If you are new to this site, or have just missed it to begin with, please read this article, the fourth of four groundwork articles. This information will help you to personally get the most from this New Moon Healing Cycle: how to apply the healing suggestions, and to make the Great Year Cycle a powerful healing experience each month, each year.
The Age of Aries is the first of two Ages in the Kali Yuga. Traditionally it began with the death of the Avatar, Krishna, in 3102 BCE. Perhaps not surprisingly the Mayan calendar, which completed in 2012, began in 3114 BCE, just 12 years off this date! Krishna is also recorded as stating that the Kali Yuga would last 5,000 years. (see the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana texts).
The Age of Aries was all about expansion of empire, the individual, and the fully formed patriarchy. Three characteristics of patriarchy are personal property (including through matrimony), domination and subjugation of women, and the father-family. Prior to this time the matri-clan system was the way of our Grandmothers; sharing all one had with one’s group, which was crucial to survival. There was no concept of furthering oneself as an individual let alone personal property, slavery, prostitution, and the wanton destruction of the environment for personal gain. All of these typify the patriarchy and are conspicuously absent from Ages that belong to the Goddess (see Evelyn Reed’s classic, scholarly work, Woman’s Evolution, 1974, for an eye-opening discussion of our past).
It is curious to me that our present view of history takes into account roughly the past 5000 years only as the ‘historical’ period, and archaeological dating is rigidly restricted by the perception that signs of ‘civilized’ culture must fit within this time frame. Since much of scientific research, in any field, is funded by institutions that have a vested interest in a specific world-view, it is no wonder that our concept of truth feels, within our deep selves, skewed in very concrete ways.
The 200 years of the Classical Greek period (the fall of which is often marked by the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE), and the Roman Empire (established around 30 BCE) are two of the great patriarchal machines from which we today, as ‘civilized’ western culture, take our standards of aesthetics, law, medicine, government – and war.
The Age of Aries was the time of the Hero-Warrior. Ares, the god of war, was the son of Zeus and Hera, the Greek patriarchal pantheon’s god and his ‘wife’. How did Aries, the Ram, become associated with Ares?
During each Great Age there appears in various ascendant cultures imagery associated with that area of the zodiac, or Great Age. The myth of Jason and the Argonauts who go in search of the Golden Fleece is one example. In the later versions of this story, the fleece represents kingship, an individual status. A ram was stuck with his horns in a bush, as seen by the Hebrew patriarch, Abram, which he substitutes for this son as sacrifice to his bloodthirsty sun god. Alexander the Great was depicted on his coinage with ram’s horns (as per my ‘healing painting’ for this Age). There are many examples in myth and art if we look for them. The Ram image represents aggressive cultural incursion (Ares, god of war), the sweeping take over and extermination of the peaceful, egalitarian goddess/earth cultures that preceded them.
So what are we healing at this New Moon in Aries? This new moon comes at the last degrees of the sign: 28° 25’ of Aries. Stephanie Austin in her article on this Aries new moon in The Mountain Astrologer says of the energy: “We live in the present moment. We trust our instincts. We celebrate failure, learning more from our mistakes than from our triumphs. We let go of shoulds and needing to know all the answers.”
These suggestions are all very non-patriarchal Aries energies. Thus when we live in the present, rather than planning our attack on the future, we heal our Age of Aries wounding and cultivate trust. When we celebrate failure and learn from it, we heal. When we trust our intuition we come a long way from the patriarchal paradigm, healing our women’s wisdom-selves that have been thrust, like Persephone, into the Underworld, the hell we have inhabited for 5000 years or more.
These are some things I find indispensable: I follow my astrological north node, my spiritual compass; I practice Feeling Memory meditation, re-membering my physical self as an integral part of my spiritual journey; I record and learn from my dreams (sleeping and waking): one of the avenues for our Grandmothers to come through to teach us. I honor and engage with Nature, The Goddess in her many guises.
Geraldine Thorsten writes in God Herself that the Amazons, which history tells us are a myth (meaning untrue in their terms), were a reaction against patriarchy by the matri-clan cultural system. These women were armed, trained and disciplined in the art of war. They were wide ranging, meaning there was not just one instance or one tribe attributed to this and they did not live with men. Helen Diner, in Mothers and Amazons gives this succinct definition:
‘Amazons’ is a collective name for belligerent hordes of women with self-government, whose aversion to any kind of permanent matrimonial ties varies in gradations.”
That they were a reaction against encroaching patriarchy and the subservient position forced upon women is clear in that the ‘Amazons’ raised only girl children to adulthood. Within the matri-clan system that preceded the interim period prior to full patriarchy, men generally lived on the periphery of society, raising the male children anywhere from between the ages of 6 and 12. Males were marginally tolerated largely because of their innate violent temperaments (uncontrolled emotions is one of the ‘sins’ leveled against women in relatively recent times) and their inability to cooperate as a group to ensure survival. (see Women’s Evolution and Mothers and Amazons).
That many women defended themselves and their way of life well as ‘Amazons’ may explain the abject horror, distrust, fear and loathing the patriarchy has shown toward women these many millennia since the change over. I have to say I am gratified to know that our Grandmothers did not march into patriarchal times meekly, silently or without one helluva fight.
In our Age we are moving upward in consciousness on the cycle of the Great Year and we won’t need these extreme measures. But knowing from where we came is of the utmost importance in healing where we are now. In discovering from where we have come, we can more clearly see where we need to go. Much, much healing is necessary for all of us: men and women. We, as women, have the capacity to see it through to peaceful completion. Blessed Be!
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