Commonly referred to as the Serpent Bearer, Ophiuchus is said to have been a real man. Star maps depicting the snake holder originated in ancient Greece during the first century.1 And now, more than 2000 years later, the mythology of Ophiuchus seems to be asking us to awaken to our destiny and embrace our spiritual evolution.
Both the Greeks and the Egyptians placed importance on the meaning of this ancient 13th constellation — for it is Ophiuchus who resides between the transformative sign of the Scorpion and Sagittarius. This is significant because the Sagittarian Archer points his arrow to the center of our Milky Way Galaxy and this pivotal point is where our solar system will align on the Winter Solstice of 2012. It is also at this time that the Mayan peoples have prophesized a spiritual rebirth for humanity.
Ophiuchus was described by the ancient Greek philosophers and Astrologers as the Doctor of Medicine, the seer of wisdom, and seeker of peace and harmony. Snakes are believed by many ancient cultures to be connected to healing and rebirth because they slough their skin every year. The Eastern traditions associate the serpent with Kundalini, which means coiled energy, or awakening of consciousness. Snakes are also representative of the underworld, transformation, and alchemy — turning base metal into gold — and “the Golden Age.”
Because Ophiuchus is a constellation and not a zodiac sign, Western Astrology does not recognize it within the Astrological horoscope. However, we certainly can integrate Ophiuchus’s archetypal meaning into our individual and collective consciousness to assist in the transformation of our spiritual evolution.
- The above map by Johann Bayer, Ophiuchus, is one of the 48 constellations named by Claudius Ptolemy for the Greek word “Serpent Bearer.” Ophiuchus is shown grasping the constellation Serpens. Bayer’s Uranometria is one of the most important celestial atlases of the 17th Century and the forerunner of allstar atlases which contained 51-star charts, of which 48 were Ptolemaic constellations. (https://www.raremaps.com)
Copyright 2011-2021 by Linda Kaye
(Saturn will once again enter Libra on July 21, 2010 through October 5, 2012)
Astrologically, Saturn is often referred to as “The Lord of Karma” or “The Great Malefic” and sometimes “The Task Master,” all of which can provoke feelings of pessimism and negativity. Rarely are Saturn’s countless hidden gifts emphasized upon first contemplating this great planet’s Astrological significations.
Saturn is the planet that represents structure, social-political systems and authority, as well as the awareness of time and karma. He is the harbinger of the blatant recognition of a long standing way of life that is no longer serving us. With Saturn’s ingress into Libra we will find ourselves investing time to restructure the area of our lives reflected by the zodiacal sign of Libra. Astrologically, Libra represents partnership, equality, beauty, the arts, harmony and balance. Saturn will bring awareness and a need for dynamic change – individually as well as collectively – to any of these Libran qualities that are in discord.
Saturn represents societal structures and governments, and while in Libra he will encourage each of us to demand fairness and justice within our political systems. On a more personal level, each one of us will be questioning our partnerships and close relationships. This is especially true for Libras because Saturn will transit directly over your Sun. If you are between the ages of 28-30 or 58-60 you are experiencing or about to experience your Saturn return, a major maturation and turning point in life.
As Saturn makes its passage through Libra, it will activate the Cardinal Cross and simultaneously highlight the U.S. Astrological chart which will undergo its own Saturn return in Libra. These two important Astrological significations will point to collective and personal lessons of responsibility and right relationship with one another and our planet. These dynamics are heralding a wake-up call of change; a change in our attitudes, our attachments and our lifestyles. Universally we are quickly approaching the “2012” climax and the end of the Mayan Calendar, referred to by Mayan Elders as the “Shift of the Ages.”
Mindful awareness is required at the onset of a significant Saturn transit and we are encouraged to use integrity in all our dealings throughout its duration. The Saturnian journey often leads us into solemn periods of reflection where we may find ourselves feeling dejected, disillusioned and thwarted to move into the future we desire. Simultaneously, Saturn can promote new career heights, responsibilites and leadership recognition. If we consciously embrace Saturn’s wise teachings we can emerge with unexpected treasures and pearls of wisdom.
Saturnian transits and aspects bring us to a crossroads and provide opportunities to hasten our evolution. They usher in a profound time period, which if embraced, can ultimately bring great wisdom, a deeper meaning to life and awareness of self, maturation, humility and freedom by releasing that which no longer serves us.
Copyright 2010 by Linda Kaye
December 10th – 28th
On December 10th at 4:05 a.m PT, Mercury – the cosmic trickster enters into its fourth and final retrograde cycle of 2010. Mercury begins this retrograde cycle with a powerful intensity in the sign of Capricorn conjunct the lord of the underworld – Pluto. Capricorn is the sign related to our social political world and Pluto is the planet responsible for uncovering hidden secrets and agendas.
Pluto began traversing the sign of Capricorn over two years ago, during which time we’ve observed many devastating global governmental hidden agendas. With Mercury so closely aligned to Pluto during this retrograde period there is sure to be additional public exposure to power hungry corruption. Therefore, it is especially important during this time of continual transformation to embrace and celebrate the most significant mass awakening of our time – heart consciousness.
Although the cosmic messenger turns retrograde at 6 degrees of Capricorn he will spend half of his retrograding journey in the sign of Sagittarius highlighting the center of our Galaxy. The center of our Galaxy is associated with the ending of the Mayan calendar, as well as spiritual wisdom and truth consciousness. While Mercury is traveling through this sacred and noteworthy part of the celestial heavens we can expect to have interesting philosophical discussions and perhaps even a few mystical experiences.
If you’ve had the opportunity to follow my previous Astro-grams you may remember that planetary retrograde periods are normal. Mercury, the speedy and lucid messenger of the gods, is most commonly recognized because those areas associated with his domain seem to go haywire while he’s retrograde. If you don’t regularly backup your computer now is the time to do so. Stay alert to confusion with travel and scheduled appointments, as Mercury is sure to contribute to a frenzied holiday season. You will also want to postpone serious communication and signing of contracts until the first of the year, and ideally after January18th.
Contact with people we haven’t seen or spoken to for a long time is typical during Mercury retrograde periods. It is important to remain flexible as schedules and communications may take more effort during this period. We may also find that we just can’t fit all our desires and demands onto our holiday social calendar. Once Mercury returns to the point where he first turned retrograde on January 18th all things associated with Mercury’s domain – mainly communications and travel – will finally settle down.
Copyright 2010 by Linda Kaye
Sunday, November 21st, 2010, 9:21 a.m. PT
This month’s Full Moon occurs at 29° of Taurus. This is important because a zodiac sign is only thirty-degrees in its entirety and when the Moon’s lunation cycle peaks and culminates at the end of a zodiac sign it projects its energies more intensely.
Full Moons illuminate the subconscious realms of the human psyche and highlight the areas symbolized by the constellations and planetary aspects. The strength of this month’s Full Moon is sure to be noticed as it falls in the sign of the bull.
Astrologically, Taurus represents the material and spiritual realms. From a material perspective it is the sign that correlates security with survival – what brings us security, or allows us to feel secure, will promote our survival. When the Moon is in Taurus, we can find ourselves wanting to enjoy and relax within the sensual and material realms that we have created. Spiritually, Taurus represents the divine and sacred mysteries. Taurus is ruled by the inner side of Venus marking this an auspicious time to turn inward and focus on one’s connection with self and the divine spark within.
The Venus rulership of Taurus is especially important for this month’s Full Moon because Venus finally turned direct on November 17th after having been retrograde for over two months. Although Venus is now direct, it will remain in its shadow period through December 20th. Many of us have had opportunities to question our intimate relationship dynamics during this period. What do we truly value and how do we love others based on those values? Watch for this Full Moon to bring about new inner revelations about how you love yourself and love others.
Neptune and Chiron, the two planetary bodies associated with healing, are making a challenging aspect with this Full Moon. This aspect may unveil previously buried emotional dynamics that need our attention and likely our commitment to healing. Venus is synonymous with LOVE and when associated with Taurus she is asking us to cultivate a loving relationship with our inner self. Venusian love comes from the heart, while Neptune and Chiron are in the sign of Aquarius which rules the brain.
Neptune and Chiron will be traversing the sky together during the remaining two years of the Mayan calendar – 2012. The Mayan elders tell us that during this final period of time we must “Shift” our way of being from our minds to our hearts and to cultivate loving relationships with the feminine, our inner self, one another and to our mother – GAIA. It is through love that the healing of ourselves, one another and our planet can occur.
If you haven’t already made The Shift a priority in your life, this month’s Full Moon is a great time to begin.
Self-love is the instrument of our preservation. — Voltaire
Copyright 2010 by Linda Kaye
What’s Love Got to do With It?
Friday, Nov. 5th, 9:52 p.m. PT
Scorpio is the zodiac sign that symbolizes death and rebirth, so it is no coincidence that the Sun is transiting the sign of the Scorpion during Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, the holidays that recognize and honor dead souls. This month’s New Moon also falls in the domain of the Scorpion and will highlight personal power dynamics, possessions, other people’s money, sexuality and deep internal transformations. As a water sign, Scorpio represents our emotional realm, and most specifically our subconscious – the underworld.
If you are finding yourself immersed in an underworld of
internal struggles, or just needing to transform an important
area of your life, this New Moon is the time to ask for
assistance in making the changes you desire.
Scorpio is one of the signs most reflecting karma. I recently heard karma described as our voice, and that the words we choose to speak create karma. Words are based on our thought processes; therefore, if you don’t like the words you speak and wish to change your karma, you must begin by changing your thoughts. Karma is also simply known as the law of cause and effect. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When Scorpio is active we can find ourselves involved in issues of power struggles. Therefore, it is especially important to remain conscious of karmic laws while under the influence of Scorpio, particularly this upcoming lunar aspect.
This New Moon is significant because it happens to occur at thirteen degrees of Scorpio, the exact degree Venus turned retrograde on October 8th. As many of you know, Venus is Aphrodite’s planet, the planet representing what we value, and thus, how we love. As the New Moon highlights this significant point in the heavens, we are each being called to journey deep within our own psyche to reexamine our individual way of loving based on our personal values. If you find your values are not in alignment with your deepest truths and are sabotaging how you receive and give love, then this New Moon is an opportune time to set intentions to transform that area of your life.
The cultural transformation from the love of power to the power of love is the drama of our time. – Anodea Judith, Waking the Global Heart.
Copyright 2010 by Linda Kaye
September 22nd & 23rd, 2010
New and Full Moons, equinoxes and solstices – as well as other significant celestial events – provide us an opportunity to consciously embrace powerful universal energies. Astrologically, 2010 has thus far proven a year of potent planetary aspects. These events are reflected in what indigenous cultures are calling the “Shift of the Ages“. This “shift” is a transition of human consciousness; a transition from the individual “I” to a collective awareness that we are each energetically connected to the universal whole.
This month’s Harvest Moon combined with the fall equinox is a continuance of this profound shift in consciousness. The Harvest Moon is the Full Moon that occurs closest to the equinox and coincidentally, this year it happens to fall within hours of the equinox.
The equinoxes are a time of transition and celebration as day and night once again become equal in duration. The fall equinox occurs due to the Sun’s ingress into Libra, the constellation representing the scales of balance. Combined with the equinox, this year’s Harvest Moon is extremely powerful in Aries as it highlights the Libra-Aries axis of the cardinal cross.
You may remember that the cardinal cross is forecasting great change and the current Equinox and Harvest Moon are emphasizing what the native elders are implying is essential during this great transition – partnership! We are being asked to embrace and support one another and to restore balance within, so we can sustain our relationships, especially the relationship with our planet.
Libra is the Astrological sign concerned with harmony, love and balance within partnership; and Aries is most identified with aspects concerning freedom, independence and self. How do we integrate these two seemingly opposites and find balance?
Integration of the Aries-Libra archetypes requires that we learn when it is appropriate to give and when it is not. Some of us were taught to believe that giving would secure love – Libra. When we give more than we receive, we sabotage the love we are seeking due to a false belief that receiving is somehow selfish – Aries. The balancing of the Aries and Libra archetypes is a harmonious conscious dance with self and other.
We are each being called to cultivate supportive sustainable partnership in new and creative ways. The Harvest Moon reminds us to honor our most primal basic relationship – our relationship with Gaia. The harvesting of our bounty cannot occur unless we are in right relationship with the Mother that sustains us.
Go outdoors under the light of this powerful Harvest Moon and celebrate! Honor your bounty and enjoy the final gifts of summer as we enter into the season of gratitude – fall.
Copyright 2010 by Linda Kaye