Eclipses, Identity, Enslavement and Fairy Tales
|Halvor kills the troll in Soria Moria Castle.|
“My name is Amanda Berry.”
The first words she spoke after she crawled out of the house of her enslavement in Cleveland, Ohio were a statement of her identity.
Amanda Berry is much more than what happened to her. Her decade-long captivity is only a part of her history.
However, the story of her imprisonment is an ancient one. There are many, many folk and fairy tales from all over the world about boys and girls captured by trolls or witches or ogres and kept in dungeons, forced to work.
Sometimes the children escape through cleverness, sometimes bravery, sometimes luck or magic, or the intervention of another person.
One way of finessing this story is to turn the ogre into a prince. This is what happens in Beauty and the Beast.. But in most stories, especially ones that are true folk tales without the benefit of literary intervention, a troll is just a troll.
Fairy tales teach us to recognise wickedness.
Slave — Master: this is a power relationship between two human beings of the simplest kind: one has all the power, the other has none. Africans transported to America and sold into slavery were stripped of everything — including their names.
Slaves are considered property not people by their “masters”. Being enslaved is a denial of your own identity. Your worth becomes something measurable in dollars and pounds.
Roman slaves, and Ottoman slaves were all renamed in the language of their captors. A Roman slave could with luck become a Roman citizen eventually. The Ottoman empire was essentially run by a slave caste taken from all over the empire. But nevertheless, these were all societies based on slavery.
The difference between this historical slavery and slavery now is that then it was institutionalised. It still is in some countries, and in many countries women are treated as slaves.
But whether human trafficking is illegal or part of the system, the suffering is the same, and so are the attempts by the so-called masters to dehumanise their slaves. One of the “sights” of Pompeii is the brothel, a terrible place, the walls of which still ooze desolation and indignity.
Is there a place to look for slavery in the map of astrology? Yes, and this axis is the very one where the eclipse took place last night. Amanda Berry’s reclamation of her life reflects one story the sky is telling right now quite accurately.
Remembering that all signs have dark and light sides, it’s true to say that Scorpio and Taurus are about property and ownership.
Scorpio is the most psychological of signs. Here is obsession and mind control. Taurus is about actual things, about stuff, about objects. In 1863, when the emancipation proclamation was made during the American Civil War, Pluto, Scorpio’s ruler, was in Taurus.
Pluto is the Lord of the Underworld, the Latin name for Hades, abductor of Persephone. This myth is one version of the story of a young girl held captive by an older man, and her mother’s search for the girl. This is exactly what happened in Cleveland. Like Demeter, the girls’ families never gave up.
The myth, of course, has been developed into a story about the seasons, but it’s based on that same essential fear that all mothers have for their daughters. A fear that is founded in real life. The myth was retold and moulded in a patriarchal society, became part of the state religion. Hades role as rapist and abductor was played down. His role as King played up. Was Persephone ever willingly the queen underground? Or is she actually enslaved for half the year?
Berry disappeared last time the eclipses were taking place in Taurus/Scorpio in 2003, and just before a solar eclipse. She has been in captivity during the whole time that the North and South Nodes have been slowly swapping places.
This eclipse saw the Sun (male energy) obscured by the Moon (female energy). Mercury (the news, a child) was the closest planet to the nodes. Venus, the young girl, has escaped into the fresh air of Gemini. Eclipses bring endings. This was the end of her captivity.
As she crawled through that hole in the door, Amanda Berry was reborn.