In addition to the Chiron-Eclipse opposition yesterday, we also experienced a powerful Grand Mutable Cross involving Isis (19 Virgo), Amor (20 Pisces) and Ixion (21 Sagittarius), Chaos & Hephaistos (21 Gemini). As so much has been said of Virgo energies as of late, I’d like to focus on this lesser-explored dynamic.
Grand Mutable Crosses bring with them the challenge of resilience and adaptability – they ask us if we’re able to roll with the punches and make adjustments as need be. That was very much my experience yesterday.
I was planning to write a post on the Eclipse, but throughout the day, I had to manage a balance between doing spiritual work, going on an abrupt pilgrimage someplace, performing acts of service and maintaining a level of self-nurture through trying circumstances (very Virgo-an). I woke up in the middle of the night, fueled by the need to write on the Virgin archetype – and this words flashed in my mind as I was waking up – Venus (a personal message for myself) & Ixion (a collective placement)! I had no inkling why until I had the choice to ground out, center myself and actually look at the star alignments for the Eclipse just past. We’ll get to what it all means.
Sometimes the Universe has a different idea for the work you’re meant to be doing at a given time. I find it’s just best to go with the flow.
The Sun and Moon conjunction in Virgo essentially asked us to honor our powers of discernment, and to understand how we are all essentially Vessels of Service. The strength of Virgo lies in its ability to be of the Earth, and to maintain a certain earthly humility despite its spiritual gifts and prowess. Other themes that would have been highlighted include our conceptions surrounding priestessing, parthenogenesis and the Womb. That was what I was wrote/channeled through at 2 am last night, half-asleep – you can read about it here: The Virgin Goddess. The Virgin Sacrifice. The Vestal Virgin
Chiron opposed the Sun/Moon conjunction and essentially asked us to – equally – surrender. Despite the power of the Virgin, at times we were simply told to turn the other cheek. To experience the vulnerability that comes with letting your guard down – and equally – to know when to put it back up. There are moments in which Spirit works through us best when we simply open ourselves, and others when we draw a line past which certain energies are not granted access.
At times – for those of us who serve as Priestesses or in a similar spiritual vocation, our willingness to surrender and take on the pain of others is used to perpetuate energy dynamics that are in themselves, unbalanced. For instance, when you meet a person who is not willing to do their inner-work and constantly seeks some external intervention or ‘help’. The former may appear child-like, somehow immature or undeveloped in constant need of a wiser, older guide. Whilst that can feed an ego that desires to be needed, it becomes counterproductive in the long run. Knowing when to to walk away and send love from a distance or to pitch in/step in/take on the burden of another is where the discretion of Virgo comes in.
It’s a fairly complex opposition of energy, and one that would have echoed strongly with most people doing any kind of spiritual work or vocation.
But what struck me just now as I was called to (finally) look at the charts, was the Grand Mutable Cross woven into the Eclipse-Chiron opposition, to which we now turn.
Isis (19 Virgo) conjuncted the Eclipse. We saw the hand of the bounteous Egyptian Mother Goddess guiding us all to find the parts of ourselves connected to the vibration of Nurturing, Protection, Guidance and Security. You may have connected it through different archetypes of deity, depending upon your path.
Amor (20 Pisces) conjuncted Chiron. We were encouraged, through the act of surrender and ‘turning the other cheek’ of discovering Unconditional Love in its most pervasive, ephemeral form. Note that this has nothing to do with the vibration of victim-hood or codependency that can be read into this – but it comes from a place where you surrender without expectation of any kind.
Chaos & Hephaistos (21 Gemini). Chaos refers to the Void from which all things emerge. You can think of it as the mystery of the Abyss, in which life somehow thrives, the black holes at the hearts of galaxies, or even the dark womb through which we all (in one way or another), emerge. Hephaistos refers to the act of self-redemption, the forgiveness of betrayal and the ability to find worth in a self that has been rejected by others. In Gemini, we see these sudden emergences that require forgiveness, acceptance, or the re-discovery of self worth come through siblings, issues in the immediate environment, issues from early childhood, thought-forms, perceptions and ways of seeing/expressing the self to others.
Ixion (21 Sagittarius). This was one of the aspects I dreamt of at 2 am last night. Ixion represents the tyrannical abuse of power, in ways that seek to deny the individual worth of others. This can arise in issues pertaining to citizenship/visa/immigration matters, foreign travels, ideas within belief systems, philosophies, etc and connections with guru, mentor, preacher, Hierophant-like figures.
For me, all this simply lit up the Grand Mutable Cross that was already in my natal chart, sitting within the Mutable Houses. I saw each element listed above present itself through a series of unexpected events requiring my attention. So much of these lessons connect with different aspects of the Spiritual Journey – be it of seeking, teaching, preserving or sacrificing. It was quite a powerful day indeed.
Let’s not forget that all of this energy, woven into the Eclipse-Chiron opposition was already inconjunct Uranus (19 Aries). Those with placements near 19 Scorpio would have experienced this as an almighty Yod or Finger of Fate, with its apex at Uranus. An alternate yod placement arises at 19 Aquarius. Damocles was close by at 21 Aquarius, making the apex of the Yod the Eclipse itself. That would have brought many of us to a critical decision points that either asked up to rescind or accept fully a certain ideal in our paths. Such choices prepare us to accept greater responsibilities in our lives, or to realize that certain ideals may exceed our capabilities.
Taking all of this together, what we do see is the immensity of the Eclipse just past and its Energetic challenges. I hope this explanation of the Grand Mutable Cross woven into the skies last night (it persists, but without the Eclipse in full force) will help you better chart your spiritual pathways.
Blessings and Love,
Post and Image © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, ‘Waves’, 2015