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Jupiter Conjunct, Square, Opposite Pluto

Those with Jupiter conjunct, square or opposite Pluto can often experience remarkable ups and downs in life. The aspect can reflect a large storehouse of emotional power. Pluto fixes itself in all Jupiterian areas of knowledge such as teaching, travel, religion, philosophy, truth, and larger understanding. The ability for self-improvement is usually forcefully impressed onto the personality and they may be attracted to psychology, resources, or the occult. Jupiter-Pluto has the ability to see several layers behind the surface. The person is always seeking meaning, symbols and searching for patterns in the universe. 

With Jupiter-Pluto contacts there is an intense examining at times when they are engaged passionately in study, philosophizing, thinking about theology, divinity and higher learning. An insatiable need to acquire more knowledge and penetrate into the core of life is usually evident. Often this is a person that has fully researched an area of interest, and usually does this by tearing down and rebuilding, until they have come to an impenetrable understanding and have reached to the bottom, achieving a deep level of knowledge about a particular topic. The individual questions every ideology, takes nothing at face value, and may hold a watertight belief that there is a God. Conversely, questioning if there is a god at all, and then challenging others views by using the pain and suffering of the world as a reason that there must be no protective force. The individual can trust in something giving it extreme magnitude and value in life, only to have the rug pulled from underneath their feet, and then feeling a sense of betrayal. Finding the middle way is difficult since there are challenging views, attitudes and opinions inherent with this contact that the persona directs out or it is attracted towards them, as in people always opposing whatever it is they choose to have faith in, or whatever their knowledge and expertise is within a specific field.

Jupiter-Pluto contacts are the most exceptional for research and they have such large ambition. There can be an interest in life’s mysteries a deep searching for the answers to the very meaning of life. They are attracted to the profound and cryptic layers of the world, those unknown, and unseen patterns of existence, and understands the sudden turns of life, longing to know man’s changing fortunes in every sense of the word. The wheel of destiny carried within each individual is of great interest. Jeff Green Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, Volume 1 (Llewellyn Modern Astrology Library) describes Jupiter-Pluto aspects as being drawn towards an intuitive “sixth sense”- these individuals have become aware of the larger social/universal forces that constitute the underlying natural principle or laws that are the foundation of creation.

 Of all the planetary energies Jupiter-Pluto is one of those aspects that has massive potential for growth in whatever area it is directed. The healing power can be magnified on the spiritual, mental, emotional or physical planes and it can indicate the enormous drive to achieve something extraordinary, something big and to be a powerful person. Often there is an immense amount of energy and investment put into their pursuits.

Neither Jupiter nor Pluto does things by halves, and when the two planets are linked…we go to extremes - we can’t read enough, we can’t study enough, we can’t devote ourselves enough…There is an urgency, a pressing need to probe the ‘whys and wherefores ‘of existence, to find the truth and to live it…Jupiter is also associated with travel and long journeys…and travelling could entail facing danger, intrigue, risk or even a life death situation. However, rather than an actual physical death…it is more likely to manifest in our going through a psychological death and rebirth; our whole lives and way of seeing the world could be drastically changed by a journey we make. The Gods of Change: Pain, Crisis, and the Transits of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (Contemporary Astrology)

 Jupiter-Pluto aspects are associated with life changing experiences and sometimes this is individual or related to groups or to societal upheavals. The change can be positive or equally destructive and present when desires become so large that it leads to losses and confrontations with external forces- authorities, religion, society at large and taking on substantially more than one can handle. A deep need within to transform exists and Pluto aspects to a planet show a need to increase insight and to have re-birth, with respect to what is symbolized by the other planet and is regarded as highly necessary for one’s evolution, symbolizing something he or she must face with full intensity, and so it can be demanding, compulsive, and obsessive forcing the person to gain a deeper examination of that area of life.

With its potentially lucrative ability to use the enormous resources at their disposal with Jupiter and Pluto it contact it intensifies enthusiasm and the person may experience a spiritual, psychic or supernatural event that may have led them into the area of metaphysics, occultism, and psychism and has drawn them towards the tarot, astrology or other premonition types of arts.

The individual often believes wholeheartedly that he or she will obtain extreme wealth at at some point. Often the Universe assists, but there are also times when things go horribly wrong on a massive scale. A lot of wealth can be lost through careless financial risks and a fanatical attitude, and through overextending themselves on credit. Sometimes the same fanatical attitude and large ambition results in becoming rich and having those desires fulfilled. As we all know ”wealth” in life can exist on various levels, and all across the elements viewed through its spiritual, mental, material, and inner dimensions depending on what type of rich life the individual is following.

Mercury in 1st House

mercury in 1st house
Those with Mercury in the 1st house have a powerful need for self-expression through communication, and they convey a searching and investigative attitude to life. We often find that they are intensely curious and inquiring about everybody and everything.

The medium of language is especially central in their world, and with their keen observations and opinions much of their time is spent engaged in the sphere of the mind. The person may be extremely verbal or chatty (depending of Mercury’s sign and aspects) and they can be viewed as someone who is remarkably clever.

The whole intellectual profile is immediately noticed by others in their environment. Furthermore, their Mercury profile colors the outlook on life significantly and should be taken into great consideration. Astrologer Lyn Birckbeck says:

Mercury here is known for what you say and how you say it. 

Other astrologers have described Mercury in the 1st house as having a ‘mental face’ and this is probably more in the way he or she presents themselves to others - often by being overly logic or anatycial. More than anybody else they understand that there is a bridge between the inner and outer reality and they often act as a guide for others enabling them to travel into the depths of the psyche. Mercury in the astrological chart represents the part of the personality that is capable of perceiving, and can take in an enormous amount of information and perceive things from all angles.

The Medieval alchemists gave the utmost precedence to Mercury bestowing upon it the divine principle of the world. The swift planet was seen as the ideal alchemical god, and was said to be associated with the metal quicksilver which was thought to be the most fascinating. There may be a chameleon quality in the personality, and this is because Mercury is neutral and registers the traits of whatever it meets. The planet is famed for its dual nature, hermaphrodite, male and female qualities, and has often been termed the odd one out in the planetary system.

Mercurial people, too, are paradoxical and similar to the metal in many ways. Fluid, adaptable, and changeable, they respond easily and quickly to the changes in the social climate around them. They can appear quite sensitive and responsive to other people, yet it is a very different kind of sensitivity that you find in the water signs. Mercurial sensitivity consists mainly of perceiving and comprehending things with the intellect rather than with the emotions, which mercurial people tend to run away from in all directions rather than face. An Astrological Guide to Self-Awareness

Mercury in the 1st house also represents a youthful quality about the individual that enjoys learning, and in some cases relates well to younger people and tends to be bright in expression and talks with their arms and hands a lot. In fact, they tend to learn a great deal about many people as they are always interested in life. The person likes to be well-informed, and in the know, and others have to learn to keep up with their abundant mental energy. There is usually a pronounced need to talk often and write about what is happening in their lives. Moreover, they might enjoy collecting data, ideas and opinions, acting as a spokesperson or representative on the behalf of others. Similarly, they can be found as educators, postal workers, transporters, acting as an agent, a go-between; the mediator of ideas and people by playing the role of divine messengers.

The individual with Mercury in this position often wants to be seen as an intellectual, or someone who is gifted with words, and articulate. Usually they are skilled at making connections, connecting one point to another and can often be seen to be mobile in the body. Alan Oken described this placement as always “on the go.” The person may also be involved in communication on a daily basis, writing, public speaking, and can be quite knowledgeable.

The first house rules the persona and how we are viewed by others, and it also shows early childhood. With Mercury here it can sometimes reveal issues with early schooling and sibling relationships. The personality may be fidgety or nervous or they can be mentally quick and fascinated by any activity that involves the intellect and they come across as being extremely analytic. Many are drawn towards therapy and one-to-one counselling the type of work that involves verbal exchange and striking conversations with others, providing a channel for their mental gifts and they are usually quite quick at assessing the thoughts of others, with a true talent for observing everything around them.

Low Self Worth, Self-Hatred and Feeling Unlovable

Saturn and Pluto appear to be present when an individual feels inadequate, unlovable, and not good enough. Psychologists have studied the individual, family background, to try and understand the roots of self-esteem. However, it is only Astrology which truly understands that we are born with innate predispositions towards certain behaviour and patterns, and learning astrology is vital to our understanding of self-defeating beliefs and attitudes. The primary element of low-self-esteem is the feeling of being looked down upon by others as inadequate and unworthy (Saturn). The problem is a consequence of how you imagine others see you and how you see yourself. If Saturn contacts the inner planets and if you have low self-esteem, you feel yourself to be inadequate, less than, ineffective, and flawed. Low self-esteem affects your ability to be successful in life, and if you do achieve success, there will always be a nagging feeling that you don’t really deserve it, and others will ridicule your accomplishments.

Low self-confidence can affect your entire life, and the fear of failure may prevent you from fulfilling your goals, even though you are perfectly capable and talented. There is obsessive thinking about your appearance and a frequent craving for the approval of others, and an inability to form relationships because of fear of rejection. Self-esteem is appreciating your own inner value as a human being, independent of outer achievements, and the ability to believe in yourself. Those born with Sun-Saturn, Moon-Saturn, Mercury-Saturn, Venus-Saturn and Mars Saturn in aspect may never feel that what they produce is ever “good enough” on the different levels of the personal planet's manifestation. Overly Saturn people in general tend to be serious people. Wherever Saturn in placed in our charts is what we have to learn the hard way, and it takes time to build self-confidence, and overcome paralyzing fears. And fear to be yourself is like an automatic assumption that you will be rejected and denied positive feedback.

The question needs to be asked: How do we develop self-confidence, when we are up against the inner critic who self-sabotages our best efforts at achievement? Self-doubt can plague the best of us, but for some of us, it can be crippling. You know the saying, “frozen with fear” well this is what happens when anxiety and doubt take over. When you feel inadequate it shows in your body language, energy, demeanour and behaviour. Those with Venus in hard aspect to Saturn often feel insecurity and fear around relationships. Saturn is a restricting and limiting force, and Venus rules inner value, love, and feelings of entitlement. Consequently, the result is low self-worth. It is said that we attract experience according to our own inner substance, and when you believe you are unlovable, you send those signals out in the world, and ultimately you will attract people that make you feel unlovable. The belief of being unlovable comes “before” the actual experience of rejection.

Pluto people can also face deep feelings of rejection, hate, pain and trauma in forming close relationships, and there may be fear of abandonment and loss. Pluto is akin to feelings that others are out to destroy and annihilate them. These people withdraw from social situations, and there is a high level of mistrust. Those with Sun-Pluto aspects are most prone to feelings of self-hatred, but they can be driven, passionate and obsessive. Still, the individual may undergo self-destructive episodes and have to deal with their poor self-image. Of course people can cover up these feelings and those less psychologically inclined may not see what is really behind the façade. Some people hide their fears and self-hatred so well, that it may be extremely hard to detect. Self-pride is another strong factor in the Sun-Pluto personality, and sometimes the individual buries his self-hatred in others, and despises others for what he has projected on to them. In hating others he seeks ways to destroy them, and when there is no love and compassion and tolerance for his enemy, we can imagine how he treats the enemy within.

I don’t know how one goes about healing wounds in the personality, and it may take intense self-reflection and self-analysis. Chiefly, Saturn and Pluto are sufficient in dealing honestly with their own self-flaws. Pluto is deeply introspective and brutally honest and Saturn is competent enough at realistic assessments. At worst, both are harsh in any type of self-analysis and tend to dwell on the negative. Success may mean knowing one's limitations, and accepting oneself as less than perfect, to live the best of one’s ability. Through developing more compassion towards the self, it may help heal the loneliness, shame, and self-hatred. The theory for battling depression involves making meaning in one's life. With such difficult planets the only way out is through and the process of pain can lead to a new maturity and new wisdom about life. Powerful planets like Saturn and Pluto in the chart force us to approach life with real seriousness.

No overtly Jupiterian philosophy helps, and I feel that most self-helps books express an over-optimistic and quick route to self-confidence. Saturn and Pluto contacts, and planets in Capricorn and Scorpio are not easily duped into quick fixes. Pluto understands the need for delving deep into the psyche (soul) and Saturn is far too practical, realistic and hardworking. Deep wounds, require time and soul searching, which can eventually lead to deep healing and greater fulfillment in life.

There is much that goes on within a human being of which he remains unaware, and this does not apply only to repressed emotions. The world of the unconscious only begins with that peripheral level which Freud explored. Man creates his world all the time, according to the thought patterns he generates, and he brings about a reality which is the outward expression of these patterns. The expereinces which an individual encounters are in some mysterious way attracted into his life by the creative power of his own psyche, and although we do not fully understand the synchronous fashion in which the inner and outer reflect each other, we know that it happen's in every person's life. One only has to observe an individual undergoing a process of self-development to see that the outer circumstances of his life always follow in an immediate fashion the inner psychic changes which he undergoes. He does not consciously create these circumstances; it is the larger self, the total psyche, which is the dynamic energy behind the individual's unfoldment. If the individual makes no effort to expand his consciousness so that he can understand the nature of his total unfoldment and can begin to co-operate with it, then it will seem he is a pawn of fate and has no control over his life. He can only earn freedom by learning about himself so that he can understand what value a particular experience has for the development of his whole self. And nothing stimulates a man into this kind of exploration faster than frustration, which is the gift of Saturn. Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil


Uranus: Mind Over Matter

It was William James who observed that our first act of free-will is choosing to believe in free-will. Uranus’ has surfaced in my mind frequently, especially in relation to “mind over matter”. I have been reading some of the Seth material (extremely repetitive in parts) and it can feel liberating to believe that one only has to change the way one thinks and reality begins to shift. In all its craziness I even tampered around with one of those vision boards playing with images envisioning what I want in life. I usually dislike the schmaltziness of The Secret and those kinds of books. Uranus in astrology is the higher mind and it is thought that collaboration is happening between our mind and the physical world we create.

The relationship between the inner mental world and the external physical world (Saturn) has been discussed for hundreds of years. Uranus is the planet to enlarge the dimensions of our world, people’s concepts of it, and has a multidimensional energy. When our perceptions are altered, as so often happens under Uranus, change begins to happen. The big blue planet seeks a larger framework in which to understand reality and is planetary consciousness, humanity as a whole e extension of the divine mind. In many respects ii asks us to wake up to reality and represents mans’ attempt to be master of the universe.

Liz Greene expressed these ideas in Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil when the writing verged towards Uranus‘ aspect with Saturn and both often crop us together as if part of unity, although completely negating one another, in every astrological discussion. Here, Uranus is discussed in his relationship to the etheric body of man, which is sometimes called the “human energy field” or the aura.

Only the downfall and castration of Uranus at the hands of his child, Saturn, is mentioned by our ancestors in their symbolic portrayal of the evolution of consciousness. This is an amazing symbol which suggests a very ancient enmity between the two motivations within a human being which these planets represent. It would be an insult to the richness and beauty of the symbol to make such a pragmatic a statement as the fact that we see the castration of the mind by the insistent identification with matter…Astrologically we assign him (Uranus) to the rulership of invention, genius, originality, individuality, And the urge for freedom. His chief characteristic are his suddenness and abrupt flashes of intuitive knowledge which he evokes through an airy sign, and esoterically he is given rulership over the etheric body of man, that web of energy upon which the physical mould of the body is built which serves as a conductor between the mind and the feelings and the physical brain and body of man. The etheric body or vital body is no longer an esoteric concept; it has at last made its appearance in the laboratory and been duly photographed, and is now under extensive research as the possible source of life. For many people the energies of Uranus are too fine to utilised, and so he has a reputation of being either a dumb not or a malefic. The intuitive mind which is capable of synthesizing inner and outer perception…he is however a powerful motivation toward freedom from identification with matter…Uranus seems to be linked with the archetypal figure of the magician in the Tarot deck, who is a fusion of mind, feelings, body, and soul and therefore has mastery over all four worlds. 

Many Uranian people and Aquarius and 11th house types are into astronomy, astrology, mind bending subjects, technology, science and architecture and the planet can be involved in other pursuits with the aim to awaken consciousness. Uranus is this explosion of knowledge revealing something that we were not expecting and presents new ideas, and a new perspective. It rules the universal principle and many aha! moments when we gasp in awe at what has been revealed. It is the planet of revelations, challenging our preconceptions about life and often jolts us into awareness through sudden and unexpected events that shake us out of complacency about life and what to expect.

We spend a lot of time trying to break free from what we feel we cannot control, gaining knowledge, developing new technological breakthroughs. The question that always comes back around is the horoscope with its picture of the individual enclosed within it and so does change still have its limits in the boundaries of the astrology chart, as we all possess different inner realities? Philosophers claim that within the architecture of the human mind each one of us responsible for his or her life design. We make external reality. Uranus summoned when we use our act of will, and one of the main motivations of Uranus is that we must change and evolve.

Until Sue Tompkins pointed out in The Contemporary Astrologers handbook that Uranus turns into Saturn and the two planets are almost an anagram of each other I never really noticed - “Curiously, most things Uranian eventually become Saturnian.” Perhaps in the same line of thought we can believe that all of our ways of thinking, ideas, and thoughts eventually become reality as Saturn rules the physical world. The two planets that seem to bind us most heavily to reality, karma and fate are Saturn and Pluto. Uranus is adversative to both, and it comes along to stir us up inside to shuffle the deck of cards and to get us out from outworn structures in our lives.

 I am beginning to think it is true that in the second half of life, notably under the Uranus opposite Uranus transit at around 42 is when we break out in teenager mode again, and we begin to really test these concepts. We also have to be careful not to make irreversible decisions at these times. Uranus is the release of explosive power and as we give birth to new thoughts they begin their physical actualization. We always slip into Matrix territory when discussing this side of Uranus and begin to think of programming the mind to learn martial arts, dodge bullets and spoon bending. What if we really do have more power than we think to be the designer and architect of life - now that would really be something emancipating.

Mars: The Burning Coal

Mars in astrology symbolises the kind of energy we direct forward, brute strength and it’s about taking action right now! It rules over the decisive, impatient, headstrong and vibrant Aries. The root of the word decide means “slay” as to kill or destroy because other options are slayed in the process. Aries as the first sign rules over the number 1 a figure that means man, or erect phallus. The Martian impulse within us jumps starts us into action, fires our desire and gets us engaged with life.

The Sun is exalted in Aries meaning that we need to be absolutely clear about what we want and who we are meant to be. Owning Mars or getting more in touch with this fiery planet also means waking up to the possibility of our own independence and everything that entails. We view Aries as the “spark of life” and it is pure desire that gets things moving in the world, the fire in the belly that gives us a mission, the courage and strength to begin. Mars is autonomous in its style of action it is not dependent upon others the red planet is also a leader, pioneer and trailblazer.

The sign of Mars, its house and aspects represents our weapons and tools and what type of causes we champion. Mars is most comfortable on the battlefield and is a symbol of war attracted to the heat and glory of the fight. Mars is traditionally associated with iron, which can be sharpened into knives and swords.  Too little Mars can result in an inability to assert one's needs, too easily walked over and inability to say no. Too much Mars can lead to pushiness, excessive competitiveness and arrogance and someone who is too easily provoked. Similar to Jupiter in the way that it takes risks without forethought, Mars can be a rash planet rushing into the fire with intensity and excitement, ready to strike first. Yet often without Mars’ impulsive nature and need to make headway we may not have seen much progress as we have made already. Mars represents daring, courage, and is a macho planet.

Mars is the symbol of the extraordinary power of ambition, wants, and the motivation we need to get what we desire. Mars can reflect the warring opposites within ourselves and represents vitality, sexuality and raw power. Mars rules over the springtime and April has been called one of the cruellest months. Mars is not always the most appealing to interpret because of its association with conflict and bloodshed, but on an inner level, it rules our aggressive instincts and we all need to learn to harness its powers and those animal urges within ourselves. Martian energy can be expressed both positively and negatively it shows our drive and assertiveness and represents fighting for the things we want, whether it’s for a woman, a job, or winning the race .It can show angry quarrels, or the hunt for a love object showing how we compete and reflects our warlike nature.

 “For thousands of years it was only a blood red dot among the starry host - a nameless denizen of the trackless night. Sometimes when it veered closer to the Earth and shone like a burning coal in the darkness, it must have roused terror among primitive sky watchers, only to fade away in relative obscurity and be forgotten once more. By the time the Egyptians settled their civilization along the banks of the Nile, it had become familiar enough to receive a name - Hardecher, the Red One. The Babylonians referred to it a Negral, the Star of Death, and the Greeks associated it with warfare and bloodshed -it was the Fiery One, or the war god, Ares one and the same with the Roman god Mars.The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery

The fiery inferno planet holds the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons. Mars is the planet humans believe could be our next holiday destination; they are planning a colony on the unbreathable planet in 2023. Mars is traditionally a masculine planet and its symbol represents phallic power and potency in both men and women. The planet was also called the lesser malefic, and Carter refers to this as the easiest to understand in astrology.

“Venus is an essential human planet; Mars is said to rule the animal kingdom and the passions and appetites in man. Venus rules a sign of earth and a sign of air; Mars rules Aries - fire, and Scorpio-water…Mars is individualistic and non-cooperative .It is self-assertive; and though not necessarily selfish… it is little interested in the affairs of others. Its reactions are personal.”Essays on the Foundations of Astrology

Also, in The Mars Quartet: Four Seminars on the Astrology of the Red Planet the Martian beefcake is also referred to as being overlooked in astrology because it seems so obvious and straightforward “Mars is blatantly male, so hit-it-over-the head and drag-it-it-home obvious. It’s loud, it’s rude and rough, and not very British. Even the symbol of the planet is unmistakingly phallic, and it’s all a bit embarrassing. And yet living without Mars would be incredibly boring and dangerous, for we wouldn’t know how to defend ourselves in a life threatening situation.”

The Mars Quatert is my least read book, and maybe with just Mars in Aquarius in 6th house sitting at the edge of the 29th degree I am not that Martian and suffer from too little in the way of fire. I haven’t found Mars the easiest to interpret in terms of violence, and generally feel it more through the things I get passionate about and what I desire, the kinds of things that fire me up. Mars is definitely something to consider psychologically when we feel the warrior in us at times is lacking and the spirit is too easily defeated by the struggle to survive, and when we are constantly being elbowed out the way by more assertive types, and then we may need to learn to summon our own individual kind of Mars and take action.

According to Liz Greene in the Mars Quartet:

 What you want is coloured by where your Mars is… Look at your own chart and your own Mars in its sign, aspects and house. Try to understand what that particular Mars wants because that is your particular masculinity. …Although the war-god is intrinsically heroic, Mars in Aquarius is not heroic in the hands-on sense. It isn’t inclined to hurl itself into adventures of the physical kind unless there is a powerful idea behind the action…Mars in Aquarius is Promethean. Prometheus is heroic, but his heroism is idea motivated, and he is fundamentally a culture bringer. His function is to bring knowledge to human beings. He awakens their consciousness with the gift of divine fire. Then he teaches them astrology, architecture and navigation. He enlightens humanity about how the cosmic system works. Mars in Taurus present us with a totally different kind of heroism. It is more physical, and motivated by practical and sensual concerns rather than ideas. Collective stereotypes about masculinity and femininity are totally useless to us as astrologers. We can only make sense of Mars by starting with our own Mars.
The Mars Quartet: Four Seminars on the Astrology of the Red Planet

The Water Houses: Too Much Psychoanalysis?

The water houses, 4th, 8th and 12th are what are most referenced to in the psychology field concerning our “inner child” “repressed nature” and also relating to our “dreaming selves” and as Freud termed - “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious."

Everything contained within the water houses relate to the subconscious. It is all extremely Jungian/Freudian in nature and most psychological astrologers are particularly drawn to these areas in the horoscope. The water houses are in the realm of shadows, complexes and haunting memories from the past. If one is unable to find a particular emotion as having formed through the immediate family, they seek hypnosis or regression to take them back to early childhood and further back into past lives. It is believed that we can use the power of imagery, intuition, and the imagination to get in touch with our hidden, repressed, mysterious locked up feelings. In the water houses it is an extremely hidden world, and it is hard to tell at times fact from fiction.

Regarding those opposed to psychology there is also the term repressive-obsessives and to back up this idea, there was an interesting case of a husband who had always been peaceful but who suddenly turned on his wife one night and beat her terribly. He was sentenced to jail, and his wife wanted marital counselling while he was out on bail. Many counsellors suggested it was a damaged childhood, and that the wife failed to see his abuse because she might have been abused and had repressed her memory of it. The wife thought these ideas were true after reading a book about reliving your past, even if you don’t remember anything from the past the feelings from that time control and even destroy your life.

The husband was thought to be full of unresolved anger, and he ended up exploding. A therapist that also worked in neurology noticed that his eyes darted back and forth oddly. There was also a slight tremor in his hand that psychologists thought was seething rage. The man was sent for a brain scan and found the presence of a rare kind of slow growing tumour that strikes in middle age, but can be removed if caught in time. However, the man died two months after the condition was diagnosed. Of course, this is an extreme example, but it brings home the message of being over-psychoanalytical and you might not be as screwed up as you think.

In Seth speaks:

Psychoanalysis is simply a game of hide and seek, in which you continue to relinquish responsibility for your actions and reality and assign the basic cause to some part of the psyche, hidden, dark forest of the past. Then you give yourself the task of finding this secret. In doing so you never think of looking for it in your conscious mind, since you are convinced that all deep answers lie far beneath. The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific, Practical Techniques for Solving Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know (A Seth Book)

When we enter into the watery realm of feelings we begin to look deeper into our inner selves. The water houses are those deeper levels of the unconscious, which we all have in common. Jung called them ancient riverbeds along which our psychic current flows revealing and underlying. It is the very basis of the way we perceive the world and the inner patterns of our psychic development. The water houses can be overshadowing, enveloping, sometimes smothering. The water houses as a whole, encompass the whole of the family tree and can be weighted with issues dealing with guilt, shame, negative feelings, addictions, grief, sadness, and victimisation.

 The water signs/houses are in touch with their feelings, in tune with the nuances and subtleties that many others don’t even notice. The water element represents the realm of deep emotions and feeling responses, ranging from compulsive passions to overwhelming fears. Astrology, Psychology & the Four Elements: An Energy Approach to Astrology & Its Use in the Counseling Arts 

Many of us have read books like the excellent Your Secret Self: Illuminating the Mysteries of the Twelfth House , and we are urged to face the ghosts of the past, and meet with our inner demons and angels. However, there is a need to find a healthy balance in this area of astrology psychology and not be irrationally obsessed with what is lying dormant in the unconscious, and only focusing on the negative, heading off in search of  repressed memories that don't exist. The water signs and houses and those with powerful aspects involving the Moon, Neptune and Pluto fall into the trap of being drowned by their inner-complexes, neuroses, and fixations. In dealing with this dilemma I found that Stephen Arroyo summed up the meaning and resolution of the water houses concisely in Astrology Psychology and the Four Elements;

The three houses associated with the water signs (4,8,12) make up what is called the “psychic trinity” or the “trinity of the soul. “All of these houses deal with the past, with the conditioned responses which are now instinctual and operate through the emotions. Planets in these houses show what is happening on the subconscious levels and indicate the process of gaining consciousness through the assimilation of the essence of the past, while simultaneously letting go of the useless memories and fears that hold us back. These “water” houses symbolize the most profound yearnings of the soul; for they indicate the process by which emotional residue from the past be purged before the soul can express itself clearly and actively.Astrology, Psychology & the Four Elements: An Energy Approach to Astrology & Its Use in the Counseling Arts

Although the water signs/houses and planets take us back in time, to relive the past, we also learn that Cancer/Moon/4th house reminds us to look after our emotional well being. Pisces/Neptune/12th house develops our compassion helping us to find our own source of spiritual nourishment from within. Through Pluto there is the urge to destroy what we have outgrown. Pluto deepens and matures us through encounters with life we would rather avoid, but it can offer a sense of inner rebirth. We are not trapped in the mire of our emotions and we can gain consciousness and also freedom, eventually, and eventually move away from too much psychoanalyzing.

The Ascendant: Two Versions of the Self

the asendant
As Halloween approaches and the costumes are being prepared it brings home that we all don a psychological mask every time we enter into a public situation. The Ascendant in the chart is what represents this mask and we all have outer surfaces, and when we get to know others we enter into their interior selves. The inside of a person is a unique piece of their world that is theirs and only belongs to them, and it is when we are not wearing our psychological makeup we reveal our hidden self. Astrologer Liz Greene associates the Ascendant with the Two-headed Roman figure of Janus.

"In Roman myth, all gateways and doorways, visible and invisible, were under the rule of the enigmatic two-faced god Janus, who looked both forward and backward, and presided over all futures because they are mirrors of the past. Doorways are not just physical spaces through which we pass, but define separate territories and symbolize the link between one reality and another. The psychological boundary between self and others is invisible, yet as real and effective as a stone wall. We speak of being “walled in” when we cannot communicate, and we often “open doors” to invite another into the private domain of our feelings and dreams…The Ascendant is the point of contact between us and the world, and the two headed Janus is a vivid image of the mysterious way in which our world view is shaped, not by experience, as we like to think, but by our pre-existent images of what the world is like." Mythic Astrology

“The 1st house has also been described as the ‘mask’ or persona we wear and present to the world and this is the face we show strangers, acquaintances and people we meet for the first time. As a result, the Rising Sign often hides our inner personality. It almost feels as if the world is a masked ball in which people are hiding more and more of their true selves. The 1st House, The Astrology Place 

The idea of unmasking our fellow humans possesses a mysterious appeal. We always wonder what people are really like underneath, and when social eyes are not upon us, we are at our most natural, dressing the way we feel and how we are most comfortable. I am not sure at what point in history, we derived these public and personal selves, but there is a definite boundary between a person’s ‘outer and inner life. Perhaps as the domestic walls enclosing us have become more solid our need to understand people as they naturally are has intensified. Programmes such as celebrity Big Brother have massive public appeal as we watch the masks begin to slip off and see more of the individual we otherwise would not see. We have two versions of the self, one private, the other public. When we step out of the door, we stride into our public selves, donning a particular style, adornments, and psychological mask. When we return home we throw off the public persona (mask) and enter into our private world.

Happy Halloween: Zodiac Signs

I noticed many people post Halloween posts early, so here is mine super early!
Aries


"There is no living thing that is not afraid
when it faces danger. The true courage is
in facing danger when you are afraid."

Taurus


"Just Give me the candy."

                               Gemini


"Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble."

Cancer


“Nothing beats a haunted moonlit night on All Hallows eve...And on this fatal night, at this witching time, the starless sky laments black and unmoving. The somber hues of an ominous, dark forest are suddenly illuminated under the emerging face of the full moon.”

Leo


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us."

Virgo


"‘It’s Halloween night, so all you unmarried damsels look into the mirror for there you will see your future husband’s face shimmer."

Libra


“Just like a ghost, you’ve been a-hauntin’ my dreams,
So I’ll propose on Halloween
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky girl like you."

Scorpio


“The strange thing is, this truly horrifying experience planted a seed deep within my heart that germinated and grew into a desire that, I have to admit, I've never completely overcome."



Sagittarius


"From ghoulies and ghosties. And long-leggedy beasties. And things that go bump in the night. Good Lord, deliver us!"

Capricorn 



“Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight
make me a child again
just for to-night!”

Aquarius


"I was working in the lab late one night. When my eyes beheld an eerie sight. For my monster from his slab began to rise. And suddenly to my surprise… He did the mash. He did the monster mash. The monster mash. It was a graveyard smash…"

Pisces


I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

Southern Signs: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces




The southern signs in astrology are also referred to as austral or meridonal signs, are so called because they decline from the equinoctial or celestial equator in a southward direction. They are Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. The southern signs are measured from zero degrees of Libra, the point of where the Sun’s path intersects the celestial equator at the autumn equinox, and contain the final half of the zodiac. The zodiac signs are evolving and are not connected wholly to the self. The Northern signs are all ruled by personal planets: Sun (Leo), Moon (Cancer), Mercury (Gemini and Virgo), Venus (Taurus,) and Mars (Aries). Carter calls the personal signs the most self-centred and self-content and describes Virgo as being the final sign of the self-orientated group as being “wedded to his work” and desiring to be left alone.

We enter Libra, the most dependent signs, one to which a single life, in every sense of the expression, is an incomplete life…Libra contrasts with its co-sign Taurus, with which it is in quincunx, in its sense of yearning. Taurus is easily the most contented of the signs; Libra is haunted by a sense of exile, of “weeping waters of Babylon.”…In Virgo man is offered physical purification before marriage, but, when all should be well, as it was seen on the seventh day - a number reminiscent of this sign - the shadow of the Scorpion seems to fall across its path….The subject of marriage deserves a treatise of its own. We point out that the principles of Libra are the ideals of a lasting satisfying union. ..The contrast with Aries is hardly necessary, for the point is obvious. The most self-reliant of the signs learns that it must contact others, and in Libra the ideal principles reciprocity are portrayed. Adam meets Eve, and loves.

As we can see Libra is the heart and the beginning of the Southern signs of the zodiac, for it is Venus that is a planet of selfish needs, desires and wants on a personal level, but also the ability to form relationships and to create beauty and harmony. As Italian sociologist Francesco Alberroni described falling in love as the flower, the “nascent state “from which can evolve a fruit that is marriage. Libra represents the drive towards union, with other significant persons. Libra’s weakness is being all things to all people, so great is the desire to be liked by everyone. According to esoteric astrology Uranus rules Libra, revealing a secret self-willed side. We also see that our relationships with others it is teaching us to treat people with more tolerance all the way to the highest form of love. The southern signs are ruled by Venus (Libra), Jupiter, (Sagittarius), Saturn (Capricorn), Uranus (Aquarius), Neptune (Pisces), and finally Pluto (Scorpio). The social planets are Jupiter and Saturn and called the bodies of protection and preservation and the outer planets are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto representing the spheres of transformation.

After Libra in relationship we meet ourselves again in more depth through Scorpio’s house the realm and stage of a relationship that is more painful it is the place of death and transformation. As Libra begins autumn, Scorpio takes us into the advent of winter and the slow death of the Earth’s surface, when the colours fade and there is a strange stillness that takes place. Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto, rules the collective shadow and unconscious and correlates to group survival (survive together or perish to a common fate). Pluto refers to dictatorships, power seeking, and collective violence, along with group fanaticism. When Scorpio intrudes on Libra’s world, it acts as a violation of the order, peace, and symmetry of its realm. It is symbolic to the collapsed side of a building that threatens trust in goodness.

Sagittarius is man’s mind expanding, and the opportunity for growth, and we should never knock a gift horse in the mouth, we should take the chances presented to us. Jupiter types love to philosophize and its adjective means calm in adversity. Jupiter is principles, ideas and perceptions of what is good and true. Capricorn ruled by Saturn is a sense of social responsibility everybody contributing something to the world. Jupiter and Saturn in conjunction are often witnessed when new leaders come into power. It has been seen as an important factor in shaping a nation and shows a massive shift in the world. The birth of a new prophet is heralded by the completion of Jupiter-Saturn through all the elements. According to an article in Astrological Considerations Jesus and Mohammad were born during the conjunctions in water. The next great conjunction occurs on 21st December 2020 when Jupiter and Saturn meet at 0’Aquarius and the conjunction will continue in air for the 21st century and beyond.

Saturn and Pluto pair up as the reality planets those slaps in the face we all feel when we experience rejection, struggle, pain, disappointment, frustration, loss, ageing and death. A psychic darkness pervades, unexpressed emotions and the shadow self that may be the saboteur, and the tyranny, controlling life. Saturn and Pluto also represent latent talents that were banished, things that have been undeveloped and unexpressed.

Aquarius is the sign of mankind of breaking through and making the world a better place. The Aquarians are like the torch bearers revealing deep truths about the universe. Even though we are thought to be in the Age of Enlightenment (Aquarius) it is still impossible to answer all questions. Aquarius’ outer planetary ruler, Uranus, often sets its sights on smashing the system, seen as the great anarchist. Uranus rules the great revolutionary movements that have swept the globe, equalizing rules, genders, and classes of people. Uranus in the birth chart acts on a broader level, expanding and opening our minds to humanity on a larger scale. The planet is breaking through the known boundaries. In contrast, as technology has advanced, there has also been a natural antagonism towards progress that was having a dehumanizing impact while scientists, engineers have applauded the giant steps and mankind’s mission to conquer nature. Technology has also been viewed as an alien force intruding on our lives, while advancing it.

The outer planets are about extending the self into unknown territory. The unknown can be exciting or frightening. In the outer sign group of people we find the musicians, artists, visionaries, scientists, psychologists and healers opening the doors of perception. As Robert Oppenheimer once remarked, “live always at the ‘edge of mystery’ - the boundary of the unknown. The outer planets do not represent personal drives and apply to stages of evolution as a whole and play a role in human destiny.

Uranus rules the randomness in life as if alerting us to the glitch in the matrix and that there are surprises and a great deal of freewill, and its biggest meaning seems to relate to mind over matter. While in Pluto’s landscape the ‘die is cast’, identifying with the point of no return. We could all live like The Dice Man and hand over every decision to the roll of a dice, but fate and freewill will always follow man to his grave.

Neptune is the collective sea of emotions, and hidden transmission of symbols reaching our hidden or dormant receptors, ruling the spiritual world and divine nature. We head homeward to the true and heavenly self. Neptune captures us through dreams, longings and yearnings and we can see it through what is glamorous and fashionable and what sweeps us up in a magical embrace. The figure of the mermaid is Neptune and entices us with promises of belonging, merging and of being wrapped up and protected from the reality of life.

The outer signs are the exploration of the larger themes that concerns each and every one of us.

Uranus in 3rd House: Universal Knowledge


Those with Uranus in the 3rd house can take the cosmos and knowledge about life in the universe far beyond its present state, to a new level of insight. In astrology, Uranus is the planet of rapid change, sudden realizations, and seeks freedom of the mind beyond boundaries. It connects to speeded up thought patterns, moving faster than the average person. The flashes of Uranus insights are often delivered as a kind of mental download, and they usually have no idea how they have arrived at their conclusion.

The mind holds something of a futuristic vision and predicts trends of forthcoming events. There appears to be a link with communicating telepathically, intuitive thinking and thoughts being transmitted. The famous Seth Speaks is a case of channelled information and it was said to have had an awakening effect on others especially the New Age thinkers. Uranian minds are more open than others and act as a gateway.  Uranus thinking can have a way of illuminating, shocking and waking people up to a different kind of reality.

Usually with Uranus in the 3rd house  there is spontaneous, brilliant, and unique way of processing ideas. Other times the ideas are too abstract, out there, and unconventional. An original turn of mind is usually present, but with originality nothing exists in a vacuum and a new discovery is really about realizing the potential that already exists. In many ways, Uranus people search for answers on a universal level to find our cosmic significance, to resolve a sense of mediocrity a sense of limitation to our lives.

Uranus in the 3rd house is often interested in planetary systems, futuristic ideas, as in astronomy, astrology and inquiry into our cosmic origins.  We call this the Age of Aquarius and that means we are entering more into the Age of the Universe, and we will discover how its fate is inextricably bound up with the lives of human beings. Uranus as a planet is geared towards scientific investigation or mathematical puzzles, solving the mystery of the universe and our place in the cosmos.

Uranus thinks about the universal picture and the bigger cosmological design. For example, if you take the multiple of 9 like (18, 27, 36, 45,) and add up the digits (1+8, 2+7, 3+6, etc.), you always get a nine back, now most people may not think much of it, but the Uranian mind begins to see a pattern an orderly rhythm, and a hidden harmony to life. As we see evidence of a design in precise geometrical laws it brings us closer to the truth.

Astrology witnesses this evidence of a purposeful pattern to life and the key to enlightenment can be found in such subjects as mathematics, science and horoscope reading. Uranus subjects reveal a higher mind, plan, and divine order of the universe. Uranus in the 3rd house has a brilliance of the mind, with a talent and liking for unusual subjects, and sometimes believing they have special gifts and a particular message for mankind.

Uranus here can indicate a person with one big, bright idea in their lifetime or a series of them. The madness of Uranus only seems that way to those bound up in facts and the world of form and it often requires a leap into the unknown.

Mercury-Pluto: Only the Paranoid Survive

mercury pluto aspect

Mercury conjunct, square or opposite Pluto are people that love to probe the depths intellectually of any situation.  A few Mercury-Pluto individuals live for conspiracy whether it is 9/11, the death of Diana, the Da Vinci code, Moon Landing, or Area 51. Mercury-Pluto is always circling around questions of how and why, and the ulterior motives behind it. They are drawn to clandestine, undercover and covert operations. As people possess secrets they also exist on a broader level, and a big event will always have some intrigue involved that is complicated, complex and impenetrable. Those with Mercury-Pluto contacts know there is more to the story and something doesn't completely add up.

Often talented at uncovering information Mercury-Pluto is highly skilled as undercover detectives, occult specialists, and psychology experts. Correspondingly, it can reflect a tendency so deeply rooted in the psyche in relation to evolutionary history reflecting the ability to tap into knowledge that has been amassed over thousands of years, and they are closely attuned to our instinct for survival with an endless desire to know. Knowledge is power for these individuals and they can go below the surface, digging beneath, and always searching for more information. These people are never satisfied with simple answers and need to find the hidden meaning of anything.

Pluto bestows the mind with intense power, and often these people believe that the intensity of the mind can alter the material plane. What’s more is that these individuals have thoughts that are often charged with heavy emotions and what is said or revealed can be quite devastating. Sometimes it can create a fear in the mind and they may need to counter some of the more negative thoughts. However, on the positive side, these people can bring about transformation just by the power of words, and by reaching people at a deep level.

Pluto symbolizes the underworld, and corruption, and the power of perception. Mercury-Pluto just often knows things without being told, but if it is not challenged constructively it can lead to paranoia, suspicion, and descent into darkness. Still, as the popular proverb goes in the 1990s - Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not plotting against you. Pluto in astrology is related to intimacy and that means a select few to trust. They seem to absorb the information about the behaviour of others and they usually hone in quickly to when a friend is behaving unusually, a colleague is unwilling to share something and a stranger is not to be trusted.

Mercury-Pluto can pick up on what is inferred, alluded to and unintended. In this way, the type might also be attracted to powerful literature, or something quite dark in material and transforming pieces of work. With a natural affinity for psychoanalysis as a kind of therapy Mercury-Pluto takes us to the other side of understanding in an attempt to gain a far-reaching and penetrating view of life. As Pluto relates to the deeper ranges of the conscious mind they are intermediary communicators between the conscious and the unconscious.

The Zodiac of Wild Women

Quotes taken from the book on the Wild Words from Wild Women.

Aries

I don't have the time every day to put on makeup. I need time to clean my rifle.

Taurus

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.

Gemini

Show me someone here who does not gossip, and I'll show you someone who isn't interested in people.

Cancer

A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to mother - and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment.

Leo

I would live in a communist country providing I was Queen.

Virgo

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.

Libra

Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It is beyond me.

Scorpio

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.

Sagittarius

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.

Capricorn

What I wanted to be when I grew up was - in charge.

Aquarius

We cannot take anything for granted, beyond the first mathematic formulae. Question everything else.

Pisces

I have too many fantasies to be a housewife...I guess I am a fantasy.

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