Depth Astrology





This is the sixth 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, . 


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-Virgo 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 1/4 years from now, Insha’Allah, these articles will immediately be published as an e-book for sale.



With Aries-Virgo, we have the combination of Fire and Earth, Cardinal and Mutable.  The character of the interaction between these two signs (and containers present in the two signs) is the natural quincunx, or inconjunct, aspect that exists between the two signs.  Out-of-sign trines and oppositions are also possible between containers in these signs with planets in very early or late Aries. 

Interpreting the Aries-Virgo combination may also shed some light on a number of related symbol sets.  These include Aries in the sixth house, Virgo in the first house, Mars in the sixth house, Mars in Virgo, 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.

The quincunx suggests an innate disconnect between the two signs.  In its mutable state, Earth is not in conflict with Fire; rather it is disassociated from that element.  The two energies co-exist but without much interaction.  There is also the suggestion of a disconnect between the mental/communicative function (Mercury’s rulership of Virgo) and the desire/action function (Mars’ rulership of Aries).


There is likely to be a feeling expressed by/through the Aries and Virgo containers that they really do not have very much in common.  This lack of commonality, however, while suggesting that there is no great attraction pulling the two containers toward each other, would seem to allow Aries and Virgo to lead parallel lives, mutually interested in their differences  and content to allow each other the freedom to pursue their own interests and goals. 

However, inherent in the quincunx is the “critical dynamic”—the propensity for the two disassociated energies/containers to be forced to interact, integrate and/or learn lessons from each other in the face of some crisis.  Acting, or interacting, the crisis is resolved and you progress to a higher level of development.  Failing to meet the challenge of the critical dynamic, the crisis remains unresolved, not infrequently with disastrous consequences, and the critical situation is bound to reoccur, in one form or another, to be repeated until you get it right.   

Thus, it is likely that the disassociation and lack of engagement between Aries and Virgo will not last.  Rather, it may be the case that their relationship is punctuated by crisis situations that demand a rising to the challenge and entering a new developmental phase.  Aries and Virgo, therefore, can be seen to exist in a potentially mutually instructive and change-inducing relationship. 

For Aries, the nature of this relationship, in its crisis mode, is likely to be a focus on self-improvement and self-refinement.  The Aries-Virgo relationship expresses the sixth house wing of the quincunx, which is associated with seeking perfection and self-refinement.  In the Aries-Virgo relationship, Aries is likely to have reached a developmental stage where continuing at your present level of development would be self-indulgent.  Self-refinement and moving toward a more perfect expression of essential Aries qualities is called for. 


Aries’ innocence is likely to have lingered in a state of unsustainable naiveté, even possibly a fabricated naiveté through which you choose to deny evident realities and avoid your responsibilities.  Your eagerness to explore and develop your self-identity may have become narcissistic and inconsiderate.  Your drive to act may have become too assertive and blind to the needs and rights of others.  In short, it may be time to look at your imperfections and recognize those Aries qualities that are now an expression of immaturity and move on to the next level of taking self-responsibility.   


The route to this next developmental level is through recognizing that you need to integrate and incorporate qualities inherent in Virgo.  If you are in a relationship with someone with strong Virgo planets, this may involve accepting his/her influence or guidance, or the lessons to be learned may take place indirectly through the interaction between you.  These lessons are likely to involve more self-analysis, introspection and humility.  You are likely to need to learn that you cannot always place “I” first.  You may find that you may need to shape the rough edges off your personality to be more considerate and accommodating of others.  Another common lesson suggested by the Aries-Virgo interaction is that you need to think before you act. 

When a crisis develops, it is likely to arise because of your immature Aries behavior.  Persisting in this behavior, rather than learning the necessary Virgoan lessons, is likely to have unfortunate consequences.  In your egotism and naiveté, you may remain oblivious to these consequences but they will exist nonetheless.  You may also react to the Virgo container’s call that you pay more attention to detail, be more cautious and deliberate in your actions, or act in a more polished and humble manner, possibly subordinating your ego and accepting a subservient role. 

The consequences of your failure to adopt the Virgoan graces may be increasing social isolation (the negative logical conclusion to Aries self-centeredness).  The consequences of your failure to implement Virgoan discrimination are likely to be increasingly severe accidents, blunders and failures.  If, on the other hand, you are able to learn your Virgoan lessons and successfully integrate these Virgoan qualities, you would enter a more mature phase of the development of your Aries potential.  You are likely to be stronger and wiser, more considerate of others and more thoughtful in your actions.

The Virgo-Aries relationship, on the other hand, is suggestive of the eighth house wing of the quincunx, which is associated with transformation through purification.  The Virgo-Aries combination suggests that the Virgo energy has crystallized into a stale routine and/or that the Virgoan analytical energy has gotten too removed from the world of action.  For the Virgo container, the critical situation may demand greater spontaneity, a less critical attitude, or the willingness to reach an analytical conclusion and act on it.  There is apt to be an element of purging what has become counterproductive and is holding you back from further self-development.  You may find that you need to break free of what have become old and tired patterns in order to undergo the transformation that will bring you to the next level.  Finding your spontaneity, your innocence, your lost self-identity and that sense of wonder and newness may be what is needed to make this breakthrough. 

The Virgo-Aries critical situation may be triggered by a call to action that you cannot ignore or by the demand coming from your Aries container to get out of your rut and free your inner child.  Or, it may be triggered by your excessive reaction to the carefreeness, impulsiveness, assertiveness or self-abandon of your Aries container.  It may also be triggered when your Aries container can no more stand your Virgoan pettiness, criticism, over-analyzing, and stuffiness.  As with the Aries-Virgo critical dynamic, if you rise to the occasion and integrate these Aries qualities, activating them within a Virgo context, you can resolve the crisis. 

However, if you fail to integrate the Aries energy and act to resolve the crisis, you will only have to face it again at some other time, in some other way.  The consequences of such failure can be increasing isolation (through withdrawal from the world of action) and bitterness.  Rather than grow in selfhood, you may simply grow old (in attitude as well as in body).  As you become more and more the observer and more and more critical, you are in danger of succumbing to arrogance and self-righteousness as you see the faults of everyone else and view only yourself as pure 

The transcendent dimension of the Aries-Virgo relationship lies in resolving the critical situation in such a way that you move closer and closer to perfecting your devotion.   The essence of devotion is action undertaken purely in service to the Beloved.  Real devotion is not an emotion (although it may be accompanied by the most refined emotion) but action.  Movement toward the Beloved does not happen without will (the perfection of desire) and action on the part of the disciple.  Such action must be pure and, thus, selfless.  The only desire left would be the desire to please the Beloved through service to Him/Her.   Perfect devotion is the culmination of the integration of Aries and Virgo at their highest levels of expression.   


Service and humility, combined with right-desire and right-action, are the essential ingredients if the critical dynamic of the inherent Aries-Virgo quincunx is to be resolved in a positive manner.  Without these ingredients, the risk of failure in the critical situation is high.  Aries and Virgo would then continue to be disconnected and pursuing their separate ways.  Aries, driven by ego, cannot subordinate its own desires and willfulness in order to accept the instruction of Virgo’s perfecting energy or adopt the discrimination and discipline needed to adhere to the path of right-action.  Virgo, arrogantly self-absorbed in his/her analytical world, playing the role of the critic, or simply blindly stuck in his/her routine, does not perceive the need to act, to break out of his/her own little world, or to impact the world by using his/her talents in the service of others.


Resolving the critical situation and achieving mutual integration will generally require that each party places themselves at risk and expose his/her vulnerabilities.  Often, courageous action is required, tempered or guided by keen discrimination.  Each party must be willing to subordinate his/her own interests and propensities.  If the risk is taken and if the parties act skillfully and appropriately, the critical situation may be resolved and the Aries-Virgo energies integrated and advanced to the next developmental level. 


Of course, all of the Aries-Virgo dynamics can play out internally, as well as between two people.  The Aries-Virgo 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


Uranus in Aries

The current Uranus-Pluto square will continue into 2015 and the repercusions of the psychic events associated with the square may be felt by some for much longer.  Although Uranus is transiting in Aries for most of us (the very young and very old with Uranus in Aries excepted), it may be useful to explore how the Uranus and Aries energies interact by looking at the interpretaton of Uranus in Aries in the natal chart.  Below, is the excerpt from volume 2 of Depth Astrology: An Astrological Handbook, Planets in Signs, describing Uranus in Aries.  Of course, this interpretaton for the natal chart will need to be extrapolated to be applied to Uranus transiting in Aries.  

Uranus in Aries                          Independent Will/Assertive Change

Uranus is in Aries for the generation born between 1927 and 1934.  The placement occurs again for those born from 2011 through early 2019.  This combination brings to the fore the qualities of individualism and assertiveness among those born in this cohort.  If you were born within this time period, you are likely to view change as coming about through individual efforts and the pursuit of self-interest.  As teens and young adults, the lives of this generation were changed by war (WW II, Korea, the Cold War), as is appropriate given Uranus’ placement in the sign ruled by Mars, the god of war.

As adults, members of your generation established themselves in the aggressive economic environment of the 1950s and early 1960s, again reflecting typical Aries traits expressed in a changing environment.  At mid-life in the late 1960s and early 1970s the individualistic values and achievements shared by your generation were challenged by countercultural rebellion and economic crisis.  As your generation retired in the 1990s, they began to experience the results of their individualist-based behavior and of the changes in which they participated during their careers.  The latter include the sweeping technological changes, which had their seeds in military development.  The former includes the prospect of a failing social support system leaving members of this generation to increasingly rely on their own resources during their old age.

Qualities on Positive-Negative Continuum

Uranus’s placement in Aries suggests that there are certain personality characteristics and qualities which are commonly shared by those members of your generation who are sensitive to the Uranian vibration, particularly if Uranus aspects another planet or is prominently placed.  Typical Uranus-Aries qualities are listed below, with positive qualities listed first and their more negative, or dysfunctional, counterparts listed afterward.  These qualities are divided into four categories, corresponding to major Uranus-symbolized functions: individuation/rebellion (the positive and negative poles, respectively, of the self’s struggle to define itself against the collective consciousness), attitude toward change, will and the higher mind, and issues of freedom.

: The individuation process will tend to be personal and focused on self-definition - Those driven to rebellion may adopt behavior that is extremely aggressive and selfish, or they may seek to negate the self, often adopting a philosophy of nihilism.

            Attitude toward Change: Change is seen by you as an individual responsibility; change may be viewed as an opportunity for personal growth; you welcome
            change as an experience that is fresh and spontaneous - Change is seen by you as threatening, particularly to the integrity of your ego; you react aggressively to
            change; resistance to change strengthens your ego

Will and Higher Mind: You may be receptive to intuitive flashes and to clear and direct revelation; you are capable of great courage by trusting in your higher Will - You are egoistically willful; you aggressively assert your ego-will

Freedom: Your concept of freedom is tied to the ideal of individualism; your focus is on self-transformation in a quest for spiritual freedom through which you may attain complete self-mastery - Your quest for freedom through individualism manifests as laissez faire or libertarian inspired behavior that rationalizes a wanton selfishness

Transcendent Potential

Uranus actualizes the transcendent potential of Aries when the transformative energy associated with Uranus originates from a pull to discover your true selfhood.  This transformation may come to you through a revelation that is spontaneous and direct.  New insights into the concept of Self and into the individual’s place in the Cosmos are then perceived.  You are still likely to retain a strong sense of autonomy, freedom and self-consciousness as you engage in the process of change, individuation and transformation.  Ultimately, however, your very sense of selfhood is changed forever by the magnitude of the Vision that you behold.


If you are insecure about your identity and your place in the world, you will tend to feel that change is directed against you, personally.  When the insecurities inherent in Uranus in Aries are manifest, change is generally unwanted and is seen as a threat to the integrity of your ego and individuality. Because change happens constantly, you see the world as basically hostile and threatening.  In your ego’s anxiety to protect itself against this hostile, changing world, you take the position that you must “grab what you can” and “take care of number one, because nobody’s going to do it for you.”  While your persona may project an aura of force and even agility, your actions and attitudes are really motivated by your fear of change and the insecurities that this fear brings to the fore.  -- Gargatholil

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