Planetary Joys

The Planetary Joys

The planetary joys, a Hellenistic composition for the seven visible planets, suggests that the meaning of certain places naturally compliments the nature of the classical (visible) planets. When planets are in their Joys, their qualities freely align with the significance of their corresponding places.

A planet rejoices when located in a house that favors the liberal expression of its characteristics. While modern astrology defines houses relative to signs (i.e., the meaning of the second house echoes the sign of Taurus and its ruler, Venus), the Joys suggest that certain planets, independent of sign placement, rejoice in specific houses as a result of complimentary similitudes. While the signification of houses in Hellenistic astrology derives from considerations such as angularity, house position relative to angular triads, ascendant configurations, and the overall symbolism of the house in astronomical terms, planetary joys are also notable when defining houses. Distinctly, the only angular place occupied by a planet in its joy is that of Mercury, as the significations of the Midheaven, setting, and subterraneous places are descriptive relative to their astronomical locations. Likewise, void of planetary joys, the second and eighth are named the Gate of Hades and Idle places, respectively.

To reiterate, the traditional houses are named as follows:

  • First house: The Helm/ Horoskopos (Mercury’s joy).
  • Second house: Gate of Hades.
  • Third house: Goddess (The Moon’s joy).
  • Fourth house: Subterraneous.
  • Fifth house: Good Fortune (Venus’ joy).
  • Sixth house: Bad Fortune (Mars’ joy).
  • Seventh house: Setting.
  • Eighth house: Idle.
  • Ninth: God (The Sun’s joy).
  • Tenth house: Midheaven.
  • Eleventh house: Good Spirit (Jupiter’s joy).
  • Twelfth house: Bad Spirit (Saturn’s joy).

Origin of the Planetary Joys

References to the planetary joys are initially authenticated in the early decades of the first century CE, when contemporaries Thrasyllus and Manilius introduced texts on the houses and planetary joys. [1] In Thrasyllus’s Pinax, later cited by Valens, Porphyry and Hephaistio, there is allusion to earlier sources, such as the pseudepigrapha of Nechepso and Petosiris and Hermes Trismegistus. According to Thrasyllus, Hermes Trismegistus is the foremost source for the documentation of the planetary joys. Thrasyllus attributes the doctrine of the twelve houses to Hermes, who first used the names for the houses and their connection to the planetary joys. For example, Thrasyllus notes that Hermes ascribes one of the first house significations to ‘siblings’. While not in accordance with the later tradition attributing brothers and sisters to the third place, it does correlate with Mercury’s Joy in the Helm, since one of Mercury’s primordial significations is siblings.

Planetary Joys and the Elements

In his article,The Planetary Joys and the Origins of the Significations of the Houses and Triplicities,” Chris Brennan finds correlations between triplicities and house significations. In Hellenistic astrology, the planetary joys surround the four angular triads. In this arrangement, each angle correlates to an element. Of the fire triplicity (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) the Sun and Jupiter encase the Midheaven. To the left of the wheel, Saturn and Mercury, rulers of the air triplicity (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), surround the angular triad of the Ascendant. Mars, of the water triplicity (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces), is found to the right, near the seventh, or ‘setting’ place. Finally, alluding to the density of earth (the triplicity of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), the nethermost angular triad of the subterraneous place is enshrouded by Luna and Venus. [1]

Planetary Joys

The seven classical planets in their Joys.

Aristotelian Physics, Stoicism, and the Four Elements

According to Aristotelian gravity, all bodies move toward their natural places. For the elements earth and water, that place is the center of the (geocentric) universe; the natural place of water is a concentric shell around the earth because earth is heavier; it sinks in water. However, if the zodiacal correspondences followed Aristotle’s framework, fire signs would oppose air, and water would oppose earth. Logical inconsistencies regarding Aristotle’s elemental hierarchy made it challenging to incorporate the elements with the planetary joys. Aristotle’s system places fire directly above earth, despite fire’s qualitative opposition to water. In other words, because fire is hot and dry, and water is cold and wet, the two elements should be placed in opposition.

The planetary joy’s elemental system appearing in Valens’ work adheres to the scheme conceptualized by Stoicism, the Hellenistic branch of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens, during the early third century BC. Of the four elements, the Stoics identify fire and air as active, and water and earth as passive. These divisions mirror the diurnal/ spirit and nocturnal/ corporeal associations of the Joys. The active elements, or at least the principles of hot and cold, combine to form breath, or pneuma, the sustaining cause of all existing bodies. Both Aristotle and the Stoics reject the existence of void space, excluding that it encapsulates the universe. In Stoicism, air is cold and opposes fire (being hot). Moisture is attributed to water, which is opposite to the dryness of earth. In contrast to the Aristotelian system, the Stoics’ conceptual model of the elements parallels the planetary joys.

The Planetary Joys and Elemental Hierarchy

The positioning of the planetary joys reflects an elemental hierarchy. Just as fire rises to the highest region, Jupiter and the Sun are clustered around the Midheaven. Echoing air‘s ascension towards fire, Saturn and Mercury (the air triplicity rulers) appear to ‘rise’ over the Ascendant. Mars, slightly elevated from the earth triplicity, corresponds to water and is located near the seventh or setting place. Below, Luna and Venus encircle the subterraneous place, alluding to earth, the densest element. Essentially, the planets are arranged in an elemental hierarchy as follows:

    The Sun and Jupiter, of the fire triplicity, join the Midheaven.
    Saturn and Mercury, of the air triplicity, join the Ascendant.
    Mars, of the water triplicity, joins the setting, or seventh place.
    The Moon and Venus, of the earth triplicity, join the subterraneous place.

An Overview of the Planetary Joys

A distinct hallmark of the planetary joys is their arrangement via sect. The diurnal planets rise above the horizon while the nocturnal planets set below it. Mirroring his ability to join either sect, Mercury rejoices in the first house, where the midpoint between both hemispheres (using whole-sign houses), unites the diurnal and nocturnal spheres of spirit and matter, respectively.

The concept of planetary joys calibrates the balance between sect luminaries, benefics, and malefics. The luminaries are opposite each other, as the Sun rises in the ninth place of ‘God’, while the Moon sets below, in the third place of ‘Goddess’. The Greater and Lesser Benefics, Jupiter and Venus, respectively, are also arranged in opposition. Jupiter is poised in the tenth placed of ‘Good’ Spirit, opposing Venus in the fifth place of ‘Good’ Fortune. Furthermore, the Greater and Lesser Malefics, Saturn and Mars, obtain the opposing places of ‘Bad’ Spirit and ‘Bad’ Fortune, respectively. Again, Mercury retains the first place or Helm, symbolically merging both hemispheres.

Planetary Joys

The seven classical planets in their Joys, relative to the elements.

Planetary Joys, Elements, and Angular Triad Correspondences

  • Mercury: The Helm (first place). Mercury corresponds to air and the angular triad of the Ascendant.
  • The Moon: Goddess (third place). Earth and the angular triad of the subterraneous place.
  • Venus: ‘Good’ Fortune (fifth place). Earth and the subterraneous place.
  • Mars: ‘Bad’ Fortune (sixth place). Mars singularly corresponds to water and the setting, or seventh place.
  • Sun: God (ninth place). Fire and the angular triad of the Midheaven.
  • Jupiter: ‘Good’ Spirit (eleventh place). Fire and the angular triad of the Midheaven.
  • Saturn: ‘Bad’ Spirit (twelfth place). Air and the angular triad of the Ascendant.

Planetary Joys: As Above, So Below

As the two hemispheres divide the planetary joys by sect, this bifurcation equally addresses the distinction between the spirit and body. Planets situated above the horizon pertain to matters relating to the soul, while planets below (the horizon) correlate to physical phenomena. When in their Joys, the Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn affect the realm of spirit, while the Moon, Venus, and Mars influence the realm of matter (or the body). When in the Helm (via whole sign houses), Mercury has the ability to affect both hemispheres, symbolically inferring his ability to oscillate between both realms.

Of the fire triplicity, the Sun’s joy in the ninth place is traditionally associated with prophecy, divination, and truth as it relates to counsel, religious beliefs, and spiritual guidance. These matters are said to elevate the soul’s journey, alluding to the spirit realm. As the fire triplicity’s Greater Benefic rejoices in the eleventh place of benefactors and confidants, the spirit unites in friendship with a fellow soul. Of the air triplicity, the Greater Malefic’s joy enshrouds the place of confinement, suggestive of Saturn’s potential to afflict the spirit via anguish, enmities, and other mental phenomena.

Opposite the diurnal sect is its nocturnal counterpart: the Moon, Venus, and Mars. Associated with corporeal experiences, the night Joys concretize the spirit realm into matter. Opposite the ninth place of God is the Goddess Luna, the traditional indicator of correspondences, orations, and writers, rejoicing in the place which organically conducts said matters. Here, the abstract realm of spirit (ninth place), as it pertains to divination and religion, is reflected by the swifter luminary, solidifying the metaphysical insights of the ninth place via practical information, and human interaction.

The corporeal realm is auspicious and procreative in the fifth place of ‘Good’ Fortune, bestowing children (implying all forms of creation) and pleasure. These earthly, Venusian themes manifest through the physical vessel. Challenges indicated by Mars’ Joy in the sixth effect the body (contrasting the spirit’s affliction via Saturn’s Joy), manifesting as possible maladies and injuries.

The Planetary Joys: Summary

A planet is said to ‘rejoice’ when situated in a house that benefits the liberal expression of its characteristics. The planetary joys, a Hellenistic composition for the seven visible planets, suggests that the meaning of certain places naturally compliments the nature of the seven classical planets. Clearly, hermetic principles embody the arrangement of the planetary joys. When illustrating the rejoicing of planets above the macrocosmic hemisphere (spirit), a microcosmic counterpart (matter) is mirrored below.


References:

1. Brennan, Chris, “The Planetary Joys and the Origins of the Significations of the Houses and Triplicities,” originally published in the International Society for Astrological Research Journal, Vol. 42, No. 1, April 2013.

2. Valens, Vettius, Anthologies.

Etchings by K. Kalynovych.


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Sun Square Moon

Sun Square Moon

Max Ernst, War of Two Roses, 1955, oil on panel

Sun Square Moon

The Sun Square Moon in the Natal or Birth Chart

Natives with the Sun-Moon square (90° angle) configuration in the natal chart are born under a half-Moon, with Luna either waxing or waning.

Although a dynamic aspect, the Sun-Moon square does suggest tension and conflict between the ego and the emotions. Unresolved issues surge between what one wishes to project (the outer expression of the self) and what one requires on a fundamentary level (the inner self, including one’s intimate sense of security). Often, this behavioral pattern parallels environmental conditions present in the native’s early life. First impressions of one’s immediate environment were witnessed as a series of disparate perspectives, usually between parental figures.

Sun-Moon square natives can become enveloped in overly argumentative and defensive relationships, echoing life’s early environment, where relating, compromising, and understanding was challenging amongst adults. While the tendency is to blame past experiences for present conditions and setbacks, this mindset must be relinquished in order to progress beyond the Sun-Moon square. Although challenging, the objective is to release the past and commit to the improvement of the present and future.

Usually, the individual is split into two personalities, where the conscious, willful aspect of the self is one which becomes readily identifiable to the native. However, the more subconscious personality, indicative of the Moon, is more often than not, more easily perceived by the outer world. In other words, self-identification tends to be processed through the lens of the ego (or Sun). The Sun-Moon square, as a result, is expressed by frustration, irritability, and emotional excess, until the full spectrum of the personality is adequately integrated in a manner that is conscious to the native.

Working with Sun-Moon square natives, one notable pattern is that, often, separation or divorce between parents occurs during the native’s childhood or adolescence. Parental figures possess entirely disparate world-views and approaches to life, a fractal that is subconsciously interpreted by the child and, if not mindful, is cyclically re-enacted throughout adulthood.

Sun Square Moon

Max Ernst, Configuration No.16, 1955

The Square Configuration or Aspect in the Natal Chart

The square is a 90° angle with a 6° orb range. Planets in a square aspect share modalities (cardinal, mutable, fixed).

The square aspect is considered dynamically challenging, since its difficulties propel significant work on the issues indicated by the planets involved. Planets in the square aspect are at cross-purposes: their tension can produce frustration, although diligent labor and perseverance can foster triumph. The level of resolution over the square aspect is the result of successful integration of two disparate principles (here, the Sun, our will, and the Moon, our emotional cores). Because this aspect is considered to be traditionally challenging, we look to the signs and places/ houses involved in order to understand where adjustments, integration, and patient application must be employed. Again, with the square aspect, growth is always the result of incessant laboriousness, but this should not suggest that its limitations are without resolve. For the purposes of this article, it is also helpful to understand sect, in order to understand a chart’s diurnal or nocturnal components, and further understand the significance of the planets involved.

* Note: Single aspects should neither be isolated nor fixated upon in interpretation, as the overall chart can demonstrate mitigating or contradictory factors. Instead, a thorough chart analysis will bring the necessary clarity and cohesion of celestial influences.

Meaning of the Sun in Astrology

The Sun represents the visible intelligence and perception of the soul. The solar orb is, in essence, the all-bountiful fire that supports the existence of life. Therefore, the Sun indicates the central, physical vitality and conservation of each human organism. The Sun oversees the ego and moral principles, as indicated by self-esteem and conscientiousness.

The Sun Correspondences in Astrology

The Sun, (Helios in Greek, called amongst poets and historians as Sol, Titan, Ilios, Phoebus, Apollo, Pean, Osiris, Diespiter) is hot and dry, of choleric temperament (considered more temperate than Mars), masculine, and the luminary of the diurnal sect. Placed in the center of all planets, he passes through all twelve zodiacal signs once per year. His mean notion is 59 minutes and 8 seconds, yet his diurnal motion is sometimes 57 minutes and 16 seconds (sometimes more, but never exceeding 61 minutes and 6 seconds). The Sun always moves in the ecliptic and is void of latitude. [1] In Hellenistic astrology, the Sun finds his joy in the ninth place.

The Sun has his domicile in Leo, is exalted at 19° Aries, in adversity/ detriment in Aquarius, and receives his depression/ fall at 19° Libra. By day, the Sun governs the fiery triplicity (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, respectively). The Sun is always direct, and although his pace in movement can oscillate, he is never retrograde. His day is Sunday, overseeing the first and eighth hours. He befriends all planetary bodies, aside from his energetic resistance, Saturn.

Sun Square Moon

Max Ernst, After Me My Only Sleep, 1958

Correspondences of the Moon in Traditional Astrology 

The Moon’s nature is cold and wet. She is feminine, principally phlegmatic, and of nocturnal sect. Luna is the traditional, domicile lord/ ruler of Cancer, exalted in Taurus (degree of exaltation: 3° Taurus), in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Capricorn, and in depression/ ‘fall’ in Scorpio. In traditional astrology, the Moon finds her Joy in the 3rd place. Along with the Sun, she is considered a luminary, and will have more or less significance in one’s chart relative to sect. Her taste is salty and governs silver and glass substances.

The Moon’s General Meaning and Natal Significance

Luna, or the Moon, is a receptive, mirroring luminary that usually absorbs the qualities or characteristics of other planets. The Moon is associated with the body, the mother or maternal guardian in the native’s early life, sensitivity, and intuition. She is oscillating and unstable, referred to as ‘wandering’ in traditional astrology. The Moon is our emotional core, indicative of our needs, in contrast to our desires.

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December 2018 Astrological Forecast

2018 December Astrological Forecast

Carstian Luyckx, Vanitas – Still Life With Celestial Globe, oil on panel, 1650

2018 December Astrological Forecast

Ingresses

The day of Saturn marks the start of December, while the waning Virgo Moon surveys this year’s culmination. Venus revisits Scorpio the following day (12/2/18), as Mercury‘s direct station (12/6/18), also in Scorpio, precedes the New Moon in Sagittarius (12/7/18). Until the twelfth of December, Mercury remains in Scorpio. Thereafter, the Aquarian apogee Moon illuminates Mercury’s ingress into Sagittarius (12/12/18), passing its shadow zone by the twenty-fourth. Venus and Mars remain in Scorpio and Pisces, respectively, until the end of December, when Mars ingresses into Aries, its cardinal, diurnal domicile. Finally, the Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter blaze through the Archer, until the solstice sees the Sun’s ingress into Saturn-ruled Capricorn.

December’s Air-Void

Until the Capricorn solstice, an elemental water-fire combination dominates December’s celestial compass, while an air-void permeates the backdrop. Water-fire compositions develop emotional and intellectual experience, combining perceptual depth with necessary detachment. The month’s persistent air-void, however, can challenge our capacity to incorporate new ideas and maintain objective reflection. As the solstice ushers the Capricorn Sun’s earthy contribution to December’s elemental structure, focus is placed on activity, emotions, and the material sphere. An air-void, however, suggests the omission of intellectual assimilation. Because air’s unifying quality enables swift adjustment to new perspectives (including people), self-analysis and objectivity can be a challenging balance to employ.

December 2018 Astrological Forecast

Adriaen van Cronenburch, Lady and Girl, oil on panel, 1568

The Capricorn Solstice

The Capricorn solstice, on December twenty-first (5:22 PM ET), portends the Sun’s six-month passage. Activating the Northern Hemisphere’s shortest day, the solstice envelops the Southern Hemisphere’s lengthier days with sweltering climate. As the nodal axis bestrides Cancer-Capricorn, its first, partial solar eclipse occurs at 15°25′ Capricorn (1/6/19).

Saturn, posited at the Sun-Pluto midpoint, forges the weight of power in the governmental sphere. Organizations in the public sector, such as law enforcement and police ‘services’, can be coerced to consolidate existing societal ranks. Heralding the Saturn-Pluto cycle, the emphasis is on commerce, an unsustainable economy, and hierarchical structures. Like the bifurcation properties of November’s Full Moon in Gemini, conflict can erupt from humanity’s uncooperative extremism.

Mars into Aries

December’s closure emits the first arc minutes of Mars’ ingress into the Warrior, Aries. In his domicile, Mars in Aries readily possesses the tools to initiate and consummate its quest. Depending on Mars’ presence (via sect, dignity, placement, and aspects), we may experience Mars’ more constructive qualities regarding a specific sector in our charts. Whereas November witnessed both Benefics (Venus and Jupiter) in their respective domiciles, December’s curtains draw with Saturn and Mars (the Greater and Lesser Malefics, respectively), in their domiciles (Capricorn and Aries).

December 2018 Lunations

On December 7th, 2018, the New Moon at 15°07′ Sagittarius conjoins fixed star Hercules, and squares the exact Mars-Neptune conjunction. Disposited by Jupiter, this is the second, consecutive lunation activating a Moon-Mars square. Notably, the last New Moon, at 17°16′ Sagittarius, with Jupiter at 27°45′ Sagittarius, occurred eleven years ago, on December 9th, 2007.

At 0°49′ Cancer, December’s Full Moon follows the winter solstice, calibrating the intricate balance between nurture and achievement. An ameliorating pause from the ferocity propelled from the prior two lunations’ squares to Mars, December’s Full Moon offers unexpected pleasantries, excitement, and reconciliatory possibilities. This auspicious lunation, disposited by Luna, conjoins fixed star Betelgeuse and sextiles Uranus. In the backdrop, the Venus-Neptune trine activates creativity and compassion.

Saturn Cazimi

Saturn Cazimi occurs on the second of January, exact at 11°31′ Capricorn. This Cazimi is opportune for cementing long-term endeavors, provided that we willingly execute the laborious persistence required by Saturn. Saturn Cazimi will be fully explored in a forthcoming post.

December 2018 Astrological Forecast

Edwaert Collier, Vanitas Still Life With Skull on Reversed Crown, 88.5 x 112.5 cm., 1642

December 2018 Astrological Forecast Calendar

  • 11/30/18: Venus opposite Uranus at 29°08′ Libra-Aries (8:56 PM ET).
  • 12/1/18: Mercury retrograde at 29°59′ Scorpio (6:12 AM ET), Moon into Libra, square Saturn at 7°57′ Libra-Capricorn (11:44 PM ET).
  • 12/2/18: Sun square Mars at 10°44′ Sagittarius-Pisces (6:33 PM ET), Venus ingresses into its detriment, Scorpio (12:02 PM ET), Chiron trine Nodes at 27°55′ Pisces-Cancer-Capricorn.
  • 12/5/18: Sun square Neptune at 13°43′ Sagittarius-Pisces (5:29 PM ET).
  • 12/6/18: Mars conjunct Neptune at 13°44′ Pisces (9:42 AM ET), Mercury stations direct at 27°18′ Scorpio (4:22 PM ET) decan III, Moon into Sagittarius.
  • 12/7/18: Mercury trine North Node at 27°42′ Scorpio-Cancer (12:42 AM ET), New Moon at 15°07′ Sagittarius (2:19 AM ET), Mars conjunct Neptune at 13°44′ Pisces (9:11 AM ET)
  • 12/9/18: Moon into Capricorn.
  • 12/11/18: Moon into Aquarius, Sun in Sagittarius, decan II.
  • 12/12/18: Apogee Moon, Mercury ingresses into its detriment, Sagittarius (6:43 PM ET).
  • 12/13/18: Neptune trine Ceres at 13°47′ Pisces (7:29 PM ET).
  • 12/14/18: Moon into Pisces.
  • 12/15/18: First Quarter Moon at 23°27′ Pisces.
  • 12/16/18: Moon into Aries, Mars sextile Pluto at 20°06′ Pisces-Capricorn (1:59 AM ET), Venus sextile Saturn at 9°34′ Scorpio-Capricorn (9:18 AM ET).
  • 12/18/18: Moon into Taurus.
  • 12/19/18: Sun square Chiron at 27°56′ Sagittarius-Pisces (4:40 PM ET).
  • 12/20/18: Sun trine Uranus at 28°43′ Sagittarius-Aries (11:08 AM ET).
  • 12/21/18: Moon into Gemini, Capricorn Solstice (5:23 PM ET), Sun ingresses into Capricorn, decan I, Venus trine Neptune at 13°53′ Scorpio-Pisces (11:47 AM ET), Mercury conjunct Jupiter at 9°34′ Sagittarius (12:29 PM ET).
  • 12/22/18: Full Moon at 0°49′ Cancer, decan I, (12:48 PM ET).
  • 12/24/18: North Node direct at 26°50′ Cancer (6:48 AM ET), Moon into Leo, Mercury square Neptune at 13°57′ Sagittarius-Pisces (7:32 PM ET).
  • 12/26/18: Venus at perihelion.
  • 12/27/18: Mars trine North Node at 26°53′ Pisces-Cancer (6:00 AM ET), Venus sextile Lilith retrograde at 19°9′ Scorpio-Capricorn (6:55 AM ET), Venus conjunct Ceres at 19°17′ Scorpio (10:04 AM ET), Moon into Virgo.
  • 12/28/18: Venus sextile Pluto at 20°29′ Scorpio-Capricorn (4:23 PM ET).
  • 12/29/18: Mars conjunct Chiron at 28°4′ Pisces, Last Quarter Moon at 7°36′ Libra.
  • 12/30/18: Pluto sextile Ceres at 20°33′ Capricorn-Scorpio.
  • 12/31/18: Moon into Scorpio, Mars ingresses into its domicile, Aries.

January 2, 2019: Saturn Cazimi, (exact Sun conjunct Saturn) at 11°31′ Capricorn.

January 2019 Eclipses:

  • 1/6/19: Partial Solar Eclipse at 15°25′ Capricorn.
  • 1/21/19: Total Lunar Eclipse at 0°52′ Leo.

References:

Michelsen & Pottenger, The American Ephemeris 2000-2050 at Midnight.


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Jupiter Cazimi

img_1533November 2018 Jupiter Cazimi

When in its own domicile, a planet is considered impervious to the Sun’s beams. As Jupiter approaches the King’s Heart on 11/26/18, he will be enveloped within 16 arc minutes of the solar rays. This condition, known as Cazimi, is the Medieval astrological term that defines closely conjoined planets (within 16 arc minutes).* When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. In the case of Jupiter, he will be doubly fortified, considering he is already in his domicile.

Jupiter Cazimi (in Sagittarius): Fiery Fortitude

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While Jupiter Cazimi occurs yearly, Jupiter Cazimi in Sagittarius occurs once every twelve years. Exact at 3°56′ Sagittarius, both the Sun and Jupiter are joined in a stellium with Mercury retrograde. The exact Jupiter Cazimi chart, while nocturnal, does have the sect‘s malefic, Mars, in applying square to the Sun and Mercury. Likewise, the waning Cancerian Moon (in domicile) opposes Pluto. The malefic contrary to sect (Saturn), although in his domicile, is angular in the fourth place. In electional astrology, a foundational principle is to avoid placing malefics in angular houses, especially if contrary to sect. Although Saturn is dignified and slightly mitigating Mars via sextile, in a night chart, angular Saturn, coupled with challenging aspects (in this case, applicable to both Saturn and Mars) are fundamental themes to avoid. While there are positive features to this chart, the benefits of Cazimi do not necessarily override its challenges.

The King’s Heart

When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE. *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. William Lilly, for example, extends Cazimi to 17′. Considering all three variations, I choose to focus and work within the 16′ range. 


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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Full Moon in Gemini

Full Moon in Gemini

Roberto Echaurren Matta, Here, Sir Fire, Eat! oil on canvas, 1942

Full Moon in Gemini: Tempering the Twins

Heralding the bifurcation of singular experience, pulverizing the illusory blueprint of solidarity, November’s Luna illuminates the starry Twins of Castor and Pollux. Unfurling the illimitable boundaries of dual existence, Gemini’s urgency stems from the necessity to engorge itself with unembellished, mobile perception. Without time for complacency or dogmatism, Gemini whirls to amalgamate experience, embracing both the chaos and splendor of earth. It sprints past singularity, past the shatterings of solidity, anxiously unearthing the capacity to encrypt life.

As the airy trigon’s initiator, what, then, propels the mutable Twins? Unrestrained by the margins of meaning and interpretation, the raw facts of human perception are Gemini’s ultimate terminals.

The Full Moon in Gemini culminates the tempering of the Twins’ exhaustive mobility. As key participants of this lunation, the double-bodied signs require the calibration of overt flexibility. Piscean Mars, a cautionary sphere of boiling plasma, poises at the Full Moon’s precipice, portending the necessary temperance of ferocity. Disposited by Mercury retrograde, simultaneously under the beams and in its detriment, this lunation heralds the necessity for patient equilibrium and discernment amidst a plethora of options.

Full Moon in Gemini

Roberto E. Matta, Black Virtue, oil on canvas, 1943

Gemini Decan I: The Scribe’s Art

At 0°52′ Gemini, the Full Moon’s decan is surveyed by Jupiter and Mercury. Unencumbered by the material sphere, the first decan of the Twins curiously explores the infinitesimal scope of cerebral consciousness. Agrippa portrays the Twins’ first decan as “serving another”, one that “granteth wisdom”, along with “the knowledge of numbers and arts in which there is no profit.” Unrestrained by earthly gain, a vast cerebral pleasure erupts. Here is the amplification of service through the vehicle of knowledge. The mind’s elasticity is stretched to interminable limits, gorging itself with a broad scope of abstract sciences, arithmetic, literary skills, and craftsmanship.

Picatrix forges this decan as “the art of the scribe, [that of] reckoning, of giving and receiving [i.e., trade], and of the sciences.” Again, in Paul Christian’s History and Practice of Magic, decan I of Gemini denotes an “aptness for unprofitable abstract sciences”. The first decan of Gemini combines the amplified wisdom of experiential Jupiter with Mercury’s amalgamation of unfiltered knowledge. Yet throughout these depictions, the joy of learning excludes material profit: the rare scribe is satisfied with the pleasure afforded by wisdom.

Fixed Star Alcyone: A Starry Inner Eye

At 0°52′ Gemini, the Full Moon conjoins Eta Tauri, known as Alcyone, the indicator star of the Pleiades, and corresponds to the third lunar mansion. A controversial star and the brightest of the Pleiades open cluster, Alcyone forms part of the seven stars in the shoulder of the Bull. According to Ptolemy, the nature of Pleiades is akin to the Moon and Mars, echoing this lunation’s caution against potential injuries resulting from impulsivity. In Christian Astrology, Lilly lists the Pleiades as culprits for ocular issues, a prediction echoed by Robson, Ebertin, and Rigor. According to Brady, Alcyone is also linked to the visionary skills of mystical insight and wisdom. The polarizing extremes of this star can be gleamed, for example, in the charts of Jim Jones and Leonardo Da Vinci, where the former native’s ‘spiritual’ quest is warped in judgmental barbarism. Contrastingly, Da Vinci’s inventions and visual art expand the visionary elasticity of Alcyone.

The industriousness of Alcyone, currently at 0° Gemini, echoes the essential nature of Al-Thurraya, the third lunar mansion whose tropical boundaries extend from 25°42’ Aries – 8°34’ Taurus. Positioned in the Mansion of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, this mansion augurs abundance. Noted by Warnock in Mansions of the Moon, although Al-Thurayya is a positive indication regarding career-based prosperity, beauty, and creativity, there is a warning against material and metaphorical over-indulgence, a cautionary reference to this lunation’s Moon-Jupiter opposition. [4]

Roberto Echaurren Matta, Lumiere Noir, oil on canvas, 1942

Full Moon Aspects

Moon Opposite Jupiter, Mars Square Jupiter

This lunation opposes Jupiter, ferociously emblazoned by a Mars-Jupiter square. While the Moon-Jupiter opposition inspires liberation and voluntary initiation, it parallels the third lunar mansion’s caution against intemperance. Excessive literal and metaphorical desires of the material sphere require moderation, while disputes stemming from the assertion of personal freedom are stimulated. The overt mutability of this lunation can manifest as an anxiously deep inquiry into foundational aspirations. While a disquiet temperament can saturate the trajectory of current goals, this lunation is best occupied by measured contemplation.

The Luminaries and Mars ‘Upon the Tenth’

Both the luminaries and Jupiter form applying squares to (Jupiter-ruled) Mars. With Piscean Mars at the apex of this double-bodied configuration (or mutable ‘T-square’ in modern astrology), extreme flexibility and overt adaptability can unintentionally exhaust the distribution and processing of information. Known as ‘upon the tenth’ in Hellenistic astrology, a planet in the tenth sign relative to another planet forms a superior square. In this lunation, Mars is upon the tenth and in a superior square relative to the Moon. The nocturnal, angular Moon readily mirrors the ferocity of Mars, alerting the surge of possible tensions and grievances. For the discouraged minority (despite Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius, as general transits cannot tailor to the exclusive needs of a native’s chart), the Moon-Mars square suggests deliberate and serene action in the face of hidden aggressions.

Mercury Retrograde as Dispositor

Under the Sun’s beams and conjunct Jupiter, Mercury retrograde disposes this brumous lunation from the Archer’s angular stellium. As messenger, Mercury utilizes the electrical energy of thought and the subtle nerve fluids generated by Jupiter. As an oratory lord, Mercury indicates the necessary mental prowess to initiate gnosis. When dignified, Mercurial Gemini is not merely a proficient speaker, he embodies the voice of truth echoed by wisdom. Following Hermes’ wayward waltz, clarity begins to surface by December 7th, unraveling the appropriate path of forward momentum. Currently, this passage can appear bifurcated by the fractals of the Gemini Moon.

Full Moon in Gemini

Roberto Echaurren Matta, The Disasters of Mysticism, oil on canvas, 1942

The Aftermath of the Mercury-Neptune Square

Seemingly independent of this lunation, the Mercury-Neptune square saturating most of November’s backdrop separates, levitating the fog of deception. As a result, blazing the nebulous veil, scorching through the illusory masquerade of deceit, a myriad of previously occult truths surface. While temporarily discouraging, these insights can fortify the underprivileged to commence anew. Now, the gelid candour of earthly wisdom is a sober reminder of the eternal shift between cruelty and grace. The pendulum sways in rhythmic unison to life’s stoic endpoint.

A Divisive Nation: The Full Moon’s Echo

This lunation’s expression extends its divisiveness to the results of the 2018 United States elections. Held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, as the Democratic Party secured control of the House of Representatives and broadened gains at the state level, the Republican Party expanded its presence in the Senate. Indeed, A ‘modern’ nation is uncompromisingly cut at the core by race, education, and region. Increasingly, the U.S. is bifurcated by dual constitutional ideologies and lifestyles. Since 1968, the U.S. has projected a divisive entity, cleaving control of the national government between the Democrats and Republicans. This unyielding polarity contrasts the predominant exclusivity prior to 1968, where the Senate, House of Representatives, and the Presidency was entrusted to the same party per election.

Tethys

Bust of Tethys

Tethys: The Ocean’s Empress

At 0°52′ Gemini, this lunation’s decan is ascribed to Tethys. Often described as a personification of the sea, Tethys is also identified with Thalassa and Amphitrite. Tethys, whose name is derived from the Greek word têthê (meaning ‘nurse’ or ‘grandmother’) is one of the Titans, and the daughter of Uranus and Gaea. She is the wife of Oceanus, birthing the river gods and three-thousand water goddesses, or Oceanids.Gemini’s illimitable nature, as illustrated in its first decan, parallels Tethy’s abundant offspring.

In Greek vase painting, Tethys appears accompanied by Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth, and her fish-tailed husband Oceanos. In mosaic art, she is depicted with a small pair of wings on her brow, signaling her role as mother of rain-couds. With clouds and the wings on Tethys’ brow, the element air is emphasized, as is its levitating quality (associated with Eurynome, Queen of Heaven). The incremental nature of Gemini’s first decan, as a singularity that branches into thousands (as Mother Creation, in connection to Protogenos Thesis), is repeatedly referenced by Tethys’ children, including the Oceanids and Venus.

“Tethys I call, with eyes cærulean bright, hid in a veil obscure from human sight;
Great Ocean’s empress, wand’ring thro’ the deep, and pleas’d with gentle gales, the earth to sweep;
Whose blessed waves in swift succession go, and lash the rocky shore with endless flow:
Delighting in the Sea serene to play, in ships exulting and the wat’ry way.
Mother of Venus [Kypris], and of clouds obscure, great nurse of beasts, and source of fountains pure.
O venerable Goddess, hear my pray’r, and make benevolent my life thy care;
Send, blessed queen, to ships a prosp’rous breeze, and waft them safely o’er the stormy seas.” – Orphic Hymn to Thalassa (the Sea) or Tethys (The Hymns of Orpheus, translated by Taylor Thomas, 1972)

Gemini Talismanic Stones: The Agate and Chrysoprase

While Gemini is said to govern striped stones such as Howlite, its talismanic stones are the Agate and Chrysoprase.
The Agate is a variety of quartz found in different colours, often with alternate layers of red and white known as “ribbon” Agate, also of a milky white. The latter can be artificially colored and, as a result, is obtainable in bright greens, blues, and various tones of grey-purple. Additionally, the Moss Agate is considered favorable for the sight, and was once used by physicians when composing lotions and ointments.

Chrysoprase, like the Agate, is a variety of quartz that acquires its name from the Greek words meaning “golden leek,” in reference to its color, which varies from an opaque yellow-green to a light white-green. Its color can fade from lengthy light and sun exposure, but is remedied if dipped in a solution of nitrate or nickel. According to Albertus Magnus, a Chrysoprase formed the Amulet of Alexander the Great, and Chrysoprase was much used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for signet rings and cameos; and also by the Egyptians, who set it with lapis lazuli. The virtues attributed to the Chrysoprase are said to impart cheerfulness, remove uneasiness, and afford protection to its wearers. It also bestows assiduity in good works, removing greed, covetous desires, bringing success in new enterprises, and true and faithful friends. It is also worn as an amulet against rheumatism and gout.

Full Moon in Gemini

Dioscuri, The Twins, or Castor and Pollux, are the two principal stars of the Gemini constellation. Deemed part divine and part human via conception, the brothers’ dual nature is illustrated via myth. “They were the sons of Leda. Pollux and Helen were the children of Zeus, and Castor was the son of Tyndareus, also the daughter of Clytemnestra.” [8] The true meaning of Castor and Pollux, however, is etymologically derived from the Latin word castus, implying chastity, while Pollux means to defile or pollute. As the self’s bifurcation, The Twins are the dual centers of consciousness.

The cerebrospinal system carries the physio-chemical electricity associated with the energy of Mercury. As messenger, Hermes utilizes the electrical energy of thought and the subtle nerve fluids generated by Jupiter, a combination allocating the necessary mental prowess to deliver gnosis.

The Full Moon in Gemini culminates the tempering of the Twins’ exhaustive mobility. Disposited by Mercury retrograde, simultaneously under the beams and in its detriment, this lunation heralds the necessity for patient equilibrium and discernment amidst a plethora of options. Both the luminaries and Jupiter form applying squares to (Jupiter-ruled) Mars. With Piscean Mars at the apex of this double-bodied configuration (or mutable ‘T-square’ in modern astrology), extreme flexibility and overt adaptability can unintentionally exhaust the distribution and processing of information. Following Hermes’ wayward waltz, clarity begins to surface by December 7th, unraveling the appropriate path of forward momentum. Currently, this passage can appear bifurcated by the fractals of the Gemini Moon.

Full Moon in Gemini

The 2018 November Full Moon in Gemini occurs on the day of Venus, November 23rd, 2018.

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References:

1. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

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7. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology

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10. Robson, Vivian, Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology

* Artwork by the late abstract-expressionist painter, Roberto Echaurren Matta.