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Mercury Transits and Integration

Mercury is the planetary ruler of intellect. Anything involved with thinking, speaking, and logic will be influenced by Mercurial energy. While it isn’t as exciting as a planet like Jupiter or Saturn, Mercury is an important planet. It’s close orbit around the sun means it is incredibly active. It also influences us seamlessly because our mind is what we are using to observe our reality. Our experience of other planets even gets filter through Mercury!

The planet Mercury is named after the Roman god of the same name. Another name you might know him by is Hermes, The Messenger of the gods. The relation here is our mind is the “messenger” of our higher self. Every flash of insight you have is Mercury delivering you a message.

With his close proximity to the Sun, Mercury is constantly changing signs. In fact, Mercury can never be more than one sign away from the Sun. If someone tells you their Sun is in Libra but their Mercury is in Leo, you know they have the wrong information! Because he is changing signs so often our thought process is always shifting.

At the time of this article, Mercury will have just moved into Scorpio. A Scorpio Mercury placement denotes someone who can easily become obsessed. While transiting Scorpio, everyone will find themselves becoming a little more “dedicated” to learning. Our intellectual focus narrows to just a few things. During this short period of time, we can learn more than we have in months prior!

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So what about the other transits?

  • Aries transit makes us more impulsive and hasty in our thinking. We are likely to change our opinions quickly and start new projects. However, we drop them just as quickly as we started.
  • Taurus transit makes us more consistent in whatever we are learning. We are likely to hold our opinions, maybe past the point of it doing any good. Although, whatever we commit to, we will see through till the end.
  • Gemini is a ruler of Mercury, so this transit makes us very curious. You might feel restlessness. Learning and trying new things will be important. Even for the most Fixed of natal charts.
  • Cancer transits make us more empathetic. The information we seek usually relates to other people as opposed to facts. Our opinions become subjective and depend entirely on how we feel.
  • Leo transit make us more utilitarian. Our mental efforts are for the betterment of others. Or at least for the betterment of those we care about. Mercury is in it’s fall and tends to care less about facts or ‘truths’.
  • Virgo is the other ruler of Mercury. During this transit we become very detail oriented. Small imperfections are going to seem significantly more important. A lot of people will probably feel out of balance with this placement. Of course, it’s all dependent on your natal mercury.
  • Libra transit is less information focused and more people focused. We tend to find the middle ground between opinions and not commit too much to one way of thinking. It’s very harmonizing and less conflict prone.
  • See above for Scorpio.
  • Sagittarius transit is rigid because Mercury is in his detriment. We tend to be very stubborn in our viewpoints. Similar to Leo, we care less about facts and more about how those facts serve us. This can be a very dogmatic transit.
  • Capricorn transit is very grounding. Our mental faculties are applied in a practical way with a clear goal in mind. There isn’t as much concern for abstractions or theory. It’s about how we can use our knowledge to further our goals.
  • Aquarius transit is very potent because this is where Mercury is exalted. Flashes of insight become the norm. It can also be a restless phase though if you don’t have the appropriate outlet.
  • Pisces transit is the other detriment placement for Mercury. We think too abstractly with this transit. We likely missing out on real world applications. It is good for artistic endeavors but don’t expect to uncover any universal laws.

How do we Integrate Mercury? 

Mercury is crucial for personal development. Unlike the powerful energy of the outer planets, there is almost no “wrong” way to use Mercurial energy. The goal is always to be conscious of your actions. If your mind isn’t engaged then Mercury isn’t involved. Everything we experience is filtered through our natal/progressed Mercury.

However, the stream of consciousness is not linear. For example, one night you get really drunk and black out. You wake up the next and only remember pieces of it. During the night, you weren’t conscious of your actions, but the next morning understood the seriousness of that. You decide to not drink as much next time. The experience of blacking out, while unconscious during that time, still influenced your consciousness in totality. 

The other way to integrate Mercurial energy is to use your brain more. Applying your mental faculties during each transit and overall learning more. This imbues our mind with the element of Air, which also represents our mind. Being curious keeps the channel open for this energy to flow in.

Learning how to integrate Mercury transits requires understanding your natal Mercury. Initially, you can use a google search. Although to really grasp it, you will need to understand the aspects it makes and the relationship the natal sign has to the transit sign. The short route to doing this is to get a professional astrologer. Although learning it yourself can be fun too!

Additionally, if you’re not sure when the Mercury transits are, my weekly newsletter address all of the planetary movements!

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Astrology Forecast for November 2021

It’s important to start your month off right with an astrology forecast! At first glance, the month of November is pretty calm. After all those retrogrades ending in October, it will be hard to compare. However the holiday season has some good things to look forward to!

Planets Changing Signs in the First Week!

The very first day of November starts with Mars in Scorpio squaring Saturn in Aquarius. This aspect is good for pushing us to succeed in our goals. You might feel like it’s crunch time to reach your end of the year goals. Just breathe through it. This aspect is helping a lot more than you think.

The New Moon in Scorpio takes place on November 4th. Scorpio represents the process of reincarnation. The New Moon is about starting a new cycle. This makes the New Moon in Scorpio great for clearing out old energy. Take this time to remove anything you don’t want to stick around. This creates space for what you want to call in.

On the same day, 11/4/21, Neptune in Pisces will trine the Sun. This is about bringing the spiritual world to the forefront of our mind. Neptune represents the highest degree of spiritual principles. The Sun is symbolic of our individual consciousness. With this, start acting on the little nudges the universe is giving you. If you do, then you’re likely to see your garden bear fruit quicker than you expect.

The day after on the 5th, Mercury will move into Scorpio. The time for shallow thought is over with this transition! Take a deeper dive into any area of interest you have. The obsessive energy of Scorpio makes our mental faculties narrow and committed. Pick a couple of your favorite subjects and learn as much as you can about them during this time.

Also on November 5th, Venus moves into Capricorn. This can make us picky when it comes to hobbies and romance. Although, we will be more committed to the ones we love. Our lives will feel less exciting, but that is only because we are pruning away anything which won’t last.

Action Picks up the 2nd Week

Starting on November 8th, the Sun will square Jupiter in Aquarius. This aspect is just asking us to put too much on our plate! Be careful of over committing yourself during this time. You will feel like you can take on the world during this time. Just remember, there’s only 24 hours in a day. The last thing you want to do during the holidays is not have any time to relax.

On November 11th, Venus will trine with Uranus in Taurus. This will add some excitement to our relationship but not in the way we might want. Earth signs enjoy their routines and when Uranus is involved it is anything but. This aspect will last through Thanksgiving, making it a time of testing. Fortunately, Earth energy usually survives these tests, even if they’re unpleasant.

Several days later on November 16th, Mercury and Jupiter will square. This is great holiday energy as it makes us more enthusiastic. The issue arises when it also makes us less organized and thoughtful. If you’re planning a holiday gathering then you’ll want to pay extra attention to organization. It’s easy for things to slip through the cracks with this one.

Full Moon Astrology Forecast

This moon cycle, the Full Moon, takes place on November 19th in Taurus. As with all major moon phases, you’ll want to look at your personal chart to see how this one is impacting you. Whichever house Taurus rules is going to determine which area of your life is most impacted. With that knowledge, directing your energy towards that house will help you to move with the current instead of against it. For example, Taurus rules my 10th house of Career and Prestige. Now will be a good time for me to reorient myself towards my career goals.

On November 21st, we have the official start of Sagittarius Season! With the Sun moving into the final fire sign of the cycle, we will have one last hoo-rah before winter comes in Capricorn. Winter is traditionally a difficult season for all creatures. Sagittarius reminds us to be jovial about life because in ancient times we wouldn’t all see another Spring.

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Astrology Forecast for Thanksgiving

On Wednesday 11/23/21 Venus and Pluto will conjunct in Capricorn for several weeks. This is will cause tension in our relationships. Some will experience fights big enough to break them. However, those relationships which survive, are going to have a ‘death & rebirth’ quality to them. The relationship is unlikely to continue on how it did before the conjunction and if it does, you’re probably just fooling yourself. This will be an important aspect for looking at long term commitment.

Following the Sun, Mercury will move into Sagittarius on 11/24/21. This placement is difficult for Mercury as it is in its detriment. His curious nature can become constricted in the traditional thinking of Sagittarius. The best way to utilize this transit is to put your ideas to the acid test. If they can withstand criticism under a microscope, they are more likely to improve your overall quality of life.

The last major aspect I want to his is Saturn Sextile Sun and Saturn Sextile Mercury. The former aspect will happen on the 26th and the latter the day after. Both of these aspects are likely to make our Thanksgiving feel a little restricted, especially around our father figures. It’s likely to feel like we are walking on eggshells around our family members. In the grand scheme of things, it is going to promote longevity in our relationship, but for a holiday aspect, it’s a little bleak.

These are the major aspects I want to touch on for November 202. Make sure to sign up for my emailing list so you can have the week-by-week break down! If you want to know how to best plan for the future, make sure to click on my one-year forecast tab. I hope you have a blessed holiday!

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Scorpio & Orion, Zodiacal Mythology

In honor of the Scorpio season which started very recently, this week’s article will be about the mythology of Scorpio! Ironically, the origin of Scorpio doesn’t involve much of the Scorpion. The primary focus of the story is Orion and his battle with the Scorpion.

Orion and Scorpio

Orion is considered to be the greatest hunter, just short of the Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis. Many of the stories suggest he is the son of Poseidon who blessed him with great strength and prowess. As a result of his skill, he would often boast about his accomplishments to other gods. In addition, the goddess Eos fell in love with Orion, only increasing the number of things to boast about. Personally, this story paints the image of a football quarterback for me.

Eventually, Orion’s behavior was too much for the other gods to handle. This is where the story diverges a little. In one telling of the story, Apollo (brother of Artemis) and Gaia (mother of earth) plan to have Orion killed for saying he will kill every animal on the planet. In another telling, Hera has Orion killed because of his rude behavior towards her. Either way, this is where Scorpio enters the story.

Scorpio is a giant, poisonous scorpion. He was created for the sole purpose of fighting Orion. Being the great hunter he is, Orion is actually able to kill Scorpio but the poison from its sting kills him after the fact. Feeling sad for the death of his nephew, as well as recognizing the effort of Scorpio, Zeus places both of them in the sky as constellations. However, he put him 180 degrees apart so they wouldn’t continue fighting. This makes Scorpio visible during the fall/winter and Orion visible during spring/summer.

Lessons from Scorpio

This is one of the shorter stories but there is still a lot of substance. Despite Scorpio being the zodiac sign, it is really Orion who symbolizes the qualities of Scorpio. Enchanting a goddess, stealthily hunting prey and soaring to great heights are incredibly scorpionic.

The first of these, enchanting Eos, is symbolic of the sexual energy bestowed upon Scorpio placements. Anyone who is familiar with astrology knows Scorpio is considered to be magnetically attractive. This is because of the natural rulership of the 8th house which relates to sex. It is very rare for any of the goddesses to be swooned by another. Even Zeus who represents the divine masculine often ends up with mortal women. Infatuating a goddess is a sure marker for potent sexual energy.

The connection to being a hunter signifies another aspect of Scorpio: Secrecy. Hunting is not a matter of beating your chest and appearing stronger. It requires stealth, subtle movements and concentration. Scorpio is known for its ability to deceive others. This is rarely counted in their favor, but it does serve them in achieving their goals.

The last of these, wanting to kill every animal, is symbolic of their ambition and tendency towards destruction. Scorpios are drawn to power because of their modern ruler, Pluto. This is also what connects them to death because to create something new something old must be destroyed. I believe the desire to kill every animal is very symbolic of these potent energies. It would actually be counterproductive for a hunter to kill every animal. Which tells us this is a part of their darker ambitions than an actual desire to do harm to others.

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Orion and Mars

The symbols in this story also allude to Scorpios traditional ruler, Mars. Mars is the fighting spirit of an individual. Mars shows how one takes action, asserts their will on others, deals with confrontation and moves towards their goals. Orion expresses Martian energy at every turn in the story. He is an incredibly ambitious hunter. Hunting for him is not sport but also a way to show his status within Olympus. Even more, there is already a Goddess of the Hunt. It’s a clear example of someone trying to one-up another person solely for their own ego.

With that, there is a lot of ego surrounding Orion’s behavior. He constantly starts fights with other gods, brags about how great he is, and does things simply for the praise from others. The Sun represents the ego, but Mars is often responsible for conflicts resulting from ego. 

Ultimately, his own behavior is what brought his fall. If Orion was less concerned with proving he was better than others, he likely would not have been killed by Scorpio. This presents Scorpio as death, the great equalizer. No matter how great we are in life, everyone dies. Our actions can either support life or cause us to come to a quick demise. This theme of “being knocked down a peg” relates to Scorpio as the sign is often caught in power struggles with others. 

Ending the Cycle

The main theme of Scorpio is reincarnation. Fortunately, the more our souls live through this cycle, the more we seem to get exhausted by it. This is why “old souls” tend to turn towards spirituality as a way to remove their karma and be at peace with the world. Astrology is the key to understanding our karma and aids us in our journey of self healing. The first step is to become aware of ourselves so we know what needs to be addressed.

This is where hiring a personal astrologer comes in handy! Knowing how to read and interpret natal charts is more than just googling your signs. It takes experience and knowledge of many different working parts. As an astrologer, I always work to make my services of use to people who are truly dedicated to healing. Check out my Services tab for my current offers. I hope you enjoy a very spooky Halloween and I look forward to speaking with you!

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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How to Use Moon Cycles for Shadow Work

In honor of the Full Moon later this week and the workshop I hosted this past Sunday on Lunar Cycles, this week we are diving into the mysticism surrounding the Moon!

The Moon is revered by many ancient cultures. Only monotheistic religions do not represent a moon goddess. This article touches on various connections the Moon has to astrology, but also to our daily lives and energetic states.

The Moon is the Divine Feminine

Many ancient cultures, and even some modern ones, worship the Moon as a symbol of the Divine Feminine. There are many connections between the Moon and the feminine. One of the major connections is its influences on a woman’s menstruation cycle. Each of the four major moon phases (New, Waxing, Waning, and Full) are expressed as stage of menstruation. It is not uncommon for women in proper hormonal balance to have their cycle connect to the lunar cycle within a few days. 

This is further extended in the Wiccan representation of The Maiden, The Mother and The Crone. She is essentially a goddess with three forms. Each form makes a connection to feminine archetypes.

The Maiden is an expression of the New Moon. She is innocent, pure and blossoming into womanhood. We could liken her to qualities of Virgo, who is a representation of purity. The second phase is The Mother and represents the nurturing qualities of women. She is connected to the full moon and is depicted as a pregnant woman. The rulership of the Moon belongs to Cancer, another representation of the nurturing feminine.

Lastly, we have The Crone, who represents the intuitive and wise feminine energy. She is connected to the waning moon phase and is nearing the end of life. She will be reborn again in the new moon phase and the cycle will start anew. Scorpio represents this process of rebirthing.

The Moon and the Mind

In astrology, the Moon influences our emotional states. By extension of our holistic existence, these emotions can also influence how we think. Have you ever been triggered by an event which made you upset, then you started to have angry thoughts because of it? Then your angry thoughts made you feel more upset? This is just one way of how our emotions influences our mind.

Going deeper, the Moon impacts our subconscious mind. This is where the mythology of the werewolf and even the word ‘lunatic’ comes from. The etymology of lunatic literally means to be ‘moon sick’ or ‘a sickness which is influenced by the stages of the moon’.

During a Full Moon, the consciousness enhancing qualities of the Sun affect our subconscious mind. This results in an expression of our shadow self, also commonly associated with our lower desires. The symbol of a man turning into an animal is representative of the higher mind succumbing to the desires of the animal body. In pretty much every werewolf story, all they do under a full moon is ravenously eat and/or kill.

If you ask a first responder what is the busiest day of the month for them, they will almost universally respond “the night of a full moon”. This connection between our animal nature and the influence of the moon is eye opening. Humans will not literally turn into a hairy beast. Acting in ways which serve our ego is much more likely.

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Integrating Lunar Energy

In light of everything mentioned, the Moon brings an amazing opportunity for growth. The Moon changes zodiac signs roughly every 2 ½ days. Which means we are constantly integrating emotional states and experiences. Water moons feel emotions more deeply. Airs moons often need to intellectualize their emotions. Fire moons react impulsively and Earth moons are calm and stable.

In a natal chart, each zodiac sign rules a house. The transiting Moon sign tells us which house it is in. This house tells us the area of life which the Moon is impacting. Be mindful of the exact degree of the Moon. Many houses start partially in one sign. This means you’re likely to have two signs in a house.

By observing our day to day emotional states, we begin to gain an awareness of ourselves we may have previously missed out on. Only if we keep our eyes open to it though.

To be Conscious or Not to be Conscious?

Over an extended period of time, this process happens whether we want it to or not. Every 2 ½ years we are alive, our Moon sign changes as seen through a Secondary Progression. A secondary progression represents our psyche evolving from life experiences. We have the ability to resist this process by engaging in activities which promote unconscious living. Although, in my experience, an individual is able to play ‘catch up’ if they truly wish to do so.

At the time of our Saturn Return, we are also having our Progressed Lunar Return. This means we have lived through all of the zodiac sign moon placements. During a Saturn Return and Progressed Lunar Return, individuals universally feel more ‘adult’. The connection to feeling more emotionally mature is a result of the PLR. Whereas feeling more certain of your direction in life is a result of the Saturn Return. Astrology would argue, you’re not really an adult until you have experienced all the moon placements.

With the shift in moon placements, people tend to prioritize different things in their life. The baseline of their understanding would be their natal moon placement of course. A natal water might feel more “off” during an air sign.

During their time in a fire progression, they will desire to exert their will in the world and seem more ego driven. During a water progression, they will care more about the feelings events or people create rather than objective criteria. In addition, Air progressions tend to seek new experiences and opportunities for expansion. Earth progressions are about consolidation of resources for the future.

Closing Remarks

The Moon is the most active celestial body in astrology. It is constantly changing signs and because of this, it is our biggest ally in uncovering our shadow. Learning how to work with the Moon takes consistency and the willingness to be uncomfortable. Although, working one-on-one with an astrologer can make the process a lot easier!

Most often, this we use a secondary progression for this work. You can book your appoint here. Wherever you are in your path, I wish you the best luck and I am certain in your success!

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Libra, the Scale and Zodiac Mythology

Well we have finally caught up in our zodiac mythology. I am writing about Libra during Libra season! Although, I have some unfortunate news. The sign of Libra does not have a designated story for us to analyze. However, by observing the story of where Libra comes from, I believe there is symbolism that is perhaps hidden from the mainstream narrative.

Libra and Themis

The Libra constellation is represented by a Scale. This alone is significant as the zodiac sign is all about finding balance. In actuality, a lot of people see this as being indecisive, yet symbolically, the “indecisiveness” is about weighing the pros and cons of everything Libra observes in life.

Libra has been tied to the mother of Astraea, Themis (read the Virgo myth for a reminder). Themis is a titan goddess and rules over things like Justice, Law and Fairness. Although, Themis is mentioned very little, she played a significant role in the battle between Olympus and the Titans.

She turned the tides of battle by siding with the Olympian gods against the Titans enabling them to win. Later on, in fact it was a while after the battle, Themis became Zeus’ second wife after Hera. This also plays into the symbolism of Libra which we will discuss last.

It’s interesting to note how Themis (and Libra) rule over the conception of equality. Except her actions in the story specifically created an imbalance in the power dynamic. When she was on the side of the Titans, they were winning. Then by switching sides, the Olympians were winning. I believe this represents two major themes for the sign of Libra. 

Tipping the Scales

First, something must always be favored for any progress to be made. A total balance between two opposing forces creates stagnation. Whenever we make a decision in life, we have two opposing forces. If they are weighted equally in our minds then the decision becomes a barrier to progress. The symbology here is that while balance is something to be valued, like everything else, it has its own pros and cons.

Libra is the sign of balance and with all of the zodiac signs, the symbolism is referring to our internal states of being. Having balance within ourselves through daily routines, controlling our emotions and moderation of our actions. This is where balance is valuable.

However, the more removed from ourselves the balance is, the less practical it becomes. Think about nature, is there any balance between a predator and its prey? Certainly not. If there was then there would be no power dynamic between the two. On a greater scale the ecosystem would be entirely horizontal and ultimately no evolution. 

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Decider of Fate

The second thing this represents is the symbolic battle of good and evil. The Titan gods came from a very very old time in Greek mythology when the universe was chaotic and unorganized. They created something from nothing and this was very valuable, however, their continued existence in the now organized world did not function as well.

If the Titans had won against Olympus, it likely would have thrown the world back into chaos because this is what the Titans represent. They are the creators of entirely unbiased structures in nature such as Time, the Sun, the Moon, the Oceans, even the Earth!

Now how does this relate to good and evil if we just mentioned they were unbiased? Well, my dear reader, ‘good and evil’ is largely dependent on what we believe to be of harm to us. For the Olympians, the “unbiased” Titan gods were a serious threat because they wanted to kill them. To a third party they may have not been evil in their totality, but for the subjective Olympians they certainly were. Furthermore, for the progress of humanity they would have been a serious impediment. As previously mentioned, total balance creates stagnation. 

Now whether we want to say this is truly a battle between ‘good and evil’ or just a battle of perspective, I would happily have that conversation in the comments. However, as the author of the article, I do believe Themis’ choice to change sides is representative of her own subjective view of the situation. She certainly believed the Olympians to be the better victor from the war, and being the Goddess of Justice and what not, I think her decision probably held some very valid points. 

Libra & Partnership

Finally, to address Themis becoming Zeus’ second wife and how this relates to Libra. Libra is ruler of the seventh house, which is the house of patronage and marriage. Libra is also sometimes called the Sign of Partnership because it’s opposite sign, Aries, is the Sign of The Self. Themis becoming the wife of Zeus not only alludes to this function of Libra but also perhaps a signifier of how Libra is thrown out of balance.

As a professional astrologer, I have observed the most common thing to throw a Libran out of balance is their relationship with someone else. It doesn’t even need to be a romantic relationship! In my experience, it is all too common for someone to compromise their own well being because of the actions of someone else.

The same argument could perhaps be made for Themis. The Titans were her original ‘team members’ and she betrayed them to help the Olympians. Now perhaps this is because of all the things I mentioned above, or maybe this is because of her love for Zeus. It is likely we will never know without a much deeper dive into the entire Greek pantheon, but I do believe this raises an interesting question.

So there you have it, the not-so-official mythology of Libra. Much of the story of Themis relates to the qualities manifested in the Libra Zodiac sign. While there is no official story tied to the constellation, I think Themis does a pretty damn good job at. With that, if you or a friend has been out of balance lately, perhaps booking an astrology reading will help them get back in balance! You can check out my services tab for all of my offers. 

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Zodiac Mythology, Virgo the Maiden

In my research of the astrological sign Virgo, I found something peculiar. The Virgo myth is not only A) wide spread and connected to many different figures throughout many cultures but also B) comprises several smaller myths which are often told separately. Since all of the stories so far have been Greek, I will stick with their zodiac mythology. The Greek myths hold the most information for symbolic analysis which I believe serves the purpose of these articles the best. Let’s get into the first part of the story of Virgo!

Part 1 of the Virgo Myth: Prometheus and Epimetheus

The start of the Virgo myth goes all the way back to the Greek creation stories. Before any humans existed there was a race of giants known as Titans. They served the gods in many ways, but were also very strong. Strong enough to challenge the gods, but that’s another story. The titan Epimetheus was tasked with creating animals on earth and giving them each their qualities. He gave the creatures things such as claws, wings, tails and so on. It is said, when he got to man he had run out of unique qualities to give them. He then asked his brother Prometheus to help him. This resulted in his brother deceiving Zeus and stealing fire from him. 

He then gave the fire to man so they could warm themselves, cook food and ultimately create the society we have today. Naturally, Zeus was furious. He chained Prometheus to a rock. Then each day a crow would peck out his liver and each night his liver would grow back. This was sentenced to continue forever as his punishment for stealing fire from Zeus and giving it to humans. It’s not much mentioned why Epimetheus was not punished for this but we can infer Zeus was more upset about being stolen from than giving man fire. This is the first section of the Virgo myth, so let’s break it down.

Symbolism in Prometheus

Virgo is commonly connected to stories of fertility and harvest. This is because of the time it takes place in. It is the last zodiac sign before Libra, which is the official start of autumn with the Fall Equinox. Fertility and creation stories are strongly linked (arguably the same thing) because of the overarching symbolism of birth. Within the larger cycle of creation and the human race, there are smaller cycles of creation within every generation. 

Virgo is also the only zodiac sign to be represented as a female. There are signs that are considered more “feminine” such as water and earth elements, but the constellation for Virgo is literally a human female. This again, brings home the idea of it being tied to a creation story. 

The second major symbol I drew from this part of the myth is the connection to fire. In alchemy, fire is the element of creation. It is the life force energy of God which manifests the physical reality out of spirit. By stealing this fire, Prometheus essentially made humans more than animals, he made them god-like.

Now ask yourself, what separates humans from animals? If you guessed our intellect then you’re correct! Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury which influences our ability for rational thought. The strength of our mind is what enables us to create the society we have. 

However, when a fire burns too hot it can hurt us. Prometheus deceived Zeus to obtain the fire. As punishment, a crow pecks out his liver for all eternity. We can safely assume Zeus was never meant to find out. This situation arose from the fire (intellect) of Prometheus. His greatest gift had become the source of his undoing.

Part 2 of the Virgo Myth: Pandora’s Box

After man had obtained fire from Prometheus, Zeus began plotting how he could even the playing field. As we just analyzed, human’s gained a power which could rival the gods themselves and Zeus did not approve of this. He began discussing with the other gods what they could do to make sure humans never arose much higher than where they were. 

Then one day, Zeus gifted a woman named Pandora with a box. He told her never to open it, knowing the curiosity would be too much for her. Eventually, she couldn’t resist and opened the box. From it all sorts of horrible things came out, disease, famine, fear, sadness. Essentially all anything bad you can think of. Although, one thing didn’t leave the box. This thing was hope. Ever since Pandora opened the box, humans have had to endure suffering here on Earth. However, it is hope that keeps us going. Hope things will get better. Hope things will change. 

After plagues and negative emotions had been released on the Earth, the gods gradually left their homes to go live on Mount Olympus. One by one they left and with them took all their power. They still influence the Earth from high on their mountain, but their connection to the humans gradually diminished. The last to leave was Astraea, the goddess of innocence and purity. With her departure, the constellation of Virgo was formed. This way, the humans would at least have a reminder of the purity which once existed. Even if it was scarce in their daily lives.

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Symbolism in Pandora’s Box

The connection between Pandora and Virgo is related to the function of the sixth house. Virgo is natural ruler of the sixth house of Health, Work and Service. With this, Pandora’s box contained both plagues for the body and plagues for the mind. Interestingly enough, Virgo’s are prone to making themselves physically sick if they are mentally overworked. Pandora was also, unknowingly, working in service of the gods. Zeus knew she would be unable to resist the curiosity (a very Mercurial quality) and open the box.

There is also the very obvious symbolism of Astraea in this story. She is the literal goddess of innocence and purity, which is why Virgo is known as the Virgin. It has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with innocence. This is one of the strongest traits of Virgo. When the person is acting from the place of an evolved Virgo, their actions focus on helping others. An easy way to spot a Virgo in their shadow is how many of their habits are self-serving.

In Closing

The sign of Virgo holds some very idealistic standards for living. Although, it is fitting as Virgos are always seeking perfection in their daily life. Even though we will never achieve perfection, there is always value in self improvement.

One of the greatest benefits astrology brings us is self awareness. Once we have awareness of our flaws we can then work on improving them. I strongly recommend meeting with a professional astrologer or putting in the time to learn more about your own natal chart. With that, we have concluded another chapter in the zodiacal mythology tales!

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Astrology Forecast for October 2021

What better way to prepare for the coming month than with an astrology forecast? Fortunately, the day I release articles also happens to be a few days before the start of the month so you have plenty of time to plan how you see fit.

Starting off the Astrology Forecast

The first major event of the month is the New Moon in Libra taking place on the 5th of October. With a Libra moon we can expect to be more understanding of people and ideas which differ from our own. It is a great time to clear out any misunderstandings with people in your life. The new moon is the start of a cycle. With it in the sign of Libra, clearing away old energy with friends to make room for a new understanding will bring about a greater level of connection and intimacy. 

Focus on the house in your chart which is ruled by Libra. This will be the area of your life most impacted by the new moon energy. If you have something you are wanting to manifest, use this time to get crystal clear on what it looks like.

The sign of Libra is about balance. Think about how this new manifestation will bring balance to your life. A higher income could mean you have more free time and less stress. A new relationship could mean a greater focus on others and less selfish behavior. The theme of this new moon (and the month in general) will be balance.

On the Same Day…

There is also a stellium (three or more planets) in the sign of Libra. The planets are Mars, Mercury and the Sun. This means we have a huge focus on Libra energy. You’re likely not going to feel as motivated, more pleasure seeking, and have some indecisiveness.

This is only going to be agitated by the Mercury retrograde back from September 28. The way I like to handle these complicated situations is with flow. Do what you can to work towards your goals but don’t over work yourself. If you have a burst of energy to do something, seize the opportunity. However, if you are really feeling a push to do something else, use that time to recharge your batteries and relax.

Venus Enters Sagittarius

On October 7th, Venus will move into Sagittarius. This will be a welcomed relief from the current Venus Scorpio energy. When Venus is in Sagittarius there is a love for travel, novelty and culture. We become excited by learning new things and the fire stimulates passions. This will be a time to venture outside your comfort zone and try something new. 

Also on October 7th, the Sun in Libra will trine Jupiter in Aquarius.This is powerful because it means we will be more aware of any shifts in our perspective. Jupiter signifies how we internalize the external world and grow as a result of it. When it is interacting with the Sun, not only do things seem to be more favorable for us, we are also more conscious of the growth we are experiencing.

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Even More Changes…

A few days later on October 10th, we have a lot happening. Pluto in Capricorn squares the Sun in Libra. This makes us more prone to conflict as we perceive the power dynamics in relationships more clearly. You may find yourself arguing more and when you’re alone have “darker” fantasies about people. 

Same day, Saturn in Aquarius will sextile Venus in Sagittarius. This is good for our relationships even though it can make them feel more like a burden. We will not feel as free as we would like to because of our responsibilities to others. However, in the long run this makes our relationships more stable and fulfilling.

Then on October 13th, Mars and Pluto square off in the previously mentioned signs. This can be dangerous as Pluto and Mars interactions can result in violence. With that, Mars in Libra is very amicable and might hesitate in a dangerous situation. Make sure to pay more attention to your surroundings during this time. 

Fast forward a Week

A little bit later on in the month we have a Full moon in Aries. This takes place on October 20th. This is an interesting energy for a Full Moon because Aries is the sign of new beginnings while Full Moons represent completion. With this we will experience a duality of energy. Part of us will feel rushed to start something new while another part will feel what it previously started hasn’t been finished. 

The way to resolve this is understanding the “rushed” energy is fake. You will want to move on to something new but you haven’t actually completed your previous manifestation. If you decide to jump ahead there is a high likelihood your current manifestation will fall through.

The day after on October 21st, Venus in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. This is going to make us more gullible. We will only see the side of people we want to see and we could be fooled when we find out they’re not as holy as we thought. Make sure to pay attention to the facts, even if they aren’t pleasant. This will save you pain and trouble down the road.

On October 23rd the Sun moves into Scorpio. The winter is upon us and we will be drawn into the darker side of the human psyche. Conspiracies and true crime podcasts are in full swing. It’s a truly fitting zodiac sign for the upcoming Halloween.

With that shift, the Sun will also square Saturn. This is going to make us more reserved and on the extreme end, isolate ourselves. We may not feel like going outside, especially if the temperature is dropping in your area, but it will be good to get out of ourselves and socialize. This will help prop up our positivity while this transit passes.

Finishing Out the Astrology Forecast…

Towards the end of the month we have Saturn square Uranus in Taurus on October 26th. This is going to dampen some of the spontaneity of life. Anything pre-planned is likely to go off without a hitch, but it may not be as exciting as you thought it would be. This can be a bittersweet moment for many of us. It’s good our plans worked out, but I believe even the most rigid of us enjoy a small surprise.

The day after on October 27th, Uranus will oppose the Sun. This will create confusion for people as what they previously thought may change radically with the introduction of new information. A blessing here would be Saturn constricting some of these extreme changes to be a more “middle-road” type change. Depending on how flexible you are normally, it may not be as big of a shock, but for my friends who are Fixed Strong, it may still be an unwelcome change in perspective.

Retrogrades End!

I am giving this section it’s own timeline as I feel retrogrades are a bigger concern for many people. Several planets which have been in retrograde for a while now will go direct. Thank goodness! The first of these is Pluto. It will go stationary on October 6th and move direct on the 8th. With this, the butterfly will spread its wings! Pluto symbolizes transformations. The changes can be pretty rough, and when it is retrograde, many people feel these changes internally more than externally. Things like depression and anxiety are much more common with retrograde transits. This will feel like a morning sunrise after a long, dark night of the soul.

Next is Saturn! On October 10th it will go stationary then direct on October 12th. We can finally breathe again! The constricting energy of Saturn can make people feel like they’re walking on eggshells. With the planet going direct we will feel less constraints in our expression. It’s been going on so long at this point you probably don’t even notice it, but once it is direct you will act more spontaneous.

With the ending of these two retrogrades, I suggest taking some time to review all that has happened over the past several months. Whether its writing in your journal, meditating on past events, or simply reflecting on the major events that happened. Any of these things will be good for integrating the experience. After all, the whole purpose of retrogrades are to give us a chance to slow down and take inventory of our reality.

Third and Fourth in Line…

Jupiter and Mercury! Both of them station on October 17th and move direct on the 19th. Jupiter has been in retrograde much longer than Mercury has, so I’ll address that one first. With the retrograde, we have been internalizing our environment at a much greater rate. It’s probably happened so quickly we aren’t even aware of all the shifts that have been made. With the planet going direct we will become more conscious of our progress. We will have moments where we recognize our behaviors, habits and thoughts have all changed. Whether this is good or bad will depend on how you have been spending the past several months.

Lastly we have Mercury. People are quite familiar with the troubles of Mercury retrograde. Your computer stops working correctly. Things sound better in your head than when you speak out loud. A whole mess of trouble happens during Mercury retrograde. With this ending we will feel like things are back to normal. The white noise in our conversations will fade and we might look back at our journal and say “what the hell was I thinking!?” I personally enjoy Mercury retrogrades because it spices life up. That being said, it’s always good when it ends.

Good Luck!

With that, this is your astrological forecast for the month of October. There was a lot to include and to be honest, I left out some of the less important aspects. There is simply so much! I have to be discerning about what to write about. However, you can catch the smaller planetary shifts by signing up for my email list! Every week I send out forecasts which are more specific and address the day to day shifts.

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Retrograde Planets and Your Karma

At the time of this article being written, there are five major planets in retrograde (Rx) with a 6th (Mercury) preparing to enter very soon. So I want to take a moment to explain how retrogrades manifest differently in the natal chart than in transit.

First, to clarify how they function in transits. A retrograde transit is an opportunity to release accumulated karma. The energy of the planet is directed inward, towards self relation, rather than outward towards expansion. The reason people feel off during a retrograde is largely because our culture does not take the opportunity to dig up our past. 

There is an attitude of, “what’s done is done”. In some cases this is true and is a good mindset to have but, not in the case of karma. It literally will keep showing up again and again until it has been “corrected” for lack of a better term. 

If you desire to know more after reading this article, a great book which dives deep into Retrogrades is Karmic Astrology: Retrogrades and Reincarnations by Martin Schulman.

Retrogrades in the Natal Chart

Would you be surprised to hear me say it was karmic? When an individual is born with a retrograde planet, and most individuals have at least one, it is tied to their past life karma. The karmic lesson is connected to whichever planets are Rx at time of birth. 

Now don’t go around flaunting your singular Rx planet thinking it means you’re holier than the person with three or four. It just means in this lifetime you are focusing on whatever lessons are associated with that planet. It’s possible you have more karma associated with that area of life. Because of that, your soul choose to devote a whole lifetime to focusing entirely on those karma lessons.

For example, if your Venus is in Rx. It’s likely you mishandled a romantic or business relationship in a past life. The emphasis on this life is to work through whatever was unresolved. The specific karmic act could be anything under the sun. Since you are born with no past life knowledge, you get the joy of a total makeover.

There are many energetic qualities that manifest with an Rx planet. Extending the Venus example, this individual is going to experience constricted sexual expression. They will feel less open in relationships and tend to get hung up on one person for a long time. On average they have fewer romantic partnerships. Men especially are less likely to sleep around and be more devoted to a single partner. Venus Rx tends to make all relationships more serious when in the natal chart. This is because of how the mental state shifts. 

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Energetic Shifts in Retrograde

An Rx planet in the natal chart causes an individual to internalize the Rx process of the planet. For planets, they are first “direct” where they move forward in the night sky. Then they go stationary, where they appear to have stopped moving. Lastly, they go retrograde where they appear to be moving backwards. Oh, and in case you didn’t already know, they don’t actually move backwards. It just appears that way from our place here on Earth..

For the individual, this process becomes the way they interact with the world. First they will expand outward and seek out new experiences. Then they will go through a process of integration. Lastly, they will go through a process of reflection, where they work to pick up anything they may have missed. 

The more planets they have in Rx, the more unusual this person may appear to the outside world. Energetically they are functioning very differently. For those with the same planet not in Rx, they are in a state of constant expansion. The process of introspection may never come unless they consciously choose it. For the Rx individual, introspection is a natural quality.

There are some other benefits too. Individuals with an Rx planet, seem to not be thrown off as much when that planet in transit goes Rx. Sometimes it is even a relief because it’s like the rest of the world is starting to act the way they always do. This is because the energy of the planet is expressing itself the same way the soul internalized it at birth.

Retrograde in Houses

The lessons of an Rx planet are modified by the sign and house it is in. This gives us another clue as to what the individual is resolving from their past life. Rx Venus in the 2nd house individual is more likely to have their issues pertain to business partnerships and money. The same Rx Venus individual with the planet in the 7th house, is having this pop-up in their romantic relationships.

Similar to a direct planet, the house will tell us where the energy is manifesting. The Rx individual will have this area of their life more activated, in regards to introspection and integration. The Rx planet will still color their whole chart through the aspects it makes, but they’re less likely to have it appear in areas unrelated to the house, planet or sign.

Retrograde in Signs

Here we have different steps of the process emphasized. Some signs do better with the expansion part of the Rx process. Others are more adept at introspection. Even more, some planets harmonize with every stage! An example of this is Rx Mercury in Aquarius. 

Not every sign functions well in Rx. On a positive note, the stage the sign functions best in tends to be where the most time is spent (the Rx process is internalized, not necessarily mirrored). If a sign benefits most from expansion, then this is the area where the individual will function from most often. Inevitably they will go through the other stages and during this time may appear unfamiliar to others.

As with normal zodiac incarnations, the lessons that appear are dependent on the sign. More often than not, the zodiac sign tells us what issue went unresolved. Let’s round out the Venus example. If an individual has a Rx Scorpio Venus in the 7th house we can infer in a past life they:

  • Were entangled in a passionate romantic relationship (7th)
  • Which ended in a tragic way they never got over (Scorpio)
  • And influenced every relationship they had after that (Venus)

Obviously this example is incredibly broad. However, without a full natal chart it is misleading to make incredibly specific interpretations. What we do know is this individual is having to resolve the relationship of a previous life. They may not have even done anything people usually associate with “karma”. The lesson here is they can’t let go of the experience which is causing it to replay in their next life.

In Conclusion

Learning how to interpret retrogrades in the natal chart will give deep insight into your readings. Although, it is very much a study in its own right. The nuance between an Rx planet and its Direct counterpart can leave you confused and misinformed. Make sure you have a grasp on both the normal function of a planet and its Rx function before you start making inferences.

Similarly, you can always go to a professional to gain a deeper understanding of Rx functions. Doing so can save you time and energy in addition to providing you with valuable self awareness. My best wishes go out to you and I hope you take advantage of any future retrogrades!

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Zodiac Myth of Leo, The Lion

The Leo constellation is one of my personal favorites as I am a Leo Rising. The myth teaching us the lessons of the star sign comes from none other than The Twelve Labors of Hercules. Although, interestingly enough it is Hercules who teaches us these lessons and not the lion.

There is a little bit of a prologue as to why Hercules is performing these Twelve Labors. Without getting into a whole other story, but so you have some context for the setting, Hercules is having to atone for murdering his wife, Megera, while he was made insane by Hera. If you are interested in knowing the full story, here is a link. However, many zodiac signs only refer to snippets of the story.

Without further ado, the myth of Leo

The very first labor Hercules undertakes for king Eurystheus is to slay the Nemean Lion. This is not just a regular lion though. It is quite literally a monster. If you remember the mention of the monster-god Typhon from previous articles, this is one of the children of Typhon. It is a huge lion and it’s hide is impenetrable. Eurystheus had other men try to slay it but none of their weapons were able to damage the creature.

Hercules sets out to fight the lion, not entirely sure what he is getting into. At first he makes the same mistake as other men and tries to kill it with arrows. The arrows bounce off the hide of this monstrosity doing nothing. The lion becomes enraged by this but, instead of running away and trying again, Hercules charges towards the lion. The creature retreats into its cave (I assume in response to a mad man running towards it). To prevent it from escaping, Hercules moves boulders in front of the entrance trapping the Lion. He enters the cave from another entry point higher up the hill side.

Our first lessons from Leo

Right from the start, we see how bravery is a quality of the story. Hercules overcomes his fear of fighting the lion, and even though he is a demigod, he is still very capable of dying. In addition, he knows from the arrows not working that this is not an ordinary lion. Much like the other fire signs, Leo thrives off its bravery. A strong leader needs to have conviction for their goals when obstacles arise. This is symbolized by Hercules charging towards the Lion when he realizes other tactics will not work.

The lion teaches us a lesson about spiritual maturity; the importance of having thick skin, or hide for that matter. When pursuing our goals in life we will undoubtedly face adversity. There will always be someone or something standing in the way. Developing a thick skin enables you to push through these obstacles. If we are wounded by every little comment, or even a major setback, then our dreams will remain in our heads and never become reality. The lion’s hide symbolizes the strength of character needed to withstand adversity.

There is one darker lesson taught here as well, the lion retreating into its cave. This is symbolic of someone retreating into themselves. When the world mistreats us and we feel freighted by the challenges we perceive, it is not uncommon for to run away. However, this is a dangerous way to respond. As we see, Hercules then traps the lion inside the cave. The comfort zone of the cave will be the place where the lion dies, as the story will soon tell. If we run away from the things we fear, we very well may expire without ever having seen what we are capable of.

Now back to Hercules and the Lion

With the lion inside the cave, Hercules comes in from a higher entrance in the hill. He descends upon the lion with a huge club and hits it over the head. The lion, although stunned, is not dead and they proceed to wrestle. Yes, you heard correctly. Hercules wrestles a lion with his bare hands. The demigod manages to strangle the lion to death.

In order to prove his triumph, Hercules must return the pelt of the lion to King Eurystheus. There is one issue however. No knife or tool he has can cut the creatures hide. Hercules shows some ingenuity and realizes the cat’s own claws can cut it. He uses the claws of the creature to skin the pelt off and fashions it into a breastplate to wear. He then returns to King Eurystheus to prove his victory over the beast. Afterwards, he keeps the pelt as his personal armor in battle. In order to honor the Nemean Lion, Hera places the constellation in the sky for all to see at night.

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What do we learn from all this?

The story ends in the way you might expect it to. Yet there are still several lessons to learn: Hercules fights bare handed with the beast. Symbolically, this is every human’s battle with their own animal nature. Leo is considered the sign of the king. Individuals born under this star tend to have very high ideals for how people should act. Naturally, humans are flawed. Even those with Leo placements do not match the standards they believe in. However, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still try and overcome our lower nature.

Every religion or spiritual practice tells of this battle against our instincts. When we conquer our base desires, we gain the freedom to choose our own path. If we succumb to them, then we are metaphorically killed and eaten by the beast inside of us. The version of us fighting the lion is our ‘higher self’. Now that you know this, with every decision you make onward, ask yourself, who am I helping in this battle?

Another major lesson in the battle with the Nemean Lion is symbolized by the cutting of its skin. Only the lion’s own claws can cut the creature. This represents how we can only truly be hurt by ourselves. It is the ancient Greece version of sticks and stones. Whenever we suffer an offense from someone else, it is really us cutting our own hide. Otherwise all verbal attacks from the outside bounce off of us like the arrows in the beginning of the story. 

When we are hurt by someone, it is because we are allowing them to use our own traumas against us. Guarding against this is by no means easy. After all, Leo favors high ideals. If someone makes an insult towards you and it is completely unfounded, you are more likely to be confused than hurt. In fact, you likely see how much the other person is hurting. How their pain is causing them to lash out. This completely shifts the way we handle interactions with other people.

Closing up the Leo myth

The lessons we learn in the myth of Leo come both from Hercules and the Nemean Lion. Compared to the other stories we deciphered, I do think the lessons in this one are a little more lofty, but the rewards are far greater. If we achieve them, we will get to wear the impenetrable lion hide armor throughout our lives. As Hercules does in the remaining eleven labors.

Astrology is a tool of the magician to achieve gnosis. The self awareness we gain through the zodiac signs and through understanding our natal chart is profound. If you are interested in having a professional astrologer read your natal then definitely check out my services page. If you are more of the self study type, I encourage you to learn more about the energetic nature of your current incarnation!

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!

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Zodiac Mythology of Cancer, The Crab

The myth of the Cancer constellation is obscure. Many people believe it is connected to the Twelve Labors of Hercules. When he is fighting the hydra, Hera, who wants him dead, sends a crab to attack and distract him. Hoping this would throw off his focus while not openly making it seem like she got him killed. She figured this small and insignificant crab would do the trick. Except it didn’t. Hercules steps on the crab after being pinched and then kills the Hydra.

Not very exciting and not very characteristic of the zodiac sign. This is the ACTUAL mythology of the Cancer constellation. This story comes to us from the Scriptures of Delphi. It is about a giant crab named Crios.

Crios the Giant Crab

The story starts with Poseidon, god of the sea, leaving his ocean home to go help defend Olympus from the monster-god known as Typhon. In order to protect his daughters, commonly referred to as ‘sea nymphs’, he gave the large and powerful crab, Crios, immortality. This would help Crios in defending Poseidon’s home and children while he was away.

This story has immediate symbolism

Very early on in the story we see the relation to Cancerian qualities. Cancer is the natural ruler of the fourth house, the house of the home. It is where Cancer thrives. Caring for their family, keeping the domicile clean and beautiful, and a very strong defender of those closest to them. Many priorities of Cancer revolve around the family unit and the physical living space.

Much like Crios who is defending the home of Poseidon, Cancer is energetically connected to their living space. If their home is disorderly and chaotic, this will directly impact their well-being. This is true for everyone to some extent, however a Cancer Sun or Moon will be much more aware of what is impacting them.

The qualities of Cancer are exemplified by Crios in many ways. He is a large and powerful crab. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and growth, it is also exalted when in the sign of Cancer. The size and strength of Crios can be observed as a representation of Jupiter’s qualities in Cancer. 

In the beginning of the story, we also see the symbolic connection to the water element of Cancer. First off, the whole story takes place in the ocean, the literal water element. Next, Poseidon enlists Crios’ help primarily because of his emotional connection to the sea nymphs. This is the alchemical function of water, to tap into our emotions and feel the presence around us. 

So moving forward with the story…

Typhon was an incredibly powerful god and Poseidon underestimated how long he would have to be away from his home. After a while, the sea nymphs became restless and didn’t understand why they had to stay under Crios’ protection. Several of the nymphs escaped Crios’ watchful eye and swam away. Crios knew he could not chase after them and leave the other nymphs unprotected. He asked for help from Vamari, the Giant Squid, to chase after the ones who had escaped.

An important thing to know is Vamari translates to “Vampire Squid”. He didn’t help Crios out of the goodness of his heart, he was planning to eat the sea nymphs. Crios was unaware of this prior to asking for help. When Vamari caught up to the sea nymphs, he devoured them. He then returned to Crios and told him he was unable to find any nymphs.

Crios knew Vamari was lying to him. He also knew he had made a huge mistake in trusting him and now had to right his wrong. Crios attacked Vamari and fought him to the death. It was a long and difficult battle. Crios emerged victorious, but Vamari had inflicted serious injury to him. Having been made immortal by Poseidon, Crios was unable to die and remained there in agonizing pain. Eventually, Poseidon returned and upon seeing the crippled Crios, relieved him of his immortality. Indebted to Crios for protecting his daughters, Poseidon made the constellation of Cancer in honor of Crios and his efforts. 

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What does this tell us about Cancer?

In the latter half of the story, we see many positive qualities of Cancer emerge. Crios placed the lives of others over his own. He fought with all his strength because Poseidon and the nymphs were counting him. This selfless quality of Cancer, to sacrifice their own well-being for those they care about, is a potent trait of the sign. If Crios was fighting for himself, he may have said, “ya know, this is too much work, go ahead and eat the nymphs” but instead he would rather suffer incredible pain before those close to him got hurt.

Another positive trait we see is the intuitive nature of Cancer. Vamari lied to Crios, and with no evidence to prove it, knew in his heart that Vamari was trying to trick him. He acted entirely on gut instinct and attacked Vamari. Being able to read the intentions of those around them is part of why so many Cancers are empaths. Being ruled by the water element, they have strong etheric bodies and are able to sense when things are off. 

Lastly, we see the level of endurance Cancers have. Although he had immortality, Crios still had to endure an incredibly long battle with Vamari and bear unspeakable pain until Poseidon arrived. He could have perhaps pleaded with another god or tried to strike a deal with Hades but instead he waited for help he wasn’t sure was coming. Cancers stick by those close to them regardless of what obstacles appear in their path.

Cancer also has some downsides too though

Because of their loving hearts, Cancers can also be taken advantage of, especially when under stress. Vamari was easily able to deceive Crios because Crios wasn’t sure how to handle the escaped nymphs dilemma. It is not uncommon for Cancers to be fooled by people who put up a good front. However, once they find out you tricked them there is no forgiveness, as seen in the story.

This part of the story also shows some of the cautious nature that Cancers have. When some of the nymphs swam away, Crios was unwilling to chase after them. He had good reason to do so, yet we can’t deny there were other options available. Perhaps he brings the nymphs with him. Maybe he hides the nymphs and then chases after the others. It’s likely the ones that didn’t escape had no desire to so. Otherwise they probably would have. Oftentimes, Cancers can get stuck in their thinking and only approach a situation from one angle. Their emotions get involved in the process and it is difficult for them to break out of their mental shell. 

In conclusion…

The story of Crios shows us many of the traits of Cancer, which is why most astrologers would agree it is a better myth to exemplify the constellation’s attributes. Not everyone bothers to dive into symbolism and the story is not nearly as common as the Twelve Labors of Hercules. Nonetheless, I think anyone who took a moment to compare the myths would willingly agree.

If you enjoyed the story, I would love to hear your take on how it applies to Cancer in the comments. Maybe something stood out to you that I missed! Or if you have strong Cancerian qualities, check out some of my zodiac tea blends to help calm your nerves and unwind at the end of an energetically active day.

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!