November 23rd 2017: Asteroid Persephone reaches Zero Libra, the fall equinox point. Persephone is our guide to deep insights about trauma and wholeness, shadow and acceptance, self-care and loss.
On the surface, the myth of Persephone is the myth of the seasons. On a deeper intuitive level, it is a map for how to achieve the healing paradox of learning to live with our trauma and thusly moving beyond it. During the summer, Persephone is united with her Earth goddess mother Ceres, and when they are together the world is lush and green. During the winter, Persephone is united with Pluto as queen of the Underworld, and as Ceres grieves the world becomes barren. The Sun carries a piece of this mythology as it travels the wheel of the year, but asteroid Persephone herself, taking several years to circle the zodiac, tells a longer and more elaborate story.
And we’re currently in the best possible historical era for diving into this myth since Pluto is in Capricorn, the sign of winter solstice. At Zero Capricorn, Persephone is in the depths of the Underworld, and then transits conjunct her abductor Pluto. At Zero Aries she exits the Underworld and returns to the Earth realm of her mother Ceres, whose joy in being reunited with Persephone brings the new life of spring. At Zero Cancer, the summer solstice point, Persephone and Ceres are in full unity (Persephone’s previous retrograde crossed Zero Cancer three times, read more with Planetary Clarity: Summertime Persephone).
Now, at Zero Libra, Persephone lets go of her mother Ceres and turns to walk away, ready to face her shadow once again. Scorpio is of course the natural home sign of Pluto, so it makes intuitive sense to think of Persephone entering Scorpio as her true entrance to the Underworld… therefore in the sign of Libra, Persephone is in Limbo. And due to her 2018 retrograde, she will be transiting Libra for the next ten months.
Definitions of Limbo:
“1. a place or state of restraint or confinement
2. a place or state of neglect or oblivion
3. an intermediate or transitional place or state
4. a state of uncertainty”
“an uncertain situation that you cannot control and in which there is no progress or improvement”
“If you say that someone or something is in limbo, you mean that they are in a situation where they seem to be caught between two stages and it is unclear what will happen next.”
During Persephone’s transit through Libra, her mother Ceres goes retrograde in Leo, crossing the north node three times. This will reveal the ways that our most important sources of support are not actually directly connected to us, but rather they are cheering from the sidelines. Having some type of “fan club” helps us form a healthy self-image, which is what we truly need to move forward. Persephone’s power lies in her fearless choice to own her life- she shows us that we don’t need assistance to enter the darkness, and we certainly don’t need a savior to find the light. Ceres shows us how we can still accept help and caring from those who can’t join us on our journey.
Persephone’s extended transit through Libra features intense aspects at every major checkpoint that will assist us in crafting a sense of purpose out of the wreckage and confusion of recent traumatic events. This will be a time for developing multidimensional acceptance, which is the foundation we will need for the restorative integration of shadow that will commence with Persephone in Scorpio.
On May 17th 2018, Persephone stations direct at 1° Libra, opposite Chiron 1° Aries, and trine Mars at Zero Aquarius. Mars will then station retrograde in Aquarius, regress into Capricorn, and occupies Zero Aquarius once again on September 11th 2018, the day that Persephone enters Scorpio.
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