The rhythm of the Universal Underworld is then a nine-day climb of increasing intensity starting on March 9, 2011 followed by a descending intensity for the next eighteen (9+9) days until a new descent begins of eighteen (9+9) days. We will then have to learn to ride this wave in order to ultimately climb to the top of the pyramid to be able to witness the appearance of Bolon Yokte Ku in “his” full regalia.
Since March 9th solar flares, earthquakes, tsunami's and threat of nuclear meltdown have dominated the news. Riding this wave has been an intense experience. And the wave may not have crested yet! (Update: Click here for Calleman's perspective on the 9th Wave and Japan earthquake.) One of the charts that I did not include in my last analysis was the event chart for the start date of the 9th Level, the Universal Underworld: March 9, 2011. This chart may hold some clues to the archetypal themes that we will be dealing with until the completion of the cycle on October 28, 2011.
As I discussed in my previous post, the difficulty about creating an event chart for Calleman's dates is that we do not have a specific time or astronomical alignment like a solstice to consider. According to the Vedas, the Sun is the Atma, the Self of all the Universe. As the Nine Underworlds represent the evolution of consciousness, it makes sense to use an event chart set at sunrise, the literal time when the Sun is awakening. A sunrise chart may represent the evolution of the Self of all the Universe. I have set the chart at the sacred Mayan city of Palenque.
At sunrise on March 9, 2011 the sign of Aquarius, called Kumbha in Sanskrit, was rising on the horizon imprinting its energy on the earth through the Sun and Mars. Kumbha means "pitcher" and Aquarius is represented by the archetype of the Water-Bearer who generously pours the divine waters of soma, the divine nectar of immortality, upon humanity. As Aquarius is an air sign, this water refers to the cosmic life force or prana, which like earthly water, can be used to purify and cleanse on an energetic and spiritual level. Mars is the karaka for energy, and issues about energy may be associated with the birth of the Universal Underworld. According to some astrologers like Gary Gomes, Mars can also be the driving force behind enlightenment. Saturn's rulership of this fixed air sign gives humbling lessons that break down the ego of the individual self. By releasing the self from its illusion of separation from the divine, the Aquarian impulse inspires selfless acts that benefit humanity and helps us to see our Oneness with the Universe -- not a bad ascendant for the dawn of the Universal Underworld!
The nakshatra associated with the Universal Underworld chart is Purva Bhadrapada. Purva means "earlier" and Uttara means "latter". There are three sets of nakshatras that are paired: Purva/Uttara Phalguni, Purva/Uttara Ashada, and Purva/Uttara Bhadrapada. All three of these nakshatras are represented with symbols of beds indicating areas of relaxation, healing, and sometimes death, as in the case of Purva Bhadrapada. Purva Bhadrapada and Uttara Bhadrapada make up the four legs of the funeral bed.
When combined with the next nakshatra, Uttara Bhadrapada, they form the "scorching" or "burning" pair, as in a funeral pyre. Moreover, Jupiter and Mercury were both in Uttara Bhadrapada in the sign of Pisces completing the end of the funeral bed. Thus the rising sign of the Ninth Underworld indicates themes of death and completion. These nakshatras are also known for their fiery energy that is used to inspire universal goals that uplift humanity. The deity associated with this nakshatra is Aja Ekapada, the one footed goat or unicorn which is related to Rudra, the god of storms. Its power is yajamana vdyamana shakti: the ability to give fire to raise a spiritual person up in life. The fire of these nakshatras burns away illusion which may be a fast, sudden and painful process on the way to enlightenment.
And the Universal Underworld certainly began with a fiery bang: a powerful solar flare. According to Spaceweather.com earth-orbiting satellites detected an X1.5-class explosion from sunspot 1166 around 23:23 UT. They denied that a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was released, but did report that "after four years without any X-flares, the sun has produced two of the powerful blasts in less than one month: Feb. 15th and March 9th. This continues the recent trend of increasing solar activity, and shows that Solar Cycle 24 is heating up." Well the next day on March 10, 2011 a CME did hit the Earth's magnetic field on March 10th around 0630 UT. Click here for more.
When the Sun emits a coronal mass ejection (CME) and it travel on solar winds towards the earth, most of the plasma bounces off the earth's magnetic field. But still a good amount of highly charged particles get caught and pulled into the field and release a huge amount of energy into the geomagnetic network. The ionosphere becomes charged and emits the northern lights of the aurora borealis at the poles. These light show the fluctuating magnetic meridians which may carry the Sun's particles to the center of the Earth recharging the core.
Although scientists may disagree, there is evidence of increased seismic activity during impacts of large CMEs. Thus this X-class solar flare may have also triggered shifts in the earth's crust and magma flows that lead to the 9.0 earthquake in Japan followed by increased volcanic activity. (Update: Check out the increased worldwide seismic activity on March 9, 2011 at Nunki.nl,9) The fire element of the Sun literally leaped towards the earth on solar winds and charged the magnetic fields which are connected to the earth's molten iron core. Our bodies also have magnetic fields, and they are susceptible to these high energy shifts too. How has your own inner core reacted this week. Did you have a melt down, or did you feel energized? Moreover, the displaced ocean water released from the shifting ocean floor became the massive tsunami that destroyed coastal cities, knocked out the power grid, and left nuclear reactors without energy to cool their cores. The influence of "scorching pair" indeed.
As Saturn rules the rising sign of Aquarius, its placement indicates the outcome of this event chart and Underworld cycle. In this chart Saturn is retrograde in the sign of Virgo, the nakshatra of Hasta, and placed in the 8th house of death and transformation. Virgo is a mutable earth sign which rules over practical and detailed thinking. The earth element brings stability to the mind, and skill to the hands. The constellation of Virgo, latin for virgin or maiden, is symbolized by a harvest goddess holding a sheath of wheat.
This wheat sheaf represents the fixed star Spica which she dropped to form the Milky Way, and symbolizes Virgo connection to natural cycles of growth. Wheat is subject to an unending cycle: the seed, fruit, and then the harvested kernels. Thereafter, it returns to the earth to grow again. Behari writes: The impulse flowing through this sign represents the feminine aspects of nature undisturbed by other influences. The impulse at this stage produces an electrified field which is neither active nor passive. This undisturbed and pure energy is the divine hidden deeply in matter, like the potential energy packed in a seed waiting its trigger to express its divinity at harvest time.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, Virgo mark the direction toward the center of the Universe. There is also new evidence that in addition to a Galactic Center of our own galaxy, there is also a grand Universal axis called the Central Axis situated towards the stellar fields of Virgo. In their search to understand the origin of the universe, astrophysicists have been studying the afterglow of the big bang called Cosmic Background Radiation, or CBR.
Instead of an undiscernable, random pattern, Kate Land and Joao Magueijo at Imperial College London noticed an unexpected alignment of hot and cold spots in the CBR in 2005 that resembles the taiji, mystical union of yin and yang from which according to ancient taoists the universe was born.
Carl Johan Calleman believes that the Mayan Calendar tracks these evolutionary waves from this center or World tree of Virgo. We are bathed in transformative bursts of star waves from both our galactic and universal trees which may all sync up at the end of the Mayan Calendar.
Thus it seems significant to me that Virgo is also the constellation from where many recent comets are originating. Historically astrologers have described comets as evil omens, heralding cataclysmic events, sudden political upheaval, and even the death of kings. In Vedic astrology they are considered the children of Ketu, the south node. Ketu is the karaka for spiritual liberation and enlightenment, so these messengers from outside our solar system's cell wall may be bringing messages of awakening. In fact during the initiation of the final cycle of the 8th level, or Galactic Underworld on November 3, 2010, Comet C/2010 V1 Ikeya Murakami made a bright appearance as it passed by Saturn.
This comet was followed by the discovery of Comet Elenin on December 10, 2010 also passing Saturn in Virgo.
Because Comet Elenin's trajectory makes a very close pass by the Earth in late October 2011, there is speculation that this comet may be the event that triggers and ends the 5th World Age of the Mayan Calendar. For more on Elenin check out the videos below:
Saturn in Virgo is also aspected by the ruler of Virgo, Mercury, in its sign of debilitation, conjunct Uranus (the modern ruler for Aquarius and indicator of sudden and tumultuous change like earthquakes) and Jupiter in Pisces in the 2nd house. Mercury and Uranus were in exact conjunction on March 9, 2011. Saturn rules the earth and is transiting an earth sign known for humility, perfection, and sacrifice. Although a malefic is considered strong when placed in a difficult, or dustana, house like the eighth, in this case Saturn's power of transformation is amplified. The 8th house is not only the house of death, but also the house of power. It is naturally ruled by Mars, indicator of energy. I find it fascinating that most of the major world catastrophes over the past year have all been about energy revealing our glutinous consumption and reliance on toxic forms of it, such as oil, coal, and nuclear. Saturn retrograding in Virgo will critically assess our mistakes and bring a new perspective on how we might change, cleanse and purify, and put to end bad practices. Unfortunately, death may be part of that transformation.
Although the "scorching pair" is hemmed in by benefics, Venus and the Moon, the hand of grace -- perhaps represented by Saturn in Hasta, the hand -- may be limited. Venus is a great friend to Saturn, and its placement in Saturn's sign of Capricorn in the 12th house of liberation is hopeful from a spiritual perspective. Venus is in the nakshatra of Shravana that consists of three stars associated with the three footprints of Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe. It is also connected with Saraswati, the goddess of learning who brings knowledge, music, and communication to the earth. The power of this nakshatra is samhanana shakti, providing connection. Shravana is symbolized by the ear reflecting its ability to hear the subtle etheric realms, and it is through the act of listening that we connect deeply to each other and to the universe in order to help transcend the material world.
However, Venus is also in the morning star position which was considered a powerful omen of catastrophe by the Mayans (click here and here for more on Venus morningstar). It is also connected to the return of the feather serpent Queztacoatl.
On the morning of March 9, 2011 an Aries Moon was located in the 3rd house in the nakshatra Bharani. The Moon represents the Divine Mother and is a karaka for sensitivity, emotions and reflected consciousness. Aries imbues the Moon with the fire of Mars and gives inspiration and courage. Bharani means "she who bears" which indicates the ability to endure hard work. Its power is to cleanse and remove impurities, apabharani shakti. Although its symbol is the yoni, or vagina, 'bearing' does not necessarily mean 'bearing' children, but rather the capacity to receive, hold, nurture, and destroy. The yoni also represents a doorway through which a soul enters the physical plane.
The deity connected to this nakshatra is Yama, one of the eight gate-keepers and god of death. Yama guides souls back to the astra plane where it realizes the results of its karma from the present life, and prepares for the next. Extremes, such as birth and death, may be experienced under the influence of Bharani. Mother Earth may be going through a purification and birth process that may leave many of her children in Yama's arms, traveling to the astral plane or another dimension.
The first cataclysmic event of the Universal Underworld is still unfolding. The 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan swallowed up cities and human lives. The loss of the power grid has brought nuclear power plants to near nuclear meltdown with certain radiation poisoning in Japan that is threatening all those who live around the Pacific Rim. However, when we look at the event chart for the earthquake, there is an uncanny planetary grace that underlies the surface.
At the time of the initial earthquake, Cancer was rising on the horizon in the nakshatra of Ashlesha. This nakshatra is called the "clinging star" and is symbolized by a coiled snake that embraces, or entangles its object of desire. The snake represent the kundalini or serpent fire that is located at the back of the spine and rises through the chakras during spiritual awakening. This process can bring mystical power, electrifying shakti, shaking, and ultimately spiritual enlightenment. Ashlesha's power is visasleshana shakti, the ability to inflict with poisonous venom. Venom may be a death inflicting toxin, or used in the right dose a healing medicine. Ashlesha's bite has released toxins, and has aroused the human race to reconsider its use of nuclear energy. Today Germany announced that it will take seven of its 17 reactors offline for three months while the country reconsiders plans to extend the life of its nuclear power plants (click here for link).
The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which as I indicated above represents the Divine feminine and is a karaka for sensitivity, emotions and reflected consciousness. It is also an indicator of the collective consciousness which is on high alert. The media coverage and internet chatter connects us like never before, and can project news and information that increases fear. This earthquake has brought the world's collective attention like no other catastrophe. The BP oil spill was also catastrophic, but man-made. This tragedy was triggered by an act of Nature that is revealing how toxic our technology has become. Our collective consciousness is held together by shared emotions including grief, fear, but also hope. This event is yet another opportunity to put our spiritual philosophies into practice and come together. Under the Aquarian energy of the Ninth Underworld we must come together for the benefit of all mankind. This jolt to our collective conscious is the first step on this Universalizing path.
In addition the ruler of the earthquake chart, the Moon, was exalted the nakshatra Krittika whose power of burning away negativity to get to the truth, dahana shakti seems to have been activated for all the world to see and feel. This nakshatra is also associated with the Pleiades, a group of stars associated with wives of the great seers in Vedic myth, and with the fates in Western myth. Fate is definitely stirring the pot. It was placed in the 11th house which represents gains, or what brings us improvement. The 11th house is an upachaya or growing house, so things get better over time. Krittika is ruled by the Sun, which was conjoined Mars in the 8th house of death. Like the rising Sun in the dawn of the 9th Wave, the Sun was in Purva Bhadrapada. And the great benefic Jupiter was placed in the 9th house of good fortune and grace. Thus the outcome of this event chart may be more positive than our current perspective may understand.
Tomorrow the Moon will enter the sign of Ashlesha and will transit the ascendant of the event chart around 5 pm pdt. It may trigger another release of toxins bringing our collective consciousness together again. It is a time to embrace our fellow brothers and sisters in prayer. As Calleman states: "The rhythm of the Universal Underworld is then a nine-day climb of increasing intensity starting on March 9, 2011. We will then have to learn to ride this wave [together] in order to ultimately climb to the top of the pyramid" to be able to witness the promised awakening.