Déjà Vu: The Titanic Returns 100 Years after its Disastrous Sinking

By Mark Lerner


The academy award-winning film Titanic has just been re-released to the public in 3-D. James Cameron – the film’s director – just went to the lowest depths of the ocean about two weeks ago, and he will host a CSI-like scientific investigation of new facts in a roundtable of experts on the National Geographic Channel airing on Sunday night April 8 (to be repeated April 9 as well as April 14 and 15 – the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the supposed unsinkable ship).

Many of my clients and students have asked me to focus on the Titanic once again. I wrote a cover story around 1993 in Welcome to Planet Earth astrology magazine linking the 1912 Titanic sinking to the precise start of World War I two years later with the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Compared to that 1993 feature, there is now a more precise-timing mechanism for the Titanic sinking. At the end of this article, you can click on a weblink to see a color chart for the place in the North Atlantic and at the exact time the iceberg struck (which was the ship time of 11:40pm on April 14, but converted to GMT which was 2:38am on April 15).

Here are the extraordinary keys to understand the symbolism of this historic disaster and tragedy.

Juno in Sagittarius is the only stationary body and rising. Juno connects to the ritzy, elegant lives of the super-rich on board, but Juno (negative) is atmospheric storms or raging emotions and jealousies (represented by hitting an iceberg in a misty and moonless sky, and the following frantic fighting concerning who survives on the limited number of lifeboats). Juno stationary on the Eastern horizon also stands for the need to primarily save women and children – both major Juno archetypes since this ancient goddess ruled feminine themes as well as childbirth.

The rising sign of Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter (the largest planet and associated with large-scale events – including catastrophes), but Jupiter is retrograde and having just gone into the 12th house of the unknown and mysterious. One way to interpret this is that Captain Edward John Smith (born January 27, 1850) of the Titanic is not accurately seeing the Big Picture (Jupiter) of the iceberg just ahead because Jupiter is in reverse and located in the hard-to-decipher 12th house. And using the advanced system of astrological midpoint analysis we have in the 21st century, it turns out that the Juno/Jupiter midpoint = the Ascendant at the moment the ship strikes the iceberg.

And, from the Western side of the chart, the Saturn/Neptune midpoint = the Descendant or setting point of the horizon. Thus the rising pair of Juno/Jupiter and the sitting pair of Neptune (waters and ocean and sea vessels) and Saturn (bad timing; fear) places all four celestial bodies impacting the Eastern and Western Horizon – the primary “culprits” intensively destroying the ship and killing all those people. You will also see Pallas setting (and thus at the midpoint of all four celestial bodies just mentioned) – with Pallas, in this placement, signifying the captain’s inability to solve the problem of saving the Titanic from sinking.

Notice the ancient god-of-the-seas Neptune in the 8th house of death – representing the confusing several hours where people and the ship are sinking into the ocean, with approximately 1500 dying by drowning and hypothermia out of the total of 2,233 passengers and crew. In viewing the chart, you will see that Neptune in the 8th house of death and secretive psychic forces exactly squares the fateful and destiny-oriented Lunar Nodes (with Neptune at 21+ degrees of Cancer, and the Lunar Nodal Axis at 21+ degrees of Aries and Libra).


What was totally unknown in 1912 was (a) Pluto in Gemini not yet discovered fills in a nearly precise T-Square triangle with rising Juno and the Moon below in Pisces; (b) by the time of the sinking, the Moon had just squared Pluto, and gone void; (c) and, in an extraordinary example of our 21st century greater depth of understanding, the far-out planet Eris (located way beyond Pluto) was conjunct the Moon in Pisces.

Eris was the Greek goddess who cursed the parents of Achilles for not being invited to their wedding and feast. She led the Greeks to the Trojan War. Thus, Eris – when dynamic and strongly placed – stirs up wars, particularly big ones.

In my cover story from 1993, I discussed that the symbol of the Titanic sinking in 1912 was the precursor to European civilization falling into and creating a World War two years later. The smoking-gun proof was as follows:

The Crowning of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day 800 A.D. in Rome, Italy at Noon – considered by many professional astrologers as the birth of European Civilization – has the South Node of the Moon at 5+ degrees of Cancer. The South Node of the Moon has always been considered a weak, vulnerable and karmically-sensitive point in any birthchart. 1111+ years after 800 A.D., when the Titanic is hit by an iceberg and sinks, transiting Mars is at 5+ degrees of Cancer — exactly impacting the South Node of the Moon from the birth of European Civilization. Then two years later — when the Archduke (heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne) is assassinated in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, known as the shot heard round the world that precipitated the First World War on July 31 – Aug. 1, 1914 – the transiting Sun was at 5+ degrees of Cancer (June 28, 1914).

Thus, in synthesis, the South Node or weak and vulnerable, “fate” point of the year 800 A.D. Crowning of Charlemagne as birth of European Civilization = Mars at the sinking of the Titanic = the Sun at the Archduke Assassination that triggers World War I.

I have watched 5+ degrees of Cancer in the zodiac in other instances and know that it is often a dangerous and volatile degree. Ironically, it is America’s Jupiter from July 4, 1776. And transiting Pluto at 5+ degrees of Capricorn has just spent 2011 opposing 5+ degrees of Cancer several times, and that precipitated the European Sovereign Debt Crisis, mainly over “Titanic” Greek debt – highlighting, of all places, the relatively small country of Greece (home of Eris, the spurned and rejected goddess that started the ancient Trojan War).

It is noteworthy that the red planet Mars (the traditional ruler of war) at the Crowning of Charlemagne was at 20+ degrees of Libra – exactly linked to the Titanic fateful Lunar Nodal Axis.

The Moon for European Civilization is 23 Pisces (where Mercury has just stopped in the sky now, as the film is re-released in 3-D) and the Titanic Moon was 25 Pisces, so that – relative to the birth of European Civilization – there was a Lunar Return in Pisces on the night the Titanic sank. And, of course, Pisces is the last water sign of the zodiac – often signifying compassion, empathy and sacrifice.

Transiting and still undiscovered Chiron (wounds; twilight zones of strange time; déjà vu experiences; issues of immortality – supposed unsinkable ship – and mortality, particularly of the famous, some of the “gods and goddesses” as the super-wealthy elite of the 1912 epoch*) during the Titanic sinking, at 9 degrees and 33 minutes of Pisces, is only 2 minutes of arc away from Jupiter at the birth of European Civilization. And transiting Chiron this year is exactly back there to 9+ degrees of Pisces because Chiron has an approximately 50-year cycle, and it is now two 50-year cycles since 1912.

*From www.answers.com here are 5 of the super-wealthy who died in the sinking of the Titanic:

Celebrities that died on the Titanic include:

– American millionaire John Jacob Astor IV.
– Irish businessman Thomas Andrews, who had overseen the ship’s construction.
– American millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim.
– American owner of the Macy’s department store, Isidor Straus, and his wife, Ida.
– Canadian railroad president Charles Hays.

It is a chilling reality to see these kinds of connections – using charts from 800 A.D. and 1912 A.D. – 1111+ years apart and working with astrology over all those years and bringing it into our current reality in 2012 (another 100 years since 1912). Plus – we even had an eerie déjà vu type event on Friday the Thirteenth in January of this year when the Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized off the northwest coast of Italy – with a loss of 30 lives out of 3,229 passengers and a crew of 1023. The many photos of the ship – that flooded the multi-media at the start of this year – evoked memories of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago. This tragic event in the Mediterranean Sea happened on the rare day when Mercury was uniting with underworld-ruling Pluto and while Venus was uniting with ocean-ruling Neptune, as well as during the monthly Moon-Mars union – often a symbol of volatility, violent death, and reckless actions.

In conclusion, read this quotation from a story about the Costa Concordia and tie this in to the sinking of the Titanic 100 years earlier as well as the start of World War I in Europe in 1914, and the birth of European Civilization in 800 A.D.:

The name Concordia (“concord” in English) was intended to express the wish for “continuing harmony, unity, and peace between European nations.”


A Special Closing Note about Captain Edward John Smith: A careful look at his birthchart from January 27, 1850 shows a stunning connection to major planetary positions at the sinking of the Titanic. The contacts are so strong that it is fairly clear that, in many ways, his energy-field is a giant synchronistic cause of the disaster (along with the original sailing of the ship from Southampton, England, shortly after Noon on April 10, 1912 when the Moon was in a severe void placement at 30 degrees of Capricorn).

The reason much blame connects to the captain’s birthchart is due to the following. At the moment the Titanic hits the iceberg, transiting Uranus in Aquarius (shock waves; surprises; the unexpected bolt out of the blue; topsy-turvy conditions) is exactly due East on what is known as the Anti-Vertex. This is the captain’s exact placement of Pallas (his ability to be a problem-solver and strategist). In addition, he is a Sun-sign Aquarius and thus immediately enters a state-of-shock due to his Sun-sign ruling planet Uranus being precisely East.

Meanwhile, he is born with a retrograding Jupiter in Virgo – just like transiting Jupiter being in reverse at the time of the sinking – and his Jupiter is exactly opposite the Moon in Pisces from the birth of European Civilization while his Jupiter is exactly on top of America’s Neptune (oceans) from July 4, 1776 – highly significant because he never makes it to New York City in this historic sailing as he drowns at sea and “goes down with the ship” (negative Neptune). Furthermore, his Saturn at 4 Aries is the identical placement with transiting Venus at the sinking and his natal Uranus-Pluto conjunction (a highly provocative and intense union) from 22 Aries to 26 Aries exactly encapsulates the potent Sun – Mercury retrograde conjunction at 24 – 25 Aries at the time of the sinking. One could go on with other cosmic connections, but the information above is sufficient to demonstrate that the person “in charge” of keeping the Titanic safe from harm became incapacitated in his important role by celestial influences that short-circuited his normally excellent sailing and leadership skills.


Copyright 2012 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.


Solar Flares Bombard Earth This Week


Solar Flare

The Strongest Solar Flare (an X5 Class) in 5 Years Occurred on March 7 and Struck our Magnetic Field on March 8 with a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME): As most of you know, we are about to hit a peak in an 11-year Sunspot cycle in 2013. Several solar flares happened this past weekend, but a giant one happened late on March 6. The “plasma particles” struck Earth’s magnetic field on March 8 — with potential disruptions to high radio frequencies, power grids, GPS and satellite systems. The strongest ever recorded was in 1859 — when only the telegraph system was established. Now we have almost everything electronically and technologically connected, so if the Sun were to blast us too intensively, the Mayan prophecies might just prove correct…Update:Two more solar flares (both coming from the very active Sunspot #1429) exploded today — March 10. They will be sending more waves of CME particles to influence our magnetic field over the next few days and in concert with Mercury making a station at 12:49AM PDT on March 12 and turning retrograde for 3 weeks. A recent article in The New York Times attempted to diminish the importance and influence of even an X5 class Solar Flare, but the other question may be this: How does our Earth’s magnetic field assimilate a series of intense CMEs when they happen with increased frequency? Just because an explosion on the surface of the Sun doesn’t appear to reach an extreme level of “X-Class Magnitude” doesn’t mean that we are not going to have some kind of accumulated distress in our electronic-technological grids and systems. For more on all my work, please visit http://www.earthaquariusnews.com  Many Blessings, Mark Lerner — Publisher

Tim Tebow: It’s Not Jesus or God, Just Astrology

Tim Tebow: It’s Not Jesus or God, Just Astrology: Cosmic Dossier on highly religious QB for the Denver Broncos reveals (a) he is born at

Book Cover of Tim Tebow Bio

the Harmonic Convergence in August 1987; (b) he is a natural-born leader with Sun in fiery Leo and Moon in fiery Aries; (c) he has 9 celestial bodies in a fire Grand Trine and 3 celestial bodies in a water Grand Trine — revealing an attunement to creative envisioning of success; (d) his Moon is approaching & probably conjunct Jupiter that is close to a station in the sky (positive indicator of “divine providence” and 11th hour “miraculous saves”); (e) transiting Jupiter has recently returned for him, and currently — during his major winning streak with Denver (7 of 8 games as a starter) — Jupiter in the sky has been gradually came back toward his natal Jupiter; (f) he was drafted by Denver when the Sun was conjunct his Jupiter, and the Moon was illuminating Leo (where he has a Mercury, Venus, Sun and Mercury quadruple union); (g) the religious controversy comes from his natal Neptune closely square his fateful-destiny oriented Lunar Nodal Axis, with recent transits of iconoclastic Uranus and transformational Pluto igniting this configuration; (h) regarding his double-T initials, the letter “T,” from the Hebraic Tau, stands for a cross or transcendental gateway to the Absolute, as in a crucifixion and resurrection in Christianity. [Click on his color birthchart below — time unknown — to see his archetypal astro-patterns.]
www.marklernerastrology.com/shop/images/TebowTimWRKCI6.GIF Sincerely, Mark Lerner – Publisher

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street: The Global Revolution Returns to America
By Mark Lerner

Dateline Saturday October 8, 2011. Most US citizens probably identify with America as the world’s number one superpower and, like it or not, as the global policeman since the end of World War II. However, our unexpected and truly shocking victory over the British between 1776 and 1781, which changed the course of all future revolutions on our planet, is our truest and deepest legacy. And with cosmic precision and synchronicity – as our initial Revolutionary War for freedom turned the tide in our favor in that last year of battles (1781) – the first of the three outer planets (Uranus) revealed itself on March 13, 1781, to Sir William Herschel, a mathematics/music teacher and part-time astronomer, living in Bath, England.
After the discovery of Uranus, the British and European sky-watchers were thrilled that the seemingly unchanging solar system of Sun, Moon, five planets and assorted fixed stars now included a radical-change agent, since the finding of Uranus opened a door to vast new horizons that could be explored in the universe. Meanwhile, along the eastern region in North America, within the thirteen, upstart colonies, George Washington’s Continental Army was injected with new life – leading to the defeat of General Cornwallis and his troops in Yorktown, Virginia on October 19, 1781.
What a large portion of our populace has forgotten is that future revolutionaries around the world (like Simon Bolivar in South America, Lenin in Russia, Mao in China, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and even Fidel Castro in Cuba) were following the script set forth first in America by the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Revere, Hale, and so many other courageous souls. Even if their styles of leadership and political philosophies were different, they looked to the exploits of our Founding Fathers for the inspiration needed to change the governmental shape of their own homelands and overthrow oppressive or imperialist powers.
Revolutionary Rumblings in the Past Three Years
What people and the press have referred to this year as the Arab Spring – due to numerous revolutionary movements for human rights in dictator-controlled Arab countries – is really misnamed because it is too narrow in scope. We can go back to the very day of the election of Barack Obama over John McCain (November 4, 2008) as the birth event for this modern overthrow of military-industrial-corporate power, greed and manipulation by the few haves over the many have-nots.
On November 4, 2008, the planet Uranus in Pisces made the first of five oppositions to Saturn in Virgo. Uranus-Saturn oppositions only happen around every 43 – 44 years. They represent a tug-of-war or enlightened struggle pitting new revelations against old, worn-out structures that no longer work, future possibilities against past inadequacies, and the need for radical change against the stubborn desire to keep things running according to the entrenched system’s outmoded rules and regulations. These polarities in the zodiac – lasting until July, 2010 – were then taken over by three divisive, Jupiter-Saturn oppositions followed by three potentially uplifting, Jupiter-Uranus conjunctions all happening from May, 2010, to March, 2011.
It was during the December, 2010/January, 2011 time-period that a Tunisian man immolated himself – causing a revolt in that North African country in January of this year. And it was on January 4, 2011 that Jupiter – the largest planet in our solar system – uniting with Uranus in late-Pisces, made the revolutionary and radical nature of the first of the outer planets bigger, stronger and more explosive within humanity.
By March 11, 2011, Uranus entered Aries – the archetypal sign of spring and fiery, new beginnings – for a 7+ year cycle. On that fateful day, a devastating earthquake and tsunami shook Northeastern Japan – simultaneously creating a nuclear power plant disaster that is still unresolved. (Uranus rules Uranium and, as such, is the key planet associated with the fission process and the hazards of radioactivity.) Ten days later – on March 21, 2011 – the closest Sun-Uranus merger in the last 335 years occurred at the Zero Point of the zodiac (0 degrees of Aries). It is this event – beyond anything else happening astrologically – that is the cause or genesis of this year’s series of revolutionary movements springing up on Spaceship Earth. The reason is that the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere acts as a birthing moment for the 12-month cycle of what will come afterwards.
Fast Forward to September-October 2011
Now that we know what is behind this revolutionary fervor, a key question remains: Why is the current Occupy Wall Street protest gaining such a rapidly-spreading following? The answer comes from a remarkable astrological synchronicity. Whenever celestial bodies station or stop in the sky – pausing in their shift from direct to retrograde motion or the reverse – they are at their most powerful to influence earthlings. And whenever the Moon comes along – during the next few weeks after the station – to make the first conjunction with the celestial body that stopped in the sky, the masses are stirred to an enormous degree by the archetypal themes and qualities coming from the recently-stationed celestial body.
This is almost akin to a celestial magic act, conveyed by invisible and psychic energy-fields, because there is a specific and clear sequence of transferred power going on from planet or asteroid to the Moon, and then to human beings on Earth. For example, on the weekend that Occupy Wall Street first began (September 17, 2011), initially Pluto (on Friday September 16) and then Vesta (on Saturday September 17) stopped their retrograding in the sky, paused, and began to shift into direct motion. Pluto (having a lot to do with conception and planting of seeds, extremes, the underworld, repressed emotions, greed, corruption, as well as Plutocracy and government by the wealthy) was located in strong-willed, pragmatic Capricorn while Vesta (having much to do with safety and security, home/shelter and the housing industry – including foreclosures – and, most importantly, the global investment community) was located in the more activist, team-spirited, universal air sign of Aquarius. [Chart above/left is a thumbnail that can be clicked on to enlarge.]
What first seemed like a fizzled-out protest in lower Manhattan, only drawing about 1,000 individuals on Saturday, September 17, suddenly shape-shifted into a shocking national movement this past week (Monday, October 3, to Saturday, October 8) and this was primarily due to the catalytic force of the Moon first uniting with Pluto on October 3 and then uniting with Vesta on October 5. By the latter date, President Obama was being asked questions about the Occupy Wall Street protests, Vice President Biden was responding to the press with some of his opinions on the movement, and cities such as Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, Austin and even here in Eugene, Oregon, were responding with very similar demonstrations.
What to Expect Next…
The Occupy Wall Street organizers chose September 17 to start their protest because the U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. They want to start a new democracy movement to fight against the corruption, greed, war-mongering and tyranny they believe stems from the 1% of the super-rich and all-powerful attempting to control everyone else. Hence, the numerous signs reading: We are the 99%. And in many respects they do represent the left-wing (Uranian) answer to the right-wing Tea Party advocates (Saturn) who have been far more vocal, given the fact that those Saturn-Uranus oppositions started when the Republican Party stalwart (McCain) lost to the Uranian radical-change agent (Obama) in the “Change You Can Believe In” campaign.
(Note: President Obama, a Sun-sign Leo, is very Uranian and revolutionary in his being – even if he has not appeared so in his role as President of the United States. He is born with Aquarius Rising, giving Uranus the rulership of his birthchart, and his natal Uranus in Leo is closely united with the fate and destiny-ruling Lunar North Node. Likewise, Abraham Lincoln was an Aquarian Sun President with Uranus united with his Lunar North Node. Franklin D. Roosevelt was an Aquarian Sun President with Uranus rising in Virgo in his first house of self-expression. John F. Kennedy was a Gemini Sun President whose Sun was right on America’s Uranus from July 4, 1776, while JFK’s Uranus was also stationary. These four presidents are the top Uranian leaders that have reached the upper echelons of our system of government.)
What the masses of Americans and people around the globe don’t realize is that Uranus – via its retrograde motion since July 9 – is swinging back to reach the potent Zero Point of 0 degrees of Aries in the zodiac during most of November, all of December, and in the first week of January, 2012. What this means is that at the Winter Solstice on December 21 – 22 of this year, the Sun will not be united with Uranus in the sky (as was the case at this past Spring), but the Sun in Capricorn, with Pluto close by, will form a precise, 90-degree square to Uranus in Aries. This may lead to an upcoming national and international winter of our discontent while also setting the stage for a seven-fold series of rare Uranus-Pluto squares from Aries to Capricorn – from June 24, 2012, to March 16, 2015. These 90-degree sky patterns of outer planets mirror a similar five-fold series of Uranus-Pluto squares from Aries to Cancer – from April, 1932, to January, 1934, during the dark days of The Great Depression and the simultaneous appearance of President FDR, the New Deal legislation, and a national campaign to put people back to work.
The reason the media is calling our current economic doldrums The Great Recession is that they are picking up on this similarity between Uranus-Pluto square formations separating the 80-years between the start of the 1930s and the start of this decade in 2011. It appears that the Occupy Wall Street movement contains considerable power to change the values and social activities of large numbers of Americans, since Venus and Uranus just happened to be in a potent opposition on September 17 when the occupiers first met in Lower Manhattan. In addition, both of these celestial bodies were very close to exactly squaring America’s Venus in Cancer from July 4, 1776, and our initial Declaration of Independence. Venus represents our social bonds, personal values, savings in the bank and the money in our wallets when we act as consumers – plus our connection to land and home ownership – while Uranus stands for the shocking, surprising revolutionary forces that attempt to upset the status-quo and create a brave, New World once the shattering of the old forms and structures in society have occurred.
Meanwhile, as all of our lives continue to undergo a hodge-podge of revolutionary shifts on the social, political and economic fronts here on Earth, the Dawn spacecraft (a technological marvel designed by our brightest minds) methodically continues in its year-long mission to map out the surface of the asteroid Vesta – the cosmic symbol of our attempt to understand the evolutionary forces at work regarding our sense of home and hearth, safety and security, and the gradual transformation of the global investment community into a more selfless, altruistic field of human endeavor.
Copyright 2011 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.

The Dawn Spacecraft Orbits Vesta

Part II of the Mundane Astrology Feature

By Mark Lerner

As America appears to be careening toward a national debt-ceiling crisis that could alter our status as the world’s number one economic power, and as sovereign debt problems plague various European nations, something has been occurring in the solar system that few people on Earth have recognized.

The Dawn spacecraft – launched on September 27, 2007 – is about to arrive at the brightest asteroid Vesta tomorrow (Friday July 15), begin to orbit this ancient goddess of home, hearth, safety and security, and spend a year taking high-resolution photographs of this enigmatic celestial body that is about 330 miles wide.

It is hoped that our astronomers will find out why Vesta is so bright, whether it has magnetic properties, what is the darkened area around its equator, and all kinds of secrets about its elemental make-up – helping us determine some of the mysteries of the creation of our solar system.

Not Just Any Asteroid

Along with Ceres, Pallas and Juno, Vesta is one of the first four asteroids to be discovered (between 1801 and 1807). It was Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers who discovered Vesta on the evening of March 29, 1807 when the asteroid was located at 29 degrees and 01 minutes of the sign of Virgo. This zodiacal placement will play an astounding role in the history of humanity ever since as I will explain as we move forward in this article and Part III. [It is noteworthy that 5 years earlier – in 1802 – Olbers also discovered the asteroid Pallas.]

Discover of Vesta (Chart)

As explained in Part I, Vesta’s archetypes and qualities are not just associated with home and hearth, safety and security, but with a high range of themes concerning insurance rates and coverage, soul-sister relationships and sisterhoods, the Eternal Flame (signifying the life-force of ancient temple magic, city-states, tribes and nations), protective agencies (like the police and fire departments, and emergency/ambulance services), secret and arcane organizations (such as the FBI, CIA, NSA, Secret Service, and even the KKK and Nazis), embassies, “turf wars,” and – last but not least – the Investment Community (including stock, bond, real-estate, precious metal and commodity markets).

As Above, So below…

The ancient axiom of spiritual astrology – coming from Hermes Trismegistus of ancient Egypt – is As Above, So Below, what’s true in the greater universe or macrocosm is reflected in truth in the smaller universe or microcosm.

With Dawn gradually approaching Vesta during these past few weeks, the debt-ceiling crisis in America – threatening to destroy our AAA-credit and AAA-bond ratings – has been akin to a tsunami wave of financial disaster, bringing with it the potential for a global investment cataclysm.

When Voyager II arrived at Uranus in late January 1986, the Challenger space shuttle exploded. [Uranus – when negative – rules aviation, shock waves, and technological breakdowns.] When Voyager II then swept past Neptune in the summer/fall of 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, Germany was reunited, the Communist tyrant of Romania (Nicolae Ceausescu) was toppled from power, and the Soviet Union began to dissolve. [Neptune – when negative – rules dissolution, chaos, and the shadow sides of Communism.]

For decades I have watched our space missions with excitement – simultaneously realizing that as each human-designed craft reached a planet, the themes-archetypes-qualities of that planet would be revealed in dramatic fashion throughout our lives on Earth.

The United States Secret Service

To reveal the crucial importance of Vesta in all of our lives, I am also including the Noon chart for the birth of the United States Secret Service from July 5, 1865. In an odd coincidence or synchronicity, the legislation that would create the USSS was on President Abraham Lincoln’s desk on the night he went to Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. (April 14, 1865) when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Secret Service (Noon Chart)

Our Secret Service was originally founded to combat counterfeiting due to the large number of banks, producing vastly different types of currencies, during and just after the Civil War. This battle against counterfeiting is strongly associated with the investment/financial theme of Vesta.

Later on – after the assassination of President McKinley – the Secret Service became much more involved in protecting (another major keyword for Vesta) the life of the president as well as the first family.

Shocks to the System

When President Lincoln was murdered – because he did not choose to have his replacement bodyguard close by in the second half of that evening’s performance of Our American Cousin – the largest planet in the sky, Jupiter, stopped its direct motion at 29 degrees and 01 minutes of Sagittarius, precisely squaring the discovery placement of Vesta at 29 degrees and 01 minutes of Virgo.

On that fateful evening in our nation’s capital, the planet of acting as well as nebulosity – Neptune – was right on top of President Lincoln’s natal Vesta in Aries. Meanwhile, later in 1865 – within 24 hours of America’s annual Solar Return – when the Secret Service was commissioned inside our Treasury Department, the asteroid Vesta returned to its discovery placement in the last degree of Virgo from March 29, 1807.

Therefore, perhaps more so than any protective agency in America, the Secret Service acts as a supreme agent of Vesta and needs to make absolutely sure it preserves, protects and defends the people we elect to high office.

In Part III

There is much more to this story, and to what the Dawn mission in the asteroid belt will be telling us about the real nature of Vesta as well as the destiny and fate of our global investment community within humanity – not to mention the pertinent themes of housing values, foreclosures, interest and insurance rates, and national safety and security measures.

In addition, I will show how President Kennedy’s assassination (when Vesta exactly opposed the USA Uranus, and was involved in a rare Pythagorean Triangle) was linked to the shadow side of Vesta, the failures of the Secret Service, and the life and death of President Lincoln.

Furthermore, a series of dates coming up during the next few months will be presented, when transiting Vesta and/or other celestial bodies are most active – especially in the charts for America (now experiencing transiting Vesta in Aquarius square its natal Vesta in Taurus), President Obama as well as other world leaders who need to make sure they stay well-protected during the volatile economic/investment environment that is taking hold on Earth at this time.

For more information on the Dawn mission to Vesta and eventually on to the largest asteroid Ceres in 2015, visit www.nasa.gov (and go to the section on Current Missions).

Update on Sunday July 17: NASA confirms today that Dawn is indeed orbiting Vesta. This is the first time any spacecraft from Earth has moved into an orbit around an asteroid. In the meantime, the American and European financial/investment debt crises are reaching a critical stage while in Germany, Japan has just defeated America in the FIFA World Women’s Soccer Championships. Sisterhood is perhaps the most heart-centered and natural essence of Vesta as a universal principle. Thus, as humanity’s technological skills bring us to the doorstep of illuminating the ancient mysteries associated with the Vesta archetype, two sisterhoods in sports faced off in a spectacular finale broadcast live around the globe, and — with this event — synchronistically taking place in the nation where Vesta was originally discovered!

©2011 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, LTD. All rights reserved.

Mundane Astrology, the Summer Solstice, Vesta Stationary, and the NASA Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres

Part I

By Mark Lerner

Thirty-Nine years ago at the Summer Solstice of 1972, I bought my first astrology book – Astrology: The Space-Age Science by Joseph Goodavage. It happened by accident as I was looking through a book rack at a local store in Forest Hills, NY.

The reason it excited me was that the author claimed that three of the most famous astronomers, physicists and scientists who lived between 1500 and 1800 (Kepler, Galileo and Newton) were practicing astrologers, but that their biographers tried to hush that up because astrology is often disparaged by intellectuals, scholars and professors.

The book also examined world history in the light of astrological principles and focused attention on the occurrence of earthquakes when certain planets were overhead or directly below.

Since I grew up reading the World Almanac as my favorite book every year and devouring the daily and Sunday newspapers my Dad would bring home, when I realized I wanted to be an astrologer, I also wanted to put a major emphasis on studying Mundane Astrology.

Mundane Astrology

This is the field that studies the birthcharts of nations, world leaders, political parties, economic markets, weather anomalies and catastrophes, current and past events, including the coronation of kings and queens, the IPO of a business, the inauguration of presidents, the launching of spacecraft or aircraft carriers, disasters like the World Trade Center terrorism or the start of a war.

The main tools to analyze and interpret all of these charts are the beginning moments of each season, the New and Full Moons of every month, Eclipses and Total Eclipse Paths, major planetary alignments, stations or stopping points in the zodiac of celestial bodies (as seen from the Earth), and – of course – the ongoing transits and progressions to the charts being scrutinized.

In addition, we now have elaborate mapping software related to relocation elements in astrology that allow us to see how celestial bodies – at key moments – energize particular longitudes and latitudes around the globe.

Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice 2011

The reason for the social and political uprisings during this springtime in countries like Egypt and Syria was the extremely close union of Sun and Uranus (the key planet of revolution, shockwaves, liberation, and the multi-media) at the zero point of the zodiac (0 degrees of Aries).

It was this simultaneous arrival of Sun and Uranus this past March that also triggered the extensive and deadly outbreak of tornadoes across the USA.

Now as the Summer Solstice is about to arrive on Tuesday June 21 at 10:18AM PDT, we have another dynamic set-up that may lead to three months of turmoil on Earth and within humanity since the solstice coincides with (a) Mercury square or 90-degrees to Saturn; (b) Mars square to Neptune; (c) and – most importantly – the asteroid Vesta stopping in direct motion at 19+ degrees of Aquarius and beginning a retrograde cycle until September 17.

Vesta in Aquarius and Motionless

The station of any celestial body is important to watch – for individuals, groups, nations and all of humanity. However, when the station occurs right at the start of a season, its power for good or ill is magnified.

This situation is even more crucial to recognize when you factor in that NASA launched the Dawn space mission to Vesta and Ceres (two of the first four asteroids discovered between 1801 and 1807) on September 27, 2007. And now Dawn is set to orbit Vesta this summer – starting on July 16, 2011 and see its surface features close up.

What Does Vesta Rule?

Vesta rules over or equates with home and hearth (thus, the entire housing industry), safety and security (including national safety, national security), insurance rates and coverage, the entire investment realm (therefore stock, bond, precious metal, commodity and real-estate markets), embassies of foreign countries, as well protection agencies across the board (police, fire, ambulance), and espionage services (CIA, FBI, NSA). Vesta also rules shadowy, secret groups – KKK, Nazis, Mafia, etc.

Vesta is also sisterhoods, monasteries and religious retreats, and the Eternal Flame that represents the life-force of towns, cities, and countries.

For example, at the beginning of June (even before the start of summer), the front page of The Wall Street Journal began with a headline reading “Housing Imperils Recovery.”

The sub-headline is “Home Prices Sink to 2002 Levels; Consumer Confidence Falls as Pessimism Grows.” Everything connected to home and hearth, including construction of new homes and foreclosure problems of existing homes, is under the rulership of Vesta.

Seeing is Believing

Vesta in Aquarius stops exactly on the Summer Solstice and precisely ignites America’s natal Vesta in Taurus from July 4, 1776. This is an extremely rare alignment and suggests the development, during the summer, of a very dangerous situation – for all the realms mentioned in the preceding section above, but especially National Safety and Security.

Furthermore, the Dawn spacecraft is already sending to us photographs of Vesta as it nears its orbital point around this asteroid on July 16.

When the Voyager II spacecraft arrived at Uranus (late January 1986) for the first time to take close-up pictures of that unusual planet, the space shuttle Challenger exploded. [Uranus rules aircraft and space travel as well as shocking events.]

When the same Voyager spacecraft arrived at far-out Neptune (late summer of 1989), the Berlin Wall fell and communism began to dissolve in the Soviet Union. [Neptune has always ruled Socialism, Communism, Utopias, Communes, etc.]

The Summer Solstice is going to be all about Vesta and its themes. Eventually, the Dawn spacecraft will visit Ceres in 2015, the largest asteroid (ruling food, agriculture, commodities, mothering, productivity and especially water), and that same year, the New Horizons spacecraft will see Pluto up close for the first time (Pluto = the underworld, extremes, death-rebirth, spiritual willpower, but also terrorism and atomic/nuclear power & weapons). America’s astrology cycles are unbelievably intense that year, too.

Get Ready for Part II

Remember that safety and security archetypes across the board are ruled by Vesta and the Dawn spacecraft has been taking photos of this asteroid since May 3. Last month Sony encountered a gigantic cyber-attack where personal data on customers were stolen by hackers, and just this month Citi Bank had a major break-in of their security systems.

Leon Panetta – our current CIA Director, who is in confirmations to become the next USA Secretary of Defense – told the Senate Armed Services Committee just in the last two days:

“The next Pearl Harbor that we confront could very well be a cyber-attack that cripples America’s electrical grid and its security and financial systems. It’s going to take both defensive measures as well as aggressive measures to deal with the threat of cyber-attacks.”

In Part II, I will offer you much more on the deeper meanings of Vesta, reveal the chart for the Discovery of Vesta on the evening of March 29, 1807, and show how our intelligence failures and lack of adequate security (negative Vesta) led to the assassination of two presidents (Lincoln and Kennedy) and the September 11, 2001 tragedies.

©2011 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises. All rights reserved.

Why the Constellation of Ophiuchus was Not Included in the Zodiac

Why the Constellation of Ophiuchus was Not Included in the Zodiac

By Mark Lerner

Back in January of this year, an astronomer and professor in Minnesota (Parke Kunkle*) gave an interview to a reporter at the Star-Tribune newspaper in which he tried to disparage Western Astrology. As has occurred on numerous occasions over the past few hundred years, people with apparently “scientific backgrounds” who have never made a full and fair study of astrology attempt to poke holes in our 12-fold division of zodiacal signs by claiming (a) the Sun-sign dates are now inaccurate and (b) there is a thirteenth constellation in the zodiac – Ophiuchus – that astrologers have ignored.

This article will set the record straight.

*Note: I have viewed a video online – at the Star-Tribune website – showing Parke Kunkle and he clearly believes (erroneously) that astrologers here in America work with 12 zodiacal “constellations” or apparent star-groups in the sky. As I will explain below, astrologers in America and throughout Europe primarily work with the 12-fold Tropical Zodiac of “signs” – which are 12 equal divisions of the year, starting from the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.

When I first heard about this new attempt to disparage our science-art-language, I published a reply on the front of my website. Here is the essence of what I said:

Your Sun-sign and Sign Placements of the Celestial Bodies in your Natal Chart Have Not Changed! Apparently — a few days ago — an astronomer from a Minnesota group tried to make it seem as if we professional astrologers doing our work in the Western Hemisphere are completely confused because the constellations have moved, and dates are different, etc.

The problem here is that astronomer’s ignorance of the two different kinds of zodiacs used — one Sidereal or Constellational (primarily used in India) and our Tropical one (primarily used in America and Europe) — based on equally dividing the year (starting at the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere) into 12 components of 30-degrees of space.

Our zodiac is really the Earth’s electro-magnetic field and I can assure anyone who has had a chart done by a reliable professional astrologer using our Tropical Zodiac — using accurate birth data (month-day-year of birth; time of birth; city and state of birth) — that the Sun-sign you have always had is still your Sun-sign, and all the familiar celestial bodies — in whatever signs they have been placed within your chart wheel — have not changed.

The astronomer in question is mixing up star-groups and constellations — which may not all be equal to 30-degrees of space — with how we equally divide our scientifically accurate zodiac in the West.

Every so often, an ignorant astronomer — who has never made a clear, focused, and in-depth study of astrology — tries to toss this kind of ridiculous, bogus, monkey-wrench into the astrological realm — because most astronomers believe astrology is a pseudo-science, which it is not.

It is a shame that so many equally ignorant news media ran with this story, embellished it in a silly manner, and that the story was then taken up by other media sources.

Now professional astrologers have to speak up once again and reveal that it is actually the ignorance of modern astronomers that keeps causing them to not understand how scientific and remarkable modern astrology actually is.

Extra Note: By the way, all of our scientifically accurate Sun-sign and Celestial Body zodiacal placements in Western Astrology come from — the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), connected to California Institute of Technology and NASA. And the US Naval Observatory and the Royal Greenwich Observatory in England use the same data from the JPL that astrologers use in their creating a joint publication that is called The Astronomical Almanac. We know what we are doing in calculating dates, times and cycles correctly. And this is especially true if one utilizes the indispensable book entitled The New American Ephemeris for the 21st Century 2000-2100 at Midnight, Michelsen Memorial Edition — published by Starcrafts Publishing in New Hampshire.

Thanks for reading this…Sincerely, Mark Lerner

However, because the Minnesota skywatcher also brought up the idea that Ophiuchus is somehow being denied its rightful place as a thirteenth constellation in the zodiac, it feels appropriate to delve into why this star-group was not originally acknowledged as a member of the zodiac.

To figure this out has demanded a lot of time, energy and research. Plus – for the answer, we really need to go back about 2000 years when the so-called Constellational Zodiac and the Tropical Zodiac of Signs approximately coincided (something that only happens around every 25,800 years due to the Earth wobbling in space like a spinning top and during which our North Pole points to various “Pole Stars” and while the Spring Equinox point slides backwards through the constellations, known as the Precession of the Equinox).

First of all, I am fortunate to have a very good library of astrology and astronomy books. I am indebted to these sources in order to focus on the subject of Ophiuchus: Universe published by DK or Dorling Kindersley Limited (Copyright 2005, 2008) – a masterpiece, and state-of-the-art volume of over 500 pages on astronomy; The Fated Sky: Astrology in History by Benson Bobrick (paperback published 2006 by Simon & Schuster); The Living Stars by Dr. Eric Morse (paperback published by Amethyst Books, Copyright 1988); Esoteric Astrology by Alice A. Bailey (paperback published 1971 by Lucis Publishing Company).

Let’s deal with some cogent facts about the zodiac itself. While the Earth’s path or orbit around the Sun is known as the Ecliptic (and from our vantage point on Earth it appears as though the Sun is moving along that Ecliptic), the zodiac is a band of the sky extending approximately 9 degrees on either side of the Sun’s apparent path.

Note this exact quote from page 24 of Universe: “The band of sky extending for 9 degrees … on either side of the Sun’s path is called the zodiac and incorporates parts or all of 24 constellations…Of these, the Sun passes through 13 constellations, of which 12 form the ‘signs of the zodiac,’ well-known to followers of astrology.”

In the story-line that follows, the key numbers from the quote above – 9, 24, 13 and 12 – will help us to understand why Ophiuchus didn’t make the cut, so to speak, around 2000 years ago and didn’t become an official member of the zodiac.

The Minnesota skywatcher – after confusing the Constellational or Sidereal Zodiac used primarily in India with our Western Tropical Zodiac of Signs – gave out an erroneous list of alternate Sun-sign dates that he suggested astrology students should use. He thought that his list of alternate Sun-sign dates was accurate, but because he didn’t realize that Western Astrology does not work with constellations – and hasn’t for almost 2000 years – and that we divide the year into equal 12-fold divisions starting from the first moment of spring in the Northern Hemisphere – he wound up confusing millions of people.

What was also proposed – out of all this error and confusion – was that people born from approximately November 29 to December 17 ought to be “Ophiuchans” since the Sun’s apparent path in the sky moves through the lowest section of this constellation.

Of course, as you should now be realizing, the 9th division of the Tropical Zodiac of Signs – Sagittarius – starts approximately on November 22 of any calendar year (when the Sun appears to enter this section of the zodiacal circle) and ends approximately on December 21 of any calendar year (when the Sun appears to enter the sign Capricorn).

Since Ophiuchus is not a zodiacal sign (it is a constellation of stars), it has no place in between our signs called Scorpio and Sagittarius. In addition, any celestial bodies that are placed in the sign of Sagittarius in your birthchart or the birthchart of a family member, friend or associate of yours are still there in the sign of Sagittarius, and are not located in Ophiuchus.

Had the Minnesota skywatcher had a copy of The Fated Sky, and particularly read pages 50 – 51, he would have realized that “…Hipparchus (about 140 B.C.) assembled the first great catalogue of stars, established the modern form of the tropical zodiac, and discovered and accurately measured the annual precession of the equinoxes to within four seconds of arc…”

The Minnesota skywatcher would also have learned that via the scholarly research (classic astrology texts, the Almagest and Tetrabiblos) by Claudius Ptolemy in the 2nd century A.D., “…he expanded upon the industry of Hipparchus, and based on the latter’s data, identified forty-eight constellations and mapped the longitude of over a thousand stars.” And keep the following in mind that Ptolemy was born in a Greek city in Upper Egypt and he was “…a government-salaried research professor at the great library at Alexandria, the most famous institute of learning in classical times.”

One more pithy notation should reveal why our Western Astrology – using the Tropical Zodiac of 12 signs, each having 30 degrees of space – is based on rigorous studies from around 2000 years ago: “Still in certain respects the classic textbook on the subject – the stem and branch of astrological teaching in the West – the Tetrabiblos established the tropical zodiac as canonical, laid down the rules for drawing up a chart, identified the influence of various fixed stars, described the astrological rulership of nations, and gave a method for determining the length of a person’s life.”

The bottom line is that Claudius Ptolemy (in the 2nd century A.D.) and Hipparchus (living several hundred years before) were well aware of the difference between constellations and signs, they knew of the Precession of the Equinoxes (whereby the 12 zodiacal constellations and the same-named 12 zodiacal signs did not always coincide), and that the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere (the Vernal Equinox or 0 degrees of Aries the Sign) was sliding backward in the constellations, so that now (around 2011) our springtime rebirth every year has the stars of the constellation of Pisces as a backdrop. And probably in several hundred years, we will have the beginning of spring energizing the stars at the end of the constellation of Aquarius.

How Ophiuchus Fits or Doesn’t Fit into 12-Fold Zodiac

In an earlier quote from Universe, it is mentioned that the Sun’s apparent path on the Ecliptic makes it pass through 13 constellations. Well, if both zodiacs – the Constellational one used primarily in India, and the Tropical one used in the West – do not include Ophiuchus, then why this reference to 13?

Ophiuchus, otherwise known as The Serpent Holder, is a rather large constellation inhabiting the space north of the Ecliptic and north of the constellations of Scorpius and Sagittarius.

Ever since 1930, 88 major constellational zones divide up the entire sky for astronomers. And the zone for Ophiuchus not only includes the stars of this ancient constellation, but additional space that modern astronomers have added making it appear that the constellation of Ophiuchus is bigger, wider and more elaborate than it actually is. The Universe book even states on page 365 that the “…Sun passes through Ophiuchus in the first half of December, but despite this the constellation is not regarded as a true member of the zodiac.”

What is true is that a few stars of the actual constellation of Ophiuchus connect close to the Ecliptic and actually go a little south of it. These stars are in the lower calf and right foot area of the “Star-Man & Serpent Holder” Ophiuchus.

Ophiuchus Still Doesn’t Make the Final Cut

Since Claudius Ptolemy and the Greeks/Egyptians working around Alexandria two millennia ago formulated the rules of the Tropical Zodiac of 12 signs, there was no need to add any extra “constellation” since they were simply using higher mathematics (dividing the 360-degree circle of the sky into 12 equal parts).

The astrologers in India and anyone else still using the 12-fold Constellational Zodiac could have added Ophiuchus, but here are several reasons why they didn’t.

(A) As I will show in the next section, the constellation of Orion – a very formidable star group in the heavens – occupies almost an opposite placement in the sky, and certainly relative to the Ecliptic and the Celestial Equator as Ophiuchus. Because Orion and Ophiuchus are nearly opposing twin constellations, they would both have to be added to the Constellational Zodiac – thereby making a 14-fold Constellational Zodiac, clearly something undesirable, mathematically speaking, because 14 does not equally divide into the zodiacal circle of 360 degrees.

(B) The Constellational Zodiac is much more than the Ecliptic or the apparent Sun’s path in the sky. It extends around 9 degrees north and south of the Ecliptic. Therefore, the planets (“planets” meaning “wandering stars”) are given some leeway in their orbits, so that they are moving above and below where the Sun appears to be moving. Note: And now that astrologers around the world use the 4 main asteroids discovered in the first decade of the 19th century (Ceres, Pallas, Juno and Vesta), Chiron (discovered in 1977), Sedna and Eris (two planets discovered in the last 8 years beyond the orbit of Pluto) as well as other sky objects not always moving along the Ecliptic or even 9 degrees north and south of the Ecliptic, I will show that at certain times some of these celestial bodies, used in astrology charts, could be located in or close to constellations like Orion the Hunter, Cetus the Sea Monster, Bootes the Bear Herdsman, Hydra the Water Snake, Eridanus the River, and even Lynx, Delphinus the Dolphin, and Sagitta the Arrow.

(C) The Minnesota skywatcher is a person who gazes at planets, stars, galaxies, comets, meteor showers as well as constellational star-groups, and who focuses attention on the apparent Sun’s path in the sky called the Ecliptic. He isn’t thinking about the 9 degrees north and south of the Ecliptic (a total of 18 degrees of space) in which celestial bodies are moving and still inside the zodiacal region of space. Therefore, not only Ophiuchus but several other constellations not too far from the Ecliptic and not already included in the 12-fold Constellational Zodiac, might have to be included in an all-encompassing Constellational Zodiac.

(D) And, finally, the biggest reason not to include Ophiuchus in the original band of 12 Zodiacal Constellations is something that the Minnesota skywatcher doesn’t understand because he isn’t recognizing the southern nature of the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius, in between which but north of the Ecliptic lies Ophiuchus.

The point here is that due to the Earth being tilted approximately 23.5 degrees from the vertical, the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius hold up the southern nature of the zodiacal band in opposition to Taurus and Gemini which hold up the northern nature of the zodiacal band. It was and is still not logical to add an extra constellation – Ophiuchus – in between Scorpius and Sagittarius because Ophiuchus as a star-group resides mostly and strongly north of the Ecliptic whereas the actual constellational zodiac in this sector of the sky is moving southward.

Thus, were Ophiuchus actually south of the Ecliptic, and residing between Scorpius and Sagittarius, then logic might dictate adding Ophiuchus as another constellation to the zodiac or even kicking out either Scorpius or Sagittarius as constellations. However, Ophiuchus is clearly and largely north from that zone and therefore doesn’t make the cut into the true Constellational Zodiac as used in India.

Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder and Orion the Hunter Share Mythological Connections

When you look at star charts of the heavens, and concentrate your attention on the northern zone of the Ecliptic (around Taurus and Gemini) as compared to the southern zone of the Ecliptic (around Scorpius and Sagittarius), you can’t help but see that Ophiuchus and Orion are almost like mirror images in that they are large-size constellations, both strongly placed on the Celestial Equator (and not mostly on the Ecliptic), and that just as Ophiuchus is located almost entirely north of the Ecliptic that Orion is located entirely south of the Ecliptic.

This means that were Orion to be located 180 degrees away and in between Scorpius and Sagittarius, it should be the extra constellation in the zodiac because its southern placement – relative to the Ecliptic – fits in nicely to the southern positions of Scorpius and Sagittarius.

As I wondered about the prominence and synchronicity of Ophiuchus and Orion, I found some startling answers in The Living Stars. Dr. Eric Morse, on page 155, expounds about the link between Ophiuchus and Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine and healing.  “Aesculapius, and the name does have a linguistic connection with Ophiuchus, was taught the healing arts by Apollo and Chiron, and he became the ship’s doctor to the Argonauts during their search for the golden fleece. It seems that in some sense he actually found it, for later he became a healer extraordinary, much like the later Jesus, able even on occasion to restore life to the dead, as he did for King Hippolytus. But his attempt to revive Orion alarmed the gods once too often, and they removed him from this life forthwith.”

I have made the last phrase of that sentence bold and italicized because of the mention of Orion in association with Aesculapius and Ophiuchus.

Furthermore, Dr. Morse, on page 133, says the following in reference to Orion the Hunter: “But in mythology he was a demi-god, son of Neptune and Euryale, and unfortunately shared Cassiopeia’s talent for boasting. He claimed he could fight and slay any animal of any size, and took on Taurus the Bull to prove it. Juno was jealous of him, she preferring her female warrior Diana, and she sent little Scorpio to sting him in the foot just as the Bull was about to meet its ‘moment of truth.’ Jupiter, not liking his wife’s display of female chauvinism here, because he was a male chauvinist himself (!), placed Orion honourably in the sky, but opposite to Scorpio so that the hunter should not be troubled again.”

I found the above two quotations very appropriate because they back up my sense as well as the logic that Ophiuchus and Orion are representing mirror images of qualities in human nature that are then imprinted upon into zodiacal lore.

Just as we know that in the Taurus-Gemini region of the early stages of the zodiac, human beings need to be strong, physically-oriented warriors, we find the great constellation of Orion the Hunter. In the opposite region of the zodiac – the Scorpius-Sagittarius zone – human beings need to transcend the physical realm, and be more of a warrior of the psyche, and spirit-forces – hence the great constellation of Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder, alias Aesculapius who has apparently almost magical powers to raise the dead and cure the ill or diseased.

In a little picture on page 386 of Universe, there is mention of the following in reference to Ophiuchus’s Misplaced Foot: “Like other old star charts, Jean Fortin’s Atlas Celeste shows the foot of Ophiuchus awkwardly overlapping Scorpius.”

It is almost as though Orion’s early evolutionary journey in mythology is then reincarnated through the later evolutionary journey of Ophiuchus, with Scorpius the Scorpion’s sting killing Orion in one life and then resurrecting him as Ophiuchus in another life.

Also – let’s stop referring to Ophiuchus as a potential 13th zodiacal constellation. Had it made the cut a long time ago, it would have made it in position 8 or 9 – and meaning that Scorpius or Sagittarius would have been eliminated because – let’s face mathematical facts – 13 does not divide evenly into the zodiacal circle of 360 degrees.

Plus – the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans worked with the numbers 4 and 3 (as well as 4 times 3 = 12) in astrology since there were four elements (fire, earth, air and water) and four seasons (spring, summer, fall and winter), but three celestial sections of 30 degrees of space in each season (representing a thesis, antithesis and synthesis of the electro-magnetic energy-field), and the astrology chart was separated into four quadrants – each of which contained three houses or domiciles.

Thus, to keep pretending that astrologer-astronomers of ancient, medieval or modern times should add a 13th constellation to the mix is to deliberately try and make astrology unworkable and unwieldy since it doesn’t make logical sense relative to how charts are mathematically constructed and interpreted based on the practical and reliable numerical system of 4 X 3 = 12.

In Esoteric Astrology, especially pages 230 – 231, there is a discussion about Leo-Virgo originally being more united (as the Sphinx, head of a woman – Virgo – and the body of a lion – Leo) as well as Libra being a part of Scorpio. The Tibetan Master D.K. – overlighting Alice A. Bailey in this treatise – goes on to say the following: “Eventually, in some mysterious way, there will be only ten signs of the zodiac again; Aries and Pisces will form one sign, for ‘the end is as the beginning.’ This dual and blended sign is called in some of the ancient books ‘the sign of the Fish with the head of the Ram.’…Fire and Water will then blend, veiling the past which has gone instead of the future as is now the case. Earth and air will then fuse and in this way the old prophecy, repeated in the Bible, that ‘there shall be no more sea’ will be proved correct. Air (heaven) will then have ‘come down to Earth’ and fusion will be established.”

Who knows? This kind of 10-fold Zodiacal set-up could occur if there is a shifting of the poles of the Earth, and a reorientation of how we look at the sky and Sun-Earth connection many millennia from now. [“10” is the Perfect Number from Pythagorean Mathematics because it represents the unity of the Monad or “1” raised to the next, higher level. “10” also divides evenly into the 360 degrees of the zodiacal circle.]

Some Examples of Celestial Bodies Moving Outside of the Zodiac

Here are some examples of celestial bodies moving in or toward other constellations than the traditional twelve associated with the Constellational Zodiac used in India. Note: Declination is calculated north or south of the Celestial Equator. Latitude is calculated north or south of the Ecliptic

(A) Pallas was at 7 degrees of the sign Scorpio on June 1, 2010. It was also located at 27 degrees north Declination and 43 degrees north Latitude – putting Pallas in or close to the constellation Bootes the Herdsman.

(B) Juno was positioned from 25 to 29 degrees of the sign Gemini during June 1 to 7, 2010. It was also located at 15 degrees north Declination and 9 degrees south Latitude – putting Juno in and near the upraised club of Orion the Hunter.

(C) Venus made a station and turned retrograde at 14 degrees of the sign Scorpio on October 8, 2010. It was also located at 23 degrees south Declination and 7 degrees south Latitude – putting Venus between the constellations Libra and Hydra the Water Snake.

(D) The recently discovered planet Eris – far beyond Pluto – was at 22 degrees of the sign Aries on January 1, 2011. It was also located at 5 degrees south Declination and 14 degrees south Latitude – putting Eris in between the constellations Pisces and Cetus the Sea Monster.

(E) Pallas* is positioned now – as this feature is being written April 18 – 20, 2011 – at 11 degrees of the sign Aquarius. It is also located at 13 degrees north Declination and 32 degrees north Latitude – putting Pallas somewhere between the constellations Delphinus the Dolphin and Sagitta the Arrow (not to be confused with Sagittarius the Archer). *Pallas was stationary at my own birth and I have a strong resonance with this asteroid. Among its many key meanings are problem-solving, strategizing, brainstorming, and conducting in-depth research.

(F) The largest asteroid Ceres (raised up in stature to being a “dwarf planet” by astronomers meeting in the Czech Republic six years ago) will be at 26 degrees of the sign Gemini on September 5, 2012. It will also be located at 21 degrees north Declination and 3 degrees south Latitude – putting it in the raised club of Orion the Hunter.

(G) Ceres will be at 12 degrees of the sign Leo on February 1, 2018. It will also be located at 31 degrees north Declination and 14 degrees north Latitude – putting Ceres close to the constellation known as the Lynx.

(H) Juno will be at 23 degrees of the sign Taurus, and having just united with the discovery placement of Ceres, on December 1, 2018. Juno will also be located at 5 degrees south Declination and 24 degrees south Latitude – putting Juno just a little north of the large constellation known as Eridanus the River and not at all close to or in the zodiacal band of 12 constellations.

In Conclusion

In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, a nobleman – Cassius – says the following (now famous) lines to his friend Brutus, trying to convince Brutus that Caesar must be prevented from becoming a dictator and tyrant over Rome. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

Fate may have temporarily put skywatcher Parke Kunkle into playing a Caesar-like role recently in the national and global media via his attempt to disparage Western Astrology, but we free-spirited and free-willed “underlings” within the American astrological community still know how and why our own science-art-language works, and the proof is in the good consultations we provide to clients who are eager to learn the best ways to fulfill their higher destiny on Planet Earth.

©2011 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises. All rights reserved.

[Mark Lerner can be reached at MARKL@MARKLERNERASTROLOGY.COM ]