The Hydra and the Raven have the final say... A
reconsideration of the negotiatory nature of the
Evening Star Venus and her retrograde path into the Raven,
the Cup and the Hydra.
Horseless Carriage, One - Pedestrian, Nil... A look at the
first road motor accident in the UK on its 114the
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Hydra and the Raven have the final say...
a recap on July's Sky Story.
Bernadette Brady M.A.
||Last month I talked of the beautiful sky
image of Mars, Saturn and Venus being linked with the crescent moon. In
scanning history there were few examples on which to draw but one theme was
of floods. In the Netherlands in 1421 in April and November when there was a
similar sky narrative there were floods which drowned over 100,000 people.
Last month the idea of floods was a casual line in the newsletter as I could
not see any symbolism which reflected the theme of floods. So I placed the
historical search results in the basket of 'coincidence'.
However, the sky always teaches us, and as the
month unfolded from the crescent moon through its phases, we have seen the worst
floods in Pakistan's living memory with millions of people displaced and
suffering. (For those who wish to donate, there is the
UK's Red Cross appeal
site or the
USA Red Cross appeal).
Notwithstanding the seriousness of these floods, the main thrust
of the July article was a consideration of the meaning of a bright Evening
Venus. The indications from the origins of astrology was that at times of
conflict it is a marker of negotiation. In the last newsletter Darrelyn's
article referred to Australia's general election held in the midst of this sky
story on 21 August. The result was a hung parliament with, as of the time of
writing, no party being able to form a government. It has been 70 years since
Australia was in this political no-man's land and the resulting confusion is
producing many twists and turns in the political narrative. One of these twists
is the idea of a mixed parliament, an idea which represents a radical change of
thinking from the normal polarising and bitter politics between Right and Left.
The Sky Steals the Election
One only engages in negotiation if there is a need for it, when
each of the parties holds some level of power or moral high ground and no one
party or person can take control. By holding the election at this time
Australian politics has become swept up in this sky narrative. Indeed by holding
an election at this time they sought a majority at the very time when a clear
majority was not to be had. Instead the election
has been 'stolen' by the struggle or dance of Venus and Mars. It has
become joined to it as a living expression of a cosmic story, giving us an image
of an ensouled sky flowing into an ensouled earth. Indeed any country
holding an election at this time would have fallen into this sky story.
'they sought a majority at the very time when
clear majority was not to be had.'
Yet, for me, the most interesting point for
visual astrology is not that Australia is in this miasma of debate but rather
that, due to their election in this period, they are being forced down a path of
reconciliation or compromise. Last month I asked the question: does an Evening
Star Venus represent negotiation or compromise? And this month we have
seen an answer to that question - yes it does!
This theme of compromise continues
until the three days of the dark moon of 6 - 9 September.
So Australia may well have to wait
till then to begin to get any political clarity. Additionally on a
personal level, this is how long you will also need to wait before you
begin to get some clarity into your own current events.
However, there is another interesting twist. The struggle for
the top job in Australia is between the first ever female Prime Minster, Julie
Gillard, and the leader of the conservative (Liberal) party, Tony Abbot,
either together representing this dance of Venus and Mars, or with Venus
representing the Australian people and Mars the political battle. Either way in
early October Venus turns retrograde and separates from Mars, plunging downwards
towards the Hydra, the Raven and the Cup. So Venus turns away from Mars and goes
to a deeply emotional and intuitive place.
||The Hydra with the Raven on her
back will be the arbitrators of this decision and their decision will turn
on a 'sixpence' based on their instincts. This is a deeply animalistic and
intuitive part of the sky that brooks no games. One senses for Australian
politics that the slightest smell of scandal or lack of clarity will swing
Hence if Venus is the
Australian people, then they will go back to the polls and this time return
a decisive statement to their politicians. The nature of this statement will
be an unforgiving and ruthless ballot box return which will favour the
candidates that are seen to have moral integrity.
On a personal level the same applies to our own
daily lives. You may be in a power struggle at the moment in dealing with
others. Maybe this is not going as smoothly as you wish. However, by being
patient and as clear as possible, what appears to be a tangled mess will in late
September or early October suddenly resolve, swiftly, quickly and decisively.
Horseless Carriage One, - Pedestrian, Nil
On 17 August, 1896, exactly
114 years ago, labourer's wife Bridget Driscoll, 44, attended a Catholic League
of the Cross fete at the Crystal Palace in south-east London with her
16-year-old daughter, May, and a friend. At that time there were fewer than 20
petrol cars in Britain, so a nearby motoring exhibition was an uncommon sight
and one of wonderment.
So when Arthur Edsall working for the
Anglo-French Motor Co and who had been driving only three weeks, zig-zagged
towards the three of them in his imported Roger-Benz, Bridget Driscoll was
caught unawares. Since there were no licence requirements to drive a car,
Edsall had been given no instruction as to which side of the road he must
drive. Although the car's maximum speed was 8mph, its speed had been
deliberately limited. Domestic servant Florence Ashmore said that that the
car went at a 'tremendous pace', like a fire engine - 'as fast as a good
horse could gallop'.
|Bridget Driscoll, the first UK
road death in 1896.
Edsall claimed that he was only doing 4mph. One of Mr Edsell's
two passengers during the exhibition ride, Ellen Standing, said she heard the
driver shout ‘stand back’ and then the car swerved, giving her a ‘peculiar
sensation’. May Driscoll asserted that the driver ‘did not seem to understand
what he was doing’. Edsall declared that he had rung his bell and shouted.
was that the car swerved, Bridget Driscoll hesitated and seemed
‘bewildered’, the car knocked her down and ran over her. Thus Bridget
Driscoll became the UK's first road traffic fatality with the jury returning
a verdict of accidental death. According to the
matter-of-fact newspaper reports at the time gave no hint of public outrage
or hysteria at this new menace, and the coroner told the inquest that he
hoped hers would be the last death in this sort of accident.
||The Roger Benz Horseless Carriage of 1896
Now 114 year later, the Royal Society for the Prevention of
Accidents estimates that more than 550,000 people have been killed on
Britain's roads since then, and campaigning charity RoadPeace assesses that
almost 4,000 people are killed on the world's roads every day.
We don’t have Bridget Driscoll’s birth data. However, we do have
this date in history that prefaced the beginning of road deaths in the UK. I
thought it would be interesting to see what stories the sky was telling on that
day and what fixed star parans underpinned this historic event on the 17 August,
1896, London, UK
Mars on the shoulder of the
One of the most striking elements of the sky map is Mars/ Nergal
the warrior riding on the shoulders of the Great Bull.
The myth of the Great
Bull or El, worshipped throughout Syria, was mixed with the myth of Ahura Mazda,
known as the Bull-Slayer, who seized a great wild bull by the horns and rode him
to exhaustion. Having won this battle, he slayed the bull and his wounds and
spilt blood produced life for the earth.
In this sky map another warrior rides the bull. However, this bullish motor-car
is out of the driver's control and exhausts itself when it hits another body.
Rather than the motor-car (the bull) dying, it is Bridget Driscoll who is
The sky map and constellation image for the
17 August, 1896 - the first road death in the UK
Neptune in the horns of the
Although not visible in
the sky, sitting on the horns of the Bull was Neptune. Neptune is the energy of
that which is yin, intuitive and empathic. It is also nebulous and at times is
also the powerless victim.
was reported as being ‘bewildered’ as the car
motored towards her.
In this sky map it could be said that Neptune on the horns of the
Bull depicted Bridget Driscoll
but also the powerlessness and indiscrimination of Neptune where a motor
accident can take the life of the rich and famous as easily as members of the
poor working classes.
Moving from the sky
narrative of that day we can also look at the mundane parans. These are the
parans which are delineated with an eye to mundane events rather than personal
Firstly, the heliacal rising and
setting stars for this day reflect the annual recurring themes for this latitude
every year and hence also reflect this event:
HELIACAL RISING STAR
The potential of an historical
Sirius the brightest star
in the sky, in the constellation Canis Major, will take small personal actions
and seek to link them with great or sacred moments. Thus an individual can be
sacrificed to the whole to allow a new direction to emerge.
HELIACAL SETTING STAR
A time of bold action
Altair is the star of Aquila the Eagle
and is associated with bold actions and risk-taking.
The mundane parans to The Moon, Venus, Saturn and Uranus also describe this
Moon - The Emotions of
On the nadir when
Alcyone was culminating
A woman's crime, or
difficult feminist issues
Venus - The Social
Rigel was setting
A new social order,
the imposing of a social order, or new policies
by the ruling group
Saturn - The Law and
Rising when Zuben
Eschamali was rising
The needs of the
nation outweigh the needs of the individual
Facies is rising
An attack on civil
rights or groups of people
Uranus - Public
opinion, Public expectations
On the nadir when
Zosma was rising
A controversial, or
Nowadays and perhaps to our detriment,
we are no longer surprised by road deaths.
This small mundane case study explores
the very first road death in the UK, the players involved, and the naivety of
judgement that followed in thinking that this might be the
last death of this kind. The simple image of
Mars/Nergal riding the bull with Neptune in its horns emphasized this naivety.
The mundane parans emphasized the potency of the sky that it continues to
reflect mundane events on earth.
2. For those readers who own
Starlight you can see the Mundane Parans for any date and place by selecting
the 'Text 1' button and then choosing 'Mundane Parans'. Also these parans are
listed in, Brady, Bernadette (2008). Star and Planet Combinations,
Bournemouth: The Wessex Astrologer.
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In April 2011 -
Zurich, Maps of the Psyche, Astrology and
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Massachusetts, USA -
The Babylonian and Egyptian contribution to Western Astrology
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