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, but with the Jan total lunar eclipse a fortnight later closely opposed magnifying Jupiter from the eighth sector, these eclipses could belong to an awkward time even if there was more to do with the eighth sector subject of debts and taxes than any more drastic mortality theme.
2020 looks stressed given a solar eclipse in late December 2019 squared the IC angle that affects land and weather, and then in January 2020 lunar eclipse square 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….. 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! ]