Archive for November, 2012

“Saturn the Late Bloomer with its Many Surprises and Benefits”

In the earliest days of my studies in astrology, my introduction to Saturn was embedded with caution, dread and amazement of the power, the energy and the malefic influences the planet can play in one’s life.  The stories that were related to me, as if I was smart enough to have recorded them at the time, would have been truths that would be more unbelievable then any fiction.  It had given me the seeds for stories to be written, if only I was attentive to what was happening around me at the time.  My first astrology teacher not only had the ability to explain difficult concepts, but was a great story teller when giving examples of the different aspects, the different signs and the different planets.  This I found is the destructive, distractive and malefic nature of the planet, in that it tends to tease one with structure, steadfastness, stability, consistency, limitation, stamina, without the compassion and understanding of the circumstances one is experiencing.  In my research and studies with Saturn, I have discovered that the planet is considered the Prince of Time.  Saturn is sometimes the late bloomer with many surprises and benefits.

When we approach our own Saturn Return in our lives, which happens approximately around thirty and sixty years of age, the surrounding atmosphere is one of apprehension of what is about to change in our lives, if at all.  It is not the change we fear, but the reminder that time is marching on and that we are aging and moving on to a different aspect of time in our lives.  What we fear most in my opinion with the Saturn Return is not the difficulties and trials that are laid before us, but the reminder that time moves on, and there is no turning back time.  Fortunately for us, the Universe in its wisdom has instilled in Saturn a duality that is reflected by Jupiter.  In studying the glyphs of the two planets, one will instantly see they are in reverse indicating the connection and the nature of the energy and power of each in its duality, polarity and unison as one.  In understanding and analyzing the classification of words of benefic and malefic, it does not imply one is better off then the other.  We have seen that too much of a good thing can become disastrous and the discipline of controlling a negative trait can become constructive and positive in some instances. 

In my opinion Saturn has been given a bad rapt and we need to revisit and rethink how the planet works and distribute its energies and blessings in own world.  Without discipline and structure, nothing would get accomplished, but yet at the same time we rebel at the thought of limitation and the configuration of what life should be.  Our own vision and decisions can bring out the worst qualities of Saturn through inflexibility, cruelty, compulsiveness, rigidity, embitterment, and narrow-mindedness, etc…  Saturn rules the end of a situation or the last period of our life.  It is instrumental in delaying manifestations of our dreams and wishes into reality until the right moment in time.  Summarizing I feel that when one works with Saturn, a sense of caution and care with awe and amazement of how effortlessly it creates and teaches us what we need to know and to accomplish.  The effort needed, is with us to comprehend the moment and by living it with the zest that comes with it.  Saturn is not the planet to promise a successful completion of one’s dream and wishes, but is the one to give us the key to arrive at the end of the rainbow to receive our pot of gold with many surprises along the way.

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“Convey and Sustain Our Beliefs Repeats the 21 Cap 45 New Moon on Jan 11 2013”

 

Starting from scratch or restarting over, one needs to begin with a clean slate, and this is demonstrated and exemplified as it is akin to the start of a calendar year or a New Moon that marks the beginning of a new cycle of possibilities, opportunities, potentials, discoveries and advantages that is within one’s reach.  Throwing out the clutter, the thoughts and the confusions that accumulate through time and assorting those that are kept, according to one’s present priorities.  These feelings and concepts are still within our consciousness and are backed by our New Year resolutions just recently made.  In this atmosphere the first New Moon  in the calendar year makes it’s appearance at 21 Capricorn 45 on January 11th 2013 at 11:44 am PST repeating and embellishing the thought that we need to convey and sustain our beliefs, as we begin a New Year and new epoch of growth, if we hope to maintain balance in our world.

 A stellium is a conjunction of planets and with this period of time in the night sky includes the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Pluto, Venus and Juno in Capricorn.  It is concentrating its energy and power, indicating a period of renewal and reenergized effort in getting things completed and finished.  With this force and power directed by the Universe, we as individuals need to work with these energies to improve and to reach our own dreams and desires.  These planets are asking us to help transform, transcend and to make a commitment to our beliefs, our relationships and to what we consider that has influence and meaning in our lives.  How we and others around us, see our energies, our time, our talents, our assets, our resources and how we work with these qualities will determine our results, our success, our happiness, our satisfactions and what we consider to be important and what we will achieve during this period of time.

“The Sabian symbol for the 22nd degree of Capricorn is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Capricorn 22  A general accepting defeat gracefully  This is a symbol of the immediate opportunities by which the human will develops the real power, and of its underlying and uncompromising loyalty to the long-range ends in view.  A realistic practicality is made effective through a self-disciplined grace of spirit, so that men are won over very often by the enemy they have defeated.  The individual exalts his destiny as he finds its roots established in values accepted by his fellows as well as himself.  The keyword is expediency.  When positive, the degree is a genius for learning from experience and transforming setback into accomplishment, and when negative, irresponsible acceptance of the worst and insensibility to self-inadequacy.

This symbol is so timely, as it is implying and at the same time insisting that we see and consider the whole picture and situation we are in, and by deciding on a strategy before any decision or action can be made.  It is asking us to face the facts of the circumstances, and if it is inevitable that we need to admit to defeat or to retreat, one needs to lay a side one’s pride and strategically plan and devise other avenues and solutions.  It illustrates and demonstrates the principle that to lose a situation or several in a row does not mean that we do not successfully accomplish what we set out do in the first place.  In its most positive aspect, it is turning every loss to an advantage and every defeat to a victory.  To remember that every set back is temporary and is something we learn from and learn to overcome or work with.  The key is our strategy and our ability to adapt and improvise when needed.  This Capricorn New Moon is repeating, reminding and embellishing that how we convey and sustain our beliefs is the foundation of our strategy in life and how we put it to use in achieving our goals and wishes.

“Delineating a Solar Return Chart as if was a Horary Chart is Mind-boggling”

One of the methods in delineating what is going to happen in the coming year besides the method of profections, progressions, firdaria, transits, my favorites are the solar and the lunar returns for the period of time in question.  Morin felt that the method gave him many clues to the coming year, and with the confirmation of at least three other indications would substantiate what is about to occur, as long as the promise of what was going to happen was indicated by the natal chart.  In that sense I feel Morin thought destiny could not be change if the promise of what was to come was not indicated by the natal birth chart.  What could changed and to be improved upon, is how we would live our destiny and the quality of the promise given at birth.  Any suggestions or methods that will help me in working with the returns, I become very excited about and I usually need to practice and use it with my delineation to see if it would improve and increase the accuracy of my forecasting of the influences for the coming year.

So I became very excited when I came across a question in one of the astrology forums on the internet in which the person asked about delineating the return as if it was a horary chart.  As I thought about it, I began to realize how mind-boggling it was, and why I didn’t see this before in dealing with this technique.  A Solar Return chart is calculated for the exact moment of the individual’s birth time for the year in question to forecast the general outlook the person may look forward to during that period of time.  The return becomes a map pointing to where the action is, by the emphasis on certain houses, planets and signs.  This is very similar to a horary chart, as the horary chart is the birth map of the question asked by the individual of the astrologer.  The solar return is also asking the question, the question involves the condition of the individual for the coming year.  By seeing it as a horary chart, certain aspects of the chart immediately will jump out and become the focal point we need to deal with first.  The ascendant, the midheaven, the Sun, the Moon, and the houses the planets are in, gives us a quick clue to the in-depth delineation we are about to embark upon.

With the attitude of approaching the solar return delineation as a horary, one can get to the point of the question immediately without any hesitation, describing the conditions and the events of the period in question.  Seeing it in this way we get rid of the clutter, and begin to concentrate and to deal with what truly concerns us at the moment.  And that is the conditions, the potentials, the possibilities, the discoveries and the adventures that await the individual during this period of time.  It also gives us a picture of where the person is at mentally, physically, spiritually and how quickly if at all, the individual will react to any situation during the coming period of time.  Looking at the return chart as a horary, one begins to see the period of time in relation to the individual, instead of the individual first, and then relation to period of time.  In this way the delineation of the coming year leaves the ordinary and may become the extraordinary.  In working with several charts in this way, it is mind boggling how much more colorful, more precise and more detailed the delineation becomes when using all the steps and rules associated with this method.

“Addressing the Real Issues is the First Step says the 7 Cancer 7 full Moon on Dec 28th 2012”

 

Within a week of the Winter Solstice, as the cold continues its grip with the night at their longest and darkest, the 7 Cancer 7 Full Cold Moon makes its appearance on December 28th 2012 at 2:23 am PST reemphasizing that addressing the real issues is the first step to ensure success in any venture.  The Long Night Moon is another appropriate term given to this moon because it is above the horizon a very long time during the midwinter night.  Some difficult aspects in the night sky are subtly influencing us to make some major changes, especially in how we see and view ourselves and what we stand for.  This perception of how we see ourselves is essential if we are to make any progress in our growth, happiness and satisfaction in our lives.  Once we begin to understand where we really are coming from and who we really are, only then can we begin to sift through any situation to uncover the actual issues that have brought about the conditions we are facing.  Without discovering the real issues, we would be going around in a circle hoping to get to the cause in order to find a solution to the matter, and never finding the answer.

“The Sabian symbol for the Moon in 8th degrees of Cancer and for the Sun in 8th degrees of Capricorn is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Cancer 8  Rabbits dressed in clothes and on parade  This is a symbol of the upward reach of consciousness towards spirit, or of the necessity in all worth-while experience that events in some fashion make their continual and stimulating contribution to whatever values the self may be building into its own nature.  The habiliments of higher implications are always available for a lower life to wear experimentally, thus sharing in what as yet it has not been able to assimilate to itself.  The real is established as it is dramatized.  The keyword is appropriation.  When positive, the degree is unlimited assurance in any projection of self into a superior dimension of reality, and when negative, an ingenuous substitution of affirmation for accomplishment.

Capricorn 8  Birds in the house singing happily  This is a symbol of the descent of spirit or intelligence into every last ramification of everyday reality, and of man’s self-fulfillment as he is successful in shaping circumstances or precipitating events so that they become the ultimate and outward revelation of that higher vision by which he continues to be himself at core.  Here is the actual and impregnable independence of the individual, evident as at length he is able to make his world his own and call on all to share it with him.  The keyword is establishment.  When positive, the degree is an insatiable urge to put everything to use and to employ every least talent of self, and when negative, idle narcissism.

This symbol speaks to us of the clarification and formulation of the role-playing and mental rehearsals we have with ourselves that we use in order to discover what we think is our real self and our inner needs.  It represents our aspiration, our ambition, our imagination, our positive thinking and our ability to use our creative energies and to bring it into reality.  At the same time when everything seems to fall into place or out of place, it speaks to us of our ability to create the reality associated with it, as in happiness and as in delight or as in misery and as in despair according to the circumstances at hand.  The aspects in the night sky in connection with the sabian symbols emphasize the power of the mind and our thoughts.  By coming to terms of whom we are and who we wish to be, then only can we see the power of our thoughts and ideas.  Only then can we truly discover the truth to what confronts us.  It is important for us to address this at this point in time, as we are at the end of one cycle of time and are about to start another.  As we face up to this Full Moon, may we have the courage to step up to the plate and address the real issues instead of side stepping the problem.

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