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=>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=>The Cardinal T-Square of 2010: Saturn, Uranus, Pluto</a>.</i>

Hello world!

February 18, 2010


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