If Jupiter touches your Venus and you’re a painter, you’re likely to paint something big, like, for instance..the Sistine Chapel… In Michelangelo’s chart, there is a tight square between Venus and Jupiter….
If Jupiter touches your Mars, you’re not going to be just a mere warrior. You’re going to be a Genghis Khan. Ah, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit. Not everyone with Mars-Jupiter contacts becomes a fierce conqueror of the world, fortunately.
If Jupiter touches your Mercury, you’ll be clever, you’ll see the big picture. You’ll communicate bigger: Mercury speaks and Jupiter does public speaking. Mercury moves around, Jupiter travels the world. Mercury analyses, Jupiter synthesises. Mercury gather information, Jupiter organises it in theories, and beyond what can be known by science, logic and reason, Jupiter uses intuition and believes… Mercury is common sense, Jupiter is philosophy.
Jupiter and Mercury both symbolise the mind. What makes Jupiter such a Miracle Grow energy… is in the mind. It’s a question of positive attitude, of coherence, of faith, of open mindedness…
If I used verbs to conjure up what Jupiter does, a part from “I grow big” I would say:
The three more important of these key words might be: Integrate, explore, think. Yes, Mercury is the thinker, and Jupiter as well. There are always two opposite poles.
When Jupiter dresses up, it wears…. the robe and the wig of a magistrate, the square hat and gown of the scholar, the tiara of the pope, the cassock of the clergyman, the blouse of a scientist, the suit of the businessman, I should say business human, the uniform of the general… and these clothing usually go with an appellation: Your honour, Your Holiness, Father or Mother (yes, it’s rarer than Father) Sir, General, Doctor…
With Jupiter we have a function. We integrate society. We play our role. In an horoscope, Jupiter tells something about how we do that…
Jupiter is often said to bring good luck. However, luck rarely happens in the form of food falling directly from the sky right into our plate. (I have seen a case, but it’s exceptional)
Jean-Marc Pierson Astrologer
The Eagle is sometimes associated with Scorpio, along with the snake and the phoenix, as a symbol of what Scorpios become after coming to terms with the power of their instincts and various emotional drives…. Once master of its own powers, the snake that was crawling on the ground gets its wings and flies high. What’s “high” is, in symbolic terms, closest to spirit.
The feathered snake of the Aztec, Quetzalcoatl, is a symbol of this transformation. You can be sure that turning into an eagle is death for a snake, even if it was what it spent its life dreaming of. Death might be nothing but entering the dream at last…
However the eagle is not the privilege of Scorpio symbolism. Symbols are not organised like boxes, with only one place for every thing and only one thing for every place. It’s messier than that!
The eagle is also a symbol for Jupiter – the highest of all God, which has a lot in common with the God the Father of Christians, in particular he sees everything and knows everything. When you’re a eagle, looking below from above, you see the big picture. The eyes of the eagle are as piercing as the snake’s.
Jupiter rules Sagittarius, Sagittarius follows Scorpio, so maybe we can think that when Scorpio is done with fighting with all demons for power, and eventually turns into an eagle, he becomes Sagittarius, integrated and focused energy aiming at the heavens…
So let’s proceed…
At the center of our brain is a structure neurologists call the “reptilian brain”. Its functions are the most basic and vital. At Pluto ground level, we are still crocodiles, lizards, snakes… We are powerful and unconscious. That’s scary. That’s Pluto.
Before exploring further on, I need to explain a little bit about how symbols work. I have introduced Pluto as an energy, but in fact, “Pluto” is a symbol. What is symbolized is the raw energy I have talked about, and other things.
When Pluto is emphasized in a chart, the individual will have psychological traits associated with these themes: they will have strong instincts, be passionate, discerning, intuitive, maybe psychic, able to confront extreme circumstances, possessive, fascinated by death (and possibly able to communicate with the dead), radical, strong willed, possibly cruel or ruthless, manipulative …………….unless the individual can’t cope, lives seasons in hell, destroys themselves, goes through depression, needs a psychoanalysis to confront their inner demons…
Money is associated with death when we inherit, and with emotional welding when we share our power to the point of opening a joint account. When we borrow to the bank, we borrow power. Then we are indebted, and the bank has the power to take the home back if we don’t pay the mortgage… The eight house, Scorpio and Pluto speak about money when if flows between people in such ways, as opposed to the money we earn through our own labor, which is symbolized by the second house, Venus and Taurus.
Through the process of transmutation, Pluto’s energies within us are called to become spiritual ideals with flesh and bones.
The Sun is the spiritual being within. The particular brand of human experience we are having is represented by the sign in which the Sun was at the moment of our birth.
A Sun sign does not represent a fixed set of personality traits. A Sun sign is rather a “psychological landscape”.
In a real mountain, someone can be a climber and someone else a skier. One can be a mountain guide and another a hermit.
Among climbers, some are going to be champions and others beginners. Mountain guides may specialize, one will make you discover wildlife, another will take tourists to the summits…
All we can be sure of is that whoever lives in the mountain will have to deal with slopes and a rigorous climate…
Imagine you’re looking at a child and say: he has the nose of the family! … in this family, a number of individuals (but not all!) have this kind of nose…
Then you’re looking at another child belonging to the same family and you say: he has the eyes of the family…
This concept of family resemblance applies to astrology. If your Sun is in a particular sign, you will express some typical traits of the sign and still you may appear very different from other natives of the same sign. At a deeper level though, you will all have something in common…
I have started this chapter on the Sun by talking about signs! Maybe the reason is that the sun is the source of light. What is lit is not the sun, but the world. When the Sun shines in the zodiac, what we see is not the Sun, but the sign…
The Sun symbolizes the spiritual being we are. It is our heart, our self, the divine and creative spark within, whatever this may mean. It’s a mystery!
However the Sun has a big problem, which is that life on earth does not allow easy and spontaneous expression of our authentic self. We were born through the Moon – which is mother, matter (matter, material, mother are words built on the same root). We were born in the matrix!
Family, genetics, the influence of our early environments, our physical and emotional needs and conditioning, our past and lineage are symbolized by the Moon…
Through the Moon, we were born in the world of Saturn. Saturn means time, limitations, matter, forms, norms, conformity, fears… There is a deep complicity between the Moon and Saturn. A Moon cycle is 29 days, a Saturn cycle is 29 years. The Moon rules Cancer and Saturn rules Capricorn. These two signs are opposed in the zodiac, which means they represent the two poles of the same thing…
From then, the Sun, the inner divine spark, the spiritual being at the core of the earthy personality, embarks on an heroic journey.
The challenge is: “Become who you really are”
It’s ourselves in a state of incomplete integration.
On its way to become “enlightened” the Sun-ego looks up at role models and seek for ideals to identify with.
The Sun in the chart tells something about our ideals and role models, and about what we develop to follow them: consciousness and will power.
Do you know this principle by the psychologist Emile Coué?:
Our conscious will power struggles to break free… and the Moon always wins, until our little ego based consciousness understands that it can’t grow unless it plays by the rules and surrenders. In other terms, we can’t neglect our bodies and emotional needs and thrive as spiritual beings here on earth.
The Sun also symbolizes the father, as the father, for a small child, is the first one who represents “Beyond mother” Anyone who shows the example, introduces to the world beyond the safety cocoon and serves a role model is symbolized by the Sun.
For now remember a least a few key words:
Heart – Spiritual core – Self – Will power – Consciousness- Ideals – Father – Role models – Ego –
Some personalities are more solar than others.
Leo is the solar sign, however, other sun signs can also be very solar if the Sun is well aspected, for instance if the Sun is conjunct to an angle of the theme.
I want – I create – I express myself
If you remember only three key verbs, remember those!
If you’re ready for more, the Sun also says:
I show – I play (we can play like children having fun, or play like a musician playing and instrument or an actor interpreting a role in a play) When we have fun and play, we are who we really are spontaneously…
I want (as opposed to “I need”)
I love – (True love can only come from the authentic self)
I educate – I show the example – I lecture –
I shine – I attract attention – I lead – I reign – I govern – I illuminate – I have fun – I entertain –
– Someone with great vitality and charisma. Anyone with a royal attitude. A king of sorts…
– A teacher, a comedian, a musician (the band leader or the soloist) an artist, anyone performing, exhibiting, creating, showing… (possibly showing off)
– A father, an educator, a role model.
If your idea of the perfect lover is someone who offers the greatest quality of empathy, the solar person may not be the best choice, unless they have enough water in their chart. The Sun will warm you up, but ask the Moon for deep understanding of what’s going on in the secret corners of your soul.
However, there will be nothing petty in the Solar individual’s attitude. You can expect loyalty, support and generosity.
Please don’t forget that no human being is a pure type. Everyone has the Moon somewhere! An absolutely pure solar type would give everything and receive nothing but praise, like a creator God…
Let’s not waste time in the suburbs and head on towards the centre. Here is the big square with all the fountains, the columns and statues!
A theater, a gallery, a luxury hotel with people in costumes standing at the door.
The goldsmiths, the jewellers get their “Sun” tag.
The mansions. The places where people in power are, which are known by their address like Number 10 Downing Street. (In case you haven’t guessed, I live in London, UK)
A circus, a carnival, a concert hall are Sun (or Leo)things…
The movies will get a double tag, Leo because there are stars and it’s an art, and Pisces because we go there to escape reality and get carried away…
Now, if the Sun was meeting Uranus, the energy that gets everything and everyone out of the beaten tracks, instead of a trumpet, the Sun would become a saxophone, play something brilliant but in a more surprising way…
And if the Moon met Uranus and turned jazz, she would still evoke the nocturne life of human emotions…
Next time, after the world of the bright light of the Sun, I will introduce you to the universe of darkness with Pluto…
In mythology, Hermes-Mercury made a lyre-guitar for Apollo the Sun god.
In astrology, the Sun is the energy of expressing our selves, our whole selves, nothing but our authentic selves, which at some level, may be ego but the more we refine it becomes nothing but love. Great artists never show works of “me me me..” but works of “love love love..”
Mercury provides the tools. If the Sun is love, the guitar, the manual dexterity that needs to be trained through daily practice, the lungs and vocal chords to sing and the words to say are from Mercury. The painter loves and Mercury provides the paints, the brushes, the eyes to see and the skills to translate the pictures in the mind into colours on the canvas.
All artists know that you can’t just do anything directly from inspiration to realisation. A composer knows what instrument they are composing for. There are things that are possible with a trumpet but not with a guitar. The instrument, the messenger, the intermediate plays a great role and Mercury in our chart says something about how we translate inspiration into expression.
My examples are taken from arts, but Sun’s expression is not limited to arts – unless we remember that we are the artists of our own life, whatever we do with it.
Male sexuality has the reputation of being quite straightforward, as Mars is as an energy. Mars symbolises it, and if your new boy friend gave you his birth details, you may check his Mars to get an idea of things he may not find easy to talk about.
If Mars is harmonious enough, great, everything is likely to be great enough.
However, even for males, sexuality is pretty much connected with tricky things like emotions and sense of self worth. Not every male can easily identify with the stereo type of the cow boy or the warrior who can get an instant erection in any kind of circumstance and satisfy himself independently of whatever may be going on in the outside or inner worlds.
Mars has a very competitive mentality. Mars identifies as a winner or a loser. Winners will find it much easier to have a strong and sustainable erection than losers. In nature, you mate if you’re an alpha, otherwise you don’t.
Male sexual anxieties can manifest as the fear of not being able to have an erection or as the fear of not being able to hold it for long enough to give pleasure to a partner (premature ejaculation means not being able to hold the power)
I haven’t done research in the matter but the meaning of the planets speak by themselves. Neptune dissolves. Difficult aspects from Neptune to Mars suggest soft rather than hard. I may mean being gentle, or so gentle that not much happens. Difficult aspects from Uranus may manifest as hyper excitability – you know how Uranus proceeds: it happens suddenly, when least expected, is intense for a short time, maybe too short for that matters.
Difficult aspects from Pluto could suggest being dominated by one’s own instincts. In this case, let’s hope that Saturn and Jupiter are strong and healthy enough, Pluto doesn’t care much about consent.
Difficult aspects from Saturn can mean inhibitions. Conflict with rigid principles may harm Mars’ desirable rigidity.
Jupiter expands and in mythology Jupiter is always cheating on his wife. This doesn’t mean that any man with strong Mars Jupiter connection will cheat, but he is likely to feel the urge to explore.
Venus… Ultimately, who gives Mars the medal and honours him with the supreme reassurance about himself? The more Venus expresses pleasure the more Mars feels relieved of a burden of anxieties. A conflict between Venus and Mars can make Mars feel very scared (but he is not likely to admit it)
The Moon is mother and mothers, at times, can be smothering. Emotions are powerful, the can have all kinds of effect.
Never jump too quickly to conclusions though. A chart shows tendencies which may or may not be understood and mastered. Mercury could be of some help. Is it possible to talk about it? It can be so embarrassing…