All around us, we see signs of suppression, of rising hostility towards the Divine Feminine and Spiritual Paths and Persons who honor Her in ways that challenge deeply rooted patriarchal norms. Whether it’s the abuse of ISIS, or the mis-guided morphing of Goddess Kali Ma’s image with the spectre of religious extremism… Whether it’s the ousting of a sacred grove to Goddess Cybele, or a judge willing to consider outlawing witchcraft and tarot readings …. Or even that email you get in your inbox with one claiming that you cannot possibly be living a life of Love aligned with Spirit because you do not share their faith.
The signs are there – and so many of us, women priestesses in particular, have strong memories of the kinds of suppression, persecution and condemnation that can result – in this life, and in others. Those born as male may also share similarly powerful memories.
Astrologically speaking, the alignment that facilitates this intensifying wave of prejudice against the the Feminine and her Facilitators is the Final Grand Cardinal Cross of 2014. Juno in Cancer squares Pallas Athena in Libra, Uranus Retrograde in Aries and opposes Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn. This alignment began a few hours ago and will last until September 20-21st 2014.
Juno, as I understand her, represents the flow of Shakti, Asherah, Sophia – the primordial Divine Feminine essence in the sign of the Home, Womb and Mother – Cancer. Her position in the skies facilitates a Grand Sextile (when asteroid Bienor is included – watch out for September 13 when the Moon re-inforces the Grand Sextile). This energy has been helping us anchor a new energetic frequency and alignment which allows for a more intuitive, empathic relationship with Spirit – in ways that honor both Masculine and Feminine. With the Grand Cardinal Cross, the same energy is challenged and placed under intense pressure.
Pallas Athena, the strategist, the warrior goddess of war and wisdom, the healer and androgyene watches the world with keen eyes of perception in Libra. He she views the deepening of polarities, she observes Judgment born on the basis of fundamental insecurities and the rejection that often follows. She seeks to avoid battle but will not shy away from standing her ground and holding the fort when her integrity is challenged. She realizes that the words of diplomacy and legality are being used against Her, and she must find a deeper, truer voice with which to reply.
Uranus and Pluto have been dancing together for a few years now – we know what kinds of radical transformation those two have facilitated in such a short span of time. It’s important to note that the Moon activates the alignment and Juno opposes Pluto on August 29-30. Pallas Athena opposes Uranus on September 16. Note that the North Node and Mercury will also be close to Pallas Athena at this time and the South Node with Uranus in Aries.
So what do we do?
Ideally, we re-member, we re-learn how to stand. We stand with integrity in the face of legal, verbal or other forms of challenges. We remember that the response to hate, is simply, not hate. We learn again that hiding in the shadows, and being afraid to practice one’s faith is no longer an option. We find ways to respond to our detractors with grace, with eloquence, with kindness – and no compromise on our right to be who we are, to Serve the Divine as we see fit. It is also a time to know when to pick one’s battles, and how to reach out to others if in need of back-up, assistance or other kinds of support.
We realize, once more, that we have to stick together. And that we will learn so so much through this period.
What we do now, how we respond to the rising challenge – is paramount. I understand the anger that so many of us are feeling now, but it is critical for us to channel it in a constructive form, rather than a destructive one now. I know the Kali/Lilith in us wants to rage at it all… but remember, the Dark Goddess is also the Mistress of Detachment, of Poise , of Grace Under Pressure.
Vanakam, Namaste and Blessings to All,
Image Information: By Rudolf Cronau (https://archive.org/details/womantriumphants00cron) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. ‘105-a suspected witch before the tribunal of the inquisition.jpg’