Aries Warrior Name is Numero Uno

The number one has a lot in common with Aries. Aries rules the first house, the start of the astrological wheel that rules the primal issue of self-identity, self-awareness, and first impressions. It is also associated with spring, where everything starts new again. It is the season of hope, renewal, and the buds of life appearing signalling the end of winter. The individual needs to be a separate, autonomous being, a single personality with a powerful sense of selfhood, independent, standing alone and valuing freedom, as well as blazing new frontiers. The phrase for Aries is “I Am” and the sign represents the birth of a new awareness. Aries represents two types of energy stirred, the first is the tremendous, raw and innovative, ground breaking, new energy, but there are also warning signs because it can be an indication of burgeoning conflict arising.

Before Aries is born there is a need to separate itself from the sign of Pisces the sign of the great mother. This is explained through the myth of Marduk a favourite story of mine beautifully illustrating the force of creativity, new birth and the fight to exist independently. The figure of Marduk is linked with the Martial nature of Aries, describing a journey that has a more combative nature. The main feature of the story involves a fight of some kind and this is often the theme of  the individual with planets in Aries, it involves life, and taking actions that require strength, acting independently, but also reflects the impulse towards life. It is also one of the great stories of creation, beginning the foundation of life and the forceful energetic-force of the spirit.

Marduk engages in a dragon fight with his mother Tiamat. Tiamat is the saltwater ocean, a personification of the previous sign of Pisces a state of pre-birth, and she comes in the form of a sea that is both life giving a source of all spiritual nourishment, but she is also the death devouring and destructive energy of everything created. The story is linked with the ancient image of the watery womb of Pisces, Neptune and the 12th house as representative of state that one could stay locked up in forever, one that is soon divided by the life affirming separation of birth into a separate identity. In the battle with Marduk described as the strongest and boldest  with Tiamat he shoots flaming arrows into her throat destroying her. Out of Tiamat’s body a vault is created that makes heaven and earth, and the world is born. The individual becomes aware of the world outside the womb of the mother. The Rams are born with tough horns for this purpose and birth itself represents the violent, forceful, and pulsating energy of this act.

Aries is the first outward sign motion of a separate stream and hence the Aries individual is very aware of him-or herself as a human entity surging through life. His strong currents stimulate and refresh all who come into contact with them. But his strength can also be the rushing, destructive force of water, which has burst through the dam. It is therefore up to the individual Aries to control his life’s waters by being aware of their flow and thus properly direct his stream. We see that the glyph for this sign is a fountain gushing forth water (consciousness) in an upward and outward direction. By Alan Oken

 The Aries sword of power is reflected in the Tarot by the Ace of Swords a card symbolizing of great victory, where the strength needed for the fray lies in the individual’s own hands. Usually the swords are reflected in the element of air, but it feels much more Arian in interpretation. The Ace of Swords is usually interpreted as a crack of light emerging through the darkness reminding us of birth, as well as the first step of breaking through the darkness into light. The card signifies a new day has dawned, and also like the zodiacal sign of Aries it indicates the very beginnings of a project; the basis of something emerging, new thoughts and ideas beginning to form. It is symbolic of new directions, new ideologies, new adventures, new avenues in which to the individual is headed. Aries is the very first outlines of anything; the energy of pure intention and the vitality of the newborn it heard through its urgent cry. The sign of the Ram is dynamic, the knight in shining armor, attracted to idealistic causes, fighting on the behalf of others. Aries hates to see injustice done as much as Libra and there is sensitivity towards the underdog, sometimes seeing society as the adversity as well as authority, big businesses, the government or the father.

The zodiac sign of Aries often likes to take the lead first and let others follow; they have executive ability, thriving on challenge, self-starters, using intelligence and strength to overcome obstacles. However, too many frustrations can lead to violence, pushiness, and rudeness. The individual believes in being true to their vision, living with passion, but is sometimes a magnet for stress, challenging situations and trouble.

All great mythological figures have had to go through such great battles. The energy of Aries rules the sharp intellect, the individual is passionate in their convictions, and is represented by  a burst of raw energy, the eruption of a new order coming into being. The Ancient astrologers belied that the Earth has a birthday and that when it was born “Aries was placed at the midheaven, and because the midheaven, as it were, the vortex of the world, Aries was therefore held to be the first of all signs, the one which appeared like the head of the world at the beginning of the light.” Anything new breaking through always threatens the old order and clashes with authority

Aries is about potentiality, and this usually involves conflict, war and the use of brute strength to put an idea into place. Aries sets alight the world and they like to be ahead of the crowd, always insisting on the right to exist as an independent entity. The novel type, running through obstacles, filled with celestial heat, championing for the underdog, slaying the dragon, and this is a sign is not easily influenced by others. Aries is the sign most likely to give something a first run, the initial energy of anything begins in the sign of Aries. It can also rule, a one track mind, single mindedness, independent thinking, honest, but such new ideas stirring the mind into action, into life begins to create a force urgent to be born, on the everyday level this means quarrelling, arguing and debate, standing up for one’s rights. For one to assert their mental autonomy as well as original and trailblazing ideas there is usually some force.

Aires needs to be number 1 and in relationships they also like to be the one and only.  The phrase back to square one “having to start all over again” has the beginnings of Aries in mind, and Mars also rules over Scorpio and is reminiscent of a clean slate. In fact, the dawn of every new day is a chance for everybody to start over again, to do their best to meet new challenges and to overcome obstacles. This is the true spirit of Aries, ever fresh and hopeful a springtime mind-set of all the wonderful new beginnings, so one must never lose spirit, and Aries teaches us to leave the past behind, starting anew in a spirit of freshness, it's where we can regain our spark, a newly found energy.

The sign follows the motto first come, first served. Perhaps the sign even follows the first commandment. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. When we use the term first hand it means something new, or from the original source and this is Aries. Also Aries and Mars rule over battle, war and the army, and to paraphrase the Army, “Being all that you can be,” sums up the sign of Aries rather well.



Psychic Indicators

Psychism Is what lives beyond physical science, or knowledge, and represents the immaterial and irrational side of life. A psychic person usually signifies someone who is highly sensitive to supernatural forces and the paranormal. Para is derived from the Latin word "Beyond". So paranormal means beyond normal.

Psychic indicators in the natal chart are frequently shown by planets in water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces), and their corresponding ruling planets (Moon, Neptune and Pluto) and houses (4th, 8th, and 12th). The watery element in astrology rules the deep inward mysteries.

The water signs represent feeling and sensitivity, and many astrologers tend to give the water signs psychic attributes, and this is usually because water has a feeling for things, and they see below the surface of life. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces can also readily enter into the feelings of others, and these signs are easily stirred emotionally by what they like and dislike.

Cancers have powerful gut instincts, and a key phrase for Cancer is “I Feel”. They tend to respond to what they feel is right and true. To the air signs it is a funny response to say “ I feel” something is true, but Cancer tends to respond to the world with their feelings and not their intellect.

Cancer is ruled by the Moon. The Moon is shrouded in mystery, due to the changing lunar phases their emotions are also changeable and moody, they also have a tendency of absorbing all the emotions around them, and this makes them susceptible to the moods of others. Cancer can detect when others are upset, and they retain feelings connected with the personal emotions.

Cancer’s feelers pick up information from their environment, readily sensing the psychic atmosphere, and everything that is invisible and unsaid. The Moon can tune into the natural cycles of life, and so they have an excellent sense of timing and know when things are about to change.

Scorpio's possesses deep instincts on a psychic level. Plutonian people can see behind reality to the invisible world. Scorpio’s association with death and the underworld implies that the individual feels the reality of dying, death and reincarnation. In the month of Scorpio the earth is dying and the veil between this world and the next is said to be at its weakest. Therefore Scorpio is drawn into the mysteries of life and death, and the never-ending cycle of life. The thought of our own mortality is fused with intense emotion, and it represents one of the great mysteries about death and an individual's destiny. Death itself has had the idea of being a curtain, and the sign can almost contemplate its birth and death in a matter of seconds. Scorpio loves unraveling a mystery. Also as Heraclitus said, "Those who love wisdom must investigate many things. Scorpio expresses mostly a singular passion, possessing a deep curiosity, the desire to know, and the inexhaustible as there is no satiable feeling; the individual seeks to know a single thing profoundly.

Halloween is also celebrated at this time; ghosts, demons and other supernatural forces come out to play. Scorpios have deep psychological insights into human behaviour, and they love to explore the psychic debris, hidden secrets, and deeper levels of reality. The ability to see in the dark and the fact that part of their personality exists in the shadows gives them heightened awareness of what lies behind reality. Scorpio is often a sign that has penetrating depth, understanding and the profound ability to gain exceedingly subtle meaning.  The moods are of course complex, but the sign opens the doors to the many mysteries. It may be found in the esoteric world, and the term 'esoteric' implies knowledge of the secret few. The world of parapsychology and the paranormal. The unseen realms, it also seeks the cover-ups, what has been suppressed and wants to plums the death of all of nature's jealously guarded secrets is Scorpio's favorite realm.

Scorpio’s tail often represents its super laser like ability to get to the heart of the matter. Pluto also rules possession and there is a great emotional force behind them which is intuitively connected to life’s mysteries. Scorpio’s ability to burrow deep means that they excel in research, detection, and the occult. Pluto rules over fate and these people understand that all is needed is a trigger and something changes. A tiny thing at the time might seem like nothing, but words, actions and feelings, even if trivial, have the power to change everything. Sometimes we attempt to change fate, but often this attempt only leads to the very fate we are trying to alter.

Pisces and Neptunian people are said to have high intuition, and mediumistic abilities. Mercury-Neptune aspects are often indicated as a psychic marker because of the pairing between the conscious and the unconscious. The Sun and/or Moon contacting Neptune is also an indication of hypersensitivity as there is no filter and Neptune opens up the stream of consciousness with the ability to soak up everything in the environment. Neptunian people usually absorb everything which is around them, and these people feel the pain of others as if were their own, and are naturally attuned to worlds that others don’t have conscious access to.

Some Pisceans are described as “spaced out” or weird and they tend to have powerful imaginations and vivid dreams. They usually need some place where they can withdraw from reality and be at one with themselves. The Neptune personality is probably one of the most paradoxical of personalities, and the two fishes swimming in opposite directions represent this strange duality.

Pisces has weak boundaries and moves in and out of doorways as if they don't really exist, seeking to merge with everything around them. The 12th house represents the final stage of man, and also the beginning. Part of Pisces' magic is their ability to dive into the sea of the collective unconscious and bring up something inspiring for the rest of mankind.

It is said that Neptune’s psychic connectedness is really a secret sense of fusion with another world beyond this one. According to astrologer Liz Greene, the glamorous side of psychic manifestations become glamorous, rather than the basis for intellectual questioning when there are astrological significations such as Moon-Neptune, Mercury-Neptune and Jupiter-Neptune, along with a birth chart in the element of water, or Neptune strongly aspected in the 4th house, 8th house or 12th house.

Astrologer C.EO Carter points to Neptune for clairvoyant abilities:

When spontaneous at any rate, come chiefly under Neptune, although they may undoubtedly be coloured by influences from other planets and Neptune conjunct Sun or Mercury, seems a very common indication. Uranus probably has more to do with consciously acquired clairvoyance. "Astral vision” is certainly connected with the watery element, and, most of all, with Cancer, which is extremely sensitive to conditions of all kinds.
.Some astrologers associate the planet Uranus with psychic ability, but Uranus is very much an intellectual planet, but possesses foresight. In astrology, the planet relates to human consciousness and represents a kind of intuitive knowledge, but not of the “psychic kind” or onthe feeling level. Uranus’ revelations are much faster than the human intellect; Uranus has the ability to plug into the larger system, and signifies all things that arrive full-blown into consciousness.

A prominent Uranus is said to bring flashes of insight and understanding. It signifies inventiveness especially when combined with Gemini planets and Mercury. A scientific psychic investigator may have these combinations with water signs, and planets in the corresponding houses, along with Neptune and Pluto aspects.

An interesting piece of information from the book Cult Watch; it is about Astrologers having some sort of psychic power. Now, as we know, we also have very straight down the line astro-guides taht could be of the Saturnian type, and who would scoff at the idea that most astrologers use intuition or psychic power to arrive at their conclusions. The type of astrologers who categorise themselves as purely scientific, can’t deny there is an element of mystery involved when interpreting astrological symbols. We also have astrologers who claim that spiritual gifts interpret charts more accurately. The authors raised some interesting points about some of the misconceptions that the public have about astrologers having some sort of divine power.

The question that must be answered is, “Are all astrologers psychic?” Truthfully, even though all astrologers practice an occult art, this does not mean every astrologer is psychic. It is common knowledge that there are standard “cook book” methods for astrological interpretation of charts that anyone can buy. But some astrologers do openly classify themselves as “psychic astrologers.” And one astrologer even went so far as to tell us all genuine were psychic by definition. Yet some astrologers never develop psychically, and others may require years to become psychic. However, we believe the vast majority eventually do. One former astrologer believe that because of their abilities, all true astrologers are sooner or later subject to spiritistic inspiration, whether or not they are conscious of being psychic. By Cult Watch, John Ankerberg & John Weldon

Still, astrology is ruled by Uranus which represents these kinds of intellectual revelations and Liz Greene describe Uranus' visionary and truth revealing abilities here:

Sometimes Uranian revelations seem wild and cranky to “sane” folk. People use pendulums or dowsing rods, or the perform mental exercises which seem to have a direct effect on apparently solid and immovable matter. Or they peer at funny astrological symbols and seem to know everything about you. It makes no sense to the earthbound mind – how they are coming up with these answers? – but it is a faculty of the mind which can move backward into the past or forward into the future with equal ease, and achieves its conclusions through insight into the whole system. It isn’t really foresight, in that sense; but the rational ego experiences it as such.” By Liz Greene


The 2nd/8th House axis: If Your House was Burning What Would You Take?

This is a question that evokes everything about the 2nd and 8th house. First the image of destruction, our worst fear realized and also, more importantly, an issue of values. “If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities.”

The 2nd house is the acquisition of possessions, it rules over our security needs, and it is a fixed earth house and so things are usually defined and it has a bearing on an individual’s values. Also, a great deal of the material that is written about Taurus and the second house, concerning one's values and the accumulation of assets and self-esteem, verves towards being overly materialistic, and over-valuing the physical world.

What is common in such interpretations is that too much emphasis on wealth and possessions should be avoided and that the spiritual life should be favoured in the sense that these objects are worthless when you’re dead. It is true, to an extent, and for the unhealthy individual that sees wealth and status as an extension of their identity, he can be left somewhat empty on a soul level if all these possessions are taken away.  As Liz Greene says, “In the end, however, the possession can only be a quality within the individual himself. There is nothing else in life which is permanent and unalterable except those attributes that we term spiritual. Everything else may be lost, destroyed, taken away or devalued. It seems that the desire for values, not only tangible but mental, emotional, and spiritual as well, are more representative of the second house than possession."

The second house does hold immense value while living, and this sphere of life follows on from the first house of identity, meaning that the individual now looks to the earthly plane for things that add value, worth and that he can identify with.  It can describe our material possessions, earning power, and what we do with our resources. Usually is pertains to what makes us feel rooted and secure giving a feeling of stability. Walter Benjamin said: "Ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is his he who lives in them." It seems in the Venusian sense that we really do have a relationship with the things we own. Venus is the goddess of love and relating and Botticelli painted the Birth of Venus and it stands as one of the most famous works of art in the Western world. With Taurus, Venus and the 2nd house there is pleasure out of owning objects, collecting, and a sense of contentment in owning their possessions.

The individual in the 2nd house naturally looks around the environment and sees things that one can place their identity upon. It could be a collection of well-loved books, jewellery, a piece of art, a favourite picture, a scrapbook, and it is often these “things” that we love and admire and place value upon that separates us from one another, and from every other flower in the garden. We adorn ourselves with items that symbolise who we are, we dress in a particular style that suits us down to the ground. The Taurus or 2nd house person may accumulate a lot of stuff, but often it has to hold personal value. It could be old and classic; it might have cost a substantial amount of money, or a few pennies, but no matter the cost it holds an invaluable worth, significance and deep importance on the emotional level. The house of values is an extension of the individual; it is essentially building upon who we are. There is a completely different feeling to possessing something to borrowing it; there is a certain pleasure in owning something. The 2nd house rules over things that can be purchased, owned, placed around the environment and looked upon lovingly.

In astrology, with opposite houses what happens in one usually has an immediate effect over the other. When the hand of fate plays its cards, destruction calls or the Pluto house rug is pulled from under our feet it directly affects our sense of value and we hold on significantly tighter to the things we love.  The 8th house is on fire, ablaze, it’s where the emotions burn hottest. The interior life and the volcanic eruptions of this house can reveal something in the personality on the verge of blowing. All these associations concern the intensity of the emotions, and Pluto, Scorpio and the 8th house are also symbolic of the release from obsessional compulsions, and the aspects of the underworld bring us to the deepest awareness of life. Colin Wilson said something very Plutonian when he described the feeling of being reborn “anyone who has looked into this abyss achieves the separation of the real self from the inessential self, which is like being born.” In Pluto’s realm when crisis hits everything else suddenly appears trivial especially when one is in deep depression. In this deep awareness and when the values are deepened the 8th joins forces with the 2nd house as both are about to be changed, and it brings to the surface a great wealth of talents and abilities which have long been hidden by the psyche.

Taurus and the 2nd house rule our resources and this can be money, but also one’s own capacities and abilities, these are the things that can help sustain the individual.  The 8th house is ruled over by the emotions, it can so often involve a battle over possessions through relationships, it deals with wills, inheritance and legacies and when someone dies, we inherit their valuables, and of course the hostile nature of the 8th house can appear over possessions and whether or not it has been shared properly or one values mother’s old lamp more than the rotting chair she was left. Every so often we come to the realization of the important things that matter, not so much the monetary gain, but the essence and value we give to objects and to remember that we actually own that feeling inside and we don’t always need outside validation.

Esssence  (sns)
1. The intrinsic or indispensable properties that serve to characterize or identify something.
2. The most important ingredient; the crucial element.
3. The inherent, unchanging nature of a thing or class of things.
a. An extract that has the fundamental properties of a substance in concentrated form.
b. Such an extract in a solution of alcohol.
c. A perfume or scent.
5. One that has or shows an abundance of a quality as if highly concentrated: a neighbor who is the essence of hospitality.
6. Something that exists, especially a spiritual or incorporeal entity.

Pluto and the 8th house affecting Venus and the 2nd house transform values and it also brings a redefinition of the self, an upheaval around the way you see yourself.


The Twelve Gates

I found these quotes in Astrology a Cosmic Science by Isabel Hickey.



Neptune, Pisces 12th House: The Mutable, Watery, Unconscious Mind

The mutable cross in astrology relates to the aspect of the mind, in fact, it's more about ideas and beliefs, and it is these areas that we touch when we gather up all of our thoughts and communicate, discuss, philosophise, imagine and wonder. The lower hemisphere that holds Gemini and Virgo is ruled by the Mecurial signs, indicating everyday communication, the mind focused on the mundane tasks of life, the higher aspects of the mind are indicated by Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter and Pisces ruled by both Jupiter and Neptune.

Sagittarius and Pisces represent the larger view of the mind and our ability to think in meaning, symbols and attain a higher level of understanding, and a synthesising of knowledge. The Mercurial signs, Gemini and Virgo are in the realm of the everyday consciousness, it is analytical knowledge, and this level of understanding is objective and unemotional. The Neptune mind functions at its most strongest through dreaming and this is where thinking takes place, and many people can solve troubling problems through dreams, many people sleep on a problem and wake up with the answer. Those answers come disguised as symbols and the mind in this mode is the ultimate think-tank.

Although the unconscious mind is part of the thinking process, it can be difficult for some people to imagine that Pisces, and the 12th house is where the mental energy of life is represented and it can be hard to envision the illogical as being part of the cross suggesting that this is an aspect of the mind. The intangible, imperceptible, elusive and vague encompass just as much of the mental life of the individual as much as anything else. In this part of nature, there is no form, organisation or tidiness in the sphere ruled by Neptune, and it works more in the nature of the rising tides and all thoughts flooding the brain, everything wades in all at once and has no filter and all sort of contents are floating around in the unconsciousness. It also contains the knowledge of the underlying unity of all things, the sign understands that there is a spiritual thread that binds us all together, we all share a mutual spiritual nature and nothing is unrelated.

The Neptune influenced mind possesses the ability to tap into subtle dimensions. The thoughts can be incredibly visionary and the planet is thought to be plugged into the mind of all humanity. Jung called this the collective unconscious, saying that things can remain repressed in this area and believed that if the human body bears tell-tale signs of its evolutionary past, he theorized the mind to be a product of its history. Pisces is the last sign if the zodiac and represents the final stage of the water signs and the last mystery, along with greater understanding, and the introspectiveness needed to reach deep into the depths of the mind. For this ability one needs to be able to swim in a world where there are no boundaries in a realm where the ordinary, normal and ordering process of the brain is switched off.

Pisces is one slippery creature indeed when you try and define it.  The mind is mutable, watery, and impressionable, swimming around in the undercurrent of human emotions. The mind can easily wander off into fantasies the sign amplifies the areas of mysticism, sensitivity, and everything feels so much more meaningful here. Planets in Pisces in aspect to Neptune or in the 12th house act subconsciously, secretly and through emotional tones. A flood of data can usually infiltrate the mind, and the strongest aspect of their thinking is in the creation of mental images, imagination; the richly visual storytelling and poetic ability, and the otherworldly quality of the sign naturally attuning the self to the spiritual world. Famously Edgar Case had Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn and North Node in Pisces archetypally embodying powerful traits of the sign and he had this ability, well he was called “The Sleeping Prophet” discussing a multitude of subjects like metaphysics, astrology, philosophy and medicine and he prayed in true Piscean style to be of service to others, and was told people that he could merely rest his head on a book and be able to remember every page.

One wonders why it is part of plan to conceal and keep hidden from us important pieces of information that is buried under levels of the unconscious. Why we must have to deeply attune to such meaning, we must lose part of our rational mind to be able to unlock its secrets it can be a similar feeling to having the name of a song on the tip of the tongue it is immensely frustrating. We are surrounded by mysteries and nature does not disclose its mysteries readily. For Neptune the relevant knowledge they seek is in the ocean of unknowns, it can represent the unravelling of the mind in order to find the unknown unknowns. Confused? This is at the heart of the sign, planet and house, but they are usually best at remembering what has been lost and possess the ability to recapture a feeling. Like dolphins the Piscean imagination leaps into the unknown worlds, glimpsing a place where we must suspend disbelief. Pisces mantra is “I believe” the inborn faith that the sign often possesses, but it is also often called the sign of delusion, but Picasso said it best when he stated,  that art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. It is a truth that all art attempts to reveal.

The Neptune’s thinking may seem jumbled up, but the mind of Pisces, 12th house and Neptune rules our off-line thinking the deep inward mysteries of life. The mind is psychic and a reveals a powerful receptivity and the mind is also deeply fragile since it is here where boundaries don’t exist. Campbell said:

I have attended a number of psychological conferences dealing with this whole problem of the difference between the mystical experience and the psychological crack-up. The difference is that one who cracks up is drowning in the water in which the mystic swims.

For Pisces, Neptune and the 12th house the symbolic world is not simply a picture, but emotes a particular kind of emotion one finds hard to articulate, and the same reasoning is found through the medium of music and words. Yet, what stirs something in the soul of one individual moves nothing in another, so it is an incredibly subjective experience. According to Plato:

Art is a dream for awakened minds, a work of imagination withdrawn from ordinary life, dominated by the same forces that dominate the dream, and yet giving us a perspective and dimension of reality that we don’t get from any other approach to reality.

Neptune governs over our dreams, the place where the canvas is set, and the mind paints this hallucinatory masterpiece with no beginning or end, but every piece is a meaningful part of the whole theatrical production no matter how confusing and jumbled up everything may appear. The Neptune pool can be a vast ocean of shifting opinions, tides of fashion, that wash in and out. Here we can paint elaborate fantasies and use the imagination to take us to any place in any time. The 12th house mind operates most powerfully under the unconscious that is its mode of operation.

In night-shift mode the mind tunes the world out, sinks deeper and deeper into the unconscious, and dreaming is thought to be a vital part of learning and long-term memory formation. It has been found that when we sleep the first night dream usually involves our most recent events the mind begins to process this first. However, the last dream of the night goes much further back into the unconscious and assembles memories from the way-back machine suggesting that we are in the deepest recesses of the mind, drifting further and further into this personal mental screening, losing ourselves in a cinematic world that only seats one. Though scientist are working on trying to screen dream images from the brain, but so far they are extremely blurred, so no one knows if we are ever really meant to gain such access into each other’s dreams or have the ability cross such mental spheres and to be given the key to into another’s inner landscape; it truly would be a crossing of worlds.

The Neptune aspect of the mind is teeming in the symbolic, and holds supreme in the area of metaphorical imagery. In waking life, if our emotions are troubling and we are feeling confused or chaotic the dream world will pull up images of the sea representing those feelings, or we lose our shoes, and fall down slippery slopes. If our emotions are particularly dark and menacing and we are feeling depressed - the mind may play mental images of ferocious dogs, venomous snakes or we could be chased by dark figures along an isolated path, it is all a powerful imagery that speaks to us directly and so the importance of the 12th house of the mind should never be viewed as completely irrational for often it holds a wisdom of information a pocket in the mind containing all the answers we need.



The Cardinal Cross: The Four Marriages

The Cardinal houses in the horoscope, 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses, are naturally ruled by Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, and the word Cardinal is Latin for Cardo meaning that this is where life hinges. The cardinal houses could be described as the four marriages as they play the most dominate roles in our lives ruling over the identity, family, relationship and career. It is perhaps necessary to describe the houses and their meanings and then let David Whyte take the floor, the originator of this term, and understand what he means when he calls these important points of life - the marriage of marriages.

To begin, in astrology the 1st house rules over an individual’s identity, symbolizing new birth, it is life ascending.  The idea of the rising sign, is that it is symbolic of the image we present to the world, describing how we approach life and it is often compared to as the persona or the “mask” we wear in social situations and is one of the most important factors considered in a chart reading.  Typically, at work, outside and in social situations, one can pretty much function in the way described by the rising sign and planets, we can put on a fa├žade, wear a veil, or even a cloak that hides the real individual underneath. We can have one version we show the outside world, and the other parts of the self can remain hidden.

We all wear different masks for different reasons. Some masks we put on because it is truly who we want to be. Some we wear because we cannot face who we are underneath or it is because it is who someone needs us to be. Some masks we wear because we hope to stay hidden. But that’s the problem with wearing masks they can be ripped off at any moment. Gossip Girl

The Ascendant is the front door of the house, and it is also the door of perception; it rules the way we view life. The sign on the Ascendant and planets placed there describe the way we express ourselves out into the wolrd. In psychological terms it certainly isn’t superficial and the 1st house refers to one of the most important tasks we are seeking to accomplish in this lifetime. The house of identity turns one’s focus to the self- and one’s own interests; it is ruled by the astrological sign of Aries and shares on matters involving the self-identity, existing independently, and plays a major role in becoming a separate, autonomous being, with a powerful sense of self-hood. A horoscope with an emphasis on planets in Aries or the 1st house are teaching the individual lessons around independence, individuality, and to be distinctive. The Ascendant in the chart is the starting point, the beginning, and a rupture occurs at birth marking the arrival of an individual who emerges with an identity and the impulse toward life.

The Fourth house is our home life and emotional ties, and also the inner private life of the individual, reflecting our psychological roots, as well as being the place we go to reconnect with ourselves. The house is positioned at the bottom of the chart, the Nadir, revealing that this watery realm is at its deepest level, bringing us to what lies at the depths of the individual; his first roots, and the notion of  the 4th house being a familiar point in the chart, indicating where the soul belongs. The home and family has its own set of rhythms, cycles and phases so much so that it could run on autopilot. On the birth-chart it is the part of life that possesses our history, and gives a background story on the individual. The Moon rules over this house, and thus brings us to its indirect nature, dark shadows, and the unconscious realm. Alongside this is the underlying meaning of the fourth house sphere as being less obvious, in this way it's symbolic of our most hidden, private and secret self playing like a vintage movie.

Howard Sasportas alludes to this house as being the underlying “I” the inner place we go to centre ourselves, describing what we are like deep down. Also dealing with the scripts we learned from an early age from our parents, a kind of conditioning. Also referring to what is hidden, and residing in the unconscious realm of the 4th house which can enact itself in the second part of life, sometimes through the death of our own parents.

The unconscious mind, the coming together of our parents gave birth to our own growing foundation and was the foundation of our present adulthood. We look at pictures of our astonishingly youthful mother or father all those years ago, looking intently at the camera and see ourselves waiting for them in the future. Their commitment, however long or however transitory, is the ultimate background to the foreground we now explore as consenting, independent adults. By David Whyte 

The Seventh house rules marriage, others, our public relations. The need to feel loved compels us into relationships to harmonize and share one’s world. However, if the individuals in the relationship have never formed their own identities it can cause conflict when the need arises much later. In particular this house is one to one partnerships, both personal and business, significant others, and is the house of the ‘not self’. Sometimes we can throw ourselves into the other’s world (7th), be a plus one, and lose one’s identity, lose sight of the self (1st). It is often only when the relationship is over that we realize that we have to find our way back to our identity. According to David Whyte, marriage is loaded with associations, not only the longed for associations of the mythical horse and carriage that carries us off in perfect felicity…Each of us has a profound inherited notion of a marriage of partnership from the success or failure of our own parents.

Another interesting point made by Whyte explaining the 1st/4th/7th house angles, and also considering the immense strain of these hosues, is that once a couple has a child, it can be strengthening, but there is also struggle with the time to be a couple. Also stating that it’s a constantly pulling world, relationships, children and the world pull at us.

Even if we find that circumstances allow us both to be a good parent and to follow a brilliant career, the moral basis of the brilliant career hinges on not neglecting or abandoning our children at crucial times in their growing, and demands that we re-examine the basis of our marriage with work and many of the outer rewards of prestige we demanded to us the moment we became parents. By David Whyte

The Tenth house is where we want to actualize our potentials and make some solid contribution to life. We want to gain respect, have pride in what we have accomplished. The sense of self sufficiency is found right here. All of this is gained through working hard, and achieving something, and establishing the self in the world. In many respects it takes time and experience to prove ourselves. It is the finding out of one’s capacity and to concretize them in the world and to build something.

People find it hard to balance work with family, family with self, because it might not be a question of balance. Some other dynamic is in play, something to do with the very human attempt at happiness that does not quantify different parts of life and then set them against one another. We are collectively exhausted because of our inability to hold competing parts of ourselves together in a more integrated way. These hidden human dynamics of integration are more of a conversation, more of a synthesis and more…a quest for meaning than a simple attempt at daily ease and contentment….Three principal dynamics: first, through relationships to other people… in a relationship, marriage. Second, through work or a vocation, and third through understanding what it means to be themselves…individuals alive and seemingly separate from everyone and everything. There are three marriages, of work, self and other [As we want to perfect this idea we will include the 4th marriage to fill the cardinal cross and it represents the family and connection to our roots] 
We can call these three [four] separate commitments marriages because at their core they are usually lifelong commitments, vows made consciously or unconsciously. Why put them together to neglect any of the three [four] marriages is to impoverish them all, because they are not usually separate commitments, but different expressions of the way each individual belongs to the world.
The three [four] involve a separate form of courtship and commitment, each almost in a world unto itself that must be rejoined together. The end goal…for a marriage of marriages By David Whyte - The Three Marriages

I thought this view was an incredibly positive view of the cardinal houses. The cardinal cross is the driving energy of the chart. It rules over action and it's the most active part of our lives. This brings us to another aspect of the cardinal signs is that they are all about starting things, starting a new enterprise (1st - Aries), starting a relationship (7th-Libra), starting a family (Cancer-4th), and starting a career (Capricorn-10th). Of course we can start things in other areas, but it is the primal cardinal cross, corresponding to the four primary angles that mark us deep. However, it soon becomes clear that if we spend too much time on our self-interests, we are labelled as being selfish (1st-Aries). Similarly, if we spend all our time in our career, climbing the ladder of success that so often involves long hours of labor, we also called selfish (Capricorn). Our ambitions and goals in life sometimes feel as if they carry  heavy price tag - other areas are sacrificed, and nearly everybody feels the conflict of the cardinal houses because they are, as the horoscope reveals, dominating angles in the chart.

When we rise, further and further up the career ladder in the 10th house realm, we can soemtimes begin to lose the connection to home and family found in the opposite house of the 4th. It can be lonely at the top, and a tremendous amount of guilt, burden, anger, loneliness, and resentment can be generated by the splits of these houses. The partnership can suffer when one is out living the career that is desired and the other partner is tied at home, or one has fitted their world around the other only to realize down the line that they have lost themselves in the process. Can we have it all?  If one needs to express the self (1st) and those desires are suppressed as is often seen with Saturn or Pluto placements in the 1st house, but even without such placements conflicts can arise because we all have a need to be recognised, to put ourselves first, and if we hide or suppress the individual needs and capabilities we can feel frustrated or angry. A careful examination of the astrological chart will show the emphasis on each of the houses, and where most of the energy is focused.

The advice given in the book, The Three Marriages, is about finding a rhythm, with the help of the partner and family to explore and visit our creativity.

Sometimes in the early years of a family, the exploration of our creativity may only be short visits, but essential for the heart and spirit of the parent. As the child gets older and goes to school the windows open again. The work can be revived. Whyte says that the inability to focus on faithfully on all areas is labelled promiscuous. The author also notes that we might not get the public satisfaction, many of our contributions not acknowledged. What matters is the knowledge we have affected others and will be remembered even indirectly is the key to human satisfaction. 

He describes the right vocation as the one when we get a song in our hearts simply by doing the work itself. To ignore the self, relationships, family or outer goals is to create an avalanche wiping out the others… Therefore, we need to give each world its due care, energy and time making for a happier individual.



Astrology Musings

When it comes to learning astrology, everything you think you know about reality, and the world goes down the toilet. Science has already closed the book on astrology, but people are individual thinkers and will test it for themselves to see if astrology has merit. The study of this celestial art links the individual with the cosmos and nobody really knows how astrology works. Science does not know everything there is to know about the universe and its influence, and we don’t get intimidated by the men in white coats and it was once thought that the earth was flat so perceptions about the world and the truth change all the time.

“We have a theory, or rather a model, for the origin of the Universe, the Big Bang, but we don’t really understand what banged, or what lit the touch paper. We do not know what came before the start of the universe, or even asking whether this question makes any sense. We may well be underestimating the scale of things by dozens more orders of magnitude. Again, when you consider that physics now takes seriously the idea of the multiverse: a vast, indeed infinite, ensemble of cosmoses that may be required to solve one of the greatest riddles -why our universe seems so finely tuned to allow for our existence. It could be what we see in the night sky, all that cosmic glory, the whirlpool of intergalactic space, is just a pimple on the backside of something infinitely grander. The true nature of reality is as elusive as ever. 10 Questions Can’t Answer Yet

One of my favourite expressions comes from Astrology 101:

“When I look at the night sky, I feel like I am looking at the face of the creator. And then to be actually able to use these planets and stars, it’s basically an external objective validation of my inner experience.” 

The art of our celestial science has such rich symbolism, everybody receives their own personal reading tailored to suit, and as soon as you read your natal chart it fits like hand to glove. It is unlike any other teaching and places in your lap, your own personalized chart. Astrology is relatable, you feel recognised, everything in your life is suddenly orbited into a larger framework. Joseph Campbell’s reason for loving myth also applies to why astrology has such a powerful draw:

It has to do with the deep inner problems, inner mysteries, inner thresholds of passage, and if you don’t know what the guide signs are along the way, you have to work it out for yourself.  But once the subject catches you, there is such a feeling, of these traditions of information of a deep, rich, life-vivifying sort that you don’t want to give up.

Astrology reveals what human beings have in common, everybody has a 1st house, everybody has Pluto in their chart, linking us like cosmic chains to one another, but we also feel distinct with our own unique astrological pattern in the horoscope. In astrology, the signs, planets and houses are clues to our potentials inherent within. The symbols portray the essential message, and when we are born, we are not born a tree, but more of a seed -  filled with so many potentials and ways we could grow. Of course, there is also an element of fate regarding the natal chart itself, and we are indeed fated to whatever aspects we are born with. It soon becomes crystal clear that not everybody is on a equal playing field, and some people are born with easier charts than others.

It is thought that the more conscious we are of ingrained patterns in our life we can genuinely be free. A transformation also happens when people “own” all aspects of the self, and to allow for total contradictory feelings. A lot of meaningful discussion takes place on the aspect of freewill and fate when the issue of astrology is raised. Astrology uses the adage ‘As above, So below,’ reflecting a relationship between two worlds and their constant alternating change.

I often see this distaste for Sun Sign books. It’s unfair considering the 12 signs make up a good portion of the horoscope and often a book of “signs” has sometimes shown more depth, art and psychological understanding than a book on the whole toolkit of astrology - and to be fair it can also be vice versa. It’s like refusing to listen to pop music saying it isn’t real music, it makes no sense to me. Sun Sign astrology is catchy, and there is no denying it, with a lot of people enjoying a daily dose of pop astrology. However, there is also this generalization aspect that people want to move away from in order to allow astrology to shine in its own validity as a tool that can be used to understand the personality. Linda Goodman argues the case well for the Sun Signs:

Some astrologers feel that a book about Sun Signs, is a generalization comparable to lumping together all the Polish, Irish, Chinese, Negros, Italian, and Jewish people or like lumping all Butchers, Backers, candlestick makers, merchants or Indian Chief. Though I respect their feelings. I can’t agree with them. True, signs can be misleading if used with the wrong attitude. But in the absence of a natal chart, they’re ahead of any other known quick, reliable method of analysing people and learning to understand human nature.

According to Osho, in the East it is said the universe is like a spider’s web. If you touch a single thread of the spider’s web, the whole web will feel the vibration. I like this expression in regards to astrology, and the idea that everything is interconnected.  Edgar Cayce is on the reading list at the moment with a vloume containing his thoughts on astrology.  As an astrology avid I am trying to wrap my mind around the idea of these planetary sojourns, and one can't really form a judgement until the whole work has been completed, gaining his insights through this direct link to other realms he claimed to possess. The book educates the reader on the issue of freewill stating that we have choice over our lives and the planets do not rule over us. In reality, it feels the opposite is true, and that choice isn’t always a part of the equation. Astrology is still a great mystery as to how and why it works, and it makes for an incredibly fascinating study and plenty of musings.



Pluto, Scorpio, and 8th House: Death, Reality and Acceptance

When we are in Scorpio, Pluto’s and the 8th house realm old parts are continually dying and new parts are being born. Under Pluto we can feel that all we do is say goodbye, and we are desperately waiting for something new to emerge. Pluto is the planet of rebirth, though some astrologers overstate the term re-birth for every Pluto interpretation, and even though it is a necessary part of Pluto it is comparable to placing a bandage over a gaping hole, as if one is attempting to patch up the wound of total loss.  Pluto is rebirth and new things will grow, but it never takes away the sting of death.  Pluto interpretations that read: taking away the things we don’t need are thrown about carelessly at times. An individual has never really felt the inhalation of total loss if such a phrase rolls off the tongue easily. Many of us would be happy if all Pluto did was help us shed those few pounds, or moved us to a new country to start a new life, and it gave everyone a magical transformation, unfortunately it also takes things away and is the planet of our greatest - most painful losses.

Many people lose the most valuable person in their lives during a transit of Pluto (mother, father, child, sibling or a grandparent). One woman even had her breasts removed through surgery when Cancer began to spread through her body, another young girl lost her virginity and sense of innocence at an early age. If we are talking strictly in the sense that our lives are going to change and we can't change whatever has been changed, and we can't go back, then that seems to be the theme. Pluto often brings people into our life that we don't really need and they deliver us nothing but psychological damage. We could possibly be undergoing an important lesson and it’s not really up to us and is part of a much larger plan. Pluto is like a bulldozer at times driving on without question taking people out, but I am not sure if Pluto has this mindset of: Oh, you don't need a father, those breasts are most definitely not needed, and look at you holding onto to your virginity, it's time for change... Yes, Pluto as a planet has its own agenda to fulfill, but under no circumstances in regards to these types of losses have we never needed those things. Pluto can take what we most value, what has the most worth and often takes something of significance. The Astrology Place

In the Scorpion realm, it is teeming with mystery, the unknown and death, it can be animal like, even brutal and cruel; it represents the desire to have all control, but it also the feeling of being powerless. The sole place where Pluto’s eternal winter holds Supreme Court - is death.  Pluto is a place of turmoil and pain and much like our own personal apocalypse, meaning great to total devastation, damage and doom. The word is derived from the Greek language: to uncover what we do not see. A cataclysmic event holds this kind of power within its hands, and it is often the Universe’s way of pointing out what is really important. Death, like no other, makes us realize what we value most and to learn the value of every second of life. Life and death are both part of Scorpio’s realm and this is the lesson of both living and letting go when the time has come:

What if we all carried little timers that counted down the days of our lives? Maybe the timer’s a bit dramatic. Just the date would do. It be tattooed on our foreheads like the expiration date on a milk bottle. It might be a good thing. We’d stop wasting our lives worrying about things that never happen, or collecting things that we certainly can’t take with us. We’d probably treat people better. We certainly wouldn’t be screaming at someone who had a day left. Maybe people would finally stop living like they’re immortal. Maybe we would finally learn how to live…I’ve wondered if, perhaps, at some deep, subconscious level, we really do know our time. I’ve heard stories of people spontaneously buying wills just days before an unseen calamity takes their lives. A Step of Faith, Richard Paul Evans.

Often Pluto’s realm involves the powerful lesson of learning to let go and its common theme is to realize there is nothing we can do to change a situation and that sometimes it is a part of life, it is the unfortunate, unwanted and especially dark reality we all have to meet. We are all going to lose somebody, we will lose love to the hands of death, and it’s scary, frightening, and we feel helpless. We will miss them with every ounce of feeling in our body, but we also have to move on, and sometimes this terrible fear of loss means that we are afraid to form attachments of falling in love again, withdrawing from life, hiding our thoughts and feelings not letting the other in satisfactorily. Death, is the only certainty in life, and also mankind’s most painful separation, it represents such injustice, and life’s fatal flaw.

We still have things worth fighting for in life, like love, our desires, the human spirit. Scorpio and Pluto is that evolutionary mystery, an enduring puzzle, but it can also be the heart so heavily guarded with pride and intensity unmatched. Pluto also represents an energy that penetrates further and further, and it is the most emotionally charged in the horoscope. Such fury, depth of feeling and emotion is desperately searching its landscape for catharsis release from all its suppression.  Usually the magnitude of feelings finds release in the area of  relationships, and this is where the battleground begins, being an area of toxicity and through its intimate relation to the partner it holds the power to inflict invisible wounds.

The part of the being human are those bits that are psychically bleeding found within Pluto, Scorpio and the 8th house realm. Winston described Scorpio best, “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” It is an incredibly complex world in Pluto, and you never know when fate is going to spin its wheel. All these details of our lives, our own personal destiny is kept hidden under lock and key. The Pluto journey can be both exhilarating and forbidding, and one of the great mysteries is where do we go after death, what is life’s destiny, but one of Scorpio’s and Pluto’s deepest lesson is to live with passion, soul and to meet nothing halfway.

A beautiful myth dealing with Scorpio, Pluto and the 8th house journey is the Gilgamesh myth. It details so profoundly this issue. The symbolic nature of the story is extremely powerful carrying an important message about life and death.

Gilgamesh’s adventure begins after his friend died, he was so scared of death that he embarked on a journey looking for the secret to immortality. He ventures past the Scorpion-man guardian of the densely dark tunnel under a mountain, and he endures a twenty-four hour journey of darkness into dazzling light. He crosses the waters of death, assisting the ferryman in the process…He learns how eternal life was once granted to his forefather Uta-napishti for having built a great boat and surviving the world flood. Gilgamesh, too, is rewarded for having conquered the watery depths diving to obtain the rejuvenating plant, the plant of ‘Heartbeat’, whose name is OldManGrownYoung. Tragically, on his homeward journey while he stops to bathe in a convenient pool, a serpent steals this source of eternal life. The snake sloughs its skin in a dramatic symbolic expression of renewed life, but Gilgamesh weeps, having lost the hope of such life himself. Returning to the city of Uruk he can only point out to his boatman the great wall of his city, walls he had himself rebuilt and walls that now, would have to be his only memorial. 
A story of love, loss, hope, and the realistic acceptance of the way things are.  A Brief History of Death, Douglas Davies

The search for inner values appears to be the pattern of the whole 2nd/8th house axis. The 8th house from the spiritual heights, and the orgasmic flight, where life is heaving with meaning, riches, and spiritual gold. It also takes us down into the depths of despair, loneliness, and we are forced below the surface of life reaching the bottom, and laying on the floor of the subconscious depths turning inwards, facing the deepest reservoirs of oneself. The eyes of Pluto are painfully self-aware it can’t always be easy to know more than the average individual of what has been shrouded in secrecy, forbidden, and hidden from view. However, it is at the very depths of one’s being that their real essence shines a light and finds its inner jewels and where life’s infinite complexities are revealed and the individual finds deeper understanding, preparing the soil and the soul for the next stage of life.



Squares and Oppositions: Projection and Inner Conflicts

The hard aspects in astrology are usually interpreted as a whole in most readings the conjunction, square and opposition and that is how this site also interprets them. However, it is kept in mind that the conjunction can act intensely and symbolise a close cooperation, which combine and reinforce each other. With the oppositions and squares in particular we have planets that are in conflict at birth. The growing pains of the aspects can be difficult to constantly battle. In many ways aspects grow with us, so the way individual expressed Mars-Saturn at 16 years of age may have changed significantly when the individual reaches 40 years of age. However, sometimes we think we have outgrown an aspect and then it is activated by a transit and it’s like we are thrown back into it with all those insecure feelings from our younger years. We may feel like we are compulsively acting it out and unconsciously becoming involved with others who also activate our inner conflicts. The astrological aspects change throughout life depending on the level of consciousness that we bear upon them, and also the lessons we have learned from our experiences. The square aspect in the horoscope is thought to be more frustrating, with blocks and a developing tension over time. All aspects are looking for release for expression to live in the world, and to be viewed as an important aspect of the personality.

The square aspect can be constructive or destructive and there usually needs to be a physical expression. The square aspect is between two planets at an angle of 90 degrees apart and the allotted orb is usually down to personal preference. I would use up to 10 degrees and with some conjunctions working at 12 degrees.

The square aspect develops and strengthens the personal will, because that is what is needed to meet its demands. Lack of skills or resources to meet any current crisis may be a cause for frustration or concern. The aspect implies the direct application of energies to accomplish immediate ends. The energies or types of actions symbolized by the planets involved will be applied forcefully. The square's mode of action is abrupt and creates discomfort, which is a spur to action, and also producing turning points in the life, with critical junctures. This aspect is one of obstruction, disruption, imbalance, frustration of desire (or self-realization through heroic struggle) and is the most dynamic of all aspects. It allows for the building of frameworks or structures on which the future will depend. By Wikipedia 

The opposition forms between two aspects 180 degrees apart and the aspect is thought to mostly enact itself through relationships, the self in relation to the other helps to foster consciousness and we become more mindful of our own expressions and we come to a startling realization of our own behaviour. This kind of conscious awareness is best exemplified by Psychologist Erickson he had some really off-the-wall techniques, but there was method to his madness and his wacky approaches usually worked. The art of mirroring is an incredibly powerful technique used by the cosmos to get us to this kind of awareness.


The Psychologist Erickson employed this technique to make others see more ‘objectively’ how they were acting. In a hospital where he worked there were two men claiming to be Jesus Christ. He made them sit on a bench and talk to each other. Eventually seeing the absurdity of the other person’s claims each was able to see the silliness of their own. The unusual approach got these men engaged back with reality and with other people again. Another example was of a 12 year old girl, Ruth, she possessed a great personality, and was extremely well liked. However, she suddenly attacked people and would kick others, stamp on their toes, and cause complete chaos in a full on rebellious mode. Erickson heard the news that she was rampaging in a ward and he when he got there he didn’t tell her to stop her behaviour, he also began trashing the place, tearing sheets off the beds, breaking windows and then headed to the corridor when he saw a nurse and ripped her clothes off. At this Ruth was so shocked she told the doctor he shouldn’t be doing those things, and then she became a well behaved girl. (The nurse was in on the treatment and agreed to be a part of the scene)

Since we are not all mental patients, perhaps a real life example may help, let’s say your partner is always out, carefree, drinking, flirting, and spending money. No matter your complaints he persists in the behaviour while you look like the controlling, jealous, and paranoid girlfriend. However, mirror his behaviour and quite often we turn the table 180 degrees and now he starts acting controlling, jealous and demanding you come back home. You might have given your partner a taste of their own medicine, reflected his behavior back and you might have also swapped roles for a while, but then reverted back to the old behaviours. Though, usually it is at this point that a middle ground can be found for both people. Both need creative outlets and also to be more mindful of the other. In the general sense of course, the opposition could make things see-saw which each changing roles, and sometimes we need to try on the other role so that we can eventually find the balance. We can actually see things from both sides, and relationships are often the opposition’s playground.

Inner Conflicts

Another way of looking at the hard aspects in the astrology chart and a method I found particularly helpful, was the work by psychologist Karen Horney on Inner Conflicts. It made incredible sense to me on the level of our hard aspects. According to Karen Horney all unresolved inner conflicts developed when instinctual drives are coming up against “civilised” conscious and conflicting notions about what we really wanted. Often the hard aspects can make us feel a little extreme and act Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde characters that are divided within themselves. The more unconscious and unaware we are the more the inner split. Horney said there are three ways we act out this conflict and this can also be applied to the astrological aspects.

1. Moving Towards – Meaning that our behaviour is needy, craving, and we are looking for validation through the aspectual conflict. We might look to others to fulfill certain expectations of life, and a kind of dependency and suppression existed.

2. Moving Against – Fighting others, rebellious, distrusting. Only nice when other people are doing what we want. A hostile attitude overall.

3. Moving away – A feeling of detachment and rejection from the world. It is completely distinct from a genuine need for solitude. All of these tendencies may be expressed in one form or the other, and when it is not a choice it is called a compulsion.

The healthier expression was to express one’s talents more fully, making a solid contribution to whatever interests us, and to love more deeply. Giving up the behaviours that we think are protective. The origins of the behaviours were thought to be reflected in childhood. However, she also warns about hiding behind childhood as an excuse to stay locked behind our hostility, dependencies and defences. The idea of projections and Horney’s ideas on inner conflicts have given me a fuller understanding the hard aspects in the astrological chart. Below are some aspect examples showing how this works and the different level of expressions.


Moving –Towards --- The individual is looks to authority figures constantly for a sense of validation. Perhaps a parent displays the strict authoritarian figure and there is a constant need to gain approval and to be shown that one is good enough and accomplished, craving a sense of identity and looking to others to fulfil this need for achievement and success. Also being with a partner for material reasons, but something always goes wrong because the person really should be cultivating self-sufficiency from within. Living through the partner’s successes choosing a mate based on feelings of obligation and the need to be responsible. Overworking looking for praise from those in high position not believing in oneself an desperately needing the praise of others.

 Moving Against – The individual could feel that the burden of material circumstances are harsher than most feeling a sense of bitterness towards those that are having an easier time. A feeling that the person doesn’t get anything and feeling everything is so painful and laborious, therefore reacting negatively towards set-backs, holding a psychologically defensive attitude towards life, a sense of distrust through the expectation of rejection. Suffering from an inferiority complex, taking it out on the government, boss at work, or father. Being critical of others and harsh on their efforts and it is really reflecting on the inner self-critic. 

Moving Away. – A sense of self-isolation, and a feeling of not being good enough, hiding the self away, erecting a protective barrier. It is a feeling of being criticised all the time, as well as a lack of self-esteem and personal insecurities. A sense of failure may imprint on the individual as a feeling the world is rejecting their efforts. Everything is hard-won and also feeling wounded and rejected from authority figures. Feeling crushed by the world, fearing all form of authority, feeling fearful and anxious suppresses self-expression so creates many barriers around the self and builds a wall.

Psychologically Healthy- The person sees every experience as teaching a valuable lesson. Also, the Sun-Saturn type possesses the feeling of being capable of handling responsibility, and a person that is well disciplined, one who is learning to stand on one’s own two feet. The individual consolidates their resources; using skills in organization, managing, science, research and teaching position or any position of authority. The individual could be applying the self to attain ambitions, seeing trial and obstacles as growth inducing. The Sun-Saturn person is seeing steady gains, building success stone by stone and learning to be accepting of one’s limitations.


Moving Towards – Entering into exciting relationships looking for a partner to bring the excitement and thrills. Letting the partner have all the creative expression, could chose a partner that is unpredictable, unstable, and incapable of commitment. Needs to develop their own sense of freedom and not overly rely on their primary need to live out this rebellious spirit, genius, and innovation through a partner, looking for affection from a father who is cold and remote.

Moving Against – The person is acting in a way that is uncompromising, acting intolerant, and being difficult to control and a non-conformist. Disliking authority, showing disrupting behaviour and hating restrictions imposed on their life, acting like a social deviant. A perverseness of behaviour shocking everybody, violently rebelling, being deliberately provocative, hating on 9-5 jobs, being stubborn, can be overpowering and explosive. Enjoys stirring things up just to get reaction from others.

Moving Away – The individual is cutting people off suddenly and without warning, breaking free, seemingly appearing to recover quickly, appearing cold and abrupt. The person is also feeling that others are rejecting and it makes the person feel like they are different, alien, weird, eccentric, or an outsider. Walks on the fringes believing himself to be a misunderstood genius. Never feels accepted and compulsive self-consistency, detachment, overly sensitive as Carter says 'prone to taking the wrong end of the stick,' and causing many separations.

Psychologically Healthy – Find something in life that provides freedom. The individual is using their progressive, intuitive, and intelligent nature to make positive changes, opens doors to new potentials. The Sun-Uranus type is also learning to live with others, in a more agreeable way while still expressing their uniqueness and original ideas applied to a professional goal in life. Enlightening people’s consciousness joins groups of similar individuals, dynamic leadership, and a reforming energy.


Moving Towards – Being overly needy in partnerships or choosing a partner with reality problems, or who is sick or has addiction problems. The individual needs their dependency to prolong so they can play the role of saviour. Also the type wants to feel special, living through others, drawn to cults thinking they can supply what is sought. The Sun-Neptune choosing a partner in the creative arts and escapist personalities when one really needs to find the emotionally vulnerable, artiste inside. As with all solar aspects, the person needs validation of the self, individually, sometimes depending on spirituality as a crutch, needing a spiritual father, and the dazzle of glamour to avoid reality.

Moving Against – Being oversensitive to others, then acting the martyr, and manipulating the feelings of others making them feel guilty. The type may not happily accept responsibility from others, being hard to pin down, creating friction in relationships. It can lead to passive-aggressive behaviour. Acting like a chameleon, not really knowing who he or she is, but challenging when others are confused about what they are doing or are not accepting, the individual can just annoy others when acting irresponsible or in a nebulous way.

Moving Away – The individual is prone to escapism, drifting off, drugs and alcohol, becoming terribly withdrawn from life. Self-doubting their abilities, locked in confusion, and removing themselves from reality, also becoming remote, unable to deal with the harsher aspects of life. The Sun-Neptune type has major avoidance issues, and the individual is overly vulnerable and sensitive to others because the boundaries are wide open, therefore choosing to shut oneself off from outside world. The person may give up on life when dreams don’t materialize. A feeling of deep dissatisfaction, often appearing spaced out hard to get a hold of at times. The Neptune propensity often involves living in a secluded world.

Psychological Health: The individual is engaging in creative pursuits, art, drama, poetry, photography, music. Using their gifts for symbols and tapping in the collective unconscious to bring forth incredible moving pieces of art that stir others emotionally. The ability to affect how others feel should not be an underrated talent; we need art just as much as Science. The individual is cultivating the highest devotion to their pursuits, living the dream, a sensitive and gifted personality.


Moving Towards -A controlling partner is chosen, passionate relationships, intense emotions are stirred. Absorbing oneself too heavily into a partner, feeling spell bound, possible obsessions and needing the partner, and terrified of loss. Falling for people with magnetic charm and irresistible magnetism, they need to realize that such power exists within the self. Sometimes power figures are idealized, and the father holds a powerful sway over the individual.

Moving Against – An extremist attitude, expressing the self with force and intensity through being over bearing.. Manipulative, using psychological tactics, power-struggles in relationships, and is a force to be reckoned with. The individual can represent tyranny, losing all control, making others feel uncomfortable. Getting too close, dominant, making others feel like they have ‘no space’. Attitudes towards authority can generate real hatred, sometimes enjoying the competition and cruelly beating others down. The individual knows the weak spots of others and goes for the jugular. Inner turmoil erupts into overreactions and being oversensitive.

Moving Away – Once wounded and the choice has been made to leave the past behind and close off completely from certain people, they rarely change their mind. Retreating into the shadow, broods, and silences the world, the aspect demands considerable growth, and there is a feeling of super-defensiveness when their space is invaded. The Sun-Pluto type may also withdraw when the person feels their identity is under a terrorist attack, self-destructive, psychological physical isolation through mistrust.

Psychologically Healthy – Using their incredible focus of will to make changes. Learning moderation applying their transformative energies to help others and has the ability to get to the root of the things with drive, single minded intensity, heightened intuition, and also gets involved in life at a very deep level.

For the most part, we are probably all normal in the way we express our aspects, and I think few people achieve the completely healthy psychological mode of operating. We are only human, but I think it is a good outline of how we can act needy, hostile and defensive through the hard aspects and the acting out of our inner conflicts. Even when we move away, we need those introspective periods to analyze our behaviors, others and life. Sometimes other people need confronting, but we also need others to challenge our behavior, and we also need relationships that act like a mirror so that we see something more directly.


Jupiter in 6th House

Those with Jupiter in the 6th house find their search for meaning through the mundane, everyday life, work, duties, and routine jobs. It sounds like a mismatch from the start, but this is the individual that can show others that even the little things in life can bring joy and happiness. At times there can be a great struggle between he largeness of Jupiter’s view and expansive nature and the obsessive tidying nature of the 6th house, which could be better explained as the house of inner-order and it is also the house of self-defining. The sixth house in astrology is similar to the alchemical process, and medicine (6th) was also thought to be aligned to alchemy. Virgo and the 6th house of the horoscope are about self-purification, self-healing, self-improvement and self-knowledge. It is where we work to perfect ourselves and our craft. Furthermore, we also see how our refined skills, techniques, new mastery, honed gifts, and services can help others and it’s a place where we offer our humble assistance. This sphere of life in the chart needs to keep its daily rituals, routine, and repetitive work and we harvest our energy, utilize it, sharpen our tools ready in the name of service.

 It is the ordinary things in life that will often lead to something greater for these people, and keeping busy, paying attention to details, being practical leads the individual to his highest growth. The person has a great zest for ordering, and fixing things in their environment, and the work needs to have a sense of meaning and significance. All of this could be found through service to others, and it could also mean they have a lot of knowledge on health matters, but also warnings do come attached with this placement of Jupiter due to its tendency to over-do, more on the side of overindulgence in food or drink. Both Howard Sasportas and Sue Tompkins mentioned Cancer with his placement more due to the area of something growing and the overproduction of cells and also stating that there was usually a positive outcome.

Work could be a place where things tend to expand quickly, the individual could get the job promotion, or opportunities for work come along. The individual may work in a Jupiter kind of role as a travel agent, educator, publisher, and the job would really need to fill them with a sense of purpose. The work may also involve different cultures, and backgrounds. The daily horizons are expanded, but there may also be a sense of restlessness in the work sphere as Jupiter always sees bigger and better things on the horizon, and the grass is always greener on the other side. The job may need to be one where a lot of freedom is allowed, and also a lot of mental stimulation.

It is difficult to confine Jupiter to a small space; perhaps travel in connection with work would suit the individual. It is the ability to combine the exciting, new experiences, with the meticulous and the honed skills. Work and philosophy, attending to the details while taking the long-view and usually getting things done and also having time for some fun at work. All of this would help balance Jupiter here, otherwise the planet tends to feel imprisoned in the 6th house, and it could result in being careless with the details, and a general impatience with the routine. It is essentially like bringing the philosopher, truth seeker, academic, or fun-self to work with this placement. It could be in the form of optimism, expansive and creative feelings, with boundless optimism. The person may be a big believer in personal growth and development, and finding success at such a job. Also there is a definite feeling of enthusiasm at work, and the usual routine found in this is expanded so the person may take more than can be handled. It can also be beneficiary to have this position of Jupiter in terms of work and luck and opportunity knocking on the individual's door.

Wherever Jupiter is placed in the chart, it needs to go beyond itself, exceed itself, and not sit in confinement. Jupiter has a surplus amount of energy and plenitude and always wants to go further. The things Jupiter rules are expansive and the 6th house is where there are a lot more limits being set. Our limits and boundaries are often connected with earth signs and houses as planets that occupy these positions are always concerned with security, and must learn to understand boundaries. When we go from Jupiter to the 6th house we are moving from the infinite to the finite. Therefore the daily routine needs to be a place of discovery; it can be a place where the individual is willing to help. In the name of service (6th and 12th houses) it was often viewed as a place of sacrifice, self-denial, and giving up pleasure. People had to take vows of obedience, Chasity, and other prohibitions, and the hungers and desires had to be controlled. The 6th and 12th houses are probably not as strict nowadays when someone enters service, unless it’s the religious kind. However, the general feeling still pervades, but Jupiter in the 6th house of the chart can also mean good working relationships, and a positive attitude to the tasks of life.



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