Archetpes · Astrology

January Full Moon: The Great Mother Within.

Painting by Ayami Kojima
Painting by Ayami Kojima

About a week into a new Venus cycle and the divine feminine signature is gaining momentum.

Today’s Full Moon is at 27º Cancer- the sign of the Mother- is in opposition to Pluto at 26º Capricorn, sign of the Father. Right next to Pluto is Juno at 24º Capricorn; Juno in her higher aspect represent the divine consort, one half of the sacred marriage, while in her lower polarity expresses the shadow side of relationship where issues of power and manipulation may play out.

Particularly in her conjunction with Pluto this full moon, relationship power dynamics may come to the fore in order to be acknowledged and transformed. If you are in relationship, it might be a good time to check that the power structures of your relationship are balanced and that both you and your partner are giving and receiving in equal measure.

It could also be a time to recognize that you are now ready for something new in relationship, particularly a move into sacred union as many of us are being called to. Whether that is possible in your current relationship or not depends on the awareness willingness of your partner, and as with many things on timing.

Venus is still in her retrograde phase emphasizing the theme of relationship separations and returns… this is highlighted with a Pluto Juno conjunction.

With Moon opposite Pluto and Juno there may be some relationship drama or turmoil to contend with. If you are feeling ready for a new level of relationship however this may now feel tiresome and old hat to you. It is up to you how much you wish to participate in emotional drama.

Exactly conjunct the north node at 28º Taurus is Ceres, representing the Great Mother, nurturing, unconditional love, self-worth, attachment issues, rejection, loss and at the occult level, the blood mysteries, death/rebirth, and transformation. Next to the north node she is highlighting our collective needs and attitudes to this regard. How we were personally mothered, and how we mother (including self-care), what we need to feel loved and nurtured and how we can do this for others is under review as the north node, our collective destiny, moves through the fixed earth sign of Taurus under the rulership of harmony focused Venus.

Less than 2 degrees away from the lunar north node and Ceres, is the maiden daughter, turned Queen of the Underworld, Persephone. This Mother Daughter conjunction speaks to the esoteric mysteries of Eleusis where a descent to the underworld in the house of Hades facilitates an initiatory confrontation with death and offers the promise of renewal. In modern psychological speak, facing and integrating our shadow… and maybe freeing ourselves from the shackles of a spiritually ruptured society.

The Mother Daughter merging at the point of the lunar node, for me, highlights a need for collective surrender and willingness to let go of all that we are holding onto through attachment, emotional insecurity, unresolved trauma patterns from being raised in a society where in many cases the mother principle has been weakened. Clutching to old patterns and wounding prevents breakthrough to a higher level of self hood where the invitation is to merge with the Great Mother within as well as without. In the gnostic teachings it is said that the ‘Kingdom of God is within’, and so it is that the (wild) Garden of the Mother is also an inner condition.

Learning to mother ourselves and to trust the universal Mother has been a feature of our time. In the myth of Persephone, the maiden’s descent is an inevitable if painful necessity on the path of individuation- life and death, Eros, and Thanatos, dark and light must finally co-exist as fertile ground for the sacred marriage to take root.

Remarkably these sacred feminine essences, involving the nodal axis of collective karma, are creating what is known as a ‘Mystic Rectangle’ at today’s full moon.

A mystic rectangle is comprised of two oppositions (Moon opposes Pluto and Juno, and north node, Persephone, Ceres, opposes the south node; two sextiles, north node, Persephone, Ceres sextile the Moon, and Pluto, Juno sextile the south node; and two trines, Moon trine south node, and north node, Persephone, Ceres trine Pluto Juno. This Mystic Rectangle is within a tight 2-degree orb.

If this all seems a bit baffling to non-astrologers, we can take comfort in the words of Dane Rudhyar who says that a Mystic Rectangle denotes ‘Practical Mysticism’ where oppositions that would normally be challenging are alleviated and made smoother by the sextiles and trines.

In short, the above-mentioned dynamics – and let’s face it some of us have been struggling with these issues for a long time -are blessed with a divine opportunity to be worked through much easier and quicker than we have previously believed.

These are super accelerated times and just by bringing our awareness to the issues, having faith in our divine nature, our connection with the planets and asteroids (or gods), and a willingness to raise our vibration as we head into a new age, can trigger profound change.

To recap-

This full moon is shining a potent light on a transforming feminine consciousness particularly as it relates to:

~Partnership/ Sacred Partnership

~Nurturing of Self and Others

~Power balance within relationships

~Attachment issues

~Unresolved emotional mother wound issues

~ Relationship with the Mother god within

~Relationship with the Mother god without

~Our willingness or lack of it to surrender to the depths

~Our collective past in terms of the feminine principle

~Where we are collectively headed in relation to the divine feminine principle

Mythically the essence of Demeter (Ceres) and Persephone is a story of death and renewal- what is within us that can now be metabolised and alchemised into new life (consciousness).

Juno brings to the surface our relationship patterns, hope, desires, and dynamics that will elevate us into our highest potential of sacred union. In doing so Juno will first express any unresolved shadow issues particularly of a power-based theme in her conjunction with Pluto. Are we ready to let go of the drama and fully open to love?

And finally, while it is not included in the mystic rectangle, Vesta is conjunct Pholus in the early degrees of Capricorn offering an opportunity to address sexuality, the presence or absence of sacredness within our sexual relating and reflecting on how our sexual attitudes, behaviours, repressions, or neurosis may have been influenced by our ancestral lineage.

It is a potent time to let a lot of ancestral karma fall way, not through bypassing or rejection but with love and compassion (Ceres) and staking claim to our soul’s unique calling. It is a powerful time to rise above all that has previously defined us.

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Reclaiming Medusa’s Head… so she can speak.

MedusaWhen the moon reached her fullness at 27° Taurus 14’, on 19th November, she made a conjunction to the fixed star Algol Beta Persei at 26° Taurus 10’ (Algol has a 2° orb). Located in the Medusa’s head of the Perseus constellation, Algol is thought to be one of the most unfortunate stars in the heavens and is widely associated with violence. William Lily, the 17th century Astrologer considered any planet within a 5° orb of Algol to be afflicted.

The Arabic name for Algol is Al Ghoul which means demon or evil spirit and is associated with decapitation which is connected to the myth of Medusa whose head is slain and severed by Perseus.

Algol also has the same root as alcohol… losing one’s head is a consequence of consuming too much alcohol.

Today asteroid Medusa is at 10° Scorpio 10’ in an opposition with Uranus at 12° 0’ Taurus. Dark Moon Lilith- the dark side of the Moon- is at 1 Gemini 39’, in an almost exact conjunction with the north node of the moon at 1° Gemini 30’.

The Dark Goddess speaks and guides us forward in our collective destiny.

Considered a female demon who was married to the devil, the Arabs believed Algol to be the most malefic star of all. The late medieval and early modern church accused women who were tried and tortured for witchcraft to be associates of the devil. Lilith, the first wife of Adam who refused to be submissive, was thought to cavort with wild demons on the shores of the Red Sea, herself becoming a wind demon who disempowered men with her evil seductions. In Talmudic Law, Algol is connected with Lilith

What begins to emerge through this cross-cultural thread is the story of patriarchal fear of feminine power.

Algol/Lilith/Medusa embodies everything that is feared in the feminine from causing the loss of reason in men, pacts with the devil, unbridled sexuality, refusal to comply with patriarchal control, seduction, rage, and the power to summon spirits. It is only Lilith who knows the ineffable name of God, and it is Lilith who returns to the garden as a serpent to initiate Eve in the knowledge of good and evil.

What emerges is that these female archetypes are demonised, feared and rejected because they are powerful. More powerful than any man-made laws designed to silence and control, more powerful than the gilded cage of patriarchy, and more powerful than reason and intellect. Powerful because they are connected to a primordial authority that is driven by Mother nature and the innate pulse of life that spirals in cycles of renewal including death, darkness, decay, and destruction – a different kind of power from the mind split from body (the so-called enlightened mind) which attempts to win mastery over nature.

Is that not what is happening now even more tenaciously than ever before, the attempted control of the wild, organic, and unpredictable elements of nature including human nature.

Feminine power has been subverted and demonised for hundreds if not thousands of years but don’t be fooled that this is a thing of the past or the dark ages, fear of the feminine is alive and kicking today so much so that the controllers have upped the ante to an alarming degree.

As I was writing this post, I did a quick internet search on the connection between Algol and Lilith, the first page of entries was almost entirely linked to an MLF porn star whose “stage name” is Lilith Algol. This is sadly typical of how the names of the goddess have been subverted and demonised in popular culture and even politics… I am thinking of Isis- the Islamic state military organization. Type “Medusa” into the search bar and you’ll be sure to find an array of manga type, cartoonish depictions of femme fatales, blood smeared or absurdly sexualised as  “Vagina Dentata” whores ready to emasculate and devour any helpless man who crosses her path.

There are a thousand ways to discredit the feminine: from disallowing the term “breast feeding” and changing it to “chest feeding” in order to include trans women; menstrual suppression; economic dependency; slut shaming; inciting fear of violence (real or imagined); ridicule, to name a few. On this point, I must say as a “Karen,” that the stereotyping of women who have the balls to speak out  as “difficult,” is just one of the many ways that the conditioned social order collude with this programming.

In reality the feared feminine is a fully embodied, spirit connected, intelligent mind with a soul guided purpose, refusing to be enslaved or broken by those who live in fear of losing their man-u-factured and illusionary control.

Was the full moon eclipse in Taurus a malefic moon? No, I don’t think it was. What may be closer to the truth is that the Dark Goddess is active and potent specifically at this time of year on account of  various cosmic factors, while on the collective level of humanity’s awakening the powerful feminine is rising in women and men who are waking up to the truth of covert manipulation eating away at our sacred core. That is the real “ghoul,” the  “Al-khul” which means “body eating spirit.”

No other myth shape shifts quite like the myth of Medusa; the popular interpretation often centres around the serpent headed gorgon, monstrous to be behold, petrifying men in her stony eyed stare. Victory from her wrath is won by the solar hero Perseus who aided by the gods finally decapitates Medusa delivering her head to Athena, the first fully formed daughter of patriarchy birthed from the head of Zeus.

Medusa is not entirely satisfied with this version of her story… there is more to it. She is calling to us now, from the dark dank cave on the Western fringes of the world somewhere between sleep and death. She comes to us in dreams, rises in the blood that boils when we are confronted with the injustices of the world, in the long slow gaze at patriarchy that sees through the veils of deception. Medusa’s eye is the unblinking, all-seeing eye, the eye that sees beyond the illusions of the material world and into the spirit of things, into things as they really are.

Medusa is leaving the cave and returning to the Temple.

One of Medusa’s sacred roles is as Protectress of the Serpent Mysteries, and the Golden Apples in the Garden of Hesperides.

Algol, located in the Medusa’s head and carried by Perseus has meaning beyond the monstrous gorgon and her ill fated ways, it represents feminine passion. Algol raises questions about how we express our feminine passion, do we ferment and rage in a state of victimhood played like puppets of the patriarchy responding with unhealed trauma to every ruse and manipulation designed to keep us in fear, or do we rise in power, reclaim our severed head, and reconnect our embodied nature guided wisdom and spirit led soul with a strong undivided and unconditioned mind.

 Do we fear the serpent or do we embrace her. The serpent has the power to heal and the power to destroy.

It’s time to reclaim Medusa’s head… so she can speak.

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The Weavers of Fate

The Pleides

The current lunar cycle began at 12 degrees Scorpio and reached fullness at 27 degrees of Taurus. This configuration precedes a shift in the moon’s nodal axis from Sagittarius/Gemini to Scorpio/Taurus occurring on December 23rd, 2022 and lasting until July 2023.

In Sagittarius/Gemini, the nodal axis highlighted issues around thinking and action; as the nodes cross into Scorpio/Taurus, matters concerning proper use of resources (including our own energy system) will be brought into focus becoming clearer as information rises from the Scorpio depths revealing what has previously been unconscious with regards to the world of spirit infused matter.

We are being called to look beyond the mechanistic dualism of a world where spirit and matter are autonomous and mutually exclusive.

It will become less possible to live in a material world that is disconnected from the grid of energy and life pulse as it connects us humans with everything in the universe… unless of course human beings are artificially modified, and less organic so that this natural truth is distorted.

Questions about how humans are affected on the physical plane have dominated recent discussion regarding how humans are affected- or not- by bio-medical intervention. Nowhere on mainstream channels, and rarely elsewhere, does the discussion extend to how we may be affected on the level of spirit and soul by chemical substances injected into our bodies… chemicals also have a spirit, all matter does.

With the north node moving into Taurus on 23 December just a few days after Venus goes retrograde, it will no longer be viable to view the physical plane as dead matter, nor consider that actions and thoughts can exist as isolated entities disenfranchised from a wider energetic matrix.

South node in Pluto ruled Scorpio will assist us in exposing deeper dynamics at play assessing our part in the unfolding of humanity’s destiny including and especially how this relates to the physical dimensions of existence.

Prominent in the constellation of Taurus is the star cluster the Pleiades known, among other epithets, as the Seven Sisters. Across many cultures and throughout time, the Pleaides with only a few exceptions, are considered feminine. The Tuareg Berbers of the northern Sahara call the Pleiades Cat iheḍ (pronounced: shat ihed) (or -ahăḍ) meaning “daughters of the night”. While the Pawnee Indians considered the star cluster a sign of unity from which the people could learn about social harmony, as well as harmony and connection with all living things.

From the bible to the Talmud, the Kabbalah, and the Rig Veda; from Egypt to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia; and from Theosophy to ancient goddess worship, the Pleaides have captured the human imagination offering guidance and messages from a divine feminine consciousness.

Helena Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society has much to say about the role of the Pleaides believing that the Seven Sisters have a key role in the karma of nations and individuals and therefore in the unfolding destiny of humanity.

The mythology and cosmology surrounding this open star cluster some 444.2 light years from Earth is a rich treasure chest twinkling through space and weaving many jewels into our human-cosmic-consciousness story.

According to Bernadette Brady the Pleiades were also a major Calendar point marking the beginning and ending of a season. In Babylon, the heliacal rising of the Pleiades heralded the beginning of the new year, and the Celts used the acronychal rising to mark the month of mourning for dead friends- Samhain.

For the Celts, the Pleaides were also linked to the Fates; women were forbidden to sew on the days when the stars were either heliacal or acronychal rising (first star to rise in the east after sunset) in case they broke their thread and consequently humanity’s thread of life.

Could it be that the Pleaides are linked to a Gaia- Sophianic consciousness offering humanity an important message at this time? Our future is in danger of morphing into a transhumanist artificial matrix in which the energetic (and physical) biospheres are eroded and replaced with inorganic intelligence… tearing us from the womb of the Mother in one giant collective caesarean section.

The last new moon in Scorpio preceding the lunar eclipse in Taurus, for me, kick started a process which I feel will affect us for the next few years, bringing us into more alignment with our individual and collective soul’s destiny and true identity- an upgrade if you will but not of the artificial kind. Of course, we get to choose… a classic red pill, blue pill moment. These decisions are being made in each of us at the level of soul and each must choose his or her path.

We are weaving our fate in every moment, in every decision, and in every thought. To keep on participating in humanity’s future at a time when we are being asked- if not forced -to surrender our autonomy and natural truth to an artificial agenda intent on stripping humanity of all that keeps us embedded in the physical/spiritual eco system of our planet and beyond, is the invitation of our time.

We are the Weavers of Fate.

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Saturn & The New World Order

geopoliticus-child-watching-the-birth-of-the-new-man- 1943
Salvador Dalí “Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man”1943

Today Saturn stations direct at 6° Aquarius after a several month period of retrograde motion.

Saturn’s direct motion follows on from Pluto stationing direct on October 6th, and a few days before Jupiter and Mercury go direct on October 18th. That’s a lot of forward motion!

So where are we going?

As always that has a lot do with us; far from being swept along in the collective tides, Saturn compels us to review the choices we are making and asks some challenging question about self-responsibility, and legitimate authority.

The Sabian Symbol for Saturn’s station direct degree is:

A CHILD IS SEEN BEING BORN OUT OF AN EGG.

The ancient symbolism of the Cosmic Egg (Hiranyagharba in Sanskrit) out of which a new universe is born can be interpreted at several levels. Here we see the appearance of a new type of human being […] one who is free from the inertia of mankind’s past. He constitutes a fresh projection of the creative Spirit that emanates from the cosmic or planetary Whole, and not from any local culture and racial tradition.

It can be said to announce the EMERGENCE OF GLOBAL MAN for the New Age. The power of the whole is focused within him in perfect freedom from ancient standards of value based on local conditions.

Saturn in Aquarius is concerned with the collective, and also with technology- could this be more timely in light of Frances Haugen’s recent expose of Facebook’s lack of social responsibility in the interest of capital gains? But is she a plant? Certainly that theory has entered the hall of information smoke and mirrors. Haugen who became passionate in her pursuit to expose Facebook after she “lost a friend to conspiracy theories,” certainly has all the hallmarks of a media personality who appears to have undergone a radical transformation in her appearance of late. Of course that in itself is not a sign of anything, in fact when it comes to the verifiability of information processed through our current media channels, nothing is as it seems…and Saturn won’t stand for it.

Saturn seeks truth and asks for accountability.

Saturn in Aquarius is concerned with structure within the collective spheres; technology is an obvious tool of choice in the creation of those structures. How that tool is used or abused is the immediate and living issue we are being asked to confront.

Saturn has what it takes to create either a prison to enclose the collective mind, or the integrity to offer the possibility of freedom from that prison through alternative (though solid) structures… and if that includes the stepping up of personal accountability, all the better.

Saturn asks us to choose, and to choose wisely, he is not too impressed with alarmist tactics that demand lightning-fast decisions or knee jerk reactions- when Saturn hears the much-used phrase “we are running out of time,” I expect he raises a sardonic eyebrow and asks, whose time, exactly?

Immediacy to secure control before too many people question an increasingly dubious authority is a pressing weight… can’t you just feel the collective nervous system going into sympathetic overdrive?

Tracking women as matter of safety is just one of the proposals that falls within the “now let’s just take a minute to consider this” category. We have already allowed too many extreme, if not illegal, measures to be made on behalf of “the greater good,”… used often as a tactic in service to the shadow side of Aquarius. An alarming example of this is convincing children- who have virtually no chance of dying from “C”- to assume social responsibility for the rest of society.

The message in my New Moon blog was clear and I feel worth repeating:

“Be very careful about what you are prepared to trade for the illusion of safety”.

“An emergence of global man for a new age,” says the symbol for Saturn’s change of direction.

That global man could be a mind controlled, fearful pawn who has assigned power to the architects of a new world order, or it could be a global man who having taken responsibility for the freedom of himself, his family, and community (of the human and non-human world), consciously chooses “a “new ordered world” creating structures that are conducive to organic and soulful living, liberated from tyranny and manipulation.

The well-oiled propaganda machine, having now become like some Frankenstein’s monster of the collective psyche, is running itself requiring only the power we give it. Every time we are activated by the next red herring or timely trauma trigger, we feed the beast.

If we trust our own Saturn, the wise father within who is unphased by coercive ploys, we might learn to free ourselves from Big Brother tech allowing ourselves to be guided by something more organic than an algorithm.

On the other hand when the power of Saturn is drafted for nefarious purposes, and we allow those structures to be implemented, the consequences may not be easily undone. Saturn, as with all of the planets has a higher and lower polarity depending on the consciousness that engages with it.

When a story “breaks,” instead of panicking we could consider the underlying motivations hidden beneath the first few layers of rhetoric-from both MSM and other sources- before allowing them to form another crust around the prison of our consensual reality.

Whatever we are choosing now will be amplified and strengthened by Jupiter’s direct motion in a week’s time. All this direct motion can be considered a seed moment; it doesn’t all have to be worked out immediately, however at the beginning of this next chapter we can start as we mean to go on by consciously choosing.

Pluto is highlighting issues of power and how we choose to exercise that power either by factoring it out or owning it. This may require a deeper look at our personal trauma to uncover the ways in which we are susceptible to manipulation. As the symbol says, there is at this time an opportunity to be “free from the inertia of mankind’s (our) past.”

We are in the process of creating a fresh perspective of the creative Spirit- there are many possibilities once we free ourselves from past conditioning.

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New Moon in Libra- October, 2021: Rebirth of the Divine Masculine.

The Emasculation of Pan
Image by Alan Macdonald- “The Emasculation of Pan”

Today’s new moon at 13° Libra occurs at 12.05 pm BST. At the same degree as the Sun and the Moon  (at just over 30 arc minutes) is The Red Planet- Mars. The seed moment of the new lunar cycle is highlighting the masculine principle and all that Mars represents such as action, assertiveness, desire, will power, courage, forcefulness, and aggression. Mars is also connected to sexuality, sex drive, primal energy, and libido. As the son of Jupiter and Juno, Mars was initially a fertility god in ancient Rome and later became associated with war.

Right now in our collective consciousness the masculine principle is under fire as never before. A generation or two ago we could scarcely have imagined the unease caused by recent abuse of power at the hands of masculine authority which we view as traditionally appointed to protect. As an institutionalised archetype, the protecting masculine identified with fatherly care, law & order, reason & justice, appears to have disappeared before our eyes. In the wake of the shattered image, there is panic and fear… how could this happen here?

I suggest we have reached a crucial point in the myth of masculinity.

On one hand negative traits of the shadow masculine loom large on our world screen;  whether real or imagined, underplayed, or fabricated, it cannot be denied that the fear engendered by a profound lack of trust of masculine power rips through our collective psyche burning any romantic ideal we may previously have held. On an individual level I expect deeply buried traumas at the hands of masculine abuse are also surfacing. People are incredulous as the pillars of society- the pillar of patriarchy- crumble; from out of the rubble we stumble, finally awakened to the devastation of the wasteland, and wondering where are the safe masculine containers.

On the other hand there appears to be a collective emasculation and as “Big Daddy” exerts ever more control the will to fight is either lost in a sense of hopelessness or else is activated in primal rage- either way the broken warrior and the trauma triggered fighter lashing out blindly are impaired in their ability to act from power.

Wrapped within the polarity of the Sun and Moon, there is the possibility of the re-balancing of Mars- purified by the Sun and transformed by the Moon… masculine and feminine energy. This is an opportunity to bring the masculine energies within and without into greater balance- especially as this alchemy takes place in the sign of Libra which is concerned with equilibrium.

In opposition to the stellium in Libra is Chiron highlighting the core wounds to our image and experience of the masculine. Chiron in relationship with Mars offers the potential to transmute “Warrior” into “Sacred warrior.”

Now is the time of the divine masculine.

The sabian symbol of Chiron’s degree in the new moon chart is “Ruler Of A Nation” and speaks to the power resulting from the collective desire for order. History has shown that in the midst of chaos and uncertainty people will tolerate and even seek more control. This symbol indicates a centralization of power at the level of rigidity which in many ways is how we have been increasingly living over the past two years.

My message this lunar cycle is-

Be very careful about what you are prepared to trade for the illusion of safety.

Instead of rigid centralized control we can turn to ourselves to provide fatherly holding- what action are we ready to take from a place of conscious awareness rather than acting out or trauma-based reaction.

Here are a few questions to consider:

How are we using our precious life force (libido) where is going?

Can we express righteous anger and in what way do we do that?

What are we here to do in this lifetime, what are the desires of our soul and how can we create the pathways for ourselves to express and achieve this?

How are we spending our sexual energy- is it entirely ours, do we own it, or is it being used in service of some other purpose based on lack or need, power and control?

Do we have any examples of the divine masculine being expressed in our lives- any role models of this?

With Mars in the cosmic alembic with the purifying fire of the Sun and the transformative powers of the Moon, Mars is being re-balanced… and just for a moment is taking up his original mantle of fertility god,  as well as warrior with the feminine principle tempering his over emphasised warrior.

Some of us are learning how to reparent ourselves, becoming both mother and father to our emerging Self- we are in the territory of the divine masculine and the divine feminine- we are remembering this as our sacred birth rite.

New Moon blessings everyone- in praise and gratitude of the beautiful Masculine Divine.

Astrology · Cycles · Equinox · Mythology · Shamanism · Wheel of the Year

Autumn Equinox 2021: Reflections, Crossings & Thresholds (with special guests Lilith & Medusa).

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Image by the author

The point of the autumn equinox happens this evening at 20.21 BST when the Sun enters 0° Libra. Looking at the equinox chart what stands out for me is the Moon, asteroid Lilith conjunction in Aries, and the Mars, Medusa conjunction in Libra… but that’s hardly surprising given that myself and a group of other women are completing a journey with the Dark Goddess. Both Lilith and Medusa have played a significant role in our enquiry.

Although this is a personal journey for the women in the group and myself, one thing that has surfaced in our explorations is the interface between the personal and the collective. I work with myth, archetype, the seasons, and planetary influences- or another way of saying this is, in my work which has its roots in shamanism, I like to weave the personal, collective, and the cosmic into tapestries for personal and collective reflection. Working with myths brings them alive, they function as doorways to access archetypal energy as it moves in and through us. We also have an opportunity to sense and feel how these influences operate in the wider culture. Reviewing how we are affected by and affect the collective allows the possibility of transcending our individual life scripts and place those scripts within a larger narrative framework. It didn’t start with you…

Never have I been so aware of the collision between inner and outer realities as during the past two years under the spectre of a global pandemic. Throughout this time we have collectively encountered events that have profoundly affected our lived experiences and in some cases shifted our reality paradigm. Individual trauma that may have been buried or kept at bay by workable structures began to surface in the crumbling of those structure. As the fabric of our perceived reality frayed at the seams under the pressure of eruptions from unconscious forces, confusion set in, and many began to review their personal beliefs which in turn initiated a closer look at the reflections of society as a whole. The personal is political read the slogan  used in the era of second wave feminism, but it is only now that this statement hits home beyond the women’s movement and into all areas of our lives from employment, socialisation, freedom of speech, and even the inside of our bodies. It doesn’t get much closer to home than that.

In our post Freudian world there has been an intensive focus on the causes, symptoms, and effects of trauma; teachers like Gabor Mate, Bessel Van Der Kolk, and Peter Levine enlightened us in the workings of trauma on the individual psyche. Less studied are the implications of collective trauma, though this is now changing and as I write there is a ten-day global online summit taking place on that very topic.

There is potentially a lot that could be said here though I want to offer a short intuitive perspective of the equinox chart, and the energy/medicine available in relation to the archetypes Lilith and Medusa, and the concept of crossing the threshold.

Asteroid Lilith being the only actual physical body of all astrological Liliths is the rawest, most manifest expression of the archetype in our physical lives. She is the voice that rises when we witness and experience injustice; she motivates us to protest, to speak out, to say “no,” and to say “enough,” when necessary. Lilith in this assertion is the rising fire in our bellies that will not be extinguished by manipulation nor the expectations and demands of the super ego. People with a strong asteroid Lilith are often overt in voicing their beliefs and in their rejection of what they perceive to be unacceptable.

With asteroid Lilith conjunct the Moon, the influence is working on our unconscious, habituated self, our emotional patterns, and our need for comfort. The Moon is where unconscious forces play out, giving expression to our primal needs; it shows what makes us we feel safe and cared for in our environments and in our relationships. The Moon represents “Mother” and all that she stands for, it indicates how we were nurtured and cared for as babies, or not, as well as any lack we felt at this stage in our development. As we mature, any unmet need will continue to manifest, unconsciously driving us to devise strategies in order to have those needs met. This is why we often repeat dysfunctional patterns or why we are constantly drawn into the same unhealthy dynamics. Attempting to get our rejected needs met by others is often futile, perpetuating a belief that our needs are never met, or that we are unlovable or faulty.

Until we heal our Moon wounds the danger is that we are unconsciously driven by our inner child whose sole purpose is to finally have those needs met. This is an arrested development of the unhappy child which prohibits the happy, creative child in flourishing. In a sense, the Moon wounds prevent us from actualising and expressing our Sun- our essence. This infantilised complex renders us vulnerable in our personal relationships and also in society more broadly as we look to others to make important decisions on our behalf. In this state we have not yet learned personal autonomy or responsibly. Of course mostly this operates below the veil of consciousness and our well adapted persona, though it can be more obvious in certain cases.

Here’s a question, one that I am not going to attempt to answer now even if I could:

Do you consider there is a vested interest to keep humanity in a regressed or childlike state?

Yes, I know that question immediately alerts our “conspiracy theory” antennae, and I have no wish to enter the fray, though it interests me. Recently I was wondering about the law which allows doctors to prescribe puberty blockers to children under the age of sixteen without parental consent- coincidentally this occurred on the same day that the UK government released official guidance about the vaccination of children in schools programme, which again disregards parental consent. Puberty blockers? I asked myself, what is puberty and what does it initiate in a human being. Looking to indigenous cultures it would appear that puberty is a rite of passage that facilitates the crossing of the threshold from childhood to adulthood… what is this if not power?

On another note when we consider that nowhere is our instinctual nature more activated than when it comes to the protection of our children, what are the implications of parental authority being hi-jacked by government in the most intimate of their child’s reality? As Medusa comes out of her frozen state she is keen to know.

Lilith’s role is to show us where we have either been robbed of power or handed our power over as well as showing us where we have allowed ourselves to be manipulated by outside interests. She also draws our attention to our unmet needs (Moon) and shows how susceptible to manipulation we can be when these unconscious drives take over. Lilith, essentially and intimately involved in the relationship between the Earth and Moon, brings our unconscious impulses to the surface and shows how they influence our living reality. As the mediator between the unconscious and the conscious mind, she exists as the subconscious mind, the place where all of our beliefs and ideations dwell and are shaped. Lilith allows us to see how our minds have been moulded and formed. As the grand mistress of the conditioned and therefore the unconditioned mind; Lilith can unravel programmes and learned behaviour like a pro if we are willing to see the truth. She is the ultimate deprogrammer.

The world has an unmet Mother need-

I was talking with a friend recently about the upper-class public-school system where children, especially boys are separated from their mother at a tender age thus disrupting natural attachment. In our conversation we also observed that a similar dynamic exists on the other side of the spectrum within working class families where both parents need to earn a wage to survive, or where single mothers need to work, and children are sent to preschool as early as 0 years. This is a huge subject with complex ramifications that I won’t get into now except to say that under the systems of patriarchy (I am still looking for a better term) many of us are unmothered… we are the unmothered children of patriarchy. Our connection with the Earth herself, the Great Mother, is also in decline, weakened at an alarming rate as we are sucked further into artificial matrices of the machine age.

Moving onto the Mars Medusa conjunction in Libra, the frozen instincts of Medusa (serpent energy), is being thawed in the fires of Mars; sexuality (libido), primal drives, vitality, and masculine assertion are coming back online. Mars takes action and in his higher aspect is the sacred warrior ready to fight for what he believes in. He is ready to protect. As with aspects of the feminine principle, the masculine principle is also thwarted and restricted. Many of us are asking the question, “who’s the daddy… and where is he?”. At least that’s my question though I am talking with others who are acutely aware of the lack of a strong benevolent fatherly holding and strong masculine containers.

Medusa’s frozen stare turns those who attempt to approach her to stone; when our own feeling, instinctual self is closed down we are no longer operating from the heart centre and are motivated instead by fear and defensiveness. In this state we are capable of turning those around us to stone… look at how divisive and attacking things have become on social media.

Mars gives Medusa the energy to act instead of being stuck in depression and stasis, unable to engage because it’s too painful to feel. In the Myth of Medusa it is the solar hero Perseus (a Mars-like figure) who slays her head off thus liberating Pegasus, the winged horse who represents creativity, and Chrysaor the warrior of the golden sword. It is the masculine principle who sets the frozen feminine free and it is the feminine who roots and births the masculine, an eternal cycle of creativity and evolving consciousness birthed through the dance of polarity.

What the implications of a society embracing a more gender-neutral model where it is not only gender but biological sex that is affected, remains to be seen. Dare I say, and I am well aware that I am now holding a very hot potato, the erasure of biological sex not only affects the material level of physical body but has weighty ramifications through all levels of human experience as well as the possibilities of natural evolution through differentiation and polarity.

Today, on the threshold of equinox, I am embracing balance, reciprocity, equality, and mutuality of masculine and feminine toward the sacred marriage and the birth of the divine child. Masculinity is intimately bound with the archetypal Father as femininity is bound with the archetypal Mother; how these images are expressed and understood in our living and consensual realities is crucially important. Archetypally Mother is mature femininity (not that it’s the only expression of mature feminine though it is only the mature feminine that can give birth), just as Father is mature masculinity.

I am considering rites of passage and initiation into adulthood; most of us, if not all of us, did not cross these thresholds consciously or with any ritual containers. It is not too late to recapitulate our conditioned mind, to take an inventory of what has influenced and moulded us into the person we are today, and to discover where the gaps are. When the powers to whom we have assigned authority, our governments, and leaders, are proving to be unworthy parental figures, it is time to reparent ourselves.

If you are interested in the work I do and would like to find out how I incorporate enquiries like this into experiential groups, courses, and 1-1 therapy; or if you would like to be added to my mailing list you can contact me at-

karen@redpsiral.co.uk

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Demeter & Perspehone: What Can the Eleusinian Mysteries Teach Us Today?

The Eleusinian Mysteries was the main religious festival in Greece for 2’000 years before the birth of Christianity.

The city of Eleusis, 15 miles (25 km) west of Athens, hosted the Greater Mysteries of the Eleusinian rites between c. 1600 BCE – 392 CE. During the previous springtime the Lesser Mysteries, were held at Agrae as an enactment of Persephone’s return from Hades. The initiation rite of Eleusis may have originated as an earlier harvest festival possibly originating within a Minoan (Cretan) cult.

It is no coincidence that in September when the rites were enacted the Sun was in the sign of the Earth goddess Virgo who is often depicted holding a sheaf of corn.

The Greater Mysteries took place in September and October of the Greek Attic Calendar and lasted for 10 days; in our present-day Gregorian calendar the festival began on 14th September.

The mythology of Demeter, the Great Mother, and her daughter Kore’s descent to the underworld (Hades) is a tale of death, renewal, and rebirth. When Kore finally ascends from Hades to be reunited with her mother, she is no longer the innocent maiden but has been transformed into Queen of the Underworld.

Persephone’s initiation may be insightful in helping modern women to journey to the underworld (unconscious) in a conscious way, and like a good shamanic journey facilitate connection between the seen and the unseen worlds. The descent, initiation, and ascent of Persephone is a symbolic journey that can help repair the body/mind/spirit connection. It may be viewed as a shamanic journey that has the potential to traverse all three worlds: the lower world- the middle world- and the upper world.

This event is part power-point presentation with plenty of time for discussion; I will also facilitate a short visualization for you to connect with the imagery in your own way.

Please note I am not a scholar of the ancient mysteries nor of ancient Greece, my interest is of a symbolic, imaginal, and shamanic nature though I do research my subjects and any information given in a factual way is derived from within scholarly interpretation… the rest may have wings and that’s the fun part!

https://www.meetup.com/red-spiral-shamanism-for-women/events/280638290/

 

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Chiron in Aries: Reclaiming the Self in a Time of Awakening

Chiron by Allan Lathwell

Chiron in Aries: Reclaiming the Self in a Time of Awakening is a group for the Chiron in Aries generation- born between 2 April 1968 – 29th March 1977

Chiron entered into Aries in April 2018 and will stay there until April 2027. This means that some of the Chiron in Aries group will already have had their Chiron return while many others will be having theirs now or within the next 6 years.

Even if you have just had your Chiron return it would be wonderful if you could share your insights with the group. Being part of the group will also help you integrate and make sense of your personal experience.

Chiron in Aries people can be very spirited and pioneering… often referred to as trailblazers. Chiron teaches us how to work creatively with our Mars energy.

Known as ‘The Wounded Healer’ on account of being shot in the leg by a poisonous arrow, Chiron’s attempts to heal himself led him on a journey where he in fact becomes a master healer, teaching the art of healing to Asclepius, god of medicine.

Chiron’s original wound however happened at birth when upon seeing that he was half human half horse, his mother Philyra rejected him. When Chiron is in Aries the search for identity predominates as we attempt to find and reclaim the parts of ourselves that were, or that we perceived as having been rejected.

When Chiron returns to his natal point in our horoscope at age 49- 51, we receive a powerful opportunity to heal those early wounds and step into our authenticity and wholeness.

Chiron is attuned to the qualities of Mars as Warrior and Initiator and shows us how to cross the bridge between the personal and the transpersonal realms to connect with our higher selves.

Chiron can awaken us to our purpose in the world and help us to express our unique gifts… Chiron’s healing is both for and beyond ourselves.

Collectively we are at a critical juncture and the return of the Sacred Warrior is much needed in these changing times.

The Chironian journey is not an easy one however if we are to become the fullest most integrated version of ourselves and express that in the world it is a crossing we must make.

Working with the support, wisdom, and knowledge of fellow travellers can help greatly during this time.

This 7-week course begins on Monday 12 April on the new moon in Aries and will run until Monday 24 May.

Sessions take place every Monday evening at 6.30 PM – 8.30 GMT.

Additional reading is encouraged though not obligatory.
Notes will be provided.

Natal Charts can be sent to participants.

Cost is £80

Payment may be made to the following PayPal account-

https://paypal.me/karensmith1732?locale.x=en_GB

Meeting are via Zoom-

You can join this group through Meetup, or you can contact me through this website on the contact form, or email karen@redspiral.co.uk