“Therefore pass these Sirens by, and stop your men’s ears with wax that none of them may hear; but if you like you can listen yourself, for you may get the men to bind you as you stand upright on a cross-piece half way up the mast, and they must lash the rope’s ends to the mast itself, that you may have the pleasure of listening. If you beg and pray the men to unloose you, then they must bind you faster.”
Sagittarius is a generous sign. Half human, half beast, the Celestial Centaur distributes, shares and preaches information, ethics and philosophy. Yet in the dual nature of Sagittarius, we are still prone to ails and blessings of Earth in this place. Sagittarius is the philosopher still with an animalistic nature. Perhaps here is where we struggle to leave behind the survival mechanisms and direct our enegy, bow and arrow at the Center of the Universe: The Galactic Center.
Tied to the mast
“get the men to bind you as you stand upright on a cross-piece half way up the mast”
Medium Coeli shows the destination of the life of the native. Where is this ship headed to? What lies ahead? Odysseus clearly knows his destination: home.
He does as Circe advises him. He gets himself tied tightly to the mast and yet lets himself hear the call of the Sirens. The mast is the Cross of Matter.
Odysseus does listen to the sirensong yet he does not act on it. He experiences the delightful calls of Distraction, Procrastination and all other things that would carry him away from his path, purpose and destination. Hearing, witnessing yet not responding, can he pass through the sirens.
What do we think ?
The Ninth House is our belief system. In this place we see the bigger picture, think and contemplate about life and its meaning. Here is our grand theories, outlook on life, philosophy and religion. In the Ninth House we explore the world and eventually boarden our horizon. Culture largely effects how we think. World cultures, distant travels, pilgrimages and all meaningful voyages are also found in this place.
Passing through the Sea of the Sirens is a great risk. It is easy to be allured by the sirensong. Odysseus keeps Circe’s advice. In this scene we again witness how determined he is to reach Ithaca. He conciously chooses to stay true to his destination and ties himself to it. Yet he does witness and listen to the sirens. He does not shun away from witnessing and experiencing. This is very Sagittarian.
It is easy to fall into procrastination even when we know where we are going. Even when the timetable is set, a sweet moment of distraction can take hold. This is when we are called by the sirens in daily life.
In a natal chart, the sign placement of the Ninth House shows the native’s philosophical pursuits. In the Eight House we transended the material world and now we are in a place of theories, ideas and beliefs.
A crowded Ninth House may indicate a personality who is rather carefree when it comes to keeping secrets. Ninth House is where we display, share and spill the information.
The mind can be full of distractions. Yet we have the ability tos tay focused while observing all the distractions of the mind. Again, Odysseus passes his test with the ability of the human mind. What is not real, what is just a thought, just a fear or fantasy will dissipate in the light of conciousness. Even sirensong vanishes away into the winds when the Mind observes without reacting. If Odysseus could pass through the Sirens, we also can stay true to ourselves and head towards our true purpose and destination. Tie yourself tighter.