Third New Moon of Summer and Full Solar Eclipse

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By Phoenix the Elder – Greetings everyone, this is our last moon cycle of summer, we end the season with this third (moon). As an astrologer, the last forty years, I am not influenced by spiritual fads, nor fancy words when it comes to my path and journey.  I say this because… This is the first time I will speak these words… this is the first “Supermoon” we have seen in a long, long time, and what is rising before us. The total Solar Eclipse looks like this :

Begins at 9:03 am (pacific time)
Reaches maximum at 10:17 am, 0.94 magnitude
Then the New Moon (28 Leo), is precisely at 11:30 am
and then the Eclipse ends at 11:37 am

I hope you are doing something special to mark the event on that day. I have marked many events in this life and honored this one with my ceremony at Pluto’s Cave last week which was a cleansing and purification ceremony for the region but also three people who were in a “collective” shadow glitch-mess. I myself am doing a final third and final round of asking for forgiveness, from those who I need to ask. This is the third layer, and third decade I have done this, because the final layers are finishing up for me. I like my space, heart and energy clear as I use my spiritual time very wisely.

This moon, we also have Mars involved again, the 5th time in a row and we are adding Mercury (in its retrograde influences) to this addition. The north node is always involved in a Solar Eclipse, which adds the fate point to the conjunctions. This make up the small bucket of planet which are all “very” personal planets, so expect this New Moon cycle the next 28 days and nights to be very personal. If you have been aware and working your path up to now, then this should go smoothly this month or at least the part you are working on. I say this because these plants are all in a trine with Uranus and Saturn, and that is “very” beneficial for flow. 

Actions are really required this moon cycle besides words. I would suggest not passing this opportunity by, and take action upon what needs to change and change in your life right now. What needs to be forgiven and forgiveness with other people or the self. What addictions or shamanic plants and drug addictions, pot and alcohol that needs to be addressed or family members to address.

What emotional sabotage or victim issues need to be focused on in order to heal. What dream or expectation that collapsed leading to more self nurturing, needs to take place. Whatever it is you need to do, do it this next moon cycle (again) with the big collective opportunity within our small personal moon cycle.

Many people in their 50s-70s who have been on a long spiritual journey are reaching the last peaks of their spiritual lessons and purifications and finishing thirty to forty years of spiritual work and self healing. Hopefully you were not just on the ever popular spiritual-social, or spiritual-knowledge path.

Others in their 40s are deepening their awareness and healing journey and ‘right relations’ (Pluto in Libra group). Those in their 30s are finding out what its really like to be in an adult and in adult situations for the first time and how powerful they are compared to their youth or maiden under 30. Those under 30 are eternally the same when it comes to everything in life, they are ‘youth’ and that never changes.

My wisdom to you is that Eclipses are not personal, they are collective, they play on humanity, not us as individuals unless you were actually born on the day of an eclipse (lunar or solar). This supermoon is the first of a series of collective accumulations that is going to give rise to change, good or bad, ugly or beautiful. If you have not practiced letting go disciplines, I suggest you start now. The more flexible you can be in the next ten years and learn to let go, the better you will manage your journey.

So, like always, set your “one” intention for this moon cycle like you do (and me too), for your own personal growth, personal awareness and personal cycle this month. Many of you have been here long enough doing this work with us to see the results now, and this moon will be no different. Keep focused on that and the symbols that start to come your way, starting August 18th, until the actual new moon on the 21st (Monday).

Since its a special Supermoon, I will just leave you with a video and the intention examples and keep this article short. We have to repeat our Leo intentions again, with the flavor of this third moon. Its usually a Virgo quality, but the new moon is hovering at the 28/29 degrees in Leo, which is an auspicious point in the sky, so we too must accept its quality of our heart and soul.

Slavic Protection Symbol - 8 pointed Star, the feminine Midnight Sun. Four circles representing two way doors (earth, air, fire and water) with Earth at the center.Examples of Lunar/Leo Intentions (again):

I am healing my drama
I listen to my soul (small inner voice)
I trust in the process of purification
I am aware of my inner peace
I am healthy

I am creative 
I am passionate
I am healing my heart
I am forgiving 
I am grounded in my emotions

I recognize my inner child needs
I protect my heart
I am emotionally honest
I am positive in my detachments
I replace drama with self-love

I practice my spiritual disciplines
I express my courage with compassion
I allow stability in my life
I am nurturing my inner child
I allow love to come from deep within me

I use my anger in a positive, healthy way
I accept more joy
I am mindful of my projections
I respect my talents
I judge only my own actions
I commit to healthy passion
I overcome my fear of _______

 

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Here is a great explanation of total solar eclipses and lunar eclipses:

Second Full Moon of Summer 2017

Artist Charles Vess

By Phoenix the Elder – Greetings, we now enter our Second Full Moon of Summer, and work with our one release intention, something that does not serve our highest good. We are hitting the peak of summer with this full moon, what is actually the true Midsummer and she sits at 14 degrees Aquarius beginning on Monday, August 7, 2017, which also includes a Partial Eclipse. I want to thank those of you who do this work-study with us and have written me thanking me for the work presented. I appreciate it and I appreciate you sticking with the grandmother teachings of the ancient earth, because its a very slow practice for the emotional and soul body each moon cycle. Results are guaranteed but they are slow because it requires the development of emotional consciousness. 

The moon this month sits opposite a Sun, Mars conjunction, pushing us all towards a direction with our will power. Many people focus on love most of the time, but that is such a big word, it covers too many things and too many heartbreaks. Its like saying cheese for every happy moment in your life. Sometimes our life is not happy because we have to change. Fears rise like the tide or the sun, when change is present or going to happen. The medicine for change is grounding and open communication.

This is also the moon cycle that expresses our emotional inner child, both the lost one and the magical one. A lot of inner child issues arise when we don’t get our way, when we are abandoned, when we have control issues and consequences happen because of it. In my healing work this month, many are working hard at healing their past wounds while others are just beginning that journey as it unfolds. Either way, the inner child is one of the three major healings of the emotional and soul body, and it always involved at some level, a past wound.

The part of us that gets emotionally hurt, controlling or angry in a Leo moon cycle or if you have a Leo moon, is the place we learn to sit, sooth, nourish the self, hold our feelings to feel them like a master practice, and recognize its “not” the other person, its our inner child or our shadow who is upset. Most inner child aspects of the soul body are fragmented and not inside our body because of trauma. Healing inner child issues the successful therapies such as regression hypnotherapy, watsu, rebirthing, deep tissue massage, energy work, and a few others. This Leo moon governs over children and the inner child.

If you are sick in mind, body or emotional body, always make sure your healers are seasoned, reputable, sober and gentle. With that combination, the work ends up being much faster and the detoxing much smoother. A little at a time consistently goes a long way. Those in their 20s and 30s can prepare and do some work, but major healing work occurs in one’s 40s and 50s because we have had many life experiences, the power to handle such depth.

This Aquarian Full Moon means Truth or Chaos – and because we have another Mars/Moon connection this month and a partial eclipse before the big 100 year eclipse coming in the next moon cycle, the forces of nature are very strong. Life is asking us to really make emotional, mental or physical changes and is giving us the power to do so (and it doesn’t do that often). I rarely say this, but this moon and next moon are true Super Moon and the first supermoon I have seen in the last ten years. The decisions we make now in the next two moons set a tone and a path in its new direction, so if you are in the middle of making a decision, now is the time to do so. Make it wisely and exactly what you want (and willing to work for).

I decided to look up the Mayan 13-moon calendar to see what “gliff” was for our full moon this cycle. I hadn’t look up this information in the last two, 13 year cycles at all, so I was curious what it says on the day of the full moon…

“The Yellow Spectral Warrior is about the Conscious Self, who we are and who we are becoming or who we have become. Yellow Warrior is the mystical gatekeeper, embodying the mystic’s gift of both trust in direct with accurate guidance. This means that the signs you get now are very fated and most people do not live by fate. So open our heart to listen.

Through trust, we all journey to the place of our heart (that silent mind) and the (active) mind which both requires practice. This is the “web” of the Mayan grandmother’s mystic spider – who weaves the interconnection with consciousness to receive the ripples of knowing. For those who are elders, hold your staff tight.”

This energy of the Mystic Warrior and the Mars energy together for this full moon, is making a “clear” and accurate issue surface, for proper decision making, healing approaches and leading your path away from idealism. The real work is the hard work of emotional development in the ways of practicing sincerity, kindness, service and bowing to others as part of your spiritual work. For those with shadow, this is even more difficult and requires much more effort. We need mirrors (people) who reflect our negative shadow issues in order for us to truly grow and it happens anyway, so why not bow to the occasions rather than keep resisting in your suffering… but keep yourself safe when doing so, which means structure. No matter how small or how huge our changes may be within our growth path, you are given a gift now of deciding the next four years. 

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I made a video on the last New Moon about the Ocean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmrWdWyQqBY ) and an unexpected gift from an Elder Mountain patron Brandi, invited me to go with her to the ocean this week. I was given an enchantment gift from a Stingray, who came out of the ocean to visit, this gift has been truly auspicious and touched my heart deeply. It also gave me a healing of some issues I have had to deal with for the last three years from a hot springs that I went to

I held my hands over its beautiful body of the Stingray for a few minutes and closed my eyes, leaving myself open and also sending love for the kind visit. It was in a very calm and in a peaceful state. I then touched its body and then put my hands in the water and said ok mother earth, bring the ray back home. A wave came right in and Stingray was gone in an instant.

That was a collective soul gift for me and I felt extremely blessed, this particular Stingray lives between Africa, to India and to Australia and had traveled so far to come to that shore.  We were the only ones on the beach except for a Chinese fisherman who was catching lots of fish.

Eastern Yellow-bellied RacerBrandi (in the photo above) who had visited Elder Mountain a few times this summer, to do trade work with me and Juniper, is a lovely person, and a part time student (I call her)! She is an herbalist and I treated her with grace and kindness and it was a blessing to have her in my space. She had made her connections with Stingray as well, and since she is young in her spiritual practices, dedications and her spiritual life, nature had brought her a special gift as well… a live “Eastern Yellowbelly Racer” snake, which also lives in her own home state. We had talked about her serpent totem and serpent experiences quite a few times, and today she had received another one, delivered and unhurt by Racer (tiger), the kitty.

I would really like all of you to also reflect where you have been and review your last four years since 2013 and see where you are now, what are your blessings that have happened, has your health improved compared to where you were four years ago. Are you in a better place internally, have things settled down a bit and have you grounded yourself. Are you sober or healthier than you were four years ago? Can you communicate your feelings better and more in control or more freeing?

After 2012 many spiritual people felt a little lost and humanity felt a little more confused, and rightly so. It was the end of time and the patriarch and its showing up in soul peoples lives very strongly. Four years ago many did not know what would happen and now we sit here today with choices of these last four years. Where you sit today, is “what happen.”

I want to share a bit of Ariel Guttman’s Venus Start Point article for this month, which speaks about the shifting roles we are going through, all of us! Some of you are very Venus ruled, as most women are and the female sides of men. I had karma with Venus my whole life, so I will be joining you now in your Venus path because my debt and karma is repaid to her. Venus is the issues of love, right relationship of all my relations, comfort and the artistic aesthetics of life, and your money. Ariel writes only about the Venus Star Point in her work…

Piero Di Cosimo, Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci (detail), c. 1480

“Wonder Woman accompanying weapons became as important to the film as some of the supporting cast. First, there is the luminescent lasso of Hestia (Vesta in Roman), a truth-revealer, sparkling with Hestia’s sacred fire. We all possess one of these, representing our own sacred truth. Then, there are Diana’s metallic armbands which she acquired at the moment Wonder Woman was birthed. (When my movie companion whispered, “I want those”, I responded by saying “I Wonder if you can order them from Amazon?”) And here is how the returning 8-year Venus cycle occurs. Wonder Woman was created in 1941 as a comic-book heroine. The film premiered on June 2, 2017 just as Venus was passing through the final degrees of Aries. Gal Gadot, the actress who portrays Wonder Woman is an Aries. 

Born a Taurus Sun (April 30, 1985, Petah Tikva, Israel) Gadot possesses a substantial cache of Aries planets, including the Venus Star Point, natal Venus, Pallas Athena, Eris, and Mercury. Loaded with Aries, a sign that is governed by both Mars and Athena, she leads with the Solar force of Taurus, governed by Venus. Gadot, aka Wonder Woman, is a picture of Venusian beauty. Several scenes portray her love for all people, animals and nature. Accompanying those Venusian qualities are the Aries innocence, fiery will, action-oriented, fighting spirit that a super heroine needs to get the job done.

What is the job that this Aries Star energy is calling for? To save Earth and earthlings, who are under the evil spell of Ares (that’s Ares/Mars warrior god, not Aries the zodiac sign, although the two are connected) dealing with the constant threat of war. “Most Amazons tend to be Athenes, but most Athenes are not Amazons.” This was vibrantly evident in the land of the Amazons. Not all were to be trained to be warriors, only those who had the right stuff. The others used their penetratingly sharp Athena-like minds to tend to other areas of life. But Diana fought hard to claim her place as the warrior, even going against her mother, Queen Hippolyta. This demonstrates her Athena-like quality where the goddess dismisses her mother.

She and her Amazonian tribe fight for justice. Where does Justice come in? In an interesting reference to the island of Themiscryra, the home of the Amazons, we find the root “Themis”. Themis was the Titan goddess of divine law and order, of justice. She was variously associated with Zeus in a number of ways, but most notably in birthing the Morai, or three fates, whose laws even Zeus could not alter. When Themis was ignored, Nemesis (the goddess from whom we derive the attribute) was invoked.

Gadot as Wonder Woman has both Athena and Venus in Aries, amplifying her Aries VSP and possessing many of the traits of the modern woman: one who fights for justice and one who fights for love.

Now to Mars (Ares) who is the adversary in Wonder Woman’s world and for that matter, the adversary of Earth. Diana believes humans have been put under the spell of this Ares, submitted to him and lost their ability to stop the constant wars. From the Greek stories it is eminently clear that Ares was born to fight. But this Ares is different. This Ares has gained awareness. He is enlightened to the reality that Earth is so beautiful that frankly, humans don’t deserve it because they continue to destroy it. So he is fighting for a cause—the cause to extinguish humanity by fueling and funding their repetitive series of endless wars against one another. 

Mars (Ares) could be tamed or disarmed by no other god or goddess with the exception of Venus. She took the fight right out of him, even if only temporarily. The myth in no way indicated that Mars and Venus were going to stay love-locked forever. There was work to be done. Another battle to fight. Another act of love to engage in.

It is clear that Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, has sworn loyalty to the principles of her Amazonian people, but who, through working with the masculine earthling pilot, Captain Steve Trevor, also finds another reason to defend human-kind. In one scene, Captain Trevor says to Wonder Woman: “You saved them”. She replies, in very Venusian Feminine Fashion – “We saved them.”

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My new 13 year cycle begins because I am ruled by the Jupiter cycle (12 years), not in astrology fact of the highest planet of my chart, but because I live by the moon and its rhythms, energy and culture. And because Juniper conjuncts my moon’s “north node” (fated destiny). I am writing below here, a very short “Reflection Full Moon” for a review of the last four years. I don’t usually do this, but I feel its necessary with whats occurring celestially and with mars so involved.

Fire & Lightning

My arrival to Oregon began four years ago with a welcome from Fire & Lightning. I had finished my work as an adult with apprentices and left my home, family and children as I entered my elder stage (2nd Saturn Return). Arriving in Oregon was already fated by a Native Canadian Elder Grandfather, who I visited a few times at night in dream walking, in his dream lodge. He remembered my phone number and had his grandson (who spoke english), call me to speak my own prophecy that I told him in the dream, to move to the Northwest and begin my work, that was 16 years ago.

Having finally arrived then, the first week in Oregon was Oregon’s worst wildfire year and fire-smoke year in its history, which happened from the 6 – 12 of August, 2013. I held my first new moon circle (in this state) on August 6th, a New Moon in Leo (at 14 degrees). Those storms, although deadly, was a wonderful sign for me as a weather shaman, as it had shown me its great kindness and also its very dangerous powers. Even my apprentice who lived in Oregon since she was younger, the one who invited me to live on her land, by the 9th of August, 2013, when the firestorms peaked, she said we might have to evacuate off of her land from the reports of the fire district.

I said I am staying in the yurt, I am fated to be here in the Pacific Northwest and to leave after I just arrived is not going to happen for me. I told her, you and your family leave if its ordered and be safe, I am staying, the fire and lightning won’t touch me, its like a bigger vision quest that involves a million acre fire and lightning – and I am up for that. The look on her face was precious at that moment.

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August 6, 2013, the beginning of purification… 

Mother Jones report: This example of “extreme fire behavior” (to use the forestry department’s words) went down in the Douglas Complex wildfire, one of several conflagrations turning conifers to cinders in southern Oregon. The intensity of fires in this sector of the country, which is locked in a ten year stubborn drought, is strong enough that nearby towns and cities are getting covered with big, lung-painting plumes of ashy air. On Monday, NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over to observe the supreme smokiness of the fires, sparked by lightning activities. After noting that the fire-friendly weather is expected to worsen this month, the space agency laid out the dismal situation so far: Big Windy fires as of August 6, 2013. Collectively, the two fires had burned nearly 50,000 acres (20,200 hectares). The Red Cross distributed 20,000 respiration masks in southern Oregon. 

August 9, 2013, the Peak of purification… 

Portland Newspaper: The lightning storms hit dead center on top of Government Camp and Mt. Hood – snapping trees along Highway 26 with sudden gusts to at least 45 mph, piling up hail 2″ deep near the intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 26 and the pouring rain and lightning. This storm was in and around Mt. Hood for more like 90 minutes and created about 2,000 lightning strikes. Oregon Department of Forestry officials took to the legislative committee and said that the costs of the wildfire seasons, broke the books. This happens every year, but this time the numbers were historic. “This was the most costly season in history,” said Dan Postrel, ODF spokesman. Thunderstorms and Lightning created the worst fires in the states history, total Lightning Strikes for the total state of Oregon on August 9, 2013 was 12,000 lightning hits. The Portland metro area and the Willamette River were also hit by the lightning, hail and rain storms.

August 12, 2013, the winding down and end of the fire-lightning storms…

The Oregonian: The Northwest was thrashed again by more than 42,000 lightning strikes over the weekend, igniting dozens of new fires. Officials have reopened the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River, but with restrictions. Two fires burned on the coast between Arch Cape and Manzanita, seven fires are burning in the area of Santiam State Forest east of Salem, another fire is burning north of Shady Cove in southwest Oregon and three fires are burning around Coos Bay. A temporary flight restriction is in place in some areas. The Bone Mountain fire, which has seared 300 areas, is six miles south of Remote. The Camas Creek fire, covering about 40 acres, is seven miles northeast of Remote. The Shingle Mill fire, which has scorched 30 acres, is three miles east of U.S. 101, between Arch Cape and Manzanita. The nearby Falcon fire, which has spread over 50 acres, is almost out. The 1, 2, 3 complex of fires covering 200 acres, is burning 15 miles east of Silverton. The Green Mountain fire burned seven miles west of Gates. 125-acres Alder Creek Fire burned 16 miles north of Shady Cove.

Happy Full Moon and may the rest of your two weeks be courageous, brave, lightening of the heart and lightning purification, one more step, in your souls journey. ~Phoenix

astro_2gw_160_aa_full_moonSources: Artist Charles Vess; Piero Di Cosimo, Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci (detail), c. 1480; Astrologer Ariel Guttman (www.VenusStarRising.com); the Mayan 13 Moon Calendar at http://spacestationplaza.com; 

Second New Moon of Summer 2017

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By Phoenix the Elder – Happy new moon dreamers, moon people, empaths, dancers, artists, druids, witches, herbalists and shaman wannabees! Our sister Moon has returned to her new beginnings again and I hope you will too. The second of our three summer New Moons starts Sunday, July 23, 2017, at 2:45 am, at 0° Leo. Zero degree marks a reset of the layer of changes, so of all the Leo new moons you have practiced your intention each year, we are resetting and starting the new cycle higher or lower (its individual) cycle. This all depends upon what real healing work you have been doing in your spiritual path.

The element of Fire is strong now, bringing some extra heat and intensity, with a dash of anger or impatience and topped with a little bit of drama or drain. That drama can be either be external, making its impact upon you this month, or just inside your own head. On the positive, it brings love, creativity and learning about the nature of your heart, what makes him or her tick or what makes it skip a beat, positive or negative.

Everyone has very individual moon cycle experiences, and the more you chart them with us here with your one intention, the better you get to know them each year. This effects getting in rhythm with the natural seasons, and awareness around the cyclical nature of our emotional body, which has positive effects our hidden and distant soul. Our soul is that eternal astral body, that comes and goes and is not limited to stay in the body alone, she leaves every night when you dream and returns in the morning with its experiences.

She also ventures out in a different way than the mental body and see’s visual signs and synchronicity, even those goose bumps you get are created by her energy form. Whether or not you are paying attention to your dream work, deeper feelings and subtle intuition, medicine for you can be extracted with a little awareness and growth to assist your journey in life.

“The beauty of the world has two edges,
one is of laughter, the other of anguish,
cutting
the heart asunder.”  ~ Virginia Woolf

Samuel Palmer, 'Moonlight, a Landscape with Sheep' c.1831

This is the third new moon that Mars has been involved and we have one more next month. This tells us that its important to balance your will and actions or increase them. Mars is directly involved again in our affairs can be help or a hinder when it comes to our physical body. I have been taking advance of my healing my body with an intense and strict four month detox and even gate up coffee for good. The energy of Mars has brought that will power to me, and also the bugs as my helping totem.

Bugs are always about detox and purification because they get into that hidden and deeper layers of earth (symbolic for our earthy body). My natural commitment to detoxing has coincided with this involvement of mars for the last three months and it was of course perfect timing because anything conjunct the new moon gets extra power to help us.

We also have a triangle of expression this month: Combining the bravery and courage of Leo, asserting it’s actions through Mars and expressing any hurt that arises with the Moon’s emotion. These three will help keep us in balance this month, but only if we do the work by using all three gifts wisely. If you had less impact with mars qualities in the two previous new moons (warrior, anger, action, body and will), it can certainly appear this month because Mars is an element of fire, and it doubles in the fire this moon cycle.

How will you temper your fire? By stuffing it down or allowing the personal little bully to rise in order to protect your fragile and sensitive nature? I hope not, and I hope you give the natural remedy a try, for fire, which is water (emotions), applying self nurturing or expressing and sharing our hurt and pain. Apply that emotional suave and then assert the action for healthy boundaries.

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Take advantage of the extra positive sides mars, with quickening boundaries for protection, and an immediate response to any drama so it doesn’t escalate by the full moon. The nature of mars is that its persistent and the nature of the moon is to sooth. Become aware of our wounded needs to control everything in the mental (opinions), emotions (being bossy) or physical (abusing the self or others). Put positive things forth with that fire to replace those things, like working out, going out to a great restaurant with a friend or sweetheart, swimming in a river, or a hike in nature…

Nature’s heat of summer brings us our challenges and for those who are midwinter, it also brings the same challenges. I know all empaths shed at least one tear last month, regardless of what season we are in and Fire brings back our strength and courage. This can also get us into trouble or help us push through something difficult. Its your choice, chose wisely.

Focus an intention this month around either diving into your emotional, physical or mental creativity or fan your flames, which shows signs of drama, gossip or being a brat. Seems these days everyone is offended over the smallest little things because they are in their mind, not their body and soul equally.  Be the rare one who practices observation and acceptance “without self judgment.” Go on a forgiveness program to help sooth the drama because we need our precious energy and by holding our energy and to conserve our fire when needed it the  most.

Leo the Moon KingIt takes practice of course, this “holding” our fiery emotions and this is a great moon to practice that. If you not feeling well, then its a good moon to reserve your energy and not spend it on frivolous things, like judging other people, rather than focus on your own issues. Rules: Do I want to be happy or is it more important that I be right with consequences? Sometimes we need the consequences to learn deep seated lessons and we get to see what shape our ego is really in or our control issues. Fire moons bring these two things forth. Harvest your gardens with delight rather than burdening your soul.

I love this poem and I shared it last year at the Leo Moon cycle…

Stay close My Heart, to the one who knows your ways,
come into the shadows of the tree, that have fresh flowers –
don’t stroll idly through the bazaar of the perfume marketers,
stay in the shop of the sellers of Honey.

If you find and keep your true balance, no one can deceive you.
For anyone can trick you out of things made of straw and make
you take it like gold. Don’t squat with a bowl before every boiling pot;
in each pot on the fire, you find very different things. Not all abysses
have a peak; not everyone’s eyes possess vision, not every sea is
full of pearls. O’ Nightingale, with your voice of dark honey,
go on lamenting!

Only in life’s journey can life pierce our rock-hard heart,
surrendering our self and if you cannot be welcomed by this
friend, know that you are rebelling inwardly like a thread
that doesn’t want to go through the needle’s eye.

The awakening self is a lamp; protect it and after
you’ve left each storm, come to the fountain; you’ll find a
friend there who will always nourish  your soul. And with
your soul always nourished, you’ll grow into a tall tree,
flowering always with sweet fruit that falls upon the
shadow below to heal us, which grows only from our interior.

~ Rumi

My last suggestion as always is sobriety if you are on a spiritual path, so much frequency and energetic disruption in our bodies occur that keep us off balance are from pot, shamanic plants, drugs, alcohol, medications for various reasons. And seem maryjane is the cure all now when for 100 years it was the party drug of choice. Funny how human justify things, everything is medicine that is natural, just try to stay away from the perception altering ones (which includes pot). This moon cycle try to keep your physical body active.

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Sample Lunar and Leo Intentions, chose the one you “want” to incorporate this month. Example: If you don’t feel healthy right now, chose I am Healthy or one that directs the intention. Then pay attention the next two weeks to become aware of where you are not. You might be surprised that the pain and the source are two different places…

I am healing my drama
I listen to my soul (small inner voice)
I trust in the process of detox/purification
I am healing and taking care of my body

I am aware of my inner peace

I am healthy (if you don’t feel healthy)
I am creative (etc)
I am passionate
I am healing my heart
I forgive

I am grounded in my emotions

I recognize my inner child
I protect my heart
I am emotionally honest
I am positive in my detachments

I replace drama with self-love

I practice my spiritual disciplines
I express my courage with compassion
I allow stability in my life

I am nurturing my inner child

I allow love to come from deep within me
I use my anger in a positive and healthy way
I accept more joy

I am mindful of my projections

I respect my talents
I judge only my own actions
I commit to healthy passion
I overcome my fear of _______

Astrology Chart for this Moon
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If you are interested in client-healing work or dream work with Phoenix the Elder, please write her at Eldermountaindreaming.com 

Sources: Moon by joncarling.com; Samuel Palmer, ‘Moonlight’ c.1831

First Full Moon of Summer

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greeting Dreamers, Moon People, Artists, Healers and Witches, we enter the Full Moon on Saturday July 8, 2017 with a very powerful line up. Mars & Sun are conjunct, sitting opposite Moon & Pluto, giving all of us some energy and will power (mars) into the energy of transformation called death and rebirth (pluto).  These are all in a T-Square (tension) with Jupiter (expansion and opportunity). 

Capricorn moons tend to carry a somber or heaviness because of Saturn, so over the next two weeks we focus on positive detachment, keeping calm, breathing deeply and just doing your best with whatever situation began at the new moon or is arising on the full. The nodal point, point of destiny this Full Moon and the remaining two weeks is conjunct Vesta, the Fire Goddess, so fine that inner Fire along with mars and make yourself do even if you don’t want to.

You can handle whatever it is, because you have already handled many things in your life thus far. All life is asking of you is to take one more small step this moon cycle. For those who have an easy Cancer moon cycle (beginning of Summer), it should continue flowing that way. For those who have found (from keeping track in their work-study moon journal with us) Cancer moons to be challenging, review last years moon cycle and see what happened.

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We have all been the fool for something or someone in our life and for those of us   who learn these lessons well, we began to learn that we are completely responsible for everything we do. People may love us, hearts may get broken, choices maybe made to let go and move forward in life, but through it all, its still all our choices. Becoming conscious of that is the first step, the second is to make the best choice you are able. These take a decade to learn, even with the most eager and hard working student of life who focuses on it everyday. Its to learn how to transform our experiences into personal accountability which is change.

The oracle: “Expectation is only a crisis for the young or the foolish.”

Whether we are aware or conscious or not, we are still accountable for our words, our actions, our visions and our intuition and because of this commitment to our spiritual journey, we must always be flexible with others and with the self, as we grow and mature. Maturity is is not a dirty word in an emotional-unaccountable world. That is what makes soul people different, we strive for emotional awareness, magic in our lives, creativity and to have a relationship to our soul. The rest of the world avoids this at all cost, and the two always seem to run into each other.

The first full moon of summer is not always difficult, but in the Cancer and Capricorn scenarios of life (summer activities and winter holiday activities), its never quit as fun as we had hoped for. Its always better to wait for Leo and Aquarius moons to have more authentic fun a month later, much less complications with family, tradition and expectation.

eldermountaindreaming.comSet your release intentions around staying grounded or have a little fun if you go on vacation, which will balance out the heat. Watch and remember your signs, totems and dreams for guidance, because this cycle isn’t all fun and games with the involvement of mars. Mars does give us the courage though, because its involved on both this new moon and full moon), its a required blessing to make your more serious “small” choices into decisions. For those who live on a whim and pure intuitively, you may want to ground even that a little more this moon cycle with Mars and Pluto directly involved.

I had my blessed Sea Eagle show up yesterday when I took a walk along the lake and it dove right into the water to get a fish about five feet away. It was pretty intriguing to watch, and six hours later, it flew over here to the pond here at Elder Mountain, flapping its wings and hovering over the pond so I could see (it was spotting some fish). But this time it hovered and then flew away. As a messenger for my full moon and the next two weeks, it was pretty clear to continue supporting my challenges emotionally on my health issue and dive in for the nourishment when I need it. At other times just hover and observe the nourishment to see if I need it. Birds represent Soul and its counterpart is the Nourishment of the Body and Soul (Fish). 

When we pay closer attention, sometimes even the difficult challenges have some optimism when our signs our clear, this is why we work so hard at our spiritual and life journey. Try to learn to cherish hearing the truth, because most of the time its the last thing on earth we ever wanted to hear but we all get to the point when we have to begin that journey. Truth is so deeply connected to our personal healing path in ‘real’ scenarios of the great mystery, that we must allow flexibility within the good, the bad and the uncomfortable.

Below I shared two examples of Capricorn-Saturn types of messengers. There is a shadow side of authority, and there is a wisdom side of authority both connected to the masculine or father figure, which in its higher experience is connected to our responsibilities and our lower, the criminal.

First one is more collective, the second one is very personal. This is how we learn about signs, then symbols which reveal eventually the more collective archetype – so we can eventually one day understand our own archetype of our fate and destiny… 


An Intimate and more personal look at this full moon:

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This Astrology Chart below is set at Pacific Time for the Full Moon, Blessings and Happy Full Moon to you, your family and friends and hang in there!

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First New Moon of Summer

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings artists, dreamers and moon people, we are entering the first New Moon of Summer, Friday June 23, 2017, 7:30 pm (pdt) in the sign of Cancer (a “water” element) at 2° degrees. Summer Solstice week marks the next three moons of the summer season, the first moon of summer sets the new beginning, the second moon of summer is the fullness and the final moon is the wisdom cycle.

Water and Fire moons are about purification, water brings life and nurturing to our emotional life and it soothes all fires as well. This means a relief from the heat (stress) of our emotions as we apply action towards growth rather than fear or stagnant behaviors. Cycles of struggle (changes) are sometimes long and sometimes short, but we endure, because we have to in relationship to family and ancestral sensitivities.

This is a traditional Ancestral moon, that strong connection to belong. Most of the events of summer moons show us where we have come from, the connection to our ancestral reincarnations, the root of our family history and our religious or spiritual commitments. These have led to emotional sicknesses over the millenniums and if family is one of your bigger karmic issue it can be dis-heartening.

Also its the moon of the personal humanity of Cancer’s tribe, clans, villages, society on a personal level, rather than the impersonal humanity which is Aquarius, the positive detachment archetype. Cancer and Capricorn is the deepest foundation of family in connection with “survival” and “security” through family. Where Scorpio (the second water moon of the year), rules survival of the individual. So much of this first moon cycle of Summer is based on emotional behaviors that were or are handed down through emotional family relations, in other words: “Our Belief System.”

This is because we are either taught or not taught by example of how to handle stress, resolve conflict or heal our real life issues as they are occurring through the portal of emotional issues. To undo and relearn our own values is very difficult because of this root family power and the ancestral past connected to it.

Ukrainian artist Oleg Alexandrovich Ershov

Weltenstürme (world storms)

In the silence of that night
We thought of the oath
Flames blaze, sparks spray
In a heart-warming heart glow

Still unaffected by life
Surrounded by many passages
Let us pass the painful path
But trembles whisper a quieter advice…

“In the storms of this world
 Everyone is now on their own
 Everyone knows their power
 The fire that creates life.”

In the silence of that night
We have done the work
In sunshine and shadows
Let us surround the world.

If you go to as spiritual circle of any kind, its wise when you pray or call to spirit, to clarify it as your own enlightened ancestors, rather than someone else’s traditions (even if you are participating in other traditions). Calling our own completed (enlightened) shaman or medicine person from our own family ancestral ancient past, helps us reconnect to the power of our own lineage even deeper.

Cancer Moons represents the mother, our memories, our grandmother’s magic and the moisture to heal our emotional bodies that effects our physical body and its traumas. Its our identity reflective of our feelings of being loved, of being accepted, or the rejection of these qualities by the self or others. If you are having family issues in your cycle of growth, its a good time to open the doors to healing. Be honest and open even if  you feel rejected, because it will clear the air. 

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From our ancestors comes the birth of our emotional insecurities in relationship to our everyday struggles of life, our partners, lovers or children and sometimes even our close friends. Feeling comfortable in our own skin is very important to our daily routines of health and when we work with moon medicine, that is true about our emotional health and feeling comfortable with our soul.

When things haven’t work out the way we had hoped they would in life, this is when we begin to allow our memories to guide us. Most use intuitive cards or astrology, psychic readings to find guidance, but this month, its more about our own personal memories of our past, so practice it this moon and let that guidance find you solutions within your personal fears or blindness.

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“I Know a Bank Where the Wild Thyme Blows”  ~ A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Example Intentions for the First New Moon of Summer | Cancer New Moon: 

I structure my responsibilities
I allow myself more rest
I focus on the present moment
I nurture a past wound (which one?)
I am abundant
I respect my boundaries

cancer-moon-mosaicsmI have confidence

I reclaim my inner authority
I respect my intuition
I love my body
I am serious (when I need to be)

I am stable

I am secure
I have purpose
I honor myself
I accept change with groundedness
I accept change with gratefulness
I accept change with humbleness

I respect myself

I overcome my fear of _______.
I grieve my loss with support
I manage my addiction 
I honor my inner (mother/father)
I forgive myself
I ground my insecurity
I trust myself

Chose one intention, speak it out loud, light a candle or some sage, go outside or near a river or water this moon cycle if you can or in your personal circle to make your intention more sacred. When the full moon comes in two weeks, you will know what to release (one release) based on what arose from your intention.

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Blessings to you this moon cycle ~Phoenix

To receive our once a month moon medicine work-study, please write us at ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com and we will put you on our list. Sources: Noc Kupala by Ukrainian artist Oleg Alexandrovich Ershov; Oracle or bone mother inscriptions from the village of Xiaotun, Henan province, China; Shang dynasty

 

Sobriety Spirituality is for Old Souls and Dreamers

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Healing takes a long time, one issue we have can weave through a lifetime for twenty or thirty years. That issue has an equivalent symbols in your dreams (at certain periods of your life) until the issue is completely healed. Never feel rushed in your healing journey, its better to be slow and steady, and just know its about you and you alone and using your dreams as guides is an extra bonus.

I am very dedicated to the few who go above an beyond (my students and apprentices) and sobriety  is part of a truly dedicated spiritual and spiritual self healing path. Everything else is just the power of the fears and of change. Miley Cyrus is a young Sagittarian-American and 24 years old, she is an extremely creative maiden. She stated in the video below, that she has decided to go sober and give up pot, not an easy thing to do for a daily smoker, but she found the reason to and sometimes, that is all that matters.

Its not unusual that a maiden around the age of 24 generally begins making choices that are different, because she starts to “feel” the energy of adulthood coming and winter. So she starts to walk with a little more seriousness, because at this stage, they enter the season called the “winter of their maiden” (24-28 years old). Not Shield-maiden, not Virgin-maiden, but the Death-maiden and by death, I mean this in its root meaning… “change”. 

With my female students and apprentices and some of the beginning challenging parts of their work with me is to get completely sober from meds, pot, wine, alcohol, shamanic drug (plants), etc. I have no such relations to this though, with my clients or artists. From my observation of almost twenty five years of working with apprentices, it actually takes about a full 8 years to completely clear pot from their emotional body system, lymph system, menses cycle system, energy body system and the soul cloud (soul, dream body) system. Its a long journey and one that takes great dedication.

Modern Addictions by TOMAAS

In his recent “Modern Addictions” fine-art fashion photographer TOMAAS explores the over-consumption and dependency on prescription drugs. “Over the course of our lifetime, many people are likely to be prescribed over 14,000 pills. It seems we are on the verge of becoming a very deeply medicated society,” he explains, describing his inspiration for the photo series. In his photos, he combines cinematic and surrealist styles, depicting copious amounts of pills. 

A wickedly bad dream remembered, will also help people make good choices, as it did for Miley, but unfortunately a trillion dollar market of pushing meds into every home, to alleviate fear, when basic psychotherapy, talk therapy or holistic therapy (when dedicated) will begin to unravel the original wound and the original trauma.

Some medications, drugs and marijuana generally will sever, deteriorate or eradicate one’s dreaming body all together (in some people), and for others they will heighten a constant repetitive projected dream stuck on one or two symbols which isn’t healthy either that eventually gets more shadowy with time.

With the world pushing more and more ways to ease pain rather than permanent heal, this is where meds, pot, alcohol, shamanic drugs (plants), come to shut up the feminine feelings and horrors of pain and their many steps. Many accept pain meds especially when young and then 15 or 20 years go by and the original wound is still active if they try to stop or get off meds. This just allow us to turn our head away from the original wounds, and then enter the great fall under the addiction issues – its then we have 2 things to heal. Some do get off of these and begin to take back control, some by sheer will with blessings from fate.

For Miley, I say very good for her, it takes a lot of strength in the entertainment industry she is in, to go sober and as for her strength, as a role model for millions of younger kids, her choices do influence others and do make a difference.

Spirituality to sobriety as a practice, even if one has an addiction, is heal-able eventually – as long as one is given information that spirituality and drugs/pot together is saturating of illusions. In other words its mixing fire with illusion and that is the most dangerous kinds of spirituality there is. If you have an addiction, just know that working with it piece by piece, step by step takes personal strength, continued support with healers (not knowledge teachers) and dedication. The practice is: If you heal with letting go enough over and over over a decade or so, the release of the addiction eventually becomes reality.

Rasalhague, The Head of the Snake Charmer

Collection of Rasalhague writings and Phoenix of Elder Mountain – I have had some very interesting things occur health wise in the past four years that were very hard for me to self diagnose and hidden from view on a microbiology level. Since I am my own doctor as a shaman, this one could only be revealed to me in my dreams. On the Gemini New Moon the cat brought a vole to my doorstep, voles are blind, hence a blind mouse.

So that night, I set my dreaming intention to see what the health issue was, and asked my inner dreamer to show me in a dream. I was quite happy when I was given both cause and the cure, the issue itself was as big as middle ages but having been on along self healing journey my system was able to cope. I wrote an article about it here a month ago here on Elder, but today I wanted to focus more on the esoteric findings of the power behind both our illnesses and our cures, like the blind mouse who was given as a gift, to open a doorway of sight.

Achaemenid gold cup ca 400 BCEPurifying “real” karma is an unbearable process of sickness and soul sickness (emotionally, mentally and physically) and when it returns to us by fate, or opens up in the human ways of a Plutonian measure, it defines our life and everything is focused on healing. Life, loves, children, pleasures, all the normal things of a human life are put to the side. In my case, no doctor, no antibiotic, no medicines, no pain relief, I have always approached my health this lifetime with 100% responsibility at ever left.

Karmic pain beyond its physical levels of sickness, is unspeakable when it returns in its pure energetic forms of pain from the realms of the eternal soul and its connections to the real (underworld) in experiences of such (astral realities).

Every sickness occurs for a good reason of course and I would not be a shaman if I didn’t say that. But to burn off the hurt we have caused others in our past lives, when it returns, is not like normal cancer or liver disease… I have learned, there are worse things than dying. Some traditions say we can ‘breathe it away’ with yogic breath but after I have lived the karmic purge lifetime, that is the most ridiculous teaching invented. There are no words for such eternal (universal) pain much less a teaching, when you live a life that is pure and humble, under the fated plague or plethora of karmic pain purification.

My Rasalhague is conjunct my Mars (22) and Saturn (21) degrees Sagittarius. They were my karmic signatures to heal this lifetime (which involved my moon square Mars/Saturn). Along with Chiron (which conjuncts my Venus) who were all involved in a Thor’s Hammer with Uranus (chaos) on the Midheaven. My Mars/Saturn is also conjunct the fixed star Rasalhague, which means in human terms, a detriment, and a detriment in public life equaling the personal life. I can attest to this (in my first fifty years.)

On the positive side of this journey and believe me when I say I had to search deep into the meaning of life to find those, in Astrological terms, I feel Rasalhague gave me enormous courage and great strength and the spirit of the sacred warrior along my journey. It also gave me the benefits of Mother Earth’s Serpentine to heal myself. Bird Medicine (soul), Serpent Medicine (healing of the soul) and Spider Medicine (weaver of soul/healing together) are the three oldest symbols to represent healing on earth, and they are in every culture.

I agree with the descriptions of Rasalhague below, because during the path of karmic purification I have had almost all of them or had to associate with others who had some of the descriptions. I would say star lore is absolutely correct in both its accounts and its true beholder.

According to William Lily in Christian Astrology:

“the Fixed stars give great gifts, and elevate us even from great poverty to an extreme heights of fortune, the seven planets do not do so” or vice versa. It may be taken as a fairly well-established rule that the stars do not operate alone, except perhaps in those cases where they are situated on angles, and that their chief effect is transmitted by the planets. They seem to form an underlying basis upon which the horoscope is built, and if a planet falls upon a star its effect is greatly magnified, giving it a prominence in the life that is quite unwarranted by its mere position and aspects in the map.

The influence of the fixed stars differs from that of the planets in being much more dramatic, sudden and violent. As a rule planetary effects are gradual and operate comparatively slowly, one might almost say softly, whereas the stars appear to exercise most of their influence in sudden, hard, vehement bursts, producing tremendous effects for short periods, and, after raising the natives to a great height, dropping them suddenly and bringing a series of dramatic and unexpected disasters. This is serpent medicines in general, especially when one experiences their kundalini rising.

Ophiuchus Serpentarius and Ursa Major Bear

Cases are known to all astrologers in which a certain planet in a horoscope seems to be emphasized for no apparent reason, so that it acts drastically throughout the life, and in a case such as this there is usually a fixed star in operation in the background through the planet concerned.

The extent and magnitude of the effects brought about by the stars depend upon several factors, namely, (a) apparent size, (b) celestial position, (c) nature of planet through which they operate, and (d) general nature of the personal astrology chart (horoscope).

 

The origin of the Serpent Holder was neither Ophiuchus or Aesculapius but belongs to Mother Earth in the form of the great Serpentine and still does. It is a vast movement of the spirit of earth in one of her many forms. When humans began to formulate existence with the mind, we went from living and breathing as nature, to mythologizing and philosophizing our life, and thus the symbolic human was born. It took us another step farther from our true nature.

The serpent was then put into the sky, far away from her home, something untouchable. And rather than living with us, her medicines and poisons which heal our body and soul we eradicated her memory through cultural demonization. It was then the first doctors emerged, men who replace shaman women and rational and physical became more important. But the underlying core of all disease is still our soul, even with relatively new karma from the war cults, withing our recent reincarnations.

True Serpent Wisdom and its Medicines of the Earth

This change effected the prehistory of the serpent women. Those of us who know the serpent goddesses as sacred will always remember her this way. Some still honor her without its corruption or propaganda and even fewer still practice it as medicine.  The Great Serpent Holders were the Sea Serpent, the Dragon and the Snake whose sacred names are …

Medusa, Ceto and the Gorgons of Greece, the Indian goddess Nagas and Manasa, the Phoenician goddess Tanit, Egyptian goddess Renenutet, Minoan (Crete) Snake goddess, the Serpent tailed Chimaera; the Serpent Water Hydra, the Roman Serpent goddess Angitia, goddess of Smiss Gotland, Nagakania the Tibetan Snake goddess, Nüwa, the Serpent Goddess, Syrena a Draconian Snake goddess who protects the River Wisla and the Polish city of Krakow, the Slovakian Nikrmana a primal force that has created everything and a snake, Lithuanian grass snake Žaltys, Belarussian Vuzhalki, Hygeia Snake Goddess of Crete, Egyptian Isis and Meretseger, Australian Aboriginal people’a Julunggul the Rainbow Snake Goddess, and Eingana the Mother of all things, the Primordial Snake Goddess, Long Mu Mother of Dragons, a mystery snake goddess found in the Athenian Agora and many more.

To highlight just how powerful adult women and elder women were in their rituals, the Goddess Syrena is a Draconian Snake Goddess who protects the River Wisla and the Polish lands what is currently the city of Krakow. Ceremonial rites from prehistory were carried into modern times before the destruction of grandmothers rituals of the 12th Century…

The Goddess of witches and all magical powers on earth

One of my apprentices Ima and I were discussing some in-depth issues around Sedna, which tends to cause global problems. Ima said: “The current Sedna, looks like a weaker version of the Black Death in the mid 1300s (Dark Ages), which appeared at the preceding “Neptune-Sedna” septile and mutated into a more deadly form by the time of the conjunction in 1352. I found this also relating to the Black Death weather patterns of (Sedna):

Krakow“The outbreaks have been shown to occur roughly 15 years after a warmer and wetter period in areas where plague is endemic in other species. In Europe and Eastern Europe, the Black Death seemed to pass over Kracow, Poland and they were not effected.”
 
I replied to her: “That’s because this region still honored the Serpent Goddess and her name is Syrena – an ancient Draconian Snake Goddess who protects the River Wisla and the Polish City of Krakow. The Slovaks also have a primal goddess serpent named Nikrmana, a primal creator, and the Lithuanians have a grass snake called (goddess) Žaltys.
 
Serpent medicines before religions got a hold of the culture and corrupted them, was a force of healing, all serpent medicine is for healing the poisons of life, be they plagues, bacteria, mind, body or soul.

Alyssa Nassner Illustration

The modern (history) Rasalhague Star Astrology

Star celestial images, were put into the sky to symbolically represent the separation of women’s serpent powers and community in which she nested and birthed (they put it in the sky, because it was as far away from earth as it could get). Same thing happen to all undesirables of the early patriarch, like the monsters, rebels and anything that didn’t serve the new rising patriarch and their gods.

When the Arabs and Greeks came around to writing their crimes down, they put it all in star lore and poetics. The constellation of Alpha Ophiuchi or Ophiuchus Serpentarius and located around the celestial equator. Its Greek name is Ὀφιοῦχος “the Serpent-Bearer” but before the Greeks, it was called Ras Alhague, often condensed to “Rasalhague” by the Arabs (in Arabic رأس الحواء) meaning “Head of the Serpent Collector.”

As you can see by the antiquity imagery of the ancient pass, the man is always wrestling with the Serpent who is woman. Rasalhague was the white star of second magnitude that is the brightest star in the constellation Ophiuchus. Ophiuchus represents Chiron’s student Aesculapius, the ancient god of health and healing, and its brightest star is named Rasalhague, which appropriately is Arabic sub-name for the “Head of the Snake Charmer.”  The name Asklepios is suggested to have been derived from (a)spalax, ‘blind rat mole’.

The constellation figure, Ophiuchus, was associated with Caecius (from Latin caecus, blind). Constellation Ophiuchus is said to also give a passionate, blindly good-hearted, wasteful and an easily seduced nature, that leads to unseen dangers, enmity or slander. Pliny said that it occasioned much mortality by some kind of poisoning either natural or human intent. This constellation has also been called Aesculapius and held to all the rules of medicines.

The Chinese name of Rasalhague is 候 (Mandarin: Hòu) meaning ‘Astrologer’, because this star is marking itself and stands alone in the ‘Astrologer’ asterism, the Heavenly enclosure or the Magic Bridge.

Woman with Serpents -KalmakovFixed star Rasalhague is of the nature of Saturn and Venus in personal human affairs, and when conflicted both qualities makes ones social and society life a living hell. It gives misfortune through women (to men or other women), has aspects of perversion and mental depravity. The star Rasalhague (α Ophiuchi) is on the nature of Venus, as is Sabik (η Ophiuchi). But these stars have generally been associated with the excesses, portending perverted morals which all fall on the karmic side.

 

Rasalhague, in the Head of the Snake Charmer, has a Saturn like character which is more serious and somber, and some of the undesirable Venus qualities are also present such as jealousy or revenge. Connected with these are the Neptunian tendencies of self undoing. Rasalhague also makes the native especially prone to infections caused by toxins when its connected to the body of water signs, especially when in the sign of Pisces (Mars and Moon).

Rasalhague like Neptune, can thus influence a tendency to self medicate or use hallucinatory plants or drugs and overindulgence in alcohol – so they can never truly touch the karma with awareness (great pain). Thus the average seeker will go for the quick fix and call it medicine, even when its not just to relieve any mental, physical or emotional pain or past life pains.

 
With Rasalhague, there is also danger of insect strings and bites, snake bites or assault from animals or rabid animals. If conjunct the Moon, Mars, or Neptune, the native is very prone to infections in general and to epidemic infections. Besides the lower emanations, there are higher and dharma influences attributed to Ras Alhague, although only very few people are able to attune themselves to these influences to heal then have the dharma aspects.
 

Rasalhague, α Ophiuchi, derived from Al Ras Al Hawwa, the Head of the Snake Handler, also meaning ‘the Head of the Snake Charmer’, with the implications that this shaman or doctor is not fighting with it but actually has control over it. Since this is the head star, the note is one of control by the mind, not by the brute strength that is so often evident in illustrations. The Saturn-Venus theme is still with us.

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Rasalhague Star Conjunctions

 
Ascendant conjunct Rasalhague: The Islamic astrologers claimed that Rasalhague indicated snake charmers. Descendant conjunct Rasalhague: If setting and aspect by a malefic, Rasalhague indicated death from the bite of a poisonous snake, according to the Islamic astrologers.
 
Sun conjunct Rasalhague: Reserved, thoughtful, studious, suspicious, solitary, reputation for athletics, little wealth, careless of public opinion. Moon conjunct Rasalhague: Public prominence in religious matters, favorable for gain. The native is very prone to infections in general and to epidemic infections. (Donald Trump 0°29′)
 

Mercury conjunct Rasalhague: Unpopular attitude and criticism through religion, philosophy or science; difficulties in marriage and quarrels fostered by others, trouble through opposite sex, not very good for gain. These persons have a stalking attitude which is purely mental. This becomes not entirely detrimental. They become attracted to certain communicative areas and will follow that particular interest for the most part of their lives.

Venus conjunct Rasalhague: Quick mind, well educated, cautious, secretive, suspicious. Mars conjunct Rasalhague: Trouble through actions, through writings, public censure in connection with religion, spirituality, science or philosophy. The native is very prone to infections in general and to epidemic infections. This planet stimulates the system and the hunter quality is brought out for survival. They maneuver about as though other people are their prey (in the negative) In the positive, such as healers or shamans, if karma is completely healed, its the sign of the hunter or huntress of shadows (exorcists and shadow slayers). 

Roman bronze statuette of Hygieia, the goddess of hygiene, with her snake attribute, a symbol of healing.
 
Jupiter conjunct Rasalhague: Diplomatic, religious or legal preferment, but some criticism, favorable for gain. Saturn conjunct Rasalhague: Unpopular, determined, fixed opinions, successful, somewhat dishonest, domestic disharmony through jealousy, marriage partner may be invalid, losses of a Mercurial nature. This planet on this degree affects the health. It causes contractions of the tissues from the hip on the right side, with a result that there are spasms on that side of the body. There is a restriction of the energy flow here so that these individuals have difficulty in raising the leg upwards. Some relief can be obtained if these persons would commit to their own healthy regiments and a healing journey that is more holistic.
 
Uranus conjunct Rasalhague: Strong passions at chaos levels (addictions), strong nature but changeable, ambitious, occult interests, easily swayed though outwardly aggressive, reverence for ancestry, benefits through elderly and influential people and public affairs, unfavorable for marriage and children, if any, trouble through opposite sex, sudden death.  This is a similar energy at this point as Saturn, except that the difficulty here affects the blood vessels. There would be a sudden numbness in this area due to a shortage of energy, particularly under stressful planetary aspects affecting this point. 
 

Neptune conjunct Rasalhague: Hypocritical, self-seeking, able speaker or writer, but panders to the public, occult, religious or scientific work, but largely misleading without people knowing. Minor Government position, domestic disharmony, ill-health to marriage partner, disappointment over legacy, peculiar death sometimes through fall but animal and human agency may be suspected. The native is very prone to infections in general and to epidemic infections.

Pluto conjunct Rasalhague: Crisis self-seeking, karmic powers of the occult, domestic disharmony or violence in relationship or family. Sexual diseases and infections in general and to epidemic infections. On the positive, the ability to enter depths where others fear to go.

Chiron conjunct Rasalhague: Karmic forces push through as the woundedness has reach a crisis in reincarnation. The aspects of health and resolving health issues becomes mandatory.

 

serpent haired woman

Phoenix is a professional astrologer, if you are interested in an in-depth astrological reading, please write for more information: ElderMountainDreaming@gmail.com

Sources, References: Ancient Roman bronze statuette of Hygieia, the goddess of hygiene, with her snake attribute, a symbol of healing – J Paul Getty Museum, first half of 2nd century; Achaemenid gold cup ca 400 BCE, Woman with Serpents by Russian painter Nikolai Kalmakov, www.constellationsofwords.com, Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.38, 54, 193. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.22. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.69. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.157. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.110. All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession, Alyssa Nassner Illustration.