Every year the cosmic iron enters Earth atmosphere. Meteor showers happen on a yearly basis, following the rhythms of the cosmos. With them they bring iron, and the forces harnessed in it. But why is that? What’s the reason behind this charming show that makes us make wishes? And what does all this have to do with iron?
According to the Catholic lore august meteor shower are the “lacrime di San Lorenzo”—St. Lowrence’s tears. These meteors are known as the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail lies in the constellation Perseus.
This correspondence with the myth is very interesting. And as we are going to show later on, it finds a valid explanation in the results of a spiritual-scientific investigation.
Perseus and Medusa
Everybody knows Medusa, one of the three monstrous Gorgons, human females with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Perseus was the hero who confronted her terrible gaze which had the power to turn men into stone.
Actually, the story of Medusa is truly tragic. It is impossible not to empathize with her. Raped by Neptune in the temple of Athena, she was then cursed by the goddess who held her responsible. She turned her into a monster, her hair became snakes and her gaze capable of petrifying men with a single glance.
Relationships are difficult, confusing and ambiguous. They force us to feel weak, needy and vulnerable—and who likes to feel that way? Love is a mystery, the other person a whole, new and frightening Universe to explore. Is it going to swallow us in a black hole? Or is it perhaps a shimmering galaxy full of wonders? Most of the times it can be both, because there is no black or white when it comes to romance.
Astrology is often consulted for love questions. Does he love me? Is he going to come back? Does she want to have kids? The uncertainty brought by this mysterious dimension makes us shiver like autumn leaves. And if it doesn’t, you might have built up very good defenses. But protecting yourself from love is like trying to live by fasting as long as you can. Is it worth it?
Venus. The ruler of the fifth house. The lord of the seventh house. His Moon. Her Sun. We can look at the charts and get a very neat analysis of the situation. And sometimes a synastry—that’s how we call it—definitely helps. We can better understand the situation, so we can at least figure out what to expect. But does it change the way we feel?
Love is Not Power
Love never hurts. Never. You might be rolling your eyes replying that not only love does hurt, but it hurts a lot. Unrequited love, a break up, cheating are just some of the countless examples of painful love. My take on this, is that it’s not love that hurts. It is something else, something that always comes with it. In a word, it’s about Power.
Love is not power. Even though I can’t deny that love always comes with power, they are not the same thing. In this article I am going through some astrological examples to show you how power is always getting in the way. There are in fact many forms of power, and we can analyze them according to the planets.
A noble heart burning with passion, shining like gold upon the sea of chaos. The wise king, the good father, the Savior. The Sun enters his sign, reaching again the maximum of light and heat. The Star is at home.
Balance and openness belong to the heart. Not to the cold and bright head, enclosed in the skull. Not even to the dark and hot limbs, radiating from the body. They belong to the heart region—to the center—where the head opens down into the spine and the ribs curve into a protective embrace.
Anthroposophy says that the figure of man is threefold. We find the nerve-sense system in the head region, represented by the Eagle. The motor-metabolic system in the limb region, represented by the Bull. And the rhythmic system in the respiratory and circulatory organs in the chest region, represented by the Lion.
Leo, the Lion, the sign of the Heart, celestial house of the Sun.
Abundance, Compassion and Freedom
“Our mind is enriched by what we receive, our heart by what we give” said Victor Hugo. Even in times of crisis Nature gives herself abundantly as August approaches. In the time of the first harvest festival we are surrounded by the riches that flow from the horn of plenty.
And when our material needs and worries are unburdened by all this generosity we are blessed with the opportunity to stop looking at us. Me, me, me.. the chattering of the ego subsides and casually we find ourselves walking in other people’s shoes. Leaving out for a moment our struggles, we perceive those of others. And Compassion arises in us.
COMPASSION becomes FREEDOM —Virtues of Leo by R. Steiner and H.P. Blavatsky—
Compassion becomes Freedom. But it is us what we mainly free ourselves from. By diving deep with all our being in the image of others, letting it live as it is inside of us. Dwelling in this central space is getting to know a dimension free from judgment and power.
After all, we are human beings next to other human beings. We walk together through this life learning from trial and error. Do we really need to judge? And if we do it, to what end?
Jupiter sextile Neptune: An Idealistic Impulse
On July 27th we are going to assist to the first sextile between Jupiter and Neptune retrograde. As we were saying in a previous article, these events are precious windows than enables us to reconnect to higher ideals. No doubt Compassion is one of them.
We can follow this astral stream to tap in a world of creative imagination to rethink the world. We had enough bad omens for 2020. Now we need new strengths of inspiration to make the world a better place.
A world where the forces of the heart are not going to be mocked or looked down at as naive. Or poetry seen as useless and mawkish. As Novalis provocatively said, reality is poetic and poetry is reality. And doesn’t ingenuity consist in denying one aspect of reality?
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What’s that thing in the sky? A ball of fire with a long tail streaming through the heavens, appeared at dawn without any notice whatsoever. An omen, for sure. But of what kind? As they say: no news, good news.
A comet appearing breaks the harmony of the cosmos. It is an alien light, coming from remote regions of the Universe. Unlike eclipses, that break the harmony predictably, they are completely random phenomena.
But those following a spiritual path know that chance does not exist. Everything in the Universe has a meaning, and it is constantly speaking to us. So what’s the message of the comets? And what is this comet in particular telling us?
The Meaning of Comets
A ball of fire made of dust (earth) and ice (water), dissolving through the air. Comets bear with them all the four elements, even though primarily they were looked at as creatures of fire, bringing droughts.
Over time, the omens of doom associated with comets increased. Death, wars, riots, slaughter, the death of the King or important people. Apparently, perfectly in line with 2020 so far, isn’t it?
Astrologers began pretty soon to look at the color of the comet, the direction of the tail, as well as the astrological sign in which they appeared. All this to better understand what the comet could stand for.
Before trying this interpretation out, let’s take a look at this beautiful video captured by the International Space Station from its orbit on July 5, 2020. Let the beauty of this astronomical event inspire us all for a minute.
According to Anthroposophy, comets are generally speaking celestial bodies guided by the highest spiritual beings. They have the task of cleaning the atmosphere from an excess of astral junk released by human beings on earth. As you can imagine, the astral atmosphere around us is now filled with fear and worry, and it definitely needs to be purified.
This role of comets in the economy of the cosmos may also explain why they appear in times of difficulty. It’s not comets causing trouble, on the contrary they are ready to collect all the astral junk to throw it away, far in the cosmos. They are here to help.
Color, Tail and Sign of the Neowise Comet
Let’s first of all take a look at the name of the comet which—by itself—is a symbol that we can interpret. To be honest, the name comes from the name of the space telescope used to spot it, the Neowise. The complete technical name would be C/2020 F3 NEOWISE.
However, we are going to take the name Neowise anyway because simply put that’s how we refer to it. It’s like for the name “corona virus”: the real name is COVID-19, whereas corona is just the family name it belongs to. Regardless of their origin, names are important.
Neowise literally means New Wisdom, suggesting that this is what the current worldwide crisis would need. Going back to our old life as if nothing had ever happened isn’t a wise move for sure. So the being itself of wisdom is our first clue.
Concerning the color, there are two of them as we can read on wikipedia. The first tail’s color is magenta and made of gas and ions; the second twin tail is golden color and made of dust, like the tail of Comet Hale-Bopp. So not only the name refers to wisdom, but the colors as well.
In fact, magenta and gold are colors of harmony, balance, spiritual development and higher moral qualities. For this reason it is the color worn by bishops (or at least a variant of it). So far the Neowise Comet seems to be a warning, a call for developing higher spiritual qualities.
The comet was discovered on March, but it became visible only in July. You can spot it a few hours before sunrise (from the northern hemisphere), facing north-east. This means that the comet became visible in the zodiac sign of Cancer.
Traditionally, a comet in a water sign is a possible indicator for rainstorms and tsunamis. I’ve already talked about the possibility of having tsunamis this year in a previous article about the Eclipse of Summer Solstice. I really hope to be wrong at this point, but this is another signification strengthening my former interpretation.
In a more positive sense, it seems that humanity is being asked to develop a new form of wisdom concerning cancerian forces. Those are forces of nurturing, of care, forces of the mother. They are also forces of materialism, the dominant spiritual current that is increasingly taking us away from a meaningful existence. I this regard, we should start a process to transform the forces of materialism and to move away from them.
Nature is the reflection of Wisdom itself, and only if mankind is going to develop a new form of wisdom we will be able to reconnect to this lost Eden, the archetype of the Garden, which is nothing but the mirror of the human soul.
Astrosophy is the name of the wisdom of the spiritual dimensions reflected in the world of the stars. We can read them to find guidance and strength through these difficult times.
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The Moon in Capricorn, the image of a lonely child, trying to survive in a winterly environment. Summer outside, but inside the echoes of a cold loneliness. What is left for us after 6 months of crisis? What the hidden rubble after all we’ve been through?
The Archetype of the Orphan is around us, always present after a big loss. What have we lost? Is it “only” a sense of security and stability? Or is it much more concretely a job, money or maybe the hope of realizing our projects?
If we look within ourselves we cannot pretend that nothing has changed. This eclipse is here to remind us of this.
Last Winter Configuration reforming in Capricorn
Saturn has just entered back to Capricorn. In fact, the energies of this sign are going to be reactivated. Not only by the presence of its ruler, but also by the eclipse taking place on July 5th 2020.
This is going to be the last eclipse of the season, as well as the last eclipse in Capricorn. In fact the lunar nodes axis has changed sign, moving backwards across Gemini and Sagittarius. This means that we are going to experience further eclipses in Capricorn only in about 9 years.
Mars in Aries 2020. A vibrant sword pointing up to the sky. A rising energy flowing into the arms. A runner at the start ready to sprint. A hand letting go the arrow stretched in the bow. Pure energy ready to burst, the lit fuse.
This is one of the most important transits of 2020. Usually Mars stays in a sign for roughly a couple of months. But this year the God of War is going to stay in his diurnal domicile for 6 months, till 2021 Epiphany.
As you can imagine Mars in his sign is particularly strong. Aries marks the beginning of spring, the time of the year when life forces of Nature are strongest. Just think about how quickly the vegetation cover changes with the arrival of the new season. Flowers and buds literally explode.
A warrior can definitely use all this life-force. In fact Mars is Aries corresponds to the archetype of the tireless warrior who fights to the end. Since we are going through a very hard time, having available all these fiery energies is a blessing. We all need a fresh start.
Fighting with Courage through a Difficult Recovery
Mars in Aries is the right energy to tackle obstacles or enemies. To the point that if Mars doesn’t find any, he’s gonna make some anyway. This because the Warrior is in his element only in a battlefield, and for this reason he always tends to create one. We are far away from the reasonable compromises of Libra. Mars is a warmonger.
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ―Edgar Allan Poe
As every year, Neptune in Pisces turns retrograde for about 6 months. The power of chaos and images fuels Midsummer dream state. Waves of shapeless colors, distant sounds, blurred encounters, expanding feelings, boundless horizons, mystical impulses. Nature whispers to let yourself go and give up control.
During its retrograde motion, Neptune is going to make two sextiles with Jupiter in Capricorn. As we know, Jupiter in Capricorn is in its fall, meaning that the planet of philosophers is dealing with hard lessons coming from the earthly realm of matter (Capricorn). And we all know what these lessons are, considering 2020 so far.
Still, these sextiles are going to loosen the grip. Many people are dreaming about a better future, looking at the worldwide chaos as an opportunity for change. The neptunian energy can be the amniotic fluid that provides a space for these ideas to grow, a gestation for a better world.
The importance of dreams unfolds itself clearly before our eyes. No human vision can be pursued if we lack the ability to imagine it. Imagining requires escaping from the world of senses, emerging in a place of pure thoughts where anything is possible. A place where we risk to get lost, abducted by the fairies. But also a place where we can develop a real bridge towards higher realities.
Anthroposophy and Imaginative Knowledge
How is it possible to gain more consciousness about this inner dimension? How can we process the chaotic world of images we bear inside, to give birth to something completely new? Our modern world is insanely saturated with images that pull us from every direction.
One possible answer comes from Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy that indicates a way through this chaotic world of inner images, to develop a new state of consciousness called Imaginative Knowledge. Developing a new state of consciousness, especially in regards to the life of images, is a neptunian challenge for modern times.
You can think of Imaginative Knowledge as the transformation of our normal dream state to a higher octave. A state of consciousness that would enable us to penetrate in the world of the living Archetypes, Plato’s world of Ideas that he called Hyperuranion—a place beyond the heavens.
In this state of consciousness we experience each component of the inner image as if it was “intelligent”, a symbol constantly and intuitively streaming meanings towards our mind. It’s not a mere vision, something we passively undergo. We feel our will, as well as our whole inner world, actively united with the experience.
For more information about Imaginative Knowledge, and higher states of consciousness as described by Rudolf Steiner you can find more information in his book “Knowledge of the Higher Worlds And Its Attainment”, freely available online.
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