A bluefin tuna has been sold for three quarters of a million dollars in
- a price almost double last year's record sale. The bluefin tuna, prized for
making the finest sushi, fetched 56.49m yen ($736,000, £472,125) at Tsukiji
fish market's first auction of the year. The winning bidder was Kiyoshi Kimura,
owner of a sushi restaurant chain.Japan is the world's biggest consumer of
seafood, eating about 80% of the Tokyo Atlantic and
Pacific bluefins caught. 5th Jan 2013, BBC
A report issued this week [7th Jan] by fisheries scientists on behalf of fishing nations, including the
United States and , shows that decades of
uncontrolled overfishing have left stocks vulnerable, with conservationists
warning that there is a real possibility of their collapse. Japan
Shown above is the chart for the 20th May 2012 solar eclipse at
progressed to 5th January 2013, the date of the news item. We can immediately see that as per the rules
of mundane astrology the chart is significant for the date since the eclipse [0ge21]
has reached the IC of the chart. The Sun
forms a T-square with a Mars-Neptune opposition. Mars [10vi32] is on the the star Zosma [11vi30] (the constellation of the Lion)
while Tokyo Neptune [3pi06] is on Fomalhaut [4pi07] (the Southern Fish).
"The lion ever devises fresh fights and fresh warfare on animals, and lives on spoil and pillaging of flocks. The sons of the Lion are filled with the urge to adorn their proud portals with pelts and to hang up on their walls the captured prey, to bring the peace of terror to the woods, and to live upon plunder. There are those whose like bent is not checked by the city-gates, but they swagger about in the heart of the capital with droves of beasts; they display mangled limbs at the shop-front, slaughter to meet the demands of luxury, and count it gain to kill. " [Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, p.237.]
On the Ascendant [17Aq03] we have the stars Sualocin and Rotanev of Delphinus.
The constellation of Delphinus is associated with the story of Amphitrite, the goddess of the sea, because the dolphin persuaded her to become the wife of Neptune, and Delphinus was known as Persuasor Amphitrites, as well as Neptunus and Triton.
[Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard
Hinckley Allen, 1889].
About AMPHITRITE some say she was one of the fifty Nereides, others an Okeanis, but most simply describe her as the female personification of the sea: the loud-moaning mother of fish, seals and dolphins. The ‘moaning mother’ gives one the feel that the goddess is concerned with the general condition of all creatures in her domain.
"Other men take pleasure in looking for the sea in the sea itself: they dive beneath the waves and try to visit Nereus and the sea nymphs in their caves; they bring forth the spoils of the sea and the booty that wrecks have lost to it, and eagerly search the sandy bottom.” [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.335].
When we put Manilius’ quotes about the constellations Leo and Delphinus along with the description of Amphitrite as the ‘moaning mother of fishes’ do we not get a picture of overfished seas and depletion of fish stocks?
But the eclipse is not done with us yet. It goes on to bring its message home. The eclipse at 0ge21 was in ancient
part of an asterism called Py,
the Net, representing a hunting net. Sometimes Mao, the
Pleaides, were also seen as a net and together they were called T’ien-Kang,
the Celestial snares. The Autumn hunt was a huge massacre of animals in
which the Emperor himself, in his war uniform, took part. But given the wisdom
he was guided by the following advice which forms part of the Hexagram 8 of
the I Ching: China
“In the royal hunts of ancient
customary to drive up the game from three sides, but on the fourth the animals
had a chance to run off. If they failed to do this they had to pass through a
gate behind which the king stood ready to shoot. Only animals that entered here
were shot; those that ran off in front were permitted to escape. This custom
accorded with a kingly attitude; the royal hunter did not wish to turn the
chase into a slaughter, but held that the kill should consist only of those animals
which had so to speak voluntarily exposed themselves.”  China
 I Ching, Richard Wilhelm