ISSUE NO. 33
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strong King employs a henchman to remove a threat,
last month, Regulus, the great king star, has been joined by Saturn, the
planet of the king. With Regulus located on the ecliptic, this sky
event occurs every 29 years, plus or minus some months. But this year it
has been a little different, for several reasons. Firstly, Mars has moved into the position in the sky where it rides between the horns of the Great
Bull of Heaven, Taurus, and while these two events have been happening in
the sky, parts of the world have had a spectacular total lunar eclipse.
So let’s unpack this sky story.
The Lunar Eclipse
There are four possible visuals that one can have with a total lunar eclipse. These are:
From the letters of the
astrologer priest to their kings from around 650 B.C.E. these visual
differences were important. A lunar eclipse seen to rise or set is referred
to as “A Moon with Unwashed Feet”  This was the Moon god, Sin, and
there were different meanings to the sky omen depending on whether Sin was
seen to be rising or setting as his feet became dirty .
In considering the total eclipse of 28 August, 2007, one can see from the map above  that the moon was seen to rise with “Unwashed Feet” over Australia, Asia, India, and parts of Russia, generally considered to be positive for the land. The eclipse was not visible to anyone located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and a large part of Russia. However, it was seen to set with “Unwashed Feet” over the USA and South America, generally considered not good for the land.
Taking a simplistic approach to this ancient idea we can hypothesise that the lunar eclipse foretells of positive events for Australia, Asia, India, and parts of Russia, while for the USA and South America it foretells of difficult times.
But as always with sky stories, there are several other factors to consider with this lunar eclipse. Firstly Saturn has drawn close to the king star, Regulus, which is a sky-signature for a strengthening of the king’s position (any head of state). Secondly, Jupiter was visible in the sky at the time of the eclipse and this was identified as a good sign, implying that any ill fortune that was aimed at the king would be diverted to a noble dignitary, as we can see from this letter by the priest Akkullanu around 660 B.C.E. 
If the planet Jupiter is
present in the eclipse, all is well with the king, a noble dignitary
Additionally we gain a description of this noble person who may feel the brunt of this lunar eclipse, as Jupiter (the signifier of the noble person) is amongst the stars of Scorpio, a military or aggressive place in the sky. Pulling the elements of this sky narrative together we gain the picture of a military figure or war-based official from either the USA or a South American country who will be sacrificed for the good of the king.
The King's Henchman
Adding to this story is Nergal, (Mars) currently amusing himself by riding the horns of the great bull of Taurus, reminiscent of the Greek myth of Jason, who tamed the fiery bull in his quest for the Golden Fleece. However, for all his potential as an indicator of aggression or terrorism, with the king currently in such a strong position, Nergal will have to comply with the king’s wishes and become the king's henchman and so will carry out the act of sacrifice required of the military figure. Nergal serves the king at the moment; Mars is subservient to Saturn in this sky narrative.
This is not a common sky story. It occurred in the 17th century, in late May and early June 1684. At this time King Charles II of England, feeling confident of his power, revoked the Massachusetts Bay Colony Charter, and England had the coldest winter ever known, with the Thames freezing over and the sea covered with ice for up to two miles off the English coast.
The next repeat of this sky combination of King and Nergal was in August
1772. At this time a supremely confident Swedish monarch, Gustav III,
seized control of Swedish government and restored the full power of the
monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720. This is a
clear expression of a strong king, with the sacrifice being the members of
the Swedish parliament.
Once again, as Saturn moved towards Regulus in
1949, the weather turned unusually cold
and wet and in January 1949, Los Angeles received its first recorded snow fall.
Now into this mix of a strong King, his henchman and
someone having to make a sacrifice we can add the last lunar eclipse
all of which suggests that the
South America are the areas that suffer under the hand of the strong king
and a henchman, but areas such as
Asia who saw the eclipse rising may in fact gain a blessing.
The lunar eclipse itself occurred amongst the stars of Aquarius, in the flow of water from his great urn. So for Australia, given the weather links to this sky story, such a blessing could possibly be a wet summer.
So in summary, given the nature of the sky story and with a little help from history, one can suggest the following possibilities.
Hunger, Herman. (1992). Astrological Reports to
Assyrian Kings. Helsinki, Finland: Helsinki University Press.
Alice, Frodo and Harry: a sojourn into Ras Alhague
Every so often in England there emerges a writer who creates a character who ignites the world’s imagination. It happened in 1865 and for a second time in 1872 when English writer and mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898) fashioned the story of a bored little girl named Alice who goes looking for adventure and finds Wonderland and the world of the Looking Glass, populated with a logical nonsense that continues to delight and surprise.
It happened again in 1937 when John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973), a major scholar of the English language, specializing in Old and Middle English, firstly created the world of a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and then in 1954-55, the world of Middle-Earth, the Shire, Frodo Baggins and the Ring that had to be destroyed before it destroyed all.
We ourselves have been privileged to see this phenomenon emerge in 1996 with the arrival of a small boy carrying a scar on his forehead in the shape of a zed, a solar hero born from the Uranus-Pluto generation, the mind and pen of J.K.Rowling (1965 -). Each of these authors was born in the final years of the other in an elegant pattern of handover.
Ras Alhague, the one thread that binds them all
“Ras” means head and despite there being many people and many stories in the sky, there are only two stars named for their position in a head: one in the head of Hercules, the "one who kneels" (Ras Algethi ); the other (Ras Alhague) in the head of Ophiuchus, The Serpent Bearer and they are both together in the same area of the sky.
So how has this manifested for these three great story-tellers?
The Heliacal Rising Star in a chart is the star that has returned to visibility, rising before the sun after a period of not being visible. This period of invisibility could last from a few days to many months but was always the same time for any given star for a given location. In disappearing from view it was thought to have died to the visible world. Then one particular morning the star would be glimpsed in the pre-dawn light. This was its "resurrection" and proof of its successful journey through the underworld. In so doing, it revealed its divinity by having safely travelled through the underworld to be resurrected and hence its claim to be a god. The star then rode in the chariot of the sun and ruled the time period until another star completed this divine journey of death and rebirth.
Thus the Heliacal Rising Star shows a person the inherent nature of their life and spiritual pathway as it emerges over time, whether this is easy or full of pot-holes or full of great drama or of great love.
Tolkien was born at a time when Ras Alhague held this position and suggests that within him there is the driving force of the healer to repair that which is damaged, by understanding polarities: the destructive viciousness of absolute power, and the courage to fight it so the world can exist in a better place. In “Lord of the Rings” Frodo is chosen to go on a journey in order to throw the Ring into the fire of Orodruin and destroy the spirit of Sauron and the forces of Mordor. Tolkien takes Frodo through the journey into the underworld and through this great journey, Frodo heals the world, as is fitting for the journey of Ras Alhague.
J.K. Rowling has Ras Alhague as her Heliacal Setting Star, the time when a star is seen to be setting on the western horizon just before sunrise. The Egyptians believed this was the time when a star left therealm of the gods and came down to earth to spend time walking amongst the mortals. The god that descends to earth as your Heliacal Setting Star offers you a divine gift from the gods, a divine talent which slowly emerges as we are pulled forward on our pathway of life and which helps us travel the journey dictated by the Heliacal Rising Star.
Lewis Carroll has Ras Alhague in paran with his Venus. Brady in Starlight defines this as “A person who expands the collective options by increasing the information available”. Whilst Alice’s adventures are defined as “literary nonsense”, this in fact refers to a genre of literature, whether poetry or prose, that depends on a balance of sense and nonsense, on order and chaos.
This is a short
exploration of three English writers whose characters have entered the canon
and taken hold in our psyche. Ras
a common thread
between all three, all containing this ability to heal yet expressed
slightly differently depending on how they connect into the natal charts
of these writers.