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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Sun Square Mars

Sun square Mars

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Sun Square Mars

The Square aspect between the Sun and Mars in a Natal Chart

The purpose of this article is to provide an understanding of the the square aspect between the Sun and Mars. An explanation of the square configuration, along with a summary of each planet’s meaning and correspondence will be provided, in order to provide context prior to the interpretation of the Sun-Mars square.

The Square Configuration or Aspect in the Natal Chart

The square is a 90° angle with a 6° orb range. Planets in a square aspect share modalities (cardinal, mutable, fixed).

The square aspect is considered dynamically challenging, since its difficulties propel significant work on the issues indicated by the planets involved. Planets in the square aspect are at cross-purposes: their tension can produce frustration, although diligent labor and perseverance can foster triumph. The level of resolution over the square aspect is the result of successful integration of two disparate principles (as indicated by the planets involved). Because this aspect is considered to be traditionally challenging, we look to the signs (meaning, dignity, and condition) and places/ houses involved in order to understand where adjustments, integration, and patient application must be employed. Again, with the square aspect, growth is always the result of incessant laboriousness, but this should not suggest that its limitations are not without resolve. For the purposes of this article, it is also helpful to understand a chart’s sect, in order to understand a chart’s diurnal or nocturnal components, and further understand the significance of the planets involved.

* Note: Single aspects should neither be isolated nor fixated upon in interpretation, as the overall chart can demonstrate mitigating or contradictory factors. Instead, a thorough chart analysis will bring the necessary clarity and cohesion of celestial influences.

Sun square mars

Meaning of the Sun in Astrology

The Sun represents the visible intelligence and perception of the soul. The solar orb is, in essence, the all-bountiful fire that supports the existence of life. Therefore, the Sun indicates the central, physical vitality and conservation of each human organism. The Sun oversees the ego and moral principles, as indicated by self-esteem and conscientiousness.

The Sun Correspondences in Astrology

The Sun, (Helios in Greek, called amongst poets and historians as Sol, Titan, Ilios, Phoebus, Apollo, Pean, Osiris, Diespiter) is hot and dry, of choleric temperament (considered more temperate than Mars), masculine, and the luminary of the diurnal sect. Placed in the center of all planets, he passes through all twelve zodiacal signs once per year. His mean notion is 59 minutes and 8 seconds, yet his diurnal motion is sometimes 57 minutes and 16 seconds (sometimes more, but never exceeding 61 minutes and 6 seconds). The Sun always moves in the ecliptic and is void of latitude. [1] In Hellenistic astrology, the Sun finds his joy in the ninth place.

The Sun has his domicile in Leo, is exalted at 19° Aries, in adversity/ detriment in Aquarius, and receives his depression/ fall at 19° Libra. By day, the Sun governs the fiery triplicity (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, respectively). The Sun is always direct, and although his pace in movement can oscillate, he is never retrograde. His day is Sunday, overseeing the first and eighth hours. He befriends all planetary bodies, aside from his energetic resistance, Saturn.

Sun square Mars

Meaning 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 accentuates a warrior’s unconquerable energy and potent will. This is the necessary masculine energy that initiates and asserts without subjection to reason.

The Correspondences of Mars in Astrology

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.

Interpreting Sun Square Mars in the Natal Chart

The Sun-Mars square initiates fiercely courageous, self-confident natives, even when offset by other factors in the natal chart. There is a distinct amount of assertiveness and impulsive behavior. When this aspect is stimulated by transits, the Sun-Mars stimulates action. There is ample energy and vitality associated with this (and all) Sun-Mars aspects, which must be channeled constructively in order to prevent self-sabotage and harm. When this energetic current is well directed, and the native develops necessary patience and forethought, there is much potential for success in various endeavors. Likewise, this aspect, when tempered, grants the native an abundance of energy and enthusiasm that can be applied to any course of action.

The square formed between the Sun and Mars generates an eruption of anger and brashness that can lead to unnecessary and potentially detrimental conflicts. Because the Sun and Mars are fiery planets without the temperance of calculation, there can be a notable lack of patience and forethought prior to action. As a result, the analytical mind needs to intervene before the primal instinct takes control of the native. Slowing down can become challenging, as can immediate reactions to circumstances.

This aspect’s amelioration is best accomplished via cultivating persistent self-discipline, patience, and the dispersal of excessive energy into exercise regimes or physically creative endeavors. The Sun-Mars square cultivates an impenetrable will, and can, with time, be used to constructively and consistently build upon any endeavor. With time, the native learns how to deter self-sabotage, one of the most challenging themes of this aspect (for the implementation of temperance and discipline must be progressively built). Once this challenge is surpassed, the Sun-Mars native will find an energetic reservoir that is impervious to obstacles or hindrances.


References:

Lilly, William, Christian Astrology

Agrippa, Henry, Three Books of Occult Philosophy

Brennan, Chris, Hellenistic Astrology


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Scorpio Ascendant

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

The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

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

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Scorpio: The Scorpion

Scorpio Rising: Mars as the Chart Ruler

The feminine, watery, fixed Scorpio Ascendant embodies the nocturnal expression of Mars. Because Scorpio Ascendant’s chart ruler is Mars, the meaning of the sign is derived from the qualities of Mars. With Scorpio rising, the Mars-ruled native is strategically severing, intuitively active, piercingly intense, and suspiciously inquisitive. The martial courage of the Scorpio Ascendant aims to disrupt and dismantle the secretive, murky recesses of the human condition. Its correlation with endangerment and peril, again, originates from its planetary ruler, Mars. If Mars in Aries exerts fearlessness relative to the external environment, Mars’ courageousness in Scorpio aims at dissecting the psychological, intuitive, and emotional (watery) depths of the internal sphere.

Of Mars-ruled natives, Lilly notes:

‘They are of middle stature, their bodies strong, their bones big, rather lean than fat, their visage round, their hair sandy or flaxen, and many times crisping or curling… a bold confident countenance…’

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

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

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Pisces Ascendant

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

The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

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

Pisces Ascendant

Pisces: The Fish

Pisces Rising: Jupiter as the Chart Ruler

The feminine, watery, double-bodied (mutable) Pisces Ascendant embodies the nocturnal expression of Jupiter. Because Pisces Ascendant’s Hour-Marker is Jupiter, the meaning of the sign is derived from the qualities of Jupiter. With Pisces rising, Jupiter navigates the watery depths of the Fish with empathic expansion, intuitive wisdom, emotive warmth, and infectious joy. Jupiterian generosity is afforded through counsel, spiritual guidance, and the consoling words of an affectionate companion.

Of Jupiter-ruled natives, Lilly notes:

‘He signifies an upright, straight and tall Stature; brown, ruddy and lovely Complexion; of an oval or long Visage, and it full or fleshy; high Forehead; large grey Eyes; his Hair soft, and a kind of auburn brown…’

The placement and condition of Jupiter in the natal chart guides the direction and purpose of the native’s life, while the body and identity is influenced by transits through the ascendant, natal Jupiter, Jupiter retrogrades, including first place and Jupiter profections. The house ruler of Jupiter also directs the expression of Pisces Ascendant. For example, if Jupiter occupies a sign polarizing its essential nature, such as Virgo, the native may not approach life as a typical Pisces Ascendant. Planets occupying the first house can significantly alter the personality of the Ascendant. Again, for example, Mercury occupying the first house of a Pisces Ascendant will significantly alter the appearance and personality of the native. The chart’s sect will further punctuate the full expression of Jupiter in the natal chart.

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

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Aquarius Ascendant

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

The Natal Ascendant: A Chart’s Profile

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

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Aquarius: The Water Bearer

Aquarius Ascendant: Saturn as the Chart Ruler

The masculine, airy, fixed Aquarius Ascendant embodies the diurnal expression of Saturn. With Saturn as the Hour-Marker, the meaning of Aquarius Ascendant is derived from the qualities of Saturn. As such, Aquarius rising projects cerebral discipline and structure to its external environment. Seemingly detached or impersonal, this Ascendant retains a critical, stoic approach to problem-solving and social obligations. Saturn’s stern grasp is applied to the external persona of the Aquarius Ascendant. As a fixed, human, vocal sign, Aquarius Ascendants can appear stubbornly resistant (commonly misconstrued for ‘rebellious’, the modern ‘Uranus-ruled’ derivative). Aquarius rising’s unyielding approach to set ethical standards often parallels the native’s own caliber of commitment.

Of Saturn-ruled natives, Lilly notes:

‘Body more cold and dry, of a middle stature, his Complexion pale, swarthy or muddy, his Eyes little and black, looking downward; a broad Forehead, black or sad Hair, and it hard or rugged; great Ears, hanging; lowering Eyebrows…’

The placement and condition of Saturn in the natal chart guides the direction and purpose of the native’s life, while the body and identity is influenced by transits through the Ascendant, natal Saturn, Saturn retrogrades, and Saturn profections. The house ruler of Saturn also directs the expression of the Saturn Ascendant. For example, if Saturn occupies a sign polarizing its essential nature, such as Leo, the native may not approach life as a typical Aquarius Ascendant. Planets occupying the first house can significantly alter the personality of the Ascendant. Again, for example, Jupiter occupying the first house of an Aquarius Ascendant will significantly alter the appearance and personality of the native. The chart’s sect will further punctuate the full expression of Aquarius in the natal chart.

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

  • To calculate your Ascendant and birth chart, input your birth data here.
  • To obtain a comprehensive reading of your chart with traditional timing techniques, kindly schedule a consultation here.

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