Monday, January 22, 2007

Pagans at Greek Temple

Today, is the first of three times, this year, that Jupiter will square Uranus. (see entry for January 18). Jupiter is strong right now. It is traveling through Sagittarius, the sign that Jupiter rules. Jupiter entered Sag. on November 25, 2006 and will stay in that sign until December 19, 2007. One year of exalted Zeus! (Zeus is the Greek name for Jupiter.) Uranus is the planet of revolution. We can expect sudden changes as these two planets come into challenging contact. Today, my newspaper carried this short story: (from Associated Press)

An Unabashed Return to Greek Roots
A clutch of modern pagans honored Zeus at a 1,800-year-old temple in the heart of Athens on Sunday—the first known ceremony of its kind held there since the ancient Greek religion was outlawed by the Roman empire in the late 4th century. [I can attest to the fact that this is a big deal for the Greeks. I once traveled to Greece with Demetra George and a group of goddess-worshipping women. A security guard actually told us to stop singing on the Acropolis because “Greece is Christian, we do not worship the old gods here.”] …
The group [worshipping at the temple], which called on the Olympian Zeus (“King of the gods and the mover of things”) to bring peace to the world, ignored a ban by the Culture Ministry, which declared the site off limits to any kind of organized activity to protect the temple. But participants did not try to enter the temple, and no officials sought to stop the ceremony. “We are the Greeks and we demand from the government the right to use our temples, said high priestess Doreta Peppa.

And so it begins. What rights do we dare to claim for ourselves under this transit? Be bold! Jupiter, mover of things, is on the scene. Uranus, the darer of things, is joining in.

Way to go, Doreta! I wish you success.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

January New Moon

Let’s call this New Moon: Venus pays a visit to Neptune and Jupiter gets ready to ignite Uranus. The gods are busy. Every New Moon is time to reorient the self. It is the perfect time to set month-long intentions. This New Moon occurs in the grounded earth sign, Capricorn, but it feels like the real action is happening in our dreams. Venus is exactly conjunct dream-lord Neptune today at 18 degrees Aquarius. Venus invites and she is especially inviting Neptune to add his characteristic qualities of transcendence and idealism as well as addiction and illusion to our month. Sometimes a good night’s dream can make all the difference. What are you dreaming about? Well, if any of your dreams involve revolution, change, or authenticity, then Jupiter will probably light a fire under you when Jupiter (12 degrees Sagittarius) squares Uranus (12 degrees Pisces) on January 22. This is the first of the three times that these two planets will square off this year. If you have an emphasis of planets or important points in your chart that occur around 11 to 18 degrees of the mutable signs, you will especially feel the urge to change and create change in your world this year. Perhaps while Venus is visiting Neptune we can ask for a dream to help us through it all.