Friday, 3 June 2016

German MPs recognise Armenian 'genocide'

The German parliament has approved a resolution declaring that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was a "genocide". Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey says the toll was much lower and rejects the term "genocide". The vote heightened German-Turkish tensions at a time when Turkey's help is needed to stem the flow of migrants. Turkey has recalled its ambassador and its leader threatened further action. 2 June

In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. On April 24, 1915, the Armenian genocide began [1]. That day, the Turkish government arrested and executed several hundred Armenian intellectuals. After that, ordinary Armenians were turned out of their homes and sent on death marches through the Mesopotamian desert without food or water. Though reports vary, most sources agree that there were about 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country.

The approval of the resolution by the German parliament is elegantly explained by the March 9  Solar Eclipse which fell on Achernar, alpha Eridanus. Aratus called Eridanus, “The River of Many Tears”. Diana Rosenberg links it to “massacres, acts of violent religious intolerance”. It was active in 1524 when Franciscan priests brutally suppressed the Aztec clergy, killing their priests; at the November 1793 New Moon at Nantes on the Loire River, the month “noyades” Carrier’s mass drowning of the citizens suspected of being opposed to the revolution began; in 1830 when the US Congress passed the Indian removal Act to force all tribes into  “Indian Territory” west of the Mississippi River.

 In Berlin, the Solar Eclipse makes a hard aspect to the MC. On the MC are stars of Bootes, the Herdsman and Argo, the Celestial Ship. The shepherding instincts of the herdsman combines with Argo’s second brightest star Miaplacidus to bring about mass movements. These stars were transited in 1934 at the start of the 7500 mile “Long March” of 100,000 Communist Chinese troops through almost impassable terrain to escape extermination campaigns: only about 10,000 survived: “the most extraordinary march in human history”. This was also the Full Moon in the traditional month of Passover of 5500 BCE which Edgar Cayce gave for the Exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt. [1]

Progressing the eclipse chart to June 2, the date of the news, brings the Ascendant to the “reaction point” of the eclipse T-square, thereby triggering it. Among other stars conjunct the eclipse are those  of Phoenix, the Firebird that rises from it ashes and several others in the flowing waters of Aquarius’ Urn. Diana Rosenberg writes, “here Eridanus’ great River of Time and the flow of water from the Urn sweep away past errors and regrets”.
The German parliament’s  resolution on Thursday that recognized their country’s role as the Ottoman Empire’s then key ally and said it was now responsible for promoting awareness of the 1915-1916 Armenian genocide is an admission of an error if not a regret.


In addition to Obama’s visit to Hiroshima on May 26, here is another example of regrets and atonement coming just before the June 5 New Moon which activates the solar eclipse.

More than 40 years after the end of the Vietnam war, dozens of ageing former American soldiers have gone back to the country to live. Some had difficulty adapting to civilian life in the US. Others have gone back in the hope of atoning for wrongs they believe were committed during the war. At the foot of one of Da Nang's Marble Mountains women with rice hats walk around selling souvenirs. A lift takes tourists to the top, where on one side they look out over the countryside of central Vietnam, on the other the South China Sea.

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