Venus & The Sun: The Cleansing Light of Venus Retrograde.

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Venus Verticordia (1864-1868) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Since the Venus Star point on 8th January, I have been aware of a strong feminine energy guiding us into 2022. The Venus Star Point is when Venus makes a conjunction with the Sun before continuing her journey of transformation, currently from Evening Star to Morning Star. This event is also poetically referred to as ‘Venus kissing the Sun’ and heralds the rebirth of a new Venus Cycle. It could also be said that in her union with the Sun Venus has been cleansed of any obscuration so that she shines in the full light of consciousness.

Venus retrogrades every 18 months and works in 8-year cycles, that is she contacts the same zodiacal constellations, near the same point every eight years. Whatever has surfaced for you this time may well be an echo chamber of a previous dynamic from January 2014, and further back to 2006, and so on when the same or close points of Capricorn were activated

During her retrograde phase lasting around 40 days, we get an opportunity to reflect on how Venus moves in our life. Venus expresses the principle of Eros, how we relate to others particularly in the sphere of intimate relationships, but she is also involved with money, pleasure, and value, including and perhaps most importantly self value. A magnetic force who is often depicted holding a mirror, Venus reminds us that what we attract in our lives is essentially created by an inner vibration that we project into the world. Venus retrograde allows us to take a candid look at all we have attracted and manifested into our lives and consider if some internal cleansing is needed.

Often these inner vibrations operate beneath the veil of consciousness and are influenced by forces in our subconscious and unconscious mind. We are unaware of the internal drivers that compel us to repeat the same pattern over and over again even while consciously we may realize how detrimental or destructive they are. The distortions of the feminine flows back through the millennia and as many of us are discovering, to bring these things to light often involves an uncomfortable journey through a glass darky both in our personal lives and in the wider structures of a world.

The work of removing obfuscations and cleaning our windows to allow for connection to Source rather than a false matrix is essential work of our time.

Reviewing all things related to economics and finances makes sense when Venus is in Saturn ruled Capricorn, but it is complex and muti layered and raises questions around how feminine energy is valued or not in our post capitalist patriarchal culture where the onus is on accumulation with little regard for reciprocity. This plays out on the individual level in gender-based income discrepancies as well as female work being taken for granted and therefore often unpaid and undervalued. How women- and the more archetypal feminine principle- has faired under the auspices of patriarchy is a topic that will need to be thoroughly dissected, reviewed, and renewed if we are to bring to light the shadowy aspects of society.  Sex, money, power, prostitution, pornography, harvesting of feminine energy, abusive dynamics, and economic disempowerment are all territories to be confronted when taking stock of the balance of power.

The mirrors and windows of Venus have become dimmed presenting distorted reflections of the true meaning and value of feminine energy.

How wealth is and has been accumulated demands the clear light of Venus as Morning Star, this is Venus in her warrior aspect who has transformed from the alluring and seductive woman whose role (has become) to please and arouse, into the solar feminine power capable of bringing such things to light. Wealth that has been amassed by plunder of the Earth’s natural resources, the enslavement of human beings, trickery, or any means of enforcing power over are to be reckoned with as people wake up and question dominant narratives that have been given god like authority in the absence of true spiritual connection and a spiritualized Earth.

How we earn money, what we feel we must do in order to find a comfortable home on planet Earth, to exist, to survive, to thrive, these are all questions to consider when Venus is retrograde in Capricorn. When addressing money, the question of integrity is never far behind, not if we are willing to live an authentic life taking responsibility for how we operate in the material world both in relation to other beings and our earthly home. A well-functioning, unobscured, Venus in her uncorrupted essence is an excellent guide in these matters.

This blog is inspired by a dream I had where I was shown the undercurrents operating in my own energy field specifically in relation to money, power, my relationships with men, and also with my family of origin.

I am available for astrology consultations exploring Venus and other feminine signatures in your chart.

Venus Pluto Conjunction & Venus Retrograde: Calling Back the Maidens of the Well- Honouring the Water- A Sacred Reset.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti The Damsel of the Sanct Grael

Image- Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “The Damsel of the Sanct Grael”.

Venus and Pluto meet tomorrow in an exact conjunction at 25° Capricorn. The Sabian symbol is:

A NATURE SPIRIT DANCING IN THE IRIDESCENT MIST OF A WATERFALL.

KEYNOTE: The ability to perceive the hidden and creative spirit of natural phenomena.

“Here we are dealing with the revelation of the spiritual or psychic forces related to the element water. It symbolizes the constant flow of vital energies, the fluidity of a consciousness which finds itself stimulated by change. The great cycle of water within the earth’s biosphere (oceans, clouds, rain, river) symbolizes the basic phases of universal life processes, the ascent and descent of emotional energies and of love. We can personify these phases and speak of “the soul of nature,” and at a cosmic level of “the World-Soul,” anima mundi. Water is the substance of the telluric manifestations of this soul. It is a magical substance.”

The consciousness here becomes sensitized to the downward flow of OCCULT ENERGY in its bountiful natural aspect.

The Sabian Symbols are 360 unique representations of vibrational energy that invite us into the imaginal realm to connect with a deeper reality.

When I feel into this symbol the archetype that comes alive for me is the Maidens of the Well from the “Elucidation.”

The Elucidation is an anonymous Old French poem of the early 13th century, which was written as a prologue to Chretien de Troyes’ “Perceval le Conte du Graal” and tells the tale of how the powerful country of Logres (England) came to be destroyed.

Previously the land was well and thriving, rich and poor alike benefitted from the bounty and abundance created by the court of the Rich Fisher. The many flowing and sacred wells were presided over by beautiful maidens who joyfully served pleasing food and refreshing drinks from a golden cup to all passersby, wayfarers, and journeymen.

One day King Amangon -who should have protected the maidens- forced himself upon one of the maidens, deflowering her and carrying her and her golden cup away to serve only him. Soon after the king’s men followed suit and violated the other maidens until all of them disappeared.

In their absence the wells fell silent, and the land went to waste

The kingdom went to ruin

The land was so dead and desolate

That it wasn’t worth two bits

The land was so wasted

That no tree ever bloomed there again

The grasses and flowers withered

And the streams dried up

Afterwards no one could locate

The court of the Rich Fisher.

In the time of King Arthur, the good knights wished to restore the wells and took an oath to protect by their arms the maidens and their bowls, and to destroy the lineage of those who had harmed them.

So began the quest for the Grail.

Because of the maidens there were many battles in the land…

As with all myths the story of the Maidens of the Well is a richly textured and multi-layered tapestry working on many levels of consciousness to reach us where we. They offer wisdom in a way that we can receive it… myths are living entities.

Why were many battles fought because of the maidens and why was the wisdom they embodied so essential to the living land?

Are the battles still being fought on the inner and outer planes?

Where are the Maidens of the Well now and how do we call them back?

Are we the Maidens, open hearted, magical women captured by a tyrannical King-both inner and outer-who desires control of the restorative power of the feminine?

This myth is calling to us… the voices in the wells are returning.

Water is life, without water there is no life.

In alchemy Water is connected to “Solutio” or dissolution, it is the womb through which rebirth takes place… it is rejuvenation, immersion in the creative energy flow, and as its word root implies, the solution of problems.

Solutio is a descent into the unconscious, the maternal womb from which the ego is born.

Water causes one form to disappear and another one to emerge, it expresses and embodies the feminine condition of renewal.

In our current paradigm water is treated poorly, toxically, without respect, bottled in plastic, calcified; our sacred wells destroyed and dried up, our rivers and seas a dumping ground for industrial waste.

No renewal can come from this profound disrespect of the womb of the Mother and divine creativity of the feminine principle.

The Venus Pluto conjunction and Venus retrograde cycle can help to facilitate a reset in terms of how we are relating to the feminine principles of life.

Dissolving outmoded structures, changing our relationship with water, and trusting in our individual and collective re- birthing process is the potential of this time.

Begin with a simple water ceremony.

Cleansing the Windows of Venus 

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On Saturday 11 December there is an exact Venus Pluto conjunction at 25 Capricorn 19’; this happens just days before Venus stations retrograde at
 26°Cap 29’ 
on 19 December 2021
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Venus is in the underworld.

From our earth perspective, she becomes less and less visible in the night sky until totally obscured by the light of the Sun in her inferior conjunction before rising again as the Morning Star in late January.

Symbolically this is a death-rebirth-resurrection and is mythologised in the ancient Sumerian story of Inanna who descends into the underworld to meet with her dark sister (death) before being renewed and resurrected.

Venus is being purified both in her meeting with Pluto and her conjunction with the Sun- the mirror or window of Venus is being cleansed. The window/mirror motif is symbolic of how we view the world and the realities we create… everything reflects how our energy operates on an unconscious level. Insights and revelations that deal with the conscious mind alone fall short of a much deeper, dare I say occult, strata of reality.

This period from now through until early March invites us to step through the looking glass where if we are willing and ready, we will undoubtedly discover some deep rabbit holes burrowing down through the layers of consciousness to the root of our feminine energy system and its operations.

These threads run deep, much deeper than most of us care to imagine.

Entanglements in abusive dynamics can trap us at the most subtle or profound levels; often we blame a perceived perpetrator, someone who is doing something to us and under whose spell we feel helpless and disempowered. Nobody is doing anything to us that we have not consented to albeit on an unconscious level.

In the wider sphere of influence this also holds true; dynamics such as gaslighting and mind control that would be considered abusive in personal relationship are being played out on a collective level.

A strong, unfragmented Venus, an intact feminine energy system, complete within itself and working in accordance with source has no need to accept or participate in corruption, is not lacking, and need not be dependent on conditional and monopolized resources whether they be emotional, spiritual, or even material… although within the current world structures this is still hard to imagine.

I am not saying this reclamation is easy, the level of uncovering and shadow work required to get on board with this is intense and repeatedly disrupts the ego mind that has been formulated under the constructs of a false self and society.

But if you are being called to go down the rabbit hole, to cleanse the windows of Venus and your feminine energy system, Venus conjunct Pluto and Venus retrograde is a powerful opening.

Authors own picture ©

Omicron, The Winged Sandals of Perseus, and Project Omega.

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Omicron, the new variant of covid-19 has jumped the queue; following the Greek letters of the alphabet, the new variant should have been called Nu however to -ahem- avoid global confusion the WHO (World Health Organisation) have decided to skip both “Nu” and” Xi” and go straight to Omicron, the fifteenth letter of the Greek alphabet.

Between Delta and Omicron there were other variants such as Zeta, Eta, and Theta… though apparently not considered remarkable enough to elicit much interest. Omicron on the other hand, according to a top UK health official, is serious, and vaccines will “almost certainly” be less effective.

Here we are at the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet with nine more to go. Omicron has a numerical value of 70 and I couldn’t help wondering if this reflects the current plan to vaccinate 70% of the population… and my next thought was a chilling one as I considered Project Omega- the last letter of the Greek alphabet.

In Astronomy, Omicron is the designated fifteenth star in a constellation; stars groups include Omicron Andromedae, Omicron Ceti, and Omicron Persei.

In the spirit of myth weaving, and stories of the stars…and having recently been diving deeply into the Medusa myth- my interests is Omicron Persei.

In Greek mythology, Perseus is the young hero who slays the head of Medusa aided in his quest by magical tools given to him by the gods. Among these sacred objects is a pair of winged sandals (talaria) crafted by Hephaestus of imperishable gold and said to fly their rightful owner- Hermes- as swift as any bird. Adorned with the blessings of the gods and wresting the secret of the whereabouts of Medusa from the one eyed Graeae (the Gray sisters), Perseus set out to do what until then no man had been able to do, kill the petrifying serpent headed Gorgon by decapitation. His mission was successful.

The constellation Perseus is surrounded by several other constellations including Andromeda to the west, Cassiopeia to the north, and Aries and Taurus to the south. The brightest star in the constellation is Algol (β Persei), known as the demon star and is said to depict the severed head of Medusa.

Omicron Perseus is also known as Atik which means “shoulder,” and refers to shoulder of the Pleiades; it is located in the winged sandalled left foot of our hero slayer. Hermes (Mercury), Messenger of the Gods, who knows all routes to any destination and who is able to cross all boundaries is at work here.

Interestingly, today on the release of PM Boris Johnson’s briefing outlining further restrictions on account of Omicron, the Sun is conjunct Mercury at 6 degrees of Sagittarius.

A clever trickster sent to do the bidding of the gods Hermes also symbolizes the mercurial adaptability of the mind and its channels of communication. Mercury is symbolic of our mental energy transmitted through speaking, writing, and thought… it influences how we perceive the world.

Mercury is also associated with serpent energy which is symbolised by his staff, the caduceus, with two snakes crowned by wings or a winged helmet. The motif of the two snakes is also present in the myth of Medusa… the blood from her severed head is gifted to Asclepius, god of medicine by Athena; the right vial has the ability to heal and to bring back the dead while the left vial has the power to kill… just like the venom of a snake.

In alchemy the two serpents represent masculine and feminine energies, or solar and lunar energies which must be balanced for transmutation to occur- the alchemical marriage.

In the solar hero, snake or dragon slaying myths-myths that have created energetic blueprints in the human psyche-the question we must ask is, to what extent are the soli- lunar energies balanced.

Today I could not help noticing as Boris Johnson delivered his briefing from Westminster, that the podium he stood upon had an image of the Lion and the Unicorn on the front. The Lion represents the solar condition while the Unicorn represents the lunar; in that particular image the Unicorn, as is often the case, is chained.

Is it time for a new myth, has the solar hero story gone too far, blown itself up?

The symbolism of the pandemic is a rich multi layered tapestry that sets fire to the imagination… maybe one reason that Omicron was able to jump the queue is down to help from Mercury and his winged sandals. Just a thought.

Reclaiming Medusa’s Head… so she can speak.

Medusa

When the moon reached her fullness at 27° Taurus 14’, on 19th November, she made a conjunction to the fixed star Algol Beta Persei at 26° Taurus 10’ (Algol has a 2° orb). Located in the Medusa’s head of the Perseus constellation, Algol is thought to be one of the most unfortunate stars in the heavens and is widely associated with violence. William Lily, the 17th century Astrologer considered any planet within a 5° orb of Algol to be afflicted.

The Arabic name for Algol is Al Ghoul which means demon or evil spirit and is associated with decapitation which is connected to the myth of Medusa whose head is slain and severed by Perseus.

Algol also has the same root as alcohol… losing one’s head is a consequence of consuming too much alcohol.

Today asteroid Medusa is at 10° Scorpio 10’ in an opposition with Uranus at 12° 0’ Taurus. Dark Moon Lilith- the dark side of the Moon- is at 1 Gemini 39’, in an almost exact conjunction with the north node of the moon at 1° Gemini 30’.

The Dark Goddess speaks and guides us forward in our collective destiny.

Considered a female demon who was married to the devil, the Arabs believed Algol to be the most malefic star of all. The late medieval and early modern church accused women who were tried and tortured for witchcraft to be associates of the devil. Lilith, the first wife of Adam who refused to be submissive, was thought to cavort with wild demons on the shores of the Red Sea, herself becoming a wind demon who disempowered men with her evil seductions. In Talmudic Law, Algol is connected with Lilith

What begins to emerge through this cross-cultural thread is the story of patriarchal fear of feminine power.

Algol/Lilith/Medusa embodies everything that is feared in the feminine from causing the loss of reason in men, pacts with the devil, unbridled sexuality, refusal to comply with patriarchal control, seduction, rage, and the power to summon spirits. It is only Lilith who knows the ineffable name of God, and it is Lilith who returns to the garden as a serpent to initiate Eve in the knowledge of good and evil.

What emerges is that these female archetypes are demonised, feared and rejected because they are powerful. More powerful than any man-made laws designed to silence and control, more powerful than the gilded cage of patriarchy, and more powerful than reason and intellect. Powerful because they are connected to a primordial authority that is driven by Mother nature and the innate pulse of life that spirals in cycles of renewal including death, darkness, decay, and destruction – a different kind of power from the mind split from body (the so-called enlightened mind) which attempts to win mastery over nature.

Is that not what is happening now even more tenaciously than ever before, the attempted control of the wild, organic, and unpredictable elements of nature including human nature.

Feminine power has been subverted and demonised for hundreds if not thousands of years but don’t be fooled that this is a thing of the past or the dark ages, fear of the feminine is alive and kicking today so much so that the controllers have upped the ante to an alarming degree.

As I was writing this post, I did a quick internet search on the connection between Algol and Lilith, the first page of entries was almost entirely linked to an MLF porn star whose “stage name” is Lilith Algol. This is sadly typical of how the names of the goddess have been subverted and demonised in popular culture and even politics… I am thinking of Isis- the Islamic state military organization. Type “Medusa” into the search bar and you’ll be sure to find an array of manga type, cartoonish depictions of femme fatales, blood smeared or absurdly sexualised as  “Vagina Dentata” whores ready to emasculate and devour any helpless man who crosses her path.

There are a thousand ways to discredit the feminine: from disallowing the term “breast feeding” and changing it to “chest feeding” in order to include trans women; menstrual suppression; economic dependency; slut shaming; inciting fear of violence (real or imagined); ridicule, to name a few. On this point, I must say as a “Karen,” that the stereotyping of women who have the balls to speak out  as “difficult,” is just one of the many ways that the conditioned social order collude with this programming.

In reality the feared feminine is a fully embodied, spirit connected, intelligent mind with a soul guided purpose, refusing to be enslaved or broken by those who live in fear of losing their man-u-factured and illusionary control.

Was the full moon eclipse in Taurus a malefic moon? No, I don’t think it was. What may be closer to the truth is that the Dark Goddess is active and potent specifically at this time of year on account of  various cosmic factors, while on the collective level of humanity’s awakening the powerful feminine is rising in women and men who are waking up to the truth of covert manipulation eating away at our sacred core. That is the real “ghoul,” the  “Al-khul” which means “body eating spirit.”

No other myth shape shifts quite like the myth of Medusa; the popular interpretation often centres around the serpent headed gorgon, monstrous to be behold, petrifying men in her stony eyed stare. Victory from her wrath is won by the solar hero Perseus who aided by the gods finally decapitates Medusa delivering her head to Athena, the first fully formed daughter of patriarchy birthed from the head of Zeus.

Medusa is not entirely satisfied with this version of her story… there is more to it. She is calling to us now, from the dark dank cave on the Western fringes of the world somewhere between sleep and death. She comes to us in dreams, rises in the blood that boils when we are confronted with the injustices of the world, in the long slow gaze at patriarchy that sees through the veils of deception. Medusa’s eye is the unblinking, all-seeing eye, the eye that sees beyond the illusions of the material world and into the spirit of things, into things as they really are.

Medusa is leaving the cave and returning to the Temple.

One of Medusa’s sacred roles is as Protectress of the Serpent Mysteries, and the Golden Apples in the Garden of Hesperides.

Algol, located in the Medusa’s head and carried by Perseus has meaning beyond the monstrous gorgon and her ill fated ways, it represents feminine passion. Algol raises questions about how we express our feminine passion, do we ferment and rage in a state of victimhood played like puppets of the patriarchy responding with unhealed trauma to every ruse and manipulation designed to keep us in fear, or do we rise in power, reclaim our severed head, and reconnect our embodied nature guided wisdom and spirit led soul with a strong undivided and unconditioned mind.

 Do we fear the serpent or do we embrace her; the serpent has the power to heal and the power to destroy.

It’s time to reclaim Medusa’s head… so she can speak.

The Weavers of Fate

The Pleides

The current lunar cycle began at 12 degrees Scorpio and reached fullness at 27 degrees of Taurus. This configuration precedes a shift in the moon’s nodal axis from Sagittarius/Gemini to Scorpio/Taurus occurring on December 23rd, 2022 and lasting until July 2023.

In Sagittarius/Gemini, the nodal axis highlighted issues around thinking and action; as the nodes cross into Scorpio/Taurus, matters concerning proper use of resources (including our own energy system) will be brought into focus becoming clearer as information rises from the Scorpio depths revealing what has previously been unconscious with regards to the world of spirit infused matter.

We are being called to look beyond the mechanistic dualism of a world where spirit and matter are autonomous and mutually exclusive.

It will become less possible to live in a material world that is disconnected from the grid of energy and life pulse as it connects us humans with everything in the universe… unless of course human beings are artificially modified, and less organic so that this natural truth is distorted.

Questions about how humans are affected on the physical plane have dominated recent discussion regarding how humans are affected- or not- by bio-medical intervention. Nowhere on mainstream channels, and rarely elsewhere, does the discussion extend to how we may be affected on the level of spirit and soul by chemical substances injected into our bodies… chemicals also have a spirit, all matter does.

With the north node moving into Taurus on 23 December just a few days after Venus goes retrograde, it will no longer be viable to view the physical plane as dead matter, nor consider that actions and thoughts can exist as isolated entities disenfranchised from a wider energetic matrix.

South node in Pluto ruled Scorpio will assist us in exposing deeper dynamics at play assessing our part in the unfolding of humanity’s destiny including and especially how this relates to the physical dimensions of existence.

Prominent in the constellation of Taurus is the star cluster the Pleiades known, among other epithets, as the Seven Sisters. Across many cultures and throughout time, the Pleaides with only a few exceptions, are considered feminine. The Tuareg Berbers of the northern Sahara call the Pleiades Cat iheḍ (pronounced: shat ihed) (or -ahăḍ) meaning “daughters of the night”. While the Pawnee Indians considered the star cluster a sign of unity from which the people could learn about social harmony, as well as harmony and connection with all living things.

From the bible to the Talmud, the Kabbalah, and the Rig Veda; from Egypt to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia; and from Theosophy to ancient goddess worship, the Pleaides have captured the human imagination offering guidance and messages from a divine feminine consciousness.

Helena Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society has much to say about the role of the Pleaides believing that the Seven Sisters have a key role in the karma of nations and individuals and therefore in the unfolding destiny of humanity.

The mythology and cosmology surrounding this open star cluster some 444.2 light years from Earth is a rich treasure chest twinkling through space and weaving many jewels into our human-cosmic-consciousness story.

According to Bernadette Brady the Pleiades were also a major Calendar point marking the beginning and ending of a season. In Babylon, the heliacal rising of the Pleiades heralded the beginning of the new year, and the Celts used the acronychal rising to mark the month of mourning for dead friends- Samhain.

For the Celts, the Pleaides were also linked to the Fates; women were forbidden to sew on the days when the stars were either heliacal or acronychal rising (first star to rise in the east after sunset) in case they broke their thread and consequently humanity’s thread of life.

Could it be that the Pleaides are linked to a Gaia- Sophianic consciousness offering humanity an important message at this time? Our future is in danger of morphing into a transhumanist artificial matrix in which the energetic (and physical) biospheres are eroded and replaced with inorganic intelligence… tearing us from the womb of the Mother in one giant collective caesarean section.

The last new moon in Scorpio preceding the lunar eclipse in Taurus, for me, kick started a process which I feel will affect us for the next few years, bringing us into more alignment with our individual and collective soul’s destiny and true identity- an upgrade if you will but not of the artificial kind. Of course, we get to choose… a classic red pill, blue pill moment. These decisions are being made in each of us at the level of soul and each must choose his or her path.

We are weaving our fate in every moment, in every decision, and in every thought. To keep on participating in humanity’s future at a time when we are being asked- if not forced -to surrender our autonomy and natural truth to an artificial agenda intent on stripping humanity of all that keeps us embedded in the physical/spiritual eco system of our planet and beyond, is the invitation of our time.

We are the Weavers of Fate.

October Full Moon: The Power To Choose

Study of a Nude Man (The Strong Man)

Study of a Nude Man (The Strong Man) painting by Thomas Eakins (Museum: Philadelphia Museum of Art)

At the seed moment of the current lunar cycle (the new Moon), Mars, the red planet, was in a tight conjunction with the Sun & Moon in Libra. I wrote a post- The Rebirth of the Sacred Masculine.

Today with Mars at 23° Libra conjunct the Sun at 27° Libra, the masculine remains in the spotlight.

The new Moon on 6 October heralded the first Moon, Myth, & Magic women’s circle in Edinburgh, an adaptation of the Moon Lodge previously hosted in Canterbury. Now home in Scotland I am delighted to continue in this work.

The theme of the first circle was focused on the masculine, a curious choice for the start of a women’s circle. While much of the Moon Lodge has been rooted in the feminine, I had the dawning realisation that in order to facilitate an embodied enquiry into the feminine, a strong masculine container was needed. In the Moon Lodge, the circle itself as well as ritual creates structure, however strengthening our own masculine holding was the invitation.

As these things go, the timing was perfect- I am journeying through the Chiron return which for me is inextricably linked with Mars- I have a tight Chiron Mars conjunction- in other words I have a wounded masculine which means my own holding container has been weak. The journey into my personal masculine wound has been both challenging and enlightening and has also offered insights into the collective masculine wound.

One insight is the realisation that the power “to choose” is an inherently masculine condition (I am talking archetypally here, not saying that women cannot choose). The feminine principle is naturally more yielding and receptive and, with a desire to include, may be over accommodating or lack discernment (excepting the virgin/Virgo archetype).

It occurred to me that one of the reasons we do shadow work is to learn how to choose rather than be compelled by forces outwith our control. Driven by unconscious forces, we act out of motivations that can possess us- I am thinking of addiction or any behaviour that we cannot stop even while knowing it damages ourselves or others.

As our consciousness increases, we become aware that we are in fact choosing everything in our lives (I realise this statement deserves more investigation than a short post can offer). Upon becoming aware that we are creating the dynamics of our lives we discover that there are things which although we know are detrimental and even destructive to our wellbeing, we are nevertheless drawn to them like months to a flame… these are our dark desires and sabotaging behaviours.

I am not saying dark desires are bad however if we are at the mercy of them or are unable to prevent ourselves from acting them out we are under a spell.

Learning to choose consciously sets us free.

For today’s full Moon, the position of the Sun- the masculine – is at 27°Libra – the Sabian symbol is:

“Every individualized organism is part of a larger organized whole, whether or not it is aware of this or of the sustaining power of the whole. A man, however, can deliberately choose to follow the dark path of ego-isolation which sooner or later always leads to destruction and self-loss in “matter.” At the animal level, the whole biosphere is the community; for the ordinary human being, it is the tribe or family, the village community, the nation. As the individual expands his consciousness, he may become aware of a spiritual community, even beyond the “noosphere” (the one Mind of humanity), i.e. the realm of the pure light of the “Supermind,” which is what the concept of the “White Lodge” suggests.”

On the opposite polarity is the “Black Lodge,” seductive and compelling though the danger is that somewhere along the line we lose our soul.

A strong masculine chooses, makes decisions, and has the focus and discipline to execute those decisions- to commit to a plan of action and see it through.

Reinstating a strong masculine is necessary in both men and women- in women we can get a sense of the condition of our inner man (our animus) through our significant relationships with men. For everybody, a good place to begin reviewing our relationship with the masculine is to reflect on the masculine blueprint that was installed during our formative experiences, and also in our ancestral field.

With the light of the full moon consider if you can identify something that has a hold over you- something you have up until now seemingly been unable to control- and see if you can break the spell… that is of course if you want to.

Saturn & The New World Order.

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Image by Salvador Dalí “Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man”1943

Today Saturn stations direct at 6° Aquarius after a several month period of retrograde motion.

Saturn’s direct motion follows on from Pluto stationing direct on October 6th, and a few days before Jupiter and Mercury go direct on October 18th.

That’s a lot of forward motion!

So where are we going?

As always that has a lot do with us; far from being swept along in the collective tides, Saturn compels us to review the choices we are making and asks some challenging question about self-responsibility, and legitimate authority.

The Sabian Symbol for Saturn’s station direct degree is:

A CHILD IS SEEN BEING BORN OUT OF AN EGG.

The ancient symbolism of the Cosmic Egg (Hiranyagharba in Sanskrit) out of which a new universe is born can be interpreted at several levels. Here we see the appearance of a new type of human being […] one who is free from the inertia of mankind’s past. He constitutes a fresh projection of the creative Spirit that emanates from the cosmic or planetary Whole, and not from any local culture and racial tradition.

It can be said to announce the EMERGENCE OF GLOBAL MAN for the New Age. The power of the whole is focused within him in perfect freedom from ancient standards of value based on local conditions.

Saturn in Aquarius is concerned with the collective, and also with technology- could this be more timely in light of Frances Haugen’s recent expose of Facebook’s lack of social responsibility in the interest of capital gains? But is she a plant? Certainly that theory has entered the hall of information smoke and mirrors. Haugen who became passionate in her pursuit to expose Facebook after she “lost a friend to conspiracy theories,” certainly has all the hallmarks of a media personality who appears to have undergone a radical transformation in her appearance of late. Of course that in itself is not a sign of anything, in fact when it comes to the verifiability of information processed through our current media channels, nothing is as it seems…and Saturn won’t stand for it.

Saturn seeks truth and asks for accountability.

Saturn in Aquarius is concerned with structure within the collective spheres; technology is an obvious tool of choice in the creation of those structures. How that tool is used or abused is the immediate and living issue we are being asked to confront.

Saturn has what it takes to create either a prison to enclose the collective mind, or the integrity to offer the possibility of freedom from that prison through alternative (though solid) structures… and if that includes the stepping up of personal accountability, all the better.

Saturn asks us to choose, and to choose wisely, he is not impressed with alarmist tactics that demand lightning-fast decisions or knee jerk reactions- when Saturn hears the much-used phrase “we are running out of time,” I expect he raises a sardonic eyebrow and asks, whose time, exactly?

Immediacy to secure control before too many people question an increasingly dubious authority is a pressing weight… can’t you just feel the collective nervous system going into sympathetic overdrive?

Tracking women as matter of safety is just one of the proposals that falls within the “now let’s just take a minute to consider this” category. We have already allowed too many extreme, if not illegal, measures to be made on behalf of “the greater good,”… used often as a tactic in service to the shadow side of Aquarius. An alarming example of this is convincing children- who have virtually no chance of dying from “C”- to assume social responsibility for the rest of society.

The message in my New Moon blog was clear and I feel worth repeating:

“Be very careful about what you are prepared to trade for the illusion of safety”.

“An emergence of global man for a new age,” says the symbol for Saturn’s change of direction.

That global man could be a mind controlled, fearful pawn who has assigned power to the architects of a new world order, or it could be a global man who having taken responsibility for the freedom of himself, his family, and community (of the human and non-human world), consciously chooses “a “new ordered world” creating structures that are conducive to organic and soulful living, liberated from tyranny and manipulation.

The well-oiled propaganda machine, having now become like some Frankenstein’s monster of the collective psyche, is running itself requiring only the power we give it. Every time we are activated by the next red herring or timely trauma trigger, we feed the beast.

If we trust our own Saturn, the wise father within who is unphased by coercive ploys, we might learn to free ourselves from Big Brother tech allowing ourselves to be guided by something more organic than an algorithm.

On the other hand when the power of Saturn is drafted for nefarious purposes, and we allow those structures to be implemented, the consequences may not be easily undone. Saturn, as with all of the planets has a higher and lower polarity depending on the consciousness that engages with it.

When a story “breaks,” instead of panicking we could consider the underlying motivations hidden beneath the first few layers of rhetoric-from both MSM and other sources- before allowing them to form another crust around the prison of our consensual reality.

Whatever we are choosing now will be amplified and strengthened by Jupiter’s direct motion in a week’s time. All this direct motion can be considered a seed moment; it doesn’t all have to be worked out immediately, however at the beginning of this next chapter we can start as we mean to go on by consciously choosing.

Pluto is highlighting issues of power and how we choose to exercise that power either by factoring it out or owning it. This may require a deeper look at our personal trauma to uncover the ways in which we are susceptible to manipulation. As the symbol says, there is at this time an opportunity to be “free from the inertia of mankind’s (our) past.”

We are in the process of creating a fresh perspective of the creative Spirit- there are many possibilities once we free ourselves from past conditioning.

New Moon in Libra- October, 2021: Rebirth of the Divine Masculine.

The Emasculation of Pan

“The Emasculation of Pan” by Alan Macdonald

Today’s new moon at 13° Libra occurs at 12.05 pm BST. At the same degree as the Sun and the Moon (at just over 30 arc minutes) is The Red Planet- Mars. The seed moment of the new lunar cycle is highlighting the masculine principle and all that Mars represents such as action, assertiveness, desire, will power, courage, forcefulness, and aggression. Mars is also connected to sexuality, sex drive, primal energy, and libido. As the son of Jupiter and Juno, Mars was initially a fertility god in ancient Rome and later became associated with war.

Right now in our collective consciousness the masculine principle is under fire as never before. A generation or two ago we could scarcely have imagined the unease caused by recent abuse of power at the hands of masculine authority which we view as traditionally appointed to protect. As an institutionalised archetype, the protecting masculine identified with fatherly care, law & order, reason & justice, appears to have disappeared before our eyes. In the wake of the shattered image, there is panic and fear… how could this happen here?

I suggest we have reached a crucial point in the myth of masculinity.

On one hand negative traits of the shadow masculine loom large on our world screen;  whether real or imagined, underplayed, or fabricated, it cannot be denied that the fear engendered by a profound lack of trust of masculine power rips through our collective psyche burning any romantic ideal we may previously have held. On an individual level I expect deeply buried traumas at the hands of masculine abuse are also surfacing. People are incredulous as the pillars of society- the pillar of patriarchy- crumble; from out of the rubble we stumble, finally awakened to the devastation of the wasteland, and wondering where are the safe masculine containers.

On the other hand there appears to be a collective emasculation and as “Big Daddy” exerts ever more control the will to fight is either lost in a sense of hopelessness or else is activated in primal rage- either way the broken warrior and the trauma triggered fighter lashing out blindly are impaired in their ability to act from power.

Wrapped within the polarity of the Sun and Moon, there is the possibility of the re-balancing of Mars- purified by the Sun and transformed by the Moon… masculine and feminine energy. This is an opportunity to bring the masculine energies within and without into greater balance- especially as this alchemy takes place in the sign of Libra which is concerned with equilibrium.

In opposition to the stellium in Libra is Chiron highlighting the core wounds to our image and experience of the masculine. Chiron in relationship with Mars offers the potential to transmute “Warrior” into “Sacred warrior.”

Now is the time of the Divine Masculine.

The sabian symbol of Chiron’s degree in the new moon chart is “Ruler Of A Nation” and speaks to the power resulting from the collective desire for order. History has shown that in the midst of chaos and uncertainty people will tolerate and even seek more control. This symbol indicates a centralization of power at the level of rigidity which in many ways is how we have been increasingly living over the past two years.

My message this lunar cycle is-

Be very careful about what you are prepared to trade for the illusion of safety.

Instead of rigid centralized control we can turn to ourselves to provide fatherly holding- what action are we ready to take from a place of conscious awareness rather than acting out or trauma-based reaction.

Here are a few questions to consider:

How are we using our precious life force (libido); where is going?

Can we express righteous anger and in what way do we do that?

What are we here to do in this lifetime, what are the desires of our soul and how can we create the pathways for ourselves to express and achieve this?

How are we spending our sexual energy- is it entirely ours, do we own it, or is it being used in service of some other purpose based on lack or need, power and control?

Do we have any examples of the divine masculine being expressed in our lives- any role models of this?

With Mars in the cosmic alembic with the purifying fire of the Sun and the transformative powers of the Moon, Mars is being re-balanced… and just for a moment is taking up his original mantle of fertility god,  as well as warrior with the feminine principle tempering his over emphasised warrior.

Some of us are learning how to reparent ourselves, becoming both mother and father to our emerging Self- we are in the territory of the divine masculine and the divine feminine- we are remembering this as our sacred birth rite.

New Moon blessings everyone- in praise and gratitude of the beautiful masculine divine.

Autumn Equinox 2021: Reflections, Crossings & Thresholds (with special guests Lilith & Medusa).

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The point of the autumn equinox happens this evening at 20.21 BST when the Sun enters 0° Libra. Looking at the equinox chart what stands out for me is the Moon, asteroid Lilith conjunction in Aries, and the Mars, Medusa conjunction in Libra… but that’s hardly surprising given that myself and a group of other women are completing a journey with the Dark Goddess. Both Lilith and Medusa have played a significant role in our enquiry.

Although this is a personal journey for the women in the group and myself, one thing that has surfaced in our explorations is the interface between the personal and the collective. I work with myth, archetype, the seasons, and planetary influences- or another way of saying this is, in my work which has its roots in shamanism, I like to weave the personal, collective, and the cosmic into tapestries for personal and collective reflection. Working with myths brings them alive, they function as doorways to access archetypal energy as it moves in and through us. We also have an opportunity to sense and feel how these influences operate in the wider culture. Reviewing how we are affected by and affect the collective allows the possibility of transcending our individual life scripts and place those scripts within a larger narrative framework. It didn’t start with you…

Never have I been so aware of the collision between inner and outer realities as during the past two years under the spectre of a global pandemic. Throughout this time we have collectively encountered events that have profoundly affected our lived experiences and in some cases shifted our reality paradigm. Individual trauma that may have been buried or kept at bay by workable structures began to surface in the crumbling of those structure. As the fabric of our perceived reality frayed at the seams under the pressure of eruptions from unconscious forces, confusion set in, and many began to review their personal beliefs which in turn initiated a closer look at the reflections of society as a whole. The personal is political read the slogan  used in the era of second wave feminism, but it is only now that this statement hits home beyond the women’s movement and into all areas of our lives from employment, socialisation, freedom of speech, and even the inside of our bodies. It doesn’t get much closer to home than that.

In our post Freudian world there has been an intensive focus on the causes, symptoms, and effects of trauma; teachers like Gabor Mate, Bessel Van Der Kolk, and Peter Levine enlightened us in the workings of trauma on the individual psyche. Less studied are the implications of collective trauma, though this is now changing and as I write there is a ten-day global online summit taking place on that very topic.

There is potentially a lot that could be said here though I want to offer a short intuitive perspective of the equinox chart, and the energy/medicine available in relation to the archetypes Lilith and Medusa, and the concept of crossing the threshold.

Asteroid Lilith being the only actual physical body of all astrological Liliths is the rawest, most manifest expression of the archetype in our physical lives. She is the voice that rises when we witness and experience injustice; she motivates us to protest, to speak out, to say “no,” and to say “enough,” when necessary. Lilith in this assertion is the rising fire in our bellies that will not be extinguished by manipulation nor the expectations and demands of the super ego. People with a strong asteroid Lilith are often overt in voicing their beliefs and in their rejection of what they perceive to be unacceptable.

With asteroid Lilith conjunct the Moon, the influence is working on our unconscious, habituated self, our emotional patterns, and our need for comfort. The Moon is where unconscious forces play out, giving expression to our primal needs; it shows what makes us feel safe and cared for in our environments and in our relationships. The Moon represents “Mother” and all that she stands for, it indicates how we were nurtured and cared for as babies, or not, as well as any lack we felt at this stage in our development. As we mature, any unmet need will continue to manifest, unconsciously driving us to devise strategies in order to have those needs met. This is why we often repeat dysfunctional patterns or why we are constantly drawn into the same unhealthy dynamics. Attempting to get our rejected needs met by others is often futile, perpetuating a belief that our needs are never met, or that we are unlovable or faulty.

Until we heal our Moon wounds the danger is that we are unconsciously driven by our inner child whose sole purpose is to finally have those needs met. This is an arrested development of the unhappy child which prohibits the happy, creative child in flourishing. In a sense, the Moon wounds prevent us from actualising and expressing our Sun- our essence. This infantilised complex renders us vulnerable in our personal relationships and also in society more broadly as we look to others to make important decisions on our behalf. In this state we have not yet learned personal autonomy or responsibly. Of course mostly this operates below the veil of consciousness and our well adapted persona, though it can be more obvious in certain cases.

Here’s a question, one that I am not going to attempt to answer now even if I could:

Do you consider there is a vested interest to keep humanity in a regressed or childlike state?

Yes, I know that question immediately alerts our “conspiracy theory” antennae, and I have no wish to enter the fray, though it interests me. Recently I was wondering about the law which allows doctors to prescribe puberty blockers to children under the age of sixteen without parental consent- coincidentally this occurred on the same day that the UK government released official guidance about the vaccination of children in schools programme, which again disregards parental consent. Puberty blockers? I asked myself, what is puberty and what does it initiate in a human being. Looking to indigenous cultures it would appear that puberty is a rite of passage that facilitates the crossing of the threshold from childhood to adulthood… what is this if not power?

On another note when we consider that nowhere is our instinctual nature more activated than when it comes to the protection of our children, what are the implications of parental authority being hi-jacked by government in the most intimate of their child’s reality? As Medusa comes out of her frozen state she is keen to know.

Lilith’s role is to show us where we have either been robbed of power or handed our power over as well as showing us where we have allowed ourselves to be manipulated by outside interests. She also draws our attention to our unmet needs (Moon) and shows how susceptible to manipulation we can be when these unconscious drives take over. Lilith, essentially and intimately involved in the relationship between the Earth and Moon, brings our unconscious impulses to the surface and shows how they influence our living reality. As the mediator between the unconscious and the conscious mind, she exists as the subconscious mind, the place where all of our beliefs and ideations dwell and are shaped. Lilith allows us to see how our minds have been moulded and formed. As the grand mistress of the conditioned and therefore the unconditioned mind; Lilith can unravel programmes and learned behaviour like a pro if we are willing to see the truth. She is the ultimate deprogrammer.

The world has an unmet Mother need-

I was talking with a friend recently about the upper-class public-school system where children, especially boys are separated from their mother at a tender age thus disrupting natural attachment. In our conversation we also observed that a similar dynamic exists on the other side of the spectrum within working class families where both parents need to earn a wage to survive, or where single mothers need to work, and children are sent to preschool as early as 0 years. This is a huge subject with complex ramifications that I won’t get into now except to say that under the systems of patriarchy (I am still looking for a better term) many of us are unmothered… we are the unmothered children of patriarchy. Our connection with the Earth herself, the Great Mother, is also in decline, weakened at an alarming rate as we are sucked further into artificial matrices of the machine age.

Moving onto the Mars Medusa conjunction in Libra, the frozen instincts of Medusa (serpent energy), is being thawed in the fires of Mars; sexuality (libido), primal drives, vitality, and masculine assertion are coming back online. Mars takes action and in his higher aspect is the sacred warrior ready to fight for what he believes in. He is ready to protect. As with aspects of the feminine principle, the masculine principle is also thwarted and restricted. Many of us are asking the question, “who’s the daddy… and where is he?”.  At least that’s my question though I am talking with others who are acutely aware of the lack of a strong benevolent fatherly holding and strong masculine containers.

Medusa’s frozen stare turns those who attempt to approach her to stone; when our own feeling, instinctual self is closed down we are no longer operating from the heart centre and are motivated instead by fear and defensiveness. In this state we are capable of turning those around us to stone… look at how divisive and attacking things have become on social media.

Mars gives Medusa the energy to act instead of being stuck in depression and stasis, unable to engage because it’s too painful to feel. In the Myth of Medusa it is the solar hero Perseus (a Mars-like figure) who slays her head off thus liberating Pegasus, the winged horse who represents creativity, and Chrysaor the warrior of the golden sword. It is the masculine principle who sets the frozen feminine free and it is the feminine who roots and births the masculine, an eternal cycle of creativity and evolving consciousness birthed through the dance of polarity.

What the implications of a society embracing a more gender-neutral model where it is not only gender but biological sex that is affected, remains to be seen. Dare I say, and I am well aware that I am now holding a very hot potato, the erasure of biological sex not only affects the material level of physical body but has weighty ramifications through all levels of human experience as well as the possibilities of natural evolution through differentiation and polarity.

Today, on the threshold of equinox, I am embracing balance, reciprocity, equality, and mutuality of masculine and feminine toward the sacred marriage and the birth of the divine child. Masculinity is intimately bound with the archetypal Father as femininity is bound with the archetypal Mother; how these images are expressed and understood in our living and consensual realities is crucially important. Archetypally Mother is mature femininity (not that it’s the only expression of mature feminine though it is only the mature feminine that can give birth), just as Father is mature masculinity.

I am considering rites of passage and initiation into adulthood; most of us, if not all of us, did not cross these thresholds consciously or with any ritual containers. It is not too late to recapitulate our conditioned mind, to take an inventory of what has influenced and moulded us into the person we are today, and to discover where the gaps are. When the powers to whom we have assigned authority, our governments, and leaders, are proving to be unworthy parental figures, it is time to reparent ourselves.

If you are interested in the work I do and would like to find out how I incorporate enquiries like this into experiential groups, courses, and 1-1 therapy; or if you would like to be added to my mailing list you can contact me at-

karen@redpsiral.co.uk