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Week of April 10th - April 16th, 2009

Assyrian Star Rising

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The constellation Aries

The constellation Aries

  One by one, the planets are peeling off into Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. Aries is the sign of individual competition, of striving to be the best. Those who think of themselves as 'primo', 'numero uno' or in English, "We're number one!" They like to blaze new paths through the wilderness and are drawn to both construction and destruction. Ultimately, Aries is always in competition with themselves, seeking to outdo their own personal best.

  In spite of their personal opinions, the stars of Aries are not very bright. Its brightest are three of the four stars that mark the horns of the Ram. As the fighting tools of the Ram, these distant fires are thought to have a belligerent personality, and history seems to underscore these sentiments.

  As dedicated WEBHeads will know, the alignment of the Vernal Equinox with these heavenly stars is one of the principle 'triggers' of their influences. There are two alignments to the East point which can set them off.

  The Vernal Equinox is the intersection of two great circles, the equator (belt of the Earth) and the ecliptic (path of the Sun). If the stars of heaven all fell right on the ecliptic (they don't) the following two measurements would be the same. One is measured by zero hours Right Ascension Midheaven (RAM- perpendicular to the equator); while the other is known as a parallels of latitude (perpendicular to the ecliptic).

Hamal Head

Horns of the Ram

  The brightest star in Aries is Hamal. By measuring it in terms of the Right Ascension Midheaven, Rome was in its pivotal battle with Veii in 402 BC, the contest that marked, by their own admission, the beginning of Roman military ascendancy, a second founding of Rome (the first had been the legendary founding by Romulus and Remus).

  But while this alignment featured a Roman cast of thousands, the other alignment with this star was important to Judiasm and was recorded as Biblical history.

  As the Vernal Equinox moved into a conjunction (parallel of latitude) with Hamal. The prophets Isaiah, Joel, and Hosea all foresee it building in strength (the alignment drawing closer) and make 'predictions' about what it will be. From Hosea 10:15,

  "as sure as day dawns, the king of Israel shall be swept away."

  Micah 1:2 also warns of dangers to come.

  Listen, all you peoples,
attend, earth and everyone on it!
Yahweh intends to give evidence against you,
the Lord, from his holy temple.
For look, Yahweh is leaving his home,
down he comes, he treads the heights of earth.



  And from there He effects His will, just like Zeus leaving his home on Mt. Olympus and stirring up events here on Earth. As a result, ten of the twelve tribes of Israel are lost to history for their failure to listen to Yahweh.

  This event that the prophets foresee is the Vernal Equinox conjuncting Hamal. The destruction of Samaria and Jerusalem take place in 722 BC, but while a pinnacle of Judaic history, it lies some dozen years short of the exact celestial conjunction. If the destruction of Samaria and Jerusalem are not the culmination of this star's power, then what was?

  Assyria is the dominant military influence in the Middle East at this time, and their battle with the nation of Israel was simply one of many battles with various nations in the Middle East that they fought on their way to ascendency. The culminating pinnacle of Assyrian history is not until 710 BC, when they take on their arch-rivals the Babylonians. Sargon (the Assyrians) felt confident enough to move against his enemy Marduk-apla-iddina II (the Babylonians) and was able to best him/them. These Hebrew prophets foresaw a new eastern star rising, correctly predicted its regional influence, but could do nothing to convince the hierarchy or populace and were swept up in its tide, washing Samaria and the ten tribes away in its wake.

  The Bible remembers their names for successfully foreseeing and interpreting this great disaster.


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