Astro-dynamics of My Knight in Shining Armour

In yet another characterisation exercise for my new memoir, I’m digging into the astro-personality of my husband, JWM.  He plays the knight in shining armour who rescues me from the Wicked Witch of A ‘dam.  

Although he won’t admit it, JWM’s father is a huge influence in his life.  This makes the nature of the bond between them even more important because it operates unconsciously.

The key astrological configurations in  father/son relationships are (1) Saturn (discipline and control), (2) the Sun (validation of Self) and (3) Mars (survival instinct).  The concepts here are clash, struggle, opposition, fear, defeat, and betrayal.

In myth, Saturn and Mars are mortal enemies.  Yet they absolutely need each other.  It’s interesting that Saturn functions not only as the father figure in a young man’s life but also as the unavoidable aging process that eventually brings the young buck to his knees.

But back to the Wicked Witch of A ‘dam.  JWM was a young man then.   He had not yet undergone his Saturn return during which he would gain his sense of perspective.

JWM’s Saturn (structure/perfection) in Aries (sense of omnipotence) sits on his father’s Sun/Uranus  (break w/ tradition) in Aries; JWM never stops judging his father.  His father doesn’t know how to react.  Their interactions take on a decidedly defensive tone.   The young ram must butt against something if he’s to make any progress at all.

A young man’s sense of direction must come from his notion  of the ‘father figure’.  Because his Sun is in Aquarius, JWM needs his father to be a visionary who accomplishes nothing less than transforming the free world.  Whether his father achieved this isn’t the point.  The point is that with JWM’s Sun square Mars/Neptune conjunction (dissociation from action), he needs to see his father that way.

So not surprisingly, when I first met JWM in A ‘dam he was an unfocused drifter.    His father had failed to unleash JWM’s Mars energy  (there’s no synastry there).   But I did.*

According to Liz Greene, the energy of Neptune/Mars often manifests through romantic heroism.   That’s just what it did.  Enter my knight in shining armour whose Neptune/Mars in Scorpio formed a perfect trine with the Mars (Cancer) of Alieke, the Wicked Witch of A ‘dam.

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* My Uranus (liberation) in Cancer (nurturing) trines JWM’s Neptune/Mars in Scorpio (passion).

If you Play with Fire – You’ll Almost Certainly Get Burned

bouncy TiggerBouncing is fiery and fire is what Tigger does best.  It makes him larger than life.  It makes him the most loveable character in the hundred-acre wood.

Yet being larger than life doesn’t always make one happy – despite his or her cheery smile.

“Fiona” is a young Irish woman with a Grand Fire Trine.  She has her Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius (gregarious, optimistic, and naïve).  Her Saturn (organisation) is in fall in Aries (reckless and impatient).  Her Moon (nurturing and belonging) in Leo (proud and confident yet easily duped).

With that fiery line up there’s little surprise her life is a continuing drama.

Her father was the local vicar.  He kept his mistress as a housekeeper and worked undercover for British intelligence.  According to Fiona, her mother was a mouse who roared only on her way out of the marriage.

Fiona’s friends know her as a ‘good time girl’ who had an enviable sex life  – that is before she got married.  Seems that now the party is over.  Fiona’s husband (who apparently was fine before the marriage) is now impotent.

She can’t understand his problem.

Seeing her Mars (assertion and survival) in detriment in Libra (compliant and evasive) across the MC/AC (4th house/10th house or ‘parental’ axis) we suspect it’s her problem.

One day Tigger loses his famous stripes.  He is inconsolable until he learns that it’s what’s ‘inside’ not ‘outside’ that counts.

Likewise Fiona must look within for answers.

But how do you get a fire-type to do that?

Write a book about herself, you suggest?!  

What’s your ‘astrological’ fate?

Leo is lucky – Leo is fire.

But if like me, you have no fire (Leo, Aries, or Sagittarius) in your astrological chart that won’t mean that you won’t have to deal with it. [1]  Indeed – astrologically – what you’re missing is more important than what you have.

Did you know that statistically you’re highly likely to be missing one of the four elements (water, earth, fire, or air)?  Further, until you devise a conscious, constructive outlet for this missing energy, it will operate unconsciously through the collective in what is often referred to as ‘fate’.

Consider the story of Simba – a rambunctious lion club full of himself and his future.  He will be King of the Pride Lands one day!  However his unchecked enthusiasm for adventure makes him easy prey for his jealous, cunningly evil uncle.  This results in the death of Simba’s father and Simba’s guilt-ridden self-imposed exile from home.

Simba now discovers a new philosophy – Hakuna Matata – ‘no one cares at all’ and lives happily with new friends repudiating all that a lion should be.  But, after a visit from the ‘Wiseman’ and the spirit of his dead father, Simba reconnects with the ‘Circle of Life’ and returns home to overthrow his usurper uncle and claim his rightful throne.  Simba has come full circle with regards to his fiery energy.

Simba may have too much fire in his chart or – more likely – none at all.  We can only tell the difference by the way he behaves.

Accordingly to Liz Greene, a missing element is like a wild animal that can never be domesticated.  It can be either a powerful friend or enemy.  But the point is you’re never going to be in control. Yet your ‘missing element’ holds both your greatest creative potential – as well as the seeds for your downfall.

I’ve had to work hard to develop my intuition (a manifestation of fire) but its erratic expression has head to such unpredictably that I’ve been inclined not to trust it.  Yet without it, I can’t make any progress in life.

Simba seems to have the same problem.  His easy passion for life turns to tears and his sense of destiny deserts him in his hour of need.  He looses faith in life and himself.

Fire is naturally extremely dangerous even at the best of times.  But as Liz suggests, those of us who lack it must still deal with it – albeit not directly.  With help from others, Simba was able to reconnect with fire in a more healthy way through his emotions (water) and reason (air).  No doubt it was also helped by the responsibility (earth) thrust upon him by his position as once and future Lion King.


[1] I do have Pluto in Leo, which being a generational planet (as opposed to a personal planet) I figure doesn’t count.

Follow your Bliss – Today is an Eight of Coins Day

With the sun in Taurus (industry and tangible success) and the moon in Sagittarius (hope, wisdom, and purpose), today is a eight of coins

This is a lovely energy and a quiet energy, too.  In some ways, it’s the best that coins have to offer.  On an eight of coins day, you can be content and enjoy your work with heart-felt enthusiasm.

Energy like this is hard to come by – especially these days.  In a world where you’re constantly being convinced that  you need ever more and more, it’s difficult to accept you could be happy with what you already have.

I suggest the problem lies with the nature of the energies coming both before and your delightful eight of coins interlude.

With the seven of coins (Sun in Taurus and moon in Scorpio) we see a man admiring the enviable fruits of his labours.  Yet despite his success, he looks less than pleased.   One gets the impression he’s thinking – ‘hold on –  this is all very well and good – but is this all there is?’  Remember Scorpio can’t be happy with anything – being as guarded and distrustful as he naturally is.

With the nine of coins (Sun in Taurus and moon in Capricorn) we see an lovely lady standing in her abundant garden.  She seems completely at one with her world.  Yet there’s an added feature here that is easily overlooked – the hooded falcon.   The falcon represents the soaring human spirit (Sagittarius).  That is is hooded suggests that it flies only as and when its mistress chooses.  In other words, although she is capable of intense creative and emotional expression (Taurus),  (unlike with the moon in Scorpio) the moon in Capricorn is not a slave to her passions.  Such grace comes not only with success but also with discipline.  This lovely lady has had to train like a new puppy to hold herself until its time to let go.

It’s the discipline part of the nine of coins that these days, most of us eschew.

Yet it’s impossible to fully embrace the passion offered by the eight of coins without also sensing the discipline the nine of coins will require in order to enjoy it.

It’s much easier to sink back into the empty victory the seven of coins, moaning – as most of us do – there must be more to life.

But if that’s not what you want, then on an eight of coins day, you have a choice.

Do that which makes you want to get up in the morning – that which expresses your most treasured values, gifts, and desires.  On a eight of coins day you have the unique opportunity to bask – even if just for a moment – in the pure pleasure of doing for the doing .

On an eight of coins day, follow your bliss.  Live today for the day.

Just when you thought things were going to get better……

Just when you thought things were going to get better,   Pluto and Uranus are coming together – in square – yet again.

We’ll feel the initial effects of this in July and August of this year. But the finale won’t come until March 2015.   What on earth might this mean?

An astrological square is just like it sounds – tension – rock rubs against hard spot – wounds fester, fear dominates, and tempers fly.

Pluto is the great timekeeper of the collective.  He destroys anything and everything that is old and outworn.  Uranus symbolises the eruption of ideas that seize the minds of visionary men.  Yet the voices of the prophets have never been welcome when they bring bad news.

The last square between Pluto and Uranus was in 1933-34.[1]  Then, attempts to reactivate sagging world economies after the crash of ’29 led to Hitler’s rise in Germany (he was seen as both a reformer and national saviour).  In the US, it led to Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ (a progressive social program that heralded the start of big government).

1933-34 was the opening of the square.  Now – nearly 82 years  later – as Pluto moves through Capricorn – with the closing square comes fruition. [2]

Through Cancer, we surmise that fear of rejection underlies the suppressed tension of the aspect.

Through Capricorn we anticipate the energy to be released by the square.  Capricorn symbolises the fear of inadequacy  – of failing to achieve.

It is precisely this fear that will drive Capricorn (in the guise of big business, governments, and global economic institutions who are indeed failing to achieve and in fear of rejection) into overdrive.

Enter Uranus in Aries – the energy of the warrior – the crusader – the saviour – the impetuous child.   Might we expect the rise of another Hitler or Roosevelt?  I wouldn’t be at all surprised.  The vacancy is undoubtedly open.

And whoever fills it will rise to power as the result of the collapse and disintegration of that which Capricorn best signifies –  big government and capitalism.[3]


[1] Uranus was in powder keg Aries and Pluto was in maternal Cancer.  The current 2011-2015 square also features Uranus in powder keg Aries.  But Pluto has moved on to oppose maternal Cancer in paternalist Capricorn.

[2] 84 years is roughly the time through which it takes Uranus to make a complete cycle through the 12 zodiac signs.  Thus he has returned once again to Aries to complete the square.

[3] Astrologers may want to take a look at the chart of Karl Marx, who born on 5 May 1818(2 AM in Treves, Prussia) was himself a product of a Uranus/Pluto Square with an opposition of Jupiter in Capricorn and Mars in Cancer across his 11th and 6th houses.

Today is a Hanged Man Day

With the sun in Aries  (initiation) and the Moon in Libra (completion), today is a Hanged Man day.

The Hanged Man aways leaves a lasting impression.  When holding the card for the first time, you can’t decide if it’s rightside up or upside down.  This is both the problem and the solution with this uniquely uncomfortable energy.

In the Middle Ages, the punishment for traitors was to be hung, like our Hanged Man, by the foot with the head down.   Even today, with this card we sense treachery afoot.

From the symbolism of this card, you can easily see where the problem lies.  The Hanged Man forms a cross with his legs, while his arms are in the position of a triangle.

Like the square, the cross stands for the number 4, which is the number of material order.  We have the 4 directions (East, South, West, and North).  We have four phases of the moon (crescent, waxing, full, and waning).  We have four cardinal (or turning) points to our year (vernal and autumnal equinoxes and the two solstices – summer and winter).   Four stands for what is real and essential here in the earthly realm.

Conversely, the number 3 symbolizes the divine.  Many have tried to explain the unfolding One into the multiplicity by reference to the number 3.   Lao-tzu says: “the Tao produces unity, unity produces, duality produces trinity, and the triad produces all things.”  In Hinduism the great triad appears in the form of Braham the creator, Shiva the destroyer, and Vishnu, the sustainer.  And of course in the Christian concept of Trinity, we have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

Composed of both 4 and  3, the Hanged Man represents the upside-down world in which the divine is below while the earthly realm is above.   In other words, that which is truly ‘real’ is buried the ‘reality’ of everyday life.  No wonder we feel so stuck in our increasingly secular lives.

Even worse, by multiplying 4 by 3, we come to 12 – which symbolizes the closed circle – an impasse of the most pressing kind.   However will we find the energy needed to break free of the rut?

Yet when we turn 12 around, we reach the number 21.  In the tarot, 21 represents the end of our journey – The World or Paradise Regained.  But we only reach 21 if, when stuck at 12, we turn ourselves around.

The Hanged Man represents the multitude of life’s crises that invite us to do just that.  A crisis is always a turning point.   Yet even then it remains our choice whether we accept the challenge.

On a Hanged Man day, you are forced to pause, so as to consider the direction your life is taking.

Rather than betray your self yet again, you might take heed of the words of the psychologist, CG Jung –

“We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life’s morning.  For what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.”

With Easter Arrives Taurus & A More Gentle Time

Easter is the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox (the first day of spring).   It can fall on any date (that’s a Sunday) between 22 March and 25th April.  The most likely date is 19 April while the average date is 7th April.

The date upon which it may fall straddles the day  (21st of April) when the sun slips from Aires to Taurus.  Statistically, Easter is much more likely to fall into Aries than Taurus.  But this year, Taurus wins.

What might this mean?

In Old Testament times, at around Eastertime, priests would sacrifice lambs as an offering.   When Jesus arrived, he became the sacrificial lamb – the ‘Lamb of God’.   Blood purifies.  The letting of blood expiates our sins.

This is why Easter is associated with rebirth and resurrection.  Easter is the time to atone for our transgressions and start over again, fresh and clean.

With all the focus on bloodletting, it’s fitting that Easter usually occurs in Aries.  Aries is an ardent, spirited energy.  As the archetypal warrior, Aries is action-oriented and focused to win.

But when Easter falls into Taurus, we’re introduced with a new kind of energy – solid, stable, secure, and settled.  As the archetypal Earth Mother, Taurus gets back to basics.  The Taurean platitude is ‘slow and steady as she goes’.

So this Easter, why not take advantage of the  shift from being active and outgoing to that of  being more self-sufficient and serene.  After all, you’re getting a second chance.  You’re starting over.  Why do it all the same again?