Teach Me Tuesdays: The Tales of Melusine and Asteroid Melusina

Write your secrets in the sand and trust them with a mermaid.” – Unknown

Inquiring into the murky depths can wash ashore all kinds of peculiarities with the underlined hyperlink text at present.

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Yesterday I mentioned I wanted to do a blog post on Melusine and the asteroid Melusina (373) so we’re going to complete that task via a Draconic Chart today. I’ve already pulled the chart making note that it is in a pretty informative place for me. I had no idea though that this would propel me to my angst against Saturn in my chart being that I’m a very Jupiter/Chesed kind of gal; I mean my ring is on my Jupiter finger! If I have to choose Greater Benefic or Greater Malefic I’m on Jupiter’s side! Kind of ironic that this matches my blueprint cards.

The mythology stems from European/Celtic folklore of a female spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river depicted as a serpent or fish from the waist down with wings. The French tale shows a medieval forest where Melusine is discovered bathing by Raymond of Poitou who fell madly in love with her asking for her hand in marriage.

She agreed on one condition that once a week on Saturdays she be given utter total privacy which he agreed to. All was fine in this marriage for a time where they had several children with unusual features such as exceptionally large teeth or tusks. This appearance whetted curiosity and Melusine’s Saturday ritual of locking herself away or disappearing for the day became too much.

Curiosity got the better of Raymond who spied upon her discovering that she was bathing in a tub of water. He learned she was not the woman he knew, but was part woman/part dragon complete with wings and a serpent’s tail.

Upon realizing that he violated her only request and her secret had been uncovered she flew away never to return to her husband. Periodically Melusine will return to see her children. Some claim the dragon woman motif is the result of a curse while others state her natural form is that of a Goddess.

There are also Celtic traditions permitting that Melusine’s true home is their version of an afterlife paradise known as the Isle of Avalon. She is said to be an ancestral spirit where when any member of this family dies the dragon manifests, flies overhead, and weeps.

Melusine’s request for secrecy necessitated her survival and she may be petitioned by anyone who seeks time to express their private or repressed, hidden, and ignored aspects of their true selves so that their talents might emerge. She is said to be the Goddess of magical and spiritual wisdom.

The name may mean ocean mist, marvel, or wonder. Her spirit manifests as a woman who is winged above the waist with a serpentine tail below; she is said to be exceptionally beautiful. Most often you will find her depicted as a siren or mermaid.

Saturday in this mythology speaks to the Greater Malefic in our esoteric world. This planet of karma, limitations, and discipline is associated with our Saturn Returns approximately every thirty years forcing us to confront our past lessons gaining wisdom from them before we embark on new ventures/journeys. The rings of Saturn represent limitations, bindings, and boundaries which serve to bring structure and order.

Be a mermaid. Swim fast, wear a crown, and dream big.” – Unknown

Like Jupiter, who I am far more fond of as Saturn was never my favorite, there is an involved Moon system of ten Moons. The largest Moon is Titan which is the size of the planet Mercury. Jupiter is second only to the Sun in gravitation with Saturn second only to Jupiter thus these three are the heavy weights of spiritual power.

Saturn represents our spiritual teachers/teachings while Jupiter is an expansion of love/consciousness. These upper octaves of personal planets help us with the resolution of karma moving us towards higher consciousness.

Saturn though is more like a micromanager and is traditionally lead in alchemy to signify the weight of the responsibilities we bear. When seen as Chronos this planet represents harvest and reaping the rewards/consequences of what we have sown. We see this as Father Time or the Grim Reaper.

Kabbalah associates Saturn with the sphere of Binah, the Divine Feminine, the Cosmic Goddess/Destroyer, and Capricorn (my Imum Coeli). It is here that we also experience the Winter Solstice when the Divine Child of life/rebirth is honored. This probably speaks to my studies of the Oak and Holly King as well. Mom and I are Holly, but…

The Imum Coeli is our foundations, the beginnings of our life, and what we experience through parental inheritance as well as homeland influence. I’ve seen some state Capricorn looks more like Spirited Away which I loved honestly. I absolutely adored this story.

Saturn imbues us with Eastern Yogic and martial arts traditions. You will also find that this planet speaks to the repercussions of our actions. Use your powers responsibly! In times past the Saturnalia was practiced as a time of merriment when things were turned upside down thereby the slaves were waited upon by their masters and all normal rules were reversed.

Melusine Mythology:

Of note some state this is the tale of Jacquetta of Luxembourg that became a collective mythos. I’ll let my audience be the judge. I’m staying clear of the secret society route. I’ve spent more than enough time traveling certain “rabbit holes” some of which you wonder about their source materials. This rather solitary gal would prefer to simply keep her distance!

Draconic Chart for Asteroid Melusina

Asteroid Melusina is on a precipice for me being that she is within the Anaretic Degree of my 12th House of Aries at 29° meaning I am to learn her lessons before she will progress and move towards my 1st House or further around my chart. Her only aspect is biquintile Chiron the Wounded Healer (my natal Chiron was Taurus, but Draconic it is a soul wound in Sagittarius).

The 12th House holds a place that is great for psychotherapy of the subconscious and unconscious mind. Here we embody rest, the end of long cycles, and the termination of any and all confinement which deals with hospital stays, nursing home residences, jails, psychiatric wards, etc. We go here to heal and embody self sacrifice as it is ruled by Pisces and Neptune. This is also the home ruling charity especially that of a one to one basis.

If we add in the potency of the aspect to Chiron we find that one is to heal the collective imagination as their fantasy world is so intense living with limitations is nearly impossible. We love role playing games, cosplay, and the worlds of wizards, warlocks, and witches.

Our greatest desire is to merge with an entire group of people. We also enjoy dancing, music, acting, and spiritual wisdom. This is the placement of those who desire to be above all forms of pain/suffering and seek to transcend our humanity. We long to explore the ethereal and fantastical.

The chart holder has a need to expose themselves to many different things and to fully engage with whatever they contact. Here they have a great ability to simplify life by direct contact with the Earth and Earthly concerns while never losing sight of the tremendous complexity of life. The chart holder knows that getting dirty can be a good thing; a therapeutic thing.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “Dr. Jekyll drinks the potion.” No running away here rather an embracing of the unknown and a complete willingness to try something just to see what happens.

Of course what will happen is that the dark side of the self will emerge and eventually will be redeemed by being revealed as we learn we are of the Earth, but not prisoners of the Earth because we are infinitely more than the Earth. Work with guardian angel Reiyel and daimon Astaroth.

Daimon Astaroth links us to the the Three of Pentacles, Venus, Vervain, and Capricorn. I’ve actually previously covered this daimon. Additional commentary suggests working with this daimon is beneficial for the removal of traumatic events in our lives ensuring that we heal from that which prevents us from moving forward.

If you’re spinning your wheels getting nowhere then work with this daimon. Astaroth helps one pursue their life’s purpose consciously or subconsciously. Your free will determines if you will play a proper role in the grand scheme of the Cosmos or if you will act against it.

Messier 54 with a “funny” quote!

This degree sits upon the fixed star Alrisha in the knot of Pisces the Fishes. The name is a derivative of Al Risha meaning “The Chord” which represents the knot of united chords tying the two fishes of Pisces together. This is a form of uniting and bonding. The energy of this fixed star is that of Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn. Kabbalists associate this with the Hebrew letter Peh and the tarot trump The Star (perhaps an expanding Universe with stellar nurseries).

Some call this degree the Music of the Spheres stating that the Sabian symbols speaks to a celestial choir manifesting eternal realities. Celestite is a good crystal to work with for the message of connecting to all the heavenly realms and higher consciousness pursuits via clear communication. The focus is placed on listening to other planes. The affirmation should be a stellar world is now envisioned.

To finalize today’s blog post here are some photos of a butterfly I captured on the sage in our garden, the harvested beans and new potatoes, and I also identified one plant in our jungle as borage! I grew this years ago, but did not know it was in the mixed seeds package. I hope you all have an astonishing Tuesday. ✌️📅

I’m not entirely sure, but I do believe it’s one of the Skipper butterflies. I’m horrible at identifying therefore I used to send sightings into actual scientists for identification. No clue if it is the Araxes Skipper. I know I get a lot of Bordered Patches also. Someone correct me!
The potatoes are shown fresh out of the dirt I tilled with plants still intact. This form of harvesting is new potatoes with us waiting a bit longer for the main crop. Another large bowl of beans this week. Yes, yes, it really is Renee/Jill and the Beanstalk!