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.

 

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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.

 

Moon in the 7th House

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With one’s moon placed natally in the 7th house, there’s a fine line between emotional support and labor. Having the moon in an angular house equates to a strong position oriented towards “the other”. So, there’s the possibility of  a perpetually reactive stance to the feelings and emotions of other people.

How you navigate this space is key.

A developmental lesson of this placement is to understand the importance of owning your feelings and being in charge of them. Also, learning the true definition of empathy will prove to be important, as to be able to make the distinction between identification and sharing feelings with another and allowing yourself to become enmeshed and entrenched in others tumultuous dramas.

This natal position suggests that there’s the potential to form genuine connections with others and create avenues of trust and support. So, to care in a warm and nurturing manner which fosters growth is natural. However, to understand the limits of your support and knowing when to encourage another person to help themselves will prove to be key to your overall emotional health.

You’re not required to digest and carry the emotional burdens of others. Your reigning strength relies in providing and holding a safe, non-judgmental space where active listening and kindness are present, as well as healthy and clearly defined boundaries.

You may be someone who works directly with women or has an emotional investment in issues which affect them specifically.  Also, in your partnerships, the open expression of how one is feeling may be valued and prevent unhealthy projections.

 

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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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 Discussion of House Systems in Astrology

“The astrological houses do not exist as an astronomical reality; their application is symbolic. This presents a sharpened argument that to use their symbolism effectively, their basis should be clearly understood. Most of us can agree with this in regard to what the houses mean. But in addition we have the problem of choosing which system of calculation to use, a highly controversial issue due to the variety of methods available and the considerable divergence of cusp locations they present. This is often regarded as the most problematic component of modern astrology. With no clear consensus of opinion to guide us, it is an issue upon which each astrologer must take an individual stance, weigh up the arguments, and resolve at a personal level.” -Deborah Houlding

This blog piece will not be a doctoral thesis on house systems and their intricacies.

This article is one Astrologer’s perspective on how we may liberate ourselves from the shackles that can potentially bind us when dealing with the topic of how the cosmos is divided.

For those who are familiar with the houses, they serve as symbolism in our birth charts for our fields of experience. They represent our various areas of life activity and development.

You may also be familiar with the fact that they can be divided in several ways, according to several systems. Some of these systems are: Placidus, Koch, Equal, Whole Signs, Campanus, Regiomontanus,  Alcabitius and Porphyry.

To give you an idea of the heat surrounding this issue, if you ask most Astrologers what should NOT be discussed amongst Astrologers when time is of the essence, house systems is a sure shot to make the top 3 or 4 answers.

If we’ve looked at our birth charts in a variety of systems, chances are, we’ll notice some differences from one system to the next. The most visible changes will most likely be that certain planets will move from one house to another.

When this happens, one of the things to keep in mind is:

this doesn’t change who we are.

I am of the opinion that the specific house system is not the most important issue. After all, we’re human beings seeking integration and wholeness and the entire zodiac, which includes the houses, can be viewed of a continuum.

Often, the affairs or themes of one house seep into the following one, so whether we realize it or not, there are no dormant houses. Our birth charts are a symbol or a mandala representing us as a dynamic life force. Never static, always becoming.

I think our core being can be depicted accurately using a number of house systems and the magic resides more with the practitioner than the system.

If we think for a moment about broad and holistic patterns, we will realize that strong chart themes stand the test of any system of house division.

Astrology is a lifelong quest to learn about who we are and how we can unfold our potential as required by the times we’re living in. I take the position that there are no “good” or “bad” houses. The thought that they’re just might be sometimes plays a part in what system we will actually accept for examining our own charts.

We may even go as far as to take the  house system route which will reflect us to the world (or so we believe) as  more “intelligent”, “sexier” , more “psychic” or “prophetic”, and the like.

Following this line of thinking, it’s reasonable to ask if we would be any “less” in those areas if our planets were located in other houses that didn’t symbolize, by rote, what we wanted to confirm ourselves as being.

It needs to be stressed that house systems are a VIEW. I may be looking at a person from a frontal view, while another person may get the side view. While some of our notes may be similar, we may also touch upon observations which the other didn’t think of. This doesn’t negate the validity of either of our perceptions.

One of the most valuable lessons which Astrology has driven home in me is that we must be able to expand the limited ideas we possess surrounding our being. We are multifaceted human beings with boundless potentials, of which some- we’re not even aware.

As Dane Rudhyar states:

“If a person asks for knowledge or guidance, the asking is thus conditioned, or at least colored, by the level at which he or she mainly operates, or by a conscious or subconscious attempt to move to the next level by gaining a new perspective. To gain a new perspective means to look at life in general and at oneself  specifically from a new ‘place’ in terms of a different frame of reference-thus from a new level of consciousness and understanding.” (Source: The Astrology of  Transformation: A Multilevel Approach by Dane Rudhyar)

There’s immensely valuable information to be gained from the myriad of perspectives that Astrology’s house systems provide.

The key is to appreciate and enjoy the views without becoming slavishly attached to them. Allowing the insights to serve one’s interests as opposed to adopting a rigid, painstaking allegiance to one point of view.

 

Basic Astrology For Hip Hop Heads: The 12 Astrological Houses

 

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To break it down, so it will forever and consistently be broke, when it comes to astrology, we are basically dealing with four main areas : planets, signs, houses and aspects.

The planets in your birth chart symbolize universal principles and energies.

The signs in your chart represent the styles in which those universal energies/principles are expressed.

The houses in your chart symbolize different areas of your life development, or fields of experience.

The aspects denote planetary relationships, i.e: how do Mercury and Neptune “get along”  in your chart?

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Here’s a basic primer on the themes of the 12 houses:

1st House- Yourself. Your presentation. Your identity thrust into the larger world.. Think: De La Soul’s “Me, Myself and I”, or “Me!” by Bumpy Knuckles.

2nd House- Your money and personal resources. Think: Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents.” 


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3rd House- Early education, local travel, your immediate environment, i.e. the neighborhood. Siblings, mental faculties and communication. Think: A Tribe Called Quest’s “Mind Power“. Or, Meshell N’degeocello’s “Mass Transit.” Even Scarface’s “My Block” or Queen Latifah’s “Just Another Day [Livin’ in the Hood] and Afu Ra’s “Whirlwind Thru Cities”

4th House- Home, family, roots,  racial and cultural origins. Mother, early childhood. Instinctive responses, your “storehouse” of memories. Think:Gangstarr’s “The Place Where We Dwell ” or Grap Luva & Pete Rock’s (feat. Kev Brown) “Collector’s Item”.

5th House- Creative self- expression, entertainment, pleasures, children (physical children and “pet projects”), recreational pursuits, gambling, sex , romance, love affairs. Think: Enjoy Yourself by A+.  Amel Larrieux’s “Shine”. Or “I Sparkle” by Slick Rick.

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6th House- Work,  craftsmanship, mastery,capacity for service, daily routine, overall well-being, health, hygiene. Think: Gangstarr’s “Work.” , De La Soul’s “The Grind Date” or Rakim’s “Don’t Sweat The Technique.”

7th House- Marriage, partnerships (business and intimate),One on one interactions.
Think: Smif-N-Wessun’s: “Won on Won”,  Erykah Badu’s “The Other Side of The Game.” Or, “You” by Evidence.

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8th House- The partner’s or other people’s resources, death, fear of loss, inheritance. Think: Common’s “Resurrection”

 9th House- International travel, higher mind, religion, expanding horizons, far away places, colleges and universities, universal law, experience, exploration, aspiration. Think: J-Live’s “The Understanding.” , Dwele’s “Truth”, or “Church” by De La Soul.

10th House- Career, vocation, public life, reputation, i.e. what you’re known for, status and ambitions. Think: Nas’ “The World Is Yours” or Gangstarr’s “Just to Get a Rep” or “What I’m Here For.”

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11th House- The expression of independence, the urge toward individuation, impact on humanity and the collective, lovability(love received), aspirations, clubs, organizations, the money or benefits reaped from your profession, society at large. The urge to go beyond limits, the future. Think: Gangstarr’s “Mass Appeal” or Eric B & Rakim’s “Move The Crowd”

 

12th House- Places of retreat and hidden from public view..
Think:  Common’s “In My Own World (Check The Method)” Or, Madlib’s “Solitude”.       

 

 

The Astrological Houses: The 5th House : Dead Prez’ “Happiness”

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In Astrology, 5th house themes include: Happiness and pleasurable activities. “Play” as expression of one’s creativity. Sex for enjoyment, procreation and “performance”. “Children” as both biological offspring and creative projects. The realm of entertainment. The unique expression of our gifts that only WE can give to the world. Love affairs, partying, romance and luxury.

The 5th house symbolizes the field of experience where we realize what we came here to give. It’s like our “love offering” to the world. We experiment for the express purpose of radiating joy and shining with distinction.

Take a listen to the hip hop duo Dead Prez’ “Happiness” to understand more of what the 5th house realm is about.

The Astrological Houses: The 4th House: Gang Starr’s “The Place Where We Dwell”

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In Astrology, 4th house themes include: The physical, psychological and emotional “home” or foundation. Roots, national or cultural origin and ancestral lineage. The “Family” experience as biological and ideological. The physical and “universal” parents. Property. Land. Private life.