“The Aspects of the Square and the Opposition Seen as Negative Needs to be rethought”

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In the last few years with the difficult aspects of the squares and the oppositions in connection with the slower moving planets, it has become a learning experience in the perseverance of being patient and observant.  What appears to be the challenges and the obstacles confronting us can simply be expressed as the push, the pull and the shove of our emotions, our feelings and our decisions.  My experience in living through these aspects is that the final outcome has been utterly surprising and pleasing to me, or me ending up not being entirely happy or comfortable with the circumstances.  I have learnt from experience, that it is through difficulties and hardship that we begin to see our potentials and our needs.

 My first astrology teacher always felt that an opposition aspect meant that the individual’s inner higher self was having a lively conversation or argument, with the lower mundane self.  She compared this to the essence of Saturn in disciplining our inner thoughts.  Whether the confrontation came from sources outside of the individual did not matter, as the individual was already struggling with the situation at hand.  She felt the square was the essence of Mars giving us a whole new push into a direction we may not have entertained before in our thoughts.  It would cause more of a conflict because we are entering or being pushed blindly into unknown territory.  An opposition in her viewpoint was the duality and the polarity of an idea or situation.  It is the idea that if one felt cold, one would at the same time understand what it would be like to feel warmth.  Where as without any previous trial and error to learn from, the square would bring us towards a new unfamiliar direction, in which we would need to navigate very wisely.

 In preparing for this article, the feelings and emotions I have always associated with these aspects, began to return to haunt my imagination and my misgivings.  My thinking concerning these aspects are similar to the ones I always had with Mercury Retrograde, where I would come up with the worst scenarios that would befall me, then what would finally be experienced.  Facing the unknown, for some reason gives our ego the excuse to allow the mind to go wild.  My conclusion with the squares and the opposition is not to see them a malefic associated with unpleasantries, doubts, anxieties, and fears placed in our paths.  But, to see them as challenges that come in cycles with a rhythm, that come and go like the waves in the water.  We need to learn to work with them in order to get the most out of the situation. 

 The moment I approached these aspects from this point of view, I began to see how Saturn and Mars in my chart would work in explaining how I would deal and face the circumstances created by these aspects’.  Saturn allows us to see and estimate our limitations, and Mars allows us to measure how much energy and effort we will put into the project and for how long.  Understanding our own ability to deal with these aspects when the transits collide and make themselves felt in our natal chart, will be a turning point and a transformative cycle of growth and accomplishment.  The moment we see the square and opposition like a strong wave or gust of wind moving us forward, we will begin to understand how to manipulate the situation to our advantage. 

 To go with the wave in a strong wind, goes with the flow, and because we are going with flow, does not mean we cannot make many stops along the way.  If one wants to go against the wave or wind, it would be wise to wait until the wind dies down or changes its direction, before forging ahead.  The key here is to work with what is available to you to change the circumstances, instead of fighting an uphill battle or trying to row against the current of the river.  By reminding ourselves that we live in a world with cycles and rhythms, the square and opposition will become the stepping stones for breakthroughs and radical changes for a better future.  This we need to keep in our thoughts as we continue our journey with the difficult aspects in connection with the slower moving planets in the coming few years,    

“Uranus in Aspect to Pluto Enables us to Adjust to Change – A Key to Success in 2014”

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A few months ago I was asked to express my view of the key issue facing 2014, in as few words as possible.  It took me some pondering, while looking through the difficult aspects still looming over the night sky for the year to zoom into what would make a difference in my opinion.  With Uranus still hanging on to its fingertips to Pluto and Jupiter, and seeing that the results and benefits from these aspects in the past few years, has not been anything spectacular to write home about.  My first impression is that the year will be a roller coaster ride with many highs and many lows.  Full of excitements and thrills and with moments of fear and anxiety instill with the anticipation that something good and successful is around the next corner.  Uranus, the co-ruler to Aquarius with the planet Saturn, is considered the higher spiritual octave of Mercury.  The planet is associated with change, revolution, invention, inspiration, freedom and the inner awakening of the spirit and the soul.  It is the adaptability of Uranus to cleverly adjust to change combined with Pluto’s ability to regenerate, transform, and create, that anything we sincerely are committed to at this time will be more rewarding and will succeed beyond our expectations.  How we as a global community and individually adjust, react and improvise and work with the change will be the key and the hallmark to our success and accomplishments for the coming year.

 

The Oxford English Reference dictionary defines the word change as the following; 1.) The act or the instance of making or becoming different.  2.) An alteration or modification (a change in the person’s expression, thinking or way of dress.  3.) A new experience.  4.) The substitution of one thing for another: an exchange.  Having my Sun in Taurus makes it very hard for me to tolerate or make changes easily.  I find it more pleasant and comfortable to continue doing things as they have always been done by me.  I realize I am not alone in feeling or reacting in this way, but with these difficult and trying aspects that have been with us for a while.  We need to explore new avenues of approach, if we don’t want to fall into the same traps and difficulties we have been experiencing.  Although I may prefer not to experience change or something new, I am aware that any kind of change in one’s lifestyle seems to help to jumpstart one’s imagination, and at the same time it seems to have the power to shape a situation or idea before it is manifested into reality.  A new experience seems to show one what one wants or does not want, in order to point the way to what one truly desires.  Change also reveals what experiences exist at the moment, not necessarily what one wants to end up with.  One does not study or analyze change, one just goes with it.  One needs to experience change in its context, and to use change to create change.

 

As we experience this coming year as a global community or individually, we need to live and be in the moment.  To go with the flow and to begin to see where it takes us, before we put up our defenses and arguments.  As the global discontent, unrest and distress is spreading, we need to go within our own thoughts and emotions, to see what disgruntlement is seething within us, in order to implement the changes that are needed to bring us in harmony with ourselves.  For as long as we are unhappy with our state of affairs we will not be in the right frame of mind to make the right choices and to determine the changes that are needed.  Our key to success for the coming year will be determined by how well we meet and handle the challenges and obstacles that are placed on our path.  Our attitude and the way we deal with the situation will determine the success we will encounter, and whether a transformation will be in progress.  We need to realize that the energies and vibrations from Uranus and Pluto are here to be a help to each one of us and not a hindrance.  These two planets give us the ability to acclimatize, improvise, invent and to create the world we are willing to call our own.  We need to work with and to be open to the changes and to allow and welcome the transformation and the regeneration that will follow.      

“Pluto Being Reassigned May Be the Writing on the Wall?”

The interest in and the study of astrology has always been viewed in the recent past by the general public with curiosity and suspicion about the sanity of the individual practicing this art of divination.  A casual interest in the subject matter may be considered fashionable and tolerable at various times in our modern world, but never necessarily, mainstream.  These same skeptics can’t wait to hear what you have to say, especially, if what you are commenting on is about them.  If your interpretation of who they are is not as how they see it, you will be immediately told without any hesitation.  If what you say hits a chord, you may never know about it, as it may confirm that your interest may not be so crazy, after all.  One of my many cynics and critics came up to me after Pluto was declared by the scientific society that it was no longer considered a planet, with a sense of triumph in his grin.  Does that mean that astrology is all bunk after all, with Pluto being pushed to the back of the shelf?  He said it loud and clear for all to hear with a look of satisfaction of one who has won an argument.  I quickly replied with a very affirmative no, without any further explanation, as I was certain the justification of my answer would not be heard or understood at the moment.

 I have always worked with the modern planets, as a support to the seven planets, in the same way as I was taught by my first teacher.  She understood from her spiritual teachings that Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were the higher spiritual octaves of Mercury, Venus and Mars as the transforming essence and energy in permitting us to understand and to work with their world.  Without them we would be spiritually and creatively bankrupt, and would not understand the meaning of originality, change, love, beauty, action, and intent, etc.  This always made sense to me as I have always thought that without Uranus’s adaptability for change and originality, Mercury’s gift as a messenger and a communicator would be lost.  How would we understand or see the beauty and the compassion of Venus, if Neptune’s ability to imagine, to dream and to see beyond the box wasn’t there to help us to see beyond edges of reality?  Mars needs to assert, to generate action, but without Pluto, how are we to realize or understand that these actions can renew, reintegrate, regenerate and possibly transform us?  Pluto with its intent and intensity helps us to go beyond what we think are our limitations, and see what is beyond the horizon.  These planets help the others to fully be themselves as they are the go between the mundane and the spiritual worlds.

 Since I have always believed everything is connected spiritually in this world, as above, so below.  I began wondering if there was a spiritual correspondence or a message for us for Pluto being reassigned from a Planet to a dwarf planet?  Was this a sign or the writing on the wall, an omen of what will come to pass?  By recasting Pluto in the night sky, are we putting the energies of rejuvenation and transformation on the back shelves?  At first I didn’t want to admit or believe it, but through observations I realized that we have created devises to make our lives easier and give us more time, but the reverse has happen.  We have become so overwhelmed with text messages, emails and the need to experience all the new gadgets.  This leaves little time for oneself and the moments of contemplation and leisure to allow us to renew, reinvent, revitalize and transform our inner being.  In turn it gives us little time to share these moments with our closess companions and friends.  In coming to this conclusion and revelation I hope and pray that the writing on the wall is for the better in that we learn to take time out and use the energies of Pluto for our benefit.  Not to allow these assets and energies to lie dormant on the back shelf of all the things we want to get done.  As the saying goes “use it or lose it.”  

“With the Aspects of Uranus, Pluto and Saturn, the Keywords are Trusting Change!”

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Being a western astrologer, who has an unquenchable thirst and curiosity about everything, I tend to incorporate every system I am aware of, in my analysis, to come to some truth that makes sense, to me.  Since, I strongly believe that everything and that means everything, is somehow connected and yet independent of one another, that every system has it its truths and connections.  So why not, use whatever makes sense at the moment to come to the truth or as close to the reality, as possible?  It was obvious to me when I realized that 2013 was the year of the snake in the Chinese system, that I needed to understand in my own way, what that really meant.  What did the snake represent and mean to me and how did it relate to my western thoughts?  What astrological planet seems to represent this creature God created?  Was there a planet or planets in the western system that said it all, without a thousand words connected with it?  It came to me in my contemplation that Uranus, Pluto and Saturn fitted the bill.  Was I right?  As the year is almost over, I must say that the Universe filled me with the right inspiration, and with the aspects of the planets to one another, only confirms that the keywords for the year and forever, is to trust that change will be ever constant.

 Was this a revelation and a pivotal point in my thinking?   A definite yes, would fill the room and for miles around.  Why, you may ask?  Being human and with my Sun in Taurus, I am happy to have things stay the same way forever.  Change of any kind tends to interrupt the habit and routine I am comfortable with.  That is probably one of the reasons I began my studies into astrology, it was to anticipate what might be in store for me and to work with it.  This has helped me to foresee, but it never has made me feel comfortable with the changes or the disruptions it bought into my life.  I always felt hesitant and worry when I saw difficult aspects, or what I thought to be trying times about to arrive at my door step.  Once I began to realize and to accept that change is ever constant, a new attitude has developed in me, and that I am always were I need to be.  And that change of any kind is what I need to look forward to, instead of seeing change like mercury retrograde, which I might feel apprehensive about as it is about to begin its sojourn through the night sky.  Seeing change as constant is like seeing the necessity of sleep in one’s life.  I have come to the eye-opener that the success or failure in making the change in our lives is not as important as what we learn from the experience and the moment.  To realize that life as the I Ching has always stated in its hexagrams that change is always constant.  That we can always depend and trust that change is ever with us.  By learning to work with it, we will learn to create the life we want.   

“The Astrological Temperaments May Have Been Forgotten, But not Lost – Thank You!”

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It seems to me, no matter how long one has been studying a subject, the journey never seems to end, and new paths appear on the horizon, when one least expects it. There are times it seems we return to the course one was on before, and realized we did not truly explore or investigate it thoroughly enough. This was what happened to me, not too long ago, when I began wondering why people with similar charts reacted to things and events so differently. As I was pondering this, I was remembering my encounters with the temperaments in the natal chart, which is an innate component of our being unlike character and personality which is learnt and developed, and why one needed to learn and master it. It had totally slipped my mind, because even though my first teacher emphasized the importance of mastering this technique, she did not go into details of the importance it may have in our delineations. As I continued my studies, temperaments got left on the shelf collecting dust, as other things caught my attention and seem more important at the time.

I regret not paying more attention and mastering it, but as I have always believed, it is better late then never. The first thing I remember about the subject was trying to memorize what planet and signs were hot, dry, cold and wet, and their relationship to one another. In time these qualities were adapted and assigned to the following four temperaments. Sanguine is described as honest, liberal, cheerful, thoughtful, methodical, accommodating, etc. Melancholy as reserved, ponderous, studious, cynical, untrusting, etc. Cholerique is optimistic, aggressive, action, opportunist, etc. Phlegmatic is pensive, reticent, withdrawn, acquiescent, mutable, etc. How does one use this? It is in synthesizing the elements in the chart and seeing which of the temperaments, or if it is a combination of the temperaments that is the major factor in helping the individual to fulfill the promise of the chart. This technique is similar in judging how much of the charts are in air, earth, water and fire sign to quickly to determine if the individual is more into thinking, into having, into feeling or into getting things done.

By determining the temperament, we can rapidly come to an accurate decision on how the individual will approach each situation before our thorough delineation is begun. This method will indicate whether the individual will take the initiative, is laid back, is the analyst or is more reserved and contemplative. I have come across several teachers such as John Frawley who feel that one cannot have an accurate and insightful delineation without first establishing the temperament of the chart. To be convinced of this, one only needs to do what I just recently did myself, is to go to the internet and to look up the article “The Well-tempered Astrologer – Using an Ancient System in Modern Astrology” by Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum. Don’t just read it, but study it and you wonder why you have not incorporated this system in your delineation sooner. One thing I have learnt is that any technique that is going give me the edge on better understanding the chart and a more correct prediction of what the future will hold, I will use it as my own. Temperament will give us a clue to the hidden agenda of the person that just seeing, analyzing, and comparing the ascendant, the Sun and the Moon, may not as quickly reveal. I am happy to conclude and to announce to all who will listen that I may have forgotten the astrological temperaments, but they have not been lost to me – thank you.

“Check Your Emotions at the Door as Mercury Enters Retrograde on June 26th 2013”

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Mercury stands for the intellect and the way we utilize it in our lives. It also represents communication, mediation, tactics, knowledge, mental flexibility, analytical and logical thoughts, and the manner of judging and deciding. Mercury is also the negotiator between the conscious and the unconscious mind because the key issue here is focus as defined in “Key Words in Astrology by Banzhaf & Haebler”. Its powers of thought support the recognition and understanding of the images of the unconscious, such as dreams. The planet also represents expression in speech, curiosity, the thirst for knowledge, and a certain readiness, ambition, and ability to learn. Mercury in Cancer is combining our emotions and feelings with the way we see and bring things about. With the planet in retrograde at 27 Cancer 3, beginning June 26th 2013, the Universe is directing us to check our emotions at the door as we undertake any situation, so we can pay attention to what is happening at the moment.

The cycle of Mercury Retrograde is about three times a year, and before we know it, or wish it, it has quickly passed and just as quickly, has returned again vying for our attention. One only needs to question anyone who has experienced the trials, tribulations and chaos that retrograde can create and one will hear endless stories that will amaze. My problem is whether our emotions on the subject has been so bent out of shape that the legends and the myths that have come out of it, may be more fiction than facts. Is the embellishment a help or a hindrance in getting one through this period safe and sound? How much of the experiences are real facts and how much of it is our imagination? A Retrograde period in my opinion is when caution, carefulness and retrospection is a necessity to avoid glitches, personal misunderstanding, flawed, disrupted, and delayed communications with ourselves and others.

Although I know there will be delays and disruptions that we can not avoid during this period, I do believe much of the frustrations and stress we experience is sometimes caused by our own carelessness in our thinking, action and especially how our emotions are expressed and carried out. With the retrograde in a water and cardinal sign, it is reminding us to monitor our emotions, impulses and actions to avoid frustrations and disappointments. That haste mixed with emotions makes waste, is no idle saying. The necessity to make things happen is our priority at this time, and possibly without the forethought and preparation, which at other times, would be our usual procedure. Whether it is the action of others, or actions instigated by our own emotions, ambitions and desires, the keywords, are caution and alertness in everything we do during this period of time.

“The Sabian symbol for the 24th degree of Cancer is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Cancer 24 A woman and two men on a bit of sunlit land facing south This is a symbol of the soul’s necessary decisiveness in the basic allegiances of life, here emphasized in the terms of practical or everyday relations. There must be a mediation between the competing demands for immediate attention to various transient needs, and for some consistent or overall goal which will bring an individual’s efforts into a cohesive pattern. The inner capacities must be disciplined continually for the sake of a plethora of outer opportunities. The keyword is inception. When positive, the degree is an unusual gift for organizing and exploiting the self’s potentials, and when negative, a devastating sense of ineptitude and estrangement from reality.

This symbol speaks to me in that the woman and the two men symbolizes the emotional, nourishing, mental and physical nature of the human being working in unison towards knowledge, enlightenment and accomplishment. In balance and in harmony with one another, they are of one mind in working towards one goal without upsetting the equilibrium of the whole, suggesting unity of purpose and cohesiveness. The south symbolizes the source and the concept of integration and the ability to see and to grasp opportunities, when it knocks. Our advantage during this retrograde period is our ability to stay alert, aware and to anticipate any difficulties or trials that may come about as we participate in the moment. This Mercury Retrograde in Cancer is demanding us to check our emotions at the door if we wish to fly through this period without any complications that will disrupt and sidetrack us from our goals and wishes. As in all spiritual groups, rituals and exercises, if one is to succeed, one needs to set aside the emotions.

Retrograde Begins
June 26th 2013
6:07 am PDT 23 cancer 7
Retrograde Ends
July 20th 2013
11:22 am PDT 13 Cancer 22

“Attainment is Passion Mixed With Knowledge Says the 18 Gemini New Moon on June 8th 2013”

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As the year subtly unfolds, one can observe through the weather patterns, the political situations, and the financial climate, something is amiss. The writing is on the wall or should I said in the stars, if only we could decipher without any illusions, what is about to befall us. With three eclipses right in a row behind us, the forceful energies of these aspects should be as clear as night and day. Our ability to see the true circumstances of our situation is hindering our perceptions, our understandings and our accomplishments. In the age of the computers we no longer see eclipses as messages and signs from the Universe to help predict what the months ahead will hold. In this climate, the 18 Gemini New Moon on June 8th 2013 at 8:55 am PDT is saying that any attainment is made up of passion mixed with knowledge. An old planetary aspect the kite seldom talked about involving Venus and Pluto is reminding us that reason and knowledge mixed with wisdom and passion is the only way to create those things that will rejuvenate our being, but it is important to persevere to the end. We need to stay the course even when we see the end, in sight.

The Sabian symbol for the 18th and 19th degree of Gemini is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Gemini 18 Two Chinese men talking Chinese This is a symbol of an everyday exclusiveness on the intellectual side of experience, the individual strengthened not as much by actual distinctiveness, as by a continual co-operation with fellow enthusiasts in various special area of interest. A species of uniqueness is idealized as a corrective for self-diffusion. There are here the potentials of high erudition and of an exceptional refinement of the personality along original or unusual lines. The keyword is difference. When positive, the degree is the effective mobilization of self and others for life’s more specialized objectives, and when negative, a thorough dissipation of selfhood through alien relationships.

Gemini 19 A large archaic volume This is a symbol of the ultimate indestructibility of experience, so that any path once traversed may be taken again with a greater ease and a broader self-discovery. There is here the assurance of illimitable resources in wisdom, and the suggestion that this heritage may be made manifest at any time in an immediate and practical guidance. The past always provides an illumination of the present, and man achieves best as he cultures a real sense of obligation to his own roots. The keyword is background. When positive, the degree is a special capacity for the recovery of prior advantages or the effective disentanglement of present involvements, and when negative, a slavish worship of tradition and authority.

This symbol speaks to learning and obtaining knowledge, but is it intimating that knowledge is power? Or is it asking us that we need to put this knowledge to good use? That knowledge alone stored up, is like old books on the shelf, never being read. Knowledge like any procession needs to be worked and used. This new moon is telling us we need to take what we learn and what we believe in, and mix it with our passion to create the world we want. That passion is the fire under our knowledge that will kick start new ideas into the realities we are searching for. That passion keeps us going when hope is thin, and will also see us through to the finish line. At the same time that we nourish our ability to learn, we need to nourish the right passions to keep us going when the going gets rough. This moon phase is reminding us that our thoughts are the foundation of who we are, but without the actions, it does nothing. It is telling us to walk our talk, if only for our own edification and approval. That any attainment we achieve will be a mixture of passion, wisdom, knowledge and reason.

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