Dreaming into Wholeness with the Serpent Bearer
(see follow up to this article in I am the Serpent Bearer)
Saturn is traveling near the Serpent Bearer all for most of 2017 in alignment with Rasalhague, the Crown Chakra of Ophiuchus. How are we dreaming a new reality, a new form for the life we are living?
“Ophiuchus means ‘he who holds the serpent’ and that is how he is depicted.
… on equal terms with equal powers”.
[Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 1, p.31]
Astronomers redrew the boundaries of the constellations in 1928 placing the feet of Ophiuchus/Serpent Bearer (just above the body the constellation of the Scorpion) on the Ecliptic. Since that time astronomers tell us that the Sun travels through Ophiuchus from Nov 29 to Dec 18 and have made claims about how this is the 13th sign. It is NOT the 13th sign.
Signs are not based on constellations as they represent the seasonal cycle of Solstices and Equinoxes. Find out more in this article that explains why there are NOT 13 signs and find out what constellation the Sun was in when you born.
Each year from December 12 to 18 the Sun aligns with the star Rasalhague (22 Sagittarius 40) marking the crown chakra of Ophiuchus with the exact pass around December 15 illuminating the healing power of our dreams.
In his book The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse tells us Ophiuchus is a symbol for Asclepius, the ancient Greek healer trained by Chiron and believed to be the ancestor of Hippocrates (born 460 BCE) where the Hippocratic Oath originates, and Serpens is his symbol of healing.
Other imagery connected to Ophuichus and Serpens is kundalini (a Sanskrit word meaning ‘coiled up’ or ‘coiling like a snake’). The cultivation and management of this life-force has been the aim of these healers who utilized drumming, trance, chanting, hallucinogenics etc. to facilitate intuitive guidance to facilitate a cure.
Ophiuchus, as the Serpent Bearer, therefore holds the key to the importance of Kundalini, life force energy and the wholeness or healing that comes from a healthy relationship with this energy.
The association of the serpent (Serpens) with this constellation has also been linked with the miraculous powers of snake charmers, or shamans who were the tribal healers committed to holistic healing of both mind and body, using herbs, potions, charms, incantations, exorcism, magic, divination, and prayers, as means to establish a cure.
The serpent as depicted in the caduceus is the symbol for the poison (venom) that can both cure and kill. Ophiuchus uses it to heal.
The Healing Temples of Aesculapius were built near healing springs throughout Greece. After fasting and bathing, the patient spent the night in special ‘dream incubation chambers’ in these temples. The dreams of the patients helped to diagnose illness and suggest a healing protocol.
Asclepius Learns to Revive the Dead From a Snake
Asclepius was brought to the King of Crete, King Minos, to bring the king’s dead son back to life. The king’s son had died of a terrible illness. Asclepius told the king there was nothing he could do to help his son. Furious the king had his guards imprison Asclepius in a terrible place until Asclepius would agree to his demands.
Asclepius felt doomed. Then a snake crawled into his cell through a small hole in the wall. Angered that this snake could come and go and he could not – Asclepius took out his frustration on the snake striking the snake with his staff until it was dead. After the snake was dead and Ascelpius had spent his anger killing it, he wondered why he taken such a violent action as it was unlike him to cause harm to another creature.
Feeling sorry for his circumstances and concern for his sanity, Asclepius soon noticed another snake had entered his cell carrying an herb in its mouth. Asclepius watched as the snake spread the herb on what remained of its mate. More amazing still, the parts of the first snake began to heal and grow together again. After a few minutes, the first snake was whole and healthy again and both snakes returned back through the hole in the wall. However, the snake that carried the healing herb had left some of it behind.
Inspired by this incident, Asclepius called the guards to take him to the King’s son. He then spread the herb upon the dead body. Miraculously the prince return to life, and his illness was cured as well. King Minos was overjoyed. Before returning home Asclepius collected a large supply of the magic herb …
Aesculapius was a shamanic healer who learned how to bring the dead back to life. Eventually the God of the Underworld, Hades, complained to his brother Zues about all the dead leaving his realm suggesting this went against the natural order of life. Zeus agreed and destroyed Aesculapius with a thunderbolt and placed the constellation of the Serpent Bearer in the Sky as a reminder.
Scholars feel that that the name Asklepios as described in Homer’s Iliad may come from the Greek askein that is the root of the word ascetic, a hermit or monk. The -epia, -epios, in the name Asklepios is variously translated ‘gentle’, ‘kind’, ‘calm’, ‘soothing’.
The head of the Serpent-Bearer where the star Rasalhague is located is said to be filled with powerful, ageless healing wisdom that has the potential to restore and revitalize.
When any planet travels through this constellation and by this star it is a time when it is beneficial to pay attention to your dreams and to ask for dream messages that will guide you toward your next steps.
For most of 2017 Saturn is near Rasalhague but most especially July and August.
In this article I am the Serpent Bearer I share about a potent healing dream I had about being the Serpent Bearer.