In Greek mythology, the male sky god Ouranus, or Uranus, embraces Gaia, the feminine earth. But in Egyptian mythology, the sky is a woman, Nut. Her body is imaged as the starry firmament bent lovingly and protectively over earth; Nut’s legs and arms are steadied by four gods known as pillars of the sky—placing the masculine in a position of support to the feminine. Among her many divine names, Nut was called The Great Deep, The Starry One, Mother of the Sun, and Mystery of the Heavens.
If you have been in a winter cave of deep introspection as we approach this Full Moon, now is the time to bundle up and go outside. At sunset, lift your face toward the sky to receive inspiration.
Let this outward action be mirrored by an inner movement, as you turn your soul outward and upward toward the body of the Sky Goddess. Like an open vessel, allow the light from the heavens to pour down upon your receptive spirit like a rain of stars. Feel illuminated, awakened, and enlivened within and without. You may even feel the neurons that light up your autonomous nervous system shimmering with electricity, transforming your physical body into a luminous starry cosmos. This is the meaning of mystical transfiguration—the body transmuted into light.
One of Nut’s names was Cow Goddess, as the cow was one of several Egyptian concepts of the sky. This suggests a beautiful perspective on the potent stellar energies swirling throughout the psychic atmosphere. We can accept them as nurturing food from the Divine Mother Absorb them, be strengthened by them, let them flow throughout you like warm milk. Fed by the milk of the stars, sustained by this spiritual soul food, claim your inheritance as a child of the Mother of Heaven.
The Sun has recently entered the sign of Aquarius (on January 20). This is a future-thinking star-gazing sign—which is another good reason to let this Full Moon draw your attention to the sky. Renew your relationship with the extraterrestrial firmament of the planets, stars, and distant suns and galaxies. Root your soul in the visions of future worlds to come. Inscribe the celestial instructions you have received into the very flesh of your body and the template of your soul. Then, go out into the world and spread the message of a new age of light, hope, and peace.