Saturn in the 2nd House: “Utilizing Your Tools”

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If you’ve been studying Astrology for a while, in your exploration of the houses,you’ve probably noticed that some seem to be more clearly defined than others.

Also, while there may be multitudes of information circulating on certain houses, the input on others seems to remain nebulous at best, which puts the seeker in a bind. In my opinion, the 2nd house is one of these.

Often, the second house gets reduced to strictly money. Although money plays a part in what’s going on here, there’s much more. In the birth chart, any house serves as a “domain of development”.  The 2nd House specifically is where we can consolidate our resources and use our talents. Planets in the second house give clues to the nature of those particular assets and how we may profit from them in a material sense as well as  one that contributes to our self-worth.

If you have Saturn in the 2nd House natally, your developmental task is to clearly define what’s in your “toolbox” and actually CLAIM IT as something that belongs to you. Anytime Saturn is involved, there’s an insistence on no-nonsense clarity. The ringed planet is also pro-reality (or anti-bullshit depending on your view). Irrespective of Saturn’s position in one’s chart, in order to truly honor it, you must be dedicated to truth and good faith effort.

In order to become a good steward for this placement, your method of operation needs to consist of conducting ruthlessly honest “checks and balances” concerning what you’re really good at, as well as where you may lack skill or feel severely challenged.  Once this inventory is complete, a concerted effort to make the best of what you have, as opposed to constant worry about what you lack, is the suggested order of the day.

The significance of this particular placement is that there’s something Saturnine about the nature and expression of your talents. It’s vital to remember that the Saturn archetype is vast. The overall suggestion is that the instruments at your disposal (and that you can receive compensation for) require mastery, competence, a sense of responsibility and the acceptance of one’s authority when using them.

Consolidation is a viable strategy with Saturn in the 2nd house, which means the action or process of making something stronger or more solid. The universe is asking you to utilize what you have, not so much in an abstract or theoretical sense, but rather a tangible one where you can literally grasp the benefits of your own efforts toward improving your life and that of others. In order to carry this out effectively,  it’s essential that you understand and clearly define the precise direction of your efforts as well as the “why’s” behind your expenditures of time, money and energy.

By nature, Saturn isn’t a wasteful planet and it requires that you become a capable manager of all of the elements which will prepare you to execute effective and successful actions.

Some important questions associated with this natal placement may be:

In what areas do I truly excel?  How and when did I identify myself as possessing a special brand of competence in the aforementioned area(s)?

What specific experiences have I immersed myself in, to advance my skills in these areas?

You may find that Saturn in the 2nd house suggests that you have to work hard to develop your talents, but this also means that you stand to reap the benefits and recognition that come with that.

This may come with mastering the concept of delayed gratification, because in order to appreciate this process and build the necessary maturity and sobriety for leadership, you must understand the “brick by brick” concept of Saturn, so you can become a mentor to someone else who may wish to travel along the same path.

With Saturn in the 2nd house, the concrete actualization of Saturn is your ultimate goal.

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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.

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Astrology Terms: House Cusps & Rulers

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Some of you may have heard the term “Cusp” because you were born at the end of one sign and really close to the beginning of another.

This is NOT what I’m referring to here.

This short article is about the cusps of the houses, which are instrumental in one’s interpretation of the entire birth chart.

As you can see from the chart above the house cusps are circled in red. I use what’s called Whole sign houses, so the cusp is a 0 degrees at the beginning of the house. This is NOT the same in every house system as you’ll see whenever you start to experiment. For example, in the Campanus system of house division, the cusp actually marks the center of the house.

In most house systems, the cups is viewed as the doorway or entry way into the house, so the sign on the cusp, along with its planetary ruler says a lot about the optimal approach to the affairs of that particular house.

In fact, the planet that rules the sign on the house cusp is known as the “ruler” of that house.

It helps to look at  the ruler of a house as being the “landlord” and planets in the houses as being “tenants“.

No matter who that house is occupied by, the ruler sets the terms and conditions of that house and the occupants have to find the most effective strategies that they can, to live in accordance with those terms and conditions.

The 1st/7th House Axis in Astrology, & Intimate Partnerships: Separately Together

In M. Scott Peck’s classic book “The Road Less Traveled”, the author emphasizes some very significant points regarding the definition of genuine love within the context of relationships. 

Peck states that a major characteristic in relationships that are truly loving and intimate, is the ability to make the distinction between yourself and the other person.

Although the act of coming together and being a part of each other’s spiritual reality is paramount, the individual identity of the two separate people must always be preserved if the partnership is going to be truly healthy.

Additionally, “the genuine lover always respects and even encourages this separateness and the unique individuality of the beloved. Failure to perceive and respect this separateness is extremely common however, and the cause of much mental illness and unnecessary suffering.”

Many intimate relationships begin with two people becoming mutually captivated with each other’s personalities. They’re both extremely attracted to  and excited about what each other represents.

However, the erroneous assumptions and miscalculations creep in when one, or both partners advocate for the union to dissolve or severely minimize their individual identities. 

It’s as if the parties involved are now asking the person they said they were madly and deeply attracted to, to relinquish their sense of self in favor of a composite identity represented by “we”.

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While it is certainly logical that a shift will naturally occur just because of the nuances of being partnered, the pressing question is if the destiny of the dynamic of couple hood has now exceeded that of individual purpose.

I quote again from Peck:

“In it’s most extreme form, the failure to perceive the separateness of the other is called narcissism. Frankly narcissistic individuals are actually unable to perceive their children, spouses or friends as being separate from themselves on an emotional level.”

Astrologically speaking, these challenges and dilemmas are “at home” in the 1st and 7th houses, which oppose, yet compliment one another.

Simply defined, the 1st house represents “us” and our identitieswhat we wish to project out into the world both physically and energetically.

The 7th house symbolizes “them” the “other” in our lives: spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, business partners and anyone whom we may deal with on a one to one basis. 

Along with other chart factors, these two houses, and the planets contained therein, contribute to the ongoing story of who we’re becoming, who we attract into our lives and the type of dynamics that need to exist in our partnerships.

We need not view the 1st/7th house axis as antagonistic, rather it would be in our best interest to ask more questions about what we see here.

What are my true relationship needs? What is my individual life purpose? How does my sense of self contribute to a collective destiny? Am I able to freely express and assert my identity within a relationship? In what ways is my partner different from me? Do I honor those differences? Does my partner respect my individuality?

The inability to come to terms with separateness in relationships can have a detrimental effect, as it can cause the once lively buoyant partnership to disintegrate into mundane numbness.  This phenomena is not only directed toward marriages and the like, but friendships, co-worker relationships and family as well. 

It’s vital that we examine OUR life purposes within a relationship as they pertain to US. That we avoid the age old mistake of placing the destinies and life tasks of others, no matter how close we may be to them, inside our own psychological framework.

Let’s remember that even though we may be “partnered” with another person, we both came to this earth with an individual mission to accomplish independent of the union.

Because two individuals unite, in no way does this mean that their personal work is done. It’s imperative that both people participate in experiences outside of the relationship realm in order to foster not only their sense of self, but also the growth of the entire partnership. 

Intimate relationships require time, energy and mutual sacrifice. However, let us consider a portion of the time invested as a solid foundation, or a directional queue toward our individual spiritual work on this earth, with this ultimate goal:

To honor our identities by fully participating in the experiences we need to fulfill our individual life purposes, while expending the effort and respecting the contributions needed to help an intimate partnership develop, thrive and ultimately flourish.
                                                                                                                                          
Reference : “The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth” by M. Scott Peck  

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Neptune in the 7th House : “I Get High”

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In order to gain a fundamental understanding of the vast array of potentials of how the planet Neptune may operate in the 7th house of our birth chart, it is first necessary to introduce the idea of planetary process (Neptune) as well as grasp the field of life experience (7th house) where it’s operative.

With Neptune, we gravitate toward themes of merging, idealization, sacrifice, inspiration and elevation.  Also, in a more disordered state: deception, confusion, addiction, rescue and victim-hood. The domain of the 7th house covers expansive territory, but it’s most commonly known as the house of the “other”. As supported by designations of the 7th house throughout history, the other can take the forms of a primary relationship, such as a wife, husband or intimate partner or someone we deal closely with in business, or even have a line of communication as “open enemies”.

This placement isn’t necessarily the easiest to decipher because Neptune also has an association with the invisible; things which we can’t see with the naked eye, but are operative nonetheless. Therefore, an unconscious element is immediately added to the mix.

In its most constructive sense, Neptune’s position in the 7th house suggests that we have a storehouse or toolbox of Neptunian qualities to offer in our close personal relationships. Unconditional acceptance, a sense of unity, rhythm and flow and the capacity to inspire others to raise themselves to greater heights in their own lives. The term “muse” immediately comes to mind as we explore the magical feeling which can accompany the dynamics illustrated by this placement.

However, one of the challenge areas for anything Neptune related is to gain an unflinching sense of reality and to firmly and fully understand that a clear distinction must be made between what’s ideal and what’s concrete.

The call for those with this placement is serious exploration of how they can synthesize a sense of hope in their relationships with real participation. To consider how over idealization or glamorization of the other through projection may create a fantasy laden bubble, which in its most self-deceptive form, is given the label of “transcendence”, but is merely a cleverly concocted guise designed to shield oneself from the pain associated with disappointment.

With Neptune in the 7th house, cultivating the ability to see one’s relationships for what they are is of the utmost importance.

Returning to Neptune’s association with the invisible,  it’s worth exploring the concept that those who share this placement may work in collusion with partners by making secret and unconscious agreements which are not in their best interest. While the goal of unconditional love and acceptance is certainly admirable on the surface, the question which immediately arises is : “WHOM am I really loving?”

In many cases there can be a clandestine contract which binds partners to suspending many aspects of themselves which they feel are “negative” in nature in order to sustain intoxicating feelings of romantic bliss. Inherent in this contract is the understanding that the two people won’t overtly compete,  “step on each other’s toes”, or confront their obvious needs in the relationship. In short, maintaining a stance of mutual selflessness.

However, when the “fairy dust” clears and an initial intoxication has given way to sobriety, feelings of anger emerge because one or both parties start to feel as if they’ve been played, or sold a bill of goods because the other party isn’t “what they presented themselves to be.” The glamour of Neptune has now regressed into the victim status where everyone involved wants a “refund” for their glittery purchase they made months ago because it’s not operating in accordance with their rose-colored standards.

Douglas and Naomi Moseley write:

“Idealizers are seeing what they want to see, usually having to do with their own highest expectation of the person being idealized. essentially, idealizers are seeing only a very limited vision of a person. As they hold on to this series of selective perceptions, this ideal, what they’re seeing is essentially an illusion of their own creation. Their sight has more to do with a perfected ideal than an ordinary flesh-and-blood person. Extreme idealizers (perhaps the ones who most strongly believe they are offering unconditional love) will often refuse to see anything other than their ideal.”

While the person who is the object of such projections may be flattered initially, over time, discomfort develops because in their heart of hearts, they realize that they’re not being appreciated for who they really are, but rather an inanimate object of sorts that merely responds in a way which is in exact accord with the wants and needs of the idealizer.

“When people are only seen for their specialness and not accepted just as much for their ordinariness (which includes the shadow side), what they feel underneath the surface is rejection. When they feel rejected and defined by someone else’s expectations, one of the major consequences is anger. But, as idealized individuals, they’re not “expected” to have anger and they often push the anger out of their awareness.”

What we come to ponder in regard to a 7th house Neptune is why we automatically associate difficulty with negativity and disdain. A frame of reference that’s absolutely necessary for working constructively with this placement is that of discriminating between the challenges in relationships that are necessary for growth and victimization via the allowance of hurtful behaviors.

We must understand that self-inflicted suffering in relationships doesn’t make us any more “spiritual” than the next person. In fact, if we’re exhibiting this attitude we must ask what we get out of “falling on our swords” and permitting ourselves to endure what amounts to nothing other than  blatant mistreatment. Consequently, a formidable argument can be made that to see reality, with the utmost clarity, no matter how stark and sobering, is one of the ultimate functions that authentic spirituality serves.

For those with this placement, your theme song is :  “Good Times ((I Get High)” by Styles P.

You can listen right here:

References:

Dancing in the Dark: The Shadow Side of Intimate Relationships by Douglas and Naomi Moseley (North Star Publications, Georgetown, MA)

The Houses: Temples of the Sky by Deborah Houlding (The Wessex Astrologer, LTD)

Introduction to AstroPsychology by Glenn Perry

Planetary Portraits: 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.

 

Sun in the 5th House : “7/11”

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“Man this here like rollin’ dice, man this here like rollin’ dice, Seven eleven, seven eleven, seven twice, man seven twice” – Beyoncé

In Astrology, the 5th house is the domain which we wish to fully experience ourselves and revel in the pleasures of life. Because this is the case, there is automatically an element of risk and speculation involved. After all, there’s an adrenaline rush when we engage in games of chance.

With the Sun’s rulership present, there’s a natural urge to actualize ourselves and this is intensified even more when the Sun is present here as an occupant. Furthermore, it feels “comfortable” because it’s right at home.

So, what do we do when we’re at home?

We let our hair down and present as much as our natural selves as possible.

Your 5th house Sun placement is about consciously choosing to engage in things which bring you life, joy and vitality. When your life isn’t an authentic reflection of who you are this can lead to emotional, physical and psychological difficulties because your outlet for creative self-expression is somehow blocked.

It does anyone well who has this placement to consider what artistic endeavors they may be drawn to, both in the professional sense and as a hobbyist, so they may make an effort to incorporate elements of those areas of passion into their life.

All types of entertainment and places associated with it fall under the 5th house domain: sporting events, resorts, gymnasiums, horse-racing or betting on sport, lotteries and all forms of gambling and speculation which is performed for amusement or with the intention of trusting to luck.

With a 5th house Sun, you have a wonderful canvas to work with because the calling from the cosmos is that you continually expand your definition of creativity and become more and more of what you are. There’s no doubt that your celestial instructions are pushing you toward being fully engaged and alive.

If you maintain a healthy attitude about spontaneity and  experimentation  you can REALLY have some fun.

One’s sexual expression is also associated with the 5th house, and this isn’t limited to the ACT of sex itself. I’ll propose that the same components which we assign to what “great sex” is all about, need to find a “voice” in our own way of being and be heard in whatever ways we can summon. The key is that we must give this facet of ourselves room to breathe in a constructive manner.

For anyone who has their Sun located in the 5th house, your theme music is : “7/11” by Beyoncé . You can listen here:

References:  “The Twelve Houses: An Introduction to the Houses in Astrological Interpretation” by Howard Sasportas

“The Houses: Temples of the Sky” by Deborah Houlding

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Planetary Portraits: Saturn In The 3rd House: Master Teacher

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The “steel trap” mind.

With Saturn located in the natal 3rd House, authority and mastery have the potential to be applied in the life arenas of teaching and learning.

In these fields of experience, you can become a subject matter expert, producing thought and speech of the highest quality.

To actualize the possibilities of this placement takes FOCUS.

The result can be mental maturity and clarity which has come though considerable deliberation.

You’re being asked to speak responsibly and realistically in your everyday life. Any research which you undertake should be thorough for best results.

It’s a misuse of this placement to allow fear and doubt of your intellectual capabilities to prevent you from expressing yourself. Chances are, you definitely have something to say and you don’t have to sacrifice accuracy for speed. It’s the quality and the weight of your words which will have the ultimate effect on your success.

Concrete solutions to complex problems are in your grasp. You can bring the most esoteric and profound concepts down to earth so the layperson can relate. It’s important that the people in your immediate environment are clear on the basic tenets of your ideas.

Potential for a strongly retentive mind is suggested with Saturn in the 3rd house, as you can build a solid database to access for practical use in the material world, fusing knowledge and wisdom and information and understanding.

Planetary Portraits: Jupiter in The 1st House : The “Professor at Large”

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The Large Professor.

No, not the legendary hip-hop producer we all know and love, but the archetype of Jupiter residing in the Astrological first house, which represents, among other things: the projection of our identity.

In one’s natal chart, this placement suggests a need for free range of one’s intellectual faculties. A limitless space in which to expand one’s mind and experiences. Room to grow, improve and change. Essentially, this is a journey of the SELF and a quest to unearth as much knowledge as possible about how we relate to the larger world around us.

Another idea surrounding Jupiter in the 1st house is that there’s a push to experience life to the fullest and leave no stone unturned when it comes to research and exploration. Not content with “playing it small”, the voyage is on to find order in the larger patterns which are connected to our existence.

For those who experience Jupiter in the 1st, it’s as if you’re wearing a “Hello, My name is” tag that says “I’m a teacher and philosopher who most likely communicates with “missionary-like” zeal and enthusiasm.” “My oratory, no matter where I may find myself is evangelical.”

On the dysfunctional side, there could just as easily be a tag which says: “I know everything” “I’m a conceited, self-righteous windbag with an inflated sense of self”.

The great thing about it is: we have a choice on how to use all of our astrological placements. With Jupiter located here, knowing “when to say when” is key.

A broad awareness and ability to communicate higher universal principles is certainly in your grasp, but so is a “God complex”.

South Node in the 3rd House, North Node in the 9th House

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While you may be used to digesting information in your local environment, larger and greener pastures await. The challenge of this nodal axis is to stretch yourself from a smaller, relatively safe world into a broader more inclusive one. There is a gnawing discontent with superficial musings being passed off as “facts”.  While general curiosity needs to be retained, what you learn needs to be placed into a wider field of vision and you’ll need to understand WHY.