Sunday, 14 August 2016

Verbose tweet inspires linguistic laughter from Indians

It's the home of the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. The holy river Ganges rises there. The northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is not short of a tourist or two. But when Uttar Pradesh tourism board's official Twitter account published a tweet to promote the ancient city of Varanasi, a whole different form of attention was focused of the state. Aug. 14

A chart for the upcoming Mercury-Jupiter conjunction at Varanasi, India can help explain this news. Notice that the conjunction takes place in Virgo square the horizon axis and is therefore  significant for the place. With Jupiter’s link to exaggeration and pomposity, Mercury-Jupiter can often be associated with verbosity and a desire to show off one’s language skills. About the constellation Virgo, Manilius wrote:

"On them she will confer a tongue which charms, the mastery of words. " [Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, p.237 and 239]

To complete the picture for the stars on the MC [11li], Diana Rosenberg writes:

“Tropical Libra’s element of air and the Virgin’s realm of discerning intellect brings forth explorers of nature and the realm of language (Libra as the 5th sign from the 3rd simply enjoys words).”

This is also the area of the Indian lunar mansion Hasta which translates to  laughter!

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