Lilith Square Saturn
“The practice of magic also demands the development of what is called the magical will. Will is very much akin to what Victorian schoolmasters called “character”: honesty, self-discipline, commitment, and conviction.
Those who would practice magic must be scrupulously honest in their personal lives. In one sense, magic works on the principle that “it is so because I say it is so.” A bag of herbs acquires the power to heal because I say it does. For my word to take on such force, I must be deeply and completely convinced that it is identified with truth as I know it. If I habitually lie to my lovers, steal from my boss, pilfer from supermarkets, or simply renege on my promises, I cannot have that conviction.
Unless I have enough personal power to keep commitments in my daily life, I will be unable to wield magical power. To work magic, I need a basic belief in my ability to do things and cause things to happen. That belief is generated and sustained by my daily actions. If I say I will finish a report by Thursday and I do so, I have strengthened my knowledge that I am a person who can do what I say I will do. If I let the report go until a week from next Monday, I have undermined that belief. If course, life is full of mistakes and miscalculations. But to a person who practices honesty and keeps commitments, “As I will, so mote it be” is not just a pretty phrase; it is a statement of fact.”
The Prototypal Eco-Feminist and Eco Pagan.
Starhawk is a prototypal eco-feminist and eco-pagan. The Spiral Dance is an UR-classic, like the mother-lode of the modern Goddess awareness and worship revival. If you have not read it, do. It’s totally Uranus in Taurus.
But what strikes me as super-apt about this quote is that Starhawk’s main astrological signature is the Sun conjunct Black Moon Lilith in Gemini. This is the word-witch, reclaiming banished feminine archetypes in her writing. But it is square Saturn in Virgo. You can see all that on display in the quote above. So every time that Solar Word Witch energy kicks up, there’s Saturn. It probably contributed to the breakthrough mass success of The Spiral Dance.
The Alphabet Versus The Goddess would be my other big Uranus in Taurus kick-off reading recommendation. Thoughts?
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