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Quaoar (pronounced kwah-whar) was originally discovered in 2002 in Ophiuchus but over Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion, in the exact center of sidereal Scorpio. The nature of Quaoar's discovery and initial astrological considerations are presented on the Quaoar web page.
Quaoar motivates our return to the "sacredness of life," to a way of life that is in harmony with the fundamental forces governing nature. Quaoar asks us to cultivate our perceptual abilities to see, once again, these forces governing the natural world, to see the inter-connectivity in all things, to have respect for natural order and to live in harmony with this order, in the flow with the natural world. To honor the sacredness in all things, to see Spirit, the life force in all things, is to be spiritual. To respect the sacredness in life is to have respect for self, with out this we have but chaos and discord. We can return to wholeness, to health and wellbeing, only by living in the Sacredness of Life.
Quaoar, moving slightly slower than Pluto, has since moved to 21° 14' Sidereal Scorpio (Dec 2006) conjoining Ras Algethi, the Head of Hercules. (The Sun conjoins Ras Algethi on Dec 7.)
To understand the role of Hercules and the essence of this principle star, Ras Algethi, let us first explore the myth (picture language) of this part of the Zodiak. Starting from sidereal Virgo, through Libra, Scorpio and the first part of Sagittarius, is an image long obscured by our modern day constellations—an image that articulates the re-incarnational process of the soul, the struggle of its growth, and attainment of its self-empowerment and eventual evolutionary freedom.
In the creation of our modern constellation of Libra, two things occurred: one was the severing of the Virgin's legs; the other was the severing of the claws of the Scorpion. The two primary stars that make up the balances of Libra (Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali) are the original Chelae (claws) of the Scorpion. The legs of the Virgin extend from the end of sidereal Virgo well into the Libra, with her feet lying in front of the Scorpions claws. The image is of the Virgin giving birth into the re-incarnational clutches of the Scorpion.
Zubenelgenubi, the south claw, indicates a karmic responsibility to address or complete any entrapping situations created in a previous incarnation—unfinished business. Zubeneschamali, the north claw, imparts a responsibility to move forward from any past entrapments and patterns of behavior by choosing new experience to balance our previous incarnational experience.
Moving in to sidereal Scorpio, the theme shifts to taking responsibility for our life experience and claiming our self-mastery—to graduate from a re-active victim consciousness to an active and self responsible creator consciousness (the lesson of sidereal Scorpio).
Below the Scorpion is the Centaur, teacher of the right way to live to attain self mastery and evolutionary freedom from re-incarnational process of soul growth. The body of the Scorpion swings quite south of the ecliptic, while Ophiuchus stands upon the Scorpion holding the Serpent in his hands. The Serpent's head is reaching for the Northern Crown (Corona Borealis), which lies above the Scorpion's chelae and the feet of the Virgin. Ophiuchus, because it crosses the ecliptic, is the 13th ecliptical constellation (not sign). Ophiuchus is master over the forces of life and death, and its symbol is the caduceus—emblem of the medical community. The Serpent embodies the knowledge of these forces, and is totem of self-mastery in use of the natural creative forces governing space and time. Ophiuchus vel Serpentis and the Northern Crown articulates the incarnating soul attaining its freedom from (wisdom over) this process of soul growth—the attainment of the soul's evolutionary freedom.
Hercules stands upside down in the northern Heavens, above Ophiuchus and this entire scene, with his feet (foundation) in the celestial dome (seven Heavens), in the realm of the gods, and with his head and hands at work in the realm of humankind. The stars of Hercules express though the entire sidereal sign of Scorpio. Hercules reaches with outstretch hand across the cusp of sidereal Sagittarius and over Galactic Center to hold open the Solar Apex (~7° sidereal Sag). The Solar Apex is the path that our Sun travels in our galaxy—toward Vega, the Harp Star. This divine portal is the way home for the awakened soul, and articulate that any soul has its own unique path to fulfillment. With his head and other hand, Hercules demonstrably aids those in the incarnate world to claim their freedom from perpetuated entrapment.
With the mention of Hercules, most people (aware of at least some myth) think of either the twelve labors of Hercules, which articulate the journey around the twelve signs of the Zodiak, that is, souls' incarnate sojourn through the evolutionary lessons of life (from Earth's plane perspective anyway); or the wrath Hera had for Hercules because Hercules was born from Zeus and the beautiful and intelligent mortal Alcmene (might of the moon), the granddaughter of Perseus and Andromeda.
Alcmene had twins: Hercules the immortal born from Zeus (when "disguised" as Amphitryon) and Hercules half-brother Iphicles born from human Amphitryon, Alcmene's true lover. Iphicles was father to Iolaus who became Hercules beloved charioteer having a relationship of a pedagogical nature, Hercules was mentor to Iolaus and Iolaus was devoted aid to Hercules.
Alcmene was daughter of Electryon (king of Mycene ), one of the seven sons of Perseus and Andromeda and who was accidentally killed by Amphitryon. (Perseus and Andromeda also had two daughters.)
Hercules is known for his shrewdness and valor in action and for his masculinity, his great strength and courage, and his sexual prowess and great appetites including those erotic. He is renown for making the world safe for humankind.
Ras Algethi, the head of Hercules, is the lucida (brightest star) of this constellation (~21° sidereal Scorpio). Ras Algethi embodies the wisdom of Hercules (derived partly from heritage and partly from experience) and contributes significantly to the Ophiuchus / Scorpio theme. Hercules is one seeded from another realm, who is intimately aware of the dilemma of this realm and its cause (the amalgamation of those from the heavens with those from the Earth). His beauty and intelligence (from Alcmene) and his wisdom of evolutionary matters along with his shrewd sagacity (from Zeus) is the motivation driving his actions. His presence upon this solar system's (soul's) incarnational plane is thus of a service capacity and mission of evolutionary proportion. Ras Algethi embodies the wisdom of Hercules and is of undaunted dedication with his entirety of being to ensure the evolutionary freedom for all souls on the Earth.
Also conjoining Ras Algethi is Sarin, Delta Hercules, composing (with Kornephorus) the shoulder of Hercules. Sarin embodies the essence of Hercules' "sense of responsibility" to aid others in attaining their freedom in life.
Quaoar's passage under the auspices of Ras Algethi (2007) motivates us to aid one another to return to a harmonious way of life, to return to the sacredness of life, to create order from what is chaos in our lives. It reminds us of our responsibility to each other in this pursuit, to recognize our interconnectedness; that all must have the freedom to live in wholeness for any of us to live in a world of wholeness. It impels us to defend what is right based upon nature's laws, not dogmas that are designed to dominate over nature and that violate the sacredness of life.
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