Astrological Musings

For the retrograde: The renegade Venus

Inanna-IshtarThe image of Venus has really changed over the years, morphing from her early days as a complex warrior queen and sexual goddess to a more two-dimensional character, the Goddess of Love and Beauty.

While Venus is retrograde I thought it would be a good time to look at the OTHER side of Venus.  The archetype that we now call Venus/Aphrodite was a female goddess that originally presided over sexuality, fertility, and war in ancient Bronze Age Mesopotamian civilization.  She was called Astarte in Greece, Ashtoreth in Hebrew, Inanna in Sumeria, Isis in Egypt and Ishtar in Akkadian nations.  These goddess shared the power to create kings and generally married the son/lover who then died to be reborn again (the dying/resurrected god), and all were associated with the planet we now call Venus.

This ancient goddess possessed an unabashed sexuality and was prone to flowery exclamations such as “”Plough my vulva, man of my heart.”  But she was also instrumental in cementing political power of the king and ensuring the preservation of that power through warfare.  ( with the details of her qualities and legends.)  All of these goddesses were called “Queen of Heaven,” as is, “coincidentally”, Mary the mother of Jesus.

Our astrological archetypes are filtered through Roman civilization from the ancient Greeks, and these cultures were primarily patriarchal in nature.  It is not surprising, therefore, that the ancient power of women to bear children and wield sexual authority was minimized and that the qualities of the ancient female goddess were weakened and made less threatening.  From possessing the power over life itself, the main astrological goddess became the queen of love and beauty, a flirtatious but still dangerous feminine archetype.

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By |2013-12-27T12:27:44-04:00December 27th, 2013|Planets|3 Comments

Astrotheology: The Sun of God

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The fact that our Judeo-Christian mythos is a derivation of earlier religions and legends has moved into the mainstream, and the idea that the divinity of Jesus has parallels with other gods is no longer a shocking idea.  Most of us realize now that Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas day – shepherds don’t watch their flocks in December, even in ancient Judea – and that the Christmas holiday was adopted because it was already being celebrated as the Winter Solstice in the pagan world.

The Winter Solstice is celebrated as the time when the dying god (the Sun) is resurrected again – the Sun is reborn and the days begin to lengthen.  From the book :

# The sun “dies” for three days at the winter solstice, to be born again on December 25th.

# The Sun of God is “born of a virgin,” which refers to both the new or “virgin” moon and the constellation of Virgo.

# The Sun’s “birth” is attended by the “bright star,” either Sirius/Sothis or the planet Venus, and by the “Three Kings,” representing the three stars in the belt of Orion.

# The sun at its’ zenith, or 12 noon, is in the house or heavenly temple of the “Most High;” thus, “he” begins “his father’s work” at “age” 12. Jordan Maxwell relates, “At that point, all Egypt offered prayers to the “Most High God.”

# The Sun enters into each zodiac sign at 30 degrees; hence, the “Sun of God” begins his ministry at “age” 30. The Sun of the visible heavens has moved northward 30 degrees and stands at the gate of Aquarius, the water-bearer, or John the Baptist of the mystic planisphere, and here begins his work of […]

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By |2016-12-25T07:28:50-04:00December 24th, 2013|Holidays, Religion|7 Comments

Venus turns retrograde at the Winter Solstice

photo from NASA

The Solstice occurs today (Winter for us northern hemispherians, Summer for the Aussies and Kiwis) – a time when the days are shortest in the north and longest in the south as the wheel of the year turns and takes us from light to darkness, and back to light again.

The Solstice Sun is locked in a square to Mars, energizing the seasonal shift and requiring that some level of action occur.  Over the past five years or so, ever since Pluto entered Capricorn, the Solstice and Equinox Sun has been involved in challenging aspects to either Uranus or Pluto, and sometimes both which imbued the charts of these events with intensity and fervor.  With Uranus and Pluto moving forward (currently they are at 8-10 degrees) the Sun is free of that influence and that should settle down some of the planetary energy, at least until next spring when Mars locks into Uranus and Pluto and creates some havoc.

Venus only turns retrograde every eighteen months or so, and while it is a relatively benign event it can have an important effect on our relationships. The retrograde motion of any planet causes us to tend to look backwards, so Venus retrograde periods often brings opportunities to revisit people from the past and incorporate them into our current lives in new ways.  Venus will be retrograde between December 21 and January 31, 2014.

Relationships that begin when Venus is retrograde may not last, but they can have a strong healing effect as they take us into influences from our past and open up a part of ourselves that has hitherto been unknown to us.  Venus is in Capricorn where we become more responsible to […]

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By |2013-12-21T08:29:43-04:00December 21st, 2013|Holidays|0 Comments

Eulogy for my mother, one year late

Rosalie2When my mother died on December 19 of last year (2012) I had very little to say about her.  I wrote a post right after her death but it was more about me and my relationship with her.  I was exhausted from her illness and the challenges that surrounded it, and could find very little that was positive to say.

When we started cleaning out her house I found boxes of old photographs and started to piece together a picture of my mother that changed the way I felt about her.  She was an extremely complex individual and difficult to get along with, with a lifetime of depression.  But she was also funny and charming and her life could have turned out very differently if she had made different choices.  Over the past year I’ve had two dreams in which I saw her without the burdens of her depression and anger and despair: as a childlike and innocent soul who is hopeful and pleased by the smallest of things.  My own rage at her dysfunction has fallen away and I can now write a proper euology.

grandparentsMy mother was born Rosalie Bernstein on June 25, 1927 (for you astrologers, I rectified her birth time to 1 am, Bronx NY).  Her parents had come from Europe to escape persecution: her mother from Poland and her father from Russia.  The legend was that they met on the boat, but I don’t know if that was really true.  In any case, within a few years they had moved to Pennsylvania where they settled in Altoona.

My mom on the left My mom on […]

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By |2018-11-27T16:52:50-04:00December 20th, 2013|Astrology in my world|16 Comments

Gemini Full Moon December 17: Ascending to Higher Mind

Art by Laura Barbosa

The Moon will be full in Gemini on the 17th, expanding our minds and filling us with curiosity and a yearning to understand life’s secrets.

Every Full Moon contains a polarity within it, and while polarities are opposites they always have something in common that links them together.  Gemini and Sagittarius are the most similar of the six astrological polarities – both are concerned with knowledge although they each have a different approach.  Gemini is hungry to learn as much as possible about many different things – there tends to be a lack of discrimination and a deep curiosity about a broad spectrum of topics.  Sagittarius is more focused and seeks a more specialized understanding and tends to be less verbal than Gemini.

In this Full Moon, the Moon’s ruler (Mercury) is in the sign of the Sun (Sagittarius) which evokes an echo the lunar polarity and strengthens the focus of the mental realm (ruled by Mercury).  In addition, Uranus changes direction on the 17th, turning direct after about six months in retrograde motion.  Uranus is sometimes called the “higher octave” of Mercury – where Mercury rules the mind and mental function Uranus rules intuition and flashes of insight as well as communication across dimensions.

There is a social aspect to both Gemini and Sagittarius that cannot be ignored – Gemini loves to communicate and share on a verbal level, and Sagittarius is on a quest for experiences that provide expansion and knowledge.  Travel, both short trips (Gemini) and long (Sagittarius) are highlighted under this aspect.

The trine between Jupiter (opportunity) and Saturn (hard work) is still in effect, helping to provide a stable foundation from which we can expand our world. […]

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By |2013-12-16T08:16:58-04:00December 16th, 2013|Moon|0 Comments
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