Mirror Reflections: 1848/2011-2012 & 1929/2012
Updated & Revised February 3, 2012 At the end of January 2011 when the Tunisian Revolution was rocking the media realms and other nations in North Africa and in the Middle East were beginning to sense an oncoming wave of radical change about to arrive on their doorstep I was on an overnight radio program being interviewed about astrological themes. The host of the show asked me for one last prediction when things could get intense and I said March 11 because Uranus, planet of revolutionary fervor, would hit the potent Zero Point of the zodiac (0 degrees of Aries) and start a nearly 8-year journey in the first fire sign, strong-willed and assertive Aries.
It turned out that on March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake struck northern Japan, triggering a giant tsunami, both of which killed thousands of people and ignited radioactive peril at three nuclear facilities. Nine to ten days later, the Equinox beginning spring in the Northern Hemisphere occurred with the closest Sun-Uranus union at the 0 degrees Aries placement since 1676 (335 years ago). By that time, many news figures around the world were already coining an expression (The Arab Spring) as so many dictators were being pushed to make reforms or on the verge of being toppled from their long-term power roles. However, as a professional astrologer with nearly 40 years of experience and a keen focus on Mundane Astrology (worldly issues), I knew before-hand that the Equinox was going to create an extraordinary wave of shock, surprise and revolution (due to Uranus being so strong), but that another planet (Neptune) was deeply at work here because this far-out celestial body was returning in the zodiac in 2011 - 2012 to where it had been one orbit around the Sun earlier (163 - 164 years prior) in 1848.
[Note:: Neptune was in Pisces for a good portion of 1848 starting a 14-year cycle in that last sign of the zodiac. This is similar to what just happened in 2011 (when Neptune entered Pisces for a few months), and now Neptune is entering Pisces for another 14-year cycle on February 3, 2012 at 11:04AM PST. Neptune at the end of Aquarius and the beginning of Pisces links 1848 to both 2011 and 2012. Therefore, we are still in this crucial mirror reflection time-period in 2012, and Neptune is one of the key bridging archetypes we need to study to make sense of the unusual, rare and startling political, social, economic and spiritual changes all around us.]
What Happened in 1848?
Fortunately, I love history and as the events in Tunisia (and then Morocco, Algeria, Yemen, and Egypt) were unfolding early in 2011, I remembered that another year 1848 had been marked by an extreme series of revolutions. If you type into Google the following 1848 Revolutions the first item to appear related to the Wikipedia should have the following web-link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1848
You will be blown away by reading this cogent and clear rendition of the large group of nations mostly in Europe that were hit by a wave of revolution. In fact, some historians refer to 1848 as the Spring of Nations or the Year of Revolution mimicking this current years terminology of the so-called Arab Spring. With The Communist Manifesto being published in German in February 1848, the game was afoot and countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, and even New Granada and Brazil in South America took the plunge into anarchistic, socialistic and communistic revolutionary agitation.
It is astounding to see that the reasons for the various revolts in 1848 primarily having to do with the enormous population of the have-nots rising up against the privilege, power and tyranny supported by the haves, of the masses rising up against dictatorial leaders and repressive governments have an uncanny resemblance to what has fanned the flames of revolution around the globe in 2011 and still happening in early 2012. In fact, just as the crushing and startling financial debacles of 2008-2009 led to the 2011 explosion of public rage, the potato famine in Ireland and crop failures in Northern Europe helped to greatly contribute in 1848 to peasants, farmers, and lower-class and middle-class city workers gathering together to air their grievances and strike against the power-elite.
The Spring Equinoxes of 1848 and 2011
The two color charts relating to this section (as thumbnail charts to click on and enlarge at the end of this feature) can be studied to give you a birds-eye view and feel for how history can repeat itself particularly when two of the three outer planets (in this case, Uranus and Neptune) are in fairly similar placements in the zodiac. In both charts, you will see that a Full Moon would have just occurred because Libra Moon appears in both horoscopes having just opposed the Sun at 0 degrees of Aries. The 1848 chart actually has the closer Full Moon placement, and it turns out that about 12 hours before the Equinox, there had been a Total Lunar Eclipse right on the Lunar Nodal Axis revealing the massive karmic forces assisting in fomenting the shock wave happening throughout that year. Keep in mind that a main reason the Spring Equinox is very significant as a turning point in Mundane Astrology is that the Sun is now at the beginning of the zodiac representing a start and source for celestial alignments happening over the next 365-day cycle.
The astounding feature of the 2011 Equinox as mentioned in the second paragraph of this article is that the Sun is united with Uranus, both celestial bodies inhabiting the same degree! And this is why to a major extent the media has stressed the revolutionary facet (Uranus) over the collective-universal (Neptune) essence of what we have been witnessing. If you compare both Equinox maps carefully, you will see that Neptune is at the same place in the zodiac within approximately 2 degrees, and this is because Neptunes orbit around the Sun is close to 163+ years, and those are the number of years separating 1848 from 2011. It should also be noted that all professional astrologers who are history buffs know that the tenets of Communism and Socialism pertain to Neptune, and that Neptune had just been discovered on September 23, 1846 shortly before the 1848 revolutions exploded with fury.
Time Magazine Makes The Protestor its Person of the Year
For the entire scope of this year, I have been focused on this story the parallel revolutions of 1848 and 2011, and the fact that Uranus in forceful and often rash Aries and Neptune at the cusp of universal-collectivist Aquarius-Pisces are in the same zodiacal places in both years. In watching, listening to and reading large numbers of news reports in 2011, I never heard any prominent writer or publisher explain the link-up between 1848 and 2011 until the publisher of Time magazine appeared on MSNBC close to the Winter Solstice to reveal its Person of the Year as The Protestor.I had thought they might have chosen Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who had been shot in the head, but survived to make a miraculous recovery with the hope that she might even someday return to her duties in the U.S. House of Representatives. The publisher of Time made just a passing reference to the 1848 revolutions, but at least someone had finally acknowledged the connection.
Meanwhile, in seeing the cover of Time, I started thinking again about the specific individual who actually catalyzed the Tunisian Revolution via an act of self-immolation on December 17, 2010. That individual Mohamed Bouazizi had been a seller of fruit, and government officials prevented him from doing so due to some kind of mix-up about a license to sell from his fruit stand. Within just an hour or so, the horror-filled event took place setting off a wave of protests around the world in 2011. Bouazizi died on January 4, 2011 after being visited by the President of Tunisia a man who was eventually toppled by the Tunisian people.
Mohamed Bouazizi was born on March 29, 1984 with a Balsamic Sun-Moon Phase (also known as the dark-of-the-moon monthly cycle, which can be associated with martyrdom). In addition, his Uranus in Sagittarius is on its own Heliocentric South Node (amplifying the revolutionary nature of his life-purpose) while his Lunar Nodal Axis (related to fate-destiny) is united with the Neptune-Pluto conjunctions of 1892-1893 that began a long, 492-year cycle of humanitys evolution as a species on Earth. He was also born with a very close Sun-Jupiter square and on the day he doused himself with gasoline and lit a match, the Sun in fiery Sagittarius was exactly square to Jupiter in the sky in its traditional home sign of empathic and compassionate Pisces. Just as we can see history repeating itself in fervent revolutions in 1848 and 2011 (163 years apart due to astrology factors recombining), Bouazizis act on December 17, 2010 took place when the two largest celestial bodies were making the same sky pattern that they had formed when he took his first breath 26+ years earlier on March 29, 1984. [The new Tunisian government has honored Bouazizi by creating a stamp with his image and fruit cart.]
The Winter Solstice Maps of 1848 and 2011
In order to realize that the end of each of these years contains similarities, you can take a look at the horoscopes for both solstices (offered at the end of this feature). Just as both Spring Equinox charts held Libra Moon placements and had occurred immediately after enlightening, but also tug-of-war inducing Full Moons, now you can see that both Solstice horoscopes contain passionate, intense and somewhat foreboding Scorpio Moons.
The biggest problem concerning the revolutions of 1848 was that for the most part they fizzled out or that entrenched forces within the upper classes, royalty and ruling regimes clamped down on the protestors, agitators and anarchists. With the current Occupy Wall Street type movements in America and around the world not necessarily well-coordinated, and the ongoing political-social-governmental-economic crises in Syria, Russia and even China most likely to see the hand of governmental repression staying in charge, it is possible that we may again, as in 1848, witness a death knell (shadow side of Scorpio Moon) for the various 2011 causes and reformations without a rebirth or regeneration. I say this even though in many respects I am an eternal optimist when it comes to individuals solving their problems, but in seeing that 7 Uranus-Pluto provocative squares will light up the heavens from June 24, 2012 to March 16, 2015 one has the distinct impression that many of the 2011 protests may fizzle out like their 1848 cousins.
Note: It is also significant that in the 2011 Winter Solstice chart (strongly influencing all of our lives during the first three months of 2012 until the Spring Equinox of March 19 - 20, 2012), the Sun at 0 degrees of Capricorn is almost exactly square Uranus at 0+ degrees of Aries. Thus, the urge toward being sensible, practical, and responsible in material matters (Sun entering Capricorn) is clashing with the urge toward radical change and revolution (Uranus back to 0+ Aries) as we start this three-month season. In addition, the two celestial bodies (Sun and Uranus) that teamed up to launch the dynamic revolutionary wave this past spring are now in an abrasive, 90-degree aspect that often manifests as violent crackdowns on dissent rather than widespread acceptance of the myriad voices of the discontented 99 percent.
In Closing: Jupiters Remarkable 83-Year Cycle Brings Together 2012 and 1929
With all the above information linking 1848 and 2011 as well as 2012, it feels appropriate to bring up something I discovered in the mid-1990s when I published an astrology magazine in print called Welcome to Planet Earth. Even though most astrologers feel comfortable in saying that Jupiter takes 12 years to orbit the Sun, its actual orbital time-span is 11.862 years. This doesnt seem very important at first glance until you realize that if you multiply that number by 7, you get 83.034 or almost precisely 83 years of time for 7 complete Jupiter orbits around the Sun or within the zodiac.
What this means is that every 83 years, Jupiter is virtually on the same degree of the zodiac from 83 years before. Day by day, week by week, month by month, if you work with printed ephemerides showing where each celestial body is moving during the 365 days of a given year this Jupiter phenomenon is happening. Even Jupiter stations or stopping points in the zodiac occur on or nearly on the same day 83 years apart. And the same goes with retrograde cycles.
As you continue to make resolutions for yourself and your loved ones regarding 2012 and hope that the end phase of the Mayan Long Count of 5,125 years really means Planetary Renewal and Rebirth, you may want to refresh your memory about all of the major events of 1929 since that year happened exactly 7 Jupiter orbits ago or 83 years ago, and if history wants to repeat itself, 2012 could become somewhat of an historical clone of 1929. And where we dont want this to happen in particular is around the dates of October 24 (Black Tuesday) and October 29 (Black Thursday), 2012 exactly 83 years after the double-dose of Stock Market Crashes occurred on those dates on Wall Street in late-October 1929, setting off The Great Depression of the 1930s.
Just as Christmas Day 1928 had Jupiter shifting from retrograde to direct at 0+ degrees of earthy Taurus, Christmas Day of 2011 (83 years later) had Jupiter shifting from retrograde to direct at 0+ degrees of earthy Taurus. Jupiter (when positive) connects strongly with providence, benevolence, good fortune, opportunity knocking, and the power of positive thinking. Be aware that this year, Jupiter shifts into Gemini on June 11 at 10:23AM PDT. This largest planet in the solar system will make a retrograde station at 17 degrees of Gemini on October 4, 2012 at 6:19AM PDT, and then make its next direct station at 7 degrees of Gemini on January 30, 2013 at 3:38AM PST. This latter station occurs just 10 days after the next president is inaugurated in Washington, D.C for a four-year term. It is intriguing that President Obama is born with the Moon in early Gemini, Mitt Romney is born with Gemini Rising and several planets in this sign, and Newt Gingrich is a Sun-sign Gemini with a Mercury-Uranus union in early Gemini as well. Regardless of who becomes the American president during the highly-challenging 4-year cycle from 2013 to 2017, it appears that Big Picture, King-of-the Gods Jupiter in the Mercurial sign of Gemini wants to have a hand in who will be at the reins of our governmental executive branch come January 20, 2013.
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