I was with friends last night and we were talking about relationships and lovers. The phrase “star-crossed lovers” percolated up to my consciousness and I asked them what it meant. Not good news. On Wikipedia it says “a pair of lovers whose relationship is often thwarted by outside forces”. It seemed to be the theme of the evening!
But, in my mind, I was digging around for something slightly different. Ever since I walked part of the Camino de Santiago de la Compostela (the way of St James of the Field of Stars) in northern Spain a few months ago, I have been pursued by images of an eight-pointed star. On the Camino they are evidenced all over the place by octagonal churches, built to resemble the Dome on the Rock in Jerusalem, not to mention in the pavements and street art of a beautiful town on the Way called “Estella” (“Star”) and in the extraordinary Cimborrio (dome) in the transept of Burgos Cathedral, with its stunning eight-pointed star and exquisite tracery. Since returning to England, I keep seeing them everywhere, on my the door-knob of my brother’s Georgian front door, on Albert Bridge in London, on the gates of the Royal Star Alliance offices in my home town of Manchester, to name but a few recent sightings.
I knew, intuitively, that the eight-pointed star, and octagon, represent a coming together of the masculine and feminine and have an association with Venus, the morning and evening star. This was confirmed on reading John Michell’s book on Sacred Geometry, where he describes exactly how this sacred union comes together in different geometric patterns within the octagon. Reading through his chapter on “Eight and the Octagon” my attention was caught by a picture I’ve never seen before: The Sun Star Cross etched out in the Palpa mountains in Peru. In fact this eight-pointed star contains a whole load of different yet connected geometric shapes, central to which is a twelve-pointed star set within a Southern Cross. You can check it out for yourself at http://blog.world-mysteries.com/strange-artifacts/sun-star-cross-of-peru/
Recently I have been working with a friend and colleague Ali Rabjohns on a particular aspect of Andean cosmology which highlights the Sacred Marriage of the masculine and feminine. Central to this is Venus, which has both a male and a female aspect in Andean mythology, depending on its astronomical relationship in the heavens with the Sun and Moon. I now believe that the eight pointed star, with all of these male-female associations, came up so strongly for me on the Camino (and ever since) because we had previously set our intention to try to understand the nature of Venus and its role in a Sacred Union. My experience of shamanism is that when one sets one’s intention to learn something new and one puts this out into the Universe, the Universe always comes back with an answer, though its form may be quite unexpected and it may take a while to interpret the message.
So it seems that the Palpa Sun Star Cross as well as all the other eight-pointed stars I have recently been following all seem to point in the same direction: a sacred marriage or union between masculine and feminine, including a sacred union between heaven and earth. A curious thread in all of this is the recurrence of references to the New Jerusalem. In the Book of Revelations there is talk of a place on Earth (called New Jerusalem) where there will be a uniting of the Christ energy (the lamb) and that of the Bride of Christ (the Holy Spirit):
Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. (Revelation 21, vs 9-10)
And I John saw the holy city new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21, vs 2)
Now, this can be interpreted in a million ways, but my hunch is that this sacred union is embodied, encoded even, in the eight pointed star and the octagon. It is thus etched into the landscape in the Palpa mountains in Peru, designed into the joining of any octagonal base of a church which is then mounted by a spire or a dome (both coming together as a fusion of heaven and earth), not to mention welded into the front door knob of my brother’s house in Macclesfield!
Like Chris Street I tend to believe that what we are now beginning to experience is not so much the emergence of something that has never been here before, but rather an awakening to something that has always been with us (is this not the meaning of the term “revelation”?).
I mention all of this in part because this same notion of sacred union is at the heart of a set of Inka prophecies (the focus of a later blog) which are said to be manifesting right now. Indeed, these prophecies say that we are in the latter stages of a transformational process which started way back in 1993 and entered a defining phase on the 1st August 2012. In these prophecies it so happens that the sacred union between masculine and feminine heralds a new, golden era of peace and harmony.
So, today I have a new perspective on the term “Star Crossed Lovers”, one which happens to be much more optimistic than the classic, unfortunate pair for whom the term is often used: Romeo and Juliet.