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Month of Anubis, The Shaman King                                                    Leo, 2012

Anubis, The Shaman King


In the traditional stories told about Anubis, he is a  Anubis Feather dark and mysterious figure.  It is he who guides the newly dead into the underworld to meet Ma'at.  In order to pass to the Du'at, the Egyptian version of heaven, the heart of the newly deceased must be lighter than the feather that Ma'at wears upon her crown.  Associated with the underworld and death, Anubis has traditionally inspired trepidation and fear.

Because of our identification with our ego identity, we humans have a natural fear of death.  This fear expresses itself as a resistance to the inevitable process of change, and it is in this area that Anubis becomes the greatest teacher of the Shamanic Egyptian realm.


In his story, Anubis is born of a tryst between Osiris and Nephthys, husband and twin sister of Isis.  While the son of a king he is also a bastard, and in the patriarchal world of Greece and Roman - the source of the Egyptian stories as we know them - the bastard son cannot inherit the throne.  He cannot become sovereign.  Yet personal sovereignty is precisely the lesson that Anubis teaches us.

Planet Earth provides us all with an experience of abandonment.  Some are literally abandoned while others feel it more subtly - yet everyone at some point in life feels cast out, neglected, abandoned, lost.  Traditional philosophies have spoken about the separation that each soul inevitably experiences from the divine - from Abandonment God/Goddess - as being the true source of this deep sense of alienation and loss.  Those who feel the separation most keenly often experience an abandonment of self in their lives, pursuing behaviors that are self-destructive and take them even farther from a sense of connection to the larger whole.

Abandonment plays a key role in Anubis's story as well.  Nephthys, realizing that she cannot take her newborn baby home with her because her husband, Set, will kill him, takes Anubis out into the desert and leaves him.  Isis rescues Anubis - comes to get him and takes him home to raise him as her own.  Although she treats him like her son, he is not, and he can never inherit the throne of his father, Osiris. 

This is the stuff of a Shakespeare play, and if we were to stay true to form, Anubis would grow up to Anubis4 be twisted and hateful, desiring revenge upon those who have done him wrong.  Yet that is not what happens.  Anubis becomes a guide to the newly dead - taking them into the underworld and then bringing them out into a new life.  Like Persephone in the later Greek myth, it is Anubis - he who has experienced pain and loss - who knows the way through the underworld. 

In this way, Anubis finds his true sovereignty.  While he can never inherit the throne of his father, he can become the Shaman King, who leads each soul through the darkness of the underworld and out into a new beginning.  So too, each of us who have experienced abandonment, pain and loss can Spring Forest become the guide to others as they suffer through their own personal tribulations.  The pain of our experience becomes our greatest teacher and the lesson we learn is who we truly are beyond our wounds.  There is no doubt the baby Anubis was afraid and hurt when his mother Nephthys walked away from him.  But soon Isis, Great Mother to us all, comes and scoops him up in her rainbow wings - as she holds each of us when we are facing our own dark night of the soul. 

Anubis, The Shaman King is associated with the fire sign Leo.  Leo is the sign of the king and Leo more than any astrological sign Leo needs to be seen and recognized by others.  Leo natives are kind and generous with their praise because this is what they most value - being recognized by others for the gifts they bring.  Yet ultimately, the best recognition comes when we are able to see ourselves fully and completely.  We must matter in our own eyes, we must know our own value, we must see ourselves as kings and queens of our personal realm.  In order to do this, we must release the attachment to past pain and hurts.  If Anubis had held onto his hurt around the abandonment by his mother, he could never have become the shaman guide.  It is only when we begin to see that it is our pain that has created us that we can see the gifts that are part of that pain.  Like the mighty lion, symbol for the sign of Leo, when one's inner authority is fully embraced there is no more need for the approval of others.



Monthly Highlights


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The month of Anubis, The Shaman King, opens with Thoth (Mercury) retrograde in the sign of Leo.  Thoth turned retrograde on July 13 and will turn direct on August 8.

Mercury retrograde is an astrological concept that has made it's way into mainstream consciousness.  Mercury, the planetary symbol describing how we think, remember and communicate, turns retrograde three times a year for approximately three weeks at a time.  Mercury retrograde periods are associated with difficulties in personal communications and break-downs in transportation and communication systems.

In Shamanic Egyptian Astrology, Mercury is associated with Thoth, the ibis-headed god who is Thoth3 the Sacred Scribe.  Thoth is the day-keeper and the keeper of the archives of souls.  Thoth also represents our ability to connect with divine inspiration.  Mercury retrograde periods, while difficult on a mundane level, provide a unique opportunity to go within and receive information from our divine source.

This particular Mercury retrograde period plays out against the backdrop of the powerful square (a 90 degree relationship) of Wadjet (Uranus) and Osiris (Pluto).  Wadjet and Osiris have been dancing in relationship with one another since last summer, when Wadjet turned retrograde within a degree and a half of a square to Osiris.  These two stayed within two degrees of this square through mid-September, 2011. 

Wadjet and Osiris moved into the first of seven exact squares on June 24.  They will remain within close relationship to one another until well into the fall.  Throughout this time various planetary archetypes will come into relationship to them, adding - in a sense - fuel to the fire.

With this transit, which will last for the next three years, we have entered the period that we have both longed for and feared.  A great transformation has come to our planet that will bring us both a new way of being as well as the death of much we love.  We all have a role to play in the coming years.  Listen inward to the voice of Thoth to find your place in the coming new world.

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Ruby Falconer is the co-creator, with Linda Star Wolf
of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology.  Their book,  
"Shamanic Egyptian Astrology; Your Planetary Relationship to the Gods", published by Inner Traditions/Bear & Co., is available at local bookstores and through Barnes and Noble and Amazon.






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In This Issue
Anubis, The Shaman King
Monthly Highlights
Upcoming Events
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A 5 day Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt workshop facilitated by Linda Star Wolf with the assistance of  
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Linda Star Wolf is the co-author with Nicki Scully of "Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt; Awakening the Healing Power of the Heart"
"The Anubis Oracle; A Journey into the Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt."
This material inspired Star Wolf and Ruby Falconer to co-create Shamanic Egyptian Astrology.

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