ISSUE NO. 13
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In this issue:
|The Prince takes the Crown - The 1000 year cycle of Saturn, Jupiter and the Full Moon.|
|The Royal Stars of Persia - A focus on Antares|
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The 1000 year cycle of Saturn, Jupiter and the Full Moon
About every 800-to-1000 years a particular sky narrative is repeated. It is not necessarily one of the great sky narratives. It is a simple story of power shifting from kings to their heirs, from Prime Ministers to Chancellors, from Presidents to Vice Presidents; the end of one era and the beginning of another. Sometimes it occurs in small clusters over a fifty year period. Sometimes it occurs just once, then repeats itself after 800-to-1000 years.
It is a pattern involving Saturn in the stars of Cancer being over-ridden by the full moon at the time when Jupiter sits comfortably in the place of the king – the stars of the Scales.
In Assyrian astrological thinking, Saturn represented the king and for those of you who are regular readers of this newsletter, you would be aware that this idea still appears to hold potency. Also, we have noted that in Babylonian/Assyrian omen-astrology, Jupiter represents the Crown Prince or the one who is full of potential, the person who is the “heir” but still subservient to the king. Added to this we have also observed the influence of the moon. Cast in the role of the moon god, Sin, this all-important character appears to empower or dis-empower other planets or stars, either by travelling above or below them or by embracing them in a halo. This latter is an expression of visual astrology which we are not able to fully explore as it is a weather feature but which could indeed be useful as a way of localising predictions.
Now we have already observed the retrograding of Saturn amongst the stars of Gemini. Last February 2005  the moon rode over the top of Saturn (northern hemisphere view) while it, Saturn, was retrograding. This foretold of a gathering of kings and indeed there came to pass just such gatherings with the cardinals in Rome to elect a new pope, as well as the gathering of dignitaries in London for the marriage of the crown prince, Charles. Now, in 2006, Saturn has moved and is retrograding amongst the stars of Cancer. It has been retrograde since December, 2005, and will not go direct until April, 2006.
Saturn retrograde in Cancer was of particular note to the Assyrians. In the seventh century B.C.E. the priest Nabu-ahhe-eriba noted a stationary Saturn amongst the stars of Cancer and wrote the following to his king:
If the Scales
stand in a stable position:
Scales are (equivalent) to Saturn.
Thus if Saturn (also called the Scales and linked to those stars) stands in a stable position in the stars of Cancer, then such stillness or stability is reflected as peace in the land, the law is upheld, justice is done. Therefore we would expect that as Saturn moves through its retrograde cycle in the stars of Cancer, that the turbulence of the last year will begin to calm, that a measure of stability will return to the earth. However, as Saturn stands still amongst the stars of Cancer, the moon god, Sin, heralds a problem. The moon, which is now approaching its greatest northern declination, will, as it becomes full in January, actually pass over the top of Saturn (northern hemisphere view ) on the night of 15th January, 2006, above his "normal" path.
Unpacking the Sky Story
Below is the view of this sky narrative over three consecutive evenings. Each night as Jupiter rises, the full moon will be seen with Saturn, the king. To the Assyrians the moon god, Sin, was deemed to be a carrier of power and indeed he needs to “see” the sun every month (a full moon) for the kingdom to continue in its prosperity. So for Sin to be seen to leave his "normal" path at the time of his greatest power, the full moon, is a potent symbol. Additionally for Sin to also climb over the top of the king (Saturn) at this potent time is an indication that Sin is challenging or altering the power of the king. This power-yielding happens quickly, with little disruption, for Saturn is amongst the stars of Cancer, an indication of the stability of the kingdom. So possibly we are not looking at revolutions but rather corrections and/or the legal shifting of power.
Adding to this story of the yielding of power is the fact that Jupiter, the crown prince, is at this time travelling through the constellation Libra. Libra was also known to the Assyrians as the Scales. As already discussed, the Scales were considered to be a group of stars closely linked to the King (Saturn) and indeed the stars of Libra (Scales) and the planet Saturn could be interchanged with each other at any time. Indeed this may well be one of the seeds for Saturn's exaltation in the sign of Libra.
So the crown prince sits in the place of the king just as the moon god, Sin, indicates that the king loses or yields power. Does the crown prince therefore gain kingly power?
The patterns of past history
This pattern is infrequent. It occurred in the years 1589 B.C.E. and 1530 B.C.E which coincides with the period of the beginning of the New Kingdom in Egypt. It occurred again in the year 676 B.C.E., the year of the death of the Assyrian king Khumma-Khaldash II and the beginning of the decline of the Assyrian empire. It also occurred in the year 239 C.E., the year of the death of the Chinese emperor Wei Qi Wang which eventually lead to revolution. Also in that year the Roman Emperor Maximinus was assassinated. (The Jupiter/Saturn/Full Moon pattern of 239 C.E. had Mars - Nergal - in the bow of the archer, suggestive of battles or blood shed. For those of you who own Starlight, you will find it interesting to look at a sky map for the full moon in Cancer in 239 C.E. and observe the position of Mars located in the arrow of Sagittarius).
From the blood-stained hands that assassinated Roman emperors to Chinese mutiny and rebellion, the pattern reappeared again the year 1093 and saw three princes gain crowns in Scotland, Portugal and Russia (Kievan Rus). However, with Mars once again returning to the stars of Sagittarius, this transition of power from king to prince also involved war.
The pattern in 2006
In 2006, after 913 years, the pattern returns to the sky. In the early evening of 15th January, 2006, Saturn and the full moon will rise together just after sunset. As Saturn climbs higher in the sky, so will the moon until, by the time they are setting, the full moon will be seen to be sitting above Saturn which is retrograding amongst the stars of Cancer. At the same time Jupiter will rise amongst the stars of the Scales.
An astrologer’s eye looking at this horoscope will simply see a Saturn-Moon conjunction in Leo (tropical zodiac sign) with Jupiter in Scorpio (tropical zodiac sign) - see image above. In our horoscopes we have seen this square active for some months and the moon, in its monthly orbit, once again forming a conjunction to Saturn, would probably not be cause for intense study. Yet in visual astrology this is quite a different picture.
According to the Assyrians, the king stands tall and stable in the stars of Cancer, his strongest position, his most loved or most powerful position. Whilst enjoying this strong position, an event unfolds. This is not necessarily a violent episode, as Nergal (Mars ) is not in Sagittarius but rather is with the stars of the Hired Man (stars of Aries). This event results in the person with power dying or stepping back from the position of power. The power is naturally handed over to the crown prince, as Jupiter is with the stars of the Scales, the place of the king. Furthermore, the event may well be precipitated by a third person, as Mars is amongst the stars of the Hired Man.
There is, however, nothing to help us with timing in this sky narrative except to say that we are looking at events for the year 2006. I personally think there is a greater potential for this to come to pass before Saturn goes direct in April but this is simply an educated guess. Nor is there anything to help us understand where this power shift will take place. We naturally think this will occur in our own western culture but this is our bias and the sky may be talking of other “kingdoms” or kingdoms of money and wealth, rather than kingdoms of military might or political power.
On a Personal Level
Moreover what is important to understand is that, just as this sky narrative can talk of the lives of kings and queens, presidents or prime ministers, it can also talk about ordinary people with ordinary lives. The sky pattern is suggesting that 2006 is a year of potential power shifts on all levels of society. So if you are a “crown prince” in your work or in your life, then this is the year where the sky patterns are conducive for you to gain a crown. Sit down and think about what you can logically expect to gain in this year, what is within your "right" to reach out and claim - success, promotion, new life style, and so forth. This sky pattern is not promising this to you but it does suggest a supportive environment for your endeavours. If, however, you wear a "crown", then look around for ways of constructive power-sharing, for remember what Shakespeare said: "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."
One final point to remember is that an infrequency of a sky pattern does not mean that it is a powerful symbol. Thus just because this pattern only occurs roughly every thousand years does not, by default, mean that it is potent. However, it would seem that history does support the strong focus that the Assyrians placed on Saturn retrograde in Cancer and the Moon's path. Once again, as is the case with this newsletter, it is a game of "wait and see".
 Hunger, Herman.
(1992). Astrological Reports to Assyrian Kings. Helsinki, Finland:
Helsinki University Press. pg. 24
The Heart of the Scorpion
The Royal Stars of Persia. The name alone suggests temples whose rooms are lined with porphyry, necklaces of lapis lazuli, rugs of intricate symbolic patterns, richly-coloured silk scarves and the rich Achaemenid gold work of Persian architecture.
But in fixed stars terms, the Royal Stars of Persia refer to four particular stars – Antares, Aldebaran, Regulus and Fomalhaut – each one embedded with Persian mythology and each one promising glory, achievement and success. All four Royal Stars are connected with the supreme Persian deity Ahura Mazda, father of Spenta Mainyu, beneficent spirit, and Angra Mainyu, the destructor. 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. Great glory is promised to you but only if you can overcome the nemesis which can destroy. In this issue of the V.A.N. I am focusing on the Royal Star of Antares.
Antares as the natal Heliacal Rising Star
Antares is known as the Heart of the Scorpion and is the alpha star of the constellation Scorpius. Linked with obsession, it is a star that brings intensity and probing. I used Starlight to scan my files for charts that contained Antares as the heliacal rising star (see August, 2005 issue of this newsletter for more information concerning the heliacal rising star) and found a raft of names, some of which were:
The heliacal rising star is the star that has been walking the path of the underworld and has now emerged to be visible in the world of humans, bearing gifts from the land of the person’s past, their family or their genetics. This a gift or treasure is handed to the person at birth. The heliacal rising star is a theme in the person’s life. It helps build the person’s philosophies and can, at times, take on a vocational pulse. To the Persians, Antares, the Watcher of the West, was the god of the dead, Yima, impelling a person to generate success by encountering a cleansing life-and death experience. To have Antares as one’s heliacal rising star indicates that you are so strongly focused that you can not only be obsessive but also potentially abrasive and ruthless in the pursuit of your goal .
I also used Starlight to search for people who had Antares 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 intensity and obsession underwrote that theme. But this general look at Antares, either as the heliacal rising star or in connection with a planet / luminary in the charts of the well-known, gives us an indication of the nature of Antares, the Royal Star, the Watcher of the West, that promises glory through a clear-eyed focus. All of the people above have been able to generate that focus into their work, either taking on the roles of obsessive characters as actors or writers or by looking at what lay beneath the surface of life as inventors, researchers and political activists. Others, such as Joan of Arc and Charles I, paid the price for obsession with their own lives, leaving us the legacy of their preoccupation.
All of the Royal Stars concretize the duality between Spenta Mainyu and Angra Mainyu. In the case of Antares, fulfilment of the promise of glory takes a person through an encounter with passion, mania and compulsion and the shadow side embodied by Angra Mainyu, the destructor, takes the form of intensity and obsession. With other Royal Stars the form is different and we will meet these in future editions of the V.A.N.
you have Antares in paran with a planet in your chart 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 beware. Tread lightly and with clear eyes for your
nemesis is destructive obsession.
Note on Courses
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