The Astrology and Meaning of St. Patricks Day, March 17, 2007
February 19, 2007 by admin
St. Patrick is an interesting and important Saint, as he is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. This is symbolized in the well-known story of him driving serpents out of Ireland after one of his sermons. Since there are no snakes native to Ireland, the story must be taken metaphorically.
Serpents are considered the manifestations of pagan beliefs and wisdom, like the well-known ourobouros, the serpent eating its tail. Another famous pre-Christian snake symbol is the two snakes entwining the caduceus, or the staff of Hermes. Even today, that symbol is taken as synonymous with the art of medicine. In that particular image, the staff shows the axis connecting the worlds of heaven, earth, and hell. The snakes show the energy lines connecting these three worlds, with each of the snakes representing the ascending and descending energy lines. The Saint Patrick story shows the abolition of using the energy lines to move between the worlds, a practice connected to pagan shamanism, replacing the personal experience of the unseen with the Christian faith.
Astrologically, there is some interesting symbolism in the choice of March 17 For St. Patrick’s Day (March 17 is supposedly the day that Saint Patrick died, though it’s unclear how accurately that was translated from the old style Gregorian calendar to the new style Julian calendar). On March 17, regardless of the year, the Sun would be in the last few degrees of Pisces, about to move into its exaltation in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. So there is a sense that an old cycle is dying, and a new way of being is taking its place. This is very appropriate to what we know about Saint Patrick’s efforts to usher in Christianity.
On this particular St. Patrick’s Day, we also see Venus and Mercury in the last degree of Aries and Aquarius, respectively. Venus is moving into its own sign of Taurus, so it is moving from being very weak in Aries to great strength in Taurus. Conversely, Mercury is moving from the relatively good sign of Aquarius into its detriment/fall in Pisces. [This would be a very good day to do that Mercurial style project you might be starting, before Mercury passes through such a weak state in Pisces.] Given the combination of Venus in Aries and Mercury in Aquarius on St. Patrick’s Day, one would think that logistical planning (Mercury in Aquarius) will go without major glitches, but the festivities might get rather out of hand (Venus in Aries).