Tag: Myth

Who is the Man in the Moon


The Farmer’s Almanac has an interesting tale on the Man in the Moon Myth. The oldest variant is from the Old Testament and claims that he is Cain the Wanderer, forever doomed to circle the earth.Moon for fratricide. The reasoning is based on Genesis chapter 4, is that while he is doomed for his anger and must want the earth like a vagrant, no one can reach out and strike him. It does makes sense, for if the Moon was destroyed, the Earth would shortly follow because it stabilizes the gravitational wobble and that is necessary for regular months (no months no lunation cycle) and seasons. The sky would also be dark at night affecting nocturnal animals and the tides could get so erratic that tsunamis maybe more common. Whoever he is, we Earthlings, definitely need him.

9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10 He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.

11 “Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.

12 “When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.”

13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is too great to bear!

14 “Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

15 So the Lord said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him seven-fold.” And the Lord gave a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him.

Dust Storm in Uttar Pradesh/Rajasthan India


The time is from the BBC news site where you can watch this video to get an idea of the devastation of the dust storm. It is mesmerizing to watch such havoc.

The Chart above looks colourful but understanding the key makes it coherent. Start with the Opposition from the fourth house to the winds and fears of the ninth and Sagittarius. This storm happened quickly, coming upon the populace while they were sleeping and dreaming, perhaps though fitfully. Without warning Mars in the tenth at Capricorn ushers in a series of hard hitting planets, first gaining force from Pluto right next down who picks up the skeletons of the earth (sands) and tosses them to Vesta who stokes up the fires and makes the 100 degree heat become oppressive like an inferno.

Sands pelts and now those dreams become nightmares. Those who can run, do, but Pallas next to Venus near the fourth house cusp, makes for confusion of where is safety. From that blue circle hitch a ride to the turquoise sextile one on the right and notice that another intensifier of Ceres (11 Leo) is also  sextile Jupiter (via the brown line) that gives effusive madness and yet a dilatory langour as all the air is sucked out of the area. On one side Jupiter is swirling and spreading sand, sextile the preponderance of Cardinal Capricorn letting rip, and on the other, Jupiter is on the eighth-ninth house cusp creating death with  old Jove opposite the Sun in Taurus in the third house creates another t-cross of pandemonium.

Follow the colours — shades of blue are in agreement as are tones of gold, but they don’t get along with one another. As there are a lot of slow moving planets involved and a lazy Sun, in this resourceful Eastern-based bowl that works upon the populace (eleventh house mayhem opposite Ceres who favours dirt) like a two-edged sword.  Perhaps this is her prelude to her traditional  Ambarvalia later this month?

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news sites:

  1. India Express
  2. New York times

 

Venus as Inanna at the Fourth Gate


Venus is descending deeper into the underworld and will enter the Fourth Gate at 7:39 AM EDT, July, 20, 2017.Venus-Inanna 4th gate

A Recap of the Myth of Inanna

The Sumerian myth of Innana is probably the oldest account that we have of a passage through an initiation-transformation endeavor.      One reason for giving particular attention to Inanna’s myth is hers is one of the oldest,  and consequently, possibly more thoroughly embedded in humanity’s collective unconscious than any other.   Read overabout Sumer as the cradle of civilization.

Inanna’s poem begins:

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According to the myth we have been following in the previous articles in this series, Innana, Queen of the Heavens, adorned herself with her  robes and jewels and seven divine degrees fastened to her belt, before beginning her  journey to the “land of no return”  ( Astrologically this ‘replay’ began on March 25, 2017 with a Sun and Venus conjunction.)  to free Tammuz.

As this was a hazardous journey, Innana instructed her minister, Ninshubur, to plead for her with the deities Enil, Sin, Anu, her father and Enki for her physical salvation if she did not return when expected.

Myths, fables and folk tales, invariably present irrational twists and turns that ‘make no sense’ to the rational mind.and this decision by Inanna removes the narrative from the plane of ordinary life to another realm:  that of myth and folk tale.

                                   Refusal of the Call

There are times in our lives when the path we are on seems to come to a major crossroads.  A critical decision must be made as to which way to go.  One way may appear to offer the best conditions, it may be wider, better surfaced, etc..  The other way may be less attractive,  darker, narrower, but for some reason one may feel strongly that it is the way that should be taken.   Which road to take?

In The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell writes:

“Often in actual life, and not infrequently in the myths and popular tales, we encounter the dull case of the call unanswered; for it is always possible to turn the ear to other interests.  Refusal of the summons converts the adventure into its negative.  Walled in by boredom, hard work, or “culture”, the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be saved.  His flowering world becomes a wasteland of dry stones and his life feels meaningless – even though, like King Minos, he may through titanic effort succeed in building an empire of renown.  Whatever house he builds, it will be a house of death: a labyrinth of cyclopean walls to hide from him from his Minotaur.  All he can do is create new problems for himself and await the gradual approach of his disintegration.”

  Inanna at the Fourth Gate

The Fourth Gate is described as The Gate of Compassion and is related to the Heart Chakra.  At this gate Inanna is commanded to remove her breastplate.  This could be interpreted as symbolizing the necessity to release all the emotional wounds and negative feelings that have been weighing on her heart.

This ‘opening up’ of the heart must happen before any healing transformation can begin.  The metal breastplate also suggests the ‘armoring’ or hardening of heart that often occurs within any person as they strive to protect themselves and live and thrive in a rough and tumble world.

The Astrological Scene at the Fourth Gate

This is the fourth conjunction of the Moon with Venus since the original on March 25and marks the entry of Inanna at the Fourth Gate of the Underworld.

Referring back to the chart of the conjunction at the beginning of this essay, notice a conjunction occurring at 17 Gemini 16 (the 18th degree of Gemini).  The Sabian Symbol for this degree is: two Chinese men talking Chinese.  Charubel, a forerunner astrological mystic of Marc Edmund Jones,  describes this degree  as: The number 6 rules this degree. Denoting a purely Mercurial person, and expert in all  such employments.

  • At the First Gate we saw Chiron and Neptune rising immediately ahead of the conjunction, that is, ‘oriental’.
  • At the Second Gate the Moon,Venus conjunction opposed Jupiter and was trine Saturn, and Chiron and Neptune were still oriental .
  • At the Third gate was a yod configuration, a so-called Finger of God, which had Jupiter at the point focus of an isosceles triangle with Neptune, Moon & Venus conjuncting,   forming the other two points of the triangle.
  • At the Fourth Gate, the conjunction of July 20,  the Moon & ,Venus will be opposing Saturn, and squaring  Neptune making a  T Square pattern with Neptune as point focus) that in turn trines (ninety degrees away)  Jupiter.

 The Fourth Gate is Compassion

We know that for this Fourth Gate  the ‘keynote’ is compassion, hence the challenge during this “Venus Month” is to become awake to how we can become more compassionate and empathetic to others.   As Inanna had to give up her breastplate, the armor that protects her heart, likewise before we can be fully and truly compassionate we have to give up our psychological ‘armor’  and allow friends and love to come into our heart.  While this armor does protect us,  it does so with the price of dulling the quality, and quantity,  of our lives.

The conjunction occurs in Gemini a sociable sign, inventive, active, and a communicator. At this point in the journey, we are called on to step out of our comfort zones and connect and communicate with others. and  honor our obligations (Neptune) and commitments,  by neither over-promising nor extending (Jupiter) ourselves beyond what are our limits.

The influence of Neptune and Jupiter  tends toward being overly idealistic and trying to make too much out of situations, hence bursts of enthusiasm that can not sustained will  quickly loose energy and collapse into depressed moods and lethargy.   We may suddenly feel highly motivated to do something but are stymied by not seeing how to go about it.  Mercury is high in the scale of prominence during this period thus the mind must be fully engaged before speaking or acting.

The Fifth gate will be reached on August 19, 2017 with the Moon conjunct Venus at 21 Cancer 40.  Two days later is the eclipse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venus as Inanna at the 3rd Gate


The Venus, Moon conjunction this month was June 20, at 6:24 PM EDT, Washington D.C. at 14 Taurus 52.  I was ‘out of the loop’ last week so I didn’t make the deadline for getting this out before the conjunction occurred.

As I explore this subject of ‘shamanistic Venus’ I want to incorporate some of the insights of Dane Rudhyar, particularly his work on aspects.  Before Rudhyar,  typically most astrologers interpreted planet aspects purely as ‘space events’, as ‘freeze frame snap-shots’ of planet configurations; this method did not take into consideration the time element.   He brought time into the equation, in this way an aspect between two planets was described as one phase in a compete planetary cycle that began at the conjunction of the planets –  a ‘process perspective’.   I propose to do the same here.

I refer to Rudhyar’s work on aspects because I think that we too often neglect to understand the psychological/spiritual side of things in our quest for events and objective ‘facts’ that will support our prognostications and expectations.

It was, for example, probably stretching it a bit to attempt to trace the potential interconnections between Trump’s chart and the Moon,Venus conjunction at 29 Pisces, the First Gate, which led me to suggest that he might ‘lose his crown’, during that time period.  He didn’t, of course, however the Crown did receive some dings then and continues to do so.

What I am suggesting in other words is that we not focus solely on the time of the approach to a Gate as the ‘only thing’ and look for events that seem to correlate with the symbolism but rather widen our net to encompass the entire time period between the passage from one gate to the next.

And so with this preamble out of the way I will move now to an examination of the chart for the 3rd Gate.  I will provide the guidelines for a basic interpretation of ‘planet aspects in process’ later in this article.

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The Chart for  Venus/Innana at the Third Gate

The Third Gate according to the Sumerian Inanna myth relates to communication, the throat chaka, Virgo and Mercury.  At this gate Inanna is forced to surrender the double-stranded beads around her neck, the symbolism in this act  can’t be missed, she can no longer speak in her accustomed manner.  She is thus challenged to speak to truth and authenticity. if she is going to be permitted to speak at all.

For those us who may be following this story of Venus/Innana, at this point in the journey through the gates, we may be similarly challenged to do some critical self-examination of the manner in which we communicate.

Ask yourself, for example, “Do I usually accurately communicate to others what my true feelings and thoughts are?” “How can I make my speech sacred and holy”?  The gift of language is a precious gift, a gift from God.  “In what ways can I use my gifts of speech in a scared manner in daily life, and in my sacred work.?”

These are questions that may be calling us to attend to at this time.

Looking at the chart we see that the Moon,Venus conjunction is in Taurus, so that is the fundamental keynote for this period, until the Fourth gate.  The sign of Taurus anatomically is related to the throat.  Venus is the ruler of Taurus, so the Venus vibe is also predominate.

What is Taurus asking for?  Taurus as an Earth Sign obviously calls us to experience the pleasure of bringing Spirit into matter, to experience this deeply, to appreciate the art and beauty of life, to become open to receiving what life brings and to become more loving.  Aphrodite is a goddess associated with Taurus.  It is interesting to note that Innana of the Sumerian civilization was a precursor of the later Egyptian Isis and the Greek Aphrodite.

The Sabian Symbol for the 15th degree of Taurus is: A man muffled up, with a rakish silk hat.  The suggested keyword is ‘sophistication’.  “This is a symbol of absolute self-integrity at a simple extreme of self-consciousness, or of the human spirit in its inherent supremacy over all possible limitations or embarrassments…”

The most notable planet configuration in the chart is the yod ( Finger of God) pattern made up of the Moon,Venus conjunction sextile Neptune, these quincunx to Jupiter.  This is in a very tight orb of 1 degree.  What does this Jupiter, Neptune, Moon and Venus connection suggest?

Neptune is involved in everything…

The role of Neptune I think is particularly significant. As you may recall this current Venus cycle began on March 31 with the heliacal rising of Venus as the Morning Star.  At that time Neptune was rising just a few degrees ahead of Venus; hence Neptune is fundamentally associated with this Venus cycle.

Now, at the 3rd Gate Venus is exactly sextile to Neptune.  The sextile aspect facilitates intelligence, creativity and communication, thus, at this Gate the optimum expression of the inherent potentials of Venus, Neptune in this cycle may be manifested.

The quincunx with Jupiter is indicative of a critical point when conditions may either come apart, fragment, or be reassembled in a more effective form.  With the quinicunx conditions are at a phase of critical  adjustment and change.

Jupiter at the focal point of the pattern urges us to expand and enrich our spiritual and psychological lives, to take the positive outlook, to see our glass as at least half full and to expect the best, even a miracle.  We must tread very lightly however because everything is in a very fragile state, the slightest wrong word or action could bring the whole thing down, like a house of cards.

Guidelines for interpreting planet aspects cyclically

As I mentioned at the beginning of this essay here are the guidelines for interpretation of aspects from a cyclical perspective.

Rudhyar delineated an eight-fold development of compete aspect cycle.  For this essay I will pare it down to the essential four phases, namely: the conjunction, the first quarter square, the opposition, and the last quarter square.

The conjunction event is considered as the ‘incarnation’ of a new entity, new purpose, idea, or project.  Here, in our experiment, it is the successive Moon, Venus conjunctions we are looking at.

The first quarter square, which is the opening square, marks a crisis point in the cycle in which direct action is required for the process to proceed successfully.  This is a critical time in the evolution and formation of the fundamental purpose that was incarnated at the conjunction.

At the opposition, the ‘full moon phase,’ the challenge is to clarify and objectify your purpose.  At this point in the cycle the ramifications of the ‘bigger picture’ begin to come into focus.

Then, at the last quarter, the closing square, the challenge is to revise your thinking and reevaluate the meaning and consequences of what you are doing as it relates to your initial purpose.

This is a time when all the ‘unnecessary baggage’, inappropriate attitudes and ideas must be eliminated, before proceeding to the finish line and the completion of the cycle.

  Coming around full circle…

In this chapter of the story, Venus/Inanna  has reached the 3rd gate which is marked by the Moon conjunction with Venus at the 15th degree of Taurus.  The first quarter square of the Moon with the conjunction degree of 15 Taurus will occur on June 27th at 1:20 GMT.

On July 4, at 1:44 GMT, the Moon by transit will be in opposition to the conjunction degree; and on July 11, at 13:42 GMT, the Moon by transit will reach the closing square with the conjunction degree.

And finally, on July 20, 2017 at 11:39 GMT Venus will reach the 4th Gate, at 17 Gemini 16…,

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Hygeia: You’ve been served


Hygeia Mythologically

 In Greek Mythology, Hygeia is the great-granddaughter of Zeus / Jupiter via the Apollo(n) line.  Her father Aesclepius,  another asteroid, was the Greek god of healing & is often shown with a physician’s staff & a  snake wrapped around. The cock bird was also sacred to Asclepius and sacrificed on his altar.  Chiron, the centaur, was his mentor.
Aesclepius had five daughters.  The two most famous are Panacea (cure all) and Hygeia, the root of the English word Hygiene or public health. Hygienists at one time in American history called Hygeists.
Hippocrates, the great doctor of antiquity and father of the Hippocratic oath that doctors take, was said to be a mortal descendant of Asclepius.  His promise calls upon the Greek gods as his witness, doctors still take some form of this oath today, sometimes without the ancient gods.  It begins solemnly:

I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant. …


 

Hygeia 10 First recorded observation April 12, 1849 by Annibale de Gasparis in Naples, Italy, we are speculating that it was 9:30 AM giving a Cancer 05.00 Ascendant, and putting Hygeia herself in the Fourth House of home and housekeeping.  Her ascendant’s symbol is an “Automobile wrecked by a train” demonstrating the importance of reorganizing one’s environment into a beneficial environment.  When afflicted, Hygeia in the chart is about reckless disregard for one’s person and environs.

Interestingly, Hygeia is conjunct Juno  (07.37 Cancer) and the Asteroid Apollon (Cancer 15.31) , which mythologically at least was her grandfather.  In such a configuration, Hygeia suggests the importance of hygiene and cleanliness as the basis of family happiness and health and is supported by her Line of Vitality trine between the Sixth House Moon and the Tenth House Sun.  There is no doubt, housework and cleanliness is hard work.  That idea is impressed upon us with Hygeia lacking a Line of Efficiency — there are no shortcuts to being tidy, and if we look at the latest list on Amazon, there is no shortage of books and methods of how to get there.

Suprisingly there is no Line of Personality, aspects betwee Jupiter and Saturn.  Perhaps this is telling us Hygiene is independent of personal preference and with no Line of Culture either, Hygeia is warning those that do not think it is important, should reverse that opinon.

Il Signore Dottore de Gaspari also discovered Parthenope, Egeria, Eunomia, Psyche, Massalia, Themia, Ausonia and Beatrix.

Download the chart here.hygeia discovery


 Using Hygeia

In the few cases we used Hygeia, we discovered that it works well as a public hygiene point.  Here are a few examples from our notes:

  • One native who had Hygeia in the Third House admitted that she came from a very neat family where ironing, clean windows, and presentable appearance counted.  it was also sextile her Sixth House of work and labor, and she admitted that her work appearance was impeccable.  Once out of the limelight though she dressed quite differently and when her co-workers met her were stunned by her disheveled hippie appearance.
  • Another fellow has Hygeia in his Twelfth House, admitted he was a “closet slob.” He only cleaned up when he knew he was going to have company or meet someone personally important and then shoved everything in closets.
  • President Trump who has Hygeia in the Eighth House is an admitted “germophobe.”

 

Discovering Pallas


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Our featured image is a painting by Gustav Klimt of Pallas Athena, the patron goddess of Athene Greece.  It is one of his early works.

Mythologically

According to the Pelasgians (prehistoric peoples inhabiting Mediterranean lands), Athene was born beside the lake or river Triton and nurtured by three NYMPHS. Athene accidentally slew her childhood friend, Pallas, when demonstrating her abilities. In token of her grief, Athene set her friend’s name before her own and is often known as Pallas Athene.  Nike, the Greek winged goddess of victory is a daughter from the union of Pallas and the river Styx (Greek for river of Hate, which leads to the underworld.  Their other children were  Zelos (jealousy),  Kratos (force) and Vio (violence).

Pallas was also in Ancient Greece, a type of flute.

                                                                    Pallas Chemically

The metallic element in the periodic table Palladium, symbol PD, is named after the asteroid surprisingly, as it was discovered about the same time it was.  Palladium is part of the platinum group and found in platinum ores and used in manufacturing for catalytic converters.  it has a silvery luster and easily fusible with other metals of its group.  Its melting point is about 1530-1550 Celsius.  It dissolves in sulphuric acid.

         Pallas   Discovery

HEINRICH WILHELM MATTHIAS Olbers (1758-1840) was a German astronomer, born on the 11h of October 1758 at Arbeitfen, a village near Bremen, where his father was a minister.  He studied medicine at Gottingen, 1777-1780, & while attending the sick bed of a fellow-student, he devised a method of calculating cometary orbits which made an epoch in the treatment of the subject and is still extensively used by astrophysicists.

Baron von Zach made the treatise public, and it included a table of eighty-seven calculated orbits.  While it got him some amount of recognition, Olbers returned to practicing medicine to pay for his hobby.  He was a light sleeper, getting about four hours daily according to his diary, and so spent the significant part of each night devoted to astronomy, after having fitted the top of his house as an observatory.

Olbers was entranced by comets and discovered 1815 of them in seventy-four years.  During this time he re-identified Ceres on the 1st of January 1802 and then shortly after that detected Pallas on the 28th of March, and following that path discovered Juno.  His discoveries of Vesta and Cetus in Virgo were first mathematically calculated.

He died March 2nd, 1840 in Bremen at the age of eighty-one.

                                               The Chart

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Pallas’s discovery, we are assuming early morning in Bremen Germany, is at 04.25 Pisces.  E. C. Chambers says that it a critical degree and suggests “concentration.”  The Hyperion symbol is a “main span of a new bridge across a mighty river,” which Mr. McClung writes is the “essential point…of something.”  Conjunct the Ascendant is 13.24 Mercury, the Hyperion symbol of a “young boy observing a salamander,” or some alchemical new thing coming into being.  The North Node which ends this stellium is indicative of “men in open fields” with no barriers to protect or stop them.

We feel based on that triplicity that this a good time for the discovery, but the real question is what does Pallas mean and was it well named?  The two yods  are helpful there, the blue yod getting the midpoint of Vesta and the Part of Fortune, or the “lesser ascendant” as Marc Edmund Joes calls in his 1975 book, “Mundane Perspectives”  and suggesting that devotion to one’s task was key to its discovery and as the myth goes, an unfortunate liability to the goddess Athene who noticed only her prowess and not its lethality to her friend.

The purple Yod has the ascendant stellium as its midpoint reinforcing that message, so yes we agree that it was well named, and believed based on this that the keywords for the asteroid should be “concentrated mentality.”

download the discovery of pallas via Solar Fire.

Venus as Innana at the Second Gate


At sunrise this morning, May 22,  we were treated to a conjunction of the Moon with Venus.  The conjunction did not occur exactly at sunrise, however, that was later at 10:09 AM EDT, at 16 Aries 24. The two appeared very close together because Venus is only 2 degrees of declination the right of the Moon, in addition to being  in conjunction by longitude.  This article is the third in this series, please  read the two prior postings: Venus as Innana and the Cosmic Pentagram and Venus as Innana at the First Gate, for the necessary background material for this article.

In the two prior articles, in this one, and in the five articles that will follow we are observing the Moon and Venus conjunctions in this current Venus cycle that began at the Venus retrograde station on March 4, at 13 Aries 09.  You may wonder why we would want to devote this much time and attention to such an otherwise unremarkable occurrence.  The Moon in its monthly trek around the zodiac will contact each of the other planets by conjunction, so obviously a conjunction event in itself is not significant, but its significance can be understood when it is studied in the context of the compete 584 day Venus cycle and the Innana myth.  (fully discussed in the two referenced articles)

Before proceeding to discussing our main topic, Venus at the Second gate, I want to make an observation that has been on my mind of late, namely, that I think that we modern folk are suffering from, for lack of a better description, a ” lack of sky”.  We just rarely ever look up at the sky at night anymore, and if we do we probably can’t see much except the very bright stars or moon because of ground lights and the air pollution that obscures our view of the fainter stars and  the Milky Way.  This is not how we were brought up.  By this I mean that humanity, the race we belong to, through the countless millennia of presence on this earth, lived under the sky, the night sky, and observed with great care and attention the positions of the stars and the movement of the planets.  The Pythagoreans  were even said to be able to “hear the music of the spheres”.  Today we hear traffic noise or the roar of  jet planes.

That said, what is involved in this astrological exercise is probably much more psychological, maybe even spiritual, than anything objective or tangible.  Inanna at the First Gate, according to the myth, was commanded to give up her crown, the symbol of her authority.  I am not royalty, nor is anyone I know a possessor of such a pedigree,  so while there may be no crown, or great office to sacrifice possible, there is a sacrifice to be made, but on a deeper level.   What I, or anyone doing following this shamanic Venus cycle track can do, at the First Gate, is take a good hard look at “who they are”.  Who they are, that has nothing to do with ones particular role in life, social status or place on the pyramid of wealth.

There is a question that the Zen master might put to a would-be disciple that sums up perfectly what I’m getting at when the Master asks:   “Show me your original face, the one you had before your parents conceived you”.  An authentic spiritual quest or desire for transformation can only begin when we permit ourselves to ask the question, “Who am I”.

Now we will look at the chart for this Moon and Venus conjunction:

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The Second Gate is the gate of perception and is associated with the pineal gland and sometimes is  referred to as the third eye chakra.  The lapis measuring rod and line are taken from Inanna at this gate.  This is the “mind’s eye chakra”, thus it has much to do with how we are using our mind, what we pay attention to.   Do we approach the world and life with an “either/or” attitude.  Do we tend to see things as either black or white, in other words, are we lost in dualistic thinking.?  The third eye, properly developed and used  is the faculty for intuition  and non-dualistic thinking, the ability to see the “both/and” in life situations and problems.   It gives the wisdom to find the “middle ground”.

The Sabian Symbol for the 17th degree of Aries, the degree of this conjunction is: Two prim spinsters.   Spinster is a word out of use these days which refers to an unmarried woman.  Prim derives from “prime” and has come to mean precise or overly neat, stiff, or “up-tight”.  The image of the “two prim spinsters” suggests  women who have been living close together for a long time, “are set in their ways”, opinionated, and frequently judgmental of others appearance and behavior.  It should be noted that there are two spinsters.  Two is the fundamental number of duality.  Twoness.  Study this image and the location of 16 Aries , by house and aspect in your chart.  Perhaps this is the area in your life where you would benefit most by being more open, inclusive and intuitive.

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