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We're in Taurus Now and Here's the Scoop on Your Archetype



The Archetype of the Earth Goddess

Earthy and sensual Taurus, ruled by incomparable Venus, with the mystical Moon as your exalted ruler. You are the embodiment of love and beauty and pleasure; the nurturing of the Earth and all its beings lies deep within your nature.


You will love to grow flowers and arrange them in lush profusion all over your house. If invited to dinner, you will come bearing flowers or cakes or freshly baked bread. Your vegetable garden is so full that you provide a cornucopia of offerings on your table and for the table of others. Your cellar or kitchen closet is jammed-packed with canned fruits and vegetables, and your freezer, too. If a friend is ill, you will be the first to volunteer to care for them, and you'll greet them with a long and warm full-body hug.


As a child you likely enjoyed little soft animals to care for, such as bunnies, puppies, or baby ducklings. You probably loved playing in the fields, rolling down hills with your friends, and picking wild-flowers to give to a childhood sweetheart. Playing on the muddy banks of rivers or lakes, digging into soil, forming images out of mud, building castles, watching things grow. Growing your own vegetable and flower garden. And you might have cared for a favorite doll, you as its loving mother.


You are likely to be curvaceous and even voluptuous in the same way as the countless goddess figurines found in archeological sites all over Europe.


Your sensual nature will lure you easily into physical love. You are seduced by objects of beauty, and will surround yourself with all manner of shapes, forms, textures, and colors—paintings, sculptures, rocks, shells, drift wood—that appeal to your aesthetic sensibilities. Your home will feel inviting and warm. Your kitchen will allure all who visit with smells of cooking aromas.

You are creative and deeply intuitive.


Gaia, a Greek deity, gave birth to the Earth. In the grand scheme of our earthly world, the Age of Taurus (about 4,000 B.C to 2,000 B.C.), was a matriarchal culture, a time of goddess worship. The golden calf was an object of Mother worship. 


After the Age of Taurus, at the beginning of the Age of Aries the Ram (Biblical times), an edict went out that Goddess devotees were prohibited from worshipping their primary goddess image--the Taurus bull. In those days and long after, we in the Western world left behind our connection to the Earth Goddess, and worship of God as woman.


But you cannot get rid of an archetype and so she lives forever with us, and emerging from her secondary position to take government roles, heads of charity roles, professors, doctors, lawyers, an abundance of women rising to offer nurturing to the world. Additionally, goddess-worshipping paganism has been in revival for many years.


Earth Goddess Demeter presides over the fertility of the earth, assuring that plants grow according to season, that the harvest is plentiful, and that people and animals are in love and coupling. She teaches humans how to sow and cultivate grains. Demeter nurtures the plants as they grow into maturity.


But, horror of horrors, Demeter's daughter Persephone gets abducted by Pluto/Hades. Demeter falls into despair and the earth goes dry. 


Needless to say, drastic measures had to be taken to raise Demeter out of her depression. A wise person invited Baubo to entertain Demeter. (Baubo is also known as the "female fool" and prominent in the Eleusinian mysteries.) Several goddess friends join the party to cheer up Demeter. The women and Baubo sit in a circle around Demeter, chatting and gossiping.


Baubo tells a bawdy joke that makes Demeter smile. The goddesses begin to dance around and around Demeter to the beat of lively drums and lyres. Baubo stops in front of Demeter, gives her a cheeky smile, and then throws her skirts over her head, revealing her nude self. Demeter falls into gales of laughter.


Now with her spirit restored, Demeter persuades her brother Zeus to convince Hades to release Persephone during planting, growing and harvest season. The rest of the time Persephone has decided she likes her new Underworld husband, and serves now is Queen of the Underworld. Earth Mother Demeter is happy once again, and with Persephone's help, makes sure the earth to flourish once again.

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Mercury All-Over-the-Place Retrograde. Who IS He Anyway?

Mercury with Caduceus.



No matter what sign you are, you have been most probably affected by the recent Mercury Retrograde, the effects of which are not entirely over until April 5.


These disruptions in your life can include anything from mechanical breakdowns (cars and computers) to miscommunications or disrupted communications. Sometimes if you start something during Mercury retrograde it will come right back at you, rather like a boomerang.


His wings on his feet seem to fail him when he is going in reverse. 


He rules Gemini and Virgo and if strong in your chart, he helps you excel in examining, researching, and sorting out details. You tend to carry on ad infinitum cataloguing, arranging, and figuring out why things are the way they are and how they fit into the scheme of things. You might love to study, from the most obscure of topics to the most mundane, anything that holds your interest. You might also be a healer. 


Who IS this Winged Messenger?


Hermes or Mercury (Roman version), is depicted carrying a magic wand given to him by Apollo. A Caduceus encircled with two intertwined snakes with two outspread wings at the top. Quicksilver Mercury, with his winged feet, flies around delivering messages. And sometimes he plays tricks (Mercury Retrograde anyone?). Even when moving direct, Mercury plays tricks. 


According to legend, when Hermes threw his staff at two fighting serpents the creatures stopped biting each other and wound themselves around his staff. And so his staff also became associated with peace.



A Connection to Kundalini Shakti.


Who'd have known that the Caduceus symbolizes the spinal column, the central channel for the flow of psychic force or nerve energy, which brings to life to the entire body. . .In the Indian (Hindu) system the snake or Kundalini lies coiled at the base of the spine and when awakened rises upwards along the spinal column. A person with an awakened Kundalini becomes wise and is one with the universe. The places where the snakes cross on the Caduceus represent the spinal energy centers, the same as the chakras.


Mercury will be close at hand if you are a healer who works with energy fields. Or you teach or practice a style of yoga that focuses on the energy centers or chakras. To meditate well, you consciously or unconsciously harness the energy fields of the body and connect them to the outer realms.


The power of oratory or singing comes from the magic of connecting with all the nerve centers, and moving the energy up the spine to your throat, the center of communication.  If you are a high public official you will draw upon the powers of the nerve centers popularize ways to benefit the world.


If you are operating on the highest levels you draw on the power of the Caduceus of Mercury as well as his enchanting skill with communication.


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The Archetype of the Virgin Warrior



 Don't worry! You can be married or partnered and still fall into the archetype of the virgin warrior. Often partnership might come along later in life, and of course there can be love affairs along the way. The essence of the archetype lies in a quality much deeper than the obvious.  As you read along you might be surprised to find yourself suddenly exposed. Or perhaps you already know it. Perhaps you recognize your forthright and impeccable drive to make a difference.


My definition of virgin refers to impeccability, a tendency towards crystal clarity in approach to a task or to life itself. The warrior part of my definition is the energetic one-pointed focus towards accomplishing a goal or ideal. The virgin warrior archetype is the alchemical outcome of these two qualities—with far-seeing precision and charismatic zest she strives to make a difference in the world.


To identify the classical patterns in yourself and others, you might find clues in childhood, perhaps with fantasies of being Lady Marion in the Robin Hood legends. Or even pretending to be Robin Hood himself. Perhaps you loved climbing trees, playing at wild horses, running through the woods imagining yourself as a hero or heroine bringing a villain to justice.


As a small child I was let to run freely in the woods at our mountain cabin. I'd spend hours searching for wolf prints on the trails in the forest and imagining myself as a friend to the wolves. In pre-teen years my friends and I galloped our horses across the grassy hills and explored along creeks and canyons. Perhaps playing an ancient drum for a women's ceremony might appeal. The tom boy or eternal girl (puella eterna) might also describe an aspect of the virgin warrior.


I began to identify, and then to understand the archetype of the virgin warrior while watching Richard Wagner's four Ring Cycle operas "The Nibelung's Ring." [i] In fact I was stunned. Suddenly I found myself there in the character of the lithe and graceful Valkyrie Brunnhilde, the god Wotan's eldest daughter, born of Earth Goddess Erda. The virgin warrior lives deeply within what C. G. Jung calls the collective unconscious, and for this reason many women will find her active in their lives at one time or another, or at least recognize the qualities as soon as they are revealed.


From an astrological perspective, those of you who live with a prominent virgin warrior archetype are likely to find Aries, Mars, and Virgo featured in your chart.


Aries, the first sign in the zodiac, a cardinal fire sign ruled by spicy Mars. Often known as the adolescent of the zodiac, you are willing to go off on adventures and invite excitement into your life, often with little forethought. Given that the head rules Aries, with the image of the butting Ram you can tend to be head-strong and argumentative. You have a clear-cut sense of right and wrong, no questions asked. With all of these firm, yet potentially annoying qualities, we are attracted to your Aries' magnetic spunk and warm personality, your overflowing joy of life, and your willingness to explore the unknown without fear of consequences. You might be athletic or enjoy dancing, especially a dance with a strong beat. You are usually strong and graceful. As with most Aries people you will display a definite sense of purpose. A nobility of spirit pervades your personality


Mars. Since Mars is known as the god of war, you might jump to the conclusion that a battlefield and contentious nature alone defines you. To a certain degree such a delineation is warranted, as most of you with a vibrant Mars energy might tend to find yourselves in verbal and even physical fights. Yet upon examination there is more to delve into than a mere combative nature. You can usually be depended upon to accomplish just about any mission. Even mission impossible! You will have a determined sense of purpose and strive for it with gusto. When you shoot your arrow at the target, you hit the bullseye nearly every time. You are unstoppable. You will go about work, no matter what kind of job, with an enthusiastic let's-get-it-done attitude, even when the task might be as humble as restocking the fruit and vegetable section of a supermarket. The highest nature of Mars is your ability to zero in and get to the core of an issue or task or concern in any area of life—archeological dig, research project, or baffling crime.


Virgo, an Earth sign with the winged messenger Mercury as ruler, excels at organization, planning, and sorting out details. Fleet-footed Mercury assures that you are the quintessential communicator. The kind of writing or speaking we might expect from you will be colored by the position of Mercury in your birth chart. On the downside, if you are too focused on detail you sometimes overlook the larger picture, ending up with the proverbial problem of missing the forest for the trees. You love to be useful and to help your fellow humans, and you serve others with graciousness and humility. Virgos are concerned with their own health and that of others. You might even end up in the healing arts. The truth is, because of your investigative and analytical mind you will be accomplished in whatever occupation you choose.


The symbol of the virgin lets us know that the Virgo part of the virgin warrior's personality can be complicated, and sometimes confusing, because you might harbor a secret (or overt) wish to be a nun, and at the same time you yearn to be in loving partnership. Vestal Virgins in Greek mythology lend depth and breadth to understanding the meaning of the virgin image. These ancient Greek virgins beginning at the early age of 12 took vows of chastity and kept the temples lamps lit and guarded the sacred space. The Greek historian Herodotus observed in goddess temples in Babylonia that some priestesses served as sacred prostitutes to help a man in need of guidance to commune with the goddess, to find answers to life's mysteries. Sexual union with these priestesses was not for personal love or lust, but for divine love.


Brunnhilde. A brief look at her story sheds further light on the Virgin Warrior Archetype and its Mars, Aries, Virgo combination. Imagine the curtains have opened on a stage designed with a craggy mountain ledge. Dressed in Valkyrie armor, carrying her shield and spear, the god Wotan's daughter Brunnhilde bounds onto the scene with fiery Aries/Mars energy. She bellows her battle cry, "Heyo ho! Heyo ho!" She's very much a teenage Aries-type tom boy, and in her beauty she typifies Virgo. She is devoted to her father and to her task as Valkyrie. She discharges her tasks impeccably, as any Virgo would. Using her special Valkyrie magic spell she insures the outcome of who lives and who dies in battle. (That's what the Valkyries do, in addition to serving mead in Valhalla.) One day when Wotan commands Brunnhilde to assure that a certain favorite warrior die in a duel, Brunnhilde knows her father is wrong. While she has previously followed her father's orders with Virgo precision, she suddenly and intuitively decides to listen to her inner guidance. With virgin warrior clarity and determination she refuses to obey Wotan's command.


A big lot of trouble follows, including the downfall of Valhalla and all the Norse gods, in the "Twilight of the Gods." When one age dies, another is reborn. So it will be that when today's virgin warriors are compelled to break with authoritarian norms, there are bound to be challenges.


For the virgin warrior archetype the battle is more a metaphor than actual, more of an energy, a thrilling and purposeful enthusiasm towards fulfilling a sense of destiny. Your impeccable and clear-sighted Virgo/Mercury nature, combined with fiery and focused Aries/Mars will serve you in your desire to make a difference in the world, small or large. In this time when women with feminine grace and love are becoming more assertive, and with a visible presence in all fields. With women's voices being expressed in great numbers all over the world, their input respected in high places, their powerful presence as spiritual leaders, perhaps it's time to take notice of the archetype of the virgin warrior.


In what ways does she live within you? How can you keep watch over the sacred fire in the temple of your life? How can you offer your inborn gifts, impeccably, in large and small ways every day? I have heard that to make a difference in the world, all we need do is to light our one candle and step forward.



[i] "The Nibelung's Ring" by Richard Wagner: Deustche Grammaphon DVD recording of 1990 Metropolitan Opera live performance, NY.

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New Moon in Aquarius

A big line-up in humanitarian Aquarius on this New Moon--the dazzling Sun with the nurturing Moon, fleet-footed Mercury, and Dark Moon Lilith. All these planets together in such close connection signal unique contacts with friends and associations, and ingenious ideas for change. If this line-up is strong in your chart, you might even write an article  or give a speech about the necessity for a profoundly inovative way to affect new ways of approaching life and making a difference. And, making a difference in small ways, if everyone does it, can bring about enormous change.


Our Lady the Dark Moon Lilith is in the mix of Aquarius planets (and you don't ever want to mess with her, or with anyone who reprents her). She's powerful and like Goddess Kali, will do all she can to cut away all the nonsense and the ego-involvements that interfere with clear and clean outcomes. 


Usually I'm not deep into politics, but last night Stacy Abrams gave one of the most inspiring talks I've heard in a long time. Her response to the State of the Union. To me her speech was the embodiment of this Aquarius line-up--her vision, her compassion, her  belief in the goodness of human nature, and her no-nonsense and cut to the chace words. 


Stacy Abrams began her speech by telling a story of how her family had only one car. On a stormy night they went to pick up her father who was walking home from work. He got into the car, soaking wet and chilled to the bone. Stacy's mother asked, "Where is your coat!?" He said, "I gave it to a homeless man." Stacy asked why. He responsed, "Because I knew you were coming for me and I knew no one was coming for him."


This is the age of Aquarius. 


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Let's Start Here

Newgrange, Ireland


Introduction to an archetypal view on astrology.


You find yourself wandering into an astrology wheel, meandering around from sign to sign, discovering stories there, stories written in ancient stones like petroglyphs, mysterious and compelling.


You find suns and moons and people and spirals, all etched into the stones. You close your eyes and sense an energy of those eons ago, with sacred fires burning, white-robed priests and priestesses chanting, tall ethereal spirit beings appearing from behind trees. A woman in a thatched hut deep in the forest diagnosing and healing wounds of flesh and emotion. A king who has lost his way while longing to seek counsel from the wise ones.


Etched in stones, you'll find spiral designs from ancient cultures all over the world.


We might decide these spirals are the astrology wheels filled with a layered plot indicating your destiny, a labyrinthine pathway to a spiritual discovery or even a pot of gold promised.


All the while you let  both knowledge and intuition guide you. The art of allowing insight to lead you on a journey into your zodiacal wheel. The art of allowing the astrological details—details passed down over centuries—to color your pathway. The art of plying the building blocks that form the foundation upon which you expand and illuminate your own life through story and archetype.


It's a never-ending maze of discovery and vision.



Stay tuned for continuing entries



Ⓒ Savitri Bess, 2019 (you will need written permission to copy entries from "Zodiac Blog") 

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Critter in Moss Coat

You're walking along, and there at your feet is a little critter, alive in the wood, with moss coat, emerging from its cave. Does it have two heads and one central horn, or is a moving picture, head to the right leaving its shadow on the left? They can do and be whatever they wish, invisible to most eyes to see, living there, in this case, right on the trail, in a gnarly twisting curling piece of wood. 

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Who Lives in This House?

Since I just arrived from Ireland where a farmer used to tell me about all the leprachauns he sees in the early morning hours, or late at night, dancing on the hill, the little ones with green jackets and red hats, I imagined a faery living in this tree here in Maine, in Acadia National Park. Why not? My friend Danny, who has a rath (hill fort) and a dolmen (tomb) right on his property in County Wexford, says that some leprachauns have picked up and landed in all manner of places outside of Ireland.

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The Case of the Turquoise Oar

Row row row your boat....whoops....well.....if your oar is stuck in a pond just carry on as no matter what you do or say, the truth is .....merrily merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream.

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Log Being

In Ireland I met many stone beings and now in Maine I'm meeting log beings. In the deep silence of the sea, behind the sound of waves, beyond the rush of the stream in the deep forest--all--lies the land of Nod. And I say the land of Nod is the land of inner Knowing.

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Remember an ancient song

Come, join my on-line class, "Inner Joy Journey: A Magical Quest"

Remember your forgotten song:

The notes are nothing. Yet you have kept them with you, not for themselves, but as a soft reminder of what would make you weep if you remembered how dear it was to know that nothing in the world you learned is half so dear as this. Listen, and see if you remember an ancient song you knew so long ago and held more dear than any melody you taught yourself to cherish since. --ACIM Read More 

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