Sunday, August 20, 2017

Queen of Shades - August 21 Solar Eclipse - Greek Drama

Recently, I accidentally typed Koran instead of Korea. I figured since it's Mercury Rx and between eclipses,  perhaps an unconscious message that Kore that was trying to get  get to the Kore ?

The Peplos Kore

Kore (Persephone) was both the Queen of the Underworld and of Springtime (death and rebirth). Kore means 'maiden' and is also what statues of her priestesses are called. Kore's was the myth  at the center of the Eleusynian Mysteries, which had to do with the rebirth of vegetation, but at a deeper level, one's own death and rebirth. To recap the myth:

Persephone was titled Kore (the Maiden) as the goddess of spring's bounty. Once upon a time when she was playing in a flowery meadow with her Nymph companions, Kore was seized by Hades and carried off to the underworld as his bride. Her mother Demeter despaired at her disappearance and searched for her the throughout the world accompanied by the goddess Hekate (Hecate) bearing torches. When she learned that Zeus had conspired in her daughter's abduction she was furious, and refused to let the earth fruit until Persephone was returned. Zeus consented, but because the girl had tasted of the food of Hades--a handful of pomegranate seeds--she was forced to forever spend a part of the year with her husband in the underworld. Her annual return to the earth in spring was marked by the flowering of the meadows and the sudden growth of the new grain. Her return to the underworld in winter, conversely, saw the dying down of plants and the halting of growth.
In other myths, Persephone appears exclusively as the queen of the underworld, receiving the likes of Herakles and Orpheus at her court. []

Votive statue with Demeter, Kore and Hekate - found Temple of Selinunte, Sicily, circa 580-570 BC

"Persephone as a vegetation goddess and her mother Demeter were the central figures of the Eleusynian mysteries that predated the Olympian pantheon and promised the initiated a more enjoyable prospect after death. Persephone is further said to have become by Zeus the mother of Dionysus, Iacchus, or Zagreus, usually in orphic tradition. The origins of her cult are uncertain, but it was based on very old agrarian cults of agricultural communities." [wikipedia]

We don't know exactly what went on in these secret, mystery rituals, but initiates probably drank mushroom or poppy infused wine and went through a simulated experience of death and the intermediate state, before being 'reborn'. Mainstream Hellenistic and Roman religion would have taught that souls continue living in the underworld eternally, after death, but since Kore-Persephone returns to live again above ground, as does the grain, it's likely that this secret religion would have been more about returning via reincarnation, in keeping with nature.

Persephone herself is really a triad of Kore (maiden), Persephone (she who shades or kills the light) and Proserpine (she who springs forth).
The threefold return.
Cicero called Persephone 'the seed of the fruits in the field'. Homer describes her as 'the formidable, venerable, majestic queen of shades'. B
eing a supreme, serene, goth Earth Goddess, she is definitely queen of the Pluto in Capricorn times. And as a Spring Goddess who oversees the plant/life cycle, there are also aspects of her in the Anima Mundi of arcanum 21, dancing inside the world seed (aka mandorla or vesica piscis) woven of vegetation.
This Goddess of creation, who gives birth to herself as the manifest world, was adapted into Christ, who was also resurrected and who's kingdom in heaven was at hand and who's book would be the source of a 'new world'. The 4 evangelists are the Judeo-christian  incarnation the 4 fixed, royal stars (Regulus being the Lion's heart, which will be conjunct the solar eclipse).
The Gospel of Mark - the Lion (aka Leo/Regulus) is said to be the oldest of the 4 and does not actually mention Christ being resurrected. 

Church of St. Sernin in Toulouse (built before 1080), sculptor Bernardus Gelduinus

Those anticipating an apoc-eclipse are hoping for rebirth in the only way they understand it, in literal, biblical terms. Apocalypse means 'lifting of the veil'. This is what we see in the World card - the veil, lifted, to reveal the figure's naked body (though some of her mystery remains covered). Similarly, the Moon veils then unveils Sun during solar eclipse.

Veiled Persephone, from Cyrene

"In Classical Greek art, Persephone is invariably portrayed robed, often carrying a sheaf of grain. She may appear as a mystical divinity with a sceptre and a little box, but she was mostly represented in the process of being carried off by Hades."
*note: Hades was both the Greek name for Pluto and for the Underworld - neither was death himself, but ruler of the death realm.

A natural, symbolic phenomenon should be experienced as the pure energy it expresses, rather than trying to analyze whether it is an omen for something else. With a total, solar eclipse, the drama of death and rebirth is acted out, in simplest, most powerful terms, on the biggest screen we have, starring the two most popular luminaries. Like all Greek dramas, it will affect us collectively but also work on each of us, individually.
The event occurs on the 21st of a 12 day
(8 + 21 + 2+0+1+7 = 8 + 3 + 1 = 12),
or, if you don't reduce the 10 to 1, = 21, making it a double 21 day.

12 is the the middle 'octave' between 3 and 21.
3 The Empress, 12 The Hanged Man, and 21 The World are the 3 x 3 triad, the womb of creation.

 Kali Yantra - symbol of feminine energy.

12 signifies time. The Hanged Man is 'doing time' (Le Pendu, root word of pendulum). He's still in utero. His awareness comes from self-reflection and the inner universe, for he is still waiting to be born. It also has to do with sacrificing a part of oneself, hence making it sacred. In some older decks, the number is written backwards, urging us to turn the card right side up, like the figure #21. 

21 is the number of completion, perfection, all elements in balance.
It's the alpha and omega, resurrection and realization/awakening.
The last card of the major arcana, it depicts the formation of the 4 elements of material world, (the symbol for earth is a cross), which are born as the aces of the minor arcana:


Inside the World seed is everything that ever was and everything that ever will be. Every moment is such a seed. Every moment is a death, resurrection and rebirth of the last one. This is the whole principal of Tarot, it's cycles of 3 - the 4th is always the beginning of a new cycle, as well as the final (material) form of the last. In total there are 3 cycles of 7, both being 'magic' numbers of transformation. No wonder the Greeks loved math so much.

What does this all have to do with the Solar eclipse ? Well, because Regulus will be closely involved (conjunct), the other 3 fixed stars of the grand cross will be, too. This event signifies a completion and a new beginning, whatever that entails, over the next 6 months.

What parts of ourselves might we like to sacrifice and make sacred, give closure and rebirth to ?
It's yet another level of initiation into the age of Aquarius, with it's polar opposite sign of Leo being the undercurrent. Regulus recently moved into Virgo (herself associated with Demeter-Ceres), which is a pretty big deal, but  most of us were born when it was still in Leo. We've been feeling the primal Leo energy, with the postulating, 5 yr old dictators and all the Mars/Sun in Leo aggression.
Patriarchy as the insane cartoon it really is. It's a lot more 'me' than 'we' at the moment. The energy is exaggerated, concentrated, like the aces of the minor arcana, to show us the arche-type of energy we'll be drawing on in the Aquarian Age.  Mission out-of-control is in the USA... at least for now.

Demeter, atop the Chicago Board of Trade building

The timing of this eclipse couldn't be more perfect:

"The ancient Greek calendar began each month with the New Moon sighting, and according to that calendar the Eleusynian greater mysteries were celebrated in the month of August or September. The mysteries were the most sacred rites performed in ancient Greece and were celebrated in art, song, and the pottery of that era." []

Ceres (Demeter, Kore-Persephone's mother), will be exactly in opposition to Pluto, during the solar eclipse.  The Vertex - an evolutionary point - follows closely behind, conjuncting Ceres, just as the Moon is one degree off the Sun.
(The asteroid named Persephone will even be at 24 degrees, Leo, close enough). We are at a critical point in our evolutionary path. Pluto is also the God of wealth, particularly the minerals beneath the earth. Astrologically, Pluto represents the evolution of the soul and affects entire generations. In Capricorn, an entire chapter has come to a close...the USA has Pluto in Capricorn ! America's Pluto return is coming up in 2022, but the effects will be felt before that, and are, already. If things continue  the way they are going, the US will no longer be the leader of the 'free world' by this time. Trump is simply the face of lack of social responsibility and lust for power, status, wealth that is the shadowy side of Pluto in Capricorn. He wears the robe (veil) of the entire country, and anyone can see he is living in a personal Hades. The Solar eclipse is conjunct his ascendant.

Fun fact: 
Persephone and Hades had a daughter - her name was Melaina, meaning 'dark or black one'. Yep. These players are only a reflection of forces at work on a deeper level of the collective unconscious. We are at the halfway point between the nodes of Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn, going from Capricorn to Cancer, a period that began with the patriarchal religions suppression of the Mother Goddess. So right now we are seeing a desperate, last hurrah and power grab, as well as the self-destructive side of the Goddess. Pluto opposite Ceres, both want Persephone.

Mercury in retrograde is the psychopomp, so pay close attention to those little messages, dreams, overheard bits of conversation, etc, right now. They might have the effect of Hecate's torch. Try to focus on your own experience,  take a news break.

It's all Greek to me.

The Return of Persephone, Athenian red-figure bell krater 5th c B.C., (Met Museum)

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Swan's Way or the Highway - Astro-musings on Mueller

Friday night, time for a quick astro-musing...

It's hard to keep up with everything going down - so much Sun/Mars heat, solar flares and forest fires (the air in Vancouver is worse than Hong Kong today, what with all the smoke) and Jupiter square Pluto political intensity. Uranus just went Rx and Mercury will soon follow suit. Before fastening seat belts, please ensure that your seat in fact has a safety belt.

The Singing Swan by Reinier van Persijn 1655

So it turns out that the Full Moon/lunar eclipse, Aug 7, oddly enough, falls on special council Robert Mueller's birthday (meanwhile the solar eclipse on the 21st on Trump's ascendant, aka 'other birthday').
I almost called him 'agent' Mueller - his name is pronounced 'muh-ler' and does that ever sound like Mulder (X-Files). Mulder was called 'Fox' and Mueller's middle name is 'Swan'. Lots of symbolism, there. Not sure who's swan song this will end up being, but as someone pointed out on a thread, today - the collective, world psyche MUST have the villain apprehended and punished by the hero, it's mythically required. What's puzzling is that, to 32% of Americans, the deplorable one is the hero. Sad.

Mueller's Moon is in Pisces, opposite Neptune, so if the truth is out there, he'll be able to sniff it from under a mound of b.s, as he's naturally pretty psychic, on top of all his other qualifications. He does seem to have a lot of strong, feminine qualities, even though he's also a 'fifties guy'. I guess being the only brother to 4 younger sisters will do that.
His Mars and Mercury are conjunct in Virgo, plus Uranus in Gemini, we're already well aware of how meticulous an investigator he is, seen by both sides as the righteous, impartial man for the job. Pluto conjunct Sun in Leo, always a power to be reckoned with and usually instills a sense of having a major, life mission to fulfill.

This big cat has likely already sealed all the exit mouse holes, though, knowing Trump, he may still manage weasel out of an actual conviction, but not the tar and swan feathers. Tricksters frequently escape, but by the skin of their teeth and worse for wear.
Oddly, Mueller's BM Lilith is exactly conjunct Regulus, which means it's also conjunct Trump's ascendant, giving him the heebie jeebies because he doesn't quite know how whatever is lurking in the shadows will come at him ('whatever' being mostly his personal demons, who co-own him with the oligarchs he can't repay).

Too bad we don't know Mueller's time of birth, but there's a couple of other things that are kind of typical of this story/myth being played out. One, that Comey, a Sagittarius, is still his faithful sidekick, they have been called 'blood brothers' (which Trump will likely try to use in his defense)... that's a pretty dynamic fire duo (another being Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, for example). Recall that Comey also has Sun in exact opposition to Trump's. I was sure he'd be the one to take down Trump...

Two, that Mueller was appointed FBI director just a week before 9-11. He must have taken it to his purple heart and felt personally responsible, because he then made it his business to study every book (the Virgo way) on counterterrorism and counterespionage, then to 'fashion the FBI in his own image' (the Leo way), by turning the FBI into one of the world's top organizations for this. He's headed quite a few high profile cases, but seems that this current one has personal redemption involved, both from past and current life events. Unfortunately, I'm pressed for time, so can't do a full astro-detective investigation of my own here, but I think it's possible he commanded a ship that was sunk or pirated in the 1700s and now that ship has come back as the whole country. Not on his watch !


Informative TIME article :

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Gemini Moon Musings - What is Ego in a Chart ?

Some say the ego is represented by the Sun, in a chart, others say it's the Moon. But can we really simplify something so complex as the ego to this = that ?

Perhaps the ego is a bit more elusive. Perhaps any planet can be egoic, until such time as it evolves into it's higher nature. As a person grows and becomes more self-aware (with any luck), planets and aspects in their natal chart begin to take on a deeper meaning, it's no longer just a personality analysis. But the luminaries are still the main players.

Like a knight in shining armor, the ego protects our fragile, metamorphosing self, when we are young and going through rough times (or at least teenage times). Though it can and should never be entirely vanquished from our lives, at some point it has to step down, or at least to the side, so the authentic self can take the throne. The Knights of Tarot can be seen as ego archetypes. Ideally, they are simply 'of noble service'.

That vital spark in each of us, which is a part of the Sun, longs to become a Sun itself and to be as one with the eternal source of life. The Sun's placement in a natal chart shows who one is, here and now, and operates most effectively when one can be in the present.

Recently we were discussing Gemini Trump's badly wounded ego, on an FB thread. The mortal twin is in complete fear and denial of it's mortality.
Where is little Donald ? It's like he's his own changeling.  It's hard to watch how in pain he is, especially as he's taking everyone down into the void with him - maybe he is acting out the entire wounded ego of America. He has Regulus, the Lion's heart, on his ascendant. Imagine if he'd had a healthy ego.

The Sun may initially express as egocentric 'me me me', but the driving urge behind this is for the Sun to gradually develop into who we are simply meant to be in this lifetime. Some people have a much easier time than others at this, for various reasons. But when you look around - including in the mirror - you see a lot of struggle going on. Signs of an ego not wanting to take a back seat are: taking things personally, being defensive and not  able to handle criticism, narcissism, having to put others down in order to feel better about oneself, requiring validation, selfie addiction.... The Sun is after all, a star; the center of our solar system, with all the other players revolving around it. That sure sounds like some egos, but it also sounds like the heart of universal love.

Who hasn't referred to this quote by Marianne Williamson ?

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

The Moon is no less important, for it represents the soul's memory, plus all the reflections and emotions we ever took on, that helped to create our ego (esp. through the mother, and we are also the mother of our ego, as the Queen is creatrix to the Knight). Our Moon nature is directly related to our Sun nature, so a wounded, solar ego will also be reflected in the Moon. Silver, the Moon's metal, is very sensitive and gets tarnished easily from outer impurities. The Moon is absorbent, impressionable, cyclic... but not so inconstant as we may think. We are just used to defining her by the Sun's light.

When the Moon is in her dark phase, at one with the night, she is not reflecting anything. This is why we say the New Moon is the time for re-birthing, for fresh starts. As the Sun self longs to be one with life, so the Moon self longs to be one with death. That is, to be one with the natural cycles of time and change, which we all embody. There can be no rebirth without death. We all go back to the Great Mother for recycling. The Moon placement bears our soul memory and matriarchal lineage. A badly wounded ego reflected in the Moon might bring out all manner of demons.

There are many different opinions on the implications of a solar eclipse, especially in a birth chart. Well, think about it - this is a rare moment in time where the Moon is not only not reflecting the Sun's nature/light, but up-staging it, entirely. The person born on or close to such an event will have a very strong, lunar nature, indeed. They will have a Sun/Moon conjunction, of course (conjunct one of the lunar nodes). This can be a powerful, directed combo, or - if we are talking wounded ego - a hyper-sensitive person who can't see themselves or can't see beyond themselves. In either case, their Solar and Lunar natures are not separate.


Were you born on an eclipse ? (Do you have Sun and New Moon conjunct a node ?)
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Saturday, February 25, 2017


I'm always hesitant to impose too much extra meaning on natural phenomena. That is not to say it's insignificant, but rather that it should be read purely by the energetic impression it makes, not as a 'sign' of something else. The Gods and nature do not speak in words, that's our own projection.

Superstition that eclipses are evil omens or signs of apocalypse are still circulating, as they always have. It does seem like 'end times' right now, but really, do we need an eclipse to affirm just how scary things are ? And even if everything were hunky-dory, this natural phenomena would still occur. (FYI, this eclipse isn't the end - according to Christian fundamentalists - the one on August 21 is, since it affects the US and UK, hence 'The World').

It might be of more use to witness the energy for it's benign awesomeness and work with it. Isn't it amazing that we exist while (or because ?) the Sun and Moon are exactly the same size, from our earthly perspective ? Scientists say in 60 million years, the distance between the Sun and Moon will be too vast, and we won't have eclipses. By that time,  our consciousness will have moved on from human, anyway.  But right now, the 2 luminaries are indeed like a pair of eyes, as the Egyptians depicted.  So when they blink, we take note of this cosmic, rebooting event, which - as above, so below - we may also experience within. Earthquakes are also a possibility, so since we are mini earths, we may also experience inner shifts.

Astrologically speaking, the solar eclipse occurs at Pisces 8. Here's Ellias Lonsdale's interpretation of the Sabian symbol for this degree:

"A gypsy peasant woman sings a mournful chant.
The earth is broken. The compact between a human soul and her earth housing is violated. Some of us are sensitive to what has gone wrong and must proclaim a conscience-change. An agonizing place to be, and yet treated as just the way it is, met with huge resolve, almost welcoming that it has come down to this. Creatively expressive of what it feels like to be here in the midst, you feel resonant with all the kingdoms of nature, and especially aligned with the soul of this planet in her deep changes. Put in the right place at the right time to call the occasion, to make things unavoidable, you feel almost immobilized by how huge the task is. Yet you are stoical, dedicated, exceedingly strong, and enduring. Able to withstand the shaking-loose of the old Earth. In here for the duration. Just getting going when it all seems lost."

Holy cow.

Adding to that, conjunctions of this solunar union to Neptune and the South node, plus Mercury conjunct the South node, in Pisces. Another major purge phase of the transition out of the Piscean Age. It left a lot of scars. This is why the still Piscean-entrenched are jonesing for an apoc-eclipse. It's the only way they understand letting go of the old, religious structure they're trapped in.

It is indeed a good time to release what we're hooked on, from the past. With Jupiter Rx in Libra and half way from it's Capricorn to Cancer nodes, we may unconsciously revisit the memories of our patriarchal religion-dominated past centuries, weighing the positives and negatives; weighing the heart of this so-called spirituality, long interpreted according to convenience and misused to oppress, on the scales of Maat. Ammut licks her chops.

Pisces and people with planets/Moon/angles conjunct Pisces 8 will feel any energetic shift most intensely. As well, all water signs and earth signs are tapped in, and anyone with planetary aspects to this degree (ie, if your Moon is at 8 Taurus or thereabouts, MH at 8 Virgo, etc). Also, if you can recall having a significant event happen when the Sun was in this degree (ie,  same time of year, in the past, or 8 yrs ago), now is a good time to reboot the emotional pattern, if need be. It could happen on it's own, but it helps to have directed intention, too.

There's a homeopathic treatment called the 'crown of thorns', wherein needles are placed around the head, like a crown, and a tiny amount of remedy and novocaine are injected, stopping the nerve messages, for a brief time. The intent is to break the cycle, restart it fresh, like you do with a computer that's become too jumbled with cookies and whatnot.  It's used for head injuries, when symptoms often long outlast the injury, because of nerve memory. Perhaps a good visual for this emotion-centred, 'ring of fire' eclipse ?

Numerologically, the day (26) also adds up to 8, and the full day to 20 (2), Justice and Judgement, again, having to do with balance, truth and rebirth.


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

C'est Si N'est Pas Une Planète or What I Did on My Mercury Rx Vacation

Aion holding Zodiac Wheel, floor mosaic from a Roman villa in Sentinum (today Sassoferrato in Umbria), ca. 200–250 CE

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself.   

~ Sir Richard Francis Burton

Over the holidays I went into Rx retreat and did some re-searching on the Hellenistic pantheon we have become so overly (un)comfortable with in astrology. Too often I hear/read people blaming planets, natal or transit, for every little mishap, as if they are being made a Job out of, "Saturn in my 7th is wrecking all my relationships !" "I am having a crummy day, Mercury Rx !" Do we honestly believe that Saturn, rolling around the Sun, busily spinning space dust into rings and storm clouds into hexagons, gives a toss about our pithy, hooman encounters, or that hell is only unleashed in it's full fury during Mercury's apparent, backwards motion, three times a year ? We might well ask if the Goddess of this Earth is having an influence on other planets' beings (now now, just because we can't see them, doesn't mean they aren't there). I say, isn't it time we got out of this superstitious mindset ?

The horoscope is really just an elaborate clock, modeled on the solar system, from our self-centered, Earthly perspective. When we interpret a planet's effects, such as Saturn's, we are usually referring to the mythology around the God it is named after ("lame" "Darth Vader" "devours his children"), or it's alchemical characteristics ("lead" "calcification" "hardening" "black" "depression"), as well as it's natural ones, like having rings ("limitations" "responsibilities" "bindings") or being the last planet visible to the unaided eye ("the end" "the outer limit").

Drawing of Roman calendar 'grafitti',  from the first centuries AD. (via Quadriformisratio)

In the cities of ancient Greece and Rome, citizens were required to honor certain gods, on particular days and hours with rituals or sacred, communal meals. These had nothing to do with planetary orbits - other than the Sun (equinoxes and solstices) and Moon (months) - only in keeping the city in good standing with the gods of the calends. The names of our days and months are a testament to this old order. It's still a Roman Catholic tradition to eat fish (thought to be an aphrodisiac) on Vendredi/Venus' day to honour the Goddess of sexual love, whether they realize it or not. March, when rams went into rut and Roman troops prepared for battle, was named for Mars, January for Janus, etc.
Each city had their own
hymns and prayers, which they guarded carefully, and their own version of the Gods, too; Athena of Athens was not the same Athena of, say, Thebes.  Strangers could not take part in the communal meals or rituals, for that would contaminate things.  A pleb's religiosity was more like the fearful vigilance of an compulsive germaphobe than the heartfelt devotion of a whirling dervish. It must have been akin to mass schizophrenia. Dogmas were strictly adhered to, the Gods just waiting for someone to slip up. If Aeolus, chosen to sup that week, was late for a sacred dinner, with a wine stain on his white robe, the whole city would certainly be doomed. If Agnes the vestal fell asleep and let the sacred flame go out, she might be required to sacrifice herself to put things right before the vindictive and narcissistic Gods. The same discipline applied to each household, where the women folk were in charge of keeping the ancestral hearth fire going, while the father was literally the family priest. Priests are still referred to as 'father'.

It seems absurd that people should invent gods in their own image and then turn them into almighty, cruel task-masters, doesn't it ? Oh right. It's a good way to control the populace. The Gods are watching, God, the Father is watching, Santa is watching, Big Brother is watching. Facebook is watching… Either we are an experiment in a petri dish or our own conscience is out to get us. And we are narcissists.

God's Solar Eye on tombstone, Old Laurel Grove Cemetery

As mentioned, the Greek pantheon didn't start out as a planetary one. For example, the Goddess Aphrodite (Roman Venus - who herself had multiple versions) was not equated with the morning and evening stars (Phosphorus and Hesperus, respectively), who were seen as 'bringers of' the Gods of dawn or dusk. The Mesopotamian and Egyptian Gods, on the other hand, were planet and star based. So, at a certain point, the Greeks - and therefore the Romans - decided to get on board and name each planet after a God or Goddess, which meant electing the one that most closely fit the role. To the Greeks,  mathematical harmony would likely have overruled the psychology of their inconstant Gods.

Although there are signs wherein each planet feels more itself, things can get muddled, when it comes to their so-called rulerships. I'm ready to ditch the whole notion, since learning that Sagittarius used to be under the rulership of Artemis-Diana, but was given to Zeus-Jupiter instead. (I dig you conjunct my Sun, Big Guy, but with Diana Moon and Black Moon Lilith  sharing a degree, at my gates, the resentment is real ! Give me back my Moon bow and crown, at once !) Kronos-Saturn, not even part of the original Greek pantheon, replaced Demeter-Ceres, when planets were handed out (see link at bottom of page). Yes, they both have sickles and bring on the Winter, but one is a cannibal father, one a grieving mother. Here you are, Demeter-Ceres, major Goddess of the Eleusinian mysteries, most famous of the secret, religious rites in ancient Greece - you can have an asteroid…Happy Mother's Day ! Perhaps that's part of it, Saturn is the cover personality for what is secretly Ceres. Put that in your amphora.

Engraving of a Roman zodiac wheel, with signs and planetary Gods. Supreme God Jupiter is in the middle, and in the planet ring. (NYPL)

Most of the others have made a few sign/house switches over time, with the possible exception of the ever-constant, Venus/Taurus. (Not to mention the regular morphing and adapting of the gods, themselves). Then there's the asteroids and their not-yet-agreed-upon rulers…we have known these planetary bodies such a short while, yet countless books about their astrological significance have been published, applying the corresponding Greek myth to the asteroid of that namesake. Chiron has the more obvious implications (though by no means a done deal, since it was only discovered in 1977), due to it's cyclic return at the critical age of 50, plus it's close relationship with Saturn. Uranus (1781) and Neptune (1846) are comparatively recent additions, too; Uranus the Greek sky God is absolutely nothing like astrological or planetary Uranus, who most will agree is more the Prometheus archetype type. The Astronomical Society's criteria was based entirely on who begat who in Greco-Roman mythology. We imagined Pluto (1930) to be shadowy, underground killer, until it flashed us a big, pink heart, 85 years on, followed by a cute whale. WTF ? You are supposed to be the embodiment of evil death, Pluto, quit bursting my fear bubble !

[Side note: The 'demotion' from planet to dwarf planet bears absolutely no meaning in astrology or anywhere else. It's the brainchild of one, young, over-zealous, male astronomer and was never the consensus. He reminds me of the tailor in the fairy tale who swatted 7 flies at once and embroidered 'Seven With One Blow' on his belt (?), tricking people into thinking he'd struck down 7 men. Besides, dwarves in fairy tales/mythology are usually Plutonian, so maybe it was all part of Pluto's plan to re-invent itself.]

Ptolemy, the man who gave us Tropical Astrology (engraving from 1564)

When things get muddled and people are just repeating information without actually thinking about it, we need to stop and go back to the SOURCE, starting with the actual planet, it's nature and cycles. The ancient astronomers watched the heavens carefully and noted events that occurred during the transits of planets ('wanderers'), albeit they were more concerned with the fixed stars when it came to casting horoscopes. They saw, for example, that the red planet's proximity/position seemed to coincide with outbreaks of war, therefor he must be the bloody, war deity. (Red stars or Moon were also associated with bloodshed, back then…there was a lot of it going on). No problem finding a Greek persona for him, either, as every culture had a war god. Interestingly, Ares-Mars' metal was iron before his high iron content was known. Also, it would not have been possible to see his battle scars without a telescope, but there they were. Astrological Mars is viewed as masculine, egocentric, expressive, aggressive, hot energy. If it is repressed or held back it becomes angry, toxic or self-sabotaging; 'malefic'. But when honored, Mars is healthy, vital energy that we require. Mars' firey, bold nature makes him suited to Aries, but not all Aries are athletes and soldiers. Most are bold in their approach, though, be they brainiacs or April Fools. Spring calls for it.

Diagram of the positions of the seven planets on 18 March 816. (Roman ?)

As symbols, the planets have absorbed the collective projections of every culture, mostly the Greco-Roman, who's names and mythology have stuck. But we should not be too fixed on these. Robert Graves notes that many Greek myths did, once upon a time, originate with actual events and not from the 'collective unconscious,' in the Jungian sense. At one time, pictures and symbols - emblems - were how people commemorated and remembered events. Later, when things were recorded in writing, mythstory was replaced with history. The masculine word over the feminine symbol. As unwritten stories become relegated to distant memory, dreamtime and museums, yes, they became archetypal, but they were no less true. Therefore a myth is not the same as a lie. As well, there are many instances where the symbolism was purposely injected with a new meaning, like the 12 signs of the zodiac becoming the 12 apostles, the 4 royal stars of the fixed signs becoming the evangelists and the Sun becoming the Son. It doesn't mean these players never existed, but by inserting them into existing, symbolic/mythic roles, it assures them a long and elevated  life. Surely that was the intention, when the Greeks and Romans imprinted their own pantheon onto the planets ?

Ancient Roman zodiac unearthed in Qarat el-Muzawwaqa, Egypt, created in the 1st or 2nd century AD

Did you know …

Earth is the only planet that goes by an Anglo-Germanic name, not a Roman one ?

Some things to (re)consider when interpreting the planets, asteroids, etc:
- The actual planetary characteristics (Mars; red, iron content, 4th sphere from Sun)
- Conditions surrounding it's discovery (Uranus; revolution/scientific exploration)
- Symbol/glyph (Uranus and Chiron; keys ?)
- Archetype (Saturn; Father Time, Hermit)
- Greco-Roman god + other incarnations (Aphrodite; Venus, Ishtar, Inanna)
- Alchemical (Moon; Silver, feminine, liquid)
- Musical keys ?
- Patterns (compare charts)


Robert Graves, The Greek Myths
Foustel de Coulanges, The Ancient City
A detailed history of the zodiacal Gods by Ken Gillman

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