Total Lunar Eclipse 04 April 2015

Lunar eclipse by al-Qazwini

Lunar eclipse by al-Qazwini

[The eclipse begins at 3:16 AM Pacific Daylight Time on the morning of April 4th when the edge of the Moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow.  For the next hour and 45 minutes, Earth’s shadow will move across the lunar disk, ultimately swallowing the entire Moon at 4:58 AM PDT. “Totality” is when the Moon is fully inside Earth’s shadow. Some total eclipses last for more than an hour.  In this case, however, totality spans just 4 minutes and 43 seconds—a result of the fact that the Moon is skimming the outskirts of Earth’s shadow rather than passing centrally through it.] – Courtesy of NASA

This eclipse is one of the Saros 132 cycle which began in 1492 and will end in 2754. In fact this family of eclipses, for the most, haven’t tended to auger particularly malevolent events. This one however is one to study carefully. The strongly Venusian signature is easy to miss with all that Mars going on. But it’s the Moon that’s being eclipsed and she’s in the Venusian Sign of Libra. She is also the Lady of the Geniture.

It is the hour of Venus and it’s still the Day of Venus as well. She is in her own Domicile. It is highly significant that Venus is the planet of Islam.  It would be a great mistake to miss the conjunction of Venus with the highly malefic Fixed Star Algol. She and Mars are in an angular house, giving them the optimum ability to act .

The chart is calculated for 4:48 am.,04 Apr 2015 PDT Victoria, British Columbia – time of totality – and read with the resultant Whole Sign Houses. However, I’m adding the chart for the same event in Tehran, Iran.  4:31 PM.

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4:48 am.,04 Apr 2015 PDT

The chart is also distinguished by the  presence of Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, conjunct the M.C,,

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In the Ptolemaic system Parthia, Media, Persia; in the centre, the Cyclades, Cyprus, the coastal region of Asia Minor are Venusian and specifically Taurian. In light of the last eclipse occurring hours before the Vernal Equinox and the other clear indicators, Iran is key. We also have the second criteria met by 50% visibility in Iran according to NASA. This is the shortest lunar eclipse of the century and I would expect any events augured by it to be realized sooner rather than later and to be of short duration.

The ninth house placement of the Moon in Libra may easily be interpreted as associated with Islam and the fact that the Moon is in the house of the Sun’s Joy might imply unorthodoxy.. The Joy of the Moon is the Third House of the Goddess at the opposite end of the 9/3 axis – trading places with the Sun, as it were. It is worth bearing in mind that for 85% of Muslims, the predominantly Shia population or Iran is heterodox.

There has been great conflict in the Islamic world for many years, some may say forever, but The Islamic Republic of Iran is really just coming back onto the stage after decades of suppression and isolation, due to the auspices of an albeit tentative Nuclear Deal.

Saturn is the Almuten Figuris.,retrograde and disposited by a grandiose and retrograde Jupiter in Leo, also angular. Saturn is the planet of Judaism and it’s no secret that Israel, particularly under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has a strong antipathy towards Iran. The region of Israel itself is under Mars, With both social planets in their respective conditions and  with an intransigent Mars Lord of the Tenth House, the situation looks volatile.

Tehran Eclipse

When we consider the Planetary Lots of the malefics we find affirmation of the theme described thus far.  The Part of Mars is with Venus. The Part of Saturn shadows the Moon. This all adds up to a dangerous time for Iran.

It isn’t required, because our original chart shows the eclipse at its most potent. However when we compare this chart with the one for Tehran, we find the Lord of the Ascendant is with the S. Node in the Eighth House of Death and Venus and Mars are at odds in the Ninth. Saturn is in an angular house and Jupiter languishes in the twelfth.

The Almuten Figuris is now Venus and the Ascendant is Virgo, Aldebaran, being of the nature of Mars, sits on the MC. We have Jupiter as both apparent and hidden enemy.  The chart is for the Day of Saturn and the Hour of Mars. The theme essentially remains the same and I would hope that cooler minds prevail.

Eclipse – Battle of Isandlewana

Battle of Islanhlwan by Charles Edwin Fripp

Battle of Islanhlwan by Charles Edwin Fripp

The Battle of Islandlwana on January 22, 1879, was the most dire defeat of the British Army against any indigenous people in the Empire and it occurred at what might be considered the zenith of British power during what has become known as the Zulu Wars. This battle has been of great interest to military strategists and historians. I’ll be looking at this through the eyes of an astrologer.

Although they eventually realized that they were massively outnumbered, the British forces were confident. The battle had not been expected and in fact the British also had 1500 oxen with them, presumably for settlers – certainly not what one takes to war. British forces had never encountered what was now bearing down upon them with unimaginable force.

They were well trained and seasoned soldiers, numbering 1800, including British, colonial and native forces. They also had approximately 400 civilians with them. They were using state of the art weapons and under the able command of Lt. Lord Chelmsford.

Of primary interest were the much prized Martini – Henry rifle, equipped with bayonets. This was the first time it had been used in combat and it turned out that it had a flaw when used repeatedly for long periods of time. They tended to overheat, making reloading more difficult. It is unlikely that this would have been a problem in other battles. As well, the rocket battery was not mounted and became increasingly useless as the battle unfolded

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The effective firing range of the Martini – Henry rifle was 400 yds or 370 m. I emphasize this because the range of sight needed to allow for this ability. The may seem obvioius, but at the time the soldiers had no real doubts of being able to hold back the massive Zulu assault.

The army of 20,000 Zulus had no bows, horses or wheels for that matter. What they had were spears and clubs. According to the grandson of the Zulu chief, the warriors were given a variety of drugs that made them fearless, bloodthirsty and in fact visionary. At one point in the battle the Zulus saw “strange birds” coming for them which they believed were evil spirits conjured by the British.

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I have not found an exact, reliable time for the beginning of the battle, but it was close to Noon. The real problem came a couple of hours later. We do know there was a Solar Eclipse that sealed the fate of the British. From the blinding early afternoon Sun, there was a darkness, made worse by the excessive smoke and dust . This was at 2.00 PM LMT

The approaching Zulus became invisible long enough to advance well within the rifle’s range and therefore too close for the army to have the advantage of being able to shoot the approaching Zulus before they were close enough for arm to arm combat, an enormous disadvantage to the British. The fact that the Zulus were unflinching suggests their shaman had predicted the eclipse. I have not found any evidence that this particular eclipse was know to the British soldiers in advance of the event.

The Zulu soon breached the perimeters and were virtually face to face with the British before they could see what was coming at them.. The Zulu used a traditional formation known as the “horns of the bull.” The idea was to encircle and destroy the enemy. The motif of the bull and cattle is quite evident and it’s difficult to ignore the relationship to the Ascendant,

These were the days when armies wore brilliant colours proudly, rather than using camouflage. Yes, there were ambushes, but we cannot call this the age of stealth. Yet non – visibility is what won the day.

The Ascendant is the life force and this chart gives us a highly afflicted Taurus Ascendant. Along with the Part of Fortune, it is in tight conjunction with the highly malefic Fixed Star know as Algol. It has a reputation for making one lose their head, either figuratively or literally and is associated with piled up corpses.  The Ascendant is disposited by Venus, in turn disposited by Saturn, She is Peregrine and Under the Beams. Saturn is in a weak sign in the Eleventh House, denying help from military associates and friends in general. Moreover, Saturn is Almuten of the chart and Venus is the Killing Planet.

Saturn in Halb can also be said to be Lord of the Eclipse, as he disposits both luminaries and both benefics. It doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to suggest the Zulu association with the Tenth House Sun, as they are in effect eclipsed and maintain the high ground, retaining their sovereignty,serpens

The *enemy* is in the martial and stealthy sign of Scorpio, ruled by Mars, out of sect in the Eighth House of Death and dispositing the Twelfth House – all in all, a nasty piece of work in the context of the chart as a whole.  The Lord of the Eighth House is Jupiter, suggesting many dead.  Mars is conjunct Ras Alhague, the star in the head of the Serpent-charmer (Orphiucus), the Moorish El Hauwe.

Pliny said that it occasioned much mortality by poisoning. This constellation has also been called Aesculapius and held to rule medicines. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Oin and the 16th Tarot Trump “The Lightning Struck Tower”. [Robson*, p.54.] It also has another role – that of Shamanic healer. The considerable participation of the shamanic priests shouldn’t be underestimated. From the concoctions given to the warriors to the healings during the battle. They evoked a powerful force that made the Zulus fight as one and without fear.

Given the inescapable association of the British with the Lion, I cannot but associate the Leo S. Node as the ‘end of the matter’ in the Fourth House. This can be taken as both the Lion defeated as well as resurgent. The Zulus won the battle, but decidedly lost the war

Sacred Science & Materialistic Literalism

Pythagoras - Detail from Raphael's "School of Athens"

Pythagoras – Detail from Raphael’s “School of Athens”

Considering the extreme distaste modern scientists have for dogma, they can be surprisingly dogmatic. Of course the greatest minds realize there is not a single means of perception and the same phenomena can be seen and understood in different ways without being wrong. For example, The Vedas show a remarkable wisdom and understanding which may fairly be called sacred science. Yet the hubris of modern scientists often finds the term sacred science to be oxymoronic.

There is a persistent and pernicious belief that real intelligence began with the Enlightenment . Whether of not this is wilful ignorance, it is blind to the extraordinary wisdom and what I would call sacred science which is older by thousands of years. Much of it is only now being understood by modern people.

However, much of the common parlance of scientists suggests a teleological sensibility, For example, I recently watched a wonderful documentary on marine life at 15,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Philippines. .

Essentially all life forms at that depth have a luminescence comparable to the terrestrial firefly. Then the marine biologist in charge stated that a jelly fish like creature had a red stomach so that other life forms couldn’t see luminescence in the stomach.

That statement is in fact teleological. It is telling us that this trait exists for a reason and is therefore not the result of random mutation. The Oxford English Dictionary defines teleological as an “explanation of phenomena by the purpose they serve rather than by postulated causes.” The sense that there is meaning and purpose in the universe beyond what is virtually blind chance has been ridiculed by the term “Intelligent Design.”untitled

While the vast majority of astrologers would want to distance themselves from biblical literalism with a fear of science, the term itself is well conceived. Every time a scientist finds herself explaining creation by the purpose they serve, she betrays a split in consciousness.

There has been a hoax circulating for many years suggesting that Einstein was supportive, even admiring, of astrology. It’s a moot point in any case as there is no evidence that Einstein ever studied astrology. I cannot think why he would. However, for those of us who dostudy astrology, his scientific and philosophical views seem familiar and harmonious.

In an interview with Alfred Stern in the Contemporary Jewish Record 8  (June 1945 pp. 245-249,  Einstein tells us that he is “not a positivist. Positivism states that what cannot be observed does not exist. This conception is scientifically indefensible, for it is impossible to make valid affirmations of what people ‘can’ or ‘cannot’ observe. One would have to say ‘only what we observe exists’, which is obviously false.” ~

This video addresses these issues in an intelligent and respectful way.*

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Modern materialist thought tends to be childishly literal, finding ancient systems of though such as astrology to be mere superstition or worse. Ironically, the greatest minds who lay the basis and furthered the cause of science were also serious astrologers. These include Galileo, Nicolas Copernicus and Sir Isaac Newton to name but a few. Wisdom and science were never so much at war as they have been since the European 18th Century

*I would like to give credit for the creator of this video, but have regrettably been unable to establish provenance beyond the VideoPress stamp. If you have this information, please contact me.

Fall of Darius III

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Alexander defeats the Persians 01 Oct 0331 BC 12 00

Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was the king of Macedonia in northern ancient Greece. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16. He seemed like the embodiment of Mars. It’s hard to imagine what Aristotle taught him. There has been speculation that he either killed or arrraged the death of his father

Sun Symbol of King-Philip II of Macedonia

Sun Symbol of King-Philip II of Macedonia

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Persian Ram C. 350 B.C.

The Achaemenid Persian Empire, also known as the First Persian Empire or First Iranian Empire, was a Persian empire founded in the 6th century BCE by Cyrus the Great who overthrew the Median confederation.Darius III, whose original given name was Artashata and was also known as Codomannus by the Greeks. He was the last King of the Achaemenid Empire of Persia from 336 BC to 330 BC.During his brief reign, he sent messages to Alexander offering, money, power and the hand of his daughter in marriage.

The offers became increasingly generous.Alexander had no interest whatsoever. It was a case of winner take all. There have been precious few in the history of humanity with greater bloodlust that Alexander.

Darius wanted Alexander as a friend and made no attempt to stop him from crossing the Euphrates. However he finally realized he had to stop the Macedonians from sacking the Persian Empire.

Attempting to stop Alexander, Darius prepared a battleground on the Plain of Gaugamela, near Arbela (present-day Irbil in northern Iraq), and posted his troops to await Alexander’s advance.His total forces greatly outnumbered those of Alexander, whose forces amounted to about 40,000 infantry and 7,000 cavalry.

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Macedonian Empire

The Battle of Gaugamela, also called Battle of Arabela, saw the clash between the forces of Alexander the Great of Macedonia and Darius III of Persia. It decided the fate of the Persian empire and beginning of what I’ll call Pan Hellenism. The huge part of Asia previously known as Aryana, Babylon, Egypt and part of India became part of the Macedonian Empire. Increasingly the language became Greek. The victory all but ensured that he would be he master of southwest Asia.

Background and context have always been crucial to the practice of Mundane astrology. We need to know something about who, where and when. Claudius Ptolemy and other astrologer – astronomers have put certain countries, or even large parts of continents under the governance of planets and luminaries. That can only be done with knowledge of the parts of the Earth in question.

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Mars Sun & Spica

This is one of the most momentous events in the history of civilzation. Barbaric as it was, it founded a new kind of world where people from all over the world can speak the same language and share thier knowledge on almost anuything. If we move forward a few centuries, this culminates in the School of Alexaandria.

The spherical chart at the top of the page is set for the time of the defeat of Darius or victory of Alexander, depending on your point of view. This is much closer portrayal of the astrology of Mesopotamian, Babylon, Persia and Chadea at that time in history. Theirs was a visual astrology and they didn’t use the horoscopic charts we are familiar with today. The first thing you might notice is the substantial shift due to precession of the equinox.

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Darius Defeat

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Total Lunar Eclipse : Sept. 20 0331 BC

The horoscopic chart set for the same time of the defeat might seem to be unremarkable. There doesn’t seem to be anything in it that’s good enough to ensure a victory or bad enough to spell the end of a great Empire and the death of its King. But the applying Mars opposition to Saturn, the South Node and the Moon is particularly viscous because of the participation of the Nodes.

When we compare this to where the Eclipse fell, we can see how this could set the stage. However, when we bring the stars into the picture, this opposition is overwhelming. The Sun and Mars are with Spica. Spica is usually associated with brilliance. This can be seen clearly in the second spherical chart. The battle was won because Alexander was one of the greatest military strategists in history. This nullified the huge discrepancy in number or troops. If you are unsure of the exact date of an event, using parans as well as conjunctions to fixed stars can be very helpful

There was a Total Lunar Eclipse 20 September 0331 B.C. at 9:16 pm, not long after sunset at 22 Piscses 45.

John Timperman has brought this to my attention: “Saturn was rising in the path of ANU and Jupiter is setting, it was considered a very bad omen for the reigning king. ”

Darius’ astrologers would have been keenly aware of this and that might explain why Darius III tried to bargain with Alexander and not stop him crossing the Euphrates .

De Magnis Coniunctionibus – An Introduction

The  intent of this article is to introduce the phenomena of the De Magnis Coniunctionibus or Great Conjunctions and provide a general overview. A later article will approach the subject in more depthSaturn-Jupiter

The Great Conjunctions are those of Jupiter and Saturn.  The last Great Conjunction occurred in  May 31, 2000,. The next will be in late December 2020.  They take place approximately every twenty years.  Consideration of the  alignment of the two social planets is most widely used in Mundane astrology.

In fact they define what we have come to call generations or epochs. I have generated the Saturn Jupiter conjunctions from 5000 B.C. to 2500 AD in pdf format.

They have been used since earliest times. Combined with other phenomena such as Solar and Lunar Eclipses. Perhaps most important is their relationship to each other

.During the twenty year period  between Superior Conjunctions,  they will of course square, oppose, trine or sextile one another. This is were things become a great deal more complex and will be addressed in a second article on this subject.

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The great eighth-century Persian astrologer, Masha’allah Atharī (c.740–815 AD) became the leading astrologer of his age. Here’s what he has to say about the great conjunctions and their importance in Mundane divination.

“The principal things happen from the greater kind of conjunction, which is of the superior planets. But these superior planets have other conjunctions, even ones signifying great accidents. For the conjunction and it signifies accidents and sects.series of Great Conjunction from Kepler's book De Stella Nova (1606)

But the knowledge of the accidents from this is had by looking at the Ascendant, and  the planets at the hour of their conjunction, and which of them rules the figure. Which if it were a benefic, it will signify good and the fitness of the weather. And if it were a malefic [it will signify] detriment and dryness, and moreover the sterility of the earth, and wars.” (Works of Sahl and Masha’alla “- Trans Dyke. p. 306 )

One of the best ways to get comfortable with interpreting the Great Conjunctions is to study the tables, noting the elements. Invariably, the successive Conjunctions will remain in a given element for a long periods. You can see what happened and when it happened – seeing patterns that follow this phenomena.

Both the thumbnails on the left are the work of Johannes Kepler. If ever the principle of a picture being worth a thousand words were true, it’s right here.

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Translation of Albumasar (Venice_1515) De Magnis Coniunctionibus

Consecutive Full Moons in Scorpio

There will be two consecutive Full Moons in Scorpio in 2008. The last one occurred 20 April 2008 @ 2:33 am pst. This is not to be confused with the Blue Moon phenomenon, which is a fourth Full Moon in a given season. That occurs approximately every 2.7 years to reflect the fact that the Solar Year is longer than twelve Lunar Cycles, but less than thirteen. It is commonly misunderstood that a Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a given calendar month.

Nevertheless, to have two consecutive Full Moons in any one sign is a rare enough event. I am giving this pair a little extra attention because the configuration is of great interest for a number of reasons.

The April chart had Saturn as the ruler of the Ascendant retrograde in the seventh house with the Dragon’s Tail. The Eight / Two axis is known as the Gates of Hades or Domain of Typhon.  Note that in the May chart the Sun and Moon change places on the same axis.

The Moon is parallel Sirius and conjunct the Arabic Part of Understanding. The parallel aspect is much stronger than the conjunction. The Moon is in her fall and the powerful influence of Sirius brings passionate, searing intensity to an already volatile mix. The Moon in the traditional decanate of Mars, accentuates her already Martian nature. She is disposited by Mars in Cancer, the sign of his fall. This provides what is called a negative mutual reception. Both are in the sign of their own fall. A weak malefic is a damaging one.

According to Ptolemy, Sirius, the brightest of all stars is of the nature of Jupiter and Mars. With the Moon, there is general good fortune, if free of malefics. This is a case of a highly baneful situation being ameliorated by association with a particular star and Arabic Part. However, this relief is slight considering the overall picture. Regrettably, the planets have delivered their promise by way of global catastrophes in the same elements. Much suffering could have been avoided if the celestial forcasts had been heeded.

In itself, we can then see that the chart is certainly challenging enough, but its full import is seen with the second opposition in the same sign a month later.

The second consecutive Full Moon in Scorpio occurs 19 May 2008 @ 4.44 pm pdt, just before the Sun enters Gemini. Note that Saturn has gone direct and sits on the same degree as the Full Lunar Eclipse of 20 February 2008 @ 7:26 pm. pst. It is also in almost precisely the same position as it was in the April chart.

The May chart has Venus combust in the eighth house and, although dignified by sign, cannot do much due to both combustion and house placement. Venus is ruler of the Ascendant and caught up with the Sun’s opposition to the Moon on the same axis.

Morover, the Dragon’s Tail is besieged by Saturn and Mars. Both Saturn and the South Node are in the twelfth Lunar Mansion, Al Safah, the Changer of the Weather. Mars disposits the Part of Fortune, found in the unfortunate sixth house in the Mansion of the Belly. By any standards, this is a nasty piece of work.

With the current vulnerability to seismic activity, particularly around the Pacific rim, Central Asia and all countries where the Lunar Eclipse was visible,  vigilence and preparation should be a matter of course. Any country under the governenance of Virgo should also beware. Extreme siesmic activity is often the case with Sun, Jupiter and Saturn in Earth signs; and here we have exacerbating circumstances.

Ptolemy does not mention China by name, but the country would fall under what he calls the second quarter:

“which embraces the southern part of Greater Asia, the other parts, including India, Ariana, Gedrosia, Parthia, Media, Persia, Babylonia, Mesopotamia, and Assyria, which are situated in the south-east of the whole inhabited world, are, as we might presume, familiar to the south-eastern triangle, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, and are governed by Venus and Saturn in oriental aspects.” (Tetrabiblos. Bk II. p. 43)

This places Myanmar (formerly Burma) and China under the governance of the Earth triplicity at a time when Saturn, Sun and Jupiter occupies these signs. What he calls Ariana is what is now known as Afghanistan and Pakistan as far east as the Indus.

The Moon was Void of Course in the 24th degree of Leo, crossing the Dragon’s Tail and activating a square to the Sun when the 7.9 magnitude quake hit the Chendu area in the Szechuan province of China. The Sun was cojoining with Algol. The result was mass destruction causing the death of 10,000 people as the result of the quake and aftershocks. The Chinese refer to Algol as the star of “piled up corpses”

In the chart for 19 May 2008, the Sun is conjunct the Fixed Star Alcyone, the brightest of the Pleiades, situated on the shoulder of the Bull. It is of the nature of Mars and the Moon. Negatively the star is associated with blindness caused by fevers, either literally of figuratively. The spread of disease as a result of the catastrophes in Myanmar and China is a very real, but preventable threat; but first, blindness must give way to vision. This is most particularly the case in Myanmar.

The Lunar degree of this chart falls in the nineteenth Mansion known Al Shaulah, The Sting. The Ascending degree is in the sixteenth Mansion Al Jubana, The Claws, and in Via Combusta. The latter is a region of the zodiac that contains many baneful stars, with the notable exception of Spica. However, the Moon in the 28 th degree of Scorpio has Venus for decanate ruler, rather than Mars as was the case in the April chart.img_sign_on islamic astrolabe

This Solar degree falls in the Lunar Mansion Al Thurayya (the many little ones) and is said to be profitable to sailors and alchemists. Taken figuratively, this augers well for the afflicted and an albeit belated rescue effort for Burma, particularly as the Sun moves into Gemini and the Moon enters Sagittarius, forming a fleeting but perfect trine to Mars at the time of the Solar Ingress.

She will be in parallel with Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion,  before the opposition fully separates. Venus will soon be out from under the Sun’s beams. This is a brief period of respite, before Mars closes in on the Dragon’s Tail. Excessive heat and fires fanned by high winds are predicted when the Moon co-joins with them.

Please bear in mind that the house placements will differ from one time zone to another. These comments are most specifically relevant to the Pacific Coast in that regard only.  The comments on fixed star placement and planetary aspects otherwise remain the same and are most immediately concerned with the areas Ptolemy identified with the Earth Triplicity.

To be continued …