Mary Magdalene Rising ~
Illuminating the Faces of the Divine Feminine
in Your Soul-chart
(Not for Women Only)
There are inestimable ways to illustrate the feminine nature of the divine. Like a flower in bloom, the divine feminine manifests naturally in response to the conditions through which it unfolds. The essences remain the same but as we change and evolve individually and collectively, so does our experience of and relationship to life. What is also true is that our awareness and choices modify our expression in the world. As we embody the archetypal energies through which she manifests we come more closely to our Essence, and thus more fully into our true self.
She requires us, just as much as we need Her.
To imagine and to clarify our perception of Her is the vital first step. Traditionally, astrology has demarcated only two aspects of the Feminine through the planetary symbology of the Moon and Venus. But consciousness has expanded so radically in the past 50 years, considering the divine feminine only through these two lenses has become antiquated and incomplete.
In 1972 at the time of the women’s movement and the discovery of the asteroid Chiron - the Wounded Healer, four other important asteroids “appeared” which were given goddess names: Hera (the mate or partner), Ceres (the Mother), Pallas Athene (the Creatrix and Destroyer) and Vesta (the Keeper of the Flame or Hearth.) These four goddess archetypes guide us to a deeper and more embodied realization as we integrate healthy independence and vulnerability in our life expression. These four asteroid goddesses create an ancient archetypal template when they are interpreted in your personal birth chart. When linked to one's dharma, they become part of your initiation path into the Feminine nature of the Divine.
The Goddess Asteroids:
Ceres aligns with the signs of Virgo and Cancer
Cancer is associated with the moon; our primal roots and our sense of self. Caring for self and others is the foundation of loving self and others. How well our mothers provided security and affection corresponds to our fundamental self-image and the creation of egocentric structures. This aspect relates to our ability to nurture ourselves, and in turn, to nurture others. and reveals how we live within our emotional bodies. Co-dependency, worthiness, attachment complexes can be elucidated through the lens of Ceres. An essential part of healing our core wounds requires the experience of being loved.
Virgo. Our relationship with the sacred feminine is revealed by how we regard our bodies and emotions. Mary Magdalene also signifies the redeemed feminine, the power of the heart and soul to give and receive love in healthy ways. I assure you, she is a constant Lady-in-Waiting. She is available to us to the degree we invite her in. She watches over each of us with the deepest love and abiding patience. She reminds us of our natural purity and innocence. She has a great desire to fully devote herself to each one of us, as we summon her.
She is the embodiment of Christas Consciousness. It is through our conscious interaction with our holy/wholly feminine nature that each of us become prepared in consciousness for the personal experience of embodying presence. Just as Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary wept and suffered at Jesus' crucifixion, Ceres represents our most basic desire for love that also embraces loss and grief. This is the Initiation Path of the Embodiment of Love-in-Action.
Ceres is related to the Moon and to the sign of Cancer. Ceres represents our ability to nourish ourselves and others in embodied and metaphoric ways.
In a man’s chart, Ceres placement represents his desire to embrace the feminine within himself and the women in his life. It reveals his capacity for devotion and dedication to family and society as well as his support of other men.
Music. Ave Maria(many different versions- find one that resonates with you)
Native American drum and flute. Shaina Noll, Inner Child Songs. Anonymous Four, An English Ladymass. Joanne Shenandoah & Peter Kater, Lifeblood.
Pallas Athene: The Warrior Queen /Dark Madonna
The Greeks considered Pallas Athene of wisdom and warfare. In her highest expression, she becomes aligned with Kali and the Dark Madonna. Led by her inner integrity, she is a divine warrior, the serpent, and a life force capable of maniacal dedication. She is courageous. In her desire to generate justice and balance, She can be ruthless, capable of the destruction of collective systems that do not serve life. At a more personal level, she points out our ability to express our deepest longings and our convictions to pursue our own paths. She represents our ability to create and hold boundaries. With power and respect, She is present when we are fed up with hyper-masculine politics and religion; she comes to wake us up from our passivity.
Considered the father’s daughter (she was born out of Zeus' head), her sacred nature is “and/both” as opposed to the separating tone of “either/or”. She reveals the special source of our father complexes and demands our soul work: that we examine our own “truths” as conditioning's, especially those places where we want to control and hold onto.
She is the voice inside us that asks us to discern our soul longings from our needs for power and security: our tendencies to choose mind over heart, or righteousness over compassion. In other words, her desire is to destruct the false self.
As Christine Downing offers “thus the soul work for a Pallas Athene woman is to recover her lost feminine origins; to see her not as a goddess who has renounced her femininity, but as one who teaches us to recognize courage and vulnerability, creativity and receptivity, as equally feminine qualities.”
Facing the challenges of aging, I acutely feel her ultimatum-like energy as I experience the limits of my body and identity in new ways. This passage can be lonely and difficult as well as and liberating.
I was never one to identify with PA (my pet anachronism for Pallas Athene) frequencies but in these current times, I feel her alive and well, dancing between my solar plexus and heart also as the Dark Madonna. She wants to remind us to claim this relationship, she shouts "Pay attention to the urgency of current times, to this moment!"
She is a symbol of our creative intelligence and often points out or exposes the unconscious sacrifice of our own creativity. She brings to the fore, father issues, and points to difficulties in linking head, heart, and womb.
We are constantly called to listen to Her guidance for She is the source of the creative energy force that also provides us discernment, courage, the power to surrender, and the capacity for humility. We must move through our shadowlands to endarken as well as enlighten. This is the Initiation Path of Endarkenment.
Astrologically Pallas Athene is associated with Saturn/Capricorn and Gemini in our relationship to communication, structure, and the Collective. In a man’s chart, PA reveals fears about not being masculine enough and where he blocks his softness and vulnerability.
Music. Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings; Phil Glass, Low Symphony.
Orff, Carmina Burana. Gustav Holst, The Planets - Mercury.
Vesta: The Eternal Flame/ Kuan Yin
Vesta is related to Neptune/Pisces that reveal the more obvious “spiritual “components in a birth chart. Vesta is mystical, transcendent and illumination. Fire is her element, she is the essence of spiritual alchemy and re-birth. She arises in the passion of Rumi’s poetry. Juxtaposed to Juno or Mary Magdalene, oriented outwardly toward others, Vesta is self-contained and whole unto herself.
As a vestal virgin who tended the flame at the center of the temple; in current times, metaphorically-speaking, we each tend (or don’t) tend the hearth... the Heart-home, the temple within. Thus Vesta requires the ability to center and focus (in Latin focus translates "to bring consciousness into a state of undivided attention".) So it is that Vesta tends or keeps the eternal flame of life force and sexual alchemy. Her tantric expression is contained within our relationship to sexuality and spirituality... embodied and enlightened. Individually she reveals our unique urge to deepen our relationship to our Spirit... to be our true selves. The natural outflow of this is revealed in our capacity for compassion.
She also illuminates our true vocation or path of service. The shadow aspect of this archetype reveals our addictions and distractions, and penchant for self-destructiveness.
Although our association with Kuan Yin is one of stillness and peace, she is also associated with fire. I reckon that at the heart of any true flame is equanimity. That’s the paradox. She offers us the exquisite joy of living life for the sake of Being, for the arising possibilities, for the Mystery unfolding as naturally as the next breath. Vesta symbolizes service born out of passion.
The symbol for Vesta looks like a flame in a cup as well as a lotus flower. Kuan Yin is also often pictured riding on a dragon. This is the Initiation Path of Irrepressible Compassion and Being.
Music: An earthy, contemporary plainsong by Mary Chapin Carpenter, “What if We Went to Italy” (a lyrical metaphor of our internal desire to just be.) Hildegard de Bingen, “Ave Generosa”. Soundtrack from As it is in Heaven (a Swedish film). Asian flutes or your favorite meditative music. Vaughn Lark Ascending” (really powerful.)
Juno. Divine Alchemist/Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene is associated with Juno as an expression of our devotion in many forms and supplicating our heart’s devotion to the intimate relationship of our solar and lunar selves. The position of Juno (and aspects to other planets) indicate the ways our relationships are likely to be characterized by mutual respect or mistrust. Juno embodies high ideals and courage in the face of opposition and therefore also forces us to confront our innermost relations with others. Are you able to confront or end a dishonest relationship or do you persevere for the sake of security or because you fear others' reactions, or possibly because your relationship ideals are threatened?
On the most basic level, Juno is committed to “mutuality”; how you individually translate your values and principles into grounded and compassionate interaction with others.
Stereotypically, Juno has been portrayed as possessive, competitive, jealous, and suspicious. To some degree, most of us have had these feelings; Juno in the chart helps you to acknowledge and heal these dynamics as well as deepen your experience of commitment and love.
In current times the archetype of Magdalene has been transformed from wife to Bride: from the inferior position of the mid-20th-century wife to a shared spiritual-partner consciousness within trail-blazing women and men. Our conscious inner relationship with the Magdalene archetype shifts how we relate to our desires and the manifestation for intimate and soulful with others as well as with partners. Conscious sexual expression and mindful commitment open a unique understanding that allows us to fulfill our deepest selves as we cross the threshold the alchemy of sexual/ spiritual realization. Your inner Magdalene is the divine consort with her natural desire for a partner, as an extension of the maturation of “inner union” within self.
This is the Initiation Path of Sacred Relationship.
Astrologically, Juno represents the union of the feminine nature with the masculine through the vehicle of through Venus, Libra, and the 7th House of intimate-others.
In addition, Juno also opens the door to intimacy between women as well. As we flush out the ways we hold ourselves back, competition turns into collaboration and distrust shifts to relaxation. The Magdalene also brings a more feeling, compassionate, and intuitive relationship to leadership.
In the male psyche, the Juno archetype reveals his relationship to his inner lover and his ability to cherish his mate. It reveals his ability to allow intimacy to unfold into fresh forms as he feels through his heart as well as his sexual desire. It also exposes his respect for women in a universal way.
Juno is related to the zodiac signs of Libra and the 7th House.
Music – Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now. Vaughn Williams #5, Romanza. Sarah McLaughlin, Building a Mystery.
Astrology and Mary Magdalene
Four new (dwarf) planets have been discovered beyond the well-known ones: all are named by female deities. I regard them as symbolizing the newly awakening divine feminine patterns that exist everywhere if we have the heart-eyes to see. This shift in consciousness illuminates "Cosmic Conscious", a 5-dimensional astrological understanding of the archetypal meanings of signs, planets, and aspects. This expansive, evolutionary view includes these recently discovered Kuiper Belt "Objects" that bring to light an expanded new field of consciousness that we are moving toward incorporating within.
Following is a general explanation of four asteroids or "Belt Objects". I refer to each as a Shepherdess ... and how each relates to your personal Initiation Path:
* Eris - A Spiritual warrior, she is inclined to take a strong, fierce stance for herself and others. The prominence of Eris is a Feminine Warrior for soul purpose and serving others to find their passion. The Great Female Awakener is the disruptive force of energy that can’t be contained or held back, she relentlessly moves like a storm surge, and it’s important to remember to let go and allow. Eris is the inner voice that finally says “enough is enough” and lets it rip.
* Haumea -A Hawaiian goddess, Haumea is the fluidity of manifestation when thought is not hampered by fear, resistance, or the need to control.
* Makemake - Reminds us to choose Love over limitation and to re-claim the Self as of all that appears in our lives.
Sedna - Her mission is that of promoting the reality of conscious choice: the remembrance of a balanced, whole, un-polarized consciousness, good sense, and clear conscious choices!
* Magdalene -A recently discovered asteroid named Magdalena!
MARY MAGDALENA: Code Carrier of Self-Love
Do you have a deep longing for you know not what? Do you have sensual, emotional, heart desire or hunger for Union? Do you have a deep knowing or a sense of destiny that you have yet to access fully? Do you deeply feel others? These are the energetic currents of men and women who have soul threads to the Magdalena Ray.
While seemingly esoteric or mysterious, my experience is that these longings and their fulfillment are at the heart of our day to day living. Connecting your mind and passion, recognizing your mastery and aligning with it, and feeling out the subtleties of your newly upgraded divine feminine operating system creates radiance.
You are the One you have been waiting for.
If you are drawn to these words, you also are a code-carrier. As a conduit for the Magdalena energy, it is my deep joy to assist you in uncovering your own unique, embodied Expression of the Magdalene as she dwells in you.
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