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Pallas Athene in Libra: Fairest of Them All

“But how did you fight an enemy who never fought fair? Didn’t you have to break the rules to win against the Devil?” ― Libba Bray

Effective Dates: November 4th, 2018- August 27th, 2019 (Retrograde February 18th – May 30th, 2019)


Helios on Pallas Athene in Libra– Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Well, that would greatly depend on your idea of what is and isn’t fair, now wouldn’t it? At least, that’s what Pallas Athene, the asteroid goddess of Justice, Politics, and Wisdom would say. See, she also would be considered to rule fairness as well, but I can’t in good conscience give it to her, and let me tell you why (I promise its relevant) and why this placement is not a good one for Pallas.

So, let’s talk about the Trojan War- The event that destroyed Troy and paved the way for the rise of Rome was started by a wedding. Specifically, the wedding of Peleus and Thetis (parents of Achilles). Now, this was a normal wedding (well as normal as the wedding of a demigod and goddess can be), but Hera was in charge of the guest list. She decided, in all her infinite wisdom, to snub a goddess by pointedly not inviting her- that goddess was Eris, goddess of discord, strife, and chaos. She took offense to this (shocker) and crashed the party to throw a golden apple into the affair, saying it was “For the fairest” and promptly bounced. Now, this led to three goddesses claiming it was theirs- Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Since they couldn’t work it out among themselves, they ganged up on Zeus to decide, who promptly yeeted all semblance of duty to a Trojan patsy named Paris. The goddesses instantly started bribing the poor guy- with Hera offering to make him King of the known world, Athene offering military victory and skill, and Aphrodite offering the hand of the most beautiful woman in the world (additionally, all the goddesses were completely naked while bribing the poor sod). Guess which one he went with?

Unfortunately for everyone, the most beautiful woman in the world (Helen of Troy) was already married to a Greek King and general, Menelaus. Aphrodite helped Paris abduct her, and they ran to Troy. This started the war that doomed the city and claimed the lives of many of the Greek and Trojan heroes, but allowing Rome to rise in the void Troy left. For more, go read the Iliad and the Odyssey.

How does this apply to this transit though? Well for one, Libra is famous for its doubletalk and backroom deals Diplomacy, and you would think that Athene would be 100% in for this- But remember, she is a warrior. She likes to fight, she’s good at it. Its what she does. Libra tries to avoid fights at all costs (and there is ALWAYS a cost to avoiding a fight). In Libra, Athene ends up like Zeus, trying to keep everyone happy and keep your hands clean of any responsibility. You cannot do this right now. This is a time where it is so, so imperative to stand up and be counted, to defend what you believe is right. There is wisdom in the struggle, not in keeping the peace. There is no place for a compromise with evil when it rears its head, it must be destroyed and resisted.

You will want to retreat, to create situations where you allow those who disagree with you to the point of violence and hatred to have their place. You cannot. You must go deeper than what is good to stand by what is right. Fuck pleasantness, fuck compromise. Who you allow to be cruel and evil is what you will allow into the world. Tell people to eat a dick when they espouse beliefs you cannot abide. Stand by your moral code, and don’t give an inch to compromise. Fair is an illusion that will destroy all you hold dear if you let it- Just look at Paris and Troy. It’s a cautionary tale, not to look down from your literal ivory tower to separate yourself from what is going on on the ground. The more you try to avoid the fight around you, the more you will watch your kingdom burn around you.

Dig in, this one will be rough.

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