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All of life is a result of the creative outpouring of the One Life. As a result, there is no such thing as essential separation; there is only the illusion of separation in terms of the many forms that this Life assumes. Metaphysics speaks to us about the processes of weaving together the “threads” of this Universal Substance, while astrology reveals much about the nature and purpose of the Weaver in terms of our individual lives as well as the timing of the unfolding of events. —A.O.
Jupiter is called “Guru” in Vedic (Hindu) astrology. This is the Sanskrit word meaning, “teacher.” The lesson that comes through Jupiter is one of fusion: the blending and harmonizing of dualities. He is especially active when it comes to the integration of the head and heart—the mind and love. This particular energetic union produces wisdom. Jupiter along with the Sun is a conduit for the Second Ray, the Ray of Love/Wisdom, thus supporting our efforts to expand and evolve consciousness. This quintessentially jovial purpose is revealed through the double rulership that Jupiter holds in traditional astrology. Jupiter is the “Lord of Wisdom” through Sagittarius, while his rulership over Pisces brings him the title of the “Lord of Love.”
Jupiter is very given over to expansion both in terms of mind and body. When afflicted and acting out through the unenlightened ego, he gives rise to the “know-it-all.” When this is extended to the realms of philosophy and religion, he becomes the inquisitor, the bigot, the extremist, and the fanatic. Jupiter also produces large people and is definitely associated with obesity when in difficult aspect to the Ascendant or Moon. Even if Jupiter’s afflictions do not produce physically overweight people, his strong association by square, opposition, or conjunction in the chart to the Sun, produce an individual who tends to be “larger than life.” He or she embodies the philosophy expounded in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” that states: “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” This statement was probably meant for someone with a strong affliction of either Jupiter in Libra or Jupiter in Aquarius!
The blessings which result from Jupiter’s beneficent presence in the chart are also huge, the particular abundance arising from two primary places: the house in which Jupiter sits natally and the houses which Jupiter rules in the birth map. Thus it is a very safe assessment on the part of an astrologer who is studying the horoscope of someone with, let us say, a well placed Jupiter in the Ninth House ruling Sagittarius on the Second House cusp and Pisces on the Fourth: “You will derive many benefits from long-distant travel, the study of philosophy, and teaching. Publishing may also be an area that brings positive results for you. You may find that at some time in your life, you will live abroad, especially in the last phase of your life. Money is earned by you through all activities associated with the Ninth House.”
The positively expansive nature of our huge neighbor in space (11 Earths can make a belt along Jupiter’s equator!) results in a generous individual, much more open in heart than projective of personal ego. We can thus count on Jupiter to be a potential celestial benefactor, certainly when his transits are positively linked to the natal chart. Like all planets, Jupiter prefers several of the signs more than others and enjoys going through some of the houses of the natal and is less comfortable in other domiciles of the chart. In this respect, the following list may prove helpful to the reader, but do keep in mind that what follows always varies according to the aspects Jupiter makes to the other natal planets and the natal chart itself. No one said that astrology was not a complex study!
Jupiter in Aries—favorable
Jupiter in Taurus—neutral to favorable when touching other planets in earthy signs
Jupiter in Gemini—neutral to mildly unfavorable
Jupiter in Cancer—very favorable
Jupiter in Leo—favorable
Jupiter in Virgo—unfavorable
Jupiter in Libra—favorable
Jupiter in Scorpio—unfavorable
Jupiter in Sagittarius—very favorable
Jupiter in Capricorn—unfavorable
Jupiter in Aquarius—neutral
Jupiter in Pisces—very favorable
In terms of the houses, Jupiter bestows his blessings wherever he goes. His difficult aspects in any sign or house—“Jupiter trouble”—are a result of counting too much on his benefits and thinking that his transits will last longer than they do. Transits by definition are “transitory” and those of Jupiter to any point of the chart generally last from a week to ten days. A safe rule of thumb is: Don’t exaggerate Jupiter’s benefits, just count your blessings while they are happening.
SCORPIO AND THE PATH OF TRANSFORMATION
The illusionary nature of the manifested universe is such that ordinary vision perceives form and Spirit as separate and thus dual. The soul reconciles this apparent duality through consciousness so that when the Inner Eye is opened, Spirit and matter are seen as one. Einstein proved this through his “Theory of Relativity.” The Ancient Wisdom spoke of this truth centuries before Einstein was born when it was stated that: “Spirit is matter expressing through its densest nature while matter is Spirit expressing through its most refined. The only difference between matter and Spirit is the rate of vibration of atoms.” –A.O.
According to the Ancient Wisdom Teachings of which esoteric astrology is a part, there are seven kingdoms in nature. The human kingdom is the fourth in this ordering with the mineral, vegetable, and animal standing below and the soul and two yet higher kingdoms standing above. Thus we are at the center of a huge evolutionary scheme. As the central kingdom, we are subject to the greatest tension within this entire hierarchy. It is through humanity that the lesser kingdoms are transformed into the higher and the higher are transmuted into the lower. This is known to us as the relationship and interchange between evolution and involution and forms the core of the movement of the Creative Impulse on earth.
Transformation and transmutation are terms common to astrology and are immediately recognized as dynamics of the sign Scorpio, its ruling planet Pluto, and the nature of the Eighth House. In soul centered astrology, we add another symbolic dimension to this process by stating that Scorpio belongs to the Fourth Ray of energy: Harmony through Conflict. We also know that the celestial Scorpion speaks to us of sexuality, death, healing, money, mystery, and mystical awareness. It is little wonder therefore that true students of astrology come to view Scorpio and its astrological associations with respect, while many lay people approach Scorpio with a certain anxiety and then run away as fast as they can!
The spiritual student of astrology sees the processes represented by Scorpio as inherent to the evolution of consciousness. She knows that in order to move from a lesser state of being into a higher requires release, loss, emptiness, and death so that a greater “becoming of self” may take place. She also
knows that there is a rhythm to the cycle of manifestation of life and that before the birth of either a universe or a human life, there has to be an empty space for that life to take root and grow. This is the same for a woman’s empty womb as the primordial home of an embryo as it is for an emptiness in the womb of space as the primordial home of a galaxy. This principle of creation taking place in a void is very much a scorpionic one.
As spiritual seekers we ask for light, we strive for greater awareness, we aspire to selfless service. But there is a price to pay for all of this—consciousness costs! And that price in terms of our personal evolution is loss: loss of desire, loss of attachment, loss of emotional illusions, even loss of the forms of our aspirations. We have to create all of these desires, attachments, illusions, and aspirations and give them form in terms of the nature of our personality. This is done through Scorpio’s co-inhabitant of the Fourth Ray and its celestial companion, the earthiest of the earth signs—Taurus. Through decades of life on earth, we consolidate, anchor, and struggle to achieve what will eventually have to be released through Scorpio so that our greater life may manifest. What remains of all of this is a refined core, a stable essence of truth, a synthesized nucleus known as the Soul. The third of these Fourth Ray signs (each of the Seven Rays influences three of the astrological signs) is Sagittarius—higher knowledge. Indeed, in esoteric astrology Sagittarius is said to be the sign of the Path itself. This jewel of wisdom is the distillation of the struggles between Taurus and the urge to amass form, and Scorpio, the urge for death and release of that which has been accumulated.
Just as humanity is the half-way point between the lower and the higher kingdoms of nature, Scorpio is the sign that acts as the transforming intermediary in our lives. Through its imposing doors we either evolve or dissolve, progress or regress, transmute or die. Scorpio stands between the signs Libra and Sagittarius. Here it serves to “kill off” the lower Libran sense that we must separate ourselves into two in order to feel as one. Scorpio thus ends the desire for the illusion of duality so that we may be united within ourselves whether or not we are in a relationship with another person. We may then emerge in fullness onto the path of one-pointedness which is the highest gift of the heavenly Centaur.
Scorpio is also the intermediary between all of the fixed signs. The fixed signs are representative of our values. In Taurus these values are our basic sense of self-worth, characterized by our possessions and latent talents and personal resources. In Leo these values become more particularized and express as our creative self-expression. Scorpio acts as a catalyst of such personalized expressions of our self-worth and
transforms them so that we may participate as contributing to the collective values of society via the last of the fixed signs, Aquarius. It is therefore in Scorpio that we battle to “die” to our attachments to our concepts of the individual self and hence it is in Scorpio where the personality is challenged to become the soul. And as many of us are finding out, it is a bloody battle indeed! The rewards that come to the individual prepared to undertake the struggles symbolized by Scorpio, Pluto, and the Eighth House may be summarized by that great mythological creature—the Phoenix. It is this fantastic bird who is first burnt beyond recognition only to rise up out of its own ashes in glorious plumage ready to take flight into the Sun.
Let us now briefly examine the meaning of the planets when they are found in Scorpio in the natal chart:
Sun in Scorpio: The Sun in this sign usually gives rise to three types of people: the Scorpion, the Eagle, and the Dove. The Scorpion is ever seeking to use the resources of others for his own benefit. He is crafty and scheming by nature, never revealing himself and always trying to get the most by giving the least. His urge to transform has much to do with the transformation of another person’s will power so that the other individual is under his control. He is his desires and as no objectivity to them and what he wants, he usually takes. When he reaches bottom, which he must do eventually, he will attempt to destroy everything around him. Not such a nice guy! The Eagle is very objective for his is the “eagle’s eye.” He is very aware of the power dynamics in every situation but rather than abusing power, he uses it for his own and if possible, other people’s benefit as well. He can be counted on for being loyal and steadfast, determined and perceptive. He has the capacity to see between the lines and is amazingly accurate in his ability to see the truth of a situation. He struggles to transform his personal desires into impersonal ones. The Dove is the mystical scorpionic healer. He is aware of himself as a soul and is often called upon to enter difficult situations and transform them into better ones. He is thus a catalyst for Light, a true mystic, and a spiritual warrior.
Moon in Scorpio: When evolved, this is a wonderful position for a psychologist, therapist, and healer. It allows a person to peer into the emotional core of another person and recognize that individual’s pain and the truth of that person’s being. It often is in the chart of a person who has suffered a great deal on the personal level and who has learned so much from these difficulties that she can use these lessons for
other people’s benefit. When unevolved, the Moon in Scorpio leads to emotional obsessions and uncontrolled emotional needs. Such a person will easily manipulate the emotional context of any situation in order to satisfy something in herself that can never be satisfied until it is transmuted into love. This position of the Moon can therefore be very abusive of other people’s feelings, pretending to be close and intimate one moment and then in the next, totally cut off and be emotionally unavailable. At its best, the Moon in Scorpio personifies a person willing to make enormous sacrifices to help others, at its worst, it is stubbornly selfish, cold, and unyielding.
Mercury in Scorpio: The mind can be very fine tuned, highly perceptive, and give rise to very profound thoughts and opinions about life. When used wisely, Mercury in Scorpio is great for uncovering the secrets of nature and is thus a great tool to those involved in either physics or metaphysics. The expression, “to slice thin hairs,” definitely applies to this planet/sign combination. But when misused by the selfish heart, Mercury in Scorpio can lie and mentally manipulate any situation around him. He can use his razor sharp perceptions exclusively to his own advantage, sharing what he knows about others only for personal advancement no matter what the cost to others. I like to call strong Pluto/Mercury aspects, “the spy mentality.” But sometimes Mercury in Scorpio can be a double agent.
Venus in Scorpio: When in the chart of a spiritually centered person, this combination gives the ability to take another person to the next phase of their personal development. Venus in Scorpio can thus serve to refine a person’s self-esteem, finding hidden treasures in an individual who otherwise may be blind to them. In this respect, the reader should recall that Scorpio deals with “other people’s resources” and thus planets placed in this sign will deal very much with interpersonal interchanges. When this is positive, the Venus in Scorpio person will always bring the best out of any social encounter. When negative, it gives rise to incredible selfishness, possessiveness, and unrequited passions. It may easily manifest as: “I want from you what I do not have in myself—and I will take it one way or another!”
Mars in Scorpio: When positive, this is the personification of the spiritual warrior, a man or woman unafraid to risk it all in the name of what is true and just. This combination gives courageous determination and drive but unlike Mars in Aries who is always in your face about things, Mars in Scorpio is far more subtle in the ways he goes about earning his victories. When negative, the pursuit of personal sexual needs may dominate the life so that the more refined elements of human interchange are sacrificed for the passions of the moment. This combination may also give rise to a compulsive urge for self-annihilation and when combined with difficult aspects to Neptune, often leads to addiction.
Jupiter in Scorpio: As always, the effects of this combination depend on the level of scorpionic expression. Scorpion: here the individual knows no bounds for the need to satisfy his financial or sensual desires. In this sense, Jupiter expands the intense focus of the lower self on the emotional level, leading to a lot of self-destructive behavior. Eagle: the individual is searching for something greater than himself—a process of transmutation through higher knowledge that will bring him and those whom he contacts into contact with a deeper and purer part of one’s own nature. Dove: this is a person who uses wisdom as a conscious healing tool. He personifies the giver of the torch of knowledge, often taking people into great depths of self-discovery.
Saturn in Scorpio: When expressed positively, this is a person who knows how to turn time to his or her advantage. This is not a person who allows limitations to stand in their way but rather and transform such blocks into his own advantage. It is a person who will not allow a deadline to scare him but who will intensify his efforts so that the deadline becomes a point of inspiration instead. It is very much like a champion tennis player who can focus all of his or her attention within the rectangle of the tennis court and emerge victorious. When negative, Saturn in Scorpio manipulates power, surreptitiously attempting to change the structure of any situation to suit his own advantage.
Uranus in Scorpio: This is the “adrenaline rush” generation (1975-1982) who popularized X-treme sports, bungee jumping, snow-boarding and the like. This same generation also has Pluto in Libra. As Uranus is exalted in Scorpio, this Libran connection to Pluto inclines this group of people to be socially and sexually experimentative, shattering previous social dogma. It points to a group who in general tends to seek to go to the limits of life’s experiences, is “pro-planet” and “anti-globalization.” They are also inclined to be rebels in terms of their social conduct as it was this group who also introduced the fads of body piercing and tattooing as social statements, statements like the beads and long hair of the 60’s and 70’s that faded into fashion with the passage of time.
Neptune in Scorpio: The 1943-1957 Neptune in Libra generation were the last of the true romantics, one of whose mottos was “wear your love like heaven.” The 1957-1971 Neptune in Scorpio generation often sought both love and heaven in far deeper and darker places. One of Scorpio’s greatest purposes is transmutative destruction. Neptune in this position requires the demolition of emotional illusions so that the healing properties of love may emerge. When negative, Neptune in Scorpio leads to intense addictive behavior, yet resurrection is also inherent in this sign. Thus many people with this planet/sign combination have become very active in the creation and expansion of those programs and healing processes associated with the healing of addiction. When found in the horoscope of spiritual students, Neptune in Scorpio intensifies the mystical urge as well as the need to me a source of positive transformation in other people’s lives.
Pluto in Scorpio: This generation (1983-1996) is beginning to come into prominence. It brings with it a very strong sense of personal will power. It is very interesting therefore to observe the intense dedication that young athletes are bringing to their respective sports. Many of these individuals have Neptune and/or Uranus in Capricorn and we shall see many long standing record broken by these “never say never” people. When negative, Pluto in Scorpio leads to self-destructive behavior, extreme violence (look at the incidence of school bullying and children killing children), and premature and/or overly intense sexual conduct. When positive, some wonderful healers and world leaders will emerge from this generation with this planet/sign signature.
LIBRA—SIGN OF MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIPS
We now come to a time of year governed by Libra, the sign that rules an area of life of immense importance to the majority of people: partnerships, marriage, and relationships. Libra is known in astrology as a “human sign” as it one of the four signs of the zodiac not connected to an animal. As such it is particularly involved in the creation and maintenance of harmony and balance between people so that advances in human evolution may occur.
Such advancement is brought about through the development of consciousness and in the Ancient Teachings of which astrology is a part, we are taught that consciousness is love and love is consciousness. It is pointed out that the more loving a person becomes the more conscious he or she is. We are also taught that whenever there is a challenge in love, such a problem may be resolved only through an expansion in consciousness—an expansion that leads directly to a greater loving acceptance of what was previously unloved or rejected. Indeed this is why we see the god of expansion, Jupiter, as the bringer of gifts while the lord of limitation, Saturn, is viewed by many people (often unjustly I might add), with fear and apprehension. Nevertheless, it is Libra’s ruling planet Venus who is the goddess of both love and money and whose blessings all of us seek to encounter in life. It is Venus who resolves all conflicts by uniting opposites, integrates all polarities, and refines the “urge to merge.”
She does this primarily through two signs: Taurus and Libra. In Taurus she primarily works with money and the material plane. In Libra, Venus is more idealistic and romantic as she tries to help us find the right people in life with whom we can create all forms of partnership, including the most intimate. It is in Libra that Venus seeks to harmonize the male and the female both within each of us and between ourselves and others. This energetic dynamic goes beyond men and women for it extends into such polarities as: electric and magnetic, space and place, projective and receptive, active and responsive—in essence Libra and Venus through Libra deal with all things that the Chinese would call the relationship between “Yin and Yang.” Libra the Scales is thus the urge to balance all the pairs of opposites in the universe. Quite the task! It is no wonder therefore, that Libra is considered the sign of Karma (the eternal Law of action and reaction), that Saturn in Libra is known as “the Lord of Karma and that Venus in Libra resolves karmic imbalances through the awakening of love/consciousness in our hearts.
We are all seeking balance, peace, and harmony in our relationships. We are all searching for that right person who our dreams and aspirations tell us will offer us the peace and passion of personal love. And if we have already found that person (or at least a likely “candidate”), we are always diligently at work trying to make our relationship that much more perfect, that much more balanced, that much more in touch and in tune, so that we may exist in that harmony forever and ever. This is the promise of the poets and the musicians (all ruled by Venus) as well as the visions we create of roses, violins, and candlelight (also all ruled by Venus). This is Venus acting as the love goddess Aphrodite on the personality level. As all things of the personality come and go and are temporary and ephemeral, then what of the more permanent gifts of Venus and the greater promises of Libra?
These are to be found in the more soul-centered, esoteric astrological teachings. Here we learn that the exaltation of Venus, the zodiacal placement in which both this planet and its signs are raised to a higher level, a level where personal love becomes permanent, is Pisces. It is in the sign of the Fish that the unions, polarities, and ideals of Libra are washed in the waters of pure love, “the love that passeth all understanding,” the Love Divine in which we all have our breath and being. Does this mean that all personal love is a futile dream? Not at all. It is wonderful to love on the personal level and to cherish others with great passion. The lesson here is that eventually all personal love of passion eventually is bathed in the compassion of a greater Love and it is here that Venus truly waits for us and spins out her magic. Libra is the sign that brings about the situations of interpersonal attraction that lead eventually to an even greater union; the marriage of the personality and the soul. When this happens, the Spirit rejoices.
What follows are some indications of what most people can expect when Libra sits on the cusp of each of the twelve houses of the natal horoscope:
Libra on the cusp of the First House (Ascendant): This is the distinct urge to bring oneself into harmony with any and all events in one’s environment. When Libra rises the person feels the need to create a great many social contacts as the desire for union with others is paramount. In this respect Libra rising people have to take care not to compromise their own sense of individuality through an overly dependant need for constant support and cooperation from others in their immediate circle. This Ascendant is often accompanied by considerable physical beauty, grace, and charm. The urge to please dominates the life and there can be an exaggerated concern with being judge a “bad guy” should one disagree with others. This leads in many cases to a definite indecisiveness and vacillation creating delays in decision making and taking direct action. Yet there is no sign better adapt at harmonizing and blending diverse social circumstances into unified and beautiful wholes. Except for people with the Sun in Libra, will the position of Venus in the natal chart be more important. Here are just a few examples: Venus in harmonious aspect with the Moon or Neptune will enhance the urge for beauty and endow a definite poetic and romantic sensibility to one’s character. Venus inharmoniously configured with Saturn or Mars will definitely inhibit fluidity and peace in personal relationships and bring into one’s life many opportunities to learn about right sharing and correct interchange within intimate social settings.
Libra on the cusp of the Second House: If Venus is well positioned, especially in good relationship with Saturn or the Moon, a balanced attitude toward personal finances will dominate. This is a person who likes to share their resources with others. This not only applies to money but to one’s talents and abilities as well. At the very least, the life attitude is: “You give me something of value and I will return something of equal value to you.” As this is the sign of partnership, Libra on the Second is geared to interacting financially with others. Should Venus be afflicted by the ruler of either the Eighth or the Fifth House, care must be taken about being in financial partnership with either one’s spouse or lover—the bedroom and the boardroom definitely need to be kept separate. If Venus is afflicted with the ruler of the Eleventh House, then money and friendship should never be combined. Yet Venus well placed with any of the rulers of the above mentioned Houses, will indicate that such financial interactions have the opportunity to result in positive outcomes.
Libra on the cusp of the Third House: As this is the House of communications, Libra on this cusp indicates an urge to bring harmony and union into any and all forms of social interchange. This is especially true in terms of one’s relationships with close friends and siblings. The arts and the humanities were the favorite subjects at school and this person tended to complete his or her homework assignments. Relationships made before the age of twenty-one often last into adulthood (especially if Venus is well placed in a fixed sign). Travel is looked upon as a pleasure, especially when trips are made with close friends or a life partner. Although the need for wholeness and completion in terms of written and spoken communication is strong with the Scales on this cusp, if Venus is in a mutable sign and afflicted by Uranus, Pluto or Saturn, challenges in this area of life will tend to come about with regularity.
Libra on the cusp of the Fourth House (IC): In this position Libra tends to bring peace, harmony and balance into all domestic relationships. The Scales here underscore the need for the individual to have a home that is a peaceful sanctuary, one that she inhabits as a refuge from the chaos of the outside world. At the very least, this is the urge of the person with this sign/cusp combination. Should Venus be afflicted in the natal chart however by Mars, Moon, Saturn or Pluto, such an aspiration would be challenged by life’s events. As Libra is the sign of marriage, there is a strong desire to share one’s home with a partner. Discord in the parental home (often indicated by afflictions between Venus, Mars, the Moon and Saturn) will tend to unbalance the psychological nature affecting all subsequent relationships accordingly. If Venus is well aspected, the native’s mother tends to be a harmonious influence, and more likely than not, charming and attractive. The latter is especially the case should natal Venus be sextile, trine or conjunct the Moon.
Libra on the cusp of the Fifth House: The potential for the individual to be artistically creative is very strong with the Scales on this house cusp. There is usually an interest in the arts and anything of beauty attracts. Thus this position contributes to a highly romantic nature, one that seeks out all the possible sensual pleasures that personal love may bring into one’s life. This tendency will be emphasized should the Moon or Venus be in Taurus or Pisces. This is one area where the balance between “sense and sensibility” is very important in order to maintain emotional equilibrium. Children are usually wanted and lovingly accepted into life. This would be especially the case if Venus was well aspected with the Moon, harmoniously placed in the sign of Cancer or if the Moon were positively placed in this sign. Libra on this cusp would also engender a natural orientation towards fairness with one’s offspring and the tendency to avoid playing favorites.
Libra on the cusp of the Sixth House: Relationships in the workplace are very important to a person with this sign/cusp combination. There is a need for fairness in the assignment of work and the completion of tasks. A well aspected Venus here would give the ability to decorate the workplace so that it reflects esthetic harmony. Jobs that involve dealing with the public, management-worker relationships, the arts and fashion would all be natural to a person with the Scales on the Sixth. Health is often affected by the condition of one’s relationships—an imbalance in the personal life can therefore often result in a weakening of one’s physical condition, especially in those parts of the body most under the influence of Libra and Venus: the urinary tract and the kidneys.
Libra on the cusp of the Seventh House (Descendant): As Libra is the natural sign of this house, there is no other sign/cusp combination that is stronger in its orientation to partnership, nor more open to imbalances in relationship. The natural challenge inherent in this position is that Aries is on the Ascendant. The celestial Ram on the First House cusp gives the urge for self-projection, an urge that can easily unbalance the potential for relationship harmony. What we have here is the juxtaposition between a “me first” attitude along with a strong need to engage in a “we are together” life pattern. These opposing attitudes may swiftly result in a personality that states: “Let’s be cooperative and do things my way!” Such would be the case especially if there were a square or opposition between Venus and Mars. If, however, the nature of the personality is more whole and integrated, this sign/cusp combination may lead to great harmony and beauty within the scope of partnership. It is then that the “only me” of exaggerated Aries and the “only you” of exaggerated Libra can be combined into a forthright and healthy attitude towards relationships. The astrological student has to examine very carefully the positions of Venus and Mars to see what the potentials for marriage and partnership may be for unions with others will definitely be at the top of the priority list for a person with the Scales on the Seventh.
Libra on the cusp of the Eighth House: There are two distinct ways in which this sign/cusp combination may express itself. On the one hand, Libra on the Eighth contains an innate tension. This is because natural energies of Mars/Pluto/Scorpio (the planetary rulers and sign of this House) are geared to the creation of challenges so that change and transformation may occur. Libra has the tendency to avoid any such confrontational situations and thus resistance to these necessary transmutations may easily arise in life. Thus delays in initiating and responding to these developmental opportunities may come about and the individual loses such opportunities for growth. On the other hand, the more psychologically mature person will find that the Scales on this cusp will bring an innate sense of perfect timing for undergoing such changes. In both cases, the field of experience through which these transformational situations occur will take place within the sphere of personal relationships. This duality extends into the use of other people’s resources. The individual may have a perfectly balanced understanding of the old adage “share and share alike” and is very fair in his or her dealings with other people’s money. The imbalanced nature of the Scales may also present itself and the person is one who tends to either take more than she is entitled to or give more than is necessary. The astrologer has to carefully study the position of Venus in the natal chart as it relates especially to Mars and/or Pluto in order to determine how the Scales will tip.
Libra on the cusp of the Ninth House: This is not a sign/cusp combination of a person who likes to travel alone (unless Venus is in Aries and in aspect with Uranus!). Most people with Libra on the Ninth would rather stay at home than journey on their own. Companionship in the pursuit of the adventures of life or in the fulfillment of one’s higher spiritual or philosophical aspirations is of the utmost importance. Art, music, and law are three of the most natural areas of interest for advanced study. In most cases, the Scales on the Ninth reveal a person who is not fanatically attached to some religious or metaphysical belief system as the nature tends to be balanced in these directions. Yet as in all things where Libra is concerned, the Scales can tip to the other side and one can feel bound and “married” to their church and its doctrines and spend their entire life connected to their established spiritual relationship to life.
Libra on the cusp of the Tenth House (MC): Here we find a person who seeks a career in which there is an equal sharing of rewards and responsibilities. Yet Libra in this position is highly competitive as it is both cardinal, and thus motivated through relationships, as well as posited on the MC, and thus the need for personal recognition is quite strong. One of the major benefits to this sign/cusp combination is that it can give the ability to be very personable and charming in the creation of those relationships that benefit career growth and advancement. Yet on the other hand (with Libra there is always “the other hand”), there is a tendency with Libra on the Tenth to want a simultaneous personal and professional relationship with others. This orientation can cause some profound difficulties if certain boundaries are not observed. Should Venus in this case be afflicted to Neptune for example, such complications are highly likely. Nevertheless, Libra on the MC gives one a natural appreciation for other people’s professional abilities and a natural propensity for joining forces with such individuals. If Venus is well aspected (especially to Saturn or the Moon), the father is usually friendly and quite supportive. He can also be a man gifted with charm and good looks.
Libra on the cusp of the Eleventh House: This is a position that bestows the urge to bring harmony into group relationships. It is usually an excellent sign/cusp combination that points to an individual with the need to share and be fair in all friendships. This person is a team player, an individual who knows that her own well-being is closely connected to the well-being of others. It is also a person who is very good about matching and blending other people’s talents and abilities into combinations that yield benefits within groups and organizations. If Venus is harmoniously connected to Saturn, this organizational gift will be that much more emphasized. Should Venus be in any strong aspect to Uranus, the choice of friends will be very eclectic, the more unusual the better! The difficulty inherent in this position is that it may indicate a person with too much idealism, one who is connected to so many people of such diverse opinions and lifestyles, that it can be quite the challenge to act with clear personal direction. A strong Mars is then needed to bring the drive and determination that can balance one’s life.
Libra on the cusp of the Twelfth House: This position sometimes makes it difficult to determine the correct degree of intimacy that is required in our dealings with others. Sometimes one is too detached and, at other times, the depth of communication is not warranted by the situation. There is also the tendency to be too idealistic and not see people for who they really are. This latter trait would be definitely the case when Libra is on the Twelfth and Venus is in a hard aspect to Neptune. Yet the potential spiritual gifts of this position are also quite profound (especially if Venus is in an easy aspect to Neptune). The orientation of one’s life would then be towards a more universal and unprejudiced form of loving others. The darker side of this sign/cusp combination has to do with having improper clandestine relationships while the lighter side brings about opportunities for being a helper to people in distress and thus amplifying the unconditional facets of love.
VIRGO—SIGN OF THE METHODS OF SELF-IMPROVEMENT
The astrologer in the New Age must be thoroughly trained intellectually in the scientific methodologies of the science of astrology. He or she must also be equally heart-centered and intuitively prepared in order to interpret the level of consciousness through which the planetary forces are operating in the life of any given individual. This is true soul-centered astrology. Such preparation will offer the astrologer many personal opportunities for psychological and spiritual growth and development. The seeds for this type of evolutionary astrology as well as the presence of this initial seed group of astrologers fortunately already exist. –AO
Virgo is a highly complex and often misunderstood sign. People born under its influence are all too often dismissed as being overly critical and complaining. The real essence of this rich and fertile part of the zodiac is overlooked, but then Virgo is the Virgin, hiding her real treasures until the right moment when she reveals what lies beneath her gossamer veils. Virgo holds a stalk of grain in her hand. This symbolizes the fact that she is a fertility goddess, a Sacred Mother overlooking and guarding nature’s bounty. The one stalk represents countless number of grains, an infinite quantity of nourishment just waiting to be harvested.
This is most importantly the sign of the Virgin Mother holding within herself the nascent Christ child. The reader is advised to gaze across the zodiac to Virgo’s opposite sign and there one will find Pisces, the Fish. So it is that out of the waters of the Piscean ocean (“Mare” in Latin) comes Mother Mary (“Maria” in Latin) who carries her Sacred Fish (the Christine symbol for Jesus) to nourish the world. It is in the mystery of the virginal conception and birth that Virgo holds her secrets and her potency. This mystery is far older than the Christian era, dating eons and eons back into human history and prehistory. It is a mystery anchored in those ancient teachings that tell us that each of us no matter what our gender, can birth within us our inner Child of Infinite Love.
Virgo represents the process of purification that allows us to free our personality of any and all impediments to the coming forth of that Higher Self, the Soul. It speaks about those methods, processes, and techniques that one must acquire in order that the urge to self-refinement and total cleanliness is achieved. On more pragmatic levels, this means that people born under the sign of Virgo are always accumulating those tools of self-development that lead to a more perfected sense of self. These activities can range from taking endless courses and workshops that improve one’s educational qualifications, to buying endless jars and tubes of cosmetics to enhance one’s physical beauty!
Although at its highest level, Virgo does indeed represent the vehicle through which human perfection occurs, most humans (including most Virgos) do not live on such exalted plans and spheres. This is why Virgo does indeed earn its reputation as a critical and complaining person. Virgo knows that she can produce an “improved version” of herself. And it is not only oneself that needs to be improved—Virgo thinks that everything and everyone could use an overhauling. But these superficial complaints, these endless rants against the smallest details of life gone amiss, these constant pronouncements of a rhythm out of sync, are all representative of a greater and deeper reality. This is Virgo’s need to remind herself and everyone else, that life can be better, that the world can be a more perfect place, and that you and I can seek out and find a way to improve our lives and the lives of the people around us.
The sign of the Virgin is also the ruler of a very important evolutionary process—synthesis. It is said in the Ancient Teachings that the soul unfolds its reality through synthesis. Synthesis requires releasing the lesser and embracing the greater. It teaches us to let go of what is no longer necessary to our life and embrace what is: replacing the excessive with the exquisite. This means that it is through the refinement of consciousness that a human being finds the Center of Love and Wisdom within him or herself. That Center has many names: the Christ Center; the Abode of Krishna, the Dharma of Buddha, the Holy of Holies, the Paradise Garden of the Sufis, the Cloud of All Knowable Things, and more…The point is that each and every one of these Sacred Places of the Heart is available to us and Virgo shows us the way to reach and engage in the processes of the Path.
Virgo on the cusp of the First House (Ascendant): When Virgo rises in the chart it gives the individual a distinct awareness of the many details taking place in her immediate environment. This is a person who is very particular about the image she presents to the world, an image that she wishes to be pure and perfect. Yet so many other people with Virgo on the First get lost in these details, finding themselves awash in all the “shoulds” and “should nots” that surround us. Such a person may find that the ideals of neatness and organization are all but impossible to achieve as their surrounding physical confusion too often shows. Virgo on the First usually denotes a highly practical person, one whose job and finances are always primary considerations as they approach the various demands and challenges of life. The mutability of this sign can either bring an ever-shifting chaos, or a deep resourcefulness that allows them to come up with the right solution for almost any problem.
Virgo on the cusp of the Second House: This sign/cusp combination often results in a well-organized and logical attitude about the use of one’s personal talents and resources towards the acquisition of money. There is a distinctly practical orientation to life and there is a “place for everything and everything has its place.” Yet Virgo on this cusp may also give rise to a person who is totally disorganized financially, one who seems never able to keep his or her checkbook balanced or in order. As a rule this position indicates that a person is either constantly worried about finances or has found those means and methods that bring ease in using one’s resources for practical gains. The determining factor is usually the position of Mercury in the natal chart. Hard aspects between Mercury and Neptune for example, will give rise to the former condition while good aspects between Mercury and Saturn will permit the latter.
Virgo on the cusp of the Third House: Here we have a person who has the tendency to see what has to be repaired, healed, or improved in the immediate environment. As Virgo is an earthy sign, there is a very pragmatic approach to relating and communicating. Situations have to be taken care of, tasks have to be completed, and the normal things of life have to be done. Virgo on this cusp strives to find the best and most efficient ways to accomplish all of this. As a child, this person may have made sure that his or her siblings were properly supervised, dressed, fed and looked after. Good aspects between Mercury and the Moon should have made such activities natural and relatively easy for the native. However, such tasks may have been experienced as a burden if Mercury is found to be in a hard aspect to Saturn in the natal horoscope.
Virgo on the cusp of the Fourth House (IC): The urge to bring healing, wholeness, and refinement into one’s domestic life is very strong when Virgo sits on this cusp. If the individual’s psychological foundations are healthy, this is a person who may be counted upon to be helpful in times of life’s challenges. If the personality tends to be splintered and overly compartmentalized, Virgo on the Fourth indicates a person with too many loose ends. The position of the Moon should always be examined whenever you consider the nature of the IC in the horoscope and in this case, the astrology student should judge the relationship of the Moon and Mercury. The latter will tell you a great deal about a person’s psychological foundations as well as how effective the person’s mother and background were as a source for practical knowledge and common sense.
Virgo on the cusp of the Fifth House: Hobbies may form an important part of one’s life, and the hands work in tandem with the head to produce lovely objects. A practical approach dominates the urge for pleasure: gambling and speculation are definitely not favorites on this person’s “Top Ten List.” Romantic objectives are usually clear and uncomplicated, for there is an avoidance of becoming “lost in love,” as the practical side of this person’s personality is often stronger than the idealistic when it comes to lovers. Children are seen as a natural product of intimate relationships, yet as a parent this is a person who can be rather fussy about the details on how to raise one’s children. It is also quite common to find a person whose work is closely connected to young people when Virgo occupies this house cusp.
Virgo on the cusp of the Sixth House: As this is the natural sign ruler of this house, Virgo in this position indicates a person who tends to pay a great deal of attention to personal health, work, pets and the accumulation of ways and means to self-improvement. An urge for perfection on the job is often very pronounced. This sign/house combination can reveal a person who is overly critical about what she does. Yet such perfectionism when balanced can make for a highly accomplished individual, one who excels at everything she sets out to do. Strong and positive Mercury/Saturn/Mars aspects will help in this respect as will the square between Mercury and Mars. As a rule, there is a liking for physical fitness. The digestive systems and especially the intestinal track will be sensitive and the individual should pay attention to the rate at which the body absorbs and digests nutriments.
Virgo on the cusp of the Seventh House (Descendant): Here we find an individual who is looking for a real “help-mate.” There is the need to find in “the other” what is perceived as talents and abilities lacking in oneself. As Pisces is on the Ascendant of this chart, the more dreamy nature of the Fish is seeking to merge with the more practical, down-to-earth qualities of Virgo. Indeed, partnership notwithstanding, this house/cusp combination indicates a person who has to merge the ideal with the real in order to find personal completion. Virgo on the Descendant bestows the need to be of service in one’s relationships to others. This is usually accomplished through the acquisition of those educational and practical tools necessary for such a position in life. The person has to take care that this orientation towards helpfulness is not taking place through an overly idealistic urge to cure, heal, or “save” others from themselves. When exaggerated, such a tendency may easily lead to many kinds of codependent complications.
Virgo on the cusp of the Eighth House: This is fundamentally a very good sign/house combination. It gives a person the potential to transform and develop his or her natural talents and abilities; indeed this position is an indication of the urge for personal refinement. This position can give rise to an individual who is quite particular and highly selective about his or her sexual partners. When expressed to the extreme, this can be either an exaggerated prudery or a predilection for distinct fetishes or unusual sexual interests. If Mercury is in an earthy sign and/or in good aspect with Pluto or Venus, Virgo on the Eighth can show a person who does quite well with other people’s financial resources, and who is usually quite practical and discerning in this respect. It is an excellent indication for a bookkeeper, accountant, financial consultant or economist.
Virgo on the cusp of the Ninth House: As we have mentioned, Virgo collects practical tools, methods, processes and techniques. When it appears on the Ninth House cusp, Virgo tends to seek out those educational experiences that can widen a person’s resourcefulness in the workaday world. There is a constant urge to refine and improve one’s knowledge and we can therefore usually find the native at school, taking an extra course that will improve his or her chances for success in the practical world. This is a person who may be strongly critical and judgmental about religion and philosophy, especially those belief systems that seem to abstract or “other worldly.” “I’ll put what this teacher is saying to the test,” says Virgo on the Ninth, “and will only believe it if it works!” People with a natural spiritual orientation to life who have this position, often find themselves using their knowledge and skills in the service of others.
Virgo on the cusp of the Tenth House (MC): Work may easily be at the center of one’s life when Virgo occupies the MC of the natal chart. This is a person who takes pride in her level of performance, seeking nothing sort of perfection in her career achievements. Service has to play a major role in one’s personal work ethic, while the career will naturally involve an orientation to creating greater healing and wholeness in one’s surroundings. The medical professions, all types of therapists, personal assistants, guides, and counselors are all favored by this sign/house combination. The individual’s father tends to be a hard worker and is quite pragmatic by nature. He may also be a very critical person, who was never particularly easy to please. To judge the nature of the father when Virgo is on the Tenth, look to the relationship of Mercury to Saturn as well as Saturn to the Sun.
Virgo on the cusp of the Eleventh House: This position is often indicative of a person with a sincere urge to be of service to humanity or to any organization of which he is a part. This is an individual who serves well as the secretary or accountant of any group or association. The native has a pragmatic eye and can be most helpful when planning out the practical details of group activities. It is very important for this person to know that his or her place is well defined in any collective of friends and associates. “I need to know that my function in society is clearly delineated,” says a person with Virgo on the Eleventh. “It is in knowing my particular place that I may best be of service to the whole.” If Mercury is well aspected by Uranus, Virgo on the Eleventh will often bestow an especially fine ability to be a connecting link between people of different groups and organizations. It may also indicate special computer and other highly technical skills.
Virgo on the cusp of the Twelfth House: If Mercury is well aspected, especially by Saturn, this sign/cusp combination may yield a person who has the practical know-how, skills, and techniques to be of any assistance wherever it is needed. This is a position that contributes to a natural urge to work with people in hospitals and other institutions where sustained support is required. Such a life urge will be especially prominent if Mercury is well aspected by Neptune and/or the Moon. When positive, this position allows a person to bring order out of chaos. If Mercury is poorly aspected in the chart, especially by Neptune or Jupiter, chaos often reigns and there is a lot of difficulty in taking a practical course through life. In this case, the individual has to take care not to loose the thread of a thought and get tangled up in the spool of an undisciplined mind.
LEO: SIGN OF CREATIVE SELF-EXPRESSION
Astrology allows us to see ourselves as an expression of a system of interactive energies and forces that give rise to various types of actions and reactions. Its advanced study also reveals how we may look upon our lives more objectively and even to grasp the universality of our being. Astrology asks us to envision a larger picture of the cosmos rather then one only seen through the limited lens of our personalities. Once we open ourselves to our true nature, we may then understand that we are connected as one human family to the Family of the planets and stars. –AO
The purpose of our own life and that of the Life of the solar system is the same—the evolution of consciousness. In terms of human existence, this evolution demonstrates through a growing, deepening and ever expanding sense of self-awareness. At a certain point in our development—different for each and every one of us—we come to know ourselves as an extension of universal creativity. Along with this revelation comes a great gift: unconditional love. That love takes on real meaning and power for us when we can express it creatively in some highly individualized, focused way. We are then “tapped in” to our creative source and have a direct line of communication and connection to our real inner potency and strength.
Leo is a fixed, fiery sign. In the Ancient Wisdom Teachings (of which the true astrology is a part), we are told that human beings are “Children of the Fiery Mind of Heaven.” This is because the Sun, ruler of Leo and representative of a creating and consuming flame, is the central energizing point of all life in the solar system. We all come from the Sun and to the Sun we shall return. In effect the Sun is the originating Father Principle and we are all His offspring. Leo as the sign of the Sun expresses the creative potency of the focused power of will—the will to be. As we mature and unfold our creative potential, we come to the clear realization that without a focused will, we can produce very little of anything. We also come to realize that if this will is centered only in our little egos, then what we produce has no lasting value and can and often does inhibit the creativity of others. So how do we balance the need to be creatively self-expressive in our own and individual ways within the larger social context of the world in which we live? This is an important issue not only for Leos but for each of us. In effect, as the Sun is the center of everyone’s horoscope, we are all Leos to one extent or another!
The zodiac holds the answer to this question within its very structure. The sign opposite to Leo, that great constellation that polarizes and balances the Celestial Lion, is Aquarius, the sign of group consciousness. Thus if Leo represents the heart in our physical body as well as the heart of the solar system, Aquarius represents the circulatory system. It follows naturally that the creative potential so fixed and stabilized in the fixed, fiery sign of the Lion has to be distributed and integrated into society through the airy networking of the Water Bearer.
This raises yet another question: How does Leo (or a person of any sign) come to the necessary stage of individualized self-awareness without losing him or herself within the greater collective of the group? It is here that we find one of the great secrets of Leo’s success and the key to the right use of will. In the early stages of his development, Leo is going to be very egocentric. This is only natural. Leo is in search of creating a monogram that can be a blazing letter of self-identification on all of the clothing that he loves so much. Leo thus identifies completely with his outer appearance: his hair, his jewelry, his style of dress, the way he is treated by others, the amount of recognition he receives just by being himself. In effect, like the Sun, Leo seeks to become a star. Yet without the intense inner fire and light possessed by a real Sun, this egotistical fire soon burns out. There is no internal regenerative power, no real storehouse of limitless fuel, no eternal life principle at work—only the limited ego. Thus the immature Leo fails and society (Aquarius) eventually rejects him.
This rejection forces Leo to turn inwards and awaken within himself a greater contact to the other fixed signs: Taurus and Scorpio. In Taurus he finds the raw materials out of which he is shaping his creative self-expression. In Scorpio he finds the path to death, renewal, refinement, and regeneration. He comes to understand loss and release as a vehicle for personal evolution. The combined effects of Taurus and Scorpio upon him and the trials and errors that are required to unfold the treasures of these signs, gradually give Leo a sense of his own creative substance. He tries again, lifting himself out of egocentricity and into a place of awareness that allows him to be himself within the larger world. He eventually shines forth as a star that is not the center of a solar system that demands that other people act as the planets and revolve around him. Thus in time, he develops into an authentic star, self-sustaining and self-illuminating. He becomes a star within the greater galaxy, which in its highest level is also symbolized by the sign of all collective organisms—Aquarius, the fourth and culminating sign of the fixed quaternary.
The reader would do well to examine his or her own horoscope at this point and note the cusps of the houses upon which the four fixed signs are placed. In this respect, you can determine from:
Leo—the area in your life where the potential of your creative power is most strongly focused.
Taurus—where you can find the raw materials that you can use to stabilize, nurture, and feed that creativity.
Scorpio—where the tests, trials, and rewards will come that in the guise of death and loss, signify the unlocking of the door to your greatest potency.
Aquarius—the area in your life in which you can reach the greatest number of people and do the most good in sharing what you have accomplished on your path.
. The primary functions of the sign Leo in terms of the activity of the purifying solar energy may be summarized by the word “sensitivity.” This sensitivity is revealed to us in three ways:
1. Sensitivity to the influences coming to us from our external environment. As we grow in consciousness and the heart of the Lion beats more strongly within us, our ability to observe these influences becomes more objective and less concerned about what others think of us or the impressions we are evoking from others.
2. Sensitivity to the needs and demands we are making on the world. We cease acting on “automatic pilot” and take more responsibility for our actions.
3. Sensitivity to our Higher Self, and the greater meaning and purpose for our life. In essence, our point of reference both to ourselves and to the world around us has become “fixed” in Leo to the soul.
Thus as we learn the lessons of Leo and grow stronger in the Sun’s Light, the resultant gift we receive is that we can consciously focus our creative willpower. This leads us directly to the Will-to-Good and the awareness of our real Self.
Let us now turn to the twelve house cusps of the natal chart, placing Leo on each of these in order to determine more about the Lion and its influences upon our daily lives:
Leo on the cusp of the First House (Ascendant): The Lion rising in a chart needs to be appreciated and noticed. He therefore strives to cultivate a “high approval” rating among his friends and colleagues. People with this position in their chart usually take great pride in how they appear in public. There is a great fondness for clothes, jewelry and accessories and a strong attraction to having fun and leading the “good life.” Leo rising is keenly aware of the old adage, “Life’s a stage,” and Leo on this cusp knows that he is the star of the drama. This rising sign also bestows enormous creative potential, what is often required is the cultivation of a clear direction for the expression of this potency. Once activated, Leo rising makes for a fine organizer of both himself and others and is a continuous fount of strength, courage and determination. The greatest danger when this sign is acting negatively is pure, unabashed egotism.
Leo on the cusp of the Second House: There is often the tendency to take great pride in owns own abilities when the Lion is in this position. Money is most often earned and possessions acquired through a very personal expression of one’s creative talents and abilities. Should Saturn be square, opposed, or conjoined the Sun, wealth may be delayed until one is much older and/or difficulties surrounding money are encountered throughout one’s life. At the very least, learning how to budget resources will pay off in the long run. People with Leo on the Second House cusp tend to play favorites with their resources. They can be overly generous with those they love and esteem while penny pinchers with people who are out of favor. People with this position tend to be quite magnanimous with their own offspring unless the Sun is poorly aspected by the ruler of the Fifth House.
Leo on the cusp of the Third House: This sign/house combination gives the urge to state one’s opinions very firmly and there is little room for compromise when it comes to sharing one’s opinions with others. This would be especially the case if the Sun and/or Mercury were in a fixed sign. These people like communicating with young people. They often pursue education as one of their great pleasures in life, especially when what they are studying enhances their prestige among others. There is often considerable mental activity which leads to an abundance of intellectual outpouring. This is especially the case if the Sun is in one of the air signs and is well aspected with Uranus or Jupiter. Should the Sun be afflicted by either Saturn or Neptune, the mental dynamics tend to be slower and foggier.
Leo on the cusp of the Fourth House (Nadir, IC): There is no other sign/cusp combination that embodies with greater certainty the saying, “A man’s home is his castle.” This would be especially the case if the Sun or the Moon were placed in Leo in the Fourth. No matter what one’s economic circumstances, Leo on the Fourth describes a person who needs to take pride in his home and family. On a psychological level, this position indicates an individual who seeks to stand firm within herself. If the Sun is well-aspected in this position (especially by Saturn, Jupiter, or the Moon), the ability to hold one’s own under any circumstances is a natural gift. The relationship between the Sun and Saturn in any event will do much to describe the relationship the individual has with his or her father. The aspect between the Sun and the Moon as well as the sign of the latter, tell the astrologer much about the person’s relationship with the mother.
Leo on the cusp of the Fifth House: Unless the Sun is debilitated by poor aspects to other planets, especially Saturn and Neptune, this position indicates an abundance of creative potential, along with the stamina and willpower to back it up. The latter characteristic is reinforced if the Sun is found in a fixed sign. Romance plays a very important part in the individual’s life, as does the pursuit of sensual pleasures. Children are usually well-loved and cared for, although there is a tendency to be a bit dictatorial in the way one interacts with them. The danger here is to see one’s children as “planets” that need to revolve around the will of the parent. Such a tendency would be reinforced if the Sun were in Taurus, Leo, Aries, or Capricorn especially if afflictions from Saturn were also present. The Fifth is the House of hobbies and pleasurable pastimes. Look for such interests to be very important in the life of this person, especially if the Sun is connected by aspect to Jupiter, Uranus or conjunct to Venus—in which case the hobby will be the arts as well as the art of love!
Leo on the cusp of the Sixth House: Should the Sun be well placed in the chart, the health will tend to be very robust and there is an abundance of vitality present. This is especially the case if the Sun is well aspected to Mars and/or Pluto when Leo rules the Sixth. A great deal of attention will be placed on one’s job and the orientation will be to shine out and be noticed for what one does. The theater, the arts, fashion and work involving children are natural outlets but no matter what work this person does, there is a need for it to be pleasurable. Pets can be a source of pride and often are treated as children—cats, of course, will be a natural favorite of the Lion on this cusp.
Leo on the cusp of the Seventh House (Descendant): As the sign of friendship, Aquarius is on the Ascendant when Leo is on the Descendant. The Lion on this cusp seeks and requires loyalty as a primary characteristic in all social interactions. The First/Seventh cusp axis speaks directly about how we relate to others. Leo and Aquarius are both fixed signs and as such prefer long-term relationships. Leo here gives the possibility for stability and consistency in the way the individual interrelates with others. This is a person who takes pride in his or her friends and lovers, seeking someone with a highly individualized creative spirit. But should the Sun be afflicted by Uranus, the need for personal freedom will supercede the need for steady relationship. This planetary combination will also tend to attract unstable people into our lives.
Leo on the cusp of the Eighth House: This is a powerful and beautiful position in the life of an emotionally mature individual. It represents a source of tremendous creative potential that when applied to other people’s lives, brings out and augments their hidden potentials. Thus the Lion on this cusp can stimulate creative productivity as well as increase both oneself and others on material as well as psychological levels. When in the horoscope of more egocentric individuals, this sign/cusp position can overly stimulate the desire nature as the fire of the Sun ignites the passions of Scorpio’s natural domain. This would be especially the case if the Sun were in strong aspect to Mars and/or Pluto. Leo on the Eighth would then ignite the fires of transformation bringing challenging lessons to a life lived through the passions.
Leo on the cusp of the Ninth House: The Lion brings gusto to any cusp it tenants. When on the Ninth, it adds to the joy of experiencing life as an adventure, stimulating the urge to travel. This is a person who tends to take a great deal of pleasure from the sensual joys of foreign sights and sounds, art and architecture. Higher education is approached in much the same way—as a gratifying adventure in self-development. Should the ego be immature, Leo here indicates people who take too much pride in what they know. Their knowledge can then be expressed with a great deal of pomposity, a trait that alienates and separates them from others. This would tend to be the case if there were afflictions between Jupiter and the Sun.
Leo on the cusp of the Tenth House (Midheaven, MC): The Lion brings strength, creative vitality, and potency to the Midheaven. It indicates an individual seeking recognition through his place in life and by his professional achievements. This is a person who wants center stage in terms of what he does and as a result may dominate others in the career arena. Should Saturn and the Sun be in good aspect, the individual can expect help from people in authority and gradual but steady progress up the ladder of life. But should there be a square or opposition from Saturn in the chart, this will tend to delay success although not necessarily negate the personal will and drive needed to succeed. This sign/cusp combination is a natural for anyone involved in show business, the arts, and anything that has to do with young people.
Leo on the cusp of the Eleventh House: When the Lion is in this position, the individual needs to stand out in all organizational and group activities. If this is done in an overly egocentric manner, the person will encounter conflicts and opposition in terms of these relationships. Hopes and wishes also suffer when egocentricity dominates as the individual would then tend to use friendships as a means for self- satisfaction. When this sign/cusp combination is found in the horoscope of an emotionally mature person, it adds tremendously to collective purpose and success. We then find an individual who tends to be supported by friends and associates, one who is a strong contributor to the society in which he or she lives.
Leo on the cusp of the Twelfth House: This sign/cusp combination brings forth lessons of humility and quiet service in life. It indicates a person who may possess an immense wealth of potent willpower, yet the will is not allowed to be used in obvious ways. Thus we find that such a person may either be quite manipulative, getting his way no matter at what cost, or it reveals a person who is a powerful but subtle supporter of life’s circumstances. As a result of this individual’s helping hand, she finds that life provides an abundance of deep inner strength available for her own purposes. Although the hot flares of the Sun may not burn in ways that are visibly apparent, these solar flames are nonetheless potent when the fire of self, burns unselfishly.
CANCER: FOUNDATION AND CRADLE OF LIFE
Both physicist and metaphysician agree that the beginning of our manifested universe came from One Source and that all subsequent forms of life are composed of this primordial matter. Where the two camps differ is that the metaphysician and student of The Ancient Wisdom would go on to state that the matter of the universe is alive and intelligent. We would say that this Life and this Great Intelligence can be experienced by those men and women sensitive enough to recognize Its Presence. We would also say that this Life inhabits all matter thus transcending it, and that we are also that Life, incarnating in human form.
The word “foundation” accurately describes the function of Cancer in the zodiac of the signs. Exoterically and in practical terms, this sense of anchoring externalizes through the commonly known definition of Cancer as the sign of the home, ruled by the Moon symbolizing one’s mother. This is quite true but if we add the soul-centered meanings of this sign and planet combination, we come to a much deeper and broader definition of the purpose of the Crab and its planetary ruler in our lives. In soul-centered astrology, we understand Cancer, foundation and the home to indicate the primary urge to integrate the personality so that it might reflect the intent of the soul, also symbolized by the Moon.
The personality is composed of three units: the physical body, the desire nature (the astral body as it is also called), and the lower mind or reason. If our desires and thoughts are opposed—the feelings moving in one direction while the mind moves in another, the physical body is confused as to what to do and where to go. Thus the individual is divided against himself and the soul has no earthly home in which to enter, for the Higher Self cannot inhabit a conflicted lower self. This is one reason why in Alice Bailey’s book “Esoteric Astrology,” the goal for Cancer is: “I build a lighted house and therein dwell.” This means that our house—the personality or the ego—has to be enlightened so that our true “Self” may inhabit it.
Since Cancer and its watery magnetism is to function to bring about a cohesion of our three-fold personality nature, the Crab is very attached to the search for the proper cradle in which she may undertake this nurturing, evolutionary task. Although it is indeed a water sign, the Crab inhabits both land and sea. It is a creature coming forth out of the matrix of the ocean in order to search for nourishment. In human life this is symbolized by the embryo coming out of its material, watery protective sack at birth. At first all nourishment is supplied by the mother’s milk but then as the baby develops, food must be added coming from one’s immediate environment. This food is not only physical it is also psychological. This is the reason why Cancers are so attached to the primary relationship they had with their mothers and also why the conditions of early childhood are so very important to them. Thus Cancer moves in and out of its psychic see according to the rhythm of its psychological tides, interacting with the surrounding shore as she seeks her port of earthly anchorage. This interaction starts in the womb as in order to survive, the embryo needs the oxygen coming to it via the umbilical cord, which its mother is breathing in the surrounding air. This breath anchors the Soul force into the physical body so that one is said to be born when the infant takes its first independent breath and thus the need for the umbilical cord ceases. It is then that the prana—the living vitality of consciousness coming from the Sun—enters the newborn, bringing with it all the energies of the natal horoscope.
Many Cancers no matter how old they become are still attached to their primordial watery roots and never quite break away from the psychological and physical bonds they have with their mother, family and early conditioning circumstances. This would also tend to be the case when the Moon is conjunct the Ascendant in any sign or the Moon is in Cancer in the natal chart. Until the force of the personality fully individualizes in Leo (see next month’s article), Cancer will find that the urge to retreat back into the watery protectiveness of the mother’s womb will be as strong, if not stronger than, the urge to be separated from this primordial matrix into the fire of a self-actualizing individual.
Esoteric astrology teaches us that the Moon represents mass consciousness. This is the energy that people experience when they go to a huge rock concert or sporting event, when the focus of individuality is given over to intensified emotional energies existing in such public circumstances. In essence, this is a “vacation” from carrying the burden of a separated self in society. It is when one is at a concert or football game that the individual can yell, scream, die his hair blue, take off his shirt in public, all without censure and even with crowd approval. In a more subtle way, the energy of the Moon is the force of one’s family or “tribe”, protective on the one hand but very limiting on the other. Many people find once they start studying astrology or any other metaphysical teaching, that they are no longer a part of this veiling of the Moon and for a time they feel threatened. Many are even ostracized from their family who may hold on to more traditional religious or philosophical beliefs. Thus the individualizing test often comes through Cancer: to stay within the shield of my original womb (or the womb I have created for myself), or break the confining protection of the “sack” and emerge as my Self.
In soul-centered astrology, we say that the Moon is a Fourth Ray planet. This is the field of energy known as “Harmony through Conflict” as we all have to be “born again” in order to be more consciousness and leave the lunar surface. Thus we ascribe the influence of Neptune to the higher expression of Cancer. Indeed in both exoteric and esoteric astrology, Neptune is said to be “exalted” in the sign of the Crab. This exaltation means that the individual moves out of the material waters of embryonic and early life into the Waters of the Father (Neptune). Neptune is the ruler of Pisces, which is the sign of universal compassion, symbolized in the Christian world by the Christ and in the Hindu world by Lord Vishnu. Thus the Cancerian evolves from its primordial identification with “mommy and my family” to union with The Mother and the Human Family. Emotional reactions are then not based on fear of abandonment or the apprehension that comes with not having enough nourishment. The emotions of a more highly evolved Cancerian are much less personal and much more impersonal and global. One is then not primarily concerned with not having enough for oneself or one’s family to eat. One is confident in the abundance of Mother Nature and seeks instead to assure those comforts and basic necessities for all the children of all the world’s mothers.
Let us now examine the effects of the sign Cancer on the cusps of the twelve houses of the horoscope.
Cancer on the cusp of the First House (Ascendant): This placement gives a very strong sense of self-preservation. The sensitivity of the sign often expresses as an extremely sympathetic and understanding nature. However many Cancer rising people tend to take all initial impressions too personally, thus giving a marked subjectivity to the personality. The initial drive in life is to secure a “home base” from which all outer activities may safely proceed. Once Cancer rising feels whole and secure, she then becomes a most nurturing and generous person, always available to bring comfort and nourishment to everyone. If the Moon is afflicted (especially by Saturn), constant emotional insecurity will be this person’s nemesis.
Cancer on the cusp of the Second House: The Crab on this cusp seeks to fill its own pantry and ensure the material well-being and economic security of self and family first. This is accomplished through the use of personal resources and should the Moon be afflicted, one can feel that these resources will never suffice no matter how wealthy that person may be. A well aspected Moon in the natal chart (especially by Venus or Jupiter), will go a long way to insure that the pantry is always full. In the horoscope of a spiritually developed and psychologically mature individual, Cancer on this cusp is indicative a one who uses personal resources to feed one and all. Money may come or financial challenges accrue through houses and real estate or financial dealings in commodities.
Cancer on the cusp of the Third House: The early environment especially as it relates to siblings will be a very important influence on a person who has this position in the natal chart. Quite often we find that the individual acted the role of a parent to his brothers and sisters and may maintain a parental attitude towards them for her whole life. Emotions can either sensitize one’s way of thinking or if the Moon is afflicted (especially with Mercury), feelings and thoughts are divided or opposed, debilitating logic and clear communication. If the Moon was in a mutable sign at birth (especially if connected in the chart to Mercury or the planetary ruler of the Fourth House), the person has the tendency to have frequently changed residences but usually remaining in the same city or town.
Cancer on the cusp of the Fourth House (Nadir, IC): Here the urge for a stable home foundation is at its highest as this is Cancer’s natural domicile. The relationship to one’s mother and the psychological conditions found in childhood are of paramount importance. The IC represents the roots of one’s life; the point opposite in the chart (the MC) speaks about the “fruits” of one’s efforts and the outer expression in the world of the “inner child.” Stunted roots yield stunted fruits. This would be the case especially if the Moon were in difficult aspect with Saturn. On the other hand, a strong lunar position (Moon in Taurus well aspected, or the Moon trine Saturn, for example), would tend to strengthen the character and add confidence, security as well as economic stability and psychological strength to one’s life.
Cancer on the cusp of the Fifth House: This is the house of pleasures and with Cancer on this cusp, it is natural to assume that the individual would tend to enjoy herself most at home. This is the dwelling with a great home entertainment unit in the living room or den! Family life and children are extremely important. Therefore, if the Moon is afflicted conditions surrounding one’s offspring may be quite challenging. Even if one does not have children or a family, cooking (Moon in Cancer or Taurus) and interior decorating (Moon in aspect with Venus) may be great hobbies. There is usually an avoidance of gaming or speculation as the individual with Cancer on this cusp tends to be cautious about the use of his or her resources without some sort of safety net.
Cancer on the cusp of the Sixth House: In terms of work, this is an excellent sign/house combination for a person whose job requires sensitivity to other people’s emotional or material needs. A psychological counselor, medical technician, food service worker or real estate consultant all fit rather nicely into a life in which Cancer and consequently the Moon rule the Sixth. We can also assume that this is a person who tends to work around the house and may easily have an office in the home. Health is focused on the digestive area which is easily affected by one’s emotional state. Pets will tend to play an important part in one’s life as there is usually a tendency to nurture animals. This would be especially the case if the Moon were in Virgo or in aspect to a planet in that sign. When exaggerated, there is the danger to treat one’s cat or dog as if it were one’s child. Fear of animals could result if the Moon were in difficult aspect with Saturn and/or Neptune.
Cancer on the cusp of the Seventh House (Descendant): As Capricorn has to be on the Ascendant of this chart, marriage and solid interpersonal relationships are essential for security and a sense of social approval. Partnership is therefore sought with an individual who will provide a firm foundation upon which one can go out into life and fulfill one’s ambitions. Cancer on the Seventh tells us that we are looking for a person who can give us the psychological and physical nourishment and support we require from others. If the Moon is afflicted we may find ourselves being either too possessive about our partner or in a relationship that is smothering and emotionally immature. Cancer on this cusp reveals an “I don’t let go” type of a person who is in a relationship for life. When afflicted this position gives rise to a life attitude that prefers familiarity and predictability in relationships over spontaneity and surprise. Yet, when positive, this position reveals a person who stays by his or her partner through all the challenges in life.
Cancer on the cusp of the Eighth House: Whichever sign appears on the Eighth, it characterizes that area in life that may most need to be transformed. As Cancer is linked to a person’s family and psychological foundations, one’s “biological karma” in effect, certain particular crises may appear in the life. These present us with opportunities to transcend those subconscious and instinctive patterns rooted in our early family life. If the Moon is afflicted, especially by Mars, Saturn, or Pluto, such patterns may have a distinctly negative effect on one’s sexual life. Such difficult lunar aspects will also adversely affect our attitudes in dealing with other people’s material and emotional resources. When the Moon is well aspected with Cancer ruling the Eighth, the tendency is for a person to display a great deal of nourishing kindness and support in these areas. A strong and positive Moon can indicate inheritance as well as financial profits coming through homes and real estate. Although a difficult lunar position may not inhibit such material benefits to come our way, the circumstances surrounding such events as well as our inner attitude may be troublesome.
Cancer on the cusp of the Ninth House: This sign/cusp combination is not noted for its sense of adventure. Cancer is a sign that indicates the tendency for the security of familiar surroundings. This is the kind of person who would travel with family members, on a conducted tour, or with people with whom one is very close and who can be counted on for emotional support when the surroundings are different from the way they are at home. Visiting the country of origin of one’s ancestors would be a likely choice if one where to leave one’s homeland behind. This is an individual who does not travel lightly, packing everything that may be needed on a journey “just in case.” In terms of higher learning, this person is inclined towards the religion and beliefs of his background. An exception to this would occur if the Moon were in Aquarius or in aspect to Uranus, when rebellion against the past is likely.
Cancer on the cusp of the Tenth House (Midheaven, MC): When the Moon rules the Tenth or is in the Tenth, there is the tendency to acquire a career that deals with nurturing others or is involved in some way with cultivating popular appeal and playing to the crowd. It is very common therefore to find the Moon and Cancer strongly related to the Tenth House in the horoscope of politicians. The choice of one’s life work may be highly influenced by the family, especially one’s mother. The Moon (especially in a fixed sign or in Cancer) in aspect to Saturn with Cancer on the MC, symbolically states: “I am following in my family’s footsteps,” and much guilt can result from opposing one’s parents’ views in the choice of a career. When positive, this is an influence that contributes to a person who feels that the whole world is his or her family. The professional goals of such people are often involved in the administration of social resources and “feeding the masses.” Careers in food related fields, real estate and counseling are also popular choices with this sign/cusp combination.
Cancer on the cusp of the Eleventh House: When Cancer is on this cusp, the individual tends to be quite protective in terms of his or her friends. This is also a person who is often a member of groups and organizations of a charitable nature whose intent is to feed and shelter the hungry. Habitat for Humanity is one such organization that can be symbolized by the sign/cusp interchange. If the individual is emotionally immature, then look for a certain selfishness where other people are concerned and a very possessive attitude towards one’s acquaintances and associates. This is the kind of person who will always expect his or her friends to be on his side, no matter if he is right or wrong. His hopes and wishes will be entirely of a personal nature and his attitude is likely to include a feeling that “society owes me a living.” On the other hand, the soul-centered individual with this position feels that all of society is his family and act in a very unselfish and humanitarian way.
Cancer on the cusp of the Twelfth House: There are few other zodiacal positions that contain so much potential for nurturance and compassion as this one. This sign/house combination gives the tendency to mother everyone regardless of family or ethnic origins. This would be especially the case if the Moon were in Cancer of Pisces and/or in aspect with Neptune. When immature (and especially if the Moon is in aspect with Saturn), this attitude is coupled with a sense of personal responsibility and guilt if one cannot respond to everyone’s needs. The individual has to depersonalize the emotional nature so that one learns how to unlock the universal storehouse that is the Twelfth House. The individual will be far more helpful and far less distressed by learning how to take the personal ego out of the way and using the personality instead as a vehicle for the distribution of hidden and collective resources.
GEMINI—SIGN OF DUALITY AND PATH TO UNITY
The word unanimity comes from two Latin roots: “uni,” meaning one, and “anima,” meaning soul. Thus unanimity means “being of one soul.” This is quite different from uniform, which is defined as “being of one form” (Latin root: “forma”). Thus the true urge for unanimity speaks directly to us of that place within us that is of the soul, a place that unites us in the consciousness of the one human family of which we are all a part. Unanimity is therefore an expression of love. Uniformity speaks of union and agreement in the material world of form and is thus an expression of the lower self, the personality: one form separating us from dissimilar forms. Unanimity releases while uniformity binds.
The astrology of the Ancient Wisdom describes Gemini as “the light of interplay,” meaning that it is Gemini that reveals the basic duality of manifestation. This is the relationship between Spirit/Creator and form/the created. At its highest level therefore, Gemini is the path to the soul for it is the soul and its product, consciousness that is the point of resolution of this great tension. Gemini is then said to be ruled by the planet Venus, the goddess of love whose primary purpose is to unite all opposites in bonds of harmonious matrimony. But in terms of our ordinary life and the traditional astrology that serves to define and explain that life, Gemini itself becomes that duality. The Twins then fall under the rulership of Mercury, the ever-fluctuating, ever-shifting messenger.
The purpose of Gemini in terms of our ordinary life is to produce an awareness of the relationships that exist between all people, places, and things. In terms of the personality, Gemini does not resolve the dualities and conflicts inherent in these relationships. Gemini focuses our attention of the many, the multiples and the myriads, the potentials and the possibilities. It opens the door for the personality to experience itself in all sorts of environments and life situations. Gemini thus broadens the mind and expands our sense of connectedness with life. But it does not create unity on the personality level; that is simply not its role. Once the individual has evolved the faculty of intuition (through Mercury’s higher octave, Uranus), once our life orientation changes from a focus on form to an identification with energy, then the messenger of desire becomes the Messenger of the Gods and Gemini serves another purpose in our lives. This purpose allows all the communicative potentials that Gemini and Mercury make to serve the mission of the soul. This mission is Love and whenever this word is mentioned, we are taken back to the love goddess Herself, Venus.
Gemini along with Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces is one of the four mutable signs. The primary function of all the mutables is to produce a constant state of flux. This is a periodic, cyclic movement of time and space that manifests in our daily life as changes in form. Yet the higher purpose of mutability and of Gemini in particular, is to provide an expanded field of expression for the life and function of the soul. It is this gathering of life experiences, based on the movement of relatedness and relationship, which is fundamental to the Twins. Gemini relates and by so doing, reveals the true intent of the soul: the interplay and interconnectedness of Spirit and matter.
Perhaps we would come to know Gemini and its various levels of expression better if I were to describe how Gemini functions depending on one’s level of consciousness. A person with the Sun or Ascendant in Gemini who is primarily egocentric and functions primarily from a place of personal desires is a prisoner of his or her own battles with duality. This is an individual who is neither connected to the cohesive energy of Love on the soul level nor to the higher harmonies of Venus. The instinctual lower mind rules the life. He or she responds to the dictates of mind totally motivated by desire.
The focus of relationship in the life of such a person is how everything and everyone relates to oneself. The sense of real sharing is totally absent. Every movement and every person is seen as a means of furthering one’s own particular agenda. This type of personality-centered Gemini will at best learn about the nature of opposites through constantly experiencing the conflicts inherent in duality. Such a one has yet to learn that mutual harmony can exist or that anything else but a “me verses the world” life perspective exists.
Once the soul/personality relationship is in place, a higher level of consciousness is achieved. This Gemini man or woman has developed a definite awareness of others that extends into relationships and life situations in which the individual is not personally involved. The mind seeks to expand its knowledge so that it may be of service to the greater world. Intelligence thus moves from instinctual to creative and from the purely subjective to the objective and impersonal. This development of this kind of detachment is a key to freedom from duality! At a yet further level on the Path, the Gemini individual is being used as a conscious vehicle for creating harmonious linkages in the world. This may involve a career in which aligning various conflicting political or social forces is at the center of one’s activities. As such, Gemini then acts as a messenger for harmony in terms of group interrelations and may become a person who invents technological or sociological tools for the benefit of humanity.
As indicated from all of the above, we can correctly assume that when Gemini is placed on the cusp of each of the houses in the natal chart, it will produce the tendency to multiplicity, flux, mutability and a broadening of experience in terms of the nature of that house. It will also contain the promise of bringing a greater sense of harmony to the situations described by that house once a higher level of consciousness has been achieved. Let’s now examine some of the most prevalent effects of these sign/house combinations.
Gemini on the First House cusp (Ascendant): A person with Gemini on the Ascendant has an inborn versatility as well as a constant urge to change his environmental circumstances. This gives rise to avoidance of routine, a love movement and as a consequence, the cultivation of a variety of life experiences. Gemini in this position may also lead to a rather superficial attitude to life as it is common for such individuals to dissipate their energy through an attachment to too many people, places, and things. Unless Jupiter is strongly connected by aspect to this cusp, the person tends to be slender, fleet-footed with a tendency to a nervous disposition. He or she may like to change clothes frequently during the day. Duality is a major theme of life and will be even stronger should Mercury be in a mutable sign in the natal chart. But duality when properly handled does not necessarily have to lead to conflicts as long as the mind is trained towards integration and synthesis. Gemini rising is a natural-born communicator, and is at his best when linking people together for the greater good of all.
Gemini on the Second House cusp: There is a definite degree of versatility when it comes to using one’s resources that return an income. Gemini here inspires an individual to move into any number of different directions when it comes to establishing the ways and means of learning and earning. The sense of self-worth is established through experimentation, generally through the way one communicates one’s ideas and insights into life. A blockage in this ability to express oneself, as seen through afflictions to Mercury especially by Saturn, can lead to serious psychological consequences. Care has to be taken that the person does not spend her financial resources in too many places simultaneously. Mercury well aspected and in one of the fixed signs, can be most helpful in curbing this tendency and giving proper self-discipline.
Gemini on the Third House cusp: This is an indication of a very active and busy mind. As Gemini is the natural sign of this house, its influence here can be quite positive. The focus and proper use of the mind as well as the ability to relate successfully in the world is augmented and reinforced when Mercury is well placed here especially if it receives good aspects from Saturn and or the Moon. Mercury is always happy when in sextile to Venus! Gemini on the Third indicates the importance of siblings and their prominence will be that much more established if Mercury is placed in one of the angular houses. The Twins here also tend to point to a variety of intellectual interests, a strong association with one’s early environment (and if the consciousness is developed, with the environment in general), and the urge to communicate one’s ideas with others. If Mercury is in Libra, this latter trait will be strongly emphasized.
Gemini on the Fourth House cusp (Nadir/IC): Frequent changes in domicile are indicated, especially if Mercury and/or the Moon are in a mutable sign in the natal map. This is a person who can easily feel that too much stability in one’s life is a form of entrapment. There is often an inner restlessness for it should also be borne in mind that Gemini on this cusp will yield Pisces (another mutable sign) on the cusp of the Ascendant. The need to understand oneself is expressed through the urge for a wide variety of experiences that when coupled with residential shifts, can easily produce a life of travel (usually of short distances). It is likely that one’s mother was a busy person with many interests. If Mercury and the Moon are in a hard aspect, such interests may have excluded a warm and emotional contact between parent and child.
Gemini on the Fifth House cusp: As the Fifth is the “house of pleasures” and Gemini indicates versatility, we can expect this sign/cusp combination to produce a tendency for many hobbies and enjoyable activities. This orientation may easily extend itself into one of the other spheres of interests of this house—romance. Thus the Twins here can indicate a person who plays at love and who enjoys having a number of affairs and amorous contacts. This characteristic will be strongly emphasized if Mercury is connected by aspect to one or more of the following: the ruler of the Eighth House, Mars, and Venus. Mercury in Leo, Libra, or Scorpio will also enhance this playful “urge to merge.” This is also an individual who may have a strong affinity for children and can easily feel like a child herself when in the company of youngsters. Writing and communications of all sorts are the natural creative outlets when Gemini is on this, the cusp of the Sun’s natural domicile.
Gemini on the Sixth House cusp: Here, Gemini’s natural versatility gives rise to the ability to tackle many situations simultaneously. The urge for variety inherent in the nature of the Twins emerges in the work sphere through a generally agile and adjustable nature. There is definitely a liking for those activities that permit one to vary his or her routine; travel as part of the job is a natural plus. An afflicted Mercury here (especially in a mutable sign) can lead to too many job changes. An afflicted Mercury in Aries will point to changing jobs prematurely, while Mercury in Taurus or Cancer square to Saturn and/or the Moon can make a person stay too long at the same job. The planets speak clearly to us we just have to know how to listen to them! Health issues usually involve the nervous system, and anxiety can arise through an overly analytical mental nature, especially if Mercury is afflicted in Virgo. The lungs are apt to be quite sensitive, so smoking should be avoided.
Gemini on the Seventh House cusp (Descendant): As a rule this sign/house combination gives the need for variety, versatility and freedom in relationships. The latter trait is strongly reinforced as Gemini on the Seventh means that the “great wanderer,” Sagittarius is on the First. There is often an indication that this is a person who tends to have more than one relationship at a time or who, at the very least, will marry and/or become seriously engaged in partnership on several occasions. This urge for multiple or sequential partnering is reinforced should Mercury be in a mutable sign and/or afflicted by the Moon and/or Jupiter. This is a person with a definite independent streak (emphasized if Uranus is in aspect to Jupiter, lessened if Mercury is in Cancer or Capricorn). He or she will prefer to have partners who are engaged in their own interests and who bring such interests into the relationship. Communication and intellectual rapport with others will be of utmost importance when the Twins occupy the Descendant.
Gemini on the Eighth House cusp: Here is a person who usually adjusts easily to the major changes in life. It is an individual likely to “go with the flow” and release old patterns, for such releases are always the demands that the Eighth House makes upon us. Sexual activity and attitudes may fluctuate between periods of sexual frequency and other times of general celibacy. When coupled with other features in the chart that may indicate it, this is a sign/house combination that can point to bisexuality. Strong planetary affinities between Uranus, Venus and Mercury will reinforce this orientation; Mercury in Taurus, Cancer or Capricorn afflicted by the Moon or Saturn will lessen it. The Twins on this cusp also indicates a person who may work as a financial agent, handling the practical affairs of people as a stock broker, bank teller, real estate agent or other, similar occupation. Neptune, Pluto, or Jupiter afflictions to Mercury here can point to the mishandling of other people’s resources or legal and other difficulties surrounding wills and legacies.
Gemini on the Ninth House cusp: This position points to an avid curiosity about life and an eagerness to stimulate the mind. Gemini however is not a fixed sign and its mutability gives rise to the tendency to move from subject to subject, thus a broad and general knowledge results rather than a specific area of expertise. People with this sign/house combination have to be careful not to teach what they have just learned but not experienced. Travel will be a very important part of one’s life, especially if Mercury is in Aries, Gemini, or Sagittarius; less so if in Taurus, Cancer, or Capricorn. Mystical and metaphysical leanings are prominent should Mercury be in Pisces or well connected with Neptune while technical learning is indicated if Mercury be in Aquarius. Note: Always pay attention to the sign in which the dispositor of a planet is placed for that will tell the astrological student a great deal.
Gemini on the Tenth House cusp (Midheaven/MC): A person with Gemini on this cusp requires a career that provides a lot of versatility for routine will be definitely avoided. The Twins on the MC require that if a person is to stay behind a desk, that this desk be complete with several phone lines, a couple of computer screens and plenty of opportunities for communication. Writing, journalism, design, or working as an agent or intermediary are perfect outlets for this sign/house combination. The ability to travel may also play a major role in the consideration of a profession. The duality of Gemini plays itself out by the tendency to hold down more than one position at the same time as well as an urge for added education to improve one’s position. If Mercury is in a mutable sign in the natal chart, the father may have been frequently away from home during one’s youth and if Mercury is afflicted by Saturn, then the communication between parent and child may have been limited.
Gemini on the Eleventh House cusp: There is a tendency to have a wide field of friendships and social connections. This would be especially the case if Mercury is in an air sign in the natal map. The urge for an active social life is strong and is apt to be successful if Mercury is well situated with the Moon, Venus or Jupiter. Uranus’ aspects to Mercury with the Twins in this position point to the ability for social and/or technical networking—computers and the internet will play a strong part in this person’s life to be sure. As a rule, this sign/house combination gives the urge to know many different kinds of people in all levels of society. One should avoid however becoming involved with too many groups and organizations as diverse loyalties can bring about conflicts with friends and associates.
Gemini on the Twelfth House cusp: This position warns a person not to be all things to all people. One has to be careful that there is a consistency and honesty in all forms of communication. This would be especially the case should Mercury be in a difficult aspect with Neptune and/or Pluto. If the rest of the horoscope reveals a certain maturity of character and a more steadfast nature, Gemini on the Twelfth is a wonderful position for being able to find the “missing links” in all social situations. It indicates a person who can find the lost fax, locate a friend who has disappeared over the years, and say just the right thing at the right time. This latter tendency will be emphasized if Mercury is well placed with the Moon in the natal map. Mercury in this position, especially in good aspect with Venus or the Moon, can be a very positive influence in the resolution of conflicts as this placement allows a person to take a global view of things.
THE GOLDEN CALF, MATTER AND ABUNDANCE: PLANETS IN TAURUS
Astrology is a language of symbols. Yet these symbols are very powerful for when we are attuned to them and correctly interpret them, we communicate the potency of the energy that these symbols contain. The symbol for Taurus () is not only a pictograph of the face and horns of the Bull, it is also an ideograph expressing illustrating some of the most important characteristics of this sign.
Primarily what is shown is the fecundity of the Bull, for the glyph represents the circle of Spirit with the crescent Moon attached to it. The Moon is the Celestial Mother, representing the principles of growth, fertility and abundance. She is said to be “exalted” in Taurus, for when placed in this sign in the natal horoscope, the Moon bestows upon its lucky recipient the natural propensity for material stability and even wealth plus the tendency to be emotionally stable in the face of all and any adversity. These gifts are blessed by Spirit, the circle upon which the Moon stands, giving Taurus the vitality and potency to gather material resources. The Moon is also representative of human emotions, thus Taurus’ wealth is also contained in its ability for compassion and sensitivity to others.
As a fixed-earth sign, Taurus also indicates the potential for bondage to the land, i.e. to one’s material possessions. The upturned lunar crescent is open, waiting to be filled by gold in its many forms. Thus many people born under this sign (especially those whose Venus and/or the Moon is afflicted by Saturn), find themselves overly concerned with amassing and keeping money and the personal power that this brings. This is a great pitfall for the Bull (and for all of humanity for that matter), for as the great Sioux seer Black Elk taught, “Everything that the Universe does is done in a circle.” Thus true wealth in all of its forms of manifestation is intimately connected to the Law of Circulation.
The initiating pulse of life is first expressed through the fires of Aries. It is through the Ram and his ruling planet, Mars that a space is created for the incarnation of a person, place, or idea. Taurus settles the land that Aries discovers, cultivates it, thus acquiring the resources for the survival of family, clan and tribe. Adam is Aries. Taurus is the Garden of Eden. Eve (the Hebrew word for “house”, from which we get our English word, “eave”) emerges out of Adam’s urge for partnership and union and into the Garden as Venus, ruler of Taurus and goddess of both love and money.
As a consequence of their awareness of the importance of the material necessities of life, Taureans are conservative by nature for not only do they have to give form to the Aries life impulse, they also have to sustain it. Their focus is on practical, purposeful activity. When taken to the extreme, this attitude can be somewhat debilitating as it may deprive Taurus of a wider imagination, thus limiting creative possibilities. Taurean philosophy is much more anchored in common sense than in abstract philosophical or theological doctrines. As Venus, the sign of partnership always inspires Taurus, the spiritual Bull is one who is an example of right human relationships and the correct use of financial resources. When Venus is operating through the lower, astral desire nature however, her inspiration over Taurus leads to sensual excess, greed, envy and jealousy.
Of the four fixed signs, Taurus is the most rooted in the earth and is therefore well deserved of its reputation for tenacity. But there are fine lines of distinction between overt stubbornness and the drive, determination and loyalty that characterize the positive Taurean nature. While the negative Taurean individual is known for her ability to say “No, I wont!” positive Taurus will never be turned aside from her objectives and goals. It may take Taurus a little longer to get where she is going, but get there she will. And “will” is the keyword for all sons and daughters of the Celestial Bull.
Taurus is the child of Venus and is therefore very romantic. Although it may take a while to win the love of the Bull, once this love is given Taurus is consistent in her devotion, adding her tremendous inner strength and fortitude to her relationships. Taurus believes in the vow: “To have and to hold from this day forward.” The test for the Bull therefore is when and how to let go for life always demands periodic release. This is symbolized by Scorpio, sign of death and transformation, and Taurus’ natural polarity. It is therefore very necessary for Taurus to utilize the Eye of the Bull and perceive beyond the form into the true value of any relationship or other life situation. Herein lies the wisdom inherent in the soul-centered Taurus for this is an individual who is never fooled by the forms of life, one who goes beyond the semi-circle of the Moon and into the spiritual certainty of the circle.
In soul-centered astrology, Taurus is said to be ruled by the planet Vulcan. Although there is some dispute among astronomers as to the physical reality of this planet, esoteric astrologers “see” Vulcan as an energy field with great powers to those sensitive enough to respond to its vibrations. We place Vulcan close to the Sun, never more than 8 degrees away, and give it much importance to those people about to enter the crises that are incumbent upon those who seek to walk the Path. Indeed, it is highly symbolic that Vulcan is the esoteric ruler of earth-based Taurus and yet is invisible to physical eye. It tells us that in order to develop her highest potential, Taurus must develop the Third Eye, that vehicle of vision that allows a person to see beyond form and into essence. This is accomplished by the development of true intuition, the sixth sense.
In Greek mythology, Vulcan was the blacksmith of the Olympians. The gods and goddesses of those ancient times carried spears, arrows, rods and lances with which they would work their wonders. The Olympians would come to Vulcan with a special request: to make their “miracle tools” more potent by forging them anew in Vulcan’s fire. Thus Vulcan would melt down the miraculous weapons of the gods and goddesses, imbuing them with his own potency as he reshaped and crafted them. Once returned to their original possessors, the gods and goddesses became more potent and powerful. If we keep in mind that our word “volcano” comes from the name of the Celestial Blacksmith and that once volcanic lava is cooled it becomes the most fertile of earthly surfaces, we can understand the reality of this symbolism. As Scorpio, the sign of regeneration is intimately linked with Taurus and thus to the functioning of Vulcan’s alchemy, it becomes obvious that the gift of renewal after the loss of form is inherent in Taurus’ nature. But first Taurus has to let go! And all of us have Taurus somewhere in our horoscope!!
Now let’s examine the placement of the planets when they are found in Taurus in the natal chart:
Sun in Taurus: All of the characteristics for Taurus that I have mentioned above pertain most certainly to the person with the Sun in the sign of the Celestial Bull. What I did not mention was that as Venus is the patroness of the arts, many Taureans feel drawn to all expressions of the muses. Taureans love beauty. If they are not artists or musicians themselves, Taureans are very at home in museums, art galleries and concert halls. Taurus rules the neck and throat, so it is little wonder that singing is a natural orientation for the Bull. Such vocal greats as Barbara Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald were born under this sign, as were the composers Brahms, Prokofiev, Berlin, and Ellington.
Moon in Taurus: This can be a profound blessing as the individual has the natural ability to manifest material support for her life and loved ones. Her emotional needs tend to be met and she is often a person who is in a position to be genuinely supportive of other people’s lives. Yet should the Moon in this sign be afflicted, there is a tendency for the individual to feel insecure in the material world no matter how rich or poor. An emotionally immature person with the Moon in Taurus is never satisfied and will have the tendency to acquire material possessions ceaselessly. The soul-centered man or woman with this planet/sign combination is a source of both moral and material support in ways that are never co-dependant and always appropriate to the situation at hand. Common sense blends with loving detachment and true perception of correct need—this is quite the gift.
Mercury in Taurus: From the soul-centered perspective, this is a powerful and beautiful combination for it blends idea (Mercury) with form (Taurus) in ways that bring forth abundance and harmony (Venus, ruler of Taurus). When positive in the natal chart, this is a person whose ideas always seem to be in sync with the world around her. She is a smooth talker as well as a soothing one. Her mind easily converts ideas into pictures, thus providing a clear blueprint as to how things should and can be. When afflicted and/or in the horoscope of the immature, all ideas have to be turned into money, giving rise to an often selfish person, one who thinks in terms of “numbers” and personal security rather than in terms of right human relations.
Venus in Taurus: This is one of the most powerful and comfortable places for the goddess of beauty and abundance. This position speaks about a sensual person, one who knows how to give and receive pleasure. When afflicted and/or expressed through the lower nature, Venus in Taurus looses her grace, becoming wanton in her urge for the pleasures of life and greedy in her material needs. When in the horoscope of a soul-centered person however or a mature artist, this sign/planet combination is a great gift as it bestows the ability to bring esthetic harmony, peace and beauty into every environment and relationship. It helps where finances are concerned for as the ancient astrological dictum states: “A child of Venus never wants.” Venus is Taurus in the natal chart certainly helps to provide both in terms of love and money.
Mars in Taurus: This is not the most comfortable place for the “god of war.” Supermacho Mars feels confined and restricted in this ultra feminine sign of Venus. Mars tends to be overly territorial and narrow in Taurus, rooted in an earthly element that restrains and frustrates him. He is fiery in Aries where he can protect and burst forth. He is watery in Scorpio where he is left free to flow in the ocean of the desire nature. In Taurus he tends to overly emphasize the battleground of the material world and although this placement (especially when trine to Saturn or the Sun in an earthy sign) may give support to one’s material goals, such aims may become overly important and create imbalance in life.
Jupiter in Taurus: For many people living exclusively on the personality level, this planet/sign combination gives an excessive need for expanded material possessions and the worldly prestige that comes with them. It inhibits the urge for adventure both on physical and philosophical levels as one must always feel comfortable and familiar when traveling either on the road or in the mind. This does not inhibit a person from the wisdom that comes from common sense, but it does tend to restrict a person’s exploration of the wider horizons that life has to offer. This would be especially the case if Jupiter were afflicted by either the Moon or Saturn in the natal chart. When Jupiter in Taurus is well aspected, especially by the Moon and/or Venus, there is likely to be material abundance and success. There will certainly be the desire for it.
Saturn in Taurus: As Saturn rules another earthy sign, Capricorn, he is very much at home in Taurus. There is the tendency with this planet/sign combination for frugality and a very practical approach to life, especially where finances are concerned. If afflicted, people with Saturn in Taurus usually make money the excuse for not being able to do things. When well positioned in the natal chart, there is the tendency for success in long-range planning, especially when it comes to investments. Such individuals are definitely not “day traders,” feeling much more inclined to long term, slow but sure growth investments and real estate.
Uranus in Taurus: The last time Uranus was in this sign was between 1934 and 1942. The next time Uranus will be in Taurus will be from 2018 to 2026. The conservative, materialistic, slow-moving Bull is not the best placement for the radical, idealistic, lightening-speed energies of Uranus. In fact, this position is known by astrologers as the “fall” of this planet. Taurus does not life to be suddenly upset and Uranus does not like to be held back. Thus this planet/sign combination represents an antithesis, one leading to frustration. In order for this person to further his process of individuation (that aspect of life signified by Uranus), he has to work through the practical world of forms, a world that to him is usually more inhibiting than helpful. But–the genius with this position in his or her natal chart, will find original and new uses for money and all material possessions.
Neptune in Taurus: Neptune was last in Taurus in the last quarter of the 19th Century. It will next be in this position from 2038 to 2052. Edgar Cayce was born with this placement, Madame Blavatsky and the Thosophical Society were flourishing during this time, Vedanta was brought from India to the West, and psychic mediumship was the spiritual fad of the era. This is thus an influence that tends to carry the invisible into the visible and when wisely used, helps to produce the type brilliant mediums and spiritual workers mentioned above. Yet it also invites the danger of carrying the lower astral forces along with it into material manifestation. Victorian mediumship and its accompanying use of trumpets to summon the dead, table taping, and Ouija boards was known for its “spiritual” charlatans, mystics, and fakirs.
Pluto in Taurus: Pluto’s long orbit of some 240 years means that the last time it transited this sign was in the late 19th century and that the next time it wanders through the Bull will not be until the third quarter of the 22nd century. Yet we can note that Taurus is the sign opposite to Pluto’s natural rulership of Scorpio and is thus said to be “in detriment” when it rides the Celestial Bull. The late 19th century was the height of the Victorian Era when the imperial forces of materialism conquered land and people in the name of commerce (and “God” of course!). It was a period when natural sexuality was suppressed, the consequences of which are still the source of so much human suffering today. I would only hope that the people next born with this sign/planet combination are able to harness the First Ray (Will/Power) energies of Pluto for the better, allowing the Will-to-Good to dominate the world of form.
PICK UP YOUR SPEARS—THE TRANSITS OF MARS THROUGH THE HOUSES
Until each of us recognizes his or her innate wholeness and unity with the Soul, we will continue to live in the pain and suffering of duality. It is the goal of the Aquarian Age and the New Group of World Servers to plant the seeds of this process of soul-personality integration (also known as “individualization”) so that the Soul of Humanity may eventually externalize. The aim of esoteric, soul-centered astrology is to provide a very real tool to describe and support this evolutionary process at this critical and transitional time in human history. –A.O.
In the time of the formation of the Roman Empire (which had its roots and potency during the Age of Aries 2000BC to 1AD), when the Roman legions were involved in their feats of conquest, they used a very symbolic weapon. This was a Battering Ram, a huge tree trunk with a carved head of this animal carried by dozens of men and used to smash down the gates of opposing cities and towns. If the enemies of Rome capitulated before the Ram destroyed their walls, the inhabitants were spared, if not, they were speared! Our very name for the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, comes from the Latin word for the god of war, Ares, which itself is the origin for the name of the red planet Mars.
In addition to Aries, Mars is both the exoteric and esoteric ruler of Scorpio and thus expresses two powerful natures. It is through Aries that the initiating spark of solar creative fire descends into incarnation and is one of the principle reasons why the Sun is said to be exalted in this sign. Yet physical incarnation cannot take place without the sexual process which lies within Scorpio´s realm. On the level of the soul this descent into matter is seen as a death and a sacrifice. This is why we say that Aries is a “sacrificial lamb” and Mars is in “detriment” in that earthiest and most physical of the signs, Taurus. Thus both the descent into matter of the soul into incarnation through the sexual process and birth as well as the ascent of the personality into Light at physical death are both under the rulership of Aries/Mars and Scorpio/Mars.
The Sun is the giver of all life and its vitality is known in esoteric terms as “prana.” Mars stimulates the flow of prana in the physical body through its rulership over our red blood cells and their circulation through our organs and cells. It is also the ruler of our adrenal glands and thus comes into play when we need an extra dose of courage to move us through dangerous and testing times. In natal astrology, if Mars is afflicted by the Moon, Neptune, or Saturn, that enhancement of adrenaline and the subsequent rush of courage is inhibited while strong aspects between Mars and the Sun bring our courage to the fore. Through its rulership over Scorpio, Mars is intimately involved with death yet its equally powerful connection with the sexual organs and their processes, emphasizes our orientation to immortality through physical reproduction. This is why a person with a strong Mars in his or her horoscope is known to possess a powerful sexual drive. When Mars is misused however, his warlike and aggressive powers yield a bad temper, a tendency to violence and the misapplication of the sexual urge.
Along with the Moon, Mars has rulership over the solar plexus center. The latter is part of what esotericists call “the chakra system,” that part of our subtle anatomical structure that is closely related to the circulation of the Sun’s vitality in terms of our psychological nature. The solar plexus is linked to self-preservation and the survival of the ego, the lower self. It is also the seat of the astral or desire energy field. Thus Mars is a prime mover of the identification we have with our five senses especially in terms of satisfying our desire nature. As the majority of men and woman relate to life and to personal happiness through the fulfilment (or frustration) of their desires, Mars is totally related to who and what we are as personalities. It is therefore quite understandable that the Ascendant in the natal horoscope, that part of the chart that traditional astrologers call the “expression of the personality or temperament,” is always ruled by Mars in addition to the planet ruling that rising sign. The reader should recall that the first house is ruled by the first sign in the natural chart wheel and that of course is Aries. Thus a person with either Aries or Scorpio rising is a “super-martial” man or woman!
The individual who is consciously walking the spiritual path will have to encounter a battle with Mars at some point, nay at many points, during his or her “journey home.” This is because Mars is the instrument of the solar system that brings about encounters with the “wars of duality” that are part of our evolutionary development. This duality is first and foremost the one that always exists between the soul and the personality; it is what the Ancient Wisdom prefers to call, the “path of transcendence and union.” Thus this war has the promise of hope, redemption, and initiation as its eventual goal. But getting there is often no fun! It requires that the Ares/Aries/Mars invokes the will in us to “fight the right fight” and to pass on, up and over the less important minor annoyances that only drain our energy and dissuade us from keeping our feet firmly on the Way. It also requires that we embody the necessary courage to die the right deaths, so that we leave behind while still alive those things, desires, ideas, and relationships, which no longer support us as spiritual warriors.
I have noticed over the years that the position of Mars in the natal chart as it relates to the house with Scorpio on its cusp, helps to bring about a series of “mini-incarnations” into our lives. These are periods of existential crises when we have to face and do battle with our personal “dweller on the threshold,” our personal shadow, that reflection of our lower self that demands to be released from the bondage of possession, obsession, and regression. Such battles require that we be well armed with a mail coating of Light and the consciousness which leads us through various and multiple kinds of death into greater and more inclusive Love. After all, Mars is the partner and polarity of that great goddess Aphrodite/Venus.
In your natal horoscope, look to the position of Mars to reveal several important things:
- Where and how the desires for the self-preservation of the personality have to be transmuted into the desires of the soul.
- Where the battle between the higher and the lower selves often takes place.
- Where there is still the attachment to the lower self that keeps us from union with the higher.
- Where the fusion and union of the personality and the soul is likely to take place once the necessary battles have been fought and won—and where the rewards are to flow from such a great accomplishment.
Now let’s briefly examine how Mars affects our lives when it is transiting through the natal houses of the horoscope. To make this article more helpful to you in terms of the present, between March 20 and August 31, 2017, Mars will be transiting through the signs thus:
March 20-March 31: 7 to 15 Taurus
April 1-April 30: 16 Taurus to 6 Gemini
May 1-May 31: 6 Gemini to 27 Gemini
June 1-June 30: 27 Gemini to 17 Cancer
July 1-July 31: 17 Cancer to 7 Leo
August 1-August 31: 7 Leo to 27 Leo
NB: During 2017 Mars will not be retrograde, on June 26, 2018. Mars turns retrograde at 9.13 Aquarius. In due course, I will write about the effects of this modality, especially as it affects Aries/Scorpio people with Sun and/or Ascendant in these signs. As an Aries with Scorpio rising, I can share this information from personal and well as professional experience!
Mars transiting through the First House (Ascendant): When Mars comes calling in this domicile get ready for action! It is now that you will want to assert yourself with great passion. But what aspect of your nature are you asserting? Now is a time in which you will want to initiate plans and projects that mean a lot to you. This is a good period to examine your drives and desires and to see if they come from the ego or from your higher self. If the former, be prepared for conflict and opposition from others. If the latter, you will receive a lot of support from other men and women of Goodwill.
Mars transiting through the Second House: Take care that your desire to acquire material possessions do not go beyond your budget or else you are looking for a fight with your credit card company or the bank! This is a positive period in which to examine your life values and see where your lower self is dominating your desires in this respect. Mars in good aspect to Venus, Jupiter or Pluto from this position can bring some sudden gains into your life. Just remember that as a rule, Mars’ transits are fairly swift, so do not base a new budget around such results, just enjoy them. Mars transiting through the Third House: An afflicted Mars or Mars conjoining planets in this house may bring difficult encounters with siblings while positive Mars in this position takes such relationships to the next positive step. You may also find that you are highly stimulated to express your thoughts and opinions. All of the above would be very true in May when Mars is transiting through Gemini. Mars through the Third is very good for initiating any writing or speaking program as you will want to put your thoughts forward although if you are too opinionated you may find opposition to your position.
Mars transiting through the Fourth House (Nadir): Troubles at home and/or with parents likely in the latter part of the year if Mars is poorly aspected or afflicting planets here. Otherwise, you come into very strong contact with your own inner feelings about yourself and life in general. This is a good time for inner examination about your subjective motives for personal advancement and success. You may find that you are not comfortable in your current home and need to either remove yourself or remove someone else (especially if Mars is the ruler of your Seventh House or is afflicting Venus).
Mars transiting through the Fifth House: Upsets likely with children or romance should Mars be in a difficult position from this house to the rest of the chart. This can come with trying to be too dominating in the lives of young people in terms of the former, and too aggressive with lovers in terms of the latter. This would be especially the case should the hard aspect be to the ruler of the Fifth and/or the Sun. The positive encounters with Mars here are that you may find that your creative self-expression is highly stimulated and you wish to go forward with associated plans and projects.
Mars transiting through the Sixth House: Troubles with people who work for you are likely if Mars is afflicted or afflicting other planets. This would be true especially of people who work in or around your house during the last three months of this year. Stomach and diet-related ailments may also come about at this same time. Yet if Mars is well placed, the likelihood of advancement in your job is quite possible. You may also decide that now is the time to take the initiative in any form of self-improvement. Again, if Mars looks good in this house, it is a fine time to engage in a martial art or initiate a sports program to benefit your physical condition.
Mars transiting through the Seventh House (Descendant): Challenges in relationships are always likely if Mars is travelling through the house of partnership and is in difficult aspects to other parts of the chart. If all is well and Mars is positively placed here, look for your relationship to move forward into new territory. You may also feel like initiating a new romance or business contact. The former is very likely should Mars in this house be positively connected to the ruler of or planets in the Fifth. Look to the business side of things when Mars is harmoniously touching planets that are connected to the Sixth or the Tenth.
Mars transiting through the Eighth House: This is a period for renewal. Forces are stirred within you that seek to banish unnecessary desires from your life or poor ways of expressing yourself in terms of your sexual or financial needs. You want to spring forth with more powerful energy that allows you to conquer obstacles and impediments but you may have to find out if you are standing in your own way of such accomplishments. During the period when Mars transits this domain through your natal chart, take steps to see that the relationship between your emotional and sexual needs are clean and clear. If they are, you can move forward in your intimate relationships into new and uncharted emotional territory with courage. If not, it is time for a psychological house cleaning.
Mars transiting through the Ninth House: A strong and powerful transiting Mars here is telling you to take a journey of self-exploration. This can be done either intellectually or physically or both! This would be especially the case if Aries, Gemini, or Sagittarius rule this house, so check out your ephemeris! A difficult Mars here (i.e. transiting Mars creating rough aspects to your natal chart) means that you are pushing yourself too hard in terms of higher educational aims and goals. It might be a time to pull back and reassess where you really want to go in this respect and if the output of energy you are expressing is worth the effort.
Mars transiting through the Tenth House (Midheaven): Now is the time when you will want to push yourself forward in terms of career aims and goals. Take care not to brush too hard up against superiors in this area or else you may bruise a few important egos that you need for support. Yet if your Mars is well placed in this house, do not be afraid to take the initiative. This will be noted by people in a higher position than yourself and you just may get the help and support that you need. Should you be the boss or are self-employed, this is a good time to reward those who have helped you get to where you are in the case of the former, and open the door to new areas of success in terms of the latter.
Mars transiting through the Eleventh House: Friendships come up for examination when Mars transits through this domicile. If afflicted, Mars will bring conflicts into this area and you may find yourself at odds with certain individuals in your social circle. You may thus see the need to release yourself from certain people in your life so that you may move on. Personal aims and goals change over time and it is very difficult to be in accordance with everyone we know as we develop. A well- positioned Mars here can move you forward in terms of any group or organizational activities in which you are participating or are a member. You may find that you are in a position where you want to bring your group of friends or associates forward into the next step of your collective creative endeavours. Now is the time to see who among those you know can be supportive of you in this respect.
Mars transiting through the Twelfth House: A poorly placed Mars in this position is likely to bring us into contact with people and situations that oppose us. Such opposition may come from the most unlikely of places and surprise us with the strength and power of such enmity. You will have to look deeply and clearly inside of yourself to see where you stand in all of this and how perhaps, you have brought some of this difficulty into life by your own hand. Mars well aspected here, brings us support from hidden sources as well as the opportunity to tap into strengths that we didn’t know we had. Try to be aware of your own deeply buried strengths and weaknesses as Mars in the Twelfth will bring these suddenly to light.
THE TWELFTH HOUSE—A SECRET PLACE
Many of us are hard at work seeking to evolve on the spiritual path. One of the most beautiful and appreciated results of this spiritual growth is the fact that the more evolved our consciousness, the more our sense of universal inclusivity. This manifests in the fact that the more we understand ourselves to be individualized “units”, the more we also see ourselves connected within the functioning of an infinite Whole. When once there stood a frightened and overly self-involved ego has become a vehicle for the activities of the soul. Where once there was a person separated from others by the exclusive dynamics of the personal desire nature, there is now a human being centered in Love. In astrological terms, the focus of self-awareness of our personal identification as seen through the lens of the Ascendant (the ego’s immediate contact to its environment), gradually yields to the mystical awareness of our union with the universe.
The Twelfth House and its natural ruling planet, Neptune, are the “keepers of the seal” surrounding this transformational evolutionary process. In soul-centered, esoteric astrology, we also associate Pluto as ruler of Pisces and hence of the Twelfth as the processes of death and transformation are intimately evolved with the gradual evolution of consciousness and the consequent soul/personality alignment. Many astrologers call the Twelfth the “House of Karma,” as well as the “House of Self-Undoing.” But these appellations are not exact in their application as all the houses of the horoscope contain aspects of the total karma of one’s life. It should also be pointed out that much of karma also consists of rewards and riches, not only difficulties and punishments. As for “self-undoing,” one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves is the ability to undo the lower self and make way for the Higher. This is accomplished through the spiritual Path.
The special karma that is specific to the Twelfth House has to do with are relationship to the collective within which we live and breathe and have our being. The Twelfth represents the synthesis of what has been stored from previous turns of the astrological wheel, that is, other life cycles. Thus the Twelfth is the storehouse of our secret treasures as well as the strength we have gained from accumulating such experience. This last house of the horoscope contains our oceanic reserves of power and potency from all the good we have done and all the positive services we have performed. In effect, the Twelfth is the repository of our “good” karma.
One of the primary characteristics of being human is that human life is basically dualistic and remains so until we have achieved an advanced state of spiritual initiation. As human beings we are also possessed of a “bipolar” relationship to ourselves and to life manifesting as a magnetic shadow that is both self-destructive and harmful. Locked away within the treasure chest of our positive, hidden potencies are also our (not so) obscured hidden weaknesses and addictive vulnerabilities. We could thus rightly say that right next door to our protective guardian angels live our worst enemies, and all of these entities comprise those parts of ourselves that are also found in the Twelfth House. But please bear in mind that our own duality is a reflection of the greater duality that is the manifested universe itself: as above, so below. There is a “land” of unfathomable unity and peace that is devoid of duality. Some call this place the “Heart of God”, “The Center of the Center”, or more commonly, “Nirvana.”
The Twelfth is the house of convents and monasteries, esoteric schools and secret lodges, but it is also the domicile of insane asylums and torture chambers. The Twelfth is where hope for healing may be found in hospitals and medical clinics and, too, where the dying are comforted by kind “Twelfth House souls” working in hospices. Yet, we also know that the Twelfth is the location where slave quarters, jails, and concentrations camps may be found. Neptune, the natural ruler of the Twelfth, rules the great healing wonders of the plant kingdom but Neptune also rules heroin, crack cocaine, alcohol, and all other life-destroying addictive substances.
For those who do not believe in reincarnation, the approach to the Twelfth as “the house that teaches us what we need to overcome from past lives,” may not be of interest. The fact remains however that the Twelfth House tells us what we have to overcome in this life and this alone is quite the task in itself. The Twelfth may also reveal some of our greatest tools (our hidden treasures) with which we may accomplish such a task. As we leave the realm of the Twelfth, we come once again to the Ascendant. If we have managed to purify our nature and therefore externalize much more of our latent consciousness, love and light, we may then find ourselves ready to state in this lifetime, “I and the Universe are One.”
Aries on the cusp of the Twelfth House: When the Ram is on the last cusp of the horoscope, it is an indication of a person’s need to mask or suppress his or her personal self-assertiveness. This is thus an individual who functions best when behind the scenes. Positively, this sign/cusp combination makes for an excellent strategist whose real power, although far from being felt in any immediate sense, is nonetheless present. Although we can never judge the totality of the meaning of a natal map from one position, Aries on the Twelfth certainly contributes to a person acting out the role of the “power behind the throne.” When negative, this position leads to self-victimization or the urge take on the karma of others. The Ram likes to charge forward unimpeded by any opposing forces. The watery and diffused Twelfth House environment is thus not the easiest terrain for Aries’ direct and headstrong tactics. The position of Mars in the natal chart by sign, house and aspect tells the astrologer how the Ram is likely to fare in this position.
Taurus on the cusp of the Twelfth House: When the Celestial Bull occupies this position the indications can be most favorable as this position may easily bestow a tremendous reserve of power and resources. When positive, Taurus on this cusp allows an individual to possess a secret storehouse of talents, abilities, and riches to be used when life is at its most difficult. It may also indication another kind of wealth, a wealth of common sense, allowing the person to see into the real meaning behind most of life’s situations. This is when Taurus is seeing into the “heart of matter” and is not fooled by the matter at hand. Problems may come about if one’s attitude to money is dishonest or foolhardy. Care must then be taken not to seek out illegal monetary dealings. When used correctly, this position is a potent source of abundance as it may indicate that the individual is in touch with “universal supply.” How fortunate! The position of Venus in the natal chart will reveal much more to us about how the Twelfth House operates in this case.
Gemini on the cusp of the Twelfth House: As we can expect with this sign, there is a marked duality in terms of the affairs of this domicile. One has to be quite careful that there is consistency and honesty in all forms of communication. Sometime a person with this sign/cusp combination is apt to tell two entirely different stories about the same thing. The position of Mercury in the horoscope, especially in relationship to Neptune will reveal if the individual tends to be honest or dualistic in his or her ways of communicating. Many people with Gemini on the Twelfth can try to be all things to all people. If the rest of the horoscope reveals a certain maturity of character and a more steadfast nature (such as the presence of a number of planets well placed in the fixed signs), this position may indicate that one is able to find all the “missing links” in any social situation. He or she knows instinctively how things should relate and come together.
Cancer on the cusp of the Twelfth House: The individual with this sign/cusp combination may be incredibly compassionate, seeking to help and protect those in distress. Yet the danger of this position is that it may induce a person to take all impersonal situations too personally and thus become involved in situations that are simply none of one’s business. In other words, attachment occurs when detachment is most needed. Yet this is one of the best zodiacal indications for the capacity to nurture others. Indeed, Cancer on this cusp may indicate the tendency to be the mother to all and everyone. The position of the Moon in the natal chart (especially as it relates to Neptune and/or Venus) will show if the individual will mother or smother—or be smothered by too many feelings. Like Taurus on this cusp, the Crab here gives one the tendency to have secret storehouses of abundance. Cancer always likes to save for the eventual “rainy day.”
Leo on the cusp of the Twelfth House: Leo is a very demanding sign by nature and what the Celestial Lion most requires is personal recognition. Yet the Twelfth is the least personal of all the astrological houses. When Leo is on this cusp, one of the life lessons is how to integrate the urge for personal self-expression (and the resultant applause) within a more universal and certainly less personal context. This sign/cusp combination thus brings forth experiences that yield humility and quite self-sacrifice. Leo on the Twelfth may well endow a person with enormous will power but the will is not allowed to be expressed in obvious ways. Negatively, this may tend to produce a very manipulative person. Positively, it stimulates the urge to be strong but unassuming, supportive but modest, and forceful but subtle. The position of the Sun in the natal chart will carry forth and broaden the meaning of Leo on the Twelfth for the astrologer.
Virgo on the cusp of the Twelfth House: There is a distinct orientation to healing and service when the Celestial Virgin occupies this position. It indicates a person who has the potential to utilize many practical techniques and methodologies in order to resolve many challenging issues and circumstances. It is almost like walking through like with a universal toolbox containing a cure for almost any ill. This sign/cusp combination often produces people who work in hospitals and institutions where healing skills are required. The difficulty in this position comes about if the person is chaotic and indiscriminate. It is impossible to find a cure for everyone as well as a place to put all mental and material details of life. Care has to be taken here not to lose the thread and get tangled up in the spool! The position of Mercury (especially in relation to Neptune) in the natal chart will tell us much about how Virgo on the Twelfth will externalize in a person’s life.
Libra on the cusp of the Twelfth House: It is sometimes difficult to be sure about the degree of intimacy within the context of relationships when Libra is in this position. Sometimes one is too detached and, at other times, the connection with the other person is too deep in light of the surrounding circumstances. If Venus is afflicted when Libra is on this cusp (especially by Neptune), there is the distinct danger of being too idealistic about others, putting them up on pedestals and of seeing all relationships in an unrealistic light. Yet when positive and especially if the Venus/Neptune relationship is a good one, the spiritual gifts of this position are most profound. One is then free of human prejudice, all people are one’s brothers and sisters, and there is a clear and distinct urge to be a bestower of peace. This sign/cusp combination may also indicate that one is involved with clandestine relationships. The entire chart would have to be examined to see if these “secret friends” help or hinder one’s life.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Twelfth House: The potentiality for great emotional growth and spiritual development is very strong with this sign/cusp combination—but so are the dangers and pitfalls. So much has to do with how the person deals with his or her desire nature. Scorpio on this cusp requires one to be very clear about the direction of one’s needs and wants. If this orientation is undisciplined than the individual is the prisoner of a ceaseless ocean of unrequited desires. Why unrequited? Because the nature of desire is that it is never satisfied—this is the propelling concept behind the Law of Karma. Yet if the lessons of the traps of the desire nature have been learned and transformed, then there is no position that is greater as a source for healing power. The latter requires that one finds the “universal catalyst”—that facet of oneself which when released, brings one to wholeness on ever more refined levels of expression. The astrology student should examine the relationship between Mars, Pluto and Neptune to uncover more about this position.
Sagittarius on the cusp of the Twelfth House: This sign/cusp combination may well point to a person with a profound interest in the metaphysical and the occult, as there is often a profound need to unlock the doors to universal truth. On a more practical level, this position may allow a person to come up with understandings that she never knew she had. As the Twelfth is the house of “human collectivity” and Sagittarius is the sign of higher knowledge, when the Centaur rules this domicile, access is given to information that goes beyond the personal. In essence, the way is opened to access the “collective encyclopedia” of the human mind. Of course not all people have this ability. Sagittarius on the Twelfth may just produce a “know-it-all” who knows nothing at all! What is required for deeper knowledge and higher wisdom is the acquisition of the discipline of one-pointedness in terms of the spiritual path. A closer examination of Jupiter in the natal chart will tell the astrologer more about this position.
Capricorn on the cusp of the Twelfth House: There is a need and often the ability to perceive who holds the real power in any social situation when the Mountain Goat occupies this position in the natal chart. The individual is made frequently uncomfortable by the thought that people or circumstances beyond his control may suppress his personal influence. Indeed, this position could be said to express the idea: To control or not to control, that is the question? As a result, Capricorn on the Twelfth can be highly manipulative. On the other hand, this sign/cusp combination can be a rich source of hidden wealth and resources. It may indicate a person who has mastered the art of creating those inner structures that help to create businesses, social services, and material benefits for oneself and others. An examination of Saturn is essential to a greater understanding of the implications of this position. This is especially true of the interchange between Saturn and Neptune. When this is positive, the person has the ability to free oneself from limitations and restrictions but when negative, there is the tendency to create a great deal of confusion for oneself.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Twelfth House: This sign/cusp combination appears in the horoscope of people for whom no one is a stranger and few life situations are surprising. This is a person who senses the collective, universal stream of life running through each and every one of us. Wherever Aquarius appears in the horoscope, there is a tendency towards diffusion of energy. When this characteristic is applied to the Twelfth House, diffusion takes the form of loosing oneself in idealism and humanitarian speculation. On a less exalted level, a person can get lost in being too social and too dreamy for one’s hopes, wishes, and aspirations may not be grounded in the reality of one’s life. Discernment and discrimination may have to be integrated into one’s life in order to see that on a universal level we are indeed all one, but on a practical level, there are great differences between people. When grounded, this position contributes to a definite humanitarian perspective on live and a willingness to be of service to others. The positions of Uranus and Saturn in the natal chart are indications of the direction and form of this orientation.
Pisces on the cusp of the Twelfth House: As the natural ruler of this cusp, Pisces on the Twelfth can indicate a person with an extremely deep spirituality and an inner calling to be of service to the human collective. This orientation can easily produce an attitude of great inclusivity and an ocean of personal compassion towards life. Yet care has to be taken so that one does not drown in unseen currents and hidden depths. It is therefore quite essential not to flounder in a world of dreams and illusions. This sign/cusp combination is indicative of a person who may easily be called to the spiritual life. This is the world of the upstream swimming fish. But the downstream fish also beacons so that Pisces on the Twelfth may also indicate a person prone to self-destructive addictions and habit patterns. The nature of the Fish’s duality and the direction one is likely to take in the stream of life may be more easily determined by the astrologer through an examination of the positions of Jupiter and Neptune especially as they relate to the Sun and Moon in the natal chart.
AQUARIUS: YOUR HOPES, WISHES AND INTUITION
So much of the difficulty and fear that the majority of people are experiencing is in large measure due to the juxtaposition of the collective forces of the current times. The new thought-forms and the resultant crystallizations of the new social structures have not as yet happened, while the old thought-forms have lost much of their meaning. We are thus in a period of “cuspal limbo” between the two World Ages—Aquarius and Pisces. It is little wonder that many of us feel like Hebrews wandering in the desert at the end of the Age of Taurus. We are still waiting to arrive at the Promised Land. This New Age Eden is the New City of Humanity, a place where the principle of Unanimity is practiced by one and all, making the reality of the Soul known as a Living Presence. We still have a while to go.
When we travel through the last two signs and houses of the horoscope, we enter into the sphere of human experience that takes us beyond the boundaries of our personal ego. The Eleventh House is the natural domicile of Aquarius and it is specifically the domain of the collective entity we know as “Humanity.” In fact as one of the great gifts of Aquarius and its ruling planet Uranus, unfolds in our consciousness, we come to understand more and more the unified essential nature of the human race and family. We are one. Capricorn and Saturn have taught us the lessons of boundaries and structures. Indeed the soul-centered astrologer uses a term to express these effects of Saturn on consciousness. We call Saturn’s physical rings by the metaphysical term, the “ring-pass-not.” This phrase indicates that the extent of our perception of life becomes anchored and crystallized until a major crisis occurs that pushes us beyond these limitations of the personal ego. Such a crisis is usually the work of the fixed sign that comes previously to Aquarius in the zodiac, Scorpio and its ruler, Pluto. Thus this crisis comes in the form of loss/death and our freedom from this crisis, from this previous ring-pass-not, brings along with it renewal and regeneration.
When we come to Aquarius and the Eleventh House, our thoughts, actions, and aspirations are allowed to evolve past the “ring-pass-not” of Saturn and open us to a sphere of personal aspirations that are directed for the welfare of the whole of humanity. We are aided in this respect by the faculty of intuition, itself a gift of human evolution that permits us to soar beyond the rational mind of personal thoughts, ideas, language, and opinions. Intuition is the ability to perceive the quality of Life within its many forms. Thus Aquarius and Uranus contain within their energetic fields the opportunity for us to perceive life energetically. We do not for example, just see a painting in terms of its shapes and colors. Once intuition is an active faculty within us, we also view the painting in terms of the consciousness of the artist who created it. We then determine if we want this painting hanging over our sofa not only in terms of how the colors of the work match our living room, but also if we wish to live with the life force of the artist in our living room!
As the fourth and last of the fixed signs of the zodiac, Aquarius completes and culminates the task of these signs. These four signs have one major quality in common; they all deal with values. These values are anchored in earthy Taurus as our personal resources, both material and creative. They are activated into a highly personalized expression of these values, resources and creative potential in the fiery sign of the Lion. It is therefore in Leo that the personal ego takes on its greatest flare and strongest expression. But evolution does not stop here! In Scorpio the death of the egocentric focus of such values and creative impulses takes place. The result is that we either are destroyed along with our ego or we let the ego die and we emerge to climb higher both in terms of the zodiac as well as in terms of the evolution of consciousness. We enter the journey of Spiritual Path (Sagittarius) that takes us to the Mountain of Initiation (Capricorn). Once we have reached the top of this sacred Mount, we obtain the necessary vision that takes us out of our lower self and leads us to the last of the fixed signs, Aquarius. It is here that we aspire, hope, and idealize how we can contributed to others in a more impersonal and wider sense. We have definitely matured and seek to use the social and technical networking and know-how of this sign to contribute to humanity in general. The influence of the eleventh sign no matter where it is placed, will bring out a certain uniqueness in us, our special contribution or specific interest or talent that makes our contribution a most singular and particular one.
We do not have to be born in Aquarius to experience the effects of this sign in our life. The house cusp upon which you find the Water Bearer in your natal chart will allow you to carry its message into your life. This house will also reveal much about our relationships with the people, friends, and groups with whom we come in contact in order to fulfill our hopes, wishes, and aspirations.
Aquarius on the cusp of the First House: This placement gives the urge to express oneself in a highly unique way. There is a definite love/hate relationship with groups and organizations. On the one hand, Aquarius on the Ascendant indicates a person who is decidedly an individual. On the other, there is a distinct calling to integrate that individuality within the framework of group activities and many social interactions. Aquarius on the first house cusp is acutely aware of all and any communicative possibilities and will seek out numerous ways to express his or her aspirations and social ideals. These individuals are natural born net workers. They must however take care not to overextend themselves for if they do so, they easily run the risk of dissipating themselves energetically and losing their center of gravity in their continuous whirling and swirling.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Second House: This position leads to a desire to express our talents and abilities either in a unique and original way or as a member of a group working towards the same social goals. Proper circulation of resources is an essential aspect of success. If this person spreads her money and/or creative energies too thinly, investing in too many projects or supporting the ideas of too many friends, she is likely to dissipate such resources accordingly. It will be important however for this person to network correctly with others to make the most out of who she is and what she owns. It is good to remember that although Uranus is the primary ruler of this sign, Saturn is the secondary ruler. This means that it is always important to have a firm structure in place if we wish to expand upon set limitations. This is especially the case in terms of money and personal resources with this sign/cusp combination.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Third House: This position indicates a person whose ways of communicating tend to be highly original, technical (computer skills may be exceptionally good if Uranus is well placed in the chart), and far reaching. Here we have a person who may be gifted with an especially intuitive mind, especially if Uranus and Mercury are in sextile or trine in the natal map. Such an individual will have a strong need to be in constant communication with many people of varied interests. This is a sign/cusp combination that contributes to having many friends close enough to be considered as brothers or sisters. Indeed, this is a person who will see friendship as an absolutely essential facet of his life and will make every effort to stay in contact with such people. Science, technology and even astrology (itself ruled by Aquarius) may be of major interest as well as causes that advance humanitarian efforts.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Fourth House: This sign/cusp combination contributes to a distinct urge to break away from home at an early age as well as to rebel against inherited, family patterns of behavior. The individual will stand out, either as the “black sheep” of the family (especially if Uranus is in a major aspect with the Moon), or as the family eccentric. Although the entire chart has to be examined before definite conclusions about any area of life can be made, Aquarius on the IC will tend to produce an individual who will draw upon his own belief system as a source of inner strength and purpose. This is someone who can be very fixed—at times fixated—in his life views, and who will right or wrong, not easily veer off his own particular course.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Fifth House: Here we can expect a person who tends to be quite experimental in his or her creative self-expression. The natural outlets for one’s creativity with Aquarius on this cusp are in the sciences, media, and other forms of communication. This is an individual who may also express a very humanitarian orientation towards causes that involve the welfare of children. Indeed, this is a person who would much prefer to be a friend to one’s children than an authority figure. This is not the most romantic sign to have on the Fifth House. The life orientation is much more towards friendships than highly intimate relationships. One would have to look elsewhere, say to the relative positions of Mars and Venus, to see if one’s personal libido is as strong as one’s impersonal orientation towards love and lovers.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Sixth House: Should one encounter any health problems, the orientation with this sigh/house combination, is to find alternative rather than traditional ways of dealing with them. The individual often has a conscious relationship between her mind and body and realizes that the way one thinks is intimately connected with how one feels. When present, health issues often relate to the circulatory and/or nervous systems. Unusual pets are preferred over cats and dogs, or at least one would seek out an unusual breed of cat or dog as a pet. It is not unusual to find that many people with Aquarius on the Sixth House cusp will use their humanitarian instincts for the welfare of animals. In terms of work, the other major Sixth House interest, these individuals will find that is essential and natural to seek out a job in which communications and/or humanitarian organizations play important parts.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Seventh House: There are two totally different attitude to relationships with Aquarius on this cusp. Some people will be attracted only to others who are part of one’s own social, family, religious or racial group. These are people who feel safe and secure in those social circumstances that are extensions and projections of their own egos. The other attitude produces people who are attracted by individuals and groups farthest away from the familiar. They look for partners in demographic groups that are totally different from those found in their early environment. In either case, there is a strong urge for social interchange. In today’s world match-making over the internet has become hugely popular. Aquarius rules communication by computer, so whether one is a person with Aquarius on the Seventh attracted by one’s own reflection or by the panoply of human variation, computer dating has a strong possibility of entering into one’s life experience.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Eighth House: This sign/cusp combination is often prone to investigate sexuality in ways that open a person to new life experiences. There may be what most people would consider “peculiar” interests, or at the very least a certain openness and curiosity that goes beyond conventional attitudes towards sexuality. If Uranus in the natal chart is strongly aspected with Venus and/or Mars, such unconventional activity in terms of personal sexual expression is much more likely. On the other hand, Aquarius is also a very dispassionate and impersonal sign leading in some cases, to a relative lack of sexual interest. This would be the case for example, if Uranus were with Saturn in the chart and in some hard aspect to Venus, Mars or the Moon. These aspects can also indicate a person with “peculiar” sexual interests but who has a very difficult time expression his or her sexuality due to psychological and social pressures or controls. It is also not unusual for people with Aquarius on the Eighth to enter into sexual relationships with people who are more like friends than lovers.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Ninth House: This sign/cusp combination has many wonderful possibilities for spiritual and philosophical growth as it opens people up to many belief systems, religions and ways of higher learning. Aquarius on the Ninth can indicate a person who has rebelled against her early religious conditioning and who spends her entire life searching (and perhaps finding!) the wealth of human richness contained within the sacred teachings of all of humanity’s traditions. Thus Aquarius on the Ninth can produce a very open-minded individual, one who is totally free of prejudice. On the other hand, should the more conservative group-oriented Aquarius energy predominate, the individual is then most likely to feel comfortable in a social setting in which the same beliefs are shared by one and all. As this is a fixed sign, this person may hold on to such beliefs no matter what evidence is presented to the contrary. If the “ultra-unique” energies of this sign predominate, the individual may become so eclectic that he or she evolves her own “religion of one.”
Aquarius on the cusp of the Tenth House: With Aquarius on the MC, we can expect to find a person who enjoys having his or her own unique position but one that is integrated within a group setting–in essence, this is a team player. This sign/house combination is definitely geared to the distribution of information and the systematization of data. He or she is very much at home behind the computer and naturally geared to marketing products, services or ideas. As Aquarius is an idealistic and humanitarian sign, the Water Bearer on the Tenth often indicates a man or woman who is involved in the political or sociological arena. This is a person who seeks to create social change and stimulate improvements for humanity. When pushed to the extreme, this placement can indicate a true revolutionary or anarchist. Should Uranus be in hard aspect to Saturn and Mars, the latter indications would be quite prevalent. At the very least, this person would feel oppressed by and likely rebel against the status quo of the society in which he lives. His “career” would then be to produce changes in society.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Eleventh House: Aquarius is the natural ruler of this house and as such, its placement here tends to be quite strong, either for the good or otherwise.. This sign/cusp combination offers the individual the opportunity to participate in collective goals and aspirations. If Uranus is well placed in the natal chart, especially with the Moon or Venus, this is a person who feels quite at home in group settings and will easily work to help manifest the ambitions and aspirations of any group with which he or she is involved. But should Uranus be in too strong an aspect to the Sun, especially by square or opposition, the sense of being a unique individual may be too strong and thus inhibit positive, group relationships. When Aquarius is on the Eleventh and Uranus is in difficult aspect with the Moon or Venus, then one would tend to feel like an “oddball out” and experience himself as alienated by or from the group in which he finds himself.
Aquarius on the cusp of the Twelfth House: This is a person who feels that she is truly familiar with human nature. It is a man or woman to whom there is no such thing as a stranger. It is important for such a person to have a strong sense of discrimination and personal boundaries. If not, this sense of universal compassion may lead to misplaced idealism. There is a distinct tendency towards diffusion, when this sign/cusp combination is present. So many social directions are accessible, so many possibilities for relationship present themselves, so many doors open, that it is extraordinarily difficult for this person to choose which of these many social opportunities for friendship and group association are appropriate. Yet if this individual is firmly centered within him or herself, this is one of the most soul-centered positions possible as it brings a person to that place of perception that reveals that we are one humanity revolving on one planet in one solar system in one universe.