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“The Square and Opposition are Malefic at Attention in Full Ceremonial Dress”

In the beginning when I first came across astrology and as my interest continued, I remembered that as my intention of taking it more seriously became more evident, my nervous anticipation became more jubilant and uncontrollable.  My first day in class was likeAlicein Wonderland, so many things to discover and so little time.  Before I knew it the two and half hours came to a close, and I was like a little child at the candy store, I didn’t have enough pockets to stuff all the goodies or enough time to taste it all.  As the weeks continued I began to calm down and realized that beside the sweet and tasty candy available, there were also the bittersweet and tart ones in life that one would get acquainted with.  Astrology is like the candy store and life itself, a diversity of things we like, dislike, and that which we hope to encounter and taste only once in life, and to avoid in future encounters.  The one thing I appreciated about my first teacher was her ability to create the subject matter in an atmosphere of grandiose and majesty as she presented the rules and regulations one needed under one’s belt in order to begin to delineate any chart.  The planets were represented in royal pageantry with the Sun and Moon being the King and Queen of the land, and everything else had its place in court.  Some of the first nobles in the court I had apprehensions about were those who represented the malefic wing in the kingdom versus the benefic fraction.  There are always intrigues and situations that are not what they appear on the surface at any royal court. 

As in any kingdom, there will be different opinions and interest, and the infighting can be very subtle or out in the open.  One of the first royals to be introduced was the aspects and they were divided into the benefic and the malefic members of the court.  I had misgivings because I associated the aspect with good versus bad or easy opposed to complicated.  It took some time in getting to realize and to understand their role in life, which made me see them in a new light.  The malefic included the squares which with their different point of view were trying to redirect our final destination one has decided on.  The opposition was either our subconscious creating our ambition or the determination and aspiration of others pushing us towards our goals we originally set.  As I continue to grow I realized that I had stereotyped the malefic and benefic into rigid ideologies without giving them a chance to express their individualities.  The truth is that the benefic are more generous and protective and the malefic are more structured and demanding, and both depending on the circumstances and situations may be good or evil in one’s life.  Suddenly I began to see the square as one that is trying to introduce new ideas or ways which may derail us from what we thought was vital and important to us at the moment.  The oppositions are pushing us so hard that we may miss everything else along the way.  Having been at the royal court for awhile, especially as the world as a whole is spinning ever so quickly into the future, we must not forget the reason the nomenclature was given in the first place. 

In this modern world, we may wish to see everything in terms of the different shades of gray from white to black, but never as truly white or black.  In reality we need to judge each situation individually, the same is true with the aspects.  For example a benefic aspect may materialize as an inheritance, and the way it was spent may turn the circumstance into something one might call malefic.  Or a person losing their job, and needing to learn to study hard to gain a new skill may have seemed bad and a difficult situation in the first place, but the final consequences may prove to be a blessing.  This reminds us that the aspects are telling us whether there may be help that we can count along the way or obstacles to be conquered.  It is how we deal with it, or if we deal with it at all, that determines the ending and how we learn from it, if anything.  To me, the square and opposition are signposts that we need to experience and learn something from.  The difficulties may hinder the process, but if we endure and follow through, the result is a step to the next level of growth and a bit closer to our hopes and dreams.  This is also the case with the aspects of the sextile or trine which are considered very beneficial, and at times, may cause a disastrous domino effect.  This teaches us that we may be in awe with the nobles in their full ceremonial dress at court, but that we need to have care, caution, attention and awareness if we are to out maneuver the intrigues of the royal court for a well thought out delineation of any chart.

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“Reevaluating Which Key will Easily Open the Secrets of One’s Saturn Return”

What is a Saturn Return?  This is when the transiting planet returns to the position it was in, in the natal chart approximately about every twenty nine and a half years.  In a life time an individual usually experiences at least two, if not three.  It represents a time of completing one major period and a need and desire to enter into a new phase and purpose for our continued growth.  It is considered usually a difficult time with a lot of stress and pressure, but it is also a time of many opportunities with important choices and decisions for new expressions of one’s being.  The Saturn Return has the reputation of being rough and unforgiving, and is one of the reasons one is instilled with caution and fear, when one reads on this subject matter, or needs to get through it. 

 

The opposition happens around about puberty as well as the teen years when the need to establish one’s identity becomes a major issue.  Around about twenty nine, and just before entering a new stage in our life, our main purpose and direction becomes the topic we can no longer avoid, if no decision has been made so far.  By the mid forties, Saturn again opposes its natal position, and our mid life crisis begins to creep in, making us wonder if life is passing us by?  By Saturn’s second return, our passed actions and results comes into view to determine our next course of action in making the time we have left, to live life to the fullest.  Seeing the return with this approach I began to speculate if the anxiety that is instilled in one, by the astrological community on one’s Saturn return is really necessary or even productive.

 

I have been studying astrology a few years before my first return hit me.  I must admit the trepidation I had was more of an exaggeration and unnecessary as I look back on the incidences that occurred at that time.  I can’t actually say they were not full of trials and errors, but considering the results and the outcomes, not as bad as they appear to be on the surface.  The one thing I have learnt in my lifetime is that when facing anything new and unfamiliar, one tends to open the floodgates of apprehension and fretfulness.  In my own life I have seen that, anticipating with fear and doubt was more of a handicap in overcoming the situation, then the situation itself.  Anytime one finds oneself in circumstances where change is needed, one will find that the best thing to do is follow the flow and work with it.

 

To what degree of difficulty each individual experiences the Saturn return will depend on the condition and situation the planet finds itself in, in the natal chart.  One also needs to be aware of the condition of the return planet in aspects to the other planets in the night sky.  This is where the old technique of the essential dignities will come in handy and is very critical in the understanding of what is needed to have successful results and outcomes.  If one can replace the apprehension and misguided thoughts with the notion that this is a challenge to overcome, then the difficulties one will encounter will be minimal.  If we allow Saturn to show us the way, we will learn that we need not fear him, but allow him to work with and through us to achieve the change needed.  To achieve anything one always needs to go into action and work at it.  Our first deed and key in a Saturn return, is to allow the planet with a positive attitude to unleash its wisdom and experiences upon us.

“Planets, Aspects and the Overlords—Oops!!!!!”

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In reviewing the meanings of the major aspects, planets make, I realized that through the years I have developed my own method in understanding their influences upon the chart.  For me in using this method I no longer see an aspect as favorable or as a hindrance, but as an aspect to be integrated and to be used to its best potential.

A conjunction is an aspect in which two planets or more are close enough, that their energies are connected together.  For example Jupiter and Venus would exert a generally fortunate influence, where as Mars and Venus would exert a more active and intense influence.  One should see it as two people standing side by side in a circle looking towards the center; they support each other and feel the influence of the other, but can not see each other.  To me this means the influence is only an advantage if we are aware of it and put it to good use.  A conjunction can only promise an effect, to bring it into reality one must work with it.  To help give more meaning to these aspects I have given planet Mercury as the overlord to the conjunction as it is the planet that tends to take on the influences of the planets it befriends, and this is what a conjunction does.  These overlords are keys to a greater understanding and expansion of the aspects.  Working with them works wonders in ones interpretation of the zodiacal chart.

An opposition is 180 degrees between two planets, is referred to as the aspect of separation.   It is regarded as challenging and tends more to signify inner conflicts between internal and external factors.  The opposition can represent one’s own inner conflicts which are influencing us or some outer source pushing us to make a decision. The opposition indicates a stand-off where it is impossible for the two planets to function simultaneously, one will dominate.  The overlord would be Mars as it represents strength of will for action to fight the obstacles in life and to penetrate the world.

The square is 90 degrees between two planets, and is regarded as challenging and inharmonious.  It is the most difficult of the hard aspects because if we imagine we are one of the planets and the planet who is squaring us is represented by another person who is to the side of us and this person is pushing us side ways.  The opposition, the person is either in front or in the back of us pushing us forward or backwards which is more conducive to our thinking.  The person pushing us side ways is trying to redirect our direction and we apparently are putting up a fight until after much struggle we decide to turn in that direction.  The squares are the dark nights of the soul, but if we get through it, the accomplishment we achieve is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  The overlord for the square is Saturn which represents structure, steadfastness, limitations, security, stamina, and consistency.

A sextile is an aspect of 60 degrees between two planets, is traditionally regarded as beneficial.  The sextile drops opportunities in ones lap, but we must develop the potential handed to us to receive the rewards.  The overlord is Venus the symbol for love, feeling, harmony and one who can bring and merge things together.

The trine is an aspect of 120 degrees between two planets, is considered harmonious and an easy flow between the two.  Its aspect is good fortune, as the two planets really like one another.  Just think of it as a silver spoon in the mouth as everything comes together with ease.  The overlord is Jupiter, who is most generous and has much dignity, wisdom, hope, morals, affluence, success, and abundance.

There are more key words one can find for the overlords in other sources, but the more you use it with the aspects, they will begin to reveal more of their secrets.  Your interpretations of the chart will come alive and be more meaningful.

Regards and may the overlords be with you,

Wongtolomy

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