One of my most memorable moments in my life was taking astrology classes in an elegant old brownstone in a once prosperous section on the upper Westside of New York City. It was a group of about ten of us who met twice a month for almost two years to compare many charts of friends and the famous, in which we exchange ideas, thoughts and delineations. Not only was I amazed by the diversity of personalities, but the variety of promises and successes shown throughout the charts. Most of charts which had kept and fulfilled their promises were very obvious. This storehouse of information for comparison gave me some moments of regret and sadness as there was only two trines and two sextiles in my natal map. In the charts we were studying the beneficial aspects and essential dignities were abundant and overflowing. In some cases the squares and oppositions was the benefic aspect to the individual’s success.
I brought this to the attention of my teacher, and in her insight, she said, “the Universe may give us a difficult chart to work with, but in their wisdom they will give us an aspect that if we work with it, will help us through life’s difficult moments”. At the time I didn’t realize how powerful these words were and the wisdom and truth that were within its meaning would support and carry me through some wonderful and difficult times. The one thing I have learnt through the years in studying astrology is, it isn’t how many beneficial or malefic aspects one has, but how we work with the aspects the Universe has bestowed upon us that creates successes in one’s life. We all consider our assets as beneficial gifts, but our liabilities are also gifts, and if we understood how to use them to our advantage, then the magic of creating our hopes and desires would be within our grasp. My gift from the Universe was Jupiter in Cancer, exalted in the eleventh house.
Jupiter being the only planet in exaltation in my natal made me eager and interested in reading anything on the subject matter. The following quotation comes from the book, “On The Heavenly Spheres – A Treatise on Traditional Astrology by Helena Arelar and Luis Riberio”. “In the astrological interpretation we might consider that an exalted planet simultaneously indicates value and exuberance. If the planet represents an individual, it suggests someone respected and well-intentioned but with a tendency toward exaggeration and even arrogance.” My original reaction was shock that a beneficial aspect would be connected to a negative trait, but with further investigation I realized I had jumped to the conclusion that we were talking about the natal. The authors were talking about a horary chart and indicating the planet might describe the person involved in the question. This made me wonder if an exalted planet would describe our attitude on the area the planet governs in our lives. Would it be as drastic as arrogance, egotistical selfish pride or more like wholesome pride of achieving what one puts his mind to?
Meditating on this I came to the conclusion, nothing and everything is neither all beneficial, nor all malefic, but a combination of both to achieve what we hope for. Nothing is black or white, but all the different grays from one end of the spectrum to the other end. If we didn’t have little wholesome pride of our achievements, the exalted planet would not be able to continue bringing it’s blessing into reality. What I have come to the conclusion, it isn’t what is in the chart that is important, but what makes success or failure, is how we work with what is given to us, to the best of our abilities. Success comes when we become aware that everything in the Universe is like the symbol of the yin and the yang encompasses good and evil, light and dark, et cetera. We need the wisdom and the understanding that by working with these energies instead of against them, they will work with us to achieve our wishes and dreams. Next time one connects wholesome pride with an exalted planet, just remember a beneficial dynamic may just be beginning.