Standing Up, Speaking Out And Stating Your Truth: December’s Gemini Full Moon

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Black Slave Girl Demands Her Rights Of Her MistressFreedom – to walk free and own no superior. Walt Whitman

Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men. Mortimer Adler

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds. Bob Marley

Bit by bit… she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another. Toni Morrison

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. Abraham Lincoln

We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity. Barbara De Angelis

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose. Frederick Douglass

 
December’s full Moon falls on December 3 in the US, and, December 4 in Australia. This is a rather Neptunian chart as the full Moon is in an exact t-square with Neptune. Thus, this full Moon can awaken a lot of spirituality in us, a hankering to make more art, and, a heightened sensitivity to social pressures, all the way to feeling ripped-off and deluded. I think we’re going to be seeing all of these things highlighted in coming weeks. In amongst the stories of this full Moon we have the desire to be heard, to have our thoughts and feelings voiced, to be taken seriously, along with the need to not feel judged or examined or found to be less than.
The following shows how tight this t-square is… 

  • The Moon on Gemini 12: A SLAVE GIRL DEMANDS HER RIGHTS OF HER MISTRESS
  • The Sun on Sagittarius 12: A FLAG THAT TURNS INTO AN EAGLE; THE EAGLE INTO A CHANTICLEER SALUTING THE DAWN
  • Neptune on Pisces 12: AN EXAMINATION OF INITIATES IN THE SANCTUARY OF AN OCCULT BROTHERHOOD

As always with these kinds of aspects, it is interesting to look at the empty leg of the t-square, the degree forming a grand-cross to these planets, in other words. It’s interesting in light of many things going on around the feminine lately. It’s Virgo 12: A BRIDE WITH HER VEIL SNATCHED AWAY. This can imply many things, in amongst them having to ‘remove the veil’, revealing one’s self, being true to your self, stripping away falsehoods and misconceptions, etc. It also can speak of removing that veil so you can see into, participate in and effect healings on many levels, especially on a spiritual level. We may feel as if we’re being ‘examined’, perhaps falling short, not living up to expectations, wondering when we’ll be able to let go of the stories around our rights, beliefs, aspirations, etc, that are hindering us from getting what we want. Sometimes, with this assembling of the 12th degree of mutables, we find ourselves finding our voice, finding the impetus and breaking through the barriers, especially those ‘glass ceilings’ (in their various forms) that have been around far too long. BTW, Virgo 12 is the Sun degree of Elsie Wheeler, the fabulous spiritualist medium who gave birth to the Sabian Symbols. 

In amongst it all, we need to be vigilant around giving rise to issues to do with feelings of self-sacrifice, emptiness, guilt, or any number of other emotions that can lead to self-delusion. Naturally, this is not inevitable, it depends on what is going on for you and around you. As always, we could see this writ more largely in the media; this configuration, especially with the planets involved, can bring up more allegations of sexual assault, bullying, etc, and, there will be judgments made left, right and center. 

This configuration can also see us having a spiritual awakening. Interesting, insightful and creative realizations can come through, especially if we honour our sensibilities and give ourselves some time out.  

This t-square can bring up issues of seeing others being examined for their motives or acts, and, we might find ourselves asking questions of others. Trials by media may be heightened; certainly, in Australia, we’re seeing celebrities and politicians being called out for the socially unacceptable. It’s a very interesting time where the feminine is saying ‘enough is enough’, and, there will no doubt be more falls from grace with Neptune in such a tight configuration with the full Moon. There can also be a feeling of sacrifice, loss, disillusionment or betrayal in amongst the emotions we’ll see flying around. 

Further, with Mercury being stationary and turning retrograde conjunct Saturn on the Galactic Center, we may have the feeling of being able to (or, having to) get it together, to streamline our lives, to live up to our own expectations, to find our successes and let go of our failures, all of which can feel rather acute at the moment. A type of malaise can come about from this conjunction, almost as if we’re standing still and waiting for the next shoe to drop. Mercury, after Saturn has moved away from the GC, will continue to dance on this very powerful point in it’s direct motion in the second week of January.

Whether it’s now, at New Year’s, or, in the second week of January, this is a great time to be making decisions and affirmations. The good news in amongst the December Gemini full Moon 2017 Mercury/Saturn conjunction being on the Galactic Center is the opportunity to really tune into the Law Of Attraction; to take charge of our lives, to get a clear sense of where to from here. Saturn, after all, can bring rewards for hard work, but, of course, it can bring about a sense of failure or disappointment if we’re not aligning with where we want to be in life. 

With Mercury sitting stationary retrograde on the last degree of SagittariusSagittarius 30: THE POPE BLESSING THE FAITHFUL, we might need to spend more time with loved ones, those who want more of our time and attention. Mercury here, though, can suggest the idea of blessing yourself. What about a bit more self-care in amongst all that needs to be done. 

It’s interesting to note that Jupiter, in Scorpio, is on the ‘Cinderella degree’; THE EMBASSY BALL. Which side of the Cinderella story do you feel like you’re on? Is it an issue for you, or, do you know others who are feeling it? This can have us cleaning out the oven while others traipse off to the ‘ball’; the event, the relationship, the wearing of fine clothes and having the right handbag. Jupiter on this degree can be the best thing, bringing all kinds of rewards and lovely things, OR, it can have us feeling where the invitations are, where the fun is being had. 

Having said the above, Jupiter and Neptune are in a delightful trine with each other, which can be very inspiring, insightful, intuitive and dream making and realizing. It’s a lovely trine and full of so much spiritual and creative potential, and, it can show us where we need to make changes in order to fulfill our desires. Jupiter is in a quincunx (150 degrees) aspect with the Moon, and, in a semi-sextile aspect with the Sun. This can bring up issues that we might have found somewhat difficult to grasp before now. I call these aspects ‘the itch that can be difficult to scratch’, however, I think that the trine to Neptune will bring sometimes long-awaited messages and answers our way. 

The Mars/Uranus opposition that is happening most strongly in the few days before the full Moon may have us wanting to run off, to make big changes, we might feel a bit grumpy if we’re not letting off steam, especially if we’ve been brewing about relationship issues, or, exchanges with others that have been less than satisfactory. With this Mars/Uranus opposition, some decisions may be made, but, it might be a good idea to let things run for a while before actually taking action. That is unless things are unbearable. In that case, going for it, is key, as long as you have thought through things long enough. 

Mars, in Libra, quickly moves on to a sextile to Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius, so, we can find added impetus to work things out and make moves in the right direction. 

Lilith is on a degree that I always take note of – Capricorn 3: THE HUMAN SOUL, IN IT’S EAGERNESS FOR NEW EXPERIENCES, SEEKS EMBODIMENT. This is a fabulous degree that speaks of the desire to ‘give birth to your true self’, to be creative, to be really ’embodied’. It’s interesting to note that this is the degree of the Sun most years right on Christmas when the Christian calendar is about celebrating the birth of Christ (‘seeks embodiment’). 

Chiron, The Wounded Healer and The Stories We Tell Ourselves, is stationing on Pisces 25: THE PURGING OF THE PRIESTHOOD. So much has already been revealed with those who have occupied positions of power falling from grace, but, there is, no doubt, more to come. A lot of the ‘Me Too’ movement has come, I believe, out of Pluto transiting mid-Capricorn, especially over 16 and 17, BOYS AND GIRLS IN GYMNASIUM SUITS and A YOUNG WOMAN SURREPTITIOUSLY BATHING IN THE NUDE (that last degree can often speak of revealing one’s self, opening up and not hiding away any longer).

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There’s more that can be said about this full Moon, but, it is covered in the list of Sabian Symbols for the planets below.

The full Moon each month marks a time of heightened energies and events. It often marks the culmination of the energies released at the new Moon. Emotions can be supercharged as the Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of the zodiac and illumination is increased – it’s like we can see in the dark – and we can be hyper-aware as well as being hyper-awake. The effects of a full Moon can be major or minor, depending on how they interact with your own chart. Sometimes, realisations or events that are unleashed, or unlocked, can stretch their meaning months into the future. A lot can be learned at the time of the full Moon and whether it’s lunacy or illumination, or a combination of both, there’s magic unleashed with every full Moon.


 The full Moon is on Gemini 12: A SLAVE-GIRL DEMANDS HER RIGHTS OF HER MISTRESS – the following is from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees Of Wisdom – 

Commentary: The ‘Black Slave-Girl’ who ‘Demands Her Rights of Her Mistress’ is someone who wants to be taken seriously. She is tired of being treated like a ‘Slave’ or dutiful underling. Like everyone else, she has ‘Rights’ and she ‘Demands’ her needs to be heard in order to improve her living conditions or situation. This can be difficult for the ‘Mistress’ because it is not uncommon for those in dominant positions to fail to understand that everyone is entitled to their own freedoms. The ‘Mistress’ may have assumed that everything was fine, as everything was okay at her end. Indeed, the ‘Slave-Girl’ may not have realized that her position was something that needed changing or that she needed liberation from, until just recently.

Oracle: If you are in a situation where you are spoken to badly, or treated with less respect than you deserve, make a stand – don’t just put up with it. It’s time to break the pattern and move ahead with self-respect and self-determination. This will encourage others to show respect and acknowledge that you should be taken seriously. You can take responsibility for your own life and how it is lived. Whether you are the ‘Slave-Girl’ or the ‘Mistress’, it is important now to allow some changes or adjustments to the usual order and the established distribution of power. Nothing stays the same in a world of such broad experiences. It is how we react to others that measures our humanity. Parents can fall into this ‘Slave’ trap and children sometimes need to show maturity by having sympathy for the dilemma their parents face in their own lives. State what you want clearly and simply and see how your situation improves. Keeping quiet can lead to illness and disgruntlement that simmers until it explodes. Whatever side of this situation you find yourself, it’s better to act now.

Keywords: Rising above conditioning and limitations. Standing up for one’s self. Demanding better treatment. Seeking recognition and self-respect. Being in charge of one’s life. Breaking away from oppression. Wanting a raise in pay or conditions. The need for freedom. Desiring property and rewards. Rising up from an “underdog” position or situation. The quest for identity.

The Caution: Feeling hard done by. Being demanding. Blaming others. Bucking authority. Demanding to be recognized or noticed. Feeling used and abused. Oppression and slavery. Jealousy and envy. Exploitation.


The Karmic Degree for the Moon is Gemini 11: NEWLY OPENED LANDS OFFER THE PIONEER NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPERIENCE

This Symbol shows that there’s a need to break away from old familiar ground and move out into unknown territory. Fear is often the greatest barrier to moving forward, but the Newly Opened Lands Pioneerfamiliar must be left behind for new possibilities. Taking opportunities to move on to new realms of being can lead to whole new experiences or indeed a whole new life. You have to be prepared to leave the old behind and to step out into new experiences with an open heart and an open mind. You could be starting from scratch with little to support you, but you could find depths of experience you never thought possible.

Keywords: Pioneering attitudes bringing rewards. Going off the beaten track. Coming up with new ideas. New spiritual realizations opening up vistas of hope and experiences. Opportunities to move on to new realms. Adjusting to new places. The Promised Lands. Being prepared to take risks. Moving out. New time zones. Foreign customs and languages.

The Caution: Clinging to the old and familiar when it is outworn and boring. Restricting growth and change. Not moving on. Invading other people’s space. Claiming what’s rightfully someone else’s. Hanging on when it’s time to let go. Running off to avoid involvement or responsibilities.


The Quest Degree for the Moon is Gemini 13: WORLD FAMOUS PIANIST GIVING A CONCERT PERFORMANCE

A World Famous Pianist Giving A Concert PerformanceThis Symbol speaks of the need to be able to show one’s talents, skills or unique abilities to others, whether it’s in a ‘Performance’, or through just being oneself. In the situation facing you, it is not always enough to know that you are highly skilled, or have others say how wonderful you are, the proof is in expressing those skills in the real world and creating something as a result. The ‘Performance’ should spring from a love of what one is doing, whether it is music, performing, speaking or some other form of expression. True rewards come from being well rehearsed and prepared to share your talent with others as well as acknowledging the talents of others.

Keywords: Talent. Validations of social standing. Working hard at being special (or noticed). Reverence, respect and patronage of the arts. Feeling attracted to those with creative ability. Music, whether inspiring or tiring. Hands-on creativity. Feeling empowered by ability. Success. Practice makes perfect. Singing. Playing out front or in the band. Having an adoring public. Repertoires. Concerts.

The Caution: Relying on past success. Not putting in the day-to-day practice. The need for applause and acclaim to validate ones existence. Inflated egos demanding attention. Smugness about being talented, cultured, wealthy or privileged. Prima donnas. Cultural rewards for the privileged few. Conceit. Nerves that can ruin performance.

The Moon symbolizes: Emotions, moods, mother, family, clan, domestic issues, relationship to home and country. Feelings, sentiments, nourishment, emotional nurturing, monkey chatter mind, lunar and menstrual cycles, clarity of emotions or lunacy. Female energy – yours and others.


 The Sun is on Sagittarius 12: A FLAG THAT TURNS INTO AN EAGLE; THE EAGLE INTO A CHANTICLEER SALUTING THE DAWN

This Symbol shows being able to proclaim one’s feelings, beliefs, love of country or political opinions, without feeling they are likely to be criticized, shot down or dismissed. Our highest Cultural ascension ideals can be expressed proudly, like “A Flag” and as an expression of spiritual purity – “The Eagle” at “Dawn”. You may find that you are regularly moved to burst forth with your ideas, giving voice to what you think and feel. However, some may not like the message or what you have to say, how you say it or where you say it. However, issues that are really worthwhile and ‘centered’ will be seen by many and heard in the clear light of day.

Keywords: Declared idealism. Trumpeting ideals. National pride. Peak experiences. Flags. Symbols of strength, unity and power. Truths. The pomp and ceremony of big political displays. Issues of nationhood. Issues of world domination. Elevated views and perspectives. Forceful voices. Reaching for the highest plane. Nobility and pride. Successful outcomes. National anthems. New empires. Messages from the president.

The Caution: Assuming one is right only because of might or power or because one can say it the loudest. Propaganda. Lording it over others. Seeing other “nations” as being lesser. Loud voices. Bullying.


The Karmic Degree for the Sun is Sagittarius 11: IN THE LEFT SECTION OF AN ARCHAIC TEMPLE, A LAMP BURNS IN A CONTAINER SHAPED LIKE A HUMAN BODY

An_Art_Deco_table_lamp__figureThis Symbol implies seeing the body as being ones “Temple”; something to be honored and given respect, exercise and good nutrition. It also pictures linking the spirit and the body. Logic is not always involved in this equation – this mostly speaks of emotions, spirit and physicality. Sometimes we need to remember to be ‘in our bodies’ and this shows the rewards that can come from regarding our body as our temple. There’s a need to sleep and exercise when we need to, to eat when we need to; to be alive and happy. However, if taken too seriously, one can forget to nourish their mind, preferring to concentrate on physical attributes and forgetting about other possibilities.

Keywords: Connecting the left and right sides. Working out, physical fitness and exercise. Yoga. Grounding reality. Sexuality. Realizing that body is the same as spirit. Remembering to be in the body. Light workers. The acceptance of the body and its functions. Sport and its physical rewards. Metabolic rates. Oil burners. Gas lamps. Aladdin’s lamp. Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Albert Schweitzer

The Caution: Worshiping the body at the expense of the intellect, psyche or spirit. Concentrating exclusively on physical desires and needs. Needing actual physical evidence to accept anything. Being caught up in the illusion of the body, the “physical self”.


The Quest Degree for the Sun is Sagittarius 13: A WIDOW’S PAST IS BROUGHT TO LIGHT

This Symbol implies revealing issues, secrets or problems from the “Past”, so they can be dealt with. There are issues which will be “Brought to Light”. Perhaps your past catches up A Widows Past Is Brought To Lifewith you, or, people in your family or circle of friends have stories, histories, deeds, acts or personalities that need to be handled with care and tact. There is often a healing as things that have been kept ‘closeted’ lose some of their charge when they come into the light of day. Although you, or others, may be in a reasonably sympathetic position in the eyes of others, some may not like what is revealed. Bring issues to ‘Light’ where they can be healed, forgiven and, hopefully, forgotten.

Keywords: Unveiling and exposing-or creating a new and vibrant beginning. Getting rid of yesterday’s darkness. Looking back to revision attitudes. Being freed for new opportunities. The “scales” falling from one’s eyes. Reasons as to why relationships have failed. Remembering. Past life memories. Things being found or discovered. Wills. Inheritances. Death certificates. Burying the past. Pensions. Insurance policies.

The Caution: Old stories best forgotten. Dead-end feelings hanging around. Gossip and family secrets that hurt and otherwise cause harm. Feelings rehashed detrimental to stability. Someone being caught out. Bearing the weight of secrets.

The Sun symbolizes: One’s core center, spirit, heart, issues to do with father, men, self, ego, your male side. How you radiate your sense of being. What others see, how you are recognized or remembered, sense of identity and connection with male energy – yours and others.


 Mercury is stationary retrograde on Sagittarius 30: THE POPE BLESSING THE FAITHFUL

The Pope Blessing The FaithfulThis Symbol shows being present, on-board and ‘there’ for people when they need it. The “Pope” instills hope and a sense of wonder; he is said to be a representative of God on earth. Blessings come from worshipping a higher power with people of like mind. This shows that people will dispense rewards upon those who are eager to receive from them. This often shows a spokesperson that will be heard by everyone. Show respect and reverence to others, as this will lead to rewards of their own. This can show someone having a powerful memory; they remember the faces and names of people and often have a powerful presence and charisma.

Keywords: Rituals of reverence, blessings and worship. Sincere interest in others. Being on the inside looking out or being on the outside looking in. Recognizing the source of enormous inner riches. Rewards for loyalty. Seeking support or recognition. Eye-to eye contact. Being remembered. Charisma and presence. Having an audience with someone.

The Caution: Overwhelming political or spiritual rituals. Lust for power. Negating, projecting and transferring one’s shadow onto others. Not taking responsibility for one’s actions. Begging people to dispense favors. Sucking up to be accepted or recognized. Manipulating for desired ends. Nervous reaction to power or position. Demanding obedience. Lording it over people. Leaving people out that don’t measure up or conform. Having people at one’s beck and call.


The Karmic Degree for Mercury is Sagittarius 29: A FAT BOY MOWING THE LAWN

This Symbol speaks about keeping things neat, clean and tidy and looking nice. The “Fat Boy” has all he needs; he’s well fed, supposedly has lots of toys (tools, machines, hobbies) and Fat Bow Mowing The Lawn he’s out in the yard helping out. However, sometimes we are paying more attention to appearances than to the finer details or life or those things that others can’t see. Many people are fooled by appearances, but there is usually an unsettling feeling that everything is not quite right. Have people been asking and asking for chores to be done? Enlist the help of those around you to get through everything, even those who normally just sit around and do nothing!

Keywords: Superficial show. Things looking respectable, and “right”. Trying to lose weight through physical activity. Coming to grips with mechanical tools. Perspiring through effort. Training the youngsters to do the chores. Maintenance. Spare parts. Spark plugs. Doing odd jobs. Signs of affluence. Laborers. Hired hands.

The Caution: Pushing social respectability, avoiding something. Not wanting to help around the house. The “lounge-lizard”. Not dealing with the reality of life. Having too many jobs. Not getting off one’s backside. Ignoring the nagging. Barging into other’s space. Making a lot of noise. Incompetent helpers.


The Quest Degree for Mercury is Capricorn 1: AN INDIAN CHIEF CLAIMS RECOGNITION AND POWER FROM THE ASSEMBLED TRIBE

Indian Chief Claiming Power And Recognition From The Assembled TribeThis shows the necessity or the ability to be strong, stand tall, be in charge and command respect. There are leadership issues that need to be embraced or addressed. Sometimes we need to rise to the occasion and take charge and this may lead to a struggle for control; you may have to remind those around you that you can be trusted to make decisions or lead others. Those above you may remind you of your lesser position in the scheme of things – are some jealous of your achievements and power? Know when to give way to the rights of others.

Keywords: Assuming authority and the need for it. Benevolence bestowed. Winning by charisma and strength of numbers. Finding a true sense of place. Signs that one should be in charge. Staking one’s claim. The ‘Claim of Recognition’. Respect. Having to stand up or stand out in the crowd. Having the charisma of leadership. Consolidating power. Popularity contests.

The Caution: Power tripping and struggles. Over-inflated views of one’s self. The continual need to quieten power battles. Being challenged by those left and right. Demanding attention and that others follow orders. Taking over. Selfish and ego-driven. Too many chiefs.

Mercury symbolizes: Mind, thought, communication, memory, expression, intelligence. News, exchanges, chatting, conversations, short journeys, connections with others, telephones, emails, siblings, neighbors, the reasoning mind. Day-to-day activities. Cars, keys, small animals.


 Venus is on Sagittarius 3: TWO MEN PLAYING CHESS

This Symbol shows the ability, or the necessity, to indulge in strategic games, arguments or competitions. There can be a strong sense of knowing how to maneuver situations in order Two Men Playing Chess to come out on top, with an eye to possible outcomes. There’s a need to be thoughtful and cautious, taking into account the wider picture. Impulsive acts with no forward planning can be risky. It probably pays to not show your weak side, but do everything with the possible objective of winning. It can be difficult to relax in competitive environments; one often feels that they can’t let their guard down because they might be taken advantage of. Take one step at a time and move with purpose and forethought.

Keywords: Strategic competition. Seeing the picture several moves ahead. Arguments that can go on and on. Finding justification for being combative. Throwing down the gauntlet to the other. Taking lives. The need for peacekeeping. War strategies. Matching wits. Facing each other head on. Being royalty or being a mere pawn. Tactical maneuvers. Lawsuits. Custody. Having the bigger stick. Divorce. Disputes. Wit against wit.

The Caution: Depending on pure luck. Underestimating the opponent’s skill or strategy. Arguments and arguing for the sake of it. Bickering and trying to get the better of the other. Always taking an opposing side, no matter what is really happening.


The Quest Degree for Venus is Sagittarius 4: A LITTLE CHILD LEARNING TO WALK WITH THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF PARENTS

This Symbol implies the necessity of those older to be teachers, exemplars or guides to the younger or less experienced. The “Child” needs the “Encouragement” of “Parents” in order to Little Child Learning To Walk With Encouragement Of Parents feel supported or guided. At times, you are likely to fulfill the roles of child or parent to others. You may be moving into new phases of learning that, despite all your previous experience, are surprisingly difficult. Patience and step-by-step progress is needed, as is a guiding hand and a kind word or two. There may be those around you that don’t take your difficulties or responsibility seriously, but your struggles will pay off, particularly if you care and share.

Keywords: Making genuine progress or always tripping over. Instinctive determination to get on with the job. People taking delight in the smallest progress. Baby steps leading to big things. Trying out and accepting one’s individuality. Help from authorities. Seeking guidance and advice. Feeling mother earth under your feet. Parental assistance. Walking on new ground.

The Caution: Relying on skills not yet mastered. Not taking the initiative to put one’s self forward. Putting your self at risk rather than accepting help. Acting like one is incompetent in order to draw sympathy and/or help. Meddling and “assisting” when one should be on the sidelines, encouraging. Knowing that someone is going to “trip over” and not offering help. 

Venus symbolizes: Relatedness, cooperation, what attracts you. The experience of sweetness, beauty or delight. Social interactions, love, friends, how you reach out to people. Feminine persona, relationship with mother and females. Money, possessions, sense of values.


 Mars is on Libra 27: AN AIRPLANE SAILS, HIGH IN THE BRIGHT CLEAR SKY

An Airplane Flies High In The Bright Blue SkyThis Symbol shows the ability to transcend strife and rise above issues. You can feel above situations and are being carried away and beyond the mundane towards something completely new. You can sail above issues and avoid more everyday, down-to-earth problems. Having a calm, objective and somewhat detached way of observing life reveals a lot to you. Don’t, however, get so far above things that you feel removed entirely from what’s really going on in reality. This won’t help when you need to employ practical solutions or have a need to really deal with life and its ramifications.

Keywords: Transcending difficulties or escape from reality. Optimism that knows no bounds. A bird’s eye view of things. Detachment. Objectivity. Chemical influences. Freedom from life’s routine. Pilots and planes. Clear air turbulence. Roller coaster rides. Awareness of up and down, left and right, in and out. Sense of destination. Decreasing gravity. Acceleration of time. Fisheye lens. The need for navigation. Faith without works is like a bird without wings; though she may hop with her companions on earth, yet she will never fly with them to heaven. Francis Beaumont

The Caution: Difficulty in seeing the true details of what’s going on. Escape from reality. Running out of fuel. Egoism. Playing with gravity. Disconnection from the everyday world.


The Karmic Degree for Mars is Libra 26: AN EAGLE AND A LARGE WHITE DOVE TURNING CONSTANTLY INTO EACH OTHER

This Symbol implies the ability, or the necessity, of being able to integrate the principle of the will (the “Eagle”) with the principle of the emotions (the “White Dove). Being able to bring Eagle And Dove Turning Into Each Other these two together makes for a much stronger effect on others and the personality is strengthened and given an edge that it otherwise might not have. There may be confusion around whether to use force or love in some situations. Being firm and yet kind, being flexible and yet sure of what you’re doing or where you’re heading keeps one on an even keel. Alternation of these responses will lead to the best solution.

Keywords: Tempering one’s will with love and bolstering up one’s emotional responses with strength. Cooperation of mind, will, spirit and heart. Schizophrenia. Eagles and doves. Being strong and soft at the same time. Adopting the attitudes of spirit, power and love.

The Caution: Being “all over the place”. Not acting for the purpose of a definite outcome. Confusing behavior. Schizophrenia. On one minute, off the next. Changeable behavior.


The Quest Degree for Mars is Libra 28: A PERSON ALONE IN DEEP GLOOM. UNNOTICED, ANGELS ARE COMING TO THEIR AID

The Song of the Angels William BouguereauThis Symbol shows help, encouragement and assistance coming when one is most in need of it. There can be an inclination to depression with this degree, but it seems that, particularly if faith is employed, there is always some redeeming event or someone helpful turns up and the “Gloom” is dispersed and the light returns to one’s life; there is a realization that things are getting better. It will dawn on you that you are being helped in some way; ‘Angels’ come to aid those who need them. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Have hope, faith, trust and work on changing your attitude and watch hope return.

Keywords: Feelings of not being alone. Awareness of spiritual help in times of need. Salvation versus depression. Feeling like one’s luck is about to change. Improvements in the pipeline. Changes in the “weather”. Helpers arriving just when they’re needed. Brightening influences. Angels and spiritual forces for good. Guardian angels.

The Caution: Unrealistic reliance on spiritual agencies or help from others. Feeling like no one cares or that no one is listening. Being alone and forgotten. Losing faith in things getting better. Refusing help. Misery and gloom and doom.

Mars symbolizes: Drive, determination or agenda, how you get to your goals. How you express and handle anger, ambition, assertion of self and ability to step forward. The male principle, sexuality, the ability to step up to the plate when one needs to. Fight or flight.


 Jupiter is on Scorpio 12: A BRILLIANT ASSEMBLY OF OFFICIALS AT AN OFFICIAL EMBASSY BALL

This Symbol implies the ability to mix with people from all over the world, to talk in different kinds of languages or travel in the circles of the elite. There’s probably an issue about The Embassy Ballbeing invited to the ‘right’ functions or that you’re sure of being on the list of those who gather to make decisions or call the shots. Enjoying social situations can be rewarding on many levels, however, the conditions may sometimes be caged in rather strict protocol and rules of behavior that you and others have to adhere to. Look at yourself and observe whether you are being your natural self or putting on a show for others. This can imply social climbing and political strategies.

Keywords: Political game playing. Manners and protocol. Dressing and looking right. Who knows who and what it’s worth. Social and political standing. The Cinderella story. Sparkling occasions. Knowing etiquette. Looking for social connections and outcomes that are not necessarily immediate. International relations. The “My Fair Lady” story. Social engineering. Speaking the right language.

The Caution: The habit of role-playing. Not being taught how to behave in “polite society”. Having to learn how to fit in without having instruction. Dining, drinking and enjoying life whilst others can “eat cake”. Diplomatic standoffs. Gate crashing. Feeling out of one’s depth. Political point scoring that ignores the human dimension.


The Karmic Degree for Jupiter is Scorpio 11: A DROWNING PERSON IS BEING RESCUED

A Drowning Man Is Being Rescued sayingThis Symbol shows the ability, or the necessity, of helping others, being on hand when they need it and rescuing and bringing a sense of life back to people. It can show a rescuing nature; a counselor, therapist, life saver, etc. Of course, it can be that you need “Rescuing” in some way, whether it’s through counseling, getting a much needed loan, or having stress and strain lifted so that you can breathe freely again. This symbol often shows someone overpowered or overcome by their inability to cope emotionally .Often we feel like we are being suffocated, by our marriage, job, friendships, life path or the lack of these things. Know that help is at hand and soon you’ll be able to breathe easily again.

Keywords: Resuscitation. Regaining one’s breath. Finding life renewed. Asthma, bronchitis, breathing difficulties. Finding help in moments of crisis. Needing a hand. Being rescued. Salvation on any level. Ventilators. Breathing equipment. Oxygen. Dependence. Last minute reprieves. Born again experiences. Help.

The Caution: Panicking in order to draw help rather than learning how to cope. Constantly finding reasons for losing control of situations. Getting into deep water on a regular basis.


The Quest Degree for Jupiter is Scorpio 13: AN INVENTOR PERFORMS A LABORATORY EXPERIMENT

This Symbol shows the ability, or necessity, of being able to take risks, to be an explorer or someone who does things rather differently than most people. It’s your An Inventor Performing A Laboratory Experiment job to look for creative solutions and work with them. When things are just not working, you probably need to try different combinations and different possibilities in order to have the desired result. Being willing to go out on a limb can bring all kinds of unexpected results, some wonderfully rewarding, but some, if not well considered, could end up blowing up in your face. By persevering, you will not only find solutions to complex situations, but also learn a lot from any errors you make along the way.

Keywords: Creating one’s vision. Thinking quickly and making momentary decisions. Being prepared to risk failure. Bringing different mixes of things and/or people together. Taking calculated risks to see what will happen. Seeing if things live up to expectations. Looking for answers. The “mad professor”. Mixing chemicals. Measuring and weighing. Going by one’s gut reactions. Inventions and experiments. Discovery. Laboratories. Research.

The Caution: Becoming obscured by pointless goals. Making things up. Being one-eyed and focused to the exclusion of all else. Not fully understanding the consequences of actions. Always taking risks. Not taking adequate cautions. Not keeping track of what you’re doing. Ignoring warning signs. Being a “mad professor”.

Jupiter symbolizes: The big picture, expansion, exploration, aspirations, religious and philosophical ideals, issues to do with traveling, foreign lands, people and traditions, culture, education, generosity, luck, abundance, support, optimism. Insight through knowledge and wisdom.


 Saturn is on Sagittarius 29: A FAT BOY MOWING THE LAWN

Fat Bow Mowing The LawnThis Symbol speaks about keeping things neat, clean and tidy and looking nice. The “Fat Boy” has all he needs; he’s well fed, supposedly has lots of toys (tools, machines, hobbies) and he’s out in the yard helping out. However, sometimes we are paying more attention to appearances than to the finer details or life or those things that others can’t see. Many people are fooled by appearances, but there is usually an unsettling feeling that everything is not quite right. Have people been asking and asking for chores to be done? Enlist the help of those around you to get through everything, even those who normally just sit around and do nothing!

Keywords: Superficial show. Things looking respectable, and “right”. Trying to lose weight through physical activity. Coming to grips with mechanical tools. Perspiring through effort. Training the youngsters to do the chores. Maintenance. Spare parts. Spark plugs. Doing odd jobs. Signs of affluence. Laborers. Hired hands.

The Caution: Pushing social respectability while avoiding something. The ‘lounge lizard’. Having too many jobs. Ignoring the nagging of others. Incompetent help.


The Quest Degree for Saturn is Sagittarius 30: THE POPE BLESSING THE FAITHFUL

This Symbol shows being present, on-board and ‘there’ for people when they need it. The “Pope” instills hope and a sense of wonder; he is said to be a The Pope Blessing The Faithfulrepresentative of God on earth. Blessings come from worshipping a higher power with people of like mind. This shows that people will dispense rewards upon those who are eager to receive from them. This often shows a spokesperson that will be heard by everyone. Show respect and reverence to others, as this will lead to rewards of their own. This can show someone having a powerful memory; they remember the faces and names of people and often have a powerful presence and charisma.

Keywords: Rituals of reverence, blessings and worship. Sincere interest in others. Being on the inside looking out or being on the outside looking in. Recognizing the source of enormous inner riches. Rewards for loyalty. Seeking support or recognition. Eye-toeye contact. Being remembered. Charisma and presence. Having an audience with someone.

The Caution: Overwhelming political or spiritual rituals. Lust for power. Negating, projecting and transferring one’s shadow onto others. Not taking responsibility for one’s actions. Begging people to dispense favors. Sucking up to be accepted or recognized. Manipulating for desired ends. Nervous reaction to power or position. Demanding obedience. Lording it over people. Leaving people out that don’t measure up or conform. Having people at one’s beck and call.

Saturn symbolizes: Authority, rules, discipline and obligation The heavy stuff. What we fear, loss, karma, aging, the establishment, orthodoxy, tradition, status, the concept of time, walls, boundaries, limits, older people, restrictions, patience, conquering difficulties.


 Uranus is stationary direct on Aries 25: A DOUBLE PROMISE REVEALS ITS INNER AND OUTER MEANINGS

A Double Promise Reveals Its Inner And OuterThis Symbol shows that what at first appears to be may reveal itself to actually be something else. Simple promises can be more complicated than first thought. The rational and emotional responses can conflict with each other; one wants something, the other wants something else. However, this can be the way to really view things, from an inner and outer perspective. Also indicates the choice that arises – of the heart and of social obligation. Realize the implications of expectations and promises.

Keywords: Rewards, but what do they bring with them? The possible implications of or reasons for any promises. Something that may look good on the outside, but prove to be difficult. Looking for consensus. Possibilities and promises. The ins and outs of situations. Not turning up. The need to look at situations from all sides. Internal vs. external realities. Catch-22 situations. Contracts.

The Caution: Fickleness, insincerity and two-facedness in human relationships. Promising more than can be delivered. Not turning up. Having hidden agendas.

Uranus symbolizes: The unexpected, things that are individual or ‘different’. Charged, energetic dynamics, electricity, light, lightning bolts, sudden changes, those who live on the fringe of society. Sudden turns and twists of fate. Rebellion, surprises, liberation, freedom.


 Neptune is stationary direct on Pisces 12: AN EXAMINATION OF INITIATES IN THE SANCTUARY OF AN OCCULT BROTHERHOOD

This Symbol shows passing the tests that life, other people, spirituality or karma throws at you. You are likely to find at times that you are being judged by those above or around you. An Examination Of Initiates In The Sanctuary Of An Occult Brotherhood It is difficult to see what their qualifications to judge you are, but this is often the nature of progression through the ranks. People being critical of one another can lead to better behavior, better performances or the like, or it can lead to feeling judged, violated and intruded upon. It can seem as though our lives are like lessons; we are periodically “Examined” to see how we are doing on our course. Be careful not to shut yourself away to avoid being seen or having to endure criticism.

Keywords: The ordeal that comes to any initiate for entrance into higher realms of being. Hermits. Tests, examinations, having to prove oneself. Being judged or being judgmental. Being crossexamined. Rarefied atmospheres that demand personal sacrifice. Initiations. Proving courage and purity. Trials. The attainment of knowledge. Apprenticeships. Being a candidate. Finding out how and where one fits in. One-eyed dedication. Trial by media. Cults. Rituals.

The Caution: Refusing advice. Arrogance. People saying ‘I told you so’. Invading other’s space. People assuming they know the truth about someone. Failing. Scandals. Stories.

Neptune symbolizes: Mystical, “out there,” spirituality and con artists. Dreams, mysteries, mystics and religious issues. Intuition, clairvoyance, seeing into the invisible. Addictive, chaotic, charming, deceptive, illusory, co dependent, sensory awareness.


 Pluto is on Capricorn 18: THE UNION JACK FLIES FROM A NEW BRITISH WARSHIP

Union Jack Flies From A New British Warship sayingThis Symbol talks about supervision, border protection and control. There can be a feeling of having to oversee a large ’empire’ where reliability and leadership are vital. This can be a tiring responsibility, but there can be an awareness of the protection of ‘all who went before’. However, political and social restraints from the past could be causing you to feel that you’ve somehow got to ‘wage war’. Issues to do with the government can come up, whether you agree with what they do or not. You may be confronted with having to make your presence felt and guard your territory. Effective supervision will help you to relax.

Keywords: Colonialism. Protectionism. The government, big business and the media. Class-consciousness. Power and political displays. Displays of “law and order”. Border patrols and protection. Strength and might. Nationalism. Royalty. The ruling elite. Supervision. The armed forces. Patrols. Pitting people against each other. Empires. Victory bringing riches. The mother country. The struggle against decline. Flags. Imperialism. The Commonwealth. The rule of law.

The Caution: Artificial shows of strength. Being armed. Strong-arm tactics. Flags. Republics. Issues of statehood. Getting out the big guns. Rebellion. Social disintegration.


The Karmic Degree for Pluto is Capricorn 17: A YOUNG WOMAN SURREPTITIOUSLY BATHING IN THE NUDE

This Symbol shows getting rid of the restraints imposed by social conditioning and inhibitions; to strip down to bare essentials and not be ashamed of it. The “Young Person” is enjoying Young Girl Surreptitiously Bathing In The Nude the feeling of not having clothes or costume to constrain or cover them. They are also letting the sun and the air contact their skin which is very healthy and revivifying. Although there may be some feelings of being ‘exposed’, really letting go and not worrying about being ‘seen’ can lead to feelings of freedom. This applies to a freeing up or exposing on a spiritual and emotional level as well, it’s not confined to physical realities.

Keywords: Confrontations with one’s self. Reconnecting with nature. A desire to “reveal” oneself mentally, physically or emotionally. Issues with weight. The manipulation of the female form in the media. Exhibitionism. Learning to let go of extraneous things. Confronting puritanism. Being at one with the environment. Releasing inhibitions. Stripping. Streaking. Sun lotions.

The Caution: Suppression of natural attitudes. Bondage to inhibitions. Exhibitionist. Revealing too much. Showing off. Lack of concern for others’ feelings. Sexual exploitation.


The Quest Degree for Pluto is Capricorn 19: A CHILD OF ABOUT FIVE CARRYING A HUGE SHOPPING BAG FILLED WITH GROCERIES

Child with heavy loadThis Symbol shows having to “Carry” heavy loads, to shoulder responsibilities, do chores and jobs and help others, sometimes because there’s no one else who can or will do it. Often, the “Child” gets these responsibilities because they are the one who others know is going to take it seriously, completing the task, taking care of details. You may feel that you have been burdened with responsibilities beyond normal expectations and possibly beyond your capability. Despite being keen and enthusiastic, you must be careful not to try to take on too much, or do too much, or too quickly. Like a child, you need to play, be creative and rest.

Keywords: Being the one everyone counts on to do the job. Feeling weighed down. Having to carry the “bag”. Lifting heavy weights and bearing the consequences. Taking on things above and beyond what one should. Acting the grownup. Maturing quickly. Looking after paperwork. Running errands. Providing food and sustenance for everyone.

The Caution: Overloading the innocent and the inexperienced without thought of the consequences. Never being ‘off duty’. Dropping the bundle. Carrying the family.

Pluto symbolizes: Unconscious motivations, depth psychology, history. Sex, procreation at a deep level, intensity, profound emotions, taking hold of one’s power. Being king or queen of one’s underworld. Strength, survival mode instincts. Big money. Big power. The Plutocracy. Power vs power struggles.


Chiron is stationary direct on Pisces 25: THE PURGING OF THE PRIESTHOOD

This shows seeing through those who hold important positions yet abuse trust or those who make great claims but don’t live up to them. At this time, you’re likely to find yourself The Purging Of The Priesthoodleaving others behind, kicking them out, or experiencing falls from grace. Periodically, there is a need to examine moral and spiritual sincerity. It is easy to allow those who don’t really belong to stay because of familiarity or habit. We can lose sight of the ideal through our rationalizing intellect, ego and emotive passion. There is a need to cleanse and purify your life, leading to better spiritual values. What side of the “Purging” are you on? Are you the one with the ‘right motives’? Who’s in charge?

Keywords: Revealing the truth of people for who and what they truly are. Cutting people off. Throwing out things that don’t measure up. Forced retirement and redundancies. Payouts at the end of employment. Dismissals. Opting out for moral reasons. Being fired. Holes left where someone took up a lot of space.

The Caution: Battles over spiritual direction. Abusing authority. Whistle blowing. Damning others. Deceiving, lying or misleading. Corruption and scandals. Burning books.

Chiron symbolizes: Our wounds, Chiron is known as The Wounded Healer. The wounds are The Stories That We Tell Ourselves, it is where we have to focus on healing, it can show things that are out of shape or misplaced or in need of repair.


 The Moon’s North Node is on Leo 18: A CHEMIST CONDUCTS AN EXPERIMENT FOR THEIR STUDENTS

A Chemist Conducts An Experiment For His StudentsThis Symbol implies being willing to try something new, a new discovery, something different and to step outside the square. The message, whether you’re a participant or an observer, is to pay attention and attend to details. Going by the ‘tried and true’ scientific model that sticks to doing experiments exactly the same way over and over only leads to the same result. A mix of new ingredients can lead to new creations and can lead to surprising results. Even if you’re unsure of outcomes, being willing to take risks can lead to interesting possibilities. Be sure of the mix of ingredients though, as some are dangerous or unpredictable.

Keywords: Alchemy. Stepping out of the usual rules and taking a risk. New and untried procedures. Syllabus and education. Wisdom being passed on. Putting things “to the test”. Throwing out what doesn’t stand up. Ingredients. Bunsen burners. Test tubes. Microscopes. Seeking rational answers. Science and chemistry. Leading by example. The thrill of discovery.

The Caution: Always “by the rules of the book”. Inertia and suppression of creative ideas. Narrow viewpoints. Being afraid of outcomes. Skepticism. Conservative science.

The Moon’s North Node symbolizes: This is known as quite a ‘karmic point’ (although all planets and points in a chart can be’karmic’). One’s destiny in this life. The things you are meant to integrate, move towards, become. Destined relationships and relationship issues can show up here.


 The Moon’s South Node is on Aquarius 18: A MAN BEING UNMASKED AT A MASQUERADE

This shows being able to see through others; to be able to “Unmask” people, to reveal one’s self or hide away when it’s needed. It seems that someone is having their mask stripped A Man Being UnMasked At A Masquerade maskaway; they’re no longer able to “Masquerade”, they are revealing themselves, who they are and possibly their intentions. Secret motives may have a purpose at the time they are concealed, but they almost invariably become known. You may find that you, or someone else, finds themselves in this situation. Difficulties and embarrassment that can arise, but staying true is the important thing. There may be a need to look after your reputation.

Keywords: Secret motives exposed. Having to face one’s self. Facing the truth about another. Coming to terms with judgments about one’s true worth. Owning up to who one truly is. Being able to see through characters and trickery. Wearing a ‘Mask’ that suits the situation. Insights into people. Dropping pretense. Stripping away cover-ups. Aliases. Finding or revealing one’s true self. The desire for authenticity.

The Caution: Detrimentally revealing your self too quickly or early. Finding answers that aren’t welcome. Revealing a fraud. Charades, pretense and ploys to manipulate. Lies.

The Moon’s South Node symbolizes: Past karmic patterns to be overcome, can be habits that are good, but can describe things, relationships, issues that you need to let go of, or, hold you back from manifesting your true destiny. Relationships that feel karmic and difficult, memories from the past.


Lynda Hill
Lynda is one of the world’s top astrologers. Her book, The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees of Wisdom, is recognised as the premier resource on the Sabian Symbols, a unique set of images based on the zodiac.
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