Finding Your Astrological Truth – it’s easier than you think!

Karen Thorne, an astrologer who over many years has earned my highest regard, has advised that in order to find my ‘truth’, I need to look to all the squares and oppositions in my natal chart – because they represent energies that have been somehow squashed – yet they remain essential for me to be the best that I possibly can. There is no opportunity here to ‘fake it until I make it’ – this is my essence – this is what I am.

Libra

untitledFor example, my Mercury/Neptune/Saturn conjunction in Libra is square my nodal axis (Capricorn/Cancer). This means that my South Node (Cancer) represents energy with which it is easy for me to work (i.e. all things related to creating a safe and comfortable home). By contrast, my North Node in Capricorn requires me to build a solid/successful business or career in the outside world – a business/career that suits me and me, alone. I know that I’ve already done this once but now I must do it again – and believe me, it’s harder the second time.  At least I also know that because my Mercury/Neptune/Saturn in Libra are in square with the nodal axis, that whatever the energy that they represent must be be integrated for me to be successful.

In this regard, Karen has suggested that I look to Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs – concentrating on the best (positive) points about Libra and start doing them ASAP:Unknown

  • Librans are usually good natured and pleasant but they can also be sulky –don’t worry – soon enough they will return to being their usual adorable and charming selves.
  • Librans love people, but hate large crowds.
  • Librans are extremely intelligent.
  • Librans may love to talk – but they also make excellent listeners.
  • Librans may rush about for many months in frenzied activity – then suddenly stop – sit down – do very little (i.e. be lazy) for what may seem like a very long time – until they’ve recouped their energy and then they start all over again with that frenzied activity.
  • Librans are kind, gentle, and fair although they are prone to being argumentative, stubborn and indecisive.
  • Librans don’t really care which side of a good argument they take as long as it’s the ‘other side’. This is because they see both sides of that argument – and this can make him/her an excellent mediator.
  • Librans are good strategists (rational/logical minds).
  • Librans hate embarrassing displays of anger/passion.
  • Librans are both responsible and dependable.

Undoubtedly, all of the above is essential to my ‘truth’ – but I must somehow filter it through my Mercury/Neptune/Saturn.

According to Liz Greene, Saturn/Neptune is a 36-year cycle that has to do primarily with grounding (Saturn) spirituality (Neptune).

My becoming an astrological coach would seem to fit this bill. I’m a natural at mediation (seeing both sides of an argument), strategy,  and I’m a good listener. I love people (but not crowds) and I am fair. Promoting harmony both for myself and clients would be gratifying. But how can I avoid displays of anger/passion that are an essential part of being a coach? OK – that’s a challenge – but I can handle it. Although at times I can be lazy – taking time out to recoup – if I’m in charge of my own schedule, I can manage this better. Sounding good… but – yikes – is it what I really want to do? I don’t know. Do I have what it takes to build such a practice? I don’t even know how to get started…

Capricorn

Unknown-1OK – STOP – this is my Capricorn North Node stressing – it’s uncomfortable to move outside my (South Node) comfort zone –  Time to release all that’s negative – all that might be holding me back from attaining my North Node. Karen says I need now to look at what Ms Goodman has to say about the best bits of Capricorn:

  • Capricorn is persistent and determined – like in Aesop’s fable about the race between the tortoise and the hare – speed and agility is not what it takes  in order to win. Capricorn knows that and then some.
  • Capricorn is ambitious – serious and sensible – disciplined, too.  By focussing on  putting one foot in front of the other – Capricorn always wins.
  • Capricorn respects authority and tradition; over time, Capricorn becomes the face of authority and tradition. Capricorn is the master of time.
  • Capricorn organises, controls. Capricorn is strategic. Capricorn learns his lessons the hard way – but the point is that Capricorn does learn.
  • Capricorn has an innate sense of balance and harmony.
  • Capricorn hates emotional/passionate scenes.
  • Capricorn is both responsible and dependable.

Integration

I’m beginning to see a pattern here – aren’t you?

  • Balance & harmony
  • Responsible & dependable
  • Strategic
  • Don’t race forward – but do keep going.
  • Stubborn persistence wins the day.
  • Avoid messy emotions – not the least of which, my own.

Now the question comes – what am I to do with all this?

My goals is to ground spirituality in a way that contributes to building a (new) career and/or business – get strategic  – stop whinging and get moving – a determined, fair, sensible, and traditional approach will win the day – I will not accomplish this overnight – but in the end, I will prevail.

Working with Your Lunar Nodes

unknownThe nodes are oft associated with karma and reincarnation – the South Node representing what you’ve accomplished in past lives (both good and bad) and the North Node representing what you are meant to accomplish during your present incarnation. But even if you don’t believe in karma or reincarnation, you can still benefit from working with your nodes.

Consider that the South Node represents energy with which it’s easy for you to work while the North Node represents not just challenges but also opportunities to develop new skills, attitudes, and perspectives.

In my chart, the (mean) nodal axis is Capricorn/Cancer suggesting that while I can easily handle domestic situations (family, home, and all things Cancerian), I’m challenged when it comes to my worldly ambitions.untitled

Despite my apparently ‘successful’ 30 plus year career in international tax law, I can assure you that I have been challenged – each and every step that I took along my career path was painful, not the least because such a path was unusual (if not actively discouraged) for women of my generation. This was brought home to me in spades when, about 25 years ago, I found myself working for a female tax partner in the Netherlands whose nodal axis was exactly opposite mine (this will always be the case with people born 9 years – or multiples of 9 years apart). She was the epitome of what I knew that I was meant to be. But as she pushed me along the same path that she’d taken, I realised that I didn’t really have the heart or courage to be what she’d become. I blamed her but in reality, it wasn’t her fault. Never forget that your nodes are just waiting for someone to activate them.

unknownWith North Node in Capricorn, my task is to build a separate life, business, and/or career that is mine, and mine alone. I am meant to toughen up – become an elder – a ‘wise’ one – develop a savvy attitude vis a vis the outside world. I must move out of my comfort zone (South Node) and go for the adventure (North Node). In this regard, my Sun in Libra and my Moon in Gemini (nodes are by their very nature intimately connect with the Sun and Moon) can help me and they did (Sun in Libra = justice/diplomacy and Moon in Gemini = education/communication – all good stuff for a lawyer).

But even more important is my Saturn in Libra, which because it is in square aspect to my nodal axis is that extra piece of important information with which I must come to terms on my journey from Cancer to Capricorn. Because of the square to the nodal axis, my Saturn also has the responsibility of distributing my time and energy between the nodes. Never forget that although you’re supposed to ‘do’ your North Node, you still have your South Node to fall back on; think of it as a  place of temporary retreat.

Unfortunately, I’m still coming to terms with how my Saturn in Libra is trying to help me. I hoped that with my second Saturn return (aged 59) I’d finally figure it out. I was disappointed. The only thing that I learned during that time was that I no longer had any enthusiasm to pursue ‘worldly ambitions’ – at least in regards to my career in international tax law. Saturn slows us down and makes us take a cold hard look at the realities we’ve built in our lives. I saw only that it was going to be a long, hard slog to retirement when at last, I would be free to follow my real passion, astrology. Now that retirement has finally arrived, it remains for me to get back in touch again with my North Node and set up my new business, whatever form it will take.

Mr B – the new friend of Ms D – how does he stack up?!

UnknownSummary – Mr B is a dynamic, sexy, highly romantic, manipulative man who is not keen on facing, much less sharing, his feelings. Refusing to play by ordinary rules, he  always gets what he wants regardless of the consequences. Although disarmingly charming, by nature, Mr is a cautious, controlled man. He is unafraid of taking personal responsibility. If he says that he’ll do something, you can be certain that he will will do it; equally if you fail to live up to his expectations, you’ll not hear the end of it.

Natal Chart Configurations for Mr B (birth time unknown, chart set for noon)

Mr B

Grand Fire Trine (Venus, Neptune, Moon) – here is a guy who will set your heart on fire – not only is he seductively sexy, but also a true romantic. For him, just the feeling of being in love is enough; his world is one of poetic beauty and harmonious spirituality. Empathetic, kind, highly imaginative, Mr B is can be a real pleasure to be around. But when reality creeps in, (as it always does), he’s easily disillusioned. Always remember that however much you do for him, it will never, ever  be enough; he’s an extremely emotionally needy person, who is prone to emotional manipulation.

Moon /Pluto opposition – echoes this theme – and it’s all the worse because Mr B finds it extremely difficult to be honest about his own feelings. Fear of loss and betrayal can be all consuming with this configuration – when his emotional needs are not met, those close to him can expect sulky, manipulative behaviour.

Mercury/Pluto conjunction – Mr B is capable of great depth and focus. He is also a born skeptic. Fascinated with that which is taboo and/or secret, he loves a good mystery  and the darker, more twisted the plot, the better. The problem comes when he remains a mystery not only unto himself, but also to you. Do not try to hide anything from Mr B for if you do, he will find out and quite likely will never trust you again. Equally, understand that Mr B will hide things from you and if you indulge in expressing the slightest whiff of mistrust, it will likely be tossed back in your face with malice.

Mars/ Uranus conjunction in Scorpio – Mr B goes for what he wants and gets it. He’s  head-strong, doesn’t like to take orders, and NOT keen on listening to reason; indeed he probably likes nothing better than to provoke the establishment by purposely breaking their rules. He is intensely ambitious, dynamic, self-willed, and fiercely independent.

Saturn/Sun conjunction in Libra – although charming, Mr B is in actuality quite a somber man. He is cautious and controlled and ambitious – unafraid of responsibility. If he says that he will do something, he will do it as long as it satisfies his sense of duty. Just remember that the high expectations he sets for himself he also sets for others.

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Today is a Phlegmatic/Sanguine Day

humorsWith the Sun in Cancer (cold/wet) and the Moon moving into Libra (hot/wet), the next two days Phlegmatic/Sanguine days.

Humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen. The idea is that there are four blocks or ‘roots’ of the material world with shared qualities resulting in certain physiological and psychological manifestations:

ELEMENT QUALITY HUMOUR TEMPERAMENT
Fire Hot/dry Yellow Bile Choleric
Earth Cold/dry Black Bile Melancholic
Water Cold/wet Phlegm Phlegmatic
Air Hot/wet Blood Sanguin

It should come as little surprise that humoural theory found its way into astrology most notably with Ptolemy – and so the astrological sign Cancer is associated with Water (cold/wet) and Libra with Air (Hot/Wet).

In his 16th century translation of Galen’s Art of Physick, Nicholas Culpeper very helpfully complied descriptions of combined temperaments advising that the condition of the Phlegmatic/Sanguine is ‘so-so’neither very liberal nor very covetous not very idle nor much employed – neither very merry not very sad; rather more fearful than valiant.humor theory

So-so – neither this – nor that – sums up the prevailing energy of the day and this is because the Sun which is by nature hot/dry is now in the opposite – cold/wet and the Moon which is by nature cold/wet is now also out of sorts being hot/wet instead. For those familiar with astrology, you will know that Cancer and Libra are in square aspect with each other (90 degrees away) so today might rather feel like trying fit that square into a round hole – frustrating – but only so-so.

The Astrological Fortunes of Richard III

IShakespeare's Richard IIIn the times of William Shakespeare, the ‘stars’ were always a force with which men must reckon. There’s no doubt that in those days, the world was viewed as ‘fated’ – and whether this was a reflection of the ancient cosmos where the gods pulled all the strings or an inherent recognition of what Carl Jung would later posit about the covert operations of the unconscious, we will never know.

But we do know that the idea of ‘fate’ as shown in the ‘stars was woven oft through his work:

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,

Which we ascribe to heaven: the fated sky

Gives us free scope, only doth backward pull

Our slow designs when we ourselves are dull.

(All’s Well that Ends Well, 1.1.209), Helena

Having just finished reading Shakespeare’s play Richard III, I wondered how Richard was ‘fated’ to stack up?180px-Richard_III_of_England

Ptolemy identified six levels of fame/success:

  1. Kings & Princes

Both luminaries in masculine signs and at least one of them to be found in an angle. This alone is pretty good. However – as well, they (both) be attended by a doryphory (including rays)  composed of all five planets – then this is REAL GOOD. In addition this rank is helped if the planets in the doryphories are also in the angles or configured with the MC.

  1. Chieftain

The Sun only masculine with the Moon feminine and only one of them in an angle. If both, however, have good doryphories as described above, then the person will reach chieftain level, with the power to judge life and death. NOTE – a good doryphory has  benefics in good shape or on angles (or ruling them).

  1. Governor or Commander

If the natal chart has the luminaries as for a Chieftain but the doryphories do not involve the angles, these people will not be invested with sovereignty, but will reach eminence.

  1. Civil Leader

If neither of the luminaries be in the angles, but both have good doryphories which are in the angles or ruling the angles, they will have a leadership role in their community. Councillor, President of a club, Mayor of a small town and so on.

  1. Undistinguished

If however, neither luminary is in an angle (Sun still masculine and Moon feminine), and the attending planets are not involved with the angles by placement or rulership, then the person will lead a humble life.

  1. Lowest Level

If neither luminary be found in a masculine sign, nor in an angle, nor attended by any benefics they will live lives of “quiet desperation” and obscurity.

Richard III

  1. Sun in Libra (in fall) in a masculine sign succedent in the 11th house – OK – but could be better – the 7th house Moon in Taurus is in a feminine sign but it is angular and exalted) so overall this is pretty OK.
  2. This might get him to Chieftain level if the doryphories of one or both of the luminaries is strong.
  3. The doryphory is an interesting technique focusing on the ‘retinue’ of helpers either of the two lights or luminaries (i.e. sun or moon) have in their ‘train’. The more planets in the retinue, the more helpers and if additionally those helpers were themselves strong the more help they could give. Imagine yourself a feudal lord trying to raise an army to fight a foe – the more rich/strong neighbours (i.e. able to raise their own armies) you have supporting your cause, the more likely you were to succeed.
  4. Note that when considering if a planet throws a ‘ray’ into the doryphory, benefics (Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, and the Sun) can only do so by sextile or trine and the malefics (Saturn and Mars) can only do so by opposition or square.
  5. Richard III’s solar doryphory (i.e. attendants to his sun at 17 Libra) is as follows: Because the sun’s retinue PROCEEDS him, we look to other planets in either Libra (18 -30 degrees) or Scorpio:
    1. Saturn in Libra (exalted) and succedent
    2. Mercury in Scorpio
    3. Venus in Scorpio (in detriment) yet angular
    4. Jupiter in Aquarius (retrograde) throws a ray into Libra by trine
  6. Richard III’s lunar doryphory (i.e. attendants to his moon at 28 Taurus is as follows: Because the moon’s retinue FOLLOWS her, we look to planets either in Taurus (29-30 degrees Taurus) or Aries:
    1. Mars in Aries – strong by rulership but not angular
    2. Jupiter casts a ray into Aries by sextile
  7. A solar doryphory of four planets isn’t bad – but none of these four are in rulership by sign or term – and although Saturn is exalted, Venus is in detriment (alternative) – but she rules the DSC angle (Taurus). Mercury is reasonable shape and also rules the MC angle. Likewise Jupiter is in reasonable shape in Aquarius and rules the IC angle – so overall pretty good
  8. A lunar doryphory of only 2 planets is not so good – But that Mars is so powerful (albeit also retrograde) that it alone could win the day – not to mention that it is the chart ruler because Scorpio is rising. This means Mars rules this angle. Mars is further empowered by being in reception with the Sun (the Sun is exalted in Aries so that Sun in Libra- charming and strategic – gives all it has to Mars. Being retrograde does not impede its power but will effect the outcome in the sense that this power is never really under control.
  9. Overall, this gets Richard III to chieftain level – but not to King – and that shouldn’t be surprising because although he was crowned king, it was only because he killed off or pushed aside all others entitled to wear the crown. He held the throne for only two years before being toppled himself by Henry Tudor (who’d been smart enough to remain in France whilst Richard was bumping folks off), whose claim to the throne was much stronger.

Uranus in Aries – (or why I’m so angry…)

Dear friends,

It’s time to explain why there’s so much anger in my recent posts.

Uranus is in Aries = anger is in the air.

But more specifically, transiting Uranus in Aries  (in my–very public– 10th house) is now making a direct opposition to my Libra sun (in my–very private–4th house).

  • Keywords for Libra are ingratiating and amiable.
  • Keywords for Aries are assertive and angry.
  • Now is the time for my anger to go live.

According to Howard Sasportas, in his excellent book, The Gods of Change, my Uranus – Sun transit suggests a time when I am in accord with my inner need to develop and expand in ways I’ve not done before.  Astrologically, I’m in the mood to open up and experiment with life.

Because Uranus is in opposition to my Sun,this comes at the price of upheaval and pain. I can  also expect to feel restless and bored–trapped by circumstances beyond my control. My inner Self is demanding change and if I deny it, my world may collapse on my head (or worse I will get ill). But if can go with the flow, then I can make way for a brand new me.

My Uranus–Sun transit is also about finding “the father inside me”– i.e. the ability to take charge and direct my life, rather than adjusting (as I always have done)  to others’ needs. The anger generated by Uranus in Aries allows me to do this.  For the first time, I’m standing up for myself big time.   If this seems abrasive, antisocial, and discourteous, then so be it – to apologise would be too Libra – and that’s not what I’m meant to be about right now.

So until December this year, when my Uranus-Sun transit comes to a close,  please support me as best you can.

If I can accept this new influx of energy, and make the necessary changes in my life, then I will have taken a major step forward in the process that Carl Jung has coined, individuation.  In other words, I will have done nothing less than to have discovered the Divine in me.

 

 

For more information on the process of individuation see http://www.thesap.org.uk/Individuation.

Today you can win back your dignity and self respect

With the sun in Aquarius  (breakthrough and reform ) and the moon in Libra (  harmony and peace), today is Six of Swords Day.  It is also the first day we’ve seen the sun in Oxford for some time.

The Six of Swords is not a happy card.  Yet it does suggest some sense of harmony resulting from coming to terms with yourself.  Each of us has strengths and weaknesses.  But in today’s world of constant competition, it is all to easy to identify with what you do wrong rather than what you do right.

The serene state suggested by the Six of Swords does not spring from the tranquil heart as it might do with the Six of Cups, but rather from a tranquil mind.

In his essay ‘Answer to Job’, Carl Jung suggests that physical reality is just one kind of reality.    If someone holds a belief (regardless of whether it is possible or not of physical manifestation) and such belief holds meaning for that person, then that belief is as real as anything else.

Scary – when you come to think about it.

Even scarier if you’ve come to believe that you don’t measure up.

I win – you lose.   For better or worse, this is the world in which we live in today.

On a Six of Swords Day, you can utilise your mind’s capacity for understanding to help come to terms with the negative beliefs you’ve piled on about yourself.   On a Six of Swords Day,  you can win back your dignity and self-respect.