A Sulpa'e Jupiter and the British Elections - a brief
look at the sky story for the current elections.
Eyjafjallajökull – the
exploration of the
recent volcanic eruption in Iceland and what it looks like
from the perspective of visual astrology.
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Sulpa'e Jupiter and Saturn in the Wing of Virgo:
an old leader moves into exile and the Crown Prince gains power
A brief note on the
by Bernadette Brady
The British general election system is known
as the Westminster system and differs in many ways to that of the USA. As
discussed in the
September, 2008 newsletter, the fact that the USA elections are held at a
set date every four years actually aligns itself with the eight year cycle of
Venus – alternating between two particular Venus phases and positions. However,
the British system cannot be any longer then a five year term but can be any
time before that generally decided by the Prime Minister. Thus it is a
little more difficult to consider the British elections in terms of
cycles, so when it comes to looking at the current election on 6 May, 2010 via
visual astrology, we do so as stand-alone event.
Elections of any form tend to propel astrologers into a
plethora of charts – charts for the country, charts for candidates, charts for
the day of the election, to name just a few. However, by contrast and as shown
with the USA elections, using visual astrology one can ignore the individual
candidates and simply look at the big picture.
Elections are moments of time when, on a set
day, a people cast their vote based on their emotions and ideas at that moment
The current sky story since the middle
of March till late May (at UK latitudes) is that there is a
Sulpa'e Jupiter with the 'king', Saturn
Sulpa'e Jupiter is one that is rising before the sun in the dawn light. Such a Jupiter is symbolic of the emergence of a powerful Crown Prince. Here
in Britain before the announcement of the election it was easy to assume with
this strong Jupiter that the young leader of the Tory
party, David Cameron, would sweep to power. The Tory party (conservatives) have
been in opposition for the last 13 years to the Labor government
(non-conservatives) that is lead by the
older Gordon Brown. However, as the volcano erupted closing all airspace over
Britain (see Darrelyn's article below) a new event occurred to fill the vacant
'gap' of space, as it were. On the evening of 15 April 2010, Britain decided to
experiment with the idea of allowing the leaders to debate their issues on TV. In that
historic 90 minute debate a new young contender, Nick Clegg, the leader of
the Liberal Democrats (a centre left party) emerged, capturing the
Sulpa'e Jupiter energy and upsetting the landscape of British politics.
From that TV debate the two party system, with its assumption that the
conservative party (Tories) would claim victory, was left in tatters and Nick Clegg suddenly
took second place in the national polls.
The point to be underlined here is that this UK election is
being described by the
Sulpa'e Jupiter. On the day of the election, the
Sulpa'e Jupiter still
shines brightly in the early morning light and the 'old King' is in exile in the
wing of Virgo. But now there are 'two Crown Princes'. For 10 days after the
election the Moon will ride over the top of Neptune, Jupiter, Uranus, Mercury,
and the Sun, softening the expression of these planets and not allowing any rash
decisions to be made. It finally meets up with Venus in the horns of the Bull on 16 May,
2010 suggesting that by 17th May, some form of compromise will have been made
politically between these two 'princes'. Time and Jupiter will tell.
– the volcano erupts
by Darrelyn Gunzburg
14 Apr 2010
Zone standard : -01:27:24
all been aware of the unique time this last week has been with volcanic ash
pouring across European airspace and causing havoc by stranding millions of
travellers across the world. So in this Visual Astrology Newsletter we want to
take a look at what was going on in the sky.
means ‘the island-mountains glacier’ and it erupts relatively
frequently, previously recorded in the years 920, 1612, and 1821-1823.
Seismic activity connected with the 2010 eruptions was first detected
around December last year, but it wasn't until 14 April 2010 that the top
of the crater blew in all ferocity, heaving volcanic ash several
kilometres up into the atmosphere and causing meltwater floods. Airspace
over most of Europe was closed from Wednesday 14th April until Thursday
location in the south of Iceland.
So what has been going on in the sky?
Whilst some astrologers have been blaming Mercury going
retrograde, a deeper story emerges in the sky map, not one we can use to predict
but instead one we can use to seek to understand.
Mercury has been travelling through the part of the sky that
straddles the ecliptic between the Stare of Cetus and the stare of the
Medusa. Cetus represents the unknown beast from
the depths. Hidden or ignored events of society erupt with what
appears to be huge, unstoppable and destructive force.
The stare of the Medusa represents that which becomes frozen in its tracks
due to jammed anger and fury.
Mercury radiated by a bright Venus, and both trapped by the
Stare of Cetus and the stare of the Medusa.
Mercury passes through this Stare every year but in this year Mercury stationed
and then went retrograde in the Stares. Furthermore it was radiated by, and thus
empowered by, a very bright Venus (magnitude – 3.92). The last three occurrences
of this unique combination
were: April 1905 where there were earthquakes in China that killed 20,000
people; April 1898 when the USA declared war on Spain; and May 1832 where we see
gentler expression of this - Darwin set sail on his five-year journey on his HMS
'Beagle', a voyage that lead to his theory of evolution - which eventually
'erupted' into the world's thinking. In this current episode we are
seeing that all matters to do with
communication and journeys (Mercury) have been trapped and frozen (the stare of
Medusa) by an event that has literally erupted from the bowels of the earth (the
Stare of Cetus) and which has, at the same time, been strengthened by the
radiating light of Venus.
also gain added information from the fixed star parans with
Pluto. Pluto represents the crises or the changes that occur in society.
The mundane background theme of this eruption of 14th April 2010 (for those
readers who own Starlight, when you have 'Parans' showing on the screen, select
the button ‘Text One’ / ‘Mundane Parans’) is contained the following paran:
Pluto in paran with Murzim:
a seemingly small event has very powerful consequences
Murzim, a star in the constellation Canis Major
was called The Announcer because it rose before Sirius. Its nature is
to carry a message or to have something important
to say.  In the past, previous eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull have
been followed by those of the nearby volcano Katla.
eruptions have always been more violent than those of Eyjafjallajökull.
What concerns some geophysicists in Iceland is that this
current eruption of Eyjafjallajökull eruption may trigger a
eruption of Katla. Pluto in paran with Murzim would also
seem to indicate that this will happen again.
Left: Eyjafjallajökull erupting, as a lightning storm sweeps over
Right: Eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull at sunrise (c)
Gunnar Gestur, 2010.
of Eyjafjallajökull in 1821-1822
Eyjafjallajökull erupted on 18 December 1821 and again on 30 June 1822. Visually
in the sky Saturn was then in the Stare of Cetus, and Pluto, low off the
ecliptic, was trapped in the tail.
released from the December 1821 eruption contained a large amount of fluoride,
which in high doses may harm the bone structure of cattle, horses, sheep and
humans. This nineteenth-century eruption affected the structural parts of the
body, the bones (Saturn) rather than the travel or communication of its
twenty-first century counterpart when Mercury was trapped there.
The sky map for when Eyjafjallajökull erupted on 30 June
1822. Visually in the sky Saturn was in the Stare of Cetus and Pluto,
low off the ecliptic, was trapped in the tail.
mundane background theme of this eruption of 18 December 1821 contained the
Pluto in paran with Sualocin:
To be taken by surprise, or to take others by
in paran with Aldebaran:
The population is asked to
act with dignity and social awareness
eruption of 30 June 1822 contained the following parans:
Neptune in paran with Murzim:
information that is not believed, or causes loss
Neptune in paran with Vindemiatrix:
which has been collected in the past is vulnerable to loss
Pluto in paran with Alphard:
The macabre, the ruthless; to seek
Pluto in paran with Zosma:
mourns, or a nation is victimised
mundane parans Neptune signifies the hopes and
fears of the nation but
Neptune can also represent poison.
at this time attributed the death of cattle and sheep in the area to
fluoride poisoning from this eruption. The eruption also caused some small
and medium glacier runs and flooding in nearby rivers.
The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 1612
no dates for the eruption of 1612 but we can look at where the outer planets
were situated for the whole of that year in order to gain an understanding
of what was happening in the collective. The sky shows Pluto in the jaws of
Cetus and Uranus rolling from the tip of the lower horn of the Great Bull of
Heaven onto the tip of the club of Orion. Uranus
in mundane parans is representative of public opinion and public
expectations, so this was a year full of violent attacks (Uranus on the horn
of the Bull and the club of Orion) and erupting crisis (Pluto travelling
Sky map for January 1612 showing
in the jaws of Cetus and Uranus on the tip of the lower horn of the
Great Bull of Heaven.
The year 1612 contained the following mundane parans:
March to May 1612:
Uranus in paran with Antares:
Collective worry, collective concern about wellbeing
In June 1612:
Uranus in paran with Alphecca:
Safety systems or security systems fail.
to August 1612:
Pluto in paran with Sualocin:
To be taken by surprise, or to take others by surprise
The eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in 920
have no dates for the eruptions of 920 but the sky shows Pluto travelling
across the tip of the club of Orion, so here we have another constellation
image connecting crisis (Pluto) with violence (the club of Orion).
920 contained the following mundane parans:
and April 920:
Neptune in paran with Facies:
ruthless attack on a national, or collective, symbol
August to November 920:
Pluto in paran with Betelgeuse:
or breakthrough achieved in the wake of a disaster
September to November 920:
Neptune in paran with Zuben Elgenubi:
in awe of unfolding events; disbelief or wonder
volcanic activity in the region – Laki
This is not the first or last time that a volcanic eruption in Iceland has
caused disruption to the atmosphere above Europe. Beginning on
8 June 1783
and continuing until 7 February 1784,
Lakagígar (Craters of Laki) system erupted over this 8 month period
and poured out an estimated 14km3 (3.4cumi) of basalt lava and
clouds of poisonous hydrofluoric acid/ sulphur dioxide compounds, killing
over 50% of Iceland's livestock population, and leading to a famine which
killed approximately 25% of the Iceland population.
Between June and October 1783 its eruptions of
noxious cloud pumped 120 million tonnes of toxic dust into the atmosphere
and engulfed the whole of Europe, cascading more than three times the
average annual industrial pollution of the entire Continent in 2006.
Across Britain healthy men and women literally choked on the air around
them. By the end of 1783 approximately 23,000 people had died of respiratory
failure and related conditions in what was to become the greatest natural
disaster to hit modern Britain.
Britain, the summer of 1783 was known as the ‘sand-summer’ due to ash
poisonous plume over Prague, made New Jersey's snowfall its highest ever,
had an impact on Egypt contributing to one of its worst droughts, and as it
led to a poor harvest and public unrest in France, was considered by some to
be a central cause of the French Revolution.
acquired 16 April, 2010, showing visible ash as it sweeps in an arc across
the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and Russia. It is likely that the clouds
mask additional ash.
The year 1783 contained the following
mundane parans at the latitude of the
volcano - 64°03′53″N:
Pluto in paran with Ras Algethi:
collapse, or birth, of a stable system
May - June
Uranus in paran with Acubens:
attention on lives lost, a community in mourning
October – November
Uranus in paran with Zosma
A controversial, or upsetting, outcome
Pluto in paran with Acubens:
against the sacredness of human life
January - February 1784
Neptune in paran with Aldebaran:
Neptune in paran with Polaris:
A final solution, a last chance, that fails
societies, as well as individually, we tend to live our lives believing we
are in control. When natural events such as volcanic eruptions occur, we are
brought up short, recognizing that we are simply part of a much bigger,
broader, wider system, all separate yet all inter-related and all
interconnected. It is times such as these that we become aware of the power
of Gaia, mother earth, and how our lives can be disrupted so easily. The
irony is that there is no blame in all of this, no one person or group of
people at whom we can become angry. Whilst we can’t use the parans of the
outer planets to predict volcanoes, we can use them to look back on what has
happened in order to gain a greater understanding. Like adjusting a lens on
a camera, the constellation images at the time, the areas of the sky the
planets inhabit, and these outer planetary mundane parans tell us how these
events impact on the collective, and leave us breathless with wonder.
Bernadette, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars, York Beach: Samuel Weiser, Inc,
1998, p. 108.
Bernadette, Star and Planet Combinations,
The Wessex Astrologer, p.187.
Iceland's 1100 years: the history of a marginal society,
London: C. Hurst & Co, 2000, p.181.
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