ISSUE NO. 50.
VAN Archive - www.Zyntara.com
Notes: Many readers have asked us about the second swearing in of Barack Obama (January 2009, Washington 7.35 pm and without a bible) and how this would change his stars.
Nevertheless, it does give a tantalizing concept of a presidency which has been given two fates. Traditionally in mythology one of these fates is for glory and immortality and the other is for a boring or quiet life where nothing is achieved. Two other president were also sworn in twice: Chester A. Arthur (1881- 85) and Calvin Coolidge (1923- 29). In those instances both men were vice-presidents and needed to be sworn in quickly on the death of the then president. So Obama's double swearing in is unique, and therefore according to mythology, he has a choice.
When Planets Gather
Any gathering of planets is a significant astrological event. However, in visual astrology there are different types of gatherings and different ways of understanding them. One of the most noteworthy planetary gatherings are those that occur in the sign ahead of the sun, for these planets will rise in the predawn light like a string of jewels in the night sky which act as heralds for the rising sun. Hephaistio of Thebes, in the Apotelesmatics Book I, saw such planets as “spear bearers” for the sun  while Ptolemy thought that they formed part of what he called a doryphory of the sun .
Later this month (February 2009) such a gathering will occur. Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and the Moon will align in the stars of Capricorn and the zodiac sign of Aquarius, while the sun is in the stars of Pisces. This event will be a sign of empowerment in the natal chart for any children born at this time. However, it will also be a sky story seeking reflection in the everyday world.
Such groupings of planets which rise before the sun are not rare but it is interesting to look back on the last time that such a gathering occurred in the stars of Capricorn .
1962, the battle between Mars and Saturn and the Cuban Missile Crisis
According to Nabu-ahhe-eriba, the Assyrian astronomy-astrologer priest of around 660 B.C.E. such a combination meant:
1962 was a difficult year for the world. In the winter of 1961-62 snow had fallen in San Francisco and the then President, John F Kennedy, has completed his first year in office. By 18 January, 1962m nuclear testing had commenced in the Nevada desert, the nuclear arms race was moving towards its height and the Cold War was heating up. Feeling uneasy about the revolutionary Cuban government under Fidel Castro, Kennedy ordered that Eisenhower's plan to invade Cuba go ahead. This invasion is now known as the Bay of Pigs, where the invading force of US-trained Cuban anti-Castro troops were captured by the Cubans in just 48 hours. Within six months of this failed invasion the US spy planes photographed a Soviet intermediate-range ballistic missile site under construction in Cuba. Kennedy ordered a naval blockade of Cuba and the world held its breath as , in November 1962, it moved into what is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis when the world hovered on the edge of nuclear war.
This, according to visual astrology, was the unfolding of the joining of the King to the warrior lord, Nergal amongst the stars of Capricorn. These stars are always associated with a powerful civilising god Ea, wanting to organize and educated his people – the establishment. This was not a stand-off between two small nations. This joining of two planets was symbolic of a stand-off between the the world's super powers, USA and the USSR.
2009, the Messenger saves the day
This February, with another alignment in this part of the sky, the players are different, enacting a different sky story. Figures 1, 2 and 3 below show the unfolding story between Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and the Moon. Mars, travelling rapidly, is seen to rise before the Sun but then, over the period of a week, is seen to rush towards the newly-emerging Jupiter, the Crown Prince. As Mars (Nergal) appears to urge the newly-emergent prince to take action, the messenger and scribe Mercury arrives. The scribe who is also the counsellor will whisper in the Crown Prince's ear, advising against the hostilities of Nergal. As all three parties confer, the Moon god Sin glides through, empowering them to take action. However, whilst the Moon moves through the conjunction of Mars, Jupiter and Mercury, it moves across Jupiter and Mercury but over the top of Mars (for the northern hemisphere).
This suggests that the warrior-like advice from Mars to Jupiter is over-ridden by the wisdom or message from Mercury. This is a very different sky narrative to the one of 1962. Then it was the dogs of war being given free reign with the king. Now these dogs of war, which seek to persuade the new Crown Prince, are not left to their own devices but rather are over-ruled by wisdom, by talking or by a revealing piece of news.
In this period of history the tension is no longer between the USA and USSR with Cuba acting as the stage. It is between the Middle East and the West with the stage being the tension between Israel and Palestine.
It would seem that this sky narrative is suggesting a possible escalation of this tension between Israel and the Palestinians but, and the but is most important, the aggression of Nergal is over-ruled. Cool heads do eventually prevail and the Crown Prince - whether this is the new Israeli Prime Minster (to be elected this week) or possibly even the new US President Obama - steps in and steers the parties onto a path that eventually leads to resolution. This planetary gathering does not show us an end to the tensions but it strongly suggests of the beginning of the end.
As always with these newsletters, as we observe the sky to learn more about visual astrology, it is a case of watch, wait and see - but I do believe that if the powers involved do actually decide to have a summit over the next few months, then there is a very real chance that some good will come of it.
 Hephaistio of Thebes, Apotelesmatics Book I. Trans Robert
Schmidt, Ed Robert Hand. Golden Hind Press, Berkeley Springs, 1994. pg.
With the world in a distressed state amidst the economic downturn, it is always pleasant to consider events that are heart-warming and uplifting. So in this issue of the Visual Astrology Newsletter I am going to look at the sky narrative and fixed stars that are connected with Chesley Sullenberger, the captain and pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, who ditched a plane in the Hudson River offshore from Manhattan, New York City on 15th January 2009 after it hit a large flock of birds which disabled both engines. His successful emergency water landing at about 3:31 pm prevented any significant property damage and, more importantly, saved the lives of the 155 people on board.
is an American commercial airline pilot, but he is more than just a
pilot. Since 2007 he has run his own safety consulting business
Safety Reliability Methods Inc., which provides emergency management,
safety strategies and performance monitoring to the aviation industry, and
has worked as an accident investigator for the USAF, NTSB, and FAA. He is
also an international speaker on airline safety and has helped
develop new protocols for airline safety. It is easy to see how the
T-square and its connected trines and sextile reflect this active,
responsible, problem-solving energy.
Transits of 15th January 2009
Orion is the great warrior in the sky and symbolizes power and strength. So this Saturn-Betelgeuse combination suggests success which comes from physically arduous and demanding projects. This is also the energy into which Sullenberger can tap every time he has a Saturn transit. In this case, when transiting Saturn encounters his South Node, the most likely expression of this transits is that he meets the challenge of increased responsibility to do with family or ‘tribe’ with success.
Jupiter visually. When Sullenberger was born Jupiter was sitting in the flow of the life-giving waters of Aquarius the Water Bearer, and thus describes fertility and abundance connected with his education and learning (Jupiter in rulership in the 3rd house).
The Sun visually.
We can gain
even further information by considering the placement of the Sun in the
sky narrative. Visually Sullenberger’s Sun sits in the face of Capricornus,
the Sea Goat. This Babylonian god Ea was the protector of his people and
he, too, lived amongst the great flow of life-giving waters. From time to
time Ea would emerge from these waters to teach and bring civilization to
his people. We could say that the essence of Sullenberger and how he
identifies himself (the Sun) and what he values about himself (2nd house)
is as someone who teaches and civilizes (Sun in the face of Capricornus).
Sullenberger is a visiting scholar at the University of California,
Berkeley, Centre for Catastrophic Risk Management, and has been studying
the psychology behind keeping an airline crew functioning during a crisis.
Parans to the Sun. Sullenberger has six fixed stars in paran with his 2nd house Sun:
this water landing… on a particularly frigid winter’s day, has already
become one of the most important – and miraculous – incidents in aviation
1. 1. Time from the birth and deaths records office in Denison, Texas, given in NCGR E-News. Accessed 6 February, 2009.
2. 2. Brady, Bernadette (1998). Predictive Astrology, York Beach: Samuel Weiser, Inc.
All fixed star parans meanings from:
The 4. Independent, Saturday 7th February, 2009, p.39.
4. 5. http://www.answers.com/topic/miracle - accessed 7th February 2009
The software that allows you to work with the whole sky in your astrology is
Starlight and it can be explored on the Zyntara home page where there are
also online tutorials.