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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!

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Astrology Report, September 2021

It’s that time of the month again, where I give you a forecast on the most important transits I see coming for this month. Air signs will be enjoying some quality energy during the month of September and it doesn’t look too shabby for earth placements either. Let’s hop right into it!

First Day of September

Taking place on the very first day of September, Venus in Libra will form a trine aspect with Jupiter in Aquarius. Now Jupiter is in retrograde, so this isn’t as beneficial as it would be if stationary, but it is still quite potent for good luck. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and Venus is the planet of ‘love & money’. With this, we can expect the start of the month to be good for any romantic or financial ventures. People with strong air placements will feel a desire to talk to that special someone or try a new business idea they have been sitting on, however, everyone can benefit from this energy by taking a leap of faith on what they desire!

At the same time, Saturn, the North Node and Mercury are forming a Grand Trine in the Air element. This is incredibly potent for mental stimulation. Any inspiration you have at this time will likely bring you a positive result if you act on it. More energetically sensitive individuals might be overwhelmed by this but, thanks to Saturn’s involvement, nervous energy should be decreased, allowing everyone to enjoy this mentally stimulating energetic environment.

It’s a very active month…

Immediately following all this goodness on September 2nd is an unfortunate moon opposition pluto. You may face some power struggles in your career in home life, as the moon is in Cancer and Pluto is in Capricorn. The positive side being that moon transits never last too long. By the time the weekend starts things will have gotten back to normal. 

It will be a good weekend to rest up as Saturn will be making an opposition to the moon on September 3rd. People will be feeling a little melancholy. Do whatever you need to do to recharge your batteries. For many people, the Venus/Jupiter trine will be lifting their spirits so a good portion of the population (primarily air strong people) probably won’t even notice some of these lunar aspects.

September New Moon

The new moon of September happens pretty early on in the month, taking place on September 6th. This is happening in the sign of Virgo, making it more stable and practical compared to our recent new moons in Leo and Cancer. The quality of energy will be more grounded and many people will feel a drive to tidy up their surroundings. 

To understand how you will personally be impacted by the new moon, look for the house cusp Virgo rules in your chart. This will be the best area to focus your intentions for the month. Virgo brings a detailed oriented approach to life. Work on fine tuning whatever problems are manifesting in that area of life. If you feel overwhelmed by a need for perfectionism, that is a very common Virgo trait. The best way to handle it is to push through the emotions and understand nothing is perfect. Taking action and risking failure is the only way you will improve. Trust in your higher power that things will turn out okay! When the full moon comes around later in the month you will be glad you did!

Moving Forward in the Month

On September 7th we will see an interesting formation. The planet Mars will conjunct with the sun and the moon in the sign of Virgo, but the moon and sun will be too far apart from each other to conjunct, making Mars the focal point of this formation. This will create a lot of masculine energy in the planetary environment, pushing us to take action and create the life we desire. It will also make us more standoffish in our dealings with people as the feminine moon will be overrun by the masculine Mars and sun. The hope here is Virgo will channel the energy into a positive outlet. When Mars is in Virgo, it is very particular about how it expends energy. Virgo doesn’t like to waste energy on fruitless ego battles or activities that won’t bring it closer to its goals. The more people keep this in mind, the more enriching an effect this formation will have on everyone.

If this wasn’t already enough, these planets are all in opposition to Neptune in Pisces. This will be a rude awakening for some people as Neptune is the planet of illusion. The energy of the sun will unveil the truth for many and Mars could be quite angry at finding out the truth. Those with a more Piscean nature may opt to stay asleep, but with how many oppositions to Neptune there are, I believe this will be quite difficult to ignore.

On the same day, Saturn, North Node and Mercury will reform their grand trine in the air element. This will renew the stimulating mental energy people are experiencing for another go around at the karmic rewards tide to positive North Node aspects.

Venus changes Signs

September 10th, Venus will enter the sign of Scorpio bringing a level of intensity to both romantic and business affairs. Venus is in a sign of its detriment when it is in Scorpio. Venus will express its love in a possessive and controlling way. There will be intense highs in relationships but also brutal and devastating lows. If you find a new lover during this transit, it will feel like something out of a fairy tale. Although, if your heart is broken then it will feel like a part of you was ripped out of your chest and you will never be able to love again. It sounds dramatic, but this is the nature of a Venus Scorpio.

With business and money, people may act more controlling than usual. Scorpio does not like to share and you will likely see this reflected in the attitudes and behaviors of the people in your workplace. Your boss may micromanage you a little more and the breakroom may come off as a more intense. On the positive side, Venus and Jupiter are still forming a trine, albeit a wide orb, but this will help to keep people’s spirits high and bring out their good nature.

Then Mars changes Signs!

On September 14th Mars will enter Libra. This is another determinant sign as Aries is the ruler of Mars. We will feel more compromising and willing to work things out with one another. In many ways this can be a positive placement for our relationships with others. On the down side it will make us more lazy and pleasure seeking. As a result, it could damage our progress towards completing our goals. There are many ways to overcome this. One of them would be to try and make a little bit of progress each day. Even if we lack the large bursts of energy, consistent application will move us towards our goals nonetheless.

A few more aspects to add

Shortly after on September 15th, Mercury in Libra will form a square with the moon in Capricorn. We will likely need to take a step back to understand what we are feeling during this time. Whenever the moon negatively aspects Mercury, it is a lot harder to put our emotions into words. Any fights that come up during this time should be tabled for a few days later. At this point, both people will be able to articulate what they actually experienced. The day after on the 16th, the moon will square Venus. Don’t be surprised if you and your loved ones get into a minor conflict. This is exactly where “tabling the discussion” is handy. It will be too soon for the Mercury/Moon square to have fully passed.

A little later on the 17th, Uranus in Taurus will form an opposition to Venus in Scorpio. This will make our relationships more unpredictable. You may find people get emotional for no reason and lash out at you. It’s also possible you get an unexpected bonus at work! With the nature of  Uranus, we know it will be a roll of the dice. Whatever you can do to prepare yourself and to hold steady for the coming weeks will be a smart move.

September Full Moon

On September 20th, the moon switches teams and will be in conjunction with Neptune in Pisces while forming an opposition to Mars and the Sun. Empaths will be feeling this energy a lot as there is a large amount of emotional energy. Pisces is a potent, although unstable placement for the moon and Neptune feels the most at home in the sign of the bound fish. This full moon will be quite intense one because not only are the Sun and Moon in opposition, but Neptune and Mars are both involved.

This doesn’t mean we can’t use the energy to our advantage though! The house in your chart that is ruled by Pisces will be the key to unlocking all this energy. Earlier in the month, the new moon taught us to fine tune our methodology to solve our problems, now it will be about following your intuition to complete your goals! If you have been working steadily throughout the month, many of us will see rewards come around the full moon. If your goals are a little bigger than being fulfilled in two weeks, then you will want to shift gears and follow your intuition on where to improve things. Maybe you are feeling tired and uncreative. Trust your gut and rest! Or maybe, you feel you should change gears and try something slightly different. Once again, trust your gut! 

The energy during this full moon will feel very chaotic with all the planets involved, but it will be a very favorable full moon if we act accordingly. Regardless of the action you take, dreams will be more vivid and some people will have a psychic experience. It is gonna be a good one!

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The Start of Libra Season!

During the middle of the day on the 22nd, the Sun will officially enter the sign of Libra! Love is in the air with this Venusian, 7th house ruler and it will be a good time to focus on our relationships with others. There will be a great desire to hangout with friends and keep the peace during arguments. For the next 30 days or so, take time to tell the people you love how much they mean to you!

On the 23rd of the month, the moon opposes Mercury, jumbling our ability to communicate emotions. This will be similar to the Mercury/moon square earlier in the month but much more intense. Be aware, any arguments you try and sort out may get even worse. If you’re able to, postpone any decision making for a few days. You are likely going to feel restless during this time, so channel any excess energy into your hobbies or work.

  September the 24th, we will see the moon conjunct Uranus in the sign of Taurus, which means more unpredictable emotions. The moon will also be square Saturn at this time. Luckily, this will dampen some of the extremes and while you may feel a little more sober during this transit, it’s unlikely there will be any rash actions taken due to intense highs and lows.

Wrapping Up September

Towards the end of the month on the 26th we will see several grand trines in the air element! The first grand trine will be the moon, the sun and Saturn. The second will be the moon, Mars and Saturn. With the North Node involved, we can also make out a trine between the NN, Saturn and the Sun, as well as NN, Saturn and Mars!

The aspects here will cause the end of the month to be chaotic for a lot of people. Air strong individuals may feel like they don’t know which way is up and which way is down. Brainstorming and socializing will be the nature of this air heavy formation. It won’t be the best time to take action, but it will be a great time to prepare! This is an incredible way to start off Libra season. 

The only other event I will comment on during the month of September is on the 27th, Jupiter will form an aspect with almost every other personal planet! Some of these are major aspects like the trine to the moon but others are not so major like the sesquiquadrate to Mars. Every planet but Saturn will be forming an aspect to Jupiter. This means depending on your personal energetic qualities, you will see either fortune or struggle. Jupiter is a beneficent planet so whatever comes up for you will have a positive spin on it. Because of all the different aspects, this event will be very personal for each person, just be on the lookout for the end of the month!

In closing,

This is going to be an interesting month for sure. A lot of planets are forming unique transits and with the way the world is acting, we can expect some crazy stuff to happen. If you are interested in finding out how you personally can take advantage of the planetary environment, make sure to book a One-Year Forecast reading. Happy birthday to the Virgos out there and good luck to all the Air signs! This month is going to be a fun one.

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

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Zodiac Myth of Gemini, The Twins

Gemini is the first human constellation in the zodiac. The three human signs in the zodiac (gemini, virgo, aquarius) are unique in that they represent qualities of the soul which can only be embodied by humans. Some of the qualities which will be discussed in this myth are the ability of self reflection, sacrifice and unconditional love. 

Let’s Get into the Story…

Per usual behavior for the Greek god Zeus, he had a desire for a mortal woman. This time it was Leda, the queen of Sparta. In order to seduce Leda, he turned himself into a glorious swan and shared the evening with her. That same night, Leda and her husband King Tyndareus also shared the evening. This resulted in her giving birth to two eggs, each of which hatched two children.

Each egg had one boy and one girl inside. The first egg held Pullox and the famous Helen of Troy. Allegedly these children belonged to Zeus. The second egg held Castor and Clyemnestra. These children are believed to belong to Tyndareus. The story of Gemini involves the two sons born of different fathers.

All four children were raised together; Castor and Pullox, being brothers, became incredibly close. They both enjoyed sports and naturally became very skilled. Specifically, Castor was drawn to horseback riding and taming horses while Pullox became an excellent boxer. This brings us to our first motif of virtue in the story.

Agapē (ah-GAH-pey)

In Greek culture, agapē is used to describe a love that is void of lustful desire. Modern day people understand this as platonic love or unconditional love. It is acting from a place of love for someone without the desire for any sexual/reproductive gain.

This is far different than how most people practice showing affection. The lesson here is to cultivate altruism without the expectation that someone will pay it back. Most of the time, we do things from a transactional standpoint. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. However, by doing this we actually prevent ourselves from experiencing real intimacy. We close ourselves off to what gifts the universe could possibly provide us.

Now Back to Gemini…

Castor and Pullox joined a crew of argonauts (sea fairing people) led by a man named Jason. The goal of the crew was to find the golden fleece (read the Aries myth for more on this). While at sea, the twins showed an incredible ability to navigate, especially during storms. So much in fact, the god of the sea Poseidon gave them the ability to create better weather during storms! This is the reason why Gemini is said to rule over traveling.

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While aboard the ship Castor and Pullox got into a fight with other men, over two women who were aboard the ship. During this fight, Castor was killed. Pullox was heartbroken about this and went to his father Zeus. He begged his father to bring Castor back to life so he would not have to suffer in the Underworld. Castor even offered his own life in exchange for his brothers!

Zeus is a powerful god, but there are some things even he can not do. The Underworld is ruled by his brother Hades who is arguably just as powerful as Zeus. In order to help his son, Zeus worked out a deal were Pullox and Castor would spend one day in Olympus and one day in the Underworld and repeat this cycle so they would never have to be apart. Which leads us to the next motif!

Duality of Humans

Gemini are often known as being “two-faced” or having split personalities. This is characteristic of the duality within man. In the story Castor and Pullox alternate between living in hell and living in heaven. With this, there are all sorts of implications we can infer about the nature of man. Sometimes we are virtuous, sometimes people let their vices get the better of them. The world isn’t a black and white place, however most of us learn to operate from that way of thinking. 

It is only through duality that we are able to have an experience. How would you know what sweet tastes like if you never tasted bitter? How could you enjoy a clear, summer sky if you hadn’t experienced a cloudy, winter fog? It is the polarity of experience that allows energy to flow between different states of consciousness. Without it, things would become boring very quickly. Imagine doing your favorite thing forever and ever. Eventually, even that will begin to seem dull. 

To Finish the Myth of Gemini…

The story ends with Pullox agreeing to this new way of living. One day in heaven. One day in hell, ad infinitum. In addition to this, Zeus decides to make a constellation of the two boys in the night sky. Because they were blessed by Poseidon, this constellation became an omen for sailors throughout the centuries. The constellation contains two very bright stars that stand out from those around it. If sailors saw both of the stars in the sky at night, it meant they would have safe travels. However, if they saw only one star it meant their journey would be filled with trouble. With that, we have the myth of Gemini!

A Few things to Add…

In this story we see the powerful connection that humans share with one another. In many ways, humans are the only creatures capable of understanding our connection. Sure we can look at other mammals and see how they demonstrate the capacity to do it, however, humans are the only ones who have a choice in doing so. At the biological level, our animal bodies release hormones and neurotransmitters which make us act a certain way. Testosterone makes lust after the opposite sex. Oxytocin makes us bond with one another. Humans are the only creature on earth who is able to choose how it behaves under the effects of these chemicals.

With that, we also see how Castor is able to make the choice of self sacrifice. Self sacrifice goes against everything in our animal nature. The spiritual purpose of astrology is understanding our energetic bodies so we have the ability to make a choice about our life. It teaches us to be self aware so we are not bound by our traumas or subject to our environment.

In closing, I challenge you to be more reflective this week. Look at where you are making a conscious decision in your life and where you are acting without awareness. You should not be critical of yourself in any area where this comes up, but it is an opportunity to explore yourself. Get to know who you are better. Ultimately, get to a point where you are acting authentically with who you know your higher self to be and not who your parents, your traumas or your society has made you out to be.

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

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Zodiac Myth of Taurus, The Bull

The myth of the Taurus constellation is one of the oldest in human history, dating back to cave paintings in Lascaux roughly 15,000 BC. Although, the myths commonly associated with the zodiac placement come from ancient Greece.

By familiarizing ourselves with the symbols within the myth, we can see how the qualities of the sign are expressed in the collective subconscious. Taurus is a recurring symbol in Greek mythology so we will break down each story to obtain the fullest understanding of the constellation’s origin. 

Europa, Consort of Zeus

In the first myth, Zeus falls in love with Phoenician princess named Europa. In order to win her love, and hide himself from humans, he turns himself into a snow-white bull. Naturally, he stands out from every other bull and Europa is drawn to him. Eventually, she sits on the bull and before she realizes it, the bull is carrying her away. To escape the jurisdiction of her father, King Agenor, Zeus swims across the Mediterranean Sea to Crete.

Once they are on the island, Zeus transforms back into his godly form. He showers Europa in gifts and she gives him three, half human half god sons. One of which, is the legendary king Minos. As a reward for being a successful wingman, Zeus immortalizes the bull in the sky as the Taurus constellation.

So what’s it mean?

The first myth exemplifies several positive qualities of Taurus. Being ruled Venus, Taurus is adorned with physical beauty. It is at the center of the romantic tale. It also shows great perseverance by swimming across the sea. We also see the tie to material abundance when Zeus bestows Europa with presents. When acting from its highest expression, Taurus are capable of great displays of strength and affection.

The story also symbolizes the receptive feminine energy connected to the sign. The bull presents itself magnificently and Europa is drawn to the bull. The bull doesn’t pursue or pressure Europa into giving him affection. Traditionally, feminine energy attracts while masculine energy acts.

This story is also strongly related to fertility. In an overwhelming majority of ancient cultures, cattle are associated with fertility. Here is no different. Zeus is the father of the gods (fertility). He turns into a bull as a manifestation of this quality, and uses it to win over the princess (fertility again). Respectively, she bears him three sons (here it is again). This is aptly placed as Taurus takes place from April 20th to May 20th, the beginning stages of spring when most cultures have their form of the May Day Fertility Festival.

Io, Zeus’s Lover

In the second myth, Zeus is having an affair with Io, one of Hera’s (his wife) priestesses. Hera was outraged when she found out about his infidelity. In order to protect Io, he turned her into a white bull, the same symbolism from before. Hera was unable to find Io but was suspicious nonetheless and had Argus Panoptes watch the bull day and night.

Knowing his love would be unable to transform back, Zeus sends Hermes to kill Argus. Hera, now very confident something is wrong, sends a gadfly to relentlessly torment the bull. Eventually this causes the bull to run into the sea and supposedly die. 

The take away…

The second myth has a mix of Taurus positive and negative expressions. We have the same love and fertility symbolism from the first story but, we also have a lot more the possessiveness and aggression of Taureans. Hera is outraged by Zeus’s infidelity, and rightly so. However, her behavior in handling the situation is obsessive.

She has the bull watched day and night just waiting for a moment when Zeus slips up. She is unable to confront her emotions nor is she able to release herself of their burden. To handle the situation, Zeus orders to Hermes kill Argus, demonstrating the aggressive behavior Taureans are capable of.

Lastly, while not an inherently “negative” quality of Taurus, we can see the stubborn, fixed nature of the sign in Io’s behavior. She is bothered by the fly and instead of doing something about it she runs into the ocean and dies. Granted one could argue she would die by Hera’s hand if she turned back into a human but, regardless, she stays in a situation that is bad for her because the devil I know is better than the devil I don’t.

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Seventh Labor of Heracles: The Cretan Bull

In the last myth, Heracles is sent by Minos to slay the Cretan Bull, the father of the Minotaur. The bull had been rampaging the countryside, destroying crops and villages. Minos offered Heracles help, but as most mythological heroes do, he declined. Heracles sneaks up behind the bull and wrestles the bull to the ground.

The bull is kept alive so it may be sacrificed to the goddess Hera. However, she hates Heracles and does not want him to gain any honor or glory for doing so. The bull is then released and wanders into Marathon, a city with a large countryside.

The third myth of Taurus shows primarily the negative side of the sign and very little of it we haven’t already discussed. The bull is mindlessly destroying crops and villages. One could suppose because he is angry. The bull’s behavior ultimately becomes the same reason he is confronted by Heracles, bringing his own demise.

We do see one new quality though, in that Heracles declines help from Minos. Taureans can be exceptionally headstrong and have a desire to accomplish things on their own. Heracles was in fact able to conquer bull, showing the capacity Taureans have for overcoming challenges. In some ways, this bit of the story shows both a positive and negative quality of the sign.

All in all…

These three myths show us the wide array of qualities displayed by Taurus. The capacity for love and beauty is equally matched by envy and wrath. Wherever Taurus appears in your chart, whether it be a planet or a house ruler, you will manifest these qualities.

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Astrological Report for August 2021

The month of August starts off with some pleasant aspects between the planets. The Sun and Mercury are in conjunction in the sign of Leo. This is by no means an uncommon event, but it does make our communication with others more intentional. You are likely to feel more confident expressing yourself for the week leading up to the New Moon on August 8th.

So, what does this mean for you?

New Moon…

The new moon symbolizes new beginnings. It is about clearing out old energy and harboring in new blessings. The area in which this happens for you will be the house in which the new moon falls in your chart. For many people, this may be the house ruled by Leo, however, for others it may fall in an adjacent house. This is why it is important to have your exact time of birth. Astrology becomes more and more personal the deeper we go. 

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The house where the new moon falls for you will be the area to focus on and set clear intentions. For example, if the new moon is in your 4th house and your intentions are to redecorate, this would be a good time to start envisioning what your new space would look like. How will things be organized? What is the color scheme? Do I want to buy new things or just rearrange? If you do this, then by the full moon you will see some or all of these plans come to fruition.

Venus changes signs…

On August 16th, we will see the planet Venus enter the sign of Libra. This is very auspicious for romantic ventures. Venus is the natural ruler of Libra and you may be feeling a desire to beautify your surroundings. It will be a good time to engage in pleasurable activities as you will feel a natural pull to do so.

The rejuvenating qualities of your hobbies will be more substantial. Planning a date with your significant other or going out to a singles night during this time will bring favorable results.

Now things start picking up…

Not too soon after, on August 19th, we will see a conjunction with Mars and Mercury in the sign of Virgo. You will find yourself more mentally engaged at your job and in other areas of your work. However, you may also find yourself in more ego related battles with those around you.

If you sit back and observe, you may notice people are trying to one up each other and take offense to things they otherwise might not deem significant. Mental challenges and debates will be appealing at this time, so don’t be surprised if you’re drawn to the daily crossword puzzle.

Overall, you will feel sharper and quick witted during this time. If you have been struggling with finding a solution to a problem, now would be a good time to go back and reassess the issue.

Immediately following, the Sun in Leo will Oppose Saturn in Aquarius. This will cause people to feel their sense of self is restricted. They may feel more pressure from those in authority and it wouldn’t be too surprising if your father contacts you out of the blue. Saturn is the patriarchal archetype and the Sun is the Divine Masculine.

Many will feel a “push/pull” effect to stand up to any pressure they experience, given the Mars/Mercury conjunction. However, be mindful of who you are combative with as Saturn is the teacher of life lessons.

As with many areas of astrology, the extent to which these energies are felt will depend on the prominence of Mars, Mercury, Sun and Saturn in the individuals chart. In my own chart, Mercury and Mars are two very significant planets so I expect to experience their energy more.

Full Moon…

We have a Full Moon on August 22nd in the sign of Aquarius. The full moon is a time of completion. Goals you set around the new moon, or in some cases, the full moon of last month, will potentially see a conclusion. This of course depends on how big the task was. However, if you look back, you may find the larger goals you set for yourself completing around the full moon. 

The full moon is a good time to reflect on the things that have happened and what you would like to see happen. Oftentimes, the projects started around the full moon don’t last very long, so instead it will be a good time to prepare for a new project or set of tasks/goals. This doesn’t mean to procrastinate, but spend a day or two thinking about and crystalizing in your mind what you want to accomplish.

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This will give you clarity on what needs to be done, and then after the full moon is over, you will have a better idea of the direction you need to take. The full moon is a great time for intention setting and gaining clarity on your future, or to find closure if you have been going through a rough patch in life. How you use it is up to you!

Rounding out the month…

The last event I want to mention for this month’s Astrological Report is the Pluto/Mercury trine taking place on August 26th. In addition, Mercury will also be opposing Neptune in Pisces around this same time. With this aspect you may find yourself questioning what is and what isn’t.

Pluto is the planet of transformation and when it aspects Mercury, we feel drawn to reevaluate what we believe to be “true”. Mercury will be in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn, suggesting the transformation will take place in some area of our work and career.

We may be disillusioned with people at work or some aspect of our job. Although this will work out for the better! Initially, change is hard but it’s my belief it is for the better, even if we can’t see it immediately.

The trine aspect tells us that any difficulties we experience during this time are for our benefit. So if the boss you really like gets fired because of bad work practice, it only means a better one on their way!

In conclusion…

These are the most significant planetary aspects I see coming out of the month of August. Astrology can always get more specific and more complex, but this is a general report of planetary movement. For better understanding of how it will impact you personally, hop on over to my services page and book a reading!

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