a Companion to the Article GODLY ASTROLOGY
Aside from guilds, societies or loose info exchange groups that try to keep each other in check there is also a natural morality that accompanies our prediction makers. If a fortune-teller speaks to you directly about your death, by the method or timing of it, then they are bogus in the sense that such a disclosure is considered immoral by true professionals. And even the MSM’s astrologers try to avoid predicting publicly about any matter in which they have a strong partisan viewpoint or a vested interest.
What is an astrologer?
An astrologer is someone who plots lots of straight lines then bends their mind to get behind the curve ball and configure the curlicues of fate. The Positive and Negative powers (the equal Male and Female energies, sometimes confounded by androgynous Mercury) are the fundamental indicators of compatibility or disaffinity in Astrology. Everything else is an extension of them. Next come Astrology’s elements, modes and polarities then the individual Zodiac Signs and the planets themselves.
What is a planet?
Repeatedly viewing the night sky reveals ‘movers’, the planets, and ‘statics’, the fixed stars. (It’s just that they are so far away that they seem not to be moving). The planets are not necessarily as bright as stars (“To the southeast of Orion, on the line of the Three Kings, shines the most magnificent of all stars, Sirius”, Camille Flammarion) and although nearby Venus can shine even by day, distant big blue Neptune is virtually invisible to the naked eye.
Astronomy claims all stellar discoveries and names them and defines the newly-found heavenly bodies. (Planet, mini-planet, brown dwarf, asteroid etc.) Astrologers work with their given name to start their investigation of the properties of influence especial to the new find (which they commonly presume to have had no astrological influence before being astronomically identified).
Since the beginning of the Seventeenth Century – thanks to the D.I.Y. capability of the telescope and Johannes Kepler – we have had a very clear distinction between astronomers (who do a lot of observing the sky and calculating) and astrologers (who do a lot of calculating and observing the sky).
Are we in relationship with the Cosmos?
Any Theory of Integrated Cosmos must insist that not only are all parts of the Universe interrelated but all sciences must be as well. However, the science of Physics is still struggling to win at their own Overarching Theory of Everything (an absence of success at which threatens to stomp all over their admittedly compelling sub-theories like the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’).
PART 1 Most things are the product of their history
There is no doubt that ‘intuitive science’ was the very first kind of science-art, probably to do with the stars. I would think that Astrology and Religion arrived close together back then, just before or just after Kingship and Military Command, and that A & R were the professions of the higher servants or lower royals, i.e. the priestly caste.
Earlier even than the Masters of Ceremony would be the society’s evolving rituals and its customs, material and spiritual. What the sometimes deliriously spinning soothsayers and seers had cognized in their heightened states may have invested Zoroastrianism and the Vedas, noble forerunners to our modern religions, but meditation to zero can do this silently, inactively, mysteriously, although without the jolly mythologizing of more public revelations. Baron Bacon of Verulamium, the inventor of the scientific method, clarified in his “De Sapientia Vaterum” that mythology had contained occulted scientific truths.
Seeking guidance from the sky immediately threw ancient religious organizations of godlike capabilities into a shared-space sort of conflict with the less godly-endowed stargazers after Astrology entered the public arena, obliging the clerics to stress their channeled super-capabilities and not just rely on warnings to us to change our ways so as to avoid the inevitable. Dedicated priests so claimed to influence their powerful god to action and openly taunted those interpreters of the skies who never did claim any such channeling for themselves:
“Dost thou bind sweet influences of Kimah? (The Pleiades) Or the attractions of Kesil (Orion) dost thou open? Dost thou bring out Mazzaroth (the Zodiac) in its season? And Aysh (the Bear) for her sons dost thou comfort? Hast thou known the statutes of heaven? Or dost thou appoint Its dominion in the earth? Dost thou lift up to the cloud thy voice, And abundance of water doth cover thee? Dost thou send out lightnings, and they go And say unto thee, Behold us?” Job 38, 31-37 (Youngs Literal Translation Bible)
1555 Lyon Bonhomme
De la sixiesme claire splendeur celeste,
Viendra tonner si fort en la Bourgoigne:
Puis n’aistra monstre de tres hideuse beste.
Mars, auril, May, Iuing, grand charpin & rogne.
Sixth of the clear celestial splendor,
OR From the sixth bright celestial light
OR From the sixth/fixed lightning celestial splendour
It comes to thunder very strongly in Bourgoigne/Burgundy:
Then one very hideous beast monster born.
March, April, May, June a ‘grand charpin & rongne’.
Line 1, ‘sixiesme’ means sixth but some editions have ‘fixieme’ instead. In Astrology ‘Étoile fixe’ is a fixed Star. OF ‘claire’ meant either ‘clear’ or ‘lightning’. I have seen clear daylight repeatedly occur during a deep blue tropical night. It was from a broad flash of lightning over or beyond the distant ocean horizon that was so strong it turned night into day for the whole panoramic view and seemed to hold that view much longer than just a moment.
Line 2, Bourgogne is the English placename Burgundy.
Line 3, OF ‘n’aistra/n’aystra’ should be written OF ‘naistra/naystra’ meaning it will be born.
Line 4, OF ‘chierpain’ is a large wicker basket. ‘Carpi’ was a Villanova Iron Age culture, one branch of the crematory Urn cultures. The name is taken from the hornbeam tree, carpinus betulus, which grew everywhere in the Po valley in Medieval times. OF ‘rogne’ is perjorative, a griping word or, by a metonym of antiquity, a scabby fleece possibly rendering Line 4’s ‘grand charpin & rongne’ as ‘a superior basket and an inferior fleece’.
Regarding this ‘superior basket and an inferior fleece’, the image for the Sign of Capricorn, for example, is superior to most fish (it would need a goodly basket indeed for a fisherman to carry it in) but inferior to many beasts (it has a lower torso covered with fishscales and neither fair fleece nor fine fur).
OF ‘grand charpin & rongne’ also looks for all the world like what now would be an obscure medical evaluation, such as large bandages (one meaning of OF ‘charpin’) and scabs, mange or scabies (OF ‘rogne’). In OF Welche – a Gallo-Romance dialect of Lorrain – ‘charpin’ is a large osier basket but in modern Fr. ‘charpente’ is a wooden framework and is close to the English ‘carpenter’ rooted in cart (OF ‘char’ or chariot). And OF ‘rongne’ might have sounded rather like ‘grogne’ – the money of the Dukes of Bourgogne. (The ‘g’ in ‘gr’ is often slightly swallowed before the dominant ‘r’ in modern Fr. pronunciation.) The Sixteenth Century print method was likely to be hot typesetting under verbal dictation in a noisy room. Heat, speed and mispronunciation or mishearing of words must be held responsible for some printer errors, making the translator’s job more difficult.
Should the clear celestial splendor in Line 1 be a starry complex this could be the sixth or pointer star of Septentrionalis. Should it be the planets, this could be Jupiter the sixth planet in the Earth-centric cosmology of Ptolemy (as Earth was not considered a planet back then) though starting from the Sun the sixth planet is Saturn. (The sixth astrological house is Virgo and its planetary ruler is Mercury.)
How about a sixth heavenly pass of the Earth? Mother Shipton, if she ever existed, was a Northern English contemporary of Nostradamus. It is possible that she was the stuff of legend and that her discovered manuscripts are fake. They look faked and people have admitted to tampering with them (as with Nostradamus, although he was widely published and had numbered the Centuries so it is easier to separate out any forgery). Mother S was reputedly born monstrously in a cavern and looked frightful – witchy in fact. She mentions a dragon in the sky that passes around the Earth six times, the sixth pass signalling cataclysm and End Time circumstances that are entirely of our own making. She then describes horrific acts of self-survival that leave only a few alive. These few grow smug with the passage of time which irritates ‘the gods’ into an even worse attack that leaves a small number of shocked and humbled survivors who are then instructed by alien hominids as to how to get it right in the next Age.
Whichever the compass point and whatever era the ‘prophets’ and ‘seers’ come from they all tell surprisingly similar stories. (Whatever the compass point and era that ‘prophets’ and ‘seers’ come from they often tell similar stories/predictions, even or especially the repeats of faked ones!)
Finally, Michel Nostredame often wrote of the seven cycles of time, the first six under separate planetary rulers, the last cycle being a repeat run for the antecedent ruler.
Dans deux logis de nuict la feu prendra,
Plusieurs dedans estoffez & rostis.
Pres de deux fleuues pour seul il aduiendra:
Sol, l’Arq, & Caper tous seront amortis.
The fire by night will take hold in two lodgings,
Several within suffocated and roasted.
It will happen near two rivers as one:
Sun, Sagittarius and Capricorn all put to death.
Line 1 is clearly astrological but somewhat obscure to me. I guess Michel was obscure to non-astrologers and astrologers alike as some have said that he never constructed any horoscope perfectly correctly but then perhaps it is not a perfect art and I wouldn’t be surprised if he had his own version and unique methods or else his confusing Astrology references are themselves a part of the greater puzzle. Some enthusiasts have seized on the piecemeal issuance of the Centuries as a signal that these are not individual quatrains but sections of something enciphered into a periodical account of who knows what. The most distinguished is probably Michal Deschausses Ph.D. a female minister who appeared on History Channel’s The Third Antichrist, a part of their catch-all series called The Nostradamus Effect. She has extracted four volumes of enciphered text manuscripts from the ‘Opera Nostradamus’ which she considers to be journals set in the future and seems to have recognized herself in one of them. This reaction is a surprisingly common one among Nostradamus researchers; maybe the rabbit hole goes very deep. Very deep indeed.
Two rivers as one – could this be the merging effect of Nostredame’s Deluge? Otherwise, this is similar to other commentaries upon two rivers and two influences.Rome? Romanized Christianity? A zodiacal two rivers as one? The Sun was Emperor Constantine’s idea of God the Father. Christian accoutrements and attire introduced by him were those of the Pontiff of Dagon, the water god, as acquired by Mithra the Sun god and the Catholic Pope bears them to this day. Capricorn is the mer-goat, the horned creature with a fishtail caught in mid-evolutionary leap. Sagittarius is the Archer: a fortunate follower and adventurer, a target-achiever.
Many Astrology-based prophecies are scattered all over the pages of this website yet there are probably fewer than thirty Nostradamus Quatrains of astrological import that still beg their fulfillment.
PART 3 Cyclical Returns and Astro Accounting Practice
In my Article ‘STORED UP IN THE NORTH WIND’ I kicked-off with Nostradamus Quatrain IV 67 subtitling it as ‘When Saturn and Mars Are Equally Combust’. On reseaching this line I found good astronomical information on the closest cyclical conjunctions of Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. The following rounded-off cycle-years that were the closest to a whole figure are the ingenuity of Nostradamus Researcher Allan Webber. See his intriguing webpage,
on which he relies to some extent on the Nostradamus word ‘paracheve’ having the literal meaning ‘perfect’. It’s true that OF ‘paracheve’ is all about completion but it is perhaps more like ‘to lead to an end’ suggesting ‘to finish completely’, and so it is actually easier than he thought to apply this OF verb to approximately repetitive cycles which would otherwise require a rather theoretical cycle of perfections.
By finding completed cycles of planets in relation to the Sun’s motion he has removed some of the backslide of regression. The completed Sun cycle of 854 years is the nominal rotation he found that fits best to the other cycles that he found nearest to whole numbers:
Sun objectively 854.000 subjectively 854
Mars 399.960 400
Jupiter 71.996 72
Saturn 28.992 29
Sun and Moon Metonic (19 years) Cycle 44.947 45
Completed cycles in total: = 1,399.895 = 1,400
Celestial Science involves subjectively looking up at the stars and objectively representing these onto paper. In practice the cycles recorded never bring a planet back to the exact same sky setting twice, objectively, but might be ‘as near as dammit’, subjectively.
Some Simple Ideas In Astrology
Air is complementary to Fire but is superior to Earth and inferior to Water. Earth and Water are complementary to each other but not to Fire or Air.
In astrology there are 12 planets placing through the 12 Signs of the Zodiac plus eleven other placements that are important.
Polaris or Cynosura is now the Pole Star, as its Latin name suggests, but was previously the Dog’s Tail as the constellation of Ursa Minor was called the Dog before it became the Bear.
The Planets in Their Home Sign (“dignity”)
The Sun in Leo
The Moon in Cancer
Mercury in Gemini
Venus in Taurus
Mars in Aries
Jupiter in Sagittarius
Saturn in Capricorn
Uranus in Aquarius
Neptune in Pisces
Pluto in Scorpio
plus the Ascendant in Libra
These are completed or fulfilled by another planet on the same or a separate chart. Dispositing planets reflect all the usual needs and dependencies. Disposition works through Sign rulership, sometimes in a chain of ruling planets, but a planet in it’s own Sign or House is a masterful planet and needs accord with no one or no thing except another master planet. Two planets are in mutual reception when they disposit each other (example: Moon in Leo and Sun in Cancer).
Planets in their Opposite, Trine, Square, Sextile, Semi-Sextile or Inconjunct Signs are at a lower level and will, so to speak, seek out their own. Opposition is when two Planets are equally distant at 180 degrees. It represents a perfect variance. Square Aspect represents a less than perfect variance.
The Sextile Aspect is two planets at 60 degrees. The Trine Aspect is two planets at 120 degrees (one ‘trine’ or third of 360 degrees). It figures that two may be in one hemisphere while one is in the other hemisphere. Otherwise three Signs make one Trygon, a Triplicity.
A Brief Catalogue
Application is when two Planets are drawing together either by Conjunction or by Aspect – a Trine, Square or Opposition – whereby the inner planet shall be applied to the outer planet (except if they are moving Retrograde).
Besieging is when a planet is placed between the mal-planets Saturn and Mars. This is overlooked these days.
Conjunction, in any Angle, of two swift or slow significator planets will bring a matter under judgement to a successful conclusion sooner or later, especially if they are ‘essentially’ or ‘accidentally’ strong (save for a Prohibition or Refrenation intervening).
Direct is when a planet moves forward in a Zodiac Sign from one degree to the next.
Ecliptic is the imaginary line described by the direct path of the Sun.
Frustration is when a light Planet should join with a heavy planet but before they can come to Conjunction the weightier planet becomes joined to some other.
Geocentric means ‘Earth-o-centric’. A common denominator convention that Astronomy and Astrology share. Despite what we learn and deduce about the Universe the observations are made and measured from the observer’s position on the planet Earth. Where else?
Helios is the youthful personification of the Sun in ancient Greek mythology. Later he became the reliable charioteer who skilfully drove the fiery Sun Chariot, keeping its sentient horses at a steady distance from the Earth, and whose unpractised son imperils the fundament by driving too close and too often so causing a conflagration.
In The Heart of the Sun (or Cazimi) is when a planet is not removed from the Sun by more than 17 minutes distant. Lilley writes “and all Authors doe hold a planet in Cazimi to be fortified thereby” and “observe all Planets may be in Combustion of the Sun, but he with none” and “Combustion can onely be by personall conjunction in one Sign, not by Aspect”.
Jove is Jupiter, the most affable, encouragingly positive and human-friendly of all the planet gods in Astrology.
Kuiper Belt Objects are also called Trans-Neptunian Objects. This flat belt of frosty remnants of the Solar System remains hypothetical and although Pluto and Charon are suspected to be KBO/TNO this does not at all diminish their astrological influence. Mighty Neptune and little Charon should have been unknown as ‘orbes’ to Michel Nostredame.
Lunar Return occurs first at around age 27 and marks the progressed Moon reaching conjunction with the natal Moon so marking the move into maturity. It returns every 27 years. (There is a similarly sobering Saturn Return around age 29 and every 29 years after that.)
Mansions of the Moon/Lunar Mansions are a tradition (now fading in the West only) whereby the Zodiac is divided into 27 equal sectors that represent the days of the Moon.
Nodes are points in the Zodiac where the Moon or a planet (but not the Sun or the Earth) passes over to Latitudes North is called the ascending North Node and the direct opposite way round is the descending South Node. The Nodes merely mark-out an axis yet carried great weight in antique Astrology, as much the planets. The Moon wobbles in reaction to the Earth and so the Mean Node of the Moon is employed to average out this wobble.The Moon’s Nodes are the Head and Tail of Draco and not orbs but a pair of points on the ecliptic, rendering the dragon’s body as an invisible envelope described by the path of the Moon.
Oriental and Occidental. Saturn, Jupiter and Mars are Oriental to the Sun (above the horizon or setting after the Sun) from the time of their conjunction with it. When they come into Opposition to the Sun and until coming back into conjunction they are called Occidental. The faster-moving Moon is Oriental to the conjunct Sun viz her Opposition and Occidental from the time of her Conjunction viz its Opposition. (Mercury and Venus can make no Sextile, Square,Trine or Opposition to the Sun.)
Prohibition is when a planet interposes between two significator planets retarding them from bringing the matter under enquiry to a conclusion.
Quincunx is an assumed Aspect at 150 degrees where everything becomes stressful, sorrowful and ill-aspected.
Refrenation is when the conclusion encounters Prohibition by one of the significators going retrograde.
Separation is a matter of degree as two planets are parting. Half their own and half the other planets spheres may be applied, according to William Lilley.
Translation is when an inner or light or swift or inferior planet separates from an outer or heavy or slow or superior planet. It confers on the light planet a greater weight to achieve its end.
Umbra is the shadow of an eclipse.
Vernal Point is marked upon the circle of the ecliptic as 0°Aries and represents the position of the Sun at the Spring Equinox,. Early astrologers did not value the equinoxes as such because their Signs simply took on the characters and energies of the Seasons. The first day of the year back then was the first day of Spring. That’s why it was a convenient point to splice the circle. As day and night are always of equal length at this vernal moment it is called the Tropical Zodiac.India has its Sidereal Zodiac which has greater integrity, in a sense, as the 12 Constellations drift in relation to the 12 Signs in the Tropical version, but that hardly matters to our astrologers it seems.
Waxing or Waning is normal speech for a crescive or decreasing Moon. Here’s an example on the day of my writing this page, 31st May 2012: the last New Moon was on 2nd May at 23:48 GMT (and first Quarter was 28th May) so it is 10 days and 12 minutes old (as each new Moon is spoken of as a separate entity, by ancient tradition) and Waxing Gibbous with 74% illumined so far.
Yod is both a rare, powerful Aspect in Astrology (each point of the yod traced on a chart appears shaped as a ‘Y’ on every axis) and a classical Hebrew pictograph with the number 10 that looks like a human hand, OF ‘main’.
Zodiac means that belt of 12/365 skies in which all the planets of the Solar System are to be found in all their positions over a year, developed inBabylon. It is defined by the rotation of the Earth allowing our terrestrial viewing of 12 out of the 27 traditional constellations, all with characterization, as the Sun passes through each Sign. In effect it is twelve viewing screens like gigantic monitors which can be viewed in real-time or else constructed and reflected upon. Projecting these forward in time enables astrological predictions to be made that are heavily based on the influences or ‘silent prayers’ of the planets regularly beaming upon us and their interrelationships as we plot them.
Other astro-items like ‘Combust”, ‘Celestial Sphere’, ‘Exalted’, ‘Elongation’ and ‘Inclination’ may be found examined strictly in the context of quatrain translations-interpretations-commentaries on other pages of this website.
PART 5 PRECESSION
Once upon a time there were dark ages and golden ones that cycled with each other (not in tandem) and Plato named completion of one of these as the Great Year. Now we call it the Precession, as discovered by Hipparchos c.130 BC. This is also the technical expression for a wobbly spinning top. In effect, the axis of rotation describes a cone. In turn that describes the Earth’s slightly imperfect motion which means that we have an eccentric view of the changing heavens from our worldly window, making the study of matters more interesting and more mathematically productive, hence the Zodiac. The word ‘precession’ came in during the late Sixteenth Century from the Latin ‘praecission-’ or the going in advance of some other. A study of the precession of Mercury was one of Albert Einsteins early achievements. But the ‘precession of the equinoxes’ under some title or other has long been calculated: Heraclitus of Ephesus reckoned its greater cycle to be 21,600 Zodiac years whereas the old Indian astrologers set this magnitude at 24,000 years. The length has increased over centuries to nearly 26,000 years (a matter of belief rather than recalculation as some of the figurework supporting this idea is itself very ancient). Johannes Kepler was the first to explain the precession of the equinoxes in terms of the Earth’s elliptical orbit. It so reflects changes in the Earth’s perihelion, a time of closer approach to the Sun or in other words the orbit of climate change.
21st December 2012 is reckoned by some to be a pivotal moment for the precession of our planet, but maybe not. Certainly there are pointers to this date being the fabled Galactic Alignment, not the least of which is the Mayan long calendar. (See the introductory paragraphs to the Article ‘2012 NOSTRADAMUS’)
(Also see the Astrology part of the section SECT in the Article UNDERSTANDING NOSTRADAMUS: EXPLORING SOME SUBJECTS RECURRENT IN THE CENTURIES)
Nigel Raymond Offord © 2012