On this day of necromancy, I consecrated the gorgeous Vega talisman that I received from my amazingly creative friend Genie ( psychicdesert.com).
The Moon conjoined the projected ecliptic degree of Vega (the enchanting and primordially creative psychopomp) and the exalted Sun (the resurrected God) conjoined the midheaven.
So I set about creating the talismanic sigil with candles, crafted a devotional libation offering, and put incense on the burner. To set the mood, I put on Song to Vega (by Corbel Stone Press), which was the perfect otherworldly soundscape for such a beautiful star of the liminal realms.
Vega is the star of Orpheus’ Lyre, to the Egyptians it was the shamanic sacred Vulture, to the Babylonians it was the intercessor Mul Uz the She-Goat, to the ancient Indians this was the eagle.
What each mythos and culture has in common is the liminal travel between worlds, work with spirits and the dead, protection, and nearly compulsive primordial creativity. This is a solar-chthonic star, connecting heaven and earth through the enchanting act of creation.
Some excerpts from Diana Rosenberg shed additional light on this enchanting star:
"The Lyre swims out of the waters in the form of the tortoise-shell; with it, Orpheus, drawing sounds from it, made waves sleep, rocks feel, woods hear, Pluto weep, and death to end."
"Orpheus enchanted everything he touched with his music, making a path through the shades of the dead and overcoming the laws of the underworld. For this the Lyre has received the honor of a place in the sky. Once it drew woodlands and rocks after it; now it draws stars, sweeping around the immense sphere of the revolving heavens."
"The shape of the lyre is similar to the horns of a bull; the Jerusalem temple had an altar with horns on either side; the smoke of sacrifice rose up between the 'horns', just as music rises between the 'horns' of lyre, binding heaven to earth..."
"The Vulture, an ambivalent symbol, is feminine and maternal, standing for solicitude, protection, shelter and love, but also destruction and voracity. As a scavenger it represents cleansing, purification, a worker for good, Mother Nature. In Graeco-Roman mythology the vulture is sacred to Apollo and is the steed of Cronus/Saturn, while the Eagle, a solar symbol, stands for sky gods, the spiritual principle, ascension, inspiration, release from bondage, victory, apotheosis, pride, royalty, authority, strength, height, the element of air, the spiritual principle in man, able to soar heavenwards. Putting together Vulture and Eagle, we have solar symbols, scavenger and hunter, one maternal,the other paternal; combined with the lyre we have the connection between heaven and earth and sun-god Apollo, with music rising to the celestial realms carrying songs of the spirit to the high abodes of the gods."