MOAB, Mother of All bombs

The U.S. military conducted a strike on an ISIS-K tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangahar province, Afghanistan, on Thursday, April 13, at 7:32 PM local time (UTC +4:30). A U.S. C-130 cargo plane dropped the GBU-43 Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) as part of the U.S. military efforts to defeat ISIS-Khorasan in Afghanistan.

The 30-foot, 21,600 pound bomb was designed before the Iraq war but was never used there.  The detonation on Thursday was the first time the bomb has ever been used in combat. It was tested on March 11, 2003.

The unexpected use of the big bomb raises the question of whether this signals a new U.S.policy in the Middle East.  DJT has given plenty of tough talk about how he is going to defeat ISIS, this could be his second shot, the cruise missile attack being the first, in an escalation of U.S. military action in the area. . He has certainly given a signal to the world that he will not hesitate to take overt military action when and where he thinks  this is needed.

All the evidence does seem to  point toward a new U.S. policy; one that will rely more on military force over diplomacy.  The Department of State has already felt the brunt  of this downgrading of  emphasis on diplomacy as it has lost many career officers and many appointment positions remain unfilled, the most important one, the Deputy Secretary of State position has not been filled, and Rex Tillerson has been “out of sight and out of mind” from most of the time so far in this new administration.

The chart for bomb strike set for Washington D.C. below:

MOABWhat we want to find on from this chart is  whether the bomb strike was significant and if it marks a real shift in U.S. war policy, or was it just a “show-off” tactic, an attempt to intimidate adversaries?  There was, however, a tactical situation at Aschin, the destruction of a tunnel network, that the MOAB could possibly alleviate, and so there was a practical justification.

The chart does suggest that this attack was important as there are five planets in angular houses, the 10th, 7th and 4th, forming a T Square with Pluto focal in the 7th.  The Sun,Uranus and Mercury in the 10th (Executive Branch) suggest that it  believes this is an extremely important turn of events and feels quite powerful, dominant; Pluto in the 7th appears as a powerful, insidious adversary; and Jupiter in the 4th is indicative of strong support from the “homeland”.  Military action by an American President invariably gets high approval from the public.

The Sabian Symbol for the 10th degree of Cancer which was rising at Washington D.C. at the time the bomb was dropped is: a large diamond not completely carved.  A first impression of this is of a situation/condition that is incomplete but is in the process of being cut, shaped and refined.

It is however not just anything that is undergoing this process of refinement but a precious diamond, something of great worth ( from the perspective of DJT and his advisers). Greater insight into a question can often be gained by looking at the symbol of opposite degree, in this case, for 10 Capricorn: an albatross feeding from the hand.  

The albatross was a bird of bad reputation among the seafaring class, a harbinger of bad luck.  The fact that it is being feed may mean that DJT and his advisory people are “feeding the wrong bird”, i.e. they may have a flawed plan, which is at this point not finished, but the direction they are going will likely backfire, but, they, are, it seems, hot to carry something off.

The next chart is a bi-wheel of DJT’s natal wheel and the MOAB detonation chart set at Washington D.C.

Trump-MOABA glance at the bi-wheel with the major aspect configurations marked in clearly tells the story.  The Moon is the trigger as it moves through Scorpio, at 20 degrees, it opposed the transiting Mars which was exactly on DJT’s MC and square to his natal Mars and Ascendant.

Also, 9 Cancer 43, the MOAB Ascendant degree was conjunct DJT’s natal Mercury.  There is also Grand Square with the focus on DJT’s natal Venus and Saturn.  This over-all planetary pattern, except for the Moon, will persist for quite some time because it involves the heavy planets; Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto and Uranus.

Mars has been a powerful actor in the pattern but will be out of the picture by the end of this month, April, thus, the “heat in DJT’s stove” will be turned down a bit and he may feel less need to shoot from the hip and give more thought to situations before acting.

 If the country can make it through April without a major conflict,  turmoil or upset of some sort  we should be safe for a while.