Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Vikings Invade England as Pluto Transits Capricorn 793 CE

In 793, when Pluto was in Capricorn, the Vikings (Danes) first invaded England. It became a trend for hundreds of years. The solution England reached was to "payoff" the invaders with what became known as the "Danegeld" [gold paid to Danes].

Hamlet is a product of that era of special "closeness" between England and Denmark. In "Hamlet", Act 3, scene 1, King Claudius is talking of Prince Hamlet's insanity and says:

" ...he shall with speed to England,
For the demand of our neglected tribute."

The first payment of the Danegeld to the Vikings was made by Ethelred II in 845. The bribe was a massive payment of nearly six tons of silver and gold bullion.

It is estimated that the total amount of money paid by the Anglo-Saxons amounted to some sixty million pence. More Anglo-Saxon pence of this period have been found in Sweden than in England [is this a foreshadowing or what?] .... The Danegeld went on until at least 1016.

Danegeld is the subject of a poem by Rudyard Kipling. I love Kipling which I inherited from my dad. It ends in the following words:

“It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: --
"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!"”

This is another indication that the issues in the coming Pluto Capricorn era will concern resources like silver and gold, countries "buying each other up" or "off" and financial muscle rather than terrorism and religious wars.

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