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Saturn & The New World Order

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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.

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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

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Medusa as Shamanic Guide to Feminine Serpent Wisdom

Medusa – Serpent Goddess of female wisdom whose name means “I come from myself” may have a lot to teach us in reclaiming feminine wisdom and our connection to the divine but to access it we must first reach behind the mask. The masks we wear enabled us to survive in cultures of patriarchy where our essence and instincts are severed at the root.

We wore bright lipstick smiles and spoke politely while beneath the make-up our traumatised bodies seethed with hissing serpents waiting to be released and lead us back to the Earth, into the roots and the black fertile soil of renewal. We turned the poison inward, and sometimes we cast it at each other. We petrified the men who tried to get close to us as we flinched under their entitled touch and careless treatment.

In the beginning, the mask of Medusa was a protection to guard the feminine mysteries from those who had no ‘rite’ to know them, or who would misuse, damage, or destroy the sacred knowledge. As women became less sourced in their feminine power, the mask of stone that looked outward or inward replaced the true face of feminine power.

Medusa- serpent headed monster, once priestess, primordial sea nymph, stony-eyed death giver, cave dweller on the edge of the world.

What meaning does the myth of Medusa hold for modern women?

Like all myths the myth of Medusa is a moving living entity, shifting, morphing, and revealing layers in the unfolding and awakening of human consciousness.

The most commonly known version of the myth is that Medusa was a priestess in the temple of Athena, goddess of wisdom, before her cursed transformation. In this version of the myth we witness Medusa as victim similar to Persephone whose journey also portrays the feminine in a passive state. In both cases these myths can instead be read as journeys of initiation to claim or reclaim power by accepting and living our true essence.

Originally a sea nymph, her beauty was beyond compare and men travelled far and wide just to catch a glimpse of her however through her vows of chastity necessary in Athena’s temple Medusa would give herself to no man. The mighty sea god Poseidon however had other ideas… so enraptured was he by Medusa’s beauty that he vowed to have her by hook or by crook. Poseidon raped Medusa in the temple precincts thus enraging the chaste and virtuous Athena who, rather than avenge Poseidon, instead punishes Medusa by changing her beautiful tresses into hissing serpents and banishing her from the temple,

Medusa, dejected, takes up residence with her two gorgon sisters, Sthenno and Euryale, in a cave on the edge of the world, on the ocean’s edge near to the border of night and death. So horrifying was Medusa’s monstrous appearance that any mortal who dared to look upon her was immediately turned to stone. Stories spread far and wide about the lands and caverns in the area being strewn with the corpses of petrified men.

Of the three gorgon sisters Medusa was the only one who could die; Perseus the solar hero on a mission contrived by King Polydectes set out to slay the head of Medusa. The gods were on his side… donning a mirrored shield given by Athena, golden winged sandals from Hermes, a sword forges by Hephaestus, and a helmet of invisibility from Pluto, the young demi-god son of Zeus and the mortal Danaë was invincible.

Taking care not to look Medusa directly in the eye, Perseus instead captures her reflection in his mirror as he slowly steps backwards approaching her. With one fell swoop he cuts off her head. From her severed body springs the winged horse Pegasus and the golden sword wielding giant Chrysaor. The other two gorgon sisters arrive on the scene, but Perseus escapes their grasp wearing the helmet of invisibility and the winged sandals. Some say he flew away on the back of Pegasus holding in his hand the grotesque head of Medusa and that wherever the drops of blood fell to the earth, flowers, plants, and other verdant life sprung forth.

Forever after goddess of wisdom Athena wore a breast plate of Medusa’s head on her tunic as a symbol of protection. She gifted the blood of Medusa to the great healer Asclepius who separated it into two vials- the right vial it was said had great healing properties- even the power to bring back the dead- while the blood of the left vial was said to destroy and kill.

The myth of Medusa is immensely rich with its origins rooted in north Africa and the Egyptian goddess Neith, who was known as Anatha in Libya, and Athena in Greece. In her book, ‘Mysteries of the Dark Moon’, Demetra George tells us that Neith emerged from the primeval floodwaters, and her name means, “I have come from myself”. As part of a triple goddess figure with Neith/Anatha, and Metis, Medusa embodies the third dark aspect of the destroyer/crone and was revered as the Queen of the Libyan Amazons, the Serpent Goddess of female wisdom.

Feminist and Jungian scholars have made much of the layers of symbolism encoded within the story. Demetra George says,

“Medusa in her association with the serpent and the menstrual blood that could both heal and destroy, embodies the dark moon mysteries of the goddess. In her red-faced gorgon mask mounted by a crown of snakes, Medusa in women signifies a source of feminine wisdom that is connected to sexuality.”

Kundalini serpent power is the life-force, prana or chi that lays dormant at the base of the spine until such time that it is activated and begins its journey up the spine, passing through and activating the chakras before arriving at the crown chakra, awakening cosmic consciousness. This force can then be used for regenerative healing and renewal, open doors of creativity, oracular wisdom, and spiritual power.

I see the hissing crown of the Medusa as feminine serpent power that once activated moves one beyond the constrictions of duality and the separation between human and divine, into a cosmic consciousness. In other words the human body becomes the earthen vessel able to be penetrated by and hold divine energy.

This power has long been repressed by centuries of patriarchal culture that has feared it and demonised it. Women have been cut off from the root of their feminine grounding. The monstrous aspect of Medusa is the mask we wear to protect ourselves from the vulnerability that we feel in being split from our essential nature and power. We turn the mask outward to those we feel we must protect ourselves from. If we turn the mask inward on ourselves, we despise all that makes us powerful and feminine- our menstruation- shamanic birthing- sexuality- magic, and Dark Goddess wisdom. This power has been so feared and rejected in our culture that we have learned to reject it in ourselves and punish it in others.

Rather than see the myth of Medusa as another story of female disempowerment and victimisation, I see Medusa as a shamanic guide who can lead us to the places where we have repressed the Dark Goddess power in ourselves. One way to do this is acknowledge the masks we wear, and the situations in which we petrify ourselves and others in our stony rigidity.

The tale of Medusa tale comes with a huge caution however- these mysteries must be approached carefully, with great respect and at the right time. Like a kundalini awakening the serpent power must not be unleashed prematurely or in ways that are dangerous, for then it can harm ourselves and others.

The clue to approaching the feminine mysteries lies in Perseus’ backward reflective approach through the mirror; we cannot look directly at Medusa.

This tells us that the feminine mysteries cannot be approached in a rational way, and that we must seek the help of the gods to contact the divine. That is why we need ritual, ceremony, initiation, rites of passage and prayer, and return to bio-mystical processes.

It is said that at one time Athena and Medusa, along with the sea goddess Metis were all part of the triple goddess archetype- from Athena we receive wisdom, intellect, valour, and courage, from Metis intuition and creative expression, and from Medusa sexual power, magic, and psychic abilities. Before patriarchal consciousness separated these aspects of femininity, this trilogy of power and attributes was the bedrock of the feminine wisdom and essence.

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Shamanic Mask Work for Personal Liberation.

Using masks as a shamanic practice is deeply powerful and healing. In last night’s Sun & Moon lodge, wearing a mask gave me permission to be more theatrical, more confident, and removed from my usual persona so that I was able to open and channel an energy that is both me and at the same time is the point where I meet the gods. Mask wearing as a shamanic practice grants us access into the transpersonal realms where we are liberated from the burden of our conditioning.

In shamanic mask work the ego is silenced, our normal persona falls away and something else comes in- latent parts of ourselves, shadow parts, gifts, sacred insights… we become a transmission for something much larger than our ego identified self and beliefs about who we and others think we are.

Wearing a mask also has a strong effect on those around us… their preconceptions of us drop away, they can no longer hold onto who they think we are- which in turn challenges them to also redefine who they are. They are brought in that moment into a new space of knowing nothing about us or who we might become. And they are not sure who they will become in this new dynamic.

Last night we worked with the mask of Medusa which as a symbol is more than the myth of the terrifying gorgon abandoned in the cave at the edge of the western world. The mask of Medusa was donned by priestesses who worked with dark moon magic and wished to keep their workings secret from the uninitiated. The serpent headed crowns and monstrous masks were an emblem of the serpent rites and mysteries.

When considering the mask in a modern context and working with it for collective and psychological healing, it is interesting to consider the many masks we wear in our lives and the expectations that we fulfil for others. By refusing to accept the masks, by refusing to wear them, and instead explore hidden parts of ourselves by dropping our persona and stepping into something new is so liberating!

In ‘Mysteries of the Dark Moon’, Demetra George says that in order to transform the mask, we must recognise and acknowledge the wrathful face that we present to others. In working with Medusa, we must recall her from her banishment and reclaim the serpent headed Queen by honouring the dark moon wisdom that arises from our sexuality. Medusa is the source of our deep, regenerative healing power. The menstrual blood of the Serpent Goddess that could heal or kill, and even raise the dead is reflected in the twin serpents of Life and Death twinning about the winged staff of the caduceus- today the emblem of the medical profession.

Finding the point where asteroid Medusa is placed in our natal birth chart offers clues to understanding how this power may be activated in our lives and the ways in which we wear masks to deny and supress this power in ourselves, or project it on to others.

Please contact me if you would like an astro-shamanic consultation.

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Samhain and the Stars of Secret Knowledge

Image by Annelie Solis

October is a time when the veils between the worlds are thinnest, gifting us an opportunity to merge the world of matter and spirit, life and death. At the threshold of Samhain, we may transition more easily beyond the usual restrictions of duality.

For the ancient Celts, Samhain marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year, holding for a moment the past and present in one eternal continuum.

It is traditionally a time to honour our ancestors, the ones who walked before us, and all our relations in the cycle of life. As embodied expressions of our lineage, we walk with, and sow the seeds of their consciousness.

This year, the October new moon happens on 28th, 3 days before Samhain. This adds double availability in accessing liminal states as dark of the moon is also a time when the veils are thin… a time when the workings of the goddess are being woven within the mystery of Her darkness. At the balsamic moon, in the void of creation, the old is being released, returned to the womb of creation while the new, not yet known, is being dreamed, or birthed, into being.

At this time we also have an opportunity to release that which has served its purpose and dream a new version of ourselves into being.

At the end of October, we stand before the threshold of the old and the new not just as a spiritual ideal but also as a natural phenomenon. All around nature is retreating into herself, into her centre, deep within the earth, releasing the harvest of the old year, composting the energy in order to fertilize the seeds of the new… seeds that are not yet realised on the physical level for they are transiting from the world of spirit to the world of matter.

And this is the secret of Samhain.

What is it that we need to compost from our past to fertilise our future? As a sacred substance compost cannot just be disregarded, forgotten or disposed of in a vacuum, for it contains the essence and power of all that has gone before. This is our lessons learned, our wisdom gained, and our evolving consciousness.

We cannot forget our ancestors; they have learned much and have much to teach us. They have a seed intention and in spite of the wounds that may have afflicted them, the essence of that intention wants to be realised.

The process of transformation is not only witnessed in the world of matter it is also reflected in the dance of the cosmos in the stars… ‘As above so below’.

On October 27th, just before Samhain the fixed star Symra joins the Sun at 4 degrees of Scorpio, one day before the sun/moon conjunction of the new moon on the 28th. Three days later, and one day before Samhain, fixed star Khambalia joins the Sun.

Both stars are within the constellation of Virgo, the Virgin, whose esoteric knowledge has to do with the mysterious secrets of life-death, and renewal, and spirit in matter.

The configuration of Symra and Khambalia conjunct the sun and moon just before the threshold of Samhain reflects the occult workings that take place behind the scenes- ‘beneath the skirts of the virgin’, or the mysterious processes of nature that the alchemists have long attempted to know and master.

Symra, which means the ‘train of the skirt of the goddess’ relates to the 3rd tarot, the Empress who is the gateway to source, and keeper of a secret knowledge, available to us if we know how to access it.

Other archetypes that hold the key to this wisdom are the Virgin Mary, Inanna, Ishtar, Demeter, Persephone, Kali/Shakti and Gaia.

While Symra is located at the left shine of the Virgo constellation, Khambalia is located on the left foot and is an old Coptic word meaning ‘crooked claw’.

Khambalia has connections with the swastika, which far from the corrupted meaning imposed upon it by the Third Reich, is in truth an ancient symbol of life, power and the sun. It is a visual depiction of the harmony and equilibrium of the changing seasons and the innate wisdom of nature.

The word ‘Shambala’ has a similar root to Khambalia, as has the pentagram and the Arabic word for five, ‘Khamsa’. For the ancient Arabs these were the most auspicious of stars.

The pentagram has associations with Venus and again points to the mysteries of merging spirit and matter. It is no coincidence that ‘crossing into the dark’ time of year is presided over by the goddess, the crone and her feminine mysteries of renewal. This myth is an analogy of the cycle of Venus in the sky from Morning Star to Evening Star.

The solar gods having expressed their energy and brought forth the harvest, like Dumuzi, now descend into the underworld for 6 months of the year where he will be transformed ready to take up his sovereignty again with the return of the light.

While the Empress wears a starry crown her throne is placed firmly in the material world- in a field of corn. Traditionally associated with matter, the Empress has dominion over all growing things. Manifesting spirit in the material world is the deep mystery known to the Empress, Virgo, the Virgin Mary, and many of the feminine archetypes who operate in the occult knowledge of renewal.

The birth of Christ, birthing Christ consciousness are the processes that happen in the mystery of the goddess. It is She who births solar consciousness by an occult process that is beyond the bounds of rationality. It is magic.

Women have the capacity to experience something of this wisdom every lunar cycle in the process of menstruation.

As women we can connect to this wisdom through our womb, the alembic from which we create our lives, and affect the lives of those around us, and in the world. The womb is the living chalice that when cleared and opened has the potential to connect us with the  divine and empower us to be creators and leaders of our world.

If we are cut off from our womb – the seat of our power- the portal, or doorway, to source is blocked and our ability to create and manifest is lost or weakened.

Samhain, the teachings of the dark moon, the secret wisdom of the goddess, the bio-mystical experience of menstruation and birthing, and the womb as cosmic portal between spirit and matter are the teaching that are open us- as men and women- as we enter into the dark of the year.

The teachings are below our feet in the earth and above our heads in the stars, and we, conduits of spirit and matter are creators far beyond what many of us have been led to believe.

We are part of the same cycle of renewal and in this process we have potential to grow and evolve, carrying the most sacred seed of our ancestors forward so that it flowers and blooms in us.

Samhain teaches us that while everything changes, everything is circulated in the great cosmic womb, returned to the earth as primordial matter and recycled as energy to rebirth the new. By honouring and accepting the past, and by understanding that it is all part of one eternal continuum, we too free ourselves to be renewed in the cycle of life.

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October Full Moon: The Mother’s Body

Sacred-Relationship Inner Ecology

As the moon reaches her fullness at 20° Aries, somewhere in the region of 30 000 people are actively protesting what many feel is our extinction crisis.

Extinction rebellion, or XR as it is known is a socio-political movement actively engaged in civil disobedience, and non- violent disruption to confront the potential, if not likely, social and ecological collapse.

An article in last Thursday’s Guardian revealed the 20 firms behind a third of all global carbon emissions. Not surprisingly they were oil, petroleum, gas, energy and other mining companies. Some were listed as ‘state owned’, while most are shareholder owned with CEOs reaping yearly salaries in the region of $20 million plus.

Mining deep into the earth’s body the mantra of corporate growth is “more” and, not content with trawling the depths of her flesh we have created ever more sophisticated technologies to suck the marrow from her bones.

And what is it for? A breakdown of world spending reveals total military expenditure by all 29 NATO members was $963 billion in 2018, accounting for 53 percent of world spending, while the global market for pharmaceuticals reached $1.2 trillion in 2018. These figures were taken from a quick google search and may not be entirely accurate, however it is clear that many of the earth resources are fueling these giants.

In the full moon chart, the sun- what is conscious- is at 20° Libra. The sabian symbol for this degree is:

“A revivifying contact with the Mother-force of nature and of social togetherness”

It continues:

“It is very good and healthful to become revitalized by collective experiences and deep feelings of undifferentiated unity as they merge in the vast refreshment of the planetary “Mother” where “she” is most dynamic, unlimited and unconfined by boundaries.”

This is the deep longing of the soul, to merge with the Mother, and yet, in the age of shareholder led corporatocracy, military-pharma-culture, and the unlimited harvesting of the earth’s resources where do we witness the “Mother” in her unlimited and unconfined boundaries?

It seems that every part of her body is cut up, fenced off, mined, or built upon.

As the hermetic principle states: “As within, so without; as without, so within”. We might ask ourselves where can we witness the Mother in ourselves? Where can we merge with the vast refreshment of our inner planet? And are not the two inextricably linked so as to be one in the same?

With asteroid Bacchus exactly conjunct the Sun, we may find illuminated pathways to the wild places within ourselves.

A T-square with Pluto at 20° Capricorn, moon at 20° Aries, and sun at 20° Libra- points to the great transformation underway reflected in the Saturn/Pluto conjunction culminating in January 2020.

Pluto, the great revealer has left his calling card, Saturn lord of karma, time and structure is ready to do his books- the collective checks and balances, and an appraisal of how on or off track we are for the next step of our evolution.

It might be said that the Pluto Saturn conjunction is a collective Saturn return.

Pluto associated with the resources and riches of the earth, squaring the sun and moon reveals a truth about both our conscious reality- the story we tell ourselves- and the unseen workings of the situation.

Asteroid Gaea in a trine with expansive Jupiter and the full moon illuminates the bigger picture coming into focus, binging us a step closer to genuine insight beyond the polarisation and splintering of surface level distraction, inward to the divine cells of our body and the wise guidance of the heart.