Her lips touched his brain as they touched his lips, as though they were a vehicle of some vague speech and between them he felt an unknown and timid preasure, darker than the swoon of sin, softer than sound or odor.” ~~James Joyce,
There is seduction and there is an ominous threat of war looming in the air as we poise to let the lunar energies inundate the sign of Sagittarius, 8 degrees and 10 minutes to be exact. However, this degree in the heavens is directly conjunct the fixed star Antares, the heart of the Scorpion and is opposite the red eye of the bull which is Aldebaran in Taurus.
There are four stars that are known as the Royal Stars or Guardians of the Sky. Zoroaster/Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroasterism, around 3000 BCE wrote in The Bundahishn Chapter 2 that the stars (visible to the eye) number 6,480,000 and he calls Antares, Vanand (Av.) Venant.
“…four key stars in the heavens, also called archangel stars. Michael (Aldebaran) watcher of the East. Gabriel (Fomalhaut) watcher of the South. Raphael (Regulus) Watcher of the North. Oriel (Antares) Watcher of the West. At one time they marked the two Equinoxes and two Solstices.” ~~ Eric Morse, The Living Stars
Interestingly, Michael is considered an agent of light and love unanimously by all the three Abrahamic religions. In her book, “The Miracles of Archangel Michael,” Doreen Virtue writes that Michael’s aura is royal purple and is so bright that it can be considered cobalt blue and he responds very quickly if called during a crisis. This is the energy you need to work with. Yet, Aldebaran is war and strategy and we see that archetype play out in this angelic being.
The association of Michael with Aldebaran, a Martial star, is also appropriate as Michael is the archistrategist, the general of God. In the Book of Revelations it says, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels…” Revelation 12:7.~renaissanceastrology.com
Don’t get confused because I am speaking about Scorpio and Taurus here, whereas you know the lunation to be in Sag. I am speaking of Fixed Star astrology using the sidereal system in Vedic astrology which counts the degrees and signs comparative to these fixed stars. In Western Astrology, what is 8 of Sag becomes 15 of Scorpio in the Vedic sidereal system.
The Tropical system takes into account the movement of the Sun into Aries when it calculates its astrology. Vedic sidereal system bases it on the fixed stars and constellations, which move and this movement is taken into account when calculations are made.
In fact, the red eye of the Bull or Aldebaran is in Taurus constellation, but here we will take it as Gemini. What you need to remember is that two very powerful forces- Aldebaran and Antares are taking center stage this lunation. It is all about power, sex, victory, lies, deceit and finally, a moment of showdown and betrayal, after which, everyone gets eliminated, except the cut throat! What to do when the energies herald war? Yes, that is what Antares does and you know I had a devastating dream and that may have to do with a superbly powerful water trine involving Jup/Venus and Neptune. Oh boy!
I woke up in my dreamscape and it was the 6th of the 6th month(coming up soon) and I saw my partner dressing up to go out. I am still dazed, staring at him, when suddenly I hear a thunderous explosion. After which the dream starts pixilating and there are horrific screams and shrieks. I feel heat, like fire is raging through me and I look around as the whole scene begins to disintegrate and it got me looking into the history of the 6th of June and what can I say. It is a day when many wars have started. And another moment of epiphany struck when I realized how Antares is being activated during this lunation.
Also this decan of Sag is called ‘Poison Arrow’ by Austin Coppock who writes, “the essence of this decan entails the swift emergence of a motivating vision and the attainment of a vehicle to move one toward the pictured goal,” as the “fire that enters the mind enflames it, purging the grosser levels of being as it descends” (p. 193-4).
The first decan of Sagittarius is represented by the 8 of Wands tarot card which is all about frickin’ quick and swift action! Time to go says the tarot. Meditate on this and the Fool.
Antares is a red supergiant star that is nearing the end of its life. Once there is no more fuel left to burn, the star will collapse and explode into a supernova — “at which time its brightness will rival that of the rest of our galaxy put together,” NASA
Think of the deep symbology! The war-like power of Antares is at its end, but nearing the collapse, and then it explodes for us all to see(not now, don’t worry); it is at the moment when its power is most potent. As it nears its end, it waits to go out with a bang! Are we humans like this? Burning away our lifeforce just to go out with all guns blazing? Food for thought?
Alpha (α) Scorpius, Antares, is a red binary star, fiery red and emerald green, near the center of the constellation Scorpius and was sometimes called “the Heart of the Scorpion”. ~~constellationsofwords.com
Antares is called so because Ptolemy thought of this star as one that would rival Mars. Ante Ares. And of course Antares is bright red and many ancient astrologers considered it to be associated with humanity and how it strives to reach power and eminence.
This star Antares (α Scorpius) alone constituted the 16th manzil (Arabic Moon Mansion), Al Kalb, the Heart, one of the fortunate stations which goes to show that there is the possibility of something fortuitous for some, but for the others, not so much.
The Chinese associate it with sin and shame and the Hindus call for this the Jyestha, Oldest, also known as Rohini Nakshatra, associated with fertility, agriculture and growth. This is the womb energy, like the dark night and the sacred space for seeding what you want to manifest.
If this star features prominently in your chart, and you are tuning into the higher vibes, then you will become an environmentalist and recycler. You will know how to use the pure and untainted resources of Gaia for sustenance, but on a more materialistic level, I have seen that people display an interest in makeup and cosmetics. Makeup artists and makeup creators do tend to have Rohini in their charts. Also remember, that say your Sun/Moon/As is conjunct Rohini or Antares, it will be opposite to Aldebaran. The energies of both these nakshatras will touch you if one does.
Rohini, the seed of lunar energy, is represented in the celestial firmament by a very bright pale rose star in the constellation of Taurus. The ancient vedic seers revered this star because this was supposed to be the abode of Brahma and the Prajapatis. “Rohini” translates into – the “Reddish One” or the “Growing One”. The “one” here carries a feminine tone and can be read as “celestial woman”. The colour ‘Red’ evokes notions of warmth, passion and liveliness. ~.vedicencyclopedia
Now there is a myth that Rohini seduced Soma, the lunar God(she was his wife among many) which is why the other wives got super pissed and put a curse on him. Yes, that is why he waxes and wanes! The ancients frickin’ thought of everything, I tell you! Seduction is in the air and everyone touched by Rohini will feel deep, deep desires and cravings crawling through their hearts.
It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce. ~~Voltaire
But there is also that whiff of war…drives me crazy all this conquering and seduction!
Antares or the 16th Manzil in Arabic Astrology says that this energy causes discord, sedition, conspiracy against princes and rulers, and revenge from enemies, but frees captives and helps building.
sow seeds, travel and go to war. [Robson p.73.]
And the FM takes place conjunct this 16th Manzil where Antares is located. So this lunation happens conjunct Antares which is in the constellation of Scorpio, but in Tropical Astrology we take it as 8 of Sagittarius! This means that it is opposing Aldebaran.
Now what of Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull? The name for Aldebaran is Satavisha, which translates to the “leader of the western stars.” And I am ruled by this star in my sidereal horoscope!
Ptolemy makes the following observations: “Those stars in Taurus which are in the abscission of the sign resemble in their temperament the influence of Venus, and in some degree that of Saturn . . . the stars in the head (except Aldebaran) resemble Saturn, and, partly, Mercury; and those at the top of the horns are like Mars.” By the Kabalists Taurus is associated with the Hebrew letter Aleph and the 1st Tarot Trump “The Juggler.” In all the ancient Zodiacs, Taurus is the beginning sign and marked the Vernal Equinox from about 4,000 to 1,700 B.C. [Robson, p.63.]
BTW, the Juggler is now the FOOL! Yay! What does this tell you? A new beginning folks! A new adventure! Be ready for enchantment!
Whenever, we speak of the eye of the bull or Aldebaran, we speak of the activation of the pineal gland. The opening of the third eye!
If you could flick the switch and open your third eye
You’d see that we should never be afraid to die…Muse, “Uprising,” The Resistance (2009).
Sun and Aldebaran conjunct will bring, Great energy and perseverance, high material honors but danger of losing them, danger from quarrels and the law, honor and riches ending in disgrace and ruin, liable to disease, fevers and a violent death. If in conjunction with both Sun and Mars, great liability to pestilential fevers. [Robson, p.120.]
But let us not subscribe to fear, just yet…we digressed while discussing the third eye!
It is literally that simple…as the moon nestles into Sagittarius, she glances at her yang, the Sun who is now in Gemini. She is fertile and brings much to illumination with higher truths and philosophy, whereas her male counterpart Sun is concerned with practical talk and communication at the moment. Do we see an opposition of dreamy ideas, higher truth conflicting with sensible common sense and practicality??? But the spiritual vibe sizzles in the air.
Let us now discuss the Sabian Symbol for this degree of Sagittarius. It is -Rocks and things forming therein…This symbol speaks of things like rocks forming and this does not happen in a day, it takes ages. This time frame is so huge that we humans have no conception of it. Think of how you are like the rock and what is forming within you under this FM? Are you creating a new you through your experiences and interactions. Are new rocks of your soul forming within the soil of your being? How deep is that? Hashtag wokeaf!
Talking of spiritual vibes! Venus in Cancer will exact a trine to Jupiter RX in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, the very next day of the lunation. But this aspect is adding to the dreamy and fairytale-ish vibe we feel. I know I do, although very practical concerns are right in front of me. Like moving home in five days, immediately after the FM igniting such energies like Antares and Aldebaran. I can only surrender to the drama above and know as above, so below. What I am hoping for is a miracle from this trine, activating much in my natal chart. I’ll take a dose of peace for now, thank you!
Before I forget, Jupiter RX in Scorpio, a part of the magnetic and magickal water trine, is the ruler of this FM and he has been busy. On the 25th of May, he had this crazy synchronicity with Neptune and this energy is definitely playing into the collective consciousness. In spite of having much to worry about(standard Virgo MO), I feel an unwavering sense of trust and faith in what may come.
Aldebaran is said to be a portal to the mysteries of the mind and when balanced with the fixed star Antares, a portal to the mysteries of the heart, this creates a powerful stargate axis that is illuminated bi-annally when the Sun passes by Aldebaran at the first of June and then Antares about six months later. ~~souledout.com
And the star gate is now active as the moon is about to reach full lunation conjunct and opposite these two celestial bodies.
There is of course much psychic energy crackling in the air with Jupiter stirring much depth from the quagmire of Scorpio! This is very Scorpionic, this lunation.
And this Aldebaranian third eye is known as the Diamond consciousness or Buddha consciousness from which originates Vajrayana, the tantra side of Buddhistic teachings by Padmasambhava who exemplifies this awareness, this diamond consciousness when he says, My realization is higher than the sky. But my observance of karma is finer than grains of flour! This is what the energies of Aldebaran can do…bring your awareness into the macro and the micro, so you can look at and discern the cryptographic pattern that the hologram projects.
There is only one teaching at the very crux of the Vajra doctrine and it is transitioning duality. That is, the Vajra Guru encourages us to express all facets of our nature without stigma, judgement or hatred. For each path is as pure as the next.
When we speak of war and power in regards to Antares and Aldebaran, it is important to remember to embrace all the vibe we get from the Universe. Embrace your anger as much as your light and if anything, the heart of the Scorpion will teach you that. Embrace the wrathful aspects of the Buddha as well as the benefic ones. And same goes for the planets.
Yes, the Sun is fidgety in Gemini. The Moon is wild, untamed and adventurous in Sag. Mars is eccentric and whimsical in Aquarius applying a sextile to the lunation and Mars is in shadow, preparing for the retrogradation. All our impulses are fertilizing in the fecund, community oriented and philanthropic Aquarius. Add a dash of quirkiness and mad genius and you have the recipe for something phenomenal! Unique! An innovation of a lifetime!
Sometimes, you need to get angry. To set boundaries. To define your emotions and that is absolutely healthy. In fact if anger is an issue, find a facilitator with whom you can work to alleviate this, because wrath and compassion come from the same root emotion of protection.
I think the conversation of Jupiter RX, Neptune and Venus, steeped in watery, psychic energy is all about understanding that we as individuals and a collective need to embody both sides of the spectrum. And that should be accepted by society and not repressed like it is. Sexuality is repressed. What happens? Rape. Sodomy. Anger is frowned upon, so what? Is there any lack of rage in the world? Is it not openly paraded for all to see?
Feel free under this lunation to step away from societal conventional modus operandi of divisiveness and separation. Let awareness wash over you with a realization that it is within the dance of duality that you find a sense of what the hologram is projecting. In that moment of silence, you understand that it is you projecting this hologram.
Think of the Vajra awareness or the diamond awareness. A diamond has so many sides and all sides belong to that one diamond. You are a vajra warrior, a warrior of light, a lightworker who is free from all attachment and aversion to her own identity and you can merge with any aspect of reality. Good, bad and the ugly and yet, not identify with anything. It is through this constant shift and flux do we reach nirvana. We are the hologram that we are projecting!
Yes, it is you. Look at fiery red Antares. That is within you. It is you. And Aldebaran? That is within you too and you are within it too. There is no separation, there is only the great merge! Not the purge! But the merge and what a beautiful merger it is. A merger of souls under the pregnant full moon conjunct Antares, opposing Aldebaran.
Meditate on these lines of HPB from one of the most profound esoteric texts of all times- The Voice of the Silence. Oh did I tell you that Chiron also blesses this lunation and I have discussed with you the connection of Chiron and Sagittarius. Their symbol, the centaur. Sadly the modern glyph is just an arrow with a piece of the bow and this is the arrow of intuition and illumination.
The Self of matter and the SELF of Spirit can never meet. One of the twain must disappear; there is no place for both.
Ere thy Soul’s mind can understand, the bud of personality must be crushed out, the worm of sense destroyed past resurrection.
Thou canst not travel on the Path before thou hast become that Path itself.
Let thy Soul lend its ear to every cry of pain like as the lotus bares its heart to drink the morning sun.
Let not the fierce Sun dry one tear of pain before thyself hast wiped it from the sufferer’s eye.
But let each burning human tear drop on thy heart and there remain, nor ever brush it off, until the pain that caused it is removed.
These tears, O thou of heart most merciful, these are the streams that irrigate the fields of charity immortal. ‘Tis on such soil that grows the midnight blossom of Buddha more difficult to find, more rare to view than is the flower of the Vogay tree. It is the seed of freedom from rebirth. It isolates the Arhat both from strife and lust, it leads him through the fields of Being unto the peace and bliss known only in the land of Silence and Non-Being.