2nd Full Moon of Spring

Our Second Full Moon of Spring begins on Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 10:23 pm, Pacific Northwest and she sits at 2 degrees ’31 Scorpio. (Full Moon April 20, 2016 PST to re-adjust what is currently going on with the moon cycles). I have been working with the lunar phases solely, for the past seventeen years and also working with my lunar circle, moon medicine and dreaming groups as well with intentional work. About a year and a half ago, I started noticing that the “full moon” was shifting, the dates from the navy and astrologers was off by one full day and as the full moon is the day before of what is listed as standard calculations. 

I want to focus on the influences of Mars (our actions) this second half of the moon cycle in this sharing, because Mars (the old ruler of Scorpio) went retrograde this week and Pluto (the new ruler of Scorpio, soul and collective soul transformations) also went retrograde and these of course effect us. Spring is the most beautiful time of year, regardless of what we each of us are going through emotionally and I am certainly not into or influenced by the dark and have never been as a shaman, my work is the light side of the dark which means I deal with bringing balance to peoples shadows, sickness and unconscious. Also an exorcist and clearer of dark shadows in homes or land for people.

This year and next year Mars and Saturn are both in Sagittarius and bumping into each other and since I have Mars/Saturn exactly conjunct in Sag in my natal chart, I know these two energies very well and have a lot of experience in both working with them (the positive) and healing them (their negatives). For the shadow sides of these masculine energies are at an all time negative high on earth, and Mars, which is masculine drama, is equal to the shadowy sides of Venus. Everyone expects Venus and her shadow to be in line but not so with Mars. This is where Eris, the masculine side of Venus comes in to balance.

A lot of astrologers love to put on all blinders on anything that is not beautiful, wonderful, awesomeness and 100% light pr love and focus it into the knowledge itself or into politics which is not personal… well that is not how life really works when it comes to our lunar nature, our moon being or our emotional growth. If we do allow ourselves to see the shadows of our life, we can see it in our world, and thus, the innocent gets hurt and wounded less as we are consciously working with it in our own family or our own life.

This particular combination of Mars/Saturn is called the Bezerker in Astrology, one who gets lost in the lust of blood (conflict) and conflict can, on its positive sides, bring out the awful truth as they say, to heal. I thought I would post this for the Full Moon to encourage all of you to practice the undoing and letting go of personal conflict as a practice and focus instead on “your own personal shadows” to wake up in increasing rather than stagnant levels. When you set your one “Letting Go” intention on this full moon, focus on what no longer serves your highest good to let go of that particular emotional (lunar) aspect of self.

To understand the deeper conflicts of the complexities of Mars and the dis-empowered Mars of women (Eris), is to understand the conflict in history over the past 2,000 years which has created all these modern mythology, fairy tales, living sci-fi reality and astro-mythology today. By understanding our past and personal past, we can begin to take deeper steps to move to the Lunar (emotional) replenishment, to heal our own shadow or shadows we cannot see. I am sharing a few writings below with this intention….

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Antares in Greek mythology means “like Mars” or “Rivaling Mars” and is sometimes said to be the “Anti-Mars.” Both are red in color, and, for a few months every couple of years Mars is much brighter than Antares. Most of the time, though, Mars is near the same brightness or much fainter than Antares. Every couple of years, Mars passes near Antares, which was perhaps seen as taunting the star, as Mars moves rapidly through the heavens and Antares, like all stars, seems fixed to the starry firmament. In both Arabic and Latin the names for the star Antares means “Heart of the Scorpion.”

Perhaps the most well known story of Scorpius is that the Earth Goddess Gaia (mother earth), sent him to sting the arrogant Orion, who had claimed his intent to kill all the animals of earth. Scorpius killed Orion and both were placed in the sky, although in opposite sides of the heavens, positioned as if to show the Scorpion chasing the Mighty Hunter.

Antares is a “birthing star,” she gives birth to many seed stars as does a star in the belt of Orion. In the old Alfr mythology, Antares is the “polestar of consciousness.” It defines an axis that is galactic, it follows the ecliptic through earth to Aldebaran. Both stars are guardians or watchers, Aldebaran is watcher of the east, Antares is watcher of the west.

We usually think of a polestar as meaning: an aligned at the north polar axis of this planet (Polaris currently), but in fact there is another meaning to “polestar.” In old times, on Staffensdag, the second day after winter solstice,  a pole or staff was set into earth in the center of the stone circle and aligned with the north star, notches were cut. The staffen of wisdom was then carried around the countryside. The north pole staffen offered a calendar for daily living, marking seasons, planting, harvesting etc. The staffen aligned to Antares, which described sacred wisdom.

The axis of Antares/Aldebaran is located at ~10 Sagittarius / Gemini (tropical). Here and for the last many centuries is where Venus occults the Sun. This is the axis of the long count and is is about evolution of Souls.

‘Moon at Megome’ (1930) woodblock print by Hasui KawaseFrom German Astrology:
Antares and the Guardians of the Netherworld by Peter Krüger

We have seen in the essay Scorpio and the Hound of the Goddess Hel that the constellation Scorpio appears in Greek astral mythology also as Cerberus, and in Eddic sources as Garm or Fenrir. One of the major keys to a identification has been the story preserved in Baldrs draumar about a whelp with a bloody breast. The bloody breast can be paralleled to the red super-giant star Antares known in Greek also as Kardia Scorpiu, the heart of the Scorpion. In the cuneiform tablet MUL.APIN Antares is called GABA.GIR.TAB, the breast of the Scorpion.

In the following essay I want to show that the star Antares is also key for a better understanding of different obscure female giantesses like Hyndla, Vala, Modgud, Hyrrokkin and Thokk. A connection to the hirtir [‘herder’] of Skirnismal and Thakkrad in Volundarkvida seems also to be possible.

Sumerian and Babylonian Sources

In Sumerian tradition Antares was not only seen as GABA.GIR.TAB, the breast of the scorpion but also as a deity called Lisi. The star was originally representing a goddess who was later changed to a male god. Lisi was closely related to fire, the cuneiform name was written with the signs for brazier and red. The male god’s name bears epithets like ‘he who burns with fire’ and ‘he who burns an offering’. It is also very interesting that the name Lisi was used as a generic title for ‘lamenting goddesses’ (compare Gavin White, Babylonian Star-lore).

Let us compare these descriptions with different Eddic tales.

BALDUR’S DREAMS The Bloody Whelp and the Völva

In the poem Baldrs draumar Odin is riding on Sleipnir  to Niflhel (the Milky Way in the region of Sagittarius, Scorpius and especially Sagitta; compare German ‘Sternennebel’ for diffuse star areas). He meets a whelp with a bloody breast (Scorpio as the hellhound, the bloody breast referring to Antares), coming from a cave. This has a parallel to Garm in the Gnipahellir in Völuspá.  As Odin rides, the ground rattles (foldvegr dunði).  We find a similar description when Hermod crosses the Gjallarbru. He alone makes more noise than five troops of dead men who passed before him.

On his way to Niflhel, Odin stops east of the gate, the constellation Ophiuchus seen as a door at the grave of a völva. I assume that this is a reference to the giantess represented by the bright red star Antares. Odin awakes the völva who says that she has been covered with snow, beaten by rain and moistened with dew. This is a hint to her location at the Milky Way, seen as a misty mountain area. Interestingly in Sumerian star lore, in this area of heaven there was also a Sacred Mound, which was a grave mound covering a passageway to the underworld.

Odin asks the völva several things about the fate of Baldur. Very interesting is his final question where he asks ‘who are the maidens that weep at will and cast   their neck-veils heavenward’. This question might be closely related to the Sumerian story about Lisi and the ‘lamenting goddesses’.

Hermod’s Journey to Hel

We find another related story  in Gylfaginning 49. After the death of Balder, Hermodr is dispatched to Hel on the Hel-way (the Zodiac) and rides through dark and deep dales till he arrives at the river Gjallar (the constellation Scorpio here seen as a river). The river has to be crossed at the bridge Gjallarbrú attended by a guardian called Modgudr (the star Antares).

The bridge thunders beneath him and Modgudr asked him about his name and race (compare to Hyndla). Interesting, she says that he doesn’t have the color of a dead man. Upon arriving at the hell-gate (Ophiuchus) Hermodr then takes the helveg.

In Skírnismál, we also find parallels to the stories mentioned above. Skirnir is riding on a horse through moistened mountains (Milky Way) and he meets a guardian (hirðir, Antares) sitting ‘á haugi’ [‘on the grave mound’], hounds are howling (Scorpio hellhounds). The guardian asks him if he is already dead showing that he is indeed the guardian of the netherworld (compare the remark of Modgudr). Gerd mentions loud noises in front of her house (like the rattling of the earth and the thundering bridge).

Interestingly the Guardian seems to watch several ways.  Besides laying on the Milky Way and the Zodiac, at one time, Antares was also seen as the point at which the Zodiac crossed the celestial equator (around 3050 BCE), however, because of the procession, this point shifts. This story might thus be an echo of its role as Guardian of Three Ways.

Summary:

Overall we find in different stories hints to a Guardian or seeress represented by the bright red star Antares. In Old Persian traditions, there have been four guardians of the heavens, also called the four royal stars. They consist of Aldebaran in Taurus, Antares in Scorpius, Regulus in Leo and Formalhaut in Piscis Australis together marking the four cardinal points of the year: the equinoxes and solstices.

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Sources and Image: Astrology Chart, PST, article: http://www.germanicmythology.com; http://www.tseka.com, ‘Moon at Megome’ (1930) woodblock print by Hasui Kawase; first photo of moon woman, unknown artist.

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