The Fixed Stars in Mundane Astrology

From the book The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, 1923, Vivian E. Robson, p.220-228.

Very little is known as to the effect of the fixed stars in mundane astrology although there is no doubt that their influence is of supreme importance in this branch of the subject. In matters concerning the fate of nations and cities the movement of the planets is too rapid to cause radical changes. They do indeed effect the more ephemeral happenings, but for slow, world-wide changes and epoch-making events it is necessary to take note of influences that are correspondingly great, and we are driven to a consideration of the movement of stars as being the only influence known to us that is capable of producing effects of the necessary magnitude. Unfortunately circumstances are against any detailed examination of this nature owing to the imminence periods of time involved, and therefore our knowledge is of the smallest, but nevertheless one or two facts are on record and with an increased interest in astrology others will no doubt rapidly come to light. The growth of religions appears to be in some way connected with the passage of the vernal equinox through the zodiac of constellations. Thus its entry into the constellation Taurus is associated with the worship of Baal and the golden calf, and its passage into Aries with the worship of the ram. Christianity arose when the vernal equinox was nearing Pisces and it is significant that the symbol of a fish was that adopted by the followers of the new religion. A greater amount of detail may be obtained from a study of the decanate through which the venial equinox is passing. The approximate period during which it remains in one sign is 2160 years, and it therefore requires about 720 years to pass through a single decanate, which it does in a retrograde direction. Unfortunately the exact position of the vernal equinox in the constellations is not known with any accuracy, but there seems to be no doubt that the first point of Aries in the zodiac of signs coincided with that in the constellation zodiac in about 500 A.D.

In addition to the influence of the moving equinox itself similar effects are brought about by the same phenomenon of precession on the longitudes of the stars, which increase at the rate of a little over 50″ per annum. Pearce pointed out that the Roman Empire and the Papal power were greatly affected by the passage of Regulus through the sign Leo by which Rome is ruled. This star entered Leo in 293 B.C., and the power of Rome became fully established. In 571 A.D. it entered the Sagittarius decanate corresponding with the great increase in Papal power; in 1291 it left that decanate and in the same year the Holy Land was entirely lost. When Regulus left the term of Jupiter in 1507 the efforts of Luther were disturbing the power of the Popes, and when, in 1868, its influence began to be transferred to Virgo on account of its having passed the 29th degree of Leo, the French troops left Rome and the temporal power of the Pope was overthrown.

Another method of prognostication by the use of the fixed stars consists in noting the effect of their passage over the Ascendant and luminaries in the horoscopes for the building or foundation of towns, cities and institutions. Thus it is traditional knowledge that 11Gemini54′ occupies the Ascendant of the horoscope of the City of London, and it has been pointed out that the plague and fire of London coincided with the passage of the Bull’s north horn (El Nath) over this degree. In The Horoscope for May, 1834, Commander Morrison (Zadkiel I) made some interesting observations on the effect of the fixed stars on Liverpool, which are well worth quoting. He wrote as follows:

“In the same manner we have been able to decide that the exact ascendant of Liverpool is 18 degrees 12 minutes of Scorpius. And we find that the North Scale (Zubenelschamali), a very benevolent fixed star, first came within the orbs of influence (5 degrees) of Liverpool’s ascendant in the year 1558, when the cottons of Manchester were first bartered for wine with the Liverpool merchants. Two years previously King Philip and Queen Mary granted a charter to the town; in 1570 the first Common Council was held; in 1596 a vessel arrived with a cargo valued at 1,000; in 1626 King Charles I granted a charter to the town, which was made a body corporate and politic, etc., and the trade and importance of the place began to increase. Again, if 18 degrees 12 min. of Scorpius be the ascendant, 8 degrees 55 minutes of Virgo must be the midheaven, which has rule over the Magistracy, Corporation etc; and a star in the Lion’s back, of the nature of Saturn and Venus, bringing discredit and dishonor,has been approaching that degree: and is now, in this year 1834, in 8 degrees 55 minutes of Virgo: (Zosma now at 11Virgo19) accordingly, the Corporation, &c., have suffered discredit by the House of Commons having passed a Bill to disfranchise the freemen.

“In 1863, the South Scale, a star of an evil nature (Zuben Elgenubi), comes within the orbs of the ascendant of Liverpool. It will bring serious losses and injuries to the town and its trade for about a few years before; but it is not a very powerful star. In 1916, the North Scale reaches 18 deg. 12 mm. of Scorpius (Zubenelschamali), and will produce wonderful improvements in Liverpool. Some freak of nature brings great improvement to the entrance of the port, and, altogether, Liverpool will flourish greatlyabout the early part of the 20th century.

In the year 1721, the star Rigelcame to within orbs of London’s ascendant, and that nefarious scheme the South Sea Bubble almost ruined its citizens. In 2077 that star will cross the degree of London’s ascendant; about which period we believe that some ill-advised laws, and many misfortunes, will bring ruin and disgrace on the trade of London. The commerce of that port will dwindle away, and London become very unfortunate. Again, about 389 years hence, the very violent and evil martial star Aldebaranenters within orbs of London’s ascendant, and then very many evils, including firewarand bloodshedwill overthrow the importance of London entirely. It will fall from its metropolitan rank,and become far below the town of Liverpool in consequence. Just 68 years afterwards, the very powerful regalstar The Lion’s Heart (Regulus)enters within orb of the mid-heaven of Liverpool: which will then become (about the year 2291) The Royal and Metropolitan City Of England And The Seat Of Government.”

Methods such as these are of great interest but are very limited in their application, for our knowledge of the ruling degrees of towns is far from complete. We need a method of more general utility. In the Middle Ages the Kabalists were in the habit of predicting the fate of nations and cities by observing the fixed stars vertically overhead and attempting to form them into words in accordance with a variant of Hebrew called the Celestial Alphabet, the words so formed indicating the fate of the place. This, of course, is pure kabalism, if not psychism, but it is probable that the underlying idea of the passage of a zenith point from one constellation to another may influence a locality. The position of a city upon the terrestrial globe may bear a definite relationship to a position on the celestial globe. It has been suggested that the meridian of Greenwich corresponds to 9 degrees Gemini, having progressed to that point from 0 degrees Aries during the time elapsed since the beginning of the Kali Yuga in 3102 B.C., and that other places correspond in a similar manner to degrees as far removed from 9 degrees Gemini as the place is distant in longitude from Greenwich, Taurus lying to the west and Cancer to the east. If there is any truth in this theory a point near the knee of Perseus and below the hoofs of Camelopardalis with longitude of 9 degrees Gemini and declination 51 degrees North 32 minutes would be vertical to London. A study of such points in relation to the history of nations might throw some light upon events.

In addition to these general methods, however, the fixed stars may be utilized in the ordinary mundane horoscopes for ingresses, new moons, conjunctions and eclipses. Eclipses in particular are important and very frequently affect matters ruled by the constellations in the longitude in which they fall, at the same time stimulating the influence of any star in conjunction with them, and it may be remembered that the great war eclipse of 21st August, 1914, fell almost exactly upon Regulus. The easiest method of interpreting such positions is to consider the nature of the star and also to expand its known influence in natal astrology to cover national events. Thus a star causing sickness in a nativity may produce an epidemic, and one conducing to murder may evoke a series of such crimes, just as Regulus in the case mentioned produced a national warlike feeling instead of an individual one. It has also been said that fixed stars falling on the angles and indeed on any cusp in such maps stimulate the influence of the house concerned in accordance with their natures, and probably the constellations situated on the angles or in the houses are also worthy of consideration.

Before leaving the subject of mundane astrology it is necessary to add a few words on Novae or Temporary Stars. These are generally included by the old authors under the same heading as comets, and the same significations are applied to both. Their effect appears to be exerted through the constellation in which they appear, and also through the zodiacal sign and degree to which their position corresponds. They are said to cause inordinate heat, pestilence. sterility of the earth, wars and changes in kingdoms, winds, earthquakes and floods, and are assigned to the planets according to their colors. Those of the nature of Saturn cause mortality and beheading; of Jupiter. abundance of corn and fruit; of Mars, war, fire, pestilence, drought and famine; of the Sun, plague, sickness, and death of kings; of Venus, drought and trouble to kings and women; of Mercury, death of kings, nobles, literary people and youths. together with wars; and, of the Moon. great mortality among the common people.

The influence of such stars (and comets also) in the various zodiacal signs is as follows:

In Aries. Evil to nobles, war, death of some king or of a great lady, drought, diseases affecting the head, ailments among sheep, dethronement of a king and rise of common people. If in the eastern part of the heavens when discovered it will operate sooner and cause wide-spread enmity; but if in the western it will be slower causing trouble to kings, and rain, floods and snow in winter.

In Taurus. Harm to cattle, great winds, destruction of fruit and corn, death of some great man, and in winter cold, earthquake and pestilence. If in the east danger of war and sickness, if in the west much rain.

In Gemini. Wars, incest, immorality, death of young people, abortive births, famine, storms and death of birds. If in the east, trouble to kings, and, if in the west, rain and floods.

In Cancer. Destruction of crops and fruit by caterpillars and worms, war, death of some great person, rape, robbery, famine and pestilence. If in the east, scarcity of food towards the latter end of the year. If in the west, benefits to the public from their rulers.

In Leo. Destruction by wild beasts and vermin, trouble to the nobility, war towards the end of the year, especially in the east, and ailments affecting the eyes. If in the east, storms and drought; if in the west, sickness and danger of madness to dogs.

In Virgo. Downfall of kings, trouble to merchants, fevers, abortive births. If in the east, war; if in the west, poor crops.

In Libra. Robberies, poverty, death of great people, plots and treachery, high winds, drought, earthquakes, scarcity of food. If in the east, trouble to countries under Libra and dearness of horses and mules; if in the west, the contrary, but trouble with servants.

In Scorpius. War, rebellion, death of some great man, drought, scarcity of crops, danger in childbirth. If in the east, drought and trouble through beasts if in the west, locusts.

In Sagittarius. Trouble to nobility and lawyers, danger of war. If in the east, death of kings, robbery and scarcity of food. If in the west, abortive births.

In Capricornus. War, immorality, poisoning, death of kings, religious persecution, hail, snow, cold winter, famine and pestilence. If in the east, overthrow of governments, snow, much rain, damage to crops; if in the west, abundance of grass and water.

In Aquarius. War, death of an eminent eastern man or woman, epidemics, pestilence, storms. If in the east, abundance of grass; if in the west, rumors of war.

In Pisces. War amongst kindred, religious disputes, civil war, destruction of fishes and danger at sea. If in the east, universal enmity; if in the west, anxieties and deaths amongst men in the western or north-western countries, continuing for three years; floods and death of birds and fishes.

In general the effects begin to appear at a much earlier date if the star is first seen in the east than they do when it appears in the west. Those places in which they are visible and those ruled by the sign in which they appear will feel the chief effect, which is most manifest when the Sun or a planet transits the place of their first appearance or the Sun comes to the conjunction of the planet whose nature they resemble.

It is, I think, clear from the foregoing remarks that we have as yet touched only the fringe of the nature of stellar influence in mundane astrology, and until more is learnt our mundane predictions will remain in much the same incomplete and inadequate state as they are at present.  (Vivian E. Robson).

The United States

The Sagittarius rising chart of the United States has its Sun at 13CAN19.  In 1945, when the U.S. emerged as a full world power, Sirius had precessed to 13CAN19.  For those who prefer the Gemini rising chart (there are a number of valid charts for 4th July 1776), Sirius would have conjuncted that Sun at 12CAN44 during the First World War, 1915, approx.  From W.W.1 the U.S. emerged as a lesser world power, sharing the stage with other European countries.  Of this star Dr Tamez says; “Because the star Sirius, is the center of gravity of our local stellar cluster, our immediate neighborhood, translates in the interpretation of the chart as  >the largest one around<  but also, more generically, as the greatest one around, or >the most<  of whatever. “It had been advanced that because Sirius is the Sun of the Sun, in as much as the Sun spins around Sirius just like the Earth spins around the Sun, and given that the Sun in the chart signifies the Ego, as the center of personal identity, Sirius comes to mean in the chart The SuperEgo, or an even higher center of personal identity, the OverSelf, and I believe it is this conjunction of the Sun to Sirius in the chart of the USA, that confers it its proclivity to become the Overseer of world affairs.”
Canopus, “The Boat Argo”, had passed over that (Sagittarius rising) Sun of the American chart during the previous century and would have made a conjunction in 1882.  The constellation Argo rules shipping, trade and long journeys.  Many immigrants, in those times, made long voyages to reach the shores of America.  Also this was an explosively wealthy, expansionist era for U.S. trade.  Industrialization increased and because of the construction of the railways there was much movement in the U.S, especially from the East Coast to the West Coast.  


July 13 1878, 2.57PM MET (-1:00) Belgrade. Pluto at 26TAU09. Commencement of NATO bombing March 24, 1999: Algol at 26TAU09.

Constellations are said to symbolize nations

The following is an excerpt from Moira Timms’ chapter on “Astrological Cycles” in her book, Beyond Prophecies & Predictions; “If a star map is superimposed over the Earth with the pole star (Polaris 28 Gemini – Ursa Minor) placed over the terrestrial North Pole, we have a celestial clock making one revolution daily.  The noon point of that map (like Greenwich) is the Great Pyramid of Giza.  Thousands of years ago, Egypt was known as the Land of Khem.  The Khema were a group of seven major stars (in the constellation of Taurus), known today as the Pleiades (29 Taurus). 

If the map is placed with the Khema over the Land of Khem (Egypt)- specifically, directly over the apex of the Great Pyramid – then Taurus falls over the Taurus Mountains of southern Turkey.  Ursa Major, the Great Bear, rambles over Russia; the head of Draco the Dragon coils up over China; Orion (the warrior) over Iran/Iraq.  Aries the Ram over Rome, and Capricornus (identified with the god Pan) falls over Panama, Panuco, and Mayapan (the old name of the Yucatan).  Aquila the Eagle spans the United States.  The analogies are obvious, and quite impressive.  This is one of the clearest examples of the law of ‘As Above, So Below’.”

Comets appearing in constellations are said to mark the rise and fall of nations associated with that nations’ respective constellations.  An impressive example of this was pointed by Cheiro in his book entitled Cheiro’s World Predictions (1928).  Cheiro noted that, on June 8th, 1918, a bright supernova appeared in the constellation of Aquila the Eagle, which signifies the United States.   As reported at the time: “The brightness of Nova Aquila in its early days was greater than that of any Nova since the year 1604”.  What is even more remarkable is that June 8th saw the only solar eclipse in the year 1918, and this eclipse was conjunct Jupiter, the planet of rulers, and squared by Mars, the planet of war.  “The solar eclipse and supernova in Aquila the Eagle in early-June of 1918 coincided with the United States entering the Great War in Europe (i.e. World War I) at the time and the subsequent turning point in that war.  By July of that year, American troops backed the Allies in starting to reverse the gains made by Germany and the Central powers up to that point, and, by November of 1918, the tide has turned completely with Germany’s surrender and an Allied victory.

“Thus, a profound and rare astronomical event occurred – the supernova in Aquila the Eagle along with a solar eclipse – in June of 1918 that marked a critical juncture at which the United States started to become an important world power.  American involvement in the European war in 1918 was the first time the U.S. Took on the role of a world power.  From that time on, marked the rise of the United States to the ruling world power.  This historical turning point for America was reflected in the sky according to the law: ‘As Above, So Below’

Anne Wright