Although the constellation of Virgo begins at the Leo / Virgo cusp, it extends into the first half of the sidereal sign of Libra. In our current rendering, the Virgin lies supine with her head at the beginning of Virgo—with Super Galactic Centre just above—the spiritual center in which our galaxy nests. The Virgin's base chakra (Spica, Alpha Virgo) marks the end of the sign of Virgo, while the Virgin's legs extend well into Libra, with her feet marking the center (15-17°) of sidereal Libra.
The sidereal signs (not tropical signs) are shown in the above illustration.
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The two primary stars of Libra, (Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali), in modern illustrations, form the balance or scales of Libra. They respectively lie at 20 degrees and 24 degrees sidereal Libra. These two stars are also the "Chelae of the Scorpion," (what their names mean) extending from the other direction, from the sign of Scorpio, back into Libra. These two stars are the karmic and dharmic seats for the incarnating soul. They form a triangle with Dschuba, the Head of the Scorpion.
The names Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali were given to these stars before Libra was made into a constellation separate from Scorpio. Zubenelgenubi is from the Arabic "al-zuban al-janubiyy", which means "southern claw." Zubeneschamali is from the Arabic "al-zuban al-samaliyyah," which means "northern claw."
Johannes Kepler wood carving showing Ophiuchus standing on the Scorpion with
Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali as the claws of the Scorpion.
From Johannes Kepler 'De Stella Nova' (Prague, 1606).
Courtesy of the Archives, California Institute of Technology. Text overlay is mine.
Ophiuchus stands upon the Scorpion, which swings quite south of the ecliptic under Ophiuchus. Antares, heart of the Scorpion, defines the center of the sidereal sign of Scorpio, which embodies the essence of the Scorpio constellation. Because Ophiuchus actually crosses the ecliptic, it is the thirteenth ecliptical constellation, but it lies in the sidereal sign of Scorpio.
In Greek myth, Aesculapius, the mediciner of the ship Argo, is also imaged as Ophiuchus, knowledgeable of advanced healing processes beyond the cycle of life and death. The Christian resurrected Jesus (Jeshu) also articulates the theme of Ophiuchus. In our stellar image, Ophiuchus stands with the serpent (Serpentis) coiled around his body and held in his hands. The neck and head of the serpent reach toward the Northern Crown (Corona Borealis), which lies above the scales of Libra / the Chelae (claws) of the Scorpion. The neck (Unukalhai and associated stars) and head of the snake reaching for the Northern Crown articulate the essence and wisdom of living true to soul. This articulates the transition from seeing one's self as being entrapped in their life experiences as a victim to becoming responsible for creating their reality and choosing to step from the entrapments of the past.
The entire image of Ophiuchus standing upon the scorpion with this magnificent snake reaching for the North Crown represents the goal of claiming our self-mastery and attaining our evolutionary fulfillment out of the karmic-dharmic duality-based reincarnational process of growth—out of the perpetuated patterns of growth we had become entrapped in. This is to become ascended in vibration, an illumined being free from perpetuated entrapment. Having claimed the wisdom the serpent has to offer, this is literally the illumination of the DNA, the urn of the soul. Hence why the astronomical symbol of Ophiuchus is the caduceus, the entwined double serpent upon a staff—the double helix of the DNA. Ophiuchus and the sidereal sign of Scorpio are associated with the education regarding the use of the creative forces of life and our personal creative power.
The image here in Virgo and Libra is of the Virgin giving birth into the Chelae of the Scorpion. It articulates the birthing of the soul into the reincarnational process of soul growth. This mythical articulation was destroyed in recent (Chaldaean / Roman) times, as the Scorpion's Chelae were changed to the scales of Libra, and then with the advent of sign-based astrology, the Virgin's legs and the chelae had both been severed from our stellar mythos, and so, too, its profound significance. The embracing astronomical image, and the individual star themes creating the qualities of sidereal Virgo and Libra (presented below), articulate the truth about the reincarnational process and the opportunity to attain evolutionary freedom from perpetual reincarnational entrapment in the Clutches of the Scorpion.
M100 Spiral Galaxy in the Virgo Cluster. Image Credit: Hubble, NASA and STScI - The Virgo Cluster has about 2000 member galaxies, in which our Local Supercluster (also called Virgo or Coma-Virgo Supercluster) resides.
A bit north and over the head of the Virgin is Super Galactic Center. Further north is the Coma Cluster of galaxies in Coma Berenices, and also our North Galactic Pole. Coma Berenices (Berenice's hair) stands alone in this area of the heavens, slightly north of and over early sidereal Virgo. The stars forming Coma Berenices are not necessarily connected to any surrounding constellations other than being associated with Virgo. This makes sense when we realize that the North Galactic Pole (NGP) resides in Coma (~5° sidereal Virgo), and our Super Galactic Center (SGC) of the Virgo Cluster lies slightly south, between the stars of Coma and Virgo (~7° sidereal Virgo). Coma Berenices is a recent name, but Diadem, the Alpha Star of Coma, which means crown, articulates the essence of this grouping of stars, referring to a crown or rose wreath over the head of the Virgin, which is fitting to our Super Galactic Center, and which embodies the Divine Mother principle and the spiritual channel or corridor of our local galactic space—hence the Crown or Wreath of the Virgin.
Our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is a whirling disc composed of hundreds of billions of stars, of which our sun is one, spinning around a dense and massive bulge of stars called the Galactic Nucleus or Galactic Centre. Our galaxy is one of about 30 galaxies comprising a cluster of galaxies called our "Local Group." Only one of these, the Andromeda galaxy, is close to the size of the Milky Way. The galaxies in our Local Group gently revolve around each other much like organisms floating in a protective embryonic fluid.
Our Local Group is merely one galactic cluster of many that comprise yet a large group called our "Local Super Cluster," which has about 5,000 member galaxies and is roughly 100 million light-years across. All of these embryonic clusters, harboring many evolving galaxies and forms of life, are like protective cocoons floating within the care of our Local Super Cluster.
The Virgo Cluster, one of the larger members of the Super Cluster, a highly non-uniform galaxy cluster, and the closest to us, is comprised of many hundreds of galaxies, ranging from giant and massive elliptical galaxies and spirals like our Milky Way, to dwarf galaxies, hundreds of times smaller. "Sub-clusters of galaxies" are seen to be forming around the major galaxies in the Virgo Cluster, which have yet to coalesce into new galaxy clusters of their own, revealing the continuing creative birthing process at a galactic magnitude.
The Temple of Isis in Philae, Egypt. Image by Gilles Renault.
The Virgo Cluster lies at the center of our Local Super Cluster. "Super Galactic Centre" (SGC) is a term that refers to a point in the Virgo Cluster that marks the centre of our entire Super Cluster. The supergiant galaxy M87 in the Coma-Virgo Cluster is believed to lie very close to the Super Galactic Centre. M87 has a halo extending out to at least 65 kpc (more than 200,000 light-years), which is more than twice the size of our own galaxy. Our galaxy, nested in our Local Group, lies about 50 million light years from the Super Galactic Centre in the Coma-Virgo Cluster.
Predating our current rendering of a supine Virgin, the Virgin was shown standing, only occupying sidereal Virgo, not Libra as well, with Spica being an ear or sheaf of wheat held in her right hand. In Egypt, this was Isis (a Greek derivation of the Egyptian hieroglyphics), also with a sheaf of wheat, and sometimes holding the infant Horus, which later became the image of the Christian Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus. Isis embodied the principles of a Virgin (a pure vessel) and that of a Mother (to give birth), not a Virgin-Mother. Isis embodied the capacity to birth an awakened fully soul-aware being, and to care for and ensure souls' expression into their highest potential. Isis / Virgo embodies the exalted feminine principle, and all facets of this principle including the unconditional caring for all life, including the animal kingdom and the Earth (ecology, agriculture, etc).
In Sumerian literature and predating the Egyptian rendering of Isis, this was Inanna, Queen of Heaven, which then became the Babylonian Ishtar (I.Star). The rosette is the emblem of Inanna, hence Virgo is the Rose of the World—symbol of life and the unconditional love for all life, as well of the cycle of death and rebirth, the soul's rise to heaven and return to Earth.
The Sumerians, a highly advance culture, arrived (or re-emerged) along with their unique cuniform-based written language on Earth about 6000 years ago (Circa 4000 B.C.), at the time of the collapsed Precessional Cross. This was when the vernal axis aligned with the galactic equatorial axis, with the North Celestial Pole at 5° sidereal Virgo—the half-way point in Earth's Precessional Cycle also the mid-point in the temporal half of Earth's Precessional Cycle. This was when receding waters were exposing the fertile lands of the Euphrates and Tigris river basins. Here the Sumerians developed advanced systems of irrigation and agriculture, and lavish cities with ethical laws.
Libra was also illustrated as another personification, known as the Balance Holder; also an upright figure holding the scales of Libra. In Egyptian myth, this was Ma'at, who would weigh the human heart / soul at the time of death, with the soul in one scale and an ostrich feather (feather of Truth) in the other. If the heart / soul was heavier than the feather, the soul would need to reincarnate—needing to release its excess weight, or karma—the need to balance its incarnational experience.
A section of the Egyptian Book of the Dead written on papyrus showing the Weighing of the Heart in the Duat using the feather of Maat as the measure in balance.
The Egyptian Ma'at, although rendered as a woman with an ostrich feather in her hair, was not a deity passing judgment (as some scholars interpret this rendering), but a universal force expressing as balance and order, a natural justice based upon the law of basic equilibrium inherent to the universe. This natural force or principle, later got personified, as was common during the translation of hieroglyphics by Greco-Roman scholars, from which externalized religion was formulated, by those who did not understand that Egyptian imagery was a picture language conveying concepts and ideas, not beings that were worshiped or feared. Ma'at embodies the principle that the relationship between constituent parts must function in balance and as a unified whole.
In Greek myth, Ma'at transposes into the seer Themis, goddess of Mount Olympus, holding the scales in one hand and double-edged sword in the other. Themis was of divine order and law—often called upon to evoked social order, proper procedure and custom. Thesis was shown blindfolded, conveying judgment made with impartiality. In Christian imagery, Themis becomes Archangel Michael holding his double-edged sword of righteousness in one hand and the scales in the other. Note the shift from female figures to male! However, in all cases, Libra was depicted as a divine figure weighing the equanimity of a soul's incarnational experience.
Ma'at, Themis & Archangel Michael
Claudius Ptolemy (90 CE – 168 CE) is attributed to altering this imagery of Virgo and Libra by changing the Virgin's upright position to one lying supine, and by removing the image of anyone holding the scales altogether, leaving only the scales, totally obscuring the revelation that Virgo and Libra, as the Balance Holder, had to offer, especially about reincarnation and the natural balance of experience. The symbol of the scales, as they are used today, thus became merely about social order, leaving the question: Order imposed by whom? This would seem to become the Roman church-state in power at the time, under which Ptolemy lived and worked. The "lady of justice" was then used on the Roman Coin, without blindfold; and today she is now merely a metaphorical image used by many judicial systems that dictate proper procedure and social order.
Whether Ptolemy's rendering of a supine Virgin, with her legs replacing the Egyptian Ma'at, was a deliberate ploy dictated by those he worked for to obscure the durative nature of the soul and reincarnational process, or if it just occurred naturally over time is unknown, as constellatory figuring does evolve to articulate the changing times. However, it seems there were other efforts made during the translation of ancient Egyptian documents into Roman religious-political scripture to remove knowledge about the durative nature of the soul, which makes one wonder. Either way, this is why I dub the first half of sidereal Libra as "under the skirt of the Virgin," to articulate the occulted wisdom that this part of the heavens conveys.
Boötes, who is of pure intent, is the Virgin's consort and protector. Boötes stands directly over this creative process exemplified by the Virgin giving birth. Archturus is the primary star of Boötes. Conjoining is Nekar, his head. Archturus lies directly over and conjoins Spica, the base chakra (Vesica Pisces) of the Virgin, the vessel of life. (Virgo lies opposite to the primordial waters of Pisces). Spica and Archturus mark the end of the sidereal sign of Virgo.
Benetnash, Eta Ursa Major, is a young bluish-white star, with a mass six times that of our Sun and 700 times more luminous. Benetnash is oddly considered to be the tail of the Great Bear, although bears do not have long tails.
Benetnash expresses the old dictatorial and totalitarian stream of consciousness that was predominant when Earth's polar alignment was tilted (had fallen) furthest from the galactic plane in Earth's great precessional year (about 6000 years ago). Hence Benetnash can mythically be considered a fallen lord. Benetnash, generally of a patriarchal nature, articulates the administrative aspects of governments and the political-religious factions of big-business and their figureheads. Benetnash ultimately teaches that leadership is about facilitating the self-empowerment and freedom of others rather than about exerting manipulative force that controls and destroys others, mistaken as leadership and being in a position of power.
Reinhold Ebertin reported that primary planetary transits to Benetnash are often associated with claiming human lives through calamities, and thus of death and mourning, based upon his research of planetary transits to this star over centuries. George Noonan reports that Islamic astrologers considered this star to be "the destroyer of nations."
In our stellar image, Boötes stands against the fallen (corrupt) religious-political authoritarian global powers (articulated by nearby Benetnash of Ursa Major) who claim to be the intermediaries between God and man, who wish to manipulate evolutionary affairs, and who have demonstrated over and again the inability to ensure such evolutionary fulfillment with the continual destruction of the peoples of the Earth, along with typical catastrophic outcomes. The body of Boötes stands over and protects the pure lucida of the Virgin (Spica) while blocking the manipulations of corrupt totalitarian powers and their diversionary tactics, the latter articulated by Canes Venatici, the barking dogs, which lies immediately south of Benetnash.
Boötes ensures proper environmental conditions for the safe pure birth and subsequent capacity for ascension of souls. Boötes defends the Northern Crown, which lies just east of his staff and above the feet of the Virgin and the Chelae of the Scorpion. The Northern Crown embodies the ideal of this attainment; i.e., claiming freedom from perpetuated reincarnational entrapment in the clutches of the Scorpion—from the karmic-dharmic path of soul growth in the world of duality.
Archturus, the Alpha star of Boötes, is a red giant, roughly 25 times the diameter of our Sun. It is the 4th brightest star in the sky. Archturus is an old soul star, moving at a tremendous rate of speed. Only Alpha Centauri has a higher proper motion among the first-magnitude stars in our stellar neighborhood. Archturus is also moving in its own unique direction, not with the general main stream of stars in the disc of our galaxy, but is cutting perpendicularly through the galactic disc, along with 52 other stars in what is known as the Archturus stream, which also contributes to its astrological character. Just 12,000 years ago, at the time of the last precessional cross, it was 10° further north of its present location, near Izar of Boötes.
Archturus is the administrative seat responsible for the safe evolutionary unfoldment and ascension of Earth and humanity—supporting the pure birth and a healthy and harmonious incarnate life of the soul. Archturus embodies the essence or seed of Boötes (the adom of man), and is the provider for and protector of the Virgin (Divine Feminine) principle, and for souls on Earth. Archturus imparts an intensely beneficent force with immense perceptual awareness.
Nekkar, Beta Boötes, marking the head of Boötes, lies north of and conjoins Archturus. Nekkar is also an x-ray source and it rotates very slowly, at a rate of about 3/4 of a year. Nekkar impels wise and patient leadership from spiritual wisdom. Prominent alignments with Nekkar and Archturus can make a spiritually wise teacher, leader, sage, advisor, or custodian. They understand the deeper transcendent currents at work and often work behind the scenes.
Although most modern scholars say the dogs belonging to Boötes, all chasing the Bear, energetically I find this disconcerting. Who would chase a bear, with dogs? The primary stars of Canes Venatici lie under the auspices of Benetnash, and conjoin Denebola of Leo, all exuding a quality of manipulation, diversionary tactics, commotion, smoke screens, foul breezes, and foul play. The quality of Boötes certainly is far more refined, as is that of the Virgin. Either way, I assert Boötes to be protector regarding the proper use of creative and reproductive powers, ensuring the proper energetics and environmental conditions for the safe birth and ascension of souls, and standing against the fallen (corrupt) patriarchal world powers—honoring and protecting the Virgin principle, not as a mere herdsman of barking dogs.
In Christian doctrine, Boötes is Joseph, Mary's consort, who is providing Mary with proper location (astronomical alignments / earthgrid coordinates) and a proper environment for the pure (unadulterated) birth of Jesus. This same figure is Seb, the anthropomorphic god of procreation, the son of Tefnut and her brother Shu in Egyptian legend. Tefnut, daughter of the solar god Ra-Atum, was a product of parthenogenesis, and this "may have been" the origin of the story about the birth of Jesus (my speculation only). Although Mary birthed through normal biological means, having a mother and father, she maintained (or was granted by God) an immaculate soul at the time of her birth, with Jesus then being the product of a virginal conception.
Does a soul always have to birth into the entrapping reincarnational clutches of the Scorpion? Notice in the star chart above how the legs of the Virgin lie above the claws of the Scorpion, as if the Scorpion is only there to catch one who has fallen, who was not able to attain the Northern Crown (Corona Bor.), and thus returning into the path of soul growth through balancing their karmic experience. This positioning also suggests a soul may birth as one who is already free of karmic entrapments, as an immaculate soul, perhaps with a different purpose than to enter into the reincarnational cycle of soul growth articulated by the Scorpion's chelae; or even to birth just a soul-aware spiritually awakened being.
Boötes is also associated with Dionysus, god of wine and mystic ecstasy; and also with Eleutherios "the liberator". Dionysus was Latinized by the Romans into Bacchus. It is within this imaging where we find the meaning of "the proper use of the grape" generally associated with lovemaking and festivity, but here is another association of Virgo with the vineyards and agriculture; and also with the wine of the Virgin's vineyards; i.e., menstrual blood and the secrets of conception and gestation. Dionysus exemplifies the art of elixirs, wine, herbal potions, and all that creates the environmental and vibrational resonance conducive to the manifestation of true mystic self-transcendence. A wild untamed nature was attributed to Dionysus and those people that lived apart from society and its laws and conditioning. Dionysus was protector of those who lived outside of social norms. They were known for their Bacchanalia, ecstatic festivals of wine, music and erotic dance, which were not only to abate inhibition and fear of intimacy, but also to subvert the oppression imposed by authoritarian rule.
The Romans, obsessed with controlling the masses and domination, attempted to suppress the Bacchic festivals celebrating Dionysus, celebrations desired mostly by women. They, of course, were made out to be sinful (in the bad sense) because the Romans could not maintain control. ("To sin" simply means to experience life without mindfulness, with abandonment, to forget self; i.e., to be carnal / to be in carnality / to be incarnate. The original word, before its Christian translation, did not imply anything bad.) Pan, made out to be the Devil, considered "Lord of the Bacchic Dance" was also the Roman Faunus, Italian god of the wild forests, a god of nature and fertility—simply of what is natural, of nature. In imagery and sculpture, Pan is shown giving grapes to Dionysus/Bacchus for wine.
Spica, Alpha Virgo, the brightest star in Virgo, is a rotating binary star with a period of 4.0142 days. Spica lies just south of the ecliptic and thus can be occulted by the Moon and by some of the planets. Spica and Archturus are the two brightest stars in the northern hemisphere's spring sky. They are easy to find. Follow the arc created by the tail of the Great Bear (Ursa Major) (the handle of the Big Dipper) to Archturus, and then continue along that same arc to Spica. The temple to Hathor at Thebes was aligned to Spica when it was constructed in 3200 BCE.
Vesica Pisces: Divine Union of the Feminine and Masculine Principles
As the sheaf of wheat in the Virgin's right hand (in the upright rendering of Virgo/Isis), Spica articulates that which is produced or offered. Spica imparts a constructive, bountiful and prosperous influence, such as that produced by a healthy crop, and this applies agriculturally and well as biologically. Spica impels a synergistic and symbiotic ecological relationship, that is of the biological, agricultural and environmental aspects of life. As such, Spica impels the application of all that naturally supports this healthy and harmonious symbiosis. Spica impels involvement with all forms of health, natural birth, healing, nutrition, herbs, potions and the elixirs of life. Spica imparts knowledge about sexual and reproductive energetics, of body fluids and of sacred sex.
As the base chakra of the supine Virgin, Spica articulates that from which a physical birth occurs, and ensuring the healthy genetic lineage or bloodline. We can consider two fundamental things we are doing as incarnating souls, aside from our own personal evolution, one is supporting the evolution of our soul lineage or soul-stream of consciousness, the other is supporting the genetic evolutionary stream into which we birthed. Thus by evolving self we reciprocate that growth through resonance into both the soul-stream and genetic-stream.
Spica impels loyalty and fidelity to the Archturian directive, through the practical application of that which supports and guides incarnating souls toward their evolutionary fulfillment. Spica imparts somewhat of a mothering or midwiving quality and inspires the manifestation of our highest potential. Spica is of purity and perfection and impels us to be pure within self for the unadulterated expression of not only self but for new souls brought into the world. Spica inspires intimacy in our relations and education regarding the gestation and formation of life, to be pro-active to ensure life's continuation and harmonious and bountiful fulfillment.
The Archturus-Spica (Boötes-Virgo) synthesis also exemplifies the masculine and feminine in their unadulterated Divine Union, able to express, birth, and manifest the purest expression of Unity Consciousness. The Archturus-Spica synthesis articulates the entwined masculine and feminine forces spiraling into their full potential. It impels these two forces to work in balance, wholeness, harmony and unity on Earth. This is about interdependency not codependency.
All of the cuspal Virgo-Libra stars, Nekkar, Archturus and Spica (along with Heze Virgo, Pi Centaurus, and Alpha Volans) impel an integrous alignment of thought, word and deed. They inspire us toward a higher or refined expression of consciousness.
In the southern heavens lies Argo Navis, the ship in the mythical story of Jason and the Argonauts, a derivation of the older Sumerian story, Gilgamesh and his fifty Sirian warriors. The Argo lies reverse in the heavens, stern to the east, bow to the west, sailing along the galactic equator, in Earth's precessional direction. Generally, the stars of the Argo are associated with evolutionary matters for the entire planetary system, and for all souls' evolutionary growth and fulfillment—the evolutionary cycle of the soul. They are of subtle evolutionary currents, knowledge about navigation upon those currents and steering our evolutionary direction.
The Argo is divided into several sub-constellations, Vela, Carina, Puppis and Pyxis. The stars of the sail of the Argo, Vela, lie south of sidereal Leo and the northern dynamics of Ursa Major and the world powers, and under the first half of sidereal Virgo. Because the stars and x-ray sources of Vela lie upon the galactic equator and south of the ecliptic, they are of subtle evolutionary currents, forces, and portals transcendent to the stage of the temporal world. They are more related to souls' transcendent evolutionary purpose and mission. Carina, the keel of the Argo extends from Canopus, the main and Alpha star of the Argo, which conjoins Sirius and expresses into sidereal Gemini, through the Diamond of Carina, which lies under the Centaur and expresses into early sidereal Libra, under the skirt of the Virgin. There are only a few but significant stars composing Carina. They are associated with navigational matters related to ensuring a safe incarnational sojourn for the durative soul, that which exists before and after this lifetime.
Eta Carinae enters the ecliptic in late sidereal Virgo and due to its massive and extremely active nature, it significantly and prominently influences the latter part of Virgo; the womb (inner sanctum) of the Virgin, and the themes of Spica and Archturus, and of Muphrid and Seginus of Boötes.
Eta Carinae is the most luminous, massive, and energetic star known in our galaxy—estimated to be 100 times the mass of our Sun, and to radiate five million times more energy than our Sun. A gas shell surrounding Eta extends 4000 times the size of our solar system. Eta is highly unstable and prone to violent outbursts. Eta was seen to erupt in 1840 A.D., then making it the second brightest star in the sky. Eta recently doubled its X-ray emissions in a four-month period sometime between 1992 to 1994, indicating an intensified influence of the Eta Carinae theme. Eta then doubled in brightness in 1998—perhaps Eta's warnings. Current observations indicate that Eta Carinae remains highly unstable and may explode as a supernova at any time!
Strong Winds over the Keel of the Argo
The Carina Nebula shown in colourful detail
This ESO image reveals amazing detail in the intricate structures of one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky, the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), where strong winds and powerful radiation from an armada of massive stars are creating havoc in the large cloud of dust and gas from which the stars were born.
The large and beautiful image displays the full variety of this impressive skyscape, spattered with clusters of young stars, large nebulae of dust and gas, dust pillars, globules, and adorned by one of the Universe's most impressive binary stars. It was produced by combining exposures through six different filters from the Wide Field Imager (WFI), attached to the 2.2 m ESO/MPG telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory, in Chile.
The Carina Nebula is located about 7500 light-years away in the constellation of the same name (Carina; the Keel). Spanning about 100 light-years, it is four times larger than the famous Orion Nebula and far brighter. It is an intensive star-forming region with dark lanes of cool dust splitting up the glowing nebula gas that surrounds its many clusters of stars.
Eta Carinae of Argo Navis
Image Credit: Chandra X-Ray Observatory/Harvard. NASA/HST, J. Morse/K. Davidson
The glow of the Carina Nebula comes mainly from hot hydrogen basking in the strong radiation of monster baby stars. The interaction between the hydrogen and the ultraviolet light results in its characteristic red and purple colour. The immense nebula contains over a dozen stars with at least 50 to 100 times the mass of our Sun. Such stars have a very short lifespan, a few million years at most, the blink of an eye compared with the Sun's expected lifetime of ten billion years.
One of the Universe's most impressive stars, Eta Carinae, is found in the nebula. It is one of the most massive stars in our Milky Way, over 100 times the mass of the Sun and about four million times brighter, making it the most luminous star known. Eta Carinae is highly unstable, and prone to violent outbursts, most notably the false supernova event in 1842. For just a few years, Eta Carinae became the second brightest star in the night sky and produced almost as much visible light as a supernova explosion (the usual death throes of a massive star), but it survived. Eta Carinae is also thought to have a hot companion that orbits around it in 5.54 years, in an elliptical orbit. Both stars have strong winds, which collide, leading to interesting phenomena. In mid-January 2009, the companion was at its closest distance to Eta Carinae. This event, which may provide a unique insight into the wind structure of the massive stars, has been followed by a flotilla of instruments on several of ESO's telescopes. Credit: ESO's La Silla Observatory
Eta Carinae, Lord of the Waves, the Akkadian Ea (Ia), the Sumerian Enki, chief god and founder of the city Eridhu (Eridu) (he who warned Zuisudra, the Sumerian Noah, about the flood), is generally considered the foreteller of impending catastrophic change, but also the instructor of the way through such evolutionary transitions. Eta is also associated with the Sirian amphibious fish-man "Oannes," (the priest/sage of Ea in the temple of Eridhu) who taught the Chaldaeans both esoteric science and that which would civilize/humanize their lives; e.g., how to build cities and temples, understanding geometrical principles, creating civilized laws, and agricultural sustenance. (Robert Temple, "The Sirius Mystery") Eta embodies the esoteric Gnostic wisdom behind what to most is merely the mystery of life or unfathomable acts of God. Mythically, "Oannes is the emblem of priestly, esoteric wisdom; he comes out from the sea, because the 'great deep', the water, typifies the secret doctrine." (Blavatsky, "Isis Unveiled")
1) Archeologists suspect the Mesopotamian city of Eridu was occupied between about 5000 and 2000 BCE (currently called "Tell Abu Shahrain." Eridu is 11.25 km (~7 miles) southwest of the ruins of the ancient city of Ur and 22km south of Nasiriyah in Iraq. Nasiriyah is on the Euphrates about 225 miles (370 km) southeast of Baghdad. The traditional "Garden of Eden" site is 40km to the northeast, present-day Mughair. According to Sumerian scribes, Eridu was the oldest city in the world, where "kingship first came from heaven" (referring to Enki).
Note (2017): The page via the old link I had is no longer available. This is the closest I have found with similar information: Tell Abu Shahrain/Eridu.
2) The Secret Doctrine, originally published as 2 volumes in 1888, is Madame Blavatsky's magnum opus. It covers the creation of the universe, the evolution of humankind, and the primordial tradition underlying the various religions, mythologies and philosophies of the world...."
Due to Eta's strong X-ray spectrum and galactic equatorial orientation, it expresses significantly at the soul level—stimulating an awakening on Earth to our greater purpose as sentient souls responsible for Earth's safe evolutionary outcome. As a part of Argo Navis and the Argo's keel, Eta is of navigational matters regarding the evolution of the entire soul collective on Earth.
Eta Carinae's impending Super Nova explosion, is a portent of evolutionary change and impels environmental preparation for such change. It also indicates that something with far greater potential and magnitude can and will birth through the human form—a far greater expression of consciousness. Eta stimulates our need to prepare for and to become capable of this greater expression of consciousness, to create an inner bio-logical environment that is capable of a higher expression of consciousness as well as one that can support such a birth through the corporeal form.
This last few degree area of sidereal Virgo, through which Archturus, Nekar, Spica and Eta Carina express, is the womb of the Virgin. It has a maternal quality with emphasis on the application of esoteric knowledge in proper order and procedure that supports the harmonious gestation and birth of souls. From the Archturian vantage, this expresses as concern to ensure the harmonious evolution of the durative (non-physical aspect of) soul through the incarnational process.
I dub the Legs of the Virgin, extending from Spica (the cusp of sidereal Virgo-Libra) to mid-sidereal Libra, "Under the skirt of the Virgin" to articulate not only the now occulted wisdom about the re-incarnational process of the soul, specifically that all people have durative souls that evolve through the reincarnational process and all souls can ascend from this process—can attain evolutionary fulfilment. This part of the Virgin (early sidereal Libra) involves matters regarding the process of translating non-physical consciousness, of birthing the soul through art, harmony and beauty into demonstrable expression. This zodiakal band embraces all work involving the opening of portals for birth, healing, and ascension. It is of genetic and soul compatibility, of the right timing in space, and of sacred spaces and places. Under the Skirt holds the secrets (wisdom) regarding our symbiosis with our environment and with each other. It is of the arts and sciences related to creating proper and harmonious environments, processes, and procedures in our personal lives that ensure the safe birth and healthy incarnate experience of souls on Earth. Environmental support is a key phrase here, this includes the environmental conditions of the Earth, our personal living environments, and a harmonious environment (resonance) in our relations. Thus, art, intimacy and beauty are all of significance in creating a nurturing environmental resonance in our lives, as are the artsciences of sacred architecture, geomancy and all that is related.
In the image of the supine Virgin, the thighs of the Virgin express through the first decan of sidereal Libra. This area of the zodiak, amongst the thighs of the Virgin, is about intimacy and our intimate relation with life, our personal environment, supporting a new birth, and having the support to express our greatest potential. This correlates to the psychophysiology (mental-emotional-physical correspondences) of the thighs: The back of our thighs (hamstrings) correspond to past or returning support, acquired support and our capacity to provide support to others. The outside thigh muscles (abductors) correspond to external (non-intimate) support, as from friends, family and from our environment. The inside thigh muscles (adductors) correspond to intimate support and of sexual intimacy. The front of our thighs (quadriceps) correspond to future support, to giving support and our capacity to move forward. There can be various fears associated with each of these muscles, but they all have to do issues of support or about being supported, especially in regard to birthing or expressing self in our purity, truth, and greatest potential.
Syrma of Virgo, I dub the Star of Atlantis. Syrma lies under the skirt of the Virgin and marks the knee of the Virgin, but in sidereal Libra. Syrma embodies issues relating to frozen genetic coding and the resultant crystallized emotional patterning incurred due to devastating or cataclysmic events of the past, especially incurred from the controlling use of resources to obtain power over others. Syrma provides inspiration for personal change and transformation, and articulates our need to unlock our frozen genetic coding and crystallized cellular makeup that keeps us stretched out of the present. Syrma alignments can bring deep-seated emotional patterning to surface awareness so we may clear it, especially suppressed grief and issues related to the use of power. Syrma also inspires the application of art-sciences that can aid in this process, freeing our selves from biological conditioning and behavioral patterns passed on through generations.
The Centaur, who stands on the galactic equator, is a principle constellation expressing through sidereal Libra. The Centaur lies under the Virgin's legs and the Chelae of the Scorpion, with Beta Centauri expressing into late Libra and Alpha Centauri expressing into early sidereal Scorpio. The Centaur is protector of the Southern Cross and benevolent teacher of its principles. The Centaur teaches the right way to live to attain self-mastery and evolutionary freedom. The Centaur teaches that it is essential to seek and return to the original cardinality of the soul and live it. This is to claim that cardinality as our foundation as prerequisite to reach beyond the entrapments we find our selves in, the entrapments of duality-based experience, in order to claim the Northern Crown, to attain our evolutionary freedom and fulfillment, free from soul growth through the balance of experience; and ultimately free from the reincarnational process itself.
Syrma also conjoins Muhlifain Centauri. Muhlifain impels an oath of secrecy and protection, and the concealment of secret matters. It often indicates there is a double meaning, that one thing said exoterically reveals the opposite esoterically, or that one thing conceals or contains another—another clue to the secrets under the skirt of the Virgin.
The initial view in this Hubble video shows the rich star field in which NGC 4755 nestles and then moves in to the detailed images of the Kappa Crucis Cluster, or Jewel Box, itself. Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky/ESA/Hubble
Menkent, the head of the Centaur, embodies the wisdom of the Centaur. Menkent imparts the Centaur's teachings about the soul's incarnational process and that we must make a conscious choice to take responsibility to free ourselves from the Scorpion's claws / scales of Libra to claim the Northern Crown.
The Southern Cross, lying under the Centaur, articulates the original cardinality of the soul. It exemplifies the pure intent of the soul before the aberrations, confusions, attitudes, and beliefs incurred by the soul throughout its entire incarnational sojourn. The Feet of the Virgin in mid-sidereal Libra articulate a point of perfect equipoise based in soul's wisdom amalgamated through soul's incarnational sojourn, exemplified by The Jewel Box in Crux. The stars of the Southern Cross conjoin those of the Northern Crown. Acrux (Alpha) of the Southern Cross and Alphecca of the Northern Crown exactly conjoin in mid-sidereal Libra.
Centaurus-A, &Temple of the Centaur,& is a significant x-ray source that also enters mid-sidereal Libra, at the feet of the Virgin. It nests within an exotic galaxy (NGC5128) that does not fit into any galactic class, a place so unique that it seems oblivious to and undaunted by its surrounding cosmology. Cen-A is a very deep pool of consciousness, the essence of pure consciousness. It expresses a quality of beauty, harmony in unique perfection.
The jets and lobes emanating from Centaurus A (NGC 5128) have been imaged at sub-millimeter wavelengths for the first time. The new data, from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile, which is operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), have been combined with visible and X-ray wavelengths to produce this striking new image. Credit: ESO
Centaurus-A invites us to create a contemplative or meditative harmonious space or environment from which to access our inner cardinal soul wisdom, our original and unique purpose and intent, which underlie the aberrations, false beliefs, and restricting concepts we may have placed upon ourselves. Centaurus-A invites us to enter a place of inner stillness, to relinquish the concepts of thought we associate with our existing lives. This inner excursion requires a willingness to go deep within and to allow a disintegration of the constructs of self we hold, our human mold, of what we think ourselves to be, and to emerge with a far deeper awareness of our true selves, the inner knowing of our true essence. We can then bring that pure essence, that intent, back into our life expression without the need to mold ourselves into mass consensus. The successful feat can result in an inversion or flip in consciousness—with a revelation of great magnitude, one that can change our lives forever.
The Omega Centauri Globular Cluster lies near Cen-A at mid-sidereal Libra. Omega Centauri contains about ten million stars and is the most massive of all of our galaxy's globular clusters—the largest and brightest globular cluster in the sky; and a favorite object for stargazers in the southern hemisphere. Omega Centauri appears almost as big as a full moon. Dense globulars like Omega Centauri impart a quality of cohesion and strength. Omega Centauri inspires one to embody and boldly radiate one's wisdom in its entirety. This is the power of the soul found deep within self while meditating in the Temple of the Centaur.
"The globular cluster Omega Centauri, containing about ten million stars, is seen in all its splendour in this image captured with the Wide Field Imager (WFI), mounted on the 2.2-metre diameter Max-Planck/ESO telescope, located at ESO's La Silla Observatory. The image shows only the most central part of the cluster (a field of view of about half a degree)—the full cluster appears almost as big as the full moon. Omega Centauri is about 150 light-years across and is the most massive of all the Milky Way's globular clusters—the largest and brightest globular cluster in the sky; and a favorite celestial object for stargazers from the southern hemisphere.
All of theses stars impel us to reclaim the pure level of intent of purpose of our souls, to embody and express the wisdom of our souls gained throughout our incarnational sojourn, and to equilibrate our incarnational experience to achieve freedom from our past patterns of entrapment, to claim the Northern Crown.
Further south, in the keel of the Argo, is Miaplacidus of Carina (entering the ecliptic at about 7° sidereal Libra). Miaplacidus is the second most important star of the Argo, after Canopus. "Mia" is of greater universal flowing waters of Source and "Placidus" is of grid-navigational-mapping. Miaplacidus involves the navigational mapping of cosmic evolutionary currents—evolutionary intelligence and how it expresses in time and space. Miaplacidus is of Astronomical-Earthgrid mapping, navigation, inner-dimensional travel, and related art-sciences and environments that support soul's greater evolutionary journey. Living at or traveling to the right locations at the proper times in our lives is of significance to be in proper (space-time) harmony. The purpose of sacred geometry, naturally tuned architecture, and the art-sciences involving harmonics and resonance are all of significance here, many of the art-sciences that have been obscured, suppressed or lost to humanity, including the integrated knowledge of astronomy and astrology and its application in cartographical mapping on the Earth in space and time.
Theta Carina lies slightly south of the Galactic Equator, also on the keel. Theta emits a peculiar spectrum, showing it to be a silicon-rich star, a peculiar chemical anomaly. It has an estimated luminosity of about 22,000 times that of our Sun. Theta also has an obscure name, "Vathorz Posterior" (of Old Norse-Latin origin), which means "Succeeding One of the Waterline," referring to the Galactic Equator upon which the Argo sails. Theta Carina is the prominent member of the Theta Carina Star Cluster, a bright open cluster of about 60 stars. The Theta Carina Cluster is sometimes referred to as the Southern Pleiades due to its resemblance. Slightly north of Theta Carina, along the galactic equator, is a giant stellar nursery surrounding the nebula NGC 3603, one of most compact clusters of young, massive stars in our galaxy.
The Thousand-Ruby Galaxy M83. Image Credit: ESO
Theta Carina is a part of the Diamond Cross of Argo Navis, formed and headed by the prominent star Miaplacidus (Beta), along with Upsilon and Omega Carina. It, like the Southern Cross, does not have a central star in the center, thus forming a diamond more so than a cross. You must be south of 20° north latitude on Earth to see it. The Diamond forms "the hold" of the Argo and expresses from Spica through the first half of sidereal Libra, under the skirt of the Virgin. Theta Carina and the Theta Carina Star Cluster are of secret knowledge, record keeping, scribing, and the articulation of intelligence regarding navigational matters and transcendent evolutionary currents of the soul. The hold of the Argo (the Diamond), expressing through this area of zodiak and also conjoining Syrma of Virgo, are associated with long-established wealthy and powerful clandestine secret societies or orders.
The Purple Rose of Virgo
The Spiral Galaxy NGC 5584
Also conjoining Syrma are Delta and Zeta Bootes and the Quasar OQ 172 of Bootes, lying just over the feet of the Virgin. The Supernova SN 2007af, a recent and stunning revelation, is also found under the skirt of the Virgin in The Purple Rose of Virgo, a barred spiral galaxy (slightly smaller than our Galaxy). South is Muhlifain (Gamma), hind of the Centaur, and Lambda Centauri, the hind foot of the Centaur. Just north, between the head of the Centaur and the tail of Hydra is the showpiece Thousand-Ruby Galaxy M83, conjoining Syrma by a quarter of a degree. Further south, beneath the hind leg of the Centaur and also of influence, is Delta Crucis of the Southern Cross.
Miaplacidus, Syrma, Delta Bootes and the Quasar OQ 172 of Bootes, the spiral (Pinwheel) galaxy M83, and the Purple Rose and supernova, all amalgamate. They inspire transcendence into our inner-core awareness to unlock the bonds that keep us frozen or stretched in space-time, in a mode of trying to release the past to get to the future (in a limited light-speed mode of perception), which keeps us looking outside of self to acquire what we do not have in order to attain our fulfillment.
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