433 Eros will conjunct Chiron (and Venus) at 1 degree
of Aquarius, as it enters the sign. Those who have
personal planets or points at the early degree of the fixed
signs, take note!
“And thou, dear father Chiron, brought
to birth with pledge of an immortal life, informed with ever-during
strength, when biting flames of torment from the baneful serpent’s
blood are coursing in thy veins, thou shall implore a welcome
death; and thy immortal life the gods shall suffer to the power
of death—and the three Destinies shall cut thy thread.” --Ovid
Chiron embodies the archetype of the Wounded Healer and teacher,
daring us to do the impossible. He is the outcast who passes
his wealth of knowledge on through the arts of healing, philosophy,
astrology, music, strategy and tactics of war. He himself was
terminal, mortally wounded yet unable to die because
of his immortality. In this way, he suffered deeply until at
last he was released from his pain by trading places in the underworld
with the Titan, Prometheus.
Chiron was half brother to Zeus, his father being Saturn who
seduced the lovely Philyra. Unfortunately, the seduction was
cut short when Rhea spied the lovers by a flowing stream. Saturn,
in his haste to escape his wife’s scrutiny, turned himself
into a horse to get away. The resultant child, Chiron, was born
a Centaur. He had the body of a horse and the torso of a man
thus merging the divine with raw nature. Philyra took one look
at her child and, repulsed, left him on the slopes of Mt. Olympus
for the gods to tend. (Which they did, after turning her
into a Lemon tree.)
Chiron grew up with the gods on Mt. Olympus. He never mingled
much with the other centaurs as they were base and ignoble, given
to wild drinking and debauchery. Rejected by his mother, ignored
by his father and outcast to the gods, mortals and centaurs alike,
Chiron sought truth in knowledge and wisdom. It is not clear
if this was done out of solace to his loneliness or purely out
of defense, but the results made Chiron one of the greatest thinkers
and healers of his time.
He taught the likes of Achilles, Actaeon, Aristaeus, Jason,
Medus and Patroclus. He was entrusted with the education of the
sons’ of kings and gods alike not just because of his great
wisdom, but also because of his unfailing goodness. When asked
who trained Achilles, Agamemnon replied:
Chiron brought him up, to prevent his learning
the ways of the wicked.
It was Chiron who felt such great compassion that he fashioned
a likeness of Actaeon to appease the suffering of the youth’s
dogs after they mistakenly devoured him.
Actaeon being gone, the dogs sought their
master howling lamentably, and in the search they came to the
cave of Chiron, who fashioned an image of Actaeon, which soothed
While Prometheus hung chained in the underworld, tortured by
the command of Zeus for bringing fire to humankind, Chiron was
accidentally wounded by an arrow of Hercules. This particular
arrow was dipped in the blood of the Hydra and promised a certain
death. Chiron, because of his immortality, could not die, nor
could he be healed and so began his deeper pain. The exchange
of places in the underworld, however, freed not only Chiron,
but Prometheus also.
There seems no surviving account of encounters between Chiron
and Eros. Certainly, their roles and attitudes in myth were quite
divergent having contrasting interests and associations. It is
clear, however that Chiron did experience love and union with
his wife, Chariclo, who bore him three daughters, Endeis, Melanippe
and Ocyrrohe. Jason speaks of them when he journeys to his homeland:
I say that I am going to bring the teaching
of Chiron; for I come from his cave, from the presence of Chariclo
and Philyra, where the holy daughters of the Centaur raised me.
One of these holy daughters is a prophetess:
“Behold, his lovely daughter, who
was born beside the margin of a rapid stream, came forward
with her yellow hair as gold adown her shoulders. She was known
by the name Ocyroe. The hidden things the Fates conceal, she
had the power to tell, for not content was she to learn her
father’s arts, but rather pondered on mysterious things."
That Chiron adored his daughter Ocyroe is clear. When she transforms
unwillingly into a mare, Chiron beseeches the aid of Apollo to
help her. His prayers, however, are in vain as Hera deals out
punishment to Ocyroe for her prophesizing. Again Chiron, and
his progeny, suffers.
When Eros is found in aspect to Chiron, an element of this
suffering is evoked. It is possible that the fires of
Eros may burn deeper so that a transformation may be assured.
It may also indicate a need to embody a greater level of compassion
in relationships, even in the face of pain, rejection or betrayal.
With transiting Eros conjunct Chiron touches a personal planet
or point, one may experience a sense of isolation or separation
from the realm of erotic union. There can be, self-imposed or
otherwise, a sense of disunion that limits or proscribes the
kind of intimacy longed for by Eros. That Chiron himself wed
Chariclo offers encouragement. Even in the face of devastation,
the outcast found love, union and procreation--yet the element
of separation comes first. Perhaps a relationship is severed,
even briefly, so that the reunion can be experienced with an
The pain of Chiron is grave. When Eros is in aspect to it,
the awakenings of erotic love can coincide with the awakenings
of the wound. This exposure can lead to the healing and release
of pain, or it can lead to a deeper wound within. Possibly, it
will do both. The levels of compassion and wisdom that can be
gained are in proportion to our willingness to experience both
the erotic and the wound, seemingly as Chiron did.
The transit of progressed Venus over Eros denotes a social time
when we seek out the company of others and the stimulation of
real human contact. Mostly these times will result in warm feelings
and a heightened awareness of values and desires. Sometimes they
will coincide with a very strong urge to fulfill those desires
and longings, no matter what the consequence.
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These two bodies conjunct along with Chiron on the 24-26th
of December, 2005 @ 1 degree of Aquarius. Venus is
a symbol of the power of values and attraction and when it is
touching Eros those powers can ignite into the manifestation
of just what we want. The interesting thing to note, when this
happens, is the response to that manifestation. Sometimes what
we want fails to sustain or fascinate us once it is obtained.
If contacting a personal planet or house cusp, these transits
can help clarify cravings and bring to consciousness the nature
of their value.
It is also possible, under this Venus/Eros conjunction,
to discover that the conscious desires and the unconscious ones
are not identical. As the saying goes, if we are advertising
for Poets and keeps getting truck
best check the ad. This can be a good time to get
in touch with personal values we hold esthetically important.
If no contradictory transits are in place at the at the same
time, it can also have a festive feel encouraging celebration
and socializing. If it is linked with other indicators and conjuncting
an angle, node or vertex, it can mark the beginnings
of a new intimate relationship.
Kratzenstein-sub, Orpheus & Eurydice.
3361 Orpheus will be conjunct Eros within
5 degrees (by retrograde) from the 6th of January,
2006 to the 11th of
January, 2006. The exact degree of conjunction is 9
Aquarius on the 9th of January, at the same time as the
Asteroid 3361 Orpheus is an earth-crosser, meaning it
orbits between Venus and Jupiter, crossing the orbital path
of earth. It takes 1.33 years to complete a revolution
around the sun.
The mythology of Orpheus is striking, especially when we understand
the intensity of love that compels and transforms him, and his
connection to Sappho. The story is about the ascension of consciousness
after an experience of love, death, transformation and death
yet again. Orpheus is transformed! He can animate
the earth, trees and animals that hear his songs. This means, “in
the reverse symbolism of myths, that he seeks and achieves union
with the outer realms of Nature and the Cosmos; that he moves
from the particular and the self-centered to the universal.” (Thanasis
Maskaleris, Narcissus and Orpheus)
Orpheus, given a Lyre and taught to play by Apollo, was the
greatest musician of his time, perhaps of all times. According
to the Ancient Greeks, his music and his singing voice would calm
wild beasts. It saved the Argonauts form the deadly lure of the
Sirens, and even evoked trees and rocks to uproot and dance.
Some say that Orpheus preferred ‘youths’in his intimate
encounters but he fell in love with and married Eurydice. At his
wedding the couple were blessed but the oracle was not
optimistic. Shortly after the ceremony, the shepherd Aristaeus
was taken by the beauty of Eurydice and pursued her. She fled through
a meadow and was bitten by a snake. It killed her instantly.
Orpheus greave long, desperately and deep, so much so that he
decided to go down into the underworld and retrieve her. He used
his songs to charm Cerberus, guardian of the threshold, and persuade
Hades to let her return to the land of the living with him.
Hades agreed but there was one stipulation.
Eurydice was to follow him out of the underworld and
he was not to look back at her until they cleared the entrance
and gained the light of day. Sadly, he looked back just before
they were free and he lost her all over again.
Virgil writes in the first century AD:
Orpheus,” (Eurydice cries out), “what
ruin hath thy frenzy wrought
On me, alas! and thee? Lo! once again
The unpitying fates recall me, and dark sleep
Closes my swimming eyes. And now farewell:
Girt with enormous night I am borne away,
Outstretching toward thee, thine, alas! no more,
These helpless hands.’ She spake, and suddenly,
Like smoke dissolving into empty air,
Passed and was sundered from his sight; nor him
Clutching vain shadows, yearning sore to speak,
Thenceforth beheld she, nor no second time
Hell's boatman brooks he pass the watery bar. (Verg.G. 4:
Now falling into an even deeper grief, he becomes a seer and a
healer as well as a musician. He adds to his bardic tradition the
skills or the oracle (not unlike Chiron). His mourning was so profound
that he was eventually dismembered by Maenads to silence his
grief. His limbs were strewn everywhere and his head and Lyre float
down river and into the sea. Eventually, his head lands on the
island of Lesbos where the magic of his voice and music is passed
on, eventually, to Sappho. His Lyre is set amongst the stars as
We can ask, why did he look back? Why didn’t he trust that
Eurydice was there, even if he couldn’t see her or hear the
sounds of her footfalls? How could he ‘forget’ the
mandate of Hades?
Maskaleris points out, what matters
more is the experience Orpheus has, and the resultant transformation—his
knowledge of the dark realm, his second loss of his beloved and
how these encounters, more bitter than sweet, change his soul.
He ascends to become more than he was before, as musician and seer,
and finally as healer.
Some say that when he died, he was then reunited
with Eurydice where he played for her endlessly in the underworld.
With Orpheus conjunct Eros, especially for those who have planets
or points around 9 degrees of the fixed signs,
the experience may coincide with an exceptional transformation.
What house this occupies my advise as to the area of life that
provokes the change and the people that may participate.
Herbert Marcuse writes about mythic and psychological considerations
of Eros and Orpheus saying, “The
images of Orpheus . . . reconcile Eros (love) and Thanatos (death).
They recall the experience of a world that is not to be mastered
and controlled but to be liberated--
a freedom that will release the powers of Eros now bound in the
petrified forms of man and nature. These powers are conceived not
but as peace, not as terror but as beauty… the Orphic Eros
transforms being: he masters cruelty and death through liberation.
His language is song, and his work is play.” Herbert
and Civilization” Chapter 8.
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Mars, Jupiter, Saturn &Neptune T-square
From January 8, 2006 to January
22, 2006, Eros will trigger the
points of the long-term fixed T-square involving
Mars in Taurus, Jupiter in Scorpio, Saturn in Leo and Neptune in
Aquarius. Anyone with fixed planets or points between 7 and 19
degrees of the fixed signs needs to watch this transit closely;
Everyone can be alert to the 4 houses this configuration highlights!
Eros and Mars
When Mars transits Eros meet, it is possible to have a powerful
impact, especially if they stay within orb for long. Mars wants
action and according to the sign and house involved, he often gets
In the context of the Grand Cross, the libido intensifies
giving the added zing to go out and get, say or do what needs to
be done. The desire nature increases, boosting Jupiter, goading
Saturn and honing Neptune. The grace or delicacy of the approach,
however, is usually minimized.
If this aspect touches off natal points, we are likely to feel
an insatiate desire for intimacy and erotic union. Depending on
the situation, this could result in the initiation of a new affair
or relationship or at least put us in touch with those longings
if they lay repressed or dormant. It may also indicate an eruption
or conflict in an ongoing relationship but usually that is the
case only if there is stagnation or a backlog of unexpressed feelings.
In this situation, the challenge of Mars, and even a resultant
fray, can lead to deeper understanding as feelings express and
the air clears.
Eros and Jupiter
Eros in square to Jupiter
can increase the levels of optimism and desire bestowing a feeling
of invincibility. When the king of the gods gets a wink from Eros,
he’s probably not going to want to sit at home alone. Adventure,
exploration and the pursuit of sexual encounters could be high
on the list of royal priorities. Unfortunately, there are a few
This transit can coincide with chance rendezvous
that lead to opportunities for romantic, creative and enterprising
pursuits. Because Eros awakens the enthusiasm and eagerness of
the individual, they often present themselves in a way that generally
gets a yes. Jupiter aroused believes in himself to such
a degree that the tendency is to 'go over the top'. One can overstep
the boundaries of Saturn and the foggy regions of Neptune, making
for some very mysterious encounters--including those of the shadow.
This transit can also synchronize with formal agreements
such as new contracts for partnership, book and CD launches, art
exhibitions, celebrations and sometimes weddings. It may be considered
in an electional or horary chart as positive for these kinds of
activities when not linked to the other outer planets.
Eros and Saturn
When transiting Eros and Saturn met, the desire to
ground in the depths of a meaningful sexual union can become quite
strong. It can also be terribly frightening. The passions of Saturn
are no less potent than mars or Jupiter, they just have trouble
expressing themselves in overt and straightforward ways. An awakened
Saturn means an awakened Shadow, and that can mean there is a serpent
It is important to honor the power Saturn has to
manifest an image of our inner demon. The tricky bit is that this
inner demon may appear, at first, as a dream lover, a perfect match.
The one it may be, but which one? Usually it is the one that matches
and awakens every little scrap of fear, inhibition, sense of defect,
isolation, pain and loneliness a person can store. Why this feels
so good initially is a complex mystery. Why it may spiral down
into a stinking mire of unprocessed and unexpressed emotional turmoil
makes much better sense.
Eros and Saturn may indicate the
deepening of a relationship into a more tangible form, with all
the fears and potentials that coincide with such an event. It can
signify the awareness of a bond between two lovers that keeps them
together in the face of aversion. It can also signify the separation
of that bond if the aversion becomes too great.
The longer lasting transits to Saturn will manifest
according to the emotional maturity and experience of the individual.
For those who have yet to experience their first Saturn return,
it can seem like outer circumstances block every effort to merge,
create and transform. For those who have touched on their natal
Saturn somewhat, it can coincide with commitment, deep attachment
and even marriage. If Saturn is aspected to Eros in the natal chart,
the opportunity to review those natal issues will arise. In this
case, the chance for growth is accompanied by this transit, although
it may feel more like pruning at the time.
Eros and Neptune
When the god of numinous spirit conjuncts the
god of love, a quickening occurs. If this transit manifests
at all in the conscious awareness, it immerses us in a sea of unity
with the divine, taking us so far above the mundane matters of
the world we can see only the immortal beloved. If we project the
experience back to 'waking life' we feel rather romantically incline,
if not helplessly head over heals in love, with a person, project
What may be going on is a reminder call about the
spiritual world, about the inner experience of the ineffable. This
can rarely be processed in any rational or personal way but is
readily scooped up into a projection of longing for the usually
unobtainable other. Hopelessly impossible relationships dangle
between people who have little or no chance of being with each
other in any conventional sense of the word. The mystery of it
all is that this does not seem to matter.
What matters are the feelings evoked. Quite possibly,
there will be times when these feelings far surpass any sensation
ever experienced before, defying translation into rational forms
of communiqué. The awakening may seem based on tremendous
sensual and sexual attraction yet the results can be a peak or
With this contact, the spirit leaves the body and travels a world
impossible to comprehend. Something takes place in that ‘other
realm’, behind the veil, where everything merges into
one continuum of energy and light. This is not an ordinary experience,
this is communion with the goddess.
Because this contact also activates Saturn, Jupiter
and Mars, the range of experiences can be extensive. Those
interested in exploring this further, please visit the new thread
on the forum!
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