Thursday, January 17, 2008

SAMVA USA chart: Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962

One of the most electrifying foreign policy crisis faced by the USA during the Cold War was the Cuban Missile Crisis that threatened to escalate into a nuclear war. This event is seen clearly in the amazing SAMVA USA chart.

The crisis, which unfolded in October 1962, was a military confrontation between the United States of America on the one hand and the Soviet Union and Cuba on the other.

The peak period of the crisis began on October 16, 1962, when President Kennedy was informed at 8:45 AM that U.S. reconnaissance photographs had been taken by an American U-2 spy plane. The photos revealed missile bases being built in Cuba. The crisis ended thirteen days later, on October 28, 1962, when U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Soviet General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev, with the intercession of U.N. Secretary-General, U Thant, reached an agreement whereby the missiles were withdrawn.

In 1961, the U.S. deployed 15 Jupiter IRBMs (intermediate-range ballistic missiles) at ─░zmir, Turkey, aimed at the western USSR's cities, including Moscow. Given its 1,500-mile (2,410 km) range, Moscow was only 16 minutes away. Yet, Kennedy gave them low strategic value, given that a SSBN submarine provided the same magnitude of threat, and from a distance. Khrushchev publicly expressed anger and personal offense from the Turkish missile emplacement. The Cuban missile deployment — the first time Soviet missiles were outside the USSR — was his response to U.S. nuclear missiles in Turkey.

Astrological dynamics
During the month of October 1962 a rare astrological configuration took place involving the stationary conjunction of the transit shadow planet Ketu and transit Saturn in the 12th degree of the sign Capricorn. In the SAMVA USA chart this is the degree where Mercury is natally placed. Mercury is the 3rd lord of inititative in the chart and is placed in the 7th house of foreign policy. Saturn on the other hand is the 8th lord of obstacles and endings. Ketu is a planet of sudden and violent events. When Saturn and Ketu, two first rate malefics in the chart became conjunct this created a great sense of strain around the world (side note: this conjunction took place in the sign of Leo in October 2007, not connecting in the SAMVA USA Chart. At that time, global stock markets went into a swoon).

What produced the crisis is the fact that this conjunction took place exactly on top of the natal placement of Mercury in the SAMVA USA chart. This turned Mercury into a lightning rod for the release of this karmic energy. As 3rd lord, Mercury also is the indicator of transportation, communication and initiative, all areas that find ample scope for expression in the foreign policy arena. These indications came under phenomenal stress due to the combined energy of sudden violence and obstacles threatening death. How fittingly, that the US suddenly discovered the transport of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to major population centers to its doorstep.

At the same time, transit Ketu was also afflicting transit Mercury in the 3rd house with an exact trinal aspect. This aspect further highlighted the transportation nature of this crisis, involving Russian ships that finally turned around and abandoned their destination of Cuba thereby resolving the crisis.

Finally, the sub-period lord, Venus as 4th lord of collective harmony and stability was conjunct Jupiter, the natal 6th lord of conflict. In short, the psyche of the American people was severely disturbed by this two week drama or high-stakes conflict.
Interestingly, as the other shadow planet Rahu, which rules diplomacy, was at 12° Cancer, it was also afflicted and afflicting the transit aspect with Saturn as well as the natal Mercury. During the crisis, the US administration was heavily engaged in intense behind the scences diplomatic negotiations with the Russians. Little noticed was the covert dismantling and removal of the Jupiter missiles in Turkey some half a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis had been successfully defused.

The Cuban Missile Crisis

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