Because of her scales she reminded me of the Goddess of Justice. In exploring this image I came to believe that the Goddess was Astraea, the Virgo or classical virgin who ruled the Golden age with Chronos. According to the Greeks the golden age was an age of goodness, where there was no strife or toil. The golden age was also a time when men shared women in common. This meant this was a time in which society was not organized around paternity and suggesting a matrilineal society where women shared men in a social system of complex marriage.
The scales for me symbolized the dynamic balance or equilibrium of wholeness. This means competing needs or wants are satisfied by behaviors that in the same act fulfill the competing needs or wants or a greater context, through an increase in understanding, has been found for competing needs or wants to be satisfied in an alternating and complementary manner. For me this balance is the measure of all things, it is the way of wholeness, equivalent to the way of the Tao. It is a way for those who seek to do no harm to minimize the harm they do to themselves, others and their environment. It is a balance that the sexual and reproductive agendas of humans, both male and female, can be place into and create harmony. In this balance the economics of free enterprise becomes a spiritual quest to approximate optimal profit rather than maximized profit, where self- interest is governed by empathy for the other’s needs or wants.
According to Greek myth Astraea continued to remove herself from the affairs of humans as each age passed because of their increased evil. Eventually she left Earth at the beginning of the age of iron and returned to the Heavens as the “Starry One”. In each succeeding age Greek society became more patrilineal until Zeus was able to over throw the age of sliver ruled by Saturn and established the Greek patriarchal society and the age of iron. However according to this myth the Virgo Astraea was to return to earth at some time in the future to bring a new golden age. Implicitly the return of Astraea meant a new order of justice, equality, prosperity and sexual freedom that was, as it were, a higher octave of the spiritual and social order of the previous golden age.
The Goddess Astraea acting as my muse and anima through inspiration and research lead me to the earliest ancient myths of the Indo-Europeans and proto Indo-Europeans. There I found the myth of the Sun Goddess, particularly of the Dawn, the Maiden Sun Goddess (Ushas, Eos, Eostre, Aurora). She had various lovers and multiple husbands including the “twins” and the Moon God. This Sun Goddess has been identified with the Goddesses Freya and Aphrodite.
I developed a myth where I believe the ancients figured out the procession of the zodiac and used this information to marked a significant change in cult and society. I speculate that this change in cult and society was the formal recognition of paternity with in their matrilineal way of life. The myth starts with two peoples celebrating an alliance of friendship and marriage, a herding people and an agricultural people, whose tropical and sidereal astrological information together allowed them to determine the procession of the zodiac. The sign chosen to symbolize this Golden beginning was Gemini, the friends, the twins or brothers. The Sun of the beginning, the dawn of this Golden Age was Astraea and this myth gives the Moon God as Chronos. The Friends parted ways, one becoming oppressive of the other until the day Astraea returns and her balance is righted and peace is made.
I found that 108 Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions (approximately every 20 years) times 108 = approximately 2,160 years = an Age/month times 12 = 25,920 years or a Great Year. So I looked for a likely starting point for a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction to determine the cusp of the Age of Gemini. I found an auspicious time when Jupiter and Saturn were conjunct 3 times over a year and the date of the last conjunction was 6580 B.C. Sept. 14th. I found by moving forward with the aid of my astrological computer program these times for the cusps of the following ages: Taurus - 4435B.C. Oct. 17th, Aries - 2290B.C. Sept. 22nd, Pisces - 145B.C. May 4th and Aquarius - 2000A.D. May 28th.
So SweetWood Temenos celebrated the myth of joining two ancient families/pantheons of Deities, one matrilineal and the other patriarchal in the year 2000 AD through marriage and announced the advent of the Age of Aquarius. This marriage was a peace pledge, one achieved by the Sun Goddess and Moon God of the matrilineal pantheon and the Sun God and Moon Goddess of the patriarchal pantheon joining together in a group marriage. Together they stand for Immanence of Divinity, Deep Friendship, Self Knowledge, Positive Sexuality, Ritual Attunement to Nature, Pluralistic Society and Ethics and the Greater Wholeness of Community. They created a two year cycle where one year the Sun Goddess and Moon God are stewards of the annual rituals and the next year the Moon Goddess and Sun are and so onward through out the Age of Aquarius. All who enter into these rites enter into these Deities’ circle of Freedom.
In 2001 SweetWood celebrated at its Freedom Festival the ritual return of Astraea, the Spring Sun of the Age of Aquarius. Astraea and her consort, the Moon God poured forth the waters of Aquarius and is the water that SweetWood Temenos offers in ritual. For SweetWood Temenos Astraea is a primary Divine patron.
During this season of the balance I give thanks for Astraea, the blessings of her balance that have been brought into my life and the grace she and her marriage have given to SweetWood Temenos.
Never Thirst Iacchus