Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Mars-Saturn-Neptune and multicongruence

You are standing on the sea-shore and the waves wash up an old hat, an old box, a shoe and a dead fish and there they lie on the shore. You say “Chance”. The Chinese mind asks “What does it mean that these things are together?” – Carl Jung, The Symbolic Life

Last year, British photographer Steve Jones shot the well-preserved wreck of the World War Two US bomber B-17G Flying Fortress off the island of Vis, Croatia. The aircraft crashed in 1944 after getting hit by anti-aircraft fire, killing co-pilot, Ernest Vienneau.  May 30

Dennis Elwell has defined the term multicongruence as  the tendency for certain things and conditions to co-occur because they belong together at a higher, unmanifest level. He points out that we are conditioned not to attach too much significance to coincidences that occur. However, anybody who follows the news carefully will not fail to notice that sometimes there is a run of “similar” events. Astrologers are in a unique position to see  “similarities” between planetary combination occurring in the heavens  and events on earth.

Research has shown that chart angles have the property of bringing together planetary aspects that may be otherwise considered separating. In May 2017, transit Mars squared Neptune on May 11 and then went on to oppose Saturn on May 29. A chart for the exact Mars-Saturn opposition at London has the T square straddling the meridian.

Saturn-Neptune  aspects have been related to disasters at sea while Mars-Saturn is a combination we often link to war. Put together we can see how, in our particular context,  the combination can refer to the war wrecks that the BBC article talks about.
Neptune has also been associated with the world of images. The last time Neptune visited Pisces, in the 1850s, was when photography first began to appear regularly in newspapers; for the first time in history, everyday people were exposed to actual photographic images, and across that decade this trend became the standard.
We can now begin to see why the article on BBC with beautiful underwater images of the wrecks was published at the Mars-Saturn-Neptune T square.
But let us go back to Elwell’s multicongruence idea and see if there were other manifestations of the T-square.

Presented here is the chart for the New Moon at Madras, India. Once again the Mars-Saturn-Neptune T-square occupies the angles. Based on archaic religious ideas, the BJP government  had banned the trade of cattle for slaughter. Subsequently, the Madras High Court stayed the ban stating that it violated the fundamental rights of the citizens.

In its less conscious manifestation, Saturn in Sagittarius can describe how rigid belief structures
gobble up images and convert them to predetermined meanings. In place of the explorer, we find the believer steeped in  fundamentalist logics often passed on to him by tradition . Faced with infinite possibilities the believer tries hard to crop the Neptunian images and fit them into existing structures.

Opposite Saturn is Mars which can translate to aggressive action on behalf of one’s beliefs.  Mars is conjunct Al Hecka in the south horn of the Bull (cattle !). About this star, Nick Fiorenza writes:

Al Hecka, Zeta Taurus, the south horn, is of stalemates, standoffs, and brick walls—fighting old and antiquated crusades—particularly of a religious-political nature—and blindly or automatically continuing the fight out of habitual pattern even though the original purpose behind what we were fighting for is long gone. Al Hecka can express as beating one’s head against the wall, a relentless and futile pursuit. Al Hecka brings attention to when the accomplishment pursued is of a time no longer applicable—the time to surrender the physical struggle and move onward into a field of mutual cooperation.

This then becomes another expression of the T-square which when looked at superficially  does not appear to be related to the first example but indeed comes from the same star patterns.

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