September Astromusings – Happy Birthday Librans, New Moon in Virgo, Spring/Autumn Equinox

The Egyptian Goddess Maat

I am the Goddess Maat
who weighs the hearts
of all mortals
on the scales of justice
as they pass through
the Hall of Judgment
where the gods decide
the fate of their souls

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The illustration in the card for Libra by Sue Robertson depicts Maat, Egyptian Goddess of law, truth and justice, with the god Thoth, in form of a baboon who both played an important part in the judgement of the dead.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Libra
The Personality calls out: Let choice be made.
The Soul proclaims: I choose the way which leads between the two great lines of force.

Happy birthday to all the Librans who celebrate their birthdays between September 23 and October 22. Libra is one of the four cardinal signs, the others being Capricorn, Aries and Cancer. It forms the triplicity of air signs along with Aquarius and Gemini. In the Northern hemisphere Libra represents the period of the autumnal equinox, and the vernal equinox in the Southern hemisphere, where the days and nights are equal. Thus Libra stands for equality.

In his book, Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology, Alan Oken explains the symbolism of the glyph. “ We can see from the glyph that it is the Sun sinking under the horizon, showing that night will dominate in the Northern hemisphere. The two lines of the glyph represent the duality of Libra. The top line represents the higher nature of Libra which is primarily governed by the higher powers of the mind: the completely objective state. This is the aspect of the Libran character which is impartial and not attached to matter. It is solely involved with the harmony of the ideas. The bottom line of the Libran glyph stands for matter and personal desire. Libra represents the struggle and the dualism of each human being; on the one hand he is striving toward the bliss of conscious reunion with Divinity, and the other hand he is working for mastery and power over the material sphere of personal desire. The essence of Libra is teaching man how to balance the two urges within himself with the condition of his earthly situation. Libra has rulership over the diaphragm, the portion of the human organism which divides the lower and upper halves of the body. In the glyph the lower line represents the waist proper while the upper line is the diaphragm and the navel.

Botticelli’s Venus

Being the sign of marriage and the dominion of Venus, Libra also has some influence upon the sexual organs, specifically in the connection of that area with the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract.

The Constellation of Libra

In his book Alan Oken’s CompleteAstrology Alan Oken states that Libra is the smallest of the constellations, measuring only 21 degrees in longitude along the ecliptic. The Scales consist basically of a trapezoid of four stars which includes the two best known of Libra’s stars: Zubenelgenubi (the Southern Scale) and Zubeneschmali (the Northern Scale). The first ‘Zuben’ is a yellow and light grey double star and the second has a pale green hue.

The Labours of Hercules
In her book, The Labours of Hercules, Alice Bailey reveals the esoteric symbolism behind the constellation. She refers to three constellations in Libra which she claims are all of special interest. First there is the Southern Cross that has never been seen in the Occident since the time of the Crucifixion, when it was seen at Jerusalem. She notes that the cross is now receding. Four bright stars make up this cross; four the number of matter aspect of man, the quarternary. The cross is receding, and this promise is in Libra, called the open door to Shamballa, the sign in which there is found “the narrow, razor-edged path” which leads man into the kingdom of the soul. The second constellation that Bailey mentions in relation to Libra is that of Lupus, the wolf. Down the ages the wolf’s head has been the symbol of the initiate. However, it is a dying wolf, and the wolf-nature that has devoured the soul nature until now is symbolised as dying out, for as man achieves balance, the activity and power of the wolf dies out. The third is the Corona, the crown which is the symbol based on the story of Ariadne, the mother aspect. Ariadne was given a crown of seven stars by Bacchus, symbol of the second aspect of divinity which glorifies matter by making it the expression of the divine mind.

 The Libran Hall of Fame
Librans, being ruled by Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, peace, harmony, justice and the arts are attracted to careers in beauty, fashion, interior design, the arts, entertainment, law, writing and public speaking. Their of love of balance and harmony draws them towards careers in diplomacy and peacemaking.

It was the Libran John Lennon who wrote the famous words “Give peace a chance.” It was the Libran Mohandas Gandhi who campaigned tirelessly against injustice and inequality through peaceful means. Their fair-mindedness makes them natural counsellors. Bob Geldof has demonstrated his Libran desire for justice in the causes he has espoused for Amnesty International and famine relief through Bandaid and Live Aid. Librans can also possess good entrepreneurial skills such as Anita Roddick who expanded her single shop into a global enterprise with hundreds of stores worldwide. Another Libran who has put her trademark Libran name on different commodities from optical glasses to beeswax candles and mineral water is Donna Karan.  Another Libran, Brigitte Bardot formerly known as the sex goddess of the sixties, now champions the cause of animals whom she sees as being treated cruelly by humans. The former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, displayed both the ladylike qualities of Libra but could also be a formidable opponent with her martial Scorpio ascendant.

Susan Sarandon is another very charming Libran who  also campaigned against the Iraq War and other controversial causes. Olivia Newton John, another Libran who displays the Libran charm and beauty has run a successful enterprise, Koala Blue, and has supported causes such as of breast cancer prevention. The former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was often heard claiming the laws she passes must be ‘fair and balanced’ and is known for her Libran qualities as a skillful negotiator. Other Librans of note include Franz Liszt, Nietzsche, Graham Greene, George Gershwin, Julie Andrews, Oscar Wilde, Cliff Richard, Arthur Miller, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Ronnie Barker, Catherine Deneuve, Dawn French, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Libran Health and Anatomy
When the Sun enters Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac, it has completed half its cyclic journey through the twelve signs, and in Libra the half-way of balancing point is reached. This is very significant because the symbol of this sign is the scales or balance Vanda Sawtell in her book, Astrology and Biochemistry, says that the biochemic salt allocated to this sign is Natrum phos. or Sodium phosphate, and its function is to preserve the balance between acids and the normal fluids of the body.

The parts of the body governed by Libra are the loins, the lumbar region in general, particularly the kidneys. The Greek word for the kidneys is ‘nephros’, which was derived from a Hebrew word meaning to shake out or distil and filter it into the bladder ready for elimination. The word nephritis meaning inflammation of the kidneys is derived from this word. The alkalinity of the blood must be kept at a certain level to ensure health, thus acid in excess of the body’s requirements has to be eliminated by the kidneys. Therefore, the kidneys are continually balancing the acid/alkaline account of the human body. Conditions arising from an apparent excess of acid are nearly always due to a deficiency of this alkaline salt. Natrum phos. is indicated in all rheumatic disorders, gout, worms, flatulence, diabetes, kidney and bladder weaknesses, eczema, jaundice, and gall stones. A lack of proper balance of this alkaline cell salt in the gastric juices will cause ferments to rise which retard digestion so that the lining of the whole digestive tract becomes involved. This may cause gastric ulceration, dyspepsia, sour taste in the mouth, bilious disorders, diarrhea, etc.

2017 Overview for Libra
Librans, you have had lucky Jupiter your sign since 9 September  2016 which should have brought positive opportunities for Librans. It will remain in your sign until 11 October 2017. The karmic North Node and two eclipses fall in your social sector highlighting this area of your life. Saturn in your communication and siblings sector brings a serious note to these areas of your life. Saturn will give you the stamina to persevere with whatever responsibilities you have here. Erratic Uranus is still in your relationship and marriage sector bringing excitement and a certain unpredictablity here. Neptune is still moving through your work and health sector so there may be sacrifices and adjustments required in this area. Pluto continues its sojourn through your domestic sector bringing about the potential for deep inner transformation for yourself and your family.

Career
 Cosmic visitors activating your career sector are  Mercury and Venus. Venus, your ruling planet, will grace your career sector from 15 October to 7 November bringing harmony and cooperation in the workplace. Mercury will visit your career sector from 1 – 17 October giving opportunities for networking and communicating with your colleagues. There is also planetary activity in your 6th house of work and health with Neptune, the  and Chiron all present here. There is also a solar eclipse here on 26 February highlighting issues concerned with work and health.

Finances
Venus, the planet ruling finances, will grace your finance sector with her presence from 8 November to 1 December enhancing your finances. Mercury the planet of communication and commerce will visit your finance sector from 18 October until 5 November stimulating communication, networking and financial transactions.

Home and Family
Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues its extended stay in your domestic centre bringing changes to this area of your life. It gives you an opportunity to delve deeply into your psyche and hidden facts about your family may come to light. You may be challenged to your very core but from this experience you will become empowered and shed a lot of excess baggage.  The challenges that this brings may  cause you  to be pushed out of your comfort zone but it will provide you with an opportunity to transform yourself. Venus, your ruler, also graces your domestic sector with her presence 26 December 2017 to 18 January 2018. This will promote family harmony and inspire you to beautify your surroundings.

Creativity & Children
The karmic South Node and partial lunar eclipse occur here highlighting this area of your life. The lunar eclipse occurs on 7 August. Curious Mercury pays a visit to your creativity  and children sector  inspiring your creative expression and  affording opportunities for discussion about children while liberating your inner child in the process. Mercury pays a visit her from 8 – 25 February facilitating communication with your children.

Travel
Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit to your travel sector first from 7 – 21 June.  Gentle Venus graces your travel sector with her presence from 6 – 31 July making it an ideal time to have that romantic getaway at some exotic location.

Relationships
Uranus, the planet of sudden change and upheaval, is continuing its journey through your relationship and marriage sector so you can expect upheavals in this area. It could also indicate an exciting new relationship with the keywords ‘Expect the Unexpected!’

Friendships
The karmic North node and two eclipses highlight your social sector bringing issues to a head to be resolved. The first is a lunar eclipse which occurs on 11 February and the second eclipse a total lunar eclipse occurs on 21 August. Sweet Venus will grace your social sector with her presence from 27 August to 20 September bringing harmony to your friendships and group affiliations. Quicksilver Mercury pays two visits your social sector from 7 – 28 July and then again from 1 – 10 September facilitating communication and networking.

Spirituality
Planetary visitors to your spirituality and karma sector include Venus, Mercury and Mars. Feisty Mars will pay a visit here from 6 September to 21 October imbuing you with energy to pursue spiritual activities. Venus makes her presence felt here from 21 September to 14 October causing you to focus on union with a higher force. Mercury pays a visit here from 11 – 30 September giving you the inspiration to explore the mysteries of life whether through books or courses. It will be an ideal time to spend some time in seclusion perhaps spending time in a retreat taking up yoga or meditation or even exploring your past lives.

New Moon in Virgo 19/20 September
The New Moon in Virgo at 27 degrees 27′ occurs 20 September at 3.29 pm. Virgo rules health, work and service. The New Moon is the ideal time to set your goals and intentions and begin new projects for the forthcoming cycle. Being in the sign of practical, earthy Virgo it gives you an opportunity to attend to practical matters. The New Moon falls in your spirituality sector so it would be a good time to take up activities such as meditation, yoga or the martial arts to maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit. A healthy diet and exercise are also paramount. In fact there is a line up of five planets in Virgo – as well as the Sun and the Moon, Mercury, Mars and Venus are all in Virgo. Virgo is the sign of discernment and critical analysis so it would also be a good time to attend to any activities that require mental concentration. The Mercury and Mars conjunction in Virgo will facilitate mental agility. With such a concentration of planets in Virgo there could be a tendency to be too critical, or strive for perfection leading to burnout. The New Moon is opposed by Chiron, the wounded healer so there will be an opportunity to heal old wounds that resurface. Saturn also makes a square to the New Moon so projects may take more time than anticipated.

Spring/Autumn Equinox 22/23 September 
September 23 marks the Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere and 22 September the Autumn Equinox in the Northern hemisphere.  On September 23 the Sun also enters the sign of Libra. Spring is a time of renewal and in the northern hemisphere they celebrate the onset of spring by burning the witch which represents exorcising the cold dark months of winter. The equinox is a time of heightened vibration marking a powerful portal gateway into a higher consciousness. The Moon will be in Scorpio conjuncting expansive Jupiter which will intensify emotions. Added to the mix is the fact that erratic Uranus with be opposing the Jupiter Moon conjunction which may stir rebellious feelings so there is a need to achieve emotional equilibrium to safeguard against impulsive actions.

Sources
Libra Greeting Card illustrated by Sue Robertson
Libra Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell

 

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August Astromusings – Happy Birthday Virgos! Retrograde Mercury, Solar Total Eclipse impacts US & Donald Trump

Demeter & Persephone Illustratated by Sue Robertson

VIRGO

Who knows your secrets
Virgo, pure maiden

whose warm dark womb

protects and nurtures

the germ of wisdom
like a grain of wheat

until it ripens

and is brought to light

Mother principle, worshipped

as Eve, Isis, Demeter, Ceres
and Mary, Mother of Christ

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Happy Birthday to all the Virgoans who celebrate their birthdays between August 23 and September 23. Virgo rules the sixth house which has dominion over work and health and service to others. It is one of triplicity of Earth signs – along with Capricorn and Taurus. It is one of four mutable signs – the others being Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces. The ruler of Virgo is Mercury which is also the ruler of Gemini.

The sign Virgo is closely associated with harvests, especially those of wheat and corn. Virgo is the Virgin or maiden who is a source of fecundity, depicted carrying a sheaf of wheat or corn freshly plucked from the harvest; esoterically she represents the Virgin Mary pregnant with the Christ child. The Greeks celebrated Demeter, the goddess of the grain, and her daughter, Persephone, in the Eleusinian mysteries. The Romans worshipped her as Ceres, from where the word cereal is derived. There are also associations with Vesta the goddess who was the keeper of the hearth and protectress of the home and community. Her priestesses were known as the vestal virgins whose duty it was to tend the sacred flame that kept the city safe. There is a common misconception that virgin referred to her being prudish and chaste when it really means ‘one within herself’. The vestal virgins typified the true meaning of Virgo the virgin, leading self-contained, contemplative lives and were held in high regard in the community. The glyph for Virgo symbolises the coils of energy in the Virgin’s essence.

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There are also biblical references to the Virgo archetype. In the Old Testament Ruth the Moabite is harvesting the fields of Boaz. In the Egyptian pantheon Isis is said to have dropped the wheat she was carrying across the heavens resulting in the Milky Way. As she travelled she was carrying her Divine Son, Horus in her arms. This image of Isis with her Divine child is a precursor to the Christian story of Mary and Jesus. The Great Sphinx has associations with both Leo and Virgo as, esoterically, it symbolises 0 degrees Virgo or 30 degrees Leo, for it has the body of a Lion and the head of a Maiden. The sphinx demonstrates its potency in that it has learned how to tame the animal passions of Leo through the mental precision and purposeful activity of Virgo.

Virgo Hall of Fame
Being the sign of health, work and service, Virgoans are drawn to careers in health such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractics, hygiene and nutrition. Their keen analytical mind attracts them to careers in education, psychology, psychiatry, counselling, writing, accounting, business management, and computer sciences. No matter what career they pursue they are always, very industrious, efficient, well organised, thrifty and productive.

Goethe

Famous writers include the German writer and poet, Goethe, D.H. Lawrence, Roald Dahl, Mary

Agatha Christie

Shelley, the creator of the book, Frankenstein. One Virgoan author whose keen powers of observation and attention to miniscule detail were put to good use in her murder mysteries is Agatha Christie, the creator of Poirot, Miss Marple and volumes of detective stories.

Maria Montessori teaching children

Maria Montessori teaching children

A Virgo who made great contributions to modern education is the Italian woman, Maria Montessori. In 1896 she was the first woman to graduate from medical school in Rome. She began her career teaching hygiene and then moved to the area of education, with the particular goal of providing education for the poor and needy children. Today we see the legacy of her work with Montessori schools established worldwide.

Mother Teresa

Another Virgo whose tireless labours brought her many accolades is Mother Teresa. The austere life that she and her sisters led is typical of the Virgoan nature. Virgoan entertainers include Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline. Virgoan actors include Peter Sellers, Lily Tomlin, Anne Bancroft, Sophia Loren, Claudia Schiffer, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Keanu Reeves, Jeremy Irons and Hugh Grant.

Virgo Health and Anatomy

 

Virgo rules the sixth house whose domain is work and health. The part of the body allocated to Virgo is the solar plexus and intestines. The solar plexus lies directly behind the stomach, and from it twelve different nerve ganglia branch off in all directions: that is how the solar or sun plexus gets its name. Each of the twelve divisions of the solar plexus allocates with one of the signs of the Zodiac, and hence with a certain part of the body. The plexus itself is a little Zodiac. It is sometimes called the lower brain. The solar plexus is the great receiving station of energy from the back brain, while the bowels complete the chemicalisation of the food products ready to be assimilated by the blood. Being connected by its nerve ganglia with all parts of the body, the solar plexus reflects the condition of the entire body. It is not surprising then, that the stomach and bowels are affected when a person is worried or upset, or when the brain is

fagged and weary. Virgoans are known as the ‘worriers of the Zodiac’ with a nervous stomach, making them prone to digestive problems, especially if they identify too much with their perfectionist or workaholic nature. Virgoans need to be able to switch off from their work and learn to relax. Meditation, yoga or martial arts are ideal pursuits to bring harmony and balance to the lives of these industrious, fastidious folk. In the book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell states the Biochemic cell salt for Virgo is Kali sulph., and its function is to manufacture and distribute oil. When the body is in health, little jets of steam are constantly escaping from the seven million pores of the skin. A deficiency of Kali sulph. molecules causes the oil in the tissues to thicken and clog these safety valves of the human machine, thus turning heat and secretions back upon the inner organs, lungs, pleura, membranes of the nasal passages, and all forms of catarrh.

Kali sulph. is also present in considerable quantities in the scalp and hair. When this salt is lacking we get dandruff or falling hair, skin eruptions secreting yellowish oily matter, or inactive dry scaling skim, gastro-duodenal catarrh, ringworm, anaemia, and bronchitis. It is an oxygen carrier to the epidermic and epithelial cells of the skin and membranes, and in this it works with Ferrum phos., which is the salt for Pisces, the polar opposite to Virgo. Vanda Sawtell extols the virtues of Kali sulph., claiming it is a wonderful salt; the oil which it manufactures provides a fuel, a solvent, a lubricant and purifier for the body, just as in a machine. Furthermore, she adds; In old age the human body is very low in oil, and hence looks dry and shrivelled. Skin, hair, intestinal tract, bones all require their full quota of oil. She alludes to the parable of the wise virgins who kept their lamps burning, and the cry of the foolish virgins, “ We have no oil!” Moreover, people deficient in this salt cannot stand a warm room as they feel suffocated and must get out into the cool air. Symptoms are usually worse in the afternoon. She recommends Kali sulph. be given in all children’s diseases where there has been a rash or scaling. It helps to form new skin, and in this it works with the Gemini salt, Kali mur.

Overview for Virgo for 2017
Finances
Venus’s presence in your finance from 14 October to 6 November will support you in your financial dealings. Venus feels comfortable here as it is the ruler of your 2nd house of finances and values.  It not only gives opportunities to enhance your finances and beautify your surroundings but also encourages you to value your financial prowess. Commercial Mercury’s visit to your finance sector from 1-17 October will encourage communications about your finances. Uranus, the planet of sudden change and unpredictability, is still transiting Virgo’s solar 8th house which may bring upheaval in the area of joint finances.

Career.
Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 1-31 July bringing harmony. Mercury your ruling planet also pays a visit here from 7-21 June enhancing your communicating and networking skills.

Home & Family
Serious Saturn continues its sojourn through your solar 4th house bringing gravity and responsibility to your domestic sector.  Venus graces your domestic sector from 2-25 December  promoting harmony in your family relationships and giving opportunities to beautify your home. Mercury pays an extended visit in your domestic sector from 6 November 2017 to 11 January 2018 will promote communication and networking with family members.

Creativity & Children
Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues its passage in your solar 5th house which could cause changes and transformation in the areas of children, romance and creativity. Positively, it can be an ideal time for Virgos to reinvent themselves creatively adding energy and drive to this area of your life causing you to be proactive in pursuing your goals re your children, creativity and romance.

Relationships
Your relationship sector will be activated this year with the continued presence of Neptune, Chiron here. There will be a solar eclipse on 26 February here. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its 14 year passage in your relationship sector teaching you compassion and non-attachment.  Chiron known as the wounded healer is moving through Virgo’s solar 7th house of marriage, relationships and partnerships so there may be opportunities to heal past wounds in this area. The lessons learned from Neptune and Chiron are bitter-sweet but the potential for spiritual growth is manifold.  Other planetary visitors to your love sector are and Mercury and Venus. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit here from 26 February to 13 March highlighting communications with your partners whether intimate of business associates. Sweet Venus graces your relationship sector with her presence from 4 January to 3 February bringing love and harmony to your relationships. Mars activates your love sector from 20 December 2016 to 28 January 2017 which may cause you to be impatient or restless and more determined to have your needs met.

Friendships
Both Mercury and Venus pay visits to your friendship sector. Mercury visits here from 22 June to 6 July facilitating communication and networking. Venus graces your friendship sector from 1 – 26 August bringing harmony and conviviality to your social networks.

Spirituality
The karmic north node as well as two eclipses highlight your spirituality sector. The first  is an appulse lunar eclipse on 11 February and the second, a total solar eclipse occurs on 21/22 August.  Mercury and Venus also visit your spirituality sector. Venus’s presence here from 27 August to 20 September will bring harmony to your social networks for Mercury pays two visits here from 7 – 25 July and then again 1 – 10 September facilitating communication on matters spiritual.

Retrograde Mercury
Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, began its retrograde cycle on 13 August at 11 degrees 38 Virgo and turns direct on 5 September  at 28 Leo 25. This is particularly significant for Virgos as Mercury rules Virgo. We can expect the usual confusion, misunderstandings in communication, missed appointments, strikes and disruption in transport. Positively, it is an ideal time to review issues depending on the position that Mercury falls in your natal chart.

  Total Solar Eclipse 21/22 Aug Impacts the US  and Donald Trump
As I wrote in my previous blog post, the upcoming total solar eclipse on 21 August will trace a path across the central west of the United States bringing issues to a head there. This solar total eclipse is a once in a life time celestial event. The last one like this occurred over the US in 1918 and the one before that occurred in 1869.  Both these previous solar eclipses reconstellate the themes of the current eclipse about racism and white supremacy. The Total Solar Eclipse in Leo on 21/22 August will trace a path across the central west of the United States – Trump’s rust belt base – available for view on NASA Eclipse websitenasa_eclipse_map. The total solar eclipse will also impact the natal chart of President Trump (14 June 1946 10.54 am Queens NY, himself born on an eclipse) with the eclipse in an almost exact conjunction with Trump’s Mars and Leo ascendant while transiting Saturn will conjunct his natal Moon and South Node in Sagittarius. The eclipse falls in the 9th house of the US chart concerning legal matters, foreign affairs, immigration, travel, higher education, philosophy and religion.

 

 Confederate Statues – Heritage or Symbols of Racism and White Supremacy?
As I began to write this post we can feel the tension building to a crescendo in the US in the week before the solar eclipse. with the upcoming total solar eclipse on 21 August starting from the Pacific Ocean the moon will trace a wide swath of darkness across the US starting from Oregon and ending in South Carolina. As the moon casts its shadow across the US Americans are being confronted with their own shadow – the ugliness of the truth of the ascendancy of white supremacists and their past history of slavery, the American Civil War and racial oppression.  It all began with the ugly demonstrations by the white supremacists, KKK and Neo Nazis who were protesting against

 

Confederate statue - Robert E Lee

Confederate statues map

Map of location of Confederate Statues

the planned removal of confederate statues by the Charlottesville Council in Virginia which ended in bloodshed and the death of Heather Heyer, a counter protester, when one of these white supremacists ran over anti racist protesters with his car killing her. The white supremacists, fully armed, were chanting hateful slogans – ‘The Jews will not replace us, Blood and Soil, and Heil Trump!” The term “blood and soil” derived from its original German form “Blut und Boden” a Nazi term placing emphasis on maintaining a pure bloodline by marrying and procreating with those of the same ethnic origin and virtues found in country life.

Trump only escalated the situation when he made the most inflammatory statements to date in his presidency saying that some of the Nazi, KKK and white supremacist demonstrators were fine people. The issues which are polarising people originate in their past history of the civil war and slavery where passions spilled over when the Council of Charlottesville decided to remove the statue of the confederate Robert E Lee. This planned action has precipitated more removals of statues some of which have been removed by angry anti racist protesters and others that are being removed by city leaders citing safety fears. Baltimore Council removed four confederate statues in the dead of night and at least nine other cities are planning to follow suit. This action has sparked a backlash with white supremacists claiming that this is tantamount to genocide of white people!

Most of the statues were erected in the 1890s, as Jim Crow laws were being established and in the 1950s during a period of Southern resistance to the civil rights movement. Between 1890 and 1910 confederate states starting with Mississippi passed new constitutions or amendments that disenfranchised most blacks. The term, Jim Crow is often attributed to “Jump Jim Crow” a song and dance performed by a white actor Thomas D Rice. As a result of Rice’s fame “Jim Crow” by 1838 had become a pejorative expression meaning “Negro” The Nazis were inspired by the Jim Crow laws as a possible model for German society.

Trump plays to his base, angry white male supremacists, while alienating Republicans, Charity groups, Corporate leaders, Religious leaders, World leaders etc.
Trump’s moral ambivalence on the violence of these white supremacists has caused a  mounting backlash from many different groups in American society. Trump’s stance on the other hand brought a congratulatory tweet from David Duke, the former grand wizard of the KKK thanking Trump for his courage and honesty. Condemnation for Trump’s stance on white supremacists has brought criticism from prominent Republicans asserting that he lacks stability, competence and the moral authority to be a leader. The prominent corporate leaders resigned from his business advisory councils as did the Arts and Humanities Council. An African American Pastor AR Bernard resigned from Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board citing his reason as Trump’s vacillation on moral leadership with regard to the Charlottesville violence. Nine charities have cancelled their Fund-Raisers supposed to be held at Trump’s Resort Mar A Lago in Florida over the coming months. Rupert Murdoch’s son, James Murdoch CEO of 21st Century Fox, condemned Trump for his lack of moral leadership over Charlottesville, pledging to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. The Anti-Defamation League was originally founded in 1913 to defend Jews against Anti-Semitism. It has just announced “Alliance Against Hate,” a new initiative that will work with public and private sectors to combat hate. To begin, the Anti-Defamation League is launching a partnership with more than 200 mayors — in conjunction with the US Conference of Mayors — with the goal of rejecting hate in cities across the country. Under Trump’s presidency Republicans have been emasculated while fascists have been emboldened.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger with Trump bobble head doll

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Republican Governor of California, lampooned Trump in a skit telling a Trump bobble head doll what he should have said about Charlottesville.

Bro Heyer at her daughter Heather's memorialSusan Bro , the mother of the young woman Heather Heyer, murdered in the Charlottesville riots refused to return Trump’s phone call after watching his speech on TV equating the counter protesters with the alt right thugs. Her advice to Trump was, “Think before you speak.” Not easy for a man with Mars in Leo on the ascendant. Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix Arizona is disappointed that Trump has heeded his advice to delay his planned campaign style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday as their nation needs time to heal after the tragic events of Charlottesville. Adding to the tension, Trump appeared to hint that he may pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio — a lightning rod for more than a decade in the immigration battle, who was found guilty last month of refusing to follow a judge’s order barring him from racially profiling Latinos.Protests against Trum, KKK & racism

 

Biwheel 2 Donald Trump & US Total Solar Eclipse 21 Aug 2017

Shambolic White House – “You’re Fired!”
On Friday we saw the resignation or sacking of alt right Stephen Bannon said to be the main strategist behind Trump’s electoral success. He has resumed his role as CEO of the extreme right wing Breitbart News. He is the latest in a string of staffers to leave the White House. Mr. Trump’s first seven months has been plagued by departures, including Anthony Scaramucci and Michael Dubke, both of whom served as communications director; Michael T. Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser; Sean Spicer, the press secretary; and Reince Priebus, who was chief of staff before Mr. Kelly.

Tony SchwartzTony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of Donald Trump’s famous memoir The Art of the Deal doubled down on his prediction that Trump will resign the presidency before the end of the year.”The snowball is beginning to gather momentum as it comes down the mountain,” Tony Schwartz told Anderson Cooper on CNN. “It reminds me a lot of Watergate and the last days of Nixon… He’s put himself in an isolated, no-win position. The level of his destructiveness is staggering.” Schwartz has been an open critic of Trump during his political rise, and telling The New Yorker last year that he “a deep sense of remorse” for his role in Trump’s fame through Art of the Deal. Another commentator claimed that Trump is spiralling down in a vortex of chaos of his own making with a whole staff turnover of his White House in seven months. Trump’s popularity has plummeted even further with a poll showing a 56% disapproval rating in Wisconsin, 55% disapproval rating in Michigan and 54% in Pennsylvania.

Steve Bannon cartoonwhite-house-staff-fired-resigned-1503077248862-master495-v4Trump KKK cartoonSources
Virgo Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Virgo Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell

 

July Astromusings – Happy Birthday Leos! New Moon in Leo, Full Moon in Aquarius, New Moon Solar Total Eclipse

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Proud Leo claims
the centre stage of life
Sun ruled sun blessed
Strong ardent loyal
Whose noble heart emits
the vital flame
of Love

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Leo
The Personality proclaims its keyword: I rule because I am
The Soul proclaims its keyword: I am that and that am I.

Happy birthday to all the Leos who celebrate their birthdays between July 23 and August 22. Leo rules the fifth house, which represents, creativity, children and romance. It is one of the three fire signs along with Aries and Sagittarius. It is one of the three fixed signs – the others being Aquarius and Scorpio. The ruler of Leo is the Sun and marks the hottest astrological month in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the heat of Leo’s Sun which ripens the fruit produced during the period of Cancer. Like the sign Leo the heat is constant and intense. There are biblical references to Leo. In the Old Testament the tribe of Judah is ruled by Leo. There are many examples of the cat deity in the Egyptian pantheon. Egyptian King Necepsos claimed that at the Creation of the world, the Sun rose in Leo near the star of Denebola. According to Alan Oken in his book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Pliny, the Roman philosopher relates that the Egyptians worshipped this constellation because the Nile rose when the Sun entered the stars.

Hathor, the daughter of the Sun god Ra, was a dual aspected goddess. As well as being the gentle celestial cow, she had a dark side as Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess, who wreaked havoc and bloodshed on those who dared to dissent against her father’s rule. The two lion deities, ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’, are depicted as guarding the gate to the shadow world. The lion is the emblem of spiritual power and wisdom. It is a sacred symbol of Buddhism. Buddha is said to have had a pet lion which was endowed with miraculous powers, and when the Great Teacher’s death was upon him, he chose to lay down ‘on his right side after the manner of a lion.’ The imperial lion was a symbol of the power of Rome. The feeding of the Christians to the lions symbolised the might of Rome overcoming and devouring any enemy of the state. Richard the Lion Hearted of England was renowned for his ambition to recapture the holy land from the Muslims (by slaying as many of them as possible) under the newly baptised banner of the ‘Lion of Christ.’

The Constellation of Leo

Unlike the faint constellation of Cancer, Leo is a very bright and easily identifiable constellation, in keeping with Leo’s regal demeanour. It lies between Cancer in the West and Virgo in the East and is best seen, in the Northern Hemisphere, in the late winter and early spring. Leo’s body is rectangular which culminates in a triangle of the Lion’s hindquarters. He is often depicted in a crouching position, ready to pounce. His tail is extremely long and curved, the tip of which is the brightest star in the hind triangle, Denebola.The distinguishing feature of the lion is his mane, which resembles a huge inverted question mark or a giant sickle. The point of the question mark is the exceptionally bright star, Regulus, the heart of the lion. Regulus, meaning the little King, the Ruler or the Lawgiver, is one of the four royal stars. The constellation Leo has in it ninety-five stars, two of them of the first magnitude. Its Egyptian name meant ‘a pouring out’, the Nile giving its full irrigation at that season. There are three constellations associated with Leo – Hydra, the serpent, Crater, the cup, and Corvus, the raven. In the zodiac of Denderah, Leo and the three attendant constellations are pictured as forming one great sign, for the lion is seen as treading on the serpent. Corvus, the raven, is perched on the lion’s shoulder, while below is a plumed female figure, holding out two cups, the cup of experience and of suffering.

The Leo Hall of Fame
Leos are attracted to positions of power like a moth to a flame. Leo has its share of dictators such as Napoleon, Benito Mussolini, Fidel Castro and Simon Bolivar.

Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother

Leo is well represented in the British royal family – the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, and the Princess Royal, Princess Anne were all born under the sign of Leo. Other Leos who hold or have held positions of power include Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzeneggar,  former Prime Minister John Howard, and the former treasurer, Peter Costello.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis with her love of fashion, luxury and power is the epitome of Leo.

Leos, being ruled by the fifth house of creativity, are attracted to the screen and stage, including Robert Mitcham, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Antonio Banderas,

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman

JonathonRhys-Myers, Julian McMahon, Eric Bana, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez,

World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Enchanted" - Arrivals

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren, Michelle Williams, Audrey Tatou, Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Kim Cattrall, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Sandra Bullock, Patrick Swayze, Roman Polanski and Mick Jagger.

Movie moguls are also well represented in the sign of Leo such as Cecil B. De Mille, Dino De Laurentis, Jack L. Warner, Alfred Hitchcock, and Samuel Goldwyn with the roaring MGM lion. Both T.E. Lawrence, ‘the uncrowned King of Arabia’, and Peter O’Toole who portrayed him are Leos.

Writers of note include Percy Bysshe Shelley and Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Bronte, and JK Rowling at Harry Potter premiereJK Rowling who is currently enjoying the limelight with the premiere of her latest Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mme Helena Blavatsky and Dorothy Parker. Bindi Irwin the extroverted

Mme Blavatsky

daughter of the late Steve Irwin illustrates the Leo’s ease before the cameras. The renowned Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung,images Carl Jung who coined the word,’ individuation’, was a Leo.

Leo Health and Anatomy

Physiologically, Leo rules the heart. Vanda Sawtell in her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, states that the cell salt for Leo is Mag. phos. which acts upon the motor nerves. Through the sensory nerves we feel pain or sensation, and response to the sensation received through these nerves results in motion or action. It is no coincidence that the Sanskrit root for Magnesium is mag., which means to love, giving it Divine connotations. Mag. phos. is the great anti-pain salt, and is indicated in all cases of cramp and spasm, or where application of heat brings relief. Headaches, neuralgias, earache, spasmodic twitching of eyes or limbs, menstrual colic, convulsions, and all heart troubles are aided by this cell salt. Mag. phos. helps one to let go and relax. Vanda Sawtell claims that the best medicine for Leos is love, peace, and harmony. They need plenty of water, sleep, deep breathing, also recreation and entertainment. With their generous natures and broad outlook they are not suited to occupations requiring petty details. They are capable of rising to positions of trust and responsibility.

The colours for Leo are gold, yellows, royal blue and red. They also respond well to the regal purple which cools their fiery temperament. Leo rules metallic gold, the royal metal. The gemstones for Leo are yellow topaz and yellow sapphire. Healing aromas include basil, cinnamon, frankincense, juniper, neroIi and rosemary. Flowers and herbs include dahlia, yellow lily, red poppy, marigold and sunflower. Homeopathic remedy is chamomilla which is indicated for treatment of colds and fevers and easing digestion and tension. Bach flower essences recommended include vine for bossiness and inflexibility and chicory for possessiveness and attention seeking behaviour. The healing musical note for Leo is E.

Re the Leo diet more vegetables and less meat is recommended to calm their fiery natures. They should avoid meats that are heating such as beef, turkey and lamb. Vegetables that contain iron such as spinach, kale and wheat grass are beneficial. Blue fruits such as grapes, berries are recommended. Nuts, raisins and lentils are also beneficial for the Leo diet.

Overview for Leo for 2017
The karmic North Node is in your sign of Leo and there will be two eclipses in your sign of Leo – the first being an appulse lunar eclipse occurring on 11 February and the second is a solar total eclipse on 21/22 August 2017.

Career
There is not a lot of planetary activity in your career sector. Mercury’s presence here from 1-20 April and then again from 17 May to 6 June facilitates communication and networking. Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 7 June to 6 July  bringing harmony and cooperation with colleagues.

Work and Health
Pluto, the planet of deep transformation, continues its passage in your work and health sector which can disrupt work routines and challenge your health. Therefore, it is important to maintain good health regimes, sufficient sleep, physical exercise and a healthy diet. With Pluto moving through this sector you should not take any illness at face value. Poor health at this time is Pluto’s way of alerting us that you need to redress the imbalance in your life. Pluto brings to conscious awareness what is grumbling beneath the surface. If you are stubbornly holding down a job that makes you discontented then Pluto’s role may cause you to lose your job so that you are forced to let go and seek more fulfilling work. You may find that the routine is punishing or that your colleagues are bullying you or scapegoating you. Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in Pluto is demanding that you surrender and move on rather than hang onto a job that no longer serves any purpose in your life.

Finances
Mercury, the ruler of commerce, will pay an extended visit to your finance sector from 26 July to 31 August and then again from 11 – 30 September. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in retrograde motion making it an ideal time to review your financial commitments. Venus graces your finance sector with her presence  from 21 September to 14 October. There will also be a solar annular eclipse in your debt and taxes sector on 22 February which will bring issues to a head to be resolved.  Neptune, the planet of losses, continues its sojourn here.  The predominance of planetary activity here make it imperative that you read all contracts carefully and keep your taxes up to date. Neptune’s lesson is one of non attachment so any attachments to the material world can be tenuous.

Relationships
Your relationship and partnership sector is activated by the presence of the karmic South Node and a partial lunar eclipse which occurs here on 7 August. Gracious Venus, curious Mercury and radiant Sun all pay a visit to your relationship sector. Mercury’s presence here from 8 – 25 February encourages communication and networking. The Sun’s rays here from 20 January to 18 February encourage your love of luxury and adulation which is second nature to the Leo.

Home and Family
The main players influencing your domestic sector during 2017 are quicksilver Mercury and gentle Venus. Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 18 October – 5 November making it an ideal time to communicate and network with family members and organise tradespeople. Venus graces your domestic sector with her presence from 8 November to 1 December bringing harmony and cooperation on the home front and a desire to beautify your home.

Creativity and Children
Saturn, the planet of hard work and responsibility continues its sojourn in your romance, creativity, and children sector until 20 December 2017. This gives a serious note to what is normally considered a playful sector enabling you to restructure this area of your life.  Part of Saturn’s passage here will be in retrograde motion until it turn direct on 25 August. Venus pays visits to your solar 5th house of creativity and children from 2 – 25 December inspiring your creativity and bringing fun and pleasure into your activities with children and your romantic escapades. The Sun radiates in your creativity sector from 23 November to 21 December adding impetus to your creative urges. You may take up a hobby or just indulge your inner child. However you choose to express this energy, pleasure, fun and luxury are the name of the game. Mercury’s presence there from 6 November to 11 January facilitates communication and networking with children.

Travel and Study
Exciting and unpredictable Uranus continues to activate your 9th house of study, travel and adventure. This would be an ideal time to just pack your bags and escape on a journey to some exotic location or to enrol in some unusual study to satisfy your yearnings for something exciting in your life. With Venus’s influence here from 4 February to 3 April and then again from 29 April to 6 June making it a perfect time for that holiday romance.

Friendships
Venus and Mercury activate you social sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from  7 – 21 June giving you opportunities for networking and communicating with your social circle. Venus graces your social sector with her presence from  6 – 31 July adding to your charm and charisma promoting harmonious connections with your friends and associates. Spending time with your women friends or espousing women’s issues will be a priority now.

Spirituality
Sun, Mercury and Venus pay visits here in June, July and August making it an ideal time for introspection and to attend a spiritual retreat and record your dreams and musings in a journal.

New Moon in Leo 23 July, Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 8 Aug, Total Solar Eclipse 21/22 Aug
The New Moon occurs at 0 degrees 44 Leo on 23 July 7.45 pm AEST Sydney time. The New Moon marks the beginning of an entire new cycle of activity. It is a time to sow seeds which will come to fruition at the Full Moon phase. Being in the sign of Leo, the sign ruled by the Sun it promotes creativity, playfulness and joy. It may also be quite dramatic with Mars conjuncting the New Moon squaring Uranus as well Jupiter square Pluto. Mitigating factors include a grand trine between Mercury, Saturn and Uranus and Venus makes a trine with Jupiter. This will be a precursor to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on 8 August and then the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo on 21/22 August which traces a path across the central west of the United States – Trump’s rust belt base – available for view on NASA Eclipse website so

nasa_eclipse_map

Path of Total Solar Eclipse across central west of United States

watch for developments there. The total solar eclipse will also impact the natal chart of President Trump (14 June 1946 10.54 am Queens NY, himself born on an eclipse) with the eclipse in an almost exact conjunction with Trump’s Mars and Leo ascendant while transiting Saturn will conjunct his natal Moon and South Node in Sagittarius. The eclipse falls in the 9th house of the US chart concerning legal matters, foreign affairs, immigration, travel, higher education, philosophy and religion.

Dave Granlund / politicalcartoons.comTrump witch hunt cartoon

Trump's bromance with Putin

From Russia with Love

As I write this post President Trump has warned special counsel Robert Mueller against investigating his family’s finances including its links with Russian oligarchs which would involve Trump’s taxes taking it beyond the scope of the probe into ties between his administration and Russia in an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday. he is seeing if his lawyers can undercut the extent of the investigation by Robert Mueller. He has also asked his lawyers about a possible presidential pardon for himself and his inner circle. He has also attacked attorney general Jeff Sessions for having recused himself from the Russian probe which commentators have claimed is  an attack by Trump on the independence of US legal system. Watch this space!

Sessions cartoonTrump's brain with Jared Kushner cartoonIvanka cartoonIvanka trump fake princess cartoonTrump jnr & Jared Kushner cartoonTrump Mueller Time1Biwheel 2 Donald Trump & US Total Solar Eclipse 21 Aug 2017

 

 

Sources
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
NASA Eclipse website

 

June Astromusings Happy Birthday Cancerians! Blessings for the Winter/Summer Solstice! New Moon Super Moon in Cancer

Moon mother,
yin maiden
smiling from your silver
empress throne
Spin dreams and silken fantasy
glide noiselessly on cloudless skies
holding ancient pearly wisdom
in your womb
Nurture gently your creation
Send fertile seed to earth like rain
pulling softly on the tides of
time and change
(c) Sue Robertson 1987

 

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Cancer

The Personality asserts: Let isolation rule and yet the crowd exists.
The Soul sounds its note: I build a lighted house and therein dwell.


Cancer Ingress & the Winter/Summer Solstice

Happy Birthday to all the Cancerians who celebrate their birthdays between June 21 and July 22. The Cancer Ingress coincides with the Winter/Summer Solstice which occurs 21 June.

New Moon Super Moon in Cancer 23/24 June

There will be a New Moon Super Moon in Cancer on 23/24 June.The New Moon in Cancer will occur 24 June at 1.30 AEDT Sydney time. The New Moon is a time to sow new seeds which will come to fruition at the Full Moon. The Moon in Cancer gives us an opportunity to nurture ourselves and to attune to our innermost feelings and honour our needs symbolic of the Divine feminine.

Cancer is one of the three water signs along with Scorpio and Pisces. Water is the element which denotes emotions, feelings and sensitivity. Cancer is one of the 4 cardinal signs – the others being Aries, Libra and Capricorn. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice begins at 0 degrees Cancer while in the Southern Hemisphere it marks the winter solstice. For about three days the Sun remains at maximum latitudinal elevation, hence it is known as the Gate of the Northern Sun.

Esoterically, Cancer is known as the Gate into physical incarnation, and the glyph for Cancer is the two breasts, symbolising nurturing and motherhood. It is the sign of the Universal Mother and fertility, the sign which heralds the Northern summer with its pulsating life force coming to the fore. Cancer the crab not only symbolises nurturing but also tenacity, delineated by the crab’s claw. Originally in Babylon in 400 BC, the sign of Cancer was represented by the tortoise, and then in ancient Egypt in the Zodiac of Denderah it was replaced by the scarab the symbol of immortal life. The scarab meant ‘only begotten i.e. birth into incarnation. The month of June in ancient Egypt was called “meore” which again means rebirth

The Constellation of Cancer

Even the constellation of Cancer encompasses the theme of nurturing, with the constellation Praesaepe which means the manger or crib. In his book,’ Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Alan Oken writes that modern astrologers refer to it as “the beehive” Cancer was called “the coffin” by the Hebrews and “the grave of Lazarus” or “the womb”. Cancer rises backwards in the sky eluding its adversaries. There is no bright star in Cancer, in keeping with its being a sign of hiding and retreat. Alice Bailey, in ‘The Labours of Hercules’ elaborates on the esoteric symbolism for the glyph for Cancer: The glyph for Cancer is composed of two “asses” tails and these again link up with the gospel story with the story of the manger. There are two asses connected with the birth of Jesus, the one which the Virgin rode to Bethlehem prior to the birth, and the other on which she rode to Egypt, after the birth. Close to the sign Cancer are two bright stars, one called Asellus Borealis or the northern ass, and the other, Asellus Australis, or the southern ass. There is also the third time, when Christ rode into Jerusalem during his brief moment of triumph on Palm Sunday.

Moon, the Ruler of Cancer

The Moon, the ruler of Cancer, along with the Sun is referred to as one of the ‘Lights’. The sun is known as the ‘Light of day’ and the Moon, the ‘Light of night. The Moon is representative of the feminine principle, Eros or relatedness and the yin. Primitive people attributed great powers to the Moon, believing that it could cause women’s pregnancy. It was a symbol of fertility, responsible for planting, fertility and pregnancy. The waxing moon was regarded as benign but the waning Moon was seen as destructive – something to be feared. In the mythology of most cultures the Moon was symbolic of the Great Mother Goddess, often portrayed with the symbol of the Moon. In Egypt she was represented by Hathor with her horned crescent headdress; Hecate was portrayed as the three headed hound symbolising the three phases of the moon – Persephone, the maiden or New Moon, Demeter, the matron or Full Moon and Hecate, the dark Moon or crone. The Mother Goddess had a dual role as Opener and Closer of the Womb. In her light phase she was life-giver, but in her dark phase she was life destroyer, as was the role of grieving Demeter, the goddess of the grain, when she stopped all living things. The ancient Chinese revered Kwan Yin, ‘Lady of the Moon’, as the World Mother in her capacity as Goddess of Mercy and protectress of children.

Lunar Cycles and Conception

The Moon is associated with the pull of the ocean’s tides and with women’s menstrual cycles. In fact in many cultures and languages, the word for moon is synonymous with menstruation. The Moon’s phases are symbolic of the womb shedding its lining, and the snake shedding its skin. Many goddesses were portrayed with snakes accompanying them. The snake also symbolises the subterranean and phallic power associated with the goddess.

Eugene Jonas, the Czech psychiatrist, rediscovered the ancient secrets of how the moon affects a woman’s ability to conceive, the sex of a child, and the viability of the embryo.

In his study of the mentally ill, Dr Leonard Ravitz of Duke University, discovered marked changes coinciding with the phases of the Moon in both normal and mentally unstable people. The more disturbed the patients were the more the Moon affected them. This especially showed on the night of the Full Moon. Medical emergency staff have attested to the fact that their busiest night of the month always occurs on the Full Moon. Hence the word,’ lunatic’, referring to a crazy person affected by the Moon. Cancerians, being ruled by the Moon are often regarded as moody, their moods reflecting the fluctuating phases of the Moon and the ocean’s tides.

Dane Rudhyar, in his book, ‘The Lunation Cycle’, delineates the 8 moon phases, and depending under which phase we are born i.e. Full Moon, New Moon, etc. it describes our personality and destiny.

The Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Doe or Hind

In the book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey relates the test for Cancer in the fourth labour of Hercules. Hercules’ teacher tells him that he has to capture the doe which belongs to Artemis, but Diana, the goddess of the woods, also lays claim to it. However, he is told that it belongs to neither of these deities but to the Lord and that he must rescue it and bear it to the holy shrine of Mycenae. Both goddesses foil Hercules’ attempts to capture the doe for a whole year. Finally he captures the elusive doe while it is sleeping close to a quiet pool, wearied from its flight. He bears it in his arms close to his heart. On returning to his teacher and reporting that the labour is done, his teacher points him in the direction of the hill and there again is the doe. The teacher explains to his pupil that the test must be done again and again. The doe is very elusive and no sooner has Hercules glimpsed it, than it has disappeared again. Alice Bailey comments that this is one of the shortest stories but it is one of the most profound. There is no success for the aspirant until he transmutes instinct into intuition just as intellect needs to be balanced with intuition. Cancer is the sign wherein the duality of form and of the soul is unified in the physical body. There is deep symbolism attached to each of the characters in this story. When Hercules carries the doe into the shrine, it is recognised by Apollo, the Sun god, as the spiritual intuition. A battle ensues amongst the three of them. For Diana, the huntress, the doe represents intellect, for Apollo it represents spiritual intuition and for Artemis it represents instinct. To sum up, intellect carried into the holy shrine by Hercules is transformed into intuition, which becomes aware of spiritual realities that neither intellect nor instinct can reveal to him. There is also some significance in the fact that Hercules bears the doe close to his heart, representing love and compassion, which are traits to be developed during the Cancerian phase.

Cancerian Hall of Fame

Being the nurturer of the zodiac, Cancerians are drawn to caring professions such as nursing, midwifery, teaching, social work and healing. Cancer, ruling food and beverages, is well represented in the hospitality industry as restaurateurs, chefs and waiters. They are also attracted to high finance, as well as making great performers in the arts, with their vivid imaginations and zany sense of humour. Nelson Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller symbolise the Cancerian’s money making ability.

Cancer has its share of much loved icons such as Diana, Princess of Wales, the people’s princess or in her own words, the ‘Queen of Hearts’, whose tragic untimely death caused a global outpouring of grief. Her son, Prince William who shares his mother’s good looks and charisma is born with both the Sun and Moon in sensitive Cancer.

Another much loved icon is the Dalai Lama whose Buddhist teachings espouse love and compassion. Cancer, ruling home and country has produced two outstanding patriots in Nelson Mandela and Xanana Gusmao.

Malala YousafzaiPerhaps the youngest example of a shining light of a Cancerian is the courageous young Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and the neck by the Taliban for her championing education for girls. She received a standing ovation after addressing the United Nations on her 16th birthday 12 July 2013. President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld also demonstrate the Cancerian tendency to march to the patriot’s drum as does their nemesis, Cindy Sheehan, the Cancerian grieving American Mum whose son died in the war in Iraq.

Dan BrownDan Brown, the American whose controversial blockbuster book and movie, the Da Vinci Code, champions the feminine principle is also a Cancerian. Tom Hanks, the hero of the film is also a Cancerian. The lonely heart balladeer, Chris Isaak whose soulful songs have touched so many, is also a Cancerian. Other Cancerian celluloid heroes include Charles Laughton, Donald Sutherland, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Isabelle Adjani and

Meryl Streep. Comedians include Phyllis Diller, Red Skelton, Robin Williams, Terry Thomas, Mel Brooks and Dave Allen. Other famous Cancerians include Elizabeth Kubler Ross whose groundbreaking work on death and dying lifted the taboo on the subject of death. Cancerians whose vivid imagination has been expressed in prose include George Orwell, Herman Hesse, Marcel Proust, Saint Exupery, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, and Barbara Cartland, the Queen of the Romance Novel, and step-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Musicians of note include Ringo Starr, Louis Armstrong, Edward Elgar and Oscar Hammerstein.

Julian AssangeAnother Cancerian who has featured prominently in the news is the Australian born Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame.

Cancerian Health and Anatomy

In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell notes that physiologically the fourth sign, Cancer, pertains to the breast, stomach and spleen, and governs expansion and contraction, elasticity and tenacity. It is a fluidic sign and all the organs which it rules are concerned with the secretion of fluids. 1. Mother’s milk (breast). 2. the chyle (digested food elements of the stomach) 3. the white corpuscles of the blood (spleen). Cancer is the most fertile of all the twelve signs. Cancer, being ruled by the Moon is concerned with growth and reproduction. However, the hidden power within this sign is that of Nature’s power to reproduce otherwise the body would not be able to recreate itself daily. It has to do with the ceaseless formation or birth of corpuscles within the spleen, and not with procreative germs which can only be accomplished in the testes and ovaries.

The biochemic salt related to this sign is Calcium fluoride, a hard substance possessing nevertheless a peculiar property of elasticity. Calc. fluor. is an important constituent of the enamel of the teeth, the finger nails, bones, crystalline lens of the eye, and in the elastic fibre of the muscular tissue. When this cell salt is deficient the skin becomes cracked, and fissures and splits tend to form. Prolapsed organs, varicose veins, hardening of the arteries or testicles, valvular heart troubles, haemorrhoids, receding gums, and loose teeth are all indications that the tissues have lost their elasticity. Cataracts, blurred vision, hard growths and osseous lumps are all evidence of a lack of this salt.

There is another interesting and important function of this salt which must not be overlooked. The brain has a fine membrane like a spider web covering it, called the Arachnoid, and Calc. fluor. is a constituent of this membrane. When the spider web-like filaments of this membrane are plentifully supplied with Calc. fluor. They are elastic, pliable and strong, and thoughts are easily connected, and we have the characteristic of Cancerians, a good memory, or a tenacious memory which is the ability to hold on to thoughts. When this cell salt is deficient, however, the tiny web-like filaments become flabby, like a worn out piece of elastic. Connection of thought becomes difficult, and so we get a poor memory or forgetfulness which is lack of mental elasticity. The individual becomes hesitant, finding difficulty in expressing themselves as though the words were actually held in leash by elastic threads which had become worn, and lost their power to contract. The symbol of the crab for this sign is very aptly chosen, not only because of its tenacity, but because it is a crustacean, having a hard shell or crust. The word crustacean in Greek means crystal, having the power to crystallise or harden: it also means a hard coating or covering, a shell or horny substance. One can see how well the symbol fits the function of Calc. fluor. the cell salt allocated to Cancer.

Cancer rules the colours light blue, silver and white and their birthstone is ruby. They also respond to the energies of pearl and moonstone. The metal for Cancer is silver in keeping with the appearance of the Moon.

Healing aromas include chamomile, jasmine lily, myrrh, sandalwood and rose. The healing musical note for Cancer is E. With the Cancerian proneness to digestive problems, foods which ferment in the stomach such as refined breads, sugars, pastry and meats should be avoided at all costs. Fish is a better option for the sensitive Cancerian digestive system. Diet for Cancerians should include the cabbage group such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, mustard, greens, watercress and cauliflower. They should drink plenty of water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

 

Overview for Cancerians for 2017

Good news for Cancerians – Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, continues its passage through your domestic sector. This will imbue you with optimism and a sense of adventure and will bring more opportunities for growth in the areas of home and family, There may be additions to your family or you may be enlarging you home or using it as centre for study. Uranus, the planet of sudden change, continues its journey through your career sector while transformative Pluto continues its sojourn through your marriage and relationship sector. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, and Chiron, the wounded healer, continue their sojourn through your travel and study sector.

Relationships

Powerful Pluto continues his passage through your relationship sector.  Therefore, you will find that you will be attracted to deep and meaningful relationships which will be deeply transformative. Light hearted dalliances are not for you. You will act as a catalyst for change for your partner and vice versa. Passion and intrigue will be the name of the game. It is important that you have deep and honest communication with your partner to avoid emotional manipulation and power struggles.

Career

Uranus, the planet of  sudden change, is still moving through your career and goals sector bringing an element of unpredictability and surprise to this area of your life. You may have a sudden career change or revision your goals. It may be challenging but could also be very exciting as you decide to shake off the cobwebs of a career that has become stale. Your need for freedom and individuality will be paramount. You may be drawn to set up your own business rather than take orders from someone. This energy will endow you with inspiration to try your hand at something new – something innovative and edgy. It can sometimes come in the guise of a redundancy where you are forced to make changes in your career. Uranus rules astrology, energetic healing and IT so these may be fields that you could be attracted to.

Health and Work

Saturn, the Lord of Karma is moving through your health and work sector. Part of Saturn’s motion here will be in retrograde motion from 6 April to 25 August. During Saturn’s retrograde motion the energy is turned inward. Saturn is about responsibility and hard work. Fleet footed Mercury, the messenger of the gods, will pay a visit to your health and work sector from 6 November 2017 to 11 January 2018 facilitating communication. Part of Saturn’s visit here will be in retrograde motion from 3 – 22 December which may cause confusion or misunderstandings. Gentle Venus also pays a visit here from 2 – 25 December bringing harmony and reconciliation in the workplace.

Finances

Your finance sector is highlighted by the karmic north and south nodes and three eclipses. There will be two eclipses in your own finance sector the first being an appulse lunar eclipse on 11 February and the second a total solar eclipse on 21 August 2017. There will also be a partial lunar eclipse on 7 August in your debt and taxes sector so financial issues will be brought to a head. Sun, Mercury and Venus also highlight your wealth and values sector. The Sun’s presence here from 23 July to 22 August will promote your financial interests and give a boost to your self-esteem. Mercury will pay a visit here from 7 – 26 August making it an ideal time for you to network and communicate about your finances. Venus will grace you with her presence in your finance sector from 27 August to 21 September enhancing your finances.

Home and Family

Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, continues its passage through your domestic sector. This will imbue you with optimism and a sense of adventure and will bring more opportunities for growth in the areas of home and family, There may be additions to your family or you may be enlarging or renovating your home or using it as centre for study. Your domestic sector will be activated by the presence of Mars.  Feisty Mars’s presence here from 23 October to 9 December will imbue you with plenty of energy to take charge of family matters but you need to take care not to stir up trouble by being too pushy.  Venus, the goddess of love, brings harmony to the home and hearth when she pays a visit to your domestic sector from 15 October to 7 November. You may feel the urge to beautify your home as your home is your castle. Mercury’s visit here from 1-17 October facilitates communication with your family and is an ideal time to do repairs and renovations.

Creativity, Children and Romance

Mercury and Venus will pay visits to your creativity and romance sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from 18 October to 5 November facilitating communication with your children as well as giving you an opportunity to get in touch with your inner child. Gentle Venus follows close on Mercury’s heels paying a visit from 8 November to 1 December bringing harmony to your relationships with your children and opportunities for enhanced creativity.

Friendships, Groups and Goals

Sun, Mercury and Venus will highlight your friendship sector. The Sun’s presence here from 21 May to 21 June will enable you to show your leadership skills in your social circles. Mercury’s presence here from 7 – 21 June will encourage networking and ensure a busy social calendar. Venus’s presence here from 6 – 31 July will ensure harmony and pleasurable activities with your friends.

Travel and Higher Education

Neptune, the planet of spirituality and Chiron, the wounded healer continue their passage through your 9th house of travel and study. You may be drawn to undertake a spiritual pilgrimage to some exotic foreign country that you have always yearned to visit or you may take up some creative or spiritual studies. Mercury and Venus also contribute their energy to your travel and adventure sector. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit to your adventure sector from 26 February to 13 March motivating you to do research or study. Venus graces your travel and education with her presence from 4 January to 3 February bringing harmony and pleasure here. It would be an ideal time to have that pleasure cruise.

Sources

Cancer Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Cancer Poem by Sue Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene

 

May Astromusings – Happy Birthday Geminis!

3 Gemini

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Have you ever met a Gemini?
There’s double trouble there
As there’s two rolled into one
He’s an artful dissembler
But he’s always lots of fun
There’s a sparkle in his eye
Betraying intelligence and wit
With his brilliant repartee
And his fondness for a jest
Every host should have one
To give his party zest

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Happy Birthday to all the Geminis who celebrate their birthdays between May 21 and June 21. Gemini is one of the three air signs along with Aquarius and Libra. Air is the element which refers to mental qualities. Gemini is one of the four mutable signs indicating the flexibility and changeable quality of Gemini. The others being Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Gemini is the Latin word for twins which indicates their dual nature. The Gemini can be of two minds or is sometimes believed to have two or more personalities.

In Alan Oken’s book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, he elaborates on the twin symbology. Among its many meanings, the glyph for Gemini symbolises the two pillars. In ancient times, the Twins were the guardians of the doorways and entrances. Pairs of gods can often be seen at the gates of Babylonian, Assyrian and Egyptian temples. They are often depicted as siblings. The Twin symbology also pervades Eastern mythology. In the ancient Indian epic the Mahabharata where there are two brothers, Sunda and Upsunda who are said to live together and are incapable of being slain by anyone unless they slay each other. In the Ramayana, Rama, the great Indian saint, also has a twin brother. Examples of twins also abound in the Old Testament but one myth about twins which is very significant is the Greek legend about Castor and Pollux because it links up with the constellation of Gemini of the same name.

The Significance of the Myth of Castor and Pollux

Castor and Pollux avenged the carrying off of their sister of Helen of Troy. Leda, the mother of Castor and Pollux, was seduced by Zeus/Jupiter, this time in the guise of a swan. From this union she gave birth to two eggs – from one came Helen and from the other came Castor and Pollux. There was some confusion and scandal about Castor’s real father, for he was mortal, while Pollux, on the other hand was an immortal, the true son of Zeus. Homer describes Castor as the tamer of horses, and Pollux is the immortal boxer, one who uses his hands and is fleet of foot, which typifies the Gemini. Castor is killed in battle, and Pollux, in great despair prays to his father to let him also die. Zeus responds by taking them both in the sky as the constellation of Castor and Pollux. Homer writes “They possess their life in turn, living one day and dying the next and they have gotten worship as gods” The keynote for Gemini, esoterically, is: ‘I recognise my other self and in the waning of that self I grow and glow.’ Alice Bailey comments that it is an astronomical fact that the star, Castor, is waning in brilliancy, while Pollux, the immortal brother, is waxing in brightness and eclipsing his brother. Pollux represents the soul while his mortal brother represents the personality.

The Constellation of Gemini
Alice Bailey has the following to say about the constellation of Gemini: Gemini has in it two stars Castor and Pollux, the Twins. These personify two major groups of stars, the Seven Pleiades, and Seven Stars of the Great Bear, which are two constellations, in the north, around which our universe seems to revolve. She writes these two groups of stars the Pleiades and the Great Bear represent God, the macrocosm, whilst in Gemini, Castor and Pollux were regarded as symbols of man, the microcosm.
Alan Oken adds: The most notable asterisms are the two great stars which bear the names of the Twins, Castor and Pollux. Castor, befitting the nature of Gemini, is really two closely placed white stars which revolve around each other. This phenomenon is called as “binary system” by astronomers, as the two stars seem to revolve around a common centre of gravity. Pollux is somewhat brighter than his brother and is orange reddish in colour. These stars lie only four and half degrees from each other and between the  were long known as the sole representatives of the entire constellation. (They were called the “Mas-mas” or Twins by the ancient Assyrians.) In time the brothers grew and many more stars were added to complete their portraiture. The ecliptic divides the Twins at the middle; their heads (Castor and Pollux) are above and are posited between the left claw of the Crab and the whip of Auriga, the Charioteer. Their feet just touch the Milky Way, above the upraised arm of the great constellation of Orion, the Hunter. The Twins are usually depicted as bound together by each other’s arms.

MercuryMercury the Ruler of Gemini – Mercury/Hermes in Mythology
We can gain insight into the Geminian nature by studying the myths of Mercury and his alter ego Hermes. Howard Sasportas, in the book ‘The Inner Planets’, co written with Liz Greene illuminates one on the role of Mercury. Mercury was conceived of an illicit union between Zeus, the King of the gods, and a mere mortal called Maia so he was born out of deceit. As the story goes he was already into great mischief even when he was still a baby in his cradle. He stole his older brother Apollo’s cattle, and by leading them out backwards made it appear as if the cattle were going in the opposite direction. When his older brother accused him of stealing his cattle he acted as if butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. He also fashioned a lyre out of a tortoise. When he plays this instrument he charms Apollo out of his anger and he makes a deal with Apollo. In return for teaching him the lyre, Mercury must be allowed to share Apollo’s patronage of the cattle. The resourceful bargaining qualities of the Gemini nature are mirrored in Mercury’s actions. Apollo agreed to this on the condition that his miscreant younger brother swore an oath. When Mercury complied Apollo made Mercury the patron of oaths and solemn pledges and he also bestowed upon him the gift of the caduceus, a magic wand with two snakes wrapped around it which becomes one of Hermes’ most famous symbol and is an emblem of the medical profession.

Mercury is Zeus’ personal messenger and is often used to rescue others from danger. He is also a magician and charms Cerberus, the ferocious three headed dog who guards the Underworld, so he can slip in and out of the Underworld unnoticed. He is a master of magic words and magic formulas in much the same way the Gemini can charm their way out of tricky situations with their gift of the gab. The derivation of the Greek word, ‘Hermes’, is he of the stone heap, a place where travellers would stop and talk, and eventually where commercial deals took place and magic and rituals were performed hence Mercury’s rulership over commerce, transport and short distance travel. Hermes was known as the god of crossroads, borders and transitions. There is also a figure in alchemy called Mercurius which represents both the transformer and the thing which needed to be transformed. To sum up then, the agility, versatility and ingenuity of Mercury, also known as quicksilver, is very evident in the Gemini individual.

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Lungs

Gemini Health and Anatomy
In the human body Gemini rules the bronchial tubes and lungs, the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Kali mur., the Gemini Salt, is essential for the formation of fibrin. Every tissue and organ of the body, with the exception of bone, contains fibrin. Man’s whole garment of flesh is built upon the foundation of filaments or fibres. There is an infinitely fine network of these tiny fibres, all branching off from one another, forming the framework, as it were, upon which the tissues are built. This includes also the skin, glands and nerves. Symptoms arising from lack of Kali mur. are catarrh, congestion of bronchial tubes, swollen glands, mumps, sore throats, enlarged rheumatic joints, and swollen tonsils, all children’s diseases where there are exudations through the skin, such as measles, chicken pox, scarlet fever, etc., for these are all disturbances of the fibrin. All cases of a very white tongue and sluggish liver and constipation, and all congestion and swellings need Kali mur. Geminis live on their nervous energy and most of their illnesses are of a nervous character. Therefore, it is vital that they learn to switch off their busy minds and relax. Plenty of sleep and proper breathing exercises would be very beneficial for them.

Gemini rules the colour yellow and also they responds well to the healing orange ray. The birthstone for Gemini is agate, the multi coloured stone and the metal is Mercury in keeping with their quicksilver personality. A homeopathic remedy beneficial for Gemini is Byronia used in the treatment of colds, flu and headaches. Healing aromatherapy oils which will help to promote calm for the excessive nervous energy of the Gemini include bergamot, lavender, lemongrass and lily of the valley. The healing musical note for Gemini is A. Diet for Gemini should include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables especially orange coloured foods such as oranges, peaches apricots, pink grapefruit, etc. which help decongest the lungs and prevent mucous. Mucous forming dairy products and salt should be avoided. Carrot juices and legumes such as lentils are also beneficial.

Gemini Hall of Fame
Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, has dominion over communication, writing, teaching, and short distance travel. Geminis are attracted to careers which utilise their great mental skills, wit and eloquence such as teaching, lecturing, politics, music, media, journalism, advertising, public relations, publishing, astrology, technology, finance and sales.

Federico Garcia Lorca

Famous Gemini writers include Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming, Thomas Hardy, Anne Frank, Colleen McCullough, Judith Wright, Salman Rushdie, M Scott Peck, Patrick White. Poets of note include W.B Yeats, Walt Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, Alexander Pope, Alexander Pushkin.

Kylie Minogue 2

Kylie Minogue

Geminis who also express themselves through music and dance include Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Isaac Albeniz, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, and Isadora Duncan. Singers include Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Prince, Kanye West, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, Judy Garland, and Dean Martin.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Geminis are not only agile mentally but also physically as this impressive line up of champion tennis players confirms – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf and Anna Kournikova.

Marilyn Monroe

The Gemini charisma translates well onto stage and screen with such show business icons as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood, Errol

Flynn, Rudolph Valentino, Joan Collins, Marilyn Monroe, Michael J. Fox, Isabella Rossellini, Kristen Scott Thomas, Hugh Dancy, Geoffrey Palmer, Christopher Lee, and Johnny Depp.

Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver

Australian Gemini actors of note include Jason Donovan, Jacki Weaver, Frances O’Connor, Nicole Kidman, Anna Torv, Sophie Lowe, Pia Miranda and Gia Carides.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer

Geminis are also famous for their wit as expressed by the Gemini British comedian Russell Brand and American comic Amy Schumer

Media personalities include Elsa Maxwell, Hedda Hopper and Joan Rivers.

Politicians and political activists include John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Hubert Humphrey, Rudolph Giuliani, George Bush Senior, Benazir Bhutto, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Che

Aung San Suu Kyi

Guevara. Another Gemini who has been in the spotlight in the last year is President Donald Trump. Richard Di Natale. the leader of the Australian Greens is also a

Richard Di Natale

Richard Di Natale

Gemini.

The science of astrology has also attracted its share of Geminis including Lois M. Rodden, Grant Lewi, Alexander Ruperti and Francoise Gauquelin, the French woman statistician and psychologist, who along with her husband Michel, set out to disprove astrology but instead ended up being some of its strongest exponents.

Dava Sobel

The astronomer and best selling author Dava Sobel featuring prominently in the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival is also a Gemini.

Overview for Gemini for 2017
Saturn, known as the Lord of Karma is still moving through your marriage and partnership sector. Your ruling planet Mercury will make a visit in Gemini from 7 to 21 June facilitating communication and networking. Your ruling planet Mercury will be retrograde from 10 April to 4 May – a period for the busy Gemini to slow down to rest and reflect. This is not a good time to make major decisions or sign contracts but rather to carry out research. There can be delays and misunderstandings so there is a need to pay special attention to detail and remain patient until this retrograde phase is completed. The other retrograde Mercury periods occur between  19 Dec 2016 to 7 January 2017, and 2 -22 September and 13 August to 4 September and 3-22 December 2017. These are periods for rest and reflection to recharge your batteries ready for when your ruling planet Mercury resumes its forward motion. The extended cycle of spiritual Neptune in your career sector encourages you to pursue your creative and spiritual aspirations.

Relationships
Saturn which began its sojourn in your relationship and partnership sector in December 2014 is still moving through your relationship sector. Saturn, the lord of Karma, teaches you about boundaries and responsibilities in your relationships. Saturn can deepen your commitments in your primary relationships. Sometimes there can be a reality check about what is functioning well and what is not in your relationship. This can act as a catalyst for you and your partner to change outmoded patterns of relating bringing maturity and wisdom in your relationships. It will move out of your relationship sector on 21 December this year.

Home and Family
Planetary visitors, Mercury, Venus and Mars will activate your domestic sector. Dynamic Mars will pay a visit to your domestic sector from 6 September to 22 October giving you the impetus to deal with affairs on the home front but you need to be aware that be domestic disputes could flare up. Mercury will follow close on the heel of Mars visiting your domestic sector from 11 September to 17 October facilitating communication with family members. Gentle Venus will grace your domestic sector with her presence from 21 September to 14 October bringing harmony on the home front.

Creativity, Children and Romance
Lucky Jupiter is currently in your creativity and romance sector giving your opportunities in this area of your life. The first part of the year Jupiter will be retrograde from 6 February to 8 June. The focus will be on your romance and children sector with visits from Venus and Mercury. Venus will grace your romance and creativity sector from 15 October to 7 November which should bring pleasurable romantic encounters, enhance your personal creativity and relationships with your children. Your ruler quicksilver Mercury makes pays a visit there from 1 – 17 October affording you an opportunity to initiate conversations with your children and romantic partners while bringing a sense of fun to your relationships with children or affording you an opportunity to explore your inner child.

Career
Your career sector is highlighted with a solar eclipse on 26 February 2017. Neptune, the planet of spirituality and Chiron the wounded healer, continue their passage through your 10th house of career. This cycle will emphasise the spiritual and creative side of your career. Your interactions with your colleagues will be motivated by altruism and sensitivity. You may be drawn toward pursuing a spiritual or artistic career. You may even experience confusion about what career to pursue. Ultimately, Neptune may beckon you toward a career of selfless service. Added to this the karmic south node and 2 eclipses the first one being a solar eclipse on 9 March and the second a lunar eclipse on 16 September. This will highlight career issues and may cause you to revision your career and goals.

Travel and Education
Your travel and education sector will be highlighted with the karmic South Node. Quicksilver Mercury will be there from 8 – 25 February activating this area of study and travel making it an ideal time to undertake a study tour.

Finances
Mars, Mercury and Venus  make their passage through your finance sector during 2017. Dynamic Mars visits your finances sector from 5 June to 21 July imbuing you with the energy to deal with your finances. Quicksilver Mercury which rules commerce follows closely on the heels of Mars visiting your finance sector from 22 June to 6 July facilitating communication and networking with your business dealings.  Venus which rules finance graces your financial sector with her presence from 1 – 26 August. Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues it sojourn through your debt and taxes sector which would act as a catalyst for you to transform this area.

Friends, Groups and Goals
Uranus, the planet of sudden change, continues to stir up your friendship sector, causing change and unpredictability in this area of your life. You may encounter exciting new friends or be inspired to join groups that are aligned with your humanitarian or political aspirations. Venus pays and extended visit to your social sector from 4 February to 6 June bringing harmony to your friendships and opportunities for pleasurable socialising. Part of Venus’s visit here will be in retrograde motion where it spends from 4 to 28 April back in Pisces in your career sector.

Spirituality
The focus will be on  retreat and contemplation when your 12th house of spirituality, karma and seclusion is activated by a visit from Mercury from 17 May to 6 June. Venus follows close on the heels of Mercury gracing your spirituality sector with her presence from 7 June to 5 July. You may be inspired to spend time in a retreat or health farm nourishing body, mind and soul. It is an ideal time to keep a dream journal exploring the realms of your unconscious yearnings or take up meditation, yoga or martial arts to find extra meaning in your life. It is a time to protect your boundaries so that you can recharge your batteries and feel rejuvenated.

Sources
Gemini Greeting Card illustrated by Sue Robertson
Gemini Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene

April Astromusings – Full Moon Wesak Festival, Happy Birthday Taureans!

Taurus

Taurus

Taurus, golden eyed
bull of God
worshipped with song and dance
in ancient fertility rites
slow sure sensual
sow your seeds
ensuring Mother Nature’s bounty

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Taurus
The Personality asserts: Let struggle be undismayed
The Soul sounds its note: I see, and when the eye is opened, all is illumined

Rulers for Taurus
Exoteric Ruler:
Venus under the Fifth Ray of Concrete Mind or Science
Esoteric Ruler: Vulcan under the First Ray of Will or Power
Hierarchical Ruler: Vulcan under the First Ray of Will or Power

Happy Birthday to all the Taureans who celebrate their birthdays between April 21 and May 21. Taurus forms part of the triplicity of Earth signs with Capricorn and Virgo. Taurus, the Bull, is the sign of fertility as traditionally in the Northern Hemisphere, it brings the regenerative life force of Spring. The glyph for which represents the full Moon with a crescent moon attached to it. The Full Moon can be seen as the Celestial Mother and the upturned crescent moon as the cow’s horns, another symbol of its fecundity. In the Age of Taurus (C.4220 BC-C.2160 B.C) the Egyptians established their vast agricultural empire through an economy based on slavery. During the Age of Taurus the cult of the bull and cow was prevalent. The Ancient Egyptians worshipped Isis as the Crescent, crowned with the headdress of the cow horns, the Horned Goddess, the cow, and as such was identified with Hathor the Cow-Goddess who preceded her. Isis’s husband Osiris, was also worshipped as a horned deity, known as the bull god, Apis. The veneration of the Bull was also prevalent in other cultures, for example the Bull of Minos known as the Minotaur of the Cretan Labyrinth. At certain times of the year young boys and girls were sacrificed to the Bull God. During these festivals young people danced upon the bulls and jumped through their horns in the arenas, a custom which was the precursor of the modern practice of bullfighting. The glyph for Taurus also represents the parts of the body ruled by this sign: the neck, throat and the shoulders.

Venus and Vulcan, the Ruling Planets of Taurus

The ruling planet of Taurus is Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty and the patroness of the arts. When she is favourably placed in a horoscope she will bestow her bounty of charm, beauty, creativity, sociability and wealth on the recipient. Taurus rules the second house of the horoscope which governs finances, material possessions and values. In keeping with the Law of Attraction, Venus governs desire and sexuality. Because of the earthiness of their nature, Taureans are challenged to overcome their weaknesses on the physical plane i.e. the desire nature and stubbornness to transmute this into aspiration and goodwill. The esoteric ruler of Taurus is Vulcan, the god of the Hammer and the Forge. His role is to beat “base metal” into a more refined state for spiritual purposes which aids in this transmutation. Esoterically, Taurus is referred to as the golden eyed Bull of God, with its keynote being: “I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light”. This connotes that the goal of the aspirant in the second sign is illumination. The second Labour of Hercules sheds more light on the tests facing the hero in the sign of Taurus.

Hercules Captures the Cretan Bull

The Second Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Cretan Bull

In the book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey elucidates the test of Taurus. Hercules is told by his teacher to capture the sacred Bull of Minos to save it from being sacrificed, and ride it from Crete to the mainland where he is to deliver it to the three Cyclops, Brontes, Steropes and Arges, who dwell in the Holy Place. This, Hercules succeeds in doing by chasing the bull from one corner of the island to another, mounting it and riding it through the waves to the mainland. There is much symbolism involved in this apparently straightforward labour which Hercules has to complete. Minos, the King of Crete, who owned the sacred bull also possessed the maze which has ever been the symbol of the great illusion. The island of Crete with its maze and its bull is an outstanding symbol of the great illusion. It was separated from the mainland, and illusion and bewilderment are characteristics of the separated self. The bull represents animal desire which must be caught and mastered and chased from one point to another in the life of the separated self. Hercules must hand over the bull to the three Cyclops who represent the initiates, having the single eye which symbolises the third eye. It also refers to the Bull’s eye in the constellation of Taurus. In other words the task of Hercules is to overcome desire, transcending the personality self and aligning it with his Higher Self to achieve illumination.

The Constellation of Taurus

Alan Oken in his book Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology writes: ” The Bull has only half a body, its hindquarters seeming to disappear into the depth of space. Its legs are bent under its body. He then goes on to quote the poet Manilius who says:” The mighty bull is lame; his leg turns under; Taurus bends as if wearied by the Plough.” Even though the Bull has only his frontal segments, the constellation of Taurus is very rich in it stellar components. Oken observes that Manilius calls Taurus “dives puellis” – Latin for rich in maidens a reference to the fact that within its demibody are the Pleiades or Seven Sisters and the Hyades, the seven mythological daughters of Atlas and Aethra and half sisters of the Pleiades. The Hyades form the great V of the reddish star Aldebaran often called the “Eye of the Bull.” The Bull’s horns are very long and extend quite far from its body. The tip of the northern horn extends into the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer. Near the tip of the southern horn is the beautiful Crab Nebula, a huge cloud of stardust and fragments, the remnants of a star which exploded centuries ago.

Under the title of The Theme of Illumination Alice Bailey explains the esoteric significance of the constellation of Taurus. Taurus is one of the most interesting of the zodiacal constellations, the Cross of the Disciple. The “eye of the bull” in Taurus, the magnificent fixed star, Aldebaran, is one of the reasons why this constellation is regarded as conferring illumination. In ancient days it was called the leading star of the heavens, and Taurus has always been connected with light and, therefore, with Christ, who proclaimed himself as the Light of the World. Light, illumination and sound, as expressed of the creative force: these are the three basic ideas connected with this constellation. The “interpreter of the divine voice”, as Taurus was called in ancient Egypt, can be paraphrased into Christian terminology and called “the Word made flesh.”

Bailey continues: ‘The following is of interest’ she includes an excerpt from The Zodiac – A Life Epitome by Walter Sampson: “The bull or the cow is the symbol of this sign, and in the celestial chart it will be observed that the little group of stars called Pleiades are represented just at the shoulder of the bull. Now, in Egyptian sculpture, or painting, the Pleiades are sometimes represented by the figure of the dove with wings outspread over the bull’s saddle. The dove as we remember, is the bird sacred to Venus, and as the Pleiades are part of the constellation Taurus and as we shall see, more Taurean in nature, if possible, than Taurus itself, the dove becomes a specially appropriate symbol for this little star-group.”

Bailey continues explaining the significance of the constellations connected with Taurus:
The three constellations connected with this sign are Orion, Eridanus and Auriga: and the nature of the work in Taurus is beautifully foretold by the three pictures in the heavens which they present to us. The ancient name of Orion was “the three Kings”, because of the three beautiful stars found in Orion’s Belt. The Three Kings represent the three divine aspects of Will, Love and Intelligence, and Orion, therefore, symbolises the spirit. The name Orion literally means “the breaking forth of light.”

Bailey makes the observation about the recurrence of the spiritual prototype: “Again and again, as we circle around the zodiac, shall we find appearing what might be called “the spiritual prototype” of Hercules; Perseus, the Coming Prince who slew the Medusa, symbol of great illusion. He is found in Aries: Orion whose name means “light”, is found in Taurus; in Scorpio, Hercules himself, triumphant and victorious, appears. Then we have Sagittarius the Archer on the Horse, going straight for his goal, and in Pisces we find the King. The more closely we study this heavenly picture book, the more we realise that ever before us is held the symbol of our divinity, the symbol of the soul in incarnation, and the story of matter, as it receives purification and glorification through the laborious work of the soul.

The second constellation connected with this sign is an immense river of stars, which stream forth from under the feet of Orion. It is called Eridanus, or the “River of the Judge”, and it is the symbol of the river of life, carrying souls into incarnation, where they learn the meaning of the words, “as a man sows, so shall he reap”, and where they undertake the stupendous task of working out their own salvation. Just as Orion symbolises the spirit aspect, so Eridanus concerns itself from the form-taking aspect and holds before us the thought of incarnation: whilst the third constellation, Auriga, is the charioteer, leading forth to new lands and so symbolising the soul.”

Taurean Hall of Fame

David Attenborough

Venus, the ruler of Taurus, has dominion over the arts, culinary activities, nature, money, and sensuality. Therefore Taureans are attracted to careers in fields such as music, massage, banking, real estate, farming, gardening, and hospitality. An example of the Taurean affinity with nature is evident in the books and documentaries on nature by the famous Taurean, David Attenborough.
Taureans are well represented in the field of music with such classical musicians as Brahams, Tchaikovsky and Yehudi Menuhin. The prima ballerina, Margot Fonteyn, and Fred Astaire were also born under the sign of the bull. Other famous musically gifted Taureans include, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Enya, Cher, Shirley Temple,

Barbra Streisand

Shirley MacLaine, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Collins, Lesley Gore, Duke Ellington, Glen Campbell, Roy Orbison, Pete Seeger and  the crooners, Perry Como and Bing Crosby.
Actors of note include Rudolf Valentino, Lionel Barrymore, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Orson Welles, Pierce Brosnan, Gerry Seinfeld, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Glenda Jackson, Uma Thurman,

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellwegger, Michelle Pfeiffer and Joanna Lumley. Writers of note include William Shakespeare, Robert Browning, Anthony Trollope, Vladimir Nabokov, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Daphne Du Maurier, Charlotte Bronte, and James Barrie who created the favourite children’s book Peter Pan.

Taurus is potentially a sign of power and it has had its share of rulers who have brought stability but it also has had its share of tyrants who have abused their power. Queen Elizabeth II who has her ascendant in steadfast Capricorn and recently celebrated her 91st birthday

Mary Robinson

on April 21 2017, epitomises the stable, pragmatic monarch. Mary Robinson, the former president of the Irish Republic and current human rights commissioner for the United Nations, who also exudes this Earth Mother quality, has both her Sun and Moon in steady Taurus. A quality which has reassured many people in times of conflict, both on a national level and in the international arena. Other Taureans who have made their presence felt include Catherine the Great,  Golda Meir,  Eva Peron, Czar Nicholas II, Vladimir Lenin, Hitler, Robespierre, Oliver Cromwell, Ho Chi Minh, Emperor Hirohito, Harry S. Truman, Saddam Hussein. and Pope John Paul II. Some spiritually inclined Taureans include Gautama Buddha,

Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit priest and mystic.

Taurus Health and Anatomy

Taurus is represented in the human body by the cerebellum, or lower brain, and neck, ears, lower jaw, throat, liver and gall bladder. In her book ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell writes that the biochemic cell salt for Taurus is Nat. sulph. and is the first cell salt to become deficient where symptoms of disease in the Taurean native are observed. The chief work of Nat. sulph. is to eliminate excess water from the body. In the hot moist weather the atmosphere becomes heavily charged with water, and is breathed into the blood through the lungs. Blood becomes overcharged with water from an atmosphere overcharged with moist vapour, and not from the water we drink. One molecule of the Taurean salt has the chemical power to take up and eliminate from the system two molecules of water. Therefore, the more surplus water there is to be thrown out of the blood, the more sodium sulphate is required. Biliousness and malaria are the effects of a deficiency of this salt. Chills and fevers are Nature’s methods of getting rid of surplus water, through violent muscular, nervous, and vascular spasms and perspiration. There are some people who put on weight in spite of careful dieting. This is because the lymphatic system becomes slowly engorged with excess fluid derived from the atmosphere through the breath. These people need plenty of Nat. sulph. to carry away this excess fluid.

One of the weaknesses of Taureans is over indulgence, so moderation in eating and drinking needs to be cultivated. Because Nat. sulph. works with the fluids of the body it is one of the most important salts affecting the digestive organs. The bile of the liver, the pancreatic juices, and the secretions of the kidneys all depend for their normal functioning upon a proper supply of Nat. sulph. Bile disorders of which there are many, range from sluggish liver and tiredness in the early morning, to gall stones, jaundice, stoppage of the bile duct, and constipation. Diabetics need Nat. sulph. because it stimulates the secretions of the pancreas, liver, and kidneys. When the digestive organs are not functioning harmoniously, then sore throats and colds are frequent. The following are suggestions for liver and throat complaints. Balmony is good for jaundice conditions; Agrimony is good for both liver and kidney troubles and helps the assimilation of food; Centaury is also a good tonic for the liver; A combination of both Agrimony and Centaury is helpful for jaundice conditions, and corrects the kidneys at the same time. Golden Seal is very helpful for bilious subjects; Dandelion is excellent for the liver and as a dyspeptic remedy. Red Sage is helpful for Laryngitis and Raspberry leaves and Mulleins also make good remedies for sore throats.

Taurus rules the colours turquoise, brown and russet. The gemstone for Taurus is emerald and the metal is copper. An ideal homeopathic remedy for the sluggish Taurean digestive system is Belladonna. Aromatherapy oils suitable for the Taurean temperament include patchouli, rose and ylang-ylang. The healing musical note for Taurus is A# (A sharp). Taureans should avoid fattening, starchy foods or liquors because of their proneness to gout. Citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit, as well as bananas and melons are beneficial for Taureans. The Taurean diet should include carrots, celery, spinach, beans and peas.

Full Moon Festival in May– Wesak Festival –  12-14 May 2017

Taurus is especially connected to the Buddha as Buddha is said to have been born, reached enlightenment and died in the sign of the Bull. The Buddha taught that the path of detachment from the desire is the vehicle for the entrance of Light. These events are celebrated each year at the Wesak Festival, the time of the full Moon when the Sun is in Taurus. It is so-called as the ceremony of Wesak is held in the actual Wesak Valley in the Himalayas at the time of the Full Moon of May which is actually the Full Moon in Scorpio. Wesak, the Sun in Taurus Full Moon, is the most powerful Full Moon of the year. According to mystics the ceremony marks the return of the Buddha to help regenerate the Earth. He is said to return at this time each year to bring new light to the world. He appears above a flat rock on which a great crystal bowl filled with water rests. It is said that He and His great Brother, the World Teacher of Love, work in the closest cooperation for the spiritual benefit of humanity. Through the Buddha the wisdom of God is poured forth. Through the World Teacher of Love, the Love of God is poured forth. At the end of the ceremony the water in the bowl is distributed to all the participants who drink from their cups and share it with others. This beautiful water ceremony of communion is symbolic of the Age of Aquarius which we are entering, the Age of the Water Bearer.

Overview for Taureans for 2017

Communication and relationships with siblings, neighbours and short distance travel are highlighted by two eclipses. The first eclipse is an appulse lunar eclipse which occurs on 11 Feb 2017 and the second is a total solar eclipse which occurs on 21 August. The mover and shaker Pluto continues its sojourn through your travel and education sector facilitating major changes in this area of your life. Lucky Jupiter spends half the year in your work and health sector before moving into your relationhip and marriage sector

Relationships
Lucky Jupiter moves out of your work and health sector into your relationship and marriage sector on 11 October 2017 and will remain there until 7 November 2018. This should be a beneficial time for your most intimate relationships and business partnerships. Mercury, the planet of communication, pays a visit to your relationship sector from 18 October to 5 November.  Venus graces your relationship sector with her presence from 8 November to 1 December bringing harmony and pleasure to your relationships. Avoid conflicts with loved ones when feisty Mars makes a dramatic entrance here from 10 December 2017 until 26 January 2018.

Creativity, Children and Romance
The karmic north node is moving through your creativity and children sector. giving a certain fatedness to your family relationships. Both Mercury and Venus visit your 5th house of creativity, children and romance. Mercury pays two visits there firstly from 26 July to 31 August and then again from 11 – 30 September encouraging communication with your children and lovers and learning new hobbies. Venus graces this sector from  – 21 September to 14 October bringing harmony and inspiration in these areas of your life.

Home and Family
Two celestial visitors, and Mercury and Venus will activate your home and family sector. From 22 July to 31 August Mercury, the messenger of the gods will pay a visit there. This encourages communication within your family and any commercial transactions. Venus graces your domestic sector with her presence from 27 August to 20 September bringing harmony and opportunities to beautify your home.

Career
Your career sector is highlighted when a partial lunar eclipse occurs on 7 August. Mercury, the messenger of the gods, will pay a visit to your career and goals sector from 8 – 25 February facilitating communication and networking in your career.

Work and Health
Lucky Jupiter spends part of the year in your work and health sector until 10 October giving you opportunities for expansion. Mercury, the messenger of the gods pays a visit here from 1 – 17 October providing opportunities for communication and networking. Venus, the planet of love and finances will grace you with her presence here from 15 October to 7 November bringing harmony. Feisty Mars pays a visit here from 23 October to 9 December. This could cause conflict with colleagues and as far as health is concerned illness could involve fevers.

Finances
Pragmatic Saturn continues its passage through your debt and taxes sector so Mercury and Venus will pay a visit to your finance sector. From April to September Saturn will be retrograde making it an ideal time to review your taxes and finances clearing any debt.  Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce will be in your debt sector from 6 November 2017 until 11 January 2018 providing an opportunity to review your finances. Venus, the planet of love and money, will grace you with her presence here from 2 – 25 December which should enhance your finances. Dynamic Mars will be in your own money sector from 22 April until 4 June giving you the energy to deal with your finances.

Travel and Education
Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues it sojourn in your ninth house of travel, publishing and higher education, guaranteeing that any travel, writing, publishing or study undertaken could prove life changing for you. This sector of adventure, travel, study and publishing is also activated with a visit from both Mercury and Venus. Venus pays a visit here from 26 December 2017 to 18 January 2018 stimulating your passion for study and travel. Mercury pays a visit to this sector from 3 December 2016 to 7 February 2017, stimulating your desire to study write and travel.

Friendships, Groups and Goals
Your friendship sector will be highlighted by a solar annular eclipse on 26 February. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its lengthy sojourn in your eleventh house of friends, groups and goals. Neptune’s lesson is non-attachment so you may find that you have to surrender some of your cherished goals or experience some losses or sacrifices in your friendships or group affiliations. Positively, you will gain a deeper spiritual awareness through your friendships, awakening your compassion and inspiring you to join groups which espouse altruistic goals. Mercury’s visit here from 26 February to 13 March will give you an opportunity to extend your social networks and communicate with your peer groups. Venus, the planet of love and harmony, visits your friendship sector from 4 February to 3 March bringing social harmony.

Spirituality
Unorthodox Uranus continues its journey through your twelfth house of the unconscious and karma which encourages you to experiment and investigate alternative spiritual dimensions. Uranus is not concerned with the herd mentality but rather with mapping out your own unique spiritual path. You may undertake psychotherapy or be inspired to keep a dream journal recording the messages from your unconscious, releasing untapped potential. Since the twelfth house is concerned with karma, people and circumstances from your past may reappear in unexpected and unusual ways where there is unfinished business to be resolved.

Sources

Taurus Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Taurus Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell

 

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April Astromusings – Retrograde Mercury, Saturn & Pluto, Venus & Jupiter, Full Moon in Libra

Retrograde Planets – Retrograde Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto
Mercury
As I started writing this blog post on 10 April Mercury, the trickster and the messenger of the gods, is turning retrograde at 4 degrees Taurus 51 and will turn direct again on 4 May at 24 Aries 16. Mercury rules communication and transport so you can expect misunderstandings, missed appointments, transport delays or strikes. Therefore, during this Easter school holiday period it is important that you double check all your appointments and travel schedules. Mercury is not the only planet currently retrograde or about to turn retrograde. Venus, the planet of love, finances, resources and values which turned retrograde on 4 March at 13 Aries 9 will resume its direct motion on 15 April at 26 Pisces 55. Currently it is conjuncting Chiron, the wounded healer, so there may be opportunities to heal deep wounds in relationships. Jupiter, the planet of law, overseas travel and higher education, which turned retrograde on 6 February at 23 Libra 8 will turn direct again on 10 June at 13 degrees Libra 13. Saturn, the planet of structures and stability, turned retrograde on 6 April at 27 degrees Sagittarius 48 very close to the Galactic Centre and will turn direct on 25 August at 21 degrees. Pluto, the planet of transformation, will turn retrograde on 20 April at 19 degrees Capricorn 24 and will turn direct on 29 September at 16 degrees Capricorn 51. When these planets are retrograde the energy is turned inwards rather than being projected outwards giving an opportunity to review matters pertaining to these planets.

Full Moon In Libra 10/11 April
The Full Moon will occur at 21 degrees Libra 33 on 11 April at 4.08 pm AEST  Sydney time. Libra is concerned with relationships and partnerships and on a collective level with right human relations. With a Full Moon things come to a head and with the challenging configuration of a T square with Jupiter conjunct the Moon in Libra opposing Uranus conjunct the Sun in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn there could be fireworks. Jupiter, the king of the gods with his thunderbolts, magnifies everything he touches. Therefore,  with Jupiter’s conjunction with the Moon representing our emotions,  we can expect our emotions will be intensified. Uranus represents unpredictability and being in the sign of Aries it can be very impulsive so when it faces off with Jupiter and squares Pluto we have a very volatile mix. We only have to view the current world events that have preceded this full Moon to be aware of the potential powder keg with the US taking unilateral action by firing 59 cruise missiles into Syria to retaliate against the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against it own civilians even before a UN team could verify it. It seems the bromance trump-putin-cartoonbetween Trump and Putin is now terminal. The US  has suddenly changed its tune from focussing on working with Russia to fight the common enemy Daesh and Al Qaeda to now demanding Russia stop supporting the Syrian government and agitating for the removal of President Assad. With Mercury being retrograde there is a lack of clarity with confusion over the US’s long term goals and which seems to be in direct contradiction to Trump’s election campaign isolationist rhetoric. We have to remember that Trump is a Gemini so he can switch his position on policies in the same day as has been witnessed in his early morning twitter rants. He also has Mars, the planet of war and aggression, right on his ascendant. The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also talking tough on North Korea.

Some people have warned against a knee jerk reaction of taking out the leader of a sovereign nation as the precedents of taking out Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and Gaddafi in Libya have only led to a vacuum where even more lethal forces have taken over. It is a very complex situation and so needs to be thought through carefully rather than giving in to impulsive action which could only escalate an already precarious situation.

Swedish PM Stefan Lovfen lays flowers

Swedish Prime Minister lays flowers near the site of the terrorist attack in Stockholm

There have been other sporadic attacks in both the west and the east. On the very day that the Sun entered Aries an attack was carried out by a British citizen as he mowed down members of the public with a car on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament resulting in 5 deaths and injuring about 50 others people. There was widespread condemnation of this heinous act and rightly so. However, this has also served to highlight the hypocrisy of the west who is profiting from the sales of arms to our supposed enemies. The UK for instance is the world’s third largest arms manufacturer. In Sweden a truck was driven into civilians in Stockholm killing four people and injuring 15 people.

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Mourners carry the coffin of one of the victims from the bombing of St Mark’s Church in Alexandria in Egypt

Two suicide bombings on Palm Sunday occurred at two Coptic churches in Egypt killing 44 people which has resulted in President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declaring a three month state of emergency.

A special meeting to discuss Syria will be held in Italy on Tuesday morning when the foreign ministers of the G7 countries (the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, the UK, France and Italy) will be joined by the top diplomats of the Middle East region. With Easter approaching we will need to pray for world peace and hope that the better angels of our world leaders prevail having warm hearts but keeping cool heads.

March Astromusings -Blessings for Autumn/Spring Equinox! Happy Birthday Aries! Retrograde Venus, Easter

 Aries

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Aries, the fearless warrior
ruled by the fiery planet Mars
with pioneering spirit
and youthful brashness
rushes headlong into battle
undaunted by obstacles
in his path

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Happy Birthday Aries! – Autumn/Spring Equinox
Happy Birthday to all the Aries who celebrate their birthdays from March 20 to April 21. The Sun enters Aries 20 March 9.28 pm AEDT Sydney time. The Sun enters Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac, on March 20/21 at the time of the Spring or Vernal equinox in the Northern hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the Southern hemisphere when the days and nights are of equal length. This marks the New Year astrologically as the Sun begins its passage through the twelve signs of the zodiac. Traditionally linked with the Spring Equinox, Aries, the Ram, represents the procreative force and rebirth. Just as Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac symbolises the last part of the body, the feet, Aries represents the first part of the body, the head. The glyph for Aries has several different interpretations. From a physical point of view it symbolises the eyebrows and nose. The two down-turned horns of the ram are suggestive of the battering power of the ram who fights head on. Metaphysically the glyph for Aries represents a fountain gushing forth water symbolising consciousness in an upward and outward direction.

Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece – the Embodiment of Aries

Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece

A myth which embodies the Aries courage, pioneering spirit and initiative is the Quest for the Golden Fleece. In the Mythic Tarot Liz Greene portrays the quest of the Golden Fleece as the mythic journey in the suit of wands symbolising fire. Jason has convinced the heroes, Heracles, Theseus and the Warrior twins Castor and Polydeuces, to accompany him on a voyage to Colchis on his daring quest for the Golden Fleece. His heroes who accompany him each possess necessary attributes to ensure a successful outcome. Heracles  represents strength; King Theseus of Athens, a fiery adventurer like Jason provides the creative vision; Castor and Polydeuces have the cutting edge of the clever mind, and Orpheus has the deep feeling and empathy to disarm any foe.

To gain the Golden Fleece Jason and his Argonauts have to endure many challenges on this treacherous journey, including a battle with the dragon which guards the Golden Fleece. Having procured the Golden Fleece, Jason and his heroes must do battle with the formidable King Aeetes of Colchis to be able to bring the Fleece back to Iolkos. Again our indomitable hero, against all odds wins the battle against King Aeetes only to have to face one more challenge before the goal is reached – that of steering the Argo through the Clashing Rocks. Such is the stuff that the Aries individual is made of, never willing to give in, thriving on challenges no matter how difficult they may appear!

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Hercules Captures the Man-Eating Mares of Diomedes

The Labours of Hercules – The Capture of Man-Eating Mares

In the first labour of Hercules he has to capture the wild horses and mares of Diomedes, the son of Mars. So wild were these horses and fierce the mares that all men were said to tremble at their sound, for they ravaged up and down the land, wreaking damage and killing all sons of men who crossed their path, and breeding steadily most wild and evil horses. Hercules enlisted the aid of his dear friend Abderis. Hercules succeeded in cornering the wild mares in a field and caught and tethered them while yelling with joy at his success. So great was Hercules’ delight in his prowess thus displayed that he deemed it beneath his dignity to hold the mares or drive them on the Way to Diomedes so he asked his friend Abderis to perform the task. But Abderis was weak and fearful and could not hold them or harness them or drive them through the Gate with the result that they turned on him and rent and trod him underfoot, killing him and escaping into the wilder land of Diomedes.

Wiser, grief-stricken, humble and discouraged, Hercules returned to re-do the labour this time succeeding in capturing the horses and driving them through the Gate himself but his friend lay dead. The teacher looked him over with care and sent the horses to a place of peace to be tamed and broken to their tasks. The people of the land, released from fear welcomed the deliverer, acclaiming Hercules as the saviour of the land.
The Teacher turned to Hercules and said: “Labour the first is ended; the task is done but badly done. Learn the true lesson of this task and then pass on to further service to your fellowmen.”

Alice Bailey explains the esoteric symbolism of the myth. She comments on the fact that the first labour starts with a partial failure, as is so often the case with the inexperienced and impetuous aspirant. This first labour marks the first step upon the “path of translation” Aries governs the head. It is consequently the sign of the thinker, and therefore a powerful mental sign. The aspirant begins the labours when he truly becomes the thinker, and in full awareness proceeds to function as the arbiter of his own destiny.

Bailey notes that the horse in the Indian scripture and mythology is closely connected to the ram and also stands for intellectual activity. The white horse symbolises the illumined mind of the spiritual man and so we find in the Book of Revelations that Christ comes forth riding upon a white horse. Black horses represent the lower mind with its false ideas and erring human concepts. The brood mares, such as we meet in the first labour, indicate the feminine aspect of the mind as it gives birth to ideas, to theories and to concepts. The thought-form making tendency of the mind is here symbolised, embodying the ideas conceived, and which are let loose upon the world, devastating and destroying when emanating from the lower mind, but constructing and saving when coming from the soul.

The exoteric ruler of Aries is Mars, the god of war, and so Hercules acting under the right direction of thought and beginning his work on the mental plane, takes his stand as the warrior. His outstanding characteristic in this sign is the pioneering, militant spirit. The mares were in the possession of Diomedes, the son of Mars. (But the esoteric ruler of Aries is Mercury, which ‘illumines the mind and mediates between the soul and the personality.”)
Bailey sums up the crux of the test in the following way: “The conquest of matter and overcoming illusion loomed large before Hercules and indicated from the very outset of the twelve labours the nature of his final achievement. It has been said that the keynote of the sign Aries is hope and as he has faced his twelve labours, hope was all the guarantee that Hercules then had that he would achieve. Hope, his untried divine equipment, his personal club, and much enthusiasm: so start all disciples.

Hercules had to begin in the world of thought to gain mental control. For ages brood mares of thought had been breeding war horses and through wrong thought, wrong speech and erroneous ideas, had been devastating the countryside. Bailey writes that one of the first lessons that every beginner has to learn is the tremendous power that he mentally wields, and the amount of harm that he can cause in his neighbourhood and environment through the brood mares of his mind. He has, therefore, to learn the right use of his mind, and the first thing that he has to do is capture this feminine aspect of the mind and see to it that no more war horses are bred.

Hercules realised the harm that the brood mares were doing. He rushed gallantly to the rescue of the neighbourhood, determined to catch the brood mares, but he overestimated himself. He did succeed in rounding them up and capturing them, but he failed to realise their potency and strength, so he gave them to Abderis, the symbol of the lower personal self, to hold. But Hercules, the soul, and Abderis, the personality, in unison were needed to guard these devastating horses. Abderis alone is not strong enough, and what had been happening to the people in the neighbourhood, happened to Abderis: they killed him.

Bailey goes on to explain that this is an instance of the working of the great law that we pay the price in our own natures of wrongly-spoken word and ill-judged actions. Again the Soul in the person of Hercules, had to deal with the problems of wrong thought and only when he becomes a one-pointed aspirant in the sign Sagittarius and in that sign kills the Man-Eating Birds, does he really attain complete control of the thought processes of his nature.”
Bailey then quotes from Thackeray to further illustrate the practical significance of thought: ” Sow a thought and reap an action. Sow an action, and reap a habit. Sow a habit and reap character. Sow character and reap destiny.”

Aries Hall of Fame

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Frank W. Woolworth

Aries, with their natural zeal, drive, enterprising qualities and ambition, are drawn to careers in business and high finance. Aries are well represented as stockbrokers, venture capitalists and futures traders. J.P. Morgan and Frank Woolworth are Aries billionaires. Mars also rules cutting implements so Aries are also well represented in the medical profession as surgeons.

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Colin Powell

With Mars also symbolising war, it is not surprising to learn that Aries can be found amongst the ranks of generals.  Colin Powell, an Aries, was the U.S. chief of Staff during the First Gulf War and a retired four-star general of the United States Army. No matter what career they undertake they pursue it with great passion. Passion seems to be the key-note of great Aries musicians such as JS Bach, famous for St Matthews Passion, and artists such as Vincent Van Gogh. The poet laureate, William Wordsworth, was also an Aries as was St Teresa of Avila who experienced the Mystic Marriage with Christ. With the Aries reputation for amorous pursuits, it is not surprising to learn that the infamous Italian Casanova was an Aries

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Russell Crowe in the Gladiator

Aries always exude great magnetism on stage and screen as is the case with our celluloid heroes, Warren Beatty, Marlon Brando, Omar Sharif, Spencer Tracy, Peter Ustinov, Charlie Chaplin, Gregory Peck, and Russell Crowe of ‘Gladiator’ fame.

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Joan Crawford & Bette Davis

Other notable Aries include Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Dudley Moore, Bette Davis and her nemesis Joan Crawford whose tempestuous relationship is currently being portrayed in the TV series, Feud, and the trail blazing femininist icon Gloria Steinem

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Gloria Steinem pioneering feminist

Aries Health and  Anatomy

As well as ruling the head, Aries rules all important organs associated with it, i.e. the brain and the eyes. In matters of health Aries are especially prone to injuries to the head and face as they often rush in where angels fear to tread. Mars rules body heat so the Aries individual is very susceptible to fevers as well as headaches and sinus. The Aries individual needs to switch off the engine and learn to relax. Yoga, meditation or martial arts are ideal activities for this hyperactive fire sign.

In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell outlines the health challenges for Aries and the biochemic cell salt which serves as a remedy.” The biochemic cell salt for Aries is Kali phos. which creates the grey matter of the brain by uniting with albumen and oxygen. Kali phos. is so important that without it, the brain simply cannot function because there is no grey matter to function unless Kali phos. is there to create it. All mental disorders require Kali Phos, as do nervous complaints of every kind; depression, insomnia, irritability, hysteria, sensitiveness, and headaches. It is also invaluable for concentration. It is naturally indicated in all cases of paralysis in order to rebuild cells of the brain which serve the affected area. Since Kali phos. builds the brain cells, it is obvious we cannot have clear and definite thoughts without it.

The very name is significant, for Kali means ‘mother’ or ‘mater’ from which we get ‘material’, and phosphorus means ‘light bearer’.” Vanda Sawtell claims that because of its antiseptic properties, Kali phos. should be given in all skin troubles, especially if there is irritation, and in conjunction with ferrum phos. the cell salt for Pisces.

Since the fire of Kali phos. burns in the oxygen attracted by Ferrum phos. it is difficult to separate these two salts, Kali phos. and Ferrum phos. just as the signs, the first and the last of the zodiac seemed locked together as though it were their function to unite the Zodiac in a circle. Nerve impulses to all organs of the body are generated in the brain, therefore the range of symptoms covered by Kali phos is very wide. The sensory organs of sight, hearing, taste and smell all come under its influence. It is of great assistance in menstruation and pregnancy and in respiratory troubles such as bronchial asthma, whooping cough, hoarseness and loss of voice. It is also vital when nervous symptoms arise due to the fact that the nerve fluid has been exhausted.”

Overview for Aries for 2017

Career
Unpredictable Uranus continues its sojourn through your sign so you can expect an exciting though at times unpredictable period freeing you up to express your individuality and assert your independence. Uranus still makes connection with volatile Pluto in your career sector during 2017 which focuses on changes in career.

Finances
Dynamic Mars pays a visit to your finance sector from 11 March until 21 April imbuing you with energy to attend to your finances. Venus the ruler of your finance sector will grace your finance sector with a visit there from 7 until 5 July which should give you an opportunity to enhance your finances. Quicksilver Mercury pays two visit here first from 1 – 20 April and then again from 17 May until 6 June facilitating commercial transactions and networking.

Relationships
Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, is currently moving through your relationship and partnership sector bringing opportunities here. Part of Jupiter’s passage here will be in retrograde motion from 6 February until 8 June making it an ideal time to review your relationship. Venus the planet of love and romance will pay a visit to your love and relationship sector from 15 October to 7 November adding a sparkle to your most intimate relationships and bringing harmony.  Quicksilver Mercury follow close on the heels of Venus paying a visit to your love sector from 1 – 17 October encouraging communication and networking with your significant other.

Home and Family
Venus and Mercury will visit your domestic sector. Mercury will be there from 22 June to 6 July giving opportunities for discussions on family matters Dynamic Mars will make its presence felt from 5 June to 20 July imbuing you with plenty of energy on the domestic front. Venus’ presence there from 1  -26 Aug will bring harmony and opportunities for family get togethers.

Creativity, Children and Romance
Your creativity, children and romance sector will be highlighted with the two eclipses the first an appulse lunar eclipse on 11 Feb and the second a total solar eclipse on 21 Aug 2017. The Sun, Mercury and Venus and Mars pay a visit here during July and August highlighting your  creativity sector which should enliven these areas of life, encouraging learning, communication and play. On the whole this should be a joyful time where you can rediscover your inner child have fun and explore your creativity.

Health and Work
The karmic North Node currently in your work and health sector is highlights this area of your life. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit here from 26 July to 31 Aug facilitating communication and networking in the workplace. Feisty Mars makes its entrance in your work and health sector from 6 Sept to 22 October imbuing you with the energy in the workplace. Venus graces your work and health sector with her presence from 21 Sept to 14 October promoting harmony here.

Travel and Higher Education
Serious Saturn continues its sojourn through your travel and education sector until 21 Dec 2017 bringing a more serious note to these areas of your life. You may undertake serious study and your rewards will be commensurate with your efforts. Travel will also take on a more serious tone.

Friendships
A partial lunar eclipse on 7 Aug 2017 highlights your friendship sector. Mercury, the messenger of the gods, activates your friendship sector from 8 – 25 February bringing opportunities for communication and social networking.

Spirituality
There is strong focus on spirituality and karmic issues this year with a solar eclipse occurring in your spirituality sector as well as Neptune, the karmic South Node, Chiron, Venus and Mercury all inhabiting your 12th house of karma and spirituality. Neptune will feel at home here as it is in its own house and now in its own sign of Pisces. This will give you plenty of opportunities to retreat and explore your inner world and your spiritual essence. You may feel a desire to escape from the mundane world and attend a spiritual retreat, meditate or listen to soulful music or keep a dream journal. Neptune is about surrender and forgetting self to achieve union with a higher power so you may be inspired to be of service perhaps through working for a charity or learning one of the healing arts. Quicksilver Mercury, the messenger of the gods, pays a visit here from 26 Feb – 13 March arousing your curiosity about matters spiritual. It may encourage communication on other than verbal levels such as practising meditation, attuning to your dreams or receiving other insights. Venus will be there from 4 Jan to 5 Feb. However you choose to attune to Neptune’s higher vibrations, it will be in this sector of your chart until March 2025, giving you lots of opportunities to connect with your soul.

Venus Retrograde
Venus, the planet of love and finances, will turn retrograde at 13 degrees Aries 09 on 4 March and will turn direct again at 26 degrees Pisces 55 on 15 April. This is an ideal time to review your relationships and finances.

The Paschal Full Moon Eclipse – Easter
A_wallppaer_of_easter_egg_and_rabbits_in_RomanEaster is celebrated on 16 April on the first Sunday after the first full moon that occurs on or after the March equinox.
 In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox. The date of the western Easter is based on the Gregorian calendar whereas the Eastern Orthodox tradition bases Easter on the older Julian calendar with Easter Sunday falling on 1 May.

The Origins and History of Easter
Old English Easterdæg, from Eastre (Northumbrian Eostre), from Proto-Germanic *Austron, a goddess of fertility and spring, probably originally of sunrise whose feast was celebrated at the spring equinox, from *austra-, from PIE *aus- “to shine” (especially of the dawn). Oestrogen is also derived from the word, Eostre. Bede says Anglo-Saxon Christians adopted her name and many of the celebratory practices for their Mass of Christ’s resurrection.

Sources
Aries Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Aries Poem by Anne Robertson
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice Bailey
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell

 

 

February Astromusings – New Moon Annular Solar Eclipse 26/27 February, More Mysteries of the Universe Revealed with Discovery of 7 Earth-like Exoplanets

New Moon Annular Solar Eclipse 26/27 February

new-moonThere will be a New Moon Solar Eclipse at 8 degrees Pisces 12 on 27 February at 1.58 AEDT Sydney time. The New Moon which marks the beginning of the new cycle is a time to initiate new projects, to sow the seeds for the new crop. Being in the sign of Pisces it promotes the invisible realm of dreams, fantasies and imagination. Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, conjuncts the New Moon highlighting this otherworldly quality. It is an ideal time to take advantage of this heightened awareness and intuition to visualise your goals so they can come to fruition at the end of the cycle. It is a good time to take note of your dreams as they are messages from your unconscious. As well as ruling the imaginal realm Pisces rules the arts, ballet, music and theatre etc. However, along with the transcendant qualities Neptune can also be illusory causing deception, delusion and misunderstandings and disillusionment so there is need for discernment.

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Annular Solar Eclipse

Annular Solar Eclipse
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon covers the Sun’s centre, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus (derived from the Latin word for ring) around the Moon. The ring of fire marks the maximum stage of anannular solar eclipse. Solar eclipses occur when the Moon casts a shadow on Earth.

Cardinal T Square
There is some volatile energy involved in this eclipse with dynamic Mars conjuncting unpredictable Uranus in the sign of Aries opposing Jupiter which magnifies this volatile energy and squares Pluto in Capricorn. This configuration is called a cardinal T square which causes tension where opposing  energies are pulling in opposite directions which will be felt both on a personal and collective level.

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Galactic Centre

The Galactic Centre
Saturn  known as the Lord of Karma and the planet of practicality is conjunct the Galactic Centre which is the rotational centre of the Milky Way. Esoterically it is referred to as the heart centre emitting waves of love. It is 26 and half degrees of Sagittarius with transiting Saturn being 26 degrees Sagittarius 35. Saturn falls in the 12th house ruled by Pisces which deals with karma, the unconscious and institutions. Added to this pattern the karmic south node at 3 degrees Pisces is conjuncting the New Moon so there is this recurring Piscean theme characterising this Solar eclipse. You may find that there may be unfinished business with people or issues from the past that arise which need to be resolved.

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Artist’s impression of alien solar system

NASA Announces Discovery of 7 Exoplanets Orbiting Trappist – 1 in Constellation of Aquarius
It is an interesting piece of synchronicity that at the time of writing this post about the hidden realm of Neptune and Pisces that NASA has just announced to the world their discovery of seven Earth-like Exoplanets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 raising hope that the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system can start much sooner than previously thought.

TRAPPIST-1 is a Jupiter-sized ultra-cool star located 40 light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius. It’s the first time that they have discovered so many Earth-sized planets around a star. At least three of the planets fall within what is called the Goldilocks zone — where the temperature range on the surface may permit the existence of liquid water, considered a necessity for life.

The star made first news in May 2016 with the observation of three Earth-sized planets orbiting around it observed by the earth – based Very Large Telescope in Chile. The planets were discovered because of the brief dimming that happened as they passed across the face of the star.  Observing the the star continuously for three weeks in a row through the Spitzer Space Telescope astronomers were able to see all the transits happening.

This revealed another four planets (totalling seven altogether), also Earth-sized, all orbiting very close to the star, which is about a thousand times dimmer than ou r Sun and shines in a much cooler infrared part of the light spectrum. A world previously hidden is revealed!

inanna-descentSymbolism of Number Seven – the Descent of Inanna, Sumerian Queen of Heaven and Earth
It is significant that seven planets have been discovered as numerologically seven is the number of mystery. There were seven ancient planets and there are seven days of the week and seven chakras.  The ancient Sumerian myth, Inanna Queen of Heaven and Earth recounts Inanna’s descent to the Underworld where the Goddess visits and reunites with her dark self or sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the Underworld. It is very much a lunar myth of the dark moon. During her descent Inanna encounters seven gates – the number of days of the waning moon – where she has to give up the seven regalia of her office. When She finally meets her sister, she dies and has to hang on a hook for three days – the number of days of the dark moon.

 

February Astromusings – Happy Birthday Pisceans!

12 Pisces

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Pisces the two fish
swim through
the unfathomable depths
Body and soul bound by
the silver cord
The soul struggles to
break free of its earthly bonds
to reunite with the Source
and bring Light to the World

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

No fairy tale relates the soul’s journey of Pisces more poignantly than Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. She undergoes sacrifice, great physical pain and personal suffering in return for the attainment of an ideal. She surrenders her beautiful voice, severs her links with her loved ones, and endures unbearable physical pain with every step she takes in return for an immortal soul and the love of a mortal prince who is unattainable. Redeemed from her suffering, she spends the rest of her life in service to others. Both Pisces and its polar opposite sign, Virgo, symbolise service.

Happy birthday to all the Pisceans, who celebrate their birthdays between February 18 and March 20. Pisces, whose symbol is the two fish swimming in opposite directions, is one of the three water signs. Pisces is one of four mutable signs the others being Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius.

The constellation Pisces comprises the northern and the southern fish, joined together by a rope attached to each of their tails. The fish and the cord form a giant horizontal “V,” at the apex of which is Pisces’s brightest star, Al Rescha, an Arabic word meaning “the Cord” Esoterically the two fish symbolise the Body and the Soul held together by a band – the Sutratma of Eastern philosophy, the Silver Cord in the Bible. The journey of the two fish is symbolic of the journey of humanity toward evolution in consciousness as the soul tries to free itself from the bondage of the ego.

The Age of Pisces
The outgoing Age of Pisces was marked by the birth of Christ, and Christianity commemorates His crucifixion and resurrection, so Pisces is the archetype of the Saviour which represents great suffering and redemption. Pisces falls during Lent, the period of fasting which precedes Easter. During the 500 years before Jesus’ birth, many of the founders of today’s religions were born, including Buddha, Zoroaster, Lao-tse and Confucius. Jesus’ ministry not only laid the foundation for the 2000 year period now coming to a close but for a 26,000 year period referred to as ‘the Great Year’. The Piscean symbolism permeates Christianity. ‘Icthys’, the Greek name for Jesus, means fish. The twelve disciples of Jesus were from the ranks of fishermen. Jesus is said to have fed the multitudes with loaves and fishes. In the early days of Christianity in Rome, Christians, fearing persecution, would identify each other by drawing a picture of a fish in the sand or have a fish painted on the palm of their hand. The Age of Pisces has been marked by religious devotion and worship whereas the Age of Aquarius will focus on cultivating the Divine within humanity.

Neptune the Ruler of Pisces
Pisces’s ruling planet, Neptune, or Poseidon as he was known to the Greeks, ruled over his watery domain with his trident in his hand. In Greek mythology the universe was divided into three realms assigned to the three brothers. The heavens were assigned to Zeus-Jupiter, Hades-Pluto ruled over the Underworld, and Poseidon-Neptune ruled the oceans. The glyph for Neptune is a pictograph of the trident held in the hands of Poseidon. Neptune’s trident is his attribute of power reflecting the lunar crescent which links him to the realms of the instincts and watery depths of the unconscious. Before the planet Neptune was discovered in 1846 Jupiter ruled Pisces. When each planet is discovered it indicates a new level of evolution in the consciousness of humanity. As mentioned in my previous article, Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, was discovered at the time of the French revolution and the American War of Independence, while the discovery of Neptune coincided with the spiritualist movement and the founding of the Theosophical Society. Neptune’s two moons, Oberon and Titania which bear the names of the King and Queen of the fairies in Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’ are symbolic of the dream-like, elusive quality of Pisces and its ruler, Neptune. We can gain an idea of the power of Neptune from the Tower card as depicted in Liz Greene’s Mythic Tarot in which Poseidon, portrayed with a fish’s tail, points his trident at the tower, causing lightning to strike it and cracks begin to appear in its edifice. Neptune rules spirituality and the arts. In its capacity as the planet of spirituality it teaches us non-attachment, because as soon as we identify with a thought, a possession, or a loved one, Neptune can dissolve it.

The Lesson of Neptune in the Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice
Neptune’s lesson of non-attachment is nowhere more powerfully evoked that in the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus and Eurydice, the newly weds, are very much in love, but instead of fulfilling their wedded bliss, Eurydice steps on a snake, is bitten and dies. The devastated bridegroom, Orpheus, who cannot accept his fate, sets out to retrieve his beloved. Orpheus is the typical Neptunian hero, a poet and musician whose songs and music uplift the spirits. With his music he charms the dog, Cerberus, that guards the Underworld, and persuades its inhabitants, Pluto and Persephone, to allow him to bring Eurydice back to the Upper world. They grant his wish on one condition – that he does not turn around and look at her until she has arrived in the upper world again but he cannot resist the temptation to gaze into the eyes of his beloved and she dissolves before his very eyes and with it his hopes for future happiness. There are always sacrifices and adjustments demanded by Neptune. The promise of happiness and fulfilment is often illusory. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus so requires a selfless love rather than self-gratification.

The Twelfth Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Red Cattle of Geryon

In this the last of the twelve labours of Hercules the Teacher said to Hercules, ” Before the last gate now you stand, One labour yet remains before the circle is complete, and liberation is attained. He is told to proceed to Erytheia where great Illusion is enthroned where Geryon, the monster of three heads, three bodies and six hands, is lord and king. Unlawfully he holds a herd of dark red cattle. Hercules is told by his teacher that he must drive the herd from Erytheia to their Sacred City. He is warned to look out for Eurytion, the shepherd and his two headed dog Orthrus. His Teacher advises Hercules to invoke the aid of Helius which Hercules does, making offerings to Helius the god of fire in the sun. His offerings were rewarded with the gift of a golden chalice which provided safe protection for his journey across the tossing seas to Erytheia.

Hercules killed the double headed dog Orthrus which guarded the cattle but spared the life of the shepherd Eurytion. Hercules then proceeded to kill the monster Geryon. Hercules placed all the cattle in the golden cup in which he had sailed over to the island, took them to the Sacred City, and offered them in sacrifice to Athena, Goddess of Wisdom. The Teacher greeted Hercules with the words, “Welcome, O Son of God who is also a son of man. The jewel of immortality is yours. By these twelve labours have you overcome the human, and put on the divine. Home have you come, no more to leave. Upon the starry firmament your name shall be inscribed, a symbol to the struggling sons of men of their immortal destiny. The human labours ended your cosmic tasks begin. From out of the Council Chamber came a voice that said, “well done, O Son of God.”

Alice Bailey explains the symbolism of the red cattle as that of the lower desires which are guarded by the shepherd, which is the mind, the two headed dog representing the matter aspect and the psychic nature. The reason that Hercules spared the shepherd symbolising the mind as the mind can still be the shepherd of the cattle but the two headed dog the psychic-emotional nature and the matter aspect, Hercules killed, which means that they were deprived of any power. The keeper of the cattle, the form aspect was killed but the shepherd and the cattle were raised up in the golden cup which symbolised the Holy Grail. Bailey goes onto explain that Hercules the World Saviour has fulfilled his function of lifting up humanity.

The Constellation of Pisces
Alice Bailey explains that the sign of Pisces marks a triangular place in the heavens, a symbol of reality. The sign rules the feet hence the idea of treading the Path and attaining the goal has been the underlying spiritual revelation of the Piscean age. Pisces symbolises the death to the personality and also the death of the world saviour for it is the sign of crucifixion and marks the end of the zodiacal cycle.

The first constellation in Pisces is that curious cluster of stars called “The Band”, connecting the two fishes, one fish headed straight to the north and the other swimming on the horizon. The fish headed toward the north is the symbol of the aspirant to the mysteries while the fish on the horizon represents the average person.

The second constellation is Andromeda, the chained woman.  Alice Bailey alludes to three women among the constellations and explains their symbolism: There is Cassiopeia in Aries representing matter seated in her chair, dominant; Coma Berenice in Virgo who sacrificed her hair to be of service, representing the soul only beginning to assert itself. Andromeda the chained woman in Pisces represents matter harnessed.

The third constellation in Pisces is the King named Cepheus, the husband of Cassiopeia and the father of Andromeda. Bailey claims this suggests that “The King” represents the Spirit or Father aspect.

Alan Oken in his book ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’ has this to say about the constellation of Pisces: The waters of space obscure this constellation even more than they do in Aquarius however because of its very distinct shape it is easier to identify. Although it is one of the faintest of the twelve zodiacal asterisms it is one of the longest measuring about 41 degrees of celestial longitude. It is composed of the northern and southern fish joined together by a rope attached to each of their tails. the northern fish is the smaller of the two: it swims toward the constellation of Andromeda and the great nebula which lies within its boundaries. The southern fish swims under the great square of Pegasus the Flying Horse, and points its nose in the direction of Aquarius.

South of Al Rescha (also called “the Knot”) is Cetus the Whale, and east of the upper arm of the “V” is Aries.

Piscean Anatomy and Health
Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and if we take into account the Universal Law, ‘As Above So Below’ it follows that Pisces rules the feet, the last part of the body. Added to this is the fact that March, the month in which Pisces falls, is derived from the Latin word, ‘margo’, which means extremity, limit, edge, boundary, or attainment.

Metaphysically, Pisces is related to understanding, and good understanding is necessary before we can travel far mentally. Pisces is one of the most sensitive signs of the zodiac, often referred to as a psychic sponge so they need to protect their boundaries to avoid being overwhelmed by other people’s negative vibes. They need to have periodic retreats from the world to recharge their batteries.

Anatomically Pisces also rules the pineal gland, the lymphatic system, the aura and parts of the nervous system receptive to psychic impressions. An afflicted Neptune can lead to auto-immune disorders or conditions difficult to diagnose. In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’ Vanda Sawtell describes the role of the cell salt related to Pisces: “The Biochemic cell salt related to the sign Pisces is iron or Ferrum phos. Iron has an affinity for oxygen which together produce red blood. When iron is lacking the blood is pale and anaemic. Physiologically, iron which is related to Pisces, is in charge of the transport system of the body, just as our feet have charge of the transport of the body as a whole. Deficiencies of iron in the blood can cause inflammation or congestion, injuries and haemorrhages, dull throbbing headaches, insomnia, sore throat, lumbago, heart palpitations, emotional disturbances, colds and chills especially when feverish, rheumatism, fractures, cuts, sprains, bruises anaemia, depression, or listlessness.”

Pisceans can be prone to allergies caused by foods such as milk and dairy products. They need to include foods in their diet which keep their lymphatic system flowing, such as fish, a good source of protein, lemon, lime, cranberry and apple juice, leafy green salads and vegetables such as cabbage and celery, and grains such as brown rice, and potatoes and kumara. Exercises that encourage deep breathing such as yoga or pilates would also be beneficial. Neptune rules drugs and alcohol, therefore Pisceans or people with strong Neptune placements can be very prone to addictive behaviour.

Because of their compassionate natures they need to be discerning in whom they help and beware of a tendency toward martyrdom. The gemstone for Pisceans is aquamarine.  Bach flower essences that can relieve the Piscean tendency toward physical and mental exhaustion are hornbeam, and scleranthus for changeability, indecisiveness and moodiness. A homeopathic remedy indicated for heat exhaustion, headache, nausea and cramps, Veratrum album, would be beneficial for the  Piscean. Aromatherapy oils that would be a healing balm for the sensitive Piscean include sandalwood, jasmine, myrrh and ylang-ylang. The healing musical note for Pisces is B.

The Piscean Hall of Fame
Neptune rules the 12th house which deals with sacrifice, the unconscious mind, mysticism, imagination, illusion, intuition, confinements and past lives. For this reason people born under the sign of Pisces or having strong 12th house placements are often drawn to careers in the arts or spiritual endeavour. Anatomically Pisces rules the feet so it is not surprising to see that the famous ballet dancers, Nijinsky and Nureyev were Piscean. Pisceans exude an aura of glamour and a certain mystique which makes them well suited to the stage or screen.

Famous actors include Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Drew Barrymore, Leo McKern of Rumpole fame, Glenn Close, Liza Minnelli, Lynn Redgrave and Julie Walters.  Famous Piscean singers include Johnny Cash, Neil Sedaka and George Harrison. Piscean composers in the Hall of Fame include Chopin, Handel, Vivaldi, Ravel and Rossini. Piscean writers who have entranced their readers with their vivid imaginations include Kenneth Grahame, the author of The Wind in the Willows, the poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Dr Seuss whose stories have enchanted many children. Those Pisceans listed amongst the famous painters are Michelangelo, Botticelli and Renoir.
Pisceans who have contributed to the mystical realm include Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet, a very gifted healer and medium, the Dutch psychic Gerard Croiset, the Indian mystic Meher Baba, Rudolph Steiner the founder of the Anthroposophical movement and Roberto Assagioli the visionary psychiatrist who developed Psychosynthesis.

 

 

Neptune Transits
Every one of us experiences Neptune transits in our life. These transits can either enhance our sensitivity, intuition, compassion and creativity if they are positive transits, or if they are challenging transits can bring about confusion, deception, loss, sacrifice and suffering in our lives in order to teach us the lesson of non-attachment. Neptune’s cycle is approximately 160 years therefore it doesn’t complete a full circle and return to its natal place in the span of a lifetime. Neptune transits occur in the middle to late twenties around the time of the first Saturn Return, enabling us to aspire to our ideal of what we could be. A major Neptune transit occurs around the age of 42 coinciding with the Uranus opposition which represents the mid-life crisis and its subsequent search for meaning. In our mid fifties there is another Neptune transit which can enhance spiritual growth. The final major Neptune transit that we are likely to experience if we live into our eighties occurs in our mid eighties, around the same time as the Uranus Return which marks a time of reflection, not only of life and death but also of what lies beyond.

 

 Overview for Pisces for 2017

Neptune in Pisces
Soulful Neptune continues it sojourn in its home sign of Pisces bringing spiritual upliftment and creative inspiration for all Pisceans. Neptune will be in your home sign of Pisces until January 2026 when it will change signs moving into Aries. Sometimes you may feel a bit lost or confused as if you have lost your moorings but your ruling planet Neptune is beckoning you to attune to your highest spiritual and creative potential.

Career
Saturn is continuing its sojourn through your career sector and will be there until December 2017. This will bring more hard work and responsibility and a certain gravitas.

Work and Health
Your work and health sector is highlighted by two eclipses – a lunar eclipse on 11 February and a solar eclipse on 21 August.

Relationships
The karmic north node which charts your destiny is in Virgo and is also continuing its sojourn through your relationship sector. Other cosmic visitors that will be in your relationship sector are Mercury, Venus and Mars. Quicksilver Mercury will be there from 26 July until 10 September facilitating communication in your relationships. However, part of Mercury’s stay there will be in retrograde motion from 13 August to 4 September which could bring confusion and misunderstandings. Feisty Mars will make its presence felt in your relationship sector from 6 September to 22 October giving you the impetus to assert your needs in your relationship. Gentle Venus will grace your relationship sector with her presence from 21 September to 14 October bringing harmony and romance to your relationships.

Finances
Unpredictable Uranus continues its journey through your 2nd house of finances, possessions and values. This brings both uncertainty and excitement to your financial life. It encourages you to be innovative to develop your own unique approach to managing your finances rather than going with the status quo. You may use your ingenuity to devise your own money-making schemes. Jupiter moved into your debt and tax sector in September 2016 and will remain there until 10 October 2017. Part of Jupiter’s passage here will be in retrograde motion from 6 February 2017 to 8 June 2017 so you need to take care with your budget and taxes.

Home and Family
 Dynamic Mars will be in your domestic sector from 22 April to 4 June imbuing you with plenty of energy to deal with family matters and assert your needs. Communicative Mercury will pay a visit to your domestic sector from 7 to 21 June  giving you an opportunity to network with your family and have any conversations on family matters. Venus graces your domestic sector with her presence from 6 to 31 July making this an ideal time for any family get togethers.

Travel and Education
Quicksilver Mercury will pay a visit to your travel and education sector from 18 October to 5 November facilitating communication here. Feisty Mars pays a visit to your travel and education sector from 10 December 2017 to 26 Jan 2018 imbuing you with energy to pursue these areas of your life. Venus will grace you with her presence from 8 November to 1 December which would be an ideal time for a romantic getaway or pleasure cruise.

Friendships, Groups and Goals
Powerful Pluto continues to make its presence felt in your eleventh house of friends, groups and goals causing you to make radical changes in this area of your life. Your power and influence will be felt in groups situations. You may act as a catalyst for change for your friends or there may even be some power struggles resulting in a friendship coming to an end. You may radically alter your goals including your life purpose as Pluto’s impact is felt here. Venus graces your friendship sector with her charming presence  from 26 December 2017 to 18 January 2018. This should promote affection and harmony in your  social circles and group activities. 

Spirituality
Your spirituality sector will be highlighted by a partial lunar eclipse on 7 August 2017. A solar eclipse aligns with karmic South Node in your solar first house on 26 February.

Sources
Pisces Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Pisces Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell