Gemini, Mercury and the 3rd House

Gemini is of the air element. There is an emphasis on ideas and the mind. The exchange with others is key and they are extremely sensitive and fight against partiality and prejudice. The modality of Gemini is mutable-there is a desire to spread these ideas. There is an ability to name phenomena, decode it, to understand it. Through understanding, we can tame and control life. We gather facts, data and in Gemini we see the thread of consistency and make sense of existence through this thread.

The symbol of Gemini is the twins. To understand this association, think of your siblings as another you, able to go out and see the world from a different perspective. Through synthesizing these different experiences, collecting bits of the truth, there can be realized a much more complete truth.

Writing, speaking and thinking are Gemini processes. These allow both the spread of ideas and the absorption of differing perspectives both important to this sign.

Different cultures are also an important aspect of this sign because they represent the diversity Gemini is about.

Gemini gathers, sees, and hears as many differing ideas as possible. It is as if they have a special organ, an antenna, that allows this listening, gathering and seeing of information. The purpose of this is to reach a closer approximation of the actual truth. There is an understanding in this sign that truth is relative and instinctively abhor partial truths.  Gemini’s know that the world is a dangerous place and it is only through understanding what life truly is that successful choices can be made. What if we make a choice based upon a partial truth? This makes us vulnerable.

Keywords for Gemini include:

Mind, learning, early school years

Speaking

Siblings

Cross-cultural exchange

Data gathering and seeing the thread of logic

Truth or questions about truth

Movement, dance

Fashion

The Brain, the hands and the extremities.

Iconic Gemini figures include Tina Fey. She is a comedienne who has been very successful with her speaking and writing talent. She has Mars conjunct Venus in Gemini and Mercury is conjunct the Midheaven.

Julian Assange is a controversial figure and whether we think he is completely truthful, he is about spread of information and transparency. The subject of truth and lies are a part of his legacy. He has Venus and Saturn in Gemini and North Node in the 3rd House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Solstice 2017 and Early Eclipses 2018

The December Solstice is the exhale of one year and the inhale of the next. It is the coming of the Sun after the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. We all live from one inhale to the next, one dawn to the next with the possibility that it will not come but when it does we are afforded security (Moon) and we then can build a life that has meaning and significance for us (Sun). We are given the opportunity through a lifetime of inhalations, a lifetime of sunrises and moonrises to create a life that hopefully leads to a better future (Sun and North Node).

I would like to look at three very profound moments in time, the ingress of the Sun in Capricorn on the upcoming Solstice day and the Lunar and Solar Eclipses in early 2018, to look at the first months of the year through the lenses of this monumental energy.

The chart of the ingress of the Sun into Capricorn on the Solstice is remarkable for Saturn conjunct the Sun at 0 degrees Capricorn. Sun in Capricorn finds meaning in a path that truly works, gives us respectability and success. There is a call, it is NOW and pressures us to develop systems and structures in our life that will be reliable. It is the inner authority we must find to provide a structure for our life that will give us the leg up we need to make progress. This is not only a new phase conjunction but on a cardinal degree; a promise so new it will feel like a memory, a vision of what might be but with these images in the 12th House there is a sensitivity to this energy. There is the need to be realistic. We may have an image of what type of authority we should have or would want to be, but the question is what is possible. The naivety and dreamlike quality of these 12th House Capricorn planets must be recognized because in recognition there is power.  With this placement we must let go of our shoulds, ideals and dreams, these will keep us frozen and like the 0 degree, caught in a suspended animation of potential. We want to be effective. We all feel the hunger for an authority that we can trust but it is not only outside ourselves, it is within. This 12th House expression takes maturity and a degree of spiritual alignment for the best possible expression, until this happens this Capricorn energy can be twisted. Capricorn can see the result as more important than the process and so may represent the desired end on the surface but not act consistent with respectable values. This hypocrisy is one facet we all must watch for within and without. Promises made but not kept are another facet of this that represents an authority that cannot be trusted. Pluto is out of aspect but found in Capricorn and in the 12th House. It gives further description regarding this Capricorn energy. This provides further evidence of a possible shadow-side to this issue. Venus in the 11th House conjuncting the Sun/Saturn pair shows that what we offer and what we are looking for in relationships is progress, not business as usual. We are looking for a visionary. We value this in ourselves as well. This is reinforced with the sign of Aquarius on the 2nd House cusp. We are looking for a revolution. This will be given impetus due to Jupiter in Scorpio (emphasized with the 15-degree placement) conjunct Mars and squaring the Nodal Axis.

Revolution is in the air. The South Node of the Moon is in Aquarius and is conjunct the Moon. At this Solstice we will be fed by this rebelliousness. The placement of the South Node of the Moon in the 1st House is monumental, we will rebel first and ask questions later. This is further emphasized with the Ruler of the South Node, Uranus in Aries. We are screaming for liberation. This Uranus is vocal! We have a screaming match between our patriarchal, not listening and entrenched authority and our new regime. With South Node conjunct the Moon, the new regime has to do with a voice that is more inclusive of the wisdom of community and more involved with a true give and take starting from values of mutual respect (conjunct Juno). This is a time to be vocal, express what we need from an authority in ourselves and from others. We have an opportunity to bring this energy to fruition. With the North Node in Leo and conjunct Ceres we have an opportunity of integration of this more inclusive energy and because the Ruler of the North Node is the Sun in Capricorn we have come full circle. We have a way through the impasse with the energy of the 7th House, learning to listen to the other, coming from a place of shared values of kindness and willingness to forgive injustice. We must speak with a clear voice to this entrenched patriarchy we have experienced, to birth a better future. This will be a war; to recover the blessing of a mature Sun in Capricorn in the 12th House, a type of responsible and respectful authority. We must wage this war. With the conjunction of Jupiter and mars in Scorpio, a combustible pair at best, we must resign ourselves to the process of emotional cleansing. There has been so much toxicity from our entrenched patriarchal beliefs and toxicity from and attachment to the angry feminine that we must see the value in forgiveness (Neptune in the 2nd House).

The next chart is that of the Lunar Eclipse on January 31, 2018. This is another keyhole of potential energy that we can harness for change. At the eclipse we have a fusion of the energy that gives us meaning and the energy that feeds us and gives us security thus, bringing a potential for breakthrough.

We can see a progression here. As compared to the Solstice Chart where we saw the Sun in the 12th House- that self-conscious, unsure authority that could go either way- we go back to the old patriarchal-dominated good old boys or the rebel; it has chosen a side.  There is now all out rebellion! This Lunar Eclipse chart now shows Pluto-, the frustrated and impotent, raging patriarchal authority who is entrenched in perpetuating its own interests and who is invested in exclusivity and failing to listen-moving just past the Ascendant. We are now committed to changing this authority and can now be effective in our fight.

In this chart there is a massive coalition of planets in the 1st House. We have been given a mission! With Mercury widely conjunct Pluto in the 1st we now have a skillset that aids in our fight. We have the determination, the energy and an understanding of systems to be effective in our revolution for a New Order. There is an even greater emphasis on the effective integration of both the patriarchal and the matriarchal view. One portrayal of this duality is to bring out the best of the father principle, to upgrade and renovate, to reinvent so that we have less exclusivity and a more authentic challenge to transform what we have accepted as the status quo. We have effectively integrated our understanding of the need for a revolution in our relationships to becoming more involved with new solutions of equality. We see there have been previous iterations of this potential with the conjunctions on the South Node and on the North Node a time to re-evaluate this dynamic. And to truly be effective in integrating this change we must not be afraid of confrontation. The square to Jupiter in Scorpio has moved from the 9th House to the 10th House. From a sense of gridlock in previous judgmental ideologies to the ability to truly act in a manner that is constructive, finding positive solutions with integrity (10th House).

The final chart of this series is that of the Solar Eclipse on February 15, 2018. There is a completely different tone in this chart. On the cusp of the Ascendant we have Cancer instead of Capricorn. This emphasizes a transition from an external, outward and more patriarchal mentality to one of introspection. Instead of the warrior bent of the previous charts, here we are challenged to establish inner security. The ruler of this is the Moon in Aquarius conjunct the Sun in the 9th House which is also conjunct Venus in Pisces. In its best expression this represents a fusion of a higher-minded, more progressive thrust of both the masculine and the feminine archetypes toward Universality. There is indeed great potential here that seeks to integrate the highest in each of us in mind and in spirit. In the 9th House we are asked to develop our faith, and in this there is potential to go far. If approached in this inspiring manner we will be protected and can establish inner security. There is also the potential, however, based upon how we chose to express the energies in the previous charts, for a less exalted outcome. There could be lies and misinformation spread to keep the outward peace at the expense of the truth that we haven’t come any closer to integrating. We could be distanced and separated, floating in isolation within our relationships.

The South Node in the 8th House-brings again, a need for deep work, and this time it is emphasized by not just its placement in the 8th House but also by its square to Jupiter in Scorpio. There is a challenge and another chance to hold on to the process of emotional honesty and metamorphosis of our purpose (Jupiter in the 5th) and this process will be rewarded! We may be able to reach a balancing point or steady state of masculine and feminine (Sun conjunct the Moon). To me if successful, this will allow confrontation to be a means to push forward truth (Jupiter squaring the Nodal Axis and Mercury conjunct the South Node). This is a huge calling, and we will be challenged to achieve this with Pluto in the 7th House. Suffice it to say the frustrations and weaknesses within our relationships will certainly be felt. The intention at the root of this type of confrontation is to realize that when words are spoken they are heard as another possibility rather than a challenge or a reason to defend. Words should be heard coming from someone who is on your side rather than on an opposing side. In this way both sides are recognized as being on the same side just seen from a different angle and a disagreement is only another option rather than an affront or confrontation. This dialogue is needed to pull us out of our ideals or evasions and into the emotional truths that must be integrated.

The Solstice and Eclipse energies are pivotal and portentous. Are we to integrate, using emotional processing and pain, for revolution? We must open up to our own process of descent into painful emotional purging. Am I consistently ready to take the next step in my growth? Can I be more consistent? Am I strong enough to dive into my own emotional truths to become who I should be, thus leading to a revolution of emotional depth? This will be an intensely painful but equally rewarding process. If pursued with integrity, we will have the potential to rework and re-align our highest possible purpose and outward masculine principle, thereby enabling our goals to be met without subjugating others. What we need emotionally may become very clear to us, which will help us stop being driven by the lack of integrating our deep emotional wounds. This work will lead to the ability to understand how to fulfill our own needs by ourselves rather than projecting those unmet needs onto another who we may have been raging against due to those same needs not being met. This will allow a revolution to take place with consistent and balanced expression of masculine and feminine, thus healing the raging and subjugation and allowing emotional integration for consistent action and healthy emotional fulfillment

The Archetype of Sagittarius, Jupiter and the 9th House

The archetype of Sagittarius, Jupiter and the 9th House and to be inclusive, the waxing trine, are about going far, spreading the details involved as far as possible. Sagittarius is buoyant, optimistic and has the intuitive understanding that there is a vision to be realized, a potential to be achieved and gives the gift of this believing.

Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign. The progression of the Fire Signs shows that in Aries we have the emotional response to powerlessness and feels the uprising of energy to begin something new. In Leo we see the need to create, the form is possible and in Sagittarius there is fruition that allows this to be spread beyond the immediate environment. Even though we cannot see them we know there is a wider audience we can reach. Mutability is the spreading of the idea. Here we have several applications of this sign: missionary work and teaching. These both have much to do with Sagittarius.

Sagittarius

The symbol of Sagittarius is an archer with the upper body of a man and the lower half of a horse. This has several meanings. This represents the intuited knowledge that even though the target is not seen, there is potential for realization of the arrow finding the target. It also represents the fusion of human and animal, the need for the understanding there must be a fusion of the higher minded vision and inspiration of humanity with nature, we must be aligned with what is natural. If we are to realize our potential as humans we must not forsake nature.

Nature and freedom is a large part of the makeup of these folks and many find their voice in the natural world. These types are utterly true to themselves and this can both be a boon and a curse. We can see this in the charts of those who have a large gift to give and so are true to themselves in spite of others who would try to change them. We can also see the reverse, those who have become attached to a path that is not so healthy and will continue in this way in spite of everything.

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, and this gives further clarity of this archetype. Ask yourself where can I go far in this incarnation? By looking to this archetype in the Natal Chart this question can be answered.

There is always the negative expression and with Sagittarius it is about this very issue extremism, intolerance and mania. With Sag we are so full of our own grandeur it can be taken too far. We have the potential of obesity, too much of a good thing. There is the potential for intolerance and even persecution. We think our way the only way and will stop at nothing to convince others of this, our truth. It is seeing your truth as the whole truth; these are the pitfalls of this archetype.

Keywords associated with the Sagittarius Archetype include:

Faith, Religion

Nature

Spreading farther than the her and now

Inspiration

Growth and Expansion

Convince and Convert

Teacher, Sensei

In the body the liver and any process of growth.

Billy Graham is the most influential preacher of the 20th Century. He has Mars and Moon conjunct in Sagittarius.

Another strongly Sagittarian is Maria Montessori. She revolutionized education with her more nurturing approach to education. The ruler of her South Node is in Sagittarius and this is opposed by Jupiter.

 

Archetype of Taurus, Venus and the Second House

Taurus is fixed and Earth. The Earth element pertains to solidity; incarnation into form on the physical plane. Because incarnation is so important facets of living in a body are also important such as learning about themselves and lessons regarding who they are through touch, through feedback from the tangibles. We learn quickly when in physical form- there is no ambivalence about what is working and what isn’t. We like things that feel good, sensual experiences are sought because part of Taurus job is to enjoy, to identify what is reliable and what works when in physical form so in a direct fashion (not intellectual at all) GOOD=COMFORTABLE. The senses are of unparalleled development: touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. There is an unapologetic enjoyment of the senses and a talent in identifying good things. These types are rich in talent, they have an aura of attraction and beauty. These folks have an air of self-sufficiency and this is very attractive. They are so not needy of others that we flock to them to have a bit of this magic rub off on us. They enjoy the best but too much of a good thing is…..EVEN BETTER (hahahaha). Seriously, too much of this is limiting and can get these folks in trouble. The problem is that their most obvious asset is their physical body but they can hurt their body through unbalanced experiences of sensuality; a balance is needed and life will bring valuable lessons and is another tangible learning tool.

Taurus is a fixed sign which means these folks are resourceful, again talented and royalty of manifestation with the other fixed signs of the zodiac (Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius). When healthy these folks can learn from tangibles that work and use their intrinsic talent to manifest.

An important point is that being so much about their process-they trust their own talent (why shouldn’t they?), they have the confidence, can identify what is valuable, they have the resources to produce and manifest on this physical plane that this by itself can become problematic. Their evolutionary talent is  self-sufficiency, whole unto itself but, of course, too much “me” and “mine” will lead them to a solitary, well-appointed penthouse; not needing others until they do. At some point a saturation point is reached, they need input from another to grow. This is the balance point that will be reached through inclusion of the opposite archetype, Scorpio.

The symbol is The Bull. This is a straight-forward image showing the sheer physicality that is such a part of Taurus; massive, stubborn, somewhat impervious to input from the environment.

Keywords for the Taurus Archetype:

Talented, Resourceful

Calm, what calms us down

Beautiful, Sensual, what we appreciate

Money

Stubborn

Physical, Sexual

Self-assured

In the Body the throat the thyroid gland and the voice.

 

Representatives of this Archetype include George Clooney. He demonstrates the unmistakable magnetism and sheer attractiveness of this archetype.

Another individual who epitomizes this is Coco Chanel. She started an empire very Taurean-related it is all about physical beauty and sensuality. Her South Node is in Taurus and the ruler of this, Venus, is conjunct her Sun.

 

The Archetype of Scorpio, Pluto and the 8th House

This Archetype is Fixed Water. Interesting that this description brings ice to mind because it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Scorpio archetype figured strongly in a chart may come across as cool and distant initially, this is not because they are analytical and detached, that describes the Fixed Air Archetype of Aquarius. Scorpios cultivate this cool persona because they are getting a lay of the land before they give any of their secrets away. Scorpio usually has learned the hard way through their life that there is a possibility of danger; there is a dark side and trust is a precious gift they only give when it is earned. If you were to see the true nature of this sort they are emotional. They live in their emotions and react from this place. They are very intuitive because of this. You can rationalize with the intellect, but those who react emotionally are IN IT, they cannot lie. Fixed Water people are determined. They know what they want and are passionate about it. They are here to make manifest and produce and these folks can succeed. The force of the emotions can drive them without sleep or food, if they decide it is worth doing, they will get it done. Scorpio types are described as ruthless, this is the other side to this quality. The positive expression is faithful, devoted and honest, anything less is not worthy of their energy.

An important facet of this archetype is that they understand that emotions are the interface of our evolution. They are about the unadulterated truth because anything less than this is a waste of time. They are on the planet to evolve their soul. This is true for all but these folks’ mission is to push their limits, they know there is so much more than where they are at any given point and do not rest until they are closer to their highest potential.  

Scorpio types feel so acutely their emotions that if they are not able to achieve some measure of success they can manipulate, use others and betray to achieve some degree of power. With this strong drive there must be a guiding light or it can be misused.

The symbols of the Scorpio Archetype are the Scorpion and the Phoenix. These symbols represent the degree to which these folks direct their formidable energy into a constructive channel. The Scorpion represents the stinger, the use of their power solely to keep themselves invulnerable, fearful of allowing any sign of weakness. They are so IN IT, in their own place of lack of their potential that they do not want anybody to see how far from their highest self they are. They protect their weakness and in this way never allow others in. This perpetuates their vulnerability because another important point with this archetype is they must OPEN EMOTIONALLY to another to reach their potential. Scorpio is not truly about many partners, it is about a single true connection with another. If the relationship is about mutual growth they will never seek another mate. This bonding allows movement of energy in the root, helping these folks connect with their own Soul through another. It helps them calm down. The Phoenix represents the way these types continually evolve, burning through desires, outgrowing and releasing as easily as some take out the trash. This is the true strength of this Archetype, the power to annihilate parts of themselves that are no longer serving their higher purpose. This is another manifestation of their ruthlessness but in this instance it is perfectly serving the light.

Keywords for the Scorpio Archetype:

Emotional Power, Money

Penetrating

Intense

Destruction to create a better form

Sexuality

Inheritance

Secretive

Represents the Sexual Organs-testes and ovaries and processes of enzymatic change and mutation such as of the DNA.

Spiro Agnew is a good example of this archetype. With his Sun and Venus in Scorpio and Jupiter in the 8th House he felt keenly his own powerlessness and was forced to resigns from Vice Presidential office due to tax evasion, financial misconduct and accepting bribes.

Umberto Agnelli was the youngest child of Edoardo Agnelli and the grandson of Giovanni who started the Fiat car company. He had Sun and Jupiter and Mercury in Scorpio with Moon conjunct the Nodal axis in Leo and conjunct Pluto and squaring the Scorpio planets. He was an example of powerlessness in that in spite of his massive wealth he was powerless to belong to a family. Both his parents were dead by the time he was 11 years old. His chart indicates he felt the loss of his parents intensely and much of his energy was to gain a more secure emotional foundation.

The Archetype of Aries, Mars and the First House

Aries is known to be the God of War. This gives us a gut feeling about the meaning in the birth chart. The deep significance of Aries; the need in each of us to fight. The question for each of us and is signified by Mars in our natal chart, what are we karmically destined to fight for? Where have we been pushed down and suppressed, where have we been the victim or experienced injustice? In this incarnation we can no longer grow on a soul level until we FIGHT, we RAGE, we simply cannot sit back and be passive, this is Mars.

Aries follows Pisces in the Natural Zodiac. Pisces, 12th house and Neptune in our natal chart shows, on one level, where we have felt powerlessness, been victimized and helpless. The First House shows this instinctive anger and response to this memory of victimization. We must feel our anger in to grow past what we have been. We must act and respond to this feeling of powerlessness and assert ourselves. In this incarnation this energy for each of us is seen in our natal placement of Mars, the Sign on the First House cusp and in any Planets in Aries in our chart.

The symbol of Aries is the RAM. This image is visceral for this archetype. Imagine the bend to the neck and the forward momentum to this animal. Head first, strong in will and body no obstacle is stronger.

Aries energy is instinctive, uncontrollable and raw. It is the rodeo horse ride, wild and fierce. Aries is represented by the Element of Fire and is Cardinal. Fire is the spark, the ignition, the passion. We have energy to use for a process. With cardinal, we start but because the process is new, we freak out. We are inspired to react against where we have been, start a new direction but then we are not sure where we go after the first step and may go back to where we started out of security needs. This then makes us feel frustrated and we react against our fear and take 2 steps further than where we initially jumped. And this is the Aries process, erratic and emotional but will move us forward.

Our desires in this life are represented by this archetype. Think of what you want and how you get it in this life, this is also Mars. Mars takes you on a direction; it becomes the direction of your life.

Keywords for Aries Archetype:

Pioneer, Fight

Instinct, Impulse

Anger, Rage

Reactive

Desire, Sexuality

In the Body: The Skull, Generally the Head, the Penis, Red Blood Cells, Male hormones.

Albert 1 of Belgium is a good example of this archetype. He had Jupiter and South Node of the Moon in the 1st House and Sun in Aries and a prominent Mars. He was King of Belgium at the time of WW1. He personally fought at the front during this war for 4 years, leading his troops to a victory.

Hugo Chavez had Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus in the 1st house and is another good example of this archetype. He was a Venezuelan politician and revolutionary.

Jupiter Moves Into Scorpio

Happy Autumn! Here is a link to an article, “The Medical Astrological Significance of Jupiter” I wrote for the Fall Equinox Edition 2017 of The Career Astrologer. https://www.facebook.com/opaastro/

 The Organization for Professional Astrology publishes this journal @    www.opaastrology.org.

  Jupiter ingresses into Scorpio October 10, 2017 until November 8, 2018.

A few thoughts on Jupiter as a background. Over the past 12 months or so Jupiter has been in Libra. There has been a lot of struggle with issues related to fairness, to the other and the opposite. With Uranus in opposition to this Jupiter there has been an emphasis on the need to break free from our rote manner of accepting the status quo. The question has been “What do I believe? What am I going to do about it?”. At times there has been too militant a stance, too far from center which is just as Libra does to understand the options. At its best Jupiter has forced us out of our comfort zone and into a place of discomfort but a discomfort that if we are to trust our own philosophy is necessary to grow, Jupiter.

We have been in the Air element of Libra where the possibilities for expansion and where our beliefs were put to the test was ideological and powerful enough to rally a movement for equality and progress of the common man. We took to the streets in protest!

 

Now with Jupiter in Scorpio we are pulled into the water element. We are being granted the opportunity for expansion into our own depths. For some this is like water on the flame, uncomfortable and fought against. For others it is a time of renewal, a time of regeneration. Scorpio is Fixed and Water. There is the need to go down deep and master it. You cannot avoid the process. The outcome is purification of the beliefs a life is built upon. It could be there has been avoidance of an issue that will come to the surface. Life will not ever be the same. Scorpio processes will root out the decay and through pain become brilliant. The Desire of the Soul is to grow and this is the transit to experience SOUL-GROWTH.

With Jupiter in Scorpio from October 2107 through November 2018 use this opportunity. I suggest getting your own natal chart and look to see which House of the Zodiac  Jupiter will be moving through. During the next 13 months you will be given the gift of Jupiterian expansion in the emotional body. If you embrace this process, descend and explore where you are wounded. In this area, represented by Jupiter’s transit, you could make great steps toward healing. This process will bring true SOUL change and will be something that will stick through this incarnation. LOVE YOURSELF.

Archetype of Libra, Venus and the Seventh House

Libra is described by the element of air and is a cardinal modality. The air signs are characterized by a sensitivity to distribution, balance and proportion. There is an understanding that it is not only about their own reality but about where we fit relative to others. Libran folks understand the importance of context. I previously described Aquarians, another air sign, as having a gift with analysis. The context is understood through objectification and mental clarity. It is through the Aquarius archetype that we understand the inner structure and use this for improvement. Libra is similar in that there is a talent for mental distancing and detachment; they see both sides of anything. We all learn through comparison. Parents realize very early to capitalize on giving choices to expedite a child’s compliance: would you like oatmeal or eggs for breakfast. This is habitual, and the saying everything is relative is true. For Libra archetypes there is a sensitivity to this issue. These folks are torn in a world of options, there is always another choice, another point of view, another reality.

There is an endearing openness to others, a fairness and broadness of spirit but if mishandled, promises are not kept; another offer was better and they didn’t show. There can be a tendency to be so fair and open minded they lose their own center. In a revolving world of opinion their center and self can get displaced causing loss of face; they can acquire a reputation for falsehood.

The symbol for Libra is the Scales. The association with symmetry, balance, fairness, justice, equality is evident and is valid. My impression is that those who carry this archetype prominently in their charts very often come in with the emphasis for balance because they have a karma of the opposite. When Libra is seen in a chart there is a need to find their own middle ground and this usually involves going to extremes in the process. Many Librans come in to a family who are quite partisan and partisan in a way that these folks do not resonate with. This pushes these types to first react against what they experienced in childhood. To them, there is a lack of representation of the entire picture, they see where there is a lack of balance. Librans frequently join the opposite camp as a part of achieving their own center.

Classically Libra represents relationships. The balance and importance of what we give and what we need to be complete takes center stage. The lack is the starting place of Libran personalities. The lack gives rise to the perpetual search for the other (substitute whatever noun is relevant) mate, brand of coffee, pair of jeans, philosophical point of view…. There can be an intense restlessness to this archetype.

Keywords for Libra:

Out of balance until there is Balance, Fairness and Impartiality

Equality

Exchange

Argumentative until they come to their Center

The Other Viewpoint, Spy

Political, Open Minded

In the Body-Kidneys, Inner Ear, Hearing, Balance and Equilibrium.

An interesting representative of this archetype is Divine. She is a drag queen who was raised in an upper-middle class family in Baltimore Maryland. Divine was obese and couldn’t fit in at high school where he was mercilessly bullied. Through a childhood friend, John Waters, both aided the others rise to fame. He had Sun, Venus and Mercury and Jupiter in Libra. Divine typifies the sensitivity to the lack of balance, the need to look for a more complete truth than the family in which he was raised. He suffered from depression and terrible mood swings, again showing the lack of balance that can be seen in the archetype.

Samuel Adams also has a dominance of Libra. He had Sun, Mercury, Mars and Uranus in Libra and North Node in the 7th House-the Libran House. He was a Founding Father of the United States of America. He was the Founder of the Sons of Liberty and was instrumental in the fight against the injustices of British Rule.

The Archetype of Pisces, Neptune and the 12th House

I wrote previously about Virgo and the archetypic need for something tangible as a manifestation of doing our part in service to the whole, the lesson is that things will not happen without our effort. In comparison, with Pisces there is an understanding of the possibility of Grace at every moment of every day without any effort whatsoever, we are always already there.

The Pisces archetype is mutable and its element is water. Fluid, transforming, emotional and internalizing, attaching and intimate are some adjectives that describe water signs. With the water signs we learn to process, in fact, must process to bring to fruition this element. Mutability is about globalization, touching many, bringing the pieces together and working interdependently. The combination that is Pisces, Water and Mutable, describe, at least on the surface, a paradox.

For example, how would a Pisces Sun function? The meaning and creative purpose of these folks is to connect with and feel (water) but not so much about their home and family (Cancer) or their limitations and fears (Scorpio), they connect with their own personal limitlessness. They understand we are all at once small and very immense. We are a discrete person but a part of a vastness that is immeasurable. It makes all of us small and large, of little importance and immensely important. You get the picture. This can be quite confusing for the Piscean types. In the best expression these folks are flexible, see life as an open proposition, do not get into the little stuff because their eyes do not see the bits and pieces, they are into the global picture. On the negative side, they can lose themselves. Life becomes about the big picture. They may lose themselves in saving the whales or writing poetry. They might stay out running-with the “runner’s high” for hours on end enriched through subsuming their personal ego for a larger cause; however, it can, over a lifetime, give rise to loss of personal attention. To live productively there must be a balance which means some attention to detail. We must take a shower and eat food or we will not be healthy. We must give attention to others in our life, our significant other may not do well without some personal attention, another detail. It can be chaotic to live without the appropriate attention to our lives and this cannot be sustained indefinitely.

The symbol of Pisces is two fish swimming head to tail. This encapsulates the paradox, the duality intrinsic to this archetype. There is longing for one, to lose themselves in the greater singular truth but we are in a body on this planet. We are not all one, we have an individual body and ultimately live a singular existence. This reality is painful to this type. The two fish will never be one and will never catch the other, forever isolated. The best we can do is to maintain our innocence and trust in the face of reality. The mission of Pisces is to continue to believe in the possibility of redemption in the face of imperfection and pain.

Keywords for Pisces include:

The big picture, life as a whole

Spirit

Simplicity, Innocence, Trust

Perfect as it is, raw beauty, nature, Truth

Intoxication, Sleep, Spacey

Victimization

Disillusionment

In the Body: the Immune System, lymphatics, thymus, pineal gland and lack of vitality in general.

 

An example of this archetype is Mohandas Gandhi. His natal chart shows Sun in the 12th house which rules the North Node and represents his spiritual future and in opposition to Neptune, a double signature for the Pisces archetype. He also has a prominent Neptune that is driving the energy of much of the chart. He represented this energy well. He was a symbol of Indian nationalism against British rule. His goal was independence, a global goal. His personal identity was subsumed in this cause. He did not worry himself with the details and this engendered enemies, one of whom assassinated him.

Another fascinating Piscean personality is Ted Kennedy, brother of John and Robert Kennedy. He has Sun in Pisces and his North Node in Pisces. He also had his Moon in conjunction to Neptune tightly. He represents this archetype by the lack of emotional connectedness that his life was. He was a public figure for over 40 years, working on behalf of liberalism. His public persona, that of a brother to two of the most famous public figures and most famous victims of this country can also be seen in this symbolism. He himself was less important than this persona. Interesting to note Mercury (the symbol for his brothers) is conjunct that Pisces Sun. This shows symbolically the fusion of the brothers and his life’s purpose. He died of a brain tumor which can be seen symbolically by that same set of symbols, Mercury-brain and Pisces representing lack of immunity and susceptibility to the ill-health, the cancer.

Maurice Fernandez, my teacher and mentor has written a lot regarding Neptune and his book, Neptune: The End of Hope, The Beginning of Truth is an essential read for this archetype.

Incarnation and Evolution

The astrological wheel is the representation of the constellations in the sky. The path of the Sun in the sky describes the ecliptic. It is along the ecliptic the constellations of the Zodiac reside. These constellations make up the zodiac and describe the archetypes that symbolize our process when incarnated on earth. The Natal Chart is a picture of the positions of the constellations at the moment of your birth and gives a framework to interpret the symbols of the zodiac as they relate to an individual incarnation.

Particularly eloquent is the interpretation of the points of contact between the sky and the earth-the horizon and the highest point and lowest point of the Sun relative to the earth at the time of your birth.  These details, the horizontal and vertical lines dividing the chart, represent the skeleton of your personality and was caught as a moment in time that symbolizes your soul. Imagine the ongoing nature of time, past and future without definition. With your birth, you describe a discrete moment in time, fixed for this incarnation by your emergence, the connection to the physical plane.

This structure describes the present personality. The soul has chosen this personality as a vehicle to process experiences both good and bad.

The soul is a timeless force we each carry through lifetimes. The intention through incarnating into form over lifetimes is to gain feedback on our choices. This feedback, if successfully integrated over time, evolves our soul.

Our personality is the vehicle we are using in this lifetime. The personality will lead to interaction with the environment. This is the cauldron of alchemical transformation caused by the pressure of incarnation.  It is this interaction with the environment through the individual likes and dislikes, instinctive desires, thoughts, creative aspirations, feelings of inadequacy, anger, fear and subsequent search for support and safety where the rubber meets the road. This life allows learning, allows our personality to get feedback on what works and what doesn’t. Our values give rise to both how we act and how we interpret the results as either good or bad. Through these experiences we evolve our choices so that in the next lifetime we can make choices that allow our soul to grow beyond the choices of today.