2020: Jupiter in Capricorn : Hall Up High

High on the throne he shines: his coursers fly
Between the extended earth and starry sky.
But when to Ida’s topmost height he came,
Fair nurse of a thousand fountains, and of savage game
Where over her pointed summits proudly raised,
His fane breathed scents, and his altar blazed:
There, from his radiant car, the sacred sire
Of gods and men released the steeds of fire:
Blue ambient mists the immortal steeds embraced;
High on the cloudy point his seat he placed;
Thence his broad eye the subject world surveys,
The town, and tents, and navigable seas.

From the Illiad, trans. A. Pope

Jupiter in Capricorn always reminds me of this scene in the Illiad. Zeus atop Mount Ida, watching the little humans strive. So far away from them, yet so near. Nothing escapes his gaze and his judgement is clear.

Jupiter, the spouse of Juno, King of Gods, the Wanderer glides through each sign of the Zodiac for about a year. All through 2019, we have been experiencing his journey through the jovile sign of Sagittarius. Yet the party is about to end and who will clean the house ? Capricorn, of course. The world felt extra comfortable this year, we were wearing large and comfortable clothes and we had many opportunities for growth despite the heaviness of Saturn and Pluton in Capricorn. Jupiter is always about growth and getting bigger. We had a year of expansion. Look behind and see the gifts of the last year, it is a good day to cherish them.

Ptolemy informs us that Jupiter’s temperament is warm and moist. This is a friendly temperament, thus Jupiter is a benefic planet. King of Gods is wise, he grants glory and wisdom upon whom he wishes. Thus in Astrology, Star of Zeus signifies Fortune, favours, opportunities, prizes, success and awards we get after long time of toil and turmoil. Yet sometimes Jupiter can signify false hopes, great expectations or exaggration. Despite his reputation with positive sides of life, we often find Jupiter also involved in hard and heartbreaking situations. Some ancient astrologers do not favour Sun-Jupiter conjunctions.

Jupiter can be a significator of growth and activitiy, thus production. Jupiter makes things grow, remember the stories when Zeus could manage a myriad of ways to get the maidens pregnant with more life ?

Jupiter is a social planet, hence his diurnal quality. Jupiter is there when we are out there, socializing and making our path in life. He has little to do with our personal lives. Star of Zeus is a significator of social recognition, popularity and philosophy in life: how we relate to the society and how the society behaves us: how we are rewarded by the society.

On 3 December, Jupiter steps into the realm of Capricornus.

So, what is Capricorn ?

Capricorn is the Tenth Place of the Zodiac. This is where we make ourselves visible to the World. The cold and judging gaze of the society falls upon us. Capricorn knows how to effectively allocate the resources. Here is where we gather up and materialize all our efforts, passion, relationships, labour, intellect: all our experiences of this life. We put forth all the gathered experience in a systematic and consistent way: that is how we build our career. The society happens to know us by our titles, relations and social status. It does not concern itself with our highest fantasies, dreams and aspirations but the titles we carry and what we can give to the society, hence our career. Capricorn is where we build our reputation and it takes a very long time. Remember Captain Shake Spear’s quote in Stardust: “Reputations, you know – a lifetime to build, seconds to destroy.”

When the King of Gods arrives at the unforgiving peaks of Capricorn, he is ready to enter his own mountainside. He will not – of course – bow to the norms and rules of others. A song of greatness follows him through the winds, he rules over the world and fates of men with his Eagle’s view.

Things get serious.

2020 will be a serious year. No Neptunian fantasy lights, little fairy dust, no dreamshow. 2020 is our reality check time and this is exactly what we need. We have been “off” far too long. In Capricorn, Jupiter is not a jovial giver, a generous, warm hearted benefector, an open handed gift-giver. He demands. He lives up high at the peaks and demands from us. We have to be hardworking and realistic this year. Our responsibilities, responsibilities for Earth, society and each other can come to the fore. Things get serious. It is better to be prepared. The Jupiter-Neptune square has kicked our spirituality to the top top top level in 2019. In 2020 we will arrive at a more materialistic place. On the other hand, Uranus in Taurus demands us to understand that the only riches come from the Earth. Gates of true Wealth are about to be opened. This broken system of world economy is about to collapse. And a new time of Wealth will be born out of the belly of Time. Trust in the process 😉

Blessings to One and All

Begüm

November 2019

Kadıköy

Full Moon in Taurus

We have arrived at the Taurean Full Moon of the year. Full moons in the sign of the Celestial Bull are strong for they bring the powers of Life, Death and Rebirth into our consciousness.

Full moons are the time of completion and revealing. Night-veil of Selene is completeley lifeted and her Truth lights up the Sky. What was concieved at the alchemical moment of the new moon comes to consciousness at the moment of the fullness of the moon. The unseen, new meaning and manifestation of Time reveals itself in all its embracing, silvery, life giving glory.

Taurus is all about the birthing Earth: life giving and nourishing Earth Mother in all her beauty expressed in colourful flowers, perfumes, tastes and birdsong. Scorpio is when we end one phase to perpetuate life: change and transformation; Death if you like. As the Sun in Scorpio and Moon in Taurus come to face each other, we hang in a moment between Life and Death. Both Sun and Moon are our life givers, lights. Today we are recieving the light of the Sun through the dakr and cold waters of Scorpio and the nourishing light of the Moon through the birthing and grounding garden of Taurus. Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac, we also call it the Second Place. In Hellenistic Astrology the Second Place is named the Gate of Hades. This is where we enter the chtonic realm, where the Spirit (Fire-Aries) slow down into matter. On the contrary, The Eighth Place (Scorpio) is where matter dissoved into energy. Matter is set free and energy flows. In order to understan this, I offer an example: Think about spring, this is the season of Taurus (21 April -21 May). Everything in nature grows during spring. New life expands. Trees absorb the elements and build up their branches. Light of the Sun enters the earthly realm and makes it grow.

In November, Scorpio (21 Oct-21 Nov), we begin to burn those branches to recieve warmth and light from them. Energy of the Sun was collected, stored in the trees during spring and summer, now we set it free in the absence of the Sun. Scorpio is the time when matter is destroyed and the energy is set free. This example encapsulates the Taurus-Scorpio axis, where we are experincing the full moon today.

You can always find materialistic Taureans who will colledt the good things and pile up their treasury only to be spend and destroyed by a Scorpio. Your Scorpio friends may always be on the look out for ways of transformation, therefore be ready to spend and utilize their resources instead of collecting.

We can contemplate on how the process of growth/unmaking works in our lives. Is it balanced or needs to be balanced ? The full moon helps us to see these aspects of life. The retrograding Mercury and aspecting Pluto are also adding to the powers of this moment of fullness and fruitation. Hermes, the Messenger of the Gods, weaves his way between the Divine Twins of Leto. While Pluton, who stands at the beginnings and endings, is beholding this moment from his icy throne on the gnawing peaks of Capricorn.

Blessings,

Begüm

Aphrodisias: Your Venus Sign

Love and Self-Worth Based Astrology Consultation

Aphrodisias is the name of an ancient city in Lydia. The people of Aphrodisias revered Goddess Aphrodite. In Aphrodisias, she was the Great Goddess, Goddess of Love and All. We all come to this world with Venus on our astrology chart. No matter your life story, She was – and always will be – up in the Heavens during the hour of your Birth.

Birth of Aphrodite Relief from the Ancient City of Aphrodisias

I am born while Venus was in Sagittarius. I serve the divine, roaming through different peoples and cultures. Letting the world know about Aphrodite has become a life mission for me. We live in a world where women are conditioned to feel unworthy and unloved. If we turn to the light of Venus, we can dispel these illusions. I hold the mirror of Aphrodite for you to help you dissolve your illusions around worth, value, beauty, love and relationships.

Aphrodisias is the name I gave for the astrology reading that is focused on Venus and subjects the Goddess of Love rules. Self-worth, love, relationships and the ways of relating with the world. I will be studying your whole chart but read it with the lens of Venus. If you are actively working on self love and relationships, this reading can help you see yourself clearer.

This reading is for you if:

❖ You are curious about your astrology chart, You want to discover more about yourself,

❖ You want to create more value and worth in this world, You want to take a new step towards self-love,

❖ You want to know yourself better in terms of values, love and relating,

❖ You are here to connect with the Venus energies within you…

Aphrodisias is a 10 pages, all hand and heart crafted Venus focused reading of your natal chart and an optional 1 hour live session. Current price is 100 USD.

You can order by contacting me directly or via ninemusesacademy@gmail.com

Blessings,

Begüm

Ninemuses.Academy

What are we going through, how are we getting through ?

An astrological insight.

As the peoples of the world, we have been going through various sets of events that kept testing our faith. When our faith failed, we acted out of fear; fear of poverty, strife or any sort of fear that hold relevancy to our reality. When our faith prove strong we do not act with fear but from our Self, some call it “higher self”.

At the end of 2020, there will be a major shift. Until then, we will be going through our tests of faith. How we are sailing through the current tolil and turmoil will determine where we will be at the beginning of the new cycle.

External events may not always be our own choices but how we respond to them is always our choice. How we percieve an event plays a crucial part in determining our response. What rules our perception ? Through what lens do we see the world and give meaning to it ? It is possibble that we percieve the world through our constructed values and belief system. Values are taught to us by the society, rarely do we carry the values that are natural to us and perhaps finding our own values, determining what to value, making our own choices when it comes to worth and value is the power politics between the society and the individual. I have great news. The Promethean fires are now burning in the vault where we keep our values and valuables. It is time to radically change our value systems. What do you value ? Write this down on a piece of paper and see your answer change in seven years. The coming years will see materialism fail and human potential valued like never before. Today this sounds unrealistic and even dreamy, but the voyage of Uranus through the fertile gardens of Taurus promises this.

Blessings,

Begüm

Full Moon in Sagittarius: Wings of Icarus

I hear a call from the distance
Where the Sun sets into the islands
Deep into the Icarian Sea.

We are heading towards a full moon in the sign of Sagittarius.

According to the location of Hagia Sophia, the moon comes to fullness about an hour before noontide. 08:29 AM GMT: 09:29 London, 10:29 Prague, 11:29 Athens. I recommend you to check the exact time for your location.

Moon has her own life. In each cycle she is born (new moon), she grows, comes to fullness (full moon), she fades and dies (dark moon). This corresponds to the cycle of life. We see this in the life of plants, animals and humans. The triad of the Maiden-Mother-Crone corresponds to the phases of the Moon. Women’s cycles of life and life-giving, death and rebirth are the rules of Nature.

Arriving at the hour of the full moon means many things. Things we have started two weeks ago may come to flowering, the ideas we have concepted earlier may have come to fruitation, we may choose to cut our ties with something/someone or the silvery light of the Moon may reveal that which cannot be seen in the golden light of the Day.

The astrological indications of this full moon reminded me of the story of Icarus. Icarus is the son of Daedalus who built the Labyrinth in Minos. It is also said that Daedalus helped Theseus, too. Therefore he was imprisoned inside the Labyrinth (which he built himself!) with his son Icarus. A genius mind always finds a way out. Do you remember what I had wrote about the new moon in Gemini ? A man builds his own wings… It is the human mind, capacity and the ability to create. This is what takes us forward in life even when we are locked up. Thus Daedalus and his son Ikarus made their winds out of wax and geese feather.

Daedalus and Icarus wore their wings and were ready to take their flight from Crete, across the Cyclades and north to mainland Greece, over the wine dark Sea. Yet Daedalus warned his young son: “Fly from the middle way, not too close to the sea for the waters will wet your wings and you may fall; not too high up towards the Sun, for the Sun will melt the wax and you may loose your wings forever.” Youth… The young Icarus nodded and who knows what he held in his heart… Perhaps he was too enthausastic or encouraged or too optimistic ? Ikarus took the wind and flew away from the wooded mountains of Crete, over the well populated islands…Flying was such a joy, freedom at last… after captive years, he was now free as the winds. I cannot tell you how he felt for I have never flew myself like this. But they say, he took a wild wind up, towards the Sun and his laughters of joy was heard from the islands. He, as his heart also flew with him, wanted to touch the Sun and flew up high… Yet, as his father had warned him, the Sun melted the wax that made his wings… and the beautiful youth fell, down into the Sea where now is named after him.

These days we may feel like the young Icarus. Perhaps too optimistic or too enthasuastic. Everything may seem to go as we wish. It must be the astrologer’s duty to give a slight warning that things may not be what they seem. It is best to ground, stay grounded and not forget the restrictions of reality. We have been going through really harsh times and this full moon I doubt not brings some joy and lightness to our hearts. Yet it is best to think twice and not stray from the rules even though we are so very tempted to break them. Keeping to the measure is also a virtue.

Μηδὲν ἄγαν, Nothing to excess.

Blessings,

Begüm

June 2019

KADIKÖY

New Moon in Gemini: A Man’s Wings

On June 3, we experienced a new moon in the sign of Gemini. This new moon happened at the Midheaven, Medium Coeli, of Istanbul.

Tides matter in Astrology. Dawn, when the day is born, midday and sunset, when the day ends and the middle of the night, when the Sun is in the very depths of darkness, are the four corners of a chart, and time. Today, the Moon and Sun joined each other at the exact noontide in Istanbul. In the sign of Gemini which is about flying, freedom, scientific thinking, logic and analytic thinking, the Mind.

New Moons happen when the Sun and Moon join each other in the heavens. Yet Time is in everflow. Neither Moon or the Sun stay where they are. Even they find each other and unite for a moment, they are bound to seperate for they are always in motion. The Moon moves faster than the Sun and she seperates and is born anew after every union. So we have a new cycle, the new month begins with fresh, new energy. Women know cycles and the secrets of the Moon.

Gemini is where the mental activity takes place. Speech, dialogues, communication, thinking, analytical thinking, science, writing and reading find their expression in the realm of the Twins. As the new moon begins in Gemini, we are expecting an intellectual innovation. A new idea, a new book, a new course…

We will be intelectually active in the following two weeks. Our minds may be sharper, we may be more curious than usual. Curiosity is a Geminin virtue. It is a good time to read, to study and be curious. We are flowing through a good time for self expression. We, humans, are worth expressing ourselves freely, speaking our mind is a natural right.

As the Moon seperates from the Sun, she will make her first contact with Jupiter, the star (well, planet) of great ideas, big theories, philoshopy, doctrines and faith. Jupiter is certainly enjoying his wide and wise throne in the realm of Sagittarius. It looks as if he is also waiting for the Moon and Mercury to channel his divine message to us.

This is a very positive new moon. The two benefics of the Heavens, Venus and Jupiter are both in their own signs. Both Venus and Jupiter are able to bless us with their beauty, abundance and grace. There is nothing that hinders their power.

The material world we live in is an illusion for nothing stays the same, everything changes. This month, change will be with us. You can experiement this yourself, write down your ideas to your journal and check at the end of the month if anything has changed. You may be surprised. It is a great time to write, think and do mental work. In a few days Mercury will move into Cancer and we will be able to work on our emotions and mind, together. This will be a golden opportunity for those who seek to know themselves and grow their awareness around emotional responses and family/childhood conditioning.

World is crumbling into pieces. Our civilisation is coming to an end. Around the world, economies are shaking, many companies are closing or shrinking… it looks as if everything has gone down the Hell. It did. Thus ends an age of pain, slavery and chaos, the Age of Pisces. We are at the dawn of Age of Aquarius. Imagine yourself standing in the darkness just before dawn, the hour of the wolf. The hour when everything is darkest, coldest… Darkest hour precedes the glory of dawn. We are going through the Vargatiden. Yet, Jupiter wants us to keep the faith. As Saturn and Pluton keep demolishing all that does not serve us, we are only expected to trust and keep a light in the dark. Trust the process, the great ones know what they are doing.

Today’s new moon opens us a fresh window to leave the darkness behind and fly with the winds. Gemini is an Air Sign. We can take the next step, we can spread our wings to a new future. Perhaps the purpose of life is hidden in transcending our boundaries and trying that which seems impossible ?

Men and women make their own wings. For we have the faculty of Mind. Our hands have been making tools for millenia. With our own wings that we made with observations, study, calculations and our own labour, can we take our flight from Galata Tower down to the other side of the Bosphorus. As an Ottoman young man, Hezarfen Ahmed Çelebi made it once in the 1600’s.

Blessings,

Begüm

Notre Dame Fire and Nero’s Midpoint

Nero is famous with the Great Fire of Rome. This was also an event which held symbolic significance as the end of a phase in the human civilization and beginning of another. Such as the recent Notre Dame fire which we understand in the context of endings and beginnings.

 

24 degrees Sagittarius

 

Sagittarius is a Fire Sign. Its element is fire. Sagittarius, as a mutable fire sign is about spreading inspiration, spreading philosophy and teachings to the others, it perhaps may also be about spreading fire as well.

 

As Notre Dame burned, Jupiter was standing still slowy beginning to move retrograde at 24 degrees of Sagittarius.

24 degrees of Sagittarius is also significant in the natal chart of Nero the Roman Emperor.

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Above is the natal chart of Nero as taken from Astrotheme.com

 

In this chart, 24 degrees of Sagittarius is the Sun/Mars Midpoint. Any astrology student can see the weight of Fire Element in this chart.

24 degrees of Sagittarius shows itself both of these events.

 

 

 

Aphrodite Pandemos, Aphrodite Urania

Plato talks about two aspects of Aphrodite.

Aphrodite Pandemos: Love for everyone. Common love. On the physical plane, pertaining to sexual attraction.

Aphrodite Urania: Queen of Heaven. The celestial aspect of the Goddess, transcendental, spiritual, eternal.

It is very interesting to observe two aspects of Venus in astrology. Venus may mean love as it is, sensuality, pleasures; the good feelings we get via the five senses. In some cases, Venus plays a spiritual role. It is surprising to our modem minds that Venus can be the significator of spirituality and spiritual awakening, but she is.

Charts with a special emphasis on 4-8-12 houses may be more inclined to host Aphrodite Urania. If we have a chart which is focused on the joys and pleasures, toil and trouble of the Earthly realm, chances for a celestial goddess to shine forth is less in such a chart, so Aphrodite Pandemos will step forward brining lovers, money, riches and earthly pleasures. It can be both, too! 😉

 

 

Blessings,

Begüm

What is a Mercury Retrograde and How to Wield it

Mercury retrogrades perhaps are the most discussed topics in popular astrology. For all to know, no planet moves retrograde yet we, the innocent observers on Earth, only see them move backwards in the Heavens due to the exquisite mandalas their orbits weave  around the Earth.

Star of Hermes (Mercury) is the indicator of Mind and Thought. Hermes is the Messenger of the Gods and the Guide of Souls. Hermes, as the psychopomp he is, can travel from Olympus down into the world of humans and then down into the dark and cold Hades. Thus he carries messages between the Worlds.

Mercury goes retrograde twice or thrice in a year. It takes 24 days each time. When the Star of Hermes seems to be moving backwards, we say Hermes visits the Underworld, that is, Hades. It is time to find that which is forgotten. It is a time our mind moves inwards, we walk down into the depths of our Soul where we find our buried treasures.

Underworld, Inferno, Unconscious. Here in the dark lurks things forgotten, long lost and forgotten. This is a dungeon where we locked up our most unsuitable desires. Here are ghosts of the moments when our hearts broke. Here you hear the haunting howls: “we will not accept you unless you do this for us”. Your forgotten talents, your forgotten loves, your forgotten Self, Soul lies here.

During this 24 days, walk we into the Night to face our fears, to face what we have so long been hiding from our own sight. Now we can see in the dark.

It is a great time to work with our mind. It is a great time to uncover our conditionings. It is a time to make the Unconscious conscious. All the inner work, meditation, spontaneous writing and observing our mind and life can be more beneficial then usual. That is how we move forward in life, by cleansing our closet.

We get rid of that which no longer serves our Purpose so that we can re-grow better.

 

 

The Lament of the Soul 


“Turn to me with your whole heart
Do not spurn me
Because I am weak and black.
The depths have hidden my face.
Because I am held fast
In the mire of the deep
And my essence is not revealed
I cried out of the depths;
And from the abysses of the earth
Doth my voice speak to you.”

Aurora Consurgens, quoted by C.G. Jung ETH, Vol.VI

 

 

 

Blessings,

Begüm Asteria

November 2018

Istanbul

Fenestra Aeternitatis

Fenestra Aeternitatis means Window To Eternity. We can all access our own window to Eternity where we find deeper meaning, more creativity and a vivid life. This 12 week programme is designed to bring your Light to you; to establish a set of skills that enable you to connect with yourself on a deeper level and to create a more profound, fulfilling life.

This programme is currently only available for my friends or returning clients.

Fenestra Aeternitatis is designed as an incubation time for you to discover and understand more about yourself. During this time you might find the secret windows hidden in yourself. We will travel with Venus and accompany her Journey when she will be stationing retrograde and coming back. This autumn is a very good time for inner work and inner exploration to find new energy and symbols.

During this Journey we will be wielding astrology and dreamwork.

 

WEEK 1: Introduction to Astrology and Your Natal Chart Reading: A deep and detailed reading of your natal chart with pre-natal eclipses and certain asteroids.

WEEK 2: Introduction to Dreamwork. What is dreamwork ? Why the facilitator can never intervene between the dream and the dreamer ? How to approach dreams and understand universal symbols.

WEEK 3: Lagina: Moonwork. Understanding the natal Moon in your chart, how the Moon changes, Phases of the Moon, Cycle of Life, Ancestral Memory and how to weave through it.

WEEK 4: Dreamwork practice, dream analysis.

WEEK 5: Aphrodisias: Your Venus Sign and understanding the current Venus transits to your Natal Chart.

WEEK 6: Dreamwork practice: A one to one conversation where I only ask you questions and never tell you what means what.

WEEK 7: Mythwalking.

WEEK 8: Dreamwork practice, dream analysis.

WEEK 9: Your Progressed Chart and Solar Returns. An astrology session with a deeper look into your inner growth and the year ahead.

WEEK 10: Archetypal Dreamwork: Delving into the deepths of the dream symbols and how they relate to universal symbolism as counted in Greek mythology.

WEEK 11: Practice What You Preach: Taking Action. You will be finding, creating and inventing new ways of praxis and existence.

WEEK 12: Dreamwork follow-up and wrap up. A final meeting where we exchange our experience, a session shaped by your questions. Plus a scheme for further creativity and integration of the spiritual elements into your life and persona.

 

 

All sessions are private and live, made via Skype etc.

Apply if you are:

  • Ready for a transpersonal experience,
  • Looking for a new You,
  • Willing to live a more profound, authentic and spiritual life,
  • Willing to discover more about yourself,
  • Seeking personal empowerment.

 

Love and Blessings,

Begüm Asteria

Venus Retrograde 2018: The Mirror of Prometheus

This autumn Venus will start moving retrograde in the Sky. On October 6th, she will station in the sign of Scorpio and she will step back into her Queendom, Libra. She will be moving retrograde for 40 days. 40 days mark a time of completion, the amount of time needed for certainty regarding birth and death. Perhaps 40 days is the time of “passage” from one realm into another.

Here in my country, 40th day of the newborn is celebrated. 40 days after one passes is also equally important.

Retrogrades of the planets are their journey into the Underworld. Venus, as Goddess Aphrodite, is known to travel to chthonic realms. She may wander on Earth and She may travel into the Underworld as well. Do you remember her looking for Adonis on Earth and through the Underworld ? She seeks for her beloved Adonis who was kept by the Goddess of the Underworld, Persephone. How do you imagine Aphrodite descending ? In her gorgeous red hair, shining beauty or clad in Shadows ? Or perhaps, as a friend reminds me, she will be wearing the Helm of Invisibility ?

In an even more ancient story related with Venus, now as the Sumerian Goddess Inanna, She descends to the Underworld right after her marriage with the Shepherd God Dumuzi. She descends into the Underworld to visit her sister Ereshkigal. Inanna is sweet, beautiful and abundant, she carries Life. Ereshkigal is her sister Death, the dark Goddess of the Underworld. During her Journey of Descension, Inanna passes through the Seven Gates. In each Gate she is required to leave a bit of herself, her persona, her identity. She leaves her glimmering garments, her Crown, her wonderful jewels… At the Seventh Gate, she is naked. Thus the Goddess enters the Underworld…

During her 40 days retrograde Venus will be descending down into the Underworld. She will shatter what is not her essence. Only her Life, her body, her core, her very essence  will be left. During the 40 days we will be shattered of old and rusty relationships. We will get rid of wrong self-image issues. We will get rid of the deep beliefs that stand between us and Love, be it Divine Love, Universal Love or just Love.

On October 26, in the middle of her retrograde period, Venus joins the Sun and becomes invisible. It is a special day when Venus is conjunct the Sun. Look for something Venusian. After joining with the Sun during the retrograde, Venus will become the Morning Star, no longer the Evening Star she was during this summer. We will be bearing a new consciousness.

Evening Star Venus is said to be the Love Goddess and Morning Star Venus to be the Warrior Goddess. Inanna is, after all, the Goddess of Love and War.

At the end of the 40 days of retrograde movement, Venus will stand still at 25 degrees of Libra in mid-November.

Inanna enters the Underworld. There, she hangs from a Tree for days. This is where she is purified completely and finds her new Strength, New Life, New Secret… Then she comes back, she is Reborn.

Venus stations direct on November 15.

Inanna leaves the Underworld and ascends through Seven Gates, moving upwards. As she ascends, she wears back her identity, her garments, her jewels, her persona and her Glory, her Crown. Venus will complete her Journey on December 17.

As soon as she arrives in the World, Inanna finds out that her husband Dumuzi was cheating on her with a mortal girl. Inanna of course gets very angry at Dumuzi but she chooses not to punish him. I leave this riddle for you.

 

I regard this Journey of Venus as a very deep energy shift. We will be exploring our depths, facing our Shadows, disappearing into our Darkness and come back reborn. It is up to us whether we would like to take the Journey with Venus. The gift may just be Forgiveness, as Inanna’s story indicates.

During her Journey, Venus, just like Divine Io herself, will encounter Uranus, Prometheus, twice. Venus will hold her mirror into the face of Prometheus who is bound to the cliffs right in between the realms of Aries and Taurus. This means that we might have more than one surprise on the collective level and also on the personal level regarding Venus issues. It is hard to guess what will come out of Pandora’s Box, after all Pandora is another female figure related to Prometheus.

 

pandora

 

This looks like an interesting autumn for us all. A time to remember and I hope this Journey will help us open our Hearts more, love more and be loved more. Venus rules all relationships, our relationship with ourselves, friends and partners. Let us look for the day her Glory will be restored and let her be our guide down into our own Shadow, our own Underworld where the secrets and Pluton (Wealth – sometimes inner wealth) lie.

 

 

With Love and Blessings,

Begüm Asteria

Istanbul

September 2018

Philoctetes and the Great Healer at Troy

The Iliad is the epic of Ilios, the modern western Turkey. Yet the Iliad tells us of the long lasting war in Ilios, around Troy and Troy gets destroyed at the end of the Iliad. This used to confuse me. Homeros himself was also from Illios, why did he write an epic on the destruction of his land ?

Today a very wise woman has told me that the Iliad was about the deeds of the people who later get punished for waging war against and destroying Troy. That is why the Iliad is read together with Odessey. Odessus gets lost in the seas, rowing from one island to the other; Agamemnon gets murdered by his wife and her lover only to be revenged by his son Orestes and mourned eternally by his daughter Electra.

One of those who fought at Troy and was in turn punished for it was Philoctetes. He was already renowned for he was bestowed Heracles’ bow and arrows that never miss. During a battle, Philoctetes was wounded at his leg. His wound never healed, even caught infection. No ointment, no cure, nothing ever worked for him. It worsened each day. It also had a horrible smell, it was very hard to stand this smell so people began to shy away from him. On his homeward voyage Philoctetes anchored his ship at the thyme and olive rich island of Lemnos. He ordered his crew to land on this island for hunting meat to keep them for the journey. His crew tricked Philoktetes for they wanted to get rid of him. The smell from his wound was so bad that they all decided to forsake him on the island all alone. They left in secret and all that Philoctetes could see was his ship leaving the shore…

Heracles’ magic bow and arrows helped him to survive all his days on Lemnos. Yet his wound and infection worsened and worsened… He did not die but he lived with it. He lived with the pain and smell.

Over the course of years his wound turned so bad that its smell could be felt from distance. Ships had to change their routes and avoid the winds from Lemnos for they carried the smell of Philoctetes’ unhealing wound.

It was never forgotten that Philoctetes carried Heracles’ magic bow and arrows. Fetching them from a dying man was an attractive idea. Yet even the desire to own such great weapons was not enough to drive men closer to the island for they always, always turned away from the smell. No one could stand it.

On a warm summer day, a ship approached Lemnos. Its prov was braving the waves and its sails loved Lodos, the south-east winds. There was a band of determined theives coming to steal Hereacles’ weapons. As they neared Lemnos, the smell got worse and worse… They withdrew one by one. At last they forced their youngest for the task. Poor boy he had no choice. He pressed rag to his face and took the small boat and landed on the golden sands at Lemnos. The smell was utterly unbearable on the island… yet the boy looked for Philoctetes. The boy roamed the island for three days and nights. At last he found the old dying man lying under a great olive tree. Philoctetes was lying there all alone, in pain. Something stirred the boy’s heart, he forgot about the bow and arrows. The smell was still present but he did not mind it. He ran to a stream to fetch water for Philoktetes. The old man drank. Then the boy carried him to the small boat and together they sailed for the Great Healer Aesclepius at Troy.

The reason Philoctete’s wound never healed itself was the guilt of his deeds at Troy. He was guilty and the gods (his consciousness and unconscious) knew it. It is guilt that blocks our own healing mechanisms so the wound never heals and it gets even worse. It is guilt that makes life and growth impossible for us. It is guilt that isolates us from the world. Once another person joins the scene and witnesses our pain and lets us make a connection with the rest of the world, healing may begin. Philoctetes’ healing lies where his guilty deeds were.