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

Briefs Index...

Sun in the 12th... another dimension.
Using a rectified Lahiri sid geo Whole Signs chart, Almutens, Ascendant, Chara Karakas, houses and harmonics
to assess direction at a time of transition.

25 October - 11 November 2015

Using a recently tested birthtime rectification we erect the radix in Lahiri sid geo Whole Signs and find Surya in bhava-12. Such a placement is essentially impossible in trop geo except with azimuth house division, which moves not just the Sun but the entire stellium to the 12th — interesting in context, but of limited utility for general purposes.
A solitary Sun in the 12th leads to a series of immediately useful insights and answers to many unresolved questions.
We adduce these insights and explore those answers in the course of discussion, but our objective is points of salience in overview rather than written analysis here, and our techniques internally informed rather than by-the-book or -sutra. This is a working-through.

Qualifying his brief synopsis of planets in the natal 12th, noting that interpretation and outcome of graha(s) in bhava-12 are qualified by sign, aspects, current dasas and transits, Dennis Harness writes that Sun here suggests

Hermit nature, need for seclusion, absent father, lack of family support for ego-development, dominant mother, low self-esteem, the power behind the throne, trouble with authority figures. Search for personal identity.

That set of descriptors might also be derived from astrological circumstances and configurations other than Sun in the 12th, of course; but this list hits issues strongly familiar to me, so Sun in the 12th is where we'll begin identifying a pattern of placements and connections, weighing strengths and evaluating significance, assessing resonance. Useful insight arises on the strength of the predicate and, as Harness indicates, many factors must be considered in addition to the 12th-house locus. In this case note in particular the many aspects between Sun and other grahas, all contributing to the themes at issue.

Sun in the 12th
is 9th from 4th and
3rd from 10th.

Ketu and Rahu

Happenings in bhavas-4 and -10 are of particular interest in this context, especially so with respect to the placement of NeptuneR and Ketu in bhava-4, Venus and Rahu in bhava-10.
I find bhava-3 and bhava-9 more resonant placements (Equal House), but 4 and 10 are the loci in almost all other systems of house division so we apply Whole Signs in this exercise.

NOTE: My generally preferred horoscope is Sayana (trop geo), and I use the sidereal zodiac for Nakshatras and Nakshatra Dasas. The first system of house division I learned was Equal House, and I still prefer it in many ways, though I experiment with all of them and rely on Whole Signs as base in most studies.

Bhava-4 and the Nadir

A better appreciation of the significance of bhava-4 is needed, addressing the matter of inner stability at core, digging down in search of a deeper truth, diverted by nothing of the world or riches found along the way, to experience, as Rudhyar describes it, a new quality of stability, a dynamic center of perfect balance, a new and vaster realm of being and creativity. I might interpret this in description of the search for and personal relationship with immanent divinity, from which everything follows.

And it's not just the cusp then, the nadir, that we might take as "the path to the center of one's being" (idem), but the whole house and whole sign.

In the current exercise, with powerful Jupiter transits to the stellium and Saturn transits Jupiter and the Nodes, we want to reassess a number of factors going to identity focus and orientation. It seems we're always engaged in such activity, a continuous introspective exploration, regardless of transits. Is that process more apparent in the chart under review?

Yes, in several ways, it is. We will soon see that this continuous introspective exploration might be construed as circuitous, unending, and essentially unproductive analysis: Ketu-4 Virgo. That may occur, to be sure. But there are several factors which serve to override it. Take the nadiral conjunction with Mars, for example.

Mars conjunct Nadir

Using the rectified birthtime (08:45:47) the MC/IC axis shifts to the right by 6º 20' 33", bringing it to 5º Pis 7'2" sid geo and 28º Pis 16' 49" trop geo; Mars now conjuncts the IC (orb = 5º 16' 47"; previously, 11º 37' 20") and opposes the MC. The conjunction (orb = 18' 30") between Mean Rahu/Ketu and the MC/IC is no longer so tight (orb = 6º 39' 03"), and in trop geo the separation goes across signs: MC Aries → Pisces and Virgo ← Libra IC.

The closer conjunction between Mars and the IC better describes creative drive going to internal issues and working through, rather than pursuit of external accomplishments. But external circumstances have bearing on what I do, and it's important now to dig more deeply into a few concepts that underpin my response.

In this case we'll review the Chara Karakas, D-1, D-9, the Karakamsa and Swamsa charts with attention to bhavas 10 and 4. The Punarvasu Nakshatra for the Gemini AC (28 Gem 38' 21.75") under study is the same (but Pada 3 rather than 4) as that for my rectified (08:45:47) Cancer AC (21 Can 47' 17.25") in trop geo, and for the unrectified (09:09 recorded birthtime) Cancer AC (26° Can 17' 31.49"). This provides a useful contrast, as we'll see shortly, with the Pushya Nakshatra, locus of the Cancer AC in the sid geo chart for the recorded birthtime.


Sun in Sayana is Atmakaraka.
While Atmakaraka might be construed as "soul significator" or "significator of the soul's desire",
I read it as immanent divinity, prime source, the ultimate ground and ordinating reality in my experience. I might refer to this ordinating reality as 'Self' in certain contexts, but not as 'ego' in any context. Nor do I hold to the concept of 'soul'. We use the term 'jiva' in the title of this site, not in the usual sense of 'soul' but in designation of an egoic function arising in a developmental matrix of multiple principals both personal and transpersonal in nature, under aegis of Sun. The objective is not the elimination of 'ego' as the 'soul' is purified but rather, refinement of the egoic function in expression of the goal and in service to the whole.

Sun is everyone's natural Atmakaraka, but there may be another AK, the Chara Atmakaraka, same or different from Sun, depending on the planet of highest degree. In our Sayana chart, Sun is both. In trop geo Whole Signs Sun is found in the 11th, accompanied by MercuryR and Moon. In Lahiri Whole Signs the Chara AK is Mars; Sun is in the 12th, MercuryR and Moon are in the 11th — see charts and wheel above.

A happy finding on the Ketu-3/4 : Rahu-9/10 problem

In the Sayana Rasi (D-1) chart we find Ketu-4 and Rahu-10, while in Karakamsa we find Ketu-3 and Rahu-9. The reverse applies in Navamsa: reading counter-clockwise from the AC (even sign), we find Ketu-3 and Rahu-9; but in Swamsa, reading clockwise (odd sign): Ketu-4 and Rahu-10. This gives purchase on the Ketu-3/4 : Rahu-9/10 problem. It shows that both loci for the Nodes make sense, in different realms at once. And we can read the Nodes as exalted, Ketu-Sco / Rahu-Tau — in Sayana Navamsa and Swamsa. This is not the case in the Lahiri charts, as we study the Karakamsa and Swamsa below.

So, in this study, in sid geo Lahiri, AK is Mars.
According to Gary Gomes, Mars is the AK of the Dalai Lama and is "common" among individuals who engage in intense meditative practices. While I'm not sure of the author's assertion of frequency among those who practice, I take it to suggest the idea of intense drive to spiritual purpose, which clearly resonates.

NOTE: In the chart at right we've identified nine different ayanamsas which each show Sun in bhava-12, but the Chara Karakas may be different. (I use the scheme of 8 Chara Karakas, preferring to include Rahu.) In this sampling of ayanamsas we see that Moon and Mercury might also be Chara AK. We're going with Lahiri because it's commonly used and Mars is AK in 5 of the 9 cases. Mars trines the solar stellium and we commonly construe it as creative drive, so in that sense we might more comfortably accept it as AK. We've added Sayana Chara Karakas in the last row, for purposes of comparison. Mars in Sayana is Bhatrikaraka, indicator of siblings and father but moreso, representative of the 3rd (its locus also in Lahiri) and 9th houses, going to communication and significator of priesthood.1,2

Ascendant ... Gemini

We've identified and assessed three different signs as Ascendant in recent work, using the recorded and rectified birthtimes, trop geo and sid geo, for birthplace and relocational charts. Cancer features predominantly, with both birthtimes, trop geo and sid geo, birthplace and relocational; Leo comes next, with trop geo recorded and rectified birthtimes, relocational; and Gemini stands alone, as sid geo rectified, birthplace. Each result proves useful to specific purpose and affords valuable insights in general, but which is the 'true' AC? The answer seems to be, all three, in whatever reality each happens to be appropriate.

I've worked with the Cancer AC for more than 44 years, at times with passion but, in the main, not completely identifying with it. The natal Moon is 'balsamic', with birth (recorded time or rectified) occuring some 9-10 hours before New Moon. I think I'm more mercurial than lunar, but that description doesn't feel quite right. Both planets are closely conjunct the Sun, and both, among other strong and challenging connections, are biquintile NeptuneR — Neptune is esoteric ruler of Cancer. The list of weighing factors in this matter would be quite long. The elusive 'truth' is probably that all three signs apply: Leo, Cancer, Gemini, with the weight in the middle...

But let's look most specifically at the Gemini AC (28 Gem 38' 21.75"), identified via the rectified birthtime in the sid geo Lahiri Rasi.

We might have been anticipated this result, especially given the importance of MercuryR as radical Scout planet and its high degree, often seen as AK, AmK, BK or MK, depending on the ayanamsa at play. Here we see that Mercury as chart ruler, Doryphoros ('spearbearer'; rises just before the Sun), and Almute[m] Fuguris, per Robert Zoller (personal daimon, guardian angel) from Iambichus (c. 245 c. 325 AD) [see § 17: The Personal [Daimon], True Account of the Guardian [Daimon]] and Ibn Ezra (1089 - 1167 AD). Zoller uses Almutem to distinguish Lord of the Chart from Lord of a particular house or place, as in Almuten Domus (Ruler of a House).

The term [Almuten] is Arabic and derives from al-mateen, meaning 'the firm one'
or 'strong in power', but the concept exists in the works of Ptolemy and other
early classical astrologers.3

The Almuten is "a planet which, because of its placing, dignities, fortitudes and aspects, comes to have more importance than the ruler, be it of the whole chart or of any particular House of the chart".4

From Happiness in Medieval Astrology by Ben Dykes we learn that the

[...] Almutem Figuris [is] a powerful planet in the natal figure whose spirit or angel acts as the native's special link to the Divine. The Almutem Figuris is a spiritual astrological delineation, similar to but not the same as Lilly's the "Lord of the Geniture." But like Lilly (and Plato), the Almutem Figuris was taken to affect the native's thoughts, beliefs and character. Spiritual enlightenment can demand that we open our eyes to this particular planet and use it to access the Divine. Significantly, this is a function that many modern astrologers now attribute to the sun sign.

We've observed that the rectified AC is Gemini, and we've looked at the importance of Mercury, noted the correlation between Almutem Figuris and daimon, and observed that as a planet of high degree, depending on the ayanamsa we apply, Mercury might also be AK, AmK, BK, or MK.

I recognize that periods of intrapsychic role or exemplar identification, work-throughs in matters of identity tend to run about three months — about the length of Mercury's 88-day orbit. (Projects such as briefs, studies, painting and sculpture tend to be tuned to the lunar cycle and phases.) Communication is a major area of focus, chiefly intrapersonal, among many principals, and then interpersonal, intense but brief, with return to solitude. But 'words have power', and they are a primary means of organization in gestalt. The impact of Mercury is profound. The type is Promethean Retrograde. Mercury's retrograde status indicates inward-turning, without debilitation — inner work is intensified.


Punarvasu (Pada 3) is clearly the better fit.

Theory-and-application agents focused on explanatory and descriptive communications. Develops Meena careers in intuitive
development, divination, esoteric philosophy, psychic and spiritual guidance, and various forms of teaching, depending on
role of radical Guru.

Guru (Jupiter), ruler of the Nakshatra, is lead planet in the Radix, in bhava-9.

  • AC (28º Gem 40') is bracketed by Castor (26º Gem 23') and Pollux (29º Gem 22').
  • The deity is ADITI, and the AditiR asteroid (29º Sco 27') presents closely conjunct ChironR (27º Sco 07').
  • This forms a YOD with MercuryR (29º Ari 07'), as shown in the wheel above.

Sun in the 12th

We find Sun in the 12th, conjunct MercuryR and combust Moon in the 11th. Moon is square Pluto, which is binovile Sun; and MercuryR is novile Uranus, which is parallel Pluto. Many strong aspects aspects to Sun are shown in the wheel.

I read all of this as a solar-defined transformational focus, internalized, with combust Moon going to the need to purify5 and MercuryR to describe and organize, frame the deficit, contained by Saturn and remediated through the creative drive and determination of Mars. A more elaborate analysis of dynamics might be made here, especially with respect to ChironR, NeptuneR and Jupiter in relation to the solar stellium, but the gist is clear.

Now we're looking at the path.

Karakamsa and Swamsa

There are different ways to read and interpret these charts.

In Navamsa we find our AK (Mars) in Sagittarius, so this is Swamsa, and 10th from Swamsa is Saturn in Virgo. We might also consider the Navamsa Lagna (Lagnamsa) in this context, but this is arcane, and the result is the same.

Karakamsa chart shows AC Sagittarius and this is transposed to the D-1 chart, in which 10th from is NeptuneR and Ketu in Virgo. There is a great deal to think about here, but the analysis becomes circuitous, unending, and essentially unproductive. We can create many different arguments, feel compelled, by force of habit perhaps or failure to expand and experiment, to think and think again. The question is: On what do we focus?

Recall that the nadir and the 4th are indicative of path, and that here in D-1 we find Ketu and NeptuneR, in Virgo, ruled by Mercury, which, in both Karakamsa and Swamsa, is found in the 1st, Sagittarius.

Simply looking at the 9th harmonic chart, trop or sid, is useful here. They're different with respect to placement, but the relationships are the same. We see a YOD comprised of Lilith and Moon to the Part of Fortune, and a YOD kite with Neptune at apex, AC and MC wings, and focused at Sun (conjunct Jupiter and Pluto). The Nodes complete a grand square with Neptune and Sun — this is telling.

Key novile-type aspects include Sun, Pluto and Jupiter; Sun/Vesta; MercuryR, Uranus and Venus; Sun, Jupiter and NeptuneR; ChironR/Ptah, among others

In both cases, though the signs are different, Sun, Jupiter and Pluto are 6th from AC, and PoF is 2nd from AC.

Ketu is 3rd from AC, and Rahu, 9th. MC is 4th from PoF — inward focus.

Ketu and Rahu are both engaged in grand square with Neptune and Sun. Ketu is connected by MC and Vx.

Continue the work as you do. Connection will come to you.

9th Harmonic, Trop Geo 9th Harmonic, Sid Geo

Cf. Sun and PoF at midpoints in Rasi chart, top of page.