Flavor of the eleventh house

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Imagine... you have four bags full of treats. In the first bag, about 75% of the treats are red, so naturally, you call this bag the Red Bag. Sometimes you pick a yellow, a blue or a green treat from the Red Bag, and it feels weird but never mind, you love your treats so much, you gulp them down as quickly as a dog. Maybe you are a dog actually. I don't know who may read, I'm just the writer.

Same thing with the other bags: the yellow, the blue and the green ones all contain a majority of treats of the “right” colour and a few others. Never mind, you love them, you gulp them down at the speed of light.

Now, as it happens, you've embarked on a spiritual journey. You practice mindfulness. You get into the habit of munching your treats. As your spiritual awareness deepens you become increasingly aware of the tastes.



One day you have an epiphany: all the treats in the red bag are salty. All the treats in the yellow bag are slightly acidic. All the treats in the green bag are a little bit bitter and all the treats from the blue bag are sugary. They are all delicious in their own way.

Now you know what every single treat belonging to a particular bag has in common with all the others. You can make predictions with hundred per cent success.

Of course you are not a dog, neither am I, but sometimes our minds are hungry dogs. We gulp down information without munching and we forget to taste the flavor of reality.

Our bags of treats are not four but twelve, they are the houses of the horoscope. We know by heart lists of colourful key words but we're never quite sure which ones will apply …



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This little metaphor is itself a treat - It was one for me when it decided to cross my head, I hope it was one for you as well!

It is a bitter sweet treat actually, by this i mean it may well be found in two bags. I started to write it as an introduction to the 11th house, and here I am thinking that it actually belongs in the 9th, Jupiter’s house.

With Jupiter, we're working on our worldview. We're seeking for the truth. What are these bags really about? How should we think about them in order to be able to talk accurately about reality?

However Jupiter is Uranus’ Grandson. They have common features. The eleventh house, naturally ruled by Grandpa, is an Air house. Air symbolises the mental plane, along with the social dimension of life. Houses can overlap…

When a Truth Seeker finds the Truth they stop being a Truth Seeker. When he or she becomes enlightened... it's not Sagittarius anymore, it's Aquarius. insight! Breakthrough! Eureka! Vision! Eleventh House!

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Anyway. Let' breathe for a few seconds.

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...Let's now pick a few treats from the 11th house...

Traditionally, the 11th is the house of friends. Some friendships are love stories without the sex part, and without the tight commitment which means that you have to call to warn that you are going to come home a bit later than usual when it happens (and it shouldn’t happen too often)

With friends, you can let time pass by without giving news, reappear when you do and all is fine. You're free. You’re welcome. You can breathe.

Friendship is simple. You talk about love. Love is complicated. Talking about it with a friend is simple. You talk about all your hopes and wishes ("Hopes and wishes" is another traditional meanings of the 11th house)

The most complex kinds of hopes and wishes are called "Ideologies". They always involve the vision of a bright future for a humanity freed of its chains .

Ideologies may be born from the realisation that personal hopes and wishes, which are always about thriving, living free and love, can't happen in any context. Society must be a favourable environment... Therefore Revolution is needed! (It’s good to put the world to rights with friends)



Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”

- Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist, Sun conjunct Uranus and Mercury in Sagittarius and the eleventh house, Moon and Venus in Aquarius.


The eleventh is also the house of groups.

A group can be a choir, a football club, a political party, a charity, a public speaking club, a gathering of witches, a gang, a co operative, a language exchange club, a congregation, the scientific community... (the largest groups are called society and "the human species")

You can sing in a choir without being personally involved with everyone. New people join, others leave. After a few years, it's still the same choir, but mostly other people. You're just a cell in an organism. We are individual units belonging to something greater… a choir, a party, a culture, a species, a universe….

Molecules of water are magnets. They stick to each other. Molecules in crystals (Earth element) are solidly tied up to one another, they can't move at all. With the Air element, there is so much space...

If you miss closeness, remember: with more distance, there is less pressure. You can be whoever you want to be

If you start focusing your energy to actually make a dream come true, if you get romantically involved with someone in particular, if you leave the realm of infinite freedom and potentials to make something particular happen... you leave the eleventh house. The fifth house is just across the road.

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Similarly, at the level of the mind, you don't keep attached to old thinking habits. Your mother will keep calling the red bag "Red bag" and the yellow bag "Yellow bag" until her last day. - but not you, eleventh house dweller.

In your head, ideas are like friends: they don't have to be always tied up together. Codes, customs, traditions, habits, conventions don't have to apply all the time. A thinking pattern is somehow built with mental Lego bricks. Most people don't dare breaking them and making new ones. In the eleventh you’re at the right place to do just that.

When I was a boy, one day I dipped grapes in mustard. I liked grapes and I liked mustard so I wondered whether I would like grapes with mustard. I was immediately told to stop by a parent who couldn't bear the idea of not doing things the way they should be done.

Vade Retro Saturnas! I want to experiment grape s with mustard!

It's always possible to break down mental elements and recombine them. That's what thinkers and inventors do. Nothing is heavy in here. You don't need bulldozers to change a plan. You can put wings on horses and caterpillars on unicorns. You can think that maybe the earth is round when everyone swears it's flat. You can design new technologies.

The mental plane, the immensity of the sky, friends, groups, hopes and wishes, ideologies, utopias, progress, individuality, communities, the universe within and without... Flavors of the eleventh house...

Jean-Marc

Tenth house formalities

So, Mr Pierson, what do you do?

If someone asks me this question in a social gathering as a way to start a conversation, they are actually asking: "So, Mr Pierson, tell me about your MC"

According to my answer, they will decide whether it's worth talking more or look for someone else to engage with, and this will have nothing to do with the goodness of my heart or how clever I might be. It's just a question of social status.

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As the house system I use is the most commonly used, that is Placidus, the MC is the cusp of the 10th house, and the meaning is the same. As an angle, the MC is more powerful.

Traditionally, the 10th house is the house of career, status and reputation. It also often means the mother, which is a bit baffling for the house naturally associated with Saturn, unless you think that the mother is not only the one who nurtures and cares, but also the one who shapes her child's behavior through demands and interdictions...

It's in fact the shaping function that is represented by the tenth house.

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The way we are shaped determines our social status.

We learn our place in society in this first society which is our family; unless we work hard later at changing the one thousands habits we learned as melleable children, we become the kind of citizen which corresponds to the kind of member we were in the family-society. (Nothing is more similar to something than their exact opposite, so if that's your case, there is no contradiction.)

The MC is how we appear from a greater distance. When I was young, growing up in a small town, everyone knew the Doctor Stock. He was the most trusted and the busiest Doctor. He was serious, friendly, competent. Who knew about his moods, tastes, worries, hopes, hobbies? Who knew about his beliefs, his philosophy, his emotions? Most people knew only his MC. He was THE Doctor. He was well loved. He fulfilled his function.

The social roles we play are more than just the jobs we do, they can be anything we are known for. Being a committed activist, the best football player of the local team, the winner of one thousand beauty prizes, the one who is always seen feeding the pigeons and talks to nobody...

If a movie director needs background actors s(he) will define them in MC terms: "Send me three soldiers, a rapper, two cyclists and a beggar!..."

If, in the movie, the three soldiers who first appeared in the background were now interacting with a beautiful girl, the Ascendants would appear. One of the soldier could be cheeky, another play wingman and the third wait for his moment. The girl could be flirtatious or reserved, friendly or haugthy... We now see less of the MCs and more of the ACs.

In sociology, role theory considers that most everyday activities are actually nothing but acting out roles (mother, teacher, waiter, CEO...) Once the role is known, the behavior can easily be predicted.

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Whether we fit into the mould or don't is a MC problem. If we don't, we fall into another category... We can be a rebel, an artist, a fool, a special need... I keep using labels. Saturn is the natural ruler of this house associated with Capricorn. It's all shapes and structures. You're heart is in Leo and the fifth house, if you've managed to channel it here, well done, not everybody does! You may have to tie a knot around your neck every morning. Maybe you have to wear ugly black shoes that hurt your feet. I never wear suit and ties, but now, I'm a Pisces MC. I hate tight shoes and ties.

Our role, our social status can be subtle as well. In a group of humans, we can be a leader or a follower, an eccentric, a neither dominant nor submissive, or an outcast, a scapegoat...

Such roles exist in the animal kingdom as well, as a deer or a wolf you can be an alpha male or female, or a beta one, but you see, I'm still talking in terms of labels and categories...

To know more about all that, it's time to take sociology classes.

Group dynamics and role theories should be the most relevant subjects..

Seeking for the Truth of the ninth house

In the big wide world there are quite a few people who are very keen to give you good advice about how to create the life of your dreams...

They claim to know "The secret"; they want to tell you about the laws of the Universe, they claim they know how to "manifest" anything: love, money, health...

Such people appear for the sake of the ninth house indeed... Not as its best expression but let’s take it from there…

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The human condition is such that we don't really know what life is and how it works, however we want to understand. We want to be able to suffer less and live a happy and fulfilled life instead…

We become truth seekers. We want the fountain of immortality, we want to find the Grail!

We want to know about reality and how to deal with it.

We're ready to travel to the end of the world to find out.

I won't talk much about travels in this article, so I'll quickly mention here that travelling is part of ninth house symbolism, even if we travel for any other reason than a quest for ultimate knowledge - When we travel, we are on our way towards the unknown…

Seeking knowledge and wisdom, we will find beliefs and philosophies. Cultures. Sciences. Foreign countries and traditions. Strange ceremonies and magic beverages.

Other worldviews and customs challenging the validity of ours...

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In the third house, learning was comparatively easy. We could know without a doubt the exact number of bones of a human skeleton (206 for an adult, about 270 at birth, but later some fuse together...) Two plus two were, are, and always will be four. In German a cat is a "Katze" in Spanish a "gato" and in French a "chat".

In the ninth house, things are not that clear. We need explanations: who are we? What's the meaning of life? Did we happen out of the blue just to feel a bit of pleasure and a lot of pain before disappearing back into the void? Is there a God? Do we have free will? Are we guilty, should we be ashamed? If yes, why?

What is reality? What are the laws behind the facts? What can we know?

Science provides a number of answers.... which lead to more questions. Our "worldview" is never a certainty. It is made of limited knowledge and a lot of beliefs...

When I was studying psychology, I came across an article about "Implicit theories of personality". Let me explain: some people give money to charities. We are likely to say that they are "generous". We think that "generosity" is a personality trait. However, according to the social scientist personality traits don't exist:

Someone who behaves with generosity in certain circumstances may not behave generously in other circumstances... Someone can be generous with money but mean with their time. Someone can be generous with the members of their family and not with the local community, or vice versa...

If generosity was a personality trait, like we assume spontaneously when we say that someone IS generous, then this trait should be expressed consistently...

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Our mental representation that personalities are made of characteristic traits is only a gross approximation, if not a complete illusion…

Anyway. This article is not about personality theories, but about the ninth house and the problem of knowledge: everyone of us needs to get an idea of what kind of world we are living in and what kind of beings we are, and it’s complicated!

We mix knowledge and beliefs, opinions and dogmas to create a "map of reality"- our worldview- and we navigate through life according to its indications.

In my own natal chart, Chiron is galloping in the ninth house. The healing journey of my life includes questioning the wounded map. Let me take you on a tour…

A big problem is that we don't have a single and coherent worldview. Instead, we have many fragments.

On a fragment, we may believe that God or the Universe will provide for whatever we need. It's written in the Gospel :"Look for the things of the Heavenly Kingdom and the rest will be added unto you" If you belong to the Christian Faith, these are the words of God and He was not joking.

People belonging to the New Age community say a similar thing, with other words: the Universe will provide…

However, on another fragment of the worldview, it is said that you must work hard to get what you want. You may worship God's words telling you that everything you need will be provided on Sundays, but you go to work on Monday anyway.

On another fragment it is said that the Universe won't provide unless you take the trouble to focus your thoughts in order to attract whatever you desire. The law of attraction seems to me nothing but an alternative way to work hard at making things happen….

...But what if our current reality was already the manifestation of the best possible compromise between all the contradictory things we want? (That's my belief!)

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...On a fragment of our worldview it can be written that sexual desire is bad, and that the more you desire it the further away from real love you are. (Especially if outer beauty feels more attractive than inner beauty, what a shame!) ….

But on another fragment, sexuality is a sacred thing, and all the illustrations accompanying this wonderful statement show only young and beautiful couples about to co-worshipulate...

On a fragment, wisdom says that desires must be contained, otherwise they grow without limits and we become their slaves. On another fragment, our desires are expressions of our true nature and we should honour them…

One thing is sure: if our worldview is not unified and coherent, there must be wrong bits in it.

More often than not, we use the fragment we prefer according to circumstances, and we are not even aware that we have close to no control over the course of our lives...

However those who keep banging into walls may end up giving a sharp look at their inner Guidance System and realise that the mixture of fragmented knowledge and illusions they have about reality make them nothing but fools.

The quest for truth often starts from there…

Jean-Marc Pierson

Metaphysics of the First House

I have often heard that the First House is the house of self....I would rather call it "house of incarnated personality". What's the difference between self and personality?

It seems to me that the ultimate being at the core of everyone, human, plant, animal and even mineral... is no other than the unique universal being, the Great Spirit, the Universe, Allah, the One or whatever you call It... Now, this ONE is dreaming many characters, one of these creatures is you, another is me…

There are two dimensions to these divine characters we are, a self which looks like how God dreamed us, perfect, beautiful and empty like a temple, and the incarnated personality, which is the self wrapped up in a heavy body of flesh and bones, inhabited by instincts, ancestral memories and weighted by karma.... the personality is our self - or soul - trying to express itself in the flesh, but not really succeeding yet...

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It's a work of clay in progress. It's a process of self creation.

This is how I understand self and personality. If the words I'm using have different meanings for you, I hope it won't stop you from seeing the picture. Words are but conventions.

We are Russian dolls. The smallest one at the centre is the eternal same one for everyone. Surrounding it is our soul, made up of many layers like an onion….

The first house is the biggest Russian Doll. It is the house of our incarnated identity. It is the surface of our being, but it's not "just superficial", because it is an expression of what's inside.

Etymologically, expression means "pressing out" and to exist means “to be outside”. The personality is expressed. The creator is at the centre.

We usually associate self expression with the Sun and the fifth house. The Sun symbolises what is inside seeking expression. The first house is how Self is expressed by our very existence. This includes the appearance of our physical body, plus our most spontaneous attitudes and behaviours.

In the fifth house, we seek to enhance this self expression. We want to become more who we really are. Therefore we create, make children, perform, paint, sing, we let our "inner child" play around, fall in love...

There are more than just three Russian Dolls actually - I mentioned God, the soul and the incarnated personality. Actually, clairvoyants describe many layers in our auras.

The physical body, seen by clairvoyants is the smallest one at the centre of wider and more subtle auric bodies, but in the Russian dolls analogy things work the other way round, because our ordinary way to perceive reality is to see the material world as being outside, and we feel the psychic and spiritual dimensions as being inside. At the centre the heart.

We are going about in the world, and we meet other biggest Russian dolls. Sometimes what we see is what we get, and sometimes we can’t guess what's inside. A limit of my metaphor is that the Russian dolls we know are all the same. The biggest one looks just like the smaller ones inside.

In our reality, the challenge of manifesting in the material world is that no expression is perfect. Matter is slow and heavy. Things get a bit blurred and distorted in the process, unless we are saints, enlightened masters or someone like that with a golden halo around the big doll.

To express our spiritual selves is a fight against density, which is Mars' job. Mars is the natural ruler of the first house. Aries, the ram, the sign ruled by Mars, is the symbol of the struggle for expression (pushing out) of the spiritual being at the centre. Sacrificing a ram to God may mean nothing but making the effort….

All the other houses will be nothing but a series of footnotes to this first!

Now, the ego is the idea we have about who we are but the first house is our personality, Others can see it better than we do.

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We can't get off our bike to look at how we push on the pedals. We can't look at our eyes looking. Our appearance is a blind spot. We need others as mirrors, and this is what the 7th house, which is just opposite the first is about.

The First House is the house through which everything comes up. Our behaviour shows, our inner life is partially shown. Our face shows, our feelings and intentions are partially shown. Our persona shows, what we really are is more or less shown. Our body shows, our soul is imperfectly expressed. We should believe appearances - if only we knew how to read them, without being blinded by projections and prejudices.

The Ascendant and the first house also work the other way round: we see the world and others through it, like through tinted glasses. If our Ascendant is pink, the world is pink. We all have a tendency to believe that others think or feel like us haven't we?

(You don't like onions? How come? I LOVE onions!...)

Let me add a level of complexity to the metaphor of the Russian Dolls. Imagine that all the dolls are translucent. Each doll has her own colours and motifs. At the heart/ centre is the Sun, the light giver. There are a few intermediate layers. The rising sign is surface personality. it's really us, and more of what's inside shines through.

If the Ascendant is a Fire or Air sign, what comes from inside will more easily and spontaneously find the way out than if it is a Water or Earth sign, more naturally secretive and introverted. This doesn't mean that Fire or Air are better. All four elements have their role to play, and for some individuals, being less transparent is the right thing at a particular moment of their evolution...

Any planet in the first house, especially if conjunct to the Ascendant, is especially emphasized. Planets that make tight aspects to the Ascendant, especially from the 5th house also get more immediate access to the surface of the being.



Let me suggest a meditation. The Rising sign is the sign that was rising on the Eastern horizon when we were born. Its meaning is associated with the symbol of this cardinal point. East is where the Sun appears in the morning, at the end of the night. Before he was hidden, travelling through the unseen. Now, a new day is starting. A new life, full of promises, a new era!...



I have tried to explain this First House as well as I could, which makes me more acutely aware of the limits of my own understanding. Symbols express deep meanings, they are the language of the Great Mystery, which is so wide and so deep! No explanation will ever be able to dispense you to deepen your own understanding though reflection, daydream and meditation, giving these symbols time and attention, as we do with whoever we love...

Jean-Marc Pierson

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12 Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn can be seen as two faces of the same coin. Called "social planets" they bring about the attitudes, thoughts, values which enable us to be more than mere individuals but members of a society  with its rules, codes, manners, laws.... Beyond human society, Jupiter and Saturn shows us our place in the "Great scheme of things"...  

 If Jupiter expands whatever it touches like a "Miracle Grow" planet, Saturn does the opposite. Saturn contracts, tightens, structures, tests, shrinks, condenses, slows down... 

 At the level of feelings, Jupiter brings about enthusiasm and optimism, and Saturn fear and... say realism! 

 Saturn was called the "Great Malefic" by traditional astrologers. Saturn brings difficulties. Would you wish a child to live a life without difficulties to overcome? We are children of Heaven and Earth. They give us Saturn. We don't like it. We don't have to. 

 When Saturn touches for instance Mercury, our mind may become heavy, stupid and slow. Oysters may have a higher IQ than us; we may feel difficult to communicate, because of a stammer, or dyslexia, or autism, or shyness, our mobility may be reduced... or we may also become very logical, realist, coherent, consistent, serious... At school, children with a square Saturn-Mercury are whether the best or the worst of the class. 

 When Saturn touches the Moon, we may suffer from emotional inhibitions and frustrations... Our mother may have been quite stern, our parents may have been very focused on good manners and behaviors and not very hugging... We may be very self contained.... or an emotionally frustrated mess! 

 There are of course many more possible interpretations to every symbol than the few examples I'm giving here...

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 Symbols are magical doors. They don't always open onto the same scenery, and there is always room for surprise. 

 All places a particular magical door can lead you to have something in common, but it's very difficult to be sure of what this common something exactly is... 

One day Saturn will tell you about skin, bones and joints and another day about boundaries, structures and morality. The next time you open the Saturn door, all you get is a great feeling of fear and inadequacy, and if you're courageous enough to open it again, you may find yourself  at the top of the social ladder, but the day after, you're a hermit...  the day after the day after, you're home, because that's where your responsibilities are, and you're telling the children how to behave:  you say "YOU MUST" or "YOU HAVE TO" and often you say  "NO NO NO!" ... 

 Can you intuit the common something? 

 All we can do with symbols and energies is trying to understand "in spirit".  However, if understanding in spirit is reading "between the lines" without Saturn, there would be no lines!  Saturn wants a proper formulation. 

 Saturn is the energy that brings us down from spirit to the material plane; concrétisation, materialization, crystalisation....  It's all about "taking form"... and keeping it.

 Saturn's Greek name is Chronos, which means time. Time is our limit. We can't do and be everything. We need to make choices, and stick to them. This can feel very frustrating. Men may dream to love all women. That could be a great plan, but in reality, there is not enough time. Each choice, each commitment implies a renouncement... With Saturn, we need to "face reality"... 

 When the potter make pots, the clay is wet and malleable. Then the pot is left to dry and cooked. The form will be fixed once and for all until it's broken;  if the pot we've made is a square pot, it's too late to make it round, if it's round, it's too late to make it square... This is how Saturn works. Real pots, unlike dreams and ideas,  can't be one day round and one day square.... 

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 Saturn rules the stern side of education, which is concerned with molding behaviors. "Sit straight, do your homework, say hello, please, thank you and sorry (even if you are not really sorry) don't lie (unless it's politeness)  don't steal, don't touch your genitals in public, get up early, be on time, respect others" etc etc.... When Saturn becomes excessive, there is nothing left for being emotional or spontaneous, and we end up living in a terrible emotional straitjacket. But without Saturn, nothing in us would be firm enough to stand on our feet... 

 Saturn bring anything that can be painful but necessary. One day the baby has sucked enough milk from mother's breast. Baby's teeth are growing. It's weaning time. These wonderful moments will never happen again. Saturn closes the door and turns the page. Jupiter can keep get us growing....

 

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However, with Saturn, dreams do come true - not all of them, but some of them. Saturn is both frustration and achievement. Saturn can be were we will eventually shine... 

In a birth chart, Saturn shows where we will meet fear, feeling of inferiority, frustrations, obstacles and difficulties, be confronted to the necessity of making choices, put of lot of hard work and learn to deal with reality. Saturn shows where we feel unworthy, incompetent or inadequate.  Saturn shows were are the big obstacles and the big lessons and where we may eventually reach mastery. 


 Saturn in a few keywords... 

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Achievement -Restrictions - Discipline - Frustration - Austerity - Mastery - Morality - Inhibitions - Fear - Feeling of Inadequacy - Achievement - Social Status - Responsibility - Ambition - Career - Summit - Duty - Obligations - Interdictions - Form - Behavior - Long term - Time - Structure - Control - Power - Density - Slowness - Seriousness - Ego - Superego - Contraction - Crystallization - Experience - 

 If I kept only three words they could be:  Restriction - Structure - Ambition

Do your homework now! 

Jean-Marc Pierson Astrologer

11. Jupiter

 Do you know Miracle Grow? That's something you give your plants and, o my God, how they grow, that's amazing ! 

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 This may be the worst of all my metaphors, as Miracle Grow is not an organic product at all! However, to introduce Jupiter, I've found nothing better.

A more traditional picture would have been the cornucopia, the "horn of abundance", which is associated with Zeus-Jupiter as it was originally a horn from Amalthea, the goat who fed Zeus when the future king of the Gods was a child... Whatever you'll get out of it, expect to get plenty! 

 Everything Jupiter touches becomes big. If you have a big ego, add a bit of Jupiter and you'll get a Mega Big Ego. 
If Jupiter touches your Venus and you're a painter, you're likey to paint something big, like, for instance..the Sixtine Chapel... In Michelangelo's chart, there is a tight square between Venus and Jupiter.... 

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If Jupiter touches your Mars, you're not going to be just a mere warrior. You're going to be a Genghis Khan. Ah, maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit. Not everyone with Mars-Jupiter contacts becomes a fierce conqueror of the world, fortunately. 

 If Jupiter touches your Moon, your imagination will take you to there and back. Your memory will be of an elephant, and your emotions an ocean... and maybe you'll get a big stomach as well, as the Moon rules it. 


 If Jupiter touches your Mercury, you'll be clever, you'll see the big picture.  You'll communicate bigger: Mercury speaks and Jupiter does public speaking. Mercury moves around, Jupiter travels the world. Mercury analyses, Jupiter synthesizes. Mercury gather information, Jupiter organizes it in theories, and beyond what can be known by reason, Jupiter believes... Mercury is common sense, Jupiter is philosophy. 


 Jupiter and Mercury both symbolize the mind. What makes Jupiter such a Miracle Grow energy... is in the mind. It's a question of positive attitude, of coherence, of beliefs, of open mindedness...

 To be honest, I don't know whether our inner attitude is entirely responsible for our good or bad luck. What I know for sure is that it's an important factor... 

 

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 If I used verbs to conjured what Jupiter does, a part from "I grow big" I would say:

 I rule, I integrate, I make laws, I know, I guide, I teach, I preach, I public speak, I explore, I discover, I seek for coherence, I seek for meaning, I think. 


The three more important of these key words might be: Integrate, explore, think. 
  
 When Jupiter dresses up, it wears.... the robe and the wig of a magistrate, the square hat and gown of the scholar, the tiara of the pope, the cassock of the clergyman, the blouse of a scientist, the suit of the businessman, I should say business human, the uniform of the general... and these clothing usually go with an appellation: Your honor, Your Holiness, Father or Mother (yes, it's rarer than Father) Sir, General, Doctor... 
 With Jupiter we  have a function. We integrate society. We play our role. In an horoscope, Jupiter tells something about how we do that...

 According to Michel Gauquelin, who did a lot of statistics to prove astrology was nonsense and found out that it was not, Jupiter is prominent in the charts many politicians and actors. Playing a role is what these two categories have in common...

 
 Jupiter is often said to bring good luck. However, luck rarely happens in the form of food falling directly from the sky right into our plate. (I have seen a case, but it's exceptional) 

 If someone integrates society by joining the local football team or charity or going to church, whatever, and proves themselves a good fellow, the soul mate or the dream job may be met in this context, at the Christmas dinner party maybe... With Jupiter we integrate a larger unit and we contribute to the common good. In return we receive opportunities and protection. This is just what social life is about. 

  Some mystics may deal directly with God (which they may call "the Universe") but for most of us, Jupiter's abundance is directly proportional to our social integration. Our social integration is a question of attitude. Maybe the word "attitude" sums it all up. So how is Jupiter in your chart? 

 

 Let's now have a look at the shadow side of this energy... When a planet is "afflicted" in a chart, that is when it receives many tense aspects, the shadow side is likely to be calling for some conscious tweaking... 

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For instance, the story of the tulip mania in the 17th century is a fabulous illustration of Jupiter going wrong. All opponents to unregulated capitalism will agree with the necessity of Saturnian regulation to boundless Jupiterian growth and search for profit.

I love this story, maybe because I'm a gardener. It's the story of all speculative bubbles. Tulips were recently introduced in Dutch Republic and became very fashionable, so fashionable that everyone wanted bulbs. There was more demand than supply so the price of the bulbs went up. Because the price went up, people bought bulbs, not to plant them but to sell them later and make a profit. So more people wanted to buy, and the prices kept going up, more speculators were attracted, so much so that the price of a single bulb reached ten times the annual income of a skilled worker...

At some point, buyers wanted to sell to make their profit, and the more they wanted to sell the less the prices went up, and therefore no one wanted to buy bulbs anymore, and the last buyers were ruined.

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I find this fascinating. Coming back to psychology and astrology, with an afflicted Jupiter, we may lose touch with reality, invest emotionally in our own ego and get it inflated enough to lose touch with reality... 

 Donald Trump, has a retrograde Jupiter conjunct Chiron square Saturn, Mercury and Venus, also trine Sun and sextile Moon. 

 He managed to inflate as much as he could...Here is not the place for a debate about political ideas. I am talking only about the style of the public character. He looks like someone out of proportions to me... 

Jupiter, the planet, is the biggest of all those who revolve around the Sun, and it's all gas. It's a giant hot air balloon! 

 

 So, remember: Jupiter is Growth, Social Integration,  Attitude, Role Playing, Mind,  Quest for Meaning, Wisdom, Knowledge, Philosophy, Enthusiasm, Confidence, Faith, Travel, Exploration... 
 
  
Jean-Marc Pierson Astrologer

10. Pluto

Fucking Hell! ...Excuse my French, I just wanted to introduce Pluto. Profanities provide a simple and efficient way to connect emotionally with the most radical and extreme of all energies! 
 So let's proceed...

 Pluto symbolizes instincts, the power that comes from below, the sexual energy, the  power in the guts. Hades, to call him by his Greek name, is the God of the Underworld. 

 An esoteric teaching tells that human being is a microcosm. We are the universe in miniature. In our bodies, the underworld is under the belt. Gut, sex, anus and all the emotional powers and energies that stem from there... 

 When someone says "I am fucked" it means that they are overpowered. But if someone says "Fuck them!" they mean "My power first!" 

 And "fucking", as you know, also means "having sex"... 

 Isn't is a shame to use the same word to mean having sex or to abuse? Sexuality should be a sacred thing don't you think so? Sex should be an act of love happening between two consenting hearts. But I am speaking like Neptune here, not like Pluto...

 The energy of Neptune connects us with the myth - or nostalgie of a lost innocence, a lost paradise. With Neptune we want to go to heaven. Pluto is Neptune's shadow in the world of below. Pluto is the naked unbearable truth: we are not in heaven. We are fallen angels. We have demons within... We are fucked up! 

 Crude Plutonic language tells us that at the level of wild, unprocessed instincts, sex is not a question of love. It's power. In nature males fight. The winner takes it all. He gets the female, or possibly a whole herd and a territory. Pluto is ruthless.

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  A number of sexual fantasies and erotic games have a lot to do with overpowering or being overpowered... Would you prefer to be blindfolded and attached to the four corners of the bed, or to do it to someone else? Erotic games, when coloured by Pluto, stage stories of power. 

  When human beings express Pluto's energy in its raw state, they abuse, they commit crimes, they kill, rape and plunder like the Vikings of old on a holiday trip in Southern Europa. When civilization fails, we hear stories of rebels in Irak and Syria displaying their enemies' heads on spikes and eating their livers to incorporate their strength. A fundamental key word is "Archaic" or Magic. Possibly Black Magic...

 

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 We are fascinated by Pluto. Pirates are typical Plutonian characters.  Did you love Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbeans? Have you ever dreamed of flying a black flag with skulls and crossbones? Movies are works of art and imagination. The Moon rules imagination, and Venus the arts. Let's check the natal chart of Roman Polanski. His movie "Pirates" is such a masterpiece... Spot on! There is a conjunction Moon - Pluto -Middle of the Sky and Venus forms a sextile to it. As you see, with a strong Pluto energy, you don't turn into a wild beast, you can become a successful film director. He was also convicted for sexual abuse on minor though. 

 In medieval times, there was a custom that allowed the feudal lord the right to sleep with a bride from his fiefdom on the night of her wedding to someone else. It was called the "Droit de Seigneur" and could have been called "Pluto's right"... 
 

  At the center of our brain is a structure neurologists call the "reptilian brain". Its functions are the most basic and vital. At Pluto ground level, we are still crocodiles, lizards, snakes... We are powerful and unconscious. That's scary. That's Pluto. 

 Aggression, survival, instincts, fight or flight, territoriality, life or death situations, and of course sexual drive- the survival of the species - ... That's what Pluto is about, but not only... 


  Before exploring further on, I need to explain a little bit about how symbols work. I have introduced Pluto as an energy, but in fact, "Pluto" is a symbol. What is symbolized is the raw energy I have talked about, and other things. 

 A symbol is a kind of "spiritual brand". On the material plane, a particular brand can sell for instance shoes, trousers, jackets, socks, bags, and have shops on the HIgh Streets  If you get a clue that you are going to get something from this brand.... you don't know whether you'll get a pair of shoes or trousers, or maybe a job in one of their shop! A symbol is a clue. It may refer to many things...

 That's why the art of interpreting an astrological chart is similar to the work of a detective. The placements of the astrological symbols  are clues and it take the talent of a Sherlock Holmes to integrate them into a coherent picture. Elementary Doctor Watson! 

 However, don't worry. Many basic interpretations about the placements of planets in signs and houses work well enough to be accurate in many cases. Just remember that there is much more to any symbol than a few key words to apply automatically and systematically... 

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 I have started this presentation of Pluto talking about raw instincts. I could have started talking about death and rebirth, about shamanism, mediumship or alchemy, about shit or about financial flows, about emotional welding, about the personal and collective unconscious or about evolution... I suggest you remember these key words. 

 Beyond our raw instincts, Pluto symbolizes how we deal with them, what kind of lotus flowers will bloom with their roots in this mud... and all the intermediate states, experiences and trials between the mud and the lotus. 
  
 When Pluto is emphasized in a chart, the individual will have psychological traits associated with these themes: they will have strong instincts, be passionate, discerning, intuitive, maybe psychic, able to confront extreme circumstances, possessive, fascinated by death (and possibly able to communicate with the dead), radical, strong willed, possibly cruel or ruthless, manipulative ................unless the individual can't cope, lives seasons in hell, destroys themselves, goes through depression, needs a psychoanalysis to confront their inner demons... 

   

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  Let's follow a few threads about Plutonian themes... 

   Sex and death have always been linked in the imagination of poets and lovers who would die for a night with each other, die in each other's arms  and survive through their offspring... 

 Pluto, and the sign it rules, Scorpio, are also about the emotional welding of two individuals. Before Scorpio is Libra. Libra is the sign of relationships. The ideal of Libra is being two. This sign emphasizes the necessary compromises, the diplomacy, the good manners, the elegance we need to create harmony between two partners. However, the Plutonian mentality is that we can't cheat with who we are when we are physically and emotionally naked together, perceptive, intuitive, intensely aware and ready to die in the way sperm cells and eggs die when they fuse and become a new being...

 Who would waste such a bliss not being who they really are in the process? Plutonians are always radical. They chose the naked truth over the good manners. 

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  Death means in our experience much more than the end of our own life. There are many symbolic deaths. 

 We can lose someone we love, loss is a kind of death,  we say that something dies within... (Remember "loss" as a key word)

We can also lose anything we are attached to, and among all things, our ego and our pride may be what we cherish most! Pluto might kill the ego and give us an initiation. (Another key word here!) 

 We become the snake who sheds its old skin.. Pluto is crisis, death and rebirth. Pluto destroys the old structures and open new creative ways...

 The irruption of puberty in our lives was a Plutonic time. It happened without asking for permission, our body changed, new and intense emotions appeared, the child we were was gone... 

  In traditional societies, some individuals became. They had to endure difficult initiations, confront the reality of their own death and they became able to travel to the world of spirits, the world of the dead and negotiate with spirits. Pluto can lead there as well. 

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 Pluto and Money. 

 With Venus and Taurus, we want to have money to ensure our material security and enjoy life. For Pluto, money is power. Who gets it controls the world.
 Money is associated with death when we inherit, and with emotional welding when we share our power to the point of opening a joint account. When we borrow to the bank, we borrow power. Then we are indebted, and the bank has the power to take the home  back if we don't pay the mortgage...  The eight house, Scorpio and Pluto speak about money when if flows between people in such ways, as opposed to the money we earn through our own labor, which is symbolized by the second house, Venus and Taurus. 

   Something mysterious about symbols is that opposite coincides. Pluto symbolizes the raw and wild energy and also the mystical work called "alchemy" which consists in turning what's raw and vile into spiritual gold. Pluto is a symbol of our inner transformation. 

  Pluto is purification, transformation and regeneration. The raw sexual energy is but an expression of the vital force coiling like a snake at the base of the spine, the kundalini... 
 Through the process of transmutation, Pluto's energies within us are called to become spiritual ideals with flesh and bones. 

 Power then will mean self mastery. 
 

 I hope you learned something I was happy to share with you about the most fascinating of all energies! .... 

Jean-Marc Pierson Astrologer

 

8. The Moon

The Moon is one of the "Big Three"... 


The Big Three are the Sun, the Moon and the Rising Sign. 
If our personality was a kingdom, the big three would be the three most important people. the Sun would be the King, the Moon the Queen and the Rising Sign would be the Knight- who-interacts-with-the-outside-world-on-their-behalf. 

 Have you heard of the concept of "sub personalities"? Usually, we think of ourselves as one person, which we call "me" ... but what if we were actually more like several people sharing one body?

Have you already had the experience of having a friend who you usually meet for certain activities, and one day, they invite you to their home; there, your friend looks like they have become another person! You are finding out another "facet" of their personality...     
 The energies represented by the planets don't blend seamlessly; we can consider them as sub personalities in their own right. 


  The Sun is the King. It's a male energy; the Moon is the Queen it's a female energy; let's drop immediately our feminist views, or rather let's keep them for the world of people, but not for the world of symbols. 


 The Sun and the Moon are present in everyone's chart, so whatever our gender, we all have our fair share of masculine and feminine energies. Say Yang and Yin if you prefer.

Masculine  or Yang energies are expressed from inside out, they are creative, active, dynamic, self centered. Feminine energies are receptive, reactive or passive, attractive, relationship centered. 


 When we read a chart, we should always start with looking for whether Yang or Yin is dominant. Traditional gender roles have been confusing energies and people. Men used to believe they could express only the Sun and Mars, women were supposed to express only the Moon and Venus, as if all these energies weren't present in everyone's make up... 

 The Moon is our Yin side. Our inside. The Moon is us when we are receptive, when we submit or surrender, when we let go, when we relax, when we relate to others and the environment. (To relate we need to shut up and open to whoever or whatever is not us. That's Yin) 


 The Moon is how we are when we are at home, when we find ourselves in a safe environment, in private, able to express our emotions and be receptive to other people's emotions.

 The Sun by contrast, is how we are when we leave home and shine our own light in the world. The Moon is our most intimate personality, the vulnerable part of us. The Sun is not vulnerable. How could it be? It's all from inside out. No arrow can hit the Sun's heart! 


 The Moon in a birth chart also tells about our own childhood, how we were as a child, how was our mother, or more specifically how was our relationship with our mother when it came to caring and nurturing us. 

  I don't believe that planets represent people. You will often read that the Moon is the mother. To me, the Moon is the function of nurturing. When our mother was forcing us to do things, when she was forbidding or punishing, she was Saturn. When she was the great love of our life, she was Venus; When she was a role model, she was the Sun, when she taught us things she was Jupiter and she she was a rival for our father's attention, she was Mars! ...and When our father was preparing food or telling a story before we slept, he was the Moon. 

  Now that we have grown up (if we have) the Moon represents our "inner child" that is the most vulnerable and sensitive part of us. The Moon in our chart shows how we need to be cared for in what we need to feel safe. 

 The Sun also represents our "inner child" but it's the creative and playful inner child which is symbolized by the Sun, not the emotional one. 

 

 The Moon in a few key verbs:

 If you remember only four, remember: 
 I belong I feel I need I nurture

If you can remember more:

I dream I imagine I remember I am fecund I am pregnant I give birth

I change I go round in cycles

I care I long I howl I attract I react

I feed I eat I share I intuit I absorb... 

I mother I cuddle I smother I embrace... 

 

I like to repeat that everything in life is the expression of the fundamental energies of the zodiac. A great way to learn is to look around and put "energy tags" on things and people... Let's go for a walk in the street. What are we going to label "Moon"? 

 If you feel like being serious about learning, don't read the following straight away. Go for an imaginary walk in a street and search for buildings, things and people to tag "Moon" .... 

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 OK!  here are my answers: 

 First of all, all the private houses get the "Moon" label. That's where families live! 

The grocery shop, the supermarket... where the food is, Moon goes.  (A restaurant would rather have the Venus tag, because we don't need to eat there, it's rather a pleasure, even a luxury. However, it's food, so a little Moon can still be tagged there anyway...) 
The shop called "Everything for the home"... Moon tag! 
The nursery, the playground, where the children are cared for get the Moon label indeed! 

A wedding shop! The Moon wants to belong, the Moon wants to get married. Big Moon tag for the wedding shop! ... along with a Venus tag, as hopefully wedding is a story of love and partnership between two people (Venus) and not just a story of having children for your parents to become grandparents whilst you are dealing with your in laws! 
  
A Honeymoon gets a Venus tag. 

 In the hospital, the nurses get the Moon label. Their job is to care... The hospital itself is tagged Neptune. The doctors get Jupiter and Mercury. (Mercury is the specialist in health. Jupiter is the expert and the VIP) 

 I told you Mercury was associated with the age of 10 or 12, before puberty. Actually Mercury times start as soon as we learn to coordinate our movements, learn to walk and talk etc..  The Moon is associated with our early childhood, when we were just born and lived our most intimate and vulnerable moments. At that time we were mostly soaking in impressions... Our personal unconscious is made of the events and emotional memories we get from these times. 

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 The lunar temperament is sensitive, imaginative and impressionable. 
 People with strong Moon energy can even be psychic. 
 
At school, a child with a lot of lunar energy will be easily distracted and even disturbed if the atmosphere is not peaceful enough. They may well be a cry-baby. They will have a lot of imagination and enjoy stories. His or her favorite subject will be history. 

  They will hear "You are too sensitive!" a lot during their lives, unless human beings eventually learn to respect sensitivity.

 When not overwhelmed by family duties, a Moon person will enjoy staying home, cooking and eating good meals, not doing much sitting on the sofa, striking the cat, listening to music, reading or watching TV... 

 If the Moon was an animal... It could be a she wolf, howling at the Moon. The Moon can be wild you know! We may find it hard to believe when contemplating a amorphous being sprawled on the sofa eating tons of chips, but yes there is an deep instinctive wild beast hiding in there... 
 The Moon could be represented by a hen as well. One day I saw a hen followed by ten little chicken, on a farm. A young dog approached. The hen charged the dog and chased it away. I was really impressed by the courage of the hen. 

 Other than that, if the Moon was an animal, it would be a unicorn, a winged horse, a feathered dragon, a kind crocodile in need of affection, a teddy bear, or something like that... a fantasy. A chimera...

 The element associated with the Moon, and with Cancer, the sign it rules, is water. It's all emotions and feelings. Don't try to convince them with logic, kindness works better.  


 Do you get the spirit of the energy? 
 If you remember only a few things... remember: 

Feeling - Mother - Child - Family - Belonging - Imagination - Memory - Emotions - Home - Instinct - Unconscious - Emotional and physical needs - Intimacy - Sensitivity - 
 
More later. Take care! 

 

 Jean-Marc Pierson Astrologer