This is the ninth 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-Sagittarius and will end with Pisces-Pisces, working
around the zodiacal wheel factorially
with a new zodiacal combination presented each month. Past month’s
articles are archived. Upon completion,
some 6 years from now, Insha’Allah, these articles will
immediately be published as an e-book for sale.
With Aries-Sagittarius, we return to the harmonious interaction of two Fire signs, this time with the Cardinal and Mutable modalities interacting. The character of the interaction between these two signs (and containers present in the two signs) is the natural trine aspect that exists between the two signs. The sesqui-square is also possible between planets in the first half of Aries and the latter half of Sagittarius, as is an out-of-sign square between planets in very early Aries and very late Sagittarius. Interpreting the Aries-Sagittarius combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets. These include Aries in the ninth house, Sagittarius in the first house, Mars in the ninth house, Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter in the first house, Jupiter in Aries and Mars-Jupiter 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.
The trine suggests an easy and harmonious flow of energy between the two signs. The energies associated with the Fire element blend and support each other. Thus, both Aries and Sagittarius containers generally enjoy being active and feel that taking action is essential. In this, Aries may be most apt to act and to assert him/herself, with Sagittarius somewhat more prone to consider an action before taking it. While Aries may act on impulse or prompted by desire, Sagittarius is more apt to act based on belief or judgment. This is consistent with Sagittarius' later developmental sequence in the Zodiacal wheel and also with its mutability. This is not to say that Sagittarius is at all hesitant to join Aries in any adventure or fun that Aries may initiate. Both containers can be easily excited, displaying their enthusiasm for whatever has ignited their interest. And, while their enthusiasm may lapse coincidentally, it is likely to do so for very different reasons--Aries because he/she has exhausted him/herself in his/her fiery pursuit and Sagittarius because he/she feels the call from yet another horizon. Thus, for Aries, keeping up with a Sagittarius over the long haul may be challenging without periods of rest and renewal.
As with the Aries-Leo combination, there is likely to be an element of mentoring or development of the Aries character inherent in the Aries-Sagittarius relationship, while Aries may be a refreshing breeze for Sagittarius, prompting Sagittarius to clear away any cynicism or stodginess. Unless the Sagittarius container is in a defensive mode, it may be difficult for him/her to take seriously any pretense or arrogance he/she may have developed when in the presence of Aries. If his/her pretense and arrogance is part of his/her defense mechanism, however, Aries' innocence and naiveté may provoke a reaction that further embeds Sagittarius in his/her self-righteousness and conceit (an expression of the potential sesqui-square between the two signs).
For Aries, his/her Sagittarian counterpart is likely to appear as the wise one in the relationship. Sagittarius' centaur glyph particularly is relevant to this aspect of the Aries-Sagittarius relationship for the centaur, being half man and half beast, is able to fully understand the animal power of the Aries ram and, with his/her human side, possesses the knowledge and experience needed to bring the animal instinct under control. Ideally, this occurs through expert guidance, the imparting of wisdom and by forthright example. If the Aries container responds naturally to this Sagittarian mentorship, growth, development and maturity are likely to result. This can be true for the Sagittarian, also, for the student is often the best teacher and the teacher, by teaching, learns more than the student.
Once again, the potential of the sesqui-square may arise, signaling conflict and irritation within this relationship. There is always the potential that, rather than viewing Sagittarius as the "wise one," Sagittarius appears to Aries as just a blustery, overbearing, know-it-all. If this is the case, Aries may chafe at Sagittarian attempts to "guide" and curb Aries' impulsiveness and naive enthusiasm. Aries may take every opportunity to assert his/her independence from his/her Sagittarian partner or he/she may flaunt his/her youthful energy and dare Sagittarius to match his/her bursts of ferocious activity. Losing all respect for his/her "elder," Aries may treat the Sagittarian as a tottering old fool, mercilessly poking fun and, potentially, drawing the acerbic wit of Sagittarius on him/her in retaliation. This can turn into a classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe" scene.
Another potential pitfall in the Aries-Sagittarius relationship can occur if Sagittarius has not brought his/her own animal nature under control. Then, the "elder" Sagittarius may lead "innocent" Aries on a romp into debauchery, teaching him/her all the wrong lessons. Both run down the primrose path with enthusiasm and both will burn out, ultimately, in their own ways.
The transcendent dimension of the Aries-Sagittarius relationship lies in the blending of the elements of Devotion and Gnosis. Devotion is the highest form of both action and desire. In fact, it is pure desire for the Pure acting to bring the object of desire to heart. However, devotion without knowledge can waiver and be led astray. Gnosis is the culmination of the Sagittarian quest. It is the complete Understanding, the end of all wanderings. Yet, gnosis can be sterile and arrogant without devotion. So, in their transcendent relationship, Aries-devotion stimulates and pulls, keeping the fire alive and moving ever forward while Sagittarius-gnosis lights the way. Aries inspires by his/her eagerness to push onward through any obstacle. Sagittarius echoes Aries' enthusiasm and brings Wisdom to bear to overcome any obstacle. Together, they can leap to the highest heights.
Of course, all of the Aries-Sagittarius dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two people. The Aries-Sagittarius energy will also be modulated by the planets involved, whether in your own chart or someone else’s. The depositorships of Mars and Jupiter may also come into play. Gargatholil
During the recent and on-going Uranus square Pluto
configuration, anyone with Uranus or Pluto aspecting a natal
planet--particularly an inner planet or key point and
particularly by conjunction, square or opposition--may have
experienced some rough waters. Even those who have
done considerable inner work are not immune to the
psychological forces unleashed in synchronicity with this
Uranus-Pluto transit. Even when we intellectually know
that our karmas are destined and that the world is illusion,
under the pressure and stress brought on by these forces,
one may still find oneself asking, "why is this happening to
me?" and "how do I handle this energy that feels like one
body blow after another?"
At these times, we may need to be reminded that events--both mundane and psychological--associated with the Uranus-Pluto energies are generally signals from the unconscious for us to pay attention to areas of our lives/psyches that need to be transformed. [See "The Current Uranus and Pluto Square" at Aries-Gemini in Archives.] A great mystic once said, "Please remember that this world is a furnace through the fires of which the soul is purified." Until we have reached that state, which very few attain, of being permanently and eternally merged with the Divine, we will always have inner work to do.
So, the first task is to decode the signal from the unconscious. If Uranus is the planet most closely aspecting your natal planet, your issue is likely to be one of attachment. Attachment enslaves you to that to which you are attached. The Uranian energy is one of liberation and freedom. Whatever the status quo which the Uranus transit is signaling you to leave, you would not be stuck there if you were not attached to it. And, leaving it would not be painful unless the attachment was deep. You may look to the planet(s) involved, as well as to the house of both the planet aspected and of Uranus for clues to from what it is you need to detach. Look to Pluto for the source of the deep emotional energy that is holding you to your attachment. It is, in large part, because of your deep emotional investment in that to which/to whom you are attached that makes it so difficult for you to become detached from what the Universe/your unconscious is pulling you away. As the unconscious pull to detach becomes stronger and more insistent, the urge and struggle for control over the object of attachment or over the situation that is forcing you to detach is only likely to become stronger if the pull to detach is resisted. As the tension and conflict between these two forces intensifies, so will your emotional pain unless, of course, you find some way to block, deaden or distract yourself from that pain. Meanwhile, the Uranian energy that wants to liberate you from your attachment(s) is only likely to continue to shake your world.
Having identified the issue(s) that Uranus-Pluto symbolizes, the task at hand, then, is to work consciously to free yourself from the attachment(s) that the Universe has determined you must give up. Of course, you may ignore this task, suffer through the remainder of the Uranus-Pluto transit and bear the consequences of remaining stuck in your attachment(s). Better, of course, to address the issues and try to resolve them. This may (or may not) require you to identify the source of your emotional attachment and consciously realize that it is no longer useful or valuable to retain those emotions. Perhaps those emotions are rooted in pain and fear, especially of losing control. Those roots may need to be addressed.
It is also likely that you may need to engage in a conscious process of letting go your attachment. An aid to this letting go may be to focus on the freedom that letting this attachment go will give to you (and, if a person is the object of attachment, to that person, as well). It may also be valuable to realize the appropriateness of you letting go of this attachment at this time. It may be that you need to accept that the person or situation to which you are attached does not need you to be in control. Freeing the object of your attachment may be difficult but, if it is seen as an act of love, you may receive consolation from your own Higher Self that you have made this loving choice.
You may, of course, be conscious of and welcome the change that is coinciding with the Uranus transit but find that there are obstacles that are blocking the change from taking effect or are firmly resisting the Uranian transformation that you desire. These obstacles may be within you in the form of fears (particularly of losing control or of being exposed) or other emotional barriers. They may also be external in the form of powerful people or interests who are trying to preserve the status quo in order to maintain their own power or who are trying to exercise personal control over you. Internal obstacles, of course, are easily identifiable as undealt with forces and complexes within your own subconscious that are holding you back. You generally need to bring these to the surface so that their unreality can be exposed to the light of consciousness.
External obstacles are usually more difficult for people to identify for what they really are--projections of your own subconscious fears and desires. It will generally be necessary for you to identify the inner obstacles that these outer obstacles represent and deal with those energies. You can also realize that no one or no system has power over you unless you allow this. Probably the most frequent way in which someone allows themselves to be controlled by another is that they are attached to that person or system and/or to the rewards (or fear of punishment) associated with the person or system. Freeing yourself of that attachment can go a long way to reducing the power that is held over you. Remember, that even if the power blocking change seems to be directing its controlling energy impersonally, it is your attachment to the results that you wish to happen that is the issue.
Also, keep in mind that it is an internal freedom and change in which you are being called upon to engage. Even after freeing yourself from your attachments connected with the obstacle, the obstacle may still persist in an external form. Reactionary forces will still be operating in the world and that megalomaniac may still be your boss. Even though these obstacles may be projections of your subconscious, the subconscious is more deeply rooted than you can imagine. These forces are likely set in motion by karmas that may have been produced lifetimes ago and they must be gone through. However, you can go through them in bondage or you can go through them freely with their effect just touching you lightly.
Of course, it is always a good thing to be receptive to those flashes of intuition that can come to you from the Higher Mind and from the more elevated levels of your own consciousness. Making Uranus your friend in this way can point you in fruitful directions for turning difficult times into opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. And, don't forget to make Pluto your friend, as well. Do not be afraid to shine the light of awareness into the dark places of your psyche. For, that boogieman in the closet might just turn out to be nothing but a shadow and disappear when the lights are turned on. The forces associated with Pluto generate their own insights, these coming from your source-depths rather than from "above." Be receptive to these insights and uncoverings as well and you may be shown avenues leading toward transformation. Both Pluto and Uranus symbolize transformative energies at their highest manifestations so reach through the darkness and transform!
Part Two - The Plutonian Side
When it is Pluto that is the
strongest aspector to your planets during this time of
Uranus-Pluto square, the issues that you are facing are
likely to be associated, in one way or another, with power
and control. Change, the energy symbolized by Uranus,
is likely to be challenging to your feeling of being in
control, of having power over your life (or over others) or
to your emotional equilibrium (which may be being disrupted
by your fear of losing control, power or your seemingly
in-control life as you formerly knew it). You may feel
that sudden changes in your life have left you powerless or
that things have suddenly and inexplicably spun out of
control. The Uranian challenges you are facing may
even have taken the form of greater avenues of freedom that
have opened up to you--avenues of freedom that, perhaps, you
do not necessarily want or that you may feel ambivalent
toward because along with greater freedom comes the risk of
becoming exposed, of having your old, comfortable situation
ripped away from you or of losing old patterns that allowed
you to control your world (or at least feel that you were in
One dynamic associated with this transit may be that as you are called to greater freedom and detachment (Uranus), your instinct is to cling more tightly to your present (or past, if inevitable change has already occurred) situation, trying desperately to remain in control. Like a swimmer caught by a rip tide, the more you fight change and the forces symbolized by Uranus, the deeper you are likely to be dragged down into Plutonian turmoil. Like the swimmer, the secret to surviving this transit is to let go and surrender to the undertow, having faith that the Ocean of Existence will pop you up safely in calmer waters. This, of course, is apt to be all counter-intuitive and counter-emotional for you and will probably demand a huge leap of faith on your part. It is not easy to surrender to the Plutonian forces in your subconscious for this may mean squarely facing (and freeing yourself from) your shadow content. It may mean letting go of your support systems instead of grabbing onto them. It may mean recognizing that old patterns and attachments are no longer relevant and have turned destructive. Like a thrashing companion swimmer who will only pull you down, these attachments and your attempts to hold onto them will only drown you in a sea of pain and sorrow.
The Uranus-Pluto square may also express itself in a feeling that you can only move toward greater freedom and personal liberation at the cost of the power you have accumulated and through which you "control" your life and your surroundings. This may be an unacceptable trade off for you but Uranus will not relent in its challenge to your Plutonian constructs. Again, your response to these Uranian challenges may very well be to even more fiercely try to exert your power and control. It is likely, though, that levers of power and control that formerly worked well for you are, suddenly, no longer functioning. When this occurs, your emotional response may be one of panic or a feeling of sudden dis-empowerment. You may find yourself being caught up in fear that you are now at the mercy of others and their power agendas, unable any longer to defend and protect yourself. That can send you into a paranoid spiral, resulting in you trusting no one, especially those whom you perceive as wanting to change your world.
The only real solution to the challenge that the Uranian energy is imposing on you may very well be to let go of your impulse to hold on and control and embrace the Uranian freedom that is being offered to you. This is likely to require you to realize certain perennial Truths born of those flashes of insight from the Higher Mind (or, perhaps, you are already well aware of those Truths but need to shift your perspective to be guided by them). Realization implies not only an intellectual acknowledgement but an incorporation of these Truths into your attitude toward your current situation (to which the old adage, “easier said than done” is particularly relevant considering that we are here facing a powerful square). It is also possible that before you can truly integrate the Uranian vision, you must confront your Plutonian depths and allow the sharp Uranian light to shine into those depths to expose and cleanse them—hard Plutonian inner work.
It may be useful to explore the relationship between power and attachment. In a real sense, attachment is about having power over and attempting to control that to which we are attached. For, somewhere in our subconscious, we know that we can never really possess those people, situations or things to which we are attached. Our ego-mind, of course, will always try to protect itself from this knowledge so that we can continue to function in the illusion of a separate existence. Secretly knowing that the objects of our attachment are not really ours, under the illusion of ego, we nevertheless are driven to control and possess them. The compulsion to have power over the objects of attachment is a reaction to our well-grounded subconscious fear that we will ultimately be separated from them. Of course, if we were bathed in the Truth of essential Oneness, we would not have this fear for we would truly realize that there never is any separation.
As with any transit, of course, the manner in which you experience the Uranus-Pluto square will be colored by the planets which are being aspected, their house placements, and the role of Uranus and Pluto in your natal chart.
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