Lilith in Gemini: Mercurial Maelstrom of Revelation


Still life photography by Saturn & the Sun Astrology.

Lilith’s astrological significance, as channeled through the stimulus of Gemini, is a whirlwind of cerebral sagaciousness that pulverizes the circumscribed scope of societal misinformation. Its function in society, (as Lilith’s astrological energy maneuvers the masses) is to make knowledge available to all forms of humanity in a manner that is accessible, lucidly understood, and ultimately, used to provide revolutional awareness. In a natal chart, the house placement of Lilith in Gemini, along with its aspects, indicate the availability of this energy within the individual. When implemented in a detached and genuinely altruistic manner, as Lilith indicates the necessary dissolution of ego-driven desires, Lilith in Gemini provides the individual with an interminable supply of knowledge, ingenuity, and the necessary faculties to effectively translate information so that it is understood and used as a tool for continual expansion. 

Lilith in Gemini’s mental magnification propels the mind to such lucidity that it holds the ability to navigate back and forth between experiences or conversations as a means of extending the imagination. The visionary powers of the mind are strong and logical, extending their abilities to promote creative thought or literary talent. Additionally, there is the capacity to remain slightly above the emotional spectrum of relationships, in order to liberate mental navigation and promote its graceful movement in any direction. It is rare to be significantly influenced by others with Lilith in Gemini, since these individuals naturally accept their undeniable right to think as they wish, while respecting this in others as well. Their openness to sensible suggestion is leisurely scrutinized by the mind’s eye while, simultaneously, enriching the limitless faculties of imaginative exploration. Ultimately, the genius factor of this placement may be focused into brilliance. 

The physical manifestation of Lilith in Gemini resides in the unique quality of he hands, including fingers, double-jointed fingers, and/ or heavily veined hands. Additionally, there may be prominent sensitivity, considerable strength, or healing capacity, all within the hands. Psychometric talent is also indicative of Lilith in Gemini, particularly if Lilith is in the third house and water placements are significant. 

The position of Lilith in Gemini is excellent for prompting objectivity, since both the sign and planet indicate reasoning processes. Those with this placement are capable of brilliant recitations, are natural readers, and hold strong logical powers in the imagination. Ultimately, transcendence for Gemini Lilith resides precisely in the proclivity towards emotional detachment. The emotional objectivity capable of reaching with this placement eventually liberates the individual from the programmed conditioning of ideas impressed during childhood. Ultimately, a strong position of Gemini Lilith holds the potential extrication from a the confines of a conditioned fourth saturated with emotional trauma. This, in essence, is the potency of astrological Lilith: detached objectivity as a form liberation.

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Exploring the Identity’s Depth: Saturn in Aries and the First House

 

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Saturn, Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy, 1855

Although the first house is typically considered to describe the physical stratum of the individual and one’s personal relationship with the outer environment, it also indicates, on a deeper level, the quality of sculpted experiences with which one may effectively administer one’s life. According to the strength or weakness of the Ascendant’s presentation, one is able to maintain a precarious equilibrium between the external environment and the world of one’s unconscious impetus.

If left unconscious, Saturn’s crystallization and identification with mundane values are transferred to the psychic effects of the persona, with a consequent inner vulnerability to moods. Additionally, this difficulty of self-expression becomes an impervious barricade that cannot be demolished. Therefore, it becomes imperative to decipher between the Ascendant’s mask and the inner Self.

Lack of constructive self-assertion, not unlike the healthy expression of Mars or Aries, is one of the influential components of Saturn in the first house and/ or Aries. Equally, the necessity to enforce one’s will as a method to manipulate the immediate environment is present, often as a defense mechanism stemming from fear. In essence, the coupling of urgency and fear is characteristic of this Saturnian position. Although the individual may learn to cultivate a polished, the naturally ineffectual exterior, inflexibility and reticence remains more pronounced with this placement.

There is a strong correlation, through both research and chart analysis, of a difficult birth when Saturn is conjunct the ascendant. Although this is usually manifested physically, it is likewise psychologically concurrent. Therefore, it can be deduced that the natural inclination to shield the Self from the outer world is extended to the birth process. Throughout youth and beyond, much of the native’s life is spent devising means of self-insulation from both vulnerability and attack. Furthermore, there can be an accompanying burden of physical and chronic ill-health, particularly as a child when withdrawal from harm has not yet been adequately employed. The deliberate withdrawal from the origin of the psyche generates over-identification with the ascendant’s mask.

Considered to be in its fall in Aries and/ or the first house, in this placement, Saturn has the inclination to be inhibited from both the current of outer and inner life, simultaneously, leaving the native stranded in a very limited and arid portion of the psyche. This estrangement limits the pursuit of purpose and meaning that enables productive and courageous grasp of the outer world. However, a persistent and perceptive individual, as with all challenging aspects, who endures carefully tended struggle, carries the capacity to yield insight and expansion of consciousness. With effort, Saturn in Aries or the first house holds the greatest possibility of achieving freedom: exploring unknown regions and challenges while marveling in the innate realization that one’s existence is sufficient proof of purpose.

Saturn in Aries or the first house has a tendency to emphasize the fear of powerlessness as a result of clinging to the more superfluous aspects of the persona and consequently, a loss of connection with the inner world of greater depth and richness. However, this fear can eventually propel the native into deeper exploration of consciousness and identity. Ultimately, this search can generate greater knowledge, integration, and productive use of the will.

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Eclipses, Retrogrades, Aspects, and Fixed Stars: Current Celestial Synopsis

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Homann Heirs, 1748, Hand-colored copperplate engraving, Eclipse of the Moon.

The current celestial energies are intensely intricate and precarious in their interplay, not unlike a lilting gossamer oscillating in a ferocious whirlwind. The massive energetic momentum began, of course, with the lunar eclipse on Monday, August 7, 2017. While its ebullience was already active prior to the formal eclipse, the actual lunar eclipse was located at 15 degrees Aquarius (decan 2) and its energy remains active until January 31, 2018. Aside from the classic Sun square Moon, the most prominent aspect is that of Jupiter square Moon, which does remain influentially active following the formal eclipse.

With the Sun square Moon, there is tension between Will and the emotions, indicating psychological challenges until resolution stemming from proper (logical, deductive) decision-making is employed and channelled from an altruistic source. Subconscious patterns need tempering, in association with the harsh implementation of the Will. Jupiter square Pluto, the main aspect aside from the classic Sun square Moon, also denotes the Will’s urgency. Favorable levels of critical ability are not without degrees of deviousness. The Destruction versus Construction dilemma and further polarity between the impetus to recreate one’s personal world whilst simultaneously relinquishing it is a prominent theme. Jupiter square Pluto usually employs energy that involves distribution of affluence, currency, or monetary resources. This seemingly generous (Jupiter) energy becomes manipulative (Pluto) when one chooses to use and/ or distribute resources as a means of acquiring personal power.

Aside from the recent lunar eclipse in Aquarius, we now have (on August 12, 2017) approached Mercury retrograde in Virgo, which serves as a precautionary tale: scattered energies and projects should now be funneled and dissected with precision, calculation, and, if necessary, the dissemination of excessive and/ or extraneous information should be ameliorated. As with eclipses, full moons, fixed stars, aspects, degrees, and any other planetary energy, retrogrades affect each individual differently (considering it can be someone’s chart ruler, or in a natal retrograde in of itself). It’s deleterious to summarize and generalize a retrograde when its specific effects depend on each individual’s corresponding placement of not only Mercury, but its aspects, house placement, degrees, sign, and a plethora of other possibilities. Ideally, this is a time for preparation, organization, and perfecting one’s craft while avoiding the dissemination of projects.

Furthermore, we are approaching the much anticipated and grandiose solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, located at precisely 28 degrees Leo (decan 3), emphasizing the fixed star Regulus, Watcher of the North and one of the Royal Stars of Persia. In the past, this blog has discussed Regulus in connection to the planetary energies and nodes. As a Heliacal rising star, Regulus indicates conviction of personal position and path. The motivation for success, however, must be coupled with the resistance of revenge and cruelty. As a Heliacal setting star, innate talent is found as well as success in the face of envy and adversary. Regulus’s physiological correspondence is, like its constellation, the heart and vascular system.
In connection with the Sun, Regulus signals cautionary success without the force of vengeance. With the Moon, one sees a natural leader that elucidates with devotion as opposed to power and authority. Additionally, Mercury in relation to Regulus is humanitarian and inspirational. Regulus in paran with Venus signifies creativity and the search for perfectionism, rising above jealousy. In Mars, Regulus is a a team leader who retains faith in one’s abilities. Jupiter in connection with Regulus shows a noble hero that acts with a sense of confidence. Furthermore, Regulus with Saturn displays success through hard work and the talent to manifest one’s vision. Uranus indicates community leadership, Neptune is the successful artisan, and Pluto represents leadership during crisis.  With either Node, Regulus is decisive and associated with swift thinking.
Much political discussion and connections made to the solar eclipse has been actualized via Hermetic astrology, and a myriad of other current articles. While the solar eclipse is, in aspect, positively aligned (via Moon trine Uranus and Moon conjunct Mars), by default, a Solar eclipse entails the Moon’s restriction of the Sun’s strength. Discussion is currently projected towards world leaders, specifically Trump, since his natal chart is in direct correlation with the eclipse’s energy.

Moreover, the incoming energy of the solar eclipse is one of innovation and inventiveness (Moon trine Uranus) coupled with protection and strategic excellence (Moon conjunct Mars).
Ultimately, Regulus functions best when one’s energy is of grace and pure intent. If one’s natal chart has hard, ego-driven aspects, it is strongly encouraged to resolve patterns stemming from subconscious conflicts. Contrastingly, if one is on the receiving end of said energies, remaining detached from competitive and/ or ego-driven behavior is paramount to effectively managing the current interplay of celestial energies.

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The Psyche’s Unconscious Revelation: Saturn in Cancer/ 4th House

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Mademoiselle Jeanne Fontaine, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1891

The fourth house, indicating the foundational structure of the natal chart, corresponds to Cancerian energy and issues pertinent to the domain of childhood, origin, family, and lineage. It forms the base of the individual, both literally in terms of his early home environment, and symbolically, relating to issues of security and safety. Furthermore, this house illustrates the early surrounding ambiance or atmosphere prior to one’s conscious ability to discern and rationalize the energies of one’s intimate environment. Therefore, it can be deduced that, via Jungian psychology, the fourth house represents the personal unconscious and the conditioned, instinctual reactions imposed by one’s early environment.

Since the presence of influences occurring prior the unfurling of one’s discriminating mind are indicative of the fourth house, the planetary placement herein is highly suspect since it detects what must first be demystified and spawned to the surface prior to its constructive integration. This is a highly influential house, since it resides beneath the surface of one’s later personality and developed in congruence with the Sun and Ascendant. It is here, therefore, that dominion of behavioral patterns may remain unraveled. Being an entirely intimate house, it is challenging to decrypt with a detached perspective.

Usually, the fourth house is attributed to the paternal influence on the native, yet being subject to argument, through experiential chart readings and research, one can deduce that it is the location of both parents. Therefore, it becomes immaterial as to which house refers to which parent since issues stemming from one source create compensatory difficulties with the other. Ultimately, the setting of a challenging or fragmented environment during childhood is indicative with afflicted planets in the fourth house or sign.

Situated in the fourth house, Saturn represents coldness, restriction, limitation, authority without nurture, division, seclusion, and a general unresponsive home environment. Literally, it can imply a deceased father, divorce, or any form of paternal abandonment. Isolation manifests as emotional unavailability stemming from the paternal figure, being physically present yet lacking emotional support. Additionally, the father may display love yet pose a burden through addictions such as alcoholism, illness, or ineptitude of character. The father may, furthermore, create an emotional pattern that disrupts the peace of one’s home. Also, there may be priority in material development to the detriment of emotional expression.

While the outward manifestations of Saturn in the fourth may vary, working on unconscious levels, there is a thematic crippling of one’s emotional nature if not properly resolved. The suspicion of emotional intimacy, particularly in domestic scenarios, is usually prominent and yet, therein lies a foundational urge for security, permanence, and tangibility in the emotional realm. This polarity is rarely identified from the native’s perspective, yet must be brought to awareness or the native will incessantly sway to either extremity without knowledgeable equilibrium.

Saturn in the fourth house reduces the urge for emotional security to a physical sphere, and therefore, is concurrent with a compulsion to accumulate land. Since material desires cannot satisfy emotional needs, the translation, of course, usually falters. Yet to the native carrying this emotional burden, land is solid and grounding, interpreted (by the native) as a tangible source that cannot be extracted in the same manner as the absence of emotional support.

If one is to achieve peace, Saturn’s influence in the fourth house forces manifestation of the missing (emotional) component through gradual withdrawal from external, wordly value.  Instead, one is promoted to encounter that reality within the self as a form of one’s own psyche. The opportunity is offered, with Saturn in the fourth, to build inner security, fortitude, and self-acceptance through the understanding of one’s true origin. Furthermore, a vast element of trust is required in the guidance or self awareness of the native who has chosen this precise experience. Saturn compels one to understand (not emotionally, but rationally, as Saturn is essentially unconcerned with one’s feelings) the nature of one’s suffering. With a fourth house Saturn, the native must transcend the fearfulness of his nature and accept the experience as worthy of pain and effort. The necessity to acknowledge intimacy and emotional intelligence must be encouraged. Once this transcendence is achieved, one is able to project and integrate the balanced fusion of the masculine and feminine principles of existence.

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Elemental Combinations: Earth and Water

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When analyzing a chart in relation to elemental equilibrium, the most dominant element is usually, but not always, the Sun, followed by the elements of the Moon, Ascendant, and Mars, respectively. Lastly, the elements of Venus and Mercury, followed by the influences of Jupiter and Saturn. The elemental influences of Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn involve minute conscious forces, pertaining more to generational factors. Furthermore, the element of the planet in dominion of the Ascendant along with the Sun sign’s ruler are given further emphasis unless said planet is Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto. If one has Pisces rising, for example, the element of Jupiter would provide more emphasis than that of Neptune, Pisces’s co-ruler. The placement of the Ascendant’s element yields such vital prominence that it should always be strongly accentuated in chart analysis. Emphasizing the Ascendant’s elemental ruler provides the astrologer with the capacity for insight into the client’s motivational urges, as opposed to merely summing the number of planets in each element.

Maintaining the above explanation of basic elemental analysis in mind, when a chart, specifically, denotes a strong emphasis of earth and water, precise factors can be attributed to the corresponding chart. Firstly, there is a marked profoundness of depth, along with a pronounced sense of serious determination and practical sustainability. This coupling usually denotes consistent diligence and an innate capacity to bear burden, emotionally and/or through one’s work. Additionally, there is a conscientious awareness of survival needs, security needs, and others’ dependence on one’s stability and resources. Therefore, a vast amount of one’s energy is directed in efforts to sustain one’s resources and attachment to money, possessions, job, children, and other ‘security’ factors. Furthermore, there is tenacious endurance paired with the ability to survive through catastrophes. One’s attachment to security and traditional value systems is often exhibited as a strong adherence to family, home, and community obligations.

The challenging aspect of the water-earth pairing is understood when it is understood that one’s motivational factors are mainly fears, emotions, habitual patterns, societal conditioning, security needs, and a plethora of other subconscious factors. In order to fulfill security needs, there is often a tendency towards manipulation. Additionally, there is deep-rooted attachment to past experiences which, as a result, manifest as fearful depictions of the present and future. Furthermore, intellectual and communicative faculties are often obstructed, and there is often a lack of vital ideals, faith, and positive thinking.

Water-earth combinations are, at best, grounded in the present reality of daily experience and contains the innate ability to tackle challenges with fierce strength and determination. Negatively, one can be manipulative in the pursuit of earthly goals, and ultimately, become frustrated when confronted with the necessity to take risks in order to promote one’s growth. As always, this is a broad description of one elemental pairing, no element or aspect should ever be isolated when interpreting the entirety of a chart.

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Emotional Neglect in Favor of Transcendental Evolution: Parallels Between Saturn and Lilith

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Saturn as depicted by Chesley Bonestell

Saturn and Lilith are astrological catalysts: whirlwinds of depersonalized change, often at the expense of one’s perceived level of emotional or ego-driven suffering. To be blunt, Saturn and Lilith do not care about one’s feelings. They demand radical alteration of antiquated belief systems, depletion and suppression of the ego in favor of transcendence, and the enormity of dawdling and harrowing metamorphosis. Ultimately, they will proceed to distort (Lilith) and restrict (Saturn) one’s quotidian customs until, by any means necessary, one’s respective lessons are mastered. For Lilith and Saturn, it is insufficient to simply learn: one must thoroughly master karmic tests, lest one forgets.

Lilith’s urgency to experience depersonalized commitment as a means to serve humanity is a profound theme in her astrological work. A myriad of key movement leaders are depicted with a strong Lilith in the natal chart (e.g. Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, Mohandas Gandhi, Gloria Steinem, John F. Kennedy, etc.) Once the ego-driven need for self-recognition and personal honor is pulverized, Lilith propels the individual, using whatever aspect, sign and house position she falls under, to bring forth revolutionary change. When immersed in its full-force and channeled appropriately, Lilith’s energy is unyielding: an all-consuming and full-fledged eruption of uncensored power, aiming its spear at worldly injustices and their explosive disintegration.

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Burney Relief, Babylon (1800-1750 BCE). Some scholars (e.g. Emil Kraeling) identified the figure in the relief with Lilith, based on a misreading of an outdated translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh.  CC BY-SA 3.0 

In parallel, Saturn’s impetus for change stems from karmic lessons. Repetitive patterns that inhibit growth often go unnoticed until Saturn begins to unfurl its compressing, frictional grip onto the bewildered native. Then, caught in the ceaseless clutch of unrelenting suffering, one slowly and distressingly awakens to the truths buried beneath Saturn’s impenetrable cloak. The seemingly sluggish yet steady path of awakened psychic consciousness, and ultimately, like Lilith, transcendental awareness begins to originate. Saturn is forcefully slow: its lessons must first be learned and ultimately, mastered. Otherwise, Saturn remains uncompromising slow, perpetually inflicting peril if it is necessary to reach transcendental evolution.

Saturn and Lilith are not unlike each other. Both astrological energies perform best in logical, courageous, and persistent sign and house placement. Harsh aspects to both Lilith and Saturn will ultimately transform the individual, however seemingly unbearable the odyssey unfolds. There is little to no concern for the emotions during the course of entirely revolutionary change that necessitates manifestation. This, in essence, denotes the astounding agenda of  Lilith and Saturn.

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Regulus and the Anaretic Degree

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The Anaretic degree often summons unfavorable connotations in astrology. At 29°, specifically 29°00’00” to 29°59’59”, the Anaretic degree is considered critical because it has fully journeyed the course of a planet or celestial body and its final stage is one of both lethargy and urgency. Completing its planetary odyssey, the Anaretic degree behaves in exhaustion, seemingly ready to proceed to the following planet or point. Accompanied by a state of exigency, the affected planet or point attempts to misguidedly conduct its energy through distortion or overcompensation. There is difficulty in constructively harnessing the Aneretic degree’s energy, a challenge that must ultimately be transcended in order to promote prosperity and self-actualization. It is intriguing, then, that at this very degree one finds Regulus, the fixed star at the heart of the Leo constellation.

In accordance with its mythical undercurrents, Regulus, attributed to the Royal Stars of Persia and seen as the Watcher of the North, is associated with prestige, honor, and grace. Likewise, when its energy is channeled through the ego, it can signify destruction and violence. Similar to the other Royal Stars, Regulus signals success by facing its nemesis: vengeance.

As a Heliacal rising star, Regulus indicates conviction of personal position and path. The motivation for success, however, must be coupled with the resistance of revenge and cruelty. As a Heliacal setting star, innate talent is found as well as success in the face of envy and adversary. Regulus’s physiological correspondence is, like its constellation, the heart and vascular system.

In connection with the Sun, Regulus signals cautionary success without the force of vengeance. With the Moon, one sees a natural leader that elucidates with devotion as opposed to power and authority. Additionally, Mercury in relation to Regulus is humanitarian and inspirational. Regulus in paran with Venus signifies creativity and the search for perfectionism, rising above jealousy. In Mars, Regulus is a a team leader who retains faith in one’s abilities. Jupiter in connection with Regulus shows a noble hero that acts with a sense of confidence. Furthermore, Regulus with Saturn displays success through hard work and the talent to manifest one’s vision. Uranus indicates community leadership, Neptune is the successful artisan, and Pluto represents leadership during crisis.  With either Node, Regulus is decisive and associated with swift thinking.

Sources:

Brady, Bernadette, Book of Fixed Stars, 1998

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North Node in the Second House / Taurus: Between Self Value and Self Sabotage

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Rembrandt, Pallas Athena, oil on canvas, 1657, 118×91 cm., Museum Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

“We make war that we may live in peace.” -Aristotle

With the lunar North Node in Taurus, there are no more wars to fight. The battleground must be gracefully relinquished: that, in of itself, becomes one of the fundamental challenges of this node’s destiny. Objectively, this is a seemingly effortless task, yet from the perspective of one’s south node in Scorpio, this proves a formidable feat: plunging into the proverbial battleground is one’s default pattern. One has exhausted countless lifetimes entrenched in the strategy of psychological warfare and it is this very innate proclivity that haunts one without foreseeable resolve. Additionally, one is dealt challenging lessons regarding the misuse of power, often early in childhood, so that one is restrained from repeating malicious patterns of authoritative abuse. It is not uncommon to find childhood victims of sexual, verbal, or physical assault with the north node in Taurus, as well as a sense of accompanying guilt that somehow ensures the need to protect parental figures at the detriment of self liberation and awareness. Therefore, shattering the subconscious parental bond becomes a prominent life challenge.

Understanding and honoring one’s true value is a fundamental component of mastering the Taurus north node. Again, in former lives, one has been the shrouded conduit of power, serving as Courtesan to Kings, Confidants to Generals, Prime Assistants to Presidents, nourishing their mates with control, energy, and charisma in exchange for validation and appreciation. The Taurus north node failed to acquire proper self worth; instead it was exchanged through bonded union with another, more seemingly powerful mate. In the very present, that missing sense of personal value must be earned alone, through stability and financial responsibility.

Presently, the Taurus north node is learning to experience and acknowledge the concept of self-value. In the past, self-value was instantaneously relinquished in order to amalgamate one’s power in union or partnership. Validation, as a result, was the instrument which weighed progress towards successfully empowering another being. Having the self’s value system extinguished, Taurus north node is now learning how to structure healthy boundaries between the self and others, acknowledging that one’s self-worth must be generated and independently preserved. Furthermore, Taurus north node must learn to cultivate and implement a system of values that firstly aligns with the autonomous self as opposed to  surrounding individuals.

A past infused in the adrenaline of crisis has rendered Taurus north node with an urgent necessity for peace, liberated from the confinement of power struggles. Additionally, the challenge is to redirect overtly passionate energy towards constructive directions. Learning to become creators is a time consuming task that is necessary for Taurus north nodes, having been previously accustomed to and empowered by the intensity of destructive energy. The once drastic approach to all matters must be ameliorated with methodical grounding, a slow and steady process which was formerly eschewed. When serenity is infused in situations, possibilities are advantageous in a manner that favors all involved parties.

Taurus north node has an innate proclivity for self-sabotage. Again, a lacking sense of self-value and unworthiness subconsciously impedes the fruition of goals. Often, defeatist attitudes are the result of self-punishment for real or imagined guilt-ridden experiences. Therefore, continuous psychological introspection becomes a necessary tool for Taurus north node. An inner subconscious resistance may be held by by taking unwarranted chances and failing to implement systematic, goal-setting procedures. Ultimately, Taurus north node must learn to rely on the self’s independent energy to attain success.

Sources:

Hill, Judith, The Lunar Nodes

Spiller, Jan, Astrology for the Soul

Sutton, Korilla, The Lunar Nodes: Crisis and Redemption

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Earth Imbalance in the Natal Chart

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Vincent Van Gogh, Blossoming Almond Tree, oil on canvas, 73.5 x 92.0 cm., Saint-Rémy: February, 1890

A lack of earth in the natal chart signals a disconnection from the material plane. Often, one is not naturally attuned to the physical world, the body, or to the requirements and limitations of survival in the material world. As a result, one is not grounded in the present and practical considerations such as money, food, and shelter are not often prioritized. Accommodation to survival necessities is ignored until one is forced to do so by the demands of reality. A lack of contact with the material dimension of reality can cause the individual to feel ostracized, having little physical solidity in one’s efforts to benefit from proper self expression. One often feels evaporable, unable to integrate the self with society’s structure, and dissatisfaction with life’s work. This sense of alienation can manifest as a search for experience with other dimensional realities that appear more relatable to the self, such as the active imagination or a spiritual quest. Additionally, there is an ultimate impetus to eternally transcend the limitations of the physical plane. While the boundless expression of the imagination can lead to fruitful results, the individual must first accept the basic requirement of earthly survival.

Insufficient earth emphasis can propel one to ignore the basic requirements of the physical body. Considering the physical body as secondary, insufficient emphasis on earth can cause one to forget eating, rest, and enjoyment of the five senses. One often finds poor skin tone: an indication that that life energy is not vitalizing the physical vessel. A lack of earth element can immeasurably benefit from cultivating a consistent schedule in one’s life, defining specific periods for eating in a peaceful manner, moderately exercising, and receiving sufficient rest. By accepting the very limitations of the physical plane, they can be mastered and used as sustaining power from the earth.

An over-abundance of the earth element can cause one to overly rely on the confinements of reality that stems a narrowness of perception. There is often an obsessive preoccupation with the factual as opposed to the ideal, focusing strictly on what is already palpable. As a result, there is a lack of imagination, overt practical efficiency, and material concerns to the detriment of theoretical and ethical principles. Too much earth can result in a loss of perspective on actions as well as the ultimate implications of one’s modus operandi. While these natives have a vast reservoir of strength and efficiency, practical affairs and work dominate their lives, resulting in a threat of self-worth when unforeseen change results in vocational activities. Cynicism and skepticism can infiltrate the mind as a result of lacking ideals and/ or inspiration to infuse life with depth and purpose.

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The Battleground of Awareness and Crisis: Saturn in the Eighth House

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Oskar Kokoschka, Die Windsbraut (The Tempest),1914, Oil on canvas,181 x 220 cm, Kunstmuseum Basel

The perpetual crisis battleground, seeking higher consciousness and elevated awareness through the unification of self with other, is the focal point of Saturn in the eighth house. In this house, crisis stimulus manifests and is released through sex, since there is death of individual awareness and birth of mutual consciousness. The union occurs independent of conscious acknowledgment. The individual with Saturn in the eighth house endures a double burden: simultaneously understanding and accepting Saturnian energies whilst descending into the realms of Pluto.

In many instances, Saturn in the eighth house suggests feelings of inadequacy and fear regarding sexual expression. While this symbolizes a more profound level of fear, on its own, the symbol is potent enough to generate much suffering. Additionally, the form of inadequacy is emotional as opposed to physical. The challenge is conveyed through fear of submission, powerlessness, violation, and emotional rejection from the partner. In other words, the psychic exchange, rather than the physical, is what contains the threat.

As with all Saturn placements, two extreme behaviors are probable. The effects of overcompensation can produce overt promiscuity as a result of awareness to the threat of psychic exchange. With this situation, Saturn attempts to transform emotional value into the physical without success. In contrast, one may veil fears with the guise of zealous religious or moral convictions, falsely declaring blasphemy where there is actually a deep rooted fear.

A characteristic pattern of an eighth house Saturn involves perpetual emotional betrayal by others, manifested in an intimate and painful manner. Frequently, there is denial of deep emotional bonding in childhood. Since Saturn is often associated with the paternal figure, the father may die or be emotionally unavailable. Additionally, an individual may be raised in an environment where there is restricted physical expression along with problems between parental figures. The atmosphere is often cloaked in the garment of hostility and fear. Often this is not subtle: beatings and assault may be present. The effect, despite the actual circumstance, is a feeling of being ostracized coupled with loneliness and belief that alleviation is impossible.

Emotional isolation with Saturn in the eighth house seeks union rather than the security issues stemming from Saturn in the fourth house.  The type of unification sought is intensely transformational and the individual is propelled, through another, to seek rebirth and awareness of one’s spiritual nature. Ultimately, one succumbs to the realization that transformation and resurrection into higher consciousness manifests within the self: this is Saturn’s primordial eighth house lesson. The profound knowledge and mastery of the unconscious must be gained unescorted. The utilization of and intense interest in the depths of the mind while, simultaneously, mastering the true nature of creative energy makes Saturn in the eighth house natives spiritual alchemists. The enigmatic potency of the subconscious as life-generating, healing power for the self and others is, ultimately, the laborious gift bestowed upon the eighth house Saturn.

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