Centaur Guest: Mahiwaga Ley

Light and Shadow: A Unified Hierarchy of Spirit

By Mahiwaga Ley, guest writer

7 Levels of Light and Shadow

During a consultation with one of my clients today, I received more insight into the metaphysical framework of spirit / spiritual entities. A multi-tiered diamond appeared in my mind’s eye to represent the various levels of spiritual being, as pictured above.

I saw this in the context of conveying the nature of certain spiritual entities, where spirit showed me that enlightened centaurs (like Chiron) reside on Level 4, along with other “pagan spirits” like Cernunnos, gods and goddesses, ascended masters, and the like.

I had heard of there being a sort of spiritual hierarchy before, but this was my first time sensing it directly from spirit. Interestingly, spirit relayed that Archangels operate on Level 3, above the deities that I mentioned previously. I also saw that humans / earthly human reality is at Level 7, but didn’t sense what exactly is on all the other levels. I suspect that elementals and other such lower-level spirits reside on Level 6.

The spiritual hierarchy, so to speak, is about different levels of vibration, and souls are essentially particularized forms of consciousness.

In receiving these insights I also saw the opposite triangle of the diamond, representative of the shadow realm, the other side, our shadow selves, demons, etc. Crucially – I saw a circle drawn around the entire diamond, connecting these two halves as part of a singular unit.

This is to say that shadows are just as much a part of the cosmos as perceived light, and that a vast spectrum of spiritual phenomena tends to come in pairs, duality, and opposites. All that is, is of God; everything simply operates at a different energetic, vibrational level. There are indeed “lower” and “higher” vibrations; this is simply a part of the metaphysical framework of spirit / cosmos.

I say this to emphasize that on an ultimate level of consciousness / reality, it doesn’t seem possible to make value judgments of good vs. evil in there being one better than the other. Everything is whole; each part is unified in divine consciousness.

This also resonates with my increasing understanding of overall reality as nonlinear, as a multiversal composite of many realms, worlds, and timelines existing simultaneously. Life as spirit is not about linear evolution, but about totality of experience. Souls experience a multitude of incarnations in order to experience the many sides of themselves, to be both villain and hero, rich and poor, to experience as many different perspectives as possible.

The higher self is a composite of these versions, encompassing both shadow and light. Our higher selves are the best and worst of ourselves, our many faces, the accumulated wisdom of every incarnation experienced by a particular soul.

As such – we would do well to remember that all things exist in harmony, and that all facets of existence belong together as part of a greater unity. Our souls, as well as the cosmos at large, ultimately speak to balance and the divinity of union.

Aquarian Cycles and Centaurs

With the Great Conjunction and its changing elemental setting this year, the Chronocrators – as they used to refer to Jupiter and Saturn – fall in the Air sign of the Water Bearer. Aquarius is strange: a sign known by the name of an element it is not. Dare we say that sounds Uranian? The origins of this sign are fascinating (and for another time), mythically connected to the divine cupbearers, Ganymede and Hebe.

Aquarius is a rich setting, as far as Centaurs are concerned, because of its affinity for two very contradictory planets: Saturn and Uranus. Saturn rules the sign according to the thema mundi, and the modern planet Uranus has found the fixed air sign to be its temporal home as well. The basic thing centaurs do, astrologically, is to bridge these two planetary lords of Aquarian stock (Saturn and Uranus). 

Holding both of these planetary archetypes, the Aquarian has a demanding sense of social justice that makes her seem fixated on ideas, but only in the service of moving us onward. A concern for high standards (Saturn) in tension with a desire to bring the world up to that ideal level: the taciturn eccentric.

The Uranian as a type is one who has one ear tuned to the heavens at all times. For an Aquarian, with the basic Saturnine nature, this can provide a revolutionary bent: like the Centaur, head in clouds, hooves on earth, the Peak Aquarian wants us all to abide by the rules, just a newly written set, a bespoke social contract, always set in the future. What does it mean when two planets of social justice converge in this sign?

With the meeting of Jupiter and Saturn this Solstice, many cycles fall into alignment. Firstly, the coincidence of Solstice marks the Sun’s moment when it reaches peak southern declination and pauses before returning to northern climes – or, at the midpoint along the arc of where its Ecliptic path intersects our own equatorial plane, tropically speaking. The Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) mark a kind of Earth-Node. 

Likewise, the place where this Great Conjunction occurs – in the first degree of Aquarius – marks a Nodal place for the centaurs. Chariklo, divine healer and partner of Chiron, as a planetary body in our solar system is the largest and also most orbitally round (and one of the least eccentric) Centaur. Her range is similar to Chiron’s, traveling between the boundaries of Saturn and Uranus. Presently in late Capricorn, and a veteran of the Cap’n Crunch of 2020, Chariklo will enter Aquarius after January 2021. When she does, she will cross her own North Node – the place where her inclined orbit trends upward and crosses the ecliptic, before coasting down toward the opposing, South Node. 

At its own North Node, applying the logic of planetary nodes from Dane Rudhyar and Mark Jones, a planet expresses its full evolutionary zeal – what it has to offer us at its utmost purpose. 

Chariklo in Aquarius then, fresh from her conjunction with Saturn and Pluto (witnessing an epoch of destruction), will sweep into the recently constructed edifices of Jupiter and Saturn’s 200 Year Airy Age. A watery nymph Goddess in the Men’s club. (And her father- and brother- in law, no less!). Yet, fortunately, her family extends into other helpful dimensions. 

Daughter Okyrhoe, a water nymph (like Mom) who takes after Dad (and his divine stock), is equally of the Air element. As fate will have it, on the day of Solstice, the Moon in Pisces will conjoin Okyrhoe – translating her wisdom into the sublunary sphere, our world. More, she will be in harmonious 60° aspect to her partner in divination, Centaur Pholus over in early Capricorn. 

Okyrhoe and her waveform of orbit in phase with Saturn (graph via R von Heeren’s kentauren.info)

Two interlocked Centaurs, with shared skill and astrological offerings (helping us access our mantic wisdom, understanding signs and divination) camped out in Pisces and Capricorn: ruled then by the meeting Gods Jupiter (Pisces) and Saturn (Capricorn). 

The union of their dispositing planets, then, augurs an alignment of the aspecting centaurs at just the same time as the Moon agrees, and as the dispositing giants inhabit a Centauric Nodal degree. Just before escaping Capricorn, however, they also transit the South Node of centaur Pholus. A planetary descending Node transited by his current ruler (Saturn, now in the last degree of Capricorn) closes a chapter of karma, or shows us the worst in a planet’s nature – which for Pholus is a Neptunian overindulgence in escapism and our “ambrosia” of choice. 

So of these, Chariklo is the more poised for inspiration ahead. But at the moment of gaseous syzygy, Moon sextiles Pholus and welcomes his insight as mediator of the Neptunian (both mythically and astronomically, as traveler to there and back). With Moon conjoining Okyrhoe, she is highlighted most strongly in the sky – and so we can draw upon her nature as one who bridges the very planets in question: Jupiter and Saturn. 

It’s a very humble sounding task for a Centaur – who usually brave trans-Uranian climes to return to the 3D world of Saturn with something psychedelic or transcendent, Okyrhoe’s orbit between the two ancient gods makes her just the person to seek guidance from in times like these. What does their blend do? It is her duty to know, and offer the nectar of that knowledge to us as inspiration. Saturn as time is lord of Fate, while Jupiter as spirit is lord of Grace, or release from fate.

As Centaurs do, stepping information down into palatable, intelligible, vibrations for our intra-Saturnine minds to pick up on, is here made most approachable by Okyrhoe: she governs divine visions that take place within space and time, the Jupiter within the Saturn. What will she now show us for the age ahead?

Chiron will also sextile the big duo in Aquarius (they apply toward sextile of him), bringing the other Uranian ranger into the picture too.

If we look at our system from the outside in (rather than from here on out as we are accustomed) the alignments that take place on Dec 21, 2020 really do some multidimensional sky weaving. As the ancient concept of spheres leads us, we can layer beyond the Saturnian (but before the Firmament and Fixed Stars) the extra dimensions of at least the Uranian, Neptunian, and Plutonian (which could be synonymous with trans-Neptunian). Between these outer three and the cusp of the inner world (Saturn, traditionally the slowest and most distant known planet), the Centaurs weave like Daliesque spiders on giant stilts – imagine their hooves prancing upon two of these disparate rings at once. Chiron and Chariklo’s steps between the ring of Saturn and of Uranus, Pholus’s between Saturn/Neptune, Nessus’ between Saturn/Pluto, and little Okyrhoe plucking the bounds of Saturn and Jupiter like the strings of a harp — or to extend the metaphor to her cognate goddess of spontaneous flow – the strings of Saraswati’s Veena.

This Aquarian Conjunction brings in the interstellar vibrations, too. The Fixed Star Altair the Eagle sits upon this degree of the ecliptic. In our spherical model then, this is a very distant point yet in alignment from the point of view of Earth – geocentric astrology.

Altair the Eagle is instantly a Jupiterian motif – the Eagle of Zeus who plucks the liver of Prometheus, and the Eagle who sips the ambrosia held by Ganymede the cupbearer (an Aquarian archetype). 

Further ‘out there’ is a guide to the stars that always hits as wisdom to me, a channeled or “spiritually collaborative” compendium of star civilizations (Starlight Elixirs and Cosmic Vibrational Healing by Smulkis and Rubenfeld). This detailed exploration of the beings of various friendly stars mentions only one astrological planet, once – and that is Saturn, in the section on Altair. How curious! They describe how this star helps us “saturn” up and “understand resistance to flow” “overcome obstacles and have courage to move forward.”

And while we are out here in the stellar regions, Okyrhoe’s union with the Moon occurs conjunct the bright, lonely star Fomalhaut, watcher of Autumn. This point is the “mouth of the fish” constellation, Pisces Austrinus, which according to Eratosthenes “swallows the water being poured by the water bearer,” Aquarius.

Combining these motifs we have the starry Eagle (symbol of Jupiter and his sacred waterboy), and the thirsty fish whose Mouth receives the Aquarian ambrosia. With Okyrhoe as bridge between the realms of the planets forming the Great Conjunction, herself conjoining this spiritual star as the Moon brings the whole spectre into earthly reach, this Oracular Nymph is bearing lots of astrological weight for us.

Moon will conjoin Okyrhoe just before the Great Conjunction, but after Jupiter has already joined Saturn in the sign of Aquarius. At the conjunction itself, Moon will be 27° 57 Pisces, just past Okyrhoe’s Discovery Degree and also Venus’ Degree of Exaltation. To seal the trend, the Great Conjunction happens to be conjunct the North Geocentric Node of Venus (thanks to @EmpressAtlantis for this insight!). The Goddesses at least seem to be conspiring as usual, bless them to bless us!

Solstice Sound Healing and More!

Greetings Centaur enthusiasts! I’m writing to let you know about an exciting event I will be co-hosting later this month. This year’s Winter Solstice happens to mark a significant astrological event (the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius.) So to celebrate this rare celestial moment, my colleague in Centaur Healing, Dr. Jenny Kellogg, has welcomed two inspiring creators of spiritual music to join us for an afternoon of healing sound, and you’re invited!

As Jenny told me: “Earlier this year, Sercan Öztürk reached out to me as one of his top listeners on Spotify. We struck up a friendship and he asked me about funding to record his next album. So in honor of how his music has helped get me through this challenging year, I offered to host a by-donation event for him.”

Sercan will perform songs from his next album, Gürüh-u Naciye, composed of songs sung by the mystical Islamic women devotees of the 15th century saint of the Alevi Dervishes, Haji Bektash Veli.

After Sercan’s performance on the saz, and following a brief meditation on the astrological moment, our friend Urana will share shamanic sound healing from her native Mongolian tradition.

I hope you can join us for this special event (on Zoom): Monday, December 21 at 1:30PM ET.

Please check out Sercan’s music on IG @delidervis_ and visit Uranbileg Batjargal at @uranaheart.

Join us to enjoy new music together while celebrating the historic alignments of the season, in a circle of healing energy and contemplative atmosphere. Usher in the new astrological era with spiritual vibrations from two mystical traditions, offered up to the heavens with prayers of celestial and earthly harmony.

*Stay tuned for my next blog, explaining some of the many Centauric overtones of this epochal Aquarian conjunction*

Welcoming a Centaur Guest: Capucine

Travellers of the interweb, welcome to an Interconnection. 

Photography by Capucine 2015

I’m a guest blogger on David’s Centauric Space – my name is Capucine, I’m a Reiki Master Teacher, I shapeshift with the energies which I educate myself with, and what the Universe gives towards my involution. In December 2019, I registered for my first Centaur Attunement, and it’s now June 2020. 
To hear what I could share about this first meeting with the Centaurs and David’s ceremony listen to our interview on my podcast.

What first called me to transform my «spiritual side» to my «public» side was Chiron. I healed myself for two years, silently, behind my teachers, writers, magicians. 

Photography by Capucine 2015

But I became a guide for others once a major part of my healing required that I protect others from what I had experienced (enter my world at The Shapeshifter Club).

And that first entry publicly about this vocation was my book Anchor (linked below). So a few years later, when I became a Reiki Master Teacher, when I was fully in the world of energy and I saw David’s work, I needed to join. (In fact my guides told me to!) 

Through the past months and meeting with Chiron, Chariklo, Pholus, and Okhyroe, through ceremonially calling on the Centaurs with David and his community, I have found a nest, or more like my own cave where healing continues to happen for me, not only for what I can bring others. 
It’s a fine balance, to know when one is ready, rested, and ready to give more.

Photography by Capucine 2015

The way I experience these interdimensional beings feels like next of kin. My own evolving field is social, yet solitary, giving yet creating. The Centaurs are highly sovereign and free in spirit. 

They evolve within their environments, from the elements and their own physical bodies (half horse half human): skilful hands, graceful spinners, swift rivers, earth dwellers.

They operate multidimensionally and they made me feel surer of my own relation to this reality. I love meeting them again and again and can’t wait to meet more of them. 

Photography by Capucine 2015

They also evolve as their own storylines cross new aspects in astrology, as these beings are linked to their respective asteroids – one aspect of the ceremonies I enjoy a lot – and they meet us, our Sun, our Moon and our houses. 

As Mars in Aries approaches Chiron, and my own 8th house, I wanted to gift you a moment of softness. Enter this cave and get your rest, your support now: Meet Chiron, travel with me to his Inner Earth and meet his guidance and healing before our summer’s astrology tumbles us down: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt_GIKGQz5E

Photography by Capucine 2015

My book is solely about this healer’s archetype: Anchor: a class in soul archeology. I have another meditation about the horse themes (discipline, tamed, freedom), it’s a Reiki infused video available here.

I hope you enjoyed this special interdimensionality, connect with the Centaurs, give yourself a moment with their mentorship, maybe you are one, and let me know on social media if you loved it or want to work with me! 


Capucine

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http://www.theshapeshifter.club/

Photography by Capucine 2015

Paulo Coelho’s Lost Love

The natal chart of best-selling novelist Paulo Coelho features Chiron the healing centaur conjunct the Discovery Degree of Nessus in Scorpio. This implies a fruitful synastry between him and the centaur of purification: having a natal planet at another’s DD is similar to having the second conjunct the first. Any natal planet at one of these Centauric power spots draws some power from that Centaur.

Paulo Coelho: August 24, 1947 12:05 am Rio de Janeiro (A: Borges Collection)

Coelho’s spiritual memoir Aleph relates his real-life journey with Hilal, an obsessed fan who finds a way to join him on a trans-Siberian train adventure.

Spontaneously immersed in a dimension that he names the Aleph (after poet Jorge Luis Borges’ word for a universal power-spot), Paulo and Hilal find themselves healing a tortured love. Their Aleph-visions eventually culminate with a past life they shared during the Inquisition. The date of their healing experience happened to be recorded by the Russian press, since it took place the evening before the celebrity met with his fan, President Putin.

The chart of May 31, 2006 features a precise kite of Pholus-Vesta-Nodes. An Aleph of its own, this kite slingshots memories of the past (South Node) through potent (Pholus) adventures in relationship (Vesta). Nessus and Chiron conjoined at 8-10° Aquarius, t-squaring their own DDs (at 5 Scorpio and 4 Taurus). This transit offered a rare challenge to those able to listen to healing guidance.

Paulo’s Aleph experience: 5/31/2006, evening

Nessus is the centauric significator for the thread of karma between Paulo and Hilal, which leads to their mutual redemption. Coelho’s Centaur-Progressed Nessus lands at 5° Cancer: “Coming to a fork in the road a man has a surprising realization,” aptly divining a vision quest on a Siberian train. This symbol reveals how the writer’s natal promise of karmic redemption (Chiron at Nessus’ future DD) blossomed precisely at the time of his fateful journey with Halal.