Monday, November 05, 2007

Born 1968 - "The Year That Rocked the World"

Without much astrological knowledge, it is possible to see astrology at work. Here's an example of how the qualities of a single year can be crystalised and reflected back many years later by some of those born within that time frame. What led me off on this tack was a blog entry at How This Old Brit Sees It , on 3 November. It featured a book "Beyond the Green Zone" , the author, an independent journalist, Dahr Jamail.

I set off on a goosechase across Google looking for the birth data of this brave journalist. I didn't find exactly what I was looking for, but did discover that Dahr Jamail was born in Houston, Texas in 1968.

How about that year, 1968? Anything special about it? A synopsis of Mark Kurlansky's book "1968, The Year that Rocked the World" threw some light on this.

"1968 was a year of political upheaval and protest around the world. In the U.S., there were the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the antiwar protests, the Chicago riot at the Democratic National Convention, and the Apollo 8 mission around the Moon. In Vietnam, the Tet offensive was underway. Protests in France began the downfall of Charles de Gaulle's government. Soviet tanks rolled into Prague to quell the rebellion there. Mexico City police opened fire on university protesters. Mark Kurlansky documents these events and more that occurred in 1968, and examines the cultural forces that drew them altogether across the world."

Wow! An exceptional year! 1968 is described elsewhere as "a benchmark of unrest, tumult, and change." Astrology tells us that those born during that time are bound to bear its imprint - some more clearly than others.

From a list of birthdays in 1968 , I noted the usual gaggle of actors, musicians, sportsmen, but three names leapt off the screen - Mohammed Atta (said to have masterminded 9/11 attacks, and died in them), Timothy McVeigh, (the notorious Oklahoma City Bomber), and Ramzi Yousef (mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing). The astrology of that tumultuous year had certainly left its imprint on those three characters, and in the worst possible way! Dahr Jamail, however, carries the positive side of the same imprint.

It's necessary, for a moment, to blank one's mind to the horror and tragedy that Atta, McVeigh and Yousef individually caused, and look at their motives. They each had what they saw as "a cause" which they sought to further. They chose the wrong route - a route of destruction and death. Dahr Jamail too has a cause, but in him it is manifested in a noble and more enlightened way. His "cause" is to let the public see the truth, he furthers it in a way, dangerous only to himself. The causes of these four men spookily reflect qualities of the year of their birth, 1968, when numerous events, both tragic and noble occurred, all in pursuit of "causes".

Pluto's transit during 1968 took in 22 to 25 degrees Virgo, with Uranus retrograding from 29 to 25 Virgo then proceeding into Libra by October. Neptune started the year at 25 Scorpio and after some retrograde motion finished in December at 27 Scorpio.

All the outer planets, then, were in the last ten degrees of Virgo or Scorpio for most of the year, often within conjunction (same degree or near) and/or sextile (60*). In the summer months Saturn at between 21 and 25 Aries would have been inconjunct (150*) all three of three outer planets.

I'm not going to attempt to interpret those configurations, except to describe the qualities of the three planets involved. Pluto is the planet of transformation (sometimes involving death), Uranus planet of change and revolution, Saturn planet of laws, rules, structure, representing the establishment and "status quo", and Neptune planet of illusion, delusion, and dreams. The fact that these astrologically powerful planets were so closely aligned during that time has to have a very significant connection to those world changing events, and to the qualities born into some of the year's natives.

Dahr Jamail was born into 1968's atmosphere of tumult, unrest and change. Without his date of birth it's impossible to examine his personal astrology. From what I've seen of his work on-line, he has much talent and great courage.

From ZNet's review of his book "Beyond the Green Zone":

"Soon after the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Jamail emptied his savings, bought a plane ticket to Iraq, and began writing about what he saw as an independent reporter from the war zone. His missives were sorely needed by those people looking for a side of the story not being told by the so-called embedded media and soon his stories were being published in multiple internet outlets, radio programs and even some newspapers....... the book is a riveting and clearly written piece of journalism that puts the pap most US residents consider as news to shame."


Richard said...

Well, that certainly sounds as though 1968 definitely was some special year. Pity it was so for such 'poles apart' reasons.

Twilight said...

Yes - true enough, Richard. I wonder how many others of that vintage we shall hear of in the future, both for good or ill.

Barbara said...

oooh I love this, I was born in '68. But don't tell anyone, as I have a particularly scary birthday looming. No more letting on how old I am, that's for sure

Twilight said...

Hi Barbara!
I shall watch the headlines !

Scary? LOL! I wish I could be that scared again!

Anonymous said...

hi there, your article made me wonder something. i'm born on sept. 08, 1968 in istanbul, turkey. how do i find out if i have retrograde planets in my birth chart?

Twilight said...

Anonymous ~~~ I've looked in my ephermeris (a kind of timetable of planets' movements) and Saturn was the only planet in retrograde on 8 Sep. 1968.

There's a free on-line ephemeris by the way, which you might find handy.

Anonymous said...

twilight, thank you sooo much for your help. i appreciate it!

Twilight said...

Anonymous - You're welcome!

Gian Paul said...

This comment is being sent when Uranus is EXACTLY opposing the position it held 180 degrees before at 29 degrees 15 Virgo, on Jan 4 and then again on August 31, 1968. Most of the 1968 salient world events took place while Uranus made his retro and forward dance then.

Great post Twilight. Had not realized what a prolific (and pertinent) astrologer you are!

Twilight said...

Gian Paul ~~~ Ha! You found it!

Thanks for the extra comment and astrological points - much appreciated.

"Pertinent"? Hmmm some would say "impertinent"....LOL - but thank you kindly. :-)

GodWeo said...

Where is all my twins born November 26 1968. Other than Dr .Senior God rest His Soul