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Ophiuchus: then and now

Reposted from 13astrology

By Natalie Miller

Did you know that Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio (as it is today) used to be one giant Scorpion constellation?  It’s true.  This ancient trifecta is what has birthed the new sign of Ophiuchus.  What makes Ophiucans so alluring?  I believe it is their ability to balance reason and intuition with the confidence to manifest accordingly.  So why do Ophiuchan Suns usually come across shy as if they are hiding something.  It’s because they are.

Without proper expression of their intuition they become resistant of their own shadow, their own capabilities.  When their creative and flamboyant side that should be accepted and cherished isn’t, they become unable to feel comfortable expressing and sometimes even acknowledging this side.  The outward manifestation of the combining of reason and intuition is a hybrid sexuality, both male and female.  The bonafide truth is that in our world, we are far from accepting this kind of ambiguity.  Just like their tokens, the snakes, they are only loved when they are restrained in a zoo, in a glass box.

Ophiuchus gets her dynamism and magnetism from her Virgo father.  With his protective and electric nature, he rhythmically soothes and protects Ophiuchus’ soul (like the claws and brain of a scorpion) giving her the promise of a better tomorrow.

What activates papa Virgo’s desires, what sparks his fire?  Libra.  Libra is one of the most misunderstood signs in the zodiac today.  Libra represents the world in which ideas are created and the love in which sex finds it’s transcendence (the body of the scorpion).

Lastly, just like in the Lovers card of the Tarot, there is a third entity needed to create Ophiuchus: the neutral yet powerful forces of the universe (contained within the genitals of the scorpion).  This force is no stranger to Ophiuchus and she has accepted the cycles of the universe; therefore, she knows how intrinsically connected to them she is.  As a reminder of this she adorns herself with snakes that represent the raw cyclical, sexual, destructive, and reproductive power of the universe.

In our day and age some of the signs of the zodiac are exalted and some are at their base.  After the tragedy of the witch trials and the rise of patriarchy, of course Ophiuchans want to hide away, but with less and less places for them to hide, and with more and more reasons why we need all Ophiuchans and our own inner Ophiuchus to rise from their/it’s slumber, perhaps we are feeling the rumbles of an Ophiuchan awakening.

**Look to your inner Ophiuchus for guidance in your times of uncertainty and energy in your times of confusion.  To see where Ophiuchus falls in your natal chart and what, if any, planets are under her influence, contact me.**

Related article: Ophiuchus and Nature: The Seeds of Life


Venus and the 13 signs of Love

Venus (NASA)

Venus in the natal chart*

*If you would like me to look up where Venus falls in your 13 sign natal chart, contact me

Although Venus doesn't just dictate how we navigate our romantic relationships, the romantic energy Venus reveals to us is potentially transformative. Here's the meaning of Venus throughout the signs:


Venus in Aries

An individual with Venus in Aries gives their lover and their relationship their all, oftentimes quite prematurely, which might overwhelm their object of affection or even cause them to question the sanity of the Aries Venus native.  If there’s one thing that Aries in Venus is certain about it’s how to direct the course of love.  You won’t ever have to worry if your Aries in Venus lover is straying because they simply won’t have the time between blazing the path clear of obstacles for your relationship, relishing in you, or resting in between formidable, untamed, almost fiendish, boughts of passion.  However, if you hurt a young Venus in Aries deeply they are likely to leave you dead alone in a smoldering field before you can bat an eye.  If you are with an Aries in Venus let them have their moments of “crazy” to really see what kind of beautiful red hot magic they are conjuring up for both of you to warm your hearts by forever and a day.  The lesson for Venus in Aries is to learn to love in this world of ups and downs, and to experience both with your partner.

Venus in Taurus

Venus in Taurus has a need to make their lover laugh!  If you are with a Venus in Taurus you may be confused at first as to whether you are friends, casual lovers, or brother/sister from a another mother/mister.  The lines will all blur until one day you find yourself swept off your feet by the most charming, entertaining person who is quite eager to pleasure you and even make the relationship all about you!  The Venus in Taurus is likely to go along with whatever you would like to do, which, although endearing, may at times feel like they aren’t invested in the relationship.  Trust your animal instincts if you really love a Venus in Taurus and know that with them the tender moments are their greatest gifts and that they would move a mountain for you if they could.  The lesson for the Venus in Taurus is to be more open with your deeper feelings.

Venus in Gemini

Venus in Gemini natives are either looking for someone with whom they can have a breezy clear skies relationship with or the exact opposite, someone who brings out the worst in them which is usually a relationship filled with drama.  The teenage Venus Gemini will usually pick lovers (and friends for that matter)  who bring out the absolute worst in them.  These relationships are littered with fights, and if the relationships last it’s only because of a dynamic Sun Sign or aspects to it.  The wiser Venus Gemini realizes that they will have better luck with people with whom they can fully understand and trust which leads them to choose people who are extremely positive and usually somewhat naive.  Sex with a Venus Gemini is in part about exploring where and how they went wrong in their life and is usually cathartic and psychologically poignant.   So, make sure you are down with experiencing the darkness of your partner’s soul during intimate sex (and at other times for that matter) even though they may be unable to sustainably integrate any helpful advice that comes their way.  The lesson for Venus in Gemini is to express your truth at all times.

Venus in Cancer

It’s going to hurt to love these crazy ass mother f*ckers.  The one thing they do well in love is having mind-blowing sex.  They live by the tides, they breathe by the tides, and they will follow yours with sniper like precision until they have you screaming their name to the highest heavens.  They will hold you to them though.  Their jealousy is backed by a tidal wave of emotion.  A lot of Cancer Venus natives decide to live as bachelors/ bachelorettes and forgo tying themselves to someone else’s rhythms: daily, hourly, even to the minute.  If they do admit their deeper feelings to you know that they’ve waited a long time to do so and that they stole the light from the moon and are dying to share it with you.  The lesson for Venus in Cancer is to realize that true love is not possession or obsession.

Venus in Leo

Venus in Leo natives have a great desire for independence and can become impatient when their lovers are unresponsive to their requests, desires, and advice. However, their libido doesn’t suffer much and is strong even with a more placid Sun and/or Moon Sign.  Their strong and unwavering physical desire for YOU is a poignant confidence boost to a Venus Leo’s lover.  They will absolutely not stray and quite frankly other potential partners are completely dead to them.  They live and breathe to memorize your every move, your every desire, your every flaw.  Yes, flaw!  They will exploit the very things about you that you would rather bury six feet under.  They will conjure up your deepest fears, resentments, and wrongdoings in order for them to be burned in the pure fire of unadulterated desire.  You will have a loyal, protective, and vital lover in your Venus Leo.  The fact that they don’t take well to criticism won’t matter because once you know how to sweetly communicate with them you’ll see that there’s not much they won’t do to win your affection.  The lesson for Venus in Leo is to be more articulate with your feelings.

Venus in Virgo

Venus in Virgo is one of the more complex placements for Venus, if not the most complex.  These natives are typically open with their sensuality and that makes them quite alluring.  If they have a bold Sun or Moon they can even be promiscuous when not in a committed relationship, and they love it!  There is typically an altruistic attraction to their partners in the sense that when they settle down it’s with someone whom they admire and respect, someone whose inner qualities attract them much more than peripheral ones.  With that being said, they aren’t always gushy gooey with their words but that’s not to say that they won’t be there for you through thick and thin, time and time again.  However, their definition of being there for you may change greatly depending on the situation.  Yet there’s comfort in being with a Venus in Virgo because they are so in tune with exactly who their lover is and quite protective of them once they are committed.  It’s hard not to love yourself when in a relationship with a Venus in Virgo because in their own altruistic way they need you to know your worth above all else.  The lesson for Venus in Virgo is to realize that the best way to show someone their worth is to realize your own first.

Venus in Libra

Venus in Libra!  Oh, baby!  Although Venus in Libra natives may have some fun in their younger years, when they are looking for a partner they are looking for a baby to have a baby with.  They abhor partners who are assertive.  They would rather you be a screaming, crying, non sensical baby than assert your will in a displeasing way.  Many Libra in Venus are trapped in relationships with very immature people who have no sense of self worth and therefore no reason to be assertive.  Venus in Libra are so privy to every single emotion, move, and breath their partner makes, perhaps it’s easier to be with someone who is simple, understandable, predictable, and either easily placable or easy to walk away from if need be.  Romance is not the sharpest tool in their shed and if you really want them the only way to get a straying Venus Libra to be with you is to literally weave yourself into their life so much that they would have no choice but to be with you.  Yet even then they will most likely resent you till the end of time.  They do however make wonderful first time parents and will plant all the seeds of love they’ve been hoarding into their first born child in hopes that they bloom and spread throughout all space and time forever.  The lesson for Venus in Libra is to communicate your needs clearly and be brave when a “tall” person comes a knockin’.

Venus in Scorpio

Whatever your question, the answer is probably no.  This is not a compatible or even rational place for Venus.  Scorpio in Venus excel in the arts and have an undying need to spread their seed far and wide both metaphorically and literally.  You can obviously see how this desire would not make for a good committed partner.  They will resent you for just being in the role of their other half.  Even if they see you as their better half, they are likely to find it very difficult to remain faithful.  It likely won’t be your fault or preventable.  The lesson for Venus in Scorpio is all encompassing self sacrifice when trying to enter the land of committed love.  You will rise out of the ashes as a Phoenix if you purify yourself by being open, honest, and committed (even if in a polygamous relationship).

Venus in Ophiuchus

Venus in Ophiuchus love is big, nay, huge!  The one down side is that because they are gathering everything that they need to complete you and make your ecosystem thrive, they expect the same from you.  You must adhere to their strict codes of purity and honesty or you will be eating dust.  When they do sever relationships, it’s permanent.  They may not realize this at first and send mixed messages, but trying to get back into an Ophiuchus Venus' heart after they’ve moved on is like trying to dig a well through miles of rock with a hand pick.  The only way to entice an Ophiuchus Venus out of hiding is with blatant sexuality.  It’s extremely hard for them to resist their carnal urges.  The mature Ophiuchus Venus realizes that this is their biggest impediment to finding lasting love and may then do a complete 180 and spend years cloistered and repressed in wait for their partner with whom to play with.  Play is how they mirror themselves in you and dig their way to the most creative and deepest recesses of your being.  Once they reach your core they will cast a binding spell and will for a long time be (at the very least a shadow) in your heart.  Since of course they can unbind themselves from the spell at any time, it’s best to take it slow and steady when courting an Ophiuchus Venus to prevent unnecessary heartache.  The lesson for the Ophiuchus Venus is to find middle ground when it comes to your expectations of partners and carnal desires.

Venus in Sagittarius

Love is serious to Venus in Sagittarius natives.  They may not be overly expressive of their love, but they mean business.  They will never cast doubt on your relationship so long as you give them the space they need to focus on their life’s work.  Their life’s work most likely won’t directly involve you and they will be just as passionate about it as they are you, so you need to be ok with this to be in a lasting relationship with a Sagittarius Venus.  They will not easily admit fault in a relationship which is why they will likely go through many different partners (and friends).  You will find healing and camaraderie of the deepest kind if you respect the one with the deadly weapon and their rapturous desire to never miss the mark with the one they truly love.  The lesson for the Sagittarius Venus is to learn that love is humility… before it’s too late.

Venus in Capricorn

Venus in Capricorns are in the all star league.  They have no problem playing the field and will find themselves experiencing intimacy with a very wide range of people and personalities.  They enjoy learning through mis-matched relationships just as much as the perfect little box ones.  This kind of behavior takes a level of detachment that isn’t comfortable when trying to form a long term intimate bond with them.  Just know that it’s all a game for the Venus Capricorn and that they are quite scared of the intensity of their passions so they often prefer to just prance along the periphery.  If you want in to the deepest parts of the Venus Capricorn where lies the primordial flint to why we love in the first place, to connect with our higher selves, you may need to wait awhile till they are ready and that may include watching them court others with little regard for your feelings about the matter.  Love is a rainbow of many colors to the Venus Capricorn, but they do have a pot of gold for those they deem worthy.  The lesson for the Capricorn Venus is to learn how to be more compassionate.

Venus in Aquarius

Venus in Aquarius will act like they are as loyal and loving as a cute fluffy house cat, until you realize that they can turn into a little house rat.  They have their ways of connecting with your most untamed thoughts yet not being able to philosophize about matters head on.  When they are upset they can turn love into a mockery, a drunken dance of perversity.  It’s extremely difficult for them to find partners brave enough to sustain their level of absurdity.  They are wonderful at creating a magnetic home life where you are emboldened to speak your truth and roar out your hidden perversities which can be quite cathartic.  Love for them may be an act, like a cat begging for food, but once you see past that, and once you learn to love the genius of their adaptable rat, you will know that everything they do, they secretly do for you.  The lesson for the Venus in Aquarius is to be patient and wait for the right one.

Venus in Pisces

Venus in Pisces are looking for a pie in the sky romance.  They are extremely attractive beings as they are romantic genius’ and naturally will be what you need them to be when you need them to be it.  Sex is the ultimate expression of their love and you will dream of the intimacy you shared with them long after it’s gone.  What they have in the bedroom, they lack in the real world.  Navigating difficult situations is not their forte and they can get frustrated with their lovers very easily.  They won’t put up a good fight and are prone to removing themselves from the situation or acting so aloof you wish they were gone.  However they are as addicting as heroin and their love is as deep as the deepest sea once you make the first move and dive all the way in, because they rarely will.  The lesson for Pisces Venus is to swim upstream every once in awhile.


Mercury in the Signs

Mercury (NASA) The latest probes in 2012 have detected
water and organic particles
on Mercury

By Natalie Miller

The aspects to and in what zodiac sign Mercury is in affect the way in which you communicate.  Mercury is mercurial and the stronger the influence, the more Mercury can potentially confuse.  

Mercury in the natal chart*:

(*if you would like me to look up where Mercury is in your 13 sign natal chart feel free to contact me)

Mercury in Aries - You are a very vivacious communicator. Your tone fluctuates and you are a unique and creative conversationalist.  You would make a good singer.  When you are in a bad mood, it is near impossible for you to hide it when provoked.

Mercury in Taurus - You appear polite and typically err on the side of being nonabrasive, even in arguments.  However, oftentimes you aren't so much concerned with your truth than with dancing around a subject for entertainment, research, or disengagement.  

Mercury in Gemini - You are able to communicate with many different kinds of people in many different situations.  You are entertaining because you can channel your thoughts in unpredictable ways.

Mercury in Cancer - It's a rare moon that you communicate your whole truth.  When you do you are a symphony of many emotions not just the "shy" persona you carry on your shoulders most days.

Mercury in Leo - You can channel the thoughts and feelings you want to share in a bold and quite affective way.  Others may look to you for guidance.  Getting carried away on one subject or interest may create a false persona around you that can be hard to shake.

Mercury in Virgo - You tend to communicate in a way that is more altruistic than you really are because you want to uplift those around you.  Be careful not to use your friendly nature as a defense mechanism.

Mercury in Libra - You typically win your arguments as you have great agility in your communications.  You don't like to dwell on things and for the most part get bored with people who can't keep up.

Mercury in Scorpio - Communication will likely be a sore area in your life especially with loved ones.  Your desire to dominate a conversation can make people anxious and annoyed.  You find more lasting pleasure in reading a good book than a night on the town for example.

Mercury in Ophiuchus - You strike a very human chord in the way you communicate. You can use this power to influence people who would otherwise disagree with you. Your conversation style tends to be irony wrapped in irony.

Mercury in Sagittarius - You use your charming wit to try and influence those around you.  You find it very hard to switch from one "mode" to the next if you feel you haven't been understood.  You can be very impatient and may leave many conversations and even whole relationships to the wind.

Mercury in Capricorn - You are sure of yourself and people find you alluring.  You find the button, push it, and then analyze the sequence of events.  One would be very silly to try and out wit or cross you.  

Mercury in Aquarius - You are shy with those who don't know you well and very open with those who do.  You are more concerned with how you are communicating than with what you are saying.  One has to look beyond the words to fully understand you and that may even include yourself at times.

Mercury in Pisces - Communication comes very naturally to you and you effortlessly play with those around you.  You may find yourself making promises you can't keep or often saying things that get you in trouble.


Decoding Chiron

Reposted from 13astrology

By Natalie Miller

According to the Greek myth, Chiron was a centaur known for his knowledge and skill with medicine.  Centaurs were commonly wild, hot headed, indulgent with drink, lusty, and for the most part considered uncultured hooligans.  Chiron was the exception as far as centaurs go and his intelligence and peaceful nature are attributed to his being taught by Apollo and Artemis in his younger days.  Chiron grew to be a great healer, astrologer, respected oracle, and highly praised teacher and tutor. Among his pupils were many well known heroes including Achilles and Asclepius.

One day Heracles was forced to shoot many arrows (poisoned with the blood of the Hydra) to drive back wild centaurs that were attacking him, Pholus, and Chiron.  Chiron was accidentally hit in the thigh by one of the arrows.  Ironically, though he was a master healer, he could not heal himself.  To escape the pain he left it to Heracles to arrange a bargain with Zeus to exchange Chiron’s immortality for the life of Prometheus.  Chiron was honored with a place in the sky as the constellation Centaurus; and according to one legend, he was made a promise by Zeus that as long as he was needed as a trainer of demigods, he will exist in this world.

So why does the asteroid Chiron light up our deepest, darkest, and creepiest fears and bring suffering to many people?  Is there a connection between the constellation.

Centaurus and the asteroid Chiron?  To find out more, let's take a look at the the discovery or “natal” chart of the asteroid.  November 1, 1977 at 9:56am is when the asteroid Chiron was discovered by Charles Kowal in Pasadena, California.

From the inconjunct with the South Node in Pisces and Uranus in Libra we see something in our childhood quickly put us in an uncomfortable position.  The South Node is square the Moon in Gemini meaning we are emotionally uninhibited while being hit with a side blow.  This produces a T-square with the Midheaven, North Node, and Pluto (conjunct Venus) all in Virgo meaning we are thrown from the top of our castle (of sweet dreams we’ve created if Neptune in Ophiuchus has been so kind - Midheaven, North Node, Pluto sextile Neptune).  As Chiron lunges into our dreams they quickly become our nightmares (Neptune inconjunct Moon).  Even though the event or abuse may be short lived, the pain will live on in our heart for a long time (Chiron in Aries square Mars in Cancer); unless, we learn the secret of Ophiuchus’ snake, the snake that sheds it’s skin when it has outgrown it.  Moving from cycle to cycle, season to season, without resistance.

With Chiron sextile Jupiter in Gemini we learn that we must go into the dark to appreciate the light.  The caterpillar morphs in the dark but eventually finds it’s way back to the Sun.  On a deeper and more profound level one can look at death as the ultimate transformation and sacrifice (shedding of skin).

For further reading on Chiron:

Chiron: The Gods Reward Sacrifice.

 


The Unity of Myth and the Electric Universe

By Natalie Miller

There’s a unity in the ancient myths and petroglyphs that has been unexplained until recent years.  Throughout all cultures and lands similar forms and stories are the building blocks of ancient art, mythology, and dress.  Many archetypes in ancient mythology are symbolic of actual planetary and other heavenly body events that the people of the time were witnessing as promoted in recent times by David Talbott and Ev Cochrane expanding on Velikovsky's work.  For example, the dragon, the ouroboros, the crown, and the flowing hair of Aphrodite, represent the changing electrical fields between Venus and Mars that were visible in ancient times.(1) 

Due to new discoveries in plasma, physics and scientists have crashed and burned our old way of not only viewing mythology, but also how our very universe works.  The predominant discourse based on Einstein’s theories is that gravity alone holds the universe together even though this theory overlooks the “holes” in Einstein’s calculations that he could not explain.  In the gravitational universe theory it is thought that the space between stars and planets is a vacuum.  Using radio telescopes, we are able to detect that the space between stars and planets is actually teeming with charged particles.  Science tells us that magnetic fields can only be generated by electric currents.  So we have huge electric currents floating through the universe.  Stellar and galactic formations in deep space are the same formations seen in the behavior of the electrical structure of matter at a subatomic level in the lab.  So the old theory of cosmology, that we are isolated and disconnected from space, can now take it’s spot in the reserves section of the library.(2)

Perhaps astrological study will some day center around how the electric universe interacts with us in a visceral way.  For now, we continue to pass on time tested myths and create new ones as we continue to open up to our relationship with the universe. 

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Notes:

(1) Symbols of an Alien Sky

(2) Thunderbolts of the Gods


Winds of Endearment from the Full Moon in Libra

By Natalie

Tomorrow’s full moon is a good time to meditate on the way we are trying to attract the things we love whether that be another person, knowledge, or the accomplishing of a goal.  It’s a good time to connect with our center.  Our mind will try to distract us, but if we can create a still and inviting space in which our true emotions can easily flow, then we will receive the answers we need.  That’s the power of the inconjunct, the energy surprises us with little effort on our part; and tomorrow, Wednesday, May 10th, Mars in Taurus will be inconjunct the Full Moon in Libra until about 1:30 pm EST.

The expansive energy of Neptune in Aquarius trine the Moon will feel like a breath of fresh air, that is if we don’t have too many bad habits.  The “trial” our emotions undergo tomorrow will conjure up any vices in our subconscious that need to go to rehab if you will.

We may feel the urge to act upon our feelings, but the planets are asking us to use that energy to just go deeper within.  Meditate now, act later or we may find ourselves caught up in drama that doesn’t serve our higher purpose.

If we are too focused on the outside world we won’t feel refreshed and it will only feed a false sense of self that will give the negative cycles we may already have lurking in our subconscious more power.  Allow the ebbs and flows of your internal tides tomorrow without acting upon them.

There is an opportunity for healers, caretakers, and teachers, to “up their game” tomorrow to assist others with the powerful energy the Moon is sending us as it's also sextile Pluto in Sagittarius.  If you choose to be a beacon for others, remember to stay firmly grounded and don’t allow yourself to just adopt their patterns without also guiding them to the light.

Natalie Miller is a 13 sign astrologer


Inside Trump: A Timely Warning for Women, Witches, and Womb Worshipers Everywhere


As seen in Trump’s 13 Sign Natal Chart, his Moon (conjunct his South Node) is buried in his psyche (traditional fourth house).  Both his Moon and South node are in the sign of Ophiuchus.  Perhaps Trump was a persecuted witch or healer in his past life and has now adopted the adage, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join em.”  Mars in Leo conjunct his Ascendant and square his Midheaven make this theory quite feasible since his Midheaven is connected to an ominous Yod. 

At the point of the Yod is his Moon conjunct his South Node and Venus conjunct Saturn is at one of the legs, his Midheaven is at the other.  This signifies a calling deep within Trump to perform a perfunctory revocation of the womb and Earth centered institutions we have worked so hard to protect.

To make matters worse, right now Saturn is traveling retrograde in Ophiuchus.  All women (even if only in their primordial memory), men of the womb worshiper variety, and Earth loving witches everywhere are feeling Saturn’s icy hand.  Perhaps we should take this time to meditate on the untouchable magic inherent in each and every womb, including Gaia’s.

Saturn leaves Ophiuchus on November 19 (2017).  In the meantime, shall we... create the energetic magnetism needed to unite us and come out of hiding then?  Mercury will be in Ophiuchus at that time trine the North Node in Leo, so all signs point to: yes!  November 19th is also International Men’s Day... 

Natalie Miller, 13 sign astrologer


Ophiuchus and Nature
The Seeds of Life

[This article originally ran at the counterculture blog entertainment2morrow]

Do you know Ophiuchus in her cocoon, waiting to take flight? If you're not familiar with Ophiuchus, it's currently the 13th sign of the Zodiac on the ecliptic (the Sun's apparent annual path across the sky).  Ophiuchus is represented in our times by a bastardized (pun not intended) version of a male snake handler.  Wouldn't it be more fitting she were a wise and powerful woman shaman like the Cretan Snake Goddess (pictured below)?

 

13 sign astrologer Eric Seligson has resurrected the true form of Ophiuchus. "Thousands of years ago women controlled human society. They were the clan leaders, hunters, astrologers, warriors, sha(wo)men (...) Human communities used a lunar calendar, and women were the center of the mystery and the miracles of nature. Humans responded in sync with the Moon, as well as the Sun."

Seligson delivers as such, "The wisdom of Ophiuchus can be found in a knowledge and appreciation of natural forces, while man's societies are focused on his hatred of nature and the profits of its exploitation. Ophiuchus rules life, while men are exclusively invested in death."

"The tokens of Ophiuchus are snakes, which are Man’s traditional enemies. Man’s jealousy and hatred for the skills of the healer have led him to launch armies against Ophiuchus, to try to ridicule, separate and eradicate her from human society and experience. Snakes are the symbol of knowledge, the springboard of understanding the human body, yet they are also dangerous, and unpredictable," Seligson.

The Cretan Snake Goddess was in all likelihood one in the same as the Canaanite Goddess Astarte who was the ruler of Venus (1).  Russian Jewish scholar Immanual Velikovsky with his spot on research believes that Venus was a comet at the time.(1)  "To the imaginative ancient observer, the divided tail of the comet/planet Venus resembled snakes held in the hands of the goddess. If this is correct, then it follows that the Cretan Snake Goddess was in all likelihood also Astarte, the goddess of the comet/planet Venus," writes historian Kenneth J. Dillon.(1)

As Astarte, the snakes she holds are first depicted with no tails which morphed in time to plants.  Most likely the artists didn't understand the ancient connection of Ophiuchus with snakes.  Furthermore, Astarte was a terrifying goddess often mistaken for a war goddess.  

Ophiuchus, with her visceral knowledge of the natural world and her ability to create life, has long been a part of our story.  To get in touch with your inner Ophiuchus I recommend reading the timeless book Women and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her by Susan Griffin.  Ophiuchus breathes her magic on every page... till you become the book.

As a 13 sign astrologer, it's my observation that in charts there's usually a "magic" around the energies/planets under Ophiuchus' influence such as the occurrence of synchronistic events, psychic intuitions, spontaneous healing, and shamanic dreams.

Take a walk on the wild side.  To fear Ophiuchus is to fear life itself.

Notes:

(1) Why Topless? Why the Snakes? 

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Pink Moon in Virgo Spells Out a Cartaker's Retreat

 

By Natalie Miller

Today is the Pink Moon which is a full moon that takes place every year in April.  It’s not really going to look pink; it was named after the wild ground phlox flower which is in bloom by this time.

Astrologically I see an opportunity for caretakers, healers, and teachers of all kinds to rejuvenate from the inside out, something most caretakers often overlook.

We have Saturn at 1 degree Sagittarius putting the breaks on our otherwise altruistic endeavors that us caretakers typically concentrate on.  This energy is trine Uranus in Pisces conjunct the Sun in Pisces which will give us the opportunity to connect with other caretakers energetically today to heal and collectively change the way we approach our methods.  This can be a much needed opportunity because otherwise caretakers, healers, and teachers typically find they get hyper focused on their “subjects” and their methods in exclusion to other aspects of life.  This opportunity will last until the 22nd of this month.

The North Node forms a Yod with the Moon (which is in Virgo) and Chiron conjunct Venus (both in Pisces) at the point for most of the day (until about 11pm ET).  Using the soulful power inherent in a Moon sextile North Node relationship we will find that through introspection we can redefine our most painful childhood wounds today.  Perhaps we will view them in a new light?  Perhaps we will be able to visualize them like a painting on a wall instead of having them fester inside of us?  Perhaps we can visualize a future where we are at one with them without undue strife or suffering?

Now is the time to trust your instincts as Mercury in Aries is trine the North Node in Leo.  It’s also time to honor your inner Virgo as she has bravely left her field of wheat to sit atop the Moon for some grand perspective.  According to Alice Bailey, “the sign Virgo is one of the most significant in the zodiac for its symbology concerns the whole goal of the evolutionary process which is to shield, nurture and finally reveal the hidden spiritual reality.”

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Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse!

By Natalie Miller

Hi all you awesome soul seekers! Thanks for tuning in again. This time I have the pleasure of writing about the “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse tomorrow, Sunday, February 26th. It’s called a Ring of Fire Eclipse because the moon is too far from Earth to obscure the sun completely, leaving the sun’s edges exposed, thus creating the “ring of fire” effect. It will be at it’s peak at 9:58 am EST.  It won’t be visible in our neck of the woods here in the US, but it will astrologically affect us.  

This will be a soulful eclipse as it’s conjunct the South Node in Aquarius. It will make us confront any stale emotions, romances, and subconscious thoughts (Sun-Moon-Mercury-Neptune conjunct in Aquarius).  You may have been feeling the effects of this already the past few days, and these planetary placements are most likely causing you stress if you have emotions and “stuff” in there that is no longer serving your higher purpose.  During an eclipse, our Sun, our life (our inner power) is confronted by our ego (our character), our Moon, and confronting never feels good since it’s always better to talk things out or let them grow naturally, not force feed. 

Yet we can learn from this confrontation and ask ourselves how to bring our life as a whole, our emotions, and imaginations in best alignment with our character.  Are there people or situations, perhaps even memories of relationships or traumas (or relationship traumas) that aren’t serving our higher purpose?  We are given an opportunity to let the methodical ways of the abundant Aquarian energy move us through to a transformed and better us like Ganymede’s wine he made for the Gods!  Ganymede is the Grecian mythological figure Aquarius represents.

We may need to drink a glass of that wine or go to our happy place because this eclipse isn’t playing around as Chiron is at 1 degrees Pisces square Saturn at 1 degrees Sagittarius. That Chiron placement helps us purge, like alcohol on a cut, our subconscious of things that are no longer serving our higher purpose as Saturn makes us realize that, once raw, the cut itself may take longer to heal than we hope for.

But in the meantime, with the North Node in Leo, remember to not be shy and express your true feelings whether it be with others or yourself especially as you jump through this Ring of Fire Eclipse.  Cheers!

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Healing and Transformation with Comet C/2016 U1
(NEOWISE) and Ophiuchus

Right now Comet Neowise is soaring near by.  There’s no danger of a collision with Earth as it already made it’s closest pass to us on December 13th.  But for avid skywatchers, it’s quite a spectacle. If you want to watch it as it zooms by, the best place to view it is from the Northern Hemisphere next week, and you should look to the southeastern sky shortly before dawn.  It should be so bright between now and January 14 that we'll be able to see it using just binoculars, and maybe even with the naked eye.

So in this new era of Ophiuchus, what impact is Neowise having?  To understand, we need to briefly take a look at the science behind comets.  It has been believed that the water in the ejecta cloud of comets is, like the gases, coming from the comet itself.  The old theory is that subsurface water is being heated by the Sun and bursting through the surface.  However, there has been no detectable ice beneath the surface of comets.  Another key point is that the water ejected from them is pristine which would be impossible if it were coming from within: “These pristine materials consist of very fine grained water ice particles, which are free from refractory impurities,” writes Jessica Sunshine, et al. in the scientific journal Icarus.  Sunshine is an astronomer at the University of Maryland whose research focuses on the use of spectroscopy to determine the composition of various Solar System objects.

“The question that must be asked is wether the water detected in infrared readings of the Deep Impact ejecta was the byproduct of electrochemical reactions….,” says Dr. Franklin Anariba of the Singapore University of Technology and Design.  One only needs to do a quick search of his name to hear him speak about the electrochemistry of comets.  In a nutshell the theory is that hydrogen ions from solar winds combine with oxygen in the comet’s silicates which produce hydroxyl and/or water!  So, most likely, the water in comet's ejecta cloud is a condition of electrical breakdown.

Right now Comet Neowise is passing through the stars of Ophiuchus and from my calculations is projected to do so until January 20th.   You know what other body is passing through Ophichus right now?  Saturn.  So we have a strange polarity going on right now for Ophiuchus to behold.  Saturn is the stern taskmaster that wants to teach by inhibiting us.  Comets do anything but.  Although it is undeniable that both human-related and natural disasters often happen when a comet appears, the question here is why?  Whereas Saturn’s job is to keep us in check and remind us of our duties, comets, like Chiron, penetrate our subconscious minds to help us shed unhealthy thoughts and behaviors just like a comet slowly burning up while create something new, something pure perhaps, like pristine water.  Traveling through secretive Ophiuchus, we aren’t likely to see any world wide disasters; rather, we are given a powerful opportunity to look inward for some deep healing.

In Greek mythology one of the myths related to comets is the story of Menippe and Metioche, the daughters of Orion. Orion’s wife brought up the sisters after the hunter died. The girls were blessed by goddesses.  Athena taught them to weave and Aphrodite gave them beauty. One year a plague broke out, and the oracle of Apollo decreed that two maidens must be sacrificed. The sisters offered themselves and ended their lives by stabbing themselves with a weaving shuttle. Hades and Persephone, the King and Queen of the Underworld, pitied them and changed them into comets and meteorites.  So maybe it’s a good thing that Saturn is influencing comet Neowise, tempering our subconscious transformations to something we can stomach.  It’s never a good idea to throw the baby out with the bath water.

Happy transformations at the start of this bright new year!

by Natalie Miller, administrator of 13astrology.com


Inside Trump: A Raging Bull Charging Ophiuchus

From 13astrology

If we look at Trump’s Moon Sign according to the 13 Sign Zodiac, it’s in Ophiuchus.  To make the influence stronger, it’s one degree away from his South Node.  Just as lightening alters the landscapes around it, so do Ophiuchus Moon natives have the power to manipulate and resurrect our emotions just as Isis and Nephthys (symbols of the Ophiuchus Moon) brought Osiris back from the dead.  The primordial power inherent in Ophiuchus Moon natives necessary to do such feats doesn’t translate well into the material world.  They usually shun reality, normality, materialism, and will minimize the importance of objective conditions.  We’ve been witness to Donald Trump, President Elect, engaging in most of these behaviors, except, shunning materialism.  In fact, he has placed it on a pedestal, forsaking even the very Earth which gives him, as all Ophiuchans, his power.

The legend of Ophiuchus is the legend of Asclepius.  Asclepius was raised by Chiron, the wise centaur, associated with Centaurus constellation, who taught him the art of healing. In one of the myths, Asclepius was given the blood of the Gorgon Medusa by the goddess Athene. The Gorgon’s blood from the veins on her left side was poison, but the blood from the veins on the right side was said to be able to bring people back to life.  The healer was killed by Zeus because the god was worried that the human race would become immortal with Asclepius around to heal them. Zeus’ brother Hades, the god of the Underworld, was concerned that the flow of dead souls into his domain would dry up as a result of Asclepius’ healing ability. Hades complained about this to Zeus and the thunder god killed the healer with a bolt of lightning. Zeus later placed Asclepius’ image in the sky to honor his gift and good deeds. The healer became the constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer. 

We can understand from this legend that there’s an innate fear in Ophiuchus natives of being found and killed or persecuted for their healing abilities.  It’s this fear that gives way to a subversive kind of weakness which has opened the door for Trump’s other side, Taurus the bull, to dominate his psyche.  His Taurus Sun is opposing his Ophiuchus Moon.  Taurus is the collector, the one who desires stability and oftentimes finds comfort in accruing money and riches.  This Taurus influence is extremely dominant in Trump’s chart as his Sun is conjunct his North Node and Uranus, all in the sign of the bull.  His soul is tempted to collect more and more riches and with Uranus’ influence, he isn’t afraid to break the rules to do so. 

In ancient astrology, the sign of Taurus was actually a female riding atop a bull.  The strength of the bull and the beauty of the rider are two complementary parts of Taurus.  Yet as we are entertained by Trump, let’s not forget that poor Ophiuchus is being denied her right to heal the country: people and land; and, with the magnetic lassoing occurring between his Sun in Taurus and Moon in Ophiuchus, Trump is set on a destructive course that will be too hard to break from the outside.  Any real change will have to occur from within his primordial memory.  We can only hope that the lightening bulb illuminates sometime soon. 

Natalie Miller is the administrator of 13astrology


Mercury Retrograde

From 13astrology

If we observe the sky, Mercury is going retrograde in Sagittarius on the 18th, which takes the adage ‘in with the old, out with the new’ to a whole other level.

Sagittarius energy is our source of inspiration, the place where we feel the spirit of camaraderie and beneficence for others as well as ourselves. The arrows of communication and connection we throw out into the world will only drift their way back towards us. This backward pull in what is typically the most forward driven of signs may frustrate us if we don’t take the time to reflect.

It’s not the right time to start new projects: building a home, a business venture, or a relationship for example, and it’s also a time to be weary of what others say and do. It’s just best to sit back and be an observer until January 9th when Mercury goes direct again.  If you want to go forward with all your ammo it would be best to wait till January 27th, after Mercury goes back through its shadow once again.

Instead of walking around feeling like Mr. Scrooge this holiday season, what Mercury is giving us is the opportunity to take a good hard look at how or if we’ve communicated our truth this year. Did we communicate and connect with others in a way that brought us in alignment with our core desires for how we want to navigate in the world?  If not, we may feel a lump of coal in our throats, which may just be our call to start the year as wise men/women who have learned from their mistakes.

Natalie Miller is the administrator of 13astrology

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