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
The Centaur & Wounded Healer Journeys Through the Sign of Pisces
Feb. 8, 2011 – Feb. 18, 2019
Chiron’s mythology has played a very important role in Astrology and society since its discovery by astronomers in 1977. Believed to be a comet, Chiron—represented by the centaur— symbolizes alternative forms of healing, psychology, human rights, and mysticism— subjects which have all become increasingly widespread throughout the world since its noted sighting.
Astrologically, Chiron is often referred to as “The Rainbow Bridge” because he links our external world—materialism—to our internal world of personal spirituality and consciousness. Also known as “The Wounded Healer,” or “The Shamanic Healer,” Chiron represents our collective and individual physical, emotional, or spiritual wounds which can be healed using natural, holistic, and alternative forms of medicine. His presence illuminates the area of our life that requires a vigilant awareness and commitment to personal healing. It is this awareness that will allow you to embrace your deepest wounds so you can retrieve the fragmented parts of yourself, and thus be made whole again.
Fittingly, Chiron just left the sign of Aquarius which governs, among other things: the internet; friendships and social groups (noted by the prevalence of social media outlets, smart phones, etc.); and isolation. It is important to recognize that obsessions to facebook and other new communications, such as texting, can be attributing to a collective societal disconnect from the heart and soul that results in a deeper sense of isolation for many. On a positive note, this new Aquarian technology has created unprecedented and global information sharing that can be used to heal one another and our societal structures.
Chiron last passed through Pisces from 1960–1969 and if you were born during this period you will experience your Chiron Return sometime between now and 2018. Pisces is represented by the separating fish and depicts the separating desires that lead you further and further from a direct heart and soul connection to the divine. Because it is the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces represents culminations. Pisces is the sign most associated with the healing that occurs as we embark on a journey of connection to the omnipresent consciousness that is accessible within us all. It is through Pisces that we ultimately find the union we seek—the union with our own heart and soul; the union that leads us back to our divine source.
If your Chiron or Sun is in Pisces, or if you have other Pisces planets in your horoscope, you can look forward to this next decade as a time of spiritual, physical, and emotional healing. Chiron’s presence will encourage you to recognize and embrace the dynamics that keep you from achieving a spiritual connection to the divine so that you can achieve your most meaningful potential in life.
Even without a major planet in Pisces, your horoscope will be affected by the transiting comet because it will pass through one or more of your astrological houses. The symbolism of these houses will represent the specific types of healing you can expect to experience during this time.
Healing yourself requires the courage of the centaur, as well as the Piscean attributes of trust, faith, and surrender. It requires intense focus and deep purification of that which no longer serves you as we move into “The Shift of the Ages”, a momentous era of spiritual evolution that first begins within our own hearts.
Copyright 2011 by Linda Kaye
Friday, March 11, 2011 – March 6, 2019
Uranus was last in Aries from 1927 to 1935
Astrologically, there sure is a lot happening and I know you are all feeling it. Uranus made its final movement into Aries on March 11, 2011 providing us all with an amazing opportunity to embrace change.
Change is exactly what Uranus in Aries is striving for as it travels through the zodiac sign of Aries. Aries is the sign that seeks unfettered freedom, independence, and brand new beginnings. Combine these qualities with the rebelliousness of Uranus and anything is possible. Uranus represents the brain and lightning speed realizations, stimulating us like a probe to WAKE UP! Wake up from what? you might ask.
Uranus is the ruling planet of the zodiac sign Aquarius, which represents an altruistic attitude towards humanity that will be covered in more detail in the next paragraph. Aquarius also represents the “water bearer” who pours his divine wisdom from the heavens down onto humankind. According to Greek mythology, Gaia – Mother Earth – was without a mate and yet gave birth to Uranus – Father Sky – who then became her husband. (It is written that Gaia herself was born from Chaos, the great void of the emptiness within the universe.) Gaia and Uranus birthed many offspring who Uranus feared because of their great power. To protect her children from her husband, Gaia hid them all within herself and experienced great pain. Therefore, she asked her son Cronus – Saturn – to castrate Uranus, thus severing the union of Earth and Sky.
This portion of the Uranus-Gaia myth is very important because it depicts the separation of god and goddess, or the divine mother-Gaia and father-sky. When we WAKE UP, we recognize this separation represents the trauma (symbolic of Uranus energy) and the distortion that occurs when we are forced to hide essential aspects of ourselves, eventually causing a schism within our psyches. The Mayans and other indigenous peoples are reminding us that the survival of our planet is dependent upon consciously waking up: we must balance the male and female aspects that exist within each of us; we must recognize the spiritual beings – gods and goddesses – within us all, and we must reunite our heavenly and earthly realms, literally and symbolically.
Uranus in Aries is ultimately asking each of us to rebel against anything that does not bring liberation to ourselves and all sentient beings. Our spiritual leaders are insistent that to heal the planet we must each individually make the changes necessary to heal ourselves. In short: it is up to us to cultivate and nurture our spiritual essence — both individually and collectively, Uranus in Aries can prove a powerful catalyst to dismantle the barriers that keep us stuck and unable to move forward. Many of us dislike change and this potent energy is certainly bound to feel uncomfortable at times. For this reason, it can be helpful to remember that Uranus is futuristic in nature and brings with it the light of awareness, thereby expanding our own personal future and the future of our planet. Embrace this Uranus cycle as an important opportunity to create the change necessary for yourself and the children who will inherit our beautiful planet.
Following is a message by the Hopi Elders that poignantly captures the critical nature of our current Astrological themes:
You have been telling people that this is the eleventh hour. Now you must go back and tell people that this is the hour! And there are things to be considered: Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Know your garden. It is time to speak your truth. Create your community. Be good to yourself and do not look outside of yourself for a leader. This could be a good time! There is a river flowing very fast. It is so great and fast that there are those who will be afraid. They will hold on to the shore. They will feel that they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly. Know that the river has its destination. The elders say that we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time we are to take nothing personally, least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth comes to a halt. The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word “struggle” from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones that we have been waiting for. ~ The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation
Re-posted November 8, 2016
Copyright 2016 by Linda Kaye
The Cardinal Cross Climax
What’s Katniss Eberdine and Jake Sulley Got to do With it?
Many are asking me questions about the Astrological planetary Cardinal Cross Climax. What is it and what does it mean? Cardinal Crosses occur when the outer planets move into Cardinal signs and have reached aspects that are traditionally representative of great movement and change on a global scale. These planetary aspects shake things up politically and economically, thereby affecting each of us personally.
Whether you are familiar with the term “Cardinal Climax” or not, you are likely feeling it, and know intuitively that change is occurring on many deep levels. Our beautiful mother, Gaia is going through a massive metamorphosis during our lifetime, reflecting unprecedented earth changes and events. For many, there is a sense of doom and loss of hope. Simultaneously, for many others, there is anticipated enthusiasm for regeneration and renewal. Researchers and present day spiritual leaders are persistently presenting us with ancient and modern day evidence that implies we are undergoing a “great human awakening”.
Before we delve more deeply into the meaning of the “Cardinal Cross” a couple of definitions may be helpful. Let’s begin with an understanding of Cardinal signs. Ancient Astrologers considered the Cardinal signs to be the movable signs associated with the changing of the seasons when the Sun made its journey into Aries (Spring Equinox), Cancer (Summer Solstice), Libra (Fall Equinox) and Capricorn (Winter Solstice). A planetary Cardinal Cross occurs in the heavens when the slower moving planets occupy the different Cardinal signs.
The Cardinal Cross aspect was activated on March 2, 2014 when Mars moved into Libra and began making a challenging aspect to Uranus in Aires, Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Cancer. This Cardinal conflict of cosmic energy is expected to be very intense for not just a few, but all of humanity.This intensity does not mean doom or gloom, but is an indicator of the imperative changes needing to occur on a collective level. That said, you may have surmised by now that this Cardinal celestial signature will have a more direct and personal affect on those with Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn planets in their horoscopes.Cardinal people can be dynamic leaders with a strong sense of purpose or destiny and are not afraid to try new things. There are many wonderful gifts that our Cardinal sisters and brothers offer us and this will be the time to take notice.
Taking notice is something you will not be able to avoid, as it is likely you will continue to witness battles of will during this period. We are also witnessing intense changes on an economic level globally; in fact, the last time there was a similar Cardinal Cross aspect was during the U.S.Great Depression of 1929-33. When any system collapses, it can provide an opportunity for those affected to bring about justice and a sense of order and balance out of chaos.
It is up to each of us during these unprecedented times to take responsibility to restore balance and harmony where we can. Many of you may have heard that sequels to the movie Avatar are in the making. Considered by critics to be a huge risk, Avatar instead broke numerous records as the highest grossing film ever produced. What is its appeal and why is it so wildly popular? Movies tend to reflect our current state of mass consciousness and the title “Avatar” itself is an obvious collective message. An avatar, according to Eastern spiritual teachings, is a teacher who comes to earth to restore dharma, to balance good versus evil. Similarly, the protagonists, Jake Sulley, and Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games, listened to their hearts and chose the pursuit of justice. Films like these are good examples of our current culture’s integration of the Cardinal Cross energy.
Justice can only be pursued by following our hearts and not our heads, and through honoring the ancient wisdom that all life forms sustain each other in one harmonious, unified energy field. This is an especially important time to focus on solutions, remain optimistic and continue to cultivate love and compassion for all sentient beings.
Change is an inside job, therefore…
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
Copyright 2014 by Linda Kaye
December 13, 2012 – 12:41 a.m.
21 degrees 44 minutes of Sagittarius
12.12.12 will mark the zenith point of the final New Moon aspect of 2012 and is especially significant for a few reasons: it occurs just prior to the ending of the Mayan Calendar and marks the last significant numeric calendar sequence for centuries to come.
Sagittarius is the auspicious sign associated with the center of our galaxy—the location of the black hole. This location is known by the Mayans as the “road to awe.” They revered it as the “cosmic womb of the great mother” and it is the celestial point in space that our Solar system is currently passing through. The Mayans remarkable calendar and teachings remind us that this sacred passage will result in an evolutionary rebirth for humankind.
From an Astrological perspective Sagittarius and the center of our galaxy represent wisdom or truth consciousness. As a fiery and freedom oriented sign, Sagittarius also represents travel, learning, inspiration, optimism, joy, nature and divinity. If you are seeking direction in your life this potent New Moon is a powerful time to create goals for the next phase of your evolution. Accessing your personal truth is often a difficult task; therefore it may be useful to call upon the divine for guidance to help you. Because Sagittarius highlights freedom, you will want to create the freedom needed in your life so you can take action to move in the direction you feel called. Most importantly, seek optimism and joy about your future and celebrate your life.
12.12.12 through 12.21.12 is resulting in an increase of light from the center of our galaxy that is transforming and purifying your dense carbon-based body into a crystalline-based body. During this period you are passing through a gateway and an unprecedented awakening. You are changing! And, you are no longer willing to endure the past unconscious and conditioned realities that have kept you from your true essence of divinity. Gather with others in ceremony and meditation and celebrate this extraordinary process that is catapulting you into your destined future of awakened heart consciousness. Lastly, be kind, gentle and loving with yourself, especially during the busy holiday season.
Copyright 2012 by Linda Kaye
November 28, 2012 – 6:45 a.m. PT
06 degrees and 46 minutes of Gemini
“Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.” ~ Carl Jung
Early Wednesday morning will herald the final Eclipse of 2012. The Moon will be near the zenith for observers in Alaska, Hawaii, Western Canada/U.S. and Australia. This Appulse Lunar Eclipse is the second of this month’s supercharged Eclipse duos occurring in the zodiac sign of Gemini on November 28. The first—a Total Solar Eclipse—occurred on November 13, in the powerful and transformational sign of Scorpio. An Appluse Eclipse is also known as a Prenumbral Eclipse because the Moon moves through the Earth’s penumbra creating a light grey shadowing effect.
Endings and powerful transformations are especially emphasized under this Eclipse duo as we await the long anticipated ending of our solar system’s 26,000 year cycle and alignment with the center of our Milky Way Galaxy on 12.21.12. This duo is occurring just prior to the ending of this historic period. It also highlights the ending of a 5,125 year cycle that the Mayan people refer to as the Solar Cosmic Age of Earth Changes—the breaking up of old patterns. As our solar system begins its next 26,000 year cycle on the December 21 Winter Solstice, we will move into a period known by the Mayan as The Sun of Flowering—The Evolution of the Human Species.
While on the precipice of this momentous Shift of the Ages these Eclipses will act in a particularly potent manner propelling us to embrace change. Eclipses work on three levels: personal, collective and ultimately, the integration of both. Where there is inner uncertainty, an Eclipse will encourage you to seek clarity. Pay close attention to the revelations occurring in your life as what was previously hidden gives way to the light.
This is a time to initiate endings and explore new prospects. This will be true for all of us, but especially for those who have Gemini or Sagittarius planets in their horoscope because these are the two zodiac signs in which this Eclipse falls. It is also important because it portrays a very potent “finger of god” aspect that signifies humanity is at a critical crossroads. Unresolved economic, social and political issues in need of radical change, as well as the need for transformation of individual and collective negative fear based thought patterns will be emphasized.
Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini and currently in its shadow period after a three-week retrograde cycle in the sign of Scorpio, the sign most connected with deep and often intense transformation that always occurs prior to the ending of an old cycle and the beginning of a new. The Mercury Rx shadow period is symbolic of continued resolution of past dynamics. Therefore, you can expect an intensity of Scorpio matters to dominate this eclipse: personal power themes, security, possessions, other people’s money, passion, sexuality and deep internal transformations. As a water sign, Scorpio represents our emotional realm, and most specifically our subconscious or 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 Lunar Eclipse is the time to ask for
assistance in making the changes you desire.
The energies of an Eclipse can be felt in the days before and after an Eclipse. The ancient sages believed that Eclipses were a time for meditation and learning; a special time to honor the spiritual aspects of your life. Try to keep your schedule light, remain internally focused, eat only pure foods, and do not consume alcohol. The veil between earth and the heavens is thinner during an Eclipse, allowing
you to more easily connect to the eternal universal wisdom that is your divine essence.
Copyright 2012 by Linda Kaye