By Gemini Brett
Let the Sunshine In
“When the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planet and love will steer the stars.” Is this the dawning of the Age of Aquarius? Well, Moon is always in the seventh house somewhere and Mars and Jupiter are always aligned in one way or another so we’re in need of a more specific astronomical criterium. How exactly will the heavens announce the dawning of the new age?
What in the Heavens is the Zodiac?
We cannot address this astrological mystery without first engaging one significantly more fundamental: just what in the heavens is the zodiac? This seems like a simple question, but the three popular zodiacal philosophies of our day (constellational, sidereal, and tropical) all disagree. Astronomers define the zodiac as the twelve (or thirteen) constellations that skirt the ecliptic plane and claim to debunk astrology with one simple academic argument: the signs do not align with the zodiac constellations.
Is the Zodiac of the Stars?
Most sidereal astrologers (many of the Vedic tradition) feel this argument does not apply to their zodiac because it is aligned to the stars, but the sidereal signs are of equal size while the ecliptic constellations certainly are not. In fact, the most widely-used sidereal zodiacs are astronomically defined by starting Libra at Spica, which is the brightest star of the constellation called Virgo.
Is the Tropical Zodiac related to the Seasons?
The Tropical Zodiac invariably begins with positioning 0 degrees Aries at the Northern Spring Equinox (March 20 or 21), aligning the Cardinal angles with the Equinoxes and Solstices. This creates a significant discrepancy between that zodiac and the actual placement of stars and constellations. For example, when the Sun passes through Tropical Libra and the first nine degrees of Tropical Scorpio, it is actually still in the huge constellation of Virgo. Tropical astrologers respond by suggesting signs are not of the stars, but of the seasons and often teach through statements such as, “Sun rules Leo because August is the hottest time of the year.” Okay, but what about the fact that the hottest month for half the globe in the North is the coldest for the other in the South?
Is the Zodiac of the Directions?
My own wrestling with this challenge of seasonal opposition has led me to understand the Tropical zodiac as a system based not upon the seasons, but rather upon the cardinal directions. North is North everywhere on Earth and our planet’s North pole always leans towards the Cancer Solstice point so the cusps of tropical Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, and Aries are always, respectively, due North, West, South, and East of Earth’s center (Figures 1 and 2).
The Tertiary Motion
Earth’s northern rotational axis points to Alpha Ursa Minor (the star Polaris) so this tail star of the little bear constellation is found directly above Earth’s North pole. However, nicknames like North Star and Polaris (‘pole star’) will someday be reassigned because our axis very slowly circles westward through the heavens (Figures 2 and 3). This axial precession, the so-called tertiary motion of Earth is opposite to our planet’s secondary motion or annual orbit. As a result, the cardinal directions and, therefore, the Tropical signs slowly retrograde through the zodiac constellations–this is called the Precession process.
Precession of the Equinox
The rate of precession is about 72 years per degree. Multiplying this rate by 360 degrees returns a value of 25,920 years for the entire precessional cycle, a period often referred to as the Great Year. Each great month is referred to as an Astrological Age, and lasts for about 2,160 years (25,920/12) and is said to be named after and influenced by the constellation hosting the Aries Equinox point. The way I see it is that, because this constellation is due East of Earth’s center, it energetically acts as the ascendant for our entire Planet.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Maybe BC should be called BP for “before Pisces” because the Aries Equinox first aligned to a star of that constellation around 1 AD.1 Precessional math suggests the new age will begin 2,160 years later, but the East point will not align to a star of the Aquarius constellation until about 3,325 AD as the Pisces constellation is huge and about ten degrees of space exists between the Fishes and the Water Bearer.1 1,300 years seems like a long time to wait for “peace to guide the planet.”
East meets West
Perhaps the turning of the ages is activated by Aries Equinox alignments with Sidereal sign cusps. Such a system honors both Eastern (predominantly Sidereal) and Western (predominantly Tropical) astrological philosophies, promotes equal duration of 30 days for each of the twelve great months, and possibly proposes a mechanism for the evolution of astrological archetypes. Shouldn’t we expect a shift when the tropical-sidereal pairing of Aries-Pisces becomes Aries-Aquarius? If so, we’d be wise to leave a note for our great, great, great, great grandchildren as the Aries Equinox will precess to Sidereal Aquarius around 2,450 AD.
About 150 years later, the East point will cross the degree of the ecliptic where modern astronomers differentiate Pisces from Aquarius (Figure 4)1, but their zodiacal boundaries were clearly not astrologically derived. In fact, when the International Astronomical Union established the modern system of 88 constellations in 1930,2 they removed a majority of Scorpius from the ecliptic and declared a 13th zodiac constellation (Figure 5). How can astronomer’s reasonably justify reassigning the ecliptic longitude of Scorpion’s heart Antares to Ophiuchus, which has no bright stars nearby? Antares is less than five degrees from the ecliptic and is the 15th brightest star of our sky! 3
The Royal Decree
Astrologers know Antares as one of the four Royal Stars, which along with its counterparts Aldebaran, Fomalhaut, and Regulus was used as a marker in ancient times to define the heavenly bounds of the signs.4 In his 1969 book, “Astrological Timing, the Transition to the New Age,” Dane Rudhyar describes the 2010 AD entrance of Lion’s heart Regulus into tropical Virgo as one of the “factors pinpointing the beginning of the so-called ‘Aquarian Age.’”5 Has it already begun then? The timing of this Regulus shift does seem to agree with ancient transmissions and systems of precessional mystery.
On the night before his crucifixion, when asked where to prepare the passover, Jesus told his disciples to follow a man bearing a pitcher of water into his house. Is this an homage to the Age of Aquarius just as this ‘lamb of God’ teaching his Twelve disciples to become ‘fisher of men’ portrays the precession from Aries to Pisces and the slaying of 3,000 golden calf worshipers by ‘shepherd king’ Moses tells of the turning from Taurus to Aries? If so, I believe Jesus reveals the timing of the turning in the next passage describing the events of his trial when he says, “you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”6
The Sun on the Cross
Stargazers know the Milky Way appears as ‘clouds of heaven’ in dark skies. From Earth, we see the Milky Way, our galaxy, intersect the ecliptic, our solar system, in two places. The Cancer Solstice point recently precessed to one of these heavenly intersections, which resides between the constellations of the Twins and the Bull –at the right hand of mighty Orion (Figure 6). I believe the prophecy speaks of the height of the light (the summer solstice Sun of huMan) shining from this galactic cross, “sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”6 This once-in-26,000 year alignment is happening in our time! 7
In his books “Maya Cosmogenesis” and “Galactic Alignment,” John Major Jenkins provides ample architectural, cultural, symbolic, and mythological evidence to support his theory that the Mayan long count calendar was tuned to precession (five long counts are equal to 25,5625 years) and that December 21st, 2012 was selected as the so-called end date to celebrate the Solstice Sun on the other galactic intersection.8 There, at the mouth of the cosmic serpent (the Milky Way ouroboros), the ecliptic foot of Ophiuchus, the arrow of the Archer, and the tail of the Scorpion all point to the center of our galaxy (Figure 5). The exact alignment of the Solstice points with the heavenly cross perfected in 1998, but the window of Solstice Sun alignments with galactic center remains open until 2225. 9
The Birth of the Sun
I am grateful to have met John before he passed this year and to have begun my starry study at the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School10 with Daniel Giamario who helped me understand the Sun on the Cross as the most important alignment of our time and the true announcement that the Turning of the Ages is now! I am also very grateful for this opportunity to share this Solstice gift with you. May the starry stories continue to unwrap us as we sprout through the soil of a new age. Let the sunshine in!
Love and Planets,
Figure 1. The Three Zodiacs – The sidereal zodiac (outer) remains fixed to the constellational zodiac (middle) as together they turn counterclockwise against Earth’s cardinal directions and tropical zodiac (inner). With precession, the sidereal signs turn through the seasons and the tropical signs turn through the constellations.
Figure 2. The Three Motions – The primary motion (blue) is Earth’s eastward daily rotation, the Secondary Motion (yellow) is Earth’s eastward annual revolution about Sun (which we witness as Sun’s eastward movement through the constellations and signs), and the tertiary motion (green) is Earth’s westward axial gyration and precession of the equinoxes, directions, and tropical zodiac (primary colors) through the sidereal zodiac (purple).*
Figure 3. North and South Pole Stars throughout the Great Year.
Figure 4. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) and Sidereal boundaries between Pisces and Aquarius Constellations with the Aries Equinox Point shown for December Solstice, 2018.
Figure 5. The 2018 December solstice Sun on the Galactic Cross, Galactic Center (GC), and the strange IAU ecliptic boundaries, which would place Mercury and Jupiter or conjunct Antares conjunction.
Figure 6. The 2018 June Solstice Sun on the Galactic Cross. Elnath, the northern horn of the Bull marks Galactic Anticenter.
Illustrations by Gemini Brett and ScorpiAna for Arts of the Chart with thanks to Stellarium astronomy software and Google Earth
1. Precessional timings calculated with Stellarium open source astronomy software (stellarium.org)
6. Mark 14:62 (NIV)
7. This prophecy was spoken in the northern hemisphere where June Solstice brings the height of the light (“the glory of the king”)
9. Jenkins, John Major, Galactic Alignment: The Transformation of consciousness According to Mayan, Egyptian, and Vedic Traditions, (Rochester, Vermont: Bear & Company, 2002), 249-257
*Check out Nick Anthony Fiorenza’s incredible precession animation here: lunarplanner.com/HCmovies/HCmovie400i.html
Deep Bow to John Major Jenkins, the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School, OPA, Maurice Fernandez, and to you!
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