Visual Astrology and Elections - a brief recap on the
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Oil Spills and Greek Bailouts... A look at two 'melt
downs' that the world is trying to contain.
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Visual Astrology and Elections
A brief recap on the
by Bernadette Brady
A bit of praise for Visual Astrology - Last month
we talked of the forthcoming elections and also of the unique feature of the UK
latitude and the way the ecliptic slopes to the horizon which gave us a long and extended Sulpa'e Jupiter. This is a Jupiter that is seen to rise
in the early dawn light. This combination suggested that, firstly, the battle was
between the two Crown Princes, and that, secondly, as the moon was going to ride
over over the top of Neptune, Jupiter, Uranus, Mercury, and the Sun, we
suggested that this indicated that no final decision was going to be made for
some days after the election.
|Prime Minister David Cameron (left) of the
Conservative Party with his
coalition partner the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (right), leader of
the Liberal Democrats.
Thus in the April newsletter we concluded that,
in this period 'some form of compromise will have been made politically between
these two "princes".' Now it should be noted that this style of parliament, the
joining of two political parties to form a majority, had not existed in Britain since
WWII, so it was not the expected outcome of the election. The point to be
underlined I think is that visual astrology painted a simple picture of the
election results, just as we did in September 2008 with the US elections. It
removes all personalities from such events and enables the
astrologer to examine the way that the 'celestial wind is blowing'
without all the distractions of press releases, natal charts of candidates,
possible charts for a country, and the many factors with which
astrologers can become enmeshed. Indeed for mundane events visual
astrology provides the astrologer with a powerful tool.
[Note: If you are interested is learning
more about how to do this then we have just put out a new Studyshop, which is
the San Francisco workshop on Visual Astrology - click
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The two 'crown princes' are in a honeymoon period and the media
in the UK will be quick to pounce on any signs of tension or stress. However, adding
to this story is another simple fact - Venus grows brighter every evening. To
whom does she give her light? What or who is she
radiating? Venus is radiating the heavenly twins, wonderfully and metaphorically
encapsulated by the 'double-act' of the current English Prime Minister and his
Deputy, portrayed in the media as almost equal strength.
evening between now and the middle of June go outside and have a look to the west
and see for yourselves Venus shining on Castor and Pollux.
Oil Spills and Greek Bailouts
Bernadette Brady MA
There are two events
which are running in parallel at the moment. On 20th April an explosion
occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven
workers were killed and since then oil flowing into
the Gulf of Mexico has caused an unchecked environmental disaster. At the same time in Europe another system
broke down - the Greek economy. By late April the Greek
economy suddenly collapsed. To prevent the disaster from spreading
to Spain and Portugal, the rest of the European Union was required to find a
large and fast 'bailout' in order to keep the Greek economy
'afloat'. By 3rd May the EU had agreed to a total of $146 billion of funds
for Greece, the largest single 'bailout' of a country in history.
Left: The oil spill as of 26th May; and above, the 'spill' in
the Euro zone: Greece (red) Spain and Portugal (pink).
The shock waves and anger in the US over the oil spill is shaking
up the whole concept of underwater drilling and the oil industry; the shock
waves and anger in Europe is threatening to break up the European Union even
unto suggestions that the single currency of the Euro needs to be abandoned. These
stories are running parallel, in timing as well as in the style of language used to describe them.
It would seem that money and economics have language similar to those of the oil industry. We all know that whatever the outcome of
the above two situations, there will be serious consequences, for Europe,
for the economy, for the oil industry and most importantly also for the
The sky map in next few weeks
Whilst some astrologers have been blaming Mercury going
retrograde, a deeper story emerges in the sky map, not one we can use to predict
but instead one we can use to seek to understand.
These crises and their consequences
can be understood in terms of the current Uranus, Jupiter, Saturn pattern
but we can also understand it as a part of the story of Neptune. Currently
Neptune is transiting through the stars of Aquarius and will continue to do
so until 2017. As many readers would be aware, the stars of Aquarius are
connected with bountifulness and in the West this translates to money matters. We
have dealt with this in detail in previous newsletters (see
But now possibility we can see
Neptune in the Great Water Bearer as emphasising the need to understand that oil
and water do not mix.
The slow movement of Neptune
could be considered as a part of the background statements
about this issue as well as the current global financial crises and even suggest
that the consequences from both these issues will not resolve until 2017. This would not be a surprise to many readers.
To add to the picture in the more immediate future, in early June Mars moves over the top of
Regulus in the Heart of the Lion, and at the same time forms an opposition
to Neptune. Mars moves across Regulus every orbital period (every 686.98
days or every 1 year, 10-to-11 months.) However, a Mars-Regulus combination was not viewed
favourable by the Assyrian astrologer priests of the 7th century
BCE. There are two references to this combination in Hungerís translations
'Mars stands in it:
fall of cattle is all lands: the plantation of dates and sesame will not
'If the Wolf star [reaches]
the Lion star: far-off days[Ö] for the land.' 
The complex picture is that this
problematic Mars with Regulus
opposes the difficultly of Neptune in the stars of Aquarius.
Now consider the phase of Mars.
The Phases of Mars
Like all planets Mars has phases, and the mythology of Nergal (Mars) and his
union with his lover Ereshkigal (Venus) talks of three types of Mars.
Firstly there is the peaceful
hard-working Mars when he is in the heavens with the rest of the gods
(planets). However, Mars' nature changes to anger and frustration when he descends down into the
Underworld through the seven gate-keepers to join his lover. In this part of his
story, Nergal simply kills the gate-keepers that block his path. When he is
finally in the Underworld with his lover he is focused and passionate, only to
once again become agitated when leaving the Underworld to climb back into
the night sky as his lover,
Ereshkigal, calls for his return.
See the newsletter for April 2006 for this mythology in
The Mesopotamian Nergal
Thus in the
first 10 days of June, as Mars moves over the top of Regulus, opposing Neptune,
it is in the phase of descending into the Underworld, so is more inclined
towards anger and rash action. This by itself should
not raise any concern, except that there are two others 'players' on the stage at the
On 3rd and 4th of June a bright moon moves
into the stars of Aquarius just as a radiating Venus moves over Wasat, in
Gemini, the star which is in itself a 'turning' star, a place where the world
changes, a place of beginnings and ends.
Sky map for 5th June 2010 showing Mars on top of Regulus in the stars of
and a bright Venus radiating Wasat in the stars of Gemini.
stories - the Gulf oil spill and the Greece Bailout - are 'hot', so to speak, being reflected or
the sky story. What is being suggested is that the first few weeks of June will
see big developments in both these stories - things moving to a resolution or a
point of no return. For those of us seeking a greater understanding of visual
astrology it is a time to watch with 'sky awareness'.
In your own life,
at the moment,
you may well find that things are happening in pairs which seem to be running
parallel in their development. If you are struggling for the resolution of an issue,
then it is highly likely that around the 5th to 10th June this issues will take a
sudden turn which forces the issue one way or the other.
Herman. (1992). Astrological Reports to Assyrian Kings. Helsinki,
Finland: Helsinki University Press. p.105
Herman. Astrological Reports to Assyrian Kings. p.27
see, Dalley, Stephanie. (2000).
Mesopotamia. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press