Capricorn – The Goat or Sea-Goat – December 22 to January 21

“Capricorn – sign of winter and continuity –
is hard-working and driven,
no matter what she chooses
her success is a given.
Sensitive, compassionate with heaps of discipline,
she’s an objective perfectionist,
her own fate she does spin.
Creating order from chaos is what she does do best,
With quiet wit and forward-thought,
she’s charming and rarely needs to rest.”
– by Silvestra Silvermoon

Goddess Symbolism

Modern images of Capricorn often depict it as a goat, but in ancient times the sign of Capricorn was represented by a goat-fish or sea-goat. This is a mythical creature that has the horned head and front legs of a goat and the tail of a fish. We will discover the origins of both images.

Our journey of discovery stars back in the Neolithic or New Stone Age about 12,000 to 5,000 years ago. It was a time of pivotal change: humanity had discovered the art and science of agriculture and farming. No longer were our ancestors dependent on food foraging and hunting. By planting seeds and domesticating animals such as goats, cows, pigs and sheep our foremothers and fathers were able to settle down in one place, grow villages and for the first time branch out into other more leisurely pursuits such as art and pottery. Through the growing of plants such as grains from seed our ancestors learned about the cycle of life. Their understanding of life and death for all of Mother Earth’s children allowed them to suffuse all of life with a deep sense of reverence and sacredness. From the magic of turning grains into bread to spinning wool into yarn and subsequently clothes every action was sacred to the Goddess, the Mother of Life and All Existence. Women who planted the first seeds, who tamed the first goat and cow and who turned soil into ceramic were priestesses of the Goddess. They were the Keepers of Her Sacred Mysteries.

According to archaeological findings the first animals to have been domesticated were goats. They supplied our foremothers and father with milk, meat, leather and all sorts of other useful materials. The domestication of animals was a huge blessing and believed to have come directly from the Mother. For that reason goats, cows and sows in particular have always been sacred to the Goddess in Her Many Guises. In fact She often assumes their shape, such as Germanic Frejya and Welsh Cerridwen as sows and Greek Hera and Egyptian Hathor as heifers.

Goats and cows who are linked to Mother Earth are also through their crescent-shaped horns sacred to the Moon Goddess. Our ancestors believed that it was the power of the Moon that taught women how to plant seeds, domesticate animals, bake bread, spin fibres, turn soil into pottery, use herbs for healing and much more.

The ancient Libyans in North Africa, a strong matristic and matrifocal people, knew the Moon Goddess as Anatha (cf. Neith in Egypt). Anatha like many Moon Goddesses has three aspects: She is Athena, the Maiden, Metis, the Mother and Medusa, the Crone.

The goat is sacred to Her in all Her aspects and Her ancient priestesses wore goat-skin aprons and magic goat-skin bags that contained a serpent and were protected by the serpent-like Gorgon mask. These aprons and bags were the original aegis which identified the wearer as being One of the Goddess’s Daughters, the Keepers of Her Mysteries. The snake symbolised wisdom and the purpose of the scary-looking Gorgon mask with its snake face and protruding tongue was to protect the Secrets of the Dark Moon from the uninitiated.

To this day Ethiopian girls still wear goat-skin aprons which are sometimes decorated with yonic cowie shells.

Although all of the three aspects of the Libyan Moon Goddess Anatha were later adopted by the Hellenic Greeks, Athena, Her Maiden aspect, was restyled as a daddy Zeus’s little girl and became a definite favourite with the by then patriarchal Greeks. (To find out more about Athena, Metis and Medusa, please check out my post: “Medusa – The Libyan Dark Moon Serpent Goddess“)

However, despite having had Her story severely twisted by the Hellenes Athena’s neolithic Moon Goddess roots have not been erased. She retains many of Her original attributes and amongst other things is accredited with having invented pottery, agriculture (esp. the plow) and, of course, the sciences, all of which were once part of the Sacred Mysteries taught to the Daughters of the Moon by the Goddess.

About 4,000 BCE some of the matrifocal Goddess-worshipping Libyans migrated north to Thrace and Crete. They took with them their Goddess and Her emblem, the sacred lunar horned goat.

On Crete, like the crescent-horned cow and bull, the goat was sacred to the Moon Goddess.

According to Rober Graves the Cretan or Minoan Triple Goddess was Amalthea, Io and Adrasteia.

Amalthea whose name means “tender” is the Maiden Goddess in the shape of a she-goat, while Io, the mothering aspect of Anatha, is depicted as a cow. Io was possibly once the same Goddess as the Mycenaean and later Classical Greek Hera, who was known as the “cow-eyed” Goddess. Both of them through their goat and cow epiphanies show close ties to Mother Earth. Adrasteia, the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess, is described as being winged. Her name means “the Inescapable One” and She would later become the Greek Goddess Nemesis.

Their mother is Melissa, the Minoan Bee Goddess. Later patriarchal accounts changed Melissa, the mother, to Melissus, the father.

The Minoan Triple Moon Goddess also appears in Classical Greek mythology which tells of the Titan Goddess Rhea giving Her baby son Zeus to Mother Earth in order to protect him from his father Cronus. Interestingly Cronus was known to the Romans as Saturn, the astrological ruler of Capricorn. According to myth Mother Earth took baby Zeus to Lyctos on Crete where She hid him in the cave of Dicte on the Aegean Hill. This is where Amalthea, Io and Adrasteia took care of him, although according to the Classical Greeks it wasn’t Io but Ida who was the third Goddess. By then the Hellenic Greeks had reduced the three aspects of the Minoan Moon Goddess to Nymphs, which were seen as minor nature deities. Zeus was said to have been suckled by Amalthea, the she-goat, and lavished with honey, a sacred food of the matrifocal Cretans.

Later Classical Greek mythology tells us Zeus would somehow obtain one of his foster mother Amalthea’s crescent-shaped horns (accounts vary on the how) and turn it into the famous Cornucopia, the Horn of Plenty, a symbol of abundance and nourishment. He also immortalised Her as Capricorn in the night sky.

In order to understand the imagery of the Goat-Fish or Sea-Goat we need to look to Bronze Age Mesopotamia.

While during the early Neolithic era the Goddess reigned supreme, during the later New Stone Age She would be depicted as giving birth to a male child. During the Neolithic this child never grew up, but merely symbolised Her ability to give birth to something different to Herself from within Herself. During the Bronze Age in Mesopotamia (about 5,000 years ago) this male child eventually grew up and became the Goddess’s son-lover-consort. While the Goddess represents Mother Nature, who will always exist and forever remain constant, Her son-consort symbolises the transient aspect of life with its cyclical nature of birth, growth, maturity, decay, death and rebirth.

While the Goddess is depicted as the female animal such as the cow, the goat and the sow, Her son-consort is represented by the bull, the billy-goat and the boar.

In ancient Sumer the Goddess Nammu (Babylonian Tiamat) was the primordial sea that gave birth to all existence. As the Sumerians believed that the sky was made of water (the Upper Waters) Nammu as the primordial sea presumably represents the dark universe. Two of Her children are Ninhursag and Enki.

Ninhursag, also known as Ninmah, Ki, Uriash Damkina “Lady of That which is Below” and Damgalnunna “Big Lady of the Waters”, is Mother Earth. She is the “Mother of All Living”, a title that would later be adopted by Eve of Hebrew mythology.

Ninhursag is depicted wearing a horned headdress, identifying Her as also being a Moon Goddess, a tiered skirt, bow cases slung over Her shoulder with sometimes a mace in Her hand and a lion cub on a leash.

Ninhursag, the Earth, is the Great Mother, the Creatrix of Life. Every year She joins with Enki, Her brother and consort, in the fertility rite of the Hieros Gamos, the Sacred Marriage.

Enki, a very ancient god, represents the fresh water that fertilises the Earth. In the Mesopotamian region which is essentially a large desert it is only through the fresh water from the two rivers Tigris and Euphrates that plant life and thus animal life can thrive. And it is quite magical how the water from the rivers turns the brown soil green and creates an oasis amidst the dry arid region of the Middle East.

Enki, the “Lord of the Earth”, was known to the Babylonians as Ea, the “Lord of Fresh Water”. In Sumer and Babylon “a” or “ab” meant both “fresh water” and “semen” reminding us of how Enki as the rivers Tigris and Euphrates fertilises Ninhursag, the Earth, to bring forth new life.

Enki is often depicted as a billy goat with a fish tail. It is this very imagary that is the origin of Capricorn as Goat-Fish or Sea Goat. While the goat half represents his connection to Mother Earth, his fish half connects him to his mother Nammu, the primordial Goddess of the Sea, and identifies him as a god of fresh water in his own right. Through the element of water he is clearly linked to the Moon Goddess. Enki has also been linked to the double-helix snake, the Caduceus of Healing, which symbolises the wisdom of the dark moon.

Enki is described as a god of crafts, mischief (cf. the Greek goat god Pan), water, creation, intelligence and magic (due to the magical transformation of dry earth to lush vegetation by fresh water).

Capricorn’s Traits and Characteristics

Capricorns are the most charming introverts of the zodiac with a quiet wit and dignity. They are sensitive to the needs of others and make great project leaders. They are hard-working and expect only the best from themselves and their team. They have wonderful organisational skills and instinctively know when to control and when to let be.

Capricorns are multi-talented. No matter what they put their minds to they will naturally become the best at it. Capricorns are equally drawn to the arts as to the sciences. They can be found anywhere from directing plays in theatres, building, say, a new community centre to researching new medicines or inventing new technologies.

Capricorns are driven and ambitious and wish to leave their mark on society, which given their dedication and self-discipline is more than likely.

Capricorns are highly creative in the sense that they can actually make their ideas a reality. And ideas they have many! Capricorns will rarely be bored and can always come up with a new plan for a new project. They thrive on structure and are highly driven to create order from chaos.

One of the main themes that crops up time and time again in Capricorns’ lives is longevity and continuity. Their character is steadfast and perservering no matter what difficulties they may encounter. They are drawn to traditions and are the natural Keepers of the Old Wisdom.

Like all the Earth signs Capricorns are sensual and loyal and make wonderful friends, partners and friends. They are tolerate and non-judgemental.

In summary Capricorn women (and men) are:

– thoughtful
– serious
– introverted
– private
– subtle
– cool headed
– calm
– assessing
– careful
– deliberate
– patient

– acutely sensitive to the needs of others
– considerate
– at times self-sacrificing
– focused on society

– truth-seeking

– deeply mystic
– protectresses of old wisdom

– self-disciplined
– hard-working
– making the effort
– achievers
– perfectionists
– dedicated
– efficient
– professional

– seeing projects through to the end
– perserving
– steadfast
– loyal
– enduring
– reliable
– responsible especially towards the group

– grounded
– objective

– long-term focused
– forward planning
– thriving on structure
– with great organisational skills

– highly creative
– turn ideas into reality
– self-generating (never get bored)
– resourceful

– optimistic

– courteous
– charming
– with quiet wit
– dignified
– classy
– beautiful
– compassionate

– sensual

– tolerant
– non-judgemental

– ambitious
– driven
– leaving their mark

– talented in anything they put their minds to
– seeking to create order from chaos

– strong willed
– strong minded
– brave
– hardy
– able to exercise authority
– perfect project leaders (know when to control and when to step back)
– not scared of power

– with love of the land

Capricorn is a cardinal Earth sign that is ruled by Mother Holle, the Crone or Old Grandmother Time.

Capricorn is associated with earthy colours, browns, greens and the colour of winter, white.

Within the body Capricorn is linked to the the knees, skin, joints and the skeleton.

Capricorn qualities are most prominent when the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendant (Rising Sign) are in the sign of the Sea-Goat.

Sagittarius – The Centauride Archeress – November 22 to December 21

“Sagittarius – sign of freedom and adventure –
is open and friendly
with lots of go and energy.
She loves to travel
and be out and about.
Loyal and honest,
she speaks her mind out loud.
The eternal optimist
she’s inspirational and passionate.
With a gentle heart, a perceptive mind,
she’s intuitive and knowing,
idealistic and kind.”
– by Silvestra Silvermoon

Goddess Symbolism

The Goddess-roots of Sagittarius are not so much symbolic as historic.

The word Sagittarius comes from the Latin “sagitta, -ae” which means “arrow” in English. “Sagittarius” is quite literally “the archer”. Presumably the archeress would have been “sagittaria”.

Nobody knows for sure what the etymological origins of “sagitta” are, but it is being speculated that the Latin word for arrow was adopted from the pre-Roman inhabitants of the Meditarranean region. In her book “God Herself – Feminine Roots of Astrology” Geraldine Thorsten suggests that the Latin word “sagitta” comes from the Greek “scythia” meaning “shooter, archer”. It was generally used to refer to a group of nomad archers who lived in Asia Minor just north east of Greece. The were known as the Scythians. The Greek word “scythia” comes from the proto-Indo-European root “skeud-” which means “to shoot, to throw”. Interestingly, the ancient Persions called the nomad archers of that region “Sakae” which sounds very much related to the Latin “sagitta”.

In other words, the origins of the Sign of Sagittarius, the half human half horse archer, lie in the stepps of Asia Minor encompassing the region from today’s Bulgaria all the way to modern Iran.

Although clearly Indo-European the Scythians are believed to have been matrilineal with a clan set-up similar to that of the ancient Celts. In fact some archeologists and anthropologists believe that the two groups may have been the same people or at least mingled freely with each other while the Celts dwelled in south east Europe.

The Scythians were a nomadic warrior race where men and women fought alongside each other. They travelled on horseback and were known to have been exceptional archers. Hence their name “Scynthians”, the Archers. In some regions as many as 20% of the warrior graves unearthed contain female remains in full armoury. It is likely that these women warriors on horseback are the origin of the Greek legend of the Amazons.

According to the Classical Greeks the Amazons were a women warrior race who lived in the Thracian mountains. We don’t know for sure who they were and where they came from.

Some scholars believe that the Thracian Amazons were descendants of the North African or Libyan Amazons and that it was they who brought their Goddess Artemis with them via Phoenicia. Medusa and Athena are also originally from Libya, which supports this theory, as does the interesting fact that today’s North African Berbers who are traditionally matrilineal still call themselves “Amazigh”, the free people.

Another school of thought is that the Amazons weren’t just women warriors, but were in fact the original Goddess-worshipping tribes who were forced out of their home territory into the moutainous regions of Thrace by the invading Hellenic Greeks. They defended themselves and their way of life fiercely with their excellent archery and horseriding skills. Although these Goddess-worshipping natives would have consisted of women and men, it is possible that either bands of priestesses took up arms against the invadors or the Greeks felt so shocked by fighting women on horseback that they passed on only the tales of the women warriors. [1]

A third theory is that the Amazons known to the Greeks were actually the Celts who once resided in Thrace (today’s Bulgaria). Also as said above it is possible that the Scythians and Celts were the same people. They certainly lived peacefully alongside each other and likely shared their ways of life if not intermarried. Celtic women like Boudicca have always been strong and fearless warriors. Celts also have a strong connection to horses. The Goddess of the Celts often manifests as a horse such as Gaulish Epona and Welch Riannon. Once the inhabitants of Britain became christianised the Goddess as mare who once brought with Her insight and prophesy became associated with bad dreams or “night-mares”.

Whatever the true origins of the Amazon warrior maidens, we can savely say that there’s generally no smoke without fire, and based on the vast tales and images of these fierce women archers on horseback recorded by the Greeks I think it’s fair to conclude that the Amazons are more than just a figment of someone’s imagination.

And it is these Amazon archeresses on horseback who form the basis for the Centaur or rather the female Centauride, the half woman half horse creature of Greek mythology.

Imagine never having seen a rider on a horse before and then encountering for the first time a human, in this case a woman, on bare horseback moving as one with the animal. You would think it was some mythical half woman, half horse creature. And this is exactly what the original imagery for Sagittarius was: a creature with an upper body of a woman and a lower body of a stallion.

The fusion of woman and stallion represents the perfect unity of human female wisdom and intuition with the stallion’s exquisite virility, power and strength. The woman rider unites with, channels and directs the wild freedom-loving and adventurous nature of the stallion. This symbiotic fusion captures the essence of Sagittarius perfectly and much better than the centaur, half man half mare, into which the patriarchal Greeks eventually turned the original woman-stallion hybrid.

The centaur whose upper body is that of a man and whose lower body that of a mare captures patriarchal thinking since the classical times perfectly. It symbolises the dominance over and control of female attributed intuition, represented by the mare, by the conscious rational male mind, here represented by the man. It also supports the notion of male dominance over woman. The principles behind this philosophy are typically Hellenic and it’s obvious the Romans gladly adopted this imagery into their own zodiac. Unfortunately for them, however, it simply doesn’t fit with the nature of Sagittarius.

The sign of Sagittarius is all about freedom, adventure, social justice, trust and of course equality. It’s certainly NOT about control and dominance. Although any horse – male or female – would have been suitable to represent the lower half, the stallion fits the picture just a little better, as mares are generally more docile and less likely to roam as widely as stallions do. Wild horses live in herds. A group of mares with their offspring will live together, graze together and look out for each other throughout their lives. They are lead by the alpha female or lead mare and allow a stallion to hang around the periphery of the herd to mate with and to help protect them from any dangers. The majority of stallions do not live with herds of mares, but roam the stepps in groups of males in the hope of finding mares to breed with. This “wanderlust” fits Sagittarius much better than the behaviour of mares who tend to just graze and take it easy.

As far as the sex of the rider is concerned, according to Greek philosophy a male rider implies a sharp intellect, rationality and logic that are used in order to control the intuitive wise animal nature of the horse. Again, this imagery doesn’t fit at all with what we know of Sagittarius who is very much a creature of intuition, sensitivity and responsiveness. Sagittarians refuse to be controlled and will not control others.

The image of the Centauride, the woman-stallion, on the other hand, captures perfectly the essence of Sagittarius: she uses her intuition and inner wisdom to become one with the wild and virile stallion, to guide him and lead him to pastures new. Together and with equal importance they form a unit, a companionable team, whose joining results in a being whose sum is bigger than its parts.

Sagittarius’ Traits and Characteristics

Sagittarians are freedom-loving and adventurous. They love sports, the outdoors and enjoy travelling. Sagittarians are active, energetic people with a positive and optimistic mindset. They are idealistic and inspirational to those around.

Sagittarians are forward-thinking and pro-active. They strongly believe in honour, equality and social justice and can often be found fighting for social change and a better life for all.

Sagittarians are loyal and trusted friends. They prefer long-term relationships to brief flings, but will not under any circumstances allow to be controlled or dominated by their partner or anybody else. They are faithful and loyal and expect to be trusted not to stray. To Sagittarians independence and personal freedom are paramount.

Sagittarians are youthful and fun-loving. Their mannerism is informal and friendly. Sagittarians are outgoing and social people. They are easy going, open-minded and generous.

Sagittarians are deeply intuitive and sensitive to those around. They have a natural inner wisdom that allows them to see beyond face value. They are often very spiritual.

In summary Sagittarian women (and men) are:

– optimistic
– positive
– forward-thinking
– goal-oriented
– determined
– idealistic
– inspirational
– inventive
– exciting
– charismatic
– influential

– active
– sporty
– ardorous
– physical
– energetic
– fast
– swift
– vigorous
– continuously moving
– always on the go
– able to multi-task
– eager

– responsive
– sensitive
– spiritual
– guiding
– intuitive
– wise
– able to sense beyond face value
– able to see the big picture
– shrewed

– adventurous
– very independent
– freedom-loving
– lovers of travel
– explorative
– nomadic
– outdoorsy
– lovers of vast spaces
– courageous
– experimental

– seeking change

– open
– outgoing
– social
– receptive
– soft hearted
– friendly

– animal lovers

– great believers in equality, trust, freedom and comradeship
– fighters for social justice
– fair
– open-minded
– tolerant
– flexible
– versatile
– broad

– candid
– frank
– honest

– noble
– loyal
– trusting
– sincere
– attached to loved ones
– generous
– expansive
– forgiving

– comic
– fun-loving
– informal
– youthful

– mimics
– linguistic
– articulate

Sagittarius is a mutable Fire sign that is ruled by Artemis, the Maiden of the Silver Bow.

Sagittarius is associated with purple, the colour of wisdom, and green, the colour of the outdoors.

Within the body Sagittarius is linked to the the hips and thighs.

Sagittarian qualities are most prominent when the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendant (Rising Sign) are in the sign of the Centauride Archeress.

NOTE

[1] This is most likely also the origin of Vampires who are said to live in the Caspian and Transylvanian mountains: I believe their story is based on the Goddess-worshipping people of that region who were forced out of their homes into the mountains and then had exaggerated and twisted tales spun about them by the Christian community.

Scorpio – The Scorpion – October 24 to November 21

“Scorpio – sign of darkness and transformation –
is deep, intense and secretive.
With insight and compassion
those who’ve lost a loved one great comfort she will give.
Independent and proud
she’s strong of will and mind.
Drawn to life’s mysteries
the answers she will find.”
– by Silvestra Silvermoon

Goddess Symbolism

The sign of Scorpio has three emblems – the scorpion, the eagle and the snake. Most people will tell you that the eagle represents Scorpio’s higher self, while the snake symbolises its lower or base self.

This is, however, not their true meaning. In order to discover the real symbolism behind the images of the eagle and the snake we have to start by looking way back in the Paleolithic era (12,000 years ago +).

In Paleolithic Europe the Bird Goddess represented the manifestation of the invisible world. It was She who laid the Cosmic Egg from which all space and time was born. Later imagery shows the encirclement of the Egg by a snake holding its tail in its mouth.

During the Neolithic or New Stone Age (about 10,000 to 5,500 BCE) the world was seen as consisting of three regions: the Upper Waters (or Sky), the Earth and the Lower Waters (Underground).

At this time the Goddess was often depicted as the Bird and Snake Goddess – She was part bird and part snake. The Bird Goddess is Mistress of the Upper Waters, while the Snake Goddess is Mistress of the Lower Waters. She is the Creatrix, She is the Mother who grants us life through Her life-sustaining waters. Like the milk from a mother’s breasts life-giving rain nourishes us from above (Upper Waters). Like the waters from a mother’s womb Her underground springs, wells and streams bring forth the life-sustaining liquid from below (Lower Waters).

The Bird and Snake Goddess is the Vessel that holds the Waters of Life and the vase or drinking vessel used within a home symbolises Her womb from which the water flows. During the Neolithic vases and jugs were often moulded in the shape of Her with bird and snake features.

Birds were associated with both the Upper and Lower Waters. They “swim” through air and “fly” through water. If you take a step back you can see the resemblance between the flying movement of a bird’s wings and the swimming motion of a fish’s fins.

Birds lay eggs and so the Goddess as Bird once laid the Cosmic Egg. She is the primordial Creatrix.

The Snake is also linked to water. With its quick and fluid shape and movement it symbolises the dymnaic power of the waters beyond, beneath and around the Earth.

As said above the Cosmic Egg is often depicted encircled by a snake that holds its tail in its mouth, thus creating a circle. This image is known as Uroborus, which represents the primordial waters that encircle the Earth. It symbolises the cyclical nature of existence with no beginning and no end.

In many cultures, especially the ancient Middle East, the primordial Creatrix wasn’t a Bird but a Serpent such as Babylonian Tiamat.

The Serpent who lives in holes and dark cracks is linked to the dark underground womb of the Goddess. It symbolises death, regeneration and renewal. The reason for this connection is twofold. Firstly, snakes shed their skin and are thus seemingly continuously reborn. Secondly, every year they hibernate for months on end only to be “reborn” anew every spring. To anyone who’s encountered hibernating reptiles, they really do seem to virtually “die” in the autumn and miraculously reemerge in perfect health after months without food and water.

Snakes are sacred to the Goddess and the Dark Moon. They come and go from Her realm bringing with them Her wisdom. With exception of the Hebrew myth of Genesis the Serpent has always been linked to healing, magic and prophesy. In many cultures to this day snakes are revered and respected. In China the serpent has become a dragon, a positive and fortunate symbol.

Due to the snake’s connection to the Goddess and Her mysteries ancient priestesses used snake masks to frighten away the uninitiated. Medusa’s Gorgon Mask was just that – a mask worn by Her priestesses, the Guardians and Protectresses of the Magic and Wisdom of the Dark Moon.

So, as you see, Scorpio’s connection to the eagle and the snake have actually been inherited from the ancient Bird and Snake Goddess – the Primordial Creatrix – Mistress of the Upper and Lower Waters – Goddess of the Moon – Goddess of Life, Death and Renewal.

The image of the scorpion has been inherited from the ancient Egyptians, where scorpions were feared and revered. North African scorpions are exceedingly dangeous and demand respect.

Selket (Selqet, Serket or Serqet) is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of scorpions, magic, medicine and the dead. She is depicted as a beautiful woman with a scorpion on Her headdress. Her colour is black, the colour of the dark womb of the Goddess as well a the fertile silt deposited by the Nile during its annual floods.

Selket is a Goddess of Life and Death. She is linked to both death and birth. Together with Isis, Nephthys and Neith She was one of the four Guardians of the canopic jars that contained the vital organs needed for the afterlife. She is Protectress of the Dead.

Selket is also the Goddess of Childbirth and Nursing. In order to protect Isis and Horus She sent out seven scorpions.

Selket is linked to snakes. She is Goddess of all venomous creatures and Protectress from poisonous stings and bites. All thoughout the ages poisonous animals have been linked to magic and prophesy.

Her name means both “She Who Tightens the Throat” and “She who Causes to Breathe”. Another of Her titles refer to Her role as Guardian of the Dead: She is “Lady of the Beautiful [embalming] Tent”.

All three images – the bird, the snake and the scorpion – are closely connected to the Goddess, especially in Her aspect as the Dark Mother: She who receives us back into Her Dark Womb to restore and regenerate us and to birth us again in renewed form. She is the Goddess of Transformation, the Goddess of Endings and New Beginnings.

Scorpio’s Traits and Characteristics

Scorpios are intense people who thanks to their watery nature have great depth of emotions. They are private people who are proud and fiercely independent. Scorpios have an iron will and refuse to be dominated at all costs. They are passionate and loyal. Scorpios are intuitive and empathetic. Sharp and observant, they can read both people and situations very well.

Throughout Scorpio’s life run three main themes: secrets, death and sex.

Scorpios are private and secretive by nature. They like to keep their “true” selves to themselves and don’t wear their hearts on their sleeves. They are inherenly drawn to all things secret and hidden. Scorpios are famous for their ability to uncover all sorts of mysteries. They are relentless and tenacious and won’t give up until they’ve got to the bottom of something. Being secretive themselves they may or may not share their findings. Scorpios are often attracted to esoteric and occult subjects, but also make great detectives and psychologists.

Death is another recurrent theme in Scorpio’s life. Rather than shying away from the subject many have a deep attraction to it and an understanding often far beyond their years. Being insightful, understanding and compassionate Scorpios make excellent therapists and grief councillors.

Scorpios are very sexual beings who form deep emotional attachments to their chosen mate. They are possessive and passionate and prefer long-term relationships to short flings.

In summary Scorpion women (and men) are:

– proud
– independent (will not be dominated or controlled)
– dignified
– strong willed
– strong minded (psychologically & emotionally)
– principled
– self-critical
– courageous
– unflinching

– passionate
– intense
– magnetic
– sexual
– poweful
– mysterious
– with great stamina

– secretive
– private
– deep
– introverted
– with cool and subtle intellect
– self-controlled

– wise
– intuitive
– insightful
– observant
– sharp
– investigative
– penetrating

– transforming

– enduring
– loyal
– tenacious
– possessive
– committed

– affectionate
– emotional
– empathetic
– compassionate

– if injured can have quite a sting

– drawn to “death”
– drawn to mysteries
– drawn to taboo subjects

Scorpio is a fixed Water sign that is ruled by Medusa, the Dark Goddess of Transformation, Queen of the Shadow Self. It is co-ruled by Pele, Goddess of Drive, Passion and Courage.

Scorpio is associated with red, the colour of life and menstrual blood, and black, the colour of magic, mystery, death, transformation and regeneration.

Within the body Scorpio is linked to the reproductive organs – genitals – and the excretory organs – bladder and rectum.

Scorpio qualities are most prominent when the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendant (Rising Sign) are in the sign of the Scorpion.

Libra – The Scales – September 23 to October 23

“Libra – sign of harvest and karma’s balance –
is a bridge builder and a diplomat.
She’s charming and graceful,
artistic and refined.
She’s warm and personal
with a quick and active mind.
Seeing all sides to a story
she strives for peace and harmony.
With elegance and style
she’s inventive and adventurous
and never fails to smile.”
– by Silvestra Silvermoon

Goddess Symbolism

The sign of Libra didn’t exist in the ancient Mesopotamian zodiac. Instead it was part of Scorpio. Modern western astrology inherited the sign of the Scales from the ancient Egyptians, although the original sign wasn’t quite what it is today.

The Egyptian glyph which the Romans interpreted to represent the scales actually depict “the sun rising over the hilltop”. In other words the sign known to us as Libra originally signified the Ascendant or Rising Sign.

The constellation known to us as the Scales first appears on the eastern horizon when the Sun is in Aries. In ancient Egypt, about 3,000 to 5,000 years ago, this took place in early March, which was the beginning of the harvest or dry season “Shemu”. The first month of Shemu was dedicated to the child god Chonsu (or Khonsu, Khons) and was known as Pa-en-khons or Pashons. Chonsu was “The Traveller of the Night Sky”. He was the new moon that was first seen in the west when the constellation of Libra was rising on the eastern horizon. Chansu represented the vegetation and the harvest.

When the Romans saw the Egyptian glyph that depicted the sun rising on the horizon they interpreted it to symbolise the scales that were used for weighing the harvest. With the month of Pashons being the first month of the harvest season, their mistake was understandable. As in Europe the harvest takes place in late summer, the Romans placed the sign of Libra in September after the sign of the Goddess (Virgo) and before the sign of the Otherworld (Scorpio). In western astrology the Sun enters Libra at the autumn equinox when night and day are balanced and equally as long.

Apart from the obvious weighing of the harvest and the balance of night and day the Romans also gave the Scales a third meaning, that of weighing the souls of the dead before entering the Underworld.

The Romans and the ancient Greeks were great believers in Law and Justice. These concepts and that of personal responsibility and karma were also adopted from the ancient Egyptians. Maat is the Goddess of Wisdom, Time and Fate. She wears an ostrich feather on Her head and carries scales in Her left (heart) hand and an ankh – the symbol of eternal life – in Her right hand. She weighs each heart against the ostrich feather to restore the balance and equilibrium of the universe. Maat often replaces Saturn in feminist astrology, which is very apt, as Saturn is co-ruler over Libra.

Throughout the ancient world and even for us today the concepts of Justice such as democracy, freedom and equality have always been female. To this day Lady Justice stands in front of courtrooms, while her sister Libertas, the Goddess of Freedom, continues to hold the torch as the famous Statue of Liberty.

Justice is female because she IS the Goddess. She is all and everything, and Her law, that of nature, cannot be broken and must be obeyed by every living creature. She is the restorer and maintainer of order and harmony. She is wisdom. She is karma. And Libra is Her sign.

Libra’s Characteristics and Traits

Librans are beautiful people, very refined and incredibly artistic. They are charming, graceful, elegant and sophisticated in everything they do. They abhor vulgarity and rudeness and will try their utmost to restore peace and harmony. Librans love all things beautiful.

True to their Airy nature Librans are real people’s people who thrive within a team or partnership. They have incredible verbal skills and a real flair for presentation. For that reason they make excellent advertising and marketing executives who with natural style and eloquence are highly attractive and can be very persuasive.

Librans are natural diplomats who can see all sides of every story. They are objective and able to empathise with all parties involved. Due to their courteous nature and sense of delicacy, they are natural peacemakers.

Librans are often concerned with social justice and often dedicate their lives to bringing about change and betterment for their communities.

Due to their cardinal nature Librans are driven and active people with a sense of adventure.

Librans are strong willed with a youthful, joyous disposition.

In summary Libran women (and men) are:

– refined
– elegant
– sophisticated
– charming
– graceful
– courteous

– highly critical
– curious
– observant
– quick-thinking
– with an active mind

– artistic
– lovers of beauty
– inventive
– with fresh ideas

– sensitive
– diplomatic
– harmonising
– balancing
– seeking change
– objective
– able to see all sides
– about social justice / equality
– co-operative
– adjusting
– willing to compromise
– peace-loving

– with great verbal skills
– with a flair for presentation
– persuasive

– team players
– about partnership (i.e. without hierarchy)

– strong willed
– driven
– active
– ambitious
– youthful
– with a love for life
– adventurous
– with a zest for experience

– warm
– personal

Libra is a cardinal Air sign that is ruled by Inanna, Goddess of Love, Beauty and Harmony. It is co-ruled by Mother Holle, the Crone of Time and Fate.

Libra is associated with pink, blue-green and any colour combination that is stylish.

Within the body Libra is linked to the loins, the kidneys, the adrenals and the lower back.

Libran qualities are most prominent when the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendant (Rising Sign) are in the sign of the Scales.

Virgo – The Goddess – August 23 to September 22

“Virgo – the sign of the Goddess Herself –
has a mind that’s sharp and clear.
She’s independent and self-reliant,
a valued friend amongst her peer.
She’s objective and observant,
a perfectionist, discerning and refined.
She’s broad-minded and exclusive,
she’s generous and kind.
– by Silvestra Silvermoon

Goddess Symbolism

Virgo is the sign of the Great Cosmic Mother, the Goddess Herself.

The Virgo imagery is that of a young maiden to represent the Goddess as Virgin, but not in the Christian meaning of chaste and intact. The Goddess is the Universe, She is everything and all. She is Mother Nature who brought forth all of life, all order and harmony. The Goddess is a virgin under the original meaning that She gave birth to all existence by Herself, from within Herself, out of Herself.

The Great Mother Goddess as the Universe, as Mother Nature, creates life without another. She is Virgin. That is the original meaning behind the word. It it with that original meaning in mind that we can understand why Goddesses such as (the pre-patriarchal) Artemis were called Virgin Goddess. She was once upon a time seen as the Great Mother Herself.

As time went on, the meaning of the title Virgin was elaborated on. In ancient Greece, for instance, a virgin or “parthenos” was once a woman who was bound to no man. She was free and independent and not necessarily someone who’d never had sexual intercourse. Before patriarchy made pre-marital sexuality for women a taboo, Virgins were merely young women before pregnancy and motherhood. Throughout the ancient world virgins were the Priestesses of the Goddess, their main focus in life not being motherhood but rather the search for truth and knowledge.

As human consciousness evolved so did the imagery of the Goddess. Especially in ancient Greece in Her manifestation as the Moon She was represented no longer as one Goddess, but was portrayed as a Triple Goddess – the Maiden as the Goddess of the waxing crescent, the Mother as the Goddess of the full moon and the Crone as the Goddess of the waning crescent and dark moon.

The Virgin or Maiden Goddess symbolises birth, growth, freedom and youthful exuberance. (To find out more about the Moon and her three phases, please check out my post “Moon Magic and the Triple Goddess“)

So the first connection of the Maiden imagery of Virgo is the Goddess Herself – first as the Creatrix of all existence from within and out of Herself and second as the Maiden Moon Goddess who is free and unbound and symbolises new beginnings. As that the image of the Virgin also represents the Virgin Priestess who dedicates her life to the Goddess and Her teachings. (cf. the Tarot card “The High Priestess” or “Popess”)

The second connection of the Virgo imagery is linked to the timing of the sign. When western astrology was first written down by the ancient Mesopotamians the Sun was in Taurus and not Aries at the time of the spring equinox. So Virgo, the sign of the Goddess, fell not at the end of August, but rather at the beginning of the month when the first crops had ripened. Lammas on August 1st or 2nd to this day celebrates the harvest of the first crops, the grain or corn harvest.

So Virgo also represents the Corn Goddess, such as Demeter in Greece and Ceres in Rome. She symbolises abundance and Earth’s fruits. She is Mother Earth Herself who feeds and nourishes us from Her own body.

Interestingly, the sign of the Goddess is preceded by the sign of the Lioness. In the ancient world two lionesses (later lions) were often depicted flanking gates and thrones in their sacred role of Protectresses and Guardians of the Mysteries. With that in mind it probably is no accident that Leo precedes Virgo.

Virgo’s Characteristics and Traits

Virgo is one of those signs that get a lot of bad press. They’re often portrayed as boring, geekish and frigid. Nothing could be further from the truth! These erroneous and pretty slanderous descriptions are obviously based on the false belief that Virgo, the Virgin, is a chaste, prim and proper little lady who only does as she’s told. Well, let me tell you the truth…

When you hear Virgo don’t think of some Puritan maiden who’s prim and stiff and wouldn’t like sex if Adonis himself came begging for it.  Instead, visualise the Maiden Goddess of the Moon, a young woman who is strong, independent and free-thinking. Although wisdom is generally associated with the Crone aspect of the Moon, the Virgin Priestesses of the ancient world were the keepers of knowledge. They were not celibate but selective and every year participated in the celebration of the Sacred Marriage. The image of the Virgin Priestess captures the essence of Virgo very well.

Virgos are exceedingly clever, sharp, observant, analytical and free thinking. They are professionals who seek perfection and wish to create order and harmony from chaos. Virgos are mentally exceedingly agile and broad minded. They’re objective and tolerant of other’s life choices.

Virgos are great team players and are valued by those around them for their sensitivity and gentleness.

They are independent and self-reliant with a great sense of judgement. Virgos make excellent healers.

As is to be expected from an Earth sign Virgos are very much at home in their bodies. Their sharp Mercurian minds live in perfect harmony with their earthy sensuality. Virgos don’t just reside in their heads, but are generally dextrous and highly skilled at physical tasks.

In summary Virgo women (and men) are:

– clever
– intellectual
– sharp-minded
– rational
– objective
– analytical
– learned
– mentally agile

– professional
– with great judgement

– discerning
– acute
– researching
– comparative
– observant

– kind
– refined
– gentle
– shy
– peaceful
– seeking harmony
– sensitive

– great with people
– team players
– generous
– egalitarian

– responsive
– flexible
– broad-minded
– tolerant

– with high expectations
– exclusive
– perfectionists
– self-correcting
– achievers

– health conscious
– healers

– independent
– self-sufficient
– self-reliant
– uninhibited
– courageous

– practical
– responsible
– tenacious
– disciplined
– conscientious

– creative
– imaginative

– at home in their bodies
– sensual
– “marriage” of mind and body
– dextrous
– skilled

Virgo is a mutable Earth sign that is ruled by Freyja, the Goddess of Communication, Travel and the Power of the Mind.

It is associated with purple – the colour of wisdom – and earthy colours.

Within the body Virgo is linked to the intestines.

Virgo qualities are most prominent when the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendant (Rising Sign) are in the sign of the Goddess.

Leo – The Lioness – July 23 to August 22

“Leo – Guardian of the Mysteries –
is a sign of strength and generosity.
With a warm and open heart
she’s radiant and attractive
her leadership skills quite set her apart.
She knows she’s fab and loves being centre stage.
With eloquence, charisma, honour and grace
her life force burns bright and vital
bringing sunshine to every space.”
– by Silvestra Silvermoon

Goddess Symbolism

The lion, a strong, proud and powerful animal, has long been associated with the Goddess. What is little known, though, by most people is that it was in fact the lioness who was the orginal Protectress of the Mysteries.

Lions are very much a matrifocal animal. The females – mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, aunts and grandmothers – live together in prides all of their lives. They look out for one another, hunt together or individually and protect each others cubs from newcoming lions.

Lionesses are independent, fierce, loyal, brave, strong, graceful and agile. They are the primary hunters of their pride and are highly protective over their young.

Male lions are large and heavy with a lazy disposition. Within a pride they are quite placid unless they’re fighting with incoming males.

Once grown up young males leave the pride of their birth and wander about either alone or in a so-called coalition of fellow males – both related and unrelated – in order to find a new pride and thus females. To be able to mate with the females of a new pride the invading males have to fight the resident males. On average adult male lions stay with the same pride for about 3 to 4 years only before they are evicted or killed. If the usurpers succeed they try to kill all cubs under the age of about 18 months, as that’s the only way the females will enter estrus immediately. That is when the protectiveness of the lionesses comes in – all the females unite to protect the cubs from the intruding males.

So, as you can see, the Goddess is much more linked to the lioness, while the patriarchal invaders of the ancient world were perfectly represented by the male lion.

The lioness is a very ancient symbol, as old as the bovine head and horns (i.e. bucrania).

The earliest representation of a lioness can be found in the cave “Les Trois Frères” in Ariège, France, where a drawing from some time between 27,000 and 14,000 years ago was discovered leading into the inner sanctuary. The image is situated in a prominent position looking directly at all persons who wish to enter this most sacred location.

As the Queen of Animals the lioness at “Les Trois Frères” is the Fierce Protectress and Guardian of the Mysteries of the Goddess. Throughout the ancient world from the Paleolithic era onwards the lioness can be found on the sides of gates and thrones, protecting either what is beyond the gates or whoever sits on the throne.

In Çatal Hüyük a statue was found from about 6,000 BCE of the Mother Goddess giving birth while sitting on a thones flanked by two lionesses. They are guarding and protecting the Goddess as She’s bringing forth new life. She trusts them inherently, as they are a part of Her as She is a part of them. The Goddess as the Mother of All Animals feels perfectly safe giving birth, a time of great vulnerability, with one of the world’s most dangerous predators!

This image is the forerunner for later historical Goddesses such as Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, Sekhmet, the Minoan Goddess of Animals, Cybele as well as Durga, the Mother Goddess of the Hindus.

The Great Goddess Inanna Herself was often called “Labbatu” which translates as “Lioness”.

The statue of the Minoan Snake Goddess from about 1,600 BCE wears a miniature lioness on Her hat.

From as late as the 7th century BCE several images of lionesses were found in the temple of the Goddess at Prinias on Crete.

Just as the lioness in the Paleolithic cave painting in France represented the Guardian of the Mysteries, the Protectress of the Sacred, so did all the other lionesses of the Goddess throughout the ancient world sybolise the same.

Once society became patriarchal and solar-based the male lion replaced the fiercely protective lioness. The lion with his spectacular mane became a symbol for the sun, for stregth, power, bravery and warrior’s valour. He became the emblem of kings and would be attributed all of the lioness’s qualities plus of course his own superior physical strength and fighting power.

As said before, male lion behaviour and their life styles within an all-male loyal coalition was perfectly suited to the new patriachal leaders of the ancient world. Fact is, most of the traits and characteristics of the sign of Leo such as generosity and warm-heartedness are qualities of the lioness and not the male lion.

Leo’s Characteristics and Traits

Leos have a passion for life that makes them such radiant and bright characters that people feel attracted to them and would quite literally follow them to the end of the Earth. Leos are natural born leaders whose enthusiasm and vitality shines through no matter what field they’ve decided to focus on. However, they themselves are far from being domineering or hierarchical. They’re in fact independent characters who are non-competitive and non-agressive and believe very much in equality.

Leos have a huge heart, are loving and caring and famous for their generosity. They love being the focus of attention, enjoy drama and dressing up. They’re beautiful people who are graceful and charming.

Leos are noble and honourable with a strong will and great sense of self-worth. They are intuitive with a deep and rich inner experience that helps them express themselves creatively. The arts and theatre are amongst Leo’s passions.

Leos are individuals whose intense life force makes them untamable – something that only adds to their magnetism.

In summary Leo women (and men) are:

– noble
– honourable
– honest
– admirable
– stable
– with great integrity

– warm-hearted
– large-hearted
– generous
– caring
– loving
– non-competitive
– non-aggressive
– egalitarian
– personal
– down-to-earth

– sunny
– optimistic
– cheerful
– enthusiastic
– joyful

– natural leaders
– influential
– attractive
– unconventional
– individual

– vital
– intense
– passionate
– radiant

– outgoing
– open
– with a love for being centre stage

– strong-willed
– self-confident
– aspiring
– with high stamina
– energetic
– powerful
– untamable

– beautiful
– graceful
– charismatic
– eloquent

– romantic
– sensitive
– with a love for theatre, dressing up, the arts and children
– with a love for creative expression
– intuitive
– deep
– with a rich inner experience

Leo is a fixed Fire sign that is ruled by Hathor-Sekhmet in Her aspect as the golden and fiery Sun.

It is associated with gold, glitzy and bold colours.

Within the body Leo is linked to the heart as well as the spine and upper back.

Leo qualities are most prominent when the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendant (Rising Sign) are in the sign of the Lioness.

Cancer – The Crab – June 21 to July 22

“Cancer – sign of water and the Moon –
is strong and caring
and fiercely protective of all she loves.
The matriarch of the zodiac,
she’s a guardian and the keeper of all treasures past.
She’s wise, intuitive and sensitive to those around,
she’s original and imaginative
and values her sanctuary to help her ground.”
– by Silvestra Silvermoon

Goddess Symbolism

Since classical times the crab, a sea creature, has been associated with both water and the Moon. Both Hellenic Hera and Her Roman counterpart Juno are linked to the crab as well as the Moon. By then both Hellenic Hera and Juno were seen merely as Goddesses of Marriage, which most likely is where the sign of Cancer got the “wet-weekend” traits from that many mainstream astrology text attribute to it. (Please check out my post entitled “Hera – The Great Mother Goddess of the Minoans and Mycenaean Greeks” to find out more about the original pre-hellenic Hera. And read below to find out what Cancer is really like!)

What few people are aware of is that the original sign of Cancer wasn’t a crab at all, but rather a turtle (including terrapins and tortoises)! In ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of modern western astrology, the turtle was closely linked to water, the Moon, Mother Earth, time, immortality and fertility.

These attributes can be traced back all the way to Paleolithic times when turtles alongside fish, frogs, toads, hedgehogs and bucrania symbolised regeneration and renewal and were inherently linked to the Goddess.

In many mythologies turtles are a symbol of creation, wisdom, longevity and protection.

During pre-dynastic times turtles were also held sacred in Egypt, especially in the southern region of Naqada where many other prehistorical Goddess artifacts have been discovered. Turtle bones, pottery and imagery have been abundantly found. Still showing their paleolithic roots turtle amulets were associated with healing, renewal and regeneration.

As Egypt entered the dynastic era and became increasingly patriarchal, the turtle became a symbol of the underworld – which originally was seen as the Womb of the Goddess, a place of renewal and rebirth, but eventually became a terrifying place full of monsters and dangerous animals.

The turtle was also associated with the Goddess in Greece. Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Fertility, who was born from the Sea and used to be known as the Mother Goddess Astarte in Phonoecia is often depicted with one foot on a turtle. Like Astarte, Aphrodite is also a Moon Goddess.

The other animal that Cancer was once represented by is the scarab or dung beetle.

In ancient Egypt the scarab dung beetle was sacred and symbolised resurrection and transformation. It was seen as a creature of immortality and was closely linked to Egyptian burial rites. This is due to the reproductive cycle resembling a process of rebirth.

The dung beetle spends a lot of time rolling balls of dung for food and laying eggs into. While the female digs an underground tunnel, the male rolls dung balls ready for the eggs. The female then lays one egg in each and leaves them underground for the babies to hatch and mature. Sustained by the dung they undergo all the stages from egg to adult insect while still underground and eventually after about 28 days emerge as fully grown scarab dung beetles.

It’s not surprising then that the ancient Egyptians believed that the dung beetle was a “creature of immortality” that went underground for one Moon cycle only to be reborn again thereafter. During those early days the Scarab was still a lunar animal and associated with the Goddess.

Again, as Egypt became more patriarchal and solar-based the scarab dung beetle became associated with the Sun, specifically the god Khepri who was said to push the Sun across the sky just like the Scarab beetle pushes the ball of dung. At some point, apparently, the Egyptians went as far as believing that the dung beetle was a purely male species who place their semen inside the dung to create the next generation!! However, whenever we come across a god that is linked to creation, transformation and / or rebirth and regeneration, we’re dealing with an ancient Goddess symbol that has quite literally been stolen from Her to be attributed to a male upstart.

Going back to the crab itself, although most likely not the original animal associated with the sign of Cancer, there are a couple of Goddess connections with it.

The first relates to the crab as a sea-spider. Many people have commented on the general shape of the crab, which definitely resembles that of a spider. And the spider, another “creature of immortality”, is most certainly linked to the Goddess. Like snakes so do spiders shed their entire skin, making it seem like they are continually reborn. Spiders are also often associated with wisdom and the creation of the universe as in the Hopi Goddess Spider Grandmother.

The other Goddess animal that the sign of Cancer is connected with is the bee. Amidst the constellation of the Crab there is a cluster consisting of about 400 stars. This group of stars that is embraced by the Crab is called the Beehive.

Bees are the ultimate representatives of a true matriarchy. The Queen Bee is their Mother Goddess who gives birth to all bees, both workers and drones. All worker bees, who are the producers of honey, the caretakers of the eggs, are females. The male drones have no task beyond the fertilisation of the Queen’s eggs.

Bees are inherently linked to the Goddess, especially Hera, the pre-Hellenic Mother Goddess of the Moon. Honey is often described as the ambrosia of the Goddess and symbolises richness and abundance.

Cancer’s Characteristics and Traits

Cancer is a very special sign, as it is ruled by the Moon Herself (although most of the planets represent what once were purely lunar attributes. See “The Planets” for more details). Cancerians are traditionally linked primarily to those aspects of the Goddess that are associated with the full moon, i.e. Her mothering aspect. While this is mostly true – although they also exibit the independent nature of the Maiden and the wise intuitive nature of the Crone – Cancer’s “mothering” does not refer to the watered down patriarchal interpretation of motherhood, but rather that within a matrifocal society:

Cancerians are caring and loving yet independent and strong-minded. They are gentle and sensitive yet fiercely protective over who and what they consider to be their own.

To my mind the best example of a typical Cancerian woman is actually a lioness. Both mother and huntress, she is an independent strong female who is soft and gentle with her cubs. Lionesses are exceedingly affectionate and loving mothers, who will protect their babies with incredible ferocity if threatened.

Cancerians are pretty much the same way, both with their human babies as well as any other creation of theirs. And there will be many of those! Cancerians are creative and original with minds of their own. They make great artists, actresses and designers. They have a superb brain for business and due to their natural ability to take the initiate are often successful entrepreneurs.

Cancerians are naturally wise women, who are in touch with their deepest intuitions and feelings and can easily empathise with those around. With their fantastic memories they often are the keepers of humanity’s past.

Although very people-oriented, Cancerians need to have a place they can call their own, a sanctuary of sorts, where they can focus inwards and recharge their batteries.

In summary Cancer women (and men) are:

– personal
– bonded strongly to family and friends
– warm-hearted
– devoted
– protective of who and what they love

– strong
– fierce at times

– emotional
– with deep feelings
– idealistic
– with a great sense of humour

– sensitive to others
– empathetic
– intuitive

– creative
– original
– unique
– initiatory
– driven
– adaptable
– dextrous
– crafty, as in “good at crafts”
– musical

– maternal
– nurturing
– caring
– responsible
– tenacious
– with great organisational skills
– self-determined

– cautious
– slow and deliberate
– with retentive memories
– drawn to the past
– sentimental
– collectors

– private
– in need of sanctuary, usu. the home, to relax and unwind

– drawn to water and especially the sea

Cancer is a cardinal Water sign that is ruled by Hera, the pre-hellenic Mother Goddess.

Due to its close connection to the Moon the sign is associated with white, silvery and pearly colours.

Within the body Cancer is linked to the breasts and the digestive system, esp. the stomach and the gall bladder.

Cancer qualities are most prominent when the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendant (Rising Sign) are in the sign of the Crab.

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