It wasn’t long after the attacks that the name, Osama Bin Laden began to gather momentum. Several sources say that he was born on March 10th 1957, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Mohammed Bin Laden, a wealthy business man with ties to the Saudi royal family and his 10th wife, Alia Ghanem. (time given as 10.58 am as seen on birth certificate.)
The family wealth was made through the construction industry and after his father died in a helicopter crash in 1967, he inherited millions of dollars.
Bin Laden came to the attention of the authorities in 1998, and was placed on the FBI list of the ten most wanted fugitives and most wanted terrorists over his involvement in the U.S. embassy bombings. From 2001 t0 2011 he was a major target on the war on terror. Bin Laden was reportedly killed by U.S. military on 2nd May, 2011. Shortly after his death his body was buried at sea, according to his religious faith.
The last article posted on my web site was, “Mary Mackillop, the Making of a Saint.” This article was written by Doris Greaves long before Mary became a saint. What makes us tick as individuals has always been an interest of mine and so after updating the psychology of a saint I thought it was appropriate to follow up on the making of an alleged sinner.
What is it about human nature that can make one person a saint and another person a sinner? We are born at a given day at a given time, in a given place and our chart is laced with potential. The many aspects that ebb and flow through the natal chart on a daily basis, give us the power to decide what we will do with that energy.
In the book, “The New Pscho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz M.D. he describes a very early experiment by Pescott Lecky, a pioneer in self-image psychology, who was convinced that the personality was just a system of ideas, all of which must be consistent with each other.
He theorised that ideas that are inconsistent with the system are rejected, “not believed” and not acted on. Ideas that seem to be consistent with the system are accepted.
At the very centre of his system of ideas – the keystone, or base on which all else is built – is the individual’s self-image, or his conception of himself. Lecky was a school teacher and tested his theory on thousands of students. If a student had trouble learning a certain subject, he would decide that he couldn’t do it and then automatically fail.
However, if the student could be induced to change his self definition, his learning ability could also change. Lecky then went on to describe many cases where he had changed people’s perception of themselves.
As an astrologer I have found this self image theory to be very true and have many case histories just as convincing. Conducting a personality profile for a client is very important as it affirms to them, who they are and where their strengths and weaknesses lie. It is a great way to verify, “the authentic self.”
Doris Greaves placed great importance on the inherited factors of an individual and also the environmental conditions in which we live. This can have a great bearing on how the personality evolves and maybe a clue to what makes one a sinner and one a saint.
Therefore we could conclude that Bin Laden’s Arabian Muslim fundamentalist teachings and known terrorist activity could have propelled him on a journey of self destruction.
By introducing you to the self-image concept we may then be able to understand the psychological make-up of Osama Bin Laden, one of the most feared men in the world.
Combinations between Sun and Moon often gives a starting point to where we are heading. Bin Laden had the Sun (personality) in the sign of Pisces and Moon (emotions) in the sign of Cancer. This combination is that of dramatist, and according to Grant Lewi, in his book, “Heaven Knows What” it is a play in which you are most interested in the drama of you.
This is a sensitive placement, but through rigid self-discipline one can become a forceful person in their own right. A sixth sense helps to give your followers what they want. It is also a moody and temperamental position.
Mercury (the mind) is in the sign of Pisces. These people are very intuitive and uncannily accurate but to try and argue with them can be very infuriating. On the extreme negative side they can be vindictive and unforgiving. Venus in Pisces has many good qualities but can give a long suffering martyr complex.
Mars in Taurus gives persistence and a never-give-up attitude. The degree of Mars is interesting as it is on the fixed star Algol, which represents the head of Gorgon Medusa who was slain by Perseus. The extreme side of this angle is murder, violence, decapitation, hanging, electrocution and mob violence. Does this sound familiar?
The use of Cosmobiology and the 90 degree dial, shows pictures and patterns emerge which cannot be seen as easily on the 360 degree dial. The one thing that stands out is that Mars is the mid-point of Node/Pluto and according to Ebertin, in the “Combination of Stellar Influences,” is the demonstration of violence and brutality in the presence of others.
When looking at Bin Laden’s personality I have used a description that fits our perception of a terrorist, but of course there are many positives sides to these aspects. The Taliban, a very religious group who are committed to their beliefs, see him as a saint. Therefore hereditary factors and environmental conditions certainly play a role in our perception of this man.
On 2nd May, 2011 with Saturn, planet of concentration and perseverance, across the dial to his natal Mars/Pluto indicating the misfortune to suffer violent assaults, his life came to an end.
In a simple statement, President Obama stepped up to the podium in the east Room of the White house and with these words made the announcement, “Tonight I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children.”