Junco in the Snow


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Exactly Who was Isis: Horus’ Mother?


Isis, Wife and Sister of Osiris

Isis is a goddess in Egyptian mythology. She was the sister and wife of Osiris, and they had a son named Horus. As goddess of life and magic, Isis protected women and children, and healed the sick. Closely linked to the throne, she was one of the greatest goddesses of Ancient Egypt.

Her symbols were the ankh, her wings, and her throne headdress. (from Wikipedia)

She is sometimes depicted with a solar disc on her head, as shown in the above image.


While Cleopatra VII was Queen of Egypt, she would have been the personification of the Goddess, on Earth. Her relationship with Julius Caesar was an alliance to unite the new Roman Empire with ancient Egypt, the country where the gods and goddesses ruled.

I suspect that Cleopatra realized that Caesar was the personification of Osiris in the world. She knew a good history lesson when it presented itself.

They had a child together: Caesarion, although Caesar would never confirm paternity.

Caesarion (June 23, 47 BCE – August 23, 30 BCE)



It didn’t turn out as expected. Julius Caesar was assassinated during the Ides of March, 44 BCE, and Caesarion did not became his successor. Not only that, but Octavian (Set?) made sure by having Caesarion killed after Cleopatra committed suicide in 30 BCE, thereby becoming the sole heir to the head of the Roman and Egyptian empires.

I think this birth chart demonstrates how dynamic Caesarion was (Pluto/Sun conjunct), and also how young he was when his life ended (Saturn in his teens). But, as always, the inconjunct reveals a bit more than we’d reasonably expect to know.

Mars Inconjunct Midheaven

The difficulty with this aspect is to find a balance between getting what you want in life and getting along with others. More than most people, you will have to learn the necessity of compromising to get along with people, especially because you often seem more aggressive than you are. While you are young, the need to compromise may be frustrating, because youth is a time when your own needs seem especially urgent and demanding. At times you may feel that nothing is going your way, that you continually have to give in to others and put your own wishes aside. However, it is not really this bad. You do not actually have to compromise any more than anyone else, but you are more reluctant to do so.

Learn to work for the good of others by making their objectives your objectives, whenever possible. This aspect can signify the ability to accomplish a great deal, as long as you do not spend all your time and energy feeling angry or resentful about seemingly undeserved defeats. When you have a real goal to work toward that you can share with others, you will be able to attain that goal.

The Other One

It makes me wonder how these myths and legends become ‘real’. Set, also known as Seth, was the trouble-maker in the lives of the Egyptian gods and goddesses.

What is truly weird is that Adam and Eve’s third son was also named Seth. Is there a connection? The Hebrews spent a lot of time in Egypt. It doesn’t take too much of a leap of faith to see that they may be one and the same. However, his reputation has always been negative in the Egyptian story.


There’s that old saying, “What goes around, comes around again.”

I have no doubts that we are in the End Times. It makes sense that personalities and energies from the past would want to be present to help mankind through its travail.

We are giving birth to a new species of humanity.

Isis is here to watch over the process.

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Back-to-Back Starlings


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More Berries are Ripe

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Starling in the Cold November Sun


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Message from Self: Get Some Help


Mercury Transiting the Sun 2019

I had an interesting dream last night, which contained a visual pun (nothing new there):

My friend and I were celebrating with a lot of people at a party. We were eating pies, cakes and cookies. In other words, ‘just desserts’.

I snickered in my dream when I realized that. And then I saw behind the pun to what my unconscious was really saying: ‘just deserts’.

Timely Advice

I have an issue with abandonment. It’s been there since I can remember. Yesterday’s post about Mark Antony had an aspect of abandonment in it, but it wasn’t visible in the movie clip. Cleopatra’s anger with him had to do with his going back to Rome and marrying Octavian’s sister. And this, after he had produced children with Cleopatra.

The Universe has a way of bringing balance back into the picture, and this was demonstrated by how their lives ended, In short, Cleopatra vacated the Battle of Actium when it looked like all was lost. In the movie, this action from September 1, 31 BCE was then telescoped into the battle at Alexandria on July 31, 30 BCE. Then Antony’s troops deserted him, and although he tried to ‘single-handedly’ fight Octavian’s army, he was denied his wish to die in battle.

From Wikipedia:

Failing to escape on board a ship, he stabbed himself in the stomach upon mistakenly believing false rumors propagated by Cleopatra herself claiming that she had committed suicide. He did not die at once, and when he found out that Cleopatra was still alive, he insisted on being taken to the mausoleum in which she was hiding, and died in her arms. She was shortly afterwards brought to the palace and vainly attempted to move Octavian to pity.

Cleopatra killed herself on 12 August 30 BC. Most accounts say she put an end to her life by the bite of an asp conveyed to her in a basket of figs. Octavian had Caesarion killed later that month, finally securing his legacy as Caesar’s only ‘son’.

This sequence has always made me cry. Recriminations all round.

The Chart from Yesterday


11-11-11 (Remembrance Day in Canada)

It would do well to remember things on this day, and I did (in spades). Confronted with the Venus/Saturn conjunction in Antony’s birth chart, I recognized the start of my feelings of being unworthy of love. This has carried on through 2050 years to the present time. (And it matters not that I hadn’t recognized this feeling as coming from Antony: it was there anyway, in spite of my ignorance.)

So, now I have to ask: Can Cleopatra forgive me for failing her so miserably?

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Just a Love-Sick Roman Soldier

Roman male portrait bust, so-called Marcus Antonius. Fine-grained yellowish marble. Flavian age (69—96 A.D.). Rome, Vatican Museums, Chiaramonti Museum.

Mark Antony (January 14, 83 BCE – August 10, 30 BCE)

In my opinion, this individual‘s reputation has not been served very well by history.

As always the victor’s version of events is what gets written down for succeeding generations. So, what do we really remember about him?

He was considered Julius Caesar’s ‘best’ friend; he helped to rule the Roman Empire after Caesar’s death; and he fell in love with Cleopatra.



The first thing that we notice in his birth chart is a star-like pattern. This pattern means that he has had a wide variety of experiences throughout his time on earth. I’d like to highlight three of his natal aspects:

Mars Inconjunct Jupiter

With this aspect you probably are quite active, with abundant energy for everything you want to do. But you must learn to control your energies rather than have them control you. You may be inclined to take excessive risks, to try out things that you are not sure you can do. But be careful, because with this aspect the energies of Mars and Jupiter do not work very smoothly together. If you overextend yourself and try to do more than you are physically capable of, you may have an accident. Also you may be clumsy when you take up a new activity until you learn to control your physical body better.

You have a great need for personal freedom also. But while you are young, you may not be very responsible about the way you use your freedom. You may take too many liberties or even interfere with other people’s freedom. Here again the problem is rashness and lack of self-control.

Saturn Inconjunct Uranus

If either of these planets is near conjunction or opposition with the Ascendant or Midheaven, this aspect indicates a serious tension in your life between freedom and restriction. Many people have this conflict, but in your case the tensions may be so severe that you express them physically as muscle tension and possibly nervousness. You feel that somehow you must keep everything in your life under tight control, that if you let go, the whole structure will fall apart. In a very real and direct sense, even while you are young, you must learn to relax.

On the positive side, if you can learn to live with this tension a bit and express your feelings and emotions before they reach the breaking point, you can be extremely patient and persistent. You will be able to accomplish many tasks that others would give up on, if you do not hold in all your feelings and desires for freedom.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…

Venus Opposition Saturn

This aspect can mean that you feel extremely lonely and can’t seem to get across to other people. Often the outer world seems like a cold and forbidding place that makes great demands but offers little in return. You may feel unworthy of love and affection and unknowingly attract people who make you feel this way even more. If you feel unworthy of being loved, don’t ask what is wrong with you, but what kind of people you are attracting. You are unable to see that there are people who love you. Or do you take criticism more seriously than praise? The problem is your view of yourself, not what you really are.

Of course, with this aspect you may be a real loner, someone who truly prefers being alone. If you are this way, you probably won’t understand it until you are older. But don’t condemn yourself for wanting to be alone and feeling uneasy with others. It is very important for you to get to know yourself very well, so that you can get a better perspective on the negative opinions of critical people whom you may attract.

You will have to work very hard on relationships in general, but you must also get over the feeling that they are nothing but work. Not all relationships are serious and heavy. Look for the lighter side, which is what makes many relationships worthwhile.

The Original Pair of Star-Crossed Lovers?



The number of Grand Crosses in the comparison of Antony’s chart with Cleopatra’s makes the term ‘star-crossed lovers’ come alive. These two ‘completed’ each other’s missing bits, and that is why they got involved, even though it led to their eventual deaths.

Having Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor play their roles in Cleopatra had the same effect on them, in real life. And I think they played them well, almost too well.


But watching them is like watching the real thing. Love.

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