ABOUT JULIETTE VALENTINA
Hello, beautiful people! My name is Juliette Valentina (nee Muller ... I love my Viking heritage!). I am grateful you are here! Allow me to share a little about myself, my Astrological philosophy, and how I came to be walking this sacred Path. (Best settle in with a hot chocolate ... this turned out a little longer than I planned!)
I was born in Papua New Guinea, and have since lived and travelled throughout Australia, Japan, and Europe ... very keen to explore the ancient temples of Greece, Persia, and Ephesus. I'd also like to travel to America one day, as I'd love to study with Patricia Walsch, and to see Jason Holley speak live!!
Until recently, my son and I lived in the gorgeous Northern Rivers Region of NSW. Together, we're a Pagan, vegetarian, home-educating family of bibliophiles! As Elessar likes to remind me, "A sensible person never goes anywhere without a good book!" (Actually, some of you may remember me as the 'Crazy Book Lady' from Little Acorn Books, a parenting and children's book store that I owned in Brisbane for many years.)
I'm now based in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains (near Sydney), and my beautiful son has moved to the big smoke (Brisbane) to pursue his computer studies at university. How on Earth is he 19 years old already?! Where did the years go???
With my Aquarius Sun (cazimi Mercury) in the 8th House of hidden, occult wisdom (among other things), engaging esoteric teachings such as Astrology and Numerology, is definitely on my Soul's itinerary for this lifetime! I vividly remember my first introduction to the symbolic languages when I was just 13 years old. I was sitting on the floor of the public library near my grandmother's house in Tamworth, in the adult's non-fiction section. My blessed Daemon was fulfilling their contract by leading me to the 'right' book in the 'right' moment. (The Ancients believed that our Daemon is like our Guardian Angel, except that Daemons not only protect us, but our PATH, as well.) I remember this feeling of shock and confusion pulsing through me as I stared at the book I held in my hands. It was titled, 'Your Child's Numerology', by Robin Stein, an Australian Numerologist. I couldn't wrap my mind around how this woman I'd never met had written a chapter about ME, based purely on my name and date of birth ... a date that is based in the man-made Gregorian calendar! What about the other calendars in the world?? I had enough self-awareness even then, though, to realise how accurate she was. But how???
At just 13 years of age (such a magical age for initiation, yes?!), I could feel my logical mind being confronted, and challenged, and stretched into new dimensions against my Will. My innate skeptic railed against the truth that was right in front of me! Despite this, I felt compelled to keep reading. Of course, this "first call to adventure" was ultimately rejected, as in all good heroic stories! ;-) As awed as I felt by this initial contact with the sacred languages, it took many years for me to dedicate myself to their study. I didn't want to seem 'airy-fairy' or to be judged as dull-witted or as a charlatan ... someone practising 'quackery'! Dread the thought!!
Actually, this is how my spiritual path has always unfolded for me! It has *never* been a simple nor a smooth progression from one state of being to another, like the gentle unfurling of a leaf, or the blooming of a tender rose. NO! It has always felt like I'm being dragged by my hair, kicking and screaming, towards a greater, more cohesive awareness of the Divine!! For all the 'woo woo' things I now hold to be sacred, skeptics are inherently my tribe! Ha!! Everything I deeply believe has proven itself to me at one point or another ... usually, against my Will. Seriously. My poor Daemon! ;-) (Remind me to share with you how I came to the Divine Feminine, one day!)
To my own shock (and delight!), I'm now working as an Astrologer and Numerologist. I am devoting my Path to these sacred languages and the archetypal realm - Dreams, Myths, Astrology, Numerology, Runes, Tarot, Animal Totems, Tree Medicine, Poetry ... the list goes on! There is a passion and profound beauty in these that cannot be matched by our modern, rational, reductionist, childishly simplistic worldview. As much as I delight in Mercury's realm (you should see my personal library!!), I find such sustenance within Mnemosyne's, bless Her! (Mnemosyne, a Titaness, was the original Goddess of Memory, and is the mother of the Muses. More about Her in a future post.) I am committed to bringing these sacred, symbolic languages to my community as best I can, through teaching, speaking, writing, and working individually with people. There is much to learn and share, here ... it's an ancient lineage that I am thrilled to be part of!
To be clear, though, we don't know what we're observing with Astrology and Numerology. We can call it the Cosmic or Divine Mind, but what does that truly mean?? All we know is that we've found a way to engage this awe-inspiring intelligence through the collective observations of millions of people across thousands of years ... not only across time, mind you, but across country, race, religion, language, customs, and political persuasion! Those called to devote our life to these lineages stand on the shoulders of all who have walked before us. We are humbled by the awareness that these sacred languages stand apart from the pet theories of any one of us; of any individual mind, limited to one brief lifetime. This is why I revere and trust them.
Juliette Valentina with Steven Forrest, 2015
I remember sitting with the incomparable Steven Forrest a couple of years ago at his Australian Apprenticeship Programme, when it suddenly hit me like a lightning bolt from out of the blue ... Here we all were, learning to interpret the charts from one of the world's Master Astrologers and Master Teachers, as if learning to 'speak' Astrology was the end goal! It hit me that we don't even know what the end goal is! I realised that once we have learned to speak this cosmic language fluently, this will actually be the very beginning of our journey, rather than the end! To begin with, we don't even know what it is that Astrologers are actually observing! As I said, it seems to be the Cosmic Mind, itself, but what does that really mean?? We don't know why we have been gifted this ability to seemingly peer beyond the veil. We have no clue as to the full ramifications and applications of this cosmic language. Our journey has truly just begun ... and we have no idea what our end destination is! If that isn't enough to absolutely thrill you, I don't know what is?!?!
It's definitely an exciting time to be alive, as an Astrologer! I love my Path! I love what I get to do, every day! I love the people I am blessed to work with!! And I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share this body of wisdom with you all. Thank you for journeying with me!
For those who are curious, here are a few snippets from my personal natal charts. I was born at 3:20 pm on 17 February 1972, in Wewak, Papua New Guinea. I am walking a 29/11/2 Birth Path in this lifetime. Astrologically, the Sun was in Aquarius when I was born, and is in my 8th House, cazimi Mercury (0° 3' orb). I have a 9th House Pisces Moon, and a Cancer Ascendant. Pluto is in my 3rd. Uranus is in my 4th quintile Jupiter in the 6th. I have a Mars 'Skipped Step' in the 10th. And Chiron is bang on my MC, conjunct Venus. In Greek mythology, Chiron was the first to understand Astrology, and to then teach it to humankind. This may have something to do with my passion for Astrology and Numerology?! ;-)
With Peace and Warm Blessings for us all
ABOUT SOUL WEAVING'S LOGO
I adore Soul Weaving's logo! For me, it invokes and honours the energies of the Divine Feminine. To begin, let's start with the Three Fates, also known as the Moira, or the Norns ... the three daughters of Goddess Necessity: Klotho the Spinner, Lakhesis the Measurer, and Atropos the Cutter. They are three in form and aspect, associated with the three lunar phases - maiden, fruitful wife, old crone. The Triple Moon Goddess. From time out of time, it is said that the Moira wield great power; that none can out-rule them or their decrees, for none are older, nor more powerful. The Moira have been here from the very beginning, born first from the inchoate Mother Night. It is said that they are enthroned at the very centre of the Universe, governing all.
It is They who determine and ratify our Fate at our time of birth. The Ancients tell us that once we ourselves have chosen our Lot in Life, we are allotted a Daemon (similar to a Guardian Angel). The Daemon's role is to protect not only us, but the path we have agreed to walk as well. We are then taken to Klotho, who spins our Thread of Fate on a spindle that runs straight through our Earth. The spindle was believed to be the centre of our magnificent Solar System. Around this mighty spindle spins our beloved planets, each on their own whorl, and each hymning a single tone or note. It is the energy of our own planets that is gathered and spun into the Thread of Fate by Klotho. Fate, then, is shown by the positions of these heavenly bodies at the moment of our birth - ie: our Astrological Natal Chart.
Once our Fate has been spun, measured, and cut, and we have had this Fate ratified by passing beneath the Throne of Necessity, we are then taken to drink from the River Lethe (ie: the River of Forgetfulness). When we incarnate, we forget all that has happened prior to being born. We forget the path that we agreed to walk and the contracts that we've made. We forget that we are governed by Necessity and the Moira. But they don't forget us.
In Soul Weaving's logo, the thread that 'Soul Weaving' is written with is one, long, unbroken Thread of Fate, as though spun by Klotho! If you look carefully, you'll notice that the whorl of the spindle is engraved with the Triple Moon Goddess symbol, harnessing the energy of the Moira themselves, and of the Divine Feminine, in all Her aspects. The Thread of Fate is ultimately cut by Atropos' shears. The shape for Her shears in the logo was inspired by two sources:
1) The handles are from an ancient pair of Chinese shears from the mid-Tang dynasty (ie: roughly 700 CE.) I love that they form the figure 8, which represents the infinite and the eternal, like the Moira themselves! The number 8 is also associated with Karma, which is a more modern term for Fate.
2) The actual shape of the blades are inspired by an ancient pair of Turkish shears from the 2nd Century! I work with Artemis of Ephesus, who was a known Cosmocrator. Her holy Temple, the Artemision (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), was based in the region where the shears were found, so it seems highly auspicious to embrace the shape of these stunning shears as a way of including and honouring Her!
Shears from Mid-Tang Dynasty, Circa 700 CE
Shears from the 2nd Century, Trabzon, Turkey
Soul Weaving's logo also includes the starry, night sky ... of course! There is also a waxing crescent New Moon, which is known as the Artemis Moon. This is the Moon that I was born under. :-) The bright, beautiful star accompanying the Moon is Venus Herself. It was important to me to honour and include the two primary symbols that we have in Astrology for the Divine Feminine - ie: the Moon and Venus. Showing Venus with the Moon is particularly symbolic, for each month we follow Inanna's journey (ie: Venus) as She first descends to the Underworld, before ascending again to the Heavens above. On Her journey, She is said to pass through seven Gateways in each direction. Astrologically, this is shown by Her conjunctions with the Moon each month. I was born with Venus passing through the 5th Gateway of the Throat Chakra, as She ascended from the Underworld. It was significant to me to include Her journey in this way in the logo, as it also symbolises the energy of my personal Natal Chart.
Finally, there is one more acknowledgement of the Divine Feminine included in my logo. If you look closely, you'll see a bee and a traditional bee hive engraved on the blades of the shears. Priestesses of Goddess Artemis were traditionally known as Melissai or Melissae - the Greek or Latin word for bees. I included the hive as well, as a symbol of belonging, of Temple life. Bees have an ancient reputation for industriousness and bringing order. Temple life was modelled after the orderliness of bee hives. Below, I have included a photo of both sides of an ancient coin from Ephesus (400 BCE), which clearly shows Her sacred bee on one side, and the Palm Tree and Stag on the other, which were also Her sacred symbols. How fabulous to see a remnant from a culture that deeply honoured the Goddess! I am delighted to wear a silver pendant that was cast from a mould of this exact ancient coin, handmade in Greece. :-)
Of course, not many people will even notice all of these fine details in my logo! That's absolutely okay! For me, the point is to include and honour the Divine energies behind the sacred work that I do. Yes, for me this work is sacred, not simply a matter of computer calculations and intellectual analysis. My logo reminds me of this each time I see it. It anchors and grounds me into mythology ... the language of the Soul. I feel so blessed to walk the path of an Astrologer and Numerologist!