Athena's Web Weekly Column

Week of May 22nd - May 28th, 2009

The Pivots

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Horses and centaurs

Equestrian parade

  Three sets of hooves now gallop together through the stars above. While on their heavenly quest, they are slowing down and getting ready to reverse course, in order to revisit the locations they have just passed by. The dust that they are collectively kicking up is causing quite a stir in some places.

  Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune are our three equestrian riders. Jupiter is the Lord of the Centaurs as he rules over the sign Sagittarius. Chiron is a centaur. Neptune's horses were thought to be heard in the surf as it crested and crashed ashore. As Jupiter catches up to Chiron (May 23) and Neptune (May 27), it is as these two are getting ready to reverse course. Neptune's precise pivot is on May 29th, Chiron's is May 30th, but for all intents and purposes they are losing their forward motion all week as they slowly get ready to change direction. Like the other aspects, pivots are thought to 'trigger' the energy of the planet involved, squeezing it like a ripe grapefruit. The planetary 'juices' then bathe our planet and we feel their sticky effects here on Earth. With these three planets packaged so closely together, their influences are made more dramatic as they are compounded, one on top of the other.

  We see the 'inner' planets (those closer to the Sun) making aspects all the time, but the outer planets 'fall' around the Sun much more slowly, and we don't see alignments between them as often.

  That is, until now.

  Neptune is our belief system and the anonymous. When Neptune pivots, our faith is often challenged in some way. With Jupiter conjuncting Neptune, the issue can be expanded or enlarged. It hits the media and much is made of it. While Neptune is thought to rule Christianity, Jupiter rules religion. Put them together and there can be a dramatic impact involving the Church. Chiron is the wounded healer, and there is often some deep-seated anguish that is difficult to forgive and forget. It is as though the wound is too deep to be healed. According to myth, after Chiron dropped a poisoned arrow he was examining on his hoof, the pain that coursed through his body was so powerful he prayed to Zeus to be released from his immortality in order that the pain might stop.

Zeus

Zeus (aka Jupiter)

  Zeus granted his wish.

  We are already seeing the impact of this triple conjunction in a report on the abuses of the Irish Catholic Church over the last six decades. With these three planets so close together (all within the 26th degree of Aquarius this week) it makes the impact that much more dramatic.

  On the 29th and 30th, the review will begin, minds will be changed, doors opened, if only to commence a deeper scrutiny. There will be an additional layer on June 15th as Jupiter, the quickest of the three contenders, pivots.

  From the BBC:

  "Victims of child abuse at Catholic institutions in the Irish Republic have expressed anger that a damning report will not bring about prosecutions. The report, nine years in the making and covering a period of six decades, found thousands of boys and girls were terrorized by priests and nuns.

  "Government inspectors failed to stop beatings, rapes and humiliation.

  "John Walsh, of Irish Survivors of Child Abuse, said he felt “cheated and deceived” by the lack of prosecutions.

  "The findings will not be used for criminal prosecutions - in part because the Christian Brothers successfully sued the commission in 2004 to keep the identities of all of its members, dead or alive, unnamed in the report.

  "No real names, whether of victims or perpetrators, appear in the final document."

  God bless us all, every one.

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