The Age of Leo – Healing Deep Trauma

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The Age of Leo; 12 x 12, mixed media on watercolor paper; Zuzanna Vee

The Age of Leo; 12 x 12, mixed media on watercolor paper; Zuzanna Vee

The great Age of Leo has always had a draw for me. I felt from a young age that this was a pivotal era for humanity, and that what myths and stories surrounded this time, were shrouded in unconscious secrecy and mystery.

During the new moon in Leo 2014 this blog and its subject matter materialized. I took classes to learn Word Press (thank you, B!) during July/August last year and began writing. So, August is a coming full circle for me. I launched the blog at the Tropical Virgo new moon last summer. Our present new moon, at 21º 30′ Tropical Leo (27º Sidereal Cancer), is exact at 10:53 am EDT.

The Age of Leo (approximately 12,000 – 9500 BCE) commenced with great upheavals. It is likely that Earth traveled through an asteroid field that filled our skies with fire (there are many stories that support this as well as impact evidence). There may also have been volcanic activity on a large scale. Sometime during the Age of Leo the axis of the earth, which had been perpendicular to the ecliptic, shifted by approximately 23°.  This would also have created great shock waves throughout the earth and her people. Although writing was not part of human experience during this time, stories arise that give us significant information, and the ancient Egyptians have it all.

One story tells of the great cat Goddess, Pasht, wrestling Apophis, the serpent (Draco) under a great tree, and cutting off the serpent’s head. Older still is the story about Goddess Sekhmet, the lion headed: She was brought into being to quell humanity who had turned their backs on their divine origins, and were full of themselves and their material achievements at the end of the Age of Virgo. Ra hid his face in sorrow (Sirius moves away from us and our consciousness begins its descent), and that enraged Sekhmet. Using the Eye of Ra (fire from the skies), She went on a bloodthirsty rampage and nearly destroyed all of humanity until many of the Gods and Goddesses poured red-dyed, fermented liquid into the marshes where she would sleep by day. Thinking this was blood, Sekhmet drank it all down, became inebriated, and slept – for quite some time. The killing stopped and she never went back to it. In some stories she was transformed into Hathor, the Goddess of love and nurturance.

This speaks to the massive upheaval and loss of life during the Age of Leo, and floods during the Age of Cancer. Prior to this time the ancients counted their year as having 360 solar days. It is important to note that the ancient Egyptians, Vedics, Romans, Babylonians, Mayans, and Britans each had a 360-day year as well (The Sirius Connection, Murry Hope, p 19). A ‘myth’ explains how Goddess Nut was prevented from having children on any of the existing 360 days of the year. Tehuti intervened and played a game of draughts with the moon, winning 1/72 of her light and five extra days were created, called epagomenal days (days out of time). On each of these new days Nut birthed Isis, Nephthys, Osiris, Set, and Horus the Elder, a new order of divine beings.

This is an example of an encoded explanation of the shift in Earth’s rotation, and how myth was used by our ancient ancestors to keep the information alive – how Earth changed from a 360 day-year to the 365 day-year we have presently. It is also thought that it was after this pole shift that seasons developed. We know that the tilt of the earth does create our seasons.

Another Egyptian story that I have recently decoded is the popular one about Osiris, Set and Isis. In the story Set was envious of Osiris’ popularity and conspired to kill him. Osiris was cast into the river in a casket that lodged in a tree (the world pole axis). The casket, with Osiris in it, was eventually rescued by Isis. Set found Osiris again and cut him into 14 pieces (groups or tribes) and distributed him far and wide (necessary migrations of population during geological tumult). Isis then gathered up all the pieces, hovered over the dead Osiris as a bird and is impregnated, giving birth to Horus the younger who eventually avenges his father’s death by slaying Set (the chaos of Earth upheavals comes into balance). Does this last piece tell of the ancients arriving in what we now think of as Egypt and eventually setting up the pharoanic system of governance – creating order once again?

A scene on the west wall of the Osiris Hall at Abydos shows the raising of the Djed pillar.

A scene on the west wall of the Osiris Hall at Abydos shows the raising of the Djed pillar.

Osiris is always depicted as green. He was the fertile Earth. He is also associated with the Djed pillar, a mysterious column that is depicted as perpendicular to the ground and then tilted at an angle to the ground (see the illustration right). The ancient Egyptians saw the earth as yang. Geb, the earth, is the older form, the primal mound. His partner, Nut, is the sky Goddess – the yin counterpart.

Isis is always associated with Egypt’s most important star, Sirius (in the older pantheon both Ra and Sekhmet were aspects of Sirius – The Sirius Connection, p 225). Anubis is devoted to Isis, his aunt, and has somehow gotten mixed up in the retelling, which is why Sirius is often called the Dog Star.

Set is associated with Ursa Major. He is the principle of chaos: the geologic upheaval and the easily seen constellation that would have shifted dramatically and now points to Polaris, our current pole star.

Most, if not all, suns in the universe have a companion star around which they circumnavigate. I believe this curious story is telling us that Sirius is our solar system’s companion star (Isis), always in some way affecting Earth (Osiris): from the annual flooding of the Nile to the cyclic rise and fall of consciousness throughout the Ages. So, both the stories of Sekhmet and of Isis are telling us that Sirius was involved in the cataclysms that beset Earth in the Age of Leo.

Our collective trauma stems from these times. And how might we address this in our lives now? How can we heal this massive trauma in ourselves for the collective?

As we enter into the Age of Aquarius, the polarity to the Age of Leo, I feel many of us are automatically coming to this healing naturally, though not easily. We live in a time of social upheaval and Earth changes. Our standards and structures are crumbling as you read this and travesties are enacted that open our collective hearts with an outcry that is not thought out, just felt – finally.

Lion of Love 4; acrylic on canvas board; 2011

Lion of Love 4; acrylic on canvas board; Zuzanna Vee

I cite the recent tragedy of the hunting and killing of the ‘protected’ lion, Cecil, in Zimbabwe (that Cecil is leonine is synchronistic, not coincidence). He has become the symbolic Lion of Love, and consciousness is shifting because of him. The port of New York has refused to receive hunting trophies from overseas; Delta and Air Canada airlines have refused to transport big game trophies. There is a movement of heart here. Costa Rica became the first Latin American country to ban sports hunting; Asheville, NC, has banned circuses with wild animals; South Dakota has become the last state to enact animal cruelty laws; Ringling is phasing out elephants – and hopefully more wild animals. Hollywood is getting out of the big cat rental business because they can CGI them now.

One could argue that all this is too little too late. I agree from a mundane perspective. But, the opening of hearts can never come too late. And when hearts open there are receivers: those who have suffered most – the animals, the children, the women. We talk the spiritual talk, and must walk it too. Love is the answer – lots of it.

So, how might we effectively heal our collective trauma from the Age of Leo? I feel it is through opening our own lion hearts and feeling the outrage of our collective actions and inactions. We are all, as a collective, answerable to what goes on in the world. Untangling what is our ‘stuff’ and what is familial: this is a fine line – to be responsible for collective actions as individuals in that collective, and to discern what is personal trauma from what is not. A conundrum, a koan, a confusing time. This is the work of our Age.

As suggested in the groundwork article, Healing With the Great Year and the New Moon Cycles, draw, paint, journal….. express your inner life no matter how deep and dark it may seem to you. Pay attention to your dreams by writing them down, and thinking about what each image may mean to you. Don’t automatically assume it is ‘just a dumb dream’ because you don’t understand it. It takes a lot of time to become familiar with one’s own dream world symbol system. It is well worth taking the time to delve into you inner world.

In closing, I leave you with the wise words of the magic minstrels of our age to ponder:

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy

Nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

All you need is love (All together, now!)
All you need is love (Everybody!)
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Love is all you need (Love is all you need)
Oh yeah! (Love is all you need)
(-Lennon/McCartney)

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About Zuzanna Vee

I am a visual artist and writer exploring the Great Mystery. Tarot, Western Sidereal Astrology, and the Great Goddess are my doorways to numinous wisdom; The Great Year Cycle, my multi-dimensional inspiration. Blessings to you all and thanks for reading.
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4 Responses to The Age of Leo – Healing Deep Trauma

  1. I so enjoy reading about your studies of the ancient cycles and your perspective on how they tie into where we are now. And your artistry continues to inspire and delight! xo

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