I’ve had more Ophiuchus experiences than I can count, but the March Equinox 2003 trifecta at Sedona, Arizona still tops them all. You may have already assumed it was the vortexes that make the magic, but with all due respect that was not the case on our road trip. The vortexex played their part, don’t get me wrong. Our itinerary, however, was laid out by the Sun, Moon and Stars of Libra, Scorpius, and Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder long before we’d even gotten the [practically last minute] inspiration to go. And as to that inspiration, gee, I wonder where that came from??
Vernal Equinox 2003 at Sedona, Arizona ~ Road Trip
On March 20-23, 2003, the Magical Mystical Moon led adventurers Rev. Donna Provancher and Rev. Elaine Johnson (now Mickler) on a whirlwind tour of constellations Libra, Scorpius and Ophiuchus at Sedona, Arizona.
As we left my apartment in Palm Desert California where I was living at the time - without a plan, without a reservation, throwing our cares to the Libra Moon, we were partners in adventure – we called ourselves “Gaia’s Gypsies” and said we were on a mission to show Gaia some love. We decided we would be totally spontaneous, relying on Gaia to somehow let us know what sort of energy work might need to be done at the vortexes. As I discovered by looking at the tourist map of the Sedona Vortexes after the trip was over, the two vortexes we visited (Bell Rock, Boynton Canyon) are the vortexes that balance the masculine and feminine energies. Thus the Libra Moon had already set the subconscious tone for the adventure that was to follow.
Libra Astronomy/Astrology Trivia
According to some zodiac historians, Roman astrologers created zodiac sign Libra by cutting the claws from what was originally a gigantic Scorpion to form the 12th constellation on the Zodiac Belt. The original scorpion included the whole of what are now constellations Ophiuchus and Libra so that Scorpio abutted Virgo. Proof of this surgical alteration of Scorpius to create Libra was left in the pans of the scales — the original names of the Alpha and Beta stars of Constellation Libra are Zubeneschamali and Zubenelgenubi literally meaning the Northern and Southern Claw, respectively.
As we loaded our gear into the rental car, ready for Adventure, the Moon was aligning with Alpha Libra but we would not be consciously aware of that at the time since it wasn’t until we got home that I analyzed it using my Sky Chart program.
Day One ~ We Follow the Eagle
On the morning of the first full day of our Sedona Adventure the first two sightings were Elana’s – she spotted an Eagle overhead, circling and soaring. So Elana elected to follow the Eagle’s line of flight, choosing as our first Vortex to visit the inimitable Bell Rock which stands at the Southeastern end of Sedona.
We weren’t more than a few minutes from the motel before Elana heard a feminine voice calling her name. She looked to the East just in time to catch sight of the bronze sculpture Caduceus displayed on the side street of a corner art gallery. The Gallery is at SR 179 Mile Marker 313.
We went into the gallery to gather details about the sculptor James N. Muir. Interestingly, it turns out Mr. Muir’s birthday is December 1, making him a real sky Ophiuchus with Sun conjunct Antares, “Heart of the Scorpion.”
This prompts me to raise an issue that has been preying on my mind for a number of years. It has to do with Halloween, the Day of the Dead, and other such “holidays.”
When are Thoughts Not Things?
“All Hallows Eve is the night to bring to life those who have passed. It is Samhain, All Soul’s Day, the Day of the Dead, Halloween. It is the time to ‘hallow’, to venerate the dead and in so doing, acknowledge their energy which still flows through us. It is the time to be with our ancestors, when the earth hovers in the twilight of decay. The window to those who have already passed is open.” Dispelling Halloween Myths
Trick or Treat!? Dia de los Muertos? You can argue this idea all you want, but it would mark a breakthrough in human intelligence if even a few people agreed with what I’m about to say: If Thoughts are Things all of the time, not just some of the time, then celebrating death and ancestors (domains of astrological Scorpio) on October 31, a day on which the Sun by precession now finds itself in Constellation Virgo, seems energetically suspect. The real sky fact that the Sun typically reaches alignment with Antares “Heart of the Scorpion” on December 1 while transiting constellation Ophiuchus The Master Healer, “ruled” by Pluto/Hades right up until the demotion from planet to small orbiting body, may make this a more suitable date to dance with the unsuffering dead. In any event it would be smart to take the festivals celebrating anything about death out of the constellation that is supposed to represent health, abundance and the harvest since fields of wheat and corn may not like the idea of decay and impending death hovering over them – and the same might be said of people as well. Just a thought. What do you think? Could we move these predominantly Western holidays back into the Celestial Arts Computer Calendar slot that seems to be preconditioned to handle the thought form energies? Or are thoughts only things sometimes? Vote YES to remove this weed from Virgo’s garden and maybe Virgos will stop being so picky, critical (and dare I say it–crabby) so much of the time. The Polling Booth is in constellation Libra. Alpha Libra is NO, Beta Libra is YES, and Gamma Libra is I’ll vote YES if [fill in the blank]. (The meaning of the Gamma star is “the Price of the Conflict.”) Refer to Anne Wright’s Constellations of Words for the ancient meanings of planets conjunct with the stars of Constellation Libra.
Somebody has to ask these questions, it may as well be me. I’m already way out on a limb over this 13th sign issue. Someday in the future, trust me, people will be asking each other where they would be if yesterday’s astrologers (meaning you and I) hadn’t stopped to ask the obvious questions when they began to notice a non-zodiac constellation on the zodiac belt where they were expecting to see only the known and the familiar Scorpio and Sagittarius.
Walking A Mile In The Scorpion’s Moccasins
Do constellations have celestial thought-form intelligence and feelings? Do they bleed when they are cut? I and one of my spiritual women’s discussion groups meditated on this and frankly the empathy from it brought pain to some of us and me to tears – I clutched my heart; it was radiating heat as I imagined the Heart of the Scorpion and the thought that she might be in pain. So now I have cause to wonder if the Celestial Scorpion was perhaps somehow damaged by this matter of the snipping of the claws and I’m now contemplating what it might mean that death is supposed to be losing its grip on this planet. The USA, or so I have read online, is a Tropical “Sagittarius rising” so I ran a sky chart and found in the real sky we are looking at Scorpius rising which in Esoteric Astrology is the key to the USA’s future. No justice in the world? — small wonder; the scales being held up for us by the blindfolded lady are really the claws of the Scorpion disguised as inanimate objects. Now Scorpius faces absorption by Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder (although there is a workaround for this). Have we no sympathy here? Hmmm … let me think about this … yes I do get carried away with my thinking…the brain is a muscle; use it or lose it.
Day Two ~ We Meet Nick and Mason
Mid-morning on the second day as the Moon was transiting the severed claws of constellation Scorpius I received a cell phone call from Nick Anthony Fiorenza (Lunar Planner) Sidereal Astronomy-Astrologer. I had e-mailed Nick before leaving Palm Desert. My women’s groups had been following his work and we wanted to meet him. He was nice enough to propose we meet for coffee at the Raven’s Heart Coffee Shop. At this point of my story I need to digress just a bit and take you back to the Libra Moon under which Elana and I began our Journey to Sedona.
On the Sun Bear Medicine Wheel Earth Astrology system, Raven is the Libra animal totem. Raven is the power animal representing Magic and the Void. Raven can fly through the Crack in the Universe and come back with healing energy that can be used in any type of healing, especially long distance.
The Raven also plays a role in the Myth of Asclepius. As the story goes, Apollo made a gift of the Raven, who was then an all white bird, to his latest love interest, Coronis, whom he had impregnated. Secretly, though, he had charged Raven with the duty of keeping a watchful eye on Coronis; the concern was not her security and happiness, it was her fidelity. Unfortunately, like so many before her, Coronis was nonplussed by Apollo, as gorgeous and musical as he was. He had a bit of a temper and frankly I’m not sure how many Earth women could find much to like about a god of healing whose method of choice was to loose his poison-tipped arrows to bring plagues sweeping across the planet. Furthermore, there was talk Apollo had forced himself upon Coronis; in those days the Greek gods frequently forced themselves upon Earth women so we can probably assume there is truth to this version of the myth. So anyway as the story goes the Raven began seeing a mortal man calling on Coronis and once Raven got wind the liaison was serious and marriage had been proposed and accepted by Coronis, he flew off to tell Apollo. Apollo’s response to Raven’s message was to fly into a jealous rage and take it out on poor Raven who was only doing what he was asked to do. Apollo turned Raven black and had Coronis killed with his son Asclepius still in her pregnant belly. Not nice. I’ll leave that story right there for now but I do want to share something wonderful I just found recently. Here it is, can you dig it?
The image features a photograph of a real White Raven (also known as a “Spirit Raven” by local Haida people) born in May, 2008 on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. He is one of two rare white and 3 black Ravens born to 2 accepting (black) parents. The two rare birds are not albino, but leucystics which is what makes them so unusual. Their eyes are quite blue. All 5 siblings are getting along extremely well and all are thriving.
White Ravens are very rare and hold sacred meaning for many groups and cultures throughout the World, including Native American Indian, Celtic, Norse and Wiccans. This artwork is another tribute to these remarkably intelligent and friendly birds. 50% proceeds from all sales go to the Mountainaire Avian Society in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.
“Dare To Be Different” (Rare White Raven) belongs to the following groups:
Picking up on the powerful symbolism of the Libra Moon through its totem the Raven of Raven’s Heart Coffee Shop we can hear the magical Libra Moon cawing to us from a distance “I have flown into the Crack in the Universe, and out of the Void of All Time & Space I bring you the Heart of Ophiuchus, Master Healer.” Thank you, Raven! And perhaps the Master Healer has worked a little void magic of his own to turn you White again. I’ve been combing the Internet for signs of a white raven for years. This is the first time I’ve been able to find one. This makes a good story. Leave it alone.
And so we met Nick for coffee and were sitting outside in the glorious Sunlight at 13:30 on the 24-hour clock (*see 13:30 Local Sidereal Time also Personal Best Time) – peak hour for aligning with the Center of the Galaxy to maximize psychic energy – my groups all use PBT 13:30 wherever we all need to be in synch) while Nick was sharing tidbits of ancient wisdom with us about our Cygnus the Swan being also known as The Galactic Eagle. Was all of this mere coincidence? We later found out Nick lives near Bell Rock where we had performed our ceremonies the day before. Coincidence totally flies out the window with this next revelation. The Sun on Nick’s Ophiuchus birthday falls in the middle (or one might say the “Heart”) of the Ophiuchus constellation; the Moon was transiting his natal Venus conjunct Beta Scorpius (the severed claws) as we sipped coffee on the patio at the Raven’s Heart Coffee Shop. What can I say? I fell in love with Nick … his energy is soothing and energizing all at the same time and his smiles went straight to my Heart and filled it up. Elana was really taken with him too.
[* LOCAL SIDEREAL TIME from Society for Scientific Exploration - Press Release - LST and ESP "Local Sidereal Time LST is still of less importance than you own personal best time PBT during the day. Only through experience can you determine your own personal best time. PBT will very from person to person. *** LST will change by 4 minutes each day and will be different as the months progress. (E.g. 13:30 LST will sometimes be in the am and sometimes in the pm.)" (Emphasis mine)]
I could have hung out with Nick all day – I was smitten, I’ll admit it – but that’s my Constellation Ophiuchus in the 5th House job (to fall in love with Ophiuchus) and duty called, so we let Nick go off to join his friends at a garden party while we went on to find more rocks to climb. But before we parted we said we wanted to go dancing and Nick informed us as to what our choices were for dancing the night away … a fine dining restaurant with cocktail lounge, a trendy restaurant with mystical meta-yuppie “cover charge” club, or a rock & roll beer bar. Our choice and how we made it served to set us up for our Ophiuchus crescendo experience although to be honest I could have parked myself inside the Heart of Ophiuchus and died there with a smile on my face. It’s that 5th House Constellation Ophiuchus – my fixed fire passion.
Our next stop that afternoon after parting company with Nick was Boynton Canyon. Here’s a photo of Elana-Marina, Gaia’s Enchantress, at Boynton Knoll. This is a woman I keep saying needs to be in the Guinness Book of Records. She hiked up Bell Rock and Boynton Knoll wearing a dress and sandals, with a huge backpack stuffed to overflowing with everything from a ceremonial cloak, Medicine Wheel accoutrements including a Peace Pipe, musical instruments, water bottles, and enough master crystals to sink a battleship. It was all I could do to climb the rocks in my Reeboks toting nothing bigger and heavier than my digital camera. I shouldn’t be admitting this but Elana even carried my water bottle. I took her that day as my Goddess Gaia Guru. I’d follow her anywhere — well, ALMOST anywhere. One day while we were roomies at Stinson Beach she left the house at some (pardon the expression) ungodly hour in the morning to go purposely sliding down a rocky waterfall (less sliding than glancing off of the rocks all the way down it) into a hidden hot springs located a little south of Stinson Beach that only shows itself during extremely low tides … I wouldn’t have been too keen to follow her on THAT trip. But she’s my goddess guru anyway.
Elana and I performed more ceremony work at Boynton Knoll; we played instruments, chanted, toned, prayed for peace and gave our gratitude to the directions, the elders, all the elements and forms of life on the planet. It felt like a very powerful ceremony to us.
The tale of what happened that night and through the morning of the last day of our weekend will be difficult to tell because the most interesting parts of it are impressionist collages — it’s one of those “you just needed to be there” kinds of stories — it was completely 5th dimensional and totally magical. Through a combination of intuition, listening to the still small voice inside for guidance, and stopping to “feel” whether we seemed to be in the right place at the right time, we managed to connect with an interesting, multi-talented, highly intelligent (if not a tad eccentric), technology wiz and dome-home builder who wanted us to come see his dome home, making it sound like there was some dire need to do it right away.
I have learned from experience that when you’re on an cosmic Adventure it is bad juju to say ‘no thank you’ so Elana and I did what my parents taught me as a child growing up in the country never to do. We got into a dark car with a total stranger offering us new age candy. But the Moon was in Ophiuchus and so far this has marked the times of my most cosmic opportunities and epiphanies so I advised Elana that we should “go for it.” We threw our cautions to the Spirit of Adventure and piled into the stranger’s car.
We wound up out in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in the vicinity of Boynton Canyon (where we had coincidentally been earlier in the same day to perform ceremony), traveling for some miles – in the dead of night – up a red dirt road rearranged by runoff from a recent heavy rain. As we went jostling over the rough terrain which our driver was navigating with headlights off, as if by some sort of ultra-ray vision, Elana casually asks our soon-to-be dome home host his birthday. Propriety prevents me from divulging the date but suffice to say the Moon at that moment was in Ophiuchus transiting Alpha Scorpius (Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion), diffuse nebula IC4606 (Rho Ophiuchus, which is actually in constellation Scorpius – go figure), and Omega Ophiuchus (the westward foot of The Master Healer), so by all rights this was bound to be the most powerful manifestation of the whole trip as in fact it turned out to be. The natal Sun of Mason Rumney III, aligns with Alpha Ophiuchus – Ras Alhague – the apex star in the triangular head of Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder, the so-called “13th” constellation on the Zodiac Belt. This was our first-ever meeting with an Alpha Ophiuchus in human form.
It would be impossible for me to describe what transpired during this visit. Let me rephrase that. It wouldn’t be impossible but it would take another web page the size of this one to do it justice due to the nature of the symbolisms represented in the overt subject matters and embedded subtleties of the conversations we had, the environment we’d been taken to that so totally released us from any concept of being anywhere but “HERE” let alone still on planet Earth, and the high tech, all-natural, ecologically sound systems and objects that surrounded us during the several hours we spent together, the three of us. So I will have to just let it go. I have a hazy recollection of being given the grand tour of the grounds and dome home technology, walking around a medicine wheel on the grounds, it being very dark, feeling like the place was crawling with ET’s, and eating breakfast the next morning while listening to our host chattering on about the Keys of Enoch – something I know only a little about. I was not prepared for this!
To add to the mystery of this last leg of our Ophiuchus experience in Sedona, wouldn’t you know it, the night of our cosmic meeting with the Alpha Ophiuchus was the night I had looked at my digital camera before leaving the motel and said – nope – not bringing it. I guess I wanted to travel light – or not look so obviously like a tourist. So there that is there. I have no pictures of this amazing person and his futuristic place or the Keys of Enoch poster on the wall – I guess you’ll just have to go see it for yourselves — if you can find him. From what he says he travels constantly and when he’s home he rarely goes to town, but he felt restless that night and ventured into town on a whim … so calculate the odds of our running into him, at night, in the middle of a crowd, dancing to the 60′s tunes of the rock & roll band The Grateful Fred (did you pick up on this cosmic clue ?? Asclepius and Imhotep never lost a patient to death) in a local pub/beer bar off the beaten track in Sedona (neither Elana nor myself drink, but we definitely dance).
Looking Back on Vernal Equinox 2003 at Sedona, AZ
I must say that until I sat down and reverse-engineered our Sedona weekend after I got home, the magical vista of our Vernal Equinox Ophiuchus Adventure had not yet come to light. I did not bring my laptop with me on the trip – and I don’t plan out my life based on Astronomology. I prefer to live my life and then look back on it to find out what happened in retrospect. Frankly I left Palm Desert not even remembering where the Moon was – it wasn’t until the last night at Mason’s dome home that the sky was dark enough for me to point out to Elana the proximity of the Moon to Antares; and that is when it began to dawn on me just how powerful of an experience our Sedona Weekend had become. So let me recap the high points — listen to the magic on this path lit up for us by the Moon and stars in the real sky …
First the Libra Moon subconsciously seeds the light work plan: visit the balanced vortexes. The balanced vortexes lie at the far “ends” of Sedona like twin heads of a bar magnet. Next, we follow the Eagle to the East and at SR 179 Mile Marker 313 Rev. Elana hears her name called by The Caduceus sculpted by a December 1 “Alpha Scorpius” Ophiuchus who learned about sculpting in bronze while working at a foundry in Sedona. The Caduceus ~ Angel of Healing breaks out of the red rocks of the old Earth before our very eyes, twin snakes wrapped around her like Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. Next we go to Bell Rock to pray and perform ceremony – bringing the Caduceus with us into the Sedona Vortexes – and the following day, just as the Moon transits the Scorpion’s severed claws Bell Rock “rings” my cell phone and we get a “13:00″ appointment to meet Nick the Master Sidereal Astronomy-Astrologer who lives near Bell Rock, has Venus conjunct Beta Scorpius (the Northern severed claw), and whose birthday in the middle of the 18-day Ophiuchus solar transit window makes him Sedona’s “Heart of Ophiuchus.” Next we go to Boynton Canyon to commune with the Elders and pray for peace, and lo and behold as the Moon transits Alpha Scorpius, the Heart of the Scorpion on whose back the Master Healer’s foot rests to symbolize his victory over death we run into an Alpha Ophiuchus (sun in the last “decan” of the constellation-sign) who lives at the end of Boynton Pass and who fits the mold of the innovative, scientific Imhotep (“He Who Cometh in Peace”) – the Master Builder aspect of the Ophiuchus collective archetype down to his given name “Mason” — architect and builder of the first Step Pyramid at Saqqara Egypt in the 3rd Dynasty under King Djoser. Wow. Inquiring minds want to know — what can the Ophiuchus Moon possibly do for an encore?
Day Three ~ We Say Goodbye & Thank you to the Angel of Healing
As we were checking out of the motel close to 11:00 am on Sunday the 23rd, the Magical Mystical Moon was transiting the Heart of Ophiuchus in exact conjunction with Nick Fiorenza’s natal Sun, and constellation Ophiuchus was setting in the West. Ophiuchus had been up with us all night and seen us back to our motel safely after we’d risked all by going off in the middle of the night with a mysterious stranger. On our last drive down State Route 179 on the way out of town, we stopped at Mile Marker 313 one last time to stand “at the Feet of the Master,” the bronze sculpture Caduceus, our newfound Goddess Ophiuchus ~ Angel of Healing who had magically come to life for us on this trip. We left fresh flowers, white sage, crystals and a clear Lucite heart inside of which was an Angel in a white glittery gown that reminded us of the stars in the sky. By this time all that was left of constellation Ophiuchus in the real sky was the apex star of the Master Healer’s head – the Alpha star – and the tail star of constellation Serpens, Ophiuchus’s Serpent, and both were slipping slowly below the Western Horizon … “Bye bye girls – it was Sssserpently wonderful getting to know you …”. We couldn’t see this at the time we were saying goodbye to the Angel of Healing because it was broad daylight, but since I made note of exactly what time we took practically every action on the trip, I was able to pull up sky charts to write this story so I could enjoy the Celestial Sphere rerun of the Vernal Equinox 2003 Earth & Sky Symphony of which we were a part at Sedona, Arizona.
The good news is my experience of the power of manifestation resulting from working with the Sedona Vortexes did not disappoint me. And it taught me a valuable lesson I will never forget. A little over two weeks later I got my wish. It wasn’t pretty, but I got it. I had wished to either relegate myself to the awful place I worked at and be happy with it or be released to follow my higher calling. Some days, less than a week, after my birthday my boss came to my apartment with a box of my stuff and my last paycheck, informing me he was eliminating my position. I wasn’t quite prepared for that! Elana had wished the two of us would find a place where we could live and work together. What she meant was that she wished we would find a specific type of situation at a spiritual healing center or create one, but what happened is that she came down to get me and we became roommates for 5 months. I worked on following my Bliss – the Astronomology project I began researching in 1987 – while Elana continued to do Travel Nursing and add to her mile high stack of massage therapy and Reiki Master degrees. Neither one of us was ready to fulfill our mutual desire to work together. It wasn’t time yet. One of these days we’ll be hooking up with some of our other sisters across the country and Aur Healing Center will become a reality. In the meantime, we have some work to do refining our manifestation techniques so that the next time we visit the Sedona Vortexes we will know EXACTLY what to put out there so things come together when the timing is right for all parties concerned. Be that as it may, Elana saved my bacon when I was released from my awful job (for which I will always be grateful) and my stay in Northern California played a big part in that process.
In closing I would like to express my reverence and appreciation of Thoth Egyptian God of the Moon and the intelligences behind constellation Ophiuchus for a truly peak experience of navigating a journey through time and space “Astronomology-style.”
I also want to thank my hat. Here’s a photo of me in my Illinois Hawkmann Adventure Hat. The way I have it figured, Indiana Jones never came back from an adventure without his hat so I figure there must be something to the “lucky hat” thing … here I am at Boynton Knoll on March 22, 2003 in mine.
Sedona Vortexes ~ Archaeoastronomy Notes: Arizona is aligned interestingly with the Celestial Sphere. If you were to fuse the GMT together with 0-Hours RA (Right Ascension = celestial longitude or time lines) to identify which stars are at zenith over any given geocentric location, you would find the City of Phoenix lies on the same energetic RA ley line as Alpha Scorpius (Antares), with Sedona being within 2 RA minutes of that line. The Ecliptic Longitude, on the other hand, finds Phoenix and Sedona bisected by energy lines that run down from Corona Borealis through the eastward end of Libra. The energetic celestial ley lines (both Ecliptic and RA) that run N-S of Sedona and Phoenix go through constellations Corona Borealis (Northern Crown), Serpens Caput (the head of Ophiuchus’s Serpent crowned by Corona Borealis), the eastward edge of Libra, and constellation Scorpius.
Be that as it may, I have to think when people complain they don’t like the feel of the energy at Sedona or the Sedona Vortexes, it is probably fair to suggest they may have a problem dealing with heavier energies and could stand to spend some time coming to love the snake a little. After all, living with the American Southwest is all about magical deserts and other barren places teeming with life that has to struggle to survive. I say until you’ve had to struggle, you haven’t lived. Oh how I love a good Adventure!
For those who want to learn more about Ophiuchus and Astronomology: I want to mention that since there are levels of information about Ophiuchus that aren’t covered in the pages I’ll be sharing on Startistics from my [it wants to be a] book [when it grows up], The Quintessential Ophiuchus, I will be including valuable Ophiuchus facts in practically everything I write. It will be sort of like an Easter Egg Hunt around here for a while. So while we are all waiting (no breath-holding please), keep checking the posts on Astronomologer for buried treasure.