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.
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.
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