Mars Conjunct Aldebaran

Notre Dame

The tragic news of a fire destroying parts of a wonder of art and architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday, as well as the simultaneous fire that destroyed part of Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, saw a tight conjunction between Mars and the Fixed Star Aldebaran at 10º Gemini. Traditionally, Aldebaran’s conjunction with Mars is wont to bring destruction and accidents, and with both celestial bodies sitting in House IX, the House of Religion and Philosophy, at the place and time of the French fire’s outbreak (approximately 18:30, Paris time) the auspicious activation of a major destructive event instigated by fiery Mars and Marsian Aldebaran is credible. Furthermore, in the Sidereal Zodiac—which is that deemed most relevant to Mundane Astrology—the Lunar Mansion Al Dabaran, named after its leading star, is particularly associated with the destruction of buildings. That there were two such fires simultaneously could be seen as a manifestation of the twin or dual aspect of Gemini.

Jupiter, the planet which represents religion, gods and worship, stationed retrograde at 24º 21′ Sagittarius on 10th April, just 30′ shy of the face of the fixed star Shaula, and was positioned at 24º 19′, a small orb of 0º 32′ away from this star (which the Arabs named ‘the tail of the Scorpion’ and is known for its  Marsian and Mercurial properties) at the time the fire was detected. In Paris, Jupiter’s position in House III where it formed a loose departing square with Shaula’s other resonant planet, Mercury—the ruler of both Gemini and House III, which was in its detriment and fall in the twenty-ninth degree of Pisces, in that sign’s Marsian decan—may have assisted with the quickness with which the fire spread.

In Jerusalem, the site of the Al-Aqsa mosque—the third most revered place of worship  for Muslims—Mars and Aldebaran were located in House VIII, which is strongly influenced by Mars and Scorpio.

The fate of Notre Dame (which has some personal significance to me as I proposed to my wife while sailing past it on the Seine back in September 2016), brought to mind the lightning strike that destroyed the roof of York Minster on July 9th, 1984. Mars sat conjunct with the star Zubenelgenubi, the Southern Claw of the Scorpion—a star of the nature of Mars and Jupiter—at 14º Scorpio at that time, though more fitting to that event was the conjunction of the shocking sky god Uranus with Antares, then at 9º Sagittarius, which sits almost exactly opposite Aldebaran and is also destructive and Marsian in nature. Aldebaran was conjunct the Ascendant at the time that the fire brigade arrived on the scene at York Minister (approx 02:15, meaning the fire probably broke out around 02:00), while Antares was approaching the Descendant and Aquarius, the sign of Uranus’s domecile, was on the cusp of the Midheaven. Jupiter was also retrograde at the time of the York Minster fire, as it was at the time of yesterday’s twin fires.

I hope both of these mighty examples of human culture and endeavour will recover from the unpleasant setbacks that have befallen them, and I express sympathy and goodwill to all  those impacted by the fires. York Minster was eventually repaired and thrives today and hopefully Notre Dame and Al-Aqsa will recover too.

Antares Rite

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Tomorrow, 9th November, sees the Moon going conjunct with Mercury at 10º Sagittarius at 13:34 hours GMT. This degree is relevant as it is that in which the Fixed Star Antares currently sits. This star, in the heart of the constellation of Scorpio, ‘gives men healthy colour, grants good memory and intelligence, makes them appear wise, and banishes demons.’ A close Lunar conjunction forms with this star and the MC at 13:18 that day, just before the Moon goes perfectly conjunct with Mercury, which will add further strength to the effects of granting good memory and intelligence.

An Antares Talisman is utilised by placing a mixture of Birthwort juice and Yew beneath a Sardonyx Stone inscribed with the sigil of Antares.

Method

  1. Crush an even amount of Birthwort seeds and Yew berries with a pestle and mortar into 50ml of Olive Oil with a dash of Vitamin E oil a few days before the rite, keeping them sealed in a Mason Jar.
  2. Retrieve the jar an hour or so before the rite and strain the contents so that a clear oil is obtained.
  3. Five to ten minutes before the selected time, retrieve the Sardonyx and engrave the sigil of Antares onto it.
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Seal of Antares
  1. Facing the Angle on which the conjunction is formed (South for Midheaven) Hold the Sardonyx over the open jar containing the oil.
  2. Recite the Emerald Tablet over both, fumigating with incense appropriate to the star’s planetary influences, which in this case are Venus and Jupiter, therefore Benzoin and Cedar (or any other fitting incense) are burnt.

The Emerald Tablet

“Here is a true explanation, concerning which there can be no doubt.

It attests: The above from the below, and the below from the above -the work of the miracle of the One.

And things have been from this primal substance through a single act. How wonderful is this work! It is the main (principle) of the world and is its maintainer.

Its father is the sun and its mother the moon; the wind has borne it in its body, and the earth has nourished it.

The father of talismen and the protector of miracle, whose powers are perfect, and whose lights are confirmed, a fire that becomes earth.

 Separate the earth from the fire, so you will attain the subtle as more inherent than the gross, with care and sagacity.

It rises from earth to heaven, so as to draw the lights of the heights to itself, and descends to the earth; thus within it are the forces of the above and the below;

Because the light of lights within it, thus does the darkness flee before it.

The force of forces, which overcomes every subtle thing and penetrates into everything gross.

The structure of the microcosm is in accordance with the structure of the macrocosm.

And accordingly proceed the knowledgeable.

And to this aspired Hermes, who was threefold graced with wisdom.”

 

  1. Place the Sardonyx into the oil and fumigate again, making an improvised statement of intent based around your purposes for creating the Talisman.

Once the oil has been created it can be used to anoint oneself or consecrate some other object whenever the talisman’s effect is desired.