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“To Snooze is to Lose Gestures Mercury Retrograde on November 24th 2011”

As the time seems to zoom by, the last Mercury Retrograde cycle of the year begins November 24th 2011 at 20 Sagittarius 06, until it turns direct on December 13th 2011 at 03 Sagittarius 52.  This period of time needs to be handled with caution, with carefulness and with retrospection to avoid glitches, personal misunderstandings, delayed, flawed, disrupted communications with ourselves and others.  Although I am certain there always will be problems and mishaps, I do believe much of the frustrations and stresses we experience during this retrograde is sometimes caused by our own negligence in paying attention to the particulars.  The area that seems to be highlighted during this interlude is connected with our belief system, our optimism, our legal affairs, and our long distance travels and explorations.  Mercury in Sagittarius is in detriment, and needs our concentration in staying responsive, in paying attention to the details and in keeping alert.  To snooze is to lose, gestures this retrograde, as this is not a risk to be taken lightly at this moment in time.    

“The Sabian symbol for 21 degrees of Sagittarius and for 4 degrees of Sagittarius is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Sagittarius 21  A child and a dog with borrowed eyeglasses  This is a symbol of man’s unimpeachably universal spirit, and of his realization that there are no absolute lines of demarcation between higher and lower life or between the varying stages of competency to be found in each.  Self-consciousness requires a supplementation of its capacities in the structures and materials of each particular plane of being, and individuality develops as it enters into reality through its own characteristic modes of insight.  The keyword is examination.  When positive, the degree is an exceptional skill in the analysis of personal opportunity throughout the many dimensions of experience, and when negative, distorted vision and self-defeating prejudice.

Sagittarius 4  A little child learning to walk  This is a symbol of the self-confidence and authority which come to man through his refinement of skills and discipline of understanding, and of his capacity for mobilizing every potentiality of self at any point of challenge in events.  Here is emphasis on the individual’s effective and profitable participation in a reality which he has been able to approach and master through the completeness of his perspective.  His gift of concentration is his genius of self-fulfillment.  The keyword is ability.  When positive, the degree is high sensitiveness to every possibility of accomplishment or broadened self-discovery, and when negative, unsuspected bigotry or foolish exactitude.

With Mercury Retrograde and in a sign where its full potential is not realized, this symbol speaks to us that the energy at this time is presenting us the opportunity for curiosity and role playing.  In so doing we gain the understanding of the actions of others and we achieve personal growth with higher knowledge.  This sensitivity to the needs and wants of others ultimately creates the resourcefulness in our own characters to manifest the reality we wish for ourselves.  Our greatest advantage lies in the fact, that at this time period, it is affording us some quiet time to reflect, reinvent and reinvigorate our souls and to who we are.  This interlude allows us to experience, improvise and to look beyond our familiarities to see new vistas and challenges.  At the same time as we continue our journey, we need to impress into our consciousness, the need to pay attention to details and to articulate our desires and goals.  While we work through this period and as Mercury goes direct, the Sabian Symbol reveals that confidence and ability is gained through trial and error.  To snooze is to lose is the message of Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius on November 24th 2011. 

Mercury Retrograde Begins November 24, 2011 20 Sagittarius 6 R
Mercury Goes Direct December 13, 2011 3 Sagittarius 52 D

“Do Not Judge a Book by Its Cover Whispers the Solar Return Second House”

Living during these times is very exciting as the world is spinning so rapidly into the future, that every second of the day, something new is always being discovered and developed.  The idea behind the statement, “do not judge a book by its cover” is a concept we need to deal with in a new light and in a new way.  At onetime it meant to keep any preconceive ideas or prejudices of an individual or situation from being conceived in our mindset, but with all the new innovations, it includes almost anything and everything we see or come into contact with.  Experiencing today’s world we know that nothing is static, that everything is in constant change, and what something seems to be reality today, maybe a distant memory tomorrow.  Or what appears to be one thing, maybe something totally different, or not function as one would expect.  This is extremely important when it comes to delineating the second house solar return during these trying financial times.  In this fast paced world we live in, jumping to a conclusion, without further investigation is an easy step to fall into because so much information is vying for our attention.  As uncertain and unreliable as the times appears to be, it is important and a necessity that we make sure we don’t create unnecessary fears and stresses by misunderstanding and misinterpreting the events indicated by the return chart.

This is definitely true when we see Jupiter or Venus in the solar return second house, as we may quickly surmise that good things are coming our way during the coming year.  Or seeing Saturn or Mars, we might quickly come to the conclusion that hard and frugal times are on the horizon.  As quickly as the assumptions are made, it may just be as quick to reverse our decisions, as we take a closer and more detailed look at the chart.  As this world is changing so rapidly, we need to adapt and to improvise to the ever varying circumstances, because following the same old procedures does not seem to be working.  We as astrologers, who are advising ourselves and others to the state of affairs that might be in store for us, need to use every tool we have at our disposal to be as accurate as possible, which will give some indication and direction.  I have noticed that the essential dignities that were once the basic foundation of our studies, having been laid aside for more modern and quicker techniques.  Sometimes we use them, and at other times we are in such a hurry we forget they exist.  Using computer software to calculate our charts has made it easier for us to overlook some basic steps that should always be used for a thorough and precise delineation of any chart 

The essential dignities are like the horse and buggy, we know they are important, but at this point in time they are like the Model T Ford automobile.  They get you to where you want to be, but are very slow compared to our modern transportation and they just don’t fit into our lifestyle of today.  This is a big mistake in my thinking as the essential dignities are part of the basic foundation of astrology, which is similar in concept of the wheel which has not drastically changed through the years.  We must remember to use these basics and revitalize them for today.  Essential dignities will be the key ingredient to give color and dimension to our delineation.  We also need to begin to realize and to understand how the planets mimic and behave through the different signs as they travel throughout the zodiac.  Whether the planet is a benefic or malefic, is it happy and comfortable in the sign it is in?  Is the degree of the sign and the aspect it is making a hindrance or a help?  Is the planet in its exaltation, triplicity, face, term, fall, detriment, et cetera?  All these rules and concepts colors how well the planet will perform.  I have quickly learnt my lessons with my own solar return when I misjudged Jupiter and Saturn by not paying attention to the basics which created fears and stresses which could have been avoided.  The lesson at this juncture is never judge a book by its cover before reading and understanding the contents.

“Essential Dignities are Indispensable in Delineating a Chart with Impact!”

One thing I have realized about astrology is that it is a subject matter that one needs to continue to study and research, that never quits and keeps on going and going.  What I haven’t always realized or considered, is that what ever is studied and memorized at one point needs to be reevaluated from time to time to gain a different perspective, understanding or impact, as we continue our growth on the astrological path.  I have learnt through experience that the same thought and idea under consideration will offer different implications at different time periods of my life.  I am not sure if it is because my thoughts have matured, or am I looking at it from a different angle or point of view?  Whatever happens, it seems that these new insights come about when reviewing an old subject matter already studied.  This always happens when I restudy a subject and it especially was evident when I reexamined essential dignities with a traditional astrological mindset, which instilled in me a totally different way of looking at my self and others.  It isn’t that the knowledge wasn’t there all the time, it is just that I didn’t realize how to apply it or I didn’t investigate far enough into the subject matter to uncover the gem and treasure contained within, what a fantastic surprise. 

My first teacher whom I have great respect for, gave the subject matter a quick going over and seems to have used it sporadically during the course of our study.  With all that we were learning, the essential dignities sat in the back shelf of my memory for occasional use when I felt the need for it.  In trying to establish a firm foundation into traditional methods, my research and study showed that the dignities play more of an important role in the delineation of a chart then modern astrologers give it credit for, which gives a more interesting and complex picture then I could ever imagine or makeup in my imagination.  Although the dignities play an essential part in horary delineation, its work in the natal is as important and vital to the ancients in understanding the natal chart and the individual within.  In considering the dignities, one must remember there are the essential elements and rules that consistently apply to the planets within the signs.  The accidental dignities occurs when the quality, energy and strength of a planet is fortified by being direct, swift in motion, angular, free from combustion, in a beneficial aspect to a fortunate planet or conjunct an auspicious fixed star. 

The first dignity is the ruler of the sign, which one can think of as the King or President of his country or the proprietor of the house and household, the planet is the master of his surroundings and his wishes and commands are brought into fruition.  What follows is the planet that is in its exaltation which would represent an honored spiritual or political leader, whose wishes and commands are always hopefully carried out.  A planet in its fall is like a person from a different culture or background that feels uncomfortable in the sign or house and is unable to receive any help or support from his surroundings, and may be compared to an uninvited guest to a private function, no happiness or satisfaction there.  Next to be considered is the triplicity ruler of a day or night chart, which is like the best buddy or visiting celebrity, which is treated with much respect and who is beneficial, helpful and works with the planet in all its endeavors.  Then comes the bounds or better know as terms where the signs are divided unevenly into five sections, where the planets are given a place of their own to be themselves without any obstruction or interference from others.  It may be compared to a refugee for whatever reason seeking asylum in another country, or a person seeking a quiet abode to meditate and do his own thing in this fast paced world we live in.  Face is the next dignity to be considered, which is likened to the trusted servant in the household, trusted and respected in its place in the family circle, but weak in the hierarchy of the group.  The planet in its detriment has no validity or honor and who is not expected to contribute anything and is not listen to or respected for what it might add to the household. 

With the realization of what this new information could do for me in my delineation of any type of chart, I began to see where my interpretations were faulty and on a weak foundation.  It helped me to understand why some individuals did not fulfill the promise of their charts, and others appear to exceed their dreams and desires.  To put these thoughts into practice, let us pretend that we have Jupiter in Capricorn on the mid heaven sextile Venus in Pisces in the eleventh house.  Quickly off the top, we might assume the person will have a good job with a decent salary.  Delving deeper one realizes Jupiter in Capricorn is in its fall situated on the cusp of an angle is not particularly happy with the situation and is uncomfortable doing what is expected of him, but a friend either recommended him for the job, or is the support he needs to fulfill the dreams and wishes he wants to obtain.  Venus is exalted in Pisces and makes her well respected and she knows the territory and can guide and support Jupiter to excel in his desires.  This is just a simple example, and it can become more complex and revealing, when one really begins to work with this system.  When one becomes a friend with the essential dignities, their secrets are revealed and then we will come to realize how indispensible they are, if we wish to make an impact with our delineation.

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