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"Breaking Through the Ether" by Bryan Donaldson

Ophiuchus and Ether:
Disruption and Change

The times we live in determines how celestial influences affect us. Animals and the early humans were directly influenced by the planets and stars. They lived and died according to the cycles, with no consciousness of what they were. Like the seasons, they came and went independently of all mankind's protestations and prayers. Ozymandias couldn't hold back the tides, and was swept away, because they were controlled by the cycles of the Moon, and man's puny magnificence was no match for them. Ozymandias claimed immortality, but it was sheer hubris to expect that the Moon would cede it to him.

All that remains of Ozymandias: his feet

Our modern world is filled with latter-day Ozymandias hopefuls, who want celestial influence to pass through the filter of their own perceptions, and their political and economic systems. The Moon, however, operates on its own, and only answers to its orbit. Like the Moon, Astrology, once the aspiration to the higher being through understanding nature, can always be hijacked by charlatans to encourage self-gratification, and onanism of the spirit. We are constantly reminded that the Sun and Moon and the planets don't care, nor do they take sides, nor play by our rules, and will not guarantee our hopes and dreams. They move with their own rationale, defined by an eternal, galactic law that we often don't want to accept. The universe can appear chaotic to us, just as much a disrupter as a comfort to us. But nature occurs in seasons, and the planets move in cycles. We may attempt to trivialize them, but they are eternal compared with us. Nature is guided by the planets and the heavens guide our lives. The stars emerge out of the plasma of space and are propelled by forces beyond our comprehension. The spectrum of the galaxies is the macrocosm of what nature is on earth. As stars live and die, so do we. Nature rules all.

The Polarity of Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus represents the natural law and its changes; she appears out of the ether, a substance of ineffable transformation and marvel. Astrology tells us that ether is the "element" of Ophiuchus. Ether has a spiritual and material meaning in astrology, since in early times it was the only known catalyst for chemical reactions and detonation. Ether also had the amazing power to take away pain, but behind its mundane uses, ether also represented polarity, as two extremes working in tandem. Over 3,000 years ago, the Chinese designated ether as the centerpiece for a universal law of the unity of opposites, as expressed with Yin and Yang symbols. This set ether apart from other substances, since, for then-unknown reasons, ether was unpredictable and volatile, just as likely to blow up in our faces as to provide us with blessings. Ether was anointed with miraculous powers of transformation, even the mistaken idea it had the power to change lead to gold. Ether facilitated a sudden move from yin to yang, and back, effortlessly and if by magic.

Man could not control ether, however. Ether had its own life and dynamic and early metaphysicians wracked their brains to manipulate it, but failed. Ether has singular chemical properties, and the changes it produces are not a result of our needs or desires, or magic incantations; but are driven by an inherent logic that defied man's puny efforts to exploit it. Thus the association of magic with ether, but in the event, ether, like magic, doesn't hold up to man's expectations of it which are selfish and unscientific. The same can be said of Ophiuchus.

Ophiuchus is not the servant of man

Looking at the nature of ether is like looking at the meaning of Ophiuchus. She represents both the perilous danger and the hope of change, depending on what you can lose or gain. Ophiuchus, a female deity, was pegged as a saboteur of man's institutions, because she guarded the temple of women, a shrine to natural law. She was, and is, a disrupter of man's world. Ophiuchus was summarily removed from the Zodiac by male astrologers in an attempt to negate female power. During the inquisition, the Roman church viewed Ophiuchus (and the number 13) as the devil's work, and killed thousands upon thousands of innocent women and girls, and even men who associated themselves with them, as reprisals against women's human rights. They killed Ophiuchus (or so they thought) to underscore an annexation of women's capabilities and their freedom. Mainstream pseudo-astrology today is a reactionary quagmire, a continuation of the enslavement of women, and a distorted view of the universe. Tropical astrology is a throwback to the degradation of women, a continuing attempt by misogynists and quacks to rewrite history and deny the astronomical facts.

Yet, Ophiuchus the female does exist in our mythology and is part of astrological lore, regardless of the subterfuge of tropical astrologists. Ophiuchus is the constant reminder that nature is more powerful than men's armies and kingdoms, a fact that drives them crazy.

Angry Ophiuchus?

Two perceptions of Ophiuchus

Men are scared of women's power because she stands in the way of their determination to exploit and usurp nature and to deny their own mortality. Women's bodies are the inherent acceptance of natural law, as in their covenant with birth and death. In this dispensation of consciousness, what's good for women is bad for men. Where would men get their slaves and concubines if Ophiuchus was the guide for our imaginations and incantations? Men therefore regard Ophiuchus as a poisonous infection; yet women regard her with reverence and love. Ophiuchus can't and won't alter herself to suit anyone. When this celestial goddess changes form, it's only in the way men and women see her differently, as an aspect of her polarity and a reaction to which of us is in control. Ophiuchus isn't two-faced, it's which face we see when we gaze at her constellation. Men instinctively see her as Medusa, the monster. Women see her as a healer and an advocate.

The imperialistic aims of male domination aren't served by her. Ophiuchus isn't here to help man, but to destroy his ridiculous edifices and conceits, to protect women from harm. The evil that men perceive is a fiction they generate to justify enslaving women. To them, Ophiuchus, like Lilith and the Black moon, involves retribution and revenge, a threat to their hegemony. As they drive society into a man-made crisis, the only vision they have of Ophiuchus is as an obstacle to power. This is so persistent, that men have actually created in Ophiuchus, and nature herself, the very image they fear most: the snake; cold and self-interested, with the power to strike suddenly from the shadows. For Ophiuchus, the snake represents knowledge; for man, it is the symbol of death.

Yet, by another standard, Ophiuchus is the healer. She repopulates the Earth and restores it. She comes to us to rectify the imbalances and injustice perpetrated by man. How she accomplishes this is up to her, and the weapons she has at her disposal. The hopes of a return to natural law also means the loss of faith in the laws of mankind, and his armies and kings. Ophiuchus is a law-breaker and a implacable foe to man's arrogance. Need proof? Look at how easily women can topple the sexual predators in our midst. As if by a single sweep of her hand, Ophiuchus can blow their cover and expose them like maggots under a rock.

However, good or bad, Ophiuchus of either stripe isn't on-call like a bellhop. When we open the doors of perception, we can't predict what will emerge, or the means by which Ophiuchus operates.

Ophiuchus isn't always aligned with women, or even humanity. This supports the paradigm of the shadow epiphany of Ophiuchus as a maniac and a mass-murderer, and an anti-social trickster. Let's take a more current example. If we view Donald Trump (with his Moon in Ophiuchus) as the answer to a dying empire, to Make America Great Again, we are seeing her as a tool of capitalism. Yet, she may also be materializing as the force that is pushing mankind into the abyss, as if the only change possible is through a painful journey. If we see Ophiuchus in her darkest incarnation, what Trump represents and what he is doing makes perfect sense. He is leading us down the path of destruction by accelerating mankind's decline. He uses his sorcery to hold millions of people under his spell. Trump is leading his followers into insanity and death. Inevitably, the end of man's violence is always attended by his own destruction; as war begets peace, and evil is supplanted by the good. The end of any spell is like a bubble being pricked, and its subsequent repudiation. Trump holds the power now, but natural law will sweep away his power like the ocean drowned Ozymandias. The message of Ophiuchus to mankind is that fools die without wisdom; that the Colossus will fall before any healing can take place.

Ophiuchus giving birth. image by Hiroko Sakai


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