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Immanence and Identity in Plural Personality

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Workthrough for transiting Saturn square Nodes
Generating a cognitive map with the sidereal relocation chart to analyze and resolve
irruptions of doubt and anxiety in a time of transition.


10-20 May 2018

In an effort to understand and work through recent, sudden-onset, unusually intense and recurrent psychophilosophic doubts and dissonance, irruptions of atavistic ideation with associated feelings of anxiety and insecurity that demand focused response, we generate a cognitive map, an astrological chart to identify the root, the underlying cause and condition. Construction of the map is intuitive, an introspective, internally mediated process. Planets in or derived from the radix are stipulated, but all stars, asteroids, and points of other description are included on the basis of inner consensus and resonance. What gets selected for inclusion, what presents to awareness, is itself part of the working through, because it all goes to being here now, who we are, and what we do in gestalt. The chart is assessed overall with respect to the players included, and more may be added, some removed, as we next study transits and aspect patterns, engaged dynamics. In this particular exercise, we find that the onset of irruptions coincided with a Tsquare formed by transiting (TR) Saturn (6th House, H6) at 90° from both the North and South Nodes, from Rahu (H9) and Ketu (H3). Other factors are also at play, adding to the picture.

We use the sidereal relocation chart to frame and assess the issues, resolve outlook and determine course of action. Sidereal is preferred because it works better than tropical, in this context. Similarly, rather than the radix (calculated for the place of birth), the relocation (residence) chart more precisely affords description of and insight into current circumstance and development.

This is an exercise in cognitive mapping. Creation of the chart is internally driven, a guided and cooperative process in gestalt. Though certain rules are closely held, astrological concepts and methods from Eastern and Western schemata are applied with wide latitude.

The loci and dynamics engaged by TRSaturn, TRPluto, and TRJupiter


Saturn is strong, second only to Sun (per shadbala) among the navagraha in the relocation chart. Saturn is Atmakaraka (AK), but we pair it with Pluto, which is planet of highest degree and closely conjunct the AC. Saturn is a FIRE singleton; Pluto is a Cardinal singleton. Jupiter is also a singleton, a Universal; it presents in Shatabhisha, ruled by Rahu, and in pada 3, ruled by Saturn, with dharmic focus in H8. We'll review TRJupiter R too, with impact on self-sense.

All three of these planets currently engage significant chart dynamics by transit, and will be in play over the course of several months through direct and retrograde motion, auguring a prolonged and progressive period of review and revision, trial and transformation. The respective dynamics are shown in the chart below.

Workthrough in Swati for TR Saturn-Nodes Tsquare


TRPluto presents in early Capricorn (H7), pada 3 of Uttara Ashadha, the nakshatra in which the solar principle, initiated at Krittika (locus of the MoonMercuryRSun stellium), reaches its peak expression. TRPluto engages a mystic or 'golden' rectangle that links H7, H11, H1 (where Pluto resides), and H5. It's working through pada 2 of UAsh, which, ruled by Saturn (H2), is focused on self-assessment, matters of self-worth and identity, going to creative expression of personality in the outer world — in this case, on gestalt expression of plurality as singularity, as a unicity, in context of partnership, relationship (H7) ... transpersonality.

Heka-pa-chered (Heka, the child); 1875; Source: Denderah; A. F. F. Mariette (1821-1881); Public Domain — Via Wikipedia

Heka, ḥk3w

The name Heka is identical with the Egyptian word ḥk3w "magic"... This hieroglyphic spelling includes the symbol for the word ka (kꜣ), the ancient Egyptian concept of
the vital force.

Within the mystic rectangle we find opposing YOD or 'boomerang' kites, which focus at (λ Orionis) Meissa [aka Heka; Heka → ancient Egyptian deification of magic and medicine — cf. Anne Wright for Arabic etymology :: I prefer the Egyptian correspondence] in H12, and a group of identificatory principals, including Chiron R, Hygeia R, and Ras Alhague (α Ophiuchi) [among others shown below, in Focal 2:2] in early Mula, ruled by Ketu, and in H6, going to the psychospiritual, ego-Self relation and identity issues with which we work. All of these principals are deeply resonant, but let's more closely examine Ras Alhague, a focus of immediate interest with regard to these sudden irruptions of unconscious content.

As Deborah Houlding writes of the alpha star in the head of Ophiuchus,

The brightest star of the group is Ras Alhague, from Ras al Hawwa 'Head of the Serpent-charmer'. This is a 2nd magnitude, sapphire star, located on the forehead of the figure, which symbolically links the star to prominent mental or imaginative capabilities. Ebertin and Hoffman claim that its natives are especially prone to infectious contamination caused by toxins, have an easy dependency on drugs, and a danger of bites from animals (this would seem to reverse the general meaning of the constellation agreed by ancient authors, who only recognised such an influence when the star was badly placed). They argue that "only very few people" are able to attune themselves to the higher influences of this star, and so seem to agree with Vivian Robson that the main influence of this star is to offer mental depravity and misfortune from women. [6]

There is a sense of subtlety, craft and caution about this star, but the meanings reported by Ebertin and Hoffman, and Robson, undermine the fact that this star brings an impetus to repair and an ability to heal, as well as the potential for destruction. Dr Eric Morse, in his Living Stars, reminds us that snakes are representative of old knowledge, summed up in the saying "be wise as serpents". In the tale of Adam and Eve we are familiar with the serpent as the keeper of access to the tree of knowledge of good and evil; by which we must be prepared to lose our innocence and awaken from naivety. In a more positive vein, Dr Morse writes that the implication of the constellational figure as it relates to this star is:

... this Doctor is not fighting with the creature, but actually has control over it. Since this is the Head star, the note is one of control by the mind, not by the brute strength that is so often evident in illustrations. [7]

Conjunct Ras Alhague in H6, Chiron R and Hygeia R also go to healing. All three (and more, shown below) present in Mula pada 1, ruled by Mars (H3), related to deep searches and probes going to psychospiritual realization. Mula (deity: Nirṛti) is ruled by Ketu → we identify and work through "the root underlying impulses of all thoughts and actions"; in many cases this means to analyze and eliminate, decathect. Ketu (H3) in Hasta goes to moksha; at this locus it is quintile the H6 group, as well as tredecile Meissa (H12), dealing with unconscious process, apperceiving, receiving, working with the hidden, accommodating the revelatory, as with Uranus (the south pole of which, at 25°Sagittarius 26' 41", is conjunct the Great Attractor in Jyeshtha, where we also find Maasym, Ceres R, and Sabik).

Maasym (λ Herculis) and Sabik (η Ophiuchi), in late Jyeshtha, are included here for reasons similar to Ras Alhague, though they present in a different Nakshatra, sign and house (H5). Maasym was identified by William Herschel as the Apex of the Sun's Way (aka solar apex) and is some 10° from the point currently recognized as such, just SW of Vega. Both with negative portent regarding passions and morals, these two stars also represent strength of character and a focus on creative healing, shamanic. Jyeshtha is ruled by Mercury (as is Ashlesha (H1), locus of Pluto and AC; and Revati (H9), locus of Rahu, Venus, and Vesta); we find Maasym and Sabik in pada 4, ruled by Jupiter (H8), with transcendent objectives. They're conjunct Ceres R, going to self-nurturance, development of the capacity for which, in the gestalt of plural personality, egoic function and immanent presence, serves as predicate for work with others.

Attic red-figure kylix from Vulci (Italy), 440-430 BC. Kodros Painter. Oracle of Delphi: King Aegeus in front of Themis in the role of Pythia. Antikensammlung Berlin, Altes Museum, F 2538.

Note that the mirror YODS, focused at Meissa and Ras Alhague, and the points of the mystic rectangle show connection by trines, squares, and sextiles to the Pythia|Mars conjunction in H3. The same focus is also seen in the grand sextile formation (shown at lower left in Focal 2:1) engaged by TRPluto; this grand sextile is the stabilizing, supportive influence in this period of transformation. Pythia|Mars describes divination and creative drive — in Uttara Phalguni, ruled by Sun, it goes to moksha, and in pada 2, ruled by Saturn, it goes to organizational ability — external, yes, but more fundamentally internal, indicating an organizing personality. Note that this Nakshatra is associated with Mercury and the linking of 'soul' and 'intellect' to developmental effect, as well as assisting others in the process: UPha is likened to Sun|Mercury. And we see that Pythia|Mars trines the MoonMercuryRSun stellium in Krittika.


At lower center in Focal 2-1, TRJupiter R (H4) forms one leg of a YOD kite, with Juno (H2) the other leg, Narcissus and Neptune R (H3) at apex, and focus at Vesta (whom we read as self-sense — daughter of Saturn and Ops; Gk. Hestia, daughter of Kronos and Rhea) in Revati, ruled by Mercury, deity is Pushan (the Nurturer, solar, a psychopomp), focus is moksha, in pada 4, ruled by Jupiter (H9). TRNarcissus was recently conjunct Vesta, further emphasizing the significance of this formation. In Vishakha, ruled by Jupiter, we find TRJupiterR in pada 3, ruled by Mercury, with dharmic focus. Retrograde TRJupiter directs psychospiritual attention inward, here in examination of true channeling, high order communication, the transpersonal, as opposed to,or in contrast with narcissistic compensation in grandiosity, self-inflation and fixation. The objective is clear hearing, clear seeing, clear communication.

TRSaturn Tsquare Nodes ... The Pallas R work-through

Lastly, we look at the TRSaturn Tsquare Nodes formation (shown in simplified form at lower right in Focal 2-1), and in greater detail in Focal 2-3. Our rede is that this critical dynamic will be engaged over the course of a year and more as Saturn transits exact conjunction through repeated direct and retrograde motion. The fundamental workthrough, here, is Pallas R, indicating an inwardly directed self-analysis in gestalt on matters of Rahu and Ketu, desire and release, relative to egoic evolution in relation with immanent presence and multiple principals in gestalt. Most significant from my perspective, inasmuch as this period is seen as transitioning from the monastery to the world at large (or perhaps achieving capacity to see no real difference between them), is the locus of Pallas R (H4) in Swati, ruled by Rahu, in pada 4, ruled by Jupiter, indicating that the most practical orientation is to 'go with the wind' — deity is Vayu (and Saraswati).

As we've seen, the direction is practical application of skills and abilities, continuing the work. TRSaturn presents in Purva Ashadha, focused on moksha, ruled by Varuna, a god of the oceans. Though not shown in the charts, we find Varuna in the last few minutes of Ashwini, ruled by Ketu (H3), pada 4, dharmic focus, in tune with collective consciousness, awareness of the needs of others, empathy... — within 1° of the MC in Bharani, ruled by Venus (H9), in pada 1, ruled by Sun — self-focused art as a process of working-through. Ashwini and Bharani are both in Aries (Mesha), H10, ruled by Mars (H3), in Virgo (Kanya), under Mercury.

Fully living your dharma...

Scorpii, illustration by 
William Tyler Olcott -- adapted to highlight sigma and tau Scorpii.

Sigma Scorpii and Tau Scorpii together bore the traditional name Al Niyat (or Alniyat) derived from the Arabic النياط an-niyāţ meaning "the arteries (of the scorpion)" and referring to their position flanking the star Antares, the scorpion's heart.

— Reference: Scorpio, or Scorpius, the Scorpion, in Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, as reprinted in the Dover edition, 1963:371, via Wikipedia

From Constellation-Guide — Scorpius Constellation

Al Niyat – σ Scorpii (Sigma Scorpii)

Sigma Scorpii is a star system with a combined apparent magnitude of 2.88. It is approximately 568 light years distant. The brightest star in the system is a spectroscopic binary star, composed of two unresolved stars that orbit each other with a period of 33.01 days.

The name Al Niyat (or Alniyat), which the star shares with Tau Scorpii), comes from the Arabic an-niyāţ, which means “the arteries.” The two stars mark the arteries around the scorpion’s heart.

Al Niyat – τ Scorpii (Tau Scorpii)

Tau Scorpii is a hydrogen fusing dwarf star with a strong, complex magnetic field. The star has the stellar classification B0.2V.

It is a hot star, with a mass 15 times that of the Sun and a radius more than six times solar. It has an apparent magnitude of 2.82 and is approximately 470 light years distant. The star is about 18,000 times more luminous than the Sun.

Shaula – λ Scorpii (Lambda Scorpii)

Shaula is the second brightest star in Scorpius and the 25th brightest star in the sky. It is approximately 700 light years distant from the solar system.

Lambda Scorpii is a multiple star system with three visible components, Lambda Scorpii A, Lambda Scorpii B, and Lambda Scorpii C. Lambda Scorpii A is a triple star system composed of two class B stars and a pre-main sequence star.

But implicit in all of that, and identified as a principal for inclusion at the beginning of this study but not fully appreciated till several days in, and then apperceived as clearly pursuant to the work we have to do, is the significance of Alniyat [Al Niyat] (σ and τ Scorpii), at a locus conjunct

  • the Part of Identity (AC + Saturn - Moon, or, as a saham formula (no such saham?): Saturn - Moon + Lagna;
  • the Artha Saham (Wealth); and
  • N Jupiter, North Pole of equator.

In Focal 2-3 we find a septile (30°) chain: Ketu (H3) to Pallas R (H4) to Alniyat (H5) to TRSaturn (H6).

Pallas R (H4) is quincunx Rahu (H9), indicating analytic scrutiny of doctrine and objectives. H9 Lord is Jupiter (H8), trine Pallas R: analysis goes to transformation, enlightenment.

Alniyat|ID (H5) is trine Rahu (H9) and H5 Lord Pluto (H1), going to role identification and performance, acting in accord with dharma.. We're in Jyeshtha (H5) here, in the dharma trikona Nakshatra group ruled by Mercury, beginning with Ashlesha (H1) and culminating with Revati (H9). Jyeshtha first pada involves advanced learning, family concerns and interests with predicate, in this case, of well-being of the intrapsychic family, egoic evolution informing participation. Radical Mercury R is conjunct Chandra in Krittika pada 2, H11. Barbara Pijan's study page on Jyeztha is most interesting...

Also important, illustrated in Focal 2-3, are the kite formations with the stellium (H11) and (alpha; Serpentis) Unukalhai|Agena (β Centauri) as central axis — Krittika :: Vishakha|Anuradha. The Anuradha focus is particularly apposite in description: work within to act without — a theme not unlike that which we find at the MC, in Bharani (with artha as primary motivation, rather than dharma). IC is in Swati, proximal Pallas R, also with artha as primary motivation. And we have the Artha Saham conjunct Alniyat.

The MC|IC theme is creative work. The transition, at least in part, appears to involve change in the matter of exchange. TRSaturn will trine Saturn (H2) in early 2019...

It should be noted that the kite formations share the central axis stellium (H11) ↔ Unukalhai|Agena (H5), so we have foci in opposite directions, serving as a kind of developmental pump, group to actor, role develoment and performance, and actor to group, performance and redevelopment.

And regarding Shaula, λ Scorpii,
Mulam: the Root : spiritual pressure towards enlightenment — Mercury / Mars.