It is most significant that Juno is conjunct Uranus, the Sun and Moon in this New Moon chart of Sunday Mar 30 2014. Juno was one of the goddesses revered in ancient Greece ( she was known as Hera then), and Rome. She was married against her will to Jupiter, and because she was older than he and still part of the much older matriarchal tradition, this marriage was a personal step-down and loss of power. According to The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara G Walker, Juno ruled the celestial aspect of the ancient Goddess Trinity, Ceres, the earthly aspect, and Proserpine or Persephone, the underworld. It is clearly important that two aspects of this Goddess Trinity are involved in the Aries New Moon; it is noteworthy that in this chart, Juno is square to Jupiter, her partner.
According to Walker, every Roman woman embodied a bit of this great goddess’ spirit by having her own “juno”‘. Roman men had their protector “geniuses”. At some point the term “juno” was dropped from usage, though “genius” remained in common usage, kept as part of patriarchal ancestry! Consequently, women were left feeling deprived of their “souls”. It is also interesting to note that our modern use of the word “genius”, as someone of exceptional intelligence, is quite recent.
Juno, who is also associated with the sign of Libra, because she had always stood for equal, fair and committed relationship was known to have spent much of her married life raging against Jupiter, who was an acknowledged philanderer. With Juno in Aries, conjunct the Sun, Moon and Uranus, what is being called for is personal commitment to self, the true inner Self which reflects our divinity. Note what is said about such a commitment in Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol :
…”the Bible tells us to ‘go build a temple’….a temple we must ‘build with no tools and making no noise’. The text say(s) your body is a temple. ‘You are the temple of God’….the Scriptures are well aware of the power latent within us…and they are urging us to harness that power….urging us to build the temples of our minds’. (page 499)
These powerful signatures in Aries/Libra, which incorporate both strong masculine and feminine energies, indicate that if society is to change dramatically, as the intense Uranus/Pluto square indicates, these changes will manifest as each of us, individually, takes back ownership of our own masculine / feminine being. Uranus energy calls us to upgrade our understanding of who we truly are; Pluto will compel us to face, and then eliminate, habits and ways of thinking about ourselves that do not serve our highest selves.
Postscript: Later in the day, I was privileged to see a wonderful modern dance production, Complexe des Genres, choreographed by Virginie Brunelle, which the program notes describe as, “the search for self through relationships. Doubt looms, the cold, obsessive quest for perfection is pervasive, but still there is hope as worthy, thinking beings, men and women, can experience growth, acceptance and love .” Both my friend and I, and, quite obviously, the rest of the audience, felt the power of these themes as they were danced, without words, before us.
On my way home I caught the closing minutes of CBC’s Ideas. The themes were reiterated. In this case the subject was ‘ bleaching’ which is routinely practiced by people of color all over the world, and to a degree much beyond what I had been aware of. A woman from India spoke of the pervasiveness of the practice in her country, and though she herself did not take part, said that for years she has been asked, in wonderment, by fellow brown skinned folks, how she could have so much confidence in herself when her skin is so dark. She laughed delightedly and made the comment that she had not been fed those kinds of ideas by her parents, but added more soberly that she felt that women had become accustomed over centuries to ‘present’ themselves for men. In a more poignant case, a young woman from Jamaica was interviewed as well. Her voice indicated that she was not so confident about her decision not to bleach. She commented that everyone in her family, male and female, and people she knew, bleached. She had become so uncomfortable with working on her “outside” self, when she knew that it was her inner self that counted, that she made a difficult decision to stop the practice. She made it clear that she felt that what her countryman needed to do was to recapture their own inner selves again and love themselves. She also commented that from her experience, the prejudices that colonialism had bred, continued to the present, though now under the rule of corporatism. Astrologically, corporatism is associated with the sign of Capricorn, and while Pluto transits this sign, and especially in its square to Uranus, we are impelled to come to terms with how we have been conditioned and thus move to reclaim our selves.
More to follow on Ceres, Vesta conjunct North node in Libra, as well as Jupiter in Cancer.