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 ]

Massive 8.9 Earthquake Strikes Off Northeast Coast of Japan

Massive 8.9 Earthquake Strikes Off Northeast Coast of Japan:

Dateline Friday March 11, 2011 — Quake and following Tsunamis are in the process of causing major calamities in Northern Japan right now — along with Tsunami Warnings for much of the Pacific, including the coast of California & Oregon. While the chart for the event — based near Sendai, Japan — is provided (click on weblink below), you will see that I have added two codes for far-distant planets Sedna in Taurus and Eris in Aries, both overhead in the part of the world at the Earthquake. In addition, this quake may be a harbinger of the March 28, 2011 final one of three Jupiter-Saturn oppositions affecting Planet Earth.

Plus — Mercury-Uranus parallel and contra-parallel formations, as well as Sun-Saturn and Sun-Jupiter parallels & contra-parallels are all happening around now and the end of March and beginning of April. These types of alignments are calculated via the Celestial Equator great circle around the Earth and not via the Ecliptic circle by which we analyze the 12-fold zodiacal pathway.

Jupiter and Saturn are our solar system’s largest planets and their polarities in the zodiac can equate with giant-sized events on Earth — such as Earthquakes and Tsunamis. Uranus and Neptune — when prominent — also equate with potent Earthquakes around our globe. Uranus enters Aries today (!) for the next approximately 8 years and 0 Aries is the foundation point of our zodiac. On April 9, Pluto makes a station (becomes motionless) and turns retrograde in Capricorn while, on the same day, Uranus shifts from South Declination (below the Celestial Equator) to North Declination (above the Celestial Equator).

Today’s devastating news and scenes out of Japan — with cell phone usage almost absent, and much of the world not really knowing what is exactly happening — is a radical and shocking (Uranian) reminder of what can happen anywhere.

As a closing note for now, when Japanese Sovereignty was precisely restored following WWII, it was 10:30PM (Local Time) in Tokyo on April 28, 1952. The outer planet Neptune — God of the Seas, Oceans, Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Hurricanes — was exactly overhead and Saturn was close by, both being in Libra. Saturn again is in Libra, so that modern Japan — like America born in 1776 — is going through a Saturn Return Identity Crisis in 2011. Just as Uranus is shifting today from Pisces to Aries, Neptune will begin its shift from Aquarius to Pisces next month. The Lunar Nodes or Orbit of the Moon will also be lined up with the Center of our Milky Way Galaxy as we morph from March into April.

Major planets in our solar system, aligning with one another and shifting relative to our planetary home base, are the precipitating cause of what we are witnessing now in Japan and which may dramatically affect other places on Earth in the month or so ahead. See weblink just below for chart of the 8.9 Earthquake. [The fact that the 8.9 Earthquake had its epicenter about 81 miles off the coast from Sendai and at an ocean depth of 17 miles may minimize some of the damage that would have surely occurred had the Earthquake been a direct hit.] Sincerely, Mark Lerner – Publisher


Egypt Under Cosmic Fire: Part I

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Dateline: Friday February 4, 2011

“The awakening of the Islamic Egyptian people is an Islamic liberation movement, and I, in the name of the Iranian government, salute the Egyptian people and the Tunisian people.”

Friday February 4, 2011, the day of a Sun-Mars union in the sky in mid-Aquarius, a key “Gate of the Avatar” from Esoteric Astrology, spoken by the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader

Like so many of us, I have been watching the unfolding events in Egypt since demonstrations demanding the ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak erupted 11 days ago (January 25).

Ironically and yet also sychronistically – as you will see when reading through this feature – it was back on Monday Jan. 24 and Tuesday Jan. 25 that the Moon in Libra united with Saturn in this sign of striving for social balance while Saturn itself made a station in Libra – stopping its motion and beginning several months of retrograde motion.

Celestially speaking, a major reason for the current uprising of passionate energies against Mubarak and for Mubarak has much to do with Saturn returning to Libra now as it did in 1981, 1953 and 1922 (key turning points in the evolutionary growth and/or stagnation of modern Egypt as a nation-state in the world).

Ordinarily, I like to write about global crises quickly – the same hour, the same day or within 24 hours. However, in this situation – with all the confusing events, rhetoric, statements by various American politicians, police and military action in Egypt, as well as the omnipresence of U.S. and Western journalists in the thick of the speeches, confrontations and fighting – this has given me an unusual position to see all of this from a longer-term perspective, historically and politically.

Here are some key points that I will be making in this article and – keep in mind – the following two parts (which will connect the dots from Egypt to Israel and Iran):

(A) We are witnessing something more historical and almost psychically archeological in the events taking place from January 25 to February 4 and beyond.

(B) This is the third revolution of and in an ancient empire since 1979 – first the Iranian Revolution of 1979 (relating to ancient Persia), then the two Persian Gulf Wars relating to the Iraqi Revolution (relating to ancient Babylonia), and now – what may be the linchpin to all three – the Egyptian Revolution (pulling us all the way back to ancient Egypt, the Land of the Pharaohs, and a direct connection to both the lost continent of Atlantis and the esoteric purpose of America). Think here about the back of the dollar bill (Pyramid and All-Seeing Eye where the capstone should be, and our founders as Freemasons).

(C) What our President, Secretary of State and other leaders say in public may not have anything to do with behind-the-scenes diplomacy, and secretive maneuvers in which we are actually fearful of a full-blown democracy flowering in Egypt in the near future – let alone other democracies blossoming in King-ruled Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

(D) The eruption of deep-rooted and repressed forces in Egypt is making liberals in America sound like hawks, and hawks in America sound like liberals (as I witnessed on television this morning during a reasonably, light-hearted “argument” between Conservative Pat Buchanan and more Liberal-Moderate Chris Matthews). In this remarkably straight-forward disagreement, Pat Buchanan spoke of America needing to pull back completely from all of these nations in North Africa and the Middle East that could explode with violence while Chris Matthews articulated the view that America needed to be much more directly involved to “protect our interests.”

(E) As an adjunct to point (D) above, there has been and still is a vast colonial and imperialist group of forces behind what we are witnessing since Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal and – most recently – America all took turns in subjugating the native people of the Middle East, Africa and Asia for many decades – and taking back to the West products from the land, oil, fragrances, tea, seasonings, slaves, art objects, jewelry, precious monuments, and so on.

(F) I am going to present several Relocation type Maps that reveal Mundane Astrology at its finest in this feature – showing how the New Moon of January 4 (also a Partial Solar Eclipse), the Full Moon of January 19 (also the day of a station by the asteroid Juno), and the most recent New Moon of February 2 (with Mars so close to the Sun and Moon) have all conspired to set aflame the peoples of Tunisia, Egypt as well as Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and who knows the next country to be affected?

(G) For the subscribers on our Earth Aquarius News website, there will also be the two main charts for modern Egypt at the close of this feature for you to reflect on and explore. The first is for the creation of the Republic of Egypt on June 18 – 19, 1953 and its Secondary Progressed chart for the current crisis and revolution. When I work on Parts II and III, I will focus attention on the Israeli and Iranian national charts as well as to bring America’s chart from July 4, 1776 (our Declaration of Independence) into the picture.

(H) The key Egyptian protagonists – thus far – are Hosni Mubarak (born May 4, 1928), his recent Vice Presidential choice Omar Suleiman (born July 2, 1936), and Mohammed ElBaradei (born June 17, 1942, and the 2005 winner of the Noble Peace Prize along with the group he headed, the International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA). I will not be presenting their charts and part of the reason is that their birth times are unknown as of now. However, I may refer to some of the celestial placements at their births in this Part I or in future parts to this ongoing story.

(I) Last – but certainly not least – there is a very fascinating 3+ decade cycle that many professional astrologers are not necessarily aware of in which Venus and Mars (simultaneously) come back very closely to their zodiacal placements every 32 years. Therefore, during this Egyptian series of upheavals (late January/early February 2011), Venus has been in late Sagittarius while Mars has been in the middle of Aquarius. 32 years ago – February 1979, when the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from his exile in France – Venus and Mars were almost precisely where they both are now!

Note: Now, please re-examine the quotation from the start of this article. And realize that Mohammed ElBaradei just came back to Egypt from living abroad to help rally the demonstrators in Tahrir Square in the magical city of Cairo, where The Great Pyramid stands silently in the distance. Realize that it is exactly 32 years – and one important Venus-Mars Return cycle – between the 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution and whatever kind of Revolution results in 2011 in Egypt. History is on the verge of “repeating itself” via the power of Venus in Sagittarius (ideals-philosophical beliefs-urge to freedom) and Mars in Aquarius (fighting for a new system of laws, governmental order and representation of the people within the leadership of the nation).

Below (only available if you subscribe to Earth Aquarius News) are some Astro-Relocation type maps that reveal key celestial bodies Rising, Setting, Above or Below in Tunisia (where the latest radical change started happening earlier in January) as well as Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt. You will be able to see various symbols of the celestial bodies with lines or arcs showing where those celestial bodies were crossing terrestrial longitudes and latitudes. After each map, I will mention which celestial bodies were striking those population areas.

After you see graphically how Mundane Astrology in Action clearly works, you should consider that in the hands of, say, an expert professional astrologer, working at the NSA or CIA, and utilizing Astro-Relocation software programs, such an individual could predict ahead of time places on the globe about to explode in crisis, geo-political upheavals or even weather anomalies.

And just to prove the point of the weather anomalies – being pinpointed ahead of time via Astro-Relocation software maps – I am also going to present a map of North East Australia which precisely shows Cairns – a key city in N.E. Australia – receiving a precise Sun-Moon-Mars triple conjunction overhead right at this most recent New Moon in Aquarius – exactly as that city was devastated by a massive cyclone! This map – along with the other maps, covering Tunisia and Egypt for the lunations of January 4, 2011, January 19, 2011 and February 2, 2011 – should create a mind-boggling revolution in your own consciousness about how effective astrology has become in understanding what is happening all around the world every week, month and year.

4 Maps Available When You Read this as a Top Story INSIDE Earth Aquarius News

[New Moon of Jan. 4, 2011 in Tunisia]

[Neptune and Chiron Rising Lines going through Tunisia reveal liberation movement, and dissolution of government.]

[Full Moon of January 19, 2011 in Egyp]

[Saturn in Libra is super-strong in Cairo.]

[New Moon of Aquarius — Feb. 2, 2011 in Egypt]

[Pluto in Capricorn is Rising in Cairo.]

[Aquarius New Moon of Feb. 2, 2011 in Cairns, Northeast Australia]

[The Sun, Moon and Mars (volatility – violence) are all overhead in Cairns, Australia at the Aquarius New Moon on February 2, 2011 when a devastating cyclone hits that area (said to be the biggest storm to strike in a century) – forcing at least 170,000 to evacuate.]

Conclusions for Now

(1) The recent revolutionary urge toward democratic-liberation uprisings in North Africa and some of the Middle Eastern states is related to the three Jupiter-Uranus unions in 2010 – 2011 (ending, in spectacular fashion, on January 4, 2011, on the day of a New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse).

Jupiter and Uranus unite approximately every 14 years and often bring expansion of consciousness in a big way (Jupiter as the largest planet in the solar system) combined with revolution activity, inventions and radical change (Uranus). For example, their union in 1914 brought aviation and radio use into military conflict with the First World War. When Jupiter-Uranus again united in 1927, Charles Lindbergh made the first, solo, non-stop flight over the Atlantic. 13 to 14 years later – at the next Jupiter-Uranus union – the Royal Air Force (RAF) of Britain, utilizing radar and other new inventions – saved that island nation from destruction coming from the Nazi Luftwaffe. And then exactly when Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the Moon (July 20, 1969), Jupiter united with Uranus at 0+ Libra (a sacred turning point in the zodiac).

Therefore, we often find that the Jupiter-Uranus combined energy-field brings spectacular earthly and human revolutions that alter the status-quo, radically shake up the playing field, and open our minds to the extraordinary potentials of the future.

In addition, Esoteric Astrology – which is associated with the concept of the 7 Rays that permeate all of life (7 colors; 7 notes of the musical scale; 7 days of the week; 7 “Days of Creation”; etc) – gives us clear celestial bodies connected to each of these rays. For instance, the Sun and Jupiter are said to channel Ray 2 – often called the Love-Wisdom ray – while Uranus is said channel Ray 7 – linked to ceremonial order and, importantly, synthesis or the anchoring of all the other 6 rays into the physical realm.

Thus, watching Jupiter and Uranus is essential for understanding how Love-Wisdom (Jupiter) is merged with Synthesis (Uranus) to bring about a dynamic liberation or “freeing up of consciousness” on Earth.

(2) Speaking of the 7 Rays, one of the most difficult reasons that humanity appears to be stuck between the old 2,160-year Age of Pisces and the rapidly ascending 2,160-year Age of Aquarius has to do with the “old religions” and their fanatical idealism very much associated with Ray 6 (channeled on a low level by Mars and on a higher level by Neptune) becoming so entrenched in humanity during the last two two thousand years and thereby blocking the necessary dispensation of Ray 7 vibrations of liberation — breaking through into the material-physical realm.

Therefore, it was totally expected and disappointing as well (astrologically via the 7 Rays) that the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his speech – trying to interject the power of Islam into the current Egyptian popular liberation movement (connected to the 7th Ray) – on Friday February 4 just as the Sun united with Mars (the key, lower-level channel for the 6th Ray).

In many ways, the fight now between America and Europe (the West) and Islamic Fundamentalism (the East) is both the rekindling of the Crusades as well as the 7th Ray battling the 6th Ray for modern supremacy, just as the Aquarian Age is trying to supplant the status-quo power of the Piscean Age that is waning.

(3) Hosni Mubarak (born on the day of a Full Moon in Taurus and Scorpio, and with Mercury very close to his Sun) is not at all the unintelligent dictator that he often seems to be portrayed as in our media and via the anger directed at him by the Egyptian people. Like the modern rulers of China, Mubarak has 5000+ years of savvy knowledge-wisdom concerning governmental authority. Compare that to America’s existence going back to 1776 – a mere 234+ years of life.

The way Mubarak has “played us,” used our own journalists against us, extended the demonstrations to the point where people desperately need to get back to work, get money for food, etc., is classic.

Even if he agrees to leave sooner than later – rather than in September, when new Egyptian elections will probably be held – he will be set up lavishly, somewhere, for the rest of his life, with billions of dollars at his disposal, unless someone tries to take him out.

(4) When you examine the second chart – the Secondary Progressed map for now based on the Egyptian Republic chart of June 18, 1953 – you will see the Sun and Pluto united. This confirms the original power of the 1953 chart as being valid, and it also reveals the extreme-underworld-secretive-mysterious nature (Pluto) of the current revolution taking place. The Sun and Pluto can only merge by progression in a Secondary Progressed map once in approximately 360+ years. Many students of astrology don’t realize that a whole amazing world of psychic energy is going on in their Progressed charts.

Be aware that it is at the time of this most recent New Moon in Aquarius on February 2, 2011 that Pluto was on the Ascendant going through Cairo as the demonstrations temporarily turned more deadly and violent, and as we are watching to see what the Mubarak Government will do. Pluto – in the 7 Rays system – is said to channel Ray 1 on a lower-level (and Ray 1 is the ray of Government, Leadership, Will-Purpose-Power). Misuse of that Will-Purpose-Power often happens on Earth and within humanity when Pluto wreaks havoc in certain towns, cities and nations during each New Moon, Full Moon, Eclipse, Equinox, Solstice and special Celestial Alignment – bringing the cosmic fire principle down to terrestrial assimilation.

At the next Full Moon – February 18, 2011 at 29+ degrees of Aquarius and Leo – if you set up the chart for Cairo, transiting Pluto will be in the 8th house (traditionally associated with death, regeneration and rebirth). In addition, Pluto will be precisely (no orb) 135-degrees to the Ascendant – with the 135-degree aspect related to willpower and its low, middle or higher utilization.

[Note: This upcoming Full Moon also connects closely to the first-magnitude major star – Regulus, the so-called “Little King” in the constellation of Leo, but activating 29+ degrees of Leo in our zodiac. Regulus is highly significant – astrologically and astronomically – as it lies very close to the Ecliptic (the apparent Sun’s path in the heavens) and it is said that Sirius (the brightest star in the sky and the esoteric “Higher Self” to our own Sun) uses Regulus to “step down” energies to our solar system and to Earth. Sirius was the most important star to the ancient Egyptians who utilized its first visible rising before the Sun during the summer as a marker for the annual overflow of the Nile River (connected to its life-giving properties).]

(5) For our media-driven society right now to think that America has always been behaving above-board, honestly, openly and democratically in North Africa and the Middle East is to be fooling ourselves to the extreme. Our CIA orchestrated the fall (via a coup) of the Mohammad Mossadegh democratically elected government of Iran back in August 1953 – leading to the strong-arm and tyrannical leadership of the Shah of Iran for 26 years, eventually producing the horror-filled backlash of the Islamic Fundamentalist movement in that nation in 1979. And since 1979 – by the way when Pluto moved inside of Neptune’s orbit for 20 years (as it does every 248 years) – we have been battling Islamic Fundamentalism in one form or another. And Egypt, its dictator, its military power (supported enormously by us), its Suez Canal and air-naval bases (giving us important access to Middle East and Persian Gulf nations) are a giant bulwark set in place by our Pentagon to continue the global war against Islamic Fundamentalism and terrorism.

(6) October 16 – 17, 2011, the Republic of Egypt (formed on June 18, 1953) will experience its second Saturn Return “Identity Crisis” as transiting Saturn reaches 20+ Libra. Hopefully, before this time, democratically sanctioned elections will have already taken place for the installment of a new government and true, parliamentary representation for the Egyptian people.

When Britain gave Independence to Egypt in 1922, transiting Saturn was in Libra. When Mubarak took power in early October 1981 – following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat – not only was transiting Saturn again in Libra, but the Sun and Saturn were making their annual union in the sky.

So, Saturn is now again in Libra while Egypt tries to determine its new and next “Identity” for another 29+ year cycle of evolutionary growth and – ironically – America (born on July 4, 1776 with Saturn in Libra) is simultaneously in the throes of its own Saturn Return cycle, our 8th since we declared independence from England.

My main mentor – the eminent astrologer Dane Rudhyar – always associated 29+ degrees of Leo/0+ degrees of Virgo with the Sphinx of Egypt (body of a Lion and the head of a woman) while he associated 0 degrees of Libra (the Fall Equinox sacred turning point of the year – symbolizing the individual moving into society and the greater collectivity of humanity) with The Great Pyramid.

Saturn in Libra is now a grand teacher of humanity – as it watches this modern liberation struggle in Egypt. Saturn is said to be exalted in Libra and we need to honor and understand the higher essence of this sacred planet as the future geo-political-societal fortunes of America and Egypt in the world are held in the balance.

Important Update on Sunday Night Feb. 6, 2011 with the Moon uniting with Jupiter in Aries in the sky: I didn’t want to bring the following into this discussion yet, but it is rather crucial. In Earth Aquarius News over the last two years, I have been discussing the 13 critical oppositions by transiting Pluto in Capricorn to America’s natal Venus, Jupiter and Sun in Cancer — during the time-period from 2008 to 2015.

We have already completed the first five Pluto oppositions to the USA Venus during 2008 to 2010, and we have seen the devastating results on the economic, political and social landscapes.

There are three Pluto oppositions to the USA Jupiter — all during 2011. The first one struck on January 17, 2011, and the next two will occur on July 8 and November 20, 2011. Eventually, Pluto moves on to oppose our national Sun five times from March 2014 to October 2015. These 13 Pluto oppositions or polarities to our national Venus, Jupiter and Sun have never occurred before during our 234+ year history starting on July 4, 1776.

Why bring this up now? Because January 2011 has happened — along with the profoundly cathartic, revelatory and disturbing Egyptian uprising and crisis — while Pluto in the sky is opposing America’s Jupiter.

In ancient Roman and Greek mythology, Pluto was the God of the Underworld while Jupiter was the King of the Gods and Ruler of the Sky. They were brothers — along with Neptune, God of the Seas.

Pluto rules dictators, stored and hidden wealth, militaristic-terrorist crackdowns on freedom — particularly when negative and misused. Jupiter — when in its shadow mode — rules pride, arrogance, greed, a know-it-all awareness, and a breezy optimism that often belies a tendency to throw thunderbolts when the highest power is questioned.

In the expose that is coming out with each passing day about how tied together America is with Egypt — via military prowess, corruption, huge amounts of $$$ to keep Israel safe and to provide offensive-defensive strategies against Al Qaeda and Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, secret negotiations behind the scenes between our governments and military forces — we see how the ongoing transit of Pluto opposite our Jupiter is revealing the deeper truths of what is happening behind-the-scenes, a territory that normally never sees the light of day.

Wikileaks started the ball rolling in this regard in the last few months (via its leader Julian Assange) and now transiting Pluto is becoming a major cosmic player in what will unfold during the course of 2011.

Jupiter also relates to our highly sophisticated jets, stealth aircraft, missile systems, helicopters, etc., because it is a God of the sky. Neptune — the third brother — is very involved in anything naval (aircraft carriers; submarines; blockades; canals a la the Suez Canal; and especially transport of oil over waterways). And Egypt has extensive air and naval bases around Alexandria and Cairo that America uses to help us sustain a deeper presence around the Persian Gulf — in case we need to act quickly to contain an Iranian nuclear threat or react to militaristic actions by Iran in the Gulf region. Egypt appears to definitely be playing the role of Pluto (underworld; earth energy) to the American role of Jupiter (rulership of the skies) while Neptune (Mediterranean Sea, Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf) represents the interaction zone in which a future war might be played out.

Keep in mind that Uranus (revolutionary themes) and Pluto (extremist, underworld themes) will clash via a 90-degrees square pattern in the sky seven times (!) from June 2012 to March 20115 — activating 9 – 16 degrees of Aries & Capricorn. Thus, Uranus in the sky will be making its own multi-series of squares to America’s natal Sun especially in 2014 – 2015.

Uranus and Pluto were also square during the early years of The Great Depression (1930s) and they united three times in the mid-1960s. Their potent connections often equate with massive, shocking and discordant upheavals throughout societies, cultures and around the globe.

Stay tuned to this web channel as events in Egypt, the Middle East and throughout humanity require a far deeper astrological interpretation than what you see in superficial daily newspaper features concerning Sun-sign forecasts.

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

[Mark Lerner publishes Earth Aquarius News at Contact him at MARKL@MARKLERNERASTROLOGY.COM ]

Your Natal Astrological Sun-sign & Celestial Bodies at Birth Have NOT Changed!

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 — particularly FOX News, in this case — 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
Publisher — Earth Aquarius News

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Dem. – Arizona) Shot Jan. 8 (With Updates)

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — representing Arizona’s 8th District in Congress — was shot and critically wounded this morning (Jan. 8, 2011) outside a Safeway supermarket in Tucson. At least 5 other people were killed and many wounded by a man said to be 22-years old.

She is a so-called Blue Dog Democrat, Jewish and married to an astronaut (Mark Kelly).

She was born on June 8, 1970 in Tucson, represents the 8th Congressional District in Arizona, and today is the 8th of January. 8 is a key number of power, will and intensity. It is associated, in the zodiac, with the 8th sign of Scorpio — ruling over death and rebirth.

Using a Noon birth time (time unknown) — but placing the Sun on the Ascendant — gives us the best type of chart when a time is not available.

She is born with the following very close-to-exact midpoint complex: Mercury/Neptune = Vesta. Her Mercury in Taurus opposes Neptune in Scorpio within 6 degrees, but her natal Vesta in Leo is almost precisely at the midpoint between Mercury and Neptune.

Any T-Square Triangle in a birthchart has enormous power — for good or ill. Vesta at the fulcrum gives it a special significance. Vesta = Sisterhoods; the Eternal Flame; investments; insurance; home and hearth; and — most importantly — safety and security themes as well as “turf wars” as in the Arizona border struggle concerning illegal immigrants.

Now the reason this nearly exact midpoint complex at her birth is extra significant right now is that (a) Vesta has just opposed her Gemini Sun (in the last couple of days, when she was sworn in for her third term in Congress) and (b) transiting Neptune was within 2 minutes of arc (or 1/30 of 1 degree of the zodiac) of opposing her Vesta.

Translation? Transiting Neptune is creating a temporary Grand Cross (think Crucifixion) in her life — composed of natal Mercury in Taurus, Vesta in Leo, Neptune in Scorpio, and transiting Neptune in Aquarius.

Since she is 40 years old and about to turn 41 in June, she is about to experience what every person on the face of the Earth goes through between ages 40 and 41 — Transiting Neptune square Natal Neptune.* And because her birth placement of Neptune is so involved in the midpoint complex with Mercury and Vesta, Gabrielle Giffords was a very visible and vulnerable figure to anyone wanting to commit a malevolent act — striking out against her, possibly women and Jewish people in particular, as well as a governmental representative simultaneously. [*Neptune square Neptune often brings in a 1 or 2 year cycle of confusion, chaos and nebulosity as each individual turning 41 seeks to get back on their higher-destiny, spiritual path while sorting out all the tricky illusions, temptations, addictions and relationship problems usually afflicting someone entering their 40s.]

There is much more here — astrologically — sadly to say. Although I have not seen an exact time of this morning’s shooting revealed yet in the media, using an estimate of 10:30am to 11:00am will reveal Jupiter-Uranus (Big-Shock) rising in Pisces opposite Juno in Virgo (disempowerment of a woman) in a T-Square Triangle to Mercury and Vesta directly above (signifying National Safety/Security themes as well as Business-Trade-Communication themes). Note: A recent update on this story at TheNYTimes Online indicates the time of the shooting was probably closer to 10:00am. The T-Square mentioned in this paragraph is still prominent, but even more telling is that in the 15-minute time-period after 10:00am, the Moon was rising and Vesta was culminating in Tucson. This helps to clarify the motives of the one assailant — that the focus was the urge to strike out at a prominent woman (Vesta) representing vast emotional & collective power (the Moon rising).

The fact that the asteroid Vesta is extremely prominent in Rep. Giffords’ birthchart and that Vesta was directly above at the shooting confirms the importance of this asteroid in this violent act.

She is also experiencing Transiting Saturn almost precisely 150-degrees to her Natal Saturn while Transiting Jupiter & Uranus are also very close to being 150-degrees to her Natal Jupiter. To have the two biggest planets — Jupiter and Saturn — making off-kilter and jarring, 150-degree links back to their natal placements (simultaneously) is another major reason why she is fighting for her life now and why someone might attack her (as Rep. Giffords was seen as a major enemy in public office by Tea Party figures).

She is born with a very close Mars-Uranus square (where Mars is wedged right in between the USA Venus and Jupiter placements). In the last year, she experienced Transiting Pluto (extremes) opposing her Mars and squaring her Uranus exactly as she ran and won in a fierce congressional contest against a Tea-Party allied opponent. Mars-Uranus in a discordant aspect — in the chart of a prominent national figure — sometimes leads to violent acts against them, including assassination attempts.

Notice as well that she is born with Venus at 20+ degrees of Cancer (united with the Heliocentric Orbit of Pluto) and Ceres at 20+ degrees of Aries (united with America’s Natal Chiron replacement) almost exactly square — plus Venus and Juno are close to a square. Therefore, she will not always gain support from women voters, and — inwardly — she probably has had to deal with many upheavals in her philosophy of life and socio-political views from the feminine perspective. Apparently, Sarah Palin put her into her “cross hairs of a target imagery” as being an opponent that the Tea Partyers needed to “remove from office.” Here we see the feminine-feminine rivalry that Rep. Giffords undoubtedly emanated psychically to society via her birthchart clashes among the female/goddess archetypes. However, for Sarah Palin to use gun-images in her opposition to candidates she doesn’t agree with is to severely tamper with the fragile psyche of kooks and lunatics who go out with actual guns to do harm to political adversaries.

It is also noteworthy that the Transiting Moon in Pisces was almost exactly on her Natal North Lunar Node. This only occurs for a couple of hours every 28 days. Both the Lunar Node and the Moon itself are related — especially in Mundane or National Astrology — to the Public, Mass Consciousness, and Fate-Destiny forces at work.

Since Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a governmental figure, it is appropriate to check out transits happening relative to America’s birthchart (using July 4, 1776; 4:47pm; Philadelphia, PA). The main cycles going on right now are: Transiting Moon this morning within 1 degree of the only stationary body in the U.S. chart — Ceres** — in Pisces (Ceres = mothering; nurturing; mother-daughter relationships; care-giving; land-agriculture-food-diet-nutrition); Transiting Pluto in Capricorn about to oppose America’s Jupiter in Cancer three times in 2011 (something that has never happened before in our country’s history); Transiting Mars in Capricorn exactly opposite America’s Mercury in Cancer; Transiting Neptune in a union with America’s Moon-Pallas conjunction in Aquarius (symbolizing this confused-chaotic individual striking out against a prominent female figure in our nation). **Be aware that Ceres is the main ruling body of Food and this tragedy occurred outside a Safeway supermarket.

As events unfold, I will add to this story, but for the moment, click on the following weblink to view a Bi-Wheel where Gabrielle Giffords’s Natal Chart is the Inner Ring and today’s Transits are the Outer Ring:

P.S. The state of Arizona joined the Union on February 14, 1912 with the asteroid Vesta at 27+ degrees of Leo. This placement is conjunct the Vesta for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords within 1 degree. This reveals an even greater connection between this asteroid and its meanings with the Congresswoman. In addition, Arizona entered the Union with the Sun at 25 Aquarius opposite Vesta at 28 Leo. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — born with the Sun at 17 Gemini — was just experiencing Transiting Vesta at 20 Sagittarius opposite her Sun. Thus, she was having the same alignment via a transit — with the exact same orb — as Arizona has permanently.

Addition on January 9: The Federal Judge killed — John M. Roll — was born on February 8, 1947 and has numerous astrological ties to the U.S. birthchart from July 4, 1776. His Lunar North Node — 8+ Gemini — was right on America’s Uranus, and his natal Uranus — 17 Gemini — was exactly united with the Sun placement for Rep. Giffords. Uranus — when negative — is associated with shock waves, overthrows of the natural order, and out-of-left-field breakdowns. He had just attended a mass and — on the spur of the moment — decided to stop by the Safeway store where the Congresswoman was having her meet-and-greet interaction with the public. The 9-year-old girl killed — Christina Green — was born Sept. 11, 2001, an historic tragedy which speaks for itself.

Synchronistic Oddities: It turns out that the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – astronaut and naval officer Mark Kelly – is a twin of Scott Kelly, now on board the International Space Station. The Kelly brothers were born in the Sun-sign of the Twin Fish (Pisces) on Feb. 21, 1964 when the Sun and Mars were very close together (a symbol of potential volatility, violence and/or bloodshed over the long run).

Will you be shocked to also know that Mark Kelly is born with a Gemini Moon – united with the Gemini Sun of Gabrielle Giffords and, of course, Gemini is actually called “The Twins” very often?

When I first wrote the feature, I focused enormous attention on the Congresswoman’s natal Vesta a 26+ degrees of Leo – revealing it to be at the exact midpoint of her Mercury-Neptune opposition. All together those three celestial bodies at her birth create a super-strong T-Square Triangle wherein Transiting Neptune is now at the 4th point in the zodiac (27 Aquarius) – creating a temporary and yet critical Grand Cross in Fixed Power Signs.

Now add on this confirmation of the importance of Vesta, the T-Square and the Grand Cross since Mark Kelly has his natal Saturn at 27 Aquarius (precisely fulfilling the Congresswoman’s natal Grand Cross) and Mark Kelly is also born with his Vesta at 27 Capricorn – exactly in an off-kilter, 150-degree link to his wife’s natal Vesta at 27 Leo.

Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly were married on November 10, 2007 – the day after a New Moon in Scorpio and while the Moon was probably void-of-course, late in Scorpio, and very close to Gabrielle’s natal Neptune – which just happens to be conjunct President Obama’s void-of-course Moon when he took the Oath of Office on January 20, 2009.

It is now being reported on January 9, 2011 that – from papers seized at the suspected assailant’s residence – Jared Lee Loughner had planned to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. This also confirms what I wrote without this knowledge that he was already consumed with an obsession, and that the potent transits of the Moon Rising and Vesta overhead at the approximate time of the attack revealed his hatred against a prominent, public, female politician representing the government of the United States. A temporary posting on Wikipedia tonight shows that Loughner was born in September 1988, but no date is yet given. Nevertheless, it is significant that there was an Annular Solar Eclipse (just as potent as a Total Solar Eclipse) on September 11 of that year.

Confirmation of Birthday of Jared Loughner? I have before me page 4A of the Monday January 10 edition of USA Today. In an article by Jack Gillum and Peter Eisler, they say — in relation to Loughner — “On Sept, 9, 2007, the day before his 19th birthday, he was arrested in Pima County for possession of drug paraphernalia.” If the journalists are accurate, then Loughner was born on Sept. 10, 1988 — the day before the Annular Solar Eclipse that I mentioned in the paragraph above. If this is true, it is very significant as that means Jared Loughner’s Sun in Virgo was in a nearly exact square to the Sun in Gemini for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. I continue looking for clear documentation of the assailant’s month-day-year of birth.

Now view a chart for a more exact timing of the Attack in Tucson. Click on the following link to see a Color Wheel:

President Obama’s Jupiter & Ceres Progressed Stations

Even with Mercury retrograde and a recent Democrat disaster at the mid-term elections in early November, President Obama managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat during this lame-duck session of Congress.

To the surprise of many pundits, he — with the help of Vice-President Biden and key members of Congress on both sides of the aisle – were able to overturn the Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell restriction (concerning gays and lesbians in the armed forces) from the past 17-years regarding military service, as well as pass the bill providing special health care for the first responders at the 9/11 disaster and to pass another bill helping America and Russia reduce our stockpiles of nuclear weapons.

Thus, this historic week of December 20 to 25, 2010 could go down as the brightest in the President’s first term of office. Where is the evidence of this great achievement relative to President Obama’s birthchart and cycles?

This may surprise you, but the current success has virtually nothing to do with his ongoing transits — although Jupiter at 25 Pisces just made a union with his natal Pallas last week (gift for problem-solving and strategizing) and formed a highly-supportive, 60-degree sextile to his natal Saturn all of this week (revealing his unique abilities as a behind-the-scenes mover-and-shaker, when it really counts).

The real power giving him history-making achievements this week is coming from two exceedingly rare — and simultaneous — stations in his Progressed chart.

In what is known as Secondary Progressions — where each day after birth is equal to one year of life — his Progressed Jupiter finally turned direct (stationing on Monday Dec. 20 at 28 Capricorn) while his Progressed Ceres finally turned retrograde (stationing on Wednesday Dec. 22 at 27 Taurus). [By the way, these stations are in a flowing trine of 120-degrees to one another, and the Jupiter station is right on America’s natal Pluto (extreme governmental and political power) from July 4, 1776.]

President Obama — whose chart can be seen by clicking on a weblink at the end of this story — was born when the largest planet (Jupiter), symbolizing good fortune, providence, expansion of consciousness and golden opportunities, was moving retrograde at the first degree of Aquarius. It was also located in his twelfth house — a placement in any chart that sometimes indicates an inability to manifest practical, worldly achievements, unless the individual backs up mundane efforts with spiritual willpower and intuitive genius.

But right on schedule — during this amazing week of accolades for our Commander-in-Chief — he experiences Jupiter gaining extra potency in his life, right when he needs its kingly vibrations the most. Remember, too, that America is born with a very prominent Jupiter (about to be hit by transiting Pluto three times via opposition in 2011). Jupiter rules America’s birthchart since our nation has Sagittarius Rising (using a birth time of 4:47pm EST on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, PA).

Meanwhile, on Dec, 22, 2010 — the key date this week with so much of the fanfare, signings and agreements going on — President Obama receives the blessings of Ceres gaining extra potency in his life on top of the Jupiter gifts. Ceres is particularly related to heightened productivity when it is working well, and the only stationary body at America’s birth was Ceres! And now here we have President Obama experiencing a very rare Progressed Ceres station at his highest moment so far in the Oval Office.

The bottom line here is that if you are not watching your progressions — and there are several techniques to consider using — you may be missing an enormous part of your earthly opportunities, plus your emotional-psychic-spiritual unfoldment as a soul-spirit infused personality traveling aboard Spaceship Earth.

And let’s not forget this — to all of you who think Mercury Retrograde is negative — the accomplishments going on now all happened under Mercury Rx, and Mercury was in reverse when America was born on July 4, 1776.

Click on the following weblink to see President Obama’s birthchart. Notice that his natal Jupiter is in the twelfth house while his natal Ceres is in his third house. Many Blessings and Happy Holidays…Mark