Monthly Archives: June 2014

RITES OF PASSAGE: ARIES 1°

Update:

If or when information is brought to my attention relative to any of my imagination exercises with the Sabian symbols,  I will be including them with the appropriate blog post. Today, June 27th, for instance, I received an email from The Lunar Planner by Nick Anthony Fiorenza, with a link to this article excerpt:

The Juno-Sedna Synodic Cycles at the Juno-Sedna Orbital Plane Crossing 2014 – 2018

Emergence of the Feminine into Relationships and Partnerships of all Types

http://www.lunarplanner.com/LP-Excerpts/14-06-27/

Original blog post date: June 22, 2014

ARIES 1° A WOMAN HAS RISEN FROM THE OCEAN; A SEAL EMBRACES HER

Potentiality of selfhood: the individual is emerging from the collective and realizes self for the first time.

Interpretation by Dane Rudhyar, from Chapter 10, The Astrology of Personality

Nothing. I’ve got nothing. I cannot reinterpret this symbol as it is. I simply cannot. I am a mermaid waiting, ever waiting. I am the “waiting one”… (Leo 29° MERMAID AWAITS PRINCE WHO WILL MAKE HER IMMORTAL)

As Robert Hand has said:

“The way in which one gains whole wholeness is, first of all, to entertain the following radical concept: There is nothing that is intrinsically true about me that is wrong. Secondly, therefore, why am I having problems? And what you look for are the ways in which your inclinations are being used improperly. Now, very interesting word ‘proper’—most people think it means ‘correct.’ It doesn’t. The Latin root of ‘proper’ and ‘appropriate’ means ‘one’s own.’ So, when you use something improperly, you’re using it a way that is not suitable for who you are.” Robert Hand, Turning of the Wheel radio broadcast 5.16.14 with Chris Flisher www.turningofthewheel.com or www.chrisflisher.com

So, we cannot change our birth charts, our placements, our degrees or signs. We are that. We chose that. So I am waiting, evidently, for a prince. He cannot come to me because I am ever waiting for him. If he were to come then the waiting would no longer exist. Thus we have a catch 22 or Zeno’s Paradox of Duplicity! But, also according the Robert Hand, what we can do is learn to function properly with what we are, that is, we can learn where such is beneficial to us. So, the question becomes, where would it be best for the mermaid to be waiting for her prince? Where would she be happily waiting and never feel bad that this is her situation? I do not know the answer to this question, but I think of two things—A Lady in Waiting and of Cinderella’s song before she went to the ball… In my own little corner in my own little chair I can be whoever I want to be….

So, the lady in waiting sits in her chair and imagines. And there in her chair she is happy! She can be anything at all! Absolutely no limits! What a grand existence it is!

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Alrighty then. I think that’s a pretty good indication that I can now imagine this symbol’s interpretation in any direction of my own choosing! Allow me to begin…

I imagine the woman rising from the ocean to be Sedna! Do you know her mythology? Here is my favorite version from those handily offered on Wikipedia:

“…Sedna as a beautiful maiden who rejects marriage proposals from the hunters of her village. When an unknown hunter appears, Sedna’s father agrees to give her to him as wife in return for fish. Sedna’s father gives Sedna a sleeping potion and gives her to the hunter who takes her to a large nest on a cliff, revealing his true form: a great bird-spirit (variously described as a raven, a fulmar or a Kokksaut/petrel-spirit). She wakes surrounded by birds. Her father attempts to rescue her, but the bird-spirit becomes angry, causing a great storm. In desperation, Sedna’s father throws her into the raging sea. Attempting to cling to the kayak, her hands freeze and her fingers fall off becoming the creatures of the sea. She falls to the bottom of the sea and grows a fish tail.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedna_%28mythology%29

And so now I can even imagine Sedna as a mermaid! And why did her father do this? Out of desperation? Oh, okay then, that’ll work…. Right! Why would a father betray his own daughter and mutilate her by chopping off her fingers. (That’s from the other versions of her myth. This one, I suppose, is the nice version.) Regardless, we are told that her fingers become the creatures of the sea. Other versions of this myth say that they specifically became the seals. But I’ve never seen this symbol this way, i.e., that the seal is a creature. Still, in Sedna’s story I find a nice compromise where seals and SEALS are woven into the imagination. You see, I believe the seal that is embracing Sedna is not a creature of the sea but that it is a signification of her true inheritance, a SEAL of her worth and value–even if her father “missed the boat” on that one. I think what we have here is a woman, mistreated, abandoned and abused, rising in her true power, claiming her self-dignity and who has claimed “Rites of Passage” to go from the bottom of the sea and onto the land of her inheritance.

I know! Let’s find a SEAL for Sedna! How should we design it? Why not start with her placement as it appears in the current chart. She is at Taurus 24° 34’ 22”. (Well, that’s pretty fascinating! My own personal chart—won’t be doing this too often, folks! Promise!—has Mars at Taurus 24° 23’ 10”) In any event, let us look to that symbol for some guidance in the moment of now. “Taurus 25° VAST PUBLIC PARK DISPLAYS GLORIOUS AND INSPIRING VISTAS – IV. THE SPAN OF ENJOYMENT: The Emotional Realm – Social strength of collectivities. Power of traditional culture. Faithfulness to established achievements. Immutability.

As a backdrop for her SEAL, let’s use her photo from NASA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/90377_Sedna and reshape it into the form we commonly recognize as a seal—no! not the mammal! A family seal—a coat of arms! We could possibly imagine it presented to her by dear ole dad (in case he’s learned the error of his ways)! But just to amuse those endeared by the idea of the mammalian seals, we’ll add a seal mammal as a significator of the way things used to be back when Sedna spent all that time in the depths of the ocean. (She wasn’t discovered until 2012! That’s a long time to be under water!!!) Good. Now let’s add a significator for her placement at a public park! Good, good! How about fingers? Shall we give her back her hands? Oh, please, let’s do that! There, she’s upholding herself now. A few waves—memories of the years gone by—and we should be just about finished. Yep! That’ll work!

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RITES OF PASSAGE: ARIES 1° A WOMAN HAS RISEN FROM THE OCEAN; A SEAL EMBRACES HER

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