Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Beetle art wins hearts online

Pictor – the Painter’s Easel

Spike, who lives in Japan's Nagano prefecture with his human a teacher named Mandy Bryant, is a stag beetle. Found in many parts of Asia, stag beetles are listed as a globally threatened species. Spike is "sweet and curious," Ms Bryant told the BBC. "He is very special. For a little bug, he has a lot of personality," she said.  11 July, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40552623

In mundane astrology, charts for exact planetary aspects are considered important. On July 10, the Sun formed an exact opposition to Pluto. A chart for this event drawn for Nagano has Mercury conjunct the MC.

Mercury [7le]  conjoins Praesepe, the Beehive Star Cluster (M44) in Cancer commonly referred to as the Crab, but also the Egyptian Scarabaeus.  The Scarabaeus is more specifically a dung beetle but a beetle nonetheless which is quite similar to a female Stag Beetle [1][2][3]. Unlike the male,  the female Stag beetle does not have antlers.

Mercury makes a hard aspect to a Saturn-TNP Cupido conjunction. Among keywords for Cupido, Martha Wescott includes “sense for art”.

CUPIDO: Issues in the family history; group unity or dynamics; comments on the home, residence or household themes; decor; artistry; sense for art; partner or family members.

Also we have Saturn [22sa] opposite the stars  beta [23ge] and gamma Pictoris [22ge]. Pictoris is the name of this constellation 'The Painter's Easel'. The word Pictor comes from the Indo-European root *peig-1 'To cut, mark (by incision)'. Derivatives are paint, Pictor, picture, picturesque etc.
So what so we have if we put the pieces together?  A beetle with a sense for art!

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