THAT LEFT BEHIND RAPTURE RIDDLE
On October 3rd a hopefully more sophisticated remake of the Left Behind film on the theme of the Rapture was premiered in Hollywood starring Nicholas Cage. Initial reviews don’t seem too favourable and the subject is so difficult it would be hard to imagine any completely satisfactory treatment. It is hard enough just to write about this theme as I do here and I don’t examine into all aspects of the belief in Rapture and its history. Like most apocalyptic thinking it is strongest among some branches of Protestantism although Catholisicm does have a version of Rapture doctrine called The Warning. In Catholicism at large, however, the subject has often got projected onto and absorbed into descriptions of mystical states as for St Teresa. But in all honesty that can mark an avoidance and finish no more faithful to what look like original Christian beliefs than in Islam calling jihad nothing but a war against oneself. In the following I consider aspects of Rapture belief, especially its current association in some minds with Red Moon eclipses etc. The following is excerpted from my just updated Christianity’s Destiny: The First and Lasting Signs (http://amzn.to/106iosd).
Readers and very much the writers on current celestial signs, Shemitah years etc either won’t know or wilfully ignore some of the following information. This helps no one and nothing. Some attitudes and levels of information on this subject need to change. You will find quite a lot here and more in the source excerpted from, but be patient. You will hopefully glean a few things you probably didn’t know before and need to know. (If you order this book and get a not available notice that will only be for a few days while the new edition is still going through the Book Depository etc – the book itself has not been raptured!).
………Outside of Daniel, few biblical prophecies come with any timetables attached………However…while I am disposed to believe date-setting is wrong, from certain facts and questions put to me I have finally realized why it could be almost more the role of the astrologer than even the prophet to engage some at least broad speculation in this area and because what appears to be the biblical prohibition of settling upon any times and seasons may not be quite what it appears. Instead it opens upon a special challenge.
The subject of apocalypse is far more embedded in Jewish/rabbinical worldviews than is commonly known or admitted. Arguably, Jesus speaks paradoxically about this subject, even in coded expressions half giving away the time although to the normal gentile reader he may appear to be denying knowledge. Thus when he refers to the day and the hour that can’t be known except by the father (Matt 24:36), he has virtually declared the assumed season of his advent. No one knowing the day nor the hour except the father were common idioms referred to both traditional Jewish marriage custom and the Feast of Trumpets. The latter opens the secular year in September, and carries many associations. These include the marriage of the Messiah, the opening of the heavens and for rabbinic myth the birth of both the world and Adam. Because Trumpets is the only festival dependent upon a new moon, assessment of which depended upon annual observation, no one knew for certain the day or hour the two day festival would begin, while in marriage custom only the Father of the bridegroom knew when the son would leave home to take (snatch away) the bride. Traditional marriage celebrations lasted seven days. The apocalyptic “Marriage of the Lamb” appears to mirror this in the way it lasts over a seven year period which parallels the seven years of Tribulation from which the ready, believing “bride” has been removed at the time when one shall be taken and the other left (Matt 24:40) at “the Last Trump” (1 Cor 15:52) or Trump of God (1 Thess 4:16).
But what is the “Last Trump?” Some believe the reference is to the single trumpet blast of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, or perhaps the blast of Pentecost which summoned Moses up Sinai to meet God. However, it should be obvious that the last Trump is the last blast of the series of blasts during the Feast of Trumpets, three sets of thirty three plus a final very long hundredth one around the end of the festival. This association is almost guaranteed to be the correct one, because St Paul referring to the Last Trump (1 Cor 15:52) says the Rapture transformation occurs “in the twinkling of an eye”. This is in fact another Hebrew idiom indicating sunset and a change in light. Noticeably the last trumpet of the festival should occur at sunset near the the end of the two day festival which will have begun on the evening of the heralding new moon.
Can we, and are we perhaps even intended, to go further and associate Second Advent teaching with a season of the year, and locate it at a point in future time? Relevant if disputed is Jesus’ parable of the budding fig tree (Luk 21:29:33). To the extent the fig tree is a common symbol of Israel, the forecast that “this generation” (or people) will not pass away “before all these things” (the apocalypse) “begin to be fulfilled” (the truest sense of the Greek is progressive in this way) has been thought to mean that when Israel, which was divided and can hardly be said to have independently existed in Jesus’ time, is revived as a nation then the time of the apocalypse approaches. Popularly and among skeptics, the Lukan saying is taken to prove Jesus wrongly taught and expected an imminent apocalypse and was thus a failed prophet. But a strong hint that Jesus did assume a major time delay, one involved with affairs of Israel and that the disciples more or less expected that too, is given by the way that at Jesus’ reported departure, the disciples ask him when he will restore the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6).
In which case the question arises, and apparently contradicting what I have just said, why did the early church and even the apostles get the whole matter of the Second Advent so spectacularly wrong? Even St Paul who, though he warns Thessalonians against expecting a very imminent Rapture, still wrongly teaches the Corinthians the time is short (1 Cor 7:29). I suggest, and the point is important not just for apocalyptic thought but even insights of gay theology which get dismissed because they might contradict “tradition from the first”, the church can get and has got a few things wrong from the first and till now. The secret of the misreading or ignorance around apocalypse can be traced to Jesus’ followers not absorbing two key points. First, they were told the gospel must be preached in the entire world, surely a long haul venture, but second and more importantly they ignored Jesus’ parting words to the effect he will be with the disciples (to whom personally it is not given to know ‘the times and the seasons’) “until the end of the age” (aion). The word is age, not as sometimes mistranslated “the world”. What is this unexplained “age” or “era”?
Only those without or opposed to all astrology as everyone from St Augustine to American evangelicals have been, would miss the at least possible and plausible point that indicated is the Piscean era which began approximately around the time of Jesus birth and which as it nears its end does so as modern Israel comes into being. The bridegroom of the apocalyptic parable who arrives unexpectedly at night might be unpredictable, but not completely so; nor need the bridesmaids be entirely unprepared. With some assistance from astrology, slowly and carefully it may be possible to get a grasp on the theme of the church’s ending, especially as it could have some connection with the related fate of Israel.
The first thing that astrology can with some certainty hope to establish from the data, is how the people of Pentecost would tend to understand and describe their final destiny. I have already mentioned expectations of the Rapture variety, but one must ask: was this or something else what was originally and generally believed? Given modern differences about the subject, any additional clues are useful. And at the very least we can determine how the faith won’t end. Having clarified this it is possible to make a few deductions and speculations for our times.
As I will indicate, there are ways of knowing broadly something about the endings of people and nations even if the finer details may elude us. Applying the usual guidelines for the ending of the lives of persons and institutions (it’s an issue of especially the fourth house of any pattern), it is apparent Christianity is not going to disappear slowly and end with a whimper rather than a bang, even though a certain decadence among its leaders (a lifelong potential given the Neptune square to the Midheaven!) and the closure of church properties in parts of Europe might encourage that impression on a temporary basis. Nor is there a strong case for its disappearance in the face of influences from any other single faith such as Islam or Buddhism, influential in the modern world though both these are, and although some threat to Pentecost’s pattern might be read into the symbolism of Mars opposite Ahmed (a name of Mohammed) which, as mentioned in commentary, has a touch of jihad conflict about it. But in effect there has always been some tension of that sort; it’s hardly a novelty. Wherever Islam has gained ground the rights of non-Muslims, Christian and others, are usually reduced, especially as regards fundamental rights of religion such as to proselytize or to build new places of worship. So this is a perennial issue. It is only the square of Ahmed to factors in the fourth sector at 26 Libra gives indication Islam could be involved with other faiths and factors at or near the end rather than, if it afflicted the IC, materially so as to help trigger the end, though one could just make out that Arabia (home and advocate of extremist Salafist Islam) square Pentecost’s IC does do that.
The single most vital and peculiar datum to reckon with from the angles, rulers and planets, is the speed that would attach to any ending. Practically, and in relation to such a large international organization, and short of the miracles some might expect, one could scarcely imagine anything so rapid, unless the institution were somehow to be signed away overnight on some interfaith basis or some form of political coup overtook it – one thinks of a prophecy of the late Catholic seeress Jeane Dixon to the effect that the last Pope would be assassinated and someone take over the papacy to proclaim a new and universal faith. But presumably not even that would take everyone with it, there would be pockets of resistance. Nevertheless, something like this, a crisis in effect, is what is implied – short of some radical, Rapture style alternative others hope for and which I will demonstrate might need to occur reasonably soon too; otherwise it would be further or indefinitely postponed. So, we next set the given celestial picture against what the first Christians believed and imagined.
Unlike most people, the first believers actually assumed they could know something about the end of the path on which they were launched. Some, like Paul’s Thessalonians, seem even to have been obsessed with their (imminent) end. Astrology reveals how individuals or institutions understand and image themselves quite as much as what will happen to them; indeed self-understanding may influence their destiny often as an inextricable part of it. To illustrate the point I can offer some personalizing example.
From my own life (and that of others I’ve known), I can see that given Sagittarius, sign of the foreign, on the fourth house cusp of home and last home, there was always a heightened likelihood I, and they, would reside far from where we were born. It’s even quite likely too in my case I will end my days overseas. (Alternative expressions of Sagittarius on the fourth could be the parents are not native to the place you are born, the background is religious, or it’s very ecological, or materially the homes were often spacious in size or view – I think of living with views of Hong Kong harbour and overlooking the Thames at Chelsea). For the potential of overseas residence to be strengthened, there would usually need to be supplementary factors such as in my case the moon (general symbol of home) in the ninth sector of the overseas in a fixed sign (permanently overseas). But obviously I still can’t establish ironclad guarantees about where I or anyone will be at the last. Even so, it’s a fact that since childhood I quite hoped and expected I would not remain where I was born, an outlook which events, partly accidental – if that’s the word – conspired to insure.
How much did I foresee or even positively determine my future in this respect? There really wasn’t much by way of determining things. Only years after all the relevant events had occurred did I see my travels and homes confirmed in the natal pattern – for example Australia had always been conjunct my natal sun and both China and Hong Kong aspecting my moon. I emigrated to Australia when a major Plutonic transit had just triggered off the moon (home) and Australia in the chart across astrology’s emigration axis of the chart. As to my place of origin, Europe, and my other nationality, Ireland, Europa is firmly in the fourth house of origins while Ireland conjuncts the ruler of my writing house so I am perhaps more an Irish writer than anything. Asteroid Ireland was hit by transit when Irish media first contacted me about my writing. It looks like we are back to the challenge of the frontispiece quote, “ In your book were written all the days that were formed for me when none of them existed” (Ps 139:16). Yet just what all this means philosophically as regards fate and free is hard to say.
Reverting to Pentecost, insofar as the birth pattern shows what is thought and believed as much as what may happen, I think we can rather clearly see the first believers did believe their community would sooner or later be snatched away, “raptured”, (though that’s not a biblical word). The idea was highly original, of course….but then the Part of Originality is bordering the cusp of the fourth putting the whole subject of endings on an unusual basis! The earliest commentaries on Revelation we possess maintain the believers understood they would be delivered amid a time of troubles. Whether that meant before the time of major troubles (the Tribulation) or mid way through it is not clear. They may or may not have held to various “pre-trib” or “mid trib” theories debated among especially American Christians. (Catholics, if they even consider the subject, are more taken up with St Malachy’s last pope before the advent of the Antichrist). Astrologically, much is relevant to the subject of the conditions at the end of life. We therefore look for confirmations and explications to all of the following……..:
………[The chapter then sets out and examines in detail specific features of the natal pattern for Pentecost which promises or at least reflect original expectations of an unusual end]
………The most blatant modern prediction, or virtual prediction, of Second Advent (whether over Arabia, at Jerusalem or anywhere) that conservative Christians normally opposed to such specific speculations have allowed through, has its source in speculations launched by the Messianic Christian Rabbi, Mark Biltz. Biltz is founder of El Shaddai Ministries devoted to stressing the more Jewish side of Jesus. Findings and variations on a theme by Biltz like John Hagee’s Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change (2013) are rapidly becoming bestseller material. Though Biltz and the rest don’t care to be too specific about the Rapture, some may be said to hint that Christ could return to Mount Olivet in 2015 around the Day of Atonement. Because the gospels forecast signs in the heavens and (whether literally or symbolically), the moon turned to blood before whatever event precisely marks “The Day of the Lord” (the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Second coming to Jerusalem?), it struck Biltz there could be some significance in the tetrad (sequence of four) red moon eclipses due to fall on the Jewish festivals in 2014 and 2015. There had at any rate been significance in such festival tetrads for Jewish history. We shall see what this significance is.
However, albeit rabbinic traditions can refer to blood moons as the moon turned to blood and solar eclipses as the sun turned to darkness and they have always regarded blood moon as important for Israel either for war or major change, it can still be argued something stronger than just eclipses, even vivid ones, are indicated by specifically the gospel prophecies if they are to be taken literally. And how literal are they? For example, asteroids might fall from the heavens, but not stars (it would take too long!) as envisaged by Mk 15:23…..unless perhaps stars appear to be falling because there’s, say, an axis shift. Which is a real possibility. So there’s an issue here around what and how much is literal or symbolic. The idea that eclipses are end times “signs” is simply a fair compromise in context, but worth examining.
Even so, blood moons and solar eclipses are not in themselves a great rarity, though it is true the lunar tetrads that Biltz highlights are fairly rare and rarer still falling on the Jewish feasts. (62 tetrads since the first century but only 8 on Jewish festivals). The 2014/15 tetrad could thus correspond to significant times for Israel as mentioned presently and just possibly by extension the church – but only indirectly. For direct relevance to Christianity the test case is the year of the crucifixion which as will be apparent from this book and Testament of the Magi I claim, along with many theologians if for different reasons, was unquestionably AD 30.
Proponents of blood moon theories assume that with blood moons in evidence in AD 33, Jesus necessarily died then. Jesus’ death was however of more global than national significance and hence suitably reflected by the nearest solar eclipse.(Any blood moons in 33/34 are more likely to reflect the division and turmoil within Israel which Christianity, the conversion of St Paul, the martyrdom of Stephen etc were opening up for it). Moreover by no stretch of the imagination could one think of the prophetic details of Peter’s Pentecost sermon, which draw upon a prophecy of Joel, as fully realized at Pentecost (whether in AD 30 or 33). It is not unreasonable to suppose the apostle’s audience was intended to understand the festival was a foretaste of a much greater day of fulfilment towards whenever the end of the age was. A blood moon didn’t absolutely have to manifest for the first Pentecost to be the unique day it was, any more than those present were witness to the drifting smoke of volcanos and major signs in the heavens or in the earth beneath, (though to the extent the Jews and Jerusalem are deemed specially linked to end-of-era events, any future Pentecost might be dramatic after Joel’s description).
The relevance of the blood moons for the fate of Jews before modern times was best seen in 1492 when they were famously expelled from Spain. More recently, tetrads were significant in 1949/50 and in 1967/68. Modern Israel came into being in 1948, but it had to fight for its existence in ‘49 and ’50, so the blood moons suitably delivered war and development at that time. In 1967 there was the Six Day War and Jerusalem was retaken by Israel after two millennia. This was seen by many as highly prophetic, an end of “the times of the Gentiles”, a first herald of the end of organized Christianity as we know it, a promise of the Second Coming. 1967 was also significantly a Hebrew Jubilee year, 50 years (one Jubilee on from 1917 when modern Israel suddenly began to seem like a real possibility when Britain’s General Allenby taking Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks after centuries). The question of Jubilee years and the related Shemitah or Sabbath years every seven years and ending in a release of debts, has given some shape and timing to the speculations of those like another popular Christian rabbi, Jonathan Cahn, who are employing eclipses in prophecy. This is however done without reference to standard astrology either from ignorance or in order to please their evangelical constituency.
There is no question that the principle of the Shemitah years seriously and dramatically works for events not least in national economics and the stock market. Cahn has well proved that point, and those who play the stock market are aware of seven year cycles. But plainly too, the Shemitah’s seven, twenty eight and forty nine years cyclic relevance, has something to do with cycles of Saturn and/or certain sensitive degrees within it which astrology would do well to incorporate if it could establish the degree or date or sign to begin the sequence. Currently Jonathan Cahn has it that the last day of the Shemitah in 2015 will almost certainly mark the final downfall of the American economy and must see the beginning of the Tribulation? Must it, and should there be a connection with the destiny of Christianity that now has others anticipating the Rapture, or the appearance of the Antichrist and so on in relation to a red moon of 2015?
This is where and how if there is anything to say here, astrology and the astrology of Pentecost must be brought in. The fact is that eclipses, which are frequent enough, are not too significant from the astrological standpoint if they can’t do a bit more than make a spectacle in the heavens every so often. And even if one refuses to consider little more than the time of their appearance, tradition would still have us consider the intensity (total, partial), the time span and track – there is more effect and more that’s prophetic over where the event is most viewable.
What any eclipse does astrologically is to shine a spotlight on a portion of a person’s, nation’s, or institution’s life as already defined by their birth chart. An eclipse in, say, a person’s ninth house might signal taking a university course or, for a nation, instigating reforms in higher education over the coming year from the solar eclipse. A solar eclipse introduces the new. Lunar eclipses are more by way of a challenge to resolve some already existing situation, expectation or problem and usually during the six months from the time of the eclipse. They at least leave people pondering certain issues more than others. They oversee a mood, a thought trend, even if and when they don’t produce the kind of major action Jewish rabbis are prepared to associate with blood moons for especially Israel.
Eclipse effect is anyway more in evidence if natal planets or progressions to them for persons or nations are hit by the eclipsed sun or moon and the transiting planets at the time of the eclipse (the latter within a small orb of contact only). Without this not too much may occur. The outcome need not be immediate either; it can wait months until, say, a lunation or notable transit hits the degree zone sensitized by the eclipse. A classic example is the horror of 9/11. An eclipse on June 21st had hit a world point (0 Cancer), itself related to America’s birth chart. When action and bellicose Mars struck opposite that point, the disaster was released.
Although everyone from atheists like Dawkins to Christian fundamentalists may for their own reasons deny astrology and thus eclipse effect, one needs to be willfully blind to ignore their evidence, which is unfailing. I myself knew the full effect when an eclipse just inside my ninth house (universities and religious and overseas affairs) hit near my Midheaven (reputation/career) at the same time as an aggressive Mars conjuncting my Lie asteroid hit opposite my natal Saturn (restriction). Things proved suitably difficult. I received a doctorate to maximum media attention but as regards the subject matter got misreported in many places round the globe. It was even said I had been government paid to study Jesus’ sexuality – I hadn’t been so paid nor engaged that subject – and even that I held Jesus incarnated to have sex with his disciples (I have never said or written anything of the kind). This was disinformation on a major scale almost none of which I was allowed to correct (Saturn as restriction) because it was too interesting for those purveying it.
As said, traditionally the rabbis have always held that lunar eclipses are more important than solars for the affairs of Israel, the latter being supposedly more relevant to the gentile nations. Though the blood moons do seem relevant to Israel, unless we could say Israel seems always to have a lot of proverbially “unfinished business” (a lunar eclipse issue), I think the assumption which likely owes something to traditional fears of solar worship, can be overemphasized. Israel like any other nation will undergo important solar eclipses when things hot up for it. Significantly, a solar eclipse in May of 1948 in Taurus fell just days before Israel’s foundation (a typically solar “new thing”) under Taurus. And I rather suspect the year long implications of the solar eclipse of Oct 23rd 2014 which falls right on Israel’s ascendant, will gather up and lock in any significance of the lunar tetrad and may overall accompany more action than the more psychological effect of the lunars.
The solar/lunar difference I have described is empirically derived by astrologers and it is worth respecting and working with. This brings me back to my point that those promoting an interest in blood moons don’t know quite enough, and if they won’t work with the astrology they so readily demonize and abominate, they stand to miss much and even mislead people about what is most likely in the area of Israel and Christianity’s destiny.
I would for a start doubt that, even if it destabilizes many things especially economically, the end of the Shemitah year in 2015 and the last lunar eclipse will produce the biblical Tribulation itself whether thought of as more relevant to Jew or Christian. Even if literally believed in and deemed probable within this decade, it is hard to see that the world shocking and troubling effects of such as the Rapture (often believed to mark the beginning of the Tribulation) are present in 2015. There is for example nothing especially aerial, Libran and Rapture Ready about the solar and lunar eclipses of September 2015.
And unless they believe that the last and true Pentecost before the Second Advent should occur during the Tribulation, (perhaps as last warning before the full reign of 666 mid-Tribulation), do they mean to imply that between September 2014 and 2015 the world will be swept up in “revival”? This and so much more is unclear or just not worked out. But if we dismiss the limitations of the eclipse only (plus Shemitahs) approach to interpretation, by contrast, how would regular astrology proceed in this area? I will immediately say and will example the point in conclusion that any astrologer would seek maximum evidence, a convergence of signs. A single sign, transit, pattern or eclipse will rarely be sufficient to certify especially the more difficult claims.
One thing to do is to inquire what the first eclipse of the Tetrad shows in order to acquire some notion of what its whole sequence is about. Here perhaps we begin to have some real clues. Rather sensationally we find that the first blood moon is fortunately trine to the minute of a degree to the asteroid Tempel (sic) in modern Israel’s natal sector of land and property. At the very least we can know that, whether something active towards it occurs or not, Israel is going to be more keen on seeing its temple rebuilt, and I am told that there has been a surge of feeling in that direction during this year. However it is quite possible that by the end of the tetrad on Tabernacles in 2015, war or a treaty will bring the dream of the temple nearer to reality. More strife and change during the whole period is signalled for Israel not just by the first of or indeed all of the blood moons, but by the fact that on October 23rd 2014 a solar eclipse falls on the degree of the rising of Israel’s foundation (0 Scorpio). Also the fact that the revolutionary and always dangerous Pluto/Uranus square belongs within the pattern for April 2014. It cannot bespeak much peace for Israel during the rest of the Tetrads. The fifty day Gaza war is already involved in this pattern of turmoil.
Is this principle of the revelatory first moon of the tetrad reliable and validated by previous example? Effectively yes… In 1967 the first blood moon was on 3 Scorpio opposite (the challenge, the conflict) to 3 Taurus, the degree of precisely asteroid Jerusalem in Israel’s foundational chart. Although the connection is not quite so dramatic, in the first blood moon of 1949 at 22 Libra, the fact that Mercury and Venus at 21 and 22 Aries oppose the eclipse point but in turn make fortunate trine to Israel’s foundation time Israel asteroid at nearly 22 Leo in its destiny and reputation house, bespeaks a successful struggle for land and identity at the time. It’s all tellingly exact, though doubtless St Augustine and various American bigots would say it is so because of Satan. Yet the skies are supposed to utter knowledge according to the Psalms (Ps 19:2).
What about 2014’s first blood moon as it could relate to the church rather than the Israel blood moons supposedly privilege? Here the pattern is also striking because the eclipse has affected Pentecost’s endings sector, hitting opposite its Venus which from its destiny house which rules the fourth of endings. Granted that across two millennia eclipses have hit the same point before, but they have not necessarily joined with other factors like the month’s shocking Pluto/Uranus square in action-geared (cardinal) signs, and certainly not around the end of the age of Pisces itself.
So does that mean the church is at its end, even approaching the much discussed Rapture? This is where a mature astrology and prediction must not run to sensation, and not least because it must always recall the principle of level. The same seemingly potent endings sign could mean nothing more than that (as is the case) the church in at least its Catholic branch, is going to beautify (Venus) its properties during 2014 because the fourth sector of endings also rules the institution’s property. Millions are to be poured into modern Christian art. But at the same time and ironically, at one level we know that the Rapture will take place and even within the required six months of the first eclipse. It will take place in Hollywood and cinemas where a more sophisticated version of the original Left Behind film has its premiere! Suitably, it even premieres under aerial Libra and on 10 degrees which is the degree of Pentecost’s Trumpet asteroid (Trombka)- for what is the Rapture about if not the Last Trumpet? And so between talk of blood moons and the film, there are plenty of Christians full of Rapture thoughts and imaginings. Presently I will indicate when this decade any such event would be most likely to eventuate as far as astrological symbolism is concerned.
I will first run through the lunar and solar eclipses of 2014/2015 for their potential significance for Israel and Christianity. The April 2014 lunar on Passover has already been dealt with, except I did not stress that 25 Libra is the degree of Isa (Jesus) in the birth chart of Jesus.The next lunar eclipse on October 8th on the Feast of Tabernacles falls at 15 Aries conjunct Uranus, a true fire cracker of an eclipse. The degree itself falls inside Israel’s sixth house which covers any armies – which is perhaps enough said. Almost on 15 degrees at 14.58 is Israel’s Part of Soul. I don’t set much store by the Parts, the asteroids are more reliable, yet we may imagine much soul searching and perhaps aspiration where Israel’s policies and the temple theme are concerned. Pentecost has nothing on 15 Aries which is in its religion and preaching sector, but Vaticana is closely conjunct it from 14, so possibly there will be more of the already begun intense Vatican negotiation about ownership of the Cenacle or even the international status of Jerusalem itself.
The Passover eclipse in 2015 is on 14 Libra in Israel’s twelfth house of the hidden and mystical and sometimes self undoing. The degree continues the soul theme positively. It’s Israel’s degree of the Parts both of Goodness of Soul and of Vocation. Pentecost has nothing on 14 Libra unless Bischoff (Bishop) and near it is Kriegh (War) – historically bishops have stirred up many wars!
The Tabernacles eclipse of 28th September 2015 is strong. It’s a total Supermoon on 4 Aries where it conjuncts the sixth house cusp for Israel (its house of any armies and military service) but exactly trines Israel’s moon, itself conjunct its destiny Midheaven. Israel may feel quite pleased with the result of previous turmoil. For Pentecost the blood moon falls conjunct its all important Jupiter in the religion sector.
These lunar eclipses are bracketed by the solar eclipses. In April 2014 the solar of 8 Taurus was on Israel’s Part of Sentiment but more importantly within its seventh house – an open invitation to open enemies to attack, which they did, and friendlier nations to speak of peace treaties as they also did (the house can also be involved with the treaties overcoming wars), but nothing was settled as hoped for Passover. For Pentecost the eclipse was on its Part of Marriage, possibly apocalyptic but more likely church concern with definitions of marraige. The solar eclipse of Oct 23rd 2014 on Israel’s ascendant challenges the natiom and its ethos, and quite likely brings more danger to “the body of the people”. For Pentecost, the eclipse is within a degree of its Lucifer.
In 2015 the solar eclipse of March 20th is on the ghastly 29th, last degree of Pisces which is significant near the end of the Piscean era. Since it falls in the month of both a blood moon and another danger ridden Pluto-Uranus square, there could be much disturbance then and over months following, with even perhaps the feeling among some that the Tribulation itself must have begun. The degree is not of huge significance to Israel, but to Christianity it might be or seem so to the extent it borders its one degree Aries Reich (Kingdom) asteroid. People might be expecting suffering to lead straight to the kingdom.
The last tetrad-associated solar eclipse is on 13th September at 20 Virgo. This could be more important for Christianity than Israel as 20 Virgo is the degree of Jesus’ sun. Moreover 19.45 Virgo is the position of asteroid Spirit for Pentecost – the Spirit is what Jesus said he would send after he left. For Israel 20 Virgo is the Part of Misinterpretation (which is almost but not quite amusing if referred to the Jewish attitudes towards Jesus!).
Summing up, the tetrad picture looks as though for Israel there is a period of renewed, extended warfare which could lead to some major acceptable settlement for it on or within 6 months of the last eclipse. For the church there looks to be something like an increasing spirituality and heightened expectation of endings – which Middle Eastern conflicts might well generate. The potential for the most end-of-era, apocalyptic event of the times would be for the last hoped for Pentecost. At the very least September 2015’s peculiar combination of the Jesus and Spirit associated solar eclipse and an important red moon on Pentecost’s Jupiter allows for a very spiritual time. For those who would want to associate that with a Rapture scenario, is that possible? The answer is no, so in conclusion it only remains to indicate where if anytime this decade the signs would be most agreeable with it.
For a start, any event so extreme which involves and even changes the entire world, would need to engage one or more of the world points after the manner of the 9/11 event. The “world points” are the four solstice points (O degrees Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn to within 1.30 degrees of conjunction) plus 15 Leo and 15 Aquarius. One would need that even for a global Pentecost, and possibly one has that in March 2015’s difficult solar eclipse on 29 Pisces which precedes the curiously spiritual potential of the two September eclipses. However, those two eclipses don’t bespeak events like the Rapture and they certainly don’t touch the fatal critical degree of 26 Libra.
The year and the season which carries the maximum potential for anything like Rapture (and beyond astrology apparently agrees with considerations like the release of the Jubilee year as it could be applied to either Jew or Christian) is 2017. In August that year there is a lunar eclipse on a world point (15 Aquarius), the sign of shocks, surprises and revolution, and then a solar eclipse at 28 of Leo which not only conjuncts Pentecost’s natal moon and Church asteroid (at 26 and 27 Leo) but something else, of which presently, which very much links besides to the 15 Aquarius eclipse.
The lunation for the Feast of Trumpets on the 21st is on 27.27 Virgo. But by the end of the feast and its last blast the sun will be within conjunction of another world point (0 Libra) while freedom bringing Jupiter, itself the Bethlehem Star, will be conjunct the crucial, endings related 26 Libra. The transit of shocking Uranus is fortunately trine the mentioned preceding solar eclipse on the Moon/Church.
Years ago for my Testament and the Magi and before I had come to conclusions regarding Pentecost, I did write that I expected a certain factor within what I called the Leavetaking chart for Jesus would have to stimulated for any return scenario. Undeniably the Virgo lunation for the Feast of Trumpets could provide such a trigger. But then the eclipses, transits and lunation can all fit a distinct narrative of apocalypse to which many are attached. If one assumes that the Rapture is what brings the Antichrist into the world, then the two mentioned eclipses of August 2017 suitably and uniquely hit sensitive, destiny-invoking points for the natus of the Antichrist. We either do or do not possess data for this individual according to whether one accepts the late Catholic seeress, Jeane Dixon, had true visions regarding his birth and career. Whatever else she got right or wrong, it was her belief her Antichrist visions were the point of her gifts and the purpose of her life. The fact that she believed in astrology was enough to damn her among American religious conservatives. I can only say that the case for her visions on this theme strong. It is beyond present scope to analyse the relevant data but it would be hard to imagine a better birth chart for a false Messiah and someone or something that makes for global deception – the pattern even shows the Christ asteroid on the degree of Christ’s Bethlehem Star at birth as though the aim was precisely to take over the messianic role.
Finally I would note that 2017 plausibly fulfils apparent gospel demands as regards a “generation” that sees the era’s end in parallel with affairs of a reviving Israel. Theoretically a generation could be forty, seventy or one hundred and twenty years according to biblical count. 2017 is 40 years from 1967 when Israel retook its ancient capital, Jerusalem. It is 70 years from 1947 which is when Israel was first announced by the UN (albeit only fully founded a few months later in 1948) and it is 120 years from 1897 which saw the birth of Zionism, while it is 2 Jubilees of 50 years from 1917 when Allenby took Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks. Plainly 2017 is and should prove a special year in some fashion. There can be no ironclad guarantees from astrology or anywhere for scenarios as unique as Rapture or related apocalyptic events, even assuming believers are intended to consider “times and seasons” rather more than has traditionally been thought to be right.. But there’s little question that it is in 2017 one sees the greatest convergence of signs supporting ideas of a major turning point in history……
Note: All eclipse and any other degrees cited in this article are according to the Tropical system of measurements normally employed by astrology since the Greeks who discovered the precession principle. It is this system which gives maximum symbolic sense. So called biblical astronomers and readers of eclipses like Biltz are employing an essentially sidereal reading akin to that of Hindu astrology which reads against the fixed stars and the heavens as seen by the naked eye, not as read in divisions of the heavens from the vernal equinox and the intersection then of ecliptic with the celestial equator. Only around the birth of Christ were tropical and sidereal systems in near alignment.