The North Star, Mount Meru and Mary Magdalene: Your Navel and the Navel of the World

Have  you ever been told to follow your North Star?  It is such a comfort to think that there could be one.  One that directs your internal compass when you have lost your way.  It’s interesting to note that the placement of the north star within the zodiac is at 0 degrees Cancer (plus or minus 2 degrees) which is the sign of the Moon.

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The Moon in the natal chart represents a comfort as well as a calling that pulls you forth in life.  Sounds a lot like the notion of the North Star.
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Polaris sits in the center of a sky that moves, much like a true sense of home (the Moon) stays still in a world that bustles.

We all know that compasses point North due to a magnetic pull created by the Earth’s magnetic field.

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Polaris has often been referred to the lodestar, which means a star that guides ships.  A lodestone is a magnetic rock.

Can we look to our Moons in our natal charts to better understand our individual lodestars?  And what in us is moving toward this lodestar?

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The lodestone (a naturally magnetized iron ore) composes the needle of this compass so it will always point north.  Iron nails are attracted to the magnet.

Could it be the iron in our blood that knows true north?  Is the thing that makes our blood red the same thing that keeps us on track?

If we are now talking about iron and the color red then clearly we are in another astrological terrain- Mars.

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Iron oxide makes Mars the red planet
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Iron again (in the form of hemoglobin) makes our blood red

But I don’t want to get away from the Moon and the North Pole either.  So here is a figure who seems to embody all of these themes.

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Mary Magdalene

Mary comes from the word mar, as in maritime or marine.  Magdalene bears a strong similarity to the word magnet.  So here we have a mysterious notion of a magnetic sea.  Or similarly, a Mars-like (magnetic) Moon (the sea, the tides).

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This is a map of the Arctic as prepared in 1569 by Gerardus Mercator, a Belgian cartographer and explorer.  At the center of the map is a mountain, said to be positioned at the North Pole.  This mountain is know as Mount Meru, the magnetic mountain.

Mount Meru is know to be the “center of the universe” in both Buddhist and Hindu cosmologies.  It is comparable to Mount Olympus of Greek mythology in that it was the home to the Gods.

The mountain is said to be surrounded by the “indrawing seas” as depicted above by the four rivers and this supposedly creates a whirlpool effect.

It’s hard not to notice the similarity of the image of a whirlpool and that of the symbol for Cancer, the zodiac sign associated with the Moon.

Above are artistic celebrations of Mt Meru.  Borobudur (left) is a Buddhist temple in Indonesia.  The other two pictures depict a Maha Meru, a Hindu symbol that is a 3D projection of a Sri Yantra (a mystical diagram involving nine interlocking triangles).

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Magdalene’s “alabaster jar” that is nearly always pictured with her bears a striking similarity to the Mt Meru symbols.

Mount Meru is said to be the navel of the world.

It’s interesting to think of what our navels used to do for us.

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It was the center which received the “indrawing sea” of our mother’s blood (saline, sea-like)

These days we don’t give too much thought to our belly buttons.

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I mean, this is great, but how else does it serve us?
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How about the fact that it is placed in front of the enteric nervous system, otherwise known as our second brain.  This brain is less associated with rational and logical thinking and more associated with intuition.  Very north star-like!

In closing, next time you get a gut feeling, consider that it might be your infinitely mysterious magnetic inner Mount Meru/Magdalene calling!

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Mars, the Lodestone and Blood Red Energy

Motive, motivate, motion, action, activate… what planet am I talking about?  The one and only Mars of course, the red planet, associated alchemically with the metal iron.

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Massive amounts of iron oxide on it’s surface is what gives Mars it’s red color
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It is the iron in blood that makes it red.  Hemoglobin is an iron molecule that binds with oxygen when we inhale, making it turn red and fueling metabolism.

What I would like to talk about in this post is the importance of EXAMINING YOUR MOTIVATIONS.  Energy (Mars) is on it’s way the minute you become motivated to do something.  The problem is that so many motivations are unconscious, and the energy is still on it’s way, but it might not be so welcomed.

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“Dr. Leo Marvin!”

 

What happens when you get scared?  Blood is sent to the major muscle groups to enable you to fight or flee.  During sexual arousal the blood is sent to a persons genitals to enable  what Al Green sings about.

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The point is, a motivation is like a pole being set up, seeking it’s appropriate energy.  The energy arrives because it was invited.

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A magnet attracts these iron nails just as our motivations attract the appropriate energy

Legend has it that magnets were discovered around 600 BC by a Greek shepherd named Magnes who noticed that the nails and buckles on his sandals as well as the tip of his staff were attracted to the rock he was standing on.  He dug up the earth and discovered lodestones.

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Compasses were invented in the 1100s when it was realized that a freely suspended lodestone always oriented itself in the same direction.

The word lodestone comes from the Middle English meaning of “leading stone” as the word lode meant “course, way or journey”.  Lodestone is a naturally magnetized form of magnetite, a type of iron ore.

By examining the history and mystery of iron we can better understand how Mars is working within us.  It has the ability to become magnetized (aka Venus-ized), like the lodestone, from then on always orienting to the same direction.  In this way our energy has the ability to become ATTRACTED (magnetized) to what it wants and from then on pointing us in that direction.

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Once the course is set, or the lodestone is pointed, the ENERGY arrives to get us there.  This is displayed in the way iron (energy) eagerly arrives at the magnet (the lodestone, aka the course).

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It’s science.

 

So check in with those motivations everyone!  Give your Mars a tune up to better enjoy the energy that is arriving to you.  The Rocky steps await.

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