text and photos ©Ani
Williams June 2004
As published in the Four
The following CDs have songs
dedicated to Magdalena:
"Homage to Hathor"
"Medicine Song II"
Mistress of the Grail
"Then Zeus-born Aphrodite stepped forward and drew near,
Changed to the form and stature of a young unwedded maid,
Lest his eyes discern her godhead and the hero grow afraid,
Then Anchises saw and wondered so beautiful she seemed,
So tall she towered before him, so gay her garments gleamed.
For the robe that rippled round her shone like a fire ablaze,
Richly her twisted armlets, her earrings flashed their rays,
Round her soft throat fair chains of gold glanced fitfully,
Light from her soft breasts shimmered, like moonlight, strange to see.
Then passion gripped Anchisis. Swift was his greeting given
Hail to Thee, Queen, who'er Thou art among the Blessed in Heaven!
Homer, Hymn to Venus
The Venus Transit
Second to the Sun and the Moon, Venus is the brightest object in the sky. Because of some similar physical aspects, Venus is considered Earth's sister and she is often called the planet of fortune, as she comes bearing gifts. On June 8 of 2004, we will witness a once in a lifetime astronomical event called a Venus transit, in which Venus will pass directly in front of the sun. It is very rare for Venus to pass directly across the face of the sun, as it usually passes either above or below it from our line of sight. This is because Venus' orbit is on a slight angle, as compared with the orbit of the Earth around the Sun.
This eclipse' will last 6-7 hours and will be visible as a dark spot on the sun in Asia, Africa (except the western portion), all of Europe (except the tip of the Iberian Peninsula), and Greenland. The very end of the eclipse will be visible as the sun rises in some locations in Africa and northeastern North America. Even though it won't be visible to most of us living in the Americas, this transit will be impacting the entire globe by initiating an important new cycle.
This turning point is being termed variously, the Exaltation of the Goddess, the beginning of the Golden Age and Gaia Harmonica. This illuminating of Venus by the Sun can be interpreted as the return of the principles of beauty, love and the sacred feminine. According to Carl-John Calleman Ph.D, the extraordinary global gatherings during the 1987 Harmonic Convergence and the 2003 Harmonic Concordance were just preparing for this time of the Venus transit!
Basically, a Venus transit happens approximately every 125 years, occurring in pairs, separated by 8 years. The last transit was in 1874/1882, and the previous transit pairs occurred in 1761/1769, 1631/1639 and 1518/1526. The partner to our current transit will occur on June 6, 2012, the same year which marks the ending of a 26,000 year cycle and the beginning of a new great time cycle, according to the Mayan calendar system. And in certain eastern Vedic calendar traditions, this Venus transit signals the actual beginning of a Golden Age, with the second Venus transit in 2012 completing the transition into this wondrous age of enlightenment.
The Venus Transit of June 8, 2004 is clearly the astronomical event of the year. But it may be much, much more than that. The Venus Transit has always preceded great breakthroughs in human consciousness and played a very significant role in the Mayan Calendar.
Venus Transit of June 8, 2004: A Breakthrough of Intuitive Awareness
by Carl-John Calleman and Anders Bjarstedt
Dr. Calleman feels that this Venus transit initiates a time of global communication, not just in a technical sense, but a time of increased intuitive awareness, which will serve to reveal that which was hidden. This global intuitive field will serve to bring more truthfulness in both personal and global communication and precipitate greater harmony and joy and love. What a hopeful message when one considers the growing distortion and perversion as reported on the daily news broadcasts!
Aphrodite and Venus
Venus is the daughter of the Moon and is symbolic of the many forms which issue forth from the Great Mother. Her glyph depicts the marriage of the male and female forces of the Universe into One. The Egyptian Ankh, a more ancient form of Venus' glyph, means life.
As Above, So Below by Alan Oken
Egyptian Ankh of Life
There are many levels that can be examined in this Venus transit. Venus has long been associated as the circular, rounded female symbol, with Mars as the testosterone directed male archetype. While this is an oversimplified view of male-female dynamics, nevertheless, these two planets have symbolized the yin-yang duality within humans for eons.
As Venus passes directly in front of the Sun June 8, his solar radiance illuminates and exalts her, prompting the return of beauty, love, and the revival of the sacred feminine. Venus is our harbinger of a more harmonious Earth, 'Harmonica Gaia', and brings the possibility of healing our relationships on every level, to change our world.
With the current sexual abuse scandals in Iraq as well as within the Catholic Church an overall pattern can be seen regarding this astronomical event. With Venus' association with Aphrodite, goddess of love and sexuality, she is definitely revealing the great misuse and abuse of sexual energy. She is illuminating and making very distinct all that obscures the true beauty of our world.
(A rare view of Mars and Venus on either side of a misty crescent moon appeared in the western night sky in late May, presenting a poignant visual show of this male-female dance).
Mary Magdalene and the Pentagram of Venus
Mary Magdalene is perhaps our most prominent representative of maligned sexuality. For nearly two millennia she was considered a forever penitent, reformed prostitute. It was only in 1969 that the Catholic Church reversed their position and announced that Magdalene was in fact not a prostitute, but the one who witnessed and proclaimed Jesus' Resurrection. Because of her presence at both the Crucifixion and Resurrection, Magdalene was seen by the Gnostics and mystics of the Middle-Ages to be The Medium of Secret Revelation.' These same Gnostics also associated her with the planet Venus, a shining symbol of the sacredness sexuality and love.
Planetary archetypes and observation of significant celestial events are guiding symbols, way-showers to help us understand the complexities of the universe and human existence. In Egypt, China, Babylon, and Druid, Mayan and most native traditions, the world-view included the mirroring of celestial patterns upon the earth in temple and ceremonial site design, as a way of insuring a continuing harmonious relationship between earth and sky.
We can find many examples of this in the building of earthly temples to reflect celestial patterns. One of these is found in the location of Magdalene sites and Knights Templar castles in Southern France. As the planet Venus moves through the heavens, the pentagram is formed by the pattern of her orbit. At Rennes le Chateau, a place steeped in Templar Grail mystery and dedicated to Mary Magdalene, a five-pointed star is formed by the prominent mountain peaks and Magdalene shrines. The pentagram's image is also seen as a secret code revealing Magdalene and Holy Grail mysteries within the art of Leonardo Da Vinci and Poussin, as well as the old parchments of the Priory of Sion found at Rennes.
As they turn, the planets are showing us the mysterious workings of God's hand, expressed in the harmonious movements of the spheres. Each planet, as it revolves in its orbit, reaches positions where Earth, Sun and Planet form distinct alignment patterns. Only one planet shows us a perfect geometrical form. This form is pentagonal and the planet is Venus. Creating five equally-spaced alignments over a period of eight years, she draws the perfect, hidden and secret symbol of the five-pointed star in the heavens. As above, so below. The very landscape bears the sign of her secret revelation.
Key To The Sacred Pattern by Henry Lincoln
Venus in Avalon
Each morning, according to a legend, a group of angels lifted Magdalene where she could listen to the entire choir of angelic hosts, the divine sounds of original and continuing creation.
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, edited by Jean-Yves Leloup
In late October of 2003, I was in Britain to film a documentary focusing on sites related to Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail. While filming in Glastonbury (site of the ancient Isle of Avalon), I joined sound healer Tom Kenyon and his partner Judi Sion to present a sound healing event, Magdalene in Avalon'. Tom and Judi co-authored The Magdalen Manuscript, a Magdalene-channeled treatise on the true nature of sacred relationship and the use of sexual high alchemy for transformation. The focus of this Magdalene event was to disseminate the divine feminine healing energies through Tom's extraordinary voice, using the magnified power of the Glastonbury Tor. (The Glastonbury Tor is the ancient labyrinth hill at the center of Avalon, where the healing waters of the red and white springs emerge, and adjacent to the famous Chalice Well Gardens. See the Four Corners article Maria Magdalena).
Coincidentally, many friends in Arizona reported that at the exact hour of the Glastonbury Magdalene event, an eerie solar phenomena occurred. The solar flares, which were unusually strong and active at that time, created violet colored sun spots over a deep orange mid-afternoon sun ...a mysterious sign of the power of focused intention and the return of the Goddess?
Another interesting synchronicity with the Magdalene and the Tor arrived in a recent email from Glastonbury England from Sig Lonegren, author and internationally renowned dowser. Having been a fan of Mary Magdalene for many years, he took a walk one day on the road that goes around the Tor to see if he could discover any new clues as to the nature of the Earth Energies there. His eye was drawn to a plant with heart-shaped leaves, which grows prolifically all around the Tor and within the nearby Chalice Well Gardens. The common name of the plant is Lords and Ladies and the botanical name is arum (meaning lily) maculatum (spotted or besmirched'). (Sun spots are also called macula!) As Sig pondered the symbolic nature of the plant, he mused that the immaculate lily would obviously be the Blessed Virgin Mary, but the maculate, tainted, besmirched one had to be Magdalene. The Tor is surrounded by her energy!
Venus in Sedona's Landscape Temple
In Nicholas Mann's book Sedona Sacred Earth, he presents his discovery of a natural five-pointed star pattern in the red rocks, with the dominant high points and vortex's of the landscape falling at each point, amazingly similar to the Rennes-le-Chateau Magdalene pentagram.
According to Mann, a perfect pentagram
is formed by five prominent formations, including Courthouse Rock,
Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa Vortex, a butte behind Camel Head Rock,
and Lee Mountain. The striking aspect of this naturally occurring
five-pointed star pattern, is that Madonna Rock which is adjacent
to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, is at the exact center of the pentagram.
In esoteric mystery schools, the pentagram represents the realized
human, and the ideal human proportions are seen by overlaying the
human form upon it, with the reproductive organs at the center.
The five-pointed stars appear repeatedly on the Egyptian temple
ceilings, symbolizing eternal perfection, and in another Egyptian
reference, when one both perceives and expresses beauty through
all five senses, the possible star' or realized human is born.
Madonna and Child near Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona
Photo by Ani Williams
To the Pythagoreans, five is the perfect number of love because it represents three, the first male number, and two, the first female number.
Venus, pentagrams, Madonnas and the return of beauty is this all be hinting at a divinely ordered blueprint for a potential Golden Age on Earth?
Magdalene Meets the Pentagon
During Easter weekend of this year, three hundred people met within a mile of the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia, to celebrate the return of the sacred feminine at an event called The Magdalen Conclave. Hosted by Tom Kenyon and Judi Sion, this sound healing event was powerful and deeply transformative. Magdalene's message brought through Tom and Judi proclaimed this as the time of the return of the Goddess, and a balancing of male-female energies on earth, a time when women will be speaking out to assist in the healing of our planet. During the final ceremonial meditation of the gathering, I had a very distinct vision of great red dragons rising up from deep within the earth in the Washington, DC area, and that these large dragons that had long been sleeping are now awakening.
...our environment is being charged with extremely powerful energies that were previously stored within the planetary body and only rarely imparted to the life on its surface. Mythology knows them as the dragon powers'. Once distributed upon the surface of the earth, they may bring about an unprecedented increase in the power and beauty of life on the planet.
The Daughter of Gaia by Marko Pogacnik, Findhorn Press.
Planetary alignments and the Venus Transit
The exact moment of the Venus-Solar conjunction is at 1:42 am Mountain Standard Time on June 8. There are several potent planetary alignments at that time, which can be described in simple terms. Jupiter is in opposition to Uranus indicating increased momentum for change, higher vision, and expansion. Venus is in opposition to Pluto signifying a powerful, deep transformation of Venus related issues, i.e., our attitudes regarding love, sexuality, beauty, and the feminine. The Sun conjunct Venus, as already mentioned, signals an illumination and exaltation of Venus, as well as a celestial marriage of the feminine Venus and masculine Sun. With the Sun and Venus are both in opposition to Pluto, there is a transmuting of old male-female belief systems, birthing a new potential for co-creation.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this celestial timing is the retrograde' motion of Venus at the time of the transit. A retrograde motion means simply that the planet appears from the perspective of earth, to be moving backwards. A retrograde planet has the effect on the psyche of reviewing and rethinking our patterns. When Venus moves forward, or direct, and reaches the transit position of 17 degrees, it denoting the actual activation point of the seed that was planted during the transit June 8. This occurs on the Feast Day of Mary Magdalene, July 22! And the degree of the Sun on July 22 gives a fated quality to that day for bringing in mastery of relationship. What an amazing universe we live in.
Through the medium of a recent dream-vision that I had, I was shown a deeper understanding of the wide reaching effects throughout our universe that healing of the male-female dynamics within us and in our relationships can have. Mary Magdalene appeared repeatedly during the dream sequence with her consort, the Unicorn the Christed One, who then united with the Great Goddess in sacred Hieros Gammos. I was shown that their union is immersing this realm in healing light, bringing mystical love into the density and transforming matter. I was shown that their union is galactic, and huge emissions of light-photon particles are a result of this reunion, igniting an awakening in the hearts and minds of humans.
Unicorn and the Lady
A Medieval Tapestry
This mystical union is an archetype for rebirth, and when humans acknowledge the sacredness of life, sexuality and beauty, it births a corresponding tone throughout the universe and all is changed. Yes, their song and their loving changes everything.
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