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of the Fellowship of Isis
Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, M.A. (Dublin)
Baron Robertson of Strathloch
Priest of Isis
"Lady of the Waterlilies" artwork © Olivia Robertson
Excerpt from Section III
Goddesses of the Fixed Calendar
Goddesses of the sign Aquarius (Tropical: January 22nd to February 20th. The actual dates are given by Allen (Star Names, p. 51) as follows: “Aquarius lies between Capricornus and Pisces, the sun entering it on the 14th of February, and leaving in on the 14th of March.” To allow for the precession of the equinoxes it is necessary to add to the dates given by that author, writing in 1899, a little more than a day). Note: (The Atlantean, No. 183, p. 31) “The Great Year as it is sometimes called, where the sun moves trough all the zodiac signs, takes 25,868 years, which gives an approximate time of 2,150 years for the sun to pass through each zodiac sign or age.”
Although the tropical Zodiac now no longer coincides with the sidereal, nevertheless the sidereal signs, by reason of the magical law of correspondences, extend their influence to cover the tropical months named after them. The same principle was used by the Romans to transfer the characteristics of the days of the lunar month to the corresponding days of the calendar month. See Days of the Month.
There are, therefore, in the tropical Zodiac, two modes in which each sign may manifest. Firstly, there is the sidereal aspect which, by the law of correspondences, is transferred to the appropriate tropical month. Secondly, there is the aspect which is relevant to the nature of the tropical month itself, by virtue of its fixed position in the solar year. Thus in the case of the sign Virgo, there is, on the one hand, her character as the sidereal Virgo, the Celestial Kanya; and there is also, on the other hand, her character as Harvest Goddess, appropriate to the tropical month August/September.
Phrygian: CYBELE. (Allen, Star Names, p. 50) “From his researches into the archaic astronomical symbolism on classic coins, monuments, etc., Thompson concludes that the great bas-relief of the Asiatic Cybele, now in the Hermitage Museum at Saint Petersburg, was designed to represent the ancient tropics of Aquarius and Leo.”
Greek or Greek-Egyptian: THE WATERWOMAN, THE WATERESS. (Massey, The Natural Genesis, Vol. 1, p. 471) “The duality of the genitrix … [was], third the Wateress with streaming breasts in the Hermean Zodiac.” (id. p. 530) “The dual motherhood is expressed in the Gnostic Achamoth … like the Hermean genitrix, the Wateress, she divides into the two sisters of the zodiac, and is then called the ‘Sophia above’ and the ‘Sophia below’.”
Roman: JUNO. (Allen, Star Names, p. 49) “Aquarius … As Junonis astrum it was a diurnal sign, Juno and Jove being its guardians.” Note: Juno’s daughter Hebe, Ganymeda or Juventas, appointed by her mother as cup-bearer of Olumpus,pours out the nectar for the Deities. Sell also Goddesses of the month. (Crow, Arcana of Symb. p. 9) “The queen of the gods, Juno, was ascribed to Aquarius by the Romans”.
Indian: PINGALA, SOOREJNAREE, The Solar Woman or Wife. See under Aries.(*)
Hebrew-Egyptian: THE KERUB OF AIR. (Regardie, The Golden Dawn, Vol. III p. 101) from the Enterer of the Threshold Ritual: “The Kerub of Air formulates behind the Throne of the Hierophant. She has a young girl’s countenance and form, with large and over-shadowing wings; and she is a power of the great Goddess Hathor who unites the powers of Isis and Nephthys. To the Sign of Aquarius is she defined as a correlative, which represents the springs of Water breaking upon Earth; though as a Zodiacal Sign it is referred to Air, the container of rain.”
(*) Note: from Goddesses of the sign Aries: Indian: PINGALA, SOOREJNAREE, The Solar Woman or Wife. (The Ayeen Akbery, Vol. II. P. 475) on the appropriate timing for the vital airs: “Others maintain, that it is regulated by the sun’s course through the zodiac, Aries beginning with Soorejnaree, Taurus with Chandermaree, and thus alternately through all the signs.”
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