The Epic Myths of May!

Tropical Astrology Update: The Month Ahead: May 2015

“The stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while bamboo or willow 

survives by bending with the wind.”

–Bruce Lee

Recap April

Finishing the last exact square of the cardinal chrysalis in March, a full moon in libra, and a new moon in Aries, show that 2015 has been a year of unquantifiable change. In April, Jupiter in Leo stationed direct, Pluto in Capricorn stationed retrograde, while the influence of the taurus sun opened up a door of calm determination that will ramp up to a charging speed and support us in conquering all Sisyphean tasks.

PLEIADES: The Seven Daughters of Atlas. Maia is the eldest Pleiadian sister goddess who has dominion over the mountains. She is the mother of Merucry and Lover of Jupiter.
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PLEIADES: The Seven Daughters of Atlas. Maia is the eldest Pleiadian sister goddess who has dominion over the mountains. She is the mother of Merucry and Lover of Jupiter.

Children Of The Gods?

The Constellation of Taurus is where the Pleiades Stars Can be found!
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The Constellation of Taurus is where the Pleiades Stars Can be found!

In Astrology, the month of May is said to be named after the eldest of the Pleiades star children, Maia. Among the constellations, The Pleiades star system lies within the constellation of Taurus. The majority of calendar days in May belong to Taurus and are therefore linked with the #5 in numerology or the Hierophant among the trump cards of the Tarot. In Tropical Astrology, the sun remains in Taurus until around May 21st when it moves into Gemini: The Twins. The female twins are Helen and Clytemnestra, and the male twins are Castor and Pollux. Pollux (Polydeuces) and Helen are supposed to be the children of Zeus when he “seduced,” Leda after he turned himself into a beautiful swan. Castor and Clytemnestra are considered the mortal children of Leda’s legitimate husband king Tyndareus.

Castor and Pollux, the Gemini Twins are represented by a star at the crown of each twins head. These twins also went on a quest with Jason as one of the Argonauts.
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Castor and Pollux, the Gemini Twins are represented by a star at the crown of each twins head. These twins also went on a quest with Jason as one of the Argonauts.

What’s The Connection You Ask? 
Gemini’s ruling planet is named after Mercury, the Roman equivalent to the Greek god of communication, Hermes. Hermes/Mercury is the child of Maia and Zeus. That’s right, our favorite heavenly whore, Zeus, who we now refer to as “Jupiter,” is known for turning himself into various creatures to seduce gods/goddesses and mortals alike. In the case of Maia, this mountain nymph is the daughter of Atlas, the Titan that once held the world on his shoulders and had a whole continent named after him. So while you may not be familiar with all things Maia, think of her and all mothers each time you see the month of May.
The love, sacrifice, joy and beauty that are symbolically linked to Maia and and to the beautiful female Gemini whose faced launched 1,000 ships, Helen of Sparta, who became known as “Helen of Troy!”

The Golden Apple of Strife and Judgment

 

Since many like to be a part of beautiful events that mark occasions such as birth and weddings, imagine being the only god/dess left out of the ceremony for King Peleus and his wife the Nymph and goddess of water, Thetis. Since Eris, the goddess of discord  was not invited, she showed up using beauty as a weapon. Eris tossed a golden apple into the party with an inscription on it suggesting that the apple was intended for the fairest/most beautiful of them all. Naturally, Hera (Juno), Aphrodite (Venus) and Athene (Pallas) argued as to which one of the goddesses was the most beautiful and therefore the owner. Zeus (Jupiter), side-stepping this no win situation appointed Paris to pick the winner. Since Aphrodite promised him the hand of a beautiful woman, she won the judgement. Paris would one day marry Helen of Sparta, a controversy that lead to the Trojan War and inspired Homer’s Epic,  The Iliad and The Odyssey.

Since Taurus ends around May 21st and the Pleiadeas stars are a part of the Taurus constellation,  is it surprising that the  month of May is named after Maia? Maia was said to be the most beautiful of the Pleiadian sisters. This shy earth nymph lived in the mountains, making it easy for Zeus (Jupiter) to seduce her without his wife Hera (Juno in Rome) finding out.

When Mercury (Hermes) was born, he immediately got into the mischief that he would eventually be known for. This may indicate in part, where the Mercury retrograde theory comes from.

While still an infant, Mercury stole cattle from the god Apollo, and hid them in his mother’s mountain cave. When Apollo stormed into Maia’s cave, she showed him the tiny baby to prove he could not have been the cattle thief. Although Mercury was only a day old, Apollo was not fooled. Apollo appealed to Jupiter (Zeus) to punish Mercury. Jupiter arbitrated by requiring Mercury to give back the cattle. During the feud, baby Mercury played the lyre, and Apollo was so enchanted by the music that he dropped the charges, and even gave some of the cattle to Mercury, as well as other gifts. Apollo would use the lyre in his role as the patron of the Muses. (The 9 sister goddesses that give us words like “music” and “museum”).
For the rest of the article, follow the link to the edited article on the Cosmic Intelligence Agency website.

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