Houses

The 12th House

Underwater sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor
Underwater sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor

In the season of the eclipses, what better time to ponder the enigmatical qualities of the 12th house?

What is the 12th House?

To start, we might say it's the subconscious mind...

That which is hidden...

Attitudes carried over from the past...

Karma (as the Law of Attraction)...

The night sea journey...

And, so much more.

But what is the 12th house, really, in tangible terms? How to get our hands on it?

Pinning Down the 12th House

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"You who are wandering the world looking for great marvels, come here where everything speaks of love and art." - Vicino Orsini introducing his Parco dei Mostri, the Park of Monsters.

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, can feel confused by this department of life. After all, it rules the liminal states of neither/nor, out to sea, not one thing, or the other.

It's slippery terrain to navigate, one that would better be 'shown not told' through music, art, dance, poetry, nature . . . Every time you try to pin the meaning of the 12th down, it changes into something else. Like the god Proteus!

Proteus as an Archetype of the 12th

Do you know the story? Proteus was the elusive god of "sea change", symbolic of the  constantly shifting nature of the sea. He could foretell the future, though he would only answer someone if they were capable of holding him as he morphed through all his myriad forms. Because of his relationship to the sea, Proteus is both a symbol of the unconscious (subconscious) as well as dreams, imagination, vision and emotion. The key is how to handle these incorporeal energies so they will reveal their truths.

Astrologers & the 12th House

The 12th house is the third of the Water houses, cadent in position, associated with Pisces and ruled by Jupiter (traditional) and Neptune (modern).

Quite likely, if you study old astrology books, you'll find the 12th house is described with heavy labels. Isabel Hickey calls it house of the Self-undoing, where we 'serve or suffer', the house of drawn shades, confinement, incarceration, hospitalization, limitations . . . It's not looking like a holiday destination from this perspective.

But these ideas about the 12th house come from an Judeo-Christian-Islamic background of astrology, not leaning toward notions of Karma (as the law of attraction), the quantum Field, Source, infinite possibilities or the collective unconscious.

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Amphitrite bronze statue by Simon Morris.

Open Your Mind

So, to understand the 12th, I invite you to explore a broader perspective. Altered states of mind, meditation, the depths of the subconscious, the collective, where we lose our ego identity to find our Self. Source. Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces describes this as the liminal zone where the hero is 'lost' in the woods, an essential part of the journey.

Think also of the 12th as a repository and wellspring of archetypes, stories, myths, metaphors and  fairy tales, dreams (and nightmares), rich with layers of meaning. The house of the Muse.

Remember, the 12th is like Proteus; you must hold onto him before the secrets are revealed. Don't give up!

Back to the Basics

The Planets are the Energy - WHAT is acting.

The Signs are the costumes - HOW the actor portrays her role.

The Houses are the stages - WHERE the action takes place.

For those who want to cement this deeper, here's a quick 5 minute video tutorial on the basic building blocks of astrology.

The 12th House and the Sea

Essentially, the 12th house takes us under. It is more a dreamscape than land, filled with states of creativity, imagination and alternate awareness. Here we can immerse in the collective. Think of  hospitals, rehab, prisons, all institutions where individuality blurs. It is the house of synchronicity and all that rises from these meaningful coincidences.

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Gateway to the 12th house? William Rickettes Sanctuary

The Gateless Way

Is the 12th house really negative?

No more than a gateway can be negative. The 12th is an essential landscape of being, filled with wonders of the non-rational kind.

The great way is gateless, reached by a thousand paths. Know this and you walk free in the Universe. – Zen saying

Consider the 12th a place to experience everything; exclude notion. Perhaps it is in "suffering" that a sense of compassion is gained. And maybe it is only through the "limitation" that a deeper relationship with the inner world is explored.

And isn't it through dreams, art, and storytelling that we find new meaning and purpose?

Something of our surety, identity and ego must drown in the 12th to rise renewed. More whole, more complete.

Like Water for Soul

The 12th is like water. It can be a refreshing stream, a cleansing pool or a huge tsunami heading toward shore. In this way, it's neither 'good' nor 'bad', but holds our most poignant experiences, dreamed, imagined or real.

Try to accept that the 12th house is an enigma to the conscious mind, but in the world of dreams and symbols, its meaning comes alive. The deep ocean or lake of the mermaid, the well that leads to Mother Holle, the ecstatic rites of Dionysus and the reflection of a resent dream image all belong to the 12th.

"Amphitrite," by Simon Morris, off Grand Cayman
"Amphitrite," by Simon Morris, found off Grand Cayman

The borderland

This house is the borderland where myths emerge into waking life. It's a humbling thought. Where consciousness is seen from the perspective of a veiled world.

Interestingly, Jung, who worked extensively with dreams, did not accept being called wise or even a sage. He said, “The difference between most people and myself is that for me the “dividing walls” are transparent. That is my peculiarity.”

This transparency of the dividing walls, belongs to the twelfth house. Behind the veil...

Explore the sign on the Cusp of the 12th

Here are some ideas for each sign that rules the 12th house. Start by looking at your own chart and others you know. Then expand by looking at the 12th house ruler(s) and any planets in the 12th. What happens to the 'actors' when they walk across this particular stage?

AriesARIES on the 12th house cusp

With Aries on the cusp of the twelfth house, you need to develop a sense of independence through a connection to the unconscious mind. Your identity might form around being a mouthpiece for the collective.  But, it's a paradox. Aries must find individuality in the hidden undercurrents of the collective unconscious, art, dreams and service to those less fortunate. Look to Mars by sign and house for more expression.

TaurusTAURUS on the 12th house cusp:

The Bull on the cusp of the twelfth house means the core values, sensuality and security must come from the depths. Remember, the twelfth is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts and impressions.  This is the sphere of diminished personal identity and blurred boundaries.  For the Bull to find true values and build sustaining resources , he must serve the collective in some practical, tangible way. Look to Venus by sign and house for more expression.

GeminiGEMINI on the 12th house cusp:

When Gemini sits on the cusp of the twelfth house, the conscious mind must explore the unconscious.  The need to learn, communicate and share ideas reside somewhere in the collective unconscious, blurring the line between rational thought and intuition. The duality of Gemini may manifest in moods swinging from humor to profound wisdom.  The need is to experience all manifestations of the collective, making this placement extremely active, at least on an internal level. Look to Mercury by sign and house for more expression.

CancerCANCER on the 12th house cusp:

The shy Crab on the cusp of the twelfth means the need to connect on a feeling level extends past the personal to the greater whole. The twelfth house represents all that is concealed, the secret unconscious of ourselves and of the collective. With Cancer here, the quest for love carries over from the past, finding communion in helping those less fortunate.  But how can we establish a sense of emotional security in the unseen real? Cancer must find the answer. Look to the Moon by sign and house for more expression.

LeoLEO on the 12th house cusp:

The Li0n on the cusp of the twelfth house indicates the drive for significance and appreciation falls into the sea of the collective unconscious.  This is the house of hidden meanings, secret needs and movements governed by the deeper feelings of the collective.  With Leo’s power here, there is a necessity for self-understanding, connection to and an orientation towards service and support of others.  When Leo gives to others less fortunate, or expresses collective truths and longings, the feelings of fulfillment expand. Must shine for others as well as self. Look to the Sun by sign and house for more expression.

Virgo VIRGO on the 12th house cusp:

When Virgo sits on the cusp of the twelfth, the need to create order out of chaos expands.  Here Virgo seeks to gather, sort, select and make use of energy that is by nature without definition, beginning or end.  Virgo may shift into hyper-drive with the swirling soup of unconscious images, hoping to contain them. This can result in genius creative expression through art, literature, dance or music. It can also manifest as compulsive energy, unable to relax or let go. Virgo might harbor secret fears about health, hygiene and the body.  In this case, letting the art, or cause, 'carry' the energy frees the spirit. Look to Mercury by sign and house for more expression.

LibraLIBRA on the 12th house cusp:

With Libra found on the cusp of the twelfth house, the need to partner falls into the realm behind the veil.  This is the domain of hidden feelings, taboo desires and karmic, counter-intentions, unformed artistic and literary expression and longings to merge with the divine.  With Libra here, sensitivity to others, to beauty and nature and to passion/longing expresses through relationship. Somehow, forming partnerships that help others, or for the greater good, can bring a sense of warmth, composure and symmetry. The feeling is 'karmic' or fated connections. Look to Venus by sign and house for more expression.

ScorpioSCORPIO on the 12th house cusp:

When Scorpio resides on the cusp of the twelfth house, the need to merge with others in meaningful ways, wield power, and periodically destroy and re-create movements in the collective, falls into the domain of the sea, the muse, the past.  Think deep unconscious, the collective soup where ideas, fads, trends, spiritual longing, taboo feelings and all things creative live and breathe. And, they all vie for manifestation. In the twelfth, Scorpio’s depths go just a little bit deeper, the longings a litter more obsessive and the passions a bit more powerful. Look to Mars and Pluto by sign and house for more expression.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS on the 12th house cusp:

The Centaur on the cusp of the twelfth house needs to discover, explore and express the mysteries of the collective unconscious. A speaker for those without a voice. Here the house of the unseen real, where sweeping feelings from rage to rapture, heralds the call to adventure. When Sagittarius goes exploring in these waters, there is no telling what will be brought to the surface. With this placement, the meaning in life hides in the depths of the collective unconscious, not in the outer world. Look to Jupiter by sign and house for more expression.

CapricornCAPRICORN on the 12th house cusp:

The Sea-goat on the cusp of the twelfth house needs to gain respect and establish material security in the watery collective unconscious. The source of dreams, the world of hidden powers, collective thoughts and archetypes provide the matrix for growth and accomplishment.  To strive only for self-importance contrasts the twelfth house requirement of service to, and immersion in, the collective. Yet, to totally give the Self over to the needs of others denies the innate principle if Capricorn.  Clearly, a balance must be struck and maintained. Look to Saturn by sign and house for more expression.

AquariusAQUARIUS on the 12th house cusp:

When the Water-bearer rules the twelfth house, the need for freedom and unconventionality expresses through the collective. Sometimes, this can manifest as a longing for the dimly remembered yet idealized spiritual home. The drive to take a different approach to service, creativity and unity links to collective institutions, research and reflection of dreams, unconscious patterns and all things hidden or repressed.  With this sign of freedom and rebellion in the house of confinement, innovation is born. Look to Saturn and Uranus by sign and house for more expression.

piscesPISCES on the 12th house cusp:

The sign of Fishes naturally rules the twelfth and feels right at home in the chaos.  Here the need to dissolve boundaries and merge with the whole of life wants to express through the world of dreams, synchronicity and service. Compassion reaches out to those less fortunate with a healing heart. Pisces is seeking the ineffable, and in the twelfth house, that means the divine resides in nature, the sea, those less fortunate or lost along the way. A prison cell, a charity, a work or art, a song or dance can be the gateless way to Source. Look to Jupiter and Neptune by sign and house for more expression.

Thoughts? Ideas? Myths?


Planetary Game of Thrones

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If you pay attention to the planetary dignities, the rulers of each sign, you'll notice an interesting phenomenon - a planetary game of thrones. There are more than the usual number of planets transiting through there home signs. We talk about rulerships in the post Finding Your Final Dispositor. You can review that upload, but for now, let's look at this current Astro and what it might mean as a set of transits to the natal chart. Why? Because getting into alignment with it can boost your manifesting power.

What is a Planetary Game of Thrones?

First, let's check the dignitaries, particularly what sign each planet rules. Here's a chart to cut to the chase. You can see the sign on the left, for example, Aries. Then comes the ruler, Mars. The wheel shows the natural house of rulership - the 1st house.

Planetary Game of ThronesThe important thing to understand is that a planet is more potent and freer to act when in the sign it rules and right now we FIVE distinct planetary energies are in their own, powerhouse, signs.

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Going counter-clockwise from Moon in Cancer in the fourth house there is Venus in Libra, Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces.

That's five deities vying for the throne. What I mean is, the strength of a planet being in its own sign is significant. The planet is in the sign it expresses most happily in, and, it may 'dispose' (lead, influence) one or more others planets, having sway over them.

For example, the sun in Sagittarius is disposed (led) by Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius. Same goes for Mercury Rx. Jupiter has some say over both. Saturn disposes Pluto, and will for years to come, as long as Pluto is in Saturn's sign of Capricorn. Uranus in Aries is disposed by Mars, but Mars is in Pisces so Neptune is the final dispositor of those two. The Moon is strong in her own sign, but with no other planets in Cancer, she's not going to make it to the throne this time of year. In July, it will be a different story.

Planetary Game of Thrones Dispositors

Results of a Planetary Game of Thrones

So now, with half the planets in their own signs, there could be some inherent contrast between them (ie, within each of us). Note the natural T-square between Moon in Cancer is opposite Saturn, square Libra, just by sign. And Jupiter in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. The question is, which will have more sway in your chart?

If any of these ruling planets happen to be your chart ruler, that is, if you are Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn or Pisces rising, you'll be most pulled toward that planet and where it transits in your chart (12th or 1st house).

Also, if any of these planets rule your sun sign, or personal planets, take note. I have Venus in Cancer, so the moon sextile Uranus will have a stronger sway on me right now, pulling my relationships into this planetary game of thrones event. (Venus rules partnership, and money and art!) I might be torn between being in my own nurturing nest (Cancer) and putting out content/editing/producing (Saturn). Maybe I'm balancing that pull right now by writing this post while in my little 'tower in the woods'.

How to Align with the Planetary Game of Thrones?

Think of this vibe as a chance to put awareness on the contrast between these planets and what they represent to you. Saturn's urge to commit and make things solid has to find balance with Jupiter's and Neptune's urge to keep things in the realm of infinite possibilities. The Moon's urge to shelter, store and eat carbs can come to terms with Saturn's drive toward fitness and strength. Venus in Libra wants everyone to get along but if there's an inner creative struggle, that won't happen until you orchestrate balance.

And all this with Mercury Rx, ie the Trickster, ready to tip the apple cart on anything that has become staid, repressed, predictable or outmoded.

The trick now is to honor where these power planets fall in your chart. Find which one resonates the strongest for you and do a little homage. That means, respect the part of you that embodies that planet, by sign and house.

We can talk more about this on the forum, or here in the comments.

Let's see where it's happening in your chart!


Solstice Dance 2018

Solstice Dance - Danza de Luna by Beverly Ash Gilbert
Danza de Luna by Beverly Ash Gilbert

The Solstice Dance

Hi Everyone, I'm updating the Solstice post, making it relevant for June 21, 2018. It's happening now!

Happy mid-winter solstice in the southern hemisphere; mid-summer in the north. This is a time to celebrate, appreciate and feel gratitude for the blessings in life. Let's count them! Fuel our goals, aspirations and desires by honoring the connection to life, love, nurturing and joy. Make this whole week a an inner, and outer celebration.

Think of the Solstice Dance as a turning point, symbolic of endings and new beginnings. With Uranus and Chiron closely connected to the o degree Cancer sun (the solstice point), something in your life is on the brink of change.

Technical Notes

In Astrology, two major things happen at the solstice.

1) Sun crosses the AP – the zero degree “Aries” point. Pardon, you might say. The sun is nowhere near Aries. It’s 0 degrees of Cancer.

True, but all the Cardinal points of the zodiac, 0 Aries, 0 Cancer, 0 Libra and 0 Capricorn are collectively called the “Aries Point”. If you take a square piece of paper and fold it so each corner is in the same place, you’ll see why.

2) the sun crosses the Draconic Nodes, releasing energy to move you along your path.

If you want to fast track your abundance, creativity, well-being, love and enlightenment, then focus your thoughts on what you want to experience on or in the days after the Solstice.

Solstice 2018 @ 0 degrees Cancer

LA – June 21 – 3:07 am
NY – June 21 – 6:07 am
LON – June 21 – 11:07 am
SYD – June 21 – 8:07 pm

Deliberate Creations tips for the Solstice Dance, from the JeanetteBecome a Skilled Receiver, I Am Statements 101You're Always Doing it!

Using your Chart to Amp up Solstice Intentions

It's easy to use your chart to amp up your intentions. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Spot where the four 0 degree Cardinal signs are in your chart. Think of greeting this energy with reverence and respect, ready to engage, give and receive. This is where you do your Solstice Dance of enthusiasm and joy.
  2. Hone in on 0 degrees of Cancer in your chart. Give it an 8 - 10 degree orb either way. (20 Gemini to 10 Cancer). Any planets there? What house is the focus on? Transits to that house?
  3. Notice how you feel in this area of life, what you want and then relax about it. Let the universe do her thing!

Not sure how to find these positions in your natal chart? Pop over to the GVA Forum and we’ll give you a hand.

Happy Solstice everyone!

xx Kim

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Abundance Through Astrology - Storytelling

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Three Astrologers Talking

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Topic - Three Astrologers Talking. Image: Three Women Drinking Tea by Itzchak Tarkay

Three Astrologers Talking - #1

For those who missed these talks, the first conversation covers a wide range of topics on houses, planets, aspects, transits, you name it. Start here, and feel free to ask questions in the comments.

The above Astrology conversation is with Kim Falconer, Mystic Medusa and Rachel Stuart-Haas. We answer questions and share our own approach to the stars. This talk first appeared on Mystic Medusa's Astro-Hacks School of Astrology.

Three Astrologers Talking - #2

The second conversation is all about elective surgery, the body and the zodiac, and finding the right time (and mind set) for your elective surgery. Tune in to hear Kim Falconer chatting again with Mystic Medusa and Rachel Stuart-Haas.

Sit back and enjoy a powerhouse hour of astro-info and insights.

If you want to learn more, ask question, give your considerations, chat examples and discussion points in the comments.

Enjoy!

xxxKim

Happy Mercury Direct!


Mercury Rx 2017

Screen Shot 2017-08-12 at 10.40.10 AMMercury Rx August 13 - September 5

Hey everyone! I'm boosting the Mercury Rx post to the top so we can all share our experiences.

As per Mercury Rx Astro-LOA Flash - Drop the sails and relax into a becalmed phase with Mercury Retrograde. Yes, Mercury, messenger of the gods, is Stationary/Rx in Virgo, then moves backwards into Leo until Sept 5. It's a time to rethink your steps, reconsider offers, reflect on your choices and redo where necessary. Sure, mechanics and technology can go a bit haywire, communications, keys, tickets, bookings, contracts, letters and words too. Don't fight it. Reflect. This is a time of readjustment. Tally ho!

Quick Note: Within minutes of me posting this, power went out in the laundry room, causing a fuse to blow that took out the entire block. Waiting for the electrician now .... you have to love this, right? Mercury is Rx in my first (appearances? not great when you can't wash clothes!) and going back over my Asc into the 12th. OH and don't forget to look at your SOLAR HOUSES. This is my SOLAR Fourth House  - power out in the HOME!

Here are the Mercury Rx Details

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Graph from Cafe Astrology.

Screen Shot 2017-08-12 at 9.07.27 AMYou can see that the HOT degrees are between 28 Leo and 11 Virgo. Ring a bell? 28 Leo is the degree of the total solar eclipse later this month. If you have ANYTHING within 7 degrees of this point (21 Leo to 5 Virgo) it will be LIT UP.

How can you honor this the planet, point or house involved? Pre-pave the experience you want and see where it takes you.

Mercury Rx through the houses

This is where you want to contemplate, rethinking your previous ideas, approach or beliefs.

First - Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life

Second - $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind

Third - Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting

Fourth - Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground

Fifth - Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance

Sixth - Health, pets, daily routine, magic

Seventh - Socially significant relationships, contracts

Eighth - sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust

Ninth - New horizons, travel, beliefs, WWW

Tenth - Career, mission, profession, public relations

Eleventh - Friends, goals for the future, groups

Twelfth - unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative states

Remember, Mercury Retrograde is not a time to push forward until you reTHINK your goals and actions. AFTER the 5th of September, the energy starts to free up and move forward at a better clip, but it doesn't clear the zone until the 19th of September. Full steam ahead then!

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Mercury Rx is Trickster energy.

The trickster comes along when we are stuck, feeling trapped, or out of touch with authenticity of SELF. When we get into such a state, sooner or later the Trickster will blow the doors and windows open so we can breathe fresh air again.

When the Trickster shows up, an experience of synchronicity is at hand, but it can seem, at first, like strife.

Like in the story of the uninvited guest ...

Thanks to Walt Disney, we are familiar with Sleeping Beauty.  Although the focus is on Prince Charming, love’s first kiss, and HEA, the action of the tale comes from the curse of the uninvited guest. The 13th fairy.  It is this neglected enchantress that causes the entire kingdom to fall into unconsciousness.  (Where 'kingdom = Self).

The message has to do with neglect and the kinds of synchronicities evoked by the 'Trickster'.

This is not a reference to neglecting health, diet or exercise and then suffering the physical consequences.  It's about neglecting the needs of our inner world and the consequences of the oversight.

Mercury Rx can be a time where neglected content of the psyche comes up into consciousness. Look the the house(s) Mercury is transiting backwards through for hints on what this content might be.

Feel free to post questions and comments here.

Happy Mercury Rx and Eclipse Season!

xxKimmy

 

 

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Intercepted Signs of the Zodic

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Part One of Four on Intercepted Signs

The Law of Attraction says that like attracts like. Basically, we get what we vibrate, and astrology can help us understand exactly what it is we are vibrating. That's what's authentic and what's not. The astrological map is a very cool look into the depths of a person, a way to 'know thyself', especially when it comes to intercepted signs.

For everyone studying this symbol system, you may have come across the term, 'intercepted signs'. I've been getting emails asking to explain this phenomenon in more detail. Here we go!

First thing to know

The astrological chart is a map of the planets, sun and moon as seen from earth at the moment you were born. It consists primarily of PLANETS representing an inherent energy, the SIGNS indicates how the energy most naturally expresses, the HOUSES or  environments where the energy is most at home expressing and the ASPECTS, the angular relationship between the planets.

Think of it as if the planets are the actors, the signs their costumes, the houses, the sets and the aspects the scripts. When it comes to intercepted signs, we are looking at hidden sets or stages and costumes we didn’t know we had! Here are some helpful definitions.

Intercepted Signs

A sign that is completely contained within a house and does not appear on either cusp. See image for reference.

Planets in Intercepted Signs

A planet that is intercepted within a house (it is in a sign that does not appear on either house cups.

Duplicated Signs

A sign that appears on two consecutive house cusps. (This is where a both house cusps fall within the same sign.)

House Systems

Note: The house system you use can alter both intercepted Signs/planets and Duplicated signs. The equal house system will never have interceptions or duplications. The further you are from the equator, the more you will encounter interceptions and duplications. Intercepted signs and duplicated signs always occur in pairs of opposites. This is an axis—what happens to one sign will always correspond identically to its opposite.

Resources

You'll find as you study that interpretations in textbooks vary. I learned my approach from Joanne Wickenburg and find her view most helpful for those trying to understand what this means for them and what they attract in their lives.

A Room within a Room

Think of the intercepted sign as a "room within a room". You enter the house (the stage or area of life) in a certain way only to discover there is a whole other experience there. For example, if you have Aquarius on the 7th house cusp (relationship to others) and Pisces intercepted within the 7th house, you may have an eccentric, unconventional and somewhat spacious approach to partnership (Aquarius)  until you really get into one. Then it is like discovering a whole new world where those intellectually defined Aquarian boundaries melt into a sea of divine longing (Pisces). Where did that come from?

That’s how it feels, like a foreign country…until you understand it.

I’ll post more detailed examples in part two. If anyone wants to put their hand up to use their chart, let me know in the comments.

Mystery Chart Example

Here is the chart of a mystery person. Let's see what we can glean about them looking at the interceptions alone.

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This mystery man (chart above) is a great example of the relationship between environment and intercepted signs/duplicated houses. It’s not so important to try and guess who he is (you will all recognize him soon enough) but better to play with how you think the interceptions weave into his life.

To approach this chart, look at the ways and means he might enter the houses where there are interceptions. What would that be like? What are his immediate needs as per sign on the cusp? Then, explore what might be discovered once in that house. What does the TARDIS look like, from the outside? From the inside? Image you are walking into that room with the theme of the sign on the cusp but you discover this closet (the intercepted sign) and as you explore it, a whole new world opens up.

And remember, the early environment may not have supported the needs of the intercepted sign, let alone living it out. What has to change? Check the duplicated signs for insights too!

Study Charts!

Work with this chart, and your own, asking the same questions. If you don’t have intercepted signs in your chart or an example from your own files, dive in and explore what others are posting. If you can link to your chart, all the better. This is, to me, a visual art. Let’s look at the horoscopes and let the symbols do their magic!

NOTE:  If you’re stumped in finding interceptions, remember there are 12 signs of the zodiac and 12 houses. If you see two houses in a row with the same sign, then somewhere in the circle, there are two signs that do NOT have a houses cusp of their own. Start with Aries and go counterclockwise around the wheel. Does each house cusp has a unique sign? If not, who is missing out.

Mystery Man Revealed

This might be controversial, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is a hero of mine. For a particular reason – his powers of taking an imagined vision and turning it into reality, even when there is absolutely no reason to ever believe it would be possible.arnold_schwarzenegger_a_bodybuilding_legend

However you feel about the man, he’s a great example of the ENVIRONMENTAL factors of an interception and how moving out of the limiting environment can open doors. You have to have the moxie to jump through them, and Arnold does.

History

Mr Schwarzenegger, Austrian-American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and politician started at ground zero. Minus zero. His father was a cop who hated him, favoring the older brother. He was abused and raised to believe he had no value. Under a severe and critical home live, there were no expectations that he would accomplish much of anything at all. Career wise, his mother hoped he would be lucky enough to be a tradesman/person.

Moving away from his 4th house home and 10th house social expectation was not easy, but as soon as he did, the impossible became a reality: Mr. Universe, opportunities in the state, Hollywood.

He was able to imagine (Pisces) and create in the face off all odds (Aries) like few people have ever done.

For example, after his first film tanked (his English was so bad it had to be dubbed), he was interviewed and the journalist said, “Now that Hollywood is a no go, what are your plans?”

He said, “I am going to be the number-one box-office star in all of Hollywood.”

The journalist laughed until he realized Arnold was serious. “How will you do that?” he asked.

Tapping the Intercepted Signs

“It’s the same process I used in bodybuilding,” Arnold explained. “What you do is create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that picture as if it were already true.”

Can you see how the victimized Pisces MC morphed into a truly creative, audacious, Aries that then made him one of the most recognized men in his genre/field? Can you see how duplicated Leo on the second (talents, resources and values) put into the communication 3rd (English as a second language, expression) gave him the confidence and the credentials to move forward with his big screen career and on to teaching and his political office?

Success

The second Terminator was the number-one box-office hit. He was dead right.

There is so much more about this man’s life that can be explored via the interceptions (transits to the intercepted signs! That Neptune Libra in the home/secret relationships . . . )

Intercepted signs are not always this dramatic, but moving out of the cultural/home/family limitations/expectations is often the key to unlocking the power behind them. There is a link here to the notion of 'Karma' as well, which we will go into, in deltail, in our first course of 2017.

More examples on Interceptions. Please post comments here.

“Hasta la vista, baby”!

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Solar Chart Solutions

Solar Charts

Hi Everyone, I want to share a technique I think you will find very useful. The Solar Chart!

A Brief History of Solar Chart Astrology

Solar Chart, AKA Solar Houses, Sun Sign Houses or even Sun Sign Astrology. It’s used in both eastern and western schools, with tropical, sidereal or Draconic zodiacs. Solar Charts were developed by ancient astrologers, went underground, then resurfaced in the 1930s when horoscope columns started appearing in newspapers and magazines.

You can use Solar Charts  as a handy way to create a birth horoscope when there is an unknown birth time, or, as a predictive tool. It's also a cool way to look at daily transits. You definitely want to get a handle on this if you’re going to write sun sign columns!

Solar Charts are simple, easy and effective. Here’s what you need to know.

Creating the Solar Chart

Solar charts are created by putting the natal sun sign on the Ascendant and using whole houses from there.

For example, if you are a Leo with Scorp rising in the Placidus house system, in the solar house system you would place zero degrees of Leo (the Sun sign) on the Ascendant. Zero Virgo is on the 2nd house cusp, zero Libra on the third and so on. If you are a sun in Aquarius, then zero Aquarius goes on the Ascendant, zero Pisces on the 2nd house, zero Aries on the 3rd and so on.  Whatever sign of the zodiac the Sun is in, zero degrees of that becomes the first house, and then zero degrees of the sign after that becomes the second house, right around the clock. Try that right now with your own chart.

Practice Makes Perfect

Task #1 Hand drawn your solar houses chart, placing the planets where they fall with zero degrees of your sun sign as the Ascentant. It might be only marginally different, or maybe wildly different!

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There doesn’t appear to be an option for Solar Houses in Astro.com’s drop-down box, but hand working charts is a wonderful practice and connects you to the symbols by drawing them in. You can down-load and print this blank wheel, or google one of your choice,

NOTE: The technique of putting the Sun sign on the ascendant to create a whole sign house system can be done with ANY of the planets. Your Venus houses puts zero degrees of your Venus sign on the ascendant and then zero degrees of the next sign on the 2nd house … your Mercury houses puts your Mercury sign on the Ascendant (which is always the sigh before, the sign of or the sign after the sun), the Saturn houses puts your Saturn sign on the Asc etc. Each planetary house chart can be used to understand more how the nature of that planet sits in your chart. You’ll see the Solar Houses most often though as the significance of the Sun in our culture (distinction, individuality, life purpose) is elevated.

How does the Solar Chart House System Work?

If you want to write the horoscopes for the day, you do a Solar Chart for noon that day for EACH sign. So there is a chart with Aries on the Ascendant, Taurus Ascendant, Gemini Ascendant etc. Practicing astrologers will do one for Aries and ‘turn the wheel’ to place each signs on the Ascendant, but effectively there is a solar chart for each sign.

Below is the example of the full moon done as a solar chart for Aries and one for Taurus. I didn’t create all 12 sign solar houses, but you get the idea of ‘turning the wheel’.

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In writing a horoscope column, one approach is to focus on the solar houses that the sun and moon fall in for each sign: Aries has this lunar event in the 2nd and 8th so we might talk about core values and shared resources. “Money troubles with and ex . . .” With Taurus’ solar house chart, it’s right on the Ascendant so personal desires versus share desires are highlighted. It might be “Partnerships shine a light on your happiness meter …”

If you want to really study how this works, do a chart for noon each day, put 0 Aries on the Ascendant and ‘turn the wheel’ for each sign as you read Mystic’s horoscopes. Try this yourself, writing your own take, to practice interpreting the daily planets. It’s a valuable exercise.

What else can you say about April 22nd for Aries versus Taurus?

What is Mars Rx doing in these solar charts, for example? Where will Mercury go retrograde? The Venus/Uranus conjunction? Ideas?

Solar Chart Houses for natal readings and transits “predictions”

You can play with your own solar houses with transits, checking where major events are occurring by house. For example, I have Mars Rx in my 4th house using the (usual) Placidus system, but in my solar houses it’s going through my 7th! And guess what? I can relate to home energy AND partnership energy!  You can also look at solar versus traditional ascendant charts for natal interpretations.

Don’t think of one being ‘better’ than the other or one being ‘right; and the other being ‘wrong’. Both give us information but with a different emphasis.

You will be amazing at how accurate Solar House Charts can be.

More Examples

Here are two charts of Judy Garland to compare, one done in the Placidus system and the other in the Solar House system. The Solar Chart turns the wheel, but not by much. She still has Uranus in the 10th, but let’s look at the placement of the personal planets to start with.

In her Placidus chart she has Cancer rising and oh boy  . . . she had that watery, emotional, warmth . . . people would say she always looked like she was about to cry when she sang, even uplifting songs. Very Cancer/Kataka ‘shop window’. We might say that Venus in the first house gave her incredible charm, and the 12th house sun, perhaps, expressed through her times institutionalized … the drug abuse and depression (which is of course is only one way a 12th house sun might find to express, but the 12th does represent hospitals and institutions).

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Now let’s check the Solar chart – The stellium of planets in her 2nd house speaks of her VOICE as a talent. Here the sun is in the first house and on stage, people saw her as extremely versatile, flighty, unpredictable.

Her Placidus house chart has Cappy ruling the 7th and the Part of Fortune there which might suggest long-term, enduring and committed relationships in business and marriage. But the Solar chart tells another story. Mars in the 7th in Saggo certainly isn’t always violent/cruel partners but Judy had 5 marriages and reported such aggression in more than one. Where Saggo is in the chart, things expand (more than one?) Don’t fence me in?) and Mars, well, he is the god of war. Maybe she could have partnered with a martial arts academy director and found success and delight, but that’s not the way she went.

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Transits to Solar Chart Houses

Note that in March 1955, when Judy was up for an Academy Award for her performance in A Star is born, Jupiter was conjunct her Venus, Saturn trine her Venus. In the Placidus chart it occurred in the first house, angular and full of portend of success. Everyone expected her to win. But in her Solar Houses we see it falls in the 2nd of core values and self esteem. It was a shock to everyone that she didn’t win the award. At the time, she was in hospital having just given birth to a son. Perhaps the Solar Chart reflects a different kind of success and purpose.

She died of a barbiturate overdose at age 47 with Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto conjunct in the 4th house, either chart. As Jupiter represent expansion, freedom and new horizons, I like to think that Judy Garland found a welcome home.

The best way to understand the Solar Houses system is to use it. Let’s start now with your own charts. Check your house positions of personal planets and compare/contrast. Take a current transits (Venus/Uranus conjunct in Aries perhaps) and check where that is in both solar and Placidus houses.

Report your findings, questions and comments below.

See you there!

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