imagesFor some months, Mr and Mrs W have been suffering some marital problems. However, they have been working fervently toward a mutually-agreeable solution. In the face of what would appear to be a very recent and serious set-back towards that goal, Mrs W has asked whether she and Mr W will stay together and eventually find happiness?

HappilyYES – this happy result should become clear in either 5 days, 5 weeks, or even possibly, 5 months. However, until then, expect further testing times (and manipulative power-plays).

ANALYSIS:

  1. Because Mrs W is the querent, she is represented by Venus – ruler of the chart’s Taurus ascendant.
  2. Because Mr W is her husband, he is represented by Mars – ruler of the chart’s 7th house cusp (Scorpio).
  3. Venus (Mrs W) would be quite powerful in Pisces (where she is exalted) – but she is much weakened by being cadent (12th house) and square to the malefic, Saturn (in the 8th house of joint finances). She is also retrograde (back-pedalling). Doubtless, feeling constrained by her overall situation (most likely financial), Mrs W is reconsidering her options.
  4. Mars (Mr W) would be quite weak by being in detriment in Taurus – however he regains much power by being conjunct the chart’s Ascendant (i.e. he is both cadent and angular )- where he is in a much better position than Venus (Mrs W) to  influence the outcome of the situation. Although modern planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) are not usually used in horary, it is tempting to suggest that because Mars (Mr W) is in trine aspect to Pluto, he has been manoeuvring behind the scenes to pull off a covert power-play. This somewhat malevolent game is also suggested by Mars conjunct the fixed star, Algol, which is associated with intensity and ruthlessness. If that were not enough to confirm suspicions, Mars is also conjunct the fixed star, Capulus, which is linked with aggressive, male energy.
  5. Be that as it may, in order to predict a happy ending for Mr and Mrs W, we need for Venus (Mrs W) and Mars (Mr W) to have an applying trine or sextile aspect between them. While these two are indeed in sextile aspect, it would appear (at first-blush) that they are separating (with Venus leading the way) rather than applying; this would not be good. However, Venus is currently in retrograde (back-pedalling) and after she turns direct (15th April), Mars will chase after and catch up with her on the 17th April at 2AM GMT- when the (now applying) sextile will be perfected.
  6. This is good news for Mr and Mrs W –  and this should become clear in 5 days, 5 weeks, or perhaps even 5 months.
  7. In horary, the Moon is the overall symbol of how events play out (past, present, and future) and so before we give our final verdict here, we must also look to the Moon (3 Scorpio) and all aspects that it will make before it changes sign.
    • Next aspect – Moon opposition Mercury – suggesting a favourable time for working out that mutually-agreeable solution.
    • Next – Moon opposition Mars – suggesting a testing time for the couple – perhaps some teething problems with implementing that solution?
    • Final – Moon trine Venus – good for marriage and love affairs, suggesting Mr and Mrs W will finally find that marital happiness they so desire – as this result confirms the initial analysis, we can now safely sat that this is the end of the matter.

Should Ms A spill the ‘proverbial’ beans regarding her husband’s lover?

No – In the eyes of her husband, both Ms A and the marriage are in a slightly weaker position than that of the lover. Spilling the beans, so to speak, may not only cause him to lose his job (which may happen anyway), but it will be highly disruptive and do nothing to strengthen her marriage.

Situation – Ms A is not pleased with Mr A. He has been seeing Ms C on the side for several years. As we’ve seen from earlier posts, Ms C has a fiery temper, certainly hot enough to get her into trouble. Ms C has the option during 2016-17 to keep her cool and if she can ‘play nice’, she might achieve her objectives, but she hasn’t. Instead she’s chosen to harass Ms A publicly and Ms A wishes to know whether by telling various authorities about the poor behaviour of Ms C, she might permanently sideline Ms C and hence get on with her marriage.

 

Ms A sideline Ms C

  • Ms A is the querent, hence because Capricorn is rising, she is symbolized by Saturn at 9 Sag, which is not particularly weak or strong. Hence although Ms A is holding all the action cards in this chart (i.e.stellium in  the 8th house, the house representing injuries, probing, investigation, penetration), she is not personally in a great position.
  • Mr A is the partner of Ms A and hence because Cancer is on the 7th house cusp, both he and their marriage, are represented by the Moon in Pisces. Although not particularly weak or strong, the Moon is slightly elevated being in its (mixed) Dorothean Triplicity (water).
  • Ms C, being the love interest of Mr A is represented by his 5th house (or the 11th house of the chart) with Scorpio on the cusp. Hence Ms C is symbolized by Mars in Sagittarius. Ms C is equally neither weak or strong, being neither in fall, exaltation, rulership, triplicity, term, nor face.
  • Interestingly, the last aspect made by the Moon (Mr A and the marriage) is a conjunction with Neptune. Although it is not technically accurate to use modern planets in horary considerations, it does give some indication of the degree of Mr A’s overall illusion and confusion. He is definitely not coming to any of this from a position of strength.
  • The first aspect of the Moon  in this chart was to form a square to Mars suggesting that initial, Mr A was at odds – fed up – with Ms C. But then the next aspect made by the Moon is a square with Saturn, suggesting that Mr A has recently become equally at odds with Ms A and his marriage.
  • Again using the modern planets, there is a hint that at the time this question was asked, Mr A is leaning towards Ms C. This is because she is represented by Scorpio (his 5th house cusp) and Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio. The Moon and Pluto are about to make a harmonious sextile.
  •  Ms A is holding all the cards in this chart –  i.e. as noted above, her 8th house is choker-block with potential action; Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter. But such action  will play out as (confrontational) oppositions to the Moon (Mr A). This is not likely to endear him to his wife if in any way he is able to blame her for these difficulties.
  • After the Moon perfects its sextile with Pluto, it goes on to make it’s first opposition – i.e. with Venus. Because Taurus is on the cusp of Mr A’s 10th house (4th house in this chart), Venus represents his job and professional status. Venus in Virgo is in fall, and hence is in damaged, debilitated condition. In other words, Mr A is already not in a strong position vis a vis his job and it is possible that within 3 weeks (or 3 months) = i.e. 3 degrees to perfection of the opposition – he might separate from it regardless.
  • But because Uranus (apologies for using yet another modern planet) is in a very tight quincunx aspect to Mercury (communication), such revelation such as Ms A is considering (i.e. a change of to the status quo can engage action by quincunx) could cause Mr A to separate from his job in a highly disruptive way (Uranus suggesting the disruption). At the very least, such communication as anticipated by Ms A could prove much more disruptive than she might otherwise have thought.
  • The final aspect to be made by the Moon is an opposition to Jupiter, suggesting some hard luck for Mr A (in 11 weeks or 11 months time). Because the  stellium of action,  falls in his 2nd house, money/finances will be the prime area hit. Although much of this will come to pass without action by Ms A, any actions taken by her can only make it all the more disruptive and unpleasant (not to mention with Uranus involved, a bit of a shock). But none of this will do anything to strengthen the marriage  or the position of Ms A – both being represented by Saturn which will make no beneficial aspects to the Moon.

This is the end of the matter.

Was Jane Austen a Feminist?

becoming-janeThis has not been the traditional view.  Indeed it was not until the 1960’s that Austen’s name was associated with feminism in any widespread way.

Although there are as many faces of feminism as one cares to discover, if the works of Austen are to be fairly evaluated, it should be in terms of feminism as it was understood in her time.  To do otherwise (however tempting), would be anachronistic.

This essay evaluates Austen’s portrayal of three of her heroines in regards to the goals of ‘Enlightenment feminism’ which asserted that men and women should share the same moral code in regards to conduct, feelings, and responsibility.

In Emma, despite being ‘handsome, clever, and rich’, we find a heroine flawed.    In economic terms, Emma Woodhouse passes with flying colors; an heiress of £30,000 is not easily dismissed.  But the citizens of Highbury do not value money nearly as much as they do character and in this regard the imperious Miss Woodhouse must learn that she has ‘been used to despise (Highbury) rather too much’.   In other words, Emma’s moral code is lacking and requires remedial work.

But instead of undertaking to improve herself of her own violation, Emma is instructed by Mr Knightly who appears to believe himself the more morally capable of the two (‘I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it.  Bear with the truths I would tell you now, dearest Emma, as well as you have borne with them.’)

Not surprisingly, it is only when Emma becomes all that Mr Knightly would have her be, that he realizes he is in love with her for we all know the story of Pygmalion, the ancient Greek sculptor who fell in love with (and married) the statue he carved.  We have only to look at how Mr Knightly’s view of Harriet changes (the former ‘fair lady’ become ‘the foolish girl’ and ‘a greater simpleton’) when by refusing Robert Martin’s marriage proposal, she fails to conform to Knightly’s norm.  Luckily for Emma, she had learned her lessons well and so ‘what did she say’ when Knightly declares himself?  ‘Just what she ought, of course’ for ‘a lady always does.’

In Emma, although women may have been portrayed as capable of moral equality, they were also portrayed as incapable of forging a moral code of their own.

Likewise, Fanny Price in Mansfield Park with ‘all her faults of ignorance and timidity’ must be carefully tutored to the standards of her cousin Edmund.

Although Miss Price is oft portrayed as a plucky feminist who finally has the courage to speak her own mind (by refusing to marry Henry Crawford as Sir Thomas Bertramwould have her do), we who have followed her long, steady progress with Edmund know she did not reach that pinnacle on her own.

The scene in the East room provides the perfect example.  One morning Fanny escapes to her ‘nest of comforts’ in order ‘to see if by looking at Edmund’s profile she could catch any of his counsel’.  When in the flesh Edmund arrives to obtain ‘her opinion’ on ‘an evil of such magnitude as must , if possible, be prevented’, he begins by voicing his own.  When finished with his soliloquy, he asks Fanny whether she sees ‘it in the same light’.  When she has the temerity to say ‘no’, he recommends that she ‘think it a little over’ for ‘perhaps you are not so much aware as I am, of the mischief that may’ arise.

When Edmund’s love interest, Mary Crawford, speaks her own mind by refusing to agree with him regarding her brother, Henry’s, adultrous behavior, Mary is out and Fanny is in.  ‘Loving, guiding, protecting her (Fanny), as he (Edmund) had been doing ever since her being ten years old, her mind so great a degree formed by his care’, it should be little surprise that by end of the story he’s fallen in love with her  and ‘acknowledged’ her mental superiority.

However, in Northanger Abby, Catherine Morland, arguably the most feminist of Austen’s heroines, receives a very different moral education – that of first-hand experience (as we might expect with a man).

As a child, Catherine is left largely to her own devices allowing her to early on rely on her own judgment.   Later she navigates Bath with little or no outside guidance and moves on to her next adventure afflicted only by her love of Gothic novels and vivid imagination.   Convinced that General Tilney has murdered his wife, like Pandora she finally commits the unpardonable sin and opens that ‘forbidden door’.

But even then when she receives a dressing down from her love interest,  Henry Tilney (‘consider the dreadful nature of the suspicions you have entertained’ and ‘remember that we are English’ and ‘Christians’), she is asked by him to not to do or think as he would ,but instead to ‘consult your own understanding’ (which she does to her shame).

Once her ‘visions of romance were over’,  she ‘was completely awakened.’  Catherine goes on to win the heart of the man she loves and to ‘begin perfect happiness at’ the age of eighteen, which as Austen reminds us is ‘to do pretty well.’

If the only goal of Enlightenment feminism was that men and women should share the same moral code, then Austen can be said to have wholeheartedly supported this through her fictional characterizations.

However if we look to the basic premise underlying Enlightenment feminism – that women, not having been denied powers of reason, must have the moral status appropriate to ‘rational beings’, formed in the image of a rational God – we must reach a different conclusion.  At least two of the three of Austen’s heroines examined were apparently presumed by the men in their lives as capable not of forging their own moral code, but only of regurgitating that of their lovers.

Wallpapering with my Father

 

 

Coming through Ellis Island with all the rest

you made good across the sea, to the New

World of promise; you, the lanky, blue-eyed

immigrant from Nord Holland with the shock

 

of Viking hair – my father’s father, like him

a man of few words, there to become part

of the American Dream that was within reach

because of your saleable skills.

 

That Sunday was quiet with the

heavy, high-pitched whir of locusts

heralding summer in upstate New York – long,

languorous days wasting teenager time

 

under the apple trees. At first I was sulky

when I showed up for the job. My father

had dressed for the occasion in spotless white

as if he were about to go sailing on his yacht.

 

Separating us, seven roles of silkscreened ladies

waving Oriental fans. Our tools, your tools, carefully assembled;

a greying stepladder, the razor-sharp knife, a boar-bristled brush.

Solid like the homeland, built to last like your impossible dream.

 

Unusually impatient, my father barked orders that I

couldn’t fulfil: run, fetch, hold the paper straight.

Could your secrets not be passed on?

My tears spattered in the chlorinated pool.

 

Years later, when you’d already passed on,

I put myself to the test; a tiny kitchen wall

and a complicated, half-drop vertical match.

I preened long-distance. Dad, dreams come true.

RED DRESS

 

The color of the dress was Fire Engine Red,

the color associated with Valentine’s Day cards,

lacy white hearts pierced by Cupid’s arrows.

 

Giraffes pranced round the hem;

with nothing better to do

than my grandmother’s bidding: dancing in circles

 

like painted horses on a merry-go-round, the sort

you can just get on and ride forever – over the river

and through the woods to grandmother’s house

 

through the autumn leaves

piled high into racetracks in the backyard.

Who can run fastest, jump highest, come first?

 

The color of the dress was Devil’s Red,

the color associated with Satan,

fallen angel with a pitchfork for a tail.

 

Neither Satan nor Cupid practiced their piano,

but I did. Each morning mechanical fingers

gave voice to another prideful, grand-matriarchal gift.

 

The dress and the piano, how did I miss the clues?

Even Red Riding Hood knew wolves

wore her grandmother’s shoes.

 

What child is this, who fails to adore

the gold, frankincense, and myrrh laid at her feet?

Come on, kid, we all know this ain’t no one way street.

 

The giraffes had two rivals: prettier,

more lively, less sweet.  But at Sibley’s Department store

on that sweaty summer’s day, granny would have her way.

 

The color of the dress was Blood Red

the color associated with needles, transfusions,

debilitating intestinal bleeds.

 

Dancing in circles, those giraffes could never win

and neither could I, from that first day at school, a giraffe

appliquéd where my heart should have been.

Conflict exists between the face you believe that you present to the world and that which you actually do.  If you don’t wish to take yourself at ‘face value’, then dig deeper.

Astrology offers a way to do just that.   Like artists, astrologers seek to capture the essence of their subject – that unique signature style that sets one apart in the sea of humanity.

The best place to start is with the 5th house.  It’s here that you find your potentiality for self-expression.  Keep in mind however, that you could choose to use this energy to camouflage your real Self.

The 5th house is a place of enormous complexity.  It symbolises not only that in which you take pleasure (Venus ‘delights’ here), but also it’s home to your heart chakra.  The 5th house channels your life’s vital energy.   It also symbolises your ability to give and receive without strings.

If your 5th house energy is inhibited or blocked, you’re unable to fulfil your promise.  In this case, the ruler of your 5th house (and any planets residing there) provides clues.  Societal attitudes toward self-expression are also synthesized in the 5th house.

I have Scorpio on my 5th house cusp.  This makes Pluto (in my 2nd house in Leo) and Mars (in Virgo conjunct Venus in the 3rd) the co-rulers of the face I present to others.  As Scorpio is renouned for being guarded and suspicious, it’s little surprise that, for my own protection, I hide myself away.  Perhaps early on I learned that expression of the ‘real me’ was dangerous?  I realise that under my easy Libran smile, my teeth are always clenched.  Clearly something intense is going on under the surface.  Maybe it’s the ever-present survival concerns (Pluto in Leo in 2nd house) especially in regard to financial security?  Or maybe I’m mistrustful of life in general?

People have told me that I have a piercing gaze.  I hold eye contact with them longer than is comfortable.  What am I looking for?  My Mars in Virgo squares my Moon.  This suggests my playful Gemini Moon is seeking a way to relax and let ‘go’.

Can others see this in my face?  Can I?

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).