Ingrid Betancourt – Astrological Timing of Kidnapping to Rescue

On July 2nd 2008 Ingrid Betancourt was rescued from six-and-a-half years of captivity. Much has been written about her background as a former Colombian presidential candidate and an anti-corruption activist. Here I’ll discuss the timing of kidnapping and rescue.

Timing of Kidnapping

On February 23, 2002 Mrs. Betancourt was kidnapped by FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) during her political campaign. Here are the main measurements I saw for this time period.

  • Neptune was transiting over her natal Jupiter-MC conjunction (ego-wipeout.)
  • Solar Arc Mars, ruler of her 12th (confinement) was square her Ascendant axis.
  • Solar Arc Saturn was tightly opposing natal Pluto (a threat of loss.)

Timing of Rescue

On the rescue date (July 2, 2008) we see enormous accentuation on the Aries Point (always important in public manifestation of an event):

  • Pluto was transiting over natal Mars (ruling 12th!) at the Aries Point.
  • Solar Arc ASC axis and Neptune were also conjunct Mars at the Aries Point.
  • As a potential trigger, transiting Mars was exactly conjunct Uranus, ruler of her Midheaven.
  • Though potentially unrelated, there was also Solar Arc Jupiter squaring her Venus.

These measurements bring to mind the tremendous importance of Aries Point, as well as the Angles (ASC and MC axis.)

What happens now?

We see Solar Arc Pluto about to square Saturn in about 18 months, coinciding with tr Pluto conjunct Sun: these suggest potential threat of loss (health or otherwise), but also may suggest an important change of direction for her. Would she write about her experience, or will start to act for international humanitarian cause? (Saturn rules her 9th house of publishing and internationalism) – We’ll see.

P.S. You might like these bloggers’ analysis of the event as well.

Marga Bervoets at Astropost blog has several great posts about her. I first found the birth chart of Ingrid Betancourt at Deirdre Tanton’s Cosmic Guidelines blog.

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  1. António Rosa says:

    Hi Hiroki

    A significant life!

    Nice view about the timing of her kidnapping and rescue. Very well explained.

    The next transit Pluto conjunct Sun, usually is not an easy time. I remember very well my transit!

    Tudo de bom


  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thank yo Antonio,

    I hope we’ll keep hearing about her activities…


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