Planetary Joys

The Planetary Joys

The planetary joys, a Hellenistic composition for the seven visible planets, suggest 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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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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New Moon in Scorpio

Leonor Fini, The Parasol, 1947

New Moon in Scorpio: A Photochemical Exchange

The New Moon in Scorpio embodies the photochemical exchange of radiant energy. Via photochemical exchange, the consequential chemical and physical properties of molecules in response to light absorption differ greatly from their structural origin. As such, Luna and Jupiter have filtered their effulgence through the venomous canals of Scorpio, laboriously transmuting poison into panacea. Invisibly, in the same ecliptic longitude with the Sun, Luna surrenders her brilliance in service to Earth: the Moon’s reflective void determines Earth’s albedo, or the level of sunlight reflected by Earth. In turn, this offering enables the survey of climate: the cloudier the Earth, the brighter the ‘earthshine’. Here, the photochemical exchange of light is the New Moon’s final homage to Earth: guided by Jupiter, Luna soon vanishes from Scorpio’s interminably clenched claw.

Scorpio Decan II: The Sea-Crossing of Sun and Jupiter

At 15°11’ Scorpio, this lunation illuminates the second decan, governed by the Sun and Jupiter. In her depression or fall, Luna’s second decan in Scorpio heralds themes of conflict, vulnerability, and transitional surrender. As Agrippa’s imagery illustrates, “In the second face ascendeth a man naked, and a woman naked, and a man sitting on the earth, and before him two dogs biting one another…” While Agrippa proceeds to elaborate on deception, impudent operations, and strife amongst men, both figures remain exposed. While all three decans reiterate violence in Agrippa’s descriptions, the second face of Scorpio subtly alludes to vulnerability, since man and woman are unprotected by either garments or weaponry.

Ibn Ezra echoes Agrippa by depicting Scorpio’s second face as the ascension of ‘a naked man, and the middle of a horse, and the middle of an ox’, followed by ‘a woman who has left her house; she is naked and has nothing on and she is entering the sea.’ Again, both figures are unadorned by clothing, but in Ezra’s second description, it is suggested that, void of possessions, the female relinquishes her shelter, journeying into the sea. While sea-crossing affords a plethora of mythological diversities, in Eastern and Greek cultures, it is an intermediary between life and death. As an agent of destruction and renewal, it is equally a medium of communion between humans and gods. Essentially, the sea integrates the elements it separates, such as fertility and barrenness, or a deathly directionless odyssey in its immortal passage. It is possible, then, that Ezra’s female embarks upon a sea-crossing of bare surrender, between the visible and invisible worlds of humans, gods, and the departed.

Leonor Fini, Ophelia

Zuben Elgenubi: The Insufficient Price

During the Greek and Roman empires, the Claws of the Scorpion became known as the Scales, and this portion of the sky was viewed as a lamp symbolizing the Assyrian god of fire, Bir. [4] At 15°19′ Scorpio, fixed star Zuben Elgenubi, Libra’s brightest star, conjoins the Moon (and Sun) within an 8′ orb. According to Ptolemy, ‘of those stars in the Claws of the Scorpion… those in the middle parts the same as do Saturn and, to a less degree, Mars.’ [Ptolemy, p.51] Zuben Elgenubi traditionally corresponds to the nature of Saturn followed, to a lesser extent, by that of Mars. However, as the New Moon’s traditional dispositor, the Martial influence is likely applicable.

Early interpretations of Zuben Elgenubi are forthright in their subjectively negative descriptions. Robson, symbolically terming Elgenubi as ‘The Insufficient Price’, describes this star as ‘causing malevolence, violence, disease, lying, and dangers from poison.’ Ebertin punctuates Zuben Elgenubi’s negative connotations to nocturnal charts (this lunation occurs during a diurnal chart), alongside attributions to poor health. However, along with its northern counterpart, Zuben Eschamali, Ebertin interprets this combination as bestowing ‘immortality to one’s name.’ However, Brady notes Zuben Elgenubi as having higher ideals regarding social reform than its counterpart, citing Martin Luther King, John Lennon, and Abraham Lincoln as examples of reformers with the culminating star. Here, it is suggested that Zuben Elgenubi differs via motivational source. Essentially, it marks individuals involved in reform while simultaneously dismissing personal gain or power. [4]

Odilon Redon, The Red Sphinx, 1912

New Moon in Scorpio Aspects

The New Moon in Scorpio trines Neptune and sextiles Pluto. The Moon-Neptune trine is empathic, which, to an extent, ameliorates some of the challenging themes of this lunation. In harmony, Luna and Neptune are service-oriented, particularly to those deemed less fortunate. Equally, the imaginative realm is heightened, alluding to the forthcoming Mercury retrograde, which will challenge perceptual clarity. However, in the context of this lunation, this energy is favorable for artistic endeavors, the dream-state, and heightened sensitivity. Of course, Luna’s dialogue with Neptune can stir oscillating moods, often mirroring our environment, so it is recommended that our company is agreeable.

The Moon-Pluto sextile readily dismisses triviality in favor all-encompassing, experiential depth. This intensity extends to relationships, an interest in investigating all forms of inaccessible subject matter (inclusive to subterranean energies in the psyche), and the impetus to adjust unfavorable conditions within the intimate setting. The general caution with this aspect is the tendency towards unproductive or unyielding obsessiveness in the pursuit of singular knowledge or a compulsory idea.

Odilon Redon, Red Thorns

Venus Retrograde trines the Moon’s dispositor, Mars, ushering equilibrium between assertiveness and equality. Harmoniously integrating the ying and yang, or the emerald and scarlet tinctures of Mars and Venus, confidence is punctuated without the interjection of abrasiveness. While this aspect begins to stimulate the long-term, fiery quest for liberation that heralds Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius, Venus-Mars oversees a balance between individuality and cooperative efforts. Because of the crystalline properties of this fixed Scorpio decan, established relationships (of ample varieties) are potentially solidified, while favorable, newly formed partnerships are likely void of exploitation. Furthermore, note Mars’ ingress into Pisces on November 15th, followed by Venus’ direct station at 25º14′ Libra on November 16th. Fifteen hours later, Mercury stations retrograde at 13º29′ Sagittarius. Needless to mention, this month ushers illimitable activity.

Saturn’s Backdrop

Because the Moon’s dispositor, Mars, is currently in Saturn’s domain (prior to its Jupitarian ingress in Pisces), the Time Keeper imparts lessons through detached discipline. Instead, Saturn rewards laborious diligence, maturation, stoicism, and the stability of our life’s structures. The subtle, Saturnian sway of this lunation can be used to re-structure areas of life that no longer concretize purpose and potential, a task best embarked in unison with the fulfillment of honorable work.

Water and Fire: The Corpuscles of Unity andDispersal

The New Moon in Scorpio is followed by Jupiter’s ingress into his Sagittarian domicile the following day, on November 8th. The elements, too, are flaring from water to fire, a challenging transmutation between polarizing elements. This inherent volatility requires a stable structure, since the movement from water to fire requires the conversion from cold unification (moist) to hot separation (dry). Where water is cool becoming moist, simultaneously fixed and fluid, it serves the basic human necessity for emotive depth. In contrast, the nature of fire is to rise and disperse, answering the primal call for individuality, spiritedness, and instinctive knowledge. Therefore, as the planetary ingresses shift from Scorpio to Sagittarius, there is a surge for individualized exploration and creative expression.

Image taken from Friedländer, Plato, vol. 1, An Introduction.

In Timaeus, Plato uses the geometrical shape of each element to explain its appearance and behavior. The fiery corpuscle is a regular tetrahedron, or four-sided geometrical solid. In this diagram, the central fire-particle contains 6 scalene triangles composing each equilateral face of the tetrahedron. On the left is a basic isotope with 2 scalene triangles per face, and, on the right, a more complex isotope with 8 scalene triangles per face.Therefore, the sharpness of the four triangles that compose fire reflects the element’s divisive and protruding nature. Beyond any other form, its splicing ability heats and pulverizes into multiples.

New Moon in Scorpio

Before the dispersal of the fiery Archer, the New Moon in Scorpio offers a mediating intermission between destruction and renewal. Like Ezra’s sea-crossing figure, this excursion explores the raw surrender between visible and invisible worlds. Coupled with the selfless potential of Zuben Elgenubi and Luna’s depth-riddled aspects, the New Moon embodies the photochemical exchange of radiant light energy. On the day of Jupiter (November 8th), the Scorpion releases a newly forged Jove into the Archer’s arms.

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The New Moon at 15°11’ Scorpio occurs on the day of Mercury, November 7th, 2018, at 11:02:03 PM ET.


References:

1. Agrippa, Henry, Three Books of Occult Philosophy.

2. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos.

3. Ezra, Ibn, The Beginning of Wisdom.

4. Brady, Bernadette, Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars.

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

6. Plato, Timaeus.

7. Cohen, Marc, Washington.edu

Oil paintings are by Leonor Fini and Odilon Redon.


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Earth in the Natal Chart

Bestiarius apocalypsi. Etching, dry point, mezzotint, 17x14cm, 2004

Earth in the Natal Chart: Understanding the Four Elements in Astrology

Earth: General Qualities and Associations

Earth is associated with the organic qualities of solidity, matter, and the terrestrial experience. It is ascribed to the feminine, nocturnal earth triplicity of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. In Plato’s Timeaus, earth is represented by the cube, and considered to be both cool and dry. Likewise, in medieval astrology, coldness and dryness, qualities of the melancholic temperament, are ascribed to the earth element.

Earth: Its Function and Expression

The earth element indicates imperviousness, stability, and affords critical resources such as food, shelter, and security. Without this core element, life would lack the fertility of the strewing soil, the transferance of decay into nourishment, the support of structures built to preserve life. The organic realm is earth’s offering: it is resilient, supportive, and provides the corporeal body with endurance and armour against threat.

Balanced Earth in the Natal Chart

Natives with sufficient earth innately connect with the physical senses and the reality of the material sphere. The earth element’s natural sense of endurance and persistance affords natives with independence, efficiency, and intuitive safety. Earth protects against the endangerment of security, ensuring that the native’s work or ‘property’ remains unthreatened. As a result, earth natives are naturally premeditative, cautionary, conservative, and dependable.

Earth-Void in the Natal Chart

Insufficient earth can propel the native to ignore the core requisites of the physical vessel, unintentionally dismissing nourishment, rest, and the enjoyment of the five senses. Earth-voids can ignore survival necessities until harshly confronted by the demands of reality. A lack of contact with the material dimension can cause isolation, physical weakness, and insufficient self-expression. The earth-void native can feel evaporable, unable to integrate the self with societal structures. Dissatisfaction with life’s work often stems from an inability to integrate the imaginative sphere with the seemingly harsh realities of material demands. This sense of alienation can manifest as a search for experience with other dimensional realities that appear more relatable, such as the active imagination or a spiritual quest. 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 earth-void native must first accept the basic requirements of terrestrial survival.

Excessive Earth in the Natal Chart

Excessive earth in the natal chart can hinder the imagination once over-emphasis is placed on preservation of existing conditions, particularly if growth is dismissed in favor of comfort and security. As a result, practical efficiency and material concerns can dominate the native at the of theoretical and ethical principles. A loss of perspective and purpose beyond the material realm can govern the native’s life. While these natives have a vast reservoir of strength and efficiency, practical affairs and work can dominate their lives, resulting in a threat of self-worth when unforeseen change interrupts vocational pursuits. Cynicism and skepticism can infiltrate the mind as a result of lacking ideals and inspiration to infuse life with depth and purpose.

Physical Correspondences and Remediations

Excessive earth can flourish when integrating the imaginative realm, idealistic principles, and activities that surpass the focus on security and survival. The mind’s elasticity should be explored by learning for its singular pleasure, as opposed to its palpable applications. To afford prosperity, excessive earth requires commitment to ideals and the possibilities of existence beyond the tangible, terrestrial sphere. To prevent stagnation, these natives function best when committed to higher ideals and guidelines. Breathing exercises that focus on introducing more oxygen into the body, as simple as it sounds, helps excessive earth natives compensate for air-voids.
Poor skin tone, often associated with earth-voids, indicates that the life-force is not vitalizing the corporeal body. Insufficient earth natives can benefit from cultivating a consistent schedule and quotidian routine, defining specific periods for eating in a peaceful manner, moderately exercising, and receiving sufficient rest. By accepting the very limitations of the physical plane, the terrestrial sphere can afford the sustenance and power needed to actualize the ideas and activities generated by the remaining elements.

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Air in the Natal Chart

Air in the Natal Chart

Bestiarius apocalypsi (spring). Etching, dry point, mezzotint, 17x14cm, 2005

Air in the Natal Chart: Understanding the Four Elements in AstrologyAir in the natal chart

Air: General Qualities and Associations

Suggestive of both dimly low atmospheres (aer) and the qualities of the atmosphere above the clouds (aether, often described as the fifth element), air is the element ascribed to the trigon of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. In Plato’s Timeaus, air is represented by the octahedron, and considered to be both hot and wet. Likewise, in medieval astrology, heat and moisture, qualities of the sanguine temperament, are ascribed to the air element.

Air: Its Function and Expression

Air is the abstract (free from the material sphere’s solidity) quality of expansion, activity, and mutability. It is constant mobility, expressed through the exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide through the breath’s inhalation and exhalation process. While we can use its properties through the vital breath, visualize its effects, and hear its audial patterns, air remains intangible. Because one cannot physically grasp air, it is deemed abstract. In visual art, for example, ‘negative space’ is the compositional constituent that allows the eye room to ‘navigate’ through a piece. In this manner, the air element is responsible for mobility: it allows ideas to wander and exchange in ample fluidity. Air is the intellect’s link to ideas and their articulation. Because of its constant mobility, once exchange is afforded, air proceeds to explore new concepts.

Air Equilibrium in the Natal Chart

Sufficient air in the natal chart affords the ability to analyze situations with clear objectivity and perception. It bestows the capacity to effectively articulate ideas through oratory and written formats. New concepts, however contrary to the native’s existing beliefs, can be assimilated for consideration, without irrational or defensive reactivity. Self-perception is seamlessly calibrated, since the native possesses the capacity for impersonal receptivity. Essentially, the air affinity is akin to the third-person perspective of a book’s narrative, or a bird’s eye view of a moving picture: impartial surveillance of any given scenario.

Air-Void in the Natal Chart

For the native, an air-void is challenging to distinguish when the remaining elements are heavily activated in the natal chart. In other words, experiencing life through the active/ dynamic (fire), emotive (water), and material (earth) spheres can conceal the subtlety of air. If we look to its qualities, as described in the beginning of this article, air’s abstract qualities easily dissolve, comparatively, against the remaining elements. Personal detachment is challenging, since the native’s experiences are consumed in immediacy.

Since the unifying properties of air are compromised, uncooperative behavior begets unsatisfactory partnerships, and hesitance surges when adjusting to new people, ideas, and insights. An amount of distrust and suspicion is applied to purely intellectual pursuits and people. In essence, the main air-void obstacle stems from the inability to objectively approach internal and external circumstances.

Excessive Air in the Natal Chart

An over-abundance of air in the natal chart can often result in a native who rejects the material world in favor of the imaginative realm. Essentially, the native is engulfed in the richness of the mind’s constructs, yet the over-active mind requires guidance and control. Excessive air, coupled with an earth-void, for example, can impede the actualization of accumulated ideas that require release from the mental confinement. In extreme circumstances, the inability to generate action without excessive thought can lead to the paralysis of will and psychological disarray. While the mind creates its own isolated world, one that can often lead to conceptual brilliance, impracticality and lack of material application can remove the native from any connection to the vital solidity of existence.

Physical Correspondences and Remediations

Air-voids are often linked to delicate nervous systems with psychosomatic manifestations. When ideas fail to be assimilated (mentally and emotionally), irrational reactions can surge. While the body’s response to inconceivable ideas can produce physical ailment and aggression, these reactions are intended to abolish threat. Physically, excessive air can lead to a highly activated and extremely sensitized nervous system. Consistent meditation and restful, recuperative retreats are necessary for replenishment and the prevention of cerebral exhaustion. Additionally, it is imperative to implement a change of scenery away from the quotidian in order to escape from systematic preoccupations, second thoughts, and interminable plans.

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