Blessings to all. We see in the skies a powerful, intricate, celestial dance played out between different channels of Feminine energy (Ceres, Vesta, Venus, Diana, Salacia) and the Stalker-Hunter, Thereus. For some it will be a graceful Victorian affair and for others it will be the primal, tribal ritualistic war-dance that says: HERE I AM. DO NOT CROSS THIS LINE.
Before we go further, I want to say that this piece may trigger those who are sensitive to images / allusions towards violent, invasive acts. If you do not want the details, head straight for the conclusion.
Also, whilst I use the words Masculine/Feminine or He/She – please bear in mind that these are archetypes. They can occur and present themselves in anyone irrespective of race, gender, sexuality, and so on. Thereus will not always manifest through a man, the Goddess/Feminine channels will not always manifest through a woman.
Let´s start with Thereus.
Thereus is the hunter-stalker who seeks his prey and watches them till he is ready to pounce. He is the voyeur, that distinct sense of being watched by an unseen watcher. Consent does not exist in his vocabulary. As per mythology, Thereus would stalk the cave of bears and, when he chose to, would suddenly rush in with his club, bash them on the heads and drag them out kicking and screaming.
I used to find this the single most difficult energy to shift but have found ways to help myself and my clients face the threat and the nameless terror that is Thereus.
Often I come across this as the place where one either feels a profound sense of victimization or (having internalized the opposite) may instead wear the badge of the victim, browbeating their state of victimhood into you (all bully-like) without even realizing they are doing it.
Dealing with this energy takes incredible mental resilience and the willingness to see a self in the mirror that one does not wish to acknowledge.
Depending on house position and sign, Thereus can also signify ancestral attachments and/or forms spiritual predation or entrapment. Sometimes the individual is aware of the trap / dynamic – and other times – it is masked from their consciousness by strong mechanism of denial. The latter is usually where the covert bully expresses itself through the mask of the victim.
I have also noted this asteroid highlighted in the astrological charts of cities under terrorist attack. The Paris bombings being one of them. A hidden threat, a nameless terror, victimization. The pattern fits.
Thereus entered 29 Cancer on 12/13 October, 2016. He goes through a retrograde phase and only leaves Cancer in July 2017. There will be an intense focus on identifying the hidden processes of internalizing, externalizing the archetypes of victim, bully and so on – as passed through the ancestral line. We process this more so at the intuitive and emotional level, evoking the many faces of the Feminine. It is a time to turn out the skeletons in the family closet – and then give it a good dusting.
I noticed this saw this earlier today (wondering that was about at first, but no surprise after seeing the sky-charts today) as I saw a flash of Red (Tribal, Root Chakra) energy move from one of the women in my family to another. Let´s just say it wasn´t a very happy energy and carried with it great resentment. We also ended up talking about some very old familial dynamics, slowly bringing out the roots of the energy and how it passed through the generations, albeit not in those terms. Hopefully working towards a shift 🙂
I can also see why my thoughts have turned to Dhumavati Ma, the Crone-Goddess of Formlessness, Smoke and Detachment, The Rider of the Crow. See this article for further information: www.elephantjournal.com/…/dhum-dhum-dhumavati-the-formless-…. Some of you may find her deeply resonant at this time.
Thereus makes the following key aspects – all at that intensely karmic 29th degree with various Feminine bodies in the skies:
(1) conjuncts Vesta (The Priestess, The Sacred Flame of the Hearth) at 29 Cancer
This brings out the question of service, care-taking, nurturing, domesticity – and who sacrifices what (and how much) for the home and hearth.
(2) squares Ceres (The Mother-Nurturer, The Bringer of Abundance) at 29 Aries
This is the question of how we best nurture the self or offer that nurturance to others – or even where we may not be giving/receiving that energy in balance. Questions of parent-child boundaries arise.
Remember: Mother and (S)mother are just a letter apart!
(3) trines Venus (Feminine/ Material / Embodiment) and Diana (The Protectoress-Huntress, Goddess of the Moon) at 29 Scorpio
This is the opportunity to break out of relationship dynamics that seek to subjugate the Feminine (in men, women, those of a different gender). Call upon Diana to give you the strength to say No, if required – or to protect another from the same should they desire it.
In so doing, we reassert our boundaries and regenerate our own power from within.
(4) trines Salacia (The Sexual – and – Slandered Feminine in Search of her Sovereignty) at 29 Pisces
This energy surrounds the theme of sexual abuse and the scandals created in its wake, often with the finger of judgement pointed at the unwilling participant in the whole thing. It may or may not refer to experiences in this life, but to prior ones as well. It often (but not always) involves a public scandal / spectacle.
So you may ask – why is this so prominent Now?
All of this is activated very very powerfully by Venus´ impending shift into Sagittarius and Vesta´s shift into Leo. Venus will leave Scorpio within the next day (October 17/18) and Vesta will follow suit, leaving Cancer, within the next three days (October 19/20). So we will be seeing this theme come up in POWERFUL ways.
As I said at the beginning, for some you this will be a gentle dance. Where the Goddesses encircle the Hunter and bring Him to Awareness – at the very least – of the fact that Thereus´ actions will not go unnoticed.
We cannot hold ourselves responsible for the actions of others, only for how we choose to respond to them. And there will be a response.
For others – it will be an all out psychic battle. Or somewhere in between.
I have been working with several stones today, some of which may be of use to you. I´m summarizing the stones´properties and using key phrases from The Book of Stones by R. Simmons and N. Ahsian has an excellent entry on this, and many many other gemstones – highly recommend it! :
Charoite – Psychic protection and purification (even in dream-states), the revelation of one´s own issues that are in need of healing, understanding the path of one´s service (and what isn´t), energetic mirroring, recognizing sychronicities
(I find that my pieces of Charoite need to go back to the waters / earth when I have completed a key journey with each. Just the way it happens for me. )
Larimar – Connection with Goddess energies, deep release of old emotional patterns, clarity and gentleness in the communication of boundaries, throat chakra release
Angel Aura Quartz – creating a bridge and integrating the various energetic and subtle bodies of the self in a way, energetic protection and purification of inner space
You may find other stones useful – as what works for the individual comes down to the individual. But this is a pretty high frequency cocktail. Check into see what your energy-body can and wants to handle.
There are many ways this can play out – but it´s clear that the Feminine in her various forms (Maiden, Mother, Crone, Child, Formless States) engages powerfully with Thereus and his games of stalking, bullying, victimization and so on.
I don´t cuss much unless I feel it´s totally justified. But when I see Thereus and the games he plays with people and their family lines… the word ´bastard´ comes to mind. I´m sure that response will shift with time. It was certainly a lot more intense in the recent past.
A word to the wise, just before I finish this piece. I´m leaving interpretations fairly open ended as it can come in so many different ways.
Sometimes the bullies don´t use violence to get you to do what they want. Sometimes it´s emotional coercion that plays off your own empathic reserves. That says – you have to love me, save me, heal me … or you´re a bad person.
It´s a different take on the energy, but one I found myself thinking about earlier today.
What is love .. and healing … may be the choice to disengage, walk away, or simply say NO – to that energy and its coercive demands.
Sometimes it´s about realizing that Salvation, of any kind, lies within. Others can help along the way, but if you want to know who your saviour is – look in the mirror!
Expecting another to do the work for you and guilt-tripping them into it … isn´t exactly cool.
(Thereus, I hope you´re taking notes! )
I suspect this will play out heavily through romantic/business or other significant relationships owing to Venus´shift. Remember that Vesta is also present, conjunct Thereus, preparing to let go of that dynamic – should you allow her to – this time situated in the domestic, familial, maternal sphere.
The Charoite-Larimar-Angel Aura Quartz Combination helps beautifully with that.
It´s been quite an intense day of meditations, shifts and realizations in deep emotional waters. Now the head catches up and says : Aha … so that was what happened….
Summing it up …
Pay attention to your thoughts, instincts, emotions and dreams. And process them in the way you see fit. If you feel old fears, feelings of being trapped, etc. coming out – find the tools or facilitators or space that you need to wave them goodbye. You may find this synonymous with the transmuting of old ancestral dynamics – or simply saying – right …
I don´t feel afraid anymore.
Going to get on with my life now.
Bye Bye Bogeyman.
And watch the waves of release unfold.
Blessings and Love to All (even Thereus)
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