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

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As transiting Saturn opposes the stellium — Working through a period of transition.
An introspective exploration using geocentric and sidereal radices, working with selected fixed stars and asteroids,
aspect patterns and sacred geometry, archetypal influences and associations, Anahata and kundali.

3-7 April 2014

Geocentric and Lahiri sidereal radices are presented at left, both also showing transits for 3 April 2014. These charts include selected fixed stars and asteroids identified in aspect patterns and dynamics obviously more complicated than those revealed in the basic radix. It's possible to create amazingly complex charts in this manner, showing almost any sort of aspect pattern, identifying the most remarkable dynamics and portentous implications. Framing questions and selecting variables for inclusion has great bearing on the results of the exercise. What proves relevant and usable is often dependent upon factors not self-intimating, hidden and immanent influences that reveal themselves in the process of such introspective explorations.

Working with astrology in this manner is almost always productive, I find, provided the exercise is predicated of desire, determination, and belief — as in the desire to understand and determination to resolve a particular issue or dissonance, for example, informed by the belief that this can be done, that the effort is consonant with psychospiritual experience.

Insertion of new objects and identification of new aspect patterns in the astrological chart sometimes results in remarkable discoveries — not in definition of who one is,
but in terms of how one might apprehend the nature of self: not as thing-ness, as something static, but as process.

Astrological analysis may be reduced to interpretive syntheses of omens, omina, predictive formulae of the
"if x, then y" variety — the protasis [prot-uh-sis] or conditional element, "if (this condition is present, or this happens)", followed by the apodosis [uh-pod-uh-sis] or consequential, predictive element, "then (this results, or this will happen)".1,2

For example:
If Alpheratz is rising as Moon is on the Nadir, then the native will be emotionally independent, a self-contained individual or a loner. 3

The real test lies in the evaluation of such formulations, and their resonance, which is to say, whether the concept triggers an epiphany of sorts, answers the questions of the exploration, or can be applied constructively with respect to the objectives. The research may lead to insights far beyond the scope of the exercise, resolve other issues, stimulate new explorations. More than "if x, then y", this process goes to introspective and analytic work informed by immanent guidance, the sense that research is being led, that I am being guided to certain insights by hidden agency.

The current project, as tSaturn opposes the solar stellium, involves what seems to me a transition from one way of life to another, tolerance of uncertainty and ambiguity, and profound desire to transcend. There is a letting go, yet awareness of material constraints and limitations, a period of active waiting, during which I find myself deeply engaged in study and review, focused also on matters of diet and qi, internal and external, Five Phases, the Five Dhyani Families, and more. A coming together, perhaps, and a leaving behind.

This is not the time to present conclusions, but to explore the pieces of the puzzle.
In that context, I'll review the charts.

I'm using both geocentric and sidereal charts in this case because they afford complementary insights. I've added certain fixed stars and asteroids to each base radix, including ACHERNAR, ANKAA, CURSA, DENEB ADIGE, HOMAM, and KHAMBALIA. I usually work with the Galactic Center, and have included it here, but in this case I've also added the Great Attractor. Selected asteroids usually include CHIRON, CERES, JUNO, PALLAS ATHENA, VESTA, PERSEPHONE, and NEPHTHYS — these remain, but CHARIKLO and HEKATE have been added. AMUN (15º03 ♊/21º53 ♉) and ADITI (22º36 ♐/29º27 ♏) have been removed because these more transcendent archetypes are not directly germane to the more mundane considerations of the current situation. Transits are shown in green.

A concentration of influences (Hekate, Achernar, Ankaa, and Homam) presents at or about the same degree, proximal Jupiter and Deneb Adige, in the 8th house (geo-Pisces, sid-Aquarius). This grouping is involved in three dynamics: (1) a grand square involving the Saturn complement (which includes the Atmakaraka, Mars) in the 2nd; (2) an unusual trinal pattern that focuses on the Saturn complement; and (3) a YOD kite with Saturn at apex and the 8th-house grouping, especially Hekate, Achernar, Ankaa, and Homam as focus. These dynamics illustrate the key importance of the Saturn complement and the 2nd house.

The grand square and all YODs are shown in the geocentric radix,
while the trinal dynamic and related trines are shown in the sidereal.

The five YODs illustrated in the geo chart are of special interest — each presents a particular focal point, each in a different house.
They are as follows:

  1. Jupiter / Hekate / Achernar / Ankaa / Homam Pluto Nephthys
    :: 8th → 1st ← 6th;
  2. Sun / Mercury R / Moon / Lilith R Neptune R / Cauda / IC Jupiter / Deneb Adige/ Hekate / Achernar / Ankaa /Homam
    :: 10th → 3rd ← 8th;
  3. PoF / AC Galactic Center / Chiron R / Ceres R / Chariklo R / Great Attractor / Vertex Sun / Mercury R / Moon / Lilith R
    :: 12th/1st → 5th ← 10th;
  4. Pluto Jupiter / Deneb Adige / Hekate / Achernar / Ankaa / Homam Neptune R / Cauda / IC
    :: 1st → 8th ← 3rd; || This YOD is "boomerang", a YOD kite, with Saturn / Juno at apex.
  5. Neptune R / Cauda / IC Lilith R / Moon / Mercury R / Sun Vertex / Great Attractor / Chariklo R / Ceres R / Chiron R / Galactic Center
    :: 3rd → 10th ← 5th.

Next note that while tSaturn opposes the stellium, it also trines PoF (12th) and AC, pointing to the need for practical consideration of what we want to achieve, how we want to present.

The PoF / AC forms one leg of the YOD focused at the Galactic Center / Chiron R / Ceres R / Chariklo R / Great Attractor / Vertex, #3 in our list, orienting on the 5th house. Chiron / Ceres / Chariklo present between the Galactic Center and Galactic Attractor, which is almost exactly conjunct the Vx ⇒ numinous shifts occur in working through deep wounds, caring for and nurturing, all in terms of growth, death and rebirth. That's a useful framing of the creative work, in an of itself, but this focus also serves as leg of another YOD, focused on Lilith R / Moon / Mercury R / Sun in the 10th. tPluto is now trine Lilith R, engaging the stellium in a transformative process consonant with our 1st-house-Pluto theme, work directly related to inner growth.

The 10th-house focus forms a leg of the next YOD, directed to Neptune R / Cauda / IC in the 3rd, dealing with communication. Neptune is the esoteric ruler of Cancer and the 1st house, tenanted by Pluto. The overall significance of this focus is transcendence of the intellect, rising above it, opening to an inspired or channeled communication.

This 3rd-house focus reinforces the 10th and directs to the 8th, where we find Jupiter / Deneb Adige / Hekate / Achernar / Ankaa / Homam; the trinal dynamic (shown in gold in the sidereal chart) is engaged from here, emphasizing the PoF / AC concentration now in trine with tSaturn.

The 8th-house Jupiter / Deneb Adige / Hekate / Achernar / Ankaa / Homam focus is revelatory for many reasons. Deneb Adige is within minutes of Jupiter; though it does not figure in the paran analysis3,4 employed by Brady, who applies the original methodologies of ancient predecessors in this context, I find it nonetheless a useful inclusion, setting the stage for interpretation going to mystic and transcendental qualities, the journey to self-awareness.5

In Brady's Book of Fixed Stars (1998:30), Brady writes that "deciding which stars to use is a personal choice", but "the first aim with any fixed star work is to find the most important interactions of the most important stars", clearly a function of the methodology one employs. While interested in the methods she describes, and in other methodologies, traditional or otherwise, I'm much more concerned with the psychoactivity of the identified principals, resonance with those principals and identified dynamics, and my experience of the process.

Jupiter, 8th house → researcher, transformation, life, death, rebirth. Khambalia6 / Pallas Athene7,8 in the 4th,
part of the trinal dynamic with Jupiter: depth research, pattern recognition, specifically in matters of psychological foundation.

Hekate.9,10,11,12 See Nephthys paragraph hereafter.

Achernar:  End of the River

Ankaa:  Phoenix.

Homam:  Pegasus.

This 8th-house complement is opposed to Saturn in the 2nd, which squares the 5th- and 11th-house complements as well. That brings us to Cursa in Gemini. Where Achernar is the end, Cursa is the beginning of the river. Currents of fate, fluctuating rhythms.13

A second version of the sidereal radix spotlights these various dynamics at right, including the Grand Sextile14 (hexagram, 6-pointed star, Sat-kona (Shatkona), 'Star of Goloka', 'Star of David'), which is not formed exclusively from the 7 traditional planets. In this case we find Venus, Pluto, Neptune R and Chiron R, plus fixed stars and asteroids — all in earth-water signs. Claire Martin believes that because the pattern formed exclusively by planets is "inherently joyful, gracious and immensely talented [...] either given to us in its entirety in the form of six planets in sextile to each other, or not at all".15 Again, I'm not looking for self-definition here, but an interpretive matrix that goes to thematic overview of
the current transition.

Hindus, Jains, Tantrics, Smartas, Mayavadis, Saktas, Saivaites and Buddhist sects in India, Nepal, China, Tibet, Sri Lanka and other countries in Asia use and have used the symbol of Sat-kona throughout the ages.

The Grand Sextile matrix is better correlated with Anahata, the Heart Chakra, in this instance.

Anahata chakra, the heart chakra, is the seat of balance within the body. There is no longer any concern with attachments to worldly pleasures, honors or humiliations.

Anahata chakra has twelve vermillion petals. The Yantra in the centre of the chakra is composed of two overlapping, intersecting triangles. One triangle, facing upward symbolizes Shiva, the male principle. The other triangle, facing downward, symbolizes Shakti, the female principle. A balance is attained when these two forces are joined in harmony.

Anahata is considered the seat of the Jivatman, and Parashakti. In the Upanishads, this is described as being like a tiny flame that resided inside the heart. Anahata is so called because it is in this place that sages hear that sound (Anahata – Shabda) which comes without the striking of any two things together."16 It is associated with the element of air, the sense of touch, and with actions of the hands.

Anahata is associated with the ability to make decisions outside of the realm of karma. In Manipura and below, man is bound by the laws of karma, and the fate he has in store for him. In Anahata, one is making decisions, 'following your heart', based upon one's higher self, and not from the unfulfilled emotions and desires of lower nature. As such, it is known as the heart chakra.17, 18, 19

It is also associated with love and compassion, charity to others, and forms of psychic healing.

The heart chakra is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It symbolizes the two polarities of body and spirit as interpenetrating in perfect balance. The upward pointing triangle symbolizes matter rising into spirit. The downward triangle (similar to the ancient female symbol for birth) represents spirit descending into manifestation. To fully open the heart chakra we need to bring into balance the various aspects of our existence, such as male and female, light and shadow, mind and body, practicality and spirituality.

Here's an interesting and rather arresting read entitled Kinds of Kundalini Risings, from Pantanjali Kundalini Yoga-Care, USA and India.

Returning to the chart and in conclusion of this entry, let's look at the connections from Saturn and the stellium to Nephthys, and from Nephthys to Hekate.

Saturn in the 2nd serves as apex in the YOD kite to Hekate in the 8th, and we might say that the entire grand cross thus goes to development of values and personal resources in respect of transformation and transcendence. Note that Saturn engages 6th-house Nephthys17 by trine, as well as the stellium in the 10th; I think this clearly goes to our work in the "place between worlds", Rhetorius' description of the 6th.20

Nephthys affords the Pharaoh the power to see "that which is hidden by moonlight", so she is linked with the invisible, with magic and divination as well as nurturance, childbirth, nursing, as well as the dead, death, decay, and stagnation.21  She is in these respects related to Hekate, "perhaps the most complex divinity in Greek mythology, mainly because she represented a blending of a very ancient worship with one practiced in much later times, indeed historical times".22

Integrating the deep past and present... Changing shape, transitioning.

Not fond of any image I've seen of Hekate or Nephthys, I rather prefer the painting of Vajrayoginī, at right.

And remembering the Five Dhyani Families...

Qualities of Buddha, represented by the Five Dhyani Buddhas of Vajrayana Buddhism,
also known as the Five Wisdom Tathāgatas, the Five Great Buddhas and the Five Jinas.

Table adapted from Five Dhyani Buddhas, Wikipedia.
More elaborate version presented in this study, 13-22 February 2014.

→ Colour
→ Symbolism
→ Cardinality
→ Attachments
→ Maladaptation to Stress
→ blue
scepter, vajra
→ aggression
→ gold/yellow
→ feeling
enrich, increase
→ pride, greed
→ white
→ center
all accommodating, emptiness
Teaching the Dharma
→ Turning the Wheel of Dharma
→ ignorance
→ red
→ perception
magnetize, subjugate
→ selfishness
→ green
air, wind
double vajra
all accomplishing
→ mental formation, concept
protect, destroy
→ envy, jealousy