Make the Mountains Ring

“You can make the mountains ring,
or make the angels cry”
Jesse Collin Young,
Get Together

“Whatever you did for the least of these brothers, that you did for me”
Matthew 25

We are in the very midst of the peak of the Cardinal Grand Cross in the second half of April. If you’re not familiar with this energy, take a quick look at the
monthly forecast or my YouTube video on the topic. Or, just take it that we have a storm of cosmic energy that is playing out in every possible way, in changes to the Earth itself, to our political landscape, social structures, and in our personal lives.

The Cardinal Cross peaks right around Easter Sunday, a day associated with a different kind of cross. This week, just before the lunar eclipse, we had a very powerful statement of the energy that prevails at this time, in an act of compassion and forgiveness.

Iran executes a lot of people. Only China beats them in terms of
raw numbers (the United States was 4th on the list in 2012). Iran still has public executions, as well, and such is the grisly scene of our story - appropriate, after all, for Easter (or, more properly, Good Friday).

You can
read the article here, but the short story is that a 19 year old man who was about to be hanged for murder was saved by the mother of his victim. As the story was reported in other news outlets, this happened as the condemned man’s mother looked on.

One of the most poignant parts of the crucifixion story is the perspective of Mary, Jesus’ mother, who is present. In this week’s story the woman in the role parallel to Mary got a very different outcome, thanks to the woman whose son was killed by her own son. It was an extraordinary act of compassion, in the midst of a contemporary country living with Roman-style cruelty.

Astrologically, the symbolism is quite strong. Tuesday’s lunar eclipse was on the Aries-Libra axis, tying it into the Cardinal Cross. And directly opposite the sun - as the moon approached - were two goddess asteroids, Vesta and Ceres. Vesta is known for purity of action. Ceres is a facet of the Great Mother, associated with the harvest. Ceres is the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Demeter, who saved her daughter Persephone from Hades’ realm in the underworld. Ceres, the asteroid, has been elevated to ‘planetoid’ status recently.

As we approach Easter Sunday and the peak of the Cardinal Cross, the astrological symbolism of Tuesday’s story is clear. We see the rise of the power of the feminine, the hope for a better world coming from a mother. In contrast to 2,000 years of war and hatred in the name of a crucifixion that did take place, a single act of compassion and courage prevented one from happening in the first place.