I think that the use of mundane charts is the most helpful when one is trying to establish the nature of an astrological quality, in this case the nature of the lunar mansion, As-Simak. This is not an empirical statistical examination but one that is true to the nature of astrology. The charts used are illustrative, they are a window into the symbol that is As-Simak. The charts are mundane because they cover a larger period of time and a whole epoch with all its different manifestations. If we were first to use an individual birth-chart or a group of natal charts we might be more tempted into cataloguing similar configurations which then serve as “proof” of the thesis.
What I would like to do here is point your attention to certain characteristics of the French Revolution to illustrate what has already been looked at in a more symbolical fashion in the last essay. We see with Nun and the lunar mansion As-Simak an expression of how ideals come to realisation. The highest ideals and human spiritual striving is almost invariably accompanied by its shadow side. This can take on two forms which usually go hand in hand: the fever of fanaticism or the cold calculation of formalism which more often than not is an instrument of power politics. Whereas the ideal or spiritual striving is like the central point of the arabic letter Nun with all the implications of pure potentiality and focus, the shadow expressions usually express only one potential and that one-sidedly, to the exclusion of other possibilities.
Consider the leaf-form of a particular plant, let us say for example the dandelion. The individual plant often grows under different conditions. If you examine a dandelion that grows under a tree in a more moist environment and one that grows on an open field in a dryer environment you can see that the size and character of the leaves are slightly different yet the species is immediately identifiable. Both are dandelions! Now if there were a formalism in Nature that would eradicate dandelion plants that did not conform to a particular leaf form and size and colour, the dandelion as a species would become extinct as only one set of very limited conditions and these alone would determine whether a particular plant is viable.
I do not need to go into detail describing the French Revolution. It is characterised in its most bloody phase by the reversal of its ideals; freedom, equality and fraternity. The central core became overbalanced in different directions that strove with deadly intent to eradicate everything that did not conform absolutely to their one-sidednesses. I think it very significant that As-Simak is the lunar mansion that leads in to Libra. It is in the middle at the balancing point!
Now mundane charts always come in bundles, so dear reader you will have to calculate the charts yourself as there isn’t enough space in this blog, you can’t be imposed upon to scroll meters back and forth to look at everything! The charts that I will be referring to are the chart of the first Republic, the solar ingress chart for Aries, the previous full Moon, the eclipse chart, and in this case also the New Moon chart of 16 Sept. 1792. I can’t go into depths, you should be able to dig out more when you look at all of these charts. I just would like to point out a few highlights. Mars Lord of the Asc is on the inside of the 11th house in the lunar mansion As-Simak at 24 Virgo 46. Mars is the Significator of the people and 24 Virgo is an important focus point. What happens to Mars in 1792 and what is focused around 24 Virgo? At the Full Moon on August 31st Mars is at 11 Scorpio and the North Node occupies 24 Virgo. The solar eclipse of 1792 and September New Moon is at 24 Virgo 07. The Asc is at 3 Scorpio 47 and Mars is in the 1st house at 22 Scorpio. The eclipse takes place inside the 11th house with Mercury Lord of the eclipse combust at 25 Virgo. Five days later the 1st Republic is proclaimed. The Sun is at 29 Virgo, that is just about to leave the lunar house As-Simak and enter into Libra. Mars is at 25 Scorpio conjunct the Midheaven. Mars is elevated and strong in his own sign. The people have the Ascendancy and the Sun the Lord of the MC of the ingress chart, the king, is just about to enter into his fall in the 8th house. He has been eclipsed and replaced by Mars who occupied the eclipse point during the solar ingress into Aries. The North Node still occupies 24 Virgo.