Which Astrological Sign Will Planet Nine Rule?

November 19, 2016

It is late October 2016 and I have just read about “Planet Nine” in the news. Planet Nine is a hypothetical planet that orbits the outer reaches of our solar system, well beyond Neptune and Pluto; in fact about 20 times further out than Neptune does, from the Sun.

 

Planet Nine is rumoured to be a massive planet – from 5 to 20 times bigger than the Earth, and it may even be responsible for tipping the Sun slightly on its axis (a 6 degree tilt). Because Planet Nine is such a massive planet, it pulls on the orbits of several asteroids and elongates those orbits. That is one of the reasons why astronomers feel fairly confident that Planet Nine is actually out there, without having physically seen it through a telescope at this stage. (For a long time I have wondered why Pluto has such an elliptical orbit compared to the rest of the planets – could Planet Nine have something to do with this?)

 

Planet Nine is a (hypothetical at this stage) world that orbits our Sun in a giant ellipse, at a distance of 40 to over 100 billion miles away. It is estimated that it will take Planet Nine between 10 to 20,000 years to complete a full orbit of the Sun.

 

Because Planet Nine is at least 5,000 times the mass of Pluto, there will be no debate amongst astronomers about whether it is a “true” planet or not (sorry Pluto, size DOES count when it comes to astronomers and their personal opinions🙂

 

Wikipedia tells me that if Planet Nine is physically discovered (by being spotted with a telescope), it will likely be given a name chosen from Roman or Greek mythology. A new planet’s mythological identity can be a very helpful clue for astrologers trying to determine its astrological nature – as has been evidenced in the case of Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron, amongst others. So what is it with that? How come the mythology for Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron fits so well? How can something from the past tell us about the future? Why was/is this knowledge already present – even before we “discover” the planet? Does it not cross your mind that we may perhaps be rediscovering these planets?

 

The Old System Of Planetary Rulerships

 

In the old traditional planetary rulership system, the twelve astrological signs were ruled by seven planets. Because there weren’t enough planets to go round to make it possible for each sign to have its own ruling planet, some of the planets ruled two signs.

 

As the planets move outward from the centre of our solar system (in terms of astrological planetary rulership order), they go: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

And in terms of the astrology chart wheel and the signs they rule, they also move outward, in both directions, from the starting sign of Leo.

 

A test For Your Visualizing Skills

If you are not an especially visual person, in order to help you visualize this concept, it might be easier if you have an actual astrology chart form in front of you. Put the sign of Leo right at the bottom of the wheel. The Sun rules Leo. The Moon rules Cancer (one sign to the left of Leo heading in a clockwise direction). Mercury rules two signs: Gemini (one more sign to the left in a clockwise direction) and Virgo (one sign to the right of Leo in an anticlockwise direction). Venus rules Taurus (three signs to the left of Leo in a clockwise direction) and Libra (two signs to the right of Leo in an anticlockwise direction). The trend continues with Mars, which rules Aries (four signs to the left of Leo in a clockwise direction) and Scorpio (three signs to the right of Leo in an anticlockwise direction). Jupiter rules Pisces (five signs to the left of Leo in a clockwise direction) and Sagittarius (four signs to the right of Leo in an anticlockwise direction).

 

That leaves only Aquarius and Capricorn, which sit next to each other at the top of the wheel. These two signs, such a long way from Leo on the wheel, are both ruled by Saturn (which was the last planet out from the Sun in those days). The circle is complete.

 

So you can see that as we have moved around the astrology chart wheel away from Leo in both directions, we have also followed the astrological planetary order outward from the Sun (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, ending with Saturn). This distinct pattern is important in terms of what comes next.

 

So, with the old system of rulerships, we had a nice, tidy package. But then Uranus came along and upset the apple cart.

 

The New Rulership System

 

Uranus, discovered in 1781, took over the rulership of Aquarius from Saturn. So poor old Saturn was reduced to ruling only one sign (Capricorn). What a shocking loss of status for Saturn. So notice that on the astrology chart wheel, we are now moving to the left, back toward Leo, in an anticlockwise direction. And then in 1846, Neptune was discovered. More confusion. Neptune took over the rulership of Pisces, and Jupiter was left ruling only one sign (Sagittarius). Notice that we have moved one more sign to the left on the wheel in an anticlockwise direction, on a continuing journey back in toward the sign of Leo at the bottom of the wheel. In terms of the planetary order, we are also moving back inward toward the Sun (Saturn to Jupiter to Mars to Venus and so on)

 

So, following this trend, Pluto (discovered in 1930) should have taken over Aries, which is the next sign moving to the left in an anticlockwise direction. It sort of did in a way, but it took over the other sign that Mars rules – Scorpio. So here we have a new pattern starting up. The newly discovered planet now has a choice about which of the two signs, that Mars rules, to take over.

 

A Hypothetical Theory For A Hypothetical Planet

 

So, following this new pattern, bearing in mind that we are still moving in toward Leo on the wheel, and inward toward the Sun via the planetary order, the next planet to be discovered will take over one of the two signs that Venus rules, which happen to be Taurus and Libra.

 

Here is an interesting clue (from Wikipedia) concerning Planet Nine’s orbit: “The aphelion or farthest point from the Sun would be in the general direction of the constellations of Orion and Taurus, and the perihelion (the nearest point to the Sun) would be in the general direction of the southerly areas of Serpens, Ophiuchus, and Libra.” (My italics)

 

I find that to be an interesting astronomical clue in terms of the astrological theory I am putting forth.

 

So if planet Nine does exist and it does end up taking over one of the two Venus-ruled signs of Taurus and Libra, which sign do you think it would take over?

 

I would put my bet on Taurus. Because, to me, Venus feels more natural as the ruler of Libra.

 

Certain astronomers speculate that there may well be more planets hiding in the outer fringe of our solar system.

 

If so, the next planet to be discovered (following the pattern) would take over one of the two signs that Mercury rules (Gemini and Virgo). Personally, I would favour Virgo myself.

 

And then the zodiac wheel would be complete, with twelve planets ruling twelve signs!

The Sun Passing Through Libra

October 8, 2016

This is a time of looking at all the relationships you have in your life. Not just relationships with other people, but the relationship between the factions you have going on inside you. Deep within your inner world. It is a time of examining the balance between these factions.

The balance between work and leisure time.

The balance between friendship and detachment or avoidance.

The balance between embracing someone and condemning them.

The balance between fear and confidence.

The balance between poverty and abundance.

Between lack of and lots of.

Between loneliness and warm, contented companionship.

Between serving yourself and serving others.

Between pleasing yourself and pleasing others.

Between fostering relationships and burning bridges.

Between being demanding, and undemanding and content.

How much do you give, and how much do you take?

Between when to indulge, and when not to indulge.

Between when to speak, and when to hold your tongue.

Between caring too much about what other people think, and not caring at all.

How true are you to yourself, and how much do you allow your behaviour to be influenced by others?

At a certain point during the Sun’s passage through Libra, the amount of darkness on Earth and light on Earth are equal (12 hours each).

The balance between love and hate, darkness and light.

As a famous Libran by the name of John Lennon (who also had the Moon in Aquarius) once said: Give peace a chance.

Can you see the balance operating between the two examples, and the polarity between them? (for example, Aries is about Self, and Libra is about “the other”, but they are both about relationships, which is the polarity). The oppositions in your chart (if you have any) are like that too.

A client gave me an example recently of Mars in Scorpio opposite Moon in Taurus in her chart. She explained that Mars in Scorpio feels like she is furiously swimming underwater in order to achieve something, and Moon in Taurus feels like calmness, contentment and relaxation, and that abundance is coming to her. Both of these signs are about money/income/assets (amongst other things). Scorpio rules other people’s money, while Taurus rules personal income (and the self-worth needed to obtain it).

So there is the opposition and opposite poles (swimming furiously, and relaxing) and the polarity (money).

Your Nodes (North Node and South Node) are like that also (and everyone has Nodes). They are like a stick which has two different ends, yet those ends are connected.

Which end are you operating from? What does your balance look like there? How much of your life are you living through your South Node, and how much through your North Node?

Are you living ‘comfortably’ (South Node) or do you put yourself out there and challenge yourself? (North Node).

And to end this brief article, we shall end with the words of that famous Libran, John Lennon (who also had the Moon in Aquarius just to add a bit more air): Imagine all the people, living life in peace. You may say, I’m a dreamer (idealist), but I’m just an Air sign with the Moon in Aquarius.  :-)

 

 

 

 

Aries to Pisces: An Astrological Journey

July 3, 2016

It is interesting how the signs, from Aries through to Pisces, tell a continuing and changing story, and how each sign changes the focus of the one preceding it.

Just to be different, lets start with Pisces: We are all One (we come from Spirit, and we return to Spirit, each and every one of us. We Are, as One, in more than just the relationship sense of relating to one other person)

Aries: I Am (my self, my individuality, my ego self and my personal challenges – I have separated from the womb of Pisces where I was One with my mother)

Taurus: I Have (all of my possessions, including my self worth and physical bodily attributes – this is MY body)

Gemini: I Think (and I communicate and I multi-task really well)

Cancer: I Feel (and I am very sensitive)

Leo: I create (wonderful, fun creations, and even though I am generous with a big heart and I do a lot for others, I am quite a self-absorbed person)

And after that, the signs seem to incorporate the larger world and outer reality a lot more.

The service oriented Virgo (I serve, and in doing so I sacrifice myself for others, just like my opposite sign of Pisces)

The relationship-focused Libra (We Are, as opposed to opposite sign Aries’ “I Am”)

Scorpio’s “I Desire” (intense, personal, focused pursuit, that definitely does include other people!)

Sagittarius: “I find other people’s philosophies really interesting -oh, what an interesting way of looking at life, I could talk about that for hours, and I wonder what the truth really is”… and I better move on to the next sign before it takes up all of this article…🙂

Concrete Capricorn (Black and White, this is the way it is – ‘Reality’ and the rules, and this is my structure. Don’t bother me with philosophies; I have ‘concretised’ my philosophy on life, and this is the way it is)

Aquarius:  (“I want to break all the rules, rules are made to be broken, I like to pursue alternative ways of doing things, predictability is boring, it’s time for a change”)

And back to compassionate Pisces (I try not to judge until I’ve walked a mile in someone else’s shoes; there but for the grace of God go I – we are all one).

 

 

Chiron, Virgo And Charlie Sheen’s Chiron Return

December 16, 2015

Ever met a Virgo that doesn’t fit the astrology textbook description of what a Virgo is supposed to be like? I believe that these people (and there are plenty of them) are what I call “Chiron Virgo’s”. I hesitate to go as far as to say that Chiron actually ‘rules’ Virgo, but it certainly does have a strong and obvious association with the sign of Virgo in my opinion.

Chiron describes our true self and uniqueness. It also describes the special and unique gifts that we have as individuals and the ‘onboard abilities’ that are ours only to give. These unique qualities are the special gifts we have that make us ‘charismatic’. So, “Chiron Virgo’s” are also charismatic Virgo’s, which will become apparent in the examples I will provide.

So let’s look at a few of these Charismatic Chiron Virgo’s. Glamorous Sophia Loren. Talented Sean Connery. Charismatic front man Freddie Mercury (someone else affected by a serious physical and psychological health issue). Multi-talented Michael Jackson. Talented and mesmerizing Beyonce Knowles. Actress Cameron Diaz.

Actor Richard Gere is another Charismatic Chiron Virgo (Richard also has his natal Sun in Virgo in square aspect to natal Chiron in his birth chart, and he oozes charisma).

Charlie Sheen And Chiron

Charlie Sheen is another Charismatic Chiron Virgo. Chiron represents our true self, and our authenticity as people. During the Chiron return (around 49-50 years old), buried wounds that need to be brought up out of the private and often secretive subconscious mind where they are likely to have been lurking for a long time, tend to come up for healing and exposure, and up into the fresh air of honesty and authenticity and the public arena. It is no coincidence that at the time I write this article, Charlie Sheen is 50 years old, and he is finally exposing his festering physical and psychological wound of being HIV Positive and bringing it out into the open for healing.

Perhaps Charlie can use his power and influence and generosity to help find a cure for HIV/Aids. Whatever he chooses to do, he is bound to change a lot at this point of his life journey, as both Chiron and the focal point of his Chiron Return assert their very definite energy and influence in his life.

Chiron orbits between Saturn and Uranus physically, and Chiron is intrinsically connected to both Saturn and Uranus psychologically/spiritually. The Chiron Return marks yet another maturing phase (Saturn) on the human journey – a maturing phase which releases more of our true individual selves (Uranus) by exposing and healing psychological/physical traumas that cast shadows over the light of our true and authentic selves.

It is good that Charlie has not missed the “Chiron healing boat” and opportunity to heal, because some people surely do, and consequently hold their wounds inside until the end of their lives.

 

 

 

The 12th House – A Positive Spin

November 1, 2015

The 12th house of the zodiac wheel contains a certain amount of mystery, and when one looks on the web in an endeavour to find out more about it, there seems to be a lot of misinformation and confusion around it (in written form). This is natural because the 12th house aligns with the 12th sign of Pisces. Remember that the sign of Pisces contains two fishes; one swimming upstream, and one swimming downstream. One fish could be considered generally negative, and the other broadly positive.

Unfortunately, the majority of people seem to identify the negatives more easily than the positives when it comes to astrology (and perhaps life in general).

Yes, acting out the downstream fish can lead to self undoing, imprisonment, institutionalisation etc (and anything else restricting and negative that the imagination may dream up). And the imagination has a lot to do with both Pisces and the 12th house. But lets look at the upstream fish – the one that swims against the current towards consideration and compassion for others and personal spiritual growth and enlightenment, rather than the downstream one which can sometimes disappear in a cloud of beer froth, or perhaps diminish ones spiritual progress with overindulgence in hard liquor or drugs.

I am someone who has two planets in the 12th house, and one in Pisces itself. I have a Neptune flavoured North and South Node also. If I didn’t have these natal placements, I wouldn’t be writing this.

I enjoy my 12th house and its placements. Yes, I enjoy my solitude, and need a bit of it everyday, and the occasional weekend alone is great for personal introspection, but I am also a very social person. i like all the different types of people in the world (just like all the different types of fish in the ocean). And, in true Piscean style, I recognise that the ocean is the one habitat that contains all those individual types of fish. Individuality within the Oneness.

To me, the 12th house is like a joyful monastery.

Imagine a monastery in a beautiful setting with plenty of silence, contemplation, dedication and devotion (to something greater) going on within it. And experiencing amazing personal spiritual breakthroughs every now and then. Seeing and recognising the light that resides at the centre of ones being.

We all have a personal beautiful spiritual light shining at the centre of ourselves. Sometimes the accumulated shadows of our subconscious mind may diminish that light from time to time, and in varying degrees. Correct use of our 12th house represents our opportunity to break through those personal shadows (we all have our ‘story’) and let our light shine. Our 12th house represents our opportunity to recognise our own personal light, and then amplify it, without attributing it to something outside of ourselves (there is no separation – separation is an illusion)

That is what the 12th house represents for me.

I don’t want to live my life in a monastery, and I surely don’t, but I sure do enjoy those special spiritual 12th house times!


The North Node: Tips On How To Understand It

January 21, 2015

In order to ascertain valuable clues about the North and South Node (they come as a team) in an astrology birth chart or ‘sky map”, always incorporate the polarity of the two (opposite) signs involved that the North and South Node occupy.

The North Node describes a person’s highest purpose in this lifetime, and the South Node describes the “comfort zone” that needs to be transcended and broken out of for valuable personal growth to occur.

The South Node describes what we are being asked to leave behind and the North Node describes what we are being asked to move toward in this lifetime in order to experience ultimate satisfaction and personal joy, and because the North Node is about one’s highest purpose, it also hints at wonderful ways that we can be of most useful service to others.

The polarity operating between the two signs the Nodes occupy provides valuable information about this personal energy transition and shift, which can take a lifetime to achieve (if it happens at all – depends on the person).

Even though two signs opposed to each other on the zodiac wheel have many opposite qualities, there is also a common thread that links the two signs. This is called polarity. For instance, even though Scorpio and Taurus have many opposite qualities, they are both about money, possessions, sensuality and strong desires. That is the common thread and polarity that operates between these two signs that oppose each other on the zodiac wheel.

A person who has the South Node in Scorpio and the North Node in Taurus is being asked to move away from the complications, intensity, risk taking, danger and secretiveness of Scorpio, and towards the slow, steady, plodding pace, simplicity, peace, solidness and dependable security described by the North Node in the sign of Taurus.

However, a person born with the Nodes around the other way e.g. the South Node in Taurus and the North Node in Scorpio is being asked to let go of possessions, security and stability (Taurus) to a certain degree and to live more dangerously and intensely and take more risks (Scorpio) and trust the universe. The person with the North Node in Scorpio is being called to develop the ability to manifest (Scorpio) personal needs, wants and desires out of thin air, rather than “hold onto” things while staying in an unadventurous security rut (South Node in Taurus).

Here is another example of polarity between signs. Aries and Libra are opposite signs which display many opposite qualities, but they are both about relationships. This is the common thread of polarity that operates between them and links them. Libra is about attracting a partner, and Aries is about pursuing one, taking action and displaying initiative, and “bringing home the bacon” in a sense.

Libra describes attractiveness, and the power to attract, while Aries describes assertiveness, and the ability to win the challenge or contest by taking assertive action. Aries is about SELF, and Libra is about “the other”.  Aries is about personal identity, independent actions and so on, whereas Libra is more about personal identity in league with or even through the partner.

So the extreme of Aries might be SELF-ishness, and the extreme of Libra might be (crippling) codependence. There is a balance in the middle of course.

So a person with the North Node in Aries and South Node in Libra needs to develop a more assertive, courageous and independent identity, and also needs to learn to become a bit more SELF-ish. However, a person born with the Nodes around the other way e.g. North Node in Libra and South Node in Aries needs to learn to work through or in cooperation with other people more and learn to consider others more instead of constantly using the abundance of independent personal leadership strength that South Node in Aries supplies.

And so on and so on, around the zodiac.

Chiron and Charisma

May 25, 2014

In astrology, certain planets “rule”, or have governance over or alignment with qualities that we find in life. Everything in life (known and unknown) falls under the rulership of one of the many planets or bodies within our solar system. Some of the qualities we find in life are easy to align under the rulership of the appropriate planet; for instance Venus rules the principle of attraction, and Mars represents self assertion and boldness. So of course Venus and Mars happen to be very prominent planets when it comes to close relationships and the interaction that occurs therein.

However, the quality of charisma is somewhat more difficult to align under the specific rulership of one of the planetary bodies. I personally believe that charisma falls under the rulership of Chiron (note how both words begin with “ch”).

Chiron is a cross between an asteroid and a planet which was discovered orbiting between Saturn and Uranus in October of 1977. In order to understand what Chiron means and governs in life, astrologers have had to look back into the Greek mythology surrounding Chiron, and then observe Chiron in people’s astrology charts over a period of time, and draw conclusions from doing so.

In Greek mythology, Chiron was a wise mentor to other people, and was multi-talented. (such a person is already beginning to appear as somewhat charismatic). Chiron was somewhat of a loner and a bit of a maverick, and a true and unique individual. Chiron was intelligent, civilised and kind also, and quite a studious person. He was gifted with special healing skills, which he needed in order to heal his own personal wounds, which were both physical and psychological-spiritual. He then extended those healing skills out into humanity, and he also became a tutor and a teacher to the young gods.

From my own personal observations about Chiron over the years, I have come to understand that a strong Chiron in ones astrology chart and within ones nature demonstrates a person that is somewhat “different” from other people, but if that person has the courage to embrace that difference and uniqueness, he or she will find happiness.

In other words, Chiron represents the true self. We all have Chiron present in our charts, and when we find and live from our true selves, regardless of what other people think or are doing, happiness comes naturally to us as a byproduct of living in this way, because when we embrace our true selves we embrace our true confidence rather than the more superficial confidence of the human ego, and we can easily ‘ignore’ or not buy into the vibrations of those that are not happy within themselves.

So, to sum up, true charisma (and happiness) comes from being and living within our true, authentic selves, and when we are embracing and living as our happy, true, authentic selves, we send out a positive vibration and example for other people to take enjoyment and happiness from, and perhaps learn from. That is what I call charisma.

Saturn in Libra and Creating A Relationship Blueprint

February 22, 2010

The positive thing about Saturn moving through Libra is that relationships of all kinds are being redefined. I personally know of a woman (with no knowledge or awareness of astrology) who is finally setting boundaries with the people in her life that drain her, and will now not allow these people to drain her anymore. Saturn in Libra describes the personal standards we accept in our relationships. To reach a better understanding of what Saturn in Libra means, we must examine people who have this placement in their natal charts. Two women I know with this placement have both chosen inappropriate and unreliable partners in the past, and have ended up being disappointed and hurt after the relationship has inevitably collapsed. I must add that both women concerned were very loyal and dependable, and this is a quality that Saturn in Libra seems to gift the native with. It is just a shame that their partners were not of the same ilk. The phrase ‘once bitten, twice shy’ fits Saturn in Libra because the native with this placement in their natal chart becomes cautious about moving into another relationship once they have experienced a hurtful, disappointing one. Another manifestation of this natal placement is once again best expressed by a phrase; the phrase being ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’. In other words, the Saturn in Libra person stays in an unsatisfactory relationship because he or she fears that the next relationship they choose might be worse. Both of these relationship situations show a need to be very discerning in the choice of partner in the first place. Saturn transiting through Libra for me personally (before it retrograded back into Virgo) was about becoming quite strict with people in my life who I considered to be ‘energy suckers’. Saturn demands from all of us that we are self-supporting, rather than drawing on the time and energy and resources of others. Another manifestation of Saturn passing through Libra will be that certain relationships in ones family will need maintenance or restructuring in some way, largely due to Saturn’s continuing square to Pluto. And with Uranus coming into the planetary mix soon, there may be some endings and/or fresh new beginnings concerning long-standing relationships. I expect that the number of people going to family counsellors or even psychotherapists in order to resolve long-standing relationship issues will rise sharply. People who have Saturn in Libra natally (and also any single people looking for a partner during Saturn’s current transit of Libra) must specify to themselves exactly what they want, require, need and expect in a partner , form a blueprint of their conclusions, and stick to that blueprint like glue. People not in a current relationship may be feeling impulsive now because the relationship they desire seems to be a long time in coming. But instead of impulsively ‘diving in’ to a situation that may seem appealing now, single people at this time especially need to excercise more faith, patience and respect for self and wait a little longer before making a decision. Patience, of course, is Saturn’s forte. So, if you happen to be a member of a dating site while while Saturn transits Libra, and you are sincere in your desire to find a great partner that truly complements you and meets you in all areas, what you need to do is clearly define to yourself exactly what it is that you truly want in that partner, and don’t accept anything less. Make wise old father time (Saturn) proud of you. Happy hunting! Note: This article is featured in <a href=http://sasstrology.com/2010/03/saturn-in-libra-and-relationships-part-of-the-iad-blog-a-thon.html>Saturn in Libra and Relationships</a>, published on Sasstrology as part of the 2010 International Astrology Day Blogathon. The purpose of this web-based event is to create a permanent library of articles about how to deal with the stresses of the Cardinal T-Square of Pluto, Saturn and Uranus. The main page for the Blogathon collections is at <a href=http://2010astrologycarnival.wordpress.com/>The Cardinal T-Square of 2010: Saturn, Uranus, Pluto</a>.</i>

Hello World!

February 18, 2010

We all have an ability, deep down inside us, to serve. By ‘serve’ I mean having something beautiful, useful and unique inside us that we can share with and give to this world.

Some people find their unique ability early in life and bring it out and develop it and use it and apply it. Some other people never manage to find it and tap into it during the course of their lifetimes.

Astrology is one art form that can greatly assist us in recognizing and tapping this gift, this talent, this unique offering and individual ability that is truly us, and help us or empower us to use it in a confident way that will benefit others (and ourselves during the process of sharing it).

With this blog I hope, over the next few years, to post articles that are helpful and useful to the seasoned astrologer, and eventually, simple articles that are helpful for the curious beginner that wishes to know more about astrology, in an effort to share the intuitive gift that I believe I have, with others.

Never underestimate what can be found in your natal astrology chart, or ‘Star Map’, because your chart is the key to who you are, and describes your true, individual self, and can easily ‘re-acquaint’ you with who you truly are.