As we continuously participate in the transition from viewing ourselves as static, fixed entities and consider a larger process of becoming, it only makes sense to apply this philosophical shift directly to our birth charts.
Astrologically, oppositions are aspects of awareness.
Rather than view them as two forces “at war’ with one another, we can use them to gain a heightened clarity or objective enlightenment of sorts. Although we may be dealing with two different poles of the psyche, the key is to integrate them in service of becoming a more complete person.
The Kybalion states:
” Everything is dual; everything has its poles. Everything has its pair of opposites. Like and unlike are the same. Opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet. All truths are but half-truths, all paradoxes may be reconciled.”
Through working with Astrological oppositions, what we’re hopefully seeking is a greater sense of unity where every part of ourselves is valued instead of creating irreconcilable differences where certain parts of us are perceived with the labels of “good” or “bad”, and we deem it necessary to then destroy one and catapult the other to majestic heights.
By taking a view of the cosmos which is complementary, we recognize that planetary and sign archetypes are forces which are both interdependent and necessary to our wholeness. If we take the antagonistic stance, we may find ourselves tending toward a split, or compartmentalization which can possibly lead to our isolation, separating us from the universe. In this fragmented state, our psyches beg for balance.
To provide a brief example, I’ll use the Leo/Aquarius axis.
Let’s say the Sun is placed in Aquarius, which suggests aspirations toward individuation which connect to social progress, while a Leo Moon reflects emotional fulfillment and gratification through the validation of one’s identity, which is being pursued in Aquarius. Additionally, the Moon in Leo suggests nourishment through a celebration of special attributes, as a reinforcement of self-esteem feeds the sense of security.
Synthesizing both the solar and lunar components, the theme here is that we desire recognition for who we are and the unique place we occupy in the world. However, the awareness comes from the message that no woman or man is an island. The question then becomes:
In what ways can we receive the individual validation which we need while participating in the large scale advancement of humanity?
In our efforts toward personal integration, we may contemplate deeply on possibly why we wish to receive attention and exactly what type of recognition we expect for contributing to societal progress. After all, change doesn’t occur in a vacuum and it’s a fact that awakening and emancipation is a group effort. Who’s to say that we’re more significant than anyone else?
Anthony Storr writes:
“I believe that the development of the individual and the maturity of his personal relationships proceed hand-in-hand, and that one cannot take place without the other. Self-realization is not an anti-social principle, it’s firmly based on the fact that men need each other in order to be themselves and that those who succeed in achieving the greatest degree of independence and maturity are also those who have the most satisfactory relationships with others.”
Taking the unified approach, the Leo/Aquarius axis is an illuminated connection with the social circle of life while using creative self-expression and inventive genius to electrify the world we live in, for the benefit of EVERYONE. The “show” is contained in the progress.
In it’s more distorted form, it can manifest as a preoccupation with self-importance that’s oblivious to the magic we can experience through our own personal breakthroughs, as well as potentially opening doors for others to do so. There’s a possibility of ego needs which demand excessive attention, which in actuality, can serve as a masking for lack of genuine confidence.
In the end, it’s about where we choose to put our focus. We can rationalize our oppositions as an internal conflict with no solution, or take a more empowered approach which says that aiming toward a more balanced psyche is effective medicine for what ails us.
“The Integrity of Personality” by Anthony Storr.
“Let The Circle be Unbroken” by Marimba Ani