Astrological statements and information may be quite general - sometimes so general as to be of little use.
Astrology can also be very specific, however. We agree with Vivian Robson when he writes that: "What astrology needs is accuracy and definition, not pseudo-esoteric speculation."
With this in mind, we would like to present the following for your
Near the beginning of the Preface of his Geodetic Equivalents, Sepharial
"It may be... a matter of speculation on the part of astute politicians as to
why the Balkan War broke out at Adrianople in the year 1912 and on a
particular day in October of that year, and not elsewhere or at some other
time than it did."
Later, in Chapter 1, he writes that:
"In the year 1912, on April 17th, there was an eclipse of the Sun visible
over Europe, which fell in the twenty-seventh degree of the sign Aries.
Reference to the map will show that the longitude 27 degrees east answers
exactly to Adrianople. It was here that the first shot was fired in the
Balkan War - a war that was destined to lead directly to the Great War of
1914-18, and this shot was sped on the 14th October, 1912, when Mars was
passing over 27 Libra, in direct opposition to the eclipse of April 17th.
The war took its course and apparently came to an end, but suddenly broke
out again on the day that Mars came to the place of the eclipse in Aries
27. This clearly shows that eclipses may have a significance of the first
order when falling on the meridian Geodetic Equivalent of any place, and
confirms the now well-known fact that events tend to expression at the time
when a major planet is in transit over the place or opposition of an eclipse."
How To Calculate Geodetic Equivalents
Consider Greenwich as 0 degrees of Aries.
Degrees and minutes of longitude are taken as the degree and minute of the
Midheaven, and the Ascendant and other cusps are calculated for the
appropriate latitude. Thus you discover certain degrees that have a key
importance for specific places. We will be considering only the Midheaven
and Rising degrees here, but different house systems will, of course, give
different degrees for other cusps and this should be kept in mind too.
As you go east of Greenwich, you begin to move through the zodiac starting
at 0 Aries. A location with a longitude of, for example, 7 degrees east,
would have a Midheaven of 7 degrees of Aries. A location with a longitude
of 32 degrees east would have a Midheaven of 2 degrees of Taurus (30
degrees takes us to the end of Aries, and we are left with 2 degrees of
As you go west of Greenwich, you move backwards through the zodiac, through
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, etc. A location with a longitude of 4 degrees
west would therefore have a Midheaven of 26 Pisces (360 minus 4 = 256
degrees of the zodiac = 26 Pisces); a location with a longitude of 65
degrees west would have a Midheaven of 360 degrees minus 65 = 295 degrees
of the zodiac = 25 Capricorn.
Berlin, Germany, has an east longitude of 13 degrees 24 minutes. The
Midheaven would therefore be 13 Aries 24, which gives the equivalent
Ascendant of 6 Leo 11. The intermediate cusps will vary according to the
house system used.
Berlin was in the news not so long ago when the Wall that divided the city
was torn down. More than thirty-five years ago, on the weekend of August
12/13, 1961, East German military units began sealing off the city. It
would be nice to find a significant astrological configuration at or
directly relating to 13 Aries 24 or 6 Leo 11, but we have no such luck when
we check the ephemeris. There was, however, a solar eclipse on Friday
August 11th, at 18 degrees of Leo. It is too wide to be conjunct the
Ascendant, but it does fall in the 1st House and thus affects the SELF of
Berlin. We can therefore reasonably expect an important change.
Life became very different in this city on November 9th, 1989, when people
of both East and West Berlin were dancing along the top of the wall.
The new moon before this event had occurred on October 29 at 6 Scorpio 11,
exactly square the Geodetic Equivalent Ascendant. Not bad! The degree of
the zodiac that represents Berlin was energized or activated.
If we go back to the days of the Cold War, we note the Russian blockade of
Berlin, which, as it happens, failed in the face of the allied air supply.
The blockade began on June 28, 1948, with Pluto at 13 Leo 24, which is
exactly trine the Midheaven.
The blockade ended on May 12, 1949; there is no spectacular correlation of
the Berlin Ascendant and Midheaven with planetary positions on that day,
but it may be simply because realization that the blockade was not going to
work had dawned on the Russian leadership some weeks or even months before
they officially admitted failure.
Many people try to use astrology to forecast the economic future. Given
this interest, The American Atlas, compiled by Thomas Shanks, was consulted
for the longitude of Wall Street. It is listed as 74 W 01; thus the
Midheaven is 15 Capricorn 59, and the Ascendant is 29 Aries 10.
You may remember the Crash of 1987. There was an eclipse on September 23rd
at 29 Virgo 34; this is inconjunct (150 degrees; a karmic aspect and a
multiple of 15) the Wall Street Ascendant. There was a drop Monday the
19th with the Moon in Virgo, and a major drop on the 20th when the Moon
passed over 29 Virgo.
For years, people have been predicting the imminent collapse of the Dow Jones, but it keeps not happening. At the beginning of 1997, a number of
forecasters were predicting a major correction at the time of the solar
eclipse at 18 Pisces in March. The eclipse came and went, but the Dow
ignored it. Why? Perhaps because the eclipse did not aspect any of the
geodetic equivalent cusps for Wall Street.
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