Astrological Musings

Stephen Levine on Awakening

As the weather turns colder and we head into the season of Scorpio, we are pulled deeper within, deeper into the Mystery.

There always seems to be a bit of discussion about what is the nature of the soul…. Some believe the soul to be eternal; others believe that time itself is impermanent. Eternity can have widely differing definitions depending on the peephole through which we are squinting.

For some, eternity means paradise with their beloved; for others, eternity is the time it takes and the births that must be taken to be wholly transformed into our indescribable original grace.

Some say that for a few moments before death we retrieve our soul. It sounded good, but I just couldn’t wait. It is advisable in fact to begin as soon after birth as you remember.

The definition of soul that seems closest to most people’s deepest experience is that of being “the witness,” the awareness behind it all, the presence in presence.

Soul as watcher, the awareness that combines with what is near to produce consciousness.

To retrieve the soul is to regain consciousness. That is why it is called awakening.

Awakening is not enlightenment, but is is a prerequisite. It is the breaking of the trance of blindly following conditioning. It is a coming into your own to find out who and what that might be.

We have literally passed out (or never passed in) and become unconscious. Now we must pass in (get fully born) to reestablish consciousness in the body/mind.

We need to coax the light back with mercy and awareness.

First awareness must reenter the belly – we must feel our feelings. […]

By | 2006-10-08T11:37:00+00:00 October 8th, 2006|Consciousness|Comments Off on Stephen Levine on Awakening

Chemical fire and the Aries Full Moon

A chemical fire at a hazardous waste management plant in a North Carolina suburb very close to where I live erupted late Thursday night in the shadow of the Full Moon, evacuating thousands of people and creating a health emergency. The fire produced a chemical fume of chlorine gas that spread across the area but fortunately a steady rain all day yesterday helped to clear the air. As of this morning the fire is “essentially out” but may still contain hotspots..

In March the company that owns this plant, with the Orwellian name of EQ Industrial Services (the EQ standing for Environmental Quality) , was fined $32,000 for safety violations. Last August a plant owned by the same company in Michigan caught fire in a similar fashion driving over 2,000 people from their homes.

I can’t help see the correlations between this fire and the chart for last night’s Full Moon. Remember Mars was conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon in Aries, which is ruled by Mars, a double signature that the fiery nature of Mars would be significant in this lunation. Mars of course doesn’t always bring literal fire, but it does bring an aggressive energy into the mix. We are seeing this in the battle within the Republican party over the Mark Foley debacle; we are seeing this in North Korea’s aggressive stance on testing a nuclear weapon. Conflict between the Russian government and the independent state of Georgia (formerly of the Soviet Union) escalated late last week as we entered the shadow of the full moon.

And all of this is nestled within the opposition of Saturn to Neptune, which in this case created difficulty and challenge (Saturn) as the […]

By | 2006-10-07T10:28:00+00:00 October 7th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Chemical fire and the Aries Full Moon

Why Eris? Why not Sedna or Quaoar?

Ever since the tenth planet was discovered as UB313, nicknamed Xena and now officially named Eris, it’s been calling to me. I don’t know why Eris speaks to me and not the other recently discovered planets, Sedna and Quaoar, but it is very clear to me that Eris has something to say astrologically.

I felt the same way about Chiron. I began studying astrology in 1980, and although Chiron was discovered in 1977 there was little astrological information available about Chiron until the early 1980s. It was the late 1980s before I even heard of Chiron, but immediately it beckoned to me. At the time many astronomers and astrologers thought Chiron was a comet or an asteroid, but it was later classified as a Centaur. There are lots of other Centaurs: Ixion, Pholus Nessus, etc. Because Chiron was a Centaur in mythology and classified as a Centaur astronomically, many astrologers wanted to assign the rulership of Sagittarius to Chiron. However, Chiron was completely unlike the other Centaurs; his half man/half horse form occured as the result of his parents having taken on a horse form when he was conceived. He was half immortal and is associated with integrating the spirit into the body: a very different role than the rest of the Centaurs who were primarily concerned with drinking and barbaric behavior.

At any rate, Chiron spoke to me loudly and I began to use him in readings nearly immediately. Astrology books in the mid-1980s classified Chiron as an asteroid and lumped him in with the other asteroids such as Vesta, Juno and Pallas as well as Ceres. I attempted to work with these other asteroids but they remained quiet and yielded no information to me. Yet my work with Chiron became very important […]

By | 2017-04-02T09:41:14+00:00 October 6th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why Eris? Why not Sedna or Quaoar?

Mark Foley’s Fall from Grace.

In light of the mess surrounding “Pagegate” and the potential fall of the Republican Party I thought Mr. Foley deserved his own post.

Mark Foley (see chart) was born under the sign of Virgo, a sign famously known for its fastidiousness and desire for continual self-improvement. Unless there are other more fiery elements in the birthchart, Virgo dislikes the limelight and prefers to stay behind the scenes where they can be of service and deny the ego. Typically, though, they are perfectionists who work hard to achieve their goals and in Foley’s case, he worked hard to hide his own sexuality and his penchant for young boys. Just last July Foley introduced legislation to punish credit card companies and internet service providers that aid in the dissemination of child pornography.

We don’t know Mark Foley’s time of birth so we have no way to calculate his ascendant or rising sign which would describe his outward appearance and personality. I am guessing either Gemini because of his sociability and “talent for mimicry” or Libra because of his ability to build political relationships. Foley’s political history is interesting: At the age of 23 he served on the City Council in his Florida town as a Democrat, but after later failed bids at higher office switched to run as a Republican and finally won a representative seat in 1990. Mercury in his chart is in Libra, indicating that his thinking (Mercury) sees both sides of an issue (Libra), facilitating his ability to switch from one argument to another but perhaps showing a man who lacks the courage of his convictions. Mercury in Foley’s chart conflicts with his Mars which is in Capricorn and very pragmatic. Libra is about relationships and Capricorn is about the objectives, but […]

By | 2017-04-02T09:41:14+00:00 October 6th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mark Foley’s Fall from Grace.

Persephone: Queen of the Underworld?

Jeffrey had a fascinating post the other day on Persephone’s willingness to go into the underworld of her own free will. I’m looking forward to debating Jeffrey soon on the rulership of Ceres (he says Virgo, I say Cancer) but I’m still looking for my Demetra George book. Meanwhile, check out this excerpt (I added paragraphs to make it easier to read):

Pluto was originally a female deity, but when the matriarchalists were subjugated, was changed to a male, although the powers and attributes remained pretty well intact. Pluto as a female deity was a Crone aspect of a chthonian, deep-earth Mother Goddess. She ruled underground wealth, mines, magick, deep mysteries, death and spirits of the dead, initiation and transformation. Persephone was a Maiden Goddess, daughter of Demeter the Earth-Mother, who ruled fertility, the fields, crops, and agriculture.

Now consider that when Persephone left her mother to go down to Hades/Tartarus, the underworld, it was of her own free will. She voluntarily left her Mother to study with the Crone the things which were in her sphere of influence. She went to study, in brief, magick. And she was initiated into the Mysteries and underwent a transformation. This was symbolized by the eating of the pomegranate and her need to spend a portion of each year in Hades/Tartarus. Once she was an initiate, she was bound to pay homage for all she had learned, and to presumably spend a certain amount of time studying and broadening her knowledge, and hopefully attaining higher levels on initiation, eventually becoming One with the Crone in knowledge and understanding.

Yes, Demeter suffered from loneliness because of the loss of her daughter, but […]

By | 2006-10-06T00:04:00+00:00 October 6th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Persephone: Queen of the Underworld?
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