AR 39 The
Poles of the Zodiac
Uranus In Pisces
Twelfth Planet, Plutinos or
Eclipses Promise or Peril?
The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology
Children of the Gods
Wheels Within Wheels
Horoscopes of Destiny
Zodicac of Dendera
A Star Is Born
Age of Aquarius
Persia's Royal Stars of Ancients
The Lore of a Shaman
The Poles of
""You can never find
yourself until you
face the truth" - Pearl Bailey
Above the doorway
to the temple of Delphi in ancient Greece hung the admonition, "Man,
Know Thyself." Astrologically speaking, knowing ourselves, understanding
the true nature of our "sign," depends in part upon embracing the
Modern magazines, newspapers and web sites are filled with astrological
Sun Sign forecasts which eager readers consume, hoping for guidance
and insight into their increasingly complex lives. Sun Signs are
divisions of time and space based on the Sun's apparent annual journey
through a circular band of sky called the ecliptic.
Astrologers divide the 360-degree circle of the year into twelve
equal segments of thirty degrees each, resulting in the familiar
twelve zodiacal signs. In this system Aries, the first sign, has
the number one position. The Sun's annual journey begins in March
at Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere as Autumn begins down
under. As the Sun seems to advance through the year its place in
the sky and signs changes, progressing from Aries in Spring, to
Cancer at summer solstice, through Libra at the beginning of autumn,
and into Capricorn at winter solstice. The equinoxes are reversed
in the southern hemisphere. The four arms of this axis are called
the cardinal points of the year and form a conceptual frame or wheel
or twelve of a kind?
The twelve signs
of the zodiac can be viewed in a sequential or linear fashion, beginning
with Aries and progressing through Pisces. Seen this way the experience
of the signs represents an unfolding journey and an experience of
the soul moving through time and space to gain experience. The nature
of the signs develops from a personal and very individual orientation
in Aries, the first sign, to a transpersonal and collective orientation
in Pisces, the Fishes, which swim in the cosmic ocean. Moving from
the Sun outward through the solar system the planets are symbolically
viewed the same way.
The word zodiac comes from the Greek and means "circle of animals."
A Russian proverb states that every road has two directions. So
it is with the highways we call the signs of the Zodiac. This circle
of stars is formed by energies which alternate in gender or positive
or negative "charge." Beginning with masculine, projective Aries
the signs alternate polarity every other sign.
The two ends of any spectrum are both polarized and complementary.
Between the extremes of black and white lie infinite shades of gray.
Between hot and cold are varying degrees of temperature. Lying along
the spectrum of wet and dry are degrees of humidity. The qualitative
energy of the twelve signs are also six pairs of polarized expression,
operating as continuums. Therefore, the sign on the opposite side
of the circle of animals is also of opposite polarity.
Since we view the position of the Sun, the Sun Sign, from our home
planet, the opposite sign is where the Earth resides. In some circles
knowing your enemy is as important as knowing yourself. Astrologically
one of the keywords, or ways of understanding the aspect of polarity
or opposition (180 degrees), is "awareness." When we acknowledge
and recognize what confronts us we begin to understand ourselves.
The opposition can denote both balance or imbalance, cooperation
or conflict, depending on awareness.
of energetic expression
Aries - Libra Continuum
of personal expression
Mars-ruled Aries is the fiery
sign of action. Venus-ruled Libra is the airy sign of partnership.
Aries initiates and Libra responds. This polarity offers the extremes
of domination or acquiescence, leading or following, with the higher
ground pointing the way toward partnership and cooperation. As the
energy moves back and forth along this continuum we shift from individual
action to joint effort. The goal is the middle ground of taking
turns and perceiving strength and talent based on specific situations.
Taurus - Scorpio
Continuum of resource
Earthy Taurus gathers possessions
while the deep waters of Scorpio desires intense experiences. This
energy moves along the line of what we personally possess to how
we spend or invest these resources. Taurus can hoard possessions
like a miser while Scorpio can indiscriminately spend their resources.
The goal of this pair is knowing when and what to acquire and how
to utilize our energy appropriately on every level. Money is "green"
energy and sex is life energy. How do we store, keep a savings,
or pass the energy on?
Gemini - Sagittarius
Continuum of mental exploration
Gemini is perhaps the quintessential
air sign, darting mentally and physically in every direction, seeking
stimulation. Fiery Sagittarius pulls back his bow and aims his arrow
high, but frequently without a target. Gemini tends to explore close
at hand while Sagittarius roams far afield. This spectrum explores
how we move out of our home base, familiar territory and into the
macrocosm. Do we shoot our arrows just for the thrill of it? Synthesis
is the key for this pair. Stop, look and listen might be the motto
for both. Why am I exploring, and of what value is the data collected?
Cancer - Capricorn
Continuum of field of influence
This duo contrasts home and family
with work and career. Cancer feels the pull of roots and heritage
while Capricorn strives to climb the heights of power and position.
This polarizes the personal domain of hearth and home versus making
a mark in field and town. The goal of this polarity is understanding
our personal impact on our world and learning the consequences of
our acts. Whether we are the nurturing influence to an Einstein
or Mother Teresa, or whether we go out into the world to make a
fortune, this spectrum can teach us the relationship between our
base of security and our ability to strive and overcome.
Leo - Aquarius
Continuum of personal power
In a sense, Leo represents the
king and Aquarius the kingdom. This pair moves us along the continuum
from potentially dogmatic dictatorship through rebellion for its
sake. One end of this polarity examines how authority is held and
power over others is wielded, while the other side examines how
we respond to impulses toward Individuation and personal freedom.
Even monarchs have to obey natural law, and everyone is ultimately
subject to some authority. How we deal with authority, whether following
orders or directing others, is the domain of this energetic couple.
Is Utopia defined by an enlightened monarch or a conscious, contributing
populace? The goal is true understanding of rulership and the concept
of noblesse oblige as well as the role of the enlightened members
of a republican democracy.
Virgo - Pisces
Continuum of assimilation
In the case of practical Virgo
the approach is to dissect the parts, isolating each unique snowflake
or grain of sand as an individual. At the other extreme, Pisces
is immersed in the ocean unaware of solitary drops of water. Virgo
analyzes details through a microscope while Pisces gazes dreamily
through a telescope. Do we take everything apart into its component
pieces or just swim in collective awareness, unaware of distinction?
The goal of this duality is knowing when to differentiate and when
Zodiacal signs represent qualities
of experience while planets embody archetypal expressions of energy.
Using the Leo-Aquarius polarity, we can examine a current planetary
opposition to see how polarities operate. Jupiter in Leo will oppose
Neptune in Aquarius for the second time on June 2, 2003 (the last
time was Sept. 11, 2002) . We will feel this influence building
in April and peaking at the beginning of June.
Jupiter represents growth and abundance. The planet of expansion
and lavish expression, operating in Leo, the sign of image, drama
and outward display brings to mind the words of Freehand, a character
from Saturday Night Live, "It is better to look good than to feel
good." Appearance can become more important than substance and a
great deal of roaring and posturing may mask inner feelings of doubt
Neptune, god of the sea, embodies idealism and mysticism but also
brings deception, camouflage and illusion. Neptune moving through
Aquarius stimulates both idealistic imagination and blind faith.
Neptune can signify the highest spiritual ideal to which we can
aspire as well as a delusion of oneness and temporary ecstasy. Neptune
holds up a magic mirror in which we see what we want to see, or
bravely pierce the illusion, perceiving underlying truth behind
Leo opposed Neptune in Aquarius
When these planets oppose one
other in opposite signs we may experience conflicting urges of self-indulgence,
struggling with impulses to act for the greater good. The issues
are wisdom versus denial, truth versus illusion, and bombast versus
substance. Powerful potential for wisdom and inspired rulership
exist along side showy self-indulgence.
This combination of energies has the potential for a collective
experience akin to the story of the Emperor's new clothes. Will
we share a collective illusion or be able to see the naked truth?
We may lean toward individual self-interest, blind to needs of unknown
others who suffer as a result, or we may sense our connectedness
and make choices which heal and benefit the whole. Patterns of thought
and choice will play out in our families, our one-on-one relationships,
and in the global arena.
Before the discovery of Neptune, Jupiter was considered to be the
ruler of the sign Pisces. Jupiter still holds influence over Pisces
as co-ruler. A deep mystery of Pisces, embodied in the opposition
of the two planets which hold rulership of this mystical sign, lies
in the paradox of unity and diversity. Contained within this mystery
is the path of sacrifice on behalf others. When we understand the
unity of all things, an unselfish act becomes second nature because
we see that there is no separation. In the interwoven web of life
the choice of one of us ultimately affects the condition of all