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Starward Dec 2011

Greetings!

We’re having a different format this month. Instead of having the full and new moon descriptions, etc., I’ve included an article by Gary Caton, our guest speaker at our January meeting, which I think is pretty informative. Also included is the final segment of the Ceres articles ~ Ceres and its interaction with your natal planets. All in all, this is a pretty full, informative newsletter this month.

As you all know, there won’t be a December meeting, but we’ll still have the December newsletter. At the January meeting on January 24th, Gary will be speaking to us via Skype and after that will be our Christmas dinner. It’ll be a fun night.

Don’t forget, January is when your yearly dues are due. They’re still only $20—a great bargain in today’s world where prices are continuing in an upward cycle and income is going the other way.

I won’t be at the November meeting so Cathlinn will be running it. I’m going to Los Angeles to spend Thanksgiving with the people I continually give thanks for—my children and grandchildren!

Hope your holiday season rocks and is filled with love and laughter!

 

Sandye Sievers

 

 
 

C E R E S

IN ASPECT

From www.CafeAstrology.com

Ceres in aspect to Sun: The nurturing principle combines with identity and purpose. This combination suggests that one's identity and self-image will center around being a parent or nurturer.

Nurturing will tend to be part of your character. With the harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile and trine) the effects are smooth and easy. You probably had a nurturing father, and the nurturing you received was compatible with who you are (the Sun).

Harmonious aspects signify the desire to love and care for others. These individuals may become intensely involved with their families, growing or preparing food, or serving the needs of humankind. In some instances, this aspect indicates work with the dying, or the capacity to be productive and fruitful in one's endeavors.

Stressful aspects point to potential conflicts between being one's own person and taking care of others. This can lead to self-sacrifice for the benefit of family or denial of intimacy and closeness with loved ones. Excessive attachment can produce smothering relationships or separation and loss. Other problems may include a low self-image, the thwarting of one's nurturing needs, or reoccurring themes of depression and rejection.

The resolution of these challenges lies in developing a positive sense of self-worth so that one may extend and receive loving, non-judgmental support. Counseling and therapy can clearly facilitate this process.

The stressful aspects (square and opposition) show problems. The opposition could mean that you tend to nurture others, but not yourself. Conversely, it might be an indicator of someone who always expects others to nurture them. The square means that the early nurturing you received (especially from the father) was not compatible with the type of person you are, or that you tend to be suspicious, or even reject the nurturing that you really need. For example, suppose the Sun is in Aries and Ceres is in Cancer. This person needs lots of soft, emotional nurturing, but that is not in accord with the self-sufficient image that Aries has of itself, so the needed nurturing is rejected.

The conjunction indicates an individual with a pronounced need for care and nurturing. (Does the complete aspect pattern support or deny the need?

Why does one feel such a need to be taken care of? Compare House and Sign plus aspects.) This conjunction often appears in charts where the 'father' has been the nurturing parent or where conflict between the parents regarding nurturing have been major; there is some self-preoccupation and with 'taking care of the self' as well; finding the way to genuine self-nurturing.

Ceres in aspect to Moon: The nurturing principle combines with emotional responsiveness. Ceres-Moon configurations describe a personality type who has a deep longing to be needed by others and to exchange emotional energy with them. With harmonious aspects, this need is fulfilled through selflessly giving to others and nurturing one's surroundings.

The harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile, and trine) are really easy to deal with here. One's emotional needs and nurturing requirements are compatible and work well together. The nurturing received from the mother tended to be favorable. There will probably be an instinctive need (the Moon) to nurture others.

Stressful aspects point to the conflict between meeting one's own personal needs and those of the family. Other problems that may arise are separation anxieties, fears of rejection, and feelings of isolation. The stressful aspects (square and opposition) are indicators that the early nurturing from the mother was not compatible with your emotional needs.

With the opposition, there is usually some issue with "others" over nurturing. Perhaps someone with the Moon opposite Ceres will concentrate on nurturing others in order to avoid their own emotional needs. It could work in the other direction as well, with the person always searching for (even demanding) constant nurturing from someone else, demands that can never be satisfied by any amount of nurturing because there is an emotional void that never seems to be filled. The square means that the nurturing the mother gave was not right for your emotional needs. For instance, if the Moon is in Leo and Ceres is in Taurus, you would tend to have an emotional need for attention and respect while all you got was lots of food and clothing.

This denial of emotional fulfillment can be healed if the individual becomes sensitive to the emotional needs of others and strives to forge an emotional bond / bridge with them which is mutually supportive.

Ceres in aspect to Mercury: The nurturing principle combines with mental expression. Here we have people who can nurture through their minds and receive nurturance through intellectual stimulation. These people associate being loved with being understood.

This is a nice aspect for a therapist to have because you can nurture others with your words. This is a nice aspect for a therapist to have because you can nurture others with your words.

Harmonious aspects signify the ability to communicate empathetically with others and have rapport with beings who exhibit various levels of intelligence: children, the mentally disabled, plants, and animals.

Stressful aspects indicate difficulties in communicating one's nurturance needs to others, especially the family. A common example is the person who expects others to know what he or she needs without having to say so, and becomes angry when the other person doesn't 'come through'. The stressful aspects indicate that the words you heard as a child were not very nurturing. Be careful that you don't do the same to your own children.

Integration can be achieved if the individual develops new communication skills that enable him or her to clearly articulate his or her needs and actively listen to and receive the responses of others.

The conjunction and inharmonious aspects: Telephone conversations between mother and child; conversations about and with children; letters between same; incidents involving cars, driving and telephone conversations / news of children; calls and trips for plants, foods / or trees; foods that affect the nerves; caring / nurturing words; events with maternal aunts or uncles; discussion of care given or received.

Ceres in aspect to Venus: The nurturing principle combines with the feminine principle of love and sexuality. The individual with a Ceres-Venus contact may link the feeling of being attractive and loved to subconscious images of self-worth.

Harmonious aspects depict the ability to nurture others through expressing sensual tendencies or erotic sexuality. These individuals have an aesthetic appreciation that enables them to create nurturing and harmonious environments. This is an extremely fertile aspect for physical and artistic creativity. Oh for a lover with the harmonious aspects (conjunction, sextile, or trine) between Venus and Ceres! The ability to express love and affection and the nurturing nature are in harmony. They can love you and feed you at the same time. These people will tend to be nurtured by beauty and beautiful things, as well as by pleasant social gatherings.

Stressful aspects point to potential conflict between personal needs for intimacy and the needs of family. These individuals may experience feelings of being undesirable and sexually unattractive; hence, unsatisfactory relationships and painful rejections may result. Because Ceres represents the parental imprint, one may also project a negative parental experience onto his or her partner. The stressful aspects (square and opposition) indicate that what you need to feel happy and your nurturing needs are out of alignment. Perhaps the clothes you were given as a child made you feel ugly. There will tend to be nurturing issues with partners and lovers. With the stressful aspects, you could constantly attract partners and lovers who always seem to require nurturing from you. Conversely, the nurturing you get from them never seems to be right. As always with the stressful aspects, do not look upon this as some terrible fate, but rather as a problem that needs to be solved or as an obstacle that needs to be overcome.

The key to transforming the above challenges lies in balancing parent / child needs and roles with

Finally, stressful aspects of Ceres to both the Moon and Venus can often point to food complexes. When Saturn is involved, starvation (e.g. anorexia nervosa) will possibly occur; when Jupiter comes into play, the individual may overindulge and substitute food for love. In such cases, the individual needs to find security, love, and acceptance through channels other than food. Therapy may be helpful to catalyze this transformation.

The conjunction: to show love by 'acting like a Mommy'; to want to nurture and take care of people one loves ('Don't forget your boots, dear... and here's money for lunch... don't eat anything to upset your tummy'). To make money by 'tending' others and helping them grow and develop; to have a sweet tooth!

Inharmonious aspects: financial exchanges with children; children have love and appreciation problems; there is some conflict because money is perceived as a substitute for other kinds of nurturing / relating; concern about grocery or lunch money.

Ceres in aspect to Mars: The nurturing principle combines with the masculine principle of action and assertion. The individual with Ceres-Mars contacts links the ability to act and to be effective in the outer world to subconscious images of worth.

Harmonious aspects denote a productive individual whose drive and energy are channeled into caring for or defending others. This person may also take on the role of single or primary nurturing parent. Energy, action, and nurturing combined. This person feels nurtured through physical action, adventure, and even combat. When it comes to nurturing others, they can dive right in and nurture you whether you want them to or not.

Stressful aspects may indicate that the child's needs for independence and autonomy felt thwarted by a dominating parent. As an adult, this person could feel inadequate, incompetent, or powerless. When Saturn or Pluto are involved, the individual may experience harsh discipline as a child, or may embody these qualities as a parent. There may also exist the tendency to overdo caretaking of others. The stressful aspects (square, opposition, and, here, the conjunction as well) are an indicator that the early nurturing tended to be in conflict with the need for assertion. The parents could have withheld nurturing when the child was in an angry mood, causing the anger to be repressed. Conversely, at least one parent could have expressed anger at the child's nurturing needs, affecting the child's sense of self-worth. Adults with the stressful Mars/Ceres aspects may get angry when asked to nurture others. They may even get angry when they have to nurture themselves!

The resolution of these challenges lies in balancing self-will with the desire to nurture and be nurtured. It may also be helpful to transform one's subconscious self-image and replace thoughts of fear and inadequacy with those of confidence, courage, and self-reliance.

Ceres in aspect to Jupiter: The nurturing principle combines with the expansive, broadening urge. This combination combines a social vision and exploratory urge with the values of Ceres.

Harmonious aspects indicate the desire to nurture generously, which is best expressed through education, philosophy, religion, and travel. Involvement with the large-scale production, provision, and distribution of food and other basic services is often possible. Jupiter expands whatever it touches. At least there will tend to be plenty of early nurturing, whether the kid wanted it or not. Even in a poor family, where there is little to go around, this will be the child that gets more of the goodies. The nurturing given will also tend to be excessive.

Stressful aspects can denote the exaggerated experience of nurturing (the smothering parent) or an over-identification with the parental role. The inability to say 'no' to other people's needs can deplete one's own nurturing reserves or lead to personal overindulgences such as overeating.

The stressful aspects (square and opposition) could be an indicator of much too much early nurturing, and generally not the kind the child wants or needs (especially with the square). For instance, if Ceres is in Libra (feeling nurtured by beauty) and Jupiter is making a square from Capricorn, the child could feel suffocated by getting excessive nurturing of the "practical" kind (ugly, but practical clothing for example). As an adult, they could nurture others in the same excessive, uncaring way and never be aware of what they are doing.

Jupiter under stress aspects shows where we never listen because we think that (in that area) we "understand" everything already. If the rest of the chart agrees, Ceres/Jupiter aspects could be an indicator of someone who joins (or starts) organizations to fight for the rights of the underdog to be nurtured. If the aspect is a stressful one, they will nurture those poor underdogs whether they want it or not.

The resolution of these challenges lies in balancing personal and transpersonal nurturance. It is also helpful to expand one's vision of nurturing to encompass social and cultural forms of providing for others ~ e.g., becoming involved in world hunger programs, etc.

The stressful aspects (square, opposition, and, here, the conjunction) tend to diminish the early nurturing. Many with this combination will say, "What early nurturing?" Even in a wealthy family where there was plenty of everything, those with this combination usually get the short end of the stick. As adults, they could also withhold nurturing from others, regarding it as too "sentimental" or "impractical." If you come across anyone like this, tell them that it is really impractical to be miserable.

The resolution of these conflicts lies in learning how to be one's own parent by nurturing and caring for the child within. In this way, the Ceres-Saturn individual can learn to care for himself or herself as well as for others.

Inharmonious aspects: Restrictions, limitations and burdens through one's children; children seen as a burden; exchanges of irresponsibility; to feel that the nurturing was neglected because of a parent's ambitions or job requirements; to perceive the mother as cold or managerial; to feel that the father (and the mother's relationship with him) precluded normal nurturing (i.e., the father may have gotten the care and attention that the child wanted and needed); difficulty with eating because of problems with teeth.

Ceres in aspect to Saturn: The nurturing principle combines with the urge to create form and structure. This combination can signify a solid and realistic foundation for nurturing activities.

Saturn organizes and restricts. With the harmonious aspects (sextile and trine) between Ceres and Saturn, the early nurturing received will be adequate, efficient, and well organized. As an adult, this person will tend to nurture in the same way.

Harmonious aspects enhance stability, longevity, and depth in one's nurturing relationships. Traditional family values are strengthened and strong emotional support systems are formed.

Stressful aspects suggest potential thwarting or blocking of the nurturing function due to a variety of causes. One's parents may have withheld love and validation, demanded certain behaviors in exchange for their approval, administered harsh disciplines, or simply been absent. In other cases the parents may have been too responsible, doing everything for the child who had trouble discovering his / her own strength. In addition, this individual may feel overly obligated and constrained by the responsibilities of caring for his / her children or elderly parents.

The stressful aspects (square, opposition, and, here, the conjunction) tend to diminish the early nurturing. Many with this combination will say, "What early nurturing?"

Even in a wealthy family where there was plenty of everything, those with this combination usually get the short end of the stick. As adults, they could also withhold nurturing from others, regarding it as too "sentimental" or "impractical." If you come across anyone like this, tell them that it is really impractical to be miserable.

The resolution of these conflicts lies in learning how to be one's own parent by nurturing and caring for the child within. In this way, the Ceres-Saturn individual can learn to care for himself or herself as well as for others.

Harmonious and inharmonious aspects: Separation from children; children have conflicts with the father (over other angular or aspecting planets); children involved in 'second chances'; children face enormous responsibilities and hard work.

Inharmonious aspects: Restrictions, limitations and burdens through one's children; children seen as a burden; exchanges of irresponsibility; to feel that the nurturing was neglected because of a parent's ambitions or job requirements; to perceive the mother as cold or managerial; to feel that the father (and the mother's relationship with him) precluded normal nurturing (i.e., the father may have gotten the care and attention that the child wanted and needed); difficulty with eating because of problems with teeth.

Ceres in aspect to Uranus: The nurturing principle combines with individuality and intuition. This combination has the potential to universalize the nurturing impulse into humanitarian activities.

Harmonious aspects can suggest original and innovative approaches toward caring for others and developing family structures. Ceres-Uranus individuals are often advocates of human rights and especially support children's individuality. This aspect can connote a highly developed intuition concerning human nature that enables the person to establish rapport with people of various races and nationalities.

Harmonious aspects: Surprises / innovations with plants, foods, herbs or vegetables; doing new, different or exciting things with one's children.

Stressful aspects may signify unreliable and erratic nurturing experiences which might lead to difficulty in forming emotional bonds. The child who is raise in a 'broken' home or who rebels against his or her parents may later experience the conflict between personal freedom and family closeness. In addition, this aspect could point to difficulties in listening to and trusting one's own thoughts and intuitions. Stressful aspects between Ceres and Uranus indicate that the early nurturing was erratic. Like stressful aspects between the Moon and Uranus, this could cause contact difficulties as an adult. When these people feel a need for nurturing, they could simply run. What is happening is that, as an infant, the unstable nurturing caused panic (if I don't get nurtured, I'll die). The panic is frequently dealt with by denial (I don't need them). Sure, the child survives, but when they grow up and start dating, they eventually meet someone that they start feeling close to. At that point, up comes the emotion-laden thought, "If they find out I need them, they're going to leave me and I'll die!" Solution: leave first.

Except Uranus doesn't just leave. It ejects. People with stressful Ceres/Uranus aspects are more likely to get romantically involved with unstable types who are incapable of providing nurturing. Then they go to an astrologer and complain that they can never find a good person, and when are they ever going to meet their soul mate. At that point, the best thing to do is tell them that if they were to meet a soul mate, they would probably mess that relationship up too. The instability is a diversion. Their real goal is to avoid and ignore their own nurturing needs and the childhood panic they felt by not having those needs met. Once this is recognized, steps can be taken to break this self-destructive pattern.

Inharmonious aspects: Upsets; unexpected / sudden events through children or through their friends; rebelliousness in children; exchanges of rule and role breaking in the parent-child relationship; seeing the impact of peer pressure on children.

The resolution of these challenges lies in integrating one's individuality and visions of change with one's concern and need for loved ones.

One feels like a global citizen. Perhaps one’s personal family is too dysfunctional to identify with, or for other reasons the individual relocates away from the ancestral background. This may mean living in a foreign country, getting involved in a humanitarian cause, or otherwise bridging racial, cultural, or religious roots.

Ceres in aspect to Neptune: The nurturing principle combines with the transcendent urge. This combination can indicate a sensitizing of the nurturing impulse to create a depth of compassion and empathy for all beings.

If you have this combination, you can feel nurtured by your imagination. When it comes to nurturing others, you will tend to add a note of fantasy. Parents with this one can play imaginary games with their children. The positive side of Ceres/Neptune can be very loving and giving. There is real feeling behind the nurturing, and people will notice it. A good outlet would be doing volunteer charity work with a Ceres quality, such as working to collect food or clothing for the poor and needy.

Harmonious aspects can signify the desire to selflessly give, based upon the experience of unconditional and absolute love obtained through spiritual devotions. This aspect may also symbolize psychic sensitivity to the emotions of others that enables these individuals to serve as healer-helpers in their chosen roles or professions. This aspect may also indicate artistic and acting abilities.

Stressful aspects can point to unrealistic perceptions of loved ones and consequent feelings of disappointment or deception. The resulting emotional neediness may predispose the individual to playing victim as a way of receiving attention in the form of nurturing. Or, unable to bear the emotional pain and isolation, this person may seek refuge in various forms of escapism – drugs, alcohol, or withdrawal.

Watch out for the stressful aspects (conjunction, square, and opposition). Neptune is the planet of sympathy, and, when Ceres is in stressful aspect, it could indicate a tendency to try to "nurture" people who are constantly draining you, like the alcoholic who is always falling off the wagon and needs you to pick them up "just one more time." It could easily work out the other way as well.

The person with Ceres in stress aspect with Neptune could be the one who is "needy" and constantly drains everyone around them, until those people get fed up and leave. Then, they search for another sympathetic soul to con into providing "nurturing" and the cycle repeats. The irony is that no amount of nurturing will ever feel satisfactory because the Ceres/Neptune stress aspect means that, deep down inside, there is a feeling that the nurturing is undeserved.

Neptune is also the planet of escape. The stressful aspects could also indicate a tendency to feel nurtured (or avoid the pain of not feeling nurtured) through alcohol or drug abuse. Needless to say, in cases like these, therapy is a necessity. The resolution of these challenges lies in finding one's source of nourishment through the experience of oneness and unity that connects all beings. Ministering to the needs of others, without self-sacrifice, also enables the Ceres-Neptune individual to fulfill his / her deep longing for wholeness and unity.

Inharmonious and harmonious aspects: Illnesses of children; sense of loss through mother and children; children require sacrifice and sympathy; an emphasis on fluids or liquid 'foods'; to need to purify the diet and to be nurturing of one's own sensitivity.

Inharmonious aspects: Food allergies; strange reactions to foods; uncertain identification of the mother; to be cared for by nurses / nursemaids; to feel a sense of loss in connection with the mother; to have trouble with food as part of the vulnerability of the body; disappointment and deceptions through the children.

The individual might feel driven to take care of the less fortunate in society. Spiritual needs may nurture the self, as well as inspire one to fee others spiritually as one develops a sense of compassion. Tom Cruise with his Sun conjunct Ceres and trine Neptune is a good example of this combination. His devotion to scientology provides an outlet for these impulses. Another example is Jennifer Butterfly Hill (2-18-74), an environmental activist who lived on top of an ancient ponderosa tree for two years to protest the clear cut of an old growth forest. Her Ceres is in cause-oriented Aquarius and forms an exact sextile to Neptune, giving her a deep compassion for trees as living beings.

Under stressful aspects, the Ceres-Neptune individual may develop a dependency on drugs, fall victim to deception, or otherwise become a celebrated victim. Kurt Cobain (2-20-67) is a prime example here. The founder of grunge music was a hopeless heroin addict. His Ceres is found in the communications sign of Gemini, but forms a hard aspect to Neptune. Likewise, Martha Stewart has natal Ceres in the 2nd house of money, where it forms a close square to Neptune. Her fall from grace centered on illegal insider trading – in other words, financial fraud. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has Neptune conjunct her Midheaven where it forms a square to Ceres in the 7th house of partners. At the time JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963, transiting Ceres and Neptune were forming a conjunction right on her Scorpio Ascendant.

To those who have learned to work with Ceres, this asteroid may bring long life. Ceres in aspect to both Jupiter and Neptune is found in the charts of the world’s oldest humans. According to the 2001 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, Eva Morris holds the official record for being the oldest human. She was born on 11-8-1885, and died peacefully in her sleep at an English nursing home just 6 days before her 115th birthday. Eva was born with Ceres sextile Jupiter and opposite Neptune, giving her an innate ability to take care of herself, especially in a spiritual sense, since Jupiter and Neptune are the two planets associated with faith.

Guiness recognizes Jeanne Calment as the oldest person ever who has authenticated birth records. She was born on February 21, 1875, and died in 1997 at age 122. She was born with Ceres trine Jupiter and sextile Neptune. While the publishers of Guinness Book require a birth certificate for authentication, when considering church records, the oldest person ever was probably Maria do Carmo Jeronimo, a former slave from Brazil, who died on June 14, 2000, at age 129. she was born on March 5, 1871, and has Ceres in Virgo square Jupiter and inconjunct Neptune.

wise become a celebrated victim. Kurt Cobain (2-20-67) is a prime example here. The founder of grunge music was a hopeless heroin addict. His Ceres is found in the communications sign of Gemini, but forms a hard aspect to Neptune. Likewise, Martha Stewart has natal Ceres in the 2nd house of money, where it forms a close square to Neptune. Her fall from grace centered on illegal insider trading – in other words, financial fraud. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has Neptune conjunct her Midheaven where it forms a square to Ceres in the 7th house of partners. At the time JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963, transiting Ceres and Neptune were forming a conjunction right on her Scorpio Ascendant.

To those who have learned to work with Ceres, this asteroid may bring long life. Ceres in aspect to both Jupiter and Neptune is found in the charts of the world’s oldest humans. (See Jupiter)

Ceres in aspect to Pluto: is an extremely powerful motivating force and may bestow unusual abilities on the individual. These may include the ability to heal or facilitate major life changes. Daniel Radcliffe (7-23-1989) has Ceres in dexterous Gemini closely aspecting Pluto in magical Scorpio. His starring role as Harry Potter demonstrates some of the supernatural talent that may appear in various guises with this aspect. Many individuals with challenging Ceres-Pluto aspects feel called to work in hospices, where they assist or guide patients through the door of death. The schizophrenic genius John Nash (6-13-28) overcame tremendous psychological forces to achieve a semblance of normalcy and claim the Nobel Prize. Russell Crowe, who played John Nash in the film A Beautiful Mind also has a natal Ceres-Pluto aspect.

The stressful aspects (conjunction, square, and opposition) can indicate what I call negotiation nurturing. It goes something like this. "You want some nurturing? OK, first you have to do this for me. You want some more nurturing? Then you will have to do that for me." In other words, the nurturing is not given freely. There is frequently a power struggle. A negative Ceres/Neptune (see above) will drain or be drained. A negative Ceres/Pluto, by contrast, will coerce or be coerced. On the positive side, a Ceres/Pluto person can nurture others back to health even if (especially if!) they are at death's door. They can transform others through nurturing. On the negative side, they may never want to let go (remember the myth of Persephone).

The nurturing principle combines with the transformative urge. This combination emphasizes the archetypal Ceres-Pluto theme of loss and return that teaches that one cannot become attached to the life that one has created and nurtured.

Harmonious aspects denote the ability to share one's physical and mental / emotional / creative offspring. There may exist a deep understanding of the human psyche and

physical world that enables the individual to facilitate others in their life / death passages. Becoming a parent can transform one's values and create greater tolerance and acceptance of others.

Stressful aspects may signify intense emotional crises brought about through the loss or separation of loved ones. Intense grief, sorrow, and depression may result. If the person tends to grasp or attempts to possess his or her creations, power struggles may result.

The resolution of these challenges lies in transforming one's attachments through accepting the teaching of the Ceres-Pluto myth ~ that return and renewal follow letting go, that every death is followed by a birth, and that every loss is replenished by a gain. Thus, a real understanding of this truth permanently erases the fear of loss from one's subconscious mind and replaces it with trust, acceptance and joy.

The conjunction: To feel overwhelmed by the mother and by her attempts to control and manipulate; to be forced to eat; to have food-related compulsions (such as binge-eating); to have psychological complexes that manifest in the diet; to need to release the attachment to the mother (and vice versa!); to 'take care of people who are in radical circumstances'.

Inharmonious aspects: To have psychological undercurrents in parent-child relationships; to experience 'powerlessness' through the birth experience (C-section, surgery, etc.) or through parenting; to feel 'forced' into motherhood / parenthood or into the role of nurturer / caretaker, and to see that the role can become a vindictive psychological 'weapon' and entails radical changes in the life situation; to use food or nutrition as a basis to alienate or control others; to control one's diet as a compensation for other areas where one feels helpless or powerless; to experience the mother as too psychologically shrewd or too penetrating.

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The Lunar Nodes transiting Sagittarius/Gemini: An Ideological Transformation

By: Gary P. Caton

Earlier this week I published an article for The Mountain Astrologer which outlined the rare triple conjunction of Mercury, Venus, and the North Node of the Moon to the Great Attractor, which hasn't happened for hundreds of years. I believe this is a rare opportunity to re-negotiate, re-new, and/or reaffirm your sacred contract, and thereby embrace your dharma, calling or destiny. One thing I mentioned in the TMA article is that the South Nodes of Venus and Uranus are also near the point we call the Great Attractor. Let's take a closer look at this combination of energies. The Great Attractor is basically like a huge super-galactic magnet, sucking numerous galaxies toward the constellation of Centaurus. This will likely be experienced as a pull toward something far away and indefinite, but super strong nonetheless. The South Node of any body is the place where it crosses the ecliptic in a downward fashion, letting go of the objective realm of physical experience and diving into the subjective realm of spirit and instinctive knowing. When we combine these two factors, we can see that a transit (or natal conjunction) to the middle degrees of Sagittarius will likely be experienced as an extremely strong pull or attraction toward the future which requires us to surrender our objective, rational, linear or left brain need to know what it is exactly we are being pulled into. … It relates to our ability to see the future, but also to the act of surrendering to the power of Spirit, and accepting and trusting the healing and transformation available in our lives.

Remember how, in an earlier discussion of the Lunar Nodes, we talked about Dabrowski and how he viewed as robotic, dehumanizing, and de-individualizing the role of the social environment (all the “shoulds” of the superego). This is what Shamans call the “conventional slumber” -where a person is on a kind of “automatic pilot” and living according to what they've been told by others. For Dabrowski, and for Shamans, autonomy only begins to form when a person begins to resist their lower impulses and the habitual, politically correct responses characteristic of socialization. Emerging autonomy is reflected in conscious and volitional choices of personally meaningful, 'higher' level choices.

In other words, you have to choose the Red Pill to wake-up! But remember, Neo really had no idea what he was getting into when he took that pill from Morpheus. He only knew he was irresistibly drawn by something -like the Great Attractor -and he surrendered to that knowing.

As Mercury, Venus and the North Node of the Moon all head for a conjunction we all need to become conscious of these “personally meaningful higher level choices.” The North Node representing the Soul's evolutionary path forward. The North Node is also, and more appropriately called the Ascending Node, because it is where the path of the Moon crosses the path of the Sun (ecliptic) going upward.

It is thus interpreted as "where we are going or what we are here for" because it represents a place where something previously below (consciousness) now rises up.

Currently something is piercing the main plane of existence (ecliptic) in an upward manner, struggling to become manifest. But first, we have to let go of all that is in the way (S Node of Venus and Uranus) of that something new manifesting! If we look at this process in terms of Systems Theory, we can perhaps make a little more sense of the chaos. As living organisms people are open systems: they cannot survive without continuously exchanging matter and energy with their environment. This interaction has two components: input, that which enters the system from the outside, and output, that which leaves the system for the environment. The output of a system is in general a direct or indirect result from the input. What comes out, needs to have found a way in first. However, the output is in general quite different from the input: the system (person) is not just a passive tube, but an active processor. For example, the food, drink and oxygen we take in, leave our body as urine, excrements and carbon dioxide. The transformation of input into output by the system is usually called throughput.

Wherever the transiting Nodes are in your chart are areas of life that are going to undergo some change, or at least have your attention more than usual for the next 12 months or so. Since it is the sign where North Node eclipses occur now, the house Sagittarius falls will be an area where chaos may be trying to enter into your life. This is the input into the system. The input of an eclipse is basically just added psychic energy which stirs the pot and makes any energetic blockages in the organism more apparent.

The throughput is our own personal responsibility to maintain awareness of these blockages as they come up, and to begin the internal processing work required to remove these. If our throughput processing is even minimally successful, the output will be an ability to let go of blockages and live with greater ease within the areas of life denoted by the transit South Node in Gemini, and thus a more healthy and enhanced expression of both houses on the Gemini-Sagittarius axis.

Soul Sign Horoscopes:

As the Sybils of Sagittarius/Gemini, the transit Nodes currently speak through a particular pair of Oracles - to particular areas of your life. Consider the guidance below for your Sun Sign, your Ascendant Sign and/or your Moon Sign. Opposing houses are closely related, so it is helpful to consider the pair of houses as a unit through which input is being transformed to output.

Sagittarius: 1st House—>7th House. The throughput process for the next 18 months will be in your relationship to Self/Other.

The 1st house is your Persona; it is who we are as social individuals. North Node Eclipses in the 1st house denote a period

personal development and growth in terms of the social masks you wear. You may be asked to take on a new role, or to wear several hats at this time. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. Trying out and taking on new roles is important at this time.

The 7th house is how we relate to other individuals. When you change, this also changes how you relate to others and vice versa. South Node Eclipses in the 7th house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of how you project your Shadow onto others. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area. Wanting people to be a

certain way before you accept them is generally not going to yield positive results. Accept people for who they are first, and then if you decide you don't want that energy in your life you can lovingly release them to go on their merry way with your blessings.

Scorpio: 2nd House—>8th House. The throughput process for the next 18 months will be in your relationship to resources.

The 2nd house is our personal resources; our possessions, our skills, our talents, and our self-worth. North Node Eclipses in the 2nd house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of what your personal resources are and how you utilize them. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. This is injecting new energy and asking you to wake up to the availability of new resources. The 2nd house is not just tangible resources like money and possessions but also intangible resources like self-esteem, which will help you move up Maslow's hierarchy.

The 8th house is the house of other people's resources, so both joint finances and intimacy. South Node Eclipses in the 8th house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of your responsibilities to others: both physical and emotional. It could also be an indication of a time to explore what truly belongs to all of us, the collective unconscious, via occult activities. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area. Wanting people to have an obvious or tangible contribution to your own life before you let them in is limiting your options. Try trusting that this is true and then seeing part of the relationship as a treasure hunt to find it.

Libra: 3rd House—>9th House. The throughput process for the next 18 months will be in your relationship to communications

The 3rd house is our local community, our communication and our personal spiritual practices. North Node Eclipses in the 3rd house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of how you communicate with others, get around your local environment and engage in personal ritual. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. Movement and variety are important at this time as they will allow the new energies to bounce around a bit and find their natural places. Exploring new places, people, and ideas on a daily basis will show you meaningful synchronicities which you should follow.

The 9th house is foreign countries, ideas and philosophies, and religion. South Node Eclipses in the 9th house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of your World-View and how it conditions your experiences. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area.

Expectation is the Mother of disappointment. Try seeing the World as brand new virgin territory to be explored, rather than a place where certain norms and expectations are to be met. If things don't meet your expectations then it could be a sign to move on, but it could also be an invitation to let go of unrealistic or unnecessary expectations.

Virgo: 4th House—>10th House. The throughput process for the next 18 months will be in your relationship to balancing your private life with your public life.

The 4th house is your home, family and ancestral heritage. North Node Eclipses in the 4th house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of your roots and the foundations of your life. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. You are being asked to welcome some new energy into the sanctity of your home. This may be via an extended family member or by physical improvements. Feng Shui could help open channels for the energy to flow. You might try a dragon figurine.

The 10th house is your career and public reputation. South Node Eclipses in the 10th house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of the demands of your career or public life and building a solid reputation. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area. All systems have boundaries and healthy boundaries are semi-porous. It is through these pores or opening that toxins leave the body. Somewhat paradoxically, rather than closing down in a protective stance, you may need to open up your boundaries a bit in order to allow some negative energy room to leave.

Leo: 5th House—>11th House. The throughput process for the next 18 months will be in your relationship to individual expression and group participation.

The 5th house is your creative expression, recreation, children, and love affairs. Eclipses in the 5th house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of the creative urge, and romantic partners. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. The message couldn't be clearer for Leo - be yourself. Taken the next step, it is Be more and more of yourself. As you know this involves risks, and in the long run failure is sometime more valuable than success - so be willing to take the risks you are being asked to take

The 11th house is the house of friendships; this is the house of group participation

and shared creativity. Eclipses in the 11th house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of your peers and social networks. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area. Collaboration between artists is a tricky thing. Often the ego gets tangled up in their own machinations and it can be a big mess. But when it works organically, it works beautifully. If it aint workin organically, try surrendering some of the ego involved, or you might simply need to move on.

Cancer: 6th House—>12th House. The throughput process for the next 18 months will be in your relationship to routine, both physical and spiritual.

Input: The 6th house is all of the things we do on a daily basis, our daily routines, including our jobs. North Node Eclipses in the 6th house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of your routines, skill sets, and your body's physical needs to avoid illness. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. Disruptions to your daily routine need to be welcomed like you would welcome a strange exotic visitor to your home. Sit with them, have a cup of tea and really try to understand what they are telling you and how it is an invitation to growth.

Output: The 12th house is our personal unconscious. South Eclipses in the 12th house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of needing to spend time alone, exploring your personal unconscious via meditation, journaling, breath-work, shamanic journeying or other spiritual exercise. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area.

If you have been relatively isolated in your own shell then you will need to get out and get some fresh air and conversation. If you've been relatively active lately then you may need to find some room for stillness. Whatever your basic routine has been you will need to open up some room for its opposite.

Gemini: 7th House à 1st House. The throughput process for the next five months will be in your relationship to Self/Other.

Input: The 7th house is how we relate to other individuals. When you change, this also changes how you relate to others and vice versa. North Node Eclipses in the 7th house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of others and how you meet your Shadow via others. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. You may find yourself irresistibly drawn to someone, or rather forcefully repelled. You need this person in your life in either case, but you will have to surrender something for the relationship to work.

Output: The 1st house is your Persona; it is who we are as social individuals. Eclipses in the 1st house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in personal development in terms of the social masks you wear. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area. You may have been playing a particular role for too long. Consider for the moment letting go of the need to take on a pre-supposed role entirely. Consider instead what role the events surrounding you require.

Taurus: 8th House à 2nd House. The throughput process for the next five months will be in your relationship to resources.

Input: The 8th house is the house of other people's resources, so both joint finances and intimacy. North Node Eclipses in the 8th house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of your responsibilities to others: both physical and emotional. It could also be an indication of a time to explore what truly belongs to all of us, the collective unconscious, via occult activities. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. You need to trust in someone or something else for this energy to really flow through you. Open up and let it seep through you like the vibrant colors of a Spring morn.

Output: The 2nd house is our personal resources; our possessions, our skills, our talents, and our self-esteem. South Node Eclipses in the 2nd house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of what your personal resources are and how you utilize them. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area. You've been thinking you're either not ready, not yet good enough, or not yet powerful enough to lay claim to the collective resources now available to you. But I can assure you that you've earned it. Or perhaps you want to do it all. Let go of stubborn resistance to accepting help or contributions from others. Allowing someone else to give is a gift. Become this gift of acceptance and allow others to give of themselves as you always have. In this way the Circle of Life is completed.

Aries: 9th House à 3rd House. The throughput process for the next five months will be in your relationship to communications.

Input: The 9th house is foreign countries, ideas and philosophies, and religion. North Node Eclipses in the 9th house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of your World-View and how it conditions your experiences. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. Most of all you need to conquer any remaining unreasonable fears of foreigners or strangers or of anything which is foreign or strange. You will not lose your identity by encouraging cross-cultural or inter-group exchanges. Rather you will grow immeasurably.

Output: The 3rd house is our local community, our communication and our personal spiritual practices. South Node Eclipses in the 3rd house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of how you communicate with others, get around your local environment and engage in personal ritual. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area. Release attachments to places you have grown comfortable within your local community, or any patterns of how you move through it. Shed these patterns like a snake sheds its skin. You may come back eventually but for now you need to seek out new corners to explore and new fellows to converse with.

Pisces: 10th House à 4th House. The throughput process for the next five months will be in your relationship to balancing your private life with your public life.

Input: The 10th house is your career and public reputation. North Node Eclipses in the 10th house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of the demands of your career or public life and building a solid reputation. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. Any opportunities for involvement in public life should be seized upon and pursued with vigor. You need to be visible now. The more you are seen the more comfortable you will become with yourself. Imagine that you are a Tree and you are soaking up the Sunshine and sending its energy deep down into your roots.

Output: The 4th house is your home, family and ancestral heritage. South Node Eclipses in the 4th house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of your roots and the foundations of your life. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area. Contrary to popular belief, the presence of the Divine is not just “above” you. The Emerald Tablet tells us: “It rises from the Earth to Heaven and descends again to Earth, thereby combining within itself the powers of both the Above and Below.” Imagine again that you are a Tree, or a planet, or a star, and your energy is rising and descending.

Aquarius: 11th House à 5th House. The throughput process for the next five months will be in your relationship to individual expression and group participation.

Input: The 11th house is the house of friendships; this is the house of group participation and shared creativity. North Node Eclipses in the 11th house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of your peers and social networks. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. You have many opportunities to join and merge with new groups and to expand your role within groups in general. Take the chance and ask to be a part of any gathering you feel drawn toward. Assume that they want you there, because they probably do.

Output: The 5th house is your creative expression, recreation, children, and love affairs. South node Eclipses in the 5th house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of the creative urge, and romantic partners. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area. You have an ingrained need for structure and rhythm in your life. Sometimes a little chaos is necessary to clear the air. Seeking to impose order on your creative life is not the answer. Try instead opening up your calendar and schedule and allowing the creative process to organically define itself.

Capricorn: 12th House à 6th House. The throughput process for the next five months will be in your relationship to routine,

Input: The 12th house is our personal unconscious. North node Eclipses in the 12th house denote a period of change and growth in your awareness of need to spend time alone, exploring your personal unconscious via meditation, journaling, breath work, shamanic journeying or other spiritual exercise. The Mercury, Venus, N Node conjunctions of Nov 14-15 and the partial Solar eclipse of Nov 25 are bringing new energy into this sector of your chart and asking you to open up and try some new experiences. Like the Hermit of the Tarot, you may find yourself “standing on a Hill in a Mountain of Dreams.” In addition to allowing quiet time alone for spiritual processing, you may want to consider physically taking up liminal spaces - hanging out in alleys, between hedges, in abandoned lots. All these are metaphors for the unbounded space “between World's” which you need to cultivate.

Output: The 6th house is all of the things we do on a daily basis, our daily routines, including our jobs. South node Eclipses in the 6th house denote a period of change and releasing blockages in your awareness of your routines, skill sets, and your body's physical needs to avoid illness. The coming Mercury retrograde of Nov 24-Dec 13 and the total Lunar eclipse of Dec 10 are asking you to release and let go of some attachments in this area. Let go of your attachments to routine. Try waking up and letting the Day tell you how it wants to arrange itself. Ask questions and listen for the answers. Allow time and space for No-Thing in your life.

Copyright 2011 Gary P. Caton

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