PhlegmaticWith the Sun in Cancer (cold/wet) and the Moon in Scorpio (cold/wet) it’s going to be a Phlegmatic couple of days.

You may recall that humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen – it’s all to do with the four blocks or ‘roots’ of the material world that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments. It’s not so much that the humour (in this bace Phlegm) causes the related temperament (in this case, Phlegmatic), but more that it in some way resides in it – pervading the whole of the surrounding energy – invading the whole of your perceived day.

Often we experience various combinations of the four humours resulting in mixed temperaments – the more balanced between the four humours – the better and so when we experience a humour/temperament in its pure form, it feels uncomfortably ‘out of control’.

The phlegmatic energy is, as you might expect with the Sun and Moon both in watery signs, wet and perhaps a bit dreary. This is because it is connected with the Jungian Function of ‘feeling’ and that suggests not only getting bogged down in your feelings but also your inability to access the opposite Jungian Function of ‘thinking’ and hence hence rationalise it all away.

Best advice when dealing with such energy is for the moment to take pesky feelings with a grain of salt – acknowledge them – and then pack them away until you feel more able to deal with them in a couple of days. There probably isn’t much you could do about them anyway because chances are, at the moment you’re feeling a bit dull in the sense of being ‘under the weather’.

Pisces-Sept07-DE7863sAR800Is the urge to spirituality innate?

Carl Jung certainly thought so.

He suggested the need to make connection with something greater than yourself is only make you feel truly alive.

One way to look for this connection is through your natal birth chart. You must be prepared, however, to look further afield than Jupiter and Neptune –  the ‘usual’ astrological significations of spirituality. Remember that every planet represented in your chart, was once a god or goddess in his or her own right.

Naturally this isn’t easy – getting in touch with the numinous. It could even be dangerous. As Liz Greene has always been quick to remind us, personally expressing the energies of outer planets like Uranus, Neptune and Pluto can not only be overwhelming but pathological.

So for now we’ll stick to the inner planets – are you up to the challenge?

To get an idea how this might work for you, look at your strongest and most influential planets (by sign and house placement)– and don’t forget the ruler of your ascendant – your chart ruler. For example, with Libra rising focus on your Venus. If your Sun is in Leo (the Sun rules Leo), then look there. If your Jupiter is in Cancer (where it is exalted) then focus on that.

While reading the rest of this post, lease keep in mind that for these purposes, ‘spirituality’ = finding a sense of meaning and purpose through connecting with that which lies beyond your ken.

 

Sun Solar energy is key to how you bring spiritual urges into personal expression  – this is accomplished not by sacrificing your ego, but by honouring it. You are every bit as much a part of creation as everyone – and everything – else. Because, as myths of ancient Egypt remind us, the Sun passes through the underworld (below the horizon) each and every day, your solar experience of spirituality could even manifest as a life and death struggle.

 

For example, with Sun in Scorpio you might undergo psychoanalysis –or act as a therapist (or shaman) for others in this way. That which you extract from working with your unconscious (for example, by dream work) may give you a sense of that which lies beyond.

Moon Lunar energy manifests through feelings of belonging and shared experience. Get tactile – get earthy – even organic – the lunar experience of spirituality is not about flying off to some lofty place – but about embodiment. The connection here is through the circle of life – in this earth plane.

 

For example, with Moon in Taurus you might  go to classes in yoga, undertake communal gardening, or even practice Zen Buddhism. The more you get in touch with your shared physical world, the more you’ll feel in touch with the lunar version of the divine.

Mercury With Mercury, spirituality is about discovery, solving problems, and making connections.  This doesn’t have much place in Piscean religions like Christianity because to question too much is considered to destroy faith. But as the great astronomical shift from the Age or Pisces into the Age of Aquarius progresses, Mercury can be expected to again take centre stage. For the power of ‘comprehension’ was worshipped as a god by the ancients– through the development of language and the discovery of how to harness ‘tools’ like the wheel.

 

For example, with Mercury in Gemini you might take up blogging – not just the kind where you shoot off the first thing that comes to mind, but that which takes research and serious consideration.

Venus The key to Venusian spirituality is not only that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but also it can be found everywhere. In this regard, beauty is not just pretty or cute or nice – but that which literally brings tears to your eyes. Real beauty (once a key component of the ‘sublime’) by the very nature of the experience takes you ‘out of yourself’. Take your cue from the Renaissance whence art was considered not only the most natural expression of spiritual feeling but also the containment of the quintessence of reality.

 

For example, with Venus in Libra, you might take a course in art history or even learn to paint and draw. If it’s beautiful to you, then it carries some aspect of the divine for you and your job is to appreciate that for what it is.

Mars Most are familiar with the image of an angry god – just have a look at the Bible’s Old Testament. But Martian spirituality can also manifest in heroic undertakings like ‘fight’ for what is ‘right’. The trick here is to make sure you’ve really got a grip on whatever it is that for which you’re fighting = with Mars, it easy to get lost with  ‘might’ makes ‘right’.  Important civilizing qualities like tolerance and understanding are not Martian things.

 

For example, with Mars in Aries you might volunteer to work in a rape crisis call centre or train to work as part of an ambulance or other rescue team– anything what will get you into touch with the many manifestations of violence and aggression will help you to understand that the divine truly has many face.

Jupiter Astrological Jupiter can function as your personal connection to the ‘divine plan’ – however it is that you perceive it.The idea is to plug into the ‘global context’ – to become connected with that which is truly outside yourself. When you find meaning in the greater patterns of the world, you’ve found the path to your own spiritual growth.

 

For example, with Jupiter in Sagittarius, you might take up the study of comparative religion – with the expectation that learning about the many manifestations of ‘Divine’ across time and cultures might will help you to get a grip on what’s right for you.

Saturn Saturn is oft associated with the teachings of traditional religions because it is so keen on ‘following rules’. But don’t forget that Saturn can also focus its quest for spirituality through other types of laws like those of science or society.

 

For example, with Saturn in Capricorn, you might  become involved with your local church. Not just in a superficial way like as an usher, but perhaps as a layman or Sunday School teacher.  Similarly, if you don’t already have a career in law, you might want to become a magistrate or justice of the peace. You’re looking for anything that takes you out of your ordinary sphere of influence while still retaining structure.

Uranus Uranus imparts the need to get a glimpse of what lies beyond the veil (i.e. the tarot  High Priestess).  The mystery lies in how all the parts fit together – the here and the now and the above and beyond – there’s a connection for certain – and it’s the job of Uranus to find it. Unlike with Saturn, Uranus can never do this through organised religion. Structure and form are merely bonds for Uranus to break – it its urge to greater and more powerful revelations.

No example is given here because the energy of Uranus is considered too strong and dangerous to be channelled individually.  If you have Aquarius rising, look to Saturn as the traditional ruler.

 

Neptune

 

Neptune searches for unity through ‘meltdown’ and dissolution of the ego/self. Christianity is perfect for Neptunian seekers – especially the mystical side of the tradition.

 

No example is given here because the energy of Neptune is considered too strong and dangerous to be channelled individually.  If you have Pisces rising, look to Jupiter as the traditional ruler.

Pluto Pluto represents the face of spirituality bound up with evolutionary processes – this is the ultimate of the survival of the fittest.  Read the work of Teilhard de Chardon – who not only was a Jesuit priest, but also a first class philosopher and palaeontologist.

 

Again, no example is given because the energy of Pluto is too strong and dangerous to be channelled individually.  If you have Scorpio rising, look to Mars as the traditional ruler.

   

 

Unknown-1With the Sun in Scorpio (deep, dark, forbidden) )and the Moon in Gemini (clever and duplicitous), today and tomorrow are Five of Swords days.

There is no doubt this is the nastiest card in the deck. Emotions are divorced from intellect (the Sun and Moon are in 150 degree quincunx aspect = disconnect) and whatever that leaves running the show is decidedly not pleasant.

For years, I saw this energy as one of ‘cut off your nose to spite your face’.

But now, I’m not so sure.

From early times, five was considered a somewhat unusual – even rebellious – number and related to the discovery of the fifth geometrical body, the pentagon dodecahedron (consisting of 12 regular pentagons), that embarrassed Pythagoras (who had concentrated on the number four). Legend has it that the discoverer of the pentagon dodecahedron was drowned for his efforts. Ugh.

Five has thus been regarded as a ‘naughty’, unruly number that like Eros (the number five is also associated with love), stirs up the well-ordered cosmos.

When considering the Five of Swords, it’s key to ask yourself with which of these three figures do you identify. It would not be unusual for this to vary with time, place, and mood – but if it doesn’t – that tells you something else again.

Clearly someone in this card has been ill-treated – abused or betrayed or otherwise taken advantage of – and because this card is one of separation, there’s a sense of disgrace and alienation. Most will see in this  a win/lose situation where an odious victor has vanquished his two rather pathetic opponents.

But if you look closely, the middle figure does not hang his head as does the farthest figure and he walks in a different direction.

This leads us to the supreme challenge of a Five of Swords day.

Will you remain complicit in adversarial ‘win/lose’ situations such as depicted in this card or will you have the courage to walk away and play by more humanitarian rules?

UnknownWith the Sun in Scorpio (obsession) and the Moon in Taurus (lust), today and tomorrow are days of “The Devil”.

Usually when you mention the Devil, you’re referring to temptation – temptation that will get you into serious trouble unless you’ve the strength to resist. This in turn generates apprehension and fear as well as – go ahead – admit it – just a touch of curiosity?

The Devil might have made him ‘do it’  – but ‘it’ could never happen to you – right?

It’s not that easy and you know it so why are you so hesitant to agree or disagree?

Because in Christian communities, the Devil is considered as the summum malum – the sum of all evil – and as the result, its energy is believed to be as dangerous as it is unfathomably complex.

I’m no more certain what that really means than you are.

But I do know that today and tomorrow we’re each dealing with ‘it’ – our personal unconscious – at the height of ‘its’ power (the full moon is exact at 15:17 GMT on 17 November at 25 Taurus 26) and that scares the hell out of us for reasons we’d each prefer to ignore.

We all know from Carl Jung that in our unconscious lies buried treasure of tremendous value just waiting for release – but as all myths and fairytales tell us treasures like this must be guarded by monsters and dragons – dangerous adversaries who will stop at nothing to prevent us from recovering the coveted prize.

In reality, these monsters and dragons are nothing more than our own fears – the actions, motives, wishes, intentions thoughts, and qualities that we find most embarrassing  – that which we dread we might someday be forced to face.

Yet on a day of “The Devil” that is precisely what you can expect. The most unloved sides of your personality can be expected to surface – lust for power, money, drink, what have you – causing such havoc in the outer world that you too might be tempted to retort  –  “the devil made me do it”.

And in some respects, you’d be right.

But the trick to dealing with the energy of today and tomorrow in the most constructive way is not to blame the devil or anyone else – but to be humbled and accept these limitations and embarrassments as none other than your own.

With the sun in Leo (play and self-image) and the moon in Scorpio (catharisis and assimilation), today and tomorrow are Six of Cups days.

Kabbalistically, all the tarot sixes are asociated with Tiferet – the place of the Christ – the sacrificed god.

Because Cups signify emotions (both positive and negative),  I’m reminded of Jesus’ message – ‘suffer the little children unto me’ for ‘theirs’ is the Kingdom of Heaven’.

These are powerful words and you don’t need to be Christian to understand them.   Instead, just watch some kids at play.

Isn’t it amazing how free and easy they are?  How is it that they can be mortal enemies one minute and the next, best friends?

This child-like ability to give and take freely (without the resentments and fears which as adults, we harbor and accumulate) is what today’s and tomorrow’s energy is about.   In other words, today and tomorrow you have a unique opportunity to look back at your past and understand how you can use it as the foundation for the future that you’ve dreamed about.

But as with all the sixes – no pain, no gain.  By definition, sacrifice requires giving up something in which you have a vested interest and you’ll be surprised to discover how much you still have invested in the past (happy and sad).

If you can come to grips with this, so much the better.  So start working on it today and tomorrow!

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?