Sun and ego

The Sun is the symbol of our ego – but not only.
The Sun is also the symbol of our heart and our authentic self, of the light of our individual consciousness and of ourselves as “creators” ….
The ego is an ambiguous concept.
When spiritual people talk about the ego, what they mean is our tendency to be selfish, vain, arrogant, excessively proud, egocentric, all that. It means being bad.
When psychologists talk about the ego, they are talking about something quite different: the psychological ego is this part of the psyche which we identify with. It is our sense of being a person, distinct from others.
If you are hungry for instance, it’s not just hunger hanging around in a vague space, it’s you the one who is hungry, it’s not your neighbour and you are very aware of this distinction. On the material plane, the difference between “me” and “not me” is very clear. However, this psychological ego is not all the psyche. It is only a mental construct.
A newborn baby has no ego, they will learn that they are a person, a distinct “me” when they are about eight month old. At this age, babies become aware that, being another person, being separated from their mother is possible. It’s known as separation anxiety. If you know babies, you know that when they are one year old or so, they are shy with strangers. Mama!!!
As we grow up, we keep building this psychological ego. We get an idea of who we are, based on our experiences and feedback from the environment. There is a strong flavour of first house in what I’m saying now.
So why did I say that the Sun symbolises this ego at the beginning of this post, just to say that’s it’s the first house now? Because it’s both. Symbols are not boxes. They are fingers pointing in the direction of realities, each one in there own way. The Sun is the symbol of our higher or most authentic self indeed. But we don’t know ourselves. The Sun doesn’t know itself. It has only a certain idea of who it might be…
One day, we become conscious of who we really are, What remains the same throughout all the transformations we are undergoing is the creator. Here is the sphinx sitting above the wheel of fortune, the answer to the enigma.
This adventure is lived by this part of us symbolised by the Sun….. and because symbols are fingers pointing at realities, the Sun in the horoscope means also the ego, this temporary limited idea the Sun has about itself, and it expresses it and how it learns to become more conscious.
Life is a school and a theatre. We are students and comedians.

Jupiter’s Meaning In Astrology

Do you know Miracle Grow? That’s something you give your plants and, o my God, how they grow, that’s amazing ! 
 This may be the worst of all my metaphors, as Miracle Grow is not an organic product at all! However, to introduce Jupiter, I’ve found nothing better.
A more traditional picture would have been the cornucopia, the “horn of abundance”, which is associated with Zeus-Jupiter as it was originally a horn from Amalthea, the goat who fed Zeus when the future king of the Gods was a child… Whatever you’ll get out of it, expect to get plenty! 
 Everything Jupiter touches becomes big. If you have a big ego, add a bit of Jupiter and you’ll get a Mega Big Ego. 
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 Moon, your imagination will take you to there and back. Your memory will be of an elephant, and your emotions an ocean… Maybe you’ll get a big stomach as well, as the Moon rules it. 

 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…
 To be honest, I don’t know whether our inner attitude is entirely responsible for our good or bad luck. What I know for sure is that it’s an important factor… 

 If I used verbs to conjure up what Jupiter does, a part from “I grow big” I would say:
 I rule, I integrate, I make laws, I know, I guide, I teach, I preach, I public speak, I explore, I discover, I seek for coherence, I seek for meaning, I think. 

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…
 According to Michel Gauquelin, who did a lot of statistics to prove astrology was nonsense and found out that it was not, Jupiter is prominent in the charts many politicians and actors. Playing a role is what these two categories have in common…
 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) 
 If someone integrates society by joining the local football team or charity or going to church, whatever, and proves themselves a good fellow, the soul mate or the dream job may be met in this context… With Jupiter we integrate society and we bring our contribution. In return we receive opportunities and protection. 
 Let’s now have a look at the shadow side of this energy… When a planet is “afflicted” in a chart, that is when it receives many tense aspects, the shadow side is likely to be calling for some conscious tweaking… 
For instance, the story of the tulip mania in the 17th century is a fabulous illustration of Jupiter going wrong. All opponents to unregulated capitalism will agree with the necessity of Saturnian regulation to boundless Jupiterian growth and search for profit.
I love this story, maybe because I’m a gardener. It’s the story of all speculative bubbles. Tulips were recently introduced in Dutch Republic and became very fashionable, so fashionable that everyone wanted bulbs. There was more demand than supply so the price of the bulbs went up. Because the price went up, people bought bulbs, not to plant them but to sell them later and make a profit. So more people wanted to buy, and the prices kept going up, more speculators were attracted, so much so that the price of a single bulb reached ten times the annual income of a skilled worker…
At some point, buyers wanted to sell to make their profit, and the more they wanted to sell the less the prices went up, and therefore no one wanted to buy bulbs anymore, and the last buyers were ruined.
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I find this fascinating. Coming back to psychology and astrology, with an afflicted Jupiter, we may lose touch with reality, invest emotionally in our own ego and get it inflated enough to lose touch with reality… 
 Donald Trump, has a retrograde Jupiter conjunct Chiron square Saturn, Mercury and Venus, also trine Sun and sextile Moon. 
 He managed to inflate as much as he could…Here is not the place for a debate about political ideas. I am talking only about the style of the public character. He looks like someone a bit out of proportions to me… 
 So, remember: Jupiter is Growth, Social Integration,  Attitude, Role Playing, Mind,  Quest for Meaning, Wisdom, Knowledge, Philosophy, Enthusiasm, Confidence, Faith, Travel, Exploration… 
Jean-Marc Pierson Astrologer

The eagle flies from Scorpio to Sagittarius

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…


Fucking Hell! …Excuse my French, I just wanted to introduce Pluto. Profanities provide a simple and efficient way to connect emotionally with the most radical and extreme of all energies! 
 So let’s proceed…


 Pluto symbolizes instincts, the power that comes from below, the sexual energy, the  power in the guts. Hades, to call him by his Greek name, is the God of the Underworld. 
 An esoteric teaching tells that human being is a microcosm. We are the universe in miniature. In our bodies, the underworld is under the belt. Gut, sex, anus and all the emotional powers and energies that stem from there… 
 When someone says “I am fucked” it means that they are overpowered. But if someone says “Fuck them!” they mean “My power first!” 
 And “fucking”, as you know, also means “having sex”… 
 Isn’t is a shame to use the same word to mean having sex or to abuse? Sexuality should be a sacred thing don’t you think so? Sex should be an act of love happening between two consenting hearts. But I am speaking like Neptune here, not like Pluto…
 The energy of Neptune connects us with the myth – or nostalgie of a lost innocence, a lost paradise. With Neptune we want to go to heaven. Pluto is Neptune’s shadow in the world of below. Pluto is the naked unbearable truth: we are not in heaven. We are fallen angels. We have demons within… We are fucked up! 
 Crude Plutonic language tells us that at the level of wild, unprocessed instincts, sex is not a question of love. It’s power. In nature males fight. The winner takes it all. He gets the female, or possibly a whole herd and a territory. Pluto is ruthless.


  A number of sexual fantasies and erotic games have a lot to do with overpowering or being overpowered… Would you prefer to be blindfolded and attached to the four corners of the bed, or to do it to someone else? Erotic games, when coloured by Pluto, stage stories of power. 
  When human beings express Pluto’s energy in its raw state, they abuse, they commit crimes, they kill, rape and plunder like the Vikings of old on a holiday trip in Southern Europa. When civilization fails, we hear stories of rebels in Irak and Syria displaying their enemies’ heads on spikes and eating their livers to incorporate their strength. A fundamental key word is “Archaic” or Magic. Possibly Black Magic…


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 We are fascinated by Pluto. Pirates are typical Plutonian characters.  Did you love Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbeans? Have you ever dreamed of flying a black flag with skulls and crossbones? Movies are works of art and imagination. The Moon rules imagination, and Venus the arts. Let’s check the natal chart of Roman Polanski. His movie “Pirates” is such a masterpiece… Spot on! There is a conjunction Moon – Pluto -Middle of the Sky and Venus forms a sextile to it. As you see, with a strong Pluto energy, you don’t turn into a wild beast, you can become a successful film director. He was also convicted for sexual abuse on minor though. 


 In medieval times, there was a custom that allowed the feudal lord the right to sleep with a bride from his fiefdom on the night of her wedding to someone else. It was called the “Droit de Seigneur” and could have been called “Pluto’s right”… 

  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. 
 Aggression, survival, instincts, fight or flight, territoriality, life or death situations, and of course sexual drive- the survival of the species – … That’s what Pluto is about, but not only… 

  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. 
 A symbol is a kind of “spiritual brand”. On the material plane, a particular brand can sell for instance shoes, trousers, jackets, socks, bags, and have shops on the HIgh Streets  If you get a clue that you are going to get something from this brand…. you don’t know whether you’ll get a pair of shoes or trousers, or maybe a job in one of their shop! A symbol is a clue. It may refer to many things…
 That’s why the art of interpreting an astrological chart is similar to the work of a detective. The placements of the astrological symbols  are clues and it take the talent of a Sherlock Holmes to integrate them into a coherent picture. Elementary Doctor Watson! 
 However, don’t worry. Many basic interpretations about the placements of planets in signs and houses work well enough to be accurate in many cases. Just remember that there is much more to any symbol than a few key words to apply automatically and systematically… 


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 I have started this presentation of Pluto talking about raw instincts. I could have started talking about death and rebirth, about shamanism, mediumship or alchemy, about shit or about financial flows, about emotional welding, about the personal and collective unconscious or about evolution… I suggest you remember these key words. 
 Beyond our raw instincts, Pluto symbolizes how we deal with them, what kind of lotus flowers will bloom with their roots in this mud… and all the intermediate states, experiences and trials between the mud and the lotus. 
 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… 


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  Let’s follow a few threads about Plutonian themes… 
   Sex and death have always been linked in the imagination of poets and lovers who would die for a night with each other, die in each other’s arms  and survive through their offspring… 
 Pluto, and the sign it rules, Scorpio, are also about the emotional welding of two individuals. Before Scorpio is Libra. Libra is the sign of relationships. The ideal of Libra is being two. This sign emphasizes the necessary compromises, the diplomacy, the good manners, the elegance we need to create harmony between two partners. However, the Plutonian mentality is that we can’t cheat with who we are when we are physically and emotionally naked together, perceptive, intuitive, intensely aware and ready to die in the way sperm cells and eggs die when they fuse and become a new being…
 Who would waste such a bliss not being who they really are in the process? Plutonians are always radical. They chose the naked truth over the good manners. 


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  Death means in our experience much more than the end of our own life. There are many symbolic deaths. 
 We can lose someone we love, loss is a kind of death,  we say that something dies within… (Remember “loss” as a key word)
We can also lose anything we are attached to, and among all things, our ego and our pride may be what we cherish most! Pluto might kill the ego and give us an initiation. (Another key word here!) 
 We become the snake who sheds its old skin.. Pluto is crisis, death and rebirth. Pluto destroys the old structures and open new creative ways…
 The irruption of puberty in our lives was a Plutonic time. It happened without asking for permission, our body changed, new and intense emotions appeared, the child we were was gone… 
  In traditional societies, some individuals became shamans. They had to endure difficult initiations, confront the reality of their own death and they became able to travel to the world of spirits, the world of the dead and negotiate with spirits. Pluto can lead there as well. 


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 Pluto and Money. 
 With Venus and Taurus, we want to have money to ensure our material security and enjoy life. For Pluto, money is power. Who gets it controls the world.
 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. 
   Something mysterious about symbols is that opposite coincides. Pluto symbolizes the raw and wild energy and also the mystical work called “alchemy” which consists in turning what’s raw and vile into spiritual gold. Pluto is a symbol of our inner transformation. 
  Pluto is purification, transformation and regeneration. The raw sexual energy is but an expression of the vital force coiling like a snake at the base of the spine, the kundalini… 
 Through the process of transmutation, Pluto’s energies within us are called to become spiritual ideals with flesh and bones. 
 Power then will mean self mastery. 
 I hope you learned something I was happy to share with you about the most fascinating of all energies! …. 

The Sun In Astrology


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  The Sun symbolizes the centre of our personality, our heart, who we really are.
As the saying goes, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience” 

 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”. 
 For instance, saying “I am Capricorn” means something similar to saying “My life path leads to the mountain”. 
 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…


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 Have you heard of the concept of family resemblance, popularized by the philosopher Wittgenstein? 
 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…
 Now you look at these two children. One has the typical nose… but not the eyes. The other has the typical eyes… but not the nose. They don’t look like each other, but they both belong to the family, without the shadow of a doubt.
 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… 


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 Mother is both Moon and Saturn, nurturing through the Moon, imposing rules through Saturn… 
 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”
This quest for authenticity makes us walk on the path represented by the Sun sign. It is the sign of our aspirations. 
 The environment protects, nurtures and conditions. The Sun is our inner guidance, what we want to become whatever our past might have been, our “spiritual instructions” so to speak. Through the Moon we are influenced by the past, through the Sun we are called by a vision of self realization. 
 The Sun symbolizes also the ego. The ego is the temporary compromise between the higher self (who we really are in spirit) and the conditioning imposed by family, society and material conditions… 
  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?:
“When imagination and will power conflict, imagination always wins.” 
In astrological terms, this translates as: “When the Moon (imagination) and the Sun conflict, the Moon always wins”. 

 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 potter can’t make beautiful pots without surrendering to the nature of clay. We are not here to leave the material world behind, but to shape it according to our vision. This can’t be done without respect for the feminine side of life… 
 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. 


 Until now I have explained what the Sun is about… I hope I was able to be clear enough. Astrology does not bring easy answers to the great metaphysical questions…  

 For now remember a least a few key words: 
 Heart – Spiritual core – Self – Will power – Consciousness- Ideals – Father – Role models – Ego – 
After the question “What is it?”, I’ll now set out to give some answers to the other great question: “How is it?” 
 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. 
 Like every other planet-energy the Sun can be summarized by a few key verbs.
 The Sun says:

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 – 
When the Sun appears as a character we will come across:

 – 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. 
– A boss, someone in power, authority figure. 
– A saint, with a solar golden halo behind their head! 


 As as lover, a solar individual will give great importance to courtship. Love is a game and the greatest opportunity to value the egos! 

  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. 
 The Sun gives warmth and light from inside out, its nature is not to be the receiving end. It’s Fire, Yang, Masculine energy…
 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… 


 If the Sun was an animal, of course, it would be a lion. He’s powerful, he’s beautiful, everyone pays attention: the zebras, the antelopes, the hyenas, the other lions…  whether he sleeps, farts or wanders around, everyone knows what’s going on. Paying attention to the strong is wisdom! 
Let’s now go for a walk in the street and look at the buildings. Which ones are we going to tag Sun? 
 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… 
 If the Sun was a music instrument, it would be a  trumpet. If he was a music, he would be something grandiose, like this:

 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… 
By contrast, if the Moon was music she would be much more romantic, sensitive, delicate, something sounding like a tearful cuddle by moonlight… 

 And if the Moon met Uranus and turned jazz, she would still evoke the nocturne life of human emotions… 
There are at least two ways to understand life and the symbols of astrology. At the beginning of this post, I was adressing the intellectual side, giving explanations and keywords. This is what Mercury in us wants. However, the intellectual way will never be able to get it all. At some point, we need artists and poets to show and make us feel rather than intellectually understand what life is made of… and this is precisely what the Sun does.
After Leo, ruled by the Sun, comes Virgo, ruled by Mercury, but I have already talked about Mercury.
 After Virgo comes Libra, ruled by Venus, but I have already written about Venus. 
 Next time, after the world of the bright light of the Sun, I will introduce you to the universe of darkness with Pluto…
 Thank you for your attention!

The Sun and Mercury: the singer and the guitar

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.


Mars and Male sexuality

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…

 Jean-Marc Pierson