Mars In Aries

A planet in its own domicile readily possesses the tools to initiate and consummate its quest. Neither exaggerated nor constricted in its energetic framework, a planet in its domicile functions as effortlessly as the qualities it embodies. On December 31st, 2018, Mars ingresses into Aries, its traditional, diurnal domicile. This ingress oversees the full expression of fiery force, courage, and initiation: the primal fire of the Warrior. In Aries, this ingress equips the red planet with its necessary weaponry, blazing through its Martian embodiment.

Mars Ingresses Into Aries: The Ram’s Blaze

On the final day of 2018, Mars’ ingress is surveyed by the Scorpio Moon. Symbolically, the diurnal and nocturnal realms of Mars activate and merge beneath the Sun’s saturnian cloak. As the red planet’s ingress into movable Aries completes the occupancy of malefic domiciles, we are reminded of astrology’s impartial balance. Last month, conversely, both benefics simultaneously occupied their domiciles, as retrograde Venus in Libra witnessed the ingress of Jupiter into Sagittarius.

In Hellenistic astrology, the square aspect is assigned to Mars (the opposition to Saturn, the sextile to Venus, and the trine to Jupiter). The square between Mars and Saturn is exact at 13°46′ Aries-Capricorn on 1/21/19 (6:27 AM EST), as the Leo Moon separates from its opposition to the newly ingressed Sun in Aquarius. Mars trines the Greater Benefic on 1/25/19 at 16°39′ Aries-Sagittarius. Mars remains in his domicile until February 14th, when he will exit the warrior and ingress into his detriment, Venusian Taurus.

Meaning and Correspondences of Mars in Astrology

Mars represents the spirit of energy, courage, and enterprise. When strategically implemented, his essence is the polarity of shiftlessness and cowardice. At its best, Mars mirrors the unconquerable energy and potent will of a warrior. This is the necessary masculine energy that initiates and asserts without subjection to reason.

Traditionally, as a nocturnal malefic, Mars negates via severance or separation.

Mars (also known as Mavors, Ares, Pyrois, or Gradivus), appears as a fiery star of sparkling color. He is a masculine planet of the nocturnal sect. His temperament is hot and dry, choleric and fiery. Therefore, he is noted to be tempered at night. His approximate course completion is one year and 321 days. His greatest northern latitude is 4°31′ while his southern latitude is 6°47′. [1] Mars has his diurnal domicile in Aries, his nocturnal domicile in Scorpio, is exalted at 28° Capricorn, sees its depression/ fall at 28° Cancer, and is in detriment/ fall in Libra and Taurus. Mars stations before his 80-day retrograde, and governs the water triplicity (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, respectively). In traditional astrology, Mars is known as the lesser malefic, and finds his Joy in the sixth place. He governs Tuesday, in the first and eighth hour from the Sun. He solely befriends Venus, remaining antagonistic to all other planets.

Mars in Aries: The Ram’s Journey in January 2019

The following information considers the effect of Mars in Aries as it transits through each of the twelve houses, where Uranus will also station direct. The red planet can be comparatively more challenging in diurnal charts, since Mars is the out-of-sect malefic by day. Conversely, his influence is comparatively more constructive in nocturnal charts. The opposite is true for Saturn, since he is the malefic-in-favor relative to diurnal charts. Consider your chart’s sect alongside your Ascendant when reading the descriptions below. Additionally, if you are operating with Mars as your Profected Lord of the year, this transit will be a stronger influence. Please do not interpret this information via Sun placement (you can easily locate your Ascendant by inputting your chart details into a free service like Astro.com). Lastly, horoscopes cannot substitute a thorough chart analysis, as a single transit cannot possibly illustrate the intricacy of multiple components shaping the depth and complexity of life.

Aries Ascendant

With Mars as the Ascendant lord, Aries rising will experience a significant transit regarding the body, identity, and appearance. Expenditure of energy (Mars) and rejuvenation of body, mind, and spirit (traditional first place themes) will be punctuated as soon as Mars moves into your first house, on the final day of December. Because the tendency for impulsivity, irritability, and impatience can be the more challenging manifestation of this transit, employing a consistent exercise regime is a constructive method of sustenance.

Taurus Ascendant

Pronounced focus on bringing closure to the past is activated, having Mars and Aries simultaneously transit your twelfth place of isolation, occult or hidden topics, secrets, and adversaries. Repressed anger, irritability, or frustration stemming from challenges relative to past issues are afforded the necessary release in order to commence a renewed cycle. As a Venus native, expect your benefic’s aid regarding shared resources.

Gemini Ascendant

As Mars in Aries transits your eleventh place of friendships, benefactors, and group endeavors, you will be expending considerable energy into peer-based interactions. Having Uranus stationing direct in the same place can surge unexpected issues or conflicts that are best resolved with the innate logic afforded by your Ascendant lord. Instead of reacting with impatience, brashness, and impulsivity to external discord, a favorable approach is to use mercurial tact. Conversely, nocturnal charts can see a more objectively constructive manifestation of Mars in the eleventh, with clearer insights and the necessary momentum for resolution.

Cancer Ascendant

As Mars pairs with Uranus, considerable energy is expended in your tenth place of career, reputation, and worldly endeavors. Competitiveness with others (who may not be interested in reiteration) may surge frustration, anger, irritability, and impatience. Possibly ponder this humble notion: not everyone thrives on (or is motivated by) competition. Direct the more challenging manifestations of this Mars-fueled transit into exercise or other corporeal benefits before adopting and implementing a ‘conquer-all’ mentality.

Leo Ascendant

Momentum will surge as the focus gravitates towards higher education, travel, and wisdom. As January’s solar eclipse activates your sense of identity and self-expression, Mars in Aries transiting your ninth will inquire and stir the accumulation of knowledge and worldly excursions, themes best navigated with a degree of caution as Uranus stations direct in the same place. Since the native’s identity can be firmly forged into advanced learning and travel at this time, tempering frustration, anger, and impatience is advised, especially in diurnal charts.

Virgo Ascendant

Mars in Aries will transit your eighth house of mortality, shared resources, inheritances, and finances, often including quotidian issues like debt, taxes, and contracts. The eighth house also sees a final impact as Uranus stations direct in Aries, and having both planets in the same place can evoke unexpected events regarding resources that are linked to partners. The more challenging manifestation of this transit is its accompanying irritability and impatience, but in night charts this transit can be comparatively constructive. When in doubt, postpone the finalization of contractual agreements until Aries enters your ninth, come 2/14/19.

Libra Ascendant

Interpersonal relationships, including but not limited to marriage, will be given much energy and focus as Mars transits the seventh along with Uranus’ direct station in the same place. Problem-solving skills within the context of relationships are best put to use, as Venus-ruled Ascendants, in order to deter from the more challenging manifestations of Mars, particularly in diurnal charts. Your innate sense of fairness is best employed through this interaction-driven transit, as a preventative antidote to the irritability and impatience that can accompany this Mars-fueled transit.

Scorpio Ascendant

Mars-ruled Scorpio Ascendants will be impacted as Mars transits through your sixth place of health, work, and subordinates. Having Uranus station direct in Aries will stimulate the momentum to further plunge into quotidian themes with significant exertion. A cautionary note is to make health and work plans sustainable, so that the less constructive manifestations of irritability, frustration, and impatience (particularly in diurnal charts) do not sabotage potentially productive efforts to improve health and productivity in the workplace.

Sagittarius Ascendant

A cascade of vigor will accentuate your fifth place of children (yours and those of others), including creativity (the ‘children’ you create), arts, sex, and romance. As Mars and Uranus meet in the fifth, much exertion will be focused into new creative projects, children-related activities, and romantic relationships. While the energetic resources will be available to activate this sector of your chart, impulsivity and impatience can cause potential discord, heralding the more challenging themes of Mars. However, infusing the house of creativity with Martian will indicates more time to concentrate on creative ventures.

Capricorn Ascendant

Your most intimate landscape is being jolted by the impetus of fiery Mars, as he navigates through your subterraneous, fourth place of family, parents, homeland, and the literal home. Considerably more time and energy will be focused into this area of your chart, which will develop more or less constructively, depending on sect. On a broader level, visualize this transit as an additional factor that calibrates your sense of identity, comparatively, with the external world. Along with the forthcoming solar eclipse, Saturn’s first place transit currently restructures your persona from the ground up, slowly cementing your exploration of identity.

Aquarius Ascendant

Mars forges through your third house of siblings (including close friends deemed as such), short excursions, communication, oratory and written skills. The red planet pairs with Uranus, as the latter stations direct, and can promote unexpected discord with people pertinent to the third place. The usually challenging themes accompanying Mars in Aries, such as irritability, impatience, and impulsivity are more punctuated in diurnal charts. However, this transit is a surveying culmination of the progress made during Uranus’ seven-year transit through the third place.

Pisces Ascendant

Your personal finances, possessions, and overall value system is forged by the impetus of Mars in Aries throughout January 2019, as the red planet and Uranus transit your second place. Considerably, more of your time and energetic expenditure will be narrowed into consolidating material profit, which can surge impatience, irritability, and frustration if the concerns of your second house are met with perceived insufficiency. While the more challenging themes of Martian drive surge in diurnal charts, nocturnal charts receive the necessary jolt of momentum to progress in this sector.


*Etching by K. Kalynovych

References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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Mars Opposite Saturn

Mars opposite Saturn

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Mars Opposite Saturn in the Natal Chart

The natal opposition between the malefics, Mars and Saturn, indicates a weighty discord between the impetus of desire and the restraint of responsibility. We need only understand the nature of both malefics to gain insight as to their operative function (within the context of natal opposition). When Mars’ swift severance is halted by Saturn, the primal drive is consistently oppressed by apprehension.

Imagine the sluggish scorch of an expanding fire, where its force is unsustainably dense. While its embers require preservation, Saturn’s slow, consistent pressure is exhausting. Anger and frustration are at the core of this aspect, stemming from internalized hurt and tension. Irritability and tension surges, requiring temperance and controlled separation. Inhibition and rejection (Saturn) are present with this aspect, coupled with a limiting sense of self-value.

Saturn (along with the Sun) is often attributed to the father, and with this aspect (as well as the natal square and conjunction), the native’s early relationship with the paternal figure mirrors Saturn’s gelid austerity. As with all aspects, none should be interpreted in isolation. It is important to consider the entirety of the birth chart, including the condition of the planets described.

The Natal Opposition

The natal opposition, often illustrated as a visual enmity, is traditionally considered more challenging than the square. The natal opposition, also known as the diameter, occurs when planets are seven signs apart, or separated by 180°. As with all degree-based configurations or aspects, the relationship between two planets is intensified according to proximity via degree. Traditionally, the opposition is referred to as adversarial, indicating rivalry or discord. Malefics (Saturn and Mars) are considered particularly challenging in opposition, especially considering that, traditionally, Saturn rules the diameter, or opposition (the Martian configuration is the tetragon, or square).

Applying and Separating Aspects

In traditional astrology, planets applying within three degrees participate in engagement, or coming together. As opposed to separating aspects, applying aspects are considered more potent because they indicate future circumstances. Contrastingly, separating aspects are interpretive of past events. Within the context of the natal chart, applying aspects also indicate, from the moment of inception, the nativity’s future potential.

Mars opposite Saturn

Meaning and Correspondences of Mars in Astrology

Mars represents the spirit of energy, courage, and enterprise. His energy, when implemented strategically, is the polarity of shiftlessness and cowardice. At its best, Mars mirrors the unconquerable energy and potent will of a warrior. This is the necessary masculine energy that initiates and asserts without subjection to reason. Traditionally, as a nocturnal malefic, Mars negates via severance or separation.

Mars (also known as Mavors, Ares, Pyrois, or Gradivus), appears as a fiery star of sparkling color. He is a masculine, nocturnal planet of the night sect. His temperament is hot and dry, choleric and fiery. His approximate course completion is one year and 321 days. His greatest northern latitude is 4°31′ while his southern latitude is 6°47′. [1] Mars has his domicile in Aries and Scorpio, is exalted at 28° Capricorn, sees its depression/ fall at 28° Cancer, and is in detriment/ fall in Libra and Taurus. Mars stations before his 80-day retrograde, and governs the water triplicity (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, respectively). In traditional astrology, Mars is known as the lesser malefic, and finds his Joy in the sixth place. He governs Tuesday, in the first and eighth hour from the Sun. He solely befriends Venus, remaining antagonistic to all other planets.

Mars Opposite Saturn

Meaning and Correspondences of Saturn in Astrology

Saturn (also known as Kronos, Phainon, or Falcifer), the greater malefic, is aligned with boundaries, discipline, and structure. His four main groups of rings, metaphors of limitation, range in temperature from -163 to -203° Celsius. He governs time, is associated with maturity (70+), and is attributed to subjectively negative experiences such as suffering, pain, isolation, and loneliness (reflective of his traditional joy in the 12th place). Just as benefics (Jupiter and Venus) have the power to say ‘yes’, malefics are inclined to negate, or say ‘no’. Saturn denies via rejection or exclusion.

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


References:

1. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

2. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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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.

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Jupiter Cazimi

img_1533November 2018 Jupiter Cazimi

When in its own domicile, a planet is considered impervious to the Sun’s beams. As Jupiter approaches the King’s Heart 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.

Jupiter Cazimi (in Sagittarius): Fiery Fortitude

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While Jupiter Cazimi occurs yearly, Jupiter Cazimi in Sagittarius occurs once every twelve years. Exact at 3°56′ Sagittarius, both the Sun and Jupiter are joined in a stellium with Mercury retrograde. The exact Jupiter Cazimi chart, while nocturnal, does have the sect‘s malefic, Mars, in applying square to the Sun and Mercury. Likewise, the waning Cancerian Moon (in domicile) opposes Pluto. The malefic contrary to sect (Saturn), although in his domicile, is angular in the fourth place. In electional astrology, a foundational principle is to avoid placing malefics in angular houses, especially if contrary to sect. Although Saturn is dignified and slightly mitigating Mars via sextile, in a night chart, angular Saturn, coupled with challenging aspects (in this case, applicable to both Saturn and Mars) are fundamental themes to avoid. While there are positive features to this chart, the benefits of Cazimi do not necessarily override its challenges.

The King’s Heart

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. The Medieval term Cazimi is the Latin transliteration of the Arabic term ‘kaṣmīmī’, implying ‘as if in the heart’. Essentially, this is the translation of the Greek term egkardios (meaning ‘in the heart’), originating in the works of Rhetorius of Egypt, circa 7th century CE. *There are disparities amongst Medieval sources regarding the exact proximity between the Sun and another planet in order to be deemed Cazimi, with earlier authors attributing a broader 1° value and later astrologers decreasing range to 16’. However, even the 16′ value presents discordance amongst later astrologers. William Lilly, for example, extends Cazimi to 17′. Considering all three variations, I choose to focus and work within the 16′ range. 


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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Full Moon in Gemini

Full Moon in Gemini

Roberto Echaurren Matta, Here, Sir Fire, Eat! oil on canvas, 1942

Full Moon in Gemini: Tempering the Twins

Heralding the bifurcation of singular experience, pulverizing the illusory blueprint of solidarity, November’s Luna illuminates the starry Twins of Castor and Pollux. Unfurling the illimitable boundaries of dual existence, Gemini’s urgency stems from the necessity to engorge itself with unembellished, mobile perception. Without time for complacency or dogmatism, Gemini whirls to amalgamate experience, embracing both the chaos and splendor of earth. It sprints past singularity, past the shatterings of solidity, anxiously unearthing the capacity to encrypt life.

As the airy trigon’s initiator, what, then, propels the mutable Twins? Unrestrained by the margins of meaning and interpretation, the raw facts of human perception are Gemini’s ultimate terminals.

The Full Moon in Gemini culminates the tempering of the Twins’ exhaustive mobility. As key participants of this lunation, the double-bodied signs require the calibration of overt flexibility. Piscean Mars, a cautionary sphere of boiling plasma, poises at the Full Moon’s precipice, portending the necessary temperance of ferocity. Disposited by Mercury retrograde, simultaneously under the beams and in its detriment, this lunation heralds the necessity for patient equilibrium and discernment amidst a plethora of options.

Full Moon in Gemini

Roberto E. Matta, Black Virtue, oil on canvas, 1943

Gemini Decan I: The Scribe’s Art

At 0°52′ Gemini, the Full Moon’s decan is surveyed by Jupiter and Mercury. Unencumbered by the material sphere, the first decan of the Twins curiously explores the infinitesimal scope of cerebral consciousness. Agrippa portrays the Twins’ first decan as “serving another”, one that “granteth wisdom”, along with “the knowledge of numbers and arts in which there is no profit.” Unrestrained by earthly gain, a vast cerebral pleasure erupts. Here is the amplification of service through the vehicle of knowledge. The mind’s elasticity is stretched to interminable limits, gorging itself with a broad scope of abstract sciences, arithmetic, literary skills, and craftsmanship.

Picatrix forges this decan as “the art of the scribe, [that of] reckoning, of giving and receiving [i.e., trade], and of the sciences.” Again, in Paul Christian’s History and Practice of Magic, decan I of Gemini denotes an “aptness for unprofitable abstract sciences”. The first decan of Gemini combines the amplified wisdom of experiential Jupiter with Mercury’s amalgamation of unfiltered knowledge. Yet throughout these depictions, the joy of learning excludes material profit: the rare scribe is satisfied with the pleasure afforded by wisdom.

Fixed Star Alcyone: A Starry Inner Eye

At 0°52′ Gemini, the Full Moon conjoins Eta Tauri, known as Alcyone, the indicator star of the Pleiades, and corresponds to the third lunar mansion. A controversial star and the brightest of the Pleiades open cluster, Alcyone forms part of the seven stars in the shoulder of the Bull. According to Ptolemy, the nature of Pleiades is akin to the Moon and Mars, echoing this lunation’s caution against potential injuries resulting from impulsivity. In Christian Astrology, Lilly lists the Pleiades as culprits for ocular issues, a prediction echoed by Robson, Ebertin, and Rigor. According to Brady, Alcyone is also linked to the visionary skills of mystical insight and wisdom. The polarizing extremes of this star can be gleamed, for example, in the charts of Jim Jones and Leonardo Da Vinci, where the former native’s ‘spiritual’ quest is warped in judgmental barbarism. Contrastingly, Da Vinci’s inventions and visual art expand the visionary elasticity of Alcyone.

The industriousness of Alcyone, currently at 0° Gemini, echoes the essential nature of Al-Thurraya, the third lunar mansion whose tropical boundaries extend from 25°42’ Aries – 8°34’ Taurus. Positioned in the Mansion of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, this mansion augurs abundance. Noted by Warnock in Mansions of the Moon, although Al-Thurayya is a positive indication regarding career-based prosperity, beauty, and creativity, there is a warning against material and metaphorical over-indulgence, a cautionary reference to this lunation’s Moon-Jupiter opposition. [4]

Roberto Echaurren Matta, Lumiere Noir, oil on canvas, 1942

Full Moon Aspects

Moon Opposite Jupiter, Mars Square Jupiter

This lunation opposes Jupiter, ferociously emblazoned by a Mars-Jupiter square. While the Moon-Jupiter opposition inspires liberation and voluntary initiation, it parallels the third lunar mansion’s caution against intemperance. Excessive literal and metaphorical desires of the material sphere require moderation, while disputes stemming from the assertion of personal freedom are stimulated. The overt mutability of this lunation can manifest as an anxiously deep inquiry into foundational aspirations. While a disquiet temperament can saturate the trajectory of current goals, this lunation is best occupied by measured contemplation.

The Luminaries and Mars ‘Upon the Tenth’

Both the luminaries and Jupiter form applying squares to (Jupiter-ruled) Mars. With Piscean Mars at the apex of this double-bodied configuration (or mutable ‘T-square’ in modern astrology), extreme flexibility and overt adaptability can unintentionally exhaust the distribution and processing of information. Known as ‘upon the tenth’ in Hellenistic astrology, a planet in the tenth sign relative to another planet forms a superior square. In this lunation, Mars is upon the tenth and in a superior square relative to the Moon. The nocturnal, angular Moon readily mirrors the ferocity of Mars, alerting the surge of possible tensions and grievances. For the discouraged minority (despite Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius, as general transits cannot tailor to the exclusive needs of a native’s chart), the Moon-Mars square suggests deliberate and serene action in the face of hidden aggressions.

Mercury Retrograde as Dispositor

Under the Sun’s beams and conjunct Jupiter, Mercury retrograde disposes this brumous lunation from the Archer’s angular stellium. As messenger, Mercury utilizes the electrical energy of thought and the subtle nerve fluids generated by Jupiter. As an oratory lord, Mercury indicates the necessary mental prowess to initiate gnosis. When dignified, Mercurial Gemini is not merely a proficient speaker, he embodies the voice of truth echoed by wisdom. Following Hermes’ wayward waltz, clarity begins to surface by December 7th, unraveling the appropriate path of forward momentum. Currently, this passage can appear bifurcated by the fractals of the Gemini Moon.

Full Moon in Gemini

Roberto Echaurren Matta, The Disasters of Mysticism, oil on canvas, 1942

The Aftermath of the Mercury-Neptune Square

Seemingly independent of this lunation, the Mercury-Neptune square saturating most of November’s backdrop separates, levitating the fog of deception. As a result, blazing the nebulous veil, scorching through the illusory masquerade of deceit, a myriad of previously occult truths surface. While temporarily discouraging, these insights can fortify the underprivileged to commence anew. Now, the gelid candour of earthly wisdom is a sober reminder of the eternal shift between cruelty and grace. The pendulum sways in rhythmic unison to life’s stoic endpoint.

A Divisive Nation: The Full Moon’s Echo

This lunation’s expression extends its divisiveness to the results of the 2018 United States elections. Held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, as the Democratic Party secured control of the House of Representatives and broadened gains at the state level, the Republican Party expanded its presence in the Senate. Indeed, A ‘modern’ nation is uncompromisingly cut at the core by race, education, and region. Increasingly, the U.S. is bifurcated by dual constitutional ideologies and lifestyles. Since 1968, the U.S. has projected a divisive entity, cleaving control of the national government between the Democrats and Republicans. This unyielding polarity contrasts the predominant exclusivity prior to 1968, where the Senate, House of Representatives, and the Presidency was entrusted to the same party per election.

Tethys

Bust of Tethys

Tethys: The Ocean’s Empress

At 0°52′ Gemini, this lunation’s decan is ascribed to Tethys. Often described as a personification of the sea, Tethys is also identified with Thalassa and Amphitrite. Tethys, whose name is derived from the Greek word têthê (meaning ‘nurse’ or ‘grandmother’) is one of the Titans, and the daughter of Uranus and Gaea. She is the wife of Oceanus, birthing the river gods and three-thousand water goddesses, or Oceanids.Gemini’s illimitable nature, as illustrated in its first decan, parallels Tethy’s abundant offspring.

In Greek vase painting, Tethys appears accompanied by Eileithyia, goddess of childbirth, and her fish-tailed husband Oceanos. In mosaic art, she is depicted with a small pair of wings on her brow, signaling her role as mother of rain-couds. With clouds and the wings on Tethys’ brow, the element air is emphasized, as is its levitating quality (associated with Eurynome, Queen of Heaven). The incremental nature of Gemini’s first decan, as a singularity that branches into thousands (as Mother Creation, in connection to Protogenos Thesis), is repeatedly referenced by Tethys’ children, including the Oceanids and Venus.

“Tethys I call, with eyes cærulean bright, hid in a veil obscure from human sight;
Great Ocean’s empress, wand’ring thro’ the deep, and pleas’d with gentle gales, the earth to sweep;
Whose blessed waves in swift succession go, and lash the rocky shore with endless flow:
Delighting in the Sea serene to play, in ships exulting and the wat’ry way.
Mother of Venus [Kypris], and of clouds obscure, great nurse of beasts, and source of fountains pure.
O venerable Goddess, hear my pray’r, and make benevolent my life thy care;
Send, blessed queen, to ships a prosp’rous breeze, and waft them safely o’er the stormy seas.” – Orphic Hymn to Thalassa (the Sea) or Tethys (The Hymns of Orpheus, translated by Taylor Thomas, 1972)

Gemini Talismanic Stones: The Agate and Chrysoprase

While Gemini is said to govern striped stones such as Howlite, its talismanic stones are the Agate and Chrysoprase.
The Agate is a variety of quartz found in different colours, often with alternate layers of red and white known as “ribbon” Agate, also of a milky white. The latter can be artificially colored and, as a result, is obtainable in bright greens, blues, and various tones of grey-purple. Additionally, the Moss Agate is considered favorable for the sight, and was once used by physicians when composing lotions and ointments.

Chrysoprase, like the Agate, is a variety of quartz that acquires its name from the Greek words meaning “golden leek,” in reference to its color, which varies from an opaque yellow-green to a light white-green. Its color can fade from lengthy light and sun exposure, but is remedied if dipped in a solution of nitrate or nickel. According to Albertus Magnus, a Chrysoprase formed the Amulet of Alexander the Great, and Chrysoprase was much used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for signet rings and cameos; and also by the Egyptians, who set it with lapis lazuli. The virtues attributed to the Chrysoprase are said to impart cheerfulness, remove uneasiness, and afford protection to its wearers. It also bestows assiduity in good works, removing greed, covetous desires, bringing success in new enterprises, and true and faithful friends. It is also worn as an amulet against rheumatism and gout.

Full Moon in Gemini

Dioscuri, The Twins, or Castor and Pollux, are the two principal stars of the Gemini constellation. Deemed part divine and part human via conception, the brothers’ dual nature is illustrated via myth. “They were the sons of Leda. Pollux and Helen were the children of Zeus, and Castor was the son of Tyndareus, also the daughter of Clytemnestra.” [8] The true meaning of Castor and Pollux, however, is etymologically derived from the Latin word castus, implying chastity, while Pollux means to defile or pollute. As the self’s bifurcation, The Twins are the dual centers of consciousness.

The cerebrospinal system carries the physio-chemical electricity associated with the energy of Mercury. As messenger, Hermes utilizes the electrical energy of thought and the subtle nerve fluids generated by Jupiter, a combination allocating the necessary mental prowess to deliver gnosis.

The Full Moon in Gemini culminates the tempering of the Twins’ exhaustive mobility. Disposited by Mercury retrograde, simultaneously under the beams and in its detriment, this lunation heralds the necessity for patient equilibrium and discernment amidst a plethora of options. Both the luminaries and Jupiter form applying squares to (Jupiter-ruled) Mars. With Piscean Mars at the apex of this double-bodied configuration (or mutable ‘T-square’ in modern astrology), extreme flexibility and overt adaptability can unintentionally exhaust the distribution and processing of information. Following Hermes’ wayward waltz, clarity begins to surface by December 7th, unraveling the appropriate path of forward momentum. Currently, this passage can appear bifurcated by the fractals of the Gemini Moon.

Full Moon in Gemini

The 2018 November Full Moon in Gemini occurs on the day of Venus, November 23rd, 2018.

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References:

1. Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos

2. Agrippa, Henry, The Three Books of Occult Philosophy

3. Greer & Warnock, The Picatrix

4. Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

5. Christian, Paul, History and Practice of Magic

6. Warnock, Christopher, The Mansions of the Moon

7. Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology

8. Smith, William, Classical Dictionary

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

10. Robson, Vivian, Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology

* Artwork by the late abstract-expressionist painter, Roberto Echaurren Matta.