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

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Using Clockwise Houses: The Inner View
Deeper study of egoic transmutation in the first three months, third inception of a 30-year Saturn cycle, age 66y.
Comparative clockwise and anti-clockwise assessment of natal placements and transits using Koch houses in geocentric
sidereal (Dhruva Galactic Center at mid-Mula) and tropical radices.

24 March - 21 April 2016

This study continues work on what we're recognizing as an egoic transmutation in the early stages of a developmentally significant Saturn cycle, the third instance of which began with that planet's transit through tropical Sagittarius, sidereal Scorpio, in January of this year. In the previous study we described this 30-year Saturn cycle and gained a sense of the metamorphic changes in egoic function at each inception, around ages 6, 36, and 66y. Subsequent briefs built upon this theme. It's now been about three months since the start of our recent Saturn cycle study, a time frame consistent with scout planet Mercury's 88-day orbital period and a very familiar cycle of egoic transitions in my experience. Transiting Mercury continues its journey through the clockwise 3rd and, under the driving and consolidating influences of transiting Mars and Saturn in the clockwise 8th, the time has come to select and assess some of these ideas. We're in the Saturn Maha Dasa, Vimsottari (MD, AD, PD) and Ashtottari (AD, PD). The transmutation continues — it's of an order different, more fundamental and of longer duration than our more frequent role-performance or imago-specific egoic transitions — so I can't yet pull it together in overview. At this point we need to get a handle on developments, frame the conceptual shifts and structural issues we can identify. So we'll work with clockwise houses in contrast to anti-clockwise, step by step, and treat of this as descriptive of an inner view. We will reconstrue our astrological cognitive map, as well as recount a dream or two. We'll conclude the study with a description of the shift in psychophilosophical perspective that seems fundamental to the transmutation.

Adjusted birth time: My recorded birth time is 09:09 CST Local, but we also use two additional times — 08:45:47 is Local converted to Solar (-23'13"), and Local plus 23'13" = 09:32:13, which, when converted to Solar gives us Local. The times in this sequence are respectively designated origin, core, and going forward. We use going forward to assess present and future developments of unknown nature and scope, relative to the predicate of core structures, and originating drives and characteristics. Planetary positions remain essentially the same using origin or going forward, and while the angles shift by a few degrees in both cases, the results are closely linked with respect to Lot of Fortune, Ascendant, and Lot of Spirit; e.g., in going forward the Lot of Fortune is the degree of the core Ascendant, which shifts to Spirit. Using all of these times, with tropical charts and sidereals of different ayanamsas, we identify valid Ascendants in Gemini, Cancer, and Leo. All of them fit. Each delivers useful results. What works, what we choose to use, depends on what we're studying. The Ascendant is best conceived as an arc, rather than a point, and the other angles viewed accordingly. In this study we're working with 09:32:13, going forward.

Preliminary Notes...

Concepts from different systems of astrology are freely applied in this study to generate insight and identify intrapsychic realities of resonance.

The two charts presented at right, sidereal and tropical geocentric, show a different balance of elements: EARTH and WATER predominate in the former, EARTH and FIRE in the latter. We'll work chiefly with sid geo, but refer to trop geo at times. The sidereal zodiac (GC at mid-Mula) is used for nakshatras and nakshatra dasas when we reference them in the trop geo chart.

Sidereal singletons include Saturn FIRE, Jupiter Cardinal Sign, and Mars Angular House (clockwise). Tropical singleton is NeptuneR AIR.

In tropical heliocentric, not shown here, the singletons are Pluto FIRE and Saturn Mutable Sign; that's interesting because, as we examine the sidereal chart at right with respect to planets of highest degree, we find Pluto and Saturn (more on this later) as Chara Atmakaraka.

We're using Koch houses, preferred for psychological assessment, so planets and point placements coincide.

Clockwise house placements are indicated by appended number — e.g. Jupiter-5, Venus-3, Rahu-4, Saturn-11. Anticlockwise loci are indicated by appended Roman numeral — e.g. Moon-X, Pluto-I, Mars-III.

We erect a sid geo chart calculated with ayanamsa for Dhruv Galactic Center (GC) in the middle of the Mula nakshatra (after Wilhelm: ayanamsa = 19°19'35" via Astrodienst); this places the GC at 6°50'13" in Mula, ruled by Ketu, and in 3rd pada, the Gemini Navamsa ruled by Mercury.

The Galactic Center (GC-8) is focus of a YOD formation with Sun and Lot of Fortune; it is quintile NeptuneR and biquintile Moon, biseptile Saturn, and square Mars. We might also read it as conjunct ChironR (-6°), which is trine Pluto and Vesta, triseptile Sun, septseminovile AC, inconjunct Moon, and square Mars.

Of several kite formations found in the radix only two are shown in these charts, which emphasize the apical Pluto; faintly illustrated in the trop geo chart is the core
Neptune R, apex.Pluto, wing.CharR/CeresR, wing/Vx/ChironR, wing, cj CeresR. Venus, focus/Vesta kite,
with apical NeptuneR and focal Venus/Vesta, with that axis closely conjunct IC/MC and proximal the Ketu-10,Rahu-4 axes.

While that core kite is crucial in an organizational sense, we read the chart focus as GC, with the (UPhal, Sun/3rdSaturn) Mars square serving to ignite and sustain the drive to moksha through the solar stellium, Fortune, AC, Spirit, Identity and Uranus, which is parallel Atmakaraka (AK) Pluto (Asle, /3rdSaturn) and square the nodes. The work-through point for Rahu and Ketu is Spirit, which goes to Identity, then to GC. The apical AMUN kite focuses on the Chiron complement and engages the GC by extension.


Placement of this axis has always proved problematic. With an anti-clockwise read the most resonant loci are Rahu-IX, Ketu-III. The going forward birth time (see note between the charts) used in this study generally gives us that result, regardless of the system of house division. For origin or core birth times, however, in many systems of division, we get Rahu-X, Ketu-IV — a result that's clearly false on the merits.

Rahu-4, Ketu-10
Reading clockwise now, we find Rahu-4, Ketu-10. This is a much more appropriate rendering: 9th from Rahu is AK Pluto and Spirit in the 12th, ruled by Sunwhich is binovile ; 9th from Ketu is the Polarity Point in the 6th, creative sacrifice.

Sun is everyone's natural Atmakaraka, while the planet of highest degree is Chara Atmakaraka, the movable 'soul significator', usually other than Sun. In my case, in trop geo (sayana), Sun is also the planet of highest degree — see the second chart. The planet of highest degree may be different in a sidereal chart depending on the ayanamsa we choose to use. With Lahiri, for example, AK is Mars; Pushya-paksha: AK Moon; Rohini: AK Mercury. In this case, however, we have AK Saturn. We're not including trans-Saturnians here, but if we do, using GC at mid-Mula, the AK is Pluto. That's not usually done. And the trans-Saturnians are not regarded as personal planets in any case.

But I interpret them differently. AK Pluto makes perfect sense to me, relative to AK Sun. And they're binovile, going to inner knowing and enlightenment.

I appreciate Sam Geppi's take on Rahu-4, Ketu-10.

The Rahu-4 obsession is Inner Peace, and Rahu is restless.
The Ketu-10 withdrawal is from Outer Pressure. Career and assumed outerworld responsibilities may be turned from in preference for inner peace, or in pursuit of inner understanding and stability.

The Mother...
In the final seconds of his fast-paced video Geppi asserts that Rahu-4 needs mothering, but benefits from becoming a parent.

Readily identified in the chart is Moon-3 (Krit, Sun/2ndSaturn) square
AK Pluto-12 (Asle, /3rdSaturn) [kundalini], which suggests that finding inner nurturance becomes the path. Experiencing an immanent presence. Working with and nurturing an inner community, and from that, nurturing others.

From Dennis Harness (op.cit.: 1996:35):

The mystical ninth nakshatra [...] consists of a circle of six stars in the constellation of Hydra, the female water snake. [...] The lunar mansion [of Ashlesha] is symbolized by a coiled snake and its deity is Ahi, the naga or serpent of wisdom. Ashlesha represents the kundalini or serpent fire that is located at the base of the spine. When activated, this energy can bring mystical power, electrifying shakti and spiritual enlightenment. Ashlesha people may have 'snake eyes' that can penetrate to the depths of understanding and explore the seamy caverns of the soul. The serpent is a symbol of divine wisdom, procreation, sexuality, and prosperity as well as danger, trouble, and unexpected attack. In Ashlesha, the serpent energy must be respected and harnessed. It has the power to inflict with poisonous venom (visasleshana shakti). Ashlesha has the ability to paralyze its enemies with its hypnotic gaze. [...]

I chose to include the last two sentences in that except to highlight the egoic inflation that can present here. While there is much in Harness' description that rings true for me, right down to 'snake eyes', identification with the "power to inflict" and "ability to paralyze" is inflationary, delusional. And 'unexpected attack' may well be mounted by another in self-defense against apprehended threat. The focus is spiritual enlightenment.

Both parents were non-communicative. From ages 25-30y (my ages 5-10y) the mother was socially isolated, dutiful but distant, uninvolved, kamic but cold, insensitive, ambitious but trapped, threatening, unpredictable, capable of explosive anger and violence (), with four children including an infant, in a small farm house with a few outbuildings and several acres of forest some distance from neighbors and several miles from town. I have few memories of her, and none are comforting. I don't know where she was born, and never came to know her, or the other members of the family. My descriptors are attempts at reconstruction. AK Neptune in sayana, with AmK (or AK) Sun. Two experiences of utter terror (blackouts) occurred during that period, one with the mother at age 5y, and the with a female nurse in the act of administering ether anesthesia before abdominal surgery at age 8y. Mula? Nirriti? Kali? There were no such connections. Just dissociation. Obliviousness. A turning inward.

There are other memories too. Flying dreams. A swarm of bees. A old blue bicycle. Gypsy, a German Shepherd. And continuous numinosities, everywhere, everything. But also a sense of boundary or barrier, keeping me from becoming these. That gives me pause as I write it. Becoming, in order to be. A desire to communicate. To merge with the unifying presence, and presences, I sensed all around. But not yet an immanent presence — that experience would not occur until after another incident of maternal violence, at age 15y, leading to a profound epiphany in the forest.

Biswarup Tarafder writes that the second pada of Krittika involves creating a motherly and caring environment, that maternal elements are highly expressed here, where Moon is exalted. Mars and Saturn are also exalted, he adds.

(Sun, MercuryR) Moon trine Mars and Saturn affords drive and resiliency, disciplined criticality in the opposed Identity/Pranapada. Moon square AK Pluto results in a need to purify baser desires, to transcend.

Madhusudan presents a series long insightful essays on Rahu/Ketu in the Houses at his Sacred Astrology blog. Several ideas are of interest in the following excerpt from Rahu in 4th House / Ketu in 10th House.

[One with Rahu-4, Ketu-10] must be alone with himself at times to develop his own depth of soul, to dig deep and get to the very roots. Possibly, he would have to learn the role of nurturing, helping another grow, as in helping to sustain life. This person would need to establish a home, to care for it and learn what it takes to do this. There may be a problem in connection with a parent [...]

He comes into the current life with subconscious memories of a past sense of dignity [...] His prior incarnations could have put him in the position of being captain of his own ship, if not the commander of others. [...] In the current life, he goes through experiences which teach him to come down off his skyscraper and make sure of the foundation underneath. [...] The sign which contains the Ketu indicates the ways through which he still overemphasizes his importance. The sign which contains the Rahu shows how he can grow to become in substance so emotionally fulfilled that he no longer has to equate his happiness with his soul memory of prior-life personal esteem. [...]

The person should develop his feminine and maternal energy, and seek to nurture all those in his presence. He should dedicate his life to family, children, relatives, and loved ones. He may do well in healing professions [...] Although career focus is neither psychologically significant nor a main objective of this life, the person is extremely concerned with the well-being of all members of his immediate community. He must do his best to see that everyone has a sense of belonging. [...] The person is on a lifelong journey back to his roots. Spiritually, this means he is very well-advised to engage in meditation, contemplation, and all inner-directed self-development techniques. Also, he gains tremendous benefits from periods of self-imposed seclusion and isolation. [...]

My reality involves the experience of androgeneity, with male and female expressions. Nurturance from immanent presence in evolving egoity and among multiple internally apprehended principals, a personal, intra- and transpersonal reality, a plurality, many as One, a developmental gestalt, an individual and collective expression. That's the 'immediate community', working to common developmental purpose with values of inclusiveness and egality, shared rights and freedoms for the benefit of each and all, the predicate for interpersonal relation, the stage for transcendence. What nurtures within is expressed and extended without. Even in the absence of direct physical contact.

Ketu in Virgo is accompanied by Mars in Virgo → The analyst, the diagnostician, the "'problematizer': one who is motivated to identify and describe the details which frame a problem, in order to establish the working vocabulary that will shape the solution to the problem".

I have not had a 'career' in any sort of traditional sense, so much as performed in or acted out various roles, each of which has involved such 'problematizing'. The need for solitude is very great, and inner work, a priority. Those very analytic tools are of critical value to me in working through problems of inner harmony and peace. I use them in relation to others too, but I remain a 'loner', capable of intense but time-limited connection in context of introspective work; indeed, that's why Pluto-I has always seemed apposite in self-description. Now we're looking at Pluto-12, however, and a reframing of that reality — a discussion continued in House-12, below.

Madhusudan writes that for Ketu-10, 'career' is neither psycho-
logically significant nor a life objective. Ketu-10 (Hast, Moon/2ndVenus)
is not about making a career of the capacity to problematize or nurture — it's not about livelihood or even vocation or calling, on which I was wont to focus for many years in identity studies. Rather, it's about moksha.

L-10 (Mercury) is in bhava-3, with the solar stellium; and L-3 is Venus, which is in bhava-3. The AmK is Venus (traditional) and NeptuneR (trans-Saturnian). NeptuneR-9: L-9 (Mars) is in Bhava-10, and L-10 brings us back to Venus-3, conjunct MC, going to the solar intent, to harmony. The objective (IC : Hast, Moon/4thMoon) conjuncts NeptuneR-9 and Ketu-10. "Communal coexistence and family life" with "a suspicion towards anything that is external". That's a tendency, yes.

But the real scope involves understanding the nature of communal reality and family in more inclusive terms, focusing on intercon-
nectedness and the Whole.

Mars-10 (UPhal, Sun/3rdSaturn, on the other hand, emphasizes drive and achievement, aggressively so, using intellect and analytic skills for philanthropic purpose — this here of the intrapersonally apprehended plurality, then the interpersonal. The links between Mars-10 and Sun/MercuryR/Moon-3 direct the energy to communication. As Hajo Banzhaf and Anna Haebler describe it in Key Words for Astrology (1996):

Sun in the third house: The Eternal Student.
THE CENTRAL THEME OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE SELF is found in studying, communicating, absorbing knowledge and
information and imparting it to others, as well as constantly exploring and learning something new.

POLARITY: Prosaic thought and the kind of newspaper reality valid for just one day in contrast to higher thinking
and the true convictions in the 9th house.

Lot of Identity / Pranapada Lagna present in the 9th, where we also find Pallas and NeptuneR. All of these go to Jupiter-5 via biseptile, trine, and septseminovile respectively. Higher thinking and true convictions. But let's look at ruler and sign for these placements.

Barbara Pijan writes of Rahu in Meena:

Great leap forward via divinatory insights, fantastic ideas, dreams and visions, private environments.
Shamanistic instincts.
Find Professor Guru and know His effects in the radix and navamsha. Rahu will amplify Guru's effects, and also the effects of any other graha occupying Meena. Rahu in Dhanusha or Rahu in Meena is a placement which effectively doubles the length of all Guru periods in the Vimsottari dasha (Except does not double Shani-Guru period). In the total picture, when Rahu resides in a rashi of Guru, the two bhava which are ruled by Professor Guru are very much amplified and expanded. Rahu comes first, setting the climate of ambition and opportunism.

Rahu-4, Venus-3 (closely conjunct MC) and Vesta-3 tenant Pisces. Jupiter-5 tenants Aquarius.

Guru in Kumbha does not provide specific logic (the logic-giver is Budha) however Guru Kumbha grants a compassion for all peoples based in the philosophical understanding of interconnectedness.

Through the Clockwise Houses...

  1. Lot of Fortune conjunct Isis
    (Push, Moon/2ndMercury and AC (Push, Moon/3rdVenus) conjunct Spirit-12 (Push, Moon/4thMars) seeks to connect with the celestial or higher beings.

    Reading Fortune and Uranus in the XIIth proved resonant for many years and still does from a perspective we now seem to be retiring, including emphasis on the significance of Pluto-I. Rudhyar's brief descriptions of Fortune in the Houses in The Lunation Cycle (1967:73-78ff.) is helpful here. Balsamic, born on the same day as and just a few hours before New Moon, Fortune-XII certainly rings true, but Fortune-1 does too, specifically with respect to "the will to fill a need of destiny [...] in the new way indicated by personal evaluation of the problems to be faced" (73). With respect to sign, same in sid and trop, Rudhyar notes that in Cancer "illumination is reached through personal identification with some greater social or spiritual Whole" (81).

    L-1 [Lord of the 1st = Moon] in bhava-3. Not all of Pija's notes on Chandra in bhava-3 apply, but the following are of interest, especially with respect to the intrapsychic community, in relation with immanent presence and principals, 'voices' in gestalt, and to varying degrees, interpersonally as well.

    Bear in mind that Moon is conjunct MercuryR and Sun, square Pluto-12, biquintile NeptuneR-9 and GC-8, trine Mars, novile MC and opposed to Identity.

    * The Messenger *
    Familiar (Chandra) to the audience (3, hearing). Emotionally sensitive to communicative, conversational needs...

    Mentality of Mother-figure. Exceptionally sensitive to interactive communication, conversational reporting... Emotional Chandra is slightly uncomfortable in Mental-messenger Budha's swabhava-3. Soma needs to be sensitive, responsive and emotionally intuitive while Budha prefers a quick-transaction, hyper-logical environment. Typically quite talkative and also an intuitive writer; chatty talking may be an anxiety response in times of emotional stress... Very supportive placement for writer, especially of shorter discourses or in a primarily journalistic, factual reporting style.

    Here in the 1st we also find Osiris (Ardra, Rahu/4thJupiter) sensitivity and compassion, strong desire to help, proximal Uranus-2 (Ardra, Rahu/1stJupiter) curiosity, spirit of exploration.

    In a dream of triple identity I give my name as Osiris, then as Origen... presenting as an aspect of identity indicated by one of the three birth times from which we derive our arc of Ascendants.

    I am calm, thinking clearly, but I am in danger and need to take action, tell the story, work things through. I don't understand what's happening. Haven't a clue. But there are two options. The hitman (reminiscent of a Bruce Willis character, dead serious, sense of humor) is a powerful alpha, an authority who could easily terminate me. The raptorlike pursuers on the streets below are driven to attack, by mindless urges, insatiable hunger, rage, the need to destroy... I prefer to present to the hitman. So I turn around, walk back South along the 10th-floor corridor of this apartment complex in the East hemisphere of the dreamscape.

    The hitman's room is 1006, but he's moved to 1007 because it suits him (I understand that 7 is more self-descriptive than 6 on the 10th), and there he sits in bed, his back to the window at West, working with papers laid out before him on the olive-drab woolen blanket and bright white sheet. A television some distance to his left and North shows a program for which he has some fondness, female characters he likes.

    I enter the unit from the East.

    I am Osiris, I say, knowing I am not the deity or taking theophoric action here (invoking the power and protection of Osiris), but rather, indicating a conceptual syntony, that I am one who dies and is reborn1, continuously 'weighing the heart', evolving, purifying. But this requires clarification, so I add:
    I am Origen, by which I mean: I am the ORIginating GENeration [not Origen of Alexandrian (185—254 CE), the scholar and Christian theologian2].

    Into the darkness within I look to confirm the veracity of my assertions, and ask: Is that correct? Yes, I hear.

    No error, so, I continue. But before I present my story, so that I might hear and be heard, I must pause but not terminate the hitman's television program. I kneel near the set and search for the pause button, adjust my focus (as if my eyes were binoculars) to eliminate blur, scrutinize the many dials and buttons below the screen, read them line by line until, about midway down, looking up, beneath a projecting bank of dials not relevant to my search, I locate a sliding silver control not otherwise not seen. It's something like the dimmer for a light but, instead of progressively increasing or decreasing current, this slide activates other labeled functions as it passes over them, like transit activation in a chart. As I move the slide from West to East on my way to "pause", I key all of the functions in between, not knowing what they are or what they'll affect, and the end result of my 'pause' is unexpected: The program disappears from view but is somehow been 'saved'; the set remains on, and there is no motion or sound accompanying the fuzzy onscreen images that mean nothing to me. The hitman, I am pleased, does not object.

    Now I see another male, a companion whose name I do not know and whom I've not seen to this point, yet he is ego-syntonic, a close familiar. He's shorter than I, compact, seems very strong, has long unkempt blonde hair, wears a heavy, well-insulated coat — I fleetingly glimpse but do not see enough to recognize or describe his face, hands, or any other more personal features.

    My first impression is that he's rather dull, a feral potential, but I infer a deeper intelligence, different from mine. Something yet to be engaged and defined.
    As I turn to my right and look behind I see uncounted heavy coats, different colors and styles, hanging from a ceiling mounted slide-track like that at a drycleaner's. We need to shield the room from intruders, so my companion and I slide the coats, as one might the curtain to screen a hospital bed, to the left and right. He wonders how we'll find our way out, but I reassure him — it won't be difficult. The hitman and I share a smile.

    I begin recounting, tell of chases and threats I've eluded. My memory is eidetic, each incident clear in my mind as I describe it, including the last, in which grayish impersonal humanoid attackers race madly from the South, across an old open-air wooden stage abandoned by the actors, and leap after me in hot pursuit as I turn to flee Northeast.

    My story finished, I hear something outside and rush to the window in time to see four men arrive in a rust-red pickup truck on the street below. We must go. The hitman is standing, fully clothed, holding only his briefcase. Leave everything behind, he directs. Utterly calm as we're about to depart, I comment on how small this living space actually is. END

    Dream goes to the process of egoic transmutation. There's no confrontation with the mindless urges here, if that's what the antagonists actually are. I was calm, unafraid, and yet I had fled the pursuers from the stage. My usual approach is to face the fear, confront the threat. But in these incidents with the pursuers, I did not understand the situation. The incident last recounted involved a stage from which actors had already departed. My deaths and rebirths, speaking here of the Osiris declaration, tend to be of personae, role and identifications and imago incorporations. What do I want? To tell the story, to frame all of this. To understand these unusual events and their significance in this egoic transmutation. Get a grip.

    We have three Ascendants here ― one presenting in Punarvasu and the other two in Pushya nakshatra.

    Osiris / Origen
    → rectified birth time;
    sid geo GC at mid-Mula AC = 2°Cancer27'42.25"
    : Puna, Jupiter/4thMoon
    [AK Saturn/Pluto; Mother Goddess, Aditi].

    According to Dennis Harness:

    The name of this nakshatra consists of two words: punar, which means "repetition", "repeat", or "again", and vasu, meaning "a ray of light", "a gem", or "a jewel". Vasu also translates to mean prosperous or good. The Vasus are eight deities who provide the foundation for cosmic and earthly manifestation. Since Punarvasu is connected with the Twins, Castor and Pollux, the full meaning is "the Two who give back the goods" or "the two who are prosperous or good". Its primary motivation is artha or material prosperity.

    This asterism is called "the star of renewal" and represents
    the purification of self, change of personality,
    and the "return of the light"

    The shadow side of Punarvasu is a tendency to over-intellectualize life experiences [but] this mansion provides the impetus for [...] concretization of the will [...] Punarvasu is a powerful springboard of self-expression, encouraging the development of latent talents... (1996:27ff. Emphasis and link added.)

    → recorded birth time;
    sid geo GC at mid-Mula AC = 6°Cancer57'56"
    : Push, SaturnJupiter/2ndMercury
    [AK Saturn/Pluto; Fortune at 7°06, conjunct
    Isis, AC, Spirit.]

    Harness writes (op.cit.: 1996:31ff.):

    The ruling deity is Brihaspati, the lord of sacred speech and prayer. According to the ancient Vedic texts, Lord Shiva made Brihaspati into the planet Jupiter. Accordingly, Jupiter becomes exalted in Pushya, reflecting intuitive wisdom, good fortune, powerful speech and purification of the psyche. Its power is the ability to create spiritual energy (brahmavarchasa shakti). All forms of worship and spiritual practice are emphasized here.

    The ruling planet is Saturn, which brings stability and enables creativity to fructify into entirely new forms. A vibrant tranquility, faith in oneself, and fullness of life can occur due to the interaction of Jupiter and Saturn. Pushya increases our positive efforts and good karma through hard work and discipline. [...] Under the influence of this asterism, the spiritual warrior gets his 'marching orders' and sets his forces into motion. The primary motivation is dharma... (ibid.: 1996:31ff.)

    Number 7 is more self-descriptive than 6 on the 10th: Neptune or Ketu over Venus on social contribution. For the numerology, cf. Jumaani and Sanatan Society.

    Unknown Familiar
    going forward → birth time 09:32:13 used here;
    sid geo GC at mid-Mula AC = 11°Cancer23'43.60"
    : Push, Jupiter/3rdVenus
    [AK Saturn/Pluto; Amk Venus/NeptuneR].
    Harmonic expression.
    Isis at 10°04, conjunct AC, 3rd pada.

    The Unknown Familiar is where we are, who we are, going forward. He is not identifiable in personal terms, and he is insulated, insular perhaps, or selectively so, shielded from distraction, from unwanted influence. He has a purpose, a mission in response to inner imperative.

    In the Sabian Symbols, using 1°Leo, the corresponding trop geo degree for this sid geo AC, we see that M.E. Jones' (1969:270) interpretation for "A case of apoplexy" includes the line: Here is emphasis on the unbroken continuity between being and doing, and between identity and the continual manifestation of itself. Rudhyar's (1974:131-2) reinterpretation includes egoic function:

    The key symbol for Leo depicts a rising of energy from the heart to the head, a "mentalization" process. [...] The realization of atman, the spiritual self, the existence of a formed and steady ego — provided the ego can become a lens of pure crystal focusing the all-pervasive cosmic light of the Brahman without introducing the shadows of pride, possession, and showmanship. [...] The transmutation of "life" into "mind" is a difficult process.

    Summary views...
    Program of reruns and reviews held in abeyance, not relevant now. Many systems affected, more than immediately knowable. Base function established (Osiris/Origen) as purification of self and personality transformation. Eidetic and intra-audient capabilities. Change is continuous and dynamic. Serious, but calm. Previous self-concept and outlook too small. Moving on...

    In a subsequent dream, these three ACs were presented as three different hues of yellow paint, each having been extensively used in the past and available to me now, on sale on a table among many in this warehouse-like art supply store. Another figure was present, offering me the option to choose and from whom, I presumed, I would buy the paint. He kept his distance as I examined each hue. I knew I couldn't afford them new, the litre-sized jars, but I could buy them in this amount, with much already used. But could I afford all three? And if only one, which of the three yellow hues should I choose? I leaned toward one something like #ffcc00, with 255 as the red value.

    To wit:
    I buy the idea of three ACs, because it's already familiar to me, tested, used, approved. The sliding-scale AC: Gemini-Cancer-Leo.
    Why yellow hues? The paler were of less appeal. Something of a preference for #ffcc00. Associations include: Sun, Leo; Muladhara, Saturn, Uranus, Ratnasambhava, the jewel, South; Pluto, Mars for the reddish tint, Amituofo (Amitabha), Manipura, West. Nothing much beyond that. Apart from noticing an increased desire to paint...

  2. Uranus-2 in Gemini (breaking habitual patterns of thought; restlessness; developing new concepts) — square Rahu-4 and Ketu-10 — makes much more sense with respect to life experience. Some interpret squares to the Nodes as descriptive of a 'skipped step' in the evolutionary progression of the soul, a perspective I find of little use in the absence of 'soul'. We're not dealing with an immortal soul but with matters of identity and action from the perspective of an evolving egoic function in relation with immanent presence and multiple principals in a developmental gestalt. The transmutation we're studying appears to involve a reconfiguration of that predicate.

    Clearly, we can create any number of interpretations using variations of these charts. We weigh placements in terms of resonance, and we can test by way of transit-event correlations, but we're not dealing with absolutes so much as guided searches bearing fruit in answer to specific questions. The predicate bears strongly on what we find, but deeper urgings may alter that predicate in the process of discovery, modifying ideoemotional attachments as we work with the cognitive map.

    Uranus-XII (the anti-clockwise read) suggests a keen interest in the unconscious, and square to Rahu-IX, Ketu-III may make pursuit of this interest something of a neurotic exercise, as might Rahu-X, Ketu-IV with respect to career and home. More than nolo contendere, I can affirm that. But we identify work-throughs in the chart, dynamics which make productive sense of the Rahu/Ketu energies with respect to psychospiritual development.

    Examples of work-through dynamics for Uranus square Nodes...
    Uranus square Nodes, example work-throughs.

    I read Uranus as a 'higher octave' of both Saturn and Mercury, breaking free of structural and ideological limitation. It is not limited by Nodal imperatives but puts them in perspective by disengagement to a developmental purpose, a unifying work-through point or dynamic pattern. In this case, more relevant than those already identified, the key Nodal work-through becomes the Lot of Spirit (Push, Moon4thMars) — esoteric side of Pushya, seeks connections with celestial beings in the other world — we can make sense of Spirit-I or Spirit-12 (i.e., anti- or clockwise placement), but the latter more accurately describes the transmutation, coming from within, rather than something to be achieved in the sense of 1st House.

    AMUN-2 (Puna, Jupiter/2ndVenus) is important here, and the idea that divinity inheres in all neteru. AMUN is apex of a kite formation focused on CharikloR (plus Vertex, CeresR and ChironR → GC-8) ... transformation of personal to collective values. The collective is experience internally, as plurality in personality, then as transpersonality.

    Among other careers: Astrology; esoteric writers; philosophers; priests; psychologists; monks...

    L-2 [Lord of the 2nd] in bhava-3 = often an excellent explainer, instructor, describer, announcer, reporter, public evangelist who brings the power of 'voice' (2) into the realm of 'message' (3).

  3. In this House we have

    • Sun (Krit, Sun/3rdSaturn)
      humanitarian and altruistic pada ... combines futuristic visions ... stress is on significations of the 10th house such as the collective duty of the individual (as re egoic function in gestalt of multiple principals under aegis of immanent presence) ... pada promotes all types of learning ...

    • Bennu, MercuryR, Moon (Krit, Sun/2ndSaturn)
      this pada has a harmonizing rather than cutting, no-nonsense approach due to Venus (Taurus) influence ... strong sense of ethics ... maternal aspect of Krittika is at its peak ... Moon reaches its maximum exaltation. Communication, empathy, identification. Writing, speaking, hearing, seeing. The Bennu is an ancient Egyptian deity linked with the sun, creation, and rebirth.

    • Lilith (Bhar, Venus/4thMars) [Shakti]
      extreme energy here in every sense ...
      planets work in an uninhibited and primeval manner ...
      can be a very inventive and original ... if explosive energy can be channeled ...
      unquenchable thirst for communication and information ...
      influences writing, archetypal layers, alternative literature
      Lilith-3 is novile Rahu-4, binovile Spirit-12, septseminovile Ketu-10;
      quintile Fortune-1, biquintile ChironR; and trine Saturn-11, Juno-10.
      Focus of YOD: Lilith-3 is inconjunct NeptuneR-9 and Chariklo-8.
      « Pluto-12 squares both Moon-3 and Lilith-3. »

    • PTAH (Bhar, Venus/1stSun)
      self-absorption and creativity ... highly self-centered ... drive and willpower can be used for positive objectives
      PTAH is conjunct the MercuryR/Vesta midpoint (-3'17").

    • Vesta (Reva, Mercury//2ndSaturn
      organized, related to time-based sciences ... e.g. astrology

    • Venus (Reva, Mercury//4thJupiter)

    Among other careers: Psychic mediums, hypnotists; musicians; painters; actors; entertainers; linguists; illusionists, magicians; astrologers...

    This complement in the anti-clockwise read presents in the Xth, and it's never made sense to me there — or rather, given the implications Xth-House placement, and the fact that my life experience runs essentially to the contrary, making sense of it requires rather artful circumambulations. Sun and MercuryR certainly do not belong in the Xth, though I can work with Moon-X and its square with Pluto, given, e.g., my very brief and often problematic stints in traditional work-related endeavors. Venus-3 is traditional Amatyakaraka (AmK) as planet of second-highest degree, but NeptuneR-9 is of higher degree and these two oppose, closely conjunct the MC/IC. We might read Neptune as 'higher harmonic' of Venus, but their influences are combined in the chart: 3/9, 4/10 with the MC/IC (which we read inversely — that is to say, treating the IC as the objective of the MC intent.) NeptuneR and Venus work together here. Both make sense as AmK.

    But the key is Sun, the natural AK, and reading it in the 3rd is most ego-syntonic, resonant. Paraphrasing Alan Oken (1974:115), this manifests as a need for continual self-expression through variation in one's surroundings and social interchange as well as the drive toward exploration of Self through the intellectual processes. Sun-3 is binovile Pluto-12 is trine Vesta/Venus-3. Venus-3 is binovile Uranus-2 and septseminovile Identity-9.

    Sun conjuncts MercuryR (2°55'50") and Moon (4°14'57"), one or both considered combust and construed by some as agitated. There is indeed a sensitivity experienced here, but a great many other factors in the chart make evident that this is geared toward assessment of intrapsychic disharmony and focuses the Mars-10 drive for remediation through the 3rd, and L-3 is Venus-3 (AmK). Moon is Darakaraka (DK), 'spouse'... Sun and Moon go to NeptuneR, and MercuryR goes to Venus.

    Work-throughs for Venus-3 opposition NeptuneR-9 include, e.g., AMUN-2 and CharikloR-8 :: transformation.

    And there's a novile formation focused at NeptuneR (Chit, /1stSun), the trop geo AIR singleton and sid geo trans-Saturnian AmK.

    The first pada falls on the Leo Navamsa which is ruled by the Sun.
    The focus on a lower level is on personal glamor.
    On a higher level, it is on perfection through self-abnegation.

    NeptuneR-9 (139° 48' 22") septseminovile Jupiter-5 binovile (80° 21' 08") Sun-3 sepseminovile (139° 50' 30") NeptuneR-9

  4. Rahu-4 (UBha, Saturn/4thMars [Ahir Budhnya] is the sole tenant in this House, ruled by Jupiter singleton (also Neptune).

    Rahu and Jupiter work closely together here. We cited Pijan, Rahu in Meena at above right, in the Rahu/Ketu inset, but it bears repeating:

    Great leap forward via divinatory insights, fantastic ideas, dreams and visions, private environments.
    Shamanistic instincts
    Find Professor Guru and know His effects in the radix and navamsha. Rahu will amplify Guru's effects, and also the effects of any other graha occupying Meena. Rahu in Dhanusha or Rahu in Meena is a placement which effectively doubles the length of all Guru periods in the Vimsottari dasha [...] when Rahu resides in a rashi of Guru, the two bhava which are ruled by Professor Guru are very much amplified and expanded. Rahu comes first, setting the climate of ambition and opportunism.

    L-4 Guru in Kumbha bhava-5: (psychology →) multiple intelligences [...] the native is a conceptual thinker who easily understands that there are many interconnected relationships between components of a large orderly system [...] optimistic expectation of positive result from philosophical and conceptual science.

    L-4 Neptune(R) in Virgo bhava-9: (psychology →) multiple doctrines, heightened sensitivity and receptivity to mystical experiences, intuition, imagination, empathy, compassion, from beyond but applied to revelation of and practical effect in the worldly, in matters of health and well-being.

      L-9 Mars in Kanya bhava-10: (philosophy, spirituality →) Power of the performative utterance; movement directed to criticize, calculate, analyze, complain, argue, describe, prescribe, medicate, categorize, typologize, measure, account, assess, assign, distribute, enumerate, list, explain.

    See the section on Rahu-4, Ketu-10 at above right.

    Among other careers: Therapists; counselors; shamans; practitioners...

  5. Jupiter-5 (Sata, Rahu/3rdSaturn) [Varuna, mystical healer (bheshaja shakti: power of healing)]. As previously indicated, Rahu intensifies and amplifies the effect of Guru in this case. They're part of a YOD kite: Rahu-4 at apex, wings at Jupiter-5 and PTAH-3, focus at Ketu-10.

    In addition, Jupiter-5 is binovile Sun-3, inconjunct Spirit-12, biseptile Identity-9 and septseminovile NeptuneR-9. It's proximal the Arudha Lagna in Aquarius — the philosophical understanding of interconnectedness (see Pijan).

  6. Ruled by Saturn/Uranus, this house features the Pluto Polarity Point(PBha, Jupiter/2nd), no grahas. It is the focus of a kite formation with Pluto-12 at apex, NeptuneR-9 and AMUN-2 at wings.

    As Dennis Harness writes:

    Purva Bhadrapada reveals a strong urge to be focused upon an ideal or vision for the future. Its natives like to work for universal goals that uplift humanity. Purva Bhadrapada grants a universal view through intense internal purification. [...] (1999:99ff.)

    Intense internal purification...

  7. Here we find Nephthys, Lady of the House, the inner collective (UAsh, Sun/1stJupiter [Ten Vishvavedas4,5].

    Again from Harness:

    Uttara Ashadha represents the completely integrated manifestation of god-like power [...] brings us to the summit of our power, support and recognition, not so much through our personal efforts (which is more the case in Jyeshtha), but with the appropriate alliances and support of all the gods. Its natives are usually very idealistic people with lofty goals and refined virtues. Victory depends on a righteous cause that is beneficial to all. (ibid. 1999:83)

    This goes to the idea of an internal collective, the gestalt of multiple principals under aegis of immanent presence. The functioning of plural personality for the benefit of all. Nephthys-7 and Mars/Juno-10 are wings in the kite formation with Identity-9 at apex and Lilith-3 at focus. Prime motivation is moksha.

  8. The Center of the Milky Way Galaxy, NASA. 6 August 2009.

    Stars at the Galactic Center
    The center of our Milky Way Galaxy is hidden from the prying eyes of optical telescopes by clouds of obscuring dust and gas. But, in this stunning vista, the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared cameras penetrate much of the dust, revealing the stars of the crowded galactic center region. A mosaic of many smaller snapshots, this detailed, false-color image shows older, cool stars in bluish hues. Reddish glowing dust clouds are associated with young, hot stars in stellar nurseries. The galactic center lies some 26,000 light-years away, toward the constellation Sagittarius. At that distance, this picture spans about 900 light-years.

    We've already described this House with respect to YOD and kite foci. There are several additional kite formations in the radix, and as many points of focus, but this House is the matrix of transformation. We read it as the focus of the chart.

    • GC (Mula, Ketu/3rd Mercury) [Nirṛti निरृति, Goddess of Dissolution, of poverty and corruption, one of the dikpāla (Guardians of the directions), representing the southwest.6 Nirrhiti, Nirriti, Goddess of Destruction, who has the power to "ruin, destroy or break things apart (barhana shakti)", aka Alakshmi, takes the form of Kali, Goddess of Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation, and Destruction.]
      Opposed to acquisition of material commodities with planets causing poverty. — Cf. Mula, Pijan.

    • ChironR (Mula,Ketu/1st) [Indra, King of the Gods] {"dragon-slayer"?}
      Associated with all sorts of probes on the material or spiritual plane. Both occult and material, creative spark for arts, medicine men, healers, investigators.

    • Vertex, CeresR (Jye, Mercury/4thJupiter)
      Problems present because prime motivation of Jyeshtha is artha, material prosperity → contrary to core motivation. Creative eccentric.

    • CharikloR (Jye, Mercury/3rdSaturn)
      Guard the underdog, serve causes, protect others, sacrifice to protect; penchant for mysticism in maintaining family values.

    • Identity / Pranapada Lagna (Vish, Jupiter/4thMoon) [Indra, Agni]
      Most single-minded of all the padas of Vishakha, the turmoil in this quarter is on the emotional plane;
      highly volatile, dangerous and transformational.

    • Pallas (Swat, /4thJupiter) [Vayu])
      Adaptable, flexible; go with the flow.

    • NeptuneR (Chit, /1st Sun [ Tvashtar, visible creative power of Viswakarma, the invisible creative power — Ultimate reality. ]
      Perfection through self-abnegation.

    9th Harmonic Chart, Sid Geo, 16 April 2016.

    Amatyakaraka: Neptune, Venus...

    NeptuneR is the planet of second-highest degree if we include the trans-Saturnians, and Venus, if we restrict to the traditional. NeptuneR is also the AIR singleton in Sayana, and it's the handle of a bucket pattern in the 9th harmonic chart, where it opposes Sun/Jupiter in a grand square with the Nodes. In the radix, Neptune is septseminovile Sun, which is binovile Jupiter. In Helio, Neptune is apex of a kite formation with wings at Chiron and Pluto/Isis, focused at PTAH in very late Pisces.

    Venus/NeptuneR is closely conjunct Rahu/Ketu and MC/IC, which, as indicated above at House 3, in clockwise read of Koch, should be conceived inversely to mean solar intent (MC) and objective (IC). NeptuneR-9 strongly influences the 10th and makes fundamental to that House — where we find Mars, which is L-9 and ruler of the 1st pada of Chitra nakshatra where we find NeptuneR — the matter of self-abnegation in whatever we create and whatever we achieve. Chitra breaks down illusions.

    NeptuneR-9, Virgo. L-9 (Jupiter) in bhava-5. Professorial.

  9. Ketu, Mars and Juno tenant the 10th. As discussed earlier, Ketu is the focus of a YOD kite with Rahu-4 apex, PTAH-3 and Jupiter-5 wings. Notwithstanding Ketu (Hast, Moon/2ndVenus) withdrawal from Outer Pressure, there remains a 10th-House implication here with respect to desire achievement: moksha. The ruling planet of Hasta is Moon, and Mercury rules Virgo, so "a strong mental nature resulting in creative intelligence and good speech can occur", writes Harness (op.cit. 1999:51), with "[p]urity of thought and deed" and "the power of self-control".

    The deity of this asterism is Savitar [Savitṛ] the Sun God who imparts creative and transforming energy. Its power is the ability to manifest what we are seeking and place it in our hands (hasta sthapania agama shakti). Savitar is the vivifier who gives life and aids in childbirth. Powerful healing intelligence that can remove ignorance is possible here. Virgo is the traditional sign of the zodiac associated with healing. Hasta promotes the practice of meditation, yoga, and other practical methods of self-development. The primary motivation of Hasta is moksha and the temperament is Deva-like. A flexible chameleon-like quality to change and take on new shapes may be observed. The prowess and strength to withstand confrontation is available...

    Midpoint of Jupiter-5/Ketu-10 = ChironR-8.
    Spirit-12/Ketu-10 = Jupiter-5.
    Saturn-11/Ketu-10 = Mars-10.
    Mars-10/NeptuneR-9 = Ketu-10.

    Mars (UPhal, Sun/3rdSaturn (Strong Mercury influence).

    Many factors must be considered in an interpretation, of course, so it's not surprising that, taken alone, Pijan's assessment of Kuja in Kanya seems off the mark here, especially given that Mars-10 is trine MercuryR-3 and the balance of the stellium. The narrow interpretation provided for Mangala in bhava-10 is also problematic.
    But then, I "problematize", do I not?
    And I know that WORDS HAVE POWER.

    We can read Mars-10 as a striving for recognition, but to the extent that might apply, it does not in the competitive vein described. I prefer not to compete, and if I find myself caught up in a pissing contest I tend quickly to detach, which is, one might argue, a competition of sorts and lessens, of course, the possibility I might lose so, yes, the eschewal may be self-protective. But I also find it a waste of time and energy in most cases, except in competition with myself, meeting internal goals. And I do aggressively pursue what interests me — Mars septile AC, sextile Identity and Fortune, binovile Uranus — focused aggression to understand and transform; creative drive.

    In Sayana (trop geo), Mars is 23°, Sabian 23 = An animal trainer (M.E. Jones, op.cit. 1969:322), or A lion tamer displays his skill and character. (Rudhyar, op.cit. 1974:165), referring to "the need to tame one's vital energies in order to fulfill one's destiny."

  10. Saturn-11 is biseptile GC-8 and sesquiquintile Sun-3. In Sayana, Saturn is 12°35, Sabian 13 = A strong hand supplanting political hysteria (M.E. Jones, op.cit. 1969:312), always a stabilizing influence in anxiety-producing situations, engaging detachment and analytic assessment. Saturn (PPhal, Venus/4thMars) [intense emotions, family life, valor and self-reflection] is also AK (traditional).

    A View of Earth from Saturn, Earth Observatory, NASA, 16 January 2007, Casini.

    A View of Earth from Saturn : Image of the Day — click to enlarge
    This beautiful image of Saturn and its rings [...] is a composite (layered image) made from 165 images taken by the wide-angle camera on the Cassini spacecraft over nearly three hours [15.09.06] by digitally compositing ultraviolet, infrared, and clear-filter images and then adjusting the final image to resemble natural color. [...] On this day, Saturn interceded between the Sun and Cassini, shielding Cassini from the Sun's glare. As the spacecraft lingered in Saturn's shadow, it viewed the planet's rings as never before, revealing previously unknown faint rings and even glimpsing its home world. Seen from more than a billion kilometers (almost a billion miles) away, through the ice and dust particles of Saturn's rings, Earth appears as a tiny, bright dot to the left and slightly behind Saturn.

    Some construe Sun as descriptive of ego, and some treat of Saturn in that capacity. There are other viewpoints, of course. Some regard Saturn as representative of the father and Moon, the mother; many consider multiple factors in description of the parents.

    Sun (as in Ra) goes to my experience of divinity, the natural AK, so I do not construe Sun as ego or the father. I have correlated Saturn with 'ego' in earlier thinking, prior to the idea of an egoic function among multiple principals and of immanent presence in gestalt; and I apprehend it even now in description of the stabilizing or structuralizing aspect of egoic function. In the current study Saturn is AK, the 'soul significator' — whether one accepts the concept of 'soul' or not, Saturn is, as planet of highest degree, construed as orienting to and descriptive of purpose and predicate. We must also think of Pluto in that regard, since it's of higher degree than Saturn.

    Saturn might represent the father in my case, or at least bear on my perception of the paternal. So too Sun, given that Saturn-11 is ruled by Sun-3, sesquiquintile Saturn. Moon and Lilith, both descriptive of the maternal, are trine Juno [Hera], which is conjunct Saturn, so here we have a mergence we may construe as parental — an important apperception in gestalt. Though he was not a communicator, at least with me, I understood only after his death that he had attempted to help me in various ways. Never directly, but, as I see it now, anticipating that I would understand. Alas, I did not. Too much had happened, was happening, and I was very inwardly focused. It was I who did not or could not really communicate with him, except on very rare occasions, and then without words, with tenuous trust. While I know more of his history than my mother's, I really know very little. His father had been an engineer on the railroad, a cold man, a harsh disciplinarian. My Saturn squared my father's, and opposed his Sun; his Mercury squared my Sun/MercuryR/Moon; and his Jupiter was conjunct my MC, Rahu and Venus, probably contributing to my sense of the paternal.

    I find the write-up at Astrology Place quite relevant regarding Saturn-11. The outsider. But my objective is rather different from wanting to belong. Too much time spent in the company of others has always been impeded by problems of self-sense (other-worldliness) and boundary porosity. Socializing is not of real interest unless it's purposive, and even then it's time-limited and comfortable to a point, because I'm always 'working', coping with empathic and audient input, matters of intrapsychic perception and communication. I'm able to connect at depth in counseling situations, and not without social skills in general, but I'm not inclined to pursue interaction. I'm interested in identity, in how people think, what they believe, how they express themselves, the nature of divinity within, the developmental process. And in apprehending transpersonality, interconnectedness, the Whole. I tend to be a loner, with few friends with whom I remain close. I also eschew commitments except of short duration, but am very responsible for those I do undertake — this goes to Uranus-2, quintile Saturn-11 — structural change is abrupt and unpredictable, directly related to inner process: AK Saturn/Pluto.

    So, yes, clockwise Saturn-11 is a better read of self than Saturn-II or -III, the anti-clockwise.

    The question is, has anything changed?
    As transiting Saturn conjuncts the 8th-House complement (just past CharikloR, next to CeresR, Vertex, ChironR, and GC), concurrently moving through successive squares to Saturn-11, Juno-10 and Mars-10, what is unfolding with respect to egoic transmutation? We'll get to that shortly, as we conclude...

  11. Pluto's Incredible Diversity of Surface Reflectivities and Geological Landforms. Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft illustrates the incredible diversity of surface reflectivities and geological landforms on the dwarf planet... This image was taken as New Horizons flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, from a distance of 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers).

    Pluto (Ashl, Mercury/3rd) [Naga, the Serpent King] Kundalini — is the planet of highest degree in the sid geo chart and, in addition to Saturn (of highest degree among the traditional planets including Rahu), we're treating it as AK.

    Pluto-12 is binovile Sun-3, trine Vesta/Venus-3, trine MC, trine ChironR/Vertex/CeresR/CharikloR-8, binovile Pallas-9, and sextile NeptuneR-9. Also to the 3rd, square Lilith and, with broader orb, square Moon. The transformer.

    Among other careers: psychiatrists, psychologists, spirit mediums, hypnotists, psychics... snake charmers...

    [AC + Sun - Moon for AM birth; AC + Moon - Sun for PM]
    Lot of Spirit (Push, Moon/4thMars) is found in the esoteric pada of Pushya, with descriptions such as seeks connection with the celestial or higher beings. Conjunct the AC (Push, Moon/3rdVenus), Spirit is the same distance behind it as the Lot of Fortune is before it: 4° 14' 57" = the arc between Sun and Moon. Lot of Spirit is the key work-through point for the Nodes, which square Uranus-2 and Osiris-1 (God of Transition; God of Resurrection and Regeneration7), disengaging the poles and fragmenting self-concept to the purpose of moving beyond person-ality.

    The Sabian for Spirit is 5 Leo: Rock formations at the edge of a precipice, which Jones (op.cit. 1969:274) construes as a matter of sustaining individuality through acceptance of difficulty and reorientation requiring greater self-discovery, because "[p]ersonality only achieves its stability" on the edge of "the risks it is willing to take". The symbol suggests something about to fall perhaps, or a precarious balance. I don't construe it as indicative or suggestive of "endurance", Jones' keyword. Rudhyar's revision of the image gives boundary where none might have been intended, but reinterpretation (op.cit. 1974:134-5) seems somewhat more apposite...

    Rock formations tower over a deep canyon.
    The structuring power of elemental forces during the long cycle of planetary evolution.
    Dwarfing the time allowed to individual human beings, the vast periods of geological evolution not only awe our imagination, but allow the slow yet magnificent work of elemental forces as they mold landscapes, canyons, rocks, and mountains. This symbol points to our need to acquire a much vaster perspective on what we are able to do [...] works of nature should make us feel humble and help us 'planetarize' our consciousness [...] [t]his symbol [...] seeks to impress us with our vanity as creators of forms and mental achievers [...] it presents a picture of IMPERSONALITY.


    Our effort in gestalt has been to evolve an egoic function in relation with multiple principals of personal and transpersonal agency under aegis of immanent presence. In other terms this might be (and has been) described as elucidation of the ego-Self relation, with the development and evolution of egoic function achieved through introspective exploration and communication with multiple internally apprehended principals, elements of a plural personality, that collective being conceived as a gestalt in which communication and expression are fostered on the basis of values emerging to developmental purpose Self, from immanent presence. The process has involved repeated egoic transformations characterized by role indentifications and performances consonant with developmental initiatives, with recurrent cathartic dissolutions and reformulations. The nominal goal is always a functional whole — so went the theme. For many years we've regarded all of this as a study of "identity".

    But it's much more than that, at this point. Or rather, it's now about identity at the transpersonal level. Seeing the gestalt of egoic function in plural personality and immanent presence as interconnected with everything, not in concept alone, but in actual experience, accomplished by letting go identity ... in the flow. My vision changes...

Shifts in psychophilosophical perspective...

We're working with the astrological chart as a cognitive map on the empirically informed predicate that, among other things, the system can be used to recognize, describe but not define, and interact with various elements and dynamics that characterize egoic function in plural personality in consonance with the experience of immanent presence.

More simply, the chart affords the context for guided introspective study and psychospiritual development. Immanent presence and the multiple principals with whom I work in gestalt are not identified in the chart, though they may be alluded to by certain indicators (e.g., AMUN).

But the actual work engages the chart from the perspective that it is descriptive of the egoic function in gestalt.

Chart work is usually undertaken in search of answers to specific matters — e.g., to identify cause, analyze and work through emotional dysphoria, cognitive inconsistencies that compromise harmonious collective expression in gestalt, existential questions going to philosophical issues and direction, etc.

My understanding of what needs to be done is continuously informed through intrapsychic communication in the construction of the chart and in every phase of the study. This is very much a group effort.

In the many years I've worked with my own charts, the focus has been on identity in plurality, how the many principals work as one with me under aegis of immanent presence — the terms daimon or Self may be used here, depending on one's perspective. That emphasis on identity has also involved a focus on individuality. As indicated, I tend to be a loner. But I participate in a plurality, and that which I study, while arguably self-centered, in fact involves relationship and value development which serves as the basis for interpersonal interaction and refinement of the skills and abilities I contribute as a counselor.

In that process, the emphasis on individuality has also involved narcissistic compensations in response to feelings of worthless, inferiority, and alienation, anger, jealousy, anxiety, depression, dissociation, avoidance, withdrawal, and a host of other problems — all of which have been the subject of intense introspective analysis and cathartic expurgation.

Not to eliminate 'ego' — that's nonsensical — but to see egoity in the context of its development matrix, understand its function, and cultivate and refine it as an instrument of consciousness to collective benefit.

There comes a point in that work, a time of transmutation, when the focus of effort in the egoic function is not so much on personal identity, on matters of role identification and performance as gestalt expression, but on transpersonal expression, a tremendous expansion of the personal ... an impersonality.

Green Tara

Here we are, early in the third inception of a 30-year Saturn cycle.

And here we see, in the clockwise read, that the 8th-House
complement is chart focus, Galactic Center, mid-Mula.

And in terms of the new positioning for Rahu/Ketu:

Withdrawn from Outer Pressure (Ketu-10),
I do not need success in the world.
Inner Peace (Rahu-4) is fearlessly being,
without sanctuary-isolation.8

Amoghasiddhi, Green Tara.
Venus Anahata Neptune.

Because the achievements of every person
are the achievements of all.


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