Well, the plot thickens again. After reading an article about how asteroid Psyche, the 16th asteroid discovered, was mostly metal but with water on it, I looked up the asteroid Psyche, to see what she was up to in our Lives. Lo, she’s sitting right on Orcus and the North Node, and Opposing Neptune.
Psyche’s a very complex figure in Greek Mythology. She supposedly represents the Heroine’s Journey, but remember, this is Greek Mythology, the story of how the Patriarchy replaces the Matriarchy, subjugating the Feminine. In most versions of the Story it’s Cupid, or Eros, that Awakens her, as if she couldn’t Awaken on her own without some lad to do it for her.
Asteroid Cupido is just past Pallas (Boundaries), and asteroid Eros is moving towards Saturn, arriving around the 21st or so, a period we’ve already described as very busy. Psyche’s Two-Spirit counterpart Sappho (Self-Love) crosses Haumea (Rebirth) next week.
In Latin, Psyche’s name is Anima, and in Jung’s view it’s Anima that needs to Awaken in a man’s psyche, not a woman’s.
Cupid was the son of Venus. He met Psyche when his mom sent him to punish the young lass for being too cute. No Golden Apples involved, as Psyche, allegedly not having yet been Awakened by Cupid, was too much of a space case, aka Innocent, or Obedient. Well-behaved, by Patriarchy standards. Venus of course symbolizes our Values, so here’s a reiteration of our earlier themes of the Life Force overcoming our Shoulds.
In the last few days, Orcus Initiated Psyche at 9 Virgo, a Degree that’s about Self-Expression. Orcus symbolizes our Vows and their denunciation. More Life Force overthrowing Moral – intellectual – Conclusions and their Emotional anchors. The North Node-Psyche Initiation is at 20 Virgo, which is about Cognitive Dissonance. The NN-Psyche Cycle is about Following our Joy; Cognitive Dissonance is about being Comfortable with Paradox.
“Nature will find its own way through our time of Change in a natural flow. No intellects to mess it up! We have a choice. We can flow with Nature, and with the nature of Change, or we can resist. It will all play out according to our own personal state of consciousness.
“Without mental or emotional attachments, we can move easily into the new – or by staying attached to our mental and emotional programs, we can stick with more-of-the-same, going nowhere. The choice will be less intellectual than emotional. Emotions make the final choices, while the intellect attempts to understand.
“If we are emotionally free, we will find that our thoughts and actions easily define the newness we are expressing. If we are emotionally fearful, we will find that we are unable to release the program of our past. Choice made!”
–-Michael Roads, Stepping… Between… Realities, pp.163-4