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Paleoartist John Gurche used fossils from a South African cave to reconstruct
the face of Homo naledi, the newest addition to the genus Homo.
Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

No, the Homo Naledi didn’t practice astrology, but when I heard about this new species, my first response was to find the date of the discovery. With this information, I could augment what I read in the news by using the tool of astrology.

Every discovery has a horoscope, because the revelation is a birth. That horoscope, like your birth chart, gives indications of potential.

The actual date that caver Steve Tucker first discovered the remains of the Homo Naledi  in the Cradle of Humankind at the Rising Star Cave was September 13, 2013.

When paleontologist Lee Berger was alerted about the find, he sought funding through National Geographic so he could do the research. Because the entry to the cave was so narrow, the team qualified to be the underground astronauts consisted of six women.

I remain curious as to why the cave is called Rising Star, which may simply be its physical relationship to the first star on the evening horizon — often not a star, but the planet Venus.

Because the remains were found in that cave and the word “naledi” is “star” in South African, this basically names the species: star human.

We already know about our DNA makeup, to quote Carl Sagan: “All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff”.

Of course, Carl Sagan, an astronomer and astrophysicist, was always quick to disparage astrology. Many scientists react in this way, because they don’t understand that astrology is the art of interpreting symbols. As a symbolist, I am intrigued to see what continued studies about this species reveals.

NalediThe Moon (symbolizing emotions, women, roots) was in the sign of Capricorn on the day of discovery. A Capricorn Moon signifies a professional stand; to take a stand that transforms the paradigm is indicated by Pluto directly behind the Moon far out in the heavens.

Pluto symbolizes irrevocable transformation and coupled with the Moon, plumbs to the depths of the subconscious.

The Ascendant/ Rising Sign for noon is Capricorn, with the Moon and Pluto on the horizon as well. Capricorn is the sign connected to the planet Saturn. Saturn represents order, boundaries and fear. Saturn is conjunct (in line with) Venus in the event horoscope and with the North Node (symbolizing destiny and what is to be). This Saturn/Venus/Node configuration in the sign of Scorpio, dovetails beautifully as a symbol for the dedicated group of women who performed the actual excavation work.

The public announcement of this research (heralding the October National Geographic’s content) occurred right before the September New Moon/Solar Eclipse. This September 13, 2015 eclipse is the two year anniversary of Naledi’s discovery.

The Sun is in the sign of Virgo, the only zodiacal sign that depicts a woman. Virgo is known for organization and ritual, two of the apparent habits of Homo Naledi. It’s also fascinating that the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the Sun on September 13 is “A girl’s basketball team”.  I write more about that on the post about this recent eclipse….

There seems to be a great deal of symbolism about the Divine Feminine in the discovery of Homo Naledi. The word naledi is a name that South Africans give to girl children. Both Venus and the Moon are prominent in the horoscope of this discovery, the planets traditionally seen as linked to goddesses.

The coupling of the Moon, which symbolizes women and Pluto (god of the underworld) coming over the horizon on the discovery chart indicates the disclosure of secrets that can shift our conscious reality. The hands that released Homo Naledi from the earth were those of six women.

I wonder what the scientists will find about the habits and rituals of this species and if it is indeed related to Homo Sapiens?

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