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Astrological Sun and the Holy Grail
La Vision du St-Graal
Medieval Christian legend of the "Search for the Holy
Grail" is based on an ancient myth with roots tracing
back to times well before the birth of Christ.
Search for the Holy Grail is a myth of "The Hero" that has
relevance for everyone, regardless of Sun Sign... however,
Sun Sign Leos whose Zodiac sign is ruled by the Sun (those
with Leo on the Ascendant, the Moon in Leo, and/or who have
a ton load of planets hanging out in their 5th house) might
wish to pay a little extra attention.
Upon a Time
upon a time - in a land far beyond all time and space - there
is a mysterious, life-giving object and/or vessel that is
being guarded in the castle of an old, wounded King.
older pre-Christian versions of the legend - the object
is often a numinous stone of some sort... then again in one
medieval version of the story, the life-giving object is the
chalice from which Christ drank at the Last Supper. In yet
another version, the grail is a vessel containing the blood
The location of this wounded Grail King and his castle is
quite difficult (if not impossible) to find. The countryside
surrounding the castle is troubled, depleted, and in poor
health due to the sickness of their king.
Wounded King and his kingdom can only find redemption and
restoration at the hands of a brave and worthy knight. Upon
finding the castle, this knight must immediately (upon seeing
the condition of the king and his kingdom) ask a certain special
the knight neglect to ask the correct question – the castle
will disappear, everything will remain the same, and the knight
will have to set out once more on the search for the castle
and the grail.
Enter Parsifal (or Perceval). Parsifal (meaning: naïve
fool) is fatherless and as such has been raised by his mother
far back in the most secluded, isolated woods of the kingdom.
one fateful day five knights in shining armor are seen riding
through the forest where Parsifal lives. Parsifal is so amazed
and overwhelmed at the sight of these brave knights that he
determines, right then and there, he wants to become a knight.
mother naturally enough tries to dissuade Parsifal from his
plans of leaving home in order to become a knight. But Parsifal
is not to be swayed. So he leaves home without a word or as
much as a simple good-bye - and upon his leaving, his mother
immediately dies of heartbreak...
up on his journey, Parsifal must fight the infamous Red Knight.
Parsifal miraculously goes on to defeat the Red Knight and
then dons the armor of the vanquished knight.
Parsifal encounters a damsel in distress. After a brief and
intimate encounter with the lady, he leaves her in the same
tactless manner that he left his mother.
Deep River Crossing
Finally Parsifal comes to a deep river that he cannot cross.
While there, he meets up with an old fisherman who then tells
him about a Grail castle, its wounded Fisher King, and the
kingdom's need of redemption. The old fisherman gives Parsifal
precise instructions on where the castle can be found – and
then suddenly the castle is there and standing before young
Parsifal (where previously nothing had been).
gate is wide open – and, upon entering, Parsifal discovers
that he was mysteriously expected by the old wounded Fisher
All this is immediately followed with Parsifal having a vision
and seeing four objects:
lance dripping with blood
maiden bearing a Grail of gold set with precious stones
another maiden carrying a silver platter.
is so overwhelmed by this grand vision that he says nothing.
That night he falls fast asleep.
(Go directly to Jail, Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200)
next morning, when Parsifal wakes up, the Grail castle has
vanished into thin air.
Eventually, years later, after many adventures and after learning
many lessons, Parsifal is able through his own merits to once
again find and regain entrance to the grail castle. This time
around - through his many adventures - Parisfal has learned
in his own right the necessary wisdom and compassion that
he will need in order to once again gain entrance into the
time, upon seeing the vision, Parsifal asks the correct question.
And the old king is immediately made well. The Fisher King
then informs Parsifal that he (the king) is actually the lad's
grandfather. Then Fisher King places the grail, the castle,
and the kingdom within the care of Parsifal - the new King.
It All Mean?
own unique search for the Grail may be experienced on an external
(material) level, an internal (spirit/soul) level, or a mixture
of both. And all types and levels of the Grail experience
are valid, depending upon our own personal and very unique
journey to the Sun.
in young adulthood - we, like Parsifal, may have been presented
with our Grail (on a silver platter) through little (or no)
effort of our own. Unfortunately, at the time, we’re clueless
as to how to properly handle our Grail and it mysteriously
disappears from our grasp. (Been there... done that...)
opportunity of receiving our Grail, once again, will now only
be possible after many years of potentially character building
experiences and adventures.
Traditionally minded Jungian authors such as Robert Johnson
(He), Emma Jung and Marie Von Franz (The Grail
Legend) have typically associated the "Search for
the Holy Grail" with the “masculine” experience of initiation
and journey through life.
to Von Franz, men traditionally experience life in an active,
hot, push ahead, lineal, and Solar fashion - whereas
women traditionally tend to experience life in a more passive,
centered, radial, and Lunar manner.
While there is certainly more than a small amount of truth
to that... the truly fascinating (and unique) thing about
the astrological view is that astrology recognizes each of
us - whether we be male or female - has the Sun (solar king)
and the Moon (lunar queen) in our unique sky map. And everyone’s
journey and initiation into the mysteries of the Grail will
be different and unique...
if, perchance, the legend of "Search for the Holy Grail"
doesn't "speak" to your personal experience and
journey to the Sun - then there are many, many other stories
and versions of the hero's journey that most likely will...
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