In both events, Neptune was at 23°
Aries, opposite modern Israel’s ASC. To add to this, in 568 BCE Saturn
was in late Cancer conj. Israel’s MC, and in 70 CE it was late Libra
conj. Israel’s ASC.
It also takes Neptune to make a dreamer and a visionary such as
Theodor Herzl was.He actually was a mixture of
Sun-in-Taurus which instinctively understood the need for the connection
with the land, and Neptune-Moon-Venus combination that allowed him to
dream when others were still skeptical. He came up with plans for
funding and for getting the support of the international political
powers of the time. He had a clear vision of this future state, which he
laid out in detail in his book Altneuland (‘Old New Land’,
1902). It was to be a model of a technologically and morally advanced
secular social utopia and a “Light unto the nations”. (Note
his Gemini-Venus conjunct Israel’s Uranus-in-9H). This book had a
great impact on the Jewish masses and became a symbol of the Zionist
vision for the Land of Israel.
On August 29-31, 1897, Herzl convened and chaired
the First Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland. The congress adopted the Basle Program of
the Zionist movement, declaring that "Zionism seeks to establish a
home for the Jewish people in Palestine secured under public law."
He was also elected as first president of the new organization.
Sun-Pluto-Taurus-sq-Saturn-in-Leo instinctively understood the role of
the great international powers and the need to get their protection and
support. In 1898 he traveled to Palestine and Istanbul to meet with
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. When
these efforts proved fruitless, he turned to Great Britain, and met with
Joseph Chamberlain, the British colonial secretary and others. The only
concrete offer he received from the British was the proposal of a Jewish
autonomous region in east Africa, in Uganda. Herzl
proposed the Uganda Program to the Zionist Congress (1903) as a
temporary refuge for Jews in Russia in immediate danger of pogroms but
was met by a storm
of protests, and the idea eventually was dropped.
After the First Zionist Congress in Basel,
Herzl wrote in his diary:
'If I had to sum up the Basel Congress in one word--which I shall
not do openly--
it would be this: At Basel I founded the Jewish state. If I were to say this today,
I would be greeted by universal laughter. In
five years, perhaps, and certainly
in 50, everyone will see it.'
true Neptunian inspiration, Herzl also coined the phrase "If you
will, it is no fairytale," which became the motto of the Zionist movement. Although at the time no
one could have imagined it, Zionism led, only fifty years later, to the
establishment of the independent
State of Israel.
Herzl died in 1904, of pneumonia and a weak heart
overworked by his incessant efforts on behalf of Zionism, but by then
the movement had found its place on the world political map. In 1949 (as
transiting Saturn and Pluto were affecting his natal one’s), Herzl's
remains were brought to Israel and re-interred on Mount Herzl in
Modern Political Zionism had its roots in the
new spirit of nationalism that engulfed Europe after the discovery of
Neptune in 1846, and evolved through the events of WW1 & WW2.
WW1 produced the Balfour Declaration (Nov.2,
1917), which was the first political recognition by a world power of the
right of the Jews for a homeland in Palestine. Lord Balfour was the
secretary of foreign affairs for the British government, and the
declaration was written as a letter addressed to the Lord
Rothschild. This gesture resulted not so much from pure moral conviction
and desire for historic justice, as from political power games played in
the world arena by the Allies of WW1. The details of the stories are
long and involved, so we will leave them off here.
compare to the future Israel’s chart: Transiting Neptune at 7° Leo and Saturn was at 14° Leo at the time of the Balfour Declaration.
Also compare transits to Lord Balfour - born July 25, 1848, Edinburgh,
with Jupiter, Sun, Venus and Mars in Leo.
Harking back to ancient times, this Neptune
transit is awesome in another way:
In 538, Cyrus II (Koresh) of Persia, who had
defeated the Babylonian empire the year before, issued a decree that
allowed the Jews to return to Judea and the restore the Temple in
Jerusalem. Following that, a large number of Jewish exiles returned from
Babylonia to Jerusalem and the Second Temple was built. Neptune was at 7°
Leo in that year! Symbolically, both Balfour Declaration and the Cyrus
Decree were of the same historic nature: A foreign international power
that intervenes and helps the Jews return to their homeland.
In 1922 Britain was granted a mandate to rule
Palestine, by the League of Nations. It incorporated the Balfour
Declaration and stressed the Jewish historical connection with
Sept. 29, 1923, (as transiting Saturn was passing over the Libra ASC of
future Israel) the British Mandate officially came into force.
On Nov. 29, 1947, in the aftermath of WW2, the
UN passed the Partition Resolution for the establishment of Arab and
Charts for the
State of Israel:
May 14, 1948, 4:00 PM, Tel-Aviv Museum: Ben-Gurion begins
to read the Declaration of Independence. 4:32 PM: Ben-Gurion finishes reading, hits the gavel
and declares “The State of Israel has Arisen.”
May 15, 1948, 00:00: The British Mandate officially ends.
Invasion by the surrounding Arab countries began immediately, a few
and first prime minister: David
Ben-Gurion, Oct. 16, 1886, Plonsk, Poland.
President (and scientist):
Haim Weitzman, Nov. 27, 1874, Motol, Belarus.
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