Astrological Musings

A look at the Imum Coeli

Saturn and Pluto are approaching a transit to this point in my chart so I thought it might be a good time to explore some secrets about this rarely discussed point. The Imum Coeli (IC), or Nadir of the chart is the midnight point and the cusp of the fourth house. It lies opposite the Midheaven which usually gets all of the attention, which is somewhat appropriate since the Midheaven (the cusp of the tenth house) is the noon point at which we project ourselves into the public arena. The IC, or Nadir, is the point where we meet the deepest part of ourselves.

The IC is typically described as representing our family history and psychological roots. The ancient Greeks considered the IC to be the home of the underworld and in psychological astrology the IC usually represents the nurturing parent – typically the mother, but not always. Sometimes the IC represents the grandmother if the parents were absent, and the father can also be present there if he was the parent that did the nurturing in the home.

From a transformational perspective, the Imum Coeli is the midnight of the soul. It shows the psychological legacy from our parents and ancestors that submerges in the unconscious until activated, usually by transit of a planet to that point. This is the point at which we enter the underworld of our own internal psyche, turning inward to meet the essence of who we are in this lifetime.

There is a certain amount of karma and destiny inherent in the cardinal points or “angles” (ascendant/descendant, Midheaven/Nadir) and transits to angles are usually life-changing events. The nadir is where we turn inward for […]

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By |2006-12-01T11:50:00-04:00December 1st, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A look at the Imum Coeli

Skywatch for December is posted!

You can read it in its entirety here. I’m glad to announce that December is looking like a cakewalk compared to what we’ve been going through over the past year.

Some highlights:

  • Saturn is within one degree of a trine to Pluto, the closest it will get until this aspect culminates in August of next year. The power of constructive change is tremendous when the Lord of Karma and the Lord of Transformation put their heads together.
  • The Sun squares Uranus on the 2nd, creating some excitement to start off the month. The Full Moon on the 4th contains that energy as Uranus, seeking change, squares both the Sun and Moon while Saturn, the enforcer, squares Mercury that day. This could lead to a buildup of frustration as Uranus instigates restlessness and a call to action which is curtailed by the influence of Saturn and a sense that change is not possible. Integrating Saturn and Uranus isn’t easy but it IS possible: Embrace the new (Uranus) with a solid plan that is grounded in reality (Saturn).
  • Mars, Mercury and Jupiter all form a harmonious aspect (sextile) to Chiron at the beginning of the month. Jupiter provides opportunities for healing, Mars brings the energy and Mercury furnishes the ideas.

For more details, read the full article, or stay tuned in this column for a day-to-day report.

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By |2006-12-01T00:00:00-04:00December 1st, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Skywatch for December is posted!

Who could’ve seen this coming?

Pam Anderson and Kid Rock announced today that they are splitting up. You can read my take on this earthshaking event at the National Ledger site, but there are a few interesting things in her chart that are worth looking at in more depth.

Pamela Anderson seems to have a lot of trouble making decisions. During her marriage to rocker Tommy Lee she twice filed for divorce and twice returned to the marriage before their final separation. She had breast implants put in, removed them, and then had a new pair implanted. She was engaged to Kid Rock in 2002, broke up with him the following year and then this summer married him less than two weeks after announcing her decision on her blog. Rumors that the marriage was motivated by pregnancy were confirmed when Pam miscarried earlier this month.

She has Mars in Libra, which can be difficult for decision making as the drive to take action (Mars) becomes stumped by the need to be all things to all people (Libra). But this Mars is part of a T-square that includes her Mercury in Cancer square to her Moon which is opposite Mars. It appears to me that she is likely in a constant state of agitation from which she seeks relief. Her Moon is in Aries which impels her towards continuous action and keeps her from the kind of thorough self-examination that would facilitate personal evolution. In addition, she has Saturn square her Cancer Sun, weakening her sense of self-esteem, and Venus in square to Neptune which can cause delusion (Neptune) in one’s relationships (Venus).

Transiting Saturn is currently passing over this Venus and setting off that square, forcing her to acknowledge […]

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By |2006-11-27T23:23:00-04:00November 27th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Who could’ve seen this coming?

More on Michael Richards

Jeffrey has a great take on the racist rant spewed by Michael Richards last week as an eruption of the dark underbelly of the national psyche into the public consciousness:

I’m inclined to believe he is being as honest as his self-awareness allows. In the U.S., we grow up learning some pretty hateful messages about people different from ourselves … it’s almost unavoidable. If you grow up in a racist culture, prejudice insinuates itself into your psyche. You can do “personal work” — as Richards says he will do — but there’s always a part of our culture inside of us.

Richards’ explosion occurred when Jupiter, the planet of expansion, was in the last degree of Scorpio. Any time a planet is in the last degree of a sign, something significant happens related to the flavor of that sign. In this case, Jupiter made a big splash in Scorpio’s domain, which is about rooting out the darkness in the depths of our psyches.

We don’t need to study Richards’ natal chart (although a tight Uranus-Mars conjunction obviously relates to impulsivity). Instead we can see this incident as an event in the greater cultural landscape — Richards just happens to have been “chosen” to play out this drama. . . .

This incident is actually an appropriate expression of the recent New Moon in Scorpio squared by Saturn in Leo — a negative experience (Saturn) performing on-stage (Leo) which leads to a large display (Jupiter) of the hidden, dark and ugly aspects of one’s psyche (Scorpio).

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By |2006-11-27T11:32:00-04:00November 27th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on More on Michael Richards

A lovely description of astrology

I wish I knew who wrote this, it’s unattributed in this article.

Astrology is one vehicle for the stream of living wisdom which alone can heal the results of the dualistic and rationalistic preoccupations: mankind in disjunction from his deeper self, the natural environment and life as a whole, Alienation, in a word.

Today much grassroots astrological work is psychological in orientation, although the knowledge of life and human nature embedded in astrological motifs predates psychology as we know it, by thousands of years.

Unlike reductive psychology, however, the astrological view of the individual psyche does not pathologize the quirks of human nature, but seeks to examine how particular energies are manifesting in a given individual life, also exploring possible alternatives to distorted or troublesome expressions.

Additionally, astrology sees individuals not only as unique in themselves, but also as reflections of the larger whole in which they live, being simultaneously embedded within it, relating to it and co-responsible for its creation. Indeed, our very bodies contain elements which also comprise the substance of the stars.

The planets symbolize spiritual energies that form the subtle fabric from which the visible universe is woven. Their expression is found within human life, in the individual psyche, at the core of which is the unknowable mystery of Being.

The movements of the planets are like the ripples and the astrologer interprets these never repeating patterns through knowledge of astrology’s symbolic language; this information is in turn applied to the situation at hand.

At birth we surface into the pool of our individual life; our horoscope represents that moment, our portion of the universe, the centre of a web whose pattern represents the energies which will seek expression through us. In this way, […]

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By |2006-11-26T19:19:00-04:00November 26th, 2006|Astrology|Comments Off on A lovely description of astrology
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