Astrology is the art and science of interpreting astronomical phenomena to reveal how it reflects the process of evolution.  There are, certainly, other valid definitions of it, but this is the definition I use as a guideline in all my work.  The cycles of the planets, asteroids and other astronomical events such as comets present to us a vast mirror that reflects our interior life in a way that is sublimely beautiful in its complexity and perfection.  Ultimately,  astrological knowledge is so vast in its scope as to be beyond the intellect’s comprehension — but not beyond the comprehension of the intuition, which has the capacity to tune in to the infinite.

I am well versed in the intellectual refinements of astrological interpretation, but what I am essentially is a mystic and poet,  so that even though I have been thoroughly trained to think scientifically my approach to astrological readings is through my vision and imagination, and through my heart, with the mind playing the role of faithful servant who helps to objectify and clarify what I see in the chart.

My goal is to touch the imagination and the heart of those I read for so that they may continue their process of becoming who they really are, and who they have always been —  a manifestation of the one and eternal consciousness.

Seed Aspects

A little explored area of astrology is reading conjunctions as a means of explaining all aspects.

The conjunction is the beginning of a cycle, and any aspect, no matter what it is, grew out of the last conjunction that occurred between those two planets.

Here is an example: I have Mars at 0 degrees 24 minutes Virgo and Neptune at 10 degrees 30 minutes Libra. So they are just about 40 degrees apart — a novile aspect. Noviles are aspects of the future, that is, the interaction of the two planets is something we are developing in this lifetime, something we are growing into, moving toward.

When I check in the ephemeris to see when Mars and Neptune were last in conjunction, what I do is go back to the last time that Mars was in Libra. When I do this I find that at that time Neptune was in about 7 Libra, and in fact it was in that degree — 7 Libra — that Mars and Neptune conjoined. The Chandra and Omega symbols for 7 Libra are, on the surface, very different from each other. the Chandra symbol is “A group of old ladies gossiping excitedly,” and the Omega symbol is “The Great Wall of China making a huge shadow.” I favor the Omega symbol, since the Chandra symbol seems trivial. But whenever a symbol seems trivial its important to look more deeply into it to see its cosmic implications.

The old women of the Chandra symbol are finding stimulation through imaginatively entering into the lives of other people. It feels to me that the way they bounce information and ideas off each other needs focus. Otherwise this activity could be just random and negative. At best, though, it can become a meditation on human nature and life, an activity of speculation that leads to insight and a deeper awareness of the workings of desire.

In the Omega symbol the Great Wall must be being seen at dawn or sunset, when the sun would be low in the sky and hence casting a huge shadow. To me the Great wall is a tremendous symbol of trying to shut something out, and of seeking protection. At night the shadow grows bigger and bigger. At dawn it starts to grow smaller and as the Sun rises it shrinks more and more.

There is something in this symbol about limits that is very important. The old ladies can’t really know all that is happening surrounding those people and events about whom they’re gossiping. Their knowledge is limited, but can be filled in by speculation. The greater a limitation the more potential it has of creating darkness.

The reason I chose this Mars/Neptune aspect in my chart is that I am currently experiencing transiting Neptune opposing my natal Mars. With these extremely slow moving transits involving the outer planets it can be very helpful to go back to the natal chart and study the original relationship between the two planets, for this will help you to see what the person is learning from the transit.

I very much feel, now, that my own personal and psychological limits are looming large in my mind — larger than every before. And like the old ladies, I’m thinking and thinking and doing much speculating. We might say the old ladies are “chewing” on information. That is what I feel like I’m doing. And there is this huge wall in front of me, which represents my biggest psychological blocks, and I am seeing how those blocks have overshadowed me for a very long time.

What to do? What I feel is that the wall needs to be respected. Its there for a reason. And, ah yes, it now comes to me, I’m trying to invade new and unknown territory within myself. I am needing to climb the wall and explore what’s on the other side. And to do this requires a refining (Neptune) of my ability to assert myself (Mars). Neptune always forces us to access our intuition. And so when I act (Mars) I am being forced to not just think endlessly about the rightness and/or wrongness about what I’m doing — not get caught up in all the inner gossip, but am needing to let that pure, inner Neptune voice guide me over the wall and into these new lands.

This is an instance of how the degree symbols can and will unfold if you allow yourself to be with them, allow them to sink into you and work their magic in your psyche.

The Quincunx in a Nutshell

The quincunx blends two planets in such a way that they keep losing each other and because they do are forced to pick each other back up, again and again. There cannot be steadiness here, but there can be a wonderfully shifting, changing, mutating, regenerating relationship, that grows in power as the person works with it.

The quincunx has gotten bad press because we’re so attached to wanting things to be stable, and certain, and solid. The quincunx is like dancing with an earthquake. It keeps coming at you in different ways, and you just have to keep moving with it, or, if it makes you stumble, get back up and keep dancing.

I have Sun/Jupiter quincunx, and it is a major defining aspect in my chart, for all of my planets are found on one side of this quincunx. So my enthusiasm for goals is something that I am continually losing and having to regenerate.

If an astrologer who was as inspired as I now am would have told me that years ago it would have made life a lot easier.

The Novile Aspect

The novile aspect is one ninth of the zodiac, or 40 degrees. Everything I say here about the novile can also be applied to the bi-novile, which is 80 degrees, and the quadra-novile, which is 160 degrees. The tri-novile is not considered among this group because it is actually a trine.

The novile is that aspect which becomes a conjunction in the 9th harmonic. The Hindu astrologers say that the 9th harmonic is to the birth chart as the fruit is to the tree from which it grows. In other words, the ninth harmonic shows the future – what we are headed toward, what we are producing, what we are becoming. It is the goal of our chart.

If you read the 9th harmonic negatively, it can show what we might become in a negative sense, and thereby help us to know what sorts of things to avoid.

It is also possible to look at transits to the 9th harmonic. This will signify ways in which we are being pulled forward. For example, if Saturn transits a conjunction to the 9th harmonic Sun it can signify a time when we are learning to focus more on goals and to bring them down to earth, maybe make them more practical. How does this differ from
Saturn transiting a conjunction to the natal Sun? When the natal Sun is transited by Saturn we are being forcibly made to examine goals and bring them more in alignment with spirit (Saturn being the most spiritual of the planets). When Saturn transits the Sun of the 9th harmonic there is a pull toward doing this – it is a possibility, but will remain a possibility unless we take the opportunity to actualize it. In other words, the 9th harmonic transits show the potential of progress – openings or opportunities which we ourselves need to actualize.

The Hindu astrologers also say that the 9th harmonic signifies the marriage partner, and can be thought of as the chart of our ideal mate. It makes sense that the person who we would be most attracted to would carry the same energy as our goals. Just as we are pulled through time toward what we are becoming, we are pulled to people whose energy will help us to become that.

This does not mean that our mate has to have a chart which exactly matches our ninth harmonic, but I have found that there is often a very strong resonance between the charts of people we are attracted to and our 9th harmonic.

Back to the novile: This aspect signifies energy that we are fostering in our being, energy that we need to make part of ourselves. Example: I have Nepune novile Mars. I am learning to allow my actions (Mars) to be guided more and more by my intuition (Neptune). A significant concept to remember with noviles is that they have a quality of inevitability – they ARE your destiny. So if I don’t allow my actions (Mars) to be guided more and more by my intuition, my actions may become chaotic, confused, unfocused – all negative Neptunian traits. In other words, as time goes on the novile will manifest – one way or the other.

Another example is my friend Sandra having Sun and Saturn novile Jupiter. In this lifetime she’s growing into shining her light and her sense of life’s purpose (Sun) in a generous, enthusiastic (Jupiter) way that can dispel the depression and cynicism of others. She’s also learning patience and perseverance (qualities of the Jupiter/Saturn combination), the ability to be disciplined and persistent in standing up for what she believes, and living it (once, again, qualities of the Jupiter/Saturn combination) Now: A VERY IMPORTANT POINT: of these two noviles in her chart, the Sun/Jupiter, and the Jupiter/Saturn, the Jupiter/Saturn one is 38 MINUTES CLOSER, AND IS THE CLOSEST ONE IN HER CHART. Whenever determining the power of an aspect, you always take into account which one is the closest. So the predominant fruit that the tree of her chart is producing is JUPITER/SATURN, which always signifies taking a moral stance, talking the talk and walking the walk – living it, baby. So you go, girl!

The Quintile Aspect

The quintile aspect is one-fifth of the zodiac, or 72 degrees. All that I’m going to tell you about it can also be applied to the bi-quintile, which is 144 degrees.

Marc Jones gave the keyword “talent” to this aspect. I would add to this an innate talent, that tends to manifest spontaneously and with a lot of raw vitality behind it. The five pointed star is the symbol of magic, and the 5-based quintile carries the energy of magic. The negative side of it is that it can be like the sorcerer’s apprentice. Remember the Disney film where the sorcerer leaves the laboratory and Mickey Mouse starts messing with the magic formula, creating out of a broom a being which can tote water from the well. Well, the broom shatters into many pieces and each piece generates another being which carries water and the laboratory floods. The sorcerer finally returns and cleans up Mickey’s mess.

The significance of this is that the energy of the quintile needs to be controlled and directed so that it doesn’t turn destructive.

I have a quintile between Mercury and Mars, which I love. Repartee is easy for me, as is arguing and using words to excite and compel. Negatively, if I get into saying (Mercury) destructive things (Mars), I can create a lot of bad karma very fast. When my mind gets going it can rev up with Martian passion, and I’ve had to work assiduously to learn how to keep it from spinning out of control.

Of course what I’ve said about the quintile per se has a feeling of Mars, in terms of its aliveness and vitality, and for this reason I think my Mercury/Mars quintile is rather easy to interpret, as are maybe all quintiles involving Mars. Jupiter quintiles also seem easy to interpret because of the enthusiastic quality of them – Jupiter being inately enthusiastic.

So let’s take an example which I feel is maybe less obvious: Sun quintile Saturn. Here the talent is for patience and control (Saturn) in focusing on a goal. Also a talent for bringing to light (Sun) the limitations at work in any situation. If this goes out of control a la quintile, it might manifest as being way too serious and obsessed with reaching a goal, or a rigidity (Saturn) of one’s ego (Sun). As Saturn signifies slowness, it could mean someone who can’t easily reach goals because of being so careful (Saturn) of everything connected with reaching the goal (Sun).

Or how about Saturn/Neptune quintile. This could mean a talent for practically and tangibly (Saturn) manifesting the visions of one’s imagination. As Saturn can mean negativity, Saturn/Neptune could also mean a talent for negative imaginings. We tend to always think that talent is a good thing, but any talent can be misused.

Moon/Saturn quintile could mean a talent for plumbing the depths (Saturn) of emotions (Moon), and/or for taking seriously (Saturn) the feelings of others.

What about quintile in forecasting work? Well, first of all we always have to keep in mind that the slower moving a planet the stronger the effect. So transiting quintiles coming from, say Uranus will be much stronger than one from transiting Mars. I think the most effective use of quintiles in forecasting is to look at them in the progressed chart, especially the day-for-a-year progressions. In looking at these we might take into account all progressed planets except for the progressed Moon, once again because its just going to produce too many aspects too frequently. But the other progressed planets forming quintiles will be felt – because they are INFREQUENT, that being the key thing in any transit or cycle that creates power. The Moon crosses your Venus every 28 days, but if Pluto ever does it, it will be ONCE IN A LIFETIME , and believe me YOU WILL FEEL IT.

The progressed quintile means that the natal planet’s energy is COMING TO LIFE in a manner signified by the progressed planet. Let’s say a progressed Venus is quintiling natal Mars. Here can arise a desire to act and assert oneself, and the emergence of the ability to do this in an alluring (Venus) manner, or a way that is easier (Venus) or more artful (Venus) than it has ever been before.

The quintile’s relationship to magic is that if you adopt a positive and confident attitude, miracles can happen, and the quintile is tending very strongly toward positivity and confidence. The successful performance of magic depends on intent, and the quintile spontaneously manifests a very pure creative intent, if the energy is not repressed.

The last thing I want to say right now about quintiles is that any attempt to repress their energy will lead to that energy coming out in some other way that is usually twisted or destructive. So if the energy is let out, and disburdened of dysfunctional obsessiveness, it can create a lot of beauty and upliftment in the world.

The Septile Aspect

The septile aspect is 51 degrees and 26 minutes – or one seventh of a circle.
Seven is the number of transcendence and overcoming, a rising above problems so that we may seem them in the bigger picture.
In speaking of septiles anything I say can also be applied to the bi-septile — 102 degrees and 52 minutes — and the tri-septile — 154 degrees and 18 minutes. The orb on any of these should be no more than two degrees, with one degree being preferable. Of course, if you have several of them in your chart, you can always know which one will be the strongest by looking at the one with the closest orb.
All three of these septile frequencies have to do with destiny – something bigger and more far reaching than the conscious self. The best way to handle them is to go with your impulses where they are concerned – follow your guidance, and do what you feel an urge to do. Don’t let a need for justification stand in your way. the universe is trying to tell you something, and all you have to do is sharpen your ears and allow yourself to flow with the energy.
The septile can also make us feel that we need to do something in a particular way, and even if another way may seem more practical or accepted, we need to follow the way that feels right to us.
Here is an example: I have Venus and Mars in a septile aspect. The Venus/Mars pair of planet signifies EFFICIENCY, according to Marc Edmund Jones, in other words, how we get anything done. Venus and Mars is the urge to take action toward completing something. Mars is always how we begin anything, and Venus is how we end it. And it is true that I often get the urge to do something, RIGHT NOW, and I may not have any reason why. But I’ve found that if I go ahead and get it done it feels very good. By the same token if I fail to follow through on one of these urges, it can create inner psychic turmoil, cause discord and disharmony. The septile is asking us to allow ourselves to sympathetically vibrate with incoming cosmic energy, and if we just let go of our questionings and inhibitions and go for it, we get led to someplace we need to go. The septile is an energy we need to submit to, and to be taken over by.
My friend Sandra has Uranus and Neptune in a septile aspect. That pair has to do with spiritual obligation – taking on a responsibility for the good of humanity. She has hosted a Shaman from Brazil who comes and stays at her house, and who does healings on people. She is very drawn to the poets Shelly and Byron, who wre a unique (Uranus) idealists (Neptune), and an inspired (Uranus) visionaries (Neptune). She has the impulse, I’m sure, to be like them. The Uranus/Neptune pair is cosmic – it looks beyond mundane limitations, its vision piercing the veil of materiality and searching out the hidden realms. Give in to it, Sandra.
Another friend, Linda, has a Moon/Saturn septile which means that when she has a persistent (Saturn) feeling that keeps coming up, she needs to give it attention, check it out, see where it takes her. Also that unexplainable difficult or negative emotions can arise in her that are trying to lead her to some new realization or awareness.
Its also good to check out septiles in your progressed chart, for they can show periods when you can receive new guidance to meet particular challenges.

Marc Edmund Jones describes 7 different chart formations in his book “The Essentials of Astrological Analysis.” The information given here follows his basic plan with modifications, especially when it comes to detailing exactly what the limits of a specific formation are. Jones was somewhat more vague on this than I am.

Chart formations are a good way of getting an overall idea of a chart before looking at any other specifics. Formation has to do with the general pattern of planets as a whole as they are situated in the wheel. Sometimes it is quite easy to take a glance at a chart and see immediately what the chart formation is. At other times when has to do some more exact measuring to determine what the formation is.

Chart formation is determined by the gaps that exist between planets, with a gap of 60 degrees or more being significant. Any space in a chart that is less than 60 degrees and contains no planets is not considered to be a gap. Of course it IS a gap – just not one big enough to be considered a MAJOR GAP. From here on in this essay when I say GAP I mean a space of AT LEAST 60 DEGREES of space in where there are no planets.

Also, in chart formation we are only considering the seven traditional planets plus Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. We are NOT taking into consideration Chiron, any of the asteroids, the Moon’s nodes, Part of fortune, or any other point in the chart.

The first formation I shall speak of is called the SPLASH type. This is a type that is actually rarely found. The SPLASH formation occurs when there are no gaps whatsoever. If we follow this definition to the letter we will indeed encounter a SPLASH chart very infrequently. Here I do hedge a little and say that there might be one gap, but if there is, it should not be over 90 degrees. If it is, then the chart actually falls into a different type of formation, as we shall see later.

The SPLASH formation is into a lot of different things, and tends to live a variegated life. This person is the opposite of a specialist. I always symbolically think of this type as a movie director, for a movie director needs to think of actors, plot, lighting, costumes. Makeup, camera angle, etc. In other words, since movies are about life, anything and everything might be involved with the making of a movie. The SPLASH type scatters energies.

Before going any farther I would like to say that one of the most important points I want to make in my work as an astrologer is that to be a good astrologer one must cleanse one’s perceptions of taken-for-granted biases. For instance, we tend to think of scattering energies as a bad thing – and it is not – at least not in every context. A SPLASH type of person might make a very good administrator, because they could be into every aspect of, say the manufacturing, marketing, and sales of an item, together with personal relations, hiring workers, and maybe fixing the toilet when it get stopped up. In some contexts, scattered energies can be just what is needed. If a person with a SPLASH chart tries to focus or limit their energies and involvements too much, they will not be happy. Of course, for the sake of survival, they need to be encouraged to focus on something enough be gain enough skill and expertise to make money at it, but whenever possible, they need to be allow to spread themselves as broadly as the planets are spread in their chart.

Another great occupation for a SPLASH type might be a writer, for obviously a SPLASH type is a gatherer of experience, and as a writer would probably range very widely in this process of gathering things to write about.

The next formation is the SPLAY type. The SPLAY chart pattern is formed when there are THREE GAPS. What these gaps do is divide the chart into three different groups of planets.

One thing we can say about the splay chart is that they tend to have their own unique way of doing things, are will not feel happy or fulfilled until they place themselves in a situation where they are free to discover how they want to go about performing their work. The SPLAY type is also a natural artist who is trying, in whatever they do to engineer something unique and which has on it their personal stamp. This type tends to be more attuned to subjective experience – their inner life and their emotions, than to the outer world. Almost always the SPLAY type will be an INTERESTING person, due to their unique approach to life.

The next formation is known as the SEE-SAW type. This is actually the chart formation you will encounter the most frequently as you look at chart. It is formed when there are just two gaps in the chart, dividing the planets into two distinct groups. It does not matter what the size of these groups are – they could be divided evenly, five and five, or they might be divided two and eight. If they are divided with nine planets on one side and one on the other, then you do not have a SEE-SAW type – you have a bucket, which we will talk of later.

Also, you need to know that it doesn’t matter whether or not these two groups of planets are across the chart from each other — just so long as there are two gaps. One of these gaps could potentially be as much as 210 or more degrees, with the other gap being say only about 60. This is just a hypothetical example to show you that the SEE-SAW could be very skewed. The point of the formation is that it has these two groups, and NOT whether or not they’re directly across the chart from each other.

The SEE-SAW type is a person who has two basic areas of interest in their life, and who is trying to balance these two areas with each other to produce harmony. The SEE-SAW individual can have a hard time making up their mind, for they tend to often be pulled in two different directions at once. If you want to know more about what these two areas of life have to do with, you can look at the houses occupied by the two different groups of planets. Sometimes these two different groups will be divided from each other by the horizon line (1st house/7th house axis) or by the Midheaven/Nadir line (10th house 4th house axis). If this is the case it actually makes the interpretation of the chart somewhat easier, for then the divisions within the person’s life are between purely self-oriented involvements on the one hand and more interactive, relational involvements on the other (in the case of the dividing line being the 1st house/7th house axis), or between their strictly private life and their life out in the world (in the case of the dividing line being the 10th house/4th house axis).

The fourth chart formation we’re going to look at is the BUNDLE. In this formation there is only one gap, but it has to be no less than 210 degrees to create the formation. Of course it can be more than 210 degrees, but anything less and the chart becomes classed as a different formation.

The BUNDLE chart is the opposite of the splash. This person is a natural specialist. Whatever they are involved with they like to go into in depth. Ray Merriman once said at a class of his I attended that the bundle type can make mountains out of molehills. It is definitely in their nature to put all their eggs in one basket.

Let us say, for example, that a woman brings me a chart of her son, and tells me that he is obsessed with collecting all types of seashells as well as books and information on them, and that she is worried about the intensity of his focus. If I were to look at his chart and see that it was a bundle formation I would tell her to allow him to obsess on sea shells to his heart’s content – for this is his natural way of being. Who knows – maybe he will one day become the world’s leading authority on sea shells.

Of course it could be that this same boy isn’t doing well in school because he’s not giving enough time to his studies, due to his sea-shell efforts. In this case I will tell her to explain to her son that if he gives enough time to learning those things that the world expects him to know, that this will free him, ultimately, to follow what he is most interested in. Compelling a child of this sort to be “balanced,” is something which disturbs me a great deal. Every person has their own balance, which is different from every other persons’. Balance for this individual might just be a life devoted to sea shells.

Do not think that a BUNDLE type always sticks with the same things – for they can shift interests, but whatever their interests are, we will always tend to find this depth plumbing going on. It is most likely, though, that if a bundle does shift focus it will be thought out beforehand – there will most likely be a build-up to it – it won’t be just a whim of the moment.

And yes, I hear a student asking, is the narrowness of focus connected to the tightness of the BUNDLE? Yes, it is – a gap of 210 degrees being the loosest bundle would tend to have a looser focus then a bundle contained within 90 degrees.

The BUNDLE person probably needs less encouragement from the outside world than the other chart formations do. The BUNDLE tends to go on its own steam, take care of itself, and be self-contained.

In these last four chart formations which I’m talking about in this particular essay, we also have the phenomenon of one of the planets in the formation taking precedence over the others. In the bundle, bowl, and locomotive formations this planet is known as the cutting planet, and the way to find it is to place your finger anywhere in the bundle and slowly rotate your finger CLOCKWISE until you come to the last planet before the gap.

The cutting planet is the most important one in the whole chart, and so when one has a bundle, bowl or locomotive formation it makes it easier for the astrologer to determine the chart’s focus. The cutting planet is said to be in “high focus,” as is also the single isolated planet in the bucket formation. And so in these four chart types, BUNDLE, BUCKET, BOWL, and LOCOMOTIVE there is always a high-focus planet.

Marc Jones gave special keywords to the ten planets when they are in high focus. When the Sun is in high focus the word is “masterly,” meaning the person attempts to be so thoroughly versed in whatever he or she is doing that he/she comes to master the subject or discipline he/she is involved in. the keyword for the Moon in high focus is “intense.” The person with this indication wishes to live a lot that is not bland or humdrum but which is vivid and intense. Frederick Chopin had a high focus moon — and he wrote nocturnes night pieces.

The keyword for Mercury in high focus is “inquisitive.” The person is curious and will dig into and uncover information, going as deep as possible to uncover the truth and find out how things work. Louis Pasteur’s chart has a high focus Mercury.

The keyword for Venus in high focus is “intimate,” meaning that life is never approached in a cold or distant or impersonal way. Quite the contrary, the person thinks of every experience encountered as special, as having its own unique personality and needs, and as being something they want to get as close as possible to and interact with in a very personal INTIMATE way.

The keyword for Mars in high focus is “indomitable,” meaning that the person will never let anything ultimately get the best of him/her. They refuse to be under anyone’s finger. If defeated, they will simply put their mind to figuring out a way of being successful in the next skirmish. Abraham Lincoln had a high focus Mars.

The keyword for Jupiter in high focus is “paternalistic.” I have a bucket with Jupiter as the handle planet, so Jupiter in my chart is in high focus. At first I had a hard time wrapping my mind around this word — but it truly is me. I’m being paternalistic right now, in that I’m trying to protect and support the tradition of astrology so that I can hand it down like a FATHER (pater is Latin for father). Isadora Duncan had Jupiter in high focus. It might be strange on first thinking about it to envision such a feminine individual as a father. But she was extremely intent on fostering a revival of the dance of the ancients, and of passing down this tradition to her students.

The keyword for Saturn in high focus is “shrewd.” This is a person who is extremely sensitive to the limitations of any situations, and of what is required in a practical sense to get done what one wants to do. Emily Dickenson has a high focus Saturn in her chart, and what makes her such a wonderful poet is her extreme sensitivity to the limitations of WORDS, and of what one must do with them to make them say what one wants them to say. Saturn, also, is the exact opposite of superficiality, and in her lightest verse there is always a sense of depth.

The keyword for Uranus in high focus is “experimentative.” This person is very open and willing to try new things. Even after they have found a way of doing something that works they will not settle down to a routine way of being, but must always be exploring new territory be it out in the world or inside the self.

The keyword for Neptune in high focus is “authoritative.” This comes from holding on strongly to the high ideal that Neptune always signifies. Eleanor Roosevelt had a high focus Neptune.

The keyword for Pluto in high focus is “Transcendent,” for the transformative nature of Pluto is always looking to transcend problems — to rise above the realm of limitation.

The BUCKET formation is actually a see-saw with the two groups of planets divided by having nine in the one group and just one in the other. The BUCKET is very zealous about whatever it is doing. It may feel like it has a mission in life, and the mission is usually shown by the one planet that stands alone. The bucket can have the intensity and narrowness of focus of the BUNDLE type, but unlike the bundle type it tends to approach whatever it is focused on from multiple angles. It may be into many different things, but somehow these things are collected together, unified through the singleton planet. This singleton planet becomes the most important one in the chart. It is often a singleton in hemisphere, which will, of course, then give that particular hemisphere strong emphasis and cause it to take precedence in the life over the other hemisphere.

The BOWL formation occurs when there is one gap, and that gap is between 150 degrees and 210 degrees. A gap smaller than 150 degrees causes the chart to be classes (at least in my system) as a BUNDLE chart, and a gap of more than 210 degrees causes the chart to be classes as a LOCOMOTIVE pattern. The bowl is looking to enter experience with the whole of the self, that is, they tend to be an “all-or-nothing” type of person. They need something they can immerse themselves in, something they can be completely devoted to. This chart type also has a cutting planet – found just as you did with the BUNDLE type.

The LOCOMOTIVE formation occurs when there is one gap that is between 90 and 210 degrees. (A gap less then 90 degrees is a SPLASH type). The LOCOMOTIVE type is, just as you might expect a driving and driven person. The have a lot of energy and at their most intense can be like a steam roller. They can be very motivated and will get to where they are desiring to go one way or the other, whether slowly and patiently, or through relentless pushing.

These are the seven types of chart formation that Marc Jones describes, but I want to add another one – one that is rarely found, though I do see it occasionally. It’s referred to as the CLOSE PAIRS type. This chart is formed when all of the planets (ideally) are in a conjunction with another planet – ideally forming “close pairs” of planets in the chart. A chart can still be considered a CLOSE PAIRS chart even if two planets are not involved in the conjunctions. It can also be a close pairs chart if, say, you have three planets in conjunction together in one or several places, rather than just two.

The CLOSE PAIRS individual has special gifts to offer the world, and what it takes to manifest these special gifts is a coordination of their energies directed toward a specific purpose. No one can tell them how to do this coordination – their nature is too original, too different, to be able to assimilate easily the advice of others. It is their instinct that brings about this coordination. When it happens they can be extremely successful, because they have found their own way to reach their goals, and they have marshaled their energies in the way that felt right to them – and turned out to be right.

I know a woman with a CLOSE PAIRS chart who, when she got out of college went to work for a store. The store owner said the business was failing and he couldn’t give her a salary or hourly income but only commissions on what she sold. She want ahead and took over the store, he let her run it the way she wanted to, and within a year her commissions were averaging $10,000 a month. She related to the product she was selling and found her own unique way of selling it, and by doing this was fantastically successful.

Chiron Combinations with Planets, Points and Asteroids

When Chiron in a chart forms an aspect to another planet, the following interpretations will help you to tune in to what the significance of that aspect is. Remember that squares manifest the enrgy in the mosst challenging and dynamic way, that oppositions signify the energy manifesting in the process of relating, and that conjunctions give the combination of Chiron with another planet a creatively unique quality.

Chiron/Sun

Letting go of all things of lesser importance and focusing on what is most important in spiritual terms. Ability to clearly differentiate between what is truly important to oneself in terms of ones personal evolution and what the world/culture/social milieu deems important.

The process of ceasing to base one’s self worth on outer or superficial criteria and to perceive ones importance as a being assisting in world change and the spiritual process of others.

Allowing the deeper meanings of things to emerge by not placing the projections of one’s ego on them. One has the ability to assist others in the discovery of their life’s meaning and purpose.

Bringing to light those ideas and energies which are exactly what is needed to heal those around one, and often doing this without consciously knowing it.

Chiron/Moon

Allowing oneself to be guided by instinct, or, when one does not do this, suffering due to ones inability to act on ones instincts. Transcending the dramas of family and learning to love family without being controlled or negatively influenced by them. The quest for and finding of the spiritual family. Letting go of the past. Seeing the past in a spiritual light, which helps to release regrets.

Because one has difficulty in finding security in outer and material things, one is guided toward finding security in identification with the greater self and the protection coming from higher forces.

The ability to move through emotions, especially those that have become stagnant and fixated. The Chiron/Moon combination can mean the clearing of the emotional body, and the exorcising of the ghosts of the past. Learning to find security in fluidity rather than ridigity.

Chiron/Mercury

Leaving behind ideas that hold one in a rut while embracing and assimilating ideas that assist one to evolve. Communication with Angels and other beings beyond the physical realm, whether one realizes this is happening or not, the communicating often happening in ways that one does not expect. Having a sense of the right thing to say that will heal a situation and bring others together. Having the right ideas at the right time come to one due to one’s ability to listen to messages coming from beyond.

Chiron/Venus

Ability to appreciate how all situations – even ones we would usually think of as negative — can further ones spiritual growth. Seeing beauty in people, things and situations that others might not recognize as beautiful, and helping others to enjoy that beauty.

Being a soothing presence to all those around one, a kind of healing balm, even when one may not be trying to do so. Helping others to be at peace and to enjoy life, as well as to see their own personal beauty and worth.

Chiron aspecting Venus helps to heal selfishness by coming to a deep understanding of its root cause, which is fear.

Alignment of aesthetics with the highest aspect of spirituality. William Blake had a Chiron/Venus conjunction.

Chiron/Mars

Assertively reaching out to those who need help and healing, often doing this in subtle, indirect ways that can be quite effective. Working to build a new world order. Ability to transform destructive energies into constructive ones, as well as to apply destructive energies where they are most needed to clear the way for something higher.

Ability to get to the heart of a conflict and hence resolve it or direct it along positive lines, rather than arguing in circles. Having the confidence to not hold back when one senses what one needs to do. Ability to act on impulse without having to have a mental or logical justification to do so.

Chiron/Jupiter

Instinctively knowing how to uplift others and how to dispel depression. Encouraging people to proceed along their spiritual path even through difficult situations and disheartening conditions. Intuitively knowing how to give someone just the sort of encouragement that they need. Ability to instinctively synthesize and harmonize ideas and to perceive the hidden connections between different events, energies, etc. Ability to make others feel included and cared for, so that no one is left out or left behind. Ability to help others find prosperity and to tap in to the abundance of the universe.

The healing power of excess — taking something to its ultimate extreme is a means of bringing it into a higher awareness and finer balance. James Joyce had Chiron conjunct Jupiter.

Chiron/Saturn

Disengaging from involvements which inhibit or frustrate one’s personal growth (even though this may take a long time, or be a long, slow process). Understanding fears more deeply, which assists in the process of letting go of them. Learning to heal fears by drawing on the powers of beings beyond the physical.

Having a clearer and clearer perception of the blocks that people place in front of themselves for the purpose of retarding their spiritual growth.

Entering into the Silence so that one can contact angels, ascended masters and other spirit guides. Learning how to not react to negativity, and therefore being able to avoid the karma resulting from doing so. Awareness of the truth that all problems encountered are for the purpose of furthering one’s spiritual evolution, and unless the lessons offered by them are fully learned, the same problems or variations of them are likely to reoccur.

All of the above indications for Chiron/Saturn tend to become stronger and more possible as ones grows older.

Chiron/Uranus

Ability to be openminded and because of this to see things in a new way. Sudden messages coming from beyond, often manifesting in an unexpected or surprizing form. Recognize and interpret omens, signs, and portents. The ability to heal feelings of being alienated, isolated, or cut off. Helping others to bring out their unique gifts and talents and to accept and value their own uniqueness.

Chiron/Neptune

Subtle sensing of the presence of helping intelligences, and ability to tap into them for guidance. Seeing beyond others’ negativity, shortcomings and weaknesses into the perfection of their soul. Ability to transmit love to others in a subtle, hidden, or indirct way. Helping other to recognize other realms of reality. Being a refining and uplifting influence wherever one goes. Tuning others into magic and beauty.

Chiron/Neptune will create life situations that help one to overcome unrealistic idealism,
addictions, and fantasies that may be retarding one’s spiritual growth. It can help one to use one’s imagination as an instrument for healing.

Chiron/Pluto

A strong compulsion to overcoming egotism and to see it for what it is – fear-based. Feeling strongly urged, even pushed, by forces beyond oneself to grow by transcending one’s limitations. The process of learning how to let through messages from beyond, as well as to accept them and act on them. Strong, persistent impulses that one must eventually follow.

Chiron/Pluto heals the striving to acquire power for selfish reasons, and helps one to use power
to encourage, guide, and assist others in their spiritual growth.

Chiron/North Node

A compelling need to connect to positive energy and to spirit guides. An urgent need to clear past karmas and to resolve issues of the past so that one can more forward. A need to understand one’s attachments to the past and how those attachments are fear-based. Needing to seek out people who are willing to grow and evolve with oneself. A need to connect with people who will accept the love one has to give. Tension between oneself and others caused by others unwillingness to grow or change.

Often the source of this tension is hidden. Sometimes one has great problems with others that are hard to define. The only way to solve these problems is to trust in one’s instincts and to be receptive to answers coming from deep inside oneself or from spirit guides.

Chiron/Ascendant

The need to see oneself as able to connect with spirit guides and angels. The compelling urge to base one’s self-confidence on one’s spiritual self rather than materialistic, passing or ephemeral things. The need to reject the limiting projections that others impose on oneself.

Chiron/Midheaven

The need to be receptive to messages coming in from the universe. One’s career needs to involved giving unconditional love to others. Any career in which one is not contributing to positively changing the world will tend to bring one misery and frustration. The need to not be attached to ones reputation in the world, to not be concerned if it is negative, and to not be too intent on trying to keep it positive.

The need to recognize oneself as a spiritual authority, and to use that authority positively by helping others to grow in consciousness.

Chiron/Ceres

Ability to distinguish healthy needs from destructive desires and addictions. The power to perceive what is truly nurturing, and what is not. Intuitively knowing what others need, and having the ability to intuitively give them that.

Chiron/Pallas

Healing of one’s deepest fears. Ability to feel the hidden order of the universe that lies beyond the outer illusion of chaos. Ability to sense when anyone is repressing something, in denial, or avoiding something. Ability to find wounded or sensitive areas in others and to bring healing energy to them.

Chiron/Juno

The healing of addiction to control. Learning to live with uncertainty and confusion, knowing that eventually clarity will come. Helping others to learn how to flow with life and all its seeming imperfections and loose ends.

Chiron/Vesta

Ability to make a space for spirit, and to clear away useless details and meaningless or petty tasks and involvements to bring in a breath of fresh air and room to grow.

Chiron, The Wounded Healer

I never quite understood why some astrologers refer to Chiron as “the wounded healer.” Recently, though, a friend of mine, Tim, told me of a healing technique of which he had learned that he found most powerful. The technique is very simple: no matter what the problem is with the person being healed, the healer says to them: “I’m sorry! I love you.”

It is a metaphysical truth that we all create our own reality. So if your mother, for instance, has a toothache, that toothache is a part of your reality, as is everything in the world. So if it is part of your reality, and you create your own reality, then at some level you must have created it. So tell the tooth you’re sorry! And tell the tooth “I love you!”

To some of you this probably sounds crazy. My first reaction to it was, “hey, now you’re going to say I created all suffering in the world? That its my fault? It’s not my fault if your tooth hurts!”

But wait — don’t guilt trip yourself. And don’t try to figure it out, or make sense of it. When you have a pain in your body, just tell it, over and over, “I’m sorry! I love you!” And try your best to mean it. I have found this to work many times, and when it didn’t work I had the feeling that it was because I didn’t focus enough, do it enough, or that there was some other extenuating circumstance at work.

I think what saying these words does is acknowledge the fact that we’re all in this together, that we all have shared responsibility for what is going on. We truly are all one. Every wound belongs to each and every one of us. This, I think, is the secret of the Wounded Healer. The message of Chiron is compassion, shared totally, completely, and without reserve.

Chiron in the Signs

Chiron in Libra

The way we have held ourselves back from evolving is by relating to our reality in a narrow, repetitive way that ignores so many energies. Chiron in Libra is about opening up more fully and completely to relating, so that we learn to relate to a wider band of frequencies, and ultimately overcome the fear of relating to ourselves. Chiron here can help us to let go of fears, and to see ourselves in a new way that opens up new relationships to our universe.

It can also signify healing through beauty and through allowing any energy that has become stagnant or sluggish to get back in sync with the graceful dance of life.

Chiron in Scorpio

Chiron in Scorpio has a deep love of death, and an understanding of the healing possibilities and ecstatic releases possible through passing out of this life – and of dying to any situation in which one need release and transformation. Deeply and profoundly it communicates the truth that Change is OK, nothing to be afraid of, a glorious process, that nothing is ever lost, and that there is no situation that cannot be redeemed and transmuted.

Chiron in Scorpio also automatically and often subconsciously helps others to get more in tune with the person power, and to see how it can be used positively. It can also help people to see how they are using their power negatively and to realize that this stems from disattunement to ones true self.

Chiron in Sagittarius

Joy, spontaneity and free play bring to the grayness of our world a new brightness, with Chiron in Sagittarius. This placement heals by communicating the truth that suffering is a temporary state, and that lightness of being can be our realilty when we accept the truth of who we really are spiritually.

The lines through which we receive energy and sustenance from the light are strengthened by Chiron in Sagittarius. The person with Chiron here emanates a force which overcomes fragmentation and brings all missing and disjointed pieces into a vibrant wholeness. This is truly the rising out of the maze of illusion, so that we may see even our most traumatic and difficult challenges as steps toward enlightenment.

Chiron in Capricorn

Who are the true authorities? asks Chiron in Capricorn, who relentlessly pursues the answer, which always leads back to the self. We are the authority – the kingdom of heaven is within, and all outer gods are lesser gods. Chiron in Capricorn is capable of cutting through all confusion and complexity to find the deepest and most enduring truths.

All of us are being manipulated – by other people who set themselves up as the experts, by our fantasies about how things should be, by giving away our own power, and by the snares of our own karma. Chiron in Capricorn is about becoming increasingly aware of this manipulation and of its many sources, so that it can be overcome once and for all . With this position manipulation for the sake of the ego is washed away, so that we are fully liberated to pursue the positive manipulations of spiritual discipline.

Chiron in Aquarius

Chiron here is focused on overcoming the limited ruts pursued by the rational mind. Its energy melts all places of mental stuckness. A scientist once said, “if quantum mechanics makes sense to you, you don’t understand it.” Chiron in Aquarius knows that trying to always make sense is a useless endeavor whose only goal is a desperate attempt to hold back our ocean of fear.

We have nothing to fear. The universe is a safe place, and as we realize this, we come to the knowledge that the universe doesn’t “make sense,” IT IS SENSE – THE SENSE OF UNLIMITED CONSCIOUSNESS AND INFINITE JOY.”

This placement of Chiron transmutes fear into constant surprise at our own vastness, and a tearing down of any and all walls that have kept us from exploring it.

Chiron in Pisces

The limitions of time and space create sorrow, by seeming to divide us from what we love. Chiron in Pisces dwells beyond time and space, and so can bring to us a healing balm which soothes and can finally melt away all of the sufferings of our soul. Chiron was in Pisces during most of the 1960’s, bringing at that time an enrichment of spirit by giving us a window into the timeless realms.

Chiron here heals through acceptance, and through giving in to the cleansing waters of the inner ocean. As we assimilate more and more completely the truth that we are infinite beings, we are able to relax and give up our obsessive focus on suffering and limited, confining illusions.

Degree Frequencies

The following degree frequency summaries are descriptions of the individual degrees of each sign IRRESPECTIVE OF WHICH SIGN THEY ARE IN. For instance, #8 below describes the 8th degree IN ALL TWELVE SIGNS. The meanings given for it are then synthesized with the sign in question. So, for instance, if one is interpreting 8 degrees Scorpio, one would read the meaning of #8 below, and then synthesize it with the meaning of Scorpio.

Degree frequencies are a relatively new idea in astrology. I’m sure other astrologers have worked with these, though I have not directly explored their work. The meanings for degree frequencies given here were received from Ellias Lonsdale, one of the greatest living astrologers. I feel the work is profound, brilliant, and uncovers many subtleties within the degrees.

Always remember when reading a degree that one rounds up, so that if one sees 19 degrees and 48 minutes of Capricorn in a chart, this is actually the 20th degree of Capricorn.

1st Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: the element air
Therapeutic ruler: Mercury

I want to empower myself and everybody else to get on with what we’re here for. I am being given a chance to innovate, to reinvent. to start all over., There’s nothing about me that’s hidden. There is in me a stroke of something wildly different and new.

I am clueless about so many things that everybody else is sure about, and I often feel like I’m nobody at all.

I have wildfire impulses that surge through me.

When I pay attention to what others are saying and doing, almost none of it applies to me. I must be from another planet!

the world often criticizes the simplicity and directness of the 1 frequency. The world is always asking it, “What do you have to back that up? What more is there?” So the 1 copes with the world by trying to be good, by trying not to be a problem, because the rest of the world doesn’t understand it.

The 1 frequency can be a dumb note in many people because they have to be so very vividly present in life to be a 1. It can come across as very diluted and lacking in fiber — become a sort of emptiness.

The challenge is to stay in the moment, and to experience every moment as an exciting new beginning.

Example:  1 Virgo:  “Late at night someone comes home and slowly ascends the stairs.”  A simple and direct return to a higher reality within the self.  (Omega Series).

2nd Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Saturn
Therapeutic ruler: Virgo

I am cautious, because I want to see what I’m doing. I want a readout of situations. I don’t mean to be heavily skeptical and drenched with doubt, or incredibly gloomy, I just mean “what’s this?”

I often feel I don’t know how. In the present moment I often feel I don’t have within me what it takes to go forward. I need to experience and play out the old and go through the illusions I have created so as to understand them and see them for what they are. I need to work stuff out.

Once I get going, I can just break away from the obstructions, uncertainties and fears, but before that point, its hard work for me. I have a need to prepare for the future, to build up my confidence and energy to meet it

I want to get on with things but life can e fore me a series of minor disappointments, and that for me is traumatic, for I don’t want to be held back. I can tend to get involved in small stuff, details, and pettiness — preoccupied and absorbed in the little stuff.

I have a certain conditioned mindset that I fall back on, and a more open mind that I am staring to use more and more. I need to move back and forth between these two, and in any given situation discover which one works and in what ways.

Example:  1 Capricorn:   “A mysterious colored window used to contact other worlds.”  Finding a portal opening into new possibilities.  (Pleiadian series).

3rd Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Jupiter
Therapeutic ruler: Libra

There is no resolution with me. I have the strongest shadow essence of any degree frequency, and my spirit longing, aspiration and vision are at peak passion and power.

I must be open-ended in all things to find my way. The courage to enter the darkness of the 3 and to stay with it and to explore it to the dregs is absolutely crucial. 3’s are capable of ego aggrandizement. At best the 3 can be extremely calm, very timeless and very all-embracing.

There is, though, with the three the tendency toward rigidity of extremes, but going to extremes can be good for them because it’s a learning experience.

The 3 can take every polarity and exhaustively celebrate its ways, not for the purpose of endlessly doing this, but so that it leads to some place where it all comes together, gets synthesized.

Example: 3 Scorpio:  “Pigs being fed.”  Eager indulgence.  The need for primitive satisfaction.

4th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Mars
Therapeutic ruler: Scorpio

I’ve got everything the world is looking for. My quest is to find where to put it. It’s so satisfying to find the right place for my energies, but if I put them where I know they won’t go, the result is maddening and frustrating.

There can be a merging of my treasures with a perfect context. I feel the completeness and wholeness of this, and once I take this for granted and feel I have it made, it erodes and soon the whole thing is undone.

I’m somebody who has to be used. I don’t need to beat myself up with ups and down, ins and outs. I just need to let go of my compulsions and realize that everything is cyclic.

I can’t find out what goes wrong, and I don’t need to, because that just keeps me embroiled in the wheel of karma. I may try to fight what goes wrong for a long time. It’s because I think I must be able to find some way to get it right.

I need to master my reactivity. I need to not reject myself when I’m the loser.

Example:  4 Cancer:  “A dragon conferring its powers on a maiden.”  (Pleiadian series).  Finding the power inherent in innocence.

5th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Aries
Therapeutic ruler: Jupiter

My entire existence is focused on penetrating to deeper layers.

There’s always this voice that says “Why are you so intent on this? It’s not going to get you anywhere.” Sometimes the doubter in me stops me cold. The only thing I now to do is to keep going deeper until I’ve used up the last fragments of my”no.”

The 5 is a struggle between the yes and the no. The “no” doesn’t want me to go deeper. The “yes” says I have to. The “no” tells me I’ll never get anywhere, but over time I come to see that I’m not trying to get anywhere — I’m trying to get my inner bearings. the yes will always win out eventually.

Example:  5 Libra:  “A Flagpole with no flag.”  (Omega series).  Rejection of allegiances so as to find the true core self.

6th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Taurus
Therapeutic ruler: Venus

I am somehow living in more than one world, and what I bring to any situation is just one sparkling jewel, one ray, the part that fits. I cannot get myself to narrow down my scope to make things simple and easy.

I can be scattered, fragmented, lost in the parade of what wants to find its voice in me. I must be one of the first to show and reveal what it is going to be like around here when we move out of the rigid self we thought we were.

I don’t try to fit it all together. I am not interested in any kind of consistency or pattern. What I’m about is this moment’s possibilities. And what I’m supposed to do is to keep us all moving. Something about me gets people going.

The 6 comes to the point where it realizes you can’t work it out — it will work itself out.

Example:  6 Aquarius:  “Beings of high evolution doing what they can to help humanity.”  (Azoth series).  Accessing the assistance of higher forces.

7th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Gemini
Therapeutic ruler: Sagittarius

I need to only listen to myself and to stay on my subtle inner track and to not try to explain. I know that nothing endures, and all things are utterly meaningful, relevant and real. I can be more of a self-critic than any other degree frequency, because I see such immense potential in myself that I yearn to access.

At the core of my being I know infinite possibilities. I know that it is totally possible to saturate this physical world with spiritual light, and that is what I want so desperately.  I am a consummate idealist.

I am capable of tremendous brotherhood/sisterhood impulses because I have a deep knowing of what it’s like for everybody.

Example:  “A pattern used to generate energy.”  (Azoth series).  The search for systems that create empowerment.

8th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Cancer
Therapeutic ruler: Capricorn

I turn every part of me into what is useful, what serves, what fits the picture. The world needs me to be a strong individual. I am an obedient servant carrying out a greater will and everything about me is designed to fulfill that task.

Nothing is alien to me. Nothing is beneath me. I am everybody’s friend. I am the world’s companion. If I can be a core awareness reflection for any and all to find their way, that is the best I can possibly do in my life. I cannot lose, and I cannot win. I will go a country mile to seem to be accessible, to seem to be obvious, to seem to be literal. I will play a part, I will play a role, and I will play it all the way.

The world loves me because I do it, I show it, I make it happen. I put myself there, I bring everybody with me, I live it up, I play it out.

An 8 could take an eighth of their being and have 7/8ths of themselves hidden, and the 7/8ths would be living in these incredible other realities, while the one that is showing up here would be conceived by most everybody as being such a character that one would never be aware of or look for the other 7 parts.

Example:  8 Virgo:  “A man thinking up names for colors.”  (Chandra series).   The attempt to communicate bea, wonder, and the ineffable.   “People dragging a beached whale back into the ocean.” (Omega series). The attempt to foster and assist the harmony of nature.

9th Degree
Kabbalilstic ruler: Leo
Therapeutic ruler: Aquarius

I have an ongoing consciousness of what pulls us forward and what pulls us back — what supports our evolution and what retards it — the workings of the light and the darkness. I have to learn where we are really going and what it’s going to take to get there. I need to commit to life tasks and foster a collaborative spirit.  If I move with what is there, then everything will take care of itself. My intention is all-important.

Mu goal is to see through my own distortions and to cleave to the truth that stands behind everything I perceive. I need to always be clarifying the difference between my truth and what is my projection. I naturally realize that everything is connected.

Example:  9 Pisces:  “Dusk.  A vampire awakens.”  Activation of the dark side of one’s nature so that it may ultimately be redeemed.

10th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Virgo
Therapeutic ruler: Uranus

I’m super tuned into what is happening in the world and what is asked of us. I want to serve and to make everything possible. I’m very capable of keeping the world going on whatever terms seem necessary and vital. I’m a very mental degree. I take what I am discovering in myself and then disseminate what I discover. I speak the truth and put out there what I mean to say.

What often happens to 10’s is that they give into situations and contexts that make their giving useless, or which merely perpetuate the status quo without evolving it. They keep trying to protect their individuality but often end up grooved into the habits and patterns and thought currents of this world. Dismantling the world illusion is their job.

Example:  10 Taurus:  “Deep in the jungle a panoply of colorful birds and flowers.”  The protection and concealment of hidden treasures deep within the self.

11th Degree

Kabbalistic ruler: Sun
Therapeutic ruler: Neptune

I know how to cut through all the crap and not to be stopped by attitudes and arbitrary place inside.

I am a love, a catalyst, someone who does people good, who brings it all back around. I am here to make a difference. I am an instigator. I make things happen. I carry the ball and run with it. I am meant to be a tremendously forward pressing energy.

I have instant photo recognition of opportunity, challenge, possibility, and opening. I am the fastest frequency.

I am intent on shifting patterns, making something happen that wouldn’t happen otherwise.

I always have something at stake, something dramatic going on and I’m in the very middle of it. I’m trying to get the opposites connected.

I have the tendency to be hyper-adaptive in crazy making situations.

I generate impact when I don’t do anything whether I know it or not, because I’m constantly emitting a kind of spark. All I need to do is to be calm and quiet and accepting and embracing. I don’t need to force the issue. In fact, forcing issues can be my great mistake.

It’s very easy for me to get into addictive patterns. i am afraid of a vacuum. I’m afraid of coming down. I’m afraid of being flattened. I’m afraid of things getting less intense, less powerful, less amazing.

The 11 is tapping the wisdom that is at the edge of the physical plane in the realm known as the subtle physical, which is the aspect of the physical that’s not gross and tangible and massive but is more like a kind of a vibe that is in the physical but isn’t in the gross physical.

When I am really on, I do just a gesture in the right direction and everything magically happens. I have the ability to have an incredible light easy natural touch.

I have the ability to enhance the life spark, the quality of drawing forth the best in things.

Example:   11 Capricorn:  “A man using colored lights to read a palimpsest.” (Azoth series).  The ability to read the faint and subtle messages that are all around one.

12th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Libra
Therapeutic ruler: Pisces

There is a tendency for the most desperate, the most despairing, the most anguish ridden an angst oriented states to come from the 12th degree frequency.

If I can just surrender my fears and have faith I can experience a great turnaround in my life. Letting to can completely change my world.

I exemplify the truth that what you resist you become. Whatever I try to get away from is what I’ll be faced with.

My great challenge is to learn to never say never.

Example:  12 Scorpio:  “A collection of rocks shaped like hearts.”  The attempt to understand one’s blockages when it comes to loving, giving, and receiving.

13th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: the element water
Therapeutic ruler: Aries

I have a rampant exuberance that is often camouflaged and contained, hidden, or held back. I may have infinite capacity that I don’t tap, or don’t tap fully or openly.

With me there is nothing anywhere except personal soul discovering, exploring, unfolding, developing, working, and moving with. I always have to learn the most basic things. I always already now the most advanced things. I essentially live by my wits. Everybody consistently overestimates me.

Some part of me won’t let me enter upon and enjoy the fabulous gifts I am heir to. That part says I don’t deserve it and that part seems to dominate a whole corner of my soul. It takes a long time for the gifts and the magic to overflow.

Everyone has their eyes on me even when I’m not doing or saying anything. Other people feel inspired, enhanced, quickened, and challenged by me. I am at my best when I’m very expressive, engaged and committed to progress.

Example:  13 Leo:  “An old man on a porch which looks out over a stormy sea.”  (Pleiadian series).  The wise self calmly contemplating the deep turbulence and power of its emotions.

14th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Scorpio
Therapeutic ruler: Taurus

I am intent on maximizing my strength, which is stamina and incredible perseverance. I have a willingness to clear myself of any and all falsehood and restriction. I am overwhelmingly consecrated and given over to the objective task. I’ll do what needs doing. I am dedicated to the task of finding out what’s wrong and slowly and inevitably changing it.

It’s easy for me to feel discouraged, disempowered and disillusioned because I perceive the magnitude of my task.

Cleaning people’s houses is a perfect 14 task. I create channels through which things can happen, and often I don’t even know I’m doing that.  I have the ability to patiently create the right key for the right lock.

14 is the battleground between “I can’t do it,” and “Of course I will anyway.”

Example:  14 Cancer:  “A dried up stream bed covered with smooth rocks.”  (Chandra series).   A softening over time of one’s perception of and attitude toward problems to the point that we are able to take a gentle, smooth approach to them.  Coexistence with the world’s difficulties without harshness or agitation.

15th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Sagittarius
Therapeutic ruler: Saturn

I am the world’s worst at perpetuating old models. When I am inspired, I am totally alive. I am very wholistic and all-encompassing.

It is necessary for me to have a light, broad, open style. In my true mode I listen, tune in to, and open myself to any and all directions as the impulse and the message arises.

I am able to open all my subtle senses and be finely tuned and exceedingly alive to the complex weave that arises when fairy and cosmic beings, the dead, and every variety of unknown intelligence are here with us. I was specifically made for a different world. When I am on my way to that new world, I feel alive, engaged, free and joyous. The 15 frequency vibrates with Chiron.

Example:  15 Gemini:  “Drummers creating complex overlays of rhythms.”  (Azoth series).  The dynamic blending of energies to enhance beauty and bring greater interest to life.

16th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Capricorn
Therapeutic ruler: Mars

I need to boost the spirits of all I meet. I am pouring a healing balm into everyone, with something restorative in it. I am lively and easy to be with. I am subject to and almost at the mercy of moods, moon tides, follies and notions which pass but which can take a bite out of me. Life feels like an emergency to me. There is nothing I can depend on, no stability, just the meeting of what is in the moment and attempting to harmonize it with my deep inner self. I am always up against the need to crack through a shell, a structure that feels so thick and customary that it takes everything I’ve got not to feel intimidated, not to be coerced. I feel on the defensive.

I need to learn to give my all to the situation at hand. I need to put myself on the line. I need to discover a deep enough place in myself that can commit itself forcefully enough and totally enough to a new way of life.

Example:  16:  16 Sagittarius:  “A magician’s wand sprouting golden leaves.” (Omega series).  Continual receptivity to new and empowering opportunities.  The spontaneous re-energizing of inspiration.

17th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Venus
Therapeutic ruler: Gemini

There is not one anything in the 17 world. The 17 is seeking to annihilate what is false in it.l It knows it’s i a false world and a false self, and can’t bear it — and won’t bear it. It needs to undermine and sabotage its own disguises, its own agenda, its own trip.

It is dead set on something it doesn’t know how to reach. It will get there but it has no idea how or when or what its going to take, but it will. It has a good built-in instinct for how to not go crazy. It just knows that you can’t take anything too seriously or too much to heart because if you do, you will collapse into a heap. It knows that it must be ironic.

I do not have any idea what is going on with me in a certain sense. I have no patterns, no reference points for most of the stuff I find myself dealing with. I have got to make something out of what I meet in this world, and it really get to me.

I have got to get my insides to somehow come outside and be part of things, and it’s such a struggle. I get accustomed to hiding out. The 17 is always coming out of a place where it knows all about things and then discovers it knows nothing.

Example:  17  Virgo:  “An old bald woman talking to her dog.”  (Chandra series).  The need to give up rational thinking and to dialogue with one’s instincts.

18th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Aquarius
Therapeutic ruler: Cancer

There is no neutral space in the 18, for in its thoroughness it must go to all the extreme places within itself.   The 18 is ultimately about witnessing what it’s like to fall, and what it’s like to rise. It chooses ultimately to rise, but honors ever stage of the process. It can be very temptable and susceptible. It is the most vulnerable of souls, and needs to be, for by opening itself up to all it is eventually able to take in the completeness of life.

18’s sometimes have a dreaded fascination with the dark side because they know there’s something to learn from it. When they get on their spiritual path, though, they are shining representatives of the bright spirit.

They can manifest a tremendous ability for empathy and nurturing.

Example:  18 Aries: ” Deep in the forest Titania’s ancient stone throne covered with moss.”  (Pleiadian series).  Profound connection with both the power and gentleness of nature.

19th Degree

Kabbalistic ruler: Pisces
Therapeutic ruler: Leo

I am challenged, I am provoked, I am compelled to push my limits, to find where I really am. I make sure to keep the pressure on. I make sure to make it tense and dangerous in how it will turn out. I can push myself way too far.

I don’t know how to be simply here with what is happening and just let it flow.
this wild part of me always wants to jump off that cliff to see what happens — but when I’m not doing that the world is for me purely an excuse to be sleep, to be gone, to be somebody else. I can’t seem to keep myself awake in the midst of life unless I resort to my youthful impetuosity.

I can be the perpetual adolescent. I can follow the adventure all the way and I do. I am essentially unable to keep myself away from pushing too hard and feeling where it takes me.

I run on impulse, improvisation. I am an outlaw, a renegade, a follower of myself. I am so incorrigible that each time I do curb myself, it barely holds for awhile.

I have a shadow self that doubts and fears the outcome of my audacity and spirit of adventure, and who draws to me people and situations to thwart me, block me, and stop me. As I eventually mature (which might not be until my 50’s or 60’s) I develop maybe just a little bit of tameness and ability to observe myself. This helps me greatly to overcome my impulsiveness and be far more fulfilled. The reason it take me so long to get to the point is because all this adventure and excitement feels so vital I don’t want to give up even a little bit of it.

If, on the other hand I give in to the world and give up my maverick ways I can end up living in grief. Not a passive grief, but a burning grief and longing. This grief of mine is unused life force, untapped talent and genius.

The 19 is totally magical. There is something in it that understands that everything is rigged in our favor, if we’re willing to learn from it. If you’re innocent enough, you can just put yourself at the center of the 19 frequency, radiate conviction and all will form around you.

Example:  19 Pisces:  “Palm trees laden with dates.”  (Chandra series).  Bearing rich food for everyone,  especially in situations of scarcity and lack.  Heavy with gifts and wanting others to partake of them.

20th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Mercury
Therapeutic ruler: Moon

My destiny won’t let me join any of the multitudes of worlds I could join, because I am a connector, I stand at the crossroads. I am the wider link and I can’t swallow myself up in life’s particulars in any way. My own priority is to be the scribe, be the witness, the onlooker, be the one who lets all the others know that this is happening here, and that it matters.

I am being asked to sweat it out. I have to work with my personal subjective self and all its opacities, illusions, densities and incredible stubbornness.

The main thing happening in this frequency is that it is being pursued by the Absolute. It breathes right down your neck and you can’t create any distance from it. It smiles on you in the shadows. It enjoys your falls and says, “here, here’s a hand. Come. I’ll pick up up.” The 20 has a tendency to look at things from a state of almost bliss. They don’t spend their whole time there or anything, but it’s amazing when they get it. There can be a huge kind of fanaticism in the 20, a self-righteousness — where one tries everything in one’s power to make the world wrong and oneself right.

The 20 is seeking to be a graceful and skill reflector of an infinite reality.

Example:  20 Gemini:  “A bull stung by a scorpion.”  (Chandra series).   Finding methods (which are sometimes drastic) to transform overly rigid or stagnating situations and ideas.

21st Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: the element fire
Therapeutic ruler: Sun

I reproduce with avid familiarity what I have seen others do. By doing so I live vicariously, second hand. I cannot resist the common tone, the generic style. I can be influenced by every current around me.

The further I go in trying on for size the ready prototypes that are so easy to portray, the more alienated I become from this one pure dynamic that means everything to me: it’s that I yearn to be the one who makes those around me come alive.  To do this I need to go on my own inspiration and find my own way rather than trying to adopt the standard methods or the formulas of others.

When you are fully clear in the 21 you know that you are a herald, that you are a forerunner, that you’re a beacon light bearer, that you’re one of those characters who goes on ahead and helps everybody get where they need to go. You’re a pace setter, a tone setter. And your way of doing that is to listen to the voice within and to follow it so closely that you become the voice within.

Example:  21 Gemini:  “Magically the trolls make the stones weightless as they build the castle.”  (Pleiadian series).  The facilitating of tasks by finding often startling and innovative ways to make them easier

22nd Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Moon
Therapeutic ruler: Pluto

You have to connect things up, bring things together that might not go together if you don’t bring them together. You can never cease working the beat, the territory of finding ways for this and that and that and this to combine forces — to become one.

You have to be the one who essentially overcomes and transmutes your own stuff. Sooner or later you almost always find yourself forging a path that is the opposite to the one that makes sense inside you, and that’s the wake up call. The fact of the matter is that you’re very close to where you need to be but you just haven’t made the leap yet.

22 can be skilled in the art of evasion, but what they evade within themselves will always show up one way or another i their outer reality.

Sometimes the 22 gives up the search for truth because it seems like there’s such a remote chance of finding it. They may feel that they can’t depend on anything, even themselves. Their mission is to eventually see through all the illusions being perpetrated both inside and outside themselves to find truth.

Example: 22 Cancer:  “A dead poet’s poems finally published.”  (Azoth series)  Recognition of the extent and wholeness of effort no matter how long it takes.

23rd Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Aries manifesting in a Jupiterian way
Therapeutic ruler: Jupiter manifesting in a Libran way

The 23 has the gift of reaching out, of opening doors. It is the infinite aliveness which follows from a dead era of history.  I get what’s going on before others do, and my part is to go on ahead and to show by as many different signs that we can, and we will. I am that smile, that yes, that “of course” which can’t be denied.

The difficulty with the 23 is that it’s hard to ground it. With the 23 it’s fairly easy to over adapt to the struggle of the times and to underplay the element of vision prophecy and the greater awakening.

The 23 is always aspiring, seeking, questing. Its message is “go further, take it beyond, don’t stop here, don’t settle for this.”

At worst the 23 is swept up in controversy and destructive obsessing on polarities. At best it is someone who is conceiving and moving with a whole new world.

Example:  23 Leo:  “A secret race of beings carrying on a hidden existence among humans.”  (Omega series).  The ability to infiltrate the lives of others in subtle, unsuspected ways for the purpose of generating a positive influence.   Though possibly there may be difficulty in making one’s presence and ideas felt.  One’s messages may be given and received subliminally.

24th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Taurus manifesting in a Jupiterian way
Therapeutic ruler: Venus manifesting in a Libran way

This is easily the most complex degree frequency, except for the 12. The 24 frequency is not interested in the outer world. It is the least interested in ordinary reality. It is interested in the deep-inside world, entering it, becoming it, going where it takes them. You have to give yourself over to your destiny.l It can be the most painful, destructive and difficult of the frequencies. It is the opposite of easy and flowing. Your journey takes you on countless turns and twists.

The 24 frequency is at war constantly and the war rages within. I have to go back to wherever I’m stuck or impeded and get rid of what is stopping me. I sometimes feel that I can’t make sense out of my life. I can’t be a regular person. I end up outlasting evil ways and karmic patterns. I’m the bearer of what’s missing.

Bob Dylan’s Mercury is here. So is Robert De Niro’s Sun in Leo. The 24 is a troublemaker. Whatever is obvious isn’t something of interest to it. It can help others to have the guts and vision to carrying things through. You’ve been sent on a great mission. So much depends on your taking it all the way. The 24 is Frodo — the quest. You have to go to all places you’s least want to go.

Your one indispensable ingredient: ruthless, relentless energy.

Example:  24 Scorpio:  “Gold turning back into lead.”  Anything that was once seen as important comes eventually to be seen as limiting — which can lead to a greater embracing of the truly cosmic.

25th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Gemini manifesting in a Jupiterian way
Therapeutic ruler: Sagittarius manifesting in a Libran way.

I have a deep subjective feeling of being linked with a very sublime, refined and glorious realm. The 25 is the most heaven-oriented, the most interested in staying aloft of all the degree frequencies. I am seeing a lost way through, restoring a recognition of what is eternal and worth giving myself to.

There’s always a feeling in the 25 that we’re just beginning, just entering upon things and that there’s this way in which you just have to be in them and through them and of them and that they’re all there around you and you’re just partaking in them in this very magnificent way.

I am otherworldly, inner worldly, not common or ordinary. The main difficulty that arises with the 25 is that if you’re not in tune with totality, if there’s a way in which you’re stuck on external points of view, that the 25 will elevate you but you’ll kind of stay out there, unable to bring that high energy into the world.

Example:  25 Aquarius:  “At a spinning wheel dreams and visions are being spun into realities.”  A movement from the generalities of idealism toward those dreams manifesting in physical actuality.

26th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Cancer manifesting in a Jupiter way
Therapeutic ruler: Capricorn manifesting in a Libran way.

There is no frequency that’s quite as affirmative as celebrational, as full of adventure as the 26 really is. With the 26 you have to have cosmic forces over for tea and for dinner and for a snack. And otherwise, if you don’t cosmic forces will tend to try to break down your barriers or will tend to trick you. The 26 is very fast, it is in fact the fastest of all frequencies. Lightning fast, not developmental. Everything is experienced by it as being in the here and now. the 26 needs projects, enterprises, ways of life, immense endeavors. It must be stretched, taken where it hasn’t been before. It is always ready for adventure.

Nothing appeals to me more than to provoke fresh stages of awareness and activation in those that come my way.

This existence intersects with many vaster worlds and there are nodal points where that great existence streams through into this world. The 26 frequency is tapping in to those points of intersection and through doing so bringing in energy from other realms.

The 26 is an incredible liberating breath that opens the space to totality so that things that have been held too closely in a particular pattern can loosen up and be freed.

Example:  26:  26 Cancer:  Sounds of laughter coming from many different directions in the forest.”  Realization of the joy that permeates the natural world.

27th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Leo manifesting in a Jupiterian way
Therapeutic ruler: Aquarius manifesting in a Libran way.

I know I must be myself in all situations, and that to do so I must rid my being of false identities and superficial masks.  I am acutely aware of my true  self, and of the conflict between it and all lesser manifestations of myself.

I also know that to find and live my true self I must help others to do the same, and realize the integrity of the true selves of others.  Therefore I try to be open minded and non judgmental in all situations.  At my best I continually bring out the best in others.

Even when I’m unsure of who I am I would rather be in darkness and confusion than cling to an inadequate and falsely limiting self-conception.

Example:  27 Virgo:  “A cup made from a skull.  It is filled with dark wine.”  Savoring the essence of the past, with all its joys, hopes and sorrows.  A poetic awareness which clears and nourishes the mind.

28th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Virgo manifesting in a Jupiterian way
Therapeutic ruler: Uranus manifesting in a Libran way

I can’t get around things, can’t make it easier, or do shortcuts. I have absolutely got to be thorough.

I can get caught in dogma, and the letter of the law, in many forms of self-righteousness. I do this because I think I see the whole picture when actually there are pieces I still haven’t found.

I need to constantly realign myself with my purpose. I need to deal with all sorts of limitations. I have to do everything I can to come back into sacred attunement. I have to overcome all dissipating elements.  I need to become a concentrated ball of intent and consecrated will.

No matter how hard it is, I know I must foster perfection.

Example:  27 Taurus:  “A greenhouse full of tropical planets set in a snowy landscape.”   (Omega series).  The power to see how to protect oneself in such a complete and wholistic manner that one may eventually become impervious to harsh and non-supportive outer realities.

29th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Sun manifesting in a Saturnian way
Therapeutic ruler: Neptune manifesting in a Virgoan way.

I don’t belong to this world. I’m transcendent, infinite, sacred, magical, devoid of characteristics. Metamorphosis is me. Nothing to me is terribly tragic or irrevocable. I’m not invested in anything because I float freely. I have no ambition, goals, plans, programs, because everything already is. I am completely ineffable, beyond comprehension.  The irrational to me is wonderfully expansive.

I like to go to extremes as a means of creative experimentation.  I simultaneously break down things and reconstitute them in unique, original, and startling patterns.

Example:  29 Gemini:  “At dawn the calls of birds mingle with dreams.”  (Pleiadian series).  The ability to synthesize messages coming from both inside and outside the self  in an intuitive and creative manner.  An instinctual communing with the voices of nature and the ability to be creatively inspired by them.

30th Degree
Kabbalistic ruler: Jupiter manifesting in a Martian way
Therapeutic ruler: Libra manifesting in a Scorpionic way

I continually change, am without disturbance, without hurry or agitation. I become all things as needed and can be all that and also utterly removed from that.  I manifest paradox, ambiguity, contradiction, liberation from patterns, sequence, meaning and value. Everything in me is simultaneous. I have lots of compassion, but nothing clings to me.

At my worst  I spin my wheels and get nowhere,and am busy with a multitude of things without arriving anywhere.  Wallowing in endless complexities of confusion.

Example:  30 Sagittarius:  “By time traveling a man takes a photograph of dinosaurs.”  The ability to perceive the deepest and most primitive reaches of the past, and hence to comprehend  the most primal foundations of the self.

The Fulfillment Point

The zodiac consists of twelve major divisions, each other of these further divided into 30 degrees. In an earlier blog we discussed how each one of these 30 degrees carries a specific vibration of its own, irrespective of the sign which its in, but which becomes blended with the meaning of each specific sign in which it is found. One way of defining degree analysis is to say that it is the synthesizing of the meaning of each one of the 30 different degree meanings with each one of the 12 different sign meanings.

There is another possible division of the zodiac – one that can be very revealing of the deeper meanings of degrees. This other division is where, instead of dividing the zodiac into twelve parts consisting of 30 degrees each, we divide it into 30 parts, of 12 degrees each. A good way to conceive of this is to think of each degree of the zodiac as being ruled by a different sign, starting with the first degree of Aries, which is ruled by Aries, followed by the second degree of Aries, which is ruled by Taurus, the third by Gemini, and so on until one reaches the 12th degree of Aries which is ruled by Pisces. At this point we start over again, so that the 13th degree of Aries is ruled by Aries, the 14th degree by Taurus, etc.

One will note that in this arrangement the last 6 degree of Aries are ruled by the signs Aries through Virgo, and then the first degree of Taurus will be ruled by Libra. If you continue this ascription of rulerships of degrees to signs throughout the zodiac you will find that in fire and air signs the pattern of degree rulerships is the same in each and every sign, and in earth and water signs each degree is ruled by the exact opposite sign that it was in the fire and air signs – due to the fact that just two and one-half zodiacs (12 + 12 + 6 = 30) fit into each sign, so that the second half of the zodiac – the signs Libra through Pisces – are always found at the beginning of the earth and water signs.

Here is a list of these 30 segments, each one containing 12 degrees and ruled by a mini zodiac:

Aries 1 – Aries 12 1st segment
Aries 13 – Aries 24 2nd Segment
Aries 25 – Taurus 6 3rd segment
Taurus 7 – Taurus 18 4th segment
Taurus 19 – Taurus 30 5th segment
Gemini 1 – Gemini 12 6th segment
Gemini 13 – Gemini 24 7th segment
Gemini 25 – Cancer 6 8th segment
Cancer 7 – Cancer 18 9th segment
Cancer 19 – Cancer 30 10th segment
Leo 1 – Leo 12 11th segment
Leo 13 – Leo 24 12th segment
Leo 25 – Virgo 6 13th segment
Virgo 7 – Virgo 18 14th segment
Virgo 19 – Virgo 30 15th segment
Libra 1 – Libra 12 16th segment
Libra 13 – Libra 24 17th segment
Libra 25 – Scorpio 6 18th segment
Scorpio 7 – Scorpio 18 19th segment
Scorpio 19 – Scorpio 30 20th segment
Sagittarius 1 – Sagittarius 12 21st segment
Sagittarius 13 – Sagittaius 24 22nd segment
Sagittarius 25 – Capricorn 6 23rd segment
Capricorn 7 – Capricorn 18 24th segment
Capricorn 19 – Capricorn 30 25th segment
Aquarius 1 – Aquarius 12 26th segment
Aquarius 13 – Aquarius 24 27th segment
Aquarius 25 – Pisces 6 28th segment
Pisces 7 – Pisces 18 29th segment
Pisces 19 – Pisces 30 30th segment

Just as each sign has its own unique meaning, so does each segment, and the meaning of a segment can be interpreted by referring to the table of degree frequencies in blog X. For instance, the 11th segment (Leo 1 – Leo 12) carries the energy of the 11 frequency – the same as does each 11th degree of each sign.

Let’s take an example of a specific degree, say Taurus 26. This degree is in the 5th segment, and, as that segment starts at Taurus 19, it is the 8th degree of that segment, which corresponds to the sign Scorpio (Scorpio being the 8th sign of the zodiac). So Taurus 26 is ruled by Scorpio, and, as well, because of the segment it’s in, carries a “5” vibration. So Taurus 26 has that feeling of being instantaneously able to access energy – a character of the “26” frequency – is creative and regenerative – this refers to its “Scorpio” rulership – and is always going into everything deeper and further – a characteristic of the “5” vibration.

And now we come to the concept of the “Fulfillment Degree.” To figure this, what we do is start with a particular degree, in this case 26 Taurus, then figure the ruling sign of this degree – in this case Scorpio – then we look at its frequency – the fifth one – THEN REVERSE SIGN AND FREQUENCY TO ARRIVE AT THE FIFTH DEGREE OF SCORPIO. So the fulfillment degree of 26 Taurus is 5 Scorpio. To put it another way, the ruling sign of the degree becomes the new sign and the number of the segment in which it is found becomes the degree of that new sign.

Well, what does it all mean? The fulfillment degree shows where the energy of an particular degree finds fulfillment. I think of each degree as a plant, and the fulfillment degree that corresponds to it as the blossoming of that plant. At present I am using these as an interpretative tool for natal astrology, and as a meditative device to come to a deeper understanding of each individual degree. So far they have proven to be strikingly powerful. When read the interpretations of their fulfillment degrees people seem to relate strongly to them as being ideals they are wanting to realize.

I have not had the time as of yet to draw up any “fulfillment degree” charts – that is, where the fulfillment degrees of all the planets, Ascendant, Midheaven, and nodes are placed in a chart of their own, but I think doing so would be very interesting. Also I have not so far studied transits to these degrees, but I feel that doing so would yield fruitful results. If you are interested in doing either of these things I would suggest that the minutes of the fulfillment degree be maintained as the same ones of the original planet, so, as in the example of the 26th degree of Taurus, if the actual planet, for instance, is at 25 degrees and 32 minutes, then the fulfillment degree would be 4 degrees and 32 minutes Scorpio.

If you use these fulfillment degrees in natal readings, it is good to look at the aspects they make to natal planets, most especially the conjunction and opposition. I feel that these will give clues as to how that fulfillment is to be reached. So, for instance, if the fulfillment degree of the moon conjuncts or opposes
Saturn, it would signify that the person’s emotional fulfillment depends on becoming more Saturnian, which could mean seeking out others with which to have deep, meaningful emotional experiences., It may also mean that the person needs to seek out spiritual involvements and experiences – as Saturn rules spirituality according to Indian Astrology – if they are to achieve emotional fulfillment. Saturn conjuncting the Moon’s point of fulfillment might mean emotional fulfillment coming through engaging in work or an effective asserting of the self.

In looking at all aspects I would use no more than a three degree orb, and place strong emphasis on any conjunction or opposition which is in the actual fulfillment degree.

And just to save you some time and energy, I have figured the fulfillment degree of each degree of the zodiac. Here they are:

Ar 1 = Ar 1
Ar 2 = Ta 1
Ar 3 = Ge 1
Ar 4 = Cn 1
Ar 5 = Le 1
Ar 6 = Vi 1
Ar 7 = Li 1
Ar 8 = Sc 1
Ar 9 = Sa 1
Ar 10 = Cp 1
Ar 11 = Aq 1
Ar 12 = Pi 1
Ar 13 = Ar 2
Ar 14 = Ta 2
Ar 15 = Ge 2
Ar 16 = Cn 2
Ar 17 = Le 2
Ar 18 = Vi 2
Ar 19 = Li 2
Ar 20 = Sc 2
Ar 21 = Sa 2
Ar 22 = Cp 2
Ar 23 = Aq 2
Ar 24 = Pi 2
Ar 25 = Ar 3
Ar 26 = Ta 3
Ar 27 = Ge 3
Ar 28 = Cn 3
Ar 29 = Le 3
Ar 30 = Vi 3
Ta 1 = Li 3
Ta 2 = Sc 3
Ta 3 = Sa 3
Ta 4 = Cp 3
Ta 5 = Aq 3
Ta 6 = Pi 3
Ta 7 = Ar 4
Ta 8 = Ta 4
Ta 9 = Ge 4
Ta 10 = Cn 4
Ta 11 = Le 4
Ta 12 = Vi 4
Ta 13 = Li 4
Ta 14 = Sc 4
Ta 15 = Sa 4
Ta 16 = Cp 4
Ta 17 = Aq 4
Ta 18 = Pi 4
Ta 19 = Ar 5
Ta 20 = Ta 5
Ta 21 = Ge 5
Ta 22 = Cn 5
Ta 23 = Le 5
Ta 24 = Vi 5
Ta 25 = Li 5
Ta 26 = Sc 5
Ta 27 = Sa 5
Ta 28 = Cp 5
Ta 29 = Aq 5
Ta 30 = Pi 5
Ge 1 = Ar 6
Ge 2 = Ta 6
Ge 3 = Ge 6
Ge 4 = Cn 6
Ge 5 = Le 6
Ge 6 = Vi 6
Ge 7 = Li 6
Ge 8 = Sc 6
Ge 9 = Sa 6
Ge 10 = Cp 6
Ge 11 = Aq 6
Ge 12 = Pi 6
Ge 13 = Ar 7
Ge 14 = Ta 7
Ge 15 = Ge 7
Ge 16 = Cn 7
Ge 17 = Le 7
Ge 18 = Vi 7
Ge 19 = Li 7
Ge 20 = Sc 7
Ge 21 = Sa 7
Ge 22 = Cp 7
Ge 23 = Aq 7
Ge 24 = Pi 7
Ge 25 = Ar 8
Ge 26 = Ta 8
Ge 27 = Ge 8
Ge 28 = Cn 8
Ge 29 = Le 8
Ge 30 = Vi 8
Cn 1 = Li 8
Cn 2 = Sc 8
Cn 3 = Sa 8
Cn 4 = Cp 8
Cn 5 = Aq 8
Cn 6 = Pi 8
Cn 7 = Ar 9
Cn 8 = Ta 9
Cn 9 = Ge 9
Cn 10 = Cn 9
Cn 11 = Le 9
Cn 12 = Vi 9
Cn 13 = Li 9
Cn 14 = Sc 9
Cn 15 = Sa 9
Cn 16 = Cp 9
Cn 17 = Aq 9
Cn 18 = Pi 9
Cn 19 = Ar 10
Cn 20 = Ta 10
Cn 21 = Ge 10
Cn 22 = Cn 10
Cn 23 = Le 10
Cn 24 = Vi 10
Cn 25 = Li 10
Cn 26 = Sc 10
Cn 27 = Sa 10
Cn 28 = Cp 10
Cn 29 = Aq 10
Cn 30 = Pi 10
Le 1 = Ar 11
Le 2 = Ta 11
Le 3 = Ge 11
Le 4 = Cn 11
Le 5 = Le 11
Le 6 = Vi 11
Le 7 = Li 11
Le 8 = Sc 11
Le 9 = Sa 11
Le 10 = Cp 11
Le 11 = Aq 11
Le 12 = Pi 11
Le 13 = Ar 12
Le 14 = Ta 12
Le 15 = Ge 12
Le 16 = Cn 12
Le 17 = Le 12
Le 18 = Vi 12
Le 19 = Li 12
Le 20 = Sc 12
Le 21 = Sa 12
Le 22 = Cp 12
Le 23 = Aq 12
Le 24 = Pi 12
Le 25 = Ar 13
Le 26 = Ta 13
Le 27 = Ge 13
Le 28 = Ca 13
Le 29 = Le 13
Le 30 = Vi 13
Vi 1 = Li 13
Vi 2 = Sc 13
Vi 3 = Sa 13
Vi 4 = Cp 13
Vi 5 = Aq 13
Vi 6 = Pi 13
Vi 7 = Ar 14
Vi 8 = Ta 14
Vi 9 = Ge 14
Vi 10 = Cn 14
Vi 11 = Le 14
Vi 12 = Vi 14
Vi 13 = Li 14
Vi 14 = Sc 14
Vi 15 = Sa 14
Vi 16 = Cp 14
Vi 17 = Aq 14
Vi 18 = Pi 14
Vi 19 = Ar 15
Vi 20 = Ta 15
Vi 21 = Ge 15
Vi 22 = Cn 15
Vi 23 = Le 15
Vi 24 = Vi 15
Vi 25 = Li 15
Vi 26 = Sc 15
Vi 27 = Sa 15
Vi 28 = Cp 15
Vi 29 = Aq 15
Vi 30 = Pi 15
Li 1 = Ar 16
Li 2 = Ta 16
Li 3 = Ge 16
Li 4 = Cn 16
Li 5 = Le 16
Li 6 = Vi 16
Li 7 = Li 16
Li 8 = Sc 16
Li 9 = Sa 16
Li 10 = Cp 16
Li 11 = Aq 16
Li 12 = Pi 16
Li 13 = Ar 17
Li 14 = Ta 17
Li 15 = Ge 17
Li 16 = Cn 17
Li 17 = Le 17
Li 18 = Vi 17
Li 19 = Li 17
Li 20 = Sc 17
Li 21 = Sa 17
Li 22 = Cp 17
Li 23 = Aq 17
Li 24 = Pi 17
Li 25 = Ar 18
Li 26 = Ta 18
Li 27 = Ge 18
Li 28 = Cn 18
Li 29 = Le 18
Li 30 = Vi 18
Sc 1 = Li 18
Sc 2 = Sc 18
Sc 3 = Sa 18
Sc 4 = Cp 18
Sc 5 = Aq 18
Sc 6 = Pi 18
Sc 7 = Ar 19
Sc 8 = Ta 19
Sc 9 = Ge 19
Sc 10 = Cn 19
Sc 11 = Le 19
Sc 12 = Vi 19
Sc 13 = Li 19
Sc 14 = Sc 19
Sc 15 = Sa 19
Sc 16 = Cp 19
Sc 17 = Aq 19
Sc 18 = Pi 19
Sc 19 = Ar 20
Sc 20 = Ta 20
Sc 21 = Ge 20
Sc 22 = Cn 20
Sc 23 = Le 20
Sc 24 = Vi 20
Sc 25 = Li 20
Sc 26 = Sc 20
Sc 27 = Sa 20
Sc 28 = Cp 20
Sc 29 = Aq 20
Sc 30 = Pi 20
Sa 1 = Ar 21
Sa 2 = Ta 21
Sa 3 = Ge 21
Sa 4 = Cn 21
Sa 5 = Le 21
Sa 6 = Vi 21
Sa 7 = Li 21
Sa 8 = Sc 21
Sa 9 = Sa 21
Sa 10 = Cp 21
Sa 11 = Aq 21
Sa 12 = Pi 21
Sa 13 = Ar 22
Sa 14 = Ta 22
Sa 15 = Ge 22
Sa 16 = Cn 22
Sa 17 = Le 22
Sa 18 = Vi 22
Sa 19 = Li 22
Sa 20 = Sc 22
Sa 21 = Sa 22
Sa 22 = Cp 22
Sa 23 = Aq 22
Sa 24 = Pi 22
Sa 25 = Ar 23
Sa 26 = Ta 23
Sa 27 = Ge 23
Sa 28 = Cn 23
Sa 29 = Le 23
Sa 30 = Vi 23
Cp 1 = Li 23
Cp 2 = Sc 23
Cp 3 = Sa 23
Cp 4 = Cp 23
Cp 5 = Aq 23
Cp 6 = Pi 23
Cp 7 = Ar 24
Cp 8 = Ta 24
Cp 9 = Ge 24
Cp 10 = Cn 24
Cp 11 = Le 24
Cp 12 = Vi 24
Cp 13 = Li 24
Cp 14 = Sc 24
Cp 15 = Sa 24
Cp 16 = Cp 24
Cp 17 = Aq 24
Cp 18 = Pi 24
Cp 19 = Ar 25
Cp 20 = Ta 25
Cp 21 = Ge 25
Cp 22 = Cn 25
Cp 23 = Le 25
Cp 24 = Vi 25
Cp 25 = Li 25
Cp 26 = Sc 25
Cp 27 = Sa 25
Cp 28 = Cp 25
Cp 29 = Aq 25
Cp 30 = Pi 25
Aq 1 = Ar 26
Aq 2 = Ta 26
Aq 3 = Ge 26
Aq 4 = Cn 26
Aq 5 = Le 26
Aq 6 = Vi 26
Aq 7 = Li 26
Aq 8 = Sc 26
Aq 9 = Sa 26
Aq 10 = Cp 26
Aq 11 = Aq 26
Aq 12 = Pi 26
Aq 13 = Ar 27
Aq 14 = Ta 27
Aq 15 = Ge 27
Aq 16 = Cn 27
Aq 17 = Le 27
Aq 18 = Vi 27
Aq 19 = Li 27
Aq 20 = Sc 27
Aq 21 = Sa 27
Aq 22 = Cp 27
Aq 23 = Aq 27
Aq 24 = Pi 27
Aq 25 = Ar 28
Aq 26 = Ta 28
Aq 27 = Ge 28
Aq 28 = Cn 28
Aq 29 = Le 28
Aq 30 = Vi 28
Pi 1 = Li 28
Pi 2 = Sc 28
Pi 3 = Sa 28
Pi 4 = Cp 28
Pi 5 = Aq 28
Pi 6 = Pi 28
Pi 7 = Ar 29
Pi 8 = Ta 29
Pi 9 = Ge 29
Pi 10 = Cn 29
Pi 11 = Le 29
Pi 12 = Vi 29
Pi 13 = Li 29
Pi 14 = Sc 29
Pi 15 = Sa 29
Pi 16 = Cp 29
Pi 17 = Aq 29
Pi 18 = Pi 29
Pi 19 = Ar 30
Pi 20 = Ta 30
Pi 21 = Ge 30
Pi 22 = Cn 30
Pi 23 = Le 30
Pi 24 = Vi 30
Pi 25 = Li 30
Pi 26 = Sc 30
Pi 27 = Sa 30
Pi 28 = Cp 30
PI 29 = Aq 30
Pi 30 = Pi 30

The Pleiadian Symbols

Here is a complete listing of the mutated Sabian Symbols which I have recently channeled. If you’re wondering why the thirty degrees of each sign is number with roman numerals rather than regular ones, its because I have no idea how to turn off the numbering system of my word processing program, which screws up in a variety of different ways when I try to number with regular numerals. I hope all of you gain meaningful insights from applying these to your charts. And, of course, as always, I’d love to hear your responses.

–John

Aries

I: A mermaid and an octopus lovingly embracing.
II: A story teller senses exactly which stories his listeners need to hear.
III: On Mars a great face the size of a mountain gazes into the night sky.
IV: The thoughts and feelings of two lovers are changing the direction of the path on which they are walking.
V: Gently a feather falls from the sky, settling on a gigantic pyramid.
VI: A labyrinth which appears to have to entrance.
VII: After death a man sees golden filaments connecting his various lives.
VIII: A flock of winged serpents cavorting in the air.
IX: A man wandering through a wondrous landscape inside a crystal sphere.
X: At the touch of a magician’s hand a text in a forgotten tongue is spontaneously translated.
XI: A flickering fire creates the illusion of laughter as it reflects off a golden effigy.
XII: A group of spirits flying through the sky toward their home in the north.
XIII: A crowd of people sensing a sudden shift in group karma.
XIV: A conversation interrupted by the writhings of a snake.
XV: An old magician forming golems out of clay.
XVI: The spirits of gems rising out of the ground at dusk.
XVII: An ancient crone and her shadow talking to each other.
XVIII: Deep in the forest Titania’s ancient stone throne covered with moss.
XIX: A rug grows larger and larger, sprouting grass, trees, and flowers as it turns into a landscape.
XX: A young girl feeding diamonds to a flock of baby phoenixes.
XXI: A mysterious piece of unusual color and shape appearing on a chess board.
XXII: A Path into the forest dwindles then disappears.
XXIII: A gentle woman carrying an immense soap bubble
XXIV: Shadows of a lace curtain moving on a wall.
XXV: A messenger has forgotten the message he was to deliver.
XXVI: Jars of spices and bars of gold and silver heaped in a closet.
XXVII: Seven women in white carrying lamps enter a cave.
XXVIII: An audience waits while the playwright finishes writing his play.
XXIX: In voices too low to be heard a forest of trees are talking to each other.
XXX: White birds swimming on a pond seem to glow in the twilight.

Taurus

I: In mountain pines in spring the sound of rushing water.
II: Sheet lightning flickering in soft, shifting colors.
III: The last few steps to the top of a hill opens a vision of an ocean far below.
IV: In a shadowy place in a forest an iridescent fire arises from the ground.
V: Tears falling into a seemingly bottomless chasm.
VI: A bridge of swaying vines across a canyon.
VII:At a well a large cask filled with cool water.
VIII: A solitary wheel rolling through a forest.
IX: A tree heavy with apples of pure gold.
X: An angel of healing waiting to be summoned.
XI: Fairies enshrouding a garden in mist.
XII: A stream of visitors viewing ancient artifacts.
XIII: Sacred artifacts being secretly vacated from a city.
XIV: A child building a little sand castle on the beach.
XV: An invisible man shrouded in clothing.
XVI: A novice mispronouncing many words in a sacred text.
XVII: Light and mirrors dancing with each other.
XVIII: A white butterfly enters a dark room through a window and flutters about momentarily before leaving.
XIX: A magic mountain rises out of the waters.
XX: The clouds hurry: they’re late for an appointment.
XXI: A hand on a page is feeling the deeper meaning of the words.
XXII: A yellow butterfly fluttering over a vast ocean.
XXIII: Antique diamonds glittering in a dusty old display case.
XXIV: A shaman’s bag full of many objects to be used for healing.
XXV: A vast lawn with fountains and waterfall in the distance.
XXVI: A harpist singing an ancient song in moonlight.
XXVII: Wrinkled hands caress a piece of turquoise.
XXVIII: A nude youth handing a rose to a vestal virgin.
XXIX: With tiny files and chisels a man is sculpting clouds of mist from white alabaster.
XXX: Strange exotic birds have gathered at the ruins of an old palace.

Gemini

I: Deep in the sea a mirror watches the sky.
II: Trolls seeding a meadow with gold nuggets.
III: In spring old people sitting along garden paths and enjoying the flowers.
IV: A magician searching for rare herbs.
V: a journal of experimental poetry.
VI: A sinkhole opens up into the earth.
VII: Looking down into a well a man sees, far below, his face.
VIII: The factory machines all stop for a moment. A celestial Choir is heard.
IX: Sharp, tiny darts whose tips have been dipped in flower elixirs.
X: A pterodactyl soaring to get a better look at the stars.
XI: Right before the museum closes a man hides in a painting.
XII: An imp is causing all sorts of misprints in a book.
XIII: A man and his piano levitate as he performs a rhapsody.
XIV: Deep in a cave on the moon a dreamer dreams of prehistoric jungles.
XV: Words from a conversation drift up into the sky and are carried away by winds.
XVI: A diva singing a passionate aria as the stage burns.
XVII: In the mental body a web of golden light flickers with energy.
XVIII: Chinese characters appearing in the air as men speak to each other.
XIX: A book that only allows itself to be opened by certain people.
XX: An immense buffet of foodstuffs prepared with exotic and magical herbs.
XXI: Magically the trolls make the stones weightless as the build the castle.
XXII: Humans and many types of animals carrying out an elaborate dance.
XXIII: A faint pink flame flickering at the top of an ancient oak tree.
XXIV: A giant mandala being cut into the ice of a lake.
XXV: An old, twisted tree, leafless, on which flowers of many colors are blooming.
XXVI: Ice devas decorating a forest.
XXVII: A man covered with charms, talismans and strange jewelry is emerging from a forest.
XXVIII: Leaving his wealth behind, a man wanders away.
XXIX. At dawn the calls of birds mingle with dreams.
XXX: Women lounging in the mist of ocean spray.

Cancer

I: On a passing boat a flag continually changing its colors and patterns.
II: A man standing on the top of an invisible mountain.
III: A seemingly endless journey through frozen tundra.
IV: A dragon conferring its powers on a maiden.
V: Coming to a fork in the road a man has a surprising realization.
VI: On crags by the sea a mythical golden bird is building its nest.
VII: Dancing in and out of the shadows, two fairies dancing down a lane on a windy night.
VIII: Rabbits in elegant dress dancing with each other at a masked ball.
IX: A sylph reaches into a pool to caress a fish.
X: A rough diamond with a groove carved around it so that it may be worn on a cord.
XI: All sorts of emotions flicering over a man’s face.
XII: A woman breast feeding a baby is seeing in her mind its former incarnations.
XIII: A palm reader runs her finger slowly and gently down a life line.
XIV: At night a visionary is peering over the curver of the horizon.
XV: After a feast everyone falls asleep.
XVI: A researcher looking through secret archives.
XVII: A plant thought to be extinct comes to life from a seed that chanced to fall by the wayside.
XVIII. A mother bird and her chicks taking a dust bath.
XIX: A conquerer weds a foreign bride.
XX: Singing and laughter echoing through a network of canals.
XXI: A woman lying on a stage as she sings and dies.
XXII: Sensing that a boat is soon arrive, a woman journeys to the shore.
XXIII: Authors come together to read their works to each other.
XXIV: A woman climbs a mountain to witness sunset.
XXV: An invisible entity trying to contact a man.
XXVI: Silently a group of people are reading poems.
XXVII: A woman looks down into a canyon of swirling mists.
XXVIII: The princess of a tribe welcomes strangers from afar.
XXIX: The spirit of inspiration materializes two identical gems.
XXX: An ancient woman remembering the glories of past kings.

Leo

I: Not knowing what to say, a woman blushes.
II: Among a host of dreamers a dream spreads like wildfire.
III: A female priestess having her head shaved.
IV: An old wise man riding out of the forest on a stag.
V: Rocks which, by their shape, seem like people who look down from a great height.
VI: A woman decked out in beautiful finery conversing with another woman who is totally naked.
VII: A man’s astral body travels into the sky to see the stars more closely.
VIII: A new religion re-embodying ancient principles.
IX: Molten glass being wrought into fantastic forms.
X: At predawn a valley enveloped in mist.
XI: In the jungle people and monkeys climbing and swinging on vines.
XII: Wandering a lawn people watch the stars appearing.
XIII: An old man on a porch which looks out over a stormy sea.
XIV: Tiny balls of multicolored lights flickering through a forest.
XV: A play produced at a castle featuring lost travelers encountering denizens of a dark wood.
XVI: Sunlight glittering on falling rain.
XVII: Elaborate polyphonic music which seems to come from many different places at once.
XVIII: An alchemist conversing with his chemicals and equipment.
XIX: Revelers on a river raft floating to the ocean.
XX: Men and women in feathered bird costumes dancing in a circle.
XXI: Newly hatched birds joyously running and hopping through a meadow.
XXII: A bird delivering a message to a man trapped in a high tower.
XXIII: A ghostly white figure riding a horse in the twilight.
XXIV: An artist with wild hair in clothing covered with paint.
XXV: The tinkling of camel bells as a caravan crosses the desert.
XXVI: Turned in the hand a quarts crystal glimmers with rainbows.
XXVII: Waking at dawn, a woman realizes that her fever has broken.
XXVIII: A tree filled with birds who are chirping excitedly.
XXIX: a mermaid showing sailor’s to an enchanted island.
XXX: Continuing to reread a letter a woman keeps seeing new implications in the contents.

Virgo

I: A man’s portrait peering with great intensity into a quiet room.
II: In a sacred cave a lingam of ice.
III: Tall guardians from a faraway star.
IV: Children dancing with a shadow.
V: Waking, a an remembers attending a fairy celebration deep in the woods.
VI: Revellers dancing around a maypole.
VII: Priestesses lounging in the cool shadows deep with a temple.
VIII: A man learning Tai Chi.
IX: A medium channeling a spirit drawing.
X: A gigantic shadow of a mountain shrinking as the sun rises.
XI: As a youth ages he grows to look less and less like his mother.
XII: The wind blows away a woman’s veil.
XIII: An angel of harmony comes to clear away confusion.
XIV: A man writing the history of an old, illustrious family.
XV: A lace handkerchief suffused with lavender scent.
XVI: An old monkey sitting on the stops of an abandoned temple.
XVII: Lava, as it flows into the sea, is creating new land.
XVIII: A sampler embroidered with letters and numbers subtly reveals the personality of its maker.
XIX: Youths riding the backs of dolphins.
XX: A caravan of gypsies traveling across a vast prairie.
XXI: A group of acrobats inventing new routines.
XXII: On a stone gate an insignia on which is found a gryphon, a snake, and an apple.
XXIII: A sinuous woman in black who is an adept in cat magic.
XXIV: A little girl hugging a puppy.
XXV: A woman dressed in mourning, smiling behind her transparent black veil.
XXVI: A worshiper lighting sandalwood incense in a temple dedicated to Ganesh.
XXVII: A famous geisha performing the tea ceremony.
XXVIII: Moonlight reflecting off the shiny head of an old man.
XXIX: A long sought after formula is finally found in a rare old book.
XXX: The locating of a particular frequency which, once tuned in to proliferates a wondrous harmony into the atmosphere.

Libra

I: A butterfly becoming transparent, its wings shimmering with rainbow colors.
II: As one climbs steps they turn into water which flows upward.
III: The Sun rises into a parallel universe.
IV: Deep in a cave gnomes sitting around a flickering fire.
V: Putting his ear to a coffin a man hears the whispering of poems.
VI: A wandering landscape searching for a canvas on which to dwell.
VII: A baby phoenix crawling forth from the ashes of its parent.
VIII: Secretly a torch burns for thousands of years in the ruins of an ancient city.
XIX: In the middle of the night three portraits converse with each other in whispers.
X: Torrential rapids descending into an utterly still and crystal-clear lake.
XI: A holy man lecturing to a group of mountains.
XII: Black butterflies emerging from a cave and becoming brilliantly colored as they enter the light.
XIII: Children watching sylphs floating through the air.
XIV: In bright sunlight an empty street and and a shadow disappearing around a corner.
XV: A spiral path that never seems to come to an end.
XVI: At the shore a flight of stairs disappearing into the water.
XVII: A man who has the ability to transfer information simply by touching someone.
XVIII: Lost children are found many years later. They haven’t aged.
XIX: Gypsies holding secret rites at a spring deep in a cave.
XX: People are learning just by being in close physical proximity to a great teacher.
XXI: A group on the beach watching ships returning laden with treasure.
XXII: Butterflies and dragonflies around a fountain splashing in sunlight.
XXIII: At dawn an anchorite ringing an ancient bell hanging in a tree.
XXIV: Out of a cocoon more and more butterflies emerging.
XXV: Writing keeps disappearing faster than it can be read.
XXVI: Above a deep chasm a group of butterflies flying.
XXVII: Above a city angels waiting for humans to contact them.
XXVIII: Walking on a rainbow people cross a dark ocean.
XXIX: Underground passageways are connecting the people who need to meet.
XXX: A tiny implant secretly placed in a man’s head. It is filled with vast stores of knowledge.

Scorpio

I: Delegates from afar traversing the Avenue of Sphinxes.
II: A crystal shatters releasing a cloud of dreams and memories.
III: Workers without any plans are building a labyrinth.
IV: A nuide woman holding a candle around which dances a moth.
V: Sharp rocks splashed, dripping with sea spray.
VI: A man using his intuition to search for fallen meteors.
VII: In ocean’s greenish depths a searcher for pearls.
VIII: At night the moon finds places to dance.
IX: A dentist performing a difficult root canal.
X: a stranger having supper with a group of friends.
XI: Dolphins carrying a shipwrecked man to safety.
XII: On a platform in the sky two people are waltzing.
XIII: An alchemist reworking a formula.
XIV: A sacred running carrying a message to the mountains.
XV: Inside an hourglass children playing.
XVI: The volcano goddess laughing.
XVII: A space alien infant given to a woman to be raised.
XVIII: Bells on horses’ feet sounding through falling leaves.
XIX: A bird imitating all the sounds of the jungle.
XX: At the play’s beginning a dark and empty stage.
XXI: An Egyptian pharaoh wanders into New York City.
XXII: Lurkers waiting to observe a bird once thought to be mythical.
XXIII: In twilight a forest alive with all sorts of creatures, some physical, others denizens from other planes.
XXIV: Visitors to the cave of a holy man.
XXV: A lost knight finds a hidden doorway into a mountain.
XXVI: At night the fires of wanderers dot the planes.
XXVII: A troup of strange dreams enters the sleeping city.
XXVIII: A man sleeping in a forest wakes to the distant fanfare of fairy trumpets.
XXIX: After an earthquake priceless artifacts are being carried away from a museum.
XXX: A man in a death’s head mask sitting quietly in a dark tree.

Sagittarius

I: Gypsies wandering across Siberia set up camp for the night.
II: Winds racing across the sea.
III: Falling asleep for a moment a man sees how to win a chess game.
IV: A baby held upright is laughing as it takes each step.
V: A white owl taking in the energy of the full moon.
VI: On a ball court children chasing a large soap bubble.
VII: A glowing fairy flies into the room of a sleeping maiden.
VIII: Opals splintering and releasing colors.
IX: A woman leading her children up a dark tower.
X: In a woman’s blond hair flowing in the wind a man sees all sorts of pictures.
XI: In an old abandoned house a man finds a candle burning.
XII: A flag made of feathers comes loose and floats away.
XIII: A past life appears suddenly with crystal clarity.
XIV: The full moon, low in the sky, shines on the Great Pyramid, which casts a long shadow over the desert.
XV: A bear emerges from hibernation.
XVI: An albatross circling voyagers to Antarctica.
XVII: Sunlight flooding an altar covered with flowers.
XVIII: A man puts his ear to a daisy. Yes, it is laughing.
XIX: An island where birds thought to be extinct have secretly taken refuge.
XX: Through a wall of ice a crystal city sparkles in sunlight.
XXI: A boy and his dog wearing miner’s lamps exploring a cave.
XXII: Screens on which movies have been shown are being washed.
XXIII: A boat of wanderers arrives at an island where the Gods have their garden.
XXIV: A blue butterfly gently knocking at a door.
XXV: A sleeping child on a bed floating down a moonlit river.
XXVI: A man carrying a blank banner, hundreds of feet long, flowing in the wind.
XXVII: Sanding and sanding a sculptor iscarefully modulating and refining a curve.
XXVIII: A house built over a river.
XXIX: A flock of goats grazing on a vast lawn.
XXX: A man in a tall hat is reading omens in the smoke from an altar.

Capricorn

I: The king of an unknown land sends a letter to the known world.
II: A mysterious colored window used to contact other worlds.
III: A man drinks in the essence of a forgotten dream.
IV: For a journey down river people turn into eels.
V: Long boats on the way to festivities down river.
VI: Logs of sacred trees being finished to become columns in a temple.
VII: A man secretly writing down his visions.
VIII: Birds of man different colors flying out of a window.
IX: A winged fairy hovering and playing a tiny harp.
X: A bird sent by angels to lead sailors out of dangerous watrs.
XI: Wild birds flocking around temple ruins.
XII: A botanist explaining the structure of flowers.
XIII: A flame talking to a poet.
XIV: In a crypt a bas-relief of a woman holding a lotus by its stem.
XV: Butterflies and flowers appearing magically to comfort convalescents.
XVI: Dancers sweating and stripping off clothes as they work out.
XVII: A Moon Goddess stepping into a sacred pool.
XVIII: A glorious dragon of many colors embroidered onto a flag.
XIX: A child carefully carrying an immense stack of books.
XX: As a choir sings, angelic voices join in.
XXI: Runners relaying a message through the mountains.
XXII: The giving up of a famous magical sword.
XXIII: A medal struck to commemorate an historical event.
XXIV: A woman being interviewed for a position as priestess.
XXV: A merchant has his assistants unroll an immense rug of intricate deisgn.
XXVI: Tadpoles playing with naiads.
XXVII: Visitors to the hut of a great seer who lives in the mountains.
XXVIII: Under a gigantic glass dome all sorts of birds, some sitting in trees and others flying.
XXIX: A seer receives messages from wind sounds, rock patterns, and shadows.
XXX: The planning of an angelic city.

Aquarius

I: In the desert a way station to comfort travelers.
II: From a blue sky a torrent of rain suddenly begins to fall.
III: A shipwrecked sailor washes up on a tropical island.
IV: People lined up to receive hugs from a holy woman.
V: Many generations of a family speaking to each other across time.
VI: A ritual drama involving light, music, and stories of the gods.
VII: A baby dragon pecks its way out of an egg.
VIII: A master clothing designer’s creations displayed.
IX: A mystic symbol comes to life as a multicolored serpent
X: A flower wilts, shrinks, and disappears.
XI: A poet sleeping in the midst of his poems which are scattered everywhere around him.
XII: An escalator carrying people far into the sky.
XIII: The air suddenly turns cool as winds rise.
XIV: A caravan takes a shortcut through caves.
XV: Two crows in a tree watching lovers below embrace.
XVI: An historian through his writings attempts to capture the essence of the past.
XVII: Carvings of ferocious dogs with wings at the entrance to a temple.
XVIII: Removing a mask reveals a faceless man.
XIX: A stream gurgling through a recently burned forest.
XX: Across darkening waters a bird carries a sealed letter in its beak.
XXI: A great operatic diva is removing her costume and makeup.
XXII: Children playing amongst scattered and diverse toys.
XXIII: A gorilla conversing in sign language.
XXIV: As he is writing his memoirs a man recalls a long-ago love affair.
XXV: A butterfly, the two halves of it having completely different patterns and colors.
XXVI: A scientist measuring the mineral levels in a sample of water.
XXVII: During a tea ceremony a man briskly mixing tea with a whisk.
XXVIII: A botanist reading the rings in a cross section of an extremely old tree.
XXIX: A luna moth struggling out of a cocoon.
XXX: Thousands of many different types of wildflowers waving their heads in the wind.

Pisces

I: Hundreds of merchants of all sorts of exotic items in a crowded bazaar.
II: A mole sleeping cozily in its burrow.
III: Hundreds of fallen columns in a lost city.
IV: At land’s end a woman regretfully turns back.
V: The feeding of the poor at a soup kitchen.
VI: The emperor’s retinue appears in elaborate gold regalia.
VII: Fragments of an antique colossus lying on a beach.
VIII: A monk blowing a conch shell.
IX: A pale naked man on a horse journeying through the forest.
X: A man soaring through the clouds on a glider.
XI: Men seeking a fabled sage are traveling deep into the forest with lanterns.
XII: A professor of symbology explaining a ritual.
XIII: On the anniversary of a famous battle a legendary sword is glowing.
XIV: A medicine woman wearing the talismans of her totem animals.
XV: A ballet master choreographing a complex ensemble.
XVI: A river of ideas and images entering our reality.
XVII: People dressed in a vivid array of colors come together to celebrate spring.
XVIII: An immense geodesic dome.
XIX: A teacher interrupting his brilliant pupil’s piano playing.
XX: Under a tree a tab le laden with nuts, berries, and other natural and raw foods.
XXI: A wizard is showing a young girl and her dog the way to the cave of the gnomes.
XXII: A scientist discovering new equations that more completely explain the nature of the universe.
XXIII: At a séance the room fills with the scent of roses and a consoling female voice.
XXIV: Searching for a lost friend a man lands on a remote island.
XXV: At the river, singing and purification by water.
XXVI: Within the shadowed part of the moon a tiny momentary flare of light is seen.
XXVII: A golden moon, newly arisen.
XXVIII: Statues and fountains at night in a summer garden.
XXIX: The shifting and modulating of light frequencies creating messages in color.
XXX: A seer, on his back and gazing into the sky, becomes a channel for cosmic messages.

Reading Degree Symbols – Part 1

A student asked me recently if one could base a complete reading of a chart on degree symbols, and without hesitating, I said “yes.” First of all, there is no such thing as a complete reading. Such an idea is as meaningless as saying, “I completely looked at the Mona Lisa.” There is always more to see in a chart, depending on what you are looking for, and how you are looking. And even when you see something in a chart there is the question of how to communicate, and then of course, the question of how what you communicated was received.

Degree symbols are doorways through which the intuition may enter into the realm of meaning, and most usually anyone who uses degree symbols repeatedly over time becomes more and more in tune with them, and clearer and clear in describing what was retrieved from that realm of meaning.

What each degree means is open to interpretation, and the number of possible interpretations is as great as the number of possible people who are working with them. At one time I asked Ellias Lonsdale – probably the leading expert on degree symbols – what he thought about my interpretations of the Chandra Symbols – which are found in my book “Degree Analysis Part II: The Chandra Symbols in the Horoscope.” He said he thought about half of them were right. I take issue with this assessment, because THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO INTERPRET A SYMBOL, THERE IS ONLY INTUITIVE CLARITY, OR THE LACK OF IT, AND THE LACK OF IT IS NOT WRONG, PER SE, BUT JUST WEAK AND/OR MISGUIDED – A DISTORTION OF THE PERSON’S IMAGINATION.

So you might wonder why, on this blog, I have written interpretations for each one of that newer set of degree symbols, the Omega Symbols. The answer is, to give you an idea of what I see in the symbol, irrespective of a particular chart, so that you may feel into this as being right for you at a particular time and place when interpreting a particular chart, or may, on the other hand, feel guided to see the symbol in a different way – a way which may be extremely different from what have seen, or maybe just a variation on my vision of it. And the same goes for myself. When interpreting a chart, I may read one of my own interpretations for a particular degree and decide that in the present context within which I’m working that the interpretation calls for something different than what I wrote.

The symbols are like little crystal balls in which you are to look, and if your intent is to bring the spiritual light into the physical world, you will see what you see, and it will be right for that moment.

Recently a friend of mine said, “Wow, wouldn’t it be great to have a book that has all the degree symbols in it with a picture for each one – a color picture!” Frankly, I find this idea at complete odds with what the symbols are all about. I would hate to see them pinned down with specific colors and forms. No – when you read a symbol, what is important is the picture or pictures it calls to your mind, and this needs to be your own intimate experience of the symbol, AND IS NOT TO BE LIMITED OR SPECIFICALLY DEFINED BY SOME VISUAL ARTIST’S CONCEPTION OF IT. The symbols are in a VERBAL form so that they will be ALLUSIVE, a TRIGGER to the imagination. The symbol as stated in words on the page is meant to be a catalyst for whatever your inner vision calls up.

An extremely important idea to remember is that these symbols never occur in isolation. That means, when, say, you look up the symbol for the degree of someone’s Sun, that also have a Moon in their chart, and when you look up the degree for their Moon it is being influenced by their Sun degree, and vice versa. In other words, at its highest, the art of interpreting the symbols is not just the art of being able to understand the meaning of a particular symbol, but the art of synthesizing their various meanings.

Let me give you an example of this from the chart of a friend of mine. Her Moon is in the 17th degree of Leo whose symbol is “A giant squid sleeping in the ocean depths,” and whose Sun symbol is the 17th degree of Gemini, which is “Deep in a cave a large albino snake.” What strikes me here is that both symbols take place in dark, hidden places, and so this person has an exceptionally inward focus, maybe a need for privacy, shelter, a quiet space in which to meditate, dream, and go within. Another thing that strikes me is that both animals are special: the giant squid is so rarely seen that for a long time it was thought that it might be just a myth. And of course, albino snakes are rare – in this case we could imagine that the albinism is an adaptation to cave life.

Both symbols are in places that are very far away from the Sun. And of course, the sea in the one symbol, and the white color in the other, are symbolic of the Moon. So in both these symbols there is a very potent focus on Moon energy. And so this person naturally is more attuned to her emotional, instinctual self, the feeling aspect of her being, the part that flows with life in immediate fashion rather than being so involved in long-range goals and agendas, which is how the Sun energy – the Sun being the polar opposite of the Moon.

Also it comes to mind that if the giant squid made itself more known to humans, it most likely would be hunted and harmed, just as the white snake, if it came out of its cave environment would be harmed by the Sun. So this person very much needs the right environment in which to live, and it needs to be in a safe environment.

From here we might look at the degree of her Mercury, for since the Sun is in the sign of Gemini, it is disposed by that planet. Generally speaking, when looking at the degree of a particular planet, it is worthwhile to look at the planet which rules the sign that the first one is in, for it will show a controlling influence on that first planet. And remember, if a planet is in its ruling sign, it gains much power because of the great reinforcement of its energy which is achieved by that fact.

Reading Degree Symbols – Part 2

I have coined the term “SD scale” to give students a way of thinking about comparing degree symbols. The SD stands for similarities and differences. In the two degrees I spoke of in Part I, we looked at the similarities between the two degrees – the fact that both had a rare animal in a hidden environment. We didn’t really look at the differences – but here’s one: one of these animals, the giant squid, is in WATER, and the other, the albino snake, is in the EARTH. And so it is the degree of her Moon that lives in the cave, or earth element – an element which is slow, gradual, enduring, dense. This is how her emotions are – slow to change, enduring, building up gradually, maybe sometimes heavy, and as in a cave the earth is all around one, maybe there is a feeling of being oppressed by the earth realm.

On the other hand, the giant squid, which is her Sun, lives in the realm of emotion. Emotions are what is most important (Sun) to her, they are what vitalizes (Sun) her, and her emotions, like the giant squid – by the way, tentacles of it have been found measuring 70 feet long – are grandiose, gigantic, awesome.

So when you see initially a lot of similarity between two degrees, go with that, but if you want to go deeper, look as well into how they are different – and, of course if what you first recognize is their difference, then try to also be more aware of their similarity.

What do you do when you are comparing two degrees and you find that they don’t seem to have any marked similarities or differences? The answer is, look deeper, because usually if you do you will eventually see both similarities and differences. And even if you never see this, you can simply tune in to both degrees and when you feel your intuition has contacted their essence (which is always a relative thing in terms of more or less) you can them blend the meanings together in your interpretation.

Please think of the degrees as colors on a palate with which you are painting a picture, for just like with painting, there is no formula to follow if you are being true to your own creativity, and not just cranking out a clone of some other picture.

There has been a great number of times I have read a degree symbol and drawn a blank. When this happens I will then usually to refer to a book which interprets symbols and see what it says about the one in question. Doing this can help to get your intuition going, but if you use it as a crutch and always go with just what it says in a book you will be doing yourself and the person you’re reading for a disservice.

I have found that when interpreting degrees in a classroom setting the results can vary greatly. I’ve seen times when students feel like they’re psychically attuned to each other and so when they interpret a particular symbol together each person enhances and deepens the others insight into the degree. I have also been in classes where students seemed to be in disharmony and when they went together to interpret a particular degree we got a lot of different and conflicting ideas that, if they were music, would have sounded screechy and discordant. Because of this I’m somewhat loath to do group interpretations – It’s kind of like doing a group psychic reading, which, although it conceivably can work can also manifest as a confusing jumble.

And so, will degree interpretations always be effective? Will they always give us the insight we’re looking for? Of course not! To say that they would is like saying that everything paint goes onto a canvas a masterpiece will be created. Degree symbol interpretations are just as iffy as inspiration and art. But, as almost every artist will tell you, the more you create and watch what the results are, the more you learn and the better you get at creating. The exact same thing can be said about using degree symbols to interpret a chart.

It will take a very long time to have experienced all 360 degree symbols if you are just using them in chart interpretation, but there is another highly effective way to get more familiar with the degrees, and that is to use them just like you would Tarot cards. Think of a question you would like answered – one that isn’t capable of being answered by a simple “yes” or “no,” and then through any method you want, pick at random a degree symbol to answer than question. Every morning when you get up you may also ask the question, “what is the nature of the primary energy I’m experiencing today?” or “what would be good for me to focus on today?” and then select a random degree. Over time this will familiarize you more and more with the degrees, and enhance your ability to see how they are working in charts.

Reading Degree Symbols – Part 3

It is inevitable that as one looks at various degrees there will be those that one is drawn to and others that one finds uninteresting, or even repellant. To develop a real ability to read degrees it is important to be able to look beyond those preferences. It is also important to be able to look beyond value judgments connected with degrees in general – that is, the tendency to see some of the degree images as inherently good and others as bad.

A good example of this is the Chandra Symbol for the 10th degree of Capricorn: “A man drinking blood from a vein in a horse’s leg.” When the astrologer Ellias Lonsdale first wrote his book on the Chandra Symbols he asked me about this image. He had reservations about the black magic or satanic connotations of it. I told him that I had read that in the Mongolian desert the natives sometimes actually did open a vein in the legs of their horses when they were completely out of water and would have not survived otherwise if they did not consume it. And so the image came to signify to me the adopting of extreme measures as a means of survival.

And so it is easy to see this symbol negatively, but in dealing with any seemingly negative symbol it is always helpful to ask oneself the question, “what is the potentially positive connotation of this image?“ In the symbol under discussion I would also say that if it is seen from the perspective of the horse, the image might mean the willingness to give one’s energy to help support the life of another.

I myself have a bias against degree symbols that are prosaic, and prefer ones that are exotic, unusual, strange and/or poetic. For this reason I don’t respond so much to a large number of the Hyperion Symbols which were channeled by Gavin Kent McClung, for instance the Hyperion Symbol for 24 Pisces, which is “Memory Chips.” My first reaction to this symbol is to see it as too simple and plain. The fact, is, though, that the Hyperion Symbols are a very powerful set of degree symbols. Ellias Lonsdale says they carry a “Midheaven” vibration in that they signify the highest level of a degree – the overarching spiritual pupose of the degree. And so even though many of them may seem prosaic on the surface it is important to look at them from a cosmic perspective to gain the most and the deepest level of meaning from them.

One of the simplest ways of understanding any symbol better is to look at the one that comes directly before it and to see that preceding one as the basis for the one in question. Each symbol leads to the next one, so the previous one will show what the one you are working to interpret grew out of and is based on.

To give you an example of this I chose at random the degree Aries 17: “A bodiless head asleep on a beach” as being the basis for the degree following it, Aries 18, “A jellyfish.” It seems to me that when a head does not have a body it cannot go anywhere, it must stay where it is, and here it is on the beach, which is where the land (the physcial plane) and the sea (the emotional plane) connect. And so if we are continually in touch with our feelings, always aware of that sea, we come to see the connection between our emotions and the physical world. This, then, is the basis for becoming the jellyfish, which is the symbol for the degree following this one. The jellyfish is transparent, which means it is open to being permeated by the spiritual light. It is also capable of living immersed in the sea,that is, on the emotional plane.

Also note how the head and the jellyfish have similar shapes, but whereas one is denied movement because it has no body, the other is complete and can move at will in its realm. Note also that the one is an earth denizen, and the other a water denizen. When we have learned enough on the earth plane we are then able to navigate the water (or astral) plane more freely.

Sometimes you will look at the degree preceding a certain one and you will not be able to feel any connection between the two. When this happens, ask the degree itself to explain itself to you. Receiving this information from the degree may take some time, and may come in symbolic form, but if you are patient and meditate on the symbols, you give them the chance to reveal their meaning to you.

Articles on Houses

The Cancer/Capricorn Axis

Am looking at a chart with three planets in Cancer and three in Capricorn, forming three neat oppositions. So 60% of this person’s planets are involved in this Cancer/Capricorn axis.

Cancer is the most teachable of the signs because it is the one most willing to learn, as well as the most spiritual. The question is, through what authority and/or system is this learning to occur? Capricorn rules authorities. This individual thirsts to learn (Cancer) but from whom or through whom (Capricorn), and to what end?

This individual needs contact with the RIGHT AUTHORITIES, meaning ones that will guide him in the right way, a way that will encourage his eventual autonomy and ability to make choices for himself. An EMPOWERING AUTHORITY, and not just a DICTATOR. An authority who encourages FREEDOM OF CHOICE and responsibility to oneself rather than blind devotion to the authority.

One of the biggest dangers in this person’s life is the potential of aligning with the wrong authorities, the wrong agendas and policies which will lead to a false sense of security, and then defensively clinging (Cancer) to these seemingly practical but ultimately limiting and retarding belief systems. For that is, on one level what Capricorn is — a set of rules and guidlines used to map out our way forward.

Cancer is the sign of the crab, which has an exo-skeleton. Capricorn rules the whole skeletal structure of the human, which is an endo-skeleton. Cancer is all about growth and expansion, whereas Capricorn is about essentializing and distilling. Cancer seeks security (and finds it through an outer skeleton or shell), and Capricorn seeks what will work, that is, a way of living and being that is viable, and, in its own terms, practical.

Cancer is the most feminine of the signs, Capricorn the most masculine. Cancer is the archetypal mother, Capricorn the archetypal father. This person is seeking a grand synthesis of those energies. And finding it will spell, for him, empowerment.

Chiron Combinations with Planets, Points and Asteroids

When Chiron in a chart forms an aspect to another planet, the following interpretations will help you to tune in to what the significance of that aspect is. Remember that squares manifest the enrgy in the mosst challenging and dynamic way, that oppositions signify the energy manifesting in the process of relating, and that conjunctions give the combination of Chiron with another planet a creatively unique quality.

Chiron/Sun

Letting go of all things of lesser importance and focusing on what is most important in spiritual terms. Ability to clearly differentiate between what is truly important to oneself in terms of ones personal evolution and what the world/culture/social milieu deems important.

The process of ceasing to base one’s self worth on outer or superficial criteria and to perceive ones importance as a being assisting in world change and the spiritual process of others.

Allowing the deeper meanings of things to emerge by not placing the projections of one’s ego on them. One has the ability to assist others in the discovery of their life’s meaning and purpose.

Bringing to light those ideas and energies which are exactly what is needed to heal those around one, and often doing this without consciously knowing it.

Chiron/Moon

Allowing oneself to be guided by instinct, or, when one does not do this, suffering due to ones inability to act on ones instincts. Transcending the dramas of family and learning to love family without being controlled or negatively influenced by them. The quest for and finding of the spiritual family. Letting go of the past. Seeing the past in a spiritual light, which helps to release regrets.

Because one has difficulty in finding security in outer and material things, one is guided toward finding security in identification with the greater self and the protection coming from higher forces.

The ability to move through emotions, especially those that have become stagnant and fixated. The Chiron/Moon combination can mean the clearing of the emotional body, and the exorcising of the ghosts of the past. Learning to find security in fluidity rather than ridigity.

Chiron/Mercury

Leaving behind ideas that hold one in a rut while embracing and assimilating ideas that assist one to evolve. Communication with Angels and other beings beyond the physical realm, whether one realizes this is happening or not, the communicating often happening in ways that one does not expect. Having a sense of the right thing to say that will heal a situation and bring others together. Having the right ideas at the right time come to one due to one’s ability to listen to messages coming from beyond.

Chiron/Venus

Ability to appreciate how all situations – even ones we would usually think of as negative — can further ones spiritual growth. Seeing beauty in people, things and situations that others might not recognize as beautiful, and helping others to enjoy that beauty.

Being a soothing presence to all those around one, a kind of healing balm, even when one may not be trying to do so. Helping others to be at peace and to enjoy life, as well as to see their own personal beauty and worth.

Chiron aspecting Venus helps to heal selfishness by coming to a deep understanding of its root cause, which is fear.

Alignment of aesthetics with the highest aspect of spirituality. William Blake had a Chiron/Venus conjunction.

Chiron/Mars

Assertively reaching out to those who need help and healing, often doing this in subtle, indirect ways that can be quite effective. Working to build a new world order. Ability to transform destructive energies into constructive ones, as well as to apply destructive energies where they are most needed to clear the way for something higher.

Ability to get to the heart of a conflict and hence resolve it or direct it along positive lines, rather than arguing in circles. Having the confidence to not hold back when one senses what one needs to do. Ability to act on impulse without having to have a mental or logical justification to do so.

Chiron/Jupiter

Instinctively knowing how to uplift others and how to dispel depression. Encouraging people to proceed along their spiritual path even through difficult situations and disheartening conditions. Intuitively knowing how to give someone just the sort of encouragement that they need. Ability to instinctively synthesize and harmonize ideas and to perceive the hidden connections between different events, energies, etc. Ability to make others feel included and cared for, so that no one is left out or left behind. Ability to help others find prosperity and to tap in to the abundance of the universe.

The healing power of excess — taking something to its ultimate extreme is a means of bringing it into a higher awareness and finer balance. James Joyce had Chiron conjunct Jupiter.

Chiron/Saturn

Disengaging from involvements which inhibit or frustrate one’s personal growth (even though this may take a long time, or be a long, slow process). Understanding fears more deeply, which assists in the process of letting go of them. Learning to heal fears by drawing on the powers of beings beyond the physical.

Having a clearer and clearer perception of the blocks that people place in front of themselves for the purpose of retarding their spiritual growth.

Entering into the Silence so that one can contact angels, ascended masters and other spirit guides. Learning how to not react to negativity, and therefore being able to avoid the karma resulting from doing so. Awareness of the truth that all problems encountered are for the purpose of furthering one’s spiritual evolution, and unless the lessons offered by them are fully learned, the same problems or variations of them are likely to reoccur.

All of the above indications for Chiron/Saturn tend to become stronger and more possible as ones grows older.

Chiron/Uranus

Ability to be openminded and because of this to see things in a new way. Sudden messages coming from beyond, often manifesting in an unexpected or surprizing form. Recognize and interpret omens, signs, and portents. The ability to heal feelings of being alienated, isolated, or cut off. Helping others to bring out their unique gifts and talents and to accept and value their own uniqueness.

Chiron/Neptune

Subtle sensing of the presence of helping intelligences, and ability to tap into them for guidance. Seeing beyond others’ negativity, shortcomings and weaknesses into the perfection of their soul. Ability to transmit love to others in a subtle, hidden, or indirct way. Helping other to recognize other realms of reality. Being a refining and uplifting influence wherever one goes. Tuning others into magic and beauty.

Chiron/Neptune will create life situations that help one to overcome unrealistic idealism,
addictions, and fantasies that may be retarding one’s spiritual growth. It can help one to use one’s imagination as an instrument for healing.

Chiron/Pluto

A strong compulsion to overcoming egotism and to see it for what it is – fear-based. Feeling strongly urged, even pushed, by forces beyond oneself to grow by transcending one’s limitations. The process of learning how to let through messages from beyond, as well as to accept them and act on them. Strong, persistent impulses that one must eventually follow.

Chiron/Pluto heals the striving to acquire power for selfish reasons, and helps one to use power
to encourage, guide, and assist others in their spiritual growth.

Chiron/North Node

A compelling need to connect to positive energy and to spirit guides. An urgent need to clear past karmas and to resolve issues of the past so that one can more forward. A need to understand one’s attachments to the past and how those attachments are fear-based. Needing to seek out people who are willing to grow and evolve with oneself. A need to connect with people who will accept the love one has to give. Tension between oneself and others caused by others unwillingness to grow or change.

Often the source of this tension is hidden. Sometimes one has great problems with others that are hard to define. The only way to solve these problems is to trust in one’s instincts and to be receptive to answers coming from deep inside oneself or from spirit guides.

Chiron/Ascendant

The need to see oneself as able to connect with spirit guides and angels. The compelling urge to base one’s self-confidence on one’s spiritual self rather than materialistic, passing or ephemeral things. The need to reject the limiting projections that others impose on oneself.

Chiron/Midheaven

The need to be receptive to messages coming in from the universe. One’s career needs to involved giving unconditional love to others. Any career in which one is not contributing to positively changing the world will tend to bring one misery and frustration. The need to not be attached to ones reputation in the world, to not be concerned if it is negative, and to not be too intent on trying to keep it positive.

The need to recognize oneself as a spiritual authority, and to use that authority positively by helping others to grow in consciousness.

Chiron/Ceres

Ability to distinguish healthy needs from destructive desires and addictions. The power to perceive what is truly nurturing, and what is not. Intuitively knowing what others need, and having the ability to intuitively give them that.

Chiron/Pallas

Healing of one’s deepest fears. Ability to feel the hidden order of the universe that lies beyond the outer illusion of chaos. Ability to sense when anyone is repressing something, in denial, or avoiding something. Ability to find wounded or sensitive areas in others and to bring healing energy to them.

Chiron/Juno

The healing of addiction to control. Learning to live with uncertainty and confusion, knowing that eventually clarity will come. Helping others to learn how to flow with life and all its seeming imperfections and loose ends.

Chiron/Vesta

Ability to make a space for spirit, and to clear away useless details and meaningless or petty tasks and involvements to bring in a breath of fresh air and room to grow.

Deeper Insights Into the Sun/Jupiter Combination

Tyler’s closest-to-exact square is between Sun and Jupiter. He and I were talking about the process of de-stressing the energy field, that is, clearing out blockages, so that one might eventually experience the fulness of one’s own consciousness, in other words, enlightenment. He said he was tired of hearing how it took time, maybe years, to reach enlightenment. “Why can’t it happen instantaneously?” he asked.

I told him that from what I’d read about it it could happen instantaneously. And I sensed that what was really going on was that he knew in his heart that of course, enlightenment could be instantaneous, and that he was frustrated that he hadn’t found a way to that.

And though I don’t know him that well, I never felt I quite saw the Sun/Jupiter square at work in his personality. But his yearning for enlightenment is a perfect example of it. The Sun signifies one’s goals, and enlightenment is the biggest goal of all, I would say the root goal. And Jupiter is enthusiasm. And Tyler certainly has enthusiasm for the goal. But the fact that his Sun and Jupiter are in square signifies that there is a challenge or conflict surrounding this enthusiasm for goals – the point being that the square can potentially turn destructive. In his case it could mean that excessive enthusiasm for the goal could evoke a negative reaction – of what sort, I’m not sure, but I’m guessing frustration, or maybe exhausting himself by ceaselessly and desperately trying different means to reach the goal, but to no avail.

The fact that this is his closest-to-exact square, means it is his biggest challenge. The healing of it, I think, is to be found by allowing himself to HAVE his great enthusiasm for goals, but not to allow the enthusiasm to chaotically spill forth to the extent that it defeats itself, that is, causes him to do TOO MUCH or go TOO FAR and thereby frustrate or inhibit the reaching of the goal.

Uranus is within one degree of his Jupiter, meaning that it also squares his Sun. Uranus signifies the quest for ultimate freedom and the ability to be utterly true to one’s dharma. Uranus’s rebellious urges can and do often backfire, destroying the chances for the freedom that Uranus is seeking. What ultimately redeems Uranus is INSPIRATION – the ability to act out the urgings of one’s pure creativity, unadulterated by the ego and its defenses. And so it is in this inspirational way that Tyler is wanting, needing, and trying to direct this tremendous enthusiasm (Jupiter) for the Ultimate Goal.

The First House

The first astrological house signifies IDENTITY — this is the keyword that the famous astrologer Marc Edmund Jones gave to it.

What is the nature of identity? Seen in spiritual terms, it’s an illusion — our means of manifesting in the realm of phenomena. The difference between a healthy identity and a pathological identity is that when healthy our identity is flexible, that is, capable of change, and is an instrument and vehicle for the expression of the Light of Pure Consciousness, a lens focusing that light in the physical world. A pathological identity is something we cling to obsessively and addictively, needing desperately to convince ourselves and others that we are someone special as a compensation for deep feelings of worthlessness.

Identity is a mask, but one we have to wear as long as we are living in the realm of relativity. The question is, does our mask express the energy of our divine self, or are we so caught up in the illusion of it that it divides our consciousness from our core?

Any planet in the first house bears the stamp of our uniqueness. A person with Mercury in the first house, for instance, has their own unique way of expressing ideas. They identify themselves as communicators and thinkers, and also as a go-between or messenger — a facilitator.

What we most need, when it comes to dealing with planets in the first house is not to become to attached to them, that is, over-identified with their functioning. I have Mars in the first house. My uniqueness comes out in what I do, and how I assert myself (Mars). But I need to be careful not to overidentify with what I do. I AM NOT WHAT I DO.

It is very important to realize that the first house signifies the most superficial aspect of our being, just as our current identity is only the outward manifestation we are currently wearing.

The first house is our surface. Many people reject it for this reason. “I am not a surface person,” they think, “I am a deep and sincere person.” The problem is that the surface is what others see of us, especially in their initial encounters with us, and so our surface/identity is really a means of communication. It can either reflect who we are inside, or it can hide our true self. What we ultimately need is to form our identity in such a way that it works for us as we navigate through live, rather than thwarting us in what we are trying to do.

Example: With my Mars in first house, I can come across to others as aggressive, sometimes provocative. I have had people say they were initially turned off by me because of that. Then when they got to know me, they saw that my aggressiveness was due to my having a passionate nature, and that I had many other qualities other than the surface aggressiveness that they initially saw.

So the first house is easily misread as being the whole of the person, when really its only a surface to which people readily stick labels. With Mercury in the first house a person may seem flexible, or maybe flighty or fickle. But this is an appearance, and not necessarily a reality.

One of the most difficult planets to have in the first house is the Moon, for the Moon is receptive and vulnerable. Moon in the first house tends to form their identity around who others want them to be — they are very receptive to the needs of others and of adopting the identity that is expected of them. My advice to them: choose your companions, friends, and long-term partners carefully, for you are a mirror and they will shine their energies into you. Think of them as food you are taking in. Are they nourishing for you, or poisonous to you?

Also, the Moon is always where we tend to have perceptions that are distorted by feelings. Moon in first house may identify with something one day, and then the next day identify with something different, depending on their mood.

You may also think of any planet in the first house as the role you will tend to play in life. I am SOMEONE WHO GETS THINGS DONE, AN ACTIVATOR (MARS). Venus in first house plays the role of PEACEMAKER, ARTISAN, OR EASY-GOING GUY — OR MS. ALLUREMENT. Jupiter is THE ENTHUSIASTIC ONE — ALWAYS UP, ALWAYS SEEMING TO BE FULL OF POSITIVE MOTIVATION. It can be a problem if a Jupiter in first house person becomes depressed, because their depression will have this seemingly optimistic overlay — people may have a hard time believing they are really depressed.

Saturn in first house can come across as critical, cold, rigid, or overly serious, when maybe they really aren’t this way, or at least are not meaning to appear to be this way. Saturn here can be frustrated about who they are, or how they look, or about any aspect of themself. They need to learn to be patient with themselves and to let go of negative attitudes about their appearance, as well as how others react to them. They need to become aware of the negative things they are identifying with, and work diligently to unhook themselves from those limiting and negative self-concepts which they have built.

Saturn simply will not stand for anything less than complete alignment with spirit. The Saturn in first house’s road to true happiness is to stay at the center of the truth that they are a spiritual being, and that the life they are living is for the purpose of spiritual growth.

Pluto in first house can be difficult. The person cannot exist in a state of stasis — there is always a feeling that they must be growing and transforming. Any identity they try to take on can feel limiting, restrictive, and unreal. They can become over-identified with whatever role they adopt in life, but will always feel compelled to untimately GO BEYOND any identity they take on. Also, others may place heavy expectations on them, for Pluto is PRESSURE, and although they may experience this pressure as coming from outside themselves, its true source is always FROM WITHIN.

So those are some thoughts on the first house for right now. May all your masks help you to joyfully play your role, and be easy to take off — when the time comes.

 

Sun in First House signifies a person who easily plays the role of authority and/or important person in life. This individual realizes the potential use of surfaces, that is, how the most superficial level of anything may serve them.

Surfaces may help to reveal what is within, or they may obscure what is deeper. The First House Sun has the ability to create surfaces which lead one into more profound levels of whatever they pertain to, and which are truly appropriate in a spiritual sense for whatever it is they cover. I speak here of the First House sun expressed positively.

Negatively, First House Sun is so egoically involved in outer appearances that they would just as soon have their own surface and the surface of whatever they create obscure what is within (whenever it serves their own selfish purpose, making their outer appearance and mannerisms serve as instruments for getting attention and feeding their own selfishness. This position can be a master of arrogance, and can sometimes come across as haughty even when they don’t mean to be.

Think of the First House as a face — for the first house does in fact rule the head. A positive First House Sun is like a face glowing with love, vitality, and radience, reflecting the spiritual being within. Or, negatively speaking, like a face on which makeup has been carefully applied to obscure all flaws, or a mask, whose purpose is to attract attention, sway one’s opinion, and hide the true identity of the person behind it.

One way of symbolizing the first house is that it is like a label on a bottle, that tells what the contents are within. Uranus in First House is like a label that keeps falling off, or keeps changing, or is illegible. Who is this person, anyway? They are naturally full of surprises — can change suddenly. Uranus in First House often rebels against being defined or categorized at all. No matter how conservatively this person might try to appear, there will always be an aura around him or her of strangeness or uniqueness. This means that others will tend to have a strong reaction to him or her. Some may feel fascinated by this individual, feel compelled to try to figure him or her out. Others may feel threatened, sometimes not even knowing why.

The message of Uranus in First House is, “you can be free and creative with your identity, like I am — you don’t have to be attached to it.” This is the subliminal signal always coming from them. This person can be utterly refreshing, or just disturbing. The person can be unstable, or can be one who is continually shocking people, in both large and small ways, into greater awareness. The last thing they are likely to be is boring.

With Neptune in First House the personality loses its crisply defined edges. They can have a vague, uncertain quality. At their best they being a higher level of exaltation to whatever they contact, they uplift, soften, make gentle, and stimulate the imagination. They cannot help but seem myserious and otherworldly. Personally this is one of my favorite placements of Neptune. Diana Ross has Neptune here.

They can, though, be diffcult to pin down, and they are often misread. Because people often aren’t sure who this Neptune in First House person really is, they will project onto them an identity, assume things about them which aren’t true. Also, they may have a tendency to idealize themselves, that is, to identify with what is lofty, idealistic and exalted, but in doing so lose contact with practical reality. At their finest, this is a person who is willing to be whatever the force of evolution needs them to be, and is ready to consecrate their being to the upliftment of humanity.

So now I’ve given you some idea of the meaning of all ten planets in the First House. Later we’ll move on to the other houses.

Gemini, Kabbalistically Speaking

The purpose of Gemini in the cosmic scheme of things is to bring more clarity and aliveness to everything it touches. The problem is that its tendency to jump from thing to thing in a random way can create confusion that results in the exact opposite of clarity — confusion. What Gemini needs is a core purpose, a strong connection to its spiritual center, and when it has this and allows itself to be guided by it then the movement from idea to idea builds harmony as ideas meaningfully play off of each other, rather than being mere jumbles of thoughts.

A deep secret of Gemini is that it has the power to connect with traumas existing in past lives and by being in communication with these to release their energy. We are being constantly influenced by our own karma, most of which exists in our past lives, and Gemini, often without even consciously knowing it is doing so, can feel this and can intuitively go to those pockets of stuck energy and liberate them.

In its most pure form Gemini is about finding the messages that never got delivered and delivering them, so that the information trying to flow through the vastness of all our lifetimes is opened, liberated and freed.

Jupiter/Saturn Aspects: The Department of Motivation

The Jupiter/Saturn pair of planets is referred to by Marc Jones as the department of motivation. Jupiter signifies enthusiasm, or positive motivation, and Saturn signifies sensitiveness, or that which causes us to have caution or a sense of reservation when engaging in any activity. Jupiter is expansive, always wanting to spread out, take on more, and ultimately to include everything. Saturn on the other hand is contractive, and economical, spare, desirous of paring down, holding back, using less, and conserving.

I sometimes refer to this pair as the department of morality, for Jupiter has to do with whatever we think is good for us to do or to believe, whereas Saturn signifies those things which we have decided are bad for us, things which we ought to avoid or at least minimize.

Jupiter/Saturn conjunction: This person needs to decide for themselves what it is they need – what is beneficial for them, and what is not. They will not be happy adopting ready-made guidelines for living. They do not readily take in advice or encouragement from others, for they are meant in this lifetime to be self-supporting and self-affirming, rather than dependent on the opinions or moral guidelines of others. The Jupiterian desire to expand is slowed down by the influence of Saturn, and the Saturnian desire for organization and gradual, stable process is encouraged by Jupiter. Hence the person’s progress may be slow, but it will also tend to be steady. This individual is either patient and persevering, or life will present him/her with situations and circumstances which will compel him/her to be so. Of course the house this conjunction falls in becomes all important as the area of life where this slow steady progress will unfold.

Jupiter/Saturn sextile: This person can assist others in being more motivated and disciplined, and needs this same assistance from others. If given the right reinforcement the person can accomplish much. One problem with this aspect, though, is that the person may align themself with people who reinforce their negative traits and beliefs, in which case these might be followed just as strongly. And so picking ones associates carefully is a major need of this aspect.

Jupiter/Saturn square: This individual readily gets into moral conflicts and situations in which it may be difficult to stand up for what they believe in. At worst they may experience a lot of guilt for not doing what they think they should do. They need to beware of being too critical and exacting of themselves, and of turning too many situations into moral dilemmas. At times they may see both sides of an issue as being right, or both as wrong, and then have a difficult time deciding the relative value of each side, and therefore difficulty in making a decision as to how to act. They are being challenged in this lifetime to learn patience, as well as to accept the imperfections of their judgement, knowing that as they grow in consciousness this will improve.

Jupiter/Saturn trine: This person can see anyone’s and everyone’s point of view, and so tends to go along, at least on the surface with anyone who they happen to be around. This can make them seem superficial or insincere, when in actuality they simply do not care to confront moral or ethical issues or turn them into a source of conflict. Often the person with this aspect holds deeply entrenched ideas about right and wrong, but may not voice these to others because of wanting to avoid being challenged. It can be a problem when these staunchly held values are negative, or based on traumas of the past that have produced neurosis. Bringing these negative beliefs to the surface and uprooting them can be a major life challenge.

Jupiter/Saturn opposition: There tends to be a schism in this person between the beliefs held and the actions based on them. Sometimes the person is very idealistic, and though they voice their ideals they don’t really base their life on them. After a time, though (in might even take half a life or more) the individual turns a corner and starts to practice what they preach and to being the process of moving more toward becoming the person they always felt they should be.

No aspect between Jupiter and Saturn: This person is not so concerned with right and wrong in a way that causes any difficulty for them – in other words it can be easy for them to avoid moaral and ethical issues. For this reason they may have a hard time disciplining themselves, and they may tend to allow other people to dominate them too much and to determine what they do with their time and energy. They need to stand up more for what they believe, and to practice patience and perseverence in the pursuit of those ideals which their soul tells them are of the greatest importance. My own chart has no aspect between Jupiter and Saturn.

A Kabbalistic Vision of Aquarius

According to Rav Berg, in his book “Kabbalistic Astrology,” Aquarius is the most stubborn of all the signs. Interesting. In the past I would have said Taurus, but I understand to a great extent where he is coming from, and as time goes on am inclined to agree with him.
He says that even though both Capricorn and Aquarius are ruled by Saturn, the two signs are very different. Capricorn is the part of Saturn that looks inward back into the solar system toward the Sun. It’s all about limitation. Aquarius, on the other hand, is Saturn looking out beyond itself, toward infinity – toward the stars.
According to the Kabbalists, the Aquarian age started about 400 years ago. They refer to it as the Age of Redemption. Aquarius is the sign of unification – the realization that we are all one – the overcoming of fragmentation. The problem with the negative side of Aquarius is that it tries to achieve this oneness by elimination, negation, or denial. The Nazis thought they could achieve oneness by simply eliminating the Jews. The negative Aquarius of today think they can achieve unity by ignoring poverty, or by going into denial about the problems of ecology and global warming. Unity must be inclusive –we are all part of each other.
An important kabbalistic idea is that in the beginning of anything can be found its seed, which contains all the energy of that thing. The first degree of each sign contains the seed of that sign. In the Chandra Symbols the first degree of Aquarius is the image, “A two-headed calf.” My initial reaction to this symbol was repulsion, for I don’t like the grotesqueness of it. But getting beyond this, there is an important message in that symbol: the calf is, of course, a young cow, or Taurus, which signifies value and worth. The fact that it has two heads means that in every dualism there is value to be found on both sides. Some people think work is the most valuable endeavor in the world, but play is just as important. Whenever we deny anything we create a duality that always comes back to us in the form of karma. And so the only way off this karmic wheel is to see that each side of the duality is there to teach us something we need to learn. Ellias Lonsdale says that the problem with this first degree of Aquarius is that if it contemplates this duality too long it miss the chance to take action, and so must work to keep synthesizing everything in its experience in a flowing way.
And really, this is what Aquarius is all about. This is the seed of Aquarius which will blossom into the new Garden of Eden we are creating here on earth.
My dear friend Linda Defeo just had her progressed Sun move into this degree, so the next year for her is about perceiving two sides to everything and working to bring unity and synthesis into her experience.
I would love to relate to you each first, or seed degree of each sign, and hopefully as time goes on I’ll get around to it. One more thing, though, about the first degree of Aquarius: In the Omega symbol system, the image is “Deciding to die, a vampire walks into the sunlight.” I laughed when I first saw this! What the hell does it mean? Going into meditation, I saw the significance: You know, vampires are very selfish, willing to kill others to serve their own needs, willing to suck the energy of other people to keep themselves going. They’re afraid of the Sun, which signifies divine purpose. In the symbol, the vampire gives up his/her selfishness. Those Nazis I accused of being Aquarians, well, they were certainly vampires. It is now the Aquarian age, and all vampires need to walk into the sun, the sexist vampires, the racist vampires, the elitist vampires, the advertising vampires, the Wall Street vampires, and all others.
By the way, the difference between the Chandra symbol and the Omega symbol is that the Chandra symbols tend to signify the “descendant” of a degree, in other words, they’re like the seventh house of a degree, whereas the Omega symbols are like the Nadir, or fourth house of a degree. So the Chandra symbols show how the degrees RELATE (seventh house) to the outside world, whereas the Omega Symbols show the FOUNDATION or HEART of a degree.
One of the best gems I gleaned from Rav Berg’s vision of Aquarius is that Auarians need to allow themselves to be channels of spiritual energy, rather then focusing on personal glory.
A friend told me recently about Bob Dole relating the story that back during the Clinton Era when national health care was being considered, a group of his fellow republicans talked him out of voting for it saying, “You plan to run for president. Wait until you do and you win. Then you can pass a health care bill and receive all the glory.” Dole said he was very sorry he followed their advice. Thank you, Bob, for your sincerity and willingness to admit a mistake.
…Channels of spiritual energy rather than focusing on personal glory…YES!!!.

Mars in Aquarius

Mars is in Aquarius now until the 24th of February, so all of you Aquarians are feeling more assertive than usual, and less likely to tolerate anything in your life that bugs you. Don’t hold back — take action, shovel yourself out from under all those things that don’t really matter to you and go for the gold. Listen to your heart and let it lead you.

And Leos — you’re getting stirred up in the relationship department, and it’s here that you need to make adjustments and do something constructive about any disharmonies between you and those you really care about.

Time for Tauruses to go more public, to be more out there, and to put more effort into career, and time for Scorpios to get to the bottom of things and work on stuff connected with their own security.

Mars/Venus aspects: The Department of Efficiency

This is a continuation of the description of the four planetary departments that started with the Sun/Moon pair in blog 37.

The Venus/Mars pair of planets is called, in Marc Jones system, the department of efficiency. It charts the manner in which anything is accomplished. Mars signifies the initiation of any activity, the impulse to do anything. Venus, as its counter opposite signifies the completion of anything. Mars in a sense signifies dissatisfaction, for we do anything because we WANT something, and we WANT something because we find what we have INADEQUATE. Mars never rests – it’s not its job to rest. Mars is, in fact, so restless that if it can’t find something positive and constructive to engage in, it will find something negative and destructive to do. The repression of this destructive tendency is one of the hallmarks of mental and emotional health. When it runs wild, criminal activity can be the result.

Venus is the planet of satisfaction – the coming to a point of being able to APPRECIATE what is, or at least a part of it. We all need to have a certain APPRECIATION of and SATISFACTION in life to keep going. If, though, Venus is too strong, and negatively manifesting, we might be lazy, and not expect much of ourselves in terms of excellence.

I have often jokingly told people that after my death I wish to be remembered for “Sandbach’s Principle.” This is a simple magic formula that has the ability to make one happy with each and every aspect of life, and to rid one of any and all problems. It is so simple that it can be stated in three words: LOWER YOUR STANDARDS. This is actually a Venus joke – it’s what the lazy Venus does when it wishes not to have to put forth Martian effort.

As I did with the Sun/Moon pair, known as the department of vitality, we shall cover the conjunct, sextile, square, trine, and opposition, as well as the lack of aspect between Venus and Mars.

Venus/Mars conjunction: Since there is no space between the planets in a conunction – other than the orb of its inexactness, the conjunction has a feeling of instantaneousness – of everything happening at once, on the spur of the moment, without development, springing forth whole. And so Venus and Mars in conjunction carry the feeling of wanting to plunge in to experience in a totally direct way, without considered what the consequences will be. This can be very exciting, it can be fun, it can be adventurous, but it can also be dangerous, can create messes, can be scary. Marc Jones uses the term “dangerously unrestrained” to describe. I remember once I was at an astrology conference and we were at lunch sitting around a table. A young man was there with long wild blond hair, black leather pants, a tank top and high black boots. He happened to mention that he had a Venus/Mars conjunction. I told him that Jones said it could be “dangerously unrestrained.” “Dangerously unrestrained!” he repeated, and laughing loudly, gave me a wild, devilish look. “I can dig that!” I’ve always carried that picture in my mind of of the Venus/Mars conjunction. I sometimes also refer to it as the Lucille Ball aspect, and frankly, I’ve never checked her chart to see if she has it.

Venus/Mars sextile: These people need assistance (keyword for the sextile) to be efficient. I have a Venus/Mars sextile, so I can speak from experience here. If I don’t surround myself with the right supportive influences, I have a really hard time getting things done. On the other hand, when the supportive influences are there, I can get a great deal done. For instance, right now writing this blog my friend Sandra is the supportive influence keeping it going. She reads it every day. She points out errors to me. She comments on the quality. She tells me what she likes most and suggests when I might write about. I DO NOT WORK WELL IN A VACUUM, and it is she that keeps this activity from happening in a vacuum. Another support is the 6 FOLLOWERS this blog has, so far. Another support is the hope that these writings will be used as teaching tools for astrology.

As a side not I will say that actually I have, between Venus and Mars, a septile aspect. The exact septile is 51 degrees and 26 minutes. The distance between my Venus a d Mars is actually 52 degrees and 49 minutes – 1 degrees and 23 minutes off of being exact. The orb for all the major aspects – conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition – is 10 degrees, unless the Sun as involved, at which time the orb is upped to 17 degrees, or the moon, at which time the orb is upped to 12 degrees and 30 minutes. So we might say that even though I do have a sextile between Venus and mars, MORE SPECIFICALLY the aspect is a septile. This signifies a strong intuitive urge, a nearly compulsive need (septile) at times to accomplish particular things. It in no way negates the sextiles showing that I need SUPPORT for accomplishment, it simply enhances and amplifies it.

Venus/Mars square: This person is capable of accomplishing much, but it may not be easy, for they may offend whoever they have to work with. They may be very demanding in the process of accomplishing something. They may jam the gears of efficiency by their attitude. Sometimes if they push to hard to accomplish something it will actually slow down the process rather than speed it up. As an astrologer, I feel that if I simply tell this to the person, and if they then take it to heart, and work extra diligently to be more diplomatic and to adopt a more flexible attitude, they can become much more adept at accomplishing whatever it is they set out to do.

Venus/Mars trine: The trine’s keyword is MOMENTUM – this is the word that Marc Jones gave to it. He was so very good at keywords. I think many astrology students miss the point of this particular one, though. A BODY IN MOTION TENDS TO STAY IN MOTION, AND A BODY AT REST TENDS TO STAY AT REST. This is the significance of momentum. We could also give the words INERTIA as the keyword for the trine. (The above statement which I place in caps is actually the definition of inertia). In the unenlightened astrology, trines were always thought of as good. This is not right. Trines can have a terrible effect, potentially, for if they manifest in negative or discordant ways, there will be a MOMENTUM to this as well.

The Venus/Mars trine signifies a person who likes things to be accomplished in an orderly fashion. They prefer progress to be slower, because they feel like its safer, steadier, and more to be depended on. They don’t much like a change of direction, especially if it can be justified, isn’t, to their mind needed, or is uncalled for. In essence they are conservative. If you can show them a compelling reason for doing something, they are much more likely to go along with you, and to be supportive of the activity. They like things done on a regular basis, preferably in a formulaic way. Their stability helps to balance out the unpredictable and experimentative ways of the Venus/Mars conjunction.

Venus/Mars opposition: The opposition is where the two planets in question have gotten as far away as possible from each other. They are, in essence, trying to encompass the whole chart. So the Venus/Mars opposition tries to be complete in its efficiency – to account for everything. They can sometimes be nosy, for their efficiency can extend into your life. They need to learn when to quit. Also, since the opposition always signifies the process of RELATIONSHIP, the Venus/Mars opposition needs to be always negotiating its efficiency with others. Letting others know what it is doing, what it is thinking, modifying its acts in such a way to make for greater harmony between itself and others.

Venus and Mars in no aspect: This just simply means a person for which efficiency is not a burning issue. At worst, they are inefficient because they don’t think enough about efficiency, at best, they have the ability to try different ways of being efficient – they aren’t psychologically bound to one method.

I still have to cover the departments of Motivation (Jupiter/Saturn) and Significance (Uranus/Neptune) and then we can look at these four departments as a whole and gain yet more interpretative knowledge from them as we compare and synthesize them.

So now I shall sign off. Have an Efficiently great day!

Mercury Retrograde

On December 27th — in two days — Mercury will go retrograde in the 22nd degree of Capricorn. Mercury retrograde is a time when there’s a need to rethink things, maybe to revise our thoughts or the way we are communicating.

An important tool for understanding any particular retrograde period is to look at the degree in which the planet in question goes retrograde. The Omega Symbol for 22 Capricorn is “Sugar falling through a giant hour glass.”

I had to get beyond my negative image of sugar to clearly see the meaning of this degree. Sugar is sweetness, and even though we eat too much sugar in this society, the reason we do it is because we are all desperately seeking the sweetness of life. We have thought we could find it through having more and more things, but have found that consumerism is just an addiction, and like all addictions, causes us to want to accumulate more and more, but without ever feeling truly fulfilled, no matter how much we acquire.

Sugar, in and of itself, is just food, nourishment. So in this symbol we see that at every moment (the particular grain of sugar falling through the hour glass) there is nourishment to be had, sweetness to be tasted. I remember reading in a book that one Kabbalist said that our job is to think of each moment as a cup which we are filling with good things — love, happiness, appreciation for life, joy, etc., and that if we do this, we will find, at the end or our life, when we look back, a life beautifully lived, that will determine the quality of the future after death. And so Mercury retrograding in the 22nd degree of Capricorn is a time of considering whether or not we are focused in the present, on the moment, to find the sweetness of it. Or are our thoughts too much focused on the past and the future.

Capricorn is the sign of practicality. What the Kabbalist suggested we need to do in living life is ultimately the most practical way of being I can think of. The 22nd degree of any sign always has to do of righting our course, and of making a leap toward where we know we should be.

The degree that Mercury goes back to in its retrograde motion, where it again stops before going direct signifies the goal of the retrogradation — what we were looking for. Mercury will again go direct again on January 16th, 2010 in the 6th degree of Capricorn. The Omega symbol for this degree is, “A woman inventing magical perfumes.” To me this signifies a recombining of energies in a harmonious way to positively affect the world. As perfume fills space invisibly, this degree suggests changing the atmosphere, the basic tenor, or attitude, of things.

If you have a planet that either the Stationary retrograde or Stationary direct Mercury conjuncts or opposes, it will have a significant effect on you, and means that you are needing to rethink how you are using the energy of the planet in question.

My Virgo Mars

If you study astrology and occasionally feel like you don’t really understand a sign or planet or house this is a positive thing, for it means that you haven’t closed your mind off to alternative and/or deeper interpretations of that element.

I have been an astrology for 44 years and as I sit here writing I am feeling like I don’t quite understand Virgo. I could at this moment deliver an hour lecture on Virgo — I literally have that much information in my mind about it. But beyond all this information I’m wondering what it really MEANS.

Virgo is about solving problems. What Virgo most wants is to engage in meaningful work. The keyword for Virgo is ASSIMILATION. This keyword helps to explain the Virgoan desire for purity, for what we assimilate determines our level of purity. If we assimilate clean air, water, and food, we are more pure. If we assimilate toxins, then we become impure and the body has to work to rid itself of them.

Nothing in the body works alone — everything works together. Work carried out in total isolation is fruitless. And so Virgo loves to work with others. If we place Virgo in the first house then we see that the sign that falls on the sixth house is Aquarius, the sign of group support. This signifies that Aquarius is kind of a super-Virgo, that ideally Aquarius should manifest as all people working together to solve any and all sorts of problems.

I think one of the reasons I sometimes feel I don’t completely understand Virgo is because the one planet I have there — Mars — is in the first degree of Virgo. The first degree of any sign has a fresh, innovative and simple quality. So even though I know a great deal intellectually speaking, about astrology, for instance, when I go to actually DO (Mars) someone’s chart I just jump in in highly direct fashion, with that first degree quality of feeling like I know nothing and am seeing it all for the first time. I would say it is an ability to always take a fresh approach (first degree) when it comes to analyzing (Virgo). But it is also this “oh I just got here now what’s going on?” quality of of the first degree that can make me feel like I am always at the beginning of everything, no matter how much knowledge or how many facts I have assimilated. You see Mars is always the question of what to DO, and with me all I can do is just jump in directly and start working (Virgo).

Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto has moved into Capricorn recently (on November 28th, 2008), and so this is the focus of transformations now happening on planet earth. It is good to note that when it went into Capricorn, Saturn was in the 21st degree of Virgo. I am noting this because whenever a planet goes into a new sign, we can look at where all of the other planets are to get a picture of what its transit through that sign is going to be like. And as Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, Saturn is then, in this case, the dispositor of Pluto. Saturn’s being in Virgo at the time of Pluto’s entrance into Capricorn means that the theme is going to be the necessity (Saturn) of PURIFICATION, HEALING, REFINING, AND DEALING WITH DETAILS, AS WELL AS TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING – all of these things being Virgoan.
Capricorn is a unique sign – the only one whose symbol is an animal that doesn’t exist on the physical level: the goat-fish. Most people think of Capricorn as being a goat, but that’s only the upper half of its body, the lower half is like that of a mermaid. It signifies that Capricorn can climb the heights, just as the goat ascends mountains, and can also navigate the depths, like a deep sea fish. Capricorn is the sign of practicality.
But what is practical. If our purpose in being in a body is to learn non-attachment and reach enlightenment (as I believe) then is it practical to spend all our time trying to gain more money, power, fame, friends, possessions, etc? Or to do anything, such as be in denial, live with delusions or take drugs just to avoid anything which is discomforting.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who, by the way, had Sun in Capricorn one said that most people had no idea how to be truly and effectively selfish. He said that since everything you put out is inevitably going to come back to you, that if you really want to be selfish you’ll help others all you can, shower them with love, and be as generous as possible. Because that will then be what will come back to you. Spoken like a true Capricorn – an enlightened Capricorn.
As I said in my last blog, Capricorn is the sign of limitation. Limitation is not a bad thing, in fact, it’s a wonderful tool for growth. You have probably noticed how, when faced with limitations you tend to figure out ways to make do with what you have. Limitations can stimulate creativity, can help us to concentrate and focus our energy.
Well, with Pluto now going through Capricorn, its time for all of us to get a much clearer idea of what our limitations are, and to decide who we are going to work with them.
Of course, all limitations are illusions. None of us is really limited, in the ultimate sense. That truth, though, is of the sign Aquarius.
Capricorn is also the sign of manipulation. We tend to have a negative association with that word, but if manipulation is engaged in for moral reasons, it can be a good thing. What is yoga, or chi gong, for instance? Simply a way of manipulating ourselves to produce greater health.
Capricorn is also the sign of the Mysteries, meaning those sacred and once secret organizations that used techniques and rituals to further spiritual development. This is the highest form of positive manipulation. It helps us to understand why so many spiritual leaders have been born under the sign Capricorn. Even Christ’s nativity is celebrated when the sun is in that sign.
Right now, (December 8th) until December 24th, Pluto is in the 3rd degree of Capricorn, the third degree carrying the vibration of going to extremes in a rigid way – hopefully as a learning experience. The three can also signify self aggrandizement and being into power and status. It has the strongest shadow essence of any degree frequency, so during this time we might expect to see negative energies coming to the fore — so that they can be released.
From December 24th until January 21st Pluto is going to be in the 4th degree of Capricorn. The four energy signifies finding the right context in which to use abilities, or to apply energy. The four is about manifestion – making something tangible. This seems a likely time for the Nation Health Care bill to pass.
If we move the astrological clock ahead and look at where Pluto is going to be on December 21st, 2012, the date of the great renewal of planet earth, we see that it is in the 9th degree of Capricorn. The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A woman washes a man’s feet and dries them with her hair.” Feet signify understanding. It is the male understanding that is being purified by the female, or intuitive side. The hair signifies power, for one thing, and also thoughts, as hair comes out of the head. So the intuitive self purifies the understanding of the conscious self. The Omega Symbol for this same degree is “A woman thinks of all the things that have died and rotted to make the soil.”
This signifies the intuitive self realizing the full extent and meaning of every aspect of the past, and how this can provide the fertile ground for the future.
I think as are all going to be very surprised by what is coming in 2012. I do not think its going to be a disaster, or even if disasters of a physical nature occur at or around this time, I don’t think they are going to wipe out humanity.
Many of us are already conscious that we create our reality through our beliefs, that parallel universes exist, and that even the past is subject to change. By 2012 these spiritual truths will become so fully embraced by enough people that a boiling point will be reached and they will have the power to change the world, greatly facilitating the evolution of all.

Rooting for you, Aquarius!

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius….” A song of hope, an ode to a future full of potential, when brotherhood and understanding will bloom. Yeah? Well here we are in it. How does it look? Did we forget about the negative side of Aquarius? I don’t remember anyone mentioning that racism, sexism, and elitism are Aquarian, but they certainly are. Aquarius is all about groups and group dynamics, and not just positive ones, for Aquarius can also be a gigantic forest of misguided notions.
The whole question with Aquarius is, are we going to realize and live the truth that we are a spiritual group that is made up of all humans, all animals, in fact all life forms, even ones we haven’t encountered yet? Or are we just going to be fragmented into an endless array of special interest groups, each only concerned with what can further its own ends. Aquarius is the tension between openmindedness and all-inclusiveness on the one hand, and rigid opinions and misguided visions of reality that further the cause of the few only.
The Nazis were Aquarian – let’s not forget it. The sign Aquarius is highly capable of living by twisted notions and self-aggrandizing myths.
Ever heard of the Earth Point? It’s the point exactly opposite the Sun – the shadow that the earth casts on the zodiac when the sun shines on it. The earth point signifies karma that needs to be cleared, shadows that are actually the stuck places that need illumination. When the Sun is in Aquarius, the earth’s shadow is cast in Leo. The astrologer Ellias Lonsdale says that each sign tends to fall prey to the disfunctionalities of its opposite sign. And so Aquarius is tending to be brought down, de-spiritualized by the negative energy of Leo. The Nazis had their leo-esque figurehead: Adolph Hitler. Most politicians are the Leo tools of the dark side of Aquarius.
We cannot come into the highest and most positive energy of Aquarius until we have overcome the little self, the isolated limited ego, which is the worst aspect of Leo. If you bring your pride and arrogance to Aquarius, you stifle its energy. The only way that Aquarius can come into its full potential is if Leo is willing to surrender its ego, becoming a mirror filled only with the light of spirit.
Aquarius is the Water Bearer, and as such should be the energy that distributes life-giving and life-fulfilling energy to ALL people, slaking the thirst for union with spirit. Water is the element of emotion, and at worst in the sign Aquarius, the emotions can be repressed and frozen – remember that the middle of Aquarius is the middle of winter. If we put Aquarius on the ascendant, Cancer falls into the sixth house, so it is the Cancer energy, the emotional energy, that needs healing, in terms of Aquarius. Emotions stagnate when they are repressed.
I am dismayed by astrologers who have thrown out the traditional ruler of Aquarius – Saturn – in favor of Uranus. To me Saturn is the ruler of Aquarius, and Uranus a sub-ruler. Aquarius can be pulled between these two energies – the Saturnine desire to play it safe, be cautious, and stick to the old methods, and the Uranian desire to be free and innovative. The problem with Aquarian biases and fears – in other word its Saturn side – is that Aquarius tends to always think that it’s being open and reasonable, and always has a justification for its rigidity.
May we please now get on with the business of creating the glorious Garden of the True Aquarius on earth? Even Rush Limbaugh is invited – if he can learn to behave himself.

Saturn in Capricorn

Capricorn may be the most polarized of all the signs, for it rules practicality, which is one of the most loaded words in our language.

Loaded because since we are here to evolve our consciousness, then what is most practical is anything that will support us in that process. The problem is, if the Capricorn individual lacks spiritual awareness, then what seems to be most practical will be such things as amassing as much wealth as possible, meeting the expectations of others so that one may fit in to current social standards and hence use them to further one’s materialistic ends, and in general to engage in any activity which both serves the ego and keeps fear at bay.

Capricorn is the sign most aware of what works and what doesn’t, as well as the relative degree to which any technique will yield desired results. In short, Capricorn is the sign of manipulation. This is a difficult word for many people because they read negative overtones into it. The fact is that manipulation needn’t be sociopathic. It is possibly to manipulate for positive reasons.

When a person has Saturn in Capricorn (one of the signs which it rules)in their natal chart, he or she is highly sensitized to how the world works, the ins and outs of social mores, and what behaviors are considered acceptable and unacceptable in various social groups and sub-cultures. All of these “rules of the game” are experienced as limitations and restrictions that may be oppressive, on the one hand, but on the other creatively worked with for the purpose of getting to wherever one is going.

Aye, there’s the rub — just exactly where is this person going? It all depends on their level of evolution and awareness of the true nature of reality. If their goal is solely to maneuver the labyrinth of the physical world in an attempt to create comfort for themselves while avoiding pain and suffering they may over time become highly adept at this. But there is never going to be true fulfillment for them until they awaken to the true goal of life.

Once they see that evolution is the key to a meaningful physical embodiment then they can access their true power, for Saturn in Capricorn is a potential master of spiritual technologies, of the ability to find and employ techniques that can profoundly further spiritual growth.

Its all about getting on with what is really and truly, in hard core terms, practical.

The Second House

The Second House signifies loss and gain. There has been a tremendous emphasis on the Second House as ruling money — which is to be expected in a society dominated by consumerism. There are many Christians, Jews and Moslems in America, but the dominant religion of the USA is Money — this is the God with the greatest number of devotees.

But the Second House is far more than just money — it is our energy, and time, and most importantly, our values — whatever ideas and concepts we are attracted to and so deem to have worth.

These ideas we find valuable may be practical, or not. They may be notions and/or involvements which we feel have value but which others may deem to be worthless. Loss, ruled by the second house, may be voluntary, as it is when one freely gives something away, or it may be forced upon us by fate and circumstances. By the same token gain may be something we work to obtain, or may be something that happens without effort, something just laid in our lap. No matter how loss and gain happen in our lives, they are always karmic — we deserve what we get, or don’t get. There are no victims, and there are no winners who don’t deserve to win. This is the essence of Kabbalistic teaching.

In a sense, the Second House is the most Kabbalistic of them all, for Kabbalah means to receieve — TO GAIN. The question Kabbalah raises is, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH WHAT WE RECEIVE? There are two choices — keep it all, or at least as much of it as you can, for yourself. Or: Receive with the intent of sharing. It is this RECEIVING WITH THE INTENT OF SHARING that keeps the flow going — insures our further receiving from the Great Source. It is the EGO, living the illusion of being separated from the light that wants to keep as much as it can.

It is the God Within that shares. Sharing leads to enlightment. Greed leads to suffering. It is on this basic structure of these truths that the fabulous intricacy of the Kabbalah is embroidered.

Let’s start with Sun in Second House: What is most important in life to this person is to feel that they have something of value to give — that what they have is important. The great beauty of Sun in Second House is that this person has an inate ability to bring worth to light — to see the value in things which others may have overlooked.

The Sun always signifies the desire to set up hierarchies — that is, the desire to have what is most important at the center, and then to rank everything else around that in a spectrum that goes from what is most valuable to what is least. So long as what is at the center of Sun in Second Houses’s reality construct is positive, that is, spiritually viable, Sun in Second House will be a light to all around it, helping others to see their own value and worth, and the hidden gold all around them.

If Sun in Second House falls prey to the addiction of egotism, then their own selfishness becomes their center, and the whole goal of life becomes the attempt to convince everyone around them that they are better than everyone else, and that what they have is more important than anything else. This position can lead to arrogance about ones own values.

The big question here is, what is the nature of possession? Since we’re going to die, it seems that everything we might call our own is really only being rented for awhile. STEWARDSHIP means TAKING CARE OF WHATEVER COMES UNDER OUR SWAY OR JURISDICTION. Stewardship is a reality, ownership is an illusion. But if Sun in second house becomes lost in the illusion of its own ego, the responsibility of stewardship is lost.

Really its like this: The Greek and Roman astrologers called Saturn the greater malefic. But the Sun, when manifesting negatively is what I would call the GREATEST MALEFIC. It’s just energy. A lot of energy. And as you know, energy can be used to express love, and it can also be used to destroy the world. And it can never be said enough that the astrological chart does not show the person’s level of evolution. It can’t — for a cockroach and a human can have the same chart. So you, as an astrologer never know if a person is going to use their energy positively or negatively. You cannot tell from a chart how many past lives a person has had, and to what extent they have become wise from them.

Moon in Second house has, at its emotional center the need to be able to give and receive. The instability of the Moon creates, in this placement, a sense of fullness, at times, a feeling of abundance, and at other times a feeling of emptiness and/or loss, as well as potential fears of being abandoned by prosperity. The best way to handle Moon energy always is to let it flow, to stay open and connected. This person needs to share what they have, and they need to do so as they feel guided to. These cycles of emptiness and fullness that are felt need to be moved through easily and with relaxation, trusting always in the truth that whatever they need will come to them.

The Moon is always the energy in the chart where a person tends to be the most subjective, and hence have difficulty seeing objectively what is going on. Moon in Second may sometimes feel worthless, or at least underestimate what they have to give. Or they might overestimate their resources – all depending on their mood of the moment.

One thing you can be certain about with the Moon, though, is CYCLIC CHANGE. If this person is having financial problems, they could and probably will change rather soon. By the same token, when finances are going well, this also could soon change. With the Moon it is not easy to plan for the future, and so financial planning doesn’t come easily with this placement.

One of the finest things a person with Moon in second house can do is to use what they have to nurture other people.

Mercury in Second house

This placement of Mercury seeks to assess the value of all ideas. Through all its communication it seeks to gain ideas of worth so that they might be shared with others who find them valuable, or used in such a way as to make them more valuable.

Mercury’s highest attribute is clear communication, and resourcefulness in finding solutions to problems. Mercury in second has the ability to find unexpected uses for ideas, to place an idea in a context that will maximize its worth.

At worst the Second House can create a rigidity in Mercury, due to the desire to arrive at values that are unchanging and can be depended upon. This can cause Mercury to use its cleverness to find ways to uphold values that are selfish, dogmatic and/or deluded. This occurs when Mercury falls prey to fears.

Because it signifies communication, Mercury is a planet engaged in the process of connectedness, and so much value is created through meaningful connectedness. So Mercury here can be clever and resourceful in finding ways to make money and/or to invest it, as well as connecting ideas in new ways to discover new value in them, or even to present ideas in new ways that bring out unsuspected aspects of them.

Venus in Second House

This placement loves things, both tangible objects as well as concepts that it deems beautiful. It even loves to have time to itself, and loves having and feeling energy. At worst Venus here can be attracted to too many things, and so it may be hard to decide which of them will be focused on to the exclusion of the others.

Often with this placement one finds collectors of one thing or another. This position also stimulates connoisseurship and the cultivation of taste and aesthetics. At best it can find value and beauty in things which others may not see as beautiful or of worth.

This position can enhance selfishness if the soul is inclined toward that. The antidote to this is to emphasize more the value of giving, which, if Venus is spiritualized can be brought out as one of Venuses highest traits.

Some Notes on Aries

The one thing Aries most needs is clear and strong alignment with its instinct. When Aries has this, any and all problems can be confronted and worked through in a way that leads onward and upward into higher states of consciousness.

The problem is, that when Aries is overshadowed by neurotic loops, then the connection with its clear instinct is disrupted, and we find Aries creating conflicts and confrontations that go nowhere. Aries truly is the sign of confrontation but the irony of this is that the neurotic Aries will tend to manufacture crises which actually are serving to protect itself from what it REALLY needs to confront.

Aries expresses the truth that sometimes it is better to act without thinking. It instinctively knows that thinking can get in the way, whereas impulse, when inspired by pure, unadulterated creativity, can carry one into greater aliveness.

Aries also has a way of demanding that things be simple. It is not that it is incapable of perceiving complexity, it is that it carries in it the magic of being able to look through and beyond complexities. Being the farthest sign from Libra, it is the sign freest of faltering, wavering uncertainty – all the back and forth considering of options that Libra engages in. And as Libra is the sign of aesthetics, Aries is too busy exploring the South Pole and fighting starvation and frostbite to have any time to concern itself with the fashionability of its winter wardrobe.

Aries is the primitive, the basic, the “lets get on with it, no matter how sticky or difficult or inconvenient things are. JUST DO IT!”

The primitivism of Aries can be wonderfully refreshing, and feel eternally new. It can take some old and worn-out idea or concept and through its magic express it as if it were something just discovered for the first time. It is the breath of spring. And when people say that Aries is not good at finishing things, I say, first of all, that that is not the job of Aries, and that second of all, the very concept of finishing things is often nothing more than an empty formality and an illusion.

Unfortunately, it is one of the signs most likely to commit murder as well as suicide. Not all simple solutions to problems are the best ones.

Aries is currently investigating string theory and parallel universes.

The Sun in the Houses

The sun is, in kabbalistic terms, the planet capable of generating the greatest amount of negativity. You may be surprised at this statement, but the Sun, negatively speaking, signifies one’s ego, which, according to the kabbalist is the source of all darkness in the world. The word kabbalah means “to receive,” and it is the ego which wishes to receive for the self alone – hence generating all the strive, negativity, and discord that has ever been or ever will be in the world. The key to aligning oneself with spiritual energy is to give what one receives – to give time, energy, love, compassion, concern. In this way, we become like God.
So the Sun is also a source of good – it is life-giving, warm, illuminating. In the natal chart it signifies true meaning and purpose. This is what we need to strive to live up to, rather than allowing our demon, which is our ego, to stagnate in the addiction of it’s greed, which can never ultimately be satisfied anyway.
Specifically it is the point in the zodiac exactly opposite the Sun that is the place where the earth is casting its shadow on the zodiac. In the natal chart this is the point where we are anchored in earth energy – a place where we need release and redemption so that we move forward in our evolution. This earth point represents the darkness of the self, that is 180 degrees – as far as one can get – from the light of the sun. If we can redeem and liberate the energies of this earth point, it frees our Sun to shine spiritual light into the world.
Another way of looking at this is to know that wherever your Earth Point is that is where you have been hanging out in past lifetimes, and so where karma needs to be cleared to free you up in this current life.

Sun in First House: When the Sun is in the first house, the earth point is in the seventh, signifiying that we need to overcome habitual patterns of relating – patterns that feed our need to feel important and prevent us from growing. Sun in first house is capable of being very egotistical, and the Earth Point being in the seventh house means that this person will draw to themself relationships that feed their strong, self-centered self image.
The Sun in First House is capable of clear definitions of whatever it encounters. As the first house rules identity, Sun in first at best radiates a spiritual identity untarnished and unshadowed by anything lesser, and helps others to also find this spiritual identity in themselves.
The first house is capable, at worst, of great superficiality, and so Sun in First House can signify a person who place primary importance (Sun) on outward appearances. They can at times have a larger-than-life quality, or come across over-blown or histrionic. They can have a strong craving for attention. On a higher level of evolution this will become a craving to point out what is truly and spiritually important to others, the light of the Sun shining through the surface appearances of the first house.

Sun in Second House: With the Earth Point in the 8th house we have been limited too much by others expectations and demands, and by their energies in general. What we have is all-important to us, and to truly see what it is, what our talents, gifts, and abilities are, we need to let go of the limits imposed by the values of other people.
There is so much around us that is of worth, that has incredible value and potential, but whose value we don’t see or recognize. Sun in the Second House is here to shine light upon what is valuable. At worst, the second house is poverty and loss. The Sun here carries the message that wealth and abundance are all around us. What we need to do is recognize this, and then to use this wealth in ways that cultivate and protect it, so that it can be shared and used as a means to help us toward our goal of enlightenment.

Sun in Third House: Here the person realizes the importance of the every-day and the mundane as a potential expression of spirituality. The Japanese culture loves to turn everything around itself into art – to infuse the mundane with vibrancy and meaning. The Japanese psyche probably has Sun in Third House.
The immediate world around us is magical, vibrant, and full of life, and Sun in Third House can see that and communicate it to others.
If Sun in Third House is to be a mere expression of ego then we find a person who wants to call all the shots in terms of how things are done and who tries to rule the immediate environment around him/herself. Also one who may communicate in a self-important manner.
The Earth Shadow in Ninth House signifies the need to overcome a rigid or negatively biased world view and to clear away the self-imposed limits of our understanding.
At best this placement awakens communication, and helps it to be more meaningful and purposeful.

Sun in Fourth House: With the Earth Point in the Tenth House we may feel we are “above it all” or at least want to be there, so we can avoid having to deal with the earthly realm. We may also have had status in the past, or been sure of our place in a hierarchy, and this felt safe and secure, though it is now limiting – a shadow that needs to be dispersed. We now need to involve ourselves in limited human patterns. Its time to let ourselves sink into what is simple and basic, and to become a part of the world, for the world needs our light.
There can be a lot of joy coming from being within limitations – knowing that those limitations are not real, and are only temporary. So make yourself at home in the density of matter here – allow your gifts to be shared in a common, basic way – which will have a powerfully healing effect on others.
This person has the power to bring the past to live and to find meaning in it. they might be a historian. They also have the ability to bring a sense of unity and purpose to any family or group of which they are a part.

Sun in Fifth House: In past lives we got used to being one with everybody and to joining forces with others. In this life we need to be more individual and to express ourselves, without allowing that to be dampened or restricted by what the group thinks, or the input of our friends. Also, we need to experiment and not worry about the outcome.
Sun in Fifth House signifies the importance of play. In the world of today, play is something that us usually highly superficial and little more than a wasting of time and energy. Sun in Fifth innately knows that high-quality play is the source of creativity, vitality, and healing joy.
This individual derives her/her vitality from creative activity and experimentation. At worst they are egotistical about their children and other products of their creativity, and make bad parents because they are so self-involved, which, of course, can produce children with ego problems. At best they see each of their children as individuals and respect and attempt to foster that individuality.

Sun in Sixth House: In past lives we have been caught in the rapids of experience, carried along in a great sweep of energy that seems against our will. Now there is a need to rise above chaos and create a laboratory in which one can work and produce. With Sun in Sixth, we need a clearly defined context in which to exert ourselves and solve problems. We place a lot of importance on being productive and finding ways to overcome problems.
As long as the person can let go of egotism they can work with others in a meaningful and purposeful manner. They have the ability to bring hidden problems to light, and to more clearly elucidate problems already known.

Sun in Seventh House: This person needs meaningful relationships, not just ones engaged in for pleasure or superficial companionship. They also need relationships through which they can explore their depths, and will ultimately feel unfulfilled by mere surface relating. Because of Earth Shadow in First House we may be stuck in old ways of seeing ourselves which in turn can limit the possibilities of our vitally relating to others. We need to let go of those stuck places, let go of any biases we have concerning our identity so that we can find ourselves more fully and deeply through our relationships.
The Seventh House signifies opportunity. Sun in Seventh can be more aware of opportunities than other people, and help others to see new opportunities.

Sun in Eighth House: Patterns are something we have and with the Earth Shadow in the Second House, we may have patterns that feel safe, but which hold us to a limiting and restrictive track. We take for granted that these patterns are valuable, but they aren’t – they’re burdens, and we need to come into the awareness (Sun) that we need to let them die (Eighth House).
Sun in Eighth House yearns for meaningful change, vitalizing change, and constant renewal. As we allow ourselves to die to the old and embrace the new we are taking into places we never expected. To do this we need to overcome the fear of loss (Earth Shadow in Second House).

Sun in Ninth House: With Earth Shadow in Third House there may be a tendency to aimlessly run around from thing to thing, collecting information but never synthesizing it or drawing conclusions. Sun in ninth has the ability to see the whole picture more clearly, to get an overview, and to understand life in depth. This can be done if we can come out from under the baggage of random thoughts and jumbled input of the third house.
At worst one’s egotism manifests in one’s beliefs – thinking that one’s religion, for instance, is the only right and true one. Or being moralistic in a judgemental way so that one can feel one is better than others.
Ninth house Sun has the ability to see and explain the meaning of life, and through doing so to expand the knowledge and perceptions of other people

Sun in Tenth House: To live fully and vitally the individual must overcome the weight of the past and past karmas (Earth Shadow in Fourth House). Earthly life can be experienced as a burden that limits and constricts in a killing, suffocating way. It does no good to conflict with all of this – the only way out of it is to drop it, just let it go, so that we can be a clear vessel for the channeling of spiritual energy.
In the story of “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy throws the bucket of water on the witch and she melts, we witness the negative authority – the witch, who is the “boss” (Tenth House) suddenly dissolved. Then Dorothy becomes the boss, the leader. She has disburdened herself of the Earth Shadow in Fourth House.

Eleventh House: We have the ability to uplift the energy of groups, to make their activities more vital and meaningful. We can help them to find purpose, and/or to deepen their purpose, and help them to see more clearly the direction in which they need to move. We may become the leader of a group, or at least can be a strong guiding force for others. We naturally shine a beacon that illuminates the future, which helps to dissipate all fears and feeling of gloom concerning what is to come.
To allow all of this to happen we need to overcome the fear of taking risks (Earth Shadow in Fifth House), and allow ourselves to go out on a limb and make sacrifices to fulfill our dreams. Also, we need to get beyond our personal ego so that we are more able to dynamically connect with others.

Twelfth House: With Earth Shadow in Sixth House we may be too mechanistic in our approach to working and solving problems, and if this is so it is because we fear our depths, fear being swamped, inundated, drowned by them. If we are too focused on utilitarian considerations we may neglect or ignore what our intuition is trying to tell us – which is exactly what we should be focusing on. If we aren’t sure of what we’re doing we’re probably on track, because it is not our dharma to hide in predictability and “life as usual.”
We have a powerful ability to help others, often in ways that we and they don’t expect, probably because they are beyond our conscious ken and are coming from deep psychic impulses. The more we can surrender to our instinct and dedicate ourselves to listening to spirit, the more we will be guided by the evolutionary currents that desire so much to work through us.

Uranus/Neptune Aspects: The Department of Significance

The Uranus/Neptune pair of planets is referred to by Marc Jones as the Department of Significance. This pair has to do with the individual’s relationship to society and to their fellow human beings as a whole. Uranus signifies a person’s most unique and individualized traits, as well as where he or she in life needs freedom, needs to be independent so that his or her special gifts can be nurtured. Neptune on the other hand has to do with the connections between all of us, and our obligations to help and uplift each other. It is interesting that Uranus was discovered in 1781 – very near the time of the American and French Revolutions – a time when people were gaining more personal independence. Neptune was discovered in 1846, about the same time as the first spreading of Marxist ideals.

Uranus/Neptune conjunction: Note: because these planets move so slowly, their major aspects between each other will last for about 10 years. Uranus and Neptune were in conjunction from 1817 – 1827 and again from 1987 – 1998.

These people tend to get extremely immersed in whatever they are into and can even neglect personal needs in trying to fulfill ideals they think are going to help society at large. They see possibilities of social evolution with a fresh eye, unclouded by the doubts of the past, and so can give others new hope and desire to grow and evolve. They manifest a whole-hearted desire for social progress.

Uranus/Neptune sextile: This happened from 1850 – 1859 and again from 1962 – 1971. These people are very anxious to get people to work with each other, to share social responsibilities, and to have everyone use whatever talents they have for the purpose of social betterment.

They want to expand human connections for the purpose of world growth and the furthering of the security of everyone. There can be a tendency, though, with these people to think that whatever progress the world is making is enough, so long as there is at least some progress being made. They may adopt an unrealistically optimistic view of what is happening and thereby actually slow progress through avoiding the differences and conflicts between social groups.

Uranus/Neptune square: This happened from 1866 – 1875 and again from 1950 – 1959. These people really want to get big things done, or at least want to see grand and momentous things accomplished in the world by themselves and/or other people. They have big expectations when it comes to social evolution. They can be so into their own rights and privleges, though, that they become jealous of what others have.

They are often very hard-working, possibly excessively so, and expect others to be the same way. These people can be very adept at handling social conflicts, as long as they can keep their personal and selfish interests at bay. The square between Uranus and Neptune produces a crop of hard-core individualists.

Uranus/Neptune trine: This happened from 1879 – 1887 and again from 1934 – 1944. These people tend to be satisfied with their place in life, and want, primarily to enjoy whatever they can. They tend to feel that if things are going along in an OK direction that this is fine. They can lack a bigger, grander vision of the future. At worst they can become very elitist, and selfish as well, and from this vantage point just watch the world go by. They need to get out of these sorts of ruts and always be looking toward a fulfillment that goes beyond what they already have.

Uranus/Neptune opposition: This happened from 1902 – 1912. These people are aware (keyword for opposition) that things in the world need to change in a very fundamental and basic way. But they need to avoid rushing into difficulties in an attempt to remedy them without enough forethought, plan, or staying power (this is a manifestation of negative Neptune energy). On the other hand, they also need to avoid being destructively critical of people in power and of institutions (a manifestation of negative Uranus energy). There is a need with this aspect to integrate ones urge to help the world (Neptune) with one’s need to help oneself (Uranus).

Uranus/Neptune in no major aspect: This can signify a person who isn’t particularly interested in the flow of world events, human social evolution, and the stresses and strains of world history. At best, though, this freedom from these concerns can allow these individuals to pursue their spiritual evolution in their own free way and to make contributions to the world in many different ways, depending on the person. At worst it can signify a tendency to insulate themselves too much from the evolutionary currents of humanity as a whole.

Uranus and Bridge Building

Wherever Uranus is in a natal chart is a place where that person has a unique and original approach to life. Of course this may or may not be something that the person has cultivated. It is to be found, though, that the area of life signified by the house which Uranus is in can become an area of isolation, due to the fact that Uranus cares not for what is accepted, time honored, or taken for granted in society, and so especially does not fit in with conservative or traditional notions.

The negative karma of this can be alienation, and the way to prevent this from causing discord in one’s life is to work to build bridges between the Uranus energy and the rest of one’s world, without repressing any of Uranus desire to innovate or create.

For instance, if Uranus is in one’s 6th house natally one has a unique approach to problems and how to solve them, meaning special insights into pathologies, for instance, and unique approaches to healing methodologies that might be used. But one needs to realize as well that others have their approaches and solutions, and so the challenge becomes how can one integrate one’s own creativity in this department into the lives of others in such a way that it will be accepted.

Uranus in the 1st House

Uranus in 1st house resists all definitions, labels, and categories. Whatever role it plays it does so in its own unique way, bringing to all standard and accepted roles something new, different and unexpected.

The individual with Uranus in 1st house evokes strong reactions from those people who interact with them. People who are open-minded can very much enjoy how the Uranus in 1st house person encourages them to rethink how they see the world, but people who are conservative and intent on maintaining the status quo can find the Uranus in 1st house person upsetting, unpredictable, and disturbing.

One of the beauties of this Uranus position is the way a person with it can quickly throw off one role and adopt another. If one way of being starts to feel too limiting to them they will find another way. This independence of identity means that in all their relationships they need a lot of room to change, and to interact with people who will appreciate their upredictibility and innovative spirit.

Uranus in the 12th House

Symbolically Uranus is freedom and the 12th house rules prisons, so Uranus in 12th is a very polarized combination that can yield dynamic results.

It has to do with finding unforseen and surprising ways out of situations that are limiting and restricting. The 12th house signifying confinement means that Uranus here can see all situations of confinement in new and unique ways, and it is upon the basis of these insights that it generates its original exit strategies. Of course all of this is likely to be carried out intuitively and instinctually, and can arise to the conscious mind suddenly, through the vehicle of inspiration.

Other people may experience the individual with Uranus in 12th house as subtly and/or indefinably upsetting, as being an undermining influence. Of course this undermining may be exactly what is needed, even though in scares people who cling to old and stagnant structures.

Natal Basics

When one is an experienced astrologer one can jump right into a chart and swim around, going, often by instinct to where one needs to focus. This is more difficult for a beginning student, who often feels more comfortable having a definite agenda to follow. And so I’m presenting you with the one that I follow, sometimes carefully, at other times loosely, depending on the situation.

The first thing to look at in a chart is whether or not there are oppositions.  (See article called “Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable.”)

Next tabulate which planets are in fire, earth, air, and water, and which are in cardinal, fixed, and mutable signs. Check to see which element and modality predominates. To have predominance there must be at least 4 planets in that element without having an equal number in another element. The same rule of 4 holds true for checking preponderance by modality.  (See article called “Elements and Modalities.”)

Next check to see if there is a sole dispositor to the chart.  (See article called “Sole Dispositor.”)

Check to see if all planets are in the upper half (houses 7 – 12), lower half (houses 1 – 6, on the east side of the chart (houses 10 – 3), or the west side (houses 4 – 9). Check also to see if there is a single planet in any one of these hemispheres.  (See article called “Hemisphere Emphasis.”)

Look at chart formation.  (See article called “Chart Formation.”)

Check to see if there are any squares in the chart (it is extremely rare to find a chart without them), and then find the square that is the closest-to-exact.

Check for major aspects between the four planetary departments:  (1)  Sun/Moon (See article called “Sun/Moon aspects:  the Department of Vitality”), (2) Venus/Mars (See article called “Venus/Mars Aspects:  The Department of Efficiency”), (3) Jupiter/Saturn (See article called “Jupiter/Saturn Aspects:  The Department of Motivation”), and (4) Uranus/Neptune (See article called “Uranus/Neptune Aspects:  The Department of Significance”).

Next, determine how many of these four departments are activated by aspect. If all, none, one, or three are activated, refer to the article called “The Life Approach (1).”  If two are activated, refer to the article called “The Life Approach (2).”

Measure the distance from the Sun to the Moon, and then referring to the table in the article called “Lunar Mansions:  An Introduction” determine which Lunar Mansion the Moon is in. Once you have done this you can then proceed to the corresponding Lunar Mansion interpretation found in the various articles covering this subject.

Once you have completed all these steps its a matter of synthesizing the information into a coherent whole, which is the art of astrology. You will find that the more familiar you become with the information contained in these blogs and the more charts you do following this method, the easier and clearer it will become to see how all the various parts combine to make the whole. May the planets guide you in clear and right ways as you explore the zodiac!

The North Node and Protection

“Protection” is the keyword that the great 20th Century astrologer Marc Emund Jones gave to the North Node. How do we access this protective quality of the node? First, it is important to understand that according to Kabbalah there are two forms an individual’s spiritual light takes: the “internal light,” and the “surrounding light.” The “internal light” is that part of the divine energy we have already integrated into our being. The “surrounding light” is that which we have yet to take in, that part of consciousness, which, when embraced and made a part of us will result in our enlightenment.

Kabbalah states that there are two paths of evolution: the path on which every aspect of us suffers, and the path on which only the ego suffers. Therefore the way to avoid suffering is to consciously and deliberately put ourselves in positions and contexts in which the ego suffers.
The North Node could be called the “Point of the Surrounding Light.” It represents that part of the light which we are yet to evolve into.

Even though suffering often seems to be meaningless it has a very specific purpose. It pushes us toward higher states of consciousness. We are not expected to become enlightened overnight. We are given time to evolve. But if our progress is too slow, then situations arise in our lives which push us forward, and those situations most usually involve suffering. How can we avoid this? By cleaving toward our North Node, by making a conscious effort to assimilate our surrounding light.

The only thing that stands in our way is our ego. Our ego likes routines, safe limits, the known. This is symbolized by the South Node – our past lives, the progress we’ve already made in the past, our internal light. When we fall back on this we betray ourselves by forsaking our evolutionary path. This is why Marc Jones called the South Node a point of betrayal.

When we follow our North Node we don’t need suffering. We ward it off. We are on our path and so the universe does not goad us to get on with it. The following gives some indications of actions that can be followed to protect ourselves on all levels, based on the house position of the North Node in our chart.

It has been often noted that there tends to be a resistance to pursuing our North Node – doing so can threaten the ego, which can be relentless in seeking out ways to avoid connecting with the North Node. All efforts toward actualizing our North Node, though, are of utmost importance, for they inevitably pull us forward and will eventually guide us toward completing our spiritual work.

North Node in 1st House

Always try to be yourself, and allow yourself to change. Don’t let other determine who you are. Don’t feel you have to change yourself so they can relate to you. Beware of compromising – you could easily lose too much by doing so.

North Node in 2nd house

Use what you have, do something with it to help other people. Cultivate your talents. Don’t allow feelings of inferiority to prevent you from developing your skills. Realize that you may have untapped abilities that you have not yet discovered. Think carefully about what you are going to do with your resources, including money.

North Node in 3rd house

Let others know what you think and where you’re at as much as possible. Communicate, and when it seems to not be working, try another way. Learn as many techniques as you can that will facilitate you in your work

Try to always be finding new ways of saying things that will make your ideas more clear to people. Try to be specific rather than vague.

Engage vibrantly with your enviroment. When circumstances place you with people you don’t know, communicate with them — introduce yourself to your neighbors, talk to the person who works at the desk next to you.

Be attentive to what is near at hand, and organize your immediate world so as to make it more efficient.

North Node in 4th house

Follow your heart’s desire. If you feel you need privacy, set up good boundaries with the world so you can have it. Connect with the earth and with nature. Allow yourself to have a family, which may or may not be your blood relations, but might include friends as well. Overcome your fears of intimacy.

Always be aware of the foundations in your life — your home, your health, the nurturning connections that you have with other people. Maintain and nourish these foundations so that they remain strong.

North Node in 5th

Allow yourself to play and to experiment, and to not take in the criticisms and judgements of people who may try to prevent you from doing this. Let out your creative, primitive and playful urges. Take risks when you feel the impulse to do so, and let yourself be adventursome. Don’t worry so much about the future — trust that it will take care of itself. Learn to enjoy the moment.

Don’t fear wasting time and energy. Think of your life as a laboratory and know that sometimes time and energy have to be used up in the process of experimentation, a process that is so very nourishing to your soul.

North Node in 6th

Define your problems clearly as clearly as you can, and figure out what you’re going to do about them. Learn to work on them piece by piece, so that you don’t get overwhelmed by them.

Always try to look deeper into the causes of problems so that you can get closer to the root of them. this will help you to solve them more effectively and completely.

Don’t allow others to put responsibilities on you that you don’t want. Be responsible in working with other people — tell them about any problems you have with them and share your feeling about your interactions. Try to find people who can help you with your problems, and who you can work with productively.

North Node in 7th

Take the initiative to negotiate with people and be willing to compromise. Reach out to others, and be open to connecting with people. If you don’t see opportunities for what you want to do, create them, maybe by moving into a new context or finding a new field of action.

Don’t be afraid to tell people what you think, but try to be diplomatic. If you get “no” for an answer, try approaching the same situation from a different angle. You are working on your negotiating skills in this lifetime.

North Node in 8th

Let yourself change, even when it seems scary, or difficult. Remember that the more you allow yourself to die, the easier it gets. If you feel you’ve gotten off the track, renew, rejuvenate and regenerate yourself. When things go wrong, don’t buy into the idea that there’s nothing to do — you can always make a comeback.

Find others who can help you market your talents, who can act as an agent for you, or people whose talents and resources you can promote. Get a clear picture of the expectations that others have of you, and whether or not you are able or willing to fulfill them.

North Node in 9th

Keep working to rise above stress, negativity and other distractions. Take time to get away from it all, maybe through meditation or other rejuvenative techniques. If you can’t physically “get away” as much as you need to, learn to “get away” by surrounding yourself with white light so as to shut out the world’s static.

Share your understanding of things with others. Consider moral, ethical, spiritual and philosophical questions carefully, and when feeling dejected or lost, learn to remind yourself of spiritual truth as a means of uplifting yourself.

North Node in 10th

Question authority and try to listen to and be guided by only those authorities who exemplify what you feel is right, and whose energy is nurturing, supportive and empowering to you. Try to overcome shyness so that you can share yourself more fully with the world.

Taking on leadership roles and being in positions of authority is good for you, as is being a parent and giving nurturing and guidance to other people.

North Node in 11th

Cultivate friendships and try to get close to people. Seek out people who will positively reinforce your best aspects, rather than those who will be codependent with you and retard your growth. Engage in networking. Find groups that share your common interests.

Always keep checking in with your feelings and thoughts about the future. Make plans, trying to make them as realistic and do-able as possible, and modify them as circumstances change. One of the most important things you are learning in this lifetime is that your beliefs shape your future.

North Node in 12th

Listen to your intuition, and even if it tells you something that your logical mind can’t make sense of. Try to follow its guidance, and when possible to do what it tells you to do. Do not ignore thoughts, images or impulses that keep coming to you. Ask your intution to tell you what they mean.

North Node in 12th can benefit greatly from meditation techniques of all types, shamanistic soul travel, guided imagery work, etc.

The South Node

The South Node can be a place where we get stuck. Since it is a known, familiar place we associate it with a false sense of security. But rather than offering true security it only offers a stasis that keeps us doing the same old things, and if we engage in this repetitive activity too long, the force of evolution will push us forward in ways that can be highly unpleasant. Therefore the South Node has always been thought of in classical Hindu Astrology as a place of danger.

Let’s look at, for instance, South Node in 7th house. This person knows how to interact with others for they have probably been doing it for many lifetimes. They know how to get the response they desire, they know how to negotiate, how to interface, how to connect. But if they get too caught up in all this interaction, it is easy to lose THEMSELVES, to forget WHO THEY REALLY ARE, for when South Node is in the 7th house, North Node, of course, is always in the 1st house – the house of identity.

North Node in 1st house is learning in this lifetime how to play meaningful roles in life that will serve one’s spiritual purpose, be healthy, and be furthering to one’s evolution. They need to adopt these sorts of roles without giving in too much to others, without being overly concerned about the reactions that people have to them – for if they are too concerned with what those reactions are, and become too compromising they would be reverting to favoring their South Node in 7th house over their North Node in 1st house.

The Great Italian Astrologer Alexander Ruperti says that since the Node Move backwards through the chart, to understand their placement once should number the houses backwards, starting with the 12th house and calling it the 1st house. The 11th house would then become the second house, etc.

If we look at the above chart this way, we see that the 7th house, by Ruperti’s reckoning, becomes the 6th house, meaning that the person need to steer away from trying too hard to fix problems, and gravitate more toward their North Node, which, by Ruperti’s system would change from the 1st house to the 12th house. And so what this person needs to focus more on in this lifetime is their deep inner self, and learning how to navigate the energies of this. In other words, they need to develop their connection to their intuition, and follow its promptings.

I think the best way to analyze the Nodes is to look at both the common system as well as Ruperti’s system, always keeping in mind that the Ruperti system address more the hidden aspect, while the common system addresses the outer aspect.

Let’s take my own chart, for instance. I have North Node in the 9th house, meaning that in this lifetime I need to focusing on synthesizing my knowledge into an overall and integrated understanding. I also need to get above things so I can see them as a whole, as well as view them in their spiritual perspective. In Ruperti’s system my North Node is in the 4th house, meaning a need to cleave toward my heart’s desire (“heart’s desire” as an intepretative indication for the 4th house is from Classical Hindu Astrology). It makes sense that if I seek my true hearts desire as my core work, then on a more outward level its bound to lead to greater understanding.

My South Node is in the 3rd house, so I need to be careful of collecting information solely for its own sake, and of amassing tools and learning techniques just because they fascinate me. South Node in 3rd can mean running your mind aimlessly and falling prey to any and all distractions. By Ruperti’s system my South Node is in 10th house. So inwardly, I need to avoid focusing too much on the world, my reputation, or what others think. 10th house can mean “Complexities.” Which makes sense, because if inwardly one is focused on the complexities of life, it can manifest in a passion accumulating mountains of facts and gravitating toward anything one feels is interesting.

And just as the 10th house signifies “complexities,” the 4th house – opposite the 10th – signifies simplicity. For getting in touch and following one’s heart’s desire always magically causes the complex to become simple.

South Node: The Same Old Thing

Because the South Node signifies what we have brought with us into this lifetime, it is a place of piled up memories and automatic responses that we have built up in our past. In short, we often experience the circumstances of the South Node by its house and sign placement as “the same old thing.” For instance, a person with South Node in 7th house may find it difficult to relate to the world around him or her in a fresh way, a way unclouded by the baggage of the past. In interacting with another person they may think, “oh, I know where this is going,” or “oh, I know what they’re going to say before they even say it, ” or “nobody really understands me and this person won’t either.” They think this because that’s how they’re used to it being in the past. Even if they don’t remember the specific events of the past that caused this, they still carry this bias of how thing are in their emotional body.

Taking another example, I have South Node in third house. One of the meanins of house 3 is that in shows how we go about doing things. I often make life difficult for myself by doing things in the same old way, when another way would be easier. Sometimes I have difficulty communicating with people (communication being another meaning for the 3rd house) , and it’s often because when they don’t understand me, I just keep reiterating my thoughts in the same old way, rather then trying to approach the communication from a different standpoint. I can get stuck on certain thoughts which I can’t seem to let go off, thinking “the same old things.” Many people see me as having an innovative mind, and as loving new ideas. This is true about me, but when it comes to certain thoughts, I can most definitely get stuck in “the same old thing.”

One potential difficulty is that a person often doesn’t know they are stuck in this way. When they approach their career in the “same old way” (South Node in 10th house) they take for granted that this is the only way, and this erroneous assumption creates unnecessry limitations.

The key healing our South Node is to become increasingly aware of how the storehouse of memories it holds is trapping us,and to always try to experience the house and sign of the South Node with fresh eyes, as if we’ve never experienced it before. This then frees us up to actualize our North Node, whieh is what we came here to do.
Posted by John Sandbach

Articles on Planets

The Asteroid Juno

I was first introduced to Ellias Lonsdales work on asteroids through his book “Inside Planets,” published in 1995 by North Atlantic Books. His interpretation of asteroids is different from most other astrologers — not that it disagrees with what they have to say, but that it adds to, espands and enhances their work.

In Ellias Lonsdale’s system, the asteroid Juno becomes a co-ruler of Aquarius. The negative energy of Juno represses all aspects of the mind except the rational, so that it can be in charge. This inevitably leads to negative thinking, cynicism, and closes us off from access to the realities which are intuition could potentiall tap into.

To cleanse Juno of negativity we must become aware of our biases, our taken-for-granted beliefs that we are limited, and erase, gradually the negative mindsets and frustration loops in which we are caught. These can be very subtle and elusive, but through mindfulness we can tune into these and melt them, thereby clearing and opening our true vision.

In your own natal chart, Juno will show where you have biases and limiting beliefs, where you tend to want everything to be neat and clear, problem-free, but where things could be messy, uncertain, difficult. If you will embrace this uncertainty let go of pre-conceptions, and allow your intuition to guide you, the area signified by Juno’s house can thrive and bring fulfillment.

Another way to think of Juno is that it operates like a machine, applying itself to situations in a formulaic manner. For instance, Juno in 9th house might enforce an ideology or dogma, maybe, or adopt a neat, clean philosophy that ignores or avoids difficult moral questions, or which gives pat answers to them.

My own Juno is in seventh, and I will say that I have often been handicapped in my relating by having rigid notions of what a relationship should be. And, as Ellias points out in his book I have at times in the past suffered from loneliness due to not being able to get close to people because I feared doing so.

Fear is at the basis of Juno’s worship of rationalism and denying of the psychic self. In fact, Ellias says that fear is the basis of all the asteroid energies, the key asteroid of them all being Pallas, which I’ll speak of in another posting.

 

I’m seeing the energy of the asteroid Juno everywhere. I went last night to see the movie “Avatar.”

In it, humans are portrayed as having rigid notions of how things should be — this is one quite realistic aspect of the movie.

Humans have come to a new planet with this money-making agenda with which they are bulldozing, literally, the denizens of another planet. Humans have decided that the people of the planet are less developed than they, and so they conclude from this that they must be lesser beings

The rigidity of mind that is the energy of Juno is the generator of racism. Its force, manifesting through the American people, made a concerted effort to destroy the Native Peoples of North America, which remind me of the Na’vi, the race of creatures portrayed in the movie.

It is mentioned offhandedly in the movie that humans have rendered their own planet uninhabitable. Now they are working on doing the same to another planet.

The antidote to Juno is openmindedness — the ability to allow new ideas and concepts in, the ability to listen to the universe, which is always speaking to you, if you willing to hear it.

Many people think they are being openminded, in fact I would say that most people see themselves as being so. The problem is, they are openminded, so long as every incoming idea conforms to their pre-conceived notions of reality. It’s these preconceived notions that are the very thing that create the illusion of a closed mind being an open mind.

The movie has a lot to do with the difference between science and rationality on the one hand, and intuition on the other. To be intuitive one has to be open. Juno rejects openness because it is threatening to Juno’s primary urge: the control of everything.

Another way of expressing the antidote to Juno is that it is simply letting everything flow, seeing what arises out of the sea of one’s consciousness, and out of the ever-changing circumstances of outer reality as they unfold through time. Go with the energy of the moment, keep tracking it, cease applying your stale mechanical formulae to it, take off your mind filters, SEE EVERYTHING AS NEW ALL THE TIME EVERY MOMENT. THAT IS THE WAY TO OVERCOME THE NIGHTMARE OF JUNO. (And check out the Bach Flower Remedy called Rock Water, which, vibrationally is a healer of the Juno energy).

That place they went to in the movie where all the rocks were hanging — it went through my mind that those rocks were asteroids, but now, instead of moving in an orbital path, they had come to rest, hanging there, motionless, in the sky.

Ellias Lonsdale says the asteroids represent stumbling blocks. The Na’vi, those blue creatures in the movie, had, through their alignment with their spiritual selves, overcome the stumbling blocks to their spiritual development, hence the asteroids had become de-activated, transmuted into floating mountains.

It’s what we’re all in the process of doing.

Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable

A good way to understand the difference between cardinal, fixed, and mutable energies is to think of them as equating with three different aspect of fictional literature: cardinal in this context would be the plot of a narrative, that is the action – what happens. Fixed would be the ideas and concepts that the work is expressing, in other words, the theme(s), whereas mutable signifies the characters.

Some works of fiction function more on plot and action – such as James Patterson books. Adventure stories carry a cardinal vibe. Now this may sound strange at first, but most horror novels carry the energy of the fixed signs, because fixed signifies moral issues – the question of good and evil, right and wrong, and most works of horror fiction are about this moral question, and the attempt to overcome evil. I’m thinking here more of the old style horror novels like “Dracula” and not the gratuitous violence/extreme grotesquery type.

Some books focus mainly on characters, and the more unique and vivid those characters are, the more they are like the mutable signs. I’m thinking here of romance novels, for certainly the plots are baed on formulas – mainly based on misunderstanding that get cleared up, and there is no real message. The focus is usually on the characters and their unique traits.

The way to tell whether an astrological chart is dominated more by cardinal, fixed, or mutable energies is to consider the oppositions. If there is a single opposition in the chart, then one has only to look at the signs in which the planets in opposition are in to tell whether its cardinal, fixed or mutable. Of course sometimes one can have an opposition where the planets are near the beginning or end of the sign and so even though the planets are in opposition the signs are not. For instance, Mars in 28 degrees Gemini opposition Venus in 2 degrees Capricorn. In this case the opposition cannot be used to tell whether the chart as a whole is primarily cardinal, fixed or mutable.

Sometimes the chart has more than one opposition, and if these oppositions are not both cardinal, fixed or mutable but different in modality from each other then oddly enough THE DOMINATING MODALITY WILL BE THE MISSING ONE. For instance, an opposition of planet in cardinal signs and an opposition of planet in fixed signs in the same chart will mean that the mutable modality predominates in a person’s character. This happens because the conflict between the cardinal and fixed is most easily resolved through the missing term.

If there are no oppositions then one may count up the number of planets in cardinal signs, fixed signs, and mutable signs, and see which has the most. Sometimes one sees a chart that has oppositions in cardinal signs and fixed signs and mutable signs. This signifies a person who can see things from many different directions, but who may have a hard time figuring out how to enter into experience and/or what to do exactly, because the consciousness tends to jump around a lot and want to change their approach to situations.

Also, if one has no planets in one of these modalities it is quite significant. No planet in cardinal means th individual is unruffled by what happens, can kind of overlook events, easily get beyond them. No planets in fixed means that the person is freed from moral conflicts and doesn’t worry much about having to justify themselves. As you may imagine, this can be a very good thing, or a dangerous thing if the person chooses to use it in a pathological way.

No planets in mutable signs mean that the person can overlook people as individuals, is freed from issues of character. I did the chart of a woman who worked for a large wine company. She said very many people had quit working there because they couldn’t stand the boss. I said, “how can you stay there?” She said, “I just ignore his visciousness and lying and his other bad qualities and carry on with my job.” She had not a single planet in mutable signs.

Although a lack of something in a chart – a lack of cardinal planets, mutable ones, fixed ones, a lack of water, fire, earth, or air planets, a lack of squares or other aspects, etc. can show a deficiency, the lack can also create a special power, and/or function as a freeing influence.

Marc Jones gave the three concepts “situations” (cardinal) “ideas” (fixed) and “people” (mutable) to help to explain these different modalities. The cardinal likes to be in the thick of things, where the action is, and to be confronted with challenges. The fixed operates at the greatest remove from experience, for its focus is on the future, where things are headed, and why. These are the most difficult to understand, for their motives tend to be the most complicated of the three. They are also the best at holding fast under pressure.

The mutable type is the friendliest of the three, and the most compromising. They excel when they are with people they like and can relate to. They are supportive in nature and are the ones of the three most likely to get walked on and taken for granted.

How to use Phase Analysis to Interpret a Transit

I’m going to show you a highly interesting technique, and I’m going to use Tyler’s chart to explain it. Tyler is having, in December, Pluto square his Mars. To get a deeper idea of the effect this will have on him we can go to his natal chart and look at the relationship between Pluto and Mars there. What we find is that they are 155 degrees and 55 minutes apart. This means that they are not in aspect, or, at least, in no major, or even minor aspect that we know of. But we can go to the 156th degree of the zodiac to find out the inner significance of the relationship of these two planets in his chart. Degree 156 in the zodiac is the 6th degree of Virgo. Looking at his chart we see that his Nadir is 6 degree and 6 minutes of Virgo, so this transit of Pluto to Mars, even though it falls in his 10th house has a deep connection with his Nadir. The Nadir always signifies FOUNDATION, that is, finding the basis of life, finding our true security. So the transit is to Mars in his 10th house meaning that the powerful, transformative energy of Pluto is trying to perfect his ability to assert himself (Mars), so that he may find his most rightful career (10th house), and that career must be born of his hearts desire (“heart’s desire=Nadir=foundation). Pluto, also, is in the 7th house at the time of the transit, so their could be a very big change in the way he relates to EVERYTHING, a change that could be extremely empowering.

The Omega Symbol for the 156th degree of the zodiac, that is Virgo 6 is “Talismans buried here and there along a road so that travellers will be protected.” This degree is about facilitating process, about supporting forward movement, not in just Tyler, but in all the people who he contacts.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A banyan tree that creates an entire forest.” signifying knowledge proliferating and giving birth to more knowledge. This degree is aware of the connectedness of knowledge and the way it spawns more of itself infinitely. I have written in my book “The Circular Temple” that the person with this degree must not be overwhelmed by this vast forest of knowledge, or try to assimilate all of it – to do so would be impossible. It is enough to know that it is there when you need it, and like the crystals of the Omega Symbol can protect and guide you as you make your way toward the Palace of Wisdom.

The main thing I would suggest to Tyler is that Pluto through this transit is trying to help him become more creative and constructive, as well as destructive where he needs to be that way, that is, where destructiveness will serve the purpose of evolution. The challenge with Mars is always how to harness and direct its energy without repressing it

Memorizing Signs, Planets, and Aspects

Here is a really great method for learning the signs in order together with their planetary rulerships plus which ones are in sextile, square, trine and opposition to each other. I learned this memory technique from a book I found when I was in grade school, and it has stuck with me for many years. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is.

First of all, we’re going to create file, and its going to be based on two things: (1) a file you already have in your mind, which is simply the numbers one through twelve, and (2) rhymes. Here is a list of the numbers together with specific words that rhyme with each one:

1 is RUN
2 is ZOO
3 is TREE
4 is DOOR
5 is HIVE
6 is STICK
7 is HEAVEN
8 is GATE
9 is WINE
10 is DEN
11 is LEAVEN
12 is SHELF

STEP ONE

Memorize these words and their corresponding numbers. It’s easy because the words rhyme with the numbers. The only confusion you might have is between seven and eleven, which already rhyme with each other. The way around this difficulty is to remember that the word going with eleven, LEAVEN, is almost identical to the sound of the number itself. (Leaven is a noun and means a substance, typically yeast, that is added to dough to make it ferment and rise).

Practice these numbers. Have someone name numbers at random between one and twelve and see if you can think of the word which corresponds. If you can, you’re ready to go on to step two.

STEP TWO

In this step you’re going to invent a personal picture – one to go with each one of the twelve numbers. It is very important to make this picture vivid and as specific as possible. I’m going to relate to you my own personal pictures. You can use them, if you’d like, or you can make up your own. The purpose of this step is to learn the signs in order.

The first sign of the zodiac is Aries, and as you see from the list, the word for the number 1 is RUN. In my picture, I am at the University of Kansas City outdoor track, which is right by the gym. I am furiously RUNNING around the track because I’m being chased by a RAM (Aries). This ram is trying to butt me! He has his head down, and big curly horns, and I can barely keep ahead of him.

If you use this image, imagine your own place where it is happening, somewhere you are familiar with. It may be in a park where you like to go, or the woods in back of your house, etc. The point is, you’re RUNNING and your being chased by a RAM.

The number two goes with the word ZOO. The second sign of the zodiac is Taurus. I see myself at the Kansas City ZOO, and there in a cage, in the big cat house is a BULL (Taurus). Why in the cat house? Who knows? I put the bull here in my imagination because the more strange and inexplicable you make these pictures in your mind the more vivid they are to you, and hence the easier to remember.

I hope the bull isn’t here in the cat house becuase they are going to feed him to a tiger or other cat! There he is, just chewing his cud. Spend enough time making the picture vivid enough in your mind that you remember it, and when you feel it’s strong enough that you won’t forget it, go on to the next one.

The number three goes with TREE. I see a big oak tree and there, on the lowest branch are two monkey’s. They look identical! They must be TWINS (Gemini). They are chattering at me and jumping up and down. They’re afraid I might climb the TREE. They’re very territorial. “This is our TREE” they seem to be saying.

The number four goes with DOOR. I see myself late at night lying in bed. The curtain is open and I see a full moon. I hear a strange noise — it sounds like something is scraping the door. I get up, my heart is going fast. What could it be? I listen. The noise doesn’t stop. Finally I get up the courage to open the door and…look!…there is a giant CRAB (Cancer) that’s been scratching at the door. Is it really a crab, or a space alien? Is it the product of some genetic experiment gone awry? My little dog is barking furiously at it.

The number five goes with HIVE. Sitting under a tree I see a bee hive. I know I’m in Africa. Here comes a hungry LION (Leo). He is starving. He looks so thin. He can smell the honey in the HIVE. He puts his paw in it and all the bees come swarming out. He runs away, a swarm of bees chasing after him.

The number six goes with STICK. I see a magician with a wand. The wand is very simple. It looks like the branch of a tree. It is beautiful, though, for it has on it several blossoms that never fade. He says, “I have something to show you. Watch carefully!” He then intones a magical incantation and waves the STICK (wand), and there in a beautiful cloud of light an image of the VIRGIN (Virgo) Mary appears. She is making the sign of benediction toward me. She then disappears. I feel wonderful! “Thank you” I say to the magician. (By the way, if you don’t like combining Christian imagery with something as pagan as a magician, you can use the goddess Athena, if you can remember that she was supposed to be a virgin).

For the number seven I see a long flight of steps going up into the clouds – into HEAVEN. I ascend them, climbing and climbing until I see in the distance a gigantic angel standing there. It’s St. Peter. He’s holding in his right hand an immense BALANCE SCALES (Libra). As I approach I see that in the left hand pan of the BALANCE SCALE are all the bad deeds I’ve done in my life, and in the right hand pan are all my good deeds. Luckily, I see, the right hand pan is heavier (of course!), and so I know I’m going to heaven! “Welcome,” says St. Peter.

For the number eight I see I’m standing in front of a beautiful garden gate. It is made of wrought iron and ornamented with depictions of all sorts of birds and flowers. I open the gate, it squeaks loudly, and just as I’m about to step into the beautiful garden I happen to look down and see there right in front of me on the ground a huge black SCORPION (Scorpio). It is black, just like the gate. Carefully I walk around it as it lifts and flexes the stinger on its tail, warning me to stay away.

For the number 9 I imagine that as I am walking through the forest I come upon a staggering CENTAUR (Sagittarius). “Are you all right?” I ask. “Yeah,” he slurs, “Just a little tipsy. Think I had a little too much WINE (wine=nine). “Can I help you?” I ask. “No,” he says, “ I’m just on the way home. Say, you don’t happen to have a breath mint on you, do you? Uh, I promised the missus I’d lay off the hootch…but Chiron just brewed a new batch – couldn’t resist.” Reaching into my pocket I hand him a box of tic tacs.

For the number 10 I imagine that I see a den of hungry panthers. It’s in a cave. For a few days they’ve had no luck hunting, and they’re famished. As they lay there resting a stray GOAT (Capricorn) wanders into their midst. They all jump up at once, ready to pounce, but rear back in surprise – because the goat smells SO BAD. I mean, goats are usually stinky, but this goat just REEKS. Seeing that he has wandered into a den of panthers, the goat bolts out of the DEN (den=ten).

Are you still with me? We have only two more to go! For the number 11 I see a medieval bakery in Paris. Its all made of stone. The baker is a jolly fat man. He wants to make more bread but he’s out of water. He’s waiting for the water carrier (AQUARIUS) to deliver some. The water bearer knocks at the door and comes in carrying a large ceramic urn full of water. This guy is notoriously clumsy, and soon after he’s entered the bakery he stumbles and drops the jug on a table. It smashes into a large jar which holds all the bakers LEAVEN (eleven) and gets it all wet. “You big lummox!” Shouts the baker, “Now you’ve RUINED all my LEAVEN!” (leaven=eleven).

And now the last one. I seen myself coming into my kitchen, and I notice this awful smell. What could it be? There are no dirty dishes, and I just cleaned out the refrigerator. Is it the trash that smells so bad? I look under the sink. Nope. I just emptied it yesterday. I start searching. Standing on a chair I open a cupboard and look on the top SHELF (twelve), which is high up close to the ceiling. There is a plate. I take it down and what do I find on it? TWO FISH (Pisces) that are rotting. How in the world did they get there? Oh yes, now I remember. Gracie, the cleaning lady who is very lazy doesn’t like to do dishes. We had these trout two weeks ago for dinner, and she must have hid them on the top shelf so she wouldn’t have to wash the dish. I decide that this is it, I’m definitely going to have to fire Gracie.

You have now completed Step Two. Test yourself by having someone name numbers at random between one and twelve. Can you name the sign corresponding to it? If not, then either you have gone through the list in step two too fast, or have not made the pictures vivid enough in your mind. Go back over them again and have your friend test you again. Make sure you cover all the numbers, and if you miss any this time, jot the missed ones down and go back and find a way of making the picture corresponding to them even more vivid.

Once you have completed Step two successfully, you can say the signs in order both forward and backward.

And now for step three. To figure out which signs are opposite each other, all you have to do is add or subtract 6 from any number in question. For instance, if you want to know what is the opposite of 3=TREE=TWINS=GEMINI all you have to do is add 6 to it and you get 3 plus 6 equals 9=WINE=SAGITTARIUS. If you want to know the sign opposite SCORPIO=GATE=EIGHT all you have to do is subtract 6 from it and you get 8 minus 6 equals 2=ZOO=TAURUS.

To know which signs are in square to each other, you just need to add three to any given number to get one of the squares, and then subtract three from it to get the other square, since each sign has two other signs which are in square to it. If the number in question is less than three, just add a full circle to it, which is 12. For instance the square to TAURUS=TWO=ZOO is found by adding 12 to 2, obtaining 14. (We had to add the 12 because we can’t subtract three from two). Now that we have the 14 we can subtract three from it and we get 14 minus 3 equals 11=LEAVEN=AQUARIUS. If the sum you obtain after adding 3 to any number is over 12, then just take 12 away from it to arrive at the answer. For instance, if you want to know the square to CAPRICORN=DEN=TEN, add 3 to the 10 to obtain 13, then subtract 12 from it, obtaining 1=RUN=ARIES.

Sextiles are both plus and minus two, since there are two of them also. Trines are plus and minus 4. If you want to be a really good astrologer, keep practicing these until you get to the point you just know them and don’t have to do the adding and subtracting.

And now for Step 4. Let’s go back to your original list and we’re going to add something.

Remember that picture of you running from the RAM (Aries) that’s chasing you? Well, you know, you’re getting very tired of running, in fact, your running out of energy, and you’re feeling hungry. Look down into your hand, and there you see a MARS candy bar. (Mars rules Aries).

In the Picture of you at the zoo (=2)where you see the BULL (TAURUS) you see a beautiful woman enter the cage. She is radiant – she must be a goddess! She is! She’s VENUS, and she’s laying a garland of flowers around the Bull’s neck. It’s to protect him from the big cats.

In the picture of the twin monkeys in the TREE (=3) as you stand there gazing up at them you feel a tap on your shoulder. Turning around you see it is the god MERCURY (Ruling planet of Gemini). He’s wearing a helmet with wings on it, and looking down, you see that he also has wings on the back of his feet. He says “I have a message for you. Here!” and he hands you an envelope. You open it – I don’t know what’s in it – that’s up to you!

In the picture of the DOOR (=4) with the large CRAB scratching on it, remember how bright that MOONlight was coming through the open curtain (Cancer is ruled by the Moon). Maybe it was that Full Moon that called up that CRAB from the depths of some Stygian cave.

In the picture of the HIVE (=5) Imagine that the time of day is noon, and the SUN (Ruling planet of LEO) is blazing high in the sky.

In the picture of the STICK (=6)– the blossoming wand that conjures up a picture of the VIRGIN — imagine that after he has conjured her up he then re=energizes his wand by dipping it in a bowl of liquid MERCURY (Mercury rules Virgo).

In the picture of the steps going up to HEAVEN (=7) imagine that the time of this event as early evening, and there in the sky hanging over the shoulder of St. Peter is the EVENING STAR, which is VENUS (ruling planet of Libra, the balance scales).

In the picture of the garden GATE (=8), you may think to yourself, you know, I really wanted to enjoy this beautiful garden. It’s the loveliest one I’ve ever seen, but that big ugly Scorpion MARS the whole experience! (Mars rules Scorpio).

In the picture of the WINE (=9) which got the Centaur drunk, watch the Centaur as he leaves you to find his way home. Oops! He got lost – he’s drunker than he thought, but the king of the gods, JUPITER, appears to him to show him the way.

In the picture of the DEN (=10) see the goat bolting out of the panthers’ den and running home to a little thatched hut in the forest. There lives an old man with a long gray beard carrying a Scythe. He’s the god Saturn, and Cappy (that’s the goats name, is his favorite goat. How glad Saturn is that Cappy’s returned safe and sound!

In the picture of the LEAVEN (=11) the baker is so upset by the loss of his LEAVEN, when the water bearer spill his whole jug of water on it, that after the water bearer leaves he pour himself a nice big glass of SAUTURNE wine to calm himself down (Saturn rules Aquarius).

In the picture of the SHELF (=12) imagine you are scraping the two stinky trout into the garbage disposal, and as you do you uncover the picture of the king of the gods JUPITER(ruler of the sign Pisces) on the plate. He’s wearing a crown and carrying a sceptre. You truly hope he will not send a curse to you for allowing his image to be defiled by two dead fish. Just in case, you light candles to him, say a prayer, and make an offering of fruit and flowers.

So now, if you’ve installed these pictures vividly enough in your mind, you not only know the signs in order, both forward and backward, but also which are in opposition, square, sexile and trine to each other, and also the planetary rulers of each. Not bad for a day’s work!

Here’s the trick: Once you’ve learned these, you need to go over them at least once a day for awhile, then you can do every other day, then every three days, then once a week for awhile. That’s how to make them stick. I hope you enjoyed this memory game! Talk to you again soon!

Neptune Opposing Mars

During the next couple of years I will be having Neptune opposing my natal Mars five times. Such an event being generated by one of the outer planets is an energy that comes to dominate the life for awhile, and which can teach one vast and profound things.

This transit is complicated by, and I would also say enriched by my having Neptune conjunct Mars in my 9th harmonic — so this is an energy I am moving toward, that I am developing inevitably.

One major area which Neptune/Mars addresses is subtle energy, and for most of my adult life I have been interested in energy therapy. I am a Reiki master. I have taught flower essence therapy, gem and mineral therapy, and several other forms of energy therapy. I will say,though, that my involvement with these things has been strongly theoretical and abstract, that is, I think about them, collect information about them, and know much about them. I am now strongly feeling that what Neptune/Mars is to bring me over these next two years is a more pure, direct, experiential ivolvment in these therapies.

Astrology is said to be Uranian. I say “said to be” because there are many different forms and styles of astrology. The Uranian type of astrology has much to do with intellectualizing and the mind. What I have always been more drawn to is what I would call “Neptunian” astrology, and that is why I have been so focused on the use of degree symbols when interpreting charts. Uranian astrology attempts to see the uniqueness (Uranus) of each chart. Neptunian astrology is more interested in using the chart as a doorway or portal into the deeper and hidden realms of the psyche, which ultimately means using the chart as a lens through which to focus the intuition. Uranian astrology is more about inventing mental constructs to explain the chart. Neptunian astrology is more about feeling into the chart, about the chart as poetry. And here I am not referring to superficial poetry, whose only goal is beauty and pleasantness, but the ancient poetry, whose purpose was magical evocation, poetry which is talismanic and carries the energy of healing.

My Mars is in the 1st degree of Virgo, and the Chandra symbol for that degree is “A volcano erupting at night.” The Omega symbol for that same degree is “Late at night someone comes home and slowly ascends the stairs.” What I get out of this is that the volcano is about a natural, primal releasing — an effortless pouring forth of something which is a combintion of fire and earth (lava) meaning a combination of that which is spiritual (fire) and yet practical. The person coming home and slowly ascending the stairs is about a retreat from the world and a return to the deep inner self. In a sense the two images seem diametrically opposed, but both are about release — a letting go.

The man climbing the stairs is being slow — He is working to elevate himself — the stairs take him upward into a place of privacy. And yes, as I am now under the first of these Neptune opposing Mars transits I feel both that I am in the process of spewing forth my contents like the volcano while yet also coming back to personal center.

The Planets and Asteroids

In ancient astrology only 7 planets were used, because that was how many they could see in the sky without the aid of a telescope. These seven planets are a complete system — meaning that everything you can think of falls under the rulership of one of them.

In India the astrologers still only use 7 planets, but in Western astrology the planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto have been added to the original 7. Uranus is a freeing influence that can break us out of limitations, especially the limitations of our perceptions and biased notions. Neptune is a refining influence that can dissolve old states of being and make us more and more aware of spiritual realities. And Pluto actually has no energy of its own, really, but intensifies anything it comes into contact with for the purpose of strengthening and empowering it, or destroying it so that a new form can emerge that is closer to spiritual reality.

Recently one of the followers of my blog wrote a comment in which she said she felt these “outer planets” (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) were often thought of as too universal to have a personal effect, but that she felt they most certainly do have a personal effect in one’s chart. She is absolutely right, and I would also say that the more we become aware of these subtle and spiritualizing energies the more we are able to allow them to enhance our evolution — for that is exactly what they are there to do for us.

When I do a chart I also use the four major asteroids. Each one of these signifies a different type of illusion that retards our growth and hence signifies challenges which, as we work to overcome them enhance our spiritual growth.

There is a German astrologer named Alfred Witte who psychically discovered 8 other planets which he called the Transneptunians. Each one of these rules a different subtle energy. I don’t use these in my astrological interpretations. I feel they are highly valid, but I only have so much time, and I’m already looking at a lot.

Many astrologers interpret more asteroids than just the 4 major ones, in fact the astrology program I use can actually calculate the positions of 10,000 asteroids!

This all just goes to show you, once again, that astrology is a wonderfully open-ended art that many people are exploring in a tremendously wide variety of ways.

Planets: The Core of Astrology

A school of astrology known as cosmobiology arose in the 20th century in Germany. This school focused on the use of midpoints, and de-emphasized signs and houses to the point that they were used little by some practitioners, and not at all by others.

There has never, though, been a school of astrology that did not use planets, because planets are the most essential, most indispensible part of astrology. The planets MOVE and create CHANGE. The houses and signs, by comparison, are static. They do not move in relationship to each other. They are the receptacles for the energy of the planets.

Each planet, except for two of them has a polar opposite, and one of the best ways to study astrology is to know these polar opposite pairs, to contrast them with each other, and to always think of their energy as being in dynamic balance to each other. Here is a list of the pairs. I have designated a yin or feminine component, abnd a yang, or masculine component in each pair:

Sun (yang) and Moon (yin)
Mars (yang) and Venus (yin)
Jupiter (yang) and Saturn (yin)
Uranus (yang) and Neptune (yin)

Mercury and Pluto are not a pair — each one standS alone. Pluto has no energy of its own — it takes on and intensifies the energy of whatever it comes in contact with. Mercury is a connecting energy, flexible, both masculine and feminine.

Marc Jones designates the Sun/Moon pair as signifying VITALITY, THE Mars/Venus pair as signifying EFFICIENCY, the Jupiter/Saturn pair as signifying MOTIVATION, and the Uranus/Neptune pair as signifying SIGNIFICANCE.

In a later posting I will talk further about the meaning of each one of these pairs as well as the meaning of various aspects between them.

Sun/Moon Aspects: The Department of Vitality

The Sun/Moon pair is the first of four planetary “departments,” as described in the work of Marc Jones. The aspect between the Sun and Moon is of great significance in the chart, for it set the tone for how the individual’s energy is used in the world. In Jones’ system, there are six possibilities of aspect: conjunct, sextile, square, trine, opposition, and no aspect. When it comes to looking at planetary departments, no aspect between the two planets has a definite significance, which I will speak of in each of these four essays on the departments.

Sun/Moon conjunction: This has an all or nothing feel to it. The person plunges into experience with the whole of his being, focusing on the moment rather than thinking much about how his or her acts will affect the future. The individual tends to feel vitally connected to activity, or rather completely disconnected.

What is needed to fulfill the potential of this aspect is for the individual to become aware of his/her own energy flow, then to go with it, working when the mood strikes him/her, or waiting for the right time when his/her energy is down or out of sync.

The extremes of this aspect can manifest as extreme mood swings. These can be minimized if the person will not try to push themself, not try to go against their own energy. Joy of being comes to the person when they wholeheartedly go with their own energy surges, and when their energy is at a low, allow themselves to rest or float free until the next wave of energy comes to them.

Sun/Moon sextile: This individual is highly affected by whatever they are exposed to, in terms of either positive or negative reinforcement, and so they need to find people who will bring out the best in them, and encourage them to rise to their highest potential. Without having this, it can be difficult for them to grow and unfold. They are natural assisters — helping and benefiting the process of whoever they come in contact with.

My friend Sandra has a Sun/Moon sextile, and she has assisted me tremendously in being more focused and productive. I want to emphasize here that its not just what she says to me, or the way she encourages me, but the very energy she emanates that I pick up on that automatically motivates me. Our Sun/Moon aspect is a force we radiate, not just the acts we perform or words that we say.

Sun/Moon square: This person has a tremendous amount of energy that spills out of them. If they don’t guide it, it manifests haphazardly, causing all sorts of problems. If this person is not in attunement with their spiritual core, they can be a trouble maker and a source of discord to the life around them. With some meaningful structure to follow, and just the right sort and amount of discipline, they can be real power houses, using their energy constructively and stimulating all those around them to higher accomplishment.

Sun/Moon trine: This individual easily falls into patterns, structures, and routines. They are a creature of habit. They can become so entrenched in the momentum of their everyday life that they fail to ever look deeper or go further. At worst, life for them can become merely a quest for comfort, a well-lubricated machine that, in the end, takes them nowhere.

Of course, the habits they adopt could be bad ones, and in that case they can also become quite comfortable with those, and have a great deal of difficulty ever overcoming them.

Sun/Moon trines need to get outside themselves. If they think of doing something, but it seems like a lot of trouble and inconvenience to do it, they need to overlook the hassle, and JUST DO IT! Jump in there and let your life become messy and chaotic for awhile — it will do you good, it can teach you new ways of looking at things!

Whenever structure and regularity are needed — say, in the setting up or maintaining of a business, for instance — the Sun/Moon trine people are great at doing so. They just need to beware of becoming imprisoned by their own ruts.

Sun/Moon opposition: One of the most basic theories of astrology is that we want to GO WITH THE ENERGY in our chart, for through flowing with it we learn from it, and become increasingly more in harmony with the universe. The opposition is the greatest separation between two planets, so this person’s job, if they are going to go with their chart, is to keep their Sun and Moon energy apart from each other.

What does this mean? It means: don’t let the conscious and rational part of your self (your Sun) inhibit or repress your emotions. Let your enjoyment of the moment (your Moon) be free and full, rather than dampened by considerations about the future (your Sun). By the same token, when you are taking care of business (Sun), don’t allow intrusions by your private life (Moon) or personal feelings (Moon) or distractions of the moment (Moon). In other words, when you are taking care of business, take care of business, and when you are indulging in pleasure, keep business out of the way.

Marc Jones’ keyword for the opposition is AWARENESS. The Sun/Moon opposition is certainly aware of much, but YOU CAN ONLY DO ONE THING AT ONE TIME. IF YOU TRY TO DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE, YOU WON’T GET ANYTHING DONE, YOU WILL BECOME STUCK. So go ahead and be aware, but then go from thing to thing as needing, focusing on the activity at hand, rather than allowing yourself to be pulled apart by all the conflicting needs of life.

Sun/Moon no aspect: When one gives a 17 degree orb to the Sun, which one should do when employing this technique, there are actually more people with a Sun/Moon aspect than with no aspect. The Sun/Moon aspect is psychologically free to use their energy any way they want to. How they interact with the world is up for grabs — they are a free agent. The problem is, are they going to just float around aimlessly and randomly, or are they going to anchor and focus themselves enough to be able to make a significant and viable contribution to life?

The Sun/Moon no aspect can make tremendous strides in life, accomplishing a tremendous amount, but first they have go get all their horses galloping in the same direction, rather than just being a roaming herd. And of course, even when they do coordinate their efforts, there is always the potential of reverting to a state of randomness.

I have Sun/Moon no aspect. People are often surprized about how much I get done, but can be equally surprised when suddenly my current effort stops and once again I’m floating free, or off to another thing.

In later postings we will look at the other three planetary “departments,” and then I will tell you of the technique with which to synthesize them.

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Ana Bekoach Prayer

Ana Bekoach Prayer

This is one of the most power of all Kabbalistic Prayers. It was written by Rabbi Nahonia in the 1st century A.D. The Prayer has seven lines, each one corresponding to one of the lower seven stations on the Tree of Life. The last line (starting with the word bah-RUCH) is to be said silently or whispered, and is for the purpose of grounding the prayer into physical reality. The “ch’s” in the prayer are to be pronounded gutterly (deep in the throat). Chant the words two at the time with a short pause after each pair. I’ve put in “/” marks to divide the words into pairs.

(line 1) a-NA bek-o-ACH / gay-du-LAT yeh-men-ECH-ah / ta-TIR ser-ru-RAH

(line 2) ka-BEL rih-NAT / am-ech-AH sag-VAY-nu / ta-hah-RAY-nu nor-AH

(line 3) NA gee-BOR / dor-SHAY yich-u-DECH-a / kay-va-VAT shom-REM

(line 4) Bar-CHEM ta-ha-REM / rach-a-MAY tsid-ke-TECH-a / ta-MEED gom-LEM

(line 5) cha-SEEN ka-DOSH / be-ROV tuv-cHA / nah-HAIL a-dah-tay-KAH

(line 6) yah-CHEED geh-EH / lay-ahm-CHA pen-AY / zoch-RAY kuh-dush-a-tech-AH

(line 7) sha-vah-TAY-nu ka-BELL / ush-MA tsa-a-ket-TAY-nu / yo-DAY-ah ta-al-u-MOT

(bah-RUCH SHEM kay-VOD mal-KU-to lay-o-LAM va-ED)

A whole book has been written about this prayer. It is “The Genesis Prayer by Jeffry Meiliken and is published by St. Martin’s Press. I highly recomment it, for it will tell you many different ways the prayer can be used.

Applying/Separating

In any astrological aspect, the applying planet is the one which, if moved forward in the zodiac, will make the aspect exact. The separating planet is the one, which, if moved forward will make the orb of the aspect greater.

I think of this as kind of like the roles of male and female in traditional society,where the male is supposed to be the one to ask the female for her phone number, or for a date. The male is supposed to PURSUE — like the applying planet in an aspect, and the female ELUDES, like the separating planet, which stimulates the male’s chasing. She RECEIVES his energy.

The energy in an aspect flows from the applying to the separating planet. That is, the applying planet is ACTING ON the separating one. The applying planet INITIATES the action. For instance, I have a Mercury/Uranus conjunction. Mercury is at 20 degrees Gemini and Uranus is at 25 degrees Gemini, so Mercury applies, and Uranus separates. I have a thought — Mercury is thinking — and this initiates the connection to Uranus. Then the thought LEADS TO something unexpected, a surprize, a discovery, something unique — Uranus. In other words, the Mercury energy comes first, and then triggers Uranus.

Now if it was the other way around, Uranus at 20 Gemini, and Mercury at 25 Gemini, then Uranus would apply and Mercury separate. That would mean, say, that I have the urge for freedom (Uranus), and this would lead me to think about it, to analyze how I might get it, use my cleverness (Mercury) to obtain that freedom, or check out connections (Mercury rules connecting) that might bring me freedom.

The aplying/separating designation offers another layer of subtlety in analyzing aspects. It’s especially important when a planet in one chart aspects a planet in another. In this situation the person with the applying planet tends to be the one who needs to initiate the activity that is to occur between themself and another person. If the person with the separating planet tries to initiate the connection, it may not work, may not feel right, may not get anywhere.

This becomes especially acute when several of a person’s planets have applying aspects to the planets of anothers chart, without the second person having any applying planets to the first person’s chart. This can create a situation where the person with all the applying planets is holding all the cards, so to speak, and hence must be the one to initiate most of the activities between themself and the other person.

Remember that this designation of applying and separating can be applied to ALL ASTROLOGICAL ASPECTS, and the more you get used to using it, the easier it is to understand.

And by the way, I got this concept from Marc Edmund Jones’ book “The Essentials of Astrological Analysis,” a tome which I’ve often told people I might one day translate into English (that’s a joke because the book is written in English — just not the kind that most people speak!)

Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable

A good way to understand the difference between cardinal, fixed, and mutable energies is to think of them as equating with three different aspect of fictional literature: cardinal in this context would be the plot of a narrative, that is the action – what happens. Fixed would be the ideas and concepts that the work is expressing, in other words, the theme(s), whereas mutable signifies the characters.

Some works of fiction function more on plot and action – such as James Patterson books. Adventure stories carry a cardinal vibe. Now this may sound strange at first, but most horror novels carry the energy of the fixed signs, because fixed signifies moral issues – the question of good and evil, right and wrong, and most works of horror fiction are about this moral question, and the attempt to overcome evil. I’m thinking here more of the old style horror novels like “Dracula” and not the gratuitous violence/extreme grotesquery type.

Some books focus mainly on characters, and the more unique and vivid those characters are, the more they are like the mutable signs. I’m thinking here of romance novels, for certainly the plots are baed on formulas – mainly based on misunderstanding that get cleared up, and there is no real message. The focus is usually on the characters and their unique traits.

The way to tell whether an astrological chart is dominated more by cardinal, fixed, or mutable energies is to consider the oppositions. If there is a single opposition in the chart, then one has only to look at the signs in which the planets in opposition are in to tell whether its cardinal, fixed or mutable. Of course sometimes one can have an opposition where the planets are near the beginning or end of the sign and so even though the planets are in opposition the signs are not. For instance, Mars in 28 degrees Gemini opposition Venus in 2 degrees Capricorn. In this case the opposition cannot be used to tell whether the chart as a whole is primarily cardinal, fixed or mutable.

Sometimes the chart has more than one opposition, and if these oppositions are not both cardinal, fixed or mutable but different in modality from each other then oddly enough THE DOMINATING MODALITY WILL BE THE MISSING ONE. For instance, an opposition of planet in cardinal signs and an opposition of planet in fixed signs in the same chart will mean that the mutable modality predominates in a person’s character. This happens because the conflict between the cardinal and fixed is most easily resolved through the missing term.

If there are no oppositions then one may count up the number of planets in cardinal signs, fixed signs, and mutable signs, and see which has the most. Sometimes one sees a chart that has oppositions in cardinal signs and fixed signs and mutable signs. This signifies a person who can see things from many different directions, but who may have a hard time figuring out how to enter into experience and/or what to do exactly, because the consciousness tends to jump around a lot and want to change their approach to situations.

Also, if one has no planets in one of these modalities it is quite significant. No planet in cardinal means th individual is unruffled by what happens, can kind of overlook events, easily get beyond them. No planets in fixed means that the person is freed from moral conflicts and doesn’t worry much about having to justify themselves. As you may imagine, this can be a very good thing, or a dangerous thing if the person chooses to use it in a pathological way.

No planets in mutable signs mean that the person can overlook people as individuals, is freed from issues of character. I did the chart of a woman who worked for a large wine company. She said very many people had quit working there because they couldn’t stand the boss. I said, “how can you stay there?” She said, “I just ignore his visciousness and lying and his other bad qualities and carry on with my job.” She had not a single planet in mutable signs.

Although a lack of something in a chart – a lack of cardinal planets, mutable ones, fixed ones, a lack of water, fire, earth, or air planets, a lack of squares or other aspects, etc. can show a deficiency, the lack can also create a special power, and/or function as a freeing influence.

Marc Jones gave the three concepts “situations” (cardinal) “ideas” (fixed) and “people” (mutable) to help to explain these different modalities. The cardinal likes to be in the thick of things, where the action is, and to be confronted with challenges. The fixed operates at the greatest remove from experience, for its focus is on the future, where things are headed, and why. These are the most difficult to understand, for their motives tend to be the most complicated of the three. They are also the best at holding fast under pressure.

The mutable type is the friendliest of the three, and the most compromising. They excel when they are with people they like and can relate to. They are supportive in nature and are the ones of the three most likely to get walked on and taken for granted.

Color Healing Using the Imagination

A good way to understand the difference between cardinal, fixed, and mutable energies is to think of them as equating with three different aspect of fictional literature: cardinal in this context would be the plot of a narrative, that is the action – what happens. Fixed would be the ideas and concepts that the work is expressing, in other words, the theme(s), whereas mutable signifies the characters.

Some works of fiction function more on plot and action – such as James Patterson books. Adventure stories carry a cardinal vibe. Now this may sound strange at first, but most horror novels carry the energy of the fixed signs, because fixed signifies moral issues – the question of good and evil, right and wrong, and most works of horror fiction are about this moral question, and the attempt to overcome evil. I’m thinking here more of the old style horror novels like “Dracula” and not the gratuitous violence/extreme grotesquery type.

Some books focus mainly on characters, and the more unique and vivid those characters are, the more they are like the mutable signs. I’m thinking here of romance novels, for certainly the plots are baed on formulas – mainly based on misunderstanding that get cleared up, and there is no real message. The focus is usually on the characters and their unique traits.

The way to tell whether an astrological chart is dominated more by cardinal, fixed, or mutable energies is to consider the oppositions. If there is a single opposition in the chart, then one has only to look at the signs in which the planets in opposition are in to tell whether its cardinal, fixed or mutable. Of course sometimes one can have an opposition where the planets are near the beginning or end of the sign and so even though the planets are in opposition the signs are not. For instance, Mars in 28 degrees Gemini opposition Venus in 2 degrees Capricorn. In this case the opposition cannot be used to tell whether the chart as a whole is primarily cardinal, fixed or mutable.

Sometimes the chart has more than one opposition, and if these oppositions are not both cardinal, fixed or mutable but different in modality from each other then oddly enough THE DOMINATING MODALITY WILL BE THE MISSING ONE. For instance, an opposition of planet in cardinal signs and an opposition of planet in fixed signs in the same chart will mean that the mutable modality predominates in a person’s character. This happens because the conflict between the cardinal and fixed is most easily resolved through the missing term.

If there are no oppositions then one may count up the number of planets in cardinal signs, fixed signs, and mutable signs, and see which has the most. Sometimes one sees a chart that has oppositions in cardinal signs and fixed signs and mutable signs. This signifies a person who can see things from many different directions, but who may have a hard time figuring out how to enter into experience and/or what to do exactly, because the consciousness tends to jump around a lot and want to change their approach to situations.

Also, if one has no planets in one of these modalities it is quite significant. No planet in cardinal means th individual is unruffled by what happens, can kind of overlook events, easily get beyond them. No planets in fixed means that the person is freed from moral conflicts and doesn’t worry much about having to justify themselves. As you may imagine, this can be a very good thing, or a dangerous thing if the person chooses to use it in a pathological way.

No planets in mutable signs mean that the person can overlook people as individuals, is freed from issues of character. I did the chart of a woman who worked for a large wine company. She said very many people had quit working there because they couldn’t stand the boss. I said, “how can you stay there?” She said, “I just ignore his visciousness and lying and his other bad qualities and carry on with my job.” She had not a single planet in mutable signs.

Although a lack of something in a chart – a lack of cardinal planets, mutable ones, fixed ones, a lack of water, fire, earth, or air planets, a lack of squares or other aspects, etc. can show a deficiency, the lack can also create a special power, and/or function as a freeing influence.

Marc Jones gave the three concepts “situations” (cardinal) “ideas” (fixed) and “people” (mutable) to help to explain these different modalities. The cardinal likes to be in the thick of things, where the action is, and to be confronted with challenges. The fixed operates at the greatest remove from experience, for its focus is on the future, where things are headed, and why. These are the most difficult to understand, for their motives tend to be the most complicated of the three. They are also the best at holding fast under pressure.

The mutable type is the friendliest of the three, and the most compromising. They excel when they are with people they like and can relate to. They are supportive in nature and are the ones of the three most likely to get walked on and taken for granted.

The Correspondence Between Astrological Signs and Colors

The Astrological Correspondences of the Colors of Aura-Soma

Aries – Red

Rudolph Steiner said that red is a color that wants to be everywhere at once. We see this in biology reflected in the blood which saturates the body and flows to every place it can. Aries answer to everything is action, and action means movement, movement everywhere. Aries and red signify pure stimulation.

Red is the only color in the Aura-Soma system that is expressed in two different degrees of paleness – Pink and Pale Pink. Red stimulates circulation of blood and lymph. Where there is adequate circulation there can be no infection, so red is a wonderful color to use when infection is present. Pink stimulates the circulation of light, and where light circulates there can be no negativity.

Taurus – Coral (red-orange)

Vicky Wall said that coral was the color of unrequited love. Taurus rules possession – it has to do with what we have. Spiritually, what we want most is love. Love is the most precious energy we can give and receive. The Kabbalah teaches us that we are never victims, and that we create every aspect of our reality. So when a person gives love and finds that is it unrequited, meaning not returned we must ask ourselves why the person created that. It may be because 1) the individual is afraid of love, and so has chosen someone who they subconsciously know won’t return it, or 2) because they feel they don’t deserve it, and so look for it in places they are sure not to find it.

Taurus is the most eccentric of the signs. It’s the one with the greatest uniqueness of character. In Aura-soma literature it’s pointed out that the little animals of which coral consists sacrifice their individuality for the good of the community. The question is, do humans have to do this, and to what extent? If we live in an overly conservative and rigid society, we are expected to give up anything about us that is different so that we can be like anyone else. But does this help the society? No, or course not, it just perpetuates its stagnation and limitation. If we look at those people who have given the most to society in terms of furthering its progress we see that the overwhelming majority of them we “odd” in some way, unique, different, had something strikingly distinctive to give which enriched the world.

Gemini – Orange

Through my own personal experience as a massage therapist I have come to a much clearer understanding of the relationship between the color orange and the healing of the time line spoken of in Aura-soma literature. First of all, why do shocks even happen? The spiritual answer is that shocks wake us up. Shocks release karma. But the negative side of shocks is that we can have trouble assimilated which results in use getting stuck at the point of the shock.
When a muscle is shocked, for instance through being overworked, metabolic debris can fail to be adequately removed by the body and chronic pain can result that can last for years. This is seen constantly in such phenomenon as car wrecks, where the aftermath of pain can go on indefinitely.

This sort of thing not only happens to the physical body but to the others bodies as well, emotional, mental and spritual. The color orange can remove these blockages caused by shock. It can provide us with the deep insight needed to clear these blockages. Orange is the color of excitement in that through the stimulation excitement provides blockages can be broken up and cleared.

Gemini is the sign of communication, and we find that when a shock or trauma has occurred and not been adequately dealt with, communication is always lessened or interrupted. A person, for instance, who was sexually molested as a child has suffered a shock which has disrupted their inner circuitry to the point that they lose a part of their spiritual, emotional, mental, and sometimes even physical functioning.

It’s important to remember that shocks are not always big. We suffer many tiny shocks during a lifetime. We may be sailing along smoothly and suddenly someone makes a remark which triggers something in us and throws us off. Modern life is certainly filled with a myriad of shocks coming at us all the time, but little and big. The more we can heal from the effects of these shocks the more we can come into the joy that is the highest significance of the color orange.

Cancer – Gold (yellow-orange)

Gold signifies wealth on all levels, and Cancer’s strongest urge is for security. When we realize the wealth we do possess, not just materially but emotionally, mentally and spiritually as well, we realize we are completely secure.

Gold is also the color of wisdom, and Cancer is the sign best suited for both teaching and learning, for Cancer innately realizes that wisdom is the ultimate source of security.
It seemed strange to me at first that the color gold, named for the metal which is ruled by the sun, should be ascribed to the sign ruled by the moon, for the moon and the sun and polar opposite energies. As I’ve tuned into the color gold being ruled by Cancer, I’ve envisioned a large full moon of a rich golden color. Remember that Cancer is the sign which initiated the season of summer, and that gold is a warm color.

In Aura-soma literature gold is also associated with deception, delusion, and self-righteousness. In their quest for security Cancer can sometimes deceive themselves into thinking that something outward is their ultimate source of security and fail to realize that all true security comes from within. The true quest is to find inner wealth, rather than outer wealth. Cancer can also be defensive at times, and manifest this as a self-righteousness which they use to separate themselves from others due to fear.

Leo – Yellow

The warmth, laughter, joy and delight of yellow exemplify the happy and fulfilled Leo. Leo’s greatest problem is their ego, which can cause confusion and lack of trust. What Leo wants most is self-assurance which can only be obtained with the self is willing to let go of its limitations and be truly concerned with the welfare of others.

Yellow also signifies acquired knowledge. Most of us have acquired far more knowledge than we are aware of, through our past life experiences. If we can let go of our ego and the limitations which it imposes, we can have access to all of that knowledge.

Since yellow is the lightest color it is the one nearest to expressing the full spectrum of light. When Leo thinks that it is the light is when all of its problems arise. Rather than allowing the ego to close out the light, Leo must open to the light so that it can become a complete manifestation of it.

The pale yellow of B 51, the Kuthumi bottle, is the intellect purified of all false ideas and concepts. Once the density of these wrong thoughts is removed, we can open to the realm of Angels and Devas.

Virgo – Olive (yellow-green)

The bitterness associated with the color olive has to do with Virgo’s negatively critical aspect, for when we judge ourselves or our life to be lacking, defective or flawed, or are always finding something wrong with whatever we turn our attention to, the result can be bitterness.
Hope is also associated with olive, for Virgo’s ability to improve anything, to be able to see a problem and find a way to fix it, always gives hope. Hope is the perfect antidote to bitterness.
Olive can also mean clarity on the path, which is what Virgo’s analytical ability can always
provide us with, when used positively.

The feminine leadership of Virgo means offering criticism that is ultimately supportive, criticism that points to flaws that can be changed, criticism that encourages rather than merely supports the ego of the criticizer. It also signifies supporting someone where they are at, supporting their uniqueness and encouraging them to follow their own path, rather than attempting to compel them to be like oneself.

As the herb olive leaf is used to fight infection, the color olive can also be used for the same thing. Red will provide the energy to fight the infection, and olive will help the system to realize it is there – as Virgo is so aware of what is wrong!

In the Bach Flower Remedy system, Olive flower essence is used to help the person get deep rest and to replenish reserves of energy. The color olive can be used for the same thing.

Libra – Green

Green is the color of space. It gives us greater space in which to be and to do. This is not just space in the usual sense, but time as well, as space and time are inseparable. Having the time as well as the space is exactly what we need to relate, which is what Libra is all about. Green is a soothing and smoothing color, and Libra is the peacemaker of the zodiac.

Libra is also the sign concerned with balance and the heart chakra, whose color is green, stands between the three lower and three upper chakras. Here we see a balance between the physical and spiritual.

The spaciousness of green stands in complementary balance to red, for love (pink, which is light red) is all about giving, and space and time is what we give to whatever we love.

Scorpio – Turquoise (blue-green)

In “Aura-Soma Healing through Color and Crystal Energy” turquoise is said to be the color of the Age of Aquarius. If turquoise is the color ascribed to Scorpio, why is it associated with Aquarius? Probably because Scorpio is the 10th sign from Aquarius and so rules the 10th house of an equal house chart with Aquarius rising. This signifies that Scorpio is the vibrational “10th house” of Aquarius. The 10th house, which is the highest one in the sky, signifies the highest energy to which a sign can attain, and so Scorpio represents the loftiest spiritual elevation of Aquarius.

Vicky Wall saw turquoise as signifying communication through all kinds of creative expression, and the astrologer Marc Jones gave “creativity” as the most important keyword for Scorpio. Turquoise stands for transdimensionality, meaning existence and presence beyond time and space. Scorpio rules death and rebirth, which are ways of transcending time and space.
Scorpio is about power and its use. Power can be wielded to dominate and even enslave others, but it can also be used to liberate and uplift others. Traditionally Scorpio has always been associated with both a snake and an eagle, the snake signifying the lower and selfish energies of Scorpio, and the eagle representing Scorpio’s potentially high-minded and lofty manifestation.

Sagittarius – Blue

Sagittarius is a fire sign and in a candle blue is the color nearest to the wick. Blue is the color of communication, and Sagittarius signifies a gaining of perspective on reality, through such things as religion, philosophy, and metaphysics. The degree of our metaphysical understanding is in direct proportion to the degree that we can communicate with ourselves and with God. When there is full and complete communication the perfect peace of blue becomes a reality.
It may seem strange that Sagittarius, a fire sign, corresponds to blue, the coolest of the colors. The fire of Sagittarius, though, is more like the cool and constant and cosmic fire of the stars, rather than any fire we know in our earthly realm.

It is out of the silence of blue that understanding comes. The metaphysician Swedenbourg has told us that angels speak softly and with great subtlety, so to hear them we must attain to a certain level of inner peace, otherwise their communications might be disrupted by the static of chaos. B50, El Morya, carries as its primary thought form “I will that thy will be my will.” This is the highest philosophy, and in fact, we may say that all the flaws that exist in any and all philosophical systems are because the will of the philosopher has somehow muddied the clarity of the philosophy.

Capricorn – Royal Blue

Royal blue is the color of the intuition, and Capricorn is the sign of efficiency. There is no more efficient way of living that being in tune with one’s clear intuition. One of the negative traits of Capricorn is that it has a strong tendency toward depression, and Royal Blue is the darkest of colors. Depression, though, is always caused by an inability to be in touch with one’s intuition, for if one were attuned to it, one would be able to see the spiritual light that lies beyond all the seeming darkness, chaos, and negativity. Royal Blue is the color of King David who is the patriarch corresponding to Malkuth, the 10th station on the tree of life. Malkuth means “kingdom” and signifies the earth plane – that part of the tree of life where the light is most enveloped in shadows.

Royal Blue can help a person who has extreme issues with authority and authority figures, and Capricorn is the sign of authority.

Aquarius — Violet

I am dubious about referring to violet as the color of spirituality, for all colors are spiritual. Everything is spiritual. I think it’s more accurate to say the violet is the color of recognizing and attuning to spirituality. Aquarius is the sign which recognizes that there is no difference between you and me, that we are the same at a deep level, that all reality is connected, that we are a group, and that we need to support each other. Attaining to this is the spiritual way of living.
Violet is the color of the imagination, and Aquarius love to imagine all the wonderful things that could be in the future. Violet can also signify6 too much contemplation, and Aquarius can sometimes get so caught up in contemplating the future that it loses touch with the needs of the present.

Aquarius is the sign of support, and Violet the color of healing. What is healing other than finding the needed support to move forward and to regain one’s balance? The ideal of Aquarius is to see all of life as supportive – to see that even negative and difficult situations are there in an attempt to support our learning and our ability to let go. This equates with the transformative nature of Violet and the transmutative nature of Pale Violet.

Pisces – Magenta

There is no wavelength of light that produces the color magenta. At one end of the spectrum we have red. If we seek wavelengths of light slower than red we find infra-red, which is not a color – it’s invisible. And at the other end of the spectrum we find violet, beyond which is ultra violet, also invisible. So the color magenta is actually made up the wavelengths of red and violet. This is different, for instance, from yellow-green, in that there is actually a single wavelength of light rays that we perceive as yellow-green.

Just as the color magenta takes in the whole spectrum, the sign Pisces is a summary of all the other signs. Pisces has no real quality of its own. Pisces is all qualities, it is the fullness and completeness of the zodiac made manifest. Magenta is the color immediately beyond our physicality, and it is this realm toward which Pisces yearns.

Magenta is love in the little things. First of all, who decides what are the little things and what are the big things? Pisces is the sign that is most likely to see the seeming little things and the seeming big things as equal.

Clear – Pluto, the Moon’s North Node

This is the only color in Aura-Soma that is not ruled by a sign. Actually “clear” is not a color but rather a vehicle for receiving and reflecting the light. The planet Pluto has no vibration of its own, but intensifies the vibration of anything with which it comes in contact. I also ascribe the Moon’s North Node to “clear” because in Hindu astrology the gem stone corresponding to the Moon’s North Node is clear quartz crystal. The North Node signifies the evolutionary direction we are heading toward in the lifetime – that which is pulling us forward toward enlightenment so that we too are then able to fully receive and reflect the light.

It is interesting to note that different colors react differently to the addition of light, causing them to become pastel. The color that reacts the strongest to this is red, for red, being the most earthly colors (it is the color of slowest vibration and is at the bottom of the color spectrum and corresponds to the first chakra), is the color in most need of light. Humans have recognized this by giving light-infused red a separate name: pink.

When clear becomes opaque, not allowing light to pass through it but reflecting all of it, it becomes white. The color which can make white look dirty and/or dim is the color yellow. Think of old paper, which turns yellow, or old ivory, or white sheets, which, when they turn yellow appear to be dingy. This signifies that Leo (Yellow) is supposed to take on and become infused with the light, rather than allowing its ego to filter and hence dim the light. On the other hand blue is put into whites when they are washed to brighten them. This signifies that understanding (Sagittarius) is a perfect vehicle for the light, and that the Sagittarian tendency toward friendliness, generosity and freedom provides the light with a perfect vehicle for expressing itself.

God is not a CEO

Many people think, “why would God be interested in my little problem when there are so many others in the world who have far more dire problems than I, and so many bigger challences he/she has to address?” This question is based on a misconception. God is not a CEO working within a limited time frame and with limited resources. The head of a multimillion dollar corporation would not be expeccted to worry about how sharp the secretary’s pencils are — because that CEO probably has a very tight schedule. There are only 24 hours in a day, and the more important you are the more important your time is! This is how relativistic reality works — it’s all about limits.

But the sages have told us that God is infinite.

Let’s say we’re going to visit a place that is an infinite number of miles away from earth. The fact is, that if we take ten paces toward that place we’re no closer to it than if we travel 50 million light years toward it. So in those terms ten paces and 50 million light years are equal. And by the same token God is just as concerned about the life of a blade of grass as he/she is about the whole earth. God has enough caring to go around, and far more than that — more than is possible for us to even conceive.

The Kabbalists tell us that everything we do is important. Smiling at someone as you pass them on the street sends powerful waves of love through the spiritual realms. Every thought you think generates energy that is having an effect on the spirit realms.

Our physical reality is what Kabbalists call the 1 percent realm, in contradistinction to the 99 percent realm which is the realm of spiritual realities, other universes, abode of angels, etc. It’s easy to get so embroiled in this 1 percent realm that we slip into thinking it’s all there is — that we are limited by time and space, that there’se not enough to go around. The truth is that if we allow ourselves to become a conduit for the spiritual light we realize that all limitations are ultimately illusions, that we can access infinite love, wisdom and power. And that everything matters.

As one Kabbalist said, each and every blade of grass his its own individual angel that watches over it.

Elements and Modalities

Most charts have one of the four elements — fire, earth, air, or water — predominating. The way to figure out which one is the most emphasized is to see how many planets are in each element. In doing this some astrologers also include the Ascendant and Midheaven. I, like Marc Jones, do not.

For an element to be predominating there needs to be at least four planets in that element. Five planets in an element is a much stronger indication, and any number beyond five is rare.

If FIRE is the predominating element the person has the ability to put the past behind them and always start afresh. There is a tendency to see everything as it relates to the self, to be creative, original, and to be one’s own person. The person tends to have a lot of energy and vivacity. They can be solipsistic, but are much less likely to suffer from depression than are the other elements.

If EARTH is the predominating element the person is pragmatic, interested in what is and how to work within the limitations of the REAL. This individual is at their best dealing with tangibles rather than the vagaries of speculation. There temperment favors organization and structure.

If AIR is the predominating element the person is communicative and very interested in ideas. They need and love feedback. They like to look at multiple side of experience, and sometimes might have difficulty making up their mind or deciding something for certain. They may tend to seem more unstable than they really are.

If WATER is the predominating element the person is emotional, intuitive, can have a well-developed psychic sense and sees life in terms of universal principles. They can be presumptuous, assuming that others think or feel as they do. They are very responsive to love. They may not be so good at logical or rational thinking.

The water predominant individual feels a kinship with the whole of life, like a great ocean — connected to all other oceans and into which all water eventually empties, its expanse touching every shore with its waves.

MISSING ELEMENTS

Elements can also become important by their absence, and so if there is a complete lack of planets in the FIRE element the person can be, at best, unselfish and unconcerned with placing his or her unique stamp on whatever he/she touches. At worst this person may seem uncreative, and may need to make an extra effort to manifest their creativity. It is not that they aren’t creative, it is that the creative fires need extra stoking and support to fire them up.

The lack of focus on ego that is characteristic of the missing fire element is like an artist, for instance, who places the whole focus of his or her consciousness on their work, rather than on receive personal accolades for it or wanting personal attention because of it.

Symbolically a lack of fire might signify the person who upholds a tradition as it has always been done, to the letter of the law, because they do not feel a need to modify it by placing their personal, egoistic stamp on it.

If the person has an absence of EARTH signs they lack practicality, but on the positive side will not allow practical or real considerations get in the way of their flights of fancy or conceptualizations. This can enhance originality (fire) emotional involvement and intuitive sensitivity(water) as well as an ability to communicate, without having to place definite boundaries (earth) on what they do, or do the dirty work to bring their visions into physical reality (earth).

As an intuitive compensation for their lack of earth they may become picky, or over-organized in an attempt to get a firmer grasp on physical existence. These overcompensations can occur with any lack of element, no matter what the element, and technically the psychological urge to do this is known as a reaction formation.

An absence of planets in AIR signs can mean that the person is beyond the pale of the rational mind, and therefore not in need to justifications or reasons for his or her thoughts. The absence of air planets in a chart might enhance intuitive ability. This person tends not to be stopped or hampered by communication or the lack of it. Emotions (water), physical reality (earth), and the flow and change of energies (fire) are more important to them.

An absence of planets in WATER signs in a chart signifies a person who is not held down in any way by emotions. Do not think this means they have no feeling, it simply means that when needed they can overcome feelings — put them aside if need be to perform the task at hand. This might be a person, for instance who, even though they fall in love with someone, will not sacrifice their existence for that individual if the situation appears to be dysfunctional, destructive or in some major way detrimental to their well-being.

The beginning studen often comes to the idea of missing elements with the bias that anything missing is a lack, is something that should be there. This is not alwlays the case. Lack of an element can be freedom from that element and can be used, potentially by the person whose chart has that lack as a source of great power.

MODALITIES

The essential modality of a chart, that is, determining whether the person is most strongly expressing cardinal, fixed, or mutable energy, is determined by looking at all of the oppositions between planets in the chart, as was detailed in blog 9.

Once this has been accomplished you can next look to see how many planets are in cardinal, fixed, and mutable. When you do this, the modality with the most number of planets will often be the same one as the modality determined by the oppositions. If it is not, this means that the determination by opposition is backed up or supported by a second modality as determined by a preponderance of planets in another modalitiy. In other words, when it comes to modality, OPPOSITIONS ALWAYS TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER PREPONDERANCE, preponderance being the technical term for the largest number of planets in an element or modality.

For instance, if the opposition(s) in a chart is in mutable signs, it shows a friendly, flexible person who focuses on people as individuals, but if the preponderance in the chart is in cardinal signs, this focus is expressed in a way that initiates experience and which tends to deal directly with conflicts, as the cardinal signs do. If the oppositions in a chart are in mutable signs, but the preponderance of planets are in fixed signs, the persons friendliness and flexibility are guided by an idealism, with a focus on right/wrong and good/evil dichotomies as expressed by the fixed signs.

MISSING MODALITIES

A lack of cardinal planets in a chart can signify a person who can easily get beyond conflict, as well as look beyond the sometimes obscuring nature of crises so they may see what is really going on. They can seem to have an immunity to confrontation.

A lack of planets in fixed signs will tend to not worry about the future and who is freed from ties to abstractions or idealizations. At worst they may lack moral fiber, and/or be swayed by any an all ideas because they have no core beliefs of their own strong enough to hang on to.

A lack of planets in mutable signs may feel no inner need to adjust to circumstances, or to be concerned with the unique and individual personalities of other people. they may also be relative free of worry, or of any need to modify their behavior to please others.

Hemisphere Emphasis

It is always important, when interpreting a chart, to see if all the planets fall in the upper half of it, (from houses 7 through 12), in the lower half (houses 1 through 6), all in the eastern half (houses 10- through 3), or the western half (houses 4 through 9). When either of these four possibilities is the case, the chart is sharply pointed toward one area of experience.

Another important possibility that relates to these four is when 9 of the planets fall in one of these quadrants, with the 10th planet in the opposite quadrant – for instance when 9 of the planets are in the upper half of the chart with the 10th planet in the lower half. When this is the case, THE SINGLE PLANET (CALLED THE “SINGLETON IN HEMISPHERE) WILL SIGNIFY BY ITS PLACEMENT THE HEMISPHERE OF EMPHASIS. Many astrology students have a difficult time comprehending this, for they often tend to think that the hemisphere emphasis should be indicated by the one that has the most number of planets, i.e., where the 9 planets are. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Through dominating the hemisphere it is in, the SINGLETON IN HEMISPHERE gains great power, for both itself and the hemisphere in which it is found.

To be able to uses this indication as an interpretative tool, it is important to understand the meaning of the hemispheres.

The upper hemisphere (houses 7 through 12) signifies the world at large, outer experience, people as a whole, and outer life. The lower hemisphere (houses 1 through 6) signifies ones inner and private world – away from society at large. You might think of the upper hemisphere as being like the big city, and the lower hemisphere as living in the country.

The eastern hemisphere (houses 10 through 3) signifies purely personal concerns, apart from any consideration of how they relate to the outside world. The western hemisphere (houses 4 through 9) signifies everything outside the self – the “not-self.” This is the realm of negotiation and all the outer things that we have to come to terms with.

When all 10 planets are in the upper hemisphere (houses 7 through 12) the person tend to be very publicly and socially oriented. What is most important to them is how they relate to the world at large. Usually there career is very important to them, as well as the affairs of the world at large rather than just the affairs of their own country. They are very concerned with what other people as a whole – as a culture and a race – are doing. This is their most natural frame of reference, and where they tend to be at their best.

When all l0 planets are n the lower hemisphere (houses 1 through 6) the person tends to be private – primarily concerned with their own little world, meaning the close friends they have made, and their family, or near neighbors. There life has an intimate quality. I think that unfortunately many people tend to place a negative value judgement on this, thinking that somehow its better to be a social activist and involved with the world at large. The fact is, a person with all their planet below the horizon can do many good and wonderful deeds for humanity, but they will tend to do it at A GRASS ROOTS LEVEL. The person with all the planets in the lower half of their chart tends to greatly value their privacy, and if everything is going well in their personal and private world, they are happy.

When all 10 planets are in the eastern half of the chart (between houses 10 and 3) the person is primarily concerned with their own personal self, rather than with the lives, needs and demands of others. This sounds selfish, but isn’t necessarily so. Let’s say we have an architect who has this setup in their chart. They may need to deeply search their being to decide what types of houses they want to build. They may be acutely aware of their own needs, and if these needs are fulfilled, it can satisfy them to the extent that they might bring into the world marvelous buildings in which people are happy to be for many years, or even centuries. Is that selfish? Being self-oriented in the right way is not selfish, for what is truly good for you spiritually HAS TO BE GOOD FOR OTHER PEOPLE. Yes, a person with all their planets in the eastern half of the chart can be selfish in a negative way, but if this is so it is neurotic behavior – a kind of selfishness that never truly centers the self. A person self-centered in spirit radiates love. We may approach the spiritual through self, or through others.

Another important quality of the person who has all their planets in the eastern half of the chart is an uncompromising nature. Now if what they are being compromising about is something positive, then they often have the power to compel others to change, to compromise, to come to them, to go along with them, and this can be wonderful if they change they are effecting on other people through this is of a positive, life supporting sort.

If all the planets in a chart are in the western half of the chart (between houses 4 and 9), the person is oriented toward the needs of others. They are at their best when they are aware of how to most fully and completely relate to other people. They can be very aware of others’ needs, and can often achieve success through finding positive ways of fulfilling these needs. This setup in a chart says, “I can’t be happy unless you’re happy.” At worst it could be self-effacing and neglectful of the self.

Whenever there is a singleton in hemisphere, the nature of that planet will show the type of approach the person has to that hemisphere, and the house placement of that planet will show the type of circumstances through which this person approaches the whole of that hemisphere. To give an example of this, I have Jupiter as singleton in the western hemisphere. This means that all of my relating to the outside world is dominated by an enthusiasm – the desire to encourage, to relate whole-heartedly, to be generous. If this is to manifest negatively it can come out as going to far, trying too hard, doing too much in terms of trying to relate. And the fact that my Jupiter is in the 4th house means that my whole means of relating to this outside world is through an intimacy (4th house), through getting close, and through trying to help others to feel more secure. I enter easily into the private world of others – I love to do so. 4th house signifies ones private world.

Let’s give another example: say a person has Moon in 8th house as singleton in the upper hemisphere. This individual is socially oriented, and approaches this from a feeling standpoint, wanting probably to be nurturing to the world. There is an emotional need (Moon) to bring change into the world (8th house). In my mind I can hear a student asking, “but wouldn’t this always be true of moon in 8th house?” The answer is yes, but when the Moon in this position becomes a singleton in hemisphere IT IS MANIFESTING WITH FAR MORE INTENSITY, AND IS NOT CONFINING ITS INFLUENCE TO JUST THE 8TH HOUSE, BUT TO THE WHOLE UPPER HALF OF THE CHART, THE 7TH, 8TH, 9TH, 10TH, 11TH, AND 12TH HOUSES!! Its going to affect how they relate (7th house), their philosophy of life (9th house), their career (10th house), their choice of friends and the groups to which they belong (11th house) and their intuition (12th house).

I just heard another student say to me, “but if the 11th house is the house of friends, how come it falls in the public, upper half of the chart, and not in the private, or lower half.” The answer to this is that there are two types of friendships. Friendship as defined by the 11th house is more open-ended, that is, where the relationship is not exclusive, but is part of a network – you and your friends have other friends, many of them possibly mutual. Maybe the bunch of you are organized into a group or a club. The fourth house rules family BUT NOT JUST BLOOD RELATIONS. THE FOURTH HOUSE RULES ANYONE THAT COMES TO FEEL LIKE FAMILY TO YOU PSYCHOLOGICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. So, for instance, I have a lot of friends in the 11th house sense, but only some of them are what I would consider family – in the 4th house sense.

This preponderance by hemisphere and singleton in hemisphere is highly important. Try to always keep it in mind when you find it in a chart, and adjust your interpretations accordingly.

How to use Phase Analysis to Interpret a Transit

I’m going to show you a highly interesting technique, and I’m going to use Tyler’s chart to explain it. Tyler is having, in December, Pluto square his Mars. To get a deeper idea of the effect this will have on him we can go to his natal chart and look at the relationship between Pluto and Mars there. What we find is that they are 155 degrees and 55 minutes apart. This means that they are not in aspect, or, at least, in no major, or even minor aspect that we know of. But we can go to the 156th degree of the zodiac to find out the inner significance of the relationship of these two planets in his chart. Degree 156 in the zodiac is the 6th degree of Virgo. Looking at his chart we see that his Nadir is 6 degree and 6 minutes of Virgo, so this transit of Pluto to Mars, even though it falls in his 10th house has a deep connection with his Nadir. The Nadir always signifies FOUNDATION, that is, finding the basis of life, finding our true security. So the transit is to Mars in his 10th house meaning that the powerful, transformative energy of Pluto is trying to perfect his ability to assert himself (Mars), so that he may find his most rightful career (10th house), and that career must be born of his hearts desire (“heart’s desire=Nadir=foundation). Pluto, also, is in the 7th house at the time of the transit, so their could be a very big change in the way he relates to EVERYTHING, a change that could be extremely empowering.

The Omega Symbol for the 156th degree of the zodiac, that is Virgo 6 is “Talismans buried here and there along a road so that travellers will be protected.” This degree is about facilitating process, about supporting forward movement, not in just Tyler, but in all the people who he contacts.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A banyan tree that creates an entire forest.” signifying knowledge proliferating and giving birth to more knowledge. This degree is aware of the connectedness of knowledge and the way it spawns more of itself infinitely. I have written in my book “The Circular Temple” that the person with this degree must not be overwhelmed by this vast forest of knowledge, or try to assimilate all of it – to do so would be impossible. It is enough to know that it is there when you need it, and like the crystals of the Omega Symbol can protect and guide you as you make your way toward the Palace of Wisdom.

The main thing I would suggest to Tyler is that Pluto through this transit is trying to help him become more creative and constructive, as well as destructive where he needs to be that way, that is, where destructiveness will serve the purpose of evolution. The challenge with Mars is always how to harness and direct its energy without repressing it

Inner Light and Surrounding Light

Kabbalah tells us there are essentially two kinds of personal light: the light we have already assimilated within ourselves — our inner light, and the light we are yet to take in — the surrounding light, which we have not yet grown into.
Each of use burns with an inner light, but unless we have reached enlightenment there is still a part of our light which we have not integrated into our consciousness. Our task here on earth is to complete that process of taking in an becoming that light so that we are a complete manifestation of it. This is what evolution is all about.
How do we do this? By finding our limits and pushing against them. For instance, if you have a hard time being generous, then generosity is more a part of your surrounding light, and is something you are working toward becoming. If you are a naturally generous person, then generosity is part of your inner light. By knowing our inadequacies and current limits we become aware of that surrounding light which we are working on becoming.

It's Always New

Rav Nachmon of Breslav said that every moment is a new beginning. Every act is your very first. Don’t think of any action you perform as if you have already done it two or four or a hundred times. See everything always with new eyes. This helps you to approach life with an open mind, and helps you to let go of the basic assumptions and biases that limit your experience.

A Key to Prosperity

The universe gives us more of whatever we focus on. So if we are enjoying life, and appreciating what we have, we’ll get more. Sometimes are attention is so consumed by what we want and what we don’t have that we start ignoring or taking for granted what is around us and near at hand. When we make an effort to look at what is in our vicinity — all that we already have — and tune in to the beauty and wonder of it, life will inevitably give us more to enjoy and appreciate.

The Life Approach

The Life Approach is my term for how the four Planetary Departments, (the Sun/Moon Department of Vitality, the Venus/Mars department of Efficiency, the Jupiter/Saturn Department of Motivation, and the Uranus /Neptune Department of Significance) interrelate with each other. There are sixteen different possibilities in this, and here they are, together with their interpretations:

1. In a very few charts you will find that there is no major aspect between any of these four pairs of planets. This is a rare occurrence because first of all, more than half of all charts will have a Sun/Moon major aspect simply because we are giving the Sun such a large orb (17 degrees). Then, even if we have no Sun/Moon opposition, there also has to be in the chart to oppositions between the other three pairs of planets.

When you find this situation in a chart, you know that the person you are reading for is a wide open individual – capable of being influenced by anything and everything. At worst this can mean its difficult for the person to consistently and/or steadily apply him/herself to anything, because all the time there will be new energies coming into their field, which the person has difficult ignoring. If the individual can, through an act of will, create enough order in his/her life to keep chaos somewhat at bay, they are then more likely to find happiness and fulfillment.

On the positive side, when a person has none of the four Planetary Departments activated the openness this creates can help the person to be very innovative, and to engage in adventures that many other people would have had to pass up, because they were busy being consistent about whatever structures they had created in their life.

2. At the opposite extreme you may occasionally find a situation where a person has all four pairs of planetary departments activated by major aspect. This person will feel pulled in many different directions and have a desire to get involved in a lot of different things. Their dilemma is really very similar to having none of the planetary departments activated, but in their case rather than the OPENNESS that was created by no aspects now becomes a FULNESS, most likely an OVERFULLNESS – a feeling of a kind of glut, together with a difficulty of choosing where they are going to focus. This person needs to edit out certain involvements so that they will have time and energy enough to cultivate other involvements.

In instance #1 spoken about above we symbolically have a person who plants a garden but then can’t weed it because they find the weeds as interesting as whatever else they’ve planted. In this instance – the one we’re talking about – #2 – the person is planting a garden that has way to many things in it – there’s no room for weeds, but there’s also no room for anything to grow properly, because THERE’S MORE VARIETIES OF LIFE FORMS THAN THERE IS SOIL. This person needs to do some deep soul searching to determine what it is they really want to do, and then, difficult as it seems, they need to JUST SAY NO to involvements that they know are not as important to them as the ones they’ve chosen. The problem with doing this is that even if they do what I have suggested, then later they may be very tempted to change their mind or re-decide their priorities, and if they do this too much, they’re back to the same challenge.

3. More often you’ll have a situation where only one of the planetary departments is activated, and this will clearly show where the person’s focus is. If the one planetary department activated by major aspect is the Department of Vitality (Sun/Moon), the individual is very into the basics in life, very grounded, may even have a kind of earthy or primitive quality, and will tend to have a lot of energy. This person is good at establishing themself in life in a practical way. They would hardly ever get lost in the clouds.

4. If the single planetary department with a major aspect is the Department of Efficiency (Venus/Mars) the person has a tremendous capacity to get things done. This is the situation in my chart. People are always telling me I’m very accomplishment oriented. Yes, I see that, but it just seems like a natural thing – when I want something, or want to get something done, I just make a b-line for it, and that is that! The down side of this is that I don’t really have much of a long range sense of what I’m doing – its just the task at hand that I’m getting done.

5. If the single planetary department with a major aspect is the Department of Motivation (Jupiter/Saturn) the person is extremely good at keeping before him/herself WHY he or she is doing what their doing. They tend to stand up unequivocally for what they believe. Their actions tend not to be random, but for a reason and purpose. The individuals with this setup in their chart are very good at not getting involved in meaningless activity, or in anything that doesn’t suit their purpose. They automatically save their energy for their goals and purposes, for what they feel is right and good to do.

6. If the single planetary department with a major aspect is the Department of Sginificance (Uranus/Neptune). These people focus on the welfare of their fellow human beings and the welfare of the world at large, and tend to commit every action as a means toward the general betterment of everything.

7. There can also be the situation where three of the planetary departments are activated by major aspect, with the fourth department unactivated. When this is the case, it is the unactivated department that becomes the focus of the life. And so if there is a major aspect between Venus and Mars (the Department of Efficiency), as well as Jupiter and Saturn (the department of Motivation), and also Uranus and Neptune (the Department of Significance), but NO ASPECT BETWEEN SUN AND MOON (the Department of Vitality), then we can see that the person needs to be like #3 above, and if they can bring these qualities into their life they will have found the missing piece that will lead them to success and fulfillment.

8. The same procedure that we used to interpret the missing Sun/Moon aspect in #7 we can use to interpret the situation when all planetary departments are being activated except for the Department of Efficiency (Venus/Mars),

9. As well as when the Department of Motivation has no major aspect (with the other three having major aspects), and

10. The Department of Significance having the same situation.

And those are the first 10 potential interrelationships of the four Planetary Departments.

The following interpretations cover the instances where two out of the four planetary departments are activated by major aspect, with the other two not having a major aspect between their two planets. You will find one of these six possibilities present in about 40% of the charts that you do.

11. Sun/Moon (Vitality) and Jupiter/Saturn (Motivation) both activated by major aspect: The individual with this combination tends to take a personal approach to the circumstances of life. That means, essentially, that no matter what he involved him/herself in, the tendency is to take whatever happens personally.

We hear people say so often, “You shouldn’t take that personally!” in an attempt to try to help the person they are speaking to. Actually taking things personally can be a positive thing. It can signify a teacher who gets to know his/her students individually, and who will try to work with each and every circumstance of life that comes up as a unique scenario that requires unique responses. In other words, “personal” here may translate as “personable.”

Queen Elizabeth II has this situation in her chart, and her great popularity over the years is because she seems like a real person to the people – she approaches her job personably.

On the darker side, Hermann Goering also had this setup in his chart – another very personable leader, who, in fact, as Marc Jones says, “encouraged millions of the German people to think of him affectionately as “The Man.”

12. Venus/Mars (Efficiency) and Uranus/Neptune (Significance) both activated by major aspect: This person takes an impersonal approach to circumstances. They might, sometimes, seem cold, distant, or aloof, but this mindset might aid them in focusing on what they are doing, and help to insulate them against negative criticism, censure, or any kind of chaos or static that might disrupt someone else, who, if involved in the same circumstances did not have this setup in their chart.

13. Sun/Moon (Vitality) activated with Venus/Mars (Efficiency): This person tends to focus on their function in life, and to do so objectively. This can mean that self-fulfillment for them will require at least some amount of self-discipline. This person tends to play a definite role in life. They figure out what this role requires, and then try to fulfill those requirements.

14. Jupiter/Saturn (Motivation) activated with Uranus/Neptune (Significance): These people, like #13 above are also playing a role in life, but with this combination the functioning is subjective, that is, rather than focusing on what is needed from them by the outside world they look within to see what it is they have to give to the world, and then their role and functioning is based on this. These people need to allow their role in life to come forth from themselves.

Both numbers 13 and 14 are like actors playing roles on the stage of life, with number 13 playing their role more methodically and consciously, and number 14 merging with the character they have conceived and playing more by instinct. Both of these types can be uncompromising and self-obsessed. Remember, though, this is not necessarily a bad thing.

15. Sun/Moon (Vitality) activated with Uranus/Neptune (Significance): This person focus on ACTIVITY – on what they are DOING, and does so in a conjunctive way, meaning they are not apt to let anything get in their way as the proceed with their agendas, and refuse to allow their actions to be thwarted by trivialities. They are willing to try anything and everything to see if it will suit their purposes, and are always trying to connect what they are doing with what others are doing and to what is going on around them.

This person is intent on working with the structures they find already in place in the world around them. They are trying to be a part of things.

16. Jupiter/Saturn (Motivation) activated with Venus/Mars (Efficiency): This person also focuses on ACTIVITY, but unlike #15 does so in a disjunctive way. They want to sample many different things because they are trying to get a feel for all the various energies around them so they can assess how they might be used. They tend to take different sorts of energies from many different areas of life and then to put those energies together in their own individual way. They love to experiment, and the ultimate purpose of their experiments is self-discovery.

This person, rather than working with the structures they find already in place in the world around them are intent on creating their own customized structures for themselves.

Memorizing Signs, Planets, and Aspects

Here is a really great method for learning the signs in order together with their planetary rulerships plus which ones are in sextile, square, trine and opposition to each other. I learned this memory technique from a book I found when I was in grade school, and it has stuck with me for many years. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is.

First of all, we’re going to create file, and its going to be based on two things: (1) a file you already have in your mind, which is simply the numbers one through twelve, and (2) rhymes. Here is a list of the numbers together with specific words that rhyme with each one:

1 is RUN
2 is ZOO
3 is TREE
4 is DOOR
5 is HIVE
6 is STICK
7 is HEAVEN
8 is GATE
9 is WINE
10 is DEN
11 is LEAVEN
12 is SHELF

STEP ONE

Memorize these words and their corresponding numbers. It’s easy because the words rhyme with the numbers. The only confusion you might have is between seven and eleven, which already rhyme with each other. The way around this difficulty is to remember that the word going with eleven, LEAVEN, is almost identical to the sound of the number itself. (Leaven is a noun and means a substance, typically yeast, that is added to dough to make it ferment and rise).

Practice these numbers. Have someone name numbers at random between one and twelve and see if you can think of the word which corresponds. If you can, you’re ready to go on to step two.

STEP TWO

In this step you’re going to invent a personal picture – one to go with each one of the twelve numbers. It is very important to make this picture vivid and as specific as possible. I’m going to relate to you my own personal pictures. You can use them, if you’d like, or you can make up your own. The purpose of this step is to learn the signs in order.

The first sign of the zodiac is Aries, and as you see from the list, the word for the number 1 is RUN. In my picture, I am at the University of Kansas City outdoor track, which is right by the gym. I am furiously RUNNING around the track because I’m being chased by a RAM (Aries). This ram is trying to butt me! He has his head down, and big curly horns, and I can barely keep ahead of him.

If you use this image, imagine your own place where it is happening, somewhere you are familiar with. It may be in a park where you like to go, or the woods in back of your house, etc. The point is, you’re RUNNING and your being chased by a RAM.

The number two goes with the word ZOO. The second sign of the zodiac is Taurus. I see myself at the Kansas City ZOO, and there in a cage, in the big cat house is a BULL (Taurus). Why in the cat house? Who knows? I put the bull here in my imagination because the more strange and inexplicable you make these pictures in your mind the more vivid they are to you, and hence the easier to remember.

I hope the bull isn’t here in the cat house becuase they are going to feed him to a tiger or other cat! There he is, just chewing his cud. Spend enough time making the picture vivid enough in your mind that you remember it, and when you feel it’s strong enough that you won’t forget it, go on to the next one.

The number three goes with TREE. I see a big oak tree and there, on the lowest branch are two monkey’s. They look identical! They must be TWINS (Gemini). They are chattering at me and jumping up and down. They’re afraid I might climb the TREE. They’re very territorial. “This is our TREE” they seem to be saying.

The number four goes with DOOR. I see myself late at night lying in bed. The curtain is open and I see a full moon. I hear a strange noise — it sounds like something is scraping the door. I get up, my heart is going fast. What could it be? I listen. The noise doesn’t stop. Finally I get up the courage to open the door and…look!…there is a giant CRAB (Cancer) that’s been scratching at the door. Is it really a crab, or a space alien? Is it the product of some genetic experiment gone awry? My little dog is barking furiously at it.

The number five goes with HIVE. Sitting under a tree I see a bee hive. I know I’m in Africa. Here comes a hungry LION (Leo). He is starving. He looks so thin. He can smell the honey in the HIVE. He puts his paw in it and all the bees come swarming out. He runs away, a swarm of bees chasing after him.

The number six goes with STICK. I see a magician with a wand. The wand is very simple. It looks like the branch of a tree. It is beautiful, though, for it has on it several blossoms that never fade. He says, “I have something to show you. Watch carefully!” He then intones a magical incantation and waves the STICK (wand), and there in a beautiful cloud of light an image of the VIRGIN (Virgo) Mary appears. She is making the sign of benediction toward me. She then disappears. I feel wonderful! “Thank you” I say to the magician. (By the way, if you don’t like combining Christian imagery with something as pagan as a magician, you can use the goddess Athena, if you can remember that she was supposed to be a virgin).

For the number seven I see a long flight of steps going up into the clouds – into HEAVEN. I ascend them, climbing and climbing until I see in the distance a gigantic angel standing there. It’s St. Peter. He’s holding in his right hand an immense BALANCE SCALES (Libra). As I approach I see that in the left hand pan of the BALANCE SCALE are all the bad deeds I’ve done in my life, and in the right hand pan are all my good deeds. Luckily, I see, the right hand pan is heavier (of course!), and so I know I’m going to heaven! “Welcome,” says St. Peter.

For the number eight I see I’m standing in front of a beautiful garden gate. It is made of wrought iron and ornamented with depictions of all sorts of birds and flowers. I open the gate, it squeaks loudly, and just as I’m about to step into the beautiful garden I happen to look down and see there right in front of me on the ground a huge black SCORPION (Scorpio). It is black, just like the gate. Carefully I walk around it as it lifts and flexes the stinger on its tail, warning me to stay away.

For the number 9 I imagine that as I am walking through the forest I come upon a staggering CENTAUR (Sagittarius). “Are you all right?” I ask. “Yeah,” he slurs, “Just a little tipsy. Think I had a little too much WINE (wine=nine). “Can I help you?” I ask. “No,” he says, “ I’m just on the way home. Say, you don’t happen to have a breath mint on you, do you? Uh, I promised the missus I’d lay off the hootch…but Chiron just brewed a new batch – couldn’t resist.” Reaching into my pocket I hand him a box of tic tacs.

For the number 10 I imagine that I see a den of hungry panthers. It’s in a cave. For a few days they’ve had no luck hunting, and they’re famished. As they lay there resting a stray GOAT (Capricorn) wanders into their midst. They all jump up at once, ready to pounce, but rear back in surprise – because the goat smells SO BAD. I mean, goats are usually stinky, but this goat just REEKS. Seeing that he has wandered into a den of panthers, the goat bolts out of the DEN (den=ten).

Are you still with me? We have only two more to go! For the number 11 I see a medieval bakery in Paris. Its all made of stone. The baker is a jolly fat man. He wants to make more bread but he’s out of water. He’s waiting for the water carrier (AQUARIUS) to deliver some. The water bearer knocks at the door and comes in carrying a large ceramic urn full of water. This guy is notoriously clumsy, and soon after he’s entered the bakery he stumbles and drops the jug on a table. It smashes into a large jar which holds all the bakers LEAVEN (eleven) and gets it all wet. “You big lummox!” Shouts the baker, “Now you’ve RUINED all my LEAVEN!” (leaven=eleven).

And now the last one. I seen myself coming into my kitchen, and I notice this awful smell. What could it be? There are no dirty dishes, and I just cleaned out the refrigerator. Is it the trash that smells so bad? I look under the sink. Nope. I just emptied it yesterday. I start searching. Standing on a chair I open a cupboard and look on the top SHELF (twelve), which is high up close to the ceiling. There is a plate. I take it down and what do I find on it? TWO FISH (Pisces) that are rotting. How in the world did they get there? Oh yes, now I remember. Gracie, the cleaning lady who is very lazy doesn’t like to do dishes. We had these trout two weeks ago for dinner, and she must have hid them on the top shelf so she wouldn’t have to wash the dish. I decide that this is it, I’m definitely going to have to fire Gracie.

You have now completed Step Two. Test yourself by having someone name numbers at random between one and twelve. Can you name the sign corresponding to it? If not, then either you have gone through the list in step two too fast, or have not made the pictures vivid enough in your mind. Go back over them again and have your friend test you again. Make sure you cover all the numbers, and if you miss any this time, jot the missed ones down and go back and find a way of making the picture corresponding to them even more vivid.

Once you have completed Step two successfully, you can say the signs in order both forward and backward.

And now for step three. To figure out which signs are opposite each other, all you have to do is add or subtract 6 from any number in question. For instance, if you want to know what is the opposite of 3=TREE=TWINS=GEMINI all you have to do is add 6 to it and you get 3 plus 6 equals 9=WINE=SAGITTARIUS. If you want to know the sign opposite SCORPIO=GATE=EIGHT all you have to do is subtract 6 from it and you get 8 minus 6 equals 2=ZOO=TAURUS.

To know which signs are in square to each other, you just need to add three to any given number to get one of the squares, and then subtract three from it to get the other square, since each sign has two other signs which are in square to it. If the number in question is less than three, just add a full circle to it, which is 12. For instance the square to TAURUS=TWO=ZOO is found by adding 12 to 2, obtaining 14. (We had to add the 12 because we can’t subtract three from two). Now that we have the 14 we can subtract three from it and we get 14 minus 3 equals 11=LEAVEN=AQUARIUS. If the sum you obtain after adding 3 to any number is over 12, then just take 12 away from it to arrive at the answer. For instance, if you want to know the square to CAPRICORN=DEN=TEN, add 3 to the 10 to obtain 13, then subtract 12 from it, obtaining 1=RUN=ARIES.

Sextiles are both plus and minus two, since there are two of them also. Trines are plus and minus 4. If you want to be a really good astrologer, keep practicing these until you get to the point you just know them and don’t have to do the adding and subtracting.

And now for Step 4. Let’s go back to your original list and we’re going to add something.

Remember that picture of you running from the RAM (Aries) that’s chasing you? Well, you know, you’re getting very tired of running, in fact, your running out of energy, and you’re feeling hungry. Look down into your hand, and there you see a MARS candy bar. (Mars rules Aries).

In the Picture of you at the zoo (=2)where you see the BULL (TAURUS) you see a beautiful woman enter the cage. She is radiant – she must be a goddess! She is! She’s VENUS, and she’s laying a garland of flowers around the Bull’s neck. It’s to protect him from the big cats.

In the picture of the twin monkeys in the TREE (=3) as you stand there gazing up at them you feel a tap on your shoulder. Turning around you see it is the god MERCURY (Ruling planet of Gemini). He’s wearing a helmet with wings on it, and looking down, you see that he also has wings on the back of his feet. He says “I have a message for you. Here!” and he hands you an envelope. You open it – I don’t know what’s in it – that’s up to you!

In the picture of the DOOR (=4) with the large CRAB scratching on it, remember how bright that MOONlight was coming through the open curtain (Cancer is ruled by the Moon). Maybe it was that Full Moon that called up that CRAB from the depths of some Stygian cave.

In the picture of the HIVE (=5) Imagine that the time of day is noon, and the SUN (Ruling planet of LEO) is blazing high in the sky.

In the picture of the STICK (=6)– the blossoming wand that conjures up a picture of the VIRGIN — imagine that after he has conjured her up he then re=energizes his wand by dipping it in a bowl of liquid MERCURY (Mercury rules Virgo).

In the picture of the steps going up to HEAVEN (=7) imagine that the time of this event as early evening, and there in the sky hanging over the shoulder of St. Peter is the EVENING STAR, which is VENUS (ruling planet of Libra, the balance scales).

In the picture of the garden GATE (=8), you may think to yourself, you know, I really wanted to enjoy this beautiful garden. It’s the loveliest one I’ve ever seen, but that big ugly Scorpion MARS the whole experience! (Mars rules Scorpio).

In the picture of the WINE (=9) which got the Centaur drunk, watch the Centaur as he leaves you to find his way home. Oops! He got lost – he’s drunker than he thought, but the king of the gods, JUPITER, appears to him to show him the way.

In the picture of the DEN (=10) see the goat bolting out of the panthers’ den and running home to a little thatched hut in the forest. There lives an old man with a long gray beard carrying a Scythe. He’s the god Saturn, and Cappy (that’s the goats name, is his favorite goat. How glad Saturn is that Cappy’s returned safe and sound!

In the picture of the LEAVEN (=11) the baker is so upset by the loss of his LEAVEN, when the water bearer spill his whole jug of water on it, that after the water bearer leaves he pour himself a nice big glass of SAUTURNE wine to calm himself down (Saturn rules Aquarius).

In the picture of the SHELF (=12) imagine you are scraping the two stinky trout into the garbage disposal, and as you do you uncover the picture of the king of the gods JUPITER(ruler of the sign Pisces) on the plate. He’s wearing a crown and carrying a sceptre. You truly hope he will not send a curse to you for allowing his image to be defiled by two dead fish. Just in case, you light candles to him, say a prayer, and make an offering of fruit and flowers.

So now, if you’ve installed these pictures vividly enough in your mind, you not only know the signs in order, both forward and backward, but also which are in opposition, square, sexile and trine to each other, and also the planetary rulers of each. Not bad for a day’s work!

Here’s the trick: Once you’ve learned these, you need to go over them at least once a day for awhile, then you can do every other day, then every three days, then once a week for awhile. That’s how to make them stick. I hope you enjoyed this memory game! Talk to you again soon!

The Natal Chart of Henry James

The author’s birth data is April 15th 1843 at 2:00 pm in New York City.

The space ruler of James’ chart is Moon in the 12th degree of Scorpio in the Third House. He had an emotional need to communicate, and his communicated was very subjective (Moon) as well as seductive, indirect, and implacatory as well as covertly intense – all Scorpio traits. The Omega symbol for 12 Scorpio is “A woman with a collection of rocks shaped like hearts.” The heart signifies what we hold dearest – our emotional center. Rocks are dense and hard. James focuses so often on problems of the heart. The woman who is collecting these rocks in the form of hearts is obviously looking for them, looking for a particular shape, a shape that will reflect what is important, significant, dear to one’s heart. This is what James was doing in his writing – searching for meaning and significance in the densities and obstructions (rocks) of human consciousness

His closest square is between Sun and Saturn. Sun is purpose, and Saturn questions it. This is seen, for instance in his story “The Turn of the Screw,” where the governess wonders what the real purpose is in her being hired to take care of the children, and then wonders who the ghosts are, and why there are there. James causes us to wonder if she in fact is even sane, or hallucinating the whole thing. James will never settle for a superficial purpose to things – he’s always looking for the deeper purpose.

Pluto in his chart sits on the Sun/Mercury midpoint so he was obsessive and intense (Pluto) in what he perceived as being important (Sun) to communicate (Mercury). The Sun/Mercury combination is about ones own ideas and own way of thinking, and he certainly manifested great power (Pluto) in this realm.

Jupiter and Neptune are conjunct in the same degree – 22 Aquarius, whose Omega Symbol is “A master healer is gradually restructuring someone’s body.” First of all, he’s doing this subtly (Neptune) and with such an enthusiasm (Jupiter) that he is willing to go to great lengths (Jupiter rules anything big, or long, or in any other way immense) to make this happen. He is a master of showing gradual changes coming about in human consciousness. For instance, in his novel “Wings of the Dove,” he portrays the gradual disintegration of a romance. This is brought about through one person’s indirect goading of the other person to act in ways they consider immoral. The moral issue in question – the marrying of a dying rich woman for the purpose of obtaining her money, when in fact she wishes to give her money to the one marrying her – is confusing and vague with unclear boundaries (Neptune).

The Chandra Symbol for 22 Aquarius is “A woman making lace.” This aptly portrays James extremely delicate description of every little nuance of human thought and the intricate workings
of human communication. It has to go also with his extreme refinement of sensibility.

The Hyperion Symbol for 22 Aquarius is “Stars in a distant galaxy imploding.” This strikes me as particularly apt in describing James’ art, for stars imploding in a distant galaxy would be from earth almost imperceptable, nothing more than a subtle detail of the sky. James deals with these sorts of subtleties all the time – things that have gigantic psychological implications – as the stars are gigantic – but which are, in the context of his story seemingly tiny and insignificant.

The Omega Symbol for his 14 Pisces Venus is, “Unconcerned with how he is going to escape, a man explores an infinite library.” James’ aesthetic (Venus rules aesthetics) has a labyrinthine quality, a feeling of being able to go on forever. Within the finite context of any individual story there is almost always an illusion of vastness of depth created.

The Omega Symbol for James’ North Node is “a photographer hand-coloring a landscape.” The North Node signifies the direction of growth in a person’s life – what they most need to further their evolution. It could be tricky interpretating this symbol in this context, for the symbol could be seen as having a trivial quality. We must try to think of what it could symbolize in the context of soul evolution.

The photographer has produced a realistic replica of something tangible, but is now modifying and beautifying it, adding to it to create another picture, one that combines reality with illusion. This is, of course, exactly what James did in his writing.

The Natal Chart of William Blake

I’ve been looking at the chart of the English poet and mystic William Blake. For those of you who would like to check out this chart further, his birthday is November 28th, 1757, at 7:45 PM in London, England.

The planet with the largest amount of empty space around it is the Moon, in the Twelfth House, in Cancer. I refer to the planet in any chart with the most amount of space around it as the “space ruler,” and consider it the most important planet in the chart.

Moon as space ruler signifies a great intensity of feeling, which Blake had, and in Cancer the strong desire to nourish and nurture. He tried his whole life to uplift humanity, to point out the myriad ways of wrong thinking and lies perpetrated by the church. This attempt to uncover the truth is Twelfth House in nature, which is the house of all that is hidden. It is also the house of the deep subconscious, and our intuitive connection to spiritual forces and guiding beings. Blake felt that much of his work was channeled.

The Moon is in the 13th degree of Cancer, the 13th degree of any and every sign always carrying the vibration of renewal and revival. He was trying to renew the human being’s relationship to spirit.

The Omega symbol for the 13th degree of Cancer is, “Wind blowing through an old Pan’s pipe.” A spontaneous song, created by nature manifesting as the wind. This is certainly the mood (Moon) of Blake’s poetry. The Chandra symbol for tht same degree is, “Many voices singing different songs at the same time.” This mirrors the multileveled nature of his work.

Sun is in the 5th house of creative self-expression in the sign Sagittarius, and in the 7th degree, which in all signs is a Sagittarian degree. The fifth house is also the house of play, and Blake wrote much of joy and delight in play, and about the play of cosmic (Sagittarian) energies.

Mars conjunct Neptune in Leo means he was a warrior (Mars) who fought for his ideals (Neptune). This conjunction is in Leo, so he did this in a dramatic way.

The closest-to-exact square in his chart is between Uranus and Pluto, and I want to say something about that which I feel is very important for the astrology student. Normally if one sees a square between Uranus and Pluto one would not give it so much attention, for that square lasts for quite awhile — months, maybe — and so MILLIONS OF PEOPLE born during that time will have it in their chart. BUT: When that is the CLOSEST SQUARE IN THE CHART, THEN it becomes very important, for it is being allowed to assume the place of the greatest challenge in that chart.

Uranus/Pluto as a pair signifies revolution, complete transformation. Blake believed in expressing sexuality with total freedom. He was against many restrictions that the church placed on humanity. He believed in a coming Utopia, and was trying to help create that on earth. Also he is VERY (remember that Pluto has no energy of its own, but intensifies anything it comes in contact with) STRANGE (Uranus). There is no one like the poet William Blake. He had his own mythology, he made up his own gods with their own names. He was a radical innovator.

His Mercury was in Scorpio. Here is one of his poems:

Oh rose thou art sick
The invisible worm
That flies in the night
In the howling storm

Has found out they bed
Of crimson joy
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy

Is that Scorpionic enough for you?

When looking at the chart of any artist it’s very revealing to look at the placement of Venus, for Venus is the planet of aesthetics, what one LOVES. Blake’s is in Capricorn, the sign governing economy. His poems often are striking for their economy of words, that is, with very few of them he creates extremely vivid pictures, as in:

My mother groaned! my father wept
Into the dangerous world I lept:
Helpless, naked, piping loud;
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

The long visionary poems are similar in tone and feeling to the writing of the Old Testament. This is also a manifestation of Venus in Capricorn, as Capricorn has to do with anything old. And of course writing in this style gives the work an authoritative (Capricorn) feel. The Omega symbol for his Venus, which is in 20 Capricorn is “A host of angels in conference.” The whole of his work is, in essence, a dialog of spiritual forces, as portrayed by this degree.

Having such radical ideas in 18th Century England one wonders why he didn’t get put in prison. He has no planets in the 10th house, which rules one’s public image, and people who may have authority and power over one. But if we look at the ruler of that house, which is Mars (Aries being on the Tenth House cusp), we see that Mars, as I stated before, is conjunct Neptune. I think what protected Blake from the authorities is that they were confused (Neptune) by him, didn’t know what to make of him. His own visionary cloud provided him with a cloak of protection.

The Omega Symbols

This set of degree symbols was channeled by John Sandbach in August of 2005. It is meant to enhance, expand, and support other degree symbols currently in use.

Each set of 5 degrees is preceded by one of the Kabbalistic 72 Names of God, with the Hebrew letters of that name in brackets. The name of the angel corresponding to that Name of God follows after that, with the manner of pronouncing it, and its general meaning.

Of the 5 degrees that follow each one of these names, the first degree is EXPERIMENTAL in nature (degrees 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, and 26 of each sign), the next one SENSITIVE (degrees 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, and 27 of each sign), the third RECEPTIVE (degrees 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, and 28 of each sign), the fourth RESPONSIBLE (degrees 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, and 29 of each sign), and the 5th INSPIRED (degrees 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 of each sign). These five words were first used in Marc Jones book, “The Sabian Symbols” to designate a cycle of five degrees that repeats itself through the whole zodiac. Keeping the keyword in mind for any particular degree, plus the nature of the Name of God with its corresponding angel can be of great help in understanding the energy of it.

This set of symbols is for the purpose of accessing the energy of Chiron (or Alpha Omega, as John and Ellias prefer to call it), which interconnects all time and space and whose energy becomes a way for all of us more fully to share ourselves with each other as we continue our journey toward enlightenment. Please feel free to copy these symbols and share them with anyone. If you wish to give John feedback concerning them, he would be very happy to hear from you. You can write him at sandbach@sbcglobal.net

Note that Aries 1 means the first degree of Aries, covering 00° Aries 00′ 00” through 00° Aries 59′ 59”.

ARIES

1. Time Travel (Vav-Hey-Vav)
Angel: VEHUIAH (vay-HOO-ee-YAH) Will and New Beginnings

1 A treasure map tattooed on someone’s back. Manifesting/Experimental
2 A man shown a hidden portal to the underworld. Manifesting/Sensitive
3 A sacred mirror which is kept in the inner sanctum of a temple. Manifesting/Receptive
4 A man destroying a wall as he attempts to eradicate black mold from a house.(Omega Symbol) Manifesting/Responsible
5 A woman harvesting rose petals to make perfume. Manifesting/Inspired

2. Recapturing the Sparks (Yud Lamed Yud)
Angel: JELIEL (Jay-lee-EL) Love and Wisdom

6 An actor forgets his lines and makes up new ones. Interacting/Experimental
7 An old man admiring a portrait of himself as a youth. Interacting/Sensitive
8 A man journeying far north to the mouth of a river. Interacting/Receptive
9 A woman ironing white linen. Interacting/Responsible
10 In many different places, a man keeps seeing the same number. Interacting/Inspired

3. Miracle Making (Samech Yud Tet)
Angel: SITAEL (SIT-ah-EL) Construction of Universe/Worlds

11 A hospital for birds.Transforming/Experimental
12 Before the end of a movie, a man leaves the theater. Transforming/Sensitive
13 A breeze carries a soap bubble thousands of miles. Transforming/Receptive
14 A snake wiggling out of its own skin. Transforming/Responsible
15 An hourglass in which the sand has become stuck. Transforming/Inspired

4. Eliminating Negative Thoughts (Ayin Lamed Bet)
Angel: ELEMIAH (eh-LEM-ee-YAH) Divine Power

16 To rejuvenate himself, a man is partially buried in the earth. Manifesting/Experimental
17 A man is riding a horse north as he searches for the Kingdom of the Fairies.Manifesting/Sensitive
18 Sitting in the Lotus posture, a monk’s deceased body is incorruptible.Manifesting/Receptive
19 A skeleton dressed in garlands of flowers. Manifesting/Receptive
20 Streets littered with many colors of confetti. Manifesting/Inspired

5. Healing (Mem Hey Shin)
Angel: MAHASIAH (mah-HA-see-YAH) Rectification

21 A woman drying flowers and carefully preserving their colors.Interacting/Experimental
22 A gentle, mild-mannered author who writes horror stories.Interacting/Sensitive
23 A painting with countless layers of paint.Interacting/Receptive
24 Beautiful, expressive lines flowing out of a pencil.Interactive/Responsible
25 A man studying a sequence of random numbers.Interactive/Inspired

6. Dream State (Lamed Lamed Hey)
Angel: LELAHEL (LAY-la-HEL) Light of Understanding

26 A man sitting at the bottom of a crater.Transforming/Experimental
27 Over a waterfall gleams a rainbow many thousands of years old.Transforming/Sensitive
28 An artist’s studio. Many unfinished paintings everywhere.Transforming/Receptive
29 A woman immersed in healing mud.Transforming/Responsible
30 A crown which causes one to levitate.Transforming/Inspired

TAURUS

7. DNA of the Soul (Aleph Kaf Aleph)
Angel: ACHAIAH (a-KA-hee-YAH) Patience

1 To cleanse them, crystals are placed in a stream.Interacting/Experimental
2 A saint’s bones have turned to pure gold.Interacting/Sensitive
3 A woman at a crossroads. She buries something and then prays.Interactive/Receptive
4 A linguist invents a perfect language.Interacting/Responsible
5 In a faint light, a map’s coastlines are vague.Interacting/Inspired

8. Defusing Negative Energy and Stress (Kaf Hey Tav)
Angel: CAHETEL (KA-heh-TEL) Divine Blessings

6 A man charges water with healing energy.Transforming/Experimental
7 A man cleansing his aura with pink light.Transforming/Sensitive
8 A man lost in a tiny forest.Transforming/Receptive
9 Bats streaming out of a cave at dusk.Transforming/Responsible
10 A wondrous perfume that follows a man wherever he goes.Transforming/Inspired

9. Angelic Influences (Hey Zayin Yud)
Angel: HAZIEL (HA-zee-EL) Divine Mercy and Forgiveness

11 A man jumping into a river, melting, and flowing away.
12 In a sacred precinct, many prayers tied around rocks and hanging from trees.
13 A fruit that smells terrible but tastes wonderful.
14 A woman making her way to the center of a labyrinth.
15 A platinum crucible.

10. Looks Can Kill: Protection from the Evil Eye (Aleph Lamed Daled)
Angel: ALADIAH (a-LA-dee-YAH) Divine Grace

16 At the bottom of a gorge, a river turbulent with rapids.
17 A book patiently waiting to spill forth its vast and profound knowledge.
18 Gently, a man caresses a thorn tree.
19 A bottle of gold dust gathered from many places over many years.
20 A man performing a complicated weaving pattern from memory.

11. Banishing the Remnants of Evil (Lamed aleph Vav)
Angel: LAUVIAH (LO-vee-YAH) Victory

21 Bending over and lowering her palms, a woman projects colors into the Earth.
22 A man drinking a tonic that causes rainbow colors to spread throughout his
body.
23 Inside a tornado, a spiral staircase.
24 A man cataloging thousands of different types of microbes.
25 A holographic computer.

12. Unconditional Love (Hay Hey Ayin)
Angel: HAHAIAH (ha-HA-ee-YAH) Refuge, Shelter

26 All over the city, words on scraps of paper flowing through the sewers.
27 A greenhouse full of tropical plants set in a snowy landscape.
28 A man channeling a set of degree symbols.
29 A man reaches out to touch a marble statue. He feels it smiling.
30 Beings from many dimensions attracted to an immense white flame.

GEMINI

13. Heaven on Earth (Yud Zayin Lamed)
Angel: YEZALEL (YAY-za-LEL) Fidelity, Loyalty, and Allegiance

1 A naked man on an ice floe feels no cold.
2 Tiny meteori tes the size of dust falling everywhere.
3 An invisible man wandering in the night.
4 From a mountain, people watch a tsunami.
5 Two people calling to each other across a wide, deep canyon.

14. Farewell to Arms (Mem bet Hey)
Angel: MEBAHEL (May-ba-HEL) Truth, Liberty, and Justice

6 In the far north an ancient tower carved of ice.
7 Poetry which sounds beautiful but makes no logical sense.
8 A man performing a strange, expressive dance only by moving his hands.
9 A ruby growing in a laboratory.
10 Magic glasses which allow one to read a secret text.

15 Long-Range Vision (Hey Resh Yud)
Angel: HARIEL (HA-ree-EL) Puirification

11 Rain falling on the ocean.
12 A single tree growing many different types of fruits.
13 With each breath another new and unknown smell is detected.
14 The sound of drumming brings everyone into the present.
15 A magician’s tower looms above the surrounding landscape.

16. Dumping Depression (Hey Kuf Mem)
Angel: HAKAMIAH (he-KE-mee-YAH) Loyality

16 A man is projecting numbers at someone for the purpose of healing that person.
17 Deep in a cave, a large albino snake.
18 A magician gives to the wind messages that are to be delivered.
19 The Golden Fleece hanging in a garden.
20 Night in a museum. Shadows seem to be moving in the paintings.

17. Great Escape (Lamed Aleph Vav)
Angel: LAVIAH (LAH-vee-YAH) Revelation

21 A healer breaks up adhesions beneath an old wound.
22 A painting that, once it is seen, cannot be remembered.
23 A man attuning to the vibrations of a myriad of different flowers.
24 A man who heals water, be it in lakes, rivers, the ocean, or a glass.
25 A healer who uses only smiles to perform all his healings.

18. Fertility (Kuf Lamed Yud)
Angel: CALIEL (KA-lee-EL) Justice

26 A man cutting the limb of a persimmon tree to make a wand.
27 Cleaning someone’s aura with a quartz crystal.
28 A house which keeps growing bigger and bigger.
29 A biologist doing intensive research on mold.
30 From far away, a sailor has brought home a carved idol.

Cancer

19. Dialing God (Lamed Vav Vav)
Angel: LEUVIAH (LOO-vee-YAH) Expansive Intelligence/Fruition

1 Rainbows slowly moving across a white wall.
2 A man with no navel.
3 In a crowd, a man keeps seeing people he thinks he knows but can’t remember
from where.
4 People watching fireworks in the distance.
5 A statue of ice sitting in the desert. It doesn’t melt.

20. Victory over Addictions (Pey Hey Lamed)
Angel: PAHALIAH (pa-HA-lee-YAH) Redemption

6 On a dull, overcast day, a pool reflects a clear, blue sky.
7 Deep in a mine, statues and bas-reliefs carved from salt.
8 A man versed in the art of making charms and talismans.
9 A man shaking dew off orchids into a glass vial.
10 An artist making shadowboxes in which he is placing collages and various
small objects.

21. Eradicate Plague (Nun Lamed Kaf)
Angel: NELCHAEL (NEL-ka-EL) Ardent Desire to Learn

11 A hidden treasure waits to be found.
12 A diamond light enough to float.
13 Wind blowing through an old Pan’s pipe.
14 In an old display case, a collection of rare mineral specimens.
15 A man in an air-conditioned space suit crossing the desert.

22. Stop Fatal Attraction (Yud Yud Yud)
Angel: YEIAYEL (YAY-ah-YEL) Fame, Renown

16 A woman dressed in immaculately clean rags.
17 A man’s shadow moving independently of him.
18 Gnomes creating beautiful and ornate metalwork.
19 A man memorizing Chinese characters.
20 A keyboard which plays colors.

23. Sharing the Flame (Mem Lamed Hey)
Angel: MELAHEL (MAY-la-HEL) Healing Capacity

21 A man milking a poisonous snake of its venom so that he can make an antidote.
22 A man collecting shadows. He is putting them into a bag.
23 A man thanking all his books for the wisdom they have imparted to him.
24 A man building a structure meant to look like the ruins of a temple.
25 An invisible man yearning to feel the sun on his skin.

24. Jealousy (Chet Hey Vav)
Angel: HAHEUIAH (ha-HOO-ee-YAH) Protection

26 Sounds of laughter coming from many different directions in the forest.
27 A book of strange and imaginative prophecies.
28 Words streaming from a magician’s eyes and filling a blank book at which he is
gazing.
29 A falling leaf gets caught in a spider’s web.
30 A woman with eyes in the palms of her hands and the soles of her feet.

LEO

25. Speak Your Mind (Nun Tav Hey)
Angel: NITH-HAIAH (NIT-ha-YAH) Spiritual Wisdom and Magic

1 A magician inventing many new techniques.
2 On the surface of water, flecks of dust floating.
3 Walking down the street, a man passes his double.
4 A forest of mirrors used to collect the sun’s energy.
5 Through narrow, winding streets, a man is following a mysterious woman.

26. Order from Chaos (Hey Aleph Aleph)
Angel: HAAIAH (HA-ee-YAH) Political Science and Ambition

6 Hidden photos of a deceased woman are discovered.
7 The barking of a dog echoes across a moonlit landscape.
8 An old medicine man with eyes like a snake’s.
9 A gigantic sleeping Buddha carved of stone.
10 A man who sees stars invisible to others.

27. Silent Partner (Yud Resh Tav)
Angel: YERATEL (YEH-ra-TEL) Propagation of the Light

11 A man using both hands is writing several stories simultaneously.
12 In the basement of a house, a secret escape tunnel.
13 Hidden passages in a house. Over time, their secret has been forgotten.
14 Toward the center of a galaxy, the concentration of stars becomes denser and
denser.
15 An ancient text, long kept secret, is revealed to the public.

28. Soul Mate (Shin Aleph Hey)
Angel: SEHEIAH (say-HAY-ee-YAH) Longevity
Releases body and mind from negative emotions

16 An angel appears to lost travelers and shows them the right direction.
17 A giant squid sleeping in the ocean depths.
18 A man walks into the pages of a novel.
19 A painting is cleaned, revealing colors of otherworldly beauty.
20 An herb which, if over-consumed, causes one to die of laughter.

29. Removing Hatred (Resh Yud Yud)
Angel: Reiyel (RAY-ee-YEL) Liberation
Helps to remove obstacles and impediments, and to live in a universe without boundaries

21 On top of a mesa, a lake of pure, deep blue.
22 A giant temple with many layers. It is in the shape of a mountain.
23 A secret race of beings carrying on a hidden existence among humans.
24 A drowning man turns into a fish.
25 A woman incessantly eating pills.

30. Building Bridges (Aleph Vav Mem)
Angel: Omael (O-ma-EL) Fertility, Multiciplicy
Defeats frustration, despair and depression.

26 In a bookstore, a chance meeting of long-lost friends.
27 A man draws a picture on the surface of a lake.
28 A diamond thought to be fake turns out to be real.
29 A tiny, poisonous frog with a brightly colored body.
30 A poetess wearing rings with large gemstones in them.

VIRGO

31. Finish What you Start (Lamed Kaf Bet)
Angel: Lecabel (LAY-ca-BEL) Intellectual Talent

1 Late at night, someone comes home and slowly ascends the stairs.
2 A table on which many healings have been performed.
3 A little girl hugs a giant quartz crystal larger than she.
4 A woman boiling clothes in a cauldron with shavings of lye soap.
5 With a loud explosion, a tiny black hole collides with earth.

32. Memories (Vav Shin Resh)
Angel: Vasariah (va-SAH-ree-Yah) Clemency and Equilibrium

6 Talismans buried here and there along a road so that travelers will be protected.
7 A keyboard which plays colors.
8 People dragging a beached whale back into the ocean.
9 In a freshly plowed field, a man searching for arrowheads.
10 A baby fascinated by many differently colored vials of healing elixirs.

33. Revealing the Dark Side (Yud Chet Vav)
Angel: Yehuiah (yay-Hoo-ee-YAH) Subordination to Higher Order

11 The smell of ancient perfume as an Egyptian tomb is opened.
12 To test her fears, a woman takes a walk alone at night in a graveyard.
13 A meteorite with the edges worn smooth.
14 A collection of diamonds of many different colors.
15 A man wearing paper wings jumps off a cliff and soars through the sky.

34. Forget Thyself (Lamed Hay Chet)
Angel: Lehahiah (Lay-HA-hee-YAH) Obedience

16 A woman cutting the thorns off roses.
17 A scientist discovers the secret of time travel.
18 A woman playing the didgeridoo.
19 A procession of dancers and musicians joyously moving through a forest.
20 Worshipers circumambulating a sacred stone.

35. Sexual Energy (Kaf Vav Kuf)
Angel: Chavakiah (cha-VA-kee-Yah) Reconciliation

21 A geologist studying bands of rock in a cliff.
22 A fruit whose seeds always produce a new and different type of fruit.
23 A library is burning. A man therein continues to read.
24 A satyr sleeping standing up. Roots are growing from his hooves into the
ground.
25 A man crawling on his hands and knees through dust keeps finding jewels and
other valuable items.

36. Fear(less) (Mem Nun Daled)
Angel: Menadel (Meh-na-DEL) Inner/outer work

26 Under the full moon, a sagging balcony.
27 A cup made from a skull. It is filled with dark wine.
28 A baby experiments with different sounds its mouth can make.
29 Pagans purifying themselves beneath a waterfall.
30 A man catching a ripe fruit as it falls off a tree.

LIBRA

37. The Big Picture (Aleph Nun Yud)
Angel: Aniel (AH-nee-EL) Breaking the Circle

1 An apothecary shop in which herbal concoctions and other medicines appear as
needed.
2 A vast tract of windmills.
3 A painting upside-down in a museum. No one notices the mistake.
4 By accident, a man finds an invisible tower.
5 A flagpole with no flag.

38. Circuitry (Chet Ayin Mem)
Angel: Haamiah (He-AH-mee-YAH) Ritual and ceremony

6 On a long voyage, many icebergs encountered.
7 The Great Wall of China making a huge shadow.
8 A rare type of honey imbued with magical healing powers.
9 A healer who knows the secret of working with people’s breath.
10 A ginseng root in the shape of a human being.

39. Diamond in the Rough (Resh Hey Ayin)
Angel: Rehael (RAY-ha-EL) Filial Submission

11 In a Tibetan monastery, hundreds of candles burning.
12 A man gathering seeds from a white morning glory.
13 As he matures, a man’s paintings grow simpler and simpler.
14 A storm raging in Antarctica.
15 Young girls harvesting the choicest leaves of green tea.

40. Speaking the Right Words (Yud Yud Zayin)
Angel: Yeiazel (YAY-ah-ZEL) Divine Consolation and Comfort

16 After many revisions, a poem is thrown away.
17 The unwrapping of a mummy.
18 Waking in the night, a man feels an earthquake.
19 An innovative dancer performing a strange ballet.
20 In a lush, dark forest, a unicorn prancing.

41. Self-Esteem (Hay Hay Hay)
Angel: Hahahel (HA-ha-HEL) Mission

21 The sea as still as a mirror.
22 A man avoiding moonlight.
23 A young boy leading a giant ox.
24 Gemstones buried in the ground in the pattern of the constellation Orion.
25 New words magically appearing in a dictionary.

42. Revealing the Concealed (Mem Yud Kaf)
Angel: Mikael (MI-ka-EL) Political Authority and Order

26 Down the side of a mountain, a stream cascading for hundreds of feet.
27 A painting that will not dry.
28 A blind piano tuner.
29 In a spiritual text, a man searches for hidden codes.
30 A small, pale moon in the afternoon.

SCORPIO

43. Defying Gravity (Vav Vav Lamed)
Angel: Veuliah (vay-OO-lee-AH) Prosperity

1 A man suspended in the air watches everything from a great height.
2 A lighthouse is moved inland.
3 A mysterious food, a small piece of which will satisfy hunger for days.
4 An albino woman unaffected by the rays of the Sun.
5 A sculptor creating large, fragile works of art out of paper.

44. Sweetening Judgement (Yud Lamed Hay)
Angel: Yelahiah (yay-LAH-hee-YAH) Karmic Warrior
6 Unaccustomed to high altitudes, a woman breathes deeply and walks slowly.
7 A poem has disappeared from a sheet of paper. All that is left behind is a few
iridescent stains.
8 A woman in a hot bath. Outside, snow is falling.
9 Looking through a microscope, a man sees a woman waving at him.
10 In a field of dandelions, a yellow dragon appears.

45. The Power of Prosperity (Samech Aleph Lamed)
Angel: Sehaliah (say-HA-lee-YAH) Motivation and Willfulness

11 Shadows of trees lying over a vast lawn.
12 A woman with a collection of rocks shaped like hearts.
13 An acupuncturist who activates points simply by holding a needle above them.
14 A white marble foot glows pink as it turns into flesh.
15 Intently and faithfully, a man observes his own breath.

46. Absolute Certainty (Ayin Resh Yud)
Angel: Ariel (AH-ree-EL) Perceiver and revealer

16 A scientist using gravity waves to communicate with other universes.
17 Empty rooms with perfect walls and floors.
18 Something waking for a moment in a cocoon.
19 An angel kisses a man while he sleeps.
20 A man who carries large sacks of books with him wherever he goes.

47. Global Transformation (Ayin Shin Lamed)
Angel: Asaliah (a-SA-lee-YAH) Contemplation

21 The wind whirling thousands of loose manuscript pages.
22 A mountain of old shoes.
23 A man repairing damaged inlays of precious stones on the Taj Mahal.
24 Gold turning back into lead.
25 A composer of simple melodies.

48. Unity (Mem Yud Hay)
Angel: Mihael (MIH-a-EL) Fertility, Fruitfulness

26 A witch dressed in black. Her clothes are turning white.
27 At a country fair, some people are clothed, others are nude, all wear flowers.
28 A man who speaks only in meter and rhyme.
29 Through a doorway, nothing but empty, blue sky in all directions.
30 Former reflections appearing on a mirror.

SAGITTARIUS

49. Happines (Vav Hey Vav)
Angel: Vehuel (Vay-hoo-EL) Elevation, Grandeur

1 A woman who writes so much in her diary she has no time for anything else.
2 Waking at night, a man sees a firefly in the darkness of his bedroom.
3 No one is sure if the journey has ended.
4 A great teacher lecturing in an empty classroom.
5 Psychically attuned to each other’s bodies, women perform a spontaneous
dance.

50. Enough is Never Enough (Daled Nun Yud)
Angel: Daniel (DA-nee-EL) Eloquence

6 In a red desert, a lush, green plantation produced by irrigation.
7 A mirror covered with a shroud.
8 Experts arguing over the authenticity of a painting.
9 An invisible burden carried on the shoulders.
10 A man being followed by a spaceship.

51. No Guilt (Hey Chet Shin
Angel: Hahasiah (he-HA-see-Yah) Universal Medicine

11 A woman perceives her seemingly mundane world as beautiful and mysterious.
12 Reaching up, a man writes on the sky.
13 Sitting for her portrait, Mona Lisa feels as if millions of people are watching
her.
14 A man communicates in graceful sign language.
15 Prized possessions are disappearing, one by one.

52. Passion (Ayin Mem Mem)
Angel: Imamiah (ee-MA-mee-Yah) Expiation of Errors

16 A magician’s wand sprouting golden leaves.
17 A flame dancing at the top of a man’s head.
18 A satyr chasing young maidens who are laughing and screaming.
19 An old abandoned garden, everything under a blanket of ivy.
20 A clear, yellow gem fallen from heaven.

53. No Agenda (Nun Nun Aleph)
Angel: Nanael (NA-na-El) Spiritual Communication

21 Deep in the jungle, travelers discover the ruins of an ancient city.
22 A flamenco dancer. As he stamps his purple boots, small clouds of dust are
raised.
23 Strange tools no one knows how to use.
24 A man in his imagination inventing flowers, the seeds of which magically
appear.
25 An old book that no one has ever read.

54. The Death of Death (Nun Yud Tav)
Angel Name: Nithael (NIT-ha-EL) Rejuvenation and Eternal Youth

26 A candle mysteriously undisturbed by wind.
27 In the night, a man uncovers himself to feel the cool air.
28 A man channeling new music from deceased composers.
29 A house full of strange, disorienting angles and perspectives.
30 By time traveling, a man takes a photograph of dinosaurs.

CAPRICORN

55. Thought Into Action (Mem Bet Hey)
Angel: Mebahiah (me-BA-hee-YAH) Intellectual Lucidity

1 A man mesmerized as he reads words glowing with light.
2 A painting which causes those who see it to become silent.
3 A reference book on poisons.
4 As a cliff erodes, a temple is in danger of collapsing.
5 A photographer hand-coloring a landscape.

56. Dispelling Anger (Pey Vav Yud)
Angel: Poyel (poi-YEL) Fortune and Support

6 A woman inventing magical perfumes.
7 A guidebook to an ancient city.
8 A river passes through a deep, narrow canyon full of shadows.
9 A woman thinks of all the things that have died and rotted to make the soil.
10 Many strange and diverse objects are seen floating down a river.

57. Listening to Your Soul (Nun Mem Mem)
Angel: Nemamiah (ne-MAM-mee-YAH) Discernment

11 A gothic novel creates a dark, mysterious atmosphere.
12 Mold growing on a diamond.
13 Singing and dancing in a desert oasis.
14 A woman restoring an ancient textile.
15 An angelologist explains the sacred hierarchies.

58. Letting Go (Yud Yud Lamed)
Angel: Yeialel (YAY-a-LEL) Mental Force

16 An invisible skull reveals a living human brain, its surface flickering with
rainbows.
17 A man stretching slowly and carefully in many different directions.
18 A forgotten painting stored in a vault.
19 In the night, someone peering into a dark window.
20 A host of angels in conference.

59. Umbilical Cord (Hey Resh Chet)
Angel: Harahel (HA-ra-HEL) Intellectual Richness

21 As a woman moves down a passageway, many hands reach out to touch her.
22 Sugar falling slowly through a giant hourglass.
23 While their bodies sleep, a group of people meet on the astral plane.
24 Although he is afraid of heights, a man continues to ascend a flight of invisible
stairs.
25 During a ritual, a living woman is wrapped like an Egyptian mummy.

60. Freedom (Mem Zadik Resh)
Angel: Mitzrael (MITS-ra-EL) Internal Reparation

26 A castle made of clouds appears at sunset.
27 A group of fish at the edge of a pool. They are looking up at someone.
28 A roomful of people busily cutting diamonds.
29 At dusk, a woman in a garden picking lettuce.
30 A crystal made in a laboratory is buried in the ground.

AQUARIUS

61. Water (Vav Mem Bet)
Angel: Umabel (OO-ma-BEL) Affinity and Friendship

1 Deciding to die, a vampire walks into the sunlight.
2 An alchemist trying to capture a spirit in a forest.
3 A man in a boat wakes up just in time to avoid a waterfall.
4 After a long journey the source of a sacred river is found.
5 Gradually, the wind unearths a temple buried in the sand.

62. Parent—Teacher not Preacher (Yud Hey Hey)
Angel: Iah-hel (EE-a-HEL) Desire to Know

6 Seeing a stone lion in a museum, a young girl asks her parents if they are at the
zoo.
7 Someone turns back and looks again: the mountain has disappeared.
8 A man experiences much pain and discomfort as wings sprout on his back.
9 A medieval cathedral built on the site of an ancient pagan temple.
10 A mechanical man is smiling and nodding “yes.”

63. Appreciation (Ayin Nun Vav)
Angel: Anauel (a-NA-oo-EL) Perception of Unity

11 A man clearing out his own aura.
12 A man struck by lightning is miraculously unharmed.
13 An artist mixes various flower and gem elixirs into her paints.
14 During the rain, a bird is heard singing.
15 A geisha applying her makeup.

64. Casting Yourself in a Favorable Light (Mem Chet Yud)
Angel: Mehiel (MAY-hee-EL) Vivification (invigorate, enliven)

16 Cliffs hundreds of feet high that stretch for many miles along a shoreline.
17 In the distance, a smoldering mountain.
18 A cloud in the middle of an empty sky has lost its way.
19 Suddenly a woman laughs, not knowing why.
20 Wind carving sand patterns in the desert.

65. Fear of God (Daled Mem Bet)
Angel: Damabiah (da-MA-bee-YAH) Fountain of Wisdom

21 A numerologist at work on a tropical island.
22 A master healer is gradually restructuring someone’s body.
23 In a catacomb, a room decorated with hundreds of skulls and bones.
24 A helicopter depositing a man on the top of the Great Pyramid.
25 The muscles of a dancer’s legs quivering in his sleep as he remembers dances.

66. Accountability (Man Nun Kuf)
Angel: Manakel (MA-na-KEL) Knowledge of Good and Evil

26 The sound of the ocean kept in a small box.
27 Love steadies a man’s irregular heartbeat.
28 The entrance to a vast complex of caves beneath a mountain range.
29 An old poetess eating green melon in a shady garden.
30 For many years, on an island, people dig deeper and deeper to find a treasure.

PISCES

67. Great Expectations (Aleph Yud Ayin)
Angel: Eyael (AY-ya-EL) Transformation to the Sublime

1 At sunset, a petrified forest glows with iridescence.
2 From deep in the earth, the sound of a waterfall.
3 Just before a wedding, a purifying rainstorm.
4 Rustic folk gather many types of wildflowers for a celebration.
5 Dyers at work with many vats of different colors.

68. Contacting Departed Souls (Chet Bet Vav)
Angel: Habuhiah (he-bU-hee-YAH) Healing

6 Crystals deep in the earth aware of the sunshine above.
7 An open-air library, the books magically impervious to the elements.
8 Through a microscope, a scientist observes a deadly virus.
9 A ghost peacefully coexisting with a family in a house.
10 A group of people practicing levitation.

69. Lost and Found (Resh Aleph Hey)
Angel: Rochel (ro-SHEL) Restitution

11 Three undines guarding a golden treasure at the bottom of a river.
12 A fantastic archaeological find is being kept secret.
13 A castle so vast no one has ever explored all of it.
14 Unconcerned with how he is going to escape, a man explores an infinite library.
15 On a high hill above a river, the ruins of a castle.

70. Recognizing Design Beneath Disorder
Angel: Jabamiah (ya-BA-mee-YAH) Alchemy (Transformation)

16 A troll living under a bridge.
17 Getting on his hands and knees, a man uses a piece of white chalk to draw a circle around himself.
18 A dressmaker fashioning beautiful gowns for a queen.
19 A man tilling a field of flax.
20 A truck stop specializing in Gnostic texts.

71. Prophecy and Parallel Universes (Hey Yud Yud)
Angel: Haiyael (HA-ee-ya-EL) Divine Warrior/Weaponry

21 In a cold, harsh climate, a woman uses magic to create a lush garden.
22 All sorts of things trying to distract a man as he engages in a creative endeavor.
23 In a museum, paintings are admiring people as they pass by.
24 An empty perfume bottle, the scent completely gone.
25 On top of a high hill, a circle of standing stones.

72. Spiritual Cleansing (Mem Vav Mem)
Angel: Mumiah (MOO-mee-YAH) Endings and Rebirth

26 A writer endlessly revising his work.
27 A spider searching its web.
28 A shy poete in hiding.
29 A book of healing mantras.
30 A dense forest of organ pipes.

Phase Work: An Astrological Frontier

“Astrology a Language of Life Volume II – Sabian Aspect Orbs” is a highly unique text on astrology by Robert P. Blaschke. The essential idea of the book is that every planet in a chart is in aspect to every other, and to read the nature of the unique aspect between any two planets, all you have to do is measure the angular distance between them and then refer the number of degrees to the Sabian Symbols. In measuring distances between any two points, you always measure from the slowest moving point tthe fastest moving one.

Here’s an example: My sun is in 28 degrees and 43 minutes of Taurus, and my moon is in 18 degrees and 24 minutes of Libra. The distance between these two points measuring rom the sun to the moon is 139 degrees and 41 minutes. And by the way, if your using the Kepler astrology program all you have to do after you call up a chart is go to the top under “listing” click on it, and then click on “angular distance between planets” to get all of them. Note, though, that in this listing there will be one for the distance from the Sun to the Moon, and also from the Moon to the Sun. You want to use the one that is measuring from the Sun to the Moon, because, as I said before, you always go from the slower moving planet through the zodiac to the faster one.

Next, you need to know the numberical value of the signs in terms of their placement in the zodiac. In other words, Aries is the first 30 degrees of the zodiac, Taurus is from the 30th to the 60th degree of the zodiac, etc. Here is a list of them:

Aries 0 – 30 degrees
Taurus 30 – 60 degrees
Gemini 60 – 90 degrees
Cancer 90 – 120 degrees
Leo 120 – 150 degrees
Virgo 150 – 180 degrees
Libra 180 – 210 degrees
Scorpio 210 – 240 degrees
Sagittarius 240 – 270 degrees
Capricorn 270 – 300 degrees
Aquarius 300 – 330 degrees
Pisces 330 – 360 degrees

We can see from this list that 139 degrees and 41 minutes falls in the sign Leo, and as Leo begins at 120 degrees, then 139 degrees and 41 minutes is actually 19 degrees and 41 minutes of Leo, or when looking up the Sabian Symbol, the 20th degree of Leo, since you always round up to the next degree. Blaschke’s book was written with the Sabian Symbols in mind, but as many of you know, I work with four sets of symbolic degrees: TheSabian, the Hyperion, the Omega, and the Chandra. Any of these sets of degrees can be used for interpretation.

So the relationship between my Sun and Moon is signified by the 20th degree of Leo, the Omega symbol for this being, “An herb which, if over-consumed, causes one to die of laughter.” The planetary combination of Sun and Moon signifies ones vitality – the energy flow between conscious and unconscious. I very much relate to this symbol as revealing the nature of my vitality, for I love humor, I know that it has a potent healing power – but needs to be treated with respect, as too much can be destructive.

So now we have a way of reading each aspect between any pair of planets with far greater accuracy than just saying they are in square. If you allow a ten degree orb on squares then a square can be when two planets are from 80 – 100 degrees apart, or between 260 – 280 degrees apart, and so there are actually 40 different degrees in which squares could fall.

Here is an example of reading a square: My Neptune and Venus are 267 degrees and five minutes apart. This falls at 27 degrees and 5 minutes Sagittarius. The Omega Symbol for this is “A man channeling new music from deceased composers.” So a major challenge in my life is to positively express my idealistic (Neptune) love nature and values (Venus). Specifically I have a deep feeling that we are never limited, that there is always more that can be drawn forth from any source. People think that just because a composer is dead there can be no more music coming from him/her. No: this is an illusion, for any energy source can be tapped into to draw forth more wisdom, beauty, and spiritual sustenance. This is definitely me. It is why I use more than one set of degrees, why I’m into so many different astrological techniques, why I sense the dead so often alive and around me. It is all here. All we have to do is tap into it.

And now, here’s a question: My Jupiter is at 27 degrees and 10 minutes of Sagittarius, just 5 minutes away from this Venus/Neptune square degree I just spoke of. So does Jupiter affect my Venus/Neptune square by being there? YOU BET!!! By the way, I refer to this Venus/Neptune degree as a phase point, so I would say, “Jupiter conjunct the Venus/Neptune phase point.” And actually, if you’re going to use these phase points and planetary aspects to them, I would say that for clarity’s sake to only use a one degree orb and only use the conjunction. That way we are pairing down the number of them to the ones that are the most powerful

Do I feel, vibrationally like I have Jupiter energy merging with my Venus/Neptune blend? IT’S ME TO A TEE!!

Now, another question. Back to my Sun/Moon phase point in 20 degrees Leo. (Actually 19 degrees and 41 minutes of Leo). I don’t have any natal planet within a degree of that. But what if, say, Saturn, or any other planet crosses that point? will it have an effect on my vitality? OF COURSE!! And you know, back when I was about 25 years old, which was about 35 years ago, a fellow astrologer brought back some tapes she made at an astrology convention, and I believe it was on a tape of a lecture by the English astrologer Charles Jayne (I hope I spelled your name right) that I first heard of this technique. So its not my technique. But its an utterly wonderful interpretative tool, and needs to be explored much more extensively.

Love and Blessing to you all.

John

Plus Points

One of the basic principles of numerology is that if you want to know what vibration results from the combination of two numbers, all you need to is ADD those numbers together. For instance: 3 + 7 = 10. The meaning of “3” is relating and dynamic interaction. “7” is transcending. When we relate (“3”) to the process of transcending (“7”) the result is freedom – “10.”

It always amazes me the way some of the simplest and most obvious ideas can take such a long time to be realized. A couple of days ago it occurred to me that if you want to see how two planets in a chart are combining their energy all you have to do is ADD the placements of the planets together.

For those of you who may not be aware of how to do this, you start by measuring the distance between the very beginning of the Zodiac – 0 degrees and 0 minutes Aries – and any planet you wish to obtain a numerical equivalent for. Always make sure you measure the distance forward through the natural order of signs in the zodiac. Once you have ascertained these quantities for all the planets, you may then perform any arithmatical calculations with them you so desire, including, of course the addition of any two planets to obtain a new point – which I have decided to call the “plus point.”.

After experiencing this stunning realization about adding the planetary positions together to arrive at their sum, I immediately starting thinking about the issue of midpoints. You see, to figure a midpoint, what you do is add any two planets together and then DIVIDE THAT SUM BY TWO. The result you obtain will be a point that is exactly HALF-WAY between the two planets. This is why in books by the cosmobiologists, those astrologers who specialize in the use of midpoints, they refer to them as “half sums.”

The dilemma in my mind (which didn’t last for long) is that a midpoint is supposed to represent the synthesis of two planetary energies. So, given that, if the plus point – that is the ADDITION of the two planets also represents a synthesis of the two planets, what, then, is the difference between the midpoint of a pair of planets, and their plus point?

The answer came to me readily: The midpoint shows where two planets connect – where their energy touches, so to speak – where they find common ground. The plus point, though, is something more intimate – it is where the energy of the two planets actually merges, fuses, synthesizes COMPLETELY.

Just to provide a more vivid picture of this, I want you to realize that in generating a plus point, what you are doing is thinking of the beginning of Aries as a place of starting on the zodiacal journey. To find a plus point what you do is find how far a planet has traveled from the beginning of
Aries on this journey, and take it FARTHER – EXACTLY as far as the other planet of the pair whose plus point you are trying to find. And however far this is, it will also be true that if you find out how far the SECOND PLANET has traveled on ITS journey, and then add to it the journey distance of the FIRST PLANET, you will arrive at the SAME POINT as you did when you added the second to the first. It’s another way of saying that if I add MY JOURNEY to YOUR JOURNEY we will arrive at OUR JOURNEY.

And so what are these plus points to be used for? Here is a list of some of the ways they can me employed. (1) As a powerful interpretative tools for the natal chart, by reading the degrees in which they fall, and by looking at any hard aspects the make to other planets. In doing this I would say that an orb of no more than three degrees should be considered, with 1 ½ degrees being more powerful, 1 ½ to three degrees being a weaker indication. One may also look at two plus points being in either conjunction or opposition, but I would not consider any other aspects when looking at aspects between a plus point and other plus points. (2) One can also look at transiting aspects to plus points, with conjunction and opposition being the most power ones. (3) One can also look at aspects between plus points of one chart and planets of another chart to determine how energies are functioning between two people in a relationship.

In short, everything you can do with a midpoint in a chart you can to with a plus point.

And I have good new for those of you who use computer programs to generate charts. Any astrology program that can can calculate harmonics can calculate plus points, and here’s how you do it. (1) calculate the 2nd harmonic and (2) print out the list of midpoints for it. THESE 2ND HARMONIC MIDPOINTS ARE THE PLUS POINTS, AND HERE’S WHY: When the computer calculated the 2nd harmonic it multiplied every planet by two, then when it calculated the midpoints of these “times 2” planets, it added them and divided them by two – but, of course the division by two was negated by the “times 2” performed to calculate the second harmonic, and so the result is simply a list of the additions of all combinations of pairs of planets! I will unabashedly admit that I take unmitigated pride in this piece of cleverness!

Here’s an interesting glitch I wish to tell you about – though it really isn’t a glitch. It has to do with the 0 Aries and 0 Libra points. Whenever a planet is found on or very near either of those points, what happens when you calculate the plus point between this planet and any other planet is that you will always get a plus point that CONJUNCTS OR OPPOSES the second planet, AND WHICH MAKES ALL THE ASPECTS TO OTHER PLANETS THAT THE SECOND PLANET MAKES (or, in the case of 0 Libra, the aspect plus 180 degrees).

I was teaching a class and I saw this very thing happening in the chart of my friend Sandra, who has Neptune in the 29th degree of Virgo, that is, less than one degree from the 0 Libra point. But here is the interesting thing: I can really see how the planet Neptune DOES relate to every single one of her planets, and functions as a kind of universal energy affecting every facet of her chart. I suspect this is always the way it will be when a planet is found at one of these special points (0 Aries/0 Libra) – that the planet which is at or near one of these two points will resonate with ALL the planets in the chart. I would love to have feedback on this.

And lastly I would like to tell you that it has been strongly on my mind to write analyses for each planetary pair, together with how each of the other planets, as well as the North Node, Ascendant, and Midheaven will affect each pair when it aspects their midpoint. But now I realize that what is more pressing for me is to write analyses for how each Plus Point is affected by each planet.

Problems: What are They?

There was a man with lots of problems. He didn’t get along with his wife or his kids. He had health challenges. He didn’t like his job. His employer didn’t like him. He felt like everything in his existence was a mess.

So he decided to go to a famous Rabbi, a holy man who had deep spiritual insight, and to ask the Rabbi why he had all these problems, and how he could get rid of them.

When he got to the Rabbi’s house the Rabbi was with someone else and the Rabbi’s wife showed the man to the parlor and asked him to wait. There was a comfortable chair in the parlor and a warm fire (it was winter), and the man sat down in the chair and soon fell asleep.

And he had a dream: In the dream he saw a host of beautiful angels marching past him in a solemn procession. Thy were glowing with light and he was mesmerized by their glory. He saw they were proceeding into a dark wood.

And after them he saw a host of dark demons marching, ugly, nasty-looking creatures. There was a lot of them, and they were following the angels into the dark wood.

This all made him very curious so he followed the demons and angels deep into the wood until they came to a great circular open area in the midst of which was a gigantic balance scale.

All the angels climbed into the right-hand pan of the balance scale until the pan was near full and touching the ground. Then the demons began to climb into the left-hand pan. As they were doing so the man began recognizing the demons. Each one of them had been given birth to by a negative deed which the man had committed in his past. If he looked at any single demon he could even begin to remember which negative deed it was.

Turning to the angels he realized that he had given birth to them also through his positive deeds. As he watched the demons crawl into their pan he saw the pan growing heavier and heavier, and as they weighed the angels down, their pan began to rise into the air. “Oh no!” thought the man “I am witnessing my own judgement!”

But then a most wondrous thing happened. A motly host of beings burst through the trees into the open circle. They were dressed very colorfully in a variety of clothes. They ran over to the pan which was loading up with demons and began pulling them off one by one. “Who are these strange people?” thought the man. And as he looked at them he realized that these beings were his problems. There was his hernia, all dressed in red. And that one there who was all in tatters were his bills he couldn’t pay. And that one there was obviously the embodiment of his problems with his wife. And that dark one there was his depression. And he realized that all of his problems, every one of them were actually his allies, were helping him to clear negativity, were neutralizing his bad karma.

And just then the Rabbi’s wife came in and woke him and said, “The Rabbi can see you now.”

“Oh,” said the man, “Uh, well, that’s O.K. I think I found the answer to my question. I know the Rabbi’s time is valuable, so I think I’ll be on my way. But thanks anyway.”

Resistance: A Key to Spiritual Growth

Resistance correctly applied is a key to spiritul growth. There is a lot of students I have taught Kabbalah who have had problems understanding this idea of resistance. For one thing, we tend to put a negative connotation on this word. The type of resistance of which Kabbalah speaks, though, is purely positive, in fact wonderful!

Resistance is all about going against any force which holds us down or back. Resistance is what balances the yin and the yang. for instance, water is yin and fire is yang. Put them together and either the water evaporates, if the fire is stronger at the time, or the fire is put out, if the water is stronger at the time. But lets put some resistance into the equation, lets put a steel cooking pan between them, something to resist the fire totally evaporating the water, and to resist the water spilling onto the fire and putting it out. Now we’re cooking!

Resistance is not saying something negative when its come to mind and you have the impulse to do so. Resistance is not eating that piece of chocolate cake just because it’s there. Standing up is an act of resisting gravity. Maybe you know you need to meditate, but it’s easier to just turn on the T.V. Can you resist the impulse to do so, and go ahead and meditate? Resistance engaged in at the right place and time is what makes your spiritual light burn brighter.

One of the most important forms of resistance is that which occurs inwardly — resisting the impulse to place your consciousness in the past or future. The only way to do this is to be in the NOW, to place your awareness in the moment. This act of resistance, repeated over and over can eventually clear all karmas and lead us into higher and higher states of consciousness.

Scorpio Bumper Sticker

“God will get you, but I wish he’d let me do it.”

Sign Inclusion in Synastry

A technique which I just devised that pertains to synastry is to check all ten planets between the two charts you are comparing, to see which signs are left out, that is, which signs have no planets in them in either chart. These will represent the types of energies that the two people mutually don’t work with. As to the importance of looking at this, I think it will become much stronger if there is just ONE sign that the two people do not have between them. For that means that there is only ONE energy lacking between the two people, which, if consciously compensated for could serve to bring a fuller energy of completeness to the relationship.
Tyler and I only lack Capricorn. For all the other eleven signs of the zodiac, either he or I has at least one planet there. But we both lack Capricorn. And I think what this means is that we need more efficiency – that is to say, what are we doing, and why? Is it practical? How could we get to where we are going with less expenditure of energy? These are all Capricorn concerns.

 

Continuing with this idea of synastry by looking only at planets in signs, Akiko has planets from the signs Taurus through Sagittarius, with Cancer, Leo, and Libra left out, and I DO have planets in these three signs. So I’m completing her span. On the other hand, looking at how her planets fit in to my chart, I have planets in all the signs she has them in, except for SCORPIO, where she has Neptune. So her Neptune in Scorpio is like a special gift to me, and not only that, but my planets span the signs from Taurus to Sagittarius, with only SCORPIO left out! So we are both completing each other sequences – filling in missing. Which doesn’t surprise me at all, for it certainly feels like she is providing me with missing pieces, and bringing a greater completeness to my life.

Sole Dispositor

A dispositor is the planet which rules the sign that any other planet is in. For instance, if Mercury is in Libra, the dispositor of Mercury is Venus, since Venus rules Libra. To figure dispositors, you need to know which planets rule which signs. Here is a list:

Aries is ruled by Mars
Taurus is ruled by Venus
Gemini is ruled by Mercury
Cancer is ruled by the Moon
Leo is ruled by the Sun
Virgo is ruled by Mercury
Libra is ruled by Venus
Scorpio is ruled by Mars
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn
Aquarius is ruled by Saturn
Pisces is ruled by Jupiter

The only planet which doesn’t have a dispositor is the one that is in its ruling sign. In this case we might say that it disposits itself, which is true, but not the term commonly used in astrology. Instead we simply say that the planet is in its ruling sign.

Any planet in its ruling sign is doubled in power by its placement – this is what the Greek astrologer Ptolemy said in his classic work “Tetrabiblos,” an ancient text on astrology. Think of the sole dispositor – which is always in its ruling sign – as magnifying the power of a planet even more.

At times we find the case where a planet, say Mercury, is in Libra, which is disposited by Venus, and Venus will be in Virgo, which is disposited by Mercury. In other words, Mercury and Venus in this instance disposit each other. When such a thing happens, the two planets are said to be in mutual reception, and when this condition exists, there is no sole dispositor of the chart. My chart has this, for I have Venus in Cancer and Moon in Libra.

At other times we might find three planets that disposit each other in turn, such as Jupiter in Capricorn, Saturn in Virgo, and Mercury in Sagittarius. In this case, Jupiter is disposited by Saturn which is disposited by Mercury which is disposited by Jupiter. There is no technical term for this setup – but we might simply call it a rulership loop. There are seven traditional planets, and we can have in a chart, conceivably a situation in which a full six of them might be included in one of these rulership loops with the seventh one left out. In this case, there is no sole dispositor because:

The sole dispositor of a chart is a planet in its ruling sign that all the rest of the planets in that chart can be traced back to, when we look at the rulers of the signs they are in.

In doing this, note that we ignore Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron, because even though some modern astrologers think of them as ruling particular signs, when considering whether or not a chart has a sole dispositor we are only concerned with the TRADITIONAL RULES OF THE SIGNS.

It is also not possible to have a sole dispositor if we have more than one planet in its ruling sign.

INTERPRETATIVE VALUE

The sole dispositor of a chart represents a planet whose energy affects all others, and so an energy that, rather then tending to manifest in certain situations, tends to color through its energy all situations, endeavors and impulses of the person.

The SUN as sole dispositor (it will always be in Leo), signifies a person who approaches life in a purposeful manner, at worst in an egotistical and self-important manner. At best it’s a person who can always bring what is most important in a situation to light, and who proceed always with a self-confidence which instills trust and admiration in others without seeming arrogant or grandiose.

The Moon as sole dispositor (it will always be in Cancer) signifies a person who approaches life emotionally and subjectively. At worst there may be a constant wavering due to their actions being strongly influenced by feelings. This might make them undependable. At best they approach life intimately, always with a feeling of emotional kinship with whoever they come in contact with. They have about them an aura of always nurturing other people.

Mercury as sole dispositor (it will be in Gemini or Virgo) signifies a person who is curious about everything, and thinks about everything, or maybe thinks all the time, and always wants as many of the facts about a situation as can be obtained. When this sole dispositor is in Gemini there is an edge of cleverness and aliveness in everything they do. If the dispositor is in Virgo the person is thorough, perfectionistic, and attends to the details of everything he or she touches. They may also be constantly critical about everything.

Venus as sole dispositor (it will be in Taurus or Libra) signifies a person who is artful in everything he or she does, wanting to bring a sense of beauty and excellence to all endeavors. The person may be a natural peacemaker – especially when the sole dispositor is in Libra. At worst this individual could be selfish or greedy or lazy – the negative manifestations of Venus.

Mars as sole dispositor (it will always be in Aries or Scorpio) signifies a person who is aggressive in everything they do. They approach life with a lot of energy and autonomy, and have a great urge to both create and destroy – for instance they might enjoy clearing a field, or tearing down a house that is no longer needed. There is an edge of aggressiveness about everything they do.

Jupiter as sole dispositor (it will be in Sagittarius or Pisces) signifies a person who is enthusiastic, positively motivated, and tends to always have an optimistic attitude. They think in big terms, possibly too much so, to the extent that they might fail through taking on too much. They always have to beware of going too far, saying too much, etc.

Saturn as sole dispositor (it will be in Capricorn or Aquarius) signifies a person who is very serious, who may take a long time to do things or to develop. Also a person who can be very organized or structured. They may have difficulty having fun, and childhood might be a lot more uncomfortable for them than it is for most people. They might tend to seek out people who are older and wiser from them to learn from. They can be very persevering in what they do, and may tend to be happier with a simple life than one in which they have too many things to do.

The sole dispositor is an important consideration, and should always be taken into account when interpreting ALL OTHER AREAS OF THE CHART, for like a drop of colored ink placed in water, it colors everything.

Sounds for You from Lady Nada

Vowell Sounds

The following vowel sounds can be intoned to create balance of mind, body, and spirit. The intonations can be done anywhere at any time, but are probably most effective when you take a few minutes to sit down to do them. Place both feet on the floor, take a deep breath, and let the sound come forth from you effortlessly. The information concerning the vowel sounds and “seed” (one syllable) mantras is from Oriental and Ayurvedic sources, as well as from a friend who is a Middendorf breathwork practitioner.

A as in “father: The universal vowel. Provides stimulation all over. Unifies the body. Helps all the parts to work together.

A as in “say”: Helps the heart and shoulders. This is an anti-depressant

A as in “glad”: Gets you more in touch with your physicality. Helps you to overcome fear. Over use of this could cause insensitivity.

O as in “mode”: Stimulates your center. This is a good one to use if you feel scattered, disorganized, or spaced out.

Oo as in “food”: Stimulates the lower charkas. Helps with sexual and urinary problems, or difficulties with the legs or hips.

Eeee as in “feed”: Good for the head, neck and nervous system, though overuse could agitate the nervous system.

Mmmm: Stimulates the body at the cellular level. Helps to dispel tiredness

O umlaut: Stimulates the center and helps the shoulders and arms.

U umlaut: connected spirit to matter, top to bottom. Helps with posture.

Chakra Seed Mantras

Root (first chakra): lam

Second chakra: vam

Third chakra: ram

Fourth chakra: yam

Fifth chakra: hum

Sixth chakra: om

Other Seed Mantras

Shrim: Prosperity, abundance, health, inner peace

Eim: Spiritual knowledge, musicical skills, spiritual endeavors

Klim: Increases energy of thought, increases power of attraction. Used with other mantras.

Dum: Protection, helps to dispel fear

Kreem: Used for protection also

Gum (pronounced “goom”): Removes obstacles, brings success to endeavors.

Glaum: Removes obstacles that are between the throat and the base of the spine.

Haum (pronounced “howm”): Raises consciousness.

Kshraum: Releases pent-up energies inside you. Makes your hidden power available to you. Destroys demonic powers, breaks up negative energy.

Hrim: For seeing through the illusion of everyday reality. Makes you more psychically sensitivity, and can bring insight.

The Theory of Astrological Cures

One of the greatest criticisms I can level against Western Astrology is its emphasis on fatalism. This is something that needs to be remedied. The highest purpose of astrology is not just as a viewing tool which allows us to observe cosmic processes, but as a guideline for how we can become more in tune with those processes. In other words, the primary question should not be what a transit is going to bring us, but what are we going to positively do with that energy?

In India there is a school of thought that I feel is decadent in that it has falling into ignorance. It treats astrological cures in a superstitous manner, for instance, telling a person that under a certain transit they should feed three round crackers to a black dog, or some such ritual action meant to placate planetary energies and by doing so keep them from attack.

There is a fine line here, sometimes. One traditional Indian cure is to have a person go for a walk in a graveyard as a means of attuning to Saturn energy. This could be helpful, but only if it is done as a means of nourishing and harmonizing the being of the person doing it. If a cure is done solely as a superstitous payoff to astrological forces, then it seems to me nothing is really learned. The attitude one has when engaging in an astrological cure needs to be one of openness to personal growth and the raising of consciousness, rather than just some formula one uses to try to escape bad karma for a little while longer.

And one of the astrological cures that bothers me the most is flying to a particular place on the earth to experience one’s solar return. As if I’m going to be a better person and have a more wonderful year if I spend my birthday in Dubrovnik. And of course, if I spend my birtheday in Dubrovnik, there’s no way to prove that it would have been better or worse to spend it in Kansas City. Always remember: the planets are there to help you. Their every placement and action is meant to help you. They are not crime bosses that are looking for such payoffs as three crackers to a dog.

I want to make this as simple as possible, because I want everyone at all interested in astrology to get it and keep it in their mind always. What I’m going to tell you is a basic Kabbalistic idea: When any area of your chart is activated, the best way to prevent anything negative from occurring is to engage in positive, proactive activity associated with the nature of the activation.

For instance: If Saturn crosses your Mars, it is a good time to DO SOMETHING — that is, to exert yourself (Mars), and to do it in a way that is organized and careful (Saturn). It’s also a good time to be careful (Saturn) about what you’re doing (Mars). Since Saturn rules difficulty, this is a good time to do things you maybe don’t want to do but know that you should do. And as Saturn is the most spiritual of the seven traditional planets, Saturn crossing Mars is an ideal time to DO something ON THE INNER PLANE, that is, Meditate, or engage in healing visualizations. The reason that Saturn often stops or blocks outer expression is that it is trying to induce the individual to work and act on the inner planes.

Astrological timing is always in line with soul evolution, that is, every transiting aspect, or aspect occurring in the secondary progressions or solar arc directions or any other system of forecasting is exactly what needs to be happening at the time it happens. and the more we attune to it the more we are in tune with ourselves and the universe. It is also the case that the more fully and harmoniously we attune to the energies happening in the present, the better equipped we’ll be to deal with them when they recur — as all astological energies are cyclic.

As we look at transiting aspects of any kind, we need to continually ask ourselves, “what is the highest and best that could come of this, and what can I do to manifest this energy in the most positive way?” This is the key to astrological cures.

The Ultimate Sin

A Great Rabbi said that the Ultimate Sin is not having fun. God wants us to enjoy life. Maybe the reason that Eve ate that apple in the first place is that she got bored and wasn’t having any fun any more.

Have you had fun today?

Fun is often trivialized, but in spiritual terms it’s serious business. People of the current world spend a lot of time, energy and money trying to have fun, but I think they often don’t achieve their goal. It’s hard to have fun when you’re carrying around bundles of worries. The solution? Stop worrying! I know it’s easier said than done, but the attempt to cease worrying is one of the noblest pursuits there is. Remember: the soul doesn’t worry. Only the ego can worry. You may think you can have fun yesterday or tomorrow, but the truth is, you can only have fun now.

The ego delights in the past and future. In fact, the Ego is afraid of now! The ego loves to live in nostalgia (past), guilt and remorse (past), fears (which are fantasies about the future), and idealized visions of what could be (future). Drop it all and drop in to the present. Try some cheap, spontaneous fun!

Vincent's Chart

I was looking today with my student Mary at the chart of her grandson, Vincent. The child has a formation rarely seen: He has Sun in Leo, Mercury in Virgo, Venus in Libra, and Mars in Scorpio. In other words, four planets in their ruling signs. Some astrologers would say this is good. Certainly a planet in its ruling sign is made more powerful, in fact, Ptolemy, I think, said that it actually doubles the power of a planet.

So Vincent has these four powerful planets. This seems good on the surface, but the fact is, it could cause difficulty in focusing, for each of the four would want to assert their power over the others. The closest-to-exact square in Vincent’s chart is between Mars and Uranus, so of the four planets in their ruling signs, Mars becomes the strongest. This is because the closest-to-exact square is very empowering to the two planets involved in it, and this, then, coupled with Mars being in its ruling sign gives mars tremendous energy.

Vincent already loves to build things, for Mars loves constructive activity. He also likes to engage in detailed drawings (Mercury in Virgo). Mary says that he often will abruptly change his focus of interest and suddenly quit doing something which he previously seemed to like to do. This is very indicative of a Mars/Uranus square, for Uranus is unpredictable and always full of surprises.

The desire of Mars to build and construct coupled with Uranian inspiration could strongly signify that Vincent would be inclined to express himself through the arts. Whether this is through something like painting and drawing, or something more like architecture or sculpture is, I think, not easily known from the chart, though a strong mars likes to use muscles and wield tools, such as one would in welding steel or building a wall out of stone.

Mars/Uranus combinations have often been associated with accidents. I feel strongly that when Mars/Uranus results in an accident it is because of repressed energy desperately trying to found an outlet. If a person with a strong Mars/Uranus square allows their creative impulses to come forth spontaneously and uninhibitedly, they will probably have fewer accidents than the averate person! The teacher Seth once pointed out that the repression of the urge to create could cause all sorts of problems, physical, emotioanl, and psychological. I believe this. Mars/Uranus must be encouraged to let out what’s inside it, and to find fulfilling avenues for the manifestation of its creative energy.

The degree of Vincent’s Mercury is Virgo 16, the Chandra Symbol being “A Jar of camphor crystals.” In homeopathy, camphor is given to erase the vibrations of other homeopathic remedies, and of other energies in general. Camphor burns with a pure white light, and hence is used ofen in Hindu rituals to symbolize the pure light of spirit. Vincent’s Mercury in this degree says to me that his mind is very intent on what it’s doing, so intent that it can, like camphor, erase anything extraneous to it, and that the mind is shut (the closed jar that the crystals are in).

A closed mind is not a bad thing, if it is allowing the purity of mind to manifest strongly. I feel Vincent carries within him ideas what he will share with the world, and to do so he needs to focus on them to the exclusion of the imput of others, so that his own ideas can come forth with clarity and purity.

The Omega Symbol for this same degree is, “A woman cutting thorns off roses.” Roses symbolize love, thorns defensiveness. And so if his mind (Mercury) can let go of defensiveness and focus on love (I’m thinking of this as loving what he is doing or what he is into) then it can manifest its full power and he will be being true to himself.

Water: The Universal Healer

Water. It moves, if flows, it warms, it cools. Water takes on the imprint of the energies around it. Through our intent we can both clear water of the vibrations already in it, and imbue it with whatever thoughtform we want.

Because of all the negativity on planet earth water has become polluted. Not just by chemicals and physical toxins, but by psychic toxins as well, our collective worries, fears, and stress. In Yehuda Berg’s book “The 72 Names of God” there is a name for purifying water. (To learn more of the 72 names see the brief summary in this blog under “The 72 Names of God”).

This name consists of three Hebrew letters: vav, mem, and bet. To use this name to purity water visualize the letters in that order — vav, mem, bet, and visualize them from right to left — this is the way Hebrew is read. See the letters as either black or white, or maybe gold, whatever your intuition tells you.

Visualize them within a container you’ve filled with water. Use your intent to see those letters glowing within the water and filling it with clarity, cleaning and clearing the water of all impurities, restoring it to its original pristine state. You can do this for a moment or two. or for a few minutes, or longer, whatever you want.

Once you have purified your water in this manner you can drink it — it will give you energy and help you in every way. You can also use it for cooking and cleaning. You can also spray it around your house to energize and bless. Use it anywhere and everywhere you would use any other water.

If you don’t know what these Hebrew letters look like you can go to http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_One/Aleph-Bet/aleph-bet.html and see them. This website is a wonderful source of information, history and lore for the Hebrew alphabet.

And by the way, you can also visualize these three letters inside your own body to purify all the water that’s there. And while you’re at it, visualize the whole earth with vav-mem-bet glowing deep through all the oceans.

Which Techniques to Use

Two questions that are going to arise frequently when one studies astrology is, how many interpretative techniques does one use, and which are the best ones. After being a professional astrologer for 42 years, I have come to the conclusion that the answer to both these questions is that its all up to the practitioner.

Astrology has a veritably endless number of interpretative techniques which can be employed. I think its good to know a lot of these, and to understand basically how they work. But using more techniques is not going to mean that your interpretation will be any more profound. The most important essential when interpretating a chart is inspiration. If your intent is to further the evolution of the person you are reading for, and if you are open to messages coming from your spiritual source, you have placed yourself in a vibration that is most likely to bring forth a reading that will uplift and inspire the one you are reading for.

Many astrologers think that one has to start the reading at a particular place in the chart and then proceed through the reading point by point in a specific order. If you want to do that, that’s fine, some people need that sort of structure. But please, let’s not play like that’s necessary, for it isn’t. Life isn’t like that. The universe doesn’t “start” any where, and then proceed from one thing to another. You can start your astrology reading anywhere. Ask spirit where to start. Ask the higher self of the person you’re reading for where to begin. And then feel the current and flow with it.

I have known many astrologers who say that the techniques they use are the best techniques, and who say this only because they are the techniques they feel most comfortable with and know the best. Many astrologers tout their own techniques as a means of competitive advertising, and doing this has lowered the level of excellence of astrology overall, plus turned students off to techniques that could yield them valuable information.

Reading a chart is, to me, like dowsing. I feel my way into it. Sometimes I’m pulled toward focusing on a particular part of the chart, and when I feel that I let myself go with it, for it’s probably trying to bring out something that the person I’m reading for needs to hear at that time.

Each one of us is as big as a galaxy. We have a tremendous number of energies that are influencing our being. Realizing that, I would have to say that there is no such thing as a “complete reading,” any more than there will every be a completion of poetry writing such that all the poems that can be written will have been written. Our lives are ongoing and continually unfolding. There are always different transits affecting us, different solar and lunar returns, new progressions and a host of other influences at work. As we grow we are always learning to use the various energies of our chart in new ways.

If you feel overwhelmed by the number of techniques you can employ, then you are being too controlling, in that you’re feeling you have to somehow “master” or “assimilate” all of them. You doing have to, just as, if you walk through the Amazon Jungle you don’t need to know the name of each plant, animal, and mineral you encounter. If you learn about an astrological technique and you don’t feel like using it, then don’t. Personally I like to learn as many of them as I can, and then utilize whichever of them I intuitively feel will be most helpful at the time.

If all you want to do is read planets in signs and houses, without even looking at aspects, or chart formation, or degrees or any of the other possible things you could work with, it’s OK. You could be a marvelous astrologer using a few simple things.

But whatever you use, my strongest suggestion to you is, DON’T GET INTO A RUT. DON’T JUST KEEP GIVING THE SAME INTERPRETATION TO THE SAME INDICATION ALL THE TIME IN A FORMULAIC MANNER. KEEP ASKING YOURSELF — WHAT MORE COULD THIS MEAN, HOW COULD I EXPAND ON THIS, WHAT, MAYBE AM I MISSING? IN OTHER WORDS, DON’T GET BOXED IN BY YOUR OWN ASSUMPTIONS AND BIASES.

I’m telling you to be more like an Aries, the sign which has this surperb ability to act as if the past never existed and that everythihg is a big surprise because they’re seeing it for the first time. And even if you don’t have any planets in Aries in your chart, look at the house cusp on which Aries falls — that will show you where you can always begin again. I have it on my 9th house cusp — the house of UNDERSTANDING.

Who is Lady Nada?

Lady Nada is the female counterpart of Christ. Her name, Nada, means “holy sound” in Sanskrit, and signifies in her highest aspect the “sound of silence.” It is the everpresent silence which we may tap into at any time, drawing from it peace, bliss, and the ability to detach a little more from the realm of illusion which separates us from the light.
Lady Nada’s color is pink and her sacred number is 52. The letters of the first word of the Ana Bekoach prayer add up to 52, and this number, signifying unconditional love is the seed of the whole prayer and of our universe.