Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 23 - Dark Luminaries, Double Goddess

While having nothing to do with the ancient Egyptian Goddess, it's hard not to make the connection whenever a news pundit refers to the Islamic militant group, IS/ISIL as 'ISIS'. Women named Isis and Goddess worshippers alike were horrified and disgusted at the denigration of her name (just as Hindus were horrified at Hitler using the swastika) and circulated petitions for the media to cease and desist. The group had even changed their original initials, but  invoking the Mother Goddess proved irresistibly scarier for the media, no doubt familiar with the olde Egyptian art of word magic.

Indeed, with all the awful things going on in the world, one wonders if it isn't the destructive aspect of the Goddess who is returning. Kali Yuga, as the Hindus call the last, dark stage - also having no association with the Mother Goddess Kali - is in full swing. (If you think Nostradamus was on the ball, read the Kali Yuga predictions from the Bhagavad-Gita, written 3000 years ago).

Nephthys, Osiris and Isis

Interestingly, Isis, like Venus and Ishtar-Inanna, had a 'dark' twin. But her sister, Nephthys was not her destructive opposite, she was simply a different reflection of the eternal return. Her reign was in the 'Duat' (region of the afterlife), as a guide for the deceased, whereas Isis oversaw rebirthing souls to the dawn of a new day.

"Ascend and descend; descend with Nephthys, 
sink into darkness with the Night-bark. 
Ascend and descend; 
ascend with Isis, rise with the Day-bark."

            ~ Pyramid Text Utterance 222 line 210.

Egyptians, among other cultures, took note of astronomical events and saw eclipses as particularly powerful. Here was the union of masculine and feminine, darkness and light, Sol and Luna, the two eyes of Horus. Gods were even conceived from this union. Many astronomers have received their 'aha !' moments from viewing eclipses, too.

The partial solar eclipse on October 23 will make the Sun appear crescent-shaped. All three luminaries - the Moon, Sun and Venus will be lined up, one behind the other, at 0 degrees Scorpio - the Sun blotting out Venus and the New Moon partially blotting out the Sun. So just as this triad enters the sign of the crone/death/afterlife, the darkened Moon will make Isis bull horns of the Sun. We cannot see what mystery goes on under the dark Moon, nor can we look straight at a solar eclipse. Like the mysterious workings of life, death and rebirth, they remain hidden to us, but the universe, our cosmic movie screen, provides  phenomena to remind us of the miracle.

What the eclipse will look like:

Deep down we know that we must die so that we can be reborn. Collectively, the more we prolong and extend life, the stronger our death-wish seems to become. We want to transform, yet we fear the process, because, on one hand, we have been told this life is all there is and death is the end, and on the other hand, if it isn't, well, then what happens ? Will I suffer ? Will judgement be harsh ? Will rebirth be worse than dying ? 
Tibetan Buddhism calls the in-between state the 'bardo' and much practice is done in life to prepare for the transition. It's a rather complex tradition, but the idea is to have a practice/discipline of some sort, which serves to direct the mind, so as to avoid confusion when the time comes. 

From a helio-centric perspective, when the Sun is in Scorpio (the Duat) the Earth is automatically in Taurus (land of the living). Venus is the ruler of Taurus, and the Moon is 'exalted' in that sign. The Taurus/Scorpio polarity can be likened to the sisterly relationship of Isis and Nephthys. Rather than a duality of creative and destructive, they are different sides of the same sphere.

Bull jumpers at Knossos (Gnosis ?)

To show us how to deal with the fear of transition, in the face of so many things that want to kill us, is the astroid, Pallas Athena. Zeus' favourite daughter will be at 1 degree of Scorpio, conjunct the eclipse triad, leading the way forward for Venus and the Sun, through the murky depths. Pallas in Scorpio has an eagle's gift of vision, insight. (People with this placement in their natal chart make good spies, mystery writers, criminals, sex therapists, healing artists - anything that requires a subtle way of solving deep, hidden problems, getting past taboos, or finding concealed patterns). Like Nephthys, she's an excellent guide to have in the underworld. 

Gustav Klimt - Pallas Athene
Note her breastplate features Medusa, her 'other', who's fearful penetrating gaze keeps all but Pallas from knowing the power of that which is is hidden. Like the Sun or the truth, Medusa cannot be looked at straight on, or the viewer will 'turn to stone', ie, drop dead with a-ston-ishment.
The other psychopomp, Mercury, will still be retrograde until October 25. On that same day, Venus will begin her re-emergence (from behind the Sun) as the peaceful, romantic, Evening Star.

Venus of the Evening, with Pallas Athene's owl below 

Now, about 23...
A discordant number, so they say. People have become obsessed with 23 and equated it with all sorts of conspiracy and misfortune. 
But discord isn't always a bad thing, it can  be very innovative.
In Tarot, 2 + 3 = 5, The Pope,  who is the bridge between spirit and physical, via the 5 senses. The heart chakra [correction, I had referred to it as 5th, it's 4th] is also the bridge or meeting place between higher and lower subtle energies, like the triangles of heaven and earth meet to create a six-pointed star. 2 x 3 = 6, the Lover. In this card, the hero (1), having learned spiritual 'Sophia wisdom' of the Priestess (2) is now being initiated into the love/erotic wisdom of the Empress (3). 1 + 2 + 3 = 6. Doesn't this remind you a bit of Osiris being guided through death (spiritual) and rebirth (physical, through conception) by Nephthys and Isis ?


Besides pondering the mysteries, why not use the vital energy of this New Moon, partial Solar, total Venus eclipse to resurrect  something new into the light of day, with love, in the spirit of the one, true Isis? The energy will be available all month, and remember, Mercury retrogrades favour re-working rather than brand new, which is why I say resurrect. But that's only until the 25th (plus a few days to be on the safe side). 
Memento Mori et Memento Vita !

Oct 23, exact conjunction of Moon, Sun, Venus at 0 degrees Scorpio at 1:10 PST/4:10 EST - 3:02 PST/6:02 EST

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gemini MoonThanksgiving Sermon

                                                      Hieronymus Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights - exterior

Scientists have painted a rather grim picture for the future, saying that, for one thing, there will be 11 Billion people on the planet by 2100, and they will all want cars. Let's see, how shall we deal with over-population ? Try for Mars ? Pray for an asteroid ?

Do you favour a dramatic, War/Plague/Famine/Death scenario or a Peace/Health/Feast/Life one ? In fact they are both happening simultaneously. Apocalypse simply means 'lifting of the veil'. Once we wake to the honest truth, it becomes apparent that change requires effort, personal responsibility and a complete overhaul of how we each think and live. Or we can just carry on and let disaster force the overhaul.

Symbolic, milestone-type changes - like a woman president or a cure for cancer - are wonderful, but temporal. They are markers, but they will not save us. Below are a few other suggestions (and I realize I'm preaching to the converted with a message in a bottle). Feel free to add your own. Many of you are already implementing change and are frustrated that our so-called leaders are so far behind. Actually, they are also teachers - they serve to remind us of our icky parts; greed, selfishness, vanity, narcissism, delusion. We are all one, remember ?!

Right. Well, for starters, we really need to get back in sync with nature/natural time. We were warned, after 2012, end of the Mayan cycle, to do so, but we did not, and so we continue to stumble. Everyone has their own cycles within nature's, too. Simple, really, you just look up - is it light or dark, how full is the Moon, where is Venus - yet the imposed grid keeps us pinned.

This one is obvious, but I still see people in front of me at the check out, buying products I can't believe exist, but they do. How on Earth did our grandparents live without enviro-hazardous, one-time use things like Lysol ready-wipes, dryer sheets and floss threaders ? And we do not need facial scrubs or toothpaste containing plastic micro-beads, no matter what anyone says. 

Try to make do with less, because more ends up in a landfill or worse, the ocean. Plant fruit and veggies instead of lawns. Seed bomb edibles. Become more nomadic. This won't help curb the population, but it might help conserve resources for things people really need in order to live, like water and air.

While you are spreading your seed (doh !), think about how our outdated  value systems (and the institutions which uphold them) regarding wealth/money, education, medicine v healing, religion v spirituality, stewardship v dominion, gender, etc. may have contributed to our current predicament. No action exists in a bubble. In other words, many factors contribute to over-population, it's not an isolated issue. 

Respect the feminine ! It is imperative that we restore and/or maintain women's control over our own bodies and our say in reproductive matters. We must remove, stand up to and vehemently ignore the patriarchs who tell people they can't use birth control and to keep breeding. When a woman is free to choose, she generally doesn't choose to have a child every time she has sex. Enforced motherhood for teenage girls is just medieval. As is genital mutilation. And in countries where boys are valued over girls, women have to keep trying for a son and the little girls end up in orphanages or worse.

"The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation, because in the degradation of woman, the very fountains of life are poisoned at the source," said Quaker activist, Lucretia Mott.
When we trash Mother Earth we trash our own bodies (mini-Earths) and vice versa. As within, so without. Low self-esteem keeps us not caring what is in our lipstick or cologne or washing powder as long as it makes us more attractive, like the ads say they will. Rabbits are naturally beautiful, and you will be too if you are compassionate towards them. Guaranteed.

Recognize death as a transitional part of life, not the enemy, and practice un-attachment, so that 'life' means more than physically existing as long as possible. That's a hard one to kick.

Some say that as more and more species become extinct, they are incarnating into humans, hence the numbers. But we still have to  learn how to be total human beings, not just humanoid in form. 

Are we too addicted to our Neptunian hallucination to change course in time ? Will humankind just end up bleeding in an alley ? Or will we collectively get a grip, go to rehab and get cleaned up ? 
Again, we can take some solace in knowing that things are getting more bad and more good at the same time. But hear this - nobody is going to save us except ourselves ! If you believe otherwise, it's time to lift that veil. 

Details of the Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch (via Wikipedia)