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Monday, March 23, 2009

Duty Calls!

Here is the 0° Aries chart for the Vernal Equinox, 2009. 0° Aries as the ascendant is symbolic of a chart for humankind in general. The Sun was exactly at 0°0' Aries. According to some this equinox chart indicates the tone or direction that humanity will be taking for the next six months, until the Autumnal Equinox.

What it symbolically shows is the upper left, or Southeast quadrant highly emphasized, and Saturn in Virgo in the 6th house (natural house of Virgo), in the Taurus decanate of Virgo (10° to 20°) but retrograde, which is a more inward direction.

OK so what does that mean? The quadrants represent areas of life and activity. The southeast quadrant indicates an emphasis on the individual in relation to the (much) larger whole. The 10th house cusp is the highest point in the chart and it is symbolic of our aspirations. Having Pluto there, in the very earliest degrees of Capricorn, shows us that we aspire to change the institutions we have built in the past, permanently, in a very deep and thoroughgoing way.

All of the planets fall within slightly more than 90°, in the signs on Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces with only the Sun (Higher Self) and Venus (Creative Imagination) in the initiating sign of the Equinox, Aries. These signs are very much concerned with the collective. CAPRICORN: the collective institutions, business in general, the past way of doing things; AQUARIUS: the brotherhood of mankind, the future, friendship, and group activities; and PISCES: the collective subconscious or unconscious mind, our hidden shared feelings.

As a distinct handle to all this emphasis on the collective, is Saturn in Virgo. Saturn sets limits, calls for discipline, and is concerned with duty and karma. In Virgo, in the 6th House, it gives a clarion call to duty. In retrograde, a planet is said to be reiterating the points it has gone over. Typically, outer planets make three passes over any point, one in "forward" motion, one in retrograde, and the final pass in the forward motion that moves onward finally, having taught us the lessons it has to share. In this case, it is on the second pass over the middle of Virgo, which in a sense is the most intense pass, because the first time, the lesson is new to us; the second time, we must face it; the third and last time, we finish with the lesson.

The situation for humankind is more shared than ever before in recorded history, and we simply cannot afford to ignore any group's situation, as we are all directly and obviously affected by it. What this chart states is that we will all have to focus on the collective, from our individual points of view (all necessary and valuable), to find how each of us can help the collectivity by acting in a more disciplined and responsible manner towards the whole.

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