The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Mars = 012
Pluto = 022
Jupiter = 110
Uranus = 120
Sun = 121
Venus = 210
Mercury = 220
Saturn = 230
Moon = 231
Neptune = 310
[Least-aspected Mars] [Pluto]
To turn the war decisively in their favor they had to achieve a masterstroke that would have the will-breaking effect on the Americans that Dien Bien Phu had had on the French. The masterstroke was Tet, 1968.
–Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie.
The Tet Offensive
The Tet Offensive was the turning point in the American War in Vietnam: a “widespread assault” (Primary Mars) upon American forces–characterized by one general as a “panorama of attacks”1 (Mars)–that was conducted in the early hours of the Vietnamese New Year, or Tet holiday, on January 31, 1968. Beginning with an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Saigon at 2:45 A.M. and culminating in the “assaults, occupations, and shelling” (Mars) of cities throughout South Vietnam, the Viet Cong proved to the American people that their will had remained unbroken and that the war would not end at any time in the near future. Instead, Tet “broke the will” (Secondary Pluto) of the Americans. In the words of historian Neil Sheehan, the event made it glaringly apparent that the “assurances the public had been given were the lies and vaporings of foolish men.”2 The “fundamental truth” about the “war” was now “revealed” (Pluto).
With public opinion now turning against continued military involvement in Vietnam, the president’s so-called Wise Men renounced their belief in pursuing military victory. Two months after Tet, President Johnson announced that he would restrict the bombing of North Vietnam and that he would not seek reelection to the presidency. As a result, Hanoi agreed to negotiate with the United States.
When the offensive began, Mars and Pluto formed a narrow Transcendental Midpoint-Field directly over the Southeast Asian peninsula, vertically framing Vietnam in its entirety: Primary Mars was positioned in a vertical, midnight line over the western border of Vietnam; Secondary Pluto was positioned in a vertical, Midheaven line several degrees east of the country. “Military aggression, / widespread social upheaval, and far-reaching social transformation” are keynote phrases describing the potent Mars / Pluto Transcendental pairing.
1. Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, p. 711.
2. Ibid., p. 718
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
Role of the Least-aspected Planet in Astrocartography
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