Astrology by Hand Week 25
A Dialogue Between Heaven and Earth
Last week, I mentioned what I found to be amazing correspondences between historical events and the movements of the equinoctial and solstice points through the constellations. This phenomenon is explored in Jung’s work Aion. Using Jung as a springboard, I have studied the movements of the equinoctial and solstice points through the constellations in depth. Before I can describe my findings, I need to describe exactly what is being done here.
We need to make a distinction between the 30-degree segments that make up the astrological zodiac (whether it is the tropical one of the West or one of the sidereal ones of the East) and the actual images of the constellations made up by the stars. These images are not equal 30-degree segments. They can vary from about 15 degrees to over 45 degrees. And not only that, but they do not have distinct boundaries (except for arbitrary ones created by modern astronomers). They can overlap, and there can be gaps between them.
The 30-degree equal signs as we have them in the West are named after the constellational images that occupied them at around 200 A.D. But in fact, the constellation of Cancer never filled the whole of that sign, and the image of Virgo stretched out way beyond the boundaries of its 30-degree sign. Also, in the area of Scorpio, there are two constellations that overlap and occupy roughly the same space, one more northerly and the other more southerly. The northerly one is Ophiuchus, or the serpentary, and the other is Scorpio. Ophiuchus has for some reason never been recognized as a ”zodiacal” constellation, probably because the bulk of its image, a man holding a serpent, is considerably north of the zodiac, whereas the heaviest concentration of stars in Scorpio is quite close to the zodiac. The constellations are not as orderly as the signs.
The images of the constellations are in some cases very old, dating back to early Babylonian observations. Others were established only by about the sixth century B.C. The form in which we have them now (with some minor additions) dates from Ptolemy in the second century A.D. From a modern rationalist point of view, such images are purely projections of the human mind and have no foundation in objective reality. Yet what Jung found and I, among others, have confirmed, is that as the equinoxes and solstices have moved by precession past the stars that make up the images, there have been historical events that fit the symbolism of each portion of the images. It is as if we have created the images, projected them onto the heavens, and then they in turn have been influencing us. This simply does not square with the modern rationalist viewpoint.
(In the examples that follow I refer only to Middle Eastern and Western history. These constellations were known only by these peoples until modern times, and I have no idea what effects could be discerned in China, or even India, which does have similar constellations.)
Sagittarius and Caesar
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. The Winter Solstice point (which defines our 0 degrees Capricorn) encountered the first star of the constellation of Sagittarius in 48 B.C. At about that time, Julius Caesar became dictator for life and established the pattern of Roman imperial government. The Winter Solstice left the constellation of Sagittarius in 1909 A.D. In that entire period of time, there were always one or more emperors governing empires who called themselves Caesars. In 1909 we had Kaisers (the German form of the name) in Germany and Austria and a Czar (the Russian form) in Russia. In 1914, shortly after the Solstice left the last star of Sagittarius, World War I began, which swept all the ”Caesars” away. Mussolini tried to evoke the images of Rome in the 20s and 30s, but he never called himself a Caesar.
Gothic Cathedrals and Nuclear Energy
In 1270 A.D., the Winter Solstice point came to Rho Sagittarii. This is the first star in the arrow that the archer associated with Sagittarius is pictured as shooting. In the century preceding that date, an older style of architecture, the romanesque, a style that was rounded in form and seemed almost earth-hugging, was replaced with the gothic, a style that seems to leap off of the Earth almost like a rocket ship or arrow.
The constellation of Ophiuchus, mentioned above, consists of a man holding a serpent that stretches out to either side of him. There is a point in this constellation where the hand of the serpentary holds the serpent. I believe that this can be regarded as an image of the human race struggling with the serpent powers of nature. Well, within a few weeks of the Winter Solstice hitting the first of the stars in that group, we had the first controlled nuclear chain reaction. This was 1942. And the last star to be hit in this group will be in 2017 A.D., not very far away. If I am right about the meaning of this, this is how long, give or take a couple of years, that we have to straighten out our relationship with the powers of nature.
I can give innumerable examples of this sort of thing, and I have done so in lectures, enough to make it clear that the above are not just a few isolated anecdotes. Not only can we find interesting historical hits such as those mentioned above, but we can even sort out the general themes of Western and Middle Eastern history with these. It is as if we are living out a script that our ancestors wrote into the heavens. This tells us much about the relationship of human consciousness to that of the cosmos. We will draw some conclusions from this next week.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rob Hand, author of Planets in Transit and other works, is now involved in the translation and publication of texts regarding ancient and medieval astrology through ARHAT Media Inc.