On July 29 a great hexagon pattern appears in the heavens that reflects the nature of the year 2013. This Grand Hexagon is formed by two intersecting Grand Trines including the 3rd Quarter Moon along with the planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto. Generally known as a Star of David this great hexagonal formation is more aptly called the Seal of Solomon because it symbolizes the union of the Sun (Sol) and the Moon. Solomon’s Seal is the western world’s yin/yang symbol. The upward pointing triangle is fire / yang / Sun, masculine nature; the downward pointing triangle (the delta of Venus) is water / yin / Moon, feminine nature. The union of these two triangles is illustrated in Key VI The Lovers, the Tarot arcanum for 2013 (2+0+1+3=6).
Steve Nelson, “Mythic Astrologer” and good friend of “The Shift Doctors” (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.), returns to share his wisdom. Steve is an astrologer who follows a Jungian mythological tradition. He was raised by a part Cherokee shaman Aunt Maude who learned much of her lore from Molly Runningwolf, the mother of Amanita Sequoyah, the last Cherokee medicine man officially recognized by the Eastern Tribe. Steve’s Indian name is Steven Red Wolf, his lineage is of the wolf clan, one of the 7 tribal groups of the Cherokee. Steve follows many of the Cherokee traditions especially as these relate to celebrations, the use of ritual fire and star lore. For more information about Steve Nelson see www.GaiaAstrology.com
Each year is inspirited by a theme and purpose that is revealed by its number, planet of the year, lunar year sign and decan constellation story. 2013 is a #6 Year of the Lovers Tarot Key VI, Saturn is the planet of the year, it is the Year of the Snake and the year of Cetus the Sea Dragon decan constellation (in the 36-year World Wheel of Fortune). Saturn is a planet of focus, structure, and discipline through which great things can be achieved. What was dreamed in Moon Year 2012 ultimately becomes manifest in Saturn Year 2013. First though we must dispel the shadow side of Saturn which is depicted by The Devil, Tarot Key XV. (Saturn’s symbol appears on the Devil’s raised right hand.) Before we can get to the divine harmony represented by the Lovers the chains of the Devil must be broken or removed. The Devil is the collective shadow sometimes called the Dragon of the Age. This is the 7-headed dragon Leviathan of Revelation that appears in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings as Sauron (another saurian) and as JK Rowling’s Voldemorte who sends his death eaters to terrorize the world.
Saturn retrograde (Feb 18 to July 7) brought out the worst of people and the astral world, Saturn moving forward sets right the world without and within. Saturn rules karma and the clearing of karma; Saturn rules time and the changing of time. Following Saturn’s recent “ring plane crossing” we’ve been seeing more and more the northern positive pole of the ringed giant. At Saturn’s southern pole there is a gigantic vortex storm that is likened to the Eye of Sauron by some astronomers. At the northern pole of Saturn is a mysterious giant hexagon that represents a new divine order in the world. The ancients might call this the beginning of a new Golden Age of Saturn as this is the original ruler of Aquarius, the sign of the Age we’re entering now.
“In alchemy, the combination of the fire and water symbols (up and down triangles) is known as the Seal of Solomon. The symbol is representative of the combination of opposites and transmutation. By combining the alchemical symbols for fire (upwards triangle) and water (downwards triangle), the alchemical symbols for earth and air are also created. The downwards facing triangle is divided along the center by the base line of the opposite triangle. This is the alchemical symbol for earth. Conversely, the upwards triangle divided by the base line of the downwards triangle is the alchemical symbol for air. The Seal of Solomon is all that is unified in perfect balance; the Spirit Wheel.” – Wikipedia, Seal of Solomon
3rd Quarter Moon, July 29-31 (exact 5:43 pm gmt / 1:43 pm edt) ~ This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. The 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it’s time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole… Like the year, the lunar cycle has 8 phases with 8 powerful phase shift times. Each lunar phase lasts 3 1/2 days with the first 28 hours (canonical Moon period) of each phase exerting the greatest energy for change. At the onset of this particular 3rd Quarter Moon period (5:43 pm gmt July 29 – Aug 1 11:00 pm gmt), the Moon is in this powerful Grand Hexagon that exerts its full influence through this 3 1/2 day lunar phase. Note: The Grand Hexagon becomes fully activated and illuminated when the 3rd Quarter Moon phase begins. Keynotes of this formation are metamorphosis, divine union and transubstantiation. All we need to do is raise eyes to the light, dance the vortex (7 times Sunwise/clockwise round) and breathe deeply to enter this new dimension of time.
Bright Blessings to you all as you manifest your dreams in 2013!
Steve Nelson (Mythic Astrologer) along with The Shift Doctors (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.)
***Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. Find out more about him at www.GaiaAstrology.com
**The Shift Doctors (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.) are available for keynote talks, classes, events or for seminars (1/2 day or up to 2 day) on Energy Medicine personal transformation, team-building, motivation, anger management, intuitive development, or collaboration for private groups, conferences, corporations or corporate events. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more about their books, DVD’s, CD’s and tools for personal transformation at www.shiftyourlife.com.