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Galactic Center, Anticenter, and the Moirai:  Klotho, Lachesis, and Atropos.

Galactic Center, Anticenter, and the Morai in the Natus

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.

Regarding Hunab Ku...

New Age thought correlates the name Hunab Ku with the Galactic Center, but this does not appear to be the historic root. Hunab Ku, a Yucatec Maya word meaning "The Only God", is found in colonial and doctrinal texts and likely was used in reference to the Christian God, to enculturate monotheism in a polytheist culture.0

Source: 214. The Origin of the "Hunab Ku" Symbol
Geoff Stray, Diagnosis2012, 24 Sep 2006. Also at here, posted by Steve Beckow (2010). Image added; double image adapted.

The "Hunab Ku" symbol, is widely presumed to be a Maya representation of a major Maya deity and the centre of our Milky Way galaxy. You can find a representation of it at the centre of the Dire Gnosis logo on the index page of this website. Anthropologist John Hoopes recently asked the Year 2012 discussion group if anyone could pinpoint any Maya sculpture, ceramic vessel, or other Precolumbian Maya source where it is shown.

The discussion brought out some interesting facts, summarised as follows:

The symbol became widely known when Jose Arguelles published The Mayan Factor in 1987, where it appears in circular form on the cover of the book, and as part of many illustrations. On p. 32, a rectangular version is labelled "Hunab Ku", and on p.52, the rectangular version is shown and labelled as "Hunab Ku: One Giver of Movement and Measure". On p. 30-32, Arguelles explains that in 1968, he visited a little town called Teotitlan del Valle near the Zapotec site of Monte Alban in the mountains of Oaxaca, in central Mexico, and he was shown two rugs with this pattern on them in a textile shop. He bought one in blue and orange.

The connection between the title of Hunab Ku and the design is not explained by Arguelles, but seems to have come via the modern Maya day-keeper, Hunbatz Men. Arguelles says on p.40 that he met Hunbatz Men in 1985, and admits that he was heavily influenced by him. The following year, in 1986, Hunbatz Men published a book in Spanish called Religion Ciencia Maya, (published in 1990 in English as Secrets of Maya Science/Religion), he says that the Mexicas (Aztecs) worshipped Hunab Ku, and they (as well as the Mixtecs), also worshipped the Milky Way, as represented in the "G symbol" (p.40-41). Men calls Hunab Ku "The Only Giver of Movement and Measure", and at the bottom of p.34 he says that "in order to understand the sacred Hunab Ku [...] one must venerate the origin of zero, the Milky Way [...]".

According to the official Mayanists, such as Sharer, Hunab Ku means "one god" in Yucatec Mayan language, and was the creator of the universe and equivalent to Itzamna, but "Hunab Ku seems to have figured little in the life of the ancient Maya and no representations of Hunab Ku have been identified in the codices or elsewhere."

In John Major Jenkins' 1998 book, Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, he shows the rectangular symbol, (p.329) and says it originates in the Nuttall Codex (a pre-conquest Mixtec document named after Zelia Nuttall who identified and published it), but after failing to find it in the the Nuttall codex, Hoopes contacted John Major Jenkins, who said he had seen the symbol as a frontispiece House of the Dawn - in a romance novel by Ryan, published in 1914, and also in an academic work by Zelia Nuttall, but he'd rechecked and it was not in the Nuttall Codex.

Next, I located the symbol in its rectangular form in a 1922 edition of Herbert J. Spinden's Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (p.220), with the caption, "Mexican blanket with the design representing sand and water".John Major Jenkins finally settled the matter, when he found the rectangular design in the Codex Magliabecchiano, published in 1903, with a commentary by Zelia Nuttall, which is an Aztec document and dates from some time before 1601. Hoopes went on to find that the codex shows variations of the rectangular design, and says they are "mantas" - mantles or ritual cloaks that were used in festivals - in particular, the festival of lip plugs. The word for lip plug was originally mistranslated as spider water, which is given in the caption.

So, in summary, the "Hunab Ku" symbol was originally a rectangular symbol used by the Aztecs as a ritual cloak design, known as the Mantle of Lip Plugs (or, arguably, mantle of spider water). The symbol survives as a rug design being sold in central Mexico, but was associated with the Milky Way and the god Hunab Ku by Jose Arguelles in 1987, who changed the symbol to a circular one. This is how the symbol appeared in the 16th century Codex Magliabecchiano →


Source: Hunab Ku The Galactic Butterfly Mayan Creator God
Evolving Now! blog. (13 July 2009) Accessed 29.07.13.

Hunab Ku was, to the Mayans, the supreme God and ultimate Creator and was located in the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It represented the gateway to other galaxies beyond our Sun as well as all of the consciousness that has ever existed in this, our own galaxy. Hunab Ku, according to the Mayans, is also the consciousness which organized all matter from a whirling disk - into stars, planets and solar systems. Hunab Ku is the Mother Womb which is constantly giving birth to new stars and it gave birth to our own Sun and planet Earth as well as the other planets found in our solar system. They also believed that the ultimate Creator directs everything that happens in our galaxy from its center through the emanation of periodic energy bursts of consciousness.

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:

  • and, by conjunction with Nephthys,

  • ( For more on the Nephthys grand trine kite, see previous post. )

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:
Ras Algethi, Ceres Rx, Chiron Rx, Aditi trine Pluto trine Venus
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 Saturn Juno Mars and the Taurus complement of Sun Mercury Rx Moon Lilith (+ 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.