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

Studies Index...

Adjustments to the Radix
Cognitive mapping with the horoscope
Reworking birth time, house system and placements, selected points and parans, constellations,
aspect formations, and solar arc directions in a time of major transition.


7-28 August 2016

From my perspective...
Of a group, a developmental gestalt, I am an evolving egoic function in relation with multiple frequently changing principals at once personal and transpersonal, under aegis of immanent presence (Shen, Self). These multiple principals are experienced internally, as focal presences with whom I communicate chiefly by voice, listening, responding, exploring possibilities, working toward a structure or framing of identity, experience, belief and action that resonates within the gestalt, in accord with Self. Personality is apprehended as plurality rather than singularity, and my role to communicate with, foster understanding, inclusivity, egality and expression within the group for purposes of development and enlightenment.

The principals are sometimes apprehended as expressions of Self (as, e.g., in the sense that Amun is thought to inhere in all neteru), as agencies working with Self to specific develop-
mental purpose. They do not present as archetypes, subpersonalities, alters, or dissociated aspects, though such manifestations may not be self-intimating; rather, the principals have a familiar yet numinous quality. They are not indicated or represented by planets or other points in the horoscope. And while my experience of immanent presence does involve the Sun, the locus of the latter in the chart does not describe it. Instead, planets, asteroids, fixed stars, Lots, and other points, by theme, character, locus and relation, serve as representations of characteristics and dynamics in personality, the developmental matrix of the gestalt. Astrological constructs facilitate introspective efforts to identify and work through issues presenting in the course of experience.

The astrological schema, its language, grammar and semantics, is an interactive tool we apply in a process of cognitive mapping for developmental work on matters of identity, intrapsychic harmonization and collective expression. We began working with the schema in 1970. Each chart is a cooperative undertaking, a group construction. Selection of what to include is germane to the moment, pursuant to current developments and new directions. While fidelity to the schema is generally maintained in our approach and method, internal direction and resonance informs application of rules and elaborations. In the current study, this series of adjustments to the radix, we are again entering new territory.

The first chart below presents a syntonic rendering of houses and placements, with brief explication, beginning with birth time adjustments. The second chart is more complex, a worksheet presenting selected parans and other factors identified as germane to the current study, with associations of resonance in the effort to assess and address the problems at hand. Again, such cognitive mappings are cooperative constructions of organizational significance in gestalt. Selected elements are both acceptable to and consistent with group experience in personality, and are affirmed in the chart(s) so created.

So, for example, at this time, continuing under the influence of (transiting) tNeptune-8 opposition Saturn-3 square tSaturn-5 (see upper chart), a T-square at play through October 2016, when the tSaturn-5 influence fades though tNeptune-8 remains opposed to Saturn-3 through February 2018, we work to assess the current uncertainty of course and creative direction; the sense that a choice is required, but cannot be made; of intense and compelling pressure to produce, but blockage, the need redirect, go slow, study and absorb; to communicate more freely, yet detached, in the absence of clearly defined role. These are the problems at hand, what we're working through in this period of transition. Our study has resulted in several revelations, revisions, and reconstructions.

Adjustments to the Radix, showing syntonic placements of planets in the houses.

Birth Time
We work with three birth times:
08:45:47 | 09:09 | 09:32:13 CST.

The first and last are derived from the recorded birth time. We treat 09:09 CST as core or base time, and use it for general studies. But we find it useful to work with an earlier time for point of origin, and a later time for current and predictive studies.

We arrive at these times by
conversion, local to solar:

09:09 - 00:23:13 = 08:45:47
09:09 + 00:23:13 = 09:32:13,
which, when treated as solar
and converted to local,
gives us 09:09.

These three times result in different angles and Lots, but with some overlap.

FOR 17º03 Cancer 21º44 Cancer 26º21 Cancer
AC 21º39 Cancer 26º10 Cancer 0º36 Leo
Spirit 26º15 Cancer 0º35 Leo 4º51 Leo
MC 28º17 Pisces 4º37 Aries 10º37 Aries
Rahu 4º56 Aries

All three times have proven effective for introspective work, but 09:32:13 especially so. Using these three times in sid and trop geo charts generates Ascendants in three different signs — Gemini, Cancer, and Leo — and each is sensible in context. Planetary positions show little if any change. In most studies and briefs we test results using all three times, but given the insights derived from and predictive accuracy achieved with 09:32:13, we now use it in the main.

House Systems and Planetary Placements
In search of the best house system, an essay by Alova (2007), is a review of 24 commonly known approaches based on personal experience. The author finds in favor of the Topocentric (Polich-Page), "primarily because it works well in practice and can be used at polar latitudes", so it can be used for every chart.

Even if one chooses a system on the basis of those criteria, it's often the case that one or more planets, usually near a cusp, seems to belong in a the previous or subsequent house. In my case, e.g., Pluto-1 or -2, Saturn-2 or -3, Ketu-3 or -4, etc. No system posits results that are uniformly syntonic. There's always some degree of cognitive dissonance when a schema seems off-the-mark like this but, one's wish for simple answers notwithstanding, the work-through involves accepting different or contradictory findings as equally valid. That's not a bad thing, of course, but...

Robert Wilkinson presents a useful approach to the problem of placements and house division, as does Noel Tyl. The planet is read in the context of both houses.

That transcends boundaries between houses, which are, after all, not hard and fast breaks in theme. By way of comparison, e.g., consider the location of different words in the brain, where a single word may be found in different loci, with different associations and activities in each region. Different systems of house division result in different boundary locations, but the categories so separated are not themselves absolute. They overlap, they're associated and linked in different ways. Just as psychic boundaries, they can be quite pervious.

Antiscia (astrology)
antiscion Ancient Greek. [pl. antiscia]
The mirror image, or shadow, of a planet, based upon a line of reference [e.g.] the axis of 0 Cancer/0 Capricorn (the position of the sun at the solstices). — Wikipedia

The MC/IC and AC/DC axes also yield useful results... (via Zet Lite)

For purposes of this study we're working with Regiomontanus houses, though Alcabitius gives us divisions close to the desired result. The placements of planets in Regiomontanus houses remains consistent in tropical and sidereal geocentric (using an ayanamsa of 22-42-45.00, Galactic Equator at mid-Mula). With an orb of ≤1º, we see four planets and the Lot of Identity on the cusps:

Saturn-2/3  |  Identity-4/5  |  Venus-9/10  |  Mercury R-10/11  |  Uranus-11/12.

Factors going to the desired result...
Loci of Sun, Mercury R, Moon, and Saturn are of chief concern; Uranus and Pluto are also important, as is Neptune R, the trop geo radix AIR singleton. Using narrowed orbs, we read Pluto as square Moon (84°54'25") and influencing Mercury R but binovile Sun (80°21'8"). Scout planet Mercury R is <3º from Sun, and we read it as conjunct Bennu, on the boundary between houses 10/11. In Alcabitius, Moon presents on that cusp, which also makes sense, but the Pluto square goes to outward achievement (10th) rather than working with multiple principals, the internal network (11th) of the gestalt. Here I particularly appreciate observation made by Alison M. Gunn (11.02.11) with regard to the 11th, viz.:

Ambition and setting of goals seen in the 10th finds expression in the 11th, the house of one’s true vocation — which might not be a job at all, and might not pay any money. That on its own does not make it an avocation; instead, the 11th is the house I look to for one’s true calling or life purpose. [...]

The 11th is where, no matter the level of intellectual ability, one finds the kernel of what makes us human, which is our ability to express ourselves through our humanity: through our ability to speak, draw, write, paint, sing, dance, create. Ironically, these abilities also distance us from others. All of the higher-order cognitive functioning skills belong here.

Communicative ability, a higher-order cognitive skill, becomes problematic, though, since we can speak precisely, and convey our deepest meaning, or we can obfuscate, mislead, and misconstrue, all the while being very intellectually capable, yet socially inept. The 11th, therefore, stands for our ability to both connect, and disconnect, from society.

Placidus division places Moon in the 11th, and while I might read that as a factor limiting interpersonal involvement in result of the Pluto square, or perhaps as a spur to pursue internal relationships, the more syntonic read is Moon-10 square Pluto-1, with Moon-10 BQ (144° 3'19") NeptuneR-4 sextile Pluto-1. That engages the AIR singleton (which is itself focus of a YOD and novile formation with Jupiter-8 and Sun-11) and the core kite formation, including ChironR-5, focused at Venus-9/10 (Almuten Figuris) conjunct MC, Rahu-9 and Vesta-10. Ambition and desire to achieve recognition is shifted, redirected to focus on self-transformation. There's a YOD kite with Ptah-10, Rahu-9, Jupiter-8 focused through Ketu-3, which squares Uranus-11/12 at the North Bending and Lachesis-6 at the South. Uranus is parallel Pluto, as well as trine Jupiter-8 and Pallas-4, which is the focus of the kite, Ptah-10 at apex. As we'll see in the following worksheet, Pallas-4 is a significant focus, and the Southern Cross (Crux) constellation in lower culmination.

Selected parans and constellations, asteroids, Lots, midpoints, key aspect patterns and solar arc directions.

In modern astrology the term Paran (short for Paranatellonta) is generally used to describe stars or planets that are angular as a planet hits the ascendant, MC, Descendant or IC. For example, the parans of Mercury would be those stars or planets that were rising, culminating, descending o[r] located upon the IC at the same time that Mercury is in any or those positions. Thus if the fixed star Regulus culminates on the Midheaven as Mercury rises on the ascendant it is referred to as a paran of Mercury and considered to have an influence upon its meaning.  Paran, Glossary of Traditional Astrological Terms, Deborah Houlding,

Solar Arc Directions
Once again we work with Regiomontanus, because this system of house division places planets and points where they seem apposite. Radix and solar arc directions (outer circle) are shown below.

Solar arc is defined as the difference between the position of the progressed Sun and natal Sun on any particular day. This arc is then added to every planet and point in the chart. The arc is approximately equivalent to the individual's age. [...]  Solar Arc, Pat White

Of primary interest is the solar stellium sequence, which, were we using the recorded birth time of 09:09 CST, would present with pSun at 28°32Cancer, nearly conjunct Isis-1 at 29°24, and saMercurynearly conjunct AC (26º10Cancer).

We can make sense of pSun-1, and have done in a previous entry, but current experience is better described by angles derived from 09:32:13, which shows the entire stellium still within the 12th, pSunat 28°33, proximal Isis, and saMercuryat 25°37, proximal FOR (26°26Cancer). In sid geo (a=22-42-45, Gal Eq, mid-Mula), Punya Saham (FOR) is 3º45'16.95"Cancer, Pushya nakshatra, ruled by Saturn, with Jupiter (Brihaspati, deity) exalted, going to purification of the psyche (brahmavarchasa shakti, to create spiritual energy).

WORKSHEET: Adjustments to the Radix. Selected parans and constellations, asteroids, Lots, midpoints, key aspect patterns and solar arc directions.

Solar arc directions of note around the 68th Solar Return... (16 May 2018)
pSun, Lucifer conjunct AC-1  |  saOsiris conjunct Saturn-2/3  |  saNeptune conjunct Chiron R-5  |  saHekate conjunct Moon-10
saVenus conjunct Rigel-11  |  saMC conjunct Rigel-11  |  saMoon conjunct FOR-12  |  saMercury, Bennu conjunct Isis-12

Parans and Constellations
The stars we've selected are all ≥ m=2, and of special significance at this time. Of particular importance are those on the meridian, include Acrux, Mimosa (Becrux), and Gacrux (we've also included Decrux) in the constellation Crux, the Southern Cross, conjunct Pallas-4; and Alioth-2 (conjunct Zosma-2 and Saturn-2/3). Pallas-4 is focus of the kite formation with Ptah-10 apical, Uranus-11/12 and Jupiter-8 wings; Crux-4 is especially interesting:

Ancient identification with the bestial part of Centaurus, gives the bright stars of Crux similar associations to those of Bungula, on the hoof of the Centaur's right foreleg. Linked to the mythological figure of Cheiron by Eratosthenes as early as the 2nd century BC, Bungula has been used to signify sacrifice, healing and the need to be healed, and the quest to override base instincts for the sake of collective benefit. But with Bungula there is also the theme of needing to steady the instincts, to maintain emotional control and to conquer motivations of personal gain or private satisfaction. When afflicted, it can equally point to damage caused through unbridled emotions, inappropriate greed or lust, animalistic passions and violent retribution. [...] As the principal star, Acrux (the name is an abbreviation of alpha Crucis) acts as a focus for the symbolism of the constellation. This is a brilliant blue-white star, the twelfth brightest in the sky. Robson claims that it gives "religious beneficence, ceremonial justice, magic and mystery", and that it is frequently prominent in the horoscopes of astrologers and occultists. Star Lore of the Constellations: Crux, the Southern Cross, Deborah Houlding,

The constellation Orion (the celestial equator now passes through the Belt) figures prominently in the 11th, with Alnitak, Alnilam (conjunct Individuality), Rigel (conjunct Amun, with saVenus applying), Betelgeuse emphasized (here we allow a wide orb, inclusive of Uranus-11/12), and Bellatrix (conjunct Word, or Art); Mintaka and Saiph are also of relevance.

I appreciate the concision of Willem H. Zitman's conclusions regarding the Orion-Sahu constellation (in Taurus-Gemini) and the Osiris constellation (Scorpio). Some writers have correlated Osiris with Orion (Osiris-Sahu), but the Dendera plaque clearly shows Osiris and Orion-Sahu as opposing images, so they are not identical. The Orion-Sahu constellation is the resting place of the soul of Osiris, whereas the plaque shows Osiris as one of the 36 figures, spirits who rule the decans, and as ruler of Scorpio (8th house).

The sahu keeps an individual's essence or fingerprint through its various incarnations (Ellis, 1995). The sahu "accompanies the human being in the endless cycle of birth, death, transformation, and rebirth. In each incarnation it carries the soul's suitcase packed with the projected personality, the memories, the spiritual aims and purposes" (Ellis, 1995).

We find Orion-Sahu in the 11th, the house of "one's true calling or life purpose", as we cited Gunn's belief above.

Midpoints express combined influences, and junctions formed by one midpoint or tight groupings at key placements in the chart afford in-depth insight regarding dynamics and work-throughs going to that locus.

  • The midpoint grouping opposite Nephthys-6 (16º Capricorn 26'22" sd) is of special interest. At that locus in Cancer we find Lilith/Juno, Uranus/AC, and Moon/Saturn, proximal Pelion (49036) in the 12th; more present throughout the 12th.

    Focus of a YOD with Amun and Pluto, Nephthys is Lady of the House ('self', Capricorn: architecture, structure, organization, building civilization — Purva Ashadha, deity Varuna "pervades all things [and] represents the inner law of higher truth", writes Harness, 2004:79).

    The apical midpoints are deeply significant. Moon/Saturn, for instance, bringing discipline, control, and structure in the process of continuous becoming and change. Note that Moon squares Pluto — this is about purification. Moon/Pluto is conjunct Uranus-11/12, which is parallel Pluto and quintile Saturn. As we frequently note, the Sabian for Saturn is (13ºVirgo: "A strong hand supplanting political hysteria". Moon is exalted in Krittika nakshatra (ruling planet, Sun; motivation, Kama; deity: Agni — god of the sacred fire). "The shakti of this lunar mansion," writes Harness, is the power to burn away the negativity to get to the truth."

    In the tropical heliocentric chart, Pluto and Saturn are singletons and both may be read as Atmakaraka (planet of highest degree, trans-Saturnian and septener, respectively).

    In the sid geo chart (a=22-42-45, Gal Eq, mid-Mula), Atmakaraka is Mercury, our Scout planet is sayana, but Moon is Amatyakaraka, planet of second-highest degree, indicative of career. Placement in the 10th (Chandra in bhava-10) is highly impressional and "needs to be in policy-making, governance and regulatory environments" — i.e., needs stabilizing and organization in the process of continuous change and becoming, refining, transforming.

    Hermit/Moon, Tarot Constellation 9.

  • Spica-4 at focus of a minor grand trine with Identity/Agena and Mars, exactly at the midpoint. Spica nakshatra is Chitra, ruled by Mars, and the deity is Tvashtar, the Celestial Architect.

  • Mars/Chiron R is conjunct Pallas-4.

  • Ceres R/Destiny ties closely to the Pluto Polarity Point/Alnair (Crane constellation)-7: Mercury/Jupiter. The astrological lore for Alnair is rather sparse, but the Sabian for this locus (16ºAquarius) is most useful. To paraphrase Rudhyar, 1974:258-9, it goes to the harmonious use of power, generated by togetherness and group interplay, for the welfare of the whole, humanity and the planet. The keyword, writes Rudhyar, differing with ME Jones' (1969:285) word "accomplishment", is organation, referring to the insight that humanity, the many, is indeed an organism. This is quite descriptive of our work in gestalt under aegis of Self.

  • Ketu/MC is conjunct Osiris-12.

Conjunct Agena. Nakshatra is Vishaka, ruling planet: Jupiter.
Sextile Mars, septseminovile Uranus, Conjunction Identity, Quincunx Individuality, Tredecile Spirit,
Binovile Obstacles and care (3º01Virgo : AC+Nep-Sat), Elftile Center of Galaxy.

Squares and Oppositions
In the small chart at lower left are shown the challenging aspects of these selections. Note the foci:

  • NeptuneR-4 AIR singleton. (Hasta, ruled by Moon, moksha, deity: Savitar, the Sun God);
  • Nephthys-6 (Purva Ashadha, ruled by Venus, moksha, deity: Apas, Water God; Varuna, God of Rain); and
  • Venus-9/10 Almuten Figuris. (Revati, ruled by Mercury, moksha, deity: Pushan, the nurturer).