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

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Resolving Uranus square the Lunar Nodes:  Isis-Transpluto and the work-through dynamics.

29 July - 3 August 2014

A Minerva-Pallas orientational axis found at midpoint of a novile between the north poles of inconjuncts, shown in context of important archetypes and psychodynamic patterns.

Uranus square the Lunar Nodes has long been something of a conundrum for me, an analytic problem that can only be addressed with a degree of conjecture and tolerance of irresolution. Evaluation of this dynamic is not enhanced by untestable attributions such the "skipped step" in evolution, for example, which applies an a priori predicate of past-life experience and karmic implication(s) not attested by experience but by synthesis of putatively probative astrological factors; or the narrow framing of developmental issue(s), as, for example, in terms of fundamental responsibility avoided by willful pursuit of unrestricted personal freedom at all costs.1

The analytic issue is further complicated by Uranus square MC/IC, closely conjunct the Nodes in my radix. Ah, yes, the eccentric unemployable.

It's useful to remember, here, that we're working with astrology as a mapping tool. One is not ruled by the stars, the circumstances of one's life to be laid bare by sagely astrologue. Creating and working with your own map is the thing. The process is what proves important, the intrapsychic engagement, the experience of buddha nature.

We apply the schema to create a cognitive map, a framework that posits characteristics and psychodynamics related to personality organization and psychospiritual process. This framework serves as something of a matrix in which to identify and apply insights that irrupt to mind, ideas to accept or work against in the process of discovering material germane to the issue at hand and working through. The method of engagement is also instructive — why we do it, what we seek, what we find significant, how we interpret, and what we do — all go to Way, or Path.
So, for example...

Uranus square the Nodes may make problematic the formation of attachments and launching or sustaining of initiatives in either direction, past or future, what you've done before and what you're here to do, themes thought to be described by Ketu and Rahu and their loci (here, bhavas 3 and 9). Uranus square the Nodes may indeed present with eccentric behavior, significant deviation from social norms and convention, and overt conflict with established authority. The question is, to what purpose?

→ The wrought iron sign, arching over the main gate at Fort Dix Stockade, where, in 1968, age 18, labeled "unresponsive to military discipline", I spent several months in solitary confinement during the Vietnam Conflict.  I learned much in that small cell ... of visions, voices, and travels.

Uranus square Nodes (and MC) creates a break, a suki — an opening, a chance or opportunity, an emptiness, a space for evaluation. Where external authority is experienced as arbitrary and untrustworthy, it may be rejected on the merits and an ultimate, real, understanding and nurturing authority sought in its stead.

Something inwardly known to be there, hitherto hidden, unseen — believed in, desired — the DIVINE — presents in utter radiance during a crisis event — out of my body, in the Sun — understood, cared for, but also beyond boundary, universal, transcendent. "Authority" is now apprehended in terms completely different, nurturing and aware, manifest. → A numinous, life-transforming experience in my mid-teens.

Isis-Transpluto is a work-through for the Uranus squares. Conjunct the Sun/Neptune midpoint, this hypothetical is trine Rahu MC in Pisces, sextile Ketu IC in Virgo. There are different opinions as to the signs of ownership for Ketu and Rahu, but in A Catechism of Astrology (1997:47) B.V. Raman writes that according to Parashara, Rahu owns Virgo and Ketu, Pisces.2  In the radix they thus tenant each other's sign and so, are in detriment. Nakshatra of Rahu is Uttara Bhadrapada, and for Ketu, Hasta.

In Fruits of Worshipping Each Nakshatra, David Frawley tells us that each Nakshatra "reflects certain wishes or desires that those who born under them are inclined to have", and that "[i]n the Vedas each Nakshatra deity reflects these wishes, that those who worship this deity and its Nakshatra will gain". His material is condensed from the Taittiriya Brahmana III.1.4. I've followed it with material from other authors.

Rahu [True: 1322' Pis] — Uttara Bhadrapada: 26 [pada 4]

Ahir Budhnya desired, "May I find a foundation." One who makes the appropriate offering to Ahir Budhnya, to Uttara Bhadra, gains a foundation.
Uttara Bhadra grants a firm foundation in life, connecting us with the wellsprings of vitality, the serpent who dwells in the middle of the sea.

From Dennis Harness :

26. Uttara Bhadrapada: The Warrior Star (Pisces 03 20' to 16 40')
The symbols for Uttara Bhadrapada are the last two legs of a funeral cot, or twins. Bhradrapada translates as the "scorching" or "burning pair" related to the twin nakshatras of Purva and Uttara Bhadrapada. A woman born with Uttara Bhadrapada as her birth star is considered blessed by the goddess Lakshmi, and is considered "the gem of her family". The animal symbol is the sacred female cow of India. The deity is Ahir Budhnya, the Serpent of the Deep Sea, and part of Lord Shiva's army which reflects the warrior nature of this lunar mansion. Uttara Bhadrapada has a human, or manushya temperament with a primary motivation of kama, or healthy pleasures. The ruling planet, Saturn, provides great depth and spiritual discipline. The shakti is "the bringing of the cosmic rain".

Ketu [True: 1322' Vir] — Hasta: 13 [pada 1]

Savitar desired, "May the Gods place their faith in me." One who makes the appropriate offering to Savitar, to Hasta, men place faith in him. He becomes the Sun among his peers.
People born under Hasta want to be believed in and want others to have faith in them. They regard themselves as capable of great achievements and can serve to rally and inspire people around them.

From Joni Patri :

Savitar, the Sun God has the ability to manifest what we are seeking and place it in our hands. He gives life, and assists in childbirth. Savitar is "golden handed" everything he touches turns to light. [...] They may use their hands for healing [...]

Wiktionary :

Etymology:  Sanskrit → सवितृ  Savitṛ = "stimulator, rouser, vivifier".
Hinduism:  A solar deity (Deva) and one of the Adityas.
He is sometimes identified with, and at other times distinguished from, the chief Sun deity Surya.

HinduOnline :

Savitr is the aspect of the sun before sunrise. He is golden all over. He establishes people in their respective places. He gives life and energy and guides people in the right path.

Surya-Savitri : → The Manifestation of the Supramental Knowledge and Power. Hymns to Surya-Savitri, the Rising Sun in the Veda. (PDF)

From Dennis Harness :

13. Hasta: The Hand (Virgo 1000' to 2320')
The symbol for this nakshatra is the palm of the hand. The primary deity is Savitar, the Sun God, who promotes creativity. He is called "the golden handed one". The shakti of Hasta is "the power to manifest what one seeks and place it in their hands". Hasta natives can have great dexterity and are skilled with the healing arts, and with handicrafts. Hasta is ruled by the Moon, and in the sign of Virgo, ruled by Mercury, reflecting the very mental, intellectual nature of this lunar mansion. It has a deva temperament with a primary motivation of moksha, or spiritual liberation.

In Combinations of Power (Rahu and Ketu), Joni Patri tells us that "Rahu is our entrapment and Ketu is our final liberation from the karmas of the soul', such that "Rahu will give things, but always with a price", whereas "Ketu will take away, but gives the gift of seeing or enlightenment".

Barbara Pijan has a key phrase for the effect of Ketu in any bhava: Scattered Ketu's weak psychic boundaries create difficulty to achieve, obtain, maintain, or retain connection to...
Applicable adjectives of action include, eg, busts-up, detaches, disconnects, disengages, disorients, disperses, disrupts, eliminates, fragments, nebulizes, scatters, severs, weakens, etc.

Komilla Sutton describes Ketu as keeper of the book of our life, past and present karmas, wanting to change your psyche, help you travel light, leave behind the baggage of the past; Ketu is the Moksha karaka for spiritual realization, working to bring about enlightenment.

Ketu brings liberation as well as loss and confusion, and to a certain extent also reflects matters of the 12th bhava, writes Dennis Harness, who believes that it "can also be viewed as a secondary karaka of the twelfth bhava" ... where we find Uranus, Osiris and PoF.

Consider Ardra: 6, Nakshatra for Uranus and Osiris, both of which square the Nodes and MC/IC.

Rudra desired, "May I become the lord of the animals." One who makes the appropriate offering to Rudra, to Ardra, becomes the lord of the animals.
Rudra is the lord of the wild animals and all things wild, strange or disturbing. These come through Ardra, which therefore needs to seek control over them.

Harness :

6. Ardra: The Star of Sorrow (Gemini 0640' to 2000')
The primary symbols for Ardra are a human head, representing thinking, and a teardrop, which represents overcoming suffering. It is an excellent rising nakshatra because it reflects brilliant mental abilities (Albert Einstein, Robert Hand). Rudra, the Lord of the Storms, is the deity of this lunar mansion. The ruling planet is Rahu, the North Node of the Moon, denotes the sharp, fierce activity of this asterism. Ardra can represent the clarity and emotional cleansing that occurs after the storms of the soul recede. The temperament in manushy, and its primary motivation is artha,
or wealth. The shakti of Ardra is "the power to make gains in life thru greater effort".

While Uranus rises first after Sun, my rising Nakshatra is Punarvasu, which I'll consider in a moment. "Artha motivation" and making "gains in life", through greater effort or not, seems to me problamatic, yet the same theme presents in Punarvasu, according to Harness. Nevertheless, I am rather a pauper, often painfully aware of my penury yet far more motivated by dharma and moksha. I experience cathartic storms, to be sure, with breakdowns in identity structures and role identifications, but this is far more shamanic than arthric, in a process better apprehended in consonance with the "Star of Renewal", described below.

"Lord of the wild animals and all things wild" and "the need to seek control over them" has some resonance, however. Sabian for Chara Atmakaraka Mars (23 Vir) in the tropical chart is: An animal trainer.; which goes, I think, to the need to deal with irrupting instinctual and unresolved unconscious material, work it through in the effort to achieve healing. Mars is binovile Uranus, the 12-wing of the 4-8-10-12 kite.

But what we're dealing with is a set of squares from Uranus and Osiris to the Nodal and MC/IC axes. What does that mean? It suggests a discontinuity, as disunification, a dyssynchrony that necessitates innovative independent action to identify, reconstruct, and revivify the self (as in the resuscitation of Osiris). Where it is impossible to comprehend and sustain action in consonance with the themes implicit in the said axes, action must be taken without compromise in the interest of the whole. The process is usefully conceived as shamanic death, flesh stripped from bone and in the hands of deity, the life rebuilt again. Penury often seems to be part of that.

I clearly experience the shadow aspects associated with Ketu-3 (Vir) and Rahu-9 (Pis) — that shadow activity is the stuff we elucidate, analyze, and work through in the 4-8-10-12 kite, which is intimately connected with the 1-3-5-9 via the three semi-sextiles that span 12-1, 3-4, and 9-10.

The 12-1 tie-in is Purnavasu Nakshatra, locus of PoF [pada 3] and the AC [pada 4].

The Earth in the beginning had no growths. She desired, "May I produce herbs and trees." One who makes the appropriate offering to Aditi, to Punarvasu, produces progeny and cattle.
Punarvasu is a creative Nakshatra ruled by the Earth as the World Mother Aditi. It gives the ability to create in form and structure. Those born under it like to produce things in a maternal way.

Patri : →

Harness :

7. Punarvasu: The Star of Renewal (Gemini 2000' to Cancer 0320')
The primary symbols of this illuminating nakshatra are a bow and a quiver of arrows. The sky is the limit with this nakshatra. Punarvasu means "the return of the light" and has the divine ability to bring spiritual light into darkness. Punarvasu reflects purity, satya (truth) and strong moral values. It is a deva nakshatra with the primary motivation of artha, or material prosperity. It's shakti or power is "the ability to gain wealth or abundance". The main deity is Aditi, the Cosmic Mother, who bestows her creative abundance on all who seek her blessings. This lunar mansion is ruled by the planet Jupiter, the great benefic.

"The ability to gain wealth or abundance", yes, of a chthonic type. Aditi is meaningful, in the Scorpio complement of the 5th, conjunct the Galactic Center, and almost exactly inconjunct the Amatyakaraka Mercury and Pof, sp, focus of a YOD.

And the Pushya: 6, Nakshatra for Isis and Isis-Transpluto, the key 1st-House connections to the Nodes and MC/IC.

Brihaspati desired, "May I possess the splendor of spiritual knowledge." One who makes the appropriate offering to Brihaspati, to Pushya, gains the splendor of spiritual knowledge.
Pushya connects us with spiritual knowledge, but also religion, ritual and morality in general. Through it the good overcomes the evil.

Harness :

8. Pushya: The Star of Nourishment (Cancer 0320' to 1640')
Pushya is considered to be the most auspicious of the twenty-seven lunar mansions. The symbols for this asterism are a lotus, circle, arrow and the udder of the sacred cow. The ancient name of Pushya in the Rig Veda was Tishya, the Celestial Archer. It has a deva temperament with the primary motivation of dharma, or right action. The ruling planet is Shani, or Saturn, which grounds the energy of this powerful nakshatra. The chief deity is Brahaspati, the High Priest of the Gods. The shakti of Pushya is "the ability to create spiritual energy".

First-house placement emphasizes personal identity and obviously presents with highly subjective orientation in development and expression; in the context of gestalt principals and illustrated in radical dynamics, however, this orientation reflects higher objective going to self-refinement in relation to the inwardly experienced divinity, transpersonal awareness, and transcendence. Current transits in this area, including conjunctions with AC, Isis-Transpluto and Pluto, may be expected to bear on performance orientation, as described in the previous entry, going to identification with the whole, rather than the personal and a finely tuned concept of role. Sun/Neptune. Trans- or multi-dimensionality, evolving from the construct of multiple personality.