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ELIZABETH I THE VIRGIN QUEEN (1)

ELIZABETH I THE VIRGIN QUEEN, EMPOWERING WOMEN AND UNDERSTANDING THE ANIMUS

As more and more women access to dominant positions of power and responsibility in the modern world, it becomes important to understand how this happens and what this means in terms of the collective and personal unconscious. I intend to propose to our readers a series of two or three articles exploring this topic from the Jungian perspective of astrology and alchemical symbolism.

On international grounds, the list of women ruling countries, political, social and cultural institutions, corporations and international business, is rather long. We can think of USA Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, Angela Merkel in Germany, prior president of Chile Michelle Bachelet, well known Condolezza Rice and Sarah Palin, to mention very few examples from the world of politics.



Sure, we can still read about appalling cases of barbarian bigotry such as the Iranian woman, Ashtiani, accused of adultery, facing the death penalty by stoning; nevertheless, it is a fact that in most civilized countries, women are definitely conquering power. This is a new phenomenon, besides the theories of early matriarchy, there are very few cases of outstanding female rulers in the past. So, what archetypes are involved in this process and what are the effects on the soul for the modern woman?

Queen Elizabeth 1 provides a brilliant example of an intelligent and courageous woman in power during times of historical turmoil, very similar to ours. The story of her parents, her birth, her access to power, her whole life, illustrates the drama of her soul.

She ruled England for 45 years, from 1558 to 1603, both with wisdom and severity; as she had to cope with an exclusively male oriented culture where women were considered inferior to men, she had to keep males, soldiers and politicians under her tight grip to make them respect her; she had to develop her intellectual skills to outwit the highbrow men of the European Renaissance. Her kingdom is known as the Elizabethan Age where many poets, writers, scientists and artists flourished. William Shakespeare was among them.

Elizabeth was born in 1533, September 7th, near London (Greenwich Palace), around 3pm (2:54pm); she was a Virgo, never married and was known as the Virgin Queen. We know that the higher the position of an individual, the stronger the impact on his or her culture, the more clear becomes the impact and the expression of the archetype on society. Elizabeth embodied all the qualities of her sign. Her people saw her as the image of integrity, order and efficiency; when she took the power her country was poor and with debts produced by bad policies and wars of religion; in few years she fixed her state supported by brilliant advisers although she always followed her own criteria. Her ministers, diplomats, suitors, inside and outside England, deemed her a brilliant and intelligent woman; even the Pope, her enemy, admired her sovereignty.

With Capricorn Ascendant, Moon in Taurus and Sun in Virgo, this queen was a very practical sort of person, parsimonious about money and budgets; however, in matters concerning her physical image she was prodigal, she appeared with extremely expensive dresses and jewelry, designed by famous artists. Think of the impact she produced when some saw her for the first time, or when her people would have a glimpse of her from afar, magnificent, red haired and with a sort of artificial halo made with pearls, a real apparition, motionless during public ceremonies or parliamentarian celebrations, just like a Virgin Mary on the altar.

Besides, important painters like Nicholas Hilliard, painted her like Diana, a hunter goddess but chaste and pure, or like Astrea, the Virgin in whom the myth of Virgo is based. In times of war she appeared with a white armour, a sort of Athena, goddess of wisdom, another myth of Virgo.(continued)

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by xavier_astro | 2010-10-01 00:00 | 人物  

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