Urania Muse Gate of Inspiration Feb 8-9 ~ A Muse Gate opens every 40 days, every 40 degrees of the zodiac, 9 times each year. Whatever is blocking creative flow comes before the Gate to be let go. This is a time to dissolve body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Tension patterns that inhibit free soul expression are now released. As we breathe deeply (inspire) and move freely (yoga, tai chi, dance!) we shed old ways and become present to the power and possibilities of this new time. Most important now is to move the body and breathe. The breath is key; breath is chi, the holy spirit of the goddess Muse.
Urania is the Muse of astronomy and astrology, she brings new knowledge of the celestial bodies and the cycles of heaven important to us now.
The Muse gates are 9 particular discrete degrees of the 360 degree zodiac. Each degree is a specific angle ensouled by an angel with its own signature of inflence. Astrology is digital and degrees are the digits we use. Strictly speaking, a Gate of Inspiration is open when the center or heart of the Sun is crossing the Muse Gate degree. So, according to this, the Urania Gate is open from 8:45 pm gmt Feb 8 until 8:30 pm gmt Feb 9 (3:45 pm 2/8 – 3:30 pm 2/9 eastern U.S. time).
And yet, the Sun is more than a point of light, it is an orb that covers half a degree in the sky. So it may rather be that the Muse Gate is active from 1:45 pm gmt Feb 8 when the leading edge of the Sun enters the Gate until 2:30 am gmt Feb 10 when the trailing edge of the Sun leaves this Muse Gate degree. I would like to know which of these two possibilities is true, please share your experience if you would.
Before considering more the unique nature of Urania, it might be good to mention that while this is her special day, her ‘season’ (period of special influence) extends for 40 days until the Spring Equinox when the Muse Thalia brings her note to the chorus. Also, we might make special note about Urania’s 4 year influence as we are in the last 4-year period of this 1981-2016 renaissance period which like the year has 9 phases corresponding to the seasons of the Muses, the planets and the lights on the sacred Tree of Life by which we are ascending now.
The 9th light (counting upward) on the Tree of Life is the sphere of Chokmah or Urania, they rule the stars. The correponding 9th day of the Greek Mysteries is the day of Chokmah and the related Muse Urania. This 9th day (and 9th 4-year period) brings abundance through “the pourings of plenty.” Two great Aquarian urns are poured out, their waters provide nourishment to the world.” Then revelation comes through “the vision of the shining one.” Urania’s Muse Gate clears the way.
To more fully understand the nature of the Muse Gates (and their fellow Solar Gates) we need to go back to the Druids and then come forward to consider the Native American Ghost Dance tradition.
“Their [the Druids’] chief deities were reducible to two – a male and a female, the great father and mother – Hu and Cerridwen, distinguished by the same characteristics as belong to Osiris and Isis, Bacchus and Ceres, or any other supreme god and goddess representing the two principles of all Being.” – Manly P. Hall
“The Druid God Hu was called ‘The Dragon – Ruler of the World, and his car was drawn by serpents. The Car of the Goddess Ceridwen also was drawn by serpents.” – Albert Pike
Serpents signify cycles and the separate cars of Hu and Cerridwen refer to the two primary cycles of the year, one solar and yang, the other lunar and yin. The Druid god Hu is identical with Og or Ock whose name means Eight and Oak. The word Druid comes from Duir, Celtic for oak and door. (Jesus says ‘I am the Duir’ 😉 ) Oak is the wood used by the Druids for their sacred fire at their 8 annual fire festivals. Doors are made from oak, burning oak at the “ock times” opens the psychic doors of the year.
Then there are the 9 Gates of Inspiration that are sacred to Cerridwen, they make up the lunar sphere of the year. Queen Cerridwen has 9 maidens who alternate breaths to keep burning the sacred fire beneath her Cauldron of Inspiration. These 9 maidens, the 9 Muses, refer to the #9 harmonic of the zodiacal cycle. The Muse Gates are the 9 stations of the Muses or Gates of Inspiration that begin at Spring Equinox and occur every 40 degrees, approximately every 40 days through the cycle of the year. The oracle at Delphi was consulted at these 9 times of the year.
At the Gates inspirations flow freely and richly as we free ourselves from inhibiting psychic and physical tensions. This is the purpose of the Native American Ghost Dance among other traditional ways. I’ve found it useful to combine Celtic Druid and Native American teachings, they are of like nature and are complementary, mutually contributing to a greater, more inclusive and effective view.
We might also consider more closely the nature of Cerridwen who is the Celtic incarnation of the great goddess Ceres or Greek Demeter, the mother of Persephone, our High Priestess and Lady of the Lake. Cerridwen stirs her magic Cauldron on the mystic isle in the west named Avalon, ‘the apple isle.’
Just as the mother goddess Ceres and daughter Persephone are one, so Cerridwen and our Lady of the Lake are one. And yet more than through Cerridwen, our Lady comes through 9 forms, 9 ladies of the lake that are well profiled in Caitlin and John Matthews book Ladies of the Lake.
(GAIA astrology side note: Ceres / Cerridwen is 3rd ray, her influence comes through the trines in our charts, lines I believe by right should be green; Eris / Kore / Persephone is 7th ray but her influence is channeled through the Moon which has resonance with 9 – the magic square of the Moon is a 9 by 9 grid. So, the influence of Kore the Maiden(s) is felt most strongly through the 9th harmonic novile series of aspects that might be colored gray or a very pale shade of violet. These aspects are novile / 40 degrees), binovile / 80, trinovile a.k.a. trine / 120 and quadnovile / 160. We will be using these aspects more in our charts.)
“In Greek Mythology Urania, whose name means ‘Celestial One’, was one of the nine younger Muses, and the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Urania is the goddess of of philosophy and astronomy (which in ancient times was the same as astrology). With her head held high in the infinite universe, she is able to divine the future by the arrangement of the stars. Those who are most concerned with philosophy, expansion of the mind, and the mysteries of the heavens are dearest to her.” ~ Emily Balivet
In the ancient world, Urania was known as the Muse of astronomy (one with astrology). Urania is depicted with a globe in her left hand, an important detail. She forecasts the future by the stars and shares this wisdom with us. Urania receives guidance from the heavens for the world. She is also considered a channel for Universal Love and the Holy Spirit that is by nature a spiritual fire. There is a close connection between Urania whose Muse Gate is in Aquarius and the planet Uranus that rules Aquarius and is often identified with Prometheus, the god who steals fire from the gods to give to mortal man.
Now, at this Urania Muse Gate, it is time to hook up with Uranus the higher octave of our now beleagered Mercury mind 😉 Uranus and Urania encode our essential genius, the Promethean fire we’ve brought from the gods. This fire is our osob in Jung’s term (see Aion), the essence we are which when activated automatically by synchronicity attracts all that is needed to fulfill its purpose on Earth. The activation time is now. Uranus and Urania rule astronomy, astrology and the global internet. These aspects of our knowing are evolving quickly in tandem now. We are awakening in a world where all things are possible. Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door is opened, a s k.
Urania holds a globe of the world, this reminded me of this wonderful little poem by my friend Will Bason:
We are the white
and blue-green planet
spinning to the East and
Our beloved, golden Star
The beautiful sister
twirling around and holding
Moon for a mirror
dancing the helix and
singing the Universe
– Will Ashe Bason, Floyd VA
Many images of Urania can be found on the net. I chose this one for its rich symbolism: the owl a creature of Athena, the goddess that co-rules Aquarius with Uranus; the Cauldron and Urania 9-star tiara that aptly represents her and her sister lights of inspiration.
~ Urania, Emily Balivet