Astrology of Now: Vasilisa The Beautiful and Baba Yaga
|Vasilisa in the Wood, Ivan Bilibin (1899).|
Vasilisa the Beautiful escaped from the child-eating witch of the deep, dark forest Baba Yaga, using one of the witch’s own torches, hand-crafted, as they might say on etsy, from a human skull.
Baba Yaga, a drooling hag who terrorises the innocent and keeps human bones under the floorboards, is something of an innovator when it comes to engineering. Her house is built on giant chicken legs, and she flies through the air in a heavy mortar, the pestle of which she uses for steering and whacking.
The thing about Baba Yaga is this: if you work out how to handle her, and play by her rules, a stay with her may help you. But make one mistake and your skull will be the next to decorate her picket fence.
Vasilisa the Beautiful was not just a pretty face; by dint of cunning, planning and kindness, not only does she get away from Baba Yaga – she steals her fire.
If you encounter dark energy cleverly and consciously, you may be rewarded.
Venus is approaching a conjunction with Pluto. This lord of the underworld is male, of course, but in earlier times he was a she. Ereshikgal was the Babylonian queen of the underworld; Hel was the Norse queen. And in our own system of astrology we have Lilith, an energy, like Baba Yaga, that we find in wilderness.
Venus will just miss an exact conjunction, because on January 31, she turns into forward motion. Then she will make her way back through Capricorn to make an opposition to Lilith herself at the beginning of March. Challenging times for Vasilisa the Beautiful.
On the same day that Venus turns direct, Jupiter will come into exact opposition to Pluto and the Moon will renew herself in Aquarius — also a temporary disappearance into the dark.
January 31, 2014 Venus turns direct at 13° Capricorn
Jupiter opposes Pluto 12°17 Capricorn
New Moon at 10° Aquarius
This is a highly potent day, and the days before and after are also full of power. How it works for you will depend on your chart and your circumstances. But know that the Pluto-Jupiter opposition is emotionally charged. The potential here is for profound transformation (Pluto) put to good use (Venus and Jupiter are benefits).
Vasilisa brought home fire inside a human skull. She learned how to use Baba Yaga’s own tool, a things of death and darkness. But she uses it to carry light.
(Of course in some versions of the story, the fire burned up her wicked step-mother and step-sisters. Hey ho, justice was rougher in those the land of fairytales. Then she buries the skull and a rose bush grown on top of it.)