If you met an astrologer this summer, whether casually or as a client, surely conversation veered precipitously close to the topic of the “grand cross”.
Around the earth, Jupiter, Saturn and Sun rendezvoused in a precarious triangle over the daytime sky.
Both supporting and opposing this balance were the very sites of human psychological imbalance, Rahu and Ketu, unincarnated points of eclipse.
This year’s version of the Sun’s usual quaternary summer sojourn has seen movement of the soular from the Ketu eclipse point in Gemini by June 15, 2010 to Saturn’s realm in Virgo around October 1st.
Manifestations range from personal crises far above an average, to multiple gross oil spills, to spills of human value in Wikileaks, to political hyperapathy and hyperactivism both. Each of these engage the symbolism of the Sun approaching the kingdom of hidden hard Saturn via opposing the kingdom of massive soft Jupiter.
To understand more, to go beyond chatter, we must remember that astronomy is a part of astrology and not the other way around.
NASA has given us strong clues to the omenology (nimitta) of a Jupiter-Saturn opposition, particularly through the work of noted amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley.
For example, last year, when Saturn in Leo directly opposed Jupiter in Aquarius, Wesley found a sudden mar on the surface of Jupiter. < http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/jup-20090720.html
Was it caused by Saturn? Given the astronomical facts of the date, place, and time of observation; Saturn was directly opposite the face of Jupiter that got the hit. Official speculation is that the cause was a meteorite or a comet, both of which are symbolized by Saturn.
This summer, with the new opposition of Saturn in Virgo and Jupiter in Pisces, yet again benevolent Jupiter took a face-forward hit from the same Saturnian influences. <http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/meteor-jupiter.html >
Moreover, the Hubble telescope captured an image of the hit! The image is of a blue streak splitting into three and puncturing the atmosphere of Jupiter, looking every bit like Shiva’s trident. The NASA link to the image has mysteriously disappeared (I swear!), perhaps because the text contained quotes from astronomers who said that they could not explain the phenomenon.
But, here is a screenshot.
Scientists also speculate in general that it is only because of Jupiter that Earth can sustain active habitat, as Jupiter collects the effects of those iron meteorites and dusty comets that we may be saved from them. <Ibid>
See the post immediately below for a poetic expression of the positive that may come from this hoary opposition, transit, and soular development.