A Journal of Inner Work and Therapeutic Arts
Immanence and Identity in Plural Personality
Richard Dagan

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Patterns in Progressions
Looking at Rahu-8 and Ketu-2, archetypes in YODs, kites, minor grand trines, midpoints, and a life map.

18-21 July 2014

This is another exercise in cognitive mapping, but the technique is somewhat reminiscent of a portolan chart, thought to be made by compass readings and estimated distances while at sea, sailing around the landmass, creating a freehand chart of the shoreline to identify usable harbors and beaches.  As transiting Saturn in tropical Scorpio completes the retrograde leg of exact oppositions to the solar stellium in my radix — the full cycle begun in January and ending in November of this year — I find myself looking for a suitable base, a conceptual harbor from which to start again. The process is experienced in partnership, as psychopompic, immanently guided research. While finding direction was certainly part of my objective in this exercise, the result is much more than a "collection of sailing directions related to ports and harbors". Indeed, the partnership so described is the real "pilot's book".

One might expect a certain degree of distortion in navigational charts crafted as described, characterized by rhumb lines radiating from the center in the direction of wind or compass points, and such distortion is present in such maps, but many portolani are extraordinarily accurate, with remarkable detail. Roel Nicolai at Utrecht University has researched many of them using methods from modern-day geodesy; he's established that they were drawn on Mercator or similar projection and exhibit a sophistication beyond the technology and navigational methods of the time, appearing as they do in the 13th century, without history of simpler versions or identifiable precedent. Nicholai successfully defended his PhD thesis on this subject; he believes the portolan charts cannot be medieval, that they may represent a lost tradition and originate further back in time.1,2,3

portolano n., pl. portolanos, portolani. A descriptive atlas of the Middle Ages, giving sailing directions and providing charts showing rhumb lines and the location of ports and various coastal features. Also called rutter.

portolano por·to·là·no, s.m. (1347) Pilot's Book.
mar. Libro che elenca i porti di una regione descrivendo in modo dettagliato le caratteristiche delle coste, dei fondali, dei venti, delle correnti, ecc., indispensabile per la navigazione. Book that lists the ports of a region by describing in detail the characteristics of the coastline, the sea floor, winds, currents, etc., essential for navigation.

aer. estens. Guida per la navigazione aerea, contenente la descrizione del terreno e le informazioni relative alle rotte, agli aeroporti, ecc., di una data regione. Guidance for air navigation, including the description of the terrain and information related to routes, airports, etc., in a given region.

The top chart is the progressed radix, sidereal, Lahiri, whole signs — not compared with or applied to the radix. We see the nodal axis as Rahu-8 and Ketu-2, the latter almost exactly conjunct Juno and the former, closely conjunct Hekate, both asteroids of archetypal prominence. Once again I appreciate Barbara Pijan's take on Rahu in Ayur Bhava-8 and Ketu in Dhana Bhava-2, though I am less inclined to adopt the prescribed construal of Rahu as inevitably seeking that to which he is not entitled. I do not apprehend Rahu as necessarily deceptive, as seeking privilege per se, a function of narcissistic inflation or compensation (though I'm familiar with the narcissistic presentment in my own experience); rather, I think, Rahu strives to understand that which is not yet understood, to achieve that which has not yet been achieved, and with great urgency.

Elevation via Sudden Transformation, Secret Resources, Hidden Assets, Reborn Identity, Revolutionary Change. [...] [R]e-
invention of Self; ambition for new identity, renaissance, rebirth [...] desire to utilize hidden treasures. Rahu in Bhava-8 sudden revolution = privileges gained via secret knowledge and sudden, forced identity change. [...] Quest for higher entitlements via rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, "born again" [...] occult mysteries, tantra [...] reconstruction, renovation [and] knowledge of the conditions of death.

We're dealing with the 8th here, so much of that is expected, but the emphasis is on the transformational objective, ambition for rebirth and access to hidden knowledge. In that context, note the Hekate association, remember that she is identified with many goddesses, has power over heaven, earth and sea, is goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. Where 8th House is entrance to  the Underworld, 2nd is exit from. Ketu's focus goes to moksha, transcendence; worldly achievement is not of real consequence. Ketu in bhava-2 is "apathetic toward accumulation of Capital", writes Pijan.

Depending on Ketu's lord, the native may have language or artistic skills, but one feels detached from their value. Scattering of validation. Wealth and knowledge [...] no-barriers to acquire it but [...] material accumulations of any sort have limited significance [...] family history [is] distant and unconnected to one's essential self. One wanders from the family lineage into a peculiar line of work or unprecedented lifestyle. Ketu in 2 = Long-term material success is inhibited by disregard toward or inability to significantly connect with family history, traditional weighting of values, language and knowledge-base of one's people. [...] Displaced pleasure sensations due to death or rejection of the historic values lineage. Dispersion, scattering of sensual indulgence.

Ketu and Juno are almost exactly conjunct. We've recently reviewed the special significance of Juno in the radix; sole progenitor of Mars (the Chara Atmakaraka), she protects and nurtures the egoic initiative in gestalt, the importance of that function further reified by the white 'dragonfly', the aspect dynamic represented as a 3-d white structure in the progressed chart, showing Ketu/Juno as midpoint. Lord of the 2nd is Mercury, Amatyakaraka of the radix, indicating career.

The YOD focus is Mercury (whose consort is Hekate, in some sources, given the archetypes' shared connection with Persephone, their psychopompic capabilities and Underworld operations). Base of the YOD is Nephthys and Jupiter. Mercury tenants the 12th, filled with transformative agency and solar power, not inhibited here but linked directly (the dragonfly's wing) with the Galactic Center (4th House). Nephthys is also apex of the kite formation focused at Uranus, with Jupiter and Pallas as the wings; this enables rapid change in response to revised and reformulated values (2-8 axis).

Whilst the first chart proved revelatory in with respect to current dynamics, the second revealed something more akin to life path, a life map. There are five minor grand trines (MGTs) in this heliocentric whole-signs chart, chosen for the different perspective it affords, evaluated by aspect and midpoint analysis with generally tight orbs. The five MGTs highlight an archetypal matrix I find familiar yet instructive, with apices at Juno; Neptune; Nephthys and the Galactic Center (GC) — an exact conjunction; Venus and Persephone, apex of a YOD kite focused at Osiris, with wings of Jupiter + Hekate + Anubis and Nephthys + GC. The west leg of this YOD intersects another inconjunct, Amun - Ceres, and the midpoints of these two inconjuncts form connection with Vesta + Hermes in the east, and with Juno in the west. Again, this goes to inner stability, a balance of the hearth, and it still looks to me like a dragonfly.

The YOD kite makes the focus quite clear: OSIRIS. The path to Pluto makes sense, though my understanding of Pluto is currently undergoing revision → Pluto-Charon is a binary dwarf — Charon may better be conceived as Isis-Persephone — with 5 moons total, unique to the solar system and auguring a much more expanded understanding of reality (the Kuiper Belt, TNOs, 'Planet X' variables). The midpoint 13º09 Leo, which Osiris reached in November 2013, also resonates.

What's the life path or map?  This heliocentric chart is both radix and progressed; it shows positions at birth and to 6 August 2014, with calculation (via Astrodienst) of progressions in a limited arc, between Osiris and Pluto → Ishtar, through 2036, which, should I reach that age, would make me 86. That may be a stretch. I find more useful the coming conjunction of pOsiris and nPluto, in 2029; as well as the passage of pJupiter into Pisces, May 2024, age 74y, about 10 years hence. Short life, long life; both just the blink of an eye. Something that sticks with me. But Osiris to Pluto ... I like that map.