He Took the Long Route to Rout the Roman Army
History, eh? We may find it boring, but there are always moments in time when the impossible happens, and the whole concept of military warfare gets turned on its head.
And so it is with this ancient Roman battle against an invasion by Hannibal Barca and his Carthaginian cohorts. Who can forget the image of elephants crossing the alps?
But how did he win the Battle of Cannae?
In short, by enticing the overly confident, physically superior, Roman army into striking at his weaker middle ranks, and then, employing what we now call a ‘pincer’ movement, surrounding the whole battle formation and then slaughtering them. It was the worse loss of human life on the battlefield up to that point in time, equivalent to all the American soldiers killed during the Vietnam War.
The pivotal planet is Saturn, in Aquarius in the 5th House. (The timing is considered the ‘normal’ start of any battle, not at dawn, but after breakfast. An army doesn’t do very well on an empty stomach.) All the planets except Saturn are on the Eastern side of the chart. At the dividing line, Pluto is opposite the Midheaven. And Saturn is inconjunct to the Ascendant. This chart has a ‘fated’ feel to it.
I won’t try to parse the aspects, but suffice it to say that Rome didn’t expect their enemy to walk up to the gates of the city and knock so loudly on their door.