The Headscarf

This week Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi refused to follow through with a scheduled interview with CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour unless she covered her hair with a scarf. Amanpour declined this last minute demand explaining her decision quite precisely …

“Here in New York, or anywhere else
outside of Iran, I have never been asked
by any Iranian president – and I have
interviewed every single one of them
since 1995 – either inside or outside of
Iran, never been asked to wear a head
scarf.” She added “I very politely
declined on behalf of myself and CNN,
and female journalists everywhere
because it is not a requirement.”
~ Christiane Amanpour

The interview with Ebrahim Raisi was cancelled. The head scarf was simply an excuse for him to avoid discussing the anti-government protests that are occurring on the streets of Iran. The demonstrations are open displays of female defiance against the restrictive Islamic Republic. “The head scarf” has become a symbol of the hardline enforcement by an “out of touch” clergy.

Iranian law requires that all women wear a head covering and loose-fitting clothing in public. Hijab means veil or barrier, and it is meant to protect Muslim women from the “lusts” of the outside world. This “tradition” has been enforced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Even official visitors and tourists visiting Iran are expected to conform to these confining practices.

The occasion for this round of public outbursts is the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini who was arrested this week by Iran’s “morality police” for violating the head scarf law. Apparently she was not wearing her scarf correctly within a car. Iranian officials claim that after being taken by “Gasht-e-Ershad” for “correction” Amini fell into a coma and died of a heart attack. Her medical exam indicates that she had been beaten by the presence of bruises and brain damage.

The news of Amini’s physical mistreatment has provoked protests in the streets of Iran’s capital, and anti-hijab demonstrations in 80 cities in the country. The government has tried to restrict use of the Internet and arranged for pro-government marches. Already 50 persons are reported to have been killed on the streets. The Washinton Post insists that these Iranian protests are more about government corruption and repression than about women’s headscarves.

“I don’t dare to go out and join the protests as they are killing people, but my friends are joining and tell me all about it. … Previous protests consisted mainly of men but this one is very different. Women started it and men are by their side. Most protesters are young, but older people support them too. In Iran, women and girls have no rights, and this protest is about that.I think the younger generations cannot tolerate these humiliations any more.”
 ~ A mother in Shiraz, Iran ~



Christiane Amanpour was born on a Sunday in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. The Sun rules her INNER SELF and her OUTER SELF is governed by Saturn. Individuals with the #10 SUN CAP Dayology Signature often obtain high powered positions through years of hard work. They tend to be especially respectful of authorities and do their absolute best not to break rules.

Mahsa Amini was born on a Saturday in the zodiac sign of Cancer. Saturn rules her INNER SELF and her OUTER SELF is governed by The Moon. Those with the #76 SAT CAN Dayology Signature are serious by nature and may experience more than their share of hardships. At times they may take things in their own hands and attempt to alleviate pain and suffering of others.

While these two women may have known of one another, they never met. They are from different countries and generations, yet they shared commonalities in experience and spirit.  Christiane Amanpour is the Chief International Anchor for CNN and host of CNN International’s nightly interview program Amanpour. She was born in West London but because her father was Iranian, her early years were spent in Iran. After earning a Journalism degree in the US she has reported on foreign affairs on CNN and has interviewed numerous world figures. Mahsa Amini was born in SaqqezKurdistan Province of Iran. Her life was so normal that her arrest and death is most of what we know about her. She was traveling in car with her brother when she was arrested. She is attractively dressed and conventionally behaved in the surveillance photos of that day.

Amanpour and Amini have very different backgrounds, yet they share strong Saturn energies. Saturn acts as the INNER RULER of Saturday and the OUTER RULER of the zodiac sign Capricorn. It is through the planet Saturn that we are taught to assume personal responsibility and uphold social obligations. This heightened Saturn influence gives not only the desire to comply with the agreed upon laws but to stand up for the concepts of human decency and fairness.

One tenet of Dayology is that strong connections are formed when a pair of individuals share a planetary ruler through one individual’s DAY RAY and the other’s SUN SIGN. Most often the person whose DAY RAY reflects the planetary influence takes the lead, supplies the resources or becomes the inspiration of the person with the similar SUN SIGN. The SUN SIGN individuals are usually act as the recipient of the energy and express it in their own personal manner.

“The women of Iran are at the
forefront—they who have most
consistently resisted the regime’s
tyranny and persisted in rebutting
the myth that the hijab is an Iranian
tradition. The sight of all the men at
their side is a sign of the near-universal
disdain for the regime’s official
misogyny. With the risks these citizens
are taking and the sacrifices they are
making, they are proving that if any
tradition needs defending 24 hours
a day by armed men who have to
beat people to embrace it, then it
deserves to perish.”
THE ATLANTIC – The Bonfire of the
Headscarves –  Roya Hakakian

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