19/04/2014

Astrology and Synastry: The Rock


I fell in love with this picture above showing the longevity of the partnership. I know ya’ll wonder what the astrology glue is that holds a couple together. It could be shared responsibility and property and children, and then we usually look to Saturn. Saturn represents time, stability, and making a commitment so a strong connection involving Saturn and the personal planets as well as the angles across the synastry chart is always a plus. A long-term relationship usually needs a tie that binds, You can be different with each relationship, your trying to meet the other half way, and you also have a new composite and synastry chart with every new man or woman. Saturn can sometimes dampen relationships, or weight it down by duty.

A long relationship isn’t always held together by love, and some people fear change, but sometimes love is a powerful factor in why the relationship is still together even if your synastry chart shows more kung-fu aspects than those flowery connections that us astrologers rave about at times, you know the ones, Sun/Venus Moon/Venus in harmony, etc.. It then goes back to the individual natal chart. One person may prefer a bit more drama and excitement in a relationship while another hates all the stress and conflict that is involved in maintaining it.

A tie between two Suns is often a good feature, and Carl Jung was a believer of the Sun-Moon connection and found many married couples with this aspect. Some believe if the Moons fall in disharmony they will never feel truly at home with each other. The emotional responses required are too out of sync, and there is no sense of belonging. It is thought that an emotional bond could also be the adhesive of a long relationship.

The usual Venus/Mars ties may also be obvious. For the relationship forming - Venus in progression is often a sign of a love affair occurring. The outer planets to a woman’s Sun (men in her life) have sometimes symbolised a new man entering the picture, and sometimes it's long lasting, and at other times they are only there for the duration of the transit, so you have this short term connection to learn from one another. Pluto aspecting the Sun, Venus or Mars in transit could describe a relationship entering your life that is intense, filled with power struggles, jealousies and attempts to dominate one another. Similarly you could meet a partner that changes your life in a dramatic way. The 5th and 7th house are good also for finding romance if a progression or transit enters that domain.

We usually have our ideal images of the type of man or woman that appeals to us and we carry these archetypal figures in our psyches. Usually we have deep attractions to people that embody those planetary symbols. The choice of partner may not be astrologically sound on paper, and it’s not usually our head that chooses anyway, and for all we know the couple in the picture fight like cat and dog at home. We sometimes choose the difficult over the safe so that we grow, and there is also that thing we call love…

Fine, then I’m not sorry either. I’m not sorry that I met you. I’m not sorry that knowing you has made me question everything, that in death you’re the one that made me feel most alive. You’ve been a terrible person, you’ve made all the wrong choices, and of all the choices that I’ve made this will prove to be the worst one. But I am not sorry that I’m in love with you. I love you...Vampire Dairies

Pluto's Persephone


Astrologically Pluto can lead us into situations that we are often unprepared for in life. The position of the planet in the chart usually represents an area where skills are underdeveloped. The sign of Scorpio is usually excellent with preparation they have survival skills that have developed after being unprepared. They learned the hard way about being naïve, and unaware. It is difficult to pull the wool over their eyes, and they do well as private detectives, psychiatrists and therapists; they enjoy analysing the motives of others, and excel at mind games, solving riddles and puzzles.

Usually Pluto transitions involve dredging up past traumas, and for the most part they help others to attain a psychological rebirth. Pluto does this by guiding others through the terrain of the unconscious. To Scorpio there are no dead ends and so they dig deeper, explore further, and if they are hopelessly trapped in a situation it is Pluto that will cultivate the strength to find the way out. Once we possess the right knowledge we can triumph over anything. The internal underworld is full of hidden treasure, and Pluto rules the unconscious and is related to depth psychology, so the more we learn about our inner-world the better equipped we are for life.

Pluto takes away our illusions we are violated, taken by force and invaded. It signifies going on that journey and there is going to be a loss and return. There is also going to be a lot of pain in the process. If these events happen when we are younger we are thrust into the role of adulthood far too early, dealing with issues that we really don’t have the maturity to handle. In myth, Pluto raped Persephone, the naïve maiden picking flowers, but through her painful encounter she awakened as a woman. Persephone has grown, matured, and been reborn as the queen of the underworld. On her return she comes back a deepened and darker self, and has rebuilt her life. The woman is remarkable in her development, and she crosses worlds.

Many of us change our hairstyle to reflect the changes within and the emerging new life. We transform ourselves on the outside; we are changed, and intensified. Pluto’s rebirth does not signify the end of growth as it is a continual process. Pluto represents those things that seduce, disturb and destroy us. Pluto can also symbolise separation by being ripped away from those familiar to us. It rules our passionate feelings, hidden crushes and sexual attractions, and we may be consumed by the intense fire of these desires. Pluto’s Persephone myth can touch upon issues of our growing pains the mother-daughter relationship, death and renewal.

A resurrection tale for Easter.

Portals to Hell: Pluto

The drawings of these Portals to Hell [funny gifs and hell combined] I thought were fantastic and pretty unique. The underworld is ruled by Pluto, and indeed it may be the place we are dragged to hell. Astrologically the planet rules the bowels of the earth, so it deals with our innards, guts, and takes a long, dark, intense look at our insides. Pluto experiences have been described as the devil and hell rolled into one.

The goal of a Pluto experience is to cross a threshold into a new resurrected life. We let go of our old selves and transform into something new. Saturn is also another planet associated with Satan, both have to do with man’s desires, lusts, cravings, and rules over the things that we keep suppressed and denied too long. Both planets have a relationship with the human shadow. Saturn and Pluto rule over our deepest psychological fears, and we desperately try to keep a lid on these aspects of ourselves for fear of rejection. Pluto can represent all things we stuff into a black box, and  label it: secret, private, frightening, or painful.

Through Pluto experiences we face the darkness of the soul, and it challenges us to confront a part of our own nature. Hell is thought to be a place of purification, and this makes sense when we understand the meaning of Pluto in the astrological chart. It involves opening up old wounds, healing, and when the desire to no longer suffer becomes powerful enough. The fire continuously burns, issues are forced, people are confronted; secrets are revealed.

During a Pluto phase the planet demands a lot from us. This is why Pluto is psychologically, physically and mentally exhausting – or to use my favourite term since Pluto rules the 8th house of taxes, Pluto is taxing on us. It will plunge us into the darkest experiences and we will come out the other side a little different from when we went in…

I fear this cat is experiencing Pluto over a personal planet and has found another portal to hell...I thought I saw a pussycat... -- Tweety

Interesting/Fun/Weird Posts

A new feature I might add to the blog [I will see how it works] is to post interesting, fun, weird, inspiring things I find on tumblr. It may help to fill out the days I don't post anything on here. I am a granny on Tumblr at 35 yrs old, as most people on there are teenagers, but I love photography and I like a lot of the things that are posted. I might actually prefer it over Pinterest which has it restrictions and is probably more my age. Can astrology be applied everywhere? Pretty much so...but some are tricky to astrologize, so it may be testing.

Your stuck with me this weekend as I have been left alone for the holidays, not Macaulay Culkin alone, because I am not 8 years old. It's weird in the house by myself as my partner and the kids are on holiday and I am alone for Easter. I have plenty of time to post, watch television, play music, go on tumblr ha ha....I am thinking of a tag so you know it's a tumblr astrologized post. Something like...Astrology Applied Anywhere and Everywhere.. series. Later I was going to test my video voice for my YouTube astro-videos while no one is home... ha ha too much time on my hands. I should practice sounding posh, or authoritative, sexy, or interesting...but it might come off montone.

18/04/2014

Mercury Conjunct, square, Opposite Saturn

Those with Mercury, conjunct, square or opposite Saturn are serious in thought, deeply contemplative, and they often have an aptitude for maths, science, research, politics, education, editing, teaching, and lecturing. The individual may become a voice of authority in some area of knowledge, writing, learning and communicating. As there is a steadying, grounding and realistic tone to their ideas it tends to promote methodical thinking.

The individual with this contact is usually cautious about expressing their opinion, and the communication may face blockages. They are sometimes pessimistic and there is a mental heaviness, on the psychological level it can manifest itself towards, cynicism, pessimism, and an overly-bleak view of life. Carter found that afflictions between Mercury and Saturn where often common in suicides, especially if Mercury was placed in Saturn’s sign. A large amount of fear is present and because it concerns the mind it can cause a paralyzing nature, and so the individual may be over-anxious in speech, afraid to express their ideas, and feel a large sense of mental inferiority.

Sometimes the aspect is present in the charts of those with slowness in picking things up, but it is also seen in the genius. Einstein often took longer to study something and was thought to be stupid as a child. The combination is associated with stuttering, hearing problems, speech defects and lisps. The person may have also suffered negative criticism growing up, and there was a history where the individual felt that their ideas were never good enough, and that they were boring and less witty than their friends.

Liz Greene calls this the aspect of the ‘underestimated intelligence’. They may have been brought up in an environment that never allowed them to speak freely or they felt unheard and misunderstood. The person may sometimes speak in a factual way, and thinking may appear to be very rigid at times. The critical faculties of Mercury conjunct, square or opposite Saturn see the flaws in everything.

Early conditioning may have inhibited the imagination; perhaps there were no books, or opportunities to express their ideas freely. Maybe they felt inhibited, censored or experienced attitudes of coldness and disaproval. They may have felt pressured and this dampened the natural spontaneity of the mind. It may take years to fully realize the individual’s intelligence that is locked behind a wall of fear, anxiousness, and shyness.

Einstein who had the conjunction confessed that he struggled with mathematics, in his youth. He said: “No matter what difficulties you may have had with mathematics, mine were greater.” Einstein was known to spend ten years or more on one thought experiment:

“From the age of sixteen to twenty six, he focused on the problem of light and whether it was possible to outrace a light beam. This led to the birth of special relativity, which eventually revealed the secrets of the stars and gave us the atomic bomb. From the age of twenty six to thirty six, he focused on the theory of gravity, which eventually gave us black holes and the big-bang theory of the universe. And then from the age of thirty-six to the end of his life, he tried to find the theory of everything to unify all of physics. Clearly, the ability to spend ten or more years on a single problem showed his tenacity…The Future of the Mind.

We can see the ponderous nature of Saturn, one that keeps strictly to the subject matter at hand and is well concentrated, thinking something through to the very end. These people tend to study something long and hard and use a lot of effort and much can be achieved through their thoroughness, and organized application. They tend to work better at their own pace and hate to be rushed. The thinking often needs time to mature, and the person always feels as if they are being tested, and judged by their intellectual abilities, thus working for proof of their learning and communication skills in a particular area. They never give up until they have fully mastered a subject, and have the ability to put ideas into physical reality.

Saturn is the planet of old age and others may think that Mercury-Saturn’s ideas are old fashioned, unadventurous and conventional. They may be accused of narrow thinking, closed mindedness, harsh views, and a conservative outlook.

With Mercury-Saturn contacts there is always the need to define; the mind is slow but deep. The person is always very careful to avoid mistakes, being systematic, precise, rational and objective in thought. The person prefers to think about important matters, they may think at a snail’s pace, but they are usually penetrating, thorough and it is all well thought through.

Neptune in 9th House

Those with Neptune in the 9th house are people that are often drawn to mystical experiences, they believe in going beyond worldly boundaries and venturing further and further out in a life-long search for meaning. Both planet and house symbolise expansion and so the possibilities here are endless and dreams are big. The individual is devoted to the experience of some kind of nirvana, enlightenment, or paradise. Along with this is also a hopeless optimism that often carries the person through the darkest nights with the light of faith, optimism, and belief. However, that same light may also be blinding, confusing and misleading.

Neptune in the 9th house has often been accused of being overly hopeful even when confronted with the bleakest actuality, and they are always looking, or more appropriately, yearning for the perfect haven. The individual needs to watch out, and be highly aware of the elusive nature of Neptune and to remember that not everything is always what it appears. The person is often swept away by religion, ideas, or some philosophical truth.

Neptune rules the deep unconscious, the well of emotional experiences, and the 9th house is our need to expand through knowledge, travel and faith. The 9th house can have a lot to say about our belief system, and it indicates our perception, world-views, and judgement. Through this house we seek to understand life and everything in the world takes on greater meaning. We also search for universal answers and a unifying knowledge in order to make sense of the whole.

The gifts of Neptune here could be found through their ability to intuit the future; they can be something of a prophet and have the ability to read meaning in the lives of others. There is also the talent to expand their consciousness, and the person makes an excellent channel for inspirational teachings. A great deal of beauty can be found in this placement through travel, the mind or  meaningful experiences. Yet, there is also a lot of restlessness with this combination, the person has the ability to go beyond ordinary thinking, and they are open to all waves of thought. The individual may find themselves on a religious or spiritual journey at some point in their lives. However, they need be forewarned to try to see religion, teachers and gurus clearly.

Neptune in the 9th can be symbolic of the fanatic or person who is obsessive about their religion or belief. They need to be careful so that they are not blinded by Neptune’s idealizations and the propensity of falling for promises and being alert to fraud by foreigners, through an over-optimistic or gullible attitude. With this placement there may be the opportunity to travel long distances, and perhaps an around the world cruise would be appealing.

Whatever is put on a pedestal or worshipped by Neptune in the 9th house of the horoscope there is usually an attraction to place of spirituality, mystical retreat, lost-land that they pin all of their hopes and dreams. The person may make great sacrifices for their chosen religion, new philosophy, or value system. Those with Neptune here may feel disillusioned by others on their search for the truth, and often themes of sacrifice, redemption, martyrdom are prevalent for –these types. For those with Neptune in this sector of the chart, there has to be a higher meaning to life. Occasionally this leads them down false and confusing paths; some may look for drugs to open the mind and to experience the oneness of the universe. The person could also do well enrolling on higher education courses teaching art, music, dance, healing, religion, theatre, film, or photography and perhaps one day become a teacher in one of these areas.

06/04/2014

Check Out Astro-Tumblrs

I sometimes post extra bits on my astrology tumblr blogs, and they are fun to put together, so check them out. Though, I may have laughed too hard at this gif I posted for Uranus... rebellious




And my Saturn cat below probably looking at the crazy Uranus gif...

 

I will try my best posting over the Easter holiday with the kids being off school it is hard to grab time. I might try nightime posting when they are asleep, but the little one wakes a lot, and bedtime usually doesn't happen until after 10 pm. I know, I have no control over them, ha ha... Uranus and Saturn again...

31/03/2014

Pluto Trauma: Mourn or Erase?

With every scientific advancement it brings with it a discussion on it ethics. Uranus (ruler of human advancement) can sometimes cause more destruction than good, as it is associated with radical idealism, but this statement is not taking away the amazing discoveries that have improved life for millions of people. Astrologically Uranus is connected to the mythical god Prometheus and he has always had a thang for us humans. Uranus is the inventor, liberator of man, and the big believer in human potential. The planet rules originality, truth, light and wisdom, the god says: Live your life, be free. And if freedom for the individual means erasing traumatic memories so that the person can move on with their life without feeling controlled by a past trauma, then it might just be the way forward.

However, this brings up a host of ethical and moral concerns. If you had the chance would you want to be free of bad experiences, believing that they never happened, never took place? This was a controversial issue brought up by a scientific study discussed by Michio Kaku, The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. Although it had more to do with the memory fading from what I could gather from one study rather than completely removing particular memories associated with a traumatic event.

Meanwhile, scientists are studying certain drugs that may erase traumatic memories that continue to haunt and disturb us. In 2009, Dutch scientists, led by Dr. Merel Kindt, announced that they had found new uses for an old drug called propranolol, which could act like a “miracle” drug to ease pain associated with traumatic memories. The drug did not induce amnesia that begins at a specific point in time, but it did make the pain more manageable-and in just three days the study claimed. The discovery caused a flurry of headlines, in light of the thousands of victims who suffer from PTSD…But is also seemed to fly in th face of brain research which shows that long-term memories are encoded not electrically, but at the level of protein molecules. Recent experiments, however, suggest that recalling memories requires both the retrieval and the reassembly of the memory, so that the protein structure might actually be rearranged in the process. In other words, recalling a memory actually changes it. This may be the reason why the drug works: propranolol is known to interfere with adrenaline absorption, a key in creating the long-lasting, vivid memories that often result from traumatic events. “Propranolol sits on that nerve cell and blocks it. So adrenaline can be present, but it can’t do its job,” says Dr. James McGuagh of the University of California at Irvine. In other words, without adrenaline the memory fades. 
Controlled tests done on individuals with traumatic memories showed very promising results. But the drug hit a brick wall when it came to ethics of erasing memory. Some ethicists did not dispute its effectiveness, but they frowned on the very idea of a forgetfulness drug, since memories are there for a purpose: to teach lessons of life. Even unpleasant memories, they said, serve some larger purpose. The drug got a thumbs down from the president’s Council of Bioethics. Its report concluded that “dulling our memory of terrible things [would] make us too comfortable with the world, unmoved by suffering, wrongdoing, or cruelty…Can we become numb to life’s sharpest sorrows without also becoming numb to its greatest joys?”…”Our breakups, our relationships, as painful as they are, we learn from some of those painful experiences. They make us better people.” In 2008, two independent groups, both working with animals, announced other drugs that could actually erase memories, not just manage the pain they cause…”If further work confirms these views, we can expect one day to see therapies based on memory erasure.”…Not only may the drug erase painful memories, it also “might be useful in treating depression, general anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, and addictions. So far, research has been limited to animals, but human trials will begin soon… 

All in favour say aye.

A Pluto trauma takes something out of our control and it often makes a person feel powerless. We confront our own sense of helplessness in the wake of a tragedy. It takes us on a long, painful journey to some kind of healing and recovery, if we ever make it that point. Completely erasing memories feels against the laws of Pluto’s nature, and what if we are sent trauma as part of an important life experience. Nobody knows these answers. There are Pluto traumas in life that completely control the individual’s life and have changed the shape of their destiny. Trauma changes a person in ways that are hard to put into words. Astrologer’s usual answers for Pluto’s cruel acts is that it helps you to grow as a person, you gain more spiritual awareness and deeper maturity (hands up, guilty) when in fact it may feel the very opposite response is true. A person is depressed, angry, and life feels like it has ended. The thing is it is hard to give advice on how to heal Pluto and traumatic memories.



Many people tend to repress the memories, and push them down and this may have its short-term benefits, but in the long run it works its way back to the surface, and you still live life controlled by this terrible event. We may be terrified to re-experience it and feel all of those emotions and so we shut it off psychologically. We put those memories, experiences and related feelings in the basement like a monster and close the door tight, never letting it see the light of day. The monster bangs on the door demanding to be felt, screams to be let out, and its power is overwhelming. We put our full weight down refusing to let this creep out. Out of sight out of mind, we say.

Even the people around us don’t want to talk about it, and at times they pretend like it never happened, it doesn’t exist, everything is fine. But it’s not? The monster grows bigger, louder, and there is no way you can keep it locked down there forever. Something terrible did happen to you, someone hurt you badly. You lost something of importance and value. Pluto can be like a thief in the night taking something precious from us. It may have taken your innocence, dreams, the future you imagined. A part of you was torn away. You spend your life trying to keep safe, you have this tremendous self-protection, resourcefulness and control but it is dominating your life.

What’s probably worse with a Pluto trauma is when others think you have made it up or are living in a fantasy world, it’s dismissed and you may be accused of exaggeration. I have watched enough talk shows in my 35 years, especially around areas of abuse, to see that sometimes all a person wants is the other to acknowledge what they have done is wrong, own up, and tell the truth. Of course, perhaps some people never really want to admit to the terrible things they have afflicted on another. But sometimes it helps an individual to find a sense of closure in their lives. People say, life goes on, and you should, too. You’re not the same anymore. Pluto has changed you forever, and on every cellular level of you being you know that is true. But what if all you feel is stuck; life isn’t moving anymore, at least not for you. Your still stuck in 1995 when tragedy struck. You’re infected now. People look at you differently. You feel different. You’ve changed, they say. The thing is that reality has changed.

The repression of memories is one of our greatest survival defences and mechanisms for the protection of the psyche. There is never an easy way out or an easy answer to give in telling others how to heal Pluto wounds. What do we do with our wound or trauma? Do we perform a psychological burial, lay some flowers down, shed a tear for what we have lost, say a final goodbye? Maybe the most important part of healing a Pluto trauma is mourning, letting out the grief, sadness, anger, and bitterness, about our deep loss. There is an emotional void that may never be filled again. In trauma theory they support retrieval of the memories that have been repressed or dissociated. The idea encourages the individual to bring up the pain and to feel it all again allowing its release. With a psychic wound we don’t know how to get out of the cycle of pain.

Pluto always has us questioning the meaning of suffering and we are told that it can be transformative. However, we are left with the after effects of trauma like depression, anxiety, disassociation, and shock. Some healing approaches believe that the end-goal should be when the person realizes that the wound is a part of the self and to not allow it dominate every part of their being, it is not the entirety of who they are. Some people feel their life-script has been changed by a Pluto trauma and thing swill never go back to being what they were.

There are probably supporters of the idea of erasing memories and some would gladly have the traumas they have witnessed permanently gone from the mind. If someone can be free of nightmares, if they can sleep again at night, lead a normal, would it be fair to take that choice away. There are probably something’s that should be forgotten...