“Maud Gonne at Howth station waiting a train,
Pallas Athene in that straight back and arrogant head:
All the Olympians; a thing never known again…”
will gather and not know it walks the very street
Whereon a thing once walked that seemed a burning cloud.” WB Yeats
In his writing William Butler Yeats described Maud Gonn, the inspiration for many of his poems, as Pallas Athene. Maud Gonn was the revolutionary who saved the lives of many Irish families. In Ireland they believed she fulfilled the prophesy that one day the Queen of the Fairies would come and preach the revolt and inspire the Irish to rise up against the British occupation. For that reason people would often kneel and kiss the hem of her gown.
Maud Gonne was born at the exact moment of the Winter Solstice. In the old texts this auspicious birth time was associated with.”the birth of gods and goddesses.”
The asteroid Pallas Athene is a strong influence during Saturday’s Solar Eclipse at 18 degrees of Leo. Pallas Athene is one of the female asteroids in astrology which are associated with the re- emergence of the Feminine.
In mythology Pallas Athene is the goddess of compassionate justice. She brought the knowledge of diplomacy to the gods and goddesses and was known for her strategic skills. She used conflict resolution in an attempt to avert war. But when it became necessary she was invincible in battle.
This Solar Eclipse is exact on August 11 at 18 degrees of the fiery sign of Leo. Look to your astrology chart to see where this eclipse falls as this indicates the area of life where a new cycle is beginning.
It is a good time now leading up to the Eclipse, to strengthen courage and renew vision. With Pallas involved it is wise to focus on new strategic approaches. The sign of Leo is associated with re- creation and it’s wise to remember the restorative effect that fun and creativity can have in your life.
Uranus stations retrograde this week and will retrograde back to late Aries and station direct in late March. Uranus is the planet of innovation and surprises. It governs all things cyber and has an erratic, unpredictable nature to it. It is wise to nurture the nervous system in general as we are living in times of great change when a new , more just world is striving to be born against considerable push- back.
The Sabian symbol for the eclipse in Leo is,” “A Houseboat Party.”