Houses of Power

17 06 2010

 The power of any one man is also measured by the freedom he has.

Fortified by the Angular

In traditional texts the accidental dignity of a planet to a great extent relies on its location whether it be just below the horizon in the East, or just above the horizon in the West, or in the most Southerly part of the sky known also as the Midheaven, or Northerly part known also as the Imum Colei.

Power is what this is primarily about, the power that a person possesses will be described by planets in the 1st house and in the 10th house. The whole idea of the 1st house as the “mask” is actually without much reason. The planets that rise in the 1st are the planets that are on my side in life. One identifies with these planets in the beginning and one eventually becomes them and embodies them in life.

The difference between a person with a strong will and a strong reason for existence and one who is weak or not in control in their life is the difference between a Master and a Slave. The house of slaves is traditionally the 6th house, the most cadent place and only less unfortunate than the 12th, house of imprisonment and abandonment.

A Master of his life, and destiny, a man who controls and has power over his own environment, over his choices in life and over the people around him will have powerful planets placed in the 1st and 10th houses. A man whose wife is powerful or whose father is powerful and support him through their power will have planets similarly placed in the 7th and 4th houses. A King or Prime Minister who has power in the 1st house will not bend his knees to anyone, Margaret Thatcher is a prime example with Saturn rising on the Ascendant in accidental power. A King who is in the 12th house, such as Louis XVI will always suffer at the hands of enemies, and his power will always be taken from him, and he will always become a slave of others. The truth of the world is that, he who sticks his neck out will win. It is those people who shy away from attention that inevitably lose in life.

The first house is pure selfishness. So much is also true. The Eastern Horizon at dawn is characterised always by a red hue, reminiscent of violence and aggression. This is not to say that to be successful in life one must be violent, merely aggressive, merely arrogant. It means that one must ask for what one wants with brazenness, with irritation at the others around you who are also asking. The difference between success and failure in life is marked in the stars.

More Accidental Dignity = More Power

Speaking of Angularity though, there are more possibilities that exist which serve to increase the locus of self-control and mastery over others. A planet that is swift as the ancients say, or fast and in forward motion doubles its power in any house. A planet therefore that is in forward motion is one that is moving forward in life rather than backwards. This little facet is all important in any idea referring to power. If a man is signified by a planet in forward motion, then his life moves forward, from one thing to the next, from one goal to the next, it means that there is no waiting around or procrastinating in life. It means that one would go for a job, do it and then move on to the next with success rather than doubt.

A retrograde man signified by a 1st house planet in retro motion is a man in self doubt, a man who looks back at what he’s done in self criticism, it signifies the man who regrets, who does not move forward, forgetting the past with ease. Self doubt is not conducive to the locus of control, it is not conducive to power, because while the retrograde man contemplates his decisions, others take what is rightfully his.

Unhindered and Unbound

The man further still, who is unhindered or not subject to some great power, as signified by the 17 degree orb of the Solar Ray, is at liberty.  Under the Sun, one is made a slave by a great power and oppression, so it makes sense that out of those beams the free man can move forward and be his own king rather than a kneeling subject. The ancients called such subjugation “combustion” or “under the beams”.

To note, the man of freedom and self-mastery is also only truly free if he is unafraid and out of the reach of “the tyranny of evil men” that sometimes beset him from all sides. To have a planet in the 1st yet square to Saturn or Mars in the 10th or 4th signifies that he is under attack from either his own father or from some other authority signified by the Midheaven. Yet, although the ancients described this influence as most “malefic” or “evil”, the man who is strong ought to be able to defeat such nuisances. The “evil” signified by Mars’ square is that of violence, and the evil signified by Saturn is that of another variety which is the cause of “melancholy”.

Power for Good and Evil: Dignity of Essence

The one who unhindered by the great authority, or evil men on either side, the one who is corporeally present and moves forward towards what he desires, will inevitably rise into power and authority over his surroundings and over others.

That the power of one does not exist without others giving themselves over to that one, is the next important stage. It is well and good to be strong and the wellspring of all wonder and admiration, to give orders and to be obeyed, yet as always power to do good or evil is always present.

The planet with essential dignity, i.e. the beautiful woman with a beautiful voice yet placed in the 12th house and retrograde will stay indoors, read poetry and will never be seen. Under the Sun’s beams would add that her father keeps her there also. The woman is good, pure, etc. by the essential dignity of Libra Venus, yet the power or loci of control is not with her, and the ancients would say that she has misfortune or “debility” by accident.

Yet, if the beautiful Venusian light rises in the first, unhindered, the power to shine will prevail in beauty, kindness and goodness to all. She will be a master of all through either beauty or through kind actions and words. Saturn rising and unhindered is likewise capable of goodness, but this will only be through its “essential dignity”. Placed in Capricorn or Aquarius, an in power Saturn will only do good, he will refrain from evil. The good works of Saturn in power are wielding power and organising the world, for without dignity he is not able to “do the job well”.

On Freedom

The man who is blessed, is the man with dignity by essence, and unhindered by circumstance. The man who is truly free has autonomy, fears no evil, fears no authority, he has no doubt, and he moves forward pitted against all others. Yet the man who is truly blessed is dignified and acts in accordance with his true nature, in harmony with that nature. He does things well and does not hurt others.





Uranus Aries

9 12 2009

The last two seven year periods in which Uranus was found in tropical Aries, revolution and chaos was in the air. Under the rays of Pisces, Uranus was received by Jupiter, Venus and Mars. With Aries, Mars takes over with Sun and Jupiter. The nature of Pisces is to hide. The planet of revolution and restlessness has been hiding away during these years, smoking weed, playing guitar and relaxing at home, probably in solitude. As this planet hits Cardinal Fire it will be visible to all. Whatever this planet has been up to in the quiet of its own home, all of the restless and curious ideas will be brought into violent realisation.

The planet that rules over ideas and invention will be found in the sign of action. It signals people actually doing things rather than talking about them. People that complain about life, about the world and its problems will be out there in the streets making things happen.

People born with this placement are all pioneers. All of the first men in space and on the Moon are born with Uranus in Aries. Some of the most celebrated inventors are born with this placement. It confers the energy of Aries and a masculinity or an approach that is aggressive. Uranus in Aries makes for unusual individuals, in the sense that these people will stand out. They themselves are of the nature of Uranus, different and one of a kind.

Transits 2010 onwards

As Uranus reaches the Aries point in 2010, something spectacular is on the horizon and is bound to happen. Jupiter conjoins Uranus at this point, the events that occur will be proportional to the first Moon Landings in 1969. There will definitely be something in the air during that conjunction. It is emphasised by the fact that this will fairly close to yet another Saturn Uranus opposition. Saturn´s involvement signifies that the effects of the Uranus transits will not be up there in space, but they will be felt by every individual on Earth materially. Uranus also comes into a fairly close orb of square with Capricorn Pluto, creating a sense of emergency or crisis of some sort.  When Pluto was in Cancer the crisis involved ideas about the home and homeland, all things connected with patriotism and nationalism. This time Pluto is in this opposite sign, it will be a crisis about traditions, and about the “old ways”, it will involve our elders and what civilisation has built for us. Old institutions are under threat, including religious ones, but they will not be defeated despite all aggressive attempts to do so.

The early nineteen thirties are a similar astrological period. There were individuals and mad men standing up for what they believed to be their freedoms. I don´t doubt that we are living in a period right now which is similar to that of 1929.  This is not to say that war is coming, nor is it to say that fascism is coming either. These are different times. The energy of Aries will be stimulated though, and there will be a need to fulfill the desires which are awoken, these desires will be for excitement and movement in one direction or the other. As a human race hopefully we have learnt our lessons and will channel the energy into productive enterprises rather than into hatred. Obviously there can only be individuals if there are other people who step back and act ordinary, which most of us will. It is up to the individuals who do step forward to act with moderation and respect the boundaries of both conservative elements which describe Pluto and Saturn and which with Saturn in Libra will be the stronger and will inevitably win in any contest about freedoms.

People with this placement include: Johnny Cash, Martin Luther King, Jacques Chirac, Alexander Graham Bell, Vivaldi, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jean Luc Godard