Politics

Elizabethan Protestantism – every day life in the realm

The moderate Protestantism of Elizabeth I was a compromise not only between the Protestant and Catholic faiths but also between the various competing factions in the Protestant movement (i.e. Calvin vs. Luther and Zwingli).

During her long reign, Elizabeth’s religious policy made life easier for some and harder for others but, overall, at least initially, it set the nation-state on a more even keel than it had enjoyed in years. If avoiding civil disorder was one of Elizabeth’s general political aims, then her religious policy was more of the same.

For certain individuals like John Shakespeare, this doubtless caused considerable consternation. As a Catholic, how should he fulfil his job to remove the trappings of Catholic pomp and circumstance from Stratford’s Guild Hall?  Although we do not know how he personally felt about this responsibility, we can imagine that it was difficult to part with something so culturally endemic and visually rich as the wall paintings that on his orders, were white-washed.

Similar sentiments may lay at the heart of Roger Martyn’s lamentations regarding required changes in his parish church. Like John, Roger was forced to part with an entire way of life (i.e. celebrations and festive meals) to which he had developed an emotional bond. Interestingly, for whatever reason, Roger’s accounts highlighted the impact of these changes not on his personal religious feelings and beliefs, but on the outward trappings of such. Not everyone believed such destruction to be wrong. Iconoclasm, such as forced upon Roger and John had biblical roots. For religious men like John Jewel (Apologica Ecclesia Englicanae), such lush and vibrant Catholic imagery was proof positive that, at least according to the scriptures, the Roman Catholics were the heretics, not the Protestants.

For many Catholics, Elizabeth’s policy may well have been welcomed, at least at first. Not only did it allow men like John Donne and Ben Jonson to publicly switch their religious allegiance, but it also provided Catholics with a cover under which to carry on (quietly) as before. If they were willing to superficially comply with the requirements demanded by Elizabeth’s religious policy, the Catholics were, for the most part ignored. Elizabeth had no desire to meddle with her subject’s inner beliefs – i.e. the windows to their souls. However, later in her reign, when fears over the claims of Mary Queen of Scots to the English throne were rampant and religious fighting in Europe accelerated, Elizabeth cracked down on those Catholics who stuck their heads above the proverbial parapet. Doubtless, towards the end of Elizabeth’s reign, it again became uncomfortably obvious for Protestants and Catholics alike, that their religious futures were uncertain.

In conclusion, although Elizabeth’s moderate religious policy had initially stabilised England’s political situation (for better or for worse), but the end of her reign another big and unsettling change was in the cards. Who would know if perhaps if would not be of the same magnitude as that suffered under the auspices of her father, Henry VIII, with the Reformation?

Astrology

Jung’s Astrological Moon

Whilst discussing Jung’s Red Book (Liber Novus), Liz Greene reminds us that when interpreting the Moon in an astrological chart, we should keep in mind Jung’s vision of the Moon as a fluid, living principle, always in flux.

HecateTo assume the astrological Moon corresponds solely to Jung’s Anima is a mistake. Equally, it is a mistake to assume that she is solely the nurturing mother. Indeed, Jung saw the astrological Moon as both deeply complex and ambivalent – the archetypal core of which equates to the triple-bodied lunar goddess of antiquity, Hecate.

Consider four of the Red Book’s female personages:

  1. UnknownSalome – the daughter of Elijah, the wise old prophet who presides of the ‘temple of the sun’. Salome, with long black hair and dressed in red, is never pictured without her father. She is associated both with (1) the darkened skies of the ‘blood Moon’ (reportedly visible at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion) and (2) the blood-thirsty seductive temptress, the daughter of Herodias, who demanded the severed head of John the Baptist from her besotted lover. In this regard, Salome is associated with the tarot card, The Hanged Man, who although still possesses his head, is unable to use it (i.e. it is no longer above, but below) symbolising loss of the rational intellect when confronted with realm of the unconscious. Salome is associated with the dark moon. She is bloodthirsty and dangerous.
  2. Unknown-1Old Scholar’s Daughter – imprisoned by her father in an old stone castle in midst of a forest, this pale and ghostly girl is shown with the crescent moon. Like the Greek goddess, Persephone, she is prevented by her parent from developing into a fully-grown woman. Although Jung considers her to thus be unworldly, she informs him that she knows more about ‘real life’ than does he. At the end of their brief chat, Jung has fallen in love with her and she disappears into a shaft of moon light, leaving behind a bunch of red roses. The roses, Liz suggests, links her to Venus, the erotic goddess of the ancient Greeks, who interestingly does not otherwise figure in the Red Book. But unlike with the dangerous eroticism of Salome, Jung had little to fear from this pretty young girl; indeed, she offered him much to learn. Associated with the tarot card, The Moon, the Old Scholar’s Daughter offers a doorway to the unconscious, a scary place in which wisdom resides. It is tempting to equate her solely with the crescent moon, but she shares this ‘honour’ with the Anima.
  3. The Cook – along with the Old Scholar’s Daughter, the Cook is associated with the tarot card, The Moon, but the Cook takes this proverbial walk on the dark side to a completely new and different level. Large and fat and always pushing food, The Cook seems simple enough, the traditional house-frau. But in reality, she is unashamedly two-faced. After eating the food (nourishment) she provides, Jung falls asleep and wakes up in the underworld (‘the realm of mothers’). In this regard, The Cook is more dangerous than even Salome because what you see with her is never what you get. The Cook is associated with the full moon, also a gateway to the unconscious, but under no circumstances is she to be trusted.
  4. The Anima – although Jung never meets with the Anima, he does depict her dressed in blue and kneeling in prayer. She is at once the celestial mother, the chalice or Holy Grail (drink of her and attain immortality), the spiritual bride and mother, as well as the daughter of the stars. In his tarot deck, Waite shows her as The High Priestess, the guardian of hidden wisdom and spiritual mediator between the worlds, above and below. Notice that the High Priestess sits with the crescent moon at her feet.Unknown-2

In summary, astrologers ought not to consider the astrological Moon as either this or that, but instead as a fluidity that morphs over time. The imagery of the classical triple-bodied lunar goddess, Hecate, is in keeping  with Jung’s complicated (and often contradictory) lunar journeys. In the Red Book, the astrological Moon represents the entire spectrum of the lunar myth and cycle, from the dark of the new moon and back again. Unlike classical astrology that divides the planets into either malefic or benefic, Jung’s astrological Moon at once both and neither. She can be dangerous – even treacherous. Equally, however, she offers the opportunity to plumb the depths for the wisdom that resides in the unconscious- the wisdom each of us must someday tap if we are to further ourselves on that all important path to individuation.

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Greene, L. (2018). The Astrological World of Jung’s Liber Novus; Daimons, Gods, and the Planetary Journey. Abingdon: Routledge.

Greene, L. (2018). Jung’s Studies in Astrology: Prophecy, Magic and the Qualities of Time. Abingdon: Routledge.

Astrology

Millennials – an astro-generational profile in action

Let’s assume that the generation known as the Millennials (also known as Generation Y) were born between 1982-2004, a period of about twenty-two years.

Let’s also assume that a recent article in The Atlantic (16 January 2018) is correct that not only are the Millennials the most ‘stressed’ generation in recent history, but they also are responsible for an astrological revival. If, as the article purports, stress makes astrology look ‘shinier’, then what might this generation’s stress be all about and how might astrology be helping them to deal with it?

Summary

millennial-cultureGiven that at the moment, the world is characterised by intolerance, lack of discipline, unprincipled behaviour, economic insecurity, and self-serving aggression, we can understand why this generation is feeling stressed. Much of what they hold to be of value (tolerance, freedom, idealism) is being trashed by an older, more experienced generation, a group that the Millennials would love more than anything to be able to respect. We can also understand their interest in astrology. If traditional ways of finding meaning (i.e. religion) are no longer working, being so idealistic, an established, ancient and slightly rebellious wisdom will be naturally appealing. The good news is that in 2025, things should look markedly better for the Millennials. The energy will be freer as well as progressive; much more to their liking.

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Detailed Analysis

 

Year Pluto Neptune Uranus
1982 – 1983 Libra Sagittarius Sagittarius
1984 – 1988 Scorpio Capricorn Sagittarius
1988 – 1995 Scorpio Capricorn Capricorn
1995 – 1996 Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius
1996 – 1998 Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius
1998 – 2003 Sagittarius Aquarius Aquarius
2003 – 2004 Sagittarius Aquarius Pisces

 

A quick look at the above chart suggests that during the period 1982 -2004, the prominent zodiacal energies were in play:

 

Sagittarius Expansion, movement, and broad vision. It is also associated with a tolerant attitude, a passion for life as well as a Pollyanna outlook – ‘tomorrow’ will (somehow) be better. Faith.
Capricorn Patience, determination, reliability, authority, mastery, discipline, tradition, and economic stability. As with fine wine, with Capricorn there’s a tendency to markedly improve with age (and experience).
Aquarius Rebellious spirit, youth, and innocence. Humanitarian outlook, uncompromising, idealistic, principled, technologically savvy.

 

According to Ebertin, the combination of the planets Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus can be summed up as a tendency to feel at the mercy of external conditions, against which one often remains unable to muster a firm stand. This combination also imparts a sympathetic understanding of human nature combined with a progressive spirit.

Astro-profile for Millennials

  • Tolerant
  • Freedom-loving
  • Patient
  • Visionary
  • Hopeful
  • Evolutionary
  • Rebellious
  • Principled
  • Idealistic
  • Respect for wisdom, tradition, age, and authority

In regards to the world in which we currently live, Pluto is in Capricorn, Neptune is in Pisces, Uranus is in Aries (about to move into Taurus). Broadly, this translates into the collapse of traditional authority figures and well as undermined financial security, spirituality is confused and chaotic, the world inspiration is focused on war and aggression. When Uranus enters Taurus in May 2018, expect even more disruption in economic and financial security, although this time it at least it will be both experimental and progressive in nature. New solutions for old problems? Let’s hope so!

thStress is about testing and strain. The focus is on the breaking point. The results are hardship, adversity, and affliction. For a generation who is both idealistic and visionary, the reality of present day hardship and adversity will be all the harder to take. Being both principled and tolerant, the Millennials will have a hard time digesting racism and similar ‘intolerance’. Whilst they keeping hoping that things will get better, by now, they are probably getting impatient yet don’t feel empowered to take action and make a difference. Because of the emphasis of Sagittarius in their makeup, they have a pressing need to discover why this is happening  and with traditional religion (as source of meaning) in its continued demise, they may well turn to astrology (an ancient, if not slightly rebellious wisdom) for answers.

I’m also guessing that as a whole, the Millennials will feel like they’ve come into their own when, in 2025, Pluto finally moves into Aquarius; the energy will not only be more progressive, but also inspired. Uranus will also be shifting into Gemini and with that comes some freedom. Finally, Neptune will shift from Pisces (meltdown) into Aires (action); the waiting is over and time to move forward.

Philosophy

Zen riddles that I like…

Kõ-an – a paradox anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logic and provoke a more direct perception of reality called enlightenment.

Kõ-ans have always exercised an intellectual fascination over those who have come in contact with them. Some have found Kõ-ans profound and intellectually challenging while others have dismissed them as meaningless and absurd. But especially for those living in societies built on Enlightenment principles, the anti-rationalism of Kõ-ans has been a large part of their appeal.  Unknown.png

Although Reason is useful to conceptualize and categorize, it can also trap us in a limited and arbitrary view of the world. Once Reason gets tangled up with our socially conditioned biases, then rather like blinkers on a horse it can do no more than channel us down a predetermined path.

The practical purpose of Kõ-ans is not to rid us of our intellectual capacity but instead to allow it to function in a dispassionate way. This involves breaking down the everyday tyranny of our conditioned intellect by demonstrating the contradictions and absurdities to which it would otherwise necessarily lead.

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A properly constructed Kõ-an should contain many layers of personal meaning. It is most certainly not a case of ‘one size fits all’. According to Buddhist teaching, Truth can only be experienced by those who seek Truth for its own sake.  It can never be denied to those who are worthy as equally it can never be imparted to those who are not.

Astrology

What is Spirituality? I’m sure that I should know…

A client asked for astrological insight on her spirituality. But what she meant by that, she wasn’t too sure. I told her she wasn’t alone in her confusion and suggested that we explore this together. She wasn’t too keen on that, however. For her, spiritualty was too personal.

OK – so I decided to come up with something by myself. It couldn’t be that hard, could it? After all, I do have an MA in the Study of Mystical and Religious Experience (University of Kent, at Canterbury). Revisiting my work from that course, I realised that it’s harder than I’d anticipated – at least hard in the sense of pinning down anything specific about the definition of spirituality.

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For the record, here’s my shortlist:

  • Finding purpose or meaning,
  • Tuning in to soul or psyche,
  • Giving over to a ‘higher self’,
  • Connecting with deity or the divine.

Granted, I may not know exactly for what I’m looking, but at least, as an astrologer, ought I not know where to look? Astrologically, traces of spirituality (however defined) are bound to show up in one’s natal chart. But where exactly should I start?

Jupiter is the most likely culprit, you say? Sure, why not. As long as you realise that Jupiter looks for meaning in your life – not mine – he is, after all a personal planet.

How about Neptune then? There’s a distinct possibility. Astrological Neptune most certainly has been ascribed spiritual qualities. But if you’re looking for some ‘truth’, then Neptune will be problematic, as I’m sure you can imagine. If it’s one thing about viewing the world through rose-tinted glasses that you can definitely say, it’s that what you see is not what you’ll get.

How about Saturn, then? At least he doesn’t lie. Not only that, but he’s hugely practical and possibly good for my bank account. However, upon further reflection I’m forced to admit that Saturn’s brand of spirituality probably won’t be as uplifting as I’d like. Not only is he dark and dreary, but also associated with death and misfortune. Even if I were willing to overlook that, Saturn is much too keen to point out my weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

If I’m really serious about my spirituality, then maybe I should go for organised religion. After all, they have been established by minds greater than mine. But after consideration, I’ve decided that I’m not that much into the suffering and sacrifice of Christianity and even if I were, I don’t see the worth of a paternalistic god. If He is only going to help those who help themselves, then of what worth is He? Besides I know that ‘believing’ can be dangerous and suspect that it isn’t very spiritual either. I mean, look at the Crusades – they were all about belief – and how ‘enlightened’ were they?

How about Buddhism? That sounds like my cup of tea. Not only have I pretty much given up consumerism but I’m also into yoga and meditation. Yet all that stuff about non-attachment and ego-surrender doesn’t really work that well in the western world, at least not unless I no longer have a mortgage, which unfortunately, I still do.Unknown.jpeg

It’s been awhile since I’ve done much with the ancient mystery religions. Definitely time to revisit those! Whilst I’m at it, modern mystery ‘religions’ like the Golden Dawn have always fascinated me and then – there’s alchemy and the kabbalah!

Astrology

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Once, I knew a Belgian ‘white’ witch who had been a powerful (hereditary) black magician. At the height of his powers, he could kill a man just by looking at him, or at least so he said. Sounds a bit much but I believed him – not the least because he had a Pluto Square Mercury and Pluto sextile Venus – both within seconds of arc.

For some, tapping into outer planetary energies like Pluto comes easy. Presto! Results! Yeah! Yet these energies are particularly dangerous because they will remain forever beyond the personal Ego’s grasp.

Not surprisingly, then, after partaking in a power battle with other black magicians, my friend awoke in the middle of the Belgian Ardennes with 70% burns over his body. He made promise to himself then and there that if he didn’t die, he’d mend his magical ways and he did.

My ‘white’ witch friend learned the hard way that there are two sides to the magical equation. Because of this, he was always critical of ‘New Age’ practitioners who focus only on ‘goodness’ and ‘light’.

440px-Tovenaarsleerling_S_Barth.pngLike the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the uninitiated usually fail to understand the true nature of the energies at hand and, in their inexperienced hands, things can quickly get out of control.  Even in the hands of the very experienced, things can and do go terribly wrong.

I’m only too thankful that I do NOT have Pluto in the mix with with my personal planets. If did, I’d be joining ranks with some seriously powerful witches and ceremonial magicians. That’s much too much responsibility for me and I know it. But what if some ‘goodness and light’ article/post stimulates someone with tight Pluto contacts to play their hand at the game?

A good magician works with the forces of nature – not against them. He knows the difference of what he can and cannot change. A good magician full well knows that there are ‘dark forces’ in the universe and, whilst he may not actively seek them out, he is prepared to deal with if needs be.

Are you?

 

 

Astrology

Today and Tomorrow are Queen of Sword’s Days

With the Sun in Virgo (discerning) and the Moon in Aries (daring & defiant), today and tomorrow are Queen of Swords days.

The Queen of Swords is not only tenacious, but also prone to being argumentative. Nothing escapes her all-encompassing gaze.

She possesses more than ample intellectual capabilities to process what she’s learned. Because she is by nature an independent woman, she is oft seen as secretive and aloof.

If truth be told, she likes it that way because, as the result, she owes her allegiance to none but herself.gtro_tarot_card__queen_of_swords_by_melsubayai-d60g082.png.jpeg Most of the time, this serves her well. After all, if she’s to accurately discern the motives of others, she can’t afford to be, herself, emotionally involved.

Yet her life isn’t always easy and it’s safe to say that sometimes she resents her reputation as being dangerous or even cruel. The truth of the matter is that she’s neither intolerant nor narrow minded as her detractors would have you believe.

The best way to use this energy, is to make keen observations about your environment. With help from this queen, it won’t be hard. Just ensure that you use any conclusions you might draw from such observations in an ethical way – else you may find yourself caught up in the nasty thorns of this queen’s beloved rose garden. Never forget that the suit of swords in the tarot deck stands both for justice as well as destruction.

Astrology

What’s your Dharma/ Career path?

In your astrological chart, the MC or Mid-heaven marks the highest point that the Sun will reach on the day that you were born. In this respect, it represents the point for which you’re always aiming –  call it what you like – dharma, calling, vocation, and/or personal path to enlightenment.

th.jpegThe energy symbolised by the zodiac sign on the MC (along with the condition and placement of its ruler), must somehow be integrated into your life. The MC is a very public place. It represents that for which you will be known and remembered. Make your choices with care.

Transits over your MC will trigger events helping you along your way:

  • Transiting Uranus will force you to stop singing the ‘party line’ and finally forge your own path.
  • Transiting Saturn over your MC may make you feel uncomfortable/vulnerable on your present path – testing you until you finally figure out where/how you’ve been going wrong. If nothing is wrong, then now you become the authority figure. Well, done, you will have earned it.
  • Transiting Neptune on your MC will throw you into a fog of confusion until you emotionally connect with the right path. The transition won’t be easy – prepare for  sacrifice of some kind.
  • Transiting Pluto over your MC will force you off your current path unless it’s already right for you; should you be one of the lucky ones, then Pluto crossing your MC will put you in a position of immense power – be careful, please, how you use it.

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MC Sign

Ruler

Descriptions / Example

Aries

 

Mars Mover/shaker – break out and make something happen – think Bill Gates – win and lead – find something for which you can act as the champion.
Taurus Venus Build your own world around you – leave a big footprint – think King Henry VIII – possess and secure – your achievements must be enduring.
Gemini Mercury Build a bridge linking two different worlds – communication/commerce the more innovative your approach, the better – think Jane Austen and Paul Mc Cartney.
Cancer Moon Make the world safer, less hostile – preserve and protect – banking, politics, conservation, medicine, history – families & groups of all sorts – belong. Think John F Kennedy and Mahatma Gandhi.
Leo Sun Be the centre of attention  – make your mark – be creative, charismatic, unique – do things your way – exercise your personal will. Think Frank Sinatra and the Marquis de Sade.
Virgo Mercury Use your mind to make something reality – the expert who pares down, cuts back, & reorders – be always of service. Think astrologers like Nick Campion and Isabel Hickey, inventors like Leonardo da Vinci, and politicians like Margaret Thatcher.
Libra Venus Needs other people for help along one’s path – individual connections unlock the door that remains firmly closed until the right ‘partner’ comes along. Think Fred Astaire (and his partner, Ginger Rogers).
Scorpio Mars / Pluto Uncover, discover, withdraw, struggle to seize power & always be passionate. Life is dangerous – live it to the extreme – go where others fear to tread. Think Carl Jung, Marie Curie, James Joyce, and William Styron.
Sagittarius Jupiter Needs to open up a new vision of the world – make it a brighter, better place – push boundaries, have confidence that you’re ‘right’. Find solutions. Think Alexander Graham Bell, Emeline Pankhurst, William Lilly, Robespierre.
Capricorn Saturn Take charge, wield authority – be a founding father – others will come to you for validation-  of all the zodiac signs, you have ‘destiny’. Think George Washington, 1st president of the United States.
Aquarius Saturn / Uranus Take a new direction – open doors – replace old ideas with new – overthrow the status quo, bring something into societal consciousness – make things up as your go along. Think Anna Freud, Mary Shelley (Frankenstein).
Pisces Jupiter/ Neptune Need to get lost totally before finding one’s path – this is obligatory – a rite of passage. Make something unordinary into something ordinary. Live your fantasy. Think actress, Judy Garland and artists, Max Ernst.

 

 

Astrology

Esoteric Dilemmas

In some esoteric circles, the MC/IC (Mid-heaven/Imum Coeli) axis depicts your spiritual descent down the ladder from the stars and into bodily incarnation.[1]

The idea is that before birth, you were given a daemon that selects the pattern that you are to live out on earth. [2]

Soul, then, is the mediating consciousness between body and spirit and, at the IC (Latin for ‘bottom of the sky’) soul picks up an emotional charge from your parents such that their hopes, fears, and fantasies become your own.
This is not really ‘you’, however. In order to incarnate, you had to create a ‘false self’ through which to adapt to the world via your ASC/DSC (Ascendant/ Descendant) axis of relationship. Through desire, attachment, crisis, and struggle, soul transmutes this ‘false’ self, allowing the real ‘you’ to return up that ladder back to the stars.Spindle1

In this context, the IC, is both about death and rebirth. It is also about going into the dark to reconnect with your passion for life. Most certainly, the IC is about the container (body, family, society) to which you have attached. It is also about how you relate with your career (MC). In this sense, the MC is about more than just career, however. It describes not only how well you relate to the material world in general but also how well you relate to authority. You might think of your MC as informing you about that which your parents didn’t achieve for themselves and expect you to achieve for them.

As you might expect, this often leaves you in quite a dilemma:

 

MC/IC Axis Dilemma
Aries/Libra Struggle between whether to compete/lead as pushed to do by parents or stay behind and remain in ‘harmony’ with them – wouldn’t be the first time any child got a double message.
Taurus / Scorpio Home environment is one of immense need and intensity and the child is caught in the middle of his/her parents’ power trips. The child tries to become referee of parents that are terrified of being abandoned and hence, are very needy.
Gemini/Sagittarius The parental dynamic is damaged and the child takes up his/her identity  whilst trying to heal it (i.e. I need my books in order to heal the rift between my parents and so my books are my life).
Cancer/Capricorn The family dynamic is about tradition and togetherness – the world ‘out’ there is bleak and hostile, but we’ll be fine as long as we ‘stay’ together. The child not only adopts the view that the world is unsafe but also suspects that his/her parents don’t love him/her – or at least they won’t do if he/she refuses to toe their party line.
Leo/Aquarius Here the child is basically used by his/her parents so that they can realise their own ambitions.  The child becomes almost like a treasured ‘pet’ –  so much does he/she need to always ‘shine’ in the eyes of his/her parents.
Virgo/Pisces Here the primary issue is control and lack thereof – boundaries are hazy, unclear. The parental dynamic is one of service and sacrifice – an imbalance of power between the parents results in hidden passion and anger. The child is drawn into this dynamic and has trouble escaping. Control over his/her own life is overridden by need to sacrifice ‘self’ in order to remain in service to his parent(s).

If soul gets too wrapped up in the concerns of the MC/IC axis, then it might well forget the whole purpose for which it incarnated. Transits to the MC/IC axis will provoke a ‘spiritual crisis’ to get soul back on track:

 

Neptune Transits to the MC/IC axis confuse you as to the direction you’re going. Soul is trying to reconnect with its original intention of incarnation and you’re forced to wait in the fog until soul gains the necessary clarity of purpose.
Pluto Transits to the MC/IC axis strip you of your outmoded ‘adaptations’ to the material world. You lose your old power base in order to create space for the new. Usually the experiences of this transit involve something taboo and forbidden.
Uranus Transits to the MC/IC can bring sudden and expected changes often seen as being completely out of your control. Equally, however, you might decide to cut loose from your family and/or career and do your ‘own thing’.
Saturn Transits to the MC/IC can bring rewards for hard-work. Equally, they may force you to work harder.
Nodal Axis Transits to the MC/IC can bring helpers to assist you in leaving what needs to be left behind.
Jupiter Transits to the MC/IC can bring restlessness. Equally, however, it can bring faith and understanding so as to make it easier for you to move forward to new and better things.

 

[1] For an interesting take on this theme, read the classic children’s book, The Little Prince. The little prince has a celestial journey and meets a king, conceited man, drinker, business, lamplighter, geographer. Each one has a problem meant to teach the prince about something to avoid. Finally, the little prince descends to earth where he meets the snake – the colour of moonlight. The snake (key to the story) says the prince is purer than the snake because he comes from a star – so the prince is not contaminated by descent from earth – i.e. he is not fully incarnated although he layers on his experiences little by little. At the end of the story, he goes back to his star and wonders – how should a person find his or her ‘own star’?

[2] James Hillman, The Soul’s Code, Random House, NY (1996), p 7 – discussing Plato’s Myth of Er.

Astrology

Dark Shadows (aka Saturn)

The client’s chart upon which I’m now concentrating has Aquarius rising. This means that the chart ruler is Saturn, which is now undergoing a bit of a battering by transiting Pluto.

In keeping with this challenge, I thought it useful to revisit how Saturn fares in each of the twelve signs and houses. The following comes from a lecture given by Dermod Moore for the CPA in February 2002.Unknown.jpeg

Keywords for Saturn – Structure, Strength, Boundaries, Defense mechanisms and/or Denial/Projection

Saturn is two-faced – both a friend and a foe. With one hand, he gives us the structure & strength necessary to succeed in life but with the other, he makes us feel as if we’re a foolish failure.

I suppose that at the end of the day, Saturn is doing us a favor by highlighting where it is exactly that we’re most vulnerable. How else we could we shore up those weaknesses to be strong? But I will say that Saturn (natal/progression/transit) certainly doesn’t feel very nice. Oh well, as Dermod points out – at least Saturn is fair if not compassionate.

SIGN HOUSE
Aries/ 1st Denial of personal identity and self-expression so as to blend with others more harmoniously. Defenses may include overcompensation with fiery bluster – i.e. the ‘paper tiger’. Fear won’t be welcomed  in the world – the (tarot) Fool scared to take that all important first ‘leap’. Prone to adopt false identity (mask) behind which to hide with resultant anger for being thus compromised.
Taurus/ 2nd Lack of security and/or lack of comfort in own body/skin. Difficulties accessing personal value system and/or lack of personal resources. Defenses may include greed and hoarding. Fear of using personal resources or of acting in concert with own values. Eating disorders and clutching at straws – anything to avoid falling into the abyss (of the 8th house).
Gemini / 3rd Difficulty playing and/or sharing/learning. Gifts include ability to concentrate. Defenses may include becoming workaholic and/or generalised overcompensation. Blocked communication with self and others. Speech and/or learning disorders. Fear of being thought stupid/uneducated.  Accident prone especially re: travel. Denial of ability to cope with physical reality.
Cancer / 4th Fearful of being overwhelmed by feelings or that feelings won’t be accepted and/or understood. Inability to nurture/be nurtured. Defenses may include addictive, compulsive behaviors and/or frozen passions. Fear of strong father or ashamed of weak father/fatherland. Feeling unloved and unwanted – emotional instability and/or mistrust of emotional intimacy. Tied to family and/or place of birth or, alternatively, developing a sincere dislike (or worse) of either or both.
Leo / 5th Feeling denied of ability to play and have fun or to be acknowledged as special. Gifts include excellent leadership skills. Defenses may include self-sabotage to address fear of taking life seriously and/or becoming successful. Going through the motions of ‘having fun’ – the ultimate and compulsive ‘playboy’. Fear of being disliked. Blocked creative flow. Demands too much from others yet never satisfied. Often manifests as unwillingness or inability to have children. Often perceived as having a ‘heart of stone.’
Virgo / 6th Fear of not being perfect enough. Gifts include ability to turn chaos into order. Defenses may include hypochondria and fear of losing control. Does ‘dog work’ rather than intrinsically valuable work as a consequence of inability/unwillingness to see forest for the trees. Nervous complaints. Frustration, ill-health, disappointment often the result of being ‘lost in the daily grind’.
Libra / 7th Paralysis; fear to take decisions. Hazy boundaries to avoid losing connection with others. Devil’s advocate – good mediating skills. Defenses include being ‘too nice’ and being overly ‘objective’. Needs to admit vulnerability to the ‘other’ as well as to share in the responsibility of relationship. Fears of isolation, rejection, and disappointment. Marriage/partnership can become a duty. Sacrifice of love for safety. Equally, strong ability to form healthy commitments for life as long as willing to accept not a victim (of circumstance).
Scorpio / 8th Fear of exposure and/or intimacy. – indeed fear of just about everything. Blocking personal passions. Gift of compassion. Defenses include exploiting vulnerabilities of others (to gain power over). Problems relinquishing power (over). Hence issues achieving desired levels of intimacy. Family secrets and/or shameful inheritance. False laughter is not the best medicine. What goes wrong (re: sex & money) is not always someone else’s fault.
Sagittarius / 9th Blocked faith and/or trust – can’t conceive that everything could be OK. Life ought not to be joyful. Defenses include feeling personally persecuted. Dark horizons, crisis of faith. Religious inclination tends to be dogmatic – if someone in authority says that its true then it must be – even if based on coercion and/or guilt. Eventually (hopefully) Saturn in the 9th becomes his own authority and when this happens, doors start to open rather than close.
Capricorn / 10th Stiff upper lip. Get on with the job. Pessimism. Fear of failure. Gifts include strength of purpose. Defenses include blind conformity, acceptance of conservative attitude at expense of authenticity. Career progresses in fits and starts – difficulties and delays are manifest. Often must fail ‘big’ before achieving success. Difficulty working in groups as needs to be authority figure. Strong inner sense of purpose will eventually yield improved status/social position even if that ‘success’ is projected onto another (i.e. wife projects her ambitions onto successful husband or secretary/PA to his/her high-flying boss).
Aquarius / 11th Fear of failing to be authentic and unique – adamant refusal to be stereotyped. Gifts include seed for change and ideological reform. Defenses include dogmatic attitude and/or doing anything & everything to make oneself stand out from the crowd. Difficulty and/or fears around fitting into groups – feeling like an outsider or even the scapegoat. Inept at social graces. Best to avoid tendency to take position that there is no ‘need of friends’ – no man can stand as an island, or so conventional wisdom says. Equally possible to cram so many social activities into the calendar that there is no time to be alone.
Pisces / 12th Fear of being overwhelmed/deluged by whatever is ‘out there’. Gifts include working with the collective through the symbolic (i.e. marketing or fashion). Defenses may include hyper-rationalization, refusing to believe what you intuitively know to be true. Gets sucked into everything – all that glitters appears to be gold –  getting blindsided or attacked without apparent rhyme or reason – feeling defenseless. Everything done must have articulated purpose else there’s a generalized (unarticulated) fear (and guilt) of ‘floating’. ‘Selfless’ dedication/devotion to another – but is the ‘sacrifice’ worth it?
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