Solar Return for Ms K 2016-17 / Be Careful!

The Solar Return chart gives a brief snapshot of a 12 month period (birthday-to-birthday).  Such predictive techniques are necessarily short and sweet giving you, the client, the chance to fill in the details for yourself.

The following is for Ms K’s –  2016-2017:


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You’ve been busy thinking not only about others but also how your life fits with theirs. But please be careful what actions you take based on conclusions that you may have drawn. Failure to exercise due caution could land you in big trouble. You’re in a period of testing as to your ability to exercise self restraint and, based on your natal chart, this may not be easy. Ms K SR 2016 17.jpg

 

Analysis:

  1. Solar Return  (SR) Mercury (28 Scorpio 50) is trine the SR Ascendant (28 Cancer 50). This suggests that since your last birthday, you’ve been busy forming ideas about others as well as determining your own position in regards to them. Although chances are that you’ve not been sharing your thoughts or conclusions (Mercury is secretive in Scorpio), you’ve undoubtedly drawn up a good list. But please be careful about whatever it is that you might plan to do as the result of these conclusions. The trine aspect is oft described as a slippery slope – one step in that direction and whoosh, down in the mud you go!
  2. Needless to say that during 2016-17, actions taken without careful forethought could land you in big trouble – perhaps, even causing serious damage to your status and/or social position.
  3. SR Mars (1 Aquarius 55) is also making a sextile your SR Mid-heaven (MC) at 2 Aires 19:
    • According to classical astrology, Mars in Aquarius ‘is inclined more easily towards doing evil’ and can be ‘rash and reckless’ with ‘little concern for planning.’
    • Because the MC symbolises, amongst other things, your position in the community, your reputation is on the line.
    • Luckily, the sextile gives plenty of room to manoeuvre: you can either take up what it offers or walk away. By taking one approach, this SR MC in Aries could manifest as the successful, confident establishment of your individuality. Equally, a different approach will lead to rash, covetous behaviour.
  4. Using the classical technique known as Directing by Triplicity, we again see the need for careful consideration. You are moving from a period governed by your natal Sun in Scorpio to that governed by your Saturn in Capricorn. This is a huge and significant shift:
Key words for Sun in Scorpio Struggle, will power, succeed at any cost –  prone to overestimation of ‘self’ which in turn leads to arguments/difficulties.
Key words for Saturn in Capricorn Self-restraint, diplomacy, endurance, industry, a strong will to succeed through slow but sure advancement.
  1. Interestingly, both your natal Sun and Saturn make close (but different) aspects to your natal Mars in Cancer:
Key words for Mars in Cancer Intense emotional life, moodiness, impulsivity marked by little perseverance.

Ms K natalWhat this means is that both the periods governed by your Sun and now, by Saturn are infused with this Martian energy – whereby your actions are governed not so much by rational thought but by emotions and instinct. But there is a difference. While your Sun and Mars have much in common (including perhaps a taste ’emotional blackmail’), your Mars and Saturn do not and herein, is the problem.

  1. Since February 2015, transiting Pluto (deep, and often painful, change) has been making a prolonged ‘hit’ to both your natal Sun/Mars and Saturn/Mars . This will continue until well into 2019.
  2. Whilst Pluto and Mars get on well enough (they are joint rules of Scorpio), Pluto and Saturn are natural enemies; Saturn builds things and Pluto tears them down. Obviously, this is not a ‘feel good’ time. But it is a time during which you can get grips with where your prior approach has let your down.
  3.  Throughout all of calendar 2019, you will enjoy your second Transits Report.jpgSaturn Return (the first one having occurred around age 29-30). This period will not only help you to consolidate your Saturn but also to integrate its constructive (building) energy into your  life. Even better, is that during most of 2018, you are due for a huge boost of in your patience (transiting Saturn conjunct natal Jupiter).
  4. All of this bodes well for your future whilst at the same time all the more difficult to achieve if, during 2016-17, you land yourself in big trouble with ill-considered actions based on ill-considered conclusions/ideas.

 

 

 

As promised, solar return/predictive work for MC – chin up!

th.jpegSummary – Haven’t been feeling yourself? Gloom and doom got you down? Has someone you thought you could trust deceived you? The dark cloud under which you’ve been living these past nine months will soon lift but you’ll still need to remain vigilant to avoid being deluded. Keep your spirits up! Although your skies may stay grey awhile longer, you actually are in the midst of a fantastic period of your life. How about developing your artistic abilities?

CM 2016 17.jpgDetails 2016-17:

  1. With Solar Return (SR) Saturn on the SR Midheaven (MC) –  expect a long, hard slog re: career aspirations; expect to be tired and, quite possibly, fed up. With the SR Moon also square your SR MC (and also Saturn), moodiness is magnified.
  2. But whenever Saturn is involved there’s  real opportunity for achievement – it’s like the race between the tortoise and the hare – the tortoise (Saturn) always wins not only because he never gives up, but he also knows how to pace himself.
  3. With the fixed star, Ras algethi (Stars of Hercules), conjunct this SR Saturn, there are added elements of boldness, courage, and leadership. How about channelling some energy into a project other than your day job – perhaps a charity or political cause that would give your life more purpose?
  4. Granted, positive action is difficult now not the least because Neptune is in the same degree as the nodal axis. Have you been expecting more from people than they were able to give even whilst your own sense of team/community spirit is lagging? If so, there’s good reason and with this configuration, it probably involves having been on the receiving end of some deceit/untruthfulness undertaken by someone whom you felt you could trust. It’s always worth considering, however, whether it might not have been so much that he/she told lies but that you weren’t able (or willing) to see the truth?
  5. Good news. This black cloud over your head is active only from around the time of your birthday in 2016 until the same time in 2017. Better news. This period is ¾ over!
  6. Two midpoints activated in this 2016-17 SR chart:
    • Moon/Neptune – Saturn:  this underlines pessimistic moods – this isn’t avoidable but it is temporary.
    • Sun/Pluto – Neptune: lack of energy and potential health issues – avoid becoming a martyr under any circumstances.

 

Details 2017-18:CM SR 2017-18.jpg

  1. SR Neptune is conjunct the SR MC and because it also rules the MC, it’s doubly important. Keywords for Neptune = impressionable, sympathetic, spiritual. Sounds good – but beware! With Neptune, there are always possibilities of being tricked, deceived, or otherwise deluded and with the MC, this is likely to manifest  in your career. The best defence is a good offense and so dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’ when it comes to your job. Don’t take chances. It also couldn’t hurt to take periodic advice from someone who has proven trustworthy in the past. Not everything that glitters is gold and during this period, you’ll have trouble telling the difference.
  2. No other planets are making (Ptolemaic) aspects to the angles and no planets are in the same degree as the nodal axis. Likewise, there are no midpoints we need to consider. So, let’s take a look at a few other predictive techniques to help get a better flavour for this period.CM Natal chart.jpg
  3. Directing by triplicity is a simple but powerful tool involving the triplicity rulers of the main luminary in your natal chart (born at night=the Moon).
    • Because your natal moon is in Taurus, we look to the triplicity rulers for earth. Whilst your Moon in Taurus ruled the first 1/3 of your life, Venus in Libra is now running the show. This is a lovely, positive energy – life at its best and fully enjoyed! Keywords = friendly and obliging manner, fabulous social contacts, excellent taste, and nascent artistic skills.
    • Because of the sextile between your natal Venus and natal Neptune, all this is doubly highlighted. Maybe you’re a romantic with very high ideals? You certainly know how to get the most out of life as long as you avoid giving into chronic indecision and/or uncertainty.
    • Pluto is also tied in with your Venus (by conjunction) suggesting that when it comes to romance, you may be somewhat fanatical. It’s perfectly OK to look for intensity in relationships but, please, do try to avoid power plays.
  4. Key transits  (hard aspects only – they are most likely to materialise):
    • Transiting Saturn opposing your natal Jupiter (February 2018, June 2018, and November 2018) – testing not only your patience but also your self-confidence. With natal Jupiter in your 10th house, this is likely to felt most in your profession/career. Because transiting Saturn is in your 4th house, you may be confronted with dividing your loyalties between your job and home. Where is your sense of duty?
    • Transiting Uranus will make a square to natal your Mars (May 2018, and October/November 2018) – you’ll likely feel more argumentative than usual. This isn’t necessarily bad, however, as long as you direct your energy toward achieving things of real importance. Because your Mars is also in your 10th house, this too is most likely to manifest as the result of your job.

Case Study for Ms Y – Directing by Triplicity

Case Study for Ms Y who is going through a sustained bad patch. She needs to find the best way to navigate these uncomfortably choppy waters and hence has asked for advice.Unknown

Directing by triplicity gives a quick and easy thumbnail sketch of your entire life.

The idea is to look at the main luminary and it’s three classical triplicity rules (by element) and examine not only their ‘condition’ use classical rules but also the areas of life they govern; the 1st triplicity ruler governs the first 1/3 of your life, the 2nd triplicity ruler governs the second 1/3 of your life and of course the 3rd triplicity ruler governs the final 1/3 of your life. There are no hard and fast rules regarding when one moves from one life phase to another but generally the first transition occurs around aged 30 years and the last transition about aged 60 years.

Summary

It is likely that Ms Y is struggling as to how to exercise her authority and this may well be part of what underlies her current angst. Despite ‘management hype’ to the contrary, she needs to realise that ‘warm and fuzzy’ is not really her thing. Instead if she remains at all times ‘sober’ and ‘honest’, then there is good reason to believe that both she and anyone over whom she had authority will benefit. Beware ‘secret knowledge’ which (let’s face it), management always has. She should avoid being too authoritarian however, as this may seriously damage her reputation.

Analysis

Because she was born during the day, her Sun in Taurus is her main luminary. Because Taurus is astrological earth, her three triplicity rulers are: Venus, Moon, Mars.

Because Ms Y is now in the 2nd 1/3 of her life, the governing triplicity ruler is her Moon at 14 Aquarius in her 4th house. As the primary purpose of the astrological Moon is to bring the emotional connectedness we all need to survive, this Moon struggles. Because Aquarius is an air sign, Ms Y relates to others primarily through ideas and ideals and whilst this may appeal to some, others are likely to find Ms Y lacking in emotional warmth. So although Aquarius is neither a good nor bad sign for the Moon, it is uncomfortable in that this moon has always remains detached and in these days where ‘warm and fuzzy’ relationships are prized, this may put Ms Y at a disadvantage.

The Moon of Ms Y is in the ‘terms’ of Jupiter and this gives her significant authority over others. But because her Moon is at square (difficult) aspect with Jupiter in her own chart, she may struggle as to how to exercise that authority and this may well be part of what underlies her current angst.

In classical astrology, the leadership skills of Ms Y are denoted by her Mars because this planet rules the 2nd decan of her 10th house (itself a water house as Cancer is on the 10th house cusp). Her Mars is at 1 Leo (out of Sect) conjunct Saturn (at 28 Cancer) also in the 10th house. Because this Mars is in Leo, it is fiery and because it angular, it is forceful and because of its associations with Saturn, doubly so.

According to Bonatti’s Liber Hermetis, this Mars/Saturn has potentially dangerous implications for the reputation of Ms Y in regards to her profession because it is associated with prisons’ and/or ‘hostages’. This might suggest that others view her leadership skills as too traditional and/or authoritarian. That Saturn in Cancer is in ‘detriment’ (opposite Capricorn where it is exalted) suggests a good way to avoid is for for Ms Y to take an alternative approach.

How that might be achieved might be illustrated by looking to Mercury in Gemini’, with whom Mars makes a close sextile (easier) aspect. Mercury at 1 Gemini is one of the strongest, happiest planets in Ms Y’s chart. Not only is it in its sign of rulership but also in its own terms. According to Bonatti’s Liber Hermetis this suggests that Ms Y will not only have ‘rank’ but will ‘share in secret knowledge’. Not only that but she is ‘very honest and sober’.

Whilst we’d like to think that all management folk are ‘honest’ and ‘sober’, that would be naïve. However to the extent that Ms Y is, both she and those that she’s leading will likely really benefit. Because her Mars at 1 Leo is in the terms of Jupiter, Bonatti’s Liber Hermetis suggests that Ms Y will be ‘honoured with government and will work with exalted people’.

In other words, she has what it takes to be an excellent leader and with transitting Saturn exactly trine her natal Saturn, she’s in a good, stable position to put into place whatever changes she determines are needed especially in regards to exercising her authority. Warm and fuzzy is not really her thing. Instead if she remains at all times ‘sober’ and ‘honest’, she and anyone over whom she had authority will benefit. Beware ‘secret knowledge’ (which let’s face it, management always has). This however may always be a point of considerable personal concern for Ms Y – does she share it or not?  This will always likely be an issue with which she struggles.

The troubles of a certain Mr A and idea of pre-destination

imagesDirecting by triplicity gives a quick and easy thumbnail sketch of one’s entire life.

The idea is to look at the main luminary and it’s three classical triplicity rules (by element) and examine not only their ‘condition’ use classical rules but also the areas of life they govern; the 1st triplicity ruler governs the first 1/3 of your life, the 2nd triplicity ruler governs the second 1/3 of your life and of course the 3rd triplicity ruler governs the final 1/3 of your life. There are no hard and fast rules regarding when one moves from one life phase to another but generally the first transition occurs around aged 30 years and the last transition about aged 60 years.

The following is a quick case study for a certain Mr A who, now in the second 1/3 of his life, has met up with some daunting difficulties which when using classical astrology, are all too apparent in his natal chart:

  • Triplicity ruler for the mid-part of Mr A’s life is Mars which is at 10 Pisces.
  • Mars is in the terms of Venus and out of sect, because it is in the hemisphere of the Sun rather than the Moon where it preferably belongs.
  • According to the Liber Hermetis, an out of sect Mars in Pisces will lead to being ‘subordinates of great men’. It also suggests that Mr A will ‘work as if a slave’ and will have ‘little regard for danger’, throwing himself into ‘violent situations’ where he ‘looses his mind’ with the ‘excitement of it all’.
  • According to the Liber Hermetis, Mars in the terms of Venus suggests that although he ‘will have many lovers and beautiful daughters’, Mr A will ‘lose money’ and ‘find it difficult to commit to a relationship’.

Now I realise that all of this sounds much too fatalistic to appeal to 21st century ideas of ‘freedom of choice’ and ‘psychological growth’. However it does indicate that at some level our lives are pre-destined and at the moment, I’m at a loss on how to suggest it might be otherwise.

Predicting with Medieval Astrological Techniques – Directing by Triplicity

Directing by triplicity gives a quick and easy thumbnail sketch of one’s entire life.

Look at the main luminary (if you were born at night, this is the moon and if you were born during the day, it’s the sun) and its 3 triplicity rulers and their condition in your chart. The first triplicity ruler covers roughly the first 3rd of your life – the 2nd triplicity ruler the second third and of course the 3rd triplicity ruler governs the last part of life.Unknown

Note that there are no hard and fast rules as to when you’re moving from one life phase to another – but usually by about aged 30 years of age you should be transitioning to the 2nd triplicity ruler and about aged 60 years you move into the last phase.

Note also that this method gives a sketch regarding the ‘self’ (i.e. how the native looks at the way his/her life progresses). If we wanted to look at his/her impact on the wider world instead of how he/she perceives herself then we would use the Lord of the Ascendant instead of the main luminary.

How this might work using Madonna’s chart:Celebrity0051

  • Diurnal chart = Sun as main luminary.
  • Sun in Leo = fire = triplicity rulers as follows: Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn
  • First 1/3 of Madonna’s life is ruled by her Sun which is in Leo, it’s sign of rulership – EXCELLENT.
  • However this Sun is in the 12th house and so cadent – hence it loses power to make a significant impact on her environment.
  • Not only that but the Sun at 23 Leo does NOT plug into (i.e. make an aspect to) any of the angles in her chart (ASC/DSC or MC/IC) and hence has even more trouble producing real effect in Madonna’s life.
  • The Sun makes aspects to both Saturn and Jupiter but there is no reception so neither gives help to the Sun.
  • Further, the Sun is at the ‘bendings’ of the chart (i.e. in square aspect to the nodal axis – 24 AR/24 LI) and this puts the Sun under a good deal of stress in not a very helpful way. NOT SO GOOD.
  • Overall, this suggests that the 1st third of Madonna’s life is characterized by a good deal of show-man’s ship (Sun in Leo is the consummate actress) but not as much success as she might want. However according to the Liber Hermetis, the Sun in Leo (in sect and free from affliction) does suggest ‘the native is noble and rich, ‘generous and honoured by all’. PRETTY OK.
  • The 2nd 1/3 of Madonna’s life is ruled by Jupiter at 26 LI in the 2nd
  • Although not in exaltation or rulership by sign, Jupiter is strong by Face and Term – it does PRETTY GOOD even if out of Sect – which according to the Liber Hermetis – ‘makes fortunate men, or those who have been decorated, those who lead constant lives or those who are high priests, or overseeing women, or protecting them’. Updating this to 21st century understanding – ‘those who benefit women or women issues or those who are connected to high profile positions that have a bit of glamour’. OK = THIS MAKES SENSE!.
  • The 3rd 1/3 of Madonna’s life is ruled by Saturn, which is retrograde in Sagittarius in the 4th house (home and family). Although Saturn neither rules, nor is exalted – nor in detriment nor fall in Sagittarius, we have a sense that it is not happy. Saturn likes to achieve things in a concrete sense and in Sagittarius, the focus is more philosophical than practical.
  • Also Saturn placed at 19 degrees 9 minutes of arc in Sagittarus just misses out being in its own face and terms – although this is not bad in and of itself, it is likely to reflect a sense that in later life Madonna narrowly fails to achieve all she wants to achieve. Being in Retrograde (moving backwards across the sky) does not help. This suggests a sense of wanting to return to former glories but being unable to do so and because this Saturn is not plugged into the angles, there is the added sense that she can no longer make the impact in the outer world that she might once have done. NOT SO GOOD.
  • Not only that but Saturn is out of Sect (not in the same hemisphere as the Sun) – The Liber Hermetis says this suggests errors of judgement, fear of failure, frustration, and the need to be overcontrolling. That focus on philosophy at the expense of practicality may well lead in Madonna’s view, to poor results. NOT SO GOOD.

IN SUMMARY – Madonna’s early life is likely to be the most successful in terms of her feeling like she is really expressing herself and achieving what she wishes to achieve. Later she will feel somewhat successful in having been of benefit to women and women’s issues – as she will have a achieved a high profile position that comes with a ‘bit of glamour’. In later life, she is likely to turn to more philosophical than practical concerns but this is not likely to give her the sense of contentment or achievement she seeks. Instead it is likely to breed a sense of frustration that in turn is likely to tempt her to be overcontrolling.