This is the third installment 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 continues with
Aries-Gemini and will end with Pisces-Pisces, working around the
zodiacal wheel factorially with a
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Aries-Gemini potentially resonates with both the sextile and semi-square aspects. Sextiles are possible throughout the progression through the two signs. Semi-squares are also possible from the last half of the preceding sign (in this case Aries) to the first half of the succeeding sign (in this case Gemini). Traditionally, the sextlile relationship between the two signs dominates, the sextile being the stronger aspect, although the potential for a semi-square to occur adds some complexity.
Interpreting the Aries-Gemini combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets. These include Aries in the third house, Gemini in the first house, Mars in the third house, Mars in Gemini, Mercury in the first house, Mercury in Aries and Mars-Mercury aspects.
As a reminder, “container” is used here as 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.
With Aries-Gemini, we have the pairing of Cardinal Fire and Mutable Air. Air is necessary for fire to exist and fire brings light and warmth to air. Without fire, air remains in cold darkness. With respect to the modalities involved in the Aries-Gemini combination, Gemini’s mutability will temper and balance Aries’ cardinality (constant forward motion). Gemini mutability, since it contains both the cardinal and fixed qualities, can understand and be in harmony with the Aires cardinal drive to push forward but will tend to take this Aries energy and bring it into equilibrium. Aries’ cardinality, on the other hand, can provide needed direction for the Gemini container when mutability results in paralyzing indecision, lack of motivation or lack of clear direction.
Each sign has the potential, or opportunity to bring life and vigor to the other. Aries may bring enthusiasm to the Gemini container which might otherwise remain curious or interested but not committed. Gemini’s dispassion can moderate this enthusiasm and curb the Aries energy from blind enthusiasm. “Look before you leap” and “think before you act” are good maxims for the positive influence Gemini can have on Aries. Of course, Aries’ fire can intensify Gemini’s short-lived enthusiasms, with Gemini leading Aries on a merry chase to nowhere. That kind of interaction of energies is something neither the Gemini nor the Aries container needs.
The will to act present in the Aries container can move Gemini beyond mere intellectual framework so that the information gathered and analyzed by the Gemini container can be employed in useful pursuit. Aries and Gemini can actually bring purpose to each other. For while mutable Gemini may be reluctant to act without Aries’ initiative, the Aries container can find direction through the knowledge and experience that Gemini brings. Remember that Aries is essentially innocent and naïve until it acquires experience and it is Gemini’s qualities of ever searching mental pursuit that provides the mental-sensate experience of the world that informs thoughtful action. Gemini can open the world up for Aries. Aries can motivate Gemini to actually participate in the world.
We can also look to the glyphs of the two signs for insight into how their energies combine. Gemini is noted as being only one of three signs to have a human glyph—the Twins. We can see the combination of the human and animal glyphs as representing humanity’s attempt to tame or domesticate the wild beast. Although the domesticated ram is useful for his wool, the ram is also associated with breeding. The domestication of the ram also can be associated with control of the sexual impulse (Mars) and, with impulsiveness, generally (Aries). Thus, Gemini, through its rationality, brings some order and control over Aries’ impulsive drives, while a controlled Aries energy can be channeled by the mental faculties and turned to good purpose.
This dynamic is reflected in the relationship between the psychological functions represented by Mercury and Mars. Mercury (the mental and communicative faculty), gathers information and experience of the world through the senses. After being filtered through the evaluative faculty represented by Venus, this information is acted upon (Mars). However, in order for action to occur, desire or motivation must be present. Although desire is inherent in the Mars faculty, it needs to be shaped or rationalized by the mind in order for it to receive direction and become useful. Pursuing the objects of desire again activates the mental faculties, which are stimulated by desire to acquire more knowledge and experience.
The interplay of intellect and desire is at the heart of interpretations of the Aries-Gemini symbol set in its transcendent and insecure modes. The Gemini energy is a perfect exemplar of how the mind will run after this and that and everything seeking satisfaction. However, because it never finds lasting satisfaction in any “thing,” it is always moving on to the next quest. If desire is left to hold the upper hand and lead Gemini’s mental and experiential probing toward the object of desire, this mental journey will never end because desires are endless. However, once the mind becomes exhausted, or thoroughly bored, with this constant flitting change and the intellect recognizes the futility of chasing after fulfillment in this world, the situation changes.
When the mind begins to seek the equilibrium symbolized by Gemini’s mutability and wishes to replace chatter with stillness, it begins the process of self-discipline and self-control—the domestication of impulse. Desire and impulse are shaped and turned toward higher consciousness and action is employed to exercise that spiritual discipline that is necessary in order to bring the mind under control. As desire is concentrated toward yearning for the Stillness of the Here and Now (Gemini), it is transformed into devotion. It is devotion that allows the mind to achieve true Equilibrium and to escape the constant comings and goings of the world.
On the other hand, if the mind remains consumed with desire, there will be no escape. At a certain level, the mind knows that there is no lasting satisfaction to be gained by running here and there in pursuit of experience and fulfillment of desire. Yet, to recognize this fact is to subvert the basis upon which ego acts and, therefore, this knowledge is suppressed, buried deep in the subconscious or, in more Geminian terms, lost and buried in the clutter of the mind’s endless chatter.
Nothing is ever truly forgotten, however, and so the mind is driven by desire so that it may not remember the Truth. Aries’ innocent first expression of self-recognition is dragged through over-use down to the clambering of the ego for instant gratification of its desires (the insecurity of Aries). To twist Decartes’ famous maxim, in the ego-driven Arian world, I desire, therefore I am.
Aries constant assertion of the ego’s desires energizes the Gemini mental qualities, providing endlessly changing direction and variety for Gemini to pursue. In the Gemini ego-world, Decartes’ maxim becomes, I experience new things, therefore I am. It is, of course, all about “me.”
As mentioned earlier, the Aries-Gemini combination also carries the potential for semi-square relationships. Too much wind can blow out fire and too much fire can overheat air (which frequently causes the turbulence that creates a windstorm). Thus, the Gemini container can become over-stimulated by the Aries container and too much mental chatter and running here and there can leave no energy left for action.
However, it is the potential conflict between the Aries cardinal modality and the Gemini mutable modality that is likely to be responsible for friction between the two qualities most of the time. This friction is likely to occur when the Gemini mutability fails to achieve equilibrium when confronted with Aries cardinality, for one reason or another. One manifestation of this disequilibrium is when Gemini mutability resists Aries cardinality. In this instance, the Gemini container has become captivated by the everchangefulnes of the mutable modality and does not want to leave this in order to achieve equilibrium. Gemini will then be annoyed by Aries’ constant assertion and drive to move forward in a single direction. The Gemini container will always be trying to pull Aries off its path, much to the annoyance of the Aries container, who will tend to view Gemini as fickle, uncommitted, undisciplined and flighty.
In another manifestation of this
disequilibrium, the Gemini container seeks balance but is
thrown out of balance by the force of Aries’ drive for
often may become a conflict between head (Gemini) and heart
(Aries), where heart is expressed at its basic level of
Gemini container tries to bring reason (often reason based
on vast experience) to control Aries’ impulsiveness or to
slow down or channel Aries’ blind drive toward fulfillment
of its goal (desire). The
Aries container may experience this as obstruction or as too
much intellectualization, living inside your head rather
than in the real world of action. The Gemini
container is likely to experience Aries as overly assertive,
unreasonable and self-centered. In another
manifestation of this disequilibrium, the Gemini container
is constantly thrown off balance and/or over-stimulated so
that it flies, scattered, into the pursuit of the moment
with redoubled energy.
Of course, all of the Aries-Gemini dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two people. The Aries-Gemini energy will also be modulated by the planets involved, whether in your own chart or someone else’s. The depositorships of Mars and Mercury may also come into play. Gargatholil
Although I consider the natal chart to be dominant factor in the synchronicity that is the human psyche experiences with the astrological symbol set, I recognize that transits do play a role and are part of the synchronicity of life’s experience. That said, I do not make too much of transits. While they can indicate the “astrological weather” you may be experiencing, I do not put much stock in them as predictors of events.
There are a number of reasons for my position. One is my belief in the astrological symbols set as indicating potentialities based upon the essential meanings of the symbols. At the level of events on the physical plane, these potentialities are legion. Uranus square Venus can just as easily indicate coming to terms with your need to individuate in order to bring your relationship to the next level as it can indicate divorce and there are a thousand possibilities in between.
Another huge reason is my belief in the futility and uselessness of predicting the future. Christ said, “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered” and the Qur’an states, “Not a leaf falls but with His knowledge; there is not a grain in the depths of the earth nor anything green or withered but is inscribed in a record clear for those who can read.” Yes, the future can be known (although not with certainty) but when we are all subject to our fate, which no one can change, what good does it do?
With that said, there was much excitement about the recent Grand Cross pattern in the skies, which has now passed; but the Uranus-Pluto square remains. In fact, Uranus and Pluto have been squaring each other in and out of orb since 2009 and pretty consistently since 2011. Exact squares occurred in June and September 2012, May and November 2013, and April 2014. The square will continue, mostly in separation, through 2017. If you have planets in late Pisces through mid-Aries or early to mid-Capricorn, you may have felt this (as well as some with planets in late Virgo to mid-Libra or early to mid-Cancer). If you have planets from mid-Aries to late Aries or mid-Capricorn (as well as mid- to late Libra and mid-Cancer), you may continue to feel this.
Despite the obvious political symbolism of freedom in conflict with power, I am not in the camp that sees this square as having any effect on world politics. Frankly, the world is always full of upheaval somewhere and the conflict between freedom and power is age old. That said, times may indeed seem more turbulent (the last Uranus-Pluto square was during the Great Depression) and this energy can sow the seeds of future experience of turbulence and conflict for those born with the square.
If you have planets in Aries, you may or may have experienced a certain amount of turmoil prompted by sudden changes or radical shifts. The ultimate purpose of these disruptions is to bring you to the next level of individuation. The progression of Aries is to move from the naïve, innocent experience of self to the spiritually mature realization of Self. Along the way, it is easy to get stuck at various levels of ego. With ego, there is always attachment. Although you may think you are independent and free, as long as your independence and sense of freedom is dependent on you having your own way, this is an illusion. For, as long as you are attached to outcomes, you are dependent. As the Sufi, Ibn al-`Arabi would say, you are nothing but a contingent being. Uranus’ role is to shake up those attachments, by violent earthquake if necessary. Only by losing your attachments can you be truly free and truly individuated.
The Pluto square can add another layer of turmoil to your life, one that is the result of the utter destruction your attachments. This may be conflict and turmoil that is compounding the turmoil you are feeling as a result of the Aries transit or it may occur in an area of life represented by the house in which Pluto resides. You may also feel as if something much more powerful than you is standing in your way, imprisoning you or even trying to destroy your freedom.
If you have planets in Capricorn that have or are being transited by Pluto, you may feel that what you have worked so hard to build up and had thought was permanent and secure is being destroyed. It may feel as if your world is being ripped out from underneath you and that you are falling into a deep abyss. You may feel as if you are losing control over everything for which you have worked so hard. All your attempts to regain control may only be met with more disruption, opposition and destruction.
At the same time, you may be experiencing sudden and unforeseen changes in the area of life symbolized by the house through which Uranus is traveling in your chart. You may experience separations, whether this is an urge to separate that you are feeling or involuntary. You may also feel an urge to escape or be free, particularly from the situation you are experiencing as a result of the Pluto transit.
You are likely to experience tensions and conflict that involve control issues, separation and freedom. The Uranian energy may be pushing your Aries function to be free while the Plutonian energy may be holding on to what is being pulverized and collapsing all around you. If you remain in the conflict of the square, trying to assert your freedom, on the one hand and trying to control everything and everyone around you (or just trying to gain some control over your situation), you are likely to find that you can obtain neither and that you remain powerless against the forces that are grinding you down, pushed and buffeted by changes in your life and bound to your attachments.
The key to true liberation and to regaining power and control is surrender. Surrender to life’s inevitabilities, to your karmic destiny, to the necessity of detachment, will allow you to accept all that is going on in your life. By surrendering, by admitting defeat, you stop struggling against what you cannot change, against that over which you have no control. This allows you to go deeper and higher, to a place where you can merge and feel at One with that Power that will do with you what It will regardless of your ego’s desires.
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