FAILED COMET, MOUNTING SIGNS
Comets do what they will, not least just break up and fizzle. Fragment is what the once every six thousand years returning Comet Atlas did between April 11th and 14th. This disappointed excited expectation that in late May it could be shining in the heavens at half the size of the sun, but there are now cautious hopes for a substitute in Comet Swan.
[May 1st – Swan is likely to be the brightest comet in years but until late May most visible in the southern hemisphere]
However…the dimming of a comet, and historically comets are chiefly associated with prominent deaths, warnings and calamities, could be as significant as their moments of brightest spectacle. It can’t quite be ignored that at a time when especially America is threatened by plague and economic disaster, that Atlas broke on a degree conjuncting America’s foundational Jupiter/Venus conjunction, the chief marker of the nation’s wealth and success. This could be another of the signs (like Pluto’s once in 248 year opposition to the national sun during 2020), that America’s days and those nations America-influenced and dependent, are numbered.
Celestial signs, especially from comets, can seem obvious harbingers as before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. But heavenly signs may offer quieter indications such as accompanied the birth of Christ when Israel’s “messianic” Tzedek, Jupiter, the Bethlehem Star, was linked up and highlighted in various ways in a significant pattern.
THE LOCKED DOWN PASSOVER CONFUSION
Recently the locked down (and also exceptional Thursday Passover) which so exceptionally put people in mind of the first Passover when the Hebrews had to remain and celebrate indoors, there was a glut of symbolically plausible forecasts about transitions to new times and levels.
With the world threatened by plague, churches and synagogues without precedent shut worldwide, plus some Jerusalem rabbis still forecasting the imminent arrival of a Messiah, (an expectation tied in with rabbinic forecasts about Netanyahu retaining power meeting and handing over to the Messiah), it even seemed to some that the Christian “dispensation of grace” (equivalent to the age of Pisces now at its last gasps) was ending. It was easier to think in terms even of the sudden surprise of the Rapture/harpazo event (the hidden as opposed to open Return of Christ for the believing prepared sector of the church ahead of the Tribulation period under a False Messiah/Antichrist figure). (See previous article: If the Messiah arrived for Passover).
Nisan is divinely decreed the first month. It is undeniable that Passover and leading events of Jewish history like the fall of Jericho mostly occur in the month of Nisan (March/April). It is like a season of new beginnings, transitions and redemptions. But that does not make for an automatic relevance as regards that other and second Israel, the church, which was not born during Nisan, nor in the age of the March/April sign of fiery Aries, the ram/lamb.
Even though (by tradition), Elijah was swept to heaven during Nisan and Jews do expect him to return one Passover, it’s also tradition that Enoch was translated to heaven in Sivan (May/June).
As talk of the meanings and forecasts for Nisan multiplied, so did my feelings of unease and scepticism around the symbolic logic employed. I now and again pointed out to dogmatic voices and sensationalist dreamers, any end-of-days style crisis might, if anything, need to fall around Pentecost. At the end of the age, those delivered are like wheat gathered to the barn. Getting ignored were central sayings like “ two men shall be in the field…. two women shall be grinding at the mill, one shall be taken and the other left” (Luk 17:35). Since it does also speak of people in bed, the simultaneity of day and night suggests a global event. Overall however it’s a picture of (northern hemisphere) wheat harvest time, along with indications of a time of figs before full summer – “as soon as you see its [the fig tree’s] branch become tender and put forth leaves,you know that summer is near” (Matt 24:32) Fig trees can put forth leaves after the tree has fruited).
The harvest of figs has a wider season and time range than wheat and there is more than one harvest; the green figs of Solomon’s Song emerge from around mid April near Passover. Ripe figs can be gathered as late as September but, broadly, figs belong to June. Northern summer is commonly understood to begin at the solstice around 21st June. The gospels thus appear to associate any surprises of an apocalyptic order with Jewish harvest time, of wheat in May/June and of figs in June. This is, moreover, the season of Pentecost, the wheat harvest festival that falls under Gemini. The latter is sign of the church’s birth and sign of division which is what Jesus says he comes to bring upon earth (Luk 12:51) including through a separation at harvest between wheat and tares.
In 2020 Western Christian Pentecost falls 31st May and Eastern Christian 7th June, Julian, Jewish Pentecost on a variety of dates according to Karaite, Essene calendars. June 5th marks a lunar eclipse of some importance. This doesn’t mean that this year (assuming there will even be a harvest) or any other year, acts of God are set to occur on those days . Indeed, perhaps in agreement with the “no one knows the day nor the hour” stricture, due to a reliance on the new moon, “true” Pentecost has always been deemed uncertain, all of a moveable feast within the month of Sivan.
A more vital issue here is that there is a dubious but influential reason the harvest season indicators of apocalypse in especially Luke, can be downplayed by commentators despite their rather clear reference. But for simplicity I shall reserve that question to a note below along with what may be another clue to the right season as regards the tie-ins with Ruth. a symbol of marriage and church.
Though the following speculations upon forthcoming celestial signs seem peculiarly, suggestively apt, I must concede that with names and symbols there can always be the occasional fluke, and there are always levels of application to consider. Given the turmoil of 2020 , the following could apply in ways other than suggested, But economic upheaval and currency reform (towards universal crypto-currency?), itself for prophetic reasons an issue for religion, seem guaranteed for this year as I indicated last December. One can well think in radical terms. This year is the first time since 1284 we find Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto together in Capricorn, 1284 being the year that revolutionized the European monetary system with Venetian introduction of the ducat
SIGNS OF MAY/JUNE
Here are some salient, suggestive points I notice for May into June.
- In late May when the now fragmented comet Atlas would have been most visible and Comet Swan now might be so, by transit, the fated nodes will arrive at the fated 0 degrees Cancer. This is a solstice point, one of the six world points while Cancer itself is the sign of America. The coincidence is like a harbinger or prompt to major events. (When activated, world points are potent. An eclipse on one preceded 9/11 but, fulfilment to the day never being automatic, it took activation weeks later from a Mars transit to trigger and time the heavy event.
- On May 22nd there is a lunation at 2.0 degrees Gemini . Lunations indicate themes for the month from their inception. They can do this especially as they touch individual and institutional birth patterns. Christianity was born 28th May (Julian) AD 30 on 3 Gemini, sign of languages, and divisions. The lunation conjunct this 3 Gemini could accordingly highlight affairs of the church, including that distant and imperfect inheritor of Pentecost, the Vatican, whose ruling Mercury is closely conjuncted by Mercury at the time of the lunation. But there’s rather more involved here.
- On the 23rd May, any remains of comet Atlas should have been conjunct 3 Gemini. Even if they won’t now be that, Comet Swan (in whatever condition) should be conjunct there , and it’s currently assumed to be at its perihelion brightest in late May. On the 27th it will anyway be on 13 Gemini, Christianity’s Saturn being at almost 13 Gemini. Saturn is any limit, restriction, test or ending.
- Even without help from comets, a sign and signal that the churches could be radically stirred up around late May seems indicated by the fact that asteroid Church at the time of the lunation will have been conjunct the mentioned fated 0 Cancer world point. Also…
- …..At the same time, asteroid Chaos will be at 25 Gemini opposite the Galactic Centre at 26 Sagittarius. The GC is associated with major events in the world, not least in religion (Christianity was born around the time the GC entered Sagittarius). It need hardly be said that if anything apocalyptic were to occur, church and world would be thrown into some confusion or chaos; so it’s maybe relevant that Chaos falls where it does at a globally tense time. (Tense? Let’s not get into the controversies and complication of extreme prophecies such as currently repeated in Israel re a distinguished prophetic rabbi who died in 1933 and declared that seventy five years after the end of the next great war, i.e in 2020 from 1945, the horror of the Gog Magog war would occur).
- Reverting to the time of the lunation, if it isn’t a fluke, it might be significant that Mercury and Venus are conjunct on 20 Gemini. This means they are conjuncting the first Pentecost’s (i.e. Christianity’s) natal Porta Coeli (Lat. Gate of Heaven). This could be meaningful to the extent Jewish tradition held that at Pentecost heaven was open to facilitate rare favours from and access to God and it was regarded as a time that God was “married” to his people. Moreover, Rev 4:1 which speaks of an open door in heaven and the voice like a trumpet saying, “Come up here”, associates John’s vision and perhaps the Rapture event by implication, with the season of Pentecost. Meanwhile……
- At the lunation the shocks planet Uranus is on 8 degrees of stability and eternity sign Taurus. But there Uranus conjuncts Christianity’s Part of Marriage at the same time setting up tension square aspect to Christianity’s 8 degree Part of Unpreparedness and the asteroid Thessalia. This is at least ironic, since Rapture belief always accompanies warnings about unpreparedness, while Thessalia carries suggestions of Thessaloniki (no asteroid). The Thessalonian church is the one to which St Paul most expounded teaching of hidden sudden Rapture. Degrees and angles carry across centuries, and as though to confirm some apostolic association, the foundation chart for modern Thessaloniki, reveals Saturn (age, tradition and warning) and also moon at 8 Leo in suitably direct challenging opposition to Unpreparedness and Thessalia
Since in any chart and situation Jesus will always be represented (planetary-wise) by either messianic, Bethlehem Star Jupiter or the mystical, more recently discovered Neptune, given the way celestial symbolism regularly works, any return of Christ would require either Jupiter or Neptune be in apparent retrograde motion. In mid May Jupiter goes retrograde until mid September (and Neptune in late June retrogrades till late November).
The fact there were no such retrogrades at Passover could have further warned enthusiasts that Passover was never any very likely crisis convergence point. But most Christians, to their disadvantage, disregard all basics of astrology anyway while conservative Christians read as selectively as any liberals. Regardless…to note is that Jupiter’s soon retrograde from mid May, plus the ongoing current retrograde in the heavens of Pluto, both in Capricorn and variously involving degrees between 24 and 27 of the sign , are conjuncting Christianity’s natal conjunction of Aparicio and Anastasia (respectively Epiphany/manifestation and Resurrection).
These degrees and their asteroids are in turn natally in tension with trigger factors for any endings issues for the religion. And for Christianity absolute ending can entail everything from resurrection to marriage, or even for some, divorce. (It is one of the peculiarities of my data for Christianity that as though in affinity for the apocalyptic parable of the ten bridesmaids, the Part of the Hour of Marriage conjuncts the Part of Divorce). So, if nothing else, there’s plenty of suggestive symbolism at work for May/June. Could the church actually be surprised by unusual marriage soon?
In the still working data for Christianity I possess, the ruler of the sector of any marriage is Uranus. Uranus is ruler of Aquarius, sign of shocks, surprises, the sudden and the unusual; and certainly the imagery of Christ married to the church is unusual enough! As already mentioned, Christianity’s Part of Marriage is at 8 Taurus. In late May, and in early June, Uranus makes a once in 84 years contact with Pentecost’s Part of Marriage.
A ‘DAY OF THE LORD’ MYSTERY ?
The marriage theme is reinforced by a rarity in Neptune’s 165 year cycle. The same Pentecost chart shows a conjunction of Hemera (Gk.Day) with Ishii (read Ishi). The word means my husband or Lord in contrast to Baali (my Baal). Hosea uses the term. “On that day you will call me your husband and no longer my Baal” (Hos 2:16). The conjunction of Day of the of the Lord/Husband falls at 19 and 20 Pisces. During 2020’s Pentecost season Neptune is conjunction Ishii. (It is open to debate whether this peculiar natal conjunction of Day with Ishi offers a hint resolving a long standing argument over whether the time of Rapture/Marriage is to be thought of as identical at another level with the prophets’ “Day of the Lord” which is a beginning of Judgement, one outside the banquet hall).
Rather as in 2015 the chart registered as though for the Rapture when the film Left Behind was premiered, so I would assume that if the marriage of the Lamb didn’t occur literally around Pentecost 2020, it would still occur in some fashion at that time (even if only because some wild American pastor decided he would marry all his parishioners to Jesus and theologians suddenly became obsessed with the divine marriage theme. But if it didn’t occur it might be hard to invent a rarer point of signs converging.
SYMBOLS INCREASE AND FLOWERS BLOOM
Even before the potentials of late May and early June, but as though in suitable prelude to them, the period from late April, in which there is a lunation at 3 Taurus, and then of early May when there’s a full moon at 17 Scorpio, could themselves prove rich in significance of some sort. This is especially the case since the Taurus lunation falls conjunct modern Israel’s foundational conjunction of Masi (Messiah) with Jerusalem in the nation’s seventh house of unions and legal issues.
Might issues arise around the increasingly anticipated Jewish Messiah (pictures even circulate now of flowers for the first time blooming around the Dead Sea to welcome him)? The borders of Jerusalem could be at stake, so could a Mid East peace plan or a global educational/religious compact such as Pope Francis is expected to push on 14th May (Israel’s birthday).
The papal initiative has been criticized across the board as sub-Christian, a judgement if anything confirmed by the way Neptune (Christ issues) at the time is degree exact opposed to Christ’s birth degree sun. If May resounded to good intentions and favourable reports, especially regarding “peace and safety” whether in relation to viruses or nations – already the Pope and the UN have called for cessation of warfare in the light of the virus – that would take the picture nearer to the forecast pre-Rapture peace and security situation (1 Thess 5:3) .
So….even if, improbably, the two lunation periods of April 23rd to May 22nd and then of May 22nd to June 21st produce nothing dramatic in the world and for especially religion, the fact that on June 21st the mentioned solar eclipse hits on the Cancer (sign of America) world point, virtually guarantees there will be little easing of the many tensions of this year.
There are likely to be, indeed already exist, upheavals in the economic sphere even if not in the religious. But both spheres stand to be effected not least with stronger moves towards a one world virtual currency and generally towards a New World Order to which the sometimes extreme measures taken around Covid-19 are arguably prepping nations and minds.
My attempted analysis for 2020 assumed upheaval to be central and basic. See: Astro-forecasting 2020 https://wp.me/p4kNWg-vU and the fact that so many planets are in apparent retrograde this year leaves many people rather passive or feeling victim to events. It’s a time for faith and going inward. Increasingly things can either be or seem apocalyptic. It would be wise to accept living on the edge is the new reality rather than to imagine things can simply go back to normal. They won’t, and we are at a turning of the ages.
NOTE ON EAGLES AND THE SEASON OF FIGS
Luke’s section on apocalypse, which is suggestive for an Israel wheat harvest season with two men in the field and two women grinding at the mill, closes with a cryptic saying about where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather (Luk 17:37). Or it does so in some, especially modern versions. The King James version, wrong about many things, translates more correctly in line with early tradition “ wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together”. The meaning rather matters because the corpse-vulture nexus makes many commentators assume the reference must be to the Armageddon scenario where the birds gorge the flesh of the fallen (Rev 19:21). From this it gets assumed that if there is any Rapture type event, it is post not pre Tribulation with its rule of the False Messiah. That would mean Paul’s “blessed hope” need not be subject to the warnings about preparation and surprise because its date could be certainly known by counting seven years from when the Tribulation began. And there would be less need to localize the imagery to Israel’s seasons, it could apply to anywhere in the world. The contrast and confusion between particular and general reference likely belongs with what seems to have represented a confusion in the disciples’ minds from the outset between end times as affecting the church, and apocalypse as affecting Jews in Israel (and left behind Christians) during the Tribulation.
But from early times the eagle was variously a symbol of resurrection, of resurrected Christ and resurrected believers, while outside scripture it is archetypal for any Rapture idea as with Jupiter in the form of an eagle seizing Ganymede to heaven. Hoi aetoi in the Greek consistently means eagles, not vultures. Jesus’ words at Luk 17:37 in answer to the disciples’ question where will the taken ones be taken to, accordingly suggest that where the body of Christ is, there the body of believers is gathered together, (the Rapture being a gathering up to Christ of first the dead in Christ and then the living believers who finally compose one body). Luke’s word for body is soma which can mean a body dead or alive but within the NT is almost invariably employed a living body. The text does not use nekros (corpse) as would be normal if such was the meaning. Someone on the Net has even recently alleged Jesus specifically revealed to them that Christians should reject the vulture translation which is distorting current understanding. Whether or not Jesus did reveal this, scholarship and tradition leaves little doubt, maximum sense belongs with the eagles.
Whether or not eagles and the associated pre-tribulation theory of Rapture is then consistent with signs for specifically 2020 is another matter. Logic, symbolic, astrological and even prophetic as it ties in with developments in Israel, does speak for convergence and crisis this year. It can’t however be said that the pre-tribulation picture of a relatively normal world going about its business of trading, building, marrying etc, quite fits what is current. It follows that any suggestive signs for this year depend upon life in late May and early June being closer to normal than is the case at this time of writing.
NOTE ON FIGS AND MARRIAGE
The symbolic association of Israel with figs and the budding fig tree with Israel’s re-establishment and end of era events is well established. It is less well established, if at all, that there is meant to be and why an implicit association with love and marriage as in the Song of Solomon which some choose to regard as containing prophetic messages.
It is my guess that the figs – marriage – apocalypse connection is because marriage, at least of the church is beyond love it is seen as redemptive. It is unlikely and is nowhere stated in Genesis that Eve at an apple. The probability is we are to assume a fig. Why else would the Edenic couple make for themselves coverings with fig leaves, something we may again assume they wished to do to help hide their nakedness less in terms of sex than the loss of the aura light, the sign to them their soul had died in the fulfilment of the warning to them.
Redemption, reconciliation with God can be considered against nature (St Paul is explicit it is). The fig tree is a sign against nature, insofar as it can fruit before its leaves shoot, a good symbol to reflect the remarkable or new is due to occur. Grapes which give wine that has been trodden underfoot in a wine press, becomes symbolic of the blood of Christ and sacrifice and redemption by suffering ; by contrast, the fig, a more sensuous, almost fleshy, yin symbol, is the complementary redemption by love and marriage in which the covering of fig leaves is substituted for the wedding garment or more particularly and – beyond any issues of clothed or naked , the latter always a rather floating signifier for religion, see article https://wp.me/p6Zhz7-2F ) – a new brilliance replacing the lost aura in which the righteous “shine like the sun” (Matt 13:43).
NOTE ON THE CHURCH AND RUTH
On the eve of Pentecost it is Jewish tradition to read the book of Ruth which is the story of how a Gentile woman becomes incorporated into Israel and even a forebear of Israel’s greatest king David and thus a forebear of Jesus also. Those who with good reasons assume the great events of biblical history occur on or around the season of the Jewish festivals have speculated that anything apocalyptic should now occur for Christianity on either the Feast of Trumpets or on Pentecost. The Feast of Trumpets has been favoured because of precisely the reference to Trumpet sounds and the association with Last Trump, but it overlooks that the festival occurs at the harvest of grapes, a harvest prophetically associated with judgement and wrath which is what the church is supposed to be delivered from.
Pentecost given its association with the marriage and incorporation of a gentile woman into Israel, is more suggestive of the Pentecost birthday of the mostly gentile institution of the church. Is it therefore likely the beginning and end of the church be associated with the season of Pentecost? I have to say it seems a more appropriate speculation than the alternative not least because I belatedly discover that the Ruth association looks surprisingly appropriate. In my consistently working data for Christianity, to my surprise I find that the asteroid Ruth is improbably conjunct the first Pentecost’s sun supplying a strong hint of the correct association.