Sun enters Libra 2021 — Reading the Heavenly Writing on Michaelmas

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On Sunday, September 19th I was invited by my friend Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli to join him in his annual path of anthroposophical meetings called “Vivente Antroposofia” (Living Anthroposophy) to talk about the Archangel Michael (who’s now ascended to the spheres of the Archai, the Spirits of Time). The event was hosted on Opera Omnia Online, a project by Antonio Passarelli.

While Giorgio introduced us to the rich symbolical meanings of the sword and the scale, walking us through the Mysteries of Mithras and the Myth of Perseus, I focused more on the Astrosophical perspective.

In this article I’m going to briefly describing my contribute to the session we led together, which in my opinion turned out to be a beautiful tribute to the forces of this high spiritual being.

St. Michael and the Dragon
Raffaello, 1506

Michaelmas 2021, Choosing the right moment

What we want to do in this article is take a look to the chart of the festival of Michael, which falls on September 29th (today!). So in order to have a chart to work on, we had to choose the very moment in which Michael’s day begins. As you may know, astrology is an Art of Time, and the moment an event begins (whatever it is) describes its whole potential.

So we decided to take the very beginning of the day, but understood from an esoteric perspective. Traditionally, this moment corresponds to the sunset of the previous day. That is September 28th at 18:57, Rome (Italy).

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Lunar Eclipse in Gemini 2020 — The Dragon’s Quicksilver

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This year we all feel the desire of bringing Christmas forward. We look at the lights and decorations with a certain advance, because we feel surrounded by darkness more than usual. These lights filling the streets are like fairies watching over us in our sleep. We want to have them around.

But in addition to these lights, others are getting closer. Creeping reflections of silver scales are slowly approaching the waxing moon, in the attempt to swallow it. It’s the head of the dragon, Caput Draconis, the North lunar node in Gemini.

As we’ve mentioned earlier, we are going to have a couple of eclipses before the end of the year. On November 30 a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is going to take place at 8°45’ Gemini, the first eclipse in this sign since 2012.

The second eclipse is going to be way more important, since it’s going to be a Total Solar Eclipse occurring on December 14th at 23°06’ Sagittarius.

Full Moon in Gemini

As we know, a lunar eclipse happens during a full moon. This because the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are properly aligned in this order.

A full moon always counter balances the forces coming from the Sun. The masculine energy of the Sun in Sagittarius finds his counter part in the feminine forces of a full moon in Gemini.

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Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius 2020 – Isis-Sophia and the Dragon

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The Full Moon, living symbol of the light piercing the darkness, shines through the night in Sagittarius, sign of the Higher Knowledge. Isis-Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, faces the South Node—Cauda Draconis. The tail of the dragon tries to swallow the light of consciousness by means of the shadows of oblivion. The sound of the sistrum, instrument of the goddess, keeps the dragon at bay.

A new series of eclipses is about to start. The next Full Moon on June 5th is going to be a penumbral lunar eclipse at 16° Sagittarius. The following New Moon, an annular solar eclipse taking place in the very heart of the Summer Solstice (1° Cancer). Lastly, the Full Moon of July 5th, ending the series with another penumbral lunar eclipse at 13° Capricorn.

In order to see if and how the eclipse is going to affect you, just check any planet from 14° to 18° Sagittarius in your Natal Chart. Usually, lunar eclipses bring in the following 6 months unexpected revelations that have unexpected consequences. The planet involved, its house placement, and the houses that it rules are going to point out specifically the possible areas of life interested by the event.

In any case, let’s try to remember to connect to our wisdom within. It’s very easy for the forces of summer to dim our consciousness, especially after all these months of lockdown. We all crave sun and freedom. But even though we just want to go back to our normal lives, let’s remember where the wisest part of us lies.

We’re going through a traumatic pandemic. There’s not much we can do but treasuring the experiences we went through. Otherwise it will have been all for nothing, and the desire of having our life back will have obscured the self-knowledge that we had the opportunity to develop these months. “For it is the doom of men that they forget” —Merlin, from Excalibur movie.

Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius: Statue of Isis-Sophia holding a sistrum
Statue of Isis holding a Sistrum, Musei Capitolini