August Astromusings

Jewish Palestinian wedding

Jewish Palestinian wedding

War or Peaceful Coexistence?
It is a while since I have written a post but so much is happening on a national and global scene that I felt I must record some of my thoughts and feelings on some of the most pressing issues both here in Australia and abroad. It has been a month fraught with violence and anger on the world stage. More conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis. It has been heartening to see on social that many Jews are in favour of peace between Israelis and Palestinians and are actively campaigning for a Palestinian state. It culminated this week with a wedding between an Israeli woman Maral Malka and a Palestinian man  Mahmoud Mansour despite all the protests from far right Israeli groups chanting, “Death to the Arabs.” The groom told Israel’s Channel 2 TV the protesters failed to derail the wedding or dampen its spirit. “We will dance and be merry until the sun comes up. We favour coexistence,” he said.

Gaza Genocide
We have all been subject to the horrific images of the death and injuries of innocent Palestinian children and families over the past month. Many of us cringed when the Australian Attorney General Liberal Senator Attorney George Brandis told a Senate hearing this week that it’s inappropriate to describe East Jerusalem as “occupied”. The comment has caused a stir in the Palestinian territories where the policies of the new Australian Government are already viewed with deep suspicion. His comments brought a quick response from Hanan Ashrawi In her office in Ramallah, PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi read the comments with disgust.  “I couldn’t believe this because how can you hear such language from an attorney-general supposedly who knows the law, who knows international law, who is in such blatant violation of international law, who issues such statements that are disgraceful, really. It is shameful that Australia has reached such a situation.” The outcry from Arab countries with threatens of sanctions forced Brandis to back down and the Liberal government to go into damage control.

Hedy Epstein Holocaust survivior

Hedy Epstein Holocaust survivor

Mars in Scorpio square Jupiter in Leo
What has been going on in the skies to escalate this conflict in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinians? In early August Mars in Scorpio squared Jupiter in Leo. Mars which rules war, conflict and separation and with Jupiter intensifies the Martian impulse escalating violence and conflict globally with the shooting in Ferguson Missouri of the young black man, Michael Brown by a trigger happy white policeman which ended in riots, the escalation of the conflict in Iraq culminating in the public beheading by ISIL of US journalist, James Foley.

There is an interesting link between Gaza and the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson in the person of Hedy Epstein a holocaust survivor, protesting over the shooting of Michael Brown and activist and member of  the Free Gaza Moment.

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was arrested on Monday during unrest over the death of Michael Brown.
Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, “for failing to disperse” during a protest of Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to call the National Guard into Ferguson. Eight others were also arrested.

“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was 90,” Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90.” Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement.

Robin Williams with young girl actress

Robin Williams

Robin Williams as Mrs Doubtfire

Robin Williams as Mrs Doubtfire

August Full Moon and the Death of an Icon
The August Full Moon in Aquarius brought shock waves around the world when the much loved comic icon Robin Williams took his own life by hanging himself on 11 August 2014. Social media was inundated with tearful farewells for a cherished actor and comedian. I felt so shocked and watched all the tributes online and on  TV including a rerun of Mrs Doubtfire which would brought tears of laughter and sadness simultaneously. I watched a rerun of The Bird Cage and remembered his other roles in Dead Poets’ Society and Good Will Hunting.

Robin William's natal chart

Robin Williams’ natal chart

It is interesting to look at Robin Williams’ natal chart which gives some clue to his Universal appeal. I looked up Robin’s chart on AstroDataBank. According to their data, based on a copy of his birth certificate, he was born July 21, 1951 at 1:34 PM, CST, Chicago, Illinois USA. No wonder he touched so many people in his many diverse roles with his Sun in sensitive Cancer and his Moon conjunct his North Node in dreamy soulful Pisces and his ascendant in intense Scorpio – so much water! He also has Mars conjunct Uranus in Cancer and Venus conjunct his South Node.  It was well known that he battled with drug and alcohol addiction and depression and had just recently been in rehab before he took his own life. The astrologer Donna Cunningham whose lectures I have attended at a FAA  conference has researched extensively on the addictions in the birthchart and made the interesting observation that one of the genes for depression and one of the genes for alcoholism are next to each other on the same strand of DNA..  It was also revealed by Robin’s wife a few days after his death that he also had been diagnosed with early onset Parkinsons disease yet another challenge for him to contend with.

The whole tragic event pressed a lot of buttons for me as my own father was a Cancerian with 6 planets in Cancer and Jupiter conjunct Chiron in Pisces so altogether 8 planets in water signs if you count Chiron. My father also had Neptune conjunct the Sun, and had Pluto conjunct Mercury as did Robin Williams. He also suffered from depression, insomnia and alcoholism, dying an untimely death at age 57. Another dear friend, Neil was an Aries with Cancer rising also suffered with depression and alcoholism and died in his early 60s. He had a T-square with Neptune Moon and Saturn. A few years ago I gave a powerpoint presentation on Mental Illness in the Birthchart for our astrology association AANSW in Sydney. I was particularly inspired by the work of Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-director of the John Hopkins Mood Disorders Centre. Her book Touched with Fire alludes to Icarus who flew too high and had his wings burned by the sun. She referred to the two lines in the poem, A Fine Madness by the Elizabethan poet Michael Drayton:
For that fine madness still he did retain
Which rightly should possess a poet’s brain.
Lord George Gordon Byron referred to the creative genius in this way “We of the craft are all crazy.”
There has been a long-held belief that there is a fine line between genius and madness. Robin Williams could be very manic in his behaviour experiencing the highs and lows as revealed in his countless interviews and portrayed in his many movie and TV roles. With Mercury the trickster his most elevated planet, he was like a chameleon able to shift shape in his many roles.

He had some challenging transits to deal with before he took his own life. Over the past year  transiting Uranus and Pluto have both been activating the challenging Mars complex in Williams’ chart, and when Mars was in Libra  it formed a Grand Cross with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn.  Jupiter in Cancer, was also involved in that alignment and all of these planets were  affecting Williams’ natal Mars the co ruler of his Scorpio ascendant. Transiting Pluto was opposing his natal Mars Uranus conjunction in the 8th house of death and the transiting Sun had just passed over his natal Pluto. The Pluto opposition to Mars  would have been especially volatile and would have been overwhelming for someone so sensitive as Robin Williams.  Vale Robin Williams  – a genius who will be sadly missed by all who loved you and to whom you brought so much joy and laughter.

 

 

 

Scorpio

Kurukulla dances with one foot on the corpse of personified ego Design by Sue Robertson

SCORPIO
Scorpio, mistress of the Underworld

with penetrating mind and eye
guards all life’s mysteries.
She dies to be reborn
like the snake that sheds its skin
She walks the path twixt
       dark and light
And rises up to reach the Sun

Anne Robertson 1987

Kurukulla, Deity of Desire and meditative symbol of Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia, dances with one foot on the corpse of personified ego. Wearing her garland of freshly severed heads, she draws her bow symbolising transformation of passion into wisdom.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Scorpio
The Personality calls out: Let Maya flourish and deception rule.
The Soul proclaims: Warrior I am and from the battle I emerge triumphant.

Rulers for Scorpio
Exoteric Ruler:
Mars under the Sixth Ray of Devotion and Idealism
Esoteric Ruler: Mars under the Sixth Ray of Devotion and Idealism
Hierarchical Ruler: Mercury under the Fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict

Happy birthday to all the Scorpios who celebrate their birthdays between October 24 and November 22. Scorpio is one of the four fixed signs, the others being Aquarius Taurus and Leo. It forms the triplicity of water signs along with Cancer and Pisces.


Symbolism of Scorpio

Its ruling planet is Pluto, the god who rules over the Underworld and its co-ruler is Mars, the god of war. In the Northern hemisphere it marks the beginning of autumn and the retreat of the animals into their hibernating caves. Scorpio has traditionally come to represent the harbinger of the dark and cold. Therefore, it symbolises regeneration when everything dies or goes to sleep until the advent of spring. It gives people a chance to balance their lives and to cultivate their inner beings. Scorpio, then, is the harbinger of the necessary sleep so that all of nature’s creations can be awakened afresh with greater strength. Scorpio rules the eighth house in the horoscope which has dominion over all the mysteries of life – sex, death and rebirth. The glyph for Scorpio, the letter m with the tail depicts the coils of the serpent, with its poisonous fangs ready to strike an adversary. It is also a symbol for the concentrated tension in the sexual organs of the male in the state of excitation.

The Constellation of Scorpio

Constellation of Scorpio

In his book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Alan Oken writes that Scorpio is among the largest of the twelve constellations and is one of the most easily distinguishable since it is composed of notably large and bright stars. The sign of the Scorpion is known for its secrecy and the constellation certainly corresponds to this characteristic. Only the tips of its foreclaws peer above the ecliptic. The rest of its magnificent body and long, arched tail remains “hidden” (though clearly visible) in the multitude of stars of the Milky Way. At the heart of the Scorpion is the giant red star Antares. It is as famous in the history of the cosmic family of stars as Scorpio itself, for in the days of ancient Egypt and Greece many temples were erected to coincide with its heavenly cycles. Antares is also at the approximate centre of the huge cloud Nebula in Scorpio. Alice Bailey in her book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, describes Antares as one of the four royal stars, and as the reddest star in the heavens attributes its red colour to desire. There are some other constellations which Bailey says are of great interest. First there is Serpens, which symbolises the serpent of illusion, the serpent we meet in Genesis, which deluded Eve. The second is Ophiucus, the man who wrestles with the serpent. The ancient zodiac portrays the hands of this man. He seizes it with both hands and treads on its heart, which is the red star of desire. As he does this he looks towards the crown, in the constellation of Libra. Bailey explains the esoteric implications of this symbolism. The personality symbolised by Ophiucus, struggling with the serpent of illusion, with the crown held before him, towards which he aspires. The third constellation is called Hercules and portrays the aspirant looking not at the crown but at the eagle, Aquila, which symbolises the spirit aspect. He is occupied with that marvellous symbol of light emerging, which makes all victory possible.

The Eighth Labour of Hercules

Hercules doing battle with the Lernean Hydra

In her book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey elucidates the test of Scorpio. Hercules’ teacher tells him that his task is to slay the loathsome nine headed monster, the Lernean Hydra, who dwells in the stagnant, putrid swamp of Lerna. His teacher gives Hercules one word of counsel to prepare him for this labour. He says, “We rise by kneeling; we conquer by surrendering; we gain by giving up.” At first Hercules tries destroying the hydra by severing its heads but each time he does this two more grow in its place and it grows stronger not weaker with each assault. Then Hercules remembers the words of his teacher, “we rise by kneeling.” Casting aside his club, Hercules kneels and grasping the hydra with his bare hands he holds it high above him exposing it to the rays of the sun and the touch of the wind. This action causes the monster to grow weaker and weaker until it withers and dies. This monster, which thrived in the perpetual cave of night could not survive, once exposed to the light. Hercules finds the hydra’s immortal head and buries it still hissing fiercely beneath a rock. Bailey explains the symbolism behind this labour. The act of kneeling symbolises the need for humility by the disciple. The nine heads of the monster correspond to the nine personality traits that the hero has to overcome in the test for Scorpio in order to gain self mastery. She enumerates them; the first three heads are concerned with the appetite on the physical plane which are sex, physical comfort and money when used for selfish purposes; the second triune are concerned with desire on the astral plane and are fear, hate and ambition; the third triune are tests of the mind, on the mental plane, being pride, separativeness and cruelty. Bailey explains that by raising the monster to the light, Hercules seeks to bring his problem to a higher dimension and so is able to see his dilemma in the light of wisdom and eventually the tame the beast of his unconscious.

Scorpio Hall of Fame

Joseph McCarthy

Pluto, the ruling planet of Scorpio, is the planet associated with power. Therefore, it is not surprising to see many presidents and prime ministers born under this sign, including Theodore Roosevelt, Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Golda Meier, Charles de Gaulle, and Francois Mitterand. Just as Pluto in mythology wore a helmet to make him invisible, Scorpios are often associated with cloak and dagger activities such as were carried out in the anti communist witch-hunts by the Scorpio, Joseph McCarthy.

Bill Gates

With Scorpio’s dominion over the 8thhouse ruling other people’s money, many Scorpios are attracted to careers in banking and high finances. One very famous Scorpio who has amassed billions is Bill Gates, the founder of the computer software empire, Microsoft. He owes his success to the legendary powers of concentration of the Scorpio. Scorpio, ruling healing and transformation, attracts many healers, therapists, and psychologists. Not content with skimming over the surface of things their probing minds are perfectly suited for these professions. Its co ruler Mars which rules sharp implements such as knives and scalpels brings its share of surgeons. Their ability to ferret out the truth makes them good detectives. Other famous Scorpios who exude the famous Scorpionic magnetism and allure on stage and screen include Hedy Lamar, Diana Dors, Grace Kelly, Jodie Foster,

Julia Roberts

Demi Moore, Winona Ryder, Goldie Hawn, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Richard Burton, Kevin Kline, Rock Hudson, Burt Lancaster, Ethan Hawke, Tom Conti, Danny De Vito, and Richard Dreyfuss.

 

Scorpio Health and Anatomy

Reproductive organs

The parts of the body governed by Scorpio are the reproductive organs, the bladder, the pelvis of the kidneys, the prostrate, groins, rectum, and nasal bone and septum. In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell writes that the biochemic salt allocated to Scorpio is Calcium sulphate, better known as Plaster of Paris. This salt is a constituent of connective tissues, and is absolutely necessary to promote healing of all kinds. It is present in the bile, and helps destroy worn out red blood-corpuscles by extracting the water from them so that it may be used again by the body. Sulphur has always been recognised as the great purifier, and in combination with Calc. sulph. We have Nature’s great cleansing and healing agent. By the elimination of worn-out red corpuscles the blood is continually purified. Sawtell notes something remarkable about this salt i.e. Calc. sulph. coats all the vascular surfaces of the body, for these surfaces need to be protected from contact from certain fluids. By the wise provision of Mother Nature, Calc. sulph. is present in the fluids of the stomach, and it really forms a thin coating of Plaster of Paris which is not quickly affected by acid.

When this salt becomes deficient the lining of the stomach becomes irritated, causing an ulcerated stomach. All the surfaces of the body which contact moisture, such as eyeballs, nasal passages, mouth, throat, the passage-way into the stomach, the bladder, colon, etc., need the protection of this salt. When Calc. sulph. is lacking in the system we get faulty metabolism which results in boils, carbuncles, gumboils, skin eruptions, disorders of the pancreas and kidneys, chronic diarrhoea, catarrhs, constant discharge of pus from any part, and slow healing due to an unhealthy condition of connective tissue. There are some other interesting points regarding Calc. sulph. and its relation to the sign Scorpio. Calc. sulph. or Plaster of Paris forms egg shells. It is the shells which keep the contents of eggs intact and preserved so that they may fulfil their function. Scorpio rules the procreative glands which create and preserve the procreative germ cells. These germ shells are really little eggs, and must have shells to protect them so that their contents may be preserved intact. The scientific name for these shells is casts, and when there is a deficiency of Calc. sulph. these human egg shells are not strong enough to hold their contents, which then turn to pus. Lack of Calc. sulph. can cause barrenness in females and impotence in males. In the female, the ova have not sufficient Calc. sulph. to complete their casts or shells, then the disintegrated contents form pus in the ovaries and ovarian tubes. In the male, pus from the disintegrated germ cells often collects in the prostate. Fistulas, tears or openings in the wall of the bowel, are also caused by a lack of Calc. sulph.

2014 Transits for Scorpio

Halloween and All Saints Day
Not long after the Sun enters Scorpio there are the celebrations of Halloween and All Saints Day which both conjure up images of witches, hobgoblins, fairies and ghosts, all inhabitants of the Underworld.

Relationships and Personal Identity
Celestial visitors that influence your relationship sector in 2014 include Mercury, Venus and one eclipse. Venus, the goddess of love,  graces your love sector with her presence from 30 May to 23 June enhancing your opportunities for love.  A New Moon Eclipse eclipse highlights your love sector between on 29 April.

Saturn, the planet known as the Lord of Karma continues its 2 years’ sojourn in your 1st house of identity endowing you with gravitas and more responsibility. This gives you an opportunity to step up to the plate and assume your responsibilities ensuring a two-year cycle of growth and productivity. It provides a learning curve where you come up against your limitations so issues such as what can realistically be achieved and time management are paramount.

Career and Health

Lucky Jupiter enters your career sector 16 July remaining there until 11 August 2015 providing you opportunities for expansion in your career. The Sun, Venus and Mercury pay visits to your career sector, activating this area. You are sure to be noticed when the radiant Sun shines its rays on you from 23 July to 23 August. Gentle Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 13 August to 5 September bringing harmony here. Mercury visits here from 1-15 August facilitating communication and networking with colleagues. This cosmic energy culminates with a powerful solar eclipse in your sign on 23 October which can release powerful contents from the unconscious bringing inspiration and illumination.  You may experience intense emotions but once you gain clarity  you will be able to make important choices in order to move forward.
Uranus, the planet of upheaval and sudden change, is currently in your 6th house of  daily routines and health so it is a case of expect the unexpected. Positively, you may be very innovative and gain recognition for your unique contributions in the workplace. There may be sudden illnesses which may motivate you to try a new health regime. The karmic South Node and a full lunar eclipse also activate your work and health sector. The full Moon eclipse occurs 8 October.

Finances

The first half of 2014 is a relatively low-key as far as your finances are concerned so caution on expenditure would be advisable. However, from 14 September to 26 October, the entry of feisty Mars, will activate your finance sector. Venus, the planet of money, follows closely on the heels of Mars from 17 November to 10 December favouring your finances.  moves into your 8th house of shared finances should markedly improve your finances.

Home & Family

There is not a lot of planetary activity in your domestic sector in 2014 suffice for a brief visit from Mercury and Venus. Mercury visits there first from 12-31 January and then again from 14 February to 17 March facilitating communication with family members. However, from 14-27 February Mercury will be in its retrograde cycle so there may be confusion or delays in communication. Venus’s visit her from 6 March to 5 April should bring harmony on the domestic front.

Creativity and Children
Neptune continues its 14 year sojourn in your children and creativity and romance sector giving you an opportunity to enhance your creativity and learn Neptune’s important lesson of surrender and non-attachment with regards your children and your romantic aspirations. From 26 October to 1 November Neptune forms a trine with your Sun enhancing spiritual and creative endeavours. From 18 March to 7 April another cosmic visitor enters the scene – Mercury, the planet of communication, which will enhance your communication and networking in this area.

Friendships

There are two cosmic visitors that illuminate your friendship sector in the 2nd half of 2014. Venus graces your friendship sector with her presence from 22 July to 16 August, promoting and harmony and cooperation within your friendships and group affiliations, especially with women friends or groups.  Mercury activates your social sector from 16 August to 2 September facilitating communication with friends and promoting your popularity.

Communications, Short Journeys and Siblings
Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues its sojourn in the third house, the domain of the immediate environment, siblings and relatives, short journeys and communications. There can be challenges in these areas of your life. Positively, it is an ideal time to do some in-depth study or research or you may discover some latent writing ability. Meditation or yoga would be an ideal way to eliminate obsessive thoughts.

Travel and Study

Your travel and study sector is highlighted with the solar eclipse of 29 April 2014. Other visitors include Mercury and Venus. Mercury,  the planet of communication  and short distance travel, pays an extended visit here from 6 April until 12 June  facilitating communication and networking in these areas. However, part of the time Mercury spends here will be during its retrograde cycle from 28 April to 21 May. This could cause delays or misunderstandings re travel plans so patience will be needed during this period. Jupiter, the ruler of your 9th house, represents a search for meaning so you may be inspired to investigate new philosophies or spiritual disciplines.  Gentle Venus also graces your travel and study sector with her presence from 1-24 May making it an ideal time to plan that special overseas trip as you will be yearning to explore wider horizons in that faraway exotic location and learn about foreign cultures.

Spirituality

There is a lot of activity occurring in your spirituality and karmic sector with  the presence of a karmic North Node and a total lunar eclipse occurring 15 April. Other cosmic visitors are Venus and Mercury. Mercury pays two visits punctuated by a retrograde cycle. Mercury visits from 3-27 September and then again from 11 October to 8 November, arousing your curiosity with regard to spiritual topics. You may spend your time reading books on spiritual matters or tap into your intuition or keep a dream journal to understand your deepest motivations. Venus follows on the heels of Mercury  gracing your spirituality sector with her presence from  11-23 October bringing harmony and peace and a desire to relax and retreat.


Sources

Scorpio Greeting Card Designed by Sue Robertson
Scorpio 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