Friday, 16 December 2016

Ancient footprints suggest early man was polygamous

Three has become five. Laetoli in northern Tanzania is the site of iconic ancient footprints, capturing the moment – 3.66 million years ago – when three members of Lucy’s species (Australopithecus afarensis) strode out across the landscape. Now something quite unexpected has come to light: the footprints of two other individuals. “Our discovery left us without words,” says Marco Cherin at the University of Perugia, Italy. The find looks set to transform our understanding of the Laetoli site and the social dynamics of australopiths, as well as their style of walking.  Dec. 14

The November 29, 2016 New Moon conjoins Juno, the  asteroid of covenant partnerships. A chart for the New Moon drawn for the Laetoli site is shown here. Notice that the New Moon is anchored to a powerful Venus-Pluto-Jupiter-Uranus T-square placed on the angles.

Pluto is the archetype of primordial sexual energy, the universal life force which impels all evolution. It represents the primal libido that lies hidden in the  unconscious of modern man. Its conjunction to Venus, the planet of love and relationships, and aspects to Jupiter and Uranus  can here describe how ancient man handled this energy.

In mythology Jupiter or Zeus  was  a polygamous god with several wives. With Uranus’ association with freedom , the Venus-Uranus aspect also resonates with the idea of  many partners.

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