The Watchers: Fomalhaut enters Pisces 4°

Fomalhaut entered Pisces 4° on 19-Jun-2009 @ 19:39:09UT
Tehran, Iran: 12:09:09 a.m. (June 20) [4h 30m east, DST]
Original Swetest date: 20-Jun-2009 @ 12:02:29 UT
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Fomalhaut is one of the four Royal Stars of Persia, and the first to move to its 21st century position. Fomalhaut next moves to Pisces 5° on 24-Jul-2080. Protests (aka, Green Revolution) after 2009 Iranian Presidential election began 12-Jun-2009.

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Neda Agha-Soltan
(January 23, 1983 – June 20, 2009)

Poem for the Rooftops of Iran

tag: royals


Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point … answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be, only? … Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead … But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!

Now then, I tell you the truth: Three more kings will appear in Persia, and then a fourth, who will be far richer than all the others. When he has gained power by his wealth, he will stir up everyone against the kingdom of Greece —Daniel 11:2

The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." —Revelation 9:13-14

Chart: Shiraz, Iran, 52e33, 29n37 :: MOON {17TA07} 318°28'33" from SUN {28GE39} @ EON-33 (Phase Arc 315° ~ Waning Octile) Dissolution / Formation, Catabolic Forces, Tests of Fitness, Intuitively § KEYNOTE: Unique exemplars of the Quality face tests of fitness as they perform at a more inclusive level of operation § DYNAMIC: formation of seeds for a new beginning • BALSAMIC MOON TYPE (Soli-Lunar Arc: 315° - 330°): Moon semisquares Sun (25½ to 30 days after New Moon) Eagerness to serve social institutions and organized groups, to bring the past to a conclusion and to sacrifice yourself for the future's sake; EON phases: 33-35: ingathering, releasing efflux [born of the seed of the closing cycle] • SUN BELOW—MOON BELOW HORIZON : Primarily inward focus on the subjective realm of individual being; introversionSummer Solstice: 21-Jun-2009 @ 05:46UT • 2009 Moon Phases: Last Quarter 15-Jun-2009 @ 22:15UT.

Royal Stars in Cardinal Signs (11:26 PM 6/13/2009)

-441202 Regulus,alLeo    0 cn  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   24°11' 7.8168  Dec  2, 2344BC  05:24:18UT
-830321 Fomalhaut,alPsA  0 cp  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -44°26'34.8137  Mar 21, 2583BC  06:40:02UT
-440819 Aldebaran,alTau  0 ar  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   -5°17'12.5408  Aug 19, 3044BC  02:55:16UT
-500221 Antares,alSco    0 li  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   -3°35'30.0756  Feb 21, 3050BC  13:44:38UT

Royal Stars in Fixed Signs (10:12 PM 6/13/2009)

-561114 Regulus,alLeo    0 le  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   20°44'45.1921  Nov 14, 156 BC  17:49:04UT
-190508 Fomalhaut,alPsA  0 aq  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -40°37'39.8501  May  8, 419 BC  20:21:09UT
-640917 Aldebaran,alTau  0 ta  0' 0.0000   0.0000000    6°20'40.7450  Sep 17, 864 BC  16:04:23UT
-650119 Antares,alSco    0 sc  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -15°33'22.5611  Jan 19, 865 BC  21:51:18UT

Royal Stars in Mutable Signs (1:07 AM 6/14/2009)

 980831 Aldebaran,alTau  0 ge  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   14°50' 7.3476  Aug 31, 1298    15:16:50UT
 991228 Antares,alSco    0 sa  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -24°36' 1.8204  Dec 28, 1299    17:32:30UT
 250625 Fomalhaut,alPsA  0 pi  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -31° 4' 0.0360  Jun 25, 1725    14:44:56UT
 111129 Regulus,alLeo    0 vi  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   11°54'22.8358  Nov 29, 2011    20:17:42UT

Royal Stars from 1868 to 1874 (4:54 AM 3/11/2011)
Le roi l'a dit (The King Has Spoken), opera by Léo Delibes, first performed 24-May-1873

 680405 Fomalhaut,alPsA  2 pi  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -30°19'12.9423  Apr 05, 1868    05:03:58UT
 681027 Regulus,alLeo   28 le  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   12°36'29.5377  Oct 27, 1868    14:34:03UT
 720719 Aldebaran,alTau  8 ge  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   16°15' 2.8859  Jul 19, 1872    17:06:05UT
 740206 Antares,alSco    8 sa  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -26° 9' 3.5918  Feb 06, 1874    23:31:51UT

Royal Stars in World War II (2:20 AM 6/14/2009)
King George VI, Reign: 11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952 [+][+][+]

 380613 Fomalhaut,alPsA  3 pi  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -29°56'39.8673  Jun 13, 1938    18:34:13UT
 391225 Regulus,alLeo   29 le  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   12°15'29.6759  Dec 25, 1939    11:32:15UT
 430914 Aldebaran,alTau  9 ge  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   16°23'47.3307  Sep 14, 1943    04:22:21UT
 450515 Antares,alSco    9 sa  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -26°18'42.8916  May 15, 1945    22:21:59UT

Royal Stars in 21st Century (version 1.77.01)
Queen Elizabeth II, Reign: 6 February 1952 – Present [+][+]

 090619 Fomalhaut,alPsA  4 pi  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -29°34' 5.1140  Jun 19, 2009    19:39:07UT [+][+]
 111129 Regulus,alLeo    0 vi  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   11°54'22.8157  Nov 29, 2011    23:01:00UT [+][+]
 141003 Aldebaran,alTau 10 ge  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   16°32'12.4877  Oct  3, 2014    16:49:53UT [+][+]
 170301 Antares,alSco   10 sa  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -26°27'57.4604  Mar  1, 2017    04:40:20UT [+][+]

Royal Stars in 35th+ Century (2:45 PM 3/19/2010)

October 25, 3414: Venus occults Regulus

 401025 Aldebaran,alTau  0 cn  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   17°53'35.2559  Oct 25, 3440    13:23:10UT
 440325 Antares,alSco    0 cp  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -28° 0'54.9877  Mar 25, 3444    14:06:24UT
 490723 Fomalhaut,alPsA  0 ar  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -19°32'17.9147  Jul 23, 3849    09:57:29UT
 591206 Regulus,alLeo    0 li  0' 0.0000   0.0000000    0°28'11.0541  Dec  6, 4159    01:25:59UT

Regulus in Virgo Sidereal (6:44 PM 4/1/2010)

Charts: Tropical, Fagan (0), Lahiri (1) • Ayanamsa [+][+][+], The Sidereal Zodiac [+][+], The Magical Tarot of the Golden Dawn, Mars stationary - accelerator stuck, Minor Aspects - 15 & 165 (The Quindecile, a distance of 24º, is the circle divided by 15)

in sidereal astrology Regulus remains in Leo constellation (at Leo 5°); looking at 29-Nov-2011 noticed ayanamsa + longitude close to 30° (that's Virgo) & looks like 03-Jan-2012 = 30°

 111129 Regulus,alLeo    5 le  5'19.2747   0.0000000   11°54'29.8942 / (0) 24°54'24.3408 ~ 29°59'44"
 120103 Regulus,alLeo    5 le  5'30.6675   0.0000000   11°54'24.2173 / (0) 24°54'29.1599 ~ 29°59'60"

 111129 Regulus,alLeo    5 le 58'19.3732   0.0000000   11°54'29.8942 / (1) 24° 1'24.2423 ~ 29°59'44"
 120103 Regulus,alLeo    5 le 58'30.7660   0.0000000   11°54'24.2173 / (1) 24° 1'29.0614 ~ 29°59'60"


» Fagan/Bradley, Lahiri, Aldebaran Ayanamsas


Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning

So, too, [Regulus] was the leader of the Four Royal Stars of the ancient Persian monarchy, the Four Guardians of Heaven. Dupuis, referring to this Persian character, said that the four stars marked the cardinal points, assigning Hastorang, as he termed it, to the North; Venant to the South; Tascheter to the East; and Satevis to the West: but did not identify these titles with the individual stars. Flammarion does so, however, with Fomalhaut, Regulus, and Aldebaran for the first three respectively, so that we may consider Satevis as Antares. This same scheme appeared in India, although the authorities are not agreed as to these assignments and identifications; but, as the right ascensions are about six hours apart, they everywhere probably were used to mark the early equinoctial and solstitial colures, four great circles in the sky, or generally the four quarters of the heavens. At the time that these probably were first thought of, Regulus lay very near to the summer solstice, and so indicated the solstitial colure.

The Origin of All Religious Worship

After the planetary system, the mystagogue presents us with the tableau of the Heaven of the fixed Stars, and with the four Celestial figures, which were placed at the four corners of Heaven, according to the astrological system. These four fignures were the Lion, the Bull, the Waterman and the Eagle, which divided the whole zodiac into four parts, or from three signs to three signs, in the points of the sphere called fixed and solid. The stars, which corresponded to it, were called the four royal stars.

The Secret Doctrine: The Zodiac and its Antiquity

The Persians say that four beautiful stars were placed as guardians at the four corners of the world. Now it so happens that at the commencement of Kali Yug, 3000 or 3100 years before our era, the “Eye of the Bull” and the “Heart of the Scorpion” were exactly at the equinoctial points, while the “Heart of the Lion” and the “Southern Fish” were pretty near the solstitial points. An observation of the rising of the Pleiades in the evening, seven days before the autumnal equinox, also belongs to the year 3000 before our era. This and similar observations collected in Ptolemy’s calendars, though he does not give their authors, these observations, which are older than those of the Chaldeans, may well be the work of the Hindus.

The So-Called Royal Stars of Persia

How did this idea of the "Royal Stars of Persia" originate, and is it based on any historical evidence? What are the "ancient Persian records" referred to by so many writers? The whole matter, of course, can be traced back very easily to several passages in the Bundahish, a work which, unfortunately, seems to have been consulted by very few astronomical writers. This name, which means "Creation of the Beginning" or "Original Creation," is applied by the Parsees to a Pahlavi work which appears to be a collection of fragments relating to the cosmogony, mythology, and legendary history of the ancient Persians and the worship of Ahura Mazda; and although the work, as we have it, could not have been completed until after the Muhammadan conquest of Persia in 651 A.D., it is possible that some of the myths and legends contained in it are older than Zarathushtra himself. Many passages have the appearance of being translations of an Avestan original, possibly the lost Damdad Nask, one of the twenty-one books into which the whole of the Zoroastrian scriptures are said to have been divided before the time of Darius (Sacred Books of the East, hereafter referred as to SBE, V. xxii, xxiv, xlii, Oxford, 1880. The translation which follows is by E.W. West, the great English Pahlavi Scholar).

Greater Bundahishn

Sirius [Tishtar] is the chieftain of the East, Sataves the chieftain of the South, Antares [Vanand] the chieftain of the West, the Seven Bears [Haptoring] the chieftain of the North; the Lord of the throne, Capicornus, whom they call the Lord of Mid-Heaven.


According to Denkard, the 21 nasks (books) mirror the structure of the 21-word-long Ahuna Vairya prayer: each of the three lines of the prayer consists of seven words. Correspondingly, the nasks are divided into three groups, of seven volumes per group. Originally, each volume had a word of the prayer as its name, which so marked a volume’s position relative to the other volumes. Only about a quarter of the text from the nasks has survived until today.

Date of the Bundahis

But from about 700 B.C. onward the astronomers at Ninevah speak distinctly of determining the date when day and night are of the same length. Hitherto, though there may have been a vague recognition of the fact that the Sun was in the constellation Taurus in springtime, there had been no fiducial point from whence the Sun's precise position could be definitely measured. From 700 B.C., when definite observations began to made, it must have been seen that the equinoctial point was in Aries, and when the division of the ecliptic into the twelve equal Signs was made, the vernal equinox was considered to fall the 8th degree of the Sign Aries; in other words, the bright star Hamal [Alpha Arietis], the brightest in the Constellation Aries, was taken as pointing out the commencement from whence the Signs were to be reckoned… The Signs therefore corresponded as closely as might be with the constellations from which they were named, but they were not at this period considered to begin from the point of intersection of the equator and ecliptic, nor did they move with that point through the Constellations. For Ki-din-nu and his fellow Greek and Chaldean astronomers had not recognized that the vernal equinox moved, and was not, from the nature of things, attached to the star Hamal. But when Hipparchus made his catalogue about 129 B.C., the vernal equinox had shifted to the very border of the constellation Aries and he therefore fixed the First Point of Aries, not to an actual star, but to the vernal equinox. As he discovered the fact of precession, it has followed from his day onward that the Signs do not remain in correspondence with the constellations from which they are derived, but move through them with the precession of the equinoxes. We have therefore three great periods in ancient astronomy:— [(i) From B.C. 2700 to B.C. 700: Taurus led the Zodiac; (ii) From B.C. 700 to B.C. 129: Aries led the Zodiac; (iii) From B.C. 129 to Present: Vernal Equinox has been taken as the fiducial point from which the Signs of the Zodiac are reckoned: it is the "First Point of Aries". This fiducial point is fixed as regards the Signs, but moves as regards the Constellation of actual stars.]

The Zoroastrian Star-Champions (Part: i, ii, iii)


As Mkh [Dînâ-î Maînôg-î Khirad] says, "the first star is Tîstar." One of the most famous of the Yasts, the Tîr Yast, is devoted to it. This ascription of praise (for Yast is the Avestan Yesti, "praise") to Tîstar is certainly older than the Bundahis, but as yet we have no means of knowing how much older it is. [A fight between Teshtar and Apoush in sky | Vouru-Kasha]
. . .
Those who hold that the "bright and glorious star, Tîstrya," is an actual star, a mere star, generally identify it with Sirius, because this is the brightest star of the heavens… But in the Tîr Yast it is obviously not a mere star that is addressed, but the Angel of the Rains; and now, looking back again at Mkh, xlix. 6–11, we find the same idea existent there, for Tîstar is there "the star of water germs" in whose path is "the fertility of the world."
. . .
(cont) The conclusion of the whole matter, in the Tîr Yast, in the Bundahis, and Zad-Sparam is that the function of Tîstar is to make the sea boil and the vapours to rise. In other words, the Rains break.
. . .
The three forms which Tîstar assumed have no astronomical meaning, only an astrological one, for, as the author of the Bundahis says, "the astrologers say that every constellation had three forms." The three forms which astrologers have given to each constellation are its three Decans, and the reference to them in the Tîr Yast enables us to place its composition in the second of the three periods noted in my last paper—that is to say, it must be subsequent to 700 B.C. There is only one heavenly body whose movements in three successive periods of ten days each can be regularly associated with the progress of a particular season, and that body is not Sirius, which Tîstar is usually assumed to be, but the most "bright and glorious star" of all—the Sun. In the fourth month of the Persian year the Sun passes through three decans of the sign Cancer, taking ten days to traverse each decan. [Tishtar Yasht (Hymn to Tishtrya) | Tîstar's Other Assistant | The Three-Legged Ass Of The Bundahis | Yazatas: Tishtyra]


The meaning of Haptôk-Rîng is clear. Hapta is "seven" in Iranian as it is in Greek, and the control of the north is ascribed to this constellation (Bd XIII, 12). The "Seven Stars" ruling in the north can only be the great northern seven, the Septentriones, the Plough or Charles's Wain. This identification appears clear and natural. But in addition we have, in Bd XIV. 28, a curious reference to the connection of Haptôk-Rîng with the Dog, no doubt the Dog-Star Sirius. [Note: Waratah-Blossoms: Seven are the veils of the dancing-girl in the harem of IT | Baj of Haptoiringa | Yazatas: Haptoiringa]


Which constellation, then, is it which is pre-eminently the ruler of the south?… In the sky we find that the most southern of all the brilliant stars visible to the inhabitants of the north is Fomalhaut, the "mouth of the fish," the Southern Fish who swims always facing Cetus the Sea-Monster. Into the mouth of this Fish there streams the water from the pitcher of Aquarius, and there seems little reason to doubt that Satavês is the angel presiding over this portion of the heavens. [Yazatas: Satavaesa]


The references to Vanand, the chieftain of the west, are few and not very illuminating. His astrological properties, however, appear to connect him with the constellation Scorpio, or with its principal star [Antares]. [Vanant Yasht | Baj of Vanant | Yazatas: Vanant]


The Persians divided the hours of daylight during the summer months into five watches, which they called gâs, and the middle gâh, that of the Sun's culmination, was known as Rapitvin. The fifth star-champion, therefore, is the Angel of the Sun, in its ascendancy, at noon on the day of the spring equinox, and the symbol that sets it forth is the sign of division, of cutting in two—the halving of the year and the halving of the day. [The Sacred Books of the East: The object of the text seems to be to connect the Rapîtvîn Gâh with some great mid-sky and midday constellation or star, possibly Regulus, which, about B.C. 960, must have been more in the daylight than any other important star during the seven months of summer, the only time that the Rapîtvîn Gâh can be celebrated].


The term yazata is already used in the Gathas, the oldest texts of Zoroastrianism and believed to have been composed by Zoroaster himself. In these hymns, yazata is used as a generic, applied to God as well as to the "divine sparks", that in later tradition are the Amesha Spentas.


In later Zoroastrianism some of these yasatas are equivalent to the archangels. The best known among these divine beings represent the three aspects of truth in action; Atar (the life-giving force and consciousness); Sraosha (the awakening voice within); and Ashi (the resulting bliss). The number of Yasatas including the Amesha Spentas is often 33.

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The Babylonian Zodiac

…the Aldebaran-Antares axis as the fiducial axis for the Babylonian zodiac, with Aldebaran at the middle of the sign of Taurus and Antares at the middle of the sign of Scorpio [Anonymous of the Year 379].

Encyclopædia Iranica :: Haftōrang, Tištrya, Sirius, Constellations, Baktar, Astrology and Astronomy In Iran, Cautes and Cautopates, Borj, Astronomer, Zamyād Yašt

i think regulus goes at the midheaven. hmm. well, no

The famous Orphic hymn on the great periodical cataclysm divulges the whole esotericism of the event. Pluto (in the pit) carries off Eurydice, bitten by the (polar) serpent. Then Leo, the lion, is vanquished. Now, when the Lion is in the pit, or below the south pole, then Virgo, as the next sign, follows him, and when her head, down to the waist, is below the South horizon — she is inverted. On the other hand, the Hyades are the rain or Deluge constellations; and Aldebaran (he who follows, or succeeds the daughters of Atlas, or the Pleiades) looks down from the eye of Taurus.

Aldebaran • Alpha star marking right eye of Taurus, the Bull ~ The Follower; aka, Oculus Tauri, "Bull's Eye"; "Fifth Star of the Net" in China § Ascendant (ASC) · East · Vernal Equinox (Aries 0° 3044 BC ⇒ Taurus 0° 864 BC ⇒ Gemini 0° 1298 ⇒ Gemini 9° 1943 ⇒ Gemini 10° 03-Oct-2014) · Tascheter, Guardian of the Eastern Quarter: Aries, Taurus, Gemini · Archangel Michael, Archistratege of God

Regulus • Alpha star in multiple star system composed of four stars in Leo ~ Little King; aka Cor Leonis, "Heart of the Lion" § Imum Coeli (IC) · North · Summer Solstice (Cancer 0° in 2344 BC ⇒ Leo 0° 156 BC ⇒ Leo 29° 1939 ⇒ Virgo 0° 29-Nov-2011) · Venant, Guardian of the Northern Quarter: Cancer, Leo, Virgo · Archangel Raphael, Doctor of Medicine

Antares • Alpha star in Scorpio ~ Rival of Mars; aka, Cor Scorpii § Descendant (DSC) · West · Autumnal Equinox (Antares Libra 0° in 3050 BC ⇒ Scorpio 0° 865 BC ⇒ Sagittarius 0° 1299 ⇒ Sagittarius 9° 1945 ⇒ Sagittarius 10° 01-Mar-2017) · Satevis, Guardian of the Western Quarter: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius · Archangel Uriel, Fire of God

Fomalhaut • Alpha star in the mouth of the Southern Fish, Piscis Austrinus ~ the Fish's Mouth § Midheaven (MC) · South · Winter Solstice (Capricorn 0° 2583 BC ⇒ Aquarius 0° 419 BC ⇒ Pisces 0° 1725 ⇒ Pisces 3° 1938 ⇒ Pisces 4° 20-Jun-2009) · Haftorang, Guardian of the Southern Quarter: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces · Archangel Gabriel, Peace be upon him • Fomalhaut represents Aries Point on 620 Chart establishing EON phases during transits; it represents "Contact with public events or the world at large; being brought to public attention; interaction & comparison with “the man on the street;” awareness of public sensibility; reaction to the external world" [Treehouse Mountain]

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[03-Dec-2009|10:48pm] :: original timestamp: June 13, 2009, 20:10. changed to June 20, 2009, 05:02 when Fomalhaut enters Pisces 4° at 12:02:294236 UT.

[04-Dec-2011|06:20pm] :: noticed major date changes for Swiss Ephemeris version 1.77.01 (note new fixed stars file); updated 21st century dates (previous: Fomalhaut, Regulus, Aldebaran, Antares), more update notes here as i update remaining dates. post date changed to 12:39pm PST.

[7:12 PM 11/12/2012] :: Finally updated dates to Swiss Ephemeris version 1.78.00, creating new main post: Persian Royal Stars in the 21st Century. Also updating: Regulus enters Virgo, Happy New Year: Regulus enters Virgo, Aldebaran enters Gemini 10°, Antares enters Sagittarius 10°.

[9:20 PM 11/12/2012] :: original dates and times for 21st from 2009 (don't know which Swetest version):

090620 Fomalhaut,alPsA  4 pi  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -29°34' 4.9831   Jun 20, 2009  12:02:29UT
111129 Regulus,alLeo    0 vi  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   11°54'22.8358   Nov 29, 2011  20:17:42UT
141003 Aldebaran,alTau 10 ge  0' 0.0000   0.0000000   16°32'12.4942   Oct  3, 2014  19:00:22UT
170301 Antares,alSco   10 sa  0' 0.0000   0.0000000  -26°27'57.4575   Mar  1, 2017  03:29:17UT