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

Briefs Index...

Choice of Chart Informs the Art.
Rahu Meena 9, Ketu Kanya 3, and time of life transition.
As tJupiter trines the solar stellium in a time of life (65y) transition, and on the premise that the apposite placement for Rahu
is Pisces in the 9th, we create a resonant cognitive framework in sidereal (Lahiri) equal house using the rectified birth time.

4-9 December 2015

Rectified Radix, showing pre- and post-natal Solar and Lunar Eclipses, with Transits for 7.12.15.

The type of astrological chart we choose to use for introspective purposes informs the art of interpretation, establishes scope and method, the rules and tools we apply and adapt in any given study or work-through. We determine the schema, as in tropical or sidereal for example, decide which system of house division to use and points to select, depending on our objectives, because different placements of radical points prove more appropriate in framing the issue at hand, developing lines of analysis, and deriving insights. I generally work with tropical and equal house or whole sign, but there's no fixed rule.

Astrological schemata and systems are sensible in and of themselves. They all deliver potentially usable results. There are times, depending on what we're trying to do, when more than one approach might apply, whether we seek comparative differences in findings or gain insight from having to cope with them. Syncretic approaches often prove most helpful, as when we apply Jaimini Chara Karakas or sidereal nakshatras to tropical charts.

We pick and choose the most suitable forms for the chart by inner direction, engaging multiple principals in plural personality to generate a frame for the problem under study. We do not know what the end result might be, only that we are engaged in a process of discovery and transformation, identifying root cause and remedial path on the basis of empathic analysis and resonant assessment. The astrological project remains viable only to the extent that core rules of the schema obtain, reasonably in force; if they do not, the cognitive structure we're attempting to build with fall apart. It won't sustain psychoemotional investment. In that case, a different method might be pursued, such as meditation, ritual or shamanic practice. If it doesn't work, we don't use it. The proof in in the process.

A piece of rotten wood cannot be carved, nor can a wall of dried dung be trowelled... I used to take on trust a man's deeds after having listened to his words. Now having listened to a man's words I go on to observe his deeds.

The Analects of Confucius (Lun Yu). V. 10. (102). Wengu.

The approach we choose is inwardly guided and under continuous apperceptive review among multiple principals and immanent presence in the process of working through. The cognitive structures we build go to identity and transformation in light of developmental objectives and cannot be sustained without resonant foundation. Faulty structures fail.

In the current exercise we begin with the premise that Rahu in Meena, 9th house, is the apposite locus. This only works in the sidereal chart. In terms of psychospiritual resonance at this point in time, I feel quite certain that Pisces is the correct placement for North Node. Since I began my studies of astrology, however, with few exceptions and then only briefly, Aries has been read as Rahu locus, so this is something of a leap. The sidereal placement of Rahu held some appeal in the past, but I was not persuaded by other findings in that schema. Now, it seems, the time is right to reformulate and reconstrue.

Over the course of some 44 years I seldom questioned my recorded birth time 09:09 — the numbers appealed to me (9 as destiny), and I accepted them as fact, treated the tropical placement of Rahu in Aries (exactly conjunct MC) as consonant with my rather solitary pursuit of study, my eccentric minimalist lifestyle. The recorded time served my purpose, and interpretation affirmed my objectives. But there remained a dissonance, despite adducements marshaled in favor of the tropical Aries complement (eg, Venus in detriment there, trine Pluto in Leo and parallel Mars in Virgo), because the more aggressive and competitive qualities of Rahu in Mesha did not, and still do not resonate. Neither did I think Jupiter belonged in the 8th, in Aquarius, though I am deeply interested in death and war, cathartic and chthonic transformation.

And now it appears that we are engaged in a transformation of a different order.

The rectified birth time, new angles and placements

Using the recently rectified birth time of 08:45:47 (08:46) we find the sidereal AC at 28Gemini39'45" (Punarvasu nakshatra), and MC at 5Pisces10'38" (Uttara Bhadrapada), where we also find LuEcl+, SoEcl-, and Rahu (11Pisces46'05"m), plus Venus and Vesta (in Revati). Applying equal house division we find Pluto in the 1st, Saturn and Juno (exactly conjunct postnatal SoEcl+) in the 2nd, and Mars in the 3rd with Ketu and NeptuneR. Jupiter drops to Aquarius, 8th. PTAH, Lilith and Moon tenant the 10th, with the balance of the stellium, MercuryR and Sun, in the 11th. As shown in a previous entry, the rectification and these revised data are strongly resonant. Assessment of the angles and dependent points including Arabic Parts is ongoing, but the results are uniformly positive. tJupiter trines the solar stellium and is sextile the AC at this time. Several other important transits are also in play. All of it might be read as consistent with the timing of this project and cognitive transition.

Chara Karakas

In the tropical (Sayana) chart the Atmakaraka is Sun, Amatyakaraka is Rahu, Bhatrikaraka is Mars, and Matrikaraka is Mercury.

In sidereal Lahiri, however, Mars becomes AK, Mercury is AmK (and Almuten Figuris), Moon is BK (desires, skills), and Saturn, MK (education, nurturer); Sun is DK (spouse, partner) and Rahu, PK (creativity, intelligence). That's quite a difference, but relatively easy to apprehend ... including, from an egoic perspective, a spousal relation with Sun.

nun
Old English nonne, from ecclesiastical Latin nonna, feminine of nonnus 'monk', reinforced by Old French nonne.

nun. Oxford Dictionaries.

There's a peripherally interesting similarity between the root-verb נון (nun), which means to propagate or increase, and דגה (daga), meaning to multiply or increase. Both terms are used in the Bible, the former only once (Psalm 72:17) and the latter, only in Genesis 48:16, but

...its derivatives are ubiquitous and they all have to do with fish: The nouns דג (dag) and דגה (daga) mean fish, דוג (dawwag) means fisherman and דוגה (duga) means fishery. Even the name of the famous idol of the Philistines, Dagon, derives from this root.

Nun meaning. Arie Uittenbogaard, Abarim Publications. Dagon link revised, q.v. And see notes on the "Dagan" deity, first appearing in ancient texts from the Syrian city of Mari (c. 2,500 BCE), Amorite and Akkadian; in Mari, the god of storms, with astral and chthonic characteristics. A warrior god and protector, named so in the Code of Hammurabi (1792-50 BCE). A theophoric element in personal names. Later associated with grain and fish (→ to multiply), also rain.

Mars as Atmakaraka.
We know that Mars is a dominant player in the chart, tropical or sidereal, and that its only sensible house is the 3rd. But here its placement is anaretic: 29Leo50'15". General interpretation here may apply: decision-making difficulties, working and reworking plans, options anxiety, followed by sudden impulsive action. Well, some of that applies, as might be construed from this Journal. But Mars trines the solar stellium and serves as the drive for self-transformation. I don't always find the Sabians of use, but in this instance, both the tropical and sidereal degrees show meaningful symbols: An animal trainer (23 Virgo, trop), and An unsealed letter (30 Leo, sid). The process of transformation is described in the Journal, an open letter, as it were.

Moksha
Mars is conjunct the IC, as in the tropical chart, but the IC, conjunct Ketu, is now in Virgo, ruled by Mercury, the AmK. Mars is also conjunct Juno, which is exactly conjunct the SoEcl+. All of this goes to inner work, and the leonine placements directs to Virgo, where we also find NeptuneR. Now, the midpoint between Mars and NeptuneR is Ketu, 3rd house, focus of a YOD kite, Rahu at apex in Pisces, 9th house, wings of PTAH (10th) and Jupiter (8th).

Also note that Rahu is midpoint between MC and Venus, which is parallel Mars.

The Jupiter Singleton and Rahu connection

I remain much more familiar with my tropical radix of course, having worked with it for years, but this sidereal chart is something of a revelation. The Pisces focus is very clear to me, and the other placements remain sensible in equal house, despite the sign change. Elemental revisioning proves interesting: EARTH no longer dominates, now FIRE and WATER predominate, and AIR is better represented. Jupiter remains lead planet and is singleton, only planet in social houses (5,6,7,8), in Satabhisha nakshatra, ruled by Rahu, which tenants Pisces...