2020: THE YEAR OF THEREUS, THE HUNTER-STALKER (TIME TO FACE THE FEAR)

Thereus (The Hunter-Stalker) is one of the most important astrological bodies making key aspects in the skies during 2020. It is featured in nearly half of the New Moons, Full Moons of the year – was inconjunct the major Capricorn conjunction in January – and will inconjunct the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius in December 2020. It accompanies us for much of this deeply transformative time! Overlooking the energy of this body will provide an incomplete picture of the skies – especially in this year. It’s catalogue number is 32532 and it is classed as a Centaur / Small Solar System Body.

In mythology, Thereus was a centaur who stalked and hunted bears, pouncing on them in their caves and dragging them out kicking and screaming. I’ve done as much research as I can to find anything redeeming about this centaur except to find politely worded descriptors of covert predation, narcissism and extreme psychopathy.

To me, the symbol of the bear represents the natural world and the indigenous communities who fight for their right to survival, existence and their relationship with nature. The picture this paints is not a pretty one – and is certainly reinforced by the Canadian government’s decision to forcibly remove W’etsuwet’en protestors from their land or Bolsanaro’s decision to allow mining on indigenous land in the Amazon – and many other examples.

It should be no real surprise to anyone at all that Thereus is very present during a majority of the New and Full Moons of this year. Either it makes a direct aspect to the Moon itself, or it has some significant aspect to bodies like Jupiter, Mars, Venus and so on. Also, upon investigation, Thereus has a major role to play in the major conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at 0 Aquarius in December 2020.

At the time of writing, we are two days away from a major Full Moon in Leo conjunct Thereus on February 9th (Universal Time).

It is this continuous Thereus-aspected pattern that made me cuss at my laptop so badly on New Year’s Day that it conked.

I’ve compiled a list of these alignments:

ALIGNMENTS TO FULL MOONS

Jan 10: Thereus Rx 21 Leo semisextiles the Full Moon at 20 Cancer on Jan 10 + inconjunct to Ceres and Sun

Feb 9: Thereus Rx 19 Leo conjuncts the Full Moon at 20 Leo on Feb 9

Mar 9: Thereus Rx 17 Leo semisextiles the Full Moon at 19 Virgo on Mar 9 + inconjunct Neptune, Sun & Pallas making YoD

Apr 8: Thereus Rx 16 Leo sextiles the Full Moon at 18 Libra on Apr 8 + trines Sun and Psyche in Aries

May 7: Thereus 16 Leo squares Full Moon at 17 Scorpio on May 7 + squares Sun and trines Eros

Jun 5: Thereus 17 Leo trines Full Moon at 15 Sagittarius on June 5 sextiling Sun and inconjunct Mars in Pisces

ALIGNMENTS TO NEW MOONS

Aug 19: Thereus 23 Leo trines the New Moon at 26 Leo on August 19

Sep 17: Thereus 26 Leo semisextile New Moon at 25 Virgo on September 17

Oct 16: Thereus 29 Leo sextile New Moon at 23 Libra on October 16

CO-ALIGNMENTS (SIGNIFICANT ASPECTS DURING LUNATIONS)

Feb 23: Thereus 17 Leo trines Venus 18 Aries and inconjuncts Jupiter 18 Capricorn during the New Moon at 4 Pisces on Feb 23

Apr 23: Thereus stations direct at 16 Leo and opposes Mars, sextiles Venus 16 Gemini on the day of the New Moon at 3 Taurus on April 23

Jul 21: Thereus 21 Leo inconjunct Jupiter 21 Capricorn during New Moon at 28 Cancer on July 21

Oct 1: Thereus 27 Leo conjunct Venus during Full Moon at 9 Aries on Oct 1

Oct 31: Thereus enters Virgo (momentarily) during Full Moon at 8 Taurus on October 31. It will move back and forth across the Leo-Virgo threshold till August 2021!

In 2020, Thereus makes direct alignments to half the Full Moons of 2020 – through the first six months of the year. It makes direct alignments to a quarter of the New Moons of 2020. It has significant alignments happening for a second quarter of the New Moons.

So when we add it all up, roughly half of the power of the Full and New Moons of 2020 are linked to the vibration of energy emanating from Thereus. In fact – it was inconjunct the Major Capricorn Conjunction in January 2020!

On top of everything else, I know that people are waiting on the major shift of Jupiter and Saturn (together) into in Aquarius at the same time at the end of December.

I looked into it and saw that Thereus has a major role to play there, yet again.

Between December 21-23, Thereus Rx at 0 Virgo will trine Mercury at 0 Capricorn, the Sun at 0 Capricorn (Solstice) and inconjunct both Jupiter and Saturn at 0 Aquarius.

I’ll talk about that later in the year.

As far as I know, Thereus has not yet been hilighted to this extent in any other astrological or spiritual report – so I hope this information will be a powerful stepping stone in making the collective aware of just what the challenge at stake is.

It’s a hard report to write (and I’ve been sitting on this for four eyars now) because of its implications. But if I have learnt and had any anything reinforced to me in January 2020, it is the need to recognize and face what we fear.

Thereus is currently in Leo, where it is about to be conjuncted by the Full Moon in Leo on Feb 9th. Given that Leo is linked to vulnerability, authenticity, creativity, play, sensuality, joy, marriage, politics, artists, drama, leaders, children, romantic partners and so on – we see these areas of our lives lit up. Leo ideally brings that spark of joy that makes life worth living and enjoying. At its best, it becomes that inspirational figure, manager, leader able to champion people towards worthy causes.

The shadow side of Leo is childish behavior that is driven by its own ego and emotional highs and lows, often playing to the crowds or seeking approval. Leo when challenged can be very destructive, especially if it has access to power over others.

Thereus in Leo shows us how parasitic and predatory forces creep into or stalk these very vulnerable areas of our lives and consciousness. There is a clear need to protect the vulnerable, albeit in ways that do not erase their own agency.

We’re going to be looking at these dynamics of power and violence play out at the political level, in the global discourse surrounding child trafficking, the abortion debate, transgender rights, minority rights, artistic expressions and their intersection with the political and so on.

Sensitives (and those with sensitive children) need to have psychic safeguards at play. Those who are timid about asserting their boundaries may wish to invest in carnelian or tiger’s eye. Try and find a supplier who works ethically with those who harvest gemstones from the Earth (and may they do so with respect).

Parents may also want to teach their kids a little more about safety, especially on the Internet.

I’ve looked at what remedies or counter-measures can be taken against this energy – which feeds off fear and has no understanding of consent. Thereus was invited to the wedding of his half-brother where he (and others) got drunk, raped the female guests and tried to carry off the bride. They centaurs were finally killed by the hero-half-god Theseus.

Half-god-Heroes aren’t in common supply these days. So prevention appears to be our best bet.

Thereus can only really attack a bear, or his future sister-in-law by proximity to them. Therefore, what is needed are safer spaces for those that Thereus (and those who channel his energy directly) seeks to target.

With children, it would be having serious discussions on safety, not talking to dodgy strangers, on-line / Internet safety, being able to discuss inappropriate behaviors (even by relatives / known adults), and so on. Knowing what to do in a situation like that empowers a child to react quickly, rather than get caught up in shame, guilt, confusion or instant fear.

Whilst in no way am I blaming people who get sexually assaulted, this is really not the year for anyone to be taking undue physical risks, especially when you’re out and about. If you’re headed to a bar, make it an outing with friends – and minimize the chances where you’re alone and drunk / high / etc,. You don’t need to get paranoid about it, but try not to overdo things – especially if you have strong alignments to Thereus this year. Don’t give benefit of the doubt to people who have a laid back idea of what consent looks like. Rape is never okay, and it’s never a joke.

Those who are in dangerous or abusive relationships, I’m not kidding when I say shit can and will hit the fan at some point if it hasn’t already. Plenty of times people are shamed or gaslit into believing that they’re at fault and therefore they have to put up with violence. Get professional help and a safe space to be.

My interpretation of Thereus is that it weakens a person’s ability to assert their own agency through fear. I remember watching ‘ Enough’ , a film with Jennifer Lopez where she was shown as a Latina woman who was smaller, weaker, and easily bullied by her Caucasian partner who had wealth and influence. He would domestically abuse her and she went into hiding with her child. She learns martial arts and despite her smaller size, manages to defend herself and kill him. But it takes her a lot of un-learning and de-conditioning to believe that she’s able to stand up to him and fight for her life in the first place. It’s an extreme example, but one that stuck in my mind over the years. The hunter becomes the hunted.

I’m grateful to remember it now as I’ve been sitting on this piece for 4 years now. I just didn’t feel good about talking about something with the potential to instill so much fear into the collective without any real solution offered. And at the very start of this year, I realized it had to be done.

When I look at the astrology of ‘ Enough ‘ , it was released on May 21, 2002 in the USA. The chart of that date is quite remarkable as Thereus (19 Pisces) conjuncts Hercules (18 Pisces), whilst squaring Hades (20 Gemini), Pluto (20 Sagittarius), the North Node (17-18 Gemini) and the South Node (17-18 Sagittarius). This makes aspects to the date where I was domestically assaulted (and actually had learned martial arts).

Sometimes movies teach you in ways you don’t expect.

Whilst I don’t recommend beating up your enemy or would-be stalker, it got me thinking.

Maybe it’s enough to focus on a show of strength. Of being willing to stand up for and protect the vulnerable. Stalkers can’t quite hide in the shadows when they are faced by multiple people standing next to their intended target.

But that will only happen when we believe that shit has gotten this real and that we are able to offer help in the first place.

Martial arts is a good way for you to get that strength back in your body if you’ve forgotten it, or never realized you had it in the first place. I studied Wing Chun for this purpose – it is a Chinese boxing style invited by a nun and is designed to be able to defend and defeat a larger attacker.

I remember my instructor commenting that outside of class, I was the person who used it the most – probably because I was a non-white female . . . I remember one time where my hands flew up in defense position without realizing it as I stared into the eyes of a someone trying to hit on my friends (and they were not interested). He took one look and ran.

And it’s better if you do this with support, rather than trying to go gung-ho, one-on-one in combat. Because you might not know other factors that are hidden.

In summary, given how pervasive Thereus’ influence is throughout 2020 and its New Moons, Full Moons, and Eclipses – it’s wise to heed the message.

Fear of threat is a more potent nullifier of agency than an actual threat.

So be prepared.

In closing,

Looking at 2020 as a whole, this is the best (and most condensed) prescription I can offer: STRENGTH
There will be many things, people and events that seek to elicit a fear-based response or feelings of victimization and powerlessness this year.

And the only thing we can afford to do in response is to acknowledge this and meet it with compassion and strength.
Build your inner reserves. Work on your physical, mental and emotional fortitude. Do not give room to those who would seek to belittle you and enslave you.

(This is not the same as you feeling insecure about others you see as more powerful)

It is a year where we need to step up to protect the vulnerable, be it in ourselves or others. Not for ego-comfort, but to preserve that which is authentic, innocent and joy embodied.

We must watch out for each other as best we can.

Especially if you have the privilege of not fearing for your life, autonomy, dignity and basic safety on a daily basis. The world fears those who break social norms.

Let’s also work towards developing a more respectful relationship with nature, this biosphere and the indigenous communities fighting for their land and way of life.

Let us also create safe spaces for the expression of art, creativity, play and child-like joy.

And you cannot do that without strength and compassion in good measure.

There’s work to be done.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
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THE GODDESSES AND THE STALKER-HUNTER AT 29 DEGREES: Ceres, Vesta, Venus, Diana, Salacia and Thereus

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Blessings to all. We see in the skies a powerful, intricate, celestial dance played out between different channels of Feminine energy (Ceres, Vesta, Venus, Diana, Salacia) and the Stalker-Hunter, Thereus. For some it will be a graceful Victorian affair and for others it will be the primal, tribal ritualistic war-dance that says: HERE I AM. DO NOT CROSS THIS LINE.

Before we go further, I want to say that this piece may trigger those who are sensitive to images / allusions towards violent, invasive acts. If you do not want the details, head straight for the conclusion.

Also, whilst I use the words Masculine/Feminine or He/She – please bear in mind that these are archetypes. They can occur and present themselves in anyone irrespective of race, gender, sexuality, and so on. Thereus will not always manifest through a man, the Goddess/Feminine channels will not always manifest through a woman.

Let´s start with Thereus.

Thereus is the hunter-stalker who seeks his prey and watches them till he is ready to pounce. He is the voyeur, that distinct sense of being watched by an unseen watcher. Consent does not exist in his vocabulary. As per mythology, Thereus would stalk the cave of bears and, when he chose to, would suddenly rush in with his club, bash them on the heads and drag them out kicking and screaming.

I used to find this the single most difficult energy to shift but have found ways to help myself and my clients face the threat and the nameless terror that is Thereus.

Often I come across this as the place where one either feels a profound sense of victimization or (having internalized the opposite) may instead wear the badge of the victim, browbeating their state of victimhood into you (all bully-like) without even realizing they are doing it.

Dealing with this energy takes incredible mental resilience and the willingness to see a self in the mirror that one does not wish to acknowledge.

Depending on house position and sign, Thereus can also signify ancestral attachments and/or forms spiritual predation or entrapment. Sometimes the individual is aware of the trap / dynamic – and other times – it is masked from their consciousness by strong mechanism of denial. The latter is usually where the covert bully expresses itself through the mask of the victim.

I have also noted this asteroid highlighted in the astrological charts of cities under terrorist attack. The Paris bombings being one of them. A hidden threat, a nameless terror, victimization. The pattern fits.

Thereus entered 29 Cancer on 12/13 October, 2016. He goes through a retrograde phase and only leaves Cancer in July 2017. There will be an intense focus on identifying the hidden processes of internalizing, externalizing the archetypes of victim, bully and so on – as passed through the ancestral line. We process this more so at the intuitive and emotional level, evoking the many faces of the Feminine. It is a time to turn out the skeletons in the family closet – and then give it a good dusting.

I noticed this saw this earlier today (wondering that was about at first, but no surprise after seeing the sky-charts today) as I saw a flash of Red (Tribal, Root Chakra) energy move from one of the women in my family to another. Let´s just say it wasn´t a very happy energy and carried with it great resentment. We also ended up talking about some very old familial dynamics, slowly bringing out the roots of the energy and how it passed through the generations, albeit not in those terms. Hopefully working towards a shift 🙂

I can also see why my thoughts have turned to Dhumavati Ma, the Crone-Goddess of Formlessness, Smoke and Detachment, The Rider of the Crow. See this article for further information: www.elephantjournal.com/…/dhum-dhum-dhumavati-the-formless-…. Some of you may find her deeply resonant at this time.

Thereus makes the following key aspects – all at that intensely karmic 29th degree with various Feminine bodies in the skies:

(1) conjuncts Vesta (The Priestess, The Sacred Flame of the Hearth) at 29 Cancer

This brings out the question of service, care-taking, nurturing, domesticity – and who sacrifices what (and how much) for the home and hearth.

(2) squares Ceres (The Mother-Nurturer, The Bringer of Abundance) at 29 Aries

This is the question of how we best nurture the self or offer that nurturance to others – or even where we may not be giving/receiving that energy in balance. Questions of parent-child boundaries arise.

Remember: Mother and (S)mother are just a letter apart!

 

(3) trines Venus (Feminine/ Material / Embodiment) and Diana (The Protectoress-Huntress, Goddess of the Moon) at 29 Scorpio

This is the opportunity to break out of relationship dynamics that seek to subjugate the Feminine (in men, women, those of a different gender). Call upon Diana to give you the strength to say No, if required – or to protect another from the same should they desire it.

In so doing, we reassert our boundaries and regenerate our own power from within.

(4) trines Salacia (The Sexual – and – Slandered Feminine in Search of her Sovereignty) at 29 Pisces

This energy surrounds the theme of sexual abuse and the scandals created in its wake, often with the finger of judgement pointed at the unwilling participant in the whole thing. It may or may not refer to experiences in this life, but to prior ones as well. It often (but not always) involves a public scandal / spectacle.

So you may ask – why is this so prominent Now?

All of this is activated very very powerfully by Venus´ impending shift into Sagittarius and Vesta´s shift into Leo. Venus will leave Scorpio within the next day (October 17/18) and Vesta will follow suit, leaving Cancer, within the next three days (October 19/20). So we will be seeing this theme come up in POWERFUL ways.

As I said at the beginning, for some you this will be a gentle dance. Where the Goddesses encircle the Hunter and bring Him to Awareness – at the very least – of the fact that Thereus´ actions will not go unnoticed.

We cannot hold ourselves responsible for the actions of others, only for how we choose to respond to them. And there will be a response.

For others – it will be an all out psychic battle. Or somewhere in between.

I have been working with several stones today, some of which may be of use to you. I´m summarizing the stones´properties and using key phrases from The Book of Stones by R. Simmons and N. Ahsian has an excellent entry on this, and many many other gemstones – highly recommend it! :

Charoite – Psychic protection and purification (even in dream-states), the revelation of one´s own issues that are in need of healing, understanding the path of one´s service (and what isn´t), energetic mirroring, recognizing sychronicities

(I find that my pieces of Charoite need to go back to the waters / earth when I have completed a key journey with each. Just the way it happens for me. )

Larimar – Connection with Goddess energies, deep release of old emotional patterns, clarity and gentleness in the communication of boundaries, throat chakra release

Angel Aura Quartz – creating a bridge and integrating the various energetic and subtle bodies of the self in a way, energetic protection and purification of inner space

You may find other stones useful – as what works for the individual comes down to the individual. But this is a pretty high frequency cocktail. Check into see what your energy-body can and wants to handle.

There are many ways this can play out – but it´s clear that the Feminine in her various forms (Maiden, Mother, Crone, Child, Formless States) engages powerfully with Thereus and his games of stalking, bullying, victimization and so on.

I don´t cuss much unless I feel it´s totally justified. But when I see Thereus and the games he plays with people and their family lines… the word ´bastard´ comes to mind. I´m sure that response will shift with time. It was certainly a lot more intense in the recent past.

A word to the wise, just before I finish this piece. I´m leaving interpretations fairly open ended as it can come in so many different ways.

Sometimes the bullies don´t use violence to get you to do what they want. Sometimes it´s emotional coercion that plays off your own empathic reserves. That says – you have to love me, save me, heal me … or you´re a bad person.

It´s a different take on the energy, but one I found myself thinking about earlier today.

What is love .. and healing … may be the choice to disengage, walk away, or simply say NO – to that energy and its coercive demands.

Sometimes it´s about realizing that Salvation, of any kind, lies within. Others can help along the way, but if you want to know who your saviour is – look in the mirror!

Expecting another to do the work for you and guilt-tripping them into it … isn´t exactly cool.

(Thereus, I hope you´re taking notes! )

I suspect this will play out heavily through romantic/business or other significant relationships owing to Venus´shift. Remember that Vesta is also present, conjunct Thereus, preparing to let go of that dynamic – should you allow her to – this time situated in the domestic, familial, maternal sphere.

The Charoite-Larimar-Angel Aura Quartz Combination helps beautifully with that.

It´s been quite an intense day of meditations, shifts and realizations in deep emotional waters. Now the head catches up and says : Aha … so that was what happened….

Summing it up …

Pay attention to your thoughts, instincts, emotions and dreams. And process them in the way you see fit. If you feel old fears, feelings of being trapped, etc. coming out – find the tools or facilitators or space that you need to wave them goodbye. You may find this synonymous with the transmuting of old ancestral dynamics – or simply saying – right …

I don´t feel afraid anymore.

Going to get on with my life now.

Bye Bye Bogeyman.

And watch the waves of release unfold.

 

Blessings and Love to All (even Thereus)

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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