Jan 30, 2011

Engulfed in freedom

I've been talking a bit about Aquarius lately, and it struck me that the Sun is actually currently going through Aquarius. Naturally, this is when I decided to read a book called When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris. This oddly goes together with the Sun burning through Aquarius.

David Sedaris, the author, was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. I really don't know why everything has been converging in the Carolinas lately. Of course, they fit in with the theme of duality and opposition I've been discussing lately (more to come in a post about The Black Swan). Here we have the North/South opposition, which brings to mind the Twin Pillars and so on. I'll come back to this soon.

What else is going on astrologically? Well, we previously talked about how Uranus is in Pisces, which can be associated with the recent floods in Brazil and Australia. Uranus brings about changes and shocks, and Pisces is the mutable water sign. In addition, part of the Arab world is undergoing an upheaval: there have been revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen. Pisces is also the sign of spirituality, so it's interesting that these heavily religious countries are going through these protests.

Furthermore, like I've mentioned before, the Sun is currently in Aquarius, thus intensifying its aspects. Aquarians are freedom-loving, and what do they demand in these Arab revolutions? More freedom.

As if that weren't enough, Neptune is currently moving from Capricorn to Aquarius. Neptune is Capricorn is associated with power and control, whereas Neptune in Aquarius is associated with freedom and independence. Would it be a stretch to say that Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen correspond to the three points of Neptune's trident?

Coming back to the Carolinas, a search for the meaning of the name is revealing: Carolina is a feminine form of Charles, or Carl, which means 'free man.' The Carolinas were named after King Charles I of England, who was the last true king of England, in the sense that all those who came after him were kings in a parliamentary monarchy.

The largest city in North Carolina is Charlotte, another name derived from Charles, while the largest city in South Carolina is Columbia, the same goddess depicted in the Statue of Liberty (and referenced in the District of Columbia, naturally). She is a representation of America in certain contexts, and you might know her as Lady Liberty. Or, you know, Lady Freedom.

Lady Liberty reminds me, not coincidentally I'm sure, of Lady Justice; they are probably one and the same. "With freedom and justice for all," right? They are represented by Astraea ("Star Maiden)", more commonly known as the Virgin of the constellation Virgo. Astraea is associated with the goddess of Justice, Dike, who supposedly left the Earth in disgust at human greed. The constellation of Libra represents her scales.

On the day of the revolutions in Egypt, January 25th, the Moon was in Virgo. This brings us back to the idea of freedom, as well as justice, which is what the protesters are after. Astraea can also be associated with Venus (Isis, Astarte, etc...), which happened to be in Libra in January.

What does this all mean? Well, beyond the old As Above, So Below, you tell me, I guess (:

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