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(By Thomas Gazis)
(copyright Thomas D. Gazis)
We tend to believe that the show-biz superstars are some lucky beggars whose life is a never ending party! Well, it might be an ever ending inferno too, as in Britney Spears case. Most of us know the ordeal she has been through. Although young, rich and famous she is not happy, going through continuous stages of psychological breakdowns, addictive behavior etc. Allegedly she suffers from Bipolar Disorder, which is a major mental disorder, sending the patient to extremes either of absolute depression or to a manic behavior. She seems unable to find herself and get a grip on life. She got married twice and divorced, she gave birth to 2 children but lost the custody of both, plus she lost - by a juridical decision - the control of all her assets! A fundamental astrological axiom claims that the chart should reflect its owner's reality. So, with all these heavy conditions that Britney Spears is facing in her life it would be natural to presume that she has a "heavy" chart. We might speculate i.e. discordant aspects on her Luminaries (Sun, Moon), a pivotal Neptune, an 8th or 12th House emphasis etc. Nope, not at all! Britney Spears chart is one of the less "heavy", one of the "smoothest" I have ever encountered! You can see it for yourself (born 2 December 1981, 1:30 am, McComb Mississipi):
if we pay enough attention to details we will realize that Britney's chart is not that "merry-go-around" after all. vivacious. frequent psychological breakdowns. if we pay some attention we will see her chart's ruler (Venus. extreme events in life. First of all. Apparently we are missing something! Astrology cannot be wrong. The way we approach it might be. though! Because all we have to do is pay attention to certain elements .and apply the right branch of Astrology. in this case the Psychological Astrology! So. her Sun and Moon are in Sextile (60 degrees apart. And there are other configurations which we did not notice from the . she has a Libra Ascendant (which apparently makes part of the "easy going" scheme). This chart seems to belong to a happy person. Not to mention that her Moon is in the warm. In addition.Her Sun is in "lucky" Sagittarius and receives no major hard aspects at all. Her Moon in Aquarius not only does not receive any hard aspects but even forms an harmonic aspect to Saturn. And this because in her chart we can indeed spot some hard aspects. Pluto is well known in Astrology for causing huge existential crises.which we usually overlook as details . loss of assets and any kind of ordeals. both because it is in her First House (conjuncting the neighboring Saturn) and because it forms an aspect to her Sun. a positive in astrology angle). having a rather easy life. The planet ruling her Ascendant is Venus. in 25 degrees Capricorn) forming a perfect square aspect to Pluto (in 25 degrees Libra). But it does not reflect Britney Spears' tormented life. And in Britney's case Pluto is pivotal. And as we Astrologers know. "solid" and powerfully self-asserting Fifth House. the planet ruling our Ascendant is ruling our whole chart too! So. of course.
while at the same time forms a perfect semi-square to her Venus. But still something is missing here! If we thoroughly study any given person's chart we might find similar or even heavier planetary configurations. And indeed there is one! I have been teaching Psychological Astrology for the last 20 years. That is why . we can see her dismal relations clearly depicted in this "double whammy" aspect (Mars in the 12th House and at the same time in square to her Neptune. Venus) are positioned in perfect angular distances in the zodiac cycle. As Mars is the ruler of her Seventh house.to use the proper astrological term). not leading such a precariously balanced life style. Dane Rudhyar's "An Astrological Study of Psychological Complexes". I am not a psychologer though (I just took a psychology course in the University) and thus I am not entitled to diagnose psychological problems in people (and I apologise if I somehow did). Noel Tyl's psychological approach to the horoscope and others.although the semi-square aspect is considered a secondary one . But the average person seems to cope far better with such an aspects than Britney Spears does. as well as the ones of Karen Hamaker-Zondag.in square to her Sagittarius Sun.Pluto aforementioned square (right on her Venus/Pluto midpoint . I think I acquired much knowledge on the subject through every single client's chart I studied in the last 25 years (my 12th House Moon is . Because semi-squares are considered difficult ascpects. bringing conflict and stress to people. Plus. But I have thoroughly studied the books and notices of the clinic psychologer astrologer Liz Greene's. There is some strange geometry going on here. because they are considered "secondary" ones (not to mention difficult to spot by the eye). Add to it her 12th House Mars in square to her Neptune. We are talking about her two characteristic semi-square aspects (a semi-square is a 45 degrees angle formed between 2 planets in the chart). Sun. as all these planets (Pluto. So. Britney's Sun stands in the very middle of her Venus . her Sun forms a perfect semi-square aspect to her Pluto. Actually.we have to pay particular attention to it here.beginning. the ruler of the 12th House). this rare delineation partially explains Britney's ordeal in life. Definitely there must be some other element in her chart bringing forth major personality disorders. Pile up too the crucial transits going on in the last years of the planet Neptune upon Britney's natal Aquarius Moon and of Saturn in her Twelfth House . not getting immersed in such a gloomy and unhappy situation. In plain English.
For the sake of simplicity though. if somebody has his/her Sun in Aries and simultaneously in his/her Seventh House (the Seventh House corresponds to Libra. On the other hand.the strongest imbalances. the sign diametrically opposite to Aries in the zodiac cycle). And when somebody has a Libra Ascendant not only his/her Sun but most of his/her planets probably will be "polarized". One of the first things I have been telling my Psychological Astrology class students is to look for a predominant configuration in a chart which I call the "polarization effect"! The term might sound intimidating. a Taurus will have his/her Sun in the Eight House. It always depends on the interaction between the House cusps and the specific degrees each planet is in. by the term "a House opposite to a sign" we mean here "the House that corresponds to the diametrically opposite sign of the one we are referring to"! To give you an example. Thus. but actually describes a very simple condition: a planet in a given sign being simultaneously in the "opposite" House. inner conflicts. not ALL Libra Ascendants produce a strong "polarization effect" while some Virgo Ascendants might produce one. .very sensitive to psychological issues). Chances are that an Aries with a Libra Ascendant will have his/her Sun in the Seventh House. confusion and mental disorders to individuals otherwise having strong and balanced charts. Of course there isn't such a thing as a House opposite to a sign. The fact is that we might have an Aries individual with a Libra Ascendant whose Sun lies in the Sixth House instead of the Seventh and this of course does not make his/her Sun polarized. an Aries with a Virgo Ascendant might have his/her Sun in his Seventh House. then in his/her case we get a "polarized" Sun! There is a particular Ascendant that causes the strongest "polarization effect" in a chart: Libra! Mysteriously. a Gemini in the Ninth and so on! The Sun would be then in a House "opposite" to the sign it is in. This I call "polarization". imbalances. eventually leading them to some sort of existential "paralysis". All these years I have been studying people's charts I realized that this "polarization effect" is CRUCIAL and it can actually produce huge tensions. the sign of balances causes when it is the Ascendant of the individual .
His everyday reality is somehow contrasting the very Universal archetypes in him! Thus. Her Mars is in Virgo but in the "opposite" Twelfth House. This amazingly rare configuration produces a huge split in her personality and explains very satisfactorily Britney's behavior. but by no means were these aspects that disruptive to justify his actual state. Mars and Pluto are all polarized): . Mercury. All his personal planets were forming a stellium in Leo and his Moon was in Aries. life style and general ordeal. with "angles"). self asserting personality. His case puzzled me profoundly and when he left I immediately started analyzing his chart again. trying to figure out where I was wrong . I realized as the consultation was going on that he was rather insecure and fragile! Surely he was receiving by then some hard planetary aspects. When it suddenly hit me! All his Leo planets were in his Eleventh House and his Aries Lunar energy in his Seventh House! His strong Leonean energies were struggling to cope with the absolutely opposite Aquarian .Eleventh House ones (and his Aries energies the ones of his Seventh House). so I was anticipating a person with a brilliant. To my utter amazement though. opposed worlds! If we now apply the same method to Britney's case we will be astonished of the many "polarization effects" we will get in her chart! Her Sun is in Sagittarius but in the "opposite" Third House! Her Moon is in Aquarius but in the “opposite” Fifth House. When the door bell rang. I was expecting to see a sort of "Alexander the Great" stepping into my office! And in fact he had the "Al Pacino" type of face (distinct. Uranus.I remember that it all started some 20 years ago. Saturn. a huge amount of his abundant fiery energies is consumed and “dissipated”. as this person is constantly struggling to bridge in himself two very different. Neptune and Pluto! In fact the whole chart of Britney Spears is "polarized". Moon. And the same goes for her Jupiter. strong. And it does that so effectively that no other method comes even close to it! The "Nirvana" suicidal (and allegedly bipolar) singer Kurt Cobain has a largely polarized chart too (his Sun.as the reality of my customer did not match his chart. Her Mercury is in Sagittarius but in the Third House. with a client I was about to receive. Her Venus is in Capricorn but in the "opposite" Fourth House.
. In an interesting article entitled "Astrological research on Schizophrenia". And the trully minor polarization occurs when only a couple of planets (and no Luminary) are polarized. hrenia. the Italian astrologer Ciro Discepolo shows us what he considers to be a typical chart of a person bearing a schizophrenic disorder.There is a certain "gradation" to this polarization effect. Although Discepolo describes accurately all the significant aspects on the chart of this patient he fails to pinpoint the "Polarization pattern" on it! You can read the article in English here: http://www. When none of the Luminaries is polarized then the individual might not suffer a total "disruption" in his life but only in certain areas of his life.cirodiscepolo.but still we are worried about the polarized Luminary.it/english_cor .htm The chart of the schizophrenic patient: . If only one Luminary and some planets are polarized then we have a relatively minor polarization . The strongest polarization occurs when both the Luminaries and a certain number of planets are polarized..
being in Taurus but at the same time in the "opposite" to Taurus Eight House and in a partile conjunction to Uranus. the Sun . After studying it for many years I came to the conclusion that it matches the other known personality . who obviously did not "work" with themselves. But this Saturnian . as the lives of the two bear striking similarities.or someone you know . I have encountered often this "polarization effect" in the charts of people with mental disorders.e. And this process might enrich him/her enormously and turn then to his/her favor! In any case.blocking effect. This “polarization effect” acts in a very powerful and disruptive ways in a chart.We have a strong polarization effect here as both his Luminaries and all the other planets (except Mercury and Jupiter) are polarized.e. in Amy’s Winehouse chart. Sometimes under a slightly different form. if you . Pop idol Winehouse is somehow considered Britney’s twin case. while almost everybody else saw Hitler as an utterly cruel person he perceived himself as a "good guy"!). In addition. I noticed that his Capricorn Moon is tightly conjuncting his natal Jupiter. Such a square we encounter i. his Sun is "double-whammy" polarized. a planet totally alien to Taurus and related (by the Argentinean school of Psychological Astrology) to schizophrenia! Now. But while Amy’s ordeal was rather . In Hitler's case i.Moon tight square.Jupiterian "coniunctio" is a polarization too (Jupiter’s and Saturn’s energies are considered opposite).has a strong "Polarization Effect" in his/her chart it does not necessarily mean s/he is going to get suicidal or schizophrenic. It rather means s/he has to skillfully bridge two opposite forces in himself/herself. Thus.
Britney’s chart seemed to be pretty much ordinary.easily identifiable in her chart. But if we apply the “polarization effect” method to Britney’s chart it immediately becomes extra-ordinary! Thus. Gazis. Copyright: Thomas D. . If you wish to republish parts or all of it please contact the author at: ifestion@gmail. I firmly believe that we Astrologers should place this "polarization effect" method among our main interpretation tools! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This is an original article written by Thomas Gazis and published in 2008.com All charts made by the "Solarfire Gold" astrology software.
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