Archive for January, 2012

“Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who is the Ruler of them All?”

One of my favorite tales of good over evil, or right over wrong is Snow White and her adventures over her step mother the queen.  Many versions and interpretations of the story have been made, but one of my favorite parts of the narrative is when the queen looks into the mirror and says “mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”  There are times as I perform my morning ritual, I say to myself as the image looks back at me, what have I done and what defines and characterizes who I really am?  More than once, as an astrologer I have wondered what planetary influences have made a difference in all my actions and thoughts.  I have been taught that the ruler or hyleg of a natal chart is one of the deciding factors, but this never sat well with me.  I have always thought that there was one planet that determines how we wanted others to see us, and another planet that influences how we really are and are seen by others.  One morning as the question continued to disturb me, I looked into the mirror and as the image stared back, I asked myself “mirror, mirror on the wall who is the ruler of them all?” 


In the beginning I have always considered my astrological studies as a serious hobby, it is no wonder I was not concern with my career preference, but how well I might succeed in the choice I had made when I went for my first astrological reading.  What I remembered of the reading I had, are but shadows of the truth, and the memories are unreliable and unforgiving.  I realize now, that I heard what I wanted to hear, and what was actually said to me is lost forever in time.  This made me wonder if we always hear only what we want to know, and is that one of the reasons we have missed opportunities that are passed over in our observations, conversations, experiences and travels which might have given us a different and more beneficial outcome?  Meditating on this I began to wonder if it was Mercury or was it another planet or the house that determines how we see things?    Thinking about this I realized that if I wanted to see how others saw me, it must be the tenth house which describes how we want to achieve our happiness and to be respected by others.  It seems to me that the planets in the house indicate what my career choices might be and how they may turn out, but the ruler of the house is the underlying factor which colors and inspires how we accomplish our desires. 


Through trial and error in studying several charts it appears the ruler of the tenth house colors and directs how we as individuals do things and how others perceive us.  Working with my own chart, since Mercury is the ruler of my tenth and first and is located in the ninth house, which influences all my thoughts and actions.  Mercury is a kindred spirit in everything I do, so I never realized its importance, until I really looked at it closer.  The planet not only influences my other planets, but how I used it was indicative of my success and how people saw me.  Looking at the chart of a coworker I wanted to see if there was something that I had not seen before that gave a clearer picture of how she came to choose her career.  She had the Moon as ruler of the tenth in connection to Venus in the fifth and Jupiter in the twelfth, which gave me the impression that her appearance and abilities were an issue.  In climbing the corporate ladder she deals with the axiom “never judge a book by its cover” in demonstrating and proving her abilities.  I was cautious in repeating my observation, but she assured me that I was on the right track.  Next time we decide to delineate a natal chart with clarity and color, it is my opinion we need to say to ourselves “mirror, mirror on the wall who is the ruler of them all?”

“The Answer Lies Within Ourselves Whispers the 18 Virgo 13 Full Moon on March 8th 2012”

The winter doldrums are beginning to fade as the first signs of spring are in the air, with expectations and hopes that new answers and new visions will be forthcoming to help solve new and reoccurring situations.  As we continue to ask, seek, and search for solutions for problems that seem to have staying power with subtle annoyances making their presence felt.  The 18 Virgo 13 Full Moon on March 8th 2012 at 1:41 am PST is whispering to us that the answer lies within ourselves.  We have handed over the handling of the financial downturn to others in high places because we thought they had the qualifications, the requirements, the knowledge, the wisdom, and the sense of duty and responsibility to guide us in the right direction from the state of affairs they have created.  Because of this action we have given up our right, our privilege and our initiative to come to our own conclusions and have accepted the responsibility of the decisions of others in the creation of our future. 

We have seen this play out in the real world around us, and the results have not been pretty or what we have hoped for.  This moon phase is signaling to us that we need to depend on our own ingenuity, intuition and insights to develop or solve our personal tribulations and to be responsible, and not to follow or be led by the conditions or the prevailing thoughts and conclusions that surround us.  Whether the moments are problems or opportunities, are we delving into and asking the right questions, in order to arrive at the right answers and solutions?  With the square to Juno and the conjunction to Pallas, the aspects are confronting us to see the truth of the issues, to face up to it and to work with our spiritual beliefs and conviction to bring our dreams and hopes into reality.  This full moon is demanding us to make and take responsibility for our lives, whether personally or as a global community, if we are to see a better tomorrow.   

“The Sabian symbol for the Moon in 19 degrees of Virgo and for the Sun in 19 degrees of Pisces is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Virgo 19  A swimming race  This is a symbol of the utter impartiality of existence in any larger dimension, and of the stimulus of direct competition whenever an individual seeks to perfect or enjoy some one of the special skills comprising his individuality.  He discovers that it is necessary to control every separate factor of his being, or else be ruled by the divergencies which make them up apart from their function within himself.  Life superficially remains in unstable balance, and survival is in the terms of that effectiveness or excellency which is best able to prove itself.  The keyword is elimination.  When positive, the degree is man’s capacity for any extreme of self-pointedness he may find valuable in a given case, and when negative, inadequate self-dramatization.

Pisces 19  A master instructing his pupil  This is a symbol of the unlimited potentiality of existence in any larger dimension, and of the demand of human intelligence for the self-refinement and self-orientation by which a greater understanding is possible.  Life entreats the individual to employ its privileges and enjoy its bounty, and gives every encouragement to that initiative of spirit by which he may be led to do so.  He finds that personality comes into its own as it is able to direct its own destiny.  The keyword is elucidation.  When positive, the degree is high executive ability through patient investigation and genuine psychological insight, and when negative, a desire to live by rule and a conceit of empty knowledge.

Implicit in this symbol is the concept of self discipline with the need to give up something in order to gain proficiency and perfection in our assets and talents we need to achieve in accomplishing our desires and dreams.  There are no winners or losers, as the competition helps each one of us to hone our skills to eliminate and to process those abilities that will work for us, and to recognize the liabilities that will hinder.  It is also telling us to take responsibility, to take control, to make the effort, and to learn to perfect the skills we need to meet the obstacles that life places in front of us.  That we can not rely on others to face the challenges, without us doing the homework too, and to understand what lies ahead.  This image subtly implies that time may be of the essence, and we need to acquire the knowledge, information and skill sooner than we thought or realize.  As we encounter life in 2012, we need to remind ourselves that this 18 Virgo 13 Full Moon is whispering to us that the answer lies within ourselves.

“Action in Place of Reaction Gives us the Advantage during Mercury Retrograde March 11th 2012”

As the dark winter days continue to dim, making way for the first signs that spring is in the air, about a week before the vernal equinox the first Mercury Retrograde of 2012 begins on March 12th at 6 Aries 48, which appears on the horizon until April 4th  at 23 Pisces 52.  This retrograde is telling us to take action in place of reacting to any situation for our advantage, if we are to get through this period of time with flying colors.     A Retrograde period 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 always be delays and disruptions that we can not avoid during this period, I do believe much of the frustrations and stresses we will experience is caused by our own carelessness because we are reacting to the circumstances, instead of taking a proactive approach to the situations and decisions we encounter.  For some of us, if we begin to develop our foresight and to anticipate the possibilities, we may begin to see this period as a time to appreciate with gratitude the gifts Mercury gives and blesses us with.  As the aphorism “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, the Universe exemplifies this by giving us this period of time to appreciate and to meditate on how Mercury works in our lives by either creating or destroying our desires, which depends on whether we pay attention to how we work with its energy .

“The Sabian symbol for Mercury in 7 degrees of Aries and for Mercury in 24 degrees of Pisces is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Aries 7  A man successfully expressing himself in two realms at once  This is a symbol  of a creative division of labor within the self, such  as distinguishes human kind from the lower orders of life and enables any individual  to participate in the experience of many interpenetrating realms of reality.  There is capacity here for a complete control of events by shifting from one to another focus of emphasis whenever it proves convenient or expedient.  The keyword is proficiency.  When positive, the degree is unlimited versatility and a special gift for divorcing the things of issue from whatever lacks immediate pertinence, and when negative, a tendency to defeat all self-competence in an unintelligent scattering of interest.

Pisces 24  An inhabited island  this is a symbol of the self-adequacy of experience on the objective side of everyday reality, and of man’s gift for the organization of his own private world in any area of his special interest.  He is always able to function in a complete independence of the alien or the unfriendly, and to develop adequate resources for his need in what at the beginning might seem to be the most barren of situations.  He capitalizes on the potentials among which he finds himself, and nurses the least of promise to its fruits.  The keyword is cultivation.  When positive, the degree is achievement through a creative opportunism or inventiveness of exceptional order, and when negative, snobbish complacency and self-indulgence.

This symbol is so appropriate to the message of the retrograde, in that it is speaking to us to develop and to open up to our inherent ability of versatility, adaptability, and our capacity to function in more than one area of concentration and our aptitude to make decisions independently of any circumstances that present itself.  Our skill to multitask gives us a sense of confidence and freedom to make proactive choices, instead of going with the flow that passes around us.  It also speaks to us about our self confidence in our self-reliance to function independently at will at any moment and in any incident to solve or resolve any problem or condition that presents itself.  The image stresses the necessity and the importance to thoroughly being able to and willing to pay attention and to analyze the potential or the problem of our decisions and actions.  By developing this practice, it will become apart of us in time, and in time it will operate without us realizing it.  This asset, which is a gift of the Universe will come in quite handy with whatever we experience through the coming year, and will be the key to the successful completion of our hopes and wishes at this time.  During this Mercury Retrograde we have to take action in place of reaction in which it is to our advantage, in accomplishing that which we wish to accomplish.

Mercury Retrograde Begins March 12, 2012 06 Aries 48 R
Mercury Goes Direct April 4, 2012 23 Pisces 52 D
Mercury Retrograde Begins July 14 2012 12 Leo 32 R
Mercury Goes Direct August 7, 2012 01 Leo 26 D
Mercury Retrograde Begins November 6, 2012 04 Sagittarius 18 R
Mercury Goes Direct November 26 2012 18 Sagittarius 11 D


“To Comprehend That Which is Hidden, Nudges the Pisces New Moon on Feb 21 2012?

As our sojourn through the cold winter months is taking an upward turn towards the thought that spring is near, and that new hopes and wishes are on the horizon and are about to bloom soon.  Our feelings and plans for the year are gaining a momentum all its own.  Within this sense of excitement and energy the 2 Pisces 42 New Moon at 2:35 pm PST on February 21st 2012 makes its appearance nudging us to grasp and to comprehend our hidden beliefs, our hidden secrets and our hidden mysteries that lie dormant in our consciousness and our sub consciousness for our benefit and use, no matter how the year turns out for each of us.  WithNeptune, Mercury, Chiron and two other asteroids conjoining the Moon and Sun in Pisces, it is like the joker in a field of playing cards that may be a help or a disadvantage, but not without pain. 

As the old axiom “where there is no pain, there is no gain” will be making its presence known and felt during the coming year.  Uncovering and revealing these thoughts and moments which are hidden in the back of our memories, gives us the time and opportunity to resolve issues that may be a hindrance or a benefit for our further growth.  It is in experiencing the pain of reliving the moments we have conveniently laid aside that understanding and comprehending the circumstances, that healing comes about.  With healing comes acceptance and forgiveness and in time we will extend our gratitude for experiencing the trials and tribulations, in so doing, we begin to understand their part in our development.  This new awareness and confidence is the extra ingredient we need to help, to create and to bring into fruition our desires and hopes in the coming year.    

“The Sabian symbol for the 3rd degree of Pisces is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Pisces 3  A petrified forest  This is a symbol of the absolute certainty which any individual may develop in the terms of his conscious knowledge, and of the power in human character which becomes the hallmark of his intellectual orientation.  The static symbolism is a warning against any reliance on stabilities to which no immediate or personal contribution is made, and which in consequence may become obstacles to progress.  Here rather is dramatization of an eternal stoutheartedness, and of its very practical dividends in spiritual continuance.  The keyword is survival.  When positive, the degree is effective continuity and breadth of resource in human effort, and when negative, complete immobilization in superficial reality.

This symbol speaks to us about convictions, intellectual certainties, character, concepts and ideas that survive long after they have been conceived.  It is the image of endurance, but at the same time it alludes to inflexibility, stubbornness, resistance to change and the inability to adapt or improvise at any moment in time.  One begins to realize and suspect that the picture we have of our self may be a stumbling block instead of a stepping stone to accomplish our dreams.  This symbol speaks to our inner soul, by epitomizing and demanding us to search within our deepest thoughts, that the convictions we held so dearly and live by as truth for so long, still resonates and supports us in accomplishing our wishes and dreams.  If we hope to live this year as fully as possible, we need to listen and to take advantage of the energy and power of this New Moon in Pisces.  By trying to grasp and to comprehend the hidden beliefs, secrets and mysteries of our consciousness within us and to change it, if need be.  Then and then only, will we be able to transform our stumbling block into a stepping stone in which to generate and live a life joyfully and with satisfaction.

“The Choice and the Order of the Astrological Keywords Determines the Clarity”

I have many fond memories of the hours I have spent in class instruction from a person who looked more like she should be teaching cooking on television, instead of astrology.  As with trying to be a good cook, one always needs to have the basic knowledge and skills of the kitchen, before venturing further if one is to be competent enough to complete a meal that one might enjoy and feel satisfied with.  One of the basics my teacher emphasized was the importance of keywords in delineating any chart.  Keywords and our ability to work and to combine them are the fundamental rudiments needed to create and weave a picture from the aspects of the planets with new and different insights.  She gave us many examples of unusual ways to tie the keywords together to give diverse view points.  As one puts into action these methods, they become so part of one’s routine, that in time one forgets when and how it all began.  As time goes by, we begin to simplify and pass over some of the important steps to hasten the process.  This definitely happen to me, as I was gently reminded about the past when I was reviewing my class notes.  I have totally forgotten about what steps I have dropped or lost through time using keywords until they were brought to my attention again.

My renewed awareness of the subject matter came to the forefront as my interest in the early astrological writers has increased.  With my concentration and curiosity becoming more intense in the method the early stargazers used in determining and delineating a chart with such precision, I began to notice how subtly the keywords were used in their delineations.  What clinched this for me is when I read an article by David Roell of Astrology Center of America, whom I deeply respect, giving credit to the keywords for his excellent interpretation of the chart of Howie Mandel.  One thing I felt my teacher did not emphasized enough was the use of the elements and the essential dignities in choosing the keywords and the importance of their level of influence in their reaction to each other.  When assigning keywords to the planets, signs, aspects and houses, the condition they are in, in respect to the whole chart needs to be considered before making any judgment.  Arrangement of the keywords in the order of their strengths is another important consideration, as this will subtly influence the delineation.  What I have noticed is that these subtle forces are like Trojan Horses which can and are the deciding force of victory or defeat.  In other words the subtle influences can make a difference between a good or better interpretation of any chart.

I have also been taught that to get a quick analysis of the person of the chart, the best way is to evaluate the Sun, the Moon and the ascendant of the chart.  The Sun giving the essence, the Moon the giver and who nourishes, the ascendant is the picture of the person the world sees.  For an example in my own chart Virgo is on the ascendant with Gemini on the midheaven, the Sun in Taurus and my Moon in Gemini.  Mercury is happy and works well with Gemini and Virgo, while the Moon is nervous and the Sun in Taurus is indifferent.  In arranging the keywords, Mercury attributed to Virgo and Gemini are first, then follows Taurus, which is the subtle key to it all.  I have never felt that Virgo represented me; as most astrologers assumed I am a Gemini and I never was too articulate about my appearance or my surroundings, and this always befuddled me, until I saw the importance of keywords.  Knowledge is important like the chart indicates, but a possession not being put to good use or appreciated is not in the nature of the bull.  This makes Taurus the Trojan horse which upsets the applecart.  The choice and the order of the keywords determines the clarity, as my own chart has definitely given me more meaning, compassion and understanding of myself.  This is the power and the gift of the keywords.

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