We are now past the recently New Moon, in the midst of a Mercury retrograde in the same sign setting the stage for some rather curious energy. We can expect a few fireworks with Mars’ sextile to Pluto mid week and today Venus and Vesta make exact aspects to Hylonome and Eros respectively, under the Libra Moon.
Hylonome was a centaur with an interesting myth. Here is an excerpt from the PlanetWiki pages —
“Hylonome’s myth is an interesting one. PlanetWiki states In the myth of Cyllarus and Hylonome, we have on the surface a story about the subjugation of a woman’s life to that of a man. Hylonome was a strong, passionate woman Centaur (there were not many) who might have been a symbol of unbridled female passion. But she seems to have done the inevitable, which was fall in love with the alpha-male of the Centaurs. Then she kills herself on the spear that killed him. We get perhaps an early myth in the cycle that inspired Romeo and Juliette or any number of tragedies.
“Their deaths are senseless. We indulge this raw, naked stupidity of loss like pornography: loss for its own sake.
Looking at the total story of her life, it’s almost as if she had all this potential and then threw it away on some bloke. So, what is being grieved in the myth of Cyllarus and Hylonome?
“Is it their deaths, or the lost potential of their lives? Or is it the lost potential of Hylonome in her choices? The loss of a beautiful man, by chance or in battle, like so many fall? Is it the loss of their relationship, another chapter in the saga of lovers who just die for no reason? Well, all of the above. The message is, it’s a waste.
“Waste is one of the hardest things to accept — the meaninglessness of it gnaws away at one’s mind and feelings, because the mind insists on trying to make sense, construct a meaningful story, out of everything, and with things like this it can’t; and so it goes into a kind of spin. I think that’s how Hylonome’s mind came up with her solution, to kill herself; it really seemed like one to her.”
There may be something of these emotions we are feeling now, a tendency to wonder if a intensely complex situation was all worth it. With Venus in Scorpio aspecting this centaur, we are now likely facing some of our darker emotions and fears about a situation. But the key here is that this is a flourish of energy and it doesn’t have to be all in vain. Scorpio is the sign of letting go, surrender, death and transformation. Purge what needs to be purged now, but know there is always a better way forward if you choose. Something is a waste only as much you decide it is so. What would really be a waste would be to throw away your own love and passion because of someone else’s pessimism that everything was worthless. It would indeed be a shame.
With Vesta now trines Eros in Virgo — currently conjunct Saturn, and all three planets in a grand trine with Vesta in Taurus. This is a great amount of earthy abundance that is making itself available to us. Eros speaks to us of that which gives us a reason to love and live. In Virgo now conjunct Saturn, there may be critical tendencies that we need to avoid when it comes to what we desire. Vesta is retrograde now in Taurus asking us to dig deep and unearth the tender abundance of our infinite beings.
There is more available within a situation that is capable of bringing solid healing, building something real for the future. With Saturns conjunction to Eros there may be a feeling like we have to work hard for something, but if this is passion we are talking about and building a dream then can we afford ourselves any less? We can heal anything that needs to be healed.
“For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided
by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips,
has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter
has moistened with His own sacred tears. ” — Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
— Priya Kale, NYC
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