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2012 Transit of Venus

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Greatest Transit: 01:29:36 UT (Los Angeles: 6:25 p.m. PDT)

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Swiss Ephemeris version 1.77.01

04-May-2004 Total Lunar Eclipse - Greatest @ 20:30:16 UT [+][+][+][+]

Date   Planet          Longitude         Speed (-Rx)  Declination
040504 Sun             14 ta 41'45.3513   0.9683987   16°14'51.5034
040504 Moon            14 sc 39'55.2024  14.8670102  -16°32'23.4084

Visibility: The first of two total lunar eclipses in 2004 is best seen from the Eastern Hemisphere. The eclipse occurs 1 1/3 days before perigee so the Moon will appear rather large (33.1 arc-minutes). During this event, the Moon is low on the ecliptic in western Libra just 1.5° south of the 2.8 magnitude star Zuben Elgenubi (Alpha Librae)… Major Phases: [P1][U1][U2][Greatest][U3][U4][P4]… At the instant of greatest eclipse (20:30 UT), the Moon will lie in the zenith for observers near northern Madagascar… The eclipse will be widely visible from the Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. North America will miss the entire event, but most of South America will witness the last stages of the eclipse which will already be in progress at moonrise. Similarly, the Moon sets in eastern Asia and Australia during various stages of the eclipse.

Scorpio 14-15° Children Playing Around Five Mounds Of Sand
KEYNOTE: Early steps in the development of a mind seeking to be attuned to the higher level of human evolution.

08-Jun-2004 Transit of Venus - Greatest @ 08:19:44 UT [+][+][+][+][+][+]

Date   Planet          Longitude         Speed (-Rx)  Declination
040608 Sun             17 ge 52'24.9480   0.9562646   22°53'13.9966
040608 Venus           17 ge 53'57.5076  -0.6285625   22°43' 4.9059

Visibility: No living person has seen a transit of Venus because the most recent one occurred in 1882. This situation is about to change since Venus will transit the Sun on Tuesday, 2004 June 08. The entire event will be widely visible from the Europe, Africa and Asia as shown in the map in Figure 1 (Low Res or High Res). Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia will witness the beginning of the transit but the Sun will set before the event ends. Similarly, observers in western Africa, eastern North America, the Caribbean and most of South America will see the end of the event since the transit will already be in progress at sunrise from those locations.

Gemini 17-18° Two Chinese Men Converse In Their Native Tongue In An American City
KEYNOTE: The need for the mind to retain its independence from its physical environment in order to concentrate on its special problems.

20-May-2012 Annular Solar Eclipse - Greatest @ 23:52:46 UT [+][+][+][+][+]

Date   Planet          Longitude         Speed (-Rx)  Declination
120520 Sun              0 ge 20'44.6178   0.9624244   20°13'15.1083
120520 Moon             0 ge 23'20.6799  11.8173108   20°39' 6.2155

Visibility: On 2012 May 20/21, an annular eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses Earth's northern Hemisphere. The path of the Moon's antumbral shadow begins in eastern Asia [annular path begins in southern China at 22:06 UT …Tokyo lies 10 kilometres north of the central line. For the over 10 million residents within the metropolitan area, the annular phase will last 5 minutes beginning at 22:32 UT (on May 21 local time). The annular ring is quite thick because the Moon's apparent diameter is only 94% that of the Sun. Traveling with a velocity of 1.1 kilometres/second, the antumbral shadow leaves Japan and heads northeast] and crosses the North Pacific Ocean [The instant of greatest eclipse occurs at 23:52:47 UT… the Sun is 61° above the flat horizon formed by the open ocean. The shadow passes just south of Alaska's Aleutian Islands as the central track slowly curves to the southeast. After a 7000 kilometre-long ocean voyage lasting nearly 2 hours, the antumbra finally reaches land again] where it ends in the western United States [along the rugged coastlines of southern Oregon and northern California at 01:23 UT (May 20 local time). Redding, CA lies 30 kilometres south of the central line. Nevertheless, it still experiences an annular phase lasting 4 1/2 minutes beginning at 01:26 UT …the antumbra begins its rise back into space above western Texas as the track and the annular eclipse end]…

Klamath, California: First land entry on West Coast on eclipse center line, near Klamath's Trees of Mystery on US Route 101 (becomes Hollywood Freeway north of Downtown Los Angeles, before turning west and becoming Ventura Freeway).

Water War in the Klamath Basin: Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics: The water conflicts in the basin are in part an illustration of the inevitable tension between an extractive economy and an ecosystem service economy. Focusing solely on the economic impact of water allocation decisions on farmers, fishers, and tribal members, however, elides the emotional overtones of those conflicts, which are often the strongest driving forces. Farmers, fishers, and tribal members are not simply the calculating economic actors that Chicago-school economics posits. They are people striving to realize their differing but deeply held views about what makes a human life satisfying and worthwhile. Their predecessors are closely bound up with their interactions with the natural world. We refer to such noneconomic attachments to lifestyle generally as "cultural" claims. The centrality of decisions about natural resources to the cultural of various groups makes those conflicts more intense and harder to resolve. It is difficult for the contending groups to empathize with, or even to understand, the claims of their opponents because their own point of view is so ingrained. From an economic perspective, they may react "irrationally" to proposals to resolve the dispute. If fishing produces more net income than farming, for example, an economist might suggest either that the fishers should buy out the farmers or that the government should buy out the farmers and recover some or all of the cost of that buyout from the fishers. But if the decision to farm is based more on emotional connections to the land and community than on economic calculation, the farmers will not be satisfied with the outcome. Indeed, to the extent they see a policy choice as denigrating their cultural identity or placing another culture above theirs, they are likely to fiercely resist it even if it provides for economic compensation. The law formally recognizes such culture-based claims on the part of Indian tribes, but not on the part of farming or fishing communities, which do not fit the model of racial, ethnic, or religious groups at high risk of majority oppression. Nonetheless, culturally based appeals from such groups may carry substantial political power.

Sky & Telescope illustration

Gemini 00-01° A Glass-Bottomed Boat Reveals Undersea Wonders [+]
KEYNOTE: The revelation of unconscious energies and submerged psychic structures.

Eclipse Quadrature:

05/06-Jun-2012 Venus Transit - Greatest @ 01:29:36 UT [+][+][+][+][+]

Date   Planet          Longitude         Speed (-Rx)  Declination
120606 Sun             15 ge 45'35.7391   0.9567032   22°40'31.5646
120606 Venus           15 ge 44'13.9056  -0.6295765   22°49'28.0732

Visibility: The last Venus transit was in 2004 so the second event of the pair will occur on Wednesday, June 6 (Tuesday, June 5 from the Western Hemisphere). The entire event will be widely visible from the western Pacific, eastern Asia and eastern Australia as shown in Figure 1. Most of North and Central America, and northern South America will witness the beginning of the transit (on June 5) but the Sun will set before the event ends. Similarly, observers in Europe, western and central Asia, eastern Africa and western Australia will see the end of the event since the transit will already be in progress at sunrise from those locations. For Northern Hemisphere locations above latitude ~67° north, all of the transit is visible regardless of the longitude. Northern Canada and all of Alaska will also see the entire event. Residents of Iceland are in a unique wedge-shaped part of the path (Region X in Figure 1). They will see both the start and end of the transit but the Sun will set for a short period around greatest transit. A similarly shaped region exists south of Australia (Region Y in Figure 1), but here, the Sun rises after the transit begins and sets before the event ends.

Gemini 15-16° A Woman Activist In An Emotional Speech Dramatizing Her Cause
KEYNOTE: A passionate response to a deeply felt new experience.

Venus chasers of the 18th century: One of the most important locations during the transit in June 1769 was California (then in Spanish hands) because the entire transit would be visible there. Because the Spanish had pretty much ignored the first transit, the French decided to organize their own expedition under the command of Jean-Baptiste Chappe d'Auteroche, an astronomer who had observed the first transit in Siberia… When Chappe finally arrived in Veracruz, Mexico, he found himself in the midst of a hurricane. Then he had to cross Mexico on mules to reach San Blas at the western coast and from there catch a boat to Baja California. And he was not traveling lightly: His instruments alone weighed more than half a ton. When he reached Baja, it was the end of May, only a few days before the transit on June 3.

ISS Transit of Venus: In 1768, when James Cook sailed out of Plymouth harbor to observe the Transit of Venus in Tahiti, the trip was tantamount to a voyage through space. The remote island had just been "discovered" a year earlier, and by all accounts it was as strange and alien to Europeans as the stars themselves. Cook's pinpoint navigation to Tahiti and his subsequent observations of Venus crossing the South Pacific sun in 1769 have inspired explorers for centuries. One of those explorers is about to beat Cook at his own game. High above Earth, astronaut Don Pettit is preparing to photograph the June 5th Transit of Venus from space itself. "I've been planning this for a while," says Pettit, who serves as Flight Engineer onboard the International Space Station. "I knew the Transit of Venus would occur during my rotation, so I brought a solar filter with me when my expedition left for the ISS in December 2011." Because transits of Venus come in pairs that occur once every 100 years or so, humans have rarely had the chance to photograph the apparition from Earth, much less from Earth orbit. "The Expedition 31 crew will be the first people in history to see a Venus transit from space, and Pettit will be the first to photograph one," says Mario Runco, Jr. of the Johnson Space Center (JSC). Runco, an astronaut himself who flew aboard three shuttle missions, is an expert in the optics of spacecraft windows. Along with his wife Susan Runco, who is the coordinator for astronaut photography at JSC, Mario is helping Pettit gather the best possible images of the transit. Pettit will be pointing his camera through the side windows of the space station's cupola, an ESA-built observatory module that provides a wide-angle view of Earth and the cosmos. Note: Space shuttle Endeavour named after HMS Endeavour, Cook's first ship to observe 1769 Transit of Venus.

Transit Quadrature [+][+]:

  • 15 Mutable 45 [Sun · Amycus · Venus · Borasisi · Sulamitis] ☍ 00 Fixed 45 [Pythagoras · Itokawa · Pretoria]
  • 08 Cardinal 15 [Zachia · Hedwig · Pluto] ☍ 23 Fixed 15 [Sedna · Gorgo]

[8:08 AM 6/5/2012]

{1} First doctor's appointment (after ER visit on May 27th) i could get is today. Note Wescott's medical issues for The Solar Eclipse: May 20, 2012 & May Prescience (medical diagnosis). Eclipses & transits are astronomical diagnostic tools. One of the tests of relativity is deflection of light by the Sun during an eclipse. And Goddard notes: For over 100 years the main quest of astronomers was to pin down the distance between Earth and Sun (the Astronomical Unit), which would give them a key to the size of the solar system. Careful studies of the transit of Venus became the gold mine they would harvest to reveal this measure. SpaceX's demonstration test flight (22-May to 31-May, launch delayed from 19-May) is another diagnostic process.

{2} Yellowknife, capital and largest city of the Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada, is one of the Canadian cities (PDF) that can view the entire Venus Transit: External Ingress 16:05:06 UT; Internal Ingress 16:22:40 UT; Greatest Transit 19:26:36 UT; Internal Egress 22:31:56 UT; External Egress 22:49:46 UT. Traditionally, First Nations people had occupied this region; by the 1930s they had a settlement on a point of land on the east side of Yellowknife Bay, Dettah… On April 1, 1999, its purview as capital of the NWT was reduced when the territory of Nunavut was split from the NWT. As a result, jurisdiction for that region of Canada was transferred to the new capital city of Iqaluit. Consequently, Yellowknife lost its standing as the Canadian capital city with the smallest population. Iqaluit, the territorial capital and the largest community of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. And Nunavut was separated officially from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999, via the Nunavut Act and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act to provide a separate territory for the Inuit.

{3} Sedna is the Inuit goddess of the sea & scattered disk object 90377 Sedna ☌ Arizona (on 20-May-2012 eclipse center line path) & Sedna/Arizona/Gorgo one of the 90° Dial quadratures for Venus transit ☍ Pluto/Hedwig (note Ulula represents one of the 20-May-2012 eclipse quads). Also note tribal issues involving Klamath on 20-May-2012 eclipse center line path. One way to astrologically parse Wescott's May/Eclipse thoughts & determine Sedna's influence: indigenous, innate; inherent; natural. "Innate" personal issues that may be at "war" with other issues; inherent characteristics (the things that make you you) that could be mostly ignored but are coming into play; natural abilities that the eclipse/transit identifies & explores. How the status quo of our lives are maintained & ingrained. • Sabian symbol: Taurus 23-24° An Indian Warrior Riding Fiercely, Human Scalps Hanging From His Belt; Keynote: The aggressiveness of human instincts when fighting for their earthly base of operation.


Venus Transit, June 8, 2004

A list of interesting Enochian trivia related to Venus (because it's my birthday today!)

1. A diagram at the beginning of Liber Primus has the angel Annael over Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel. Annael is the Angel, or Intelligence, that now predominates the whole world, governing the sphere of Venus and Friday.

2. Dee's Introductory Prayer to His First Angelic Communication mentions Annael: "I have thought it not impertinent, to note down, even in this place one of the last Actions, which I had with the foresaid preacher; when I made earnest and faithful petitions unto thee (o the true and Almighty God) for sending, unto my comfort and erudition, (if it were thy blessed will) thy holy, and mighty Angel Annael".

3. December 22, 1581 is a Friday, where Saul, Dee's scryer before Edward Kelly, sees Annael: " I willed, the Scryer (named Saul), to look into my great Crystalline Globe, if God had sent his holy Angel Anael, or no." {see note #4}

4. During this meeting Annael speaks of the forthcoming Actions.

5. The Venusian Current: "Dee seemingly associated the reign of Elizabeth to a venusian current that posited an expansion of the British Dominion through the favor of the God of Hosts and the intercession of his holy angels". {see note #32}

6. April 8, 1904 was a Friday. If Aleister Crowley received The Book of the Law a week before on April 1st (as some think) that was Good Friday.

7. Athanasius Kircher's Oedipus Aegyptiacus includes a version of the Sigillum Aemeth: The text begins: "Hoc amuletum heptagonum circulo inclusum Veneri dicatum est, vti in Arithmetica hieroglyphica ostendim". VENERI is Venus. An extremely rough translation: "This amulet of the heptagon enclosed by a circle is dedicated to Venus, to use in order to reveal (make clear / show / exhibit) the Arithmetic Hieroglyphs".

8. Most of the names on the Sigillum Dei Æmeth are created by the traditional names of the planetary archangels placed in a 7x7 tablet. The planetary archangels appear around the pentagram in the sigil. The seven names between the outer heptagon and the inner heptagram are the "Names of God, not known to the Angels; neither can [they] be spoken nor read of by man." They appear left-to-right in the tablet. Four additional ranks of beings are referred to as the Daughters of Light, Sons of Light, Daughters of the Daughters and Sons of the Sons. These appear on the sigil (a) within the points of the heptagram, (b) on the heptagram itself, (c) & (d) and on the two smaller heptagons within the heptagram, and appear on the tablet in a series of 4 sets of diagonal lines.

I drew lines between the Names of God to determine the relationship of the letters in the names of the Sons and Daughters of Light as they occur ON THE SIGIL ITSELF. The lines seem to draw an upside-down egg in the center of the sigil, which reminds me of an image in Dee's 18th Theorem in The Hieroglyphic Monad. The colored dots correspond to the colors used on these images {one | two} to represent the four groups. The different colors in each dot indicates which group uses that letter (frequency). Two colors = letter used in two separate groups. Only one letter is used for all groups and appears at the tip of the "egg".

9. Dee's Compendium Heptarchiæ Mysticæ has a table assigning the planets to the Filij lucis and Filij filiorum on the Sigillum Dei Æmeth that starts with Venus.

10. The magic square of Venus uses the numbers 1 to 49, the same numbers on the Tabula Bonorum. The magic square of Venus and the table of letters that create the names on the Tabula Bonorum are 7 x 7 tables. If you group the numbers on the Tabula Bonorum together by planet, each group totals 175. That's the same total for all the rows, columns and diagonals on the magic square of Venus. Look at this image and notice how, all the numbers appear at unique positions. When all the rows are collapsed together into one table it creates a different magic square.

11. "The first Temple founded in England in 1887-88 under the governance of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was named very appropriately Isis-Urania. Isis-Urania is Venus, and she is the occult planet which represents the Genius of this Order—Venus, the Evening and the Morning Star, presaging the rising of the Sun of ineffable Light. Venus is also, as Isis, a symbol of the Qabalistic Shekinah, the Glory of the Presence Divine, the Holy Spirit." —The Three Chiefs, by Frater A. M. A. G.; The Golden Dawn, by Israel Regardie

12. Venus is also known as the Star of Lamentation. The Book of Lamentations begins with the word How, in Hebrew AYKH or AYK (gematria 31, the same value as AL and LA). Lamentations is divided into 5 books where the first, second, fourth and fifth books have 22 verses, and the third book has 66 verses. Except for the last book, the first letter of each book forms an acrostic. Someone has said that Lamentations 3 is a "triadic acrostic" and is the "acrostic of acrostics of this poem". A word square is also an acrostic in which a set of words are arranged where they read the same horizontally or vertically. Similar to a magic square. This is all interesing in light of the magic square forming Jacob's Wheel, and the fact that Enochian tables are a set of angelic names.