Archive for April, 2011

“Reevaluating and Understanding Bounds in Astrology Creates New Insights”

As an ardent student of the astrological arts in all its forms, I am very grateful and thankful to the Universe for my eternal curiosity and my ability to be open minded to all thoughts and ideas.  This I am confident to be attributed to my Mercury conjunct Uranus in Gemini in the ninth house trine Jupiter in Cancer on the cusp of the eleventh.  As for all beginning students, one needs to memorize certain symbols, thoughts and aphorisms which are the foundation of any subject to be mastered.  This is definitely true with astrology and one subject matter to have under your belt is the essential dignities which include the Domicile, Joys, Trigons (Triplicities and its ruler) and Bounds, also known as Terms.  Memorization is not one of my strong points, and the Bounds gave me trouble as they are irregular in length and different in each sign and they only utilize the five traditional planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, leaving out the Sun and the Moon.  My problem with the word Bounds, is that I didn’t understand the meaning in terms of how the planets reacted with their sign, and if a planet was weak and detrimental in a sign, how could it function normally within a limited space in the sign?  For years I avoided the subject matter as I could not find any explanation of how to use the Bounds that satisfied my ability to understand how it works.

I ran across two articles written by Douglas Noblehorse on the subject matter which was well written and gave examples by comparing and synthesizing the inter-relationships of any astrological point or planet in charts of couples with the possible fundamental connect or disconnect that would contribute to the harmony or disharmony of the relationship.  I still was not able to work with it, as I was still confused on the role of the planet and the role of the sign.  It was not until I read a discussion on the role of the signs and planets in one of my astrological egroups I belong to, that the light bulb came on.  Unfortunately I was half paying attention, and the information was stored away in my subconscious, until one day it pop out and I am not sure if I got it right or was I confused by my active imagination.  The jest of the matter I think was that the planets don’t choose the sign, but the sign which represents a constellation in the heavens grants sanctuary and freedom to the planet as it travels through the night sky.  This really made sense to me, as in my mind the planets were visitors or refugees and the signs were countries that gave the planets safe haven and a place of there own, to be who they were as long as they were in their allotted and limited space (bounds).  Wow was the only word I could voice as my thoughts race to see how I could put this idea to work and come up with a delineation of my own chart which would make common sense.

I decided to start with the ascendant, Moon and the Sun which would describe who I am and if it worked out as I was hoping, then try to describe what the other planets and angles have to say.  Using the Bounds according to the Egyptians, the Gemini ascendant (with Mercury as its ruler) falling within the Mar’s bound, made real sense to me, in the energy and accomplishment I place on things I believe in.  It describes me to others, as my actions speak louder then my words.  The Moon conjunct Venus in Gemini in the tenth house (with Mercury as its ruler) falling within Saturn’s bound which describes the structure, limitation, restriction, responsibility and organization I apply to my emotions, career and vocational objectives.  The Sun in Taurus sextile Jupiter in Cancer on the cusp of the eleventh house falling within the bounds of Jupiter convinced me this system really and truly gives a subtle insight that makes a difference in the delineation of a chart from being good to great.  This explains why I always want to see the good and positive side to everything and where I look for ways in which to turn a disruptive and destructive situation into something less malefic.  This method allows us to explain why apparently some people with signs that should really be compatible, but because of the difference in the degrees and the signs, falls under different planets. causing some tension and difference to an otherwise well-matched situation.  The bounds are used in Horary and I am sure it can be applied to transits, solar and lunar returns, and the directions.  I have applied the Bounds in delineating my friends’ charts, and have come up with new insights in giving a more subtle and clearer interpretation of the nature of their being and their future.  Try it and see what you think and let us all know how it works for you, and if it gives you new insights in interpreting charts?

“The Gift of the 27 Scorpio Full Moon on May 17th is to Accept Who We Are”

One thing I appreciate about thinking about the four important phases of the Moon, is that the number four represents foundation, and as we meditate on the Full Moon happening at 26 Scorpio 13 at 4:10 a.m. PDT, we can build on this groundwork for a better future.  The New Moon allows us to work with a clean slate and to make new choices.  The Full Moon with its light allows us to see if our new direction is going as planned, and if we need to make adjustments, or start anew.  With Venus, Mercury, Mars, and the Sun in Taurus, the energy is gathering momentum to pinpoint our need to understand what belongs, what defines us and who we are.  With the Moon in Scorpio representing the intense connection with those we identify as our own, it is telling us, that in order to receive and give, we need to accept where we are coming from.  Accepting who we are maybe a lot harder to accomplish as our complex emotions about our selves is more difficult to sort out.  If we are not able to accept the real us, then our ability to share and change is hampered, since we can not change or create, what is not there. 

“The Sabian symbol for the Moon in 2t degrees of Scorpio and for the Sun in 27 degrees of Taurus is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Scorpio 27  A military band on the march  This is a symbol of the human spirit’s desire to avoid everyday trivialities and drabness, ever pressing on toward some goal which can become a basis for a more enduring and individual reality.  The blare of self-affirmation is a rejection of the lesser experience which brings only a self-satiety, and its martial nature arises from the realization that things of worth must be gained at the price of a thoroughly self-mobilized effort.  The keyword is intrepidity.  When positive, the degree is a dramatic capacity for drawing events to a focus and directing their course successfully to what might have seemed impossible ends, and when negative, full hardy self-exploitation.

Taurus 27  A squaw selling beads  This is a symbol of the soul’s fundamental disinterest in everyday superficialities, and of its characteristic anchorage in an inner reality.  The exterior squalor here indicates a great satiety of experience, with petty excellencies of person dismissed as inconsequential in comparison with the fruitage of skills.  Individual existence is justified in a fidelity in the recognized tokens of the cultural heritage.  The keyword is detachment.  When positive, the degree is creative aplomb or the ability of humankind to dramatize itself effectively in even the least of situations, and when negative, a retreat within and an acceptance of the sterilities of life as the manifestation of selfhood,   

It is easier for us to be less critical of others, then our ability to be generous to our own assets and liabilities.  How others see us, is quite different then how we see ourselves.  The Full Moon is telling us to come out of the darkness and to be kind and loving to ourselves, by appreciating and accepting who we are.  One important concept we forget about when we make the connection of Venus, Taurus, and the second house to beauty, finances, property, et cetera, is who we really are, is our greatest asset and possession that we have.  The worldly material manifestations that define us to the world, in time will fade and disappear, but who we are will continue, to change and to grow.  When all the rest is gone, for whatever reason, our true self will pick it self up and start all over, again.  Our greatest possession is who we really are, and if we can accept and appreciate what we have, we can grow and change from there.  We need to take advantage of the stellium in Taurus and work with the concentrated energy to acknowledge and love ourselves for who we are, and will become.

“Are the Movies Ruled by the Stars a Coincidence or Astrological Magic?”

I have three important loves in my life, which includes my spiritual and occult philosophy of life, astrology and the movies.  So it was very exciting and interesting for me to run across an article in my favorite magazine “The Mountain Astrologer” issue #156 April/May 2011 entitled “The Archetypal Eye at the Movies” by Matthew Stelzner.  The author is not only an experienced and practicing astrologer in the field of Archetypal Cosmology, but a movie buff like my self with a website and blog entwining his two loves with a lot of very interesting articles.  My spiritual and occult thoughts are the essence of my being, my astrology is my meditation in life, and the movies are my comfort foods when I feel stressed or need to relax.  Unlike Mr. Stelzner, when I watch a movie I am doing it to relax and to get away from it all.  If I do analyze the film at all consciously, it would be like a movie critic on its content and how well it was executed.  After reading his piece, I will never look at the movies again without relating my astrological knowledge and wisdom to it.

Mr. Stelzner revolves his piece around three of the important movies of the year 2010, starting with “The Social Network” with its archetypal connection with the Jupiter and Uranus aspect, relating the themes of sudden rapid success and expansion (Striking It Rich), glorification of technology, success with technology, the celebrated genius, victorious rebellion/revolution, the ego-inflated rebel, etc.  “The King’s Speech” with the Mercury and Pluto aspect emphasizing the premise of “Finding your Voice” and all the implications this aspect expresses in relationship of the King to his father, family, friends and to the responsibility to his country as sovereign.  The “Black Swan”, he connects with the Venus and Saturn aspect with a touch of Pluto, showing the transformation of Natalie Portman from the White Swan to the more passionate and sexually charged Black Swan, because of her determination, fortitude and passion.  One needs to read the article in full, to come away from his piece of writing with awe and amazement of how everything in the Universe is connected, synchronized and related to each other.  After reading this article by Matthew Stelzner, I assure you, that one will never see the movies or astrology in the same light again.

This article made my little grey cells, to do some non-stop thinking about how else I could apply astrology to the movies, and I wondered if Mr. Stelzner had set up a chart for the date of the premiere of each movie, to see if the archetypal planets were in strategic positions for the honor and accolade that each film received?  Then I wondered why can’t I set up a chart, or had any astrologer created a birth chart for the date of the first official opening of a film?  It sounds silly, but we do set up charts for countries and companies, why not for a film?  Why not, was the repeating argument in my mind, as to understand what impact the movie would make with the public and the most important thought; will it be successful and profitable for the producers and all involved?  My problem I have with most people who set up election charts (the right and favorable time to begin anything) is that we want a yes or no or black and white answer, instead of looking and delineating to see what the problems and assets are connected to the situation.  Sometimes the official opening of a film or any project for that matter is not within our control, so having a chart of the event will give us a clue to what is and might be happening.  As I have always said, being forewarned is being forearmed.  I have never felt that astrology predestined our lives, what I am certain is that it gives us the freedom of choice within boundaries.  Understanding our circumstances, liabilities, and assets gives us the control to choose the direction and outcome we want to achieve.  I don’t feel there are coincidences in life or the movies, but the outcome is always through the magic and wonderment of the stars.

“13 Taurus New Moon on May 2nd Is to Let the Essence of our Being Bloom and Shine”

On May 1st annually, the dance around the Maypole is a celebration of the Druids and Romans, that has changed through the years, takes place about halfway between spring and summer to help commemorate the blooming of the flowers, and the mystery of the intertwining of heaven and earth as represented by the union of male and female within all life, and the results of that joining together.  About one day after May Day the New Moon at 12 Taurus 30 at 11:51 p.m. PDT appears on May 2nd 2011, and begins it journey with a stellium of planets (three or more in one sign) in Aries including Uranus, is telling us to let the essence of our being bloom and shine through, and the moment should be now.  This essence that ties us together with the spirit and energy of the Divine and our ability to be in union and in joining with this force, is that essence of being within each of us.  The flames of this essence has dwindle in time as we journey through this life’s experiences, and this moon phase is telling us to rekindle and reinforce this link with our spiritual creator and center, and to appreciate and have gratitude from whence we came.  In this way our decisions and actions will be clearer and our results will be more in tune with the Universe, and our satisfaction and happiness will be within our reach.

 “The Sabian symbol for the 13th degree of Taurus is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Taurus 13  A man handling baggage  This is a symbol of the joy in the effort put forth on the practical or everyday side of life, and of the adjustment by which the human individual is able to make his niche for himself in each available sphere of activity.  Here is an extreme of dependence on the strength and resources of self, and emphasis on the fact there is no function in society which is not of equal importance with every other in fulfilling a person’s need to be useful.  The keyword is industry.  When positive, the degree is an effective self-competence and virility of interest in normal living, and when negative, a dissipation of selfhood and depreciation of all ambition through the performance of drudgery without protest.

Understanding the connection we have with our creator and the gift that was given to us by the essence of our being, and always being in tune with the infinite, we need to keep the bonds open and active.  In this way our ideas and being, blooms to their full potential, and we fulfill the purpose of our creation.  In doing so, what ever situation in life we find ourselves in, we will carry out our duty with joy and satisfaction, and with the knowledge that no job or position is inferior in the sight of the Divine.  With Aires in a cardinal and fire sign and with Uranus pulling out all the stop signs, the only way to go is to explore new vistas.  There are many paths forward we can take, but we should not return back, to what once was.  Our usual routine and our way of being is no longer acceptable to who we are and want to become.  This New Moon is reminding us the seed has been planted, and we must allow the Sun, wind, and rain to do their job to bring forth the flowers, that all may see and enjoy.  It is reminding us that it is not our processions or our desires and wishes that makes us who we are, but the essence of our being.  Our essence of being, like the flowers in the fields needs to bloom and shine, and that we must draw closer in learning to appreciate and enjoy being a creation of the Divine, who sustains us.

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