Previously published in the AA Journal in 2013
When John invited me to write a piece on someone who has inspired me I was deep in my ongoing research of the previous six historical period when Pluto was in Capricorn together with Neptune in Pisces. So this is about three people from these other times and other places who have stirred the breath of wonder in me. In each case, I was inspired – felt touched by something beautiful – and I admired and was awed by their wonderful courage. The first is:
(c. 500 – 28 June 548)
Empress Wife of Justinian
Sometime between 497 and 510 C.E. a girl was born in extremely humble circumstances. She became the most powerful woman of her time – the Empress of Byzantium. She is said to have been the daughter of a bear trainer who died when she was seven. Her mother got herself a job on the stage and brought Theodora and her sisters along too. It was a very rowdy life, very sexual, from an early age. When the famous historian of the day, Procopius, wrote his Secret Histories after her death, he wrote that, before her marriage she was ‘licentious and depraved, spiteful, greedy, an intriguer, a demon in human form.’ He said that before she met and married Justinian she ‘sold her attractions to anyone who came along’. He admitted she was ‘extremely clever and had a biting wit,’ but she had not a bit of modesty. I cannot quote much of his graphic descriptions of her activities on the stage, as our modern sensibilities would find them much too shocking. In any case, when the taciturn and meticulous, hard working and canny Emperor Justinian met her, he took her for his own, and he had the laws changed so that he could marry her. It is said that he was utterly faithful to her until her death that and she was his only complete confidante. They made a formidable team.
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I’m pleased to announce the reprint release of my long out-of-print book The Astrological Moon, which has been hard to come by for some time.
About The Book
Throughout her astrological career, Darby Costello has been watching the progressed Moon as it moves through the signs and the houses of the birth chart. This book contains edited transcriptions from two CPA seminars – one exploring the Moon in its relationship to the natal Sun and the other exploring the progressed Moon, by sign and house, as it describes the unfolding of our emotional life which leads us to the awakening of our souls.
In addition, Darby traces the cycle of the progressed Moon as it interweaves with the Saturn cycle, marking moments where crisis and change become gateways to new dimensions of experience. These gateways bring past and future together, and provide openings to the points of intersection between time and eternity that dwell in each of us.
Darby writes, “The natal Moon describes the physical gateway through which each of us must enter if we are to have a life on this planet. So far no one has discovered another way to get onto this very colourful little planet, circling its own medium sized star. To spend any time here, as far as we know, you have to enter through a woman’s body. And that woman’s body will contain traces of every event that has happened since the very beginning . . . All of the past will be contained in that body . . . everything, going back to the birth of the universe.”