Month of Bast

2012-10-31

Bast represents the sensuous, exotic, erotic aspect of the Goddess who invites us to surrender to the deepest longing of our soul.

Bast is present whenever our reluctance, resistance and fear is overcome by a yearning that wells up from deep within. She uses our yearning to seduce us into a surrender to ecstasy. In this way Bast is the mid-wife of our new version of ourselves. In the Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt, Bast entices Anubis into letting go and dropping into the waters of Osiris so that he might die to that which no longer serves him. Bast calls us forth, her sensual nature overcoming all resistance and fear.

Bast is aligned with the water sign Scorpio. In traditional astrology Scorpio is the most intense of the water signs. Individuals with Scorpio strong in their chart are always pushing the envelope, searching for the next peak experience. In it's shadow manifestation, Scorpio shows up as addiction and compulsive behaviors, including an addiction to sex. In it's most soulful expression, Scorpio is the sign of the shaman who every day courageously faces death so as to be continually reborn in some aspect of self. In this expression, the passion of Scorpio is alchemically transformed from compulsion to a desire for union with the divine. The deep yearning of the Scorpio experience propels those conscious and aware toward ever new expressions of self.

The ancient Egyptians found the greatest expression of Bast in the never-ordinary house cat. Cats were sacred to this culture. Kittens were a favorite gift to celebrate the New Year and mummies of cats, adorned with precious jewels, have been found in the tombs of pharaohs. The sensuous movements of the cat, their soft, plush fur and their comfort in their bodies, evokes a deep response. As we stroke our feline companions and delight in their physicality, we ignite our own desire. "Follow me", purrs Bast. "Indulge your senses, awaken your longing, surrender to your desire, and allow your old out-worn ego to fade away and be replaced with your new version of self."

One of the symbols of Scorpio is the Phoenix, the mythical bird who repeatedly crashed, burned and then arose renewed from the ashes. Here we find the magical power of Bast to transform through the process of death and rebirth. By awakening within us our passion, our holy longing, Bast encourages us to follow our heart's desire. In our yearning we hear the voice of our soul and it is Bast who awakens that voice through her powers of seduction.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Bast (Scorpio) brings many shifts and changes, with Isis (Venus) moving through the emanation of Ma'at (Libra) and into Bast (Scorpio), Set (Mars) moving into the emanation of Khnum (Capricorn), and Thoth (Mercury) turning retrograde early in the emanation of Sekhmet (Sagittarius) and then moving back into the emanation of Bast. Nephthys (Neptune) turns direct on November 11. Perhaps the most important event is the New Moon Solar Eclipse on November 13 in the emanation of Bast.

To ancient people, eclipses were powerful and terrifying events. They were believed to foretell of doom and death, and of huge changes that would wreak havoc on people and their society. The experience of an eclipse was a rare event for ancient peoples because, unlike us, they only knew about the eclipses that they could see. Most cultures did not know how to predict these dramatic events. Total eclipses, of either the Sun or the Moon, appeared to block out these familiar and life-giving celestial objects, creating great fear and unease. "Where was the Sun, the great father, going? The Moon - our sister who lights our way in the dark - where was she going?"

In modern astrology, eclipses continue to represent a movement from one phase of development to another. We now know that eclipses happen somewhere in the world every three months or so, and yet it is those eclipses that can be seen directly that remain the most powerful to those who view them. Eclipses always come in at least twos (sometimes threes). In this instance the Solar Eclipse on November 13 - which will be a total eclipse - will be followed by a penumbral - or partial - Lunar Eclipse on November 28. Taking from the mind-set of ancient peoples, the time between the two eclipses can seen be as a sort of tunnel or birth canal between one expression of personal and collective self to another. In this case it is not "where has the Sun or Moon gone?", but "where are we going?" This Solar Eclipse takes place in the emanation of Bast, the Shamanic Egyptian neter who uses her sensuality to activate our longing so that we surrender to the "now" and enter the birth canal that will lead us to a new expression of self. In this journey through the tunnel, or birth canal, we will be "re-born" at the Lunar Eclipse in the emanation of The Sphinx (Gemini), the Earth Altar who receives transmissions from the stars and disseminates them across the surface of the Earth.

The Solar Eclipse on November 13 takes place on the 22nd degree of Scorpio and will be visible in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. The Lunar Eclipse on November 28 will be visible through most of North America.

Thoth (Mercury) will turn retrograde on November 6 in the emanation of Sekhmet and very close to the solar point of the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. Mercury turns retrograde three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. Mercury in traditional astrology is the planet of communication and transportation. In Roman and Greek mythology Mercury (Hermes to the Greeks) was the messenger to the gods. In traditional astrology, Mercury is the messenger between the various parts of our psyche to our ego. Thoth, Mercury's Shamanic Egyptian ally, is the neter associated with enlightened communication. While external communications can be difficult during Mercury retrograde periods with breakdowns in personal communications as well as in the systems that manage our collective communication and transportation, this is also an excellent time to listen inwardly to our inner voice. Thoth is quite present in our lives during these times if we wish to access him. He will help us make a connection to divine source and to hear what it is that our soul most wants for us.

Mercury retrograde periods represent a turning within, as do the time between eclipses. Mercury turns retrograde on November 6 with the New Moon Solar Eclipse taking place on November 13. Mercury will turn direct on November 26 with the Lunar Eclipse on November 28. We are entering a time of turning inward for direction and inspiration. If we attempt to press forward we will find ourselves driven back. If we cooperate with this inner direction and listen to Thoth, the Sacred Scribe of shamanic Egypt, we will be rewarded with access to great wisdom from the internal realms.


Month of Ma'at

2012-10-05

Ma'at is the Egyptian goddess of balance, truth and justice. In traditional astrology she is associated with the air sign Libra, the first of the six signs concerned with the growth and development of the collective.

In traditional astrology, the key phrase for Libra is "I desire relationship." Those with Libra strong in their chart value harmony and beauty. They are gifted at finding the middle path between two opposing perspectives. They easily can see both points of view and make excellent mediators, negotiators, and facilitators. They function as the fulcrum of the scales - the symbol for the sign Libra - and in that capacity hold the place of dynamic balance between two opposing points.

The shadow side of Libra is codependency. At times the desire for harmony outweighs the capacity for true negotiation, which requires comfort with conflict. Those with Libra energy sometimes focus more on the relationship than the person they are relating to. They lose sight of who that person actually is, overlaying onto them their ideal of what they want them to be. At this point they have lost themselves in the illusion of relationship - they no longer see the actual person they are in relationship with. They can become lost in behaviors unconsciously designed to keep the relationship alive - often at great cost. Behaviors such as people-pleasing, caretaking those capable of caring for themselves and rescuing, destroy the true goal of relationship - that of experiencing a dynamic balance between two whole and complete individuals.

Ma'at, the Shamanic Egyptian Astrology archetype aligned with Libra, is often represented as a beautiful woman quite similar in appearance to Isis, the great Queen of Heaven. Ma'at can be recognized by the feather plume she wears upon her crown. When the newly deceased are taken into the underworld by Anubis, they meet Ma'at, who weighs their heart upon her scale. In order to proceed to the Du'at, the Egyptian version of the afterworld, their heart must be lighter than her feather. Our actions must always be weighed against the truth of our hearts for actions not connected to love are inevitably destructive and hurtful.

In the Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt, Ma'at appears to us wearing a crown of mirrors. Try though we may, we find that we cannot see her face clearly. All we see when we look at her is our own reflection. Here we experience the deepest teachings of the goddess of truth and balance. All relationships - whether they be love relationships, family, friendship or work, have the potential to teach us something about ourselves. In our responses to the actions and behaviors of others we learn who it is that we are - what we value, what matters to us - and often, if we are discerning, we can discover why. All relationships reflect back to us something about ourselves - our beauty as well as our pettiness and judgments. All we have to do in order to receive these teachings is to be willing to own our own responses rather than assuming that someone else "makes" us feel in a certain way. If we can't stand someone or something someone has done, is it truly just because they are a terrible person? Or is there something in them that is uncomfortably familiar to us? If we find ourselves compellingly drawn to someone is it just because they are a fantastic person? Or is there some unowned aspect of ourselves that we see reflected in their eyes?

This is our experience of The Shadow and will be a known concept to those familiar with the work of Carl Jung, noted 20th century Swiss psychologist. Being willing to "dance with our shadow" requires that we remain ever conscious of our responses to others. When someone "pushes our buttons" they have given us an opportunity to understand something about ourselves. Why is it that what they have done makes us so angry? Or delights us so much? What happens in the external world is but a reflection of our inner selves. Ma'at, the Egyptian goddess of truth and balance, reflects back to us all that is true about ourselves as we relate to others.

Monthly Highlights

On October 5, Sobek (Saturn), moves into the emanation of Bast (Scorpio), after two and a half years in the emanation of Ma'at (Libra).

Sobek is the Old King of the Shamanic Egyptian Mysteries. Like all those accustomed to holding the reins of power, Sobek expects to have his demands met upon command. This Old King carries a lot of wisdom - he knows how to wield power and how to reign. And like many Old Kings, his tendency is to hang on to power long after it is time to release it to the next generation.

Sobek is aligned with the planet Saturn in Shamanic Egyptian Astrology. Saturn is associated with constriction, limitation and restriction. In traditional astrology, Saturn was known as the "Great Malefic" and those born with Saturn strong in their chart were believed to be cursed by oppression and bad luck.

In the Egyptian archetypal mysteries, Sobek in the crocodile god. He is the Warrior King Set when he has grown old. He represents the time which comes inevitably to us all - when it is time to release our grip on the status quo, die to that which no longer serves us, and be renewed into a new aspect of ourselves.

Sobek/Saturn is the reptilian part of our brain which is concerned primarily with survival. This is the most ancient part of ourselves that assesses everything in terms of danger or safety, fight or flight. He is the source of our ego, which begins to be formed very early in our lives, when our young emerging self begins to perceive what we need to be and do in order to be nurtured and survive. We become unconsciously identified with this aspect of ourselves and when it is time to release it we resist. To give up some long-held belief about what it is that will keep us safe is frightening. We may know that our fear is irrational, yet there it is, none-the-less.

When Saturn moves through a particular sign of the zodiac, that area of experience is signaled out for focus and examination through restriction and limitation. Transits of Saturn often feel oppressive as the Old King will not allow us to look at anything except the issue at hand. Over the last two and a half years, Sobek has been in the emanation of Ma'at (Libra). Libra is associated in traditional astrology with relationships and values harmony and lack of strife. During this period, we have found ourselves collectively at odds with one another, both within our western society as well as globally. Deeply held values clash against one another. The symbol for Libra is the scales. When the two opposite poles are in a healthy relationship, the scales are in dynamic balance. When they are out of balance, the scales resemble a teeter-totter with one end grossly outweighing the other. Our experience, both personally, collectively and globally, has shown us all the places where we are out of balance with each other and within ourselves.

Sobek moving through the emanation of Bast will shift the focus away from our relationship with others and toward our inner selves. Bast, the cat goddess of ancient Egypt, awakens within us our deepest longing. She lures us seductively toward what we most yearn for and calls to us to release - to die to - anything that is preventing us from embracing our soul's longing. In traditional astrology Bast is aligned with the powerful water sign, Scorpio. Scorpio is associated with intense processes - death, birth, sexuality, peak experiences of all varieties. Sobek moving through the emanation of Bast will put the focus on these areas of personal and collective life. The Old King will force us to address the areas where we are not in full communion with our holy longing and to die to whatever resistance we might have around fully embracing our soul's next right step.

On a mundane level, the energy is being ratcheted up another notch. Those already consumed by the fire of zealotry and judgment will be even more passionate about their assumption of their right perspective. Others will struggle with questions around sexuality and the right use of life force energy. All will have the opportunity to move through the birth canal, lured by the seductive purr of Bast as she invites us to release our fears and jump into the void, so that we might be reborn into the next incarnation of ourselves.

Sobek, and Thoth (Mercury) - associated with thought inspired by connection to the divine - both enter the emanation of Bast on October 5. Sobek will remain in the emanation of Bast until December, 2014.


Month of Anubis, The Shaman King

2012-07-25

In the traditional stories told about Anubis, he is dark and mysterious figure. It is he who guides the newly dead into the underworld to meet Ma'at. In order to pass to the Du'at, the Egyptian version of heaven, the heart of the newly deceased must be lighter than the feather that Ma'at wears upon her crown. Associated with the underworld and death, Anubis has traditionally inspired trepidation and fear.
Because of our identification with our ego identity, we humans have a natural fear of death. This fear expresses itself as a resistance to the inevitable process of change, and it is in this area that Anubis becomes the greatest teacher of the Shamanic Egyptian realm.
In his story, Anubis is born of a tryst between Osiris and Nephthys, husband and twin sister of Isis. While the son of a king he is also a bastard, and in the patriarchal world of Greece and Roman - the source of the Egyptian stories as we know them - the bastard son cannot inherit the throne. He cannot become sovereign. Yet personal sovereignty is precisely the lesson that Anubis teaches us.
Planet Earth provides us all with an experience of abandonment. Some are literally abandoned while others feel it more subtly - yet everyone at some point in life feels cast out, neglected, abandoned, lost. Traditional philosophies have spoken about the separation that each soul inevitably experiences from the divine - from God/Goddess - as being the true source of this deep sense of alienation and loss. Those who feel the separation most keenly often experience an abandonment of self in their lives, pursuing behaviors that are self-destructive and take them even farther from a sense of connection to the larger whole.
Abandonment plays a key role in Anubis's story as well. Nephthys, realizing that she cannot take her newborn baby home with her because her husband, Set, will kill him, takes Anubis out into the desert and leaves him. Isis rescues Anubis - comes to get him and takes him home to raise him as her own. Although she treats him like her son, he is not, and he can never inherit the throne of his father, Osiris.
This is the stuff of a Shakespeare play, and if we were to stay true to form, Anubis would grow up to be twisted and hateful, desiring revenge upon those who have done him wrong. Yet that is not what happens. Anubis becomes a guide to the newly dead - taking them into the underworld and then bringing them out into a new life. Like Persephone in the later Greek myth, it is Anubis - he who has experienced pain and loss - who knows the way through the underworld.
In this way, Anubis finds his true sovereignty. While he can never inherit the throne of his father, he can become the Shaman King, who leads each soul through the darkness of the underworld and out into a new beginning. So too, each of us who have experienced abandonment, pain and loss can become the guide to others as they suffer through their own personal tribulations. The pain of our experience becomes our greatest teacher and the lesson we learn is who we truly are beyond our wounds. There is no doubt the baby Anubis was afraid and hurt when his mother Nephthys walked away from him. But soon Isis, Great Mother to us all, comes and scoops him up in her rainbow wings - as she holds each of us when we are facing our own dark night of the soul.
Anubis, The Shaman King is associated with the fire sign Leo. Leo is the sign of the king and more than any astrological sign Leo needs to be seen and recognized by others. Leo natives are kind and generous with their praise because this is what they most value - being recognized by others for the gifts they bring. Yet ultimately, the best recognition comes when we are able to see ourselves fully and completely. We must matter in our own eyes, we must know our own value, we must see ourselves as kings and queens of our personal realm. In order to do this, we must release the attachment to past pain and hurts. If Anubis had held onto his hurt around the abandonment by his mother, he could never have become the shaman guide. It is only when we begin to see that it is our pain that has created us that we can see the gifts that are part of that pain. Like the mighty lion, symbol for the sign of Leo, when one's inner authority is fully embraced there is no more need for the approval of others.

Monthly Highlights The month of Anubis, The Shaman King, opens with Thoth (Mercury) retrograde in the sign of Leo. Thoth turned retrograde on July 13 and will turn direct on August 8.

Mercury retrograde is an astrological concept that has made it's way into mainstream consciousness. Mercury, the planetary symbol describing how we think, remember and communicate, turns retrograde three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. Mercury retrograde periods are associated with difficulties in personal communications and break-downs in transportation and communication systems.

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Mercury is associated with Thoth, the ibis-headed god who is the Sacred Scribe. Thoth is the day-keeper and the keeper of the archives of souls. Thoth also represents our ability to connect with divine inspiration. Mercury retrograde periods, while difficult on a mundane level, provide a unique opportunity to go within and receive information from our divine source.

This particular Mercury retrograde period plays out against the backdrop of the powerful square (a 90 degree relationship) of Wadjet (Uranus) and Osiris (Pluto). Wadjet and Osiris have been dancing in relationship with one another since last summer, when Wadjet turned retrograde within a degree and a half of a square to Osiris. These two stayed within two degrees of this square through mid-September, 2011.

Wadjet and Osiris moved into the first of seven exact squares on June 24. They will remain within close relationship to one another until well into the fall. Throughout this time various planetary archetypes will come into relationship to them, adding - in a sense - fuel to the fire.

With this transit, which will last for the next three years, we have entered the period that we have both longed for and feared. A great transformation has come to our planet that will bring us both a new way of being as well as the death of much we love. We all have a role to play in the coming years. Listen inward to the voice of Thoth to find your place in the coming new world.


Month of The Sphinx

2012-06-03

The Sphinx sits ancient and silent, guarding the pyramid complex at Giza in Egypt. Apparently the depiction of a lion with the head of a human, the Sphinx has posed a riddle to humanity for centuries. More recent information has come through, downloaded directly by Anubis to Linda Star Wolf and researched independently by Robert and Olivia Temple in "The Sphinx Mystery: The Forgotten Origins of the Sanctuary of Anubis" that suggests The Sphinx was once a statue of Anubis and served as a ceremonial and ritual temple for ancient and long forgotten rites.

The Sphinx is the Earth Altar of ancient Egypt. We humans create altars all the time, whether in ceremonial religious settings or more informally in our homes as part of our personal spiritual practices. Altars serve as a focus of cosmic energy, gathered into a concentrated vortex and then disseminated into the immediate environment. Earth Altars disseminate energy over a much larger area and once were commonly built. There are many Earth Altars on our planet. Ancient stone circles such as Stonehenge and Avebury in England, Callanish in Scotland and complexes such as Machu Pichu in Peru and Giza in Egypt are still standing Earth Altars. Once aligned with far distant stars, their power has diminished but can still be felt by many who are sensitive to these energies. These places were designed to draw down concentrated cosmic energy and disseminate it over the surface of the Earth.

In this way, these places connect all of Earth with cosmic points - distant Suns and solar systems. This is the stuff of magical speculation for many but for those who are open to the downloads of cosmic energy this is a potent and very real personal experience.

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, The Sphinx is aligned with Gemini. Changeable, quick, and mentally fluid, those who carry the energy of this air sign often have a hard road to walk. The energy of Earth is dense and thick, and the fluid, mercurial Gemini is often accused of being fickle and changeable, lacking in direction and stability. In truth, those who carry this astrological imprint have a special role as walking Earth Altars. Their job is to continually search the skies for transmissions from the cosmic realms, download this information through their bodies and then transmit to those around them. Gemini is associated with communication and these natives are often found among our teachers, writers and public speakers. The best of them are spontaneous and fluid, allowing inspiration to flow through them freely without overly analyzing the information they are given. At times, they search vainly for connection, their psychic antennae stretched into the cosmos, scanning for a strong connection that they might pull down into our earthly realm and share with other, less connected, residents of our planet. At other times, they find themselves "in the zone", connected with they know-not-what, information tumbling out and into the field around them.

In Greek myth, the constellation Gemini is associated with the twins, Castor and Pollux. Born of the same mother, Castor's father was human; Pollux's father was the god Zeus. Pollux was immortal while Castor was human destined to die. The two were inseparable and upon the death of Castor, Pollux was inconsolable. Zeus took pity upon him and placed the two brothers into the night sky as twin stars so that they might ever remind us of our dual natures. On the one hand we are human, encased by physical form, separate from each other and subject to the laws of this realm. On the other hand, we are divine beings, connected to cosmic realms. We must find a solution to our dual natures and embrace both our humanness and our divinity.

As Earth Altars, those who carry Gemini energy in their personalities resolve this riddle by being walking receivers and transmitters of cosmic energy. Their divine receptivity becomes a magical gift to our planet from the cosmic realms.

Monthly Highlights

We enter the astrological month of The Sphinx (Gemini) held in the energy of a Solar Eclipse and with Isis (Venus) retrograde and preparing for a Venus Transit on June 5. These powerful events are cast upon the backdrop of what must be described as a formidable alignment between the Great Awakener, Wadjet, (Uranus) and the Lord of Regeneration, Osiris (Pluto).

Wadjet and Osiris have been dancing in relationship with one another since last summer, when Wadjet (Uranus) turned retrograde within a degree and a half of a square (a 90 degree relationship) to Osiris (Pluto). These two stayed within two degrees of this square through mid September, 2011. They have come back into this relationship with one another again and will remain in close relationship to each other for the next three years.

Wadjet is life force energy, undeniable and powerful. Wadjet is the instinct toward life that overcomes a chick inside an egg when it begins to peck its way out of the confinement and protection of the shell. Wadjet is present in the birth process of all beings as the contractions begin and the new- born being is expelled from the womb. The energy of Wadjet can be experienced as destructive. Uranus has long been associated with unpredictable events, such as earthquakes and sudden accidents. At these times, we humans must search for the gift in the disaster in order to access the new energy inherent in the archetype of Wadjet. Whenever form has become rigid, Wadjet appears, ready to break through whatever it is that is blocking the expression of new life. We see it in the blades of grass bursting through concrete sidewalks and we feel it in the exhilaration of a kundalini experience. Wadjet, the cobra-headed goddess of ancient Egypt, is life incarnate and she will not be denied.

Osiris is the noble king, husband of Isis, inexplicably put to death by his brother Set not once but twice. Isis searches to the ends of the Earth for her beloved husband, reclaiming his body, using her magic to bring him back to life so that she might experience union with him, and searching for the cast-away pieces of his body. Through her great love, he is "re-membered" and a child is born, Horus the New King. Osiris transforms from the King of Heaven into a symbol of the never-ending process of death and rebirth. Out of death new life is born - life which must inevitably feed death. This is the essential story of our planet, the gears which move us forward through the eternal spiral of transformation and change and Osiris, the God of Regeneration, is the archetypal representation of this primal truth.

A transit between these two is always powerful, and to have them in relationship with one another for such a long time - nearly four years - is notable to say the least. These two giants of the astrological realm are now back in close alignment with one another and will come into the first of seven exact squares on June 24.

Because of the movement of the Earth and Moon in their respective orbits, Solar and Lunar Eclipses always come in pairs and - more rarely - in threes. Sometimes the Lunar Eclipse comes first. This time, a Solar Eclipse led the way on May 20 followed by a partial Lunar Eclipse on June 4. Eclipses represent transition with the time between the Solar and Lunar Eclipse being a sort of birth canal as we move from one phase to the next. Our birth - or re-entry - is particularly emphasized as Nephthys, the Keeper of the Mysteries behind the veils - turns retrograde the same day as the partial Lunar Eclipse (June 4). The next day, Nephthys's twin sister, Isis (Venus), will experience a rare astronomical event called a Venus Transit.

Venus Transits occur in pairs, once every 243 years. This one, on June 5, is the second in the pair, the first having occurred in 2004. Venus Transits are similar to a Solar Eclipse in that Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun, thereby blocking a small portion of the Sun to our view. This Venus Transit, coming on the heels of the Annular Solar Eclipse on May 20 and the partial Lunar Eclipse on June 4, indicates that we are at a powerful crossroads on our journey.

A hint of the deeper meaning of our journey can be found by examining the present retrograde journey of Isis (Venus). Isis turned retrograde at the 24th degree of Gemini on May 15 and will turn direct on June 27. Set (Mars) turned retrograde at the 24th degree of Virgo in January, exactly 90 degrees apart from the point where Isis has begun her retrograde journey. Retrograde periods provide us with the opportunity to go inward and explore the deeper meaning represented by a particular archetype. The retrograde period of Set (from January 23 through April 13) supported us in exploring the question of right action. This retrograde period of Isis presents us with a crucial question, both for us individually as well as members of a collective - what is it that we most value and love?

Venus has long been astrologically associated with love of all types - erotic love, platonic love and friendship, the experiences of life we most value, and the healing power of feminine compassion. Her Egyptian counterpart, Isis, is the Queen of Heaven and the Egyptian archetype of the Divine Feminine.

We are entering another period of intense challenge on our planet - as described by the long lasting square between Wadjet and Osiris - and this cosmic emphasis on Isis, the Divine Mother, tells us where to focus our attention. We must first ask ourselves this simple question - "what is it that I most love?" - and then open our hearts. Once we feel connected to that which we love, we must open our hearts even more, and love even more. Isis is strong and present in the energy of our planet at this time, reminding us that we are all held in her rainbow wings and through all our process of transformation and change. Isis, Queen Mother of Heaven, invites us to bask in her loving presence and become her emissary, spreading her message of open-hearted love and compassion for Earth and all of her creatures.


Month of Hathor

2012-04-19

Hathor is one of the oldest archetypal expressions of the Great Goddess. Sometimes called the Lady of the Beasts, in her we find the exuberant joy of new life. Hathor can be found in the lush abundance of spring, in the joy of sensuality, and in the experience of the senses.

Hathor invites us to fully embody so as to receive that which can only be understood through form. Her message to us is that all life is beautiful and inherently delicious. She takes great joy in all earthly experiences and invites to embrace the spirituality that can only be experienced through a human form. Her enthusiastic yet grounded energy can be found in the dancer, the sculptor, the mechanic, the gardener, and all those who use their bodies to explore the full meaning of being alive.

Hathor is allied with the earth sign Taurus. Taurus concerns itself most with material reality. Individuals with strong Taurus energy in their charts are sensual lovers of good food, beautiful textures and comfort. Taurus is also associated with money and the acquisition of material objects. While those with Taurus energy in their chart can be interested in the acquisition of things, their true interest is in resources. Our greatest resource is our body and the job of the Taurus individual is to ground their energy fully into form. Once grounded, they move out from the center of their own being.

Hathor loves us and all our earthly brothers and sisters totally and completely. She invites us to love and cherish our earthly forms and to treat our bodies as the divine temple of our souls.

Monthly Highlights

We enter the astrological month of Hathor (Taurus) with Set (Mars) resuming his forward motion. Set turned direct on April 13 in the emanation of Nekhbet (Virgo).

Isis (Venus) will turn retrograde on May 15 in the emanation of The Sphinx (Gemini). Isis is the Queen Mother of ancient Egypt. In traditional astrology her planetary ally - Venus - represents our values and describes that which we wish to receive. For most of us, our basic desire is to receive love - and through a relationship with the divine feminine, we do receive love. Isis holds us in her rainbow wings through all the processes of death and rebirth that we must experience. As we connect with her, we know we are connected with the great love of the Divine Mother.

Isis will turn retrograde at the 24th degree of Gemini. Set began his retrograde journey in January at the 24th degree of Virgo. These points are 90 degrees apart on the Wheel of the Zodiac and are in what astrologers call a "square" aspect to one another (a one fourth division of the 360 degree wheel). In a subtle way, this is quite important.

During this first half of 2012, with first Set/Mars turning retrograde and now Isis/Venus, something important is being worked out within our individual and collective psyches. Retrograde periods provide us with the opportunity to go inward regarding whatever archetype that particular planet represents. Set/Mars is the masculine archetype of the Warrior and right action. Isis/Venus is the feminine archetype of receptivity and our definition of our values.

Square aspects describe a challenge between the archetypes. In this case our actions are not in harmony with our values. We have a blind spot in some area of our life. What we are doing - both as individuals and collectively - does not match up with what it is we want to receive.

The next few years will be extremely powerful. The intense sweep of planetary change that we have been experiencing over the last several years will not diminish but rather will intensify. Wadjet (Uranus) is moving back into her square with Osiris (Pluto), where she will remain through 2015. The fiery intensity of the Kundalini Cobra is in relationship to the Lord of Death, Regeneration and Rebirth. We must be in right alignment with ourselves in order to step up to the challenges that we will face.

The purpose of this time of internal contemplation of our values and actions is so that we might collectively step up to a new relationship with the Great Star Nations. Gaia and her family - our solar system - is preparing to embody a new octave of consciousness, one which will give our solar system a new place in the Galactic Federation. We can get a better sense of where we are in this process by bringing the so-called "Fixed Stars" into the astrological equation.

For the first two weeks of the month of Hathor, the Old King Sobek (Saturn) will be in an aspect relationship to Procyon. Procyon is a first magnitude star, the fifth brightest in the northern hemisphere. Procyon was a very important star to the ancient Egyptians. Their New Year was celebrated with the heliacal rising of Sirius - the star also called Sothis. The Egyptian astronomers watched very carefully for the first sighting of Procyon on the horizon. Its appearance was a harbinger of the soon-to-appear Sirius - called The Shining One - and the annual flooding of the Nile River. The flooding was a much anticipated yearly event; a good flood meant fertile crops and abundance for the people.

Sobek is the Old King. He represents a system that has run its course. This system can be quite literal (an organizational system, a job, a way of being in the world) or it can be metaphoric (a generational influence, a philosophical viewpoint, an emotional response). As things work in our world and our psyches, the two are almost always related. When Sobek's influence is strong in our individual chart or on our planet, we are forced to examine something that has to change - that is changing, whether we like it or not. And we usually don't - for with Sobek comes a fear of change that portends a type of death. There is a reluctance to face that which must be done in order to allow this death to happen. The Old King must die and when Sobek makes an appearance that death is near.

Procyon in relationship to Sobek suggests that the harbinger of the metaphoric New Year - or era - has made his appearance and served notice to the Old King that his time is almost over. The Old King has a choice - will he willingly lie down his staff and allow the new energy to manifest in his realm? Or will he fight to maintain his power even if he no longer has the strength to do so? This archetypal tale runs through the myths and stories of our planet in many versions. A wise king knows when his time has come to let go. And not all kings are wise.

The collective soul of our planet is comprised of the individual psyches of each of us who live upon the surface of Gaia. In order for Gaia to step up to her new galactic role, we must change collectively and we must change as individuals. Procyon - the harbinger of change - has given notice to our Old King. It is time for a change. First we needed to look at our actions, now it is time to reassess our values. It is only when our actions are in alignment with our values that the new archetypal energy can take root in our hearts and then on the soil of our beloved Earth.

Isis/Venus turns retrograde on May 15 and will turn direct on June 27. Now is the time to commune with our Isis within and explore what it is we most value and wish to receive.


Month of Kephera

2012-03-21

Kephera is the Sacred Scarab of ancient Egypt. To the Egyptians he represented the morning sun. His name contains within it the name of the sun - Ra.

Kephera is the Spiral Dancer and the guardian of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology. It is he who reminds us that we are always dancing through the Spiral Path, that every day is a new beginning, and that we are never truly stuck as we move through our path of transformation and change.

It is Kephera who determines how much of the planetary influences we are ready to receive. Are we ready to receive the transformative energies of Wadjet - the Great Awakener? Perhaps it is time for a journey behind the veils into the mysteries with Nephthys. Or perhaps it is time to allow some part of ourselves to die and go into the underworld with Osiris so that we might be regenerated and reborn.

Kephera is, more than anything, the Law of Change. His imprint upon planet Earth is strong and he is the guardian and protector of us all. He does not allow more of the cosmic influences to come through to us than we are ready to receive.

Kephera is aligned with the fire sign Aries. Aries is the beginning of the zodiacal wheel. The entry of the Sun into the sign Aries is the Spring Equinox, the balancing point between the extremes of the Winter and Summer Solstices. Like the seedling bursting forth from the seed, in Aries we burn through the darkness of the underworld into the open brightness of the light. All things must pass and now, once again, it is time to begin again. That which has died is ready to be reformed.

Monthly Highlights

We enter the astrological month of Kephera (Aries) with both Set (Mars) and Thoth (Mercury) retrograde. Set turned retrograde in the emanation of Nekhbet (Virgo) on January 23; Thoth turned retrograde in the emanation of Kephera (Aries) on March 12.

Set is the Warrior King of ancient Egypt. The most commonly told story about Set concerns the murder of his brother Osiris. Set kills his brother not once, but twice. As portrayed by the Greek and Roman historians who traveled through Egypt in its later period, Set is cruel and brutal, his motives steeped in jealousy and resentment. In a much earlier, less well-known story, Set is the Sacred Warrior who accompanies Ra on his nightly journey through the underworld. Each night Set kills the monster Apophis who wants to devour Ra. Killing Apophis is the sacred duty of Set; if he does not kill the monster the sun will not rise and all life on Earth will perish. Much like the warrior who sets the perimeter around his village and guards those within, Set acts as the guardian of Ra. While his actions are violent, they are directed by great love and a deep understanding of his sacred duty as a warrior.

Set holds the position of the shadow in our psyche. Nothing is more mysterious or, in some cases, frightening than our warrior self. How we relate to our warrior describes our ability to manifest right action in our world. Are we capable of embracing our warrior and directing his actions from a place of love? Or are we afraid our warrior will run amok, destroying everything in his path. Do we disown him? Do we honor him?

Thoth (Mercury) is the Sacred Scribe of ancient Egypt. When we receive downloads from spirit, when we open to illumination, imagination, and inspiration, it is Thoth who creates the channel that carries this information into consciousness. Thoth is more than just our ability to communicate; he represents our ability to open to intuition and inspiration.

During this time when both Set and Thoth are retrograde, we have an opportunity to reflect upon the question of right action. What are we inspired to do? What is our Soul Purpose, our next right action upon the path? As we explore what inspired right action is for us as individuals, we can then create a planetary network of inspired action. Set presents to us the choice - will our actions come from a place of fear, or from love? Set, the Warrior King, awakens within us our Spiritual Warrior. For the Spiritual Warrior, the first and most important battle is always with the self.

Both Thoth and Set will turn direct during this month of Kephera. Thoth turns direct on April 4 in the emanation of Sothis; Set will turn direct on April 13, still in the emanation of Nekhbet. Thoth will turn direct in exact opposition to the point at which Set turned retrograde back in January. It is time to bring the beautiful compassion and love of Sothis (Pisces) to our Wounded Warriors, both within ourselves as well as without. The Warrior is both our protector and our guardian. In order to act from love he must know he is loved. We all have the opportunity to look within, honor our Warrior and commit to Right Action in the world.


Month of Sothis

2012-02-21

As we enter the astrological month of Sothis (Pisces), Set (Mars) continues on his retrograde journey through the emanation of Nekhbet (Virgo). Thoth (Mercury) will turn retrograde this month as well, meaning that we will have two of the three "social" planets (Mercury, Venus and Mars) in retrograde motion. Last month Nephthys (Neptune) moved into the emanation of Sothis (Pisces), a most important astrological event.

Nephthys, Keeper of the Mysteries, is very comfortable in the water sign Pisces. In traditional astrology, Nephthys is allied with Neptune, the planet associated with imagination, inspiration, illumination, higher spiritual consciousness, as well as confusion, illusion and delusion. This is the realm of creativity, intuition and psychic connection with the unseen ones. Neptune is ruled by Pisces in traditional astrology and it's movement into it's "home" sign is extremely important to our planet. The Age of Pisces is losing it's grip as we move rapidly into the new Age of Aquarius. The presence of Neptune in Pisces suggests that the deterioration of the Piscean influence on our planet is accelerating.

Nephthys first transitioned into Sothis last April; she retrograded back into the emanation of Ptah in August, 2011. She moved firmly back into Sothis on February 3 where she will remain until 2025.

The month of Pisces lasts from February 19 until the Spring Equinox on March 20. On the symbolic Wheel of the Zodiac, all of the signs grow out of one another. When we reach Pisces it is time for the current cycle of expression to come to an end. Pisces is the sign of disintegration and dissolution. That which was in form must dissolve and return to the primordial waters from which it once emerged, so that some new thing can be born in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. Pisces represents the boundless, limitless and undifferentiated realm of water. It's shadow side is a lack of boundaries, for there is no separation in the watery realms of Pisces. The greatest gift of this sign is an intuitive connection with other realms, with the unseen ones, and with divine source.

Unlike the other neters of the Shamanic Egyptian Astrological pantheon, Sothis is not a specific archetypal god or goddess, but rather a place - the star Sirius. Sirius was extremely important to the ancient Egyptians. They considered it to be the home of Isis and Osiris. The first sighting of the star Sirius in the evening sky was a much awaited event, as the appearance of Sirius in the eastern sky meant that the annual flooding of the Nile would soon follow. This was the New Year to the ancient Egyptians, a time of celebration and hope.

Sirius was also associated with the Duat - the Egyptian concept of heaven. This was a place of incredible harmony and unconditional love. Sothis, the beautiful representation of this star, has much in common with Kuan Yin, Tara, and Mary - all archetypal figures associated with tremendous compassion and love - a love that is unconditional and without strings. It is also detached. This is the greatest lesson for those born with strong Pisces in their astrological makeup; they must learn to feel every bit of the tremendous compassion and love that flows so fully and easily through them and yet remain unattached to outcomes. In its shadow expression, Pisces can try to fix and rescue, making rigid rules which profess to keep others safe. At its best, Pisces loves unconditionally without interference, allowing each of their beloveds to walk their path, wherever it may lead.

Set, the great Warrior King, is retrograde in the emanation of Nekhbet. On March 12, Thoth, the Magician and Sacred Scribe, will also turn retrograde. In our human personalities, Set (Mars) represents the quality of action we direct out into the world. Thoth (Mercury) represents all aspects of communication and governs our planetary systems of transportation and communication. Retrograde planets always describe a turning inward of the energies represented by these archetypes. The combination of these three astrological events - Nephthys beginning her emanation through Sothis, Set retrograde and Thoth turning retrograde on March 12, suggests an incredibly internal time on planet Earth, providing the potential for each of us to achieve a deeper relationship with our inner selves.

This is a time where action is directed inward. For those to whom it is extremely important that "things happen", this will be a very difficult time as little can be accomplished in the outer world. It is, however, a wonderful time to go on retreat, to sit in quiet contemplation, and to listen to the inner voice. The connection with divine source is extraordinarily strong at this time.

Mercury will turn direct on April 4 and Mars will turn direct on April 14. The highlight of this month comes on March 13 and 14, when a Grand Trine - a most harmonious relationship between archetypal energies - will be formed between Isis (Venus) aligned with Horus (Jupiter), in a trine to Set (Mars), in a trine to Osiris (Pluto), with Osiris (Pluto) in a trine to Isis and Horus. This is the final trine of Jupiter and Pluto, a series of alignments that began last year. Our beloved Earth stands at the center of a powerful alignment of cosmic energies at this time. We are all invited to go inward to discover how better to align our actions with our deepest values.


Month of Ptah

2012-01-21

Ptah is one of several creator gods of ancient Egypt. While Khnum, allied with the earth sign Capricorn, created the animals who inhabit the Earth, Ptah created the Earth itself and the sky. Ptah is associated with the sign Aquarius, and - much as the natives of this air sign - his realm is the world of visions and ideas.

Those with the sign Aquarius strong in their chart have their eyes focused upon the future. They are visionaries by nature, and happiest when thinking about what can be. At their best they are creative people with a natural ability to manifest that which is as yet unformed.

Ptah created the world with his words and is sometimes portrayed with energy streaming out of his mouth. Here we see the origin of the idea, "we create our own reality." Ptah reminds us that we create our experience through the thoughts we think and the words that we speak. Ptah's words are connected to his heart, and here we find his most important message. If we want to bring a beautiful world into manifestation both for ourselves and others, then that is the vision we must hold in our thoughts, words and actions. We do have a choice. We can choose to create from our open hearts, connected to love.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Ptah opens with the long lasting opposition of Horus (Jupiter) and Sobek (Saturn) diminishing as Horus picks up speed and Sobek slows down in preparation for his station on February 7. Our planet has been caught in the tension of the opposites - the forces of expansion and contraction - for the last six weeks.

There are two powerful astrological events taking place this month. First, we have a station of Set (Mars) on January 23. Set is the Warrior King of ancient Egypt and a most complicated archetypal figure. He is both a violent perpetrator - the murderer of his brother Osiris - and the Sacred Warrior who accompanies Amun-Ra on his nightly journey through the underworld. Each night a multi-headed monster, Apophis, attacks Amun-Ra and each night Set uses his strength, focus and warrior energy to kill the monster. Set's action in killing Apophis is as much an act of violence as his killing of his brother. This violence has a sacred purpose, however. If Apophis is successful in killing Amun-Ra, the sun will not rise and the Earth and all of its creatures will die. While the murder of Osiris is senseless and unexplainable, the killing of Apophis is part of Set's sacred duty as a warrior - to protect that which he loves.

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Set holds the archetype of the shadow. Many of us turn away from our warrior, afraid that we will not be able to handle this powerful energy with integrity. We fear that we will lose control of him, that he will run amok - much as when Set kills Osiris - and that we will unleash his deadly power upon those we love. When we deny our warrior a place in our psyche, however, we are also denying ourselves access to our creativity and our ability to manifest ideas into action. We need our warrior to bring our dreams into fruition. If we turn away from him in fear of his power we deny ourselves access to our own strength.

When Set is retrograde, we have the opportunity to communicate with our Sacred Warrior and explore what right action is for us. Set (Mars) turns retrograde on January 23 and will turn direct on April 13. During this retrograde period Set will be in the emanation of Nekhbet (Virgo). The grandmother crone can help us discern what actions are in the highest good for ourselves and others. The second powerful transit of this month is the movement of Nephthys (Neptune) back into the emanation of Sothis (Pisces). Nephthys has been transitioning out of the emanation of Ptah (Aquarius) and into Sothis for last nine months. Nephthys, the Keeper of the Mysteries, first transitioned into Sothis last April; she retrograded back into the emanation of Ptah in August, 2011. She moves firmly back into Sothis on February 3 where she will remain until 2025. This is a major planetary transition and will be discussed in depth next month.


Month of Khnum

2011-12-24

Khnum is a creator god of ancient Egypt. While Ptah, associated with the astrological sign Aquarius, created the Earth and the heavens, Khnum created the creatures that live upon the surface of the Earth.

Khnum is a potter. Using clay he formed upon his wheel the flesh and blood creatures who walk, crawl, swim and fly. Most often portrayed as a man with the head of a ram, Khnum has long, spiraling horns adorning his head and enormous gentle brown eyes. His hands are large and finely formed - they are the hands of someone who uses them to do his work in the world.

In the Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt, Khnum is the neter who supports us as we go through our processes of death and rebirth. During times of transformation and change we often find that our external form no longer fits our new emerging self. As our heart is renewed and cleansed by Anubis, Khnum invites us onto his potters wheel so as to create a new ka body that will support us in embodying a new aspect of self.

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Khnum is associated with the earth sign Capricorn. Capricorn is the sign of structure. In the personal realm, Capricorn rules our skeleton and bones; on a societal level Capricorn is associated with the laws of society and their enforcement by the police and the courts. In this way the sign Capricorn describes the form of society as expressed through its laws and mores. The shadow side of Capricorn is authoritarianism - form for form's sake. The most evolved expression of Capricorn is that of the wise elder who is willing to alter the structure of society so as to meet the needs of its changing substance. Here we see Khnum - continually altering and changing the form of something so as to accommodate its ever changing essence. In Khnum we find the embodiment of the wise and flexible elder.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Khnum (Capricorn) opens with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the official beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. This year the Winter Solstice occurs at 9:30 pm, December 21 on the west coast and 12:30 am, December 22 on the east coast.

Symbolically, the Winter Solstice represents the time of year when we have gone as far into the darkness as we can go. Now the days will gradually become longer and the nights shorter until we finally reach the Summer Solstice, around June 21, when we have gone as far into the light as we can go. This movement from the dark to the light and back again to the dark describes the duality that is the nature of life on planet Earth at this time. As long as our Earth tilts on its axis, we will experience this ebb and flow of the dark and the light.

It is important to remember that it is an ebb and flow and that one polarity is not preferable to the other. The movement between the two extremes can be thought of as the movement of a pendulum - back and forth. At the Solstices we are suspended at the far extreme of each pole. We can go no farther into one aspect of our Earth reality and we must now begin our journey back into the other aspect. The beauty of this journey is its balance - our time in each experience is equal.

This Winter Solstice is marked by a station of Horus (Jupiter). Horus is the New King, full of enthusiasm and new ideas. His energy is expansive. Horus is the hawk-headed god of ancient Egypt and he carries the energy of this fierce and high-flying raptor who is associated by many cultures with the the messenger. Hawk carries messages from spirit to those who have the vision to see. During this station of Horus, he stands in opposition to his old nemesis, Sobek (Saturn). Sobek is the Old King, the keeper of the old ways and traditions who while wise and knowledgeable sometimes has difficulty making way for the new. Together Horus and Sobek represent the constant struggle between the old order and new ideas that takes place both externally on our planet as well as within ourselves. Their energy is inherently oppositional, with Horus/Jupiter representing the principle of expansion while Sobek/Saturn representing the principle of contraction. In truth, however, both are necessary - just as our lungs expand with each breath and contract with each exhalation, so too in life we must expand to embrace new ideas and then contract into disciplined action in order to manifest these ideas in Earth reality. When we understand this truth and express it in our actions then the energies of Horus and Sobek are reconciled.

Horus and Sobek came into exact opposition last March; at this time their opposition will not be exact. They will, however, move to within two degrees of one another for most of the month of Khnum, which presents us with a most interesting opportunity both within ourselves as well as collectively. During this time the dual nature of things will be very clear. It is important not to polarize and not to think that one extreme is better than the other - any more than one Solstice is better than the other - but rather look for the place where the opposites are reconciled. In the reconciliation of the opposites we create the third thing. As we move to the third thing, we move out of duality and into the next level of the spiral path of life.

At this time of deepest darkness, take time to think of what it is that you wish to release into the dark so that you do not carry it with you back into the light.

Horus (Jupiter), the New King, turns direct on Christmas Day, December 25. Horus and Sobek remain in opposition to one another for the entire month of Khnum. Set (Mars), the Warrior King, will be slowing down and preparing for a station on January 23. The energy of the warrior is quite strong on our planet at this time. We have the choice - we can be locked in a battle that no one can win or we can release that which is old, outworn and no longer truly of service and open to the new ideas, enthusiasm and unadulterated joy of Horus, the New King.


Month of Sekhmet

2011-11-26

Sekhmet, lion-headed goddess of ancient Egypt, fierce yet also intensely loving, comes into our lives whenever our passion is awakened and we are called into the fiery portal of transformation. Sekhmet is an agent for change. In order to break free of the chains of past behavior and awaken into a new version of ourselves, we need the fierce commitment of our lion heart. Sekhmet supports us in moving forth into the new life we are longing for.

Sekhmet is one of the oldest of the Egyptian goddesses and was originally aligned with the cow goddess Hathor. While Hathor represents the affectionate and sensual aspect of the feminine, Sekhmet is the feminine in all her fierceness and determination. The easiest way to imagine the complexity that Sekhmet represents is to think of the mother lion playing with her cubs. She is affectionate and gentle with them, never leaving their side except when she must find them food. She licks them, cuddles them, plays with them, and if anyone threatens her beloved cubs she will attack fiercely and with great intensity. Her fierce love is not to be trifled with.

Sekhmet is associated with the fire sign Sagittarius in traditional astrology. Sagittarius is a sign of passion and deep commitment. Those with Sagittarius strong in their charts care deeply and love with great intensity and strength. They are happiest in life when they are engaged with their passion. Whether it be a political or social cause, or something smaller and closer to home, the true face of Sagittarius can be heard in the roar of passion of the agent of change.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Sekhmet (Sagittarius) opens with Thoth(Mercury)turning retrograde on November 24. Mercury turns retrograde three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. In traditional astrology, Mercury represents our mind - how we think, remember, communicate and process information. Mercury was the messenger to the gods, and one of the functions of Mercury in our psyche is to carry the messages of our ego to our mind.

The messages of our ego revolve around what it is that we need to do, think and be in order to be safe. When Mercury turns retrograde we have the opportunity to expand beyond the ordinary concerns of consciousness and move into an expanded realm. In this place we come in contact with Thoth.

Thoth was the Sacred Scribe of ancient Egypt - the daykeeper and custodian of the book of souls. Thoth opens our connection to divine inspiration. When we receive downloads from sprit and intuitive understanding, or, in other words, when we make connection with that which is beyond the veils, it is Thoth who holds open the channel through which this information is passed into consciousness.

Mercury retrograde periods provide us with a special opportunity to be "inspired" - to be filled with spirit so as to experience an alchemical process whereby understanding is extracted from intuition. We can maximize this experience by providing ourselves with time for contemplation and retreat. Mercury will turn direct on December 13. The New Moon on November 25 will be a Solar Eclipse, followed by a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on December 10. Solar and Lunar Eclipses play a powerful role in our collective psyche. Eclipses represent an ending of some sort of process or development, in this case involving the period that began at the last series of three eclipses that occurred in June. The period of time between eclipses can be thought of as a tunnel from one way of being to another - a time between time. This particular transition ends quite powerfully with the cobra headed goddess Wadjet (Uranus) turning direct on December 10, the same day as the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. Wadjet shatters old forms so that new life force energy can be released. The two weeks between these eclipses is held within the the three week period of Thoth retrograde. We are being invited upon a collective inner journey. The emanation of Sekhmet is strong during this period. Sekhmet, the fierce lion goddess invites us inward to dance with our deepest passion.


Month of Bast

2011-10-29

Bast is the cat goddess of ancient Egypt. Sometimes depicted as a woman with a human body and the head of a cat and at other times represented as a cat adorned with jewels, Bast was revered as the essence of feminine sensuality and sexuality. Festivals dedicated to Bast were full of eroticism and Priestesses of Bast were renowned for their beauty and sensuality.

Cats were sacred to the people of ancient Egypt and considered to be good luck. Kittens were often given as presents at the New Year as a blessing for the coming year. Cats were honored members of Egyptian households and mummies of cats have been frequently found in burial tombs.

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology Bast reminds us of our holy longing. In the human experience, longing is often found through our passion and desire. It is longing that feeds our desire, whether that desire is expressed through sexual passion or through the desire to accomplish something meaningful in our life. Through our longing we hear the voice of our soul, urging us to break through our resistance and fear and move on to the next expression of ourselves.

In traditional astrology, Bast is associated with the water sign Scorpio. Intense and tumultuous, Scorpio is associated with sex, union, death and transformation of all types. Those with Scorpio strong in their chart are not content to take the easy path. For them, every bit of the juice must be wrung from each experience, and nothing is done by half. In the Scorpio nature we see Bast, calling us to let go of our fears and allow ourselves to be transported into a new dimension of self. Bast reminds us of our soul's longing to move beyond the limitations of our ego and burst through to a new personal reality.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Bast (Scorpio) is dominated by an alignment between Thoth (Mercury) and Isis (Venus). Although these two do not come into exact conjunction before Mercury moves into retrograde motion on November 24, they remain within a few degrees of one another the entire astrological month.

Isis (Venus) is the Queen Mother of ancient Egypt. Revered by many throughout Egypt's history, she has always represented the essence of love and compassion. Devoted to her husband, Osiris, and to her children Horus - by birth - and Anubis - through adoption - she is also skilled in magic and possessed of clear vision that cuts cleanly to the truth of any matter. It is Isis who holds us in her rainbow wings as we move through the transition from one existence to another and it she who whispers to us that we are not alone and never have been. She has always been with us and always will be through all the difficult passages of life.

Thoth (Mercury) is the Sacred Scribe who has access to the Akashic records. Thoth keeps track of time and is the keeper of days. He is also the wise sage who assists us in connecting with our own divine source. Thoth is associated with illumination and inspiration. Thoth holds open the clear channel by which we each may download our own messages from the Great Star Nations.

Isis is calling to us during this month of Scorpio, associated with the great cat goddess Bast. We are all invited to remember our Divine Mother, to see and feel her all around us. If we listen, we will hear Isis speaking to us. She invites us to remember that we are loved and that we each have the opportunity to become a source of nurturing to those around us - to other people, to the animals we share this Earth with, and to sweet Gaia in all her beauty. Thoth and Isis will help us cut through the untruths we have taken on that tell us we are not worthy, not good enough, not deserving, and help us to know that each and every one of us is a manifestation of the Love of God/Goddess on Earth.

On November 9, Isis's twin sister Nephthys (Neptune) will turn direct and begin her journey out of the emanation of Ptah (Aquarius) and into the emanation of Sothis (Pisces). Ptah reminds us that all our creations must come from a place of love. During this month each of us are invited to listen carefully to the messages of Queen Mother Isis and her sister Nephthys, the Keeper of the Mysteries, so that we remember to use our power of creation in a loving way. Regardless of our physical circumstances, we can create a reality that is full of truth, beauty, vision and love.


Month of Ma'at

2011-09-26

The ancient Egyptians believed that upon death Anubis, the jackal-headed god, took the newly deceased soul into the underworld where they were met by the beautiful goddess Ma'at. Ma'at weighed the heart of the deceased upon her scale. If their heart weighed less than the feathered plume she wore upon her head, then the heart was considered to be pure and Anubis would take the soul on to the Du'at - heaven within the sky. If the heart weighed more than the feather then they would return to Earth to continue their journey in another incarnation.

Ma'at represents the Egyptian concept of karma. Her symbolism is found in the tarot card Adjustment, as it is called in the Crowley deck, or Temperence, as it is known in other decks. She is often pictured with her scales, and in this country, she is found in the image of "Blind Justice", the representation of a beautiful blindfolded woman holding a sword in one hand and her scales in the other. In the western world, she has come to represent the idea that we reap what we sow, and that eventually justice will find us all. To the ancient Egyptians, Ma'at represented the idea of order, balance and, ultimately, truth.

The ancient Egyptians would say to one another, "I wish you Ma'at." By that, they meant that they wished one another the order, balance and truth of life. The Egyptians did not fear death in the same way that modern societies fear death. Rather, they saw life as intertwined with death. To them, a good yearly flood of the Nile, which would undoubtedly bring death and destruction, was part of the natural order - and something to be hoped for. Out of the death and destruction brought by the flood would come a rich harvest, food for the people and a new beginning. The ancient Egyptians understood that every death brings a birth and that neither is better, or worse, than the other.

In the mysteries of Shamanic Egypt, Ma'at is depicted as a beautiful goddess with a crown of mirrors. When we look at her, we cannot see her face, but rather we see a reflection of our own face. Ma'at is associated with the astrological sign of Libra. Libra is the sign of partnership, relationship and "the other." It is only in relationship with others that we can see a true reflection of ourselves. Ma'at shows us that which we resist seeing about ourselves and gives us the opportunity to achieve wholeness - true inner order, balance and truth - by embracing all that is rather than only that which we wish to see.

Monthly Highlights

During the month of Ma'at (Libra) the focus continues to be the on-going square between Wadjet (Uranus) and Osiris (Pluto). While the power of the square is somewhat lessened as Uranus retrogrades away from Pluto, the tension is held first by Amun-Ra (the Sun) and then Thoth (Mercury) as they move into Libra and then into a challenging relationship to these two astrological giants.

Wadjet (Uranus) is the cobra-headed goddess of ancient Egypt who unwinds the kundalini energy, shattering all blocks to the birth of new life. Wadjet has been a powerful force on our planet since the fall of 2008, breaking old structures so that new life force energy can come forth.

Osiris (Pluto) is the god of regeneration, representing the ever-present cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Wadjet and Osiris began a four year cycle of relationship this summer, moving within a degree of an exact square to one another. They will remain in a square relationship until 2015.

Amun-Ra and Thoth move through their challenging relationships to Wadjet and Osiris from September 25 - 28. During these days we have the opportunity to bring new life energy to our own personal process of renewal.

Set, Mars in traditional astrology, moves through a square to Horus (Jupiter) in the first week of October. Horus is the New King, young and enthusiastic. His influence expands the energy of anything he contacts. In this case, he is expanding the power and strength of Set, the Warrior King.

Set is a complicated figure in the shamanic Egyptian pantheon. He is both the Sacred Warrior who protects Ra from the monster Apophis, and is also the wounded warrior who murders his brother Osiris. The archetype of the Wounded Warrior is a powerful one in modern society. Many of us do not know how to relate to the warrior both in our own personality as well as in other people. The warrior is often unsure of how to express his talents and abilities - he can become a bully, insisting that others bend to his will, not knowing how to hold the sacred role of honored and powerful protector in a loving and respectful manner. We have much to learn from the shadow energy of Set, particularly during this tumultuous and transformative time. Now, more than ever, we need the Sacred Warrior to step forth, within us as well as in our society, to protect our planet from the forces of greed and ignorance. We cannot fear the Warrior, nor can we allow him to resort to patriarchal methods for obtaining an ego-based agenda. Set in relationship to Horus gives all of us the opportunity to face our fears around the abuse of power and bring forth our honorable Sacred Warrior.


Month of Nekhbet

2011-08-28

Nekhbet is the wise Crone Priestess of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology. Sometimes called the "Black Isis", she is the grandmother expression of the triple goddess in ancient Egypt: Nephthys (maiden), Isis (mother), Nekhbet (crone). Nekhbet is the wise grandmother who holds us to a high standard, looking us firmly in the eye and asking us if we have done the best we can do. "If not," she tells us, "then go do it."

In Egypt, Nekhbet was represented by the vulture. Her image - wings outspread - often adorned the entrance to the temples. In order to enter the mystery, one must meet the approval of the wise grandmother. Only those who are worthy - who have done their work - can enter.

In traditional astrology, Nekhbet is aligned with the earth sign Virgo. Virgo is the last of the signs of the zodiac that describe the development of the individual. Virgo is concerned with the perfection of individual expression - so as to better enter into relationship. While the shadow expression of Virgo can be perfectionism to the point of being critical and nit-picking, Virgo at it's best expresses the high standards and great love of Nekhbet. Nekhbet wants all of us to do our very best, not out of judgment and criticism, but out of great love. Only when each of us do what it is we came here to do can our planet move to the next level of consciousness. Nekhbet reminds us of our soul purpose - what it is we came here to do - and holding us with her strong, steady gaze, she asks us if we remember.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Nekhbet opens with Thoth (Mercury) retrograde and the continuing square between Wadjet (Uranus) and Osiris (Pluto).

Mercury, the planet of communication in traditional astrology, turns retrograde three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. It is typical during these times for communication processes to be affected and for there to be break-downs in transportation and communication systems.

Thoth is the Shamanic Egyptian Astrological ally of Mercury and is the Sacred Scribe of ancient Egypt. When we receive direct downloads of inspiration and illumination from source, it is Thoth who assists us by creating the channel of communication from Divine Source to our consciousness. Mercury retrograde periods, while frequently problematic from a mundane perspective, are perfect times to connect with our internal compass and re-align with our soul's purpose.

This particular Mercury retrograde period has been particularly challenging, as much of it took place during an opposition to Nephthys (Neptune), the Keeper of the Mysteries behind the veils. While we may have experienced misunderstandings and obstacles in our ordinary reality, on a spiritual level the veils between this world and others have been very thin. For those with the eyes to see and the ears to hear, the mysteries have called.

Thoth will turn direct on August 26 in the emanation of Anubis the Shaman King (Leo) and will move through his final opposition to Nephthys on September 8, completing a cycle that began on August 2.

The dance of Thoth and Nephthys has taken place against the back drop of a most powerful transit between Wadjet (Uranus) and Osiris (Pluto). Wadjet is the cobra-headed goddess of ancient Egypt who unwinds the kundalini breath, shattering all blocks to the birth of new life. Osiris is the god of regeneration, representing the ever-present cycle of birth, death and re-birth. These two began a four year cycle of relationship this summer, moving within a degree of an exact square to one another. They will remain in relationship with one another until 2015.

Over the last few years we have seen the death of the old structure of our world, represented by the opposition of Wadjet to Sobek, the Old King, from the fall of 2008 to the summer of 2010. Now the dismantling of that structure has begun in earnest and will continue over the next few years. There is no turning back. The old way is dead and now, as with all things, it must decay and return to the earth so that new life may be born of its death. That is the message of the great Lord of the Underworld, Osiris. In his story, the New King Horus is born out of his death, as all new life is born out of death.

Horus (Jupiter) is particularly strong over the next few months. Horus turns retrograde on August 30 in the emanation of Hathor (Taurus). Horus will turn direct on December 25. Between now and then his influence will be strong on planet Earth. The New Young King is ready to try his wings and take flight. It is time to look for what it is that each of us can do differently in order to honor and love Mother Gaia, our sacred home.


Month of Anubis the Shaman King

2011-07-23

Anubis, the jackal-headed god of ancient Egypt, was the son of Osiris and Nephthys. Nephthys was the twin sister of Isis - consort of Osiris. Left in the desert by his birth mother, Anubis was raised to adulthood by Isis. His half-brother, Horus, was the acknowledged heir to the throne, but Anubis was also the son of a King and a Queen. Anubis grew up to be the underworld King - the Shaman King - and guide to the newly deceased souls as they made their way through the underworld. His journey from abandonment to true sovereignty is the same path that all of us must walk upon this Earth.

The fire sign Leo is aligned with Anubis the Shaman King. The Wheel of the Zodiac describes a journey from the birth and development of the individual through the birth and development of the collective. Leo represents the first time on the wheel that we have a whole and complete individual. Fully formed, yet new and unsure, the Leo individual often needs to see a reflection of him/herself mirrored in the eyes of others. The path of the Leo individual is to move from insecurity to the sure knowledge of their inherent value. As Leo matures and becomes secure in their own power, there is no longer a need to have their power affirmed by others. It is only by healing from the abandonment that all born upon this planet have experienced that such sovereignty can be assumed.

Anubis the Shaman King shows us the way to release our attachment to our wounds and to step into our true mantle of power in this world.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Anubis the Shaman King brings two noteworthy events: the movement of Nephthys (Neptune) back into the emanation of Ptah (Aquarius) while in a conjunction with stationary Thoth (Mercury).

Thoth, the Sacred Scribe of ancient Egypt, is associated with the planet Mercury, messenger to the gods to the ancient Romans. In traditional astrology Mercury functions as the messenger of the ego, carrying its concerns and fears to consciousness. Mercury traditionally represents our mental functions and our ability to reason, remember, and communicate. Mercury turns retrograde three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. Mercury retrograde periods are associated with delays and breakdowns in our communication and transportation systems. Mercury will turn retrograde in the emanation of Nekhbet (Virgo) on August 2.

From July 28 through August 10, Thoth (Mercury) will remain in an opposition with Nephthys (Neptune). On August 4, Nephthys will retrograde back into the emanation of Ptah (Aquarius), as Mercury retrogrades back into the opposite sign of Leo.

From a traditional astrological perspective, this opposition between the planet of communication - Mercury - and the planet of illusion, confusion and delusion - Neptune - suggests a time when planetary, cultural and societal systems will not work well. On one level, this is likely to be true and patience is certainly called for as we navigate our way through our daily lives. From another, less mundane perspective, this time presents each of us with tremendous opportunities to contact the numinous in a very personal way.

Nephthys is the Keeper of the Mysteries. Twin sister of Isis, sometimes called "the Veiled Isis", Nephthys is the birth mother of Anubis and the one who knows the secrets of the mysteries hidden beyond time and space. It is she who invites us to step blindly into the void, trusting that by opening to the unknown we will discover new truths and a higher level of awareness.

Thoth, the Sacred Scribe, is the channel between our ordinary awareness and the realm of Nephthys. Through Thoth, we open to illumination and inspiration and with his assistance the mysteries held by Nephthys can be downloaded into our everyday consciousness.

Mercury Retrograde periods always represent an opportunity to turn inward - to go on a sort of "mental retreat" from the concerns and considerations of daily life. Life is not meant to proceed as normal and it is only when we insist that it should that we have difficulty during these periods. Through acceptance and willingness, we reap the benefits of this time of reflection and increased connection with inner guidance.

During this Mercury retrograde period, Nephthys will retrograde back into the emanation of Ptah. Neptune stays in a sign of a zodiac for approximately 14 years. On April 4, Neptune transited into the earliest degrees of Pisces - Sothis in the Shamanic Egyptian pantheon. Neptune will now re-visit Aquarius, the sign associated with the creator god, Ptah. We are in a dynamic time of change. Our old forms are dissolving before our eyes, to be replaced by we know not what. This process will accelerate in the months ahead and as the dissolving energy of Nephthys/Neptune returns to the visionary sign of Ptah/Aquarius, we are given another opportunity to re-visit our grandest visions. It is only when we let go of what we expect things to be and trust that all will be as it should that the new form can birth within us. A hallmark of the visionary age of Ptah (Aquarius) is that this new world is being birthed within each and everyone of us - not outside of us. As we allow ourselves to change, the world will change.

Thoth (Mercury) will turn direct in the emanation of Anubis the Shaman King on August 30. Nephthys (Neptune) will emerge from the emanation of Ptah (Aquarius) and re-enter the emanation of Sothis (Pisces) on February 3, 2012.


Month of Nut and Geb

2011-06-21

Arched across the sky, toes and fingers touching the horizon, the great sky goddess Nut reaches for her beloved husband Geb. Geb is the Green Man, god of the Earth. He lovingly reaches up toward Nut, his great longing for her expressed through the upward stretching of his trees, his mountains and all who stand upon his Earth.

Nut and Geb are the second generation of the Egyptian neteru. They are the Divine Parents and Isis, Osiris, Nephthys, Set and Horus the Elder are their children. In a download given directly to Star Wolf, Anubis has told her that he, too, is a child of Nut and Geb.

Nut and Geb are aligned with the sign Cancer in the traditional zodiac. This water sign is associated with home, family, safety and security. Many have not had the stability of a loving family, and so do not feel safe in the world. Many people come from families that are all too human, caught in a lineage of fear and insecurity. In Nut and Geb we all have the chance to feel held by the love of our Divine Parents. Safe in the container of their love, we have the opportunity to spiral through life in all its joys and challenges, experiencing all that is necessary so as to fulfil our soul purpose in this lifetime.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Nut and Geb brings the last in a series of three eclipses, an unusual event. The first was a partial New Moon Solar Eclipse on June 1, followed by a total Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on June 15. The third eclipse in this series will take place on July 1 and will be another partial New Moon Solar Eclipse.

Eclipses describe a time when something is ending and something new is beginning. The time between the eclipses is like a tunnel between two realities. At the first solar eclipse on June 1 we were given the opportunity to consciously recognize something that needs to be transformed. We took this awareness into the underworld during the lunar eclipse, and now - with the July 1 New Moon Solar Eclipse - we bring this transformed piece back into the world.

The lunar eclipse on June 15 took place very close to Galactic Center. As we have taken that which needs to be released into our personal underworld, we have also given it to the deep black hole that is at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. What we bring back into conscious awareness comes to us from the great dark void that exists simultaneously both within us and also at the center of our galactic home.

Throughout the month of July and on into September, Wadjet (Uranus) and Osiris (Pluto) will be in a challenging relationship (a square) to one another. Wadjet is the great cobra goddess who shatters all that blocks the creative life force process. Osiris is the eternal symbol of death and re-birth. He is both the Dying King and the Green Man, containing within his archetypal symbolism the ever constant movement from birth to death and back again to birth. These two, along with the Old King Sobek (Saturn) - who wishes to hold all things constant, even that which needs to die - create the container for this fertile time.

From June 26 through July 2, AmunRa, our Sun Star, will move through a challenging relationship to Wadjet, Osiris and Sobek. Wadjet is stationary this month, making her affect is particularly strong. Uranus, the planet she is aligned with, will turn retrograde on July 9 in the emanation of Kephera (Aries). Powerful forces for change are at work. All are invited to reflect on that which both within ourselves as well as in the collective psyche has been released into the void and welcome its return - rearranged, reassembled and reborn into a new form.


Month of The Sphinx

2011-05-22

Ancient and mysterious, The Great Sphinx watches over the pyramid complex at Giza. The origins of The Sphinx lie in a time when the inhabitants of Earth knew how to draw down the energies of the stars and connect them with Gaia. The Sphinx is aligned with Anubis, the original wolf and the one who holds the key to overcoming the difficulties presented by the essential experience of life on our planet - duality. Over the centuries his form has changed - carved first into a lion and then into a hybrid being with the face of a pharoah attached to a lion's body. But long ago, when the form of this huge statue was still intact, before the connection between Gaia and her Star brothers and sisters was lost, The Sphinx served as an Earth Altar, receiving information from the Great Star Nations and transmitting it across the surface of the Earth.

The Sphinx is aligned with the air sign Gemini in traditional astrology. Changeable and fluid, individuals with Gemini strong in their chart are sometimes criticized by their more earth-bound counterparts as lacking constancy and being fickle. They sometimes are called the "jack of all trades and master of none" as they frequently change homes, jobs, friends and attitudes. Eternally curious, they are like hummingbirds, flitting from flower to flower. Blessed with able minds and the ability to take in information quickly, they know when they've had enough and they easily move on.

Gemini is often found in the charts of teachers, writers and communicators. These individuals have the ability to receive information, translate it within themselves and then relay it to others. Like The Sphinx, they function as Earth Altars, antenna stretched toward the heavens, searching for connection and understanding. Once connected they pull information down, translate it through their body and then transmit it across the surface of the Earth. Through the fluid, ever searching energy of those aligned with The Sphinx, our planet remains in connection with our origins in the stars. Gemini individuals function best when they allow themselves to be inspired by forces larger than themselves and their own ego identities. When connected to the bigger picture, they shine with inspiration and serve as a reminder to us all of our connection to other realms.

Monthly Highlights

During the month of The Sphinx two outer planets are stationary - Neptune, aligned with Nephthys and Saturn, aligned with Sobek. Astrology is an earth-centered language. Due to an optical illusion, when planets are stationary it appears to us here on Earth that they are not moving. While "stationary" the influence of these planets increases; we feel them more strongly in our daily lives and events on Earth manifest according to the archetypal meaning of the stationary planet.

Neptune symbolically represents imagination and creativity - the shadow side being illusion, delusion and confusion. Nephthys, the Shamanic Egyptian Astrological counterpart of Neptune, is the twin sister of Isis, sometimes called the "veiled Isis." Nephthys is the keeper of the mysteries. Seductive and elusive, she invites us to step beyond the boundaries of our present reality and through this process reap the rewards of creativity and illumination.

Neptune turns retrograde on June 3 on the first degree of the water sign Pisces. Throughout the last several weeks our planet has been innundated by water. Rivers have swollen and escaped their boundaries, lives have been flooded, and emotions have run freely. Change is never easy and particularly not so when the forms we rely on are disappearing before our eyes. Nephthys reminds us that nothing is as it seems - reality is fluid and ever-changing. Throughout the month of The Sphinx her influence remains strong. She calls to us, inviting us to leave behind our perception of reality and open to the unknown realms.

Saturn, the Old King Sobek in Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, turns direct on June 12 in the air sign Libra. There could not be a more opposite energy from Nephthys than that found in Sobek. Sobek is the crocodile-headed god of ancient Egypt, associated with the Greek god Kronos who was so afraid of his children that he swallowed them whole. Sobek is the ultimate god of the earth, determined to hold on to the old form in all areas of expression - old structures that no longer serve us, old concepts that have out-lived their usefulness, old bodies that hang on through pain and suffering - refusing to let go. There is a place for this energy, for it is Sobek that grounds us firmly in our bodies so that our soul may have a vehicle during our time on Earth. However, he sometimes hangs on long after it is time to let go, and during Saturn stationary periods we become aware of these outworn ways of being. Sobek remains stationary throughout the month of The Sphinx and his influence will be strongly felt on planet Earth.

The month of The Sphinx also brings a Solar and a Lunar Eclipse. A partial New Moon Solar Eclipse will take place on June 1 at Gemini 12 degrees; two weeks later a total Full Moon Lunar Eclipse will take place on June 15 at Sagittarius 25 degrees. Eclipses represent a time of intense change on planet Earth - something is dying while something else is being birthed. The time between the two eclipses is particularly important, for this is when we are in the birth canal, caught between the passing of the old and the birth of the new. It is important to note that the stations of Neptune and Saturn take place within the two week period between the two eclipses (Neptune on June 3; Saturn on June 12). The flood of energy - both within us individually as well as in the external world - is not likely to subside during this period but rather to hold constant. The waters continue to dissolve away the old forms and, for awhile, this dissolution becomes the constant form. We are in a time of letting go - we have no choice but to stand in the void and trust that the new form will manifest in due course.


Month of Kephera

2011-03-23

Kephera, the Spiral Dancer, is the guardian of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology and is associated with the fire sign Aries. To the ancient Egyptians, Kephera was associated with the morning sun. He was sometimes portrayed as a man with a solar disk for a head. Inherent in his symbolism is the idea that every day is a new beginning - just as the sign Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and the beginning of the astrological year.

Another representation associated with Kehpera is the scarab. Scarabs are actually dung beetles and are common in the Egyptian desert. The dung beetle is capable of parthogenesis, meaning that they both lay their eggs and fertilize them. They are, in that sense, both male and female and capable both of creation and protection. The dung beetle places the new eggs in a ball of dung and rolls that ball across the desert floor ahead of them, taking their unhatched eggs with them wherever they go.

Kephera, in his form as the Spiral Dancer, holds our planet in his arms. He shields our planet - and each of us - with his rainbow wings, allowing only the cosmic energies which we are ready and able to absorb to come through to us. In that sense, Kephera is a warrior, appropriate for a sign associated with the warrior energy of Mars. Aries is the Greek name for the Roman god Mars, the god of war. In the Greek myths, Aries only shows up when a battle is to be fought. He is associated with death, destruction and brutality. Kephera, with his expression of both the protective aspects of the masculine and the nurturing aspects of the feminine, is a higher expression of warrior energy. The actions of the warrior need to be directed by the values of the feminine, and key among those values is love. Kephera loves our planet and all of those upon it. He lovingly holds our beautiful globe in his wings, spins us round and round, and dances us through the cosmos, allowing new energies of transformation and change to reach us as we are ready to receive them.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Kephera brings another important transistional astrological event. Last month, the month of Sothis, was dominated by the movement of Wadjet (Uranus) into the emanation of Kephera (Aries) on March 11. This month, another powerful archetype of transformation and change - Nephthys (Neptune) - begins her transistion into the emanation of Sothis (Pisces).

Neptune, or Poseidon as he was known to the Greeks, is the Lord of the Sea and is associated with imagination, creativity, inspiration and the shadow aspects of confusion, delusion, and addiction. His shamanic Egyptian counterpart is Nephthys, twin sister of Isis and the keeper of the mysteries behind the veils. Nephthys has her shadow aspect as well. In the most common tale told of her, she uses her physical likeness to her sister Isis to seduce Osiris, husband to Isis. The child born of that union is Anubis. Anubis is guide to the newly dead. He escorts them to the underworld where they meet, among others, Nephthys. Nephthys knows the secret formulation of the elixir needed for the renewal of the heart. It is Nephthys who invites us to step into the mists and move into the unseen realms behind the veils. Unknown and unseen, she guides our steps as we move out of this reality into an as yet unseen and undefined new world.

Nephthys will stay in the emanation of Sothis for 14 years. As with all the outer planets, her transition into this new territory will be gradual. Nephthys first enters the emanation of Sothis on April 4, then will retrograde back into the emanation of Ptah (Aquarius) on August 4. She will them move firmly into Sothis on February 3, 2012, where she will remain until 2025. It is important to note the recent emphasis on the signs Aquarius, Pisces and Aries. Neptune, ruler of Pisces in traditional astrology, is leaving the sign Aquarius, the sign associated with the new age, and entering Pisces, the sign of the astrological age we are currently leaving. Uranus, ruler of Aquarius in traditional astrology, has just left the sign Pisces and has entered Aries, a new cycle of experience. An astrological age lasts some 2120 years - the transistion from one age to another is gradual and takes two to three hundred years. It is my personal opinion that the beginning of the transistion from the age of Pisces into the age of Aquarius began with the discovery of Uranus - ruler of Aquarius - in 1781. This transistion sped up with the subsequent discovery of Neptune - ruler of Pisces - in 1840 and Pluto in 1930. All indications are that we have already moved into the new age of Aquarius, but as with all transistions the "shadow" of the old age still lingers. It will take time for us to shake off the remnants of the old age. The process of dismantling the old age of Pisces will increase during the next 14 years as Nephthys invites us to move behind the veils and let go of our old constructs and allow a new reality to be formed. Her gift to us will be to dissolve our collective perception so that a new consensus reality may come to birth. Just as a butterfly is formed from a caterpillar, so too our new world is being formed from our old reality.

March 28 brings the third and final opposition of Horus (Jupiter) to Sobek (Saturn). Horus is the New King; Sobek is the Old King. These two have been locked in battle since last May. This final opposition suggests a resolution is finally possible in a battle that began in the fall of 2008.

Thoth (Mercury) turns retrograde on March 30 at the 25th degree of Kephera (Aries). Mercury turns retrograde approximately three times a year for three weeks at a time. Mercury (Hermes to the Greeks) is the messenger to the gods in the Roman and Greek myths. In traditional astrology, Mercury functions as the carrier to consciousness of the messages of our ego. Thoth represents our ability to receive inspiration and direct downloads from our divine source. Mercury retrograde periods can be frustrating in our external ego-based world. They also represent times when we can become connected with our inner guidance and inspired by listening to our soul's true voice. Thoth will turn direct on April 23 at the 13th degree of Kephera.


Month of Sothis

2011-02-18

More than a neter, Sothis is a place. Sothis is the great star Sirius, believed by the ancient Egyptians to be the home of Isis, Anubis and several other neteru. Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky and has held a special place in the myths and stories of many ancient cultures. For 70 days each year, our Sun stands between Earth and Sirius, during which time we cannot see this bright star. In ancient Egypt, the heliacal rise of Sirius was associated with the New Year and heralded the annual flooding of the Nile River.

Sothis is a place of incredible harmony and love. It is the Bodhisattva star. Bodhisattvas are souls whose lessons on Earth are complete. Out of love, they commit to returning to Earth again and again, until all are ready to move to the next level. Theirs is a path of service to the greater whole. They return to share their huge compassion and heart-felt love with the Earth and all its creatures so that we, too, might ascend to the next level of evolution.

Sothis is aligned with the water sign Pisces. Pisces is the last sign on the wheel of the zodiac and all of the energy of the previous signs accumulates here. Pisces individuals are born full of the huge love of the Bodhisattva. All things have its shadow here on Earth and the shadow of the Pisces individual is codependency and lack of boundaries. Attuned, as they are, to the emotions and feelings of others, they can lose their sense of self and either give themselves away or invade the space of others. Remembering their connection to the beautiful rays of Sothis helps them to assume right relationship with those around them. Their compassion is best combined with a detachment that is not cold and selfish but rather is unattached to outcomes. Holding those around them in love and compassion, yet not rescuing or interfering with the path of others, this is the true nature of those aligned with the energy of Sothis.

Monthly Highlights

A most important astrological event takes place during the month of Sothis (Pisces). On March 11, Wadjet, aligned with the planet Uranus, moves into the fire sign Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and is aligned with Kephera, the Spiral Dancer.

Uranus is one of the three outer planets associated with generational or evolutionary change. The other two are Neptune and Pluto. Uranus represents sudden, unpredictable change - sometimes difficult and always revolutionary. The word "revolution" has a natural affinity with the energetic quality of Uranus. A useful metaphor is that of a chick inside an egg. At a certain point the chick has consumed all the available nourishment and is too big for the egg. Now the egg restricts and confines rather than supports, and instinctively the chick knows that if it doesn't get out of the egg it will die. The chick begins to peck at the inside of the egg and, suddenly, the egg shatters. This is the Uranian moment, when the world is transformed, changed, and totally altered. The chick steps out into a brand new world - alarming and overwhelming at first - but in no time at all the chick adapts to its new environment.

Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius, the sign of the new age, and has always been associated with revolutionary concepts, inventions, philosophies and actions. Aquarius is said to "rule" technology and the products of invention. It took a product of technology - a telescope - to find Uranus in 1781. Its discovery paralleled the American, French and Industrial Revolutions and heralded a time when society was catapulted into the modern age. This is the energy of Wadjet manifest on planet Earth. Wadjet, the cobra headed goddess of ancient Egypt, breaks through any blocks restricting life force energy. It is Wadjet who inspired the chick to peck its way out of the egg, and it is she who is urging us to break out of the mental structures that keep us stuck in a perception of reality that is killing us.

The entry of Wadjet's planet - Uranus - into the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, signals that we are entering into a new dance on the spiral of life. Aries is aligned with Kephera, the Egyptian neter represented by the scarab. Scarabs were sacred to the ancient Egyptians and were a symbol of the constant dance of life and death. Scarab beetles are both male and female; they give birth to their eggs, fertilize them, and carry them protected in a ball of dung that they push across the desert floor. So, too, each of us must give birth, fertilize and protect our creations until they are ready to fly on their own. We are entering a time of rich creativity and massive change. There are dangers during this time - all birth is accompanied by risk - but the alternative to birth is certain death.

Wadjet's influence has been strong for the last two and a half years. In the fall of 2008, Uranus entered into an opposition with Saturn - the old King Sobek in the Egyptian pantheon - a transit that finally ended last summer. Since 2008 we have watched our economic structure crumble and we find ourselves in a time of incredible unpredictability and change. The old patriarchal order is still strong and fights to maintain the status quo. But all its actions come to naught as the power and force of Wadjet is stronger than anything Sobek can muster. All things have its time, and the time of the patriarchy is over. Sobek, the Old King, must relinquish his throne.

The last opposition of Saturn and Uranus took place last summer, with Uranus in the first degree of Aries. Since that time, Uranus has moved back into the water sign Pisces, Sothis in the language of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology. The energy has been diluted and confusing, but that will soon change. With the movement on March 11 of Wadjet into the emmanation of Kephera, the spiral dance will commence in earnest. A new day is dawning and all are invited to the dance.

Early in the month, on February 20, Thoth (Mercury) is activating an alignment between Set (Mars) and Nephthys (Neptune). On February 25, Horus (Jupiter) and Osiris (Pluto) align in their third and final square, another indication that the old order is dying and the new age is ready to take flight. During the early days of Sothis, take the opportunity to go out under the brilliant Full Moon and connect directly with Divine Source. Thoth holds the veil open and Nephthys invites us all to enter into the mysteries and receive our own direct downloads from the other realms. Connect with your inner Horus and allow yourself to be aligned with the bright new energy of the New Age.


Month of Ptah

2011-01-30

Ptah is one of the great creator gods of ancient Egypt. Ptah created the earth itself and the atmosphere surrounding our planet - the sky above and the earth below. He created the world through the words that he spoke, and these words are connected to love and an open heart.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Ptah, brings two primary events - the movement of Horus (Jupiter) into Kephera (Aries) and the station of Sobek (Saturn) in the emanation of Ma'at (Libra).

The planet Jupiter stays in a sign of the zodiac for about a year. Jupiter briefly moved into the fire sign Aries last summer; Jupiter re-enters Aries on January 22 where it will stay until June 4. Jupiter, the young king Horus, expands any sign or planet with which he comes into relationship. Aries is a fire sign, impulsive, energetic and open to change. Aries is associated with Kephera, the neter associated with the morning sun and a reminder that every day is a new beginning.

Saturn is Jupiter's polar opposite, the planet associated with restriction and contraction. In the Egyptian pantheon, Saturn is Sobek, the Old King. Transits of Saturn often feel restrictive and limiting. Saturn is stationary as the month of Ptah opens and will turn retrograde on January 26 at Libra 18 degrees. Libra is the sign of relationships, Ma'at in the Egyptian pantheon. Relationships may be strained during the opening days of the sign Aquarius, as we all look for balance of the opposites within and without.

The month opens with all planets direct. Direct motion means that a planet is expressing itself in the outer world. Retrograde means that its expression is taking place primarily on the interior - or shadow - plane of consciousness. Both can be equally intense. As we catapult into the new age of Aquarius, we find things moving very quickly on the external plane. It is time to consciously create our new reality. The Egyptian god Ptah creates the world from the words he speaks. The words he speaks are connected to his heart. As Saturn / Sobek sits in station, forcing us to examine our relationships within and without, our challenge is to create our new reality from an open heart.


Month of Khnum

2010-12-21

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The earth sign Capricorn - December 21- January 20 - is associated with Khnum.

The ram headed god, Khnum, serves as the guardian of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. As the pendulum swings toward the darkness and all retreat within, it is Khnum who asists us in giving form to new aspects of ourselves.

Khnum is among the oldest of the creator gods of ancient Egypt. He was believed to have created the creatures who walk upon the earth in animal and human form. Khnum is a potter and he creates upon his spinning wheel, using clay to give form to matter.

As we change - as we die to that which no longer serves us and are reborn to the new - we need new forms to express the transformation we have gone through. Just as the caterpillar transforms into the butterfly, each of us must adapt a new form that can hold the new aspect we bring forth. Gentle and kind, Khnum places us upon his wheel and spins us a new ka body. He knows exactly what we need in order to manifest the next right aspect of ourselves.

As we reflect upon that which we wish to bring into the light, call upon Khnum to fashion the form that will support us so that we might become the change we wish to see in the world.

Highlights for the Month

The day of this Winter Solstice, December 21, opens with a most unusual event - a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse - on the 29th degree of Gemini. The Lunar Eclipse is at 3:13 am EST. The Sun enters Capricorn the evening of December 21, at 6:39 pm EST, the official time of the Winter Solstice.

This Lunar Eclipse is aligned near Galactic Center, with the Sun in the sign Sagittarius and the Moon in Gemini. Sagittarius is aligned with Sekhmet, the lion-headed Egyptian goddess most associated with transformation and change. It is she who helps us cut the cords that bind us so that we might step into a new manifestation of our soul purpose.

Gemini is aligned with The Sphinx, the archetypal Earth Altar of ancient Egypt. An altar is designed to receive spiritual energy and then transmit it across the surface of the Earth. During this powerful window in time, we all have the opportunity to receive the transformational messages from Galactic Center and transmit them onto the Earth plane.

The Egyptian god Thoth is associated with the planet Mercury. Mercury is currently retrograde, having changed direction on December 10. On December 19, Mercury retrograded through a conjunction to the Sun, on December 20, Mercury retrograded through a square to Uranus (Wadjet) and on December 21, Mercury will retrograde through a square to Jupiter (Horus). Mercury is traditionally the planet of communication; Thoth represents enlightened communication and inspiration. Thoth represents the experience of downloading information from a source much larger than ourselves.

In western astrology, Mercury is the ruler of the sign Gemini. When we reach our antenae to the sky and download messages from the great Star Nations, it is Thoth that opens us and channels that information to and through us.

Eclipses always come in pairs, lunar and solar. This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is followed on January 4 by a Solar Eclipse on the 13th degree of Capricorn. The time between the two eclipses is important. This is the seed time, when we are suspended between two realities. Something has ended and something else is being born, but has not yet come into manifestation. During this seed time - December 21 - January 4 - we must stay attuned to the information being sent to us from Galactic Center so that we might begin to bring it out into form at the time of the Solar Eclipse on January 4.

Mercury - Thoth - turns direct on December 30. On January 4, the day of the Solar Eclipse, Jupiter and Uranus conjunct for the third and final time. Jupiter - Horus, the new king - and Uranus, ruler of the sign Aquarius and aligned with Wadjet, the kundalini cobra, merge their energy to midwife the new form bursting through at the Solar Eclipse. Khnum, the Egyptian neter aligned with the sign Capricorn, puts us on his potter's wheel so that our bodies can begin to hold this new energy.

The importance of Thoth during this time cannot be over emphasized. In western astrology, the position of Mercury describes how we perceive reality - how we think, how we communicate, remember and express ourselves. Our mind often functions as the messenger of our ego, just as Mercury was the messenger of the gods to the ancient Romans. Thoth, however, describes an entirely different use of our cognitive function. Thoth represents the connection we have to the gods and our ability to tap into and receive information from Divine Source. This is the true meaning of the highest emanation of the sign Aquarius and sheds light on the new age we are entering. We all have the ability to tap into Divine Source because we are all part of the Divine. The divine does not live outside of us; we are the divine. Divinity exists in every thought we think, every word we speak, and in every perception we hold. It is through our perception of reality that we manifest reality. When we truly know that we are Divine, we are at last ready to manifest a different reality.

Thoth continues in importance throughout the month. On January 10 and 11, Thoth moves through a second square to first Wadjet / Uranus and then Horus / Jupiter. The matrix of reality is shifting and we now have the opportunity to manifest the change on Earth we have longed for.


Month of Sekhmet

2010-11-22

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The fire sign Sagittarius - November 22 - December 21 - is associated with Sekhmet.

Fiery, intense and passionate, Sekhmet sweeps down upon us, challenging us to alter our course, pointing us in the direction of change. Loving, yet demanding, Sekmet is not content to stand by and watch us languish in our indecision and passivity.

One of the oldest lioness goddesses in the Egyptian pantheon, Sekhmet is the agent of change. She is the force that arises from within when it is time to make a decision, move out of our internal conflict and act. She is both fiercely protective and yet also a great warrior, capable of setting strong boundaries and assisting us in cutting the cords that bind us to the past. She helps us to reconcile the opposites that war within us by finding the third thing that is the solution to our internal conflict.

Sekhmet is aligned with the fire sign Sagittarius. Sagittarius natives are passionate and intense; they are happiest in life when associated with some greater cause. On the Wheel of the Zodiac, Sagittarius holds the place of the philosophical ideals behind the laws and rules of society. People with Sagittarius energy in their charts care deeply about the spiritual grounding of society and are happiest when their considerable energy is directed toward manifesting some deeply felt cause. The shadow side of Sagittarius is zealotry. In the primary traditional story told of Sekhmet, she is sent to punish humanity for their sins against the creator god Ra. Consumed by fury and blood lust she is not able to control her anger and threatens to destroy all of humanity. Sekhmet's roar needs to be tempered by boundaries. In her we find fierceness directed by deeply felt values. No one is better at helping us see the bigger picture and using the fire of passion to activate change.

Highlights for the Month

Just before entering the month of Sekhmet, Isis (Venus)and Horus (Jupiter) both turned direct on November 18. Mother and son aligned together to help us bring into the solar light a deeper understanding of that which we most value and will most make us happy in the world. Throughout the month of Sekhmet, Isis will continue her journey over the territory she moved through while in her retrograde period. Isis turned retrograde on October 8 at the 14th degree of Bast (Scorpio). She returns to that degree on December 20, the day before the Winter Solstice. We now ready to consider how to manifest that which we most value and to explore that which prevents us from that manifestation. This becomes the true question - why do we not manifest that which will make us happy?

On December 5, Wadjet (Uranus) turns direct at Pisces 27 degrees. This is the last station of Wadjet in the bodhisattva sign Sothis (Pisces). From the end of December through early January Horus (Jupiter) and Wadjet (Uranus) will be in alignment. During winter the star Sirius - Sothis (Pisces) - shines brightly in the night sky of the Northern hemisphere. First we allow Isis and Horus to open us to our deepest values; next we allow Sothis, the home of Isis, to fill us with unconditional love so that we may trust the process of manifestation.

Thoth (Mercury) will turn retrograde on December 10 in the emanation of Khnum (Capricorn). Thoth turns retrograde for three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. Thoth retrograde periods provide an opportunity to listen to our inner guidance and to look for divine inspiration as transmitted to us from within. Thoth will turn direct on December 30 in the emanation of Sekhmet.

The energies in the final months of this year turn us inward. In recent months it has become clear that we will not be returning to "normal." The challenge and gift before us is the creation of a new reality. First we must listen carefully within to that which wants to be formed and open to inner guidance as to our next right steps.


Month of Bast

2010-10-24

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The water sign Scorpio - October 23 - November 22 - is associated with Bast.

The ancient Egyptians held the cat in great esteem. Cats were associated with prosperity and good luck; baskets of kittens were a common gift for the New Year. Cats were respected members of the household and mummified remains of cats have been found in the excavated tombs of Egypt. Many dieties of the ancient Egyptian pantheon were personified by felines - Sekhmet, Mut and Herakerty to name a few. Sensual and alluring, Bast is the great cat goddess of ancient Egypt.

Temples to Bast were common in Egypt and her priestesses were believed to hold erotic and sensual powers. Festivals in honor of Bast were filled with drinking and sexual excess. We see here Bast's natural alignment with Scorpio, a sign associated with sexuality and a tendency to "push the envelope."

A higher aspect of Scorpio is reflected in a deep desire to experience a oneness with God/Goddess or Source. This Holy Longing is behind the strong desire nature associated with the Scorpio personality. Bast uses her sensuality and seductiveness to awaken within us our passion and deep desire to move beyond our present circumstances. She encourages us to die to that which no long serves us and to enter the birth canal so that we might experience the birth of a new aspect of self.

Highlights for the Month The month opens with Isis continuing on her retrograde journey through the emmanation of Bast (Scorpio). Isis (Venus) turned retrograde on October 8 at Scorpio 14 degrees in a close alignment with Set (Mars).

As discussed last month, this retrograde journey of Isis provides an opportunity to delve deep within in order to discover that which we most value and want to receive. Isis is the Queen Mother of ancient Egypt. It is she who holds us in her rainbow wings and is with us through every transition of our lives. Whenever we must die to something so as to be born anew, it is Isis who travels with us.

Bast is the initiator of our Holy Longing, our deepest desire. While Bast entices us to enter the birth canal, it is Isis who protects us as we pass through our transition. During this month we can continue to journey inward and explore our soul's calling. What is it we need to die to so as to open to our deepest desire? Where are we out of alignment with ourselves?

Isis's sister, Nephthys (Neptune), and her nephew and adopted son, Anubis (Chiron), are also prominant this month. Nephthys and Anubis have been aligned since early last spring - an important and most auspicious transit representing an archetypal conversation between a birth mother and her son.

In the myths of ancient Egypt, Anubis was born of a sexual encounter between Nephthys and Osiris (Pluto), husband of Isis. Nephthys took the baby Anubis and left him in the desert - abandoning him in the eyes of some. By pre-arrangement, Isis watched the progress of her sister and nephew into the desert and after Nephthys had left she rescued the baby Anubis and raised him as her own.

The theme of abandonment is central to this story, as it is to so much of life on planet Earth. We all have been abandoned in some way, leading many to the most painful experience of all - that of abandoning ourselves. This eight month alignment of Nephthys and Anubis has provided all of us with the opportunity to explore the question of of our own abandonment, both from others as well as of ourselves. Abandonment hurts - even if we, as adults, understand the situation. Over the last eight months our Anubis within has had the opportunity to tell his birth mother, Nephthys, that while he understands that it was necessary for her to leave him to be raised by Isis, it still hurt.

Nephthys and Anubis are back in an exact conjunction and both will be turning direct at the same time; Nephthys (Neptune) on November 7 and Anubis (Chiron) on November 6, the day of the New Moon at Scorpio 14 degrees. This is the same degree of the zodiac that Isis had reached when she turned retrograde - a most important factor regarding this New Moon emmanating through Bast.

Horus (Jupiter), the New King, birth son to Isis and half-brother to Anubis, will turn direct on November 18, the same day that Isis turns direct. These three dates: November 6, November 7 and November 18, are the most powerful dates of the month of Bast. All are connected with the opportunity to step past the obstacle of personal abandonment so as to reconnect with our holy desire. As we end the month of Bast and prepare to enter the fiery realm of Sekhmet (Sagittarius), it is important to be clearly aligned with our Holy Longing so that we might remember who we are and why we are here.


Month of Bast

2010-10-24

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The water sign Scorpio - October 23 - November 22 - is associated with Bast.

The ancient Egyptians held the cat in great esteem. Cats were associated with prosperity and good luck; baskets of kittens were a common gift for the New Year. Cats were respected members of the household and mummified remains of cats have been found in the excavated tombs of Egypt. Many dieties of the ancient Egyptian pantheon were personified by felines - Sekhmet, Mut and Herakerty to name a few. Sensual and alluring, Bast is the great cat goddess of ancient Egypt.

Temples to Bast were common in Egypt and her priestesses were believed to hold erotic and sensual powers. Festivals in honor of Bast were filled with drinking and sexual excess. We see here Bast's natural alignment with Scorpio, a sign associated with sexuality and a tendency to "push the envelope."

A higher aspect of Scorpio is reflected in a deep desire to experience a oneness with God/Goddess or Source. This Holy Longing is behind the strong desire nature associated with the Scorpio personality. Bast uses her sensuality and seductiveness to awaken within us our passion and deep desire to move beyond our present circumstances. She encourages us to die to that which no long serves us and to enter the birth canal so that we might experience the birth of a new aspect of self.

Highlights for the Month

The month opens with Isis continuing on her retrograde journey through the emmanation of Bast (Scorpio). Isis (Venus) turned retrograde on October 8 at Scorpio 14 degrees in a close alignment with Set (Mars).

As discussed last month, this retrograde journey of Isis provides an opportunity to delve deep within in order to discover that which we most value and want to receive. Isis is the Queen Mother of ancient Egypt. It is she who holds us in her rainbow wings and is with us through every transition of our lives. Whenever we must die to something so as to be born anew, it is Isis who travels with us.

Bast is the initiator of our Holy Longing, our deepest desire. While Bast entices us to enter the birth canal, it is Isis who protects us as we pass through our transition. During this month we can continue to journey inward and explore our soul's calling. What is it we need to die to so as to open to our deepest desire? Where are we out of alignment with ourselves?

Isis's sister, Nephthys (Neptune), and her nephew and adopted son, Anubis (Chiron), are also prominant this month. Nephthys and Anubis have been aligned since early last spring - an important and most auspicious transit representing an archetypal conversation between a birth mother and her son.

In the myths of ancient Egypt, Anubis was born of a sexual encounter between Nephthys and Osiris (Pluto), husband of Isis. Nephthys took the baby Anubis and left him in the desert - abandoning him in the eyes of some. By pre-arrangement, Isis watched the progress of her sister and nephew into the desert and after Nephthys had left she rescued the baby Anubis and raised him as her own.

The theme of abandonment is central to this story, as it is to so much of life on planet Earth. We all have been abandoned in some way, leading many to the most painful experience of all - that of abandoning ourselves. This eight month alignment of Nephthys and Anubis has provided all of us with the opportunity to explore the question of of our own abandonment, both from others as well as of ourselves. Abandonment hurts - even if we, as adults, understand the situation. Over the last eight months our Anubis within has had the opportunity to tell his birth mother, Nephthys, that while he understands that it was necessary for her to leave him to be raised by Isis, it still hurt.

Nephthys and Anubis are back in an exact conjunction and both will be turning direct at the same time; Nephthys (Neptune) on November 7 and Anubis (Chiron) on November 6, the day of the New Moon at Scorpio 14 degrees. This is the same degree of the zodiac that Isis had reached when she turned retrograde - a most important factor regarding this New Moon emmanating through Bast.

Horus (Jupiter), the New King, birth son to Isis and half-brother to Anubis, will turn direct on November 18, the same day that Isis turns direct. These three dates: November 6, November 7 and November 18, are the most powerful dates of the month of Bast. All are connected with the opportunity to step past the obstacle of personal abandonment so as to reconnect with our holy desire. As we end the month of Bast and prepare to enter the fiery realm of Sekhmet (Sagittarius), it is important to be clearly aligned with our Holy Longing so that we might remember who we are and why we are here.


Month of Bast

2010-10-24

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The water sign Scorpio - October 23 - November 22 - is associated with Bast.

The ancient Egyptians held the cat in great esteem. Cats were associated with prosperity and good luck; baskets of kittens were a common gift for the New Year. Cats were respected members of the household and mummified remains of cats have been found in the excavated tombs of Egypt. Many dieties of the ancient Egyptian pantheon were personified by felines - Sekhmet, Mut and Herakerty to name a few. Sensual and alluring, Bast is the great cat goddess of ancient Egypt.

Temples to Bast were common in Egypt and her priestesses were believed to hold erotic and sensual powers. Festivals in honor of Bast were filled with drinking and sexual excess. We see here Bast's natural alignment with Scorpio, a sign associated with sexuality and a tendency to "push the envelope."

A higher aspect of Scorpio is reflected in a deep desire to experience a oneness with God/Goddess or Source. This Holy Longing is behind the strong desire nature associated with the Scorpio personality. Bast uses her sensuality and seductiveness to awaken within us our passion and deep desire to move beyond our present circumstances. She encourages us to die to that which no long serves us and to enter the birth canal so that we might experience the birth of a new aspect of self.

Highlights for the Month

The month opens with Isis continuing on her retrograde journey through the emmanation of Bast (Scorpio). Isis (Venus) turned retrograde on October 8 at Scorpio 14 degrees in a close alignment with Set (Mars).

As discussed last month, this retrograde journey of Isis provides an opportunity to delve deep within in order to discover that which we most value and want to receive. Isis is the Queen Mother of ancient Egypt. It is she who holds us in her rainbow wings and is with us through every transition of our lives. Whenever we must die to something so as to be born anew, it is Isis who travels with us.

Bast is the initiator of our Holy Longing, our deepest desire. While Bast entices us to enter the birth canal, it is Isis who protects us as we pass through our transition. During this month we can continue to journey inward and explore our soul's calling. What is it we need to die to so as to open to our deepest desire? Where are we out of alignment with ourselves?

Isis's sister, Nephthys (Neptune), and her nephew and adopted son, Anubis (Chiron), are also prominant this month. Nephthys and Anubis have been aligned since early last spring - an important and most auspicious transit representing an archetypal conversation between a birth mother and her son.

In the myths of ancient Egypt, Anubis was born of a sexual encounter between Nephthys and Osiris (Pluto), husband of Isis. Nephthys took the baby Anubis and left him in the desert - abandoning him in the eyes of some. By pre-arrangement, Isis watched the progress of her sister and nephew into the desert and after Nephthys had left she rescued the baby Anubis and raised him as her own.

The theme of abandonment is central to this story, as it is to so much of life on planet Earth. We all have been abandoned in some way, leading many to the most painful experience of all - that of abandoning ourselves. This eight month alignment of Nephthys and Anubis has provided all of us with the opportunity to explore the question of of our own abandonment, both from others as well as of ourselves. Abandonment hurts - even if we, as adults, understand the situation. Over the last eight months our Anubis within has had the opportunity to tell his birth mother, Nephthys, that while he understands that it was necessary for her to leave him to be raised by Isis, it still hurt.

Nephthys and Anubis are back in an exact conjunction and both will be turning direct at the same time; Nephthys (Neptune) on November 7 and Anubis (Chiron) on November 6, the day of the New Moon at Scorpio 14 degrees. This is the same degree of the zodiac that Isis had reached when she turned retrograde - a most important factor regarding this New Moon emmanating through Bast.

Horus (Jupiter), the New King, birth son to Isis and half-brother to Anubis, will turn direct on November 18, the same day that Isis turns direct. These three dates: November 6, November 7 and November 18, are the most powerful dates of the month of Bast. All are connected with the opportunity to step past the obstacle of personal abandonment so as to reconnect with our holy desire. As we end the month of Bast and prepare to enter the fiery realm of Sekhmet (Sagittarius), it is important to be clearly aligned with our Holy Longing so that we might remember who we are and why we are here.


Month of Bast

2010-10-24

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The water sign Scorpio - October 23 - November 22 - is associated with Bast.

The ancient Egyptians held the cat in great esteem. Cats were associated with prosperity and good luck; baskets of kittens were a common gift for the New Year. Cats were respected members of the household and mummified remains of cats have been found in the excavated tombs of Egypt. Many dieties of the ancient Egyptian pantheon were personified by felines - Sekhmet, Mut and Herakerty to name a few. Sensual and alluring, Bast is the great cat goddess of ancient Egypt.

Temples to Bast were common in Egypt and her priestesses were believed to hold erotic and sensual powers. Festivals in honor of Bast were filled with drinking and sexual excess. We see here Bast's natural alignment with Scorpio, a sign associated with sexuality and a tendency to "push the envelope."

A higher aspect of Scorpio is reflected in a deep desire to experience a oneness with God/Goddess or Source. This Holy Longing is behind the strong desire nature associated with the Scorpio personality. Bast uses her sensuality and seductiveness to awaken within us our passion and deep desire to move beyond our present circumstances. She encourages us to die to that which no long serves us and to enter the birth canal so that we might experience the birth of a new aspect of self.

Highlights for the Month
The month opens with Isis continuing on her retrograde journey through the emmanation of Bast (Scorpio). Isis (Venus) turned retrograde on October 8 at Scorpio 14 degrees in a close alignment with Set (Mars).

As discussed last month, this retrograde journey of Isis provides an opportunity to delve deep within in order to discover that which we most value and want to receive. Isis is the Queen Mother of ancient Egypt. It is she who holds us in her rainbow wings and is with us through every transition of our lives. Whenever we must die to something so as to be born anew, it is Isis who travels with us.

Bast is the initiator of our Holy Longing, our deepest desire. While Bast entices us to enter the birth canal, it is Isis who protects us as we pass through our transition. During this month we can continue to journey inward and explore our soul's calling. What is it we need to die to so as to open to our deepest desire? Where are we out of alignment with ourselves?

Isis's sister, Nephthys (Neptune), and her nephew and adopted son, Anubis (Chiron), are also prominant this month. Nephthys and Anubis have been aligned since early last spring - an important and most auspicious transit representing an archetypal conversation between a birth mother and her son.

In the myths of ancient Egypt, Anubis was born of a sexual encounter between Nephthys and Osiris (Pluto), husband of Isis. Nephthys took the baby Anubis and left him in the desert - abandoning him in the eyes of some. By pre-arrangement, Isis watched the progress of her sister and nephew into the desert and after Nephthys had left she rescued the baby Anubis and raised him as her own.

The theme of abandonment is central to this story, as it is to so much of life on planet Earth. We all have been abandoned in some way, leading many to the most painful experience of all - that of abandoning ourselves. This eight month alignment of Nephthys and Anubis has provided all of us with the opportunity to explore the question of of our own abandonment, both from others as well as of ourselves. Abandonment hurts - even if we, as adults, understand the situation. Over the last eight months our Anubis within has had the opportunity to tell his birth mother, Nephthys, that while he understands that it was necessary for her to leave him to be raised by Isis, it still hurt.

Nephthys and Anubis are back in an exact conjunction and both will be turning direct at the same time; Nephthys (Neptune) on November 7 and Anubis (Chiron) on November 6, the day of the New Moon at Scorpio 14 degrees. This is the same degree of the zodiac that Isis had reached when she turned retrograde - a most important factor regarding this New Moon emmanating through Bast.

Horus (Jupiter), the New King, birth son to Isis and half-brother to Anubis, will turn direct on November 18, the same day that Isis turns direct. These three dates: November 6, November 7 and November 18, are the most powerful dates of the month of Bast. All are connected with the opportunity to step past the obstacle of personal abandonment so as to reconnect with our holy desire. As we end the month of Bast and prepare to enter the fiery realm of Sekhmet (Sagittarius), it is important to be clearly aligned with our Holy Longing so that we might remember who we are and why we are here.


Month of Bast

2010-10-24

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The water sign Scorpio - October 23 - November 22 - is associated with Bast
The ancient Egyptians held the cat in great esteem. Cats were associated with prosperity and good luck; baskets of kittens were a common gift for the New Year. Cats were respected members of the household and mummified remains of cats have been found in the excavated tombs of Egypt. Many dieties of the ancient Egyptian pantheon were personified by felines - Sekhmet, Mut and Herakerty to name a few. Sensual and alluring, Bast is the great cat goddess of ancient Egypt.
Temples to Bast were common in Egypt and her priestesses were believed to hold erotic and sensual powers. Festivals in honor of Bast were filled with drinking and sexual excess. We see here Bast's natural alignment with Scorpio, a sign associated with sexuality and a tendency to "push the envelope."
A higher aspect of Scorpio is reflected in a deep desire to experience a oneness with God/Goddess or Source. This Holy Longing is behind the strong desire nature associated with the Scorpio personality. Bast uses her sensuality and seductiveness to awaken within us our passion and deep desire to move beyond our present circumstances. She encourages us to die to that which no long serves us and to enter the birth canal so that we might experience the birth of a new aspect of self.

Highlights for the Month ~ The month opens with Isis continuing on her retrograde journey through the emmanation of Bast (Scorpio). Isis (Venus) turned retrograde on October 8 at Scorpio 14 degrees in a close alignment with Set (Mars).

As discussed last month, this retrograde journey of Isis provides an opportunity to delve deep within in order to discover that which we most value and want to receive. Isis is the Queen Mother of ancient Egypt. It is she who holds us in her rainbow wings and is with us through every transition of our lives. Whenever we must die to something so as to be born anew, it is Isis who travels with us.

Bast is the initiator of our Holy Longing, our deepest desire. While Bast entices us to enter the birth canal, it is Isis who protects us as we pass through our transition. During this month we can continue to journey inward and explore our soul's calling. What is it we need to die to so as to open to our deepest desire? Where are we out of alignment with ourselves?

Isis's sister, Nephthys (Neptune), and her nephew and adopted son, Anubis (Chiron), are also prominant this month. Nephthys and Anubis have been aligned since early last spring - an important and most auspicious transit representing an archetypal conversation between a birth mother and her son.

In the myths of ancient Egypt, Anubis was born of a sexual encounter between Nephthys and Osiris (Pluto), husband of Isis. Nephthys took the baby Anubis and left him in the desert - abandoning him in the eyes of some. By pre-arrangement, Isis watched the progress of her sister and nephew into the desert and after Nephthys had left she rescued the baby Anubis and raised him as her own.

The theme of abandonment is central to this story, as it is to so much of life on planet Earth. We all have been abandoned in some way, leading many to the most painful experience of all - that of abandoning ourselves. This eight month alignment of Nephthys and Anubis has provided all of us with the opportunity to explore the question of of our own abandonment, both from others as well as of ourselves. Abandonment hurts - even if we, as adults, understand the situation. Over the last eight months our Anubis within has had the opportunity to tell his birth mother, Nephthys, that while he understands that it was necessary for her to leave him to be raised by Isis, it still hurt.

Nephthys and Anubis are back in an exact conjunction and both will be turning direct at the same time; Nephthys (Neptune) on November 7 and Anubis (Chiron) on November 6, the day of the New Moon at Scorpio 14 degrees. This is the same degree of the zodiac that Isis had reached when she turned retrograde - a most important factor regarding this New Moon emmanating through Bast.

Horus (Jupiter), the New King, birth son to Isis and half-brother to Anubis, will turn direct on November 18, the same day that Isis turns direct. These three dates: November 6, November 7 and November 18, are the most powerful dates of the month of Bast. All are connected with the opportunity to step past the obstacle of personal abandonment so as to reconnect with our holy desire. As we end the month of Bast and prepare to enter the fiery realm of Sekhmet (Sagittarius), it is important to be clearly aligned with our Holy Longing so that we might remember who we are and why we are here.


Month of Ma'at

2010-09-22

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The air sign Libra - September 22 - October 23 - is associated with Ma'at.

To the ancient Egyptians, Ma'at's very name invoked the balance and order of life. It was she who awaited the newly transitioned soul as they made their way from this world to the du'at, the Egyptian afterworld. Led by Anubis, each soul humbly approached Ma'at, who watched as Anubis weighed their heart upon her scale, balancing it's weight against the plumed feather she wore upon her crown. In order to pass her test, that heart must be "as light as a feather."

The Egyptians valued the heart more than any other physical organ. Greatly skilled in the art of embalming, they removed the heart from the newly deceased and placed it in beautifully decorated canopic jars, filled with scented oils. The Egyptians believed the heart was the center of the mind. The great god Ptah created the world from his heart; so too, all of our creations must be heart-centered in order to have true value.

The air sign Libra is traditionally associated with the desire to be in relationship. It is through our relationships that we receive our greatest challenges, and our greatest opportunities to bring our visions into reality. All that we do means nothing out of the context of our relationship to others in the world. Therefore, what we do - what we create, what we bring into manifestation - becomes of primary importance. Do our actions bear fruit, grow corn, have meaning and value to us and to others? Ma'at challenges us to live a life in harmony with the basic philosophical ideal - "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Live your live in accordance with your values, in balance and order, and your heart will be light.

Highlights for the Month The month of Ma'at is dominated by an alignment between the feminine and masculine principles as represented by Isis and Set. In traditional astrology, Isis is aligned with Venus, the planet most associated with values. She represents that which we most want to receive, and through receiving this energy, achieve our greatest longing. In simple terms, Venus represents that which will make us happy.

The warrior king Set is associated with Mars. Once we are clear on what it is that we value, Mars is the quality of energy we send out into the world to manifest our desires. Mars represents creative action.

Isis is the Queen Mother of us all. Her essential energy is that of love. Set speaks to the shadow side of action and what results when our actions are disconnected from love. Throughout most of the month of Ma'at, Isis and Set will be aligned, suggesting that we have the opportunity to examine more closely the relationship between our actions and our deepest values. What are we manifesting in the world? Is it what we truly want?

The planet Venus turns retrograde during the month of Ma'at. Venus turns retrograde approximately once a year for about six weeks at a time. Venus will turn retrograde on October 8 in the emanation of Bast - Scorpio in traditional astrology - and will turn direct November 18 in the emanation of Ma'at - Libra.

Our planet has long suffered from actions taken that are disconnected from love. This month-long alignment between Isis and Set provides us with the opportunity, both collectively and as individuals, to examine our values and actions, and where they are out of balance, to bring them back into harmony. If we truly long for love, we must act in a way that will manifest love in our lives. The Queen Mother Isis will guide us in our quest.


Month of Ma'at

2010-09-22

Month of Ma'at In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The air sign Libra - September 22 - October 23 - is associated with Ma'at.

To the ancient Egyptians, Ma'at's very name invoked the balance and order of life. It was she who awaited the newly transitioned soul as they made their way from this world to the du'at, the Egyptian afterworld. Led by Anubis, each soul humbly approached Ma'at, who watched as Anubis weighed their heart upon her scale, balancing it's weight against the plumed feather she wore upon her crown. In order to pass her test, that heart must be "as light as a feather."

The Egyptians valued the heart more than any other physical organ. Greatly skilled in the art of embalming, they removed the heart from the newly deceased and placed it in beautifully decorated canopic jars, filled with scented oils. The Egyptians believed the heart was the center of the mind. The great god Ptah created the world from his heart; so too, all of our creations must be heart-centered in order to have true value.

The air sign Libra is traditionally associated with the desire to be in relationship. It is through our relationships that we receive our greatest challenges, and our greatest opportunities to bring our visions into reality. All that we do means nothing out of the context of our relationship to others in the world. Therefore, what we do - what we create, what we bring into manifestation - becomes of primary importance. Do our actions bear fruit, grow corn, have meaning and value to us and to others? Ma'at challenges us to live a life in harmony with the basic philosophical ideal - "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Live your live in accordance with your values, in balance and order, and your heart will be light.

Highlights for the Month

The month of Ma'at is dominated by an alignment between the feminine and masculine principles as represented by Isis and Set. In traditional astrology, Isis is aligned with Venus, the planet most associated with values. She represents that which we most want to receive, and through receiving this energy, achieve our greatest longing. In simple terms, Venus represents that which will make us happy.

The warrior king Set is associated with Mars. Once we are clear on what it is that we value, Mars is the quality of energy we send out into the world to manifest our desires. Mars represents creative action.

Isis is the Queen Mother of us all. Her essential energy is that of love. Set speaks to the shadow side of action and what results when our actions are disconnected from love. Throughout most of the month of Ma'at, Isis and Set will be aligned, suggesting that we have the opportunity to examine more closely the relationship between our actions and our deepest values. What are we manifesting in the world? Is it what we truly want?

The planet Venus turns retrograde during the month of Ma'at. Venus turns retrograde approximately once a year for about six weeks at a time. Venus will turn retrograde on October 8 in the emanation of Bast - Scorpio in traditional astrology - and will turn direct November 18 in the emanation of Ma'at - Libra.

Our planet has long suffered from actions taken that are disconnected from love. This month-long alignment between Isis and Set provides us with the opportunity, both collectively and as individuals, to examine our values and actions, and where they are out of balance, to bring them back into harmony. If we truly long for love, we must act in a way that will manifest love in our lives. The Queen Mother Isis will guide us in our quest.


Month of Nekhbet

2010-08-24

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The earth sign Virgo - August 23 - September 22 - is associated with Nekhbet.

Nekhbet is the great vulture goddess of ancient Egypt. A crone goddess, she is Isis in her elder form, sometimes called the Black Isis. She is the feminine in her power as a grandmother and, along with Wadjet, one of the Two Ladies - the protectors and guardians of ancient Egypt and its king, the pharoah.

The image of Nekhbet in her guise as the vulture is often found above the entry way to the temples along the Nile. In order to enter the mysteries, one must be admitted by the Grandmother Crone. Nekhbet holds us to a high standard, not out of judgment, but out of compassion. She wants all of us to do our very best as we walk our path on Earth.

The earth sign Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury in traditional astrology. In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Mercury is aligned with the scribe of ancient Egypt, Thoth. Thoth is often portrayed as a man with the head of an ibis. Thoth represents the concept of enlightened communication and inspiration. When we open ourselves to a connection with the divine and allow ourselves to speak and communicate from a place of inspiration, then Thoth is present.

Highlights for the Month

In traditional astrology, the month of Nekhbet opens with Mercury, aligned with Thoth, retrograde in Virgo. Mercury, associated with communication and transportation, turns retrograde three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. Transportation and communication systems often experience breakdowns and delays during Mercury retrograde periods, which can create frustration. While external processes can be disrupted during Mercury retrograde periods, it is an ideal time to get in touch with the inner guidance and inspiration represented by Mercury's assocation with his Egyptian ancestor, Thoth.

In Roman mythology Mercury, and his Greek cousin Hermes, was portrayed as a young man with wings on his helmet and his sandals. His primary mission was to carry the messages of the gods and, in modern psychological astrology, Mercury can be seen as the way we think, communicate, articulate ideas and remember. He also represents the messages of our ego as they are relayed into consciousness.

The Egyptian god Thoth, the great-grandfather of the Greek and Roman Hermes/Mercury, is the archetypal principle representing our ability to connect with divine source and to express that connection through enlightened understanding and inspired communication. Whenever we feel that we have received a "download" from source, when we feel that our communication is inspired by something larger than ourselves, we are experiencing the presence of Thoth in our lives. He is the channel through which true wisdom enters consciousness. Mercury retrograde periods provide us with the opportunity to open to divine inspiration.

There can be no better time than this for each of us to make contact with our inner guidance. We have finally completed our transit through a huge portal of transformation that has been held by the opposition of Sobek (Saturn) and Wadjet (Uranus) over the last 22 months. Over the last six weeks, Osiris (Pluto) has moved through his final square to Sobek, and remains in a t-square with Sobek and Wadjet. The last few weeks have been extremely intense and planetary events - the Gulf oil spill, the floods in Pakistan and other parts of Asia, the famine in Niger - all point to the difficulties we face on our planet. These catastrophes are so far-reaching, threatening and potentially long lasting that our traditional means of responding is hopelessly inadequate.

As of this writing, some 20 million people are affected by the floods in Pakistan. This is a figure beyond comprehension; 20 million people without a home, without easy access to food, clean water and sanitation. The threat of disease and a long term, out-of-control disaster looms over us, and over the next few months we will see if we as a planetary community can create an effective response to such a huge event.

Mercury retrograde periods invite us to go inward and to not be distracted by the external irritations of missed connections and unanswered phone calls. We must call upon Thoth to help us to connect to our inspiration and enlightened selves, and on Nekhbet to assist us in stepping into our wisdom. Thoth / Mercury turned retrograde on August 20 and will turn direct on September 6, in the emmanation of Nekhbet (Virgo).

Also this month, Horus (Jupiter in the traditional language of astrology) will retrograde back into the emmanation of Sothis (Pisces), following Wadjet back into the sign of the dying age. Wadjet returned to the emmanation of Sothis on August 13 and will not return to Kephera (Aries) until March of next year. The Young King Horus expands and intensifies all that he comes in contact with. In this case, it is the forceful power of Wadjet that is being intensified, as she turns her attention back to the dismantling of the old age.

All that no longer serves us must be removed from the planet. The worst of the age of Pisces is fragmentation and a tendency of the people of Earth to align themselves with one polarity and against the other. The best of the age of Pisces is the concept of forgiveness, gained through love and the resolution of an open heart. We must all open our heart to the boddhisatva energy of Sothis and allow compassion to flow through us and to all upon our battered planet.

Osiris, Pluto in traditional astrology, turns direct this month on September 14. The Roman god Pluto was known as the Lord of the Underworld - the god of death and the ruler of the land of the shadows. To the ancient Egyptians Osiris, the ancestor of Pluto, was the god of death but he was also the god of renewal. Out of his death the New King Horus was born. Inherent in his symbolism is that new life always follows death. We must call upon the wisdom of Osiris in the days and weeks ahead as our planet continues to make its way through the death of an old way of being and the birth of new life.


Month of Anubis, The Shaman King

2010-07-22

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The fire sign Leo - July 22 - August 23 - is associated with Anubis the Shaman King.

Anubis, the jackal-headed god of ancient Egypt, is associated with two symbols of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology: Chiron, the planetary object representing our core childhood wounds, and Leo, the fire sign associated with creativity, generosity and leadership.

Anubis is the son of Osiris and Nephthys, husband and twin sister of Isis. In the story as it is historically passed down, Nephthys went to the palace of Isis and Osiris, dressed in her sister's garments, scented herself with her sister's perfume, and then waited for Osiris in the palace courtyard. Osiris came home and, assuming that the woman waiting for him in the darkened courtyard was his wife, made love to her. The result of their affair was Anubis. Knowing that she could not take her baby home to her husband, the Warrior King Set, Nephthys took the baby Anubis to the desert and left him there. Isis watched from afar and came forth to rescue her nephew, taking him home and raising him as her son.

In his guise as Chiron, Anubis's story is a tale of early childhood abandoment. In his form as the fire sign Leo, Anubis's story is about his reclamation of his essential inner sovereignty and his rise to his rightful place as a noble king. In the process of raising oneself out of the fragmentation and disintegration resulting from the wounds of childhood to true maturity, we find the representation of the Shaman King.

No one born on planet Earth escapes abandonment. Some are literally abandoned by their parents, others are emotionally or spiritually abandoned, either by their family, educational institutions, or churches and spiritual communities. We can all heal ourselves of the hurt and betrayal of our childhood and move into a mature acceptance of our path in life.

All that is required is an openness to the bigger picture and a willingness to perceive our wounds as gifts that allow us to claim our rightful soul's path. The story of Anubis as it is commonly related comes to us from the Greek and Roman historians who traveled and lived in Egypt late in it's cultural history. Their perception of these ancient myths was colored by the cultural lens through which they viewed the world. In some texts, Nephthys is called "corrupt" for her seduction of her sister's husband and her abandonment of her child. In truth, however, as has been revealed through direct downloads to my co-author, Linda Star Wolf, Anubis was never abandoned. A child needed to be born through the underworld king - Osiris - and the lunar goddess Nephthys. That child, Anubis, grew up to be a guide to the newly deceased and - with his mother Nephthys - the leader of the ritual of the renewal of the heart. He understood first-hand that in order to grow and become the person we are meant to be, in order to bring our light into the world, we must release our vicitimization and pain and step into the full light of day. We must allow our light to be seen by others, share it generously and without fear, and open to our solar pupose as a true child of the divine. Anubis is a symbol for all of us, showing us how we might discover and recover our true sovereignty, our inner nobility, in spite of - or perhaps because of - the abandonment and wounding we received in childhood. Now more than ever we need his message.

Highlights for the Month The month Anubis the Shaman King is the most intense of this year, bringing to culmination several transits that have been on-going over the last 22 months, since the fall of 2008.

Included are the following:
July 24 - the second exact square of Horus (Jupiter) and Osiris (Pluto). (These two will be in stationary square to each other over the next two weeks.)
July 26 - the fifth and final opposition of Sobek (Saturn) and Wadjet (Uranus).
August 3 - the third and final exact square of Horus (Jupiter) and Osiris (Pluto).
August 13 - Wadjet (Uranus) retrogrades back into the emmanation of Sothis (Pisces).
August 16 - the second of three exact oppositions between Horus (Jupiter) and Sobek (Saturn).
August 20 - Thoth (Mercury) retrogrades in the emmanation of Nekhbet (Virgo).
August 21 - the third and final exact square between Sobek (Saturn) and Osiris (Pluto).

The opposition of Sobek and Wadjet has provided a huge portal of transition for our planet that began in the fall of 2008. The square between Sobek and Osiris has accelerated this transformation since its beginning last winter. These three giants of astrology - Sobek, Wadjet and Osiris (Saturn, Uranus and Pluto) - have, over the last two months, been involved in a t-square with Horus - the New King and principle of expansion - amplifying the energy of their relationship.

A t-square is like a three-legged square table. As transiting planets move into relationship with the various elements of the t-square the imbalance described by the pattern is heightened. Horus (Jupiter) expands whatever he comes into contact with - in this case, the energy of the t-square. Throughout the month, first Set (Mars) and then Isis (Venus) also come into relationship with the three points of the t-square. All of this adds up to a very intense and unpredictable month.

Our planet is at a crossroads. We are beset by a range of uncertainty - from the economy to war to the environment. Many feel like we're teetering on the edge of disaster - and we are. This is an extremely important time in our pleanetary evolution. It is a dangerous time but there is also a tremendous opportunity for a breakthrough, out of the attitudes and assumptions that have bound us into ignorance and into a whole new way of being, both within our individual and collective consciousness and in practical reality upon the planet.

The last five days of July are historically known as the Epagomenal Days of ancient Egypt - "days out of time." These special days preceded the Egyptian New Year and corresponded with the annual flooding of the Nile River, an event necessary in order to insure a fertile harvest. In myth it is said that the five children of Nut and Geb - Isis, Osiris, Nephthys, Set and Horus the Elder - were each born on one of the days. In information downloaded to Linda Star Wolf, Anubis has come forth to tell us that he was born on the sixth day, that of the New Year. He is both a child of Nut and Geb, son of Osiris and Nephthys, and a brother to the five who stand at the pinacle of the Egyptian pantheon. The five become the six. How auspicious that these incredibly powerful transits come at this time of the Epagomenal Days, the newly acknowledged birth day of Anubis, and in the month of Anubis, the Shaman King.

The Old King is dying and the New King is being born. Birth is dangerous; we do not know if the baby will survive. Yet the potential for the future is rich and powerful. New Wadjet energy, full of kundalini life force, pours upon our planet and invites us to reach for new realms of expression and creativity. It is time for all of us to call upon Anubis and ask him to help us find our own Shaman King so that we can let go of abandonment and victimization and stand up as mature adults, creating our lives from an open heart firmly connected to our values. Nothing less will do.


Month of Nut and Geb

2010-06-24

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The water sign Cancer - June 21- July 22 - is associated with Nut and Geb. Nut and Geb are the children of the second generation of Egyptian deities, Shu and Tefnet, and are the Divine Parents of the Egyptian pantheon. Isis, Nephthys, Osiris, Set, the elder Horus, and - as revealed via download to Linda Star Wolf - Anubis are their children.

Nut is the great Sky goddess; Geb is the god of the Earth. These two were born deeply in love and locked in an embrace. Their father, Shu, understood that no life could live upon the Earth as long as these two were so tightly wound against one another. Shu was the god of air; he inserted himself between Nut and Geb and forced them apart - Nut into the Sky while Geb remained upon the Earth. Nut arches herself across the night sky, her fingers and toes touching the horizion. Geb, in his form as the mountains of the Earth, reaches up to her. It is said that at dawn and dusk Nut and Geb are briefly reunited as Sky touches Earth.

Together Nut and Geb create the container in which all life on Earth flourishes, held and protected by our great Sky mother and Earth father. It is only when we feel safe and protected that we are able to do the work we came here to do. Nut and Geb represent the concept of Soul Purpose. In our Divine Parents we experience unconditional love and through that love are able to release our wounds and feelings of abandonment. Held in a container of divine love, we step forth in our wholeness.

Highlights for the Month

The month of Nut and Geb brings us closer to the fifth and final opposition of Sobek and Wadjet, July 26. As we move toward the final chapter of this long journey, begun in the fall of 2008, Wadjet has moved into the emmanation of Kephera and into an alignment with Horus, also in the emmanation of Kephera. Wadjet will turn retrograde on July 5 while Sobek moves back into the emmanation of Ma'at on July 21. The stage is set for the final show down between the Old King and the new order that is being birthed.

On July 24, Horus will move into a square to Osiris, bringing the great god of the underworld - the principle of regeneration - into a relationship with both Sobek and Wadjet. This is a time of incredible transformation and change. The death of the old ways and the birth of the new has begun.

Birth is difficult. It is painful, messy and chaotic and not all are successful; sometimes either mother or child do not survive the process. Birth and death are intertwined for in order for something to be born, the old must die. At this time we do not know whether our planet will survive.

All that has happened in the last 21 months - the economic melt-down, the election of our first African-American president, the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most recently, the horrific oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- all of this has happened within the portal of the opposition between Sobek and Horus.

For all those who choose to see, it is now understood that the legacy of the last several thouand years of the patriatchy is an incredible arrogance that has lead to foolish and unconsious actions. The hallmark of patriarchal thinking is a disconnection between values and action. Over and over we have seen our Earth and its children harmed by this disconnect. The gravity of our arrogance is being brought fully to our attention and the results of our incredible disconnection from our planet may well bring us to our knees.

Is it too late? The planets do not tell us. The month of Nut and Geb brings two eclipses. There will be a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on June 26 and a New Moon Solar Eclipse on July 1.

Eclipses always come in pairs and represent a type of portal. A phase is ending and something new is ready to begin. Sometimes the Solar Eclipse comes first; other times the process is begun by a Lunar Eclipse. A Lunar Eclipse leads this time - taking us deep into our collective unconscious. Something is stirring deep within our collective psyche. We have yet to see if our species will experiece a live birth. The next few weeks are crucial as we come to term.


Month of The Sphinx

2010-05-21

Month of The Sphinx

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The air sign Gemini - May 20 - June 21 - is associated with The Sphinx.

The Great Sphinx sits guarding the Great Pyramid complex at Giza. Huge and commanding, this ancient statue of an animal with a human head has long been associated with the mysteries of ancient Egypt.

The belief has been that the animal depicted by the Great Sphinx is a lion. More recently it has been suggested that the Great Sphinx is a canine, associated with the deity Anubis. Anubis is the son of Nephthys and Osiris, raised to maturity by Nephthys' sister, Isis.

It is Anubis who holds the key to the shamanic mysteries of Egypt and to the mystery of life on Earth. Seemingly abandoned by his mother, Anubis could be seen as the victimized child. Anubis is not a victim, however. He becomes a guide to the underworld and the keeper of the mystery of the renewal of the human heart. Through Anubis we learn that we are never abandoned; all our earthly trials are a sort of training that, when embarked upon with an open heart, teach us how to step into our true power and our soul's purpose.

The Great Sphinx sits upon a powerful vortex of power. All Earth vortexes are places that connect us to the Great Star Nations. Altars are designed to take energy and disseminate it - so, too, does the Great Sphinx. Those with the Great Sphinx emanating through points on their birth chart are meant to walk through life with their internal antennae attuned to the skies, receiving messages from the stars above and then sharing them with other Earth beings.

Highlights for the Month

There are several powerful astrological events during the month of The Sphinx. Wadjet (Uranus) enters into the emanation of Kephera (Aries), Sobek (Saturn) turns direct and continues his on-going opposition to Wadjet (Uranus), and Nephthys (Neptune) turns retrograde.

In this new language of astrology we are working both with the planets as they move through their orbits and the archetypal relationship between these planets and the deities (neteru) of ancient Egypt. While the neteru are aligned with a particular planet or sign, they are not the planets. Rather, there is an association between a deity and a planet based on similar symbolic qualities.

The orbits of the outer planets of our solar system are quite large. From our perspective here on Earth, these planets stay in a relationship with a particular sign - or, in the language of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology - with a particular neter, for a very long time. Wadjet has been in the emanation of Sothis since 2003. Wadjet is now ready to enter the emanation of Kephera.

The transition from Sothis to Kephera will be a gradual one. Wadjet first enters the emanation of Kephera on May 27 and will retrograde back into the emanation of Sothis on August 13. Wadjet will re-enter the emmanation of Kephera in 2011 where she will remain until 2019.

As discussed in previous newsletters, Wadjet is in a dynamic relationship to Sobek. These two neteru began their dance with one another in the fall of 2008. On April 26, they entered into the fourth of five exact oppositions to one another. The fifth opposition will take place on July 26. While the previous four oppositions have emanated through Nekhbet (Virgo) and Sothis (Pisces), this last opposition will be through Ma'at (Libra) and Kephera (Aries). The transition of Wadjet into the emmanation of Kephera heralds the final portion of the powerful journey we have collectively been on since the fall of 2008.

The symbolic meaning of this journey revolves around the necessity for releasing old, outworn structures that no longer serve us. A powerful new life force is being birthed on our planet.

The nature of Wadjet is explosive and unpredictable. She is the cobra-headed goddess who breaks through all resistance, smashing blocks so that her powerful life force energy can arise and find expression. Her entry into the emmanation of Kephera suggests that a new day is dawning and that we are ready to begin a new cycle.

Wadjet enters the emmanation of Kephera on May 27. On May 30, Sobek turns direct and begins his final journey back toward an opposition to Wadjet. On May 31, Nephthys, the Veiled Isis - twin sister of Isis and keeper of the mysteries behind the veils - turns retrograde. Horus (Jupiter), enters into relationship with both Sobek and Wadjet from May 23 through June 8. These are powerful times. We are all invited to peer behind the veils and envision a new reality for our planet. The old way is dying. It is time for the birth of new life.


Month of The Sphinx

2010-05-21

Month of The Sphinx

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The air sign Gemini - May 20 - June 21 - is associated with The Sphinx.

The Great Sphinx sits guarding the Great Pyramid complex at Giza. Huge and commanding, this ancient statue of an animal with a human head has long been associated with the mysteries of ancient Egypt.

The belief has been that the animal depicted by the Great Sphinx is a lion. More recently it has been suggested that the Great Sphinx is a canine, associated with the deity Anubis. Anubis is the son of Nephthys and Osiris, raised to maturity by Nephthys' sister, Isis.

It is Anubis who holds the key to the shamanic mysteries of Egypt and to the mystery of life on Earth. Seemingly abandoned by his mother, Anubis could be seen as the victimized child. Anubis is not a victim, however. He becomes a guide to the underworld and the keeper of the mystery of the renewal of the human heart. Through Anubis we learn that we are never abandoned; all our earthly trials are a sort of training that, when embarked upon with an open heart, teach us how to step into our true power and our soul's purpose.

The Great Sphinx sits upon a powerful vortex of power. All Earth vortexes are places that connect us to the Great Star Nations. Altars are designed to take energy and disseminate it - so, too, does the Great Sphinx. Those with the Great Sphinx emanating through points on their birth chart are meant to walk through life with their internal antennae attuned to the skies, receiving messages from the stars above and then sharing them with other Earth beings.

Highlights for the Month

There are several powerful astrological events during the month of The Sphinx. Wadjet (Uranus) enters into the emanation of Kephera (Aries), Sobek (Saturn) turns direct and continues his on-going opposition to Wadjet (Uranus), and Nephthys (Neptune) turns retrograde.

In this new language of astrology we are working both with the planets as they move through their orbits and the archetypal relationship between these planets and the deities (neteru) of ancient Egypt. While the neteru are aligned with a particular planet or sign, they are not the planets. Rather, there is an association between a deity and a planet based on similar symbolic qualities.

The orbits of the outer planets of our solar system are quite large. From our perspective here on Earth, these planets stay in a relationship with a particular sign - or, in the language of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology - with a particular neter, for a very long time. Wadjet has been in the emanation of Sothis since 2003. Wadjet is now ready to enter the emanation of Kephera.

The transition from Sothis to Kephera will be a gradual one. Wadjet first enters the emanation of Kephera on May 27 and will retrograde back into the emanation of Sothis on August 13. Wadjet will re-enter the emmanation of Kephera in 2011 where she will remain until 2019.

As discussed in previous newsletters, Wadjet is in a dynamic relationship to Sobek. These two neteru began their dance with one another in the fall of 2008. On April 26, they entered into the fourth of five exact oppositions to one another. The fifth opposition will take place on July 26. While the previous four oppositions have emanated through Nekhbet (Virgo) and Sothis (Pisces), this last opposition will be through Ma'at (Libra) and Kephera (Aries). The transition of Wadjet into the emmanation of Kephera heralds the final portion of the powerful journey we have collectively been on since the fall of 2008.

The symbolic meaning of this journey revolves around the necessity for releasing old, outworn structures that no longer serve us. A powerful new life force is being birthed on our planet.

The nature of Wadjet is explosive and unpredictable. She is the cobra-headed goddess who breaks through all resistance, smashing blocks so that her powerful life force energy can arise and find expression. Her entry into the emmanation of Kephera suggests that a new day is dawning and that we are ready to begin a new cycle.

Wadjet enters the emmanation of Kephera on May 27. On May 30, Sobek turns direct and begins his final journey back toward an opposition to Wadjet. On May 31, Nephthys, the Veiled Isis - twin sister of Isis and keeper of the mysteries behind the veils - turns retrograde. Horus (Jupiter), enters into relationship with both Sobek and Wadjet from May 23 through June 8. These are powerful times. We are all invited to peer behind the veils and envision a new reality for our planet. The old way is dying. It is time for the birth of new life.


Month of Hathor

2010-04-20

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The earth sign Taurus - April 20 - May 20 - is associated with Hathor. Hathor is the Great Goddess of ancient Egypt. One of the oldest of the Egyptian pantheon, she has long represented the essence of feminity. Compassionate, loving, earthy and erotic, Hathor is the essence of unconditional love. Hathor was often depicted as a woman with the head of a cow or with cow-like features. Hathor is the earth mother who passionately loves our planet and all of its creatures. Associated with the Lady of the Beasts, her essence is found in nature and in the verdant green energy of spring in full bloom. Her passionate nature is revealed in the world around us as life is renewed and re-created. In her we experience unconditional love, for Hathor loves everything about us - our flaws as well as our beauty.
Hathor's descendents are Isis, Aphrodite and Venus. Hathor is the embodiment of sensual feminity. Her festivals were rich with music, dancing and eroticism. She encourages us to fully appreciate our senses and to luxuriate in the soft warmth of our animal bodies. Hathor loves everything about embodiment on Earth - the plants, the trees, the textures of the earth, the animals, the humans.
Associated with the earth sign Taurus, Hathor encourages us to ground ourselves firmly in our bodies and to engage in all that is involved in living in form. In the most ancient myths of Egypt, Hathor is associated with Sekhmet - the fiery lion-headed goddess. Hathor is no mild-mannered mother but rather one who runs riot with enthusiasm, joy and boundless energy. In her we find a great passion for life in all its miraculous forms.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Hathor opens with Thoth (Mercury) stationary and beginning a retrograde journey in Taurus - the sign of Hathor. Thoth turns retrograde three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. While communication and transportation systems are often affected by Mercury retrograde periods, Thoth reminds us to listen to the our inner voice - that of our soul. This particular retrograde period gives us the opportunity to meditate on how we might better care for our bodies, love ourselves fully and open to the joys of living on planet Earth. Practice being as a hollow reed - one who transmits the thoughts of the Divine Source through your own words. Thoth turns direct on May 11.
On April 26, Sobek (Saturn) and Wadjet (Uranus) once again move into exact opposition. We continue on our journey through the portal that opened in the fall of 2008.
Sobek, the crocodile-headed Old King, represents the patriarchal energy that has ruled our planet for the last several thousand years. It is time for Sobek to give up his power. One polarity is not preferable to the other. We must find a new balance and a new consciousness.
Wadjet once again dances forth to entice the Old King Sobek to release his grip on power so that he can be transformed into a new version of himself and a new world can be born. Wadjet is fiery and vibrant. Her kundalini life-force energy cannot be denied. She energetically breaks through the obstacles to change in our lives, neutralizing our resistance and opening us to the shakti life force energy. Wadjet entices Sobek with the promise of new life that blooms when resistance is finally released.
The close opposition of Sobek and Wadjet (April 17 - May 8) - parallels the retrograde period of Thoth. This is the fourth of five exact oppositions between Sobek and Wadjet and the last to take place through the emanations of Nekhbet (Virgo) and Sothis (Pisces). Listen carefully to your own inner guidance at this time. We all have a role to play during this time of great transformation. What is it that you are meant to embody here on planet Earth?


Month of Kephera - March 20 - April 20, 2010

2010-03-20

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The fire sign Aries - March 20 - April 20 - is associated with Kephera.

Kephera is The Spiral Dancer and the guardian of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology. Kephera is also the protector of our planet, for it is he who determines the strength of the cosmic influences that emanate towards Earth.

Kephera is represented by the Scarab in ancient Egypt. He is the dung beetle, rolling a ball of dung across the desert, his children held within. In the ancient Egyptian pantheon, Kephera was associated with the morning Sun. He was sometimes represented as a man with either a Sun or a Scarab for a head. As the cosmic Spiral Dancer, Kephera regulates the influences that reach our planet and those that affect us as individuals. He holds our precious Earth in his arms, spinning it as the beetle spins the dung, using his body to block the emanations that are too strong for us while allowing other energies to come through to Earth and ultimately to us.

Kephera is wise and kind. He both protects us and also encourages us to open up to the changes that must come. He does not allow more to come through than we can handle for in his wisdom he understands how much of the cosmic emanations we can assimilate. Kephera reminds us that every day is a new beginning and in the daily opening of our being to the rays of the rising Sun we are all redeemed and rejuvenated. Each day requires something new from us as the planets and stars dance in an ever-changing kaleidoscope of new relationships, both to one another and also to us. Kephera, The Cosmic Spiral Dancer, keeps a watchful eye upon it all.

Highlights for the Month

The month of Kephera brings the re-entry of Sobek (Saturn) back into the emanation of Nekhbet (Virgo), after five months in the emanation of Ma'at(Libra).

The last several months have been dominated by the challenging relationship between Osiris (Pluto) and Sobek (Saturn). We have been through a dark night of our collective soul; the energy throughout the winter has been heavy and dense. On March 10, Set (Mars), the Warrior King, turned direct; Mars turned retrograde at the Winter Solstice, December 20. The shift is quite noticeable - after a long winter of hibernation there is the sense of new energy and movement.

The problems of our planet remain, however. Our objective at this time is to bring the polarities of Earth into right alignment. No longer can we live on a planet where one extreme rules over the other. The patriarchy, represented by the crocodile-headed Old King, Sobek, must give up it's power, The light is not better than the dark; one pole is not preferable to the other. We must find the balance between the extremes.

We have been in a huge portal of transformation since the fall of 2008, when Sobek and the cobra-headed goddess Wadjet (Uranus) first moved into opposition to one another. Wadjet entices the Old King Sobek to release his grip on power so that he can be transformed into a new version of himself and a new world can be born. Over the last several months Osiris, the irrefutable force of death and rebirth, has been in a death grip with the reluctant Sobek. Now Osiris backs away and once again Wadjet dances forth. This time her purpose is invite Sobek to step forth fully into his role as the mature king and mentor to the young energy whose time has come.

Wadjet is fiery and vibrant. Her kundalini life-force energy cannot be denied. She energetically breaks through the obstacles to change in our lives, neutralizing our resistance and opening us to the shakti life force energy. Wadjet once again engages Sobek, enticing him with the promise of new life that blooms when resistance is finally released.

Sobek re-enters the emanation of Nekhbet (Virgo) on April 7. The previous day, April 6, the great god of regeneration, Osiris, changes direction. The emanations from the outer planets of our solar system are particularly strong on Earth during these times when they are stationary. Sobek and Wadjet will be in opposition to one another from April 17 through May 8, with an exact opposition taking place on April 26.

Thoth (Mercury) turns retrograde on April 18 in the sign of Hathor (Taurus). Thoth turns retrograde three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. These periods provide us with the opportunity to listen to our inner guidance. Practice being as a hollow reed - one who transmits the thoughts of the Divine Source through your own words. Thoth will turn direct on May 11.

It is worth noting that the close opposition of Sobek and Wadjet (April 17 - May 8) parallels this retrograde period of Thoth. This is the fourth of five exact oppositions between Sobek and Wadjet and the last to take place through the emanations of Nekhbet (Virgo) and Sothis (Pisces). Listen carefully to your own inner guidance at this time. We all have a role to play during this time of great transformation. Why are you here on Earth at this time and what is it that is yours to do?


Month of Sothis - February 18 - March 20

2010-02-18

Month of Sothis
Sothis is the star Sirius, the guiding light of shamanic Egypt. Sothis is the home of Isis, Nephthys, Osiris and Anubis, and is the original home of many incarnated on Earth today. This is a place of incredible beauty, emanating the energy of pure love, open-hearted compassion and wisdom. The star Sothis is also a personification of Isis, the compassionate and loving Divine Feminine. Sothis holds the energy of the bodhisattva, the soul who returns over and over again to Earth, dedicated to planetary service that manifests out of love. It is the goal of the bodhisattva that all on planet Earth will reach a higher level of consciousness.
The star Sirius was extremely important to the ancient Egyptians. Sirius disappeared from view for 70 days each year. The heliacal rising of Sirius paralleled the annual rising of the Nile River, an event most important to the Egyptians. The flooding of the Nile was necessary for the growth of fertile crops. The appearance of Sirius was associated with abundance and fertility.
The water sign Pisces is associated with compassion, fluidity and emotion. It's shadow side is codependency, particularly as expressed through rescuing behavior and excessive care-taking. In the alignment of Pisces with Sothis, we see the higher emmanation of this water sign. It is only when we love without attachment, control, or fear that we are able to love unconditionally. Sothis, through her association with Isis, the Divine Mother of us all, represents the place within ourselves where we feel and express open-hearted, unconditional love. As above, so below. As within, so without.
Highlights for the Month
The month of Sothis is dominated by two astrological events: an on-going conjunction between Anubis the Key and Nephthys, and the station of Set.
Anubis the Key and Nephthys, Chiron and Neptune in the language of traditional astrology, have been in alignment to one another for most of the last year. Last spring, they remained in close conjunction for three months, April through June, along with Horus (Jupiter). In traditional Egyptian myth, Anubis was born of an affair between Nephthys and Osiris. Nephthys, fearing that her husband Set would kill Anubis, took her newborn baby out to the desert and left him there. Her sister Isis rescued Anubis and brought him up as her own son.
Resonant in this story is the eternal drama of the child abandoned by the mother. It is repeated in Greek myth when the centaur Chiron is left by his mother at birth, in the story of Moses, and in countless other archetypal myths. The spector of abandonment by the mother lies deep in our collective psyche.
This on-going conjunction of Anubis the Key with his mother Nephthys represents an opportunity to resolve and release our abandonment issues. Anubis and Nephthys have been in a year-long conversation. Nephthys is explaining to her son that she did not abandon him. She protected him from an unpredictable and sometimes violent masculine force by leaving him in the care of her solar syster, Isis. Anubis is telling his mother how much her absence from his life hurt him. She is listening to his pain and through the process of open-hearted communication, old hurts are released.
As above, so below. The reunion between Anubis and his mother, Nephthys, provides all of us the opportunity to release our old pain around the issue of abandonment by the feminine. During the many centuries of the domination of the patriarchy, the scales between masculine and feminine were unbalanced. The feminine was victimized and disempowered. In many instances, the only way a mother could keep her child safe was by releasing that child to another fate. During this time we all have the opportunity to heal our personal pain around abandonment.
Anubis the Key and Nephthys remain in close conjunction throughout the month of Sothis and will remain in relationship to one another over the next year.
Set, Mars in traditional astrology, represents the ultimate paradox. He is the Warrior King and is both a faithful servant to Ra as well as the murderer of his brother Osiris. He is the husband of Nephthys and it is her fear of him that leads her to "abandon" the baby Anubis. Set has been retrograde since December 20. The warrior has been restricted, limited, stuck. It has been difficult to move forward with projects, but an excellent time to turn inward in order to determine what it is that constitutes right action in the world. Set turns direct on March 10. Renewed and rejuvenated by his time of introspection, Set is ready once again to move forward in the world. Action needs to be connected to values. Set is now ready to assist us in manifesting our Sacred Purpose in the world.


Month of Sothis - February 18 - March 20

2010-02-18

Month of Sothis

Sothis is the star Sirius, the guiding light of shamanic Egypt. Sothis is the home of Isis, Nephthys, Osiris and Anubis, and is the original home of many incarnated on Earth today. This is a place of incredible beauty, emanating the energy of pure love, open-hearted compassion and wisdom. The star Sothis is also a personification of Isis, the compassionate and loving Divine Feminine. Sothis holds the energy of the bodhisattva, the soul who returns over and over again to Earth, dedicated to planetary service that manifests out of love. It is the goal of the bodhisattva that all on planet Earth will reach a higher level of consciousness.

The star Sirius was extremely important to the ancient Egyptians. Sirius disappeared from view for 70 days each year. The heliacal rising of Sirius paralleled the annual rising of the Nile River, an event most important to the Egyptians. The flooding of the Nile was necessary for the growth of fertile crops. The appearance of Sirius was associated with abundance and fertility.

The water sign Pisces is associated with compassion, fluidity and emotion. It's shadow side is codependency, particularly as expressed through rescuing behavior and excessive care-taking. In the alignment of Pisces with Sothis, we see the higher emmanation of this water sign. It is only when we love without attachment, control, or fear that we are able to love unconditionally. Sothis, through her association with Isis, the Divine Mother of us all, represents the place within ourselves where we feel and express open-hearted, unconditional love. As above, so below. As within, so without.

Highlights for the Month

The month of Sothis is dominated by two astrological events: an on-going conjunction between Anubis the Key and Nephthys, and the station of Set.

Anubis the Key and Nephthys, Chiron and Neptune in the language of traditional astrology, have been in alignment to one another for most of the last year. Last spring, they remained in close conjunction for three months, April through June, along with Horus (Jupiter). In traditional Egyptian myth, Anubis was born of an affair between Nephthys and Osiris. Nephthys, fearing that her husband Set would kill Anubis, took her newborn baby out to the desert and left him there. Her sister Isis rescued Anubis and brought him up as her own son.

Resonant in this story is the eternal drama of the child abandoned by the mother. It is repeated in Greek myth when the centaur Chiron is left by his mother at birth, in the story of Moses, and in countless other archetypal myths. The spector of abandonment by the mother lies deep in our collective psyche.

This on-going conjunction of Anubis the Key with his mother Nephthys represents an opportunity to resolve and release our abandonment issues. Anubis and Nephthys have been in a year-long conversation. Nephthys is explaining to her son that she did not abandon him. She protected him from an unpredictable and sometimes violent masculine force by leaving him in the care of her solar syster, Isis. Anubis is telling his mother how much her absence from his life hurt him. She is listening to his pain and through the process of open-hearted communication, old hurts are released.

As above, so below. The reunion between Anubis and his mother, Nephthys, provides all of us the opportunity to release our old pain around the issue of abandonment by the feminine. During the many centuries of the domination of the patriarchy, the scales between masculine and feminine were unbalanced. The feminine was victimized and disempowered. In many instances, the only way a mother could keep her child safe was by releasing that child to another fate. During this time we all have the opportunity to heal our personal pain around abandonment.

Anubis the Key and Nephthys remain in close conjunction throughout the month of Sothis and will remain in relationship to one another over the next year.

Set, Mars in traditional astrology, represents the ultimate paradox. He is the Warrior King and is both a faithful servant to Ra as well as the murderer of his brother Osiris. He is the husband of Nephthys and it is her fear of him that leads her to "abandon" the baby Anubis. Set has been retrograde since December 20. The warrior has been restricted, limited, stuck. It has been difficult to move forward with projects, but an excellent time to turn inward in order to determine what it is that constitutes right action in the world. Set turns direct on March 10. Renewed and rejuvenated by his time of introspection, Set is ready once again to move forward in the world. Action needs to be connected to values. Set is now ready to assist us in manifesting our Sacred Purpose in the world.


Month of Ptah - January 19 - February 18, 2010

2010-01-20

Ptah is one of the great creator gods of ancient Egypt. Khnum created the creatures who live upon the Earth; Ptah created the Earth and the Sky to nourish and support their lives. Ptah created the world from his thoughts. The ancient Egyptians believed that the mind resided in the heart. During the embalming process, they routinely threw away the brain and saved the heart. One of their central myths involves the weighing of the heart against the feather of Ma'at. To be pure of heart meant to be pure of mind.

The sign Aquarius is associated with the collective, and with the New Aeon we are now entering. Ptah speaks to us of the need to create a new collective reality based in the compassionate heart. The words we speak, the beliefs we manifest, must come from a place of open-hearted compassion. We all must be aware of what we speak and how those thoughts affect the world around us. We all have the opportunity to participate in the creation of a new reality by aligning ourselves with the energy of the heart-mind.

Highlights for the Month:

The month of Ptah is dominated by the on-going square between Sobek (Saturn) and Osiris (Pluto). These two giants of the astrological world have been in a challenging relationship to one another since October, 2008. Sobek changed direction, turning retrograde, on January 13. Sobek and Osiris move into the second of two exact squares to one another on January 31.

Sobek is the Old King. He is the reptilean part of our brain that wants only to survive. He serves a useful purpose - he keeps us embodied so that we can do what it is we came to Earth to do. He can also, however, be like the king who does not want to give up his power, even though his time has passed. When this happens he becomes controlling, resistant to change and oppressive.

Osiris is the consort of Isis and the king who was killed by his brother Set - a younger version of Sobek - out of jealousy and rage. Isis used her magic to bring Osiris back to life so that they might mate. Out of their union was born the Young King Horus. Set killed Osiris again, this time cutting his body into 14 pieces and strewing them along the Nile River. Isis and her sister Nephthys collected the pieces and "remembered" Osiris.

Osiris became the Lord of the Underworld, ancestor to the Greek / Roman god Hades / Pluto. In the shamanic Egyptian pantheon Osiris is the god of regeneration and later became associated with the Green Man, Orion. Osiris represents the basic principle of life upon planet Earth - that re-birth follows death. Death is immutable and a necessary transistion for the birth of new life.

This on-going square between Sobek and Osiris - which began last fall and continues on into the spring - describes our collective journey through the death of an old way of being. Osiris has come to tell Sobek that he must give up his power. It is time to die so that the new aeon can be born upon planet Earth. We simply cannot repeat the old ways and not suffer.


Month of Khnum - December 21, 2009 - January 19, 2010

2009-12-21

The ram headed god, Khnum, serves as the guardian of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. As the pendulum swings toward the darkness and all retreat within, it is Khnum who asists us in giving form to new aspects of ourselves. Khnum is among the oldest of the creator gods of ancient Egypt. He was believed to have created the creatures who walk upon the earth in animal and human form. Khnum is a potter and he creates upon his spinning wheel, using clay to give form to matter. As we change - as we die to that which no longer serves us and are reborn to the new - we need new forms to express the transformation we have gone through. Just as the caterpillar transforms into the butterfly, each of us must adapt a new form that can hold the new aspect we bring forth. Gentle and kind, Khnum places us upon his wheel and spins us a new ka body. He knows exactly what we need in order to manifest the next right aspect of ourselves. As we reflect upon that which we wish to bring into the light, call upon Khnum to fashion the form that will support us so that we might become the change we wish to see in the world. Highlights for the Month: The month opens with Horus (Jupiter) and Nephthys (Neptune) in an exact alignment. This is the third of three alignments between the Priestress of the Veils and the Young King. Horus in his youthful enthusiasm encourages us to peer behind the veils. That which has been hidden is beginning to be visible. Horus (Jupiter) will be moving into the water sign Pisces on January 17. Jupiter stays in a sign of a zodiac for approximately one year. Throughout 2009 Jupiter has been in Aquarius, or in the language of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Ptah has emanated through Horus. Now it is Sothis who will emanate through the young, enthusiastic Horus. Sothis is the star Sirius, the home of many of the neteru and the home of many of us presently living on planet Earth. Sothis holds the energy of universal love and compassion. Horus opens the gates to emanations from Sothis. After a long time of density upon our sweet planet Earth, the rays of universal love will begin to flow. Osiris (Pluto) and Sobek (Saturn) remain in square to one another, with Sobek stationary and turning retrograde on January 13. While the planetary energy remains heavy and dark, the veils are beginning to part. We are transitioning into a new version of ourselves. The month of Khnum brings us a Lunar Eclipse on December 31, the eve of the New Year, and a Solar Eclipse on January 15. The Divine Parents, Nut and Geb, hold us as we move into a new form fashioned by Khnum. We are in the birth canal and change is upon us. We must remember the bigger picture, open our hearts to love and look to the skies.


Month of Sekhmet - November 21 - December 21

2009-11-22

Fiery, intense and passionate, Sekhmet sweeps down upon us, challenging us to alter our course, pointing us in the direction of change. Loving, yet demanding, Sekmet is not content to stand by and watch us languish in our indecision and passivity. One of the oldest lioness goddesses in the Egyptian pantheon, Sekhmet is the agent of change. She is the force that arises from within when it is time to make a decision, move out of our internal conflict and act. She is both fiercely protective and yet also a great warrior, capable of setting strong boundaries and assisting us in cutting the cords that bind us to the past. She helps us to reconcile the opposites that war within us by finding the third thing that is the solution to our internal conflict. Highlights for the Month Sobek (Saturn) entered the sign of Ma'at (Libra) last month and into a square with Osiris (Pluto). These two planets were exactly square on November 15 and will stay in square to one another through February, 2010. Ma'at is the goddess of order and balance; Sobek is the old king whose primary motivation is the preservation of the status quo. Osiris is the Egyptian god of death and regeneration. Khnum (Capricorn), the creator of new forms, currently emanates through Osiris. This square between Pluto (Osiris) and Saturn (Sobek) indicates that we have now entered an even deeper period of transformation and change. The old ways no longer work and we must let go in order for a new form to be born. Wadjet (Uranus) turns direct on December 1. The period from November 30 through December 7 will be important as Thoth (Mercury) moves through relationships first to Wadjet (Uranus) and then Osiris (Pluto) and Sobek (Saturn). Communication during this time is extremely important. Pay attention - look for unexpected messages that indicate the path we must follow, both collectively and as individuals.


Month of Bast - October 23 - November 21

2009-10-23

Bast is the great cat goddess of ancient Egypt, depicted both as a woman with the head of a cat and also as a short-haired house cat, regal and adorned with jewelry. Bast could be both fierce and nurturing, and was often portrayed as the protective nurse of the king. Bast is the sensuous symbol of our longing, our holy desire. Her feline nature entices and beckons us to give expression to our desire nature and to go in search of our holy longing. She invites us deeper into our own body so that the kundalini flame might be awakened, for it is only when the fire of life is strong that change can happen. When Bast comes to visit, she carries with her the invitation to move through the portals of death and rebirth, so that we might open to the next incarnation of our life here on Earth. Highlights for the Month The great crocodile-headed god Sobek (Saturn) enters Libra this month. In the language of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Ma'at will begin to emanate through Sobek. Ma'at is the goddess of order and balance; Sobek is the old king whose primary motivation is the preservation of the status quo. Over the past year, Sobek has been engaged in a dance of change with Wadjet (Uranus), the goddess of life force energy. Wadjet has been twirling and spinning around the old king, inviting him to let go of his grip on the world as we know it. Sobek's jaws are strong. He does not easily release his hold. Sobek is now moving into a new dance with Osiris (Pluto). The first meeting of these two great and ancient gods will be during the month of Bast, on November 15. Their interaction will continue through August of 2010 and will correspond with the final dance between Sobek and Wadjet. We are entering an incredibly powerful time. It may seem as if things are returning to "normal" but in reality the greatest transformations are yet ahead. Osiris, the god of death, rebirth and regeneration, has the strength and determination to convince Sobek to finally release his grip on power. The greatest changes are still to come. On October 29 Ma'at will begin to emanate through Sobek. On November 15, Sobek and Osiris will enter into their first of three cosmic alignments. The most important times this month are October 28 through the Hathor Full Moon on November 2 and November 6 - November 10 when Set's influence - the Sacred Warrior - will be strongly felt.


Ma'at

2009-09-22

The beautiful goddess Ma'at can be recognized by the feather she wears upon her head. It is said that in order to gain entry to the Egyptian afterworld the hearts of the dead must be weighed against the feather of Ma'at. In the ancient language of Egypt, "ma'at" means order. To the Egyptians, ma'at was the flooding of the Nile delta that brought the lushness of the harvest the following year. Ma'at is all that is right with the world; she stands between us and chaos. In the Shamanic Egyptian mysteries, as revealed to Linda Star Wolf and Nicki Scully, Ma'at wears a crown of mirrors. When we look at her we see reflected back to us our own image. In this way we understand that it is through our relationships that we can see ourselves. Ma'at teaches us that in order to truly love others, we must first love ourselves. Highlights for the Month: The month of Ma'at opens with Thoth still retrograde. Thoth turned retrograde on September 6 and will turn direct on September 29. Thoth, enlightened communication, is a natural ally of Ma'at, whose gifts to us are balance and order. Ma'at was emanating through Thoth when he turned retrograde, placing extra emphasis at this time on communication and relationships. Now through September 29 is an excellent time to examine how you give and receive information. If you are not satisfied, go inward for guidance on how to fully listen to others and express yourself. The opposition of Sobek and Wadjet remains strong. Sobek - the Old King - and Wadjet - the cobra-headed goddess who represents life force energy - came into the third of four exact oppositions on September 15. Both Thoth and Isis reinforce this opposition during the month of Ma'at. The period from October 4 through October 13 will provide many opportunities to experience the powerful pull between the status quo and the new energy bursting forth, both within ourselves as well as on our planet.


Month of Nekhbet Mother Mut - August 22 - September 22

2009-08-22

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, the earth sign Virgo, August 22 - September 22, is associated with Nekhbet Mother Mut. Nekhbet is the grandmother of the shamanic Egyptian pantheon. Her origins lie in pre-dynastic times and she is associated with the crone aspect of the Great Goddess. Nekhbet was most often portrayed as a vulture. Her image adorns the entry to many of the temples in Egypt and she stands as the guardian of the mysteries. Nekhbet Mother Mut is the Wisdom Keeper, the elder grandmother who loves us deeply and will not let us forget our higher calling. She is the guide to our Soul Purpose and she demands nothing less than our very best. Highlights for the Month - August 25 through September 5 - Thoth (Mercury) and Set (Mars) move through a challenging square to one another. It is important that we all pay attention to how we express ourselves this month. We may find that it is necessary to set boundaries with friends, family or associates. Strive to do so with conscious awareness - firmly, yet not with excessive anger. September 7 through September 29 - Thoth (Mercury) will be retrograde, emphasizing issues around communication and providing an excellent opportunity to go within and explore our inner landscape. September 11 - Osiris, god of regeneration, death and rebirth will be turn direct on the eighth anniversary of the attacks on the United States. September 15 - the third of four exact oppositions between Sobek(Saturn)and Wadjet(Uranus). Sobek - the Old King - and Wadjet - the Great Awakener - have been in a powerful dance with one another for almost a year. Together they form a portal into a new level of planetary consciousness.


Month of Anubis the King - July 22 - August 22

2009-07-22

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology the fire sign Leo, July 22 - August 22, is associated with Anubis the King. Anubis is the Shaman King of ancient Egypt. Unacknowledged son of a King, abandoned at birth, Anubis ascends to his greatness in spite of his wounded origins. Anubis was born of an affair between Nepthys and Osiris. In the story as it is traditionally told, Nepthys was afraid that her husband would kill her newborn son. She took Anubis out into the desert and abandoned him. Her sister Isis rescued him and raised him under her tutelage. Anubis, abandoned by his mother, born in secret as a result of an affair, grows up to become the great Shaman King of ancient Egypt. Anubis teaches us that we are all Wounded Shamans, in some way abandoned, and we are all the noble offspring of our Divine Parents. When we remember this truth, we can step into our true power. Anubis shows us the way. Highlights for the Month August 5 - an unusual second Full Moon Lunar Eclipse emanating through the creator god Ptah (Aquarius), who lovingly creates the world through the words that he speaks. August 10 - 25 - An excellent time to download new visions of what actions most need to be taken in the time ahead as Thoth and Set form a grand cross with the on-going opposition between Sobek and Wadjet.


Month of Anubis The King

2009-07-21

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The fire sign Leo, July 22 - August 22, is associated with Anubis the King. Anubis holds an unusual place in Shamanic Egyptian Astrology. He is the only neteru to be associated with two astrological symbols: Chiron - the Wounded Shaman and Leo - the sign of the King. Anubis was born of an affair between Nepthys and Osiris, husband of Isis. Nepthys is the lunar sister of Isis, hidden behind the veils. Osiris is the god of regeneration and the symbol of the eternal process of death and rebirth. In the story as it is traditionally told, Nepthys was afraid that her husband - the Warrior King Set - would kill her newborn son. She took Anubis out into the desert and abandoned him. Isis rescued him and raised him under her tutelage. Anubis, abandoned by his mother, born in secret as a result of an affair, grows up to become the great Shaman King of ancient Egypt. It is Anubis who holds the mysteries of the renewal of the heart. He plays an important role in the funerary rites and guides those who must pass through the portals into the afterworld. Anubis, abandoned son of a King, ascends to his greatness in spite of his wounded origins, reminding us all of our divinity. We are all Wounded Shamans, in some way abandoned, and we are all the noble offspring of our Divine Parents. When we remember this truth, we can step into our true power. Anubis shows us the way. Highlights for the Month The month of Anubis the King brings an unusual second Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on August 5. Khnum (Capricorn), the potter who spins us on his wheel, emanated through the first Lunar Eclipse on July 7. Nut and Geb (Cancer), the Divine Parents, emanated through the Solar Eclipse on July 21. The great creator god, Ptah (Aquarius), who creates the world through the words that he speaks, emanates through this next Lunar Eclipse on August 5. The ancient Egyptians believed that the mind resided in the heart. Ptah lovingly created our world from his heart-mind. In order to have true value our creations must originate from our heart and manifest through our loving actions. Sobek (Saturn) is once again approaching an opposition to Wadjet (Uranus). Sobek is the crocodile-headed Old King, the guardian of the established order. Wadjet is the cobra-headed goddess who shatters the blocks that prevent life force energy from flowing freely. This month Thoth (Mercury) and Set (Mars) form a grand cross with Sobek and Wadjet. The energy of the opposition between Sobek and Wadjet, which has been in effect since last fall and is expressed in our society by the tremendous changes we have experienced over the last 9 months, is once again being activated. Sobek and Wadjet will be in exact opposition again in September. The tension between them - the resistance of Sobek and the shattering effect of Wadjet - is intensifying. The period from August 10 through August 25 is an excellent time to download new visions of what actions most need to be taken in the time ahead. The triple conjunction of Horus, Anubis and Nepthys (Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune) is still in effect, although they are very slowly moving away from one another. This conjunction has been in effect since mid-May. Horus, the New King who brings enthusiasm and new energy to everything he touches, has activated a much needed time of healing between Anubis and his mother Nepthys. The dialogue between mother and son continues throughout the month of Anubis the King. The healing of the old story of abandonment continues to unfold. During the month of Anubis the King, Nut and Geb will emanate through Isis and Nekhbet will emanate through Thoth. The translation to western astrology is as follows: - July 31 - Venus enters Cancer - August 2 - Mercury enters Virgo


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2009-01-01

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Month of Sekmet - November 21 - December 21

2009-01-01

Fiery, intense and passionate, Sekhmet sweeps down upon us, challenging us to alter our course, pointing us in the direction of change. Loving, yet demanding, Sekmet is not content to stand by and watch us languish in our indecision and passivity. One of the oldest lioness goddesses in the Egyptian pantheon, Sekhmet is the agent of change. She is the force that arises from within when it is time to make a decision, move out of our internal conflict and act. She is both fiercely protective and yet also a great warrior, capable of setting strong boundaries and assisting us in cutting the cords that bind us to the past. She helps us to reconcile the opposites that war within us by finding the third thing that is the solution to our internal conflict. Highlights for the Month Sobek (Saturn) entered the sign of Ma'at (Libra) last month and into a square with Osiris (Pluto). These two planets were exactly square on November 15 and will stay in square to one another through February, 2010. Ma'at is the goddess of order and balance; Sobek is the old king whose primary motivation is the preservation of the status quo. Osiris is the Egyptian god of death and regeneration. Khnum (Capricorn), the creator of new forms, currently emanates through Osiris. This square between Pluto (Osiris) and Saturn (Sobek) indicates that we have now entered an even deeper period of transformation and change. The old ways no longer work and we must let go in order for a new form to be born. Wadjet (Uranus) turns direct on December 1. The period from November 30 through December 7 will be important as Thoth (Mercury) moves through relationships first to Wadjet (Uranus) and then Osiris (Pluto) and Sobek (Saturn). Communication during this time is extremely important. Pay attention - look for unexpected messages that indicate the path we must follow, both collectively and as individuals.


Month of Sekhmet - November 21 - December 21

2009-01-01

Fiery, intense and passionate, Sekhmet sweeps down upon us, challenging us to alter our course, pointing us in the direction of change. Loving, yet demanding, Sekmet is not content to stand by and watch us languish in our indecision and passivity. One of the oldest lioness goddesses in the Egyptian pantheon, Sekhmet is the agent of change. She is the force that arises from within when it is time to make a decision, move out of our internal conflict and act. She is both fiercely protective and yet also a great warrior, capable of setting strong boundaries and assisting us in cutting the cords that bind us to the past. She helps us to reconcile the opposites that war within us by finding the third thing that is the solution to our internal conflict. Highlights for the Month Sobek (Saturn) entered the sign of Ma'at (Libra) last month and into a square with Osiris (Pluto). These two planets were exactly square on November 15 and will stay in square to one another through February, 2010. Ma'at is the goddess of order and balance; Sobek is the old king whose primary motivation is the preservation of the status quo. Osiris is the Egyptian god of death and regeneration. Khnum (Capricorn), the creator of new forms, currently emanates through Osiris. This square between Pluto (Osiris) and Saturn (Sobek) indicates that we have now entered an even deeper period of transformation and change. The old ways no longer work and we must let go in order for a new form to be born. Wadjet (Uranus) turns direct on December 1. The period from November 30 through December 7 will be important as Thoth (Mercury) moves through relationships first to Wadjet (Uranus) and then Osiris (Pluto) and Sobek (Saturn). Communication during this time is extremely important. Pay attention - look for unexpected messages that indicate the path we must follow, both collectively and as individuals.


Month of Sothis - February 18 - March 20

2009-01-01

Month of Sothis
Sothis is the star Sirius, the guiding light of shamanic Egypt. Sothis is the home of Isis, Nephthys, Osiris and Anubis, and is the original home of many incarnated on Earth today. This is a place of incredible beauty, emanating the energy of pure love, open-hearted compassion and wisdom. The star Sothis is also a personification of Isis, the compassionate and loving Divine Feminine. Sothis holds the energy of the bodhisattva, the soul who returns over and over again to Earth, dedicated to planetary service that manifests out of love. It is the goal of the bodhisattva that all on planet Earth will reach a higher level of consciousness.
The star Sirius was extremely important to the ancient Egyptians. Sirius disappeared from view for 70 days each year. The heliacal rising of Sirius paralleled the annual rising of the Nile River, an event most important to the Egyptians. The flooding of the Nile was necessary for the growth of fertile crops. The appearance of Sirius was associated with abundance and fertility.
The water sign Pisces is associated with compassion, fluidity and emotion. It's shadow side is codependency, particularly as expressed through rescuing behavior and excessive care-taking. In the alignment of Pisces with Sothis, we see the higher emmanation of this water sign. It is only when we love without attachment, control, or fear that we are able to love unconditionally. Sothis, through her association with Isis, the Divine Mother of us all, represents the place within ourselves where we feel and express open-hearted, unconditional love. As above, so below. As within, so without.
Highlights for the Month
The month of Sothis is dominated by two astrological events: an on-going conjunction between Anubis the Key and Nephthys, and the station of Set.
Anubis the Key and Nephthys, Chiron and Neptune in the language of traditional astrology, have been in alignment to one another for most of the last year. Last spring, they remained in close conjunction for three months, April through June, along with Horus (Jupiter). In traditional Egyptian myth, Anubis was born of an affair between Nephthys and Osiris. Nephthys, fearing that her husband Set would kill Anubis, took her newborn baby out to the desert and left him there. Her sister Isis rescued Anubis and brought him up as her own son.
Resonant in this story is the eternal drama of the child abandoned by the mother. It is repeated in Greek myth when the centaur Chiron is left by his mother at birth, in the story of Moses, and in countless other archetypal myths. The spector of abandonment by the mother lies deep in our collective psyche.
This on-going conjunction of Anubis the Key with his mother Nephthys represents an opportunity to resolve and release our abandonment issues. Anubis and Nephthys have been in a year-long conversation. Nephthys is explaining to her son that she did not abandon him. She protected him from an unpredictable and sometimes violent masculine force by leaving him in the care of her solar syster, Isis. Anubis is telling his mother how much her absence from his life hurt him. She is listening to his pain and through the process of open-hearted communication, old hurts are released.
As above, so below. The reunion between Anubis and his mother, Nephthys, provides all of us the opportunity to release our old pain around the issue of abandonment by the feminine. During the many centuries of the domination of the patriarchy, the scales between masculine and feminine were unbalanced. The feminine was victimized and disempowered. In many instances, the only way a mother could keep her child safe was by releasing that child to another fate. During this time we all have the opportunity to heal our personal pain around abandonment.
Anubis the Key and Nephthys remain in close conjunction throughout the month of Sothis and will remain in relationship to one another over the next year.
Set, Mars in traditional astrology, represents the ultimate paradox. He is the Warrior King and is both a faithful servant to Ra as well as the murderer of his brother Osiris. He is the husband of Nephthys and it is her fear of him that leads her to "abandon" the baby Anubis. Set has been retrograde since December 20. The warrior has been restricted, limited, stuck. It has been difficult to move forward with projects, but an excellent time to turn inward in order to determine what it is that constitutes right action in the world. Set turns direct on March 10. Renewed and rejuvenated by his time of introspection, Set is ready once again to move forward in the world. Action needs to be connected to values. Set is now ready to assist us in manifesting our Sacred Purpose in the world.


Month of Bast

2009-01-01

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology a particular neteru from the Egyptian pantheon has stepped forward to claim an association with the signs and planets that form the symbolic basis of western astrology. The water sign Scorpio - October 23 - November 22 - is associated with Bast.

The ancient Egyptians held the cat in great esteem. Cats were associated with prosperity and good luck; baskets of kittens were a common gift for the New Year. Cats were respected members of the household and mummified remains of cats have been found in the excavated tombs of Egypt. Many dieties of the ancient Egyptian pantheon were personified by felines - Sekhmet, Mut and Herakerty to name a few. Sensual and alluring, Bast is the great cat goddess of ancient Egypt.

Temples to Bast were common in Egypt and her priestesses were believed to hold erotic and sensual powers. Festivals in honor of Bast were filled with drinking and sexual excess. We see here Bast's natural alignment with Scorpio, a sign associated with sexuality and a tendency to "push the envelope."

A higher aspect of Scorpio is reflected in a deep desire to experience a oneness with God/Goddess or Source. This Holy Longing is behind the strong desire nature associated with the Scorpio personality. Bast uses her sensuality and seductiveness to awaken within us our passion and deep desire to move beyond our present circumstances. She encourages us to die to that which no long serves us and to enter the birth canal so that we might experience the birth of a new aspect of self.

Highlights for the Month The month opens with Isis continuing on her retrograde journey through the emmanation of Bast (Scorpio). Isis (Venus) turned retrograde on October 8 at Scorpio 14 degrees in a close alignment with Set (Mars).

As discussed last month, this retrograde journey of Isis provides an opportunity to delve deep within in order to discover that which we most value and want to receive. Isis is the Queen Mother of ancient Egypt. It is she who holds us in her rainbow wings and is with us through every transition of our lives. Whenever we must die to something so as to be born anew, it is Isis who travels with us.

Bast is the initiator of our Holy Longing, our deepest desire. While Bast entices us to enter the birth canal, it is Isis who protects us as we pass through our transition. During this month we can continue to journey inward and explore our soul's calling. What is it we need to die to so as to open to our deepest desire? Where are we out of alignment with ourselves?

Isis's sister, Nephthys (Neptune), and her nephew and adopted son, Anubis (Chiron), are also prominant this month. Nephthys and Anubis have been aligned since early last spring - an important and most auspicious transit representing an archetypal conversation between a birth mother and her son.

In the myths of ancient Egypt, Anubis was born of a sexual encounter between Nephthys and Osiris (Pluto), husband of Isis. Nephthys took the baby Anubis and left him in the desert - abandoning him in the eyes of some. By pre-arrangement, Isis watched the progress of her sister and nephew into the desert and after Nephthys had left she rescued the baby Anubis and raised him as her own.

The theme of abandonment is central to this story, as it is to so much of life on planet Earth. We all have been abandoned in some way, leading many to the most painful experience of all - that of abandoning ourselves. This eight month alignment of Nephthys and Anubis has provided all of us with the opportunity to explore the question of of our own abandonment, both from others as well as of ourselves. Abandonment hurts - even if we, as adults, understand the situation. Over the last eight months our Anubis within has had the opportunity to tell his birth mother, Nephthys, that while he understands that it was necessary for her to leave him to be raised by Isis, it still hurt.

Nephthys and Anubis are back in an exact conjunction and both will be turning direct at the same time; Nephthys (Neptune) on November 7 and Anubis (Chiron) on November 6, the day of the New Moon at Scorpio 14 degrees. This is the same degree of the zodiac that Isis had reached when she turned retrograde - a most important factor regarding this New Moon emmanating through Bast.

Horus (Jupiter), the New King, birth son to Isis and half-brother to Anubis, will turn direct on November 18, the same day that Isis turns direct. These three dates: November 6, November 7 and November 18, are the most powerful dates of the month of Bast. All are connected with the opportunity to step past the obstacle of personal abandonment so as to reconnect with our holy desire. As we end the month of Bast and prepare to enter the fiery realm of Sekhmet (Sagittarius), it is important to be clearly aligned with our Holy Longing so that we might remember who we are and why we are here.


Month of Ptah

2009-01-01

Ptah is one of the great creator gods of ancient Egypt. Ptah created the earth itself and the atmosphere surrounding our planet - the sky above and the earth below. He created the world through the words that he spoke, and these words are connected to love and an open heart.

Monthly Highlights

The month of Ptah, brings two primary events - the movement of Horus (Jupiter) into Kephera (Aries) and the station of Sobek (Saturn) in the emanation of Ma'at (Libra).

The planet Jupiter stays in a sign of the zodiac for about a year. Jupiter briefly moved into the fire sign Aries last summer; Jupiter re-enters Aries on January 22 where it will stay until June 4. Jupiter, the young king Horus, expands any sign or planet with which he comes into relationship. Aries is a fire sign, impulsive, energetic and open to change. Aries is associated with Kephera, the neter associated with the morning sun and a reminder that every day is a new beginning.

Saturn is Jupiter's polar opposite, the planet associated with restriction and contraction. In the Egyptian pantheon, Saturn is Sobek, the Old King. Transits of Saturn often feel restrictive and limiting. Saturn is stationary as the month of Ptah opens and will turn retrograde on January 26 at Libra 18 degrees. Libra is the sign of relationships, Ma'at in the Egyptian pantheon. Relationships may be strained during the opening days of the sign Aquarius, as we all look for balance of the opposites within and without.

The month opens with all planets direct. Direct motion means that a planet is expressing itself in the outer world. Retrograde means that its expression is taking place primarily on the interior - or shadow - plane of consciousness. Both can be equally intense. As we catapult into the new age of Aquarius, we find things moving very quickly on the external plane. It is time to consciously create our new reality. The Egyptian god Ptah creates the world from the words he speaks. The words he speaks are connected to his heart. As Saturn / Sobek sits in station, forcing us to examine our relationships within and without, our challenge is to create our new reality from an open heart.