Anwar Sadat and the power of Venus and Jupiter

Anwar Sadat was the third President of Egypt. Sadat was a senior member of the Free Officers who overthrew King Farouk in the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, and a close confidant of Gamal Abdel Nasser, whom he succeeded as President in 1970.  He changed Egypt’s trajectory, re-instituting a multi-party system, and opened the door to private investment in the country ending the domination of Egypt’s economy by the public sector. Sadat also made a break with the USSR  and drew closer to the US.

Anwar Sadat

Sadat’s chart is an interesting one. With the Sun Capricorn opposite Pluto, Scorpio rising and Saturn conjunct the Midheaven there is all the makings of a tough minded even authoritarian type of ruler, but the Moon in Libra shows someone with strong diplomatic skills as well.

The birth chart of an actor that is strongly associated with a particular part will have often contain symbols that describe the role. In the case of political heads of state, their charts can often symbolise important developments that occur in their tenure of office.

Sadat has a T Square that operates from two oppositions from the Sun to Pluto and from Venus to Jupiter. These oppositions focus onto the apex Moon, so its seems that the whole thrust of Sadat’s time in office is pointing at the Moon. The Moon in Libra basically wants peace and harmony and the 11th house is the place of political ideals. The great achievement of Sadat’s Presidency was the signing of the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

It is however, very interesting to see how he got to that point. Pluto was, as usual the trigger for the major developments in Sadat’s life. He succeeded to the Presidency at the end of 1970 as Pluto entered the T Square and came to conjunct his Moon. In 1973 Pluto was in square to the Sun and to its own position, triggering the power of that natal opposition. The Sun opposite Pluto is a very powerful aspect and will often symbolise aggression and sudden use of force.

Anwar Sadat led Egypt in the October War of 1973 to liberate Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, which Israel had occupied since the Six-Day War of 1967, making him a hero in Egypt and, for a time, throughout the wider Arab World.

The other part of the T Square is the Venus / Jupiter opposition. Venus and Jupiter are recognised in astrology as the two most beneficial planetary energies. Venus is the principle of attraction and Jupiter of expansion.Venus opposite Jupiter T Square to the Moon in Libra would symbolise the bringing together ( Venus ) of two great powers ( Jupiter ) who were previously enemies ( opposition ) to create a political peace ( Moon in Libra in the 11th ).

Pluto transited square to both of these planets in 1976 – 77 when peace negotiations took place with Israel symbolized by Sadat’s dramatic flight to Jerusalem in 1977. The peace treaty was signed the following year which resulted in the return of Sinai to Egypt.

Of course in any great peaceful initiative, the coming to gather of two opposing sides is needed. It takes two to tango and the new Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin was equally part of the process.

Menachem Begin

An extraordinary point about Begin’s chart was that he also had a Venus / Jupiter opposition. The really incredible thing is that Begin’s Jupiter at 9 degrees Capricorn was exactly conjunct Sadat’s Venus and Begin’s Venus at 11 Cancer was exactly conjunct Sadat’s Jupiter in Cancer. So Pluto was in square to both of their Venus / Jupiter oppositions in 1977.

The two men jointly won the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize but they should have got another prize for one of the most extraordinary astrological matches in history.

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