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

Briefs Index...

Sun in the 12th — Deeper work with the rectified Lahiri sidereal whole signs chart.
Assessing the solar stellium by locus, a preferred Chara Karaka 7/8 scheme, reviewing key dynamics, new work-through
points and Part of Identity theme, and clarifying areas of focus in light of Jupiter and Saturn transits to the 6th and 10th.

15-25 December 2015

As discussed in the previous brief, the chart we choose for introspective study informs the work-through, the framing, analysis and insights we derive in the process. In late October and early November we used a Lahiri sidereal whole signs chart (Sun in the 12th... another dimension) and additional factors to assess direction at a time of transition. There we noted that for our radix, cast as tropical or sidereal, the finding of Surya in bhava-12 is only possible in certain contexts, as, e.g., in the azimuth system of the tropical, and whole signs Lahiri or Pushya-paksha sidereal. My work most often deals with matters of identity, expression and harmony in plural personality, and with experience 'between worlds', a sense of being here and not. Tropical charts and different systems of house division generally prove sufficient for my purposes, though I often use sidereal for added perspective, and sometimes, heliocentric.

The language, rules and methodologies of astrology are meaningful to me and obtain to the degree that the applied schema has utility in cognitive mapping. Improvisation and adaptation of the chart are part of the art, which is to understand and resolve the matter at issue, often presenting with anxiety, dissonance and uncertainty, by establishing root cause, dynamics, and remedy. Drive (Mars) and determination (Saturn) to this end are very strong. So a radical interactive analytic framework is created, most often syncretic, derived from more than one schema or system, in response to intrapsychic condition and circumstance. The effort is predicated of and consonant with my experience in plural personality, where multiple principals participate to developmental purpose, expression and harmony (Venus) in gestalt. Approaches vary and may not include astrology, but every approach arises from what is heard, seen, and felt in the gestalt connexity, by which, in the egoic sense, I mean in relating with immanent presence and multiple principals, 'voices', 'visions', and 'flows of energy', as we cooperate to understand, analyze and resolve the mystery, transforming identity in the process. Not construed as 'soul' but evolving ego, my role is active, engaging in exchange and challenge with the principals to effect understanding and harmony. Never sure of the result until it presents, often in a cathartic breakthrough, I am nonetheless keenly aware of ineffable unseen hand that guides the search, the psycho-
spiritual rede.

In the preponderance of charts we might use to work with the radix, the solar stellium (Sun, MercuryR, Moon) is found in the 10th or 11th. I can make sense of either locus, the 11th more so, thinking of gestalt and the inner plurality as my network and developing ground for aspirations and values.

Moon square Pluto binovile Sun: self-transformation to transcendence.
The need to purify, and go beyond.

In equal house, tropical or sidereal, using our recently rectified chart, we find Moon-10 and Sun/MerR-11. This solution is clearly resonant. Moon-10 works quite well in description of role identification and performance, social interaction and contribution. And Pluto square Moon effectively describes the need to transcend baser emotions, to continuously refine 'personality'. Like the phases of the Moon, identity shifts rapidly; much is absorbed in social contact and I tend to prefer seclusion with only brief periods of interaction, often reading for others, counseling. Profession and social recognition are not matters of importance to me; lifestyle is minimalist and perhaps better suited to a monastery, with such external contact as there is almost inevitably focused on counseling and healing. Moon and MercuryR biquintile Neptune, which is sextile Pluto, in turn binovile Sun, a dynamic pattern of informed transformation. Sun square Pluto
is another read, indicative of continuous buildup and breakdown in self-concept which necessitates constant attention to intrapersonal characteristics and organization.

But the familiar is changing, and to study it we will return to the Ladiri sidereal whole signs chart, in which the characteristics of the stellium and balance of the chart are better apprehended in light of Moon-11, Sun-12. Venus rules Sun-12; Mars rules Moon-11. Venus and Mars are parallel.

MercuryR works in either locus — Moon/MerR-11, via Lahiri; and SunMerR-12, via Pushya-paksha. But Pushya gives us Mars-4, which doesn't work, and while Sun/MerR-12 certainly resonates to some degree, it doesn't (yet?) seem to be the proper rede.

We therefore choose Lahiri and Moon/MercuryR in the 11th, Sun alone in the 12th, because that affords the best frame of current self-concept and transformational exigency.

Chara Karakas
The Jaimini Chara Karakas, or 'variable (movable) significators', are determined in descending order of highest degree among the 7 traditional planets, Sun to Saturn, or among 8, which adds the father significator (PiK) and includes Rahu for all living beings. "[A]strologers seem to have been divided as to whether the charakarakas are 7 or 8 in number," writes Dr. Satya Prakash Choudhary, "since the texts give scope for both interpretations. Both camps have their votaries." Pijan, for example, prefers 7 ordinal karakas only, no Rahu. The 7-planet system obviously affords a better house correlation — AK 1st, AmK 2nd, BK (aka Guru Karaka) 3rd, MK 4th, PK 5th, GK 6th, DK 7th. But the same can be achieved with the mixed 7/8 when two karakas are combined.

In recent studies it's been beneficial to work with 8 or the mixed 7/8 of Parasara (a third approach which may include Rahu, and may merge or posit the same planet for MK and PK), rather than restrict assessment to the traditional 7 planets and omit the father significator, Pitru Karaka (PiK), or Dara Karaka. Sutramritam offers an interesting argument in support of 7/8, says that PiK is mentioned in some manuscripts and not in others and thus requires further research, MK and PK are separately distinguished in the Sutras and should not be merged, and Rahu may be applied in restricted circumstances, as when two or more planets are at the same degree. Buddhiki Shree Harsha Indrasena presents another mixed 7/8 approach which, when necessary, instead combines MK with PiK, not PK, because Putra Karaka represents children and correlates well with the 5th house — combining PK with the Mother (MK), correlated with the 4th house sidereal, would disorder the sequence because the 5th house does not represent Father (PiK).

In this exercise we will use Intrasena's approach. Note the comparisons in the table at right.

Shoes to fill ... which ones fit?

The Pushya-paksha AK Moon and AmK Saturn do not really resonate at this juncture.

The Lahiri and Pushya findings are quite different from those in Sayana, the tropical chart, where we have AK Sun and, working with 8, AmK Rahu...

Lahiri gives us AK Mars AK and Mercury AmK. Using 8, Rahu is PK, a result found in 7/8 too, because Mars and Mercury are same degree.

In an alternate read we might treat of Saturn as MK/PK (4th), drop Pitri Karaka and Rahu, make Venus PK (5th), Jupiter GK (6th) and Sun DK (7th).

But the best approach seems to me the mergence of MK and PiK, highlighted in the chart at right. We've ruled out Pushya as an option at this time, choosing Lahiri as most apposite, and comparison of the Lahiri and Sayana sequences clearly illustrates the shift in our orientation. Mars-Mercury-Moon-Saturn ... Sun-Mars-Mercury-Moon

What about Rahu?
While we're not including Rahu as a Chara Karaka, Rahu figures very prominently in Navamsa as the only graha in the 6th, 12th from Karakamsa and so, in Jivanmuktamsa (the place where jiva attains liberation), indicative of the Ishta Devata, the aspect of God chosen for worship and contemplation, leading to moksha. But the indicated deity is somewhat removed from my experience.

The immanent presence of my experience is ineffable, not something to be identified by calculation, but the work we do well-expressed in the tantrik Buddhist view, the Tibetan Yidam, a manifestation of Buddhahood or the enlightened mind. These are imagos: Vajrayogini, Vajrasattva, Vajravarahi and Chakrasamvara → all things go to enlightenment.

More of Rahu?
Yes, as we'll see in a moment, Part of Identity may be found in Swati Nakshatra, a very good fit, ruled by Rahu.

The bhava-6 focus
There are health matters at play at this time, December 2015. Confusion of themes and digestive anomalies, struggles with what has been and what may be in the course of what is, external reality (Saṃsāra). Too much philosophy, not enough focus. So, to the gut. To what we eat, and how we eliminate. Focus to the 6th, which Saturn now transits and tJupiter squares.

Radical points from the Vertex to the Galactic Center, that arc including CharikloR, CeresR, ChironR, AditiR and several important fixed stars, present in either the 5th or 6th house, depending on the schema we use. Creative output or matter of health ... in the present exercise, we're focusing on the 6th, 7th from which is the 12th of the Lahiri chart we're working with here. GK Jupiter corresponds with the 6th, with enemies, diseases, debts, disagreements, competitions, legal proceedings, servitude, etc.1 The 8th and 12th from the 6th are also indicative of the issues at hand; this goes to PoF in the 1st (Ashlesha), and Part of Identity (in the range of 1840 to 2040, more Swati than Vishaka) conjunct Alphecca, an important paran, in the 5th.

We've recognized a work-through point, Vertex/Antares in the 6th, for the Uranus-Nodal squares, that so-called 'skipped step' in evolutionary astrology, which I regard rather as a step-out-of-time, a mechanism of disconnect which facilitates alternative focus. The emphasis is on healing.

Several concepts in Barbara Pijan's compilations for Surya in bhava-12 and Vyaya Bhava-12 proved relevant, the latter in particular. This brought to mind the deep significance of the Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) story in my experience, and Amun-Ra.

AMUN presents in the 12th, part of the apical Pluto kite formation focused at Persephone in the 8th, Capricorn, 6th from ruler Saturn (stationary) in the 3rd, Leo. Saturn is MK/PiK.

The Akhenaten story has stayed with me for years, and for reasons too numerous to explore at this writing, even were all of them self-evident. I might describe the issue as letting go the royal regard, or universalizing it, in the spirit of Ratnasambhava and Amoghasiddhi, but my issue with the story also goes to the interlocutor fallacy, narcissistic compensation, and insularity. Pijan's take on the psychology of Sun in the 12th doesn't quite hit the mark for me, but afforded much to think about.

I won't present a thorough assessment of the aspect dynamics indicated in the chart, except to say that the development of the image generated much insight, quite characteristic of this period. Transiting Jupiter is now conjunct AK Mars and trine the stellium. At the same time, squaring ChironR, 6th house focus of the key YOD in the chart, engaging the solar stellium and the AC, Jupiter is facilitating a lot of clearing out. Transiting Saturn is now conjunct the Nodal T-square work-through, Vertex/Antares in the 6th; it's trine Pisces-10 Rahu and Venus, and will move to exact with the latter thrice in the next several months. But tSaturn will also square the Leo-3 group of Saturn, Juno, Mars — deeper studies in communication to effect healing.

A second newly recognized work-through point
The Part of Spirit presents in early Cancer (Punarvasu), trine the rectified MC and inconjunct the Galactic Center, which is focus of a YOD with Sun and square the MC/IC. Sun is quadronovile Pallas, conjunct PoI.

Midheaven is found in Uttara Bhadrapada, ruled by Saturn (our current Vimsottari is Saturn MD - Venus AD - Saturn PD), deity: Ahir Budhnya, pada 1, ruled by the Sun.

Ahir Budhyana * Ohibridna

 the serpent or dragon of the deep center of the earth's Aura
 under-sea-serpent, water-snake * ruler of the constellation Hydra