Comet ISON, meanwhile, is Out of Bounds at 10 degrees of Cancer, joining Ceres in the Grand Trine with Saturn and Neptune, and Opposing Pluto in a T-Square with Mercury-Uranus at its head. Is there any advance information we can glean about ISON that will help us understand what it may mean for us Earthlings?
Well, it was discovered at an observatory near Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s hometown, a town in the shadow of the tallest peak in Europe, Mt. Elbrus, and long famous for its mineral baths. Solzhenitsyn was kind of an Eridean character, wasn’t he, illuminating Denial as he did. Mt. Elbrus is a lovely 5600m glaciated twin-peaked stratovolcano overlooking and watering the rich lands of the historical Cossacks, or Khazakhs. The Cossacks are known for their fierce Uranian independence and democratic traditions. Mt. Elbrus was where Zeus chained Prometheus for stealing Fire from the Gods.
This is quite a history. It suggests that the Mercury-Uranus T-Square is Challenging us to embrace Self-Knowledge, Honesty, Clarity, and Self-Determination, celebrate our Positive Emotions (watering the rich lands), and honor the Sanctity of the Body (the mineral spas), as rituals that will accelerate our Transformation (Pluto) and Ascension (stealing Fire).
Cossack territory of course included Chechnya. If “suspect #1” in the Boston bombing was named after Tamerlane the Great, the 14th-century conquerer that aimed to reassemble the domain of Genghis Khan, massacring five percent of the World’s then-population in the process, that makes the whole Grand-Trine mystery –
Why all the violence when we’re entering a period of Grace? And what is it that’s being dredged up out of Denial?
– suddenly clear. Ancient enmity emerging from the Collective Unconscious, a massive global clearing of primal xenophobia, something totally necessary before any hope of Collaboration between all the Peoples and Lizards of the Planet to address their common impending demise.
The conflicts in Bosnia and environs were necessary to clear out a deep complex of conflicts dating from Roman, Ostragoth, and Ottoman days. This is the next step, taking us further back to our Sumerian roots.
Tamerlane the Great was known for slaughtering the populations of entire cities, tens of thousands of people at a time, and piling up their heads into gigantic towers, while letting witnesses escape to the next city on his campaign, to spread terror before him. Aside from the implications about propaganda, there are also implications of the kinds of mass die-off that Global Warming is likely to produce. The message to us is,
Cleanse the ancient held Unconscious Contents so the Planet won’t be forced to cleanse the species instead.
These are Contents in the Universal Unconscious, the realm of Pluto.
An ison is also the background drone in a Byzantine chant, an aid in Trance Formation. The Byzantine Empire coexisted with Tamerlane the Great. Sailors from the Byzantine Empire helped the Ottoman Turks escape from his carnage when he attached Anatolia and the Levant. Fifty years after Tamerlane’s death, the reconstituted Ottomans overran the Byzantine Empire.
And Ison is a cultivar of the Muscadine grape (thanks to Edible Landscaping for the loan of the portrait). Muscadines still grow wild in the US Southeast, and their cultivars are among the sweetest of grapes, used for making dessert wines, though they have a tough, tart skin. Maybe the Grand Trines imply that if we can’t steal Fire from the Gods, we can borrow heavenly Grapes from the Goddess. Muscadines don’t contain Resveratrol, however.
The Sixth Harmonic
Putting a marker there at Cancer 10 gives us five points of a Grand Sextile. A Grand Sextile is six planets spaced equally around the Zodiac, and generally regarded as an extraordinary benefic. While a Third-Harmonic Trine represents Grace, a Sixth-Harmonic Sextile symbolizes Creative Grace. The Third Harmonic symbolizes Love with Wisdom, and a Trine brings the danger of arrogance, should one be tempted to interpret the Grace as a characteristic of their persona rather than a Gift from the Gods. Until self-knowledge and Other-knowledge are obtained, it’s reasonable to expect arrogance to arise, as most bearers of natal Grand Trines will admit from their youth. The Trine teaches that wisdom.
The Sixth Harmonic denotes Partnership, and a Sextile implies that the results of Creative work are very beneficial, so the individual Consciousness is directly involved in manifesting the Grace. A Grand Sextile is composed of six of these end-to-end, so they circle the whole Zodiac, making a six-pointed Star, or Merkaba – the Chariot of Ascension. When you have six Sextiles aligned, you automatically have two Grand Trines and three Golden Rectangles embedded within – or Great Grace.
In the current incomplete Grand Sextile, besides ISON-Ceres, the other planets involved are Venus-Pallas, Chiron-Neptune, Pluto, and Saturn. I would expect this to bring some very powerful movement into our Chiron-Neptune New Paradigm, where Cooperation and Mutual Concern trump Competition and Win-Lose.
The 4.21 Grand Sextile
And as we’d expect, on April 21, the Moon fills in the vacant corner of the Merkaba and completes the Grand Sextile…
The blue lines trace out the hexagram, the six-pointed Star, the two Grand Trines, and the three Golden Rectangles. But in this chart there are not six, but eight planets in or near the same degree. The Grand Sextile planets occupy Magnetic (Yin) Signs, while the other two – Juno and Mercury-Uranus – are in Dynamic (Yang) Signs. That means that the Grand Sextile is joined by two T-Squares (the red lines), pointing at Juno and Mercury-Uranus.
We’ve already been working with the Juno T-Square and its likely revision of our Unconscious Identity. The other T-Square has been forming, but Ceres is still six degrees from its Opposition to Pluto, so we haven’t brought it up yet. But ISON brings this T-Square into the open. Mercury will move away rapidly, so we’re left with Ceres-ISON triggering the Uranus-Pluto Square.
As part of its Sustainable/Sustenance duty, Ceres will be asking us to abandon habits that disrupt our Integrity. ISON may well steal a little Fire from the Gods and put it under our butts, to motivate us to accelerate that process. There should be a window open for giving up addictions. The next (third) Uranus-Pluto Square occurs May 20. The Ceres T-Square is exact May 5-7. Slow-moving ISON completes the exact T-Square with Uranus and Pluto from April 27 till May 10.
But the two most important points in the Portal 4.21 chart are probably the Vacancies that would turn the T-Squares into Grand Crosses – the two red dots. That would neutralize their Challenges though more by providing diversion than by providing ease. Libra 10, Opposite Uranus, is symbolized by
“Having past safely through narrow rapids, a canoe reaches calm waters.”
Wouldn’t that be a welcome respite. And Leo 12, Opposite Juno, reads
“An evening party of adults on a lawn, illumined by fancy lanterns.”
While the Angular Energies and Cycles we talk about are perterbations that occur in the Unconscious, the Vacancies are Energies that we have to provide. In other words, our instructions seem to be to keep cool, stay Present, and Don’t Feed the Fears.