Imbalance of Fire in the Natal Chart

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Noting the primary, comprehensive methods for analyzing elemental voids or imbalances, this post accentuates, solely in isolation, the element of fire and the importance of its maintenance in equilibrium as addressed in the natal chart.

The digestive system often suffers as a result of little emphasis on fire in the birth chart, resulting in debilitated assimilation of food. If the individual is also lacking in earth, simultaneously, dietary intake should be carefully scrutinized since there exists a lack of digestive strength to absorb heavy, concentrated foods. In my experience, Ayurvedic medicine proves a beneficial aid in ameliorating said imbalance.

The elemental fire void manifests as a lack of dynamism and a proclivity to be dubious of the sustenance in the life force itself. Additionally, there is an underlying current of apathy, lacking the primordial energy and motivation to mobilize goals. Self-confidence may be poor with a tendency towards despondency. Challenges and obstacles can paralyze the fire void native, while crises may take a relatively longer time to manage and triumph. Usually, the residual psychological effects of major threatening circumstances tend to reside within the individual long after the experience has culminated. Little emphasis in fire often indicates a significant obstacle in the manner which one approaches the scope of experience. All activities, including dietary and exercise, should be performed in moderation so that one does not entirely extinguish the reserves of one’s energy. However, given a strong Mars or Sun as compensation, fire void natives do exude a significant degree of patience.

An overly emphasized fire element in the natal chart will often only be conspicuous to the individual when it is too late to rectify. One may exhibit the tendency to be overly active, restless, and fixated on generating change, at all costs, in the world. Over-abundance of fire may spawn difficulties in relating to and interacting with others, since impulsiveness, unforseen destructiveness, and the urge to act at all costs can generate extreme insensitivity and crudeness in one’s social approach. This force, under affliction, is uncontrolled, giving to extravagance, over-confidence, and self-indulgence. Primitive traits are marked, accentuated by ego-exaltation and excessive self-importance.

Those attuned strongly to fire are motivated, ambitious, and often successfully commence and promote new enterprises, projects, and idealistic ventures that demand a vast reservoir of dedication, courage, and vitality. It should be reiterated, upon concluding this brief overview of the elemental fire void, that it is here discussed in exclusion, not taking into account all other elemental factors present in the natal chart. Ultimately, individuals hold the capacity to compensate for elemental voids, acknowledging that balancing the elements is a symbol of personal growth.

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Life Energy: Interpreting the Four Elements in an Astrological Chart

Interpretive astrology generates added depth and dimension when emphasis is placed upon the elements. Through analysis of the elemental force in the natal chart, one concentrates on the mechanics of specific vital energies. This is in contrast to limiting interpretation solely to the manifestation of said energies in expressive behavior and external personality traits. All individuals are composed of the four elements, whether consciously or subconsciously aware of said energies. There is impossibility in human existence if only one of the elements is absent due to the complete void of the functional energy of any missing element on both a psychological and physical level. However, the elements most exemplified in a natal chart by planetary placement along with that of the Ascendant indicate the primary energies one is capable of effortlessly maneuvering in daily life. Additionally, such energies denote naturally and spontaneously available realms of experience. In contrast, elements lacking emphasis in a chart reveal certain realms of vital activity not consciously attuned with the individual. Therefore, these conscious elemental voids must be cultivated and developed in order to generate experience in a particular elemental field and ultimately, manifest a complete and balanced life.

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 Aquarius rising, for example, the element of Saturn would provide more emphasis than that of Uranus, Aquarius’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.

When deducing the balance or imbalance of elemental energies, one chart factor can significantly alter the entirety of the expressive energetic field. The ideal strategy should involve at least some acclimatization to each element. Furthermore, this results in the capacity to achieve a harmonious life approach as well as the immediate participation in all realms of experience. Individuals hold the capacity to compensate for elemental voids, knowing that balancing the elements is a symbol of personal growth and self-expression.

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Grace and Neptune: Liberation Through Dimensional Experience

While Uranus signals an urge to experience a new, willful level of individualistic, expressive freedom, Neptune indicates an impetus toward freedom from the boundaries of intellect. Neptune signifies a yearning to merge with the entirety of existence, dissolving illusions of separateness and ego-centricity. Neptune’s essential disposition represents manners of escaping all forms of limitation, including orthodoxy, egoism, the material plane, and the perils of quotidian life. While aspects to Neptune reflect on the imaginative and creative qualities, negative aspects relate to illusion and deception. Ultimately, close Neptune aspects, harsh or harmonious, indicate the urge towards potential realization and achievement of union with universal consciousness. More often than harmonious aspects, harsh aspects propel one to manifest spiritual ideals on an elevated dimension.

When searching for connection on the outer plane, one experiences distortions and perplexities, arriving at a sense of disillusionment. In essence, this occurs since Neptune symbolizes modulation to the nebulous resources of the inner sphere and the limitless levels of experience. Therefore, one can define Neptune’s challenging aspects as phases of life where lessons concerning spiritual dimensions and their subtle nuances are learned  through disillusionment of experience. Furthermore, the scope of experience that confronts disillusionment is indicated by close planetary aspect(s) to Neptune. When the astrologer notices close challenging aspects between Neptune and personal planets, the client’s spiritual inclinations should be further explored as opposed to focusing on quotidian issues in order to obtain a renewed perspective.

Prominent Neptune influence, whether accentuated through personal planetary aspects, planets in Pisces, Pisces ASC, and/ or Neptune in the first house, signify the importance of finding a definite and disciplined manner of expressing one’s urge to transcend and escape. Otherwise, one will remain in a state of perpetual spiritual distortion, confusion, and discontent. Close aspects to Neptune can sometimes (depending on the condition) indicate capabilities in unison with spiritual dimensions of consciousness. Such aspects can also relate to guidance and instruction from various astral forms, spiritual guides, and/ or teachers. Additionally, it is important that objectivity and discretion is implemented in order to prevent loss through ego-involved self-delusion. Therefore, it is necessary to be thoroughly grounded while maintaining a level of objective sincerity, since Neptune can, of course, induce illusion and deception. Ultimately, imagination and direct spiritual reality can be difficult to objectively distinguish, particularly with elemental voids in air, prominent first house emphasis, and a variety of other factors that can only be properly examined by inspecting the entire chart.

Karmic patterns involving challenging aspects to Neptune can result in having misinterpreted, misused, and misapplied certain spiritual energies in previous incarnations. Therefore, the necessity is to confront, at the present moment, spiritual energies in order to effectively navigate dimensional experience. By accomplishing this, the perplexity, self-destructive proclivity towards escapism, and ego-involvement prevalent in karmic pasts can now be identified and steadily reduced.

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The Asteroid Goddesses: Harbingers of Dynamic Transformation

In order to transcend inertia and propel oneself towards cycles of evolutionary advancement, momentum is a necessary catalyst for transformation. In personal transcendence, momentum is accomplished through the compression of emotions, where intensification signals the first phase of metamorphosis. The asteroid goddess indicative of this stage is Vesta, whose dynamism gravitates introspectively as a source of self-containment. On the psychological level, one experiences Vesta as a state of emotive hindrance, projecting experiences of separation, loss, grievance, desperation, pain, frustration, failure, and rejection.

Through dissolution or the second phase of the transformation process, Pallas Athene serves as the governing asteroid of creative energy. Here, the limiting structures of compressed emotional energy are shattered by Vesta, resulting in various forms of termination concerning relationships, family, jobs, perceptions, or lifestyles. During this transition, the individual experiences a degree of disassociated energy, none of which is yet coalesced. Existing, then, in a dimensional state of uncertainty, one is liable to experience panic, anxiety, or chaos. On the contrary, one may also sense the exhilaration of exploring new prospects and visions.

With the renewal stage being the third phase of transformation, Juno’s asteroid brings urge toward unification, maneuvering the self from exclusion to association. Here, one directs and coordinates the liberated energy to manifest new forms, facilitating growth expansion and continual revelation. During this phase, one’s interpersonal life and its facets (vocations, relations,  communities, educational pursuits) are ameliorated and replenished.

We now arrive at Ceres, the firstly discovered and most grandiose of the asteroids. Astronomers theorize that Ceres was once the core of a planetary form prior to its explosion and formation of the asteroids. Ceres symbolizes the matrix out of which the other asteroids are orchestrated. Through mythology and Eleusinian Mysteries, the goddess Ceres represents the process of birth, death, and renewal as depicted by all of the asteroids. In other words, Ceres provides the infrastructure for the complete process of transformation.

Dominance of asteroid themes in a natal chart delineate a personality which attains the effective ability to employ the power of the transformative principle. Often such individuals serve as catalysts for the shattering of crystallized, antiquated structures, in order to replenish and regenerate society with effective solutions. As a result, the lives of such people are demarcated by individuality crises that challenge traditional views of societal consciousness.

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Lilith: Depersonalization Through the Astrological Houses

Lilith’s astrological house placement signals to degrees of personal immaturity. Here, superficial expectations create distortions that impede clarity of judgement. In Lilith’s particular house placement, sophistication of impersonality must be mastered through a series of self-centered denials. In essence, depersonalization must be infused in one’s character to successfully triumph over childish, ego-driven dependencies that restrict the evolution of emotional maturity.

The primordial goal of Lilith through the astrological houses is the establishment of depersonalization. Lilith’s placement focuses on one’s lower nature, where one must resolve the self-centered influences of that specific house in order to progress through mental creativity and spiritual advancement. Succinctly, through the houses, Lilith signals to the life area where one must employ emotional maturation. An often appalling, degrading, or abrupt experience will continue to surface until one consciously witnesses and identifies the level of one’s own naiveté. According to the extent of one’s inability to remain objective, Lilith symbolizes the eroding conduit that forces an elevated mental and spiritual application.

One encounters self-reflection of narrowing emotionalism, rendered through situations or people that force a sense of objectivity. Not unlike Saturn (and Lilith shares many commonalities with Saturn), Lilith can appear to leave one embittered and yet, far more aware of emotional dependencies that are at the root of one’s inability to master the lessons of a particular house.

Through Lilith’s forced depersonalization arrives an expansive reservoir of intellectual ability, creativity, and independence. Through altruistic concentration on elevated interests or goals, emotional order is established in Lilith’s house of occupancy. Lilith dominates the intellectual soul, elevated instincts, and demonstrates distortions when there is subjective personalization, passivity, narcissism, concern with self-image, and all other channels of expression which are not truthfully and unequivocally dedicated to objective intellectual and emotional maturity.

Lilith resonates favorably within areas that circumvent the personal ego, including selfless work and services. When angular in a chart or otherwise prominent, Lilith provides an extraordinary quality not unlike that of Neptune. It illustrates an illusive quality to a house that, not unlike Neptune, will corrode the negative and transcend to lucidity all that remains positive or selfless in motivation.

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Beyond Lunar Limits: Lilith as a Conduit for Impersonal Transcendence

The usual discourse on Lilith begins with its discovery, followed by the emphasis on raw  feminine energy, coupled with empowering exertion. As a result of the growing interest in Lilith, both mythologically and as an astrological point, this post intends to forego the above and instead, focus on Lilith as means of attaining personal transcendence through the implementation of detached consciousness.

Representing an imperceptibly lunar penumbra, Lilith denotes the scope of human consciousness that, compared to the Moon, remains far less investigated and acknowledged, due to both lack of comparative popularity and insufficient research. While the Moon resides over the emotional soul, Lilith governs a desire that is more creatively sophisticated in nature. Comparatively, Lilith is a mode of transmission for the discovery and detached influence of Uranus as well as Pluto’s transformative ray. Therefore, as a surge of both Uranus and Pluto, Lilith creates sudden compulsive shifts, an effect dependent on one’s ability to successfully depersonalize. As the Moon personalizes, Lilith depersonalizes, resulting in a degree of sophisticated awareness.

Lilith’s exertion in one’s life emphasizes an impersonal approach occupying the mental, artistic, socially productive, and vocational fields. In natal charts, this is demonstrative as Lilith’s positive modus operandi. However, emotional immaturity in the house of Lilith represents denial as a form of discipline. Additionally, while the Moon supports subjective motivation, any impetus less than impersonal /social leads to a lack of Lilith’s level of manifestation. When activated in accordance with realistic and impersonal approaches, there is a dynamic release of intellectual, creative, or aesthetic energy.

In contrast to our Moon, Lilith appears non-reflective to our mundane awareness and is more psychological in action. Lilith’s inclinations involve one’s social orientation, one’s universal concerns, and one’s vocation, comparatively objective in nature as opposed to the subjective Moon. Once unleashed, Lilith’s energy, like that of Pluto, tends to be either positive or negative in its extremities. When the motivational factor is egotistical, Lilith manifests as frustration, shock, seemingly cruel experiences, and insurmountable acts of rebellion. Regarding selfish desire, Lilith produces unreasonable fears, since the intellectual/ creative soul is disassociated from sentiment. Lilith is anathema to subjective devotion. Its positive fruition is noted in depersonalized orientation, creative detachment, and intellectual awareness.

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Sources:

Jay, Delphine, Interpreting Lilith

Hurwitz, Siegmund, Lilith – The First Eve: Historical and Psychological Perspectives of the Dark Feminine

 

 

 

Minerva: Uncloaking Pluto’s Higher Octave of Cosmic Consciousness

Pluto, the most cryptic of all planets, signals an impenetrable force on the surface level that incessantly functions within the depths of one’s unconsciousness. Simultaneously, its energies govern both one’s undercurrents as well as one’s elevation. If activated without awareness, operating silently and unbeknownst to the self, Pluto can explode as a surge of violence. Notably, long before the culmination of a destructive apparition, said energy is soundlessly rustling in obscurity.

Minerva, considered the highest aspect of Pluto, behaves in polarity to Pluto. As the goddess of wisdom, Minerva transforms the self from a core, visceral foundation and arrives as inconspicuously as a new day’s dawn. The planet alters the self with pronounced permanence, entirely changing one’s state of awareness. Ultimately, Minerva molds the self as a silhouette salvaged from the depths of putridity. In essence, its planetary vestige is one of grace and regeneration.

In continued correlation, Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, is a sign of dichotomy. In its negative manifestation there is emotive turbulence and ruinous undercurrents, coupled with conflict and instinctual self destruction. Pluto’s negative rays can be the most vicious of any planetary radiations now known to man. (Hickney, Pluto or Minerva) Not unlike Saturn, here growth arises as a result of painful experiences. However, its positive manifestation, again, symbolized by Minerva, unites the head and heart. In this elevated energy, Pluto introduces illumination and cosmic consciousness. In essence, this alludes to the astrological transformation from scorpion to phoenix, rising from the ashes of its relinquished self.

Because the eccentric effects of Pluto’s orbit are difficult to interpret from a generational perspective, the house where Pluto is located in a natal chart demonstrates where and how an individual best meets the challenges of humanity and group consciousness. In essence, it delineates the manner in which one can best aid or hinder the progress of human evolution.  Furthermore, Pluto’s house position in the birth chart reveals the old ego which is still active and embodies a considerable degree of psychic energy. As long as this energy remains unconscious and inextricably infused with antiquated patterns of life, it promotes compulsive and obsessive patterns of thought and behavior in our conscious existence. Therefore, Pluto in the natal chart houses symbolizes the subconscious psychic impressions resulting from past desires and actions. Additionally, it can be deduced that, like Saturn, we are most intensely meeting our karmic debt in whatever house Pluto is situated. While Saturn reveals specific karmic tests and needs for self-discipline, Pluto’s house position shows the field of experience wherein we are locating our old self and past desires.

There is an undeniable flow of concentrated energy in the house position of Pluto because it is here that one immediately connects with one’s deep reservoir of ardent power. This degree of immense power can be used willfully and ruthlessly (not unlike the energy of Mars), or it can be mobilized as productive will and mental power in efforts to elevate one’s exalted qualities. Pluto’s house placement will also demonstrate the area of life where one will attempt to impose one’s power on others, while instead, being capable of harnessing that same energy to generate progress in self-development.

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Sources:

Arroyo, Steven, Astrology Karma and Transformation

Sasportas, Howard, The Twelve Houses

Hickney, Isabel, Pluto or Minerva

Tompkins, Sue, Aspects in Astrology

The Warrior and the Gatekeeper: Understanding Hard Aspects Between Mars and Saturn

Because of their inherently incompatible natures and in order to properly harness their respective energies, one must learn to understand the relation between the malefic planets of Western astrology. For the purpose of this entry, the discussion will pertain, specifically, to the correlation and hard aspects that occur between Saturn and Mars.

In general, aspects between Saturn and Mars imply the necessity to align antithetical energies, namely, discipline with impulse, fear with courage, and control with assertion. Individuals with strong Saturn-Mars aspects will naturally gravitate towards scenarios where their proportion for strength, stamina, and overall endurance will be examined and extended, often to extremities involving near-shattering depths. Situations requiring endurance may manifest as emotional, physical, or mental, relative to other chart factors such as house placement, other corresponding planets, sign, and even degrees.

Conjunctions and hard aspects between Saturn and Mars are often associated with conflicting forces, often vacillating between two extremes: use of irrevocable self-will, determination, and aggressive domination versus paralyzing inability. Furthermore, the more more pugnacious presentations of Saturn-Mars occur when, in an individual’s chart, Venus appears debilitated, weakly positioned or in harsh aspect(s), and overall, difficult to access.

Individuals with Saturn-Mars aspects will often find themselves in positions where they need to exert a certain level of discipline and/ or control over a situation. Furthermore, hey may find themselves in situations where they are either being dominated or are themselves exerting a sense of domination over others. Ultimately, this merging signals a lesson in authoritative equilibrium: contacting one’s source of inner authority without the need to seek supremacy or resignation from others.

At best, Saturn-Mars delineates a sense of vigilant bravery and the inclination to master the will in order to achieve and overcome obstacles. This aspect is suitable for situations that require courage, resilience, endurance, order, and control. The Saturn-Mars can take advantage of every moment in the implementation of a task.

The hard aspects of Mars-Saturn are summarized below.

Mars conjunct Saturn: Immense lust for power and immeasurable ambition. Ultimate power is denied as a result of the abuse of power in past lifetimes.

Mars square Saturn: Struggle between instinctual desires and the soul. Consciousness is transformed as a result of suffering and hardship. Tendency towards criticism and cruelty must be mended. There is an aspect of self conquest.

Mars opposition Saturn: Pull between action and inertia. Difficulty reconciling the masculine (Mars) with the feminine (Saturn) principles. There is a need to focus on the house placement of Saturn in order to bring the circumstances of that area to fruition and correctly channel said energies. (Hickey, Astrology, A Cosmic Science)

With soft aspects (as well as no aspects) between Saturn and Mars, the individual will find it easier to merge these two energies. However, it takes struggle to establish psychological growth, and the reconciliation of difficult aspects signals a greater potential for development.

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The Door Between Identity and Freedom: Saturn in the 12th House

As the final spectrum of the astrological sphere, casting the Ascendant’s proverbial penumbra, the twelfth house encapsulates both endings and beginnings. It symbolizes the end since it necessitates a sacrifice of the conscious personality as a distinct and separate form of identity. Likewise, it alludes to beginnings because it references past causes which, operating from both birth and the subconscious, pulls one to situations  requiring the transformation of one’s former selves into unified consciousness. In brief, the twelfth house signals isolation, surrender, and identity dissolution. While seemingly simple a concept to grasp, however, the significance of Saturn, when placed in the twelfth house, undergoes one of the most misunderstood placements in astrology. Ultimately, such a theme remains yet to be satisfactorily explained, comparable in riddle to the very nature of man.

Saturn in the twelfth house (and to a lesser extent, in Pisces) is cumbersome from an identity perspective because, while Saturnian energies are aimed  at self-preservation and defense, they are here rendered inefficacious. One may learn through personal helplessness (in extreme cases through incarceration and/ or hospitalization for a prolonged period) the lesson regarding the ultimate impotence of the human will. Often this is a signal to past actions set forth by the individual which are now portrayed through a lens of isolated surrender.  The twelfth house, being a cadent house, focuses on mental states, and it is here that Saturn tends to precipitate a vague sense of fear regarding self dissolution, disempowerment, or both.

The native’s sacrifice of material aspirations is often convergent with a twelfth house Saturn, visibly prominent even in youth. This may signal a child who serves as the caregiver of a parental figure at the expense of personal advancement. As opposed to a logical necessity, often there exists an instinctual sense of debt, accompanying guilt, fear, and overall ascetic and moral obligation. In other words, the native carries an innate sense of dutiful service, one that is channeled through generalized, instinctual guilt. As a result, guilt is the very catalyst that seeks penance through solitude. This may be displayed quite literally, as with a monk or nun, or may appear to be a form of involuntary penance, as with imprisonment. Other manifestations may include illness or retreat from conscious awareness via addictions or insanity. On a more subtle plane, it may delineate the recluse who feels division from society, despite the amount of company one is immersed in.

Saturnian natives are often cloaked with a vague sense of self and/ or identity. There is even a seemingly ambivalent aspect to this: the native’s fascination with and underlying fear of identity dissolution and loss of individuality. The physical form and co-existing material plane already feels foreign with this placement, as is the sense of being enveloped in a thin veneer which could be effortlessly diluted to nothingness. Despite the reflected mundane experience, there is ultimately, a call for the native to endure helplessness, isolation, and the sacrifice of his control.

A chart’s houses may be regarded as levels of advancement or maturity in the esoteric ‘school’ of wisdom. Therefore, this is indeed the most difficult ‘subject’ to master and endure, simultaneously. Additionally, the burden is exemplified with twice as much severity, being that not only is there emphasis on the house itself, but Saturn becomes its focal point. This can be further aggravated by aspects and additional planets, including the case of Saturn in the twelfth conjunct the ASC.

The potential of the Saturn twelfth house placement is funneled by those with an acute proclivity to inner contemplation. This becomes the final sacrifice of the illusion of separateness, which is willingly undergone because it is indeed the final barrier between the self and its freedom. Instead of altruism, the gratuity available from a twelfth house Saturn is the power to serve, to experience the sense of unity which is forever sought by the mystic, alongside the responsibility and detached love that harmonizes this unification.

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Saturn: Ascetic Impetus of Psychic Consciousness

Modern Western astrology retains a generalized, two-dimensional, shallow interpretation of the natal chart. There is often an unspoken consensus that a chart should be construed on the basis of society’s moral axioms, a standardized method that fabricates dogmatic categories between the ‘positive’ and ‘negative’, moral and immoral, all at the detriment of the potentially rich symbolism and subtle paradoxes at its disposal. Ultimately, most inimical of all astrological symbols is Saturn, being renowned as the paramount single-sided Beast, without communicating its alternate facet, and therefore, retaining a flat, two-dimensional value for both interpreter and client alike.

At the root of Saturn’s symbolism is a psychic odyssey alongside a quality of experience. The planet’s known delineation of asceticism, suffering, restriction, and primal pain is far from the broader picture. Likewise, Saturn embodies the psychic process, a naturally human course, whereby  one uses said experiences of pain, restriction, and discipline for expanded consciousness and truthful fulfillment. Additionally, Saturn links with the educational value of pain and distinguishes between external and internal merits.

Independent of psychological or esoteric terminology, there exists a basic fact: self-discovery is the conduit of free will, and self-discovery is not usually attempted unless circumstances become too painful to neglect. Therefore, it should be noted that it is not enjoyment of pain which is promoted by Saturn but instead, the exaltation of psychosomatic release. It is possible to use each restriction, delay, disappointment and sacrifice as a catalyst for understanding the human psyche, with all its mechanisms, and ultimately learn to perceive the truthful purpose and meaning of our lives.

In order to synthesize and align the proper elements in a chart interpretation, isolated studies of Saturn should be avoided. In other words, Saturn must be correlated with the combination of Sun, Moon, and Ascendant, firstly, including respective signs, houses, and aspects. These specific factors combined with Saturn become the foundation of a natal chart from a perspective of character. This will facilitate awareness as to what the individual’s desire(s) (Sun), needs (Moon), the manner or ‘flavor’ in which one attains goals (Ascendant), and the root of failure and dissatisfaction once one has achieved said desires (Saturn). Although severely simplified (it would take volumes of text to produce an accurate depiction), the consideration of these four key factors brings insight and understanding to the core of an individual’s struggles towards transcendental consciousness. No chart is void of Saturn, regardless of dignified planets and exemplary aspects, as there can be no life without struggle.

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