The Zodiacal Earth-Field - 11
VIRGO ZONE: from 61º08' to 31º08'. This includes all that we usually call the Near-East, i.e. Palestine, Arabia, Mesopotamia, Persia, Turkey, most of European Russia, and to the south the Eastern coast of Africa, including its high mountains and the island of Madagascar. Historians once thought that agriculture and civilization had originated in the valleys south of the Caucasus — and we still speak of the Caucasian races — but now the new vogue is to trace the origin of man to the south-eastern section of Africa — still in the same Virgo, longitude zone. The Zoroastrian, Egyptian (Akh-na-ton), Mosaic, Christian, Islamic and Bahai religions had their origin in that same region of the globe, between North latitudes 25º and 35º. This fits well the Virgo character, for all such so-called "higher religions" represent various ways for man to reach and to serve a personalized God, Who is seen as the Exemplar and Teacher; i.e. they involve a personal relationship of devoted service (Virgo) between man (in the midst of a crisis of self-transformation) and God.
At a different level, modern Communist Russia emphasizes work and the laboring class, as well as an intellectual approach worshipful of a type of science, to which we may well attribute a typically Virgo (i. e. analytical) character — for instance, Pavlov's experiments. It is also perhaps typical of Virgo (symbol of the "critical state" between the different levels of material organization) to stress the need for revolutionary activity and as well the longing for one kind or another of idealized. Millennium. The conjunctions of Uranus and Pluto in the sign, Virgo, could be said to have stirred up, or "clocked" the Arab-Israel conflict.
LEO ZONE: from 31º08' to 1º08'. This section of the globe encompasses the whole of central and western Europe, as well as most of Africa, from Algeria to South Africa. Leo is certainly an adequate symbol for this Western Europe which has arrogated herself the right to dominate and control the whole Earth. Leo represents the human ego and its urge for self-expression and conquest. Here we have witnessed the activities of nations claiming to be "master races" from ancient Rome to modern England and Germany. Paris, Ville lumiere where once le Roi Soleil (the Sun King, Louis XIV) ruled, is the cusp city of this zone of the globe, at 2º20' east longitude. On the other side of the cusp — the end of the Cancer zone — stands London, and most of England, ruler of the seven seas (Cancer is a water sign).
CANCER ZONE: from 1º08' east to 28º52' west longitude. England, Ireland, the western part of France, Spain and Portugal and West Africa are found in that zone — and much of the Atlantic Ocean, including Iceland. We find there some of the great sea-faring people. The strategic Azores Islands are just at the Gemini-Cancer cusp.
GEMINI ZONE: from 28º52' to 58º52' west longitude. In the northern region we have Greenland, and below the equator, Brazil, whose westernmost towns are located within the 35th degree of longitude. We do not know yet what will emerge of this vast country; but it is likely to have a very important future in the centuries ahead — perhaps because there will be much destruction in the northern hemisphere.
TAURUS ZONE: from 58º52' to 88º52'. This includes the whole of western South America and the Atlantic coast of North America — and we often fail to realize that the furthest western point in South America and the Panama Canal are at about 80º west longitude, which is the longitude of Palm Beach in Florida, Charleston in South Carolina and Harrisburg in Pennsylvania. This zone ends just east of St. Louis and New Orleans and west of Chicago. It includes all of Central America, Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico. It therefore refers to the Maya, Aztec, etc. cultures of Mexico. Interestingly, the shape of the gulf of Mexico region suggests that of a cross-section of the throat, with Florida as the epiglotis; Yucatan, prolonged by Cuba and the Antilles, could be considered as a tongue. There may be food for thought in such a morphological "Signature," in so far as Mexican culture is concerned.
ARIES ZONE: from 88º 52' to 118º52'. Within this zone we find mainly the Mountain States and Southern California, including the Los Angeles region (longitude 118º15'). Santa Barbara (longitude 119º42') is just at the eastern end of the Pisces zone. Reno is on the Western border of the Aries zone. This region, thus, can be related to the head of the zodiacal Man, just as western Europe is to be related to his heart-center, and the Near-East to the solar plexus. If this seems strange, let us not forget that "form follows function" as architects often say; and that we are dealing here with potentialities of collective human development. Above all, we should not identify head with the cerebral cortex and intellectual thought. There are many other organic centers within the cranium, than the organ of human intelligence, the forebrain — some of which refer to the capacity for vision and image-making. Indeed Hollywood has produced "images" which have circulated through and influenced the whole of mankind.
Besides, we should consider the Aries and Taurus zone as a twofold unit, as a dyad. Leo and Virgo also form such a bi-polar whole, which may account for the relationship between western Europe Christianity and Hebrew Palestine, for the Crusades and, before them, for the spread of Near Eastern and Greek thought through Arab Spain. Thus the North American continent as a whole integrates the head and throat centers. But our present-day American society does not as yet embody the most essential possibilities latent in the continent of North America — and we may have yet to see what will develop in Canada, perhaps as a result of the shifting of the North Pole and of a basic change in climate.
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