Neptune: Olokun, the Goddess of Dreams and the Dark Realm of the Unconscious (Yoruba People, West Africa)

The blue-glowing planet Neptune is named after the Roman God of the Sea (Greek Poseidon), and just like the sea astrological Neptune’s character is vast, boundless and unfathomable. It rules over our dreams, our right brain and the unconscious.

These are all traits of the Waning Moon or Dark Goddess in Her aspect of the Keeper of Wisdom and the Bringer of Death and Decay. (See also “Moon Magic and the Triple Goddess“) At the end of our lives our bodies and egos are dissolved and once again we become one with the Goddess, our loving Mother. Figuratively speaking in eastern philosophy the death of the ego is needed to experience enlightenment and become one with the Cosmos.

There is no better allegory for the mysterious and dark unconscious part within us that is ruled by instincts and emotions than the unpredictable and seemigly bottomless sea. For that reason I knew that the Goddess I’d assign to the planet Neptune would have to be a Goddess of the Ocean such as Sumeran Nammu, Baylonian Tiamat or Yoruban Yemaya. I did at first consider Yemaya, as She is also a Goddess of the Moon. However, as Yemaya is the Goddess in Her life-giving aspect and is symbolised by the full moon, I eventually chose Her Sister or darker self, Olokun, the Goddess of the Deep Bottom of the Ocean. To find out more about this less well-known Goddess, please check out my post entitled “Olokun – the Yoruban Goddess of the Deep Dark Sea“.

Olokun‘s traits and what She is about

While Mother Holle-Saturn is concerned with the setting of boundaries and Oya-Uranus with their destruction, Olokun is about the dissolving of boundaries so that all becomes one. Although on a quantum level we always are one with everything around us, due to filters in our brains we’re usually unable to perceive that. Only through trance work can we consciously enter Dream Land and experience the diffusion of boundaries and become one with the Universe. Olokum is the Goddess that reigns the ego-less deep seas of our unconscious, both within ourselves and on a collective level.

Drug use is very conjusive to Olokun and Her Realm of Dreams. All through the ages shamans have amongst other techniques used drugs to facilitate their transition into the Otherworld. When abused by the uninitiated the formlessness of Olokun can lead to addictions and other psychological problems. Similarly, some people find it easier to enter alternate realities than most of us. In days gone by those with such a gift would have undergone years of training to become shamans and aid their communities through communication with the spirit world. Today, unfortunately, someone who can easily enter Olokun‘s Realm of Oneness and experience the close connection with other beings often find themselves on psychiatrist couches diagnosed with mental illnesses.

Olokun‘s main areas of focus are:

Formlessness

– dissolution of boundaries
– ego-less states
– purposelessness
– just being

Oneness

– becoming one with all, with the Goddess
– empathy
– compassion

Right-brain “knowing”

– emotions
– instincts
– intuition
– imagination
– creativity
– art in all its forms
– dreams
– innate “remembered” knowledge

Spirituality

– transcendence
– mysticism
– psychic abilities
– trance states
– altered realities
– shamanism
– spiritual enlightenment

Olokun-Neptune’s metal is the artificially created radioactive element neptunium.

Within the body Olokun is associated with the sub- and unconscious and the right brain hemisphere.

Olokun in a Horoscope

Like Oya-Uranus Olokun is an Outer Planet of Transformation. Due to their slow orbits outer planets stay in the same sign for years. Their influence therefore tends to be more collective rather than individual, as many people born over several years share the same Olokun sign.

Because of that house positions and aspects tend to be more important in an individual horoscope than the actual sign Olokun is in.

Outer planets affect our cultural programming and changes due to their influence are long-term and far-reaching. These changes affect an individual in one of two ways, either indirectly through the community she or he lives in or directly through her or his own divine inspiration or spiritual enlightenment.

Within a community Olokun‘s influence tends to be spiritual or mystical in nature. The emergence of the New Age Spirituality and the re-emergence of the Goddess are examples of that.

On a communal level, Olokun is also associated with collective karma, which means that the group, or at least some of the group, reap what the community has sown. This can be positive, where oneness can lead to universal love and the re-awakening of the Goddess in our hearts. On the other hand, this may also mean collective suffering as the result of collective wrongdoing, such as pollution-related illnesses and loneliness due to modern living.

Olokun rules Pisces, the spiritual watery empath of the zodiac. She is exalted, i.e. feels at home, in Cancer, the intuitive water sign of the Moon. On the other hand, Olokun, the Goddess of Formlessness, is in Her fall in Capricorn. This means that Her traits don’t blend easily with those of Capricorn, which is exactly as expected, considering that Capricorn is ruled by Mother Holle-Saturn, the Crone of Boundaries and Limitations.

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Olokun – The Yoruban Goddess of the Deep Dark Sea

Olokun is the Goddess of the Bottom of the Ocean of the West African Yoruba People. [1] At one time She was the Goddess of all Waters and all of the Oceans, for Her name means Owner (Olo) of Oceans (Okun). Today, especially amongst the New World Yorubas, Olokun is generally associated with the dark and cold bottom of the sea, while Yemaya, the Goddess in Her life-giving aspect, is linked to the light top of the ocean where plants thrive and photosynthesis takes place.

To understand Olokun’s nature we need to look at the nature of the bottom of the sea, a vast mostly unexplored dark habitat. The Abyssopelagic or Abyssal Zone lies 13,000 to 20,000 feet (4,000 to 6,000 metres) below the surface in perpetual darkness. The Hadal or Trench Zone lies deeper still. No sunlight ever gets down there. The pressure at such depths is phenomenal, about 11,000 psi (for comparison the atmospheric air pressure at sea level is 14.7 psi). Temperatures are just above freezing and nutrients are scarce. The bottom of the ocean is scattered with underwater geysers that belch forth poisonous sulfides at temperatures of 400ºC or 750ºF.

The deep sea floor is a seemingly hostile environment and yet life thrives down there. In fact scientists believe that there is more life in the dark abyss of the Earth’s oceans than in all of the tropical rainforests put together. The only way to survive at such great depths is either through chemosynthesis, hunting or scavenging.

The Realm of Olokun is the Land of the Dead. All animal remains eventually drop down to the bottom of the ocean as so-called “marine snow”. The bottom of the Abyssal Zone is covered in white flakes that provide sustenance to thousands of sea creatures. Due to the vast pressure at such great depth most of the life forms are severely distorted and look quite monstrous from our point of view. Of course we would look quite scary to them, too! There are also many varieties of huge invertebrates such as giant worms and almost plum-sized single cell amoebas.

To this day Olokun’s world remains Her Dark Queendom of the Untold, as only one millionth of Her realm has ever been seen by human eyes.

Like Her world, so is Olokun the Keeper of Secrets. Anything that falls to the bottom of the sea floor remains intact forever more, never to be laid eyes on by anyone other than Herself and Her underwater children. Olokun is believed to hold the secrets of the past, the present and the future. She knows all and guards that knowledge well. New World Yorubas believe that Olokun holds the key to the mystery of exactly what happened to their ancestors on those fateful journeys across the Atlantic. Many didn’t make it and thus entered the Realm of Olokun. For that reason still today their descendants in the Americas give baskets of food to the sea.

Olokun is all-knowing, She is the Keeper of Wisdom and Divination. She is the Goddess of the Unknown, the Darkness, the Realm of Dreams and the Unconscious.

Olokun is the Goddess of Death: Her Domain is the Graveyard of the Earth, its cold and dark nature being the perfect environment for the suspended animation of Spirits.

Olokun is also the Goddess of Rebirth and Renewal: At the bottom of the deep sea from Her Dark Watery Womb new life springs forth every moment, contributing to a vast and incredibly adaptive ecosystem.

Olokun is associated with great riches, She is said to be a Goddess of Wealth and Abundance. Women pray to Her to conceive a child as well as for good health and worldy possessions.

Olokun is often depicted as a beautiful black Mermaid.

One of the animals that symbolise Olokun is the mudfish, an amphibian that burrows deep into the mud to survive the dry season.

The Goddess Olokun is also linked to the red coral, a beautiful red gem-like colony of tiny animals that are joined together through the skeletons of their dead ancestors. As corals grow they form reefs which purify the water, provide shelter for other sea creatures and encourange the growth of wildlife habitats beneath the sea.

In the New World, especially amongst the Lukumi people in Cuba, Olokun and Yemaya are seen as different aspects of the same Goddess. Yemaya at the surface of the ocean is exposed to sunlight and the pull of the Moon. She is the Goddess’s life-giving and nurturing side, while Olokun in Her impenetrable abyss is the Goddess’s mysterious, dark and unknowable aspect.

Yemaya-Olokun is said to have a violent nature and is associated with wisdom and the Realm of Dreams. Some say She is a most powerful Goddess that can only be communicated with in Dream Space and through Trance.

Olokun, Maferefu!

Vast and deep is the sea as it flows, where it goes no-one knows.
Olokun, Keeper of Treasures, Secrets and Dreams – cast Your silver net to bring stability, wealth and knowledge to me!
I respect Your awesome powers and mysteries, Olokun.
Preserve me always from danger in the ocean of this life.
Olokun, Olokun, how beautiful, strong and unfathonable are You – who brings abundant life from the sea.

I praise Yemaya, the Great Mother. The mighty ocean is the cradle of the Earth.

Hail to Yemaya, the nurturer of all!

– Invocation to Yemaya-Olokun from alocubano.com

NOTE

[1] Olokun is actually an Orisa or Orisha, which is a spirit or deity. The Yoruba religion is a nature-based tradition that believes in one single source called Olòrún or Olódùmarè. The Orishas are the various manifestations of the different aspects of Olòrún-Olódùmarè across the natural world. Essentially Olòrún-Olódùmarè is the Goddess and the Orishas represent Her various aspects.

Olokun is both female and male and in a way neither. Some see Olokun as being female, while others consider Her to be male. I have chosen to interpret the Orisa Olokun as being female, as it fits much better with Her attributes, those of a Dark Moon Goddess of Death and Renewal.

Uranus: Oya, the Wind of Change, Goddess of Revolution (Yoruba People, West Africa)

Astrological Uranus is the planet of upheaval, of sudden changes and revolution. These are all characteristics exhibited by the Crone or Dark Moon Goddess in Her capacity as Destroyer. (See also “Moon Magic and the Triple Goddess“)

For that reason I could have chosen any of the Goddesses of Destruction whose task it is to make way for new creation. Examples include Hawaiian Pele and Indian Kali. It was Kali, the best known Destroyer Goddesses, who I was drawn to initially. Wearing a necklace of severed heads and a belt made of hands, She wildly spins and turns in a neverending dance of creation and destruction. I felt She was a perfect representative of the Dark Mother who mercilessly cuts away the old to subsequently give birth to the new. However, after some more detailed reseach I realised that Kali’s meaning in modern Hinduism is much more complex than merely being the Destroyer-Creatrix. I came across many posts by Hindus who felt that their religion was mis-represented by non-initiates. I therefore chose another Dark Goddess to represent Uranus.

Oya, the Yoruban Goddess of Storms, Destruction and Sudden Change turned out to be an even better fit for Uranus than Kali. [1] Like Kali She is also the Dark Mother Goddess in Her aspect of Destroyer-Creatrix. However, unlike Kali Oya is often referred to as the Wind of Change, which sums up Uranus perfectly. Oya is unconventional, as is Uranus. One of Her colours is purple, which is interesting, as the planet Uranus appears to have an ultraviolet glow. Finally, Oya is the wind, which fits quite nicely, given that Uranus rules Aquarius, the unconventional revolutionary Air sign. Oya, the Dark Mother Goddess of the Yoruba People is the perfect match for the planet we know as Uranus. To find out more about Her, please check out my post called “Oya – The Dark Goddess of Storms, Destruction and Change of the Yoruba People“.

Oya‘s traits and what She is about

Oya is the Wind of Change. She causes major shake-ups and upheaval that suddenly and irreversibly destroy the old in order to make way for the new. Oya is destruction that ultimately leads to creation. She is the Darkness where the end of one cycle connects to the beginning of the next.

Oya‘s main areas of focus are:

Destruction

– destruction of the old to make way for the new

Changes

– revolution
– rebellion
– radical, sudden, unexpected changes

New Ways of Thinking

– breaking the mould
– unconventional thinking
– thinking outside of the box
– crossing / breaking down of boundaries

New Technology

– discoveries
– inventions

Standing Out

– individualism
– separatism
– in a way: selfishness

Oya-Uranus’ metal is Uranium. [2]

Within the body Oya is linked to all mutations and deviations from the norm, both good (evolution) and bad (e.g. cancer)

Oya in a Horoscope

Oya is an Outer Planet, also called a Planet of Transformation.

As such She represents principles and issues that are spiritual or cultural (memetic) in their nature. The changes that Oya creates affect our cultural programming. They are long-term and far reaching, they shake up our habitual patterns and our belief systems. Oya‘s changes are quite revolutionary.

Changes caused by the Outer Planets affect an individual in one of two ways:

1) INDIRECTLY via the group / culture / society, which means that the society a person lives in changes its rules such as equal rights for women or acceptance of same-sex marriage. Sometimes these changes are brought on by gruesome violence such as warring invadors.

2) DIRECTLY via spiritual “divine” inspiration, which means that the individual suddenly has a flash of insight or enlightenment.

On a personal level all major life-changing events are “Oyan-Uranian” in nature, such as getting married, having a baby or moving home, but also family break-ups, job losses, accidents, illnesses and of course death. Oya‘s changes may be for the better or the worse.

Being one of the outer planets that move through the zodiac only slowly, the sign that Oya is in at the time of someone’s birth describes more the society she or he is born into, rather than the person themselves. Within an individual horoscope the aspects and house positions are much more relevant.

Oya rules Aquarius, the revolutionary Air sign, and is exalted in Scorpio which means that Her energies feel at home here. This is as expected, as Scorpio is the Dark Water Sign of Transformation.

NOTE

[1] Oya is actually an Orisa or Orisha, which is a spirit or deity. The Yoruba religion is a nature-based tradition that believes in one source of everything called Olòrún or Olódùmarè. The Orishas are the different aspects of Olòrún-Olódùmarè manifested all over the natural world. Essentially Olòrún-Olódùmarè is the Goddess and the Orishas are different aspects of Her.

[2] The Goddess Oya’s actual metal is copper.

Oya – The Dark Goddess of Storms, Destruction and Change of the Yoruba People

Oya is the Dark Mother Goddess of Storms and Destruction of the Yoruba People in West Africa as well as the Americas. [1] In Africa She is associated with the river Niger and in Brazil with the Amazon whose source She is said to be.

Oya is the violent rainstorm that floods the land and whose gushing waters destroy anything in their path.

Oya is the wind. She is anything from the gentle beeze that ruffles your hair and cools your skin to the fierce hurricane or tornado that rips up trees and destroys houses. Oya is the storm that makes way for Her brother Shango with his fierce thunder and lightening.

Oya is the primeval Mother of Chaos, the destructive force of the Goddess. She is the Wild Woman, the Force of Change. With Her machete and flywhisk Oya rips down the old in order to make way for the new.

Oya is the the Goddess of Revolution, of Upheaval and Sudden Change. She is a fierce Amazon Warrior and Protectress of Women. Oya is the raw, unbrindled, untamed destructive Power of Nature that is followed by creation of the new.

Oya is a Free Spirit, a Goddess unbound by convention and tradition. Although Yoruba women didn’t hunt, Oya is an accomplished huntress.

As a Dark Goddess Oya is the Goddess of Death and Renewal. She symbolises both the first and last breath of life. She is the kind and gentle Guardian of the Unborn, who after death She takes with Her to the other side.

Oya is also a Moon Goddess. She is said to have nine children, the number nine being sacred to the Goddess in Her manifestation as the Moon. Oya’s sacred animal is the water buffalo with its crescent-shaped horns.

Oya is a beautiful strong black woman. Her favourite colours are burgundy red and purple, the colours of life and wisdom.

As a Dark Goddess Oya is often associated with magic and otherworldly wisdom.

Oya is

Oya-ajere “Carrier of the Container of Fire”
Ayaba Nikua “Queen of Death”
Iya Yanson “Mother of Nine”
Ayi Lo Da “She Who Turns and Changes”

Oya, Mother, gentle breeze, screaming whirlwind, all of these
Bring your winds of change to me
Mercifully, gently sweep me free
From the folly surrounding me
Cut the cords where I have bound me
With your healing breath set down me
On the ground where I need to be
On the ground where I need to be
On the ground where I need to be

Song to Oya channeled by Earil to Joyce January 1999

NOTE

[1] Oya is actually an Orisa or Orisha, which is a spirit or deity. The Yoruba religion is a nature-based tradition that believes in one source of everything called Olòrún or Olódùmarè. The Orishas are the different aspects of Olòrún-Olódùmarè manifested all over the natural world. Essentially Olòrún-Olódùmarè is the Goddess and the Orishas are different aspects of Her.

Saturn: Mother Holle, the Crone or Old Grandmother Time (Germany)

The classical Greeks knew Saturn as Kronos. He was Old Father Time and was often depicted with a sickle in his hand, an image that has retained with us into the modern era in the form the Grim Reaper.

Kronos “Time” is the etmological root for words such as chronology, chronological, chronometer and perhaps even our beloved crone.

The astrological Saturn is the complete opposite of Artemis-Jupiter. Where Artemis-Jupiter is young and expanding, Saturn is old and contracting. Both of them are interpersonal planets that balance each other out.

Being the Crone-Planet, Saturn exibits the characteristics of the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess: limits, boundaries and wisdom. In case of Saturn the Old Crone’s wisdom expresses itself in the form of Weaver of Fate and Fortune. (See also “Moon Magic and the Triple Goddess“).

For that reason I could have picked any of the Waning Moon Goddesses that were linked to the weaving of destiny and karma such as the Pueblo People’s Spider Grandmother, Egypyian Maat, the Greek Moirai or the Scandinavian Norns.

I decided to settle on the German Mother Holle, a character I remember clearly from my childhood and who is someone who doesn’t receive much attention beyond the fairy tale world, even though She is a very ancient Goddess. Unlike some of the other Crone Moon Goddesses, Mother Holle is actually an old woman with white hair. She is a Weaver / Spinner who rewards those who enter Her underground realm with exactly what they deserve. To find out more about Mother Holle and Her Neolithic roots, please check out my post entitled “Mother Holle – the Germanic Goddess of Death and Regeneration, Weaver of Fate and Fortune“.

Mother Holle‘s traits and what She is about

Mother Holle is the Goddess of Death and Renewal. She reminds us of our mortality and the finality of life. She teaches us that all creation, all art, is dependent on limitations and discipline in order to exist. Creation in all its forms is not just a function of imagination and ideas, but requires discipline and the cutting away of unwanted parts to become something worthwhile. Creation and boundaries go hand in hand.

Mother Holle is the planet of wisdom and maturity. Her general nature is long-term and serious. As said before, She is the balancing force to Artemis-Jupiter’s unbound exuberant nature.

Mother Holle‘s main areas’ of focus are:

Boundaries

– rules
– regulations
– limitations
– boundaries
– discipline
– decrease / contractions
– reality

The Past

– traditions
– roots
– safety
– caution

Cosmic Responsibility / Karma

– justice
– fate / destiny / karma
– accountability
– responsibility

Long-term

– patience
– wisdom
– maturity

Mother Holle‘s metal is lead.

Within the body Mother Holle is linked to skin and the skeletal system.

Mother Holle in a Horoscope

Like Artemis-Jupiter Mother Holle is an interpersonal planet that describes our interactions within the community. Aspects and house positions are therefore more important than the actual sign Mother Holle is in.

Within a horoscope She represents:

* our social consciousness
* our awareness of limitations
* our long-term focus
* our commitment
* our self-discipline
* our seriousness of purpose
* our personal struggle and sacrifice for the greater good
* our “Shadow”: our weaknesses, our fears and our own mortality

Mother Holle rules Capricorn, the Cardianal sign of Winter. She is exalted in Libra, which means She is perfectly at home in the sign of the Scales, which represent firstly the weighing of the harvest and secondly justice and judgement. This is as expected considering that Mother Holle is the Goddess of Death and Regeneration and the Weaver of Fate and Fortune.

Mother Holle – The Germanic Goddess of Death and Renewal, Weaver of Fate and Fortune

Most of us will remember Mother Holle (or Frau Holle in German) from the Grimm’s fairy tales. She is the old woman who lives in a world at the bottom of a well and whose feather beds when shaken make snow fall on Earth. It is said that anyone who enters her realm will be rewarded exactly with what they deserve, be it good or bad.

What is rarely known, though, is that Mother Holle is in fact a very ancient Goddess. Her roots are so ancient that they most likely reach all the way back into Palaeolithic times. Elements of the fairy tale such as the apple tree and the baking of bread most certainly link Her to the Neolithic.

Mother Holle started off Her existence as the Goddess of Death and Regeneration. During the Neolithic in what Marija Gimbutas termed Old Europe people believed in the cyclical nature of all existence. Every ending was understood to be the beginning of a new chapter. Death, rather than being the final end, was seen as a resting stage prior to new life. Just as seeds rest deep undergound during the cold winter months waiting to sprit up as a seedling in spring, so were the dead seen as having returned to the Goddess’ dark womb to await renewal and rebirth.

The Goddess of Death and Regeneration was associated with winter and the colour white. Small stiff white Goddess figurines with small breasts and exaggerated pubic triangles were placed alongside the dead in order for Her to accompany the person on her or his journey of renewal. The Goddess of Death and Regeneration was not feared or seen as being evil, but instead was considered to be benevolent and generous.

“She holds dominion over death, the cold darkness of winter, caves, graves and tombs in the earth….but also receives the fertile seed, the light of midwinter, the fertilized egg, which transforms the tomb into a womb for the gestation of new life.” Marija Gimbutas in “The Civilazation of the Goddess”

Old white-haired Mother Holle and Her underground realm are one interpretation of this aspect of the Goddess. In the fairy tale Mother Holle is described as being kind and generous and very just. She lives at the bottom of a well, which connects Her to water and thus the Goddess as Regeneratrix and Birth Giver. The well itself can be interpreted as being the birth canal leading to Her dark underground womb. The apple which features prominently in the story with its hidden pentagram is a symbol of life and has always been associated with the Goddess. The same is the case with bread-making which during the Neolithic was a sacred act.

Mother Holle is described as having ugly big teeth, a big nose and a flat foot. The latter shows her love for weaving or spinning, another sacred act associated with the Goddess: She is the Life Weaver, the Spinner of Destiny and Fate.

Even after mixing with the Indo-Europeans, the white Goddess of Death continued to exists, although often in a less benevolent form.

Mother Holle was known all across the Germanic world. She was called Holle in Germany, Hel or Hella in Scandinavia and Holde on the British Isles. She is the origin for the word hell and its German variant Hölle, as well as words such as holy and holding in English and Höhle (= cave) in German.

The Scandinavian Goddess Hel is probably the most widely known version of Mother Holle as Goddess, although by the time the Indo-European Norse wrote down their religious beliefs, Hel was no longer the benevolent Regeneratrix of the Neolithic. She had become the dreaded Queen of the Dead.

As was the case during the Neolithic, Hel’s realm Nifhelheim also lies below the earth at the root of the World Tree. Incidentally the bottom of the World Tree is also home to the three Norns, Weavers of Destiny. While, as said above, originally the Goddess of Death and Regeneration was also the Weaver of Fate and Fortune, later beliefs separate Her more and more into Her various aspects.

Despite being feared by the Norse as the dreaded Hag of Death, Hel has Her benevolent roots hidden in plane sight. Being linked to the earth, She is one of the old Vanir Earth Goddesses, Vanir meaning “the Giving One”.

In Central Europe Mother Holle also evolved over time. Instead of becoming the Goddess of the Underworld, though, She became the Queen of Elves and the Mistress of Witches. Her character was actually very similar to that of Greek Hekate, the old Crone who roams the world with Her fearsome dogs.

Around 900CE Frau Holle had become an old weather hag who was said to ride in on Her broom stick bringing with Her whirlwinds and snowfall. Her life-giving generous nature was retained more in Germany than in Scandinavia, as even during Christian times She was seen as bringing life to the land causing growth, abundance and good fortune.

Frau Holda

Hail to Frau Holda, the beautiful and bright,
Crowned and clothed, all in glistening Winter white.

Ay seeking and searching, She sweeps o’er the land,
Scourge for the slovenly, held firmly in hand.

As Holda fares forth, with Her own Holy Host,
May She deem distaffs full, befitting a Yule boast.

For when all is cleanly, content She shall be,
Thus Her bedding she flaps, with a whirlwind flurry.

Soon crisp snowflakes, come falling feather light,
Cleverly She shakes, cloaking the clutter with white.

‘Til Earth is enclosed, by a fine fluffy down,
A bedecked beauty, in Her sparkling snow gown.

Heed well and hear, when Holda’s housework doth end,
A faint satisfied sigh, for the mess Frau did mend.

© Rhonda Turner

By author´s special permission, may be freely shared for private, non-commercial purposes,
as long as it remains intact and this copyright notice is included.

NOTES

[1] Read the fairy tale here: http://www.authorama.com/grimms-fairy-tales-21.html

Jupiter: Artemis, the Maiden of the Silver Bow (Crete, Anatolia, Thrace and Greece)

In astrology the planet Jupiter (Gr. Zeus) exibits primarily those characteristics that are usually associated with the Maiden aspect of the Triple Goddess: Growth, Expansion and Opportunities. (See “Moon Magic and the Triple Goddess“)

Jupiter is outward-going, it is the planet of Youth.

For that reason I could have assigned any of the Maiden Goddesses to Jupiter such as Greek Kore, Welch Blodeuwedd (pronounced blow-dye’wed) or Irish Brigid.

Although not a Maiden Goddess Herself, for a while I considered Danu, the Celtic Mother Goddess who led Her children, the Tuatha de Danaan, successfully from Thrace in SE Europe along the Danube river across the continent up to Denmark and all the way west to Ireland. [1] She was their guardian angel on their long journey and was seen as the bringer of fortune and good luck. Her daughters were brave women who fought fiercely for their freedom alongside their men both on foot and on horseback. Danu would have been a fitting ruler over Sagittarius, the freedom-loving adventuress, the archeress on the back of a stallion [2].

In the end, I changed my mind and decided that Artemis, the Goddess of the Amazons, was an even better fit for Jupiter. She is the Lady of the Wild Beasts, the Maiden of the Silver Bow. Artemis is the Goddess in Her Maiden form, concerned with new life and growth. She is also a huntress with Her moon-shaped bow. And like their Celtic sisters, the Amazons were acomplished horsewomen and archers. To find out more about Artemis and Her brave Amazon daughters, please, check out my post entitled “Artemis – The Goddess of the Amazons“.

Artemis‘ traits and what She is about

Artemis is the Goddess of the Waxing Crescent Moon. She is young and represents beginnings and fresh starts. She is an adventuress, a youthful risk-taker and a free spirit. Her gifts include prophesy, healing and joy.

Her general themes are:

* Growth
* Youthful exuberance
* Everything working out well
* The world being one’s oyster
* Having an easy time

More specifically, Artemis‘ main areas of focus are:

* expansion
* good fortune
* benevolence
* opportunities
* confidence
* individual freedom
* creativity

Artemis-Jupiter’s metal is tin.

She is associated with the liver.

Artemis in a Horoscope

In astrology Artemis is an interpersonal planet that describes our interactions within the community. Aspects and house positions are more important than the actual sign Artemis is in.

Within a horoscope She represents:

* our belief system
* our worldview
* our ability to make our mark in the world

Artemis rules Sagittarius, the archeress on the back of a horse. She once was said to also rule Pisces, the sign of the fish or dolphins. Artemis is exalted in Cancer, which means that She is perfectly at home in the sign that’s ruled by Hera, the Moon. This is as expected considering that Artemis is the Moon in Her Maiden form.

NOTES

[1] According to Robert Graves the Celtic people originated in SE Europe and then travelled across the continent to finally settle in Ireland and the British Isles. According to Marija Gimbutas archaeological evidents suggests that the Celts originated in Central Europe and then spread out all across the continent including as far east as Asia Minor.

[2] Although according to Classical Greek Mythology the Centaur was a male human half (male rider) on a mare’s body, the original image for the Centaur was in fact a female archer (most likely an Amazon) on a stallion.

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