Saturn-Ascendant Transits : “Mature Lenses”

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Clear definition and organization of personal direction.

Serious business & personal mastery.

Maturation of the “lens” through which you process experience.

Many of us have read ad nauseum, the narrative of Saturn portrayed as the great malefic. We’ve been instructed to brace ourselves and fear the worst, and consider it to be a victory if we evade its evil rays until major transits involving the planet pass.

Taking ownership of and responsibility for the filter through which we perceive and process our experiences isn’t a job for the faint of heart. It’s those individuals who are steadfastly dedicated to doing the hard work of refining, questioning, doubting and earnestly aiming to see clearly that benefit from Saturn’s transiting contacts.

If you’re a person who regularly veers toward the path of least resistance, or what will demand the LEAST out of you then you may find Saturn’s transits to be sharply difficult and demanding.

However, if you’re looking to stretch yourself, suspending the comfortable for the developmental and what might or could be for what IS, you have a sturdy and reliable cosmic partner to work with.

When transiting Saturn makes contact with the Ascendant, you’re being asked to re-structure and re-organize the vehicle you use to navigate the world. The calling is to temper and refine your approach in order to draw more mature and wise observations through a serious and authentic self-presentation.

It’s paramount to remember that contemplating a more disciplined and focused approach to living isn’t designed to detract anything from you. In fact, the purpose is to institute a greater degree of self-integration so that what you think, say and do becomes more congruent.

In order to navigate this transit with maximum effectiveness, you may find it necessary to engage in solemn periods of solitude where you get real with yourself. Acquiring the patience to extract the genuine meaning, and clearing out the b.s. and excess where people, places and things are concerned can take you a long way toward realizing your essential core; complete with all of your strengths, victories, foibles and follies in tow.

If you’re expecting an overnight cure for issues you’ve been grappling with for years, or a quick fix solution for backed up neurosis, you’re barking up the wrong tree. The willingness to delay short-term gratification and approach life with an internal confidence and commitment to reaping long-term benefits from your efforts is what you need.

The understanding of pain, not necessarily as perpetual agony, but as a teacher and informer of your limits and boundaries can re-frame your perspective toward this cycle in your life.

You’re being asked to learn about where you end and other people begin and to understand that their feelings aren’t necessarily going to be yours and vice versa. Harnessing the ability to move forward in your actions without consensus will be instrumental in your development.

Often, we have a tendency to mask our pain, doubts and fears through overcompensation, or immersion in the areas of life which are sure to numb or desensitize us. If you want to use this transit in a growth oriented manner, allowing yourself to identify, feel, and release yourself from the pain associated with troublesome relationships or concepts which have controlled, blocked or hemmed you in from a stable and concrete self-image is essential.

A portion of Saturn’s reality principle involves discovering everything we ARE and everything we ARE NOT. To understand that living in truth naturally allows for more accurate assessments of our character. To be able to celebrate your progress and also re-strategize on your missteps.

In addition during this time of Saturn contacting the Ascendant, the need to “live loudly” has the potential to give way to a more self-reflective humility that welcomes the wisdom gained through first hand experiences. Whatever your life “slogan’ may have been up to this point; you can embrace the responsibility that comes with actually LIVING IT as a testament to all that you proclaim. As a matter of fact, if you’re intent on leaving your comfort zone, you have the potential to bear the standard in accordance with what you wish to exemplify.

Through consistency and reliability you can build a solid reputation. Your rewards include the possibility of an increased status and recognition for your personal achievements, but more importantly the satisfaction of knowing you’re operating from an internal locus of control and a center fortified with integrity. Your main objective is to serve as your own support and evaluation system, irrespective of applause, sour faces and the like.

This transit qualifies as a test of endurance. It raises questions surrounding your willingness be self-reliant in the shaping of your self-projection into the world. It’s a time, not to point fingers at everyone else, but to carefully examine your reactions to the reality that life is revealing to you. If you find it to be unpleasant or disconcerting, it’s your job to investigate and identify the root causes of such reactions.

Saturn not only connected with delays and obstacles, but also the level of fortitude and perseverance we’re willing to employ to combat them. So, while there may be challenges, they rarely surface independent of the possibility of meeting them in constructive and meaningful ways.

In his classic “Cosmos and Psyche” Richard Tarnas illustrates the multi-dimensional nature of Saturn’s symbolism:

Saturn governs the consequences of error, guilt, pessimism, inferiority, depression, deprivation; yet it also gives us the capacity for rigor, order, concentration, endurance, seriousness, fidelity, responsibility, maturity.”

Questions and themes concerning time expenditure also loom in the midst during this transit .You must consider asking yourself what, if anything of tangible or redeeming value is being produced as a result of where you choose to direct your focus.

How are you distributing your personal energies in relation to the seconds, minutes and hours that comprise your days?

In his ‘Saturnesque’ business classic “The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization”, author Peter Senge outlines the concept of personal mastery, which is surely an appropriate and worthwhile focus for this transit.

According to Senge,

personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively.” 

One of the major points of emphasis of transiting Saturn making contact with your Ascendant is to challenge you to integrate self-mastery as a daily practice. In other words, its concepts are designed to become an actual discipline for you

When mastery becomes incorporated as a way of life or process, rather than a passing moment or possession, there becomes a continual clarification and affirmation of what’s important to you and what you can do without. The questions you ask in order to evaluate your development center around whether the relationships and activities you’re currently choosing to engage in are in accordance with your overall vision and purpose.

Senge notes that people with a high level of personal mastery share several basic characteristics such as:

  1. They have a special sense of purpose that lies behind their visions and goals – for such a person, a vision is a calling rather than simply a good idea.
  2. They see “current reality” as an ally, not an enemy.
  3. They have learned how to perceive and work with forces of change rather than resist those forces.
  4. They are deeply inquisitive, committed to continually seeing reality more and more accurately.
  5. They feel connected to others and life itself, yet sacrifice none of their uniqueness
  6. They feel as if they are part of a larger creative process, which they can influence but cannot unilaterally control.
  7. They Live in continual learning mode, acutely aware of their ignorance, incompetence and their growth areas
  8. They are deeply self- confident

As stated earlier, in order to benefit from any cycles concerning Saturn, you must be in it for the long haul. This gives you the time needed to define re-define, hone, sharpen, organize, shape and re-shape your long-term vision. Through all of the re-modeling, it’s still important to be clear about what type of “house” you actually want.

You can experience satisfying personal gains during this transit if you’re willing to put the time and energy into discovering exactly who you are and what you want. In addition committing yourself to truth, not as a final word or ultimate stop, but an internal promise to ferret out your own tactics of self-deception which keep you out of step with a more informative reality.

The potential for mastery awaits you, and that’s serious business.

References:

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization” by Peter Senge (New York: Doubleday/Currency, ©1990)

Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View” by Richard Tarnas (Plume/Penguin Books, 2006)

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Pisces Sun, Scorpio Moon : “Depth Perception”

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Depth \’depth\ : (1) a part that is far from the outside or surface. (2) a profound or intense state (as in thought or feeling)

Perception [per-sep-shuhn] : immediate, or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment.

Let’s face it: There’s a language which exists in this world that mere words and logic can’t quite encompass. In fact, this orientation views what’s spoken as somewhat of a limited dimension.

Those who are severely critical of or deny this realm altogether would like nothing better than to have everything conveyed to them in a nice, neat verbal package. However, the inhabitants of this world notice the nuances;  the simple gestures. Maybe a glance, or a shift of the eyes, a tightening of the brow, or a halfhearted grin.

Welcome to planet intuition.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Pisces and the Moon in Scorpio, we have a combination which exudes depth perception at it’s finest hour.

The core life energy of the Pisces Sun consists of the desire to transcend the earthly plane and return to it’s source of divinity. To unify, merge and dissolve the barriers which restrict our connection to the all that is.

 Within this placement there’s a psychological need to reach a more elevated state of being. However, this “high” can be reached by anything ranging  from transcendental meditation to hallucinogens and alcohol.

The suggestion here is to let go and detach the ego from the life expectations and outcomes which leave some of us tightly wound and stiff as a board.

The Piscean question is: If we’re already one with the universe, and have what we need, why do we strive to gain dominance in this dense material world?

This fluidity allows Pisces to readily assume the shape of it’s container, but if this inclination is left unchecked, one’s own identity development can be severely impaired.

Because of this universal identification to humanity, the Pisces Sun exudes a compassion and empathy which seems as if it’s pervaded the bloodstream of the collective. There’s  a delicate sensitivity present which ranges from the heights of human nobility and victory to the lows of tragedy and suffering. Pisces sees life in terms of an expanding sphere as opposed a straight line.

The Moon in Scorpio uses the Sun’s energy to reflect a personality whose reigning emotional needs consist of  deep and profound contact with life’s regenerative forces. Passionate involvement with anything which will aid in self-transformation is the “food” which nourishes the lunar scorpion.

Whether it’s an intimate relationship, or a cause that’s near or dear to their heart, immersing themselves wholeheartedly in a focused manner is a necessity. There’s a penetrating quality to this placement because of it’s commitment to the truth.

We’re not talking about the Bobby Mcferrin’ “don’t worry, be happy” version of the truth. More like grave, taboo, forbidden truths which resonate in our guts that we would rather not hear about. Scorpio knows that to live fully and authentically, they must embrace both the light AND the dark. As Astrologer Stephen Arroyo states:

“An inner confidence can often develop when they consciously realize that, if they can overcome excessive fear and paranoia, they can be guided by inner convictions and intuitions that often prove extraordinarily accurate.

In fact, many of the most successful people who have lots of Scorpio attunement reach their potential by increasingly allowing their“gut feelings” to guide them. A passionate sense of purpose or mission in life can then support a healthy positive self-confidence; and their mystique and charisma will reflect this inner certainty.”

When this sun-moon combination is operating in a dysfunctional manner, it manifests behaviorally as someone whose boundaries are so permeable that they’re not able to distinguish where they end and another person begins.

Someone who has spent an incredible amount of time shape shifting in ideas and identity that they lack a firm center or operational base for their individuality to be involved with the mundane affairs of the world.

In addition, the individual can be emotionally withholding because of fear that the world is an unsafe place. Using their insecurity as motivation and rationalization to control the thoughts and activities of others through emotionally manipulative tactics.

An optimum expression of this blend manifests as an acutely perceptive individual who uses psychological insight to heal others and assist in identification of deeply rooted patterns which may be stifling an otherwise rich life development.

Someone who uses the dark as a segue to the light. An individual who exudes their emotional reserves to engage with life at the deepest level while simultaneously flowing with the principle of unity which binds all things.

Your theme song is “Deep” by Elzhi

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Reference: “Person-to-Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex and Compatibility” by Stephen Arroyo

 

Sagittarius Sun, Virgo Moon : “Don’t Sweat the Technique”

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The practical application of knowledge and the efficient use of your philosophical understanding are two areas of irrefutable importance in your life. One of the largest questions for you becomes: “How can I make the best of what I have?”

When releasing your arrows of thought into the universe, having a precise direction or location is something that has the potential to benefit you greatly.

While the desire to see the big picture fuels your lifeblood, there is also a need to pick things apart and get down to the minutiae. Always asking what life is all about in the larger sense, while simultaneously figuring out how to refine its processes, and combining your insights and offering them as service to humanity.

To know that you’re making a difference strikes a major chord in your psyche. You’re rewarded by the feeling of catapulting yourself into a situation where throughout the process, there are obvious signs of continuous improvement. On the flip side, if you’re operating dysfunctionally, you may be inclined to shout a sermon from the rooftops on everything that’s “wrong” with someONE or something both morally and structurally.

” And now, I stay on target and refuse to miss”. 

Those words were uttered by the legendary Rakim, in your theme song: “Don’t Sweat the Technique”

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Mars in Scorpio : “Liquid Swords”

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Astrologer Darby Costello sums up the placement of Mars in Scorpio as a “deep water warrior”  and for good reason.

In our individual birth charts Mars’ sign, house placement and aspects indicate how we can potentially apply energy into the world at large. When I think about this placement, the first two words that come to mind are potent and effective.

The visual of this water sign Mars is a warrior flexing her or his “Liquid Sword”.

Astrology is holistic, so whenever a placement is discussed, it’s understood that it must be viewed within the context of the entire birth chart. The whole is always greater than the sum of it’s parts. However, I would like to discuss this placement on a general level.

Mars in Scorpio’s placement suggests that person would need to apply their energies in the world in a deeply penetrative manner.

To get to the bottom of things. Strategically directing focus toward investigative pursuits which are capable of fueling their emotional instincts and  spiritual power . The potential exists for one to assert themselves in ways which transform and regenerate themselves and others. The key here is to find something which will wholeheartedly engage passion.

“Mars in Scorpio stays below the surface until something comes along that can fully engage its energy. No matter how cool the rest of the chart, this planet goes for an intimate contact that will potentially transform both its “target” and itself. Once set off, it’s all or nothing. Anyone who is emotionally engaged will have their deepest strengths and weaknesses exposed, as will the Mars in Scorpio person. At it’s best, it’s immensely effective. Old outworn habits are eliminated, huge amounts of rubble burned, space made for new life to enter and grow. When things need to be brought to an end, cleared out, resolved, this Mars gives full worth.”

Mars in Scorpio also suggests vast reservoirs of physical energy which can be used in almost single-minded pursuit of a goal which you deem worthy of your efforts and ambition.

It’s also important to remember the constructive uses of the personal power and magnetic charisma that’s suggested by this placement. As it can be used to empower self and others to greater heights and deeper analysis, or dangerously to manipulate the psyche and emotions.

In this placement, there is an inclination to do whatever needs to be done and travel where mere mortals may fear to tread to harness bare naked reality. Whatever is found, no matter how grotesque or disturbing can be savored for it’s value and what’s useless can be discarded in the name of clearing space for a stronger replacement.

Mars’ realm also includes how sexual energy is applied, and those with this placement have the potential to use the sexual act as a vehicle or gateway to the depths of intimacy with another human being.

When the other two water signs,  Cancer and Pisces are spoken about, there is usually an emphasis on their deep sensitivity. While not nearly emphasized as much, because it may manifest behaviorally as suspicion or sometimes paranoia, Scorpio possesses the same gifts.

As we get back to the sex, Astrologer Stephen Arroyo explains about Mars in Scorpio:

“Sex opens doors for them to the kind of deep communication and intimacy that they crave and it is one thing in life that finally lets them get out of control in a releasing, relaxing way. Most people with this placement have a strong attraction to the emotional intensity of sex and the experience of being overwhelmed by such powerful and fundamental life energies and some regard a sexual relationship as an opportunity to explore a further dimension of feeling, which sometimes leads to personal transformation.”

Donna Van Toen expresses a similar view:

“Sex and Scorpio are well-nigh synonymous. However, that insatiably voracious sexual appetite is often only a mask for what Mars in Scorpio really wants,which is understanding. For someone to take the time to get close enough to see- and touch- the real person on all levels, and understand -physically, mentally, and emotionally- this, is the ultimate turn-on for Mars in Scorpio. “

As with any placement in our birth charts, it’s what we decide to make of it. The potential of Mars in Scorpio ranges from the highest heights to the lowest depths.

With a Mars in Scorpio placement, Your Theme song is “Liquid Swords” by the GZA.

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References: “The Mars Quartet: Four Seminars on the Astrology of the Red Planet” by Lynn Bell, Darby Costello, Liz Greene and Melanie Reinhart. “Person-to-Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex & Compatibility” by Stephen Arroyo.  The Mars Book: A Guide To Your Personal Energy and Motivation by Donna Van Toen

 

Cancer Sun, Aquarius Moon : “Looking Back to Move Forward”

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One of the most challenging parts of our unfoldment as human beings is undergoing the process of developing into autonomous people. Staking the claim of our own identities outside of the structures which can either serve as liberating forces or stultifying traps: family, educational institutions, friendships, racial groups, gender roles, etc……

Around Adolescence, which is roughly between the ages of 12 and 18, the desire to have our unique personhood validated and affirm ourselves a distinct individual is intensified.

We want to create our own codes, live by independently established values and put our original stamp on our life patterns. Most likely, we’re not solid in exactly who we are at this point,  so the freedom to try on many hats and experiment with various identities is paramount.

There are a number of tension filled conflicts which arise during this stage: peer pressure, the beginning of consistent contact and relations with the opposite sex, major concerns about body image, attractiveness, popularity and the dilemma of “fitting in” or “standing out”. 

To think that all of these polarities, complete with consistent points of crisis will be resolved neatly and cleanly by our 18th birthday is a fantasy. The process has merely started…..

The combination of  the Cancer Sun and Aquarius Moon highlights the anxious, uncertain yet exciting and electric oscillation between remaining rooted and forging forward; between the past and the future.

In a natal (birth) chart, when the Sun is in Cancer and the Moon in Aquarius, the individual is fueled by emotional and familial security. The core life energy seeks the familiarity of a tribe of like-minded individuals. The Cancerian energy is inclined to seek bonds and connections with others whether they’re “blood”, or simply because their ideologies and worldviews click.

It should also be mentioned that the dysfunction of Cancer attunement is manifested behaviorally as the inability to release these bonds, thereby holding others (and themselves) as emotional hostages. The motivation behind this behavior is often because they feel they’ve given so much of themselves through warmth, caring and active listening that it should be returned in equal measure.

The Aquarian Moon uses the Cancerian Sun’s light and energy as fuel to create a personality whose nourished by anything unconventional which doesn’t fall under the criteria of a humdrum existence. There’s a reigning emotional need to be acknowledged as a unique individual complete with all of the quirks. This person won’t be fulfilled until it’s settled that they’re “not like everyone else”.

Additionally, this Sun-Moon blend calls for the person to challenge the same tribe which stimulates their core life energy.

The misuse of the Aquarian Moon energy can be seen in behavior which is rebellious without a cause and slavish to the “fad” of non-conformity just for the sake of it, which is actually conformity by default.

When used constructively, the tension of this challenge can accelerate and broaden life development.

The Cancer fuel that’s used in belonging must make friends with the Aquarian Moon’s need for the personality to individuate.

A possible positive outcome of this Sun-Moon combination is someone who can make their “home” anywhere. An individual who has released the guilt of unnecessary familial obligation and claimed their birthright to view life through their own unique lens while remaining rooted in healthy attachments and relationships which nurture their self-actualization.

Your theme song is “History” by Mos Def featuring Talib Kweli

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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, fantasies.

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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 thesame 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                                       

 

What Are Astrological Archetypes?

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Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist and psychotherapist, who is credited with giving the term “Archetype”  broad exposure, has defined it as :

“a universal and recurring image, pattern, or motif representing a typical human experience.”

Although these images are”universal”, they’re transformed and re-worked. Thereby, given a unique expression based on cultural influence. Archetypes represent patterns of behavior and models of people, which can reach us through a myriad of ways. Symbols, dreams, myths, art and music are just the tip of the iceberg of how these images permeate our consciousness.

Astrologically, our birth charts are infused with the energy and imprint of these archetypes in their own unique pattern. The recognition of how these forces are organized within our psyche is one of the keys to how we can realize and fulfill our deepest potentials; how we can actualize our most authentic nature.

Our success in dealing with our planetary maps largely rests on our ability to bring unconscious content “to the light”, so we’re better able to integrate it into our lives on a productive level. Otherwise, we may feel as if we’re being governed by forces which are outside of our control – like a puppet having its strings pulled. To a large extent, the individual who operates solely from the unconscious, is perplexed by his/her motivations and behavior. The better we understand the raw archetypal material we’re dealing with in our own charts, the more intelligently we’re able to work WITH the energies at our disposal and enhance our lives.

So… the question here is : what archetypal energies are we dealing with in our birth charts?

The basic answer to this question is related to the planets, a.k.a the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

The signs give clues to HOW that particular energy is expressed, a.k.a. its style.

There are also aspects, which are the geometrical relationships between planets which indicate how the particular planetary archetypes will “get along.”

Here are some examples:

The Sun: What we’re growing into, the ” I AM, elements that comprise the ego. The conscious part of our self-hood. The life force, or “Ka” to the Egyptians and Qi (Chi)to the Chinese. The “operations center” of the psyche. The president. Our individual center of self-expression. Where we shine.

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Sun in Sagittarius– The individual’s life force is connected to a panoramic view of the world, seeking to make connections in order to formulate a comprehensive life philosophy.

Sun-Jupiter: A broad conception of one’s identity. Seeking to expand one’s sense of self; to grow, develop, learn. Seeking wide experience to find meaning in life. Self exploration through intellectual and physical travel.

The Moon: The archetypal feminine. The unconscious, instinctual part of ourselves. The archetypal mother. In Egypt, the “Ba”. Yemaya. Our roots or ancestral ground. What brings us a sense of comfort and fulfillment. Homeland security or the Department of the Interior.

Moon in Cancer: Fulfillment comes through a sense of belonging to a biological or ideological family. There’s a reigning need to relate closely and intimately, displaying a warm, caring nature. The exercising of emotional intelligence.

Moon-Pluto: Psychological insight. Emotional Depth. Healing power and the urge to eliminate harmful emotional patterns. Gut level intuition. Helping others to navigate extremely tumultuous emotional terrain. Emotional manipulation and blackmail. Dealing with the shadow or taboos. Finding wealth in what appears to be emotional refuse.

 

Mercury: The mind. Processing information. Analysis. The Communicative faculties. Classification. Making distinctions. Speaking. Writing. Forming concepts. The Trickster.  Elleggua. Hermes. The speaker of the house.

Mercury in Sagittarius: Thinking in broad concepts, “big picture” thinking. Visionary thinking. Communicating in an expansive way. Philosophical thinking. A mind oriented toward synthesis. Studying higher knowledge. A mind that categorizes information like a library.

Mercury-Neptune:  Visionary MindA facile mind that absorbs. The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. Blending intellect and intuition. Recognizing the rhythm or “dance” of life. Recognizing and understanding subtlety of thought and communication. Access to spiritual/ethereal worlds. Tuned into nonverbal communication. Telepathy. Creative visualization. An erotic mind. Sensitive refining of the intellectual capacities. Limitless perception. Deceptive words. Nebulous/cloudy thinking. Double Talk. Misleading/confusing communication.

Venus: The principle of relating. Social needs. What we value. Forms of enjoyment. What we love. The Principle of attraction. The Orisha Oshun. The Pleasure principle. Beauty. Aesthetics. Harmony. Cooperation. The department of the treasury.

Venus in Sagittarius: Relating through cultural diversity. Attracted to internationalism. A love of  spiritual/mental/physical travel. The synthesis of spiritual knowledge/systems.

Venus-Neptune: Boundless Love. Inspiring unconditional love in relationships. Love of music, poetry, and film. Attracted to the Bohemian set. Relationships which involve artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers, etc… No limits in sensual experiences. Spiritual connections. Enjoyment/Attraction to spirituality. Idealization/delusion in relationships. Victim/Savior dynamic in relationships. Attraction to charlatans, drug addicts, or alcoholics.

Mars: Action. Assertion.  The Department of Defense. Application of will. Energy expenditure. Power base. Survival instinct. Warriorhood. Ogun.

Mars in Scorpio: Intense energy expenditure toward growth and transformation. Taking action toward plumbing the depths of life; getting to the bottom of things. Delving into the realms of the mysterious. Deep water warrior. Sexual energy as a vehicle for exploration of taboos. Applying energy in a private, yet concentrated manner.

 

Mars-Neptune: Putting spiritual ideals into action. Sexual magnetism. Focusing on dreams. Acute, focused intuition. Refined aggression. Spiritual motivation/inspiration. Working with the intangible forces of life. Martyr to a cause. The doormat. Passive Aggression.

Jupiter: Reward. Expansion.  The Department of Education. Success. Elevation. Upliftment. Buoyancy. Holism. Synthesis. Higher Knowledge. Wisdom. Puffery. Inflation. Magnification. Excess. Breadth of perspective. Arrogance. Hubris. Optimism. Obatala.

Jupiter in Capricorn: Reward through integrity, hard work and responsibility. Planning, organization and strategy is the most constructive route to success. Applying higher knowledge in a practical, useful manner.

Jupiter-Saturn: Spiritual discipline. Realistic ideals. Cautious optimism. Using higher knowledge and wisdom in a responsible manner. Expanded ambition. Elevated work ethic. Visionary leader. Measured confidence. Organized religion. Practical Spirituality.

Saturn:  The reality principle. Authority. Limits and controls. Consolidation. Work. Mastery. Responsibility Structure. Maturity. Organization. Strategy. Planning. Systems. Gravity. Time. Age. Eldership. Bare bones. Solitude. Bottom Line. Hard fought wisdom. Doubt. Orunmila. Kronos. The Grim Reaper.

Saturn in Gemini: The capacity to organize information. A responsible mind. Doubting intelligence. Difficulty verbalizing. Writer’s block. A wordsmith. Mastery of language. Economical with words. Limiting small talk. Practical ideas. Clear, steady and focused mind. Words have weight. Maturity in thought and speech. Serious discussion.

Saturn- Pluto: Intense focus. Passionate discipline. Power hungry. Limited power. Controlled discipline. Iron will. Tireless worker. Limited resources. Working for the “gold”. Committed to depth.Work as a transformative avenue.

Uranus:  the principle of Awakening. Individuation. Liberation. Rebellion. Revolution. Change. Flashes of genius. Autonomy. Inventiveness. Sudden shocks. Heightened awareness. Originality. Stretching boundaries.Questioning tradition and cultural boundaries. Shango. Prometheus.

Uranus in Libra: Infusing the outdated models of relationships with new life. Freedom and autonomy within relationships. Unconventional social and romantic needs. Open relationships. Enjoyment of all that’s unusual and avant garde. Original tastes.

Uranus-Neptune: Flashes of Spiritual genius. Original methods of meditation. Dissolving the status quo or cultural limitations. Refined revolution. Sudden intuition.

Neptune:  The principle of transcendence. Spirituality. Dreams. Myths. The ideal state.  Intuition. The refining process. Visualization. The picture making faculty. Fantasy. Smokescreens. Subterfuge. Film, Music, Third Eye Vision. Enchantment. ESP. Flowing. Merging. Returning to the divine source. Olokun. Mami Wata. Poseidon.

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Neptune in Sagittarius: The dissolving of religious dogma. Fluid spirituality. Synthesis in spiritual systems.  Religious confusion. Martyrdom in religion. Sacrificial spirituality. Spiritual empathy/compassion. Spiritual service.

Neptune-Pluto : Spiritual power. Spiritual transformation. Power in the esoteric. Powerful addictions. Spiritual healing. Inspirational healing. Spiritual fanaticism. “Black Magic.”  The sacred and the profane.

Pluto: Transformation. Evolution. The breakdown. Regeneration. Death Rebirth. Elimination. Catharsis. Upheaval. Compulsion. Jealousy. Manipulation. Deep Resources. Oya. Kali. The F.B.I. or Secret Service.

Pluto in Libra: Deep, fundamental change in models of relationships. Relationships as a source of power and transformation.