Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Mongol stirrup – game changer that altered history

When a man named Temüjin was given the title of Genghis Khan in 1206, the Mongols were a recently united people, tucked away in the northeast corner of Asia. By the time Genghis Khan died in 1227, they were sunning themselves on the shores of both the Pacific Ocean and the Caspian Sea. By 1241 they were knocking at Vienna's door, and they remained the terror of eastern Europe for the rest of the century. The Mongols claimed the largest consolidated land empire in history. Seemingly the only way to keep them out was to put the Himalayas between you and them. And many historians believe their power stemmed from an incredibly simple technological innovation: the stirrup. May 9 https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/the-mongols-built-an-empire-with-one-technological-breakthrough/

Archaeologists at the Center of Cultural Heritage of Mongolia at Ulaanbaatar have unearthed the remains of a Mongolian woman who  was buried with a saddle and metal stirrups.  To understand this news we will look at the chart for the last solar eclipse at Ulaanbaatar, the location of the Center of Cultural Heritage of Mongolia whose archaeologists made the discovery. 

The eclipse [8pi25] is conjunct stars that were part of ancient Chinese asterisms that referred to tombs and graves. It makes hard aspects to the Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus  T-square which is very significantly aligned with the horizon.  Here Pluto [18cp] is conjunct stars of the Archer – often depicted as a man-horse image with a bow and arrow. Jupiter-Uranus is a combination that is linked to technological breakthroughs. So we have all the constituent images that can make up the news when put together.

If we now progress the eclipse chart to May 9, the date of the news, we find that the meridian reaches a conjunction to Jupiter triggering the eclipse configuration on this date giving us  news that can be put together from the star images. On the progressed Ascendant [21sa] in tropical Sagittarius (once again archer) is the star theta Ophiuchus [21sa24] in the right foot - a reference to the stirrup!

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