Archive for March, 2010

“Mercury in 4th Degree of Gemini is Highly Over Active!”

When I first started learning astrology in a small group of six students meeting twice a month in the teacher’s brownstone, one of the first things we memorize was the critical degrees that would affect a chart.  To my horror and fear I had two planets in critical degrees in my chart with one planet in conjunction.  “What was I to do”, I asked my mentor, and she said “the Universe may give us obstacles, but at the same time the Universe gives us assets and talents to overcome these negative situations”.  At the time the answer was sufficient, but as time went on I realized I really did not know how these aspects would really affect me and what the consequences would be in my life.  I had to deal with a chart with two planets in critical degrees, and in time I would experience my first Saturn Return and Pluto square.  As I began to approach my first Saturn Return, a sense of dread hung over me as I didn’t know what to expect.  Continuation of my studies began to show me that I was approaching these difficult aspects with fear instead of with the hope that I would learn and grow from it.

For the longest time the only thing I knew about critical degrees was that they were points on the zodiac spaced 12 ½ degrees apart beginning with zero degree in which the native would experience obstruction and frustration, depending on which planet and house it was in.  The critical degrees are: 0, 13 and 26 degrees of cardinal signs; 9 and 21 degrees of fixed signs; and 4 and 17 degrees of mutable signs.  I have learnt from my studies and by my experience these critical degrees are neither benefic nor malefic but are the area in which one’s greatest potentials lies.  Critical degrees are like planets near an angle in the chart, they are the first to be activated as they are sensitive points which bring energy  into reality and form.  The critical degrees tend to express the energies of the planets in their signs from the negative to the positive with all the shades of grey in between.

My planets in critical degrees were Mercury and Uranus in the ninth house and Neptune in the first house.  Mercury in the critical degree either makes me a chatter box and at times not a word would come out of my mouth when in a social gathering.  I am very sociable and many consider me an extrovert, but in reality I consider myself an introvert.  With the conjunction of Uranus I always think out of the box and need new excitements to keep me going, or I tend to be very rigid in my thinking.  Neptune gives me insights and intuition which at times ran rampant and the need to save the world, and at other times the world to save me.  What I have realized is that the Universe has shown me in which areas my potentials and greatest efforts lies, but I need to adapt and improvise it, to work with the talents and assets I came into this world with.  I need to understand and work with the planets to control the energy it releases.  Working and studying astrology has helped me take these sensitive points and energies, and focus on what is needed to make and create the things I need to be happy.

If one has no planets in critical degrees in their natal chart, just bless your lucky stars that you possess flexibility and adaptability and the knowledge that you will achieve your goals with a positive attitude with few obstacles in your way.  If you are like me and have a planet in critical degrees, you still should bless your lucky stars that you have been given the gift to know in what areas your abilities lie, and though you need to persevere to reach your goals, the satisfaction and joy will come with the knowledge that you did it on your own with the help of the Universe guiding you.  The most important lesson I have learnt is that the planets in critical degrees are sensitive points for growth and will indicate where potentials of success are, and are not obstacles to foil our happiness.  My only regret, is not having understood this sooner, so I could appreciate and be thankful for the steps I was taking for my growth and learning in this life.

“10 Degree Libra Full Moon on March 29th – 30th is to Trust”

As we enter another Full Moon period with the hard aspects playing their havoc, how we experience and feel about these energies are influenced by the sign and modality the Moon is in. The aspects have not changed their influence, but how we see it, subtly changes, as the Moon moves through the zodiacal signs.  With the Full Moon on March 29th – 30th 2010 in the 10th Degree of Libra at 7:27 p.m. PDT, square Pluto, is asking us to harness our emotions and put our trust in our intuition and the Universe, as we enter unknown territories to achieve our goals and to be, where the Universe wants us to be.  The aspects are still telling us we must change and do things differently, and to realize that everything in this world is interconnected, and that we need to think and work together if we are to succeed.  With this moon in a cardinal sign we can not sit back and allow others or the flow of life to take us to our next destination.  This Full Moon is telling or instructing us that we must take the lead and to follow our intuition and hunches to new areas of discoveries, that will benefit us in the long run.  Since I feel the Over Lord to the Cardinal sign is Mars, seeing where Mars is in your natal chart in relationship to where the Full Moon falls will give you a pretty good idea of the area you must concentrate on, during this period of time.

“The Sabian symbol for the Moon in 10 degrees of Libra and for the Sun in 10 degrees of Aries is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Libra 19  A canoe approaching safety through dangerous waters  This is a symbol of the necessary validation of all experience through an acceptance of risk, and of the refinement of personal skills through a direct contact with the recurrent experiences of everyday living.  Here the genius of the race is preserved by a fresh and constant participation in life’s transient situations.  There is always the goal through which man is led to develop his powers.  The keyword is competency.  When positive, the degree is conscious and skilled resort to the course of action which leads most surely to success, and when negative, a primitive love of adventure and a wholly unintelligent faith in sheer good luck.

Aries 10  A Man teaching new forms for old symbols  This is a symbol of the continuous and necessary rectification of understanding through direct and everyday experience, such as brings every factor of inner realization into immediate and personal significance.  Here the wisdom of the race is revivified and made available for all through its recurrent and continual validation in human affairs.  There is a serving of the many by the one who provides a momentary dramatization for each special phase of a total reality.  The keyword is interpretation.  When positive, the degree is an exceptional capacity for putting every part of an individual’s heritage to work, and when negative, witless distortion of values and twisted perspective in general events.

It is incredible how the Sabian symbols reinforce what the aspects are telling us to do.  The canoe which is our higher intuition in touch with the Universe guides us through the terrain and storms to a safe abode.  The important thing we need to do is to trust our higher intuition which is represented by the well built canoe to get us through the dangerous waters.  It is trust that gives us the perseverance and the courage to step towards the unknown to follow our dreams and hopes.  We also need to realize and understand that these ancient laws and rules still apply and work in our modern world, but we need the symbols to be updated to have meaning for us in today’s world.  At the same time we must not discard the old symbols, but understand them for what they where, and to realize the energy and power they still have.

“A Different Perspective to the Modality of the Planets as I see It!”

In delineating a chart, one of the first steps after setting up the chart is seeing what sign the Sun, Moon and the Ascendant are in, in order to give a general overview of the individual in question.  The next step would be seeing what the elements and the modalities of planets are, to provide a more precise general view of how the individual will react and how quickly.  Most everyone is aware of the four elements which is fire, earth, air and water.  The modality of the planets are less emphasized and generally less well known or used by the general public, although it is an important tool for the astrologer.

The Cardinal signs include Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, and planets located in the first, third, seventh, and tenth house are considered energetic, dynamic, proactive and responsive to any situation in life.  The Fixed signs include Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius, and planets in the second. Fifth, eighth, and the eleventh house are considered persistent, persevering, stubborn, and stable with resistance to change.  The Mutable signs include Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces, and planets in the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth house are considered flexible, changeable adaptable, versatile, suggestive and possibility of being scattered.  They are good at multitasking, but with too many mutable planets indicate nervousness and the inability to finish any one thing.

These are very good keywords and may give one a quick overview of the individual, but I found that I needed other keywords to help me give a more diverse and colorful delineation to the individual and the way he reacts to his surroundings.  I have my Sun in Taurus and five planets in Gemini and the interpretation for the fixed and mutable seem too cut and dry.  I realized that the colors of my life ranges from white to shades of grey and then to black, and I needed the words to describe these colors.  It came to my thoughts that I needed an Over Lord to give more meaning to the modalities.

I chose the planet Mars to be the Over Lord to the Cardinal planets with its’ fiery energy to get things started and the keyword is “to anticipate and to create”.   As Cardinal planets get things done and completed, it is the anticipation of the results that creates other projects, which keeps the Cardinal planets on the go.  At first I thought Saturn should be the Over Lord of the fixed planets, but I realized it had to be Venus with the keyword as “to love and to appreciate”.  The Fixed planets appear to be stubborn and resistant to change, because they love what they are doing and who they are.  Mercury as the Over Lord of the Mutable planets is obvious and the keyword is “to improvise and to combine”.  The ability to accept and see all possibilities, and the ability to improvise and combine, to come to a final outcome, is invaluable.

I found by combining the meanings of the Over Lords and the keywords with the Planets in their elements and modality, a clearer and a more diverse picture of the individual emerges from the chart.  I hope this will give you some subtle clarity that was not so obvious before.

“New Moon at 26th Degree Pisces on March 15th 2010 is a Royal Decree!”

Every New Moon is in a different sign, and its’ energy and message is always different, but it is always the right time to rethink what we have been doing.  Do we need to rethink our direction for the coming month, or reaffirm our direction?  This is the time to throw out those things that are no longer of the essence and to redirect our thinking to those that will benefit us.  This New Moon at 26th Degree Pisces on March 15th 2010 at 2:02 p.m. PDT is conjunct Mercury and Uranus with Jupiter twelve degrees a way in the same sign.  When I relate and see these planets in court life in medieval times, a whole new world of delineation comes to mind.  With Mercury the court jester and Uranus the court astrologer, conjunct the Sun King, their right to take any credit for a job well done must first go to the King, who takes all the honors at his court.  The Sun has a love hate relationship with Mercury, as the court jester undermines the King’s illusions of grandeur, by speaking and relating the truth through his riddles and songs.  The Moon Queen at the moment is in harmony with the Sun and has the ability to nurture and encourage all those at court.  The Moon Queen buffers the glare and judgment from the Sun king towards Jupiter, the court philosophers and legislators.  What this seems to be saying to me is that what we must achieve in this New Moon period, is to quiet our outer and inner voices, so we can hear our inner intuition, and hunches from our private, hidden and spiritual worlds and bring into reality some creative ideas and changes, that which we have forgotten and have lost along the way.  We must seek and welcome the unexpected and see how to intertwine it into our philosophy and our life.  The Universe is telling us that in order to achieve future happiness, we must not continue the way we have and listen more carefully to our inner and spiritual guides.

“The Sabian symbol for the 26th degree of Pisces is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Pisces 26  A new moon that divides its influences  This is a symbol of universal initiative as a basic dynamic in any personal scheme of things, and it reveals itself most simply in man’s instinctive and often blind outreach to the reality in which he participates.  His action must be tentative until he achieves hi own true self-discovery, but he makes a fine skill of his uncertainty and refuses to commit himself except as he encounters a full response to his deeper realization and ultimate motives.  The keyword is finesse.  When positive, the degree is a thoroughgoing capitalization on life’s transitions and effective development of every emerging potentiality of self, and when negative, a completely disruptive vacillation.

Here the Sabian symbol is reinforcing what the aspect of the conjunction to this New Moon is saying.  We must use our instinctive and intuitive forces and abilities to discover our unique style and in developing these abilities will lead to our full potential and the fulfillment of our sojourn in this lifetime, and to accomplish the potential and the importance of this New Moon period.

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