Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fish Have Left the Building, Woman Bearing Jugs at the Gate

    

Oh reason, reason, abstract phantom 
of the waking state, I had already 
expelled you from my dreams, 
now I have reached a point where those 
dreams are about to become fused with 
apparent realities: now there is only 
room here for myself.  
                                                                                                                    -- Louis Aragon



Welcome to the Age of Aquarius !

Congratulations ! We are now officially Aquarians, one and all. By being present here at this moment, we have elected to become...the first human beings. Yes, we are the missing link, 'the ones we've been waiting for.' Are we honoured ? Will we be able to live up to the responsibility we undertook ? Or even remember undertaking it...did you drink from Mnemosyne or Lethe while you were out ?



"Where did we come from ? Who Are We ? Where are we going ?"  

We don't know where or when life began on this planet, but our earthly life cycles always seem to begin with an emergence from water, which is why water ritual plays an important role in so many world religions. Out of the sea and onto land, out of the womb and into the world, out of the sea of dreams and into consciousness… each birth renews the sense of infinite possibility. 
In Chinese mythology, the carp (Pisces) must swim against the current (Aquarius) and try to leap over the waterfall to the Dragon's Gate. If successful, it is transformed into a powerful dragon. 2012 is, of course, the Year of the Dragon.


The Pisces Age began roughly 2160 years ago. Under it's influence organized religion spread like a tsunami (often just as destructively) within and beyond the so-called 'civilized' world. Like the magi who came bearing gifts for the new 'king', Buddha, Jesus and Muhammed came out of the east, bearing teachings for the infant us, but instead, cults formed around the teachers themselves and, well, you know the rest. The same old, tribal wars continued raging, but in the name of "God." 

                                     
From the Belly of the Whale...



To understand myth and ritual, we must look first to the natural world, where our memories and stories began. The salt water that makes up 70% of our bodies, originated in the sea. Fire may reclaim the spirit, but the soul seeks refuge in and returns to the great pool of tears, presided over by the Moon, where age-old memories remain. And water's memories go back further still, brought here by asteroids from who-knows-where. Nothing reminds us of how 

old, sacred and interconnected life is like water, wherein dreams and reality are one, shapes shift, appear, disappear, reflect, eat each other… but life doesn't end, it just morphs into something else. 

Virtually every great civilization arose near a sea or a river, where nutrients were deposited on the land as the water rose and fell and fish were plentiful. Hence, the majority of creation myths were based on floods, fish, whales, or sea monsters, all synonymous with the great Mother's womb. 



In ancient Babylon and Egypt, annual flooding of the rivers was predicted by royal priests, using mathematics and astrology, which must have seemed like magic to the uninitiated masses. So, the heavens were interconnected with the waters, as was science with religion and art. Myth was a metaphor for natural occurrences and the priests were (and still are, to some extent) keepers of the stories, rituals and rites linking heaven and earth.


 
Creator God Enki, Babylonian and Persian priestly classes

As an example, Mother Isis 'eats' the fish-penis of Osiris, as does Aphrodite eat her 'little fish', so that he may be reborn again through her. The image of the Sun sinking into and rising again from the water provided a natural metaphor for the concept of eternal life and was likely the visual inspiration for the ankh symbol (the word 'ankh' or 'nkh' itself being the active, magic component). The son/Sun fish is well-acquainted with the maternal mysteries and is therefor willing to sacrifice himself repeatedly. He will instruct the people in rituals by which to restore his life, and theirs. To the Celts, he was Tuan, to the Haida, Salmon Boy, to Christians, Jesus, but the myths are essentially the same. 


Anubis prepares Osiris to be sent down the River

"The truth that I have brought forth is the Sun" - Isis

During Pisces' reign, the fish cults of Mesopotamia/Babylon and Egypt were imported to Europe and the 'Holy See' of Rome, via conquests, migrations and later, the crusades. The desert - a vast, dried up sea, or 'wasteland' - was seen as a warning sign of what would happen in the west, if Goddess worship was also eradicated there. Thus, the peoples' beloved Lady was not removed from the temples, but instead cleaned of her fish scent and made into the Virgin Mother or 'Holy Spirit' (Venus' dove). 


The Catholic practice of eating fish on Friday goes back to when people honoured the water-born, love Goddess Venus-Aphrodite on her day (Vendredi, or Freya's Day) by eating fish, considered an aphrodisiac. It has simply been edited of any sexual content. Pisces was under Venus' rulership in ancient times and is still considered the her sign of exaltation. 





       



       Sacred profanities: Medieval crusade memento, Pieta, modern Naples Graffiti 


Poisoned at the source


As the Piscean age drew to a close and Pluto entered Capricorn (early 2009), it seemed as if each day, another long-standing institution was having it's dirty laundry exposed. Questioned about child abuse scandals, the Pope explained that pedophilia was 'normal' in his day…hmm, must be all that fish eating. Victimization, martyrdom and slavery are Pisces trends that must now be phased out - this includes slaving at anything all day just to pay the bank (if you love and chose your own work, that's different). Then there's slavery to one's beliefs…are you tired of being hooked on the same, old, fish story ? Are you ready to inherit the secret of your own creation and make some new mythology ?

"For a moment my soul was elevated from its debasing and miserable fears to which these sights were the monuments and the remembrances. For an instant I dared to shake off my chains, and look around me with a free and lofty spirit; but the iron had eaten into my flesh, and I sank again, trembling and hopeless, into my miserable self."    -- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein


God baits the Devil with Jesus (the Ransom Theory of Salvation), Tigris Salmon (actually a carp)


According to Maritime Law, people are legal merchandise, a commodity, i.e. slaves. Are you aware of why we have birth and death certificates ? They are nothing but receipts. The recent Occupy movement is just a start; during Aquarius, the time will come to throw out the forms, the imposed time grid, the fake money and (re)claim our inherent status as human beings. 


In the coming millenia, wars may no longer be fought in the name of religion, but it's unlikely that all wars will end (although… you never know). What will happen is that there'll be more and more opportune moments for individuals to experience Uranian quantum leaps and begin thinking for themselves. Polar opposite Leo will see to that. (Perhaps we'll get some help, too, since extra-terrestrials and angels come under Aquarius' rulership). Have you ever had a lucid moment in a dream, where you suddenly realized you could make a conscious choice to direct the outcome ? In a sacred manner, we are now beginning to wake within our collective dream.

                   Sisiutl articulated salmon transformation mask by BC artist, Wayne Alfred


The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.
The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in an egg, and 
in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs.
Dreams are the seedlings of realities.      - James Allen

Meanwhile, natural disasters will continue to remind us of the fact that we were all created equal (Aquarius) and open our hearts to full capacity (Leo).




Uranian Rhapsody

Since Uranus (rebellion, explosion, sudden events, social movements, uranium) moved into Aries (Mars, fire, youth, hero, warrior) in March 2011, we've seen it's energies channeled as anarchy by many, but also constructively - and indeed bravely - by consciously awake individuals. Uranus, the Trickster and modern ruler of Aquarius, is equated with Prometheus, the sacrificial hero who stole Zeus' fire and gave it to mankind. It's exactly why governments are so afraid of the people right now. It seems like they are becoming more powerful, with all their policing and cracking down, but in fact, it is exactly the opposite. The people have been given the fire. Uranus into Aries, the individual, was the first marker of the transition.     




       
    Tarot Ace of Swords representing truth and victory over illusion, Joan d'Arc Coat of Arms                   
 
       
               
Modern Joans standing up to injustice: Brigitte DePape, the page who roared in the House of Commons, Bradley Manning, jailed for blowing the whistle to Wikileaks and Ta'Kaiya Blaney, ten year old environmental activist/singer, speaking out against the proposed BC oil pipeline.


The death of Fisher King, Steve Jobs was another sign of a torch being passed. A double Pisces, he'd initiated us into the Aquarian age via the personal computer. On the day he died, Martin Scorsese's documentary, 'George Harrison - Living in a Material World' made its TV debut. Pisces George shared a birthday with Jobs and had also worked his magic under an Apple logo. This was the second marker, illustrated with doubles.
The third and final step was through the 11-11-11 portal last November. Aquarius is the 11th house of the zodiac. We walked through the gate, again accompanied by firey Mars (as Scorpio this time), Venus' lover. Note the triple number here. As the hypnotist said, "when I count to three you will awake from your trance."

Like fish and water, Pisces and Aquarius are not really separate entities. If the fishes represent copulation, the 'water-bearer' is the co-mingling of fluids, just like the male Tigris and female Euphrates of the Fertile Crescent. Aquarius, a fixed air sign, is mind-oriented and it's polar opposite, Leo, rules the heart. If you've ever made love with another and felt complete cosmic, dissolving, timeless union, then you'll understand how and why we have evolved to our present form - so that body, heart and consciousness can be unified in experience. 
On another note, get ready for some (more) of the weirdest science yet. I am sure that by the time we get to Capricorn and Sagittarius ages, mergoats, centaurs and other fabulous beasts will be no longer be confined to ancient mythology. 



The Divine Right of Everyone


The Aquarius/Leo polarity, at it's best, embodies this entity of unity that extreme left-brainers seek in the form of a 'God particle'. Love is the one, true religion - it's eternal, and you don't need to go to a church or be descended from a particular bloodline to practice it. The driving force behind our evolution in the Aquarian age will be the freedom to love - to love oneself without shame, another being without fear and the world without discrimination. This may sound overly idealistic, but I do feel that circumstances will continue to make it increasingly difficult for people to deny the truth - that we are already free. Low self-esteem is at the root of all our troubles.



If there is light in the soul   
There will be beauty in the person.

If there is beauty in the person,

There will be harmony in the house.

If there is harmony in the house,

There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,

There will be peace in the World.

          -- Chinese Proverb    
   


Orphic Hymn 77 to Mnemosyne (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.) :

"To Mnemosyne (Memory), Fumigation from Frankincense. 
The consort I invoke of Zeus divine; source of the holy, sweetly speaking Mousai nine; free from the oblivion of the fallen mind, 
by whom the soul with intellect is joined. 
Reason’s increase and thought to thee belong, all-powerful, 
pleasant, vigilant, and strong. ‘Tis thine to waken from lethargic 
rest all thoughts deposited within the breast; and nought neglecting,     vigorous to excite the mental eye from dark
oblivion’s night. Come, blessed power, thy mystics’ memory 
wake to holy rites, and Lethe’s (Forgetfulness) fetters break."






   Remember:
         I am a natural Human Being       
               Karma is the Law   
                      Love is my Religion






Videos:

Haida Sacred Salmon Ceremony at Jericho Beach:


Terry Gilliam - Crimson Permanent Assurance 
(part one):
(part two):

Bob Marley - Redemption Song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFGgbT_VasI






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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sagittarius

 November 22, the Sun moves out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius. 
Do you feel lighter already ?!




Having passed through the death of the flesh we arrive in the 9th house of higher, less temporal concerns. The spark that ignited the life cycle in Spring (Aries) and fuelled the Sun in Summer (Leo), is now the transforming fire of the hearth (or altar) that will keep our spirits alive through the long, winter passage. 


                                 

In days of olde, before TV and computers, people gathered by the fireplace or camp fire and told stories. Most Sagittarians are natural-born story tellers, be their medium words, pictures or music. And they like to take in as much information as they put out. They often seem to have invisible antennae that tune into the constellation of Sagittarius, where the galactic centre is located.





Jupiter ("fire father"), King of the Gods rules this sign. His other western incarnations are Zeus, Odin, Wotan, Jove, Jehovah, etc. Oh yes, and Santa Claus, too. Santa is directly descended from Odin 'the Bearded One,' with a bit of Catholic Saint Nicholas thrown in to make him seem a bit less Pagan-y. In his Greek and Roman incarnations, Zeus-Jupiter had an insatiable sex drive and would've  been considered an abusive husband, by our standards. But the lightening-bolt hurling, sperm bank of the sky has mellowed in his old age. In astrology, he is known as the 'greater benefic' (Venus being the 'lesser'),' who bestows good fortune during his one year transit through each zodiac house...or down their chimneys, as the case may be. He is still currently retrograde in Taurus, but will get moving again on Christmas day - fitting ! 







In Tarot, two sides of Jupiter are represented as the Emperor, he is the masculine principal, dressed in war garb, right beside his female counterpart, Juno, the Empress. (His crossed legs make the symbol for Jupiter). The eagles on their shields are alchemical symbols - wings pointing up for female and down for male. This seems contrary to fire being masculine and earth being feminine, but it is rather like the yin yang, wherein each side contains it's opposite. (See bottom for Empress card)


The male, fertility God rains downward on the Earth, while the plant growth of the earth reaches upward, toward the Sun and rain. 
Jupiter is also the Pope (or 'Heirophant'), being the bridge to our higher consciousness, the religious/spiritual father.

These two aspects of Jupiter play out in the sign of Sagittarius. Many Sagittarians are warrior-like and disciplined, suited to martial arts, team sports, debating, politics, etc, while others are more in tune with the realm of spiritual pursuits, dance, music, dreams, visions. Some are both.




                                  Sagittarian sons, Disney and Beethoven (pastoral Symphony) come together in 'Fantasia'


Like it's opposite sign, Gemini, Sagittarius wrestles with reconciling it's earthly and immortal sides. But while Gemini can usually get away with avoiding the issue until age forces it, Sagittarius is terminally aware and actively seeks answers to life's mysteries. Beneath their joviality, centaurs are often driven by deep pain, as was the noble centaur, Chiron, on which the constellation is based. Their gift is in being able to transform it and be an inspiration to others. 
Sagittarius, in it's most elevated sense, can be like an earthly microcosm of the whole cosmos, the drama of darkness and light. (It's the sign of astrology, naturally).



To See the world in a grain of sand, 

And heaven in a wild flower,







Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

   And eternity in an hour.
                    



Sagi Anthem ? The Who  'The Seeker' live in Germany, 1970
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGVFt4Fu4Pk&feature=related


In other news (briefly)... 


Mercury will retrograde on the eve of Nov. 23, in Sagittarius, until Dec. 13. You all know the routine, but this time, be extra careful with your words as the archer has a habit of speaking before thinking. Here's a little ditty by D.B. Wyndham Lewis to keep in mind:


  I shot an arrow into the air;
    I don't know how it fell or where;
 But strangely enough, at my journey's end,
   I found it again in the neck of a friend.


The New Moon of Nov. 25 will also be in Sagittarius. This is the 'Diana Moon,' of the huntress, seeker, wise maiden. If you are not an inward-seeking type, it's a good time to be social and meet new friends. 
There will be a partial Solar eclipse in Sagittarius during the New Moon. We won't see it in the North, but we will likely feel it's effect. Any weakened structures will find it much harder to stay standing after this, metaphorically and physically speaking. There will also be a Lunar eclipse Dec. 10, in Sagittarius' opposite sign, Gemini. The Trickster's presence while the lights are out always means a bit of a rude awakening, but it's only to help make us wiser.
Here's an explanation of what eclipses can signify, by Susan Miller:
http://www.astrologyzone.com/forecasts/eclipse.html


Venus leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn Nov. 26, until Dec. 20, trading her hippy garb for a grey flannel suit. In Capricorn, Venus is subtle, dignified on the surface, the earthy feminine with a sexy, slight masculinity (think Marlene Dietrich). But she's no ice princess...beneath her cool exterior lives a true pagan nymph. She's got expensive taste, besides, and will be in cahoots with fellow hedonist, Jupiter for about a week, until Dec. 2. With Mercury still retrograde, be careful about blowing too much money on extravagant gifts you can't really afford or can't return ! Keep all receipts. 


Uranus will go direct Dec. 9 and Mercury Dec. 13,  followed by Jupiter, Dec 25, as mentioned. Thus begins the yearly period which I like to think of as Jupiter's gift, when every planet is in direct motion at once. All systems are go until Jan. 23, when Mars begins it's retrograde. Seize the day with the rebirth of the Sun and the help of Capricorn's ability to manifest your Sag-nificant visions !







 

 

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