Articles & Horoscopes
|Posted by Lauren on September 13, 2017 at 7:10 PM|
September 15th ~ 22nd
Bitter pain seized Demeter's heart, and she rent the covering upon her divine hair with her dear hands: her dark cloak she cast down from both her shoulders and sped, like a wild-bird, over the firm land and yielding sea, seeking her child. But no one would tell her the truth, neither god nor mortal man; and of the birds of omen none came with true news for her. Then for nine days queenly Demeter wandered over the earth with flaming torches in her hands, so grieved that she never tasted ambrosia and the sweet draught of nectar, nor sprinkled her body with water. But when the tenth enlightening dawn had come, Hecate, with a torch in her hands, met her, and spoke to her and told her the news. - The Myth of Demeter ~Homer
We enter the last week of the Summer (or Winter if you live south of the equator) season and the week of the New Moon in Virgo. Virgo is a transitional sign, the space between Summer and Fall, when we make our final obeisance to holidays here in the North and get down to some serious work. But this transition does not seem easy. Coming off of the very deep Full Moon in Pisces, we continue to be drenched in the tides of the diluvian God Neptune who flooded the Caribbean Islands, and rained down a fierce deluge. Both Mercury and Mars will oppose Neptune, and the Full Moon degree this week, while the New Moon in Virgo opposes the Wounded Healer, Chiron. We are probably going to be facing a few more twists and turns in the foreseeable future, but in the mean time, this is a week of release, acceptance, healing and perhaps even a little sadness. There is a strangeness to this weather, and feelings of helplessness can emerge, as we try to gain our footing. But sometimes you simply just need to let go.
The most common myth associated with Demeter is her search for her lost daughter Persephone who had been abducted by Hades, the plutonic Lord of the Underworld. Filled with despondency, Demeter roamed the farms, the woodlands, the hillsides and valleys seeking her daughter. In the wake of her sorrow, everywhere she went, the crops, fruits, leaves would wither and die. Virgo is a sign of the harvest, when we gather in the crops, and prepare for the months ahead. Zeus/Jupiter, alarmed at the dying Earth, sent word for Persephone to be released to her mother. However because Persephone had eaten from the sacred fruit, she was compelled to have to return to the Underworld for 4 months each year. Hence the return to Winter each year.
One of our jobs in Virgo season is to sort out and separate, to try and create order out of chaos, and to make sense of the insensible. But sometimes there are things that simply don’t make any sense at all, and it’s enough to make a Virgo go mad. At these times we have to understand that there are some things over which we have very little control. Neptune dissolves, and undermines integrity, and can leave us with this odd feeling of being a stranger in a world where nothing seems to make sense. Mercury/Mars opposite Neptune can indeed be associated with deception, disillusionment, disenchantment, and even despair. This can bring a veil of confusion, in which we find ourselves scattered and overwhelmed. As a result it will be difficult to make decisions, because information is diffuse and needs to be checked for facts. This is nervous-making weather.
These oppositions to Neptune trending for the week, can make us more aware of the suffering in the world and in our own lives. And we can fall in thrall of the desire to disappear, escape, and drown our sorrows. Especially if you don’t have a positive outlet, or some kind of inner relationship with those things which bring meaning to your life. Mercury as ruler of the Virgo New Moon makes these transits all the more pertinent. The New Moon itself is opposing Chiron, often referred to as the Wounded Healer, one of our most profound teachers. One of the things that Chiron reveals is the reality of suffering, as a condition of our lives, here in the material world. For Chiron, his suffering was the suffering of pain, due to a wound that was incapable of healing. For us, the metaphor can be applied in a myriad of ways. There is always something at the root of our suffering. But what Chiron also shows us, are the ways to heal, either through applying the appropriate remedy, or through acceptance of our current circumstances.
Advice for this week:
- If you are feeling overwhelmed, focus on the priorities, or on what is in front of you right now, and tackle each task one at a time. There is only so much we can do with our limited faculties, energy and time.
- Try to avoid making important decisions until Mercury/Neptune separates. Things may not be as they appear to be and it will be easy to make assumptions, or mistakes.
- Think of painful situations as opportunities to transform your suffering into gaining greater empathy and compassion for those who suffer on a daily basis. Suffering can be a motivation for service to humanity, or to aid helpless beings everywhere.
- Discriminate between those things that you do have control over, or that you can fix, and those you do not. If you can do something to remedy the situation, then do it. If you cannot do anything, then the best course of action is through understanding and acceptance.
- Accept people for who they are and where they are right now. The only mind and perspective we have control over is our own.
- Fact check. And then fact check again.
- Keep things real, and make sure your feet are planted on the ground before making any commitments.
- Energy may be a little low this week. Try not to push yourself too hard. This is a good week for assimilation, wonder, and visualization. So if you find yourself spacing out a lot, give yourself a little leeway.
To sacrifice literally means to make something sacred. So whether you sacrifice your time to help another, share their grief, their joy, their hopes and wishes; or seek to make a positive footprint on the earth; or you allow the divine to speak through you, through your voice, your hands, your imagination. This is the sacred path of compassion, tolerance of others, understanding, empathy and acceptance. If doubt arises this week, remember this.
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