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

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Studies of identity and self-concept in a time of transition...

10-13 October 2012

There are many different ways to apply astrology in the assessment of identity. Such an application is interactive, rather than prescriptive. By that I mean we explore various astrological conditions and constructs to generate introspective insights and inferences which may be applied to influence self-concept and develop new cognitive structures. What we're really studying is the intrapsychic resonance of specific ideas and interpretations.

We might use the Draconic approach, for example, moving the North Node to 0° Aries (the Aries Point) and adjusting all planets and positions by the same degree. This is thought to represent the chart within the chart, the spiritual "purpose" beneath the natal surface, or our underlying orientation relative to what we manifest in outer reality. Kim Falconer refers to the Draconic as "a layer of 'soul fabric' that lies underneath the outward personality". The Draconic chart can be read as a stand-alone, or compared with the natal chart to reveal aspects indicating strengths or areas of challenge. In my case, the two charts are nearly identical.

In addition to aspects presented in the basic natal chart, we might also include a range of asteroids. These may form revealing aspects in relation to the natal planets and positions, leading to helpful new perspectives on personality and identity dynamics. Vesta, Ceres, Juno, Pallas Athena, and Chiron are commonly applied, but recently I have found it useful to include Poseidon, Psyche, Apollo, Sappho, Lilith, and Diana (see natus, below). Fixed stars may prove instructive as well, including Algol 1,2,3 / Capulus, Deneb, and Zubenelschemali, in the North Scale (see below). There are many asteroids and fixed stars from which to choose. Placement in the chart, usually with a restricted orb, and resonance of the metaphor are of equal importance.

In the current exercise, we will add these asteroids and fixed stars to the natal chart, as well as two critical Arabic Parts: The Part of Fortune, and the Part of Identity. The former is commonly applied, but the latter is not.

Arabic Parts (aka Arabic Lots) are calculated points that represent specific areas of human interest in predictive and natal astrology.

As Paul Vachier explains in his introduction to the Arabic Parts Calculator he created to eliminate the tedious arithmetic required to determine these points, the

Source: Arabic Parts Calculator
Paul Vachier, for NoEnd Press. Copyright 2002. Accessed 9 October 2012.

[...] peak of [Arabic Parts] development occurred during the Muslim scientific renaissance of the early middle ages, hence their name. One of their greatest proponents was Al Biruni, a mathematician, astronomer and scholar, who lived in the 11th century. He listed a total of 97 Arabic Parts, which at the time were widely used for astrological consultations. All of the Arabic Parts consist of mathematical calculations of planetary positions (usually 3 planets) which speak to specific areas of interest in the human chart. Examining these Parts enables astrologers to gain further insight into the "inner" meaning of the personal horoscope, going beyond the "outer" evaluations indicated by the arrangement of the planets, signs and houses.

The science behind Arabic Parts is based upon the numerical relationships between points within the horoscope. While there are many parts, the best known today is the Part of Fortune (Pars Fortuna  in Latin), due to its involvement of the Sun and Moon (the primary planets reflecting the psyche of the individual). Many other Parts, however, are distinctly useful in predictive astrology and are increasingly used by modern astrologers who are rediscovering this ancient and precise science. [...]

The formula to calculate the Arabic Part for identity is:   ASC + Saturn - Moon.

In my case, this works out to:

ASC : Cancer26° 17'116° 17'
Saturn : Virgo+ 12° 35'+ 162° 35'
Capricorn=  8° 52'278° 52'
Moon : Taurus- 20° 45'- 50° 45'
Part of Identity : Scorpio= 18° 07'= 228° 07'

The Part of Identity is
conjunct Zubenelschemali,
a fixed star in the North Scale,
at 18° 41' Scorpio.

The history of the star: Zubenelschemali
from p.276 of Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889.
[A scanned copy can be viewed on this webpage]

As indicated above, several asteroids and fixed stars have been added to the following natal chart, generated via Astrodienst, which enables the user to reduce orbs by percentage — for purposes of this study, I've left them at 100%. The image has been adapted to show the Part of Identity kite formation; Varuna, Psyche and Deneb have also been been added.

Note that there are many kite formations in evidence, indicated in blue, but the one outlined in dark blue includes the Part of Identity at apex. The base or point of focus in that kite includes the Moon and Mercury Retrograde, Sun, fixed stars Algol and Capulus, and Lilith. Saturn, Juno and Mars in Virgo, and the asteroid Poseidon in Capricorn complete the trine and and sextile the Part of Identity plus Zubenelschmali to form the kite.

Part of Identity

The Sabian (Jones, 1969:199) for 19 Scorpio is A parrot listening and then talking. Dane Rudhyar presents this as A parrot repeats the conversation he has overheard, referring to "[t]he capacity to transmit transcendental knowledge". Rudhyar sees the symbol as "a hint to man's capacity to attune himself to higher sources of wisdom is he can be sufficiently attentive and careful in channeling a 'higher Voice'. It's not about mere mimicry, not an intellectual exercise but rather, "the possibility of learning from higher Intelligences. Keyword: Channelship".

Those descriptors go to the kite apex, however, and not the point of focus in the Taurus stellium. In the latter context we have Algol and Capulus conjunct Moon, Mercury R, Sun and Lilith, all squaring Pluto in the 1st House. This describes a build-up break-down dynamic that demands continuous refinement of self-concept in response to identity destabilization resulting from self-inflation relative to narcissistic issues. Said another way, one responds to a clearly apprehended higher Voice in the absence of a firmly established sense of personal reality, only to experience deflation when unconscious irruptions make evident the limitations of the personal in respect of the transpersonal. The theme involves the building of self-identity in relation to and under aegis of Self.

If we also consider Saturn in the Juno/Mars wing of the grand trine of this kite, given that Saturn is trine chart ruler Moon, the Sabian has special relevance: A strong hand supplanting political hysteria (Jones, 1969:312), or A powerful statesman overcomes a state of political hysteria (Rudhyar, 19754:158-9). The overall implication is that the "channeling" must be properly analyzed and integrated to maintain intrapsychic stability. The hearing of "voices" and ego responsiveness, individuation in gestalt, under aegis of Self.

Here's a quick look at the kites and two Yods produced in this study. Again, the orbs are not as tight as they might be, especially in the case of the Yod kite (figure G), but the correlations are nonetheless instructive. Obviously, the more asteroids, fixed stars, Arabic Parts and so on, that one adds to the natus, the more aspects one finds. Many of these will have little weight and may mean very little, but we're only looking for those that have significant interpretive value.

Kite and Yod formations from identity and self-concept study, October 2012

Figure J illustrates the Pluto dynamic: Pluto squares the Taurus stellium and the Part of Identity, but the latter is part of a Yod kite (mediated by Neptune) that focuses upon the Vesta complement in the 10th House.

Figure K illustrates a mystic rectangle, stabilized by the Saturn, Juno, Mars. It's formed by two kites which focus upon Moon and Poseidon.

Note the prominence of Algol and Capulus in both figures.

I read Vesta (Hestia) as the dominant focus.