Archive for February, 2012

“Never Judge a Book by its Cover or be Proven Wrong Resounds Mercury in its own sign”

Ever since my first astrological consultation, I have been in awe of Mercury and its influence and energy it has on my thoughts and actions.  With the continuation of my interest in the subject matter and with the many classes and books, the respect and my understanding of the planet has only grown.  With the planet and the midheaven in the sign of Gemini, and my ascendant in Virgo and being in the ninth house, how is it possible for me to think differently?  Growing up in a culture and a time where the emphasis is on education and the ability to acquire it is always at one’s finger tip, the aptitude to use the energy and power of Mercury is essential.  At a very young age I have been very curious of everything that was revolving around me and I realized early in my growth, if I was to get a handle on what life had to offer me I needed to buckle down and pay attention.  Early in my education I noticed I was not able to concentrate on any subject for too long without going to the next interesting thought or idea on the horizon.  I learnt the hard way that if I was to attain any competence in any subject I needed to persevere and work diligently until I mastered it, which at times took awhile and a lot of attentiveness.

When I began to acquire the knowledge of what Mercury in its own sign stood for, I began to wonder why it never fit the description of whom I really was.  I never felt that I was intellectual and definitely, when it came to quickly grasping a subject matter and deciphering what was needed and the ability to communicate that knowledge was difficult for me.  I learnt early in life that I needed to address this problem every moment of the day and in everything I did.  Learning anything was never easy and it took time, concentration and hard work which were needed to achieve the final results.  What always befuddles me was how everyone around me always thought it came easy and that it was a gift that was inherent in me.  Many astrologers have told me how lucky I was in having Mercury so prominent in my chart.  I always had a respect and a place of honor for the planet, but never thought I had the qualities or talents I was suppose to have.  It may appear to others I did, but I always felt I worked very hard to get to the point where it seems to others as an easy step for me.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not that I don’t think Mercury is not active and working hard for me, but not in the way I was taught the planet would and should be active in my chart.  I wouldn’t know what I would do without its energy and help in my life. 

I was beginning to feel that in some way I was responsible and guilty of not using the planet to its fullest potential or that my birth chart was wrong.  My conviction that the natal chart gives an accurate picture of the individual was being tested until a couple of years ago I ran across some ancient text giving a different meaning for Mercury in Gemini.  Recently I came upon an article by Seven Stars Astrology entitled “Mercury in Gemini, Mercury in Virgo – Not strong for the Intellect” which reinforces what I was beginning to appreciate, giving references, supporting the idea that Mercury in a mutable sign was weak and not as desirable as the other signs.  I am sure that others who have this planet as described would be devastated by the meaning, but I felt relieved that it was not me, not working with what was given to me, that was the problem.  It has been instilled in me by my first teacher that the Universe may give you a difficult aspect, but at the same time the Universe will give you something to overcome the difficulties if one will work it and develop it.  With the help of Saturn in Gemini and the beneficial aspect of Jupiter in Cancer, it has given me a fighting chance to work with what I have.  This proves to me to never to judge a book by its cover or what I thought something meant or stood for in delineating any chart.

“The Brilliance of Foresight is Reflected by the 17 Libra 23 Full Moon Apr 6 2012”

As the drab cool colors of the winter months begin to give way to the bright colors of spring, the 17 Libra 23 Full Pink Moon on April 6th 2012 at 12:19 pm PDT is reflecting the brilliance of foresight in our lives.  This month was called the Pink Full Moon in certain parts of the country because during the spring, the ground was covered with pink moss indicating that soon a rainbow full of colors and flowers will grace the landscape.  The brilliance is not in the ability to have a vision or a promise of what the future may be liken to, but the illumination that comes from the participation with the Universe to be the co-creator of what may lie ahead of us.  Knowing full well that what was begun will bring a result that is greater, fuller and more colorful then what was planted. 

In the use of foresight, it is not getting the vision right every time that is important, but in the understanding that practice makes perfect and that we are taking responsibility of our choices and decisions in life.   Pluto may bring the chaos, Jupiter the wisdom, Uranus the curiosity and Mars the momentum to recognize when insight happens; the forerunner of foresight begins its journey to become reality.  Mercury allowing us to comprehend and to communicate what we have experienced at the moment.   Perceptiveness and discernment brings a brilliance and illumination to that which seems drab, stressing that we should never judge a book or situation by what we think we hear or see.

“The Sabian symbol for the Moon in 18 degrees of Libra and for the Sun in 18 degrees of Aries is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Libra 18  Two men placed under arrest  This is a symbol of the maximum demand that may be made of any individual for self-consistency, and of the absoluteness of compulsions on human nature to provide a balance between inner and outer capacities.  Implicit in the reversed symbolism is the importance of the self’s responsibility to its own essential characteristics, not as a limitation arising from the role it plays in life but as the necessity that the potentials of value in any given situation be brought to some point of immediate and effective function.  The keyword is consequence.  When positive, the degree is a heightened challenge to every special talent, and when negative, total inappropriateness of impulse and act.

Aries 18  An empty hammock  This is a symbol of self-adequacy at its maximum potential for inner reorientation and outer readjustment, and of an utter absoluteness of non-compulsion on man as far as any essential conditioning on self-irrevocability is concerned.  Implicit in the symbol’s staticism is the poise or balance of personal reality between the extremes of pure impulse and act which in each man’s given case would limit the individual and deny his conscious existence.  The keyword is rumination.  When positive, the degree is a thoroughgoing integrity established by the inner reconciliation of outer in harmonies, and when negative, inability to comprehend the conflicts of life and a consistent effort to dodge them.

This speaks to us of the inevitable consequences of our decisions and actions and to the need to take responsibility for the course we have taken.  At the same time it is telling us that if we find ourselves restricted or confined to a situation, it is encouraging us to go within to seek out our potential to find and seek the hidden opportunities in which restrictions and confinements may inspire and create.  Before jumping into a decision that may bring repercussions and consequences we may not desire, we need to hesitate from any wild or impulsive actions and thoughts, to our inner recesses to meditate, to reflect and to ponder.  It is in this moment of tranquility, that the confidence of the inner divine spirit awakens the insight and intuition to do what they do best in our lives.  This moon phase is reminding us of the brilliance that foresight brings into our lives if we only use it to the fullest, which brings the richness of the colors that life has to offer, into reality.

“Saturn a Malefic, Influences How Successful We Will Fulfill Our Destiny and Goals”

 

I have always had a fascination with Saturn since I have always associated the planet with the very strict God of our forefathers from the past, which gave us the laws to abide by.  Judgment and punishment would be dispensed if we did not follow the rules exactingly to the letter.  My thoughts are that as we were created in the image of God and as time went on our perception of our maker gradually transforms into a Jupiter type God that had more understanding and compassion.  As we continued to grow and learn, the concept of God became associated with the Sun planet as an all loving and forgiving being which incorporated all the attributes that came before.  The planet Saturn is considered the dispenser of discipline, structure and growth.  Saturn is considered extremely malefic of the planets and is barren, cold, dry, masculine, mysterious, secretive and a builder and destroyer at the same time.  The planet creates disharmony, disappointments, disputes, difficulties, differences, and may deny and delay that which one hopes for.  At the same time the beneficial attributes are stability, endurance, persistence, perseverance, responsibility, accuracy, precision, perfectness and self control with a sense of duty which permeates the planet. 

 

In my thinking Saturn is the father of cause and effect, and is considered saintly when things turn out or devilish when things go wrong.  These qualities as stated above are the essential elements needed to accomplish our hopes, wishes and our destiny.  How we use these qualities of this planet determines how well we will achieve our goals and our purpose in this life.  The truth of the matter is that we are the ones that are responsible for either making the decision or going with the flow of the general consensus which would have instigated the cause in the first place, and the effect of that action automatically follows.  Once we realize and understand this truth we will apprehend that we do have a choice in our future, and that with the Universe, we are co-creators of our own destiny.  Our direction in life may be unchangeable as the course may have already be charted, but how and the way we experience it is up to the choices we make along the way.  The decisions that are made in life are accomplished with the help and energy of Saturn. 

 

This is why it is the condition of the planet Saturn in our charts which effects how well we perform and accomplish our wishes and fulfill our destiny.  Is Saturn happy in the sign, house and the aspect it is in with the other planet?  Is it in aspect to its depositor and near an angle?  If the Saturn is in an unhelpful way, what planet in the chart may be of help?  My first teacher always emphasized that the Universe always balances the chart, in that for every malefic a beneficial aspect was given to help offset the trials and difficulties.  It is the choice of the individual how the assets, liabilities and talents to achieve the goals and the desired wishes are used.  In my opinion and thinking Mercury is the planet to help us understand what was communicated to us, the planet Jupiter gives us the reason and purpose of the message.  Saturn helps us to structure and gives us the momentum, and Mars gives us the energy to bring it to fruition.  Understanding the condition of our Saturn in our chart is the first step to successfully fulfilling our destiny in this life, by using the planet to its fullest potential and by accepting its abilities and its limits.

“Opportunities Are Quick to Disappear Mumbles the 2 Aries 22 New Moon on Mar 22 2012”

As the darkness of night become shorter and the daylight glows brighter and longer with the cold winter air giving way to the warmer and more cheerful weather patterns, a sense that the old ways need to give way to new perspectives and objectives is in the air.  Amid this hopeful atmosphere the 2 Aries 22 New Moon at 7:38 am PDT on March 22nd 2012 appears on the horizon and is subtly mumbling that opportunities are quick to disappear.  The potential of this moon phase is emphasized by the closeness to the vernal equinox, with the concentration of energy in Aries a cardinal sign, the retrograde of Mercury and Mars, with Jupiter trine Pluto, and Neptune into Pisces.  The aspects are warning us that the opportunities for a beneficial outcome is in the air, but that we need to use caution with our actions and thoughts, if we are to take advantage of the moment.  Impulsive thoughts or actions are pitfalls at this point, and the time we have to grasp for the change we need to make, may be sooner to end than we think.  The foundation of our beliefs that we have been building upon is about to be tested and the proof of the pudding will be revealed.  As we enter the year 2012 being set in our mode of handling any situation needs to give way to being alert, open and willing to deal with whatever crosses our path, and the time for action is now.    

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

Aries 3  A cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country  This is a symbol of a real breadth of participation in everyday affairs, and of the extent to which every individual tends to epitomize the tradition and culture from which he has emerged.  There is here the suggestion of both an impersonal self-dedication to broader community interests and a highly personal dramatization of the self as a focus for group actuality.  The keyword is expectation.  When positive, the degree is man’s capacity for giving full play to every ramification of the reality he has created for himself, and when negative, an unimaginative conventionality which leaves him in bondage to every current stereotype of human relations.

This symbol speaks to us of a personal and yet impersonal involvement of life that spirals around us in that we as unique individuals, representing not only who we are, but as the collective identity of our community, country, heritage, cultural and social traditions.  The implication is that the uniqueness of the individual is overshadowed by his singular expression and dedication to the achievement of social, rather than personal goals and wishes.  This image epitomizes the highest and grandest ideas, talents, and traditions associated with any particular group, organization, country, or the global community.  It encourages enthusiasm, joy and satisfaction that our greatest advantages lie in working towards the achievement of group objectives.  Here the aspects in the night sky come into play by encouraging us to take time out of our busy lives for rethinking, reevaluating, and reviewing what has gone before, and what we want to follow and what we want to bring to fruition for the future.  The Universe is telling us to be certain that if we are representing utopian ideas, thoughts and actions that these concepts are what truly represents who we are and what we really believe and stand for.  The planets in retrograde at this time is telling us to take care and caution in our thoughts, decisions and actions.  Impulsiveness is not the word of the day, but action is, as the 2 Aries 22 New Moon mumbles and reminds us that opportunities are quick to disappear and fade away.

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