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   Cosmic indicators do not promise utopian results. Like the ancients, each of us must heed the passage of time in the Solar, Lunar, and planetary rhythms, answer to their stipulations, and thereby cultivate their rewards. In this way one becomes the sower of one’s own destiny and the reaper of life’s promise.
– Rosemary Clark, Astro*Logic


All phenomena are cited for the Tropical (Western) Zodiac
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Season of Pisces: February 18 – March 20, 2020
Nut Sky Goddess

Nut, Sky Goddess in Ancient Egypt
The Well of Memory
   
    When the Sun enters Pisces, we enter the cosmic sea of timelessness and rejuvenation, where we may encounter the spirits of water – divinities who have been both honored and feared from the beginning of time.

    In Babylon there is Tiamat, the primordial being who lives in the waters of the abyss before time became manifest. Through her we are connected to the ancient sea on which our hopes and aspirations sail – the collective unconscious. And so we may use this time to tap into our spiritual reservoir and draw on the strengths we often forget.

    In ancient Egypt, the water goddess initially takes form as the frog-headed Heqet, dweller in the primordial swamp. She is the source of cosmic proliferation, the bringer of births in all dimensions of celestial life. Heqet brings life to the barren, and in this cycle we can depend on her for inspiration and the visions of what is possible.

    In the physical world, the Egyptian Nut is the mother of the starry heavens, the keeper of exalted spirits in the guise of celestial asterisms, mistress of enchantments in the incubation sleep of the temple. Through Nut we may remain connected to our ancestral heritage, both human and divine. She also takes us to the well of memory, past and future.

    The nature spirits of ancient Greece assume great number as water nymphs – the Nereides (goddesses of the Sea), Naiads (beings of fresh water, brooks and foundation stones), and Oceanids (powerful children of Oceanus and Tethys). Each is a mirror of wisdom, enchantment, or inspiration, and each is a gift we may access in the cycle of Piscean contemplation.

    Pisces, last sign in the annual cycle of the Zodiac, marks a period of completion and preparation for a new journey. The Ichthys (twin fish), who represent Aphrodite and Eros in disguise, swim in the waters of baptism, where we are not cleansed of any mortal stain invented by false prophets, but returned to the amniotic waters of renewal and made whole again.

    Sacred Calendar

    March 1st is a day sacred to Juno Lucina (Greek: Hera), guardian of women in childbirth. It was celebrated in ancient times in the festival of Matronalia, when women would unbind their hair and remove all knotted clothing, to dispel any hinderings of a safe childbirth. For husbands, it was customary to bring offerings to the temples for the well being of their wives and children. The day was also honored by the Vestals, keepers of the royal genealogies and divinatory records of the temples.

    The realm of Hera is the open sky. Appropriate rituals at this time include offering bowls of water at the family shrine to quench our thirst for security and solidarity among the shared blood, daily ablutions performed to remind us of  the coming Spring, and sacred baths for evoking dream and vision states.

    March 8th is International Women’s Day. This is a time to honor all who bring life into the world and ensure that in some way we support safe and accessible childbearing resources. If you know a physician, midwife, or family counselor, show your acknowledgment and appreciation. Likewise for all organizations – local and global – dedicated to providing health care for the safe delivery of children in countries less fortunate than ours.


Water Nympth Lotis
    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Pisces on February 18th at 11:56 pm with a great stellium of planets in Capricorn (Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto). This concentration of influence points to matters of finance, economics, and the stability of trade and commerce. Growth is initially foreseen, but it is short lived. Matters of government budgeting and expenditure will dominate the season with little resolution.

    The New Moon takes place on February 23rd at 10:32 am (4º Pisces 29’) with the U.S. judiciary focused on past and present issues that bring some revelations. A microscopic look at prominent leaders and their communications, travel, and associates is in store for the next month. Disclosures in the U.S. legislature bring consternation.

    The Full Moon takes place on March 9th at 1:48 pm (19º Virgo 37’). This will be a tense day, one of sorting priorities and discerning truths from falsehoods, as the Lunation is clouded by Neptune’s presence with the Sun and its opposition to the Moon. Later on this day, Mercury turns to direct motion at 11:48 pm (28º Aquarius 13’) but does not pass his previous retrograde station (12º Pisces 53’) until March 29th. During this 20-day period, new information from foreign sources leads to confusion. Mars in the Sixth House of health imposes drastic measures on public activities. With Venus in conjunction to Uranus, forward motion is attained by women in leadership roles.


Lotis
,  daughter of Neptune and Naiad nymph of the Lotus flower
– Otto Theodore Gustav Lingner (1856-1917)




Season of Aquarius: January 20 – February 18, 2020

And godlike Ganymede, most beautiful of men;
The gods beheld and caught him up
To heaven, so beautiful was he, to pour
The wine to Jove, and ever dwell with them.
                                                                                                                                                          – Homer

    Ganymede, a Trojan prince,  was viewed by the Olympian gods as the most attractive among mortals. But with this admiration came notice from Zeus himself, who sought the young man to serve as cupbearer to the celestial powers. Taking the form of an eagle, Zeus swooped down from the heavens and abducted Ganymede, who became an immortal but also a servant to the gods. His image is embodied in the constellation Aquarius, and is accompanied by the eagle constellation Aquila.

    This ancient story tells of the obligation human beings have when they seek to become “godlike.” The individual ego is subsumed by divine will, and those powers hold greater sway over mortal destiny than the petty aspirations of the individual. A lesson to be well understood by those who strive for the ethereal heights!

    But the Aquarian motif also alludes to a cosmic secret – the gods seek our service as much we we seek their counsel. The exchange of powers – human and divine – becomes possible when each recognizes the needs of the other. It is the ancient art of theurgia that uncovers this secret, a sacred tradition that is unlocked with the words and gestures of magic. In this way, the server is given a true place in the heavens and is served by the powers s/he has honored.
Ganymede and Zeus

Ganymede Waters Zeus as an Eagle
by Bertel Thorvaldsen


Brighid Cross

The Brighid Cross is a talisman signifying the four Cross-Quarter festivals in the Celtic year.
    Sacred Times

    The Celtic Midwinter festival of Imbolc is celebrated on February 2nd, the first of four cross-quarter festivals (falling between a solstice and an equinox) in the pagan year. Imbolc is derived from the term for “sheep's milk,” hence it is a festival welcoming the birth and first cleansing of newborn lambs.

    Though traditionally a time given to predicting if winter will linger (a precursor to Groundhog Day), it is a spiritual doorway that promotes divination. Originally associated with deities of fire, the purification of hearth and lighting of candles are rituals enacted to bring forth the powers of light.

    Associated with this season are virgin deity/saints (St. Brigid and St. Kinnia of Ireland), child goddesses (Kumari of Nepal), and gods as young men (Ganymede, abducted by Zeus and placed in the heavens as Aquarius).

    Appropriate goddess rituals for this season include the passing of fire from hearth to lamp (Roman: Vesta), invocations to the divinities of learning and record keeping (Egyptian: Ma’at and Seshat), healing rites that convey sustenance (Greek: Hygeia and Hindu: Parvati), and clothing sacred images (Greek: Athena and Egyptian: Taiyet). Offerings include candles, butter, cheese, and linen.

   
Cosmic Events


        The Sun enters Aquarius on January 20th at 9:54 a week following the momentous Saturn-Pluto conjunction (a 35-38 year cycle). This powerful aspect will shape government and economic policies for the next decade, as institutions adjust or become obsolete. The Moon and Mars conjoin in the 9th House of Legal Matters, where conflict and animosity dominate the month. Gradual transitions are ordained as benevolent powers ward off instability and inertia

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Hapi, Lord of the Nile

    The New Moon takes place on January 24th at 4:42 pm (4º Aquarius 22’), with the two lights setting in the West along with Jupiter Saturn, and Pluto. A demise is indicated, the ending of one cycle and the beginning of one new. Female leadership dominates the news cycle, while disruptive actions emanating from the Executive branch of government garner public attention.

    This New Moon inaugurates the Lunar New Year of the White Metal Rat, the first animal in the wheel of the Chinese Zodiac. As such, the vibration of 2020 invites renewal, new beginnings, and a trajectory toward new goals. It also initiates a Yang (active) vibration for the year, dispelling the inertia of the previous cycle, with an emphasis on expansion and momentum.

    According to tradition, the I Ching hexagram for the year is Fu “the turning point.” It represents a process of renewal, the restoration of “the Way,” and the return to what is normal. Richard Wilhelm translates the judgment thus, “After a time of decay comes the turning point. The powerful light that has been banished returns. There is movement, but it is not brought about by force.”

Hexagram Fu
Hexagram Fu
    The Full Moon takes place on February 9th at 2:33 am (20º Leo 00’) with Mars taking the lead. Hostilities increase as legal issues command public attention. Confused information is disseminated, but reasoned thinking uncovers mistruths. Attention is drawn to foreign adversaries who strike at vulnerable places. This is not a calm Full Moon, with the major powers focused in the 2nd House of assets and economic growth., shaking up the status quo.

    Mercury turns to retrograde motion on February 16th at 7:54 pm (12º Pisces 53’), with Mercury conjoined to Neptune and in Square to the Moon. The focus is on leadership and health issues, particularly the latter. Much concern comes from the transmission of illness, travel will be  curtailed through March 9th. The Winter weather pattern is severe in the North.
Year of the Rat

Year of the White Metal Rat



Season of Capricorn: December 21, 2019 – January 19, 2020

Stonehenge Winter Solstice 

Stonehenge at Winter Solstice

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Mithras Slaying the Taurean Bull

Mithras Slaying the Bull of the Taurean Age
Romisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne

The Birth of Light
 
    We approach the fourth transition in the year, when light diminishes and darkness prevails over the season. We welcomed the ascent of light in the Spring, celebrated its culmination in the Summer, and honored its senescence in the Fall. We now move toward the time of inward reflection, when light hibernates in the womb of darkness as we await validation of its return in the coming months.

    “Solstice” comes from the Latin sol sistere, meaning “Sun standing still.” The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, when the Sun is seen at its most southerly point in the sky (in the northern hemisphere). Cultures past and present have universally regarded this moment as a time of rest, peace with the powers of nature, and fellowship with society. It is the first day that marks the beginning of many winter festivals.

    In late antiquity, the solstice marked the birth of Mithras, god of light. His mysteries, borrowed from ancient Persia, were initially honored by Roman soldiers and extended into society with a graduated series of secret initiations performed in underground temples. The day of his virgin birth was known as Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, “birthday of the unconquered Sun.” He is depicted slaying the bull of the Taurean Age to signify the inception of the Arian Age.

    The Solstice is honored by the Hopi Indians with the Soyalangwul, a dance performed to ceremonially bring the Sun back from its winter slumber. Kachina spirits return to the world at this time, and the Awehai Kachina (“fertile goddess”) is said to accompany the dancers through the night to Sunrise.

    For the Germanic peoples, the solstice was celebrated from the 4th Century, when it took place in the month of Fuma Jiuleis. Later in Anglo-Saxon England it was known as Giuli, corresponding to our December-January calendar and the season of Capricorn. For the Druids, it was Alban Arthuan (“Light of Arthur”) a festival when gifts were bestowed on the less fortunate. King Arthur was believed to have been born on the Winter Solstice in Castle Tintagel in Cornwall.

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Shrine of Sophia
Ephesus, Turkey
    Sacred Times

    December 15th marks the beginning of the Halcyon (“happy, carefree”) Days, traditionally counted from seven days before and seven days after the Winter Solstice, beginning on December 14th and lasting until the end of the month. This period is named for Alcyone, one of the stars in the Pleiades and legendary wife of king Ceyx of Thessaly, who threw herself into the sea to join her drowned husband. The gods turned them into kingfisher birds who brood their eggs on a floating nest in the calm winter sea waters. Her festival honors the tranquility of the season that we must recognize and foster in our own lives.

     The Festival of Sophia (Greek: “wisdom,” Latin: Sapientia) is celebrated on December 16th, honoring the goddess of knowledge and learning, known to the Gnostics as “the soul of the world.” She is associated with the wise King Solomon of the Old Testament, and venerated by the Eastern Orthodox Christians. Her image has prevailed as a source of divine intelligence throughout the ages, and inspires us to support the scholarship and achievement of women everywhere.

    The Saturnalia, a Roman carnival of extravagance, was held on December 17th. Celebrants visited friends and gave gifts on Feriae Publicae (public holidays) to honor Saturn, god of sowing. But it also instituted the holiday custom of reversing roles, from master to servant and vice versa. Members of a familia (including slaves) would gamble for the appointment of Saturnalicius princeps, the “Lord of Misrule” for the day.

    The Opalia, Roman festival of Opis, was held on December 19th. Consort of Saturn and goddess of the plentiful Earth, she is patroness of sowers, bringing help to the harvester and abundance to the planter. May the powers of this deity soon bring us opulence!

    December 20th is the Norse Night of Helya (“the mother”), a time said to evoke prophetic dreams. At this feast children are placed under the protection of the goddess, who takes the form of ancestors or elder female relatives. This is also the celebration of Midwinter Eve, which brings the tradition of censing the home with Sage and Cedar, and the hanging of Holly boughs, Pine wreaths, and Mistletoe. A ritual herbal bath should be undertaken at this time, to clothe the body with scents of the season.

     December 21st is the Roman festival of Angeronalia, honoring Angerona, goddess of the Winter Solstice, “she who helps the Sun travel through the darkness of the season.” Her statue was found in the Sacellum Volupiae (shrine of Voluptas, goddess of pleasure), near one of the most ancient gates of Rome on Palatine Hill.

Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Capricorn on December 21st at 11:20 pm. Astrologically, when the Sun passes over one of the four Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), the “world axis” is vitalized and a new rhythm is established. Thus, we look to the Cardinal ingresses for clues to the motif of the next three months. This solstice brings a stellium of planets in Capricorn: Sun, Jupiter, the Moon’s South Node, Saturn, and Pluto – bookended by scholarly Mercury in Sagittarius and idealistic Venus in Aquarius. There will be a focus on law, the reach of government, and an optimistic search for truth. However, the Scorpio Moon opposing disruptive Uranus does not portend a methodical, open process. There will be distractions and retaliations, though Neptune setting on the horizon of the U.S. capitol, indicates deceptions exposed and the diminishment of false power.

    The New Moon takes place on December 26th at 12:13 am (4º Capricorn 07’), with the planetary lineup duplicating much of the solstice pattern. Here, progress is indicated for legislative actions, though unsettled law brings questions and confusion. However, the Capricorn stellium – Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Moon’s South Node, Saturn, and Pluto – lend focus and determination to any efforts that stabilize goals. Mars in the Second House of Financial Resources endangers investments in some medical and insurance markets. This lunation also features an Annular Solar Eclipse of 3’39” duration, adversely affecting revenues from trade with repercussions into the next three years.

    The Full Moon takes place on January 10, 2020 at 2:21 pm (20º Cancer 00’), a penumbral Lunar eclipse that is the first of four in the year 2020. It features a powerful and certain Capricorn stellium that will set the stage for a new paradigm in leaderhip and collective goals. The Full Moon invites “realizations,” an opportunity to flesh out a plan and gather the resources to make it tangible. Physical assets are targeted, the financial picture is at a tipping point. The next fortnight may indicate crisis, but reorganization is the end result, critical though timely.
Uranus turns direct on this day, adding tension to the environment and high expectations to those seeking change. Forward momentum is indicated.




 

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