Because Saturn marks the boundary between personal and transpersonal (cosmic) powers, it is the alchemists most important planet being equated with both the beginning and end of the Great Work.
The Fool isn’t a fool in the ordinary sense. Indeed, he represents the most enlightened card in the deck.
Sagittarius is the archetype of the philosopher who through expansion of his physical, intellectual, and geographical boundaries seeks something greater than himself.
Instead of fearing loss of meaning as did our forefathers, post-moderns fear loss of touch with reality. Makes perfect sense in today’s world where entertainment, information, and communication technologies provide experiences more intense – and gratifying – than RL or ‘real life’.
The key words here are clash, struggle, opposition, fear, defat, and betrayal. Nothing personal – it’s a rite of passage.
By realistically confronting his failures, Leo too can learn that the Grail serves those who are transformed in its pursuit.
Such is the fate of Gemini. He is always juggling himself and shadow.
What I’m going to do is split every single one of them into two halves (regarding Zeus’ solution to the overambitious human androgynies, Plato, Symposium) Astrological oppositions are dynamic. They pull us off balance to catch our attention. They force growth. They require psychological projection, conflict & challenge, confrontation, and finally (hopefully) compromise. Apparently there is no way to avoid oppositions. Like castor oil, they are good for us – like them or not. Oppositions divide the circle of unity by two. God created man in his own image; the God-image lodged in a creature of earth is both a…
Western men are seriously threatened by rational, intelligent, and well-educated women. As Medusa, we are conquerable; as Athena, we are not.
There isn’t an immediately obvious connection between Aquarius and existentialism, but please – hear me out. Ruled by the opposing forces of Saturn (status quo) and Uranus (breaking new ground), Aquarians are faced with impossible choices like those highlighted in the myth of Prometheus. Prometheus was an altruistic demigod with the gift of foresight. Seeing primitive man unable to keep warm or cook his meat, Prometheus had a choice; either (1) accept the great god Zeus’ refusal to share holy fire with mankind or (2) take action against the status quo. He ‘chose’ the second. For his efforts, he…