Canes Atroces OR Astrology of Reservoir Dogs

I have recently purchased John Frawley’s “Horary Astrology Textbook” and I was having a blast while reading it. From the first pages I liked his style and no-nonsense attitude. This article is not a book review but I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone studying astrology.

The textbook is often quoted on forums in threads about horary  readings, but my favorite quote from ALL of Frawley’s works is not about methodology of chart interpretation. If you open this textbook on page 65 (the part about “Moon void of course”) you will read the following: ”It is rumored that Quentin Tarantino was inspired to make Reservoir Dogs by the sight of astrologers discussing the meaning of void of course.” OK, I really need a ROFL emoji here!

It is true, discussions on this topic can get brutal, but I am just glad some astrologer  out there (I suspect it was Frawley himself) decided to start this rumor , thus combining two of the things I enjoy greatly – astrology and Quentin’s breakthrough masterpiece.

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An article idea didn’t take long to pop into my head. There are numerous articles on various film and book characters’ Zodiac signs out there but even though I haven’t done an extensive search, something tells me the Dogs weren’t written much about. In fact googling for “reservoir dogs zodiac signs” produces only one relevant link to a page with character’s GIFs, names and signs (2 signs per person) and no explanations for the choice. I feel like the task was to *randomly* divide the 12 signs equally between the six “Misters” so that no Zodiac sign feels left out. It gives an impression that someone hasn’t even watched the movie, because if they did, it went over their head. Joe and Nice Guy Eddie are left out, instead the Dogs are the nominal six guys in suits.  I mean, OK, Mr. Brown is somewhat identifiable as Gemini with his stream of verbal diarrhea  – and Gemini was not the choice of that… uhm… article. What’s more, even Mr. Blue gets described with a Zodiac archetype – an the guy only has four lines and and 2 minutes of screen time!

In any case, I think it is time someone had not only posted about it, but actually gave it some thought. My first impulse after I decided to write the entry in my blog was to re-watch the film for the God-knows-which-th time, since it’s been a while, but then I thought it would be better to go on what’s left in my memory about the characters. After all, it would be the brightest features and the qualities that showed most that will help to define them.

For any astrology-savvy people, I need to make a disclaimer – this is just the Zodiac archetypes, the basic energy each one is embodying. So please save your arguments about ascendants, Sun and Moon signs, aspects and houses for some other article. Unlike Dexter (read article here), whose life story is described in detail, these guys’ lives are shown only in connection with the robbery, so I am not attempting a full delineation for each one.

Let me start with the Dog whose sign was the easiest one to tell:

Mr. Pink – Virgo

“Keep calm and act like a professional” should be on this guy’s coffee mug. Amidst the post-robbery chaos Mr. Pink tries not to let emotions get the better of him. Like any Virgo, he keeps them safely locked up in a special vault. He urges the others to think, to analyse, to try and figure out who the rat is. The desire to be rational and “act like a professional” along with harnessing any emotional outbursts could also describe another Earth sign – Capricorn. Why isn’t he the Goat?

See, Capricorn is cardinal, it’s more like Joe’s “My way or the highway” boss-like attitude regardless of the actual position of a person in any organisation. Virgo is mutable, ready to change the alliances on a moment’s notice and adjust to any circumstance life should throw at them. Capricorn is, much like Aries, bent on moving forward butting any obstacle with the horns. Virgo is quicksand, shifting its way around the problem rather than fighting it openly. They can, of course, if they’re forced to, but it is never their initiative. And that’s what we see in his interaction with others.

Mr. White – Sagittarius

He’s the most jovial type of them all, the kind you keep forgetting is a criminal until you see him shoot out the car. In all other scenes his face bares a good-humored expression and with his concern for (and later – protection of) Mr. Orange he really steals our hearts as being a gangster with one. This bond with Mr. Orange is also quite revealing for both characters. Sagittarians indeed are open-hearted and would go an extra mile for a friend they have met 3 days ago. Besides, this fatherly attitude (as he keeps calling Orange “kid”) is another typical trait – they like to be seen as a figure of authority. Not the “I’m the boss, so you must listen to me” Capricornian authority. Sag’s agenda is more like “I’m pretty wise, so you should listen to me and you might learn some good things”. In this particular example it translates into: “Are you a doctor? No! So listen to me – I’ve seen some stomach wounds and it takes days to die from them…so you’re not going to die!”

His conflict with Mr. Pink only confirms my choice – these two signs are in a square to each other, which is an aspect of conflict. Sagittarius is annoyed by Virgo’s nitpicky attitude, his nature is to see the bigger picture and he can’t be bothered with every detail. He believes, he doesn’t analyze. If he believes Mr. Orange is “a good kid” and can not be a rat – then it is beyond doubt. Virgo Mr. Pink, on the other hand, wouldn’t rule out his own mother if she was a member of the group. He would only base his decision on carefully collected evidence. This unwavering belief in essential goodness of humankind gets many Sagittarians in trouble, which in case of Mr. White became a fatal mistake.

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Mr. Blond – Scorpio

Yes, yes, I know. Stereotypical AF, you will say. Nevertheless, let me explain. The ear cutting scene is, of course, the one that would be the reason anyone even remotely familiar with Zodiac archetypes will rush to stick the label “nasty one” (aka Scorpio) right across Mr. Blond’s mugshot. And that is definitely following a stereotype. Scorpio does not equal blood lust or cruelty. Dr. Josef Mengele, a nazi physician who not only supervised  the selection of arriving transports of prisoners, determining who was to be killed and who was to become a forced laborer, but personally performed multiple surgeries without anesthesia as part of his experiments, was a Pisces Sun and a Libra Moon. So please, put you labels away and I’ll tell you why Mr. Blond’s a Scorp.

From the very beginning he acts as cool as a cucumber. The opening scene aside, there’s more than enough going on to tip one’s balance. Everyone’s freaking out with different degree of intensity, while this guy is entirely in his element. Scorpio and the 8th house is associated with work in both police and criminal structures. Ever wonder why? It has nothing to do with morals, those are left for Sagittarians to deal with. It is all about danger – Scorpios thrive in it. If they can’t get it at work, they create it elsewhere in life. Sometimes by choosing an extreme hobby, sometimes by simply getting in all sorts of trouble, just to see of they can get out.

After getting away from the immediate danger at the store, Mr. Blond’s danger-o-meter goes straight back to zero. It doesn’t matter that there are cops “out there” – his danger tolerance level is a dozen times higher than all of his…hmmm…. colleagues’?… put together. He stops for a bite and picks up a cop to-go and shows up at the warehouse as if he’s just 5 minutes late for another day at the office. Quite masterfully provokes Mr. White, without any seeming effort, by slighting his authority (remember – Sagittarius is sensitive about that). So yes, like a true Scorpio he knows what buttons to push and likes doing it just to see how people react.

And before we get to the iconic Danse Macabre, I want to take you guys back to Joe’s office where fresh-out-of-jail Blond is asking Joe when he can get some “real work”. The whole business of doing time for someone is, naturally, all part of the job when you’re building a career in organised crime. Mr. Blond’s attitude to it is what adds to him being profiled as Scorpio.

He is not looking for praise or trying to curry favor with the boss, he doesn’t care how far up the ranks it would get him nor is he interested in the financial benefits that come with this feat. He did Joe a solid and now the old man owes him. There’s no need to put it in the limelight but this info will be recorded…. No, it will be etched in laser in Scorpios memory and stored for eternity, or until the time comes to call in that favor. Joe knows it, Blond knows it, it’s a part of their power play. Incidentally, Scorpios like to call in favors in the most dire situations. Just in case you know a Scorpio or two – be ready. It is also useful to know that they’re not desperate and are very likely to be able to manage without you but they want to test you. You know, just to see what you would do.

Back to the warehouse and the cop torturing. As we have seen, blood thirst is not exclusively a Scorpio’s feature, so it is more important to watch HOW he goes about it. Again, his reasons are not the superficial “Me want hurt you” or asserting his power. He does have the power over the man and he knows it. Pain is not the goal, it’s the means. The means of exploring, in words of Heath Ledger’s Joker, “who this man really is” (when you take a knife to him). Some Scorpio-influenced Plutonians out there, provided the rest of the chart has some tense placements, do very similar things without spilling a drop of blood, but causing the same (or higher) equivalent of emotional pain instead. I’m not trying to add to their bad rep. It is an essential part of a complex process of healing others, unfortunately not every Scorpio has read the manual till  the end.

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And just as abruptly as the scene with Mr. Blond jamming out to Steelers Wheel ended, were are going to jump to the guy who did it.

Mr. Orange  – Aries.

He was the hardest one to define and for a good reason – he’s undercover. I bypass another stereotype of “undercover = secret = Scorpio”(because, again, it’s not about the job, but about HOW he does it)  and we only have one clue so far – Mr. White. They get along quite well, which must mean Mr. Orange is either another Fire or Air sign. Yet, it’s futile to look for any more hints at Orange’s Zodiac sign in his behaviour as a member of the gang. Since he’s undercover, he’s wearing a mask that is hiding his true identity, he’s playing a role of some other guy that is not himself. So what do we have left to go on?

Not much. Half of the time he’s not doing anything other than bleeding out on the floor and the rest of the screen time is divided between being someone else and learning 4 pages of text, which he seems to struggle with, so we can eliminate Gemini (besides, it’s already taken by Mr. Brown).

I spent a few days mulling over it until the revelation came – there IS one moment where he shows his true nature which indicates very clearly that he can be noone else but the Ram. It is literally just a moment, a split second of action and I kept overlooking it for a while or, rather, it kept blending into the bigger picture. Once I took the magnifying glass to the scant evidence on Mr. Oranges case, it jumped out at me and I think I had my duh moment of the year.

Without further delay, and because some of you guys are probably not as think as I was in this particular question, I give you the proof  for my choice: shooting of Mr. Blond. I mean, it’s so simple, I still want to hit myself for not seeing this before. Luckily, my hands are busy tying. So instead let me  tell you just how perfectly everything falls into place with Mr. Orange being Aries.

Impulsiveness, of course, is one of the traits of this sign. To be fair, other signs are not strangers to spontaneous decisions, however we can immediately eliminate Libra – they would take so long to consider all pros and cons of shooting, the cop would have been roasted twice by the time a Libra had finally chosen one option (which they would not be sure about).

That leaves us with Leo and Aquarius to look at. Leos are just as brave as Arians but they’re much more concerned with their own well-being and have the capacity to realise such an action would put their ass in even deeper trouble than they already are, cutting all chances of surviving the ordeal down to 0%. Yes, they would feel bad for the cop, but Leos value their precious self above all else. They’re ruled by the Sun, and this point of view is quite natural to them – we can all go on living if Venus or Neptune just up and disappears, but without the Sun… well, you can use your imagination here to think just how long the Earth would last if the Sun disappeared.

Aquarius is the sign with a completely opposite world view – everything is done for the benefit of all people, the entire community and not just to serve the interests of one. So in this particular scenario an Aquarian would also feel sorry for the cop but he wouldn’t endanger the entire operation, the work of the large group (police) and all the efforts they put into catching the big fish.

This leads us back to Aries by way of elimination, but let’s test it a little more just to make sure we got the right one. Arians, just as Leos, are pretty selfish folk, but their selfishness is different. They’re not so much about their own well-being. They’re more about doing what they want, come hell or high water. Incidentally, very often it does come, which is just what they’re looking for, since they have to apply all that Mars energy somewhere. They almost never take time to think what the actions might lead to – once they decided to do something, the only thinking that is done is about how to do it.

There is another side to it all, too. I don’t want it to look like being an Aries made Mr. Orange too daft to understand he’s blowing his cover. It was this particular situation that appealed to another trait of this sign – the desire to protect the weak.

Every Zodiac sign has a legend of how it got to be in the skies. Here’s the one for Aries:

King Athamas and his wife Nephele had an unhappy marriage, so Athamas turned instead to Ino, daughter of King Cadmus from neighbouring Thebes. Ino resented her step-children, Phrixus and Helle, and she arranged a plot to have them killed. She began by parching the wheat so that the crops would fail. When Athamas appealed for help to the Delphic Oracle, Ino bribed messengers to bring back a false reply that Phrixus must be sacrificed to save the harvest.

Reluctantly, Athamas took his son to the top of mountain, overlooking his palace. He was about to sacrifice Phrixus to Zeus when Nephele intervened to save her son, sending down from the sky a winged ram with a golden fleece. Phrixus climbed on the ram’s back and was joined by his sister Helle, who feared for her own life. They flew off eastwards to Colchis, which lay on the eastern shore of the Black Sea…

Later, the ram’s golden fleece appears in myths about Jason and the Argonauts, but the theme of saving the innocent children is the one we’re interested in.

You see, it was the cop’s helplessness Orange couldn’t tolerate. If the cop hadn’t been tied, if he and Mr. Blond were fighting and Mr. Blond had overpowered the cop, I doubt Mr. Orange would have lifted his gun – after all, it would have been a fair fight and dying while fighting criminals is what cops do. But trying to take a life of someone who isn’t given the chance to protect themselves touched that deep core belief in justice that any Aries carries in them. Which, in turn, triggered the impulse to do what he wants and sees as the only right thing to do in this particular moment, not burdening himself with any concern for the future, including his own. Paradoxically, a selfish impulse lead to a selfless action.

So there you have it – four main characters explained astrologically as I see them. I finally get to pour some tea and go watch the film again. As I said, it’s been a while…

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The Three Faces of The Moon.

 

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When one starts studying astrology, it quickly becomes obvious, that everything is linked to everything else and there is a neat and rounded system to this knowledge. Many of the objects and characteristics are organized or grouped by two (concept of polarity) or three (concept of triplicity).

 

Polarity embodies the principles of masculine and feminine, light and dark, Sun and Moon and so on. Division by four, as we can see in the elements (fire, water, air, earth) or directions (South, North, East, West) are just double polarities.

 

Triplicity is based on the three stages of development and is closely connected with… no, not the Christian trinity, but with a much older divinity – the triple Goddess of pagan times – the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone. This also finds its reflection in astrology, most obviously in modalities (cardinal-mutable-fixed) and house types, but also less obviously in other places. If we take the planets of the septener (the 7 visible ones) and leave Mercury to itself, as this planet is hermaphrodite, we have 2 triplicities of male and female. Mars, Sun and Jupiter correspond to Young boy-Father-Old man stages, while Venus, Moon and Saturn show us the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone. 

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The Moon can also represent all three stages completely by itself with the 28-day cycle of waxing and waning (with the new Moon being  “death and re-birth”), so it is no wonder in both Eastern and Western traditions this celestial body is of great importance. Well, also perhaps because it is physically the closest object to the Earth and even people not related to the study of natal charts know it affects us (e.g. the tides).

 

The Moon represents our subconscious, our emotions, but is also connected with the body. It is truly multi-functional and quite unique in the way it shows both the soul and the vessel for it. In addition,  its orbit also gives us a few extra points in the chart to play with – the North and the South Nodes (again – notice the polarity) and Lilith, the Black Moon… wait, but where is it’s antipode? You might have heard about it, but sadly Black Moon and information about her dominates over the astrological world the same way gasoline cars dominate over electrical ones in the current market. If you’re looking for information on Lilith – it is abundant. Controversial, but abundant. All major online chart calculating software includes her by default. There is no sign of White Moon anywhere but astro.com and even there you get the choice of three Liliths (four, if you count Waldemath Black Moon, a hypothetical object) and only one White Moon (two if counting a hypothetical object Selena).

 

Why so many? I’ll try not to bore you with a long scientific explanation. Basically, Black Moon is the furthest point from the Earth on the Moon’s orbit (Lunar Apogee), regardless, of where the Moon is at any point in time. By analogy, White Moon SHOULD be the closest point of this orbit (Lunar Perigee), and not some imaginary point with easily calculated ephemerides(table of positions). With all due respect to the astrologers who came up with it and calculated its path – it is bad enough that apogee and perigee are fictitious points in the chart (they don’t have a physical representation in the sky), so we don’t need to add more imaginary things to this mess.

 

That leaves us only with points that are actually on the Moon’s trajectory. Still we have two of each, which in my humble opinion is two too many. The reason for such variety of choice is that the Moon’s orbit is highly affected by the gravitational pull of the Sun which results in great monthly oscillations. In other words, the Moon’s orbit wobbles and causes difficulties in calculation, so mean value was introduced. I understand the need for it at the time when the charts were drawn by hand and the software was available to very few people and was not as precise as it is now. However, nowadays we have the technology to calculate the exact position in seconds, so I feel that the mean value for both of these points, as well as the Nodes, is becoming redundant. It reminds me of an old joke where a nurse is reporting to the doctor at the beginning of his shift about the stats in the hospital: “The average body temperature is 36.6℃ (98℉), including the mortuary!”. To give another example here – my brother has two kids and I have none. On average, we have one child each, but in reality the amount of diapers I have changed in my entire life equals zero, while my brother had changed a large number of them.

 

Thus, the average (mean) value of the focal points on the Moon’s orbit is not likely to reflect the real state of things. And that leaves us with only two ladies – the True Black Moon (Lilith) and the True White Moon (Selena). It is worth noting that in Avestan School of Astrology these points are called Arta and Druj – terms from Zoroastrian theology, which help to investigate exactly what these points reflect in the chart. I don’t want to confuse you by introducing new names, just know that those are the points I use in my work and if you use ZET software you’ll find them in the settings under those names. For now I’ll keep referring to them by their more familiar names taken from Jewish and Greek mythology.

It is a common belief that Lilith is bad influence, the tempting demon, while Selena is our guardian angel and shows all things good.  Similarly to Saturn being viewed as a great malefic and Jupiter as a great benefactor by the majority of astrology enthusiasts out there. Sure enough, Saturn transits bring plenty of difficulties just as Lilith transits can bring devastating experiences (especially when combined with slower planets activating our chart). This “badness” is very subjective and is perceived through the lense of our ego. We don’t like to struggle, to feel bad, to work hard and to lose things. Few of us appreciate these difficulties for the contrast they create and knowledge and experience they give us. How can you know what happiness is, if you haven’t been miserable? And how would the light exist without the darkness to contrast it?

 

Saturn is considered bad because it brings limitations and delays, while Jupiter makes things happen easily. Saturn is the driving instructor that fails you for any minor violation times and again, until your knowledge is solid. Jupiter is the examinator who gives you a pass just because you showed up and because he’s in a jovial mood today. Which driver would you feel safer with – the one tested by Saturn or Jupiter?

 

There is no doubt that Black Moon shows the point of great sensitivity in our charts. Most seem to think that it shows an accumulated “bad karma” in past incarnations, something that we have to atone. In addition, they say that in accordance with mythology of the name given to it – Lilith – it is our own individual demon that tempts us, provokes more bad deeds and actions and should be resisted. Some argue that this point is an indication of a great creative potential hidden within our deepest and darkest fears and desires. I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle, partially containing some of the ideas above.

 

The White Moon has much less debate about its nature, all of them positive of course, the difference from author to author is in the shades of her meanings. Guardian angel, accumulation of positive karma (good deeds from past life), a point of integration (in opposition to Lilith’s point of separation) – you get the gist. I personally prefer the view of Selena as the area in which we are masters of balance. Mind you that a balance is rarely achieved by doing only good and right, just like a physical balance of the scales requires some fluctuation at first. This should make Black Moon our point of imbalance or weakness we can try and master.

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Let’s remember our Triple Goddess pattern and think how these three points of the lunar orbit – the apogee, the perigee and the physical placement of the Moon – could correlate with the three symbols. Physical Moon is in the middle position, just as our physical body is here and now. It is, in a way, a mother to our soul, or at least that part of our soul that it contains. We can either nurture the child/soul, ignore or mistreat it, just like many mothers do and did in the long history of motherhood. This stage of the soul development has a dual nature to it, which is hard to wrap your brains around at first. The soul/child gets the body/mother (physical Moon) to complete a certain stage in its growth, also shown by the physical Moon. But then again, what isn’t dual in astrology? Depending on what type of chart you’re reading, Moon can show a mother/motherhood or a very young person(child). 4th house (house of the Moon) is your home and childhood but at the same time is the house showing the end of your life.

 

If you’re brain is boiling now, take a break and come back whenever you’re ready – the article will still be here. If you’re already used to this multi-layered and multi-faceted astrological approach, let’s talk about the other two – the Maiden and the Crone.

 

Since the Maiden is associated with purity, chastity and innocence, while the Crone is an old crazy hag in the eyes of many, I’m guessing majority would say White Moon is the Maiden, while Lilith is the Crone. Hence the view of Lilith as a great power within us, as the Crone, while old and ugly, is also wise, due to her age and experience. Nevertheless, you should remember, that if Black Moon is weak and prone to temptation, she is just like a young and inexperienced girl, who is yet to make some mistakes, which she will hopefully learn from.

 

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White Moon doesn’t have to deal with temptation, not because she had learned to resist, but because she’s at the stage where it is no longer a temptation for her. She’s on a completely different level – wise, balanced and whole. She’d been there and done that, she had made mistakes, been deluded and tempted  (Lilith) and through continuous process of growth and experience (physical Moon) she learned to separate the wheat from the chaff. She knows the truth, which Black Moon is searching for. Incidentally, the Avestan name for the True (osculating) Lunar Perigee that I mentioned above is Arta, which is translated as “true statement”. This is the kind of truth you get by empirical knowledge. Something you KNOW to be the truth.

This goes to contrast something I BELIEVE to be the truth, e.g. if someone else convinces me of something that is false, but I sincerely believe and trust that person, I will repeat the false statement with zero intent of lying. According to general karma theory, if I have no bad intent and in my understanding of things, I am not doing a bad deed, then it shouldn’t be bad karma. I could be a 16th century scholar stating that Sun goes around the Earth and condemning Copernicus for his theory. It doesn’t make me a despicable person. It just shows my Black Moon stage of development. It is, just like any other stage, necessary. After all, if you want growth, you need to have room for it.

The elusive 13th Zodiac sign

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Some years ago NASA published an article on their site aimed at discrediting astrology due to the fact that the constellations have shifted and the dates for the Zodiac signs today no longer correspond to the position of the Sun in a certain constellation. This caused many confused horoscope followers to google something like: “What is my real star sign?” or “What Zodiac sign am I now?”  And it required many professional astrologers to write furious articles explaining how the real astrology works and refuting the 13th sign that NASA has decided to insert back, since the poor thing was carelessly tossed out by the unscrupulous scientists of the past.  As we know, bad publicity is still publicity, and I know at least one person who began studying serious astrology in order to understand what’s the deal with this controversy. I’m sure there were others who came into the world of natal charts, aspects and transits following the same lead so – thank you, NASA, and I mean it (well, ok, a little sarcasm is present, but that’s just due to some of my natal chart placements).

If you start looking for the information on it on astrology sites, you’ll most likely find something like this: the division of the ecliptic (apparent path of the Sun through the skies as seen from the Earth) into 12 sections has nothing to do with actual constellations behind them. Well… it did, many years ago, when babylonians first devised the system. But they just named each sector after the constellation behind it so that it would be easy to refer to them. Later, the tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis shifted and “the backdrop” behind the sectors moved, while the sectors, defined by the equinoxes and solstices, remained the same.

To make it easier to understand, let’s take the analogy of using clock positions as directions. 3 o’clock is your right and 9 o’clock is your left. Look both ways right now – what do you have there? A window and a bookcase? Or maybe an old couple and a cute barista, if you’re reading this in a coffee shop? Ok, now turn your body, say, 45 or 90 degrees in any direction, and see what objects there will be at 3 and 9 o’clock this time. Maybe a door and a chair? Maybe an empty table and the menu board? In any case while things you SEE have changed, the directions in relation to your body have not. 3 o’clock is still to the right and 9 – to the left. Same principle is used in modern Western astrology. In Indian astrology they actually follow the precession, so the lucky bastards were twiddling their thumbs while their Western colleagues had to wear their fingers out on the keyboards, arguing with NASA and all the astrology ill-wishers who jumped in.

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When reading the article, one gets the feeling that NASA, the serious scientific body representing astronomy, is breaking the news to everyone who’s outside this sphere of knowledge about the shift! In fact, precession was discussed in ancient text dating back to 280 BC. and Ptolemy, the founder of classical astrology, observed and measured the speed of the shift. It did not stop him from drawing up charts, making predictions and writing Tetrabiblos.

The other argument caused a lot more controversy, but was eventually handled by the leading authorities in the field. I am talking about the 13th sign. In astrological circles it was almost officially decided that it is bogus, NASA’s provocation and just because it crosses the ecliptic, it doesn’t give it a place it the Zodiac’s twelve. Mentioning it on astrology forums or social media discussion groups is dangerous, it causes a wave of lectures and ridiculing for not knowing the difference between sectors of the ecliptic and constellations.

 

In all the time I have been researching the topic I have only come across two reasonable (to my very subjective mind) people. One told me to study fixed stars as they explain it a lot better. I did. And got more questions, like this one – fixed stars are not on the ecliptic, many of them are projected to a place on it and a planet or a point in our natal chart conjuncts this degree of the projection, not the star itself. Ok, so if you look at the star atlas you’ll see that Scorpio also is not on the ecliptic and is only projected on it. In fact, the contact of Scorpio with ecliptic is absolutely equal to the contact of Ophiuchus – the constellation in question. By the way, I don’t like that name. It sounds funny and is a pain in the ass to spell so I’ll be using the Latin version – Serpentarius. In any case, as you can see in the picture (I highlighted the area of interest) they both barely cross the ecliptic (red dash line)… So this whole section might as well be the sign of Serpentarius for the entire 30 days and we could leave the Scorpio lurking in the background (as they often like to do).
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But wait! Remember that NASA article? Here is a quote: “But even according to the Babylonians’ own ancient stories, there were 13 constellations in the zodiac. (Other cultures and traditions have recognized as many as 24 constellations in the zodiac.) So the Babylonians picked one, Ophiuchus, to leave out.” Seriously? They just “picked one to leave out”? Maybe they tossed a coin? Or played rock-paper-scissors? I mean, they could not have been serious scientist with logical reasoning, since they lived way back (and hence were a little backward), right? After all, as one article titled Stop Calling the Babylonians Scientists states, their reasons were wrong (they believed in messages from gods) and their attire was not scientists-like (the phrase about sandals and loincloths is far from a complement in the context) and who cares that they devised time measuring system used to this day (hours, minutes and seconds) and did a lot of other things for the development of mathematics, geometry and other disciplines that are part of the “true science” today. They traced their formulas on the sand with a stick and that disqualifies them, according to the author. I mean, this reminds me of teenagers who think their parents are not cool, because… well, they’re old and don’t use snapchat!

Before I get sidetracked by discussing the fallacy of this kind of attitude, let’s come back to the other interesting view on that sector of the Zodiac. One blog I stumbled upon mentioned using the last 7 degrees of Scorpio and first 7 degrees of Sag as a special zone. It’s like a special extra layer of meaning is added to that area, since the constellation does touch the ecliptic and is activated by the Sun and other planets passing through that zone. So the sign stays the same, but a special meaning is added. That seemed a very acceptable approach to me at the time. After all, they talk about critical degrees, anaretic degrees and specific degrees of exaltation of the planets. There is via combusta, so why can’t there be a Serpentarius sector?

This sign is described by many as “forgotten”, but it was particularly interesting for me to see it come back into light, considering I have known about it since the late 90s from a series of articles published in the early 90s in a youth magazine of all places! In the pre-internet era, finding that sort of information not by extensive searching but by casually leafing through my older brother’s magazines doesn’t scream “forgotten” to me. Not mainstream, for sure, but by no means forgotten.

What is even more interesting, the knowledge is hidden in the plain sight. If you have studied astrological archetypes with any seriousness, you should have come across the idea that there are three levels of evolution for the sign of Scorpio: the lowest – scorpion (expressing the qualities that give this sign its bad reputation), the evolved version – snake (a symbol of wisdom in many cultures, but it still carries poison) and the highest expression – eagle (completely transformed, a noble bird soaring to great heights). Sometimes it goes scorpion-eagle-Phoenix, but the gap between the arachnid and the bird is just too large to be overcome in one step, in my opinion. Phoenix in this chain is presented as the symbol of healing powers and transformation. However, the snake is also an ancient symbol of medicine, and the symbolism of transformation is shown by ALL THREE. The malicious scorpion first transforms into a snake, that is already a 50/50 ratio of good and bad. Then snake turns into an eagle (probably by growing wings and sporting a cool dragon look before the feathers spoil it all). The symbol of an eagle and serpent fight is also quite old and can be found in many traditions from Roman empire to Mesoamerica.

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Let’s check where these three really come from. When we look at the map of constellations in that area, we can see the scorpion below the ecliptic, then the snake in the arms of the bearer and above it is constellation Aquila – the eagle. Hmmm… so if there is no argument about three phases of Scorpio, doesn’t it look like our Serpentarius just doesn’t want to be left out? I feel like whoever started the scorpion-eagle-Phoenix triplicity had a secret agenda of going around the uncomfortable presence of the snake right between the other two animals and thus avoiding the danger of making this constellation even more of a force to be reckoned with.

Now, have you thought why there is three levels of Scorpio, but nothing about any other sign? Sure, each one has more than one symbol and images related to it, but none have this curious layering of levels of consciousness and soul development. What makes it so special? Scorpio in Zodiac is a sign of transformation and it is explained by the fact it rules death, among other things. Yes, death is a transformation of the body, in which it stops being a separate entity and becomes a part of the surrounding world by – depending on the mode of death – becoming food for wild animals, worms or, in case of cremation, food for the earth (as a natural fertilizer). Unless  human culture interferes with this by conducting a special burial procedure separating the body from the nature, such as putting it in a coffin or a tomb, mummifying it, etc.

The body is transformed but the soul goes on, chooses another body and gets another go at this game called life. It learns some other lessons, gets more experience… but does it really transform on the soul level? The cycle of living and dying for the soul is similar to the sleep and wake cycle for humans, but we don’t say we’re transformed every time we go to sleep. The soul transformation described in the 3 stages above needs some extraordinary conditions. The transformation for the soul would be to break the cycle, stop going in a circle and turn the loop into a spiral, which will allow to go up to a new level (or to go down a level – depends on the soul, I guess). This loop is represented by the Zodiac circle and the place where you can disconnect the ends of the loop is – you guessed it – Serpentarius. The man holds the snake with both hands, as if he has just put an effort into pulling apart the head that was eating the tail in the ouroboros, the symbol of infinity, that can also represent the path of the soul through samsara, the wheel of death and rebirth. The scorpion, the lower stage, is under his feet and he is looking up at the eagle – the final stage, or maybe just the next stage, in any case, eagle here symbolizing the freedom, the liberation, nirvana.

Coming back to the Babylonians, who “just tossed out one sign” for the ease of the division of the circle into 12 and not 13 sectors, I must say NASA also has some pieces to the puzzle in plain view. Remember the sentence about some ancient traditions having “as many as 24 constellations in the Zodiac”? Funny thing, numbers, aren’t they? It was the Babylonians who started the 24 hour system we use to this day. It is also them, not “some other culture” who had 24 Zodiac signs. Avestan school of astrology follows the tradition to this day, and Avestan culture is none other than an heir to the Babylonian traditions. The 24 hours were divided into 12 daytime and 12 nighttime hours (AM and PM) and 24 constellations were divided into Lower and Higher Zodiac.

Lower 12 are the ones we all know and use today. The Higher Zodiac is that next level of consciousness and is only active under certain conditions. The 12 Higher Zodiac signs are located at the borders of each Lower sign, spanning the last 7 and first 7 degrees of the neighboring signs. Depending on what you have going on in that sector, you may have access to the energy of the Higher Zodiac with a different intensity of the flow. Compare it to a window that can be fully shut, cracked open or open all the way. The Higher Zodiac brings the energies of a new and different level. However, the native has a choice (as with everything in Astrology) to follow the path or to stay on the Lower level, going about the mundane tasks. I don’t blame them, if they do. Being the chosen one is never easy, just you ask Neo about it 😉

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For those of you who’re still interested, I’m giving the list of the 12 Higher Zodiac signs with the contemporary names of constellations they’re associated with. In Babylonian times they didn’t call them Hercules or Cassiopeia, so I don’t want you to get confused. It is confusing enough that the order goes in the opposite direction of the Lower Zodiac, so we start with the one between Aries and Pisces and end with the one between Taurus and Aries.

  1. Hourglass – constellation  Cepheus
  2. Winged Horse – constellation Pegasus
  3. Sphinx – constellation Swan or Northern Cross
  4. Tree – constellation Cassiopeia
  5. Snake Bearer – constellation Ophiuchus
  6. Crow – constellation Corvus
  7. Herdsman – constellation Boötes
  8. Warrior – constellation Hercules
  9. Chariot – constellation Ursa Major
  10. Ship – former one large constellation Argo Navis (Argo ship), in the 18th century it was broken up into 3 smaller separate constellations – Carina (Keel), Puppis (stern deck) and Vela (sails)
  11. Hunter (Wanderer) – constellation Orion
  12. Sea Monster – constellation Cetus (whale)

Each one carries its own program with it and depending on how strongly it is activated in one’s chart, the influence would be from minimal, on the internal level, to a rather strong one with social consequences. Just like any lower Zodiac, each sign here has its highs and lows and the potential to do a lot of good as well as a great deal of bad. But a more detailed discussion of these signs is a topic for another article.

For now, let’s just finish up with our oddball 13th sign. It wasn’t excluded because “it didn’t fit”. It was never included in the first place. Not in the Lower Zodiac. It is, however, the only one out of 12 Higher zodiac signs that is connected with the Lower circle, creating a pathway. That’s why it is associated with the opportunity to transform, a chance to break the cycle and make a qualitative change by going up the spiral of soul evolution.

Astrology of Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider.

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The spring of 2018 has seen the revival of Lara Croft’s big screen adventures in “Tomb Raider”, the 3rd movie about this popular video-game character. I was looking for screen characters to put under my astro-flavored scrutiny, and Lara grabbed my attention. I must have a disclaimer right here: I have NOT played the game. I had more fun bringing murder into a game where it was not present by original design. If you want to know how to kill a Sim – ask me 😉

 

Nevertheless, I did have a general idea of her due to some friends who played it, and when it came to getting the feel of Lara’s planetary energies, it was quite easy. She’s a scientist (archeologist) so a strong Mercury is a must. But obviously, not enough. Mercury alone gives you Nancy Drew. Mars is even a bigger must here, due to the nature of the game and Lara’s constant physical activity. In fact, the opening paragraph of the Wikipedia article sums her up right along those lines: “ She is presented as a highly intelligent, athletic, and beautiful English archaeologist who ventures into ancient tombs and hazardous ruins around the world.” So we got intelligent (Mercury), athletic (Mars) and beautiful (ok, I’ll throw in Venus for good measure) with love of risk and adventures (Mars again, but if it’s in good relationship with Mercury in the chart, the curiosity instigated by the latter will add oil to the fire).

 

Looking at the birth chart of Lara herself, I go for noon of October 25th, 1996 when the first game was released. Here I stop typing and take a moment to pat myself on the head. Good girl! The computer version Lara’s Sun and Moon are both ruled by Mars (in Scorpio and Aries respectively), Mars is strong in fire sign of Leo and is friendly with Mercury, sending it an exact sextile – an aspect of cooperation. It’s like “I’m nosy and feisty but I don’t let it work against me!”. In addition Mercury, while in Libra, is strengthened by mutual reception with Venus in Virgo. Yup, she’s smart AND sexy, but not overly girly (not with all that Mars in her chart). So how would the chart compare to those who became Lara for millions of moviegoers? We shall see after a brief digression.

 

The release of the 3rd movie caused the fan base to split, as it usually happens, when their favourite character changes face. It’s a normal part of the process, we all have the right to be subjective in our preferences and we exercise that right like there’s no tomorrow. I stopped watching Batman films after Christian Bale resigned. I probably would have given anybody else a chance, but I just seem to be totally allergic to Ben Waffleck (no, it’s not a typo), even though I’m sure he’s a great guy and all that. His brother’s performances I enjoy greatly, so at least this allergen doesn’t run in the family.

 

As far as Lara goes, I have an opportunity to be a little more objective – I have not watched any of the screen adaptations, but I’ve liked both of the actresses in other films I have seen. I watched more things with Angie, of course, due to age difference … ok, so those of you I haven’t lost when I said I didn’t play or watch Lara Croft, and those of you I haven’t lost when I called Ben the nicer name in my book – you’re probably leaving now since I’m calling Angie old. The ones who know that nobody is getting younger and is ok with that –  let’s continue, shall we? I have only watched about 3 films with Alicia, but usually one or two movies is enough to gauge the energy a person is sending out into the world. The Danish Girl was amazing, by the way, but we will come back to it later.

 

Anyway, I will leave all the critics, experts and fans alone with their opinions and look at the box office data. Let the money talk, as they say. I tell those people to stop taking acid and pull out the calculator. The boxofficemojo.com conveniently provides the numbers I’m looking for and the first thing that stands out is that the reboot made a larger portion of gross income abroad (79%) compared to just above 50% for the ones with Jolie. Whatever the reason behind that was, we continue to analyze the numbers. With the first picture pulling in $274 million, second – $156 mil and the new one $273 it’s easy to assume Warner Bros. managed to produce a feature that was just as successful as the original Tomb Raider adventure. Not so fast. Remember I asked to pull out a calculator? With 15 years difference, we need to adjust for inflation.

 

Now, I firmly believe my middle-school math teacher would be proud of me for not losing my nerve when an X / $$$ = CPI(2) / CPI(1) equation appeared on my screen after googling “how to adjust for inflation”! I knew I would need the knowledge of how to solve those formulas SOMETIME in my life, so I paid attention in class. CPI turned out to be Consumer Price Index and 10 minutes later we have our results: the 2001 picture made what would be $385 million in 2018, new Tomb Raider comes next with the number that’s not changed – $273 and in 2003 Lara’s saga brought in $212 million in 2018’s dollars. While beating The Cradle of Life by about 29%, the last Tomb Raider stays far behind the first one.

 

I would say the two main reasons behind that are that there is a plethora of badass female protagonists nowadays, from Wonder Woman to Black Widow, from Alice (Resident Evil) to Katniss Everdeen, so the competition is tough. Another one is that the general moviegoers rate has dropped with the development of online streaming services over the last decade or so. In any case, I think we’ve digressed enough and it’s time to come back to planets and charts now.

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If you forgot – we’re looking for strong Mercury, Mars and some Venus as well, but not overpowering the first or especially the second.

 

Angie’s chart is probably very well known to anyone who have studied astrology via youtube videos and blog articles – her and Brad were the textbook examples for synastry lessons for everyone creating that kind of content circa 2006-2016. I wonder who they’re using now…

 

 Without looking up in astrodatabank I know her Sun and Mercury are in Gemini, which is wonderful. Mercury is in it’s own sign and also rules the Sun. Moon is in Aries, giving her the needed badassness and after looking up the chart I found Mars in close conjunction with it as well. So the two main planets we were looking for are both in their domains and both rule a luminary, their energy is showing strongly. In addition Mars rules Jupiter, and by the dispositor chain, two other planets and ASC in Cancer, so it’s quite natural Angie is kicking ass not only in Tomb Raider but in many other features.  Venus is in zero degree conjunction with the ascendant, explaining the title of the sexiest woman alive for quite a few years, but it’s not really strong in Cancer and doesn’t have any supporting aspects, unlike Mars and Mercury, so while pronounced in the chart, Venus lets the boys lead.

 

Alicia Vikander’s birth time is not available in the astrodatabank, so we’ll have to do without the houses. Nevertheless, sign positions and aspects will be enough to estimate the planet’s strengths. Mars is in Aries again, which is a good start. But luminaries is where we run into a problem. Libra Sun ruled by Venus and Cancer Moon in its own sign. Mercury is in Libra also, ruled by Venus again, and Venus is in mutual reception with the Sun. So far Venus is leaving Mars far behind. This situation could be changed slightly by a house or an angle placement, but honestly with Venus getting better aspects than Mars, it is unlikely to matter much. And the watery Moon placement drowns (no pun intended) the situation completely. Cancer is nurturing and motherly. The only time it will go snappy and aggressive is to protect their family. Protect in Cancer world means “when there is actual danger”. Cancerians do not protect proactively. And not likely to be looking for any adventures, as this sign’s manifestation is to break away from the traits expressed by the previous one. Gemini’s curiosity and nosiness is one of them.

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Now is the time to come back to The Danish Girl mentioned earlier. Here we see the perfect fit for this kind of chart – an artist (Venus) being extremely supportive of her husband (Cancer) despite the quite peculiar situation (no spoilers! Go watch it, it’s really worth your time!). In mythology of Zodiac signs, Cancer got to be in the skies for trying to protect his distant relative – the Lernaean Hydra. When Heracles came to kill her to save the population around the area, Cancer attacked his foot and was stomped on by the hero. Gods placed Cancer among stars to commemorate his devotion to the family. This is quite the distinctive feature of the sign – family comes first, anything else – and I mean anything – second. Cancer didn’t care that Hydra poisoned and ate others, he cared that she was his great-great-aunt or third cousin twice removed or something like that. Similarly in The Danish Girl one would think with the situation at hand there is very little reason for Gerda to stay, but she does and tries her best to adjust to the needs of her partner  (a Libra trait). And that’s why it’s a very convincing performance that is sure to bring tears to your eyes – the energies of the character and the person portraying it are in sync.

 

However, they’re not syncing as neatly with Lara Croft. Definitely not as much as Angie’s do. I really don’t like watching action movies, but I found a few minutes for trailers and clips with both ladies in question. Well, I needn’t have bothered with Jolie. Honestly, even when she walks the red carpet she looks like she could kick your ass any minute. I’m not talking about the physical ability or actual desire to do so. I’m talking about the look in her eyes that says “Don’t mess with me”. Eyes, as we know, are windows to the soul. And the natal chart, in words of Carl Jung, is a map to it. When I look at Angelina as Lara, I think to myself: “Ok, if I had to venture into a dangerous tomb, I’d take someone like that with me without hesitation”.

 

With Alicia it’s different. I am sure she did the best she could, but one thing you can not do is change who you are (no matter how good you are at pretending aka acting). With all the physical aspects done at a very high level (Mars is in it’s own sign, after all), when I look at the new Lara, a famous Stanislawski’s quote comes to mind: “I don’t believe it!”. Somehow, she comes off as just a little “too nice”…

Astrology of Dexter Morgan, or Daringly Detailed Delineation.

Way before I saw the first episode of this popular CBS show “Dexter”, I was already a fan of the character,  having encountered him through binge-listening of audio-books, four of which were from Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series. If you didn’t know “Dexter” was a book before it was a show, I encourage you to read them, especially if you were sad to say goodbye to our witty and charming serial killer in season 8. Only the first book of the series is close to what’s happening in the show, so you’re bound to enjoy this second chance to follow our beloved blood-spatter analyst’s adventures.

 

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When I started thinking on Dexter’s astrological placements, I was originally planning to make it one of the  “Sun-Moon-general-energy-feel” character overviews, but being so well familiar with his story, I just kept going.

Well, first things first, and we’re starting with the Sun placement. If you’re familiar with the Zodiac archetypes, I think Scorpio is a no-brainer and is unlikely to surprise anyone. It goes further than just a simple logical chain of “Scorpio is the sign of death = serial-killer”, even though this sign does help in making him so magnetically attractive to the readers and viewers. However, it was the traumatic event of his childhood that made him the bloodthirsty monster and caused the murderous cravings. What we’re interested in here is how that filters through the prism of his personality. We’re trying to get the feel of how he acts and expresses himself going about his macabre routine.

Scorpios are intense, of course, and are keenly interested in the dark side of human psyche (including their own) as well as big fans of acting behind the scene. Another typical trait is being very secretive and Dexter is definitely a loner. If social interactions can be avoided – he’ll do it. No, being a serial killer is not causing the necessity to hide from people – remember Trinity from season 4? A serial killer with a family and an active social life? So, obviously, Dexter’s desire to be alone is a part of his personality. In addition, Scorpio (and the 8th house) is associated with work in police, due to both closeness to danger and Scorpio’s talent for investigation. While Dexter’s official position has little to do with either danger or investigating, his ”overtime” service to society is just that. Here he is totally in his element – carefully studying and stalking the future victim, planning out the strategy and the perfect time to strike.

Ok, we got the Sun figured out. So where is the Moon? Dex’s Moon is definitely in Virgo. Starting with his daytime job, which requires attention to detail and critical thinking as well as patience and thoroughness, and ending with his kill ritual, where his obsession with routine as well as meticulousness is seen best.  There’s a rumor going around the astrologer’s community that a Virgo Sun sign produces the highest percentage of serial killers. Of course, every individual has a lot more going on with their natal chart than just Sun in Virgo and I, by no means, want to offend any Virgos reading this. Every sign has its highs and lows. Hitler was a Taurus, but so was Shakespeare. I’m just trying to analyse the reasons this particular Virgo turned out to be a maniac.

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Well, Virgos definitely have control issues. If you don’t think so, just you try and go to a Virgo’s (Sun, Moon or rising) house or work place and put a couple of things into places different from the ones assigned by the owner. See what happens but don’t forget to write a will and get your affairs in order  before you attempt an extreme and careless action like that! Virgo’s need for control comes from the strive for perfection. Creative chaos is Virgo’s hell. Incidentally, Scorpio is also a well-known control freak. These two actually have a lot more in common than just the shape of their glyphs – they both like to investigate and have a sharp, curious mind, love to analyse and be in control. But this control is happening on two different levels – Virgo is an Earth sign and sticks to mundane and material things, they want to know where things are (and that they are in perfect order) in the material world. Scorpio cares less if the books are arranged alphabetically and laundry is sorted by color and fabric type. Scorpio wants to know what everyone’s thinking and feeling, since that knowledge gives control over other people, rather than things.

So, now comes the question – why Scorpio Sun and Virgo Moon, not the other way around? After all, didn’t I mention Virgo Suns ranking suspiciously high on the serial killer list? The answer here is emotions. Dexter, in his own words, has none and doesn’t seem to understand other humans’ motivations. As the story unfolds and an occasional feeling does pop into his head (or heart, or whatever part of his being is responsible for such humanly nonsense) he immediately starts analyzing it. Why am I feeling this? Why am I feeling at all? How can I manage this feeling? He continues to try to process his feelings with his mind. Mind is ruled by Mercury. So is Virgo. It’s a dry, earthy, intellectual sign. Moon might be at fall in Scorpio, but at least it’s in a friendly element. Yes, it often becomes overwhelmed and takes feelings to the extreme, but it never shies away or puzzles over them. Scorpio Moon doesn’t have to “deal” with emotions, it just feels them and lets them come (but not come out).

Here the regular character description article would be over, but Dexter is special. It might have been due to my improving chart delineation skills that I kept going but in any case Dexter’s chart seems incomplete without some important aspects. There must be an indication of his mother’s murder, quite a strong one at that. I’m thinking Moon (mother) in the 8th house (death) with a square from a malefic planet (violent murder). Mars, Saturn or Pluto would do the job, but if Moon is in Virgo, Pluto would have to be in Sag. Dexter is in his early- to mid-thirties and with the first book out in 2004 that makes him a 70’s baby with Pluto in Libra, so that one is ruled out. It does, however, play into the 8th house placement story – if Pluto is in early degrees of Libra it has chances of falling into his 8th house, strengthening the indication of a cataclysmic event in the native’s life, which involved a death and caused a transformation (Pluto). It would, of course be safer to make him a few years older, moving Pluto in Virgo, conjuncting the Moon, but in Libra it also points at the reasons for his mother’s murder at the hands of drug dealers(Pluto as ruler of underworld and organised crime) who was an informant and got caught trying to play for both sides (Libra).

With Virgo falling into the 8th house, ascendant would have to be in Aquarius or Capricorn. I go for the latter not only because it plays into his geekiness and helps to not be bored with lab work. He also fervently follows “Harry’s code” and if there’s one sign to do things by the book, it’s Capricorn. Virgo might like order and rules, but is very likely to criticize each and every flaw it finds and re-write half of them in the process. When Dexter breaches the code, it’s a big deal for him and it causes a lot of inner struggle. With Aquarius rising, it would be more like “Codes are made for everyone but me!”. In addition, with Capricorn on the cusp of the 1st house we have Cancer on the cusp of the 7th (spouse). Ruled by the Moon. Moon is, as you remember, in the 8th house with a malefic aspect of murder. Sure enough, Rita gets killed by Trinity in the 4th season. Oh, did I say there was going to be spoilers? I didn’t, but if you haven’t seen the show, you’re very unlikely to be reading this anyway. If you have just discovered Dexter and haven’t watched the show that far – oh, well…. You’ll get over it 🙂

So we’re looking at a chart of someone born in Miami in early 70’s with a Scorpio Sun, Virgo Moon and Capricorn rising. 20 minutes of spinning the wheel of an astro processor and – drum-roll – ladies and gentlemen I give you the natal chart of Dexter Morgan:
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If you’re looking for more practice in your own chart reading skills, stop here and take a few minutes to see how everything else falls into place just as neatly, as Dexter packs the dismembered bodies.  If you’re new to chart reading, here comes the explanation of it all:

Saturn in Gemini was a godsend, since Mars wasn’t having it for either ‘71 or ‘73. Mars is sharp objects (mother killed with a chainsaw) but Saturn is cold temperature, which is also an important part of Dex’s experience. I adjusted the exact ascendant degree to put the Sun on the midheaven because (and that I did not tinker with) Black Moon Lilith happened to be tightly conjuncting the Sun  in Scorpio on that day! Seeing that made me feel like a kid on Christmas. If you don’t know who this Lilith is and what she does, let’s just use the native’s terms – she’s our good old Dark Passenger. Andrei Chikatilo who murdered a minimum of 52 women and children back in the 80’s had Black Moon conjunct his Scorpio Moon, in case you wanted to know some serial killer astrological trivia. Dexter takes a more conscious approach, since the contact here is with the Sun (ego) and is able to channel the need to kill into a Scorpionic Robin Hood-type approach. Sun in the 10th house shows his father as an absolute authority, but also shows a father in a high position in social sphere – Harry was well-respected at work in that same police department (again – Sun in Scorpio = father in police).

The 4th house is empty and to find more info about the mother we look at the house ruler, which is Venus. Incidentally, Venus is in the 8th, conjunct Pluto with one degree orb. Another pointer at the shipping container massacre, but this is also his adoptive mother Doris Morgan, who died of cancer (Pluto). The 3rd house of siblings is in Aries (the dirty-mouthed Debra) and the ruler Mars is conjunct Uranus in the 9th – the long lost brother suddenly (Uranus) appears and tries to teach (9th house) Dexter about his true nature. This brings all the memories flooding back in one big epiphany (Uranus) giving Dexter an explanation and better understanding of why he is who he is. Uranus rules Aquarius – an intercepted sign (showing an energy that is not obvious, that stays under the surface) in his first house of self. It is also quite remarkable how every outer planet is in tight conjunction with a personal one, helping to turn the deeply personal need for murder into the leisure activity (5th house ruler Mercury) slash – no pun intended – work (in the 10th house) for the betterment of humanity(conjunct Neptune, planet of ideals).

While writing this article, I needed to look up a few details of Dex’s bio (adoptive mom’s name and such). The wikipedia article actually has his birthday listed. Here is the direct quote: “Dexter was born on February 15, 1971 (though according to Dr. Evelyn Vogel’s journal in S8 E4, Dexter’s date of birth was notated as “2/1/71”)”. Hmmmm… February 1, 1971 is Michael C. Hall’s birthday, so I see how that got in there. They do not explain where the first date came from, but of course regardless of whether it was randomly chosen by screenplay writers or randomly chosen by Jeff Lindsay himself, it piqued my curiosity… For about as long as it took to look up the chart for the day.

As I was typing the data in, I thought to myself: “Ok, I could deal with an Aquarius Sun (Michael C. Hall made an Aquarian Dexter quite convincing), even though his father’s authority in Dexter’s life doesn’t tie with the detriment Sun’s position. Putting the Sun in the 10th house would require Taurus rising, for which his movements are too quick, or Aries rising, for which he is too cool and collected. Ok, maybe I’ll just look at the chart and see if there are any serious afflictions to personal planets and telling house placements to make a chart as fitting as the one above….”

But it turned out the Moon was in Libra on that day. In Libra, Carl!!! I rest my case.

Astrological Compatibility. (Part Two)

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Previously we talked about Sun sign matching and how this one characteristic alone is not enough to gauge how compatible two people are. Sun reflects our ego and who we see ourselves as, while other planets in the chart describe our emotional needs, the way our mind operates, what we desire in our partner and what kind of man or woman we need, as well as many other aspects (our talents, work, family life, etc). By comparing 2 individual charts an astrologer can help to understand what kind of energies each individual brings into the relationship and what energies they activate in each other.

 

Also, in the first part of the article we talked about the opposite signs and how mainstream astrology seems to be of an opinion that it could go 50/50 with them. We looked at one example, where the opposition of man’s Sun and woman’s Moon  was balanced by the conjunction of the man’s Moon and woman’s Sun, bringing a certain level of comfort and understanding.

 

Today we will look at 2 more examples of such oppositions, one with positive and one with negative outcome. Our first example is the signs we have already looked at  – Virgo and Pisces. The polar opposites that could be either two halves of a whole or mortal enemies. The example I’m using is that of my parents – my Virgo Sun dad and a Pisces Sun mom always seemed to me like one of those complimentary ying-yang couples. Not perfect, of course, there were conflicts, just like in every family, but they managed to find compromise every time. After I started to learn astrology on a deeper level, I looked at their charts (of course!) and was not surprised to find their Moons in the same element of Air – element of thinking, communication and “talking it out”. A person with strong Air placement in their chart will always try to solve the conflict by discussing, compromising, trying to understand where the other person is coming from.

 

My parents have other strong bonding connections, which I will not delve into, since it will require extra explanations on each planet and placement meaning. But the point I want to make here, is that those couples you know or heard about, that seem to be a perfect match and last for 30+ years, will have their charts quite harmoniously matching and complementing one another.

 

We continue to the second couple. Another polar opposite, a Sagittarius woman and a Gemini man this time. We already know that it could go either way and we should look deeper to see what their interaction would be like. Well, with one look at the Moons, astrologer already knows it won’t be an easy one. Hers is in fiery and confident Leo, while his is in moody and secretive Cancer. On their own, these placements are not bad at all. But there is little understanding between the two, as these placements in the language of astrology ar “inconjunct”, i.e. they “don’t see each other”. Leo Moon signifies a strong character and especially in a woman would cause a desire for someone to match the temper, but also match her optimistic, joyful nature. Cancer is caring and nurturing (which are great qualities), but it’s the Water element, is very much lead by emotions and prone to mood swings and even jealousy, which is not welcomed by both her confident Leo side and her freedom-loving Sagittarius side.

 

Of course this one difficulty alone is not something that would ruin the relationship on its own, but it could cause some strain. If both partners have awareness of their own energies and tendencies, it helps greatly to reduce the friction. In many cases natal chart analysis helps to understand not only your partner better, but also yourself. It helps to switch off the “blaming” mode and learn to accept partners for who they are, without trying to change them.

 

Our second couple has another “inconjunction” –  their Mercuries’ positions: his is in Gemini – quick minded, talkative, with a broad spectrum of interest but there’s a tendency for superficial thinking. Gemini hops from one thing to another, covering large area, but it doesn’t like digging deep into anything. Her Mercury is in Scorpio – completely different style of thinking and communication. Scorpios are just the sign to get to the bottom of everything, they think deep and like to understand the processes and motivations behind everyone’s actions and words. When Scorpios talk, they say things that for many people are too blunt (and thus they get their bad reputation). Scorpio’s mind is extremely annoyed at Gemini’s verbal and mental hopscotch, they want to stay on the topic they’re discussing, no matter how unpleasant (if they feel that this needs to be discussed right now). Gemini will try to wiggle out of discussing anything that’s too serious, deep and – God save! – unpleasant.

 

So when when emotional conflict arises, this couple also has trouble of finding a compromise because they fail to communicate it to one another. Further chart analysis shows that the man wants to be the ultimate authority in his house, in his family (Pluto in the 4th house), which, again, is not a bad thing on its own. Plenty of women love a strong man they can fully trust the burden of being “the head of the family” and being in charge. It’s just in our case the woman wasn’t the kind. Her natal chart analysis shows a very strong, masculine energy, someone who won’t let others tell her what to do (at least for long) and with the Sun in her 4th house she wants to be equally important in the decision making process, when it comes to her family life. She won’t be happy if she’s not equal to her partner. Once she has started voicing that, expressing her own opinion – the relationship crumbled.

 

An astrologer can not predict if this will happen. Astrology is about opportunities and free will. An astrologer can help you be aware of these issues and their underlying reasons. Then a couple can make an informative choice. In our second example he may have tried to accept the fact she needs more “weight” to her voice when it comes to family decisions, and that when she tries to discuss something that’s important to her, he shouldn’t laugh it off or change the subject, as she gets easily hurt  by such careless (in her mind) attitude. Or she may have tried to see if she’s willing to let him have the reigns and maybe put less intensity into the conversations she’s trying to have and not get so upset when he’s changed the subject again. She can try to understand it is similar to tring a 4 year old to sit through a 3-hour movie! So getting more patient and trying to break the topic up in smaller chunks could have been her key to success…

Astrology is descriptive, not prescriptive. Having a better understanding is what that description gives you. So if you’re struggling with some relationship issues, natal chart reading for you and your partner, as well as compatibility reading is going to help you to devise the best strategy!

 

Astrological Compatibility. (Part One)

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Do you have a friend who looks up the Zodiac sign for every new romantic interest? And gets upset if “the stars” say it’s a horrible match?  Or shrugs it off and declares that that’s why they don’t believe “all that stuff” (but looks up the next person, as well)? Or maybe you are that friend?

 

So if you have ever wondered why it works in many cases, like for friend and some partners, but in others  a perfectly happy couple of 10 years is declared “the worst match ever” by dozens of Zodiac compatibility sites (apps), I’ll shed some light on it for you.

 

In astrology work, we consider many elements of your chart and while Sun is an important factor and is a part of your core, it is by no means the only thing that makes up the wonderful and complicated you. Just like flour, while being a very important element of a cake, is worth little without some eggs, sugar, salt, butter…you get the point!

 

Popularisation of Sun-sign astrology was a double edged sword wielded by Alan Leo back in late 19th century. It brought Astrology to the masses, but only a part of it, resulting in misinterpretations and misjudgement on many occasions. If we use food analogy again (yes, it’s my favourite analogy because virtually everyone understands it) – so in terms of food judging about a person’s character by Sun-sign only is like guessing a dish by one ingredient! If I tell you I’m cooking something today and I’m using eggs for it, would it tell you everything about a dish? Don’t think so. Same goes for our horoscope – each person has a certain set of “ingredients” and they are used in certain “amounts”.

 

Let’s come back to that couple I mentioned earlier, so that we can look at some astrological examples, before this starts looking suspiciously like a culinary article! I want to ask you to pause you reading for a second and google “Sagittarius Virgo compatibility”. Just skimming the search result page you’ll soon find out that the only advice they would get is: “Run away, the faster – the better!”. Yet we have a long lasting couple with 2 wonderful children. Did the weirdos staring at the stars get it wrong again? Not so fast!

 

Sun represents our ego, intellect and conscious self, it’s who we see ourselves as, better yes, who we aspire to be. It is, as I mentioned before one of the core elements. ONE. What other ones do we have? Guys, I’d like you to meet the Moon. Yes, I know you’ve met her before (and maybe even in the context of your chart), but let’s just introduce her once again  – she’s the opposite of intellect and consciousness, she’s the emotions and the subconscious self. Our need for security, our place of comfort. If you haven’t been “feeling like” your Sun sign (or at least not fully) – check your Moon sign, it will bring you an interesting discovery and much food for thought.

 

We are moving on with our couple analysis. It is a Virgo Man and a Sagittarius woman. Incidentally the man’s Moon is in Sag, in a close conjunction with the woman’s Sun. This kind of overlays are very often seen in married couples and long-term friends. While the Sun-sign astrology keeps telling us they’re not a good match, the real astrology shows that the qualities that woman is expressing with her personality are the same ones the man is emotionally comfortable with, what he subconsciously seeks for.

 

The woman’s Moon is in Pisces, opposite the man’s Sun. If you have ever looked at the Zodiac wheel, you know all signs come in pairs of opposites, and usually the predictions for compatibility of these opposites are divided into 2 categories. Some say it’s a very good match, as they complete each other. Others state it could be “either – or” and that with opposites it’s either love or hate. They don’t care to explain in which case it would be “yea” and in which –  “nay”. We will take a closer look at it in the second part of the article, for now I would like you to note that they already have one positive connection, where they find understanding in the way one person’s energy is expressed (Sun) and how it’s received (Moon) by the other.

 

The woman’s Moon is in Pisces, showing a tender, loving and quite vulnerable nature hiding behind the Sagittarius’ optimism and bravado. The man’s Virgo Sun brings a rational, measured and pragmatic approach into their interactions, grounding the Pisces, not letting her get lost in the sea of emotional trepidations. This is just the case where they complete each other and this is happening because they already have a mutual reception between his Moon and her Sun.

 

While Sun and Moon are an important part of anyone’s chart, and are the start of any interpretation, other elements need to be looked at, to get more details about the manner and “flavour” of the relationships between the 2 individuals. An astrologer looks at Venus and Mars, as main love and romance planets, as well as Jupiter and Saturn, house placements and chart angles’ contacts and so on. Our couple has a wonderful positive Moon/Venus double contact, as well as the man’s Saturn in her 7th house, showing the lasting quality of this union.

 

Of course, a rare couple manages to go through life without conflicts, but understanding where they are coming from helps to better manage the arguments in the future. For example her Mars is in a tense aspect to both his Jupiter and Mars, showing possible conflicts about some of her beliefs (Jupiter) about health and lifestyle (in her 1st house) and her close relatives (his Mars is in her 3rd house – house of siblings and other close relatives, her Mars opposes it, while it is the ruler of her natal 3rd – clear indication of clashes on this ground).

 

In the second part I will talk about more examples of opposite sign compatibility. If you want to gain a better understanding of the relationship with your spouse, romantic partner or any other significant person in your life (friend, colleague, boss, sibling) you can order a compatibility reading with me (use the Contact form).