Much has been written on the age of Aquarius and the passing from one age to another with many moments of declaration claiming events in the celestial sky have indicated the demarcation of this grandiose event. For over 2000 years this golden age has been fantasied and prophesied about. Over the last 20 years we have witnessed many beautiful and spectacular events in the sky and stars some noticed and enamoured by the enlightenment movement (Dec. 2012) while others go unnoticed. One such event was the celestial alignment that appeared in the sky over September 23rd 2017. Many speculate it referenced a Biblical New Testament prophesy found in the book of Revelation and there was much wonder as to the meaning of this event but what was interesting was there was very little work to decipher the text in correspondence to Astro-theology.
Astro-theology : the study of the astronomical origins of religion; how gods, goddesses, and demons are personifications of astronomical phenomena such as lunar eclipses, planetary alignments, and apparent interactions of planetary bodies with stars.
As we approach the Lunar Eclipse in Leo on January 31st 2018, I am brought back to the events that transpired in astronomy and astrology at the time of the Leo solar eclipse of August 2017 and the celestial appearance in the sky with the constellation Virgo at the September Equinox. It is time once again to ponder deeper mysteries and revelations. To begin my inquiry I returned to the text written in the book of Revelation chapter 12 and began to ask some questions... primarily questions of Astro-theology and soon answers came with hidden mysteries connected to the Tarot, the coming age of Aquarius and the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan) where we will see a new star appear in 2022.
Revelation Chapter 12 : 1-6
Last year on September 23 2017, "a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars." Revelation 12 : 1 appeared in the sky along with other interesting alignments that arrived a month before hand which included two new moons in Leo, a lunar eclipse in Aquarius, a solar eclipse in Leo with Regulus the king star at 0°degrees Virgo (astrology). Much excitement ensued as many of us felt this was a sign of the new age of Aquarius being birthed and the passing of the baton of rulership to the divine feminine. Here is what the alignment looked like in the sky;
What was so fascinating of this astronomical event was that Jupiter (Zeus) the planet of the king remained in the womb of Virgo (the Virgin) for nine months as it followed it's retrograde cycle in 2017... making her the fulfilment of a woman ready to give birth, "Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth." Revelation 12 : 2. Along with this alignment was her crown of twelve stars with the constellation of Leo and the planets of Venus, Mars, Mercury and the king star Regulus (now queen star as it has moved into Virgo). This alignment took place three full days after the new moon in Virgo and on the day after the Fall Equinox. Now to decode this there is so much that we need to understand so please bare with me as this is just the beginning of the investigation. First off who is Virgo?
Virgo is the virgin goddess Astraea, which means "star-maiden", she was the last of the immortals to remain on earth after the last golden age. She walked among humanity sharing wisdom and light until the day came that man fashioned weapons to kill each other when she could bare it no longer. Zeus placed her in the heavens to watch over the earth until the day comes when we'll no longer kill each other. It is prophesied that Astraea will return to usher in the next Golden Age. She serves mankind as the sacred mother, the star-maiden and celestial virgin of innocence and purity. She is the one that places the seed of life in the soul that it may awaken to itself and realize it's true nature. In each of us the virgin birth occurs when we become awakened; once the light has been sparked in our hearts. -Alchemy 101 Sprit Energy Medicine
The mythology of the Virgin and or Sacred Mother is embedded around the world equated with Isis, Ishtar, Asherah, Sophia, Pleroma, Divine Wisdom, Mother of God, Black Madonna... The Virgin... Virgo. There are five cards in the Major Arcana of the Tarot that personify her and point to many hidden mysteries. Alchemy students will recognize this number of five for its is the number of growth and the number of (womb)man.
Now the symbolism and teachings of these cards requires much more time and individual focus than we have here, in this moment we will be put our attention on the STRENGTH, THE STAR and THE WORLD cards. The STRENGTH card is ruled by the constellation of Leo; THE STAR card by the constellation of Aquarius and THE WORLD CARD the planet Saturn. Let's begin with defining the constellations of Leo and Aquarius.
Leo is named after the Nemean Lion who was a powerful beast with impenetrable fur and claws stronger than any sword. The Lion was known to have ruled over a fertile land that man dare not touch. The Nemean Lion was also known for luring and capturing maidens to which men would venture to it's cave to rescue their kin only to be devoured by the Lion, none escaped until Hercules. In the first labour of Hercules he was directed to slay the beast realizing it could not be killed by conventional means he wrestled the lion to death. The Lion represents the right to rule over own lives by toiling and conquering our labours to acquire our soul through the power of the heart. It takes great courage and strength to face our own beast this is a love of labour. It can only be achieved through the heart and the fire of the Red Lion and by the patience and wisdom of the sacred virgin; love. -Alchemy 101 Spirit Energy Medicine
Leo is the constellation of the conquer honouring the kingship of Hercules who was the prophesied child of Zeus born to rule the people but who's birthright was usurped because of Hera (Zeus's jealous wife). Eventually through Twelve Labours Hercules was immortalized and was given the honour of the gods and the hand of Hebe the goddess of eternal youth (daughter of Hera and Zeus). In the sky the constellation of the Virgin, Astraea has made Leo her crown for she has subdued the lion through the power of innocence, purity, wisdom and love; her labour of love for the people. This is why Astraea appears in the STRENGTH card of Leo and not in THE HERMIT card of Virgo. This also points to an interesting thing for she appears in the opposing sign Aquarius THE STAR card. For Hebe was the original cup bearer of the gods before Ganymede. So what of the constellation Aquarius?
So here we have THE STAR card of the Tarot to which is attributed the constellation Aquarius and on this card we do not see Ganymede but instead we see the return of the Star Maiden pouring the nectar of the gods, the fountain of youth on the ground and waters of the earth. This leads to the prophesied return of the goddess Astraea the virgin goddess of innocence purity and wisdom. But how does THE WORLD card fit in and why does it's correspond to the planet Saturn? In the old world the reign of Saturn was considered to be the past golden age where, "men of their own accord, without threat of punishment, without laws, maintained good faith and did what was right... The earth itself, without compulsion, untouched by the hoe, unfurrowed by any share, produced all things spontaneously... It was a season of everlasting spring." - Ovid 6th book Metamorphoses. Interestingly three months after the celestial apparition of the Virgin giving birth to Jupiter in the sky Saturn moved into it's ruling home of Capricorn on the night of December the 19th 2017. In the Tarot THE WORLD card represents the completion of the alchemical "work" or in this case the completion of an age and the arrival of the goddess; the divine feminine or in Christian eschatology the holy church the bride of Christ. It is ruled by Saturn out of respect for the previous golden age and the one that is to come.
So what of this past summer's eclipses and the coming eclipse season? Well eclipses represent the divine alchemical marriage... the bridal chamber where the moon and the sun come into perfect balance where things from the past are being eclipsed out and new cycles are being eclipsed in... then we had this spectacular celestial apparition in the sky with Virgo giving birth to the king planet Jupiter along with Mars and Venus (the two great lovers) meeting in the sky and the alchemical magician; the god of communication Mercury to bare witness sending a message to pay attention! Regulus the king star has moved into Virgo and has become the queen star; the return of our Star Maiden. The baton has been passed to the divine feminine and the age of Aquarius is being birthed... YES! Not so much... the paragraph in the Revelation story goes on to say that these events described will continue on for three and half years as the promised child (or age) to rule has been swept up to heaven and the alchemical process begins it's work on the planet and it's people! Enter the Dragon...
What happens next in our story is, "3) another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4) His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 5) She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne." Revelations 12 : 3-5. Below the constellation of Virgo low in the heavens sits the Hydra constellation bridging the earth and the sky it draws down a third of the stars. Similarly like the prophesy of the Red Dragon the Hydra conceptually had seven heads at the time of the writting of the book of Revelation around 64 AD (see image below). What is more fascinating is the secrets of the Red Dragon for this is an alchemical message. The Red dragon symbolizes the begging fire of the process of transmutation and it also represents the completion of the transmutation process.
The Red Dragon appears at both the beginning and end of the work. It is the chaotic energy of the First Matter at the beginning of the work that becomes the Philosopher’s Stone at the end of the work. Chemically, the Red Dragon is the pure red oil of lead in its initial state and the red powder of projection in its perfected or tamed state.- Hauck, Dennis William. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Alchemy (Lets us remember that it is the planet Saturn that rules Lead)
Perhaps this chapter of the book of Revelation is truly trying to show us that at a collective level of consciousness we will work the alchemical process over the next three and half years? (a process that began six months ago). This is where we will clear the waters and pathways of the seven chakras and make way for the age of Aquarius. The Red dragon of alchemy appears in the heavens to begin this fiery process on the mother, the child and her children of the coming age. Luckily the child that "was" to rule is taken to heaven to be kept safe and we see the queen regnant remains in his stead to guide us to our hearts as we follow Jupiter through the poisons of Scorpio and the hunting of Sagittarius to finally elude the devil of Capricorn when Jupiter and Saturn come to together to emerge as one in Aquarius! Now we must examine what is happening in astrology over the next three years as there is a lot to ponder including more celestial events that will materialize but for now here are some highlights and key points...
In February 2017 we had our first sign appear in the heavens with the lunar eclipse in Leo (opposition to Aquarius) and a solar eclipse in Pisces (the age we are transiting out of). This was the prologue to opening the curtains to the grand show. More was to come as we approached the summer with a double new moon in Leo, a lunar eclipse in Aquarius plus a solar eclipse in Leo. Then we had our apparition in the sky of the celestial virgin giving birth at the equinox along with Saturn three months on December 19th moving into it's home sign of Capricorn and now on January 31st 2018 a lunar eclipse in Leo and in February a solar eclipse in Aquarius; and again, this summer we have two more eclipses connected with Aquarius and Leo!!! (see table below for exact dates and degrees)
Other considerations... as mentioned before Saturn has moved into Capricorn it's home sign "return Saturn's reign" from December 19th 2017 to December 2020 when on the Solstice of December 21st 2020 Jupiter and Saturn will conjoin exactly at 0° as they marry into Aquarius! The arrival of the king of old (Saturn) and the current king (Jupiter) to welcome the new age one month later when the sun enters Aquarius on January 19th 2021! Counting from the the time of the Aquarius lunar eclipse of 2017 to the Sun entering Aquarius on January 19th 2021 is 1261 days so close is it the number in the Revelation text of 1260 days where the woman is pursued and fled into the wilderness that I have to wonder if the wilderness is the constellations of Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn... "6) Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days." (1260 days) Revelation 12 : 6. The saga continues with the predicted coming of a new star in the constellation of Cygnus, The Swan in 2022 (part two coming)...
This is not the first time the stars have influenced events on earth and our collective psyche (ahem... Dec. 2012) and what shall we expect over the coming three years? Who really knows? but like any passing of rulership there may be a battle for those wanting to hold on to the past age and those ready to move forward into a new way of being. The rest of the chapter of Revelation twelve is rather intense except for those who are walking the path and moving into the place of purity, innocence and wisdom. They are the children of the star maiden and sun, the children of light who seem to emerge unscathed. Is this it? Are we going through the final changing of the guard into Aquarius? Only father time will tell! (ha! good old Saturn) Be sure to read the side note at the bottom of the article!
Revelation Chapter 12 : 7-17
February 10th Lunar eclipse in Leo 22° (opposition Aquarius)
February 26th Solar eclipse in Pisces 8° (passing age of Pisces)
July 23rd New moon in Leo 0°
August 7th Lunar eclipse in Aquarius 15°
August 21st Solar eclipse in Leo 28°
September 20th New Moon Virgo
September 22nd Equinox
September 23rd Celestial Virgin Birth
December 19th Saturn into Capricorn
January 21st Lunar eclipse in Leo 11°
February 15th Solar eclipse in Aquarius 27°
July 27th Lunar eclipse Aquarius 4°
August 11th Solar eclipse Leo 18°
After 2018 we won't see another eclipse season in Aquarius with Leo till 2026
December 21st Solstice
December 21st Saturn and Jupiter conjoin and move into Aquarius 0°
Jupiter and Saturn meet every 20 years but at the start line of 0° is super rare and on the solstice too!
January 19th 2021 The new age of Aquarius?
January 19th 2021 presidential inauguration (see note below)
A new star appears in the heavens the constellation of the Swan
*On a side note many astrologers have worked with the eclipses for President Trump's astrology with connection to his Leo ascendant for he was also born on a lunar eclipse. Here is an interesting fact... three and half years from the August lunar eclipse in Aquarius of 2017 takes us to end of his term when the next inauguration takes place on January 19th 2021! Now that is just weird!
The gift of fasting is offered to embark on a journey of spiritual unification and delight. It's an extremely powerful tool used during times of need and transformation, to instruct and connect us to the divine and create last changes in our own lives and the lives of those we touch. To take such a journey should never be executed in a disrespectful manner...or with-out setting some clear intentions and focus. Before beginning a fast take time to reflect on why you are doing it. It easy to say I am doing this to receive blessings or visions or healing but none of these should be your primary desire or reason for doing so. Above all your desire to fast should be ruled by the desire in your heart to sit and be closer to spirit... to God, for through the journey of a fast you will be challenged to make spirit your source of food and not your physical, emotional, or mental bodies. Pay attention to how you feel and respond to the idea of fasting because if you think it's a high spiritual attainment or discipline to place a check mark on your list then you're feeding your ego and pride. Search your heart... are you being called to fast? Is spirit impressing upon you a time to focus connection and energy on higher things to witness the power of spirit and love transferring through your heart? If so then it is time and the fast is available to anyone who chooses this path of spiritual maturity and focus.
Fasting is never a command it is always a movement of spirit and through this movement you will be guided by your heart. To enter into a fast any other way would yield very little results with the exception of maybe pushing one further away from spirit. We fast because we are called by spirit and by following the call we receive... not because we are seeking to receive but because we follow the call of spirit through our hearts. It a symbiotic relationship.
In this relationship like any relationship it's purity is built on love. An unconditional-love that expects nothing in return but to give love and more love. And so we offer our sacrifice of unconditional love through the absence of physical food for spiritual food and through this I offer you a few protocols to consider on your journey...
Here is link to the Pran Mudra to assist during your fast. I also recommend the Breath of Fire to fuel the body and using frankincense oil on your face to maintain your composure by not attracting on lookers. I have faith that as you enter into a fast you will find your heart and your devotion to spirit and through this you may be blessed, Ria-Mae.
My body holds me captive and keeps me in discipline. If it was not for my body I may have to quickly given up on this journey to go deeper and to set myself apart. Not necessarily realizing the requirements of doing so, I chose to want to become strong and connected through Spirit.
All mystery traditions recognize great power comes from discipline and restriction. I have had no greater teacher than my body which has forced me to keep a clean diet and to refrain from the pleasures that most partake in. I know not everyone is meant to take this path but many are called and have yet to recognize the gift of a broken body. As your relationship with spirit grows the body will require higher refinement to hold the energy and to work with others. This can manifest as sensitivities that would otherwise not exist i.e sugar, alcohol, meat. Now the question is does restricting these things lead to a deeper relationship or is it the side effect of going deeper? I am of the opinion that it is a bit of both. Some are already called to clean their diets and to be more conscious of what is being put into their bodies others are forced by their bodies and some will it hoping they would be found worthy. Be careful when looking to do things to achieve favour, search yourself to find the truth of your intentions!
Great power is a side effect where the ultimate goal is not gifts and spiritual abilities but to come into deeper relationship and love with Spirit. If your body is broken and is demanding you to move into greater refinement then stop resisting and gladly take your teacher in hand and listen to the teaching it is bringing to you. By being disciplined with what we put into our bodies we become masters of ourselves. Once we master the self we become masters of the world. -Ria-Mae
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