World War I changed everything about the world – most especially its maps.
“Europe today is a powder keg and the leaders are like men smoking in an arsenal … A single spark will set off an explosion that will consume us all … I cannot tell you when that explosion will occur, but I can tell you where … Some damned foolish thing in the Balkans will set it off.”
– Otto von Bismarck, after being asked by the 1878 Congress of Berlin what he thought would start the next major war in Europe.
“I know I shall soon be murdered.”
– supposedly said by the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to a group of friends a few weeks prior to his assassination.
By all accounts, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire was quite the avid huntsman. Detailed records taken from his hunting excursions tell of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand shooting well over 200 animals per day, with a most rare and noteworthy creature ending up as the blueblood’s prized game in the Austrian woods during the summer of 1913 – a white stag.
Despite his immense luck in slaying such a highly uncommon animal, the Archduke was soon to discover a widely believed local legend regarding the fate of whomever should kill a beast as rare as a white stag. A legend which forebodingly spoke of the hunter and/or a member of his family dying within a year of the creature’s demise.
According to Austrian legend, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand sealed his fate when the overzealous huntsman added a white stag to his trophy collection of prized game within a year of his assassination in 1913.
Seven months before his assassination, in November of 1913, the central figure in our World War I saga had an extremely close brush with death. After spending a week with England’s King George V and Queen Mary, the Archduke visited the Duke of Portland on his vast estate at Welbeck Abbey. While partaking in his favorite pastime of, you guessed it, hunting, the Duke’s double barrel rifle discharged, missing Franz Ferdinand by mere inches.
Many wonder in retrospect if the series of events which comprise the Great War would have been significantly altered if the Archduke’s life had ended while hunting for pheasant in England rather than by being assassinated in the Balkans on June 28th, 1914.
Judging by the prophetic quote which opens this piece said by the great Prussian statesman, Otto von Bismarck 40 years prior to the outbreak of World War I, the Archduke’s manner and location of death weren’t determinant factors as to whether or not a conflict of global proportions would come to pass. In 1914, Europe was poised to detonate itself with war, if one explosive event didn’t set things spiraling into motion, another soon thereafter surely would have.
But as we now shall see, astrologically it was written in the Heavens for June 28th, 1914 to be the powder keg spark that would ignite the world with societal change, given the day on which the Archduke Franz Ferdinand actually did lose his life is also the same day considered to be the official start of World War I.
June 28th, 1914 – Astrologically Analyzed
The 28th day of June takes places during the Lunar ruled sign of Cancer, the Crab. Those born beneath the sign of the Crab derive the most security through two predominant aspects of Life – Home and Family. Because of Cancer’s watery foundation, the sense of security provided by a soundly rooted Home and/or strong familial ties are of a thoroughly emotional nature.
If we step back from strictly an individualized perspective, when observing the emotional emphasis associated with the Cancerian concepts of Home and Family on a sociological level, the sign of the Crab becomes the sign of patriotism, love of one’s country, and nationalistic pride.
The personalized attachment to one’s Home and Family, in particular the family member which holds the most influence over the Cancerian, the Mother, now sociologically become a heart-felt emotional connection to one’s Homeland and/or Motherland.
Cancerian case in point, it’s no coincidence the day of the year in this country associated most with American Pride and Patriotism, July 4th, takes place smack dab during the mid-point of the sign of the Crab along with the astrological feature of “4” being a Cancerian number, given the Crab is the 4th sign of the Zodiac.
Casting an astrological chart over the city of Sarajevo at the time of the Archduke’s assassination, we see a heavy concentration of planets and asteroids (6 heavenly bodies in all) positioned in the sign of Cancer, including the Sun, Pluto, Neptune, and the planet which rules over the entire chart, Mercury.
Five years prior to June 28th, 1914, the city of Sarajevo and its province of Bosnia-Herzegovina were annexed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1908 causing civil unrest among the many ethnic groups residing there. This, in turn, created the emergence of various nationalistic groups, including “Young Bosnia” as well as the band of conspirators bent on violently breaking Bosnia from Austria-Hungary in order for the province to become part of the Kingdom of Serbia that ominously called itself “The Black Hand”.
The man who would eventually assassinate the Archduke and his wife, Gavrilo Princip, was a devout member of both nationalistic groups which patriotically sought to free their homeland from the reigns of a foreign ruling Empire.
The Asteroid Sarajevo
As humanity realized far more “stuff” existed in outer space alongside the planets of the Solar System, the discovery and subsequent mapping of the Asteroids began and continues to the present day. The rule of thumb stands that whomever is the first to discover an unaccounted for space rock, gets to name it, resulting in bequeathed asteroid names ranging from the literal to the ridiculous. Apparently, the discoverer of the Asteroid # 178267 must have been enamored with the Balkan capital since he or she named their discovery the Asteroid Sarajevo.
Naming the space rock after Bosnia’s capital proved to not be a haphazard coincidence when considering its key karmic positioning in the sky on June 28th, 1914. The asteroid is placed directly in between the Sun and Pluto on that date in the sign of Cancer in the 10th House of the Public.
Astrologically, the Sun deals with all things royal and Pluto is the planet which oversees Death and that which is secret, forbidden, or taboo. It must be noted that organized meetings of nationalist groups such as Young Bosnia and The Black Hand were strictly forbidden by local authorities and had to be conducted in secret.
When translating the above in formulaic terms:
On June 28th, 1914, a public (10th House) event involving the death (Pluto) of royalty (the Sun) would take place for nationalistic (Cancer) reasons by a cause that was secretively forbidden (Pluto) in the city of Sarajevo (the Asteroid Sarajevo).
Very nearby to that tight grouping of heavenly bodies bunched together in the nationalistic sign of Cancer, the planet Pluto and the Asteroid Sarajevo are in conjunction at the very top of the chart, or Midheaven, with the heavenly body which oversees time honored tradition, aging, and structure, itself, Saturn, positioned in the 10th House of the Public. Unlike the other heavenly bodies in the 10th House, rather than being placed in the sign of the Crab, the ringed planet is instead positioned in the sign associated with youth and of one’s local neighborhood, Gemini.
When translated formulaicly:
On June 28th, 1914, a public (10th House) death (Pluto) would take place in the city of Sarajevo (the Asteroid Sarajevo) involving a youth (Gemini) in his local neighborhood (Gemini) which would destroy (Pluto) the aging structure of time honored tradition (Saturn).
As if the astrological environment wasn’t karmicly peaked enough on that highly historic day, the third and final portion of this series discusses how factors of the most unusual and unexpected kind play a major role in contributing to that date’s karmic destiny.
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