Stormy October 2011

24 09 2011

We can expect the Uranus Pluto square to manifest to its greatest effect so far, thanks to the 27th September 2011 New Moon at 4 degrees of Libra. This lunation doesn’t just form a T-Square with Uranus and Pluto, it’s exactly on the midpoint between the two planets, it’s 135 degrees (sesquiquadrate) to the midpoint at 18-19 degrees of Aquarius.

Uranus rules magnetism, and earthquakes, sudden reversals and changes, and Pluto is the deep, unseen force which works in darkness but has the capability to destroy and renew. Natural disasters and earthquakes are likely, as are man-made nuclear disasters. Chernobyl occurred during the Pluto-Uranus semi-square.

The month of October, following this Lunation is going to be an eventful month. Politically, and economically, we already have emergency situations at a global level. Political extremism takes precedence though only during economic turbulence. Having said all of this, the placement of Mars is helpful and it is likely to support changes.

Lunations always symbolise new beginnings, so this is a most exciting time to be living in. On a personal level if any New Moon has the ability to refresh and change your life this one does.

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Jupiter Aries

24 06 2010

What’s your philosophy? How do you expand and seek new horizons? This is the principle question of Jupiter. In Aries, Jupiter expands with great enthusiasm, boisterousness and aggression. Being the benign and harmless planet of philosophy that Jupiter is, when Aries puts him in a situation of aggression and raw combat, Jupiter is not always going to be happy “fighting the fight”.

For these reasons, Jupiter does not have full dignity in Aries. He has got triplicity by night in fire, which means that only in the coolness of night when the Sun’s fire is not felt so harshly, is Jupiter able to move forward. The fire by night of Jupiter here though is less likely to signify “the fight” so much as wisdom through the self, simply because Jupiter  sees and may be able to do what he enjoys, expand horizons, whether be it mental or commercial.

Because Aries philosophy is “do it yourself” and “do it now”, and Jupiter urges to have at least a little bit of forethought, a little bit of wisdom, in order to benefit, it is clear that luck is never going to be immediate, or done “by yourself”. Luck, and optimism do not come when we are impatient. Luck and the benevolence of the world are only received under circumstances when one has faith in a higher power. Therefore, the only luck that natives with Jupiter in Aries will be the luck that they “make themselves”.

Jupiter is a philosophical, optimistic, and outward looking planet. The problem with being in Aries is that there is the likelihood of getting involved in violent atmospheres or in wars. Jupiter does not fair well in war or in attacking since this is entirely contrary to his nature. Jupiter will mess up undertakings which require that aggression, he will either be caught in moral dilemmas as to whether aggression is right, and then falter because of it, or he will simply be caught up in someone elses war.

With Mars in Aries, it is obvious who is the enemy, they attack and you give as good as you get. Jupiter however, is liable to make misjudgment here. Ruling the faculty of judgement, or higher reason, it may be possible to fight and to win, but the moral reasoning may be misaligned.

When dignified, especially by triplicity and terms, this Jupiter will create the circumstances whereby it is possible to lead, or to carve out a life with enormous optimism, and energy. This placement has got speed and movement, it is a joyful and open placing in the chart.

Philosophically, “I think therefore I am” was coined by Jupiter in Aries. But this could easily be the other way around, since being, and presence generally precedes thought. Such philosophy is based on the self as the point of origin and the self as the reference to the universe. If individuals are the measure of the universe, then perhaps the universe is a lonely place, a hostile place, hence Jupiter’s possible unhappiness here.

People with this placing include: Ariel Sharon, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Salvador Dali, Nicolas Cage, David Beckham, Rene Descartes





The answer to universal equality

27 05 2010

 

When the soul can see that we are all essentially born for the same destiny, a destiny which is not “eventual” a destiny which is not really “in a long time”, but a destiny which is a hell of a lot sooner than we all think. When the fact of death is in front of our eyes and our senses, when it’s pressing, because others around us are a constant reminder of that death, through their age or their disease, or through their own mortality, this is when a breakthrough is made.

Mortal life is here to remind us that we are not gods. There is no “second chance”. When I am at peace with my mortality, when I see that it is there right in front of my eyes, I become aware.

The awareness is that everytime that I was angry or frustrated in this life, everytime that I worried and thought about where I am and what I’m doing, all of these times of absorbtion in thoughts related to my life, were and are in fact not important.

In life it is important to work and to have a family, it is important to look after yourself and to eat and drink, to grow. However, there is a final result in the end, whatever kind of life is lived.

There is no magic answer to life then in the end. The only resolution that can be made is to be wary of the thoughts and actions that one has and does. The choices in life are then ours and ours alone.

It may not be possible to choose anything you want in life, the way a child picks sweets in a sweet shop. However, like that same child, man has, time and time again decided to dream, decided to create, and in dreaming and in creating and in asking for what he has wanted, many times has succeeded.

The Celestial Sphere is full of destiny, but it is only one destiny that is truly decided, that of mortality. Man has the potential to dream what he wants, to desire what he wants, but it is only if those dreams are truly noble and worthwhile will he have the will and the luck to achieve them.

Therefore we must dream and desire things that are noble, things that are dignified. Dignified and noble things are lasting, they benefit humanity. Dignified and noble things are difficult to achieve, and they take time. These things take will power and they take desire.





2010: The Truth of this Momentous Year (Part IV)

2 05 2009

When you reach the precipice, that´s when you are mostly likely to change. When you reach the precipice, that´s when you are most likely to make a huge leap forward.

There are many Astrologers who look to their ephemeris, who dig out their history books, though most Astrologers don´t actually own History books since they are far more focused on the future than on the past. They dig out their History Books and glance backwards in time through the ephemeris and wonder with awe and amazement at the coming configuration that is being formed by the planets in the sky during the late Summer of next year; 2010.

At first I did the same, I looked and I was shocked, by some of the historical events which occurred during similar times, and I thought to myself, perhaps it would be better to not be around, to not be in the thick of things in the year 2010, and the years immediately afterwards, for it is not an “event” as such, more simply a vortex, which is at the beginning of new things; at the beginning of a decade that is sure to be noted down in History for the “new” things which occur, for events, people, discoveries, happenings, ideas, books, music, politics, that will change everything.

I was affraid to begin with contemplating personal points which are to be transited by this great and momentous outer planet line up. But further study has revealed to me that these on the surface frightening Cardinal Transits do not necessarily bring death, nor do they necessarily bring accidents or malignity. Whatever the rest of the Astrological world proclaims, I am confident that my 1st house Cardinally placed planets on a personal transit level will be brought into consciousness, into physical manifestation 100 times what they have been for my entire life.

I stand obviously at the edge of a personal precipice. A precipice which is not frightening, and it´s not equal to death, not for me, because I am ready for it with a parachute, with a para-glider. I see the cliff and I am taking a run up. I have natal Mars in the last minutes of Tropical Virgo, 180 degrees from the Aries Point, and so to me the experience will be one of reckless, bold, fearless, and courageous enterprise. I feel the juice of the 2010 T-Square in my bones already.

The mystery of 2010 and the years that follow is not difficult to decipher. There is a cliff, there are difficulties, there is a proposition to most persons on the planet at this time, and depending on how much enthusiasm you have and how eager you are for change, for revolution on a personal level, the Grand Transits of next year will endow you with the gifts and the genius to create the future that you so desire.

The opportunities that are around the corner are there because of the nature of the transit. The challenges that the human species set itself creates the opportunities to find ways around them. The problems in society and the problems in individual lives are often solved at the point when there seems to be the most pressure to either concede defeat, or take a new road, or come up with something new.

The greatest opportunity is about to be presented to both individuals, and to humanity over the next year and the years that follow next year. The question we ought to ask ourselves, is whether we all look to the past and stay stuck in that past and concentrate on things which no longer are important, things which cannot be changed, or whether we make choices which are in accordance with higher principles, in which as individuals we all face the precipice and jump. If you are asked to give up your personal fortune in the name of saving humanity, or fight for it, difficult choices, but the nobler one would probably be the one in which you as an individual “do” something which in itself has worth.

To be ready for anything should be the slogan for the next decade. To be ready to change job, occupation, outlook. It is certain that the ideology, that the modes of thought are changing. Sure there is a continuity within history, and it does not escape my judgement to acknowledge that humanity, and the systems and eternal truths of human life are unchanging. It may even be possible that what is old, what is thought of as outmoded and ancient, will in fact come back with avengeance, simply because it is a human truth that has been with society since it first began.

The nature of the family, the social group, the network of friends, the national conscience, and now the global conscience are things which are in one sense unchanging. What unites and disunites, is knowledge, and lack of knowledge. This is not empirical knowledge that sociologists or philosophers talked about in gross material terms, but knowledge of basic human life and its continuity and its “NATURAL” state which is has moral and spiritual dimensions that cannot be explained away by 3rd house writers and 9th house philosophers.

The opportunity is now here because the rules are in the air so to speak. The opportunity now is to not “write the rules again” in the visage of your own self, but to appreciate the eternal truth. To see what is really true in the light of what has passed. This is a new CARDINAL era. Fire is of the nature of spirit, and Air is of the nature of intellect, so understanding shall be brought that will Enlighten, all underpinned by Cardinal Earth and material foundations, structures and practical needs.





Saturn in Aries

29 12 2008

“The diamond absolutes.
I am neither internee nor informer;
An inner émigré, grown long-haired
And thoughtful; a wood-kerne

Escaped from the massacre,
Taking protective colouring
From bole and bark, feeling
Every wind that blows;

Who, blowing up these sparks
For their meagre heat, have missed
The once-in-a-lifetime portent,
The comet’s pulsing rose.”

Seamus Heaney, from Exposure

Saturn Falls in the Tropical sign of Aries. The terms which he has in the last four degrees are little comfort to him, though reduce the impact of the fall in that particular longitude. Like the elemental fallout of Saturn in the other fire sign Leo, in Aries, Saturn is not comfortable with the heat of this sign nor particularly its choleric temperament.

One curious fact about this Saturn is that while Mars has Exaltation in his night time rulership of Capricorn, Saturn suffers terribly in Mars´s day sign of rulership Aries. This is a testament to the nature of Saturn´s general dislike for aggression, for abrasive acts and for fighting. Saturn the organiser and decision maker is nothing like the decision maker of Mars, in fact it might be strange to say that Mars as ruler of Aries even makes decisions considering that he is so fast and doesn´t seem to even consider or think about something, but rather, does it making it appear as if options and possibilities were not really thought about.

James Bond is a good example of Aries Saturn. He is actually sophisticated, well educated and a part of the establishment and government, dressed in nice suits and at the service of government. Yet he is called by Mars to go out and kill, to do the dirty work that needs to be done by Mars. Now Bond´s real Aries Saturn is actually trine a Leo Jupiter and sextile a Gemini Sun, which makes him not only exceedingly lucky, but also incredibly bouyant charming and glamorous. This is what is possible for an Aries Saturn under fortunate circumstances.

In one way Saturn in fall in Aries coincides with the detriment of Venus in this sign, and his exaltation in Libra coincides with her rulership in that sign. The temperamental nature of Saturn then like Venus, is one of weighing up options, of meditation, and careful deliberation and is not happy under the guidance of an abrasive day time Mars. Indeed, under the ray of Mars, Saturn has potential for taking actions and decisions which are undignified. In Aries Saturn is forced into acting fast, and aggressively, this Saturn like Leo Saturn and possibly even more, if given great responsibility and power is liable to take actions that will backfire, namely acts of aggression and war. For in Aries, Saturn is given military uniform and an automatic weapon, with the result being that when he uses this power he inevitably loses respect because it is not fitting for his status and position.

The basic psychological motivation is that of feeling attacked, and as a result attacking in order to defend, that of “the best defence is offence”. So often Saturn here acts like Mars but doesn´t realise that his actions and words are actually damaging to his reputation and self respect. This is really a battle field, or, hot coals under the feet position for Saturn, which is not befitting. With experience the fighter becomes a great fighter, but there comes a time in which fighting must cease, and Saturn in Aries doesn´t, which is why eventually he gets defeated. Saturn prefers stability and strong roots and tradition, structures which create stability in family and in life, but these are not to be had in this position, because Saturn is so constantly moving on, changing his ideas and moving with them, as if he really did have hot coals under his feet.

One reason for this is that in a sense like his night time compatriot Scorpio Saturn, Aries Saturn is born in this world with an inheritance destroyed by war or by other aggressive actions and tragedies. Scorpio is more so because of his association with “inheritances” and death, but in Aries it can be said that Saturn is given a fresh impetus to create a new structure and a new tradition, or base in which to lay down his foundations and traditions.

On the positive side when Saturn heeds Mars and follows his impulsive restless sense of urge to action, Saturn is capable of pulling of a stunning performance with great energy and enthusiasm. When working well in this sign, Saturn finds the energy and draws upon it to combine his malancholy with enthusiasm and huge zest. This combination can be truly mesmerising for its special blend of out going vibe with Saturn´s inherent stillness. As opposed to the exalted hard working Capricorn Mars, Fall Saturn is an angry and explosive Saturn whose true nature of sadness and stability it brought out in the raw power of Mars.

The ridiculousness of Monty Python is partly due to Aries Saturn. The Ministry of Silly Walks is where Saturn as government and total seriousness acts out childishly like an Aries Mars, of course Aries wants to run, but Saturn doesn´t do that in his suit and bowler hat. The result is a silly walk.  It´s a case of Saturn´s composure being totally blown by Aries, with hilarious results.

Some people with Aries Saturn: Saddam Hussein, Will Smith, Thom Yorke, George Washington, Leon Trotsky, Herman Melville, Seamus Heaney, Ian Fleming





Composite and Synastry – Destined Relationships

25 09 2008

Soulmates?

I believe that these are probably the most quested for types of horoscopes which can be cast. To cast your own chart and to interpret it is one thing. If you know the time and believe it to be accurate, then all you have to do is to work it out and nod your head when you realise what you are, accept the faulty nature which is no fault of your own, and move on to trying to work with it.

But when there is someone that you know 100% that you love and that you are made for each other, it doesn’t really matter what interpretation you get, if it’s not the one that says you should stay together until the End of the Age, then it is obviously wrong. It is wrong, of course it’s wrong, how can some random Astrology tell you about how you feel about someone when it doesn’t even have feelings of its own.

There probably are some good relationships out there somewhere in the blue yonder, somewhere, there are people who find their happiness, all they do though is keep it secret. But it can happen and is destined to happen for those that believe in it, for those that seek and never give up hope.

Natal Chart vs. Synastry

Part of the parcel of course is that, written in every person in the Natal chart is a picture. This picture can say whether relations with other people, will be positive, or negative, whether they will encounter opposition, or whether they will encounter amiability. If the ruler of the natal 7th house is debilitated or weak, judge accordingly, all relations with regard to intimacy will involve a weak or debilitated person.

If the ruler of the Ascendant is joined happily with the ruler of the 7th, if the ruler of the 7th is placed in the 1st or the ruler of the 1st placed in the 7th, then the native will find contentment with a their significant other. These are the lectures of William Lilly. But this is a gross simplification. I use it simply to identify that some of the natural tendencies within an individual are already set, and that whatever synastry chart or composite chart they can find through someone else, that individual is set up for certain relationships from birth.

Instead of looking for certain things in a synastry or in a composite chart, you should look for the relationships which are destined in your natal chart. I don’t believe that it is necessary to have the same relationships throughout life, I don’t believe in the psychological model of the parental and familial relationships being repeated, at great cost and misery to any one particular person. Those individual relations are one-offs like every relation.  the point of them is to accept them, integrate them in your life, however distinct from what you crave and want, and then set out to find someone that is different, because life is about gathering up different experiences.

There may well be similarities between what you experienced as a child and what you experience as an adult with other adults. But it will not be the same, the same patterns do not have to be repeated. There is one house which signifies parents, one house which signifies siblings, one house that signifies extended family, and another entirely different house that signifies relationships.

I think that parallels are important in synastry and in a natal chart. The 7th house and its signifier must have some similarities with the overall nature of the person that you are interested in. They must in some way fulfil the destiny of that planet, of that house, and the aspects of that planet and its house.

MEANING

If you have ever read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley you will know that to have perfect and easy relationships and lives is to never learn anything and never acquire knowledge and human understanding. But that is not to say that in order to live a meaningful life you must suffer all the way through it. Just that you can only measure the successes and the happy times with the seemingly infinite times of failure, solitude and misery.

Some Pointers to Positive Synastry

There is no such thing as the perfect chart. But these things should be sought after rather than using aspects in order to reject someone. Compatibility is one thing, but there is also such a thing as having someone that is different to yourself and who can encourage you to experience different things.

Venus signifies love, and attraction, it is so obvious. Venus – Sun in aspect, this is the aspect that you should look for, all other aspects are just inferior.

The Descendant: The Descendant has as its natural ruler Venus, and is the traditional house of your intimate love. So what you need here is Venus – Descendant aspects, and by its very nature, Venus – Ascendant aspects, but especially Venus conjunct the Descendant.

Mars signifies sex, interestingly Mars is the natural ruler of the Ascendant and 1st house. Mars in harmonious aspect must be present to bring heat and warmth, its nature is of fire, this makes for passion.

Then Saturn, the other traditional malefic. Saturn allows things to last. A relationship is based on time spent together, and Saturn is Cronus. Saturn by its nature is in exaltation in the 7th sign Libra, the sign of the marriage and partnership. Saturn brings stability to people’s lives and permanence. Harmonious Saturn aspects are wanted.

Jupiter is important for Faithfulness. Jupiter in aspect will make things feel good.

Pluto. Pluto is about manipulation and attraction as well.

To be continued…





Pluto in Aquarius

24 09 2008

I am not going to make predictions about what will happen in 2023 onwards, though that would be fun. But I do think that Pluto in Aquarius is an interesting topic. Here is my take on Pluto in Aquarius.

Elizabeth I, Queen of England had Pluto in Aquarius placed in the 1st house. This person was a writer and a poet, as well as a monarch and symbol of sovereignty. She embodied Pluto in the first house, by maintaining power. But that power was not solely hers, it was of course, in Aquarian style shared. Elizabeth was no dictator, she presided and encouraged her country to begin an era of cultural experimentation, of scientific advancement and rewarded her subjects for their ultimate voyages of discovery. Elizabeth was also known as the “Virgin Queen,” she did not marry and was a Virgo Sun, Virgo is the sign of duty and this fits with her sacrificing her love life for her country. But the 1st house is the house which is most associated with a person, which makes someone who they are more than any other planetary placement. Scorpio is on the tenth house cusp, and therefore Pluto disposits that highest honour and esteem into the first through Pluto in Aquarius.

Aquarius is a sign which is often alone, yet wants, society. So it is befitting that Elizabeth patronised the likes of William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Francis Drake, Francis Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Humphrey Gilbert. She rewarded people who were cultural creators, poets, play writers, adventurers, pirates, explorers and colonisers of “new worlds.” These people were all doing something to expand the English National consciousness, they were contributing to the construction of a society, which was not totally reliant on singular religious codes, but dialogic, offering rebellion, change, intellectual freedom, freedom to roam, while still maintaining itself as a power to which all paid respect.

Simon Bolivar, was accredited with being one of the leaders of the liberation of South America from the yoke of Spanish Empire. This man was a Freemason, and a leader of armies. He was a fighter and he had Pluto placed in natal 11th house in Aquarius, with Scorpio ruling the eighth. He was instrumental in the transferral of collective resources from an empire, to independence. Something that he does have in common with Elizabeth and it is just a curiosity is that he was a widower who’s wife died early on, and who never remarried. In essence he was alone for most of his life. Even with the Sun in Leo in the 5th house and with Neptune in Libra in the 7th.

Pluto in Aquarius is about changing a system, and a society. People who have this placement are motivated by seeing themselves outside, or above the current system and are inclined to alter it, in order to change human social interactions, not just locally but on a national and international scale.