A very good synopsis of Present and Coming Times
- It takes a while to read through, but this is the best synopsis of current events, from an ancient perspective , that I have read in some time. Cynthia
Minas Morgul was ever at war with Minas Anor in the west.
But Minas Anor endured, and it was named anew Minas Tirith,
the Tower of Guard; for there the kings caused to built
a White Tower, very tall and fair, and its eyes were on many
lands. Proud, still and strong was that city, and in it the
White Tree still flowered for a while before the house of
the Kings; and there the Numenoreans still defended the
passage of the River against the terrors of Minas Morgul
and against all the enemies of the West, Orcs and monsters
and evil Men; and thus the lands behind them, west of Anduin,
were protected from war and destruction.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, P 297
The White Tower
MYTHIC TIMES INTERNATIONAL
A Newsletter of Mythology, Astrology,
Celebrations, Event Analysis and Prediction
- Steve Nelson, editor & chief writer
2003 GLOBAL ALCHEMY, CHINESE NEW YEAR & CANDLEMAS
31 January 2003
1) Letter to Mythic Times Readers
2) 2003 Prediction Key, Year of Global Alchemy
3) Myths for Our Time
4) Mundane Astrological Charts
5) February/March Astro*Events Calendar
6) Chinese New Year: Ram, Black Sheep, Water Goat, Deer
7) Candlemas 2/3/4 February
8) The State of the World
9) Morning Star-Gazing, Venus, Mars & Antares
10) Astrology Links
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Think not my magic wonders wrought by aid
Of Stygian angels summoned up from Hell;
But by perception of the secret powers
Of mineral springs, in Natures inmost cell,
Of herbs in curtain of her greenest bowers,
And of the moving stars oer mountain tops and towers.
- Tasso, Canto XIV
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Dear Friends of Mythic Times,
Those receiving this letter directly are subscribers to
Mythic Times. If this is coming to you as a forward and you
would like to subscribe, please see directions at the end.
You may feel free to share this letter in whole or in part
though I ask that you read through and consider first before
forwarding. Much of the information included here is apt to be
discounted by more linear minded rationalists who are still stuck
in the web of 19th century scientific materialism. Those who see
through the veil beyond think in terms of the new physics, a
scientific perspective in line with the old metaphysics. Ours is
an entirely different perspective from the still mainstream western
world and though ultimately it will be good to share this view more
widely, there first a need to clarify it amongst ourselves. All
views are to be respected, so lets please pause and think before
introducing what will rock boats unnecessarily. Those who dont
believe in magic (J.K. Rowlings Muggles) can unwittingly use
their psychic power to inhibit positive psychic or magical
influence of those who do. This phenomenon has been well
demonstrated scientifically in the psychic research of J.B. &
Louisa Rhine. Therefore it is good to be selective in sharing
our mythical magical world view. Please dont use these writings
to try to convince skeptics, all will come round as this mythic
That said, it is possible to see present events in the world
as direct reflections of numbered cycles and planetary movements
across the celestial field. The correspondence between world events
and celestial movements becomes much more obvious and useful when
the mythologies of the decan constellations are considered in
relationship to the Earth Zodiac.
Astrology has been called the science of beginnings. A
birth chart is the map of a life time, a New Moon chart says what
will be in the coming month, a conjunction of two planets begins
a cycle that carries on a heavenly pattern. A conjunction has been
likened to a well from which inspiration continues to be drawn.
A solar eclipse is the most powerful form of conjunction. The
Sun/Moon placement at a solar eclipse constitutes a critical
degree that gets activated each time a planet passes over it.
A powerful 7.3 earthquake hit Colima, Mexico January 21st when
Venus went over this degree. Mars is now moving into alignment
with this critical degree so we can expect some major shakings
in the world in various ways. Mars is also conjuncting Antares,
the brightest star of the Scorpion at this New Moon of Aquarius.
Already in orb today, Mars will exactly conjunct the December
4th solar eclipse degree on February 5th when Colin Powell
presents the U.S. indictment against Iraq at the United Nations.
We are approaching a very magical new beginning time at
the close of this week end. All new movement is favored following
the appearance of the New Moon crescent Sunday night. Women dance
from the siting of crescent until Moonset for luck and opening to
new spirit (Cherokee tradition). The next few days (Feb 3 5) are
ideal for putting intentions on the air for the coming Spring and
Summer seasons. Seed ideas shared now become fleshed out in future
weeks and months. Our calendars may say Chinese New Year begins
today but traditional people begin their year this Sunday evening
and Monday February 3rd is considered the first day of the New Year.
As this day goes so the new year flows.
The sad news was broadcast this morning about the space
shuttle Columbia disaster. I had a premonition about this happening
a week before after learning that the landing was planned for the
morning of the new moon. Accidents often occur on the day of or day
before the new moon. These include the Osprey disaster, a bus
accident in West Virginia in which dozens of children died, the
death of the W.T.O. protestor in Italy two years ago, and many others.
Statistical research is needed to convince more linear scientific
minds so future flights can be scheduled to avoid the dark moon.
Space shuttle Challenger exploded soon after take off 17 years
ago on Jan 28th 1987. Both space shuttles had crews of 7 representing
the worlds races and ethnic groups. An Israeli, an African American
and a woman from India were aboard Columbia. It can be hoped, affirmed
that their deaths will serve now to invoke much needed world union.
We might remember too that Columbia is the original name for the
goddess/soul of America.
Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
The Goddess Song by Edgar A. Poe
The same Creator who names the stars knows the seven souls
we mourn today. President George W. Bush
The next two months are tricky and uncertain. Fortune though
favors the strengthening of the United Nations, Europe and South
Americas free trade zone centered through Brazil. Can the felt
need for war be negated?
March is a time when armies have traditionally been set marching.
March is the month of Mars, the god of war. This is scapegoat season,
a time of shadow projection when it is most easy to stir one people
against another. Everything comes to a head mid-March (beware the Ides
of March!) when Sun and Moon create a Grand Square with Saturn opposing
Pluto. War can be avoided then if we the world have tamed our Serpens.
This means following the tradition we have for waking the dragon
during winter carnival (4 Feb to 4 Mar) and training this energy into
light in the Lenten season.
Myths of all times are now coming to life. This is the end time
called Ragnarok by the Norse. It is the Age of Fire and Ice," an age
of extremes when "the Fenris Wolf is set loose and the Dragon comes
down from the pole to shake the world." Last year 7 million acres of
U.S. forests burned and fires have been threatening many communities
in Australia during the last few months. New Mexico had a 100 year
record heat wave this January while most of the eastern U.S. has been
in a deep freeze. An extraordinary ice storm, the worst on record,
struck the U.S. at the total solar eclipse December 4th. Numerous other
earth shaking events have followed this total solar eclipse. And now
our fervent prayers and meditations - and joyful noises - are needed
to help reduce present tensions and dispel the shadow of war.
Times of greatest challenge are times of greatest opportunity.
When things are most uncertain they are most subject to change.
As old patterns of belief and being are challenged the way is opened
to greater understanding and more enlightened living. The old stubborn
zeitgeist based on 19th century Newtonian physics is now giving way
to the new magical order of Aquarius. Every social renaissance brings
struggle between old ways and new. Spirit and Nature conspire to bring
us into the Age of Light. We enter the new era when we have transformed
and integrated our own shadow. Many shadow aspects of human nature
have been revealed these last few weeks and months. Now we can see
what needs to change and are given the means to do what is needed.
I hope that we will continue to broaden our perspectives, deepen
faith and work to dispel unreasonable fears and delusions. Lets
remember to count our blessings, make amends with friends and divinity
and affirm the power of spirit while we enjoy this wonderful world.
Candlemas blessings & Happy New Year, Steve
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2) 2003 PREDICTION KEY, YEAR OF GLOBAL ALCHEMY
Each year the World Wheel of Fortune turns and another constellation
appears on the horizon. The 2002 decan star sign Ophiuchus continues
its influence until Spring Equinox when a new zodiacal year begins
and Ara the Altar becomes the ruling constellation.
Ophiuchus, the Serpent Tamer, corresponds to the Tarot card V of Cups.
Here is a figure in black with head bowed mournfully over cups that
have been spilled. Behind him two full cups standing represent good
things to be, but as yet he does not see. The bridge over the river
is the way to another realm where an adobe castle is waiting.
New resources will be revealed in this season as we turn round and
move forward. Ophiuchus is Aesclepius, the Greek god of healing.
The grief and woundedness of the ages is here to be healed by
Aesclepius. Aesclepius wrestles with the Serpent and the Serpent
teaches Aesclepius the art of healing.
Ophiuchus, the 1st decan Scorpio, is 70-80 east longitude
in the zodiac projected on Earth. This region includes eastern
Pakistan and western India. The serpent that Ophiuchus is taming
is a separate constellation called Serpens. This decan covers the
region 40 - 50 east longitude in the Earth Zodiac including Iraq
and much of Saudi Arabia. Serpens is on the midheaven of the US
natal chart. How can Hussein be tamed without US going to war?
While world attention is focused on Iraq, there is continuing
concern about possible conflict between the nuclear powers India and
Pakistan. The Greeks saw Ophiuchus as Aesclepius, the god of healing.
Aesclepius was taught the art of healing by a serpent, Serpens. A key
mythic image for the Ophiuchus region of the world (70-80 east)is
a serpent charmed upward out of a basket by a flute playing yogi.
Taming the serpent is an important theme now and rhythmic music
and dance are key. Celebration stems the storm.
The Divine Serpent in Myth and Legend
Ophiuchus is also equated with Ahura Mazda, Zoroastrian god of light.
Zoroastrianism taught that the world is torn between two deities:
Ahura Mazda the Wise Lord, creator of heaven and earth, light and life
- who embodied the spirit of goodness, truth, and law; and Ahriman, the
Evil Spirit, whose essence was falsehood and death. David Ben-Gurion
2003 is a #5 year. 5 is an alchemical number representing the fusion
of 4 elements in the quintessence, or Philosophers Stone.
2003 is a Year of Global Alchemy. Day 5, 14 and 23 of each
month will lucky days with special influence toward this purpose.
#5 incorporates #14, #23 and #41. Tarot Card #14 is the Alchemist
whose keynote is Divine Wrath. How temper is channeled is important
in this time. Anger can be directed toward transformation rather the
destruction of needless war. #41 is the Ace of Cups, the vessel of
transforming, the Athanor of the alchemists, Americas melting pot.
The Winter Solstice and 4 December Solar Eclipse seed charts for
2003 include some very positive signs: A close trine between Saturn
and Uranus indicates organized manifestation of Aquarian visions.
The planet Uranus is in its home sign Aquarius conjunct the large
asteroid Europa. Newly reconstituted Europe will play a pivotal role
in 2003. Another close trine between Jupiter and Pluto suggests a
transformation of the economic and political order now well under way.
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YEAR SYMBOLS KEY -
* YEAR * PLANET * LUNAR YR * DECAN SIGNS&TAROT * YEAR#/TAROT KEYS*
2001 MARS SNAKE LUPUS THE WOLF 3 THE EMPRESS
IV of SWORDS 12 THE HANGED MAN
21 THE WORLD
2002 SUN HORSE OPHIUCHUS, 4 THE EMPEROR
the Serpent Tamer 13 DEATH
V of CUPS 22 THE FOOL
V of PENTACLES 31 V of WANDS
2003 VENUS SHEEP ARA THE ALTAR 5 THE HIEROPHANT
VI of CUPS 14 TEMPERANCE
VI of PENTACLES 23 KING of WANDS
32 VI of WANDS
41 ACE of CUPS
Note: Planetary years are zodiacal years. The Sun continues
its influence until Spring Equinox 2003 when Year of Venus
comes into full influence. Sun and Venus share influence
in this winter season. Similarly the influence of Tarot
V of CUPS (with its antipode V of PENTACLES) is transitioning
to VI of CUPS and VI of PENTACLES. These cards illustrate
the nature of what has been and what will be.
In Mars Snake year 2001
A New Millenniums begun
Fenris wolf in the great world shire
The new age entered through circle of fire.
Sun Horse year 2002
Shines a light on false and true
Evil will of ages past
Clearly doth its shadow cast.
Venus Year 2003
Earths renewal does foresee
Through all who know this true love Queen
Will faith and hope and joy sing.
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VENUS 2003 PLANET OF THE YEAR
Each zodiacal year is ruled by one of seven planets including Sun
and Moon. 2001 was a year of Mars, 2002 a year of the Sun, 2003 is a
year of Venus. Mars years bring more wars and aggressive actions,
Sun years reveal all thats been hidden, bring core truths to light,
expose good and evil alike. Whatever was occurring behind the scenes
of nations and corporations has been illuminated in this Sun-ruled
year. The excesses of Mars, corporate corruption, terrorist violence,
war-mongering have been brought to consciousness. What the Sun Year
brings to light, Year of Venus 2003 makes right. Venus corrects,
refines, makes one what is revealed in the Year of Sun.
2003 is a Year of Venus. Keynotes of Venus are grace, love,
beauty, truth and art. Venus brings power to restore natural law
and order. Winter is a transition season. The Sun co-rules with
Venus until Spring Equinox when the new zodiacal year begins.
Then the entrance of Venus into Pisces (conjunct Uranus!) on March
27th signals the return of peace to the world.
Venus conjunct Mars in mid-Scorpio at this Winter Solstice invokes
transforming and liberating love. Venus is powered to restore natural
law, love and order to the world in Venus ruled 2003.
2002 has been Sun ruled and Sun brings to light all that has been
hidden good and bad, Year of Venus brings discernment and choice
about what of this to manifest according to her yardstick of love,
grace, beauty, & harmony with Nature. 2003 also is 2+0+0+3 =
5, the number of Venus, her apple, rose and pentagrams et al.
The time when Venus is coming up before the morning Sun is a time
for restoring natural order, love, and peace in the world.
All things Venusian serve in this time: roses, apples and other
natural forms with five symmetry; pentacles, the pentagon, the
metal copper (best worn after polishing & exposure to Sun)*,
copper mineral; all artforms, harmonious natural surroundings.
Venus is to the Earth as the soul is to the personality
in esoteric tradition (Alice A. Bailey). Venus symbolized by a
five pointed star with point upward represents supremacy of soul
over the four of personality. Similarly the thumb is Venus while
other visible planets are represented by the fingers. Thumbs up
means soul control, thumbs down is bad, like the inverted pentagram.
Thumb rings (especially copper) augment soul influence.
Grace is a keynote of Venus. There is a relationship between physical
grace and the grace of subtle spirit, chi. Release of chronic muscle
tension or character armor is important now. Yoga, tai chi, Pilates,
freeform dance and other forms of body culture can facilitate natural
flow that leads to transformation. Personal transformation comes with
the clearing of psychic and physical channels. Then attention may be
directed to what needs transforming on collective psychic levels.
Note that entrance to the Aquarian era occurs through the Venus ruled
Libra decan of Aquarius. Venus / Love is guide in this new world.
*Note: When exposed to the Sun, electrons in copper ramp up to higher,
more energetic orbitals. This energy is absorbed when copper is worn.
It takes several days for copper to loose the charge of a few hours
sunning. Copper has curative effects when periodically exposed to Sun.
7 YEAR / 7 PLANET NATURAL CYCLE
7 Year Gold Price Cycle
(Note: A 36 year Sun gold ruled - period began in 1980/81,
Sun years are 1981, 1988 (until spring equinox 89), 1995
(until S. E. 96), and 2002 (until S.E. 2003).
Copper Price Cycle
Note: Gold prices are due to peak in March,
the price of copper will rise soon after.
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3) MYTHS FOR OUR TIME
Here let it be said that in those days the Heir of Isildur arose
in the North, and he took the shards of the sword of Elendil,
and in Imladris they were reforged; and he went then to war,
a great captain of Men. Battle there was in Rohan and the Heir
of Isildur let the host of the West to the Black Gates of Mordor.
In that last battle were Mithrandir, and the sons of Elrond, and
the King of Rohan, and lords of Gondor, and the Heir of Isildur
with the Dunedain of the North. There at the last they looked upon
death and defeat, and all their valour was in vain; for Sauron was
too strong. Yet in that hour was put to the proof that which
Mithrandir had spoken, and help came from the hands of the weak
when the Wise faltered. For, as many songs have since sung, it
was the Periannath, the Little People, dwellers in hillsides and
meadows, that brought them deliverance.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, P 303
The same Lord of the Four Quarters diamond star mandala that appeared
on the central tower of Rohan also adorned the top of the U.S. national
Christmas Tree lit at midnight Christmas Eve. The United States is
the Horse Kingdom and there may be important clues in this story to
meeting the challenges of our day.
THE MAGIC LESSONS OF HARRY POTTER
On Wednesday January 15th J.K. Rowling announced that her new
book "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" will be published
on June 21st, the day of Summer Solstice. The Aquarian Age is ruled
by Uranus, planet of the 7th Ray, the Ray of Ritual Order & Ceremonial
Magic. The big H holding Harry potter's cape is the H in the symbol
for Uranus. The bolt of lightning on Harry's forehead represents
power to overcome evil. Uranus rules lightning. In many Tarot decks
the lightning bolt striking the Tower (key XVI) is shown coming from
an eye in the sky. This is the Goddess Eye, the eye of divine
destruction which overthrows the shadow selves, the false king and
Lightning Struck Tower is also called the Tower of Liberation.
When big change is needed the Tower appears. Energy from the eye
can be used for "psychic editing." Think of a pattern of thought
or behavior disturbing you. Next imagine this pattern separate from
the person or people involved. Then take some deep breaths while
revving up your anger. On a final outbreath send a bolt of psychic
lightning to blast the pattern. See the pattern break. Bless the
energy released and direct it toward a good purpose. This is
transformation. Uranus is the Egyptian god Onuris, the hero god who
recovers the Eye. The Goddess Eye clears the way for a new era of
universal peace and prosperity. Many New Agers say Pallas Athena is
co-regent of the 7th Ray with St. Germain. The Owl is the creature
of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. Harry's Owl is Hedwig,
"head wise one." We've been told "Follow the water bearer into the
upper room" & "Only as you become as little children can you enter .."
* * * * * * * *
This is a mythic time, the beginning the Aquarian Renaissance and the
start of a new millennium. The Sun Millennium needed a Sun Year(2002)
to begin and the Age of Aquarius has its inception in Venus year 2003.
This because we enter the Aquarian Age through the Venus ruled Libra
part of the sign. Venus/Love rules in this time. Ancient Egyptians
called Morning Star Venus "Bennu," the Phoenix. The Bennu returns
every 500 years during a time when Venus rises before the Sun.
We live in the time of the war in heaven and earth. War in heaven
means conflict on the inner plane. The astral plane is the battle
ground of the white magician." (A Treatise on White Magic).
This is a magical war portended by J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter,
J.R.R. Tolkiens Lord of the Rings and the popular TV serials Buffy,
Angel, Charmed, Smallville, Stargate, Haunted, the new Twilight Zone,
Andromeda, Birds of Prey, have I missed any?
The more the war is won on the inner side, the less war will be
in the outer world. Successful ways of combating evil and promoting
good are coded into our traditions of chivalry and dragon lore and
our sacred texts. World mythologies convey much vital information about
our archetypal hard wiring. A mythic story reactivated in its time can
make all the difference in the world. The present challenge from the
psychic realm is an opportunity for self-actualization. This is the
heros journey. We are all entering wizard school. It is time now
for us to wake up, remember who we are and do what we came here to do.
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THE CHIRON STORY
The centaur Chiron lives at a time when there is a terrible war
going on between the good gods and goddesses and evil giants called
the Titans. Chiron saw that the gods and goddesses were losing the
struggle against the Titans because they were not united. Each god
and goddess had a separate shrine & they were fighting among themselves.
Chiron brought the gods and goddesses together around a fiery altar
high on a mountain. On this altar Chiron sacrifices a wolf (constellation
Lupus). Through this ritual transformation the gods and goddesses are
united, the evil giants are overcome, and good again triumphs in the world.
The wolf Lupus represents darker passions that cause violence and
suffering. The wolf can symbolize greed, addiction, lust or misplaced
ambition. The wolf in its shadow nature embodies all that stands in the
way of living ones potential and realizing the destiny of the soul.
In Jungian terms this principle is called the shadow. Some esoteric
books call this shadow of Self the dweller on the threshold. One only
becomes fully conscious of this dweller at the threshold of initiation.
The world dweller now stands revealed so world initiation is close at
hand. Following the sacrifice of the wolf a new state of consciousness
is realized, a rejuvenation occurs and a new creation can come to flower.
The death of the shadow wolf reveals the white wolf of purified instinct
that is in accord with purpose of the soul.
The transformation of Mars is spoken of alchemically as the "burning up
of the wolf." The wolf is a creature of Mars.
A Native American myth teaches the difference between the two wolves that
appear in the human psychic nature.
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IV OF SWORDS MEDITATION FOR TRANSFORMING THE WOLF
A healing transformation can be facilitated by lying on the back
head north with hands making a tent over the solar plexus as seen
in the IV of Swords Tarot card. What needs transforming is then focused
through the palm chakras onto the solar plexus. This is an altar fire
for the shadow wolf. Breathe deeply and visualize what needs to be
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THE CHIRON KING
George W. Bush has Chiron conjunct the Moon and Jupiter in Libra.
President Bush a Chiron King, a distinction shared with Bill Clinton
& Tony Blair. (An NPR commentator called Bushs recent State of the
Nation address a Bill Clinton speech because it so deftly covered
all bases.) Every Chiron brings a wolf to sacrifice on the public
altar. Bill Clinton brought the wolf sex, George W. Bush is bringing
the wolf of war, Tony Blair brings the wolf of corporate greed.
I believe a collective magic spirit guides world leaders regardless
of political persuasion. Even those who seem way off base may be
playing quite necessary archetypal roles. A good case is president
George W. Bush whose Sun conjuncts the Sun of the United States at
13 Cancer. This sign reflects the nature of the U.S. national psyche.
George W. Bush appears scripted to act out, in exaggerated fashion,
the shadow of the U.S. - hes doing a good job. Calling world attention
to Iraqs ideology of power and domination" brings light to this
shadow of America. The goal of this political alchemy is to process
and eliminate selfish nationalistic emotions. Emotional response
is being invoked from Americans and other people of the world such
that one man rule and U.S. world dominance will be ended. The U.S.
will then take its rightful place among the community of nations.
America with its military might, will no longer be feared as a rogue
cop but valued as a world peacekeeper.
The Arthurian Round Table story is being retold on a global level. The
world is turning away from the old might makes right philosophy and
turning toward empowering the good. No one individual should decide the
course of a nation nor one nation the course of the world. The dogs
of war are too vicious to be set loose by one man. - Robert Byrd
Parts of President Bushs State of the Nation speech were inspiring,
others quite disturbing. The course of this nation does not depend on
the decisions of others brought a chill because that to me means acting
outside the whole. About this statement, NPRs Daniel Shore said
If this is brinksmanship then President Bush is standing at the brink.
N.Y.T. Op Ed Bait & Switch by Bob Herbert
The Bush administration is changing the nation in fundamental ways.
However one feels about a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, over the long
term a bullying, go-it-alone foreign policy wedded to a military
doctrine of pre-emption is a recipe for destabilization and paranoia
around the world Behind the veil of rhetoric is a Darwinian political
philosophy that, if clearly understood, would repel the majority of
U.S. State of the Union Address 28 Jan 03
Our war against terror is a contest of will in which perseverance
is power. In the ruins of two towers, at the western wall of the
Pentagon, on a field in Pennsylvania, this nation made a pledge,
and we renew that pledge tonight: Whatever the duration of this
struggle, and whatever the difficulties, we will not permit the
triumph of violence in the affairs of men -- free people will set
the course of history. (Applause.)
All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested
in many countries. Many others have met a different fate. Let's
put it this way -- they are no longer a problem to the United
States and our friends and allies. (Applause.)
When President Bush was speaking this last line the TV camera was
focusing on the audience. While the hawks stood clapping a single
dark haired woman turned aside toward camera with a horrified
expression on her face. She looked like Medusa and she is hope.
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FEBRUARY DATES & TIMES FOR THE ECLIPSES OF ALGOL
The Aquarian Age is entered through the third decan of that sign
in the cycle of precession. The star sign for this decan is Cetus,
the sea monster that threatens Andromeda. Early Christians called
this creature Leviathan, the dragon of Revelation.
The hero Perseus uses the head of Medusa to turn this monster to stone.
Perseus is the star sign of 3rd decan Aries which is 110 120 west
longitude. Los Angeles and Hollywood occupy this area of the Earth
Zodiac. Inspiration comes from this area for meeting the challenges
of the time.
World terrorism can be defeated by psychic means. The only true
security is psychic security, the only real defenses are psychic
defenses. Psychic pre-emptive strikes during Algol eclipses can
help de-structure the rationale for terrorist bombings or unilateral
Algol is a binary star system. This red star in the head of Medusa
is key to her power. Algol dims noticeably every few days when the
darker star eclipses the brighter one. People in medieval times
called this the winking of the demons eye.
Happenings in the heavens are mirrored in events on Earth. When an
eclipse occurs above then something is being eclipsed or eliminated
here below. Eclipses of Algol are opportunities to bring to
consciousness what needs to be cleared from the collective psyche.
Fixing in consciousness equates with "turning to stone." Bring to
mind the patterns of belief and behavior that are troubling the world
to help clear them. The window of opportunity for this psychic editing
is about two hours, one hour either way of the exact time given below.
Note: The times when Algol will be at mid-eclipse are listed in
Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time)and Eastern Standard Time US.
01@16:15 UT = 11:15 a.m. EST
04@13:05 UT = 08:05 a.m. EST
07@09:54 UT = 04:54 a.m. EST
10@06:43 UT = 01:43 a.m. EST
13@03:33 UT = 10:33 p.m. EST on 02/12/2003
16@00:22 UT = 07:22 p.m. EST on 02/15/2003
18@21:11 UT = 04:11 p.m. EST
21@18:00 UT = 01:00 p.m. EST
24@14:50 UT = 09:50 a.m. EST
27@11:39 UT = 06:39 a.m. EST
Subtract 1 hour from Eastern Standard Time for US CST,
2 hours for MST, and 3 hours for PST.
Algol eclipses are more powerful during seasonal ingresses (solstices
and equinoxes), cross- quarter days (e.g. Candlemas feb 2-4), and
during New and Full Moons (plus/minus three days).
Eclipses are for elimination. Algol Eclipses are Optimum Times
for Psychic Pattern Breaking, Tagging for Deletion, Turning to Stone.
See the following site for exact midpoint times of 2 hour eclipse.
*** Pen Algol Eclipses in red on your calendar for easy remembering.***
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4) MUNDANE ASTROLOGICAL CHARTS
U.N. Security Council:
* China 1 Oct 1949 3:15 pm LMT Beijing
* France 5 Oct 1958 12:39 pm CET Paris
Note Draco Sun/Mer conjunct Bush Moon/Chiron
* Russia 12 Dec 1991 11:22 am LMT Moscow
Moon 27 Aquarius conj US Moon, Cetus decan.
* U.S. 4 July 1776 5:14 pm EST Philadelphia
Saturn 14+ Lib, Draco decan, square Hydra Sun
* U.K. 1 Jan 1801 0:00 GMT London
Hydra Moon conj US Sun, Sun conj NYC Sun.
* U.N. Security Council Composite
Sun 24+ Lib, Lupus decan, conj Mer & Ven,
all square Cancer Mars which trines Sco Pluto.
An aggregate for exposing & transforming shadow.
5 nations make up the U.N. Security Council, a group of nations
esoterically called the Star of the World. France is at the top of
the World Pentagram because the 5th Ray is a key to its planetary
destiny and France has a special role to play on the global stage
when it matures through its national pride and selfishness. France
stands separately, often on political matters, has focused much
attention on a socialistic Third way, but is still physically
at the heart of Europe and at the core of the solution of our
planetary crisis. - Mysteries of Venus pp 60-61, Mark Lerner
* New York City 1 Jan 1898 0:00 am EST
Moon w Athena elevated in Perseus decan Aries.
* Brasilia 21 Apr 1960 9:45 am BZ2
Ruling planet Venus Aries 14+ conj U.N. Moon
Future capital of the South American Union
* George W. Bush 6 July 1946 7:26 am EDT New Haven CT
12th house Sun 13+ Cancer, Hydra decan, conj US Sun
Moon/Chi/Jup in Libra, Draco decan, tri 20 Gem Ur/N.Node
George W. Bush reflects both soul & shadow of America.
* Tony Blair 6 May 1953 6:10 am BST Edinburgh
Sun 15 Taurus, Orion decan. 21 Cap Chiron sq Sat/Nep
* Blair/Bush Composite Sun 14+ Gem
opposing Moon 14 Sag conj US Asc, Aquila decan
N. Node 13+ Aries conj U.N. Moon. 13+ Libra Draco Nep
tri Sun a team for taming dragon, empowering U.N.,
doing war dance, avoiding conflict.
Colin Powell means Alert (Powell) Warrior (Aries Sun)
Who Brings Victory to the People (Colin / Nicholas).
He was born April 5th 1937 with Mercury in Aries in
T-square with Capricorn Jupiter opposing Cancer Pluto.
* United Nations 26 April 1945 1:13 pm PWT San Francisco
Moon, Venus & Jupiter in earth sign Grand Trine.
MC 4 Cancer Sun squ Nep rising @ 4 Libra, Baghdad in Earth Zodiac.
On 25 April 1945, delegates of 50 nations met in San Francisco for the
United Nations Conference on International Organization. The delegates
drew up the 111-article Charter, which was signed on June 26. Alger
Hiss describes the euphoria as the final draft was signed. He explains
that Truman placed tremendous importance on it, so much so that the
original document was given its own parachute on the flight back to
Iraq is the U.N.'s testing case. There has rarely been a clearer,
more justified summons to action as this one. As Bush stated in his
address, "We created a United Nations Security Council so that, unlike
the League of Nations, our deliberations would be more than talk,
our resolutions would be more than wishes."
"The United Nations needs to get some back bone. I'm going to be
working with the Security Council to put some backbone in it."
- U.S. President George W. Bush
* European Community 1 Jan 1958 0:00 GMT Brussels
Sun 10+ Cap tri Moon 10+ Taurus, Orion decan
Orion conquers the Bull of materialism.
Europe is a counterbalance to the U.S. on the present world stage
and Europe is key to breaking the spell of Western materialism.
Europe lives the mythic story of Europa, her name sake. Europa is a
magical Minoan princess who rides a white bull clockwise round her
island at Sunrise each day. Europa has a spear that always hits its
mark (Germany) and a dog (France)that always catches its prey. And
Europa has a giant bronze robot that guards her island, this is
England. England plays the role of the reluctant king at the Round
Table of Europe just as Russia is reluctant king of the 12 nations
of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Brazil of South America,
and the U.S. at the World Round Table.
The net result of the complex political dance now occurring is a
strengthening of the United Nations, what the world needs now.
Note: The mythic astrology interpretive system I use combines tarot
with astrology using the 48 Chaldean / Greek constellations. Each 10
degree portion of the zodiac is related to a minor tarot arcanum
(Rider-Waite cards) and to one of the 36 ultra-zodiacal constellations.
These additional star signs are helpful because they have more specific
mythologies than the zodiacal signs. This interpretive system can be used
for understanding and forecasting world events as well as for analyzing
individual charts. Mythic Times subscribers may request my past article
Decan Constellations Key that includes a chart of all the decan signs
with their tarot equivalents. Example: Second decan Cancers Tarot card
is # 43. George W. Bush is Americas 43rd president and his Sun is in
the Three of Cups decan of Cancer.
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5) ASTRO*EVENTS CALENDAR & CELEBRATIONS CALENDAR
* February 1 AQUARIUS NEW MOON 5:48 EST
* February 2 CANDLEMAS / IMBOLC (Observed)
- CHINESE NEW YEAR (Crescent Moon)
* February 3 AQUARIUS CROSS-QUARTER DAY
* February 5 MARS CONJ. 4 DEC ECLIPSE DEGREE
* February 9 URANIA GATE OF INSPIRATION
THE AWAKENING OF ISIS (Ancient Egypt)
* February 10 YAN YAT, EVERYONES BIRTHDAY (China)
* February 14 SAINT VALENTINES DAY
- WORLD SOUND HEALING DAY
* February 16 MARS CONJUNCT PLUTO 10:55 AM EST
- AQUARIUS FULL MOON 6:51 PM EST
- CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL
* February 17 SUN CONJUNCT URANUS
* February 18 SUN ENTERS PISCES 9:01 PM EST
* February 20 MARS OPPOSING SATURN 9:13 AM
* February 22 SATURN STATIONARY DIRECT 2:04 AM
LUCKY DAYS FOR BUSINESS & SOCIAL ACTIVITY
BEST DAYS Feb 3,4,5,10,17
* March 2 - PISCES NEW MOON 9:35 PM EST
* March 4 - MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
DAY OF JUDGMENT IN HELIOPOLIS (E.)
* March 5 - ASH WEDNESDAY
* March 8 - INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY
* March 10 SUN SQUARE PLUTO
* March 13 - SUN SQUARE SATURN
* March 14 FAST OF MITHRAS (to avert evil)
* March 15 THE IDES OF MARCH
* March 18 PURIM FULL MOON 5:35 AM EST
* March 20 SPRING EQUINOX 8 PM EST
* March 21 FULL MERCURY (Superior Conjunction)
* March 23 PLUTO STATIONARY RETROGRADE
* March 27 VENUS ENTERS PISCES (Sign of Exaltation)
* March 28 VENUS CONJUNCT URANUS 7:43 PM EST
REGENERATION OF THE EYE OF HORUS (E.)
* March 29 SUN/JUPITER TRINE
LUCKY DAYS FOR BUSINESS & SOCIAL ACTIVITY
BEST DAYS March 5,21,22,27,29
Note: The Egyptian entries are part of an ancient prophetic system
for fixed solar dates. The Egyptian cycle entry for September 11th is
The Day Horus Battles Seth.
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CURRENT CYCLES -
GEMINI DECAN OF AQUARIUS (Jan. 30 Feb. 9)
The guiding planet is MERCURY; the constellation is PEGASUS, the winged
horse of Greek myth that carries Perseus to save Andromeda from being
devoured by Cetus the sea monster. Pegasus, the thundering horse of Jove
that wields divine lightning, brings intuitive insight, enthusiasm, a
broadening of understanding, and power to overcome evil. Keynotes are
Inspiration and Prevision. The Tarot Arcanum is the SIX OF SWORDS: A man
steers a boat with a woman and child toward a distant shore. The passengers
are shielded by six upright swords. Through emotional balance and centered
personal will inner child and divine feminine are given safe passage.
RUNE INGUZ (Feb. 2 18): Fertility, Emergence. A clear vision at the
beginning ensures harmony and productivity in the cycle. Harmony of the
self with the Self brings wholeness. Clearing away undesirable influences
and old habit patterns is needed for the union of inner and outer worlds.
Emerging from the chrysalis of winter follows; a new cycle of self-aware
creating begins. In the grail tradition Inguz brings the healing of the
Fisher King and the potential blossoming of the wasteland.
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6) CHINESE NEW YEAR: RAM, BLACK SHEEP, WATER GOAT, DEER
The Lunar New Year begins when the Aquarius New Moon crescent
becomes visible this Sunday evening February 2nd. Monday Feb 3rd
is the first day of the Lunar Year in most of the world . The
New Year celebration continues for two weeks culminating with
the Lantern Festival on the Full Moon (February 16th).
Sensitive people are more apt to be aware of psychic phantasms and
turbulent collective emotional tides at the close of the Moon cycle.
What is awry is brought to awareness. Feeling invokes healing.
Ideally, we take on little that is new before or on the day of the
astronomical New Moon. This a time for house clearing in preparation
for a new beginning. Astral shadows are apt to be passing by and
moving through, there is a psychic disjunction so it is an unlucky
time for new or difficult tasks.
Though the cycle of the Moon begins when it conjoins the Sun, the
Moon is not visible then and its mediating influence is not available
to consciousness. The day of the New Moon is unfavorable for planting
of psychic or physical seeds. At this time the soul and consciousness
is turned within. It is ideal to clean and put the house in order
during this time, then perhaps have friends in on the evening that
the New Moon crescent appears.
The days just following the appearance of the New Moon crescent are
ideal for beginning new things. This is a good time to let your needs
be known, begin new things, announce intentions to the world. Farmers
plant seeds when the crescent Moon appears. This is also the best time
to plant seeds on other levels.
Traditional Celts, Jews, Arabs, Chinese and Native Americans begin
their lunar cycle with the sighting of the New Moon crescent. All
outwardly directed activities are supported by the new influences
coming into the world.
Lunar New Year is always one of the most powerful New Moons of the
year so more shadows come before the Moon appears. Lunar New Year
is always the New Moon in Aquarius. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus
so this planet is strong now in its influence and the energy of
Uranus is believed to come through, be mediated by, the Moon.
The 1st Night and 1st Day of Lunar New Year determines what will
be in the coming year. Children are allowed to stay up as late
as they want on 1st Night, this is good luck. No one sweeps the
house on the 1st Day of New Year because this could brush away
good fortune. Firecrackers are exploded to scare away the old
and the demonic and the doors are thrown open to let out bad
spirits. Scissors, knives and other sharp objects are avoided
today because these may injure incoming fortune. Red is the
color favored for décor because it brings abundance. No one
is supposed to cry at the beginning of New Year so children
are allowed more their own way. Food today is vegetarian out
of respect for the animal world. Sticky rice balls with sesame
seeds are eaten to increase fortune.
- TUNG SHU The Ancient Chinese Almanac edited by M. Palmer
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I am Natures special child.
I trust and am rewarded by trust.
Fortune smiles on my countenance.
All things blossom
In the gentleness of my love.
I strive to find beauty in all I behold.
I am fair of face
And full of grace.
I AM THE SHEEP
This is a smooth year following that of the energetic Horse.
A year to relax and make peace with oneself as well as with others.
The Sheep's influence will draw us closer to home and our families.
Patron of the arts, the Sheep will bring out all the creativeness
in our natures. On the world scene, things will be more tranquil
and subdued. Hopefully, the Sheep's love of harmony and keen sense
for coexisting with his enemies will preserve this year from many
upheavals. The moderates and doves will be heard and heeded. Wars,
international conflicts and mutual animosities usually end in the
year of the Sheep.
- The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes by Theodora Lau
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YEAR OF THE RAM, GOAT, DEER
The sheep of goat (called the hill-sheep) is the 8th symbolic
animal of the 12 terrestrial branches. The goat is one of the
six sacrificial animals and was undoubtedly known in China
long before the sheep was. However, since the western variety
of sheep is relatively uncommon in Asia, the goat or the deer,
both better known there, are often used as the animal for the
Year of the Ram. The characteristics of these three animals
are mingled in fixing the qualities of the ram year.
Since sheep, goats and deer are all gregarious, moving about
in flocks or herds, the year of the ram is expected to be
marked by excellent cooperation among humans. And, since
the sheep is timid, mild of nature, wanting little more
than to be left alone to graze in the grass, it represents
peace, and its year is thought to bode well for this scarce
commodity. (The lamb of God, a symbol of Christianity, is
also well known for this quality).
According to an ancient Chinese legend, 5 venerable magicians,
clothed in garments of 5 different colors and riding on rams
of 5 different colors, met in Canton. Each of the rams bore
in his mouth a stalk of grain that had 6 ears. These were
then presented to the people of the district, to whom the
magicians said: May famine and dearth be no more.
Having uttered these words, the magicians immediately
disappeared, and the rams upon which they were riding
were changed into stone. From this old legend Canton,
the great city on the Pearl river, came to be known
as the City of Rams. -The Asian Animal Zodiac by Ruth Q. Sun
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BLACK SHEEP YEAR http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2003.htm
2002 is the year of Black Horse, which contains Water and Fire.
Year 2002 has not been a peaceful year, because Water and Fire
are hostile to each other. When Water and Fire are together,
disputes and arguments will be there. The solution for this
conflict is the Wood element.
Year 2003 is the year of Black Sheep, which contains Water, Fire,
Earth and Wood. 2003 will be more peaceful than 2002. Year 2004
is the year of Wooden Monkey. Monkey is in the first year of the
Metal cycle. Year 2003 is the last year of the Fire cycle. 2003
is the year between the two Element cycles. Chinese astrology
calls this type of the year as a corner year. That means 2003
is a changing and unpredictable year.
The first day of the 2003 Black Water Sheep year is on 2-04-03 in
China. Actually, the Water cycle of 2003 begins in November, 2002.
LUNAR NEW YEAR WEB LINKS
2003 Chinese Year of the Ram -
New York City Lunar New Year
Chinese New Year Parade & Festival in San Francisco Feb 15th
Lunar New Year Celebrations for Kids Young & Old
AQUARIUS NEW MOON / LUNAR NEW YEAR FRACTAL
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