By Cal Garrison, a.k.a. Mother of the Skye
This week’s Horoscopes are coming out under the light of an Aries Moon, in the aftermath of last week’s eclipse. I am willing to bet that many things have been shaken and stirred since the last time we spoke.
At the moment I am less concerned with minor transits, last week’s eclipse, the Chinese New Year, and/or the fact that it is “President’s Day” week, than I am with a conjunction between the centaur Chiron and the asteroid Apophis. In no time at all, both bodies with be hitting the Aries Point, and this is also a point of major interest.
Apophis, a.k.a Apep, is the known as the Great Serpent and enemy of the Sun God, Ra. In Egyptian mythology the sun was Ra’s royal barge, and it was the god himself who sailed it across the sky from dawn to dusk. At sundown it descended into the underworld. Making its way through the darkness this vessel, along with Ra and the various protector gods who formed his crew, were continuously attacked by Apophis, whose sole aim was to keep the sun from ever rising again.
If we’ve never heard of such things it’s because Caesar burned down the library at Alexandria in 48 BC – but, before the Common Era, there were books and texts (The Execration Texts), which contained spells and rituals designed to defeat and destroy the Great Serpent. From my perspective Apophis is the heart of darkness. It is the black hole, or the root of all evil, from which there is no return. Associated with chaos, disorder, death, genocide, and every abomination known to man, both the god and the asteroid are the enemies of light (Ra), and truth (Ma’at) with no redeeming qualities.
To understand the conjunction between Apophis and Chiron, we need to look at Chiron for a bit. Chiron is the guy who shows up whenever it’s time to confront the primary wound. He is the one who teaches us how to draw the wisdom of the past up through our loins and channel those stories through our hearts, to our minds in ways that allow us to see that the pain that is still stored in our cellular memory is in fact the remedy for the forces that assail us now. In this case, it is the extent to which we can come to terms with the ways in which Apophis has wounded us that we can call upon to get us through the night. Another way of putting it would be to say, “Before we can face the truth, we have to see the light.”
My take on all of this tells me that the sun began to rise, after 13,000 years of darkness, back at the 2012 Winter Solstice. Out of the woods for about six years, truth and light are just beginning to dawn upon us. If what we are facing at the moment appears to be too intense for words, all I can say is this is what happens when the patterns of the past, and what we were led to believe, are exchanged for the truth: waking up to it is no easy chore. If we thought our entrance into the Age of Light would be all rainbows and unicorns we were being naïve. Now that Chiron is here to transmute the darkness, it’s our turn to vanquish Apophis by addressing it in ourselves.
This is bound to be an intense week for all of us, inwardly and outwardly. With Apophis ready to sail over the Aries point, all of mankind will be impacted by an awakening wave that could easily surface as a shock to the entire system. However this goes, I get the feeling that the magic wand of truth and awareness is touching all of us with a level of understanding that, for better or worse, will change things forever.
If you think you need something to get you through the night, rely upon images of Ra, and Ma’at, and Bastet. Ra, and Ma’at are the archetypes of light and truth. As far as Bastet goes? Bastet was the Egyptian cat goddess who used her knife to sever the head of Apophis. Cats have long been known to be the ultimate transmuters of negative energy. If you are a cat person, your cat is the one who will conquer the serpent who lies coiled around the root of all evil and eats away at the Tree of Life. Keep that in mind, if you don’t have a cat, consider taking a trip to the animal shelter, and take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.