Saturday, June 6, 2015

Angels of the Desert - Grand Fire Trine

Vesta moves from Pisces to Aries today, Saturn's Day, restoring her fire energy and creating a grand fire trine with Saturn in Sagittarius and Venus in Leo.

In Pisces, she's more the fountain source, like the Hippocrene of the muses or a Holy Grail, as I mentioned in a Facebook post. I had also said that Saturn in Sagittarius trine Vesta in Pisces reminded me of John the Baptist. His name has since come up a few times this week, in the news feed; hoard of relics of  a saint's bones discovered in Saint John, Newfoundland and Colbert's amazing band leader for the new, Late Show is named Jon Baptiste. Plus, in my home province of Quebec, where John Baptiste is the patron saint, new animal cruelty laws have been put into effect, recognizing animals as sentient beings. Fantastic, I guess that means no more goose liver paté ?

I don't subscribe to any particular religion, but, as an archetype, I've always found John the Baptist interesting (not least because of Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations for Oscar Wilde's 'Salome'). His name is actually Yohanan, which means 'to quicken' or 'make alive.' The quintessential Sagittarian holy man/prophet/visionary, he is where we get the term, 'the voice that cries out in the wilderness'. One of his famous visions was that he saw the holy spirit enter Jesus, in the form of a dove. He believed in baptizing people to purify them, or 'wash away sins' (a symbolic ritual of rebirth, that goes way back) and had prophesied that one was coming who would baptize with fire (very Sagittarius). 

Shiva John the Baptist 

[Kind of strange that the church baptizes new borns, as if they have to be washed of the womb's 'sinful' waters. You'd think baptizing would be reserved for when someone has come to a turning point in their lives and underwent it with intention. Babies, they say, are born in a state of grace.]

WATCH Baptism Scene from 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou':

John was a Saturnine guru in the sense that his thoughts, words and deeds were unified and absolute… also, he was already wise as a child. He was unwavering in his convictions, which came 'directly' from God. So you can see where the Saturn/Sag and Pisces Vesta (baptism by water) and Aries Vesta (baptism by fire) come in. Add Venus in Leo to the mix and you either have Salome or the Holy Venusian Queen of the Universe, Ishtar, with her lion familiars. Female power in it's two, extreme forms - destruction and creation.

In fact, the biblical story of Salome's dance (and perhaps also her love-hate for the Yohanan), is derived from the ancient myth of Ishtar-Inanna's descent into the underworld:

One of the most famous myths about Ishtar describes her descent to the underworld. In this myth, Ishtar approaches the gates of the underworld and demands that the gatekeeper open them:

If thou openest not the gate to let me enter,
I will break the door, I will wrench the lock,
I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors.
I will bring up the dead to eat the living.
And the dead will outnumber the living.

The gatekeeper hurried to tell Ereshkigal, the Queen of the Underworld. Ereshkigal told the gatekeeper to let Ishtar enter, but "according to the ancient decree".

The gatekeeper let Ishtar into the underworld, opening one gate at a time. At each gate, Ishtar had to shed one article of clothing. When she finally passed the seventh gate, she was naked. In rage, Ishtar threw herself at Ereshkigal, but Ereshkigal ordered her servant, Namtar, to imprison Ishtar and unleash sixty diseases against her.

After Ishtar descended to the underworld, all sexual activity ceased on earth. The god Papsukal reported the situation to Ea, the king of the gods. Ea created an intersex being called Asu-shu-namir and sent it to Ereshkigal, telling it to invoke "the name of the great gods" against her and to ask for the bag containing the waters of life. Ereshkigal was enraged when she heard Asu-shu-namir's demand, but she had to give it the water of life. Asu-shu-namir sprinkled Ishtar with this water, reviving her. Then, Ishtar passed back through the seven gates, getting one article of clothing back at each gate, and was fully clothed as she exited the last gate. 

Formerly, scholars believed that the myth of Ishtar's descent took place after the death of Ishtar's lover, Tammuz: they thought Ishtar had gone to the underworld to rescue Tammuz. However, the discovery of a corresponding myth about Inanna, the Sumerian counterpart of Ishtar, has thrown some light on the myth of Ishtar's descent, including its somewhat enigmatic ending lines. According to the Inanna myth, Inanna can only return from the underworld if she sends someone back in her place. Demons go with her to make sure she sends someone back. However, each time Inanna runs into someone, she finds him to be a friend and lets him go free. When she finally reaches her home, she finds her husband Dumuzi (Babylonian Tammuz) seated on his throne, not mourning her at all. In anger, Inanna has the demons take Dumuzi back to the underworld as her replacement. (Wikipedia).

And full circle, we are back to the rebirth theme, once again.

Trines are easy, fire is quick, but Saturn is still in retrograde. 
I'd also recently posted about the recent, Sagittarius full Moon at 11 degrees, that it was a possibly a period of karmic 'grace' where, like being baptized in Moonlight, we were being offered a chance to release some karmic debt without the slog, if the purity of intent was there. This vibration is still in effect, of course, until the next Full Moon cycle. I found the previous Moon in Scorpio to be quite purging, also. 
Incidentally, 11 in Tarot is 'La Force'. The Goddess controlling the lion's jaws demonstrates her jurisdiction over life, death and karma (symbolized by her lemniscate hat). Incarnation of Ishtar ?

11 and it's higher octave, 20

We are all parts of the myth, the story, the dream. The archetypes are personifications (in our image) of emotions and tendencies. It's our own 'God self' or higher consciousness we are talking about, though ultimately this is not the individual self. We may experience it in little bursts of conscience - our "Jiminy Cricket" (aka the little voice of Jupiter) or intuition, on a daily basis, that we can choose to follow or ignore… until we die. Then, the prospect of judgement can be scarier than death, itself. 

WATCH The Twilight Zone, 'Masks':

Dante's 'Rings of Hell'

Here's an interesting fact… over 50% of people who have had near-death/back from death experiences admit to feeling the emotions of people they'd hurt as if these were their own (without Saturnine physical bodies, the illusion of separateness ceases to exist). In this radio interview, author Patricia Pearson makes the point that someone like Hitler would  be feeling a hell of a lot of peoples' pain - hence Hell. The literalization of this insight has led to a lot of condemnation, over the centuries - people dictating who will "go to" hell for what, with no basis other than a lot of projections of their own demons.

LISTEN to 'What the Dying Know' on CBC Tapestry:

Archangel Gabriel from 'The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existence', 14th c

Ishtar-Inanna, like Persephone, has what we might call a near-death experience and comes back reborn. 
Saturn will return to the dark waters of Scorpio, late afternoon/early eve, June 14 and is back into Sagittarius  Sept 17. This will be the test of whether we managed to wash our sins away and burn ourselves clean. Likely there are still some left-overs to deal with. Do it now, because Saturn is the great task-master but ultimately the great liberator. We may find it was not as heavy as we imagined. Some wonderful Venus-Jupiter combination energy coming up this month, bringing very powerful love mojo ! Love, the highest power.

Mexican Sacred Heart Milagro

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