August’s “Great American Eclipse” with its path right across America as though to divide it, is just one of a number of expressive, notable signs that are increasingly intriguing people whether their perspectives are prophetic and/or astrological or not.
Many feel we are living in tumultuous, very special times; but speculation about the possible omens ranges from the genuinely meaningful to the merely silly. Problematic is a now near gone viral line in Christian prophecy cum astronomy which emphasizes especially a rare celestial pattern on Sept 23rd. It’s getting associated with apocalypse and the so-called Rapture. How appropriate is this?
Below is an excerpt from the final chapter of my updated study Christianity’s Destiny which has special reference to this year’s signs and their accurate assessment. I accept the talk about signs (and others less known) are significant, but they need more careful evaluation than they are receiving. The excerpt will help clarify and even prove how and where it can be misleading to embark like some would-be prophets and “biblical astronomy” afficionados upon the interpretation of signs oblivious to well-established principles of symbolism and astrology. It has caused trouble before and it will do so again. Notoriously, the much touted blood moon tetrad across 2014 and 2015 has now been half forgotten, dismissed as error, exaggeration or another date setter’s damp squib. Yet it did signal something, and something still relevant – given application of the right methods of interpretation.
It’s unsatisfactory and even presumptuous to dismiss as only “pagan”/unbiblical certain rules of interpretation that should be applied and which can actually be shown to work for history and religious issues. Refuse them and you’ll not only miss what you should know at this time, but you might as well declare with Bishop St John Chrysostom in the fourth century (he who almost single-handedly invented anti-Semitism ) that it would have been better if the Magi had never come to Jesus because astrology was so evil.
Today and sadly it is the myopia of new fangled “biblical astronomy” which has helped produce some fake prophecy and prevent irrefutable key evidence for many things (and I do mean that) concerning the data of Christ’s birth and death and what the Magi knew, from even being considered among Christians and others. Christianity’ Destiny, a book from which I excerpt below and which includes serious consideration of things like signs of Christianity’s ending, is a sequel to Testament of the Magi. ( https://goo.gl/I28aCm ). That book proves beyond reasonable doubt (try to disprove the mass of evidence, you’ll have a job) that Jesus was born with messianic Jupiter at 19 Pisces, sign of the then incoming and now outgoing era, in a sector of the heavens associated with Israel. He was not born like someone to the lifestyles of the rich and famous with Jupiter/Venus aspects or with the sun in regal Leo. Instead his nativity was under messianic Jupiter conjunct testing Saturn better reflecting his earthly struggles and suffering apart from the fact Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions had dynastic and cyclic significance . If this basic fact was ever realized there would be less error directed upon the signs like those of September 2017 which, though significant in their own way, aren’t so because of any supposed first Christmas-like association of Jupiter with Venus.
Christianity’s Destiny supplies a striking and unique demonstration of the identity, ideas and main personalities of Christianity from Pentecost AD 30 to today right down to the last relevant name, place and concept asteroid and so-called Part like Part of the Father. These all work so often against chance in such degree of harmony and into modern times they cannot be lightly dismissed. People should not fail to be aware of the astonishing facts and patterns (it’s even an open scandal that they aren’t). The data are intricately accurate to this day and it is from among them that any speculation about seasons of ending are best, most securely made. (But it is because I am persuaded of their accuracy that I am also suitably cautious about the forecasts one can ever make and the application of their symbolism).
To take at random just one example from a chart pattern which is by no means about just Christianity’s leaders and the papacy, at Pentecost (and needless to say long before Mexico was discovered or its asteroid seen and named) asteroid Mexico stood at 21.59 degrees Scorpio. When the first papal visit (John Paul 11’s) to that nation took place beginning on January 26th 1979, novelty-bringing Uranus was by transit at 20.36 Scorpio i.e. beginning to conjunct Mexico at 21 Scorpio. The trip was successful. When Pope Francis first visited Mexico for what by contrast was considered a disappointing if not failed mission beginning Feb 12th 2016, the sun at 22 Aquarius was directly square (a tension aspect) to Mexico which was being conjuncted by a difficult Mars.
Though data like that of Pentecost should in itself be a justification of the supposedly biblically verboten subject of astrology (a position many rabbis would question), I don’t feel obliged to justify my position to dismissive, censorious religious critics for as long as against biblical rule to which they pay lip service, they still listen to and broadcast noisy, failed prophets like Glenda Jackson or Jonathan Cahn. The former’s predictions, supposedly under direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit concerning Obama as last president were breathtakingly wrong, while the latter has been proved sensationally wrong more than just once in prediction of everything from stock market crashes, to the fall of America and the end of the world. Enough! What some will dismiss as unredeemed “pagan” astrology can tell you more and better than these modern voices of confusion, indeed with all due allowance for some inevitable errors it would be hard put to do worse!
(From Chapter 14 of Christianity’s Destiny, “Ending Sometime: Between Astrology and Prophecy”
……………ECLIPSES WITHOUT AND WITH ASTROLOGY
The more blatant modern predictions, or virtual predictions, of Second Advent (whether over Arabia, at Jerusalem or anywhere) that conservative Christians normally opposed to specific speculations have allowed through, have their source and inspiration in speculations launched over a decade ago 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) rapidly became bestseller material.
Though Biltz and the rest haven’t cared to be too precise about the Rapture, some may be said to have hinted that Jesus 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” (a time of judgement, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Second coming to Jerusalem?), it struck Biltz there could be some significance in a certain tetrad (sequence of four) red moon eclipses. These were due to fall on the Jewish festivals of Passover and Tabernacles six months apart in both 2014 and 2015. There had at any rate been significance in such festival tetrads for Jewish history. We shall see what this significance was but, as it happens, if one included a count of the festivals by traditional rather than more modern calculation put in place in the eleventh century, there was something seriously rare to unprecedented – namely a sextet of blood moons which stretched into 2016.
Undeniably rabbinic traditions can refer to blood moons as the moon “turned to blood” and solar eclipses as the sun “turned to darkness” (both these being biblical expressions). They have also regarded blood moons as important for Israel either for war or major change while solar eclipses have been deemed more important for the gentiles. It can however still be argued something stronger than just eclipses are indicated by the gospel prophecies of end times – if taken literally. But how literally are the prophecies meant to be taken? For example, asteroids and meteorites 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 were to be, say, an axis shift. Which is always a possibility. So there’s an issue here around what and how much is literal or symbolic.
Though worth examining, the idea that the blood moon eclipses are end times “signs”, is nonetheless an assumption made against a background of uncertainty. All said and done, blood moons are not a great rarity, albeit one must grant the lunar tetrads that Biltz had first highlighted are fairly rare and rarer still falling on the Jewish feasts. (62 tetrads since the first century but only 8 on Jewish festivals). It therefore seemed the 2014/15 tetrad could correspond to significant events for Israel and possibly by extension the church.\
For claiming some direct relevance to Christianity of such eclipses, the test case would need to be the year of the crucifixion – or so blood mooners assumed. Yet as will be apparent from the present study and my Testament of the Magi, I would claim along with many theologians the year of crucifixion was AD 30. Jesus’ death was anyway of more global and era than national significance. Accordingly it was suitably reflected by the nearest solar eclipse. Any blood moons in 33/34 are more likely to reflect the division and general turmoil within Israel which Christianity, the conversion of St Paul, the martyrdom of Stephen etc were opening up for it.
Even conceding that point, many find it hard to think of the prophetic details of Peter’s Pentecost sermon with its mention of “the moon turned to blood” and other images drawing upon a prophecy of Joel, as fully realized at Pentecost (whether in AD 30 or 33), at least not literally so. It is not unreasonable to suppose the apostle’s audience may have been intended to understand and did understand the festival was a foretaste of a still greater day of fulfillment towards the end of the age. Regardless…a blood moon didn’t absolutely have to be in the skies for the first Pentecost to be the unique day it was. Nor did those present need to witness to the “drifting smoke” (of volcanos understood) and major signs in the heavens or in the earth beneath to be assured to major significance (though to the extent the Jews and Jerusalem are always deemed specially linked to end-of-era events, any future Pentecost might well be extreme and literally so 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 oversaw war and developments at that time. Then in 1967 there was the Six Day War and (East) Jerusalem retaken and Israel effectively unified 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 significantly enough also a Hebrew Jubilee year, 50 years on from 1917 when modern Israel suddenly began to seem like a real possibility because Britain’s General Allenby took Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks after centuries and Britain issued the Balfour Declaration). Jubilees in Judaism mark a season of setting free, of debt release or return of land.
Despite the interesting coincidences presented by blood tetrads, they don’t make too much sense and can hardly be used to predict and declare anything if one doesn’t understand the meaning of even a single, independent eclipse. This is where if there is anything to say here, astrology and the celestial data of Pentecost must be brought in to accompany, supplement and refine any predictions for today. Failing to do so leaves one with the inconclusive or unfulfilled picture left by such as Hagee. The fact is that eclipses, which are frequent enough, are not too significant 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 seems to be more effect and more that’s prophetic over where the event is most visible.
What any regular 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 likewise the planets transiting 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 orientated and bellicose Mars struck opposite that point, the inherent potential for 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 unforgettably received some effects negatively in 2003 when an eclipse hit inside my ninth house (universities, religious and overseas affairs and sometimes publishing) and near my Midheaven (reputation/career) at the same time as an aggressive Mars conjuncting my Lie asteroid hit opposite my natal Saturn (restriction, difficulties and some issues of reputation and career). 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 funded to study Jesus’ sexuality – I had not broached that subject or been offered payment to do so. This was disinformation and fake news on a grand scale little of which I was able 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 can be relevant to Israel, unless we could say Israel seems always to have a lot of proverbially “unfinished business” anyway (lunar eclipse material), the rabbinic assumption about lunar/solar difference can be overemphasized – it likely owes something to traditional fears of solar worship. 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.
The difference between solar and lunar eclipses that 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 like Biltz and Hagee promoting an interest in blood moons don’t know quite enough; and if they won’t work with the astrology they so readily dismiss or demonize, they stand to miss much and even mislead people about what is most likely to occur as regards the destiny of Israel and of Christianity.
When I first examined the blood moons, though it looked like they could destabilize many things, I doubted the last lunar eclipse could produce something on the scale of the biblical Tribulation whether thought of as more relevant to Jew or Christian. Even if literally believed in and deemed probable for within this decade, it was hard to see that the world-shocking and troubling effects of such as the Rapture (widely believed to immediately procede and herald the onset of the Tribulation) were present in 2015.
There was for example nothing super aerial, Libran and Rapture Ready about the solar and lunar eclipses of September 2015, though of course there had to be something, and there was, either to stir or reflect the kind of Rapture anticipation that talk of the blood moons aroused. The first eclipse of the tetrad had been conjunct the Venus that rules the endings sector of the Church in aerial Libra and so, with Venus conjunct a World Point in mid October 2015 something Rapture-like had to occur…and it did so in the form of a Hollywood Left Behind film about the Rapture. The specifically American premiere had the sun on 10 Libra conjunct Pentecost’s Trombke (Pol.Trumpet). And what is the Rapture if not the Last Trump? It was a prime case of the right idea at the wrong level.
If we dismiss as I am doing here the limitations of interpreting and anticipating events in the style of Hagee’s blood mooners who emphasise the mere fact and number of eclipses, how by contrast would regular astrology proceed in this area? While any astrologer will prefer maximum evidence, a convergence of signs because a single transit or eclipse taken in isolation is rarely sufficient to certify the most momentous claims such as the sheer weight of the tetrad invites to, it’s still always beginnings and firsts are crucial in astrology. The time of birth is always the most crucial datum. It is therefore essential to inquire what the first eclipse of the tetrad showed in order to acquire some notion of what its whole sequence might be about and oversee. Here we almost immediately have a real clue.
Rather sensationally, it happens that the first blood moon of the tetrad was fortunately trine to the minute of a degree to the asteroid Tempel (Ger. Temple) in modern Israel’s natal sector of land and property and it’s primarily affairs of Israel according to the rabbis that the blood moon should stress. Though back in 2011 I was sure something would turn up with regard to the the temple, I wasn’t sure what and how, but I am satisfied that was the most essential theme.
The whole period of 2014 and 2015 (and into 2016 if one admits the mentioned sextet factor) now marks a period of conflicts and protests around the temple and Temple Mount with a sea change in attitudes towards its status. Majority Israel’s near secular indifference to the fate of the Temple Mount and any third temple has radically changed, not least following especially the career of Rabbi Yehuda Glick of the Temple Mount Institute. He would move from dismissed fringe figure to influential politician, especially following the attempt on his life in the wake of the second lunar eclipse. In 2015 the Israeli parliament passed an historic law permitting Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Although Jews were legally permitted to visit but not pray on the Mount, prior to the 2015 law rabbis had always ruled Jews should not even enter the area lest they inadvertently step upon where the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy of Holies once stood. Palestinian Muslims were meanwhile offended at the idea Jews should claim the Mount as their own or that Solomon’s Temple ever existed there. But in 2016 it was announced fragments had been found that absolutely certified a first temple. In June 2016 Israel’s chief rabbi finally suggested the temple could be rebuilt alongside the Muslim shrines instead of those shrines needing to be demolished first, a belief which had made fulfillment of any restoration aims far off or next to impossible.
Is this principle of the revelatory first moon of a tetrad reliable and validated by previous example? Effectively yes… In 1967 whose Six Day War among other things returned historic East Jerusalem to Israel, the first blood moon fell on 3 Scorpio. It was thus opposite (challenge, conflict) to 3 Taurus, the degree of precisely asteroid Jerusalem in modern Israel’s foundational chart. Although at 22 Libra, the fact that Mercury and Venus at 21 and 22 Aries opposed the eclipse point but in turn made 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 blinkered American evangelicals would say it could only be so because of Satan. Yet the skies are supposed to utter knowledge according to the Psalms (Ps 19:2).
Before proceeding it is appropriate to ask concerning 2014’s first blood moon as it could also relate to the church rather than only the Israel that lunar eclipses supposedly highlight. As mentioned regarding the Rapture theme among the speculations of blood mooners’ and then some fulfillment via a Hollywood treatment, the pattern was striking to the extent the northern autumn eclipse at 25 Libra had affected Pentecost’s endings sector. It hit opposite its Venus which from its destiny house rules the fourth of endings. Even though across two millennia eclipses have hit the same point before, they have not necessarily joined with other factors like the month’s shocking Pluto/Uranus square in action-geared cardinal signs. And they have not hit around the end of the age of Pisces itself. It was time to air an endings theme though not to end more literally and completely.
This point is an example of how a mature astrology and any prediction must not go astray and run to sensation and need not do so if the principle of level is sufficiently recalled by way of caution. The same seemingly potent endings sign could mean no more than – as was the case and as was already anticipated and known when I was writing on the moons – that the church in at least its Catholic branch was due to beautify (Venus) its properties during 2014. This was simply in harmony with the fact the fourth sector of endings also and alternatively rules a person’s or institution’s home and property. Millions were to be poured into modern Christian art. If however one were to ignore all of the more this-worldly dimensions of interpretation, one could then just as easily decide that the related, theoretically more church relevant solar eclipse of April 2014, by simply conjuncting Pentecost’s Part of Marriage was necessarily pointing to the Marriage of the Lamb, to Rapture itself.
Earlier this decade I must admit the tetrad left me uncertain and undecided as to its real outcome. I suspected not just the violence of the period but the possibility of real war leading to some kind of treaty that would render the practically difficult aspirations towards a third temple possible. This has not occurred, not least because I think that anything to do with the crucial, even apocalyptically significant temple has been and is likely to be part of a larger, longer process. It is one that started before the tetrad at late November 2013’s Hannukah festival when Comet Ison was approaching the sun, and it stretches into 2016 after the tetrad but covered by the sextet and into the signs of 2017 which I will comment upon presently. I should have preferred to work with the late declared perspective of the rarest of rare blood moon sextet. Emphasis upon the tetrad encouraged one to think something very definite ought to be settled within its time framework even if one couldn’t perfectly see it.
Hannukah celebrates the historic re-dedication of the second temple in 164 BC following its desecration by Antiochus Epiphanes. The fact that Comet Ison was conjuncting the sun above Jerualem at the time it did in 2013 was seen by many Jews as a promise of developments around the temple issue. The blood moons tetrad then focused minds and issues around the temple as never before, but hope of concrete change has owed much to the largely unexpected achievement of the presidency by Donald Trump in November 2016 under the sextet. Hardly had Trump won highest office than the Jewish Sanhedrin was appealing to Trump and also Putin to help rebuild the temple. Rabbis had been anticipating a Trump victory as some kind of fulfillment of Torah and prophecy itself. They believed he could prove to be a (not the) Messiah to assist the Jews. Trump was presumed to be a kind of latter day Cyrus i.e. like King Cyrus of Persia who freed the Jews from exile and gave them the go-ahead for the building of the second temple. Some American Christians were of similar persuasion and anticipate many remarkable developments under Trump’s incumbency. Here is a truly a case where astrology can help examine trends and assess the status of forecasts. Is Trump, who does have a Jewish daughter and son in law and is favourable to Israel and its aspirations, truly a potential Cyrus? The perhaps unexpected answer is a resounding affirmative.
Trump’s birth chart reveals the Tempel (sic) asteroid not only in his tenth house of destiny, career and resputation, but conjunct almost to the minute of a degree to the future-orientated, revolutionary, surprising Uranus. But not only this. The suggestive conjunction is then in close fortunate, opportunity-making trine to a conjunction of Jupiter (affairs of belief and religion) itself conjunct of all asteroids, Cyrus. Granted that astrology reveals as much what is thought about persons as what will actually happen and thus the pattern could simply reflect how Trump is seen in some circles; but with the destiny house involved this does appear to be more like real fate, more a call to destiny than just talk around Trump. This time the visionaries could be onto something.
SIGNS TRUE AND FALSE OF 2017
Writing this early in 2017 I feel it is possible and even quite likely, that it is 2017, which anyway presents some notable signs for commentary here, that by its end could have marked the conclusion of a process in minds and events begun with the temple-relevant sun/comet conjunction at Hannukah in 2013. It is even possible that another comet, 67P, which makes significant conjunction with the moon in late September, could be that marker. There is no question that 2017 is rich in significance and signs in this way. However, one of the increasingly emphasized signs anticipated for September 23rd immediately following the Feast of Trumpets seems bogus and once again because “biblical astronomy” is muddying the waters of the astrology it dismisses at its peril. It is important to clarify concerning this alleged sign, but first one must appreciate the wider context supplied by simply 2017 itself and the Feast of Trumpets within it.
It will be clear from Chapter Four and considerations earlier in this chapter that among those who assume a Rapture and end times scenario at all, Israel’s annual Feast of Trumpets marks a high point for expectations. It can be allowed it does so with some reason. It is seriously possible that Jesus, whose earthly career may be said symbolically to have fulfilled the spring feasts but not the autumn ones, projected onto time and the cosmos common images amd idioms of the Jewish wedding as regards the time the bridegroom arrives, the fact that only the father knows the time of this and so on. The day and hour of the marriage/ return within the more than one day Feast of Trumpets would always be unknown, but the festival itself could be suspected as the general time of revelation. And just possibly even its year might be hinted at if the parable of the Fig Tree with its mention of a generation from a forecast rebirth of Israel would apply (Matt 24:32-35). A biblical “generation” can however be 120, 70, 40 or a Jubilee of 50 years.
Accidentally or otherwise, the fact is that 2017 cannot help but stand out as a year of potential convergence in which almost anything apocalyptic from an agreement to rebuild the temple and war in the Middle East to the Rapture itself might be imagined to occur. It is, after all, 120 years since the foundation of Zionism in 1897, 70 years from the UN’s declaration for a nation of Israel in late 1947 and 50 years from the Six Day War of 1967 which, in harmony with the return theme of Jubilees, saw the return to Israel of East Jerusalem, which includes the Temple Mount area, after two millennia.
With this element of expectation as background, it is not entirely suprising that some persons would seize upon sending almost viral what they consider to be a celestial sign attaching to September 23rd, a day following the Feast of Trumpets on the 21st and 22nd. The fact is, however, that this is a sign that no astronomer or astrologer would have invented or imagined to be such, requiring as it does the employment of an entire constellation to function as the crown of another constellation that is already said to be crowned, and even deciding that a rare line-up of transiting planets with the fixed stars of the second constellation somehow make up what the first constellation by tradition and symbolically is meant to be about!
The imagined, assumed sign of Sept 23rd is associated with the account of a great portent in heaven as described in Chapter 12 of Revelation. In this vision a woman clothed with the sun and with the moon at her feet and a crown of twelve stars at her head, is pregnant with child and about to give birth. She is threatened by a red, seven headed dragon who seeks to destroy the child who is nonetheless snatched up to heaven while the woman flees into the wilderness where she is protected by God during the period of Tribulation.
Much could be commented on this section of Revelation and over time has been, but it can be safely claimed that its imagery has something to do with the constellation of Virgo over against Draco (the dragon) which is pointing at Virgo’s feet and Hydra of the many heads (though the constellation only shows one). It can also be safely affirmed that despite the centrality of Virgo the Virgin to the vision, it is most unlikely as some have imagined, that the woman represents the Virgin and that her “man child” is Jesus. This is to ignore that Jesus ascended to heaven in triumph, not snatched there under threat of evil forces, while the Virgin, who by early tradition died in Ephesus, did not flee anywhere to spend extended time in the desert.
By contrast, both Israel and Jerusalem can be biblically referred to as the virgin daughter, and in the Revelator’s lifetime it had been Israel and/or Jerusalem that had given birth to the new and threatened faith. The “man child” seized to heaven like the mythological Ganymede, is an alternative symbol (arguably a sort of Puer archetype), for the believing community otherwise described as “the Bride”. (Symbols by their nature are ever flexible and multivalent). That the company of believers is indicated is betrayed by precisely the idea of the child being snatched away. The snatching (later called Rapture), involves the same harpazo verb that St Paul uses in Thessalonians in his teaching of the mystery of the great and sudden disappearance.
The message of Rev 12 seems to be that the believing prepared will be taken away from earth while the Israel that has not joined with the new faith will still be preserved but on earth and during the time of Tribulation or Jacob’s Trouble. The twelve stars at the woman’s head again help identify her as Israel whose twelve tribes have long been believed to correspond to the twelve zodiac signs/constellations which interrelate with sun and moon as in the dream of Joseph. Symbolic logic would allow the twelve stars could also be the twelve apostles, themselves of Israel and representing the twelve tribes.
It is important to note that the constellation of Virgo has long been considered and in the times of the Revelator certainly so, as already having twelve stars like a crown at her head contained in what is called Coma Berenices, or Berenice’s Comb or lock of hair. It is almost perverse to suggest the constellation of Virgo needs a crown and that such could finally be made up – and very top heavily so! – by the entire separate constellation of Leo above it, regal though Leo is. Leo contains only nine fixed stars but can be made to appear to have the requisite twelve stars of the vision when, very rarely (once in seven thousand years), three transiting planets (Mercury, Venus and Jupiter) will make Leo look as though it had twelve main fixed stars. It is also odd to make out that a pregnancy within and birth from the Virgin’s womb is being shown and timed by the circulation of messianic Jupiter’s transit through Virgo. As some have pointed out, the total transit is more like ten than nine months and due to forward and apparent retrograde movements, Jupiter is not always fully inside what could be thought of as the womb zone…or even the sign of Virgo itself. The sign is being identified as in Hindu astrology sidereally and by what is directly seen rather than tropically defined after the normal measurements of astrology. During 2017 these would instead have Jupiter in Libra – the sign, given Pentecost’s pattern, anyway far more related to anything like endings. There is, besides, nothing exceptional about Jupiter’s position or motion during the year – Jupiter enters Virgo around every twelve years much as the sun and moon traverse Virgo every year in the northern autumn, the sun at the head and the moon across Virgo too, though precisely at her feet more like every nineteen years.
The whole idea of a special “sign” created by three transiting planets is unsatisfactory. Ironically, the best one can say for it is what is not being stated yet very legitimately could be, namely that an exceptional impression is given of the joining together of Virgo and Leo. One could claim this was meaningful to the extent that the earliest zodiacs, certainly in Egypt, begin with Virgo and end with Leo. (So called “biblical astrology” paints the picture of creation and redemption against the background of a zodiacal circle which engages just this sequence of signs. The more usual, widespread Aries-Pisces circle is nevertheless profoundly meaningful for the round of spiritual and religious development as I stress in the course of my The Astrology of Beliefs.
The alleged sign of 23rd September is unnecessary as it could be argued that, just as it is, the constellation of Virgo receiving its annual transits of sun and moon points to the season of Trumpets as forever marked out for something final and apocalyptic. Moreover, during 2017 there are quite enough other signs to engage serious attention and in line with more standard forms of information and assessment. Indeed on the 23rd itself and with the sun on a World Point (0 Libra), the Comet 67P will be conjunct the moon at the Virgin’s feet which itself is of some interest. I have already suggested that this comet might well be seen as the other bookend to the sequence of temple-associated developments started by Comet Ison at Hannukah in 2013. The fact that just before this and on the Feast of Trumpets itself Israel’s progressed sun will be into a new sign at 0.0 of Leo seems significant. For Israel regal Leo is the sign of anything Zionist or Davidic but at 0 Leo a tension square is set up with the commonest used foundational chart of modern Israel which shows 0 Scorpio rising.
The change bespeaks the dawning of a new phase in national affairs, a change in consciousness or status since Leo oversees the nation’s leadership/destiny house. The progression of the sun into a new sign is an around 30 year event and points to new outlooks and situations. There would certainly be a whole new era for Israel if a third temple were to arise, though I don’t say that would have to occur on the dot when the sign changed. September nonetheless contains various transits like Mercury opposite Neptune and Jupiter opposite Uranus which are potent for mystery, surprise and change including in the way they affect the Pentecost chart.
Major events in and for (organized) religion in all its expressions are possible in 2017 simply by virtue of the fact that during it Saturn is back and forth in conjunction with the Galactic Centre (26 Sagittarius) and Uranus in trine to the point. Saturn is constrictive and painful and makes for endings, Uranus can be shocking but revolutionary. Saturn tracking through Sagittarius has been bad enough already as regards especially religious persecution and genocide (and also revelations of clerical abuse and corruption), so one wonders how much any aspect to the GC could hope to top it for crisis and significance. Speculation could run wild here: anything could be imagined up to and including the overthrow of the Vatican promised by ISIS – according to the old St Malachy Prophecy the current Pope is anyway last in the papal line, while the late Catholic seeress, Jeane Dixon believed there would be an overthrow followed by the inauguration of a new global faith through Rome. Undoubtedly a time when Saturn was on the GC would be one of the most favourable for the kind of darker prophetic outlook that envisages the advent of a great deception and/or an Antichrist.
Here is an example where talk of blood moons or constellational signs can tell us nothing too specific but standard astrology might be able to convey us something rather more. According to Jeane Dixon, the Antichrist was born at a time of very unusual aspects in the heavens back in 1962. Obviously I cannot certify that Dixon, who believed the point and purpose of her life and gifts was to receive especially that vision, was right and that the person of her vision actually exists. What I can affirm is that if he exists, factors in his chart, not least the two important eclipses of August, will impel him to appear before the world towards the end of the year or the beginning of 2018. For the length of his life nothing would be so compelling for the assumption of influence and power; and since this figure of prophecy engages war, there would perhaps be no time so favourable to appear as late 2017 ahead of likely effects of the next round of the war-associated Saturn/Pluto cycle. The latter was in evidence for WWs 1 and 11 and doubtless would be for any WW 111 from 2018 onwards.
So much could be said about just the solar and lunar eclipses of August 2017. The solar is already dubbed “The Great American Eclipse” for the way it completely crosses and divides America. It is also important for President Trump whose Ascendant and Mars it conjuncts; and for Christianity whose Pentecost Moon conjunct Church it conjuncts; and for Israel whose destiny house Mars it conjuncts and the Vatican whose Neptune it conjuncts also squaring its Jupiter; and for the alleged Antichrist whose ruling Uranus conjunct Achristou it conjuncts. This is without considering the lunar eclipse which directly conjuncts Pentecost’s seventh house Christ asteroid and Dixon’s Antichrist’s sun (and also North Korea’s Pluto whose Saturn will have been directly hit in the solar eclipse). The sixth months from August 2017 could well prove world-historical for decisions and events.
I don’t doubt that some will imagine by this I have either predicted or implied that the Rapture itself must occur in 2017 if only because it’s widely believed among students of prophecy that the advent of the Antichrist cannot occur unless and until the Rapture has taken place. My response is that I am not so so definite because one cannot be so. I have already demonstrated how failure to take level of manifestation into account in astrological interpretation can lead to over-statement and that overall astrology deals more in trends and possibilities than absolute forecasts, though in some contexts these can be made. But actually, I can even see an objection to 2017 as being a major year of destiny for Christianity. Quite simply, I can’t certify though eclipse or transit as some would require, what bespeaks any massive spiritual movement such as would be needed for any last pre-apocalypse Pentecost.
Admittedly that subject is problematic. Some words of Jesus suggesting lack of belief at the time of the end (Luk 18:8) could shed doubt on whether expectations of a last Pentecost were ever quite justified. If they were, then any last Pentecost could as easily be something to occur during the period of Tribulation as before it. But then again, there are some today who maintain that the last Pentecost is already occurring in parts of the world, especially in those places where belief is persecuted, if largely unreported by secular media. (Nowadays secular media hardly consider spiritual movements and issues of Christianity apart from the supposed interest of certain undermining scandals). Canon Andrew White, the so-called Vicar of Baghdad is one who has reported that though Christianity is virtually done for in Iraq, there are remarkable and unprecedented things happening, miracles, angelic appearances, visions of Jesus, even resurrections, things unimaginable to the secular West but which he is convinced belong to the end times only. Significantly but inevitably, this more dramatically religious aspect of White’s reports have not been widely conveyed by media. But if the idea is valid that the last Pentecost is taking place now, rather than awaits a period of Tribulation, then I should say those eclipses of 2015 and 2016 which fell on Jesus’ sun, then on the Bethlehem Star and then (lunar eclipse) on the Jupiter of the Pentecost chart, could be relevant as heralds of what was due to manifest and is now claimed to be happening. A blog article of mine, The Big Jesus and Jupiter Weekend, is also relevant here.
Because of the possible misunderstandings around the signs for 2017 and the astrological complexity involved, I will not detail all that’s at least potential for the Pentecost chart. The bogus claims about the sign of Sept 23rd have been misleading enough already. All one can really say is that the period around late September either marks a crisis or is the symbolic gateway to a period of crisis and/or consciousness change over the months following. If one envisages extreme events, then the second half of 2017 presents itself as a stronger candidate for such than some other years. Whatever happens, the present time is one in which beliefs and values that have been building for decades now in society, politics and religion, will be put to serious test in a season which could seem like judgement itself.
Some, including Owuor, even believe we are already within the Tribulation and the first seals have been opened. I don’t agree, but one can appreciate why people might think so and how the symbolism can be made to fit to some degree. For Owuor, the white horse rider of the first seal (Rev 6:1,2) is not the advent of the Antichrist of much traditional commentary but rather the all-conquering modern forms of deception – everything from post-modernism with its relativism to the false prophecy of neo-Pentecostals, the prosperity gospels and inter-faith theologies. These invade the world and church so as to make them vulnerable to every untruth and false Messiah and thus sleeping and unready like the bridesmaids of the apocalyptic parable. Revelation’s red horse who brings war and violence is the “wars and rumours of wars” of the gospels and is a feature of our times through especially destabilizing terrorist movements and now radical Islamic terrorism and genocide.The black horse who introduces shortages and famines is the economic woes of the West and chronic shortages of the Third World. The pale (green) horse rider who brings death, plague and destruction on a massive scale (a quarter of the fish in the sea destroyed and so on) has not yet been released (though numerous fish have been dying) and for Owuor is unlikely to be so till after the Rapture and around the time of the seventh seal’s great quake and Day of the Lord which brings earthquaking on a tremendous scale. But Owuor seems to have changed his mind about that one following widespread international interest in the odd image of a green horse rider on TV screens around the world at the time of the Arab Spring’s Egyptian riots. He now thinks the horse has been released and we will live through a period of increasing troubles symbolized by this green horse prior to the Rapture event. His mind change at this point doesn’t inspire confidence. I disagree with his perspectives here not least and obviously for astrological reasons. If there are to be really serious disasters in the world, I think they wait upon the wars, turmoil and agony dangerously possible under Saturn/Pluto cycle effects such as begin in 2018.
In the end it doesn’t come down to prophecy or astrology being perfectly right but ideally each supplementing and illuminating the other. Either you believe that prophecy naturally is or can be linked to astrology, or you don’t; you believe that astrology is a forbidden divination or it isn’t; that it’s a science of an unusual kind rather than superstition or devil’s work. I suggest it’s a resource, an often invaluable one. Again and again I see and hear the most abject nonsense allowed to surround church issues, beliefs and plans for futures that a basic understanding of the astrology of Christianity might help correct but that one cannot begin to use because to do so is to promote what is seen as most fit to ignore, misrepresent or even abominate.
And yet, is it even likely that so many working signs of which I have offered some record in this book, would exist not to be discovered or known? Conservative readings of scripture are more selective than they admit. The fact is that the Psalmist declares all the days of our lives are foreknown (Ps 139:16), a flat contradiction of the kind of argument which holds that Christians must reject astrology because it would align religion with determinism as against free will. By employing the technique of diurnals, astrologers alone come the nearest anyone can to tracing the general framework and possibilities of every day in an individual’s life. They can hope to understand what the psalmist was talking about… or indeed the author of Ecclesiastes who in a set of reflections akin to those astrologers might affirm, perceived the cyclic nature of reality which makes at least some aspects of life predictable.
Uranus is the acknowledged planet of astrology and astrologers. It “rules” Aquarius and hence oversees the coming Aquarian era that is at the doors. At a higher octave and for religion, Uranus is also the planet of the Spirit who is the central subject of Pentecost. To dismiss astrology is to deny a place at the table to prophecy or the divine “plan”, the outline and archetypal organization of things which is of the Spirit and Uranus. It would be better if faith took the plunge and accepted the wisdom offered; but if it doesn’t, it can be safely forecast that the age we are entering will see to it that sooner or later this form of knowledge will be accepted and integrated to religion and life more generally. Meanwhile, all one can do is offer the rather remarkable evidence for the ongoing truth of the celestial signs which single out especially Pentecost as a, or the, day which saw all history.
 Rollan McCleary, The Astrology of Beliefs., Createspace 2013
 A self-styled visionary, Ken Peters, who claims to have been shown an extended panorama of the Tribulation as far back as 1980 but who today sees his scenarios as closer to today’s conditions, does place the killer quaking – which he says will also occasion a pole shift altering all climates permanently – inside the Tribulation just post-Rapture. So in a way, Peters, who was not even a Christian at the time of his visions, tends to confirm Owuor’s urgent picture. Whether he’s right or wrong, if you want a few chills and thrills I suggest Peters’ “I saw the Tribulation” (on YouTube) is preferable to wading through the Left Behind fiction series, something I’ve never attempted and won’t recommend.
A related relevant article, An Astronomy/ Astrology of Apocalypse: Could There be Such? is at http://wp.me/p2v96G-OA