'Laus Veneris' by Edward Burne-Jones ('the Praise of Venus or Love')
We all have our own freewill regarding our own beliefs but it's important to question whether any of our thoughts or emotions have been influenced by programming or conditioning and if any of our power has been taken.
'Corona' - The Crown
During this time, it might be empowering to bring attention back to your own personal sovereignty and crown chakra - we are all children of God and seen as equal by God. Wisdom is related to the crown chakra which is our connection to Source, (to great intelligence, or to our higher self) and this chakra is positioned at the very top of the head. It is our gateway to the divine. We can see it in the artwork of holy people throughout time with their heads glowing in an orb of gold - signifying an open chakra - a mind full of light. Unsurprisingly, the Latin word corona, (meaning crown,) is from where we get our word 'coronation.' We have seen this word a lot recently, but used in inverted ways which may affect us subconsciously in terms of feeling disenchanted or disempowered with the word 'corona' or crown. We can reclaim the corona by recognising the divinity of our own crown chakra and not giving our power away to those who may wish to keep us disempowered or in a state of fear.
The term 'The Crown' is legally ill-defined but it is largely used to signify the monarch as head of their Commonwealth realms and can also refer to the state in all aspects of the Commonwealth. The Crown is also a legal entity in terms of the governance of the monarchy in each realm. The monarch can be seen as a personification of the state and living embodiment of the crown. In New Zealand however, 'The Crown' is a term used to mean the authority of the government. In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, certain state-owned enterprises where the government has full or significant control are known as a 'Crown corporation' or 'Crown entity.' Yet when we come back to remembrance of our personal sovereignty and that we all have a crown chakra and authority - we can remember that the ministers in government are servants of the people, servants of God. This shift in perspective is important as we move forward into a harmonious state of being with nature and the universe - our beliefs create our reality and it is important to reflect on whether we carry any old paradigm beliefs regarding power or disempowerment.
The Rider-Waite Tarot card
Archetypes in Tarot
We all carry the queen/empress or king/emperor archetypes within us and remembering this can be an invitation to recognise that energy within ourselves. In Tarot, there are eight queens and kings, symbolising the feminine (yin) and masculine (yang) energies in the height of their wisdom in four different aspects of life - cups (emotions) - swords (mental energy - words) - wands (manifestations/creations) and pentacles (abundance/material world). The queen represents our feminine (yin) energy which we all have - this is linked to the right hemisphere of the brain which is associated with creativity, images and predominantly emotional processing. The king symbolises our masculine (yang) energy which is connected to the left hemisphere of the brain which is associated with logical analysis including reading and writing. By bringing these into balance we can drop into the heart and live life in harmony.
The word jubilee often associated with royalty comes from the Latin jubilaeus which was originally derived from the Hebrew word yōbhēl, meaning ram's horn (or trumpet.) The Cambridge dictionary defines it as meaning a “celebration of the day on which an important event happened many years ago” and the original 'jubilee' came from the Old Testament referring to the emancipation of Hebrew slaves which was celebrated every 50 years - the Day of Atonement: "You shall then sound a ram's horn abroad on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall sound a horn all through your land. You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you." (Leviticus 25 8–10.)
The Rider-Waite Tarot card
The ram symbol is connected to Aries in astrology - the first cardinal sign which is ruled by Mars. It is important to learn more about symbols since the elites of our planet are fluent in this language - symbols are the ancient language. In Tarot, the emperor card depicts a great ruler on a throne decorated with rams and a ram is shown on his cloak - he also holds regalia including an Egyptian ankh sceptre and a golden globe. In the UK, royal regalia for the coronation involves many symbolic items including two sceptres (the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross and the Sovereign's Sceptre with Dove) as well as the Sovereign's Orb - a golden ball with a cross on top, symbolising the Christian world.
Sceptre-like objects were also used in ancient Egyptian society - known as the crook and flail - the shepherd's crook became a symbol of kingship and the flail represented the fertility of the land. The crook of the shepherd represented a way to control the sheep and the flail was sometimes used to goad livestock (and most likely slaves) - very symbolic objects which were used to hint of the power and control of the pharaoh or the punishment if someone tried to go against the flock or think differently. These are ancient ceremonial items used to impress powerful 'programming' or conditioning within consciousness in which our power may be given to someone else, usually subconsciously - we may not even be aware it is happening because these are ancient patterns.
The coffinette of Tutankhamun showing crook and flail.
Power and Disempowerment
On this planet there can be the collective tendency to give our power away to others - we've done it for centuries and it's a deep pattern to heal. It can also play out on the spiritual path and we may put a spiritual teacher on the 'throne' or it may occur in our relationships or friendships. Is someone's power authentic (walking their soul's true path) or is the power false (concerned with wealth or status, for example)? Our society can be very good at avoiding uncomfortable conversations - has the public contemplated the many children being abused in elite child abuse rings which are being covered up, for example, or is the focus going on distractions which may deceive us? Has the public felt grief regarding the countless scandals associated with the elites? Do we need to give our power away to others and do we do this in subtle ways or at subconscious levels? Do we have an attachment to aristocracy, royalty or the elites in society?
Yet there is healthy leadership - people with strong Leo placements in their birth-chart for example can step into natural leadership, empowering and inspiring others rather than controlling or dominating. Society evolves, just as we do - in times past, we gave sovereignty to others such as kings, queens and priests to keep cohesiveness and structure in society during those phases of its growth. We are moving into interesting times - we now have the emotional intelligence to recognise that we are all equal and do not need to give our power away. We have the invitation to see if we subconsciously give our power to anyone and if we do, we now have the chance to reclaim it and step fully onto our path. In the Cambridge dictionary the word 'sovereign' means a king or queen as a noun and as an adjective it means 'having the highest power or being completely independent.' The word is deeply philosophical on many levels as we contemplate our equality, independence, yet also inter-dependence in society. In the following video which I recorded a couple of years ago, I shared the story of Elen of the ways, the goddess of sovereignty, using the bones of the story from the Welsh text, the Mabinogion, from the 12th-13th centuries. I hope you enjoy this old story about a lady called Elen who was approached by the Emperor of Rome and what unfolded from their meeting.
Many blessings, for a new dawn.
Gold oak wreath with a bee and two cicadas at the British Museum (350-300 BC) believed to be from from the Dardanelles tomb - these wreaths were regularly made for religious processions and were given to winners of musical contests. The Dardanelles is a narrow strait in north-west Turkey, known as Hellespont (Sea of Helle) in Ancient Greek - it is surrounded by the Sea of Marmara and the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas.