A net article recently caused me to recall something long forgotten, namely that St Patrick and also St Columba are supposed to have forecast the flooding of Ireland before “the last day”. To the extent that geographically Ireland is something of a bowl with its interior bog lands near or below sea level, I suppose a great ocean flood was never impossible. (The above picture derives from records of the rather ghastly floods of 2015) . But a wipe out? Does this mark just fantasy or spurious prophecy?
For little more than idle amusement I switched on the 1949 foundation chart for modern Ireland to see if there was anything remotely suggestive of such a fate. I was surprised by what I found using especially the new evidence of name, place and concept asteroids which are found to be unusually descriptive and effective. Might the ancient prophecy be encoded there? In this instance you don’t even need to be an astrologer to appreciate what I basically saw and form some opinion.
A nation’s destiny and reputation is linked to its tenth house. In Ireland’s tenth sector sits Neptune, planetary symbol of any floods. This Neptune is then conjuncted by the asteroid Fini (French for finite and finished) and Fini is meaningful. It was for example definitely involved in the sudden, totally unexpected retirement of Pope Benedict.
I then observe Neptune and Fini exist in tense axis opposition to the asteroid Flood. This in turn is in exact degree aspect to Oceana (ocean flood?). Perhaps more significantly, Flood is closely conjunct asteroid Atropos. Though astrologers don’t often speak of it, it’s generally accepted nowadays that Atropos is much involved in highly fated events and death patterns.
The natal Flood/Atropos combo is in exact, so-called stress square to the drowning asteroid, Ophelia, itself in a water sign (Cancer) in Eire’s death house. When Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland in Oct 2017, potentially deadly, destructive Pluto was at 16 Capricorn i.e dangerously opposite natal Ophelia at 15 Cancer
The fourth sector in which Flood/Atropos are placed represents the nation’s land and territory. Also its weather conditions and any places of ending like graves. The cusp of this house is exactly conjuncted by Patrice. There is no Patrick or St Patrick asteroid but Patrice is French for Patrick. So might this encode Patrick speaking for the nation’s endings?
WHAT WAS THE SAINT THINKING AND WHAT SHOULD WE?
If Patrick ever made the forecast attributed to him, we may well ask what he meant about an event seven years before “the last day” and with a disaster deemed a favour. It looks like his scribes or those who remembered him had insufficient knowledge of “the last things”.
It looks as though Patrick believed Ireland could disappear before either the so-called Tribulation, Revelation’s seven year rule of the Antichrist, (or perhaps before the Great Tribulation which is begins at the midpoint of the seven years). However, this dire period is not strictly speaking, followed by “the end of the world”. It would simply be the end of the era. Christ’s advent destroys the rule of the Antichrist and inaugurates a millennial rule through Israel. It signals neither the end of the world nor the Last Judgement, only the end of the world as people at the time would know it and with a judgement of nations only If such apocalyptic events occurred within our times, plainly this would correspond astrologically to the end of the age of Pisces which Christ’s birth introduced and which is ending perhaps to the tune of tsunamis since Pisces is a water sign of the seas.(Relevant could be “distress among nations confused by the roaring of the seas and the waves” Luk 21:25).
St Patrick evidently thought if Ireland drowned (and tsunamis would involve almost instant death as flood walls hit) that this was a deliverance of sorts from the pains of the Tribulation period with its temptations to take the damning “Mark of the Beast” imposed in the second part of the Tribulation. The fact that the mentioned Patrice makes exact tension square to Achristou, an asteroid I’ve long found associated with Satanism and Antichrist themes, could just encode such a train of thought. The theme of deliverance by flood contrasts with the theme of deliverance by Rapture which has become much associated with Ireland (see Ireland’s Apocalyptic Puzzleshttps://wp.me/p2v96G-19s
NOT TO FORECAST BUT…
No astrologer in their right mind would or should forecast such extreme events as the Patrick prophecy envisages. The most they might affirm is that various time periods exist that held potential for heightened tensions and danger.
However….for those who crave a frisson and would wish to relate the whole idea to our times, one could state this much. The late Catholic Seeress, Jeane Dixon, (celebrated especially for forecasting JFK’s death), claimed to have had vision of the birth of the Antichrist – she even maintained the entire purpose of her life and gifts was to receive especially that vision. Undeniably the birth pattern for the time was both unusual and suggestive.
If Dixon wasn’t deluded and the person of her visions happens to exist, then I would be confident he must greatly advance and almost certainly appear before the world before the present decade was out. If not then probably never, since there would be increasingly less opportunity before he was too old (b. 1962) to make sufficient, persuasive impact.
I am obviously not prepared to forecast that the conclusion of this decade marks any final rendez-vous with destiny for Ireland. But if one wanted to try that sort of thing one could always look for theme-giving eclipses that would favour periods of advancement and activity for Dixon’s figure at the same time as they could signal stress times for Ireland, always remembering that stress and difficulty is not the same as wipe-out.
One such stress trigger could be the eclipse of Jan 6th 2019 when a partial solar eclipse (effective for the whole year) falls very closely opposite Ireland’s plainly sensitive drowning asteroid Ophelia – from 15.25 Cap to Ophelia’s 15.34 Cancer. One could argue affliction to an asteroid is not as potent as to any planetary energy.
2020 looks stressed given a solar eclipse in late December 2019 squares the IC angle that affects land and weather, and then in January 2020 lunar eclipse squares the national sun. This and more could reflect tensions in the wake of Brexit and of course (if disputes and negotiations were ongoing), tensions over Ireland’s border; but land and climate could well be major issues too….. Perhaps astrologers should be supplying regular updates on the safety levels or otherwise of the Irish chart as indicated by especially theme-giving eclipses in coming times!
[ A version of this article was proposed to a couple of leading Irish papers in May/June 2016 when I was visiting Ireland. Both refused. I believe this belongs to the rabid, dismissive secularism of the new Irish elite which has no time for even just mysteries; also a kind of parochialism which no longer considers the Irish diaspora has any use or meaning and can be safely ignored! ]
Unlike a lot that swirls around the Bard, the latest Shakespeare news is true and I can confirm the theory of a Shakespeare skull theft including that a certain Frank Chambers did offer bounty to grave robbers in 1794 to do the deed.
A programme broadcast in UK on Channel 4 on 26th March (but only recently played here on Australia’s SBS), prompted me to check out the mystery and I find it all astonishingly fits. Radar has discovered disturbance near the head area of the remains of Shakespeare and at a level of three feet, the depth reported in a long dismissed seemingly gothic tale in Argosy magazine of 1879 concerning a tomb raid on the head.
I have long claimed that the Stratford Shakespeare was the true Shakespeare and that I had the true working birth chart of the Bard (11.20 am on April 23rd 1564 with 19 degrees of theatrical Leo rising). I did so long before using techniques of the new astrology that embraces such as name asteroids. These bespeak an intelligent universe for the accuracy of data they provide and which in this case includes the name Chambers.
But let’s start conventionally with planets and houses. It was one of several signs that originally assured me I was on the right track of the birth that Uranus of the odd, eccentric and surprising would be in religions sign Sagittarius in the fourth house of the last resting place. This looked to cover the notorious oddness of the blessing and curse Shakespeare placed on his grave with regard to the moving of his bones. I didn’t bother to go into the matter more than that. However….
The sign on the 4th house cusp of the grave place is not Sagittarius but Scorpio of the mysteries. Scorpio’s ruler is Pluto and it falls in the Bard’s eighth house – the death and secrets sector ( an eclipse had fallen in that sector conjunct its Pluto prior to the March broadcast, a promise of secrets to be unlocked). In that sector Pluto is in Pisces whose own ruler is Neptune…..a Neptune which for Shakespeare is degree exact opposite that eccentric grave-indicating Uranus in Sagittarius. And Neptune rules any disappearances. So would something disappear from that grave? Obviously with Scorpio, Pluto and the eighth involved the matter would be well shrouded in the very thick of mystery, but the chances for theft and disappearance would be distinctly increased.
SHAKESPEARE DATA FROM THE INTELLIGENT UNIVERSE
When dealing with asteroids you have to assume the universe is intelligent and that at some level all languages are one and that God is not an Englishman. There is no asteroid for head but there is one for Kopf or Kopff (German for head). Kopf is at 17 Virgo in the Bard’s house of money and possessions The long dismissed story about Chambers is that through the encouragement of bounty he was able to encourage grave robbers to enter the grave in Stratford’s Holy Trinity church and himself later tried to sell the head for the equivalent of 300 pounds though it seems there were problems and an attempt to return the head. Whatever, Kopf in the possessions sector and opposite the natal Pluto at 15 helps with cover-up if not with finances.
That Chambers is the natural culprit is shown by the way that at almost 3 degrees of Cancer his name is making easy fortunate trine to Shakespeare’s grave place cusp which is at 3 of Scorpio. Chambers can get away with it. The sheer improbability of the precise connection I turn up has to be relevant. Chambers himself does not conjunct a truth asteroid, he was obviously a cheat, but he does aspect one – the truth about him can be known.
The theft occurred in 1794. Suitably this was the year that slow Neptune which rules any disappearances was transiting in the early degrees of Scorpio which means affecting the sensitive 3 degree cusp of the grave place. There is no need to imagine the skull was detached at the time of burial as some would have it, the grave was disturbed in 1794.
A BROADCAST WELL TIMED FOR THE TRUTH
The timing of the broadcast on the new discoveries (26th March this year at 8 pm in London) in itself points to something of real significance being finally revealed.
The timer of events, the moon, at 12 degrees of Scorpio (i.e. passing within the chart’s grave zone) was challengingly opposite the bard’s sun at 12 Taurus. Viewers are faced with secrets and mysteries about him and death.
Highlighting the subject, transiting Mars was exact to the degree on Shakespeare’s odd Uranus in Sagittarius that defines his burial place and which had been acted upon (Mars) probed, half entered if only by radar.
Transiting Jupiter….the register of truth in any issue….was at 16 Virgo conjunct Kopff and thus opposite the natal Pluto in the death house, while opener of secrets Pluto was itself at 17 Capricorn perfectly trine the 17 degree natal Kopff. Don’t doubt the truth was given.
In stress square aspect to Jupiter but in perfect trine to Shakespeare’s Mercury (itself in Aries, sign of the head) Saturn was in Sagittarius at 16 degrees. This has implications for the solving of a long-term (Saturnian) mystery but probably also that the trail and the truth of the matter cannot proceed much further than this. Saturn so often ends things and though we can always hope, I suspect we won’t get beyond Chambers to what happened next and where. Or not for another long time.
The desideratum in this case would now be an asteroid aspecting Kopf and with the name of a town or region. I can at least affirm that won’t be London. It falls in Shakespeare’s sixth of work, appropriately so since it’s where he would labour and make his name. And actually his Shakespeare name, rather unusually for a notable person, is in the same work sector from where, especially since it ‘afflicts” his Midheaven angle covering reputation, strongly suggests he really didn’t want or greatly like his association with theatre. He simply used his work to become the major Stratford landowner he successfully aspired to become.
Shakespeare lies buried in a Protestant church. Was he a Catholic? In sympathy I should say yes, including because Vaticana is in direct aspect to his Jupiter (any religious beliefs). However asteroid Roman, if that can cover Roman Catholic, like the Shakespeare name it conjuncts (Shakespeare 4, and Roman 3 of Aquarius), oddly afflicts his career/reputation Midheaven (as well as his family and endings house, the 3 Taurus, 3 Scorpio axis). This suggests he could find the Catholic association inconvenient to his career so that pragmatically he changed it at some point. Uranus in Sagittarius would itself assist any breaks and ruptures in the sphere of religion and beliefs during he course of a life.
Had Shakespeare ever been abroad especially to Catholic Italy, the land in which so many of his plays are set? Italia is in his career house in close aspect to his writer’s Mercury which, as the latter is in the house of anything foreign and distant,the ninth, major travel is quite likely, though it might be only that he met a lot of Italians in London and read a lot of foreign material, but all things considered I think it’s likely he travelled at some point.
Reverting to the mystery of the skull theft, we can only finish by saying that Mercury is the planetary symbol not just of communications and communicators but of any thieves. The fact that Shakespeare’s rapid, no blots writing which owes something to Mercury in Aries is in precisely Aries, sign of the head, always made it rather more likely that not just his pen but his head would prove commercial to some people. And of course he had written hauntingly of skulls “poor Yorick etc.
GREATER MYSTERIES AND INCONVENIENT TRUTHS….
I am not a Shakespeare scholar but the data and insights I have on the world’s greatest dramatist are minor against the spectacular range of information I have about Christ whose birth data I have long possessed in radical development of one particular line of expert inquiry launched a few decades ago by two noted astronomers.
I am permitted to be bemused if not irritated that the discoveries about Shakespeare, important though they undeniably are, manage to get past Channel 4 when the much more detailed and exciting information I have so long held about Christ could never get through the door there despite my qualifications as writer, doctor of religious studies and astrologer. (True there are plenty of others to blame like the Church Times who unforgettably waived me away with “We know all there is to know about Jesus, we don’t need to know about the Magi”). Years ago a documentary film company advised me to speed things by going first through the head of religion at Channel 4. Despite the recommendation I was never able to get so much as an email or one moment of phone time out of the person concerned despite promises his secretary made to me. So often one is up against the merely busy dismissiveness of too many people in media. I suffered it recently from someone organizing religion for the ABC here in Australia. “I’m sorry, I’m too busy to discuss this”. Period. In short “no room at the inn” and don’t come back either.
Next month I reckon to launch an updated version to Amazon of my book on these findings which controversially has never been published despite an editor of a leading house describing the material as “groundbreaking, fascinating and publishable” So why wasn’t it published? Answers please, although in this case I believe I know why.