The weekend was taken up with schoolwork on Steve’s part, a Shem project on mine. It was rainy and gross out. Monday was also rainy, and I got a good start on an art project. Yesterday was blustery, intermittent sun and clouds with, at dusk, an eerie lemon yellow color to the slanting sunlight as it lit up trees against slate gray clouds. I felt like I should go out there and get some exercise, but on the other hand, Luna was going to perfect her sextile with Venus during the hour of the Sun. Jupiter was closely conjunct Sol, too, and Sol was packed with essential dignity.
I had just enough time to paint another Shem talisman and take a shower before it was time to do the invocation of OLMIH, also a Sun/Aries quinant like the last one was. Quite different though: I saw the pillar of cloud from Exodus, but it was made of interwoven human forms, like a totem pole crossed with modern art. The scene was very static and evoked eternity, and that part is the same as the result I got when I invoked this angel last year, when I saw an ancient watchtower eternally keeping vigil and surrounded by wild forest. This time, though, the pillar was on a featureless plain. The pole was holding up the sky, drawing down heaven, and protecting the people at the same time. The energy was very dense, and it was hard to not completely trance out while under its influence. The first time I invoked it, I wondered if this static quality had something to do with the number 4 as this angel is the 4th in the series.
If I may digress. The Shem ha-Mephorash is considered an extension of the Tetragrammaton, with each of the four letters presiding over three of the zodiacal signs. The GD places the Yod of Tetragrammaton over the quinants of the signs Leo, Virgo and Libra. I place the Yod of Tetragrammaton over the quinants of the signs Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius (following the pattern of another tradition). The GD is mighty enthusiastic about Regulus, and the kerubs of the fixed signs, I am aware, but I just don’t see the logic of starting the zodiac *after* the summer solstice – is there any culture that starts their year at the beginning of the decline of summer? Even the pattern of decans they use with the Shem ha-Mephorash emphasizes the Spring Equinox with a double dose of Mars, so I’m not sure what they were thinking with this. And now that Regulus is in tropical Virgo, it doesn’t mark one of the eight solar festivals at all. All I know is that people who’ve invoked the Shem angels the other way haven’t had much good to say about their results, at least so far as I’ve read, and some got bad results.
The invocation felt pretty good, but kind of knocked me on my ass. I hadn’t eaten all day by the time it got dark a few hours later and I felt disoriented. Dinner at the loudest pub I can remember having been to fixed that though, and when we got home I decided that I ought to invoke Mars during the Hour of Mars while he’s still mercifully wide of the opposition to Saturn, so I can catch some of that sweet Mars in Aries essential dignity. Word to the wise: Mars in Aries opposite Saturn retrograde in Libra perfects April 18. Dangerous times. Diplomacy and cooperation will be lamely attempted, but people will prefer violent domination. Mercury will be conjunct Mars then too, adding energy to the confrontation and a sense of intellectual justification (this is incredibly dangerous: once a violent person is convinced of their righteousness, there’s _no limit_ to what they’re capable of, and with Mercury there will be manipulativeness as well as thuggishness to draw upon). This is further exacerbated by the union of Mars with Jupiter that happens next, adding religious fervor to the mix. Mars is in orb of the square with Pluto now, which perfects April 11. There is cruelty afoot, and it’s moving in the background, setting things up in the shadows. This will be set off by Luna in Cancer this weekend. Be careful, and make sure the people you associate with are trustworthy. How to say this . . . Pluto is not known for respecting boundaries, and has an inhuman lack of sentiment regarding the suffering of others. Also, things tend to happen on a mass scale.
The invocation seemed to go well, but when I tried to sleep afterwards I was way too buzzed. It was like drinking a triple espresso. Note to self: invoke Mars in the afternoon, or better yet morning. Mars can have a playful side but he’s not playing now. I spent the rest of the evening reading the news – war and crime as you might suppose. There was a lot of betrayal leading to murder or rape in the stories. Moreover, people kept as captive slaves (abduction is ruled by Pluto). Much of this did not have to do with recent events, but with trials that are underway. Also, plane crashes were making headlines. This shit is depressing, I’m going to be honest, I’m not loving the research involved with learning mundane astrology but I think it’s important.
In weather news (still tracking the New-Moon-conjunct-Jupiter-and-opposite-Saturn effect), the southern states were rocked by twisters, thunderstorms and high winds. Trees were uprooted and there have been fatalities. Here, it’s been windy and dumping snow in the mountains.