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The Kundali Transformation
Working with a relocation chart to identify key dynamics and cognitive frameworks now at play,
with ongoing assessment of priorities, courses of action, and developing directions.


The Kuṇḍali Transformation: Working with a relocation chart to identify key dynamics and cognitive frameworks now at play, with ongoing assessment of priorities, courses of action, and developing directions.

In our 11-30 June study we used relocation charts, trop geo and sid geo, to study egoic transition in a critical period; positions of planets remain unchanged in such charts, but more localized factors such as AC, MC, Vx, and other points such as the Arabic Parts shift dramatically. Our findings served to address several matters of cognitive dissonance with respect to the birthplace chart, and, occurring as it did in a period of nodal inverse return, the exercise included a deep-level review and reassessment of experience over many years. Much was learned in the unveiling and explication of issues long hidden or simply unattended. Though the work might be described as a reordering, it was not a complete reconstruction so much as a clarification and reconstitution, a purification.

This exercise follows up on that work, and looks at specific directions implicit in a 'butterfly' (lepidopteric) dynamic comprised of conjoined (PTAH conjunct MC) YOD kites with 8 key points, two of which, Ketu (Lib-3) and Imhotep (sco-4), are directional foci.

The term 'kundali' has several meanings here. In Sanskrit, kundali refers the horoscope or birth chart, but it also means a coil of rope and in the context of kundalini is the divine spiritual power in everyone, a 'coiled serpent' of primal energy (shakti), "mother energy or intelligence of complete maturation"1 — and see the description of Kundalini Shakti from Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care. So yes, we're referring to kundalini. And we're thinking of Kuṇḍali (Kuṇḍali Vidyarāja or Amṛtakuṇḍalin; or Ch: Jūntúlì míngwáng; or ja: Gundari Myōō), one of the five major Wisdom Kings in Buddhism (and see in Mahayana Buddhism, ref. Rahu); he who dispenses Amrita, the celestial nectar of immortality.2 Kuṇḍali is associated with Dhyani Buddha Ratnasambhava.

There's a third YOD kite: DC (Aqu-7) at apex, Anubis [conjunct Hekate (Q Nemesis) and Jup (BN Sun)] (Pis-9) and Nunki [Pelagus] (Cap-6) at wings, with AC (Plu-1) as focus — engaging Plu and PoF by conjunction, and in effect the balance of the chart through a range of aspects. AC is also part of a grand square including PTAH (Tau-10) and MC (Ari-9) plus Pallas (Sco-4). The Sabians are of no real relevance in this instance, but the AC Nakshatra is. As Harness (39) puts it:

Magha represents the concretization of the soul into its individualized form. The development of a strong ego, needed for the soul to accomplish its mission, is manifested through this lunar mansion.

With a 1st-house placement, that's about what we'd expect. It's certainly consistent with the process of egoic development in gestalt, though the purpose, as I understand it, goes more to fostering the well-being and harmony of the group in consonance with and under aegis of Self. But the point here is that the AC is a focus that connects with all elements in the kundali.

Returning to the 'butterfly' then, let's note first that the two YOD kites are conjoined by conjunction between the MC and PTAH (who conceives the world by the Thought of his heart and gives life through the magic of his Word); they and their respective YOD apices are found in Ari-9 and Tau-10, thus defining the overall pattern in terms of psychophilosophical orientation, goal and contribution.

Nemesis (aka Adrasteia) is apex to the Imhotep focus, and the goddess' close proximity to Algol and the solar stellium, going to continuous transformation of the Atmakaraka (Sun is binovile Plu), particularly in light of the AC focus (AC is binovile MerR and Moon, which is square Plu), works against imbalance, self-initiated or not, challenging for purposes of transcendence. By this I mean that the real thrust in this YOD is the action against hubris, particularly in context of the gestalt, where 'I' am of and only sensible in relation with the Self and the principals with whom I communicate, work and learn to achieve understanding and harmony of expression in accord with the ethos and objectives of Self. In this context, Nemesis symbolizes vigilance against narcissistic inflation in those psychological foundations and structures we create (Imhotep in Sco-4).

Detail on the wings, Atropos (Gem-11) and more on the MC (Ari-9)
Atropos occasions the "inflexible" or "inevitable" end when a psychological organization transforms in result of a 'molt', the shifting or shucking of a schema no longer tenable in the gestalt collective, no longer expressive of the group. This usually involves a transformation in self-concept, in which the relation with Self is grasped anew. But what's the significance of the MC, the "gatekeeper" of consciousness (not sure I appreciate that designation) in this case? None of the systems of degree symbolism to which I have access really hit the mark. There's something to be gleaned from Ellias Lonsdale's lyrical rendering in Inside Degrees: Developing Your Soul Biography Using the Chandra Symbols, where we read for

ARIES 28  A wreath of laurel placed on the head of an old man.
The soul's journey is absolutely endless, and you sense throughout that journey that somebody is watching. The Greater Dynamic is at work here and you live into that ultimate aspect from the very beginning. You simply know that your destiny must and will be fulfilled. There is a higher vibrational inside track that accompanies each step, every phase, and that otherness gives you back yourself in such a fashion that you are never alone, not incomplete, never less than whole. All of the vital agitations only serve to quicken the pace, to bring you back on the spiral to that vital place again where you are known and acknowledged, and from which you can go forth and know and acknowledge others in their destiny light — seen and sensed and known, free of all qualifications.

The work is chiefly intrapsychic, involving internal networks and an egoic function, the invested agency of 'I', in relation with Self; much of this process involves solitude and contemplation, and what develops within the group serves as pattern for interpersonal relationships.

If we read Imhotep, the Nemesis YOD focus, as an imago going to deep knowledge of the personal and collective within, then we also see an imago going to the transpersonal (Sco-4).

With respect to the locus of Imhotep, the Sabian is quite useful — M.E. Jones' original take is less resonant than Rudhyar's in An Astrological Mandala (1973:208):

The capacity in man to recognize and to pay homage to an integrating Principle at the core of all existence.
[...] What seems to be implied is that beyond both outer nature and the realm of the proud ego, a spiritual world exists to which the intuitive consciousness [...] can pay allegiance. In that world, all manifested entities are seen as multiple aspects of a central Power or Consciousness. It is such a central principle of unity that human societies have sought to revere symbolically in human, all-too-human kings. In an individual sense, this principle is the Self.

Focus of the second YOD kite in the butterfly dynamic is Ketu (Lib-3). We have Rahu (Ari-9) at apex, Jup (Pis-8) and PTAH (Tau-10) at wings. Ketu figures prominently as ruling planet in several Nakshatras we identify here, but this Lib locus is within Chitra, the last 6°40' of Vir and the first 6°40' of Lib. Harness (55) writes that

Chitra is one of the most mystical nakshatras and has a deep spiritual depth. Sudden flashes of inspiration and the urge to realize one's true self is encouraged here. Mars is the ruling planet, reflecting the strong desire to explore the caverns of the soul.

Sabian for the Rahu (Ari-9) apex has always pleased me — A TRIANGLE WITH WINGS. The capacity for self-transcending. We read Rahu and Ketu as agents of development, stimulating evolution through different means, Rahu by going-for, Ketu by letting-go. See Rahu in bhava-9 * passion for philosophy, preaching and Ketu in bhava-3, 'Ketu = "cut-off" (beheaded) — Daily conversation is often unclear, due to apathy regarding the message', but also clairsentient hearing.

TJup hit exact trine with the MC on 29-30 July and will soon enter Vir-2, already a zone of increased activity; there it will conjunct Saturn (an event that last occurred in late October 2003), trine the solar stellium and conjunct Mars.