FREE Astrology Apps for iPhone, Android, iPad, and PC/Mac Desktops

April 30, 2011

A complete astrological chart wheel and interpretations and many other oracle apps like tarot, I-Ching, Runes, etc. can be found at the link below:

Those of you who want access to all the Matrix mobile apps (from your smart phone) just enter in the following website address like you would any other web site and bookmark it.

http://astrologyland.com/

For those of you on laptops and desktops, Mac or PC, you can have a mobile simulator by going to this web address with your browser.

http://astrologyland.com/m/

Enjoy!


StarTypes Resources

August 8, 2010

You can get your free StarType pattern and card here:

http://astrologyland.com/index.aspx

Read about the history here:
http://astrologyland.com/startypes/Index.aspx

What are StarTypes good for? Also more about the relationship families. Read here:
http://astrologyland.com/startypes/More_ST.aspx

StarType Family: The Lover (green cards), Read here:

http://astrologyland.com/startypes/Lovers.aspx

StarType Family: The Loved One (red cards), Read here:
http://astrologyland.com/startypes/LovedOne.aspx

StarType Family: Independent (blue cards), Read here:
http://astrologyland.com/startypes/independent.aspx

StarType Family: Many-Relational (rose cards), Read here:
http://astrologyland.com/startypes/Relational.aspx


WELCOME to StarType

August 8, 2010

In the last post I presented some background on the heliocentric perspective in astrology and a little history.

Here I am going to present a powerful and easy-to-learn technique that I call StarTypes. You don’t have to be an astrologer to use this method. It is that easy. I have been using it in counseling and research for many, many years. After fifty years of studying astrology, StarTypes is still the best indicator I have yet found to describe how relationships work, both your ability for having relationships and how you and any other StarType might relate to one another. It is also the most accurate guide for vocational questions I have come across.

StarTypes involves examining the large-scale whole-chart patterns in the heavens looked at both from the point of view of Earth and equally from the Sun, which means: a solar system overview. I have given some details in recent posts and comments to that post in you are interested. Now for the technique.

The ever-changing motions of the planets create an almost kaleidoscopic series of patterns in the sky. These large whole-chart patterns are what I call StarTypes and I have organized these main planetary patterns into a series of sixty main StarTypes. There could be more but this will get your started.

Furthermore, to make it even easier I have designed a series of tarot-like cards and placed each StarType pattern on a card. Each card shows the particular pattern in the sky, a keyword name for it, and the border of the card indicates which of four classic relationship types it belongs to.

Each of us has our own particular natal StarType, the overall pattern in the solar system that was in effect at the time of our birth. StarType cards are easy to remember and share with one another, plus just seeing the color of a card’s border will tell you at a glance which relationship role that person probably prefers to take on.

So the first thing for you to do is to get your own StarType card. I have made these available to you at no charge as part of our site:

http://astrologyland.com/

Just go there, enter your birthdate and year and you will get your StarType, plus a brief description of the qualities for that type. You don’t even need to know the time you were born, because StarType patterns change very slowly. Your StarType costs you nothing. However, I am also a businessman, so if you feel you want a complete report written by me on your StarType and sent to you in PDF format, that will cost $10,. The basic card and a description is free to all. Now for something about what our StarType tells us.

What StarTypes Mean

As mentioned, StarTypes are large whole-chart patterns that represent general approaches to life, something like psychologist Carl Jung’s famous archetypes. We look to find our personal details and circumstances in the traditional earth-centered natal astrology chart, but we can look for the deeper sense of ourselves (our dharma and life path) in the StarType archetypes as viewed at the solar system level. StarType analysis is excellent for career and vocational counseling and for working with couples and families on relationship issues.

As for vocational aptitude, I often call the helio StarType chart, your ‘Dharma Chart,” for it will show both the one’s talents and also the areas where the individual is going to have to team up with others to achieve full balance. But most of all use StarTypes in relationship analysis, and most of my work is with couples and families that are having compatibility problems. StarTypes excel at this.

How Are We to Interpret StarTypes?

For the first few years with StarTypes, back in the early 1970s, everything had to be drawn out by hand. I have a shelf full of thick notebooks with both the geo and helio StarType charts facing each other on opposing pages, many, many thousands of them. I was so impressed with StarTypes that I wanted to better understand these great patterns and was prepared to be very, very detailed about my research.

But as time passed I gradually realized that these planetary patterns were anything but difficult to decipher. They were easy and they revealed themselves almost at a glance, much as I tried to imagine them as complex, deep, and hard to understand. It was like the reverse of studying. These planetary patterns are illuminating! And they told a very old but simple story, the story of human relationships, how many of us are incomplete and balance what we want with a partner, with what others have in abundance. This is natural chemistry.

Startypes made it clear to me that there really are archetypes, different approaches to life, such as that of “The lover” and “The Loved One,” or the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’, the yin and the yang, and so on, all very clear to see. Here for me was an astrological affirmation for what poets have been singing about for centuries.

You must understand that I was a very technical astrologer, but in working with StartTypes I was facing something intuitively simple and direct, something well beyond thought, like the traditional smack with a stick that Zen masters bestow on their students. This was an experience strong enough to invert me one-hundred and eighty degrees. I wandered into this study to perhaps find and explore a new astrological technique, and instead what I discovered there was none other than myself in a clear and undeniable form.

Just like the old popular song by Little Anthony, “Just two kinds of people in the world; they are a boy and a girl,” I found that all of these many chart patterns could be boiled down to two powerful but opposite types, that of “The Lover” and “The Loved One,” the caretaker in a relationship and the one who is cared for. All relationships eventually settle into these two roles. Someone cares more (or as my mom said “Someone picks up the socks!”) and someone cares less or naturally becomes the object of affection. Of course this is crystal clear from the poetry and songs that have come down to us through the ages. There are archetypes like Romeo and Juliet, the lover and the loved one. As simple as these archetypes boil down to, their capacity to shape and inform our life is enormous.

In StarTypes, I have found that there are four basic kinds or families of StarType configurations. I call them the “Four Relationship Types,” or just the four families, and each of these relationship types or families is indicated by their border color. The four colors aregreen (The Lover), red (The Loved One), blue (Independent), and plum (Multi-relational). These four relational types can be combined in countless ways, but are easy to understand and use for beginners.

The cards of those StarTypes that prefer the role of ‘The Lover’ or caretaker have green borders, while those with the red borders are the Loved Ones. The red and green cards are natural opposites and make for the best traditional chemistry. Those cards with blue borders can play both relationship roles (lover or loved one) depending on what their partner demands, and those cards with plum-colored borders enjoy many kinds of relationships. Which type you? You will have to look and see for yourself.

Some partners want as much natural chemistry as possible, while others look for more like a friend to partner up with. For maximum chemistry, then the age-old maxim “opposites attract” is the way to go. This would be the green cards with the red cards, for the twain shall never meet, and there will always be some mystery in the relationship. If the pure chemistry of push-me/pull-you is too much to take, then many find that someone with cards of the same color work well, two similar folks who bond together as much as friends as anything else. This type of same-same relationship usually finds something outside of themselves to provide the chemistry, like a children, pets, shared interests, common goals, etc.

There will be other posts, but rather than run on too long, let me end this section by summarizing how I would approach your helio chart. As mentioned, have fun with all of your already-known astrological tools, but I find them not that interesting. There can be many different StarType patterns in any one natal chart, so that can be confusing.

If you want to cut to the chase, you need to only ask one questions of the chart. Is there a Grand Cross or T-Square in the helio natal chart? If there is, then you are either one of the red cards or the blue cards. If there is no cross then you are either one of the green cards or the plum-colored cards.

If your chart has a large equilateral green triangle in it (and no cross), then you are a green card, otherwise a plum card. If you have both a cross and a green equilateral triangle or other green lines then you are one of the blue cards, the independent type. It sounds complicated, but it is really very simple.

Don’t panic. Just use the web program and find out what color borders your chart has, as well as your partner, family, co-workers, and so on. Also read the various online descriptions of the Startype families, plus look at the cards in the various families.

The green-bordered cards are the caretakers. They need relationships and their neediness and basic shyness has to be understood. Just the opposite for the red cards. They are fun-loving, gregarious and like to be at the center of attention. The blue cards have both the qualities of the red and green cards in one chart, so they are termed ‘Independent.” They don’t really need anyone, and are often quite content to be themselves. Others may find their self-absorption off-putting or selfish. Then there are the plum-colored cards who can never meet enough people or go to enough places. They tend to be more like the green cards in relationships but are not shy of people.

There are a few basic ideas to absorb and once you have them, you will be able have a lot of fun with this.

I will try to answer questions posted here.

For those who want a more technical discussion, consider the following:

There are these articles on:

http://michaelerlewine.com/

…under the forum “Articles.”

Heliocentrics
Our Roots in the Sun: Heliocentric Astrology
Interface: Planetary Nodes

…and on the ACT forums,

http://actastrology.com/

…under Heliocentric Astrology Forum this:
Heliocentrics

And finally a whole (and free book) at:

http://www.astrologysoftware.com/books/index.asp?orig

StarTypes: Life Path Partners

And finally, some articles here:

http://www.astrologysoftware.com/community/sessions/thrdhse_articles.asp?orig#archive

Enjoy!


StarTypes Introduction

August 8, 2010

While my web team is still getting the StarType program up, here is an intro to Sun-centered astrology, a beginning.

It has always been funny to me that my fellow astrologers say to me “Oh, you’re the heliocentric astrologer,” which is only half-true, because the other and equal half is that I am also skilled at geocentric astrology, just as are they! No amount of explaining ever makes a difference; to them I am forever that ‘helio’ astrologer. Talk about profiling. By the same token, because I was the first person to program astrology on microcomputers and offer my programs to astrologers, I am also that ‘programmer’ of astrology, as opposed to a ‘real’ astrologer, as if being technical disqualified me from having any intuitive knowledge. It used to bother me, but I am getting so old I really don’t care anymore about setting them straight.

I have written this elsewhere (and decades ago) that some 400 years ago astrology reached a fork in the road when Copernicus declared the Sun does not orbit Earth, but just the other way round: Earth orbits the Sun. At that crossroads in time and thought, astrologer/astronomers kind of split in two, with the astronomers moving forward using both earth-centered (geocentric) and sun-centered (heliocentric) charts and astrologers choosing to ignore the helio entirely and continue on with only their traditional earth-centered charts.

Today astronomers and astrologers are poles apart, with almost no communication and very little mutual respect, at least on the part of astronomers for astrologers. Astronomers use the geo chart to orbit satellites and what not, and the helio chart to send rockets to Mars, and places beyond. At this point this is all history.

What is not so clear is what happened to astrological interpretation in all of this mess, what sometimes is called ‘cultural astronomy.” The astronomers (who once were also astrologers) did not carry the art of relating the heavens to the earth personally interpretively forward, and the astrologers failed to interpret and absorb the Copernican revolution. Both sides lost out on something. I very much wish some astro-historian would explain how all this went down.

What I can say is that while astronomers have at least two clear views of space, one from earth and the other from the solar point of view, we astrologers have been left with but a single perspective, that of our Earth deeply embedded within the solar system, Earth’s view of the system, but no overview of how the planets actually relate to their natural center, the Sun.

So if there is any ‘overview’ that would correspond to the helio chart that astronomers use in modern astrology, astrologers would have to derive that somehow from the traditional single geocentric astrology chart that we all use. I point out to you that it is my opinion that astrology has had no alternative but to derive any meta-earth or solar view from the traditional astrological chart. Since that chart is itself a snapshot from within the solar system, it is not hard to grasp that this is a through-the-glass-darkly kind of seeing as opposed to any clear overview of what we as part of the larger solar system are all about.

What saddens me is that we astrologers, who have really stood guard all these centuries over the use of our intuition, were ignorant enough to ignore the fact that it is the earth that goes around the Sun, and not take that to heart. If we had, we would have interpreted it and began to learn much more about our own deeper center in the Sun. We would have been in tune to things like Carl Jung’s archetypes and any number of other concepts of modern spirituality that help to bridge the gap between our personal circumstances (standard geo chart) and out shared center the sun (helio chart). We would have interpreted all this centuries and become expert at it. And it is not too late now.

It would seem like the elephant in the room is the fact that sooner or later astrologers will have to catch up to the astronomers, absorb the Copernican fact, integrate it, and move forward into that dimension. The longer we wait, like faults in the earth’s crust, the bigger is the potential earthquake of realization that awaits us.

The takeaway point here is that when astrologers do accept and integrate the helio view, when we finally take it to heart, personally (like we do our natal chart), it will be something more than just a mechanical technique we somehow just add on to what we already know and use. Just as the Copernican concept REVOLUTIONIZED astronomy ‘externally’, so will the recognition of the enormity of this SAME concept affect astrologers in a big way. The Copernican concept is not narrowing, but rather widening, an enhancing of our view. The right word for it is “illuminating.” The psychological and spiritual correlate of the Copernican revolution is enlightening and empowering. This is an empowerment, one sorely overdue.

For myself, I stumbled on all of this because I was forced as a programmer to look at and program all manner of astrological techniques, whether they interested me or not. I was just like many of you. I had my toolbox of techniques I used and the first thing I did when I looked at the helio was to drag out all the stuff I knew and apply them. Of course they worked. There is no astrological difference between interpreting helio factors or geo factors, except obviously each uses a different center, etc. Everything in my toolbox worked: midpoints, transits aspect, etc. It all works. But there was something new that I could not at first put my finger on.

Like most astrologers, the first thing I do with a new astrological concept or technique is to look at my own chart. It is like looking in a mirror. Who does not glance in a mirror every once in a while? So I looked at my helio chart. After all, it was a chart for the same moment in time, the same exact planets, etc. In fact the only thing that was different about the two charts (traditional geo and the new helio) was the PERSPECTIVE or view. I was seeing myself from a different angle, in fact more of an overview.

I had never up to that time had any real alternative astrological look at myself. Like the great jazz singer Les McCann named his song “Compared to What?” I had nothing to compare my traditional geo chart to. Suddenly with the helio chart had a second opinion on ‘me’, and it was to say the least illuminating. It took a little to absorb, but I was stunned by what I saw. Suffice it to say that it changed my life.

I am not suggesting that it will do this for everyone, but how can astrologers turn down another and different perspective on themselves? That is why I am writing all this, because I care about astrology and astrologers and want each of you to have the same opportunity I had. I hope I am enthusing and not preaching.

If you are still with me, there are a few more things to make clear about how to approach your helio chart. For one, of course there is no Moon, no houses, no ascendant, no retrogrades, etc. In helio there are just the ever-forward moving planets. And although in the beginning I did all of the standard things like “ My geo Mars is in Aries, but my helio Mars is in Aquarius,” therefore my person shows Aries Mars, but really at the heart it is an Aquarius action that is done, and so on. I dropped all of that before too long.

At the level of the solar system it is all about planets relating to each other and their common center. The earth is not a common center for any body other than the Moon. In other words, helio is all about aspects and aspect patterns. And I don’t just mean individual aspects like my Earth is trine Venus, but I mean major (Ptolemaic) aspects that connect one to another all the way around the chart to create a pattern. These are what I came to call StarType patterns or just StarTypes.

I am going to get into greater detail on the various StarTypes in the next post, but here I am just giving you some of the background. When we have only one view that is given to us, like the traditional astrology chart, we have to derive everything from that one view. We HAVE no other perspective. With a second view at the same birth or event, we suddenly have a alternative perspective, a second opinion. When that view is a superset (helio), that is an ‘overview’, what we see of our self can be very much enhanced. I use the word ‘illuminating.” In the next post hopefully our web site will have StarTypes for you to check out for yourself.


UNDERSTANDING the SOLAR or SUN PERSPECTIVE

August 8, 2010

Some of you have asked me why most astrologers do not use these solar eruptions in their day-to-day astrology. There are at least a couple of reasons why. First, astrologers are dependent on scientists and astronomers to tell them when these solar events are taking place. Astrologers and astronomers have not been on close speaking terms for some 400 years now, which brings me to another and perhaps the main reason why astrologers don’t monitor events and even planetary movements on the solar system level. Please bear with me while I try to lay it out here.

This story actually starts some 400 years ago when Copernicus pointed out to the world that in fact the Sun does not orbit the Earth as everyone had always thought, but just the other way around: the Earth orbits the Sun. That was news to the civilized world!

Up to that point astronomy and astrology were pretty much the same thing, and astrology was considered as just the cultural side of astronomy in that astronomers were for the most part also astrologers and vice versa. But from the time of Copernicus onward, astrologers and astronomers each went different ways, the astronomers continued on using the traditional geocentric chart astrologers still use today, but also adopted the newly discovered heliocentric perspective that Copernicus pointed out. Astronomers use two charts, which they do today as well.

However, the astrologers continued to use only the geocentric (earth-centered) perspective, the traditional astrology chart we all know and use. I don’t know why some astrologers did not accept or adopt also the new heliocentric or solar-system chart. However astrologers back then did retain the cultural tradition of applying astronomical information to our personal lives, and they do to this present day. But a rift opened between those astrologers who did not consider Copernicus’s discovery important enough to also chart it and the astrologers who did also chart it and eventually were called just astronomers rather than astronomer/astrologers as they had all bee called up to then. In the modern world, astrologers and astronomers are not usually on friendly terms, mostly due to the astronomer’s attitude toward astrology and the astrologer’s lack knowledge or interest in the helio perspective. The astronomers also gradually forgot the cultural side of their science. That is how it stands today.

Using the two perspectives (geo and helio), two charts, astronomers can land a spaceship on the Earth or send one orbiting the Sun. Astrologers on the other hand have chosen (for reasons I have never found documented) to limit themselves only to the earth-centered point of view, and the standard natal chart wheel used by modern astrologers is basically a snapshot of the solar system from the earth’s position embedded deep within that system. Astronomers on the other hand use both the geocentric and heliocentric charts, giving them the ability to also look at how the whole solar system functions as it actually is, with the Sun at the center, and the other planets orbiting the Sun. As mentioned, why astrologers never adopted this radical new chart I have no idea, but I wish someone would research it and tell me.

However, I have been using both the traditional astrological (geocentric) natal chart AND the solar-system heliocentric chart used by astronomers for the last forty years, and I find the two charts together give us a much clearer perspective than either chart alone. I have called this technique StarTypes and have been trying to tell astrologers about the value of using these two charts to achieve a kind of triangulation or stereo view of a moment. However most astrologers have shown no interest in this, preferring to label me as “that heliocentric astrologer,” when I have always used both charts together all of these years. But that is a sidebar issue. Let me tell you something about this StarTypes approach:

The StarTypes technique is modern in that it combines the traditional view used by astrologers with the heliocentric view used by astronomers to achieve what amounts to a stereo view of the birth moment, while also preserving the cultural side of both charts. Until StarTypes this just had not been done and the enhanced perspective or stereo view of combing both geocentric and heliocentric perspectives offers a much more accurate and complete picture of what the planets are doing at the moment of an event such as a birth.

Where the astrologer’s geocentric (Earth-centered) and the astronomer’s heliocentric chart intersect effectively triangulates a nativity, clearly pointing out the circumstances we find ourselves in (geocentric chart) and what actually is going on behind and within those appearances (heliocentric chart). StarTypes takes into account the actual inner workings of the solar system that, along with our traditional astrology chart, provides us with what amounts to a 3D or enhanced view of the birth moment and ourselves.

In essence the StarTypes technique maps the large-scale planetary patterns taking place in the heavens from two points of view and compares them as the context in which our personal lives are taking place.

To better understand this I have included a diagram that shows the heliocentric (astronomer’s) chart on the upper left and the geocentric (astrologers) chart on the upper right. I use my birth date. I hope you can easily see that the traditional geocentric astrologer’s chart is like a snapshot taken from the Earth’s view as a planet embedded in the solar system, actually embedded quite close to the Sun. So the traditional astrology chart is Earth’s perspective of the various planets from its orbit deep within the solar system. On the other hand, the heliocentric chart (upper left) is an overview perspective of the whole solar system. This is a view of where the planets actually are in relation to their functioning center the Sun and not the view of how Earth sees the solar system. You can see that there is a difference between the two views and this difference provides two views of the same planets, the same system, and the same moment but just from alternate perspectives.

My point is the these two views complement each other and provide us with a more complete picture of what is going on than either of the two charts can by itself. The third chart, the one at the bottom of the diagram shows the heliocentric perspective but with one planet (Mars) drawn so that you can see the two perspectives. I just used one because drawing all would be a bit overwhelming to sort out visually. In this third chart you can clearly see that Earth (astrology chart) sees the planet Mars in the zodiac sign Aries, while Mars’ actual position in relation to its own center is in the zodiac sign Aquarius. This is quite a difference, and the difference is due to the earth being embedded within the actual solar system and from that position Earth sees Mars in Aries. But in fact, in relation to its real center (Mars does not orbit Earth either), it is in the zodiac sign Aquarius.

Scientists and astronomers use both the geocentric and heliocentric charts to get their work done, but for reasons I don’t know astrologers chose some 400 years ago to only use one and ignore the newly discovered heliocentric perspective. It is perhaps time that astrologers as a group begin to use both charts in their work. I have done this for forty years and get very good results. Neither chart has the whole story, but together they offer us an enhanced view. Consider the heliocentric chart as a 2nd opinion on your birth moment, another way to see yourself.

In the next few days, if my team can manage it, I will install on the web a little program that will allow each of you (its free) to see and learn about your heliocentric chart patterns. This will give you another perspective on your chart and life that you may find helpful.

In approaching this, the traditional geocentric astrological chart is a chart of your personality and the actual physical earth-centered circumstances in which you find yourself, while the heliocentric natal chart is a map of your more inner self. I like to call the heliocentric chart your ‘dharma chart,” because it is a chart of what is behind or supporting your persona. Remember the traditional astrology chart is a snapshot of what? It is a snapshot of the entire solar system as seen only from Earth’s perspective. The heliocentric (astronomer’s) chart is the actual chart of the solar system itself, of what the earth’s view is but a snapshot of. We need both views to be complete.

I apologize if this is a little technical and I am hoping that even you non-astrologers reading this will see why two views that triangulate as these two do are better than one. Neither view is better than the other, but the combination is better than having only one perspective.

Let me know if this makes sense to you and I will write a little more about this StarTypes technique and introduce you to your own heliocentric chart and the patterns it contains.

Thanks for listening,

Michael


Astro*Images by Michael Erlewine

August 8, 2010

A number of you have written asking me about the various tarot-card-like astrology images I use and where they came from. I don’t mind telling you how these came to be, but as you will see it has a personal element to it, so take note.

Some years ago, I went through a period of loss. I won’t go into detail, but it kind of stopped me cold and popped me out of whatever day-to-day distractions I was into. It was quite a long period, years. There was nothing at that time that really could cheer me up.

I have always loved the tarot cards and feel that graphic images can add so much to words and text, and I realized that astrology had few to none such things. The idea kind of lifted me up and I decided to make some tarot-like astrology cards.

Well the first thing I did was to hire an artist, but soon found out that no matter how carefully I explained what I would like, it would come out different than what I imagined I needed. The artist was good and all that, so this is not a blame thing. And it was expensive AND it would take many years to finish. I was impractical.

Although my mother was a wonderful artist and all her five sons learned to draw, know colors and all of that, I did not have the draftsmanship skills to produce anything like tarot cards. But where there is a will, there is a way.

I began looking through hundreds of thousands of clip art images online and subscribing to various services. 99% of them were terrible, but 1% were tolerable to almost good. I began an extended journey to illustrate, however crudely, all of the parts of astrology I love. It took years, but at this point I have done 13,000 cards images covering almost every astrological factor in western and eastern astrology. It is hard for even me to believe I did that many, and some are upgrades of earlier tries.

I made them during this sensitive period I mentioned and these cards soothed my heart and lifted up my spirits. I tried to make each one express some meaning so that when you got an astrological text interpretation, you also got an Astro*Image card along with it to kind of get you in the mood. And I showed the cards to just regular people, non-astrologers, and they were into them. They too felt it helped to have an image with an interpretation. As I say, this went on for years, doing a few cards at a time.

These cards are all electronic, not printed. I designed them in Adobe Illustrator. In fact I do all my own graphics. And then I began to redesign written astrological interpretive reports, using graphics along with text and found that those who read their reports with graphic cards like them a lot better.

Today there are a couple of dozen reports, not all available yet, that include graphics along with the kind of interpretive text you would expect from an astrological report. Some of these reports samples you can see on Astrologyland.com, and more are coming.

I am also getting ready to offer these reports as a service to my fellow astrologers, where they can advertise them on their site, we process them, and send them to their customers, and we split the proceeds. The businessman in me has to pay the bills, you know.

So there you have, the story of Astro*Image cards. I hope you like them. These are just a very few, shown with three examples per set. I wish I had a way to show you more of them. If you like them, I may have to do that.


Astro*Shamanism Part 7

July 21, 2010

The Saturn Return and the Outer Planets – Part 7

I have attempted to point out how the very order of the planets themselves can be a key to how they may be used, a key to our own inner journey of discovery. But it is clear that many of you are nodding off and I accept this as my fault. It is true that esoteric astrology is very difficult to grasp and if not grasped lends itself well to sleeping. I apologize.

At this point, instead of going on to describe each life chakra in excruciating detail, I am going to detour around that and say something about Saturn and its relation to the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. If this does not resonate, then I will take up other topics entirely. I don’t want to wear out my welcome. It is a good question: What about the outer planets, the planets beyond Saturn: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and any others still waiting to be found?

It may be helpful, before reading through this section, to understand a little about how I view astrology, which is above all as an oracle. Astrology, in my understanding, speaks to us in its own language. There are many approaches to astrology, and thus many languages or ways to make astrology speak. It is what astrology speaks to us of that I consider important, not the words themselves, and not the language of astrology, per se. We have also to be prepared to hear or listen.

The Transcendental or Outer Planets

What is presented here is most appropriately part of what we could call Shamanic Astrology: initiation and tales of the soul’s journey through time. My approach is not meant to be dogmatic, but like all astrological techniques, this is but one of many to better understand our life and life’s journey. Please accept it in that tone.

We will now look briefly at the planets that exist beyond the realm of Saturn or time. These external planets are beyond the physical or material (on the outer or the far side), just as the inner planets are beyond the physical on the inside or within Saturn’s orbit.

These outer planets are Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, and the three together have been called the following: Out-of-Body Planets, Transcendental Planets, Metaphysical Planets, After-Death Planets, Planets of the Unconscious, Spiritual Planets, Impersonal Planets, Psychic Planets, and other names. Why these names? What are these outer planets all about?

We could push the limits of language and say that the outer planets are not about anything, not about any “thing,” for they are by definition beyond the physical, beyond Saturn. Yet they have a very important message for us and, although this blog is primarily about the traditional planets, I will briefly try to present here an overview of the outer planets and how they might be used in counseling.

One reason to include them here is that these outer planets represent in yet another way the same life initiations or rites of passage that we have looked at elsewhere in this blog, initiations as seen in the planets or chakras within the sphere of Saturn. These outer planets are the eternal witness and awareness of all that is — the revelation. In other words, these trans-Saturnian planets serve to reveal and emphasize the nature of the inner planets. This will require some explanation.

The Meta-Physical

From the point of view of Shamanic Astrology, the outer or transcendental planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and any trans-Plutonian planets yet to be discovered) are not stations or experience beyond our physical life in the sense of some next place to get to or land. These outer planets are not physical in the sense that Saturn is physical, for — as pointed out — Saturn is physicality or form itself. The outer planets are by definition beyond Saturn, and are therefore formless or meta-physical.

Because these outer planets are beyond form or Saturn, they are (and can only be) part of the ‘revelation’ of the physical or internal planets we have already looked at, the planets within (and including) Saturn’s limits. The outer planets can but reveal the nature and importance of the inner planets. This is the extent of their power, but as we shall see, this is power indeed.

Pointing Out: Saturn Is Form

It is important here to grasp that Saturn is the realm of form and time, the planet of all physicality, similar to the form of our body that contains all the organs, and in this case all the planets within Saturn, including the great Sun, which of course is not a planet. Saturn is this physicality and form.

Just as we know that Mars has to do with drive and energy, Jupiter with direction and path, so Saturn has always been the planet of form and the physical. It is not enough to simply nod your head that you understand this concept and move on. If it does not deeply register, then what follows is not going to make much sense to you, the fact that the outer planets are not physical, are not physical places or stages. In the context of Shamanic Astrology, these outer planets are beyond form and the physical, thus: meta-physical, the measure of the physical, the sensing of the physical – a mirror.

Astrology here is but a language. We are not talking about putting a space probe on Pluto and sampling soil, but instead we are using astrology here to point to the esoteric meanings of the planets, in this case the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Astrology is only a language we use to point to something happening in our lives, and not itself much of an end. Shamanic astrology does not have to correspond exactly to other forms of astrology or to science. There are many astrological languages, and the point is to make them articulate and speak to us.

Saturn is the Physical End

Saturn marks the form and physical end of things. It always has, throughout the long history of astrology, East and West. That physical form contains within itself the great Sun, and all of the planets out to Jupiter. Beyond Saturn, beyond form itself, we have the outer planets, which are by the above definition, formless and non-physical. What can they mean or point to? What is their use?

I have mentioned elsewhere in this blog that each of us is born and grows our personal body over time, and in time. Every body is mature and complete, physically, when Saturn returns at 29.4 years of age. There is no more physical growth from that time forward, unless you want to include middle-age spread, but that is not what we mean here by growth. The physical body is finished growing by the Saturn return. It has reached its physical peak and is mature. This is what we are speaking of here. At that time, the physical body is not going to get any better. There will be no “more.”

The Prime of Life

Beyond maturity or the prime of life, it is downhill for every body. There is not a higher peak of physical prowess to be obtained. Like the trajectory of a missile, our body (if exercised and cared for) will reach a peak, maintain its form for a while, and then eventually begin to fall and fail. We all know this is true. It is true for every body, human or otherwise.

Therefore, the planets beyond Saturn, beyond the physical, will not bring us any more physicality or form. They cannot. If we are looking for more of that, then the outer planets can only testify or prove to us that there is no more increase of form to be expected. By this same definition, we can say that these outer planets will reveal this fact as a natural by-product of getting to know them, by using them as an oracle. And in this regard, the outer planets are indeed very oracular. Astrology, at heart, is an oracle, albeit a complex one. It speaks to us.

If we are used (during the first 30-year cycle of Saturn) to something always being added on in the form realm, to there always being something “new,” then we will not find (physically speaking) any more “new” as we move beyond that 30-year Saturn cycle and begin to pick up on the cycles of the outer planets.

Straight Lines Curve

If we have been caught up in the exposition of Saturn, as it makes its first cycle after our birth, which ends at 29.4 years, we may have become used to thinking of time as linear, as a straight line or linear journey that we have been on. This is a common and quite natural mistake that most of us make.

When Saturn completes its return, and turns to repeating itself (going over the same degrees of the zodiac for the second time), that linear sense starts to fade in our minds, and the idea of a circle begins to dawn for us. The straighter the line, the finer the curve.

Before and through the Saturn return, most of us are used to conceiving our life along a time line, in a linear format. Time in this view stretches on into the future, with birth at one end and death at the other. This is the common view, a time line from birth to death.

But with the Saturn return, this linear sense of time begins to be challenged by the essential circularity (cycles) of life, the tendency for all things to repeat or cycle. This is for most a major initiation, and a source of great confusion for many.

The Straighter the Line, the Finer the Curve

I am not suggesting here that this is a sudden realization. For most, it is not. In fact, this altered sense of time, as a cycle or circle is very, very gradual for most, and apparently non-existent for some, at least awareness of it. The ingrained time as a “straight line” theory is slow to give way to the reality of time as returns, and returning — cyclic.

Yet, beyond the 30-year Saturn return, time stops as we have come to know it, and begins to repeat itself, to go over the same ground (zodiac-wise) for the second time around. This is what we might term a climacteric event, one with far-reaching implications, and one that should be studied in a section by itself. Here, we will just touch on the main articulation points, but I have gone into this in much greater depth elsewhere in this blog.

The Physical End of Life

At our Saturn return, we as a thing or body are complete, and we (our body) are launched beyond time itself for the first time. Time as we have come to know it up to that point just stops. Let’s take a quick review of what this kind of time suggests.

Up to this point throughout our life, Saturn or form has been positing or declaring itself zodiac degree by zodiac degree. Over the course of our formative years, the activities of the inner planets, which complete their initial circle or cycle around the Sun, one by one, have caught our attention, each in their turn. This too will be explained elsewhere in much greater detail.

But after our Jupiter return falls to repetition at around 12 years of age, we can perhaps begin to pick up on Saturn’s story. And the second Jupiter return, around 24-years of age, marks a real turning point for tuning in to what Saturn is (and has been) laying down all this time. We could mark these first 30 years as the track or line of time (as we mentioned earlier), this almost unavoidable sense of linearity, of time seemingly stretching endlessly toward the future – going on forever.

The Bewildering Display of Time

Keep in mind, here, that all during our first 30 years, Saturn is developing or positing the form or physical experience that we have up to this point. It is all that we have known, and it is captivating. It would seem that each of us is fascinated, if not entranced, by the seeming-endless (often bewildering) display of form and new experience. As I pointed out, there is a quite natural assumption that this stream of new experience will go on forever, and that this is just the nature of life. Like the proverbial deer in the headlights, we are caught up in this bewildering display of time.

When Time Stops

It is my contention here (in the esoteric sense) that time literally stops as Saturn reaches its return and turns to repeating itself, as it begins going over a section of the zodiac for a second time – around thirty years of age.

This is not an “Aha!” experience for us. Most don’t get it all at once, and some never seem to get it at all. Instead, as Saturn falls to repetition in our experience, that sense of something new as always appearing at the “present” point of our timeline fades. It falls away. There is nothing further physically forthcoming. There is no more “more.” You have it. This is it! There is a great silence that sets in.

For most people, this is not easily recognized, but mostly at first somehow intuited. They “feel” different. Something has changed, but they don’t know what it is just yet. Some part of their deeper consciousness is monitoring all this, and they sense a gap or change in their experience, but can’t quite put their finger on it, Dylan’s “You don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Jones.”

Entering the Silence

In the Western esoteric tradition, this has been referred to as “Entering the Silence,” for the great motor of time has been turned off for the first time. The rush and roar of time that has been there all our life fades to silence.

My esoteric teacher, who was a traveling initiator in a Rosicrucian order, had his own way of explaining this concept to me, and I will pass this on to you, since I found it totally helpful myself.

He spoke of this whole Saturn-return transition as being like the launching of a rocket into outer space. Our time within the Saturn cycle, until we reach its return at roughly age 30, is the time during which we can work on and build our own personal space capsule. We are still grounded, so to speak, and have all the tools and resources we might need to construct as perfect a vehicle as we can manage.

The Vehicle is Launched

At the Saturn return (29.4 years heliocentrically), that vehicle is launched, ready or not, well-built or not-so-well-built. Literally, there is no more time after that to work on the vehicle. The physical growth or development has reached an end. For better or for worse, our vehicle is finished and launched as we enter the space beyond Saturn or time, what we could call here: outer space, the space outside what we had been up to that point enclosed within — a major initiation.

Our journey beyond the realm of time (Saturn) to a very great degree depends on our vehicle, how it was constructed, how well it was made, and so on. We are literally floating out there, beyond time, floating in that space beyond time, if that phrase makes any sense.

One Generation

If you are older than thirty years of age, you are already out there beyond time. For many people, this transition is not consciously registered and seemingly not a great problem. They are oblivious to it, or so it seems. However, for others, this transition can be very problematical. In particular, those who begin to awaken to this experience (and try to put all the pieces together) may not understand what they are going through, and even become fearful, frightened.

And it is this group that can benefit from some form of shamanic astrology, some spiritual handholding and guidance. And there can be so many questions that occur to those making this transition. A spiritual friend or guide to these regions can be a friend indeed, and serve us in good stead.

The Outer Planets

And thus the whole concept of the outer planets, the planets outside Saturn’s grip, comes up. How are they to be understood?

Of course, we have quite a long history now of using these outer planets in astrology, so I am assuming you already have that. What is being presented here is not in any way contrary to that material, but rather our focus here is on what shamanic astrology can bring to the picture. Let me try to describe this.

Using the linear sense of time we discussed above, as we hit our Saturn return at 29.4 years of age, it is like driving out of town and hitting the outskirts. Suddenly, there are no more houses, no more stores, no more “town,” and we are looking down a line of highway that is empty, and perhaps, we hope, going somewhere. To our eyes, it appears to stretch out toward what we have always viewed as the future. It is what we are used to. It has always been something like this for us, time as a line going somewhere.

A One-Way Street

Now imagine that as we drive out from town along this straight highway, we encounter three signs, much like those of us who are older used to see as a series of signs for products, like the old Burma Shave slogans of the 1950s, that had one phrase on each sign, things like:

A guy who drives,
A car wide open,
Is not thinkin’,
He’s just hopin’
Burma Shave.

Sorry, but I had to do that. Well, in our case there are just three of these signs at this point, in the order Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. We can add more, as more trans-plutonian planets are added, but they will ALL tell the same story. And what is that story?

That story is as simple as that there is nothing more out there, no place to get to or go to, AND you had best turn around or at least take a look back over your shoulder at what you are leaving: all of the planets and bodies within Saturn’s orbit. If you do look, this is what is called “discovering your inner life.” If it happens all at once, it has been called “discovering your Self.” It is the physical point of no return, and, therefore, a major (perhaps THE major) turning point in a life.

The esoteric principle here is that the only thing to be seen when you get out of the body is the body itself, just as we gaze at Earth from the space shuttle. Out-of-body experiences are a vantage point only and not a place to get to.

Sidebar: Out of the Body Experiences

So much has been made (and is still being made) about out-of-the-body experiences, astral travel, and related experiences. And this is just what we are describing here, ecstatic experiences, how we exit the body, and pass from that body to a more subtle experience of all things.

There are scores of books about out-of-the-body experiences. And although these books appear quite exotic, for the most part, if you read them with the concepts being presented here, they will make more than a little sense. Out-of-the-body experiences are not uncommon. In fact, they are ubiquitous and universally experienced by all of us, all of the time. Our consciousness is always moving in and out of our body, but starting with our Saturn return, many of us begin to consciously experience this and remember those experiences. What may have been rare up to this point (the Saturn return) is an awareness of what we all experience, this passing beyond time and the physical, to the metaphysical — beyond the physical.

Somewhat of a Big Deal

This trans-Saturnian view is not a minor piece of information for most of us, those of us who have been assuming that there IS something out there all those years, that there is much more of something waiting for us along this linear road of time, and especially perhaps something for us at the end of that road, like heaven or hell. The usual scenario: we are trying to proceed along our straight timeline, as we always have up to that point, and here are signs that are telling us to “Go Back!” What are we to think?

I hope by now you are beginning to get the general idea. These outer, transcendental, planets are not physical, in that they are (by definition) beyond Saturn or the physical. They have been called the meta-physical planets, and rightly so. They are not going to manifest in a physical way. They are meta-physical, that is: beyond the physical.

However, these outer planets can (and do) reveal the physical, perhaps in a new light. They are planets of revelation, and the only thing tangible (physical) they can reveal or render is the physical world and all that is within it, the same old physical world we are used to, but now viewed differently. And this is what they, in fact, do.

Revelation and Rendering

What do we mean by “revelation?” Revelation is just that, a true revelation, and in the biblical sense: a revealing of the true nature and sheer importance of the Sun, Moon, and planets out to and including Saturn.

And what do we mean by the statement that the outer planets “render” the inner planets? We are using the word “render” here in its sense of “to give back” or “hand over.” The outer planet initiation can give back to us that which we have come to take for granted and perhaps lost an appreciation for, including our entire sense of the Self.

By saying that the outer planets are the revelation of the inner planets, it is meant that the outer planets are the realization (growing awareness of) of the absolute value of the inner planets. The outer planets, like a rear-view mirror, are really all about the inner planets, the value of which is being pointed out by exposure to the outer planets. We learn to value what we formerly took for granted. With one foot firmly on Earth, we might think to step out with the other off the Earth, but we only sink back into Earth, because there is no other place to step to. We are stuck with the Earth and thus begin to see it differently.

The View from Earth

When astronauts leave Earth, what is it that they see and most commonly photograph from the trip? It is not the dark and starry sky beyond the earth — the relative emptiness of space. No, it is Earth itself, that great blue and white planet that looks so awesome and peaceful from a distance. That is what we all look at and see. This is key.

In the same way, when we emerge beyond our Saturn return, the most important thing for us to see is not outer space, but inner space, the space within, including the Sun, planets, and Saturn. We discover not what is out there, but what we just left or are leaving. There is nothing out there, but we now know it. This is just common sense.

Saturn represents the physical form of things, and planets beyond Saturn are beyond the physical form and are non-physical. As my teacher would say to me, they are “transcend dental,” and he would snap his teeth together, literally beyond the dental or physical. It may take time to understand this, but it is time worth taking. These outer planets will not add one iota to the physical world, because, as pointed out, that is the domain of Saturn.

The outer planets are the realization of the rest of the solar system, the Sun and all the planets, their production and the presentation. We indicate this in that, for the most part, these outer planets are by age (return) longer or beyond the personal experience. We each of us don’t live that long, so they are what we have yet to fully know, even through death. They mark the aura of the solar system, and point back to the Sun center, and not beyond to deep space. They reflect.

Let me know your thoughts on this please.
Michael


Astro*Shamanism Part 8

July 21, 2010

Lineages: Outer Planets

In a very real sense, these outer planets’ cycles are of a duration longer than an average lifetime. For sure, the 84-year cycle of Uranus is now within range of the average lifespan, at least here in the West, but that was not necessarily true when it was discovered. Neptune and Pluto’s orbits are, of course, well beyond any one person’s lifetime. We don’t personally live that long.

This fact, itself, is of interest. We could say as fact that a single person will not manage to encompass all the degrees of the zodiac these outer planets cover within their personal experience in a lifetime, and that, because of that, in a real sense we do not and cannot personally “know” the whole nature of these planets.

I suggest that this may very well be why there are groups, brotherhoods, and lineages of an esoteric nature. Some of this information, which we cannot experience ourselves, may be passed on from mouth to ear, above ground so to speak, and may not travel through the womb-birth process. This is pure speculation on my part, but something that makes a certain amount of sense. Does it not? There are indeed many whispered stories of what is beyond life.

Outer Planets in the Chart

One common question that we can clear up right away is: If the outer planets are not physical in the sense that Saturn and the planets it contains within its orbit are physical, how can we use them in the astrology chart? That is: if the outer planets’ only purpose is to reveal the true nature of the inner planets, then what do they mean in themselves? Do they have no intrinsic meaning?

First, most of you are already using the outer planets in the chart, and nothing you will learn here will alter that fact. The point to grasp is that, since we can agree that Saturn rules the physical, the outer planet meanings will still be communicated mostly through the physical, through some form or another, which is all the touchy-feely-ness that we know in this life.

All form comes or is expressed through Saturn, of course. We could equally say the same thing about Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter. They do not represent or rule the physical, but are revealed to us through the everyday physical life each of us lives. When we get physical, we are speaking of Saturn (perhaps interdependent with another planet), and if we want to examine the physical effects of planets like Mars or Neptune, then Saturn (form) will be involved in some way. This, again, is by definition.

How Do Outer Planets Manifest?

So the question to ask is how do the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) manifest to us, physically or in any other way? And the answer is: just as they already are manifesting, and have been manifesting in our astrological charts, since their discovery.

We are not replacing any experience we might have with these outer planets, but just enhancing (or fulfilling) that experience. Here we are showing how these outer planets can be used to tell a shamanic story, a journey each soul takes. That is what we should take away from this presentation: that aside from separate planetary concepts, these outer planets describe or point out an inner journey of discovery we all take, that we all are taking. It is that journey that we are pointing to here, and that story is part of any Shamanic Astrology. For clarity’s sake, let’s summarize what has been presented here relating to the outer planets.

As we pass the age of 30 years, our sense that time is a linear line running from birth to our death at old age begins to fade. When we are past our physical prime, there is nothing more physical being added on. We stop growing physically. In the physical sense, we have nothing more to look forward to.

Up to this point, we may have intellectually thought about this fact, but we have not known it through experience. Now we begin to experience it. Suddenly we are past our prime, however marginally this might impact us at first. This fact may be unspoken, but its silence speaks volumes.

Suddenly the life line we have been on does not have the same kind of future it did when we were growing up, when we were within Saturn’s orbit and grip. We are looking at decline and eventual failure, not at growing (physically speaking) any more or better. This fact gives us pause. No longer does the linear line of life point onward toward “more.”

In fact, it points onward toward less, and to ever increasingly less. Most of us are not in a hurry to go there.
In fact, perhaps for the first time in our lives, we pause and perhaps even turn around and begin to look back, back at where we came from. We can’t go back into what we came out from, but we (most of us anyway) begin to view our past with more appreciation. Nostalgia of some sort usually sets it. Where before we always looked forward toward the future, now we begin to look back at the past, but with a new understanding.

The three outer planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are waypoints or markers on that linear journey we have been on up to this point. Rather than adding something more on, these transcendental planets take something away, if only our ignorance. In turn, they gently (Uranus and Neptune) and then not-so-gently (Pluto) inform us to “go no farther” in this linear direction, but instead to turn or circle back on what we came from, and to cherish that.

If all the earlier years we thought that we were going somewhere in our line of life, the outer planets reveal to us ever increasingly that there is no place to go to other than where we have already been. Another way to say this is that the place we have to go to is to value and cherish what we have already been given. We will be given no more, other than that information.

Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto bring us that message, at first through this insight described here (Uranus), then through acceptance of the fact (Neptune), and finally through direct experience that life is circular or cyclical and not linear (Pluto). A whole book should be written about this outer-planet journey. Here we will just briefly say something about these three metaphysical planets.

The Outer Planets: A Step toward Interpretation

Although this section is not primarily material on outer-planet interpretation, it would be a shame to leave you without a quick tour of that realm. Here are some keyword-style interpretations for each of the outer planets, and a just a bit of their shamanic story.

The Uranus Journey
Uranus Keywords: “To see eternity in a grain of sand.”

Uranus represents our keyhole beyond day-to-day reality into the future, and has to do (so modern astrology tells us) with discovery, invention, and insights. “To see eternity in a grain of sand,” that is Uranus, finding new uses for everyday objects. It has come to stand for anything out of the ordinary: the unusual, eccentric, unconventional, novel, and innovative. It also brings independence, rebellion, and revolution. It is the opposite, reverse, or undoing of Saturn.

Uranus is the first planet beyond the Saturn cycle, and it brings the first glimpse of the breaking up of the saturnine grip on us, with flashes of insight and recognition, brief glimpses of the more general awareness that is to come.

Through Uranus, each bit and part of Saturn’s physicality becomes a lens through which we can peek and see a glimpse of eternity, the eternal process of awakening that awaits each of us beyond time or Saturn. Uranus is ever the planet of inventors and inventions, of lightning-fast insights, of discovery, and new ways of seeing things. Makes sense, does it not?

When Saturn releases its hold on us, and starts to break up, when we begin to glimpse or see through the chinks in time’s armor to what is beyond time, that is the function and sign of the planet Uranus. It is the lightning insight, where physical time itself becomes the lens into something beyond time. “To See Eternity in a Grain of Sand” as the poet William Blake put it; that is the work of the planet Uranus.

Every grain of Saturn, every physical part and form, in and of time, becomes a window for us into eternity. At first, there are just lightning flashes that light up our awareness for brief moments, glimpses into another world, the timeless. But these flashes, as time progresses, as time fails to hold our gaze, become longer and light up more and more of our inner sky, until at long last the great Sun dawns, and we have constant light. It dawns on us. We get the idea. Our spiritual life begins. This constant light is the province of Neptune, which we will get to next.

The Neptune Journey
Neptune Keywords: “The dewdrop slips into the shining sea.”

Neptune traditionally represents compassion, acceptance, unity, and universal love. “The dewdrop slips into the shining sea,” is what this planet is about, anything to do with communion, and non-separateness. Neptune rules the imagination, dreams, mysticism and inspiration, including music, movies, film, and anything related to our ideas and images.

If the Uranian experience involves flashes of insight, then experience of Neptune dawns slowly and evenly. Neptune is more like the finale at a fireworks but without the flashes; it ever-increasingly lights up our entire inner sky. Through Uranus, we break through Saturn and began to discover our inner life. With Neptune comes the dawn, and it is like the Sun coming up. With Neptune we can at last get our arms around the whole idea, in this case the whole world. Our process of self discovery has gone beyond counting mere glimpses and insights, and into a cacophony of light. We finally get the whole idea that beyond life as we knew it we find that same life, alive and well, but now within us — our inner life. As Sir Edwin Arnold so aptly put it, “The Dewdrop Slips into the Shining Sea.” Neptune is the archetype of the “big picture,” the Grand Trine illumination of the planets.

With Neptune, we reach the point where we not only realize that we are now outside time or Saturn, but that we have (and we have always have had) an inner life, and that the same hard-edged life we grew up in (and through) is now something to be cherished and cared for.

Neptune embraces life, and with no exceptions. It is pure compassion, and everything is valued equally. In the Buddhist hierarchy, Neptune represents the Bodhisattva, the one who vows to care for and cherish all sentient beings until every last one reaches enlightenment.

The idea here is that what we discover in the planets beyond Saturn is not something out there beyond Saturn to “get,” but the true fact that there IS nothing else out there. This is what we can call the turning point, and as we turn, we discover the life we left and grew up in and through, to be the only game in town. As the philosopher Parmenides so eloquently put it: “Being alone is.” In other words, there are not two, but only one. Neptune is our finally discovering that one. Or as the great jazz musician Les McCann sang “Compared to What?”

Uranus provides insights and flashes into this fact, and Neptune illuminates our inner sky with full daylight as to this truth, which leaves Pluto.

The Pluto Journey: Identification is Circulation
Pluto Keywords: “Touch me if you are!”

In the tradition of astrology, Pluto points to deep inner change and transformation, always touching the raw nerve, just where we are the most sensitive and vulnerable. If we can’t stand to look change in the eye, Pluto brings it about by force, if necessary. For many, this has to do with our thoughts of death, dying, and what rebirth is all about.

Thus far, each planet beyond Saturn brings home the point to us that looking outside or down linear time will never work. Uranus and Neptune point out that we must turn around and look within to find what we are looking for. Therefore, speculation about finding more and more planets beyond Pluto, whether they be large or small should be tempered with the fact that we cannot hope to get any different message from them, even when they are found.

They will all tell the same story to us, and that is: Look no farther out there. Turn around and begin to look within, embrace what you already have. It is precious. That is the key. Of course philosophers and poets have been telling us this for centuries. Regardless of how many more bodies will be found out there at the edge of the solar system, their meaning will all be the same: turn and look within.

Pluto represents that message more clearly than the insights of Uranus and the embracement of Neptune. If Uranus is breaking out, and Neptune is turning back and embracing all that is, then Pluto is the knowledge that this whole process will repeat itself, endlessly. It is one thing to discover our inner or spiritual life (Uranus), another to embrace it fully (Neptune), but yet a very different thing again to grasp that we will do all this again, and that we don’t only go around once, as the beer commercial would have it, but we go around again and again unless we want to do something about it.

Pluto is the planet of rebirth and that experience, not as an abstract idea on the pages of a book, but as a vital realization of the nature of life. Pluto is the experience that all life, all people, and all sentient beings are us, and that when we look into a young person’s eyes, we are seeing ourselves, not as an abstract thought, but seeing ourselves in the (and through the) eyes of a child. That is Pluto, daring to see that the “them” out there in the world is you. The light in the child’s eye is you looking at yourself.

Pluto has only recently been discovered (relatively speaking), and its message is still being sorted out. I associate Pluto with the rise of modern psychology and everything that this entails. This planet is still somewhat hard to put into words.

All of our life we have been the center and the light shines from our eyes outward – radiance. The Pluto initiation is that we see the light shining from other’s eyes and we have become the radiance. Think about that – a complete reversal, like turning a glove inside out, or a snake shedding its skin.

Uranus is pretty clear by now, as to its meaning in astrology. When our Saturn construct (physical body) begins to self-destruct and to fall apart (and it does for each one of us), Uranus has to do with the holes or chinks in time’s armor through which we begin to peer and glimpse a larger reality, something beyond time.

Neptune has to do with the state when the peep holes in Saturn’s grip are larger than what remains of our linear sense of time. When there is more light than shadow, the dawn comes and that has to do with Neptune, and the cherishing or embracing of all that is. We finally get it! In Neptune, we are outside and able to embrace our inner life, to savor each moment and fact. Yet up to this point we are still dealing with subject and object, self and other — whatever you want to name it.

Pluto carries us beyond the experience of cherishing, the experience of Neptune where we are the subject and the world and other people are the object of our care.

With Pluto, the distinction between subject and object is lost forever and the experience of our own inner light is identical with the light looking out at us from eyes of a child. Perhaps the best keyword for Pluto is “identification,” to identify yourself with another, without the dualism of subject and object.

And being now beyond the grip of Saturn, younger folk are not going to see the Sun in us, but only darkness or, if we are realized somewhat, they can see their own reflection in us. That is what a teacher is all about, the perfect reflection.

All these words here are very abstract and fail to communicate the very direct experience that Pluto provides us, the in-your-face presence of complete identification of “I am you” and “You are me.” As you can see, words fail, which is as it should be.

Let’s just say by way of Pluto that “identification is circulation,” the lifeblood of the cosmos knowing itself through us, through our eyes. Identification is nothing more than the circulation of cosmic knowledge, and the Pluto experience is as close as we come to realizing this fact. It is through constant identification that the universe we live in communicates with itself and continues to cohere or exist.

There you have a brief introduction to the outer planets, from more of a shamanic point of view. I close this section with a poem I wrote that is essentially about the experience of the outer planets. If you have read the last two blogs on Saturn and the outer planets, this poem should not be too mysterious.

The Point of No Return

Feb 14, 2006 2-4 PM, Grand Sextile Helio
A Poem for My Daughter Michael Anne

The point of the “point of no return” is that:
When you have reached the point of no return,
From which there is no return,
The point is to turn and return.

That is the turning point.

Every life has a turning point,
Whether it’s in the echo of age,
Or in the very midst of life’s prime.

As we reach our point of no return,
We pause,
Then we turn.

And, in turning, we begin to reflect.

In our reflection,
And rising into view,
Perhaps for the very first time,
The Sun.

Where before it was we who were seen,
And others seeing,
Now we are the mirror in which they see themselves,
And we can see our self in them.

What we once saw shining before us, as youths,
That which we gladly embraced in our prime,
And what we now see etched in the mirror of reflection,
Is our eternal Self,
The Sun,
Ever burning in the darkness of our life.

That’s it.

I understand this.

What I find harder to understand,
Yet still believe is:

We didn’t know it then;
We don’t know it now.

We never knew it.

In truth,
It never was.

IT NEVER WAS;
It never will be.

It is not now,
And still, it is.

It still is:

This most brilliant illusion,
Shining in the mirror of the mind.

Michael


Astro*Shamanism Part 6

July 19, 2010

What Chakra Are You In?

As a counseling astrologer, you want to be able to determine which of the chakras your client is currently living and learning in. It is not that difficult, and here are some general rules that have proved helpful to me in figuring this out.

Most of the clients you encounter will be in the Saturn, Jupiter, or Mars chakras, somewhere on their journey to reaching the Earth or Heart chakra, which is where each of us is trying to get to. Those who are in the Earth chakra will not need our help, and these are pretty rare anyway. The type of person who would seek out astrological council will most often be, as mentioned, those in the Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars chakras, one of these.

Forget about the Venus, Mercury, and Sun chakras. These are inner chakras, internal to Earth existence and, while we all aspire to their qualities, you will probably not encounter (or at least not be aware of them) anyone living at this level. In my entire life, I have only met one living person who appeared to be fully in the Venus chakra, and that was a very high lama in the mountains of Tibet, who was fully realized in that chakra, realized enough that anyone in his presence experienced themselves (not the lama) as pure compassion, which is the nature of the Venus chakra. I wrote about that lama in my book “Our Pilgrimage to Tibet,” a free ebook at:

http://www.astrologysoftware.com/books/index.asp?orig=

Identifying the Saturn Chakra

Those living primarily in the Saturn chakra are very easy to spot. For one, they can’t manage to make a living, and have not found a way to get through or handle the demands of Saturn, and simply to survive. This would involve invoking Jupiter, and gradually making their way to that chakra, and, once there, maintaining that chakra. By “maintaining,” we mean, simply, making a living, surviving and learning to handle their Saturn, keeping their head above water. In other words, they have not yet found a career that works for them. They cannot handle or cope with Saturn.

You will find a great many clients that are in this state, or who wander in and out of the Saturn chakra, trying to learn it, and master it. It is not as if they have anywhere else to go. Jump-starting one’s Jupiter is pretty much required to have any sort of life in this world.

Can’t Make a Living

So, if the client has no way of making a living, and is constantly besieged by one onslaught of Saturn after another, trying to find a way to just survive in a minimal way, then you have someone in (or mostly within) the Saturn chakra.

The Key to Saturn: You will want to read to these folks from the “Book of Jupiter,” helping them to identify what is their particular way to go through life, their career or life path, some way for them to cope. Of course, you can use all the astrological techniques you know relating to career, such as sign, house placement, and aspects for Jupiter, and probably the north lunar node as well. These are all solid vocational indicators. I have found that the best Jupiter-type information are the heliocentric StarType Patterns. See my free ebook “StarTypes: Life-Path Partners” for details.

In general (not always), you may find that until the Jupiter chakra is awakened and routinely functioning, that inner chakras like Mars, which has to do with marriage and settling down, will probably not be very workable. The traditional order of opening these chakras are Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and NOT Saturn, Mars, Jupiter. In other words, it is going to be hard to help a client stabilize their marriage (Mars), if the Jupiter chakra is not first stabilized, that is: if they can’t first make a living. You have all seen the old movies or read the books where the young man first finds a career and then gets married. This is the normal way these chakras are opened, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, etc.

Invoking Jupiter

I always work with clients who are lost in the Saturn chakra by helping them to invoke and stabilize their Jupiter (career) chakra, and that stabilization alone is usually enough to bring more stability to any inner chakra, like Mars, if that chakra is already activated, that is: if the client is married. A married client, with a weak or unstable Jupiter chakra, more often than not, will have trouble with the marriage. The first step then, is to strengthen the Jupiter chakra, and THEN work on the marriage. A strengthened Jupiter will already bring help to a struggling Mars or marriage.

Keep in mind that each of us has ALL the chakras available to us and, of course, we cycle in and through all of them constantly. However, each of us tends to spend most of our time in one particular chakra at a time, and determining which chakra that is can be important in a consultation. What we are looking for and speaking of here is stabilization, practically mastering a particular chakra, so that the client can use it at will, when they need to.

For example, if you have found a career, and know how to make a living and hold a job, that is a permanent part of your makeup. You learn to make a living, and you keep on making a living. It is a constant. At that point, you can operate in the Jupiter chakra, and have more or less mastered it.

Identifying the Jupiter Chakra

Identifying whether the client is in the Jupiter chakra is also straightforward, usually as easy as determining if they have a successful (or at least a workable) career AND are still unmarried. That is the pure Jupiter experience plain and simple: working, but unmarried.

Once the Jupiter chakra is activated and some path or career is discovered and maintained, this is considered sufficient mastery of this chakra. The client is able to keep a career open and functioning. If they have a solid career and are happily married, you want to be looking into the Earth chakra. Otherwise, Jupiter is where to focus.

Crossing the Gap

The gap between Saturn and Jupiter, between the Saturn and Jupiter chakras, is not great, and most of us are able to come up with some means of making a living, some work that will keep the wolf (Saturn) from our door. However, the gap between Jupiter and Mars (relatively speaking) is very much greater than any other two planets. We could say that it is somewhat of a long journey from making a living (Jupiter) to being happily married (Mars). This is simple statistics. There are many people who have jobs, and fewer people who have a successful and happy marriage. Right?

It is one thing to have sharp career skills, and another to translate those skills into a marriage that is as stable or content. The vast asteroid belt is located between Jupiter and Mars, and there are countless small bodies (asteroids) there that never made it to being a planet, a fact that we will pass over for the moment.

Jupiter’s Lightning

Astronomers are even now marveling at the immense lightning storms beneath the surface of Jupiter, the largest such storms in the entire solar system. I mention this, because Jupiter is very much also an intellectual trip, literally using the mind to control matter. Remember, aside from his role as guru or guide, Jupiter is also the lawyer, the one who handles (Saturn), and the law. There often can be a lot of manipulating and not a little conniving, when Jupiter is invoked.

The Lawyer: Skillful Means

Jupiter is the career or life path, but finding that path involves using your head, and figuring out how to get around or at least work-with or handle Saturn. This is the planet of skill, and skillful means, and Saturn requires real skill to master. The legal profession is full of those with a pronounced or highly active Jupiter chakra. On the near side of Saturn, the Jupiter chakra leads to using the intellect to master the law and matter, lawyers, and what not. On the side of the Jupiter chakra closest to Mars, we have more of the guide or guru Jupiter types, leading or guiding others. More about this further on.

To repeat myself, it is a LONG way from the Jupiter skill to the more feeling and intuitive nature of Mars. As we each journey from Jupiter to Mars, we learn to ground our skill (our sometimes too clever minds) in directionality or meaning, that is: to mean what we say, and we learn to say things with meaning. There are many stages and stories on this Jupiter journey, and we will detail some of them in the journal entries in a later section.

Mars: The Key to Jupiter

Here, we will just point out that the Key to Jupiter will always be Mars, and that the point of all our skill and directionality (Jupiter: where we are going in life) has to do with what it all means. Those who are awake and successful in the Jupiter chakra, who are no longer struggling to make a living, will always be concerned with “But, what does it all mean? What is the meaning of life?” They have achieved material (have mastered Saturn) success, but what does it mean? This is how you will know the Jupiter chakra client.

The Jupiter client has mastered simple survival, has overcome Saturn through one career move or another, but where does one go from there? What is the point of a life of simple survival? They are now a free floating agent, freed from Saturn’s demands, but have not found love (other than fleetingly), much less taken the plunge, tied the knot, and settled down to a marriage. The Jupiter chakra person is fascinated with what things mean, the sense of things, where do they lead, but they have not followed those meanings down to where they end, in the sense world itself. They are not grounded. The rubber has not yet met the road.

Still Unmarried

We will go into how this Jupiter-to-Mars journey might manifest later on in this blog. For right now, it is enough for you to identify that the client has a successful career, would like to find a life companion, but is as yet unmarried. This is the nature of life in the Jupiter Chakra, and is easy to determine, by just asking the client.

For these Jupiter chakra clients, you want to read from the book of Mars or marriage, encouraging them to ground their thoughts and desires in experience, and to make some “sense” out of whatever they can imagine. This can be as easy or difficult as pointing out to them that all their speculation, their interest in what things mean, where things are going, the drift of things, all point to the sphere of action, to taking the plunge.

And the Jupiter-chakra person is invariably caught up in one form of dualism after another, always on one side of equation with some “other” or “negative” forces on the reverse side. Jupiter is always trying to resolve difference or duality, trying to find the One in the Two, trying to make sense of it all – sense and sensual.

All thoughts, to the extent that they have any meaning at all, are only as useful as the sense they make, and “sense” has always to be an experience, an experience that we each must have. Book learning is not enough. The Jupiter type must be encouraged to stop thinking so much, and to act on their feelings, and to more fully immerse themselves in life, to somehow take the plunge, and that plunge is into the realm of marriage or Mars.

Career Problems

If the client has some sort of career, but that career is sputtering on and off again, or is generally unstable, you may want to look to their Mars, for the Mars chakra is what drives Jupiter.

Mars is the meaning and movement or emotional drive of thought, what it all means, where it points to. And finally, all thought points to experience, to action. The meaning of any thought is the “sense” it makes, and thus all thoughts end in experience or action, the sense world. Mars is the planet of action, movement, ambition, drive, urges, urging, anything that motivates us to the sphere of action. Mars drives us to act and experience life. Mars propels us through Jupiter’s course. It keeps the career moving along.

The experience of life itself is what life means; that experience is its own meaning, and this, traditionally, is Earth or the Heart Chakra, the end of all meaning or directionality. It all points to experience, the Earth chakra. We will get to that soon.

Identifying the Mars Chakra

Identifying whether a client is actively initiated in the Mars chakra is as easy as determining whether or not they are (more or less) happily married, that is: committed. That is the simple test.

The Mars chakra is all about union or yoga (resolving duality), and the most common form of yoga practiced in the world today is that of marriage, the joining of two persons in one life. A better way of saying this would be the realization that the two are already and always have been one.

The Mars chakra is another major initiation, one involving simple acceptance, saying “I do,” which is what marriage is all about, the recognizing the “one” in the two persons, a common bond.

We do not have to be married to a physical partner. One can be married to one’s work in the word, to whomever or whatever. The point is that in marriage, there is somehow the realization and acceptance of another person or the world, just as they are or it is — treating another like you would treat yourself. The two (duality) that went before is seen as one, as always already having been one.

In fact, after the first Saturn return, we all are, in effect, married to life, whether we know it or not. We must accept or embrace our personal situation. At some point, soon after 30 years of age, anyone who has not said “I do” to life is living an imaginary separateness, and is just unrealistic – an ostrich in the sand.

The Most Common Form of Yoga

The dualities that we had previously seen and struggled against in our self, and in the world, are, after Saturn returns, somehow now seen as one; the two become one. Where before there were two, man and woman, you against the world, etc., that is seen through to the unity uniting both, the two become one. In fact, the two have always already been one; we just didn’t know it. Being married, spiritually, is when we realize just that, when the concept of duality is seen through. As Parmenides said: “Being alone is” or “Being all-one is.”

Once we have accepted a partner, whether in the form of a person or the world itself, we enter into union or yoga, a relationship that gradually works through dualism in all its forms, resolving differences into the unity that embraces them. In other words, experience in the Mars chakra gradually stills the rush and roar of the mind, solving its dualities, reducing at last, over time, dualities to stillness.

The Mars chakra follows all direction or meaning to the sense it makes, and this is finally an experience in itself.

Identifying the Earth Chakra

We might think that all of us, by virtue of having been born on Earth, are automatically masters of the Earth chakra, but we would be wrong. In esoteric astrology, Earth is not something we are given by virtue of our birth, but rather something we aspire to, and earn. In fact, masters of the Earth or Heart Chakra are few and far between. Moreover, anyone skilled in this chakra does not normally need astrology of any kind, and will probably not seek it out. We should seek them out.

The Earth of Heart Chakra

Let’s review what it takes to reach the Earth chakra. It means mastery of Saturn, and that requires a successful career, one that can be maintained, and is under our control. That is the Jupiter chakra. In addition, it means a successful marriage of some kind, the Mars chakra, and a thorough knowledge of meaning and emotions, an acceptance and resolution of any and all dualisms, which is what would bring someone to the brink of the Earth chakra.

The Earth chakra is pretty much the master of the external world, not in some arrogant or aggressive sense, but in a peaceful and confident sense. As I mentioned, these initiates don’t, for the most part, seek counsel, because they have no need for it. They are their own counsel.

Although we might be quick to point out that spiritual adepts (rinpoches, zen masters, enlightened priests, and so on) would qualify, but so would masters of any trade or station in life, anywhere we find someone who is confident, content, and present.

The Chakras Inner to Earth

There are two chakras or planets interior to Earth (aside from the Sun itself), and they are Venus and Mercury. The inner chakras, those inside the orbit of Earth, are just that, inner, ones that we won’t find by looking in the outside world, as we know it. They represent something interior to Earth, inner qualities that perhaps we can only aspire to and dimly sense.

Identifying the Venus Chakra

The first of these would be the Venus chakra, that of love and compassion. Poets and bards, throughout the long traditions of song and literature, have always written that the key to life here on Earth is love and compassion. Venus is that love.

How appropriate, for Venus is the next interior planet to Earth and it has always been associated with love and compassion. Venus is the key to Earth.

Identifying the Mercury Chakra

Mercury is the other inner chakra, one that we may perhaps visit on the best days of our lives, but probably not where we live or get to spend much of our time. Mercury (the Sanskrit word is “Budha”) is awareness itself, the light in our eyes that we see shining! Again, like Venus, Mercury is an inner quality we all have, and reach for. We don’t live there in any real sense.

And the Sun chakra is that about which nothing can be said. I shall be foolish enough to say something, but the Sun (monad) is, pretty much by definition, beyond description or words.

We will go into these inner planets in more detail later on, but for now let’s examine the life experience for the chakras Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Earth in greater detail.

Let me know if you still are with me, please.


Astro*Shamanism Part 5

July 19, 2010

The Planets as Chakras

Ok, now we are getting to where we learn to use the shaman’s journey in astrology, which is what this blog is all about, and it is very simple:

The Inner is the Key to the Outer

The entire process we are about to describe here refers to the process of our spiritual birth or awakening and, for most of us, this does not occur until after our Saturn return (or just prior to it) at 29.4 years of age, although some precocious wake up a little earlier and witness their Saturn passage . What follows here has to do with the opening of the chakras, what has been called the process of spiritual awakening or self-discovery.

In each case, in order to reveal, open, and use the outer, we learn to take from within, that is: we ourselves must go within. It is a personal journey not an intellectual exercise. Each planet (from Saturn into the Sun) is the ENTIRE essence and key to the planet just outside its orbit, which brings us to what might seem at first to be a paradox:

The key to this external world is not to be found outside in the external world itself, no matter how hard we may search, but can ONLY be found within us, by looking inside, and by actually ourselves going within. We have all heard this concept. The religions of the world have made it a constant refrain: look within. The process of how this is done, step-by-step, is what will now be presented. This is the mystery of the seven seals or planets.

The Planetary Key

As for the astrological use of this information, what follows is a simple planetary KEY to personal horoscope interpretation that any counseling astrologer can use with confidence. The natural ordering of the planets outward from the Sun to Saturn and then back in is literally a description of their function and use. In this blog, there is only one key thought necessary in order to use the planets in your own natal horoscope and that is: the inner is the key to the outer.

The Inner is the Key

To repeat, the KEY idea presented in these pages is that THE INNER IS THE KEY TO THE OUTER. We must learn to take from within ourselves, discover and bring what we find there out, and manifest our good intentions (inner) in this world. We go in to get out.

Learning to take from within, to look within, is what we are studying here. It is something that can be understood, learned, and realized. It requires that we stop only looking outside for answers, and learn to look within ourselves for direction and support. This may require training. How we do that is what we are presenting in this blog.

Most astrologers would agree that, in our personal horoscope, we can look to Saturn in our chart to see just how we will be tried and tested. Saturn is time and the test of time. Saturn represents form and limitation, and is the limiter. In this approach to shamanic astrology, the key to overcoming and working with our Saturn or limitations will always be our natal Jupiter, and meditation and study on this part of our chart (Jupiter) will gradually help us to succeed in rising above and handling our Saturn. Jupiter is the next planet within Saturn’s orbit, so we can look within to that planet.

Again: In this approach, the inner planet is the KEY to the planet outside its orbit, from Saturn into the Sun. The outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, etc.) follow another pattern, which will be discussed later in this blog. “God helps those who help themselves,” but from within.

When doing astrological counseling, we use the same concept: the key to the outer is the inner. For example, the key to Saturn in the chart will always be the planet Jupiter, the next inner planet, and so on. Now let’s look at all of this in a little more detail.

Saturn: A Formal Definition

Most of you are already familiar with the astrological nature of Saturn, but let’s go over it again, and I will not spare the prose:

Saturn or Chronos rules time, form, and the physical in all its aspects. Saturn is limitation, and thus the great limiter. Saturn (sometimes called Satan) has been said to be the prince of the material world. Saturn is the very narrowness that makes the way felt, the raceway or spillway through which course (Jupiter = the course) the waters of life. Jupiter is the pathway through which the blood courses, the “way we go,” but Saturn is the course-walls of the arteries, the resistance that allows pressure to build to something definite, to real “feeling.”

Saturn the Shaper

Saturn is like a wood shaper that is adjusted to produce a certain piece of molding. Any wood presented to this shaper has no alternative but to pass through, and then only where it conforms to the desired or possible shape as set by the limits. All other wood is shaved away. In this analogy, Saturn is that limiter and we are the wood, like the force of gravity. As my teacher said “We don’t break nature’s laws; nature breaks us.”

Eternity or truth dictates the limits, and Saturn is the shaper or test of form. When we talk about “getting straight” or “getting in line” or “in tune,” we are talking about getting within the control that already is. In this sense, Saturn helps to determine the shape of things to come. All of these Saturnian laws working together: form.

Saturn: Walls That Make Homes Possible

Saturn is most simply the system of natural laws, the functioning of which determine what is possible in this material world (such as the law of gravity) — the laws that hold things in place, the walls that make homes possible. Saturn is the laws that govern the forms things take, as well as (simply put) the form things take. The forms things take is only the form things are taking (the process). Saturn represents those laws to which we will be physically determined. Saturn is the form to which we each must submit before our evolution or unfolding may take place. Without that form, there can be no unfolding.

Saturn is the laws against which we may ram our head until such time as we learn, by feeling our way, to walk around or even to build upon them, to count on them. Saturn is literally where we are bound to learn. It is simple, as mentioned: We don’t break nature’s or Saturn’s laws; they break us if we go against them.

The Test of a Lifetime

Saturn is the test of a lifetime and equally a lifetime of test. We are subject and tested by these laws until such time as we learn to use these laws in our own behalf, and put them to use working for us. We rise above Satan or Saturn in proper use and obedience to the physical laws. “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.” Handling Saturn is the province of Jupiter, the lawyer and guide through Saturn.

Saturn is where you come to grips with yourself and first learn of spirit. It shapes the end to which we are tending, but also affects how we tend to get there. “Call what carriage as you may your hearse,” for Saturn holds you together, as much as it may appear to hold you back. That is the general idea of Saturn.

The Seven Chakras

The chakras are paired with the traditional planets, from Saturn in to the Sun, and that would be Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Earth, Venus, Mercury, and the Sun. The Sun and the Moon, the Lights, are not directly used here, but will be covered elsewhere. The traditional seven chakras, using their Sanskrit names, are:

Saturn (Muladara Chakra) Base of Spine Jupiter (Svadisthana Chakra) Genital Region Mars (Manipura Chaka) Navel Earth (Anahata Chakra) Heart Center Venus (Vishuddha Chakra) Throat Mercury (Ajna Chakra) Third Eye Sun (Sahasrara Chakra) Crown of Head. Let’s go over them one by one.

Saturn (Muladara Chakra) Base of Spine
Chakra: Saturn (form, circumstances)
Key to Chakra: Jupiter (career, life path)

The Saturn chakra represents the physical world of form and the process of time that created that form. As we grow to complete our Saturn return around the age of 30, we each gradually come to grips with the rules, laws, and limitations of Saturn.

The Key to the Saturn chakra will be to invoke Jupiter, and without activating the Jupiter chakra, life would be very, very difficult in the Saturn chakra, as we will describe later on.

Jupiter (Svadisthana Chakra) Genital Region
Chakra: Jupiter (Career, life path)
Key to Chakra: Mars (Meaning, Union, Marriage)

The Jupiter chakra is the key to Saturn, and has to do with the life path or career, the particular way to pass through Saturn or form. Jupiter is the way we go through life.

The Key to the Jupiter chakra will be to invoke Mars, which has to do with the directionality or the meaning of life. Once the Jupiter or career is functioning and we have our head above water (making a living), the next chakra, Mars, has to do with “But what does it all mean?” and this is the chakra Mars, which leads to marriage and union.

Mars (Manipura Chaka) Navel
Chakra: Mars (Meaning, Union, Marriage)
Key to Chakra: Earth (The end of meaning, what it all means)

The Mars chakra is the key to Jupiter, and has to do with what life means, the sense life makes, and this leads to some sort of yoga or union, marriage being the most common form of yoga.

The Key to the Mars chakra will be to invoke the Earth chakra, which is the heart of what it all means, the Self, or simple existence itself. Earth is where we are all trying to get to and where we ultimately live.

Earth (Anahata Chakra) Heart
Chakra: Earth (The End of Meaning)
Key to Chakra: Venus (love, compassion)

The Earth chakra is the key to Mars, and has to do with simple existence, being the end of all meaning, the point we have been striving to reach.

The Key to the Earth chakra will be to invoke the Venus chakra,. As the literature of the world has told us forever, the key to life on Earth is love, loving kindness, and compassion.

Venus (Vishuddha Chakra) Throat
Chakra: Venus, Compassion, Love
Key to Chakra: Mercury (Light, Mind)

The Venus chakra is the key to Earth, and refers to love, kindness, and loving compassion. The Key to the Venus chakra will be to invoke the Mercury chakra, an inner chakra, which refers to the light in our eyes, the mind itself. Through all recorded history the key to life on Earth has been love, Venus. All the poets say so.

Mercury (Ajna Chakra) Third Eye
Chakra: Mercury (light, mind)
Key to Chakra: Sun (life process itself)

The Key to the Mercury chakra will be to invoke the Sun chakra, the innermost chakra, representing the entire life process itself.

Sun (Sahasrara Chakra) Crown of Head
Chakra: The Sun (the entire life process and center)
The Sun is more than a chakra, being the whole process of life itself, all of the planets and their interdependent interaction.

Ok, the is the rough outline. Next I will show you how to determine what chakra you or a client is in now. The symbol on this post, the Heart Center symbol, are my credentials, for those who can read signs.