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

Briefs Index...

Saturn inconjunct Venus
Part of a key dynamic that bears on the work we do.
An integrative assessment of the tropical radix, kite formations and aspects analysis, sidereal findings,
clockwise Koch Houses, Chara Karakas in both charts, nakshatras, and transits.

24-30 April 2016

Clockwise read of Koch Houses in the radix at right reveals an inconjunction1,2 between Saturn-11 and Venus-3.

In representation of an arc of ascendancy using three related birth times we find three Lots of Identity
(AC +Sun-Moon), each also linked with Venus chiefly, and Saturn too.

In the previous study of clockwise houses we used the sidereal chart, Galactic Center at mid-Mula, and, in traditional terms, identified Saturn as Atmakaraka (AK), Venus as Amatya-
karaka (AmK). As planets of highest degree in that same chart, Pluto and Neptune also were recognized as AK and AmK respectively, and paired, in that capacity, with Saturn and Venus.

We apply those findings here, in the tropical chart. Combine and synthe-
size. The planet of highest degree
is now Sun, the natural AK, the em-
powering, ordinating influence. Rahu is of second-highest degree, so AmK; and if not Rahu, then Mars; both options make sense — Mars rules Rahu-4, and Lord of the 4th (L-4), in the 10th, trines Sun/MerR/Moon-3.

Sun-3, tredecile3 (108°) AK Saturn-11, opposes Identity-9 (22°Scorpio), as we see at right, where Identity-9 is septsemi-
novile4,5 (7/18 = 140°; some would allow an orb of ±10°6 and treat this as inconjunct) Venus-3. Note that all three Lots of Identity-9 have aspect
with Venus-3, which, again, is focus of the core kite formation:  Core kite formation ... MepR . Plu . ChaR Vx CerR ChrR. Ven Ves

Regarding the inconjunct (150°) between Saturn-11 and Venus-3, then, we have an aspect of tension between objective (AK) and action (AmK) — the 'King' of the chart vis-a-vis the 'Minister' who guides the destiny to attain the King's desires.7 Similarly conceived in the tropical context, or in Lahiri sidereal, we might say Mars-10 AmK engages the creative drive to achieve the desire of Sun-3 AK.

We can develop a YOD formation in this case, with Saturn-11 as one base and the other at the Ketu/ChironR midpoint, proximal the Lot of Identity derived from our earliest birth time (08:45:13 CST, Solar).

Dr. Loretta Standley's interpretations of quincunx aspects and YOD formations are very direct and satisfying:

A quincunx is thought to be one of the most difficult aspects to work with because it will not allow for retreat. There's no backing down when it comes to this aspect because you can't just think your way out of it, you have to take action on those thoughts. The quincunx will challenge you to trust your own intuition. Intuition is a very big deal when it comes to quincunx'. Remember, 2 quincunx plus 1 sextile makes a "yod," which means the "Finger of God." Couple the intuition with the "yod" and you have a blast of intuition coming through to your "I AM" presence. This is your inner voice, which is God speaking to you and through you.

The "Yod" will give you direct clues to opportunities for certain action, although the opportunities can be unconsciously restricted since you are continually making adjustments in your Life. So the bottom line here is [... the] "yod" [...] is telling you to MAKE UP YOUR MIND . . . MAKE A CHOICE . . . THERE'S AN ARROW POINTING AT THE ANSWER . . . CHOOSE TO DO WHAT THE ARROW IS POINTING TO!!!

The planets involved in the "yod" are usually not compatible with each other, so the energy isn't necessarily the easiest. But again, if you look at where the "yod" is pointing, it's a direct hit. Yod's have an element of destiny in their pattern. This pattern is usually bringing forward something that is needed in order to make further progress. Sometimes progress doesn't feel that great going through it, but once the individual has moved through the energy, there is gratitude for the lesson.

Our YOD is also sensible as a kite (aka focused or boomerang YOD, finger of fate or finger of God, one of several in the radix), in this case with apex proximal several midpoints, including Saturn/ID and Pluto/Vertex, and closely conjunct IC and NeptuneR-9. Focus is Venus-3, bracketed by Vesta and MC, conjunct Rahu-4 by extension.

In this pattern, the apex planet opposing the target constitutes, even more than the target itself, a challenge for the chart's owner, who must learn to deal with the energy of the planet as well as with the area in which it is posited. Considerable strength but considerable vulnerability (in the areas of life represented by the target and the apex planets) are on the agenda. THE BOOMERANG. Astrotheme

The wings of the YOD kite, Saturn-11 and the Ketu/ChironR midpoint plus Identity-9 in this case, make evident the necessity for inner work, for the evolution of the egoic function in gestalt under aegis of immanent presence, the need for analysis and conceptual cohesiveness, structural stability in relation with something larger than the self9 and resolution of past wounds, working through identificatory issues in the context of plural personality, the experience of multiple principals in consciousness. So then, what's the importance of the apex planet, here thinking of NeptuneR-9 relative to the Pluto/Vertex midpoint?

The opposition forces the issue, and the apex planet then becomes very critical: what it represents needs to be consciously worked, owned, and integrated. Aspect Patterns. Cafe Astrology.

In the evolution of egoic function among multiple principals both personal and transpersonal in nature, in the context of immanent presence, narcissistic deficit and compensatory egoic inflation are significant problems, as we'll note shortly in description of the shadow presentments in the Purva Phalguni nakshatra of Saturn-11. So, when considering the apex of the YOD kite — Saturn/ID, Juno/Pallas, Pluto/Vertex, and NeptuneR — we can appreciate that egoic needs readily might be conflated with the other-worldly...

Regarding Neptune, from Key Words for ASTROLOGY, Hajo Banzhaf and Anna Haebler (York Beach, ME: Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC; 1996):

  • ARCHETYPE: The mystic, the visionary. the martyr.

  • SHADOW: The crackpot, the addict, the alcoholic.

  • PRINCIPLE: Neptune represents the principle of dissolving boundaries. It corresponds to a person's “cosmic antennas” which permit one to feel the transcendental and the subtle. It allows one to sense concealed correlations, future trends, and other developments. At the same time, Neptune stands for the individual's longing to overcome everyday consciousness and see the highest things. In the process, Neptune's striving is actually directed toward the spiritual realm, but is frequently confused with spirits and other intoxicants. The permeability to which Neptune gives rise frequently results in one of the highest levels of sensitivity and a weakening of the body.

  • STRENGTH: The medium. Strong spiritual aspirations. Deep inner conviction, often based on personal experience, that a divine power is at work in everything and should be recognized as such. Great receptivity and sensibility. Compassionate behavior, characterized by almost boundless sympathy. Idealistic, soft, able to be devoted, and mediumistic. Strong desire for mystic experience. Full of faith in being protected and guided by a higher power. Strong visionary abilities, excellent intuitive understanding, and an unusual wealth of emotional images and imagination.

  • PROBLEM AREA: The drunk or drug addict. Drawn in a dangerous direction by a strong — frequently unrecognized or underestimated — inner force. Easily seducible and endangered by addiction, particularly to intoxicants. Also in danger of being overcome and swept away by collective currents, ranging from less harmful trends of the period to the violent excesses of mass hysteria. Falls easily into the role of the victim and the person who suffers, as well as that of the seducer, charlatan, schemer, or liar. Unstable, intangible, unpredictable, destructive, and slimy. Great difficulties in setting limits, up to the point of total identification with other people. Incapable of assuming responsibility for one's own life. Letting oneself drift without any solid ground to stand on. Desperation, melancholy, confusion, self-deception, and lack of orientation.

  • GOAL: The striving to go beyond the limits of the self and merge into a “we” feeling. The longing to be found, touched, and redeemed in trance and ecstasy by the divine. To find true spirituality and be a living witness of the divine effect in the world.

  • REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NEPTUNE PRINCIPLE: Inspired artists, talented actors and actresses, musicians, poets, priests and priestesses, preachers, mystics, occultists, chemists, nurses, doctors (particularly homeopaths), psychologists, trend researchers, forecasters, as well as addicts, the down-at-the-heels, the unstable, swindlers, and criminals.

So now, if we combine the sidereal and tropical reads, we see that both of the YOD and core kites we've described effectively engage the two AmK's, NeptuneR-9 and Venus-3, in dynamics that helps 'distill' the AmK, the work there is to do, in psycho-
philosophical and concrete terms, i.e., with respect to what harmonization might be and how it is achieved, what we receive or conceive at 9 and communicate at 3, which is where the action needs to be. Alternatively conceived, in the anti-clockwise read, Venus-X represents what necessity compels we achieve — as we'll see shortly, interpreting the significance of Venus in Revati, that means enlightenment.

There are, of course, many factors to weight in the elucidation of career or vocation, but the Venus focus here goes a long way. Venus is Almuten Figuris in the tropical and mid-Mula sidereal charts. Clockwise read of Koch Houses in tropical shows ruler of the 10th as Venus in the 3rd, while in sidereal, L-10 Mercury also tenants the 3rd : 10 → 3. Venus is novile MercuryR, which is quintile Spirit-12 (which we'll get to shortly) and, along with Moon, biquintile NeptuneR.

The Lots of Identity and Spirit

Next, applying the sidereal zodiac to determine the nakshatras, we find all three Lots of Identity in Vishakha, the "star of purpose", ruled by Jupiter (Jupiter-5 and PTAH-3 are wings in the Rahu-4/Ketu-10 YOD kite — more on this below). And the motivation: kama. Here we find the theme of metamorphosis or transubstantiation, transmutation... See, e.g., Rudhyar's rendering of Sabian Scorpio 23.

Saturn-11 in Purva Phalguni ("fruit of the tree") gives the power of creative procreation, ruled by Venus and, in the second pada, Mercury — as we've seen, both of these are found in the 3rd. Motivation is kama. While it may denote "denoting brilliant skills in the fine arts and a love of pleasure"8 the shadow presentments go to narcissism, indulgence, arrogance, an "impulsive and disturbed mind"9. A more apposite, ego-syntonic take for me is "A strong hand supplanting political hysteria", M.E. Jones' rendering of Sabian Symbol Virgo 13 (cf. Rudhyar.) The inconjunct with Venus does, however, bring into play the matter of arts and self-expression among multiple principals in personality. It necessitates a great deal of introspective effort.

Venus-3 is in Revati, "the wealthy", going to nourishment and nurturance, "the great womb of the Divine Mother, revealing the end as well as new beginnings" (The Nakshatras, Dennis Harness, 1999:107ff.), ruled by Mercury, motivation: moksha.

Note, there, the motivations. The focus is liberation, but the two predicates are kama, desire, wish, passion, longing, pleasure,10 which is where the theme of self-purification comes into play. What do you really want?
Everything goes to enlightenment — exemplar: Vajrayogini; and Cakrasaṃvara;

Rahu-4 and Ketu-10 are trine and sextile the Lot of Spirit, making the latter the Nodal work-through. Rahu/Ketu square Uranus-2, which is biseptile NeptuneR-9, novile MercuryR-3, binovile Venus-3 and Mars-10, septseminovile Identity-9, and trine Jupiter-5. Uranus-2 is parallel Pluto-12 and semi-sextile Spirit-12.

The Lot of Identity is also a work-through, with as many connections as Spirit-12, but Identity-9 engages a set of dynamics going to metamorphosis, as of the egoic function in context of the group, working toward unified creative expression in response to received awareness and values. Spirit-12, on the other hand, conjunct AC, ISIS-1 and the Lot of Fortune-1, are all in Pushya, "to nourish, providing nourishment", ruled by Saturn, which brings stability and fosters creativity; motivation: dharma.

I would separate these with respect to functional impact, but that something we really can't do.
Spirit-12 is tredecile Identity-9.

In summary...

We have seen that Saturn-11 inconjunct Venus-3 can be apprehended as part of a YOD kite with NeptuneR-9 (AmK) apical orientation and Venus3 (AmK) focus (including Vesta, MC and Rahu-4 by extension). We've said that this formation describes a dynamic that serves to 'distill' the AmK, referring to the process of receiving input (NeptuneR); analyzing (Saturn) and integrating it
ID opposition Sun, Mercury R, Moon. in the context of egoic function and relation with multiple principals under aegis of immanent presence in gestalt; and focusing to action at at Venus-3, all things going to enlightenment.

But we've also seen that 10 goes to 3. And in the matter of what there may be to do next, apart from the work we're already doing, does this answer any questions? Do we, for example, need to get back to painting?

Events at the Vertex come into play, and transiting Neptune-5 opposes Saturn-11 ... seems like a good time for that.