyberspace. We currently have no idea what truly motivated the strike.


Soleimani was an egregiously bad actor on the world stage who undoubtedly had earned his fate, but as a senior official in the Iranian government, his assassination creates a complicated situation and establishes a dangerous precedent for other governments. In the short term, his death has united the Iranian people, many of whom had been protesting their government, but who now have turned out en masse to mourn their fallen hero. Iran has vowed swift and terrible vengeance, and in the long term, who knows what events may flow from this act?


A chart cast for 1 AM local time in Baghdad, Iraq (as per Wikipedia), certainly shows appropriate connections to the event. Asteroid Solomin, for Soleimani, is rising at 19 Libra on the 22 Libra Ascendant, and conjoined asteroid Baghdad at 18 Libra, putting the Iranian general front and center on the world stage in that moment, at that locale. Solomin is part of a Grand Cross, with asteroid Washingtonia (for the US government that signed his death warrant) exactly squared from 19 Cancer, conjoined the 24 Cancer MC and squared asteroid Atropos, named for the Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death, at 12 Aries. The final arm of the Grand Cross is jam-packed with death-indicator asteroid Rip at 10 Capricorn, the Sun at 12 (exactly squared Atropos), asteroid Irani (closest to Iran) at 14, and the forming Saturn/Pluto conjunction at 21 and 22 Capricorn, which unites the ancient and modern rulers of death, as well as relating specifically to government officials (Saturn) and homicide (Pluto).


Solomin is also linked to two additional death indicators, by exact sextile to asteroid Lachesis at 19 Leo (named for the Greek Fate who determines the span of life) and exactly sesquiquadrate asteroid Anubis at 4 Pisces (named for the ancient Egyptian deity governing funerary rites). There is a Grand Trine formed by Solomin in trine to asteroid Troemper at 15 Aquarius (for Donald Trump, the man who ordered his killing), and asteroid Pandora at 15 Gemini, which represents the unleashing of unintended consequences through foolish actions. This becomes a Kite with Troemper’s opposition to Lachesis, which casts Trump in the role of determining Soleimani’s lifespan.

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Soleimani was deep in the hierarchy and counsels of the state; here he is with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Hezbollah Secretary General; asteroids Solomin and Baghdad were conjunct, squared Saturn and Pluto, when Soleimani died in the Iraqi capital

The ongoing extended conjunction of asteroids Whitehouse and Nemesis, which says so much about the various fixes Trump finds himself in, is now recast as Trump acting out Nemesis’ role toward another, with this pair at 25 and 27 Virgo squared TNO Ixion at 28 Sagittarius, named for the first murderer in Greek myth.


This becomes a synastric T-Square with asteroid Solomin at 29 Pisces in Soleimani’s birth chart (born 11 March 1957, no time available), where transit Whitehouse/Nemesis also overlays Soleimani’s natal Jupiter at 27 Virgo, bringing the political nature of the act into the equation. Soleimani’s natal Solomin conjoins his Sun at 20 Pisces, as do natal Whitehouse at 21 Pisces and natal Lachesis at 19 Pisces. This is an indicator that Soleimani’s (Sun) lifespan (Lachesis) could be affected by an occupant of the Oval Office (Whitehouse); which occupant specifically is identified by asteroid Troemper at 20 Sagittarius, exactly squared the Sun.


Another indicator that Soleimani’s death could result from US official government action is a grouping of asteroids Atropos, Rip and Washingtonia, at 6, 10 and 14 Taurus, which combines two death indicators with a PNA representing America’s capital. These were trined by transit Jupiter (politics, escalation) and Icarus (rash, reckless actions taken heedless of the consequences) both at 7 Capricorn, Mercury (news) at 8, Rip at 10 (exactly trined its natal degree), the Sun at 12 and Irani at 14 Capricorn (exactly trined natal Washingtonia). Soleimani’s natal Anubis at 7 Cancer was exactly opposed by Icarus (also opposed by the rest of the stellium), with transit asteroid Osiris, named for the Egyptian god of the dead, exactly inconjunct from 7 Sagittarius, and the transit Moon having just squared it from 8 Aries within the past few hours before his death.

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A day of national mourning, as Iranians flood streets and bridges in Tehran for Soleimani’s funeral; the Sun conjoined asteroid Irani and centaur Hylonome, noted for extreme expressions of grief, squared asteroid Solomin

Natal Ixion at 22 Libra is exact on the Ascendant for his assassination, while natal Osiris at 20 Aries is being squared by transit Saturn/Pluto. A natal combination of asteroid America with Pluto at 27 and 28 Leo is reminiscent of the commonly-heard Mid-East chant which encapsulated Soleimani’s foreign policy – “Death to America!” – but also prefigures his demise originating from that quarter.


Soleimani and Iran form vital components of Trump’s birth chart as well. With Solomin at 20 Capricorn and Irani at 29 Libra, a T-Square is formed with Trump’s natal Saturn/Karma pairing at 23 Cancer, suggesting a pivotal role to play in his career (Saturn), perhaps leading to a comeuppance (Karma). Irani is also embedded at station, about to turn direct 5 days after Trump’s birth, an indication that the Islamic Republic has a greater-than-typical impact on his biography. Which, of course, as the proximate cause of Trump starting World War III, it would have.


One final note – when thousands flooded the streets of Tehran to mourn Soleimani on January 6th, the Sun and Irani had perfected their conjunction, at 15 Capricorn, with centaur Hylonome, noted for exaggerated expressions of grief, close beside at 14 Cap. With red flags of vengeance flying from mosques, this may only be the beginning.

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.

5 comments, add yours.


History repeats itself again, indeed

History repeats itself again.
Alex, is there somewhere a sign that we as humanity are finally learning to see through this madness. Or finally learn something of it. (can asteroid Wisdom be found somewhere on this stage?)
Thanks in any case for this excellent analysis!


Hey Alex,
Thanks for the explanation. I had been wondering whether Nemesis’s role could be re-cast by Trump onto another. I’m listening to Bloomberg radio today. They are indicating the stock markets are taking it in stride, although gold and oil is up. You end on an ominous note. Do you see that Iran could put up a fight? Is Trump bluffing his strength cards? Where are his advisors in this Mike Pompeo and State Dept? Bloomberg does concede that there is not much brain power in the Whitehouse, currently.


So there was something to see, after all. Thanks for this post, Alex.


Thanks for another great look at an event Alex. I hadn’t run into RIP before,.. I’ll have to check that out!

Andries H. Cats

Iran 1 April 1979 rectified birthtime 14h,58m17s7.

Ascendant 16°,56’05,2 Leo.

Progressive aspect:
3-Jan-2020 021°,45’26 Aries Ven 45 Moon

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Progressive aspect:
3-Jan-2020 025°,19’31 Taurus Moon * ALGOL (SAT – JUP )

Qassem Soleimani.

Progressive aspects:
26-Dec-2019 003°,14’35 Scorpio Moon 120 AR10
26-Dec-2019 003°,14’39 Scorpio Moon 90 Ura
28-Dec-2019 003°,19’27 Scorpio Moon 90 mutual Ura
29-Dec-2019 -20°,44’14 C–2 // Sat

2-Jan-2020 003°,30’40 Scorpio Moon 120 mutual C–3
3-Jan-2020 008°,01’20 Libra MC 45 Drac


27-Dec-2019 020°,53’13 Capricorn Sat 60 Sun
30-Dec-2019 006°,16’18 Capricorn Jup 90 C-12
30-Dec-2019 -19°,10’31 Mars # MC
31-Dec-2019 006°,39’30 Capricorn Jup 120 C-11

1-Jan-2020 028°,40’52 Scorpio Mars 90 Plu
3-Jan-2020 021°,39’30 Capricorn Sat 135 C-11

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