As the light was fading on my Nordic adventure, I realized I still had one more gift to buy: a pair of earrings for my twin sister with some special mojo in them to help her attract her soul mate.
I wandered in and out of several quaint shops in the area immediately surrounding Stockholm Cathedral, the Sacred Marriage/Crown Chakra ground zero point, in search of the elusive soul mate mojo earrings, but nothing called out to me. Just as I was about to give up, I remembered a shop I had visited earlier that day called Isis Kammare (The House of Isis), attempting, unsuccessfully, to make an appointment for a Rune Tree of Life reading on very short notice.
I had been drawn to this shop for another, more symbolic, reason, as well. Isis, the Egyptian Great Mother Goddess associated with our Galactic Center, embodies the Galactic dimension of the Tree of Life. Her wings represent the Milky Way Galaxy; her Crown represents the Super Massive Black Hole at the center of our galaxy, eternally giving birth to the entire galaxy, and, ultimately, to a new, illumined humanity here on planet Earth. Given this very evocative, archetypal imagery, the location of “The House of Isis” within a stones throw of the entrance to Stockholm Cathedral had seemed far beyond mere coincidence.
As I entered Isis Kammare this time around, the shop owner, Margareta (who is also an astrologer and tarot reader), was seated at a table in front of the window engaged in deep conversation, in English, with two other women, about the very subject that had drawn me back in: talismans for attracting one’s soul mate. I noted the synchronicity with that feeling of resonance and excitement I get whenever something significant is about to happen and began looking at the beautiful jewelry displayed in a glass case nearby.
Soon, I was drawn into animated conversation with Margareta and her business associate, Noel (a former yoga teacher, now spiritual consultant and Voodoo practitioner), who graciously invited me to sit and have tea with them. As customers came and went and dusk passed into evening, we chatted about a broad range of esoteric subjects, including: astrology and ancestral DNA mapping; the practice of Voodoo in New Orleans; 2012 and the Isis/Galactic Center connection; and the Crown Chakra vortex centered in Stockholm Cathedral.
Finally, it was time for me to make my way back to my tiny cabin in the floating hotel I had been calling home for the past week, but not before I had purchased a set of heart shaped amethyst earrings for my sister (with major soul mate mojo, of course) plus my very own wedding ring, with a beautiful rose quartz stone cut and positioned in the shape of an inverted pyramid, that Margareta had discovered on a recent buying trip to India. As I left the Isis shop, I gazed upward at the spire of Stockholm Cathedral towering over the neighborhood, said a silent prayer of gratitude, then turned and walked slowly down the hill.
Back in the US a couple of days later, as I sat contemplating the global network of celebrations planned for the “Birth of a New Humanity” on December 21 & 22, my mind suddenly came into sharp focus on the image the astrological chart for Chichen Itza, Mexico, at sunrise on December 21. I had looked at it so many times, but there was something I hadn’t really considered before. For the first time, it occurred to me that the Sun rising on that most auspicious morning, over that most sacred Mayan temple, is highly symbolic of the Crowning event I’ve been writing about in this series of blogs, given that that Sun is associated with the constellation Leo and the kind of nobility that is confirmed by the wearing of a Crown. Adding to the potency of that moment, the Sun will be exactly conjunct not only the Ascendant, representing rebirth, but also the Asteroid Juno, representing the Sacred Marriage archetype.
This made me curious as to where on the planet the Sun’s Crowning energy might be especially potent during the Chichen Itza sunrise moment, so I took a look at the global Astro*Carto*Graphy map for the Chichen Itza chart and discovered a Sun/Pluto crossing line, suggesting illumination and deep transformation of one’s sense of Self, running directly through Stockholm, Sweden!
Exactly six months after that December 21, 2012, moment about which so much has been prophesied, on the Summer Solstice, High Holy Day for Sacred Marriage, 2013, I will be reclaiming my birth name, Yvonne, as my middle name, in recognition of the fact that my parents got it right after all. My dream in the summer of 2007, in which I shape shifted into the Tree of Life, turns out to have been both prophetic and descriptive, though not exclusive to me, of course.
We are all made in the image of the Tree of Life. Its trunk is our spinal column. It’s embedded in our very cells and reflected in our spiraling, double helix DNA. Furthermore, its Crowning is our birthright as a species. This insight and knowing is what my Hero’s Journey these past five and a half years has been about. It’s what I offer you today with the closing of this chapter of my story.
In the coming days and months, may your own Sacred Marriage be accomplished, both within and in relation to a cherished other. May you be reborn into the fullness of your most illumined Self. May you be Crowned through the experience of your true nobility as a human/spiritual Being.