June Astromusings -The Mars Factor, New Moon in Gemini

Mission to MarsThe fascination for the red planet Mars has long been in the collective unconscious of us Earthlings. There have been many missions to Mars some failures and some successes. Since 1996, Mars exploration has undergone a Renaissance, with data from four orbiters and four landed missions developing a revolutionary new view of Mars as an Earth-like world with a complex geologic history. Richard Branson-and-Virgin-GalacticThe British entrepreneur, Richard Branson,  described the future of American spaceflight, saying that people will eventually settle on Mars — and he hopes to be one of the first.  Branson isn’t alone in dreams of life on Mars. SpaceX is also developing a reusable orbital launch system that would make spaceflight affordable and permanent Mars settlement a reality.

Men are from Mars Women are from Venus book The book Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus written Men are From Mars Women are from Venus Broadway showby relationship counsellor, John Gray Ph.D proved popular in the self help category. This publication led to further books on this topic, board games and a Broadway show of the same name etc. However, it could be argued that this is a bit too simplistic as Dr Carl Jung would describe the masculine principle, Mars, as the woman’s animus, and the feminine principle, Venus, as the man’s anima. Both sexes are capable of assertiveness, anger and aggression as well as being harmonious and loving. It may be that women are conditioned to be more placating and less assertive but it doesn’t necessarily preclude assertiveness or aggression in their nature.

Poor old Mars has had a bit of a bad press going back to Hellenistic astrology where Mars along with Saturn were classed as ‘malefics’ i.e. the baddies. However, it depends how one uses one’s Mars energy whether it is constructively or destructively channelled. I have been thinking a lot about Mars energy lately with the anger exploding on an individual and collective level. We have the collective anger that the Machiavellian Donald Trump is tapping into and exploiting in the US presidential primaries, the prevalence of mass shootings in the US, the recent election in the Philippines of President Rodrigo Duterte who supports killing journalists and criminals, the Paris riots over Hollande’s proposed workplace reforms, the collective outrage against the gang rape of the teenage girl in Brazil, not to mention the scourge of global terrorism and closer to home the ugly clashes between pro and anti refugees in Melbourne and the rage against the Baird government’s forced council mergers and the WestConnex etc.

It is no accident that Mars energy is currently so prevalent as Mars was conjunct the last powerful Full Moon in Sagittarius. It has now retrograded back into volatile Scorpio. Mars energy is quite complex and we only have to study the mythology of Mars and Aries to gain an insight into it. Aries glyphAries’ ruling planet Mars, or Greek Ares is the God of War. In its highest aspect Mars serves as the vehicle of new outpourings of energy into the material world, which, if used constructively can bring advancement to humanity.

Mars ancient glyph 2The ancient glyph for Mars, a circle with a cross on top, represents the sceptre, the symbol of authority and royalty. It is Venus turned on its head.Mars glyph The second glyph that is currently used  is an image of the shield and lance as well as depicting the erect phallus, a symbol of virility and procreative powers. In the Roman Pantheon Mars was accorded great honours. Mars was second only to Jupiter-Zeus, The Romans attributed many positive qualities to Mars. He was the great god of Nature, a giver of fertility, a protector of fields and herds, as well as a general inspiration to all new projects and ideas. It was in his honour that the Romans dedicated their first month, March, which coincides with the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere.

Positive Attribute of Mars
Let us examine the positive attributes of Mars. Apart from representing aggression and anger, Mars can represent nobility, courage, heroism, daring, invincibility, stamina, enterprise and physical courage as expressed by the exploits of ancient heroes such as Hercules, Theseus and Jason etc. Aries rules the head so it also symbolises ideals. In alchemy Mars is equated with sulphur and was often referred to as the wolf. Romulus & RemusThere is an interesting synchronicity with Mars being the father of the twins, Romulus and Remus who were suckled by a she-wolf and raised by shepherds and who grew up to found the city of Rome. In the alchemical context sulphur represents the aggressive instinct, the primal life force, the bestial aspect before it is subject to those transformative forces which will result in humanisation. Each of the planets represent a different stage of our personal development. In its raw force Mars represents the ‘terrible twos’ stage with tantrums like volcanic eruptions.

Donald Trump, Sandra Fluke, Megyn Kelly, Hillary ClintonThe Mars Factor in Donald Trumps’s natal chart
It is interesting to note that Mars is one of the most prominent planets in Donald Trump’s natal chart with Mars in fiery Leo placed in the first house of ego ruled by Aries. Trump is notorious for his dummy spits, arrogance and narcissistic behaviour so characterisic of unevolved fire sign energy.

In its destructive mode as expressed by Donald Trump, Mars energy can be crude, cruel, insensitive, petulant, combative, bullying, violent and egotistical. He has offended women, the disabled, Latinos, blacks, Muslims, American Indians, journalists, other politicians to name but a few. His behaviour is reminiscent of the schoolyard bully where the Mars energy runs rampant with absolutely no filter. He belittles his political opponents, taunting them with derogatory adjectives such as ‘little’ Marco for Marco Rubio and ‘crooked’ Hillary for Hillary Clinton and ‘Pocahontas’ for Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Trump would be what Liz Greene refers to on her section on Mars in the book The Inner Planets the ‘Berserker’ of Teutonic version of Mars, drunk on the wine of combat.

Trump rally violence in New MexicoWe have seen the recent riots at his rallies in New Mexico and Santiago. Trump’s use of Mars is divisive and polarising pitting one side against the other, threatening to build a wall between America and Mexico – a symbol of his own inner divisiveness.

French blockadeRiots in France against labour reforms
Meanwhile in France three months of student and union-led protests against Hollande’s Socialist government labour reforms have descended into violent clashes between demonstrators and police around the country. Unions have threatened to disrupt transport for the millions of visitors to the Euro 2016 football championship which kicks off across France on June 10. The contentious issue around these reforms will give employers more flexibility to hire and fire.

Protest against council mergersMeanwhile at home in Sydney about 200 protesters, angry at the NSW Government’s decision to merge Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils into one entity, and the WestConnex project drowned out Inner West Council administrator Richard Pearson during the meeting at Petersham on Tuesday night.

Anti Iskam protest in MelbourneIn Melbourne last weekend there were ugly clashes between pro refugee and anti refugee protesters. Police used pepper spray to separate more than 300 angry protesters as anti-Islam and anti-racism groups clashed in the streets of Melbourne.

The 3 Hs – Hopelessness, Helplessness and Hostility
However we choose to express our anger individually or collectively, psychologists all talk about the 3 Hs – hopelessness, helplessness and hostility. There is a sense of powerlessness that often accompanies our angry outbursts. I know for myself I have Mars conjunct my natal Moon representing emotions in Gemini in the 6th house of work and health. I find that the I can blow off steam by venting my anger verbally. It might be in the form of yelling expletives at politicians on TV whose views and policies don’t concur with my own. Having Mars in the house of health I can suffer from inflammations, digestive or gynaecological problems. I find that practising martial arts provides a good outlet for expressing my Mars energy.

Martian Heroines in Mythology and History
Both mythology and history abound with Martian heroines. In mythology there are  the Amazons, Egyptian Sekhmet, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Pallas Athena etc. In history we have such

Boadicea

Queen Boadicea

feminine role models as Catherine the Great, Queen Elizabeth I, Joan of Arc and Boadicea to name but a few. As Liz Greene acknowledges the expression of Mars may be more basic, urgent and literal for men. Traditionally, the channelling of Mars energy for women, the ‘fairer sex’, has been limited and circumscribed. Women have to learn to channel the Mars energy constructively and even if they do so can still be labelled as ball breakers or bitches etc.

Psychologists refer to natural root aggression which endows us with the will to unfold more of who we are and grow into our full potential. Healthy aggression leads to independence, autonomy and individuality. It is more dangerous to suppress our drives and aggression as it can lead to passive aggression, sexual dysfunction, illnesses such as migraines and gastro-intestinal problems as well as depression.

The suppression of the natural Mars energy can play havoc in intimate relationships if one partner denies their Mars energy the other partner may act it out for them. There can be covert Mars energy showing up as the passive aggressive, the hen-pecked husband, the woman playing the role of victim or martyr. Liz Greene refers to the trio of closeness, dependency and anger when we are close to someone we are likely to project our unresolved infantile complexes onto them.

Rosie BattyDomestic and Family Violence
When we look at the alarming occurrence of family or domestic violence in Australia and across the world we can begin to see how vital it is for both men and women to have a healthy constructive outlet for their Mars energy. Statistics show two women are murdered by their partners every week in Australia. There are many initiatives set up now to rehabilitate and re-educate men on how to handle their anger. We all need to take responsibility for our anger. As Dr Carl Jung theorised we are often both repelled and fascinated by our own shadow contents. Many people are attracted to violent movies and video games. According to Jung people who commit murders, atrocities, rapes etc. are carrying out the collective rage. This may be unpalatable to some but it is worth giving it some consideration.

New Moon In Gemini
There is a New Moon in Gemini 4/5 June. It will be at 14 degrees 53 on 5 June at 12.59.31 am Sydney time. This New Moon will be conjunct Venus forming a grand mutable cross with Jupiter in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius. This could be chaotic energy making it difficult to handle. However, the grand trine in Earth with Jupiter, Pluto and Mercury should help to bring some stability and balance to the more chaotic energy of the grand mutable cross.

Sources
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene

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August Astromusings

Jewish Palestinian wedding

Jewish Palestinian wedding

War or Peaceful Coexistence?
It is a while since I have written a post but so much is happening on a national and global scene that I felt I must record some of my thoughts and feelings on some of the most pressing issues both here in Australia and abroad. It has been a month fraught with violence and anger on the world stage. More conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis. It has been heartening to see on social that many Jews are in favour of peace between Israelis and Palestinians and are actively campaigning for a Palestinian state. It culminated this week with a wedding between an Israeli woman Maral Malka and a Palestinian man  Mahmoud Mansour despite all the protests from far right Israeli groups chanting, “Death to the Arabs.” The groom told Israel’s Channel 2 TV the protesters failed to derail the wedding or dampen its spirit. “We will dance and be merry until the sun comes up. We favour coexistence,” he said.

Gaza Genocide
We have all been subject to the horrific images of the death and injuries of innocent Palestinian children and families over the past month. Many of us cringed when the Australian Attorney General Liberal Senator Attorney George Brandis told a Senate hearing this week that it’s inappropriate to describe East Jerusalem as “occupied”. The comment has caused a stir in the Palestinian territories where the policies of the new Australian Government are already viewed with deep suspicion. His comments brought a quick response from Hanan Ashrawi In her office in Ramallah, PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi read the comments with disgust.  “I couldn’t believe this because how can you hear such language from an attorney-general supposedly who knows the law, who knows international law, who is in such blatant violation of international law, who issues such statements that are disgraceful, really. It is shameful that Australia has reached such a situation.” The outcry from Arab countries with threatens of sanctions forced Brandis to back down and the Liberal government to go into damage control.

Hedy Epstein Holocaust survivior

Hedy Epstein Holocaust survivor

Mars in Scorpio square Jupiter in Leo
What has been going on in the skies to escalate this conflict in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinians? In early August Mars in Scorpio squared Jupiter in Leo. Mars which rules war, conflict and separation and with Jupiter intensifies the Martian impulse escalating violence and conflict globally with the shooting in Ferguson Missouri of the young black man, Michael Brown by a trigger happy white policeman which ended in riots, the escalation of the conflict in Iraq culminating in the public beheading by ISIL of US journalist, James Foley.

There is an interesting link between Gaza and the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson in the person of Hedy Epstein a holocaust survivor, protesting over the shooting of Michael Brown and activist and member of  the Free Gaza Moment.

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was arrested on Monday during unrest over the death of Michael Brown.
Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, “for failing to disperse” during a protest of Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to call the National Guard into Ferguson. Eight others were also arrested.

“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was 90,” Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90.” Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement.

Robin Williams with young girl actress

Robin Williams

Robin Williams as Mrs Doubtfire

Robin Williams as Mrs Doubtfire

August Full Moon and the Death of an Icon
The August Full Moon in Aquarius brought shock waves around the world when the much loved comic icon Robin Williams took his own life by hanging himself on 11 August 2014. Social media was inundated with tearful farewells for a cherished actor and comedian. I felt so shocked and watched all the tributes online and on  TV including a rerun of Mrs Doubtfire which would brought tears of laughter and sadness simultaneously. I watched a rerun of The Bird Cage and remembered his other roles in Dead Poets’ Society and Good Will Hunting.

Robin William's natal chart

Robin Williams’ natal chart

It is interesting to look at Robin Williams’ natal chart which gives some clue to his Universal appeal. I looked up Robin’s chart on AstroDataBank. According to their data, based on a copy of his birth certificate, he was born July 21, 1951 at 1:34 PM, CST, Chicago, Illinois USA. No wonder he touched so many people in his many diverse roles with his Sun in sensitive Cancer and his Moon conjunct his North Node in dreamy soulful Pisces and his ascendant in intense Scorpio – so much water! He also has Mars conjunct Uranus in Cancer and Venus conjunct his South Node.  It was well known that he battled with drug and alcohol addiction and depression and had just recently been in rehab before he took his own life. The astrologer Donna Cunningham whose lectures I have attended at a FAA  conference has researched extensively on the addictions in the birthchart and made the interesting observation that one of the genes for depression and one of the genes for alcoholism are next to each other on the same strand of DNA..  It was also revealed by Robin’s wife a few days after his death that he also had been diagnosed with early onset Parkinsons disease yet another challenge for him to contend with.

The whole tragic event pressed a lot of buttons for me as my own father was a Cancerian with 6 planets in Cancer and Jupiter conjunct Chiron in Pisces so altogether 8 planets in water signs if you count Chiron. My father also had Neptune conjunct the Sun, and had Pluto conjunct Mercury as did Robin Williams. He also suffered from depression, insomnia and alcoholism, dying an untimely death at age 57. Another dear friend, Neil was an Aries with Cancer rising also suffered with depression and alcoholism and died in his early 60s. He had a T-square with Neptune Moon and Saturn. A few years ago I gave a powerpoint presentation on Mental Illness in the Birthchart for our astrology association AANSW in Sydney. I was particularly inspired by the work of Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-director of the John Hopkins Mood Disorders Centre. Her book Touched with Fire alludes to Icarus who flew too high and had his wings burned by the sun. She referred to the two lines in the poem, A Fine Madness by the Elizabethan poet Michael Drayton:
For that fine madness still he did retain
Which rightly should possess a poet’s brain.
Lord George Gordon Byron referred to the creative genius in this way “We of the craft are all crazy.”
There has been a long-held belief that there is a fine line between genius and madness. Robin Williams could be very manic in his behaviour experiencing the highs and lows as revealed in his countless interviews and portrayed in his many movie and TV roles. With Mercury the trickster his most elevated planet, he was like a chameleon able to shift shape in his many roles.

He had some challenging transits to deal with before he took his own life. Over the past year  transiting Uranus and Pluto have both been activating the challenging Mars complex in Williams’ chart, and when Mars was in Libra  it formed a Grand Cross with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn.  Jupiter in Cancer, was also involved in that alignment and all of these planets were  affecting Williams’ natal Mars the co ruler of his Scorpio ascendant. Transiting Pluto was opposing his natal Mars Uranus conjunction in the 8th house of death and the transiting Sun had just passed over his natal Pluto. The Pluto opposition to Mars  would have been especially volatile and would have been overwhelming for someone so sensitive as Robin Williams.  Vale Robin Williams  – a genius who will be sadly missed by all who loved you and to whom you brought so much joy and laughter.

 

 

 

Aries

Design by Sue Robertson

ARIES

Aries, the fearless warrior
ruled by the fiery planet Mars
with pioneering spirit
and youthful brashness
rushes headlong into battle
undaunted by obstacles
in his path

by Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Aries
The Personality sounds his note: Let form be sought
The Soul proclaims: I come forth from the plane of mind, I rule

Rulers for Aries
Exoteric Ruler:
Mars under the Sixth  Ray of Devotion and Idealism
Esoteric Ruler: Mercury under the Fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict
Hierarchical Ruler: Uranus under the First Ray of Will or Power

Happy Birthday to all the Aries who celebrate their birthday between March 21 and April 21. The Sun enters Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac, on March 21 at the time of the Spring or Vernal equinox in the Northern hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the Southern hemisphere when the days and nights are of equal length. This marks the New Year astrologically as the Sun begins its passage through the twelve signs of the zodiac. Traditionally linked with the Spring Equinox, Aries, the Ram, represents the procreative force and rebirth. Just as Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac symbolises the last part of the body, the feet, Aries represents the first part of the body, the head. The glyph for Aries has several different interpretations. From a physical point of view it symbolises the eyebrows and nose. The two down-turned horns of the ram are suggestive of the battering power of the ram who fights head on. Metaphysically the glyph for Aries represents a fountain gushing forth water symbolising consciousness in an upward and outward direction.

Mars, the Ruling Planet of Aries

Aries’ ruling planet Mars, or Greek Ares is the God of War. In its highest aspect Mars serves as the vehicle of new outpourings of energy into the material world, which, if used constructively can bring advancement to humanity. The ancient glyph for Mars, a circle with a cross on top, represents the sceptre, the symbol of authority and royalty. The second glyph is an image of the shield and lance as well as depicting the erect phallus, a symbol of virility and procreative powers. In the Roman Pantheon Mars was accorded great honours. Mars was second only to Jupiter-Zeus, The Romans attributed many positive qualities to Mars. He was the great god of Nature, a giver of fertility, a protector of fields and herds, as well as a general inspiration to all new projects and ideas. It was in his honour that the Romans dedicated their first month, March, which coincides with the vernal equinox. Mars is known as the Red Planet, the colour which symbolises the passionate and aggressive nature of the Aries individual.

Celebrations of the Seasons – the Equinoxes and Solstices

Since time immemorial, people, aware of the significance of the changing of the seasons, have celebrated the Equinoxes and Solstices, weaving their myths accordingly. In the Mystery Schools of ancient civilisations the four sacred seasons were accorded their due with celebrations honouring their significance. Some of the earliest of the Egyptian festivals were celebrated at the Solstices while the most important of the Greek Mysteries were celebrated at the Equinoxes. The spiritually potent star Sirius shed its rays upon earth at the Solstices and the star Alcyone at the Equinoxes. Many civilisations celebrated the change of seasons through the rituals of death and rebirth and loss and return. In Egypt it honoured the resurrection of Osiris, in Babylon Adonis, in Sumeria Tammuz and in the famous Eleusinian Mysteries of Greece the return of Persephone from the Underworld. Lupercalia was a fertility festival celebrated by the pagan Romans. All these ancient rituals prefigured the Christian celebration of Easter. The word Easter originates from the ancient fertility festival of the Goddess Eostre, the teutonic Goddess of spring from which the word oestrogen is derived.

Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece – the Embodiment of Aries

Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece

A myth which embodies the Aries courage, pioneering spirit and initiative is the Quest for the Golden Fleece. In the Mythic Tarot Liz Greene portrays the quest of the Golden Fleece as the mythic journey in the suit of wands symbolising fire. Jason has convinced the heroes, Heracles, Theseus and the Warrior twins Castor and Polydeuces, to accompany him on a voyage to Colchis on his daring quest for the Golden Fleece. His heroes who accompany him each possess necessary attributes to ensure a successful outcome. Heracles  represents strength; King Theseus of Athens, a fiery adventurer like Jason provides the creative vision; Castor and Polydeuces have the cutting edge of the clever mind, and Orpheus has the deep feeling and empathy to disarm any foe. To gain the Golden Fleece Jason and his Argonauts have to endure many challenges on this treacherous journey, including a battle with the dragon which guards the Golden Fleece. Having procured the Golden Fleece, Jason and his heroes must do battle with the formidable King Aeetes of Colchis to be able to bring the Fleece back to Iolkos. Again our indomitable hero, against all odds wins the battle against King Aeetes only to have to face one more challenge before the goal is reached – that of steering the Argo through the Clashing Rocks. Such is the stuff that the Aries individual is made of, never willing to give in, thriving on challenges no matter how difficult they may appear!

Hercules Captures the Man-Eating Mares of Diomedes

The Labours of Hercules – The Capture of Man-Eating Mares

In the first labour of Hercules he has to capture the wild horses and mares of Diomedes, the son of Mars. So wild were these horses and fierce the mares that all men were said to tremble at their sound, for they ravaged up and down the land, wreaking damage and killing all sons of men who crossed their path, and breeding steadily most wild and evil horses. Hercules enlisted the aid of his dear friend Abderis. Hercules succeeded in cornering the wild mares in a field and caught and tethered them while yelling with joy at his success. So great was Hercules’ delight in his prowess thus displayed that he deemed it beneath his dignity to hold the mares or drive them on the Way to Diomedes so he asked his friend Abderis to perform the task. But Abderis was weak and fearful and could not hold them or harness them or drive them through the Gate with the result that they turned on him and rent and trod him underfoot, killing him and escaping into the wilder land of Diomedes.
Wiser, grief-stricken, humble and discouraged, Hercules returned to re-do the labour this time succeeding in capturing the horses and driving them through the Gate himself but his friend lay dead. The teacher looked him over with care and sent the horses to a place of peace to be tamed and broken to their tasks. The people of the land, released from fear welcomed the deliverer, acclaiming Hercules as the saviour of the land.
The Teacher turned to Hercules and said: “Labour the first is ended; the task is done but badly done. Learn the true lesson of this task and then pass on to further service to your fellowmen.”

Alice Bailey explains the esoteric symbolism of the myth. She comments on the fact that the first labour starts with a partial failure, as is so often the case with the inexperienced and impetuous aspirant. This first labour marks the first step upon the “path of translation” Aries governs the head. It is consequently the sign of the thinker, and therefore a powerful mental sign. The aspirant begins the labours when he truly becomes the thinker, and in full awareness proceeds to function as the arbiter of his own destiny. Bailey notes that the horse in the Indian scripture and mythology is closely connected to the ram and also stands for intellectual activity. The white horse symbolises the illumined mind of the spiritual man and so we find in the Book of Revelations that Christ comes forth riding upon a white horse. Black horses represent the lower mind with its false ideas and erring human concepts. The brood mares, such as we meet in the first labour, indicate the feminine aspect of the mind as it gives birth to ideas, to theories and to concepts. The thought-form making tendency of the mind is here symbolised, embodying the ideas conceived, and which are let loose upon the world, devastating and destroying when emanating from the lower mind, but constructing and saving when coming from the soul.
The exoteric ruler of Aries is Mars, the god of war, and so Hercules acting under the right direction of thought and beginning his work on the mental plane, takes his stand as the warrior. His outstanding characteristic in this sign is the pioneering, militant spirit. The mares were in the possession of Diomedes, the son of Mars. (But the esoteric ruler of Aries is Mercury, which ‘illumines the mind and mediates between the soul and the personality.”)
Bailey sums up the crux of the test in the following way: “The conquest of matter and overcoming illusion loomed large before Hercules and indicated from the very outset of the twelve labours the nature of his final achievement. It has been said that the keynote of the sign Aries is hope and as he has faced his twelve labours, hope was all the guarantee that Hercules then had that he would achieve. Hope, his untried divine equipment, his personal club, and much enthusiasm: so start all disciples.
Hercules had to begin in the world of thought to gain mental control. For ages brood mares of thought had been breeding war horses and through wrong thought, wrong speech and erroneous ideas, had been devastating the countryside. Bailey writes that one of the first lessons that every beginner has to learn is the tremendous power that he mentally wields, and the amount of harm that he can cause in his neighbourhood and environment through the brood mares of his mind. He has, therefore, to learn the right use of his mind, and the first thing that he has to do is capture this feminine aspect of the mind and see to it that no more war horses are bred. Hercules realised the harm that the brood mares were doing. He rushed gallantly to the rescue of the neighbourhood, determined to catch the brood mares, but he overestimated himself. He did succeed in rounding them up and capturing them, but he failed to realise their potency and strength, so he gave them to Abderis, the symbol of the lower personal self, to hold. But Hercules, the soul, and Abderis, the personality, in unison were needed to guard these devastating horses. Abderis alone is not strong enough, and what had been happening to the people in the neighbourhood, happened to Abderis: they killed him.
Bailey goes on to explain that this is an instance of the working of the great law that we pay the price in our own natures of wrongly-spoken word and ill-judged actions. Again the Soul in the person of Hercules, had to deal with the problems of wrong thought and only when he becomes a one-pointed aspirant in the sign Sagittarius and in that sign kills the Man-Eating Birds, does he really attain complete control of the thought processes of his nature.”
Bailey then quotes from Thackeray to further illustrate the practical significance of thought: ” Sow a thought and reap an action. Sow an action, and reap a habit. Sow a habit and reap character. Sow character and reap destiny.”

Constellation of Aries

The Constellation of Aries

In his book Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology Alan Oken writes the following about Aries in the sky: To the naked eye, the constellation of Aries is little more than its three brightest stars, the greatest of which is Hamal. It is found in the autumn sky, just east of the great square of Pegasus, the Winged Horse. The triangle of stars making its horns and nose lies just west of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters and is about 6 degrees of celestial latitude north of the ecliptic. The hindquarters of the Ram merge with the rear portion of Taurus, the Bull. the head of Aries is usually depicted as in the illustration turned so that it may watch Taurus and the other ten signs rise behind it.
Alice Bailey explains the esoteric symbolism of the constellations in Aries in this way: As is usual there are three constellations connected with Aries. First there is Cassiopeia, the Enthroned Queen, the symbol always of matter. It is most interesting to note how in the circle of the Zodiac we come across three women. In connection with Aries, the sign of commencement, we find Cassiopeia, the Dominant Woman, then the woman, mother-matter caring for the infant Christ in Virgo and then in Pisces, at the close of the great round, we find Andromeda, the Chained Woman representing matter dominated and controlled. Cassiopeia will be found seated on the Arctic Circle, close to Cepheus the King, or Lawgiver, whom we shall meet later as one of the three constellations in Pisces. At the commencement, Law: at the close, Law; for Cepheus has a close relation with the first and last sign of the Zodiac. Bailey writes that it is interesting to note that Mahomet, the founder of the most militant religion, was born in Aries, and legend has it that Moses was also born in the sign of Aries; Moses, the law giver, and Mahomet, the warrior.
The problem of Hercules, as he enters upon his labours, is to demonstrate his power over matter and form, and so he has to recognise Cassiopeia from the very beginning, the hitherto enthroned queen.
The second constellation that Bailey draws our attention to is Cetus, the Sea Monster, the Enemy of the Little Fishes….One of the great symbols of the soul is the fish swimming in the ocean of matter, and Cetus, the sea monster is the symbol of what we call evil, that seeks to destroy the soul in incarnation. The sea monster, in the ocean of existence, and the enthroned queen, spoke to Hercules of the magnitude of his problem, but the third constellation spoke to him of victory. Perseus is the third of the three constellations, called in the zodiac of the Denderah, in Egypt, “the one who subdues”; sometimes called, “the breaker”, that which can chain the enthroned woman, and that which can conquer the monster. We are told that Perseus possessed the helmet of invisibility, the sandals of swiftness, the buckler of wisdom and the sword of the spirit. Bailey concludes: “Thus Hercules saw himself reflected in the heavens, and as he started upon the capture of the man-eating mares, he discovered himself the guarantee of his ultimate achievement, even though at the time the difficulties with which he was faced seemed insuperable.”

Aries Hall of Fame

Frank W. Woolworth

Aries, with their natural zeal, drive, enterprising qualities and ambition, are drawn to careers in business and high finance. Aries are well represented as stockbrokers, venture capitalists and futures traders. J.P. Morgan and Frank Woolworth are three Aries billionaires. Mars also rules cutting implements so Aries are also well represented in the medical profession as surgeons.

Colin Powell

With Mars also symbolising war, it is not surprising to learn that Aries can be found amongst the ranks of generals.  Colin Powell, an Aries, was the U.S. chief of Staff during the First Gulf War and a retired four-star general of the United States Army. No matter what career they undertake they pursue it with great passion. Passion seems to be the key-note of great Aries musicians such as JS Bach, famous for St Matthews Passion, and artists such as Vincent Van Gogh. The poet laureate William Wordsworth was also an Aries as was St Teresa of Avila who experienced the Mystic Marriage with Christ. With the Aries reputation for amorous pursuits, it is not surprising to learn that the infamous Italian Casanova was an Aries

Russell Crowe in Gladiator

Aries always exude great magnetism on stage and screen as is the case with our celluloid heroes, Warren Beatty, Marlon Brando, Omar Sharif, Spencer Tracy, Peter Ustinov, Charlie Chaplin, Gregory Peck, and Russell Crowe of ‘Gladiator’ fame. Other notable Aries include Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Dudley Moore, and Gloria Steinem.

Aries Health and  Anatomy

As well as ruling the head, Aries rules all important organs associated with it, i.e. the brain and the eyes. In matters of health Aries are especially prone to injuries to the head and face as they often rush in where angels fear to tread. Mars rules body heat so the Aries individual is very susceptible to fevers as well as headaches and sinus. The Aries individual needs to switch off the engine and learn to relax. Yoga, meditation or martial arts are ideal activities for this hyperactive fire sign.

In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell outlines the health challenges for Aries and the biochemic cell salt which serves as a remedy.” The biochemic cell salt for Aries is Kali phos. which creates the grey matter of the brain by uniting with albumen and oxygen. Kali phos. is so important that without it, the brain simply cannot function because there is no grey matter to function unless Kali phos. is there to create it. All mental disorders require Kali Phos, as do nervous complaints of every kind; depression, insomnia, irritability, hysteria, sensitiveness, and headaches. It is also invaluable for concentration. It is naturally indicated in all cases of paralysis in order to rebuild cells of the brain which serve the affected area. Since Kali phos. builds the brain cells, it is obvious we cannot have clear and definite thoughts without it. The very name is significant, for Kali means ‘mother’ or ‘mater’ from which we get ‘material’, and phosphorus means ‘light bearer’.” Vanda Sawtell claims that because of its antiseptic properties, Kali phos. should be given in all skin troubles, especially if there is irritation, and in conjunction with ferrum phos. the cell salt for Pisces. Since the fire of Kali phos. burns in the oxygen attracted by Ferrum phos. it is difficult to separate these two salts, Kali phos. and Ferrum phos. just as the signs, the first and the last of the zodiac seemed locked together as though it were their function to unite the Zodiac in a circle. Nerve impulses to all organs of the body are generated in the brain, therefore the range of symptoms covered by Kali phos is very wide. The sensory organs of sight, hearing, taste and smell all come under its influence. It is of great assistance in menstruation and pregnancy and in respiratory troubles such as bronchial asthma, whooping cough, hoarseness and loss of voice. It is also vital when nervous symptoms arise due to the fact that the nerve fluid has been exhausted.”

Overview for Aries for 2014

Career

Unpredictable Uranus continues its sojourn through your sign so you can expect an exciting though at times unpredictable period freeing you up to express your individuality and assert your independence. Uranus makes connection with volatile Pluto in your career sector during 2014 which focuses on changes in career. This is particularly so between in mid April when Pluto Mars Jupiter and Uranus form a grand cross in what are called cardinal signs. The sectors that are affected by this alignment of planets are your career, relationship and domestic sectors so something’s gotta give in these areas as this is where the main tension will be felt until resolution is reached and balance restored.

Finances

Saturn inhabits your 8th house of other people’s money bringing a reality check to how you manage your finances. The Solar Partial Eclipse of 23 October also brings an opportunity to resolve issues around debt and self-worth liberating you from negative spending patterns. Saturn’s 2 and half year sojourn through your debt and joint finances sector encourages a prudent approach to finances which will ensure financial stability and success for the future. Saturn’s 7 year cycle affords you an opportunity to review the previous seven-year cycle, consolidate your wealth and plan for secure foundations for the next seven-year cycle of Saturn.

Relationships

There is much focus on relationships for you with both your ruler, feisty Mars, and the karmic North Node in Libra spending an extended period in your love and relationship sector.  Part of Mars’ time here will be in retrograde motion from 2 March to 15 April. Venus, the goddess of love, graces your love and relationship sector with her presence from 30 September to 23 October giving an opportunity to resolve any conflict that Mars has brought in its wake and restoring love and  harmony to your relationships.

Home and Family

From 26 June 2013 until mid year 2014 Jovial Jupiter makes its larger than life presence felt in your domestic sector. Under Jupiter’s influence here you could find yourself undertaking large-scale home renovations, moving house or welcoming a new addition to the family. Venus and Mercury will visit your domestic sector during July and August. Mercury will be there from 14 t- 31 July giving opportunities for discussions on family matters. Venus’ presence there from 21 July to 12 August will bring harmony and opportunities for family get togethers.

Creativity, Children and Romance

Jovial Jupiter moves into your children and romance sector from 13 August to 10 August 2015 bringing opportunities in this area of your life.  The Sun, Mercury and Venus pay a visit here during July and August highlighting your sector of children, creativity and romance which should enliven these areas of life, encouraging learning, communication and play. On the whole this should be a joyful time where you can rediscover your inner child have fun and explore your creativity.

Travel and Higher Education

Sun, Mercury and Venus, goddess of love, will visit your travel and education sector during December makes travel and higher learning pleasurable. It also affords you an opportunity to find holiday romance. Stern Saturn will move into this sector from 24 December to spend almost 3 years here bringing a more serious note to these areas of your life. You may undertake serious study and your rewards will be commensurate with your efforts. Travel will also take on a more serious tone.

Friendships

Mercury and Venus activate your friendship house in the earlier part of 2014. From 12 -29 January Mercury visits your friendship zone and again from 14 February to 17 March bringing opportunities for social networking.  Venus graces your friendship sector with her presence from 6 March – 5 April bringing harmony and cooperation here. The New Moon here on 10 February encourages goal setting.

Spirituality

Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its sojourn in your 12th house of karma and spirituality. Neptune will feel at home here as it is in its own house and now in its own sign of Pisces. This will give you plenty of opportunities to retreat and explore your inner world and your spiritual essence. You may feel a desire to escape from the mundane world and attend a spiritual retreat, meditate or listen to soulful music or keep a dream journal. Neptune is about surrender and forgetting self to achieve union with a higher power so you may be inspired to be of service perhaps through working for a charity or learning one of the healing arts. Quicksilver Mercury, the messenger of the gods, pays an extended visit here from 1 – 13 February and from 18 March to 6 April arousing your curiosity about matters spiritual. It may encourage communication on other than verbal levels such as practising meditation, attuning to your dreams or receiving other insights. However you choose to attune to Neptune’s higher vibrations, it will be in this sector of your chart for almost 14 years, giving you lots of opportunities to connect with your soul.

Sources

Aries Greeting Card Designed by Sue Robertson
Aries Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell