Rise of the Asteroid Goddesses

All four of the major asteroids named after goddesses feature prominently in this month’s Lunar Eclipse in Libra on April 15th, with particular emphasis on Ceres the Earth mother. This is appropriate in the month that always celebrates Earth Day on the 22nd. Each of the four goddesses can be viewed as helping us to drop nasty habits, adjust our health regimens, follow our bliss, and improve the way we relate to each other and ourselves.

Demeter, goddess of harvest by David Howard Johnson

Demeter, goddess of harvest by David Howard Johnson

The archetype of the Earth mother also known as Demeter is bittersweet, as she reflects both the pathologies of loss and grief that we all experience when someone or something is taken away from us, the way her daughter Persephone was snatched away from her by the hands of Pluto, into the Underworld. In her glory when she is able to again see and touch the face of her daughter in the Summer, she reflects the nurturing principle and inherent connection with nature and its bounty. Ceres, like Pluto nudges us to let go of our old stories, you know the ones that were so traumatic that they caused us to shut down and vow to never love again or “never let that happen again”. Like the Moon she simultaneously seduces us into reconnecting with the very thing we fear losing, but this time with less attachment and more wisdom, perhaps to see how far we have come and have grown. Sometimes, rather than a person or a thing she connects us with long lost hopes and dreams. In Libra where Ceres currently transits and will conjunct the Lunar Eclipse, there is a need to feel a part of something. Whether we are the ones leading, following, or partaking in this instance is beside the point, in that what matters is there is a coming together of ofttimes disparate parts to create harmony and unity.

Whether male, female, young, old or somewhere in between either of those forms of earthly identity, no doubt people are sensing the immensity of this month’s energy arising from both within and without. Those who are paying close attention are noticing a profound sacredness making itself known amidst the profanity and chaos, in a way similar to a beautiful lotus rising up from the depths of murkiness. This sense of the sacred, gracefully containing the luminescence of our souls, the Eternal Flame is represented by Vesta – goddess of the hearth and fire. This goddess asteroid begins making an opposition to the Sun on the 13th as the Eclipse draws near. The stress of having been separated not only from someone we love (Eclipse’s conjunction with Ceres), but any separation from our own true selves or whatever we deem as holy has become unbearable. We must find our way back Home, and Vesta points us in that direction. In some people this could mean taking better care of themselves physically and committing to an exercise program or a special diet. Yet in others there could be a realization that they have cut themselves off from others to an extreme and it is time to come back out into the world. Vesta also relates to sacred sexuality, so if there are conflicts within ones sexuality now it is possible they are coming up strongly now for resolve and release. Basically this goddess gets us in touch with whatever we are passionate about.

The goddess asteroid Juno is close up to the Sun in Aries while in exact opposition with Vesta the day before and during the Eclipse. As the Divine Consort, Juno reflects to us a need for commitment in our lives and relationships. This may not come easy when she’s in Aries and wants to do everything her way. Freedom of choice and expression is important, but random emotional outbursts should be monitored. Anger springs up in Juno when she feels she has been cheated in some way, and this is the kind of anger that we will want to be careful of unleashing of now, so that conditions don’t escalate. On one hand it may seem like we’re experiencing a competition between doing what we love to do and what we feel forced to do because we’re bound by our commitments. On the other hand, we could choose to see these two faces of One Original Goddess as helping to bring cohesiveness to our lives where they’ve gotten too sloppy, overly complicated or trampled over by others. When we realize that we can keep our commitments and only commit to what we see fit, then we will also be able to do what we love and love what we do. As we do, we help heal the rift that has occurred in collective consciousness around our divinity, and as women – around our femininity.

While Pallas Athene may not be as actively involved in the Eclipse as the other three Goddess asteroids, she plays a supportive role for each of them. Athene forms a trine to the Sun and Juno from Leo, and a sextile to Vesta, Ceres, and the Eclipse. This is the goddess who was said to have sprung from the head of Jupiter (Juno’s consort), and therefore became known as an androgynous goddess representing wisdom, justice, and creativity. Pallas Athene is the most armed and prepared for the world of men. She is skilled in combat, as well as fine arts that are one of the few links to her femininity. She can hold her own, and she can help show us how to do the same. Athene is comfortable with politics and speaking her mind, especially in the proud sign of Leo. Her creativity is greatly enhanced here, as are her perceptual abilities. It could be that Pallas Athene serves as the balm on our wounds, and the wind in our sails “when all else fails” during this period of uncertainty. She would achieve this by reminding us of what we really want and what we’re willing to do to attain it. If we have health goals she will step out of her armor and be our cheerleader for a minute – yeah a minute to savor. If we have creative endeavors she will egg us on. If we hear the children of Earth cry for help she will lend a hand in aiding them and tending our own gardens.

The rise of the Goddess is deeply felt throughout the challenges and breakthroughs that are occurring on so many levels. It’s not too often that these goddesses all come together in this way, which indicates that we too are ready to increase the functionality of our working parts so that they work together and not against one another. Ceres and Vesta are helping us with the cleaning out and letting go aspects of this, so we can make way for better things that have yet to show up in our lives because there has not been the appropriate space. In short, the summary of the archetypal goddess energies that we may be working strongly with this month are:

Ceres – Earth Mother, nurturing, mother’s shadow, food, sustainable living, natural resources, agriculture, letting go, connection to Nature, small animals and those that need nurturance.

Vesta – Home & hearth, purification, sanctity and sacred space, focus – in health, self-improvement, spiritual development, sexuality (especially sacred sexuality), religious or devotional activities.

Juno – Commitment, partnership versus autonomy, equality within relationship, beauty, personal sacrifice for loved ones, facing/transforming insecurities and jealousy.

Pallas Athene – Creativity, wisdom, autonomy, human rights, sexual sublimation (into creative, scientific, or mental pursuits), creative visualization, perception and clairvoyance.

The Goddess is alive and magic is afoot! Let us use this precious influx of energy to create the lives we have so far only dreamed of living!

April Forecast 2012

There is much goodness in store this April, which comes as sweet relief to some and a small miracle to others who have suffered from terrible losses in the recent past. Last month the softness and benevolence of Venus helped many of us out through what could have been a much worse rough patch, with the widely maligned phenomena of Mercury Retrograde in effect. She and Jupiter sprinkled magical star dust on our endeavors, helping us make corrections and pick up the missing parts quicker than usual. She also helped create opportunities to draw us closer into contact with long lost loved ones and people on our “touch base with” list.

art by Josephine Wall

This is another month for the “Venus babies” – Taureans, Librans, and those with this planet predominant in their birth charts. Venus is also passing through the Pleiades…We all may best make use of the goddess of love’s influence while she is still direct in motion, because she will be going retrograde throughout May and June – which we needn’t dread but simply be aware of.  April 2012 is actually a month that will highlight the Goddess in general in her myriad forms, particularly the aspect of her that is nurturing and motherly. This is partially due to the lunations this month in close contact with the asteroids Ceres and Isis.

Mercury goes direct on the 4th but don’t expect everything to move full steam ahead quite yet. We’ll be out of the Shadow, aka Storm of Mercury Retrograde by April 12th. Then things will really get rolling again.

Rune for April 2012: Gebo

(Here is a repeat of what I wrote about Gebo in the July forecast of 2011.)

As we let go of the old ways of relating to and viewing our friends, family, and even enemies and public figures, we will make way for a much more fulfilling way of life. Ways of relating to the opposite gender in general are shifting for humanity, and ways that parents and children relate to each other are shifting. Our relationship to money is shifting, and many adjustments are being made to our “accounts” literally and energetically. There are so many instances in which we are dropping back into the present from wherever we were, now relating to ourselves, life and others in an authentic way.

The rune Gebo translates as “gift”. It represents not only a gift given or received but particularly the sense of a gift exchange, and therefore it is also known as a rune of partnership. When this rune appears, it often indicates that our relationships are joyfully rebalancing, and there is much to be grateful for. Many gifts may be exchanged, although they are not necessarily of the material kind. It’s like Christmas without all the fuss. It’s not about consumerism, and there’s no pressure whatsoever. The gifts come naturally, spontaneously, from the heart. These gifts may be the latent gifts within our souls. Partnerships are indicated with Gebo, which are frequently either romantic or creative. The main challenge that comes with its influence is in keeping a sense of individuality and confidence, and not allowing oneself to become completely enthralled or absorbed in another’s process or presence. Many types of celebrations are favored this month, and the more we can celebrate while maintaining conscious awareness now the easier our next major transition will be.

4-6-12 Full Moon in Libra

The Moon reaches fullness at 17 degrees of Libra in an exact degree conjunction with the asteroid Isis, and a close opposition to the major asteroid Vesta.A sense of sacredness and sacred relating is in the air, although the choice to honor that is up to us. The Egyptian mother goddess Isis is associated with fertility, childbirth, healing, magic, and has come to be revered as the patron saint of all women. Vesta, named after the goddess of the hearth, represents the place where sexuality and spirituality meet. Since these two asteroids are facing each other at the axis of Aries and Libra, there is a focus in finding a balance between self-care and selfless service, assertion and cooperation, to be or not to be, to share or not to share.

Maintaining individuality within existing close relationships is a key factor in the survival and harmony of those relationships. Relationships are exactly what will be highlighted now, since the Full Moon falls in Libra. It’s so easy for just about anybody to get lost within a close relationship that one gives so much energy and attention to! Libra is the sign that often needs to step back and take inventory of personal needs and thoughts, as they may differ or even clash from those of partners. Saturn farther away in Libra opposes Ceres in Aries, indicating that it may be time for many to step up to meet certain obligations and commitments involving family and loved ones. It is important however that no matter with whom or what we are mingling with at this time and in the days ahead that we maintain our own sense of autonomy.

4-21-12 New Moon in Taurus

The New Moon arrives at 1 degree of Taurus in a close conjunction to the major goddess asteroid Ceres at 4 degrees. Ceres, a name of the goddess of agriculture and the Earth herself, is associated with nurturing and the ways that we give and receive it. In the sign of Taurus we need nurturing through touch, nourishing foods, and any kind of physical substance that provides us with stability. This could come in the form of contact with gems and minerals or being in certain locations.  With Ceres in Taurus we want to be held, caressed, and reassured through nurturing physical contact to those we love and trust. We want to be close to the earth and her elements, perhaps with our bare hands in the soil.We want to be in the garden, experiencing greater intimacy with the foods and herbs we grow and consume. How fitting that the very next day is Earth Day! Sonoma county of California where I currently reside has a beautiful organization called the Ceres Community Project, helping children and families in need, by preparing nourishing foods for them.

The New Moon’s sextile to Neptune in Pisces and trine to Mars in Virgo heighten our experience of oneness with each other and the earth, being able to penetrate the boundaries that have been built up by our own fear. The New Moon helps what would often be a stifling combination (Neptune and Mars) become a vehicle for spiritual elevation. Many of us will experience the peak of this period in the dreamtime, since it will occur the wee hours of the morning, PST at 12:18 AM.