The Purging Of The Priesthood And The Departing Of The Ways – Super Tuesday In The US
With all that’s going on in the United States with the election and the fact that another Super Tuesday is coming up, I found it very interesting to note the Sabian Symbols for the Sun for the next couple of days.
From about 2.38pm Monday AEST in Australia (which translates into 8.38pm PST and 11.38pm EST on Sunday evening in the United States) for the next 24 hours (until Monday evening in the States) – the Sun will be on Pisces 25 –
The following is my interpretation from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom – (please do keep in mind that, although I’m largely referring to the election in the United States, this degree can manifest on any and every level in our personal lives)… what ‘purging’ do you need to do? Do you need to be more careful or judicious about what or who you let into your life? Is it time to firmly say goodbye to something or someone that has been holding you back? Is it time to wake up to some astoundingly obvious realities?
Is it time to concentrate on your own projects? To get going with the things that give you and your life more meaning? To concentrate on those things that are really important to you (even if they are not important to others in your life?)
On the political level, but also on the personal, watch for people speaking of scapegoats and scapegoating. Watch for finger pointing and blame. Be aware that you may have to let go of your own opinions if they bring confusion or doubt to others… etc. etc. etc.
The Sun on Pisces 25: THE PURGING OF THE PRIESTHOOD
Commentary: ‘The Purging of the Priesthood’ is an image of people having to measure up to spiritual or moral values. Whoever upholds a position in the ‘Priesthood’ should act in an appropriate manner and minister to the needs of people without any ulterior motives. When people don’t live up to their duties or the expectations of others, it often leads to someone having to leave, retire, resign or be ejected. ‘Purging’ means to get rid of and it can lead to scapegoats: those that are thrown into the desert, abandoned and forgotten.
Oracle: Periodically, there is a need to cleanse and purify motives, leading to a better representation of moral and spiritual values. Sometimes we need to reexamine moral and spiritual sincerity in a person, corporation, community or situation. Getting rid of people or ideals that hold one back can open up situations to more trust, sharing and enjoyment. You may have to dismiss someone, or a group of people, from their duties or from their ability to affect your life in some way. It is easy to lose sight of the ideal through the use of the rationalizing mind, the ego, security issues or emotive passion. However, if someone has not lived up to their responsibilities on some level, often it’s best for the future, and one’s peace of mind, to be free of them. It may lead to a breakthrough in the understanding of where they’ve gone “off the rails”, as well. Sometimes there’s a need to get clearly out of the reach of people’s “influence”. People who hold ‘Priestly’ attitudes often have quite a lot of power and hold on others. People will often give them power, thereby forsaking their own powers in the process. What side of this ‘Purging’ are you on? Are you the one with the “right” motives? There could be a fear of rejection at work. Whatever your situation, stating your truth and staying with it is the best option.
Keywords: Revealing the truth of people for who and what they truly are. Cutting people off. Throwing out things that don’t measure up. Forced retirement and redundancies. Payouts at the end of employment. Dismissals. Opting out for moral reasons. Being fired. Holes left where someone took up a lot of space.
The Caution: Stressful battle over who’s in charge. Blackmail. The threat of being thrown out. Something being revealed. Evicting people because they deceive, lie or mislead or just because they’re not liked. Bringing somebody down. Scapegoating others. Corruption and scandal that threaten collapse. Wanting to appear to be doing the right thing. Coverups. The burning of books. Perversion.
The following day – from Monday evening right through the day of Super Tuesday in the States, the Sabian Symbol for the Sun will be Pisces 26. This sounds like someone, possibly a few people, are going to pull out of the race. I guess that is most probably always true, but it is interesting to note the correlation of the Sabian Symbol for the Sun for both of these degrees over these few days on the lead up to Super Tuesday.
Pisces 26: A NEW MOON REVEALS THAT IT’S TIME FOR PEOPLE TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR DIFFERENT PROJECTS – with this degree, we often feel the urge or the necessity, of splitting off from others, for saying goodbye, perhaps, or, just for making sure that you give enough time to the things you want to be doing.
Commentary: ‘A New Moon Reveals That it’s Time For People to Go Ahead With Their Different Projects’ shows the realization of a new time dawning; there’s a new beginning. Each month, at the ‘New Moon’, there is the necessary energy and impetus to get new things started. It is conventionally a time to put energy into anything new in your life, as it will have forward momentum.
Oracle: There’s an image here of the emergence of new possibilities and new horizons. This Symbol can imply a moving away from or a splitting up of people, however this may not always be the case. There could be a call for a couple to split off from the rest of the family, or somebody might need some space to be alone or get on with something they want or need to do. Hence it doesn’t always mean a split or separation, although it certainly can. People have their own responses to situations, so it is important not to expect everyone to react in the same way when something unexpected, or new, comes up. Periodically, there is a need to let things go from the past. Relationships, jobs, friendships; in fact any situation at all might be coming to completion, or needing a break for a while. There can be the feeling of a dividing wall coming up between you and others. This situation may have been brewing for some time and now the consequences of it are coming to light. However, if people are given their own measure of freedom, they may come back together when the time and the energy is right. Perhaps it’s a good idea to direct some energy into a new project at the time of the next ‘New Moon’. Light a candle and state your intentions with honesty and feel the effects of the rewards that can come flooding in with this new beginning. Remember to honor “the other”, the other person who may have their own ‘Project’ or path to follow.
Keywords: Diversifying. Applying talents in a different direction. People splitting up and splitting off. New opportunities and potentials. The beginning of a new age. Letting go of the old and outworn. Separations. Embracing one’s future without the need for others. Coming to a fork in the road. Divorces. New jobs, directions and destinies. The dawning of a new era.
The Caution: Not giving, or receiving emotional support. Feeling split off and alone, even when one is with others. The fear and loathing of possible separation. Overthrowing the old too quickly. Changing direction unexpectedly. The fear of old age. Relationships that fail again and again.
It’s also interesting to note that Saturn and Mercury will be in an exact square on Super Tuesday and BOTH of them are on ‘Easter’ degrees. These can speak about resurrections – yes – and being nailed to the cross for a cause, a belief, a reaction, because of a ‘purging’ perhaps? Also, there can be scapegoating in these degrees as well. (I find it amazing in the extreme that Elsie Wheeler gave birth to the Sabian Symbols in a double blind test where she didn’t know what degrees she was giving the phrases that become the Sabian Symbols to… amazing… )
There can also be depression, negative thinking and a sense of doom and gloom. We must ward off these feelings through knowing that all will be ok… we need to have faith and trust…
Mercury will be on Pisces 17: AN EASTER PROMENADE
Commentary: ‘An Easter Promenade’ is seen. A ‘Promenade’ is defined as a “leisurely walk taken for pleasure, to display one’s finery, etc.” The ‘Easter Promenade’ is a celebration of bright clothes, fancy hats, and competitions, with appearances by such things as the easter bunny. This is a tradition born more out of the older celebrations of the spring solstice than the Christian festival of Easter and the crucifixion, but these separate festivals long ago became combined and they now compliment each other. In the northern hemisphere our souls are renewed with the beauty of spring approaching and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Feelings of hope and faith are deepened during this very significant event in the Christian calendar.
Oracle: There is regularly a need to share with others the celebration of your community’s religious or spiritual aspirations and ideals. It doesn’t matter whether there is a feeling of actual religious cohesion amongst the people in this ‘Easter Promenade’, it’s more about sharing strong community values. Often, the actual meaning behind the celebration is completely ignored. New traditions can build on old traditions until, sometimes, the origins can seem lost, blurred or forgotten. This is not really a problem as long as it brings people together in an atmosphere of peace and joy. On a deeper level, there may be other layers of meaning to these celebrations that have also been lost completely, but nevertheless leave a vibration or resonance that is in our unconscious awareness. The ‘Easter Promenade’ is about the layering of traditions and to some extent the superimposing of new traditions on the old. No matter how structured or organized this celebration is, if it’s done with joy and warmth of feeling, it will inspirit the group, infusing them with a sense of emotional unity. It is the combination of celebrations of rebirth, fertility and the communal renewal of faith in the good things of life.
Keywords: Renewed faith in one’s life circumstances. Rising up from doubt, fear and loss. Public holidays and their celebrations. Dressing up. Easter bonnets. Easter eggs, chickens and the fertility rites of spring. Rebirth. Forgiveness. Joy. Spiritual unity. Religious holidays. Worship. Renewal. Parades. Transformation.
The Caution: Superficial shows of unity. Craving for attention. Always needing an excuse to get together and unite. Empty displays of faith or joy. Doing things only because everyone else is doing them. Feeling lost, alone and forsaken in the crowd. Guilt trips. Exclusion of other faiths. Religious domination.
and Saturn is on Sagittarius 17: AN EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE DRAWS A LARGE CROWD
Commentary: ‘An Easter Sunrise Service Draws a Large Crowd’ is an image of people coming together in the early hours of the morning, at ‘Sunrise’, to celebrate the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our souls are renewed with the beauty of spring and the celebration of the resurrection of the Savior, Jesus. We can find hope and our faith deepened during this significant event in the life of Christ. Although ‘Easter’ is a Christian festival, this situation can apply to any creed where rebirth and redemption is the path.
Oracle: Whatever the situation facing you, this is a time of spiritual rebirth where you, and others, can rise above the failings of the past into a whole new beginning. Coming out of doubt and despair will enable everyone to concentrate on what is possible in this new era. As this ‘Easter Sunrise Service Draws a Large Crowd’, it seems that there is, or needs to be, an unwavering faith in communal spiritual values, although there can be a feeling of society offering up something or someone to sacrifice or to purge the guilt or the sins of the past. We need to move past the more difficult issues or the problems of our histories, particularly issues where someone felt a sense of failure, loss, despair, betrayal or unfaithfulness. Forgetting past hurts and insults in favor of enjoying the reality of life in the here and now will lift everyone’s spirits. However, it may indeed be possible to resurrect ideas, situations or people that long since felt lost, or indeed, bring them back from “the dead”. The present needs to be seen in the light of a new era, with the difficulties of the past being laid to rest for good. Join with others in expressions of joy as this can lift everyone’s spirits. Rituals performed with ceremony, or going to a church or temple can reconnect you spiritually.
Keywords: Performing deeds with reverence, respect and a sense of celebration. Cohesive communal expressions of faith. The dawning of a new era. Church services. Dawn services. The community gathering for a common purpose. Resurrections and rebirths. Revivals. The need for faith in a bright future. Devotion. Worship.
The Caution: Obsession with the ceremony rather than the true purpose or ideal. Feeling unable to lift one’s spirit. Loss and shame of the past clouding the possibilities of today’s reality. Disillusionment around issues to do with the Church