Heart of Darkness


‘He had summed up–he had judged. “The horror!”‘ Joseph Conrad ‘Heart of Darkness’

On 2 April 2015, four gunmen, member of Al-Shabab, a Somali armed fondametalist group, attacked the Garissa University College killing 148 people and injuring about 79 others. The assault appeared to be an extensively planned out attack, which the group says was to avenge Kenya’s involvement in Somalia. In a declaration issued after the attack, the group warned Kenyans that their cities will “run red with blood”.

Solar Eclipse Path

Solar Eclipse Path on 3 November 2013

Searching for a suitable eclipse occured in the four preceding years we find the solar eclipse on 3 November 2013 visible from Kenya. That eclipse was visible from Garissa, Kenya; it started at 13.19 UTC and ended 15.27 UTC. It lasted for 2 hours and 8 minutes. So the duration of the eclipse influence is about two years and two months. The effects, according to Ptolemy, start in the third period of four months after the eclipse and their intensifications occure in the last third of the duration, that is, they start on July 2014 and intensifie between April 2015 and Dicember 2015. Below is the chart for the eclipse maximum in Garissa: Solar Eclipse 2013 Garissa Since I work with tropical zodiac and tropical zodiac is an equal time division in twelve parts of the annual solar path, that is, the ecliptic, I reverse the zodiacal sign when I draw an astrological figure for location in the southern hemisphere. In fact in the southern hemisphere the seasons, equinoxes and solstices are reversed and so must be the zodiacal signs. Here we see the Luminaries are in Taurus in egyptian bound of Mercury. Saturn and Mercury are conjunct with the Luminaries and Mercury is close to the western horizon. The descendant is in Taurus in the bound of Venus. The Moon is moving from the syzygy with the Sun to the conjunction with Saturn. Since Mercury has familiarity with the the descendant and the syzygy is the Lord of the eclipse. Ptolemy says:

Mercury, if he gains the rulership, is, generally speaking, in nature like whatever of the other planets may be associated with him. In particular, he is above all stimulating, and in predictions concerning men is keen and very practical, ingenious in any situation; but he causes robbery, theft, piracy, and assault, and furthermore, brings about unsuccessful voyaging when he is in aspect with the maleficent planets, and occasions diseases of dryness, quotidian agues, coughs, raising, and consumption. He is the cause of events taking place which concern the priestly code, the worship of the gods, the royal revenues, and of changes in customs and laws, from time to time, in consistency with his association with the other planets on each occasion. With reference to the air, since he is very dry and swift on account of his nearness to the sun, and the speed of his revolution, he is particularly apt to arouse irregular, fierce, and changeable winds, and, as might be expected, thunder, hurricanes, chasms in the earth, earthquakes, and lightning; sometimes by these means he causes the destruction of useful animals and plants. At setting he diminishes waters and rivers, at rising fills them.

Here Mercury is with the malefic Saturn about which Ptolemy says:

Saturn, when he gains sole dominance, is in general the cause of destruction by cold, and in particular, when the event concerns men, causes long illnesses, consumptions, withering, disturbances caused by fluids, rheumatisms, and quartan fevers, exile, poverty, imprisonment, mourning, fears, and deaths, especially among those advanced in age

So the influence of Mercury and Saturn brings assaults and deaths as occured in the Garissa Campus attack. Venus which has dignity over the syzygy and the occidental horizon is feralis, that is, forming no aspect with other planets and it is with the Aculeus Scorpionis, which is a very dangeous and malefic star. Moreover Venus is at the cusp of the IX place in Gemini whose Lord, Mercury, has lordship over the eclipse. The meaning of the IX house are very consonant with the involvement of the University College and the criterion, choosen by terrorists, to kill only christian students.

Since the path of the eclipse is quite long, dividing the African content in the middle from occidental to the oriental coasts and Garissa is actually at the end of the eclipse path its interesting to look for  other events that could have been due to eclipse influence.  Firstly let’s look for regions near the locality of maximum obscuration. Solar Eclipse Maximum ObscurationAs already analyzed in detail by the good article The epidemic of Ebola hemorrhagic fever – What Ptolemy does say?  from the Pod nieboskłonem blog in Polish language, the eclipse near the region of maximum obscurity affected the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea. The solar eclipse in Conakry started at 10.54 and ended at 14.16, so the duration of the eclipse obscuration was 3 hours and 22 minutes. According to Ptolemy the eclipse effects will last for 3 years and 4 months. Since the syzygy occurred at the upper angle in Conakry the effects started around the second four months after the eclipse, that is March 2014, and intensified in the second third of its duration, that is, between November 2014 and December 2015.

Solar Eclipse 2013 Conakry

Solar Eclipse 2013 Conakry

The ruler of the eclipse is Mars with the contribution of Mercury. Mars is lord of the domicile and secondary triplicity of the syzygy and of the Medium Coeli; Mars is also configured by sestile in the zodiac and in mundo to the syzygy. Mercury, as already seen, is the lord of bounds of the syzygy and is conjunct with the luminaries. Ptolemy says:

Mars, when he assumes the rulership alone, is in general the cause of destruction through dryness and in particular, when the event concerns men, brings about wars, civil faction, capture, enslavement, uprisings, the wrath of leaders, and sudden deaths arising from such causes; moreover, fevers, tertian agues, raising of blood, swift and violent deaths, especially in the prime of life; similarly, violence, assaults, lawlessness, arson and murder, robbery and piracy. With regard to the condition of the air he causes hot weather, warm, pestilential, and withering winds, the loosing of lightning and hurricanes, and drought. Again, at sea he causes sudden shipwreck of fleets through changeable winds or lightning or the like; the failure of the water of rivers, the drying up of springs, and the tainting of potable waters. With reference to the necessities produced upon the earth for human use, he causes a scarcity and loss of dumb animals and of things which grow from the earth, and the loss of crops by drying as the result of hot weather, or by locusts, or by the beating of the winds, or by burning in places of storage.

So Mars gives fevers and blood related illness while Mercury agues, coughs, raising, and consumption so they are perfect significator for the Ebola virus symptoms. Moreover Mars is doing a parallel in mundo with Venus with the Aculeus Scorpionis, the dangerous Sting of Scorpio.

Sun, Moon, Mercury and Saturn with their vis luminis at the Medium Coeli

Sun, Moon, Mercury and Saturn with their vis luminis at the Medium Coeli


2 thoughts on “Heart of Darkness

  1. Pod nieboskłonem

    Thank you for link to my article “The epidemic of Ebola hemorrhagic fever – What would Ptolemy say?”. I’m really interested in out-come, beause I don’t have any experience in timing eclipses. There is no anybody in Poland who practice method of Ptolemy for analysis influenze of eclipses. I would like to read analysis and out-comes of eclipses in 20th and 21st centaury… What is funny, everybody (both modern and majority of traditional Polish astrologers) believes that ecplipses are always bad and mean something terrible for people. It’s funny because Ptolemy, ibn Ezra, Sahl, Abu Mashar etc. believe that ecplises can be benefic!

    Anyway, some news about Ebola:
    “Liberia is the first of the three main countries affected by Ebola to be free of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today (9 May), marking the end of the 15-month-long epidemic in the country. But the epidemic continues in nearby Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the WHO is warning against complacency, highlighting the risk of further flare ups and geographical spread.

    “Today’s announcement is a testament to all of the extraordinary Liberians and our global partners who worked tirelessly over the past 15 months to fight Ebola,” says Rajesh Panjabi, who is the chief executive of Last Mile Health, a non-profit organization that operates in Monrovia and Boston, Massachusetts, and an associate physician at Harvard Medical School. “This is a great achievement, but there is still much work to be done to strengthen Liberia’s health system so that an epidemic like this will never happen again.”

    The last person in Liberia known to be infected with the disease died on 27 March and was buried the following day. That means that as of today, 42 days have elapsed since the burial — the delay that the WHO uses to declare a country Ebola-free and twice the maximum incubation period for the disease.”

    source: http://www.nature.com/news/liberia-is-declared-ebola-free-1.17513

    1. devitacoelituscomparanda Post author

      Hi! You are welcome! There are some analysis of recent eclipses accoding to Ptolemaic method including timing of the predicted event but they are in Italian. Timing is not so easy even if Ptolemy gives quite clear rules to do it. We should study more cases in order to refine the tecniques expecially concerning timing. Another aspect that will need more inquiry is how to localize the predicted event using the Ptolemaic system of earth division according to zodiacal triplicities and how to extend them to the rest of the world which was unknown to Ptolemy. Concerning the evalution of the eclipse, you are right: ancient authors declared that eclipses can be beneficial if Jupiter or Venus are Lord of the eclipse. In fact because of the lack of light during a solar or lunar eclipse the rulership by the Luminaries must be take by a planet. The Lord of the eclipse is the planet in charge in place of the Luminaries. So if a beneficial planet take the rulership the outcome shouldn’t be bad. On other hand the lack of light during the eclipse is always a bad sign because the light is the life that come fron the heavens.


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