To feel the life in a birth chart requires first of all of course
getting to know the parts, but in order to feel the whole after
you've learned the spectrum of the parts, you then step back and
feel the dance of the whole. It's like going to a room, a party, and
you walk into the room and the food is arranged in various ways,
the decorations, the people. You walk around in the room and you
get to know where things are, and you get to know the various
party goers. Then you step on to the podium to talk to the
group, so to speak. You have much more of a feel for the whole
group, why they're there, what they as a group bring to the party.
So we heartily encourage astrologers to do this process. To try to
grasp the whole without first embracing the parts may not be as
fruitful, although it has its value, as to get to know the parts and
then to step back and feel their relationships and feel the whole
that comes from those interactions.
The regions of Top, Bottom, Left, Right are very major in
their effect on the portrayal and expression of the planets
involved. It doesn't matter that this class member only has one
water in their chart, it's in the first house. That makes it paramount
in some very fundamental ways, in terms of the fabric of the Self.
The planets in the Twelfth and First have a tremendous influence
on the fabric of the Self itself--the expression of Self, the energetics
of Self, the inhabiting of Self by embodying of Self.
The Seventh House and Sixth talk about how you plug into
others. With Capricorn Moon, you plug into others with great
groundedness and great rigor. With H's Jupiter in Pisces (it is
always important to take the planet, not just the sign), he plugs in
often as what he feels to be the compassionate hero--almost the
need to be that. But in a certain way it's different from Self. It's
very important to look at Twelfth and First for Self, and the
plugging-in to others mechanisms of Sixth and Seventh.
In the bottom of the chart, it's how you explore your
depths, so introspection and self-work come into the bottom two
houses--Three and Four. We want to say that the Top of the Chart
is how you meet the world. You may say how is that different
from the First and the Seventh? It is how you meet life as a whole.
This class member is much more immersed in life as a whole,
because of her Pisces. H has an intermittent relationship with
life as a whole with his Gemini. It's almost like this class members'
participation in life as a whole is determined by those two Houses
and the energies of the Cusp. So it is a connection again. They are
all connections: connections to others, one-to-one; connections to
the world as a whole; connections to one's wound and self at the
Bottom; and self expression in the First and Twelfth. This is an
important piece. We've given you the pieces--the initial discussion
C: I'm surprised that the Twelfth is about embodiment.
A: It's because the House above and below each of the axes
count: Ninth and Tenth; Sixth and Seventh; Third and Fourth;
Twelfth and First. It is natural for this class member to express
enthusiasm about ideas. That is the Twelfth, as it is for her to
express love which is in some ways the Uranus in Cancer in the
First. The Twelfth represents what a person expresses that they
often don't realize they express. The First represents what a
person expresses with more intention and more consciousness. For P
with Sun in Aquarius in the 12th, she expresses without realizing how
much she expresses it, are her reflections, the things she reflects
upon. We think "reflecting" is a very good word for Aquarius,
abstract reflection. She doesn't see how much she does that. The
soul's journey does become more conscious of the Twelfth house
expression. The Twelfth House got a bad rap because as someone
remains unconscious there, then the way they express themselves
in the Twelfth is untempered. For instance, H's autocracy, with
Pluto in Leo in the Twelfth, but he has become more conscious of
it--not totally but more so.
Humans need to become more conscious of the Twelfth. It's
not the same kind of effort as it is in the First, meaning the First
doesn't have the effort that the Twelfth has, to bring things to light.
So for instance, you might say that the unconscious self-work,
initially, and movement inside is the Fourth, whereas the more
conscious movement inside is Third. The more conscious
interaction with a partner, the more conscious connection with a
partner is the Seventh. The more habitual interaction is the Sixth,
and habits are unconscious. The habits that drive the other person
crazy are often in the Sixth House--habitual connections. With
H's Leo Rising (Aquarius on the Descendent), his habitual thing
would be micromanaging people, and with Aquarius there,
distancing. This class member with her Sagittarius and Scorpio on
the Descendent, her habits with the Sagittarius might be habitual
enthusiasm even when others don't necessarily want to hear it,
meaning sharing ideas or enthusiasm. (C: I don't do that much.)
Right, and for both the Sixth and Twelfth which are Houses of
enemies among other things, the more conscious someone is, the
less it happens. But when this class member was a child, she
shared enthusiasms and was slapped down for it. This is a very
habitual intrinsic aspect of her nature and it was beaten down.
And we think shutting down is the Scorpio side. There are times
where she habitually shuts down and also the self-attacking in
relationship to others would be Scorpio to some degree. So
because it is in relationship to others--it is the introjecting of their
energies, that is the Scorpio in the Sixth--where This class member
took their energies in, and their criticisms in and their rejections
This class member has Gemini Rising, Pisces at the Top (so
Aquarius in the Ninth) and Pisces and Aries in the Tenth (Pisces
beginning the Tenth, Aries ending the Tenth). How does this class
member connect to the world? With the Piscean aspect this class
member sometimes has tremendous love and compassion for the
world, and sometimes feels that the world is way too intense.
Juliette says with Aquarius in the Ninth this class member sees the
way the world should be and so her idealistic connection to the
world is partially from that too. She says the activist within this
class member is the Aries at the end of the Tenth.
Q: Significance of Cusps?
There are three Signs that impinge on all four areas we are
talking about: the sign beginning the Twelfth, the sign beginning
the First, the sign beginning the Second; the sign beginning the
Ninth, the Tenth and Eleventh; the Sign beginning the Sixth,
Seventh and Eight; the sign beginning the Third; Fourth and Fifth.
That covers all the Signs. This is the meaning of what you might
call Quadrants in a way. They are different Quadrants than your
Astrology normally uses, but nevertheless they are a kind of
quadrant. So even though it looks like there are only two Houses
in each axis, it's the Cusps of three Houses that count. So the
Cusps of all the Houses are included here. That is part of the
holistic wisdom of what we are sharing today. You can play with
this in lots and lots of ways. There's a lot of depth to this.
Connection to the world. Are they We Signs, I Signs, or Them
Signs. In expression of Self. Are they more extroverted than
introverted; more introverted than extroverted?
So let's take H's Bottom for a moment. His Bottom has
Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius. This is why for instance some of his
self-work is interactive. Even though he may go off by himself
which is a Scorpio thing to do to feel through things, nevertheless
his work with others, that is one-to-one, is very healing and
powerful because of the We Signs. A lot of it is conceptual
because if you think of Libra and Sagittarius--it's learning
conceptually and not simply doing processing. The core, the
center, may be the core in all four axis. This class member''s core
approach to the world is compassionate as her Tenth House Cusp.
Q: How else can you describe the core?
We can show it visually, as the frontrunner versus two
supporting actors on either side--like a triangle. So the frontrunner
is the Center Cusp. The Center Cusp of H's self-work is private,
emotional--Scorpio. The supporting actors are intellectual seekers--
Libra and Sagittarius. This class member's core approach to the
world is Pisces. The supporting actors are the activist (Aries) and
the idealist (Aquarius). The core approach to relationship for this
class member with Sagittarius on the Cusp is a passionate opening
of the heart to others, a passionate seeking to share and heal and
inspire and make laugh and pour her fire towards them.
Supporting that are the Capricorn rigor and the Scorpio depth.
H's core in relationship with the Aquarius is witnessing
people. Witness as well as reflection is Aquarius. So bearing
witness to others is a natural state which is why his neurotic
compulsions to perform interfered with what really worked. By not
having to perform, by not having to speak all the time he can
listen, reflect, witness more. The witnessing is tremendously
healing, so he is a clear witness. This is supported by empathy
(Pisces), and again the rigor (Capricorn). His relationship with the
world: the top of the chart is Taurus, supported by Aries and
Gemini. This means his approach to the world is slow, and is in a
certain way deliberate. There is a deliberacy to Taurus. Taurus
takes its time. Taurus is cautious. It is supported by an Aries true
search for adventure and to change the world. Notice that Aries
on his Ninth is different than this class member's Eleventh. The
Aries on this class member's Eleventh makes her a social activist.
On H's Ninth makes him more an adventurer. That is significant
too: which Cusp. His Gemini is fascinated by the world, fascinated
by the diversity. The two supporters help him get out. But if he
had not had Taurus at the top he would have gotten out a lot
more. Taurus has inertia, you might say; it takes time to get it
This class member's Tweflth/ First/Second. Taurus, Gemini,
and Cancer. Front runner again is Gemini. This class member
expresses herself with words. She shares ideas, words, perspectives,
insights but they are supported by the Twelfth (Taurus) which is
the solidness, steadiness, groundedness, presence and by the
Cancer which is the mothering. It's almost like foreground and
background. H's forerunner is Leo. So it's Here I am. Here's
what I want to share with you. And it's supported by Cancer, I also
want to nurture you and make sure I'm expressing feelings. The
Virgo is again rigor. Let's make sure something is getting
accomplished here. We could say in general that Capricorn and
Virgo are more rigorous. In fact one of the reasons that H
approaches the world with even the Taurus at the Top is that the
world is a place to run errands, purchase things (Taurus Second
House). Aquire things: the world is a place to shop. That brings
him out of his shell a bit. The whole Taurus Second House
archetype of acquisition as the reason for there being a world out
there. Whereas for this class member with Pisces out there, it's the
love, it's the people, it's the nature.
The Bottom of this class member's chart is Virgo. So
discernment and the rigorous purification of Self. These are
primary urges for this class member. Her self-work is a Virgoan
approach. It does have discernment, and it is supported by the
realization of the need for self-nurturing. Leo provides
determination in some way. It provides a kind of I'm going to do
this until it's done, steadfastness. That fire, that fixity. All the air
signs provide a reflection to some degree, and so there's a
reflection on the process. There's also putting what's learned (it's
like this class member is building an intellectual framework with
that.) In fact our thing about what's missing is very good. In all the
axis, one element is missing. It has to be if there are only three
signs. So the bottom of this class member's chart is missing water.
So the shadow one, the one most important and last to fully
incorporate is the self-nurturing. For H, the shadow one is
grounding. It's like all the work on all different levels, but what
about his body, what about grounding, what about really seeing
what it takes to get his vessel intact. It's very important. Look at
the Top of the Chart is exactly what is missing from the self-work
and needs to be incorporated. It's what you give away to others.
H provides grounding for others or the world. This class
member provides compassion for the world, but not for herself as
much. You bring the top into the bottom, fold the chart in half.
P has Pisces Rising so she's got Gemini at the Bottom which
means she has Sagittarius missing, which means having the faith,
having deep abiding passionate optimistic faith is what has to be
incorporated. That's her antidote. A has Libra Rising, so she like
this class member has the self-nurturing missing because the Earth
is at the Bottom.
H needs a partner he can reflect with and who can
reflect him (Aquarius), but he does need to bring the missing
element again, the passion and the expression. Does H not in
his connection in relationship not disclose enough (Leo)--the
having the trust in the other person that he can say whatever he
needs to say. Do you see the opposites going again? With his
expression he needs detachment (Aquarius) about his expression.
Each needs the opposite. This class member is not as much an
issue because she has a planet that rules Sagittarius on the
Ascendant. Otherwise we would have said that she needs to bring
faith into her expression, but the planet Jupiter balances that a bit.
In relationship This class member tends not to be claustrophobic
enough. In other words, Gemini sometimes represents
claustrophobia, meaning the need for space, the need to take one's
own space and time, and the freedom to come and go as you
please is what needs to be added to relationship.
We are showing you a whole other approach to the four
axis and their dance with each other that we think that will be
useful. Each side misses an element and a sign, and the
incorporation of that completes it. (C: And you can find it by
folding the chart in half.)
More on the Bottom of the Chart
It is also important to understand that what is missing from
the household is the bottom of the chart. What was missing from
this class member's household was love. What was missing from
H's household was groundedness. What was missing from
P's household was faith, that kind of exuberant joy. Is that not
also an interesting way to look at the element absent from the
bottom of the chart? So when H said he always knew he was
loved, he was accurate, but would tomorrow happen? He was not
sure. There wasn't the ground. There was no one solid in his home.
In J's case, with Virgo Rising and Gemini at the top, in her family
there was no perspective, and there was no escape.
The bottom of the chart also represents what kind of
burdens an individual has to carry for their family. So J with her
Sagittarius had to carry the burden of being the only one who had
faith. This class member had to carry the burden of being the only
one who was impeccable, the only one who truly was rigorous.
H had to be the emotional container with his Scorpio at the
bottom because the emotions were so uncontained; no wonder he
contained his own. P was the only one with perspective in
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