Thursday, October 14, 2010

1066 and All That; Magna Carta, Human Rights, Democracy, Uranus/Jupiter/Saturn, Cathar Eclipses.

Today, 14 October, in 1066 saw the Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings – in England. It took place on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings. The forces of William the Conqueror defeated the English army and killed King Harold II (Wikipedia).

The Norman Conquest was a pivotal event in English history. It largely removed the native ruling class, replacing it with a foreign, French-speaking monarchy, aristocracy, and clerical hierarchy.

Pupils in English schools have this date, at least the year 1066, engraved on their hearts - it's often one of few dates to be so well remembered. So much so that a couple of 20th century humourists, W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman wrote a series under the title 1066 and All That, for the famous Punch magazine. The series, later developed into a play and a book, is a parody of English history. I have a copy of the book on my shelf and immediately reached for it when faced with Wikipedia's reminder of the date.

I'll not go into much detail of the book's content because it truly is an acquired taste, and to the uninitiated, those unused to this type of humour, it'd sound just silly. You really had to be there (in England over many years) to "get it".

I did notice something which might go down well here though, and there is an astrological link to be made.

Skipping through the years from 1066 to what's known as the Tudor Age (or Middle Ages), we come to King John, noted in the book as "An Awful King". During his reign, in 1215, came the Magna Carta, which I guess could be likened to the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The book parodies the intent of the Magna Carta, which King John was compelled to sign by the Barons (members of the nobility/aristocracy, mainly of French descent).
The Magna Carta, as described in 1066 and All That said:

1. That no one was to be put to death, save for some reason - (except the Common People).

2. That everyone should be free - (except the Common People).

3. That everything should be of the same weight and measure throughout the Realm - (except the Common People).

4. That the courts should be stationary, instead of following a very tiresome medieval official known as the King's Person all over the country.

5. That no person should be fined to his utter ruin - (Except the King's Person).

6. That the Barons should not be tried except by a special jury of other Barons who would understand.

Magna Carta was therefore the chief cause of Democracy in England, and thus A Good Thing for everyone (except the Common People).

The Common People in most countries, even nowadays, are still in the category "except for"! And Number 6 sounds eerily familiar too. Things do change, but remain much the the French are wont to say, but more prettily.

On a more serious and astrological note. Is there anything in astrology that ties into Magna Carta? My Googling finger found two articles of interest. One concentrates on Jupiter/Uranus and Saturn/Uranus cycles; the other on an eclipse series. From Astrology for the 21st Century

and an article on The Cathar Eclipse at Astrology Portal

From the former:
Human Rights: The planetary cycles of human rights

In astrology the development of human rights is often associated with Uranus and Aquarius, and the periods of history that coincide with the rise in awareness of human rights and human wrongs are usually linked with the Jupiter-Uranus and Saturn-Uranus cycles. But does this stand up to scrutiny?

This article examines landmark events in human rights in the UK, the USA and France, as well as major political thinkers/philosophers whose work influenced the way human rights were thought about and practised, and looks for correlations between these and the Jupiter-Uranus and Saturn-Uranus cycles.

Landmark events
These are said to be some of the major landmarks in the development of the current Western thinking on and practice of human rights :

Magna Carta
15th to 19th June 1215
Saturn conjunct Uranus (approaching)

USA - State of Virginia's Declaration of Rights
12th June 1776
Saturn trine Uranus

USA Constitution
4th March 1789
Jupiter conjunct Uranus (the aspect is wide but approaching and growing in strength)

USA Bill of Rights
15th December 1791
Jupiter just past sextile Uranus
Mars on the midpoint of Jupiter/Uranus

(Many other examples are listed. )

The astrological observations about Jupiter-Uranus and Saturn-Uranus seem to hold true. Awareness of human rights, and the relationship between the establishment and the people, does seem to correlate with the cycles of these planets.

Looking ahead, from 2008 to 2010 Saturn will oppose Uranus. We can expect this to resonate with the Magna Carta (agreed when Saturn was conjunct Uranus), France, Liberty, the European Court of Human Rights, and the UK's Human Rights Act (HRA).

The Saturn-Uranus opposition represents a point of confrontation and potential turbulence for these issues, and so perhaps it's not surprising that the UK government as well as the official party of Opposition, the Conservative Party, have already indicated that it will not shy away from altering or removing the HRA. In other words, they have already begun their 'drip-feed' of their intention to do so, to ready the public for a potential future action that they would like to take.

If the public want to disagree then people would be wise to alter the course of events now, rather than leave it until later when there is the potential for a tense confrontation between 2008 to 2010

From the second link:
The 1210 Astrological Chart
This is the initial lunar eclipse in the Saros series 126, dated 8 July 1210, of which the "Harmonic Concordance" eclipse of 9 November 2003 is the last 'total' manifestation in the chain. (The chain finishes in 2490). The initial Moon should hold clues as to the energy spread throughout the 1280-year chain of eclipses and especially to the special eclipse in November 2003.

England was under an Interdict for 5 years at this time (1208-1213) from the same pope (Innocent III) who ordered the annihilation of the Cathars. Celebration of the Mass was prohibited in all churches and the dead had to be buried in unconsecrated ground. This was because King John had refused the Pope's choice for the next Archbishop of Canterbury................

The 1210 eclipse is also close to another more famous historical event: the signing of Magna Carta in 1215. Obviously the Magna Carta didn't suddenly spring into being one morning in 1215, it was the end result of work and discussion of the previous years. It is claimed that a Templar Grand Master was standing next to King John when he signed Magna Carta.

On one level this may suggest that this November's eclipse, the Harmonic Concordance, has a bearing on human rights, or basic human freedoms - things which are generally associated with Magna Carta.

I prefer the connection to Uranus cycles, I can't remember anything in 2003 which might link to the Magna Carta.....Anybody?


astrology2horoscopes said...

hi twilight,

being a history and astrology "nut", this date gives me goosebumps. it not only changed england, it changed the world.

there are few dates in history of this importance. the norman conquest was instrumental in establishing christianity over europe and the western hemisphere.

at william's last breath, the nobles hovering round about stripped the fat, old king of his clothes and left him on the floor naked and unburied as they ransacked the castle. a sad ending to the most powerful man of his time, and poignant with shakespeare's "...signifying nothing."

thanks for the post,

Astrology Unboxed said...

What came to mind reading your article and the Uranus/Jupiter/Saturn connection was the recent decision by the Supreme Court to consider Corporations as "persons". Good for them, nobility (politicians), government (maybe)etc...The exception being as always the common people. This decision will have very important ramifications in the future in ways we cannot even imagine.

Twilight said...

astrology2horoscopes ~~ Hi June.

Yes. 1066 and 1492 are the two dates which remain indelibly imprinted in my own memory as being huge turning points in history - though changes that followed came slowly, slowly.

Thanks for popping in. :-)

Twilight said...

Astrology Unboxed/Fabienne

You're right! Yes that's a really good example of how very little really has changed over the centuries.....when you take away our technological miracles, there, deep beneath lies the same old pattern. :-)