Living during these times is very exciting as the world is spinning so rapidly into the future, that every second of the day, something new is always being discovered and developed. The idea behind the statement, “do not judge a book by its cover” is a concept we need to deal with in a new light and in a new way. At onetime it meant to keep any preconceive ideas or prejudices of an individual or situation from being conceived in our mindset, but with all the new innovations, it includes almost anything and everything we see or come into contact with. Experiencing today’s world we know that nothing is static, that everything is in constant change, and what something seems to be reality today, maybe a distant memory tomorrow. Or what appears to be one thing, maybe something totally different, or not function as one would expect. This is extremely important when it comes to delineating the second house solar return during these trying financial times. In this fast paced world we live in, jumping to a conclusion, without further investigation is an easy step to fall into because so much information is vying for our attention. As uncertain and unreliable as the times appears to be, it is important and a necessity that we make sure we don’t create unnecessary fears and stresses by misunderstanding and misinterpreting the events indicated by the return chart.
This is definitely true when we see Jupiter or Venus in the solar return second house, as we may quickly surmise that good things are coming our way during the coming year. Or seeing Saturn or Mars, we might quickly come to the conclusion that hard and frugal times are on the horizon. As quickly as the assumptions are made, it may just be as quick to reverse our decisions, as we take a closer and more detailed look at the chart. As this world is changing so rapidly, we need to adapt and to improvise to the ever varying circumstances, because following the same old procedures does not seem to be working. We as astrologers, who are advising ourselves and others to the state of affairs that might be in store for us, need to use every tool we have at our disposal to be as accurate as possible, which will give some indication and direction. I have noticed that the essential dignities that were once the basic foundation of our studies, having been laid aside for more modern and quicker techniques. Sometimes we use them, and at other times we are in such a hurry we forget they exist. Using computer software to calculate our charts has made it easier for us to overlook some basic steps that should always be used for a thorough and precise delineation of any chart
The essential dignities are like the horse and buggy, we know they are important, but at this point in time they are like the Model T Ford automobile. They get you to where you want to be, but are very slow compared to our modern transportation and they just don’t fit into our lifestyle of today. This is a big mistake in my thinking as the essential dignities are part of the basic foundation of astrology, which is similar in concept of the wheel which has not drastically changed through the years. We must remember to use these basics and revitalize them for today. Essential dignities will be the key ingredient to give color and dimension to our delineation. We also need to begin to realize and to understand how the planets mimic and behave through the different signs as they travel throughout the zodiac. Whether the planet is a benefic or malefic, is it happy and comfortable in the sign it is in? Is the degree of the sign and the aspect it is making a hindrance or a help? Is the planet in its exaltation, triplicity, face, term, fall, detriment, et cetera? All these rules and concepts colors how well the planet will perform. I have quickly learnt my lessons with my own solar return when I misjudged Jupiter and Saturn by not paying attention to the basics which created fears and stresses which could have been avoided. The lesson at this juncture is never judge a book by its cover before reading and understanding the contents.