This is the oldest form of astrology. It is the astrology of nations, groups, world events, geology and weather. Personal astrology wasn’t even thought of before the 4th century CE. Although astrology was used personally for royalty because their fates and the fate of their nations went hand in hand.
One of the earliest Roman writings on astrology comes from around 30 BCE—during the reign of Octavious. Babylonian tablets were translated into five long poems which explained a system of astrology and told what nations or geographical areas fell under what signs. In those days, it was believed that racial differences were due to zodiacal rulership of their homeland. Strife between nations was due to incompatible ruling zodiac signs. Eclipses and comets were considered disruptive and ominous to nations and rulers.
Around 51, CE, Ptolemy brought new complexities to astrology. In his works Al Magest and Tetrabiblos, he divided astronomy from astrology and subdivided astrology into mundane and natal. Ptolemy was one of the first to consider astrology a system of possibilities rather than fixed certainties. He drew from theories set down by Pliny in 77 CE, who wrote “The power of omens is really in our control, and their influence is conditional upon the way we receive them.”
Ptolemy taught that the gods did not cause planetary and sign influences but measurable physics did. Using his scientific approach, he reassigned rulership to nations and added the elements of earth, air, fire and water, plus genders— feminine and masculine. He divided the earth into four geographical quarters. Europe was northwest, therefore ruled by fire and masculine; the southwest, including Libya was water and feminine; Persia, India and South Asia were southeast thus earth and feminine; north Asia was air and masculine. He then subdivided the world into nations and gave them zodiac rulerships that were different from those previously indicated.
In 1170, Roger of Hereford wrote The Book of the Divisions of Astronomy and its Four Parts. In it he distinguished four divisions of astrology: Natal, Electional, Horary, and Mundane. Roger claimed that each part of the earth was ruled by a planet and a sign. He probably derived his words from the Arabs, who were then the most advanced scientists in the known world. Other astrologers with their own ideas of rulership disputed his claims
Around the 14th century, mundane astrology became big business. Astrologers were well paid to predict wars, weather, treaties, royal marriages, coronations, invasions and such. Even though astrology of the times was flawed and uncertain, mundane astrology had a profound effect on the course of history from the 14th-17th centuries. It did this by influencing decisions made by those in power and, after movable type was invented, brought wide circulation to predictions, by swaying public opinions to affect events.
In the17th century, chaos, rebellion, and major change engulfed England—regardless of the predictions made, by the astrologers. What they didn’t know was that the “planet” Pluto was transiting the 1st house of England’s natal chart, meaning upheaval and change through revolution and transformation.
Throughout the centuries, religion and science have tried to discredit and squelch the use of mundane astrology, but it’s use remained popular. Throughout history the job of official astrology was a tough one. The role of official astrologer was a tough one. For example, WWII Nazi’s used it. Hitler wouldn’t listen to any predictions of doomed victory. However, Hess escaped to Scotland on the advice of astrologers. Nancy Reagan used an astrologer to predict and advice on affairs of state. Whether U.S. President Ronald Reagan used this advice is unknown.
In modern mundane astrology, the movements and interactions of the outer (transpersonal) planets of Saturn (discovered 1610), Uranus (discovered 1781), Neptune (discovered 1846) and Pluto (discovered 1930) are the driving forces behind world events. Horoscopes for mundane astrology are erected for precise events such as coronations, elections, declarations of independence, the signing of international or national papers, natural disasters, major crimes and such. However, there is sometimes a disagreement on which date to use for nations. For example, the United States has had a long history of debate over time to use for its birth—the date that all the signatures were on the Declaration of Independence is generally used, but the time is difficult to determine. For a sovereign nation, do we use the coronation of the monarch or his/her birth chart, or when he/she was officially declared to be the heir apparent?
Fortunately, for astrologers now, most of the nations and states of the world have “official” horoscopes to use. But nothing is without room for additional insight and many people have their own ideas about which charts to use. For example, the United States has at least two “official” charts, July 4, 1776 at 12:15 PM and July 4, 1776 at 5PM. The first gives the U.S. Libra rising, the second gives Sagittarius rising. There are others who believe that the United States has its Sun in Scorpio.
Since Mundane astrology works mostly with the outer planets’ transits, it is cyclical. Modern science is now recognizing that trends, occurrences, and mass consciousness are cyclical. There is an organization called the Foundation for the Study of Cycles – http://foundationforthestudyofcycles.org/ whose members research cyclical changes in natural and social phenomena. They also study planetary patterns to correlate with natural disasters, weather, human behavior and the stock market. This, of course, is what astrology does. However, scientists involved in these studies do not acknowledge any astrological involvement. In fact, they still debunk astrology as superstition for the ignorant masses. They do this as they happily study how planetary patterns affect the world on a mass and individual level.
Although there are many interesting astrology indications for the United States in 2016, I was intrigued by the effect certain planets will have on the US Congress and Senate, and on the November presidential election.
The Republican Party was born in February/March, 1854 in Ripon, Wisconsin through a political protest meeting. In 2017, the GOP will be experiencing its Neptune Return. Saturn is the taskmaster planet and many of the extremists in the Party will have to face the effects they have wrought in the country. Expect more disarray, polarization, and chaos in the Party.
They will have to get their act together or the GOP is in danger of dissolving. Neptune can create delusions of grandeur, misunderstandings, and a clinging to myth as reality. Neptune likes social justice and many in the US government have moved away from any sense of responsibility to the people’s welfare.
During Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, Neptune was making a similar impact on the US government. Then, it was in its own sign of Pisces, making it even more intense. Lincoln wrote, “Nearly eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for some men to enslave others is a ‘sacred right of self-government.’ These principles cannot stand together. They are as opposite as God and Mammon; and whoever holds to the one must despise the other.”
During this run of Neptune in the US’ horoscope, it is left the rogue candidates such as Bernie Sanders to voice the need to pay attention to social responsibility
In 2020, Neptune will be in opposition of the horoscope of the First Congress. Then we can expect social change in the politics of the country.
DEMOCRATS: I don’t mean to imply that Democrats are more “saintly” than Republicans, it’s just that the Mundane Astrology for the GOP is more intense than for the Democrats. I respect your right to disagree and have an opinion about who is more worthy, Dems, or GOP.
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