The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), better known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a Salafi jihadist militant group that follows an Islamic fundamentalist, Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam. The group is also known as Ad-Dawlah Al-Islāmiyah fī ‘l-ʿIrāq wa-sh-Shām (DAESH) and has been informally active since 1999 in collusion with various other jihadi outfits. However, the entire terror took a completely new turn when they formed ISIS formally on 9 Apr, 2013 with a clear objective of forming a Caliphate. The ISIS chart shows this resolve in the tenth house with two planets Mars and Sun, in digbala (directional strength). These planets are responsible for administration and security indicating that they were serious about their objective of forming a separate country. Let us examine this chart.
Nature and Identity
Lagneśa Mercury is in the ninth house (religion) showing a very independent organisation that is tightly wedded to its theology. The dispositor and ninth lord Saturn is exalted showing that they will have quite a few success and are fortunate. Rāhu conjoining Saturn forms śrāddha yoga (final rites, death) showing that the dharma (actual religious practise) will translate to many deaths and beheading (Rāhu is a head without body). However, the karma associated is better called ‘preta yoga’ since it leads to the creation of many ghosts. In addition, since this is the ārūḍha lagna, the reputation of the organisation will be tarnished and they will become terrorists and wild barbarians. Since this is also the fifth house of followers, all such people will swarm to fill their ranks and form a terrible blood-thirsty army of great evil. The number of fighters is estimated at 31,000 by CIA and ISIS says 40,000 but this does not include the large number of children who are also trained to wield weapons. Rāhu shows that a majority shall be foreigners – about two-thirds.
Bear in mind that the strong mix of politics and religion is quite old in this planet. Politics (Rāhu) causes serious disruption when it mixes with faith and religion (Jupiter). This was also the underlying philosophy of the Nazi party.
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Such a powerful Saturn sitting in the bhāva of power and authority brings them to power quickly. By December 2015 ISIS controlled over vast landlocked territory in Iraq and Syria, larger thank the UK and with a population of about 5-8 million people. The extreme interpretation of sharia law was enforced by Rāhu. In addition, its affiliates control areas of North Africa and South Asia. In Saturn daśā Rāhu antardaśā (Apr, 2013 – Mar, 2016) it’s ‘negative’ preta-ārūḍha of fear and prominence rose as these planets occupy the ārūḍha in Libra in great strength. In 2014 it fought a pitched war with Iraq capturing major areas in the west including Mosul followed by the Sinjar massacre.
Mercury as lagneśa and ātmakāraka shows powerful propaganda and communication through social media and internet (in Aquarius). Dextrous with social media, ISIS has purposely made videos of beheadings of both soldiers and civilians, including journalists and aid workers, to aid its propaganda of fear. It is through fear alone that political power and law can be reinforced. Mercury in Aquarius is the means to carry forward the objectives of the preta-yoga of Saturn-Rāhu combo in Libra.
Aquarius rises in the navāṁśa promising that the preta-yoga shall be strongly implemented and followed. Sun and Saturn forming pitṛ-doṣa (suffering of the manes) is in lagna showing that many families shall shed tears due to their rise to power, particularly in Saturn daśā. Being in the ninth from kārakāṁśa (Me AK in Ge navāṁśa), it forms their dharma-devatā as Saturn is the lord of 9th bhāva from kārakāṁśa. Fortunately, this daśā ends in Sep, 2018.
They will be forced to change by the power of Jupiter and Mercury (AK) in the fifth bhāva. This is the power of holy books like the Bhagavat Gita, the power of god.