A Holistic Perspective on Astrology

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“‎Wholeness and longing are as common as breath, so much a part of the fabric of our being they often remain unseen. They meet us everywhere, setting direction, not detail. All we do is answer their call. The shapes we build about them become a life lived, unique in time.”
 – Michael Bratnick

In a recent conversation regarding relationship compatibility throughout the zodiac, I made the comment that true astrological chemistry cannot be determined solely on the basis of sun signs. An in depth analysis of both individual’s birth charts is required.

In response to my comment, the question I received was: “What entire chart?”  I am now here to supplement my original response by providing an answer which is more comprehensive.

Depending on your level of interest and or expertise in astrology, you may or may not know that an entire birth chart exists for every human being.  YES, we are becoming a Gemini, or a Pisces as our “signs” (also known as sun signs) indicate.

However, in our chart we also have placements for: the moon, mercury, venus, mars, jupiter, saturn, uranus, neptune and pluto. In addition, we have an Ascendant, or rising sign.

All of these planets serve their function toward our ultimate aim of wholeness.

In fact, one could view the planets as subpersonalities operating within our psyche. So, when we speak of : “a part of us wanting to go out to the “Rock The Bells” concertbut another part of us wanting to stay home.”what we are essentially experiencing is the polarity of the various drives which exist in our mental framework.

Our whole birth chart is a symbolic tool box filled with planetary expressions to suit all occasions. These subpersonalities assist us in transitioning through the myriad of roles that we’re asked to play.

Most likely, we may need to exhibit behavior that is professional and more formal when we venture into our work settings. We also may tend to be more relaxed and casual when at home. When in the company of good friends, or intimately involved with a partner, we display yet another dimension of our personalities.

The essential purpose of our birth charts as a whole is to integrate all of these energies in order that they may function more effectively as a process of synthesis.

The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.  Once we become aware that these sub-personalities are at work within our psyches, we activate the possibility of organizing them into our own celestial government,  As a result of this fusion, our entire birth chart actually becomes a new, more powerful entity with its blended expression manifesting through the vessel, which is our sun signs.

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So, who are these subpersonalities that I speak of? As stated earlier, we not only have a “sign” or sun sign, but we have several other planetary energies operating within our birth charts: we have a moon sign, mercury sign, venus sign, mars sign, jupiter sign, saturn sign, uranus sign, neptune sign and pluto sign.  Below, I have listed some brief notes on the planets and key themes that are associated with them:

Sun: our core, the ingredients that comprise our ego, what we consider to be important, our life force, vitality, where we “shine”, our pride, life purpose and destination. The type of fuel we require to maintain our vitality.

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Moon: Our emotional needs, instinctive reactions, feeling response. What we need to sustain us, our biological and ideological home, family and roots, where we retreat to, general habits, how we feel nurtured and how we nurture others.

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Mercury: Our communication, what we think and talk about, information processing, speech, writing, the rational mind, opinions, making connections, siblings, school, how we learn.

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Venus: The pleasure principle, giving, relating to others, sharing, co-operation, attraction, taste, art, money, means of exchange, love, beauty, mediation, comparison, diplomacy, how we seek to make ourselves and others happy.

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Mars: Action, drive, self-assertion, anger, passion sex drive, will, courage, survival, fight, endurance, competition. The application of will.

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Jupiter: Expansion of consciousness, meaning, wisdom, understanding, mental and physical travel, higher thought/education, synthesis, inflation, exaggeration, beliefs, confidence, greed, optimism, growth.

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Saturn: Authority, discipline, business experience, limits, structure, organization, reality, control, fear, time, duties, learning hard lessons, evaluations, assessments.

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Uranus: Change, revolution, freedom, breaking patterns, independence, individuality, the urge to rebel and shock, deviation from the norm, non-conformism, sudden awakening.

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Neptune: The unseen realms, the urge to merge and dissolve boundaries, imagination, the ideal, purification, extra sensory perception, refinement, purification and cleansing, infiltration, deception, sacrifice, escape, transcendence, dreams, fantasy.

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Pluto: Regeneration, transformation, rebirth, death (literal and figurative), taboos, obsession, compulsion, depth investigation, paranoia, crisis, catharsis. hidden forces, enigmas.

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The planets show you what energies are prevalent. The signs show you how these energies tend to express themselves, and the houses illustrate where in your life you will most likely experience the manifestation of these energies.

Note: The outer planets, which are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto move very slowly. Therefore, their sign positions are generational. Everyone born within roughly a 7 year period will have the same Uranus sign. Everyone born within roughly a 14 year period will have the same Neptune sign and everyone born within roughly a 21 year period will have the same Pluto sign. In most cases, the house placement and the aspects of these planets to our personal planets will be of more significance than the sign placement.

The next time someone asks you “what’s your sign?” hopefully, you will be armed with the information to tell them that your sun sign is Virgo, but….. that’s not ALL that you are. That is not enough to encompass the complexity and multifaceted character of your being.

Ultimately, the ideal personality as expressed by our birth charts, is a balanced set of subpersonalities in which each subpersonality is strong and it’s particular talents fully developed.

I wish everyone well on their infinite quest for understanding.

References: 
Aspects in Astrology: A comprehensive Guide To Interpretation by Sue Tompkins

Multiple Mind: Healing The Split In Psyche And World by Gretchen Sliker                                       

 

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Sun-Pluto Aspects : “The Healer”

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When studying Astrology, one of the most important lessons to be understood is:

when it comes to signs, planets and their placements, houses and aspects- there are two sides to every coin.

Attaching the labels of “good” and “bad” when discussing these entities will most likely hinder us from developing a broad understanding of their functions within the greater astrological whole.

When the Sun, which symbolizes the ingredients that comprise your life force and identity has a “sit down” with Pluto, who represents the transformer, catharsis, regeneration and all that reforms, a powerful impact is released into the universe. Influence that can be used for good, or for ill.

If you have a Sun-Pluto aspect within your birth chart, there is an astounding amount of personal power at your disposal. Whether or not you spend the time and effort on yourself which is necessary to access this power is another story.

Anything which involves Pluto is deep and significant . Plutonian energies operate below the surface and cannot readily be “seen” with the naked eye.

To truly benefit from these aspects, you will need to engage in a tremendous amount of self-reflection and scrutiny.

You ‘ll also have to examine your own motivations when it comes to dealing with others. Listening ability can most certainly serve you as an ally. You will not succeed if your method for getting ahead consists of bulldozing others with your views or agendas.

Your potentially highly magnetic personality will work for you providing that you learn to trust others and reveal your motives.

In fact: Sun-Pluto people have the potential serve humanity as healers because of their experience in dealing with matters which are not openly discussed due to the sensitivity and the privacy of their nature. The uniting of these two planets, when capitalized on, makes it possible to live a life which is highly and intentionally purposeful.

An existence based on positive change, and the continuous reinvention of self. Shedding the skin of your identity on a periodic basis, removing all of the outworn parts in order to thrive as the TRUE youAuthenticity in all of its forms can be yours. The misuses of Sun-Pluto power are evident in the megalomania of Nino Brown and Tony Montana.

If you haven’t seen “New Jack City” or “Scarface”, watching these films can provide a picture which cannot be totally captured in words. The choice remains: to heal or to hurt. It’s truly up to us what side of the coin we choose.

If you have a Sun-Pluto aspect in your birth chart, your theme song is “The Healer” by Erykah Badu

You can listen here:

 

Moon-Pluto Aspects In The Birth Chart: “Quiet Storm”

 

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Next time you look outside and see overcast skies and sense a thunderstorm on the horizon, do yourself a favor. Sit quietly and really listen to the rumble of the thunder which calmly precedes the outburst.

The sound may persist at a low, continuous, pace for a while. Building intensity and momentum. Once the eruption is full on everybody knows. It’s impossible to hide.

If you’re a hip-hop head, I’m describing the “Quiet Storm” remix by Mobb Deep featuring Lil’ Kim. Think about how you feel during the musical build up before Prodigy spits that first verse.

When the Moon and Pluto come together in a birth chart, the Moon’s symbolism for emotional security needs is partnering with the intensely transformative energies of Pluto.

Those with Moon-Pluto aspects tend to keep a tight lid on their inner world. Very private and self-protective, they don’t like others to witness their vulnerabilities, as they fear too much exposure could possibly result in  a loss of personal power.

A Moon-Pluto person’s psyche can be compared to a hotel peephole. They can look out and see what’s going on, but when you try to squint and look in: nada. Prying eyes are a definite no-no.

Moon-Pluto people know that when the full force of their emotions are unleashed we might be ready for a Wyclef/Mary J moment (someone, please call 911!! ) Yet, another reason for the stellar self-control.

If you have this aspect in your chart, there is an incredible potential to use your penetrative psychological skill to arrive at the “heart” of yourself as well as others. This aspect asks that we integrate the light and the darkness by honoring all of our facets, no matter how difficult the process may be.

For those with these natal contacts,  it’s important to treat the shortcomings and vulnerabilities of others with extra care. Your piercing insight can build another up to the mountain top or send them wallowing into the gutter.

A deep hunger for intense emotional experiences is indicative of these two planets. Skating on the superficial gloss of life does absolutely nothing towards providing the “food” which you require for your well-being. In fact, behaving in this fashion will bore you to tears.

As a Moon-Pluto person, you must live deeply. You must also realize that such penetration probably won’t have you standing in front of a white picket fence with a Colgate smile wheeling and dealing Corning Ware at a yard sale.

The potency you seek is more likely to come in the package of listening to your best friend’s stories of spousal abuse and infidelity, working as a counselor on a crisis hotline, or being the Psychotherapist who keeps a poker face in the midst of your clients dark sexual secrets.

In Steven Forrest’s book: “The Book of Pluto: Turning Darkness To Wisdom With Astrology”, he outlines guidelines toward recognizing a healthy person when Pluto is connected to the moon in a natal chart. I think these are well worth noting:

(1) The individual’s emotional nature is Plutonian. That is, he or she is potentially capable of extraordinary psychological self-scrutiny, not to mention scrutiny of others.

(2) The individual’s sense of well-being and happiness depend radically upon having outlets for that kind of intense, penetrating dialogue or experience.

(3) The person’s joy and vivacity are enhanced by encounters with anything verging into the territory of the taboo, deep psychology, but also occult investigations, explorations of death or crime, or “low life” subcultures and anything that pertains to facing squarely the twin Plutonian philosophical problems: that of evil and that of catastrophe.

“Such a person will instinctively seek out these kinds of experiences and thereby nurture him or herself. He or she will also radiate a very particular kind of welcoming message into the world, specifically beckoning anyone who is passing through a Plutonian period.”

If you’re from the “don’t worry, be happy” school of thought, you may indeed struggle in this domain. However if you’re willing to grasp the full gravity of this aspect, you will discover that:

You have the capacity to transform your life by using emotional catharsis and honest confrontation with the buried treasure within your psyche as an ally, to heal yourself and others.

Yes, Moon-Pluto: even amongst the darkness, there’s light to be discovered.

If you have a Moon-Pluto aspect in your natal chart, your theme song is the “‘Quiet Storm Remix by Mobb Deep featuring Lil’ Kim. You can listen right here:

Reference: “The Book of Pluto : Turning Darkness To Wisdom With Astrology” by Steven Forrest (1994 ACS Publications)

Pluto In The 9th House : The Power of Beliefs

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Pluto, the Symbolism:

Astrologically, Pluto is small, yet potent.  Much of what Pluto stands for gets classified as simply the “dark”, even though most of us don’t even really know what that means and many times, we’re expected to and left stranded to figure it out. So, we literally become more confused about it and astrology in general.

Pluto symbolizes a state of deep, and often EXTREME change and catharsis. When we explore Plutonian themes, they’re usually ones which provoke heavy introspection, and also gut wrenching fear. In many cases, the exploration of Pluto stuff commands that we dig up what’s been buried and rejected because either we can’t seem to understand how to assess its meaning and value or we’re afraid of the powerful and triggering feelings that it elicits within us and we’d just rather look the other way and avoid speaking about what makes us uncomfortable.

Death, racism, sexism, sexual assault, the murdering of black women and men via police brutality, the wholesale abuses of power in business and government, child molestation, sex in general (and all of  its varieties and nuances), pornography, slavery, crime and corruption are just a sampling of the items on the Plutonian-like smorgasbord that are ready and waiting for us to dig into them. Somehow, our society thinks we should only whisper about these things and find our way back to Mayberry or Pleasantville because after all: we’re “good” people and none of these horrific sounding things could never link their way back to us. That’s all of those “other” people “out there”.

The 9th House : Searching for “God”

The ninth house, in Astrology is the domain of discourse in which we travel, both literally and metaphorically, in search of “God”. This is a highly personal adventure for each and every one of us. Ninth house themes deal largely with our belief systems and their formation, our quest for wisdom and philosophical cohesion, religion, education which takes us out of the realm of the “basic” and our immediate environment, the distribution of knowledge through publishing, teaching and lecturing,  and our voyage to gain a more panoramic understanding through material contained in pursuits such as astrology, divination, dreams, law and metaphysics.

The ninth house is the field of experience which represents the seeker, explorer, teacher, preacher, guru, philosopher, demagogue and missionary in all of us.

Pluto in the 9th House: The Placement

The lessons which come with having Pluto placed in the 9th House in one’s natal chart span far and wide. Whenever natal placements of ANY kind are examined, it’s ALWAYS a necessity to keep in mind that the manifestation of a placement in ACTION can be both constructive and maladaptive. So it’s never just ONE way. Many factors need to be considered. Two of the main ones being the level at which the particular person is living the contents of their birth chart and the particular society of which we’re a part.

If you have Pluto in the 9th house natally, perhaps it’s your calling to dig deeply and expose he deceit which is cloaked in our systems of “higher education”, religion and spirituality. Maybe enough is enough and you’ve decided that you would rather experience the tumultuous feelings that are inherent in such a journey than sit back and play like you don’t see anything happening in the world around us while declaring that everything is “just a state of mind.”

Here, your developmental process is about transforming your core through your journey to establish a cohesive and all-encompassing system of moving throughout the world. For best results, you can only do this by accepting the gut-level truth in what you find no matter how unsettling it happens to be. More than likely, you will find that this trip allows you to unearth resources that you didn’t realize that you had or have long forgotten about as well as exposes some naiveté on your part in taking a portion of people and the world in general at face value.

Part of your real education is to be able to master the art of discovering a truth and realizing that it’s simply yours without suffering from the “convince and convert” syndrome when it comes to others. It’s essential to honor the truth-seeking capacity in others as you’ve done for yourself. Ideally, whatever you’ve been fortunate enough to uncover should serve YOU and not the other way around.

Another instrumental phase of your Plutonian 9th house expedition can be to get to the bottom of parts of yourself which you’re currently labeling as undesirable or worthless. This is where it’s so important to realize the power of re-purposing. perhaps it’s not so much a matter of WHAT you feel that you are, but rather one which concerns HOW you’re using the certain elements of your personality that you feel are unacceptable. So, your M.O. may be to resist throwing the baby out with the bath water.

 

Uranus in the 9th House: The Futuristic Philosopher

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Astrologically, the 9th house is where we form our worldview. It’s the terrain where we take our life experience and form a philosophy, or a belief system about how life works. With Uranus in the 9th house, the constructive potential of this placement is to form a cosmology which serves in the liberation of humanity.

One of your tasks is to teach and guide others in a way which radically shakes up their habitual thought patterns and cultural conditioning. You could quite possibly be considered eccentric or unorthodox because of the inclination to rebel against the “standard” or conventional way of doing things. In your mind, majority consensus often means that people haven’t looked at issues from every angle.

Even when you incorporate the traditional, it’s with a twist. You view your mission as being one which breathes new life into perspectives which are otherwise stale and outdated.  Often, there is a feeling of “majestic alienation” present. You sense as if you’re really on to something, but you look around and no one is with you.

Understand this: to effectively live this placement, you must relinquish an incessant need to have the larger society approve of your view of the universe.  While certain authority figures may be used as guides, the cosmos is asking you to synthesize your personal experiences, listen to your inner voice and gift the world with an eclectic array of your unique gray matter.

It’s important to trust your intuitive insights, as feedback from mainstream society is highly unlikely to provide you with sustenance or give you the results that you seek. Remain steadfast and stay on the path you’ve blazed for yourself. You will encounter like minds and kindred souls if you unabashedly own and wear your badge of strangedom.

 

Neptune In the 1st House : “The Dreamer”

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The Dreamer.

Yes, the world needs your inspired visions, and with Neptune located in the 1st house, it’s suggested that you can project a transcendental idealism forward for everyone to witness. In fact, you may wear it right on your sleeve.

With such a well-developed sensitivity, such a strong identification with the collective can be a double edged sword.

On the “pro” side, empathizing with others is second nature.

The capacity to emotionally absorb assists you in easily placing yourself in another’s shoes. As a “con” the potential is there for you to easily become so immersed in the issues of others that it stifles your creativity and drains you of your life force. Picture witnessing someone sinking in quicksand, you feel their pain, so you run to help. However, before you know it you’ve allowed that person to pull you right down in with them. Now, no one can prosper from the situation.

This placement suggests a presence that’s ethereal, for lack of a better word. Some could see you as an angel walking on two feet. Your openness to life and boundless imagination are resources which can assist you in developing the ability to poeticize life; to use symbolism to convey your hopes for a better world. You’re one of the people that we look to for lofty ideals and elevated concepts.

Your psychic openness must have some type of boundary, and remember: there’s just as much responsibility on YOU, as there is anyone else, for allowing your plentiful energy reservoirs to be tapped and depleted.

Boundaries are designed to protect life.

Dream on, and keep us all informed.

Your theme song is Common’s “The Dreamer” you can listen to it right here.

 

Sagittarius Rising : “‘Panorama”

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Your mission is life is to view the world through a colossal window.  With a Sagittarius Ascendant, the panoramic view is your birthright.

Your lens for processing your experience needs to be equipped with the desire to ask the large questions which provoke thought and create meaning. To a greater or lesser degree, broadening, elevating and expanding discourse is what you’re here to do. After you enter a conversation, it shouldn’t be the same. This isn’t because you monopolize it, but rather because you provide grist for the mill to stimulate the minds of others.

If you have it your way, life is one grand and robust conversation about a plethora of great ideas, concepts, theories and the actions which need to be taken to support these in real life.

Shooting your intellectual arrows and allowing them to fly freely is a skill that the universe has asked you to master. Breadth of perspective and inquiry can be one of your talents which can take you into realms that can benefit you in unthinkable ways.

While others may spend their time taunting you in regard to zodiac stereotypes concerning your non-committal or overly opinionated nature, don’t get stuck here.  Make it a point to spend your time on intellectual, physical and spiritual exploration. Aim your arrows in the direction of what truly inspires you while allowing others the space to feel about you how they want to feel.

Jupiter rules and commands your chart, so the enlarged outlook and questing nature is designed to permeate through all that you do. Keep in mind that your education is about what you bring to it. Don’t leave home without your mutability, which can be used to institute a much-needed flexibility of approach. Remember that allowing yourself to get steeped in dogma is your kryptonite.

Having the whole view is a gift. Use yours wisely. If you understand that your perspective is no MORE or LESS important than anyone else’s and is simply what you’ve formulated based on your life experiences, you’ll discover that we’re all fellow travelers on the same road and will be more inclined to inquire, share, discuss, learn and teach and less inclined to judge, cajole, insult or battle for rightness.

This is the Sagittarius Rising Panorama.

If you have a Sagittarius Ascendant, your theme song is “Own Appeal” by Oddisee. You can listen right here:

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The Importance of The Sun/Moon Blend In The Birth Chart

To provide a basic introduction to Astrology, the sign” which most of us are familiar with is known as our Sun sign. It correlates with the Suns position at the moment of our birth. This is what most of the popular horoscope columns are based on. However, what these tidbits don’t tell you is that it’s far from the complete story where the makeup of our psyche is concerned.

In a birth chart, The Sun suggests the fuel that we need for the maintenance of our vitality. Its symbolic of experiences we need to realize our essential selfhood and what we’re meant to become to serve the needs of the times.

When our Sun sign is shining, we’re at our most “alive” and we feel a simultaneous sense of sanity and meaning. We radiate and feel the freedom to express ourselves most creatively. The Sun represents the archetypal masculine: active and striving energy. That which pursues.

As Astrologer Greg Bogart says regarding our Sun signs: “A central goal of this incarnation is to be most fully and consciously a Taurean, Libran, or Aquarian type of person. Feel free to insert your sun sign into that passage.

For Astrological purposes, the Sun is referred to as a planet, but astronomically, its a star, both literally and figuratively. The Sun generated light and heat and provides living things with what they need to remain healthy. When we feel good and we’re hitting on all cylinders, we really DO feel as if we can be a “star”.

The worship of the Sun goes back to ancient times because of the link between the solar force and divine energy. It can be said that when a person is expressing their Sun signs energy optimally, they’ve tapped into the “God force” or spark within.

As with everything, balance is necessary. Too much of anything has carries the potential to disrupt the equilibrium of our being. Theres no doubt that we live in a solar oriented society, and aiming our aspirations in the direction of selfrealization is an important part of our integration. However, wholeness cannot be achieved effectively without a synthesis of our dimensions. Lets keep in mind, when we stare at the sun for TOO long, it blinds us.

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Enter the Moon.

In contrast with the bright rays which shine, we have the symbolism which suggests the presence of the divine feminine. The active and receptive dimensions of ourselves. The Moon has no light of its own, yet reflects the Suns light in the form of a personality.

Through this physical vessel, ones emotional needs are pursued. In our Astrological charts, the lunar force is about what nourishes us; what allows us to feel natural, comfortable and secure. Together, The Sun and Moon are referred to as the lights”. Astrologer Demetra George eloquently writes:

From an Astrological perspective, the Moon signifies how the divine intention represented by the Sun can find physical actualization in a human body and then be applied to the affairs of daily life and worldly existence so that our actions can benefit others.

It must be emphasized that when analyzing ourselves astrologically, the Sun and the Moon are a natural pair and the blend of these two entities constitutes the building blocks upon which life themes of the rest of the chart are built. If we really wanted tbreak things down to the core, we could say that the Sun is who we are and the Moon is what we need.

To illustrate how the Sun-Moon blend operates, let’s use the example of an individual with The Sun in Leo and the Moon in Pisces.

For this person, a combination of these energies would suggest a vitality which is fueled and maintained by attracting notice from others, public recognition and selfexpression through creative endeavors. Validation that one is special and has a unique gift to share with or radiate to the world, which no one else can. This Leo energy is reflected through a personality form which needs to dream, be idealistic about the human condition and merge with a spiritual source in their lives.

Using this blend optimally, we have an individual who comes to realize their selfhood through working in the intangible realms of life. The discovery of identity through identification with symbols, music or mythological figures as inspiration for the dissemination of their ideas in the public forum.

The dysfunctional expression of this combination could be one with an inflated sense of self– importance; thinking like the sun, the world (earth) revolves around them. All the while, making the choice to create an alternative emotional reality to escape the challenging elements of life.

Its important to remember that it’s our choice what level of the “elevator” we’ll decide to live these potentials. We can stay on the ground floor or aspire to the top. Either way, we’re asked by the cosmos to be who we are and fulfill our needs in the process of unfolding.

Notes: “Astrology and Meditation: The Fearless Contemplation of Change” by Greg Bogart.  
“Astrology and the Authentic Self by Demetra George

Natal Saturn in Gemini

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In one’s birth chart, Saturn is associated with (among other things) the principle of mastery.

Saturn’s placement in Gemini suggests a cosmic call to develop one’s intellectual and communicative capacities in order to reflect maturity, competence and authority. The potential is present to draw others to listen to, or read what you have to say. However, the key is to harness the desire to expend the necessary effort to refine your speaking, critical thinking and linguistic abilities through participation in serious study and discourse with knowledgeable people.

Also, it’s of major importance to neutralize thoughts which point to being inadequate or ill-equipped to stand on one’s own thinking and claim one’s “voice”.

For those with this placement, their development rests in understanding the use of organized, strategic and systematic thought as an instrument of personal and collective power.  There’s also an emphasis on the recognition that just like money circulates in an economy, so does knowledge. To navigate this placement wisely, one must be ever vigilant in regard to conserving one’s thoughts and words for the appropriate times and people. You know that you’re becoming successful in this endeavor when you realize that “everything isn’t FOR everybody.

 

Making Friends With Saturn

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I’m determined to “make friends” with and capitalize on the opportunities which the planetary energy associated with Saturn is offering.

As I’ve matured, I’ve learned to appreciate the depth of symbolism which reflects the archetypal nature of the ringed planet.

In some circles, Saturn is considered to be a “malefic”, but I think it’s important to recognize that there can be a wider context employed when analyzing the planet in its totality. There are definitely two sides to the coin.

While Saturn’s energy is associated with delays, limitations, restrictions and sometimes pain- ALL of these can serve us a tremendous teachers.

Situations where staunch discipline is required and we must delay short-term gratification, or even circumstances where we feel hurt can offer us a top notch education. After all, when we learn lessons the hard way, we’re much less likely to forget them right away.

Saturn isn’t a flashy or glamorous planet by any stretch of the imagination. It’s energy takes us to task: it asks that we get down to business, and engage in finding practical solutions to problems without the aid of quick fixes.

In a world filled with short cuts where the mentality of expecting “something for nothing”  runs rampant, it’s appropriate that Saturn’s reputation is met squarely with its share of grumbling. The more I think about it, I realize that society has a collective fear of Saturnine energies because of our aversion of anything that may be remotely difficult. However, when you analyze what the word actually means, it raises more questions as to why we have such a high level of anxiety.

The word difficult is defined as: “needing much effort or skill to accomplish, deal with or understand.” Saturn is asking us to actually WORK in order to actualize our aspirations. After all, if we say we want it, shouldn’t we be willing to put in the time, sweat, intellectual or physical rigor to obtain our goals?

As far as Saturn’s relationship with limitations and delays is concerned, sometimes they’re necessary in order to obtain more clarity concerning a person or situation, or better yet, OURSELVES.

It would benefit us all to keep in mind that when it comes to Saturn, we can easily self inflict our pain by attempting to tread the path of least resistance. If we think about our lives more deeply, many of our journeys of self-discovery probably came off the heels of some intensely discomforting circumstances.

I don’t mind sharing that Saturn was in the picture (along with Uranus and Pluto) when I was involved in a tumultuous relationship which I viewed to be limiting. Although there was a high level of discomfort, that experience led me toward the deep exploration and study of the dynamics of partnership Astrology. I was also given cosmic instructions from the taskmaster on the importance of embracing solitude and setting healthy boundaries in relationships. What once seemed painful was merely a reorganization in service of restoring personal congruence.

Saturn is associated with many qualities, but integrity and authority are two that loom large. Regarding authority, Saturn symbolizes our internal locus of control, and the values we’ve worked to discover through time and experience. The breaking of the parental mold, where we firmly place ourselves as the primary manager of our lives.

Integrity isn’t only included in the realm of self-honesty, but it also suggests a wholeness or completeness within our psyche. To be undivided. To have our thoughts, words and actions demonstrate consistency.

During a major “Saturn period”, we may feel frustrated or “fated”, hence the planets reputation as the “lord of Karma”. We may feel as if Senex or “Father Time” is “out to get” us. This simply isn’t true. For these periods of difficulty are necessary to illicit self-exploration as a means to extract meaning out of our situation. Whether it’s a Saturn transit or natal placement, it’s purpose is to show us a specific set of experiences that are required for the development of our WHOLE SELF.

I’m thrilled to say that I’m working on my relationship with Saturn, and I appreciate what I’m learning. Although it’s not an easy task, my hope is that we’ll be friends one day soon, and if there’s a delay on that, I have faith that it’s all in the name of gaining a higher level of clarity about my life and myself.

Photo : Everett Prewitt