Sunday, 16 April 2017

Kazakhstan to Ditch Cyrillic for a Latin-Based Alphabet

From a political perspective, while some embrace Latinization as a way of distancing Kazakhstan from Russia, others view it as a threat to the nation’s cultural heritage. Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has set a target date of 2025 for completing a transition from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet for publications in the Kazakh language, official daily Egemen Kazakhstan reported Wednesday. April 15

The news comes to us just a day after the Sun-Uranus conjunction of April 14. A chart for the mundane event has the Sun-Uranus-Jupiter-Pluto T-square straddling the horizon at Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The Sun is also conjunct a retrograde Mercury – the planet that rules languages, both the written and spoken words. We also note the Sun and Uranus are conjunct  mu Piscium in the cord of the west fish and Kurdah, xi Cephei in the constellation of King Cepheus. Cepheus is a monarch whose daughter (symbolizing the future)  is held in bondage by the past. He must make decision whether to keep his daughter forever chained to the past from which he comes or to release her to the future.

The constellation Pisces is composed of the western fish, which swims westward horizontally along the ecliptic plane back toward Aquarius. The western fish symbolizes  our priori inherited ideologies that we are born into. The eastern fish leaps upward, vertically from the ecliptic plane, seeking a greater freedom on the shores of sidereal Aries. The eastern fish articulates our desire to ascend from our primordial origins and priori ideologies, and our capacity to awaken from submersion in the tumultuous psychic emotional human world articulated by southern Cetus.

At the core of the T-square is the decade defining Uranus-Pluto square for which a keyphrase is “the end of an old order and the beginning of a new one”. So if we combine this understanding with the foregoing we can see why Kazakhstan is moving from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet.

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