By Judy Hall and Terrie Celest
An ancestralite, Selenite, Aquamarine, Iolite-and-Sunstone essence-in-creation, standing on a piece of the crystal mountain: a perfect base for essence making.
I’ve been writing another in the Crystal Prescriptions series, this one on creating crystal essences. A wonderful series of serendipitous synchronicities has accompanied my writing, so I thought I’d share them with you although you’ll have to wait until later in the year to read the actual book. Here’s the example essence from the book, based on the chart for the moment I started writing the section but the essence-creation process extended over a ten day period, as you’ll see.
A birthchart can be created for any moment in time, not just a physical birth. It works for projects too. So, this chart is for the inception of the astrological section in the book. The moment when I sat down to actually write it, gathering together the information and getting it down on the computer, instead of having vague ideas floating around my head. Naturally, as soon as I printed the chart, I placed crystals on it.
These crystals would be made into an essence for the book when the sun shone again – I was writing during a particularly grey period of winter. Which is totally appropriate given how much Capricorn energy is present in the chart. Ten days later, the sun was shining brightly so the essence was in preparation and, as it was a new moon in Capricorn, the essence would stay out overnight to incorporate those energies too. As you’ll see in a moment, all the elements made themselves felt as the essence was being created. A piece of grandmother wisdom came my way that day too, courtesy of Terrie Celest of www.astrologywise.co.uk.
The grandmothers, their connection with and concern for Mother Earth, their new way of walking on it, their feminine energies, give Saturn the lightness that… was missing. Anything that has an Earth connection, has to have a strong feminine connection too.
It perfectly underlined what the essence was doing: resolving the contradictions of a feminine, ‘negative’, earth sign, Capricorn, being ruled by the coldest sternest planet, Saturn, and answering the question of how do you get to, and utilise, the wisdom at the heart of the sign (see below). Perfect! The essence would be dropped onto the keystone in the centre until the book is published.
Salient points of the chart
Very strong emphasis on Capricorn energy:
Saturn in Capricorn
Sun in Capricorn ) alongside two other planets in conjunction,
Venus in Capricorn ) that is next to each other
Pluto in Capricorn )
Moon in Virgo: throwing light on underlying psychosomatics.
Mercury in Sagittarius: bringing much needed clarity to the process.
Mars and Jupiter conjunct in Scorpio: digging deep for transformation.
Chiron and Neptune in Pisces: possibly clouding the issue of deep wounds to the spiritual self but also indicating a desire to escape back from incarnation into oneness. The positive side of this would be to expand consciousness.
Uranus in Aries – total transformation of the Self.
North Node in Leo, South Node in Aquarius: the need to shine out the true Self and own your own power.
There is an imbalance of elements in the chart. No planets in air. Five planets in earth. Two in fire. If we count the wounded-healer planet Chiron (which is not shown on element lists), there are four planets in water. The planets in earth are grounding the writing, but the lack of air planets along with the foggy planet Neptune being the first planet you meet on the journey around the chart (a chart is read anticlockwise) means that finding clarity is challenging. There is plenty of intuition at work but structure could be lacking. The shape of the chart is an upside down ‘bowl’, reflecting our thoughts inward to discover the core truth of the chart.
Perhaps the biggest challenge and the key to unlocking the whole lies in harmonising the energy of the two ‘angels wings’ triangles that radiate from the Mars-Jupiter conjunction. One ‘wing’ the triangle of Uranus opposite Jupiter-Mars and Sun-Pluto-Venus and the other ‘wing’ the triangle of Venus-Sun-Pluto inconjunct the North Node also radiating from Mars-Jupiter. It has enormous potential for transformation, whatever Jupiter can envisage it can bring into being, but also for challenging traditional authority figures and fixed saturnine mores. The lore and legislation around essences is a minefield that has to be trodden with care.
Translating astrological concepts into words that any reader can understand requires the mind to be functioning in particular way. Fortunately all that Capricorn is extremely structure-orientated but that structure is tradition-led. We are breaking through old boundaries here to transform energies and introduce new concepts – assisted by Uranus in Aries “I did it my way”. The crystals for reaching elemental balance and many of those for the planets arise out of my findings over almost fifty years of working with crystals, essences and charts rather than from ‘traditional’ astrology or essence manufacture.
And we needed to bring out a different face of Capricorn through utilising the potential of Saturn in its own sign:
Any planet that is in its own sign, has the opportunity to work at its best, to express its full potential and for us to tap into its positive expression as well as the negative one, It doesn’t mean that we won’t have challenges from it, but that the positive, higher expression of that planet can be accessed more easily than at any other time; we can find the gift, turn it around and find a positive expression. Terrie Celest, www.astrologywise.co.uk. January new moon newsletter
First of all, that element imbalance was addressed. Placing an Aquamarine on Mercury in Sagittarius helped to define the underlying organising principles behind the zodiac and it also harnessed the emotional intuition signified by all the water planets to the active intuition of the fire element. It also activated the transformatory energies of catalytic Uranus. Mercury in Sagittarius always asks the fundamental question ‘what does it mean?’ Aquamarine gives the answer: look to the spiritual dimension. Filtering information reaching the brain and clarifying perception, Aquamarine dissolves self-defeating programmes allowing the soul’s voice to be heard. Selenite on the Moon in Virgo assisted with not only bringing more ‘divine light’ into the situation but also triggered the soul-gift of having already learned how to analyse and discern. The Capricorn energies were harnessed using Ancestralite. Bringing in the wisdom of the ancestors, harnessing tradition to transmutation (Pluto). Synchronistically, a new-moon-in-Capricorn newsletter from Terrie Celest of www.astrologywise.co.uk arrived in my in-box just as the sun shone brightly and I could finally make the essence. Putting the essence out in the sun on a rock (earth) was swiftly followed by a violent gust of wind and a short sharp shower, resulting in a rainbow. Earth, fire, water, wind and air: all within half an hour. Essence creation at its best. All under the influence of a new moon.
So that was all the elements covered! The essence would capture the energies of the new moon too. A final plutonian piece clicked in when Cleansing Service’s poo-lorry arrived to empty the septic tank over the road.
Terrie’s newsletter was all about Saturn in Capricorn and she mentioned the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, such a great expression of the feminine side of Capricorn (see her blog below). This from their website:
We, the International Council of Thirteen indigenous Grandmothers, believe that our ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking and healing are vitally needed today. We come together to nurture, educate and train our children. We come together to uphold the practice of our ceremonies and affirm the right to use our plant medicines free of legal restriction. We come together to protect our lands where our peoples live and upon which our cultures depend, to safeguard the collective heritage of traditional medicines, and to defend the earth Herself. We believe that the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. www.grandmotherscouncil.org
A perfect expression of both the feminine side of Saturn and the effects of Ancestralite. The Ancestralite on the chart grounded the energies in a way that allows for transformation to take place without the negative side of Saturn in Capricorn digging its heels in to thwart change to an established system. To activate the purpose and balance out the energies of the triangle, raw Iolite and Sunstone were added. A central keystone of Brandenberg Amethyst, a crystal with the purest, most refined of vibrations, supported the whole.
The essence for the chart: Aquamarine, Ancestralite, Selenite, Iolite and Sunstone dropped onto the Brandenberg which remained on the centre of the chart.
Listening to an astrology webinar on the influences of 2018, I heard several gems of information, many of which I am still mulling on and exploring, and I got a real Ah-ha moment that helped me with the current astrology and shed light on something that had been niggling at me. I’ve been busy studying the astrology for the coming year in preparation for my workshop Goodbye ’17, Welcome ’18. I grabbed the opportunity of this webinar to hear other astrologers’ viewpoints and to check I was on the right track and hadn’t missed anything vital. I like hearing different perspectives and ways of describing things. Sometimes you hear a completely new way of putting something or slightly different words that instantly paint a better picture or one that is easier to understand. If you read my astrology on a regular basis you will know that I love using analogies, so new ideas and mental images are always very welcome.
Overall, I felt the key to this year is Saturn, mainly because it has gone into its own sign of Capricorn, where it will remain for a couple of years. Any planet that is in its own sign, has the opportunity to work at its best, to express its full potential and for us to tap into its positive expression as well as the negative one, It doesn’t mean that we won’t have challenges from it, but that the positive, higher expression of that planet can be accessed more easily than at any other time; we can find the gift, turn it around and find a positive expression.
Through my preparation for the workshop and in writing about the current astrology, I’ve been using Saturn keywords like structure, duties, responsibility, grounding, practical manifesting of ideas, self-discipline, building strong foundations for the future. Saturn is also tradition, so represents the way things have always been done. But something was nagging me, I knew there was something I wasn’t getting. There is a lighter side to Saturn although it can all seem quite serious, dutious, sometimes restrictive. I felt I was missing something with regard to its connection to, and expression of Earth energies. Something I asked myself was, how relevant is tradition today, can we relate to it? In 2018, in a technological age, when innovation and change is rapid and constant, what role does tradition play in our lives, is it still valid? When we use such traditional words as ‘duties and responsibilities’, can we really relate to them?
Ironically, I wondered, with Saturn’s association with tradition, are we actually viewing Saturn too traditionally? It felt almost as if he needs a software update for 2018!
I questioned my own thoughts and feelings on tradition and acknowledged that perhaps the rebel in me was squirming at the word. I tried to think of the positive use of traditions, and the only images I could get in my head were traditional costumes, songs, dances and celebrations which honoured the past and the wisdom of those times. I had to acknowledge that my viewpoint had probably become slightly tainted through doing so much ancestral work over the last few years. I always encourage clients to look for the gift, the wisdom and learning from their experiences, (crystals like Ancestralite help this) but had witnessed a lot of negative and restrictive family patterns, family traditions that people were trying to break, and struggled to think of more positive traditions. I was sure there were some, but what were they and how can we positively use tradition in today’s modern society?
My answers came through Gemini Brett, who was talking in the webinar about Saturn and Capricorn. His teacher of shamanic astrology, Daniel Gianario said Capricorn wasn’t ‘about governments or beliefs, rule makers, law-giver, but is the council of grandmothers, of wise elders, Earth teachers who are here to preserve the traditions for 7 future generations.’ He used the analogy of a tree and Capricorn as the trunk, solid and organic, describing how the roots need to go deep for the branches to go high. How Capricorn energies help us to connect to Earth wisdoms and traditions.
That was my Ah-ha moment, something inside me resonated very deeply with those words, or rather, those words resonated and kindled, something deep inside. Council of grandmothers, Earth teachers, wisdom from the Earth not just from the ancestors, those words resonated with me and made me stop and think. A knowing, a re-kindling of old knowledge, a missing link that brought other pieces of my jigsaw of understanding together and gave me a new perspective. I wasn’t sure if this was triggering a current life memory or a past life one so I searched on-line for Council of grandmothers, expecting to find a link to shamanic teachings.
I was surprised to see that the phrase came up immediately and referred to a modern-day Council of Grandmothers, formed in 2004; 13 indigenous grandmothers who came together….united as one, Ours is an alliance of prayer, education and healing for Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children and for the next seven generations to come.
We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth, the contamination of our air, waters and soil, the atrocities of war, the global scourge of poverty, the threat of nuclear weapons and waste, the prevailing culture of materialism, the epidemics which threaten the health of the Earth’s peoples, the exploitation of indigenous medicines, and with the destruction of indigenous ways of life.
We, the International Council of Thirteen indigenous Grandmothers, believe that our ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking and healing are vitally needed today. We come together to nurture, educate and train our children. We come together to uphold the practice of our ceremonies and affirm the right to use our plant medicines free of legal restriction. We come together to protect our lands where our peoples live and upon which our cultures depend, to safeguard the collective heritage of traditional medicines, and to defend the earth Herself. We believe that the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.
We join with all those who honor the Creator, and to all who work and pray for our children, for world peace, and for the healing of our Mother Earth.
As I opened their webpage, I heard a voice say “Gratitude”, and then “Integrity”, as music started to play in the background, The words spoken over the top continued with “ Wisdom, balance, family, peace…” The repeated phrase of the song at the end was “We bring a new way to walk on the Earth”. And suddenly, everything came together in my heart. These wonderful grandmothers are blending tradition, the wisdom of tradition and the Earth into today, bringing a new way to walk it.
Another name for Saturn is Old Father Time and in the chart he can represent our Father or paternal-type influence, and is associated with law and order too. So he has always felt very masculine to me and that is how I have referred to him and seen him in guided meditations, but the grandmothers, their connection with and concern for Mother Earth, their new way of walking on it, their feminine energies, gave Saturn the lightness that I had felt was missing. Anything that has an Earth connection, has to be have a strong feminine connection too.
Neptune has been in its own sign of Pisces for a while now, and together with Saturn in its own sign, these two planets are key players for the year. Every day of the year, these two will have the potential to influence us strongly, one way or another (For the astrologers, they will be depositors of every chart for the next couple of years). So it makes sense to get to know Saturn more deeply now and to try to work with its energies.
The other major benefit of Saturn’s sign change is that it brings more Earth energies into the chart. During 2017 Pluto was often the only planet in an Earth sign. Now, both of these outer, slower planets are in Capricorn and to add to this, in May Uranus will leave the Fire sign of Aries and enter the Earth sign of Taurus. So this year we will have more grounding, more practicality, better conditions to bring our ideas and dreams out of spirit, to manifest them into reality and bring them to fruition. There are no planets retrograde, Mercury is out of its shadow period and we can clearly focus on the way forward. That is, of course, if we choose to. If we want to, we can stay where we are, as we are, doing the same old thing and getting the same old results!
Responsibility is one of Saturn’s domains, and he urges us to take responsibility for our own actions, showing us where we are avoiding it. And where we need to accept it.
The key to the coming two weeks is to approach it as if we are opening a new journal. The pages are blank, the possibilities are endless, what will we write?
If you were to fast forward a year from now, and then look back, what would you hope to see written on those pages? Where would you like to be, how would you look, what would you feel like? What changes would you like to see in the world and how can you contribute to that?
A New Moon, a new beginning in a New Year and with unprecedented help from the planets to bring about change and create a new structure for the future, to create new traditions and to find a new way to walk on the Earth.
How will you walk? Will you tread the old, familiar route, and fight to preserve what was, or will you take the wisdom of the past and create a new future for yourself and the next 7 generations?
© Terrie Celest www.astrologywise
The crone is a stock character in folklore and fairy tale, an old woman. In some stories, she is disagreeable, malicious, or sinister in manner, often with magical or supernatural associations that can make her either helpful or obstructing. The Crone is also an archetypal figure, a Wise Woman. As a character type, the crone shares characteristics with the hag. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crone]
There’s very little in popular culture that values the wisdom of old age, especially in women. Crone has lost its meaning of ‘venerable feminine wisdom’, hag has become an insult. Don’t bother searching for synonyms or you might upset yourself. Fortunately for Saturn, wise old men have more positive tags:
The wise old man (also called senex, sage or sophos) is an archetype as described by Carl Jung, as well as a classic literary figure, and may be seen as a stock character. The wise old man can be a profound philosopher distinguished for wisdom and sound judgment.
A quick look on the internet suggested:
Insofar as I know, in Greek there is a male counterpart to the hag (στρίγκλα/strigla), the striglos (στρίγκλος). He is more-or-less a faithful replica of the female hag, a warlock who works his magics in the woods and deserted places, with cauldrons, books and potions that turn good Christians into toads. Dimitris Almyrantis,
But even here synonyms are less than positive.
2 Oct 2010 – Codger – an eccentric man, esp. one who is old, informal a man, esp an old or eccentric one: a term of affection or mild derision (often in the phrase old codger). https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101002144926AAUoWTm
What Terrie said in her blog chimed so exactly with what I’d been cogitating. So I emailed her to say: ‘Loved what you said about the grandmothers! I’ve been writing about the contradictions of a feminine negative earth sign being ruled by the coldest sternest planet and how did you get to the wisdom at its. Now I have the perfect answer and inspiration for a blog. Watch this space!’
Terrie replied: ‘I didn’t mention about crone energy linking with Saturnian old age … but there’s definitely something about the energy being a lot more subtle than we think. I’ve always said I can’t quite get Capricorn energy, and I think it’s that contradiction that doesn’t resonate with me. Uranus is strong in the chart too so felt like the astrology books need re-writing. Will be interested to read your blog, hopefully you’ll use your craft to bring the energies together in a way that will make my brain go Yes! It’s not gelled to the point that I can explain it. I’m still feeling the contradiction. But I’m definitely changing the wording for our guided meditation to meet Saturn on Saturday, oh that’s Saturn’s day isn’t it!!
‘Actually, as I’m writing, is this the key to bringing feminine energy back to the Earth, is this sign really about balancing Male and female energies? There isn’t one sign that does it, you can see it in the Libra/ Aries axis with their rulers. Is this the key to how we have lost touch with feminine energies and looking after the Earth? We’ve been ‘traditionally’ looking at the ambitious, masculine side of Capricorn and somewhere along the line, the grandmothers have been written out of history and forgotten. Yes, there’s something here.
‘Yes, this now makes more and more sense (can you feel my Gemini Ascendant getting it as the energies come out of my head, onto paper, or rather, through me). Think about the axis with Cancer which is the feminine, nurturing the self, take it across the other side of the chart and we get nurturing the Earth, nurturing all aspects of ourselves, not just the feminine. Actually, now I’m getting that they are both about balancing Male and female. Interesting!’
To which I replied briefly as by then I was heavily into writing this and other blogs:
‘Yes! I’ve always looked on the Cancer-Capricorn axis as uniting god and goddess, masculine and feminine, anima and animus.’
It was a conversation to be continued at Terrie’s ‘Goodbye 2017, hello 2018 workshop the following weekend. But that’s enough for now. No doubt this is a topic to which I shall return!
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