November 2018 Astrological Forecast

Never 2018 Astrological Forecast

November anticipates Jupiter’s departure from a year-long transit through Mars-ruled Scorpio (since 10/10/17), and into his domicile. On November 8th, Jupiter ingresses into Sagittarius until 12/2/19. This day’s splendor unfurls as, together, both benefics (Venus and Jupiter) are firstly seen enthroned in their respective domiciles (Libra and Sagittarius, respectively).

The wild blackout of November’s autumnal storms is forged by the blaze of Jupiter and Mars. Here, both planets roam and release amidst each other’s territories. Firstly, Mercury exits Mars-ruled Scorpio, entering Jupiter’s realm on October 31st, as the fleet-footed Messenger ingresses into his detriment in Sagittarius. On November 15th, the exchange between Jupiter and Mars extends as the latter ingresses into Jupiter-ruled Pisces. This receptivity engraves Jove’s jubilant mark into the red planet of severance.

Cleansed of Mars’ murky ink (on October 31st), on November 16th, Venus stations direct at 25º14′ Libra (on fixed stars Arcturus and Spica). Thereafter, in his detriment, Mercury stations retrograde, on November 16th, at 13º29′ Sagittarius (until 12/6/18, stationing direct at 27º16′ Scorpio). The challenging Mercury retrograde is encapsulated in a Sagittarius stellium (Sun, Jupiter, Mercury) come November 22nd, as the solar Centaur gleams in the November sky. The yearly Jupiter Cazimi, on November 26th, is a potent effulgence: the Greater Benefic is doubly empowered, when, in his domicile, he is simultaneously shielded in the king’s heart.

“Him Centaur follows with an aiming eye,

His bow full-drawn, and ready to let fly.”

The Centaur’s Aiming Eye: Jupiter Ingresses Into Sagittarius

On November 8th, Jupiter ingresses into his year-long Sagittarian domicile, where the bow is fully drawn in sweeping flight. This ingress oversees the full expression of the eternal, fiery force of courage, the primal fire reflected in opportune angularity.

Upon the astrological plane, Sagittarius is the mobile unit of the fiery trigon. He serves as the governing force of humanity, and that which oversees the necessity of justly law and order. In this expression, the bow, a metaphor for strength or force, flings its arrows in any opportune direction. This forward momentum of restless energy interminably seeks new modes of expression. Arising from the external plane’s chaos, this expressive reflectivity develops organization. As author of noble charity, the genuine son of Jupiter signifies higher moral character and humanitarian qualities. Upon the astrological sphere, Jupiter is deemed the Greater Benefic, possessing the highest form of human expression and rarest qualities of justice. The Centaur, too, is a symbol of secular knowledge, and its influence indicates external powers of merciful command as a result of its mental organizational skills. Representing the muscular foundation, Sagittarius is the emblem of stability, foundation, and physical power. Overseen by Jupiter, the Centaur’s locomotive star will aid in the yearly amplification of Jupiter’s worldly wisdom.

November 2018 Astrological Forecast

Zeus, Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli (inv. nr.9551). Da Pompei, Casa dei Dioscuri.

November 2018 Astrological Forecast

November Lunations

The November 7th New Moon at 15º11′ Scorpio (decan II) occurs on the day Uranus regresses into 29º59′ Aries. The New Moon trines Neptune, sextiles Pluto, and is poised against the backdrop of Saturn.

The Full Moon in Gemini occurs on November 23 at 0º52′ Gemini (decan I), where Luna opposes Jupiter. Likewise, the luminaries and Jupiter are tangled in a T-Square to Mars. Mercury, the dispositor of November’s Full Moon, conjoins Jupiter, and stirs themes of potential inaccuracy and exaggeration. Equilibrium between ambition and ethics will surge for inspection, as will our necessity for accurate communication.

Jupiter Cazimi

November 2018 Astrological Forecast When in its own domicile, a planet is considered impervious to the Sun’s beams. As Jupiter approaches the King’s Heart (Sun) on 11/26/18, he will be enveloped within 16 arc minutes of the solar rays. This condition, known as Cazimi, is the Medieval astrological term that defines closely conjoined planets (within 16 arc minutes).* When a planet is ‘in the heart’ of the King, or Cazimi, it is, simultaneously, shielded and strengthened in the commencement of a new solar cycle. In the case of Jupiter, he will be doubly fortified, considering he is already in his domicile.

November 2018 Astrological Forecast Calendar

  • 10/31/18: Mercury ingresses into Sagittarius; Venus Rx at 29º54′ Libra (Decan III)
  • 11/1/18: Moon opposite Mars at 21º31′ Leo, Jupiter trine Chiron at 28º31′ Scorpio-Pisces.
  • 11/2/18: Moon ingresses into Virgo. Moon trine Saturn at 5º04′ Virgo-Capricorn.
  • 11/3/18: Sun ingresses into Decan II Scorpio.
  • 11/4/18: Sun on Alphecca, currently at 12º32′ Scorpio. Moon ingresses into Libra. Moon square Saturn at 5º15′ Libra-Capricorn.
  • 11/5/18: Moon square Pluto at 19º04′ Libra-Capricorn, Sun trine Neptune at 13º47′ Scorpio-Pisces, Venus conjunct Ceres at 27º25′ Libra, Moon trine Mars at 24º06′ Libra-Aquarius.
  • 11/6/18: Moon into Scorpio, square the Nodes, Rx North Node enters 29º56′ Cancer, Uranus regresses into Aries (29º59′).
  • 11/7/18: New Moon at 15º11′ Scorpio (Decan II).
  • * 11/8/18: Jupiter ingresses into (his domicile) Sagittarius until 12/3/19, Venus trine Mars at 26º11′ Libra-Aquarius. Moon into Sagittarius. Together, both benefics are first seen enthroned in their respective domiciles.
November 2018 Astrological Forecast

Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius as Venus is in her domicile.

  • 11/11/18: Moon into Capricorn
  • 11/12/18: Ceres ingresses into Scorpio.
  • 11/13/18: Lunar Node stations direct at 29º10′ Cancer.
  • 11/14/18: Moon into Aquarius
  • 11/15/18: First Quarter Moon at 23º11′ Aquarius (Decan III). Mars sextile Uranus at 29º40′ Aquarius-Aries. Mars ingresses into Pisces at 6:21 PM ET.
  • * 11/16/18: Moon into Pisces. Venus stations direct at 25º14′ Libra on Arcturus and Spica.
  • 11/16/18: Mercury stations retrograde at 13º29′ Sagittarius (until 12/5/18, stations direct on 12/6/18 at 27º16′ Scorpio).
  • 11/19/18: Moon into Aries. Mars square Jupiter at 2º33′ Pisces-Sagittarius.
  • 11/21/18: Moon into Taurus.
  • 11/22/18: Sun ingresses into Sagittarius.
  • 11/23/18: Full Moon at 0º52′ Gemini (Decan I).
  • 11/24/18: Venus conjunct Spica, currently at 24º4′ Libra, Neptune stations direct at 13º41′ Pisces, Moon into Cancer.
  • 11/25/18: Moon trine Mars at 6º6′ Cancer-Pisces. Moon opposite Saturn at 7º15′ Cancer-Capricorn. Moon trine Neptune at 13º41′ Cancer-Pisces.
  • 11/26/18: Jupiter Cazimi at 3°56′ Sagittarius.
  • * 11/27/18: Moon square Venus at 27º25′ Cancer-Libra (12:32 AM). Lunar Node stations direct at 28º01′ Cancer. Moon into Leo. Moon trine Jupiter at 4º14′ Leo-Sagittarius, Mercury at 4º39′ Leo-Sagittarius, and the Sun at 5º25′ Leo-Sagittarius. Mars sextile Saturn at 7º29′ Pisces-Capricorn. Mercury Cazimi, exact at 5º03′ Sagittarius. Mercury conjunct Jupiter at 4º18′ Sagittarius.
  • 11/29/18: Moon trine Uranus at 29º12 Leo-Aries.
  • 11/30/18: Last Quarter Moon at 7º43′ Virgo (Decan I). Venus opposite Uranus at 29º12′ Libra-Aries.

November 2018 Astrological Forecast

References:

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

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology.


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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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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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Venus Retrograde

Venus Retrograde

Venus is a graceful balance that, simultaneously, warms and humidifies. Creator of her own light, she equally extends resourcefulness to her environment.

“Venus has the same powers and tempered nature of Jupiter, but acts in the opposite way; for she warms moderately because of her nearness to the sun, but chiefly humidifies, like the moon, because of the amount of her own light and because she appropriates the exhalations from the moist atmosphere surrounding the earth.” [Ptolemy, p.37]

Of Phosphorous Ascending: The Synodic Cycle of Venus and Her Phases of Renewal

Every five hundred and eighty-four days, Venus’ flickering pirouette scrapes the frost from an echoing past that taunts one’s resolve. Her retrograde glint, a wayward waltz of forty days (and forty nights), is propelled by the Morning Star’s ascension. This phase of renewal, as part of the Venus Cycle, is a principle intricately explored by ancient Mayan cosmology and mythology, most notably in the Mayan Venus Calendar and the Popol Vuh of the Quiche Maya. Perhaps the oldest record of the celestial movements of Venus is preserved in the Venus Tablet of Ammisaduqa, whose origins date to mid-17th century BCE.

Her first phase, as Hesperus, marks her western descent as an evening star. Hesperos, or Vesper in Latin, is the origin of the name Hesperus, the evening star, sharing root with the English word ‘west’. Her mantled plunge below the blackened undercurrent is the secret bow before her inferior conjunction with the Sun in the east. This pivot marks her Phosphorous phase, bathed in blindingly ferocious light as Lucifer, or light-bearer. In Greek, the name for Morning Star is Heōsphoros (Ἑωσφόρος), translated as dawn-bringer.

Morning Star

Stanisław Wyspiański: Eos, Phosphoros, Hesperos, Helios, 1897.

“At that time when Eosphoros (Dawn Star) passes across earth, harbinger of light, and after him Eos (Dawn) of the saffron mantle is scattered across the sea.”

Homer, Iliad

The Five Celestial Flares

In a lifespan, Venus’ retrogrades trace a celestial five-pointed pentagram that, in turn, activate five specific zodiacal parts (or signs). To note, Venus does not commence retrogrades in Libra, Sagittarius, or Pisces, and, instead, begins in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Scorpio, and Capricorn. Upon completing five Venusian cycles of eight years, the Morning Star returns to the same point in the cosmos. When Venus repeats her retrograde cycle in the before mentioned signs, however, she successively does so a few degrees earlier each time.

It is helpful to recall prior Venus cycles in order to understand the intimate effects of Venus’ 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. 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.

Venus in Scorpio, Uranus in Taurus: Pivotal Opposition

Venus In Scorpio

During this retrograde, Venus makes an exact opposition to Uranus thrice, on 9/12/18, 10/31/18, and 11/30/18, respectively. Noticeably, neither planet feels comfortable in the signs of their current ingresses. In Scorpio, Venus is in adversity (detriment), where the otherwise fluidly reconcilable qualities of Libran Venus are turned on their side. Uninhibitedly, Venus grants amelioration to any fragments of shattered sensitivity, serving as the equilibrium of supportively empathic partnerships. Likewise, she evokes capacity for aesthetic perceptions, and, ultimately, is a conduit for personal and worldly peace. Contrastingly, in Mars-ruled Scorpio, retrograde Venus can respond in indolence, manipulation, and destructively sensual abandonment. Her qualities are contorted when ingressed in a sign that thrives by dismantling the taboo, a territory seldomly charted via Venusian excursions.

As the Morning Star, Phosphorous Venus’ pulverizing light is akin to the severing quality of the Warrior, Mars. In parallel, the position of Venus as Morning Star was the centerpiece of Mayan warfare strategy, noted by the Tlaloc-Venus execution, whose implementation violently resolved Mayan ‘competition’ in A.D. 378 [Schele, p.130]

The maximum separation possible between Venus and the Sun is 48 degrees, which, not unlike Mercury, binds her to the solar ego. Swiftly, Venus can be absorbed by self-possession and lassitude. Retrograde Venus can often socially retreat, becoming immersed in insecurities, unworthiness, and doubt. She accentuates emotive renewal, inspecting the structure of our value system while striving to escape the barricades of a past that taunts our resolve. Likewise, this is an opportune moment to exercise creative potential, a process that, independently, can harmonize the psyche’s bellicose divisions.

Uranus In Taurus

In another sense, we are intuitively aware of the disparities between a planet that rebelliously demands liberation through unorthodox pathways versus a sign that thrives via tradition and paced rhythms. Uranus is the riotous, individual quality inherent in the mind’s structure. Nothing is more rapturous to it than the prospect of insurgence. In essence, the transcendence of cultural and social programming, particularly in relation to the collective and individualistic perspective of currency, is the vigorous current of Uranus in 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.

Venus Retrograde

Venus Opposite Uranus: Tug-of-War

Newly sparked relationships during Venus retrograde likely mirror subconscious forms of necessary escapism from quotidian settings. Permanent bonds are unlikely manifestations under the erratic impetus of Uranus. The undercurrent of Venus and Uranus seeks stimulation, excitement, and unusual experiences through the realm of relationships. A type of friction, or tug-of-war, is surged between the intensely alluring guise of Venus, and the rebellious nature of Uranus, as the latter, dominated by the fixed grasp of Taurus, becomes begrudgingly afflicted. In other words, pressure erupts as a result of the innately incompatible natures of Venus and Uranus when ingressed in signs that cannot adequately compliment their respective energies (Scorpio and Taurus, respectively). Impulsive spending is another key theme under this configuration, as Venus oversees our livelihoods and can justify frivolous consumerism as a form of satiating subconscious voids.

Elemental Fire Void

Until Jupiter ingresses into Sagittarius on November 8th, 2018, an underlying fire void accompanies most of the Venus retrograde. A transit fire void can often manifest as a lack of dynamism coupled with dubiousness regarding the sustenance in the life force itself. This can be accompanied by apathy, low energy, and a lack of motivation to mobilize goals. Self-confidence may be compromised with a tendency towards despondency. Fire voids are often significant indicators of obstacles regarding the manner in which one approaches the scope of experience. All activities, including dietary and exercise regimens, should be moderately implemented in order to preserve energetic reserves. As water-earth is the current elemental emphasis, the fulfillment of security needs become paramount, often to the detriment of intellectual and communicative faculties. Caution should be noted against manipulative tendencies in the pursuit of earthly goals.

The Moon-goddess accompanied by the Dioscuri, or Phosphoros (the Morning Star) and Hesperos (the Evening Star). Marble altar, 2nd century CE.

Venus in Libra on Arcturus and Spica

Venus conjoins Arcturus and Spica during her retrograde and upon stationing direct. Between Spica and Arcturus, there is a minor difference in longitude and a significant distance in latitude. Both fixed stars are omens of good fortune with similar attributes, although Arcturus’ comparative role is that of the Unbiased Protector.

The Athenians saw the Bootes constellation as the leader of people who had fallen at difficult times. The alpha star of Bootes is the brilliantly golden star Arcturus. As per Ptolemy’s location, Arcturus is the bright star in the fringe of the Tunic, representing leadership skills and pioneering vision. Conjoined Venus, Arcturus becomes “a leader in the arts or humanist politics, coupled with a willingness to explore the difficult or unusual in friendships, arts, and social events.” Likewise, Arcturus is said to bestow “popular, gifts and favors from friends.” According to Ptolemy, Arcturus is of the qualities of Jupiter and Mars.

The famous Spica, the wheat sheaf in the hand of the goddess, symbolizes gifts of knowledge, insight, and the potential for brilliance. According to Ptolemy, Spica is of the qualities of Venus, and, “in a less degree, that of Mars.” [Ptolemy, p.51] Conjoined Venus, Spica draws “gifted” people into the native’s circle. However, older texts caution of Arcturus above the benefactor Spica, as if implying celestial justice in the face of possible greed.

Timeline of the 2018 Venus Retrograde in Scorpio/ Libra

Below is my own chronological synopsis of the 2018 Venus retrograde cycle. During this passage, Venus squares Mars and opposes Uranus thrice. Mercury enters Scorpio on 10/9/18, followed by the Sun on 10/23/18. As Venus oscillates from Evening to Morning Star, we witness the shifting of the Nodes to the Cancer-Capricorn Cardinal axis (on 11/6/18) followed by Jupiter’s ingress into his domicile. As Venus stations direct at 25º14′ Libra (on fixed stars Arcturus and Spica), on November 16th, 2018, at 6:52 AM EDT, we firstly witness both benefics simultaneously posited in their own domiciles.

  • 9/3/18: Venus enters pre-shadow phase in Libra.
  • 9/8/18: Venus square Mars at 29°36′ Libra-Capricorn at 4:05 PM EDT.
  • 9/12/18: Venus opposite Uranus at 2°03′ Scorpio-Taurus at 4:41 AM EDT.
  • 10/5/18: Evening Star/ Hesperus Venus stations retrograde at 10º50′ Scorpio (decan I) on 10/5/18 at 3:43 PM EDT.
  • 10/11/18: Venus square Mars exact at 10º16′ Scorpio-Aquarius at 10:29 PM EDT.
  • 10/26/18: Venus in the heart of the Sun/ Cazimi exact at 3º06′ Scorpio at 10:17 AM EDT.

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  • 10/26/18: Venus is now in her Morning Star/ Phosphorous /Lucifer phase and commences a new 584 day cycle.
  • 10/26/18: Venus under the beams of the Sun/ combust at 2:29 PM EDT.
  • 10/31/18: Venus opposite Uranus at 0º15′ Scorpio-Taurus square 0º37′ Leo North Node, at 4:21 AM EDT.
  • 10/31/18: Venus ingresses into 29º59′ Libra, decan III, at 3:42 PM EDT.
  • 11/6/18: The North Node ingresses into 29º59′ Cancer at 2:10 PM EDT.
  • 11/6/18: Uranus regresses into 29º59′ Aries at 2:58 PM EDT, as Venus resumes retrograde at 27º08′ Libra.
  • 11/8/18: Jupiter ingresses into Sagittarius, at 8:39 AM EDT, conjoining 0º03′ Luna, exact at 3:05 PM EDT.

Venus Stations Direct 11/16/18

  • 11/16/18: Venus stations direct at 25º14′ Libra on fixed stars Arcturus and Spica, at 6:51 AM EDT. *On this date, both benefics are found in their respective domiciles (Venus in Libra and Jupiter in Sagittarius, respectively.
  • 11/30/18: Anaretic Venus opposite Uranus 29° Libra-Taurus
  • 12/2/18: Venus regresses into Scorpio at 1:02 PM EDT.
  • 12/17/18: Venus exits post-shadow period in Scorpio.

References:

1. Homer, Iliad, Hackett Publishing.

2. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, Harvard Press.

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

4. Ebertin, Elsbeth, Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation.

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

6. Brady, Bernadette, Star and Planet Combinations.

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Taurus Ascendant

“To know the character of the native’s mind, look at the Lord of the Ascendant and Mercury (who is the significator of the intellective power, speech and oration). These signify the matters of the soul, and the morals of the native, just as the Moon and the Ascendant signify the body.” (Abu’Ali Al-Khayatt, The Judgment of Nativities)

The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

The Ascendant is simply the zodiacal degree rising over the eastern horizon at the exact time and location of birth. Known as ‘the Helm’ in Hellenistic astrology, the Ascendant expresses the native’s navigational strategy, a metaphorical grappling of the steering-oar of life. Because it reveals one’s interaction with the external environment, unfurling the native’s vitality, health, character, temperament, and corporeal constitution, the Ascendant is a critical feature of the natal chart. As the first house does not fully surface above the horizon, it remains both visible and concealed. Akin to the flight of fleet-footed Hermes, the Ascendant symbolizes the oscillation between the diurnal and nocturnal realms of spirit and matter. In essence, it is the merging point between the macrocosmic and microcosmic hemispheres of the natal chart: as above, so below.

Taurus Ascendant

Taurus: The Bull

Taurus Ascendant: Venus as the Chart Ruler

The feminine, earthy, fixed Taurus Ascendant embodies the nocturnal expression of Venus. As the planet of reconciliation, love, beauty, and artistic expression orchestrates the Taurean Ascendant, Venus will have a potent connection to the native’s body, appearance, personality, and physical vitality. As the Venusian Bull concretizes a more earthy manifestation, the Taurus Ascendant is energetically resourceful: paused reactions couple a resilient stamina. Mirroring the practical, earthly side of the benefic’s rulership (Venus), Taurus Ascendant nourishes the body and mind through the tactile senses, comfort, its physical possessions, and artistic expression. The Taurus Ascendant thrives in harmonious environments and partnerships, seeking to unify or reconcile. As the earthy Venusian Spirit, Taurus projects the image of Venus via grace and refinement. In a fertile sign, the physical constitution of the Taurus Ascendant (in isolation) is generally fuller, said to be blessed by the star of Venus. 

Of Venus-ruled natives, Lilly notes:

‘A round face, and not large, fair Hair, smooth, and plenty of it… a lovely Mouth and cherry lips, the Face pretty fleshy, a rolling wandering Eye, a Body very delightful, lovely and exceedingly well shaped, one desirious of Trimming and making himself neat and complete both in clothes and Body… a steadfast Eye, and full of amorous enticements.’          

The placement and condition of Venus in the natal chart guides the direction and purpose of the native’s life, while the body and identity is influenced by transits through the ascendant, natal Venus, Venus retrogrades, including first place, and Venus profection years. The house ruler of Venus also directs the expression of the Taurus Ascendant. For example, if Venus occupies a sign polarizing its essential nature, such as Scorpio, the native may not approach life as a typical Taurus Ascendant. Planets occupying the first house can significantly alter the personality of the Ascendant. Again, for example, Mars occupying the first house of Taurus will significantly alter the appearance and personality of the Ascendant. Fixed stars such as Algol and the Pleiades (conjunct the Ascendant) can impact the otherwise traditional Taurean Ascendant. The chart’s sect will further punctuate the full expression of Mars in the natal chart. 

*Ascendant descriptions are intended as general, isolated references, and are but one component of the natal chart. 

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