Aishwayria Rai Astrology, Natal Chart Goddess Mythology Reading
Born: 1 November 1973, 4:05 in Mangalore, India. Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Life will take its toll on all of us. We get injured, we get old. It's really sad to try to run away from these harsh realities of life. Looks are not everything. I am not going to look beautiful all the time.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, often cited as the "most beautiful woman in the world" whose trademark are her green-blue eyes and ultra-feminine mannerisms, is an Indian actress and former model. After winning Miss World in 1994, she successful established a career in Bollywood and is one of the most popular and high-profile celebrities in India. Rai gained international recognition for her starring role opposite Martin Henderson in Gurinder Chadha's British film Bride and Prejudice (2004) a Bollywood-style adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. Below is Aishwayria Rai's sacred feminine, goddess mythology natal chart interpretation by Astrology Yard.
Aishwarya Rai is a deeply religious Hindu from the Brunt community. Her father, Krishnaraj, was an Army biologist and her mother Brinda, a homemaker and her elder brother, Aditya Rai an engineer in the merchant navy. She was raised in Mumbai and trained in classical dance and music for five years during her teens and eventully gave up her education to pursue a career in modelling. On 20 April 2007, Aishwari Rai married the Indian film actor Amitabh Bachchan's son, Kuch Naa Kaho, Abhishek Bachchan. They have a daughter named Aaradhya Bachchan who was born in March 2012.
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Goddess MythologyMythology serves as a psychological record of human development recording the imagination and symbols of the culture. Mythic stories speak to the inner life as they deal with universal themes and truths illustrating the archetypal forces that influence the course of the human drama. In archaic societies myths offered an explanation of the world and its creation, the cycle of birth, growth and death, how things came into existence as well as how they disappeared. In contemporary times we have scientific explanations for many of the ancient mysteries, but myth is just as valuable to help us to imagine our own origins and invest our lives with meaning. Mythic themes stir the imagination and broaden the horizon of the individual's story placing it in a context of a larger story.
Mythology is the link between the magical phase of being when consciousness participates in nature and the rational phase when we are separated from the natural world. The magical phase embraces the culture of the Great Goddess when life is full of mystery and wonder and we are one with the natural order, not separated or expelled from it. In this phase all nature is sacred as all life is invested with the divine. The asteroids are surrogates of the Great Goddess and reconnect us to her culture. As emissaries the asteroid goddesses and heroines invest life with the sacred, value imagination and mystery and inspire ritual and sacrifice in order to reconnect to the wellsprings of her magical forces.
Following is a summary of their genealogy and mythic tradition. Let the myths resonate with your imagination and speak to you in their own way.
The Roman goddess Ceres is also known as Olympian goddess, Demeter. She is the daughter of the Titan Cronus and Rhea and mother of Persephone. She is the Corn Goddess who personifies the agricultural cycle of fertility and harvest, as well as loss and renewal through her daughter Persephone.
The Olympian goddess Pallas Athena was a daughter of Zeus, born from her father's head after he had swallowed Metis. The Romans referred to her as Minerva. She is revered as representing the wisdom of reflection and strategy.
The Roman goddess Juno is also known as the Olympian goddess, Hera. She is the daughter of the Titan Cronus and Rhea and mother to Ares, Hephaestus and Hebe. She is the goddess of Marriage and Social Customs who oversees the seasons of a woman's life.
The Roman goddess Vesta is also known as the Olympian Goddess Hestia. She is the daughter of the Titan Cronus and Rhea and is the goddess of the Hearth who embodies sacred space.
Hygieia was the daughter of the Greek god of healing, Asclepius and the beloved goddess of Health. She is the sister of other minor healing deities and heroes including Panacea, Machaon and Podalirius. As the goddess of Health, Hygieia is the giver and preserver of well being whose function is to maintain a healthy relationship between body and soul.
The Cretan goddess Ariadne was from the Minoan dynasty. She is the daughter of King Minos and Queen Pasiphaë, granddaughter of Helios and Zeus. She is sister of Phaedra and half-sister to the Minotaur. As the wife of Dionysus, Ariadne embodies the sacred marriage having endured the trials of betrayal and abandonment.
Europa was a Phoenician princess, sister to Cadmus and matriarch of the Minoan dynasty, mother to King Minos and grandmother of Ariadne and Phaedra. She represents the creative and earthy process that supports and guides worldly success.
Pandora was the first woman, shaped by Hephaestus, to be the harbinger of a new age. She was married to Epimetheus and was the mother of Pyrrha. As a representative of the ancient ways of the goddess, Pandora brings the gift of hope.
Mnemosyne was a Titaness, a daughter of Gaia and Uranus, known as the goddess who personified the faculty of memory. As the mother to the Nine Muses she represents enchantment, inspiration and the power of remembering.
The goddess Hecate was the daughter of Perses and Asteria, the granddaughter of Phoebe, and a powerful goddess revered by all the gods. Later she became an attendant to Persephone. As an underworld goddess she was represented in her three-fold nature and was worshipped at the crossroads and as the guardian of transitions.
Cassandra was the daughter of Priam and Hecuba, the regents of the powerful dynasty of Troy. She was the twin sister to Helenus and sister to seventeen other siblings including Paris and Hector. From an early age she had oracular ability, yet no one believed her. Cassandra carries the feminine mysteries of divination even in a contemporary world that devalues the sacred tradition.
Medea was the Princess of Colchis, granddaughter of the Sun god, Helios and niece of the sorceress, Circe. Medea is the great witch of the Greek myths, knowledgeable in herbs, healing and the art of metamorphosis.
Ceres - The Earth Mother
Ceres is the Roman agricultural goddess whose gift of grain, 'cereal', was distributed to mankind as thanksgiving for the release of her beloved daughter from the underworld and also as an eternal symbol of the continuity of life. Ceres is the goddess of agriculture who instinctually knows the cycle of loss, death and rebirth through her attachment to her beloved daughter.
'I died to mineral and plant became
Died from the plant and took a sentient frame
Died from the beast and donned a human dress
When by my dying did I ere grow less?
The Roman goddess was modeled on her Greek counterpart Demeter whose central myth focused on the loss of her daughter, Persephone. It was this myth, which inspired the greatest initiation rites in the ancient world - the Eleusinian Mysteries. These mysteries re-enacted the terrifying journey of Persephone into the underworld and through these rituals both male and female participants faced their terror of death and became thankful for the gift of life.
Ceres, corn goddess, patron of farm life and vegetation is both an agricultural and underworld deity. She is an earth mother who presides over the cycle of fertility, birth, harvest, decay, death and rebirth. From the archaic period the goddess protected and insured the fertility and propagation of the crops and livestock. Her sanctuaries were placed near arable land, outside cities, where pilgrims would come to petition the goddess for a fertile crop and feast on the abundant gifts of food that the goddess provided.
Her myth was more ancient than her male contemporaries and reached back to the epoch when deities of the underworld (death) and the earth (life) were one. Ceres represents both loss and harvest and her classical story embraces each aspect in the myth of her daughter who becomes the Queen of the Underworld.
The myth of Ceres/Demeter and her daughter is a heartbreaking narrative of closeness, separation, grief and reunion, the motivation behind the establishment of the Eleusinian Mysteries. The brutal breaking of their attachment is the impetus that allows each woman to develop independently of one another into sovereignty over their own sphere. Since antiquity this poignant portrait of the mother-daughter bond has probably been the most cherished of all the Greek myths. The classical myth is also remarkable as it places the feminine characters at the heart of the narrative with the male gods on the periphery honoring a sacred and profound feminine story. The Ceres myth was first told in a hymn to the great goddess Demeter.
Kore, the innocent maiden Persephone, was playing in a meadow gathering flowers when the earth rumbled beneath her and broke open. Suddenly from the chasm in the earth a chariot drawn by four black horses appeared. In the chariot was Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, who seized her. As she struggled to break free the chariot carrying them disappeared into the black hole. Demeter wandered aimlessly in search of her daughter. No mortal or god could help her with information about her daughter's disappearance. Finally after nine days she met Hecate, the goddess of the crossroads. Hecate heard Persephone screams, the only clue to the abduction.
Demeter raged and withdrew the gift of fertility from the earth causing a great famine. She also withdrew herself from the company of the gods and in disguise wandered amongst mortals unnoticed. Grief-stricken, depleted and withered, Demeter wandered to Eleusis where she met the daughters of the local king who pitied her and brought her home. Their mother gave Demeter the task of caring for her infant son. Demeter nursed him on ambrosia and nectar and every night she would baptize the infant in fire in order to render him immortal and safeguard him from the fate of the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth. However, one evening the Queen interrupted Demeter in the middle of her ritual and screamed in fear for the boy's safety. At that moment the cycle of mourning was broken. Demeter cast off her old age, changing her size and appearance to reveal herself as the great goddess and commanded the king to build her a great temple and introduce her worship to the people of Eleusis.
However, Demeter was still furious at the abduction of her daughter and withheld the new crop's seed so the earth continued to be barren. Zeus intervened and demanded Demeter return to Olympus and fulfill her duties. Demeter refused. Finally Zeus in his anguish agreed to release Persephone from the underworld so the crops would grow again. Persephone was eager to be reunited with her mother. But before she left the underworld Hades gave her a pomegranate seed to ingest. Innocently Persephone took the seed and swallowed it now binding her eternally to this place. Having eaten in the underworld meant Persephone now belonged there.
Demeter and Persephone's reunion was ecstatic and both rejoiced at the sight of one another even though they knew they would not be together as in the past. As the mother, Ceres indicates the necessity to nurture a creative project even though that means letting it go. By relinquishing an attachment a phase of the cycle ends and prepares us for a new beginning.
Astrologically the goddess Ceres represents the feminine wisdom that acknowledges loss. Loss is intricately woven into the tapestry of life; attachment, separation and loss are part of life's greatest mystery. Feminine wisdom knows that grief is only one phase of the great wheel and mourning allows the process to be complete so that life may be renewed. Following is a portrayal of the goddess Ceres in your natal horoscope.
Ceres is in the 3rd House
The realm of ideas holds great appeal for you. This placement of the goddess Ceres suggests you enjoy language, the use and meaning of words and manipulating ideas and style. All of these things nurture you. In fact they can become your escape route from intimacy in personal relationships. Computers were invented for you. The internet is your delightful playground with its plethora of chat rooms, special interest groups, and design possibilities. You are far more comfortable expressing your thoughts rather than your feelings. If given a choice you prefer to write your feelings rather than speak them. You are aware of the power of words and rarely resort to criticism, preferring to say nothing rather than hurt someone else's feelings. You are also well able to express praise when it is deserved.
Intimacy does present a problem. Perhaps you have a strong bond with an emotionally powerful mother and now desire to escape her direct influence? Or your mother may have preferred to be a sister or friend to you, leaving you to mother your siblings. You love your mother dearly, have a close connection, but also feel the need to assert your independence? On the other hand you may have an uncomfortable relationship with your mother. Perhaps you feel that she has trouble letting go? Either way this can affect your ability to relate well on a personal level.
This placement of the goddess Ceres in a woman's chart can indicate that as a daughter you need to escape your mother's influence on your beliefs. You may marry and develop your own independent lifestyle. Alternately you may remain single, travel to another country to explore new territory before returning to your homeland. As a mother you discover the legacy continues and you desire a strong bond with your children. Your nurturing instincts, whether for your own children or other people's, are strong.
In a man's chart, this placement can also indicate a bond with a mother who influences your opinions and judgments. However, you are more likely to continue to maintain your attachment until your mother dies. You understand the cycles of life and are happy to accommodate your mother's opinions, most of the time. You may be unaware of the problems that this incurs in your relationship with serious girlfriends and eventually your wife. You will need to make sure that you listen to your partner's needs rather than turn to your mother for support. Otherwise conflict could arise. If you are not careful your wife's request of 'let's talk' could become a phrase to be dreaded.
Whatever your gender you are likely to discover a real joy in expressing yourself through the written or spoken word. Writing, teaching, public speaking, acting, singing, graphic design and interpreting languages are just some of the avenues that may consume your thoughts.
Ceres is in Sagittarius
You have an independent spirit. When the going gets tough you like to escape into the realm of ideas. Sometimes you also like to escape to faraway places. Practicality may demand that you get away for a walk to the nearest beach or park; or perhaps to a nearby holiday. On the other hand you may also need to explore foreign lands in order to satisfy your craving for adventure. You may discover that a visit to the local library, an afternoon with an inspirational book, involvement in a religious organization or a course of study also satisfies your need to 'think outside the square'. Of course, you are apt to take on too much so you may find that you combine all of the above - a trip to a foreign land to study a beloved subject or live in a religious community. Moderation is not one of your virtues. You push yourself, and those around you, to extremes. Anyone close to you needs to support your ideas and activities. Otherwise you are likely to move on, leaving a trail of broken hearts.
You are a great salesperson but your challenge is to combine your desire for intellectual stimulation with sensitivity to other people's needs. Teaching, lecturing, public speaking may be avenues of expression that provide some personal satisfaction while requiring an understanding to your audience. Your sales ability will also increase once you have tuned into to the wishes of your consumers rather than your own ideas.
Your relationship with your mother is likely to be slightly strained as your beliefs, values and principles may clash. You love your mother, but you may also feel that she doesn't nurture your independent spirit. Depending on other aspects of your birth chart it is possible that you have had to fight for your right to follow your own path. Your mother may want to keep you close to her side, but you are keen to explore the world. You may compromise by living close to your mother and pursuing your own dreams in a nearby neighborhood. However, it is also possible that you move far away from your mother's home.
If you become a parent you are likely to understand the need for your children to have their own independent interests. You encourage them to pursue their dreams. You need to also ensure that you pursue your own because you have the ability and talent to be an inspirational teacher, writer, salesperson, traveller, actor, public speaker, singer, dancer or astrologer. In fact any field that enables your spirit to soar provides an outlet for your talents.
Pallas Athena - The Wisdom Of The Warrior
The architectural masterpiece, the Parthenon, was dedicated to the goddess whom the classical Athenians cherished. Pallas Athena was their advocate for law and order, the teacher of household arts like spinning, weaving, and cooking, as well as their protector and defender.
I celebrate the powers of Pallas Athena, the protectress of the city: Dread, as Ares, She busies herself with the works of war, With the sack of cities, with the battle-cry and with the combats. It is She who saves the fighters that go to war and come back alive. Hail, Goddess, give us good fortune and happiness PallasHomeric Hymn 11
As their goddess of war she helped the Greeks defeat Troy, the Athenians repel the Persians; as their goddess of useful and decorative arts she inspired them to build exceptional monuments and temples. The goddess of merciful justice transformed the law courts and at the dawn of the fifth century she inspired the democratic shift in Athenian politics. Athena was the revered goddess of the Athenians who celebrated her birthday each year with a great festival and procession through the Agora up to the Acropolis.
As a multi-tasked goddess many images are associated with Pallas Athena but it is the owl that reminds us of her wisdom. Her intelligence is 'bright-eyed' and sharp, focused on the immediate, located in the present, aligned with the head and not the instinct. Pallas Athena embodies the rational and encourages left-brain thinking. Her wisdom controls the instincts, learning to direct them into heroic pursuits to eradicate what is dark and primitive. She is civilizing and organizing, bringing culture and cultivation to mankind. Justice and law are part of her new order replacing retaliation and revenge.
Strategic, reflective and controlled her craft and skill is mirrored in the multiplicity of devices she offered man, the fertility of her ideas and the usefulness of her inventions and techniques. As Pronoai she is 'before knowing' embracing forethought and strategic thinking. As a warrior queen she was born from the forehead of her father Zeus, fully armored and mature, suggesting that the wisdom of goddess had been reborn into a new order. As father's special daughter Pallas Athena mirrored the rational intelligence and counsel of Zeus. Metis, the mother of Athena, was an ancient goddess of wisdom known as Wise Counsel or Cunning Intelligence. She knew the feminine mysteries, the intelligence articulated by the heart and the inner world of instinct and intuition. From her Pallas Athena inherited another kind of wisdom: the wisdom of intuitive knowing often experienced in the belly as a 'gut instinct'. It is a knowing that may speak through symptoms or disease, through creativity or craft, or radiate through stillness and tranquility or even erupt in anger or hostility. It is a wisdom born out of an intimate connection between mind and matter, a fluid way of being that the ancient Greeks knew as Sophia.
Athena is a proud daughter born from a power struggle between her powerfully dominant father and her intuitively wise mother. Consciously Athena only knows her father's way and the new order. Born of man, like Eve, this myth is often cited when tracing the emergence of 'father-right' from the long held tradition of 'mother-right'. The daughter is now aligned with the sky father who colludes in rejecting the earth mother. The tables have turned in the familial pattern and now it is father and daughter colluding against mother, no longer mother conspiring with her youngest son against the father. When Athena emerges she reflects the need for logic and rationality rather than feeling and instinct. Her path follows the reason of the head, aligned with her father, not the impulse of the heart, the vulnerable feminine side that she has not been nurtured by.
Like Eve, Athena's feminine legacy is not so easily erased. Both their myths contain the image of the snake, a sacred symbol of their legacy of feminine wisdom, healing and regeneration. By the classical period Athena's wisdom became subjugated to Zeus. Shaped by the masculine wisdom becomes linear, logical and rational. Metis is no longer acknowledged as her other parent. The internal wisdom of cycles, intuitive knowing and the complexity of intrapsychic understanding becomes concealed under Athena's armor.
Athena is also associated with the arts of healing, health and regeneration. As Athena Nike she was the goddess of Victory, first victorious in war and later a victor on the sports field. Athena signaled victory and as a patron of heroes she was also known as the goddess of the near, as she was always close to the hero and a staunch supporter of the heroic. As the goddess of war and defender of her father's realm Athena became aligned with the hero as his guide and protector. In mythic portrayals of the hero, Athena stands behind or beside him as his staunch ally against the monstrous and dark forces. When Pallas Athena appears prominently in a birth chart she encourages us to be heroic and battle the regressive forces of our instinctual nature. It is necessary to reflect on the situation and not react emotionally, detaching enough to formulate a decisive plan of action.
In astrology the goddess Pallas Athena represents the reflection and meditation that develops out of the turmoil of chaos and uncertainty, helping us to become more strategic and deliberate in our actions. Metis is the valued intelligence that guides our instincts and plans strategically and arises into consciousness at exactly the right moment. Pallas Athena discerns and through reflecting on emotionally entangled situations allows consciousness to develop. Following are the house and sign descriptions of the goddess Pallas Athena in your horoscope.
Pallas Athena is in the 3rd House
Have you ever been told that you have a 'big mouth', or more positively that you are not afraid to speak your mind? You have a strong sense of fair play and an equally strong urge to speak up on behalf of yourself and others. Part of you would like the quiet life, but there is this other part that can't keep quiet. Don't be ashamed. It is your integrity speaking. The positive side of this trait is that you are a born advocate, able to take on a cause. Writing, speaking, strategizing, lobbying and networking are all powerful skills. The goddess Pallas is urging you to use your skills to fight against injustice. You are highly intelligent and your communication skills are keen. You also have many creative and original ideas as well as the ability to gather and disseminate knowledge and information. Where other people can be apathetic, you are optimistic. Therefore you have an advantage against anyone who resorts to dishonesty and corruption or anyone who tries to hoodwink those in your immediate vicinity. You might have learned these strategic skills early in life in relating to brothers and sisters.
In ancient times the third house of the astrology chart was considered to be the house of the goddess. Therefore the goddess Pallas is strong in this position. You have strong opinions and some of them are likely to be unorthodox. In particular you may rail against certain strictures of society and organized religion. You may respect the teachings of religious organizations, but fight against the injustice of their political systems. In the second century BC Roman comic dramatist Publius Terentius Afer said: 'charity begins at home'. This is an adage with which you thoroughly agree. You have the ability to look around your neighborhood and see the everyday problems that need addressing. Then you actively campaign for improvements. In fact you thrive on making contact with like-minded associates, easily making friends and influencing people. Your practical advice is well received and your optimism appreciated. You may choose a career in advocacy, networking, marketing, public relations, information dissemination, journalism, policymaking or teaching.
Pallas Athena is in Sagittarius
Although you have fiery instincts, you learn to control and direct them. Like the goddess Pallas, you probably channel these strong impulses into heroic pursuits to eradicate what is dark and primitive. You are on a quest to civilize and organize, and bring culture and cultivation to mankind. You are a firm advocate of mediation, of the power of the pen being stronger than the power of sword. Nevertheless you are willing to fight for a cause if you see a threat to the future of mankind. Justice and law are your preference over retaliation and revenge, but you have courage under fire. You are wise and philosophical, but your philosophies are also worth fighting for. As such you are prepared, if pushed to fight for a cause. You are willing to join peaceful protests against government initiatives that threaten freedom or write copious letters on global human rights matters.
Depending on other aspects of your birth chart you may also be willing to sail the seas to save the whales or other endangered species. You are wise in the ways of the world, have a love of other cultures and a keen understanding of foreign languages and politics. As such world poverty, global warming and religious oppression appal you. Religious freedom is a cause close to your heart because you are interested in other people's beliefs. You enjoy philosophical and religious discussions, and may perhaps write or teach in this field. You may also enjoy working as a foreign diplomat or for a world sporting organization.
On the other hand you may be more of an armchair philosopher, someone who watches and reacts to the world news or sports. Perhaps you prefer to write to your local politician or join a local sporting organization, setting personal goals rather than become involved in world affairs. Perhaps you become known for your political or philosophical views even though your career is not political e.g. you are an actor known for your belief in Buddhism or a truck driver known for your ardent Christian beliefs. Whatever your methodology, you are likely to believe in the 'life is short, let's make the most of it' adage.
Juno - Socializing The Soul
Juno Regina shares the honor of the highest deity in the Roman pantheon as queen next to her husband-brother Jupiter, king of the gods. Each woman had their own guardian spirit named Juno, who guided their transitions into the stages of motherhood and marriage. As a light bringer she was also invoked for protection during childbirth. As the goddess of marriage her Roman name Juno was the derivative of June, the season of the bride. Women celebrated her annually in the festival of Matronalia. By the Roman period Juno had become emblematic of the woman as wife and citizen presiding over social customs and duties. In earlier Greek myths Juno was a powerful goddess in her own right known as Hera, the adored feminine deity of many powerful city-states.
And wheresoever we went, like Juno's swans, Still we went coupled and separableAs You Like It
The derivation of Hera's name may be related to Hora or season, as she is custodian of the seasons of a woman's life. On the Olympian pantheon she was the goddess of marriage and embodied social ritual and custom. At her cult in Argos young girls ran races to prepare for their marriage and the rituals of womanhood. In the Greek myths Hera was a wife and unlike her husband Hera does not have affairs. However, in Greek myth Hera also seeks revenge upon her husbands' liaisons with others. By the classical period the tales of Zeus and Hera rival contemporary soap operas where the cycle of betrayal, outrage and revenge is the central plot. Hera consistently plots revenge against Zeus' lovers and children from these affairs. However, there was an earlier time when the Olympian couple was not always locked in power struggles or scheming and bullying each other. This was when they first fell in love in the palace of their aunt and uncle where they were being hidden, protected by their mother Rhea from the familial wars that were raging with their father. Here in the great palace beneath the sea, they consummated their relationship, a relationship that was to remain secret for nearly 300 years. Underpinning the later myths are fragments, which reveal Hera was an ancient goddess before she became aligned with her brother in a sacred marriage.
Epithets of Hera such as 'cow-eyed' refer to her earlier association with the earth and agriculture, while her epithet 'of the white arms' may link her to an association with the Moon. She is often depicted in three phases as the maiden, the fulfilled and the solitary, a trinity of aspects represented by Hebe, Hera and Hecate. Hebe was the daughter of Hera and the cupbearer to the Gods who became married to Heracles after his ascension to Olympus. In this aspect Hera is the maiden, the youth and the aspect of the feminine that retains her virginity, even in relationship. The central phase was motherhood, wifehood and a woman of power. Local folklore suggested she bathed in the streams of Argos where she was able to regain her virginity lost in the marriage with Zeus. Hecate was associated with the final phase embracing Hera's aloneness and need for solace. At times Hera would leave Zeus to go off on her own to pursue her needs for privacy, renewal and worship.
Hera was indigenous to Greece long before Zeus was triumphant. The cult of Hera may have been so powerful that unlike the other goddesses Zeus was unable to be dominant, settling instead for an equal relationship. Her cults on Samos and in Argos are linked to the prehistorical period. On Samos one of the first mammoth stone temples of the archaic period was built in honor of Hera. Similarly her temple at Olympus predates the magnificent one built for Zeus. No doubt Hera is an older goddess like Demeter and Hestia, her sisters who were born to Cronus and Rhea before their brothers. However, to incorporate Hera into the politics on Olympus she became the wife of Zeus and mother to his children.
Another mythic fragment, which suggests Hera is a powerful ancient goddess, is her link to Heracles. Even though their relationship is estranged Heracles is named for the great goddess. His name literally translates into the glory of Hera. Hera whose name closely resembles hero is aligned with the greatest of all heroes, Heracles and plays a potent role in many heroic sagas. Their antagonistic relationship ironically spurred him on to become the greatest hero and ironically myth depicts Hera as his mother-in-law. No longer the object of her scorn Hera has challenged Heracles to become the hero. As mother-in-law she models a strong and uncompromising woman who demands the hero be the best man for her daughter.
Juno and Hera are the composite that portray the seasons of a woman's life as well as the evolution of woman's roles. The spirit of Juno in contemporary woman has new power and possibilities and the placement of the goddess in our horoscope is an invitation to challenge the constructs of the social roles that are inhibiting for us. As a partner and equal Juno is supportive, enterprising, challenging and confronting helping shape potentiality into reality.
In astrology the goddess Juno represents the status and achievement in the world that are intricately aligned with social customs and tradition. Equality in relationship is necessary at all stages of the life cycle to insure both inner and outer fulfillment. Juno's ancient legacy is equal relationship and through her archetypal experience you can become aligned with your heroic self. Descriptions of the goddess in your astrological chart follow:
Juno is in the 3rd House
You are seeking a marriage of like-minds, your intellectual equal. However, this is a challenging placement of the goddess Juno because it indicates that you may have fixed ideas about the type of person you would like to marry. You can perhaps miss an opportunity for a strong union because a potential partner does not fit your fixed ideas of love and commitment. It is also possible that you are scared of committing yourself to another person, worried that your own interests may suffer.
You may be fortunate enough to form a bond with another person, based on mutual interests, but flexibility is a challenge for you. If either party's interests change during the course of your marriage, then divorce is likely. The point is that you are totally committed to your own ideas, passionate about your own pastimes. These interests may involve working with groups of people, or forming strong bonds with other people, but this is not conducive to the intimate demands of a one-to-one commitment. This hesitancy to bestow your affections on one person is not necessarily a negative trait, but it does make marriage a challenge, because you need to have the ability to adapt to someone else's needs and desires. Depending on other aspects of your birth chart you may eventually form a bond with one special person, perhaps marry based on intellectual compatibility. However, you also need a relationship that has a strong base of trust and gives both partners the opportunity to pursue your own passions - a meeting of true hearts and minds. In other words unconditional love becomes vital for the success of any union.
Although marriage may be a challenge, you do have the ability to form many and varied friendships with people who share your interests. You may even choose to live in a communal setting, sharing common beliefs. Having shared a powerful bond with a sibling or friend you may find it difficult to integrate this bond into your new relationships. Comrades are likely to come and go in your life, offering you ideas and support momentarily before moving on. The people who cross your path do so for a purpose. Therefore you can be assured that if you do marry, there is a purpose. Otherwise you can choose to have all of the advantages of friendship without the necessity of making a long-term commitment.
Juno is in Sagittarius
Marriage is an adventure undertaken with another person as far as you are concerned. You are keen to find the right person to share an exciting and fruitful life. You are seeking a mate who is your intellectual equal, someone who can challenge you to view life in a new way. For this reason you may be attracted to truth seekers, whether they are teachers, students, priests, astrologers or travelers. Since you have such a high need for stimulation and challenge you might marry someone who bores you no matter how good a person he or she might be. You value your independence and need an equal partner who respects your autonomy.
The major challenge comes when you are bored with the daily demands of your marriage. You find it difficult to enjoy the mundane side of your marriage. For this reason you might embark on a series of romances that do not develop into long-term relationships. At some stage you may attract a partner who counterbalances your love of fun, someone who is adept in household chores and maintenance, but you are unlikely to appreciate these skills. You are not particularly bothered if chores are left undone or household maintenance goes unchecked. In fact you may become increasingly agitated if you marry someone who spends more time on the practical rather than the philosophical. As far as you are concerned responsibility for daily chores, child rearing, earning a living and other such demands can take their toll, detracting from the creative side of marriage. For this reason you may find it difficult to choose a marriage partner and to remain in a long-term relationship. Therefore you need to choose your partner carefully before making a lifetime commitment. Does this person really understand your need to pursue intellectually stimulating pursuits? Will this marriage support your need for independence? Are you truly willing to compromise for this person or are you likely to become restless? Do you really want to raise children? Many of these things will depend on other aspects of your birth chart. Nevertheless you are likely to need a marriage that is fun, flexible, unorthodox and stimulating.
The goddess Juno is asking that you consider two important factors before committing to a long term relationship i.e. whether or not your mate is your true equal and whether or not he or she shares the same value system. If you have pondered these questions and come up with answers that speak to your heart and mind then you are likely to consider any marriage commitment as an exciting new world to explore.
Vesta - The Inner Life
The cult of the Roman goddess Vesta was connected to the Greek Hestia. However, the Roman archetype had considerably altered from her Hellenic counterpart. By the Roman period the sacrament of virginity was liberalized, no longer conceptualized as a psychic state but now institutionalized as a spiritual way of being. Priestesses of Vesta, known as Vestal Virgins, served the goddess for a period of thirty years. While the position was privileged it also was one of great piety, devotion and responsibility. Vestal Virgins tended the sacred flame and guarded the Palladium, the secret objects brought from Troy to preserve the memory of the ancient city and protect the new satellite city of Rome. However, in ancient Greece Hestia was the embodiment of an internal and sacred space not a religious institution. Vesta's heritage reaches back to the traditions of honoring the authenticity of the inner life as symbolized by the spirit of the sacred flame, not a system of regulations.
Leave those vain moralists and return to the depth of your soul: that is where you will always rediscover the source of the sacred fire which so often inflamed us with love of the sublime virtues; that is where you will see the eternal image of true beauty the contemplation of which inspires us with a holy enthusiasmJean-Jacques Rousseau
In ancient Greece the goddess received the highest respect. Acknowledged as the deity mankind must first honor when feasting and drinking the goddess embodied grace and virtue. Veiled and virginal her sanctuaries were places of refuge, asylum and political peace. Constant, focused and disliking change Vesta is the hearth, a symbol for both the center and the focus of the home as well as the metaphor for family life and the family circle. As custodian of the hearth she is central to psychic life representing the sacral center, the goddess who honors sacred space and protects holy images. She embodies spatiality, conferring safe places to congregate, mediating soul by giving it a hallowed place to be acknowledged. As a virgin (unto herself) goddess Vesta is the custodian of soulful space personifying the stillness at the center of our busy everyday lives. As goddess of hospitality she also welcomes travelers across the threshold offering sanctuary and hospice. Vesta is the continuity of family life and the coherence it brings to our everyday experiences. Vesta was the first-born child, the first devoured by Saturn and the last one to be disgorged from his belly. Therefore she represents the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega, the eternal cycle. Vesta is not a part of the outer rim of the cycle but situated at its center, personifying stillness, discretion, centering and immobility, aspects of her Greek counterpart, Hestia.
Few Greek myths remain of Hestia; she is rarely personified, no statues or temples remain, yet at times in the archaic period she was the most honored goddess, worshipped at the center of the city and the center of the Greek household. By the classical period Hestia was not included as one of the twelve Olympians having been replaced by Dionysus. Hestia and her brother Hades are the only two siblings who remain detached from the Olympian family dramas and feuds. Unlike their brothers, Poseidon and Zeus, or their sisters, Hera and Demeter, they are not identified with their family of origin or their siblings. Their places are internal, interior and introverted. Few images or alters survive as reminders of their worship or importance in cult. There were virtually no temples erected to them and they were seldom represented in art, sculpture or vase painting. Neither were they parents to heroes like their siblings. As gods of place both Hestia and Hades have been re-placed and dis-placed which are potent clues as to what we culturally and psychologically have done with these archetypal energies. In a modern context this place of Hestia, as a metaphor for the hearth of inner life, has become dis-placed, re-placed by the rush and busyness of the outer world. When the inner life is sidelined and banished to the fringes of society, anxiety, terror and panic can no longer be constrained in the community. Hestia reflects the need for solace, quiet and retreat into the inner sanctuary of the Self.
As an image of center, Hestia is not personified or remembered by statues or temples but manifests through the sense of peace. She is the central point; the meeting place the fires of the home, the hearth, the Omphalos as the symbol for the center of the Earth. In antiquity her sanctuaries were non-warring zones, places of political peace. Plato remarked, 'when the Gods warred, only Hestia did not take part' that characterized the goddess' propensity to non-involvement. In the earlier myths of Hestia she resisted the advances of both her brother Poseidon and her nephew Apollo and was honored with remaining eternally virginal, symbolic of her attachment to the inner life. She is the aspect of self, which can never be violated or abused and always able to access the soul. Hestia is central to psychic life and expressions like 'can't settle down', 'off center', being off base' remind us of being out of touch with Hestia. As the hearth she is a guide to the inner life and the central image around which soulful images can constellate. She represents sacred space, the meditative moment the soul of place and the feeling of home.
In astrology Vesta is the inner instinct that honors soul by giving it a sacred place, an altar, a quiet moment. She represents hospice and offers hospitality to the aspects of self that feel displaced and dislocated. As the hearth light she offers stillness, quietude, meditation and solitude in the midst of the everyday. The inner life is the container for anxiety and despair as well as a refuge from the pollution of daily life. Below are descriptions of where Vesta is to be found in your horoscope, the spheres where she seeks to be honored in your life.
Vesta is in the 12th House
There is a real temptation for you to spend much of your time on your own, withdrawn from society. This is fine if you are able to live in a religious community dedicated to prayer and meditation; however, this is not likely. The ability to live like a hermit in the hills is a rare one. It is more likely that you are required to deal with the challenges of living in an active and productive society. You are likely to be passionate about a solitary pursuit - reading, meditating, prayer, communing with nature to name a few. A limited amount of time relaxing in front of a television may also help recharge your batteries. Friends may misunderstand your needs, amiably joking about your need to "navel gaze" but contemplation inspires you. As mentioned previously there are limits. Your gifts need to be shared with others. Perhaps working in an institution such as a hospital, prison, the armed forces, could provide the discipline that you need to be an active member of society. On the other hand you may enjoy a role as a spiritual teacher.
Ideally other aspects of your birth chart will balance this placement of the goddess Vesta. If this is the case then perhaps you will have a good balance between pursuing solitary pursuits and then sharing them through various mediums with others. For instance you may spend much time on a creative project that you can then publish, sell or teach when it is completed. You are in touch with a wellspring of creative possibilities.
Another indication of this placement of Vesta in the 12th house of your birth chart is a fascination with the rites of initiation in various religious traditions, as well as possible involvement in secret societies. On the negative side you need to apply discipline and restraint to any involvement in such matters, otherwise you could attract forces that work against you. In ancient astrological times this would have meant secret enemies and the possibility of incarceration. On the positive side this can lead to a deeper understanding of the spiritual and hidden elements of society. You may also build positive links with other people through your involvement.
Vesta is in Virgo
When the goddess Vesta is in the sign of Virgo pleasure can be found in mundane tasks. In other words you enjoy attending to finer points of life, the little things that are often overlooked on a daily basis by other people. Creating order from chaos is one of your talents. Sometimes you may be a little too dedicated to t details and need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Your own need for perfection can rile those close to you, particularly if you become too rigid or critical. The extraordinariness of your being is found in the ordinariness of everyday life.
Nevertheless you are an adept provider, getting joy from serving others whether at home, work or play. You may enjoy working in a field that requires practicality, attention to detail and catering for other people - as a nurse, secretary, cleaner, organizer, handyperson, computer designer, gardener, insurance processor, to name a few. Your loved ones or those in authority at work appreciate your supportive role, recognizing your talents. However, you are one of those rare individuals who does not seek recognition, the act of creating order is what brings you true joy.
You have excellent mental and physical capabilities. You enjoy keeping fit, being well aware of the adage 'a healthy mind equals a healthy body'. Crosswords, chess, and other mentally challenging activities are pleasurable activities. A busy person, you do need to ensure that you find time for relaxation and recreation. You may need to physically remove yourself from your daily life in order to escape your constant responsibilities. For this reason you benefit from taking frequent smaller holidays, rather than longer ones. You may even enjoy getting away by yourself, so that you only have to be responsible for yourself, rather than others. This has the added benefit of enabling you to contemplate the bigger picture, emotional and spiritual matters. While you have a sound understanding of rational actions and logical conclusions, the apparent irrationality of human emotions and spiritual faith can sometimes be a challenge. The key is to develop tolerance for other people's differences while experiencing the joy of your own talents.
Hygieia - The Soul Of Health
In the ancient Greek sanctuaries of healing statues of Hygieia, the goddess of health, reminded the pilgrim of the archetypal quest for wholeness and well being. Adorned with a simple garment Hygieia was often represented as youthful, radiant and smiling, attributes that are companions of health. Either she is holding or feeding a snake. Carrying a bowl of food or water Hygieia is generally represented tending the sacred snakes that were housed in the temples on the sanctuaries of healing. Sometimes she is presented holding a wreath of laurel, combining victory with health, or other plants known for their medicinal properties, a motif that links her to an ancient tradition of woman healers, herbalists and midwives.
Leave those vain moralists and return to the depth of your soul: that is where you will always rediscover the source of the sacred fire which so often inflamed us with love of the sublime virtues; that is where you will see the eternal image of true beauty the contemplation of which inspires us with a holy enthusiasm
Hygieia's intimate relationship with the serpent recalls her link to the ancient goddesses of healing and nature. Earth and Mother goddesses were accompanied by serpents and the ancient belief was that they transmitted the power of healing and prophecy. As a symbol of both regeneration and divination serpents were sacred to the goddess who gave them sanctuary in the bosom of the earth. Later the cult of sacred snake was adapted and serpents were included in the rituals at the sanctuaries that offered healing and spiritual guidance. The ancients also saw the sacred serpent dwelling in the body and when awakened it could offer illumination, vitality and the radiance of well being. As nature became less mysterious snakes became demonized, no longer transmitting the ancient wisdom of healing but transporting demonic and darker forces.
Hygieia nurtures and tends the snake revering its sacred power to rejuvenate and shed its old ways. She celebrates its dark, earthy force and recognizes the divine mystery of illness and health. Like her ancient ancestors, Hygieia honored the union between the natural and supernatural worlds knowing that health and well being depended on bringing them both into a cohesive whole. Goddess wisdom also knew that all of nature was animated by spirits that could be petitioned through magical and religious ritual in an attempt to restore equilibrium and well being. Hygieia is the modern surrogate of the ancient goddesses who honor the great mystery of healing.
To the Greeks Hygieia personified health, that mysterious amalgam of well being, wholeness and happiness. She emerged in the classical period when the cult of Asclepius became widespread and flourished throughout the Graeco-Roman world. Hygieia was mainly represented as the daughter of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, although sometimes known as his wife. Her numerous statues equal those of Asclepius and in the cult of healing she was revered and equal to the god himself. Interestingly the popularity of temple medicine practiced at the sanctuaries of Asclepius paralleled the growth of rational medicine that had emerged through the teachings of Hippocrates. Hygieia stands at the crossroads of magico-religious healing rituals and contemporary medical practice, holding the tension between the two but allowing each to co-exist. She embraces wholistic healing in every manifestation as she is dedicated to the pursuit of health.
In the ancient community disease was portrayed as a possession by a demon, the intrusion of a spirit or the curse of a god. In the cult of Asclepius illness was seen to be more the call of the divine, the voice that echoed the split between body and spirit. It was the illness that called the pilgrim to the temple to restore equilibrium and well being. At the temple the patient would prepare for an encounter with the god often by fasting, bathing or meditating. Then the patient was escorted into the temple where they would lie down and fall into a deep sleep wherein the god would appear to them in a dream. Once contact with the god had been made through the inner process of the dream the patient would be restored to health. In the healing sanctuaries of Hygieia health was evoked through contact with the divine in the inner sanctuary of the soul. Yet synchronous with these practices were medical doctors who suggested that disease was a natural occurrence and not of the god's making. Hence Hygieia eventually became associated with mental health and well being as rational medical doctors gained a stronghold on the health of the physical body.
When Hygieia is strong in a birth chart we are reminded that health is the alignment of body and soul, heart and mind, outer success and inner peace. One at the expense of the other constellates dis-ease in the temperament that may manifest as a physical symptom, mental anguish or emotional pain. Hygieia is the personification of Health who calls us into the inner sanctuary of the soul to restore health and regain equilibrium. On a divinatory level Hygieia will be chosen when the healing of a situation is imperative. Rational healing is not the only answer. It must be accompanied by attending to the root cause, which ultimately is the illness in the soul. In a psychological sense Hygieia is soul of health, the urge to attend to psyche and its needs by nurturing our deeper urges and impulses. Feeding the snakes is a metaphor for nurturing the dark and mysterious aspects of the soul and attending to the unconscious.
In astrology Hygieia represents health that is forged through the alliance of the natural with the supernatural, the right brain with the left, the inner world with the outer, the serpent with the soul. Hygieia reminds us that health is an archetypal image embedded in the psyche. When the soul is not nourished or attended it speaks through illness and disease. The placement of Hygieia by house and sign that follow are where the goddess seeks her expression in your life.
Hygieia is in the 5th House
The 5th house of the horoscope symbolizes the theater of the self and with Hygieia in a leading role it suggests that your well being is intertwined with creative self expression. As a child the 5th house is the playground and the park where the freedom of open spaces inspired your urge to be vital and robust. Later it was games, sports and recreation that became critical to your physical and mental health. As an adult the playhouse of the 5th sector of the horoscope is the arena where you are able to express your artistic self. Therefore with Hygieia here it suggests that your vitality, happiness and sense of feeling healthy are intimately connected with the ability to express your creativity. As a child you would have first experienced how alive and vital you felt when engaged in play and this would be an early touchstone in forging your identity. Later your identity and sense of self would have matured the more you became engaged with activities that promoted your creativeness and imagination
Besides being entertaining and amusing the sphere of creativity is therapeutic in your life. You may have recognized how essential amusement and having fun are in reconstructing a healthy lifestyle. You also are aware of how activity and play engage the individual in feeling alive and well. Therefore you might have been drawn to work in physical education or sports training or be interested in therapeutic processes like sand play, inner child work or art therapy.
Your lifeline and road to health lead through the playhouse of the inner child. Therefore if there is not enough time for play, enough joy, or enough space for the expression of the creative self you will probably become run down, prone to feeling off-color, even sick. Hygieia will call you back into her sanctuary where it is necessary to amuse yourself and become engaged in the theatrical production of your life. To regain, maintain or improve the health quotient in your life you need to take some leisure time to explore the creative aspects of your self and risk hanging out in the playground of your life.
Hygieia is in Aquarius
As an archetype Hygieia symbolizes our innate urge for health and well being and in your horoscope finds her conscious expression through the qualities of Aquarius. This is a precarious placement as your urge to reconcile the ills of the group is intimately connected with your own need to be separate and distanced. The irony of this suggests that your ability to feel well and whole is reflected in your conscious ability to remain an individual, be independent and supportive of your own principles. Being firmly grounded in your own uniqueness allows you to be available to others, having exorcised the fear of losing your self in the group.
An aspect of your healing journey may lead you into associations or groups that act as healing agents for your sense of displacement or marginalisation. Aquarius is the sphere where worldly relationships are equal, whether they are colleagues, friends or associates. Brotherhood and Sisterhood is recreated through our partners, equals and kin in our worldly family. Therefore in a group, a classroom, a gathering or meeting we have the opportunity to redeem a conflicted sibling relationship, heal the loss of a dear friend or grieve for the separation from a partner. A loving friend, an encouraging colleague or supportive groups are healing agents for wounds inflicted through earlier relationships. Whether it is group therapy, a night out with the girls, or kicking the footy you will find healing grace in communal activities. Your friends come from the same spiritual tribe, share the same direction in life and carry the same hopes and wishes for the future.
Part of your journey is to gain enough autonomy to be able to feel concern and equality in all your adult relationships. No longer is equality having what the others have, but being valued as an equal individual within the group. Feeling well and happy is being independent and individualistic. You need to be part of a group of like-minded individuals but do not need to be part of a pack. Your journey towards wholeness has taken the road less traveled and ironically you feel well living on the margins and not at the center of the herd.
Ariadne - The Labyrinth Of The Soul
Daughter of the great dynasty of Knossos, Ariadne's fate was overshadowed by the curse that plagued her family. In the guise of a great white bull, Zeus had abducted her grandmother Europa from Phoenicia and brought her to Crete. Her mother Pasiphaë had also become enamored by a great bull. Ariadne participated in the family fate: as Pasiphaë's daughter her lifeblood was impassioned and as Europa's granddaughter her destiny was to abandon her ancestral home.
Health, greatest of all the blessed gods, may I live with you for the rest of my lifeAriphron
Poseidon cursed Ariadne's family when her father Minos refused to sacrifice his most magnificent bull to the god. Spurned, the god aroused Pasiphaë's shameful lust for the impressive bull that became embodied in her bull-son, the Minotaur, human from the shoulders down. Banished into the labyrinthine blackness below the palace Ariadne's half-brother, the Minotaur, fed on sacrificial children sent from Athens every nine years. Heroic Theseus was one of fourteen youths sent to Crete to face death at the hands of the Minotaur.
When Theseus arrived to participate in the bull games Ariadne's passions were ignited when she saw him for the first time. Beguiled by the handsome hero, Ariadne devised a plan for Theseus to slay the Minotaur and return safely through the dark tunnels of the labyrinth. For her complicity Theseus promised he would marry her and take her away to Athens. Unconscious that her fate was enmeshed with the god Dionysus and not Theseus Ariadne set upon her course to help her lover and in turn betray her family.
Through the dark labyrinthine tunnels Theseus crawled, quietly, mindful not to make sounds that would waken the sleeping Minotaur. Wrapped around his wrist was a ball of yarn, tied to the pillar at the entrance of the maze, which unravelled as he made his way through the dangerous tunnels. Ariadne's thread was the umbilical cord that connected him to the outer world and guaranteed his return after he killed the Minotaur. That evening Ariadne escaped with Theseus. In the dark Mediterranean night they set sail for a victorious return to Athens. Leaving behind her father and sacrificing her brother she surrendered to the passion that burned inside, the rapture only Aphrodite could inspire, a similar fervor that had inflamed her mother and grandmother. The next night Ariadne and her lover reached the island Naxos. Exhausted by traveling and fatigued from the emotional turmoil that had preceded their escape they collapsed into a deep sleep. But as the rays of the morning sun lit her face Ariadne awoke to discover her lover had vanished. At the edge of the shore she saw the sails of his ship in the distance. Athena had carefully woken Theseus before dawn, setting him on his course home without Ariadne. Abandoned, betrayed and used, Ariadne descended into her own complex world on the shores of Naxos.
Blinded by her passions Ariadne had been complicit in her abandonment. In betraying her family to follow her hero she had set the cycle of betrayal in motion. Projecting her heroic self onto Theseus had left her separated from her own center. Alone Ariadne was forced to connect with her internal world. At this threshold Ariadne experienced an epiphany of Aphrodite the goddess who ignited the passionate fires that led to her suffering. Appearing to Ariadne the goddess revealed her true fate: she would wed her real soul mate, the divine Dionysus. Dionysus celebrated their sacred marriage by offering Ariadne the crown as the symbol of their intimacy and eternal union.
Ariadne's myth portrays the heart's painful journey when connection to the inner self is severed and sacrificed to the lover. Ariadne followed her lover's course rather than her own internal labyrinthine journey, losing her genuine direction. Using the thread, the symbolic connection to her inner core, to serve the hero Ariadne lost contact with her own inner wisdom. Abandoned she was no longer able to define herself exclusively through a partner; therefore a more authentic sense of self could emerge. The painful process of confronting her naïve trust and blind faith in Theseus enabled her renewal and redemption. In psychological terms a more divine sense of union is possible when projections onto the other are consciously relinquished. Dionysus embodies a woman's masculine spirit enabling her to define herself in terms of her own needs and not through someone else.
When Ariadne is prominent in the birth chart she reveals the course of the heart encouraging the individual to acknowledge that the threads to their inner self are tenuous and must be honored in relationship. Ariadne celebrates a more intimate connection with the heart, whether that is through a personal relationship, a new creative endeavor or a new course of life.
In astrology Ariadne represents abandonment as an archetypal process that strips away the mind's illusions in order to hear the calling of the true self. Confronted by the painful reality of being left the individual is forced to relinquish their hopes and fantasies in order to awaken to the authentic path of the heart. Ariadne embodies the soul in relationship that must first experience the painful course of the labyrinth before a divine connection can be realized. Following is the astrological thread that Ariadne weaves through her house and sign in your horoscope.
Ariadne is in the 10th House
This is a prominent placement of the goddess Ariadne indicating that you are passionate about your career, marriage and anything that places you in the public eye. Your reputation means a great deal. Unfortunately your standing in the community is likely to be challenged at some stage in your life. This may mean that you lose yourself in the process of pursuing your position in society. There are many ways this pattern may be woven into your life. For instance, your career may demand that you travel far a field, away from family and friends, or maybe your marriage demands that you suppress your own career goals in order to maintain a public profile with your spouse. It is also possible that you feel that your career doesn't match your true passion. Perhaps you have sacrificed your own career goals in order to take up a family business or to look after an ailing mother? On the other hand you may have a day job that pays the bills, while seeking your true vocation after hours. It is also possible that you have sacrificed your own career in order to support your children. Alternatively have you ever walked away from a dissatisfying day job, sacrificing a secure income in favor of career satisfaction? However the threads are woven together the pattern is the same. The important question remains: "How do I maintain my value and integrity through the demands of the outer world?"
When Ariadne is prominent in the birth chart she is calling you to rise to the challenge of discovering and pursuing your true calling. You must acknowledge this calling and ensure that your craft is not lost because of your responsibilities. Ariadne celebrates a more intimate connection with the heart, whether that is through a personal relationship, a new creative endeavor or a new course of life. Rebirth is possible. Therefore at some stage of your life you need to throw off the shackles of other people's expectations and have the courage to support your own life direction. This process requires hard work but you have the ability to ultimately find peace by combining your personal and professional dreams.
Ariadne's thread can be used to weave a creative and fulfilling vocation where you find an authentic sense of who you are, recognized by others as a role model and advocate.
Ariadne is in Cancer
Your destiny is strongly linked with your family and your home. A strong network of family members influences your childhood. Whether this is mostly positive or negative depends on other aspects of your birth chart. Either way you are likely to feel a little lost amidst the maze of interactions within your home. You love your family members but it is likely that you need to strike out on your own in order to discover your own sense of self. Ironically the more your feel supported and loved the easier it is to leave. How you leave home will be an important metaphor for how you are able to separate later in life.
Ariadne's fate was overshadowed by the curse that plagued her family. She was compelled to leave her home with a lover, and then ultimately face life on her own. Alone Ariadne was forced to connect with her internal world. This may be similar to your lesson: to learn how to remain connected to your own sense of self no matter what is happening in your immediate and extended family and the world at large.
As an adult you may build many homes and start your own family, but until you come to peace with yourself these will not satisfy your need for comfort. You are being asked to contemplate your spiritual home. Perhaps you sometimes experience a sense of longing for a peace that does not seem available in daily life. As John Cheever said in 'The Stories of John Cheever, 1978, 'homesickness is... absolutely nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time. You don't really long for another country. You long for something in yourself that you don't have, or haven't been able to find.' The goddess Ariadne asks you to find that sense of peace and belonging. This is your quest.
Europa - The Soul Of The Earth
Underneath the Cretan palace of Knossos hidden in a labyrinthine chamber lived a bull-man, the Minotaur, the shameful shadow of the Minoan clan. Two generations earlier the story began when Zeus shape-shifted into a beautiful white bull to seduce a young Phoenician princess named Europa. Like the gods of the old religion Zeus took the shape of a virile and magnificent bull to mesmerize the innocent girl who was unaware that her destiny would instigate the founding of two great dynasties as well as the continent named for the virgin Zeus had abducted.
On a beach in Sidon a bull was aping a lover's coo. It was Zeus. He shuddered, the way he did when a gadfly got him. But this time it was a sweet shuddering. Eros was lifting a girl onto his back: EuropaThe Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony
Europa had been playing in a field gathering spring flowers to make garlands when she became enthralled by a large charismatic bull that meandered into the meadow. Possessed with desire to know the bull, she moved closer. Zeus, the bull-god, knelt before her gently beckoning Europa onto his back. She dared to climb upon him, and then slowly he took her step-by-step across the meadow towards the sea. With the power of a great god, the bull strode the waves across the sea to Crete. Europa clung tightly to the powerful bull, as she rode farther and farther away from her homeland. Zeus had made his conquest. He took Europa as his lover, fathering three children by her; one was Minos the founder of the Cretan dynasty.
Europa's father summoned his sons and instructed them to search for their sister and not to return home until the task had been accomplished. Cadmus set out on the quest, eventually journeying to Delphi to ask the oracle where he could find his sister. The oracle advised Cadmus to relinquish the quest for his sister, as his fate was to found the city of Thebes, not find his sister. In order to find the location of Thebes, he must follow a cow until it came to a place where it would lay down due to exhaustion. Europa had been abducted by a god disguised as a bull; her brother Cadmus is led by a cow to his destiny. Both siblings' destiny is to found a great dynasty guided by the commanding and enterprising bovine instinct. Like the zodiacal sign of Taurus the bull symbolizes inherent resource and power and the ability to either cultivate land or build structures that create wealth.
Europa's son Minos claimed the throne of Crete with the blessing of the god Poseidon, his great grandfather who offered him a gift from the sea. A sacred white bull majestically arose out of the ocean and Minos promised to return it to the god in sacrifice. However, the bull was so regal and powerful, Minos decided not to sacrifice the majestic bull but substitute it for a prized white bull from his own herd. Outraged at the deceit, the earth-shaker Poseidon cursed the Minoan dynasty provoking Pasiphaë, Minos' wife, to be sexually obsessed with the beautiful god-like bull. Her craving led to her becoming pregnant with her monstrous son, the Minotaur. Minos' greed and failure to respect the laws of the gods produced a monster that had to be buried beneath the surface of the family in the labyrinthine dungeons of the palace. Buried shame or repression lurking under the atmosphere of the family home eventually surfaces through the next generations. This became evident through the fate of Europa's granddaughters daughters Ariadne and Phaedra. The myth the Greeks retold was a variant of a much earlier motif when the bull was consort of the earth goddess. Europa is the ancient goddess whose earthy instinct is powerful and resourceful. Europa heralds contact with the ancient feminine instincts that generate the power to create abundance.
Throughout the myth of Europa the bull image reoccurs. It is a multi-dimensional symbol of earthy passions, desires, magnetism, wealth and potency whose shadow is greed and lust. The Great Bull of Heaven was an image of archaic power, fertility and enterprise. The appearance of the heavenly bull of Taurus heralded spring when the bountiful Earth became carpeted with wildflowers and the cycle of courtship began. The great bull is engaging and charismatic constellating the generative power of the feminine. Aphrodite who symbolizes the beauty, sensuality and attractiveness of this archetype is the persuasive erotic power that draws Europa, Pasiphaë, Ariadne and Phaedra into her domain. Europa embodies the wealth and majesty of the bull, its earthy passions and its worldly triumphs.
Europa, as the bull-goddess, reclaims the power to construct and direct the course of her own life. When she is prominent in a birth chart it suggests the individual's present course is to construct a solid foundation that will secure the rapid growth of resources.
In astrology Europa embodies the ability to ride the bull, harness its power and give birth to its resourceful creativity. Innately she is the image of feminine power, guidance and direction. Embodying earthy instincts she knows how to cultivate the earth and create abundance through her passionate, attractive and commanding nature. How she finds expression in your life is explored through the goddess Europa's placement in your horoscope, as follows.
Europa is in the 2nd House
The goddess Europa is asking that you focus on ways to nurture and sustain your self-esteem. If other aspects of your birth chart indicate healthy self-development from child to adult then you are likely to thrive with this position of the goddess - enjoying personal and monetary riches. However, if other aspects of your chart indicate that you tend to rely on others for your sense of self worth then this could be a challenge. You need to rely on your own emotional resources, ensuring that others do not have the power to challenge your self-worth. The more you try to rely on other people, the more you are likely to feel as if circumstances are forcing you to maintain your independence. Even though you would prefer to sit back and relax in a warm and secure relationship you first need to secure your own sense of self. On the other hand you may enjoy maintaining a sense of self-reliance no matter what bonds you form with loved ones.
Money is likely to play an important role in your life. From a young age you discover that wealth is desirable and attainable. You have the ability to make a good income, but you will only keep it and build on it if you keep your other strong desires in check, especially the urge to overreach or take on too much. You tend to rate your services highly, but you are also generous with your earnings. You are more resourceful than most, but that doesn't mean that you have to give away your own income. You would be well advised to decide on a proportion that you are willing to donate to good causes and then invest the rest. This is particular true in women's charts, where the desire can be to support a man financially. You need to use your discretion to choose between a healthy decision to support a lover or husband and a need to shore up an unhealthy relationship.
You enjoy exploring different ways in which to invest your money and you are never foolish. You know when to make an investment and when to bide your time. You are not necessarily materialistic. You have the ability to earn your income from your creativity or from products of the earth. You may also enjoy studying the spiritual laws of economics. Money inspires you to see the beauty in the world. As Oscar Wilde said in 'The Soul of Man under Socializm', 'Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you'.
Europa is in Scorpio
You spend a great deal of time trying to escape the need for introspection. Perhaps this is because the depths of your own feelings frighten you or perhaps you simply recognize the need to make the most of every minute of your time on earth. It is possible that a childhood experience has taught you that life can change in the blink of an eye. As an adult you may try to control the outcome of events and people's actions. This is a slippery slope because you can waste a lot of your own time and energy trying to work out what motivates other people and how to manipulate them so that your needs are met. Your lack of trust can really drain your resources, especially if you become involved in battles for power with loved ones or authority figures. One of your major lessons is discovering that you cannot exert such control. Ironically you may need to experience enforced periods of introspection to learn this lesson, the very thing that you have tried to avoid! The fact is that you need to focus on your own intentions and learn to allow others the freedom to make their own decisions without recriminations.
It may be the bull of your own or someone else's passions that have drawn you into an intense encounter with your feelings. Strong emotions move you and confront you. Courageously you are called to face them, not deny them. Through the journey into your own passions you liberate your capacity and the possibility of intimacy.
Once you have learnt to focus on your own passion then you are a veritable tour de force, someone to be reckoned with. You are resourceful, compassionate, wise and genuine. You trust in your own ability to cope with life and its challenges. You start to enjoy the challenges rather than feel overwhelmed.
Pandora - A Gift Of Hope
Pandora's story was written eight centuries before Christ in the epoch when gender roles were rigidly defined. Yet the mythic plot echoes timeless motifs, even ones used in contemporary science fiction. In Greek myth Pandora is the first woman, mother of all mortal women, created by the gods to assert their superiority over mankind. Cast as a femme fatale, a 'beautiful evil', she possesses a jar filled with toxins designed to pollute the race of mankind. Alluring, yet dangerous, Pandora represents a vestige of the ancient goddess culture threatening the emergent patriarch. Yet she also transports an indelible gift from the goddess embedded at the bottom of the urn.
Hope sole remain'd within, nor took her flight, Beneath the vessel's verge conceal'd from light
Three centuries later her myth was carved on the marble base underpinning the spectacular cult statue of Athena. When designing the Parthenon and its decorations the Athenians chose the myth of Pandora to be the motif at Athena's feet. On the pedestal of the colossal statue suppliants to Athena were reminded of the creation of the first woman and the plagues she brought to bear on humanity, a striking contrast to Athena who brought victory and pride to the Greeks. Like Athena Pandora's birth was unusual. Fashioned out of the earth at the command of Zeus, Pandora was the instrument designed to punish mankind for the unsanctioned possession of fire stolen by Prometheus.
Zeus was furious when Prometheus stole fire from heaven, smuggling it in a fennel stalk and distributing it to mankind. With the theft the distance between man and god narrowed, as fire was the alchemical agent that would refine raw materials and promote the development of mankind. As the human race developed there would be less need for the gods. Zeus' revenge was to send a 'gift' to man that would counterbalance the profit mankind gained from using fire. To date men had lived without evil in a golden age, which now would come to an end through the guile of a beautiful woman.
Zeus instructed the smith-god Hephaestus to fashion a beautiful maiden resembling a goddess out of clay and water. Athena was to teach the phantom how to weave a web, Aphrodite was instructed to make her seductive and Hermes, the trickster-god, was to teach her how to be deceitful. Adorned with beautiful garments from the Charities, Zeus breathed life into Pandora, who was given as a gift to Epimetheus, the brother of Prometheus. In her hands she carried an intricately designed urn, the dowry Zeus had given her. Shut inside it was all the evils, storms and plagues that bring misfortune to mankind. Instructed not to accept any gifts from Zeus, Epimetheus became enchanted by the beautiful Pandora and forgot his brother's warning. Pandora opened the jar and before she could close the lid disease, old age, pain, toil, death and all the other ills that plague humanity spilled out. When she was finally able to seal the jar nothing remained except Hope, trapped at the bottom. In their benevolence the gods had insured an antidote for suffering. Pandora offers hope when all else has failed.
The myth of Pandora was included in Greek literature synchronous with the time that the myth of Eve appeared in Jewish writings. In both myths Pandora and Eve become the patriarchal scapegoat for all of humanity's troubles aligning feminine power with evil. This mythic misogyny defines the time when masculine values were dominant and feminine values were denigrated, even demonised. Pandora and Eve became the composite projection of evil, blamed for their lack of foresight, chaos and feelings. Underlying the mythic stratagem was a motif from an earlier period when goddess culture was dominant.
In Greek Pandora translates into 'all gifts' and her entry into Greek myth suggested this name because the gods of Olympus each gave her a gift. However, this mythic thread is probably an inversion from earlier goddess culture when Pandora may have referred to the goddess giving gifts. Gift giving became an essential component of Greek culture and this inverted fragment reminds us of the abundant side of the goddess who offers us the cornucopia of plenty. Pandora is born of the earth like Gaia, supplying the gifts of life. And the gift of life she brings that cannot be destroyed is Hope. On a psychological level hope is the mechanism that breathes life into the soul after it has been bruised and deflated.
Pandora emerges at a critical time historically and psychologically. She enters Greek myth when the goddess culture has waned and been rejected and man is no longer in favor with the gods. Psychologically Pandora appears to offer hope in devastating times. She brings a powerful gift that cannot be destroyed by life's ills. Hope is the life force that survives the disaster evoking images of healing and improvement. When Pandora is prominent in a birth chart she confronts us to delve into the deepest part of ourselves to tap the reservoir of faith. Having survived the projections and denigration of the other, Pandora resurrects life once again through the auspices of hope.
In astrology Pandora reminds us that embedded in every disaster is the gift of renewal through the auspices of faith and hope. Illness, destruction, old age and pain are part of feminine wisdom and this knowledge stands in direct contrast to masculine fantasies of a Golden Age and Garden of Eden. How she enters our life is reflected in the placement of the goddess. Descriptions of the goddess by house and sign in your horoscope are next.
Pandora is in the 9th House
Do you find that every religious discussion that you ever have ends in tears? You don't mean to be moralistic but somehow you always seem to overstate your case? The goddess Pandora is telling you that religion is a touchy subject. Whether you realize it or not you have strong opinions and you don't seem to be able to let the conversation rest without expressing them ardently.
On the one hand you may be a religious zealot, with strong views linked to a particular religious edict. On the other hand you may have fervently rejected orthodox religion and are urgently seeking an alternative set of beliefs. Your search for meaning can be quite passionate. In fact your over-enthusiastic approach can also be linked to any interests that you have in sports, law, astrology, politics and foreign affairs. In fact just about any principle that you hold strongly can be your motivating force, one that you feel must be shared with other people no matter what their inclination. You are a born educator. This can be a positive trait; however, you need to balance your fervor with consideration for other people's beliefs. If you are not careful racism may insidiously creep into your belief system and that would be a real Pandora's Box!
It is possible that some of your strong opinions originate in your childhood, or perhaps even in connection with your experiences of another culture or country. You need to release any negative childhood experiences and discover your own personal philosophy, one that is compassionate and inclusive. As a result you may become an inspired teacher or perhaps publish motivational articles or books. You may also travel far a field in search of meaning. Dedication replaces fanaticism as you find meaning in keeping matters in perspective. As American Revolutionary Leader Thomas Paine once said, 'the world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.' Pandora is not indifferent; neither are you. The gifts she brings to you is your abundant faith in the future of humanity.
Pandora is in Gemini
You love baubles and gadgets - anything shiny, collectible, innovative and amusing. Any object that opens and shuts fascinates you. Contraptions arouse your natural curiosity. These can range from the everyday workings of a wristwatch to the more complicated machinations of computer technology. For this reason you may recognize, from a young age that you need to make enough money to help you satisfy your curiosity.
You may also be fascinated by the way money circulates in the economy. In fact you are fascinated by a variety of things, able to juggle a few things at once. Pursuing different directions simultaneously may be a bit stressful so be aware of your propensity to overtax the nervous system. People also captivate your interest. What motivates some of your friends? What are their hobbies? What are their plans for the future? And why do they make particular decisions? You enjoy gossip; however, you are also able to be quite charming and sympathetic, becoming a confidante. Be careful to keep your counsel. Otherwise your intentions may be misunderstood. You would be well advised to keep your friend's secrets, to lend a sympathetic ear but to refrain from meddling.
Offer your loved ones the message of hope. The goddess Pandora has given you the gift of humor. You can help uplift the troubles of others by taking an understanding but light-hearted approach to life's challenges. Your sense of fun can assist in lightening the load of those who cross your path.
Mnemosyne - The Soul Of Memory
The faculty of memory was so important to the ancients that it was personified as a goddess. In Greek cosmogony Mnemosyne was the daughter of Uranus and Gaia, a pre-Olympian goddess who characterized Memory. Being one of the original deities Mnemosyne is the custodian of memory before the advent of writing, literacy, books, recordings and computers. She embodies the voice of an oral culture that communicates from the soul through stories, pictures, metaphors and body language. Mnemosyne finds her voice through the poetry of images revealing her memoirs through a dream, a feeling, a response, a longing or a sudden thought that darts into consciousness. Embedded in the fragments of a song, a myth, or a fairy tale linger ancient truths that awaken the goddess. Dwelling in the soul Mnemosyne unexpectedly arouses memory through our senses and bodily reactions.
Thou fill'st from the wingèd chalice of the soul Thy lamp, O Memory, fire-wingèd to its goal
To the ancient Greeks memory was a goddess residing in the heart. Memory was soulful, an aspect of psyche that was creative and evocative and the ancients also saw the goddess as mother of the Muses. Goddess culture honored her form through three phases and originally Mnemosyne was celebrated through the Muses of meditation, memory and song. In early myth the Muses were the triune aspect of memory who inspired poetry and song. As rational science and beliefs began to emerge the seat of memory began to shift to the brain, aligning memory with a more logical and calculating experience rendering Mnemosyne a passive goddess who collected and stored life's impressions. Later myth suggested there were nine muses. Zeus visited Mnemosyne for nine nights and was the father of her nine daughters, the Muses, the inspiration and manifestation of the soul of memory. As mistresses of healing and prophecy the Muses inspired and taught others to contact a deeper knowing through their imagination and creativity which guarded the wellspring of memory. As custodians of the arts each had a sphere of influence which they inspired and animated with ancient images and recollections. History, Music, Comedy, Tragedy, Choral Dance and Song, Lyric Poetry, Religious Dance, Astronomy and Epic Poetry were the personifications of the ancient goddess of memory. Apollo, lord of the rational sphere, became their guardian and leader.
Memory's daughters are the muses, the ones who inspire and enchant the soul. Through her and her daughters we are able to engage in weaving the fragments of memory together to evoke meaning. Mnemosyne reminds us to remember the ancient ways. The goddess of Memory is not just a passive recorder of experience and events but a poetic and heart-rending process that inspires the imagination. Mnemosyne re-collects the emotional experiences, feelings and impressions of our life. She is the archive of all that we have tasted, touched, wanted, smelt and felt. Her memories are stored in the psyche as images, symbols, feelings, impressions and instincts or become imprinted in the body, in the adrenal or olfactory glands, the tension in the muscles, allergies and illnesses. Mnemosyne is rhythmic and reflective, not linear, evoking dreams, images, songs that give continuity to our life's narrative. Memory and imagination are woven together when Mnemosyne and her daughters are aroused.
To the ancients the sacred sanctuary of Mnemosyne and the Muses was the museum. These ancient shrines dedicated to the goddess ceded to the structures we know today as museums where we house the great works of the imagination. On an inner level the museum is the sphere of Mnemosyne where impressions and feelings from the past are evoked in the present situation.
In astrology Mnemosyne, the goddess, helps us remember images and impressions from previous phases of our life in order to give meaning, context and insight into these experiences. She acts as a loosening agent, allowing buried complexes, taboo feelings, repressed memories to breathe again to find some place in the sunlight of consciousness. She connects passages of time together. Links can be made back to times in the previous cycle allowing space for the process of reflection and musing. Following is a report of how Mnemosyne brings the muse into your life experience.
Mnemosyne is in the 12th House
The goddess Mnemosyne is asking you to be reflective. On an inner level you have the ability to find meaning in the midst of the mundane. Imagination nurtures you and allows the soul to breathe and the body to feel lighter. The goddess requests that you find the confident inner knowing and inner peace that is part of your true nature. You, of all people, have the ability to leave behind any false perceptions that you have picked up in this lifetime and to remember divine love and peace. Meditation, prayer and retreats into nature may all assist in the process. Solitude is very healing and important as you may be overwhelmed by memories of the collective past.
Mnemosyne's daughters are the muses, the ones who inspire and enchant the soul. Finding your own inner muse allows you to be able to be creative and imaginative in your life. Impressions and feelings from the past can be evoked for creative works if you do not allow them to overwhelm you. You may also find inspiration from great musicians, the ballet and modern dance and even from visits to museums. In ancient times the museum was the sacred sanctuary of Mnemosyne and the Muses. These early shrines dedicated to the goddess became the structures we know today as museums, places where we accommodate great works of the imagination. Logic and science may elude you.
Depending on other aspects of your birth chart you may have difficulty finding a practical outlet for your inner longings of expression. The goddess asks that you remember that your forte is the imagination. Great works of art, the uplifting force of benevolence and charity as well as the sacrifices of humans in times of crisis moves you, inspiring you to be heroic. These are the memories that motivate you at a deep level. Your motivation is spiritual, transcendental not materialistic or even perhaps practical. Nevertheless this goddess is encouraging you to explore the hidden nature of the soul and to find an avenue through which to assuage the hunger of a materialistic world.
Mnemosyne is in Virgo
Sometimes the world is a troubling place. You see disease, pestilence, natural disasters and wars and realize that humanity has learnt little from history. You wonder why people have failed to remember the consequences of past misdeeds. As such you can find that the troubles of the world get you down unless you create diversions. You need to talk to others, share your thoughts and opinions in order to resolve inner conflict. Good mental health depends on your ability to communicate with others, create artistic diversions and find some meaning in your own life, as well as world affairs. Music can also play a key role in healing your troubled soul. The harmonies and lyrics of favorite songs can instantly uplift you from depressing thoughts and feelings. You have a love of words, but more so you have a love of the way in which these words are communicated. Poetry, choreography, and creative design are just a few of the activities that inspire the best in you. You are more likely to be the choreographer or stage manager rather than the artiste. You may work in the office of an artistic organization rather than stand in the spotlight.
Nevertheless you are inspired by the arts. You may also be interested in patterns. This interest can range from something as simple as a knitting pattern to solving a more complicated mathematical problem. Reading detective novels and solving murder mysteries may also appeal. You are sensitive to your immediate environment, to the extent that your immune system may sometimes be challenged. Dwelling in the soul Mnemosyne unexpectedly arouses memory through our senses and bodily reactions. Therefore you are likely to enjoy massage, aromatherapy and other healing modalities. You may also be interested in conventional medicine, but it is more likely to be connected to a fascination for rare diseases, x-rays or anything that presents or solves a health dilemma. You are interested in configurations, synchronicity, mysteries and collating evidence.
You recognize that there is a grand design, a destiny for humanity and yet you need to concentrate on your own gifts. You tend to get caught up in details, remembering all of the little things that need doing, rather than seeing how you can contribute to the big picture. Hence you feel overwhelmed by the world at large. You are also very critical, recalling all of the things that have been done wrong rather than concentrating on the connections. Criticism has its place, but you need to be wary of being too harsh on yourself and others. Learn to relax, remember the good times and focus on your artistic goals. You have a real gift for creating connections, either in arts and crafts or in linking people with common interests. You may also have an excellent memory for figures. The goddess Mnemosyne asks you to lighten up and share the good times, use your gifts as a service to others in your personal life, and humanity as a whole.
Hecate - The Soul In Transition
Hecate became associated with the dark phase of triple goddess who embraced the spheres of heaven (Selene), earth (Artemis) and underworld (Persephone). Her initial association with the underworld was as an attendant to Persephone. It was Hecate who heard Persephone's screams when Hades dragged her down into the netherworld. Hecate was also present when Hermes escorted Persephone out of the underworld. As a guardian of the threshold Hecate witnessed Persephone's descent and release. Her cave is located between the earth and the underworld confirming Hecate's role as an intermediary, bound to neither world but in between both.
Leave those vain moralists and return to the depth of your soul: that is where you will always rediscover the source of the sacred fire which so often inflamed us with love of the sublime virtues; that is where you will see the eternal image of true beauty the contemplation of which inspires us with a holy enthusiasm
As a threshold goddess Hecate is encountered when the paths of our lives converge and we are uncertain which fork in the road to follow. Throughout antiquity she was worshipped at the intersection of roads and by Roman times she was known as Hecate Trivia, the goddess of the three ways. On the night of the New Moon pots of food were left at the crossroads as votive offerings to the goddess. 'Hecate's suppers' honored the transition of one lunar cycle to the next on the night that the old month ended. Statues with three bodies and three heads were erected at crossroads for travelers to leave offerings and say prayers to Hecate for guidance across an important threshold.
At transitional spaces where paths converged travelers would pass from one world into another, therefore crossroads became associated with spirits and shades. Hecate became aligned with ghosts and hallucinations as the ancient Greeks attributed the power to conjure up the dead and the phantoms of the imagination with her. Known as the leader of souls she was associated with magic, divination and contact with the shades of the dead. By the classical period Hecate had become affiliated with witchcraft and magic, known as the goddess of ghosts and night terrors. Her companions were dogs. As guardians of thresholds and instinctually able to trace a scent hounds represented Hecate's instinctual wisdom. By later antiquity Hecate had become the patroness of witchcraft.
Hecate's triple aspect was also reflected in the phases of the Moon. As 'Mistress of the Moon' Hecate governed its dark phase. Sappho called her the 'Queen of the Night' and as a light bearer she often carried two torches. Knowing the wisdom of cycles and their triune phases of birth, death and rebirth the lunar goddess also represented the menstrual crossroads in a woman's life cycle. As a birth goddess she was an intermediary figure not only for souls departing their body but also for souls entering a new one. Hecate appears at the threshold of change in women's lives as she enters a new phase of the life cycle. As a lunar goddess associated with fertility rites she is aware of the richness of the dark and hidden treasures. In her dual role as guardian of the threshold and Queen of the Night she knows that every decision taken at the crossroads must come from a deeper level of soul.
Since her early depiction in epic Hecate has become denigrated, often portrayed as a negative and a dangerous demon of the dark. Disassociated from the totality of the lunar cycle she has become identified only with its dark phase. Fear of the dark, death and the underworld were projected onto Hecate who represented the dismembered connection to the feminine wisdom of cycles. Her ancient myth reminds us of her perpetual role as an intermediary and attendant at the crossroads. We meet her on the precipice of change, at crossroads, on doorways, in transition. During these times of initiation Hecate helps us to accept our disorientation between two ways of being.
When the goddess Hecate is prominent in a birth chart she depicts the area in which we are at crossroads in our lives. Time can sometimes seem suspended while we reorient ourselves to a new way of being. Confusion, loss and disconnection are natural moods during this phase as we let go of what has been in order to greet what may be. By house position Hecate would suggest where you will encounter her in your life; by sign she colors your life with magic and mystery. Following are the astrological descriptions where Hecate enters your experience.
Hecate is in the 10th House
The goddess Hecate is a powerful influence in your birth chart, indicating that an authoritative woman, probably your mother, plays a prominent role in your early life. Your father is unlikely to be the head of your childhood household, as this position suggest the prominence of feminine principles. Your mother, or another female relative, is the boss. The extent to which this influence has a positive or negative effect depend largely other aspects of your birth chart; however, your mother does make a significant impression of your choices in your adult life.
In a positive scenario your mother is a strong woman, able to command respect in both happy and difficult periods. Her wisdom and good common sense set an admirable example. It is possible that your father is absent in your life, and that your mother has had to struggle on her own. On the other hand it may be that your connection to your mother is more evocative than your bond with your father. Positively speaking, she teaches you what to do at different crossroads in your young life, which helps you later in life. She teaches you many life skills, preparing you to leave your family as a young adult and strike out independently. She is also able, by example, to teach you how to maintain a mutually supportive bond with your spouse.
On the other hand it is possible that your mother has had a detrimental effect on your adult life. The darker side of this placement of the goddess Hecate is that your mother, or grandmother, could be too powerful in your family system, reigning like an overpowering monarch. As you are growing up you may start to feel oppressed by this woman's level of interference in your life. You feel that you are missing out on a bond with your father. As a result you are likely to want to break free, leave your family home and learn how to live your own life without meddling from others. Your adjustment to independent living may be quite tumultuous. Your challenge is to connect with your own sense of self, your own spiritual purpose, and to create a life that works for you. You need to integrate the positive lessons that have been passed down by your mother, but to break away from any manipulative tactics. Once you feel powerful in your own life, then you are more likely to see her influence in the light of another human being trying to do their best. In order to do this you may benefit from taking part in rituals whenever you make major changes in your life direction. For instance a graduation ceremony can mark the end of one form of schooling and the beginning of a new phase, and a wedding ceremony is an important statement to society of your commitment to another person, as well as your change in social status. These rites of passage can assist you at the crossroads of your life.
Hecate is in Cancer
When the goddess Hecate combines with the sign of Cancer the result is a powerful domestic goddess. In a woman's chart this can mean that you are the heart around whom the rest of your household revolves. You may or may not reign in the kitchen, but you do enjoy your home environment as place of refuge and spiritual sustenance. Therefore you may enjoy interior design, landscape gardening and other such home duties. The extent of your skills in the kitchen depends largely on other aspects of your chart, but you are a tour de force in your family. Kitchens are the meeting point for family life and it is here that you offer guidance and direction to family members. In a contemporary family your 'kitchen' is the metaphoric crossroads where relatives seek your wisdom and advice. Hecate was known for her suppers on the eve of the New Moon and some of her mythic power is with you as you prepare family events. Your extended family, past and present, guests and ghosts are drawn together around your dining table.
In a man's chart this placement of the goddess Hecate has hints of conflict between your mother and your partner. As a young child you revere your mother, who is the major influence in your family. Even if your mother has a negative influence she is still likely to loom large as a martyr-like figure, sacrificing her career in order to fulfill her domestic duties. This may have shaped your inner image of the secure feminine. In other words you are likely to project your expectations of domestic bliss on to your wife, rather than make an effort to create family harmony yourself. Your challenge is to recognize your mother's influence on your expectations of marriage and to encourage your partner to become your equal. Perhaps you marry someone who enjoys reigning supreme in your house, bearing your children, cooking, cleaning and managing the household. However, it is also likely that you need to do your share. You may enjoy the role of househusband or you may have difficulty adjusting to this expectation. This will depend on other influences in your horoscope, but the goddess Hecate is calling on you to embrace your feminine qualities. He-man tactics, whether passive or aggressive, will not augur well in your home! The more that you can soften your approach, embrace your loved ones and do your share of supporting your family members the more joy you are likely to feel in your home. Once you cross the threshold into your adult home you need to feel secure and safe as if all the crossroads of your life are converging here. Your task is to create a solid foundation stone for you and those you love.
The goddess Hecate has a strong association with the Moon. Therefore your challenge is to be flexible in your home and family. Go with the flow, rather than try to control. Share your values and do your bit to help your home become a haven and inspiration to friends and family alike. When loved ones reach a crossroads in their lives make sure that you are supporting their wishes, rather than imposing your own. As such the influences of this goddess and the Moon can bring great rewards to your private life, combining to create a secure base for you and your family.
Cassandra - The Prophetic Soul
Cassandra stood on the walls of Troy and watched Paris' ship enter the harbor. Her brother had returned from Sparta having seduced Helen away from her homeland to bring her to live in Troy as his wife. With the blessings of Aphrodite Paris and his lover Helen had snuck away from her palace undetected and sailed across the Aegean to Asia Minor. A dark cloud shrouded the ship as it anchored. When Cassandra watched her brother and Helen disembark and approach the city gates she was flooded with images of Troy's destruction, filling her with an ominous and terrible feeling. Possessed by this eerie perception she uttered a warning to the crowd that was gathered at the gates to welcome the couple. From deep inside she divined the future: Helen's entrance into the city would lead to its destruction. Ignoring Cassandra and her prophecy the crowds turned away to welcome the new royal couple into their city. Time and time again her message was rejected and ridiculed. Ten years later a similar scenario would unfold. Cassandra would warn the Trojans not to accept the wooden horse into their city. Once again no one would heed her accurate predictions. The Greeks, angry at Helen's abduction, sacked Troy and left the city in ashes.
Thou fill'st from the wingèd chalice of the soul Thy lamp, O Memory, fire-wingèd to its goal.
Cassandra was one of the daughters of the royal family of Troy, a sister to both Paris and Hector and twinned to her brother, Helenus. When the twins were infants they accompanied their parents to the temple of Apollo to celebrate a festival in honor of the oracular god. During the ritual the twins fell into a deep sleep. Two temple snakes slithered into their basket as they slept and bit them on their ears injecting the gift (or poison) of prophecy into them. From that day both Cassandra and Helenus were known for their prophetic nature.
Having the gift of sight Cassandra entered the temple to serve Apollo being called to her vocation as his Pythia, the voice of the oracular god. However, Apollo fell in love with her and demanded she reciprocate his desire. But Cassandra refused to consummate the relationship preferring to worship the god in spirit, not body. Enraged Apollo found a way to avenge her rejection. Knowing he could not retract the gift of prophecy that he had given her when she was so young he cursed her so no one would ever believe her prophecies. The god begged her for one kiss and Cassandra consented. As she opened her mouth to kiss the god Apollo breathed his curse into her insuring others would no longer value her prophetic vision. He turned his back on her, condemning Cassandra to see the perilous future yet never able to be understood or believed. Cassandra, cursed by the narcissistic god for rejecting him, was later violently assaulted by Ajax upon the altar of Athena when the Greeks were ransacking Troy. After the sack of Troy the leader of the Greek fleet Agamemnon took her as his slave back to his palace of Mycenae. As she approached the mammoth walled city her images of destruction became more and more intense. Racked by the violent visions she screamed a warning for Agamemnon to not enter the palace foreseeing his brutal murder at the hands of his wife. In her heart she also knew that entering the city with him would result in her own death.
Cassandra personifies the medial woman whose intuitive faculties and understanding of the unconscious patterns are not welcomed in an ordered rational society. She sees what others are too fearful to see and exposes the inevitable patterns that underpin the situation. In an atmosphere of control and denial Cassandra is marginalized and demeaned becoming the projective reflection of the fear of chaos and uncertainty. Disbelief and ignorance render her wisdom impotent. When dark feelings, dread or grief are repressed in the atmosphere Cassandra is the medium of their expression. Her curse is that she is not identified with her feelings leaving her misunderstood and marginalized. Her feelings, identified by others as autonomous ravings, isolate her. Cassandra is able to sense what is taboo and unlived but unable to remain separate from it.
Cassandra represents the archetype of medial knowledge. Unlike the ancient world there are no longer sanctuaries or sacred places to honor her way of knowing. She reflects the need to be aware of our medial skills and intuitive knowledge and seek training to help strengthen the ability to use this skill and not be overwhelmed by it. When Cassandra appears prominently she encourages the individual to find a voice for the medium through understanding the symbols, images, signs and omens of unconscious language. She embodies the ancient ways of knowing in a culture that no longer values prophecy and divination. Her knowledge is not objective but oracular. To embrace Cassandra we must abandon logic, separateness and rationality and enter into the irrational world where meaning is revealed through feeling and connectedness. However, Cassandra reminds us that in a scientific and ordered society our knowing may be rejected. Cassandra encourages us to have the strength of our convictions and a strong and healthy identity about our beliefs.
Oracular knowing springs out of the collective through an unconscious and unbound participation with everything in the environment. When boundaries are blurred and the veil between the worlds is lifted we enter into a participation mystique with the spirits of the world beyond us and may be called to act as a vessel for their message. Cassandra in your horoscope reveals where you are sensitive to the pattern of the goddess. Following are the placements of Cassandra in your horoscope by house and sign.
Cassandra is in the 9th House
You have the gift of prophecy. This could be linked to a deep religious belief that springs from a divine experience in your childhood. On the other hand perhaps you have always felt a profound understanding of the goddess and her spiritual realms. Either way you are likely to have a reverence for the spiritual world, which you express through orthodox religion or alternative spiritual avenues. You may spend much of your life intertwined with spiritual pursuits, perhaps traveling to foreign lands in search of an outlet for your prophetic insights. Religious study may also appeal whether through an organized institution or through reading the works of saints and other religious teachers. You may publish your own works at some stage in your life. On the other hand you may devote yourself to a religious or spiritual way of life, preferring to follow in the footsteps of humble and holy teachers or gurus.
The goddess Cassandra was both gifted and cursed, so you need to make sure that you balance your gift of prophetic teaching with a keen interest in the workings of the mundane world. At times you may prefer to escape the harsher daily realities. You need to make sure that you develop a sense of belonging in your personal or professional life.
In a woman's chart this placement of the goddess Cassandra is more likely to mean that you feel overwhelmed, abandoned or misunderstood by the Orthodox Church. You may seek an alternative religion or take a role as an orator, expressing strong views about the constraints of a patriarchal religious system. You do not feel heard in the conventional church and need to find your voice through an alternative system where your intuitive knowledge can be acknowledged and understood.
In a man's chart the goddess Cassandra in the 9th house is more likely to indicate a love affair with the Orthodox Church or a passionate search for meaning. You may attract a strong and loving partner to help you achieve a sense of balance and meaning and to help you spread the word of God.
Cassandra is in Gemini
You have a strong need to express yourself either through talking or writing. However, you need to choose your words carefully. This is a tricky placement of the goddess Cassandra. On the one hand you are a soothsayer with a keen intellect and a vision of how things ought to be. You are able to make plans and see outcomes before many of your colleagues and friends. Your insights are often valued. However, there is a Yiddish proverb that asks: 'How many will listen to the truth when you tell them?' In other words you need to learn to detect when others are ready to hear what you say.
No matter how knowledgeable you feel, no matter how valuable you believe your intuition, don't underestimate the value of silence. As the Christian Bible says in the book of Matthew: 'Neither cast ye your pearls before swine.' Others are not always ready to hear your valuable insights. If you do not adhere to these edicts then arguments are likely to erupt without you fully realizing that you have been the instigator. At times you can feel quite hysterical wondering what you have said to spark such outbursts by colleagues or loved ones. The problem is that the goddess Cassandra's lack of the power of persuasian is emphasized in your chart. The more that you learn to choose your words carefully the more power you will feel in communications, both vocal and written. Learn when to speak and when to listen in silence. Then your prophecies and magical thinking can be truly appreciated.
Gemini is the sign where we master duality. With Cassandra here you are challenged to be able to speak your truth aware that others may not understand or be able to accept what you are saying. You may feel that something is missing: this is probably the feeling of being understood and valued for what you know. Ironically you know a lot yet it is unable to be seen or valued by others. Your lesson is learning to accept your innate wisdom even if what you know cannot be proven or logically validated.
Medea - Herbalist And Healer
Medea, a princess of Colchis, was known as the 'wise one' for her skill of healing and proficiency at using drugs and herbs. Colchis, which gives its name to Colchicum, the meadow saffron, was a kingdom on the Eastern shores of the Black Sea, considered a foreign, barbaric land through the eyes of a civilized Greece. Medea's ancestors were linked to both the sun and healing long before Apollo became the god associated with these realms. Helios, Medea's grandfather, was the Sun god of the old order, born a Titan's son. Her aunt Circe was a sorceress, a magician, herbalist and healer who knew the ancient ways of plants and spices and how to cast spells. Circe had trained Medea as a young woman in the arts of sorcery, magic and herbalism, teaching her how to mix potions, direct spells and rearrange matter. Medea was also a priestess in the temple of Hecate, honoring the goddess of the dark night and magic. Hecate guided her instincts. As a medical intuitive she knew the magical properties of herbs, the appropriate plants for healing, homeopathic tinctures and the process of preparing and administering these remedies in her caldron. As the surrogate of Hecate Medea knew the timing of the lunar cycle and how to draw down the moon when ritual and ceremony was needed.
Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow, A herb most bruised is womanEuripes, Medea
However, Medea was unable to withstand the unholy alliance of the goddesses Hera and Athena who petitioned Aphrodite to conspire with them and cause the princess to fall in love with Jason. Medea became enchanted by Eros and fell in love with the Greek hero, who had come to Colchis to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Medea helped Jason achieve this impossible task with the help of special ointments, incantations and timing. Medea enabled Jason, her heroic/lover, to succeed at the trials set before him but in helping Jason be successful Medea had to betray her family and flee her homeland.
On their flight from Colchis Medea visited her aunt Circe who absolved her of her betrayal and eventually Medea arrived at Jason's birthplace, at the foot of Mount Pelion in Thessaly. When she arrived in her new homeland Medea used her great skill at the arts of magic and herbs to rejuvenate Jason's father but also used her sorcery to trick the king's daughters into unintentionally killing their father. To prepare for this procedure Medea disappeared for nine days collecting the special drugs and herbs that she needed. As the Moon swelled she gave sacrifices to her goddess Hecate, then used drugs to help Aeson, Jason's father, fall into a deep sleep. She then cut his throat to let the old blood run out, dismembered him, putting the pieces in a caldron with the liquid herbs she had prepared. Jason's father emerged from the caldron rejuvenated, forty years younger. Medea's spell captured the daughters of Pelias, the wicked uncle of Jason who had usurped his rightful claim to the throne. The daughters also wished to rejuvenate their father and Medea said she would perform the task again. The daughters prepared their father by dismembering him; however, this time Medea did not put the herbs in the caldron and their father never emerged.
Having been responsible for the murder of the king Medea and Jason once again were forced to escape. While fleeing Medea's herbal bag broke open, spilling her drugs seeding the plains of Thessaly with an abundance of healing and magical herbs. As the first sorceress to perform rituals in Thessaly Medea is the seminal figure behind the region being known as 'the land of the witches'. Her myth intimates that she introduced woman's herbal knowledge from Asia Minor into Greece.
In later myth Medea is usually remembered, not as the skilled healer, but as a revengeful and spurned partner, a woman caught in the grip of jealousy for which she had no antidote. By the classical period the playwrights depict Medea consumed with rage, murdering her own children to avenge Jason's infidelity. However, Medea is more a reminder of the great respect and knowledge of healing, herbs and magic that was brought to the West and then subtly ignored and eventually demonized. Underpinning the myth are fragments of an older tradition. Jason's name means 'healer' and his partnership with Medea complements the old ways of healing before the emergence of rational medicine and the demonization of magic.
As botany evolved away from gathering herbs and digging roots of the pastoral communities to empirical and detailed research, purification ceremonies and the use of herbs became replaced by manmade drugs and prescriptions. The connections to the more instinctual, earthy and natural ways of healing were left behind. Traces of magic, ritual healing and evoking the spirit of the disease began to disappear in the Western medical tradition. Left to carry the ancient process of magic was Medea, the embodiment of the archetypal witch. As a heroine Medea champions the feminine wisdom that knows intuitively knows how to cooperate with nature and her cycles. She instinctually knows the right time to perform rituals and ceremonies to evoke the healing spirits or exorcize the demons.
When Medea is prominent in a birth chart she reveals the need to explore the ancient feminine traditions of herbalism, witchcraft and magic ritual. Intuitively we know the natural cycle of the body and what it needs to be well. Medea reminds us to honor the ancient custom of relating to the plant world, the wisdom of nature and the powerful healing and transforming properties embedded in the natural world. Instinctually the witch is the impulse that draws us to remedies and potions at the right time and is the urge to create ritual and ceremony to evoke the powers of the goddess. Following are astrological account of how the force of the goddess may be revealed through your horoscope.
Medea is in the 12th House
While Medea may be comfortable in the watery depths of the 12th house it does not necessarily translate that you will be at ease with this archetypal energy that is so deeply embedded in your psyche. Energetically Medea is not appreciated in our logical scientific world where knowledge needs to be measured and intuitive feelings need to be rationalized. Therefore your deep instincts, feelings, ways of knowing things and ability to see beyond this dimension may be put down and ignored. From an early age you may have been the one identified as being too imaginative or too 'strange'.
Yet interestingly the more those around you denied the more this realm of magic and mystery, the more in touch you became with your inner sense of knowing and seeing. An aspect of your fate includes the uncanny ability you have to know things or sense the future. While this may not be welcomed, even by yourself, it is a pattern that you will recognize and need to learn to accept as you mature. However, you're not alone. In the annals of your family history there will be those who would have had similar abilities and experiences. While they may not have been necessarily integrated or spoken of in your ancestral chronicles, nonetheless, they were part of your tribe. Innocent people became scapegoats in witch hunts and metaphorically speaking this is part of your racial memory. In some sense you're also redeeming this lost and misunderstood aspect of the family fate. Since this pattern in the family may still may be enshrouded or lost in shadow most familial members will still be in denial of this aspect.
While in your early years this may have contributed to you feeling marginal, in later years this will be able to be more incorporated into your personality. This suggests that you're selected in a way to redeem mystery and magic from the storehouse of the past. You have inherited an intuitive, even mediumistic quality that allows you to communicate with other dimensions and worlds. It is important not to be afraid or dismissive of your feelings, hunches or visions but recognize them as part of a legacy. While your association with this way of knowing will make many feel uncomfortable it will draw those who are in need of comfort and healing to you.
Medea is in Libra
In your chart the goddess Medea is in Libra, which highlights your powerful ability to forge deep and intensely meaningful relationships. It also suggests you have a passion for justice and intense feelings about equality and fairness. While Libra is known for its diplomacy and tact Medea is known for her honesty and forthrightness. Libra strives for harmony and peace while Medea is often defiant and resistant. Combing these all together in the caldron of the psyche suggests you have a penchant for speaking the truth and fighting injustice. These strong feelings may have directed you into advocacy, mediation or counseling. However, you have found your voice, your fate will guide you into situations where integrity and truthfulness must be acknowledged and confronted.
Medea in your sign highlights the need to balance the kidneys and the bladder. Celery juice or parsley tea is helpful for kidney function while recommended herbs are juniper and parsley. Herbs of feverfew and catmint are not only lovely in the garden but will also help to strengthen the kidneys. Anatomically the focus on the kidneys and liver are highlighting the flow of liquids and elimination of waste products. Through flushing the system with water, a proper diet, and herbal supplements healthy functioning is likely. However, it is also important to see the psychological undertones. You may have trouble eliminating difficult feelings or being able to assert negative ones. Without the skill at being able to flush out the feelings and confront the distasteful you may disconnect and disengage. This is where the power of Medea can be of great benefit in your life. You have a strong ability to be able to face up to what feels disagreeable in yourself and others. In all relationships especially those with close friends, partners and trusted colleagues you demand honesty and integrity. Your challenge in relationship is to trust. You probably have come to realize this is about trusting yourself rather than trusting someone else. You are tested to find your strength through relationships and know that no matter what happens you will not only survive but prosper. While you would prefer to be in relationship you will not sacrifice your integrity or compromise your principles just to partner another. These lessons may have been learned in the classroom of relationship where a lack of honesty and openness lead to infidelity.
Like all good relationship counselors you have found the knowledge of relational skills, not in textbooks, but in your own personal relationships. This has given you the facility to be able to help others in critical passages of their relationship, introduce the right person to the right situation or act as a go-between in order to make something significant happen. You are a powerful instrument of change, as you instinctually know who belongs with whom, who belongs where and who belongs with what. Medea positions you on the interchange of life where you point others in the right direction.
When using this report, please bear in mind that, inevitably, every chart will contain some contradictory influences.Usually it is the responsibility of an astrologer to synthesize these apparent contradictions in order to present a cohesive and meaningful interpretation of the dilemmas of the chart.
Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow, A herb most bruised is woman
Please also be aware of the fact that each person has positive and negative influences in the chart, and therefore in their lives. The challenge is to accept and overcome the negative influences, so that we can successfully focus on the positive traits. This report outlines both influences, and therefore parts may be difficult to accept. Any advice given is meant to be an aid to people taking responsibility for their own lives. The ultimate decision rests with each individual. The authors and publisher accept no liability for any adverse effects of this report.
This report is meant more of an introduction to the wonders of the asteroid goddesses rather than a complete course in its intricacies. Further studies, or a consultation with a professional astrologer, are encouraged to explore this most ancient scientific and philosophic tool. We hope that you will discover a common thread that gently winds its way through the 12 Goddess placements in your chart, a thread that inspires you to continue to follow your dreams and discover the Goddess or God within.
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