ASIACT Astrology - September 2010

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Dance, when you're broken open
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off
Dance in the middle of the fighting
Dance in your blood
Dance when you are perfectly free


In Greek mythology Pandora was the first human female - as was Eve in the Garden of Eden. She was moulded out of earth, rose from the earth and brought with her the gifts of the earth - Pandora means 'giver of all' or 'all-gifted'. As a wedding gift Zeus gave her a beautiful box that he decreed she was not allowed to open. In time curiosity got the better of her and she opened the box to let fly all the ills of the earth: disease, poverty, sadness and a myriad of other pains. One force remained within the box, preserved as a benefit for humans: hope –'The hope, not in the sense of anticipation, but in the sense of a positive attitude toward that which will come to be.' Aura-Soma Sourcebook

Both Eve and Pandora fell prey to temptation, setting into motion the history of the world. But in acquiring the (shocking) answers, they gave birth to a quality more precious than the security of the known, they gave birth to freedom: freedom of choice, freedom to follow the calling of our heart.

In Aura-Soma one of the keywords for olive is hope. Olive is made up of primary yellow and secondary green, and green is a mixture of yellow and blue. Breaking tertiary olive down to the three primary colours brings us to quite a bit of yellow with a touch of blue: where fear (yellow) and faith (blue) meet we find feminine leadership and the hope of cultivating an encompassing loyalty to our heart’s truth.

Bottle 91
Bottle 102

Choosing Bottle 91, Feminine Leadership of the Heart, olive green/olive green may mean that we are all set to respectfully let go of our deeply held beliefs in the light of our current understanding - implying that we are in a period of transition, the change zone, a state that brings uncertainty and confusion. 'Upon what do we build the foundations of our lives?' Keynote for Bottle 102, Archangel Samael, deep olive green/deep magenta.

Bottle 101

Making a new beginning can be daunting as often our sense of self and our competence is put at risk: we hold back for fear of failure and the humiliation of not knowing how. Applying the contents of any of the six bottles with olive as a fraction could stimulate our belief in a positive outcome. And perhaps even take us one step further: to trust that no matter the outcome, all is as it must be and is 'The way back to the garden of the heart. The opening of a new level within our being.' Keynote for Bottle 101, Archangel Jophiel, pale blue/pale olive.

Bottle 106

Hope is our personal cheerleader in the game of life ever egging us on to live with exuberance and joy. Archangel Ratziel, Bottle 106, misty pale olive/misty pale lilac is the archangel of personal empowerment and teaches that life is an alchemical process and with presence, consciousness and a soft focus, change and transformation occur in a natural and peaceful way.

Hope brings with it an open-mindedness, melts our resistance and arouses our curiosity. Pandora’s Box may have harboured the shadows of this World, but it also held hope. The message may have been that by giving us all - the evils and the hope - we are perfectly equipped to deal with reality.

written by Marelna Du Plessis