I have stopped trying to put a label on how I receive information, but I am told to describe it as intuitive communication via direct telepathic transmission. Here are a few notes on the astrological Sun, and how the Sun indicates the manner in which the life force emanates from the human physical body, according to its sign position. I am putting the information here exactly how it was received, without too much editing. You may wish to read for your sun sign, but I would recommend reading the whole thing, as it just makes more sense when considered altogether, and more is explained at the end.
Being fluent in the symbolic language of astrology is nothing short of a gift. If we open our hearts and our minds to what astrology wants to teach us – we realise that embedded into astrology’s structure is a whole way of viewing life and existence. We realise first and foremost that there is a fundamental order to things, there is meaning, and there is logic in life’s cyclical unfoldment. We also realize one more thing: astrology does not explicate, so much as it reveals that there is an underlying pattern of existence.
To engage with astrology is to have a bit of a glimpse into the Cosmic Order. But that Cosmic Order, does not, certainly from this third dimensional level of existence, reveal all of its inner workings. As we expand our awareness and therefore have greater dimensional access, we see more. The more our consciousness expands, the faster our vibratory rate becomes, and more pours in to our perceptual awareness. As we expand our awareness, the more astrology will reveal to us.
When we penetrate deeper into the mysteries of astrology, we also intuitively realize that the energetic pattern revealed by someone’s birth chart isn’t accidental – it is supposed to be that way. As I see the birth charts of clients, friends and family members, I am always struck by how unique each one is. Astrology reminds us that we are each our own profound Universe, and it points us toward the self-love and self-acceptance that comes when we realize that we were not designed to be like someone else.
In relationships, even in challenging ones, we may begin to realise that other people are designed to be the way they are. Differences in energy attunements between people are a perfectly right and natural part of existence. People are not wired to perceive reality exactly the way we are. This is okay.
In this video I talk about the rather esoteric and obscure-sounding aspect in astrology called the “quincunx” or “inconjunct.” I explain why it isn’t a so-called “minor aspect”, and how the natural 150 degree relationship between Aries and Virgo helps us to decode its meaning and function in the psyche.
I share two real-life examples of the quincunx or inconjunct in action from my counseling work with clients. Some food for thought on why the quincunx is absolutely worth paying attention to, especially if the quincunx aspect is between two planets that represent critical psychological functions.
Some time ago, a friend reached out to me for a listening ear. He spoke of how misunderstood he felt as his worldview changed – he was undergoing a spiritual awakening. He began to voraciously read new literature, he found new friends who were exploring the same spiritual and political ideas he was, and much to the chagrin of his family, he felt increasingly alienated from his devoutly religious upbringing. I noticed how strikingly different he looked from the last time I saw him – it was as though his body morphed into a new one, mimicking his inner journey as his mind mutated to accommodate new philosophies and conceptions of reality.
(I should point out that this is quite typical of a spiritual awakening. Inner energetic shifts often result in striking physical/outward changes. New thought forms alter the frequency we broadcast, and because we are, as humans, bio-energetic beings, these new thought forms give new commands to our biological/physical systems. If you are going through an awakening process at the moment, you may find want to check out this page for some support).
Naturally, the first thing I did was ask him for his birth data. I cast his natal chart with his current transits, and there it was: transiting Pluto in Capricorn was closing in on an exact conjunction with his Ascendant, and was opposing his Cancer Mercury. And as if the action of transiting Pluto wasn’t enough, transiting Uranus was also closing in on an exact conjunction with his Aries I.C, and squaring his Moon. Big stuff.
So, for fun, I decided to have a look at Jamaica’s astrological chart – cast for August 6, 1962 (12 p.m.) when we became an independent nation, and separated from Britain. What a fitting time for nation-building it was, with Saturn in Aquarius, right there on the IC. We were forming/crystallizing (Saturn) a new collective identity (Aquarius), a new nation (IC – 4th house). There’s a reason why both Saturn and Uranus rule Aquarius. Aquarius reforms and changes a system (its Uranian side), but it also builds (Saturn) a new more progressive collective structure. In this case, we were throwing off colonial rule (Uranus), and building a nation (Saturn-IC) founded on new values.
Jamaica has its Sun at 13 degrees Leo, right up there on the Midheaven with Mercury and the North Node also in Leo. What is Jamaica known for? Our performance and our creativity (Leo) – whether that performance or showmanship is in sports, or music. With the Sun right on the Leo MC, this is what we contribute to the world. We gift the world with our creative self-expression. Leo/Sun on the MC also reinforces how, for such a small country, our public image and the extent to which we are globally recognised are so strong! North Node in Leo conjunct our MC lets us know as Jamaicans that our highest path and destiny, the highest expression of our collective soul is the contribution of our creativity to the wider global collective.
I was saying to my email list recently that it really makes me sad when a client gets in touch with me to say they’d like to come for an astrological counseling session…but then, they don’t have an accurate birth time. I think of all the potent therapeutic insight we can get by having their chart on hand, and then my heart sinks.
“Can I come for a session? I don’t know my birth time though.” (“No you may not, and I’m actually really sad about that.”). Like any other conscientious astrologer, I insist that a client have an accurate birth time, and will ask someone to make every effort to find out their time of birth before they book a session.
When my professional astrologer colleague and fellow astro-nerd internet friend, Wayman Stewart, emailed me recently, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to co-opt him for the purposes of helping people understand more about this notion of the birth time, and what astrological remedies are available if the birth time is uncertain. (I do have a selfish agenda though. Whenever anyone explains that they don’t have an accurate birth time but would like to come for a session, I plan to just send them a link to this interview. Wink, wink).
A few years ago I went out to a trendy new night spot with some friends. The nice thing about this new spot was that there were tables outdoors. Feeling the balmy Caribbean night air while sipping on a couple of drinks was a welcome change to the usual stuffy, air-conditioned room.
As my friends chatted away, I noticed myself zoning out, increasingly drawn to the light of a star overhead. I took out my Blackberry (remember those?) and checked: it was Jupiter, visible in the night sky.
I nudged my friend, “Hey, look up! There’s Jupiter!”
“Oh, okay”, he shrugged. He went back to his drink, fixed on the straw as he spun the ice in the glass.
That was it.
Recently I had a client whose Saturn return in Sagittarius had occurred within the last 18 months. Predictably, this had much to do with what she was experiencing, and the specific choices she was facing.
So I brought it up, explaining the nature of the developmental tasks that her Saturn return – in the 4th house, and passing over her Mars and Uranus – was bringing into the foreground.
I saw the recognition on her face (indeed, she had heard of the dreaded “Saturn return” before). Her eyes widened: “Oh my god! I missed my Saturn return!”
THE NATAL CHART: SYMBOL OF ENERGY ATTUNEMENT + SOUL AGENDA
The astrological chart is a map, a symbolic diagram of our energetic and psychological attunement. But the astrological natal chart is more than that: it is a cosmic statement, a cosmic manifesto, of the evolutionary and developmental tasks we have assigned ourselves in the lifetime we are currently living.
Challenging aspects between, say, the Moon and Pluto may very well signal that one of our evolutionary tasks is to learn how to release and purge the emotional resentment originating from a difficult and complex relationship with our mother figure. We may very well challenge ourselves by partaking in outer events, situations and lessons that provide an impetus for us to experience and then release our resentment and wounded feelings. Challenging aspects between the Moon and Saturn in our astrological natal chart may indicate that part of our curriculum of evolution is to experience and transcend feelings (Moon) of inadequacy (Saturn).
Similarly, aspects between the Sun and Pluto may indicate that one of our evolutionary tasks – from the perspective of our souls – is to learn how to claim our power, to learn what being (Sun) powerful (Pluto) actually is. We may, in this instance, with a significant Sun-Pluto aspect, have assigned ourselves the evolutionary task of understanding that true power is always something that we radiate from within – in true solar fashion, not something coming from without.
In the physical external world, we may therefore elect to experience situations and events that allow us to demonstrate to ourselves the correct application of power. Or we may find ourselves in a disempowering external situation in order to learn how to reach for inner resources and inner power (Sun-Pluto). Part of our central aims and purposes (Sun) of the lifetime we are living may be to help others to access their own inner power (Sun-Pluto).
In this week’s Talking Astrology podcast, we explore:
-How we individually and collectively “create” our astrology
-How our astrological birth charts reflect our soul choices and the curriculum for our growth
-The evolutionary role of Saturn: what Saturn is here to teach us
-Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius and what it means for the collective
-This week’s Saturn-Neptune square, it’s evolutionary purpose, and what it is asking us all to do
-Higher education, the US presidential elections, the media, and what Saturn-Neptune has to do with all of it.