Galactic Center, Anticenter, and the Moirai: Klotho, Lachesis, and Atropos.
Vocationem Spiritual Calling. 28-30 July 2013 Since first I learned about it, and much more of late, the Galactic Center (GC) has struck me as a very significant ordinator in my natal chart. The GC is focal point of a yod kite (aka "boomerang" or "focused" kite), with the Galactic Anticenter (GA) at apex, Sun and Asc at the cross, plus a number of close conjunctions, numerous squares, a strong kite trine connection, and more. This formation is a powerful generator of creative activity and delimiter of VIth-House initiatives. In his brief introductory article, Zane Stein provides a number of immediately useful references with respect to the GC and its interpretation in astrology. He quotes Paul O. Hewit, for example, who asserts that, based on his observations, the GC "is probably the second strongest spot in any astrology chart, following the Sun. It is a stunning source of energy, motivation, and aspiration. The Galactic Center is the Sun of our Sun. [...]" Hewit also notes the curious psychological impact personal planets in aspect to the GC seem to have, such that people feel "other worldly", not fully human, as if they were ambassadors, representatives here, even alien. Philip Sedgwick writes with presumed authority on the GC, making many unsupported assertions as to its nature and accessibility, with prescriptive recommendations as to use see online, e.g., The Galactic Center and The Super Galactic Center, both excerpts from The Soul of the Sky, part of his Galactic Trilogy CD. Perhaps he is describing his own approach when he discusses what he terms "conscious channeling", an "antidote to meditation":
Source: The Galactic Center Philip Sedgwick. Conscious channeling is exactly that: conscious. There’s no place to go, no spirit guide to meet, no specific state of consciousness to achieve. Naturally, you possess instant access to the download of Divine Insight located at this specific frequency and direction in space at any time, and in blasts taking only fractions of a second. You do not even need to go through the added effort of figuring when the Galactic Center is overhead - which it is once a day. You simply need to clear your mental decks, set the agenda and then do the hardest part of any spiritual exercise: Listen. [...] A stream of consciousness begins. This stream rivals the energy of an arm of a galaxy. It’s rich, strongly logical and precisely wise. No vagueness occurs in the Galactic Center. The information is incisive, direct, informative. If you experience wandering dialogues or thin responses, your inner tracking dish needs a nudge to firm up on the exact degree. It would not yet be precisely aligned. Should one be tracking the Galactic Center, physical sensations often accompany the flow of information. These sensations confirm the accuracy and relevance of the content. To ease one's uncertainty about new information, the Galactic Center grants the following classic physical signatures: itching scalp, burning in the palms, gurgling stomach, heat in the back of the neck or at the base of the spine, pressure on the temples of the head and overall tingling. Sometimes a light-headed feeling like that experienced after consuming an excessive amount of sugar or caffeine confirms the tracking. [...] Only one problem exists within Galactic Center information. It’s slightly ahead of its time. [...] The Galactic Center radiates brilliant insight to anyone connected with it. This insight craves implementation. This infrared information reveals how to let go of what is in the way to make a clear path for the next step. As soon as an idea is grasped and brought forward, the path of accessing new information refreshes. At all times, new and newer insights spew forth. This carries the tone of consciousness evolution. The collective aim refocuses and retargets with higher and clearer insights at each minute in timelessness. The more considered, the broader the band of consciousness acceptance, then the more assurance can be taken with the focus of life, personal or collective. All this, by the way, occurs a step at a time. One step leads to the next and so on. Extreme long range vision does not accompany these insights. You will not know how far the idea will go, how much it can change the world or your consciousness. This lack of viewing actually protects the ego from going overboard in a Sagittarian agenda - with either extreme overestimation or underestimation. For an individual with strong Galactic Center connections, several important ideas emerge around the information received. First, the information is free and available to anyone choosing the frequency, whether astrologically linked or not. Whoever uses it first, gets the kudos, accolades and profits. Within the unlimited source of the Galactic Center, there exists a steady, unfailing, unending stream of ideas. Often in Hollywood scripts concepts get guarded with Pentagon-rivaling security efforts. Yet, again, everyone is writing the same script at the same time. A plethora of ideas exists. Therefore, territoriality, propriety and competition seem ridiculous to the wise ways of the Galactic Center. The energy applies to anyone willing to "listen" to the energetic band. Enough good ideas exist for everyone choosing to listen. [...]Much of the above indeed appears to be a revelation of personal process, replete with an indicator that ego is protected from "going overboard in a Sagittarian agenda"; and yet, ego inflation and idealization seem nonetheless in evidence. Sedgwick's experience of the GC might be construed as an experience of the Self, in Jungian terms, but it lacks the intimate familiarity, the sense of immanence of the ego-Self relation. Physical sensations present when "tracking" the GC, Sedgwick tells us, and these are "granted" by the GC to "confirm" content accuracy and relevance. The GC is outside, impacting inside; information is downloaded, and sensations are instilled. My approach is rather different, predicated of a hierophanous OBE, being in the Sun, a direct experience of divinity. That comes first, for me, before all else. I can appreciate the GC as "the Sun of our Sun", as Hewit describes it, but the sense of separateness from the divine which seems implicit in Sedgwick's approach proves really problematic. I work at the opposite pole of the axis, at the Galactic Anticenter. I had not heard of the Galactic Anticenter (GA) prior to the parent post, but the concept presented in my studies immediately afterward. Briefly, the GA is a theoretical point in the galactic plane, directly opposite the GC, relative to the observer.1, 2, 3 Unfortunately, very little seems to have been written regarding the astrological significance of the GA. In The Galactic Nucleus (2002), Michael Erlewine notes that research on the GC by astrologers in many countries shows it "to be a point of special significance literally the lifeline to our Sun". He reminds us that "Sagittarius has been long connected to the idea of truth and God or religion", but he mentions the GA only in passing, as a potentially significant angle. One might surmise, however, in contrast to Sagittarius, that its Gemini locus goes to multiplicity, communication and interconnectedness among "the Many", as individuals, in light of the One, not in description of the One but as expressions thereof. This orientation is reinforced, I think, by the presence of AMUN, mid-Gemini. In related readings on the Fates (Greek: Moirai; Roman: Percae, or Fata; German: Norns), including a fascinating paper entitled The Legacy of Atropos, the Fate Who Cut the Thread of Life [PDF], in which Robert S. Holtman describes the medical use of naturally occurring anticholinergic agents from ancient to modern times, I found myself increasingly focused on Atropos, and I soon redrew the natus with her and the GA in mind. The result was startling, and proved all the more so once all three Moirai were revealed.
The revision, with asteroids, fixed stars, and aspect dynamics, is shown above. In many previous studies and the parent post to this follow-up, we have shown Uranus to be a dominant channel in the chart, a portal of powerful dynamics. The XIIth-House locus, plus the presence of the Lot of Fortune and a series of extended conjunctions with key asteroids and fixed stars, makes evident the fundamental importance of matters unconscious, personal and collective, hidden and occult in resolving problems of identity and psychospiritual issues. Now we see that Klotho and Atropos closely conjunct the CA and are active in the XIIth, as are Panacea, Polaris, and Betelgeuse and that all of these are conjunct Uranus. The drive to the GC (and by extension, Aditi, Chiron Rx, Ceres, Ras Algethi) in the focused yod arises in response to the antithesis, the apperception of incomprehensibility and chaos arising from the unconscious and hidden. Yet it is from this very "hiddenness" that the quest for answers begins. It is the birth (Klotho) and death (Atropos), and the cure (Panacea). What then of the life itself (Lachesis)? She tenants the VIth, from whence, like Uranus in XIIth-House Cancer, she squares the MC/IC and Nodes (IXth and IIIrd). But Lachesis also participates in two grand trine kite formations:
Note that Nephthys is herself the focus of a boomerang yod (pale green, in the above chart), with apex at Canopus/Sirius in the XIIth. AMUN and Pluto form the cross, again emphasizing revelation of the hidden.
The GC: Dominating the Vth and VIth Houses
Vocation as action and application...The GC is smack in between the Vth (ruled by Pluto) and VIth (ruled by Jupiter/Neptune), dominating both.
Both Houses indicate vocation in this case. The Vth is about action:
meaning that the creative work involves transformation of the "psychic wound", self-healing, rebirth, and harmonization. According to Brady (2011:145, 147), the Ras Algethi concept involves [t]he natural order of things, the natural and correct attitude of humans in awe of the gods or goddesses. In our modern life this could be a respect for nature, a caring about the planet, a desire to have all things in their place, that is, the correct order of nature, life and the heavens. [...] Venus linked to Ras Algethi indicates the striving or deep desire for balance and order in all manner of relationships. [...] There is a natural need to submit to or honour something larger than yourself. This can give a sense of purpose to one's life." The VIth is about application: Essential to the work we do in life is the work we do on our self. 4 There are no planets in my VIth, but here we find both Lachesis and Nephthys, foci of a grand trine kite formation with apex at Canopus/Sirius(+) in the XIIth. The entire formation, including the Virgo contingent of and the Taurus complement of (+ Algol, Capulus, Zaurak, Rana, PTAH), squaring Pluto, engages the drive for self-refinement and transformation and brings it to focus in the VIth. The action in the Vth is work on the self in light of Self.
The application in the VIth, Lachesis and Nephthys at the yod focus, describe the service of support.