Sun enters Virgo 2021 — Lívstræðrir, Threads of Life

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September has come, and the great wheel start spinning again. Coldness is the movement of the Soul that goes from without towards within. Everything begins to shrink, slowly getting back into itself. It’s the movement of our consciousness coming back home. The last part of Summer wants us to wake up.

But have we slept, during the last months? Did we allow the Sulphur of the Dragon, entangled in the summer heat, to trick us into an illusional head space, built on the fake tower of our instincts? Dear illusions, they help us to carry on after all. But maybe now the time has come to leave part of them behind.

Michelangelo’s Pietà, St Peter’s Basilica (1498–99)

The Sun has entered Virgo—the Virgin Mother. In Nature there is this mysterious space, very difficult to spot. It is the space between the physical and the etheric, the dense and the subtle. When does the subtle worlds become physical? Where is it, this ineffable space when one fades into the other? When the subtle becomes heavy, when the etheric becomes matter?

This gesture is so delicate and quick, mysterious and challenging. It’s the place where we fall, it’s the error. But it is also the womb of possibility, holding the mysteries of the substance and transubstantiation. There, a Goddess dwells who holds out her hand to us. The spirit of a gentle alchemy.

Courtesy Becomes Sensitivity of Heart

In a moment full of struggle and anger, this saving presence draws near. Up in the sky we not only have the stars of the constellation of the Virgin. The white light of these stars turns into the golden light of the Sun, filtered through the Sign of Virgo. And in the world—through the holiest of the spirits—it transforms in love, in all-prevailing Love.

Usually, we find this Zodiacal Virtue expressed as “Courtesy becomes steadiness of feeling”. But in my opinion, this translation misses the sense of touch brought into the sphere of the heart. So I prefer translate it as “Sensitivity of Heart”.

At first, courtesy is just about manners. But in time it trains our soul to feel that subtle space between us and the other person. What’s living there, again in this mysterious place in between? All the unsaid, all the words we are too afraid or too proud to say. Courtesy, that sometimes we can just call kindness, is about honoring this space.

It becomes the art of welcoming the other person, inviting them to connect to us. And it doesn’t matter what we say. Sometimes it’s better to say nothing, so that something else might find for us the words we don’t have.

This is in my opinion the sensitivity of heart—one of the doors to the Sophia.

Upcoming Astrological Events

Tomorrow Mercury is stepping inside the shadow period, before turning retrograde in Libra on September 27th. This transit is going to complete the three stages of the Elemental Triangle of Air we’ve been talking across the year.

As we’ve seen, Air is the main element of the year. And with a Mercury in Libra challenges are going to focus on the relationship with others. So please, be kind with people.

In October we are going to also have an interesting new Moon in Libra, which is going to involve Mars before the planet enters in Scorpio, its nocturnal domicile.

Then we are going to have Eclipse Season 2, starting with a Partial Lunar Eclipse on November 19th. Immediately following, we are going to have a Total Solar Eclipse on December 4th.

December is going to be very interesting, also because we are going to talk about Venus Retrograde in Capricorn and Jupiter getting definitely back to Pisces (I’m going to consider them as part of 2022, though).

On top of that, we’re also going to witness to the backlash of the Saturn Uranus Square, since it’s going to be perfect again on Christmas Eve.

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Happy Holidays

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Hey Guys,

this is an aside post just to say hi and wish you happy holidays.

I’m going to be back in late August with new articles, and hopefully with some news.

We are in troubled times, and apparently the Saturn-Uranus square is harshly putting us against each other. For this reason I wanted to greet you by pointing out this article:

Meteor Showers — The Iron of the Gods against Anxiety and Fear

Tonight is going to be St. Lawrence’s Night. May the cosmic iron shine through our blood, strengthening us against fear—a feeling that’s increasingly trying to ensnare our hearts these days.

Happy Holidays

— Roberto

Per Aspera ad Sidera

The Return of Jupiter with Two Full Moons in Aquarius 2021

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The sky is perfectly clear again. The air becomes transparent like crystal, and the purest light extends through it. The higher mind strays from the moist quality of mysticism. And its clarity can return to address the contingent problems of existence.
Philosophy ceases to be speculation. The world is asking for attention to find a solution to the challenges of the moment. A time when social issues are heating up again.

Seagull flying free in a blue sky
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On July 28th Jupiter retrograde got back into Aquarius. The Great Benefic left its nocturnal domicile in Pisces to fuel up again ideals of freedom and Social Justice.

And not only Jupiter’s presence is going to shape the astral world into Aquarian thought-forms. But we are also going to have an extra Full Moon in Aquarius during the upcoming lunation.

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Sun enters Leo 2021 — A Moment for Retrospective and Compassion

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We are entering the very heart of Summer. Leo, the golden sign, bearer of the forces of the Sun. The human hearts open up to the heat, recognizing in it the trace of an ancient form of life. The golden age, the lost childhood of humanity, when the mind hadn’t started to lie to us yet.

But in the crucible of summer heat, new sulphurous instincts are cultivated in us, which rekindle the flame of struggle. Whereas our Soul patiently wait for the cosmic iron of St. Lorence’s night, to cool them down.

Leone di San Marco, Basilica di San Marco, Venezia
Leone di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco, VENICE

In this article we are going to summarize the last astrological months. We are going to look at the direction we’ve been taking so far, in order to better understand where we are going and what to expect in the near future.

As always, we are also going to take into the account the Zodiacal Virtue of the Month.

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Astrosophy — The Movement of the Planets and the Number of Petals of the Chakras

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When we deal with spirituality it is inevitable to stumble upon the Chakra System. Imported and popularized in the West through the Theosophical Society at the end of the nineteenth century, chakras have become a reference point for thousands of practitioners.

It is undeniable that Eastern esotericism has been widely adopted and adapted in all Western countries. With the Chakra System becoming a fundamental structure for the inner development of the individual.

But why are there exactly seven chakras or lotus flowers? And what does their number of petals depend on? The answer lies in the relationship between Man—the Microcosm—and the Macrocosm.

In this article we are going to talk about chakras in relation to the planets of Astrology. And by looking at their movement in outer space, we are also going to understand why the chakras, by mirroring those movements, have just that number of petals.

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Astrosophy — The Tropical Zodiac as Emanation of the Spiritual Beings of the Solar Sphere

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In a previous article about Astrosophy we discussed about the spiritual origins of the Sidereal Zodiac. In this post, we are going to continue this series that focuses on the Three Zodiacs. We are going to be talking specifically about the Tropical Zodiac, and its relationship with the spiritual hierarchies and the Soul World.

In this way, not only we are going to better understand its genesis as we have done for the Sidereal. But we are also going to deepen its relationship with the Soul World and the planetary spheres.

All this, to develop further the impulse for an integrated form of Astrology that takes into account the Zodiac Archetype on all its levels of manifestation: Spiritual, Soul and Physical.

A representation of the Tropical Zodiac as Emanation of the Spiritual Beings of the Solar Sphere

Again, let’s start from the general scheme of the Three Zodiacs. As we know, the Zodiac Archetype unfolds on three levels, manifesting itself into the:

  • Spiritual World as the Sidereal Zodiac;
  • Soul World as the Tropical Zodiac;
  • Physical World as the Astrological Houses.

As we have done for the Sidereal, we can ask ourselves: where does the Tropical Zodiac come from? While the Sidereal is ancient as the stars in the sky, we are going to see that the Tropical is way much younger.

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Sun enters Cancer 2021 — Unselfishness becomes Catharsis

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The Sun is about to reach its maximum peak, as the shadows at noon are getting shorter and shorter. The Soul of the World soars towards the cosmos, abandoning itself to the heights of the stellar worlds. Human senses become more powerful as light and heat penetrate deeper and deeper into our bodies. Besieged by the summer, consciousness surrenders to a sweet numbness.

The heat makes us feel attracted to the sea and its refreshment. Fire calls Water, Gold calls Silver. Out in the world, the alchemy of nature takes place, working in secret on the union of opposites. At the Summer Solstice, matter becomes subtle and turns into spirit—into the thinnest ethers. And with our participation, human vices are transformed into virtues.

Sun enters Cancer 2021 - Islands as flakes of gold in the ocean

But what does all this have to do with the sign of Cancer? And what is the relationship between this water sign and the summer heat? In this article we are going to talk about it in relation to the Virtue of the Zodiac given by Rudolf Steiner: Unselfishness becomes Catharsis.

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