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The Circle of Animals Gene F. Collins, Jr., Ph.D. Cosmopsychology.com
The signs of the zodiac are karmic patterns; the planets are the looms; the will is the weaver. Author Unknown And he showed me a river of water of life,bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the midst of the street thereof and on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruits, yielding its fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Rev 22:1-2
For many people astrology is simply the zodiac. The term zodiac is derived from Greek and means circle of animals or circle of living beings. The zodiac is a collection of what Carl G. Jung referred to as archetypes. Ancient peoples saw these archetypes moving across the night sky in the constellations of stars and in the yearly cycles of the Earth. The yearly cycle of the Earth around the Sun is divided into four seasons. The seasons are divided into three phases²the beginning, the middle, and the end. Thus, we have twelve phases of the Earth¶s yearly cycle which are referred to as signs. A zodiac sign is a division of the Earth¶s orbit around the Sun. It is 1/12th of the Earth¶s orbit. The Earth covers 584,058,562 miles of space in 365.24 days as it orbits the Sun! Like all planets, the Earth¶s orbit is oval or ecliptic and not a true circle. However, we often measure its orbit as if it were a circle of 360 degrees. Since each sign is 1/12th of the Earth¶s orbit, each sign equals 30 degrees of the Earth¶s orbit--48,671,546.83 miles in 30.44 days. Thus, a zodiac sign is both a spatial²in miles or meters²and a temporal² in days/hours/minutes²measure of the Earth¶s changing phases. Astrologers have two distinct zodiacs at their disposal: (1) the tropical zodiac of the signs and (2) the sidereal zodiac of the constellations.
The Tropical Zodiac
The tropical zodiac is the most popular zodiac and the one with which most people are familiar. The tropical zodiac refers to the Earth¶s orbit around the Sun--the predictable, yearly changes experienced on the Earth. This zodiac is easily measurable by both ancient and modern techniques. It is used to predict events. It is also used to determine psychosocial phenomena such as character, personality, and compatibility.
The Sidereal Zodiac The sidereal zodiac is the circle of constellations²stars, star clusters, and nebulae² that appear close to the Earth¶s orbit. The stars in these constellations are millions of light years from the Earth and from each other. They lie close to the plane of the Earth¶s orbit and appear to be near one another from the perspective of the Earth. The boundaries between the constellations are difficult to determine and are not universally agreed on. The sidereal zodiac is used to make predictions but is not normally used for determining psychosocial, characterological phenomena. That is, the schools of astrology that use the sidereal zodiac do not interpret the signs. Some of these schools do not use astrological houses or are vague regarding the end of one house and the beginning of the next. No matter which zodiac is used, the location of the Sun, Moon, and planets are the same. The only difference is in the name used to label the particular points of space that they occupy.
The Precession of the Equinoxes While the Earth orbits the Sun and rotates on its axis, it also wobbles. In physics and astronomy when an object wobbles in a gyrating fashion so that its axis of rotation sweeps out a cone in space²like the spinning of a toy top²the object is said to precess. The poles of a precessing object move and point in new directions as the object precesses. In regards to the Earth, this means that star pointed to by the Earth¶s north pole²the North Star²changes over time. After 26,000 years the Earth¶s north pole completes one cycle of its movement. Today the Earth¶s north pole points to the star Polaris in the constellationUrsa Minor. Even now the Earth¶s north pole is starting to point to another star. In 26,000 years the north pole will be pointing at Polaris again. The precession also means that the locations of constellations along the Earth¶s orbit² that is, the sidereal zodiac--change gradually over time. Because of the direction of the Earth¶s rotation, the precession of the constellations moves in the opposite direction of the signs. Each constellation takes about 2,167 years to cross through or transit a sign. During most of what is called the Great Year²the 26,000 years²the constellations are
not in line with the signs that they were named for. After 26,000 years the sidereal zodiac is realigned with the tropical zodiac. One twelfth of a Great Year²a period of 2,167 years--is called an Age. As the constellations move in relation to the signs, the sign occupied by the Sun at the time of the spring equinox changes. Each age is named for the constellation that is rising on the spring equinox. During the past 2,000 years, the constellation Pisces has been rising at the time of the spring equinox. The Earth is currently moving from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. A single Great Year of Western or classical astrology is approximately equal to five Great Cycles of the Mayan calendar. According the Mayans, a Great Cycle equals 13 bactuns or a period of 5,125 years. The current Great Cycle ends on December 21, 2012.
The Zodiac Signs as Archetypal Principles Each sign represents or symbolizes the general conditions of life on Earth during a particular time period. This is especially true in regards to agriculture in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. Each sign represents a step in the seasonal growth cycle of plant life and in the breeding, hunting, and similar cycles that are dependent on the plants¶ growth cycles. Thus, each sign represents the challenges during a specific phase of the year. Each also symbolizes the characteristics, talents, and abilities needed to meet the particular needs and demands for that particular time of the year. Every astrological sign represents an archetypal principle relevant to the yearly changes in the temperate zones of Earth. Each, also, symbolizes a step in the process of creation. The twelve glyphs with their corresponding human and animal forms are letters in the alphabet of the celestial spheres. The person who reads this sign language correctly can deepen his understanding of his place and purpose within the cosmic scheme. The behaviors of each sign are expressed day-by-day, one action or behavior at a time, as the individual uses his talents and abilities to meet his needs and cope with changing circumstances. The signs symbolize an individual¶s particular ways of meeting opportunities and challenges throughout his lifetime, i.e., the person¶s destiny.
The Zodiac Signs as Physical and Psychological Processes The signs symbolize the monthly changes in the weather, particularly in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. In addition to the weather changes, the signs depict the human activities that are most adaptive to such changes in a largely agricultural society. That is, each sign represents the activity or process that is the most productive or successful during that particular time of the year. Each sign represents the qualities
and traits needed to adapt to the changes that the Earth is undergoing. Every one of these activities was essential to humanity¶s survival as an agrarian culture. Performing one sign¶s activities during the time period of a different sign could be detrimental to continued survival. From the viewpoint of the Earth, when the Sun appears to cross through a sign, the particular earthly conditions and the related adaptive behavior symbolized by that sign are energized by the Sun.
Each sign also represents the mindset or psychological process that accompanies or promotes the sign¶s activities. All twelve mindsets were essential to survival at the prescribed time. While one person may be best suited for a particular activity or mindset, the most successful person, in terms of adaptation to nature, is the one who is capable of displaying all twelve mindsets at the proper time.
The Zodiac Signs as Measures of Spiritual Growth In Vedic astrology as practiced in India, Aries through Virgo--the six months of the northern path of the Sun--are referred to as the path of light, the path of fire, the path of the day, and the path of the bright fortnight. This path is said to lead knowers of Brahman to the supreme goal of liberation. The six months of the southern path of the Sun--Libra through Pisces--are referred to as the path of smoke, the path of night, and the path of the dark fortnight. It is said to lead other souls to the light of the Moon and, eventually, to rebirth (Bhagavad Gita 8:24-25). Generally, spiritual growth is defined as the level of spiritual development and education that one¶s soul has reached through multiple lifetimes. Many astrologers have attempted to use astrology in order to tell where the individual is in reference to his spiritual growth. Using an astrological chart to judge someone¶s soul growth, no matter what the method, should be treated with skepticism. No one particular method has been endorsed by more than a small minority of astrologers. It suggests that one sign is better than another. Each sign is a necessary phase of life on Earth. Every natal chart contains all twelve signs. Within each chart, some signs are accentuated while others lack emphasis.
The Individual Signs
The first 30 degrees of the zodiac and the first 30 days following the spring equinox (also known as the Aries point), symbolize the Aries phase of the Earth¶s yearly cycle. During this phase, the hours of daylight grow longer in the northern hemisphere. The Aries phase represents beginnings, birth, and the energy needed for the new being to sprout or emerge. The beginnings of new plant and animal life are characteristic of this phase. Seeds left from the previous fall begin to sprout. New buds appear on the dormant-appearing branches of trees and bushes. Many animals give birth to their young in the spring.
Some animals emerge, breed, and give birth quickly during this phase. The young of others who were born during the winter make their first appearance. For animals and others with some degree of self-consciousness, Aries represents becoming aware of oneself as a separate and independent object or being. Aries is the impulse to be, to manifest, to establish a new identity, to form a separate self. Aries signifies birth as a newly independent entity or being. It represents all beginnings as well as all persons, traits, and characteristics associated with the spring and new starts. It represents the source or fountainhead of streams and rivers, ideas and projects. It rules the explorer, the pioneer, the adventurer, and the inventor. The Ram, as the symbol of Aries, represents the energy necessary for the process of birth and for the emergence of a new self. The glyph for Aries represents the ram, especially the ram¶s head, face, and horns. Aries is traditionally ruled by Mars. The Sun is exalted in Aries. The energies of Mars and the Sun are highly compatible with Aries. Aries is the detriment of Venus and the fall of Saturn. Aries is a cardinal fire sign. Cardinal signs are considered to be active or action-oriented signs, because they mark change and the beginning of a new season. Fire signs symbolize inspiration and spirit-based energy. Aries symbolizes activity, change, and movement in the realm of spirit or on the mental-spiritual plane. It brings inspiration, enthusiasm, optimism, grand ideas, and new goals. Aries¶ key words are usually expressed as I Am. Aries is associated with the head, especially with the face and nose. Aries symbolizes personal identity, self-consciousness, and self-awareness. It expresses as assertiveness, aggression, autonomy, freedom, impulsivity, independence, initiative, naivety, self-centeredness, and spontaneity. It is bold, courageous, daring, ego-centric, energetic, enthusiastic, excited, impulsive, independent, naive, rash, selfish, and spontaneous. Planets in Aries take on an active, aggressive, assertive, ego-centric, impulsive, innocent, quick, and selfish nature. Their activities may be short-lived and insensitive to the feelings of others. When Aries is found on the cusp of a house, the individual approaches the affairs of the house in an assertive, aggressive, ego-centric, impulsive, innocent, and selfish fashion. The affairs of the house may become the starting point for most of the individual¶s activities, projects, and actions. Aries on the cusp of a house may significantly intensify matters ruled by the house.
The Taurus phase of life occurs during the second thirty degrees of the Earth¶s yearly cycle, starting in April and ending in May. This phase starts approximately 30 to 31 days after the spring equinox or Aries point. The Taurus phase of life is concerned with the substances needed to build, grow, materialize, manifest, and strengthen the new self or identity which started during the Aries phase. The Taurus phase represents all materials necessary for sustaining the new life which began in Aries, especially the material resources needed for physical growth. For plant life, the Taurus phase usually represents the soil and its nutrients. It also represents water, rain, sunlight, warmth, and fresh air. For animal life, this phase represents the food necessary for continuing life as well as water, light, space, safety, and security. The Taurus phase represents substance, especially the substance necessary for the manifestation of the new self or personality. It represents the steady, deliberate determination of life to build up and solidify, to hold on to and round out a particular identity. Each sign reacts against the previous one, attempting to compensate for any extremes the previous sign may have brought with it. Where Aries was independent, active, and quick, Taurus becomes slow, solid, and concerned with material possessions. Aries was quick to try out and discard new roles and adventures. Taurus accumulates and holds onto all it values. The Bull, as the symbol of Taurus, represents the energy and force necessary to lay claim to the substances, materials, nutrition, space, and safety necessary for physical growth. It also represents the abilities to protect and enjoy these materials. The glyph for Taurus represents the bull, especially its head, face, and horns. Taurus is traditionally ruled by Venus. The Moon is exalted in Taurus. Taurus is the detriment of Mars and Pluto. It is the fall of Uranus. Taurus is a fixed earth sign. It concentrates, solidifies, and secures that which represents natural beauty, material resources, and consensually valuable possessions. Taurus looks for tangible, concrete results. Taurus¶s key words are usually expressed as I Have. Taurus is associated with the neck, throat, voice, ears, hearing, music, and mating calls. Taurus also represents sexual activity for pleasure and/or procreation, free from the contamination of ego-, power-, or other more humanly motivations. Taurus represents possessions, valuables, and pleasures. It represents all things that help to strengthen the new life or identity. It brings a strong sense of values based on what is good for sustaining and maintaining life. It seeks to draw to it that which is
material, reliable, and precious. It represents money, small valuables, especially valuables derived from the earth such as precious stones, fertile land, and fossil fuels. It represents resources, earthly belongings, pleasure, sensuality, and self-worth. Taurus symbolizes the substance or material necessary for the new identity or self to grow into a particular concrete form. Taurus is representative of all valuable substances and possessions. It represents whatever the identity values, whatever it possesses, and whatever talents and tools it has at its disposal to obtain the materials and possesses that it values. Taurus signifies traits or qualities such as acquisitive, authoritative, bossy, controlling, deliberate, determinant, greedy, immobile, materialistic, persistent, possessive, practical, protective, rich, selfish, stubborn, useful, and valuable. The activity of planets in Taurus slows down to stabilize and solidify the functions they represent. For some planets, like Saturn, stabilization may become a personal strength. More energetic planets, like Mars or Uranus, may have difficulty expressing their functions through Taurus. In time, though, the stabilizing qualities of Taurus will strengthen these planets. The real dangers of planets in Taurus come in the forms of stubbornness and an emphasis on egotistical, materialistic desires. When Taurus is found on the cusp of a house, the individual approaches the affairs of the house in a slow, steady, and down-to-earth fashion. The individual may become possessive of whatever the house represents. This house may also point to the individual¶s natural values, desires, possessions, wealth, talents, and abilities.
During the Gemini phase, which occurs during late spring, the beings and identities which were born in Aries and then strengthened and solidified in Taurus, become more aware of their immediate surroundings, aware of the other beings and identities around them. Having established some degree of self-sufficiency, security, and individual identity during the Taurus phase, the new identities can now afford to be more aware of their immediate environment in a detached, intellectual manner with little concern for their safety. The new identities first examine their relationships with the very materials they have gathered in order to survive, with the relationship between the self and its substance. Associations and relationships are formed with others in the close environment. Understanding the characteristics and classifications of the environment and of the other entities it contains becomes important. The descriptions and classifications of the new relationships and associations call forth thoughts, words, ideas, and especially communications. Gemini represents relating to the immediate environment and
especially to the environment of early childhood. The symbolic image of Gemini is children exploring their neighborhood. Gemini, as the symbol of the twins, represents the twins arm-in-arm. In Roman mythology, the twins were the founders of Rome and, thus, were honored and immortalized by the constellation. The twins were also prominent in Navaho mythology as well as in many other mythologies. In some cultures, the twin archetype took the form of the trickster. Like the constellation, the glyph of Gemini represents the twins, usually standing arm in arm. Gemini is traditionally ruled by Mercury. The North Lunar Node is exalted in Gemini. Gemini is the detriment of Jupiter. Gemini is a mutable air sign. It symbolizes the diversity of associations and the sharing of thoughts and ideas. Gemini¶s key words are usually expressed as I Think. Gemini relates to the chest, lungs, arms, hands, and fingers. Gemini symbolizes not just the twins, but also brothers, sisters, cousins, playmates, and the extended family, especially those who are close to one¶s own age. Gemini also represents early schooling, education, learning, communicating, writing, speaking, talking, gossip, and mail. It represents travel within the immediate environment or neighborhood, short trips which can be completed within a day. Gemini represents relationships, associations, siblings, education, communications, and movement. Gemini symbolizes recognition of others in the immediate environment. It also symbolizes communication with the immediate environment, the use of words and writing, the beginnings of concepts and categories, a superficial understanding of others, one¶s relationships to objects in the environment, and the beginning of selfunderstanding. Gemini represents such characteristics or traits as adaptable, chatty, communicative, curious, duality, exploratory, gossipy, imaginative, indecisive, intellectual, inventive, investigating, nervous, phony, rational, reasonable, role-playing, superficiality, talkative, verbal, variable, and versatile. Planets in Gemini take on a mental or intellectual nature. Their activity becomes more rapid, scattered, and superficial. They sacrifice depth, stability, and concentration. When Gemini is found on the cusp of a house, the individual approaches the affairs of the house in a mental or intellectual manner. The affairs of the house become diversified, duplex, and multiplied but lack depth of understanding.
The sign of Cancer begins with the summer solstice (the first day of summer). The Sun appears to have reached the northern latitude referred to as the tropic of Cancer. The Sun stands still for a moment, reverses its direction, and heads south towards the equator. The hours of daylight have reached their maximum length for the northern hemisphere. The hours of daylight begin to decrease. The hours of darkness increase. The Cancer phase of life begins with the first day of summer and ends approximately 30 to 31 days later. In this phase the identities or entities which were born or started in Aries begin a new phase of stabilization. During the Gemini phase, growth tended to be outwardly directed. In Gemini, living things were exploring their immediate environment and reaching out to form relationships and gain understanding of the outer world. During the Cancer phase, growth tends to be inwardly directed. The vines that reached out across the ground or up into the air and the relationships, associations, and ideas formed in Gemini are now given a chance to strengthen. Growth solidifies the new life forms. For plant life, trunks and branches thicken. For animal life, muscles thicken, especially leg muscles. Territory is claimed and boundaries are drawn and defended. Life during the Cancer phase concentrates on developing a solid base, a home, or a foundation. The concrete basis or foundation for future self-expression is formed. Cancer is the phase of personal integration. The experiences of the Gemini phase, the concepts formed, and the feedback received from neighboring life forms are integrated into a single identity. The Crab, as the symbol of Cancer, represents the home, the security of the home, and the protection of one¶s home. It also represents behavior naively guided by egocentric feelings. The glyph of Cancer represents both the breasts, which provide nourishment in infancy, and the claws of the crab, used to protect oneself, one¶s home, and one¶s family. Cancer is traditionally ruled by the Moon. It is the detriment of Saturn, the exaltation of Jupiter, and the fall of Mars. Cancer is a cardinal water sign. Cancer marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere. As a water sign, Cancer refers to emotional activity, to changes in feelings, sentiments, and emotions. The key words usually used for Cancer are I Feel. In Jung¶s analytic psychology, the feeling function is the function of personal judgment. That is, it is deciding what is good or bad for the personal self and making decisions are based on personal experience. Cancer rules to the stomach and the breasts. Cancer represents the foundations for life--the home, houses, the family, the mother, nurturance, and protection. It represents both the body and the personality as newly
integrated vehicles for self-expression. Cancer symbolizes the foundation or concrete basis for future self-expression. It is the phase of personal integration during which roles, thoughts, feelings, and experiences are synthesized into one whole personality. Cancer is expressed through such characteristics or traits as domestic, emotional, loyal, maternal, moody, nurturing, protective, religious, sensitive, and sympathetic. Planets in Cancer take on an emotional, protective, and maternal nature. Their activity may become strongly tinged with feelings of attachment, with moodiness, and with an unsteady, cyclic nature. When Cancer is found on the cusp of a house, the individual approaches the affairs of the house in an emotional, moody, protective, maternal fashion. The affairs of the house may involve the individual¶s mother and/or children.
The sign of Leo begins approximately 30 to 31 days after the summer solstice. In the northern hemisphere, the days are still longer than the nights even though the hours of daylight continue to decrease. The dominance of sunlight is felt in the summer¶s heat. The base or foundation in the forms of the home, the body, and the personality which were built during the Cancer phase now becomes the base or foundation for creative self-expression. During the Leo phase, the plant puts forth its greatest blossoms. It must attract the bees and birds to help it pollinate. Leo represents self-expression, especially any forms of self-expression that help to attract a mate. During the Leo phase the unique personality of the individual is expressed creatively, emotionally, sexually, and artistically. What was personal and private is now presented and shared. The Lion, as the symbol of Leo, represents the energy necessary for exploring new territory and the aggressiveness to protect it. The glyph of Leo represents the male lion, especially his head and mane. Leo is traditionally ruled by the Sun. Leo is the detriment of Saturn as well as the detriment of Uranus. Leo is a fixed fire sign, meaning that it represents the concentration or buildup of enthusiasm, inspiration, and any form of spiritual energy. Leo¶s key words are usually expressed as I Will. Leo relates to the heart and the backbone.
Leo represents emotions, creativity, sex, play, children, teaching, drama, theater, games, gambling, and competition. It is the life phase during which the emotions are released in some form which will, hopefully, impress and win over potential admirers. Leo represents the emotional creations of the personal ego. It represents physical creativity through the forms of sex, children, and sports. Leo expresses as bold, bossy, caring, courageous, creative, dominant, domineering, dramatic, ego-centric, enthusiastic, extravagant, powerful, proud, regal, self-assured, self-centered, selfish, strong, and willful. Planets in Leo take on a stable, expressive, creative, forceful, and proud nature. Their activity becomes strongly tinged with an ego-centric, selfish, and, sometimes, almost narcissistic quality. When Leo is found on the cusp of a house, the individual may be quite creative and self-expressive in the affairs of this house. The individual may also become overly identified with the activities of this house.
The Virgo phase is the last phase of summer. In the Virgo phase the daylight hours continue to dwindle and the hours of night increase until the beginning of Libra, when they are equal. The flowers that bloomed and were fertilized in Leo have gone to seed. The petals have died and may have dropped off. The seed is growing and around it grows the fleshy covering we call the fruit. During this phase growth centers on both the seed which will become the life of the next generation and on the fruit which covers it. The fruit offers protection and possibly some nurturance. The fruit also must attract animals that will distribute the seeds and possibly bury them in the ground where they will be protected from the cold. The Virgo phase of life represents the harvest, a time of sorting out what will be useful next spring and worth saving from what is not useful and should be discarded. This is the phase during which one determines what is worth harvesting. It represents a time for analysis, discrimination, and judgment. It is the phase of self-analysis, selfdiscrimination, and self-criticism. It is the phase during which the self-expression and personal creativity of Leo is judged. The creations of the self and of life that are worth keeping are salvaged. The rest is discarded. Virgo represents the drive to maintain and conserve life. The Virgin, as the symbol of Virgo, represents the maiden or servant attending to the harvest, suggesting the processes of gathering, discriminating, storing, and preparing. The glyph of Virgo is said to represent the potential energy that lies in the virgin or in the grain to be planted next year.
Virgo is traditionally ruled by Mercury. Mercury and the North Lunar Node are exalted in Virgo. Virgo is the detriment of Jupiter and Neptune. It is the fall of Venus. Virgo is a mutable or common earth sign, meaning that it represents sharing with others those things that are practical, useful, material, or physical. The key words for Virgo are often expressed as I Analyze. Virgo relates to the intestines, especially in their capacity for discriminating between those nutrients that are useful and life-sustaining and those that are not useful and may be waste or poisonous. It is the assimilation of useful nutrients and rejection of the rest. Virgo symbolizes self-analysis, self-improvement, and the distribution of knowledge gained through personal experience. It represents the traits and characteristics such as analytical, busy, careful, conscientious, critical, discriminating, helpful, industrious, judgmental, methodical, modest, nervous, picky, practical, and worrisome. Virgo represents attention to detail, caring, concern, conservation, craftsmanship, repair, technique, routine, refinement, repetition, salvage, salvation, self-improvement, and service. It represents servants, assistance, work, health, small animals and their care. The functions of planets in Virgo are subject to analysis and are improved in terms of practicality, usefulness, service, purity, and perfection. The individual may be self-critical in relation to the function of a planet in Virgo and may also be critical of others symbolized by the planet. When Virgo is found on the cusp of a house, the affairs represented by the house are subjected to analysis, discrimination, criticism, improvement, perfectionism, and purification. The affairs of the house are evaluated in terms of utility, practicality, service, and perfectionism.
The sign of Libra begins at the fall equinox when the hours of daylight and night are equal. Throughout Libra the hours of night or darkness increase. In astrology some equate light with the personal or individual force and darkness with the social or collective force. Libra is the sign of awareness of the other, of the Not-self. It represents awareness of what one is not or of what one has projected onto others. Libra is the beginning of second half of the yearly cycle. Work in the fields slows down during this half of the cycle, and social activities increase. The Libra phase is the time of harvest. It is the time of collecting what will be used during the winter and what will
saved for planting next spring. It is a time for celebrating the harvest and for sharing one¶s bounty. The constellation of Libra depicts a woman holding scales. The scales were used to weigh of grains and other substances harvested in the fall. They were also used when making purchases. The scales are also the scales of justice. In addition to the weighing of grains, substances, purchases, and justice, the glyph for Libra is said to represent the weighing of all of one¶s action in one or more lifetimes, the balancing of giving and taking, the balancing of all karma, the balance of good artistic design, and the Sun setting in the Western sky. Libra is traditionally ruled by Venus. Saturn is exalted in Libra. Libra is the detriment of Mars and the fall of the Sun. Libra is a cardinal air sign. Libra marks the beginning of fall. As an air sign, Libra symbolizes activities or actions that are social, intellectual, or mental in nature. It represents social activities, activities performed by couples whether harmonious or not, and the sharing of thoughts and ideas. Libra¶s key words are usually expressed as I Balance. They may also symbolize We Are. Libra represents the lower back and kidneys. Libra represents the awareness of anything and everything that is not experienced directly as the self or as part of the self. It symbolizes direct awareness of another person. Libra signifies social awareness, social participation, social functioning, union, and marriage. It rules partnerships, court, war, open enemies, legal affairs, the marriage or business partner, and all characteristics that have been projected onto others. It also represents the harvest, beauty, art, justice, balance, agreements, and laws. Libra expresses as artistic, attentive, balanced, beautiful, charming, compassionate, conventional, dependent, diplomatic, dishonest, false, formal, gossipy, graceful, indecisive, lazy, lying, peaceable, refined, scheming, social, superficial, and unassertive. Planets in Libra take on an artistic, intellectual, and socially-oriented nature. Their activities may be expressed in relationships, both harmonious and antagonistic depending on the planets and their aspects. When Libra is found on the cusp of a house, the individual approaches the affairs of the house with a concern for balance, beauty, partnerships, and people. The affairs of the house may require working with others who are equal in social status and authority. The individual¶s marriage partner(s) may play a significant role in the activities of this house.
The Scorpio phase of life occurs during the second 30 degrees of the Earth¶s yearly cycle following the fall equinox. This phase of life concerns the sharing of substance in whatever form, with others or with one specific person. Traditionally, this sharing begins with one¶s marriage partner or partner-in-life. Scorpio represents everything shared or jointly owned by marriage partners, business partners, and any kind of partnership in general. Scorpio represents any gains or advantages created by pooling one¶s resources with those of another. The resulting product is more than what one would expect from adding just one plus one. A third participant or factor emerges . . . the partnership. The partnership is an entity in and of itself, and the energy released by the partnership is beyond expectations. In this respect, Scorpio rules the energy and power that two or more people can generate together. Scorpio symbolizes jointly held property, marital property, inherited property, finances, stocks, responsibility, wills, insurance, detectives, secrets, magic, the supernatural, life after death, purgatory, metamorphosis, purification, spirituality, and transcendence. Scorpio represents any and all substances shared by two or more people. It represents what one has in common with others, including life situations, experiences, and every thought and feeling that two or more human beings have ever shared. In this expanded sense, Scorpio includes not only the substances of partnerships of two people of the same generation. It also represents what one shares with those who came before (one¶s ancestors) and with those who will come later (one¶s descendants). Scorpio represents inherited property, wills, legacies, and insurance. As the substance shared by a society or civilization, it represents the economy, stocks, bonds, and anything that people holds valuable. It also represents the combined power that two or more individuals can hold over another, the ability to force others to do one¶s bidding. Scorpio represents whatever society accumulates because of its value--money, possessions, talents, and abilities. Scorpio symbolizes human sexuality. Taurus represents natural sex, that is, sex for the purposes of pleasure and procreation. Leo represents the phase of self-adornment and self-aggrandizement that occurs when one prepares to attract the most desirable sex partner. Scorpio represents sexual experiences, sexual activities, and ³human´ sex, that is, sex that is combined with or contaminated by other human motives such as power, control, pride, aggression, and other various ego needs. More human babies are conceived during Scorpio than during any other sign. To some extent, it is considered to be the mating season for human beings. Scorpio represents the death experience of one¶s self and others, one¶s feelings about death, and shared beliefs and experiences of the afterlife. It represents out-of-body
experiences, mediums, hauntings, occultism, psychic abilities, investigations into life after death, and all investigations into the paranormal. Scorpio rules magic in any of its forms. This is one powerful sign! Scorpio also represents all deaths or endings, not just those of the physical body. It represents changes and losses in relationships, employment, locations, and ideas. When wisdom arises from the suffering of losses and the individual no longer needs to repeat the experience, Scorpio is at its finest. Then it represents release, selftransformation, transcendence, and true spirituality. All endings lead to new beginnings, but through self-transformation, the new beginnings represented by Scorpio lead to an expanded sense of self through identification with others. The higher energy of Scorpio is said to be represented by the phoenix rising from the ashes. The Scorpion represents the hidden, instinctual, and overwhelming powers of nature, which may unexpectedly overpower one, interfere with one¶s plans, bring about death, or challenge one to develop greater strength, skills, and courage. The glyph of Scorpio represents the scorpion with emphasis placed on its tail out, ready to defend itself. Scorpio is a fixed water sign, meaning that it represents the concentration of emotions and emotional experiences. It represents anything that blocks the process of sharing emotionally. Scorpio holds onto emotions, especially negative ones such as anger, hurt, and resentment, and keeps them secretly hidden or buried. When this concentrated, emotional energy eventually bursts through the individual¶s defenses, the outburst is often unexpected, disproportional, overwhelming, and violent. Scorpio is traditionally ruled by Mars. It is co-ruled by Pluto. Uranus is exalted in Scorpio. Scorpio is the detriment of Venus and the fall of the Moon. Scorpio¶s key words are usually expressed as I Desire. The key words We Have may apply as well. Scorpio rules the reproductive system, the genitals, the pelvis, and the function of waste elimination. Scorpio represents the substance of association and marriage, the adjustments made in the service of marriage or union, the removing of excesses or nonessentials, the reduction of personality to the essentials, and the transcendence of self through identification with others. It represents purgatory, fire, and the phoenix. Scorpio expresses as analytical, calculating, complex, deep, insightful, intelligent, intense, intimate, inventive, lustful, moody, passionate, penetrating, persistent, powerful, regenerating, renewing, resourceful, ruthless, sarcastic, scientific, secretive, spiritual, stubborn, vindictive, and wise.
Planets in Scorpio are intensified. Their functions are held in until they burst forth like a volcano. It may be necessary to involve the resources and energies of others in order to express their functions. They may be expressed secretly or covertly. When Scorpio is found on the cusp of a house, the individual approaches the affairs of the house in an intense, secretive, almost paranoid manner. The affairs of the Scorpio house are likely to involve others and their possessions or secrets. This house may lead to self-transformation.
In regards to the Earth¶s orbit, Sagittarius is the last sign of autumn in the northern hemisphere. It begins approximately 60 to 62 days following the autumnal equinox and approximately 30 to 31 days before the winter solstice. The hours of daylight continue to decrease. They reach their shortest length at the end of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the time of preparation for winter. Sagittarius represents Sagittarius represents expansion physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. For many animals Sagittarius is a time of migration. For early man, it was a time of traveling great distances in search of prey. It is the exploration of all that is new, different, and foreign, whatever is beyond one¶s local surroundings. Sagittarius represents long-distant traveling, traveling over-seas, exposure to foreign countries and cultures and foreigners. It symbolizes explorers, hunters, in-laws, publishing, publishers, courts, law, courts, judges, higher education, college professors, religion, philosophy, prophecies, religious persons, and clergy. Sagittarius symbolizes the expansion of relationships and the recognition of abstract relationships. It is what remains after the furnace of Scorpio has burnt away what is false. It represents the remains, the relics, or the embers. Thus, Sagittarius represents truth, religion, and philosophy. The Sagittarius represents the archer with his bow stretched, ready to send an arrow into the sky. The glyph of Sagittarius represents the arrow and part of the bow held by the archer. Pointed up, it signifies preparing to reach new and higher horizons. These horizons may be physical as in long-distance traveling. They may also be mental or spiritual horizons such as higher education, college, law, in-laws, foreigners, philosophy, religion, monasteries, and convents. As a mutable fire sign, Sagittarius represents the distribution of ideals, inspiration, enthusiasm, optimism, and beliefs. It represents foreign ideas, philosophy, theology, prophecy, and religious and spiritual concepts.
Sagittarius is traditionally ruled by Jupiter. Sagittarius is the detriment of Mercury and the fall of the North Lunar Node. The key words for Sagittarius are usually expressed as I See. The key words We Think may apply as well. Sagittarius relates primarily to the thighs, but also to the rest of the upper legs, the hips, and, to some degree, the liver. It may also symbolize the parts of the brain responsible for abstract thinking. Sagittarius represents the expansion of awareness or consciousness that comes from contact with foreign or different people, cultures, countries, philosophies, and religions. Contact may occur through travel or higher education. It may involve contact with foreigners and with nonmaterial planes and beings. Sagittarius expresses such traits and characteristics as athletic, broad-minded, care-free, energetic, enthusiastic, exploring, far-reaching, frank, freedom-loving, generous, honest, jovial, meaningful, optimistic, philosophical, profound, religious, roaming, searching, and spontaneous. Planets in Sagittarius tend to be expressed energetically, expansively, independently, philosophically, and spiritually. Their functions may be more concerned with generalizations and abstractions and with the mental-spiritual side of life. Any need for concentration, discrimination, and attention to detail may be lost. When Sagittarius is found on the cusp of a house, the individual¶s approach to the affairs of the house may involve the use of abstract thinking and complex concepts. This house may be a source of physical challenges, intellectual stimulation, new ideas, and spiritual growth.
The sign of Capricorn begins with the winter solstice, the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere, and ends approximately 30 to 31 days later. The Sun appears to have reached the southern latitude referred to as the tropic of Capricorn. Now the Sun appears to reverse its direction and head north towards the equator. The hours of darkness have reached their maximum length. With the beginning of Capricorn, the hours of daylight begin to increase, and the hours of night decrease. Even though three or more months of winter lie ahead, the winter solstice is celebrated because it marks the end of ever-increasing darkness and the beginning of more daylight hours. The winter solstice promised hope for better days. The focus of the Capricorn phase is the harsh realities of winter. In most industrial countries today surviving winter is usually not in question. However, in much of the
world and in pre-industrial times surviving winter was not a sure thing. During the winter months most agriculture activities come to an end. Survival depends on hunting, the care of live stock, and the rationing of the stores of harvested materials. During the Capricorn phase humanity was forced to turn away from its dependence on nature and turn towards working together and dependence on one another. Society and social relationships became the foreground. And like most mammals who live in groups, humanity needs structure to promote a well-functioning society. There is a need for individuals who make and maintain laws. Thus, laws were born in Sagittarius and carried out in Capricorn. Capricorn symbolizes the order, structures, and laws needed to maintain society. Capricorn represents the foundation for integrating social relationships into a society. It has especially come to represent the vertical dimensions of a society (i.e., who¶s on top, who¶s on the bottom). It is concerned with rank, hierarchies, discipline, rules, leadership, and leaders. Capricorn represents achievement, age, aging, authority, authority figures, bones, career, dignity, discipline, duty, the elderly, fathers, hierarchies, law, leaders, leadership, limitations, old age, public opinion, rank, reputation, respect, rulers, social status, structure, time, and time limits. Capricorn represents the mountain goat that is capable of overseeing his or her territory from the highest peak. Once he or she has reached his or her goals, he or she demands homage and respect for his or her accomplishments and is in a position of power from which he or she can control those below and defeat any competitors. As the mythical seagoat, he or she is equally capable of ruling both land and sea. The glyph of Capricorn represents the goat, mountain goat, and the mythical seagoat. Its horns, legs, and tail contain the power necessary to achieve its ambitions and goals, to reach the summit, and to defend its conquest from any competitors or usurpers. Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, meaning that it represents action, activity, and change in the material world. Capricorn is traditionally ruled by Saturn. Mars is exalted in Capricorn. Capricorn is the detriment of the Moon and the fall of Jupiter. Capricorn¶s key words are usually expressed as I Use. As the fourth sign from the seventh, the key words We Feel may apply as well. Capricorn relates primarily to the knees, the teeth, and the bones of the skeleton. As the bones and skeleton, Capricorn symbolizes the strong, inner structures on which the softer organs cling. They give the body its shape. The skeleton also sets the limits of physical growth. The teeth, as outgrowths of the skeleton, symbolize the body¶s ability to break down organic materials which serve as food for growth and physical maintenance. With respect to one¶s health and vitality, the bones, teeth, skeleton, and
joints define and limit the individual¶s potential for growth, flexibility, and continued life in the physical body. In regards to the knees, Capricorn symbolizes pride, authority, and patrimony. Capricorn expects respect and humility from others and must learn to be respectful and humble in the presence of higher authorities. Capricorns must learn to respect the needs and rights of the people they rule or lead. Both ancient and modern history provide well-known examples of humiliating falls when Capricorn leaders think that they are above all laws and fail to honor those they serve. Capricorn symbolizes the foundation or concrete basis for society and social interaction. It is the phase of interpersonal integration during which various social roles, thoughts, feelings, and experiences are expressed publicly or socially with power and authority. It symbolizes one¶s highest achievements in terms of social status and respect. It also symbolizes religious and/or spiritual achievement, power, and authority. Capricorn pursues accomplishments in the material world and demands recognition, power, status, and authority for his or her accomplishments, skills, and intelligence. Even though Capricorn is an earth sign, the honor, respect, and compliance that he or she expects from society often resemble what one would expect of an air sign, i.e., social status, rank, dignity, and dominance (the social, or air, equivalents to material [earth] symbols of wealth and power.) Capricorn is generally motivated by deep-seated feelings of inferiority (Cancer), which can never be completely assuaged. Capricorn can become emotionally dependent. The Capricorn¶s inferiority feelings make him or her feel unlovable. He or she doubts and distrusts words and emotional displays of affection, which can be deceitful or taken back in an instant. Therefore, the Capricorn prefers the social status and position that historical tradition provide and which the Capricorn feels that he or she has obtained through his or her own efforts. Those born with an emphasis of Capricorn are intended to lead, to run or rule over groups of people. However, most people with a Capricorn emphasis have powerful lessons to learn about legitimate leadership and the proper use of authority. They often rule from the ego and not from the spirit or soul. They forget that they are really the servants of the groups they lead. After reaching the top or pentacle of society, they frequently abuse the power and authority given to them and then experience painful and humiliating falls. Many political leaders commit deceitful acts on their way to the top, but they are good at covering them up (for the time being). Most people have such a need for structure and leadership that they are more than willing to overlook these early warning signs. Capricorn rules humility, and many Capricorns learn this lesson only after a fall from grace. Capricorn is expressed through such characteristics or traits as ambitious, arbitrary, aristocratic, authoritarian, bossy, businesslike, ceremonial, controlling, conniving, deceitful, detached, disciplined, domineering, dominating, driving, leading, manipulative,
narrow minded, orderly, paternal, patient, persistent, pompous, powerful, practical, purposeful, religious, secretive, sober, steady, ruthless, unemotional, and wise. Planets in Capricorn take on a disciplined and socially conservative in nature. The planets¶ functions become more reality-oriented and achievement-oriented. Their activities are more disciplined, restricted, and limited than usual. When Capricorn is found on the cusp of a house, the individual approaches the affairs of the house in a disciplined, conservative, and constricted manner. Matters related to the house may become very limited and are likely tinged with feelings of inferiority.
During this phase of the Earth¶s cycle, the hours of daylight are increasing, but darkness remains dominant. Most agricultural activities in the northern hemisphere have ceased, but the needs of both livestock and family must still be met. This phase tests the success or failure of the fall harvests. Hunting may help with the physical needs of the family in rural and aboriginal societies. As long as most material needs are met, the Aquarian phase allows more time for socializing and social activities as well as for planning and developing goals and ideals for the future. This phase tests one¶s ability to function as a social being. The Water Bearer, as the symbol of Aquarius, represents a deva (a being from a higher spiritual realm that most Christians, Jews, and Muslims refer to as an angel or angelic being) or a human who is distributing water needed for both physical and spiritual growth. The glyph for Aquarius primarily represents the waves of water of the spirit, or various forms of holy water. The glyph also represents thought or mental waves, ideas, and sometimes lightening and electricity. Aquarius is a fixed air sign. Air signs symbolize humanity, social groups, societies, intelligence, ideas, communications, and speech. As a fixed sign, Aquarius pulls together like-minded people and their ideas, forming associations, organizations, and friendships. Aquarius is traditionally ruled by Saturn. It is co-ruled by Uranus. Aquarius is the detriment of the Sun. Its key words are usually expressed as I Know, referring to knowledge of and an understanding of the universe based on either revealed truth, experienced truth, or both.
As the fifth of the second seven signs, We Will may be applicable as well, referring to the will or purpose of social groups, society, and the collective. Aquarius is primarily associated with the ankles. It may also be associated with the calves or lower legs and with some bodily fluids. Aquarius represents the formation of social groups, clubs, organizations, and associations. It also represents social or group expression and creativity. It symbolizes the power of a social group to accomplish its goals. The goals may be determined by the edicts of Capricorn. They may be newly created or inspired goals that are created when people come together and share their individual goals. In such a situation, whole is greater than its parts. Or the goals may those of one person inspired by his or her contact with higher realities and beings. It also symbolizes new ideas, changes, and revolutions in thinking and being, especially those that are unpopular with the establishment. Aquarius represents most all new developments such as electricity, radiation, technology, space exploration, computers, atomic physics, nuclear medicine, and advances in communications. Aquarius sometimes symbolizes rebellions and rebellious individuals who are acutely sensitive to group norms but reject the groups because of their own feelings of rejection. Aquarius symbolizes social consciousness, social identity, participation in groups and society, idealism, and the transformation of society. Aquarius expresses as brilliant, crazy, creative, detached, different, eccentric, freedom-loving, idealistic, intelligent, independent, inspired, inventive, odd, original, progressive, sensitive, social, and strange. Planets in Aquarius take on a detached, independent, mental, intellectual, idealistic, and socially concerned nature. Their activity may become strongly original and unique, and, sometimes, eccentric. When Aquarius is found on the cusp of a house, the individual approaches the affairs of the house in a unique, detached, independent, intellectual, or idealistic fashion. The affairs of the house may take on an original or eccentric nature.
Pisces is the last sign of winter in the northern hemisphere. Pisces adds an emotional and, perhaps, a spiritual dimension to the plans and associations that formed during Aquarius. Pisces binds the human family and society together emotionally and spiritually.
The Pisces phase is said to symbolize social analysis, social judgment, and social discrimination. As the sixth of the second seven signs, social analysis, judgment, and discrimination are very appropriate phrases to describe the sign. However, unlike Virgo, Pisces judges on a different set of values, or criteria. Pisces evaluates the individual¶s emotional or spiritual significance. While some behaviors and beliefs may be detrimental or dysfunctional, Pisces looks past what is outer and temporary to see what is internal and eternal. No one is without emotional or spiritual significance. Individuals with strong Pisces tendencies often appear to be indiscriminative in their associations because they value the emotional connection and simply ignore many behaviors that society rejects. Christian religious texts and traditions frequently refer to the Piscean nature of Jesus, who judged with right judgment and associated with prostitutes, tax collectors, lepers, beggars, Romans, gentiles, and little children. Pisces represents the end of one cycle and the preparation for the next. It symbolizes completion and the sum of everything that has come before. In the Pisces phase, the dysfunctional externals are gently discarded, and the emotional or spiritual essence is preserved and prepared for the next cycle. Pisces represents the processes of social analysis, social judgment, and social discrimination, while respecting the emotional and spiritual aspects of what is judged. It represents balancing the scales by repairing any damage that may have occurred during earlier phases. Pisces is said to rule hospitals, nursing homes, jails, prisons, insane asylums, monasteries, convents, and even military quarters. Most interpretations of Pisces focus on how one group of people helps another group of people (hospital staff and patients) or how one group of people punishes another group (jailors and inmates). Karmic scales are being balanced by helping the suffering and by punishing the criminal. All such places have much in common. A detached outsider, unfamiliar with the functions of these institutions, is most likely to notice that the institutions usually consist of two major groups of people (patients and hospital staff, prisoners and jailors, etc.). Each of the two groups is distinguished from the other by the clothing they wear. Every member of a group is required to dress exactly like all other members of that group. Individuality is strongly prohibited in both groups. One of the two groups is much larger than the other, but the smaller group is in control of the larger group. Often there is an even smaller third group (administrators) that controls the second group. In Piscean institutions large numbers of people give up there identities, resulting in a society of two (or three) classes which function symbiotically. The Fish, as the symbol of Pisces, represents both the occupants of the water or sea and the water, the sea, or the universal ocean of life, which contains all things. The glyph for Pisces represents two fish, bound together but swimming in opposite directions. Pisces is a mutable water sign. As the mutable water sign, Pisces represents the sharing of feelings and emotions. The sharing often goes both ways: that is, the Pisces is empathetic and senses the feelings and emotions of others, on the one hand. Pisces
can often express feelings and share them with others. Pisces and the twelfth house figure prominently in most of those who choose to become actors, movie stars, and movie producers. When Pisces is active in the intellectual realm, it expands the mind in unusual ways. It is notoriously poor at details and arithmetic, but it figures strongly in the charts of theoretical mathematicians who deal with abstract numbers, equations, probabilities, and quantum and theoretical physics. Pisces is traditionally ruled by Jupiter. It is co-ruled by Neptune. Venus and possibly Pluto are exalted in Pisces. Pisces is the detriment of Mercury and the fall of Mercury and the North Lunar Node. The key words for Pisces are usually expressed as I Believe, emphasizing the spiritual or faithful nature of the sign. As the sixth of the second seven signs, the key words may be expressed as We Analyze, or We Synthesize. It combines the analytically based conclusions of separate individuals by seeking what truths they hold in common. Pisces is associated especially with the feet. It is sometimes associated with lymph and lymph nodes. It may also be associated with blood. Pisces symbolizes the return of the individual to the collective, society, the collective unconscious, the universal, or God. In the process the individual sacrifices what is particular or unique to him or her. This process of universalization can be seen manifesting in the street hooker or prostitute who shares sexual activity with the collective, the doctor or nurse working to heal the sick, the soldier whose identity is absorbed into his or her platoon, the actor who shares his or her feelings on the screen or stage, the priests, monks, and nuns of any religion, the mystic, prophet, and psychic who channels information from the superconscious or God. Pisces expresses as accepting, believing, caring, changeable, compassionate, dependent, dreamy, emotional, faithful, gullible, impressionable, intuitive, loving, mystical, psychic, religious, spiritual, trusting, understanding, and willing to sacrifice. Pisces also symbolizes fi lm, movies, fantasy, daydreaming, love, martyrdom, water, oceans, the masses, alcohol, alcoholism, drugs, prostitution, escape, psychosis, oil, fish, unconsciousness, the collective mind, the universe, the superconscious mind, spirituality, life-after-death states, psychic abilities, and God. It symbolizes the unification of the single entity with all that exists. Planets in Pisces take on an emotional, empathetic, compassionate, receptive, passive, and spiritual nature. Their forcefulness tends to be diminished. There are a few notable exceptions to this characterization in that a number of famous generals and military and political leaders have been born with numerous Pisces placements. When Pisces is found on the cusp of a house, the individual approaches the affairs of the house in an emotional, compassionate, caring, or intuitive manner. The house with
Pisces on its cusp is often the house in which the individual may be called on to make numerous sacrifices. The individual may suffer frequently through the activities connected with this house.
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