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.

XXXV: Vultures

Carrington

XXXV Vultures

Servitors: Izozon, Iuar.

The word in the top row, AIIAH, resembles the Hebrew איה (aiah), meaning ‘falcon,’ ‘hawk’ or ‘kite,’ while that of the bottom row, RAIAH, resembles ראה (riah), meaning ‘vulture.’ The word in the first column, AIIGR, may derive from אגור (agor) ‘hoarded,’ ‘accumulated,’ or ‘collected,’ while the word in the fifth column, HAIIH, may come from חיה (chiah), meaning ‘animal,’ ‘beast,’ ‘brute’ or ‘life force.’ The name in the Central Cross is that of the spirit Izozon and takes its meaning from the word זוז (zoz), meaning ‘move,’ ‘stir’ or ‘go away.’

The Vision

I saw a vulture sitting in the branches of a dead tree that looked as though it had been struck by lightning. The tree was set atop a bald hill which looked like the crown of a skull from which the flesh had been stripped away, while the vulture looked fat and satiated. Around the foot of the hill grew wide stemmed grass, almost as thick as reeds, and strewn among that grass were fresh entrails. Above the scene, high in blue skies with white and grey clouds, circled other vultures, though they did not dare approach the pickings of this mighty bird.

In the midst of the entrails lay a wolf, dying, its innards strewing forth from a rent in its abdomen. I approached the wolf as it lay at the edge of death and took mercy upon it, healing its wound and bringing it back to life. I asked what creature had done this to him and he replied that it had eaten one of the vulture’s young, which then proceeded to tear its way out from inside of him. The vulture sat in the tree above him waiting for him to die so it could feast on him. I saw a clock at this point and its hands stopped at the moment I healed the wolf. The time on that clock read 5:29:27. The vulture informed me that in thirty-three seconds time, at 5:30 exactly, the wolf would have died and it would have feasted upon its carcass, and that I had made a great error in depriving it of its meal. I said that it looked well fed enough as it had feasted on the flesh of the hill, leaving nothing but bare bone there, but it replied that it had not taken any sustenance from this great banquet, but had only eaten of it to open the gateways of death. As the lands were bare of all other life, the vulture told me that I would now be its next meal and it would stalk me until my death, which would now be hastened greatly. I informed it that my death was far away and that my ally the wolf would help preserve me. ‘But see how he slinks away’ said the vulture, and I turned to see that the wolf was departing.

I caught up with it and found that it was not fleeing from me, and that the vulture was trying to remove my hope and faith in my new ally. To prove this, the wolf bade me ride upon its back and took me to a grove where he and his fellows lived. There, I could take refuge from the stalking vulture who could not enter that place. In the centre of the grove was a well, the waters of which shone with the golden light of the Sun. On the stones of the well, each character set one-sixth of its circumference apart, were written the runes ᚴᛁᚦᚭᚱᚭ which the wolf informed me should be engraved onto a drinking vessel containing water drawn from a spring. This would keep the vulture and the forces of death at bay and would keep me healthy and rejuvenated.

After this, the sky grew dark and the wolf and his kin departed the grove to hunt by the light of the Moon. Left alone, I saw the vulture in the eaves of a cedar tree high above me, though its guard was down and it had fallen asleep. Seeing this, I departed the grove, escaping my hunter, and the vision ended.

Notes

While the runes were Germanic, the word they spelled was Greek, being κιθάρα, (kithara), the word from which ‘guitar’ comes. This was traditionally the instrument of the sun god Apollo, who exchanged it with Hermes for his Caduceus. It is therefore a solar instrument and relates well to the well-water that shone with the light of the Sun. The appearance of wolves and birds may also prove related to the spirit Barbatos, who knows the languages of dogs, birds, oxen and other beasts, and who is also associated with the woods, hunting, stringed instruments (the name Barbatos may derive from the words Barbiton and Barbat, both of which are stringed instruments) and the principles of magical protection. This I take as the fulfilment of the promise of a message delivered to me by that spirit in a previous work that he would deliver me a meaningful message at a designated place or point in time. The magical formula given will therefore be incorporated in a practical manner to obtain the benefits described. Runes were developed as a writing system by the Etruscans and were based on Greek characters, so a link between Runic and Greek script is not unfeasible.

It is also notable that the name of the Book of Offices spirit Ozia appears in the Square. Ozia comes under the rulership of Egin and can teach all manner of arts or sciences, invisibility, grant the favour of enemies and can carry one from one place to another, so there are also connections between his abilities and the events that occurred in this vision.

The Square was constructed with the Moon at 8º Aquarius and was scried with the Moon at 13º Aquarius, where it was conjunct with Mars. With the wolf being a Marsian creature, it is possible that the appearance of the wolf was a manifestation of the influence of that planet over the vision.