Mercury Cazimi in Aquarius

Mercury Cazimi: January 29, 2019

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. For example, in the Renaissance tradition, William Lilly extends Cazimi to 17′. As a general rule, I choose to focus on (or work within) the 16′ range, particularly when merging Cazimi portals with electional astrology.

Meticulous Messenger: The Traditional Associations of Mercury

Traditional associations of a dignified Mercury punctuate sharp intellect and cogitation. Here, debaters and logicians mastering knowledge and articulation are rendered, as are seekers of mysteries, amalgamating information without external guidance or teachers. Of additional Mercurial attributes, Lilly emphasizes those being “ambitious of being exquisite in every Science, desirous naturally of travel and seeing foreign parts: a man of an unwearied fancy, curious in the search of any occult knowledge; able by his own Genius to produce wonders; given to Divination and the more secret knowledge; if he turn Merchant, no man exceeds him in a way of Trade or invention of new wayes whereby to obtain wealth.”

Mercury Cazimi in Aquarius

Currently of swift motion, on 1/29/19, Mercury Cazimi is exact at at 9°54′ Aquarius. The Mercury-Sun conjunction is posited in Saturn’s diurnal domicile, in the affirming bounds of Venus, and simultaneously journeying through the final arc minutes of the Venus-ruled, first decanate. The Mercury-Sun conjunction is in aversion to Saturn, and overcomes Mars via sign-based sextile. Mirroring this month’s earlier (Saturn) Cazimi, both charts unfurl with a Libra rising and angular malefics in their domiciles. In the background, Saturn overcomes Mars via superior square, a configuration that also echoes the backdrop of the final lunar eclipse in Leo.

Mercury remains in Cazimi past midnight, come 1/30/19, in the bounds of Venus. Likewise, the Messenger is in an applying sextile to the Moon as the benefics overcome the Sun-Mercury conjunction. As an inceptional chart, clarity in communication is accentuated, along with presentation. Although in detriment, the solar rays are persuaded by mercurial matters: decisions, logistics, and contractual matters are favorable under this configuration. Third place matters receive the benefics’ affirmation, via sign-based sextile, and siblings, friends, learning, and quotidian excursions can benefit from this brief Cazimi. As with the previous chart, in aversion to the Cazimi and first house placements, Saturn merely emits a partile ray to Mars, as both separate from a square.

As the Messenger journeys through the Water Bearer, be advantageous and efficient in mercurial matters. Come 2/11/19, Mercury enters its detriment in Pisces, followed by its retrograde. Aptly, The Messenger enters Aries on the day of Mercury, 4/17/19, in the term of Jupiter and decanate of Mars. By then, with Mars in Gemini, mutual reception will mitigate both planets.


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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Mars Square Saturn

Mars square Saturn

Kalynovych, The Babel Tower

Mars Square Saturn in the Natal Chart

The natal square between the malefics, Mars and Saturn, indicates a weighty discord between the impetus of desire and the restraint of responsibility. The Mars-Saturn square surges a defensive nature, often propelling hindrances in personal relationships. The square between Mars and Saturn propels a defensiveness within the context of personal relationships. Saturn, the excluding influence, acclimates fear of rejection coupled with restraint. The melancholic temperament of the Time Keeper punctuates this configuration, requesting a counteraction to pessimism, brooding pensiveness, and disconsolation. The oscillating pull between assertion and lethargy, aggression and apathy, can delay personal progress, until conscious application of consistent will is emplooyed. Laboriousness and persistent effort are adequate antidotes to the Mars-Saturn square. We need only understand the nature of both malefics to gain insight as to their operative function (within the context of natal square). 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 opposition 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 Square

The natal square, often illustrated as a visual enmity, is traditionally (strictly in isolation here, for informative purposes) considered less challenging than the opposition. The natal square, also known as the tetragon, occurs when planets are four signs apart, or separated by 90°. As with all degree-based configurations or aspects, the relationship between two planets is intensified according to proximity via degree. Traditionally, the square is referred to as adversarial, indicating rivalry or discord. Malefics (Saturn and Mars) are considered particularly challenging when configured via square, especially considering that, traditionally, Mars rules the tetragon, or square (the Saturn configuration is the diameter, or opposition).

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.

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.

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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January 2019 Astrology Forecast

January 2019 Astrology Forecast

To counterbalance Saturn’s sovereignty, the new year finds a freshly-forged Mars in its diurnal domicile. As a welcoming aspect, the Sagittarius Moon trines Mars on 1/2/19, exact at 0°54′ Sagittarius-Aries. Thereafter, the Mars-Saturn square 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. The red planet remains in his domicile until February 14th, when he will exit the Warrior and ingress into his detriment, Venusian Taurus.

Mercury, the fleet-footed Messenger, finally vacates its detriment, ingressing into Capricorn on 1/5/19, where its expression is comparatively succinct and efficient. Mercury’s ingress heralds this month’s first lunation, a partial solar eclipse in Capricorn, the embodiment of Saturnian discipline.

Like Mercury, Venus exits her detriment in Scorpio and ingresses into Sagittarius. In Sagittarius, Venus prepares to conjoin Jupiter, exact at 16°03′ Sagittarius on 1/22/19. The place signified by Sagittarius in one’s natal chart will be afforded amplification, pleasure, and grace, as both benefics unite to bestow the fullest expression of their affirming qualities.

January 2019 Lunations:

  • 1/5/19: Partial Solar Eclipse at 15°25′ Capricorn

Placed in the second decanate of Capricorn, this month’s partial solar eclipse in Capricorn forges Saturn’s signature. With the greater malefic in his nocturnal domicile, the luminaries conjoin Saturn and Pluto. Additionally, the Sun and Moon sextile Neptune, as the Capricorn stellium overcomes Mars via sign-based, superior square. In one’s natal chart, the house occupied by Capricorn will be a focal point of critical laboriousness.

  • 1/21/19: Total Lunar Eclipse at 0°51’ Leo

Occurring near the North Node at its perigee, the total lunar eclipse is placed in the first decanate of Leo, which is ruled by Saturn. For an hour and 2 minutes, the eclipse will encompass the Moon in total darkness, a visible spectacle in the Americas, Europe, and most of Africa. As the final eclipse on the Leo-Aquarius axis, this total lunar eclipse concludes a 2.5 year cycle. The house occupied by Leo engages in a culmination of heart-centered focus that is, ideally, calibrated by its Aquarian counterpart.

January 2019 Dual Cazimi Configurations:

In 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′.

January 2019 heralds dual Cazimis: Saturn Cazimi is exact at 11°31’ Capricorn on 1/2/19 (12:48 AM EST). As a double-dose of Mars, the Scorpio Moon surveys the Saturn Cazimi at 11°31’ Capricorn, on 1/2/19. Angular malefics accompany the malefic-ruled Moon, until it enters Sagittarius. Since Saturn is naturally in its nocturnal domicile via Capricorn, this Cazimi portal will doubly fortify his structured, disciplinarian sovereignty.

The Mercury Cazimi trails behind on 1/29/19, exact at 9°54’ Aquarius. Comparatively, both Cazimis accentuate angular malefics in their domiciles with a Libra rising, nocturnal chart. Although briefly, Mercury Cazimi affords the stoic clarity of the Saturn-disposited Messenger.

January’s celestial terminal revisits the structured laboriousness that punctuates the Capricorn eclipse. On 1/30/19, the Saturn-Neptune sextile at 14°54′ Capricorn-Pisces encapsulates the month’s necessity for perserverance. An impervious foundation must be cemented in order to actualize the unison between realism and idealism. Otherwise, if quotidian obligations are neglected, Neptune’s allure can only remain illusory.

January 2019 Astrology Forecast Calendar

  • 12/31/18: Mars into Aries
  • 1/2/19: Saturn Cazimi at 11°31′ Capricorn
  • 1/2/19: Moon trine Mars at 0°54′ Sagittarius-Aries
  • 1/3/19: Moon square Neptune at 14°08′ Sagittarius-Pisces
  • 1/4/19: Mercury trine Uranus Rx at 28°36′ Sagittarius-Aries, Moon conjunct Mercury at 29 22′ Sagittarius
  • 1/5/19: Sun sextile Neptune at 14°09′ Capricorn-Pisces
  • 1/5/19: Mercury ingresses into Capricorn
  • 1/5/19: Partial Solar Eclipse at 15°25′ Capricorn
  • 1/6/19: Uranus direct in Aries
  • 1/7/19: Venus ingresses into Sagittarius
  • 1/8/19: Mercury square Mars at 4°55′ Capricorn-Aries
  • 1/11/19: Sun conjunct Pluto at 20°56′ Capricorn
  • 1/13/19: Mercury conjunct Saturn at 12°51′ Capricorn, Jupiter square Neptune at 14°22′ Sagittarius-Pisces
  • 1/14/19: Mercury sextile Neptune at 14°24′ Capricorn-Pisces
  • 1/18/19: Venus trine Mars at 11°53’ Sagittarius-Aries, Mercury conjunct Pluto at 21°11′ Capricorn, Sun square Uranus at 28°39′ Capricorn-Aries
  • 1/20/19: Total Lunar Eclipse at 0°51′ Leo, Moon at perigee
  • 1/20/19: Sun ingresses into Aquarius
  • 1/22/19: Venus conjunct Jupiter at 16°03′ Sagittarius
  • 1/24/19: Mercury ingresses into Aquarius
  • 1/25/19: Mars trine Jupiter at 16°39′ Aries-Sagittarius
  • 1/29/19: Mercury Cazimi at 9°54′ Aquarius
  • 1/30/19: Saturn sextile Neptune at 14°54′ Capricorn-Pisces

References:

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

Etching by K. Kalynovych.


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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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Planetary Joys

The Planetary Joys

The planetary joys, a Hellenistic composition for the seven visible planets, suggest that the meaning of certain places naturally compliments the nature of the classical (visible) planets. When planets are in their Joys, their qualities freely align with the significance of their corresponding places.

A planet rejoices when located in a house that favors the liberal expression of its characteristics. While modern astrology defines houses relative to signs (i.e., the meaning of the second house echoes the sign of Taurus and its ruler, Venus), the Joys suggest that certain planets, independent of sign placement, rejoice in specific houses as a result of complimentary similitudes. While the signification of houses in Hellenistic astrology derives from considerations such as angularity, house position relative to angular triads, ascendant configurations, and the overall symbolism of the house in astronomical terms, planetary joys are also notable when defining houses. Distinctly, the only angular place occupied by a planet in its joy is that of Mercury, as the significations of the Midheaven, setting, and subterraneous places are descriptive relative to their astronomical locations. Likewise, void of planetary joys, the second and eighth are named the Gate of Hades and Idle places, respectively.

To reiterate, the traditional houses are named as follows:

  • First house: The Helm/ Horoskopos (Mercury’s joy).
  • Second house: Gate of Hades.
  • Third house: Goddess (The Moon’s joy).
  • Fourth house: Subterraneous.
  • Fifth house: Good Fortune (Venus’ joy).
  • Sixth house: Bad Fortune (Mars’ joy).
  • Seventh house: Setting.
  • Eighth house: Idle.
  • Ninth: God (The Sun’s joy).
  • Tenth house: Midheaven.
  • Eleventh house: Good Spirit (Jupiter’s joy).
  • Twelfth house: Bad Spirit (Saturn’s joy).

Origin of the Planetary Joys

References to the planetary joys are initially authenticated in the early decades of the first century CE, when contemporaries Thrasyllus and Manilius introduced texts on the houses and planetary joys. [1] In Thrasyllus’s Pinax, later cited by Valens, Porphyry and Hephaistio, there is allusion to earlier sources, such as the pseudepigrapha of Nechepso and Petosiris and Hermes Trismegistus. According to Thrasyllus, Hermes Trismegistus is the foremost source for the documentation of the planetary joys. Thrasyllus attributes the doctrine of the twelve houses to Hermes, who first used the names for the houses and their connection to the planetary joys. For example, Thrasyllus notes that Hermes ascribes one of the first house significations to ‘siblings’. While not in accordance with the later tradition attributing brothers and sisters to the third place, it does correlate with Mercury’s Joy in the Helm, since one of Mercury’s primordial significations is siblings.

Planetary Joys and the Elements

In his article,The Planetary Joys and the Origins of the Significations of the Houses and Triplicities,” Chris Brennan finds correlations between triplicities and house significations. In Hellenistic astrology, the planetary joys surround the four angular triads. In this arrangement, each angle correlates to an element. Of the fire triplicity (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) the Sun and Jupiter encase the Midheaven. To the left of the wheel, Saturn and Mercury, rulers of the air triplicity (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), surround the angular triad of the Ascendant. Mars, of the water triplicity (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces), is found to the right, near the seventh, or ‘setting’ place. Finally, alluding to the density of earth (the triplicity of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), the nethermost angular triad of the subterraneous place is enshrouded by Luna and Venus. [1]

Planetary Joys

The seven classical planets in their Joys.

Aristotelian Physics, Stoicism, and the Four Elements

According to Aristotelian gravity, all bodies move toward their natural places. For the elements earth and water, that place is the center of the (geocentric) universe; the natural place of water is a concentric shell around the earth because earth is heavier; it sinks in water. However, if the zodiacal correspondences followed Aristotle’s framework, fire signs would oppose air, and water would oppose earth. Logical inconsistencies regarding Aristotle’s elemental hierarchy made it challenging to incorporate the elements with the planetary joys. Aristotle’s system places fire directly above earth, despite fire’s qualitative opposition to water. In other words, because fire is hot and dry, and water is cold and wet, the two elements should be placed in opposition.

The planetary joy’s elemental system appearing in Valens’ work adheres to the scheme conceptualized by Stoicism, the Hellenistic branch of philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens, during the early third century BC. Of the four elements, the Stoics identify fire and air as active, and water and earth as passive. These divisions mirror the diurnal/ spirit and nocturnal/ corporeal associations of the Joys. The active elements, or at least the principles of hot and cold, combine to form breath, or pneuma, the sustaining cause of all existing bodies. Both Aristotle and the Stoics reject the existence of void space, excluding that it encapsulates the universe. In Stoicism, air is cold and opposes fire (being hot). Moisture is attributed to water, which is opposite to the dryness of earth. In contrast to the Aristotelian system, the Stoics’ conceptual model of the elements parallels the planetary joys.

The Planetary Joys and Elemental Hierarchy

The positioning of the planetary joys reflects an elemental hierarchy. Just as fire rises to the highest region, Jupiter and the Sun are clustered around the Midheaven. Echoing air‘s ascension towards fire, Saturn and Mercury (the air triplicity rulers) appear to ‘rise’ over the Ascendant. Mars, slightly elevated from the earth triplicity, corresponds to water and is located near the seventh or setting place. Below, Luna and Venus encircle the subterraneous place, alluding to earth, the densest element. Essentially, the planets are arranged in an elemental hierarchy as follows:

    The Sun and Jupiter, of the fire triplicity, join the Midheaven.
    Saturn and Mercury, of the air triplicity, join the Ascendant.
    Mars, of the water triplicity, joins the setting, or seventh place.
    The Moon and Venus, of the earth triplicity, join the subterraneous place.

An Overview of the Planetary Joys

A distinct hallmark of the planetary joys is their arrangement via sect. The diurnal planets rise above the horizon while the nocturnal planets set below it. Mirroring his ability to join either sect, Mercury rejoices in the first house, where the midpoint between both hemispheres (using whole-sign houses), unites the diurnal and nocturnal spheres of spirit and matter, respectively.

The concept of planetary joys calibrates the balance between sect luminaries, benefics, and malefics. The luminaries are opposite each other, as the Sun rises in the ninth place of ‘God’, while the Moon sets below, in the third place of ‘Goddess’. The Greater and Lesser Benefics, Jupiter and Venus, respectively, are also arranged in opposition. Jupiter is poised in the tenth placed of ‘Good’ Spirit, opposing Venus in the fifth place of ‘Good’ Fortune. Furthermore, the Greater and Lesser Malefics, Saturn and Mars, obtain the opposing places of ‘Bad’ Spirit and ‘Bad’ Fortune, respectively. Again, Mercury retains the first place or Helm, symbolically merging both hemispheres.

Planetary Joys

The seven classical planets in their Joys, relative to the elements.

Planetary Joys, Elements, and Angular Triad Correspondences

  • Mercury: The Helm (first place). Mercury corresponds to air and the angular triad of the Ascendant.
  • The Moon: Goddess (third place). Earth and the angular triad of the subterraneous place.
  • Venus: ‘Good’ Fortune (fifth place). Earth and the subterraneous place.
  • Mars: ‘Bad’ Fortune (sixth place). Mars singularly corresponds to water and the setting, or seventh place.
  • Sun: God (ninth place). Fire and the angular triad of the Midheaven.
  • Jupiter: ‘Good’ Spirit (eleventh place). Fire and the angular triad of the Midheaven.
  • Saturn: ‘Bad’ Spirit (twelfth place). Air and the angular triad of the Ascendant.

Planetary Joys: As Above, So Below

As the two hemispheres divide the planetary joys by sect, this bifurcation equally addresses the distinction between the spirit and body. Planets situated above the horizon pertain to matters relating to the soul, while planets below (the horizon) correlate to physical phenomena. When in their Joys, the Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn affect the realm of spirit, while the Moon, Venus, and Mars influence the realm of matter (or the body). When in the Helm (via whole sign houses), Mercury has the ability to affect both hemispheres, symbolically inferring his ability to oscillate between both realms.

Of the fire triplicity, the Sun’s joy in the ninth place is traditionally associated with prophecy, divination, and truth as it relates to counsel, religious beliefs, and spiritual guidance. These matters are said to elevate the soul’s journey, alluding to the spirit realm. As the fire triplicity’s Greater Benefic rejoices in the eleventh place of benefactors and confidants, the spirit unites in friendship with a fellow soul. Of the air triplicity, the Greater Malefic’s joy enshrouds the place of confinement, suggestive of Saturn’s potential to afflict the spirit via anguish, enmities, and other mental phenomena.

Opposite the diurnal sect is its nocturnal counterpart: the Moon, Venus, and Mars. Associated with corporeal experiences, the night Joys concretize the spirit realm into matter. Opposite the ninth place of God is the Goddess Luna, the traditional indicator of correspondences, orations, and writers, rejoicing in the place which organically conducts said matters. Here, the abstract realm of spirit (ninth place), as it pertains to divination and religion, is reflected by the swifter luminary, solidifying the metaphysical insights of the ninth place via practical information, and human interaction.

The corporeal realm is auspicious and procreative in the fifth place of ‘Good’ Fortune, bestowing children (implying all forms of creation) and pleasure. These earthly, Venusian themes manifest through the physical vessel. Challenges indicated by Mars’ Joy in the sixth effect the body (contrasting the spirit’s affliction via Saturn’s Joy), manifesting as possible maladies and injuries.

The Planetary Joys: Summary

A planet is said to ‘rejoice’ when situated in a house that benefits the liberal expression of its characteristics. The planetary joys, a Hellenistic composition for the seven visible planets, suggests that the meaning of certain places naturally compliments the nature of the seven classical planets. Clearly, hermetic principles embody the arrangement of the planetary joys. When illustrating the rejoicing of planets above the macrocosmic hemisphere (spirit), a microcosmic counterpart (matter) is mirrored below.


References:

1. Brennan, Chris, “The Planetary Joys and the Origins of the Significations of the Houses and Triplicities,” originally published in the International Society for Astrological Research Journal, Vol. 42, No. 1, April 2013.

2. Valens, Vettius, Anthologies.

Etchings by K. Kalynovych.


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