Corvus – the “black tongued” messenger
President Barack Obama is expected to order the National Security Agency (NSA) to stop storing data from Americans' phones, after a series of leaks about intelligence operations. Reports suggest Mr Obama will ask Congress to arrange how the data is stored, and how agencies can access it. The president is due to announce a number of changes to the spying system. BBC (17 Jan)
The chart for the current Full Moon at
shows it placed significantly on the meridian axis. In the Full Moon the Sun
opposes the Moon, and here we see the Capricorn Sun representing the leaders with their focus on the need to establish structures that protect the
state in opposition to the Cancerian Moon’s
need to allow the people their freedom to
express their feelings. An opposition always reflects a need to find a new
balance. Mars at the apex of the T-square on the Ascendant is conjunct the
stars of the black tongued messenger Corvus,
the Raven, the Virgin concerned
with truth and justice and Bootes,
the protector. The extract below from “Corvus
– the Crow; Star Lore of Constellations” from Skyscript  describes how Corvus – the pitiless informer of the dark
deeds of others – was cursed by Apollo and removed from its position as a
Messenger. Is it too difficult to see a similar re- arrangement taking place
here with Obama deciding to announce changes in the spying system? Washington
Most universal crow-myths speak of the bird being originally white or silver, and cursed black on account of its dark deeds. Such is the case in the myth of Apollo and the Raven, for as the 1st century poet Ovid narrates:
"The bird was once of a silvery hue, with such snowy feathers it could rival any dove."
According to his tale, Corvus was tasked with keeping a watchful eye over Apollo's pregnant wife Coronis, and spied her with a lover:
"the bird of Phoebus detected her in wrongdoing and, a pitiless informer, determined to reveal her guilt".
In a fit of fury and despair Apollo killed his wife. The unborn child was rescued and raised as Aesculapius (aka Ophiuchus) under the care of the centaur Cheiron. This did not spare Apollo's hated of the bird who was the bearer of such a malicious report. He cursed it to the darkness of hell for taking pleasure in informing him of his wife's betrayal, as eloquently expressed by the 19th century American poet, J. C. Saxe:
Then he turned upon the Raven,
"Wanton babbler! see thy fate!
Messenger of mine no longer,
Go to Hades with thy prate!
Weary Pluto with thy tattle!
Hither, monster, come not back;
And - to match thy disposition -
Henceforth be thy plumage black"