The Aries Point, Isis-Transpluto, incident themes, archetypes, patterns and implications.
4-12 July 2014
Using the astrological chart as a cognitive map for introspective interaction and analysis.
I treat of astrology as a cognitive map applied to intrapsychic organization and process. Any schema used for introspective study becomes a cognitive map
to the extent that it serves in representation of intrapersonal experience, and its efficacy as a tool of insight is dramatically enhanced if working with it engages internal response, resonance and reaction. I am
inwardly guided in my use of astrology and other schemata along these lines, personality typologies, for example, Tarot, Enneagram, etc., meaning that in the process I experience an immanent presence and companion
voices with whom I work in gestalt. The work is both mediumistic in that sense, and analytic. Rules are adapted to meet the interests of the study.
In this analysis we consider the "Aries Point", a node representing the vernal equinox in the tropical chart and linked with 0°
in each of the four cardinal signs; we identify planets and midpoint conjunctions to evaluate movement from inner qualities to outer manifestation. The sidereal is used in preference to the tropical chart in this case, because
the former better reflects current experience in general, and to matters symbolically related to Saturn in particular, though the tropical is always assessed in contrast.
The study worksheet includes a great many variables, planets, asteroids, Arabic Parts, hypotheticals, positions and points, and the aspect relationships represent dynamics of different depth and dimension, only some of which
will be described here. I will present a brief overview of the main findings, then explore the importance of Isis-Transpluto as focal point in a work-through dynamic that includes the nodal and MC/IC squares with Uranus in
the 12th going to my work and circumstances of solitude. Some of this is shadow material, of special interest from my perspective.
- Ishtar, CoAC, PoF and AC at 90, Orpheus and DC 270; multiple midpoint conjunctions.
- Sedna and Admetos at 0, with two MPs; nothing at 180.
- Isis-Transpluto (I-T) is a work-through for lunar nodal and MC/IC axes, which square the EqAC and Uranus,
which is undecile (32°25'52", waning) I-T.
- I-T is biquintile Anubis and forms a YOD with IC and Ketu, Jupiter as focus, opposed by Saturn, which is inconjunct Venus.
- I-T is quintile Mercury R, Sun, Moon; septile Amun; quintile Neptune R; square Arta/Pallas; biseptile Part of Identity (AC + Saturn - Moon)
and Zubeneschamali (undecile Chiron R, 32°27'); trine PoAC;
sesquisquare Chiron R; quadronovile Nephthys.
"Orientation" and "Calling"
Practitioners apply different approaches in the assessment of a chart. Astromarkt presents an approach to initial assessment that
involves identification of the first slow-mover to rise before the sun, referring to it as the
planet of orientation.
I usually look at the "Scout" or "Guiding Planet", first body rising before (clockwise from) the Sun, as indicator of "orientation", first engagement and measure of experience, an agency equipt with special skills, a
guiding principle,1 or as Anita Kuno conceives it, majordomo to the solar
This is Mercury R, in my case, Almuten Figuris in the sidereal radix, Amatyakaraka and Mahakala. The present Karaka Mahadasa is also AmK Mercury [ Antardasa Moon, going to Saturn in early August; Chaldean Alfidaria period is
Mercury, sub is Moon, going to Saturn at the end of March 2015; Persian is Mars, sub Sun, going to Venus in May 2015].
The first slow-mover risen before the Sun is Jupiter in the 8th, Aquarius (Trop: 9th, Pisces).
In the chart above, note that Jupiter is focus of a YOD kite with Neptune R, Isis-Transpluto, and midpoint Ketu/Isis-Transpluto at apex, proximal Saturn; Jupiter is also conjunct Anubis and Hekate.
Nakshatra of Jupiter is the 24th, Shatabhisha,
meaning "the hundred physicians" or "hundred healers". Shatabhisha has the power of healing (bheshaja shakti). The deity is Varuna, God of the cosmic waters, a powerful, mystical healer, lord of maya
(illusion), with magical healing abilities. The primary motivation is dharma, or right activity.
"Shatabhishak brings about a healing crisis leading to revitalization", Harness writes.
Meditation is essential, and there's a strong need for solitude, seclusion.
As defined by Astromarkt "the most important prominent planet" is "the planet without major aspects like conjunct, sextile, trine, square and opposition within 5 degrees of orb or
within sign [t]hat planet is 'calling!' (drawing our attention and working at any possible level)". If I reduce orbs to meet these criteria, Saturn presents as my planet of "calling".
I have to flip to tropical locus here but, in the Sabians, Saturn's degree (13 Virgo) is: "A strong hand supplanting political hysteria" (M.E. Jones 1969:312). One of those powerful
phrases that stick with you.
The keyword is POWER. When positive, the degree is consistent effectiveness in dramatizing personal potentials, and when negative, loss of all opportunity by timid action.
The interpretation, though sensible, is rather less resonant than my experience of the Saturn agency, which brings order, calm and insight in emotional upheaval and cognitive dissonance
relative to psychic sensitivity and issues of boundary, problems of identity. Here I am reminded of an admonition from psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut,
developer of Self Psychology, who wrote, if memory serves, that empathy, uninformed by analysis, is useless. He described the nuclear, virtual, cohesive, and grandiose self
constructs I found very useful in my understanding of the Saturn function.
The Analysis of the Self: A Systematic Approach to the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorders.
Heinz Kohut. (1971) University Of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (1 October 2009:384pp.) This book is a difficult read but it's seminal work, passionate and masterful, filled with insight.
Cancer and Leo are the "detriment" of Saturn, and Aries is the "fall".
Robert Hand writes of inverted dignities and how we address debility:
The idea is quite simple. Detriment and fall do not really weaken a planet. It is more our problem. We are more creative with these planets when we are being conscious beings and less creative when we are less
conscious. The planet in fact is actually dignified. It is ourselves that create the debility. This leads to a simple idea. Is there some way in which we can change our orientation so that "weaknesses" become
Saturn is of pivotal importance with respect to intrapsychic organization and stability, identity. It is trine Mercury R and Moon, and multiple squares among the planets and points in the 5th house, Scorpio.
In detriment, Saturn may seem stuck in the head, unable to flow from the heart, experience anxiety, lack of confidence, self-doubt, self-disparagement, feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness, avoid the spotlight,
exhibit compensatory grandiosity.3 But the psychodynamic here goes to building egoic ground and stability in an effort to achieve self-mastery, communicating with and effecting harmony among inner principals, bringing knowledge to light.
Lest that sound inflationary, let me add that this process isn't about securing fame and fortune in the outer world; it is focused on the ego-Self relation and the gestalt of principals. Saturn is almost
exactly conjunct Pluto/Poseidon, going to transformation and enlightenment, providing peace and stability in the drive to harmonization and identification of the "true path", Arta, as I'll show in a moment. Confidence and
creative expression is predicated of internally experienced unicity among diverse principals.
Kronos (Greek: Κρόνος [krónos], also Cronus or Cronos), found between Mercury R and Sun, is tridecile
Saturn in Leo tridecile (108°) is an aspect indicating order and structure. The very old Italian god Saturn was conflated with Kronos, who was said to have come to Italy when Zeus threw him from Olympus.
He founded Saturnia, a village where Rome would become, and was welcomed there by Janus, and even older god who had also come from Greece. So began the Golden Age as Saturn continued the work begun by Janus
with the aborigines in building civilization, giving laws and ruling in peace, teaching cultivation, viticulture, founding five Saturnian towns.4 He was also associated with the Underworld, and as Dis Pater, Roman
equivalent of Pluto (Greek: Πλούτων, Ploutōn), god of hidden wealth.5,6
In Uranian astrology, Kronos represents protection and the capacity to bring about change, with physical manifestation; "authority with the blessing of the
Creator".7 "Superiority: the highest quality attainable; the ultimate in
authority; standard of excellence; undisputed expert", according to
But I construe this as an organizing and stabilizing force that both sustains egoic activity and permits of evolution, which is the continuous inner work in a gestalt of principals under aegis of Self, the immanent authority.
My work as the functional ego is harmonization among and representation of multiple intrapsychic principals, a task indicated by the Venus focus in the Saturn - Pallas + Arta YOD (described below), in which
Venus is also novile Kronos, and Kronos, tridecile Saturn. Kronos is just inside the 11th house of network and community, where we also find Amun, the "hidden", in all neteru (nature spirits/deities), the inner
presences with whom I commune in gestalt.
Part of Fortune, Ishtar, Mars/Kronos, CoAC, and Sun/Mars are all closely conjunct the 1st degree of Cancer, second point in the AP foursome. The AC and Isis are also proximal, just outside the tighter 2° orb. According to
Kim Falconer, this second point deals with movement from the subjective, into the world; it involves Feeling, the expression of love and
nurture ... traditional Cancerian themes. But I am inclined to interpret this movement more in terms of self-acceptance, as in the Chiron myth interpreted by Melanie Reinhart and applied by Michael Kearney MD in hospice work,
such that in the Underworld, Chiron began to discern movement in the darkness, shades he recognized as dissociated aspects of himself, which he then embraced and accepted. There is much activity in the 12th,
including the conjunction of Uranus, EqAC, Osiris and Sirius. In addition to the Chironic theme just mentioned, we might also consider this complement as indicative of the bridge between the unconscious and conscious,
even as Munkasey describes the EqAC. We have a descent into and return from the Underworld, as with
Inanna/Ishtar, reception of non-sensory awareness (CoAC), and the drive to unite with higher
authority (Sun/Mars → Atmakaraka = Sun; Chara Atmakaraka = Mars). In Shadbala, Bhava Bala, the 12th House is second-strongest; the strongest is locus of Neptune R and
Ketu, the 3rd.
There are six YODs (lime green) in the chart. The number of YODs may increase, of course, with the number of variables we add to the chart, but given those variables we've selected, what proves interesting are
the six foci/loci, each focus and its house and sign. We have Venus in the 9th, Pisces; Hekate and Jupiter in the 8th, Aquarius; Nephthys in the 6th, Sagittarius; Neptune in the 3rd, Virgo; and Pluto in the 1st, Cancer.
Rulerships are also significant, as are the signs in which the ruling planets are found.
The primary YOD features Jupiter as focus, our planet of orientation. It's a YOD kite, highlighted, with Ketu/Transpluto at apex, Isis-Transpluto (Sun/Neptune) and Ketu + Poseidon as the feet.
The Isis-Transpluto (Sun/Neptune) foot goes to boundary dissolution and psychic openness; and Ketu: "moksha karaka significator for spiritual realisation"; and
Poseidon: "[s]pirituality, truth, ideation, enlightenment, illumination. Wisdom and culture ..." And the Jupiter focus, 8th house Aquarius?
Multiple sources of hidden wealth; many identity transformations; much knowledge of occult process;8 compassion for all peoples based in the philosophical understanding
of interconnectedness9 because that interconnectedness is experienced among multiple principals in personal identity.
Saturn and Pallas + Arta10,11
focused on Venus in the 9th, Pisces, conjunct MC, Rahu, Eris, and Vesta. This goes to the realization
of harmony in gestalt and the transpersonal, predicated on genuine psychospiritual insight and rejection of what doesn't work. That effort requires the discipline and high-level analysis of Saturn and Pallas
with attention to Arta, the "path of truth", the Way.
A key finding in this exercise is the dynamic represented by Isis-Transpluto to the nodal and MC/IC axes, which are square Uranus, which parallels Pluto and is undecile
Isis-Transpluto. This is clearly a work-through dynamic, interpretable as a constructive approach to the breaks with authority and tradition so common in my life.
Lynn Koiner presents a detailed interpretation of Transpluto on the basis of her research I've
referenced her work in a previous study of Vulcan and Transpluto-Isis. I appreciate the psychoanalytic
thrust of Koiner's approach, and I have benefited from considering again the narcissistic issues implicit in her argument, but I think there remains too little evidence to support the psychodynamic generalizations and
conclusions as to psychospiritual significance she asserts as definitive and broadly applicable.
Employing a novel methodology, Koiner reports reviewing a large number of charts from individuals born in the 1950s, those born with Sun closely conjunct Transpluto; she also examined Moon-Transpluto aspects.
Then, rather than interview the individual with Transpluto rising, she chose to interview the individual's closest friends instead, because she "felt [they] would be more objective". She adds that,
"[i]n every case, the friend described their Transplutonian friend as 'critical, analytical, fastidious and very much a perfectionist'"; other descriptions included "an eye for detail and very self-critical
She posits a developmental explanation, beginning with narcissistic assault on the developing child exposed to excessive criticism and withholding of approval, a paternal figure making punitive demands,
and egoic incorporation of exacting standards subsequently used to evaluate self and others. Self-criticism can be used constructively, motivating an individual to continuously improve,
strive for excellence. Any expression of approval from a demanding parent carries over as a pattern for finding contentment in adulthood. The more such experiences of approval, the better. But internalized
perfectionism can also be used destructively, deny contentment, generate self-recrimination, low self-esteem, irresponsibility, procrastination, avoidance, sense of doom and self-affirming failure, confirming the parent's
verdict and such extremes are common, says Koiner, "when the individual never experienced any approval from the perfectionist parent".
The framing of this developmental sequence is facile. It presumes narcissistic supplies are not elsewhere derived, that the child is otherwise without supportive resource, and that factors in the evolving
personality do not protect or meliorate in a different manner. With respect to astrological analysis, it fails to consider other factors in the chart which bear on, or pattern dynamics which might otherwise account
for such developments. Koiner builds a large structure on a small foundation.
The Personality Keywords for Transpluto are: The Perfectionist/Perfectionism, Self-sufficiency, The Reformer Complex, and Alienation.
The House position of Transpluto shows where perfectionist demands were placed upon us as a child and where we place perfectionist demands upon ourselves as adults. According to Karen Horney, M.D., a perfectionist
is one who fears criticism. If the person is perfect and always right, there will be no vulnerable areas for criticism to find a foothold. Perfectionism and its resulting fear of failure and disapproval invariably
lead to the next quality, self-sufficiency.
Self-sufficiency is the Transplutonian ideal. Perfection is not a practical ideal since it is impossible to achieve. Self-sufficiency is always possible. The House position of Transpluto shows where we psychologically
need to be self-sufficient. [...]
This is an elaborated work-through for perfectionism, or perhaps
compensatory narcissistic personality, and
Ennea-type 3, especially as described by
Riso (1987:77ff.) more on Riso and the Enneagram, below.
While Koiner believes Transpluto rules Virgo, a sign that's
perfectionistic by nature, she presents rather different themes in
Notes on Transpluto, where she tells us that
[t]he life lesson associated with Transpluto is learning wholeness and integration in your relationships with others. The concept of wholeness and integration is doing something, fighting for something, because it is
correct for the WHOLE, not any specific individual or the self. With a sense of integrity, it is the correct thing to do in a wholistic sense. Others cannot make you whole. You need to do this yourself. You CAN provide
wholeness and integration for others and this process can assist you in becoming whole. [...] Transpluto represents a long process of achieving wholeness and integration ― becoming what we want and need to be regardless
of what others think. [...]
Valerie Vaughn, on the other hand, argues that Transpluto better correlates with Libra and the Persephone archetype; her book,
Persephone is Transpluto, was published in 1995.
[...] Persephone lives in two worlds. She walks along borders, and she mediates between two sides: the living, conscious world (the earth, Virgo, ruled by her mother Ceres) and the world of death and the subconscious
(represented by Scorpio and ruled by her husband Pluto). Within Persephone's story and her relationship with Pluto are questions about the balance of masculine and feminine forces. Persephone's partnership with Pluto
tells of the possibility of the re-definition of relationship as co-independence through the development of more conscious ways of partnering.
We recognize in all of this the characteristic themes of Libra, sign of balance and relationship. Ceres rules Virgo, Pluto rules Scorpio, and the borderline between these two signs is Libra! We also have evidence that
the ancient Greeks held a major festival honoring Persephone, called the Eleusinian Mysteries, and that it was celebrated when the Sun was in Libra. Putting all of this together, we suspect that Persephone-Transpluto
may be the new planet on the horizon [...] Libra is the sign that divides the year into beginning and end. It rules the seventh house, the descendant and the western horizon. The reality is that the year, or a chart,
or even Life itself is essentially whole. It is functional to divide the year or the chart or our lives into sections or seasons, but these are all whole to start with. Where we can get confused is if we assume that
divided means separated. We must look beyond the modern Western tendency to define division as the creation of something separate and opposing, an approach that denies the experience of life as unified and whole. One
of the most highly exalted polarities in the world today is the separation into masculine mind and feminine feelings. [...]
Both writers are dealing with Transpluto, Planet X, a hypothetical, yet write with confidence and apparent authority,
particularly Koiner. The framing serves a purpose personally relevant for both authors, and each message may in fact prove beneficial to untold others. Though I might disagree, I am not critical of the
effort; after all, I am writing to my own purpose in this exercise, formulating structures as I go.
Here's a (2009) summary of astrological idea and opinion regarding Transpluto, from Dr. Gene F. Collins Jr.:
Transpluto is a hypothetical planet X, believed to orbit the sun beyond the orbit of Pluto. Transpluto [...] takes approximately 676 years to get completely around the zodiac [...]
Some astrologers believe that Transpluto should be named Persephone [as whom] Transpluto may signify an area of life that swings back and forth between restrictions and confinement to freedom and release. This Transpluto
defines an area of life in which one goes from periods of fertility and creativity followed by periods of futility and stagnation. Other astrologers believe that that Transpluto is the Greek god Bacchus, the god of wine
and fertility. As Bacchus, Transpluto points to an area of life where feelings of ecstasy can lead to higher states of consciousness. This Transpluto points to an area in which over-stimulation leads [to] pleasurable or
enjoyable feelings. [...] Transpluto is the higher octave of Pluto, which is the higher octave of Mars. [...] Transpluto does seem to signify fertility, possessiveness, and rebirth. It may also identify an area of life
in which someone has been severely criticized by a parent during childhood [resulting in] a complex of defense mechanisms including perfectionism, self-sufficiency, rebellion, and alienation. As Transpluto transits or
moves through the zodiac, it points to where sudden, chaotic, and sometimes violent energies are released. In the natal chart [it] may indicate an area of pastlife trauma that the individual experiences in terms of extremely
polarized attitudes. [...]
Such definitive statements, such far-reaching conclusions regarding the significance of something that does not exist. But then, how is that different from many variables in astrology? To the extent that
I'm working with a cognitive map, it matters only where I have too few descriptors of resonance to inform the Isis-Transpluto construct. In the absence of those descriptors, gathered together in some semblance
of archetype or "constellation", a configuration or organized field, I can't use it.
Although I do not find the resonance I seek in any of these approaches to Isis-Transpluto, I can accommodate each of them. I spent more time on Koiner's work because, though unwilling to make claims so global
as she has done, preferring instead to emphasize idiosyncratic explication, I was nonetheless deeply affected by review of narcissistic deficit and compensation, so very much matters I have had to work through in my
studies. These are shadow aspects, true, but they are much better assessed via other avenues in the chart. Don Richard Riso presented analyses of each Ennea-type in
Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery, his first book on the subject (1987), in which he delivered an uncompromising examination of what he termed healthy, average, and unhealthy manifestations, a scale of development for
each ennea-type ( the many books that followed, written in collaboration with Rick Hudson, have been much more tempered). In the early 90s, on flipping open the book and reading through Ennea-type 3, I felt truly
disturbed I hadn't anticipated the irruption of narcissistic shadow material and compensatory mechanisms I confronted and owned, needed to work through, including the negative themes described by Koiner. I continued
to study the schema, came to recognize my pattern or script in Ennea-types 4 and 5, but then, as I internalized the system, I saw myself as containing
all nine types, even as I worked with many internal voices, many principals in gestalt.
Was Isis-Transpluto involved in that experience? It doesn't seem so, and I won't spend the time to build a case, one way or the other. As already said,
I've worked with Isis-Transpluto recently, though not in this detail. At issue now is reemergence of the concept, first in meditation
and as a point of significance in this study. What do we make of it?
The locus of Isis-Transpluto in the worksheet above is significant because it adds an outlet for the conceptual freeze I've experienced with respect to the Uranus squares to the nodes and MC/IX axis; Uranus is waning undecile
Isis-Transpluto, which is sextile Ketu and IC, trine Rahu and MC. My sense of the significance suggests transformation beyond previously considered transformation. Isis-Transpluto is closely conjunct the Sun/Neptune
midpoint (0°9'52"). Again, that goes to boundary dissolution and psychic openness and capacity to respond to new dimensions. A dramatically larger solar system, for example.
Consider the name itself:
Before launching into this, let's note that Pluto has been ruled out as the Planet X of Percival Lowell's hypothesis that an
unidentified body must be perturbing the orbits of outer planets; Pluto was eliminated when various calculation errors were found using new data from Voyager 2. But in 2012, astronomer
Rodney Gomes, at the National Observatory of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro,
calculated that six other Kuiper Belt objects have odd characteristics of orbit. Causation for these apparent eccentricities is not yet known. Perhaps astronomical bodies as yet unidentified are involved.
The term "Planet X" now generally refers to any undiscovered planet in the outer Solar System, and, as indicated in the above video, new data is being acquired and perspectives are changing ever more rapidly.25
So we might begin our assessment with the idea that perceptual and paradigmatic shifts are taking place as new dimensions are revealed.
Regarding the symbolism of the Isis element in this Isis-Transpluto combination, we have Queen of the Gods, a woman of words ("words have power", knowing the secret name controls the essence), affording her immense magical
power in addition to her desire and will to use it. She is transformative agent known chiefly on the basis of core motive, affirmation of life and essence
nurturance, protection, and rightful initiative.
The "trans-" element in our Isis-Pluto binary seems to go to transformation beyond transformation. Across ... beyond ... through ... changing thoroughly. But in what way?
Although we might identify more, three strong midpoints closely conjunct Isis-Transpluto: Sun/Neptune (0°9'52"), Pluto/CoAC (0°24'29"), and Pluto/AC (0°49'17"). These go to boundary
dissolution, psychic openness, integration and construction, initiative → capacity to apperceive and respond to new dimensions. Sun/Neptune can also present as escape, imaginative or otherwise, avoiding the
realities of life as with Sun conjunct Neptune.27
- (Gk. Ἶσις) Isis → ỉs.t or ȝs.t → Ancient pronun. likely "Aset" or "Iset".
A woman who possessed words of power.12 Goddess of immense magical power.13 As mourner, principal deity in rites connected with the dead; as magical healer,
cured the sick and brought the deceased to life; and mother, role model for all women.14 Ideal mother and wife, patroness of nature and magic, magic spells and ritual, esp. protection and healing; protector of the dead; goddess of children.15
Legend of Ra and Isis.16 Osiris myth: resurrection of Osiris, birth of Horus.17
Patron of women, mothers, children, magic, medicine, and the Ritual of Life.18 Sometimes winged, seated on the symbol for gold, depiction also connected with sovereignty of Inner Mastery not contingent upon
station in life, when heart and
spirit are ready to receive.19
- trans "across", "beyond", "through", "changing thoroughly"
- Pluto Reclassified; minor-planet designation, 134340 Pluto;
Binary system (unofficial): Pluto-Charon barycenter not
within either body.20
not Planet X. Five moons: Charon, Nix, Hydra, Kerberos, and Styx.
Underworld; unconscious; death and rebirth; transformation; occultism, hidden sciences, mystery, death, afterlife, power, upheavals impossible to escape, sexual
energy;21,22 psychoanalysis and similar deep therapies; elimination, purification, exposure, intensity, extremes; rules over the
basic conflict between spiritual development and worldly living;23
"[A]rchetype of primordial energy, the universal life force which impels all evolution and transformation. Pluto represents the principle of power itself, of elemental force, of primal libido and aggression, and is
essentially identical to Freud's notion of the id. It is the Dionysian energy of life, the Serpent power, the Kundalini. It compels, empowers, overwhelms, transforms; it destroys and resurrects. Pluto governs the instincts
and the forces of nature. It rules the biological processes of birth, sex, and death, and at its deepest level it involves the mystery of death
and rebirth." 24
Hm. Not the objective.
Let's treat of the binary Pluto-Charon as Pluto and Isis-Persephone (see illustration above), then widen the lens a bit by looking at Pluto equivalents and syncretisms. Let's consider the Gaulic Sucellus; Sylvanus,
in Old Italy; the Roman Dis Pater, from who the Celts claimed descent; Taranis ("the thunderer"), regarded as supreme god of the Celts, equal to Jupiter; from the Irish pantheon of Tuath Dé Danann,
The Dagda, who, like Sucellus and Dis Pater, was considered a father god; and Pluto, even the Etruscan/Cretan/Roman god Vulcan,
and the Greek Hephaistos.28,29,30,31
We might also draw parallel with Saturn here, noting his chthonic nature and early association with the Underworld.32
Sucellus is god of the Underworld and death, primordial ancestor, and a fertility deity, but he is also associated with the sky and is sometimes represented in the posture of the Roman Jupiter
in that context, even as Taranis is syncretised with Jupiter; Sucellus is referred to as the Celtic Hammer God (the name means "the good striker"), holding in his left hand a large long-handled hammer, a tool
or variant thereof that figures prominently among these deities, and as with the Norse/Germanic thunder god Thor/Thunor/Donar, Thor's hammer, associated with thunder, and
But the hammer or mallet, possibly a thunderbolt analog, is a bipolar instrument that could meet out death and disaster at one face or end, or grant life and prosperity at the
In his right hand Sucellus holds an olla, a pot or jar used primarily to cook or store food, in this case ever-full.
The sky/sun/thunder god Taranis (Jupiter) carries a thunderbolt, sometimes wields a hammer, and is also associated with the wheel he carries, a chariot wheel of six or eight spokes; bronze-age versions with four spokes were
associated with the sun-cross.37,38
He was among three Celtic deities to whom bloody sacrifices were made in the 1st century AD.39
I've been painting with a fairly broad brush here, aware that the interpretatio romana introduces distortions as do I on this canvas, but I think the similarities among these deities is fairly evident and I
want to underline the Underworld, life-and-death, death-and-rebirth characteristics, as well as the sky, the Overworld connections, the connection with sky and storm, and with Jupiter in particular.
Caesar says that the Gauls were completely devoted to religion and worshipped Mercury most of all, as inventor of all the arts and ruler of journeys, trade and money (De Bello Gallico 6.16-7) He
adds that they also worshipped Apollo (to drive away diseases), Mars (to control war), Jupiter (to maintain order), and Minerva (to teach skills).40
We're focusing on Isis and Pluto, Isis-Transpluto; we've also associated Isis with Persephone, a combined form, Isis-Persephone, superseding Charon in the Pluto binary → PlutoIsis-Persephone. We've briefly
reviewed connections among several deities going to the Pluto theme of transformation, and we've just noted that according to Caesar, Mercury most of all was worshipped among the Gauls.
In the chart above, note that Isis-transpluto is quintile Mercury, which is almost exactly conjunct Frigg. Wife of Odin and highest-ranking goddess of the
Aesir, similar to, sharing many of the same attributes as,
but different from Freya, of the
Vanir. In his excellent essay on Frigg,
Dan McCoy tells us that
[...] Frigg is depicted as a völva, a Viking Age practitioner of the form of Norse magic known as seidr.
Seidr is concerned with discerning destiny and altering its course by re-weaving part of its web.2 This power could potentially be put to any use
imaginable, and examples that cover virtually the entire range of the human condition can be found in Old Norse literature. In the Old Norse poem Lokasenna, after
Loki slanders Frigg, Freya warns him that Frigg knows the destiny of all beings, implying that she also has the power to alter
them if she so chooses.3 Frigg's weaving activities are likely an allusion to this role as well. Freya owns falcon plumes that she and the other Aesir use for shapeshifting into that bird, and Frigg possesses
her own set of falcon feathers that are used for the same purpose.4
In the Viking Age, the völva was an itinerant seeress and sorceress who traveled from town to town performing commissioned acts of seidr in exchange for lodging, food, and often other forms of compensation as well.
Like other northern Eurasian shamans, her social status was highly ambiguous ― she was by turns exalted, feared, longed for, propitiated, celebrated, and scorned.5
I've added Freya (16°50') to the chart as well, noting her close conjunction with Venus (18°47') and by extension, the entire Pisces complement, 9th House;
Freya is also trine Pluto (19°25' and Isis-Transpluto (12°05).
We've seen that Frigg (29°Ari16') and Mercury R (29°06'), the Amatyakaraka (AmK), are quintile Isis-Transpluto; that aspect suggests uncommon creative
energy and the need to make things happen.41 But in addition, they're within minutes of exact trine with
Mars (29°Leo50'), the Chara Atmakaraka. Mars is almost exactly conjunct Cupido (coo PEE doe)
(29°57'), the hypothetical in Uranian astrology; this conjunction is of special interest, because it's part of a novile
dynamic involving Uranus, the Vertex and Great Attractor (this triangular pattern in the chart is highlighted pale gray): Mars and Cupido binovile Vertex (19°Sco50'07") and Great Attractor
(20°Sco06'23") quadronovile Uranus (9°Gem39') binovile Mars and Cupido. The orbs are very tight. The novile family of aspects deals with transcendence,
mystical force, spiritual growth; they're derived from division of the zodiac by 9, so they're correlated with the Nine Muses and the Ennead.41
According to John Sandbach, as one-ninth of the zodiac, the novile is the aspect that becomes a conjunction in the 9th harmonic chart "the
ninth harmonic shows the future ― what we are headed toward, what we are producing, what we are becoming [...] the goal of our chart."
Now let's get back to the Chara Atmakaraka (AK), Mars, and Cupido. This conjunction "describes someone active in art or art activities", but it is also associated with marriage, partnership, working with others, and
group activity.42 Cupido, the Uranian body, "is associated more with family, marriage, tantra and art", writes C. Marguerite
Hafeman in her essay, The Love Asteroids: Cupido, Amor, Eros and Psyche, and should not be confused
with asteroid Cupido, which "by itself would perhaps be associated with the trials of love associated with the initial enthrallment and acts of seduction performed in order to obtain the love object, not the sexual
act itself". All of the associations she lists for the Uranian Cupido apply, in my case; they are the focus of creative drive (Mars, AK) family, marriage, tantra, and art inwardly directed, in the
gestalt family, 'marriage' with an immanent divinity, tantric psychosexual experience as
- Heide, Eldar. 2006. Spinning Seiðr. In Old Norse Religion in Long-Term Perspectives: Origins, Changes and Interactions. Edited by Anders Andrén, Kristina Jennbert, and
Catharina Raudvere. p.166.
- The Poetic Edda. Lokasenna, verse 29.
- Snorri Sturluson. The Prose Edda. Skáldskaparmál 18-19.
- Price, Neil S. 2002. The Viking Way: Religion and War in Late Iron Age Scandinavia.
male/androgyne/female, and artistic expression.
How does this tie in with Saturn and the analyzing/ordinating dynamics? Saturn (19°Leo25') is quintile Uranus (9°Gem39'), which we know is binovile Mars
(29°Leo50') and Cupido (29°Leo57'), but, apart from the weak conjunction, can anything more be said of Saturn's connection with the AK?
Yes. The Mars/Saturn midpoint (24°Leo37'46") is closely conjunct
Juno (25°Leo37'04") which is also closely conjunct (0°58'26") the
Rahu/Jupiter and (0°32'50") CoAC/Galactic Center midpoints.
These reinforce the conjunction, and give it further definition.
Juno is focus of a kite formation, trine Nephthys, Lilith and Moon, with Hekate at apex (and Hekate is focus of a YOD with Neptune R and Pluto); alternatively, we might see
Lilith as focus of a kite formation, with apex at the Part of Identity, Juno and Nephthys sextile thereto.
Note too that Mars is son of Juno alone (aided by Flora, goddess of flowers and spring 43),
while Vulcan is her son with Jupiter.
An exercise such as this one has, in fact, no real end. Like the painting, it is never finished. But I think we've accomplished what we set out to, viz., work through and shed an outdated paradigm, molt, open
to and expand in new dimensions. Jupiter, focus of the YOD kite based on Isis-Transpluto and Ketu plus Poseidon, apex Ketu/Transpluto, is trine Uranus in the novile dynamic (12th, 2nd, 5th), and trine Pallas and Arta
plus Siva in the 4th.
May the arts blossom, for the benefit of all.