Total War & the Libra micro-age & overflow (1910 – 1915 –1920)


The Libra micro-age and overflow (Dec 1910 – Nov 1915 – Oct 1920)  was the last Libra period before our current one (the Libra micro-age decan and overflow Dec 2019 – Nov 2024 – Nov 2029), and was a highly significant period where major inroads were made by females, war again broke new ground in ferocity and mindlessness and China broke free of its heredity monarchy.   The focus towards female enfranchisement was mainly focused upon western nations – as has been the case since the arrival of the Age of Aquarius in the 15th century when Europeans commenced their maritime discoveries followed by their ruthless conquest of the world.

Very quickly in 1911, International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time across Europe.  Even the theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum in Paris in the same year can be linked back to the speculation that the painting is the very first painting of the modern woman near the beginning of both the Age of Aquarius and Libra age-decan.  Women went on trailblazing and in 1912 Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel and the Woman Suffrage Procession took place in Washington DC led by Inez Milholland on horseback.  The following year, Emily Davison, a British suffragette, ran out in front of the King’s horse, at The Derby and was critically trampled and died four days later in hospital.  It was also noted in Great Britain that, in the absence of men due to the First World War, not only did women replace men in the munitions factory, they were twice as efficient compared to when they were staffed exclusively by men.[1]

The world did not wait for this Libra MAD to grant women the vote, but only very few countries or states did so before this period.  An early country in this period was Norway when women got the vote in 1913.  In contrast, in 1915, the US House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote but ferment was in the air, and Denmark gave women the vote and Iceland followed (allowing women over 40 voting rights). In 1916 Margaret Sanger opened the first US birth control clinic, a forerunner of Planned Parenthood and Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the US House of Representatives. In 1917, women won the right to vote in New York State notwithstanding the “Night of Terror” when influential suffragettes from the Silent Sentinels were deliberately subjected to physical assaults by guards while imprisoned – the Nazi’s did not invent fascism.  The Russian Provisional Government enacted women’s suffrage and women were permitted to stand in national elections in the Netherlands.

As this Libra period came to a close, in 1918, most women in the UK over 30 were given the vote and Canadian women (excluding Quebec) were granted the right to vote in federal elections. Countess Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway Prison (London), became the first woman elected to the British House of Commons but did not take her seat.  1919 saw full women’s suffrage in the Netherland and finally at the 11th hour the United States Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed suffrage to women and was ratified the following year.

Some famous women also became notable during this time.  Mata Hari was arrested in Paris for spying in 1918 and Dr. Marie Stopes published her influential book Married Love in the U.K. In 1920, the Australian soprano Nellie Melba became history’s first well-known performer to make a radio broadcast when she sang two arias as part of an experimental series of broadcasts from a studio at the Marconi Company’s factory at Chelmsford in England.  The Canadian-American actress, Mary Pickford (1892 – 1979), “the World’s Sweetheart” along with Charlie Chaplin and others founded United Artists in 1919 and was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (created well after this Libra period).  Pickford was one of the most popular actresses of the 1910s and 1920s, earning the nickname “Queen of the Movies”[2] and obviously filling in for the goddess Venus.

Mary Pickford by Rufus Porter Moody c.1910

There are some other developments that are worth noting, commencing with the formation of the  Republic of China in 1912 after a revolution which overthrew the Qing dynasty, ending 5,000 years of monarchy in China and 267 years of the Manchu dynasty.  Libra has traditionally been associated with the Far East, and Libra seems to have a strong role in China’s astrological signature as opposed to Aries – common amongst all western nations. Also in 1912 the National Park Service was created in the USA, with parks and gardens also traditionally associated with Libra. In 1919 the Grand Canyon was made a National Park.  This connection to parks is noteworthy for the developing connection between Libra and the environmental movement.

Also in 1919, the League of Nations was founded whose principal mission was to maintain world peace and thus providing a strong link to Libra.  The USA’s innate Pisces’ nature saw it quickly retreat from international involvement and the US Senate spurned its membership of the League of Nations.  While this league was an abject failure, the astrology suggests that this is a seed for greater things to come – the world government greatly feared by many conservatives everywhere but without such an entity, a world devoid of major conflict or war is extremely unlikely. In 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded and is linked to Libra’s preference for justice such as the Black Lives Matter movement.  1920 also witnessed the launching of Mahatma Gandhi’s Non-Cooperation Movement in India, with the goal of obtaining independence from onerous British rule.  Earlier in this Libra period, Gandhi was leading the passive resistance against racial inequality in South Africa. Non-violent revolution is another hallmark of Libra.

1920 also saw the world’s first peaceful establishment of a social democratic government in Sweden. Social democracy theoretically promotes social justice within the framework of a liberal-democratic polity and a capitalist-oriented mixed economy, but wherever justice exists, so does Libra! Also in 1920, insulin was first isolated for the treatment of diabetes – the Libra disease due to Libra’s rulership of sugar and the current worldwide growing addiction to obesity as the new norm.

Libra has strong affinity to music, and so it is appropriate that jazz came of age under this Libra period.  The Original Dixieland Jass Band made the genre’s first recordings early in 1917, and their Livery Stable Blues became the earliest released jazz record. In 1919, Kid Ory’s Original Creole Jazz Band of musicians from New Orleans began playing in San Francisco and Los Angeles.[3]  This Libra period saw the birth of jazz as a major musical genre that displays no sign of abating its influence in the land of music.

“Tiger Rag” sheet music, 1918, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Leo Feist, New York.

Of course, the major event in this period was the monumental man-made disaster of the First World War triggered when the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in 1914, with the USA entering in 1917 and concluding on 11 November 1918.  With around 22 million deaths, it was one of the largest wars and deadliest conflicts in history. It also made history by being the ‘first total war’ and again confirms that each of these relatively small Libra periods, sitting within the Libra age decan (1433 – 2149), outstrips previous Libra periods in pushing the war envelope.  Unfortunately, this is an unsettling observation taking into account the current Libra micro-age decan and overflow (December 2019 – November 2024 – November 2029) – especially its second half (November 2024 – November 2029).

No one zodiacal sign is going to create conflict – most events are associated with an astrological signature composed of a number of distinct components.  This Libra MAD&OF sits within the larger and more powerful Aquarius micro-age and overflow (1910 – 25 – 40).  Aquarius was the key sign associated with the rise of the extreme politics of communism and fascism that dictated events in this 30 year period.  Aquarius is the sign of disruption (not rainbows in the sky). The coup-de-gras however is the last of the three strongest manifestations of Pisces in the world which will not be experienced at such potency for around another 25,000 years.  1910 marked the highpoint of the Pisces sub-age decan and overflow (1851 – 1910 – 1970) resonating with the massive Pisces age overflow (1433 – 3581).  This was the main game in town for the first half of the 20th century.

Pisces is also a key sign in Europe’s astrological signature, and the two world wars certainly saw Europe tear itself apart, something that is common in Europe whenever Pisces is strong.  The previous major Pisces rift was the Protestant Reformation that split European Christians into two and resulted in numerous military conflicts including the attempted invasion of Great Britain by the Spanish Armada. Only some of the world events in the period 1910 to 1920 can be associated with Libra, and in macro-astrology it is necessary to cherry-pick historical events from the cauldron of all events. 

There is no doubt that despite the First World War women were on the move in this Libra period, and many first world nations commenced the path of voting rights for women.  Women also broke new ground in their public achievements and notability – even notoriety.  China’s affinity to Libra was again witnessed with the final overthrow of monarchial government after 5,000 years.  The forerunner of the United Nations, the League of Nations, appeared as a well-meaning project that failed but is a sign of things to come over the coming centuries.  The non-violent approach to politics was appropriately instigated by Gandhi – first in his homeland of South Africa, then India – much to the consternation of the arrogant British authorities.  The maturation of jazz in this period is another acknowledgment of Libra and the coming of age of the USA – the age-empire of our times.

The First World War again demonstrates the link between major conflict and Libra not to mention that the momentum of violence unleashed upon the world by the Aries age and overflow ( 2862BC – 715 BC – 1433 AD) remains a potent negative force to be dealt with, and will probably be the main international focus in the second half of the Libra age-decan and overflow (1433 – 2149 – 2865) most likely due to an effective international body resembling a world government of some degree or other.


References:

[1] The Chronicle of the World, p 1067

[2] Mary Pickford, Wikipedia, Retrieved 06:20, September 3, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mary_Pickford&oldid=1039980639

[3] Jazz, Wikipedia, Retrieved 04:07, December 21, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jazz&oldid=991170655

Further Reading

The Backbone of the Libra Age-Decan (1433 – 2149)

The Baptism of the Libra age-decan (1433 – 2149)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (Dec 1527 – Dec 1532 – Nov 1537)

Libra micro-age decan and overflow (August 1582 – July 1592)

Libra micro-age and overflow (April 1627 – May 1642 – April 1657)

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (January 1692 – December 1701)

Libra micro-age decan & overflow (Sep 1746 – Sep 1751 – Aug 1756)

Libra micro-age and overflow (June 1791 – April 1806 – March 1821)

Civil Wars & More in the Libra micro-age decan & overflow (1856 – 1861 – 1866)

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