What's New in Our World?: Pole Shift Celebration: 100 Years Ago & 600 Light-Years Away
By Mark Lerner
I may say that this is the greatest factor—the way in which the expedition is equipped—the way in which every difficulty is foreseen, and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.
—The South Pole, by Roald Amundsen
Dateline: Monday, December 12, 2011: Four days ago, I was planning to write a straight-forward article about a profound subject – the search for habitable planets in far-off solar systems by the NASA-run Kepler Mission. An article appeared in The New York Times describing the success thus far achieved since the specially-designed camera on board this unique spacecraft had been sorting through thousands of star-realms, since the vehicle was launched back on March 6, 2009. Then a greater achievement was revealed, as a particular planet was located orbiting a Sun-like star every approximately 290 days. This particular planet was slightly larger than the size of Earth and about 600 light-year away.
However, my attention was diverted from this plan by a client who wrote to me concerning Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer who led the first team to discover the South Pole. This client was looking for some astrological information on Amundsen (born on July 16, 1872, time unknown, in Borge, Norway). She didn’t mention the fact that the 100th anniversary of the discovery would be occurring this week (December 14, 2011). Once I looked at Amundsen’s birth chart and saw that he was born on the precise day of a highly-attractive, sensitive and magnetic Sun-Venus union on the North Heliocentric Node of Saturn (more on this unique alignment coming up), I was hooked into writing something about this special anniversary that has finally drawn the attention of a well-known science writer (John Noble Wilford) for the NYTimes online – bringing the original story from one-hundred years ago to the multi-media of today’s world.
When My Generation was Growing Up in the 1950s and 1960s…
The international races to discover both poles of the Earth – a little over 100 years ago – were exciting and imaginative adventures for my generation and the earlier ones of the 20th century. I remembered learning about Admiral Richard E. Peary (born May 6, 1856) finding* the North Pole on April 6, 1909, because my Dad’s birthday was April 7 and that date struck a chord in my memory. (*Years later, I subsequently read that not only was Peary’s supposed discovery being called into question, but that the alternate discoveries by Frederick Cook and Richard Byrd might also have been falsified.)
Meanwhile, in real life ten plus decades ago, Roald Amundsen was beginning to make quite a name for himself as a polar explorer. He became the first man to lead a team to discover the Northwest Passage (1903 to 1906) – a route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, in the northern regions of Canada, and was honored for having done so. He was about to lead a team to find the North Pole when he heard about the alleged discoveries of the North Pole by Peary and Cook. Amundsen changed his mind and re-routed to go in search of the South Pole – starting in the summer of 1910. Around the same time, Captain Robert Falcon Scott (born June 6, 1868), a British Navy officer, was leading his Terra Nova Expedition in search of the South Pole. This is what set up the rivalry and key race in 1911 to see which group of individuals would reach the pole first.
December 14, 1911: Triumph and Tragedy
On December 14, 1911, Roald Amundsen – along with four men and 15 dogs – reached their destination, staying several days at true 90-degrees Geographic South, and calling that place Polheim (“Home of the Pole”). While there they planted the Norwegian flag in order to provide evidence of their discovery for the British-led expedition still en route. Thirty-four days later, an exhausted and then devastated Robert Scott team realized they had lost the race and that Amundsen and his men had beaten them in an honorable quest to reach this prized designation on the vast and still largely unexplored Antarctic continent.
It is hard to imagine how cold and forbidding it must have seemed to the Scott expedition to have arrived at their hoped-for goal – only to discover the Norwegian flag proudly flying there. Even though the world was not literally watching (as might be the case now via television, satellites and the internet), the major nations of the Earth were well-aware of the missions taking place. Scott and his men labored on their return and – due to bad weather, starvation and fatigue. as well as depression. Tragically, they all lost their lives in the few weeks that followed their too-late finding of the South Pole in January 1912. (The British erected statues and monuments to Scott for his heroic attempt, and I remember as a child wondering what compelled so many fearless explorers over the centuries to take such extreme risks to discover unknown lands and reach long-range goals.)
Amundsen as an Emissary of the Planetary Logos
It turns out that on December 14, 1911, the far-out planet Neptune reached 24 degrees of Cancer – the exact zodiacal placement of Roald Amundsen’s natal Sun-Venus union on the North Heliocentric Node of Saturn. He was 39 years old and approaching the time in life – known astrologically to us now as the Mid-Life Crisis – when he and his team discovered the South Pole. It would still be a couple of years later when he would experience the potential trauma and confusion of transiting Neptune square his natal Neptune, and transiting Uranus opposing its natal position, but at the moment of discovery, transiting Neptune (the key to spiritual enlightenment, psychic sensitivity and utilizing the creative imagination on the highest levels) was precisely illuminating his Sun-Venus combined placementin the water sign of Cancer (think ice, snow and frozen tundra in this situation).
Now what makes this all the more remarkable is that the North and South Poles might just seem like upper and lower lines of energy for the Earth, but – from the esoteric realms – this is the spinal column of the being that gives life to our planet. Depending on what arcane sources you are familiar with, this entity is sometimes known as The Lord of the World, The Ancient of Days, Melchizedek, The Eternal Youth (my favorite name), as well as the more exotic Sanat Kumara. In many of the philosophical works concerning this presence, it said that he (or he/she – from the transcendent perspective) is deeply associated with the planet Venus, that Venus is the “alter-ego” to the Earth (the soul-mate?), and – furthermore – that the planet Saturn is one of the most profound solar systemic teachers to our Earth and humanity.
Somehow or another – and I never thought I would be saying this a few days ago – it appears that Roald Amundsen and his discovery of the South Pole was an adventure fatefully supervised or orchestrated via some of the most rarefied spiritual guides on our planet. The bottom line is that Amundsen, along with a team member, Oscar Wisting, are the only two individuals to have truly discovered both poles, since these two men also flew over the North Pole together on May 12, 1926. Amazingly, there was a New Moon at this time at 21 degrees of Taurus – exactly on Amundsen’s natal Pluto – a planet said to connect to the Base of the Spine chakra in esoteric astrology and healing. As befits this kind of strange, twilight-zone like adventure, two years later – in June 1928 – at age 55*, Roald Amundsen was lost at sea (think water-ruled Cancer Sun-Venus union again) while on a rescue mission. His body was never found.
*Using English-American style numerology, the name S A N A T (the first name of our Planetary Logos) adds up to 55 where S = 19, A = 1, N = 14, A = 1, and T = 20. All of this adds up to 55 – considered a double-digit master number, and therefore of very high order because it remains its own power rather than reducing to 10 or 1. For Amundsen to have been born when the Earth, the Sun and Venus were literally lined-up in the solar system, and totally connected to the North Heliocentric Node of Saturn (in reality being the orbit of Saturn around the Sun as it intersects around the zodiac), and to have discovered the South Pole when transiting Neptune was right on his Sun-Venus union, and to then die at age 55 – with a numerical vibration associated to the name SANAT (an anagram for Santa, as in Santa Claus, the Lord of the Poles, both North and South, depending on whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere) – strongly suggests that something far more intentional than mere coincidence was at work behind the scenes. In fact, these major events of Amundsen’s life appear to have been orchestrated in the manner of a deliberate synchronicity. Confirming my sense of this, as I was bringing together this research over the past weekend, the SyFy cable channel just happened to be running a film called Pole Storm, where a piece of a comet breaks off, hits the Earth and starts causing dire electro-magnetic pulses (EMPs) to occur in the atmosphere. In order to prevent our polar axis from tilting so far as to destroy all of life here on our fragile home base in the universe, a scientist devises a way to trigger enormous nuclear explosions on the opposite side of our planet (in the depths of the ocean).
Earth’s Polar Axis and the Fear of a “Pole Reversal”
Decades before the current concern over a global Armageddon due to the Mayan Calendar Long Count of 5,125-years ending in 2011 – 2012, America’s most famous psychic, Edgar Cayce, wrote about and had visions of a possible shift of the polar axis around the beginning of the 21st century. He died in January, 1945 and, since then, many books and stories have been written concerning whether a polar shift is more related to a reversal of magnetic north and south or the more catastrophic actual movement of the Earth on its axis. It is certainly true that the magnetic poles of our planet have reversed many times, and this has now been proven via geological research in looking at stone and metallic fragments from various epochs in our history. However, it remains to be seen whether the Earth periodically and drastically changes its polar orientation to the stars – which would wipe out entire civilizations very quickly. This would explain how many species in the past have become extinct and why an Atlantis or other continental realm of flourishing life might have met a shocking fate eons ago.
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the stirring discovery of the South Pole this week and simultaneously prepare for jolly old St. Nicolas (alias Santa, alias Father Christmas, alias Time-Keeper and Ring-Master Saturn, alias Sanat Kumara) to come down our chimney-like spinal columns bearing toys and gifts if we have been spreading goodwill to our dear ones, friends, colleagues, neighbors, fellow citizens and human souls worldwide, let us remember to give thanks that our Earth is still alive and flourishing, even as our astronomers and scientists gaze into the distant past (600-light-years away means 600 years going back in our past) hoping to find a habitable New Earth in the so-called Goldilocks Zone (not too hot, not too cold, but just right) of a solar system far, far away (and, unfortunately, only available for future colonization if we can travel faster than light, move through a wormhole or beam ourselves a la Star Trek teleportation to another location in the universe).
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