Astrology: New posts to come…

July 12, 2016

The cup is feeling more than half empty and my thinking is ‘when its gone it is gone’.

Inspiration to write comes and it goes, and when you find yourself writing almost the same stuff as before maybe it is time to give up or have a radical rethink on how to do your stuff, and even then there are no guarantees you will come up with something worthy of reading, and as any writer knows ‘you are known’ by your output and i don’t want to be known as not worth reading, so once again…

… i find myself writing up posts which go over old ground but rather than be despondent about it and thinking it is not worth doing anymore i looked at my limitations which are ‘you can only write what you know’ and if in writing you can explain a little further your intentions then it is worth a go.

So, i am writing a small series of 12 posts in which I will kind of flesh-out previous articles and try to make as full as a statement on various important parts of Astrology as i can.

I have had a small series of conversations with a ‘youth’ in which i try to convince Gareth that Astrology has a validity and practical use for the common man but he is a hard man to convince and over time he… … well i don’t want to tell you how it ends right now, do i? no, certainly not.

Now i know this isn’t an original idea to talk with someone to get a new angle on things, but it is a good idea for me.

Now as for this blog’s future, it is unformed and perhaps a new wind will blow through my dusty old head but for now it is tumbleweed on a new expressive level and although like many writers the odd thought worthy of a post may occur [and many writers at this ‘point’ often say if that is how it is going to be then why bother and pack-up their things and move-on to more fertile ground], but when Astrology is your passion why try to have fun in the next field where the grass is supposedly more greener.

So, the rant is over and things ‘remain the same’ so all you need to know is its business as usual and one day these ‘conversations’ will appear on here. And this is an updated post so as of 21st August all 12 posts are written but still need some work and soon the first will appear and the plan is to publish one a day for 12 days.

I now realise that for the first time these posts include a wider thinking and more than Astrology but I will explain more in a separate post.

P.S. According to Spammers the bigtime awaits and ‘traffic’ is what all bloggers want, no it isn’t, not their way anyway. Let me make it clear… … i like the fact my blog is hidden from the masses and has low traffic and perhaps is only for people with a real ‘interest’ in Astrology to find, and i don’t want to be a small fish in a big pond and if that is a ‘spanner in the great design’ of the social media world then so be it.

Love and Peace.


Astrology: Mars Rx

June 25, 2016

Now there are lot of things i could say about Mars retrograde but i want to keep it brief.

Living in England the last few weeks have been tortuous to watch the television, will we leave the EU or remain, it really was a case of Tune off, turn off and **** off, they truly did me head in, and why bother with that. And i’m glad i was too young to remember when we went in the 1970’s.

Anyway it was a foregone conclusion in my mind, just like how a Horary chart can be judged one way or the other on one testimony this ‘referendum’ taking place on June 23rd was solely down to Mars Rx.

Mars strong in Scorpio equals self-determination and is strong enough to do it, and retrograde returns to a previous state, so we return to an independent state but with the vote cast only six days before it stations it shows we have something like to the beginning of August 2021 before that really kicks-in, whilst the retrograde action brings financial, political and personal change in the meantime.

People, Mars type people, like rough middle-aged violently patriotic men feel they have their mojo back and perhaps they do, and in Norwich the stories come in about foreigners already being openly abused in the street, oh dear Mars giving open reign.

But here we are told it was the ‘youth’ Mercury who made the difference, probably not, just more media hype to keep the circus on the road.

Anyway the people have voted, i didn’t i couldn’t decide for the best, my heart was saying keep in Europe and my head said no, give your vote to England’s own future, so i made no difference so i can’t complain can i? ha.

In the end politics wins and we suffer, and as a Anarchistic minded individual i think i made my point, a system can’t continue if no one participates in it.


Astrology: Current progressions

June 11, 2016

I was born in June 1965 and nearly 51 years later my progressed astrology chart looks nothing like my natal chart did way back in 1965, and rightly so, and although i know appalling little about ‘progressions’ [well i know the basics] and a little more, i still know enough to get by. But i must let you know, it is the question of whether your ‘progressed’ chart is more like you ‘now’ than your ‘natal’ chart that gets me, personally i don’t think it is, but that ‘thinking’ could change over time.

You see i appreciate that the ‘aspects’ between planets and planets and planets and house cusps in your ‘progressed’ chart can signify ‘events’ but further than that i’m not sure what this chart’s real value is because isn’t it just ‘one’ moment of time [your birth] pushed-on so in my eyes it isn’t a standard chart like those based on a ‘moment’ of time like a natal or a horary chart and without the ‘natal’ chart to refer back to ‘it is’ nothing. I mean it can only be used with reference to the ‘natal’ chart and nothing else in a kind of exclusive relationship ‘if you like’, but like i said this/my thinking may change.

But after saying all this their ‘affects’ do still come through and that is why it is an important chart to refer to, but it is also worth stating some ‘progressions’ seem easier to ‘spot’ in your World, [i mean they manifest in an event] and it may ‘not’ just be the more ‘powerful’ ones, maybe it is that we are more inclined to ‘some’ of them either because of the way we are living ‘at the time’ or just personally due to your own astrological chart but for sure a multiple of connected ‘ones’ coming together can have a ‘force’ so strong, anyway let us move-on.

I’ve called this post ‘current’ progressions because in a year or two from now my progressions can and will be different, so we are talking about May/June 2016 here.

Now for an example of ‘progressions’ at work to set the scene and so you have a starting point.

A lot has changed in the past 50 years and i am a middle-aged man now and i will never to be mistaken for a under eighteen man again [laughs] but some progressions move quite slowly and Mars in my natal chart which was at 29 23 Virgo moved into Libra soon after birth but it has been in Libra its ‘detriment’ ever since and will only reach Scorpio in the next year[s] and it has brought its own problems which for me were ‘attitudes’ mainly.

Nataly Mars rules my 10th, 11th and 3rd house cusps and this throwing Mars into ‘detriment’ has really screwed with my natural ‘tendencies’, now, i suppose these ‘progressed’ positions put a new layer over the original whilst bringing in new experiences and it seems that they can cover-over what was ‘originally’ there [like a new paint job, or should i say a new clear varnish job] where you can still see the original.

And with it being like this, we find a Mars which was/is in its own ‘terms’ and i had some ‘friends’ 11th [and ‘terms’ often give friendship, or the possibility of, the strength having them] and the 10th some desire to ‘work’ and the 3rd some desire to talk all ‘fall away’, but the good thing with ‘natal’ indicators is they cannot change, only bend. Now Mars is at 28 Libra where it has meant friends/work and communicating have meant little or nothing to me in the last fifty years and because so much has changed i am kind of looking forward to a possible re-birth coming soon when Mars goes back into full Mars dignities in Scorpio, well perhaps it will come, i really don’t know, because it is a simple to and fro isn’t it, because if Mars in Libra took them away then Mars in Scorpio can bring them back, but we will see, and because you can’t undo fifty years of ‘attitude’ overnight and more importantly [and what i think is], perhaps i did want less work and have less friends and do less talking during this time, and i think for the most part the answer is yes, so perhaps Mars in Libra did exactly what is should of done [for me anyway].

Now for the rest of the story, and we need to get a bit more detailed here leaving the previous bit behind. Although Mars is still significant and it is here that we include aspects between planets and cusps and bring things up to 2016.

I have been getting a lot of headaches recently and very ‘hot’ ones too, now my natal chart has a distinct lack of fire in it and with no planets in fire signs and you can’t really count the Sagittarius Ascendant [all on its own] and with the preponderance of water signs occupied the fact is that i get few if ‘any’ headaches and that seems to be quite ‘normal’ for me but lately it is like i have an excess of ‘fire’, [for me] anyway, it isn’t ‘much’ of a thing but they hurt like buggery, and it seems not much is needed to change the balance, just a bit of fire.

These headaches are annoying and like i said ‘out of character’, my progressed Sun has been in Leo for years now and so has Mercury in Leo, now retrograde, so the only new ‘factor’ is Moon in Aries, although at 25 18 it has been in Aries for some time, so why am i suffering/ill now? well that is quite easy to see, my progressed 6th cusp is at 26 14 Cancer [June 8th exactly ‘partile’ 0 00’ on my natal Venus] and the Moon has been slowly reaching the square aspect of this cusp [and wasn’t fully there when they began] and so it is with ‘applying’ aspects, so with some days to go until the aspect perfects i expect these headaches to continue to exactitude then hopefully fade.

The astrology is easy Aries = headaches and the Moon ‘frequently’ and they are now making me ill = 6th cusp, but there is more, this Moon also is opposing my progressed Mars in detriment so until this ‘aspect’ is over, ‘soon’ i am prone, at least i have one saving-grace this Mars has passed the exact square to natal Venus, and why i am thankful is, this Moon applying to progressed Mars whilst Mars is in square to my natal lord 4 could have been very difficult, sure it is still ‘close’ but an applying progression is ‘still’ to happen, or is ‘happening’ whereas a ‘separating’ aspect sees much of the power to ‘afflict’ [in this instance] gone.

So that is the story i guess, but why look further than the natal chart and its progressed chart for any more information on a ‘subject’, but like any good Astrologer i have another important chart to look at too, that of when i moved into my home in Cromer, and i believe this chart can sometimes tell me just as much well [nearly] as my natal chart in certain issues, so what are its progressions ‘today’? and what ‘might’ i see? first this chart has fiery Mars in Leo near the 12th cusp, where you can just be stuck with things, it has now moved from 17 Leo to 20 42 Leo in the 6 years that i have lived here by progression and is close to opposing the/its progressed 6th cusp at 20 55 Aquarius, so although Aries isn’t involved a fiery sign afflicts the progressed 6th cusp so we see parallels in this chart and the Moon is now in Leo, progressed from Taurus, so as with all Astrology we see a ‘double’ confirmation of what is manifesting as ‘one’ thing.

Another thing i have done is fight fire with fire, now with no fire positions in my natal chart i have never been that ‘busy’ in the world/and as a person although i’ve had my moments, i am a phlegmatic sort of person mainly but as i’m finding-out ‘progressions’ can change things [to an extent/for a time] so with ‘fire’ ones i need to ‘get’ active, burn-off the ‘massive’ heat/energy, so instead of my ‘usual’ rather lazy ‘day’ i have got ‘super’ active [for me anyway] and started painting my living room [Aries] and cleaning my whole home, making it anew, again [Aries], the astrology is saying work ‘something’ out/off and it has helped.

Now this might seem like ‘nothing’ but it is all relevant to me, i don’t do ‘much’ in life, i have no ‘daily’ active pattern which most people in the normal world would recognise, so for me it is a big turnaround and that ‘change’ is just as important to me as anything is to anybody else, you know.

I suppose the moral of this story is: time will ‘pass’ and things will move on, and some things which annoy and afflict will one day turn out to be a laugh ‘again’, but we must always remember the older you get ‘some’ things ‘stick’ around longer and ‘niggles’ grow longer, and we are always working towards the ultimate progression[s] which the ‘traditional’ astrologers talked of, and by that i mean the final ‘killing’ one[s], and i know my current progression[s] has only brought me ‘headaches’ and i can seem like a ‘drama queen’, but this post is more of a therapeutic lesson for me and a teaching-aid for the/you ‘readers’ so excuse the subject matter although ‘painful’ to me and concentrate on the learning given within.

Until next time, soonish, bye.


Astrology: like a donkey derby, only…

May 27, 2016

… backwards.

So, Mars arrives back in Scorpio only this time from 29 59, because it is retrograde, and i have to tell you i don’t like retrograde planets, well i don’t like them when they are in bad places of your natal chart, and in the past few weeks Mars has been in Sagittarius doing his thing, but it has been the stuff of nightmares for me, constant burning headaches and extended flu symptoms, it retrograded past my 12th house cusp and it is only ‘now’ the further it got away from the cusp that my ills have slowly faded-away, and it is now far enough away to be said to be in my 11th house, and hopefully when it goes ‘direct’ in Sagittarius i hope my ills won’t return, but if they do then it is doubtful it will be with the force of the malefic retrograde ‘affects’.

Retro gradation is said to be a major ‘debility’ and i used to think well the main planets are retrograde every few months, so what is the big deal, but i was missing their essence, kind of looking at the forest and not the trees and the more intricate patterns involved. Mars and Venus retrograde can be harder than the shorter Mercury one, especially as they come around less often.

But we can usually deal with Saturn and Jupiter’s retrogrades easily enough as it is often either just a ‘down’ period’ [Saturn] or one of minor irritation for [Jupiter], but we mustn’t forget each one of us has the individual factor [to factor in] about where the retrograde planet rules and the house it is in and house[s] it rules over to factor in too.

Then there is the ‘fact’ people are born with either no planets retrograde or many, [i think i am right in saying that in the 20th century there was rarely a time when all the planets were direct].

Personally i don’t have Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter or even Saturn retrograde in my natal chart, so i wonder if i might feel retrogradation more than some other people do, or that could just be a ‘fantasy’ [i don’t know], what i do know is my life tends to run quite smoothly, on its natural forward course most of the time so when retrogradation happens in some harder part of my chart i tend to know about it.

Anyhow, the saving-grace of this Mars retrograde period is it started in low degrees of a sign [a sign where it is not in any essential dignities of note] and it goes back into Scorpio where it is full on, [although not in full Mars dignities] as it would be at 0 degrees of Scorpio, anyhow, i bet many people are glad it has come back into Scorpio, a ‘break’ for so many, a time to aspire again, or plan at the very least, and in late May 2016 we need ‘hope’ as Jupiter is in detriment and Saturn has two months of retrogradation to still go through.

Only my friend who has an early Sagittarian Ascendant seems to unaffected by it, and good for him, and i guess if you have Mars in Sagittarius then it is hand-able too, to an extent anyway, and i suppose if you naturally like to behave badly, then the past few weeks was ‘just for you’, always remembering that with Astrology we all are affected differently, by the same factor.

Anyway i named the post [like a donkey derby, only backwards], why? because a retrograde period is like a ‘course’ of a certain length and the planet is descriptive of what the objects involved ‘do’ and here it is ‘race’ a Martian ‘thing’, how will it be done? slower than usual, do to retrogradation, but Mars is still essentially strong, but ‘weakened’ so instead of a thorough bred horse that we would normally ‘use’, we at the moment [are like] donkeys ‘those’ sturdy creatures who plod along and like a Scorpio who only really get into gear when agitated, [but you say] Mars in Scorpio a ‘donkey’, [you are having a laugh], but pull its tail and watch it run with a mania, [after its sting] well its ‘kick’ of its hind-legs anyway.

Can a donkey actually walk backwards, i don’t know, but retrogradation is also known as apparent retrogradation, [although it does move back through the degrees], what is not so apparent to many people though is the ‘times’ which we are living through, sure some people notice something is ‘off’ and life isn’t moving-on as it normally does, but i become less surprised yearly by how ‘little’ some people actually ‘see’ and even ‘more’ how unaware they are of the different/changing ‘astrological’ conditions they live under, with some people preferring even to deny any ‘possible’ differences [in their day-to-day reality’s] ‘given to them by the planets’, and why? all so their world-view of isn’t ‘every-day’ the ‘same’ isn’t threatened.


Astrology 101: D I Y Astrology

May 6, 2016

Ok here we go again. When the media outlets aren’t giving you what you want, although in today’s 21st century astrological world they invariably are, you must be prepared to ‘do it yourself’.

And with all the books you’ve read on Astrology why can’t you, it is the next logical step, isn’t it. Many of the top astrological writers are graduates of local classes and many still go there, and why wouldn’t they, it is the place to keep yourself current. I am so out of any loop i could almost start again from the basement up, anyway like i said today its going to be astrology 101 and DIY so imagine i’ve just read my first astrology book and i am reading something on aphorisms, so i get my ephemeris out and see that today Venus is the only planet that is ‘direct’ and Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde, [forget the outer planets for now] and then i read that retrograde planets are in a very ‘baleful’ condition, and then i look outside and notice nature ‘trees’ are somewhat behind the growth that they should be for early May, it then starts making some sense to me, and it also seems colder for the time of year, it is like life is holding itself back so i have kind of sussed out why, right! no, i have just learnt some 101, and that is simply by ‘looking at some earthly events’, not the man-made ones.

So what now, prediction, steady on Robert, isn’t prediction a hallow art only for the masters and some arcane science best left to those who know what they are doing, no, its the answer to the way it was and the way it is going to be, at its most basic level, so with one variation coming-up that of Jupiter soon to go direct in its motion and with a little bit of reading i can almost completely say and with 100% confidence that things are going to get better, but that says nothing more than it was in a bad state and now isn’t going to be, very vague, isn’t it, not going to win me a Nobel prize for Astrology, and rightly so.

So how, where and why, well why has been dealt with retrograde to direct, simply a return to normal duties, i don’t need to be a ‘sage’ to know that, do i. where? in Jupiterian things obviously and how, in Virgo, so Virgoen things.

Now if i said that in front of an audience i may get a reply like: is it really that simple?, well probably not i answer. So i quickly change the subject, because i don’t want to show up my ignorance and i don’t want someone smarter to upstage me with stuff i don’t know about, or do i yield to their greater knowledge, i know what is best for me don’t i?

Anyway i revert back to the safety of 101 and say what i am sure i know that Venus is direct so it is all good there in Taurus, and thank God it is there because with the four other planets retrograde a weak Venus would drag us into the hell, and not help us rise above it, but even that is over dramatising of the ‘case’ somewhat, it is like saying ‘only’ Venus is helpful to us at the moment and only through Art and Music, and it is today’s saviour, [today meant literally here], but even when i say ‘that’ it is still said with a touch of truth in there somewhere.

When you go 101, and say what you can do is as DIY as its possible to be, you start to say that Jupiter is a benefic and so is Venus so with both direct soon and with the malefics still retrograde that they should outweigh the bad but the bad is still worse than it would be if Mars and Saturn weren’t retrograde, it doesn’t seem much to say but with this simple 101 you have took Astrology into your own arms and spewed out some simple truth, all because of one altered ‘condition’.

And as any person astrologically-minded must be able to see, direct motion is better than retrograde motion although retrogration does offer a deviation on a purpose and serves its own purpose, and who is to say that if i wrote this post when the planets were direct it would be better than it is now, it would of been ‘different’ thats all.

Note: the Sun and Moon never retrograde, although the Moon and Sun do slow-down and speed-up.

I was going to say that direct was the ‘normal’ state for a planet, but with retrograde motion built in to their orbits you can’t say that, can you?

And so there you have it, an example of being your own Astrologer and keeping it as 101 as it is possible to be, you didn’t need to work anything out really, it was simply a case of one state of being or the other.

The moral of this story? well i suppose the whole story is it, and to never be phased by thinking Astrology is too complicated for me, because sometimes it is only either/or and that has to be the simplest thing ever, right! and of course you can always build upon anything.


Astrology: battery power

April 6, 2016

Hi Readers

Here today is a short work on astrological battery power – and i am going to use my natal chart as usual for the blueprint, but as usual use it on your own and others charts.

Who has the power? essentially it is found in the planets essential dignity, and secondly the accidental dignity, but you can lose out with essential debility and accidental debility.

I know its hard to believe that something so simple could push your life up and down, but some people need to be alphas and others betas, and some had the choice and some didn’t by birth family and lesser advantages, but of course many people rise above their birth station and some fall, i mean fate can take take us up and down, when our parents die say and they were the dignified ones in our chart, my parents aren’t dead but as my two most ‘dignified’ planets Venus and Mars rule my 4th and 10th houses it might mean on their death i will lose something from life which has always kept me up and on the best track, but of course i only really will lose one version of my ‘dignity’ and of course i could find it elsewhere in life, and of course at 50 years old i have some other outlets for Mars and Venus already in place, simply because i have the power to do so. This writing/publishing is Mars on my 9th cusp, and Venus is me as a member of a music band, in the 7th, part of a social group.

But it isn’t that way with the rest of my planets, some almost impotent in power to act out into the world and its almost like existing on one ‘staid’ level with almost no hope of improvement, or that’s how it can seem, but every one of us works out our planets ‘even’ if its only weakly. I smoke too many cigarettes and its a daily routine that can be too much, why? because my Moon conjunct Jupiter in Gemini [air intake] in my 6th house which means its a almost uncontrollable ‘dirty air’ addiction, and because Jupiter is in detriment i am almost ‘helpless’ [no power] to check it, and work on it. The Moon gives some ‘power’ as a luminary to keep it going, but always ‘power’ towards the negative, so i could say i am ‘fucked’ by too much negative power. I of course could change it, or could i? no power to change it, no willpower, it is a kind of destiny. I will do what i can, i know its ‘weak’, or i am weak, but i have to live my life out, that is all. P.S. it is harder because Jupiter is my Lord of my Ascendant.

So that is four planets down, does my Saturn, Sun, Mercury have any dignity and power to move my life forward and do things, yes to an extent, all three are not ‘cadent’ so not in the worse positions for ‘personal’ power; Saturn is succedant in my 2nd house so i have some ‘stability’ to earn money and you might think i would do so as Saturn is Lord of my second house, but Saturn is on a crutch on many images and i live off disability benefits, and my Mars is opposite my Saturn ‘almost’ wide degrees, and Mars is my 10th house ruler so i am not working and am against work in my life, ‘it doesn’t pay for me to do it’ [it has to be said, hard to listen to perhaps?] anyway its midpoint sits exactly on my Ascendant so naturally i have adopted this stance, it doesn’t mean it can’t change though, but by default and life choices i have taken it on, plus as Saturn is exactly square my Jupiter/Moon in Gemini in the 6th ‘with these planets having’ no battery life my mental state is impaired and is another road i travel, but hopefully you can see i am not totally impaired mentally. Why? because of my Mercury which although having little power in Cancer is conjunct my most dignified planet Venus in an angular house, and with its mutual reception to my Moon by sign increases its power, [well i believe it does anyway]. But mental disabilities i do have and that’s because the 6th house is too ‘weak’ to pull my ‘mind’ out of depression and schizophrenia. Isn’t the mutual reception between Moon in the 6th and Mercury in the 7th [angular] going to help it out? seemingly not, no matter how high i fly ‘mentally’ this reception drags me down too.

The Sun, well in Cancer it doesn’t have any dignity like the Sun in Leo or Aries, and i only seem to shine when with other people, its in the 7th house, i feel almost like an enabler to make others shine, and live off some reflected glory and their happiness, rising and falling as they do.

So i hope you see from my own example that battery power and therefore life comes in many different forms. A full life and one of possibility and potential comes to those who like Queen Elizabeth’s deceased sister Margaret who had many planets dignified, and Oliver Cromwell who too had many dignified planets and was the only man to briefly reign over England [over years of monarchy], whilst the rest of us with varying degrees sit somewhere in-between. A tramp [a genuine one] is unlikely to have dignified planets or ones in angular houses, more likely cadent ones. And it may only take one dignified planet to make you ‘someone’ if it is say Venus in Taurus in the right place, for you to fulfil your potential [maybe as an artist or musician] if nothing else is draining or limiting your overall battery life.

Simply put those people born with dignified planets in dignified places don’t give up and have energy to burn and the opposite applies. So think about your own ‘life’.

My sister has Mars in Aries and she is a doer and keeps doing and seemingly always will, and good luck to her, but i find it hard just to go to the supermarket and often i come home drained, not wanting to experience that for a while, and why, because i simply have never had much battery power, except in my youth, when i would dash around madly, but usually to no great end.

So if Astrology offers us anything, [in this post] it offers us a glimpse into states of being and the battery to either fulfil things in life or not.

But i must stop now, as i am mentally tired.


Saturn in my twelfth house

February 12, 2016

Hello everyone who reads this post.

We know the 12th house is one of isolation and withdrawing from the world and if you already have natal indicators that this is part of you, you will go hide at certain times in your life cycle, and old lonely Saturn in your 12th can do that to certain people, for some it is a choice and for others there seems no choice. I have decided to take a month off ‘things’ so here i am at home quietly looking at things on the internet and catching up on things which i still enjoy, but are all ‘old hat’, meaning i am at the end of the wheel, the first house is some way off and i am in no hurry to get there and go anew and make something for myself.

I have a withdrawal side to me, my Moon is conjunct my 12th house ruler in my 6th house, so you’d think ok he withdraws from life but not permanently, or even he has a job or lifestyle that sees him ‘hidden’, i don’t work in a prison or am even incarcerated in one, although when you are treading water it can seem like it. I can’t escape and i don’t think i want to anyway, i am enjoying being isolated and alone, because right now it feels right. But this isn’t the full me, no, i just feel compelled to it now, it is like i have run a marathon nearly and am walking the last metres in silence and aloneness because as i said i need this period to complete myself, its not un-busy and although i have energy to play games for hours and surf the internet too, i doing it to the exclusion of all else, with hardly the time to brush my teeth so i can get started on total immersion into a world of music or porn or something which sees me totally gone away from the everyday world.

But this isn’t the usual me, especially with my seventh house Sun, Mercury and Venus, i usually need contact, something i am spurning lately, and speech with other people, which i am also spurning, basically i have cut myself off from the world that i know, not that i had much of a world to cut off lately, as when Saturn hit the cusp i was pushing away people and places like nobody’s business. And as of now with Saturn transiting my 12th house, well plunked right in the middle of it i told people i needed a month off, and it is the right decision, sometimes you just know the right thing to do.

I have achieved high scores in games, that is good but ultimately pointless, i have stopped playing in a band just when we were going good, all to have some me time, Saturn rules my first and second houses, so me time and having food in the house and my bills paid are all i care about right now, i knew Saturn here would see me alone, i was when it first hit my 12th house 29 years ago and i suppose i have just had enough, enough of me being what others want me to be and not what i want, so i called a stop and to be honest with Saturn retrograding in my 12th later this year i probably won’t change my attitude any time soon.

All i will say is i am glad for this time off and will make the most of it but i also know like last time i will eventually be glad when it is over.


Astrology: Who first decided…

January 7, 2013

… that Mars should be the God of War, or Mercury should be the messenger of the Gods.

This is a ‘quote’ taken from John Anthony West’s ‘Case for Astrology’ and is a very good point.

Question: is spending ‘time’ looking-back to the very ‘origins’ of Astrology a good thing to do? i think it is.

When you read his book and hear him ask, ‘and upon whose authority was that accepted’? and how were all the planets ‘functions’ agreed amongst the Astrologer’s of the day? You know you are reading some brilliant stuff.

And he then poses the questions; are the ‘meanings’ attributed to the planets purely arbitrary? and why do ‘these’ meanings go unchallenged?

I will attempt to answer some of it by now suggesting one-way they might have got their ‘order and meaning’ is [by ‘everyday’ objects very ‘closeness’ to us], meaning…

… and using the King/Sun and Queen/Moon ‘model’ we can get somewhere close to ‘why’ the meaning of these things/objects [by the planets] came about.

Hence Mercury had to be writing, partly because you had to use your brain, and also because it was an action which couldn’t be given to the Sun or Moon, [and as in the olden days it wasn’t the King or Queens duties, but the ‘scribes’ who wrote down their words, and these people were kept quite close to them, in the ‘court’ in fact], as were their ‘entertainers’ the ‘minstrels’, and even the ‘mistresses’ as shown by Venus. And we also know soldiers and religious people and Government officials were there too, taking care of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

But Mars as a planet, which is past the earth and not an ‘inner’ planet would hold a outer courtly position, [the soliders of to war] and being further-out was fine as they were able to cope on their own, as were people like priests and officials, as shown by Jupiter and Saturn.

It was simply ‘naming’ according to ‘use’ and ‘type’ which had to be followed at the beginning of our Art.

Look at the Sun and you ‘can’ or [should be able to see] why its ‘rulerships’ are ‘what’ they are. Gold, the highest standard which has a shine like the Sun. Kings, ultimate rulers, [as Strong as on a ‘hot’ Sunny day].

But its the Sun’s size, and the fact it is ‘alive’ in ‘energy’ that makes it ‘feel’ closer, and feels more ‘active’ than Venus, Mercury or the Moon. We worship the Sun and some people still like royalty, living off them, in some weird way.

Although they are further away in ‘distance’ [from us] than the Moon, Mercury and Venus have that close relationship to the Sun, and rule-over many things that we keep close-to-hand. Things of use ‘Mercury’ and of vanity ‘Venus’. Whereas the Moon brings things to us on Earth, so we don’t have direct heat/life from the Sun [for our protection perhaps] thinking cosmicly that is.

So thinking further, what should be ruled-over by the planets? well, in the first place… …at the beginning of life its ‘places’ and ‘items’ would’ve become self-evident to many earth-dwellers of the past. From those bright and sunny places, to those more old and ragged ones, symbolised by the planet furthest away from us, Saturn.

But as for types of people and what they ‘do’?, [if you were starting Astrology of from scratch] you would have to think a lot harder and let ‘life’ and its ‘connections’ develop for a while to get your answer[s]. As ever ‘real-life’ on earth informs where stuff gets ‘placed’ in the planetary realms. Its just a simple matching process.

But we get to the ‘time’ when it was becoming obvious that those humans, [and what they did], and those that embodied the ‘Sun’ and its ‘ways’ of ‘standing-alone’ as an authority, and those that radiated like the Sun in countenance, and those who lived like the Sun started to inform early Astrology, as with all the 7 planets.

So now with the Sun we can easily see what ‘positions’ were held in life, and these were easily ‘counted’, and its no great-leap to see why early horoscopes were of ‘Solar’ type people, kings and self-made men. Simply they were the most important ones who lived-out the strongest positions of our mundane world.

So now they had a starting-point, ‘someone or something’ that ‘all else’ could be ‘built-on’. And we still have this ‘system’ in place somewhat today, King, Queen defence and privilege

So the ‘why’, as to why Mercury was given to messengers, and War to Mars gets somewhat ‘clearer’. Life fanning-out in ‘circles’, and later we realised all ‘life’ revolves around the Sun’ not the Earth.

Everything ‘circles’ the Sun, getting further-out, so there are ‘things’ we keep close to us, and those which are more out-of-our-hands, or are in your [direct control] if you have the power. [and we all live and embody the Sun etc] its just to what degree we get a chance on the World’s stage. And because a ‘solar-power’ directs a warring Army, and it keeps its Ministers and Priests informed, and its gate-keepers in the Police working, we have the kind of full intergrated system we have. But each person just by himself can have his own system, be his own policeman etc.

Now, my final thoughts, it does make me wonder ‘why’ we have the planets Mercury and Venus between ‘us’ and the Sun, and i suppose its because they belong to it, more than the Earth, whereas the Moon is most definitely ours, and Mars, Jupiter and Saturn belong and have meaning to the people and places ‘where we go’ beyond ourselves. Into that social realm to coin a already used phrase.

Still, the whole ‘point’ of this post is to talk of ‘assigned’ planetary duties.

Handmaiden’s of the Sun and Moon, Mercury and Venus may be. The King may have his armies, his conquests and his overthrow’s, as are shown by Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

But for most ‘mortals’ [average men] our personal ‘power’ of the Sun, is surrounded, [or fanned-out] towards Saturn in a rather less ‘dramatic’ way, where we have ‘power’ up-to-the-point when it is taken-over by a larger power, or we get lost within the machinery of the wider world, which has to happen, as to gain power in this world you must take part and put in and take out.

So, it is that the ‘planets’ by their ‘very’ distance from the Sun, and their ‘place’ in the ‘order’ of things, that made Astrology what it is, in a way a already ‘decided’ [divided] system for helping people to be themselves and recognise the ‘life’ around themselves.

But let’s not forget its also in the greater plan of our ‘lives’, with our Sun, heart-beat beginning at birth [also inside the Mother of course] until too-much of Saturn’s dull physical ache destroys us at death. Or by Mars if you meet with a nasty accident.


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