ISSUE NO. 14
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In this issue:
|Venus changes places and a Little Girl seeks the Chrysanthemum Throne|
|The Royal Stars of Persia - A focus on Regulus|
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Last month this newsletter suggested that in January we would see the non-violent shift of power from "king" to "crown prince". Within days of putting out the newsletter, the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, suffered a massive heart attack, placing his deputy, Ehud Olmert, in power. To complicate the matter, Israel is also due to have elections in March, 2006, and many believe that with the removal of Sharon, his rival, Benjamin Netanyahu, will win the election. However, the sky indicates otherwise. The successor, remember, was indicated by Jupiter amongst the stars of the scales which is a configuration in Mesopotamian thinking which implies that the successor is one who is closely linked to the old king. Therefore the sky narrative is suggesting that Ehud Olmert will become the next Israeli Prime Minister.
Here in the UK two events unfolded. Firstly, Charles Kennedy stood down as leader of the Liberal Democrats but hoped to be re-elected. Of course he was not, as, the sky narrative indicated the shift of power to another. The second event was revealed in a small article run in the London "Times" on 16th January, the day when the Moon rode over the top of Saturn (see January newsletter). In this article, the palace quietly announced that, coinciding with Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday this year, she intends to move into partial retirement, allowing Prince Charles to take on more duties and the Queen to spend more time in the country.
Here in these several expressions of the non-violent, natural shifting of power from sovereign to prince, from prime minister to deputy, the sky narrative does indeed seem to be alive and well!
Chile and Africa
gain Women Leaders
this newsletter I look at the coming skies and then suggest possible
future scenarios but now I would like to take these news items and let
them ask a question of the sky. Is there anything in last January’s sky
narrative that could be taken as an indication of this focus on women and
position of leadership? Is there anything that these news events can teach
us about Visual Astrology?
To a sky
watcher, the most notable variable in the sky, next to the phases of the
moon, is probably that of the rhythm of Venus. Indeed watching the
appearance and disappearance of Venus, its times of brightness and its
regular shifts from a morning rising to an evening setting star, was part
of the genesis of astrology. The records of these observations,
known as the Venus
Tablets, date from 700
B.C.E. and are themselves considered copies of observations made a
thousand years earlier.
Venus was the lone feminine entity in the Mesopotamian sky world and she was a sign of love, as described by the priest Issar-sumu-eres when writing to his king around the year 660 B.C.E. about the new appearance of Venus :
Apart from love, Venus could empower strife if she shone brightly with a difficult sky combination. The priest Nergal-etir warned his king about a radiating Venus in the constellation Orion by writing:
If the stars of Orion keep gaining radiance: an
important person will become too mighty and commit evil. — Venus stands in
front of Orion .
The Mesopotamian Venus
Venus was a strong woman who could
give her support to whomever she wished, be that to promote peace and
fruitfulness or the glory of battle, even against the king. She was
Ishtar and her power lay in her ability to support another, rather than to
take action in her own right or promote her own agenda. A radiant Venus
enhanced, supported, gave her favour to and empowered another. Venus gave
her colours to her “chosen knight” and although this view is now out of
step with the role of women in western society and how we work with Venus
in our modern charts, this does seem to be her position in Mesopotamian
This could well be an indicator of
the recent focus on women's issues and indeed knowing this, I went back
and did further research and found that the last time this happened, in
1998, was when Bill Clinton announced that he had never had sexual
relationships with Monica Lewinsky!
More work is needed to explore the
role of Venus in visual astrology, particularly with her emphasis on
support rather than direct action but one final point can be added before
Regulus with Venus
[For those readers who own Starlight, these stars and their meanings can be found by opening your own natal chart, then selecting Text/Mundane Parans. These stars and their meanings are those linked with your heliacal rising and setting stars and will give you information concerning the nature of the larger collective into which you were born and how your local acts can impact on the global scene.]
On a Personal
This could well be the earliest known example in text of the association
of Venus with love.
Stars of Persia - A focus on Regulus
The Royal Stars of Persia. The name alone opens doorways in our imagination which lead down corridors of palm trees, exotic perfumes in the air and silk dresses and shawls.
The Royal Stars of Persia refer to four particular stars – Antares, Aldebaran, Regulus and Fomalhaut – each one guarding one of the four compass points of the heavens. All four Royal Stars are connected with the supreme Persian deity Ahura Mazda, father of Spenta Mainyu, beneficent spirit, and Angra Mainyu, the destructor. Each star promises glory, achievement and success but each star only gives this glory if the dark destructor can be avoided.
Thus to have your chart connected in some way with a Royal Star means that there will always be this duality between light and destruction interwoven into your earthly journey. Thus great glory is promised to you but only if you can overcome the nemesis which can destroy. Last issue we considered Antares. In this issue of the VAN I am focusing on Regulus, the Watcher of the North.
Regulus as the natal Heliacal Rising or Setting Star
The Persians saw Regulus, known as the Heart of the Lion, and the alpha star of the constellation Leo, as the Watcher of the North and Brady (1999) links this star to the Persian stories of the mythological king Feridun who, it is told, once ruled the entire known world. Feridun came to adulthood by winning a great battle and claimed the throne of the kingdom for himself. He brought civilisation and laws to his people and the land benefited and prospered. Thus his reign was filled with success. As he moved into eldership, he gave much thought about how to pass on his lands and eventually decided to divide his flourishing kingdom into equal portions amongst his three sons. However, in their greed, his two eldest sons murdered their younger brother and seized his lands for themselves. Such a heartless, avaricious act shocked and grieved Feridun. He seethed with anger. He fumed with the desire for revenge. Once more he rode into battle, this time against his two sons. The war of revenge bought total decimation to the kingdom. All that Feridun had achieved turned to dust and the golden days of his rule abruptly came to an end.
The nemesis of Regulus is revenge and if Regulus connects into you chart by paran or as a helical rising or setting star, then you will gain great success in your chosen field. However, you will also be tempted in some manner shape or form at some stage of your life, to take revenge. If you choose to take this road, then like Feridun, all for which you have strived and all that has given you success turns to dust.
I used Starlight to scan my files for charts that contained Regulus as the heliacal setting star (see August, 2005 issue of this newsletter for more information concerning the heliacal rising and setting stars) and found the following names:
The heliacal rising star, as well as the heliacal setting star, are themes in the person’s life. They help to build the person’s philosophies and can at times, take on a vocational pulse. Regulus with its mythology and in this position, appears to compel a person to succeed, to shine, to move forward with their life. To have Regulus as one’s heliacal rising or setting star indicates that you will be strongly focused to aim high in your life but you must be open and alert to what could result from taking revenge .
In the example above, Australian Olympic swimmer Dawn Fraser, considered by some to be the greatest Australian Olympian ever, won four gold medals in three successive Olympic Games between 1956 and 1964 and was the first woman to swim the 100 metres in less than a minute. Here is Regulus, as her heliacal rising star, pushing her to gain the heights of success in her field of talent – swimming – and giving her the blaze of glory and success.
Being Regulus, however, she will be tempted to take revenge for an act of injustice or betrayal. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Fraser was banned from competition for ten years for allegedly climbed a flagpole in Emperor Hirohito’s palace and taking the Olympic flag (this was later proved false). So here is Regulus giving her great success but also presenting her with an opportunity to take revenge. Instead Fraser retired from swimming and became a publican and a swimming coach. In 1988, she was presented with an Order of Australia (AO) and the government named her a National Living Treasure. At the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, she was given the honour of being a torch-bearer.
Clearly such a story would not have had such a happy ending if she had taken her revenge against the Australian Swimming Union. She got on with her life and allowed time to unfold its truth for her without taking retaliation.
I also used Starlight to search for people who had Regulus in paran with a planet or luminary and found the following people.
One would have to look at each person’s chart in order to understand the nature of the theme being expressed by that planet / luminary and hence the way that the desire for revenge may have underwritten that theme. But this general look at Regulus, either as the heliacal rising or setting star or in connection with a planet / luminary in the charts of the well-known, gives us an indication of the nature of Regulus, the Royal Star, the Watcher of the North, that promises glory as long as one is strong enough not to take revenge when thwarted.
Most of the people above have been able to generate that integrity in their work, pushing into areas where their best talents lie and achieving success. We won’t necessarily be privy to the times when revenge is offered but one thing is for certain - they will have been there and caused a dilemma for each of these people in connection with the planet or luminary or angle with which Regulus makes contact.
For the Royal Stars concretize this duality between Spenta Mainyu and Angra Mainyu. In the case of Regulus, the shadow side embodied by Angra Mainyu, the destructor, takes the form of the desire for retribution. But as has been noted in the past: revenge is a dish best eaten cold, when the heat of the moment has cooled and the actions one wishes to take can be put into perspective and resisted.
With other Royal Stars the form is different and we will meet these in future editions of the VAN.
So if you have Regulus in paran with a planet in your chart, recognize it can give you glory, the glory metaphorically symbolized by rooms lined with porphyry, necklaces of lapis lazuli, bracelets of carnelian and rings of turquoise, a market place of magic carpets, tapestries and silks and the magnificent decorative reliefs, glinting mosaics and the rich gold work of ancient Persian architecture. But do not use the status that your talents and your successes give you to plan how you may bring your enemies low, for your nemesis is destructive revenge.
Note: All the meanings of star and planet parans quoted are taken from Starlight Software. © Barnswood Ltd and Bernadette Brady.
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Note for Southern
Hemisphere readers. Martin Lewicki, an astronomer and fellow
astrological sky watcher in South Australia, has an excellent web site for
views of the southern sky. The link is:
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