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Today we are going deep into the astrological makings of a very complex man. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Howard Hughes!
The first thing that really draws my eye into his chart is that Mercury at the very bottom of the chart. It is in Virgo (the ever over-analyzing, perfecting and exacting scrutinizer) and it is under some serious pressure.
Howard Hughes seems to have acquired the brunt of his OCD from his mother, who used to scrub him clean all through his childhood and teach him to be afraid of germs.
His Mercury is found at the bottom of the chart right on the 4th house cusp. This is the place in the chart that is associated with the Mother and early childhood (because it is the house that is connected to the sign of Cancer).
Mercury is the planet associated with our thinking. It is always listening and responding to our environment (like DNA!)
Hughes Mercury (thinking) is under pressure from both Mars and Pluto via the square aspect (an aspect of 90 degrees). So let’s meet the personal “bullies” of Hughes’ mind!
Mars is energy! It is motivation and stress. The stuff that propels life along. Hughe’s Mars is located in the 7th house of relationships. It’s a common know fact that Hughes did “go (very) big” in the dating field.
Hughes was infamously entangled with a bevy of beautiful starlets. The glitz and glamour would satisfy his Venus in Leo as well as his Moon in Leo. Venus for a man will point to something he is drawn to in a woman. The Moon points to an emotional hunger that we yearn to satiate. This is also connected to the mother and early life.
It’s interesting to think of all of that OCD doting that his mother did for him was still a form of constant attention. Hughes was known to be a hypochondriac in childhood to secure the constant attention of his parents, both of whom died within his later teenage years. Hughes went to court and bought out the rest of the family for the inheritance and became a billionaire.
Ok, so back to the pressure on his Virgoan mind.
Let’s meet the next “bully”, the ever secretly-up-to-something Pluto. And as a side note, these “bullies” are not inherently bad, they are just motivators. The aspect of the square suggests that it’s a bit more challenging for Hughes.
Pluto motivates in a very hidden way. In Gemini this may take the form of always seeking mental stimulus, and variety of thought. It lies opposite of the Mars in the 7th house of relationships so we can expect to find a lot of variety there too (and there sure was!).
Pluto is like a rabbit hole. It’s job is to constantly renew us and purify us through emotional purging. Hughes’ rabbit hole was so very mental, so full of variety and choices. For a mind that is suited towards precision and order (Mercury in Virgo) this influx of variety might have been a bit overwhelming.
It would have been nice to see Hughes’ Virgo mind take the Virgoan modest approach to these heavy-weight bullies. To humbly (Virgo) take things in stride and be aware of his own tendency to over-worry (Virgo pitfall). We can bring so much peace back to our psyches with a bit of awareness. This is the department where the horoscope truly shines as a tool. It serves us to give ourselves a break and be on the lookout for unhealthy habits!
Until next time!
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Picture something innocent. A child for example, enjoying an ice cream cone, sitting on the front steps to his house in the early evening. All that is happening is the sounds and sights around him and the wonderful taste of the ice cream.
Then he hears his mother scream so he runs into the house and finds her crying hysterically on the floor holding the telephone. His older brother was killed overseas.
Now I want you to picture what became of the ice cream, the sounds and sights outside. 30 years later are they still there? We wouldn’t think twice in agreeing that this event changed this little boy’s life forever. But what we might not think about quite as readily is HOW.
The planet in focus is Pluto, the lord of the underworld. In the natal chart he is lord of your own private underworld. It’s the moment you lost your childlike innocence and descended into a darker place.
Persephone is a young innocent maiden gathering flowers in a field until the ground opens up and Pluto (aka Hades) abducts her, sending her mother Demeter into unspeakable grief.
What is interesting about Persephone’s character is that she eventually became “pardoned” from hell. Demeter’s grief was rendering all agriculture dead so Zeus finally caved and insisted that Pluto release her. But she ends up only being able to live 6 months of the year above the ground. Why?
Of course there can be many ways of interpreting this. The direction that I like to take it in starts by taking a closer look at a pomegranate.
Persephone only lives above ground half of the year to signify the fact that she is no longer only an innocent maiden. She is also a new and regenerated person because of these seeds from hell (new motivations birthed from the deep subconscious).
In your own private underworld a transformation inevitably takes place. Something is reborn. And that reborn something continues to grow. It is a new motivation. It is driving you in your newfound desires and directions. But since it is born from such a deep place you may not be aware of it.
Back to the example of the little kid eating ice cream. The traumatic event (aka the ground opening up) is where he meets Pluto. The seeds that he will eat is the implantation of a new motivation. This will likely remain unconscious but will still be in the driver seat of many of his future choices.
Pluto is where we look in the birth chart to attempt to shed light on our hidden motivations.
One of the most significant tragedies of his life was the death of his mother, Julia, that occurred when he was 17. She was hit by a car while crossing the street. The death of his mother ended up being a powerful common ground he shared with Paul McCartney, who’s mother died when he was 14.
The car that hit his mother was driven by an off-duty police officer which contributed to Lennon’s distrust in people in authority (Aquarius Moon). Also the fact that Lennon was not raised by his mother but by her sister Mimi instead further illustrates this Aquarius (themes of abandonment) Moon (mother).
The Leo pomegranate seeds so to speak, eaten from the time Lennon spent in hell continued to grow and motivate him from the depths. The boys’ friendship turned into the Beatles (Leo 5th house Pluto).
Not to mention that both Pluto and his Moon square his Mercury (thinking processes) in Scorpio (always transforming and evolving). Lennon could never just be a Beatle, no matter how successful they were.
To summarize, Pluto is the planet that shows us where we lost our innocence. This is a repeated process in life so it is not always just one defining event.
Pluto is the underworld where we ate the seeds that started new and hidden motivations within ourselves. They are likely to be very powerful and it is worthwhile to ponder them. After all they are very much in the driver’s seat as we careen down the long and winding road!
Where is your Pluto?
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I recently was in the mood for a chic flic type of evening so I settled on Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts. While I wasn’t wild about the movie as a whole, it did leave me with one eye-opening lesson. A Venus lesson as it turns out. Seek Venus (even through a chic flic!) and ye shall find!
So here is a question: Do you have enough sweetness in your life? And here is another: Do you do enough of nothing?
Introducing an amazing Italian phrase..
Maybe this is something that already comes naturally to you and if so, great! But for other people, myself included, doing nothing usually is accompanied by some sense of stress, like I should be DOING something more productive. If I am on vacation I might let myself “do nothing” but in daily life? Not without that subliminal stress.
Venus is here to say: there’s a new kind of sherif in town!
The next thing I know is I am getting SO much more out of my down time. What used to feel like procrastination now feels like Italian savviness.
Venus in the natal chart can give us clues into personalized ways in which we prefer to “do nothing.”
Not everyone wants to just lay on a hammock. Some people might to read (Venus in Gemini?) or play sports (Venus in Aries?) or watch old movies (Venus in Cancer?).
I have Venus in Virgo, which might tend toward healthy-minded routines and analytical studying. I also have Mars in Virgo almost conjunct my Venus. I realize that I am often trying to relax by reading and contemplating a book, but all too soon my Mars tries to turn the time into something productive. And the next thing I know I feel like I am not studying/ cleaning/ doing enough.
Sabotage! What is nice is that if I let my Venus do it’s thing, like read and highlight a book for fun, my Mars becomes gently coaxed. The next thing I know is that I am feeling very naturally motivated without force. “I think I will start that writing piece!” instead of “I should really be writing”.
What sign is your Venus in? How does it relate to your Mars? When was the last time you enjoyed IL DOLCE FAR NIENTE?
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This post is co-written with my twin sister and is about delving into the infinite mysteries of OUR FAVORITE THING EVER: TWIN PEAKS!!!!!!!!!! Here we go!
Who killed Laurel Palm Tree?
In ancient Rome and Greece, laurel wreaths were adorned as symbols of victory.
A similar motif involving laurels and unrequited love is central to the writings of Dante and Petrarch. Dante with his love for Beatrice, and Petrarch with his 365 poems to Laura. Notice how both men are dressed in red, aka fire.
But can fire ever really catch its romantic opposite (water)?
Let’s explore the laurel a little more. The Collins dictionary defines it as this:
“A laurel or a laurel tree is a small evergreen tree with shiny leaves. The leaves are sometimes used to make decorations such as wreaths.”
Evergreen trees are distinct in that they retain green leaves throughout the year. The other main type of tree is the Deciduous tree, which loses its leaves during the colder seasons.
So is she dead or not? Well.. this is also a theme that seemed to be toyed with during the first season.
Twin Peaks has Waldo the myna bird as well as Waldo’s vet, Dr. Lydecker.
When Madeline first enters the show she comes through the door as Leland is watching the infamous “Invitation to Love”. The screen is a split screen, showing an actress playing two parts (just like Sheryl Lee is doing).
Let’s go a little further with the names, and a little deeper into those woods!
Anyone want some pie? Let’s head on over to the double R!
Bright red is often seen in Twin Peaks- adding to its je-ne-sais-quoi-ness.
The traffic light also celebrates the bright green, as does the opening credits
So the evergreen trees remain vibrant and alive.. and now, 25 years later, the show is coming BACK, as in, it didn’t die.
And all we know is… exactly where we will be on May 21st, with cherry pie, trying not to faint from excitement.
Have you ever been told to follow your North Star? It is such a comfort to think that there could be one. One that directs your internal compass when you have lost your way. It’s interesting to note that the placement of the north star within the zodiac is at 0 degrees Cancer (plus or minus 2 degrees) which is the sign of the Moon.
We all know that compasses point North due to a magnetic pull created by the Earth’s magnetic field.
Can we look to our Moons in our natal charts to better understand our individual lodestars? And what in us is moving toward this lodestar?
The lodestone (a naturally magnetized iron ore) composes the needle of this compass so it will always point north. Iron nails are attracted to the magnet.
Could it be the iron in our blood that knows true north? Is the thing that makes our blood red the same thing that keeps us on track?
If we are now talking about iron and the color red then clearly we are in another astrological terrain- Mars.
But I don’t want to get away from the Moon and the North Pole either. So here is a figure who seems to embody all of these themes.
Mary comes from the word mar, as in maritime or marine. Magdalene bears a strong similarity to the word magnet. So here we have a mysterious notion of a magnetic sea. Or similarly, a Mars-like (magnetic) Moon (the sea, the tides).
This is a map of the Arctic as prepared in 1569 by Gerardus Mercator, a Belgian cartographer and explorer. At the center of the map is a mountain, said to be positioned at the North Pole. This mountain is know as Mount Meru, the magnetic mountain.
Mount Meru is know to be the “center of the universe” in both Buddhist and Hindu cosmologies. It is comparable to Mount Olympus of Greek mythology in that it was the home to the Gods.
The mountain is said to be surrounded by the “indrawing seas” as depicted above by the four rivers and this supposedly creates a whirlpool effect.
It’s hard not to notice the similarity of the image of a whirlpool and that of the symbol for Cancer, the zodiac sign associated with the Moon.
Above are artistic celebrations of Mt Meru. Borobudur (left) is a Buddhist temple in Indonesia. The other two pictures depict a Maha Meru, a Hindu symbol that is a 3D projection of a Sri Yantra (a mystical diagram involving nine interlocking triangles).
Magdalene’s “alabaster jar” that is nearly always pictured with her bears a striking similarity to the Mt Meru symbols.
Mount Meru is said to be the navel of the world.
It’s interesting to think of what our navels used to do for us.
These days we don’t give too much thought to our belly buttons.
In closing, next time you get a gut feeling, consider that it might be your infinitely mysterious magnetic inner Mount Meru/Magdalene calling!
The planets are alive and well in your body. They move up the spine starting with Saturn and ending with the Moon.
Today we are going to go a little further with this, starting with the role of the endocrine system.
The endocrine system is made up of glands that produce and secrete hormones which go on to regulate the activity of our cells and organs. These hormones are chemical substances that travel through our blood.
The major take home point is that feelings such as anger, relaxation, thrill, bonding and whatever else have a very real CHEMICAL component.
We can all feel our Mars when we tap into our adrenaline. We can all feel our mysterious Moon when we dream (the pineal gland).
Certain glands have a clear affinity with the planets as they go up the body while others may have to be seriously pondered. I encourage you if your interested to find these associations by studying the functions of the glands matched the with functions of the planets. In the future as I study this further I’ll probably write another post on it.
But for today I need to move on to talking about the single most inspiring person I have ever come across on the world wide web!
Wim claims his abilities have to do with learning how to CONTROL his autonomic nervous system, which taps into the endocrine system and influences the immune system. He does this mainly from breath work and cold water exposure. But what’s even more amazing is that he says ANYONE CAN LEARN HOW TO DO IT..
Wim claims that his teacher is “hard nature” and that the cold is “merciless but righteous”.
The main method he uses is breath work. Essentially a controlled way of deep breathing for deep-tissue oxygenation which raises the pH level of the body.
What’s interesting about the breath is that it is the only function we have that is BOTH automatic and voluntary. That is, it operates under the autonomic nervous system as well as the somatic nervous system (voluntary movement). What Wim Hof has learned to do is use this breath to influence the autonomic nervous system (ANS) via the hypothalamus.
The alchemists viewed Mercury as the most essential component in turning base metals into gold. Hof himself says “we have to learn how to become our own alchemists” thereby taking CONTROL over our own systems which give us true security and lasting “health, strength and happiness”.
Think about your new subconscious relationship to the cold if you learned to not be as afraid of it, by CONTROLLING your reaction to it.
The concept of CONTROL brings us astrologically to Saturn, found in the base of our bodies. At the top of our bodies we find the Moon, aka “mother”, “matter”, “nature”, “mother nature”.
And we are always trying to control mother nature by using our thermostats or air conditioning, or making our lives too COMFORTABLE all the time.
Hof teaches us that we have come a far way from balance by CONTROLLING NATURE too much. Sure we all need shelter but we have become too good at protecting ourselves from nature and thus have become SEPARATED.
The Saturn (control) must be turned inward in order to become steadily reacquainted with nature. Through the breath and cold exposure, we can CONTROL our physiology to better live in nature instead of the opposite which leave us VULNERABLE (another Moon word) to nature.
We are uniting the opposites here. The “below” of Saturn seeks to reestablish balance with the “above” of the Moon.
The other opposites to be united in the body would then be..
After we unite Mars and Venus (solar plexus and throat chakra) we have the alchemical GOLD in the middle, our heart, which is associated with the Sun, and our true vitality.
Until next time- happy breathing!
Today we learn where the planets live inside of us. The seven heavenly bodies as perceived by the ancients in the night sky (before the discovery of the outer planets i.e Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) correspond to seven centers in the human body commonly known as chakras.
Ok so before you go getting suspicious about the decided order of these planets in the body-
-consider just a few very interesting facts.
Each of these planets corresponds to a specific metal in the practice of alchemy. Notice that the above list is the exact reverse order of the planets as pictured in the body.
The first metal, lead (corresponding to Saturn) is the LEAST conductive of electricity.
The next metal tin (for Jupiter) is a little MORE conductive, followed by iron (Mars) even a little MORE…
In fact the metals are in the exact order of how electrically conductive they are ending with silver (the Moon) which is the MOST conductive of them all.
We are talking about electricity, we are talking about energy, and how it moves through the body.
And here is another fact to make us feel comfortable with the placement of the planets in the body: common phrases we use every day.
In Casablanca when Bogart’s character says “I stick my neck out for nobody” he is referring to never letting himself be vulnerable (Venus) and not being willing to help anyone else (Venus), a character trait that goes a full 180 by the time we arrive at the dramatic end. Venus’s energy center is in the neck, a very vulnerable part of the body. It is where are voice is, which can do so much for others.
Opposite of this is Mars, which lives in our solar plexus.
How about Jupiter, the planet of faith, located in our gut?
How about the Sun in the place of the heart?
How about Mercury, the trickster, in the space of the brain and the visual cortex?
The Moon is at the top of the head corresponding to “mind”. The latin word for mind is “mentis” hence our word “mental” but also the less often considered connection to “menses” which ties us straight to the Moon with her 28 day cycle.
And then we have Saturn, at our base.
In the next post we will get further into this by examining the value in uniting these centers from top to bottom, as well as discussing how the endocrine system is involved.
The three commonly known states of common matter include solid, liquid and gas. But did you know that there is a 4th state? This state is Plasma, and it makes up 99.99999 % of matter in the visible universe.
On earth we can see it as lightning or the Northern Lights. Not to mention our Sun and all the surrounding stars are giant balls of plasma. Plasma also makes up much of the spaces between the stars in space. It’s everywhere up there.
Plasma au naturale displayed above.
Man-made plasma as found in neon signs by energizing a gas until the electrons break free from, but still travel within the nucleus. A spark in a gas will create a plasma.
Plasma was discovered in 1879 by Sir William Crookes. He called this substance “Radiant Matter”. It wasn’t until 1928 that it was renamed “plasma” by american chemist and physicist, Irving Langmuir.
Langmuir was one of the first scientists to work with this “radiant matter”. He noticed that the way this electrified fluid (the “radiant matter”) carried electrons, ions and impurities reminded him of the way blood plasma carried red and white corpuscles as well as germs.
So even though our current mainstream scientific thought maintains that there is no connection between the plasma in space and the plasma in our blood, there is room to wonder. After all, the scientist who himself named it saw a direct observational connection.
Plasma as a substance is also described in a more ancient way as Aether, or Ether the fifth element.
What is Aether?
The ancient Greeks described Aether as “the high-reighning and ever indestructible power of Zeus” as well as “the best element” and “the life-spark of all creatures”
The greeks also saw Aether as a god who is the personification of the “upper air”. That is, the air that god breathes as opposed to the air bellow breathed by mortals.
One very brilliant scientist who is most famous for studying this mysterious Aether is Nikola Tesla. In fact, Sir William Crookes was Tesla’s mentor!
In a previous post entitled “Venus and the Virtues of Negativity” we explored how lightning emits negative ions, which are calming and restorative to the human body. Think about how calm the air is after a thunderstorm. There is a certain stillness.
The above shape of the energy field is that of a TORUS. A torus is a self-regulating system with a vortex on either end (head and feet in this case) and a VERTEX in the middle.
A vertex is a spot where ALL of the lines of the energy system meet but it is ZERO DIMENSIONAL. That is, perfect stillness.
In 1928 a farmer named Will Keller actually experienced being inside a tornado and lived to tell about it. He described it as “still as death” and he could see all the way up to the top which he estimated was about a half mile away. The visibility was because of the constant flashes of lighting all inside the walls.
If Tesla was able to harness this aether by using Venus (the copper wire) are we able to better connect with OUR own aether by centering ourselves in stillness?
I am not much of a meditator myself but I’m thinking about trying it out now, even if it is only for 10 seconds a day.
In the meantime, let’s all glow with the plasmic flow!
What happens if I make myself a hot cup of tea and then leave it on the counter and forget about it? A couple hours later is it still a hot cup of tea? No it’s not. It’s a cold cup of tea. The question is: at what EXACT point did it change from hot to cold?
Notice I didn’t even include the description of “warm”. This is because we are talking about opposites, for example, hot and cold, light and dark, old and young. So what are opposites then if not two extremes of the SAME thing.
What turns the hot tea into cold tea is it’s DEGREE, like the paragraph above states. The tea is “identical in nature, but different in degree”.
Big and small, old and young, hot and cold, these are all examples of opposite ends of the same CONNECTED POLE (like a North and South Pole), and they meet somewhere in the middle where they are indeed the EXACT SAME.
And what’s more interesting is that these opposite forces WANT to meet in the middle! They WANT to discover their SAMENESS.
Beauty and the Beast is a tale that will continue grace the public eye because it illustrates this timeless and perfect truth of opposites needing to meet in the middle and know their sameness.
King Kong is another tale that will never get old. This principle is hard-wired into our human souls.
In the zodiac there are twelve signs. Applying what we have just learned we can break these twelve down into six poles, each having opposite ends. Understanding these six poles will give you a much deeper grasp on the zodiac then you would get by merely memorizing the the twelve various traits.
Let’s start at the beginning with Aries. But now, we will not consider Aries without it’s opposite, Libra. How can we deny it’s opposite? They are the same.
John Lennon is in fact a Libra (with Aries rising) and his quote above summarizes the bond that Aries and Libra share. Aries FIGHTS for peace (what else do people really fight for if not to restore some form of equilibrium?) and Libra needs JUSTICE so bad that it will fight for it (as displayed by the sword in the Lady Justice’s hand).
Moving on to Taurus, and that includes it’s opposite, Scorpio.
Taurus wants to celebrate physicality, relishing in it’s beauty and comforts because it knows that death is out there (Scorpio). Scorpio seeks to destroy the physicality that has become too stagnant (Taurus) so that new life can emerge (as in the example above of the Berlin Wall). That is why Scorpio is esoterically represented by the Phoenix, who is reborn through fire. Da Vinci (a master in the depiction of physical beauty) is in fact a Taurus.
Bob Dylan isn’t the only Gemini in that photo thanks to Allen Ginsberg’s cameo. Both are icons in Gemini’s style of collecting words, moments, and fragments and putting them together to form thoughts, stories, songs and poems. From the various FACTS that Gemini gathers comes the broader structures of meaning (Sagittarius), which encourage us to take leaps of FAITH (Sagittarius), like the little dog to the right. And vice versa sometimes we need leaps of faith, and a broader perspective in order to establish new facts. E didn’t always equal MC squared!
Early life brings on impressionable emotional reactions that stay deep within us (the realm of Cancer), often acting unconsciously and have a profound connection to what it is we decide to do in life (Capricorn), or better described, how we choose to master our physical worlds. And on the other side, our mastery of our physical worlds bring us into a deeper emotional center, a true “home” deep within our souls. Elvis, a true Capricorn (the King!) had a famous devotion to his mother Gladys, and is an excellent example of this polarity.
Leo KNOWS his radiance because he also knows that it is in EVERYONE ELSE (Aquarius). Fire is meant to be shared. It is the only substance that GROWS the more you give it away. Celebrating our differences (Aquarius) and understanding this connection of the eternal flame (Leo) is key to a harmonious culture of life.
Virgo seeks to attain PURITY so that it can let all it’s cares and worries resolve by means of FORGIVENESS (Pisces). The ever-renewing stream of Pisces washes away our perceived imperfections, restoring us with lasting peace. If Virgo doesn’t forgive him/herself enough the result is emotional suffering (Pisces), and vice versa, if Pisces doesn’t apply enough earthy discipline to life’s details it will get swamped in a mire of pesky tasks to deal with (Virgo).
So there we have it! All six polarities to ponder and reflect upon. Remember, the goal is that they WANT TO KNOW THEIR SAMENESS. An imbalance on one side is CRAVING a better understanding of the opposite.
One fantastic way to reflect upon this is to seize the next opportunity in which you find yourself in a bad mood! Look at the placement of the Moon (any astro-site). Try to understand the sign in it’s WHOLENESS, meaning it’s whole polarity. I guarantee it to be an interesting and helpful thing to do.
Until next time!