Gula – the Great Doctoress
A groundbreaking study of the virosphere of the most populous animals -- those without backbones such as insects, spiders and worms and that live around our houses -- has uncovered 1445 viruses, revealing people have only scratched the surface of the world of viruses -- but it is likely that only a few cause disease. The meta-genomics research, a collaboration between the University of Sydney and the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing, was made possible by new technology that also provides a powerful new way to determine what pathogens cause human diseases. Nov. 23
The Total Solar Eclipse of March 9, 2016 was placed powerfully on the meridian at Sydney. It was also conjunct Neptune which was one arm of a Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-square. About the stars conjunct Neptune, Diana Rosenberg writes:
When the ancient figure of Gula, “the Great Doctoress” is superimposed on the stars of Aquarius, her face, forehead and left hand come out here at the mouth of the Urn and its outflowing waters, bringing forth physicians and healers….These stars were transited at the 293 BCE Aries Ingress: at Rome’s request, a mission from the Aesclepion at Epidaurus in Greece sailed to Rome; Aesculapius became the most important Greco-Roman god of healing; in 1793 at the beginning of a severe Philadelphia Yellow fever epidemic: doctors were helpless, 5,500 died; in 1882 when Doctor Koch discovered the tuberculosis bacterium, the first definite association of a germ with a specific human disease; at the 1947 Aries Ingress during an outbreak of small pox in New York City (the city quickly set up free vaccinations, cutting off the threat); at the 1955 announcement that the Salk Polio Vaccine had been found safe and effective and many others.
If we now progress the eclipse chart to November 23, the date of the news, notice that the eclipse T-square once again makes hard aspects to the meridian and is thereby triggered. A second trigger comes in the form of Neptune stationing direct (on Nov. 20) conjunct the radix Neptune on the MC of the eclipse chart.
Finally, we note that Saturn[16sa] is conjunct the star eta (η) Ophiuchus, Sabik. This is a star on the right leg of the Serpent Bearer. Ophiuchus is identified with Aesculapius (Asklepios, Asclepius), an ancient physician who grew so skilled in the craft of healing that he was able to restore the dead to life. So once again we have a confirmation that this eclipse is highlighting doctors, physicians and the art of healing.