Wasat is at 18°31′ Cancer with an orb of 1°40′
The name Wasat comes from the Arabic Al Wasat, meaning the “Middle”, and you can see that it lies between the two Twins. From Constellations of Words we learn from Robson that Wasat is: “Of the nature of Saturn. Connected with chemicals, poisons and gas. Violence, malevolence, destructiveness as a first principal”, and Morse says “Because of the Saturnine quality of this star, it gives a heaviness and tendency to pessimism. ” Apart from that however, Al Wasat does show up a quality of being able to speak with clear authority when others are waffling and prominence in public affairs or management is often the result.
I’ve looked at some natal charts and found some justification for these interpretations. However looking at mundane events, I have found some most interesting, and more positive associations with the story of constellation Gemini. These themes are of cooperation, bridge building, and compromise. All Mercury Venus attributes associated with close partners, whether friend or foe. Finding the “middle” ground.
Pluto was discovered when conjunct Wasat in 1930, and Hiroshima was nuked when Saturn was on Wasat in 1945. These events show the darker side as described by Robson and Morse, but that nuclear attack did bring an end to conflict, and now America and Japan are close allies. Here are some other events which occurred when Pluto was last conjunct Wasat (all under 30′). Pan Am’s first ever flight (Key West to Havana). Holland Tunnel opened linking New Jersey and New York city. USA pulled troops out of China. Italy and Ethiopia signed the Italo-Ethiopian Treaty. The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed, the first ever treaty outlawing aggressive war. The USA brokered an end to the Cristero War in Mexico. Mohandas Gandhi started the passive resistance of the Salt March. The London Naval Treaty was signed by the UK, USA and Japan, limiting naval buildups. France pulled out of the Rhineland.
Last time Uranus was conjunct Wasat, in 1953-54: The first European Parliament opened. Work began on the United Nations building in New York. Eisenhower flew to Korea to try and end the Korean War. The first successful separation of Siamese twins occured in Cleveland.
Saturn was conjunct Wasat in 1945-46: Hiroshima atomic bombing ending WWII. United nations Charter ratified by USA. British troops withdrew from Iran. Britain promised independence to India. USSR and Switzerland resumed diplomatic relationships. Jordan gained independence from Britain. The Malayan Union was formed. Singapore became a Crown Colony. When Saturn was conjunct Wasat in 1974-75: The Suez Canal opened for the first time since the Six Day War. The UK voted yes in a referendum to stay in the European Community. The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) was created. Egypt declared full independence from Britain. When Saturn was last on Wasat in 2004: The Old Bridge of Mostar was reconstructed after being destroyed in the 1993 war. 100,000 Israeli’s formed a 90 km human chain from Gush Katif to the Western Wall to protest disengagement plans. Barack Obama delivered his keynote speech at the Democrat convention.
Partnership & Compromise
A few examples in natal charts show this theme of partnership and compromise. These three guys had Wasat conjunct the Ascendant: Rudolf Hess did have a very close partnership with Adolf Hitler. However he went behind his back in the interests of peace. Flying to Scotland, he “took it on his own to attempt negotiations with England on behalf of Germany. He believed that he was obeying supernatural powers and had a mission to end the war.” Jerry Lewis was one half of the famous duo act with Dean Martin that touched the hearts of millions. When his relationships with Martin ended bitterly, the two did not speak to each other for some 20 years. George Michael was one half of WHAM!, Britain’s most successful pop duo of the ’80s. So the Gemini myth written in the stars certainly seems to manifest in real life down on here on Earth. This star which joins the twins, the “middle”, has an effect which builds bridges, forms alliances and treaties, and leads to peace more than war. There is also separation involved, as shown in the events with colonial powers moving out of occupied countries. Hopefully a good omen for the last half of 2010.