The keynote of the oracle for today is the explosive energy of long-repressed contents of the subconscious, symbolized by A Volcanic Eruption. At 17° we are under the rule of Aquarius in a twelve-fold sequence. This one is sort of a no-brainer. We sometimes need to explode to release the repressed contents of our psyche. The sign of Virgo is that of mutable fire and it begins on August 23 with the festival of Vulcanalia from whence the word volcano derives. As a god, he is lame—a sort of deity of disability. This is also the festival time of Ganesh who, akin to Vulcan (Greek: Hephaestus) is a remover of obstacles. It is Hepahestus, who wields a hammer, who relieves the blinding pain in Zeus’ head with a swift blow that releases Athena (wisdom) a full-grown birth child. Likewise, we sometimes need cartharsis, much to the chagrin of those around us, often, to break through the obstacles to our own clarity or creativity. Hephaestus is an alchemist, one who purifies by fire, getting the literal and figurative lead out, allowing for more golden experiences. How the sign of Aquarius factors in here is in that explosive, revelatory need for lucidity and translucence. Aquarius very much deals with breakthroughs of a cosmic sort. Here we are faced with our own karmic buildup and we must experience some wee big bang of our own to be able to see clear to our karmic future.819px-Pompeo_Batoni,-_Vulcan_in_his_Forge,1750

There is of course a sexual element in this symbol which is undeniable. But this is not in contrast to any spiritual clarity one is seeking to gain. Sometimes a big bang of a different sort is required to remove mounting tension that is blocking our ability to function freely. At least there’s no harm in you’re keeping telling yourself that.

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