Update - Nabu and
Nergal go to War.
Why do we place our hopes and fears in the sky?
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Update: Nabu and Nergal in the Bow of
the Archer go to war
We have not seen much activity around the Korean situation of last month but
what did crash into the news was the WikiLeaks episode. There was outrage
from the establishment at WikiLeaks once again releasing over a half a
million documents onto the internet. At first news stories
were about the leaks which seemed quite harmless and were primarily about
disparaging comments about world figures by other world figures. But all of
that changed when the media decided that the better story was not the leaks
but the attacks on Julian Assange, WikiLeaks' founder. The establishment
decided to try and stop Wikileaks' cash flow but their attempts came under a
counter-attack via hackers fighting the financial sector that was involved. War
was literally declared by this group who were fighting for freedom of
Such a series of events are almost an exact description of Nabu with Nergal in an aggressive place, along
with Pluto sitting
in the bow, bringing in a global story. Now that the issue is up and running,
marked by such a sky combination, the war of words and hackers will continue
rising and falling in intensity every time Mercury and Mars form an aspect.
Of interest also is Julian Assanges, born 3 July 1971 in Townsville,
Queensland. He has many interesting fixed star parans but I noted that the
tightest paran was between Capulus, a nebula in the sword of Perseus, and
Saturn. The delineation of this, produced by Starlight, is: 'To ruthlessly
fulfil one’s dreams whether positively or negatively'.
In looking at the fixed star parans to his natal Mercury the print out from
Starlight is as follows:
Capulus is Culminating
To express oneself in a confronting
Sualocin is Setting
Playfulness with truth and facts, a
different way of seeing the world
Dubhe is Rising
An interest in places and/or people
Pollux is Culminating
Struggling with new or unusual
ideas, to take the contra argument
Mirfak is Setting
To be verbally assertive, and a
lover of mental challenges
Altair is Culminating
A military mind, a brave and
My thinking, given the above, is that WikiLeaks is not going to roll over and
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The Sky: holder of hope and harbinger of fear
By Bernadette Brady
For many of us this time of the year sees a focus on the Star of
Bethlehem. It adorns Christmas cards, shop windows, emails, street lights, and for many people
it will also sit on top of their Christmas tree. Perhaps the Christmas star is
the ultimate sky symbol of hope. It may be a fantasy generated by our desire
to have such an important event as the birth of Christ marked
by a special sign in the sky, or indeed it might have been a bright Venus linked
with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn rising before the sun (called a doryphory by
Ptolemy) that played the roles of those three
wise men. There are many interesting arguments but none can ever offer any
|Alberht Durer, Nativity,
simple fact is that we look to the sky for signs of hope and signs of fear.
I remember the Harmonic Convergence of 1987. It was on
the 16 and 17 August of that year and was the alignment of six of the ten
planets; a Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune grand fire trine.
It was supposedly associated with the Mayan Calendar, and was meant to mark the
end of a 1,144 year cycle. The idea linked to this celestial event was of hope,
hope that we could nudge the world into a better pattern of some type, based on
the belief in the benefit nature of trines and the element of fire.
I remember standing around a fountain in the middle of the city of Adelaide
in South Australia meditating for world peace at the time of the Convergence.
It was a global event filled with collective hope for a better world. We
were still in the utopia of the Age of Aquarius, that promise of the world
that we all wanted but which no one knew when it would occur. We were probably
reaching for the Age of Aquarius as we were the group that had lost
grandparents in WWI, lost parents in WWII and lost our brothers and friends
in the Vietnam War.
The Harmonic Convergence of 1987
It was no wonder that we sought change
and the Convergence offered us a real date. Nothing magical
happened on that day, but maybe we made a small change to the world.
But the sky also is
used to hold our fears. It can be the place of the unexpected or the
In 1179, John of
Toledo circulated pamphlets predicting that an alignment of all visible
planets in Virgo and Libra on 23 September 1186 (OS) foretold the end of the world.
In Constantinople, the Byzantine
Emperor walled up his windows, and in England the Archbishop of Canterbury
called for a day of atonement.
The planetary alignment of 15 September
1186 NS was used by John of Toledo to predict the end of the world.
|One could ague the world did end at these times
impact of the crusades between the West and the East in the 12th
century, the implications of which are still being felt today.
Later as people
moved towards the year 1500 there was fear of the world’s end. On 5 March 1524 (OS) all the visible planets were within
Pisces and Aries and this was believed to foretell the end of the
The end did not come but the Renaissance did.
The planetary alignment of 5 March 1524 OS
was another marker of the end of the world.
However, every period and every century
contains change, whether the sky performs a noticeable alignment or not. At the
dawn of the 20th century there were no cars, planes, antibiotics, phone,
computers, internet and most importantly very few human rights, no votes for
women, and animal rights were still far in the future. The hundred years of the
20th century bought great change to us all.
Once again however we are being
swept up in yet another sky-prophecy of world end. As we move into
2011 it seems the number of emails once again promoting fear and
worry of a sky event are growing in intensity. Yet again the Mayan cosmology
is being used to throw up worries about the year 2012.
The justification seems to be the fact that the
December solstice sun is now, once again, occurring near the galactic centre or
visually within the body of Nut the great Egyptian sky goddess. This event
although occurring over the next 100 years, as precession is a slow-moving
event, has been focused, through the use of Mayan cosmology, onto the year 2012.
But why are people seeing this as a time of fear?
There are many possible answers to this question but two points are worth
considering. Firstly, if the sky is a harbinger of collective destruction or
cause for global worry, why would the sun returning to the womb of the great
sky goddess be a cause for fear? The Pyramid text of 2500 BCE reports a
description of the starry goddess, this first Madonna, who proclaimed the love
of her children, promising to protect them and upon their death, which she does
not cause, she promised them immortality. This great starry goddess was seen every
night as the Milky Way, arching overhead like a great protecting deity (see
June 2010 newsletter). In this way Nut was portrayed as a loving, caring, stellar
'Great lady, who is the heavens you have become mighty, you have become
victorious, you hast filled every place with your beauty.
The whole earth lies under you; you have taken possession of it;
you encompass the earth and all things are within you arms;
may you give you child immortality as one of the imperishable [circumpolar]
Nut, the starry goddess with her husband
Her role was of earth protector as well as loving mother and many of the
utterances talk of her protective features:
'Thy mother, Nut, has spread herself over you, that she may
hide you from all evil things. Nut has guarded you from all evil; thou art
the greatest among her children.' (Utterance 446).
Such Utterance from the earliest religious writings of a
starry goddess, the Queen of Heaven that loved us and could guard against
all evil is, of course, reflected in our own concept of the Virgin Mary, who
is also generally shown with stars on her veil.
The Egyptian Queen of Heaven, Nut, would proclaim her
love for us, guard our soul against condemnation of eternal death and offer
us eternal life amongst the stars.
Nut was the Milky Way and as such was and is the centre of the Galaxy
CRIVELLI, Carlo Madonna with child
These words were chiselled into stone at an earlier
time in 2500 BCE when there were similar alignments of solstice and the body of
Nut, but the world did not end for the Egyptians, well at least not until
several thousand years later with Alexander the Great’s invasion of Egypt. So
if the sky is a portent of hope or fear, why are people seeing this celestial
event as a time of fear?
Maybe the answer to this question lies
in the second key point: why do we humans from time to time need to externalise
and collectively move as a group into either hope or fear?
The answer may lie more in
Jungian psychology and/or the inherited Stoic idea of the destruction of the
world through the periodic conflagration, the world being returned to the
element of fire to be purified and then being ‘born again’. Whatever the logic of
historically unfounded fears around stellar omens, astrologers will be asked
privately in consultation or publicly in the media for information about
this next sky fear.
It is important that when this
happens to realise that you are not really being asked to interpret a sky
event but rather to comment on a collective fear.
The contemporary symbol for the Stoic
As astrologers we consider that life and the sky are
intertwined and we can look respectively at all these great alignments and
conjunctions and point to changes in the emerging history of the earth. Indeed I
remember wondering if the Harmonic Convergence of 1987 would bring contact with
alien life, but what we got instead was the Internet. The Sun, for the last 50
and next 50 years is retouching the body of the great stellar mother, the very
first divine queen of heaven. I for one have no idea of what this means but I
am certain that it will begin, or maybe has already begun, as a small change
that will slowly build to what will be known in history as one of the features
of the 21st century.
At this time of the hope of the Star of Bethlehem let
us push against the global fear of the Galactic centre and the Sun and talk
instead of Nut, the first starry goddess reaching out to once again touch the
very source of life on this small blue planet, our Sun.