Meet Mnemosyne, the Goddess of Inspiration & Memory, mother of the nine muse goddesses (from nine nights sleeping with Zeus or – some say – Apollo) and keeper of a sacred pool in Hades. The latter element of her story makes me think of the Star tarot card, which has a pool of memory in it, kind of like the collective subconscious.
She is asteroid number 57 – i have her rising in Aquarius! – and is currently at 26 Capricorn. Asteroids, as always, exert a subtle – if any – influence but they are fun and poetic to think about, no?
And she reminds me of one of the most beautiful love poems ever by (like this image) Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He was Moon, Fortuna, Mercury, Sun and Ascendant in Taurus. The last two were trined his Midheaven in Capricorn (note the enduring renown and resonance of his work) and he was also Mars conjunct Neptune man…In Capricorn!
Sudden Light is basically the realization that you have utterly known someone before. Reincarnation & the transmigration of the soul between lives makes more sense than a hell below and patriarchal heaven above, does it not?
I HAVE been here before,
But when or how I cannot tell:
I know the grass beyond the door,
The sweet keen smell,
The sighing sound, the lights around the shore.
You have been mine before,—
How long ago I may not know:
But just when at that swallow’s soar
Your neck turned so,
Some veil did fall,—I knew it all of yore.
Has this been thus before?
And shall not thus time’s eddying flight
Still with our lives our love restore
In death’s despite,
And day and night yield one delight once more?
Image: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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