Goddess Power!

Every day begins with ritual. And yet, in these confused times our rituals have lost their wonder, their heart. Hygeia, Ceres, Vesta, we can honour the Goddesses in the simple rituals of awakening, washing, breaking fast and then, before we begin attending to our livelihood, we attend to the hearth, especially upon these cold winter mornings. I have heard people complain that these Goddesses are in the shadow of the Gods, are unequal and yet that is a choice each and every one of us makes, every day, to not honour them in the simple rituals of home and hearth. Some say that there was a Golden Age when the Goddesses held sway over human affairs, and perhaps that is true, but again, it is a choice for you, for each one of us, to whom we give respect. Every time you wash your face, eat bread, clean the fireplace, you have an opportunity to commune with a Goddess. Perhaps, if you are male, you might have opportunities to fight, to hammer metal and oil your weapons of war in case blood needs to be spilled with iron, and then you can honour Mars, but if those dynamics become part of your everyday rituals then you are not long for this world. The Goddesses, by the fact of their very existence in the simple, humble, homely rituals of every human day are with us with far greater frequency than the loud, bold Gods who are with us only when we need to make serious statements. Whose power then, is the greater? If the Goddesses are, for you, not honoured enough in the world, then do your part: honour them. Strike your match with a sense of wonder, clean the hearth – with love, real love, then you will invite the protection of Vesta. Bake your bread, and then break it with gratitude and Ceres will smile on you. Every moment is a communion, a ritual, an invitation to understand that the only reason that life is not more sacred and divine is because we do not recognise these opportunities. We want life to be big and bold, but where is the beauty and simplicity and humility in that? If every day were big and bold then we would have no choice but to become jet-setting playboys, dilettantes and femme-fatales, living for the rush of excitement, excess and danger, until, through aristocratic jading, even the rush becomes boring. It reflects our world though, through the green lens of envy, the red lens of lust and the black lens of despair, the addiction to control and power is the drug of the world whose antidote is the basin, the bread oven and the hearth.

Every day (I am learning), these are the habits of my life. I wake up, wash, eat breakfast, walk feisty Juno for a few miles along the field margins and hedgerows (Diana, Diana!), and then back home, to light the fire and begin my work, which is for me, with Moon/Vesta in the 6th more to do with duty and service than career and success. That’s okay, because when you have learned simplicity you realise its astonishing power. It is not the blood and thunder power of Mars and Jupiter, nor the judgmental power of Saturn who so frequently confuses ambition and status with responsibility and a Puritanical work-ethic, but rather it is the gentle, inwardly transforming power of the tides: rhythmic, soft, but irresistible, and which gradually erodes the tantrums of the ego.

Life calms. Forgiveness and acceptance replace anxiety and resentment. This is Goddess power; it is not flashy, there are no stages and spotlights but there is no audience either, and that is better because what is the performance when there is nobody to witness it? Gradually, you begin to make your own reality, in the satisfaction of quiet rituals, in cleaning and nourishing and serving, in giving to the world without expectation of reward and knowing that you are blessed and safe and loved.

Every moment of your life is metaphysical. Understand this and you have the key to your true power. You will be blessed, loved and valued, if you will only allow yourself to be, and it all begins with transforming drudgery into worship with a little reverence and wonder.

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18 comments on “Goddess Power!

  1. nray says:

    Oh, Jeremy, what a lovely and thoughtful piece. I relate to it very strongly. I’ve been feeling the goddesses very strongly these days. I wrote about Pallas yesterday and will try and post about Vesta today. I’ve been writing these in first person, something I’ve only recently started to do. It’s a bit scary doing that, but I am doing that.

    As always, thank you for sharing.

    Much love,
    Neeti

  2. libramoon says:

    I hope you don’t mind that I sent this post to the Seers and Seekers Yahoo group.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/seerseeker/

  3. Sabina says:

    I have Vesta on the MC but south node in Cancer 10th so although I have devoted much of my life to honouring the rituals of the goddesses, I feel strangely to do so for self alone.
    Thank you for this: I am becoming more and more a student of the goddesses in my chart. And wonderful image of Juno and Diana: the latter captured my imagination as a girl, though killing the stag still smarts somehow.
    Nice to hear from you again: hope all is well in your world.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Ohhh so timely to come across this… to be reminded of
    where my focus aught to be!!! Been finding myself feeling envious
    of others–comparing myself to others etc–both which are
    counter-productive! But I’m sure very Saturn Return-ish too! I
    really need to understand these asteroids more. I have Pallas
    conjunct my MC and Ceres conj Sun! These are the two I understand
    and identify with most… (that are listed above anyways!) :) Great
    post! Hope you are doing well! Elizabeth

  5. tony says:

    Insightful. I have just finished clearing mountains of
    assembled paperwork and came across an unread 19 page birth
    analysis sent to me over 10 years ago at the instigation of a
    friend. I have not read it yet, but will do now, but if you are
    ever passing and want to take it away to peruse as to verify its
    accuracy you are welcome to Dude! Love to you, Alice, Ted and
    family.

  6. Morvah says:

    Jeremy, thank you. At a domestic crossroads due to recent
    prolonged demolition of my 4th house Sun by Pluto, I am grateful
    for this beautiful gift. May your Goddesses smile on you and
    yours.

    • chirotic says:

      Thanks Morvah, Pluto-Sun is definitely going to leave you feeling Spartan: in good and bad ways I’m sure. The gift of course is that what you’re left with is what really matters. Jeremy

  7. AstroFix says:

    It’s funny, but I actually tend to rebel against the over ritual-ization of my life. It’s starts to feel too mechanical. Perhaps that is because Vesta conjoins my South Node, and Uranus opposes them. Or maybe it’s Aquarius on the 6th.

  8. Moominboy says:

    I just have house-moomins myself. I can’t see them but I know that they are lurking around ;)

  9. dragonfire says:

    As you know Jeremy, I tend to look at these things from a spiritual rather tha astrological point of view. However, it is a timely reminder of a simple principle. I talk to many who are on various stages of their life journeys, and am still surprised by those who discuss the different ways they approach their spiritual lives and their more earthly mundane lives (cleaning!!). The simple truth it seems to me is that those who make such a distinction have a long way to go down their path. One’s spiritual beliefs should never be isolated to some sort of academic theoretical concept. They only have value if lived and breathed through all of life and yes, of course, the fact that you are cleaning should not prevent sight if spritual truths. However, in the interests of balance, it is equally true that there are those who concern themselves so greatly with the meaning of the Cosmic All that they seem to forget that, just like the rest of us, they too need to clean the toilets once in a while.

    • chirotic says:

      I always love your comments Mark, they are a remarkable amalgamation of erudition, insight and humour. As you rightly intimate, balance is necessary!

    • charyl says:

      It was said by Donnavan in the 70’s in the Intergalatic Laxative that takes you from here to mars that even astronauts need to shit and pee.

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