In a birth chart, the quickest “things” are those who value the slower ones. By “things” I mean planets, and angles of the themes (Ascendant, Descendant, MC (Middle of the Sky), and IC.
The Ascendant and other angles of the theme are linked with the rotation of the earth. They move so quickly that they go all around the zodiac in 24 hours. Someone who is born on the same day as you will be the same Sun sign but can be any Ascendant.
So the Ascendant is what will make you special in a group of people born on the same day.
So nothing will add extra value to the Ascendant, but the Ascendant will add value to any planet it touches. If your Ascendant is conjunct let’s say Jupiter, even though everyone who was born on the same day has Jupiter at the same place in the chart, Jupiter will be a more active energy for you.
After the angles of the theme, the quickest planet is the Moon. Among a group of people who were born during the same month as you (roughly) you will all be of the same Sun sign, but in one month the Moon goes around the whole zodiac, so in such a group, the Moon will make you special and not the Sun. If the Moon is conjunct to the Ascendant, you will be more of a Moon person, as the Ascendant is quicker. But if the Moon touches another planet, like Jupiter, you will become more influenced by Jupiter than another person. Of course, the Moon will be amplified by Jupiter at the same time.
The other way round, the slowest planet is Pluto. A whole generation has Pluto in the same sign. If Jupiter touches Pluto, Pluto will become more meaningful for you. If the Sun or the Moon touches Pluto, Pluto will become even more meaningful than if just Jupiter or Saturn touch it. Knowing in which sign is Pluto if it is not especially emphasised is useful mostly for time travellers, as you may want to visit epochs where Pluto was in a sign compatible with yours.
The quickest planet after the Moon are the Sun, Mercury and Venus. Mercury is the quickest, but it goes retrograde regularly, so on average it’s not quicker than the Sun, who, thanks God, never goes retrograde – Same thing for Venus. However, when the Sun touches another planet, it is more meaningful than if Mercury of Venus do, as the Sun is the most important energy in the whole chart… Influences go both ways though. If the Sun makes plenty of aspects and the Moon only a few the Sun will be more important than the Moon.
Other elements will play a role: if many planets occupy a sign or a house, the energy of this sign or house will be valued of course, along with the planet that rules the sign. The placement of the Moon Nodes and Black Moon Lilith, which are used in karmic astrology, also add value. With so many elements to consider, it becomes possible to notice patterns that repeat themselves. For instance, Jupiter could be valued through a strong aspect to the Moon, and through a South Node in Sagittarius, along with having quick planets in Sagittarius….
Jean-Marc Pierson Astrololo
The Ascendant is somehow the path to the path. The path is the Sun sign. The Sun is always in a process of becoming, everyone is the hero of their own life, we are becoming who we really are or always seeking the highest expression of ourselves…..
The Sun means that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and this experience consists of trying to express our spiritual core within the limitations of the material world…. So the Sun is always on a path, symbolised by the sign it’s in along with various aspects, but when we were born, the sign that was rising on the Eastern horizon, (along with planets energies connected with it through aspects) showed how we got started from the very beginning, and how we will keep approaching life on a moment to moment basis.
If you take the character of Frodo in Lord of the Rings, you could say that his heroic quest, symbolised by the Sun, could be Scorpio – as he has to travel to the core of the dark land, and his Rising sign would be meant by his basic personality as a somehow adventurous and friendly hobbit before the whole saga began.
As Howard Sasportas puts it: “The Ascendant flowers into the Sun”
And the Moon? … Yes, I’ll talk about the Moon and the Sun in the mini webinar this Saturday…
Chiron, in mythology, is the wounded healer.
Mythology pushes things to the extreme, so the fact that the wound can’t be cured in the myth should not scare us. Myths are stories.
In reality, those who are wounded, especially psychologically, learn a lot about their wound, because the pain forces them to try to understand what’s going on. The more we try to understand the more we know, and before we are able to sort out our own problem, we are already able to understand and help those who have similar problems, but not as deep as ours.
|This Buddha feels like Chiron don’t you think?|
The psychotherapist may have great psychological difficulties in their personal life. If they have a healthy attitude in spite of their own wounds, they won’t hold others responsible, they won’t play victim or use all kinds of unhealthy coping mechanism which would make them toxic rather than healers. That’s a risk on the healing path.
Hopefully, like Chiron in the myth, the psychotherapist will expand his knowledge and awareness, but unlike Chiron, he or she will be able to heal their own wounds. When this happens, they will be able to heal others, but maybe they won’t be able to help those who are wounded in an even deeper way than they were. So those who are wounded so deeply have to find the way to heal themselves alone, and if they find the way, they will become pure blessings for others…
Chiron has been hit in the thigh by an arrow poisoned with the blood of the Hydra. “In the thigh” actually means in the genitals. Sexuality is the place of the deepest emotional wounds. Sexuality is much more than a physical act. Sexuality involves the ability to approach others and therefore requires enough self worth and confidence, the ability to master our emotions, the ability to communicate, the ability to demonstrate attractiveness, which involves enough self care, social integration, energy, the ability to be a partner worth this name, good health….. you can go all around the zodiac, in each sign there is something that is important for being able to engage in sexual behaviour – as when we are able to engage in sexual behaviour, we are grown ups, healthy and socialised.
The Hydra was this monster that lived in a swamp. Its symbolism is connected with the Water element: feelings, emotions and the unconscious. To fight the Hydra, the method was very similar to what is told in Vampires tales: in some versions, it’s about hitting the heart – which means pointing at the core truth hiding behind layers of defence mechanisms. In other versions of the myth of Chiron, he has to drag the monster into the light – which is also a way to kill vampires, and a symbol for bringing clear consciousness to whatever hides in the dark.
Chiron has been poisoned with the blood of the Hydra – in symbolic language, Chiron’s problem is the same as Hercules’s when he had to fight this monster – which is now within himself.
Where Chiron is is where we are walking on this healing path. To understand particular placements, we simply need to understand what the sign, house or aspecting planets mean…
This house being mysterious, these placements are naturally confusing.
The highest expression of the 12th house is spirituality, return to Source, mystic experience…
Each planet participate to this world according to its own nature. Mars can take spiritual action, do things inspired by faith or under the guidance of spirit….. Mercury can talk sacred words, pass messages from the angels, …Venus is art it becomes sacred art, Venus is love and in the 12th this love is divine… The Moon’s home is a temple, The Sun’s expression is pure heart…..
Mars can fight windmills, and if you’re a windmill, you call it paranoiac. Mercury still hear voices and when it repeats what they say, everyone is extremely embarrassed. Venus makes loves with dreams, ghosts, no one or just anyone. The Moon’s home is a high security cell and the Sun is blind folded. The Ego plays Higher Self. Buddha is smoking a lot of weed.
…We can now imagine the whole spectrum between the extremes. The 12th Is “house of undoing”. Powerlessness can be a thread to follow. Mars doesn’t know what it wants, let alone how to get it. It doesn’t even know how to defend itself. Mercury can’t move, can’t talk, stammers, suffers from dyslexia, thoughts become confused…. Venus is unhappy in love, ends up used and abused, unworthy… the Moon is needy, possessed by demons, the Sun expresses chaos.
Isn’t part of the evolutionary journey to share the sufferings of whose who suffer, to be one of them on the path of compassion? If we are all one, If misery happens to one, misery belongs to everyone. There are no boundaries, everything happens to us. We’re walking in everyone’s shoes. We are kings and beggars, saints and criminals, blessed and damned, free and imprisoned, holy and mad, all at the same time. It’s difficult to interpret planets in the 12 house in simple terms, as there can be so many ways to express this energy, and it doesn’t has to be as dramatic as I make it sound… We can be discreetly lost. Only lost people can find the way back.
On the way back to Source, we learn how to heal the deepest wounds -And what is the deepest wound? Maybe it is the illusion of separation. Like Chiron, the 12th house is a healing journey.
At that stage, well I don’t want to tell you what to do, as we all have to find out what works for us, but if I don’t have a gardening job to go to, I may go for a walk and let myself daydream, or just forget and let the subconscious work on its own.