The Summer of Love was a cultural and sociological phenomenon that occurred in the San Francisco Bay Area from June through early October of 1967. The prelude to the Summer of Love was a celebration known as the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park on January 14, 1967 to promote a peaceful celebration of personal empowerment, cultural and political decentralization, communal living, ecological awareness, higher consciousness, and liberal activism.
The First Summer of Love Music Festival
While the highly documented Monterey International Pop Festival continues to be remembered by most historians of the ’60s Counter Culture Revolution as the first of a series of San Francisco area cultural events known as the Summer of Love, the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival took place one week before Monterey, and is considered to have been America’s first rock festival.
The Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival was held June 10th and 11th, 1967 at the 4,000-seat Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheater high on the south face of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. At least 36,000 people attended the two-day concert and fair. The festival represented a sea of change in musical preferences among the emerging Baby Boomer generation that was coming of age in the San Francisco Bay Area as the hippie culture fully arose in mid-1967.
The event was announced by the Haight-Ashbury’s underground hippie newspaper, The San Francisco Oracle:
“A new concept of celebrations beneath the human underground must emerge, become conscious, and be shared, so a revolution can be formed with a renaissance of compassion, awareness, and love, and the revelation of unity for all mankind.”
Summer of Love Event Horoscope
The Uranus-Pluto Alignment
The predominate outer planetary configuration in the Fantasy Fair event horoscope is the Uranus-Pluto alignment. The general tenor of Uranus-Pluto cycle is revolution – the Dionysian (Pluto) impulse for revolutionary empowerment of the masses, and the Promethean (Uranus) thrust for radical change and innovative reform for the establishment of a new social order. Scholar, author, and cultural historian Richard Tarnas has stated that periods during Uranus-Pluto alignments have correlated with “widespread radical and political social change and often destructive upheaval, massive empowerment of revolutionary and rebellious impulses, and intensified artistic and intellectual creativity.” (pp. 143-144, Cosmos & Psyche).
A Libertine Subculture Phenomenon
The stellium of planets in the 12th House of the Fantasy Fair event horoscope signifies the social spectacle of the Summer Love was essentially a libertine subculture phenomenon of the hippie counter-culture that held social egalitarian beliefs and rejected consumerist values, with artistic (music, painting, poetry) and religious (Eastern mysticism and meditative practices) interests that was at variance with the larger middle-class parent culture of America.
The Moon-Uranus-Pluto-Neptune configuration in the horoscope encouraged the exploration of connecting to something higher than themselves through the use of psychedelic drugs and the embracing of Eastern philosophy, Western mysticism, and New Age spiritual concepts the essentially that defined the Hippie counterculture movement that inspired thousands of young people from all over the world to travel to San Francisco during the Summer of Love.
The Grand Idea of Love
The Venus-Jupiter in the Fantasy Fair event horoscope symbolizes the grand idea of love and augurs a mood of optimism, generosity that inspired, pleasant social interaction, beauty, love, artistic expression, cultural celebration, and indulgent festivity.
Light My Fire
Fantasy Fair was also The Doors’ first large show and happened during the rise of the group’s first major hit, “Light My Fire”, to the top of the charts and that launched them to stardom.
The Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the fire sign of Leo in the 12th House, galvanized and popularized hippie culture through “Light My Fire” that became one of the signature songs during the Summer of Love, that exemplified the Utopian dream of coming to a place where one can indulge and experience more in life beyond the ordinary grind of reaching out to others turning them on to “turn on, tune in, drop out”, personal experimentation, communal living, and abandoning their education or jobs for a summer of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
Released nearly month prior to the Summer of Love on May 13, 1967, the song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” written by musician John Phillips of the band The Mamas & the Papas served to promote both the upcoming Monterey Pop Festival (June 16, 1967) and to popularize the flower children of San Francisco. By the week ending July 1, 1967, it scored number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, where it remained for four consecutive weeks.
Hippie Movement and Flower Power
The Fantasy Fair natal Sun is conjuncts the AS/MC midpoint of the event horoscope and squares the Uranus-Pluto conjunction. These mundane testimonies signify both the popularization of hippie life in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco due to growing mainstream media coverage, that drew the attention of youth from all over America and the peak of “Flower Power.” A movement of passive resistance to the establishment and non-violence ideology that was rooted in the opposition movement of the deployment of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam.
Psychedelic Drugs – Exploration, Expression, Existence
The Uranus-Pluto conjunction in close sextile to the Neptune correlates with the mass consumption and recreational use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD for a psychedelic experience (a temporary Holotropic state of consciousness) for personal development, mind revealing self-discovery, and religious & mystical revelations. Psychologist Stanislav Grof described the LSD experience as: “complex revelatory insights into the nature of existence… typically accompanied by a sense of certainty that this knowledge is ultimately more relevant and ‘real’ than the perceptions and beliefs we share in everyday life.”
Psychedelic drug use became commonplace during the Summer of Love in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco as Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir commented:
“Haight Ashbury was a ghetto of bohemians who wanted to do anything—and we did but I don’t think it has happened since. Yes, there was LSD. But Haight Ashbury was not about drugs. It was about exploration, finding new ways of expression, being aware of one’s existence.”
The Hippie Code
On July 7, 1967, Time magazine featured a cover story entitled, “The Hippies: The Philosophy of a Subculture.” The article described the guidelines of the hippie code:
“Do your own thing, wherever you have to do it and whenever you want. Drop out. Leave society as you have known it. Leave it utterly. Blow the mind of every straight person you can reach. Turn them on, if not to drugs, then to beauty, love, honesty, fun.”
Summer of Love Funeral and Aftermath
After many young people left at the end of summer to resume their college studies, those remaining in the Haight wanted to commemorate the conclusion of the event. A mock funeral entitled “The Death of the Hippie” ceremony was staged on October 6, 1967 at sunrise, and organizer Mary Kasper explained the intended message:
“We wanted to signal that this was the end of it, to stay where you are, bring the revolution to where you live and don’t come here because it’s over and done with.”
It is estimated that around 100,000 people traveled to San Francisco in the summer of 1967.
The Aftermath of the Summer of Love
Shortly after, the rock musical drama Hair, a product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, which told the story of a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against the draft into the Vietnam War, began its Off-Broadway premiere on October 17, 1967 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City’s East Village.
Many modern and church historians are in agreement that Christ began his ministry during the month of October in 29 A.D. -“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is Near”, during in the 15th year of the Emperor Tiberius’ reign. Second Century Christian scholars, such as Irenaaus, said that Jesus “was beginning to be about thirty years of age” [Against Heresies h, II, xxii, 5]. The generally assumed date range for when John the Baptist was active, based on the reference to the reign of Tiberius in Luke 3:1-2, is from about 28-29 A.D., with Jesus beginning to preach shortly thereafter.
This satisfies the statement in Luke 3:23 “And when He began his ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age…” Based on the reference in John 2:13 to the Temple being in its 46th year of construction, scholarly estimates for Jesus’ Temple visit in John 2:20 are around 28-29 A.D., when Jesus was “about thirty years of age.” By working backwards from this date, it would appear likely that Jesus was born in 2-3 B.C.E.
The Birth of the King of the Jews and His Star In the East
Herod the Great (74 – 1 B.C.E.) was a Roman client king of Judea, referred to as the Herodian Kingdom. After the birth of Jesus, some astrologers (magi) from Babylon visited Herod to inquire the whereabouts of “the one having been born king of the Jews”, because they had seen his star in the east (or, according to certain translations, at its rising) and therefore wanted to pay him homage (Matthew 2:1-12). Herod, as King of the Jews, was alarmed at the prospect of an usurper. Herod assembled the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the “Anointed One” was to be born. The astrologers answered, “In Beit-Lechem of Y’hudah,” citing the prophesy of the birth of a Jewish king from Micah 5:2, “because the prophet wrote, ‘And you, Beit-Lechem in the land of Y’hudah, are by no means the least among the rulers of Y’hudah; for from you will come a Ruler who will shepherd my people Isra’el.'” (Matthew 2:4-6)
Herod therefore sent the magi to Bethlehem, instructing them to search for the child and, after they had found him, to “report back to me, so that I too may go and worship him”. However, after they had found Jesus, they were warned in a dream not to report back to Herod. Similarly, Joseph was warned in a dream that Herod intended to kill Jesus, so he and his family fled to Egypt. When Herod realized he had been outwitted, he gave orders to kill all boys of the age of two and under in Bethlehem and its vicinity. Joseph and his family stayed in Egypt until Herod’s death, then moved to Nazareth in Galilee to avoid living under Herod’s son and successor Archelaus.
In 4 B.C.E. around that age of 70 years, Herod became very sick with chronic kidney disease complicated by Fourier’s gangrene. Herod’s sons, between whom his kingdom were to be divided, were printing his coins as early as 4 B.C.E. to ensure their succession of rulership in Judea, with Archelaus exercising royal authority during Herod’s final years of rule.
Herod’s Death and Jesus’ Birth
The Roman historian Josephus tells us that Herod died after a lunar eclipse. He gives an account of events between this eclipse and his death. A Lunar Eclipse took place on January 10th, 1 B.C.E., about 18 days after the Eclipse. Jesus therefore most likely born in 3 B.C.E. — as confirmed by Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Africanus, Hippolytus of Rome, Hippolytus of Thebes, Origen, Eusebius, and Epiphanius.
Taking this further, we can speculate on the month of Jesus’ birth based on the conception story of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25). John the Baptist was conceived during the period of time Eighth Course of Abijah, which was May 26 to June 1 in 4 B.C.E. (Leviticus 21:16–23). The human gestation period is about 280 days ― nine months and ten days. This indicates that the birth of John the Baptist occurred near March 10th, 3 B.C.E. Jesus was conceived sometime in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (Luke 1:26, 36). Therefore, Jesus was born six months after, near September 11th, 3 B.C.E. [Tishri One on the Jewish calendar] during the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles, a very holy day in Judaism.
The First Christmas Celebration by the Early Christian Church
For the first three centuries of Christianity’s existence, Jesus Christ’s birth wasn’t celebrated at all. The religion’s most significant holidays were Epiphany on January 6, which commemorated the arrival of the Magi after Jesus’ birth, and Easter, which celebrated Jesus’ resurrection. The first Christmas celebration by the early Christian Church occurred 331 years after Christ’s Crucifixion in Jerusalem – April 3rd, 33 A.D. (during the Lunar Eclipse at 5:12 PM LMT) and Pentecost – which is considered to be the inception date of the Roman Catholic Church. In an old list of Roman bishops, compiled in 354 A.D., these words appear for 336 A.D.: “25 Dec.: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae.” Translation: December 25th, Christ born in Bethlehem, Judea.
Pope Julius I, the bishop of Rome (from February 6, 337 to his death in 352), declared the nativity celebration of Christ on December 25th because it coincided with the existing pagan festival honoring Saturn (the Roman God of Agriculture) that began several days before the Winter Solstice.
Horoscope of the First Christmas Celebration – 336 A.D.
Above is the horoscope of the first Christmas celebration that occurred in Rome on December 25th, 336 A.D. during the first Mass upon sunrise 7:30 AM Local Mean Time. In the First Christmas Celebration event horoscope, we note the placement of the Moon in Pisces. Many Christian symbols for Christ use the astrological symbol for Pisces, the fish. The twelve apostles were called the “fishers of men,” and early Christians called themselves “little fishes,” and a code word for Jesus was the Greek word for fish, “Ikhthus.”
We also note from the First Christmas Celebration horoscope, the ingress of Uranus on the cardinal axis at 0 Aries, and the Neptune-Pluto square alignment, both mundane astrological portents that augur Christianity’s remarkable rise to prominence from a tiny persecuted cult to the established religion that would dominate in the medieval West over the next 1,500 years.
The Neptune-Pluto alignment often coincides with profound historical transformations within the collective, that usher in the seeding of a new cultural worldview that sets in motion the destruction of the old one. During the Neptune-Pluto square alignment during the early 4th century, there was a”changing of the Gods”, as powerful archetypal subterranean forces were unleashed that led to the destruction the of the Roman Empire and the death of its Gods, as a nascent underlying matrix emerged based on the metaphysical beliefs and dogma of Christianity, that offered spiritual comfort and the prospect of salvation, decreed by the spiritual authority of the Church, that would later eclipse Roman authority and rule by the early 5th century.
Finally, the First Christmas Celebration by the early Church occurred within 40 years of the precessional shift into the sign of Pisces that occurred in 3rd century in 221 A.D. (based on the Fagan\Bradley Ayanamsa), which was the last year that the Sun last rose in the constellation of Aries in both the tropical and sidereal zodiac at the Spring Equinox. The Edict of Milan, an agreement to treat Christians benevolently within the Roman Empire, occurred in February 312 A.D., a mere 91 years after the precessional shift into the sign of Pisces.
The Celebration of Christmas – From Rome to Constantinople
The celebration of Christmas spread over the next several centuries throughout the Roman Empire, from the Western capital of Rome to the Eastern capital of Constantinople which acted as a gateway between East and West. Christmas was promoted in the Christian East as part of the revival of Nicene Christianity following the death of the pro-Arian Western Roman Emperor Valens at the Battle of Adrianople in 378.
Christmas festivities were introduced in the Eastern Roman Empire at Constantinople in 379, and at Antioch in about 380 AD. After the collapse Western Roman Empire in 411 AD, the celebration of Christmas ceased during the remainder of the 5th century. During the Dark Age (500 – 800 A.D.), Christmas Day was overshadowed by the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th), which focused on the visit of the magi. However, the medieval church calendar was dominated by Christmas-related holidays.
The prominence of Christmas Day increased gradually after Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope in Rome on Christmas Day in 800 which marked the transition period from the Medieval Dark Age to the Early Middle Age (800-1066).
Also, William the Conqueror, the first King of England, was crowned on Christmas Day 1066, which marked the transition of the Early Middle Age to the High Middle Age (1066 – 1307).
Christianization of Europe
After the disintegration of the Western Roman Empire in 476 A.D., the Christianization of the Germanic peoples began. Many popular customs associated with Christmas developed independently of the celebration of Jesus’ birth, with many elements having origins in pre-Christian festivals that were celebrated around the winter solstice by pagan populations throughout Europe who were later converted to Christianity from 300 – 600 A.D.
English historian Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum contains a letter from Pope Gregory I (Pope from September 3rd, 590 to his death in 604) to Saint Mellitus, who was then on his way to England to conduct missionary work among the pagan Anglo-Saxons. Pope Gregory I, suggested that converting heathens would go easier if they were allowed to retain the outward forms of their traditional pagan practices and traditions, while recasting those traditions spiritually towards the Christian God instead of to their pagan “devils”: “to the end that, whilst some gratifications are outwardly permitted them, they may the more easily consent to the inward consolations of the grace of God.”
Many pre-Christian elements, such as the Yule Log (a specially selected log burned on a hearth as a Christmas tradition in a number of countries in Europe) and the gift giving from the ancient Roman Festival of Saturnalia, became integrated into Christmas over the centuries. The burning of the Yule Log, the decorating of Christmas trees, the eating of ham, the hanging of boughs, holly, mistletoe, etc. are all historically practices associated with Yule.
Church missionaries from Rome found it convenient to provide a Christian reinterpretation of popular pagan holidays such as Yule and allow the celebrations themselves to go on largely unchanged, versus trying to confront and suppress them. The Scandinavian tradition of slaughtering a pig at Christmas (Christmas ham) is probably salient evidence of this. The tradition is thought to be derived from the sacrifice of the boar to the god Freyr at the Yule celebrations. Halloween and aspects of Easter celebrations are likewise assimilated from northern European pagan festivals.
The main Jul event for Norwegians is on Julaften on December 24th, the evening of the main feast, is served and gifts are exchanged. Almost all Norwegian breweries produce traditional beer, juleøl, and a special soda, julebrus. Jul dishes are also served on Julebord, where people from work gather around early December to feast and drink alcoholic beverages. Also, seven types of cookies, julekaker, traditionally baked by the mother of the house, are prepared. There is also the Julebukk or Nyttårsbukk tradition of which it is common for children to pay visits to neighbors where they are given candy, nuts, and clementines. The children may dress up and go out every day between Juleaften and New Year’s Eve. Adults also dress up later in the evening and Drammebukk by paying visits to neighbors in much the same way as the children, but the main difference is that adults are given drinks instead of candy. (Source: Wikipedia)
In Denmark, Jul is celebrated on December 24th, which is referred to as Juleaftensdag. An elaborate dinner is eaten with the family consisting of either roast pork, roast duck or roast goose with potatoes, red cabbage and gravy. For dessert rice pudding is served, traditionally with an almond hidden inside. The lucky finder of this almond is entitled to a small gift. After the meal is complete, the family gather around the Juletræ and sing Christmas carols. When the singing is complete, the children often hand out the presents. They are opened and this is followed by candy, chips, different kind of nuts, clementines and sometimes the traditionally Gløgg (mulled and spiced wine with almonds and raisins), which is served hot in small cups. (Source: Wikipedia)
As in many other countries in northern Europe, Jultomten brings the presents on julafton (Yule Eve), December 24th, the day generally thought of as the main Jul day. Many swedes watch Kalle Anka och hans vänner, a compilation of Disney films. Almost all Swedish families celebrate with a julbord. The common part of almost all julbord is the julskinka (baked ham). The julbord is served with beer or julmust and snaps, the dishes of the julbord may vary throughout Sweden. Businesses traditionally invite their employees to a julbord dinner or lunch the weeks beforehand, and people go out privately to restaurants offering julbord during December, as well. Swedes also enjoy glögg like in many other countries of Scandinavia. After the julbord, the presents are distributed, either by Jultomten or a family member, and usually from a sack or from under the Christmas tree where they have been laying all day or for several days. In older days a julbock (yule goat) was an alternative to Jultomten, nowadays it is used as an ornament, ranging from sizes of 10 cm to huge constructions like the Gävle goat. The next morning, some people attend the julotta, an early morning church service on jul day. (Source: Wikipedia)
Shetland Islands: Yules
In the Shetland Islands of Scotland the Yules are considered to last a month beginning on December 18th and ending January 18th. The main Yules celebration occurs in between, on December 31st. The rest of Scotland eventually adopted “Hogmanay” (the name of the New Year’s presents) as the festival’s name. (Source: Wikipedia)
As forms of Neopaganism can be quite different and have very different origins, these representations can vary considerably despite the shared name. Some celebrate in a manner as close as possible to how they believe that the Ancient Germanic pagans observed the tradition, while others observe the holiday with rituals culled from numerous other unrelated sources, Germanic culture being only one of the sources used. (Source: Wikipedia)
Germanic neopaganism: Yule
In Germanic Neopagan sects, Yule is celebrated with gatherings that often involve a meal and gift giving. Further attempts at reconstruction of surviving accounts of historical celebrations are often made, a hallmark being variations of the traditional. However, it has been pointed out that this is not really reconstruction as these traditions never died out – they have merely removed the superficial Christian elements from the celebrations. Groups such as the Asatru Folk Assembly in the U.S. recognize the celebration as lasting for 12 days, beginning on the date of the winter solstice. (Source: Wikipedia)
In general, many Wiccan-based sects favor a plethora of sources on winter solstice holidays to recreate a type of Yule holiday. While the name “Yule” is used, it is not a reconstruction of the historical holiday. Wreaths, Yule logs, decoration of trees, decorating with mistletoe, holly, and ivy, exchanges of presents, and even wassailing are incorporated and regarded as sacred. The return of the Sun as Frey is commemorated in some groups. In most Wiccan sects, this holiday is also celebrated as the rebirth of the Great God, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. (Source: Wikipedia)
Wassail: Yuletide Beverage
Wassail is a hot beverage of mulled punch associated with Yuletide. Historically, the drink was a mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and topped with slices of toast. Modern recipes begin with a base of wine, fruit juice, or mulled ale, sometimes with brandy or sherry added. Apples or oranges are often added to the mix. While the beverage typically served as “wassail” at modern holiday feasts with a medieval theme most closely resembles mulled cider, historical wassail drinks were completely different, more likely to be mulled beer, or mead. Sugar, ale, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon would be placed in a bowl, heated, and topped with slices of toast. Some recipes also call for beaten eggs to be tempered into the drink. (Source: Wikipedia)
Here we come a-wassailing
among the leaves so green.
Here we come a-wand’ring
so fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year. Good master and good mistress,
as you sit beside the fire,
pray think of us poor children
who wander through the mire.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year. Bring us out a table fine
and spread it out with cloth;
Bring us out a farmer’s cheese,
and some of your Christmas loaf.
Love and joy come to you,
and to all your wassail, too,
may the gods bless you, and send you
a Happy New Year,
the gods send you a Happy New Year.
Druids: The Solstice, Mistletoe, and the Oak King Battling Holly King
On the Solstice, druids would gather by the oldest Mistletoe clad Oak. The Chief Druid would make his way to the mistletoe to be cut whilst below, other Druids would hold open a sheet to catch it, making sure none of it touched the ground. With his Golden Sickle, and in one chop, the Chief Druid would remove the mistletoe, to be caught below.
The early Christian church banned the use of mistletoe because of its association with Druids. The holiday is observed in a manner that commemorates the death of the Holly King identified with the wren bird (symbolizing the old year and the shortened sun) at the hands of his son and successor, the robin redbreast Oak King (the new year and the new sun that begins to grow) (Farrar & Farrar  1998: 35-38). The Battle of the Holly King and Oak King is re-enacted at rituals, both open and closed. The battle is usually in the form of words but it has been known for there to be sword battles. The scene above depicts the Oak King’s final strike against his brother, the Holly King and to ultimate victory, at least for the next six months. (Source: Wikipedia)
Eggnog: Post-Revolutionary America
In the early days of the United States, celebrating Christmas was considered a British custom and fell out of style following the American Revolution (1775-1783). It wasn’t until 1870 that Christmas became a federal holiday. However, Eggnog is traditionally consumed throughout the United States from American Thanksgiving through the end of the Christmas seasons every year. The word eggnog seems to have been an American invention, first appearing in the late 1700s. However, no one is sure where it came from. It may have evolved from nog, an old English name for a variety of strong beer, or from noggin, a small wooden mug used to serve drinks in taverns.
In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy. Those who could get milk and eggs mixed it with brandy, Madeira, or sherry to make a drink similar to modern alcoholic egg nog. The drink crossed the Atlantic to the British colonies during the early 18th century.
George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, one of the Founding Fathers, and first President of the United States, was a fan of eggnog. Washington had his own eggnog recipe and ordered his servants that it be prepared and served according to his specifications during his Christmas celebration events at his home and plantation at Mount Vernon and during his Presidency (1789-1797).
8:00pm – Guest arrival with eggnog served and dancing
10:00pm – Seated supper
Midnight – Dancing resumes
5:00am – The last guests leave
The first President’s brew wasn’t an eggnog for the fainthearted, given its alcohol content (Note the Mars-Jupiter Conjunction):
George Washington’s Eggnog Recipe
One quart of heavy cream
One quart of milk
One dozen tablespoons sugar
One pint brandy
½ pint rye whiskey
½ pint Jamaica rum
¼ pint sherry
Directions: Mix the liquor first, then separate the yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let sit in a cold place for several (3-5) days before serving. The recipe ends with a congenial “Taste frequently.” Nobody could tell a lie after having a few cups.
Great Britain: The English Christmas Revival
A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens (1815 – 1870), first published in London by Chapman & Hall publishing company on December 19th, 1843. A Christmas Carol met with instant success and critical acclaim, telling a story of a bitter cold-hearted old miser named Ebeneezer Scrooge and his psycho-spiritual death-rebirth transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the three Ghosts of Christmas (Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) and the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley. The tale of Scrooge’s spiritual redemption since Christmas 1843 has become a defining tale of the Christmas holiday among the eighty-eight English-speaking nations throughout the world.
The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas Cards and Christmas Trees. Also, Christmas Carol singing took a new lease of life during this time. Dickens, being perfectly in-tune with British culture, published his story at precisely the right moment (Note: Mars-Jupiter-Neptune Conjunction Dec 1st, 1843), which reflected a widespread bourgeoisie interest and desire to reinvigorate Christmas and its ancient customs. Since 1843, A Christmas Carol remains popular—having never been out of print —and has been adapted many times to film, stage, opera, and other media. (Source: Wikipedia)
The United States: The Globalization of Christmas
On June 26th, 1870, Christmas was formally declared a United States federal holiday. Christmas is the most widely celebrated holiday of the year in the United States, commonly celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike with various traditions.
The first electric lights on a family tree were used in 1894 during the presidency of Grover Cleveland. It was placed in the second floor Oval Room of the White House. The Cleveland Family tree decorated with red, white and blue electric light bulbs, delighted the president’s young daughters.
In the 20th century during the onset of the Industrial Revolution (circa 1900 during the Uranus-Pluto Opposition), Christmas began to become peak selling season for retailers in the United States, along with many nations around the world. Sales increase dramatically as people purchased gifts, decorations, and supplies to celebrate. In the United States, the “Christmas shopping season” traditionally starts at the commencement of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at noon, with the arrival of Santa Claus who always closes out the parade, welcomed into Herald Square in Manhattan. The parade is presented and sponsored by the U.S.-based department store chain Macy’s.
During the Roaring ’20s – a period of dramatic economic expansion and social experimentation – many of Macy’s department store employees were first-generation European immigrants who quickly reached middle-class status and were proud of their new American heritage, and sought to celebrate the American holiday season of Thanksgiving with the type of festival their parents had loved in Europe. The tradition started in 1924 at 9:00 am in Manhattan, New York (Note Jupiter in Sagittarius rising in the Event Horoscope). With an audience of over 250,000 people, the parade was such a success that Macy’s declared it would become an annual event.
Transcribed from “Mark The Rabbit Hole” Radio Show with Mark Metheny. Guest: William Stickevers
(Airdate: October 6, 2016)
Mark Metheny: Good evening, welcome to Mark The Rabbit Hole. Tonight our guest will be William Stickevers and he will be joining us shortly. We’re going to do our final look at the election and the polls, where they are now compared to when we started this earlier. William’s been on a few times previously talking about this. So I think our guest is there — William, is that you?
William Stickevers: That’s me. Hi, Mark.
Mark: How’s it going, my friend?
William: Good, good. Going great. How are you?
Mark: Good. Just enjoying the energies out there.
William: Yeah, there’s a lot going on. It’s been unrelenting. An unrelenting summer, and the fall has just been going full throttle with acceleration, pedal to the metal.
Mark: Yes, so I guess, first of all, I know some of the listeners know you but why don’t you give us your website and where they can find you and all that good stuff.
William: I’m at WilliamStickevers.com. I’m also listed on Facebook and I post many of my predictions there as well. I can be reached through that platform. As you know, Mark, I’m not only a regular personal consulting astrologer, part of my living practice is doing mundane astrology so I’m not just an astrologer who comes up every four years and decides I’m going to make a prediction on the general election. I’m predicting on world events, political affairs, financial matters, economic matters, almost weekly. So it’s a big part of my practice here.
Mark: Good. I know you’ve got a mundane or horary class going on right now?
William: Yeah, right now I have a 9-week mundane class that is designed for intermediate to world-class professionals; I’ve actually scaled it in such a way. And we’re covering every known technique including the history of mundane astrology up until the latest state-of-the-art techniques that have a consistent and proven track record of 65 percent or greater. I think everyone is learning a lot; I’m certainly learning a lot. Especially when you have to teach something, and articulate it and put together a PowerPoint presentation that’s not going to be boring, that’s going to build upon itself, that’s going to keep everyone interested and informed, and something that they can apply to their practice immediately was a big challenge for me. But I’ve been having a great time doing it and I’m getting a lot of great feedback from my students who, also, some of them happen to be world class mundane, world class financial astrologers. So it’s really great. Half my class is international; the other half is America-based.
Mark: Awesome. So if anyone needs more details, is there going to be a second round of this class coming up?
William: Absolutely. We’re going to be doing it next year, and I’m going to include some new additional material which I could not include in this one because it required more prep time. Also, in these classes, especially in this one, we are having in a couple weeks our guest lecturer is Theodore White who is going to go over the fundamentals of weather forecasting with the class. So he’s going to run that class and I’m just going to be participating and listening and learning. So we’re very excited about that; we’re all big fans of Theodore. I know you are as well. And in the future I’m going to include some other people to maybe talk about earthquake prediction, volcano prediction, people with those specialties.
As you know, my specialty is more political and economics; that seems to be where I’m drawn and focused to and pulled toward, actually. But mundane is such a broad, broad subject; it covers so many things and it’s very fascinating. Unfortunately, the word is “mundane”, which means something very contemporary, boring, ordinary. But mundane astrology is quite the opposite, quite different than what the title suggests. And I know my students, many of them have taken personal astrology pretty far. Many of them who are intermediates and even dabbling or considering doing a full-time practice have realized, ‘I don’t think I can do too much more with personal astrology or psychological astrology; I need to broaden my understanding, my world view’ and they thought learning mundane was a great way for this to happen. So because it broadens their perspective and so they can understand there are other forces outside the personal sphere of influence that are actually having an impact in people’s decision-making, and that is something that — I think we’ve had many discussions about this on other shows, and I know we’ve talked about this one-to-one — is something that’s really marginalized and overlooked or not even discussed in natal astrology.
Mark: Yes, yes, people are often stunned when I tell them that I have charts of all the professional sports teams and all the countries and that it’s not just looking at a person’s horoscope or birth chart but that government agencies have charts, restaurants that you eat at have charts, every business has a chart. So people are usually surprised when I tell them that and so it’s not just the workings of your chart that you can look at but you can look at events and elections, sporting events, whatever, and see how there’s different energies playing and there’s charts for the specific events too. And I think people, especially the astrology naysayers are surprised that it’s not just fluffy unicorns and “stay away from Virgos today” and that kind of stuff. I think that catches people off-guard when they know how much detail you can go into.
William: Absolutely. And you know, what I find amazing is– there’re two types of people outside of astrology in terms of mundane. Many people find it fascinating when you can talk with such authority and detail looking at history backwards for justification of planetary alignments with events that changed the course, game-changing events or watershed events in history, and then talking about the future in a very informed, detailed way and how the future is actually impacting and informing the present. And then so there’s that group who is really fascinated, and there’s another group of people out there who are really threatened by it. I mean really threatened by it, almost as if you were talking about Bernie [Sanders] to a rabid George Bush supporter. So it goes one way or the other.
Now, what I find interesting about astrology is that many people who do natal, non-predictive natal astrology, many of them who are practicing psychotherapists or MSW workers, they are very ambivalent about really stating their opinion [on mundane astrology]. In fact, when you go to these [astrology] conferences, you see the rooms for sun sign astrology lectures filled up and packed to the brink. Secondary progressions, you can’t get a waiting seat. Come to big transits, forget about it — you’re going to have to find an alternative track for the 2 o’clock period. But mundane is only, what, like 10-15 people there with a room that could fill 50. And I just find this really fascinating.
It’s actually disconcerting to me and I just don’t understand what’s going on with the body-politic of astrologers these days when there’s so much going on in the world, that everything is being turned upside-down, inside-out, economically, politically, socially, on every level. And yet, the astrology world — you know, Mark. I’ve been to all these conferences since the early ’90s; it’s not like I’m not in the know. I know. I know all these top speakers; they know me on a first-name basis. So here’s the thing: the astrologers in general, as a group — and I’m not pointing anyone out in particular — are not keeping up with the bigger trends. They just seem to be disengaged and disinterested. And maybe there was a reason for that, because it was “stick it to the man”, “who cares about what’s going on”, right, maybe that hippie/Baby Boomer attitude and world view was responsible for that.
But today that’s obsolete. We’ve gotten past the point of plausible deniability. Things are really not going right in so many ways, which I know we’re going to discuss. So I think it’s fascinating that a lot of people in the astrology world, there’s a small but growing minority of people getting drawn into mundane. Even if they don’t plan to make mundane their living practice, they want to know what it’s about, what it has to say, how mundane archetypal portents influence the archetypal landscape and shape and inform the world stage. So they think it’s important now because they see something is going on and it’s very upsetting, frightening. In fact, for all intents and purposes, we’re in the Twilight Zone.
Mark: I agree. One of the things to me is that astrology is several thousand years old. I mean, to me one of our jobs is to keep it evolving and moving forward and keep testing ideas and make sure that Uranus, Aquarius rules astrology, so we need to keep that evolving and I just think, I run across a lot of ideology where they just want to keep it stuck or back into the old ideas and concepts without developing it any. And so to me the predicting earthquakes, tsunamis, earth changes, and things is one of the most relevant and helpful things we can do to help keep evolving astrology.
And also, I’ve seen a few comments where someone like you will, say, has made some predictions, and people get upset and say “oh, so you want this to happen” and it startles me that some people are not able to look past their personal preferences or how they would like things to turn out, and they just try to bend things to what their preconceived idea is. And I think this election has been a great example of this because it’s not gone at all how I expected. But I think you’re one of the few people who’s had your finger really on the pulse of what’s been happening and not been blinded by their preconceptions. So, kudos to you on that one.
William: Oh, thank you very much. I appreciate that. And you know, I tell you something, one of the things I teach my students is that we need to be nonpartisan and independent in our thinking, in our viewpoints. Let the testimonies speak for themselves. If we are weighing them properly and we are being as objective as we can — and it’s very difficult to do that — but if we do that, we’re going to be within about the 80th percentile of accuracy. We’re not always going to be right, and nobody is.
Just keep in mind that the greatest stock market trader Bill Gross — he’s one of the best bond traders in the world — is only right 53 percent of the time. You only need to be right 53 percent of the time in order to make billions of dollars in the stock market, to have it all, to have your cake and eat it too on Wall Street. And you know, 53 percent is a landslide in politics.
So, you know, the expectation of the mainstream media experts and critics of astrology out there is like, “no, unless it’s 99.9999999 percent, this doesn’t work.” You could be 80 percent, “nope, still doesn’t cut it.”
So, I’m telling people here and my students, stick with the astrology. If you want to make an argument or a speculation that a certain thing will manifest in such a way, you need to prove it out with me. You need to show me multiple testimonies, multiple techniques. You can’t just say one thing. You have to layer it and build it up. You have to think vertically here, meaning you can’t just say a one-testimony, one-chart, one-transit approach does all, says all, is all. And that’s basically what we’ve been fed, at least I know I’ve been fed for the past 30 years.
And you know, the only reason I’ve been more on the pulse of the election is because I’ve been just looking at the mundane portents and I’ve known — and this is something that Theodore White and I discussed back this time last year — we knew it was going to be an establishment candidate backed by the American oligarchical elite, that would be [Jeb] Bush or Hillary Clinton, versus a populist candidate. So we eliminated very early on that [Jeb] Bush would be the nominee. And we also eliminated that Bernie would be the nominee. So we knew that it would be Hillary versus a Uranus-Pluto dark horse candidate that was going to turn everything upside-down, inside-out, destroy the body-politic of the nation. And that’s why we — well, I certainly came to the conclusion first, and Theodore followed up shortly thereafter, came to the conclusion that it was going to be Trump. And Trump is the beginning of the first phase, or a category one social revolution. This is not just another election like 99 percent of the astrologers — and I’m going to keep saying that, I know that’s a lot of people — but 99 percent of the astrologers kept framing it as another Bush-Gore election 2000, except on steroids. No! No! No! No! NO! This is not just another election. We’re seeing [the first phase of] a social revolution.
Just the fact of what had to happen in order for Trump to be the nominee. The fact that Hillary Clinton technically lost that campaign and is still the nominee, has completely medically collapsed and wasn’t disqualified after she was medically diagnosed with pneumonia is just startling. Also, we are seeing the populist rise, the populist or the nationalist versus the Establishment and the Oligarchy. This is a collision, a titanic collision of an immovable object with an unstoppable force, and they’re colliding here [in 2016]. This is just the beginning of things to come, folks!
I know you are aware of this, Mark, but I’m just talking here to your audience here. It’s just the beginning….and you haven’t seen nothing yet. This is just a prelude. And I proved this out in my Mundane Astrology class. My students have recently come to understand the rules [of analysis] behind ingress charts, eclipses, and other mundane [astrology] rules. I asked them if you just look at [and apply] the rules and assume nothing else, does it tell you that the party in power or the establishment in power, [minus the oligarchical dimension behind who is really running the government,] will remain or stay in power? Is that likely, more or less? And most everyone in class was in general agreement, stating “yeah, you’re right, I hate to say it,” but it looks like the party in power or the [party that is the] facade of the establishment is NOT likely to stay in power. Now having said that, does that mean that Trump instantly wins? No, it doesn’t. But it means that right from the outset the party in power – the Democrats had a structural problem, from a mundane perspective. A structural problem.
Mark: Yeah, right, right, I agree because it was going back to the 2008 elections which was, I believe shortly after, I think Uranus had just entered Aries if I’m not mistaken, and so it was kind of obvious who the Uranian candidate was at that point.
William: Yeah, and the other thing too is that the Civil Rights Movement occurred in the 1960s. From ’62 to ’72 the Civil Rights Movement really unfolded and was one of the game-changing socio-political developments in the nation. And that had to do with the Uranus-Pluto conjunction, and then [in 2008] you had the approaching Uranus-Pluto square and the rise of Barack Obama who as a black candidate who was born during the emergence of the Uranus-Pluto conjunction and was an ideal expression for that Uranus-Pluto energy that began to manifest in 2008.
But unfortunately he didn’t quite live up to the energy. I mean, he got the job, he got the position because of the energy that was constellating for hope and change you can believe in, right, but it didn’t quite turn out that way. In fact, I would say that — and again this is going to upset a lot of people — that Barack Obama is essentially an establishment candidate, and establishment president who had the backing and the support of America’s Oligarchical Elite. Also, he carries out that oligarchical agenda that essentially sets the policy for this nation and other nations abroad, domestically, internationally, and financially. And he basically rubber stamps their globalist agenda into policy, and he is really no different than his predecessor G.W. Bush.
Mark: Yeah, I have to agree with that. And you’re right, that’s probably going to ruffle a lot of feathers and I’ve gotten into many discussions like that. But the thing that I look at is, regardless of what party is in power, does the advancement of the One State, the oligarchy agenda keep moving forward? I mean, Obama said he would get rid of NAFTA. I, until recently, had to cover the local newspaper right before the 2008 election he was here in Columbus, Ohio, where I was, and his main topic was getting rid of NAFTA. And now eight years later, not only have we not gotten rid of NAFTA, but now we’re going to cram the TPP down people’s throats.
So, it just doesn’t, nothing ever goes in our favor. It always goes towards the One World Government and no matter who the president is or who the candidates are or what they look like of where they’re from or what creed or nationality, whoever gets in there advances that agenda.
William: Correct. I totally agree. It’s certainly been that case since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which was basically a coup d’état for all intents and purposes, and that’s pretty much been proven out [in a Congressional Investigation in the 1970s] that there was a conspiracy, and it was never followed up and investigated with.
But what we see now with this Uranus-Pluto still very active, that is the rise of a dark horse candidate which, as you know, that a majority of the mundane astrology world and most of the astrology world in general just refuses to come to terms with. And it has to do with Trump’s brazen style and character.
In fact, I was joking around for a long time using the term “Trumpzilla” because whoever gets in his way, he just seems to pulverize them [with his “atomic breath”]. In fact, the harder the media hits him, the stronger he gets in the polls. In fact, [recently] CNN jokingly pushed up an image of Godzilla with Trump, calling him “Trumpzilla”. I took a snapshot and posted it.
Mark: I saw that.
William: Yeah. And so, I’ve been calling him Trumpzilla and I’ve been writing “Trumpzilla is the Uranus-Pluto dark horse candidate that the astrology world refuses to come to terms with” and needs to wake up about. They really need to wake up to the reality of what Trump represents.
I’m not talking about Donald Trump the Candidate and what he says. I’m talking about the impact he’s having and how he is constellating by activating the suppressed rage in the country on a collective level, which has reached a neurotic level of intensity, bordering on psychosis, as the archetypal energy continues to change, accelerate, and intensify. Trump is playing this out perfectly. He’s breaking every [political] rule. The more outrageous he is — meaning, the he continues proposing extreme solutions, which was very Uranus-Pluto, the stronger his support gets. We knew Bernie was doing that as well, but Trump takes the cake.
Mark: Yep, absolutely. And even, I mean, it was so crazy even I wasn’t quite sure. I was like, “Is this going to end at some point?” But you’re right, you kept just moving forward with “you guys aren’t looking at the energy, you’re trying to force your preconceived notions” — which I was doing a little bit too, and as the groundswell kept happening, I thought “Oh my gosh, William’s right; he’s tapped into this.”
William: Well, let me finish this because I just wanted your confirmation because some people think I just make this up and I’m trying to grand stand and pat myself on the back. And you know that’s not the case, because I know you’ve been following my work and I’m really very grateful that I’m here to speak on your show about it.
The thing is that when Trumpzilla started piling up the victories in the primaries, the very same pundits and astrologers stated he would never get the GOP nomination. And I remember the astrologers saying, “Okay, William, you were right this time, BUT he’s never going to get the nomination, they’ll never give it to him, they’re going to break the rules, they’re going to rob him, [and besides] he’ll never get the delegates.” And then when Trumpzilla won the GOP nomination, many of his critics warned that if he ended up on the November ballot he would get blown out by Hillary Clinton and take out scores of Republicans running for the House and Senate with him, meaning it would be a complete disaster on the ticket. In fact, just the other day, the great political forecaster Damon Linker, a senior correspondent at TheWeek.com, along with several other astrologers who were loosely quoting from him said, “Trump isn’t merely going to lose; he’s going to lose in the biggest popular vote landslide in modern presidential history. It’s not crazy to even think he will finish with less than 35 percent of the popular vote.”
And then you had astrologers pushing that around. This was just a week or two ago. And the fact of the matter is that we do have enough raw political data coming in statistically on how Trump has been doing. I’m not just talking about national polls; I’m talking at the local level in all the key battleground states. And not just the key battleground states, in the key battleground counties of those battleground states. And to the surprise of many, especially in Washington, and to the shock of the astrologers, he is hasn’t been doing badly at all. In fact, he is doing pretty well because the polls are showing he is now slightly ahead in the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, and he’s tied with Hillary as of today in Nevada. He was slightly ahead a week ago; he’s now tied but he’s holding his own. And he just left Nevada on a two-day tour there.
Keep in mind, Trump should be getting killed in these states, and Hillary should be — at this point with the money, the ads, the backing of the oligarchy backing, CNN (the “Clinton News Network”) and the entire legacy mainstream media — she should be 50 points ahead of him at this point!
You know, even recent polls have shown Trump now pulling ahead. He’s basically tied and pulling ahead in Pennsylvania. He’s even with her in New Hampshire. He’s tied with her in Virginia. He pulled slightly ahead in Colorado. But Pennsylvania is a state that Hillary Clinton needs to win. In all the key battleground counties that have the most accurate trend prediction rate all show Trump ahead by 8-12 points, not one point.
So, it just doesn’t make sense [that Hillary is winning]. I mean, you’re talking about Michigan here. Trump is one point behind in Michigan, tied in Wisconsin. He’s only four points behind in New Mexico.
I mean, look, folks, it is clear that the astrological community, the pundits, the media have overestimated Hillary’s campaign and tremendously marginalized and underestimated Trump’s campaign thus far. And nobody has really been talking about this.
Mark: I agree. I figured she would be way ahead at this point and I have something that I’ve talked about a couple of the other shows that you’ve been on and a couple other shows I’ve been on. There’s just been this tendency to write off — and first of all, I’m going to say I have no intention of voting for Trump, I am not a Trump supporter, I tend to vote third party, every election since I’ve been alive I think I’ve voted third party — but it’s just this rush to judgement to write off all of his followers as white trash, racist, trailer park dwellers. And perhaps there is, there may be a percentage, as politically incorrect as that is, there may be a percentage that maybe fit that category.
But what I keep telling my Democrat friends is that what you are not seeing is you have to put yourself in the shoes of people who have been Republicans for a long time. You have to take a look at Romney, who took a dive at the end. They threw in McCain in ’08, that flip-flopped so many times that you couldn’t trust him. In ’04 that was Bush Jr.’s second term, and he barely won but by half that second term most of the Republicans, old school or not, were not very happy with him. Bush Jr. won in 2000, Dole in ’96 — I don’t think anybody feels that Dole was a strong candidate. Then we had Bush Sr. who won in ’88 and got beaten fairly badly in ’92.
So, for the people who are Republicans, I don’t think that they feel — and I’ve said this 50 times and I know everyone has ignored it the first 50 times but I’m going to be that idiot who says it a 51st time — I don’t think the old school, the average middle-class Republican voter feels that they have gotten a fair shake or had a decent candidate in the last seven elections, since, I’ll go back to say since Reagan was the last candidate that was really well liked by the Republican party. I think Bush the first time it was kind of a “oh, well, he’s [Bush] Sr.’s son” and all that stuff, and there’s this, I think, a large group of Trump supporters are these people who have said “I have had enough of getting screwed” — not by the Democrats, they’re not pissed off at the Democrats. They’re pissed off at their own party for putting up crap candidates every four years, and the decent candidates that they do have early on in the primaries, they push them to the side when they have a Ron Paul or somebody who is a good candidate, they just put them to the side at the debates, ask them two questions in a three-hour debate, all this stuff. And I think a portion of Trump’s supporters are the people who have finally said, “I’ve had it. You’ve screwed me for seven or eight elections in a row, and we’re going to sink the Titanic so that hopefully we can rebuild it” because the Republican party leaders were not at all in any shape or form listening to their constituents. And I’m sure no one heard that. But I said it again anyways.
William: (laughs) Well, here’s the thing. Let’s get into the particulars. Mark, I sent you a link where I posted the charts for this show. [Charts posted below] And for those of you who are not in front of the internet just to let you know, it’s WilliamStickevers.com/marktherabbithole and it has all the graphs I want to discuss.
My approach, my argument on how I see the election going down, I’m looking at all three different [birth] times for Hillary using my Blackbox forecasting technology that’s very accurate. We use it quite often in making financial trading decisions and investing. It’s one of the great technologies that Alphee Lavoie needs to get more credit for.
I also just want to mention this before, I have to say this. Trump is not a Republican. I mean, he’s running on the platform of the Republican party but everybody knows he is not a Republican. He is basically a Trumpzilla, Uranus-Pluto dark horse candidate, an aberration of the collective unconscious of the nation that is now in a neurotic breakdown that has captured or heisted the nomination from the GOP establishment (that is basically backed by the Bush faction of the American oligarchical elite) who is basically have a platform and foreign policy that goes actually counter to a majority of GOP narratives that were established for the past 60 years.
So I just want to state again, I’m neutral on this all. I am nonpartisan. I am not for either party. But Trump is GOP in title only.
Mark: Right, right. So I just posted that link to William’s website to the page that has these charts and graphs he’s talking about. I just posted it in the chat room and on my Facebook page and I’ll post it on the Rabbit Hole Facebook page as well so you don’t have to go digging for them you can just click on that link.
So, go right ahead, William.
William: Yeah, so basically, everyone is like “I don’t get it. Why does Trump have all this, what is the demand there? What is all this popularity? Why do they listen to him?” And I keep basically stating this — that we never had an economic recovery. That was basically, the economic crisis, the Lehman meltdown that resulted in the near-collapse of the American and global economy but that was vanguard by the fraudulence that was going on Wall Street and the Fed backed by Washington, with Washington’s blessings, almost destroyed the financial world.
They basically paved it over and they covered it up. They put the damage control into place and they kept the game of “extend and pretend” going. Then they got the media who is part of the oligarchical mouthpiece to pontificate and convince, especially the astrologers out there, that a recovery occurred starting June 2009 and had been achieved by [Spring] 2016. However, when we look at macroeconomic data, especially global trade worldwide, we see on this graph here [shown above] that we’ve are seeing a complete collapse. The source for the graph is from the World Bank, Goldman Sachs, Global Investment Research. These are the very people that backed the Bushes, and Hillary, by the way.
So what we’ve seen is a four-year rolling sensitivity of real trade growth collapsing in real GDP terms. And we see here the U.S. recession where there was a downturn, a trough, in 1960-61. The oil shock in ’79. And then we see when the Soviet Union disintegrates in ’91, you see the global economy really taking off and everything peaking by the late ’90s, early 2000. And then we see a series of downward motion of the wave pattern. Then we see China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, 2001. And then we have a collapse that occurred in 2008, and then we see all this money printing and injection of liquidity into the system, with interest rates pushed down to almost zero percent worldwide. In fact, now they’re negative worldwide with the exception of this country, and the Federal Reserve is talking about even going negative next year! What you are seeing here is the Obama Recovery in 2016, at a point lower than at any time since 1947 when they started tracking Global Trade.
So [in essence] we are seeing a complete collapse in the global economy. And there was no recovery — there was a cover-up.
Now I could show 40, 50 graphs to prove this out further. Mark, [in previous shows] you’ve seen me go at it one graph after the other. We have 25 percent underemployment in this country. We have 47 percent of the people who get subsidized by the U.S. government who don’t pay federal taxes. We have 96.7 million people who no longer get unemployment who fell off the workforce radar; they’ve given up looking for work. And we only have 155 million people working out of a population of 327 million — or 320 million, depending on what source you use. And of that 155 million working, 25 percent is underemployed, meaning they have to work two or three jobs and they still cannot pay the mortgage, and they’re barely paying the rent.
And inflation, by the way, they keep saying it’s 1-2 percent. When you look at the real numbers, the way the Federal Reserve was calculating inflation up until 1990, inflation is about 7-8 percent a year. And it was actually 11 percent between 2008 and 2012.
Salaries haven’t been raised since 1991. The United States economy has decreased in size three-fold since 199, a three-fold breakdown! The deleveraging of the middle class since 2008 has been tremendous. It hasn’t recovered.
And you have 40 percent of Millennials living at home, and the ones who are not living at home are all shacked up with five other people in a two-bedroom.
So, you know, things are not going well. For anyone who’s still a naysayer [that the economy hasn’t recovered], I can inundate you with 27 statistics that will blow your mind.
But here’s the point — all of this is driving the Trump campaign. The country is in a demoralized state, and in a state of neurotic breakdown because there was no direction, no future. The moment when people freak out on a personal or mass level is when they know it’s not going to get better. It’s not when things are bad. The moment they know it’s not going to get better when THEY LOSE IT, and that’s when you see what’s happening now. That’s when you see Hitler come to power. That’s when you see the British Exit. That’s when you see the rise of Donald Trump, Trumpzilla. That’s all because it’s being generated by a collapsing economy that is accelerating and intensifying as the train wreck unfolds.
I think it’s really really clear at this point. And there’s no magic [to fix it]. It’s all in the secular data. And that is something that 90 percent of the astrologers keep continuing to overlook, as they keep focused at the natal horoscopes and not realizing what else is there – they don’t look at the secular data.
If you don’t correlate what the outer planetary alignments and the ingresses and the eclipse charts and the charts of the top G-11 or G-8 nations, with the secular trends you’re not going to understand what is driving the populism since 2011, since we had the Arab Spring. And look at all the protests that were occurring in Europe.
And look at the protests on Wall Street, what was it called? We would talk about this a few years back.
Mark: The Occupy Movement.
William: Right – the Occupy Wall Street Movement, where what came out of the was the One Percent and the 99 Percent. So everyone knows today, “Yeah, I’m the 99 percent.” And who’s the One Percent? Well, that’s a mystery; you can’t talk about that. We know how many people are the One Percent, but we don’t know who they are. And that’s the oligarchy. And the people that run the oligarchy are the 0.1 percent of the One Percent.
Then [in 2013] you have the NSA revelations of Edward Snowden that came out that have turned the geopolitical world inside-out, upside-down. And there’s more revelations every day. And then you have Wikileaks, along with all the uprisings and shootings [in the country]. It goes on and on. The unemployment continues to accelerate while they continue to state that unemployment is now at four percent. That is why you have a Donald Trump [as the GOP nominee ] today, folks.
So, astrologers, get with the reality! You just don’t seem to get it! I’m not the only guy. Mark’s been telling you, I’ve been telling you, Theodore White’s been telling you There’s been a lot of astrologers telling you, and you’re just simply refusing to get it. So that’s step one. I want to get to the next thing.
Look at what’s going on right now. The S&P 500 return of the presidential elections. So when the S&P 500 price between July 31 and October 31 is net negative, that is a very reliable indicator that the party in power, seeking re-election, will lose or they’ll be completely replaced. And as of today, it is net negative. Back in 2012, it was a very close race between Obama and Romney. But the S&P returns were 2.4 percent in the black. Now it is something like 3.2 percent in the red. And so the prediction probability that the party in power will be completely replaced — because this is not a re-election, this is a referendum election on the Obama Administration’s past two terms so it’s a replacement election — is 86 percent right now. And we’re not even talking about astrology yet. Eighty-six percent! There’s a structural problem right now from an economic level, from a financial level as well. So when the astrologers say ‘Hillary wins no matter what and they get to say that and pontificate that because they write for the Huffington Post’ — and you know who I’m talking about here — they continue to misinform the public and the astrological community [about the true state of affairs in the country].
Mark: I totally agree. Totally agree. I’ve seen just in my personal circle, you know, extended family and stuff, I’ve seen the employment and wage-earning been way down. And I want to point out that I don’t think this is an Obama trick or something. I mean, every president who’s been in power during difficult financial times has, you know, we can spin numbers to make things look not as bad, so they all do this, but there’s definitely a lot of spinning going on right now.
William: Absolutely. I think what’s really been pontificated by the mainstream media is this: Keep calm and pretend everything is okay. I’m going to repeat that. Keep calm and pretend everything is okay. And I think that fits perfectly with the Jupiter-Saturn-Neptune T-Square that was in play all throughout the summer —
William: Nothing was okay. Everyone knows something is really wrong. They may point to it’s this or it’s that. We may not all agree on what’s wrong but we all know something is systemically wrong. And yet we have a media that says “Keep calm and pretend everything is okay.” We have people in leadership in astrology who say “Keep calm, relax, Trump ain’t gonna win, he’s not going to get it, this is all just a kabuki dance going on, and you’ll realize sooner or later that everything is okay. So calm down and listen to this voice of reason.”
William: Okay, there’re some New York astrologers out there who are saying this.
William: And when you live on a trust fund and then you get to speak how it’s all going to turn out from your NCGR podium in New York City, you can say stuff like that. But you can’t say stuff like that to people who are really suffering. And then I want to get to the next thing here.
Now, I’m just getting really sick and tired of this Hillary Clinton birth time thing. So I just said, okay. I’ve held back, Mark. I could have published this earlier but I waited for your show.
Mark: (laughs) Okay, great.
William: This Blackbox graphical analysis takes all the transits active during a period of time, and takes over 720 factors that are related to career. Including every solar arc, every progression and every backward transit. It [essentially] takes every astrological factor and then runs it against a weighing system that modifies and changes according to the [planetary weight] that compose the horoscope and then it curves and fits it and then it makes a projection over time. And what I did here is I took the three times that are listed that most astrologers are basing their predictions on — the 2:18am birth time, the 8:02am birth time, and the 8:00pm birth time.
Hillary Clinton Horoscope: 2:18 am CST birth time.
Hillary Clinton Horoscope: 2:18 am CST birth time. Hillary Clinton Horoscope: 8:02 am CST birth time.
Hillary Clinton Horoscope: 8:02 am CST birth time.
Hillary Clinton Horoscope: 8:00 pm CST birth time.
Hillary Clinton Horoscope: 8:00 pm CST birth time.
And I’m going to tell you something right now. All three are indicating that Hillary is losing support as we go further into the election. Basically what I can say that is consistent about all of these graphs is that she peaks sometime around, between October 1st and October 10th, and then it’s a downward slide. And for the astrologers who are rooting for their time [of choice], her 2:18am time looks more of like a landslide loss. If she was born at 8:00 pm, which Bill Meridian has been using to a fair degree of success, it’s a loss but it’s not quite the loss that is indicated. You could argue that it could be a very close election, that it could go either way. And the 8:02 am time — and I know some people use 8:06am — certainly indicates a decisive defeat for Hillary Clinton. All three. The only one that really supports, that it might be a close election, is the 8:00 pm time, but it does not augur a decisive victory as astrologers continue to pontificate.
Here we see Donald Trump’s Career Blackbox Forecast. And that’s taking the same factors, using the same technology, using the same timeline. We see Trump going enormous volatile swings from July all the way ’til it hits bottom on the 10th of September, and then he starts climbing up. It’s a slow climb and then it really starts picking up speed from October 20th all the way to Election Day. So we’re seeing a lot of volatility, up and down, up and down, which is Trump’s number, Trump’s campaign has gone through extremes of restructuring and shifting people around, with him going back and forth on policy positions. And then he gets on message, as he has recently, starting around September 10th, and that accelerated his campaign. You can see he’s now reading from a teleprompter, he still goes off and says what he wants but he’s much better behaved. He’s a much better behaved Trumpzilla.
Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945) was an American Christian psychic, healer, spiritual teacher, and mystic, who answered questions on subjects as varied as healing, astrology, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis, and future events while under a self-induced hypnotic trance. Other abilities that have been attributed to Cayce include astral projection, prophesying, mediumship, viewing the Akashic Records or “Book of Life”, and seeing auras. Cayce said he became interested in learning more about these subjects after he was informed about the content of his readings, which he reported that he never actually heard himself. Biographer Jess Stearn gave him the nickname, “The Sleeping Prophet.” A nonprofit organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), was founded to facilitate the study of Cayce’s work. A hospital and a university were also established.
Cayce became a celebrity toward the end of his life, and he believed the publicity given to his prophecies overshadowed the more important parts of his work, such as healing the sick and studying religion. Today, a total of 14,306 of his readings are available at A.R.E. Cayce headquarters in Virginia Beach and an online member-only section along with background information, correspondence, and follow-up documentation. Historians now consider him the true founder and a principal source of the most characteristic beliefs of the American “New Age” Movement and modern Christian Mysticism.
28 Documented Events from Cayce’s Historical Biography
On June 18 1881, Edgar witnesses the horse accident which causes the death of his grandfather.
On March 16, 1886, had his first mystical vision of a bright and beautiful lady with wings. The Lady told him his prayers had been answered and offered him whatever he wanted most in life. His request was “to be helpful to others, especially to children when they are sick.”
On January 1, 1894, the Cayce family moves to Hopkinsville.
On March 14 1897, Cayce becomes engaged to Gertrude Evans.
On December 14, 1899, he returns home and forms a partnership with his father, Leslie Cayce, then insurance agent.
On March 24, 1900 a partial paralysis of the vocal cords makes him unable to speak beyond a whisper.
On March 31, 1900 gives his first psychic reading under hypnosis.
On August 3, 1902 returns to Hopkinsville regarding the medical situation of regarding a little girl called Aime Dietrich, a case which played an essential pivotal role in the future historical development of the Cayce readings.
On June 17, 1903 married Gertrude Evans.
On September 1, 1904 Cayce opens a photographic studio with business partner Frank Potter.
On December 23 1906, a fire destroys all the art work he has on consignment.
On March 16, 1907 first child born, son Hugh Lynn Cayce.
On April 22 1911, Cayce first validates the doctrine of reincarnation in reading 4841-1.
On May 17, 1911 second son Milton Porter dies.
On September 21, 1911 Cayce acquires his own studio Photographic in Selma (Alabama).
On October 10, 1922 the Birmingham Post-Herald quotes Cayce as saying that he had given 8,056 readings total.
On September 10 1923, hires permanent secretary, Gladys Davis who was then 18 years old. From that time on, she will be part of the Cayce family.
On September 15, 1923 this becomes another pivotal turning point in the Cayce readings, which played another essential pivotal role in the future historical development of the Cayce readings validating the metaphysical foundation of astrology and the concept of reincarnation.
On October 15, 1926 Cayce’s mother Carrie Cayce died.
On Sep 17 1944, gives his last reading, resulting in a total of 22,362 since 1900.
On January 3, 1945 Cayce dies from exhaustion and illness due to post stroke complications.
Rectified Horoscope for Edgar Cayce for
March 18, 1883 at 1:10 PM LMT Beverly, Kentucky.
Cayce’s General Characteristics
Earth and Water are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,18,0,30):
Cayce was a nurturer and a protector and prone to what has sometimes been referred to as the “Atlas Syndrome”, carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. He took his responsibilities to others very seriously and often took on more than his share of their troubles as well. Though he appeared (and indeed often was)
rather passive, he possessed much quiet inner strength and the ability to flow with, endure, and emerge again and again from life’s inevitable adversities. He was apt to be surrounded by people who relied and depended upon him, and though he derived much satisfaction from providing, giving, and being needed, he could also let himself be drained emotionally and/or financially by taking care of other people and not caring sufficiently for himself.
Cayce had a very strong need for security and was a “safety-first” creature, disinclined to make sudden changes or to take new directions which involve risk and unpredictability. Any break from the past was very difficult for him and he needed a great deal of support when trying to make even healthy and positive changes in his life or habits.
Cayce was very retentive. He held on to (sometimes clung to) the people, places, and ways which he was familiar with. He also tended to both hold in and hold on to feelings, and he may have needed to learn to express and let go of old feelings and past conditioning.
Physically, he was apt to be hearty and substantial, with a tendency to be stout. Unless other astrological factors indicate otherwise, Cayce could also be downright lazy, especially when it comes to exercise. He instinctively chose comfort over challenge. (This is true in a broader sense as well, not only regarding physical exercise).
Cayce’s strengths included depth of feeling, patience, and generosity. The qualities he needed to cultivate included initiative, openness to change and new experience, and a stronger sense of self.
Fire is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,18,0,30):
Cayce was likely to be overly humble or unsure of himself and to look to others for inspiration, motivation, reinforcement, and approval. Tending to be somewhat passive, it would’ve been recommended that he learn how to take initiative and motivate himself.
A lack of warmth (either physically, emotionally, or both) may have been evident in him, which can show itself physically as a low energy level, paleness and lack of color in the skin, or a tendency to be easily chilled, and emotionally as a marked coolness or aloofness with little spiritedness, joyfulness, or enthusiasm for living. Eating warming, spicy foods, living in a warm, sunny place, and using fire in your daily life (lighting candles, using a wood stove or fireplace for heat) would’ve helped to balance him. Also, spending time with warm, cheerful, positive-minded people and developing a philosophy based on spiritual optimism could have stirred up his own zest of life.
Positively, Cayce was unlikely to be egocentric and have a capacity for great patience and peacefulness.
Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,18,0,30):
Cayce tended to lack the ability to analyze himself or his life in a detached, objective way. He felt and experienced but did not necessarily understand or reflect upon his experience, and thus found it hard to communicate or talk about it. Really taking in what someone else has to say could be hard for him – he did not readily adapt to new ideas or people, and as a result may have become inflexible or limit your experience of life. A broadening education and exposure to different cultures and types of people would have been very beneficial to him. Otherwise he would’ve been apt to be rigid and even prejudiced against those outside his own circle. (Arthritic conditions, poor flexibility, or poor circulation may reflect this).
Cayce also tended to distrust people who are free with words or to feel inferior to those who are more articulate and intellectual than himself. He learned much more readily by watching, doing, or apprenticing than by reading or by being told about something.
Cayce’s Approach Life and How He Appeared To Others
The following is a description of Cayce’s basic stance towards life, the way others saw him, the way he came across, the face he showed to the world.
Cayce appeared gentle and soft, and acted rather reserved with others until he knew them well and felt it was safe to be open with them. He had a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging, and were deeply attached to the past:
his heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. Making radical changes
or moves away from what is known and safe could be very painful and difficult for Cayce. He tended to cling and hold on to people, memories, possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, was very important to him.
Cayce approached life emotionally and subjectively and was sensitive to the emotional atmosphere, the subtle undercurrents of feeling in and around him. Instinctive and non-rational, he was often unable to give a clear, simple explanation for his actions. Something FELT right, or it didn’t.
Cayce’s emotions and personal loyalties tended to color his thoughts and opinions. He viewed life from a very personal perspective and often could not mentally detach himself from his own personal bias and prejudices. He was apt to be concerned primarily with how something affected him and those dear and close to him, rather than with the principle or the broader social implications. For instance, he may have been very patriotic and feel that whatever “my country” does is right without really knowing much about the other nation’s policies or point of view. Put simply: if it is good for me and mine, it is good. If it is not good for me and mine, it is no good.
He was tenaciously loyal, protective, and supportive of those he cared about, and had a very strong nurturing, motherly nature (regardless of your gender). Cayce empathized with others and intuitively sensed the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, he was easily moved by others’ pain, and was often the one others seek out when they need comfort, reassurance, or help.
Cayce’s moods fluctuated and changed frequently and he was sometimes open, sometimes withdrawn emotionally. He communicated non-verbally and appreciated a person who could pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.
He never forgot either kindness or unkindness shown to him.
Sun Trine Asc.:
Cayce radiated a sense of pride, self-assurance, and a definite awareness of his own importance. It was hard for others to ignore him when he was present, and his personality may have overshadowed or dominated the scene.
The Inner Self: Cayce’s Real Motivation
Ascendant in Cancer and Sun in Pisces:
In addition to Cayce’s strong personal loyalties and the devotion he felt for his nearest and dearest, he had great compassion and sensitivity to people of all walks of life. He had a gift for understanding and appreciating a wide variety of art styles and life styles.
His good heart and innocent, unsuspecting attitude could have made him a victim of others’ greed.
Sun in Pisces:
At heart Cayce was very gentle, impressionable, and receptive -a dreamer. The world of his imagination, feelings, and intuition were as real to him as anything in the outer world, though he may have had trouble verbalizing or interpreting his inner experiences in a way others could understand. Mystical, artistic, musical, emotional and imaginative, Cayce had a rich inner life, though he may have seemed rather unobtrusive and quiet outwardly. He usually kept to himself.
Cayce had great sensitivity and empathy with others, and he often sensed things psychically or intuitively which proved to be correct. He was tolerant, forgiving, and nonjudgmental, accepting people unconditionally regardless of their flaws, mistakes, or outward appearance. He had deep compassion for the suffering of any fellow creature and often felt others’ pain as if it were his own. He sympathized with the needy, the disadvantaged, the misfits of society. He was capable of giving selflessly, living a life of devoted and compassionate service to others, as a healer, physician, social worker, or minister. However, he tended to give indiscriminately, to let others take advantage of his kindness, and to encourage the weak to remain so by becoming dependent upon him. He had little sense of boundaries, of limits, of knowing when to say “no”. Moderation and self-discipline were not his strong points.
Cayce was a lover and a peacemaker rather than a fighter, and he tried to avoid open conflict. He would likely patiently ignore or “tune out” problems and hope they will go away by themselves, rather than directly confronting them, and he tended to lack the positive fighting spirit that is sometimes necessary to overcome challenges. He was fluid, open, nonresistant, and somewhat passive. He did things in a subtle, often covert, manner.
His gifts also have lied in the realm of the creative, artistic, or musical, for he had a great sensitivity, inspiration, and limitless imagination. He likely responded very strongly to beauty and to love.
Cayce’s faults included a tendency to be lazy and negligent, and to wallow in self-pity rather than taking strong, definite action to change his life for the better. He also tended to become so detached from his immediate environment that he lived in a disorderly, chaotic sort of hodgepodge, though this probably bothered those around him more than it bothered him.
Sun in 9th house:
World travel, foreign cultures, and studies which expanded his intellectual horizons and broadened his understanding of the world are very attractive to him.
Cayce had a philosophical turn of mind and was concerned with seeking answers to the big questions of life or getting the overview of any situation. Abstract concepts and/or plans for the future occupied his mind much of the time.
Sun Square Jupiter:
Cayce had big aspirations and the desire to succeed in life in a grand way. He tended to exaggerate, to promise more than is possible, and to misjudge through being overly optimistic. However, he never lost his hopes for the future. Restlessness and discontent with responsibilities and limitations in life could be troublesome for him.
Sun Conjunct Mercury/MC:
He had a harmonious balance between your body, soul and spirit. He likely enjoyed intellectual challenges from others, but tended to form his own mental attitudes and philosophies of life. He was interested in studying human nature and matters of health.
Sun Conjunct Saturn/MC:
Cayce’s courage to face life seems to have been a bit on the low side and he was prone to worry a lot. Fear of his own inadequacies could distort his perspective and deplete his strength to go on in the direction he chose.
Sun Conjunct N. Node/MC:
Maintaining contact with his friends and associates was very important to Cayce and he kept in touch with them through their shared interests. His friends were likely to be very supportive to him in everything he did.
Cayce’s Mental Interests and Abilities
Mercury in Pisces:
Cayce was more of a poet than a rational scientist, for his mind did not function in a strictly logical, linear fashion. The language of music, art, or poetry was natural to him, and he was also able to think in highly abstract and symbolic terms. Translating his thoughts and impressions into concrete, everyday language may have been difficult for him at times and consequently he may have appeared less intelligent or at least less quick-witted and verbal than others. This would have been especially true of him as a child, and he probably daydreamed a good deal also. Cayce was intuitive and able to sense what others’ thoughts and feelings were, even before they said anything to him. He often formed an opinion about a person or situation without much factual knowledge of them, and his impressions were usually correct. Cayce could be somewhat absent-minded and he became so immersed in his own thoughts that he overlooked things in his immediate, tangible environment. He was extremely open-minded and believed that anything is possible. Intangible or spiritual forces seemed just as real to him as anything in the concrete world. His imagination and his sympathetic understanding of other people were two of his greatest gifts.
Mercury in 8th house:
The mysterious and the unknown fascinated him and he investigated the supernatural or something that is hidden or taboo. He needed to know what was going on behind the scenes. Cayce was also deeply curious about or astute about economic, political, or social power, big business, and the motives and powers behind the social facade.
Moon Sextile Mercury:
Cayce had talent for establishing rapport and communicating with people, great personnel skills, and he was adept at dealing with the public. He communicated concern, interest, and the ability to listen, which encouraged people to open up and confide in him even if they do not know him well. He created closeness with others by talking to them (even gossiping will do), or by writing intimate, personal letters. Women felt he understood them.
Mercury Conjunct Venus:
He appreciated aesthetics and had a fine sense of form, design, and beauty. He could have developed considerable technical skill as an artist, designer, craftsman, or creative writer. Cayce could have also sold objects of beauty – artistic products, cosmetics, jewelry, etc.
Cayce had the ability to please and harmonize well with others and tend to ameliorate relationships between people. His sense of humor, tact, and personal charm were of great benefit to him in any work with people on a one-to-one level.
Mercury aspects Venus and Mars:
He could also be very direct, even brutally frank, in the way he communicated.
Mercury aspects Moon and Mars:
Cayce’s desire to make a point sometimes overrided his receptivity to others’ views. He could be a good listener but often it was hard for him not to speak out.
Mercury Sextile Mars:
Cayce had a sharp tongue and ready wit, and enjoyed intellectual competition, problem solving, and demanding intellectual work. In a debate, he knew how to drive his point home. Cayce also possessed quick reflexes and dexterity and could be an excellent tennis or racquetball player. Any sport which involves a dynamic exchange between the players would have a suitable for him.
Mercury aspects Moon and Saturn:
Although he was perceptive and attuned to the personal, human side of any issue, he was also capable of considerable intellectual detachment and objectivity. Cayce combined the qualities of being subjective and intuitive with a rational, analytical approach. Cayce had an introverted frame of mind and he tended to dissect or deeply analyze his own and other people’s inner lives and experiences.
Mercury Conjunct Saturn:
His mind was serious and deep, and he would always offer an opinion on any matter until he had thoroughly considered and studied it. Cayce had excellent powers of concentration and enjoyed studying or thinking deeply in solitude. Cayce had an aptitude for research or doing mental work which requires precise, organized thinking, attention to detail, and a methodical approach. Cayce was conservative and something of a skeptic, and may have been narrow-minded and closed to new ideas, especially if there was no concrete proof or scientific verification of them. Socially, he was rather reserved, uncommunicative, and uncomfortable with light, frivolous conversation.
Mercury Conjunct Moon/Mars:
Cayce was impatient, a bit nervous and easily irritated. Although he was sensitive to criticism, he could also be insensitive to the feelings of others.
Mercury Conjunct Venus/N. Node:
Cayce had a strong desire to keep in contact with like-minded people and tended to discuss love problems with them. Cayce seemed to be especially drawn to children and young people and was always welcomed and appreciated by them.
Mercury Conjunct Jupiter/Pluto:
Cayce had the ability to influence others to his way of thinking and could have done well in a propaganda campaign. Cayce thought in big dimensions and had a gift for speaking. Cayce was interested in subjects that encompassed a larger view of the world.
Mercury Conjunct Saturn/N. Node:
Cayce formed his own conclusion about things and may have had some difficulty in exchanging his thoughts and ideas with others, although they regarded his ideas as having a good foundation. Most of his conversations tended to have a serious overtone.
Cayce’s Emotions: Moods, Feelings, Romance
Moon in Taurus:
Cayce was even-tempered and peace-loving, he was not easily ruffled or given to emotional displays. Cayce had a calming effect on more high-strung or volatile people, and an emotional steadiness that others find soothing. Though gentle and not easily provoked, he was tremendously stubborn and will resist any change which requires an emotional adjustment, such as changes in his home life or marriage.
Cayce sought security and loyalty in love, was extremely devoted to his loved ones, and provided a warm, nurturing atmosphere for them. However, he tended to cling and seek to keep others from changing.
A great deal of physical affection, closeness, and touching was essential to his well-being, and he had a tendency to overindulge in sensual comforts and pleasures. At times he substituted food for emotional comfort and love.
Moon in 10th house:
Cayce worked well with the public and had an instinct for what the public wanted and would respond to. Having a “nest” was not especially important to him, and he may have invested more of his emotional energy into his career or public life than in his private life. Providing for and caring for others in a professional capacity was very likely.
Moon Trine Mars:
Cayce was assertive and confront difficulties in a direct, no-nonsense sort of way. Cayce could not tolerate self-pity or passivity, and he could be rather brusque with others’ emotional problems. “Stop crying and DO something about it” might have been his motto.
Moon aspects Mars and Saturn:
Although he could get hot under the collar rather easily, he also had a certain degree of emotional self-control and composure which enabled him to rein in some of his more aggressive tendencies.
Moon Sextile Saturn:
Cayce was dedicated to the people he cared about and conscientious about meeting his responsibilities, especially to family. Family solidarity and cohesiveness were very important to him and so, therefore, were the traditions, rituals, and memories that keep the bonds strong.
Cayce was apt to do more than his fair share in the family, to go the extra mile, but this was satisfying rather than burdensome to him for the most part.
Venus in Pisces:
Tremendously soft-hearted and sympathetic, he gave very selflessly and devotedly to those he loved and often allowed others to become overly dependent upon him. More compassionate than passionate, he may have become romantically involved with someone because they needed love and he wanted to help them, rather than out of mutual pleasure or attraction.
Cayce was drawn to sensitive, imaginative, gentle souls -poets, musicians, dreamers – or to someone he felt he could have a deep spiritual relationship with. Cayce idealized love and had a very beautiful, romantic vision of what love could be.
Venus in 8th house:
Cayce craved very intense, deep, emotional relationships, and would even prefer a stormy, tumultuous relationship to one which is smooth but lacking vitality and passion. Cayce loved wholeheartedly and expected all-consuming, total devotion and attention from his partner. Casual, light relationships held no appeal for him.
Venus Conjunct Saturn:
Intimacy did not come easily to him and he may have appeared cold or unfeeling to others due to his emotional reserve and caution. Perhaps due to painful relationships and separations in his early life, he did not trust others very easily and it took a long time to take down all of his barriers and defenses. Cayce may have felt that he had few friends or people that really cared about him.
Venus Conjunct Mars/Pluto:
Cayce had a very erotic and sexual nature and often may have found himself drawn to another person by a kind of inner compulsion. Cayce could become quite obsessed by someone and had a tendency to control and manipulate his loved ones.
Cayce’s Drive and Ambition: How He Achieved His Goals
Mars in Capricorn:
Cayce was serious about his ambitions, and disciplined, dedicated, and tenacious in pursuing his objectives. His drive and energy was directed toward practical material accomplishment and achieving concrete results. Cayce also strived to be in a position of authority and social influence; he enjoyed being the person who is in command.
Cayce was hard-working and capable of foregoing immediate comfort in order to achieve his long-range goals. Cayce could easily become a workaholic and was very responsible and conscientious about doing a thorough job.
Realistic and pragmatic, he was an excellent strategist. Cayce attained success by formulating a conservative and workable plan and following through with it. Cayce was not a gambler when it came to attaining his goals; he depended on his own efforts and perseverance rather than good fortune. Cayce had a natural shrewdness and instinct for business or organizational management.
Mars in 6th house:
Cayce expected to work hard for anything he accomplish and he had no patience for people who didn’t pull their own weight. Work was a passion for he at times, and he pushed himself too hard. Cayce could be too demanding of the people he worked with also.
If his energy was not invested in a job or career, he could become a fanatic about his health, and he may have exercised or “worked out” vigorously and perhaps excessively.
Mars Sextile Saturn:
Conscientious, responsible, and serious about his work, he accomplished a great deal through his dedication. Cayce was the person who followed through, quietly sustained the effort, and kept on going in spite of tedium, setbacks, or dry spells. This was often the key to his success. However, he was humble about his accomplishments and contributions, and may thus not received the recognition or recompense he deserved.
Mars Square MC:
Cayce was intensely competitive, and may have engaged in furious battles of will, numerous conflicts, and possible public controversy, on his way to gaining his objectives. Cayce could be drawn to activities that were dangerous, in the line of fire, so to speak. Cayce put himself on the line. Anger or recklessness could be his downfall.
MC Conjunct Sun/Neptune:
Cayce was sensitive to everything around he and soaked up experiences like a sponge. Cayce needed to avoid becoming depressed when things did not go his way. Cayce also needed to overcome being somewhat timid and to build up his own self-image.
MC Opposition Jupiter/Asc.:
Cayce had a strong desire to acquire wealth and may had the good fortune to live in affluent circumstances. His pleasant and harmonious personality made him very popular, and he was like to have a large circle of friends.
Growth and Expansion: Areas That Cayce Enjoyed
Jupiter in Capricorn:
Cayce had an innate shrewdness, and the ability to develop a clear strategy and follow it carefully in order to reach his goals. Cayce also had a natural sense of order, structure, and self-discipline. Cayce was likely to excel, both because he was ambitious and because it is very important to he to do a professional job, no matter what field he was in, or how humble the task.
Jupiter in 6th house:
Cayce had a positive and constructive attitude toward work and what other people might consider drudgery. Cayce enjoyed helping people improve their lives, and the more service he rendered, the more benefits and rewards he found coming back to him. Promoting health in some manner was a very good avenue for him.
Jupiter Trine Neptune:
Cayce was very broad-minded and tolerant, and he had a rich, colorful imagination. Cayce did not struggle with life as much as most people; he was inclined to follow the path of least resistance.
Jupiter Opposition Moon/Uranus:
Cayce had good vision and foresight and his aspirations and objectives were likely to be aimed high. A certain element of luck seemed to surround him, and he was both lucky and successful in his enterprises.
Areas That Challenged Cayce Or Were Difficult For Him
Saturn in Pisces:
Cayce often had a sense of longing or homesickness for something he could not name or specify, and he may have had both a great attraction toward, and fear of, mysticism and parapsychology.
Overcoming feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety, loneliness, or over-sensitivity was an important task for him.
Saturn in 8th house:
Fear of the unknown, of change, and/or of death may have plagued him. Cayce strongly resisted changes and transitions rather than greeting them with curiosity or a spirit of adventure, which made them much harder for him.
On another level entirely, he was very careful about joining forces, and especially his material resources, with others. Cayce wanted to keep his own and other people’s property and assets very distinct.
Saturn Conjunct Mercury/Venus:
His attitude toward life was quite serious and he was very thorough. Cayce had the need to be by himself and think out everything very carefully before he take action. Cayce may have enjoyed doing some type of creative art work shaped from hard or heavy materials.
Saturn Conjunct Venus/N. Node:
Around others he was somewhat humble and shy and preferred to be by hismelf. Cayce tended to limit his contact with others and associate only with like-minded people. Cayce was inclined to be cool and reserved even toward those he loved.
Saturn Conjunct Jupiter/Pluto:
At times circumstances seemed to be pushing against him, and he may have had to withstand severe challenges. Cayce probably had to work harder than others in order to succeed, turning him hard and cold-hearted in his decisions because of it.
Unconcsious Patterns of Behavior Which Cayce Would Instinctively and Habitually Revert To When Under Stress
Node in Pisces:
Cultivating the qualities of empathy, gentleness, and compassion would have help counterbalance his deeply ingrained perfectionism and critical nature. When under stress, he was apt to try to rigorously analyze and to focus on what needed to be corrected or improved, and he could easily become problem-oriented, losing sight of the big picture and of what is working.
Node in 8th house:
Cayce was most likely to wrestle with these issues in relationships that were more than superficial or casual – in particular where he and another had merged emotionally, legally, or financially. Cayce would have seen these issues arise in close partnerships of any kind, especially when there was a mutual dependency on one another. Dealing with in-laws, inheritances, and legal matters involving joint custody, shared assets, and resources was also a part of this.
Node Conjunct Mercury:
“Work smarter, not harder” might have been a motto for him. Writing, teaching, recording, transcribing, dialoguing, negotiating, mediating, communicating, or facilitating clear communication would be significant activities for him to pursue.
Node Conjunct Venus:
Learning to give and receive affection, love, and pleasure would have been beneficial to Cayce. Learning to respond to, appreciate, and create beauty, art, harmonious surroundings and relationships. Being aware of aesthetics and doing things in a gracious, pleasing manner. Enjoying life, nurture friendships, and cultivating his ability to love and to receive love.
Node Conjunct Saturn:
Developing self-discipline and learn to handle responsibility better would have benefitted Cayce. He shouldered an inordinate amount of responsibility and burdens which at times limit his activities and opportunities in life. This was a maturing and ultimately strengthening process, however. Cayce was also likely to be given positions of tremendous responsibility, whether he really wanted such job or not, usually because he had made real effort and some sort of substantial contribution.
There may have been considerable obstacles in his path – more adversity than others seem to face – and his task was to learn to understand pressure and persevere.
Node Conjunct Moon/Mars:
Cayce cooperated with others in a vigorous and energetic way. His motto seems to have been “one for all and all for one”, and he felt strongly connected with others. In fact, he looked upon other people as necessary for a worthwhile life.
Originality and Imagination
Areas Where Cayce Was Creative, Unique, Unstable, or Compulsive
Uranus in 1st house:
Cayce was an unconventional and innovative person, and he was seen as a rebel, reformer, or highly unusual in his manners, appearance, or attitudes. Cayce enjoyed being unpredictable, and he did not conform to the standards that other people had set. Above all, he was an individual, and he did what he pleased regardless of customs and norms. His environment and life circumstances may have changed frequently and abruptly.
Neptune in 10th house:
Cayce was a very idealistic person, and he want to see his ideals, hopes, and dreams made concrete and real in the everyday world. Cayce was driven to put his ideals into action.
When young he may have been rather aimless or confused about his place in the world. In early adult life it is likely that he struggled to find ways to express his imagination, fantasies, and ideals in his career. Work that involved compassionate service (such as medicine or the ministry) may be his calling. If he lacked personal integrity and honesty, he quickly went to the opposite extreme and he could con others through dishonesty and trickery. Music, art, film-making or entertainment was also areas in which he was well-suited.
Pluto in 11th house:
Cayce may have had a deep aversion to groups, associations, clubs, or organizations of any kind. Any such group he became involved in is likely to be either for intense personal growth, change, and healing, or centered around social change and revising society in some manner.
Neptune Conjunct Pluto/MC:
Cayce was inclined to be very imaginative and likely to have occasional clairvoyant visions. But he should beware of strange pursuits that could lead him on the wrong path and eventual disappointments.
Pluto Conjunct Venus/Asc.:
Cayce seemed to had a powerful influence on everyone and others was strongly attracted to him. Cayce had a great need for attention or flattery and may have been a bit fanatic in love. His love experiences were likely to be very deep and intense.
Generational Influences: Cayce’s Age Group
The Subconscious and Emotional Drive of Cayce’s Age Group
Pluto in Taurus:
Cayce was part of a 30-year group of people who were highly motivated by practical concerns. There was a very strong psychological need to feel that there is a firm foundation and a solid basis for one’s life. There was an irresistible urge to make sure that the basics were taken care of and everything was built on a solid foundation. Consequently, his generation worked hard to improve the economy, ensure adequate food supplies, maintain and build roads and buildings, increase productivity, and develop other facilities that were essential foundations for a healthy, thriving economy.
There was a strong tendency to measure the value of something by its utilitarian value. For example, in education and research the emphasis was on ideas of practical value and there was little support for more purely theoretical research.
His generation was pragmatic and productive, and was driven by a need to build and DO things. This concern with practical affairs often becamesunbalanced, and a rampant materialism with little regard for humanitarian, ethical, and spiritual values often developed in his age group.
There was also a strong sensual craving in his age group, and a great deal of emphasis was placed on physically comfortable surroundings and good food. Romance was particularly important to his age group, and a great emphasis was also placed on the physical attractiveness of the opposite sex.
A small minority of members of his age group were likely to be uncomfortable with the practical and materialistic atmosphere of the times, and consequently became alienated and antagonistic towards the social norm.
Uranus Square Pluto:
Cayce was also born during a period that lasted approximately 7 years and was characterized by extreme restlessness and an impatient, dynamic attitude towards life. Cayce was part of a group of people who could be agent provocateur for the counter cultural forces that demanded change and progress in society. Cayce did not tolerate being restricted by authority , and his age group rebelled with force and anger against oppressive situations.
The Ideals and Illusions of His Age Group
Neptune in Taurus:
Cayce was part of a 14-year group of people that was very practical and down-to-earth in their religious philosophy and spiritual outlook. His age group incorporated its ideals and visions into everyday life, and investd more time and energy than other generations did in beautification projects, developing parks and recreation areas, and preserving beautiful or unique natural wildlife areas. Building construction was also done with careful attention to the aesthetic quality, and his generation found it difficult to understand how other age groups could erect buildings with so little aesthetic appeal.
His age group did not speculate a great deal about spiritual and metaphysical matters. Cayce was more involved in utilizing his imagination and intuition in practical, artistic ways rather than exploring metaphysical issues. Some of the art and music of his generation is among the world’s most beautiful.
What is New and Different in Cayce’s Age Group
Uranus in Leo:
Cayce was part of a 7-year group of people who were unusually self-willed, and inwardly self-assurred. Cayce was part of a group that defied authority and insisted on having its own way. Parents and school teachers found that it was extremely difficult to discipline his age group. Governments that were repressive to individual expression and freedom met a great deal of resistance from his age group, and he tended to rise up against any form of tyranny and oppressive rule.
Photographs used by permission courtesy of the Edgar Cayce Foundation – Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Transcribed from “The Astrology Show” with Mj Patterson
(Airdate: December 26, 2014)
Mj Patterson: We’re very lucky today, we’ve got William Stickevers. He’s calling in all the way from San Francisco, and I had the pleasure to meet him at the last conference I attended. He has the delightful reputation of offering colorful opinions, and sometimes people try to give him a hard time for it but, you know what, he backs everything he says up with facts — and you know how I like my facts. So I’m delighted that William is joining us today. How are you doing?
William Stickevers: Great! Thank you for having me today, Mj.
Mj: Oh, it’s my pleasure indeed; I really appreciate your time. So we’re going to try to do a couple of things here, and it’ll probably span two shows, which is perfect with me. The first thing is that I was halfway through this show about “when is Jesus really born” — you know, “while shepherds watch their flocks by night,” not really going to happen in the winter time. And I was chatting with you on the Facebook and you said you had a chart.
William: Well, basically I started writing an article on the first Christmas celebration which occurred in 336 AD in Rome which we have a record of. And from there I noticed that when that occurred it was shortly after the time that the last processional ingress of Aries occurred in 292 [AD], which initiated the age of Pisces.
William: Now I found that very, very interesting because Catholicism, or Christianity in general, is very much tied up with the image of Pisces. The idea of repenting, or “repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is near” — that’s actually the first phrase or soundbite people become aware of when Jesus began his ministry in October 29 AD.
Mj: And there’s a quote or something “I will make you fishers of men” at some point in the New Testament.
William: Yes, that’s right. And the 12 disciples were called fishers of men. And so, there’s lots of references to a lot of Piscean archetypal imagery, and metaphor, and words we associate with Pisces all throughout the New Testament and the sign of Christianity when it was a cult religion for the first 300 years under the Roman Empire was a sign of the fish. That was the secret symbol.
Mj: Which is pretty cool. Now, just for our senior students who might be listening, when you say that something has moved out of Aries and into Pisces, can you help them understand the astronomy of what you’re talking about?
William: Yes, it’s a little complex, but we have actually two zodiacs. We have a Tropical zodiac axis [the Tropical system defines it based on the position of vernal equinox, for example the intersection of the ecliptic with the celestial equator], which is what astrologers in the Western world primarily use, and we have a Sidereal zodiac which is what a majority of astrologers in the Eastern world use, especially in India.
William: And they were one and the same, meaning that if you were born March 24 around the time of Jesus, you were an Aries in both the Tropical and Sidereal. But what happened over time was those zodiacs, for very complex astronomical reasoning, mechanics that go beyond the scope of this show, and something I’m not ready to explain in detail at the moment, however they started moving apart from one another. And that has very much to do with the wobble of the Earth’s rotation.
Mj: Exactly. Because our pole star wasn’t always Polaris, and we don’t spin completely straight up and down, we have that wobble going on. And absolutely, it splits the two. Basically the sky, the piece of sky we call Aries now isn’t the same piece of sky anymore.
William: Right. Actually we’re 23 degrees Pisces according to the Sidereal zodiac. So what happens is that we have an equinox and during the time of the equinox the Sun on March 20th at the equator at sunrise is at 0 degrees of Aries in the sky. That happens every year. However, because the Sidereal zodiac is moving backwards, it’s actually 23 degrees of Pisces [as of 2015, when directly measured against the backdrop to the zodiacal constellations].
William: And so what I found interesting, going back to the Christianity, is that the time that that processional moment happened in 292 when the zodiac started separating from each other, Christianity emerged as a major political force and cultural force inside the Roman Empire because it was approximately only 40 years later that the first Christmas celebration occurs. And then, within 20 years of that, the Edict of Milan was enacted, which was an agreement to treat Christians benevolently within the Roman Empire.
Mj: So no more feeding them to the lions.
Mj: (jokingly) Darn.
William: And eventually it would become the de facto religion of the Roman Empire in 380 [Edict of Thessalonica].
Mj: That’s a pretty fast track for any religion, isn’t it?
William: Yes, very fast. And I believe it’s very much tied with the processional ingress where the zodiac started splitting from one another. And, if that is the case, when in 292, the year that the age of Pisces officially started, we can see that archetypal development in history, then leading into the age of Aquarius, that will occur sometime around 2496.
Mj: And the same idea, because we’re wobbling, the pieces of sky are slowly creeping apart from each other. And I find this quite amusing because those who do not understand or see through the glass darkly love to use this separation of Sidereal and Tropical as some kind of proof that astrology doesn’t work, which is delicious because here you are using it to demonstrate that astrology does work.
William: Absolutely. It was something I discovered as I was writing the article itself. It’s not like I noticed this and thought ‘let me find a way to write an article about this and talk about this and talk about processional ingressions or separation between tropical and sidereal zodiac’. I didn’t have that approach at all. If I was writing for an astrology magazine, maybe, yes. But I was just trying to write something for most people who are curious about how astrology and Christmas tie into one another.
William: And when I was reading that the 12 apostles were called “fishers of men” and the early Christians called themselves “little fishes” which was a code word for Jesus, I started looking into it further and found that correlation.
Mj: Got ya. So what is the actual date that you’ve chosen for the chart and time? And when I did my research, I came up with well over 10 different charts. And I sort of poo-pooed anything that wasn’t in March or April, but actually your chart is in September, I believe.
William: Well, here’s the reason why. First of all, we know it’s September because you can’t be called Rabi unless you’re born in the month of September in 1st century Palestine.
Mj: Okay, sorry, you just cut out — can you say that again?
William: In 1st century Palestine, there were certain rules in Judaism that, in order to be rabbi, to even be called rabbi you had to be born within the month of September.
Mj: Wow — where did you find that little nugget? That’s pretty powerful.
William: Yeah, the Jewish community, the 1st century Palestinians in Judea were very aware of the prophecy. In fact, the Roman Emperor Augustus was aware of that prophecy that there would some Savior that would be born in Judea and to liberate the Jews from Roman rule and reestablish their empire. But, there were certain conditions that had to be met: the Savior had to be born in Judea, from the house of David – meaning the bloodline from the mother had to be directly from the house of David; he had to be a first-born son; he had to born in the most holy month of Judaism. So in order for Jesus to qualify as rabbi, he had to be born in the holiest month of Judaism, which is the month of Tishri. [Tishri usually occurs in September on the Gregorian calendar.]
William: So that is very clear. The other bit of evidence that we know that he was born in the month of September is because we know, based on the New Testament sources, that John the Baptist was born in the month of March, because we know the time that he was conceived (Leviticus 21:16–23). [The Eighth Course of Abijah was May 26 to June 1 in 3 B.C.E, John was conceived during that period of time. The human gestation period is about 280 days ― nine months and ten days. This shows the birth of John the Baptist near March 10, 3 B.C.E.] And we know, if you just do the math, he was born sometime in about early March. And we know Jesus was conceived sometime in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy (Luke 1:26, 36).Jesus was born six months after, which makes it September. So the evidence is really clear why Jesus wasn’t born December 25th, but sometime around the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles which was a very holy day in Judaism, and that is September 11th. So, around the date-time of September 11th [Tishri One on the Jewish calendar].
Most modern scholars and archaeologists who do this type of work believe that Jesus was born around that time, for various reasons. We don’t know the exact day, and anyone who claims to know the exact day is just speculating. So we know that. We also know what year he was born, and that you basically just do the mathematics.
Mj: Well, I was going to ask you about that. Now a couple things have popped into my mind and one is this old hymn, “While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night.” Being a crabby old Celt in that a lot of people call them Celtic reconstructionist — I like to call them Celtic inventionist — I found that histories lie, but stories and songs tell the truth. You just have to know how to read them. So, I give a lot of weight to the old “While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night” and I’m just curious, is that something they would do in the fall? Or is that just hoo-hoo? And the other question is didn’t Herod die in 4 BC?
William: No, well, let’s put the Herod controversy to the side because — and I’m not avoiding that question —
Mj: Nope, I know you well — you don’t avoid any question; you go barreling in.
William: Right. I first want to establish the most important data. If we take the time of the crucifixion, which we know is April 3rd, 33 AD, Nisan 14 [day and hour in the Jewish calendar] and in 33 AD it occurred on a Friday in the month of April. And so that exactly correlates with Passover, we know there was a lunar eclipse at that time, and we know it occurred at 5:21 pm LMT (Local Mean Time) [in Jerusalem]. Jesus, according to Luke, died shortly after the eclipse and the apostles had to rush the body to prepare it for burial before the sunset.
Mj: Right, because of shevat, probably.
William: Right, because of the Sabbath [the commencement of the Jewish Passover meal that would begin at Sunset – Nisan 15, that would begin at 6:15 pm LMT]. So, here’s the thing. We know the date of the crucifixion. We also know for a fact that he began his ministry in 29 AD, which was the 19th year of Tiberius’ rule. So, just taking those two facts into consideration we can do the math because he’s “of 30 years of age” when he begins his ministry. And using those two dates, 33 and 29 and working backwards from this, it would appear that Jesus was born in 2 or 3 BC. And most likely 3 BC.
Mj: Okay, didn’t Herod kill all the little kids and if Herod’s dead, he can’t do that.
William: Well, that’s another oversight. You have to realize, too, that there’s a mix up because Herod dies during a lunar eclipse. However, there are mistakes made by some modern historians, especially in the mid-’60s and early ’70s, about the timing of that eclipse because there were two lunar eclipses that exactly coincided with Herod’s death. For there that occurred in 1 BC and the other is in 4 BC.
Mj: So they might’ve gone for the wrong eclipse in other words.
William: Correct. And there’s plenty of evidence that points to that Herod died 18 days after the January 10th Lunar Eclipse in 1 BCE [and that Jesus was therefore born in 2/3 BC (regnal dating) — as confirmed by Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Africanus, Hippolytus of Rome, Hippolytus of Thebes, Origen, Eusebius and Epiphanius].
Mj: Got ya.
William: Much more evidence pointing to that. We could talk more about that; I just wanted to keep it short.
Mj: We could go pretty deep through this but we’ve got a one-hour show and I want to pick your brains in other ways. So I’m going to throw out a couple things from, I would say, competing contenders in terms of charts. There’s a plethora of 7 BCE charts and one that I saw which was 6 BCE. The 7 BCE charts are looking at a big stellium in Pisces that was rising in the east as it were, I guess the star of Bethlehem, and the one chart that was 6 BCE was using the same constellation, or stellium, but — for anyone listening, as stellium just means a whole lot of planets in one spot, and shiny. And one of these fellas was Saturn. And Saturn would have been visible in the night sky in those days, and they didn’t know about some of the other ones that are further out, but they totally knew about Saturn, and it would be quite shiny rising in the east there. They’d definitely spot that. And the one guy that went for 6 BCE said, you know, those magi, they came from Persia, that’s a long walk, I’m thinking that it might’ve taken them a year to get there. So I think they’re trying to use those indicators to find the time or day rather earlier. So any thoughts on why that wouldn’t work, or any thoughts on that at all?
William: Well, it just won’t work because if you do the math, Jesus was “of 30 years of age.” He was 29, or he was 30 years of age in 29 AD in October. Now if we do the math the way I’m looking at it, he just turned 30 years of age when he began his ministry.
Mj: Okay. That’s very Saturn Return, isn’t it?
William: Yes. So the other thing too is, which happens to be one of my gripes with many of astrologers is they say, ‘well, this 6-8 BC thing is when the stellium in Pisces occurred’ or ‘so that had to be when Jesus was born’, and make these conclusions, as they overlook all the other historical data. For they don’t look at what the writing of the historians of the time, like Josephus for instance.
Mj: Yep. And then they call it science.
William: And then they call it science and then you have to take them for their word, and they’ve already made up their mind that it’s 7 BC. Hey look, I was guilty of this as well. I said, oh, my teacher said it’s 7 BC, it has to be so I can’t question my teacher or question the facts, it just is what it is. However, when I started looking at the historical facts [during that period], and then started coming up with a different year, it was correlating very closely to what modern scholars say. Then all of a sudden all the 7 BC astrologers went up in arms against me.
Mj: You bad, bad man; you’re rocking the boat again (laughs). Good for you!
William: Yeah. Yes, so I believe that astrologers need to reexamine this. And we do know for a fact when the eclipse occurred on the day of Christ’s crucifixion, we knew he was of 30 years of age — not 40 years of age. And by the way, the average lifetime age of a 1st-century Palestinian man was 37 years of age. So it’s hard to believe that Christ was born 7 BC, and that the apostles would be of 40 years of age, it just doesn’t add up and make sense. Everything supports a 2 or 3 BC date.
Mj: Okay. Have you any thoughts about what the Star of Bethlehem then would have been, and indeed would it have occurred at his birth, prior to his birth, or is it all made up tosh and it’s just a bit of PR?
William: Well, you know, there’s a big problem with the Star of Bethlehem because the Chinese, which were a very sophisticated civilization as well, did not see any Star of Bethlehem. If there was a star that big and bright, other indigenous cultures around the world, especially the Chinese and the Mayans, would have noted that, and we would have been able to see the astronomical calculations to determine the time frame. So, I tend to believe that star, they were referring to something else, and that had to do with the activity that was active in 3 BC at that time.
Mj: Okay. Well, that’s pretty cool. So basically you say that you can guess roughly when he was born, but to get an exact chart, that’s just supposition. So, no 24-hour rectification then?
William: Right. I would say we should be looking more at the month of September 2 BC or 3 BC, or we could even look at 4 BC, although the math doesn’t add up based on Biblical chronology …
Mj: Yeah, that’s kind of stretching it, isn’t it? Because wasn’t he supposed to be around 2 when Herod did his nasty? He wasn’t very old.
William: Right. Well, when Herod [who was born 74 BCE was around 70 years of age] became very sick, his sons were printing his coins; as early as 4 BC to ensure their succession of rulership in Judea. So, it’s pretty clear if we look at the evidence that it’s most likely that Herod died in 1 BC. And doing the math, we know that there was some persecution from Herod within 2 years of Jesus’ birth. So, I would think that astrologers need to reexamine now the month and the time frames of what we discussed and then they can speculate from there what would be the astrological chart of an individual [born during the founding era of the Roman Empire in an obscure province] who had arguably the biggest impact in shaping the Western medieval worldview and influencing the course of history over the past 2000 years.
Mj: Yep. Pretty much. I mean, I can’t think of anything anywhere on the planet, even in places where ostensibly Christianity isn’t “the state religion.” It still has a far-reaching effect. I grew up in Korea and knew the Orient pretty well, and I mean, they’re mostly Buddhists, right. But, my goodness, even there, the impact is pretty staggering.
William: Right. So that’s how I see it. I think if I were to say it’s September 11th, 3 BC at 8:48am, but that’s just pure but informed speculation on my part, and that’s not really going to help much.
Mj: Nope, I get it. That’s one thing I very much appreciate about you, young fella, that you’re very much about the facts. And it’s so refreshing, I have to say. It’s wonderful.
William: And I think the crucifixion date is more relevant and I think what’s even more relevant is the official date of the Roman Catholic Church, when that began which was on Pentecost, which was in May 24th of 33 AD, and we even know the time that the Catholic Church became an [spiritually empowered] operational entity.
Mj: What time?
William: We know it’s 9am. And it’s actually stated in the Bible.
Mj: Is that LMT? Is that in Rome? At the Vatican?
William: No, it’s not in Rome. It’s in Jerusalem, and it is stated directly out of the Bible when the Holy Spirit entered the 12 apostles. And I believe there was nearly 100 people in the room who experienced that.
William: So that occurs in May. We actually have the chart for that event that occurred in May.
Mj: Okay, so for those listening, it’s May the what?
William: May 22nd, 33 AD at 9am and that’s Local Mean Time in Jerusalem.
Mj: Okay, and all you people listening, if you’ve been following my classes, you know how to get Local Mean Time. … That’s what we’re all about — to get more people involved in the real astrology, as opposed to the stuff in the newspaper.
William: Right. And the source is from the Book of (Acts 1:13, 26). Where the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles became known as Pentecost.
Mj: That is so cool. Thanks, William. So, I hope I haven’t forgotten to ask you any useful questions about this chart, but I think I would love to have you back next week for the new year’s show to share some ideas about what’s coming up this year.
William: Yes, I would love that.
Mj: So do you have anything that you want to finish off with, any details?
William: No, I just think that we’re never going to know Christ’s birth. The astrologers can claim what they want as a community [that they know it’s 6 BC or 7 BC], but in terms of real rigor, historical matching up the horoscope with the historical facts and based on new and recent breakthroughs in archaeology on 1st century Palestine, it is clear that the years of Christ birth are off and erroneous. It cannot be that time frame that they are talking about, and it’s much closer to the time frame that the Gregorian calendar was based on [that was introduced it in 1582 which was a refinement to the Julian calendar amounting to a 0.002% correction in the length of the year and Anno Domini (AD 1) the traditionally reckoned year of the conception and birth of Jesus of Nazareth.].
Mj: Bang on.
William: So that’s how I’ll sum it up, and I think we could learn a lot more by looking at what happened during the time of the crucifixion and Pentecost and how the Church unfolded using those horoscopes.
Mj: Well, I very much appreciate that, and everything you say, I’ve learned from experience, you back it up with not one, not two, but a whole plateful of data which I really appreciate.
William: Thank you.
Mj: Thank you very much for joining us this weekend. I look forward to having a chat with you next week about 2015.