Thereus is the hunter-stalker. He sits, waits and watches bears and then jumps in their cave and hits them on the head, dragging them out kicking and screaming. It is associated with predation, covert surveillance and the kind of energetic drainage that comes about when you KNOW someone´s watching you.
Along with bodies like Nessus, Aphidas, and so on – this is one of the more nastier astrological bodies. Let´s just say that – to this date, after years of study and case analysis – I have yet to encounter a positive experience or association with this energy.
Basically, Thereus is the stalker who watches your every move – waiting for the right moment to strike and then do what he pleases. He´s violent, calculating and patient.
We can psychoanalyze why Thereus is what it is and talk about surrounding it with love and compassion – but when you´re in that situation immediately (and there is a threat to your life and being), you have to defend yourself first. This is not negotiable, especially when the threat is a physical one.
When these kinds of attacks occur at the emotional and energetic level, we have a greater scope of possible responses.
But we still need to manage and maintain our boundaries first.
We do not owe it to anyone to become an energetic battery or source of pleasure to someone we do not wish to be associated with.
It´s harder when these patterns come through family, loved ones, creative collaborators, children and others who tug at our hearts. These sources are more likely at this time as Thereus is in Leo.
It´s not always case of running off, but actually being able to say no to parasitic emotional and spiritual dynamics.
People are sometimes guilt-tripped into accepting a loss of energy or abuse of their essence.
Often in the name of ´love´, ´duty´, ´family´, ´service´ – words, institutions, people and concepts that are supposed to mean well.
And, given how much work the collective has uncovered in toxic family and interpersonal dynamics, we see how these terms have been abused – and for far too long.
You know you’re family when someone is willing to sacrifice something for you. (hopefully not too much).
They go above and beyond the call of duty for your well being. Ideally in a way that doesn’t make them lose the essence of themselves.
Not because they’re expecting anything, but because it’s you.
But it’s not that great the other way around.
Expecting someone to make massive sacrifices because they’re related to you is just toxic shit.
That’s an inversion and an abuse of what ‘family’ can be.
Substitute the word ´family´ with ´love´, ´friend´ … anything really …
It´s a good general rule of thumb.
Putting that into practice can be very painful … as it often requires unpacking and seeing what we believed to be truths – as selfish fictions.
That forces you to take a long, hard, look at yourself – and everything you´ve put up with over the years.
It can be a very unpleasant (but much needed) wake-up call …
that being said …
Whilst we are called to step up further into our sense of sovereignty, we are also asked not to lose sight of our compassion.
You might end up with the same outcome in any case, but practising compassion can help you understand why a person is behaving in this way.
Compassion does not mean that you agree to being fed off, it means that you can let go with detachment, love, and without the need to vilify that person.
That way you do not feed into a new toxic cycle.
You become more able to spot a similar pattern if you encounter it again.
And that person is given an evolutionary choice to stop that behavior.
But remember that ultimately you cannot change anyone but yourself. People will do as they will, on their own time.
You do not need to be ground into dust whilst waiting in the meantime.
You do not owe that to anyone.
And no – doing so will not make you a martyr.
The only real exception to this is a parent-child relationship. That´s a different kind of relationship that is literally born out of a promise of care. Cases like that are harder to handle, but it is possible when we turn to Greater Spirit.
Spirit is asking us to step up into our sovereignty and truth with fierce compassion for self, others, and the Planet Herself.
Much like our planet, all the resources we need to step into this alignment are available – to all sides of the victim-abuser-rescuer drama triangle.
Whether there is the will to do so is the real question.
And the only Will you can speak for is your own.
For those of you experiencing these challenges, know that they are ultimately asking you to determine your own worth and value (Taurus) – however you choose to define that.
If someone else´s worth and value comes from your energy – something is not right. And they´re not likely to respond well when you assert your own needs.
There is not much you can do about that.
So do what you need to do.
You´re allowed to feel safe, happy and secure in yourself.
And be mindful that you do not take others for granted either.
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