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As you may have guessed from my recent post about the mummies of Peru, the Incans and Pre-Incans are a long-time fascination of mine.
I recently found an entertaining and informative book about the trek of Hiram Bingham, the explorer who was the first modern-day Westerner to discover Machu Picchu, the site of an Incan royal city in the Andes. The city is thought to have been built in about 1450.
In his 2012 New York Times best-seller, Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Mark Adams alternates between Bingham’s account of his quest to find the lost city and Adam’s own parallel journey on foot, under the same rugged, demanding, and often dangerous conditions.
The author notes that Hiram Bingham arrived at that site on July 24, 1911 at around noon, after leaving for this last leg of the journey at 10:07 AM. (P.176 of Adams’ book.) Bingham kept meticulous notes and photographed everything, so the time of just past noon was accurate. Could any astrologer resist the temptation to erect a chart for that time? Not this one! You can see it below.
I tried both times, but the noon chart with the Sun at the Midheaven, was absolutely perfect, considering that a main theme of the site was worshipping the Sun god, who was supposedly personified by the Ruler of the Incan state. The Sun in Sun-ruled Leo is the point of a fixed t-square.
The other two points of the t-square are Jupiter in Scorpio on the Ascendant and Mars in Taurus on the Descendant. Mars-Jupiter-Sun, to me, could also represent Bingham himself, an adventurer and explorer, a notable one whose great fame was due in great part to showmanship and tireless self-promotion.
The fixed nature of the T-square points to the type of persistent effort getting to the site would have required, given the incredible physical demands of making his way through jungles and up tall and dangerously rugged mountains.
(Bingham himself was born on 11/19/1875 in Honolulu, Hawaii.) Jupiter’s place in the t-square would represent his family lineage, as the third in a line of ministers and missionaries.
Many of Bingham’s claims about his journey have been disputed over the years, and Peru has been suing Yale for the return of artifacts Bingham brought home with him. Considering that transiting Saturn in Scorpio has been in the 12th house of the chart setting off the T-square, but is about to crest over the Ascendant, what might we expect to unfold in the seemingly timeless story of Machu Picchu?
(See my post about Peruvian and other mummies here: I Must Have Been a Mummy in my Other Life.)
Readers, what else do you see in this chart, and what do you make of it? Leave your observations in the comment section below this post.