MythAstrology: Exploring Planets & Pantheons

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In ancient times, priests, poets, and astrologers studied the movements of the planets to understand the cycles of life. Mars, Venus, Neptune - the planets themselves are named after gods and goddesses of civilizations past.

MythAstrology is a guide to understanding the expression of planetary energies through the signs of the zodiac. Explore the many myths that...

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Overview

2005 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) 1st Runner Up in Non-Fiction category!

In ancient times, priests, poets, and astrologers studied the movements of the planets to understand the cycles of life. Mars, Venus, Neptune - the planets themselves are named after gods and goddesses of civilizations past.

MythAstrology is a guide to understanding the expression of planetary energies through the signs of the zodiac. Explore the many myths that you may be living, their lessons, and their rewards and difficulties by discovering your own astrological mythology.

All you need is a copy of your astrological birth chart and this book to form a complete astromythological profile of yourself and your friends and family. Deepen your understanding of ancient myth, modern astrology, and your own psyche.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780738705163
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Raven Kaldera is a pagan priest, intersex transgender activist, parent, astrologer, musician, homesteader, and the author of "Hermaphrodeities: The Transgender Spirituality Workbook" (XLibris Press). He is the founder and leader of the Pagan Kingdom of Asphodel, and the Asphodel Pagan Choir. He has been a neo-pagan since the age of 14, when he was converted by a "fam-trad" teen on a date. Since then, he's been through half a dozen traditions, including Gardnerian, Dianic, and granola paganism, Umbanda, Heithnir, and the Peasant Tradition. He is currently happily married to artist and eco-experimentalist Bella Kaldera, and they have founded the Institute for Heritage Skills.

...'Tis an ill wind that blows no minds.'

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The Sun

Amon-ra

Sun in Aries
In the ancient land of Khent-the Black Land as its
occupants called it-the greatest of all gods was Ra,
the burning sun. He ruled over all the land like a
great father, dispensing wisdom and putting down
rebellions. Ra was the creator, the first god of the
people of Khent, which today we call Egypt. Before
there were any others there was Ra, the all-seeing eye
in the unremitting hot sky over a parched desert
land. He was the First, just as the Aries Sun is the
first, and always will be. In his legend we see the sun
with early eyes, those of people who first looked up
and saw divinity, the source of life. Aries is primal
instinct, survival, and he is very good at it.

Ra, as the sun, spent half the day soaring in the
air, inspecting his kingdom below. In the morning he
and his boat rose out of a lotus flower, and at night
he sank into the depths of the underworld, bringing
light for its dead inhabitants. This daily voyage was
not without peril, however; there was a great serpent,
Apep, living in the Nile, who sought to swallow
Ra's boat and had to be constantly fought off.

In the underworld there were other terrors, each
attempting to devour his light. In some allegories, he
is born as a little child each morning and ages to an
old man each night.

We tend to think of Aries as a simple, straightforward sign,
rather one-dimensional, without much depth. Nothing, however,
could be further from the truth. For one thing, Aries combines
apparently contradictory archetypes within him: the Innocent Child
of springtime and the Warrior of Mars. We will cometo the Warrior
in a moment, but first we should look at Ra the sun god who lives
each day as if it were his whole life, present in the moment. This is
one of the gifts of Aries consciousness, especially in the solar placement.
Ra also needs to fight daily battles in order to survive and
bring light to both worlds, and here we can view the quintessentially
Arian trait of courage. This is the energy of the daily battle
that one emerges from victorious every time, and awakes fresh to
every morning, all demons defeated for the time being. It is part of
the Aries fire, and it is sustained by innocence. He does not believe
that he can lose or that each day may not be an event to be lived
with wonder.

Ra had a secret box locked away, which was the source of his
power. In it, as his unfortunate grandson once found, were two
items: a poisonous snake and a magical lock of blue hair. The snake
had a tendency to leap out and kill anything that opened the box,
and the lock of hair could heal any wound, even that of the deadly
snake. The two together can be read as both the Achilles heel of
Aries-the anger that leaps out impulsively, not caring who its random
targets might be-and its salvation, the lock of hair as blue as
the wide sky. The sky, in Egyptian mythology, is the place of the crying
hawk, Ra's symbol, and Horus's as well. The flying bird looks
down on things from a distance, a quality the tempestuous Aries
Sun needs to learn-using his head (from whence comes the lock of
hair) rather than his leap-and-strike survival instinct.

However, Ra made a few errors. Among them was his rather
strange attitude toward children and grandchildren. He drew from
himself the first two children, Shu the god of the air and Tefnut the
goddess of the dew, as if they were a mere experiment. When they
proceeded to have opinions and desires that did not mirror his, he
was rather surprised and annoyed. Shu and Tefnut mated and produced
two more children, Geb and Nut, and this upset Ra so much
that he ordered them permanently separated from each other, a task
Shu performed. When they managed to thwart him and produce
five children, however, he gave in and grudgingly accepted his new
brood. Aries likes new things, but only new things that go along
with his idea of how things should be, which seems like an impossible
contradiction and in fact is one. In spite of this, he recovers
quicker than many signs and does not hold grudges.

When Ra grew old and weak, his subjects began to mutter
against him. This is the worst fear of Aries the Child, who hates the
idea of old age and lack of control. Ra decided to teach his rebellious
subjects a lesson and sent Sekhmet after them, but she ate so
many of them that he had to resort to getting her drunk in order to
stop the extinction of his entire kingdom. This shows that even
when Aries' anger seems like a good idea at the time, it often gets
out of hand and has repercussions that the enthusiastic Aries never
seems to guess at beforehand. Isis also took advantage of his old
age, playing the feminine Venus-ruled Libra Moon to his masculine
Mars-ruled Aries Sun and charming the words of power out of him.
Once she had them in hand, she nullified his power and took it for
herself, and he realized-as trusting Aries often does-that he had
just been had.

Ra was the first god, and he was chief of the pantheon for millennia
of Egyptian history, but somewhere in the twelfth Pharaonic
dynasty a new god arose who would eclipse Ra and all the others,
up until the Christian era. He was warlike and strong, and bore as
patron animals the Arian ram and the aggressive goose. His name
was Amon, and his priesthood gained ground with disconcerting
speed. Pharaoh after pharaoh named himself after some relationship
to Amon or built temples or obelisks to him. The most famous of
them, the pharaoh who conquered more land than any other, was
named Ramses. Amon was Mars to the hilt; he was shown sometimes
as a man with double plumes on his head and sometimes as a
ram-headed man. He ruled the Age of Aries with his chariot and
lance.

Seeing this, the priesthood of Ra agreed to combine the two gods,
and Amon-Ra came out of that agreement. The new composite
deity that was Amon-Ra owned so much of Egypt's wealth that his
priesthood was richer than the pharaoh. After the last of the Ramses
dynasty died off, the chief...(Continues)
Author Biography: Raven Kaldera is a pagan priest, intersex transgender activist, parent, astrologer, musician, homesteader, and the author of "Hermaphrodeities: The Transgender Spirituality Workbook" (XLibris Press). He is the founder and leader of the Pagan Kingdom of Asphodel, and the Asphodel Pagan Choir. He has been a neo-pagan since the age of 14, when he was converted by a "fam-trad" teen on a date. Since then, he's been through half a dozen traditions, including Gardnerian, Dianic, and granola paganism, Umbanda, Heithnir, and the Peasant Tradition. He is currently happily married to artist and eco-experimentalist Bella Kaldera, and they have founded the Institute for Heritage Skills.

...'Tis an ill wind that blows no minds.'
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    Simple and yet powerful

    When you don't really believe in astrology, had your chart done for fun... its one thing. BUT, when a complete stranger with 12+ years of study, meets you at a local coffee shop... and is able to read your life's story from its pages, it's mind blowing. How was it that this gentleman knew me privately, when I was struggling to know myself? Since then, I've been fascinated with astrology. I got my hands on every astrology book I could find. But I wanted more~ When I came across 'Mythastrology', I knew I had to get it. In reading my natal mythastrology, it not only showed the many 'aspects' of myself, but gave me a greater appreciation to the entire wholeness of my 'inner-being.' The entirety of 'me' as a woman, an individual. The author makes the pages so simple to read and understand~ and yet powerful enough to bring self-awareness to those who are truly open to it. This book has been a part of my treasure collection and I hope it will be as much of a blessing to all who come across it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    Mythology For Astrologers and Non Astrologers Alike

    I absolutely adore this book. It has become one of my all time favorites for research and pure pleasure. As an astrologer with a consuming interest in mythology, I am in awe of the author¿s depth of knowledge of both subjects. However, it¿s not just Kaldera¿s impeccable scholarship and amazing astrological insight that draws me back to his wonderful book again and again. More than anything, it¿s the fascinating and eminently readable tales of gods and goddesses from various cultures and diverse pantheons. I must confess that each time I reread a portion of MythAstrology (which is really quite often) I can¿t help but wish that I had written it. Highly Recommended.

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