When I first began this article, The Language of Music – The Language of Astrology, I wasn’t expecting to have a part 2. But then I thought about it: These comments were inspired by a musician who awakened my own thoughts related to astrology. And when I began to pull the article together, I realized a few things:
The Scale of Love – Jean-Antoine Watteau, 1715-1718 – National Gallery, London
I started learning astrology under a hard aspect involving Uranus and Neptune. One transit and one natal position. Ironically, a transiting Saturn-Neptune hard aspect was simultaneously in play, just as there is now. I thought about this as I wrote part 1. Casting the chart for the article even with my knowledge that I wasn’t going to do a full interpretation because I simply didn’t (and don’t) feel it was necessary, I discovered not only the ongoing Saturn-Neptune square–the Peeling of Life’s Onion–but also a series of undecaquartisextiles with a strong focus on Uranus and Neptune!
Venus and Mars make partile undecaquartisextiles (UQSXT) to Neptune–Venus at 17 minutes and Mars, conjunct Venus, close behind at 57 minutes. Uranus then comes in with yet another UQSXT to the Ascendant with a 1°05 orb, and both Uranus with a 2°24′ orb and Chiron with 1°58′ form a Blooming UQSXT to the North Node:
Both Neptune and Uranus are often associated with creativity and inspiration although one–Neptune–may at times be slower, more ethereal even as compared to Uranus and its potential for flash insights, like quick lightning, with the ability to open one’s eyes. I found the thought intriguing. It’s not hard to see the Saturn-Neptune square especially with Neptune in the 4th house of this chart. But while we could see the clear Moon-Pluto opposition with Pluto in the 3rd house, and the Moon in the 9th, Uranus initially seemed to fade into the woodwork with its 6th house position. And yet in many ways, it offers one of the strongest positions of the chart, forming a Blooming UQSXT with Chiron to the North Node, another UQSXT to the Ascendant, and sits at the arm of a Cardinal T-square. Additionally, the antiscion of the 8th house (research) Vertex of the chart–at 11 Gemini 44–falls at 18 Cancer 16, in a partile square to Uranus, bringing out more emphasis again on that placement of Uranus. While the Vertex (Vx) is not going to have the same impact as a square to Uranus, the square from the Antiscion of the Vx still points to Uranus as if it somehow generates more notice. The Antiscion makes a point of contact as if it triggers a conjunction or an opposition (contra-antiscion responds as if it’s opposed, antiscion as if it’s conjunct.) and increases one’s attention to Uranus as well as its role in the chart.
If ever we could see the relevance of innovative and creative thought, we can see it through the 4th quadrant dominance, the Eastern emphasis, and the even balance between above- and below-the-horizon since we may hope others like what we’ve produced. But we ultimately are interested in opening the doors to understanding through a unique perspective of what we offer, and how we present the analysis and interpretation that is ultimately singular to ourselves. This is where the process of synthesizing the chart is critical to what makes us so different, so very individualized in what we share in readings. Innovative, creative thought: It defines us as astrologers, it makes us human like other humans while allowing us to stand apart as our own core of what we will bring to the table.
From the perspectives then of astrological language, we pave paths for the client and us to walk together through whatever passages both need to journey. We serve as guides to their understandings as much as we do as teachers and even as tour guides to their lives. Students, even on their own paths have never consciously traveled this road before so they need help to ensure they don’t get lost along the way. It’s not only an honor to be asked to be the one making that journey; it’s an art to be honed, developed, nurtured and enabled to blossom to its fullest potential just as the Language of Music is developed to its fullest potential in composition, structure, and interpretation.
Now here we may consider perhaps even more of the picture. We’ve walked the path to this point, and Lynda Hill would suggest we consider Saturn perhaps at its Sagittarius 5 position, AN OLD OWL PERCHED HIGH UP IN A TREE, “…the wise ‘Old Owl’ sees all, seeing what others miss, and keeps very quiet whilst digesting all that is going on…” and certainly we need to observe all of the pieces as they’re coming together. That “wise Old Owl” might advise us to take note of his quiet observation that enables him to consider all in his midst while simultaneously knowing when to act–and how quickly to do so.
On the other hand, Neptune will make its apparent shift to direct motion again on November 18, and many of us will begin to feel that shift as early as this week. Lynda suggests the Sabian Symbol for Pisces 8, “A GIRL BLOWING A BUGLE,” may signal the “need to sound the call to wake up those around you, or perhaps be woken yourself.”
Certainly over the last several articles in which I’ve been pointing to the Peeling of Life’s Onion–the hard aspects of Saturn and Neptune–I’ve been cautioning people to be alert to and aware of the events around us, taking note of the conflict between these particular forces in world events. This particular transit is–putting it mildly–never easy, and all of us can be prudently aware of maintaining a balance between religious fervor like we saw in Kim Davis and her vehement stand on her theological beliefs versus the cold hard facts of life beyond that fervor to realities like the gay marriage conflict with her job duties. We can see the same conflict in different ways through India’s recent multicultural issues aligned with the Dadri lynching and violence against a Dalit family, but don’t take that as anything singular to India. It’s not. We can’t help but consider as well how these same conflicts are showing up in Bangladesh, in Syria, in the Philippines, in several of the African nations as well as in Europe, in nightmares which have alerted us to the threat of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIL, Boko Haram and still other terrorist groups. So perhaps that girl blowing her bugle is properly placed here especially in these times.
But I’m not lingering in this pair of articles on these events. If anything, I’ve wanted to back off long enough to allow you, the reader, to breathe in the midst of all this because it’s time to consider, to evaluate, to ponder on how we can pause to take a breath before plunging back into the foray of life. Are we not doing that when we’re traveling this road with our clients in helping them to sort out the next steps they might want to take?
From this vantage point of the journey then, the position of Uranus at the Sabian Symbol for Aries 18 offers additional considerations: “AN EMPTY HAMMOCK HANGS BETWEEN TWO LOVELY TREES.” Lynda suggests, “Often solutions to problems can come whilst lying in a hammock or enjoying the garden.” Wise words for that journey along the path with your client or even in your own chart: “It is not a crime to rest or take a short pause, and there should be no guilt in taking time out in order to regain strength. Emotions, minds and bodies need relaxation; time to let the weight of life’s problems lift from our shoulders,” she says. “This Symbol is probably reminding you that there needs to be some rest right now in order to maintain harmony.”