This is the beginning of a new series of interpretations of the astrological symbol set. For interpretations of Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses and Planets in Aspect, please see the Depth Astrology series at the Smashwords e-publishing site, https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/13223 .
The dynamics of sign-to-sign relationships can be useful not only in the interpretation of compatibility charts; they can also add information to the interpretation of planetary aspects. As with other symbol set interpretations, the juxtaposition of the essential energies of each sign is the starting off point for exploring their meanings.
This series will begin with Aries-Aries and end with Pisces-Pisces, working around the zodiacal wheel factorially with a new zodiacal combination presented each month. Past month’s articles will be archived. Upon completion, some 6 ˝ years from now, Insha’Allah, these articles will immediately be published as an e-book for sale.
Same sign combinations, generally, can present at least three basic manifestations—compatibility, intensification or irritation. Compatibility is borne of the shared commonalities that are natural in the pairing of same signs. Intensification occurs when the pronounced or extreme tendencies inherent in the sign are fed by its pairing with a container carrying the same sign. Irritation occurs when the negative expressions of a sign’s energy manifest (or mutually manifest), creating the kind of tension that is exemplified by the adage that the traits we hate the most in others are those that we ourselves possess.
“Container” here will be a general term designating a planet whether in one’s own chart or another’s. When in another’s chart, “container” may practically be viewed to mean the other person. So that the analysis doesn’t wind up seeming too cold and depersonalized, I will sometimes use the personal pronoun (you) in lieu of the impersonal “container.” Recognize that either term can refer to a planetary energy within you or your relationship with another person. The Aries-Aries analysis, with appropriate modification, also applies to other astrological symbol sets associated with the same cardinal fire energy--Aries first house, Mars in Aries, Mars in the first house.
With Aries-Aries, we have the pairing of the two Cardinal Fire signs. In the compatibility mode, the forward thrusting fire energy possessed by the two containers energize each other. This may be in the form of the kind of competition that spurs each of us to do our best. Or, it may be just the joy of sharing mutual energy, exploring new worlds together, conquering new challenges together. The Aries energy is capable of great innocence and if both containers are at this stage, then the innocence in one will mirror the innocence in the other and the result can be a very sweet kind of purity.
However, innocence is easily spoiled and, if both you and your Aries partner have acquired enough experience in the world to lose this innocence, there can be mutual support in this trial, also. A great quality of the same-sign combinations is the mutual understanding that can be achieved. Aries is (or is capable of being) uncomplicated and, so, there may be an ease of mutual understanding that is remarkable even among same-sign combinations.
Aries-Aries can also intensify the Aries energy in each container. This can lead to extreme (or heightened) competitiveness, headstrongness, assertiveness, or forward-moving energy. Competition, or even conflict, is symbolized by the image of two rams butting heads in combat. This heightened cardinal fire energy can also result in a pattern of taking daring and courageous action, or foolhardiness. The intensified Aries energy may be akin to the adrenalin rush one experiences in battle or some other life-threatening situation. While Aries by itself may always be capable of achieving such amplified activity, if that energy is always, or frequently, intensified and even amped up to higher and higher levels, burn-out or crash-and-burn scenarios are likely to occur at some point.
Of course, you can learn to temper the potential for rashness and always-on energy. When modulated, intensity can be transformed into devotion (for true devotion demands intense focus and longing). Levels of devotion can range from a brothers-in-arms emotion to intense spiritual devotion in which the Divine Beloved becomes the sole object of your activity or striving. At the other end of the spectrum, this intensity can manifest as fixation and obsession (and, of course, with Aries energy, it is an active obsessiveness, akin to the manic phase of bi-polarism).
Looking at yourself in the mirror, so to speak, Aries-Aries may be quick to react to its own faults and failings. This reaction may take the form of denial accompanied by an amplification of the fault, or irritation-projection-antagonism with regard to the fault. A variation on this dynamic may be denial-antagonism, which is the classic blind-spot syndrome leading from hubris to a fall.
In the first type of reaction, you will suppress the self-knowledge that you possess a fault, failing or shadow. Because this knowledge is suppressed and you are blind to the fact that you exhibit whatever negative trait is being manifest, you may exercise no self-control over expressing that trait (for you deny that it exists in you). The amplification of this negative trait can certainly irritate others, but it would be especially irritating to your Aries partner (or to the other Aries planet).
Frequently, the denial-amplification reaction may spark an irritation-projection-antagonism reaction by the other container (or, you may simply gravitate toward this reaction yourself). In the irritation-projection-antagonism reaction, you are irritated at having this negative expression of the Aries energy. You may have a vague-to-heightened awareness that you possess this weakness but, instead of doing the work to dissolve the weakness or to turn it into a strength, you tend to project that negative feature onto others (and especially another Aries—remember this could be a planet). This, then, gives you an outlet; instead of getting down on yourself (which you may do anyway), you can get down on someone else. For Aries, this would likely take the form of pointed criticism, continually poking, or being directly combative at various levels of intensity.
In the combination of the two reactions, you are blind to the fact that you exhibit the Aries negative trait and you also are extremely antagonistic toward that fault in others. In fact, you may engage in a crusade, actively battling this “evil” while engaging in the negative trait yourself. Often, the extent of your denial is such that you secretly engage in the negativity you condemn. The unveiling of your secret can lead to disastrous and disgracing consequences. Sometimes your behavior may not be so secret and, in this case, you are easily marked as a hypocrite. (See planets in Aries in Depth Astrology for typical Aries negative tendencies.)
Of course, the Aries-Aries energy will be
modulated by the planets involved, whether in your own chart
or someone else’s. How
this energy manifests and the intensity with which it
manifests will certainly be very different if Saturn and
Mars are interacting in Aries than if Mars and Mars are
interacting in Aries.
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