Nov 25, 2023 | by Daniel Giamario |
As another out-of-bounds Moon dominates the next few days, with an extreme of 28N12 declination on November 29, the Full Moon itself is already OOB 24N23 declination. Of note is that Mercury is also considerably out-of-bounds at 24Sagittarius40, with a declination of 25S47.
Considering that Gemini and Sagittarius already have the flavor of being beyond “normal”, it’s fitting to add themes related to out-of-boundness. You can even directly experience this at sunrise or sunset. Sunrise will happen way to the South of where the Full Moon will rise, the Moon will also set way North of where the Sun sets now. This phenomenon is even more pronounced at higher Northern or Southern latitudes.
Recent Research Concering The Pleiades
Following onto Vivian Hurley’s marvelous article, here are a few additional thoughts to add to our awareness of this Full Moon with the Pleiades.
There is now research that speculates that circa 70,000-100,000BCE, the Pleiades were seen as seven stars, and there are many versions of stories from around the world (India, Persia, Egypt, China, Greece, Polynesia, Australian Aboriginals and Native American) offering explanations for the lost “sister” that may actually emanate from that time. Some speculate that it’s Pleione that oscillates. I have seen several sources, but at the time of this writing I found this one!
What Some Australian Sources Say
I get interesting information from non “mainstream” sources. From researchers in Australia I have learned that the original prototypical “Pleiades” were actually the really bright six-star pattern of the Southern Cross plus the bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri. The pattern does indeed resemble what we see with the much smaller Pleiades which we know so well in present times.
There was a time back about 3000BC when the Southern Cross was seen as far north as England. But due to precession it soon disappeared to the South. At the present time, the entire configuration can only be seen below 20degrees North Latitude. The speculation here is that the Pleiades as we know them today, became a stellar stand-in for the much larger configuration of stars that disappeared to the Southern Hemisphere. This starry knowledge would have even preceded the latter, but still ancient, tales of the missing “sister”.
Festival of The Red Swords
This Full Moon also strongly reminds me of last year’s “Festival of the Red Swords” on December 8, when Mars was occulted by the Moon with the red star Aldebaran, while the Sun was conjunct the red star Antares. Now, the Full Moon is again really close with Aldebaran (which sits at 10Gemini03). While Mars, still conjunct the Sun and now in early Sagittarius, is pretty close to Antares (occupying 10Sagittarius01).
This is not quite as close as last year, but reveals that we are still in a rare “Red Swords Season”. The Red Swords are Mars, Aldebaran and Antares. This the oldest festival known to the Druids, and far from being warlike, it is commemorating a covenant established by the Atlantean Younger Dryas cataclysm survivors, agreeing to make peace and cooperate with each other in the very survival of global humanity. It’s called the Covenant of Azatlan.
A Remarkable Sabian Symbol
I often refer to Dane Rudhyar’s Sabian Symbols (as well as Lonsdale’s Chandra interpretations). This one from Rudhyar is spectacularly appropriate in our bi-furcated times. Rudhyar wrote this just a few years after a major splitting of timelines in 1968-1969. That was a time I lived through, and this Sabian describes precisely the dilemma that many of us were going through then. The energies described here are even more relevant now, as another timeline split is ongoing.
“PHASE 65 (GEMINI 5°): A REVOLUTIONARY MAGAZINE ASKING FOR ACTION.
KEYNOTE: The explosive tendency of repressed feelings and root emotions.
Every movement overstressing one direction calls forth in time an equally extreme movement in the opposite direction. This is particularly true at the level of the dualistic mind symbolized in the zodiac by Gemini. What is rigidly bound in form and convention tends to explode into formlessness. It may do so violently if socially oppressed — through revolution — or at the psychological level in psychosis; or it may withdraw inwardly into the mystical state in which one identifies with an unformulatable Reality.
This fifth stage is related to the first, for it is the experience of a world of being so far unperceived by the everyday consciousness which starts the process. In the same sense a psychedelic experience may momentarily make the mind transparent to a non-ego-structured realm of consciousness, and may lead to a sustained attempt at understanding what has been revealed of a transcendent Reality. Whether the revolutionary action is violent or peaceful, bitterly resentful or loving, the one desire is TO REACH BEYOND ESTABLISHED FORMS.”