September 22, 2019

Sun in Libra

Happy Equinox and Sun in Libra!  The link below is an audio file of one of the FOI co-founders, Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, speaking on the constellation of Libra and the Justice of Maat during a past rite:

(mp3 / 1:05min / 255kb)

Audio transcript:
"Companions on the quest for Truth and Justice, know that in many ancient lands the constellation of Libra, when in the House of the Autumnal Equinox, was revered as portraying Justice, through the equal balancing of day and night, summer and winter. In Egypt, the Goddess Maat was depicted presiding over the weighing of the Heart on the Scales of Justice. The Heart was balanced in the Northern pan against Her Ostrich Feather of Truth, whose every frond responds to the Breath of Spirit."

Here also is an excerpt from Lawrence's book, "Juno Covella, Perpetual Calendar of the Fellowship of Isis":

Autumnal Equinox. Sun enters Libra (tropical). Greek: DEMETER and PERSEPHONE; Roman: CERES and PROSERPINA; The Greater Eleusinian Mysteries, First Day. (Lempriere, Dict.) "Eleusinia . . This festival (i.e. the Greater) was observed in the month Boedromion or September, and continued nine days from the 15th to the 23rd". (Kerenyi, Eleusis, p. 8) According to this author's reckoning the 15th of Boedromion is taken as corresponding to September 23rd or 24th. (Julian, Hymn to the Mother of the Gods, 173A) "I was saying that we ought not to suppose that the ancients appointed the season of the rites irrationally, but rather as far as possible with plausible and true grounds of reason; and indeed a proof of this is that the Goddess herself chose as her province the cycle of the Equinox. For the most holy and secret Mysteries of Deo and the Maiden (Kore) are celebrated when the sun is in the sign of Libra, and this is quite natural".

(©: Shrine of Libra photo by Minette Quick; photo of Lawrence from the Occult Experience video, created with permission; audio by the FOI Homepage Archive: all copyrights reserved.)