5/15/18: The Moon’s Savage Stir at 24° Taurus

At 24° of Taurus, the seemingly exalted new Moon stirs savage imagery, confronting the potentially destructive forces that function via sub-conscious primitivism. Arabic, Indian, Hellenistic, and later European images of this face are accentuated by Saturn, ruler of this decan in both descending order and triplicity designations of planetary rulership.

According to the Birhat Jakata, the Śarabha is the mythological creature (with eight legs and two heads that slaughters lions) corresponding to the third face of Taurus. In Ezra’s work, this Taurean decan describes a man of ‘white feet and elongated teeth visible outside his lips.’ His reddish hair echoes his complexion, and ‘his body resembles that of an elephant and lion, and he is not reasonable…’ In parallel, the animal brain, or the ‘bull-headed god’ of the Age of the Golden Calf, symbolizes the stage of human evolution when the sub-conscious mind is both lacerated by primal passion and oblivious to the utterance of reason. Alluding to the primal faculties of sub-consciousness, one of the body parts allocated by Taurus is the cerebellum, from ‘cere’ or seed, and ‘bellum’, Latin for war and antagonism.

In addition to ancient pictorial correspondences, this lunation coincides with potent fixed stars and clusters. At 24°, the fixed star Algol resides within the exact degree of the Taurean lunation, followed by Capulus at 26°, and the Seven Sisters of Industry (or Pleiades) a few degrees later. Algol, known as a beastly head fueled by focused passion, correlates to Lilith (the first wife of Adam in Talmudic Law). This seemingly malefic star, depicted as the winking head of Medusa, equally alludes to the Lilithian female kundalini energy. Its immensely feminine passion and dominance is akin to the potential power of Gaia. Additionally, the Pleiades cluster offers insight into the occult, leading to encounters with both the ‘best and worst in human nature’ (noted in Brady’s Fixed Stars). This cluster’s lunar attribute, likewise, parallels the New Moon’s trine to Pluto. Void of the light of reason, desires to intensely and passionately merge are dominated by depth and obsessiveness, weaving a precarious gossamer of convoluted extremes (again, the ‘best and worst’, dissolving equilibrium).

Perhaps the most prominent impetus during this lunation is the anticipated circuitry of anaretic Uranus, squaring Mars, and entering Taurus (at 11:16 AM, EDT shortly after the exact lunation, at 7:48 AM EDT). Uranus is the riotous, individual quality inherent to the structure of the mind. 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’ impending ingress into 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. Now, decades later, we arrive at a similarly pivotal precipice of change. As we experience individual (and collective) dissolution of the tyrannical structure of monetary transaction, newly inventive forms of exchange will be embraced, orchestrated by the principle of self-worth.

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Lilith in Gemini: Mercurial Maelstrom of Revelation


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

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

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

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

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Transcendent Evolution: Parallels Between Saturn and Lilith

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Saturn as depicted by Chesley Bonestell

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

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

Lilith and Saturn in Astrology

Burney Relief, Babylon (1800-1750 BCE).

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

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

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Water in the Natal Chart

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

The Water Element in the Natal Chart: Understanding the Four Elements in Astrology

Water: General Qualities and Associations

Water is the element ascribed to the nocturnal, feminine triplicity of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. In Plato’s Timeaus, water is represented by the icosahedron, and considered to be both cold and wet. Likewise, in medieval astrology, the qualities of the phlegmatic temperament are ascribed to the water element.

Water: Its Function and Expression

Water’s fluidity alters from active movement to the impenetrable stillness of an iceberg amidst the sea. While it embodies the form of any object that contains it, water itself cannot be grasped. It’s oscillating current expresses the full spectrum of human emotion: serenity, ferocity, harmony, and melancholy. From birth, water natives intuitively know just how poignantly the intagible world forges reality.

Water Equilibrium in the Natal Chart

Those with a balanced water element in the natal chart intuitively know how impressionably the intagible world influences reality. The water native possesses keen insight into the nuances and subtle undercurrents of emotion and human experience. An awareness of the subconscious mind’s power is activated, as is the intuition and empathetic response to the human condition.

Water-Void in the Natal Chart

Water-voids can find it challenging to contact the emotive realm via empathy and compassion. Difficulty is also applicable to understanding one’s own emotional requirements. While this does not imply a lack of sensitivity in all cases, it does suggest difficulty with understanding and acknowledging the native’s emotional health. The emotive realm can appear as a foreign world of hazard, one more perilous than fruitful. Consequently, this void can lead to dependency on others who are emotively expressive.

In some examples, a water-void can manifest as an innate suspicion regarding intuitive knowledge. Often, the fundamental issue is rooted in self-distrust coupled with the dismissal of one’s feelings as trivial irritations. Water-voids can foster a degree of emotional equilibrium by slowly allowing sensations to reach the surface, releasing the denied, accumulated threshold of suppressed suffering. This void can also delineate a fanatical fear of pain, resulting in a disregard and abandonment of emotional needs. Unfortunately, this only ensures the cyclical experience of repressed trauma.

Excessive Water in the Natal Chart

Those with an over-abundance of water emphasis may feel intensely directionless. Usually, they are easily influenced and highly impressionable, exhibiting a pattern of emotional uncertainty and lack of stability. This water imbalance generates extreme sensitivity to any experience, which can lead to either profoundly piercing intuition or an unnecessary degree of over-reaction. Individuals can become debilitated by subconscious fears and phobias if the emotions are uncontrollable or the person habitually functions in a state of apprehensive, overt self-protection. Overwhelming timidity, negative reaction patterns, and debilitating fears can paralyze the daily life of individuals. Ultimately, one may feel unable to cope with external and internal stressors, prompting withdrawal into an inner sphere of escapism.

Physical Correspondences and Remediations

Externally, water voids are revealed through physical disruption associated with excess toxicity. Since water is cleansing, healing, and a method of energetic release, a lack of water can accumulate toxicity in the corporeal body. This condition of toxicity manifests as a variety of symptoms and ailments with the same general requisite for amelioration: absolute physical and emotional purging. Dietary practices should be precariously administered and one can benefit from periodic cleansings and moderate fasts.

Conversely, excessive water can benefits from incorporating exercise regimens with cardiovascular emphasis into their daily routines. Consistent exercise is a natural remedy for the lethargy, melancholy, and slower metabolic rates associated with excessive water. Additionally, excessive water signifies that the body is constantly eliminating poisons, both physical toxins and emotive residue. Efficiency of this cleansing process is, however, highly dependent upon the individual’s emotional maturation.

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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 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, they 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.

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