BLOGGING WITH THE IMAGES OF SOUL #1 Keeping the Fires Burning Within

THE ASTROLOGICAL  HOROSCOPE:

                                                    & HESTIA’S INNER DIVINITY

About a year ago, I noticed some activity within my own horoscope involving Hestia, that mythic, spiritual, virginal, asteroid goddess of the hearth.  Curious, about what this might mean, I researched Hestia’s mythical story, while observing her astrological movement and activity within my own horoscope.  By way of explanation, asteroids, are those astronomical, allegedly less significant points or mythical figures within a horoscope. Don’t be fooled! Their symbolic existence and activity pulls some heavy weight and mighty punches! What I conjectured after careful research, thought and reflection, about Hestia’s place in the hidden spotlight of my own life, was that some emergent, spiritual, inner and/or outer deeply psychological activity, perhaps referencing religious, and/or mythic figures was about to assume center stage.  

 

Hestia did not disappoint. Before too long, a book, entitled Images of Soul-Reimaging Astrology, coauthored by myself and Evolutionary astrologer and Marriage, Family Therapist, Hadley Fitzgerald, began taking shape, and is now available for online purchase through Amazon books.  

 

In our book, Hadley and I, both astrological/psychotherapists, set forth the notion, that each horoscope is driven by a mysterious inner time piece, curiously cloistered within the image of an acorn. The significance of at least half of this metaphorical configuration, that of the acorn’s symbolic value and purpose, is closely akin to central ideas postulated by the late James Hillman, in his groundbreaking best-seller, The Soul’s Code. 1

 

Our book conjectures, that within each horoscope, there lives the metaphorical image of an acorn, inside which, is a mysterious time piece mechanism that contains and drives our soul’s code – our particular path -- and acts as guide, to each person’s life calling.  We hypothesized, that if one were to embrace this notion, one might be afforded a real life, depth understanding of psyche, and the opportunity to consciously embrace their fate and life direction.  We further speculated, that exploring one’s “Soul’s Code,” while guided by a metaphorical acorn, that contains and is driven by the rhythmic pulse of a mysterious, inner time keeper, who is at the ultimate direction of an, angel, or daimon, carried implications for the understanding of both psyche and horoscope. We postulated that horoscope, acorn, timekeeper, and daimon, were reliable, poetic, viable pathways to calling, inspiration and soul.

 

Although Hadley and I each brought our own divergent biases and methods, to our co-authoring experience, we discovered that rather than clashing, our positions were in fact quite complimentary.   Despite our contrasting methods, we were, each in our own way,  inclined to draw upon image as metaphor when working with clients.

 

Now, in this, blog for Depth Psychology Alliance, as I eagerly explore and bring my own biases to the discussion,  I find I am also captured by another factor in this quaternity  consisting of horoscope, acorn, timekeeper and daimon.  And she is, the oh so numinous Hestia, designated by the late James Hillman , as “guardian of our images.”2 I see Hestia’s inner divinity, expertise, and imaginal guardianship, as the prime mover behind the ways in which I imagine the astrological interview and consultation.  I find as I’ve engaged in that  imaginal process that for me, it is, Hestia, who actually is the mythic impetus behind both the acorn and that mysterious, inner astrological timepiece, portrayed on our book’s cover. Hestia’s rhythms, impact, and drive our psycho-mytho-astrological, explorations, and … if one is so inclined, perhaps even our past and present life explorations and unfolding.

 

In short, Hestia navigates, oversees, drives and is the goddess behind the patterns and processes inherent within that map and container of our soul’s codes: the astrological horoscope. This mystical, spiritual, eternally maiden goddess, is the driver of our daimon’s trajectory.  Her signals inform our exquisite inner time pieces, as to when it is just the right time for the next twist, turn and/or resting place in or on, our life’s circuitous journey. I join with my daimon here when I ask: How could I/we not, take our cues from Hestia, this exquisitely silent, wonderfully wise, spiritual goddess of our hearths? 

 

The late James Hillman looked to Hestia as the silent, mythic, archetypal presence, behind psychotherapy and Jungian Analysis.3

Given the premise within my original doctoral thesis that image=psyche=horoscope, it made perfect sense to me, that if Hestia governs “the inner psychic structure,”4 and if, as I’ve just premised that image = psyche = horoscope, then isn’t it reasonable to assume that Hestia is also the mythic, presence behind and within the astrological horoscope? Who better than this silent goddess, who Hillman has referred to as “governing the inner” depths, to act as both prompter and guide, in our own discovery of psyche’s mysterious calling and trajectory? And who, besides Hestia, could sit watch ever so silently over one’s horoscope, acorn and that curious timepiece, whose locus is the exploratory land of a depth archetypal astrology?

 

As it turns out my suspicions that certain types of Hestian activity, might occur with the activation of this asteroid goddesses’ enlivened activity in my own horoscope’s forward movement or progression, were correct. 

 

During this Hestian, surge, I completed two sculptures with archetypal, spiritual and/or visual religious meanings! One piece, entitled Padre di mi Alma, or Father of My Soul, is of a priest and personal friend, and is my first bronze portrait. The other, entitled, Offering, is of an androgynous looking figure, and was already featured in a prior DPA publication.  My personal blog with Word Press, now in the works, will soon feature these and other sculptures in their entirety under the Sculpture heading. 

 

In keeping with this theme of offering, I invite readers to leave any and all of your written offerings and reflections, at what I now  think of as Hestia’s door, imaginal hearth and/or altar. These are my way of gathering others to honor Hestia’s eternal, spiritual flame, in this, and following blogs.  I will make every effort to respond to each and every of your posts. 

9/3/14

 

1 The Soul’s Code

James Hillman Random House, Inc.

New York, NY 10022

 

2,3,4 In: Hestia’s Preposition

Mythic. Figures/ James Hillman

Spring Publications , Inc.

Putnam, Connecticut

 

 

 

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Comment by Jennifer M. Collier on October 16, 2014 at 12:01pm
Thanks for the thoughtful and detailed message response, even at five a.m. there is brilliance. Having trouble opening it second time from phone, but will reply when not by seaside and back by a regular computer. T Thank you!
Comment by Jennifer M. Collier on October 16, 2014 at 12:23am

Hestia in my birth chart is tied to Mercury, and something about home but traveling if I recall, could be wrong though ...oh so excited to delve further~! Pardon my exuberance. I have not run across any mention of Hestia until yours since meaningfulness on a personal level. Have been what may seem isolated but feeling in the silence within silence...I see you said locus and I free associated lotus. Had just moved the beautiful top of an acorn to sit before a lit candle yesterday, in marvel at it's strange beauty. Synch and confirmations...aw

Comment by Jennifer M. Collier on October 16, 2014 at 12:01am

I am so happy to come across this post! I will be looking into the article excerpts suggested, soon. Hestia has been increasingly important to me, starting several months ago. I have been writing as much information as possible down that I am feeling intuitively and almost ready to examine what others have to say. I am so interested in seeing the sculptures and curious if my chart has had some enlivened activity as you put it, though will have to consult with someone far more knowledgeable within astrology and am graced by several dear friends who are evolutionary astrologers. For me I think if I recall I was holding this stone in my hand and felt it grow so hot I fell asleep and then dreamed it was emblazoned, and was a meter for ?,  but that I must travel with it to a new place, and to keep it so. Just today I began putting together pieces of my All Hallows' Eve attire-if you might guess I am going as Hestia-or as an homage to Hestia. I hope I can see these works of art you have made. Have you found since the appearance of Hestia any unusual or increased dream activity, or dreams taking on a different quality? I have been meeting many, many people I have never seen in this life that I feel within my unknown/intuitively known ancestral family tree, or even mused they are proximate ancestors to where I live, a very old and first settled area of WA state-so I am very curious...interesting too as I re-read what you have above I can also add that during this Hestian time, this deepening really of presence and connection to the hearth of my souls infinity I can see that the moment Hestia became apparent to me, important and relevant and appearing really more than anything, well this is the time I entered a rebirth as well as a time I traded my normally gabby Gemini self for a silence, even withdrawing from social media and imploring friends to call or meet rather than text or email...earlier this evening I was speaking with a friend about a project we have for a children's story accompanied by a original recording of music with my piano and chimes...this wound around to these golden poinsettias I had came across to create a garland for my head, as Hestia...I had struggled with whether the poinsettia was befitting and decided it felt right, so in discussing this came to the ideas I found hard to describe about Hestia in our ancestral memories, which got me to thinking about the tenders of that fire that traveled so far, to so many places, so many hearths in our nomadic times...so I decided to attempt to draw Hestia, but have still a need to continue deepening with what is being received-its like nectar and puzzle. So indescribable if I really try to approach all the things I have been experiencing since Hestia entered the scene for me. Are not our inner time pieces always in a lotus like state, when neither past nor present nor future are separate...? I wonder. Thank you so much, this means so much to me that my first day exploring social media in any form and this is what I come across...meaningful. Thank you and Blessings. I feel graced by the discovery of what you have written. The net is a vast web and like a magic hat sometimes one is not sure what will emerge next. I am so glad to find someone's intimate thoughts and experiences, not just references to this, that (though I appreciate those as well in this context where both are offered so.) I think the reason I feel so excited about this is wondering about those moments when the internal clocks as you put it click into notches at similar moments of shared awakening.


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