Back in Byzantium in the mid 400s and early 500s, a debate raged about whether Christ was both human and divine or just divine. The belief that Christ was just divine is called monophysitism.
[All references to Byzantium are from John Julius Norwich’s “A Short History of Byzantium.“]
By the time of the great ruler Justinian in the early 500s, the populace had divided into two factions – the Blues and the Greens. Blue and green originally represented, according to Norwich, the colors worn by the two principal teams of charioteers.
Norwich later writes that the Blues “tended to be the party of big landowners and the old Graeco-Roman aristocracy while the Greens represented trade, industry and civil service.”
Norwich later writes that the Blues “had gradually come to be loosely associated with religious orthodoxy, the Greens with monophysitism.”
Two political parties, represented by colors, defined by wealth, work and religion –
Unlike today, the Blues and Greens united after Justinian’s new tax collector decided to strictly enforce the rules.
The Blues and Greens united in what was called the Nika Revolt. Unfortunately for the united Blues and Greens (does that make purple or an icky dark gray?), they were ambushed and quashed.
In Byzantium, divided they stood and united they fell.
Justinian had considered fleeing the angry mobs, but his infamous wife, Theordora, talked him out of it as an emperor should never be a fugitive. In the last line of a quote from Theodora on the matter she says, “As for me, I stand by the ancient saying; the purple is the noblest winding sheet.”
October 3 Presidential Debate
Speaking of political parties represented by colors (Blue States and Red States), divided by wealth, work and religion, the first 2012 US Presidential Debate between Democrat President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney occurs this Wednesday, October 3.
OHA, as always, helps where it can and has spent several minutes putting together this very thorough astrological prep sheet. OHA will turn away from Byzantine political treachery and seek the most positive manifestation of energy for each of these powerful, successful and dynamic men.
We mustn’t forget that running for president is like the Olympics – regardless of each man’s slip ups and foibles, it takes a very strong person to make it as far as each has.
October 3 Astrological Placements
Wednesday, October 3 has a very interesting mix of placements. The sun is in Libra with a wide T-square with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn.
The moon in Taurus is opposite Mars in Scorpio.
Venus in zero degrees of Virgo is opposite Neptune in zero degrees of Pisces.
Mercury is conjunct Saturn in the late degrees of Libra.
Jupiter in Gemini is wandering off on its own a bit – it trines the sun but is off by degree from many of the other planets.
Do’s and Don’ts – Barack Obama [using Aquarius rising chart]
Do put on that Gemini moon butterfly sociability while Jupiter is lending a hand. But don’t talk too fast or lay on too many details to overwhelm the crowd.
Do take care of the throat. With moon in Taurus in the 3rd, you may have a sore throat. We’re not smoking again, are we?
Do wear something sexy, as transiting Mars conjuncts Neptune in Scorpio in the 9th.
Don’t let the nasty transiting T-square (Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, sun in Libra) which affects the 11th – 2nd – 8th compulse you to talk in terms of “haves” and “have nots.” It’s a tension, but not a release.
Do’s and Don’ts – Mitt Romney [using Gemini rising chart]
Do let go of ideas of what your parents are thinking. The Venus (in Virgo) and Neptune (in Pisces) opposition is at the very edge of the 4th and 10th houses. Instead of thinking about parents, think about you and society.
Do let Jupiter transiting your natal Uranus in Gemini allow you to have some fun! If you say something wrong, just laugh at it.
Do show your Scorpio moon passion while Mars is transiting and not think you have to be a more placid moon in Taurus type person.
Don’t let the nasty transiting T-square (Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, sun in Libra) which affects the 5th – 8th – 11th draw you into a response about “haves” and “have nots.” Talk in terms of the 5th house self-expression and 8th & 11th house sharing.
Now we know the astrology but we won’t know tie colors until the night of the debate.
Will the men wear Democrat blue (state) or Republican red (state)?
United States flag red, white and blue?
Throat chakra electric blue?
Byzantine emperor purple?