Sect in Astrology

Determining Sect in Astrology

Determining sect is both a simple yet potent Hellenistic technique for the purposes of chart delineation. By definition, the word ‘sect’ implies a separation, or bisection, that forms a grouping of astrological similitudes. Sect introduces the concept of astrological alliances (not unlike a ‘religious sect’) that establish unification within a specified division. Essentially, sect divides planets, signs, and hemispheres into two main polarities: diurnal and nocturnal. By doing so, a clearer understanding of planetary affiliation arises, an insight applicable to any given chart. Primarily, sect is a qualitative factor that modifies the benefic or malefic implications of planets in any given chart.

A simple approach to sect identification divides a chart between diurnal (or the quality of day), and nocturnal (or quality of night) polarities. This is easily done by locating the Sun’s relative position to the chart’s horizon. A chart is of diurnal sect as soon as the Sun rises above the exact degree of the Ascendant, since the Ascendant is indicative of the eastern horizon where the Sun rises each morning. [1] Once the Sun’s location is established relative to the horizon, a chart can be pronounced as either diurnal or nocturnal.

Sect Example I.

In ‘Sect Example I’, we clearly witness the Sun, at 19°25′ Libra, in the diurnal hemisphere, above the horizon, and therefore, affirm the diurnal quality, or sect, of this example chart. Locating the Sun’s placement is the first step in sect identification. In other words, we are not yet analyzing other planets or signs in the chart. Once we have established the sect of a chart, we can then identify the attributes of the remaining components.

Planets, Signs, and Hemispheres Relative to Sect

By default, the traditional planets are deemed diurnal if they are masculine, while the nocturnal planets are considered feminine, respectively. For practitioners of modern astrology, please note that, since this is a traditional, Hellenistic technique, outer or ‘transpersonal’ planets remain uninvolved. Therefore, the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn are of the diurnal (or day-time) sect, while the Moon, Venus, and Mars belong to the nocturnal (or night-time) sect.

Malleable Mercury

What about Mercury? Well, the flexible, fleet-footed Messenger takes a neutral stance on the topic of sect. In other words, if poised in a diurnal chart, he naturally remains part of the day-time sect, while adhering to the nocturnal sect if placed in a night-time chart. Back to the ‘Sect Example I’ chart above, Mercury (at 4°18′ Scorpio) is of diurnal sect, strictly relative to the Sun’s location. Were the Sun poised below the horizon, Mercury would nonchalantly transform into a nocturnal planet.

Sect in Astrology

As for signs, those of masculine origin are considered diurnal, namely, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. In contrast, the feminine signs are nocturnal: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.

Regarding the hemispheres, the diurnal sect embraces the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th houses, where planets are visible above the horizon. In contrast, the nocturnal sect overshadows the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th houses, where the planets are ‘invisibly’ placed below the horizon.

Benefic of the Sect in Favor

Perhaps one of the most useful functions of sect is the clarity it bestows upon the behavior of both the benefics and malefics in any given chart. Astrology commonly describes Jupiter as the ‘Greater Benefic’, Venus as the ‘Lesser Benefic’, Saturn as the ‘Greater Malefic’, and Mars as the ‘Lesser Malefic’. However, via sect, while Jupiter functions as the ‘Greater Benefic’ in a diurnal chart, Venus assumes that same role in a nocturnal chart. While Jupiter retains the throne as the Greater Benefic in a diurnal chart, his affirming qualities are lessened within the context of a nocturnal chart. Instead, in a night-time chart, Venus becomes the benefic of the sect in favor, where her reconciliatory nature is heightened as ‘queen’ of the nocturnal sect. Of course, there are mitigating factors that potentially alter the significance of said planets, but overall, this principle remains solidified.

Malefic Contrary to the Sect in Favor

Contrasting benefic planets, the malefic contrary to the sect in favor will behave more potentially challenging, while the more constructive qualities of a malefic will surface as a result of its association with the sect in favor (ie., Saturn in the day and Mars in the night). In other words, in a diurnal chart, the malefic contrary to the sect in favor is Mars, while Saturn retains dominance as malefic contrary to the nocturnal sect. To reiterate, we generally witness the more constructive characteristics of Saturn in a day-time chart, while Mars is considerably more cooperative in a night-time chart.

Sect in Astrology

Astrological references on album’s cover art deserve a separate post.

Saturn’s Sect (Clarified by Blue Öyster Cult)

Having some difficulty understanding why Saturn behaves more constructively during the day as opposed to night? Well, Blue Öyster Cult‘s 1976 single, “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper”, reverberates a solid understanding of Saturn’s natural disposition when paired with the Sun.* [2] Note its succinct insight:

Seasons don’t fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain

See that? The Sun needn’t fear the Reaper: the solar rays are well aware of Saturn’s potentially constructive behavior in a diurnal chart. Firmicus Maternus affirms this in his interpretation of Saturn in the eighth house, nothing that “… if by day, [Saturn] allots an increase in income over a period of time.” [1] However, Saturn’s malefic nature is intensified as the Sun drops below the horizon. In a nocturnal chart, Saturn is said to be “contrary to the sect” in favor (para ten hairesin). In general, malefics become more challenging (as is their natural disposition, in contrast to benefics) when they are contrary to a sect, be it Saturn in a night chart or Mars in a day chart. Here, the subjectively negative significations of the malefics become aggravated, behaving in a more (comparatively) deleterious manner.

Sect in Astrology

Diurnal and Nocturnal Planets from ‘Positive’ to ‘Negative’

Identifying Planets in a Diurnal Chart

Sect in Astrology

Diurnal Chart I

Beginning with the Sun, we witness its placement in the diurnal hemisphere, above the eastern horizon of the Ascendant degree. Therefore, with this day-time chart, the Sun is of diurnal sect, and becomes the luminary in favor. As a result, Jupiter is the benefic of the sect in favor, and his affirming, subjectively positive qualities are naturally amplified in this chart. Additionally, Mercury becomes part of the day-time sect, as a direct result of the Sun’s placement. In this chart, the more constructive qualities of Saturn can surface, as the malefic contrary to the sect in favor is Mars. With this diurnal chart, since Mars is the benefic contrary to the sect in favor, he will be the more subjectively challenging component of the sect and chart, respectively. Note that, for the purposes of this article, we are merely isolating planetsand hemispheres relative to sect. Therefore, all other forms of chart delineation are excluded.

Identifying Planets in a Nocturnal Chart

Sect in Astrology

Nocturnal Chart I

As the Sun is poised below the horizon in the nocturnal hemisphere, the luminary of the sect in favor is the Moon. In this night-time chart, Venus is the benefic of the sect in favor, and her reconcilatory qualities are amplified in a more subjectively positive manner. Additionally, Mercury becomes part of the nocturnal sect, again, as a direct result of the Sun’s position (in the nocturnal hemisphere). In this chart, the more constructive characteristics of Mars can be activated, as it is Saturn that becomes the malefic contrary to the sect in favor. In other words, Saturn manifests as the more subjectively challenging planet in this nocturnal chart. Again, for the purposes of this article, we are merely isolating sect as a form of identifying the roles of planetary energies.

‘Rejoicing’ Conditions in Sect

Planets prefer to be in charts that complement their own sect. When this occurs, a planet is considered to be ‘of the sect’ and is referred to (in Hellenistic astrology) as ‘rejoicing’. There are two sect-related conditions that allow for the ‘rejoicing’ of planets. These conditions underline a planet’s position relative to the horizon and zodiacal sign placement. The latter has three different variations, as a result of disparate ideas regarding the signs in the Hellenistic tradition.

1. Rejoicing Via Planetary Position

For the first principle, diurnal planets ‘rejoice’ when placed above the horizon in a day chart or below the horizon in a night chart. Essentially, in day charts, the Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn (being diurnal planets) prefer to appear above the Ascendant-Descendant. In contrast, their preference is below the horizon axis when located in nocturnal charts. In parallel, the nocturnal sect (the Moon, Venus, and Mars) prefers placement above the Ascendant-Descendant axis at night, or below it during the day. Additionally, recall that Mercury, remaining neutral to both sect and gender (most authors treat Mercury as neutral aside from Rhetorius), transforms in preference relative to the Sun. For the purposes of clarity, note that this condition (rejoicing via planetary position) remains the most important when identifying sect.

2. Rejoicing Via Zodiacal Sign

As stated above, the second sect-related ‘rejoicing’ condition includes three variants as a result of Hellenistic disagreements regarding zodiacal signs. They are as follows:

  • Masculine signs and feminine signs are attributed to the diurnal and nocturnal sect, respectively. As a result, diurnal and nocturnal planets rejoice in masculine and feminine signs, respectively. Essentially, planets rejoice when paired with signs of their same gender.
  • The Leo-Cancer axis is used to divide the zodiac into two hemispheres. As a result, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn are said to be diurnal signs. Additionally, Cancer, Gemini, Taurus, Aries, Pisces, and Aquarius are considered nocturnal.
  • Sign-sect is determined according to the sign’s domicile lord. For example, Aries becomes a nocturnal sign because it is ruled by Mars, as the latter belongs to the night-sect. Taurus would also be considered nocturnal since it is Venus-ruled, also of the night-time sect. According to this condition, Gemini would have to be considered neutral, as it is ruled by Mercury (the one planet that is neutral in sect). Furthermore, zodiacal sect division would resume with Cancer, being nocturnal as the result of Luna, followed by diurnal Leo, in relation to the (diurnal) Sun. Because Jupiter is a diurnal, masculine planet, and the traditional, domicile lord of Pisces, we would conclude sign-sect by assigning diurnal/ masculine properties to Pisces.

Rejoicing Conditions in Medieval Doctrines

In the Medieval tradition, the rejoicing conditions via sign were deemed as important as the primary consideration: planetary position relative to the horizon. In other words, all three considerations held equal importance. The term ‘hayz’ is applied when the nature of a planet agrees with its hemisphere placement or the chart quadrant and its sign. For example, hayz occurs when a masculine and diurnal planet is placed in the Sun’s hemisphere while in a masculine sign. Similarly, hayz applies to feminine, nocturnal planets placed in the hemisphere opposite to the Sun while placed in feminine signs, respectively. [2]

It is noted that the loss of clarity regarding the above disclosed variants resulted in the decline and ultimate dissolution of sect-related, ‘rejoicing’ conditions by the 20th century. Lastly, the astrological perspectives of the Hellenistic tradition still place importance on the first condition of rejoicing. From this viewpoint, importance is placed on the planetary position in relation to the horizon.

Sect in Astrology: Summary

Distinguishing between diurnal and nocturnal charts is a fundamental component of Hellenistic astrology. Dividing planets into diurnal and nocturnal polarities facilitates a lucid understanding of planetary function in any given chart. The qualitative distinction of sect, as it applies to planetary function, specifically clarifies the behavior of the malefics and benefics in chart delineation. Although the application of sect dissolved prior to the surge of modern astrology (partly as the result of discrepancies in the employment of ‘rejoicing’ conditions), its use has grown during the past two decades. [1]


References:

1. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology

2. Houlding, Deborah. Hayz, Skyscript, 2012.

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Full Moon in Taurus

Egon Schiele, Still Life, oil on canvas, 1908

Full Moon in Taurus: The Harvester

October’s Luna illuminates the Venusian constellation of the Bull, heralding the descent of Spirit into matter, clothed in forms and qualities for evolution of natural phenomena. Consciousness seeks the solidity of the strewing soil, spirit grasps the roots of the fleshy earth. It feels for sprouts, for the planetary pull, for the tangible essence of life itself.

Taurus, or ‘Torus’ (meaning protrusion, akin to the protective barrier of the cerebellum), is the fixed modal expression and the first of the earthy trigon. Here, nature’s visual manifestation and objective fruition takes precedence. Yet the manifestation of this growth is steady, seemingly unswerving, and connecting to a vast reservoir of internal spaciousness. What, then, are the fertile Bull’s lessons? As the timeless simplicity nestled in the infinitely complex, its lessons bestow the embodiment of depth without the necessity for verbal translation. Excavating and maintaining profound serenity is the Venusian Bull’s task.

Taurus Decan I: The Industriousness of Venus and Mercury

At 1°13′ Taurus, this Full Moon’s first decan is surveyed by Venus and Mercury, engulfed in the quickening, germinating powers of silent thought and assimilation. Its chief cerebral characteristics are industry and application, and its material fecundity is firmly forged in the imagery ascribed to Taurus’s first decanate. Agrippa illustrates the ascension of a ‘Harvester or Husbandman, goeth forth to plough, build, people [populate] and divide the earth, according too [sic] the rules of Geometry…’ The Bull’s laboriousness is echoed by Picatrix, painting ‘a face of plowing and working the earth, of sciences, geometry, of sewing seed, and making things. And this is its form.’ As necessity summons form, Taurus is the first emanation of matter in its most etherealized, feminine expression. Thus, the Taurean full Moon embodies the consciousness of Divine selfhood: the spiritual reality within our conception.

Full Moon in Taurus

Giandomenico Cassini, Original Drawings of the Moon, 1671-1679

In this lunation, the patient industry of Venusian Taurus is curiously stirred by the conjunction of erratic Uranus. At less than 1° orb, the Luna-Uranus conjunction remains the most poignant aspect of this lunation. Upon the intellectual plane, Uranus governs idealized sentiment and imagination, qualities possessing extraordinary abilities in specialized paths. Uranus evokes earnest ingenuity of an unappreciated variety, for its talents and influences are not yet understood by this epoch. The eccentric orb of Uranus conjoined with Luna can summon justly rebelliousness from veritable reformers of humanity. Often, their contempt for surrounding conventionality generates active hostility from those who admire the forms, customs, and opinions of established society. This, in parallel, is part of the energy stirred by Uranus’s prior ingress into Taurus. Operating on sensation instead of action, Uranus in Taurus functions through a Venusian lens. However, Uranus transcends worldly matter, aligning with the elevated realms of thought. The innate incompatibility between worldly desires and transcendental exaltation is the impetus behind forthcoming revolutionary change. Historically, Uranus’ previous Taurean transit, from June 1934 to May 1942, ushered a plethora of revolutionary fluctuations, including economic shifts deviating from the U.S. gold standard coupled with bank closures, the lamentable rise of the Hitler regime, and the Great Depression (to the middle of World War II). In essence, values inherent in materialism were as challenged by the erratic undercurrent of Uranian transcendence as they are currently underway. Now, decades later, we arrive at a similarly pivotal precipice of change. As we experience individual (and collective) dissolution of the tyrannical structure of monetary transaction, newly inventive forms of exchange will be embraced, orchestrated by the principle of self-worth.

In the backdrop of the Moon-Uranus centerpiece, Luna opposes Venus retrograde at 4°15′ Scorpio. Likewise, in their early degrees of 1°21′ Leo-Aquarius, the nodes forge a potent grand-cross configuration with Luna-Uranus and Sun-Venus (conjunctions). As with any challenging aspect, this seeming resistance holds the capacity and potential for growth, considering we harvest the industry and application of Taurean momentum, impetus, and fortitude. Lastly, harmonizing with Luna and poised in his domicile, Saturn serves as a somber compass directing the limits of personal boundaries. Essentially, this tug-of-war impetus, propelled by the nodes, alludes to the dual possibilities inherent in traditional and revolutionary passages.

Full Moon in Taurus

From Dans le champ des ètoiles: Les Photographies et le ciel, 1850-2000

Fixed Star Mirach: The Sash of Andromeda

The Full Moon in Taurus is poised on fixed star Mirach, noted as the primary star of the Andromeda constellation. This brilliant star accentuates the splendor of fertility via receptivity, feminine power, intuition, and the arts. German philosopher Immanuel Kant, having Mirach culminating with Luna on his day of birth, parallels the influence of this reconciliatory star through his visionary works on the welfare of humanity. Mirach’s Venusian influence on Luna is echoed by Ebertin in its inspirational ‘base for artistic creations, altruism, cheerfulness, happiness, and love of company.’ Mirach grants inspirational influence, ‘making friends easily’, and helped by social spheres. In parallel, Robson’s interpretation of Mirach notes ‘personal beauty, a brilliant mind, a love of home, great devotion, beneficence, forgiveness, love, overcoming by kindness, renown, and good fortune in marriage.’ However, we are cautioned of Mirach’s shadow side: one of self-indulgence and personal obsession. Venusian themes are engraved in Mirach as she unites with Luna, illuminating aesthetic inclinations, intuition, and peaceful meanderings, noted in Mirach-governed natives such as the late rhythm guitarist and vocalist, J. Lennon. [5]

The industriousness of Mirach 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 (again, note the Venusian correspondences), there is a warning against material and metaphorical over-indulgence. [4]

Taurus and Agate

The Kabbalistical gem of Taurus is the agate, a natural talisman for this lunation or those with the Venusian Bull on the ascendant. Agate is primarily of cryptocrystalline silica, chiefly chalcedony, alternating with microgranular quartz. Historically and culturally, moss agate has been known as the crystal of gardeners and agriculture, paralleling the chief characteristics of Taurus decan I. The laboriousness and fecundity of this Full Moon naturally merge with the properties of agate, fortifying the industrious nature of the Venusian Bull. Red agate is a suitable choice, in color correspondence to the third lunar mansion. [4] According to the Picatrix, reconciliatory talismans between opposite genders are suitably crafted under the first decanate of Taurus.[5]

Full Moon in Taurus

Rare copper alloy statuette of the God Serapis (Egypt, 1st century B.C.)

Serapis: God of Fertility and the Afterlife

Noted in 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings, at 1°13′ Taurus, this lunation’s decan is ascribed to Serapis (or Serapis), the Graeco-Egyptian deity said to have been constructed as a means to foster harmony between the Egyptian and Greek subjects of the Ptolemaic dynasty. Linguistically, Serapis is said to combine Osiris and the Apis Bull (the sacred bull of Memphis). In unison, Apis is the sacred Bull of the Egyptians, another conception of Taurus. Aspects of the Greek gods include Zeus, Dionysus, Helios, Hades, and Asklepios (god of medcine). According to Gods of the Egyptians, evidence suggests the cult of Osarapis surged prior to the Ptolemaic Period.

Serapis personified divine majesty and represented the Sun, fertility, healing and the afterlife. On top of Serapis’ head is a modius, commonly known as basket or a tall, dry corn measure. This was meant to symbolize Serapis’s fertility attributes and demonstrate his affiliation with Osiris. Occasionally, Serapis is portrayed with a pair of curved ram’s horns, along with instances where Cerberus is placed at his feet.

Full Moon in Taurus

The Taurean lunation, while overseeing the unpredictability of Uranus’s eccentric orb, is simultaneously grounded and exalted. The Full Moon in Taurus embraces the influences of Venus and Mercury, chiefly characterized by patient laboriousness and application. In the midst of Venus retrograde, this lunation serves as an opportune emblem of the forces of fructiferousness. The revelation of matter in its purification process and material fecundity is firmly forged in the imagery ascribed to Taurus’s first decanate. Reconciling matter as the humble servant of spirit, the flourishing of procreative forces in all planes of Nature envelop the earthly consciousness of Taurean endurance.

The Full Moon at 1°13′ Taurus occurs on the day of Mercury, October 24th, 2018, at 12:45 PM ET.


References:

1. Ezra, Ibn, The Beginning of Wisdom

2. Agrippa, Heinrich C., The Three Books of Occult Philosophy

3. John Michael Greer & Christopher Warnock, Picatrix

4. Warnock, Christopher, The Lunar Mansions

5. Robson, Vivian E., Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology

6. Ebertin, Elsbeth, Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation

7. Crowley, Aleister, 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings

8. Budge, Wallis, The Gods of the Egyptians

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Venus Conjunct Pluto

Venus Conjunct Pluto

Roland Penrose, Winged Domino (Portrait of Valentine), Oil on canvas, 60 x 44 cm., 1937.

Venus Conjunct Pluto In the Natal Chart

As indicated by the Judgement card, Pluto, the metaphorical Judge, went direct on September 31st, as if positioning himself to oversee the wayward waltz of Venus retrograde. Aside from planetary transits, however, the natal union (or conjunction) between Venus and Pluto is as intensely purgatorial as that of Venus’s retrograde in Scorpio.

The Natal Conjunction: Coiled Roots

The natal conjunction consists of an 8° orb between two planets, increasing or decreasing in strength relative to the orb’s exactitude (0°), or distance (8°), respectively. When planets conjoin, a merging or energetic blend occurs between both planetary influences, causing their characteristics to intertwine like coiled roots at the base of a tree. As a result, their energies form an inseparable relationship, which is partially why the natal conjunction is deemed significantly potent. Although conjunctions are generally considered challenging aspects, as is the case with the Venus-Pluto conjunction, not all conjunctions are created equal, and this is highly dependent on the planets involved in configuration. However, for the purposes of this article, the conjunction is challenging in its inability to differentiate between two energies, as a result of their significantly close proximity.

Note: Aspects should not be isolated 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.

Correspondences of Venus in Traditional Astrology

Venus is the traditional domicile lord/ ruler of Libra and Taurus, exalted in Pisces (degree of exaltation: 27º Pisces), in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Aries and Scorpio, and in depression/ ‘fall’ in Virgo. She is the ‘positive’ manifestation of the phlegmatic temperament, which is cold and wet. In Hellenistic astrology, Venus finds her planetary Joy in the fifth house. She is of feminine gender, occupies the nocturnal sect, and rules precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds, and copper. Her colors are white and green and she is said to be oily (‘greasy’) in taste. She is considered the lesser benefic in traditional astrology, although her (benefic) energy is more pronounced in nocturnal charts. As a benefic, Venus affirms or says ‘yes’ to her planetary associations.

Venus Conjunct Pluto

Johannes Vermeer, The Seamstress

Meaning of Venus in the Natal Chart

Venus’s nature is reconciliatory, she is the benefic that oversees the subjectively positive affirmation of love, intimate relationships, friendships, and marriage. She governs the fine arts, including painting and the process of mixing pigments. Likewise, she rules over singing, pleasant sounds, melodies, and the production of music. She oversees scents including the perfume industry. Venus is joy, laughter, and merriment. She is said to grant assistance from royal women or relatives, securing auspicious reputation when functioning cooperatively. Venus nourishes in her capacity to grant and reciprocate pleasure [Brennan, p.178].

Correspondences of Pluto in Astrology

Pluto is an outer planet (often referred to as ‘transpersonal’ in modern astrology). *While the traditional rulership scheme, based on planetary distance from the Sun (ie., Saturn governs Capricorn and Aquarius because both signs are farthest from the Sun), modern planetary assignments appear to be more archetypal. Pluto is said to be the modern ruler of Scorpio (in modern astrology), exalted in Aries, but authors differ regarding Pluto’s signs of detriment and fall. In modern astrology, Pluto is often deemed the ‘higher octave’ of Mars. Discovered in 1930, Pluto was once deemed the ninth planet, during an epoch that witnessed the spawn of nuclear/ atomic power, deleterious dictatorships, and The Great Depression. The word Pluto is derived from the Greek ‘plutos’, meaning wealth.

Meaning of Pluto in the Natal Chart

In the natal chart, Pluto signifies the elimination and renewal process through regenerative progression. As a planet of extremes with clearly punctuated heights and depths, it is responsible for the pulverization of all psychological residue hindering spiritual transcendence. Paralleling Hades’s helmet of invisibility (worn upon fleeing the underworld), the metamorphosing power of Pluto is often inconspicuously cloaked and filtered through hidden psychological layers. Because of its discovery during the development of atomic power, Pluto has the pulverizing capacity to discharge concealed energy. While Pluto certainly possesses an annihilating force, it can equally be wielded into reconstructive growth and personal power.

Venus Conjunct PLuto

Francis Bacon, Two Figures, oil on canvas, 1953, 60 x 45 ⅞ in. (152.5 x 116.5 cm)

Venus Conjunct Pluto in the Natal Chart

The natal Venus-Pluto conjunction often describes a native seeking to dissolve their core identity through excessively intense relationships. Crisis-related patterns incessantly emerge in relationships, and it is often this type of energy that is being drawn into the native’s life by their own subconscious volition. While fidelity is quite pronounced with this aspect, rarely will a balanced, serene union maintain the interest of a Venus-Pluto native, as the insatiable urge to explore depth and complexity overrides the otherwise reconciliatory nature of Venus.

Although the grasp of Venus-Pluto wields a forceful, magnetic pull, it can simultaneously repel, depending on the partner’s own resonance with Plutonian themes. Severity and depth pronounces the quality of responses generated in Venus-Pluto relationships, and it is difficult for these natives to contemplate the possibility of pursuing a partnership that offers emotional tranquility and lightheartedness. The mark of the Venus-Pluto conjunction punctuates extremities, for its fuel is the adrenaline of intensely consummating experiences. In essence (and in what appears seemingly contradictory), their sense of security is subconsciously immersed in these life-devouring unions. The material resources afforded by Venus are happily sacrificed with the Venus-Pluto aspect, becoming emblems that validate the native’s interminable affections.

For creative types, the Venusian production of art often alludes to Plutonian themes otherwise shunned by conformity. Provocative, dramatic, depth-riddled undertones saturate art used as a vehicle to explore controversial subject matter. Because Venus is responsible for artistic endeavors and, in this aspect, she is fused with the energy of Pluto, creative expression is driven by the same intensity and passion that permeates relationships.

Re-emerging patterns of intimacy enveloped in emotional crises will surge until, at last, the native grows conscious of their root origin. Once aware of the reasons why exhaustive, emotional intensity is so vital to the breath of their relationships, the native begins to shift behavioral patterns in favor of more constructively sustainable partnerships. Implemented wisely, the lessons of subjectively traumatic relationships can help forge the foundational core of authenticity.

Resources:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology III.

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology.

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Mercury Square Saturn

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Mercury Square Saturn in the Natal Chart

The Square Configuration or Aspect in the Natal Chart

The square is a 90° angle with a 6° orb range.

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 promote success. The level of triumph over the square aspect is the result of successful integration of two principles (as indicated by the planets involved). Because this aspect is considered to be traditionally challenging, we look to the signs (meaning, dignity, and condition) 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 not without resolve.

* 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.

Mercury Correspondences in Astrology

Correspondences of Mercury in Traditional Astrology

Mercury’s nature is cold and dry, being by nature, melancholic in temperament (in Medieval astrology, Mercury is noted as the ‘positive’ aspect of the melancholic temperament).

He is neutral in both gender and sect, depending on the influence of other planets. Mercury, the Messenger, is the domicile lord/ ruler of both Gemini and Virgo. He is exalted in the sign of Virgo (degree of exaltation: 15° Virgo). Mercury is considered in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Sagittarius and Pisces, and finds his depression /fall in Pisces (degree of fall: 15° Pisces). In traditional astrology, he finds his planetary Joy in the first house. He governs substances such as quicksilver (Mercury), copper (in the Hellenistic tradition), and all coinage. As a shape-shifter, he governs mixed colors, and opalescent hues.

Mercury’s General Meaning and Natal Significance

Of all planets, Mercury is the most changeable, adaptive, and flexible. He governs speed, for he is Hermes, the swift Messenger of the gods. Mercury’s star is attributed to education, writing, speech, debate, languages, and interpretation. He possesses the faculties of critical thought: forethought, intelligence, wisdom, and judgement. Mercury is the ruler of commerce (note the ‘merc’ in this word). He is the overseer of brotherhood and siblings. In accordance with his adaptable nature, Mercury is the bestower of various pursuits, depending on his sign placement and configurations (aspects): granting knowledge for some (including astrology), education, trade, or teaching for others, and public affairs/ services for others. Mercury can also bring distractions and irregularities to endeavors (Brennan, p. 183).

Saturn Correspondences in Astrology

Saturn Aspects in Astrology

Correspondences of Saturn in Traditional Astrology

Saturn’s nature is cold and dry. He is principally melancholic, and of the diurnal sect. Saturn is the traditional, domicile lord/ ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius, exalted in Libra (degree of exaltation: 21° Libra), in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Cancer and Leo, and in its depression/ ‘fall’ in Aries. He is considered the Greater Malefic in traditional astrology, but his energy may be more or less constructive in one’s chart relative to sect. In traditional astrology, Saturn has his Joy in the 12th place. His taste is astringent and his color is dark brown (along with grey and black). He governs substances such as lead (in part, due to its toxicity), stone, and wood.

Saturn’s General Meaning and Natal Significance

Saturn is the planet aligned with boundaries, discipline, and structure. He governs time, is associated with old age (70+), and is attributed to subjectively ‘negative’ experiences such as suffering (he has his Joy in the 12 place in traditional astrology), pain, isolation, and loneliness. Just as benefics (Jupiter and Venus) have the power to say ‘yes’, malefics are inclined to negate, or say ‘no’. Saturn’s style of denying is via restriction. His four main groups of rings, metaphors of limitation, range in temperature from -163 to -203° Celsius.

No chart is void of Saturn, regardless of dignified planets and exemplary aspects, as there can be no life without struggle.

Mercury Square Saturn in the Natal Chart

The Mercury-Saturn square is usually demarcated by difficulties with speech and communication. Usually, there is an impediment in the timing process, or speed of delivery, which is hastened by the weight of Saturn. A child with this aspect should be provided with ample resources to facilitate self-expression. It is not uncommon for natives, especially at an early age, to experience difficulties in verbal delivery and articulation. The sense of standing ‘frozen’, in the midst of providing a necessary response, often in the middle of important disputes, can cause lamentable thought-patterns. The native will often describe the Mercury-Saturn square as a pressure that blocks the otherwise seamless flow of the interpretive thought-processes. As a result, these natives must apply considerable time to endeavors relative to writing or recitation, in order to compensate for Saturn’s restrictive characteristics. However, this aspect, given that considerable work is employed in its rectification, is ameliorated with time (for time is Saturn’s realm). If necessary, taking public speaking courses, applying consistent effort in writing practices, and engaging in public communication are all helpful constituents to the softening of this challenging aspect.

The square aspect between Mercury and Saturn implies cerebral restraint and mental bond to traditional thought-patterns. These natives often possess a strong desire to trace a topic’s origin to its oldest piece of evidence. This is a case where the house placement and sign are both of particular importance. There is a fondness for the past, seeking knowledge as far back as possible. Interestingly, I have noticed a dislike in antique replicas or duplications deviating from the root origin with this aspect. The mind is prone to worry and mental processes can be saturated by the pessimistic influence of Saturn. Simultaneously, the mind is linked to concerns or failures regarding personal success. There is a strong, penetratingly sharp focus of concentration, however, that can be applied to mercurial subject matter.

Working with this aspect involves the persistent, practical application of the very hindrances indicated by Saturn’s influence. If public speaking is difficult, work and effort should be applied to this challenge via courses in order to dissolve Saturn-based fears relative to public communication. Learning to deliver public presentations is a skill that requires time investment. If there is difficulty in written articulation, it would be beneficial to invest in either taking writing courses or practicing techniques in a journal. All square aspects require diligent effort in order to surpass their limitations, which can, as a result of consistent laboriousness, foster growth and success.

Sources:

1. Lilly, William, Christian Astrology.

2. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology.

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October 2018 Astrological Forecast

October 2018 Astrological Forecast Overview

2018 October Astrological Forecast

Master Taking of Tarento. The triumph of Venus, worshipped by six legendary lovers (Achilles, Tristan, Lancelot, Samson, Paris and Troilus), first half 15th.”Desco da parto – support for giving birth. Diameter: 51 cm R.F.2089 Louvre

The Golden Scale

To the Egyptians, the pans of the Balances or Scales were known as the ‘Two Truths’. Thus, to confer its lightness (or truth), the soul’s heart was placed on a golden scale, and balanced against the weight of a feather. If justified by the gods and the forty-two Judgements (judges), a person was granted paradise in the Field of Reeds. In echo, the face of Judgement (Pluto), stationed direct yesterday, as if poised to oversee the wayward waltz of Venus retrograde. Reverberating the Egyptian passage, Venus, too, will be leveling our hearts as she plunges into Scorpio’s waters. She will station retrograde at 10°50′ Scorpio, on October 5th, at 3:05 PM ET.

October Lunations and Ingresses

The eighth of October finds the New Moon at 15°48′ Libra, foreshadowing the Sun’s ingress into Scorpio, on October 23rd, at 7:22 AM ET. The October full Moon illuminates the first decan of Taurus (1°13′), as fleet-footed Mercury ingresses into Sagittarius on October 31st. Indeed, the presence of Venus retrograde in Libra on All Hallows’ Eve marks this month’s eerily resounding endpoint.

Notes on Venus Retrograde

It is helpful to recall prior Venus cycles in order to understand the intimate effects of Venus’s celestial sway as it unfurls before one’s current path. Recollecting one’s Venusian trajectory eight years ago can clarify its forthcoming theme. Note the following:

Natal planets (inner and outer) in Venus’ trajectory will activate the more subjectively challenging effects of this retrograde. Depending on the placement of Scorpio and Libra in one’s chart, Venus’ shadow period will also indicate an elongated stay in a particular chart sector. Generationally, natal outer planets in either Libra and/or Scorpio (from approximately 25° Libra to 10° Scorpio) will be conjoined by transiting Venus during her retrograde, depending on one’s birth year. For example, Neptune is activated from 1953–1962, Uranus from 1973-1977, and Pluto from 1981-1988 (see Venus conjunct Pluto for an idea). Of course, this is highly dependent upon the quality of Venus’ impact (or lack thereof) on one’s personal (or inner) planets, and, ultimately, the magnitude of signification in which effected planets represent in one’s own personal chart.

A Glimpse Into November

While October is weighed by Venus’s station retrograde, November’s shifts promote the unraveling of new trajectory in our lives. As the nodal axis changes signs and jubilant Jupiter arrives in his home of Sagittarius (11/9/18, ET), each ingress greets uncharted shifts and opportunities. Looking ahead, a splendor unfurls as Venus stations direct at 25º14′ Libra (on fixed stars Arcturus and Spica), on November 16th, 2018, at 6:52 AM ET. While Mercury does simultaneously station retrograde in Sagittarius, this period provides time for organization and revision. On this same day, however, we firstly witness both benefics (Venus and Jupiter) simultaneously enthroned in their own domiciles (Libra and Sagittarius, respectively). The emerald goddess gleams as she sheds her post-shadow the following day.

2018 October Overview

(for Venus retrograde dates, see this previous post)

10/2/18: Last Quarter Moon at 9º09′ Cancer, Venus trine Neptune, Mercury square Pluto (18º45′ Libra-Capricorn).
10/7/18: Sun Conjunct Ceres at 14º5′ Libra.
10/8/18: New Moon at 15º48′ Libra
10/9/18: Mercury ingresses into Scorpio, Moon Conjunct Mercury in Libra.
10/10/18: Venus square Mars (10º15′ Scorpio-Aquarius)
10/11/18: Mercury square Leo North Node (2º34′ Scorpio-Leo).
10/12/18 Sun square Pluto (18º47′ Libra-Capricorn).
10/15/18: Mercury conjunct Venus (8º50′ Scorpio).
10/16/18/: First Quarter Moon at 23º19′ Capricorn.
10/17/18: Sun conjunct fixed star Spica.
10/19/18: Mercury trine Neptune, Mercury square Mars (14º30′ Scorpio-Aquarius).
10/22/18: Mercury sextile Pluto (18º52′ Scorpio-Cap).
10/23/18: Sun ingresses into Scorpio, opposite Uranus (0º33′ Scorpio-Taurus).
10/24/18:  Full Moon at 1º13′ Taurus.
10/26/18: Sun Conjunct Venus at 3º6′ Scorpio.
10/29/18: Mercury conjunct Jupiter at 27º49′ Scorpio.
10/30/18: Venus square North Node (0º37′ Scorpio-Leo).
10/31/18: Last Quarter Moon at 8º12′ Leo, Mercury ingresses into Sagittarius, Venus opposite Uranus (0º15′ Scorpio-Taurus).

References:

Goelet, Ogde, The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Complete Papyrus of Ani

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