The astrological signs are not signs actually, they are symbols.
A sign is a simple thing, like a traffic sign. It just means one thing.
A symbol is an image which has an impact on the human psyche and connects it to its own depths. It’s a metaphor for spiritual realities.
I keep coming back to this fundamental notion of “symbolic language”. A major cause of misunderstanding in astrology comes from not understanding what symbols are and how they work.
The way they work is by showing analogies. The law of analogy is an esoteric principle which means that there is a similarity between the symbol and what it means.
For instance, the Moon means woman. Woman and Moon have similar cycles, so they are symbolically connected. Now, in symbolic language, just because the Moon means woman…. doesn’t mean that she will mean woman in all cases, and never mean anything else. The Moon is also like our dreams, we see the Moon and dream at night.
The Moon is like the crowd, and the crowd is like the sea. Our emotions are like waves they come and go and in a crowd they propagate and amplify. So the Moon symbolises the crowds as well, the public.
Of course, the Moon symbolises fecundity and children, how could she symbolise woman without symbolising child? … (Well Venus does that, but not the emotional Moon)
So the Moon symbolises many things, which are all linked by analogy, and because the Moon is a symbol, we could understand all her meanings without opening a book if we were poets enough.
So how can we understand what the Moon and every symbol will mean in a particular chart? We need our intuition. In the context of a whole chart, we can get a feel of what each symbol may mean…
Freud wrote that people without moral standards never develop neurosis. They follow their impulses and they don’t end up in the therapist’s room. Such people don’t have a little red devil on a shoulder and a little white angel on the other, arguing about how you should behave. They have only the little red devil. No inner conflict, no neurosis.
compartmentalised as in a birth chart. In the seventh house we engage in relationships, in the eighth we deal with the deep emotional stuff. In the ninth, we’ll try to understand the meaning of life…
The Moon is the closest of all planet energies. Her orbit wraps up our earthy life. She symbolises mother, so let’s feel vulnerable and emotional like children……
The Moon goes through phases and various cycles… She is sometimes closer to the earth, and sometimes further away, like a mother. Look at a one year old when their Mum goes into the next room leaving them there for a moment…. They call and cry, in despair. Some are more insecure than others, most are very sticky. But mother has to move away every now and then… and this is one of the great lessons we have to learn. She goes away, she comes back and again…..
Sometimes we feel a terrible anguish, a terrible fear and need of her as she moves away. Psychologists know we hate our mother when she does that to us, intensely. We wish her death. Then we feel scared and guilty of our destructive tendencies – we need her so much, that bitch who is not there! We love hate need fear crave… This is Black Moon Lilith.
The feeling can be like cutting with razor blades in our most sensitive parts. We can lose consciousness, reject what we most want, become cynical or guilty, ashamed and hateful, longing and craving…. Of course we will wrapped her with psychological defence mechanisms. She has gifts for us though. She gives a great initiation. We won’t stay Moon’s prisoners forever.
If the Moon’s trajectory was a circle, there would be only one centre, the earth. But her orbit is an ellipse. There are two focal points. One is the Earth, the place where we have incarnated. The other is Black Moon Lilith. She is a void, like an Earth that is not there, the place of all that’s missing to the flesh…
Take black moon’s Lilith placement in your chart, and associate this kind of feelings with the meaning of the sign she is in…. …Some bell ringing?
Hello there! I’m really happy to explain, I love explaining things! If you are a beginner in the study of astrology, I am writing for you.
I expect you to know the symbols of the signs and planets, if you don’t, you can find them here https://www.astro.com/astrology/in_kdhoros_e.htm
On this same website, you can get your own birthchart done for free. You need your date and precise time of birth (more or less five or ten minutes, exact if possible) and your place of birth. Go here https://www.astro.com/cgi/
And now, let me explain.
A birth chart is like a big clock with two dials and ten hands.
The first dial is made up of the twelve signs.
Inside the circle formed of the twelve signs, you can see the symbols of the planets. For instance, in my own chart, the Sun (The circle with a very small circle at its center) is placed in Scorpio (The kind of M ending up with an arrow) The small numbers near the planets indicate the exact degree of the sign where they sit. My Sun is at 12 degrees Scorpio.
The second dial is made up of twelve houses. On the birth chart, you can see lines dividing the wheel into 12 sections, numbered from 1 to 12 (the numbers are near the center of the wheel) On my own chart, the Sun sits in the 5th house.
You can also see blue and red lines joining the planets. These are called aspects. The aspects are also indicated in the biggest of the two tables below the chart. Don’t be impressed by the quantity of symbols, you will learn slowly, one or two symbols at a time, as I explain the meanings, and before you know it, you’ll speak the jargon like a pro!
Here is an article where you can find the list of aspects with their symbols. https://www.astro.com/astrowiki/en/Aspect
Let’s come back to the chart. The last thing you need to know are the four angles of the chart. They are very important points. The first one is called Ascendant, or Rising Sign. It is the cusp (or beginning) or the first house, on the left hand side. You can see the letters AC written in bold characters.
Just opposite the AC is the Descendant, marked DC
Towards the top of the chart, spot the letters MC – It’s the Midheaven, or Medium Coeli and opposite the MC is the IC (Imum Coeli). These four points are very powerful, any planet found near them will have a dominant influence on your personality.
So take some time to get familiar with your own birth chart, find in which signs are your Ascendant and Midheaven, in which sign and houses are your planets, don’t bother about anything that I haven’t explained yet, take a rest, congratulate yourself, dance a dance of victory for learning so much already, and I’ll tell you about meanings as soon as you’re ready, in the next chapter.
Jean-Marc Pierson Astrologer
(I offer readings and online teaching of astrology)
Scorpios are said to be dark, secretive, very intuitive or even psychic, tormented, intense and they are in the Guinness Book of Records for being the champions of resentment. I am not going to tell you more about “how” Scorpios are, there are enough good videos or textbooks out there. I am going to talk about Scorpios by telling you why we are the way we are…..
But before I start, I want to mention that there are always exceptions to what is written in the textbooks. Every now and then, we come across someone who says: I am not like my sign at all!
The first reason is that what we call our sign is actually our Sun sign, and there are other influences: the Moon, the Rising sign and often one or several other dominant planets. Your Sun sign is like the colour of your shirt. If there is only one colour, it’s simple, there will be no confusion, but if you’re wearing a multicoloured shirt, your Sun sign, as important as it may be, will be only one colour amongst many…
Another reason why not everyone fits the typical standard description of their Sun sign, in my opinion, is that these descriptions are only the most usual ways to express certain energies. A sign is not a mold. Being Scorpio may give a tendency to be resentful for instance, but it’s not an absolute obligation, it’s possible to forgive, even for a Scorpio. Further than that, I believe there is a certain amount of freedom and creativity in the way we express the planetary energies. There mus be more than just a vertical axis of lower versus higher expression of a sign…
So why are Scorpio the way they are?
First of all, Scorpio is a Water sign. People with their Sun sign in element Water are more specifically attuned to the world of feelings and emotions. People who have no Water in their charts have feelings and emotions, we are all humans, but they won’t have them at main focus of consciousness. Air sign pay more attention to thoughts and social interactions, Earth signs will be more practically oriented and focus on what needs doing and how to do it, and on their sensations. Fire signs focus more on their self expression. The feelings of Fire signs can be strong however they are more likely to be feelings that start within themselves with the purpose to be projected from inside out, whereas Water signs focus primarily on how the external world impress them – they take it from outside in…
When Water signs are creative, it’s the result of having been somehow fecundated by something coming from the world, then carrying this impression within themselves for some time until giving birth. Water is a feminine element, say Yin if you prefer. Fire is naturally on the other side of this polarity, they go about fecundating, like the Sun, which gives warmth and light from inside out.
If someone was pure Fire – which is of course impossible let’s just imagine – this person would be blind and deaf. Nothing would reach to them. They could only receive attention. They would only project their own energy.
So Water is the most sensitive element and Scorpio is not only a Water sign, but also a Fixed sign, along with Taurus, Leo and Aquarius. Fixed signs specialised in standing their ground and not moving no matter what.
Taurus is the most fixed of the fixed signs, because Taurus is Earth and Earth is the most fixed of the four elements. Scorpio is Taurus polar opposite. Equal in strength, Scorpio holds its sensitive Water inside and whatever the world makes it feel, it will feel it. The other Water elements protect themselves more if they can.
Cancer is Cardinal, Cardinal signs are signs of beginnings, Water is life, therefore Cancer is the sign of the beginning of life. Cancer feels called to give birth literally, to have babies, or to build a house to shelter a family. Cancer will seek security and protection for the vulnerability of children, mothers and also their own vulnerability whatever their gender.
Pisces is mutable Water, mutable signs specialise in change and adaptation. Pisces way to adjust its feeling nature can be escapism or surrender. Pisces knows suffering in a more passive way…
Scorpio does not want to surrender and renounce to its ego. Not yet! Scorpio, like Taurus, wants to live in this world! Its ego will die, be born again, die again and again…
Scorpio, as a modality of consciousness, means feeling to the full whatever life gives to feel to mortal beings and maintain consciousness.
Scorpio is on the way to rediscover that the centre of identity is the immortal soul – but at the beginning of the process, its sense of identity, like Taurus, is fully identified with the body, with its instincts and desires. Taurus turns towards life and Scorpio towards death.
With its feeling nature, Scorpio faces the fact that no civilised manners can protect us from the savagery of our inner demons.
Scorpios knows that we are able of the worst: of genocides, of torture and all crimes.
Scorpio feels the instinct of survival – survival of the individual, like a wild animal, predator or prey, and survival of the species. The way to immortality is sexuality.
Scorpio feels that when their Water nature is fecundated with pain, it can give birth to twins. The first one is an evil monster. Let this one be still born. The other one is a mutant.