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 […]

By | 2006-12-01T11:50:00+00:00 December 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.

By | 2006-12-01T00:00:00+00:00 December 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 […]

By | 2006-11-27T23:23:00+00:00 November 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).

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

Splitting the Shadow Self

Cynthia made this comment to yesterday’s Michael Richards post:

My Scottish father was inducted into the Freemasons before migrating to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) after WW2. He was totally racist and I was raised that way. As you know, the “white colonials” never won that war. Zimbabwe is now black ruled.
My journey has been through that inherited racist rage, to the point where I realised that the dark (or the black)is within one’s self and as long as it is not dealt with, it will appear as a projection outside of one’s self. Isn’t that how we see ourselves – “as in a glass darkly” ? ie the mirror! Getting rid of it on the outside doesn’t clean up the inside. I mean how can you clean up an image in the mirror? The work has to start inside one’s self first and no one is exempt; we all share the same shadow qualities. With regard to the Masons, and other exclusive cultish sects, the esoteric spirituality that stands behind them must surely be about the transformation of one’s own dark shadow; otherwise they’ve lost the plot.

Racism isn’t limited to the white culture, it exists within the dark-skinned cultures as well: as the caste system in India and as a color-coded hierarchy in African cultures and cultures of African descent. The splitting off of the shadow self into “black” and “white” led also to the development of the devil and hell. The darker side of the psyche is felt to be the source of all evil and is relegated to realms of the unconscious, where it takes on a life of its own and is projected as fear of the very darkness that lives within us. Jung said, The shadow is that […]

By | 2006-11-25T11:43:00+00:00 November 25th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Splitting the Shadow Self