Astrology of a Pandemic

A conjunction of planets Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars has an astrological meaning that is important for understanding/making sense of current global trends, including the Covid-19 virus pandemic. It is not that astrology could predict that a pandemic would happen — though retrospectively, astrological similarities between the current pandemic and that of 1918-1920 may be identified.

The strong response by the world’s governments to stop the virus pandemic can be pinned to the Pluto-Saturn conjunction, a blending of Pluto’s — speaking astrologically – power to transform, control, and bring on transformative crises through ordeals that deconstruct and then reconstruct an individual’s or a nation’s psyche; this is blended — a conjunction blends the energies of the conjoined planets — with Saturn’s power to work, regulate, and endure for the purpose of guiding or structuring the society and each individual member’s role in it.

To put it in an astrological context, the current pandemic is a Pluto-ordeal that has stirred up the collective psyche of humanity and that is joined with a Saturn-law and order response to deal with that ordeal. Jupiter’s power is to expand everything, be it wealth or body weight — astrologically speaking in this context — it symbolizes the rapid expansion of the spread of the virus. Mars, joining the above conjunction of planets, adds a spark of initiative which can be tied to the general wake-up reaction that is sweeping the globe to fight the spread of the pandemic.


 

Adar or Pisces: ‘Enemy’?

This year 5780/2020, the lunar month of Adar starts with the new moon at the end of February and continues through its lunar phases until the new moon of Nisan, at the end of March.

Each lunar month in the Hebrew calendar is associated with a sign of the zodiac: Nisan with Aries, Iyar with Taurus, etc.  The Jewish kabbalah discusses these months and the signs of the zodiac assigned to each.

An important keyword is associated with each lunar month and sign.  For example, Nisan or Aries has the keyword, in Hebrew, chaim or life – as when we toast our friends l’chaim!, ‘to life!’.  Life is a fitting word for Nisan, in the Land of Israel, the month of spring and nature’s renewal.

The keyword for Adar or Pisces is oyev or enemy.  At first glance, it is not at all apparent why the end of the zodiac is associated with a word that denotes hostility and hate.

Each sign is also associated with a tribe of the 12 tribes of Israel.  Pisces is associated with Joseph.  In Genesis, we learn that Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and taken to Egypt.  After going through many hardships, Joseph miraculously rose to become the main counselor to the pharaoh, the ruler of the land.   Ultimately, Joseph, by holding an important position in the royal court, was able to rescue his brothers and their families from famine and starvation.  In this there is a parallel to Queen Esther, also an important personage in a royal court, the queen of the Persian king, who saved her brothers and sisters from annihilation as is related in the story of Purim.

Purim is celebrated in the lunar month of Adar and as indicated by the story of Queen Esther, it is a time for overcoming adversity.  It is the story of how the enemy Haman was defeated by Queen Esther.  Joseph and Esther personify the power of self-sacrifice in order to benefit others and overcome hate and adversity.  Their stories are associated with Adar and Pisces, the end of the lunar year, a month and sign that symbolize facing troubles and overcoming the enemy.  And, then, the joy of Purim replaces the fear of defeat or as Shakespeare says:  “All’s well the ends well”.

 

Washington or Lincoln?

There is an astrological secret about these Presidents of the United States. The birth chart of the first president, George Washington, (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799), shows that he is born in the sign of Pisces.  In the Jewish Lunar Calendar, Washington’s birthday is in Shvat — Aquarius, the sign of friendship. freedom, reform, and rebellion.  

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) is an Aquarius by the traditional zodiac, born with the Sun located in the sign of Aquarius and by the Jewish Lunar Calendar, Lincoln is also born in the Jewish Lunar Calendar month of Shevat or Aquarius.

Using a calendar date conversion tool to determine on which day of the lunar month Shvat these great presidents were born shows that they were born on the 26th day of Shvat!    The establishment of the USA (Washington) its continued existence (Lincoln) seems to have been destined to fall on the shoulders of two presidents born on the same day!

 

Libra & Hearing the Shofar — What is the Common Side?

Inner ear and balance. Loop-shaped canals in your inner ear contain fluid and fine, hairlike sensors that help you keep your balance.  — www.mayoclinic.org

What is the connection between ear, balance, and Libra?

In astrology every sign of the zodiac has its symbol — Taurus, the Bull, Leo, the Lion — Libra’s symbol is the Balances and symbolizes the ideal of  a balanced relationship in which each person is an equal partner, i. e., equal in importance.

While Jewish Astrology shares this iconic symbol for Libra, its also has another meaning because Libra is associated with the Jewish lunar month of Tishrei, the seventh month.  Jewish tradition celebrates the first day of the seventh month as Rosh Hashanah, the New Year.  This first day is also called the ‘Day of Judgment’.  Thus, Libra, the Balances, is given another profound interpretation: the Scales of Judgment.

And even the name of the sign in Hebrew, Moznaim, from the verb ‘ee-zeyn’ אזן  – to balance – has the same letters as the noun, ‘o-zen’ אזן‘ear’.   New Year’s day has one primary act to perform and that act is to hear the sound of the Shofar!

Greta Thunberg – Climate Change Activist

 Greta Thunberg — “Climate Strike” Activist

When analyzing a birth chart, an important question to ask is how is this chart different than any other chart?  In Greta Thunberg’s astrological chart what do we see? We have only the sunrise chart — yet this sunrise chart reveals that a new Venus-Mars cycle began just as Greta was born.

The Venus-Mars cycle signifies, as do all planetary cycles, a renewal of psychic and spiritual energy symbolized by the planets– a Venus-Mars conjunction signifies the renewal of values (Venus) and the associated action (Mars) that is needed for these values to be realized.

In lieu of an exact birth time, here is is Greta Thunberg’s  birth chart for sunrise time on her birth day. Notice Venus-Mars conjunction in the 9th house of the ‘higher mind’, philosophy, religion, higher learning, and travel – and we know she has a long voyage by yacht in her future — her famous transatlantic sail to New York City.

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Kabbalah and Love

Kabbalah confirms that the Heavenly Light, when drawn from its supreme source, is the only substance which will unite the world into one loving, harmonious, eternal brotherhood.”
— Levi Krakovsky, The Omnipotent Light Revealed – Wisdom of the Kabbalah

Levi Krakovsky explains that the Heavenly Light, Ohr Elyon, in Hebrew, brings peace and unity to the world is based on an interpretation of two words:  Ohr, light, and Ore, skin, two Hebrew words that sound alike and therefore have, in Kabbalah, a hidden connection and relevance.  The Ohr, the light descends from above to cover the world’s inhabitant like an Ore, a skin, and just as human skin covers and connects all parts of a human being’s body, so too, the Ohr from above, brings a spiritual unity that connects all human beings together in peace.

In our 21st Century, we are experiencing a collective spiritual advancement which occurs in greater and greater measure as each individual human being becomes more and more acquainted with spiritual knowledge. This spiritual knowledge, knowledge of God,  enables us to see through superficial differences that separate us and to perceive God’s presence in others. 

The Age of Aquarius is dawning.  In Jewish astrological tradition, the keyword for Aquarius, is, in Hebrew, OHEV  meaning ‘friend’ or ‘one who loves’, from the Hebrew root AHAV, to love.  The Hebrew word for ‘love’ is ‘ahava’.

 

Man’s Search for Meaning

Dr. Victor E. Frankl,  March 26, 1905 – September 2, 1997, Creator of  Logotherapy

 

In Kabbalah, we learn that each individual is born according to their specific mazal (destiny or fate) on the day and hour chosen by God to provide the new born the appropriate opportunities to advance its spiritual development and thus, achieve its life’s fulfillment and thereby, participate in Tikkun ha’Olam.


Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.
Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning