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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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2022 Highlights
Three Supermoons in 2022

    A “supermoon”  takes place when two astronomical factors come into play – during a New or Full Moon that coincides with the lunar body approaching 90 percent of her closest distance (perigee) to Earth. These events influence the Earth quite directly, since the Moon has such a profound effect on the tides and organic life. New Moons inaugurate cycles of growth, while Full Moons bring to fruition the actions of the previous 14 days.

    This year's supermoons are all full and follow each other sequentially. In society, it will prompt a volatile summer season with unrestrained movement followed by acceptance and stability. Planning and organization follow, with government embracing innovative approaches to education, child care, and social welfare.

                             Full Moon June 14th          23º Sagittarius 25'
                             Full Moon July 13th           21º Capricorn 21'
                             Full Moon August 11th     19º Aquarius 21'

    Jupiter conjoins Neptune on April 12th (23º Pisces 59’), an event that will dramatically highlight the deceptions and fictions that have evolved over the last 13 years, when this conjunction last took place (2009, another pandemic year). At the same time, progress in medical technologies will accelerate as new health hazards are identified.

    Jupiter then briefly enters Aries on May 11th, retrogrades back into Pisces on October 28th, and returns to the domain of Aries on December 20th. These periods signal significant efforts to alleviate the displacement of communities caused by environmental catastrophes.



Season of Scorpio: October 23 – November 21, 2022
Persephone

Persephone
– Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)

Lifting the Veil



    In Scorpio, life enters the cavern of hibernation, a place where the darkness insulates us in a cocoon of transformation. This is not a place of fear and avoidance, but an occasion for repose and renewal. In the season of Scorpio, we may lift the veil that separates light from dark and mortality from eternity.

    The theme of entering the realm of the dead for a season is enacted in the Orphic Mysteries, a Hellenistic tradition based on the descent and return of Orpheus and Persephone from the underworld back to the realm of the living. Persephone, daughter of mother-goddess Demeter, is abducted by Hades, lord of the underworld. Though separated from nature, she becomes queen of all souls as her mother mourns and the Earth undergoes a fallow season. In another legend, Orpheus enters the realm of the dead to retrieve his wife Eurydice, and is thus empowered as lord of oracles and “caster of spells.”

    We recapitulate these themes when the light of the growing season becomes dim and the night of winter begins. At this time the maiden transforms into the crone, the giver of life becomes the harbinger of death. These images are distinguished in many cultures – on October 30th with the South American celebration of El Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), on October 31st with the Wiccan cross-quarter of Samhain (“sa-win”), and November 1st with the Celtic Hallowmas.

    As the veil that separates the mortal from the immortal worlds is lifted, augury and divination allow us to reinforce the bonds we forge with the spirit realms.  In antiquity, the oracular art was practiced by sibyls and priestesses, dedicated in subterranean temples to deities who spoke through visions and dreams. The Pythia of Delphi, inspired by the hallucinogenic fumes of a chasm upon which she presided, embodied this centuries-old tradition in ancient Greece.


Priestess of Delphi

Priestess of Delphi
– John Collier (1850-1934)
   
Goddess Times


    The witch, enchantress, and sorcerer are equally elevated in Scorpio. We may honor Makaria (“blessed death”), daughter of Hades who leads souls to the legendary Islands of the Blest at the end of life. Praise may also be given to Cerridwen, shape shifter and lady of the cauldron of wisdom, the vessel that grants inspiration, poetry, and divine madness. And patroness of the season is Hecate, goddess of the dark Moon and guardian of crossroads.

    The Mysteries of Orpheus celebrated the soul’s transmigration and eternal nature. One of its pre-winter observances was the offering to Melinoe, another daughter of Hades. She is goddess of ghosts and funerary offerings with black and white limbs, an image similar to the Hindu Kali, goddess of change and transition. In her name and all those who have passed through the veil, we may erect an Altar of the Dead with bones, stones, and fallen leaves.


    Goddess Offerings

    Offerings to the dark goddess include pomegranate and wreaths of palm, with incenses of Patchouli, Cypress, and Opopanax (sweet myrrh).  Her priestesses  are veiled in maroon and black, and don ornaments of bloodstone and serpentine.

    The scents of Scorpio include Musk and Civet – one legend relates that the Narcissus flower lured Persephone away from her companions so that Hades was able to abduct her. Scorpio medicinals include Mace, Hops, and Juniper.


Celtic cauldron

Irish Cauldron
Late Bronze Age (BCE 700)

Cosmic Events
Standard Time returns on November 6th

    The Sun enters Scorpio on October 23rd at 6:35 am with an exact conjunction to Venus. However favorable things may appear, Venus in this domain revisits Persephone’s descent into the realm of Hades. Dreams become harbingers of dread, wise resolutions are met with skepticism. This is a time to suspend personal aspirations and be mindful of the motives and designs of others. Jupiter in retrograde leaves ambitious Aries on the 28th for the calm of Pisces until December 19th. This affords a period of reflection, when reversals may occur in the public sphere.

    The New Moon takes place on October 25th at 6:49 am (2º Scorpio 00’) with a Partial Solar Eclipse that presents new information, changing perceptions on leadership, women’s issues, and public health. The conjunction of Sun, Moon, and Venus rising dominates this week, indicating a flurry of news and intelligence that empower the electorate. Jupiter retrograde in the 6th House protects public health, but the essentials of prevention and preparedness remain deficient.

    The Full Moon takes place on November 8th at 6:02 am EST (16º Taurus 01’), bringing a Total Lunar eclipse of 3 hours, 40 min. duration (in astrological reckoning, this translates to a period lasting three months and three weeks). As the Moon is eclipsed and moves to a close, volatile conjunction with Uranus, erratic circumstances overtake expected conditions. Turbulence in national events, inflammatory relations peak internationally, and instability rules for the next week.

    Saturn turns to direct motion on October 23rd at 12:07 am (18º Aquarius 35’), the same day as the Sun’s Scorpio ingress. These conditions provide resolve to leadership and restore authority to government institutions, particularly those that serve the needs of the disenfranchised. Obstructions remain, but those resisting change and progress gradually lose power. Saturn transits through the 7th House of Adversaries at the U.S. capital, denoting a confrontation with bellicose parties and the potential for their capitulation.





Season of Libra: September 22 – October 22, 2022
Mirror of Hathor
Mirror Handle of the Goddess Hathor
Egyptian Museum, Cairo


Balance and Identity


    As we enter the season of Libra, we cross the threshold from individual ego to collective participation. The first six Signs of the Zodiac signify the development of Will (Aries), Values (Taurus), Self Expression (Gemini), Relationships (Cancer), Ego (Leo), and Socialization (Virgo). In Libra, one enters the world of communal interests and engagement. Throughout this season, we are prompted to relinquish the things that serve only ourselves to find a genuine, constructive place in the collectivity.

    In ancient cultures, the Sign of Libra was sometimes represented by the mirror, signifying the processes of reflection and identity. Through relationships, personal and collective, we gain an understanding of the wholeness that arrives from being a part of a greater scheme. In Libra we learn the lessons of negotiation, compromise, understanding, and harmony. From these experiences, our values are shaped and continuously adapted to the changing world around us. And so as we transition into the Sign of the Scales, it is important to weigh our values against the transitory conditions of the hour and be reminded that the balance in our lives can prevail against the disharmonies of the outside world.


   
Sacred Marriage


    In Libra, the ideal of the hieros gamos (sacred marriage) inspires our relationships to seek divine consonance. This goal was enacted in ancient ritual with purification of the couple, community acknowledgment of the union, and symbolic consummation, intended to enrich society as well as the individual participants. But the hieros gamos alludes to other significant unions of opposites – the conscious Ego and the unconscious Self, the Ida and Pingala forces of the body’s Chakra system, the Sun and Moon in celestial life. In this time of equal day and equi nox  (“equal night”), we come to know that even in seasonal terms the visible world achieves balance and equilibrium.

 Goddess Offerings

    The many faces of Venus, who instills the  striving for beauty and harmony, are reflected in the Libran universe. Gardens at their fruition are governed by Libra, with flowering plants that include the Primrose, White Rose, and Heartsease. The Libran bounty includes the grape and olive, earliest cultivated foods and mainstays of refined cooking.

    Libran metals include Copper and Electrum, precious materials used for casting images of the divine consort in the ancient temples, placed on altars of Rose Granite or Pink Alabaster from the quarries of the goddess. Before these images, incenses of Cyprinum (Henna) and Myhrr were offered, along with wreaths of Jasmine and Tuberose. A goddess shrine in your own space could sustain this timeless tradition and invite her blessings to your endeavors.

MenKauRa &  KaMeriNebty

Pharaoh MenKauRa & Queen KaMeriNebty

Egypt, 4h Dynasty


Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Libra on September 22nd at 9:03 pm with a Mercury conjunction , making possible a “meeting of minds,” locally, nationally, and globally. With Uranus rising at the U.S. capital, revelations and breaking news permeates the airwaves. With Saturn occupying the Tenth House of the Executive, old ways will slowly recede, as Pluto occupies the highest point at the Midheaven, indicating  transformative conditions taking place. Other reversals are marked by the Moon’s Nodes at the Taurus ascendant, denoting economic conditions that are not long to remain in stagnation. This will be a memorable Autumnal Equinox.

    The New Moon takes place on September 25th at 5:55 pm (2º Libra 48’) with the Lunation in the natural 7th House of Libra, accompanied by Mercury and Venus. Though negotiations with enemies will be at a standstill, allies are ready to move forward. With Jupiter in Aries, new resources are developed and added to the arsenal of defense.


    The Full Moon takes place on October 9th at 4:55 pm (16º Aries 32’) with a very close match to the angles of the previous New Moon: early Pisces rising at the U.S. capital, Mars in the 4th House of domestic territory, and the outer planets unmoving in the same Houses. The exception––Sun moves into the 8th House of investment and Moon into the 2nd House of assets and commerce. There will be upsets in these sectors, with long-term repercussions.



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    Mercury turns to direct motion on October 2nd at 5:10 am (24º Virgo 11’) with the divine messenger rising in one of his domains, Virgo. Long term misunderstandings can be resolved in the coming weeks, with agreements and new initiatives set into motion. Neptune in the 7th House of Adversaries warns of deceptions and misinformation on an international scale, while Jupiter moves forward and continues to spread largesse to the needy. Vital legal issues will be resolved in unpredictable ways.

    Pluto turns to direct motion on October 8th at 5:56 pm (26º Capricorn 06’), an annual event that usually accelerates change, with last-minute decisions set in place instead of deliberative thought. A friendly conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter rise in the U.S. capitol, bringing favorable conditions for the public welfare and growth in the electorate’s participation. Venus and the Sun aligned with these factors promise fortunate conditions for the majority.



Season of Virgo: August 22 – September  22, 2022
Initiation of Eumolpos

Demeter and Persephone consecrate Eumolpos
into the Eleusinian Mysteries

    Nurturing and Cultivation


    The season of the celestial virgin brings together past, present, and future through the images of heavenly maiden, guardian of hearth and home, and mother of the harvest. In Virgo, a pantheon of goddesses from every world culture embodies these images at this time of year. It brings a time of rest from the labors of agriculture, of harvesting Earth’s yield, and preparing for the hibernation of Winter. In Virgo we may experience the providence of past efforts with the ripeness of nature in the present, and the hope of what is to come through the roles of this season’s divinities.

    In places where the goddess spirit is honored, much is said of nurturing and cultivating  knowledge in the next generation. Though we may acknowledge these acts as essential to communal progress, we often overlook their importance in everyday life or leave such tasks to others.

    In ancient Greece it was Demeter, mother of grain and the seasons, who with her daughter Persephone initiated the youth Eumolpos into the sacred science of agriculture. He then became the legendary founder of the Eleusinian mysteries, whose descendants served as  high priests of a tradition that oversaw the annual sacred drama of the fruition, reaping, hibernation, and renewal of life in the harvest month of the year.

    Such dramas are metaphors of both the human life cycle and the soul’s entry into divine worlds. They remind us that coming generations must carry the seed of our knowledge and experience, a gift to the future that may yield a harvest of harmony and prosperity if we scatter the kernels of our maturity wisely and cultivate it in others unselfishly.

     Whether you are a mother of experience or a child of learning, this is a time to consider the breadth of what you have acquired and how it may best serve the future. We tend to forget or trivialize the hard-won lessons we have known and the wisdom that arises from them. In the Virgo season, we may assess this reservoir of knowledge and begin to scatter that seed for the future.


Sacred Calendar

    The Volcanalia is observed on August 23rd, a fire festival best celebrated with the lighting of candles for those departed. The flames represent the souls of ancestors who remain our inspirations and guides through difficult times. This is the theme of the Japanese Obon, a three-day celebration in mid-August that honors ancestors with the lighting of lanterns that are placed in rivers and streams to return their souls to heaven. It is followed by the Bon Odori, the dance of joy.

    August 24th is the Cerealia (“cereal festival”), the Roman event honoring Ceres, goddess of the grain harvest. By this event we honor the accomplishments of those in our local communities, no matter how small, by sharing summer’s bounty. And in keeping with the ancient tradition of remembering those gone before us, we also nourish those who will carry our harvest into the future.
Goddess Ceres

Roman goddess Ceres
– Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610–1662)


Goddess Offerings

    Plants governed by Virgo come from the families of digestive aids, antiseptics and diuretics. These include Parsley, Fennel, Rosemary, Melissa (Lemon Balm), Spearmint, and Peppermint. Scents are sweet, flowering greenery, including Gardenia, Magnolia, and bulb flowers such as Hyacinth and Tulip. Perfumes are Storax (Liquidamber) Lily of the Valley, and Honeysuckle.

    Most grains of the ancient world were governed by a harvest goddess, thus the Virgo New Moon is traditionally known as the Barley Moon. It is the most auspicious time to prepare the Octoberfest beer from the first threshing of barley. To native Americans, the Virgo New Moon is  known as the Corn Moon, to stargazers it is the Red Moon because the lunar body is low on the horizon at this time of year and is colored reddish-yellow by refraction from the Earth.

Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Virgo on August 22nd at 11:16 pm with Uranus rising at the U.S. capital. With Aquarius ruling the 10th House of leadership and executive office, this season’s environment is dominated by surprise events, disruptions, and rebellion. The progressive agenda ascends, but not without resistance and opposition. We also find Saturn posited in the 10th House, and while he occupies his natural domicile, the weight of tradition and convention slow the restless evolutionary spirit. Pluto in the 9th House of the Judiciary resolves the struggle.

    The New Moon takes place on August 27th at 4:17 am (4º Virgo 03’) with the Lunation taking place in the 2nd House of Assets at the U.S. capital. This signifies a new direction in the accumulation of goods and services, the prospect of growth for infrastructure, land development, and tangible goods. American farming and manufacturing will benefit from subsidies and increased demand.
    Conditions for allies do not fare so well. Saturn in the 7th House of partner countries shows hardship, with a few changes in leadership that will present challenges and delays in assistance. Mars moving into the 11th House of Legislature promotes animosities, though none are long lasting.

    The Full Moon takes place on September 10th at 5:59 am (17º Pisces 41’). This Harvest Moon will not be widely celebrated as the beneficial conclusion of a planting season that produced so many expectations since the Spring Equinox. Nevertheless, as the Sun and Moon straddle the horizons on this day at the U.S. capital and beneficial policies can now move forward. Prosperity is acknowledged and the public mood is raised.





Season of Leo: July 22 – August 22, 2022
Sirius star

The star Sirius
Goddess Appearing

    The hottest time of the year in the northern hemisphere coincides with a forty-day period when Sirius (alpha Canis Majoris in the constellation of the Great Dog) rises with the Sun. Hence, this time is known as the “Dog Days” (July 3 – August 11). This event brings the hottest days of the year, but it is also the most honored as it features the brightest star in the night sky. Its rising at dawn marked Summer Solstice in the Pyramid Age and the seasonal rising of the Nile. The Egyptians revered the star as Sopdet, the cosmic form of Isis as bringer of rejuvenation and birth mother of ascended souls. Sirius (Latin:  “scorcher”) has been  represented in countless historical periods and cultures, as Sothis of the Greeks, the Arabian Ashshira, and Rudra (a form of Shiva) in the Vedas.

    Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky that rises after the constellation Orion. The forty days of her rising with the Sun were regarded as most sacred in the ancient cultures of the Levant – from Egypt to Babylonia, including Greece, India, and as far East as China.

    The lore associated with this event has been passed down through the ages. The shade of the naturally blue-white star is significant – if it appears bright and clear, the ancients foretold an abundant harvest and a year without conflict. If it was dim or reddish, a poor harvest would be expected with hostilities from foreign lands.

    As the season of Sothis now begins, we prepare for the star’s emergence just before dawn in early August. At the end of the forty days’ Solar conjunction, she appears on the horizon at dawn before the Solar aura becomes visible (the heliacal rising). This was viewed by the ancients as “the herald of the Sun’s divine companion.” It marks the beginning of the temple’s sacred year and the rejuvenation of the gods in the sanctuary.

    Sirius rises in ancient Heliopolis on August 6, 2022 at 4:35 am Local Time (GMT+2).



Egyptian Sopdet

Egyptian Sopdet
    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Leo on July 22nd at 4:06 pm with Mercury and the Sun posited in the 9th House of judicial endeavors. As the Sun has moved away from an opposition to authoritarian Saturn, we can expect a significant response to and revisitations of current court opinions. In the coming weeks, new issues affecting the public sphere will be litigated as the Sun moves to a favorable trine aspect with Jupiter and despite the usual obstruction from Mars.

    The New Moon takes place on July 28th at 1:55 pm (5º Leo 38’) with the Lunation again posited in the 9th House of judicial endeavors. This promises to be a significant month for progress in  new prosecutions of public concern. Mercury has moved into the 10th House of executive power, drawing attention to new rules and regulations that address current national affairs. Venus stands alone in the 9th House, emphasizing women’s issues and the elevation of female legislators in government and international service.

    Jupiter turns to retrograde motion on July 28th at 4:37 pm (8º Aries 43’) and will remain moving against the solar path until November 23rd. In the national horoscope for this event, Jupiter is posited in the 4th House of geographic terrain, indicating extreme conditions in the southern states. Neptune opposes the Midheaven from the 3rd House of travel and communications, complicating commerce and economic security in those industries.

    The Full Moon takes place on August 11th at 9:36 pm (19º Aquarius 21’), with deceptive Neptune rising at the U.S. capital. The Sun-Moon opposition is also lined up with oppressive Saturn and in adverse aspect to disruptive Uranus and bellicose Mars. As the last Supermoon of the year, this configuration is intense, and brings confrontation with aggressive forces that may appear both nationally and internationally.




Season of Cancer: June 21 – July 21, 2022
Abu Simbel temple

Illumination of the Sanctum
Abu Simbel, Upper Egypt

by Olaf Tausch

     Mid-Year Stillness

    The month of June brings a solstice, a “standing still” of the Sun as it appears at the zenith in the sky, it’s most northerly position on the horizon for the year. In Neopagan lore it is the feast of Litha, opposite the feast of Yule at the Winter Solstice in the sacred year.

    At Abu Simbel in southern Egypt, the temple of Rameses II was originally oriented to sunrise at both winter and summer solstices. In the sanctum, the Solar light illuminated the two images of Amun and Rameses, while Ptah and Ra Harakhte remain in embryonic darkness.

    In Europe, the peak of the Sun’s passage through the sky is honored with bonfires, with each country interpreting the Sun’s ascent to the north in a distinctive way.  But a commonality is shared as well – all recognize the creative fire of the Solar gods, past and present, East and West.

    Native American Plains Indians hold the renewing Sun Dance at the Summer Solstice and Hindu tradition holds a number of celebrations throughout the month to the goddess Parvati, consort of Shiva and mother of Ganesha.

    The day before the Solstice is Midsummer's Night's Eve, traditionally a time of magic and cosmic power. Dreams and the visitation of fairies are attributed to this night, as Shakespeare so cleverly demonstrated in his timeless play of this event.

   Midsummer Night’s Eve also marks the Egyptian festival of Lailat al Saratjan (“Night of the Crab”). Charms are fashioned and hung on walls to drive away the insects of summer.

    Tradition also has it that medicinal plants and magical herbs gathered at midnight are said to be at their full potency of the year and may be dried or distilled for the coming months. Cancer-ruled plants harvested on this day include St. John’s wort (Hypericum), associated with John the Baptist, whose feast day is celebrated in the Roman Catholic church on June 24. The plant is said to banish depression and treat alcoholism. Others include Catmint, Lemon Balm, Poppy, Cardamom, Chamomile, and Licorice.

    Goddess Times

    June 18 commences the season of Ethiopian rains that bring the Nile floods. It was honored by the ancient Egyptians as Gerh-en-Matuiy (“Night of the Teardrop”), when the goddess Isis wept on learning the death of Osiris and commenced her journey down the Nile in search of his body. The Islamic and Coptic communities similarly celebrate it as Lailat al Nuktah.

    June 27 honors Aestas (“summer") the Roman patroness of the season, a corn goddess and consort of the Sun god Phoebus. She brings warmth and protection to all that grows in her season.


Oberon & Titania

The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania

Scene from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
– Sir Joseph Noel Paton (1821–1901)

    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Cancer on June 21st at 5:14 am, a sunrise solstice that features all planets above the horizon with maximum influence. Mercury is in his domicile of Gemini, as is Venus in Taurus, Mars in his rule of Aries, Saturn in dominion of Aquarius, and Neptune on his throne in Pisces – these powers dispel the hazards of the moment and relay confidence in the near future. The Moon moves toward a friendly conjunction to Jupiter in the 10th House of Leadership, while moving away from her obstructive square to the Sun, an indication that major issues of conflict will be resolved in this season.

    The New Moon takes place on June 28th at 10:52 pm (7º Cancer 22’) with the wide, 90-degree spread of planets below the horizon. Saturn rising in Aquarius at the U.S. capital compels serious attention to existing problems, though in retrograde condition he delays agreement and concern for the masses.
    The focus of the solstice now moves to stirring economic growth with Neptune (oil) Jupiter (banking) and Mars (military spending) in the 2nd House of Finance. Resources for youth move forward in health and education with the Lunation in the 5th House of Children and Education. Meanwhile, Venus and Mercury in Gemini bring strong storms and energy-grid disruptions in the 4th House of Environment.
    Neptune turns to retrograde motion on June 28th at 3:55 am (25º Pisces 26’) with Venus rising at the U.S. capital. Matters pertaining to family and women take precedence, but delayed action prevails. Until Neptune turns direct on December 3rd, resolution remains elusive.

    The Full Moon takes place on July 13th at 2:38 pm (21º Capricorn 21’). This is the second Supermoon of the year with the Moon closest to Earth, summoning some unrest and volatility. The Moon’s impending conjunction to Pluto in the 3rd House of Propaganda brings stunning revelations, protest, and misinformation. The Sun in the 9th House of the courts draws attention to anticipated new decisions that are accompanied by congressional reforms.



Season of Gemini: May 20 – June 20, 2022
Mercury

The Divine Mercury
Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617)
    From Earth to Air

   As the gentle climate of May hastens our gardens to bloom, the sanctified Earth welcomes the winds of change and motion brought by elemental Air. The season of Taurus now transitions to Gemini, while the mistress Hathor gives way to the matron Juno, Roman goddess who presides over marriage and the essential union of family and state. But while she oversees these affairs in one’s culture, she also opens the door to individual wisdom as the “bringer of light,” a power in the sky who gives vision to newborns and insight to her followers.

   How often do we bypass our own insights, allowing instead our desire for acceptance or fear of criticism to subdue our better instincts? An understanding of what Goddess truly provides – the inner sense of what is true around us – is what this season awakens. As the plants in our gardens sprout, let our natural gifts of knowing the direction of the spiritual wind unfold.

    Goddess Times

   In the ancient world, some were dedicated for life to know the ways of the inner powers, fulfilling this duty to both gods and men. In Rome it was the Vestals, a celibate priestesshood of custodians who safeguarded legal and historical documents and the genealogies of the aristocracy. But in addition to these civic duties, their task was the keeping of the sacred fire from which all hearths in Rome were alighted. This, in reflecting the character of their patroness Vesta, “the living flame.”

   In Greece, Hestia also embodied the powers of the hearth to bless those who were nourished by its fires. In this role the goddess lives among mortals, to protect orphans and children and ensure they always returned to the altar of sustenance. She is honored by the charity we extend to others by sharing the food we prepare from our kitchens.

   Between June 9–14 the Romans celebrated the Vestalia, both in public and private. The hearth flame was renewed from the sanctuary of the Vestals, and special cakes of salt and freshly-ground grain were prepared and offered at the family altars.

   This is an ideal time to share the duties of cooking with a gathering of friends and family. On the 15th of June, homes are cleaned by ceremonial sweeping, the burning of incense, and baking of newly-leavened bread.

Djehuti at Karnak

Djehuti, Lord of Writing
Karnak



    Cosmic Events


    Jupiter briefly entered Aries on May 10th, retrogrades back into Pisces on October 28th, and returns to the domain of Aries on December 20th. These periods signal the significant displacement of communities caused by war and environmental extremes.

    The Sun enters Gemini on May 20th at 9:22 pm accompanied by a retrograde Mercury. The planet of messaging falling back in the Sign of communication does not bode well for truth telling, particularly when they are both domiciled in the 6th House of Public Health. We can expect rumors and disinformation, followed by corrective efforts to set records straight. Economic matters are also adverse, with the Moon separating from Pluto in the 2nd House of Finance. A diverse grouping of planets (Saturn, Neptune, Mars, Jupiter) in the 3rd House of transportation presents forward momentum in travel and the distribution of goods nationwide.

    The New Moon takes place on May 30th at 7:30 am (9º Gemini 03’) with deceptive Neptune at the Midheaven, bringing confusion and new concerns on the direction of conflicts in the East. Venus enters her ruling Sign of Taurus, emphasizing the status of women and their rights. But with the Lunation in the 12th House of privacy, the promise of policies that benefit the public is placed on hold as special interests wrangle behind closed doors.

    The Full Moon takes place on June 14th at 7:52 am (23º Sagittarius 25’) moving to a hard angled square with Neptune in the 9th House of the Judiciary. Inconsistency and obfuscation rule this period, following by focused activity to resolve Piscean vagaries and duplicities. The instability is transitory, but fear and disquiet prevail.
    This is first of three sequential Supermoons this year (a lunation that takes place with the Moon closest to to Earth), impelling restless conditions over the summer months.

    Mercury turns to direct motion on June 3rd at 4:20 am (26º Taurus 06’), limiting the production of misinformation for a time. In the meantime, the Moon in her own domicile of Cancer moves to oppose authoritarian Pluto, who stands at the Midheaven in the U.S. capitol. Though the power brokers may appear unmoving, a public groundswell will summon change.

    Saturn turns to retrograde motion on June 4th at 5:47 pm (25º Aquarius 15’) until October 23rd, slowing efforts to revise and reinforce the interests of the people. Dramatic weather conditions prevail, especially in southern regions.

Vestal Virgin

The Vestal
Frederick Lord Leighton (1830-1896)




Season of Taurus: April 19 – May 20, 2022
The Hesperides

The Hesperides
– Burne Jones (1833-1898)
    A Divine Garden


    At the edge of the world, where Earth and sky meet, the Olympian gods created a garden with orchards of miraculous fruit trees. Guarded by maidens known as the Hesperides (“Daughters of Evening”), the garden is a passage to a celestial realm where beauty and song gladden heroic sojourners. Likewise, the season of Taurus celebrates the victory of life emerging from winter’s quiescence following the Spring Equinox, and sets the stage for nature’s proliferation in the coming months.


    In the garden of the Hesperides, the golden apples of immortality were given to those who ventured as far west as the setting Sun, an allusion to the rewards awaiting the virtuous at the gates of the afterlife. It is the endowment of the soul that ventures past the comforts of mundane existence and seeks the fruit of a mythical tree in that garden – the one that offers knowledge of good and evil. And here another obstacle exists – the tree of golden apples is also the abode of the dragon Ladon, who must be slain or transformed by the hero/ine before immortality can be obtained.


    The tree, its fruit, and the dragon represent the both the lure and the dangers of mortal life. In the season of Taurus, we may become complacent with the return of Spring and the warmth of nature that revitalizes the living, but heroic acts await us each and every day. Problems must be resolved, threats must be transformed into accord. These are acts that transcend time and create the miraculous fruit of harmony and celestial song – the reward of virtue.

Hathor and Seti

Goddess Hathor embraces Pharaoh Seti
Embodiment of her consort Horus
– Tomb of Seti I, Valley of the Kings

    The union of man and goddess, the seeding of the soil and the fertilization of the land, was celebrated in ancient Egypt with the Festival of the Joyous Union, the annual mating of the goddess Hathor with her consort, Horus. In an elaborate holiday involving temples, citizens, and fleets of Nile boats, the image of the goddess sailed from her great house at Dendera upstream to the god’s domain at Edfu at the New Moon in Taurus (this year on May 18th).

   Sheltered within the sanctuary for 14 days, the powers of the deities fused, to later disperse in a great ceremony at the following Full Moon. It would mark the conception of their child, Ihy lord of harmony. In modern Egypt, the ancient festival is still commemorated in the public holiday of Sham el-Nessim (“breathing the air”), held on the Monday following Coptic Easter (this year celebrated on April 13th).

Sacred Calendar

    The eve of April 30th is Walpurgisnacht, marking the commencement of the annual mid-Spring European festival of Walpurgis through May 5th. Bonfires fueled by outworn winter goods are lit at night, followed by the May 1st ritual of dancing around the Maypole, symbol of the fertilization of the Earth and the flowering of vegetation to come. The roots of “spring cleaning” are arise from this celebration, this year make it a labor of rejuvenation with recycling and regifting.


    This time is honored in the Celtic/Welsh feast of Beltaine, honoring Blodeuwedd, Goddess of Flowers, and Llew, the Oak king and lord of the waxing Sun in the northern sky. Mystical union is the theme of this season, as the seeds of life take root in the womb of nature. Bring these powers into your own environment with seedlings at your windows and ribbons bound on budding branches at your door.



    Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd, a time to reflect on our bond with the planet we inhabit and the great spirit that enlivens it. Even if some do not relate to Deity as mother, it is evident that all existence is dependent upon one’s cooperative relationship with nature, and what it provides us to grow and mature throughout its rhythms and seasons as that bond deepens.


   The ancients seemed to understand this intrinsically and consistently. The Romans honored the goddess Flora, patroness of Spring, from April 28–May 2nd. Her Floralia was both a festival and an evocation of the dormant powers of life in the soil to awaken. Though reported to be an event of indulgence and licentiousness, it is one of many ancient festivals acknowledging the bond between mortals and nature, the mating of humankind with the Earth. It marks the onset of the agricultural calendar, the first sowing of the seed.


    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Taurus on April 19th at 10:24 pm with a stellium in Pisces at the U.S. capital.  Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune fall in the 4th House of Homeland, with Saturn trailing in the 3rd House of Infrastructure. This grouping creates delays, misinformation, and conflicting agendas that will bring additional gridlock to solving national problems. Geological and weather-related conditions add to disruptions. At the same time, progress and optimism grow as the Sagittarius Moon points to new beginnings among allied powers.

    Pluto turns to retrograde motion on April 29th at 2:36 pm (28º Capricorn 35’) and remains in regressive mode until October 8th. Insurrections are uncovered, restructuring of outmoded regimes begin, and new powers are recognized.

    The New Moon takes place on April 30th at 4:28 pm (10º Taurus 28’) with the Lunation in a partial Solar Eclipse. The volatility of this conjunction is amplified by its close proximity to Uranus in the 8th House of National Debt. The current Pisces stellium falls in the 6th House of Public Health and Education, amplifying the national division in such matters. A return to some pandemic conditions is indicated. On May 1st Ramadan ends.


    Jupiter enters Aries on May 11th for a brief period, returning to Pisces on October 28th and re-entering the domain of Aries on December 20th. This will relieve inflation during the Aries period.

    The Full Moon takes place on May 16th at 12:14 am (25º Scorpio 17’), bringing a Total Lunar Eclipse of 3 hrs 27 min duration (the astrological period of influence translates to 3.5 months). While a temperamental atmosphere is fostered during this period, forces moving toward stability act by covert means. Individuals in high places meet, agree, and disclose a plan of action.

    Mercury turns to retrograde motion on May 10th at 7:48 am (4º Gemini 51’), as the planet of transmission begins to leave the Sign of communication. While the situation often reoccurs at this time of year, it doesn’t diminish the predictable confusions, backtracks, and double dealing that transpires among the unbelievers. Until June 3rd, when the slog back to normalcy returns.
Roman goddess Flora

Roman Goddess Flora
by Luca Giordano (1634–1705)




Return of Persephone

Return of Persephone
Lord Frederick Leighton (1830–1896)


    Season of Aries: March 20 – April 19, 2022

    The seasonal change that takes place between Winter to Spring has been universally regarded as a time of renewal and regeneration. In celestial terms, it is the Sun’s passage from the watery torrents of Pisces to the fiery warmth of Aries, a restatement of creation when the spark of life arose from the depths of the cosmic ocean in timeless time.

    The Vernal (from Latin vernalis, “of the spring”) Equinox (equi nox, “equal night”) is the first of two events in the Earth’s annual circuit around the Sun when the terrestrial axis is upright, when night and day hours are of equal length. Likewise, we may be raised up from the incline of winter and the preoccupations of physical existence, to reach for the sky’s intangibles once more.

    In ancient Greece, the renewing forces of Spring were embedded in the great mythos of Persephone, daughter of the Earth goddess Demeter. Abducted by Hades and forced underground for part of the year, her return to the ream of the living was commemorated in the Eleusinian Mysteries, which celebrated the reunion of mother and daughter at the Vernal Equinox. Persephone’s return from the underworld signifies the return of nature’s fecundity and our return to nurturing and growing.

    Another ancient motif of renewal is portrayed in the legends of Cybele, the Phrygian mother of the gods and personification of Earth. She chose Attis, an innocent shepherd youth, as her consort. Believed to have been born from a virgin birth, he was tricked into suicide by jealous gods and died on a Friday. Cybele resurrected him mystically after three days of mourning, and each year his return to life was reprised during the Spring Equinox. The festival, known as the Hilaria, is celebrated on March 25th with the raising of a Pine tree. For us, it is a time to exercise our own renewal and organize the coming plantings. Start your seedlings and visibly engage the mystic force of life in your environment.

Goddess Chloris

Nymph Chloris
Detail from Botticelli’s Primavera

    Goddess Times

    The embodiment of Spring is the Greek Chloris, goddess of greenery and growth. Consort of Zephyrus, god of the West wind, she governs fields and gardens, which come to life in her season. She brought the Rose into being from a lifeless nymph, a metaphor of nature’s power to awaken our inner beauty. With her consort, she also gives life to the supreme goddess of devotion, Aphrodite.

    April 1st is the feast of Veneralia, dedicated to the Roman Venus Verticordia (“changer of hearts”), the goddess who restores purity and intent. As we are in the season of renewal, this deity gives attention to the ideals that have hibernated through a winter of isolation from our kindred spirits, those who share life with us on Earth. Let us “change our hearts” from personal concerns to share with others what the goddess has already provided in our lives.

    April also heralds the season of Fortuna Virilis, the goddess “who makes men virile.” She was invoked by Roman women to ensure happy marriages and strong sons. Regarded as Bona Dea, “the good goddess,” she brings abundance and assures a time of plenty. We would do well to invoke her for the sake of all who seek respite from the fears of the present.


    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Aries on March 20th at 11:33 am . This is indeed a momentus equinox at the U.S. capital: the Sun is followed by Neptune, Jupiter, and Mercury, warning leadership of deceptions and overblown communications. Truths are later revealed, as Venus, Mars, and Saturn appear with compromise and the rule of law. The Moon at 29º Libra is moments away from the domain of Scorpio, where in coming days she will encounter disruptions and enmity. Emotions will rule the day as hurried actions are put into place to avert chaos. Stability awaits, and will be found.

    The New Moon  takes place on April 1st at 2:24 am (11º Aries 30’) as the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction edges toward an atmosphere of overblown, confusing mandates. Sorting out priorities and facts will take time as competing interests vie for public attention. In the meantime, a Fourth House Uranus at the U.S. capital rattles the complacency of those in power. The Second House of Financial activity moves forward with new policies while growth remains steadfast.

     Ramadan begins at Sunset.

    The Full Moon takes place on April 16th at 2:55 pm (26º Libra 45’) as Jupiter and Neptune form an exact conjunction. Over the last few days tension has risen, but solutions to imponderable problems are presented through diplomacy. Along with Jupiter and Neptune, Venus and Mars fill the Seventh House of allies, engaged in actions of mutual interest, including a powerful entity that has waited in the shadows. Compromise and preliminary accords are forwarded, even though limited.

Avenue of Rams

The Avenue of Rams
Luxor, Egypt
Ukraine Founding



    The founding of the Ukrainian nation following its separation from Russia in 1991 reflects a proud, visionary state that models endurance and a continuation of its historical antecedents in a new form.

    Since January 2021 it has experienced its first Saturn Return and awaits a conjunction of Saturn to its Aquarius Moon (April 1st–December 29th of this year). Yes, difficult times are ahead, but a period of renewal and rebuilding awaits.

Will the vision prevail?

Those with insight are welcome to prognosticate




Season of Pisces: February 18 – March 19, 2022


   Pisces, last sign in the annual cycle of the Sun through the houses of the Zodiac,  brings a period of completion and preparation for a new cosmic  journey.

   In Greek legend we are told of the monster serpent Typhon, who sought to overthrow Zeus and the Olympian gods. As he battled the divine patriarch, the gods sought refuge in Syria and Egypt. Among them, Aphrodite and her son Eros plunged into the river Nile to escape the predations of Typhon, and took the form of fishes. Their images were placed in the heavens as the Ichthyes (“fish”), forming the constellation Pisces. They 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 rejuvenation and made whole again.
Pisces constellation

Eros and Aphrodite, the celestial Ichthyes
in the Pisces constellation

    Goddess Times
 
   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 fertilizing the imagination of what is possible.

   And in the realm of nature, Nut is seen as the celestial mother, incubating within her body the spirits of past and future. As keeper of these exalted spirits in the guise of celestial asterisms, she becomes 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.
Primordial goddess Heqet

Heqet
Primordial goddess at Philae Temple


Greenfield papyrus

Goddess Nut as the arc of the sky
– Papyrus Greenfield. British Museum
    Similarly, Tiamat, the Babylonian sea goddess and primordial being lived in the waters of the abyss before time became manifest. Through her we are connected to the ancient sea on which our strivings and visions sail – the collective unconscious.  We may use this time to tap into our spiritual reservoir and draw on the strengths we often forget.

    The great number of nature spirits in ancient Greece assumed form 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.



    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Pisces on February 18th at 11:42 am with Saturn the most elevated planet in the sky. This puts a damper on the growth and delayed prosperity that Jupiter brings in the coming months. Mercury’s position in Aquarius at the 9th House of international communication draws like minds together, both in dialogue and summits. A grand Earth trine of Moon, Pluto, and the Moon’s North Node promises economic growth this Spring in gradual stages.

    The New Moon takes place on March 2nd at 12:35 pm (12º Pisces 06’) also emphasizes the 9th House of international relations. The Lunation here emphasizes a long term accord or multinational plan that is implemented on short notice. Both Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces  straddle the midheaven, indicating underground resources such as oil, natural gas, and shipping traffic that are at issue. These powerful placements will dominate global commerce for more than the duration of this Lunar month. Venus, Mars, and Pluto form a stellium in the 7th House of allies and enemies, representing potent forces at odds with each other.

    The Full Moon takes place on March 18th at 3:18 am EDT (27 Virgo 40’) as Venus, Mars, Mercury, and Saturn are domiciled in the 2nd House of natural wealth. This grouping brings economic and monetary fluctuations, affecting mostly eastern countries. It may lead to a transitory panic, but new approaches to capitalizing on existing natural resources will be employed. The Moon in the 9th House of international relations shows other fluctuations, from hesitancy to active participation by allied powers.




Ganymede

Abduction of Ganymede
–Peter Paul Rubens, 1577–1640
Season of Aquarius: January 19 – February 18, 2022

 
           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



    Aquarian Acts of Service

    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 gifts. 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 endows 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.

Brighid Cross
  Sacred Calendar

     The Celtic Midwinter festival of Imbolc is celebrated on February 2nd, the first of four cross-quarter (falling between a solstice and an equinox) festivals of 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.

     Imbolc is also celebrated as Candlemas, Bride's Day, and Brighid's Day and is associated with the Full Moon of Leo-Aquarius, which takes place this year on February 16th. Though traditionally a time given to predicting if winter will linger (a precursor to Groundhog Day), it is a spiritual doorway that promotes divination. In keeping with the original festival of the fire goddess Brighid, the purification of hearth and lighting of candles are rituals enacted to bring forth the patroness of light.

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

The Muse Ourania
Simon Vouet, 1590 - 1649


    Also associated with this season are virgin deities and child goddesses. In Ireland: St. Kinnia, in Nepal: Kumari, and in Greece: Ourania, the muse of astronomy. Appropriate 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.

    On February 8th the Hari No Kuyo is celebrated in Japan, a women’s day of rest and recreation.  This Shinto festival, also known as the Festival of Broken Needles, puts to rest the worn and broken tools of the homemaker and honors the oft-overlooked daily work of the seamstress and tailor. For despite the sorrows and sacrifices of these laborers, weaving and sewing convey the tremendous power of healing to its practitioners and recipients.

    Cosmic Events

    The Sun enters Aquarius on January 19th at 9:39 pm, with concerns of public health uppermost as Virgo rises in the U.S. capital and Neptune descends below the horizon. The issue may be addressed directly, but Mars at the cusp of the domestic 4th House bears obstruction and conflict. The stellium of planets in the 5th House of Youth and Education emphasizes matters of importance but fail to go forward with Mercury’s retrograde position.

    The New Moon takes place on February 1st at 12:46 am (12º Aquarius 19’) with the lights leaving a square to Uranus and applying to a conjunction with Saturn. Conflict with an outside enemy fades, though overreaction may be difficult to curb. In the meantime, Saturn obscures and obfuscates forward progress, energized by the Capricorn stellium (Mars, Venus, Mercury, and Pluto). Nevertheless, the Aquarian lunation is progressive, becoming evident a few days later when Mercury’s motion turns direct.

Hexagram 48 The Well
Year of the Tiger

   

    This event marks the Lunar New Year, the year of the Black Water Tiger, a Yang (active) year. The hexagram representing this period is #48 Jing, The Well. It is comprised of the trigrams water above, earth below.  Hexagram 48 instructs “the need to nourish and strengthen the soul constantly as the flow of life is always moving forward.” An inexhaustible supply of water and sustenance are referenced by this hexagram. It represents the time to plumb the depths of our resources and plan for their use. If the well appears to be dry or the water is difficult to access, cooperation with others will resolve the need. Besides the well of resources, the well of knowledge is plumbed for its depths, and the kingdom benefits from the wisdom drawn.

    Mercury turns to direct motion  on February 3rd at 11:13 pm (24º Capricorn 22’) during an exact Sun-Saturn conjunction. While agreements are made, frustration is not dispelled and delay can not be avoided. This is a time for patience, as forward motion is assured. As Mercury moves toward a conjunction with Pluto in the coming week, transformative agreements are achieved incrementally. The Moon separates from deceptive Neptune, uncovering and resolving longstanding fictions.

   
The Full Moon takes place on February 16th at 12:46 am (27º Leo 59’), very close to the star Regulus (Cor Leonis). This asterism has been regarded from antiquity as “the star of kings,” but has itself migrated forward to the constellation of Virgo in 2011. This represents the power shift from private to public access, and the effort to establish social equity. At this Full Moon, such conditions are uppermost in the endeavors of lawmakers, whether they are personally committed or compelled to act by public demand.

    

 
Lunar eclipse

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