A Warrior King who dwells in exile
comes in from the cold: the Mars, Saturn, Venus Moon of August 2010
Kings, cups and conjunctions:
the Australian elections of August 2010
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A Warrior King who dwells in exile
comes in from the cold
The Mars, Saturn, Venus Moon of August 2010
Bernadette Brady M.A.
In August we have a rather thought-provoking
sky story. In the middle of the month Mars meets Saturn in the wing of
Virgo. Then while the bright evening star of Venus moves between them both, the
crescent moon of 12 August
rides underneath this triple conjunction.
Figure 1: The sky for
the evening of 12 August. The crescent moon passes underneath the
triple conjunction of Venus, Mars and Saturn in the wing of the
To the Mesopotamian astrologer/priest this conjunction
would be described as Nergal, the warrior, joining with the King and both being blessed by Ishtar,
the radiating Venus. These events are
embedded into the month by being associated with the crescent moon.
All of this activity in the sky occurs in the wing of Virgo which places this
sky story into the realm of a king who is in exile or far away – the wing of
Looking at the Symbolism
The separate components of this sky story describe how the
warrior Nergal (Mars) joins with the king (Saturn) or leader, suggesting
that the king and his army or his general are in accord. This union of king
and general occurs in the wing of the constellation Virgo, a part of the sky
linked with the concept of exile, so this king or group is in exile or
disempowered in some manner. To the Mesopotamian astrologer/priest therefore
this Mars- Saturn conjunction would probably be read as a king in a far off
land who is raising an army.
Such a conjunction would have been seen as a
threat and letters written to the king would have suggested that he be prepared for war.
Indeed such a letter was written by the astrologer/priest Sapiku
of Borsippa around the middle of the 7th century BCE when
he wrote on a clay tablet:
- [— Mars reaches Saturn.
[If ...] surrounds [...] which is in front of
it: attack of the enemy; a decision will be
given [for the Wes]tland.
However, this sky
story has additional themes. Just as Mars and Saturn come together, the
bright evening star of Venus slides underneath Saturn and a few days later
joins with Mars. Much has been written in these newsletters about Venus and
her ability to empower another planet by her brightness. She is the only
female planetary deity in Mesopotamian astrology and her brightness is her
power, the gift she can give to another.
If she is a
morning star (rising before the sun) then she is aggressive, at times
represented as bearded, and often carrying weapons. However, as an evening
star (setting after sunset) she is more attuned to reconciliation, treaties,
bringing communication and cooperation to whatever she is uniting.
Figure 2:Venus as the
We can see the
impact of a Mars-Saturn conjunction being joined by a bright Venus in the same
letter written by Sapiku of Borsippa. He pointed out that Mars received radiance (conjunct a bright Venus) and Saturn
was faint. The letter does
not indicate whether Venus was morning rising or evening setting but his
advice to the king that, since Mars was strengthened by Venus so the king should attack
his enemies, strongly suggests a morning rising Venus.
the star] of Subartu, is bright and
carries radiance; this is good for Subartu.
And Saturn, the star of the Westland, is faint,
and its radiance is fallen; this is bad for the
Westland; an attack of an enemy will occur against the Westland.
Figure 3: Venus as the
With our current sky story the radiance occurs from an
evening setting Venus, thus we may be able to predict the following for this next
lunar month, from August to early September:
A warrior king or group that has been disempowered or in
exile rises to dominance in the news cycle. At first this news story may contain
threats, attacks or outbreaks of violence. However, as
Venus moves through this conjunction, there will be talks of peace, reconciliation, or
treaties. The addition of the crescent moon suggests that the reconciliation or
treaty holds a dominant position in the news cycle until early
The shift of this story into reconciliation
rather than one of attack and war rests totally on the delineation of a bright
evening setting Venus radiating the Mars- Saturn. Indeed if
this Venus was a morning rising Venus, then it would suggest attacks,
invasion and conflicts. This next month therefore provides us with a good chance
to 'see' how Venus is working in visual astrology.
Checking a little history
Using Jigsaw  I created 1000 years of daily ephemeris and
scanned this to look for previous occurrences of this sky narrative. The only
occurrence of this combination in the last millennium was 16–19 August 1165, and
for these dates there was no major military incursion or violence. By widening the search
and including a Mars, Saturn, Venus
conjunction in the wing of Virgo but not requiring the Venus to be bright, there was one other period
on 8-14 September 1421. Once
again the historical records were silent apart from a year of
flooding in the Netherlands when the dykes broke in April and November
1421, drowning over 100,000 people.
The lack of historical evidence around these dates I find
interesting. History tends to record battles and conflicts and not the quiet
talks that bring peace or reconciliation between groups.
So the sky this coming August. Firstly it will be lovely
to behold. From the the first week of August look to the west in the early
evening and as the sky darkens you will see firstly Venus,
then Mar and finally a fainter Saturn. These three will be sitting in the wing
of Virgo, so look a little further to the east for the blue star Spica. By
12 August look to the west for the first crescent moon in the early twilight and then keep watching above this
moon (below if you are in the southern hemisphere) to see the three lights of Venus,
Mars and Saturn.
Then tune in to your sources and listen for news of
reconciliation or the beginning of talks that attempt to heal old wounds. In your own
life this is also a time to heal old wounds, so reach out to those in your life
who are in exile in some way. Families and friends also have times of
conflict and times of healing. This I believe is a time of healing.
Astrological Reports to Assyrian Kings.
Helsinki, Finland:Helsinki University Press, 1992. p.271.
2. Jigsaw is an astrological
research program which I co-designed with Esoteric Technologies. It is available
through ET in Australia as well as Astrolabe in the USA, UK.
Kings, cups and conjunctions:
the Australian elections of August 2010
Australia goes to
the Polls on 21 August. This would not be such an eminent event other than that
the incumbent Prime Minister since 24 June 2010 is Julia Gillard who became
Australia’s first female Prime Minster when the (then) leader of the ruling Labor
Party, Kevin Rudd, lost the support of his party and stood aside.
Now Australia has the opportunity to vote Gillard in as Prime
Minister in her own right on the 21 August.
we should be so joyful that a woman stands in this position and has the
possibility of continuing to do so for the next three years (the length of the
term of an elected government in Australia) says much about the status of women
in positions of ultimate political responsibility at this time in the world.
For whilst much has
changed regarding women in high-status roles, it was only in 1960 that Sirivamo
Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka became the world's first female elected Premier
Minister and in 1974 Isabel Perón of Argentina became the first woman President.
In 1999 Sweden became the first country to have more female ministers than male,
and there are currently only 3 reigning Queens: in Denmark, The Netherlands and the
At this time there are only 10 female Presidents: in Argentina, Costa Rica, Finland, India, Ireland,
Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Lithuania and Switzerland, and in the Federation of Bosnia
within Bosnia-Herzegovina - and 10 woman Prime Ministers: in Australia,
Bangladesh, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Slovakia and Trinidad and Tobago
and in the self-governing territories of The Netherlands Antilles and the Åland
Will Julia Gillard
join them with a long-term reign of her own? We can look at her visual astrology
and some of her parans to gain answers to this question.
Julia Gillard was born on 29
September, 1961 at ‘noon’ in Barry, Wales.
Natally Uranus in her horoscope is conjunct
her North Node in the 9th house, so she reaches for fulfillment (North Node)
through political philosophy (Uranus in the 9th house). If elected as the
leader of the country, she has the opportunity to change the country
politically (9th house) at its grass roots (Uranus) – a civilized
Added to this in the sky map is the fact that
she is part of the generation who has Uranus conjunct Regulus (see note
below), so should she gain the title of Prime Minister of Australia, duly
elected by the people, then she has the potential to become a symbol of this
Uranus-Regulus combination for her generation.
Figure 1: Julia Gillard, 29 September, 1961, at noon
in Barry, Wales, UK
Since Regulus in on the ecliptic at 29 degrees Leo, we can say that any
planets/luminaries that are at within a degree of this will be conjunct Regulus.
Otherwise we would use parans.]
However, as we have stated many
times before in this newsletter, Regulus is a Royal Star of Persia, so Gillard
will be confronted with a nemesis and that is that she must never take revenge.
Such situations of revenge can often arise in politics. Nevertheless if she does
take revenge, then she loses all.
We can also
consider the parans to her natal Sun and when we do we see the
Alkes is rising with the Sun
A vessel, to carry something for others
Alkes is the cup carried on the back of
the Hydra, the vessel that holds life and embraces a mystical theme in its
symbolism. It suggests
that Gillard carries something precious connected with her identity and her
Facies is on the nadir as the Sun is
A piercing focus to the point of
ruthlessness, or prophetic vision
Facies is a nebulae
in the stare of the Archer. It is naturally focused and resolute. If this
becomes fixated, it can turn to brutality. However, if it is used for good and
future planning, its gift is that of being far-sighted.
Transiting Saturn will conjunct her Sun in September. This is a one-off transit but
it is close enough to the election of 21 August to be considered as affecting
the outcome. Her
natal Sun is in the left arm of Virgo, the arm which holds the wheat sheaf of
bountifulness and fruitfulness. So the star of the King (Saturn) comes to
conjunct another star of the King (the Sun) in the constellation of the goddess
in the area of abundance. This king-making conjunction does indeed suggest that she will be
successful in the forthcoming elections.
Figure 2: Julia Gillard's sky map for the time of her birth - Barry,
29 September, 1961. Looking east. Uranus on the Heart of the Lion - Regulus,
a bright Venus morning star radiating the constellation Leo,
the Sun in the upper left arm and near to the wing of Virgo.
Furthermore the Sun on the day of the elections (21 August)
will be at 28 degrees Leo (conjunct
Regulus) and conjunct her North Node-Uranus. Clearly this is not a major
transit but it emphasizes the unfolding sky story of leaders elected and leaders
crowned. As well, a bright Venus morning star radiates the constellation Leo,
along with Uranus conjunct Regulus.
All of this augurs
well for Gillard.
Finally we can briefly consider the
parans linked with Gillard’s Uranus which as a public figure and current leader
of the country, indicates public opinion and public expectations:
Uranus setting when Regulus is Setting
The people select a popular leader, a
sports person is the favourite of the crowd
Uranus on the nadir when Sadalmelek is
An optimistic outlook, the people
believing in luck
Uranus culminating when Zuben Eschamali
Power to the people, the people have
Uranus setting when Deneb Algedi is
The common law is upheld
Uranus rising when Menkar is culminating
The voice of the people calls for
From this brief
look at the Australian elections through the lens of the chart of the current leader, Julia
Gillard, it seems likely that she will retain the crown passed to her in the
bloodless coup of June from within her own party and be endorsed by the public.
If this is the case, then she will ride into the Australian history books as the first elected woman Prime
http://www.guide2womenleaders.com/- - accessed 31
According to Solar Fire’s Australian
Data Collection, Julia Gillard's mother reportedly said ‘noon’. This was
given to a friend of a friend of Australian astrologer Jill Amery.
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the Royal Star, Regulus.
Nergal's Story - a look at
Mars in Visual Astrology.
Terrorism and the Stars
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via its history and through the lens of fixed stars.
Venus and her dance as
the Snake Charmer: exploring the 243 year cycle of
retrograde loops of Venus.
The Mars, Venus,
Saturn, Moon sky story of August. PLUS... The
Australian election offers a new face in politics - a woman
and her interaction with Regulus and Uranus.
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Saturn continues its occupation of the wing of Virgo
but in late July and early August it is joined by Mars.
Jupiter continues with its phase of Segmagar, free of
the sun and high in the sky at night. On the evening of
the 26/27 August there will be a lovely Moon-Jupiter joining in
the fishes of Pisces.
- Mars joins with Saturn in the wing of Virgo. This is Nergal and the King
joining together - late July and into August.
continues her time as a bright evening star. On 9 August she joins
with Saturn and Mars and empowers them with her radiation. This combination is
further enhanced by the Moon on 12 August which passes underneath (above for
the southern hemisphere) this Mars, Saturn, Venus combination.
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