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The Twelve Temples


Liz Greene is quite possibly my favorite astrology writer of all time, and yesterday I dug out her book The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope, which is actually a transcription of a seminar on the subject. In it she briefly touches on the work of the Roman writer Manilius, who in his work the Astronomica refers to the astrological houses as “templums.”

In the horoscope, which is a map of the sky at a particular time from the perspective of earth, the space above and below the earth is ringed with the symbolic zodiac system and then divided into four quadrants. Each of the four quadrants is divided into three sections, and we call the twelve resulting pie-shaped sections “houses.” Each “house” is associated with a sphere of existence. Liz Greene describes the houses as being like empty stages before a play, each of which is already set with its “decor, furniture and objects according to the domain which the house rules and the sign on the cusp of the house.”

The use of the word “templum” to describe the houses is a fascinating one. Greene writes that the templum, or temple, was any empty building or space used for sacred purposes, and until the cult statue of the god was placed in the temple, the space had no real purpose. Writer quotes an earlier work by linguist Zacharie Mayani describing a ceremony dividing a templum into twelve sections:

Two priests are seen marking out the bounds of a holy area consisting of a square in which two medians were marked, one running from north to south and the other from east to west. The quarters of the square are also […]

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By |2006-07-10T10:31:00-04:00July 10th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Twelve Temples

Current planetary events and the Capricorn full moon

On July 10 Mercury retrogrades from Leo back into the more watery sign of Cancer, and communication issues will be focused more on family and those around the home. Home equipment and media may break down and family issues that we thought were resolved will erupt again for renewed consultation. Mercury will remain in Cancer for the remainder of the month.

The Full Moon in Capricorn occurs July 11. Capricorn is the sign of responsibility, of structure, of commitment. The Full Moon illuminates our deepest desires and evokes a sense of power that comes from integrating fully within. In Capricorn, we gain the power to manifest those desires into form. The Capricorn Full Moon is the time to set goals, to make plans and commitments. After the intensity of June’s events and the lack of earth of early July, this Full Moon will help ground us. Still, patience will be required as the wheels turn slowly during this heavy retrograde period.

Around the 12th or so of July, Mars will move into position to form a trine (harmonious aspect) to Pluto on July 14. Mars represents our will and desires, and Pluto as the will of the higher self. Together they form a powerful duo that can assist us in manifesting our dreams and desires. Venus in Gemini is opposite Pluto at this same time, and Pluto may intensify our emotions and brings out the darker emotions such as jealousy and envy. However, the sextile dance between Mars and Venus helps to create an environment that is friendly and sympathetic.

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By |2006-07-09T21:57:00-04:00July 9th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Current planetary events and the Capricorn full moon

The Jupiter/Chiron dance

While I was struggling yesterday with issues of Mercury retrograde in the business world, I missed the fact that Jupiter changed direction and is now traveling direct (or forward). Jupiter in transit represents expansion and opportunities, and during this heavy retrograde period (five planets including Chiron are still in retrograde motion) the return of Jupiter will create additional opportunities resulting from the retrograde period.

Remember retrogrades are for re-establishing our goals, re-visiting friends we haven’t seen for a long time, re-novating our lives. When Jupiter is retrograde we often miss the opportunities it brings because we are too busy looking backwards. With Jupiter direct again, it will be easier for us to pay attention and open our eyes to the possibilities that are available to us. All too often when we are in distress we focus so completely on the problem at hand that we fail to notice the doorway to resolution that is presented to us. All it takes is a slight turn of direction on our part, and our life will open up to new possibilities.

Jupiter is exactly square (in conflict with) Chiron right now, opening up (Jupiter) old wounds (Chiron) and forcing (because it’s a square, it doesn’t come easily) us to deepen our understanding and expand our world view. However, with five planets retrograde, our attention on a global scale is still primarily looking backwards. Hence in the news we see announcements from Al Qaeda on the anniversary of the London bombings. Elections in Mexico were evenly split, meaning an endless battle over recounts and preventing that nation from being able to move forward.

In our personal lives, we have the opportunity now with the Jupiter/Chiron dance to […]

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By |2006-07-07T10:39:00-04:00July 7th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Jupiter/Chiron dance

Johnny Depp: Famous on his own terms

After many years of resisting commercial exploitation, Johnny Depp has become a major bankable star with the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Beginning with his breakout role in Twenty-One Jump Street, Johnny Depp has fought the Hollywood machine even though it meant foregoing roles that would bring him great commercial success. Instead he focused on smaller character roles where he could practice the art of acting, aligning himself with quirky geniuses such as Tim Burton and John Waters. After a lifetime of what he calls “hillbilly rage,” he has mellowed into a mature actor with a grown-up life that includes family life with his children and long-term partner Vanessa Paradis.

Depp’s astrological chart shows that he was born with the Sun in Gemini. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, and is the sign of the trickster, the prankster, the messenger. Typically very communicative and verbal, Geminis (or those born with Mercury prominent in their chart) can be mercurial and adept at mimicry, able to slip in and out of roles easily. Leo, the sign of rulership, is rising in his chart, showing someone with a natural confidence and desire to be recognized and appreciated.

Uranus, the planet of individuality and rebellion, conjuncts Mars (the aggressive instinct) in Depp’s first house of identity and personality, a strong combination that tends to show reckless and rebellious behavior. Uranus in the first house often shows someone who is perceived as being “odd” or “strange,” and this is certainly true of Johnny Depp. He seems most comfortable playing characters whose weirdness protects them from hurt and emotional pain (remember […]

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By |2006-07-06T10:18:00-04:00July 6th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Johnny Depp: Famous on his own terms

Success of the shuttle launch despite Mercury Rx

There was a big hubbub in the astrology blogosphere over the past few days as NASA prepared to launch the Discovery during the days before a Mercury retrograde period, called the “stationary retrograde” period because the motion of the planet slows down to a standstill before turning. “Bad time for a launch,” we all muttered, “NASA needs an astrologer.” When the launch went off smoothly, I did some research and found that during the launch of the Discovery last July 26, when problems caused NASA to postpone further launches, sure enough Mercury was retrograde.

This example shows the way retrograde Mercury works, and why with all of astrology it’s important to view the larger context. Events that are disrupted during one Mercury retrograde period are completed during another retrograde period. The retrograde periods are great times for going back over something that needs more work. For redesigning your website, reviewing your goals and plans. We may find them frustrating, but they are essential to balance periods of growth and change. They help to deepen our understanding, and give us a greater sense of depth and balance.

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By |2006-07-05T10:35:00-04:00July 5th, 2006|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Success of the shuttle launch despite Mercury Rx
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